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March 31, 2010

Gun Rights Kudos to, Yes, Maryland

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:10 PM

A surprising bit of good news to my fellow Marylanders who believe in the right to self defense.

The Maryland Senate has endorsed a measure that would protect people from lawsuits if they use deadly force to defend themselves at home or work in certain circumstances.
Senators voted 45-2 Monday in favor of the bill. The legislation says a person must "reasonably" believe the lethal force is necessary to fend off the attack. It also stipulates that the amount and nature of the force must be "reasonable."
Current law in Maryland says a person must not use deadly force unless they believe they are in danger of serious bodily injury.

By extension, this would be a plus for the gun rights lobby, since firearms are by far the most likely weapons to cause death to an attacker. The bill still needs to be passed by the House of Delegates, which is even more libtardish than the State Senate. And, signed by our libtardish governor. But at least there's hope. Perhaps the State Senate took that recent MSNBC report to heart.

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Democrat Congressman Thinks Guam Will Capsize if too many People are Stationed There

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:46 PM

Representative Hank Johnson --- Democrat, of course, from Georgia, (and voted for ObamaCare) of course, thinks the Island of Guam will tip over if the Navy proceeds with plans to station an additional 8,000 personnel on it.

I'd embed the video, but it is very wide.

You know, I bet Sarah Palin is smart enough to know that islands don't capsize.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:19 PM

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Down Memory Lane

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:15 PM

Remember when dissent was patriotic? It was back when we had a "uniter not a divider" centrist RINO for president.

The votes of these creatures count as much as yours.

If Bush was a fascist because he was mean to foreign terrorists who were trying to kill us, what would you call an authoritarian socialist who has been seizing control of large segments of the economy?

On a tip from Kevin M.



New York Bashing Part Deux: Priorities Fail

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:05 PM

One reason that Manhattan could be crawling with rats soon is this progressive enclave's sense of misplaced priorities. Another example: consider their latest fail on schools.

New York State failed to win federal education funds from the Race to the Top program, in part because of requests for designer furniture.
The New York Post reports the equipment requests totaled $200,000 and included $13,000 for two dozen executive chairs, and more than $61,000 for 24 desks. Three of the five judges who reviewed the application blasted the requests: "These inclusions compromise the state's narrative as a careful steward of public funds."

Yup, over $2,500 for a desk and over $500 for a chair is right up there on the list of "must haves" for a struggling school system. This isn't the only reason that New York lost the bid, but it certainly is a telling one.

This trend appears real and is only going to get worse in NYC and other paradises of reckless deficit spending, fueled by the Obot "I'll get a free pony" mentality. And it couldn't be any more heartbreaking to those of us out there who really used to love, or at least respect, New York City in its heyday.

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Scenes of things to come for Gotham? (image)



Rats!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:40 PM

The consequences of the Nanny State mentality are vast and complex. It's as if somebody actually has to PAY for all those services and entitlements. When outlays exceed tax revenue, well, something has got to give. Take, for instance, safety and hygiene in New York City as an example.

Budget cuts could mean more rats for New York City.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is slashing the number of pest control aides in an effort to save $1.5 million. 57 out of 84 full-time pest control aide positions will get the axe.
The cuts are part of the Health Department's efforts to meet a mandated 15 percent budget reduction to help close a $2 billion budget gap for the city. The Health Department's Pest Control Services works with 19 other agencies to coordinate the city's response to rats in New York City.

It would be interesting to see the list of nonessential Nanny-Statist services that were not cut, rather than one of the most basic services of a civilized government for its citizenry. If New York maintains both its high tax rates and lavish expenditures on progressive social welfare programs, revenues will continue to fall from millionaire flight and additional basic services may be at risk. Rush Limbaugh is not the only rich dude or dudette who no longer will do business in NYC due to taxation.

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And you thought it was just a movie.



How Come I Don't Remember the Jumbotrons?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:42 PM

Certain events — Arafat's Nobel Peace Prize, the election of Barack Obama, the appointment of an overt pedophile as Safe Schools Czar — have made me wonder if at some point in the last twenty years I was somehow shifted into the Evil Mirror Universe where Spock has a goatee.

Actor-Moonbat John Cusack's recent comments about the eighties make me wonder about that even more. His recollections are quite a bit different than mine.

"I remember it being a kind of forced Prozac happy time without the Prozac," Cusack says. "We were sort of like optimism by martial law. There were jumbotrons of Ronald Reagan everywhere. There were Dr. Pepper people dancing. There was this militant patriotism, nationalism, faux spirituality to it. I look back on it as an intense, dark decade."

Jumbotrons of Ronald Reagan? Martial Law? I grew up in the eighties, and I don't remember any of that.

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This is indeed a disturbing universe.

I mean, I get where seeing the president's face on every television and on the cover of every magazine and even in sidebar ads on the internet would give me the impression I was living in some kind of creepy personality cult --- especially if news-parody comedy shows were afraid to make fun of the president --- but I certainly don't remember any of that happening in the eighties.



States Are Getting It Greek Style

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM

Even MSNBC seems to grasp what ObamaCare is going to do to the budgets of already cash-strapped states:

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Greek style? As in: bankrupt like California will soon be? Or as in: bottom poof in a Greek navy tryst? The answer is both.

Hat tip: Yet Another Angry American.



Saving the Planet With Century Gothic

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:22 AM

Since ecomoonbattery is all about pious gestures, as opposed to constructive behavior, virtually anything can serve Gaia, so long as it is blessed by envirokooks — Century Gothic type, for example:

If you're looking for an easy way to make your contribution to saving the planet, then it could be as simple as switching your font to 'Century Gothic'. University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB) has rolled out the change this semester, saying it uses 30% less ink than its default font Arial when printed.
Century Gothic is apparently even more economical than a well-known "eco-font", and when printer ink can cost US$10,000 a gallon it's a great eco-friendly initiative that not only helps the planet but also saves money.
UWGB is keen to minimize use of its resources with the aim of being more environmentally conscious and has committed to a five year plan to "go green".

No doubt they'll be cutting tuition fees, what with all the money they're saving. Kidding, of course.

If changing fonts can save the planet because it uses less ink, what if universities were to stop relentlessly mailing brochures, pamphlets, catalogs, newsletters, and naked pleas for free money to everyone who ever attended a class? That would no doubt save the whole solar system.

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Saving the planet one foolish gesture at a time.

On a tip from Air2air.



Obama Sends American Troops to March Under Stalin Posters on Red Square

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:45 AM

No one aware of Comrade Obama's communist background should be surprised that he refused to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall with Angela Merkel — or that our farcical Commander in Chief will be sending American troops to march with Russian soldiers on Red Square to celebrate the Soviet Union's big accomplishment on Victory Day (May 9).

Also gracing the festivities will be posters of Joseph Stalin.

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Via DotPenn by way of Weasel Zippers.

On tips from Anonymous Countermoonbat. Hat tip: Powerline.



Bloomberg Urges Bureaucratic End Run to Attack Second Amendment

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM

When it proves too difficult to push his collectivist measures through our Democrat-controlled Congress, Comrade Obama just does an end run.

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Graphic by Tommy Downs. Via Americans for Prosperity.

Anyone with the least respect for the America form of government is disgusted and enraged, but B. Hussein's fellow authoritarians are delighted with the Chicago Way (now known as Hopey Change). New York's nanny state dictator, not content to micromanage his subjects' snacking habits, wants Chairman Zero to circumvent Congress to attack the Second Amendment.

After months of waiting in vain for gun control supporters in Congress to take aggressive action against semi-automatic firearms, gun shows and NRA-supported restrictions on the abuse of instant background check records and firearm trace information, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging President Obama to make 40 changes to federal gun law interpretation and enforcement on his own-without congressional approval. …
Titled "A Blueprint for Federal Action" and released only in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act, the 51-page Bloomberg battle plan takes another cue from the military in calling for its mission to be carried out jointly by seven federal departments and agencies: the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security, the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The first six agencies are wholly under President Obama's command, while the CPSC is an independent agency headed by commissioners nominated by the president.
The "Blueprint for Federal Action," a copy of which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, presents 40 recommendations that would dramatically curtail firearms freedoms.

I don't recall seeing Bloomberg's name on any ballots, having escaped NYC before it deteriorated to the point of him becoming mayor. But these days, no one has to vote for bureaucrats to get a taste of the soles of their shoes as they grind them in our faces. That's the point of the approach Bloomberg shares with Obama. He's attacking our right to bear arms via the faceless, unelected bureaucracy, which every year grows larger and larger, while the citizens it oppresses get correspondingly smaller.

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Come and get them.

On a tip from Wiggins.



The HuffPo's Anti-Religion Religion Blog

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:25 AM

The Huffington Post recently launched a "Religion Blog" that was promised to be a "wide-ranging discussion on religion and spirituality." So far, the range of discussion has been between people who hate Christianity and people who really hate Christianity.

The site didn't waste any time throwing punches. In its first two weeks, it churned out articles by a liberal nun calling Catholicism sexist; a Rabbi claiming that Judaism will "stagnate and cease to be meaningful" unless it participates in the "green movement;" an avowed atheist comparing those who believe in God to a 7-year-old still believing in the tooth fairy; a science writer warning being religious could lead to "dangerous side-effects" such as "the crusader jihadist mentality;" and a neuroscientist calling those who believe in "obsolete religious ideas" a "lunatic fringe."
Eighty-one percent of the stories and columns (13 out of 16) that focused on Christianity either criticized certain Christian denominations, leaders or beliefs. Five other articles negatively portrayed well-known Christians, specifically Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum; no articles portrayed those three in a good light.

To paraphrase the Apostle James, the only religion the Progressive Left tolerates is religion that lets them do whatever they want in the name of self-gratification without consequences.

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Ms Huffington's classroom is pretty intolerant.



ObamaCare Puts the Screws to the Young

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 AM

One great thing about being young is, no matter how wrong you are, you have plenty of time to learn better. Under Hopey Change, American youth ought to be learning fast. Those not old enough to remember Jimmy Carter heavily favored our first adolescent president. Their reward — a 17% rise in healthcare premiums:

Beginning in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. That's when premiums for young adults seeking coverage on the individual market would likely climb by 17 percent on average, or roughly $42 a month, according to an analysis of the plan conducted for The Associated Press. …
The higher costs will pinch many people in their 20s and early 30s who are struggling to start or advance their careers with the highest unemployment rate in 26 years.

Not to worry; they can just break the law by refusing to buy insurance until they get sick or injured, at which point insurance companies will be forced to cover them. There are supposed to be penalties, but it isn't clear to what extent these will be enforced. Even when they are, paying a fine will be cheaper than carrying insurance, especially when rates on young people skyrocket to compensate for new restrictions on how much older people can be charged.

Before long insurance companies will be driven into bankruptcy, as planned, and we'll have the "single-payer" Soviet-style healthcare system toward which ObamaCare is intended as a bridge. Then healthcare will be completely free, because someone else will be forced to pay for everything — the liberal leech's conception of utopia.

But as anyone who's been to a hospital in a socialist country knows, you do get what you pay for.

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Free healthcare in liberal utopia, via The Real Cuba.

On a tip from J. Hat tip: Hot Air.



£1,000 Fine and Electronic Tag for Selling a Goldfish

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:01 AM

England was a free country once. But moonbattery has rotted it into a parody of politically correct totalitarianism. The latest burlesque:

Her offence was to unwittingly sell a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy taking part in a trading standards 'sting'.
At most, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, expected a slap on the wrist for breaking new animal welfare laws which ban the sale of pets to under-16s.
Instead, the great-grandmother was taken to court, fined £1,000, placed under curfew — and ordered to wear an electronic tag for two months.

Also, her son will be compelled to perform 120 hours of unpaid slave labor for Britain's bureauweenie masters.

A crime really was committed here — against taxpayers:

The prosecution of Mrs Higgins and her son Mark is estimated to have cost taxpayers £20,000…

Britain is thoroughly infested with mosques where terrorist atrocities are encouraged, facilitated, and probably orchestrated. But when it comes time to do a sting operation, the authorities target an old lady with a pet shop.

But at least the story has a happy ending:

The goldfish was later adopted by an animal welfare officer and is in good health.

That's the important thing. Animals always come first, where moonbats are concerned.

On tips from Rosalind and Byron.



Le Thread Ouvert

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:21 AM

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Hat Tip: Rob (Not Rob) from Facebook and The People's Cube.



Item #3: Hurray for Bill O'Reilly

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:45 AM


There's a threadline I never imagined myself writing. But, the old blowhard did something cool yesterday... he announced he will personally pay the legal bills a judge ordered the father of a fallen hero to pay to the deranged, whackjob, Democrat protesters who picketed his son's funeral.

You can already see how this will play in LLLoonyland. "Bill O'Reilly gives $16,500 to anti-gay extremist group."



Item #2: Nancy Sees Nazis Everywhere

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:38 AM


Charles "Nancy" Johnson --- the moonbat proprietor of Little Green Footballs --- apparently mistook the flag of the state of Tennessee for "a neo-Nazi flag."

Chuck Nancy has also denounced Zombie as a right-wing shill for posting the comparison/contrast photo essay of deranged progressive loons versus Tea Party patriots.

Fear and Loathing of the Tea Parties seems universally connected to derangement, paranoia, and a willingness to accept as fact that which is demonstrably untrue. (See previous item).

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Chuck Nancy Johnson was "fairly sure" this was a neo-Nazi flag.



Morning Briefs for Whensday Item #1: Breitbart Ups the Ante

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:31 AM

Good Morning RW Patriots, Good Morning LW Seat Sniffers,

Andrew Breitbart has raised his offer to $100,000 for anyone who can produce a videotape proving that racial slurs were cast by Tea Party demonstrators against African-American congressmen.

The Left's defense of the alleged slurs is based on two premises. 1.) A politician reported that it happened, and politicians never lie. 2.) It can't be proven that it *didn't* happen.

Guilty until proven innocent, it's how they do it in Canada.

Al Sharpton should be a shoo-in for the $100K since he claims to have seen the tape.



"Green" Foil Insulation that Can Kill

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:00 AM

As is typical with most green campaigns, this one has a prickly little complication. In this case, it's a potentially lethal complication for the Australian homeowners who were suckered in by a government-sponsored green-insulation program.

People are at risk of house fires due to dodgy ceiling insulation installed under a $2.7 billion federal government program, the opposition says.
More than 400,000 homes have been kitted out with free insulation worth up to $1,600 as the government tries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost the economy.
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said fire authorities in three states had warned that poorly-installed insulation had sparked dozens of fires.
Some installers were putting the insulation directly over transformers connected to halogen downlights, or over faulty wiring, Mr Hunt said.

While the program has been suspended pending further investigation, the plan of the Green Fanatics Down Under seems pretty clear. With this foil insulation, eco-radicals can "save the environment" in multiple ways. Not only does it save energy by retaining heat extremely well (a good thing), but it also can cook up right nicely that pesky human population which uses up all that energy and those natural resources (an even better thing). Talk about efficiency.

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The gruesome reality of the green movement.



March 30, 2010

Dem Pols Support Terror-Linked Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:31 PM

The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia is well known for its links to terrorism. Its former imam Anwar al-Awlaki was a mentor to both Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood terrorist massacre and Christmas Day underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Al-Awlaki recruited three of the 9/11 hijackers, and is apparently still skulking around somewhere, gathering maniacs for the next bloodbath. Yet not only has this church of evil not been razed to the ground, Democrats are raising funds for it:

Surprised? Don't be. The Dems' leader is the protégé of a guy who bombed the Pentagon. The Muslim–moonbat alliance is cemented by a common desire to destroy this country.

Hat tip: Occidental Soapbox.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:24 PM

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Make this into a poster or buy it on a shirt at iMaksim.com.



Soft Scam in ObamaCare Poised to Bilk Your Paycheck

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:45 PM

It's fitting that ObamaCare was passed and signed so close to Easter. We keep finding all of these nifty Easter eggs hidden inside it, left by a Bizarro Bunny. When we crack them open, we want to puke from the stench.

Take, for example, this $100 billion-plus rotten egg that is ready to bilk your paycheck for longterm care unless you "opt out" of it.


"Aims to help" my arse. How bout that: on average, as much as $146 per month could be sucked out of your already diminished earnings unless you remember to opt out of the program (should you choose to do so). And all this for a plan that sounds like it will have all the long-term solvency of the Social Security AND Medicare Ponzi schemes combined.

Elections do have consequences, as we're continually reminded.

Hat tip: BigFurHat at iOwnTheWorld.



Germans Abandon Global Warming Farce

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:14 PM

You wouldn't expect the country that gave us Bismarck, Marx, and Hitler to turn its back on a scheme to massively expand government control. But even Germans are getting tired of flogging the dead horse called global warming.

Germans citizens are rapidly losing faith in global warming following the Climate-gate scandals, according to a new report in Der Spiegel.
The report indicates that just 42 percent of Germans are worried about global warming, down substantially from the 62 percent that expressed concern with the state of the environment in 2006. …Many people have little faith in the information and prognosis of climate researchers … with a third questioned in the survey not giving them much credence.
This is thought to be largely due to mistakes and exaggerations [i.e., preposterous lies] recently discovered in a report of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the site.

Even in a country where statists have a firm grip on the media, people will eventually figure out that they're not getting the truth — not that this will stop Democrats from attempting to plunge us into a depression with Tax & Charade.

On a tip from Conan.



Pop Culture Versus God

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:44 PM

A best-selling author reports that his British publisher pressured him to remove references to Christian faith from a young adult novel.

When my Young Adult thriller novel, The Long Way Home, was submitted to my British publishers, they tried to delete many of the references to the hero's religious faith. My British editor feared that Waterstone's — the UK's biggest bookstore chain — would be reluctant to carry a book with an overtly Christian hero.

Which is just part of a larger picture of pop culture and mass media's aversion to Christian faith generally.

Pop culture's negative portrayal of religion, especially Christianity, is not some accidental oversight. It's purposeful, the result of hostile intent. …
Shakespeare said the purpose of art is "to hold the mirror up to nature." But the purpose of most American art is to depict the world as a small coterie of elites believe it should be in the hopes we will be indoctrinated into going along. Religion stands opposed to that elitist worldview because it elevates the wisdom of faith and simple decency over intellectual narcissism and moral preening.

The mass media are dominated by progressive leftists, who view the Christian God — with His Absolute Morality — as anathema to their desire for consequence-free self-gratification.

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Hat Tip: John Miller @ The Corner.



War on Christianity Continues

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:28 PM

In a rare victory for Western Civilization against the liberal rot that's destroying it, city workers in Davenport, Iowa will be allowed to continue calling Good Friday by its rightful name, even though it refers to a faith that rivals our country's official state religion, moonbattery.

The city of Davenport now says Good Friday is still Good Friday for municipal workers, despite reports that the day off had been renamed "Celebration of Spring."
The city issued a statement Monday saying the renaming was a recommendation made by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission last summer. The statement says the city administrator mistakenly forwarded the recommendation for further review and action, leading to the release of a holiday notice with the holiday renamed.
The statement said that the City Council never voted on the change, and the name never officially changed.

However, moonbat totalitarians are holding the line in the war of against Christianity in Westchester County, New York:

The Greenburgh Nature Center will host two Spring Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children can search the center's grounds for chocolate eggs, and some special eggs worth a prize.

By "Spring Egg" they mean "Easter Egg" — but of course, it wouldn't be inclusive to include Christians in traditions associated with Christian holidays.

Muslims have joined their liberal allies in the campaign to extirpate Christianity:

A group of students at Trinity University in Texas wants the Christian-rooted school to remove the words "Our Lord" from their diplomas, the Houston Chronicle reported.
"A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes," Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection, told the Chronicle. "By having the phrase 'In the Year of Our Lord,' it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ."
Qureshi, a Muslim student at the school, is leading the campaign to remove the words.

Why would a militant Muslim attend an explicitly Christian school? To force it to stop being Christian, naturally.

At least we don't need to worry that they'll revive the practice of feeding Christians to lions. PETA would never allow such exploitation of animals.

On tips from Mike G, Wiggins, and Ness.



Death of a Moonbat Poet

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:18 AM

The New York Waste of Times writes a fawning obituary to the poet Ai. And why was Ai a favorite of the NYWoT? Mainly because they considered her poetry "a damning indictment of American society."

Here's a sample of her "talent."

I scissor the stem of the red carnation
and set it in a bowl of water.
It floats the way your head would,
if I cut it off.

Not exactly Robert Frost or Yehuda Amachai is it? One of the joys of being a right-wing kook is not having to pretend you like crappy poetry.

Also, I'm pretty sure heads don't float in water when you cut them off.

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Her poetry takes off my pants and mocks me, but not in a mean way.



Colleges Help Big Government Expand Food Stamp Rolls

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:55 AM

Who says students never learn any useful job skills in school? In the age of Hopey Change, the job skill that will do young people most good is learning how to sponge off our socialist government. So universities have been instructing students on how to sign up for Food Stamps. For example:

Portland State University devotes a page on its Web site to explaining the ease with which students can receive benefits, along with instructions on how to apply. The school says food stamps are not charity but rather a benefit all honest taxpaying citizens can afford. The U.S. Department of Agriculture renamed food stamps the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2008, instituted electronic debit cards instead of coupons, and began an aggressive push to expand eligibility.

The goal of Big Government is to get as many people as possible reliant on the State for handouts provided at the expense of others. This is why it has been pushing so hard to get people who clearly don't need them to use Food Stamps. After all, the purpose of government handouts isn't to help the poor; if our rulers wanted that, they would stop killing jobs with confiscatory taxes and excessive regulations. The purpose is to reduce us to farm animals, who are content to wallow in a fenced-in sty so long as the farmer brings us free slop. Our liberal education establishment is only too happy to help.

On a tip from Carmen.



Global Warmist James Schneider Freezes to Death

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:14 AM

Somebody up there has an excellent sense of humor:

Famed global warming activist James Schneider and a journalist friend were both found frozen to death on Saturday, about 90 miles from South Pole Station, by the pilot of a ski plane practicing emergency evacuation procedures.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing", recounted the pilot, Jimmy Dolittle. "There were two snowmobiles with cargo sleds, a tent, and a bright orange rope that had been laid out on the ice, forming the words, 'HELP-COLD'."
One friend of Prof. Schneider told ecoEnquirer that he had been planning a trip to an ice sheet to film the devastation brought on by global warming.

Unfortunately for the moonbats, the devastation was caused not by the imaginary climate crisis, but by their own stupidity. They made the trip in July, apparently too clueless to realize that's the middle of winter for the Southern Hemisphere. Or maybe they thought that South Pole polar bears would snuggle up to them and keep them warm. Anyone who believes in the global warming hoax at this point could believe pretty much anything.

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It's not nice to laugh, but…

On a tip from Oiao.

Update:

Sorry, looks like this was a hoax, just like global warming itself. You can't even trust Fox Nation these days. Some stories are too good to check; just ask the MSM.



New Wave of Illegals on the Way as Drug Lords Take Over Whole Towns Near Unguarded Border

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM

It looks like Comrade Obama will soon have a whole lot more illegal aliens to transform into welfare-dependent Democrat voters with the upcoming amnesty push.

Members of a drug cartel apparently intent on controlling a Mexican border town are threatening to kill residents or torch their homes, forcing some of the residents to flee into Texas to seek asylum, according to law enforcement authorities.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said the residents have been told "to vacate or they're going to start killing them and burning their houses down."
Residents from El Porvenir have been arriving at the U.S. port of entry at Fort Hancock, along a desolate stretch of the border about 50 miles southeast of El Paso, over the past week and a half, authorities say. West said more than 30 have requested political asylum.

Most won't bother with political asylum. Our rulers are about to wave a wand and make them all into American citizens anyway.

Soon the drug lords will be demanding that everyone vacate El Paso. But by then El Paso will have finished its transformation into a Mexican barrio, so the media will have an excuse not to pay much attention.

The federal government could start attending to its most fundamental responsibility by defending the border from invasion. But our Homeland Security chief can't see any point. After all, if you build a 50-foot wall, they'll bring an 51-foot ladder. Besides, it better suits the liberal agenda to crack down on conservatives instead.

On a tip from Hail The Amberlamps!



The First of the ObamaCare Side Effects

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:19 AM

The Heritage Foundation notes that a $1 billion "headache" reported by AT&T represents just the first of ObamaCare's deletierious effects on our economy and freedom.

This past Friday, AT&T, the biggest U.S. telephone company, announced that it would take a $1 billion charge against earnings thanks to tax changes buried in the 2,300+ page bill. $1 billion. That is a full third of AT&T's $3 billion earnings for the fourth quarter of 2009.

In corporate finance terms, this is downright devastating.

The tax charges stem from changes Obamacare makes to the tax treatment of prescription-drug benefits for retirees. Companies used to be able to deduct part of their costs for providing drug benefits to their retirees, but Obamacare cancels that deduction. Roland McDevitt, director of health care research at Towers Watson, tells the Wall Street Journal, they "have a stream of tax benefits they are losing way out in the future." Since companies had counted on these deductions for current and future retirees as an existing asset under the old law, accounting rules require firms to take the full loss for the change in the same quarter in which the tax law is changed. Hence Friday's announcement to inform shareholders that AT&T's bottom line was about to take a $1 billion hit.

AT&T will not be unique to this tax effect. Companies with large employee bases will be particularly vulnerable to tax pinches such as this one.

Keen to follow more of the ObamaCare fallout? The Heritage Foundation has a new web feature called "Side Effects," through which it will keep track of this and other nasty consequences of ObamaCare. To be fair, let's not call them "unintended consequences," since these attacks on the capitalist system are in fact triumphs for progressivism. It's completely conceivable that, if conservatives warned us about these during the HCR debate, then progressives fully intended them.

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Simply put: Government control over you AND the economy.



America's Most Liberal City Amuses Us Once Again

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:06 AM

The former Director of Detroit Public Schools Department of Risk Management used his position to funnel $57 Million to associates who provided nothing to the school district in return.

Documents in a Wayne County Circuit Court lawsuit brought by DPS allege that Stephen Hill of Detroit — director of DPS risk management from 2001-05 — received luxury vehicles and other kickbacks. Some of the vendors who benefitted were friends or associates of Hill's or relatives of Hill's assistant, Christina Polk-Osumah of Detroit, court records allege.
When Hill left the district in September 2005, he received a champagne-and-tenderloin farewell bash that cost the impoverished school system $40,000, according to the suit.

You didn't really think Monica Conyers and Kwame Kilpatrick's were aberrations, did you? Corruption is not a side-effect of progressive left government, corruption is the point of progressive left government. Why do you think the progressives are so eager to get their meat-hooks into health care?

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Invest in public schools, corrupt bureaucrats are counting on you.

Hat Tip: Dave via Facebook.



Canadian Comedian Guy Earle Hauled Before Commission for Thought Crime

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM

Liberal Canada's devotion to free speech — which Ann Coulter recently experienced first hand — is now throwing a wet blanket on comedians.

Standup Guy Earle got into it with a pair of obnoxious lesbians at a show in Vancouver. They disrupted the show and even threw drinks in his face. He dealt with them as you would expect a comedian to do, with ridicule. Under Canada's regime of totalitarian political correctness, this was the equivalent of making fun of belligerent Nazis in occupied France.

As Earle explains it,

"When you heckle me and you've been disrespectful through the whole show, I come from the George Carlin school of dealing with a heckler… So yeah, I shoved it down their throat and that's what you do. …"
"I have the right to be offensive. Because they didn't find it funny doesn't mean they can take me to the human rights tribunal."

They can and they have. The Ontario native has been ordered to fly back across the country to accept punishment for his thought crime from a kangaroo court held by the British Columbia Human Rights Commission.

Earle is starting to realize what kind of world he's unlucky enough to live in.

Asked if he regrets what he said… the comic answered he's more careful now that he knows there's "an incentive program for hecklers."
"My joke now is that when somebody heckles me out of the darkness, I peer through the lights and ask, 'I'm sorry sir, before I respond to you, can you tell me if you are part of a protected group?'"

At least the exposure should help advance his career. Or maybe not:

The veteran comic said the incident has helped him gain notoriety but it hasn't helped him gain bookings.
He's been accused of being homophobic and while a handful of places might encourage extremely offensive material, hundreds of others want little to do with it.

In a world of belly-crawling politically correct cowards, no one wants to book someone accused of being "homophobic." Earle's comedy career will be heading the way of comedy in general: down the drain for the sake of moonbat ideology.

On a tip from Edward.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:27 AM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Stewart Smalley Gets Pissy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:09 AM

Minnesota's disgrace --- Senator Stewart Smalley --- doesn't know much about the Health Care Bill he championed in the senate, and he gets really testy when gadfly Jason Mattera tries to ask him a couple of questions about what's in the bill.

Hat tip: Patterico

Also, below the break, Left Wing Blowhard "Special Ed" Schultz gets his ass handed to him by Ernest Istook of the Heritage Foundation.



This Really Frosts My Cookies

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:43 AM

Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power

A Federal Court has ordered the father of a Marine who died in Iraq --- and whose funeral was picketed by Fred Phelps and his band of inbred whackjobs from the Westboro Baptist Church Cult --- to pay reparations to the whackjobs for their legal costs after he sued them.

The law is an ass, all right.

Fred Phelps, BTW, is a registered Democrat who twice ran for office as a Democrat, supported Al Gore in 2000, and flew to Iraq as a volunteer human shield to protect Saddam Hussein. All of which means, he ain't no Tea Partier.

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I don't care how you feel about teh gheys, Fred Phelps is a prick.



Community Organizing 101: An ACORN Rebranding Primer

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:30 AM

This handy chart will undoubtedly need expanding in the near future, as ACORN tries to "shed" its corrupt former mantle and hose in more taxpayer funds under a different guise.


Hat tip: Big Journalism.



Item #3: Our Crowd, and Theirs

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:55 AM

Zombie --- the Dian Fossey of the Moonbat Left --- has a lovely photo essay comparing the Tea Partiers who gathered in Searchlight, NV to a rally of Left-Wing Progressives in Los Angeles a week earlier. It's a pretty good visual rebuke to all of those who sneer that the activists of the right are equal and opposite to their counterparts on the left.

Here's a sampling.

Us:
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Them:
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Item #2: A Prayer for Obama

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:46 AM


Hat Tip: Rob via Facebook
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"Let his days be few; and let another take his office." - Psalm 109:8



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Granny Botox Ladles Out the Bullshirt

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:31 AM


Good Morning Lucifer's Abominations,

House Speaker Granny Rictus Botox Pelosi has distributed talking points to Dramocrats to take home to their constituents over the Easter recess praising ObamaCare.

Members should "convey the immediate benefits of health reform to your constituents," the memo said.

If you're drinking coffee, you might want to put it down before reading the next part.

They should also "tell their constituents how all this was done in a fiscally responsible, open and transparent way," it states.

And if that fails, I guess they can just call opponents of the law violent racists.

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Code Pinkos Shut Down Karl Rove Book Signing

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:06 AM


Remember all the times Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Barbara Boxer got shouted down by obnoxious right-wingers while attempting to conduct their book tours?

Yeah, neither do I.

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Free speech for me but not for thee.



March 29, 2010

Craig Becker on Illegal Aliens

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 PM

Card check (ie, coercive unionization) isn't the only radical policy that forced Comrade Obama to resort to a recess appointment to get union lawyer Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board. Here he is declaring that it's a-okay with Big Government if businesses hire illegal aliens:

At least it's reassuring to know that Becker isn't always petulantly hostile to employers.

This should give you an idea of where B. Hussein is coming from on "immigration reform" — as if it weren't already obvious. If you think unemployment is a problem now, wait until amnesty makes it official that anyone who can get here will be made a citizen, along with all their relatives back home.

Can't find work? Too bad, because our liberal rulers could not care less.

Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.



The 2010 Census Is Already Effed Up

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:00 PM

The U.S. Census has been in preparation for over a year and already it's been revealed as a screwed up waste of billions of tax dollars.

Federal officials overseeing the 2010 Census testified last Thursday that existing Information Technology (IT) problems in the U.S Census Bureau's Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) operation could affect the accuracy of the decennial tabulation.
As a result of the IT deficiencies, it is difficult to accurately provide a final cost for the 2010 Census, which is currently estimated at around $14.7 billion.

But then again, we knew that the accuracy of the Census would be debatable at best -- a Democratic partisan money hole run by stooges aimed at doing everything to accentuate the minority count. No doubt, the IT problems and potential cost overruns will be an excuse to rely more heavily on illegitimate sampling methods, especially in those hard-to-reach illegal alien communities. Since, of course, they'll all be getting amnesty soon anyway.

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We're from the U.S. Census. We're here to steal your representation.



Students Learn Economic Consequences of Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:04 PM

It's nice to see students are taught something besides liberal lies after all. Students at a Southern California high school have learned that nanny state authoritarianism is not good for business:

Tiger's Den, the student-run snack bar at South Pasadena High School, has watched its profit plummet by more than half this year after a law banned junk food sales in California public schools and forced it to yank its best-seller, AriZona ice teas.
The shop is open 30 minutes a day during the school lunch break, and it has made about $6,000 in profit this year. That's compared with $14,000 at this point last year.
The student managers blame the law's July 1, 2009, deadline, by which time high schools had to exorcise sodas, including diet varieties, and other sugary drinks. …
For the students, it's been a real-life business lesson on the risk of relying on a star product and on the power of lawmakers to wreak havoc on small companies.

Scott Feldman, president of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, advises the students:

You just got delivered a nasty-gram and you will always remember what it was like to lose 50% of your revenue and how hard you had to work to make it up. There is no difference between that and what happens to businesses in the real world.

No doubt their teachers can put the experience into perspective by explaining that by generating a profit, they were indulging in racist oppression and endangering the polar bears.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Moonbat Assaults Elderly Lady at Tea Party Meeting

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:50 PM

Patriots are portrayed as violent because Sarah Palin metaphorically used the word "reload." Meanwhile, liberals slither into Tea Parties and assault elderly ladies.

An infiltrator at the Milaca [Minnesota] TEA Party Patriots meeting [Saturday] struck a women tea partier. …
This woman was a 3 time cancer survivor and came directly from her release from the hospital to this tea party event. The man ranted that the tea party group was just anti-government trouble makers. This frail woman put up her hand in defense and to signal "whoa, this is too intense". The man struck her defensively raised hand hard enough to cause extreme pain. The victim told the assailant, "You have the right to your opinion, but you do not have the right to hit me". At this point, other members of the group intervened. The man was shown the door.

At least he didn't bite her finger off.

I'm guessing this story will not be prominently featured on the evening news.

Via Free Republic, on a tip from Cheetah.



Over $9 Million Awarded for Two Days in Jail

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM

What a sucker I am to bust my tail working for a living. Others live much better without going to the trouble:

A Houston woman who was wrongly arrested in 2008 at the Walmart in Meyer Park has won a $9 million jury verdict.
Nitra Gipson, 24, filed a civil lawsuit against the retailer after store employees accused her of trying to exchange counterfeit Walmart money orders for cash. She was arrested and spent two days in jail. The Harris County District Attorney's Office declined to pursue charges after it was determined that the money orders were genuine. …
A Harris County court jury on Friday determined that Wal-Mart Stores Texas should pay $8.2 million in actual damages and $820,000 in punitive damages.

$8.2 million in "actual damages"? Why not? Our legal system is a farce; settlement numbers are snatched out of the air.

We live in a society ruled by pathologically greedy lawyers. These vampires won't stop sucking blood on behalf of their parasitical clients until America's veins are dry.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Climate Moonbat: Democracy Must Be Suspended to Fight Manbearpig

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:39 PM

In the name of ManBearPig, we've already decided to sacrifice truth (e.g. the East Anglia climate studies) and capitalism, now, uber-Moonbat James Lovelock suggests its time to throw Democracy onto the bonfire.


One of the main obstructions to meaningful action is "modern democracy", he added. "Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."

As we know from Thomas Friedman and Chairman Zero's gushing praise of Chinese authoritarianism, what the progressive left really wants is the end of this messy business in which people have a say in their governance. The war against the Phantom Menace of Manbearpig is just the excuse.

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We must sacrifice everything to save Mother Gaia from this awful peril.



Border Rancher Rob Krentz Murdered

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM

When it comes to border security, the wages of moonbattery is mayhem and death:

The body of Rancher Rob Krentz and his dog were found shot to death on his ranch. Krentz, who always was good-natured and willing to help people, had called in that he had found an illegal alien at one of his watering holes and was assisting him. That was the last that was heard from him before his body was discovered.
Rob Krentz was a lifelong rancher in Southeastern Arizona, 12 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border and 25 miles northeast of the city of Douglas. He was the father of three children. The ranch has been in his family for three generations, more than 100 years — since 1907, and sits on about 35,000 acres with 1,000 head of cattle. Running a ranch is hard work and with the influx of illegal aliens increasing, Rob was at ground zero of the stampede that is destroying the fragile desert landscape.
The Krentz family has received numerous threats in the past by illegal aliens trespassing on their property. In 2002, the family was physically threatened when one of them stumbled upon a group of 39 illegal aliens. They were told to get off the land and they made threats. The Border Patrol did catch the illegal aliens after they were called, but we all know that illegal aliens, if deported, come right back across.

During earlier incursions, the Reconquistadors butchered and barbequed one of his calves, and deliberately sabotaged his water supply. They have caused an estimated $8 million in damages to the ranch over the past 5 years.

When this was reported on the local Phoenix news last night (Fox 10), the stylishly coiffed "journalists" pretended they had no idea who killed Krentz, and neglected to mention his repeated problems with illegals in the past. As I recall, they also left out the part about his dog, although that would have been milked for poignant tears were it Americans killing a Mexican.

Meanwhile, the criminal syndicate calling itself our federal government resolutely refuses to defend the border, and is planning to grant amnesty to invading colonists, so as to enlist them on the welfare rolls and register them as Democrats.

Under our Constitution, the federal government has very few legitimate functions. Prominent among them is the defense of the 50 states from foreign invasion. Because the cancer wildly metastasizing in Washington willfully refuses to perform this fundamental duty, it is not a legitimate government, and the taxes it expropriates are theft.

On a tip from Bill T.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM

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Via the new and recommended iMaksim.com.



Even MSDNC Admits: More Guns, Less Crime

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:37 AM

Robert Heinlein said, "A well-armed society is a polite society." There's more than a few grains of truth in that. Even MSDNC has been reluctantly forced to admit that the rising tide of gun ownership has been accompanied by a dramatic decline in firearms deaths.

This here is a pretty shocking headline:

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The highest gun homicide rate is in Washington, D.C., which has had the nation's strictest gun-control laws for years and bans concealed carry: 20.50 deaths per 100,000 population, five times the general rate. The lowest rate, 1.12, is in Utah, which has such a liberal concealed weapons policy that most American adults can get a permit to carry a gun in Utah without even visiting the state.

Do you think someday maybe someday the geniuses in the MSM will figure out that abstinence leads to fewer pregnancies, and higher rates of incarceration lead to lower crime rates?



The UN's Worldwide Anti-Gun Agenda Aims at the USA

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:25 AM

This November 2009 NRA video should be watched by every freedom-loving gun owner in the USA.

Rebecca Peters, the woman who leads up the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) who is behind this worldwide effort, is not only the most dangerous persion to American gun-owners. She's buddies with George Soros and has an endless supply of money for her anti-gun efforts. They can out-spend the pro-gun lobby 20 or 30 to 1 worldwide. Plus, she looks strikingly like Rachel Maddow.

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The international face of your lost 2nd Amendment rights.


On a bullseye tip from Bergbiker.



Then and Now

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:42 AM

W's surge and the heroism of our troops in Iraq have turned around everything — even the rhetoric Chairman Zero reads off his teleprompter.

From AP, September 12, 2007:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is calling for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. combat brigades from Iraq, with the pullout being completed by the end of next year. "Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was," Obama said in excerpts of the speech provided to The Associated Press.

From Comrade Obama's mouth, March 28, 2010:

The United States of America does not quit once it starts on something. You don't quit, the American armed services does not quit. We keep at it. We persevere.

So long as our troops are winning. When things start to go badly because they have to fight with their hands tied, we knife them in the back. That's leadership a liberal can believe it.

On a tip from Edward.



Oh Noes! More ObamaCare-Related Violence and Threats!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:32 AM

They warned us that unhinged radicals would threaten violence if ObamaCare passed, and danged if they weren't right! A Pennsylvania man outraged over the Health Care Bill was arrested today for threatening the life of a Jewish Congressman.

The man was outraged over opposition to the Health Care Bill. The Jewish Congressman was Eric Cantor --- a man Obama's fan club has accused of lying about incidents of violence directed against him. Only Dramacrats are allowed to complain about threats and intimidation.

According to the affidavit, Leboon allegedly said in the video: "Remember Eric . . . our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy [expletive] pig. You're an abomination. You receive my bullets in your office. Remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."

The arrested man donated to Barack Obama's campaign in 2008.

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Es is die zeit fur rache!

Bonus! Comments from progressive lefties on the CNN Story Thread:

Karma is a bitch. Shouldn't have trumped up the stray bullet. No sympathy for this guy.
If I use the tea party's arguments, then clearly Cantor was asking for this kind of violence! He was setting people up! As Glenn Beck said, What does Cantor have to do to get shot?

If I was the #2 republican and I had a bunch of idiots of my congressional party on a ledge egging on the radical righ wing nuts to spite and curse and the democratic law makers that had were just going to make a bill that will help thousands of uninsured folks I would want to get a friendly law enforcement officer to claim he had just arrested a man that was theatening his lif to take the negitive pressure off my party !


Why isnt the Justic Dept. arresting, and charging the racist scumbag's that spit on a government official? Or, the shouted a racial, and communist minded slur as well as threats, to other government official's?

Because it didn't happen, dumbass.



Symbol of ObamaCare

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM

As part of Healthcare Reform, all physicians who are not driven out of the profession will be issued shiny new lapel pins:

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Compliments of Lyle.



Hopey Change Imposes Capital Control

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:31 AM

By piling outrage upon outrage at a maniacal pace, our socialist rulers have made it difficult even to keep track of their assaults on our liberty, much less resist them. Barely noticed by anyone, they have stretched out their insatiably greedy claws to exert control over private funds in overseas banks:

On March 18, with very little pomp and circumstance, president Obama passed the most recent stimulus act, the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487), brilliantly goalseeked by the administration's millionaire cronies to abbreviate as HIRE. As it was merely the latest in an endless stream of acts destined to expand the government payroll to infinity, nobody cared about it, or actually read it. Because if anyone had read it, the act would have been known as the Capital Controls Act, as one of the lesser, but infinitely more important provisions on page 27, known as Offset Provisions - Subtitle A — Foreign Account Tax Compliance, institutes just that. In brief, the Provision requires that foreign banks not only withhold 30% of all outgoing capital flows (likely remitting the collection promptly back to the US Treasury) but also disclose the full details of non-exempt account-holders to the US and the IRS. And should this provision be deemed illegal by a given foreign nation's domestic laws (think Switzerland), well the foreign financial institution is required to close the account. It's the law. If you thought you could move your capital to the non-sequestration safety of non-US financial institutions, sorry you lose — the law now says so. Capital Controls are now here and are now fully enforced by the law.

The last time America came this close to degenerating into a socialist dictatorship, FDR banned citizens from owning gold. But under Hopey Change, even the Great Depression could come to resemble an era of economic liberty.

One thing we are confused about is whether this law is a preamble, or already incorporates, the flow of non-cash assets, such as commodities, and, thus, gold. If an account transfers, via physical or paper delivery, gold from a domestic account to a foreign one, we are not sure if the language deems this a 30% taxable transaction, although preliminary discussions with lawyers indicates this is likely the case.
And so the noose on capital mobility tightens, as very soon the only option US citizens have when it comes to investing their money, will be in government mandated retirement annuities, which will likely be the next step in the capital control escalation, which will culminate with every single free dollar required to be reinvested into the US, likely in the form of purchasing US Treasury emissions such as Treasuries, TIPS and other worthless pieces of paper.

This appalling law [PDF] will also make it difficult to invest in real estate overseas. Already Israeli banks are urging American clients to close their accounts.

Soon productive citizens will be reduced to dragging suitcases stuffed with their life savings across the southern border, in hopes of escaping Change before our tyrannical federal government can reduce them to paupers in the name of Social Justice. That's when the Feds will discover that we need border security after all.

On tips from Marasmius.



Smug NY Times Moonbat Smirks and Gloats

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM

If you aren't angry enough yet to do whatever you can to dislodge our socialist rulers from power before they totally destroy this country, check out the recent opinion piece in the New York Slimes by smug moonbat Charles M. Blow, who proclaims that the alleged "bullying, threats, and acts of violence" by patriots opposed to the federal government seizing control of the healthcare system are

an extension of a now-familiar theme: some version of "take our country back." The problem is that the country romanticized by the far right hasn't existed for some time, and its ability to deny that fact grows more dim every day. President Obama and what he represents has jolted extremists into the present and forced them to confront the future. And it scares them.

The future they have planned is scary, all right.

A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill's most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It's enough to make a good old boy go crazy.

That is, if you're not on board with communism by increasingly large increments, you are RACIST! SEXIST! ANTI-GAY! This is what passes for intellect among our condescending ruling class.

Meanwhile, in a poll of conservative bloggers that came out today at Right Wing News, the most popular figure on the right is Thomas Sowell. But back to the alternate reality inhabited by Charles Blowhard, who proclaims that patriotic Tea Partiers are "anachronistic" because according to Quinnipiac University we are

disproportionately white, evangelical Christian and "less educated … than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack." This at a time when the country is becoming more diverse (some demographers believe that 2010 could be the first year that most children born in the country will be nonwhite), less doctrinally dogmatic, and college enrollment is through the roof. The Tea Party, my friends, is not the future.
You may want "your country back," but you can't have it. That sound you hear is the relentless, irrepressible march of change. Welcome to America: The Remix.

Aka the USSA. To sum up: only redneck honkies believe in liberty, and soon you'll be washed away in a demographic tide.

Liberals of all complexions eat this stuff up. That's why amnesty is next on the Statist agenda.

The premature gloating makes the progressive objective all too clear. When they say they want to Change the country we love, they mean they want to obliterate it.

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Blowhard says we can't have our country back.

On a tip from Incitatus.



If this is true, Michael Steele Needs to Go

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:24 AM

At a time of record deficits, it's not good form for the head of the Republican Party to be wasting money on chic hotels and ---- am I reading this right --- bondage-themed nightclubs?

A February RNC trip to California, for example, included a $9,099 stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the nearby Four Seasons, and $1,620.71 spent [update: the amount is actually $1,946.25] at Voyeur West Hollywood, a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex.

A for effort, Michael... but I still don't think you're going to get Bill Maher to join the Republican Party.

He also reportedly wanted to use RNC funds to buy a private jet. Who does he think he is? Al Gore?

There may be legitimate explanations for all these expenses, but it does look pretty bad.

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"And that's why Mr. Slave and I became registered Republicans."



AP Finally Notices That ObamaCare Will Worsen Doctor Shortage

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:52 AM

Well, gee, thanks Ass Press. Why weren't you covering this a few weeks ago when it would have done some good? You know, back when only us right-wing kooks were saying, "You know, adding millions of patients to the system while driving thousands of doctors out of the system may not be a really good idea."

Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the landmark health overhaul that will bring them millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain. ... Recently published reports predict a shortfall of roughly 40,000 primary care doctors over the next decade.

You can thank all of those imbeciles who think it's morally wrong (and therefore should be legally wrong) to make a profit treating sick people.

The article tries to spin this positively, saying doctors will cope by kicking routine care down to assistants and nurses with less training. It's an idea I generally support, but without tort reform, it's just litigation waiting to happen. This scheme will last about as long as it takes an ambulance chasing attorney to sue a doctor for negligence for relying on an assistant to perform a test he should have performed himself.

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Under ObamaCare, your quality of care will diminish somewhat and your taxes will go up a lot.

Hat Tip: DFC... and there's some funny sh-t there.



More Americans Resist Porkulus

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:30 AM

Forget about simmering. The frustration of the American people at wasteful "stimulus" spending is boiling over. Take Ruthsburg, Maryland as an example. A dozen huge mylar pig balloons were flown in from Massachusetts and flown above a town rally protesting the latest $70 million Porkulus project.

The pigs were a reminder that many in this rural community - and virtually everyone gathered in the high school auditorium that night - viewed the federal project as wasteful. Take the $70 million in stimulus funds and the promises of hundreds of new jobs somewhere else, they said.
For more than three hours, officials from the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the General Services Administration patiently answered questions and withstood scathing comments that revealed an opposition and distrust rivaling the most confrontational displays in last year's health care town-hall summits.

The project, a security training center sprawled over 2,000 acres, has been delayed for about six months, in part due to the opposition. The feds are still trying to cram it down the throats of Marylanders despite -- gasp -- environmental concerns.

"EPA believes the project may adversely affect the aquatic and terrestrial environment, including wetlands and, potentially, endangered species," wrote Jeffrey D. Lapp, associate director of the agency's Office of Environmental Programs.

But as we learned recently, when Big Government wants to do something (as compared to private business), to hell with environmental impact concerns.

Why during a recession would the locals eschew more federal money and more potential jobs? It couldn't be because they are sick and tired of being pushed around by Big Government, could it?

By the next round of public meetings in February, public affairs specialists flooded Queen Anne's County High School, holding court in classrooms where they answered and acknowledged individual questions and concerns. Oversized poster boards with graphics, maps and photographs detailed the project's environmental, cultural and economic impact.
But at a well-attended public forum held in the school auditorium, it remained clear that the federal officials sent to gain support for the project had lost credibility in the community. Misunderstandings were perceived as broken promises and contradictions were treated as conspiracies.
"I think what it comes down to with a number of citizens is can you trust what the federal government is telling you?" [County Commissioner Eric] Wargotz said. "I can tell you from my perspective, I don't trust what the feds are telling us."

Just as their incredulous Dear Leader Obama, Big Government officials -- even in the bluest of blue states -- are mistrusted and resented for telling residents what's good for them.

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Because it's for the Democrat Party's Own Good. (So they think.)



Where's Al Bundy When You Need Him?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:07 AM

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Imagine if Hillary were the President of the United States, half of Congress were clones of Nancy Pelosi, and the other half clones of Alan Alda. That's pretty much the government of Iceland, whose Feminist-Controlled Government has just outlawed all nudie bars, strip clubs, topless restaurants, and reruns of The Man Show.

Gee, I thought this was the kind of thing only Republican Theocrats did.

57% of Icelandic "men" support the new law.

I'm not commenting one way or the other on the new law, just noting the ironing.

Hat Tip: AoS HQ



Welcome to the Open Thread

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:50 AM


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Item #3: Ain't It Terrible When Folks Threaten Violence Against Politicians?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:03 AM

Except when the politicians are Sarah Palin and Eric Cantor. Then, it's hunky-dory, apparently.

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Yeah, too bad we on the right can't just engage in constructive dialogue over our differences, like Obama's fan club does. And just look how polite and coherent they are. I am so jealous.

BTW, I was being sarcastic.

Hat Tip: Atlas Shrugs via Sondra K



Item #2: While America Was Distracted by March Madness...

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:46 AM

... Dear Reader appointed 15 hardcore leftists to key administration positions. One of them, an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, is an SEIU lawyer and advocate for coercive unionization (a.k.a. "Card Check), who was too radical to be confirmed even when the Dramacrats had a 60 seat super-majority in the senate.

Becker, a lawyer for the AFL-CIO and SEIU, in many ways fits the mold of a typical Democratic pick for the agency, but there are three reasons to have serious reservations about putting him in such a powerful position. First: His opinions are extreme. He has argued that workers should be allowed to choose only between unions, not between a union and no representation, and he wants employers to be banned from even attending NLRB hearings about union elections. On the subject of the NLRB itself, he has gone so far as to write that "employers should have no right to be heard in either a representation case or an unfair labor practice case, even though Board rulings might indirectly affect their duty to bargain." In other words: "Shut up." Second: He is affiliated with ACORN, a corrupt enterprise that works the intersection of Big Labor and politics for its own benefit. Third: He has lied to Congress about his relationship with ACORN. On all of those grounds, his nomination should be opposed, vigorously.

I wonder if Harry Reid still thinks recess appointments are "an end-run around the Constitution." Actually, I don't.

Also, all of Chairman Zero's picks have been eliminated from the Final Four, including "Syscasuse."



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Well, Geez, Whose Wealth Did You Think They'd Be Redistributing?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:23 AM

Good Morning Sons and Daughters of Liberty, Good Morning Bastard Children of Progressive Fascism,

The women of Los Angeles are stunned to find out that free health care isn't really free.

Eydie McNeill was fuming about the newly passed healthcare bill, but her rage had nothing to do with socialism, death panels or the deficit.
She just likes a good tan, and because of a provision in the bill that puts a 10% additional tax on tanning salon fees, her sessions are probably going to cost her more.
"I'm angry. I'm really disappointed by all this," said McNeill, 51, waiting for a tanning bed at the Tanning Club in Westwood. "It just feels like we're being taxed for everything nowadays."

How do you like your hope and change now?

"I'm being singled out by my government, and there is nothing I can do about it," said Wayne LaVassar, who owns 16 salons in Southern California that use ultraviolet-light tanning beds. "Folks that are directly affected don't have a strong enough lobby to be heard."

Watch your language, missy! Or Henry Waxman will haul you up to Capitol Hill and make you denounce yourself before the Politiburo.

Howard Dean, by the way, admits that the entire purpose of ObamaCare is the redistribution of wealth.

BTW, did you know that the "year-to-year retail sales figures" have been juiced to hide the decline in consumer spending? Basically, stores that go out of business one year to the next aren't counted. The statistics only report the increase in sales at surviving stores once the others go out of business.



March 28, 2010

Phoenix Greets the Tea Party Express

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:18 PM

Today I had the honor of shaking hands with the great J.D. Hayworth, who took time to greet the Tea Party Express III to Phoenix. He was inspiring as always, no doubt eliciting whimpers of terror from moonbats…

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…as well as from their RINO enablers, one of whom stands to lose his job if the Senate primary goes well in August:

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Also on hand was one of the redneck racists Keith Olbermann has been shrieking about, Lloyd Marcus

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… as well as Joe the Plumber…

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Rivoli Revue

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…crowds of patriots with pithy signs…

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…and of course yours truly, who wouldn't have missed it to see Robert Reich at a dwarf toss.

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A great time was had by all. Don't miss the next Tea Party near you. There will be plenty on Tax Day.

Photos by Varla.



Earth-Last Moonbattery

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:50 PM

In a peculiar twist, government moonbattery went the other way this time in Great Britain: try reckless destruction of a natural ecosystem in order to inflict puritanical morality on perverts.

A council has backed the removal of 6,000 trees at a beauty spot, saying that the clearance will deterrent to people meeting for sex in the woods.
Jean Rigby, a local councillor, said: "The area will be replanted with native species that, in 20 years, people will see the benefit of.
"I'm more than happy this is being carried out - and it has a double whammy in terms of the sexual behaviour. I've heard anecdotally that since the trees have been cleared, it's quietened down a lot!"

It is fascinating that -- in Airstrip One of all places -- the cost-benefit analysis actually went the way of Society and against Nature. But all this deforestation, simply to combat dogging in the woods? I don't know... 20 years with no full-grown trees seems quite a price to pay for moving a bunch of filthy public shagging to a golf course or a mall parking lot. And think of all the CO2 offsets Darwen-in-Lancashire will now be obliged to purchase.

I couldn't rant on this any better than tipster Anonymous Countermoonbat:

As far as studies go, only private citizens must conduct expensive studies to prove their treecutting won't affect spotted owls or increase our level of Manbearpig endangerment.
If you're a private landowner who wants to cut trees, forget it. If you're a useless bureaucrat who wants to do it as a non-solution to an unrelated problem, go right ahead.

Who knows, AC. Maybe this is the start of something. If this kind of decisioning spreads to more municipalities and even US, the spotted owl and snail darter best look out. Or, maybe conifers will fly out of Al Gore's butt.

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Airstrip One: All the common sense of a smack whore with all the decency of a nun. (image)



And Now for Something Completely Not Different on HCR

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:03 PM

Another loony look at the Democrats on ObamaCare -- just so we don't forget who's "in charge" of this abomination.



Ain't It Great That a Party That Really Cares About the Working Class Is In Power?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:09 PM

The EPA Mileage regulations for 2015 pushed for by Dramacrats will add $1,800 to $2,000 to the price of a small car; $4,500 to $6,000 to the price of a mid-sized car; and $9,000 to the price of a pick-up truck by 2015, according to an analysis by Automotive News.

And this is on top of the $1,800 in additional health care premiums and $3,000 in carbon taxes the Dramacrats envision for the working class.

Isn't it great that those greedy Republicans are out of power?

At this rate, the only car working people will be able to afford is the Tata, and we know how great those are.

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Eat your heart out, Toyota!



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM

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Via Red Planet Cartoons, on a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Breitbart Reports on Moonbat Attack at Searchlight Tea Party

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:57 AM

As noted earlier, patriots weren't the only ones to show up for the massive Tea Party in Searchlight yesterday. A handful of moonbats flapped out of their caves to display their support for the Democrat establishment. They conducted themselves with their usual classiness. Andrew Breitbart provides an eyewitness report:

Meanwhile, conservatives are accused of violence on the grounds that Sarah Palin used the metaphorical expression "reload."

On a tip from Oaio.



CNN Brazenly Lies to Undermine Massive Searchlight, Nevada Tea Party

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM

The liberal establishment media's credibility would be marginal if it were only for the relentless left-wing slant. But because of its willingness to deliberately mislead regarding objective facts, it has no credibility at all. The latest example comes from Searchlight, Nevada, where tens of thousands rallied at a Tea Party event honoring the execrable Harry Reid's upcoming involuntary retirement. CNN's estimate of the crowd size: "Hundreds of people, at least dozens of people."

As Bill Clinton would observe, it's technically not a lie. After all, 20,000 (as reported at the hardly right-wing source Politico) is "at least dozens." But check out the photos at American Border Patrol and judge for yourself: is "hundreds of people, at least dozens of people" an accurate description of this crowd?

Typically, local news coverage was far more professional than CNN's:


The Tea Party train is still gathering momentum. Telling increasingly desperate lies to an increasingly skeptical public isn't going to stop it.

On tips from Edward, Infidel Joe, and glenwood183. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Ted Nugent

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM

What could possibly be more fun than hanging out with the Motor City Madman at his Waco ranch?

On a tip from Oiao.



How a Bill Becomes a Law - 2010 Update

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:01 AM



March 27, 2010

Tea Party Protesters Egg Harry Reid's Bus

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:58 PM

Oops, my bad. It's actually the other way around. Harry Reid's SEIU thugs threw eggs at a bus carrying tea party patriots to an event in Searchlight, NV.

Andrew Breitbart claims he was threatened with physical violence. I don't know, campers, should we wait for more confirmation of this, or should we do what the dramacrats do and let the accusation prove the charge?

The Las Vegas Sun has some pictures
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An "Earth Hour" Reminder

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:02 PM

Choose light, or choose darkness. The choice is yours.

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Nice Business You Got There, Shame If Anything Were to Happen to it

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:33 PM

The Dramacrats are furious that companies like AT&T, John Deere, and Caterpillar have reported that ObamaCare is going to cost them hundreds of millions of dollars to implement. They are angry that Medtronics has said it may have to lay off hundreds of workers because of the new medical devices tax. (Hat Tip: AoSHQ)

The Dramacrat Politburo is issuing letters to the management of those companies, threatening to pull them into Washington for show trials hearings. They are demanding that these dissident capitalists turn over all records detailing how they arrived at the outrageous conclusion that... um... insurance is going to cost a lot more when Government mandates it to cover more people with more conditions.

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Partisanship Visualized

Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:23 PM

A visual aid regarding ObamaCare that is worth at least 535 words.

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Courtesy of Political Math.

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



Caturday Post: Time to Get Beyond Thunderdome the Tea Party Movement

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:04 PM

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LOLZ. She thinks she's ceiling cat.

Since ObamaCare passed, I have been thinking that maybe it's time to retire the Tea Party movement. The original Tea Party didn't keep going and going and once the Revolutionary War started. And we aren't at the stage of armed rebellion. For this reason, my thought was, put the Tea Party to bed, and embrace another successful, peaceful anti-totalitarian movement.

In the 1980s it constituted a broad anti-bureaucratic social movement. The government attempted to destroy the (movement) during the period of martial law in the early 1980s and several years of political repression, but in the end it was forced to start negotiating.

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I realize the irony of using a union movement to protest a President who's a sock-puppet of the SEIU. It's as ironic as, I suppose, a communist workers' paradise in which unions were illegal.

And it's much harder to make 'Solidarity' into a giggly sexual metaphor. I mean, I guess you could go the erectile dysfunction route, but it would be really strained.

I'm gonna take a Solidarity flag to the next protest and just see what happens.

Solidarity brought down one Marxist Regime. It can bring down another.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:42 AM

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Compliments of Bryan.



Moonbat on Moonbat Hissyfittery

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:00 AM

The Gay Drama Moonbats are having a spat with the Cinema Drama Moonbats over an art film about gay cowboys eating pudding homicidal trannies.

In the official online listing for "Ticked-Off Trannies," a comedy by Israel Luna that is making its world premiere at the Tribeca festival, the film is described as a "campy homage to the exploitation films" in which "a group of transgender women are violently beaten and left for dead," but then "the violated vixens turn deadly divas."
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said, "The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women." The alliance urged its membership to contact the festival and demand that the film be pulled from its schedule.

Silly director. Doesn't he know white heterosexual men are the only acceptable film villains?

The moral is, of course, you can't appease fanatical nutjob drama queens. Or, if you prefer another metaphor, how about, "Get out the popcorn, the lefties are fighting again."



"Right" to Healthcare = Communist Tyranny

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM

When B. Hussein announced during a pre-election debate that healthcare is a "right," it became clear to anyone paying attention that Obama is not only a red diaper baby who spent his entire life around communists, but a communist himself. If you have a "right" to healthcare, you have a "right" to anything else you might want — and others have a duty to provide it to you. In other words, if you have a "right" to goods and services provided by others, you have no rights at all — you and everyone else are slaves of The State.

A moonbat caller to Michael Medved's radio show helps explain. Via the David Boze show in Seattle, Listen here.

On a tip from Kevin R.



The Washington Post Reminds You, All Criticism of the President Is Racist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:28 AM

To the unhinged, paranoid left --- America is but one short step away from imposing Jim Crow, if not re-instituting slavery. And any criticism of the president's policies is proof that white conservatives yearn to put all African-Americans back in chains.

Colbert King lets his unhinged, paraonoid, rat-crazy freak flag fly in the Washington Post.

The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school's first black student, bravely tried to walk to class. Those same jeering faces could be seen gathered around the Arkansas National Guard troopers who blocked nine black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School in 1957.

The faces were similar in that they had eyes, mouths, noses. But this is how crazy progressive logic works: "If I can analogize a current event to something racist that happened in the past, it proves the current event is racist." i.e. There was a crowd of people, They were protesting something. A crowd of people in 1956 protested something and they were racist. So, this crowd must be racist, too.

The real truth behind the Dramacrats charges of violence and racism is this:

Accusing their enemies of being violent racists is the only thing they've got. And the only thing their brain-dead base can understand. Hate sells.

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More proof that America is one step away from lynch mobs.




We the People

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM

A message to Chairman Zero that he is going to hear eventually:

Soviet tanks rolling down the streets would have been much easier to resist than the incremental communist conquest from within that Comrade Obama has thrown into overdrive. But resist it we will. If some can have the courage to die for liberty, others can have the discipline to live for it.

On a tip from Charles.



The Barry Soetoro Dossier

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 AM

Obama's malignant performance as president has come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his background. This overview gives an idea of the stories an objective media would have investigated far before this shadowy extremist made it to the Oval Office:

On a tip from Leslie.



Celebrate Human Achievement Hour (HAH!) Tonight

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:02 AM

Because their poster is less lame than those "Earth Hour" creeps.

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Hat tip: TED



March 26, 2010

When They Said HCR Was a Jobs Bill...

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:40 PM

... They must have left out the word "Destroy."

As noted in several places, the new health-care bill has already made the cost of employees more expensive and taken away capital that could otherwise have been used to hire workers.

Farm-equipment manufacturer John Deere "said it expects its expenses to rise by around $150 million on an after-tax basis, mainly in the second quarter, as a result of the legislation."

Verizon "told employees in an email Tuesday that Verizon's costs will go up in the near term, pinpointing a tax-subsidy reduction for retiree health benefits."

Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar "said that its first-quarter earnings will be hit with a $100 million after-tax charge under tax law changes attached to the new health care reform legislation."

AK Steele Holding Corp., "the third largest U.S. steelmaker by sales, said it will record a non-cash charge of about $31 million resulting from the health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama. The charge will be recorded in the first quarter of 2010."

Valero Energy "will take a $15 million to $20 million charge to second-quarter earnings for the same reason."

Medical-device maker Medtronic "warned that new taxes on its products could force it to lay off a thousand workers."

Also...

AT&T Inc. said it plans to take a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in the first quarter following the passage of the health-care reform bill earlier this week, according to a filing submitted by the company Friday. The telecommunication giant will also evaluate changes to its health care benefits for employees and retirees.

This must be why the administration needs to renew unemployment infinitely and make banks let the unemployed slide on their mortgages.




They Did It for the Children

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:48 PM

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Just In Case You Missed All That Kerfuffle Last Weekend

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:45 PM

The gnomish Greg Gutfeld has some timeless insights on that abomination of the Obamanation called ObamaCare that passed last Sunday and was engraved upon by himself the Chairman Zero on Tuesday. Listen for the "smell the finger" reference.

Yes, Obama got the girl to go home with him -- a smelly whore who will pustulently infect not only him, but the nation. This is about the best ribald analogy of that legislative perversion yet. There is no end to the criticism that can be levied on the Statists for their bald-faced power grab. What's more: there is no end to the stinky fingers in Washington that deserve to be, shall we say, severely trimmed.



America Dragged Kicking and Screaming to the VAT

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:15 PM

Charles Krauthammer discusses ObamaCare's next trick.

We are now $8 trillion in debt. The Congressional Budget Office projects that $12 trillion will be added over the next decade. Obamacare, when stripped of its budgetary gimmicks -- the unfunded $200 billion-plus "doctor fix," the double counting of Medicare cuts, the 10-6 sleight-of-hand (counting 10 years of revenue and only six years of outflows) -- is at minimum a $2 trillion new entitlement.

This is a fiscally disastrous path, since out-of-control health care costs now will paid for under ObamaCare -- which did absolutely nothing to address the costs issue itself. Where will this lead us? Inevitably, to the VAT - both literally and figuratively.

The ultimate cash cow, value-added taxes have been used to feed welfare states worldwide. The European Union nations have enormous VATs: Germany: 19%, France and Italy: 20% percent, Scandinavian countries: 25%.

Obama set out to be a consequential president, on the order of Ronald Reagan. With the VAT, Obama's triumph will be complete. He will have succeeded in reversing Reaganism. Liberals have long complained that Reagan's strategy was to starve the (governmental) beast in order to shrink it: First, cut taxes -- then ultimately you have to reduce government spending.
Obama's strategy is exactly the opposite: Expand the beast and then feed it.

Surprise surprise, this was part of Chairman Zero's nefarious, free-market-hating plan from the start.

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A VAT of boiling oil is too good for the Statists taking over the US.



Keith Olbermann's Worst Nightmare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:43 PM

Ethically-Challenged Democrat (there's a cliche for you) Congresswoman Laura Richardson has attracted an opponent in her re-election big for the US House of Representatives. Richardson is in a well-gerrymandered Democrat district, and probably has little to worry about. (Democrats really don't care about ethics scandals unless they happen to Republicans.) Plus which, her opponent is obviously a right-wing kook. Look what she said about black people:

Social engineers of the late 1960s told Americans that black people could not take control over the poverty in their lives due to centuries of racism and segregation. The onus was on society to "fix" poverty, and taxpayers are still pouring money into it. But poverty can't be fixed with money. Moral bankruptcy, caused by the scourge of relativism, must be overcome. Government safety nets allow people to escape the consequences of personal behavior. As a result, there is little incentive to learn from bad behavior.

Would you like to see a picture of this racist tea-bagger?

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Yes, it's Star Parker.

Star Parker for Congress. Yippee! Good luck, babe. You'll need it.



PBS Helping Schools Indoctrinate ObamaCare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:18 PM

The Progressive Broadcasting Service (PBS) is producing materials for teachers to indoctrinate students on our new socialist health care system, teaching the young skulls full of mush that Government-Provided Health Care is a Basic Human Right.

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So, we have a taxpayer funded media indoctrinating youth to support the agenda of the party in power. I would point out a historical parallel, but that would make me as some sort of right-wing kook.

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Indoctrination --- It's Edu-Tastic!



Isn't the Term "Jungle Gym" Racially Offensive, Too?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:45 PM

Housing officials in New York City have knuckled under to PC silliness once again.

Complaints have prompted New York City's public housing authority to change a playground jungle gym made to resemble a jail.
Workers removed the word "jail" and fake bars on Wednesday from the Tompkins Houses jungle gym in Brooklyn.
Natasha Godley, who has a 6-year-old son, says she complained because "it was like promoting kids to go to jail."

Under the direction of the Safe School Czar and Planned Parenthood, the Jungle Gym will be redesignated the "S&M Dungeon" and affixed with child-sized shackles and handcuffs.

OK, I made that last part up... but it would be totally PC if they did.

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Now, how to make sure those teeter-totters are always perfectly balanced so no one's on top.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Get Ready for Earth Hour Human Achievement Hour!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:12 AM

Tomorrow at 8:30 PM local time (that's 20:30 ROW), you'll be asked by eco-moonbats a plenty to turn off your lights — at least, the unnecessary ones — for "climate change awareness." We have Australia to thank for Earth Hour, where this cockamamey "awareness" scheme originated in 2007.

So, how are you going to observe Earth Hour, friendly readers? Besides running every appliance in your home plus your AC/heat beyond the cost-effective zone plus renting a few kleig lights to party outside with your like-minded neighbors, you might want to consider an alternative suggested at Conservative Blog Watch.

Good news is, there's now an alternative to Earth Hour — it's called Human Achievement Hour! A celebration of all that humans have accomplished. What can you do to participate?
* In honor of HAH, leave your lights on, Saturday, March 27, at 8:30pm!
* Tweet or blog about it, and let us know about how you observed that hour. (#HAH2010).
* Follow HAH on Twitter, Twitter.com/hah_2010.
* Join HAH on Facebook.
* If you're in the Washington, DC area, join us for a cocktail hour celebrating HAH.
* Read Michelle Minton's commentaries on specific human achievements, on Openmarket.org.

Don't you know, there are plenty of things to celebrate this Saturday night, rather than bring awareness to something over which humans have no control.

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Human Achievement Hour: Because it's always Earth Hour in N. Korea.(image)



James Cameron Turns on the Charm

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:47 AM

Moonbat propagandist James Cameron, giddy with the financial success of his anti-capitalist, anti-military, anti-American, anti-civilization Pocahontas remake, is letting it all hang out:

Asked what he thought about Beck during a junket appearance in support of the "Avatar" home video release, Cameron said: "Glenn Beck is a f****** a**hole. I've met him."

Beck isn't the only recipient of Cameron's charm. Everyone aware that global warming has been definitively revealed as a deliberate hoax is in for some too:

"I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads." Turning more serious, he added: "Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their a** I'm not sure they could hear me."

Every time you buy a movie ticket, you're paying for the champagne and caviar that fuel these people's mouths.

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Joy Behar without the brains.

On a tip from Cheetah.



Planned Parenthood Corrupts Girl Scouts at UN Conference

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:44 AM

Girl Scouts must be as sweet and innocent as they look. Otherwise, why would Planned Parenthood go out of its way to corrupt them at a UN conference?

Sharon Slater, a mother of seven, innocently walked into a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women a few weeks ago. Almost immediately she was asked to leave. All non-Scout adults were kicked out of the room, which was packed with adolescent girls.
Her curiosity piqued, Slater lingered by the door and when the panel ended she went immediately back inside to look around. What she found has shocked her and shocked Girl Scout moms around the country. Slater found a stack of brochures produced by Planned Parenthood called "Healthy, Happy and Hot" that among other things explained to the girls, "Some people have sex when they have been drinking or using drugs. That is your choice."
But it gets worse. The sex guide explains, "Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse. But there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. Sex can include kissing, touching, licking, tickling, sucking and cuddling. Some people like to have aggressive sex, while others like to have soft sex and slow sex with their partners. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!" It tells girls to explore the prostate [i.e., anal sex]. Remember, this was distributed in a panel for adolescent girls.

One problem with our liberal rulers making their masturbatory fantasies of wriggling adolescent orgies into reality is the inevitable spread of lethal STDs. But not the worry — children are being prepared for that.

Besides advice about the prostate, the brochure, subtitled "Rights, Sexuality and Living with HIV," also gives incorrect and even dangerous information about rights and responsibilities. … The brochure tells the kids that their rights are violated when governments require them to tell their HIV status to their sex partners.

In short, Planned Parenthood is deliberately encouraging the spread of AIDS among children. Ever wonder how evil you would have to be to perform abortions by the millions? Now you know.

This isn't the first time Girl Scouts USA has attempted to sexually corrupt the kids under its care:

At a Girl Scout conference in 2004, co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scouts handed out a brochure to 700 grade-school girls with the title "It's Perfectly Normal," a guide that celebrated masturbation and that featured explicit drawings of couples having sex and a boy putting on a condom. It also listed, no surprise here, the top ten reasons for having an abortion.

The little girls in their uniforms might be innocent, but the moonbats running the organization are anything but.

The present day Girl Scouts are not your older sister's Scouts, let alone your Moms. Not by a long shot. They seem to have joined up fully with the anything-goes-ethos of the left-wing sexual buccaneers and for it they are lauded at the UN. Compare that with the Boy Scouts who have remained true to their founding vision and to traditional values and for it they are banned from using public buildings.

If liberals win the Culture War, where will it lead? Debauched children dying of AIDS under flickering compact fluorescent lights in roach-ridden government hospitals.

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After arts & crafts, prostate exploration.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



MSNBC Thug Ed Schultz Calls for Nationalization of Airwaves

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:46 AM

Here's MSNBC yapper Ed Schultz on his radio show, sharing his philosophy regarding freedom of speech for more popular competitors:

Hell, if we're going to be socialists, let's be socialists all across the board.

That is, why stop at nationalizing the auto industry, the mortgage industry, health insurance, student loans, et cetera? Let's also nationalize radio, so that Rush Limbaugh and anyone else not on board with what is being done to our country by the radical left can be silenced.

This is the mentality of the liberal governmedia. If we don't live in a totalitarian country within 10 years, it will only be because patriots rose up to stop Schultz, Obama, and the ideology they personify.

Hearing is believing.

Via Real Clear Politics, on a tip from Oiao.



Obama's Latest Slap to Israel's Face

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:15 AM

Given that BHO had spent his entire life surrounded by communists, some predicted he would govern like a communist. He has proven us right by nationalizing or exerting suffocating federal control over every industry he can get his greedy fists around. Given that B. Hussein's social sphere has also prominently featured racist maniacs like Jeremiah Wright who noisily hate Israel, some predicted that standing up for Western Civilization's outpost in the Middle East would not be a priority. We were right once again.

Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday.

Here's how the Community Organizer in Chief treated our visiting friend:

He immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands […prominently including] a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem.
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls."
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways.

This isn't the first time the Obamination Administration has stuck it to Israel:

A fortnight ago, Joe Biden the US vice president, arrived 90 minutes late for a dinner Mr Netanyahu hosted in Jerusalem after Israel announced plans to build 1,600 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the city's predominantly Arab east.

Then this:

Sending a clear message of his displeasure, Mr Obama treated his guest to a series of slights. Photographs of the meeting were forbidden and an Israeli request to issue a joint-statement once it was over were turned down.
"There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage," Israel's Maariv newspaper reported. "Bibi received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea."

But with Iran, the terrorist state that is acquiring nuclear weapons and supplies weapons used to kill our troops, Obama makes nice.

A left-wing punk is President of the United States. This is bad news for Israel, for the USA, and for the whole world, which is losing its last best hope to moonbattery.

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America's friends get a less friendly welcome.

On tips from Byron and Edward.



In Victory, Chairman Zero Displays His Lack of Class

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:31 AM

Chairman Zero, on his taxpayer-funded Gloat Tour yesterday.

"After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth," Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and "birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall."

This is what happens when a childish, spoiled, narcissistic a-hole is elected president. Instead of being conciliatory toward his opponents, gracious in victory, he taunts them.

Did George W. Bush go around taunting Democrats and rubbing their faces in it when he succeeded in passing legislation?

BTW, there actually is a crack in the Earth opening up. It's called the National Debt. And Chairman Zero and his band of Marxists just voted to open it up by trillions of dollars.

But don't bother the president to address that issue. He's too busy gloating.

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Item #3: Holy Crap, We're #35

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:21 AM

Woo hoo! Moonbattery is ranked 35th on the list of Most Popular Conservative blogs! In yer face trolls with blogs nobody reads!

Maybe if we can crack the top 30, we'll begin attracting a better class of trolls.



Item #2: Champagne for Our Enemies, Real Pain for Our Friends

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:15 AM

This week, we learned that Obama's brand of "Smart Diplomacy" involves making harsh demands on an American ally (Israel), while backing off on sanctions on an American adversary, (Iran).

Rush Limbaugh has a suggestion for Israel. If they want to be treated by the Obama Regime with courtesy, cooperation, and respect...they should change their name to Iran. It probably wouldn't hurt if they began sponsoring global terror, hanging homosexuals in the public square, and providing weapons that are used against our troops. Obama's friend Achmadinnerjacket does all of these, and Obama really digs on it.

Its weird having a president who is more eager to compromise with terrorists than with members of the opposition party in his own country.



Morning Briefs for Friday Item #1: Don't Call It Socialism, Whatever You Do

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:00 AM

Good Morning Patriots, and Good Morning Lefties Who Have Somehow Combined Gloating with Bitterness,

Chairman Zero is ordering banks to let people who can't pay their mortgages live in their houses for free. He figures bankers have so much Jew-gold set aside they can afford to let people live in their houses for nothing.

Perhaps, Chairman Zero is anticipating all the layoffs that will result from the higher health care costs imposed on employers by ObamaCare.


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Dramacrats Reach For the Race Card... Again

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:04 AM

The Dramacrats are comparing the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ObamaCare provision requiring individuals to buy health insurance ... you know, the idea that the Federal Government can force a citizen to enter into a contract with a corporation ... to segregation.

Virginia Democrats are drawing parallels between the state's court fight to stop new health coverage mandates and its battle 50 years ago against federal orders to open businesses and schools to black people.

Again: They have no substantive argument, so they accuse their opponents of racism.

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And speaking of the race card...

When far left radio host and little seen MSDNC personality Special Ed Schultz goes on vacation, he turns his microphone over to the even-more unhinged (if you can believe it) host Norman Goldman.

How deranged is Goldman? He has suggested that if the Supreme Court of the United States (which they call the SCROTUS over at the socialist crank blog) overturns the individual mandate provisions of ObamaCare, it will be purely out of racism and spite.

Because five members of the Supreme Court don't like Mr Obama. And they'd be happy to rub his nose in the mud. They might even call him the N-word. You never know.

Yeah, in that case, I assume Clarence Thomas will be writing a concurring opinion rather than joining in the majority. Also, I wonder if Justice Ginsburg considers Obama one of the "undesirable" people abortion is supposed to take care of. (We know what she means.)



March 25, 2010

The Coming Health Care Black Market

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:29 PM

The ObamaCare system imposes many onerous new requirements on the health care system, among the most aggravating are these:

There is a way for doctors to avoid the intrusiveness and micromanagement of ObamaCare; They can opt out of the insurance system. If doctors see patients on a pay-for-service basis, they don't have to turn over records to the state, and they don't have HHS bureaucrats second-guessing them.

And the really cool part is, if you have a private arrangement with a doctor, and the doctor finds something seriously and expensively wrong with you, you can sign up with insurance afterward because they can no longer exclude pre-existing conditions. Isn't that Teh Awesome! It's like not having to buy car insurance until after you total your car!

Ironically, ObamaCare may result in an even more stratified system, where the affluent have access to quality, private care while the masses are subject to rationing of resources limited by Government edict. (And health care resources are likely to become more scarce with the odious burdens placed on them under ObamaCare.) Which is, come to think of it, exactly how it works out in Britain and Canada.

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Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:23 PM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



Some Lucky Troll Could Win $10,000

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:37 PM

Andrew Breitbart is offering $10,000 for video proof that the spitting/racial slurs incident really happened.

Since the progressive lefty Kool-Aid kids both here and at TBTHMG (The Blog That Hates My Guts) are absolutely convinced this incident was real --- because it was reported by a politician, and if there's one group of people who never, ever lie... it's politicians --- surely this is just the incentive they need to cough up the proof.

It's like America's Most Racist Home Videos. Bob Saget could host!

So, one of you lefties just provide the video proof to support your allegations and you'll win $10,000 to redistribute among the comrades in your party cell. (Well, more like $4,500 after Bammy gets his cut.)

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Prove America is as racist as you claim and win $10,000!


Update:The Dramacrats are milking the phony threats and violence allegations for fundraising.

A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to "drop by." Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized.
Please chip in $5 or more to defend health reform -- and those in Congress who fought to make it possible.

Prog:"But what possible motive could the completely honest, 100% ethical Democrats have for making up these allegations?"

Gee, you mean aside from distracting attention from their godawful health care bill, smearing their political opponents with mud, firing up their base, and exploiting it for fundraising. What have I missed?



Nanny State Lite

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:20 PM

From the What's the Point Department: Maryland is half-way to enacting a law banning drivers from using hand-held cell phones. Such a law could be a boon to the Bluetooth device industry if the bill is signed, especially with all of the DC beltway commuters. But if enacted, will it really do anything?

That message may be the most potent effect of the bill, because it includes a provision that would discourage police from enforcing the ban.

Now, if they could only legislate away driving while eating, smoking, reading, talking, minding children, ironing, glass-blowing, and applying hemorrhoid unguents. Then we'd be set -- as long as police are discouraged from enforcement.

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KFC Goes Halal in Britainistan

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM

Want bacon on your chicken sandwich in Britain? Sorry, you'll have to go to Western Civilization for that.

A diner was left fuming after a KFC restaurant took his favourite meal off the menu because it breached their new halal regulations.
Alan Phillips was told he would have to travel five miles to another branch if he wanted the Big Daddy, a chicken burger, topped with bacon, cheese and salad.
The branch, in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is one of 86 KFC restaurants which is running trials of a scheme where they sell nothing other than halal meat.
The company has taken the burger off the menu because Islamic dietary law forbids Muslims to eat anything which has been prepared on the same premises as pork, which is itself strictly forbidden.

Craven corporations have aggressively participated in promoting the political correctness that is rotting away society, despite anti-corporate animosity being a cornerstone of liberal ideology. Why would anyone expect them not to pander slavishly to Islamization?

On a tip from Wiggins.



Fidel Castro Praises ObamaCare Passage

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:52 AM

He knows Marxism when he sees it, even if a lot of Americans still don't.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform "a miracle" and a major victory for Obama's presidency, but couldn't help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago."
We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government," Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president's hand against lobbyists and "mercenaries."

I bet Fidel has a few suggestions for dealing with those unruly Tea Party gusanos, too.

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Castro never dreamed this day would come.



France Backs Off From Carbon Tax

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:28 AM

France had a big head start on the road of decline, having peaked out as a civilization about 200 years ago. But as America lurches forward in the name of Hopey Change, France may be pulling back:

France today abandoned all plans to introduce a carbon fuel tax aimed at combating global warming. …
Prime Minister Francois Fillon … told a meeting of MPs in Parliament that the priority for the country was getting its stagnating economy working again following the international financial crisis.

Yes, that would be the priority for anything resembling a responsible government — and refraining from crippling new statist initiatives would be the obvious first step.

Last year President Nicolas Sarkozy said a tax on the use of oil, gas and coal would make his country one of the greenest in the world.
It was provisionally set at pounds 15 per per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide (CO2), and would apply to homes as well as businesses.
Mr Sarkozy said money from the new tax … would be [flushed down] green initiatives.

Marvelous idea.

But there was stiff opposition from across the political spectrum, with critics saying the tax was just a ploy to boost ailing state finances.
In polls, two-thirds of French voters said they were opposed to the new levy, fearing they would struggle to pay higher bills.

Apparently in France, when the public makes clear its overwhelming opposition to a massively expensive new indulgence in moonbattery, the government sometimes backs down, instead of bribing Congresscritters to ram it through as with ObamaCare.

Unfortunately the USA is not blessed with such leadership. Having proved that the will of the people need not slow them down, Comrade Obama et al. may soon return their attention to the Tax & Charade bill designed to dramatically hike taxes in the name of the debunked global warming hoax, thereby helping to pay for turtle tunnels, Marxist puppet shows, and ObamaCare, and more importantly getting as many people reliant on government handouts for their sustenance as possible by driving unemployment through the stratosphere.

A few more years of Chairman Zero and large scale trans-Atlantic immigration will start up again — this time flowing east.

On a tip from Scott.



ICE Assists German Government in Persecuting Homeschoolers

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM

One of Hitler's progressive policies survives to this day in Germany: a ban on homeschooling. Uwe and Hannalore Romeike of Bissingen had three of their four children temporarily confiscated by the State because they insisted on teaching them at home, undermining Big Government's ability to twist their minds into the shape of its choosing. In 2008, the Romeikes escaped to America like many lovers of liberty before them. They were granted asylum by a judge in Memphis, who observed the obvious: they would continue to be persecuted for their beliefs if they returned.

However, now that we have Hopey Change, America may be the ideal destination for huddled masses yearning for a welfare check, but for those who want to breathe free, not so much:

In a deeply disturbing notice, the United States Government Agency for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged an appeal of Judge Lawrence Burman's grant of asylum to the Romeike family. The appeal was sent to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Fairfax, Virginia on February 25. In it, the ICE called homeschoolers too "amorphous" to be a "particular social group" and that "United States law has recognized the broad power of the state to compel school attendance and regulate curriculum and teacher certification" as well as the "authority to prohibit or regulate homeschooling."

That is, under Obama, our government sides with the last remnant of National Socialism — just as it sided with communists during an attempted coup in democratic Honduras.

On January 26, Judge Burman granted the Romeikes asylum after determining that the German government's treatment of homeschoolers was "repellent to everything we believe as Americans," and that Germany was denying the family "basic human rights." The judge determined that the German state's policy of imposing increasing and potentially crushing fines, the loss of custody of children, and possible criminal prosecution over homeschooling amounted to persecution. However, ICE pointed to the denial of an application in the European Court of Human Rights in the Konrad case as evidence that "the public education laws of Germany do not violate basic human rights." ICE criticized Judge Burman for "improvidently disregard[ing]" the decision of the ECHR. In other words, it appears that ICE is arguing that U.S. judges should follow international law — rather than U.S. law.

That would be consistent with liberal ideology, which holds our sovereignty in low regard.

Meanwhile, as ICE bureauweenies help the German government inflict a fascist policy on homeschoolers who have already been granted asylum, tens of millions of illegal aliens remain at large as they await amnesty.

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Here we go again.

Hat tip: Lone Star Times, on a tip from Byron.



British Educrats Leave 5-Year-Old in Tree

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:50 AM

The latest consequence of the British Nanny State's warped obsession with safety:

A boy of five was left stranded in a tree at school because of a bizarre health and safety policy — which banned teachers from helping him down.
The mischievous pupil climbed the 20ft tree at the end of morning break and refused to come down.
But instead of helping him, staff followed guidelines and retreated inside the school building to 'observe from a distance' so the child would not get 'distracted and fall'.
The boy was only rescued after 45 minutes in the tree when passer-by Kim Barrett, 38, noticed the child and helped him down herself.

The official response:

But instead of being thanked for her actions by the head teacher of the Manor School in Melksham, Wiltshire, she was reported to the police for trespassing.

Rule One under a regime of totalitarian moonbattery: the individual must never take initiative.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Violence Is Apparently No Big Deal When the Left Does It

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:18 AM

hippo_crossing.jpgI was going to do this, but The Jawa Report beat me to it. The Dramacrats and their echo chambers are going full-tilt hysteria on violence and threats of violence from opponents of the Health Care Takeover. (None of which have been confirmed and some have been definitively refuted.) Even though no one on the right has been proven to have committed or even advocated violence, simpering leftists are insisting we denounce it as though it has. I'm not falling for that trick; I'm not going to pretend unicorns exist until you show me one.

How much attention did the MSM Dramacrat Propaganda Arm pay to actual confirmed incidents of left-wing violence over the past few years. Jawa made a helpful list. (Everything below the jump is verbatim from The Jawa Report).

* It was a liberal who bit the finger off a man who disagreed with him on health care.

* It was Obama-loving Amy Bishop who took a gun to work and murdered co-workers.

* Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS building after writing an
anti-conservative manifesto.


* It was liberals who destroyed AM radio towers outside of Seattle.

* It's liberals who burn down Hummer dealerships.

* It was progressive SEIU union thugs who beat a black conservative man who spoke his mind.

* It's doubtful that a conservative fired shots into a GOP campaign headquarters.

* In fact, Democrats have no monopoly on having their offices vandalized.

* Don't forget it was Obama's friend Bill Ayers who used terrorism as a tool for political change. SDS is still radical, with arrests in 2007 and the storming of the CATO Institute in July 2008.

* It was a liberal who was sentenced to two years for bringing bombs and riot shields to the Republican National Convention in 2008.

* It was a liberal who threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated her Austin-based group that planned to bomb the RNC.

* It was liberals who assaulted police in Berkeley.

* It was liberals who intimidated and threw rocks through the windows of researchers.

* The two Black Panthers who stood outside polls intimidating people with nightsticks were probably not right-wingers.

* Every time the G20 gets together, it's not conservatives who destroy property and cause chaos. Well, apparently, all the victims and potential victims of those attacks and incidents "deserved it" or something. Because, uh, they don't hold "correct" beliefs like Democrats do.




Retirees Already Need $250,000 for Healthcare Costs

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:00 AM

Fidelity BusinessWire estimates some mighty big numbers for retirees regarding health care costs. In their annual Retiree Health Care Costs Estimate, they found:

[A] 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) to pay for medical expenses throughout retirement, not including nursing-home care.
The annual health care costs estimate is calculated by Fidelity's Consulting Services business, which helps mid- to large-size employers assess and design their workplace benefits programs.

And, it gets worse.

Fidelity also surveyed 376 married individuals, 65 years or older and not working full-time, to better understand their experiences in financing health care needs in retirement. This effort revealed that almost half (47%) are paying more each month for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs than they had anticipated in retirement. Only three out of 10 of these retirees saved specifically for health care needs in retirement during their working years.

This, mind you, is pre ObamaCare, meaning pre-skyrocketing insurance premiums for reduced level of care (see diagram). Eventually, the Democrats look forward to dancing on the graves of the private insurance companies as they prepare to offer scaled-down, minimalized, single-payer health care coverage to all, under the rubric of "insuring every American."


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Some "Big F*cking Deal" we've been dealt. (click image to enlarge)



New Hampshire Dramacrat: "Two Nukes Wasn't (sic) Enough" for Japan

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:44 AM

Nick Levasseur ("Wormy" to his friends) is a member of the same Dramacrat party that is currently wetting its pants over Sarah Palin's graphic art and waving the bloody shirt of (false) allegations of racism among its opponents... has some nice things to say about our allies the Japanese.

"Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn't enough."

I've said worse things... usually funnier worse things. But the point is, I'm not a member of a political party that gets all sanctimonious about inappropriately violent imagery or threats of violence directed against people of different races.

Or of any political party for that matter.

Check out the picture of Nick Levasseur at Gateway Pundit with his good buddy B. Hussein Obama. Try to restrain yourself from saying "What a dork." Really, you would expect a guy who is that big of a dweeb to have a better grasp of basic rules of grammar.

The topic of nuclear bombs is still very sensitive to the Japanese.

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Andy Stern Wants Your Pension

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM

Andy Stern, the communist thug atop Obama's favorite union, wants to take over your pension:

One of the nation's largest labor unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is promoting a plan that will centralize all retirement plans for American workers, including private 401(k) plans, under one new "retirement system" for the United States.
In effect, government pensions for everyone, not unlike the European system and regardless of personal choice.
The SEIU, which was integral to the election of Barack Obama as president, is working with the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI), and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on SEIU's plan, called "the Retirement USA Initiative."

Who in the world would trust corrupt and incompetent SEIU goons with the retirement plans of every American?

Andy Stern is the Obama White House's most frequent visitor. I wonder how often mandatory government/union-controlled pensions for everyone have come up in his chats with the socialist community organizer he helped into office.

But with the economy moribund and massive debt within years of crushing it into a depression, not even Democrats would be irresponsible enough to impose yet another massive unfundable entitlement — would they?

In light of ObamaCare, even the ChiComs are breaking a sweat because they know the answer is yes.

With the uncertainty in today's global economy, creating a whole new federal entitlement for American workers may not be easy … as America's creditors are already getting nervous.
Chinese Premier Wen Jinbao is telling U.S. policymakers that he is concerned about the "safety" of his country's already huge holdings of U.S. debt.
"We have lent a huge amount of money to the United States," said Wen, according to a report in the Financial Times. "We are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am a little worried. I request the U.S. to maintain its good credit, to honor its promises and to guarantee the safety of China's assets."

Don't worry, Cyst, I mean Wen. When Obama and his leftist cronies are through, you'll hold the deed to the smoldering, bankrupt ruin where America once stood.

On a tip from Cowlove. Hat tip: The Market Ticker.



OK Cowlove, Here's Your Freakin' Open Thread

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:53 AM

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Why Do Democrats Have to be such Friggin' Drama Queens? - Continued

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:43 AM

Dramacrats are simpering and wetting their pants because Sarah Palin used crosshairs on a graphic to symbolize congressional districts to target in the 2010 elections. (Graphic below jump)

What a bunch of nelly little schoolgirls.

Update: I guess any liberal journalist who refers to "Battleground" state is also inciting violence.

Update: Speaking of Drama Queens: Barney Frank compares GOP ObamaCare opponents to bullies who drive teenagers to suicide. Chill out, Barney. Go drink a Zima or something. I guess you never got over being teased in high school about your lisp and culottes.

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(And let me answer my own question again: The Dramacrats have to attack the Tea Party patriots because they cannot win a straight-up argument on deficits, health care, or the size of Government. So, instead, they destroy the messenger.)



Item #4: Why Does Chairman Zero Hate Catholic Children?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:40 AM

Chairman Zero handed out invitations to the White House Easter Egg hunt this week, but only to children from public schools. Children from private and Catholic schools were deliberately excluded.

The president killed a DC voucher program for disadvantaged kids upon taking office, but sends his own children to private school because public schools aren't good enough.

I wonder if some lefty will now claim I threatened the president's children.



Item #3: Why Do Democrats Have to Be Such Friggin' Drama Queens?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:05 AM

A Missouri Congressman is whining to the media that a coffin that was used in a prayer vigil to symbolize the Death of American Health Care was a personal threat to him. And, of course, the Democrat Party's propaganda arm is repeating the lie. (Just like they did with the lie about the racist slur and spitting.)

I was thinking, maybe we should start a legal defense fund to aid all the tea party protesters who've been arrested for committing acts of violence and/or vandalism.

Oh, there haven't been any arrests? Never mind then.

With all the sob stories and victimhood, they should just rename themselves "The Dramacrat Party."

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Let me ask you this. Suppose one of these threats or actions does turn out to be legitimate. And suppose, furthermore, it was done by someone with a legitimate connection to the Tea Party movement.

So what?

Would that mean it's okay for Obama to be running up massive deficits? It's okay for a bankrupt Government to be rolling out massive new entitlement programs? Would it delegitimize everything the Tea Parties stand for?

You see, the progressive left can not win the argument on deficits. The progressive left cannot win the argument on the massive expansion of Government taking place under Obama. They cannot even win the argument on the massive health care takeover they just passed.

The only thing they can do is try to smear the people making the argument. So, that's what they're doing



Item #2: Ah, Flaming Hypocrisy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:58 AM

The Dramacrats are throwing a tantrum because an anti-ObamaCare activist published the address of a legislator who voted for it. They claim that the act of publishing the address of a legislator who voted for ObamaCare is tantamount to an act of violence.

These are the same people who support publicizing the names and addresses of people who oppose gay marriage; precisely so they can be targeted for harassment.

The left also applauds publishing the names and addresses of people who hold concealed carry permits
. But CCW holders, unlike Dramacrats, are not known for being simpering little milk-babies who can't defend themselves.



Morning Briefs for Thursday Item #1: The Shape of Things to Come

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:31 AM

Q. What happens when a country takes on massive amounts of debt, mainly to finance a vastly expanded Government Health Care scheme while promising not to raise taxes on the middle class.

A. A massive tax hike on the middle class.

All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again.



The Party of No

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:16 AM

The Republicans have offered a number of amendments to ObamaCare in the senate, all of which have been voted down by Democrats on Party Line Votes.

  • Amendment to Remove Sweetheart Deals, Bribes, and Payoffs - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Bar Tax Hikes on Families Earning Under $250,000 - voted down by
  • Amendment to Remove the Employer Mandate - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Require the President and Congress Enroll in Exchange - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Prevent Sex Offenders from Receiving E.D. Drugs - voted down by Democrats on a party-line voteAmendment to Remove New Taxes on Investments - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Protect Wounded Soldiers from Medical Device Tax - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Protect Pediatrics and Disabled from Medical Device Tax - voted down by Democrats
  • Amendment to Protect Cancer Patients from Medical Device Tax - voted down by Democrats

So, Democrats are no on record as supporting giving Viagra to sex offenders, support punishing taxes on wounded veterans, cancer patients, sick children, and the disabled. They are on record as supporting kickbacks and sweetheart deals for themselves.

Every one of these no votes is a campaign ad waiting to happen.



March 24, 2010

Announcement

Posted by V the K at 8:30 PM


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Hat tip: Army of Mom



If He's Lost Alfred E. Neuman…

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:28 PM

…is anyone anywhere enough of a dunce not to spit out the Kool-Aid?

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On tips from J and Edward. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



The Violence! The Violence!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:07 PM

Alarum! Poor widdowl Democwats aw afwaid of theiw constitiuwents!

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts -- and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.

The "stick it to the Republicans" trick is as pathetic as it is worn.

The Maryland Democrat said more than 10 House Democrats have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment about their support of the highly divisive health insurance overhaul vote. Hoyer emphasized that he didn't have a specific number of threats and that was just an estimate.

I don't condone threats, but I can't blame the peeps for their discontent.

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Coming to a Democrat district near you. (image)




It's Even Worse Than We Thought

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:13 PM


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Hat Tip: Ace

One thing about us right wingnuts, we're a damn sight funnier than our opposite numbers. You would think the people at the socialist-crank-blog-that-hates-my-guts would be delighted that they got their 'Spite the Right' health care bill passed, but they seem more bitter than ever. And the trolls that show up here don't seem happy either.



Amerika Meets China

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:32 PM

An updated take on an old liberal-elitist classic.

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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.com.



HHS Sec: ObamaCare Will Reduce Pharmaceutical Profits by $90 Billion

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:33 AM

Speaking with unhinged radical Dylan Ratigan on MSDNC, Obama's HHS Secretary ... Abortion Queen Kathleen Sebelius (whose powers are vastly expanded under ObamaCare)... brags that the legislation will result in companies that make life-saving drugs having their profits reduced by $90 Billion.

She pitches this as a benefit. Because corporate profits are bad. Profits represent excess value, according to Obama's favorite economic philosopher. The idea that higher profits enable companies to give more workers jobs never occurs to them.

Remind me again why people who think this administration are Marxists are supposed to be kooks?

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Pelosi Hisses & Spits at Health Insurance Companies

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:12 AM

Despite an utterly dismal 11% favorability rating, Nancy Pelosi is now flexing her newly-revived, catlike muscles (no insult intended to cats) with reckless abandon. Her latest target: a hissy fit at the health insurance industry.

Asked if insurance companies might raise their rates on health coverage and blame the increases on the new health-care bill, Pelosi said that the insurance companies should be aware that they're not "automatically included" in the new health exchanges the bill creates.
"Unless they do the right thing, they're not going in," she said. "They will be relinquishing the possibility of having taxpayer-subsidized consumers in the exchange," she said.

Nevermind the fact that ObamaCare as signed actually does not "guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage." The dirty truth is that everything about ObmaCare is aimed at raising insurance rates for private companies. Allowing coverage with pre-existing conditions is but one factor, which would necessarily increase rates in any sane economic system because the overall risk would increase in the insured population. However, under insane Obamanomics, the hapless insurance companies will be forced out of business whether they raise their rates or not.

If the above quote from the Evil Empress doesn't qualify as a confession that the goal of ObamaCare is socialized medicine under a single-payer system, It's not clear what would.


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The resemblance is stunning. Again felines, no disrespect intended.




Moonbat Tech: GM's Car of the Future

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:49 AM

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The aptly named Laugh.

The future of nationalized Government Motors under the leadership of Comrade Obama and the UAW:

The city car of the future will seat two people, run on electric power and communicate with other vehicles to reach a destination faster while automatically avoiding traffic tie-ups and crashes.

They'd better avoid crashes, because you won't be surviving any.

General Motors, working with electric-scooter maker Segway, has developed three concepts tailored toward that vision of future transportation. The Electric Networked Vehicle, or EN-V, concepts go on display May 1 at the World Expo in Shanghai.

One of these concept cars is called — no kidding — the Laugh.

As for the advantages of driving around in one of these absurd little death traps, other than the inevitable government subsidies, there is one:

A parking lot could hold 10 times the number of EN-Vs as regular cars.

Then there's the performance:

GM says the EN-V can reach a top speed of 25 mph and travel 25 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery pack.

They applied moonbattery to politics and got Barack Obama. Now they've applied it to the auto industry.

On a tip from Reid.



Hypocrisy Redefined

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:30 AM

Hold your jaw before reading further — this could cause it to drop hard enough to unhinge it:

Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat whose support for President Obama's health bill ensured it was passed into law Sunday, on Tuesday accused the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and pro-life groups of "hypocrisy" for condemning the executive order that sealed the deal.

This from the baby-killing phony who — after posturing righteously as a "pro-life" Democrat, as if such a chimera could exist — enabled passage of ObamaCare in exchange for some cash and the promise of an unenforceable executive order limiting taxpayer funding of elective abortion.

Stupak also said he suspected groups such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Right to Life, and others were actually "just using the life issue to try to bring down health-care reform."
"I question, did they want to protect the sanctity of life, or did they want to defeat health care?" he said.

You read that correctly: Bart Stupak is questioning the sincerity of those who want to protect the sanctity of life.

Here's why the alleged "hypocrites" are horrified by the bill Stupak passed:

[The National Right to Life Committee] called the Senate bill that passed the House on Sunday "the most abortion-expansive piece of legislation ever to reach the floor of the House of Representatives," in a letter to Stupak and other pro-life House Democrats last week, before the vote.
The Conference of Bishops, in a statement issued Tuesday, said that "the statute appropriates billions of dollars in new funding without explicitly prohibiting the use of these funds for abortion, and it provides federal subsidies for health plans covering elective abortions."

But that's fine by Stupak, because he can pretend he believes in the farcical (and so far nonexistent) executive order, as if he hadn't already admitted that he was going to vote for this abomination anyway.

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Just when I thought my opinion of them couldn't get lower…

On a tip from Rebecca.



Post Office Offers a Clue on ObamaCare's Financial Future

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:00 AM

Of all the arrogance displayed by Democrats in their seizure of the healthcare industry, possibly the most insulting is the insolent claim that it will reduce the deficit — as if we were drooling idiots who might actually believe such a preposterous lie. For an idea of what taking over the healthcare industry will do to the budget, just refer to the Post Office's finances:

The U.S. Postal Service is on pace to lose $238 billion over the next 10 years, with annual deficits hitting $33 billion by 2020 — five times the current level…

But that's okay — bureaucrats can just funnel in more taxpayer money. When it runs out, they can just print some more. Socialism doesn't work, but at least it's easy.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Meanwhile, in the Land of the Religion of Peace…

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM

As our Democrat rulers busily dismantle America and replace it with a socialized hellhole, here's what's been happening with their Muslim allies:

A Christian man was fighting for his life in Pakistan's Punjab province Saturday, March 20, after Muslim leaders backed by police burned him alive for refusing to convert to Islam, while his wife was raped by police officers, Christian and hospital sources familiar with the case told BosNewsLife.
Arshed Masih was burned Friday, March 19, in front of a police station in the city of Rawalpindi near Pakistan's capital Islamabad, following apparent death threats from his Muslim employer Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, an influential businessman, and religious leaders, said the Rawalpindi Holy Family Hospital.
His wife, Martha Arshed, was allegedly raped by police officers. Their three children — ranging in age from 7 to 12 — were reportedly forced to witness the attacks against their parents.

Why not? As FaithFreedom.org observes, this behavior is thoroughly consistent with that of Mohammad, the Muslim's conception of a perfect human being.

The case comes at a time when church groups have complained about growing attacks against minority Christians by Muslim militants, often with the alleged support by local law enforcement officials and other authorities.

Fortunately, we're isolated from Islamic barbarism here in the USA. Or at least, we thought we were until September 11, 2001. But not to worry: Barack Hussein Osama's Injustice Department is sure to keep us safe.

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Following an encounter with the Religion of Peace.

On a tip from Charles.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 AM

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Compliments of Joe.



Coinkidinks

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 AM

What a coincidence — the judge who ordered a major terrorist involved in 9/11 freed from Club Gitmo…

A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the 9/11 commission report as a significant al-Qaida operative who provided advice to three of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
The ruling in favor of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi was disclosed Monday in a two-sentence court entry.
U.S. District Judge James Robertson will issue a written decision at a later date explaining his reasons for granting the detainee's petition.

…appears to be the same moonbat apparatchik who squashed attempts to figure out why Comrade Obama won't let anyone see his birth certificate.

If you think the legal system is crazy now, wait until Chairman Zero has spent four years cramming the courts with militant kooks like Sonia Sotomayor.

Here's another coincidence — yesterday our Community Organizer in Chief signed a bill giving the federal government unprecedented power on the anniversary of the Enabling Act. From Wikipedia:

The Enabling Act (German: Ermächtigungsgesetz) was passed by Germany's Reichstag and signed by President Paul von Hindenburg on March 23, 1933. It was the second major step, after the Reichstag Fire Decree, through which Chancellor Adolf Hitler legally obtained plenary powers and established his dictatorship. It received its name from its legal status as an enabling act granting the Cabinet the authority to enact laws without the participation of the Reichstag for four years.

That's almost as appropriate as pulling the promised missile shield from our friends in Poland on the anniversary of their invasion by the Soviet Union.

On tips from American Citizen and Charity.



One More Reason to Trust DNA Evidence in Court

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:06 AM

...not.

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. -- A judge on Tuesday convicted a top crime scene investigator of evidence tampering, after prosecutors argued that the investigator planted blood from a slaying victim in a car linked to two innocent suspects to bolster the case against them.
Cass County District Judge Randall Rehmeier said he didn't believe Douglas County CSI director David Kofoed's excuse that the victim's blood ended up in the car because of a sloppy mistake. Rehmeier said there was enough evidence to show that Kofoed intentionally planted fake evidence.

Sure, this could have been just a rogue CSI chief trying to completely ruin the lives of some innocents for who knows what motive. Or, it could have been another crime, in another jurisdiction, with a much more competent CSI agent, operating under instructions from Big Government to squelch enemies of the State. Sounds ludicrous? Think again.

To remind you of an additional twist to the whole DNA evidence issue:

Believe it or not, if you are convicted of a crime, you have no right to the DNA evidence. No constitutional right, that is.
To be clear, most states do provide for access to DNA material; But in many states, the fight for the DNA material from a crime scene can go on for years, even decades. In Alaska, [...] there is no right at all to test DNA on appeal from a conviction -- none. That means that an innocent person, who might be able to prove his wrongful conviction, simply cannot.

This was challenged last year in the Supreme Court, which ruled that convicts have no Constitutional right to DNA evidence -- that it is up to the states and Congress alone to decide.

As a scientist, I understand the theory behind DNA testing and have complete faith in it as an accurate way to place a criminal at the scene of a crime -- if and only if the evidence collection is tamper-proof. Therein lies the rub.

For all (?) of the innocent death-row inmates who could theoretically be exonerated through DNA evidence, exactly how many innocents could be, or have been, convicted wrongly of any crime through targeted attacks on their liberty by law enforcement or the State, using unimpeachable, yet possibly inaccessible or fraudulent, DNA evidence as a weapon?

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DNA evidence can be made to tell lies a plenty. (image: Getty)



Stupak's Fig Leaf Blows Away in the Wind

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:23 AM

Anyone surprised by this needs to sit in the corner under a tall pointy hat: The bogus "executive order" offered as a fig leaf (along with a $726,409 payoff) to the self-styled "pro-life" Democrat Bart Stupak has been shrugged off by our avidly pro-abortion president.

President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort.
A White House official told Fox, Obama will not sign the Executive Order Tuesday and has set no specific date to do so. Stupak predicted Obama would sign the order later this week. The White House said only that Obama would sign the order "soon."

What's the rush? The order would be trumped by the ObamaCare bill anyway, as everyone including Stupak knew all along.

Meanwhile Stupak has been comparing the meaningless and nonexistent executive order to the Emancipation Proclamation.

At least he's consistent. Stupak supports not only ObamaCare, but also the Holocaust-scale nationwide abortion mill Planned Parenthood:

"I don't think I ever voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions… in my district. Planned Parenthood has a number of clinics in my district that provide health care for my people. Therefore, these clinics do quite well in my district, and I'm all for health care and extending it to everybody—access to health care, so that's just another way."

The healthcare offered by federally subsidized Planned Parenthood clinics in Stupak's district prominently includes abortion referral, as you would expect of an organization founded on an ideological commitment to prenatal ethnic cleansing. But so long as they don't kill the babies personally, it's fine with Stupak if they herd pregnant women toward those who do.

If there is anything less appealing than a corrupt, baby-killing Democrat, it's a corrupt, baby-killing Democrat who pretends to know the difference between right and wrong. Thankfully November should rid us of this sick parody of a principled politician.

Stupak letting us know in advance that his "principles" were a sham.

On tips from TrickleUpPolitics and John L. Hat tip: The Blogprof.



Freudian Slip of the Day

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:14 AM

Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) explaining why the really expensive parts of ObamaCare don't kick in until 2014.

...it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

Also, the New York Times admits that the real goal of ObamaCare is wealth redistribution.

For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government's biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.

"Inequality" in this case is leftist code for "success."

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By the way...


You guys may not agree with me on this, but John Cornyn has a point. There are some nuggets in the ObamaCare Bill that are politically popular... even if they make no economic sense whatsoever. e.g. Coverage for pre-existing conditions, requiring coverage for "children" up to age 26, and not allowing insurance companies to cancel coverage for sick people.

These little bits of popular legislation amid 3,000 pages of Government expansion are like cubic zirconia tossed into a landfill, most of ObamaCare sucks, and even the popular parts are unaffordable. But Republicans need to focus on the really bad stuff... the mandates (employer, insurance companies, individuals), the new bureaucracies, the punishing taxes ... the stuff that people hate. And they need to find a way to accommodate the stuff people will like.

Republicans will have an easier time replacing ObamaCare with something better than repealing it. They should look toward reform that goes beyond "How do we get Government to pay for more people's health care" and instead uses market mechanisms to lower costs and improve the delivery of health care will increasing choices and options. In four words (using Biden math), the strategy should be, Go Big or Go Home.



Definition of Ironing

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:31 AM

The same leftist progressives who whined for decades about "corporate welfare" are now celebrating the signing of a law that not only subsidizes the purchase of a product from a corporation, but also fines people for not buying a product from a corporation.

And Nancy Pelosi didn't think fines were good enough, she wanted prison terms.

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Visualizing Cloward-Piven

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 AM

It was already this bad last July:

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The federal government has about $108 trillion in unfunded liabilities. So it launched a massive new entitlement by seizing control of the healthcare industry, which anyone with an IQ above Joy Behar's knows will cause the deficit to explode.

The options: 1) Weimar-style hyperinflation; 2) Third World–style default; 3) removing the Cloward-Piven socialists from office and radically reversing their policies. We have a few years at best before the house of cards collapses.

On a tip from Michelle.



Coulter Haters Get Ugly

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:23 AM

Ann Coulter had to cancel a speech tonight at the University of Ottawa because progressives are so frightfully threatened by the vocal oscillations of a size 0 blond woman.

Sondra K has pitchers!

Update and Bump: Ann Coulter files a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. She charges the University of Ottawa with a Hate Crime.

Progs will fail to see the ironing in this.

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I think this woman threatened to eat her.

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Grace Jones Chris Tucker has really let himself go.



Item #3: Bouncy, Bouncy, Bouncy Discrimination

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:58 AM

Imagine if any company in America announced the following as a job requirement.

"beautiful female fit models. Must be 5ft7in-5ft8in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants."

I think the "handsome" women from NOW might have a thing or two to say about that. Probably, there would be investigations from the Department of Justice, outraged speeches in Congress... and Jon Stewart would talk about it sarcastically while making goo-goo faces at the camera. (Progs find sarcasm combined with goo-goo faces hilarious.)

Oh, wait... it's a boner fide liberal Hollywood studio making that job requirement? They offer benefits to same-sex partners? Well, that's okay then.

I am sure there is some lawyer out there would could make the case that undersized sweater kittens are a handicap... especially in California... and find an Americans with Disabilities Act violation in there somewhere.

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See, these laws are only meant for you peasants in the Heartland



Item #2: Court Only Partially Caters to Teen Lesbian's Self-Esteem

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:19 AM

So, down in Mississippi, a teenage girl wanted to go to prom with another teenage girl, as her date but the school said, "Unh-Unh."

Now, the girl could have just decided to make the best of the situation and just had an evening with her girlfiend and friends. But, in our culture of entitlement, the idea of using minor adversity as a personal growth opportunity is just ... retrograde. The girl decided that her desire for public validation had to be catered to. So, she sicced the ACLU on the school. The school refused to cave in. Rather than be bullied, the school canceled prom for everybody. The ACLU lawyer -- perhaps sensing an opportunity for the notoriety and adulation that usually attaches itself to these pursuits (e.g. Lynne Stewart) or maybe a plush job at the DOJ Civil Rights Division-- sued.

A judge ruled yesterday that her "rights" had been violated. (Going to prom is a civil right? Who knew? Is the state now obligated to provide everyone with a limo and a corsage a la the right to "health care"?) But the judge refused to order the school to reinstate the prom. So, results were mixed in the case of community values versus self-centered sixteen year old.

The entertainment culture, on the other hand, was more than happy to reward the girl generously for her legal tantrum:

She has appeared on the "The Early Show," "The Wanda Sykes Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to talk about how she is fighting for tolerance. DeGeneres presented her with a $30,000 college scholarship from Tonic, a digital media company. A Facebook page set up by the ACLU for McMillen has over 400,000 fans.

Ruin prom for everyone, win celebrity and cash prizes. Yeah, that's totally fair, teenagewise speaking.

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Big Gay Al handled a similar situation with much more dignity.


(How many progressive bed-wetters will this post piss off?)



Morning Briefs for Wednesday Item #1:The Curious Journalistic Standards of the MSM

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:36 AM

Good Morning Conservative Patriots and Left-Wing Obama Fan Boys (How's the Kool-Aid?),

Isn't it funny how Nadal Hassan and the Christmas Day underpants bomber are "alleged terrorists," Amy Bishop is an "alleged murderer," but the media repeat the discredited"Tea-Baggers hurled racial slurs at a congressman" story as if it were proven fact?



Obama's Obsessive-Compulsive Pursuit

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:50 AM

Here's a good wake-up and smell the coffee video: Michigan's Rep. Thaddeus McCotter defrocks Dear Leader on ObamaCare in a floor speech that is as eloquent as it is accurate.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



March 23, 2010

Binging on Keynesianism

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:33 PM

Ever wondered what economic theorists Keynes and Hayek did in their free time? Here's a rap smackdown that even non-wonks can dig.


On a beggy-yet-free-market tip from Judith M.



Next Up…

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 PM

…will probably be amnesty. Because in the aftermath of the appallingly arrogant healthcare power grab, who is going to vote for Democrats if these folks don't?

On a tip from Incitatus.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:42 PM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Another Big F'ing Gaffe From Joke Biden

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 PM

There he goes again. Joke Biden on the occasion of the federal government seizing control of healthcare industry:

Such classy people we have ruling us.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Big Government Engineers Next Generation of Socialists

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:25 PM

Folks, dark days are ahead for Amerika. It all starts with state-mandated vaccinations.

Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.

The report suggests that the contamination was an accident. The beans were spilled but, kind reader, we know the truth. They had to play their "cover-up" game,but there will be more and varied ways for the progressives to insinuate socialism into the national gene pool, codifying the next generation of teat -suckers. As so succinctly put by George F. Will this week:

Promoting dependency is the Democratic Party's vocation.

Not only their vocation, but their vaccination. Even if the Democrats suffer a well-deserved and profound thumping this November, the next generations of socialists have already been engineered.

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Nanny-State-in-Training, courtesy of the Feds.



Brace Yourselves for the Next Lefty Attack Poll

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:20 PM

Harris is about to release a poll that a lot of progressive left douchebags are going to point to and say... "See, the teabaggers are crazy! Crazy I tell you. Hey, don't bogart that!" I would bet that the methodology of this poll was skewed to get the desired result, Harris is pretty notorious for that. But I'd like to walk through some of the "shocking" conclusions and comment, just to get ahead of the curve.

67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.

That is not an unreasonable conclusion to draw. Obama was mentored by hardcore radical leftists like Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall, and Jeremiah Wright. The man has, de facto if not de jure, nationalized health care, two auto companies, several banks. He is on track to nationalize student loans, and also seeks, via cap and trade, to nationalize the energy industry. One can argue that massive federal intrusion and regulation isn't technically socialism, just the way Clinton argued that getting a hummer from an intern wasn't technically sex.

57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim.

There are hints that support the idea that Obama was Muslim, at least for a time, e.g. His ability to recite the call to prayer flawlessly. But my feeling, from talking to other wingnuts, is that this is a less of a deal than the left makes out to be; the same way the left is way more hung up on homosexuality than we are.

Personally, I believe the only thing Obama worships is himself.

45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was "not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president."

Obama could resolve this controversy in two seconds by releasing his real birth certificate. He's spent how many hundreds of thousands to prevent that? It is logical to conclude he is hiding something. (Personally, I think he's hiding something *else,* in his college records most likely. But he definitely finds it politically useful to keep this controversy going.) This does matter to the right because we are, broadly speaking, law and order kind of people. Whereas the left is more "whatever you feel like, baby." We on the right want everyone to follow the rules. The left believes rules are things other people should follow.

38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did."

Huge rallies under party symbols --- Check. Scapegoating a group of people for a failing economy --- Check. Use of the state to propagandize himself and his party --- Check. Did Hitler use a Teleprompter? I'm not sure. He was known for giving emotionally charged speeches. But obviously Zero hasn't started exterminating folk --- so Hitler comparisons should be off-limits.

But who are the left to talk about Hitler comparisons anyway?

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Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be the Antichrist."

Dude, Biblically speaking, *any* political leader could be the Anti-Christ. And once again, who are the left to point fingers?

This poll was constructed with two purposes in mind. First, to marginalize legitimate critics of Obama by characterising "all" critics as nuts. Just suppose some nutcase really did scream a racial epithet at John Lewis; would that make the underlying objections to the Health Care Takeover any less legitimate? No, and we can't let these tactics from the left get us off our game.

Second, the poll will allow Bammy to play the victim card like the whiny little biyatch he is. (Why didn't they poll on the question, is Obama a whining little biyatch? That would be interesting.) What we have to keep in focus, keep insisting on, is that we are fighting bad socialist policies. We would be fighting them even if Obama were a white Christian evangelical. If Mike Huckabee was running the country to bankruptcy and nationalizing vast sectors of the economy, we'd be fighting him just as hard. That's the thing to keep in mind.



John Conyers: "Good and Welfare" Clause Makes ObamaCare Constitutional

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM

Are you familiar with the "Good and Welfare" clause of the US Constitution? Here's how it reads:

The federal government can do anything it wants whatsoever, no matter how outrageously intrusive and tyrannical.

Here John Conyers — the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — uses the clause to justify ObamaCare:

Conyers is evidently referring to the General Welfare clause, which actually reads like this:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States…

The Constitution then goes on to explicitly enumerate the federal government's powers, in hopes of preventing it from becoming the bloated monstrosity it is today.

If statists and cretins like Conyers are going to use the General Welfare clause to justify every conceivable power grab, what's the point of even having a Constitution? They could replace it with six words: Government will do as it pleases.

Hat tip: The Blogprof.



Separated at Birth?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:23 AM

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"Most Powerful Woman in 100 Years" per Drudge vs. the Most Dreaded Dark Lord.

BTW: If you too would like to see The Dark Empress dispatched to a toasty political end, pledge here at Fire Nancy Pelosi.



Chairman Zero Refuses to be Photographed with Israeli PM

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:12 AM

Chuck Todd of MSDNC is reporting that Chairman Zero will not allow himself to be photographed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier, Netanyahu had to school Hillary on the fact that Jerusalem is not a "Jewish Settlement" it is the Israeli capital.


Obama similarly refused to be photographed with Netanyahu when they met last fall
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For the first time in his life, Cartman is proud of his president.

Zero's swooning fanboys at the blog-that-hates-my-guts are going to be very cross with him find a way to rationalize it. Maybe they'll conclude that Zero doesn't want to hurt Bibi's re-election chances.

Note, Zero is delighted to be photographed with Latin American Marxist Despots.

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Global Warming Is Making Flowers Lose Their Pretty Smell

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:40 AM

Now that the global warming hoax has completely divorced itself from reality, anything is possible — even the fantasy that due to the nonexistent crisis, flowers are losing their scent:

A rose may stop smelling like a rose.
This is the concern of environmentalists as flowers are losing their scent due to climate change and air pollution. And their fragrance may be lost forever.

Apparently news that it hasn't gotten any warmer in the last decade and a half hasn't reached Malaysia, were Professor Abdul Latif Mohamad proclaims that genetically modified flowers are needed because

"The aroma producing chemical compounds in flowers dry up faster now compared with before."

How's this for outlandish hubris:

He said Malaysians could no longer rely on nature to heal itself without the help of science.

In turn, science can't do much without guidance (and massive infusions of other people's money) from Big Government:

"Both policy-makers and researchers need to work hand in hand to strengthen forest genetics, breeding and conservation."

It makes you wonder how nature survived for all those years before the pseudoscientific-bureaucratic complex learned it could tax and regulate us into a hole in the name of saving it.

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Time to to add scentless flowers to The List.

On a tip from Charles.



912ers Arrested by Capitol Police

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:33 AM

One way or another, patriots are ensuring that our rulers can't ignore our opposition to what they're doing to our country. Via The Hill:

Capitol Police arrested two Massachusetts men, William Gunn, 49, and David Sanders, 61, on Sunday afternoon after they allegedly shouted, "Kill the bill!" from the public gallery above the House floor proceedings.
The two men are affiliated with the "Western Mass 912 Project" — an offshoot of Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's group, "The 912 Project." …
Police charged Gunn and Sanders with disrupting Congress and escorted them from the House chamber. They were arrested, processed and later released after paying a fine.

If after they're released, guys like Gunn and Sanders just keep staring into the distance and repeating "Yes we can," we'll know Obamunism has reached full flower.

On a tip from J.



Chairman Zero's Base Welcomes More Handouts

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:15 AM

Zero worshiper DeCarlo Flythe welcomes the passage of ZeroCare, because Santa Claus is going to pay his medical bills.

"It's just going to be like Christmas," said DeCarlo Flythe, who lost health coverage for his family when he was laid off almost three years ago. "It's going to be great. You know, no worries (about) the bills. We are going to go ahead and pay our co-pay and be alright."

DeCarlo follows in the noble tradition of progressive leftists eager for other people to be robbed to pay their bills for them.

And, of course, the Detroit Handout Extravaganza from last year.

Up next, Amnesty... so the wealth of the productive can be redistributed even more among the unproductive (i.e. the Democrat Base).

And, BTW, just reading this post makes you a racist. Keith Olbermann said so.



Tea Partiers Made Their Voice Heard on ObamaCare

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:59 AM

Liberty suffered a setback Sunday, but efforts on its behalf are never wasted. If enough patriots had the energy and resolve of Moonbattery reader and Bulloch County, Georgia Tea Party leader Heather Merritt, the ObamaCare abomination might have been stopped in its tracks. Here she is on WTOC in Savannah:

Heather called her Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) to let him know that the Tea Partiers were on their way. Not long afterward, he went from Undecided to No on the healthcare power grab.

Barrow must have been wise enough to realize that ObamaCare will be a Pyrrhic victory for the Left. The socialists in Washington have kicked a sleeping tiger by overstepping so arrogantly in their lust for more control. So long as the resistance keeps building momentum, we will turn them back.



Congressional Staffers Exempt From ObamaCare

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 AM

You didn't think the people who crafted ObamaCare would inflict it on themselves, did you? From NationalJournal.com:

Top staffers buzzed yesterday on an off-the-record Capitol Hill list-serv, citing the part of the mammoth legislation that deals with members of Congress. The federal government can only make available to members and their official staffs health plans created by the bill or offered through an exchange.
But a member's staff, in a subsection of the bill, is defined as "full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC." CRS [Congressional Research Service] has interpreted that clause to mean the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff. …
The loophole for leadership staffers could impact thousands of Hill employees. … Leaving out committee staffers means aides at the 24 standing House committees and the 20 Senate panels will each be exempted as well, if CRS's interpretation of the measure stands.

Wouldn't it be nice to think that someday the arrogant bureauweenies who have been systematically destroying our country will be hunted down and subjected to the tarring and feathering they so richly deserve? In the meantime, their motto is: "Let them eat ObamaCare."

On a tip from Leslie. Hat tip: Hot Air.



HuffPo Debunks 18 ObamaCare Myths

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 AM

To think I guffawed back in 2008 when I was told the Moonbat Messiah would unite us. He's doing such a good job, he's even got Jane Hamsher at HuffPo on the same side as patriots. Hamster rips into the ObamaCare abomination by exposing 18 myths:

Myth 1: This is a universal health care bill.

Tens of millions will be left uninsured.

Myth 2: Insurance companies hate this bill.

Fascistic crony capitalism works for the established players, who will benefit in the short term when we are compelled by Big Government to buy their products.

Myth 3: The bill will significantly bring down insurance premiums for most Americans.

Please.

Myth 4: The bill will make health care affordable for middle class Americans.

Actually, ObamaCare will come down on the hated middle class (the "bourgeoisie" in BHO's Marxist circles) like a ton of bricks.

Myth 5: This plan is similar to the Massachusetts plan, which makes health care affordable.

More like: it is similar to the Massachusetts mess in that it does not make healthcare affordable.

Myth 6: This bill provides health care to 31 million people who are currently uninsured.

Mostly all it does is demand they buy insurance whether they want to or not.

Myth 7: You can keep the insurance you have if you like it.

Maybe, maybe not. Another glib lie from Chairman Zero.

Myth 8: The "excise tax" will encourage employers to reduce the scope of health care benefits, and they will pass the savings on to employees in the form of higher wages.

Bwahaha! With unemployment sky high and every act of our government driving it higher (including ObamaCare), don't hold your breath waiting for higher wages until hyperinflation kicks in.

Myth 9: This bill employs nearly every cost control idea available to bring down costs.

Nearly all cost control measures were left out. The Cloward-Piven maniacs running the federal government couldn't care less about costs.

Myth 10: The bill will require big companies like Wal-Mart to provide insurance for their employees.

Actually, it requires you to provide subsidized insurance to Walmart employees.

Myth 11: The bill "bends the cost curve" on health care.

Healthcare as a percentage of GDP will climb still higher.

Myth 12: The bill will provide immediate access to insurance for Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition.

Sure: a whole "0.7% of those without insurance now will get coverage." That's easily worth a few $trillion to the rest of us.

Myth 13: The bill prohibits dropping people in individual plans from coverage when they get sick.

No regulatory body is empowered to enforce preventing people from getting dropped.

Myth 14: The bill ensures consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to challenge new insurance plan decisions.

The internal appeals process means you can take it up with the insurance company, just like you could do if the government butted out — except without government involvement, you would have an unlimited range of alternatives, so the insurance companies would have to listen to you.

Myth 15: This bill will stop insurance companies from hiking rates 30%-40% per year.

Not only does it not prevent rate hikes, ObamaCare makes them inevitable.

Myth 16: When the bill passes, people will begin receiving benefits under this bill immediately.

Most provisions don't take effect until 2014, giving Comrade Obama lots of time to get reelected and settled into a second term.

Myth 17: The bill creates a pathway for single payer.

Maybe eventually. But it looks like instead of the communist healthcare hardcore moonbats want, we'll get crony capitalist healthcare, where a few big corporations get rich by serving as extensions of the authoritarian government — kind of like how things were done in Central Europe in the 1930s.

Myth 18: The bill will end medical bankruptcy and provide all Americans with peace of mind.

Having medical insurance hardly prevents medical bankruptcy, nor will it under ObamaCare.

At last we have something that every informed person can agree on: ObamaCare is nothing but a naked statist power grab that will make everything worse.

On a tip from Shawn.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM

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Via Very Demotivational, on a tip from Scott.



Remember That Thing About Cows and Global Warming? Yeah, That Was a Lie

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:42 AM

Moonbats have been promoting the idea that cow farts are a major contributor to Global Warming, and therefore humans should stop consuming meat and dairy and subsist on bean sprouts and tree bark... like Paul McCartney. Moonbats even pushed public schools to embrace 'Meatless Mondays' to fight the scourge of Manbearpig. Moonbats even went around strapping plastic bags to cow behinds.

Well, it turns out that was a load of Bart Stupak.


Lower consumption of meat and dairy products will not have a major impact in combating global warming -- despite persistent claims that link such diets to more greenhouse gases. So says a report presented Monday before the American Chemical Society. It is the bovine version of Climategate, complete with faulty science and noisy activists with big agendas.

Is *anything* the left claimed about Global Warming going to turn out to be true?

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Obama Judge Nominee Likes Him Some Reparations

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:30 AM

Goodwin Liu is Obama's nominee for the Ninth Circus. Watch as he explains that social justice requires non-blacks to "give up something" in order to appease racial grievance-mongerers. (Because, in some way, all of us are guilty for slavery… even if we never participated in it. Even if our ancestors lost loved ones in the Civil War fighting against it.)

Hat Tip: Verum Serum via Ace.

Note, the impetus is not on disadvantaged minorities to achieve, but rather to have things achieved by other people redistributed (under the guidance of enlightened, progressive judges, no doubt) in order to achieve "reconciliation."

No wonder Bammy likes the cut of his jib, and David Brooks is on record as saying the crease in his pants is very impressive.



Newsweek Cover Revisited

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:04 AM

Quitting the thug life? As the imposition of ObamaCare in clear opposition to the will of the public makes clear, the thug life implicit in socialism is only just beginning.

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But where Newsreek is really wrong is that outside the governmedia, damned few of us are socialists — as our arrogant ruling class will learn.

On a tip from Lyle.



Gov. Patterson's Trailer Trash

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:59 AM

New York's most egotistical and worst governor ever is probably a bit resentful over the ObamaCare craziness in recent weeks, bumping his press coverage. In fact, he's gone to great lengths to take back some headlines. As Bret Baier notes, he finally succeeded.

New York Democratic Governor David Paterson is facing a $9 billion budget deficit in his state and has proposed major cuts and tax increases. Now some state lawmakers are blasting the governor for including an $800,000 earmark in his budget proposal for conjugal visit trailers at a maximum security prison in Seneca County.
A local newspaper reports the money would be used for two double-wide trailers that would enable inmates to host family members.

In fact, there's a completely reasonable expected outcome from providing these trailers:

Department of Corrections officials say the program helps rehabilitate inmates and allows them to better re-enter society.

At least these maximum-security inmates will be better equipped to re-enter something not involving another inmate. Of course, a less-attention-hungry Patterson could have kept this all under the radar, real easily like.

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Olbermann: Shut Up and Behave Like Good Little Serfs

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:43 AM

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Keith Olbermann let loose on the Tea Parties in one of his trademark unhinged rants last nights. Naturally, he repeated the unsubstantiated allegations about the racism of tea party patriots, but this passage is really where he captures the spirit of the left:

.If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of Democracy...

Translation: When conservatives lose elections, we're supposed to just go home and sit quietly while Democrats enact their agenda.

You know, just like the progressive left did when Republicans won in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

/sarc

Olbermann also warns Republicans to disown the Tea Parties or face political oblivion.

Because, you know, Keith Olbermann desperately wants the Republican party to thrive and succeed.

/sarc



Senator Padme Amidala Reacts to the Signing of ObamaCare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:03 AM

She loves the water, you know.



Item #3: Lefties Shocked to Discover Only 99% of Media Outlets Willingly Whored Themselves for ObamaCare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:52 AM

Medea Mutters --- the George Soros-backed lefty outfit that supplies talking points to Democrat shills everywhere --- is trumpeting a study (which they did themselves, of course) that exposes the shocking revelation that FoxNews spent a year providing critical coverage of ObamaCare instead of cheerleading for it like the rest of the Mainstream Media Propaganda Wing of the Democrat Party.

I know. It's shocking that a major news outlet should actually allow criticism of a Big Government initiative that costs trillions of dollars and will adversely affect everyone's quality of health care. Shame on you, FoxNews! Shame on you and your Arab-Cylon co-conspirators!

Speaking of media whores, ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson --- who pushed hard for ObamaCare --- tells ABCNews viewers that under ObamaCare, they "are going to have to change our spending habits. We'll have to stop demanding the latest of everything because we think it's the best." i.e., under socialism, since everyone can't have the best, no one can have the best... except for political elites who, BTW, exempted themselves from ObamaCare.



Item #2: Go Stuff Yourself, Nelly

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:01 AM

Now that it doesn't matter, Senator Nelly Olson Ben Nelson of Nebraska has decided he is going to vote against the ObamaCare Reconciliation Bill. According to his statement rationalization, Nelson was OK with 870 Billion dollars in New Debt to install socialist health care, but 940 Billion is just too much.

Nelly and Stupak, according to this article, are "small, active predators" who are often considered "vermin." Sounds about right.

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Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: I Think He Said "The New Sheriff Is Near."

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:00 AM

Good Morning Patriots, Good Morning Selfish, Greedy Leftists Who Want Other People to Pay for Your Health Care,

Hey, have you guys seen the videotape of tea party protesters hurling racist epithets at a Black congressman?

Neither have I.



How Does Queen Nan Play in the Heartland?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:38 AM

240x320.jpgThe Health Care narrative being advanced by the Democrats and echo-chambered by their propaganda arm is that ObamaCare was dead, but by sheer force of will and iron discipline, Queen Nanny Rictus Botox got all of the Democrats to line up obediently behind her and pass the bill. (They leave out the part that ObamaCare remains immensely unpopular).

Question: How does this narrative that Nancy Pelosi can force her will to get her leftist agenda enacted help vulnerable Democrats in swing or Republican districts?

The GOP is betting that it doesn't.

Queen Nan has just been chosen, frozen, personalized, and polarized.

Couldn't happen to a nicer oligarch.



March 22, 2010

Moonbats Give Away Their Votes

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:56 PM

An outfit calling itself Give Your Vote is calling on Britons to let the mostly Muslim Third World peasants of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Ghana vote on their behalf. Since Britain's leadership couldn't get much worse, it's not surprising that they found some takers:

This farce is evidently meant to be on the level, despite being endorsed by Nobel laureate moonbat Desmond Tutu.

On a tip from Ummahgummah.



March on America

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 PM

The ObamaCare outrage wasn't the only attack on America to take place yesterday. Hordes of future Democrat voters — i.e., illegal aliens — converged on Washington to demand the amnesty that Dems are counting on giving them to offset the voters they have enraged with their reckless spending and ham-fisted power grabs.

Protestors were instructed to wave only American flags for propaganda purposes, but as you can see, Old Glory isn't their flag of choice:

Citizenship rights with lavish entitlements for at least 30 million of these folks, with the borders left wide open to let in tens of millions more, is about the only chance Dems have of holding onto Congress.

On a tip from Dystopic PC. Hat tip: Youth for Western Civilization.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:58 PM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



Al Sharpton: Obama Is a Socialist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:47 PM

I guess Reverend Al Sharpton is a right-wing, teabagger kook now.



The American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama.



An Historic Sunday

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:05 PM

Glenn Beck isn't quite Ronald Reagan, but this monologue from the day after American healthcare died should go down as one of his most memorable.

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We Can't Socialize the Doctors without Socializing the Patients

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:35 PM

Our very destiny is now in doubt, thanks to the usurpation of power by the statists in Congress and the White House. It seemed all too appropriate to post again these bold and relevant words of Ronaldus Magnus:

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.
--Ronald W. Reagan, 1964

That first step was more like a quarter mile.




IRS to Hire Thousands of Stormtroopers to Enforce ObamaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:15 PM

You thought it couldn't get any more threatening than simply passing ObamaCare? Well it just did.

Top IRS officials have been working with Democrats on Capitol Hill to determine how the agency will enforce President Obama's new health care law. Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new (and armed) tax enforcement agents.
While it's still not known exactly how many will be hired, here's what's clear: Under the new law, the IRS is required to fine taxpayers thousands of dollars if they do not purchase health insurance. In order for the government to enforce compliance, tax authorities will need information, for the first time, about people's health care. Collecting that data will require more IRS personnel.
A March 18 report from House Ways & Means Committee Republicans estimates the IRS will need to hire between 11,800 and 16,500 new agents to enforce the bill.

We've seen this before: a different movie but a very similar script. This all goes hand in hand with Emperor Obama's scheme to place more and more of the American public under close tax scrutiny.

Critics have slammed the new federal mandate for its harsh consequences (failing to buy health insurance could land you in jail) and have raised constitutional questions about its legality. And they point to the Obama administration's recent efforts to ramp up IRS audits, especially of small businesses, as evidence that the mandate is likely to prove more onerous than previously thought.

Folks, I've got a bad feeling about this.

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Any chance that they will be as hapless as these excuses for "enforcers"?



First Casualty of ObamaCare: The Myth of the Pro-Life Democrat

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:42 PM

When it came time to vote, the shameless apparatchik who had been striking heroic poses regarding his alleged principles promptly folded in exchange for a $750,000 payoff and the transparently bogus promise of an executive order to prevent federally funded extermination of inconvenient children. But what comes as more of a surprise than Bart Stupak's sellout is that it took this long to kill the myth of the "pro-life Democrat," which has become as much an oxymoron as "pro-capitalism liberal." Phyllis Schlafly comments on the preposterous fig leaf arrogantly passed off as justification for supporting ObamaCare:

It is naive for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as 'pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion.
Not only would an Executive Order be rendered meaningless in the face of Congress passing legislation which actively provides for the massive expansion and funding of abortion services, but anyone who doubts the abortion tsunami which awaits this bill becoming law lives in a fantasy world.
Barack Obama has lined every existing federal agency with the most dedicated pro-abortion ideologues, and we know that he will continue this pattern of pro-abortion appointments when it comes time for him to fill the over-100 bureaucracies created to administer his socialized health care program.
Any formerly pro-life Democrat who casts a 'Yes' vote for this Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade.
Mr. Stupak and his Democrat followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willfully align themselves with the Party of Death.
This vote will expose the myth of the 'pro-life Democrat.' With this single vote, the Democratic Party will divide our nation into the Party of Death and the Party of Life, and future elections will never be the same.

Less specifically, we have the Party of Abortion, Coercion, Bureaucracy, and Theft versus the Party of Resistance. At least there's no more of that "nuance" that liberals love to use to obscure the difference between right and wrong. The good guys and the bad guys could not be more clearly defined.

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Bart Stupak, baby-killing phony.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Not Fade Away

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:49 AM

Not even Landslide McCain --- the guy who knuckled under on the Gang of 14, opposed the Bush Tax Cuts, and sides with the Democrats on keeping America dependent on foreign oil --- is ready to roll over for the Pelosi-Obama health care steamroller.

Sen. John McCain says Democrats who championed the historic health care bill that passed the House haven't heard the last of the issue, predicting reprisals at the polls and in the courts.
The Arizona Republican declared that Republicans "will challenge it every place we can," and called the measure, approved on a 219-212 vote, "terribly wrong for America." He said he was repulsed by "all this euphoria going on" and argued that "outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry. They don't like it and we're going to repeal this."

The fact that JD Hayworth has closed to single digits in the polls probably has something to do with this. (Of Course, Rasmussen cannot be trusted since he is part of the FoxNews-Cylon conspiracy.)

I'm not in a despairin' mood today. I'm in a fightin' mood. I'm thinking of the series final of Angel, "Not Fade Away." Best. Series. Finale. Evah! And its central theme was, in the words of Joss Whedon, "You're never done; no matter who goes down, the fight goes on."

I couldn't find a clip of the Final Scene on YouTube, but I found this.

The part where the California Senator gets the axe to her head is especially sweet.

And the bit where the blue chick punches Nancy Pelosi in the face.

Let's go to work.



Comrade Obama's Report Card

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:43 AM

Even at CBS, which helped install Comrade Obama by stoking the racial hype and ignoring his radical background and lack of qualifications, the Moonbat Messiah's grades are falling far short of a "solid B+". Currently the percentages who give him an F for total unmitigated failure are:

The Economy: 69.81%
Foreign Policy: 60.57%
Healthcare: 81.86%
Afghanistan: 30.36%
Iraq: 34.57%
Threat of Terrorism: 60.98%
Energy and the Environment: 58.01%
Social Issues: 58.47%
Bipartisanship: 79.33%
Obama's Overall Job as President: 63.77%

The gooey glow of self-righteous that some people got from handing over the country to the unqualified black guy with a name like a terrorist is fading away. The crisis this country has gotten itself into through moonbattery remains.

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On a tip from Air2air.



Mismanaged States Will Withhold Tax Refunds

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM

Don't hold your breath waiting for a refund on your state income tax:

Residents eager to get their state tax refunds may have a long wait this year: The recession has tied up cash and caused officials in half a dozen states to consider freezing refunds, in one case for as long as five months. …
[Moonbat-infested] New York, hit with a $9 billion deficit, may delay $500 million in refunds to keep the state from running out of cash, says Gov. David Paterson. …
[Equally moonbat-infested] California's massive budget shortfall of more than $20 billion last year prompted it not only to delay tax refunds but to issue billions of dollars in IOUs to vendors and others who were owed money.

However, the Land of Fruits and Nuts will reportedly be able to return refunds on time this year, probably because the state has been seizing an extra 10% of every paycheck.

In a recent report, the budget officers group and the National Governors Association said state fiscal conditions "have continued to worsen," and that state revenues can be expected to lag one to three years behind a national recovery from recession.

Meanwhile, the federal kakistocracy has just rammed through a healthcare bill that will impose crippling costs on already cash-strapped states.

The country was steered into an iceberg in November 2008. Now it's going down.

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On a tip from Lyle.



Freedom of Speech, Canadian Style

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:59 AM

The great Ann Coulter will be spreading her countermoonbat message on Canadian campuses this week. Needless to say, progressives aren't pleased. They believe in freedom of speech — unless of course you don't toe their line. Then you might find yourself thrown in jail, as stressed in this letter from the University of Ottawa's Vice-President Academic and Provost (via the National Post):

Dear Ms. Coulter,
I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or "free speech") in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.
You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in [quack quack quack quack…]
Sincerely,
Francois Houle,
Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Ottawa

In another expression of the Canadian academic community's devotion to the free exchange of ideas:

The president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has barred a volunteer organizer from putting up posters advertising the upcoming appearance of American right-wing columnist and political commentator Ann Coulter.
She is to talk about political correctness, media bias and freedom of speech Tuesday night at Marion Hall as part of a Canadian lecture tour. Canadian conservative political activist Ezra Levant will also speak at the event and introduce Coulter.
"The federation does not support Ann Coulter speaking on our campus," said student president Seamus Wolfe. "We're trying to work with the administration to see if we can ask her to do her speaking event somewhere else."

Wolfe justifies the squelching of speech not in tune with his totalitarian ideology by deeming it "hate speech" — on the grounds that liberals hate it when anyone dares to disagree with them. As the hard left looks for new horizons after healthcare, expect similar tactics to be used to silence opposition in the USSA.

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A moonbat's worst nightmare.

Hat tip: LOTUS. On a tip from Leslie.



In Case Any of You Dupes Still Believe ObamaCare Is Going to Reduce the Deficit

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:53 AM

Reason --- people I don't normally like because they take that heartless Objectivism stuff a little too "F--- the Poor" seriously --- has a chart on the history of how government health care spending projections are always off, often by large multiples.

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Long Story Short: Obama-and-Pelosi have just Thelma-and-Louised us over the cliff of national bankruptcy. And Obama's Amen Corner is applauding because even though the Obamacrats have launched yet another unsustainable and economically disastrous entitlement... some radio talk-show hosts lost a fight.

And that's all they care about.




Moonbats Continue to Rage Against W

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM

You would think moonbats would be partying in the streets as they watch the federal kakistocracy take a sledgehammer to our liberty and our economy in the name of their depraved ideology. But some enjoy indulging in infantile tantrums so much that they have turned their internal clocks back to before Hopey Change came along to remake America in their image. American Power reports on a pro-terrorist rally staged by ANSWER communists against George W. Bush's policies that took place Saturday in La-La Land, even as Comrade Obama et al. were making final preparations to seize control of the healthcare industry.

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While some of the kooks were content to turn the clock back a couple of years to when W was still president and the war in Iraq hadn't been essentially won with his surge, others went further — back to the moonbat glory days of the 1960s:

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Lefties live in an alternate reality. There's no reason it has to be 2010 in their world.

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What a waste.



Cheery Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:01 AM

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On an upbeat tip from TED.



Too Perfect

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM

Check out the security word that was generated when a voter tried to reason with Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) regarding the healthcare abomination:

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Another reader reports that Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) is deleting most all of the negative comments on his Facebook page, and blocking constituents who aren't enthused about the Stalinization of our healthcare system.

The grass is full of snakes these days. America needs a Saint Patrick.

On tips from Kevan and Mark L.



As Government Fist Tightens, Philadelphia Degenerates Into Anarchy

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:08 AM

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Here comes the Hopey Change.

In Venezuela, even as Hugo Chavez consolidates totalitarian control over the government, the streets have descended into chaos. That oil-rich country's socialism-induced decline toward failed state status presages what Hope & Change are inflicting on America. The size and scope of our government are exploding; when the ramifications of the healthcare monstrosity are made clear, we will find that our very bodies are now federal property. Meanwhile, civil order collapses. From moonbattery-ravaged Philadelphia:

Business owners yesterday called on Mayor Nutter to stop "flash mobs" on South Street after patrons couldn't shop, dine or get home on Saturday night because of the hordes of teens roaming the neighborhood.
Inspired by Twitter messages to "come to South Street," police say hundreds - business owners say thousands - of young teens stampeded down South Street in waves, jumping on top of cars, knocking over pedestrians and fighting and cursing. …
The South Street business owners called on Nutter to impose a curfew of 10 p.m. or earlier after frightened managers locked their doors, only allowing customers inside.
Nutter did not return calls last night.

Philly's moonbat mayor wants to use taxation to micromanage our diets, while he conspicuously fails to manage major city streets sufficiently so that people can go about their business without being assailed by savage mobs.

Flash mob anarchy is getting to be a regular occurrence:

Saturday's was the sixth flash mob to hit the city since last May: three on South Street; two in the Gallery, including one that spread to Macy's; and one along Market Street East that spread to the area near City Hall.

Getting its way politically hasn't done much to improve the disposition of the entitlement class.

A pizza shop owner said that some in the mob were chanting, "Black Boys!" and "Burn the city."
One youth was overheard on his cell phone saying: "Bring baseball bats to South Street."

Those who finance our welfare state dystopia by running businesses and paying taxes didn't have as much fun as the marauding hordes.

About 10:30 p.m. on South near 6th, Olympia Pizza II employee Seth Kaufman, 20, was in front of the pizza shop, trying to prevent kids from coming inside to fight with young customers who were eating.
As the crowd pushed the door to get inside, Kaufman pushed back. The crowd pushed again, and inside, the owners, 66-year-old Peter Psihogios, his wife, Harula, 58, and son Paul, 30, were pushing back on the store's double glass doors to keep them shut.
Kaufman said that kids slugged him, and he slugged them back, and then he was jumped, with kids kicking and punching him until he fell.
The elder Psihogios tried to bring Kaufman inside, but he was punched in the head.

Elsewhere…

About 11 p.m. a 27-year-old woman was walking on South near 15th when a large group of male and female juveniles ganged up on her, kicking and punching her until she fell to the ground, where they continued to kick her in the face and head. She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was treated for bruises, abrasions and a large laceration on her upper lip. She has since been released. No arrests were made.

Imagine how much fun they'll be to deal with when 2012 finally comes and their Marxist messiah gets voted out on his oversized ear — assuming this country is still civilized enough to hold elections in three years.

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Kaufman reminisces on his encounter with Hopey Change.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Distress

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:16 AM

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If there was ever a time to fly Old Glory upside down as a symbol of distress, this is it. The statists in Washington have made it official: they are there to rule us, not to represent us. They will continue expanding their control over every aspect of our lives until they are stopped, no matter the price. No one who wished this country well could even consider launching a new multi-$trillion entitlement when the ones we're already saddled with are scheduled to bankrupt the country within a generation.

People were convinced they wanted "Change" without knowing what the word meant. Now they know. You cannot put leftist radicals in charge of the country they hate and expect the USA to come out of it unscathed. If you don't like Republicans, vote them out and start over. If you don't like Democrats, too bad, because the damage they inflict will never be undone.

On a tip from Oaio.



In a Word: Intolerable

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:55 AM

Listen up, Patriots who loathe the president and the out-of-control government which just ignored the will of the people and nationalized your body in the form of ObamaCare: The Heritage Foundation has got our backs.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Heritage Foundation will help them wage what is perhaps the most important war against tyranny since the American Revolution.

See Michelle Malkin for more on the state-led legal backlash against ObamaCare.

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



Item #3: Manbearpig Ravages Iceland

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:15 AM

A volcano erupted in Iceland this week. Obviously, this will be blamed on human carbon dioxide emissions.

It was the first time since 1821 -- almost 200 years ago -- that the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier has erupted.

See? And were people driving in SUV's in 1821? No. Therefore, this is all because of greedy capitalists driving Ford Expeditions and Chevy Tahoes. I rest my case with impeccable moonbat logic.



Item #2: Moonbats in General Disarray

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:08 AM

While the Kool-Aid drinkers at the Obama Amen Corner were connecting the dots between FoxNews and the International Islamist Cylon Conspiracy, other lefty whackadoodles were coming to weak, effete blows with one another in an outpouring of vegan-on-anarchist cartoon violence.

It all came to a head at this weekend's Anarchist Bookfair in San Francisco, an annual convention of left-leaning anarchists and anti-civilization activists (which I covered extensively in previous years). One of the invited speakers was Lierre Kieth, a 45-year-old anarchist who spent decades on the cutting edge of environmental extremism, but who recently wrote a book explaining why she abandoned her once strict vegan diet after realizing that it probably wasn't going to save the Earth after all. She's still a committed anarchist, mind you, who "believes in militant action, even property destruction, if it can lead to change," and who wants an end to all mass-production of food (i.e. agribusiness and factory farming), with the goal of restoring the Earth to its pristine pre-civilizational state if possible. Oh, but you see, that's not radical enough for many of the deranged San Francisco Black Bloc anarchists, who somehow got it into their heads that she was a traitor to the cause and a puppet of the meat industry because she abandoned her vegan diet. And so, while she was speaking at the conference on Saturday, three masked young men rushed onstage and threw cayenne-pepper-laced pies in her face -- an incident which was (as is everything these days) naturally captured on video:

It's an open question whether pies to the head represent greater or lesser degree of intellectual sophistication than going around saying, "Glenn Beck hates Jesus."



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: America Is Less Free Today than Yesterday

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:49 AM

There's no point in sugarcoating it. We lost. They won. And The United States is now a country with more Government, less freedom, and fewer opportunities as a result.

None of those are things I would personally want to celebrate, but then again, I am not a progressive leftist.

And the left remains dumbfounded at the right's aversion to picking the pockets of others to pay for our health care.

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B.S.

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:59 AM


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Hat Tip: Ace

Bart Stupak embodies the Groucho Marx quote: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

What was his payoff for selling out the Pro-Life movement? $750,000 for three airports in his district.

Not quite thirty pieces of silver, but close enough.

He has an opponent in November, a doctor. Dan Benishek. He's a longshot, but so was Scott Brown.




The Day America's Healthcare Died

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:56 AM

The cost of health care in America has soared since the 60s. Dr. Jason Fodeman, a resident in internal medicine and former Heritage Foundation fellow, explains one reason why Sunday was " the day that sent the world's premier health care system to its grave." For one thing, Democrats and President Obama have done NOTHING to contain costs and increase availability of quality medical care.

Why does health care cost so much in this country?
[M]ost of the blame lies with a third party payer system that isolates patients from cost at time of purchase. Once the initial insurance premium has been paid additional services only require a copayment. The often nominal fee does not sufficiently reflect actual cost or value of the service and hence fails to restrain demand. This throws normal market forces out the window and creates a situation where all the players in the game have no incentive to control costs.
In 1965, the year Medicare became law, 52 percent of per capita health care expenditures were out of pocket. By 2005 this had plummeted to only 15 percent. As out of pocket spending declined, the prevalence of third party payers has skyrocketed. Coincidentally, since 1965 real per-capita health care expenditures have increased approximately six-fold.
ObamaCare will put over one trillion dollars into the health care system. To do this without fundamentally reforming the reason for rising health care costs is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. Further expanding the role of government in the health care sector will only serve to accelerate current trends. It will drown an industry already regulated to death with a slew of new mandates, regulations, red tape, and taxes that simultaneously will hinder patients from receiving desired care.

All the high-fiving and back-slapping by Dear Leader and his Democrat puppets in Congress will turn into bemoaning and loathing of the electorate come November. But it will not change the fact that yesterday, American health care died.

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Image courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



March 21, 2010

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:47 AM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



Democrats on an Escalator

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM

What if we let Big Government take responsibility for providing us with healthcare and everything else we need, but then one day the State's largesse is withheld? We will be as helpless as Democrats on a stopped escalator.

On a tip from Graycat.



Even Howard Stern Gets It

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:20 AM

If Dems have lost Howard Stern, where will they turn for moral guidance? Here the erstwhile King of All Media observes the increasingly obvious — modern Democrats are communists:

Via Big Government, on a tip from J.



Anchor Babies Aweigh

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM

Even CBS News has noticed that it is outrageous that we spend $billions to finance our own colonization by Third World hordes who cross the unguarded border to drop their anchor babies at our expense.

It's this bad now; wait until they ram through healthcare reform and soon afterward, amnesty.

On a tip from glenwood183.



Have You Heard the Latest?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:50 AM

Apparently, FoxNews is about to merge with Al Jazeera. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity will soon be agents of Global Jihad.

When you combine the "fact" that FoxNews parent company, News Corp is moving its South Asian regional headquarters to Abu Dhabi with the fact that the UAE is currently in the process of building Cylon Base Stars, one is left with only one possible conclusion: The Cylons are running FoxNews.

Inevitably, the FoxNews/Global Jihad Alliance will send anorexic super-models with glowing spines to seduce our foremost computer scientists and bring about the end of humanity.

Hey, is this any crazier than the notion that pouring water on a terrorist's nose is torture, that insurance companies are out to kill people, that Sean Hannity uses the Freedom Alliance as a personal slush fund, that the Tea Parties are run by the KKK, or that Iraq was invaded on the orders of Halliburton? Yeah, a little bit, but not by much.

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The FoxNews/UAE base stars will be painted red to trick the people in flyover country into believing they're Republicans.

(Or, you could accept the mundane, non-crazy explanation that News Corp is locating one of its many operations to a business-friendly city with modern infrastructure centrally located relative to the region it serves, but that would be about as much fun as admitting that subjecting terrorists to non-injurious discomfort with the aim of saving lives isn't really such a bad thing, or that the profit motive is a better guarantor of quality service than bureaucratic edict.)

(And it's interesting to me that people who oh-so-sanctimoniously denounce all Obama critics as kooks have no trouble embracing crazy sh-t as long as it jibes with what they want to believe.)



March 20, 2010

The Sean Hannity/Freedom Alliance Scandal

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:55 PM

All right, so, Debbie Schlussel is claiming that Sean Hannity's favorite charity, the Freedom Alliance is nothing but a huge scam. According to Schlussel, very little of the money goes to the families of lost soldiers, but is instead used to fly Sean Hannity around on luxury jets, Al Gore style.

The Freedom Alliance has published a point by point rebuttal of the charges
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I am not going to jump to conclusions one way or the other. On the other hand, the Obama Amen Corner has already reached the conclusion that Hannity is guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Primarily on the basis that... well... Hannity opposes the Obama agenda, and since only a kook, a racist, or a criminal would question the flawless wonder that is Obama, every smear on him must be true.

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Guilty until proven innocent



Airstrip One to Screen 1 in 5 Workers as Potential Pedophiles

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:37 PM

Moonbat-Run Albion --- using the typical Moonbat approach to public safety --- is going to treat millions of innocent people as potential pedophiles; because that is so much more rational and enlightened than enacting brutal penalties on the much smaller number of people who actually are child molesters.

And not just teachers or day care workers... builders, tradesmen, speech therapists, Sunday School teachers... anyone who even potentially has contact with children in the course of their work is subject to the new regulations.

In all, more than one in five of the adult population will have to undergo checks to work in 'regulated activity' for a 'regulated activity provider' - the official phrase for any organisation which has dealings with children or vulnerable adults, from Scout troops to hospitals.
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Organisations ranging from Brownie groups to ballet schools will face fines of £5,000 if they mistakenly use a volunteer who turns out to have been barred under the scheme.
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The new rules, developed in the wake of the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by Ian Huntley in Soham in 2002, will come into operation this year, but critics have pointed out the £200million programme would not have prevented the girls' deaths.

So, the scheme will 1. Cost a fortune to implement, 2. Treat innocent people like criminals, 3. Discourage volunteerism and community involvement, 4. Vastly increase the power of the state bureaucracy and 5. Fail to solve the problem it was meant to address.

A socialist progressive paradigm if ever there was once.

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Safe School Czars are, of course, exempt.



On Airstrip One, 50-75% of Pakistani Marriages Are To First Cousins

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:24 PM

Airstrip One's Immigrant populations bring their cultural norms with them, and this has created some problems with the gene pool.

British Pakistanis, half of whom marry a first cousin, are 13 times more likely to produce children with genetic disorders than the general population, according to Government-sponsored research.
Although British Pakistanis account for three per cent of the births in this country, they are responsible for 33 per cent of the 15 to 20,000 children born each year with genetic defects.

The article says that up to 75% of Pakistanis in some areas marry first cousins.

The progressive left is in no position to object to this, since cousin marriage is a common cultural practice in Middle Eastern societies; and anyone who objects to it is trying to inflict oppressive western cultural norms on people of colour.

Also, if it's fine for two men or two women to marry each other, what business does the state have telling people who they can and can't marry? Progressive marriage isn't about creating stable, healthy environments for children, that's the job of the state-run education system. Marriage is just about giving people access to social benefits. It would be discriminatory to deny those benefits to two consenting adults who happen to be biologically related.

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The important thing is, they vote Labour!



To Hell With Constitutional Procedures

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:58 PM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



What Are Willing to Let Them Make Us Sacrifice?

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:18 PM

The Bitter Half asks an apt question regarding federal seizure of the healthcare industry: "what are we willing to sacrifice" for the sake of the kakistocracy's power lust?

In the end, we'll be asked to sacrifice everything we have that makes life worth living.

Via Breitbart.TV, on a tip from Milton.



Making Them Up as They Go Along

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:08 PM

Here's one to file next to Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA)'s admission that "If you don't tie our hands, we will keep stealing." Impeached former federal judge Alcee Hastings, now a Congresscritter from Florida, admits that he and his fellow Dems make up the rules as they go along:

On a tip from J.



Caturday Post: After ObamaCare, What Next?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:06 PM

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The Moonbattery Kitteh was being camera shy, so here's a patriotic substitution.

After ObamaCare passes, of course, there will be high-fiving and snotty self-congratulation among the progressive-leftists because their Marxist Messiah has a "victory." (Much as with gay marriage, the appeal of ObamaCare to the left has become more a matter of "Spite the Right" than enacting meaningful policy.) And Democrats will think they can breathe a sigh of relief that the worst is over once they pass this piece of crap. It isn't. Not by a long shot.

After this horrible, divisive effort to force the passage of an unpopular bill by any means necessary, what the Democrats would need... politically... is something popular that would win back the centrists and the independents alienated by their ruthless push for a bill that most people rightfully believe sucks. But there is nothing like that in their legislative agenda. Instead, the Democrat agenda just gets worse after health care: Cap and Trade, Amnesty, and Massive Tax Increases (when the Bush Tax Cuts are allowed to expire) are next on the congressional agenda. They think their "Jobs Bills" (a.k.a. "Stimulus Mk. II") will win the public back, but they are more likely to be seen as more ineffective deficit spending. Also, the "Doctor Fix" to restore $300 Billion in cuts moved out of the ObamaCare bill to game the CBO will be put back in. If Democrats don't restore the cuts, they piss off the geezers. If they restore them, they explode the deficit. There's no winning. And if they pass those increases along with Stimulus Mk. II, the Republicans get to run ads saying the Democrats have added a trillion dollars to the Deficit since passing "Pay As You Go."

Worse yet for the ObamacRATS, after Obama signs the bill, they will *own* health care. Every failure of the system is their failure. And the thing about ObamaCare is, the taxes and mandates start immediately, driving up health care costs. The "benefits" don't kick in until 2014. (Again, this was done to game the CBO.) Health care is going to get a lot more expensive, and Republicans can rightly point the finger at the ObamaCare Legislation.

Also, there will be those pesky legal challenges to the insurance mandates, and to the unconstitutional way the bill was rammed through the House.

Also, the Republicans have months to publicize the shady deals that went into the bill, and the bad stuff that's in the bill.

All of which will take place in an atmosphere of stubbornly high unemployment. The rate is likely to dip in the spring and early summer when hundreds of thousands are temporarily hired to work the census... but unless the recovery is much stronger than anyone is forecasting, unemployment is going to remain at socialist European levels for the foreseeable future.

None of which should make us feel any better about the ideological socialists destroying our country, but it will be something to remember during the progressive left's obnoxious victory dance.



Gangland Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:13 AM

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Image courtesy of Maser Media.

On a bad-ass tip from TED.



Pelosi's Undermining of Our Constitution Explained in 90 Seconds

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:07 AM

Just in case you missed what all the fuss over Sunday's ObamaCare vote is about.


Hat tip: The Anchoress.



In Your Face, Heterosexuals... NOT

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:10 AM

What if you gave a mass wedding -- you know, to celebrate DC's new gay marriage law -- and nobody came?


According to Mike Wilkinson's datebook, Saturday is the day that history would be made. It's the day when 400 same-sex couples would stand shoulder to shoulder in a gilded ballroom between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and finally, legally, be wed. The event he organized would break the Guinness World Record for the largest mass-marriage ceremony, and far more important than that, it would become the lasting, internationally recognized image of gay equality in Washington, D.C. Freedom would ring with a giant chorus of "I do." And the love in the room, Wilkinson hoped, might serve as its own rebuttal to those who oppose gay marriage.

Turns out only 15 couples registered for the event.

Sometimes, even gays reject flaunting gay rights just for the sake of it.

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No, but your own irrelevance just might.

On a straight tip from Penelope.



March 19, 2010

Anderson Cooper Is Dumber Than Cheech Marin

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:01 PM

Wolf Blitzer and Soledad O'Brien aren't the only CNN Anchors revealed to be dumbasses on Jeopardy. Closet-Case Anchor Anderson Cooper --- last seen giggling like a sixth-grade girl over the word "tea-bag" --- was shut out on Celebrity Jeopardy by drug-addled sixties relic Cheech Marin.

The lesson here is, apparently, pot and acid cause less damage to your brain than ecstasy and amyl nitrate.

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Even Towelie could kick Anderson Cooper's a$$ at Jeopardy

Also, this may be part of the reason Cartoon Network has a larger audience than CNN and MSNBC combined; Metalacolypse, Squidbillies, and reruns of Family Guy being smarter and more informative than AC360 or Rachel Maddow.



Beyond Sleazy

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:55 PM

If there's an upside to the kakistocracy at the helm of the federal government, it's that it gives an opportunity for liberals who have any principles whatsoever to prove it by opposing Chairman Zero, Pelousy, et al. Cranky old lib Jack Cafferty at CNN hasn't passed on the chance.

Notice how Wolf Blitzer predictably presents the trusty moral equivalency argument, claiming that the government has always been run by our society's dregs. This lie is promptly shot down by Cafferty, whose resume has probably already made its way to FNC's Human Resources Dept.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Dems Explain Why ObamaCare Must Be Stopped

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:57 AM

You've heard patriots' arguments for why the ObamaCare power grab must be fought tooth and nail. Now let Democrats explain:

"There's going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this, but if you lose Massachusetts and that's not a wake-up call, there's no hope of waking up." — Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)
"Bluntly put, this is the political reality: First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate's reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes." — Patrick H. Caddell & Douglas E. Schoen
"The problem is this: we are spending almost a trillion dollars and folks are telling me I should vote yes and we will fix it later. You wouldn't buy a car for a trillion dollars and say yeah, it doesn't run but we will fix it later." — Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
"There's a lot of discomfort with the reconciliation process, the self-implementing rule, where you wouldn't have a formal vote on maybe the most important policy of the past 40 years. I have a big issue with the way they're doing the process. I think it's wrong and my constituents don't like it." — Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)
"I was one of the authors of the legislation that created the budget reconciliation process in 1974, and I am certain that putting health care reform and climate change legislation on a freight train through Congress is an outrage that must be resisted." — Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
"I don't believe reconciliation was ever intended for (health care reform). It doesn't work well for writing major, substantive legislation." — Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
"Anyone who would stand before you and say 'well, if you pass health care reform next year's health care premiums are going down,' I don't think is telling the truth. I think it is likely they would go up." — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
"While deeming, like reconciliation, has been used by Republicans and Democrats in the past, the context in which it would be used in this case leads me to conclude that it would poison an already terribly partisan atmosphere and leave the Congress even less able to find bipartisan solutions to fiscal problems that are on the verge of becoming overwhelming." — Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD)
"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry. $70 billion dollars a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance, five consecutive years of double-digit premium increases." — Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

Yet after a ride on Air Force One, Kooksinitch suddenly supports the bill. Maybe Chairman Zero explained that within a few years, insurance companies will be driven into bankruptcy and he'll have his precious "public option." Or maybe the streets of Cleveland are now scheduled to be paved in platinum at your expense.

There is no question that even Democrats know what they're doing is wrong. Too bad that won't stop most of them from doing it anyway.

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With thanks to ShortBusBob.



Poor Barry's Got the Blues

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:15 AM

President Barack Hussein Obama, the Mopey Master of Malaise, is sad -- sad that this job of POTUS is so dreadfully un-fun. The gnomish Greg Gutfeld and his perky panel explore the angst of our gloomy dictator.

Shall we all give Barry a collective hug now, or in 2010/2012?



Homicidal Illegal Alien Was Living Large in Subsidized Housing

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:18 AM

It's nice to know that some people benefit from America being run by moonbats who leave the borders wide open and shower those who sneak across with free goodies at taxpayer expense. Juan Barrera, for example:

A Panamanian murderer who escaped a prison in the Central American country has been captured in the District, where authorities say he used a fake Social Security card to obtain federally subsidized housing and cruised around town in three luxury cars.
The FBI was led to 36-year-old Juan Barrera by an anonymous caller who claimed Barrera was planning to fire a rocket launcher at a Metro train, according to an affidavit recently filed in Greenbelt's federal court. …
Barrera reportedly told authorities he entered the United States by sneaking in through Mexico, the affidavit said.

But there's not much we can do about it. If we build a 50-foot fence, guys like Barrera will just bring a 51-foot ladder — or so says the head of Homeland Security, who has given up the daunting task of defending our borders in favor of the easier job of demonizing veterans.

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Here to blow up the trains Americans won't blow up

On a tip from Charles.



Cornhusker Kickback Part II

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM

Exemption from Medicaid costs wasn't the only bribe used to buy Ben Nelson on behalf of the ObamaCare power grab. Our corrupt rulers also threw in a free hospital:

The Obama administration has delivered another budget plum to Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and the state of Nebraska, adding more than a half-billion dollars [of your money] for a new veterans hospital in Omaha.
The move reverses a decision by Mr. Obama's own Veterans Administration of a year ago, which called for repairing an existing hospital.
The Veterans Administration made the budget switch during internal deliberations in 2009 at a time when the White House was wooing the moderate Democrat to vote for President Obama's health care overhaul bill.

How's this for understatement:

Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, ranking Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, said, "This one doesn't smell right or feel right."

That would be a polite way of describing everything the current administration has excreted since taking power.

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Compliments of Cons.Underground.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Obama Turns Over Our Oil to Russia

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 AM

Yet another example of the consequences of putting a moonbat ideologue who doesn't particularly like this country in charge of it: oil in the Gulf of Mexico has been surrendered to Russia:

The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.

Apparently Russians prefer real jobs to imaginary green ones. If we won't drill the oil in our backyard, they will. Then if we're nice, they'll let us buy it back from them.

The reasons to drill offshore for oil are so obvious, it's tedious to list them, but here are a few:

Offshore oil production makes economic sense. It creates jobs and helps fulfill America's vast energy needs. It contributes to the gross domestic product and does not increase the trade deficit. Higher oil supply helps keep a lid on rising prices, and greater American production gives the United States more influence over the global market.
Drilling is also wildly popular with the public. A Pew Research Center poll from February showed 63 percent support for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Americans understand the fundamental points: The oil is there, and we need it. If we don't drill it out, we have to buy it from other countries. Last year, the U.S. government even helped Brazil underwrite offshore drilling in the Tupi oil field near Rio de Janeiro. The current price of oil makes drilling economically feasible, so why not let the private sector go ahead and get our oil?

Here's why: the lunatic fringe left personified by Obama believes that drilling for oil rather than buying it oppresses the polar bears.

Not being idiots, Russians understand the geopolitical implications.

Russia more sensibly views energy primarily as a strategic resource. Energy is critical to Russia's economy, as fuel and as a source of profit through export. Russia also has used energy as a coercive diplomatic tool, shutting off natural gas piped to Eastern Europe in the middle of winter to make a point about how dependent the countries are that do business with the Russians.
Now Russia is using oil exploration to establish a new presence in the Western Hemisphere. It recently concluded four contracts securing oil-exploration rights in Cuba's economic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. A Russian-Cuban joint partnership will exploit oil found in the deep waters of the Gulf.
Cuba has rights to the area in which drilling will be conducted under an agreement the Carter administration recognized. From Russia's perspective, this is another way to gain leverage inside what traditionally has been America's sphere of influence. It may not be as dramatic as the Soviet Union attempting to use Cuba as a missile platform, but in the energy wars, the message is the same. Russia is projecting power into the Western Hemisphere while the United States retreats.

Hopey Change is working out great — for America's adversaries.

On a tip from Byron.



Invitation From Jon Voight

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:10 AM

Jon Voight, the exception who proves the rule regarding Hollywood moonbattery, calls on fellow patriots to flood DC in opposition to the healthcare power grab:

I am calling to all of you freedom-loving Americans to come once again to Washington D.C. to gather at upper Senate Park, across from the Capitol on Saturday, at 12 o'clock noon.
We must come by the thousands.
Speaker Pelosi will stop at nothing to fulfill her corrupt conquests. She will bring all of the corrupt ACORN liars to try to bully all the Democrats that may be having pangs of guilt knowing quite surely what their votes can and will do. If they're bullied into saying "yes," it will destroy America.
Join me and Rep. Michele Bachmann in Washington DC at 12 noon EST so we can give all the Democrats who know what the end result will be the courage to say: "No, do not pass this destructive bill."

Whether you protest in Washington, call the Capitol switchboard, call local congressional offices, or email, you need to make your voice heard, to avoiding kicking yourself afterward for not doing anything to prevent this unfolding catastrophe. The reason extremist Democrats are willing to commit political suicide to get this bill through is that they know it will be a death blow to liberty and the free market economy in America.

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Moonbats are advised not to annoy Jon Voight.

On tips from Monico and Nancz.



How Dumb Is The President?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:55 AM

Remember when the left mercilessly ridiculed Dan Quayle for mis-spelling potato? Remember when Sarah Palin was ridiculed for (correctly) noting that Alaska borders Russia? Remember how every George W. Bush gaffe got twenty minutes of air-time on The Daily Show and a SNL sketch?

But when Dear Reader misspells "Syracuse" while filling out his NCAA brackets --- (a moment breathlessly hyped by the MSM, even as they ignore Demon Pass) --- his boyfriends in the MSM cover for him.

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What the hell is Sycasuse?

They don't show Obama writing the word Syracuse, it is replaced with ESPN animation, (at 1:26). Obama comes in after the animation and says "we've got Syracuse here" (word Syracuse is already written). ESPN shows him write every team in the Sweet 16 except for Syracuse, which they edited out

It's sad when the president is so dumb the media has to cover for him.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:09 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Item #3: Michigan's Dingbat Governor Taken in by Scam Artist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:04 AM

Michigan's Canadian-Born, Berkeley-educated, dimbulb governor --- a member of Barack Obama's elite team of economic advisors --- is a huge advocate for "Green Jobs." She recently honored an "entrepreneur" with $9.1 million in tax breaks as a reward for starting a company to supply African villages with "green" sanitation and power equipment.

And then she found her friend, the "green entrepreneur," was a con artist.

Convicted embezzler and scam artist Richard Short was back in a Flint jail Wednesday -- a day after taking a stage with an unwitting Gov. Jennifer Granholm to celebrate a $9.1-million state tax break for his new company.
State officials who oversee the breaks -- but don't do background checks -- were mortified. Republicans called for investigations into how a felon duped a state agency.

"State officials" don't do background checks because they don't care. It's not their money.

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Michigan's Dingbat Governor has always been a sucker for a con artist with a slick story.

Hat Tip: Trickle Up Politics



Item #2: Humanity Is, in the Aggregate, Better Today

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM

The human turd known as Paul Warner Powell was executed last night in Virginia's electric chair.

Good.

My mother was, and still is, anti-death penalty. She thinks that if the state kills someone, it lower itself to the level of the murderer. She could not be more wrong. If a person commits a capital crime, he has willingly forfeited his life to the state, IMO, and the state is within its rights to take it.

And Paul Warner Powell was a scumbag of particular merit.


In 1999, Powell murdered a 16 year old girl and raped her 14 year old sister. After his initial conviction --- when he thought he had dodged the Death Penalty --- he wrote a letter to prosecutors bragging about the crime.

"Since I have already been indicted on first degree murder and the Va. Supreme Court said that I can't be charged with capital murder again, I figured I would tell you the rest of what happened on Jan. 29, 1999, to show you how stupid all of y'all ... are," wrote Powell, who is white.
He said he had gone to the Reed house to confront Stacie for dating a black boyfriend. He admitted pinning the victim, threatening to rape her, then stabbing her in the heart when the girl resisted. He then stomped on her throat.
"I guess I forgot to mention these events when I was being questioned. Ha Ha!" he wrote in 2001. "Do you just hate yourself for being so stupid ... and saving me?"

And, of course, the moonbat community is mourning the loss of one of its children.



Morning Briefs for Friday Item #1: Dude, Nobody Cares

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:36 AM

A Frooty Loop in Oklahoma was denied a request to have IM GAY as his Vanity plate. So, he went home, opened a few Zimas, watched a Joan Crawford movie, and hired a lawyer. He's suing for the right to advertise his sexual orientation on his license place.

"I want to tell people who I am and what I am. I'm proud of it. I'm openly gay. I'm not hiding," said Keith Kimmel, 28, of Norman. "What better way to tell everybody than to put it on the back of a car?"

How about not? That would be a better way.

Or you could go out in public in a really stupid, gay-looking hat and granny glasses with a "vintage" golf shirt.

Oh, wait, you already tried that.

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Sorry Ladies, This Stud Isn't Into You.

A little musical tribute to Keith Kimmel.



March 18, 2010

How to Create Dysfunctional Policies

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 PM

Take it from someone who knows:

Via Breitbart.TV, on a tip from Milton.



Even Democrats Can Tell the Truth

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 PM

Stop the presses: a member of the gang of looting thugs known as Congressional Democrats has actually said something true. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA):

"If you don't tie our hands, we will keep stealing."

No kidding.

On tips from Conan and glenwood183.



Arrogant. Ignorant. Incompetent.

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:39 PM

At a conference of congressional GOP doctors today, Georgia Rep. Paul Braun had this to say:

A transcript, because it's just so good:

"I have three simple questions Ms Pelosi. Are you so arrogant that you think you know what's best for the American people? Are you so ignorant that you are oblivious to the wishes of the American people? And are you so incompetent that you are going to ignore the Constitution of the United States, use tricks, deceptions, bald faced lies to try to ram down the throat of the American people something that they do not want and is going to be absolutely worse for their healthcare?"

That just about sums it up. Gobs more truth from the GOP.

Hat tip: The Corner.



This Is What Moonbats Consider Art

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:50 PM

Something other than Health Care to chew on -- At New York's Museum of Modern Art, an "avant garde" art exhibition consists of, basically, naked people standing around.

Laurence Lallier slipped carefully between two naked women facing each other in a narrow doorway at the Museum of Modern Art. "I didn't want to step on their feet," said Lallier, a student from Montreal. "We feel shy and they don't, and they're the ones that are naked."
...
Elsewhere in the exhibit two clothed people touch fingertips, two others sit back to back with their hair entwined and a naked woman reclines with a skeleton (not a real one) lying on top of her. The performers, re-enacting a Betazoid wedding from Star Trek pieces originated by Abramovic alone or with Ulay, are statue-still.

I guess this is what Nancy Pelosi had in mind when she declared that Government-run health care would free up people to abandon those bourgeois day jobs and become "artists."

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I may not know "ahht" but I know what I like.



November Is Coming, Patriots

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:28 PM

In these short hours before a vote that will affect the American health care system for decades to come, there are more ways to become active against ObamaCare than you can imagine. Here's another: www.novemberiscoming.com , which allows you to sign a petition that reads:

Dear Member of Congress:
Your vote isn't the only one that counts. November is coming and you can't hide from the voters. Corrupt backroom deals are driving a government takeover of our health care, and I don't like it. If you vote YES on the health care bill, I will vote NO on you in the next election.

The site is a project of Americans for Prosperity.

Also consider calling the Capitol switchboard, calling local congressional offices, or emailing wavering Democrats.




222 Obamacrats Vote for Fascism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:34 PM

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222 Obamacrats voted against a GOP motion to compel the House not to employ the Slaughter House "Deem and Pass" Rule.

The clear message to voters, "F--- you! We got the power."

I repeat the question that Dear Reader dodged in his interview, if this bill is so Frakking Wonderful, why all the sleazy maneuvers and bribes to get it passed.

(Yeah, I know. Posts like this only give joy to left-wing trolls who delighted that patriots gets upset when progressive fascists shred the Constitution and ram their unpopular bills down the public's throat. Personally, I think that's a damned good reason to be upset. It's more disturbing that Obama's Little Cult of Fanatics is not upset by this.)



Tom Coburn Versus the Chicago Mafia

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:10 PM

It is a virtual certainty that Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are promising massive payoffs to Democrats in return for support on the ObamaCare Bill, and plum positions in the 111 new bureaucracies the bill creates for Democrats hounded out of office by the voters after voting for this hated bill.

Senator Tom Coburn has a warning for Democrats who accept Barry and Nancy's bribes.

"I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House.
If you voted no, and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal post isn't going to be held up in the Senate, I've got news for you. It's going to be held.
Number two is, if you get a parochial deal for you or your district, I've already instructed my staff that we will look at every appropriations bill, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. I want to tell you that your deal isn't going to happen.
And be prepared to defend selling your vote."

Update: There are rumors that at least two House Democrats have been bought off by promises of Administration positions. Bart Gordon (D-TN) has apparently been offered the job of head of NASA in exchange for his 'Yes' Vote. Another Tennessee Congressman, John Tanner, has been offered the position of Ambassador to NATO

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"I want you to find this, um, nancy-boy Tom Coburn, I want him, um, DEAD! I want his family, um, DEAD! I want his house burned to the, um, GROUND! I ... uh... wanna go there in the middle of the ... uh... night and I wanna PISS ON HIS ASHES! "



Rosie O'Donnell: Abortion Is Better Than Foster Care

Posted by V the K at 11:57 AM

Endomorph Progressive Rosie O'Donnell stated to the 2 or 3 listeners of her satellite radio program that abortion should be included in ObamaCare, because it will spare the state the expense of putting kids into foster care.

We can pay for all of the unwanted kids and the half-million of them in foster care. I'm for a woman's right to choose.

This is how elite progressives actually think; if a kid's life is going to be economically disadvantaged or challenged in any way, then the kid should just be threshed and flushed before he even gets a chance to see the light of day. And that's when they aren't being openly racist about abortion ridding society of dark-skinned undesirables.

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(Why don't you tell the kids I've adopted and fostered that their mothers should have scrambled their brains in the womb, you fat sack of crap.)



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:50 AM

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Via FAIL Blog, on a tip from Scott.



Another Sign of the Times

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:20 AM

Billboards expressing America's gut sentiments regarding Obamunism keep sprouting like spring flowers. Here's one from Grand Junction, Colorado, paid for by a small business owner:

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Compliments of Steve A.



All Politics Is Local

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:41 AM

Unable to get through to Congressional Dems because they've unplugged their phones and hidden under the desk? Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) offers advice: let state legislators feel your wrath too.

"If the people in Washington aren't willing to listen, if the Democrats aren't willing to listen, then call your local state elected officials and tell them that you'll hold them personally accountable to what Nancy Pelosi is going to do the American people in Washington this week," Hoekstra told The Daily Caller of his "Make it Local" idea. …
It's something Hoekstra said is an effective means of putting pressure on Democrats. "There's no doubt that if my state reps' phones started ringing off the hook on a federal issue they would call me and want me to know, and say, 'Hey Pete, you know the people in Michigan are really feeling passionate about this.'"

Tea Partiers are also taking a local approach:

In an e-mail to supporters last night, Tea Party Patriots encouraged those who oppose the bill to call and visit the local district offices of the targeted members of Congress. They also pushed activists to call state elected officials to "remind them that they have political influence and you want them to exercise it."

Not that Congress should be spared from an unending torrent of polite but firm calls for even considering using un-Constitutional means to ram through the outrageous ObamaCare power grab. Dick Morris lists both DC and local numbers for swing Congresscritters.

On a tip from Rebecca.



Just a Word on Those Phony CBO Numbers

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:40 AM

The Democrats are tossing around what they claim are CBO numbers showing that ObamaCare will *only* cost $940 Billion and will reduce the deficit by $138 Billion.

Hey! If that's true, maybe we should spend $9 Trillion on ObamaCare and Reduce the Deficit by $1 Trillion!

There are many reasons to take these claims with a grain of salt. First of all, the CBO admits the numbers are no good because they only reflect what Democrats claim is in the legislation, but they have no actual legislation to score.

Second, the Democrats are using a trick to skew the numbers by putting 98% of the spending in the last six years. This gives future Congresses years to mess around with new mandates and spending... as they always have and inevitably will.

Remember, Granny Rictus Botoxi Pelosi is declaring that the purpose of the current bill is just to kick down the door... so they can vastly expand the scope of the program later.



Another Democrat Yes Vote on ObamaCare Lost?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:10 AM

Another Massachusetts Miracle may have just occurred in Rep. Stephen Lynch:

In a sign of how tough it's been for Pelosi to round up votes for the massive bill, Lynch - a South Boston Democrat who supported a House reform package last year - said he'll probably vote against a key Senate version of the legislation, unless unexpected major changes are made soon.
Lynch, who serves as one of Pelosi's key vote counters, said he also can't support a proposed "deem and pass" procedure that would allow Democrats to vote to strip out controversial portions of the Senate bill and then "deem" that the entire package has passed without a second, direct vote.
"It's disingenuous," said Lynch, who considers unfair a Senate provision to tack a surcharge on higher-end health plans. "It would really call into question the credibility of the House."

What's this, a Democrat with a conscience? There are other Massachusetts wafflers as well, who could use a little persuading.

In an e-mail alert to constituents Tuesday night, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) said he's still undecided on the legislation. Like Lynch, he expressed concerns that the bill could hurt Massachusetts' new universal health-care program. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) was also on the fence.

To remind: here is NRCC's CODE RED LIST of many on-the-fence representatives and their email links.

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Even one of Pelosi's vote counters sees past the fraud. (image)



Chairman Zero Wins a Billy Madison Award

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:02 AM

Last night, Fox News's Bret Baier — the only journalist ever to ask Obama anything resembling a tough question — asked the same question many of us on the right having been asking. "If your bill's so damned great, why do you have to bribe people and shred the Constitution to get it passed?"

BAIER: Let me insert this. We asked our viewers to e-mail in suggested questions. More than 18,000 people took time to e-mail us questions. These are regular people from all over the country. Lee Johnson, from Spring Valley, California: "If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation, arm twisting, seedy deals, and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill, when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the presidency?"
Sandy Moody in Chesterfield, Missouri: "If the health care bill is so wonderful, why do you have to bribe Congress to pass it?"
OBAMA: Bret, I get 40,000 letters or e-mails a day.
BAIER: I know.
OBAMA: I could read the exact same e-mail —
BAIER: These are people. It's not just Washington punditry.
OBAMA: I've got the exact same e-mails, that I could show you, that talk about why haven't we done something to make sure that I, a small business person, am getting as good a deal as members of Congress are getting, and don't have my insurance rates jacked up 40 percent? Why is it that I, a mother with a child with a preexisting condition, still can't get insurance?
So the issue that I'm concerned about is whether not we're fixing a broken system.
BAIER: OK, back to the original question.
OBAMA: The key is to make sure that we vote — we have a vote on whether or not we're going to maintain the status quo, or whether we're going to reform the system.

Does Chairman Zero — at any point in his rambling, defensive, evasive response — come anywhere near answering the question posed to him?

No. And that's why Chairman Zero is the recipient of the coveted 'Billy Madison Award'



Comrade Obama, Mopey Master of Malaise

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:55 AM

Remember how Jimmy Carter personified the concept of national malaise? A new mopey moonbat has taken up his mantle:

People are noticing how little President Obama seems to enjoy his job.
The president's two main emotions on display are regret and indignation. He's either lecturing about the problems facing the country in a slightly patronizing tone or expressing his disgust with someone who won't take his lesson to heart.
A standard Obama rally goes something like this: A mild joke at the expense of some dignitary present (Congressman Hornswaggle can't bowl to save his life), a sad story tweaked bordering on bathos (Suzy Creamcheese and her 15 foster children and five shelter dogs are being forced out of their home), the identification of her tormentor (rapacious banks), and finally a promise to seek justice for the afflicted despite the political cost to himself ("It may not be good politics, but it's the right thing to do.").
Rather than being energized by trying to solve problems at a level of maximal achievable good, Obama and his team speak to the American people with the enthusiasm of an Army bereavement officer. It is their sad duty to inform you that they must overhaul the health care system.
As Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt wrote, Obama needs to show the American people "he's happy we hired him" and to ditch the "lugubriousness."

After all, even if no one else is happy we hired him, at least BO should be.

Part of the funereal vibe may arise from Obama's self-regarding nature. He never absorbed a crucial bit of wisdom: You can take your job seriously without taking yourself seriously.

It's not all narcissistic self-pity…

[T]here is still another reason for the president to approach his job with such high-minded regret: avoiding blame.
From the first days of the Obama presidency, we hear the same thing repeated over and over: He had no choice.
Obama presents himself so often as a victim of circumstances. He didn't want to bail out Wall Street, nationalize General Motors, add $2 trillion to the national debt, send two troop surges into Afghanistan, or propose a coercive package of fines and taxes to force people into a new health system. He just had no choice.
The biggest howlers from the Obama presidency have come when we are told that he is a "fierce" defender of the free market or "pro-business" despite policies that suggest he likes heavy regulation and favors businesses that support his agenda but not the ones that don't. …
While the straw men Obama creates in each speech say he should do nothing, the president says he is compelled to act, even if the only option is unpalatable. It's a rhetorical trick that helps Obama avoid the label of hard-Left liberal.
But it also helps perpetuate Obama's image as a gloomy pessimist, a label that may be even more damaging.

So buck up, Barry. Admit that you're a socialist and take some pride in the long-term damage your deficits will do to our free market system, whether or not you're able to thoroughly cripple it with ObamaCare or Tax & Charade.

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Bravely holding back the tears.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



12,000 New IRS Agents Will Enforce ObamaCare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:54 AM

In order to enforce the individual mandate --- the mechanism by which the National Government forces citizens to enter into contracts with private insurance companies under terms dictated by the bureaucracies of the Executive Branch of the National Government --- and other aspects of the ObamaCare Plan, the IRS will hire at least 12,000 new enforcement agents.

The legislation currently before the House of Representatives envisions that the IRS will be the primary enforcers of ObamaCare if the the bill becomes law.

The IRS will have lots to do to implement and enforce the new taxes and mandates included in the bill. In fact, the Senate Democrats' bill references or amends the Internal Revenue Code 180 times.
Based on the current cost to employ this division's workforce, an additional $1 billion per year would mean 12,500 new employees at the IRS. That's more than 12,000 IRS employees that will be examining taxpayer records to enforce the government's definition of "affordable" and "acceptable" insurance coverage, and working to comply with the bill to get people into government-run insurance.
What will all these new IRS employees do? The bill gives the IRS many new powers and tasks the IRS with the responsibility to enforce the mandates on individuals to purchase insurance the government deems acceptable as well as employer mandates to provide insurance the government deems affordable. In short, the Democrats' bill will give the IRS sweeping new powers and require the IRS to become a much more intrusive force in every American's life.

So, ObamaCare is not so much about improving the quality of health care as it is about vastly increasing the reach and power of the bureaucracy Americans hate most.



A Little Encouragement for Bart Stupak

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:21 AM

Bart Stupak (D-MI), one of the last of the dying breed of Democrats with moral principles, says standing up to Chairman Zero on ObamaCare has been a "living hell." Better that than the hell that will await if he sells out his constituents and his conscience by endorsing the federal funding for abortion entailed in ObamaCare.

Here's how Stupak probably feels:

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Compliments of RCMartin.

But the radicals currently running the government only seem like a line of oncoming tanks. Those who stand firm will still stand when this disgraceful chapter in our history has passed.



Idaho, Virginia Take Lead in Opposing ObamaCare

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 AM

Our federal system wasn't designed so that the government would have an extra level of taxation, but to prevent tyranny by providing a break on Washington. The radicalized Democrat leadership is testing the system with its willingness to do whatever it takes to ram through their healthcare power grab. Fortunately it looks like the system might hold up:

Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance.
Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states.

Maybe the movement is only symbolic. Then again, maybe not:

[Idaho Governor Butch] Otter, a Republican, said he believes any future lawsuit from Idaho has a legitimate shot of winning, despite what the naysayers say.
"The ivory tower folks will tell you, 'No, they're not going anywhere,' " he told reporters. "But I'll tell you what, you get 36 states, that's a critical mass. That's a constitutional mass."

Meanwhile in Virginia, home of so many of the Founding Fathers who have been spinning in their graves since November 2008,

Virginia last week became the first state in the country to pass a state bill declaring it illegal for the government to require individuals to purchase health insurance, a key part of bills under consideration on Capitol Hill.

Yesterday Virginia's Attorney General sent this letter to Queen Pelousy:

March 17, 2010 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Office of the Speaker H-232, U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. Dear Speaker Pelosi: I am writing to urge you not to proceed with the Senate Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act under a so-called "deem and pass" rule because such a course of action would raise grave constitutional questions. Based upon media interviews and statements which I have seen, you are considering this approach because it might somehow shield members of Congress from taking a recorded vote on an overwhelmingly unpopular Senate bill. This is an improper purpose under the bicameralism requirements of Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, one of the purposes of which is to make our representatives fully accountable for their votes. Furthermore, to be validly enacted, the Senate bill would have to be accepted by the House in a form that is word-for-word identical (Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417 (1998)). Should you employ the deem and pass tactic, you expose any act which may pass to yet another constitutional challenge. A bill of this magnitude should not be passed using this maneuver. As the President noted last week, the American people are entitled to an up or down vote. Sincerely, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General of Virginia

I was told before the Moonbat Messiah was elected that he would unite the country. If he keeps uniting us like this, we'll have another Civil War.

On tips from Conan and Incitatus.



Dick Armey's Border Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:31 AM

So long as Tea Partiers remember that the movement is about ideas, not people, it won't get hijacked by those who might exploit it to advance pernicious concepts. A case in point is Dick Armey, who has played a roll in organizing Tea Parties, but who indulges in pure moonbattery on the topic of border security.

"When I was the majority leader, I saw to it that Tom Tancredo did not get on the stage because I saw how destructive he was," Armey said of the Colorado congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate known for his opposition to illegal immigration.
Armey said "this is a nation of immigrants" and "if you love America, love freedom" and if you will work and pay taxes, you should be welcome in the country.

Applying "nation of immigrants" rhetoric to the deluge of illegal aliens that is helping to drive up unemployment and reduce California to a Third-World failed state is an insult to the legitimate immigrants who built this country and respect its laws.

Armey says he would defend the border — but not until the INS has been reformed so that it's nicer to the human traffickers and drug dealers who are making a mockery of our national sovereignty.

"Fix that agency, make it do its job, make it do its job in a humane … fashion and then you can control the borders," he said.

According to Armey, criminals who sneak across the border to avail themselves of free services are "natural constituents" for the Republican Party.

Armey also said "the Republican Party is the most naturally talented party at losing its natural constituents in the history of the world."
"This party was born with the emancipation proclamation and can't get a black vote to save its life. How do they do that?"

By standing for individual liberty and the rule of law as opposed to racial preferences and spoils. But I suppose Armey would change that too.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Feed PETA to the Polar Bears!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:01 AM

Affluent white liberals were denied an opportunity to culturally and economically impoverish native people's earlier this week. The UN denied a push from the United States to ban the international trade in (non-endangered) polar bear pelts and other parts.

A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws was defeated Thursday at a U.N. wildlife meeting over concerns it would hurt indigenous economies and arguments the practice didn't pose a significant threat to the animals.
"We're disappointed," said Jane Lyder, the Department of Interior's deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks. "But we understand that CITES is still trying to understand how to incorporate climate change into its decision making."
Canada, along with Norway and Greenland, led the opposition to the U.S. proposal. They said the threat from trade was minimal and the hunting done by Aboriginal communities was critical to their economies. Only 2 percent of Canadian polar bears are internationally traded and the country strictly manages the commerce, Canada said.

Now, people who understand natural resource economics know that the best way to preserve a species is to make trade in that species legal and economically valuable. Cows and pigs are not endangered precisely because people eat them. If species cannot be legally traded and managed by people with an economic state in continuing their numbers, it creates an incentive for poachers to destroy their populations, as is the case with African Elephants and Lowland Gorillas.

Meanwhile, in Russia, some dumb naked chicks engaged in a pointless protest against seal harvesting.

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Killing seals, bad. Killing fetuses, good.

I personally would love a polar bear skin rug, if I knew where to get one.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:13 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Item #5: Are You Frakking Kidding Me?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:06 AM

Chairman Zero took a break from his usual routine of backroom deals, sleazy undemocratic attempts to ram health care through, cozy meetings with special interest lobbyists, and stonewalling on public requests to release his college transcripts and the names of lawyers in the DoJ who are working for terrorists... in order to congratulate himself and his party for bringing more honesty and transparency to Government.

As Sunshine Week begins, I want to applaud everyone who has worked to increase transparency in government and recommit my administration to be the most open and transparent ever, an effort that will strengthen our democracy and ensure the public's trust in their government. We came to Washington to change the way business was done, and part of that was making ourselves accountable to the American people by opening up our government.

According to my calendar, April 1st is still a couple of weeks away.



Item #4: The Nanny State Doesn't Get the Music These Kids Are Listening to These Days

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:47 AM

On Airstrip One, a musician was kicked off of a train when a functionary of the Albionese Nanny State saw him write something about "Killers" on a pad of paper.

"The Killers," is, of course, the name of a fairly popular genre band whose songs sound a lot more interesting when they are covered by other people.



Item #3: Science Proves Eco-Fags Are Self-Righteous Jerks

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:40 AM

The science is settled, those sanctimonious prigs with their Priuses, recycling bins, and holier-than-thou environmental attitudes really are a bunch of smug, self-centered a-holes.

According to a study, when people feel they have been morally virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of organic baby food, for example, it leads to the "licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour", otherwise known as "moral balancing" or "compensatory ethics".
Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the "halo of green consumerism" are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. "Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours," they write.

And this cannot be disputed, because it is science!



Item #2: Progressive Radio Host Warns Black Justice to Beware of "Teabaggers"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:32 AM

Progressive Radio Host Mike Malloy --- who is a little too far out there for even MSNBC (just a little bit too far out there) --- warned earlier this week that "racist teabaggers" might just lynch Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once they found out he was married to a white woman.

The latest from the crazy people in the tea bag movement is, uh, a story about, um, Virginia Thomas, she is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; and she's setting up a teabagger nonprofit group. Now this will be interesting because the teabaggers are essentially racist; and how are they're going to deal with a very dark Clarence Thomas and a very white Virginia Thomas setting up subdivision of their crazed tea bagger party; how they're going to deal with that will be great fun to watch.

Yeah, because, you know, conservative white patriots just hate Clarence Thomas so much, and have proclaimed publicly that his opinions are "poorly written" and that he is "an embarrassment to the court."

Oh, wait. I'm sorry. That's not the opinion of any white conservative. That's the opinion of Democrat Senator Harry "Negro Dialect" Reid, the leader of the Jim Crow Party in the US Senate.



Morning Briefs for Thursday Item #1: How Dumb Is the President?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Parrots of Rachel Maddow's Talking Points,

In an interview yesterday, Chairman Zero said he supported the Louisiana Purchase --- the taxpayer-funded bribe Mary Landrieu got in exchange for her vote on ObamaCare --- because "It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake."

Earthquake in Hawaii? WTF?

In other news from the party-so-corrupt-it-will-do-anything-to-ram-through-a-bill-America-hates....

The people who live in California's San Joaquin Valley have had their water turned off in order to protect a tiny fish called the delta smelt. As a result farm land that used to be prime agricultural land are now dust bowls. It devastated the economy as well, driving up the the unemployment rate in some areas to as high as 41 percent. Yet for months on end, President Obama said and did nothing to help the people in the Central Valley.
But now the president's health care reforms are on the ropes and the San Joaquin Valley's two blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa have been reluctant to support the president's reforms. So imagine everyone's surprise when the Department of the Interior announced yesterday that it is dramatically increasing the water supply to the valley's parched lands. And what a coincidence, now the two California congressmen who were once "undecided" are being moved over into the "yes" column....

Man, just wait until this blatant corruption gets covered in the mainstream media! I am sure they will get right on that story as soon as they finish that super-important expose on Chairman Zero's NCAA picks. (1,153 articles on Google News this morning.)



March 17, 2010

Paul Ryan on Sensible Healthcare Solutions

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:20 PM

Despite lies to the contrary from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the pro-ObamaCare crowd, Republicans have been working tirelessly for months and months in order to put forward real solutions to the problems in the American healthcare system. While we have the best medical care in the world, there is certainly room for improvement on many levels. Rep. Paul Ryan outlines several examples.

The debacle of the past year's "debate" has been a missed opportunity for real reform. Democrats and Republicans alike have put forward proposals that address the drivers of health-care costs, yet they have been ignored in this sharply partisan crusade. House Republicans continue to offer common-sense solutions, with specific legislation. Last May, Sens. Tom Coburn and Richard Burr and Rep. Devin Nunes and I collaborated to address rising costs while securing access to quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans. The Patients' Choice Act takes on the discriminatory and inflationary tax exclusion, delinking the tax benefit from employers and attaching it to individuals through universal tax credits.
The Patients' Choice Act includes additional reforms -- such as an emphasis on preventive care, medical malpractice reform and interstate shopping -- that could be advanced one at a time in a bipartisan fashion to fix what's broken in health care without breaking what is working.
This year I re-introduced my own proposals to tackle our entitlement crisis head-on. My plan, "A Roadmap for America's Future," fulfills the mission of health and retirement security, lifts our crushing burden of debt, and spurs economic growth and job creation. In stark contrast to the vision being pushed by the majority in Congress, my plan unapologetically seeks to apply our nation's timeless principles -- our Founders' commitment to individual liberty, limited government and free enterprise -- to today's challenges. It does so in a way that honors our historic commitment to strengthening the social safety net for those who need it most.

If you watched the pathetic performance of Dear Leader in his interview with Bret Baier this evening (FNC video) you may want to cleanse your mind by reading the full Paul Ryan article. It is refreshing to know that, in spite of all attempts from the Democrat leadership to the contrary, there are actually representatives of the people in Washington who aim to work for the electorate and not for their own drive for control over our tax dollars, our freedoms, our very bodies.

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Mark Levin Prepares to Defend Country Against Democrat Fascism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:10 PM

If the Obamacrats in Congress pass ObamaCare without a vote on ObamaCare, Radio Host and Legal Scholar Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation are preparing to file a lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of the law.

As some legal scholars have made clear, it would be an uphill battle. Nancy "Flaming Hypocrite" Pelosi and Louise "Flaming Hypocrite" Slaughter previously sued to stop the process of passing law by simply deeming it passed and lost. Courts are normally deferential to allowing legislatures to set their own rules. But there is also a case to be made that deeming routine House business to be passed is far different from using the procedure to ram through a massively unpopular bill that cannot be passed through normal, Constitutional means.

It's very dangerous to let the Democrats get away with this. If this "sleight of hand" can be used on this bill, it can be used on anything. And I don't buy the tu quoque argument that because the Republicans got away with it on minor things, the Democrats should be allowed to get away with it on major things. If I spill cranberry juice on your carpet and you let it slide, that does not implicitly give my brother permission to come over and trash your house.

This will, no doubt, lead to Mark Levin being a labeled "the worst person in the world" by Keith Olbermann, and an "a--hole," by the ObamaCare shills at the-blog-that-hates-my-guts. He will also become public enemy number one to all those on the left who don't care how bad this law is, or how corrupt the process it, as long as their precious Marxist Messiah gets a victory; which includes almost all of the MSM and every troll under our house.

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Mark Levin: Patriot

BTW, if this bill is so frakkin' wonderful, why do Democrats have to pull all these dirty tricks and cupid stunts to get it passed?



Moonbat Tech: Agricultural Urbanism

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:21 PM

It would be nice to think that the tens of millions who died during the collectivization of farms in the Soviet Union and China didn't perish for nothing — that the world would at least learn from their terrible fate. But among progressives' most salient characteristics is that they are impervious to learning. When it happens here, even urban residents might find themselves living on collective farms:

We're on a slow march of strip mining our resources so the question is, can a home benefit the community and in turn, the environment? Agricultural Urbanism is a proposed residential project that combines thousand year old terrance [sic] farming with modern construction.
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If subsistence farming on human turkey ranches doesn't save Gaia and rid us of our free market ways, future ecocommunist rulers can just march us out into the wilderness to die, which helped Pol Pot reduce the population dramatically, no doubt pleasing the sacred polar bears.

On a tip from Air2air.



Dittoheads Tie Up Congressional Phones to Fight ObamaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:00 AM

In an effort to wake the Congress up from their Obama Suicide Kool-Aid stupor, Rush Limbaugh has for two days running been giving out the phone number of the Capitol switch board on his show:

877-762-8762

202-224-3121

...and now a third number:

202-225-3121

In the rare instance that you get an operator, callers should ask for their representative or a waivering Democrat and politely, respectfully urge them to VOTE NO on ObamaCare and resist the unconstitutional efforts by Pelosi & Co. to pass it via the Slaughter Rule.

Latest reports are that this phoning effort has melted down the congressional phone system. If you call these numbers, you will likely get a busy signal, but Rush says that he's heard from folks on the inside that it's been difficult to make outbound calls as well. The weirdest part is that the MSM is NOT reporting this as an irresponsible and mischevious act on Rush's part, but instead they are reporting it as straight-up news. (We'll see how long that lasts.)

If you can join in the calling effort but get tired of getting a busy signal, you can always try emailing the waivering congresscritters. The National Republican Congressional Committee has a "Code Red Target List" with direct links to select congressmen's email sites and shows their latest reported ObamaCare vote.

UPDATE: Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades HQ has a short list of Democrats who may be leaning toward a no vote, along with their phone/fax/snail mail. "They are "maybes" who have not publicly declared, but who may need a gentle nudge from their constituents."



The clock is ticking, Patriots!

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Your Country Needs YOU!



Emails Reveal Nidal Malik Hasan's Pageant of Red Flags

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM

An indication of how deeply moonbattery has eaten into our society is the degree of inadequacy even the military will put up with in the name of diversity:

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, charged in the Fort Hood shootings, was too fat and "chronically" unprofessional during his psychiatric training, according to internal e-mails exchanged by his superiors.
The communications are the latest in a series of early signs that showed officers had reason to suspend Maj. Hasan's training, and perhaps re-evaluate his suitability as a military physician, but failed to do so.
Yet, his bosses at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington allowed him to complete his residency in 2007, enter an advanced fellowship program, win promotion to major and transfer to Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.
It was there on Nov. 5, while shouting "God is great," Maj. Hasan fatally shot 13 Army colleagues, according to witnesses.

Unfortunately being fat, unprofessional, and unqualified aren't Hasan's only shortcomings. There's also his enthusiasm for Islam:

The e-mails highlight another point at which the U.S. military government could have intervened to stop Maj. Hasan's career before the shooting. The FBI and other intelligence agencies learned that Maj. Hasan had sent e-mail messages to Anwar al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda-affiliated radical imam in Yemen who urged followers to join the terrorist group and kill Americans.

Hasan hadn't put in sufficient months in a psychiatric clinic to complete his residency. But Army bureaucrats — no doubt terrified of being accused of "racism" against a Muslim — pushed him through anyway.

Then came Maj. Hasan's research project that was required for completing the residency. Walter Reed calls the practice, "Psychiatry Scholarly Activity Oral Presentation at the Psychiatry Regularly Scheduled Conference." Maj. Hasan chose not a psychiatric topic, per se, but one titled, "Koranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military." The slide presentation promoted Islamic law over the U.S. Constitution.

That is, the Constitution he was sworn to uphold. Army brass had found just the guy to serve as a psychiatrist, counseling soldiers returning from battle with terrorists who share Hasan's ideology.

Predictably, the Affirmative Action mentality that led to Hasan being shuffled forward as if he were qualified didn't turn out so well. Even Army Chief of Staff General George Casey was alarmed at the outcome:

"It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well."

Not to worry, liberals: the Army resolved to double down on the head-in-the-sand political correctness that put Hasan in a position to pull off his terrorist killing spree in the first place.

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When the next Hasan goes off, maybe Casey can be tried as an accomplice.

On a tip from Edward.



Comrade Obama Comes Crawling to Fox News

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:22 AM

The Obamination Administration's war on Fox News appears to be over; once again, the Moonbat Messiah has failed. Despite an orchestrated strategy to marginalize FNC for not providing him with the obsequious coverage of his enablers at the alphabet networks, Chairman Zero will present himself before Bret Baier today with hat in hand to sell his latest bottle of poisonous snake oil. Reaganite Republican comments:

After exposing himself as petty, vindictive, and paranoid by going on a completely unnecessary propaganda offensive against top-rated Fox News, Obama has lost this ill-advised war-of-choice… big time.
Regardless of any specious WH narrative re. "not a news organization" and "an arm of the GOP" — Republicans aren't the only ones watching Fox… their ratings often beat all other cable news networks combined. The administration's shameful Alinskyite attacks and boycott have clearly backfired, and reality is slowly sinking into the thick skulls of Team Obama while the Bolshevik Boy-Wonder watches his HC agenda — and presidency — crumble in his hands.

At least he won't have to face Glenn Beck.

Maybe Chairman Zero is positioning himself for a regular slot on Hannity's panel, in case the highway debris docent position doesn't pan out. Provided he gets to use his teleprompter, he's bound to be an improvement on Bob Beckel.

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Barton Barriers: Austin Bureaucrats' Conception of Art

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:35 AM

Our liberal rulers must get a sick kick out of wasting our money in the most conspicuously absurd manner possible. In Austin, the moonbat toehold in Texas, bureaucrats have seen fit to spend $thousands on a tower of traffic barricades that has been christened as "art":

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So what is art? According to the City of Austin's Arts Commission, the Art in Public Places committee, the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association and the Austin City Council, which all approved this project, it's this more than 100-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 10-foot-high cluster of 50 road barriers that are lit up at night. …
The artwork, by Stephen Dubov, is the "inaugural sculpture" of Art on the Way. Art on the Way's Web site says it's "a humorous juxtaposition of nature and industrial objects."
It must be humorous because we're laughing — or is that screaming I hear? The city put up $4,300 for the project, said Vincent Kitch, cultural arts program director for the City of Austin. …
The name of the work is "Barton Barriers," and if you want a tour for your school or club, you can "arrange for a docent or artist-led viewing."
Imagine the docent for an artwork up in the bushes consisting of highway debris.

If it's still there in January 2013, I know someone who will be out of work and perfect for the job, provided he's equipped with a teleprompter.

On a tip from Nancy.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM

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Graphic by Tommy Downs. Via Americans for Prosperity. On a tip from J.



46% of Doctors Would Consider Leaving Medicine if ObamaCare passes

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:29 AM

Doctors --- bashed by Chairman Zero for allegedly performing unnecessary surgery just for the money --- are not thrilled about the prospect of becoming, essentially, DMV employers if ObamaCare passes.

  • 46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.
  • 36% of physicians would not recommend medicine as a career, regardless of health reform. 27% would recommend medicine as a career but not if health reform passes.
  • 62.7% of physicians feel that health reform is needed but should be implemented in a more targeted, gradual way, as opposed to the sweeping overhaul that is in legislation.

Doctors realize they will be micromanaged by bureaucrats under this plan. The bureaucrats will forbid them to recommend tests and procedures that the trial lawyers will sue them for not recommending.

They're screwed from both sides.

As I have said, if you want more, better, cheaper health care... you have to make it more profitable, not less. The Obamacrats FAIL basic economics.

Also, left-wing kook Dennis Kucinich has decided to vote for the bill; which should give lie to the talking point that progressives hate the ObamaCare Bill.

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No matter how many times we kill ObamaCare, it just comes back next week.



Moonbat Congressman: "We Can't Build Nukes Because Manbearpig Will Destroy Them!"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:10 AM

Moonbat Democrat Congresman Ed Markey (who co-authored, with Henry "Nostrilitis" Waxman, the Cap-and-Tax Bill designed to destroy all American industry) says that nuclear power plants are not a viable option because the fierce weather conditions brought by Global Warming --- as seen in the scientific documentaries The Day After Tomorrow and Jason X --- will destroy them and kill us all!

Severe weather conditions, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as flooding caused by heavy rains, can all impact the status of a nuclear reactor. . . . In addition to discrete events such as a storm or earthquake, climate change has the potential to affect more routine reactor operations.

He goes on to cite the absurd scenarios of nuclear power plants being inundated by rising seas, or running out of water during Global Warming-caused droughts.

Let's review his Thesis in Graphic form.

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Nuclear Power Plant.

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Manbearpig

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CGI Wolves running amok in New Jersey

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Planet Earth becomes bad Kevin Costner movie.

Or something like that.

Aside from the fact that nuclear power plants are built to extremely resilient standards with multiple redundant safety systems, it's also worth mentiong the IPCC prediction was a load, and the data have recently been exposed as craptacular at best. And the head of the IPCC was trained as a railroad engineer, not a climate scientist.

Damn, we got some stupid people in Government.



1 Year of Obama, $2 Trillion in Debt

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:51 AM

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In a little over one year of Obamunist Rule, the USA's National Debt has expanded by $2,000,000,000,000.

The Deficit began to explode in 2007 when the Democrats took control of Congress. And is anticipated to remain at stratospheric levels... basically forever. Spending levels vastly increased once Obama was elected president.

There are no prospects for any voluntary reductions in Federal Spending.

Foreign creditors are looking to downgrade the USA's credit rating.

And the Democrats are trying to ram through a multi-trillion dollar health care and student loan entitlement package.

And they don't care about the damage it does to the country, as long as the country isn't being run by people who believe in God and protecting the unborn.



Item #3: Even AP Admits Health Insurance Will Cost More Under ObamaCare

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM

Economically Illiterate Fascist Barack Obama claimed yesterday that insurance premiums would go down 3,000% under his Health Care Takeover Reform. (In other words, insurance companies would be paying us to let them provide us insurance.)

Not even the Obama Positive Associated Press would buy that whopper.

Premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes, experts say. If cost controls work as advertised, annual increases would level off with time. But don't look for a rollback. Instead, the main reason premiums would be more affordable is that new government tax credits would help cover the cost for millions of people.

Yeah, just like Government Financial Aid subsidies have kept universities and colleges (Big Education) from raising tuition at several times the annual inflation rate.

But that's okay, because the proposed HCR reconciliation also includes a nationalization of all student loans (for some reason), which is just bound to make higher education more affordable for all.

(That last line was meant to be sarcastic.)



Item #2: Lefties Furious as Their Human Health Care Props Are Debunked

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:03 AM

The Left's "Legislation by Sob Story" strategy has been weakened among the informed segment of society by revelations that their cancer victim Natoma Canfield is not in nearly the dire straits that were claimed, and that little Marcelas Owens is a prop drawn from a family of left-wing, single-payer activists.

Now, the progressive lefties are howling and melting down because a few on the right --- Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck --- have called them out on the sob story/victim strategy, and rightfully so. Yes, some people have had tragic life experiences. Does that justify a Government takeover of a health insurance industry that, for the vast majority of people, works pretty well most of the time?

Cut through the distorted rhetoric of the ObamaCare Cheering Squad, and the real position of those of us (the majority of Americans) who oppose the ObamaCare bill is that the Government proposed solution is disproportionately large, intrusive, and most of all expensive, given that the problems with health insurance are on the margins, and could be addressed with more moderate, less costly adjustments.



Top of the Mornin' Briefs for St. Patrick's Day: Item #1

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:41 AM

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Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) encouraged Tea Party patriots to seek a "Velvet Revolution" against the Soviet-style governing practices of the Obamacrat majority. In other words, he encouraged them to peacefully seek to turn back a Government that is out-of-touch with its people, that is governing by anti-democratic decree against the will of its people, and that is seeking a much expanded degree of control over the lives of its people.

Of course, King's encouragement to the people to peacefully take back their Government has given the simpering progressives at the HuffPo and the Obama Amen Corner a case of the vapors. I mean, how dare a Congresssmen -- a Republican no less -- encourage a free people to stand up against a government trying to pass a law that majorities of them oppose and believe to be destructive to the health of the country.



March 16, 2010

Lest We Forget

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:23 PM

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It was seven years ago today that smelly moonbat activist Rachel Corrie was fatally struck by a bulldozer while helping Palestinians defend tunnels that were used to import weapons to kill Jews.

Suddenly, I'm craving IHOP.

(And I'm sure some whining little troll will simper that I'm being insensitive and spew moral equivalence about mocking the death of St. Pancake and hoping for the death of Dick Cheney. The pictures at the K is P link of the victims of the people Rachel Corrie was helping clear away any moral ambiguity in my mind. She died foolishly while facilitating evil - the evil murder of innocent people. Damn right I have contempt for her.)



Billboards of America

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:40 PM

A good way to take America's pulse is to drive its highways. In 2010, here's what you will see:

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It's safe to say at this point that Hopey Change just didn't take. Unfortunately that doesn't mean it can't be imposed by force.

On a tip from Oiao.



Counter-Moonbattery Alert: Throw the Bum Out

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:24 PM

A Tea Party activist group in New Jersey has been given the green light by a state court to initiate a recall petition effort against Democrat U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

There's no question the odds of success are slim: A successful recall vote requires a fourth of the state's registered voters to sign the petition in order to get the issue on the fall ballot (Menendez' term ends in January of 2013).
That would mean roughly 1.3 million such signatures are needed.
"Given the will of the people embodied in our state organic law, and the dearth of clear precedent nullifying the people's enactments, we accordingly decline at this juncture to find our state constitutional provision and related stature permitting recall of a United States Senator to be unconstitutional," the Appeals Court found.
The opinion added, "The silence of the federal Constitution [on recall] may well result in the conclusion that it may be done."

The State Supreme Court has not even chimed in yet, so don't hold your breath for a first-ever U.S. Senator recall.

What do the Democrats say about this? Exactly: "Tea Partiers are RACISTS!" It must get real tired to have but one retort for any activism against a Democrat politician who is not a pure-blood cracker.


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If Menendez gets ousted, he's always got shadow-puppeteering.

Hat tip: The Daily Caller.



Our Progressive Overlords

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:44 PM

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If the Speaker of the House can just deem a very unpopular bill "passed" without even holding a vote on it, aren't we pretty much living in a dictatorship?

And what about you progressives? Do you just not give a damn about this perversion of democracy because it happens to suit your agenda? And doesn't that make you guys... um... fascists by definition?



Yes, Nazis Were Leftists

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM

The most impressive example of sleight of hand in the history of propaganda may be the liberal establishment's alarming ability to pass off Nazis as right-wing rather than left-wing. Nazism and Stalinism were highly similar, rival variants of the totalitarian socialism longed for by progressives. When the Hitler-Stalin pact collapsed, the left was forced to choose between them. Nazis certainly deserved the demonization that followed, though no more than their Bolshevik brethren.

Despite the vilification from the left, it still isn't easy to distinguish Nazis from communists, as Stephen Hicks reminds us, quoting Ulrike Meinhof of the leftist Red Army Faction (aka Bader-Meinhof):

Auschwitz meant that six million Jews were killed, and thrown on the waste-heap of Europe, for what they were: money Jews. Finance capital and the banks, the hard core of the system of imperialism and capitalism, had turned the hatred of men against money and exploitation, and against the Jews … Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism.

Self-hating Jew Karl Marx would have agreed:

What is the profane basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly cult of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly god? Money. Very well: then in emancipating itself from huckstering and money, and thus from real and practical Judaism, our age would emancipate itself.
As soon as society succeeds in abolishing the empirical essence of Judaism — huckstering and its conditions — the Jew becomes impossible.

Everybody knows that Nazis didn't like Jews, but despite the name of the party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or National Socialist German Workers Party), few seem to be aware of their more fundamental hostility to economy freedom. Here's how Joseph Goebbels put it:

The worker in a capitalist state — and that is his deepest misfortune — is no longer a living human being, a creator, a maker. He has become a machine. A number, a cog in the machine without sense or understanding.

Whereas under totalitarianism — whether it's Nazism, communism, or the authoritarian political correctness that Democrats have been tightening around our throats — we can all blossom as individuals, right moonbats?

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Someone needs to grow a mustache.

Hat tip: David Thompson.



Government Math

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:07 PM



Shrillary Gathers "Human Rights" Dirt on USA

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:52 AM

Shrillary doesn't spend all her time locked in a cage in the White House basement after all. Here's what she's been up to:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that the State Department is soliciting comments from citizens, advocacy groups and other non-governmental organizations on the human rights record of the United States.
"Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves," Clinton told a press briefing at the State Department, where she unveiled the "2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices."
Clinton said the U.S. is now gathering facts on its own record because — as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council — it is participating in the UNHRC's "universal periodic review" process.

The UNHRC is a farce, by the way.

The Obama administration's decision to join the Human Rights Council was controversial. The Geneva-based, 47-member HRC faces numerous criticisms, chief among them the presence of countries with poor rights records. Iran is currently running for a seat on the council.

The objective of this first-ever report on America's human rights record for review by the corrupt thugs dominating the UN is revealed by Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute:

"It will give pretty left-wing groups a forum for criticizing the U.S.," Ruse told CNSNews.com. That internal criticism will then end up at the U.N. Human Rights Council.
"This is a two-step process," Ruse said. "The second step is another opportunity for the U.S. to come under fire, this time by the United Nations."

No wonder Shrillary has been completely off the radar screen as Secretary of State. Gathering anti-American propaganda is full-time job. Just ask Keith Olbermann.

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The White House basement has a problem with rats.

On a tip from Nancz.



Felons in the White House?

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM

Redemption is possible for anyone — even the odious Benedict Arlen Specter, who makes this constructive remark about the simmering White House job-bribing scandal most of the press has been studiously ignoring:

There's a crime called misprision of a felony. Misprision of a felony is when you don't report a crime. So you're getting into pretty deep areas here in these considerations.

Sphincter is referring to the jobs that were offered by the White House as highly illegal bribes to Democrats Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff for getting out of the way of favored Senate candidates Specter in Pennsylvania and Michael Bennet in Colorado. As the American Spectator explains in a story worth reading just for the URL, this means that anyone who knows about the proffered bribes and stayed quiet could be headed to prison on felony charges:

Stunningly, this would presumably also include anyone on the Obama White House staff who knew one of their colleagues had offered such a job — which is to say committed a crime — and didn't report it. …
It should be recalled here that Specter is not just Sestak's opponent. He is a former Philadelphia district attorney and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. …
If in fact Sestak is telling the truth, if in fact the Denver Post story about Andrew Romanoff is correct — and neither Sestak nor Romanoff reported these offers to federal authorities — Specter is saying both could in fact do jail time for committing a felony.

This may explain why Robert Gibbs has been doggedly stonewalling questions on the topic by two of the last real journalists in Washington, Major Garrett and Jake Tapper.

If Sestak has told the truth, if the Denver Post got it right — then not only is the person or persons within the White House who made these job offers in big trouble, but anybody else on the Obama White House staff who currently knows this has happened and has not reported it to the proper authorities — the FBI, just for starters — is, according to Specter, a potential prosecution target for "misprision of a felony." For which this person or persons could also go to jail along with whomever offered the jobs in the first place.

Good thing they don't still wear those black and white horizontal stripes at the Big House. Beltway Bob is a little heavy to look good in them.

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Beltway Bob would prefer for the press to keep still about the bribes.

On tips from TrickleUpPolitics and the Knights of the Dumb Table at Blue Gold Nation.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:12 AM

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On a tip from Incitatus.



Transsexual Freakazoid Becomes a "Neuter"

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 AM

No matter how far moonbats push the envelope in the Culture War, they can be counted on to push it further still so long as they encounter no meaningful resistance. What's next after surgically and chemically mutating your body into a blasphemous simulacrum of the oppose sex? How about deforming yourself so that you have no sex at all:

Norrie May-Welby, 48, was born a man but had a sex change operation in 1990, at the age of 28.
After becoming unhappy as a woman, May-Welby decided to become a "neuter". The 48-year-old is now officially recognised as a person of no specific gender.

On the positive side, this is good news for the construction industry, as publicly accessible buildings will no doubt be required to add a "Neither" room between the Men's and Ladies' rooms.

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On a tip from Antara.



Progressives Are Idiots with No Math Skills

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:30 AM

Listened to the trained progressive seals respond with "boos" when insurance companies are mentioned, and cheers and applause as Dear Reader promises them that insurance premiums will go down 3,000%!


3,000%? So, at that rate, insurance companies would be paying employers to cover their employees.

Alternately, Dear Reader is an idiot who doesn't have even a marginal clue what he's talking about.



Americans Not Allowed to Fly Old Glory in Haiti

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:59 AM

I guess M'Chel just isn't proud of the relief work our country is doing in Haiti.

The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances.
France's tricolor, Britain's Union Jack and even Croatia's coat of arms flap in the breeze.
But the country whose contributions dwarf the rest of the world's -- the United States -- has no flag at its main installation near the Port-au-Prince airport.
The Obama administration says flying the flag could give Haiti the wrong idea.
"We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery," the U.S. government's Haiti Joint Information Center said in response to a query about the flag.

I guess Chairman Zero was hurt when his boyfriend, Hugo Chavez, suggested that US relief efforts were just cover for an invasion and occupation of Haiti.

Remind me again, why the Hell would anyone want to invade and occupy Haiti?

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Spot the Marxist creep who just plain hates his country the United States.



Crisis of Culture

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:07 AM

As the lunatic wing of the Democrat Party prepares for the great leap into socialism by ramming through a federal healthcare entitlement certain to lead to national bankruptcy, now might be a good time to reprint highlights from a letter that Dr. Roger Starner Jones wrote to the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion Ledger:

During my last night's shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B; tune for a ring tone.
Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid.
She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer. And our President expects me to pay for this woman's health care?
Our nation's health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture — a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.
A culture that thinks I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me.

There it is in a nutshell: the depraved infantilism of liberalism, which demands that those who take responsibility become slaves to those who do not.

No culture rotted through with this mentality can survive indefinitely. Our healthcare system is only the beginning of what we stand to lose.

On a tip from Oiao.



NY Gov Asks for the Other 49 States to Bail Him Out

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:02 AM

Since raising taxes on everything failed to restore New York's budget to solvency (surprise surprise), New York's corrupt governor is asking the Federal Government to bail them out of a $9 Billion budget deficit.

It is worth nothing that New York State's $9 Billion deficit this year is smaller than the $10.5 Billion increase in state spending Paterson enacted last year.

In sum, the taxpayers of fiscally responsible states like Texas, Indiana, and Alaska are going to be asked to bail out the bloated budget of New York State, its too large and overcompensated bureaucracy, and its public employee unions.

The very definition of "redistributing wealth."

And if states are in bad shape now, wait until the Medicare/Medicaid expansions in ObamaCare hit their budgets.



Your Welfare Dollars at Work

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:31 AM

Helping Unemployed Hipsters buy Organic, Gourmet Food with Food Stamps.

Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate, had been installing museum exhibits for a living until the recession caused arts funding -- and her usual gigs -- to dry up. She applied for food stamps last summer, and since then she's used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house in the neighborhood of Hampden, and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away.
"I'm eating better than I ever have before," she told me. "Even with food stamps, it's not like I'm living large, but it helps."
Mak, 31, grew up in Westchester, graduated from the University of Chicago and toiled in publishing in New York during his 20s before moving to Baltimore last year with a meager part-time blogging job and prospects for little else. About half of his friends in Baltimore have been getting food stamps since the economy toppled, so he decided to give it a try; to his delight, he qualified for $200 a month.
"I'm sort of a foodie, and I'm not going to do the 'living off ramen' thing," he said, fondly remembering a recent meal he'd prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. "I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it's great that you can get anything."

I guess sponging off the taxpayers spares the indignity of relying on their families, or taking jobs that are unworthy of a "30 year old Art School Graduate."

Also, anyone who describes himself as a "foodie" needs to be smacked on pure principle.



Consistently Kicking Our Allies in the Teeth

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:18 AM

New York Times Headline: "Israel Feeling Rising Anger From U.S."

Seth Liebsohn at NRO writes:

How I just pray for the headline someday that reads "Iran Feeling Rising Anger From U.S." or "Venezuela Feeling Rising Anger From U.S." or "Cuba Feeling Rising Anger From U.S." or "Myanmar Feeling Rising Anger From U.S." or "Sudan Feeling Rising Anger From U.S."

Unfortunately, we have an administration in place that thinks Jews building houses is an atrocity, but Palestinians lobbying bombs and rockets at Jewish schoolchildren is, at worst, inconvenient.

Meanwhile, the Hamas Terrorist Government has declared a "Day of Rage" in response to the unspeakable Jewish atrocity of ... reopening an Ancient Synagogue in a Jewish Section of Jerusalem.

The horror!

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Smart Cars, Smart Diplomacy: Both have the same result when driven by idiots.



GreenJobsGate: This One Has Incriminating Emails, Too

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:24 AM

On the Green Jobs-Green Energy front, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Obama Administration is in bed with lobbyists, going completely against his campaign pledge at the very least. But it goes deeper than that.

Emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Obama Department of Energy is using the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) -- the lobbying arm of "Big Wind" in the U.S. -- to coordinate political responses with two strongly ideological activist groups: the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the George Soros funded Center for American Progress (CAP).
This is further proof that Obama has betrayed his promise to ban lobbyists. Further, this incident suggests yet another questionable appointment -- Cathy Zoi, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the DoE, injected politics into public policy. Cathy Zoi also happens to be the former CEO of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection.

This all comes back to the green jobs farce that has been revealed in Europe, in particular in Spain. The Obama Administration cites Spain over and over as a success story for green jobs. However, an economic report published by a Spanish university revealed the truth: that Spain's "green jobs" program ended up costing them 2.2 regular jobs and $800,000 for every "green job" created.

Naturally, Obamunists did not care for this report. The aforementioned emails reveal a conspiratorial path of intimidation, spin and deception that aimed to tweak a DoE report on renewable energy. It's aim was to accentuate the positive (viz., UCS and CAP pro-green-economy propaganda) and eliminate the negative (viz., the Spanish report). Christopher Horner's article clearly outlines the sequence of events revealed in the incriminating DoE emails, which also reveal "apparently misleading -- or false -- statements made to Congress by the DoE. Particularly the statements made by Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi. "

So, in short: nothing really new here, just another flavor of Obamunist corruption infusing our nation in the name of the radical-leftist, power-hungry green movement. The day we are truly free from this garbage is the day that the last progressive is purged from the federal government. Don't hold your breath.

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The Obama Department of Energy: squelch truth for political gain.



Item #3: Speaking of Phonies

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 AM

It looks like the Runaway Prius Guy has a suspiciously long history of financial problems. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008, with over $700,000 in debts. Also, Toyota and Government engineers have been unable to recreate the incident and the brakes on the vehicle do not show the wear that would be associated with stomping on them at 94 miles an hour, as he claimed he did.

There's also evidence to suggest that "sudden acceleration" is nothing more than geezers stomping on the gas instead of the brake
. Which, as it turns out, was the cause of "sudden acceleration" in Audis twenty years ago.

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Just taking the Avalon to Country Kitchen Buffet



Item #2: Chairman Zero's Human Health Care Prop Is a Big Phony

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:06 AM

Continuing the Democrat strategy of "Legislation Through Sob Story," PBO dragged up cancer victim Natoma Canfield and claimed that because of our craptacular health care system, she was going to lose her house and then die of cancer. And later her corpse would tossed into a landfill and Republicans would pee on it, because Republicans hate sick people that much.

None of it turns out to be true. Canfield is receiving cancer treatment at one of the country's best facilities, is eligible for existing Medicaid and charity assistance, and is no danger of losing her home.

Far from being an example of the system being broken, Canfield indicates that the current system works just fine.

Also, the Michigan Coffee Party was set up by a MoveOn activist with a penchant for stalking Republican congressman.

Hmm --- A Michigan leftist with an obsession for stalking congressmen. Why does that sound familiar?



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Our Sad President

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:57 AM

The Washington Post is fretting that PBO doesn't seem very happy being president. Poor baby.

I don't recall the media ever giving a damn about whether GWB was happy being president.

Then again, I don't recall GWB whining like a little bitch over how hard it was to be president, or crying like a little girl because he thought the media were unfair to him. Or simpering that Sarah Palin was stealing his thunder and taking attention away from him.



March 15, 2010

Monday Night at the Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:20 PM

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Premiere screening at iOwnTheWorld.com.



You Kiss, You're Toast

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:00 PM

It pays to know your host country's etiquette rules -- especially if your host country is Muslim.

A British pair caught kissing in public in Dubai face up to a month in jail in the Gulf Arab emirate for indecency after an Emirati mother complained her child had seen their indiscretion.
The pair, a British man living in Dubai and a female friend, were arrested in November on accusations of kissing and touching each other intimately in public and consuming alcohol, their lawyer said. They were ordered jailed for a month.
The case is the third time in under two years in which Britons have hit the headlines by falling foul of decency laws in Dubai, a flashy Muslim emirate popular with sun-seeking Western tourists and expatriates.

Perhaps if the UK would just fully embrace Sharia, traveling Britons would have a better understanding of just how far they can go when traveling among "friendlies".

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What's next? Incarceration in Gay Muslim Paris?

Hat tip:Drudge.



American Culture Swirling Down the Drain

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:31 PM

The moonbat obsession with bodily waste continues:

Freud would probably say that characters like this America-bashing San Franfreakshow artist are stuck at the diaper-soiling stage of their psychological development. But from a political point of view, their development was arrested even earlier: at the liberal stage.

On a tip from J.



Email Your Representative AND the Blue Dog Democrat Coalition

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:27 PM


Can't stomach the idea of telephoning your representative? Bill Bennett has provided quick and painless (and free) way to email your own representative and also members of the Blue Dog Democrat Coalition: visit Free Our Healthcare Now!

Just click and register as part of the Action Army with your name, address and email, and you'll be given an online "Just Say No to ObamaCare" template letter, which you can edit if you wish. (Keep it polite yet firm, Patriots.) It is automatically sent to the appropriate folks with a click of a button. No donation pitch.

Make your voices heard!

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Your Country Needs YOU!

On a tip from (a very feisty) Patriot Carmen.



The Headlong Rush to National Bankruptcy Continues

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:04 PM

Social Security --- one of those model socialist programs the progressive left enjoys pointing to as an example of the wonders of Government --- is officially broke, and is going to have to cash in Treasury Bonds in order to make up the difference between what's being paid into the system and what's being paid out.

There is no Social Security trust fund. Congress has been raiding it for decades to pay for other social programs, and stuffing it with IOU's. Now, the Social Security Administration is going to try and cash in the IOU's.

All in all, Social Security has $2,500,000,000,000 (two-point-five trillion) in IOUs. Social Security and Medicare together have an unfunded liability of $101 Trillion.

Sounds like a great time for Congress to ram through another multi-trillion dollar socialist entitlement program, doesn't it?



Thirty Swing Votes on ObamaCare -- MAKE CALLS, PATRIOTS!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:30 PM

I'm bumping up this Call to Arms since we've got a vote on ObamaCare looming this week.

From DickMorris.com:

These thirty Democratic Congressmen all voted for Obamacare the first time around. But Pelosi cannot count on their votes again as Obama tries to jam the bill through using reconciliation in the Senate. These members are all vulnerable and are frightened of the voter backlash their support for Obamacare has kindled.

Here's the list of thirty swing Democrat congressfolk on ObamaCare, with their DC and home district phone numbers. You know what to do, Patriots -- like never before.


Harry Mitchell (202) 225-2190 (480) 946-2411
Gabrielle Giffords (202) 225-2542 (520) 881-3588
Ann Kirkpatrick (202) 225-2315 (928) 226-6914
Jerry McNerney (202) 225-1947 (925) 833-0643
John Salazar 202-225-4761 (970) 245-7107
Jim Himes (202) 225-5541 (866) 453-0028
Alan Grayson (202) 225-2176 (407) 841-1757
Bill Foster (202) 225-2976 (630) 406-1145
Baron Hill (202) 225 5315 (812) 288 3999
Mark Schauer (202) 225-6276 (517) 780-9075
Gary Peters (202) 225-5802 (248) 273-4227
Dina Titus (202) 225-3252 (702) 256-DINA (3462)
Carol Shea-Porter (202) 225-5456 (603) 743-4813
Tim Bishop (202) 225-3826 (631) 696-6500
John Hall (202) 225-5441 (845) 225-3641 x49371
Bill Owens (202) 225-4611 (315) 782-3150
Mike Arcuri (202)225-3665 (315)793-8146
Dan Maffei (202) 225-3701 (315) 423-5657
Earl Pomneroy (202) 225-2611 (701) 224-0355
Steven Driehaus (202) 225-2216 (513) 684-2723
Mary Jo Kilroy (202) 225-2015 (614) 294-2196
Zach Space (202) 225-6265 (330) 364-4300
Kathy Dahlkemper (202) 225-5406 (814) 456-2038
Patrick Murphy (202) 225-4276 (215) 826-1963
Christopher Carney (202) 225-3731 (570) 585-9988
Paul Kanjorski (202) 225-6511 (570) 825-2200
John Spratt (202) 225-5501 (803)327-1114
Tom Perriello (202) 225-4711 (276) 656-2291
Alan Mollohan (202) 225-4172 (304) 623-4422
Nick Rahall (202) 225-3452 (304) 252-5000
Steve Kagen (202) 225-5665 (920) 437-1954


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Atlanta radiologist Dr. Shannon Norris holds a People's Cube poster.




Twilight Girl

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM

The mystery of Beltway Bob's purple bracelet has been solved. Is it a secret signal to Andy Stern that Comrade Obama will deliver our healthcare system into the grasping hands of the SEIU? Nah:

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Which one will he wear next? I'm guessing the blue one.

Compliments of Jed.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:26 AM

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Via The People's Cube, on a tip from TED.



Obama Kills Offshore Drilling

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:53 AM

In case you thought there was any hope that the Community Organizer in Chief would set aside ideology long enough to alleviate unnecessary impediments to our economic recovery and slow the cascade of our money flowing into the pockets of our enemies, it is confirmed that he will not lighten up on senseless drilling restrictions. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in a whisper

that the Obama Administration will discard the 2010-2015 lease plan for new development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and wait until 2012 to put a new plan in the place. This means that the Administration's initial six-month delay has turned into a three-year moratorium on new offshore drilling. Even if a new lease plan is implemented by July of 2012, no new lease sales will occur during President Obama's term in office. It will also mark 45 months since Congress first lifted the moratorium.
"Secretary Salazar has finally confirmed what had long been feared - that the Obama Administration has no intention of opening up new areas for offshore drilling during his four-years in office,"said House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings. "In 2008, in a bipartisan agreement, the decades-long ban on offshore drilling was lifted that opened 500 million additional acres for new energy production. This area contains an estimated 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The American people expected the Administration to seize this incredible opportunity, not keep the ban in place for years down the road. This is now the 'Obama Moratorium' on offshore drilling and the responsibility for this delay lies squarely at his feet.
"Despite public comments that favored a new leasing plan by a 2-to-1 margin, the Administration has decided to disregard the overwhelming opinion of the American people who support opening additional areas to drilling. By extending this drilling ban to 2012, the Administration is single-handedly preventing new job creation, billions in new government revenue and increased energy security."

If Chairman Zero wanted the economy to recover, would he prevent us from drilling our own oil? Prolonging the Depression worked out great for FDR; let's see how the strategy plays for Comrade Obama, who has a better informed public to contend with.

On a tip from Bill T.



Government Agents Seize Toy Guns

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:59 AM

Carrying forward the tradition she established as Governor of Arizona, Nappy Napolitano won't lift a finger to prevent smuggling of people, drugs, weapons, and who knows what else across the Mexican border. But at least bureaucrats are keeping us safe from toy guns:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), apparently unable to distinguish between real guns and replicas, seized a shipment of 30 toy guns in a February bust at the Port of Tacoma in Washington.
Airsoft guns, which fire little plastic balls, are used by a growing number of loyal enthusiasts (think paintball, only not as messy). In addition, thanks to their realistic look, weight, and feel, these guns are often used for training purposes by National Guard units and law enforcement.
It was this realism that led CBP agents to seize the shipment — which was destined for Airsoft Outlet Northwest in Cornelius, Oregon — and to call in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) for a closer look.

Despite working for the government, someone at the BATFE was at least competent enough to determine that Airsoft guns are not real firearms. But that didn't end the matter. Bureauweenies claimed that the toys could be converted into machine guns with "minimal work" (i.e., just a couple waves of a magic wand).

Astonished, the owners of the store, Brad Martin and his son, Ben, inquired with the agents as to exactly how "minimal" the work would be to "convert" these toys into real machine guns.
The Martins were given the government version of "talk to the hand." File a Freedom of Information Act request, they were told.

Meanwhile…

The toy guns, valued at over $10,000, remain in the hands of the BATFE and are slated to be destroyed.

Although regulating (i.e., confiscating and destroying) toy guns clearly falls outside the BATFE's jurisdiction, it's a relief to know that Big Government is keeping us safe. Ask any moonbat mommy: toy guns are a threat to our children, possibly encouraging them to grow up not to be wimpy metrosexual weenies who reflexively vote for Democrats.

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Next target of the BATFE.

On a tip from Viking04.



Sean Penn: Payaso, Izquierdista Estupido

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM

Being a useful idiot may earn scorn from all decent Americans, but it's not a totally thankless role. By endlessly praising socialist tyrant Hugo Chavez, going so far as to demand that his critics be imprisoned even outside Venezuela, Sean Penn has earned himself a doggie biscuit and pat on the head:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is grateful that actor Sean Penn has defended him against his critics within the U.S. media. In an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, Penn slammed Chavez critics who refer to the socialist leader as a dictator.
The Oscar-winning celebrity noted that Chavez has won repeated elections and suggested that media critics who call him a dictator should be jailed. …
Penn has visited Chavez several times and frequently defends the president's leftist political policies.
Chavez welcomed Penn's comments Wednesday and thanked the actor for standing up to his detractors.

Others are less appreciative of Penn's efforts on behalf of tyranny — for example, Venezuelan immigrant Ozzie Guillen:

The outspoken White Sox manager called Penn a "payaso" (clown) and "izquierdista estupido" (stupid leftist) on Twitter Friday for his praise of controversial Venezuela President Hugo Chavez.
"Oh my God, Sean Penn defended our President Hugo Chavez," Guillen, a Venezuela native, tweeted. "That's easy when you [don't] live in Venezuela and have money. LOL…shame on [you]."
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Unfortunately there is zero chance of any of Tinseltown's limousine Leninists relocating to one of the half-starved socialist dictatorships they extol. Why should they bother, when we're only an ObamaCare and Tax & Charade bill away from "fundamentally transforming" America into North Cuba?

On tips from Incitatus, J, and Scott.



Is Purple the New Color of Obamunism?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:47 AM

An astute observation was made by Kyle Olson at BigGovernment.com:

I thought it was odd that Robert Gibbs was wearing a purple bracelet (and a purple tie) during his appearance on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face The Nation." SEIU president Andy Stern, the top visitor to the White House, wore a similar, if not the same, purple bracelet at one point, too. And in virtually every photo of Stern, he's wearing SEIU's purple color.
Was Gibbs sending a signal to Stern, ala Clinton and Lewinsky? Doubtful. But anything is possible in the lead-up to the intra-Democratic Party showdown to deliver health care reform for Andy Stern and SEIU.

Observe:

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Image courtesy of BigGovernment. com.


This is hardly a coincidence. In fact, now I'm wondering whether David Axelrod was wearing this mysterious purple bracelet last weekend on the talk show circuit. He was being a bit thuggish.

Watch for Dear Leader to be wearing the very same purple bracelet this week, or at least a purple tie -- especially if ObamaCare passes. Purple may be SEIU's color (indeed, black and blue would fit), but it's also the color of kings.


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Image courtesy of New England Republican.



James Lovelock Then and Now

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:26 AM

As icy waters pour over the gunwales of the sinking global warming hoax, rats begin to abandon ship. Here's environmental scientist James Lovelock in 2007, well before the climate crisis was widely known to be a swindle:

Before this century is over, billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic.

In 2009, Lovelock admitted,

Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic scam.

But even then, the human race had only one chance to save "up to 90 per cent" of the population from perishing from global warming:

There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste — which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer sequestering — into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil. Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the system and pull the CO2 down quite fast.

Sounds like an expensive project; good thing it won't be necessary. In light of the climate's failure to get any warmer, Lovelock now says that C02 is preventing a climate crisis:

It is worth thinking that what we are doing in creating all these carbon emissions, far from being something frightful, is stopping the onset of a new ice age. If we hadn't appeared on the earth, it would be due to go through another ice age and we can look at our part as holding that up.

Or maybe not, because as even casual observers have noticed,

…all the theoretical stuff … tends to be very dodgy and I think they are seeing this with climate change.

Let's hope these clowns make the most of all the grant money showered upon them at taxpayer expense. The credibility they sold for it will take a generation to regain.

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Lovelock: C02 will kill us all, or save us all, or maybe…

On a tip from Oiao.



Anti-ObamaCare Rally in DC Tuesday

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:53 AM

America is at a crossroads. If the radical leftists currently dominating the Democrat Party are able to use unconstitutional tactics to set the stage for complete nationalization of the healthcare industry, this will no longer be America, but a land of socialist mediocrities in which the constitution is just a piece of paper and individual liberty is a fading dream. But they can still be stopped. If you can make it to DC tomorrow, do your part by participating in an anti-ObamaCare rally that will need to be well attended if it is to throw a scare into our rulers.

March 16, 2010 from 9am to 6pm
Cannon House Office Building
Independence Avenue SE and New Jersey SE
Washington, DC
Google Map

Photos sent along to Moonbattery will be much appreciated.

Hat tips: Gateway Pundit, Riehl World View. On a tip from J.



Go Ahead, Make My Day Axelrod

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:35 AM

All these unconstitutional games that the House Democrats are playing on Obama's behalf are apparently making David Axelrod feel all big-boy like and cocky.

Top White House adviser David Axelrod says that if Congress passes the Democrats' national health care bill, it will be politically impossible for Republicans to undo the changes brought by the massive legislation. "I say, Let's have that fight. Make my day," Axelrod said on "Meet the Press." "I'm ready to have that, and every member of Congress ought to be willing to have that debate was well."

Indeed, cockiness is known to inflict self-deceptive effects on more feeble minds.

"[...]If this bill passes, this year, children with pre-existing conditions will now be covered. There will be an end to lifetime caps and annual caps on what the insurance companies will cover, so if you get sick you won't go broke, if you get sick they won't throw you off your insurance. The doughnut hole will be filled in, so senior citizens will save hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs. The life of Medicare will be extended, and on and on and on."
There are holes galore in Axelrod's statement. The Senate health care bill, for example, does not eliminate the insurance coverage caps as Axelrod claims. Bans on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions have been scaled back. And experts agree that taking money out of Medicare, as the bill does, would not extend the life of Medicare if that money is used to pay for the new health care entitlement instead of shoring up Medicare. Nevertheless, Axelrod said he is ready for a fight.

Axelrod is not man enough, nor has he "rod" enough, to even pretend to back up his tin-horn threat. Plus, he's managed to dishonor one of the most awesomest cinematic heroes of all time, who fought against exactly the kind of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption that the Obama Administration and Pelosi-Reid Democrats are inflicting upon the nation.

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David, you're no Dirty Harry.



Item #3: It Came From California!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:54 AM

I still don't care for Carly Fiorina, and I don't think the senate needs a West Coast Maine sister, but I like the first half of this video.



Item #2: Yet Another Anti-American Iraq Film Tanks at the Box Office

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:50 AM

Green Zone, the Hollywood Iraq Movie based on the premise that the Iraq War is based on a lie, and that expected audiences to cheer for the terrorists did a dismal $14 million and change at the box office this weekend.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Coffee Party Attracts Meh Turnout

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:44 AM

Good Morning Patriots, and to the Lefties, Rachel Maddow Says Good Morning to You,

In Missouri this weekend, nearly 5,000 Tea Party Patriots showed up at two separate events to protest against Big Socialist Government. Around 2,000 showed up for an Anti-ObamaCare Rally in Minnesota, led by Representative Michele Bachman... the foster mother who is hated by the left with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns.

Meanwhile, about the media-hyped "Coffee Party" movement, created by pro-Obama activists to counter the Tea Party movement... attracted about two dozen people to a restaurant in Saint Louis. I imagine they sipped coffee, whined about their unwillingness to take personal responsibility for their lives, and waxed excitedly about Twilight and Ugly Betty.



March 14, 2010

Dems Will Resort to Slaughter Solution

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:43 PM

As seen earlier, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) confesses that that Dems plan to use the underhanded Slaughter Solution to seize control of one sixth of the American economy without even voting on it, in arrogant disregard for both the Constitution and the will of the public:

Dems will do absolutely anything to push this atrocious bill through because they no longer fear the public, assuming that if we were ever going to rise up to save our country we would have by now, and because they know from experience that it is politically impossible to repeal massive entitlement programs — even one that will destroy both our healthcare system and our economy.

If they aren't stopped, we may never recover from the damage inflicted by the gang of socialist thugs currently infesting Washington. America might have signed its own death warrant in November 2008. Or maybe there's still hope…

If you haven't reminded Blue Dogs of the fate they'll face in November if they participate in this intolerable power grab, please do (contact info).

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, on tips from J and glenwood183.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:14 PM

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Dime store deity compliments of the New York Slimes. Hat tip: JammieWearingFool, on a tip from J.



Swear an Oath to the USSA

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 PM

Communist dweeb Chris Sh*tlet of the lousy pop band Foo Fighters wants you to swear allegiance to the progressive war on economic freedom:

Take these cretins at their word. There is no corner of the free market system they won't first demonize, then destroy — and likeminded Leninists are currently running Washington. The Soviet Union isn't dead; it's just in the process of relocating to North America.

On a tip from BigJew.



How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 PM

Thanks again Chairman Zero et al., for inspiring so much patriotic music:

Proceeds from this song by the Last American Band will go to supporting CitizensConstitutionalCongress.com, which was founded to keep America free in response to the unacceptable attempt by left-wing radicals in the government to seize control of the healthcare system.

On a tip from Mark.



Best Films Never Made

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 PM

Andrew Klavan presents the Oscars, as they might be if Hollyweird weren't a seeping pustule of moonbattery:

On a tip from TED.



Robert Welch Tried to Warn Us

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:50 PM

Unfolding history has validated what the John Birch Society was saying decades ago. In this vintage speech, founder Robert Welch outlines the top 10 progressive aims of America's enemy within:

1. Greatly expanded government spending for every conceivable means of getting rid of ever larger sums of American money as wastefully as possible.

Readers are referred to the pork-bloated outrage our rulers saw fit to call a "stimulus" package, which included spending our money on turtle tunnels and Marxist puppet shows.

2. Higher and then much higher taxes.

Unless Chairman Zero et al. plan to default on the debt, these will be hitting us soon. The Cap & Tax fiasco, which Dems may attempt to revive, has much more to do with massively raising taxes than it does with the debunked global warming hoax.

3. A increasingly unbalanced budget, despite the higher taxes.
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4. Wild inflation of our currency.

The printing pressing are churning out increasingly worthless currency day and night. As soon as the economy gets back on its feet, the excess money will flood in to knock it on its back again with double-digit inflation.

5. Government controls of prices, wages, and materials, supposedly to combat inflation.

Why wait for the coming inflation? Our socialist rulers have already been closing their greedy fists around the automotive, insurance, banking, mortgage, and healthcare industries.

6. Greatly increased socialistic controls over every operation of our economy and every activity of our daily lives. This is to be accompanied naturally and automatically by a correspondingly huge increase in the size of our bureaucracy and in both the cost and reach of our domestic government.

The size and cost of the bureaucracy is exploding, as we find ourselves living under a liberal regime so grotesquely excessive in its authoritarianism that it may soon be illegal for chefs to use salt.

7. Far more centralization of power in Washington and the practical elimination of our state lines. There is a many faceted drive at work to have our state lines eventually mean no more within the nation than our county lines do now within the states.

The point of our federal system was to provide a bulwark against tyranny. Thankfully, some states are starting to wake up.

8. The steady advance of federal aid to and control over our educational system, leading to complete federalization of our public education.

All the better to advance not only leftist propaganda, but also liberal social aims, such as mainstreaming pedophilia.

9. A constant hammering into the American consciousness of the horror of modern warfare, the beauty and the absolute necessity of peace, peace always on communist terms of course.

Or on Islamic terrorist terms, as the case may be.

10. The consequent willingness of the American people to allow the steps of appeasement by our government, which amount to a piecemeal surrender of the rest of the free world and of the United States itself.

We already have a "Justice" Department staffed by lawyers who have volunteered to work on behalf of foreign terrorists. It would be hard to take appeasement much further without officially surrendering.

Welch's objective of reducing the size of our monstrous government by 50% may seem like a fantasy, but Thomas Jefferson did it. We'll need another Thomas Jefferson if this country is to be saved.

Hat tip: Before It's News, on a tip from American Citizen.



Scrap Schumer

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:43 PM

Even liberal New York is rising up against the assault the radical left has been mounting against our economy and our way of life. From Mahopac, not far north of NYC:

Imagine a Senate without the conspicuously evil Chucky Schmucky Schumer, who has implied that conservative opinion could be restricted in the media because it is the equivalent of pornography.

Chucky's up for reelection this fall. Where there's countermoonbattery, there's hope.

On a tip from glenwood183.



Fighting the Constitutionality of ObamaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:40 PM

As seen this morning on Fox News Sunday, the Democrats are pushing ahead with the aptly-named Slaughter Rule to ram through ObamaCare, eviscerating our Constitution in the process. Even though Republican Rep. Eric Cantor points out that this manoeuver is clearly unconstitutional:

...Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen doesn't give a flying doughnut-hole:

Assuming that ObamaCare becomes law through a procedural violation of the Constitution and against the wishes of the electorate, what next? Even if some states pass laws or state constitutional amendments to try an end-around of ObamaCare, will these efforts stand up to the power of the federal government?

One debated issue is at the nexus of two Constitutional points: the "federal supremacy" clause in the Constitution, which could be interpreted as making ObamaCare trump all "opt-out" state laws, vs. the clear constitutional prohibition of "capitation" taxes. There's a compelling argument that an individual health care insurance mandate, the core of the bill, is unconstitutional because penalty taxes are imposed on those who refuse government-approved health insurance.

The Constitution places strict restrictions on Congress' power to lay capitation taxes under But Article I, Sec. 9, which reads "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken."
Exemptions for some people built into the Senate bill's individual mandate tax would make it impossible for ObamaCare to meet this strict constitutional standard.

Says policy analyst Matt Patterson:

"Some of the finest legal minds in the country have concluded that the enforcement provisions of ObamaCare's individual mandate would violate the both spirit and the letter of the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, President Obama and members of Congress think they are smarter than these scholars - and smarter than the authors of the Constitution."

State constitutional amendments could also serve as weapons to defeat ObamaCare -- as is being attempted in Arizona.

In Arizona, which will vote on a constitutional amendment that preserves the freedom of individuals to decline to participate in any health care system this November, the Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick has prepared a Q & A on the issue. In it, he notes several legal precedents which suggest that states might be able to preserve individual protections. In particular, he singles out a case involving a "right-to-die" law in Oregon:
In the case most closely on point, Gonzales v. Oregon (2006), the Court upheld the state's "right-to-die" law, which was enacted by Oregon voters, over the objections of the U.S. Attorney General, who argued that federal law pre-empted the state law. Applying "the structure and limitations of federalism," the Court observed that states have great latitude in regulating health and safety, including medical standards, which are primarily and historically a matter of local concern. Holding that the attorney general's reading of the federal statute would mark "a radical shift of authority from the States to the Federal Government to define general standards of medical practice in every locality," the Court interpreted the statute to allow Oregon to protect the rights of its citizens.
In other words, though perhaps unlikely, it's not impossible that state laws preserving an individual right to opt out could survive legal challenge. And no matter what, the existence of these laws send a fairly powerful political signal--one that will almost certainly factor into the decisions now being made by undecided House members.


Michele Malkin covers more arguments and also provides a full list of the Blue Dog Democrats and their contact information.

Hang tough, Patriots! O, the battle we face.


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Be sure to leave it completely unrecognizable, ladies.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Image hat tip: Michele Malkin.




Governor Daniels Rails against ObamaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:49 AM

The outcry against the prospects of ObamaCare is growing, not only in the polls but also at the state government level. The individual mandate to buy health insurance is of particular concern, and over 30 states are considering laws to bypass this patently unconstitutional requirement.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is one of the many governors who would rather say "No thanks" to ObamaCare. Here he explains its potential impact on cash-strapped states. And, it ain't pretty. His message to Indiana's congressional representatives: "Don't make this very large mistake."



March 13, 2010

Caturday Post: Words of Wisdom from the World's Richest Man

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:42 PM

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Mexican Businessman Carlos Slim has surpassed Bill Gates as the World's richest man. He began building his fortune at the age of 10, selling drinks and snacks to his family. He has amassed a fortune of over $53 Billion. He made much of his fortune when Mexico privatized its inefficient and poorly run (ahem) government telephone company and turned it into an efficient, effective, money-making operation. (He's the anti-Chavez). Thus, creating jobs and wealth for thousands of people directly and millions more indirectly through improvements to Mexico's Telecom infrastructure.

He has also bailed out the New York Times, a newspaper known for attacking greedy capitalist pigs like Carlos Slim.

Slim has some words of wisdom the economically-illiterate Marxists currently in power in Washington would take to heart if they care about anything other than their own power.

"Wealth is like an orchard," he told Reuters in 2007. "With the orchard, what you have to do is make it grow, reinvest to make it bigger, or diversify into other areas."

In other words, to build wealth, you have to engage in all the activities the Democrats want to regulate, penalize, or outlaw.

Slim's enormous wealth stands starkly against his frugal lifestyle. He has lived in the same house for about 40 years and drives an aging Mercedes Benz, although it is armored and trailed by bodyguards. He eschews private jets, yachts and other luxuries popular among Mexico's elite.

And among America's Democrat elite as well.

He has become involved in combating poverty, illiteracy and poor healthcare in Latin America and promotes sports projects for the poor, but has never voiced plans to give chunks of his wealth to charity like Gates or fellow billionaire Warren Buffett. Businessmen, he says, do more good by creating jobs and wealth through investment, "not by being Santa Claus."

Let's face it, capitalist pigs like Carlos Slim have do more good for more people than all the community organizers in the world. Prosperity is good. Prosperity and free enterprise are the reason Chile survived an earthquake 500 times as powerful as the one that devastated Haiti. Free enterprise is the reason the economy of Texas is thriving while the economy of California is crashing.

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People are helped when wealth is grown, not redistributed.



Pro-American School Curriculum Horrifies New York (Waste of) Times

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:50 AM

Last week, the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum that takes the daring position that America is a country to be proud of. It will even say some nice things about capitalism.

To the New York Waste of Times, however, this is all a fiendish right-wing Repubican to make youth more patriotic.

Rarely in recent history has a group of conservative board members left such a mark on a social studies curriculum.
"They are rewriting history, not only of Texas but of the United States and the world."

Silly patriots! Only Howard Zinn is allowed to rewrite history along ideological lines!

Dr. McLeroy, a dentist by training, pushed through a change to the teaching of the civil rights movement to ensure that students study the violent philosophy of the Black Panthers in addition to the nonviolent approach of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He also made sure that textbooks would mention the votes in Congress on civil rights legislation, which Republicans supported.

How dare someone put something accurate in a history text! Oh, the outrage! And isn't it funny how the Waste of Times sneers that the board member is "a dentist by training." The Waste of Times wasn't upset when Rajendra Kumar Pachauri -- a railroad engineer by training -- was put in charge of the UN's Climate Change panel.

I bet your typical Texas Dentist has more common sense than a Harvard-educated Chicago community organizer, any day.

The Waste of Times was also angry that:

Conservatives passed one amendment, for instance, requiring that the history of McCarthyism include "how the later release of the Venona papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government."
In economics, the revisions add Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek, two champions of free-market economic theory, among the usual list of economists to be studied, like Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes.

It is a telling difference between left and right that they get upset when we want history taught with a patriotic perspective. We get upset when they want deviant sex practices taught to middle-schoolers.



The Great Reneger

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM

You can't say Chairman Zero hasn't succeeded at anything. At least he's managed to inspire artists like Michael Fischer:

On tips from JC and Dave S. Hat tip: Theo Spark.



Wal-Mart's Barbie Doll Racism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:49 AM

What the Perpetually Indignant are angry about today.

Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll's white counterpart at one store and possibly others.
A photo first posted to the humor Web site FunnyJunk.com and later to the Latino Web site Guanabee.com shows packages of Mattel's Ballerina Barbie and Ballerina Teresa dolls hanging side by side at an unidentified store. The Teresa dolls, which feature brown skin and dark hair, are marked as being on sale at $3.00. The Barbies to the right of the Teresa dolls, meanwhile, retain their original price of $5.93. The dolls look identical aside from their color.

Wal-Mart please "capitalism," noting that the darker dolls weren't selling, so prices were reduced to make way for new inventory. Of course, the Perpetually Indignant reject this explanation.

Critics say Walmart should have been more sensitive in its pricing choice...

No, they should have been smarter in their PR, and claimed the lower price was designed to address income disparities and make the toys more available to disadvantaged girls.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:21 AM

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Via FAIL Blog, on a tip from Scott.



Dem Leaders: Killing Babies Saves Money

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:56 AM

According to Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, the Democratic Leadership is pushing hard for abortion to be included under ObamaCare, because babies are just too expensive.

What are Democratic leaders saying? "If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That's one of the arguments I've been hearing," Stupak says. "Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue -- come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we're talking about."

A little disingenuous coming from people seeking add a multi-trillion dollar entitlement program in the midst of unsustainable national debt. From people who have a "More is never enough" attitude when it comes to social spending.

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"Planned Parenthood: Using a billion dollars in subsidies to save the taxpayers money."



O CanadaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:40 AM

As our nation's Democrat Congress lurches tirelessly toward passing ObamaCare without an actual vote, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs -- in a rare instance of honesty -- shows the press corps where our nation's health care system is headed.


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Watch out Old Glory, you're next.

Image hat tip: The Daily Caller.



Patches Kennedy Lives in a Van Down by the River!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:57 AM

Hat tip: Nice Deb



Lame Moonbat Stunt of the Week

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:59 AM

The progressive moonbat hatred of corporations --- the businesses that provide millions of people with jobs and all of us with products and services that make our lives better --- rears its ugly head in Maryland, where a group of moonbats are running a corporation for Congress.

Murray Hill Inc., a small, five-year-old Silver Spring public relations company that is seeking office to prove a point (and perhaps get a little attention).
William Klein, a "hired gun" who has been enlisted as Murray Hill's campaign manager, said the firm appears to be the first "corporate person" to run for office and is promising a spirited campaign that "puts people second, or even third."

Ha ha. Everybody laugh at the cutting edge social commentary from the progressive left.

Progressives claim that what outrages them about corporations being able to make political contributions is that it will somehow allow foreign corporations to influence elections. This is illegal under Federal law and was unaffected by the ruling in Citizens United. But it's also absurd that progressives want foreign terrorists to have Constitutional rights but not American businessmen.

Democrats have an excellent scam going wherein taxpayer dollars are laundered through public employee unions and become Democrat campaign contributions. The last thing they want is for the producers of wealth to have a level playing field with the destroyers of wealth. This is why the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United outrages them so much.

And, of course, they just plain hate "corporations."



March 12, 2010

Craptacular Pelosinomics

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:38 PM

I know the word "retarded" is becoming unfashionable. So, I challenge the readers of Moonbattery to come up with a better word to describe the Democrats' grasp of basic economics, as demonstrated by party Leader Nanny Rictus Botox Pelosi.

"Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance."

Yes, Democrats honestly believe that it's good for the economy to raise taxes on plumbers, electricians, doctors, and other people who do real work so that artists and writers can be subsidized. Don't get me wrong, art and literature are great... but they are luxuries, and can only be afforded by an economy that is robust enough to allow people to make a living writing stories and drawing pictures.

And why is it so terrible that someone should have to work a day job and pursue his art by night (without Government subsidies)? Like this one guy I know who works as a market analyst, but also finds time to blog on the side.

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Democrat Economic Policy, Retardation on Steroids.




Democrat Pollsters Try Intervention With Democrat Leadership on ObamaCare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:06 PM

Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen, two prominent Democrat pollsters, are trying to convince President Obama and the Democrat leadership that ObamaCare is an irrevocable suicide pact they should not be tempted to make.

Their blind persistence in the face of reality threatens to turn this political march of folly into an electoral rout in November. In the wake of the stinging loss in Massachusetts, there was a moment when the president and the Democratic leadership seemed to realize the reality of the health-care situation. Yet like some seductive siren of Greek mythology, the lure of health-care reform has arisen again.
As pollsters to the past two Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, respectively, we feel compelled to challenge the myths that seem to be prevailing in the political discourse and to once again urge a change in course before it is too late. At stake is the kind of mainstream, common-sense Democratic Party that we believe is crucial to the success of the American enterprise.

The authors detail with excruciating clarity the key impediments to passing ObamaCare. For one thing, the battle for public opinion has clearly been lost, and we've all seen the polls. But even more critically: public sentiment is fleeing from big government solutions in general and toward growing distrust of government meddling in our lives.

CNN found last month that 56 percent of Americans believe that the government has become so powerful it constitutes an immediate threat to the freedom and rights of citizens. When only 21 percent of Americans say that Washington operates with the consent of the governed, as was also reported last month, we face an alarming crisis.

And what of "Reconciliation" or the "Slaughter Rule"? At least these two pollsters are being consistent, probably the two Democrats in the country that are.

Now, we vigorously opposed Republican efforts in the Bush administration to employ the "nuclear option" in judicial confirmations. We are similarly concerned by Democrats' efforts to manipulate passage of a health-care bill. Doing so in the face of constant majority opposition invites a backlash against the party at every level -- and at a time when it already faces the prospect of losing 30 or more House seats and eight or more Senate seats.

ObamaCare must be stopped at all costs. Call those 30 congressfolk and be heard, fellow patriots. And yet: isn't it profoundly tempting to hope beyond hope that the Democrat leadership and Chairman Zero decline Caddell's and Schoen's sage advice?

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Try breathing, fellas, it stimulates thought. (image via T-SHIRT HELL)

Image on a tip from the talented TED.



Dutch Nurses Do Not Need to Perform Sex Acts on the Job

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:07 PM

From the Disturbing Nurse Ratched Mental Image Department:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A union representing Dutch nurses will launch a national campaign Friday against demands for sexual services by patients who claim it should be part of their standard care.
The union [NU'91] said in a statement Thursday that the campaign follows a complaint it had received in the last week from a 24-year-old woman who said a 42-year-old disabled man asked her to provide sexual services as part of his care at home.
The young woman witnessed some of the man's other nurses offering him sexual gratification, the union said. When she refused to do the same, he tried to dismiss her on the grounds that she was unfit to provide care.
"This type of action is not part of the job responsibilities of carers and nurses," NU'91 said.

Just so we're all clear on this.

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Nurses will, however, still be required to wash their hands before any patient contact.



Comrade Obama Hosts Moonbat Movie Night

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM

If you feel any respect for America and the sacrifices its military has made on behalf of liberty, position a bucket between your feet before reading any further:

President Barack Obama hosted a movie night at the White House for Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg on Thursday — at which they watched a preview of the star duo's new World War Two miniseries "The Pacific." … Hanks and Spielberg … were joined at the screening in the White House theater by military top brass…

Confirmed moonbat Steven Spielberg has used his movies to propagandize on behalf of Arab terrorists, and gushed this about his dinner with Fidel Castro, a communist dictator who urged the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear strike against the United States:

The eight most important hours of my life.

As for Hanks, here's what he has to say about America and its fighting forces:

Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?

That is, our troops only fought back against the wicked Japanese Empire and Muslim terrorists due to the anti-American moonbat's favorite "ism" — racism.

There was a time when war movies were made by people actually willing to fight for this country. Now most are made by slugs that leave a trail of slime behind them as they crawl.

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Shut it, Tom, while anyone is still willing to watch you.



Reporter Silenced on Behalf of Sean Penn

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:32 AM

Tinseltown totalitarian Sean Penn, a fawning admirer of socialist dictators, has learned from them when it comes to dealing with troublesome journalists:

A Yeas & Nays reporter [Tara Palmeri] was publicly berated and threatened to be escorted out by police on Thursday night when the reporter asked actor Sean Penn a controversial question about his humanitarian work in Haiti.

Penn, who recently has been criticized for his motivations in [posturing before cameras in] Haiti, recently told CBS News he hopes his critics "die screaming of rectal cancer."
Members of the media were invited to a gala hosted at the Washington Hebrew Congregation and were allowed to ask one question each of the actor in a closed-door news briefing.
When the Yeas & Nays reporter asked, "How have you seen your critics change since you mentioned that they should die of rectal cancer?" publicity coordinator C.J. Jordan interrupted to say the reporter was only allowed to talk about the Haitian benefit. …
Jordan ended the interview, and publicly scolded the reporter outside of the media room. Jordan told the reporter that to keep her job, she needed to write a letter of apology to the Haitian ambassador. The publicity coordinator then threatened to have the reporter escorted out of the building by the police. …
The congregation's Rabbi Bruce Lustig attempted to take the reporter's recording device and delete the material. The reporter was approached by police and threatened to be escorted out, even though she responded calmly and exited quickly.

It's very forward-looking of Penn to already have his Praetorian Guard in place to keep the peasants at bay, in case he gets impatient with the pace of Hopey Change and decides to stage a communist coup. If Tara tries any impudent questions then, she'll soon have her fingernails pried off, as would happen under the rule of Penn's heroes Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez. It would serve her right for discomfiting a Great Man of the People.

In the meantime, Penn will have to make do with his dolls.

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Spicoli learned about silencing the press from a pro.

On a tip from Nancz.



Scientists Learn to Read Minds

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM

Once liberals have established that absolutely nothing falls outside the purview of the nanny state, it will be time for regulators to move on to the next frontier: our private thoughts. Already technology is under development to read our minds:

British scientists from University College London found they could differentiate brain activity linked to different memories and thereby identify thought patterns by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The evidence suggests researchers can tell which memory of a past event a person is recalling from the pattern of their brain activity alone.
"We've been able to look at brain activity for a specific episodic memory — to look at actual memory traces," said senior author of the study, Eleanor Maguire. …
The results reinforce the findings of a 2008 US study that showed similar scans can determine what images people are seeing based on brain activity.

It shouldn't be hard to win government funding for studies on how to determine which brains harbor "racist" or otherwise incorrect thoughts. After that, scientists will delve into techniques for erasing such thoughts. At least it's more constructive than cooking up phony climate data.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Bureauweenies Add to Arsenal

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 AM

The EPA is stocking up on Glocks. The IRS thinks it needs more sawed-off shotguns. Now the Department of Education is buying up sawed-off shotguns too:

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14" - PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT - XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID - 14" LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

Combat training for bureauweenies in the useless Department of Education? It's nice to see someone's learning something, even if it isn't our kids.

By the way, Big Government won't let you own a shotgun if the barrel is less than 18 inches.

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Here's the legal version with an 18" barrel.

On a tip from Dave S.



Not Even the Ninth Circus Sides with Radical Theophobes

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:42 AM

The Ninth Circus Court of Appeals --- the most radical, far left court in the country --- has ruled against militant Theophobe whackjob Michael Newdow and his crusade to remove "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" from the currency.

"The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded," Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the majority in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling Thursday.
In a separate 3-0 ruling, the appeals court upheld the inscription of the national motto "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins and currency, citing an earlier 9th Circuit panel that ruled the phrase is ceremonial and patriotic and "has nothing whatsover to do with the establishment of religion."

The dissenting judge was uber-radical Stephen Reinhardt, the Moonbat Carter-appointee who has been overturned by the SCOTUS three times on the same death penalty case.

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The Allied Atheist Alliance is foiled again.



Roto-Reuters Misleads Yet Again

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:30 AM

Anyone naive enough to take what we're fed by al-Reuters at face value would be left to believe that disgraced Harlem Congresscreep Charlie Rangel, the corrupt, tax-dodging Marxist who until recently was in charge of writing our tax laws, is a Republican:

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Fortunately, only moonbats would be that foolish.

No no no, the trolls will squeal. The (R) means he's the one on the right, in case somebody thinks Rangel is the out-of-focus guy in the background. Sure, whatever.

Via Jawa Report, on a tip from Scott.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:03 AM

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On a tip from Viking04.



ACORN Drops Their Lawsuit Over O'Keefe-Giles Video

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:30 AM

In a follow-up to the neverending story that is ACORN, it seems that ACORN may have learned when to say when:

ACORN has voluntarily dropped a lawsuit stemming from a hidden-camera video that showed its employees giving advice to a pair dressed as a pimp and a prostitute.
The multimillion-dollar lawsuit was filed last year in Baltimore. It contends the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland law requires the consent of both parties to record private conversations.
ACORN attorney Andrew Freeman says the activist organization is still plotting its legal strategy, and he will likely refile the lawsuit. It was withdrawn before a deadline for serving it on the defendants.

Now, might they be pondering said legal strategy with index finger pressed firmly to chin? I hear that helps when one is trying to weasel out of a no-win situation. Is this really over, though? With enemies in such high and mighty places in state and federal government, O'Keefe and Giles had better not drop their guard.

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Kinda nice when the good guys win (for now anyway).


Hat tip: Inside Charm City.



Item #3: How Democrats Play Monopoly

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:03 AM

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Item #2: Too Cool, Sondra K Linked Me, and a Reader Came Up With the Most Succinct Summation of Global Warming Evah!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:40 AM

Sondra K, the lovely individual who runs the Knowledge Is Power blog linked to my item about 10 Things the ManBearPig crowd could do to convince me Global Warming is real. And best yet, one of her commentators came up with the definitive pithy statement on Global Warming skepticism:

I still believe that if this were truly a "Scientific" issue, they would be proposing "Scientific" solutions. Since all I'm hearing are "Political" solutions, I must conclude that this is a "Political" problem.

Perfect!



Morning Briefs for Friday Item #1: People Unclear on the Concept

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:21 AM

Gd Morning Patriots, Gd Morning Lefties Who Don't Mind Corruption as Long as Your Guys Are Doing it,

Greek Anarchists Protest Against Government Cuts. If they're anarchists, shouldn't they want more Government Cuts?



Kansas City to Close Half Its Schools

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:53 AM

Kansas City, MO, is going to close half of its public schools. A sensible person might consider this a reasonable response given that the city has massive budget problems and has lost of its population. Most of those schools were half empty anyway.*

If you are a "Community Activist" on the other hand, this is just another example of The Man's racism keeping the people down.

"The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment," Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from the standing-room-only crowd.

Whatever, lady.

BTW, Chairman Zero's Secretary of Education has promised a crackdown on schools that discipline black students at rates Eric Holder's Justice Department considers "disproportionate." You see, the biggest problem faced by minority youths isn't fatherlessness, a culture that stigmatizes achievement and celebrates victimhood, or schools run like fiefdoms for teachers unions... it's that they are expected to behave as well as white students.

Maybe Eric Holder can send in the Black Panthers to act as Hall Monitors.

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Maybe if the schools taught useful skills instead of proper condom use...

* My personal feeling is that smaller schools make for better learning and disciplinary environments. Unfortunately, the bureaucratic infrastructure demanded by the Teachers Unions make smaller schools economically unsustainable.



March 11, 2010

Obama at the Bat

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:55 PM

Baseball season is almost here at last. In light of this…

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…Democrats should know better than to allow Chairman Zero out on the diamond. But moonbats never learn:

On a tip from Keepthechange08.



James O'Keefe Busts HUD for Tax Fraud

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:56 PM

All the other right-wing blogs are covering it, so here goes...

This time, there are no prostitutes involved, just a shady, and serious, tax-fraud scheme. The ploy involves the Obama administration's 10 percent tax credit to first-time home buyers. The law says that the credit maxes out at $8,000 for an $80,000 home. But at the Detroit office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the rule seems open to interpretation. O'Keefe asks a staffer, What if I bought a place for $50,000, but the seller and I agreed to write down $80,000 as the purchase price?
"Flip it any way you want," the staffer replies.
What if the place is worth much less -- like only $6,000?
"Yup, you can do that."

For exposing fraud and malfeasance on the part of a large progressive bureaucracy, I expect that Chairman Zero's Amen Corner will be labeling him a "rotten punk" again,

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"Yo, yo baby! Yo, baby, yo! You wanna screw the taxpayers out of some money, baby?"



Pelosi Is Looking for a Royal Fizbin

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:59 PM

Reconciliation... Slaughter Rule... wha? In an attempt to pass ObamaCare, the extra-Constitutional shenanigans going on within Nancy Pelosi's putrid chambers go beyond inside baseball. Shamelessly stolen from the sage Jonah Goldberg at The Corner:

I think the Democrats are going for what might be called the Fizzbin maneuver. It's all crystal clear:

Whosoever plays Fizbin with our sacred legislative process will certainly win come the next election -- unless it falls on a Tuesday.



Small Children Listed for Thought Crimes

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:10 PM

Still more lunatic politically correct totalitarianism from Once-Great Britain, the croaking canary in the coalmine of moonbattery:

Teachers are to be told that even if a primary school child uses homophobic or racist words without knowing their meaning, simply teaching them such words are hurtful and inappropriate is not enough.
Instead the incident has to be recorded and his or her behaviour monitored for future signs of 'hate' bullying.
The accusations will also be recorded in databases held by councils and made available to Whitehall and ministers to help them devise future anti-bullying campaigns.

Examples of the appalling hate crimes British bureauweenies will stop at nothing to prevent:

The scale of the effort to stop children using homophobic or racist language was revealed after the parents of a ten-year-old primary school pupil in Somerset, Peter Drury, were told that his name would be put on a register and his behaviour monitored while he remained at school.
The boy was reported after he called a friend 'gay boy'. His parents fear the record of homophobic bullying will count against him throughout his school career and even into adulthood.
In another incident last year a six-year-old girl, Sharona Gower, was reported for 'racist bullying' at her school near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Sharona was chased by two 11-year-old girls, one of whom taunted her that she had chocolate on her face.
The six-year-old responded to one of the girls, who was black: 'Well, you've got chocolate on yours.'

Good luck in your future careers, Peter and Sharona. You will definitely be needing it, now that your permanent records have you listed as thought criminals.

At least they'll have plenty of company:

One report last year by the Manifesto Club civil liberties think-tank said that 40,000 children each year are having racist charges added to their school records.

Only 40,000? That's not enough…

But ministers aim to make reporting of supposed 'hate taunting' a legal requirement for every school, primary as well as secondary, and every local authority across the country from the beginning of the new school year in September.

That ought to help in future roundups of counter-revolutionaries for the gulags racists for sensitivity training.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Another ObamaCare Preview: Dead of Thirst in British Hospital

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:06 PM

Thanks to England, no one can say we didn't know what we were submitting to if we allow Democrats to inflict socialized medicine.

A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital. Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help. They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control.

He died the next day, as his mother reports:

"He was delirious and his mouth was open. I gave him a drink of Ribena. I told three nurses there was something wrong with my son and they said, 'He's fine' and walked off. I started to cry and a locum doctor who was there told me not to worry. Eventually the ward doctor came round, took one look at Kane and started shouting for help."

She was then shooed away.

"He died an hour later. I didn't even realise he was dying. I didn't even have a chance to say goodbye."

According to the death certificate, her son died of dehydration — right there in the hospital.

At least Big Government provided counseling to help with the trauma:

His mother added: "When I went back to the hospital I was told that all the nurses had been offered counselling as they were so traumatised, but nothing was offered to me."

No one in his right mind is going to put himself at the mercy of government bureaucrats, or a healthcare system run by them.

On a tip from Leslie.



Eric Massa's Weird Ghey Frathouse

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:03 PM

I sort of predicted that Eric Massa -- the New York Progressive Democrat who resigned in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct -- would soon be the topic of a campaign to smear him as a lunatic. I was sort of right, since it turns out he really is a creepy weirdo, and it is being reported in the media.

Disgraced ex-Rep. Eric Massa insists he never sexually abused anyone, but he filled his Capitol Hill rowhouse with low-paid male staffers in an arrangement ripe for trouble.
In hindsight, Democratic insiders wondered about activities that before had just seemed odd. They said Massa hired a surprisingly large percentage of young gay men, and paid them so little that staffers were forced to live in the house with him.
"The guy's a freak," a close friend of one embattled Massa aide told the Daily News

Here's the rub, though. If Massa were a 'yes' vote on ObamaCare, Pelosi and Hoyer would be rallying to his defense, like they did for Charlie Rangel. And he's no creepier than Barney Frank or Gerry Studds, who suffered no electoral punishment for scandals as bad or worse. But, of course, Frank and Studds weren't elected in Republican districts, either.

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Just another caucus at the Massa Place. Nothing to see here.

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This looks A LOT gayer than Rush Limbaugh's apartment

Hat Tip: AoS HQ



NJ Gov. Christie to Privatize Thousands of Government Jobs

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:15 PM

New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie didn't just blow hot air at his state legislature last month about reforming the state government. Now, he is taking decisive action to reduce the size of government.

Gov. Chris Christie today will create a commission to privatize as many as 2,000 state jobs beginning next January, officials said Wednesday night.
As he grapples with an $11 billion deficit in the budget he will present on Tuesday, Christie is also considering invoking the Disaster Control Act to suspend Civil Service rules to make it easier for him to lay off higher-paid workers, according to two administration officials.

Through this, he could actually prune the number of union employees on the government payroll.

Suspending civil service would allow Christie to order layoffs of higher-paid unionized state employees with many years of service, rather than the usual practice of layoffs that affect lower-paid new employees first, the officials said. Currently, workers with more seniority can "bump" less-experienced workers from their jobs.
The privatization effort deals a blow to state worker unions just 48 hours after Christie publicly acknowledged he is bound by the agreement struck by Corzine where state workers would get two 3.5 percent raises in the coming fiscal year -- one in July and one in January. They deferred one raise and took 10 unpaid furlough days last year in exchange for the no-layoff pledge.
Privatizing jobs would require layoffs. By beginning them in January, Christie would not be subject to a deal between former Gov. Jon Corzine and state worker unions that would require the state to pay millions in raises to remaining workers if he orders layoffs before then.

Lesson learned by state worker unions: never make a deal with an unpopular elected official, since elections always have consequences.

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There's a new sheriff in town.




Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:49 AM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



A Study in Contrasts

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:11 AM

Nancy Pelosi's Democrats --- you know, the ones who promised the most ethical and transparent congress in history, and last week were demanding an "up or down" vote on ObamaCare --- are now scheming to enact a House Rule that will simply declare the Senate ObamaCare Bill passed without having a vote on it.

That's how determined they are to pass the ObamaCare Bill against the will of the people.

These are the same Democrats who have enacted $120,000,000,000 in new deficit spending in the two weeks since the Pay-as-you-go law was enacted outlawing new deficit spending.

Meanwhile, the Republican Caucus just voted unanimously to endorse a moratorium on earmark spending.

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How the heck can anyone defend these crooks?



If You Live Next Door to a Moonbat…

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:02 AM

…you might consider protecting your house with a sign like this:

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Compliments of Lunaticcringeradio.



A Clockwork Orange Inspires Educrats

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM

1984 isn't the only dystopian novel hyper-statist Britain is bringing to life. Remember in A Clockwork Orange, how the hooligan Alex was conditioned to be disgusted by the classical music he had always loved? Life imitates precautionary art yet again:

In January it was revealed that West Park School, in Derby in the midlands of England, was "subjecting" (its words) badly behaved children to Mozart and others. In "special detentions," the children are forced to endure two hours of classical music both as a relaxant (the headmaster claims it calms them down) and as a deterrent against future bad behavior…
One news report says some of the children who have endured this Mozart authoritarianism now find classical music unbearable. As one critical commentator said, they will probably "go into adulthood associating great music — the most bewitchingly lovely sounds on Earth — with a punitive slap on the chops." This is what passes for education in Britain today: teaching kids to think "Danger!" whenever they hear Mozart's Requiem or some other piece of musical genius.

Fortunately, there are limits to the power of association. Before discovering RadioIO Classical, I often resorted to public radio, yet the mealy-mouthed Caspar Milquetoast types murmuring moonbattery at the top of the hour never managed to drag the music down from its heights.

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Enlisted by the State.

On a tip from Incitatus.



New York Legislator Moves to Outlaw Salt

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:29 AM

New York Legislator Felix Ortiz, --- a Democrat, natch --- is sponsoring a bill making it illegal for restaurants to add salt to any food prepared in the restaurant. Naturally, this is being pushed for nanny-state health reasons, and is being opposed because of obstructionist white racist neanderthal teabaggers who fear change.

Or, maybe because it's a stupid idea and Felix Ortiz is a clueless dumbass.

Regardless of the intent, and accepting its sponsor's claim that it is part of his campaign to improve the public's health, the bill exhibits profound ignorance not only of matters of taste -- literally -- but also of the chemistry of cooking.
In food scientist Shirley O. Corriher's "CookWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking," she writes that even the minimal salt used in baking -- as little as one-third of a teaspoon per cup of flour -- plays four crucial roles in the development of dough: It enhances flavor, controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten.

What can you expect from people who believe that carbon dioxide is pollution? You know what else they should outlaw? Fire. How many people are going to have to die in fires before fire is outlawed. Fire ... bad. It's science, people!

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Is it possible Progressive Democrats are alien beings to whom salt and carbon dioxide are lethal?



Socialized Medicine Around the World

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:12 AM

As we're nearing a possible vote on ObamaCare, it might serve to remind you Patriots, and you Nanny-State Progs, about the wonders of healthcare around the world.

ITALY: Need a mammogram? You'll be able to get plenty done in the meantime -- the average wait is 70 days.
GREAT BRITAIN: About 20 percent of patients with treatable colon cancer at the time of discovery are considered incurable by the time treatment is finally available.
CANADA: The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the government must stop restricting the private sector from providing health care when the national system (frequently) fails. Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin wrote "Access to a waiting list is not access to healthcare."
FRANCE: French workers pay about 19% of earnings in taxes for health insurance and yet still more than 90% purchase complimentary private insurance.
GREECE: Analysts believe Greece needs about 5,000 general practitioners to meet demand. They currently have about 600. The lack of doctors is so bad that it's common for patients to offer bribes for appointments.
MASSACHUSETTS: "Universal health care will help cure our overcrowded emergency rooms!" the politicians claimed. Wrong. After it was implemented, patient visits actually rose by 7 percent between 2005 and 2007 and costs rose by 18 percent.

This is where Obama and Pelosi and Reid aim to take us, come hell or high water. So, respectfully but firmly make your voices heard. (See the list of 30 swing Democrat congressmen and give 'em a ring!)

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Because America is not really all that exceptional now, is it.


Hat tip: Glenn Beck.



Massive Rally Against ObamaCare in St. Louis

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 AM

Indicating how little Americans appreciate Obama's ham-fisted attempt to take over the healthcare industry, a Kill the Bill rally in St. Louis yesterday, expected to draw 600 protesters due to the heavy interest, instead drew well over 2,000.

Via Gateway Pundit:

Democrats scuttled for cover and watched from the safety of their crevices. Instapundit reports:

UH OH: Some Democrats shun Obama event in St. Louis. "The Show Me State briefly became the No Show State on Wednesday as some prominent Missouri Democrats decided they'd rather be somewhere else when President Obama came to St. Louis to push his massive health care overhaul plan." Probably just scared of the St. Louis Tea Party juggernaut.

Via Keyboard Militia, this is what the streets of St. Louis looked like:

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A little friendly advice for our Democrat rulers: You're about as popular as Louis XVI circa 1793 and sinking fast. This is not the time to try an intolerably arrogant seizure of one sixth of the economy.

On tips from J.



Nanny Statists Come After Pizza

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:31 AM

First cigarettes. Then soda. Next, pizza:

U.S. researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by 5 pounds (2 kg) per year.
The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday, suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.
"While such policies will not solve the obesity epidemic in its entirety and may face considerable opposition from food manufacturers and sellers, they could prove an important strategy to address overconsumption, help reduce energy intake and potentially aid in weight loss and reduced rates of diabetes among U.S. adults," wrote the team led by Kiyah Duffey of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roto-Reuters chirps enthusiastically:

There are early signs that such a policy works.
Duffey's team analyzed the diets and health of 5,115 young adults aged age 18 to 30 from 1985 to 2006.
They compared data on food prices during the same time. Over a 20-year period, a 10 percent increase in cost was linked with a 7 percent decrease in the amount of calories consumed from soda and a 12 percent decrease in calories consumed from pizza.

As an added benefit, reduced sales will help drive up unemployment, pushing the number of people reliant on government handouts toward critical mass.

Of course, our nanny state rulers won't dictate our every mouthful of food by taxes alone. There are also subsidies, by which they force us to pay for foods we don't want and don't eat.

[Duffey et al.] argued that agricultural subsidies should be used to make healthful foods such as locally grown vegetables, fruits and whole grains less expensive.

Or, we could just stop with the tedious incrementalism and have Comrade Obama appoint a Food Czar charged with drawing up the mandatory daily menu for all Americans.

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They want to take this away too.

On a tip from Annie.



The Keystone of the Arch of Socialism

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:11 AM

Maybe this explains why the Dems will stop at absolutely nothing to ram through ObamaCare despite massive public opposition:

"Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism."
—Vladimir Lenin
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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Dick Durbin's Art Collection

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:02 AM

Here is a link to some Anti-American Propaganda Art produced by the North Korean Ministry of Propaganda and not, surprisingly enough, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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More below the jump:

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And would you care to read some of the comments under the exhibit at that website?

These posters are very accurate in depicting the brutality of war and the madness of soldiers..... American or otherwise. Sadly, human greed will forever bring out human cruelty....
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Why is this less believeable than american "documentation" from the same time?
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Have you seen the photo's from Guantanamo Bay? These aren't too far off.
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Seeing what americans did in vietnam and what they did in guantanamo and to some extent with their 'intelligent bombs' in iraq and afghanistan... well, these pictures may not be so far from the truth...

This is what that "both sides are the same" mentality embraced by the moonbat left gets you.



Patrick Kennedy Beats on the Press Like it's an Airport Security Guard

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:51 AM

In the clip below, trustafarian hedonist Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) rants about the media paying too much attention to the corrupt dealings and scandals of the Democrat party (as if), instead of (I am assuming) covering debate on a Resolution to Pull Out of Afghanistan.

I am not sure here, but did Patches just say we should invade Kuwait? I think he's on better painkillers than I am.



Anchor Babies Grab One Quarter of Welfare Dollars in LA Co.

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:33 AM

The anchor baby scam has proven lucrative for illegal aliens in Los Angeles County, at considerable cost to our own poor and downtrodden legal citizenry.

The numbers show that more than $50 million in CalWORKS benefits and food stamps for January went to children born in the United States whose parents are in the country without documentation. This represents approximately 23 percent of the total benefits under the state welfare and food stamp programs, Antonovich said.
"When you add this to $350 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for health care, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year -- not including the millions of dollars for education," Antonovich said.

I love children and I'm all for compassion -- smart, teach-them-to-fish compassion. But when laws, the Constitution, and enforcement allow illegal aliens (the operative word here being "illegal") to insinuate themselves into our nation and bleed us of our precious financial resources, then laws, the Constitution and enforcement need to be changed.


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Image courtesy of Arkansas Journal.


On an anonymous tip (speak up, unless you're an illegal)




For Criticizing Chairman Zero, the Left Concludes That John Roberts Is Mentally Unfit to Lead the Supreme Court

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:53 AM

Last week, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts criticized Chairman Zero for his unstatesmanlike conduct in slamming the SCOTUS during the State of the Union address.

"First of all, anybody can criticize the Supreme Court without any qualm," he said, adding that "some people, I think, have an obligation to criticize what we do, given their office, if they think we've done something wrong."
"So I have no problems with that. On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum. The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court -- according the requirements of protocol -- has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling."

Roberts's criticism was mild compared to, just to name one example, Fortney "Pete" Stark claiming President Bush enjoyed watching soldiers' heads get blown off. But to the Nutroots left, any criticism of Dear Reader is not to be tolerated (unless you're from the left and demand the immediate nationalization of health care). Like their Soviet heroes, the left regards criticism of their Maximum Leader as proof positive of insanity. Glenn Greenwald --- the leftist blogger most famous for sock-puppeting other blogs to praise himself --- says that Roberts's criticism "approaches pathological levels of vanity and entitlement."

Meanwhile, at Legion of Doom Headquarters the Huffington Post, they wonder if Roberts's rebuke of the Party Chairman is evidence of psychological problems.

Roberts' apparently deep sense of injury over being criticized, the evident insecurity he feels notwithstanding his awesome power and the frankly stunningly simplistic nature of his reasoning (at least when it comes to race and affirmative action) are likely not play-acting. They provide a revealing and, I would dare say, troubling window onto the soul of the man who may head our high court for the next generation.

Granny Clampett impersonator Harry Reid (D-NV) also slammed Chief Justice Roberts.

"Do you think John Roberts knows or cares how people get elected?" the Nevada Democrat said at a meeting of liberal bloggers. With all nine justices having been drawn from the lower courts, the Supreme Court lacks understanding of the practical impact of its decisions, Mr. Reid said

In other words, Granny is outraged that some on the Supreme Court (4 out of 9) actually believe in following the law, not making it up as they go along in order to advance a leftist agenda.

For what it's worth, Chairman Zero was also absolutely wrong when he claimed in the SOTU that the Supreme Court had overturned 100 years of precedent and would allow foreign companies to influence US Elections. But the left needs to claim that's what they object to because their real agenda --- that the Federal Government should regulate political speech to the benefit of the progressive left --- doesn't poll well.

Progressive leftist believe foreign terrorists are entitled to Constitutional Rights, but American companies aren't.

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That'll learn ya for correcting the president on protocol and legal precedent.

(Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection)



March 10, 2010

Expecting an Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:29 PM


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On an unexpected tip from TED SK (mea culpa and danke).



They're Coming to Take Him Away

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:58 PM

In celebration of Barack Obama's rather undignified health care photo ops.


Courtesy of Jihad Kitty and Granny Jan.



810 Things the Global Warmists Could Do to Convince Me They Want to Save the Earth

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:13 PM

Hi, guys. I hope you missed me today. Last night, my guts started feeling like I had just spent a night on the town in Enumclaw, Washington. I barely slept at all, and this morning, I had to go to an orientation meeting for a mentoring program for at-risk youths I volunteered for. They only hold these meetings like once every six months, so I Had To go even though I felt like I was gonna go all John-Hurt-in-Alien at any moment.

I am not up to full speed, but I wanted to comment on an item VH posted earlier: Regarding the desire of the Global Warming Cult to convince We The Skeptics. I went to one of the referenced articles, which opened as follows:

There is one question that no one who denies manmade climate change wants to answer: what would it take to persuade you?

Actually, I am more than willing to answer that question. Here are some persuasive moves the environmental left could make if they wanted me to believe they want to minimize human impact on climate, and aren't simply trying to impose Karl Marx by way of Rachel Carson. I would be less skeptical about man-made Global Warming if...

1. Al Gore, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Arianna Huffington, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Robert F'in' Kennedy, and all the other elites would foreswear private jet travel and get rid of their monstrous homes in favor of more eco-friendly homes, like the one George W. Bush lives in.

2. Al Gore and the others would give up their quarter-million dollar speaking fees they command for warning people about an imminent catastrophe, and stop railing against greedy corporations while setting themselves up to make billions in carbon trading schemes.

3. The climate actually started behaving the way the models that *prove* Global Warming predict it will.

4. The environmental left pushed hard for nuclear power as a means of clean, safe energy and for repeal of the Carter Era ban on reprocessing nuclear fuel. And if they also stopped blocking solar power plants out of fear of annoying some desert tortoises.

5. Climate Change Scientists made all of their data available for public review.

6. Global Warming True Believers willingly debated skeptics in open fora. (Including Al Gore). Caveat: They would have to win those debates, of course.

7. Global Warming Believers offered strategies for adapting to a warmer planet and engineering solutions to ameliorate environmental impacts, instead of promoting Government Control and the End of Capitalism as the only solutions to the problem.

8. Someone could explain how warming is occurring on other planets in the solar system that do not have SUVs on them.

Update: Smorfia in the comments came up with two more.

9. If you're going to claim that sea levels are going to rise by 20ft any moment, don't simlutaneously invest heavily in Californian beachfront properties.

10. If you're going to claim that melting permafrost is going to release billions of tons of methane that will cause imminent mass extinction, explain why this didn't happen during the Cambrian or Medieval warm periods.


Long story short: I'll stop believing that Global Warming is just a great big scam to allow its proponents to make money and take control over our lives... when they stop acting likes it's just a big scam to make money and take control over our lives.

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Act more like a scientist and less like a con-man and I might believe you're super-cereal.



American Leadership at Its Best and Worst

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:00 PM

Via Mark Levin, the personifications of modern America at its liberty-loving best and coercion-worshiping worst:

If moonbattery could rot us from Ronald Reagan to Barack Hussein Obama in a single generation, where will we be a generation from now if we don't reverse course?



Porkulus Jobs "Created or Saved" Went to Teachers

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:28 PM

Porkulus was supposed to stave off the ravages of a deep recession and keep unemployment below 8%. Fail on both counts. What did Porkulus measurably do for jobs? From BigGovernment.com:

Based on the Recovery.gov data, more than two third of the 594,754.3 jobs "created or saved" with the stimulus funds were "created or saved" in the Department of Education (see chart). Basically, what the administration meant by shovel ready projects was funding for your next door teacher.

This couldn't be some sort of union payoff, could it? Consider:

1. Most jobs are created in the Department of Education
2. In 2009, for the first time ever, more public-sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private-sector employees (7.4 million) despite there being five times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.
3. A third of all union jobs are in Education
4. 33 percent of the education industry is unionized
5. The union boss, Andy Stern, was appointed to be on the president's debt commission.

I've nothing per se against teachers, except when they are incompetent and corrupt my children with leftist progressive ideology. Plus, growing teaching jobs doesn't grow the economy short-term -- and with rotten school standards, may in fact cripple the economy longterm.

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Reporting Black Suspects Is Now a Hate Crime

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:52 PM

Race hustlers want a Good Samaritan jailed for alerting the police when he thought he'd seen a rapist. Via Council of Conservative Citizens:

 

The racial grievance industry pounces:

I love the part where the racist goon demands that the white guy be charged with "racial intimidation" for not realizing that if you think you see a black criminal, you'd better look the other way if you don't want to be hauled into court.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Freakazoid Photographer Ruins Wedding

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:18 PM

Airstrip One's descent into multi-culti liberal utopia took another detour into farce when a male photographer showed up to take pictures at a wedding while dressed in women's clothes.

Melanie Vaughan, 34, said she hired the male photographer, Dave Stonestreet, after finding him on the internet.
Vaughan said she was stunned when he turned up wearing a long skirt, make-up and nail polish — and calling himself Kate.

Reports Vaughan:

"The kids thought it was hilarious but the adults didn't know where to look. It was one of the most embarrassing things I have ever known. It ruined the wedding. He told my mum he had been diagnosed as transgender."

Adding injury to insult,

"What's even worse is I'm not happy with the photos. He sent me 200-odd pictures with black lines through them so we couldn't get them printed, but they're very amateurish. Our friends took better shots."

No word yet on whether she will be brought up on criminal charges for not liking photos taken by a politically sacred Person of Transgenderness.

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The lovely Dave Stonestreet plies his trade, via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.

On a tip from Steve T.



Brainwashed by Liberalism

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:20 PM

Listen up, dawg: you've got to check out AlfonZo Rachel at PJTV. He's a real patriot on the urban frontier, trying to tap into the growing despair and anger within the Obamanation. Here, he targets ObamaCare and the idiocy of the whole Democrat Nanny State mentality.

On a def tip from TED.



Global Warming Hoaxer George Moonbat Succumbs to Despair

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:35 AM

violin_animated.gifSeen to the left in actual size is the world's smallest violin, playing a special rendition of "My Heart Cries for You" in honor of George Monbiot, aka George Moonbat. The collapse of the global warming hoax has made him tragically aware that his life has been a waste of time. Whimpers Moonbat:

No level of evidence can shake the growing belief that climate science is a giant conspiracy codded up by boffins and governments to tax and control us. …
The attack on climate scientists is now widening to an all-out war on [pseudo]science. Writing recently for the Telegraph, the columnist Gerald Warner dismissed scientists as "white-coated prima donnas and narcissists … pointy-heads in lab coats [who] have reassumed the role of mad cranks … The public is no longer in awe of scientists. Like squabbling evangelical churches in the 19th century, they can form as many schismatic sects as they like, nobody is listening to them any more."

Not the corrupt ones who let Big Government buy their integrity, anyway — and not warmist propagandists like Moonbat either, even though it breaks the poor guy's heart.

Even Moonbat comes close to admitting that belief in global warming is a matter of obedience to leftist ideology. He quotes from an article in Nature:

Those who see themselves as individualists and those who respect authority … "tend to dismiss evidence of environmental risks, because the widespread acceptance of such evidence would lead to restrictions on commerce and industry, activities they admire". Those with more egalitarian values are "more inclined to believe that such activities pose unacceptable risks and should be restricted". … I would rather be pelting scientists with eggs than trying to understand their datasets. But my [political] beliefs oblige me to try to make sense of the science and to explain its implications.

But it's just no use, because the unwashed masses don't believe the corrupt and discredited scientists of Moonbat's choosing.

If they don't want to know, nothing and no one will reach them. There goes my life's work.

At the Telegraph, Warner reaches out with words of consolation:

Aw, George, don't be like that. Every prophet knows his moments of despair. You cannot be right all of the time. Lord Kelvin, former president of the Royal Society — today a bulwark of your cause — told us heavier-than-air flying machines were an impossibility and radio had no future. Many of us continue to believe you have a promising future as a national treasure, like one of those eccentric end-of-the-world sandwich-board men giving pleasure to the public. In time, as the affectionately renowned Moonbat, you could become the Michael Foot of global warming. Bear up, lad.
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Labour Party self-caricature Michael Foot.

On tips from Byron and Mega.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:56 AM

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Via the People's Cube, on a tip from DaddyOD.



Next Victim of Obamunism: Recreational Fishing

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM

After the nightmare progressives call Hope & Change is finally over, it may take years to sort out all the liberties we've lost. Some of the most outrageous encroachments are hardly even reported, having been drowned out by the thunderous artillery aimed at our healthcare system. For example:

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.
This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.
That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning.
…unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

The task force apparently consists of radical greenies who can be counted on to put the screws to humans in the name of animals at every possible opportunity.

WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled "Transition Green" shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper.

If liberal apparatchiks are willing to turn the bountiful San Joaquin Valley into a dustbowl in honor of the delta smelt, they aren't going to pass up a chance to ban fishing.

At least the Obamination Administration gets points for consistency. Every initiative advanced by Comrade Obama could be expected to drive up unemployment. Cracking down on recreational angling is no exception. Reports Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano and a board member at the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation:

"There are over one million jobs in America supported coast to coast by recreational fishing. The task force has not included any accountability requirements in their reports for evaluating or mitigating how the new policies they are drafting will impact the fishing industry or related economies.
"Given that the scope of this process appears to include a new set of policies for all coastal and inland waters of the United States, the omission of economic considerations is inexcusable."

But jobs, like freedom, are a price our liberal rulers are more than willing to make us pay for the greater glory of the authoritarian dystopia they plan to construct on America's ashes.

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Something else for them to take away.

On tips from J, JustAl, and Incitatus.



Obama Judicial Nominee Supports Sexual Predators

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:15 AM

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny was nominated by Barack Obama to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Dear Leader referred to him as a"first-rate" legal expert and "faithful" public servant. One revered class of the public that Judge Chatigny is faithful to contains sexual predators and serial murderers.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny gained notoriety in 2005 for his role in trying to fight the execution of convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross, also known as The Roadside Strangler, whom Chatigny had described as a victim of his own "sexual sadism."
His conduct in that case, which included threatening to go after Ross' attorney's law license, as well as his ruling in 2001 against sex offender registries created under Megan's Law, has caused a commotion among Republicans on the judiciary panel.

What, the Democrats didn't stir as well? It can't be -- after all, they're for the little people.

A few years before the standoff over the execution, Chatigny had also issued a ruling that Connecticut's sex offender registry was not constitutional. Though the federal appeals court upheld the ruling, it was later unanimously reversed by the Supreme Court.

Thankfully, the Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed Judge Chatigny's hearing. This touchy-feely, criminal's rights liberal appears dead-set against representing the victims and potential victims of sexual criminals.

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What we need are more judges to fight for Hannibal Lecter's rights.



Law of Supply and Demand Suspected of Racism

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:41 AM

Not only does Walmart refuse to let unions drive its prices through the ceiling, it's also racist — or is it the law of supply and demand that's racist?

Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll's white counterpart at one store and possibly others.
A photo first posted to the humor Web site FunnyJunk.com and later to the Latino Web site Guanabee.com shows packages of Mattel's Ballerina Barbie and Ballerina Theresa dolls hanging side by side at an unidentified store. The Theresa dolls, which feature brown skin and dark hair, are marked as being on sale at $3.00. The Barbies to the right of the Theresa dolls, meanwhile, retain their original price of $5.93. The dolls look identical aside from their color. …
A Walmart spokeswoman, who could not verify the exact store shown in the photo, said that the price change on the Theresa doll was part of the chain's efforts to clear shelf space for its new spring inventory.

Could it be that with only 12% of the population being black, there is less demand for black dolls? Or is Walmart a secret subsidiary of the KKK, as the MSM's raised eyebrows seem to imply?

Too bad for Walmart that it gets no credit for lowering prices for a less affluent demographic — in contrast to what it's been accused of in the past:

Local 6 news in Central Florida is accusing Walmart of setting their prices for sugar and other "staples" by demographic — charging more in stores where the population isn't as wealthy as other neighborhoods.

Moonbats offended that black Barbies aren't expensive enough can take solace from the $149.99 tag on this product:

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See if you can hold out awhile; the way Hopey Change is panning out, the price might soon come down to free.

On tips from TED, Wiggins, Mega, Nancz, Jeff F, and Lyle.



Another 'Rat Jumping Ship?

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM

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Rep. Chet Edwards is a Democrat. But I wouldn't blame him if he isn't admitting it.

On a tip from John R.



NYT Gets It Kinda Right On Green Economy Nightmare

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:28 AM

In an almost-departure from pummelling us with Obamaspeak, The Old Gray Hag actually reports on the catastrophe that is Spain's green energy economy -- the very same Spain that President Obama and other eco-kooks have praised as a shining example of a success story for its solar and wind-power industries. From the NY Times story:

[A]s low-quality, poorly designed solar plants sprang up on Spain's plateaus, Spanish officials came to realize that they would have to subsidize many of them indefinitely, and that the industry they had created might never produce efficient green energy on its own.
In September the government abruptly changed course, cutting payments and capping solar construction. Puertollano's brief boom turned bust. Factories and stores shut, thousands of workers lost jobs, foreign companies and banks abandoned contracts that had already been negotiated.

Most of the story is fluff trying to pass as journalism, wishfully blowing air into the corpse that is the green energy economy. But the truth has a way of making it through even an NYT story if it's unavoidable enough. Now, if they would only report the rest of the story on how Spain has become a prime example of the destructiveness that ensues from forcing a "green economy" onto a struggling economy: 2.2 regular jobs lost for every green job created.


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The green Kool-Aid is getting kinda sour.



ObamaCare's Unintended Consequences

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:59 AM

Michael Gerson encapsulated in one paragraph a spot-on picture of the hubris that is Democrat Health Care Reform, Obama Style. For the full effect, read it aloud with only one very large breath.

Whatever the legislative fate of health reform -- now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats -- the reformers have failed in their argument. Their proposal has divided Democrats while uniting Republicans, returned American politics to well-worn ideological ruts, employed legislative tactics that smack of corruption, squandered the president's public standing, lowered public regard for Congress to French revolutionary levels, sucked the oxygen from other agenda items, reengaged the abortion battle, produced freaks and prodigies of nature such as a Republican senator from Massachusetts, raised questions about the continued governability of America and caused the White House chief of staff to distance himself from the president's ambitions.

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March 9, 2010

Americans See ObamaCare as Economy Killer

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:40 PM

Rasmussen's latest numbers on ObamaCare speak volumes: namely, Americans fear that it will damage the American economy. Funny, that's one of Dear Leader's main arguments for rushing it through, because it will help our economy. Not so fast, say we.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters say the health care reform plan now working its way through Congress will hurt the U.S. economy.
Two-out-of-three voters (66%) also believe the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats is likely to increase the federal deficit. That's up six points from late November and comparable to findings just after the contentious August congressional recess.

Could it be that no one trusts the numbers?

Eighty-one percent (81%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that the health care reform plan will cost more than official estimates. That number includes 66% who say it is very likely that the official projections understate the true cost of the plan.

Oh yea, and no middle class tax increases? Nope, not buyin' it.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) also believe it is at least somewhat likely that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class to cover the cost of health care reform. This includes 65% who say middle-class tax hikes are very likely, a six-point increase from late November.

In a related poll, Americans don't believe in the extremely partisan manner that ObamaCare is being handled by the desperate Democrats, either. 68% of Americans don't want an ObamaCare plan rammed through Congress without any Republican support, according to the AP. Allahpundit speculates on passage and its meaning for November 2010:

After nine months of this garbage, who seriously believes that just a little more effort at detente will break the impasse? If you don't want them to go it alone now, you don't want them to go it alone period, so wavering Dems will simply have to swallow that 68-percent figure. Good luck, kids.
Exit question: Just 24 percent of Democrats are "very enthusiastic" to vote in November compared to 42 percent of Republicans. If this travesty passes, which figure will see more movement? Remember, the left is counting on ObamaCare to goose turnout.

After some 37 speechifications, you still aren't selling the watermelons, Mr. President.

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Compliments of Byron.


AP poll info via HotAir, on a tip from J.



Possible Cause of Global Warming

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:18 PM

Hey, is that Al Gore on the spit?

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Nah, couldn't be. Not plump or stiff enough.

Compliments of Charles.



Moonbat Morality in the Vatican

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:38 PM

The degeneracy and rot that find their political expression in progressivism have spread everywhere — even into the Vatican:

Two Vatican staffers have been removed after revelations that they were involved in a homosexual prostitution ring.
Angelo Balducci, a Papal Gentiluomini ("Gentleman" usher who helps greet dignitaries), and Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29 year-old Nigerian and professional chorister with the Giulia Choir, which performs at St Peter's Basilica, were working together to provide Mr. Balducci with homosexual prostitutes.

It could be a larger operation than the male prostitution service run out of Barney Frank's apartment by his boyfriend.

American priest and frequent media commentator, Father Thomas Williams told CBS News, "We're just scratching the surface here. There's definitely more to come."
"We only know of these two men connected with the Vatican in some way, but obviously, they're talking about a ring, and a ring means definitely more people involved."

Naturally moonbats will be delighted at this opportunity to leap up and shout "You see! Everyone's just as corrupt as we are!" But the lesson is, if rot isn't stopped, nothing will be sacred.

On a tip from JC.



Fake Eco-Easter Eggs

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

With moonbats, everything is ersatz — pleather instead of leather, Tofurky on Thanksgiving, and now this: artificial "environmentally friendly" Easter eggs at the White House.

A White House announcement Monday said the eggs at this year's April 5 roll will be made from paperboard that contains no wood fibers from endangered forests, is recyclable and features vegetable-oil based inks and a water-based coating.

Apparently it never occurred to the weenies in charge of eco-compliance at the White House that real eggs are biodegradable and contain "no wood fibers from endangered forests."

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Not even Easter is safe from eco-moonbattery.

Hat tip: Jawa Report, on a tip from Scott.



How Pennsylvania's Rulers Drive Up Unemployment

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:03 AM

The strategy is simple: cripple business with taxes and regulations so that it is unable to employ people, which will drive them into the arms of Big Government. It worked for FDR, keeping him in power for so long that the 22nd Amendment was passed to prevent another socialist demagogue from entrenching himself for life. Here's how the strategy is playing out now in Pennsylvania:

After hiring 19 employees in the middle of a recession last year, Jessica Azur can't figure out how Pennsylvania can slap her family's information technology company in Moon with a 60 percent increase in the rate it is taxed for the state's jobless benefits fund.
"It's incredibly surprising. This hurts. It really hurts small businesses," said Azur, human resources manager at Questeq Inc., which provides services to public and private schools.
Questeq, along with the state's other employers, is paying more in unemployment insurance taxes this year to replenish the jobless benefits fund that has been drained by unemployment that hit 8.8 percent in January, two percentage points higher than the same month a year ago. Company executives and business organizations say increasing taxes in the midst of a recession is the wrong tactic for turning around the economy.
"We were hanging on by our fingernails; now, we're down to the finger. It's another tax (increase) on small businesses, and we're not even back on our feet yet," said Marilyn Landis, past president of the National Small Business Association and owner of a business consulting firm on the North Side.

This is how Pennsylvania punishes businesses foolish enough to hire:

Employers will be taxed at rates ranging from 2.237 percent to 10.38 percent of the first $8,000 a worker earns, meaning the employer will pay at least $23.70 for each $1,000 a worker receives. New employers pay a tax rate of 3.70 percent, except for construction firms that are hit with a 10.26 percent tax, according to the state.

The effects of stealing money from cash-strapped would-be employers and using it to pay people not to work are predictable.

The tax increase is a "double whammy" in the midst of a recession, said Thomas Henschke, acting president of SMC Business Councils in Churchill, a business advocacy group of 5,000 small manufacturers and other businesses in Western Pennsylvania. …
"It's really a detriment to job creation and economic growth," said Samuel Denisco, government affairs director for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, a Harrisburg-based association whose membership employs almost half of the state's private work force.
The existing system is flawed because it penalizes employers that are able to maintain their business without laying off workers who tap into the benefits fund, Henschke said.
"That's like getting hit below the belt. They've been knocked to their knees and they're trying to get up … but it's like someone's stepping on their fingers," Henschke added.

Eventually businesses that can't afford to join crony capitalists (Goldman Sachs, GE, GM, etc.) at the Big Government table succumb and go under, creating more boarded-up storefronts, welfare dependents, and presumably, Democrat voters. Just call it Hope & Change.

On a tip from Forest.



One Termer Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:30 AM


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On a prognosticative tip from TED.



Europeans Ready to Stick a Fork in Obama

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 AM

Hopey Change didn't have much of a shelf life. In Europe, they're already writing the Moonbat Messiah's political epitaph:

The descent of Barack Obama's regime, characterised now by factionalism in the Democratic Party and talk of his being set to emulate Jimmy Carter as a one-term president, has been swift and precipitate. It was just 16 months ago that weeping men and women celebrated his victory over John McCain in the American presidential election. If they weep now, a year and six weeks into his rule, it is for different reasons. …15 million Americans, or 9.7 per cent of the workforce, have no job. Many millions more are reduced to working part-time. Whole areas of the country, notably in the north and on the eastern seaboard, are industrial wastelands [and likely to get worse]. The once mighty motor city of Detroit appears slowly to be being abandoned, becoming a Jurassic Park of the mid-20th century; unemployment among black people in Mr Obama's own city of Chicago is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent. One senior black politician — a Democrat and a supporter of the President — told me of the wrath in his community that a black president appeared to be unable to solve the economic problem among his own people. Cities in the east such as Newark and Baltimore now have drug-dealing as their principal commercial activity.

That's probably because drug dealing is about the only commercial activity that hasn't been paralyzed by overtaxation and hyper-regulation inflicted by the monstrously bloated government personified by Chairman Zero, whose irresponsibility with our money has been obscene.

The $783 billion stimulus package of a year ago was used to further the re-election prospects of many congressmen, not to do good for the country. … Even this self-interested use of the stimulus package appears to have failed, however.

At least people are getting mad enough not to take it any more.

This massive state spending gives rise to accusations by Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans, that America is now controlled by "Leftists" and being turned into a socialist state.

Attempts are made to blame anyone but Obama himself. Fox News is a favorite scapegoat:

"Obama's big problem," a senior Democrat told me, "is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media [i.e., European media is socialist in both its financing and its outlook]. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by "progressives" who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Mr Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives.

Way to go, FNC! But they can't hang this whole collapsing farce around Roger Ailes's neck. Another favorite scapegoat is Rahm "Dead Fish" Emanuel.

Mr Obama benefited in his campaign from an idiotic level of idolatry, in which most of the media participated with an astonishing suspension of cynicism. The sound of the squealing of brakes is now audible all over the American press; but the attack is being directed not at the leader himself, but at those around him. There was much unconditional love a year or so ago of Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's Chief of Staff; oleaginous profiles of this Chicago political hack, a veteran of that unlovely team that polluted the Clinton White House, appeared in otherwise respectable journals, praising the combination of his religious devotion, his family-man image, his ruthless operating technique and his command of the vocabulary of profanity. Now, supporters of the President are blaming Mr Emanuel for the failure of the Obama project, not least for his inability to construct a deal on health care.

Others instrumental in packaging The Anointed One, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, are also starting to feel the heat. But sooner or later, the buck has to stop at the president's desk, no matter how trendily historic his ethnicity. Clinton survived costing his party control of Congress. But Comrade Obama might not be so lucky.

His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily.

The lesson drawn from across the pond:

Vacuous promises of change are hostages to fortune if they cannot be delivered upon to improve the living conditions of a people. The slickness of campaigning that comes from a combination of heavy funding and public relations expertise does not inevitably translate into an ability to govern.

To anyone who drank the Kool-Aid and voted for this washout, I hate to say I told you so, but…

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On a tip from B1bbet.



The Dan: Obama Couldn't Sell Watermelons

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:38 AM

Good thing disgraced former CBS propagandist Dan Rather is a confirmed leftist. Otherwise it would be awfully racist to say something like this:

DAN RATHER: Part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama's leadership. And the Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument. "Listen he just hasn't been, look at the health care bill. It was his number one priority. It took him forever to get it through and he had to compromise it to death." And a version of, "Listen he's a nice person, he's very articulate" this is what's been used against him, "but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."

Watermelons? Did you say watermelons? Normally that word in the context of A Person of Color makes liberals explode into incomprehensible paroxysms of thunderous self-righteousness. But it's okay if you're The Dan, since few people listen to him no matter what he says these days.

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No sale.

On tips from Wyatt's Torch, Byron, and Incitatus.



Chairman Zero Does Zero for Illegal Immigration

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:13 AM

The Tea Partiers are not the only grass-roots folk clamoring for President Obama's head. Immigrant rights groups are disillusioned that Hopeychange hasn't already created millions of new American citizens from the huddled masses of illegal aliens in this country.

"Our community is angry. Our members feel betrayed," said Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. "We never believed in our wildest dreams that President Obama would have a record like this."
The critique, among the harshest to date from Obama's erstwhile supporters, comes as the president is struggling to deliver on a campaign promise to overhaul the nation's immigration laws and with time running out for legislative action before this fall's midterm elections.
"No legalization. No reelection," Emma Lozano, executive director of the Chicago-based Centro Sin Fronteras, told reporters.

Woa, thems is fightin' woyds. Better not threaten Rahm Emanuel's boy, he might come after them in nothing but a -- or not even a -- bath towel.

"People are suffering. Millions and millions of people cannot drive, cannot go to school, live in fear," said Dae Joong Yoon, the executive director of the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles. "In 2008 many of our community members voted for change. . . . We've been waiting, waiting, waiting."

Now, Obama's not only ignoring jobs for American citizens. He's also ignoring those who would steal jobs from American citizens. But, ya know, there are just so many responsibilities when one is President. I guess it sucks when the water finally gives way.


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Emerging, or submerging?



Item #3: The Toyota Simulator

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:24 AM

Experience the thrill of driving a Toyota from the safety of your desktop.



Item #2: Sam Dawson Wants Jail for Those Who Call His Boyfriend a Dictator

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:19 AM

Communist Actor Sean Penn doesn't like it when journalists refer to Hugo Chavez as a "dictator."

[E]very day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it! And accept it. And this is mainstream media, who should - truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.

Penn's argument is that even though his boyfriend wields absolute power, he can't be called a dictator because he was democratically elected. Which means, of course, that Hitler and Mussolini were not dictators, by "I Am Sam's" criterion.

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I gotta stop daydreaming about scenes like this.



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Veganism Now an Official Religion

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:13 AM

Airstrip One is seeking to elevate Veganism to the status of a religion, which means vegans are going to become even more sanctimonious and obnoxious. Speaking of sanctimonious and obnoxious, atheism is also now protected as a religion under the same statute. In fact, pretty much any belief system under the "New Equality" legislation can be treated as a religion. Because moonbats do not view religion as a connection with universal truth. To them it's just, at best, a quaint little hobby.



VDH Explains Know-It-All College Hippies

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:40 AM

Victor Davis Hanson has taught for over twenty years in the California State University system, and he has some insight into the mentality of the selfish brat protesters we mentioned here last week.

I have talked with a few students and employees over the last year and I think the angst behind the protests runs something like this. In sum, apparently state employees, teachers, and students believe that there is either (a) a "stash" of money somewhere that is unspent and could easily ease their pain (e.g.," they" have all sorts of money and are lying to us about its undisclosed location); (b) we could raise income, sales, and gas taxes to even more record highs and encourage perhaps 4,000 a week to leave in consequence (e.g., why do some need BMWs or private planes when "we" need cheaper tuition?); (c) the 1% who pay about 50% of the state income tax burden could easily pay 80-90% of it (e.g., I get along on $50,000, so why can't someone who makes $300,000 give $250,000 of it to meet "our" needs?); (d) we could renounce our debts to state bond holders (if they have excess cash to buy bonds, why are they so greedy not to give "us" some of it?) and use the savings for more subsidies, entitlements, and salaries (without my job at the DMV, prison, school (fill in the blanks), the rest of you could not survive.)

State employees have pretty much the same mentality. Hell, progressives in general have pretty much the same mentality.

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March 8, 2010

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:11 PM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Fingerprints on the Financial Mess

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:00 PM

Who caused the our current economic troubles? The same folks now bidding to seize control of the healthcare system:

Whether we are witnessing applied Cloward-Piven or a combination of irresponsibility and incompetence taken to grotesque extremes, the results will be the same unless the Democrats are stopped: total economic ruin.

On a tip from TED.



Finally Regretting That Obama Tramp Stamp?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:30 PM

Enough of the embarrassment, enough of the chagrin. Enough of the Hopeychange! You now realize that you made an impulsive decision in smacking that bumper sticker on your Smart car and now you want a do-over.

Don't worry, friends. You are in luck.

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Image courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



WaPo: Gay Marriage Advocates Are Like the Founding Fathers

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:10 PM

Yeah, I can totally see the comparison between fighting for independence and self-determination and fighting for social benefits and winning an "in-yer-face" to the Christian Right.

OK, I don't really.

(Washington Post Reporter Robert) McCartney described one of the (gay marriage militants), 84-year-old Frank Kameny, as the "founding father of the gay rights movement, at the level of a Thomas Jefferson or John Adams."

Typical leftist. Anyone who disagrees with them in a Nazi and anyone who agrees in a founding father, or possibly Jesus.

While gay yuppies and their leftist friends celebrate DC's gay marriage law, the children and the poor suffer. Because the militants on the city council refused to exempt churches and faith-based organization from the ordinance, the Catholic Church will no longer be able to operate charities within the city.

But, who cares about a bunch of kids and homeless people as long as leftist elites get their "in yer face."

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The American Left: Celebrating Dysfunction since 1968



Chairman Zero Is a Great Big Phony!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:40 PM

I am bumping this because I really want to give the lefties a chance to demonstrate and defend the intellectual candlepower of their Marxist Messiah. So, come on girls, Bring on the evidence of B. Hussein Obama's mighty brain!

Yeah, just for gits and shiggles, I thought I'd start out Monday with a reference the lefties won't get even after I embed a video of what I'm referencing. Anyway, lefties swoon over B. Hussein Obama's alleged intellect, which impresses them almost as much as his pants crease. But the only evidence of Hussein's alleged brilliance is that lefties keep insisting that he is brilliant.

Lefties sometimes point to his stint as a law professor as proof of his intellectual firepower. But, the thing is, he was never a law professor, just a "lecturer." Also, apparently his lecturing job at the University of Chicago was one of those backroom Chicago patronage deals. The University did not consider him qualified to teach. And not only that, he sucked at it. Doug Ross reports:

I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about "Barry." Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn't even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn't have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.
The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).

As Ace points out, Hussein was also a total slacker when he was a US senator (for 143 days).

So, lefties, where is the proof of your Dear Reader's brilliance? (And, no, beating an elderly, unlikeable old man despised by most of his party by seven points while outspending him 5-to-1 plus the entire mainstream media cheerleading for you is not a sign of intellectual competence.)

OK, here's the title reference.

Now, I do have a theory on why the left-wing thinks Obama is so smart in the absence of any evidence of a towering, or even marginally above average, intellect. The left thinks Obama is smart because he agrees with them. Obama totally and uncritically accepts that capitalism is an unjust system that leads to disparate outcomes and thus Government must redistribute wealth. He believes in the Anthropogenic theory of Global Warming. He believes, like Thomas Friedman, that China's autocracy is superior to America's messy democracy. He believes that America's decline is both inevitable and good.

In short, they think Obama is smart because he never challenges their dogma, and they think conservatives are stupid because we do. For the elite left, one chant of "white man's greed runs a world in need," proves more about intellect than any college transcript; which is why we will never see them.



Foreign Leaders Not Fond of Anointed One

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:32 PM

So much for the farcical claim that putting a clearly unqualified yet grotesquely self-satisfied left-wing community organizer in the White House would enhance America's standing in the world. As even Jackson Diehl at WaPo admits:

I recently asked several senior administration officials, separately, to name a foreign leader with whom Barack Obama has forged a strong personal relationship during his first year in office. A lot of hemming and hawing ensued.
One official mentioned French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is scheduled to bring his glamorous wife to the White House residence this month for a couples dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama. But in France, Sarkozy's bitterness toward Obama, the product of several perceived snubs, is an open secret, reported widely in the French press. In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September Sarkozy appeared to mock Obama's signature disarmament initiative, saying "we are living in a real world, not a virtual world."
Angela Merkel's name also came up: Obama and the German chancellor, I was told, share a down-to-business pragmatism. But Merkel, too, has been conspicuously cool toward Obama ever since he made Berlin a stop on his 2008 election campaign. She stopped him then from appearing at the Brandenburg Gate and was said to be miffed last November when Obama didn't show for ceremonies celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Anyway, diplomats say that Merkel has a much warmer relationship with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
No one named Gordon Brown. That's fairly remarkable: The relationship between the sitting British prime minister and U.S. president has been consistently close over the past 30 years. Think Reagan and Thatcher, Clinton and Blair, Bush and Blair. But Obama has been portrayed as dissing Brown ever since he presented him with a set of DVDs as a gift during their first meeting in Washington a year ago. Last fall the British press reported that the White House had turned down five requests for Obama to meet Brown one-on-one at the United Nations or the G-20 summit.
Finally, I was offered a name I didn't expect: Dmitry Medvedev. Obama, I was assured, has built a solid relationship with the Russian president during their several bilateral meetings, which have focused in part on a new nuclear arms control agreement that both could count as a distinctive achievement. But the deal hasn't been clinched — maybe because Vladimir Putin, whom Obama has held at arm's length [and who is the one actually in charge], doesn't like it. And could it really be that an American president has found his closest foreign partner in the Kremlin?

In contrast, the despised W "forged close ties with a host of leaders — Aznar of Spain, Uribe of Colombia, Sharon and Olmert of Israel, Koizumi of Japan."

There is a reason that presidents who have some clue what they're doing make the effort to build personal relationships with allied leaders.

Would Sarkozy have fought French public opinion and sent more troops to Afghanistan (he has refused) if he had been cultivated more by Obama? Would Israel's Netanyahu be willing to take more risks in the (moribund) Middle East peace process if he believed he could count on this U.S. president? Would Karzai cooperate more closely with U.S. commanders in the field if Obama had embraced him?
The answers seem obvious. In foreign as well as domestic affairs, coolness has its cost.

It will take a generation for America to live down having elected this character — and longer still to pay off the debts he's running up.

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Arrogance doesn't appeal to everyone.

On a tip from Edward.



The ACLU Morphs Obama into Bush over 9/11 Trials

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:55 PM

The loony left will go to any and all lengths to push their agenda. Now, it's the ACLU -- equating Dear Leader with the most dastardly fiend who ever lived in the White House.

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This poor sod can't catch a break from anyone except the Coffee Partiers.



Child Sex Slaves at School for Rich Moonbats

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:45 AM

Germany's Odenwaldschule gives an idea of why some are alarmed that perverted degenerates like Obama's "Safe Schools" Czar Kevin Jennings are put in positions of authority in education.

Pupils at a progressive private boarding school in Hesse were regularly sexually abused, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported Saturday.
The Odenwaldschule school board admitted to the paper that teachers had abused wards at the school for years. School director Margarita Kaufmann told the newspaper, "As far as I am concerned, it is a fact that sexual abuse occurred here at least since 1971."
According to accounts by former pupils, teachers at the school in Heppenheim woke them by stroking their genitals, forced them to perform oral sex, and were made into "sex slaves" for whole weekends.
Teachers also beat their wards, provided them with drugs and alcohol, and did not intervene when several pupils sexually abused a girl.

Naturally the school was philosophically grounded in moonbattery:

The Odenwaldschule was established in 1910 with a holistic ethos of raising a child according to its own individual desires, rather than through discipline and drill.

When it comes to degeneracy, there are no moonbats like rich moonbats. Odenwaldschule is just the place for them to send their kids.

A boarder's place at the school currently costs €2,220 a month.

Alumni include far-left politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit — aka Danny the Red — of the Green Party.

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Danny the Red, product of progressive education.

On a tip from Forest.



And Speaking of Coffee...

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:20 AM

Last week, Moonbattery roundly commented on the new prog phenom sweeping (what's left of) Obamanation that is the Coffee Party. Our friends at iOwnTheWorld, as usual, provide an image that's worth a thousand posts.

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Moonbat Tech: Coffee-Powered Car

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:50 AM

At last we have an alternative to politically incorrect fossil fuels. Most of us run on coffee; now our cars can too — provided they're Car-puccinos:

Unlike many Eco-friendly cars that run on lithium ion batteries, this car runs on the coffee granules. Dubbed as Car-puccino, the invention may not please many in the auto industry as making this car function needs 25-50 times more a cost to run a car on petrol. …
A journey from Manchester to London will need approximately 70 kilos of ground coffee with the price ranging from £13 and £26 a kilo, will cost between £910 and £1,820 which is, again, between 25 and 50 times the £36 cost of petrol for the journey.

Outrageous cost? That's why we have government subsidies.

Car-puccino will be having a top speed of 60mph however, the journey will be marked with the 'coffee breaks' after every 60 miles to clean the 'coffee filters' to rid them of the soot and tar which is generated in the process.

As an added advantage, if you manage to spill any hot coffee on yourself, you can sue for free $millions.

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On a tip from Air2air.



Prediction: Eric Massa About to Be Branded as a Lunatic

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:12 AM

Eric Massa, the far left progressive Democrat who announced his resignation last week, is claiming that his ouster was part of a coordinated, Chicago-style strategy to remove him as an impediment to the Federal Takeover of Health Care.

"Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill, and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill," Massa said. "And now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots."

My prediction: Massa is about to get the Bunning treatment. The first stories about his mental instability should be surfacing in time for the evening news broadcasts (and be aired between the commercials for adult diapers and funerary services).



Feminism Versus the Religion of Pieces

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:08 AM

Women attempting to pray in the male-only section of a mosque were threatened with arrest last week. You may be wondering what Middle Eastern craphole this happened in. Try Washington DC.

Of course, Muslims have the right to conduct services any way they want, but imagine the media outcry if this happened at a Southern Evangelical Church. Muslims are exempt from criticism, not just out of political correctness, but because progressives are afraid of them.

On a related note, a disillusioned feminist laments how her movement has sold out to multi-culti political correctness, and tacitly supports Islamic oppression of women. (e.g. siding with Palestine against Israel.)

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I feel the same way about progressives, Fatima.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:39 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Beeb Discovers Fundamental Human Right to Internet Access

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM

You didn't need to read up on B. Hussein Obama's background to know in advance that he is an authoritarian collectivist. All you had to do was pay attention during the debates. When asked whether healthcare is a privilege or a "right," Chairman Zero promptly answered that it is a "right."

Healthcare consists of goods and services. To say that you have a "right" to goods and services provided by others, irrespective of whether you pay for them, is an assault on the very concept of rights. Bureaucrats could just as easily declare that everyone has a "right" to free groceries, clothes, and automobiles.

Goods and services consist of our property and our time. What the bureaucrats are really saying when they create phony "rights" is that we do not have a right to our own property and time. These can be confiscated for redistribution at the whim of the State. That is to say, we have no true rights. All we have are privileges masquerading as rights — privileges that can be yanked away by the heavy hand of government at any moment. Whether you choose to call this communism, fascism, "social justice," or state slavery, it is tyranny in its purest form.

After our rulers have provided us with a "right" to second-rate government healthcare at the expense of our right to own property, what will be next? According to the collectivists at the BBC, the answer is Internet access — for everyone on the planet.

Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.
The survey — of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries — found strong support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.
Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens.
International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.

Who will pay for every last shoeless peasant in Uganda to have Internet access? Who do you think?

Of course, Internet access isn't much good without a computer, so get ready to pay for every last shoeless peasant in Uganda to have a new computer too. But what if they don't have power for the computer? No matter, American taxpayers can see to it that everyone on earth has power, preferably provided by windmills at exorbitant cost.

Once everyone is online, they'll be able to see all the other marvelous things that the squishy soft tyrants in the media and UN will soon declare they have a right to at someone else's expense — until the whole corrupt house of parasitism collapses under the weight of taxes, and we're all shoeless peasants, with no right even to our own grass huts, which will be confiscated for redistribution if we make them any bigger than any of the other huts.

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Soon to be wired for Internet access.

On a tip from UmmahGummah.



Kansas City Public Schools: Good Intentions Gone Horribly Awry

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:20 AM

From a landmark desegregation case 25 years ago, the Kansas City public school system won a $2 billion chance for resuscitation. The drunken sailors running the school system went, in a word, nuts. Now, they are running out of money and may close nearly half of their 61 schools.

The district went on a buying spree that included a six-lane indoor track and a mock court complete with a judge's chamber and jury deliberation room. But student achievement remained low, and the anticipated flood of students from the suburbs turned out to be more like a trickle. Court supervision of the desegregation case ended in 2003.
And to this day, the district continues to lose students. In the late 1960s enrollment peaked at 75,000, dropped to 35,000 a decade ago and now sits at just under 18,000.

Mathematically, the closure of 29 schools makes sense given student attrition. But dropping enrollment occurred in the face of astronomical spending per student.

At the height of spending in 1991-92, Kansas City invested more than $11,700 per student--more than double that year's national average of $5,001, according to U.S. Census figures. Today, the district spends an average of $15,158 on each student, compared to a national average of $9,666 in 2006-07, the latest figures available.

Kansas City: yet another example of why simply throwing money at a problem can do more harm than good.

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Back to basics.



Lumpy Riefenstahl Wants to Be Chairman Zero's Chief of Staff

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:49 AM

Increasingly irrelevant leftist film-maker fascist propagandist Michael "Lumpy Riefenstahl" Moore desperately cries out for attention in the Puffington Host by begging PBO to make him White House Chief of Staff:

Dear President Obama, I understand you may be looking to replace Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff. I would like to humbly offer myself, yours truly, as his replacement. I will come to D.C. and clean up the mess that's been created around you. I will work for $1 a year. I will help the Dems on Capitol Hill find their spines and I will teach them how to nonviolently beat the Republicans to a pulp

Gotta love that phrasing, "the mess that's been created around you." Because Dear Reader is so perfect and shiny that anything that goes wrong cannot possibly be his fault.

Lumpy has become so yesterday's news that not even the lefty trolls defend him any more. The complete ignorance of economics displayed by his comments about Haiti and Chile make him eminently qualified to serve in this thoroughly incompetent White House.

So, here's a thought. Suppose PBO took Lumpy up on his offer. And suppose Lumpy happened to cross paths with Robert Gibbs in the White House men's room. I think it might go something like this:



Item #3: The Health Care Jihad

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:27 AM

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How many wavering/retiring Democrats do you think are being promised appointments in the Health Care Commissions and other bureaucracies to be created under ObamaCare?



Item #2: Politico Shocked That Right-Wing Refuses to Accept Responsibility for Left-Wing Violence

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:16 AM

Politico seems shocked and surprised that the conservative right refuses to take responsibility for the Pentagon shooting. I mean, so what that the shooter was a Bush-hating registered Democrat who believed the Bush-Cheney crime family was behind 9-11. The left promotes a circular logic meme that Tea Parties patriots are violent, and therefore anyone who commits an act of violence must be a Tea Partie patriot. But reality stubbornly refuses to cooperate with the left's meme.

  • Joseph "Kamikaze" Stack's manifesto bashes banks and insurance companies in language that might have been lifted from an Obama speech.
  • Obama-loving professor Amy Bishop guns down six colleagues, but
  • The only violence at Townhall meetings has come from SEIU union thugs assaulting Tea Party patriots.

BTW, nutjob progressive radio host Mike Malloy and hate-filled atheist Bill Maher are both trying to tie Glenn Beck to the Pentagon shooting through the indisputable logic that... um... they hate Glenn Beck.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Gay Skater: "Jesus Was a Woman"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:13 AM

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Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Ssssh, Don't Wake the Lefties, They Were Up Late Watching the Oscars and Are Still Upset at the Overall Lack of Sarah Palin Bashing Jokes During the Telecast,

Queermo Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Weir told failed genetic experiment Joy Behar he thinks Jesus was a woman.

BEHAR: Ok, so he said you were too gay, A little too gay. And Elton John, by the way, says Jesus, he thinks Jesus was gay. So you're in very good company.
WEIR: I suppose so. I think Jesus was a woman.

Christians believe God created humans in His Own Image. Anti-Christians create God in their own image; which is why the left tries to remake Jesus Christ into a homosexual Marxist. (i.e. Barney Frank) And gay Catholics have a real dilemma trying to decide whether the Pope is fabulous or simply divine.

On a related note, the moral rot of our culture summed up in one headline: Gay Catholic Ex-Stripper Awaits Birth of Twins Carried by Husband's Sister



March 7, 2010

Multiethnic Klan Meeting

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 PM

Not even being black is defense from the tried and true "racism" charge for those who fail to toe the liberal line. At a recent town hall meeting in Maryland to discuss the disastrous effects of illegal immigration on unemployment, a shriveled old commie compared the participants — black and white alike — to the KKK:

Don't expect moonbats to stop beating on people with the racism club. It's all they have.

On a tip from glenwood183.



Another Wonderful Day in Obama Nation

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:23 PM

In case you haven't seen this latest uplifting gem from Harry Reid:

On a tip from TED.



There's a Communist in the White House

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:01 PM

Amazingly enough, the same Saturday Night Live that brought us obnoxious moonbats like Al Franken and Chevy Chase also produced the patriot Victoria Jackson, who has noticed that there's a communist living in the White House and wants to know what we propose to do about it.

Via WND, on a tip from Charlie G.



Avatar in One Word: Rubbish

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:39 PM

Not everyone involved in making movies is a pernicious moonbat devoted to destroying Western Civilization from within. Ann McElhinney, proud director of Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business, lays into the juvenile and pretentious James Cameron's most recent assault on America:

On a tip from Stephan.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:11 PM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Not So Smart

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM

The stylish Smart car:

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Among it's many features: the entire vehicle is a crumple zone.

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If enough people were "smart" enough to drive these moonbatmobiles, the alleged population problem would be solved.

Compliments of Oiao.

Update:

According to Snopes, this isn't a Smart car, which would explain why it wasn't crushed thinner than a dime.

On a tip from Heckrules.



Reagan Would Vote for Palin

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:37 AM

According to Steven F. Hayward, author of the book The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989, here's why Ronald Reagan would likely have voted for Sarah Palin:

[W]ho might be able to tap into the potent brew of the tea party? Right now the leading candidate is undoubtedly Palin, whom Reagan would probably have cheered on and surely would have had no problem voting for should she secure the GOP presidential nomination. Like Reagan, she has enormous charisma and a populist style. At her best, such as on the "Tonight" show last week, she shares his self-assurance and ease in front of a crowd. Like Reagan, she hails from outside the political establishment and does not crave the approval of the elite; rather, she seems to thrive on their disapproval.
Like Reagan, Palin consciously speaks in ways appealing more to principle than to party. And like Reagan, she divides people across the political spectrum. Her "death panels" broadside against Obama may have seemed like cheap demagoguery, but it resembled Reagan's attack against the Panama Canal treaties in 1978: "We built it, we paid for it, it's ours, and we're keeping it!"
Reagan would probably recognize, and approve of, these aspects of Palin's political persona. He knew the power of being an outsider and how it plays well with the people even if it gets bad reviews with the East Coast news media.

Reagan was no stranger to unwarranted criticisms about his intellectual prowess - though it is unclear to me that he had any prominent pre-election public gaffes akin to the Katie Couric interview.

Virtually all the criticisms of Palin -- calling her an anti-intellectual lightweight who can't name a magazine she reads or a founding father she admires -- were lobbed at Reagan before and during his time in the White House, and the critics hailed from both sides of the aisle. The GOP establishment was very uncomfortable with Reagan, even after he'd won two presidential elections in landslides -- and who can forget Clark Clifford's "amiable dunce" label?

Of course, Palin has a number of other albatrosses around her neck, not least of which is her abdication of her gubernatorial duties.

But while the parallels between them are evident, it is far from clear that Palin appreciates Reagan's discipline and substantive grand strategy. In many of her speeches and media appearances she tends to ramble on, with none of the crispness and rhetorical force of Reagan's formulas. With the partial exception of energy, she has yet to identify a set of signature issues that can carry her particular stamp, as Reagan did in the late 1970s with his relentless attacks on detente and his championing of supply-side economics. (Even on energy, she needs something more substantial than "drill, baby, drill.") And while her reasons for resigning early from Alaska's governorship are plausible, they deprive her of one of Reagan's greatest assets -- an extensive executive record.

I have to say that I'm skeptical -- very skeptical -- about any Sarah Palin bid for the presidency. She needs a LOT of work. Though, I also have to say that I recognize her awesome power to motivate the swelling majority of American people who are hungry for a populist conservative leader in the style of Reagan. As Mrs. MaryHunter never ceases to tell me: don't count Sarah out yet.

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Two great ones, applauding America's greatness.

Image courtesy of CafePress



A Dingocrat Leaves 'Animal House'

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:31 AM

The DC townhome occupied by some of Congress's most far-left Democrats --- Dick "Our Troops Are Like Nazis" Durbin, Chucky "Don't Stand Between Me and a TV Camera" Schumer, and Califnornia's George Miller, is apparently a fetid pigsty. Representaive Bil "I Love Hugo Chavez!" Delahunt is departing the townhome when he leaves Congress.

Apparently, Democrats like to wallow in filth literally as well as metaphorically.

Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power

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We'll miss you Congressman Blutarski.



March 6, 2010

Michael Moore Thinks Haiti Is a "Republican Paradise"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:29 PM

Morbidly obese leftist gasbag Michael Moore pontificates that the reason 250,000 people died in Haiti is because it is run by free market Republicans. Here is his stupid statement. (Translated from his native Huttese.)

Chile had an earthquake this past week that was 500 times greater than the earthquake in Haiti. But here's the big difference. In Chile, they have various -- very serious regulations when it comes to building codes. So a thousand people died, sadly, but a thousand people died with a 500 times greater earthquake. And in Haiti, where there are no building codes, no regulations -- a Republican's paradise -- a quarter of a million people died.

Michael the Hutt has it ass-backwards --- which is truly incredible considering the size of his ass. (If Michael Moore was crossing the street in front of you and you swerved to miss him, you would run out of gas.) In fact, Haiti's economy is as tightly regulated as socialists think every economy should be.

According to a World Bank report in 2006, "In Haiti, the process of business regulations is complex and customs procedures are lengthy." On average, opening a business took 204 days. For comparison, the average was 73.3 days in Latin America and 16.3 days in OECD countries. It took estimated 5 years and 65 bureaucratic procedures for a private person to buy land from the state. It took 683 days to register a property. All Latin American and Caribbean countries except Cuba and Venezuela enjoyed much more economic freedom than Haiti on the Index of Economic Freedom of 2006.

Contrary to what Michael the Hutt says, It is rated the freest economy in Latin America.It benefits from a free market system put in place by Augusto Pinochet, a right-wing strongman who ... unlike Marxist dictators like Castro, Mugabe, Kim Jong-Il, and Chavez... left power voluntarily. (He also did not squander Chile's resources trying to export revolution to other countries.) Chile not only has an open free market economy, it also has a privatized system of social security, and a flat tax.

In other words, Chile is the Republican model. Not Haiti.

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What an ignorant FAG.


Update
:James McEnanly in the comments alerts me to an article that further dmonstrates how full of crap Michael Moore is. (And where are the leftist trolls? Usually, they give their heroes more cover than this.)

Chile also has some of the world's strictest building codes. That makes sense for a country that straddles two massive tectonic plates. But having codes is one thing, enforcing them is another. The quality and consistency of enforcement is typically correlated to the wealth of nations. The poorer the country, the likelier people are to scrimp on rebar, or use poor quality concrete, or lie about compliance. In the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, thousands of children were buried under schools also built according to code.

Isn't Sichuan in Communist China? The country Thomas Freidman and Barack Obama openly admire because its "reasonably enlightened" autocrats have created such wonderful infrastructure? Um, yes, I believe it is.



Damn Nature You Scary!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:07 PM

Much to the surprise of environmentalist moonbats and PETA, real life animals do not behave like the anthropomorphic ones in Disney movies. Here we see the real-world version of playful frolic among happy sea creatures.

Like the saying says, "Damn Nature... You Scary!"



Most Corrupt State

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

A Fox News poll asks, "What State Is Capital of Political Scandal?" The results so far:

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It looks like even with the stuff that's been hitting the fan lately, the Dems running New York have a ways to go to catch up with the Dems running Illinois.

Next question: the notoriously septic political machine of which state produced the ham-fisted socialist currently occupying the White House?

On a tip from Nancz.



Caturday Discussion: Chairman Zero's Plan to Bankrupt America

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:28 AM

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The CBO says that Obama's budget plan will produce trillion dollar deficits for the next ten years.

Leftists will claim that the deficit monster can be tamed by a massive tax increase. In other words, an additional trillion dollars a year can be hoovered out of the private sector and wasted by government.

Imagine the economic impact of a trillion dollars disappearing from the economy every year from now on. A trillion dollars used to feed the Government instead of being invested or spent by consumers to promote economic activity.

There's a better way. Freeze Government spending at FY2007 levels. (FY2007 being the last budget under a Republican congress and president.) Make Government allocate resources within that ceiling. By my calculations, the $10 Billion in debt over ten years would be reduced to a manageable $500 Billion... and that doesn't take into account the economic growth that would result from a restrained Federal Leviathan.

And can anyone honestly claim that the Federal Government in 2007 was insufficient profligate in its spending?



Ronaldus on Democrats

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:45 AM

From Reagan, A Life in Letters:

If there is a weakness in our two-party system it is that we accept a party label as ours and then vote the label without questioning whether the party continues to represent our own philosophical beliefs.
I was a Democrat when the Democratic Party stood for states rights, local autonomy, economy in government and individual freedom. Today it is the party that has changed, openly declaring for centralized federal power and government sponsored redistribution of the individual's earnings.
[from Ronald Reagan to Philip; undated pre-presidential]
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Caution: Progressives Should Fear This Man

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:02 AM

If you missed Glenn Beck's keynote speech at CPAC a few weeks back, you missed something magical. The Right Scoop posted it in six episodes. Highly recommended.

This is a little taste. If you are an America-hating progressive liberal elitist, then you won't get it. Or, it might actually make blood spurt out of your eyes.

The Chalkboard Crusader educates us daily -- tirelessly -- on what the Founding Fathers intended America to be and what progressives are doing to destroy it.

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Hat tip (and image courtesy of) No Sheeples Here.



March 5, 2010

Why Detroit School Kids Not Read Good

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:26 PM

Ah, Detroit, America's most progressive city. A liberal utopia, run exclusively by liberal Democrats whose priority in government is the achievement of "social justice" defined in progressive terms: high taxation, redistributionist social policy, and the institutionalization of racial grievances.

How's that working out? Well, in addition to driving so many people out of the city that large parts of it are returning to wilderness, and getting the remaining souls so dependent on welfare that they all but riot while waiting in line for promised handouts, their horrific public schools only graduate between 25 and 30% of high school students.

So, how could schools be failing in such an enlightened, progressive city? Some emails from Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis may shed some light on why the schools in Detroit are oh so bad.

Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and None DPS row's, and who is the watch dog?

I don't know, Otis. Do it?

If you saw Sunday's Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason's he gave for closing school to many empty seats.

I could make fun of this, but The Blog Prof just did it so much better with one YouTube clip, that kind of captures the essence of the intellectual firepower of Detroit City Government and the Detroit School Board (although not the rabid racism).


To understand how such an ignoramus became school board president, you must how progressives view the concept of education. The purpose of education, in the progressive view, is not to prepare kids to be productive adults; it's to provide employment for teachers and promotional opportunities for bureaucrats.



Caution: The Weak Should Not Watch This Video

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:25 PM

Be forewarned: this pack of lies from President Obama and his White House Perpetual Campaign Ministry might actually make blood spurt out of your eyes.


So, mindless Obot volunteers of have pledged over 9 million hours to Dear Leader in order to help elect him and to try and help ram his socialist, anti-American agenda sown our throats. Thank goodness that a the latter has been somewhat foiled for now -- all because of men and women like you, gentle reader.

Here's more propaganda from MoveOn.org, if you can stomach it (bravely forwarded by Bergbiker, who is definitely NOT a MoveOn.org member):

Dear MoveOn member,
Republicans just launched an all-out assault to "deal a final, fatal blow" to health care.
Through their so-called "Project Code Red," the GOP is pouring money into attack ads, misleading robocalls, and front-group activities in dozens of swing Democrats' districts to scare them away from voting for health care. And if we don't fight back against the lies, they could succeed.
So we're launching a final push of our own to fight back and pass health care reform. With just weeks left in this fight, we need to get it off the ground NOW to debunk GOP lies, hold rapid response events in key districts, whip up creative new ads, and more. And we need your help to do it.
Our goal is to raise $200,000 in the next 24 hours, and we need 10 people in your area to chip in to make it happen. Can you donate $5 to support our work?
We've come too far to let Republicans kill health care in the homestretch--and we can't rest for a second until a final bill hits President Obama's desk. We need to be fighting back against right-wing lies by showing Congress that regular Americans want health care reform and will have their backs if they vote the right way.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle. They see and fear in us that of which they know themselves capable.

Just so you know what the enemy is doing, noble patriots. We must redouble our efforts and call our congresscritters -- to beat back roll upon roll of astroturf.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:30 PM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



Democrat Resigns, Blames Talk Radio

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:39 PM

Democrat Congressman Eric Massa of New York --- a staunch progressive and advocate for single payer and a public option --- announced his resignation today following revelations that a young male aide had complained of sexual harassment.

This comes perilously close to a Democrat --- for once --- accepting responsibility for bad behavior. But, alas, Massa says part of the reason he's resigning is because of "talk radio and the internet," which have created a "toxic atmosphere" in which Democrats are occasionally held responsible for their corruption.

"In fact, there is no doubt that this Ethics issue is my fault and mine alone. But in the incredibly toxic atmosphere that is Washington D.C., with the destruction of our elected leaders having become a blood sport, especially in talk radio and on the internet, there is also no doubt that an Ethics investigation would tear my family and my staff apart."

I think in Scooby Doo speak, he just said, "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids."

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Zoinks!



Found ... An Honest Democrat

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:15 PM

Last week, the Democrats once again showed themselves to be liars when they attacked Senator Jim Bunning to have the audacity to request that they follow their own pay-as-you-go rules. Meanwhile, Democrats scheme to break senate rules on reconciliation, which legally is a procedure that can only be used on a limited range of budgetary issues. They want to use it to ram through insurance mandates and the creation of new bureaucracies and entitlements ... legislative issues theoretically excluded from reconciliation under senate rules. But when you are Democrat, rules are things that apply only to other people.

Well, one Democrat is bucking his party and actually following the rules. Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal will retire rather than challenge state law prohibiting his possible run for re-election.

Eric Cartman explains Democrat ethics.



Landslide McCain Stunned by Democrat Betrayal

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:28 PM

John McCain was baffled that the MSM turned on him viciously during the 2008 campaign after he had spent so many years cozying up to them and stabbing conservatives in the back at every opportunity. He was miffed that Latino voters did not, in 2008, reward his push for Amnesty in the senate. Now, Senator Scooby-Doo-Villain is disappointed that Democrats are not willing to screw over their party with the same enthusiasm with which he screwed over his.

Back in 2005, Maverick McLandslide rounded up the Gang of Fourteen to prevent George W. Bush from filling vacancies on the Federal Bench with qualified, constructionist judges. He foolishly expected that now that when Democrats regained majority, they would reciprocate.

If John McCain were a character in a 1940's Warner Brothers cartoon, his head would be morphing into a giant sucker right now
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McCain reminded Democrats that he was a member of the bipartisan Gang of 14, which stopped Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) from using the so-called nuclear option in 2005. It's time for a similar gang, he said. So far, he's had no takers.

McCain was similarly fooled when Harry Reid told him the word "gullible" was not in the dictionary.

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John McCain... what a gulli-bull.


Speaking of radical judges, the law professor Obama has nominated to the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals is so radical he thinks that "free enterprise," "private ownership of property," and "limited government" are nothing but code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections."



Soda Taxes Head for Stratosphere

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:18 PM

Philadelphia's mayor, the aptly named Michael Nutter, is taking the soda tax concept to new extremes:

Mayor Nutter wants to treat the city's weight and wallet problems in his 2010-11 budget with the same remedy: the nation's highest tax on all sweetened beverages including soda, energy drinks, ice tea, even chocolate milk. …
The tax rate would be 2 cents per ounce, 40 cents on a 20-ounce bottle of soda. The levy would cover fountain-drink syrups and powders, based on the number of liquid ounces they produce. …
Nutter gave the tax a name, Healthy Philadelphia Initiative, but it's clear the city's first priority is to raise money.

One thing is sure — like all Democrat maneuvers, it isn't intended to increase employment.

[Tony] Crisci [representing the Pennsylvania Beverage Association], in a phone interview, estimated the number of sweet-drinks jobs in the city at 2,000, including 1,000 in the Coke and Pepsi bottling plants in North Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia.
"Clearly, if there's a reduction in sales there's going to be a reduction in production and a reduction in jobs," he said.

But of course the bureaucrats righteously proclaim that the tax is only intended to save us from ourselves.

Remember when taxes on cigarettes were only a few pennies? Now you could buy a whole untaxed carton for the taxes on a single pack. Given the stratospheric costs entailed in ObamaCare, if it's rammed through you can expect taxes on anything our nanny state rulers deem unhealthy to skyrocket. Maybe Indian reservations will take up making soda; if not, we won't be able to afford it for long.

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Exorbitant taxes light Nutter's smile.

On a tip from Scott B.



Morning Briefs for Friday Item 1: She Writes

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:44 AM

Updated, Bumped, and Graphicized

Sarah Palin is writing another book. This one will describe how Willow Palin is Trig's real mother, and his real father is A-Rod. Just kidding, it will be a "celebration of American virtues and strengths."

Hmm, Sarah Palin + American virtues and strengths. That's gonna make some left-wing heads explode; especially the ones with zero reader blogs. I wonder if the AP will assign sixteen fact-checkers to this one, too.

Meanwhile, some Hollywood lefty is claiming that all the laughter during her Tonight Show interview was canned and the audience hated her and the Palin-haters are gleefully trumpeting the rumor. The deranged piling on never stops. Jeffery Wright notes in the comments (thanks JW, I saw this story but forgot about it) that other Hollywood gossipheads are claiming that she and her "entourage" descended "like locusts" and made off with a bunch of Oscar swag.

Update from Nunya in teh comments
: The story about Sarah and her friends looting the Oscar swag turns out to be just another big fat lie promulgated by a Palin-hater, gleefully spread by other Palin haters.

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Why people put so much time and energy into hating on someone who is not in office, has no power and is not doing anything to harm anyone else... sorry, I just don't get it. If you're going to hate, why not hate someone who's actually... you know... evil. If you're going to attack a politician, attack one who has or is seeking the power to do bad things to your life or to the country. Or, John Edwards, because he's a complete douchebag. I mean, even the worst lies the left makes up about Sarah Palin don't compare with knocking up your mistress while your wife is fighting cancer, and then getting a campaign aide to take the blame for it.



Item #2: Another Act of Right-Wing Tea Party Violence

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:43 AM

And by "Right-Wing Tea Party" I mean "Deranged Leftist Bush-Hating Loon." The guy who shot the two cops at the Pentagon yesterday was a Bush-hating, 9-11 troofer. Patterico reports that the suspect described the US Government as a "criminal organization" that:

would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control. This collection of gangsters would find it in their interest to foment conflict and initiate wars throughout the world, in order to divert attention from their misconduct and criminality. The true nature of such a regime would find its clearest expression in the satanic violence currently ongoing in Iraq.

In other words, he would have fitted right in with the faculty at Harvard or Berkeley. But, maybe the left-wing media will find out he didn't like paying taxes so they can classify him as a right-winger like they did with deranged, anti-Bush, anti-capitalist Joseph "Kamikaze" Stack.

Update and Bump: Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell is a registered Democrat. I'm not trying to imply all Democrats are violent nutjobs, or that all violent nutjobs are Democrats. But since the PR Wing of the Democrat Party (the MSM) makes almost daily assertions about the violent tendencies about tea party patriots with zero supporting evidence --- it's sweet to shove their meme back in their silly smug faces.

Speaking of deranged leftist murderers, it looks like Obama-loving murderer Amy Bishop has claimed another victim. Bill Delahunt, the far-left congressman from Massachusetts and admirer of Hugo Chavez has become the 18th Democrat representative to announce his retirement. Back when he was a prosecutor, Delahunt let Bishop walk free after she murdered her brother by shooting him in the gut with a shotgun at close range.



Gitmo Terrorists and Their Lawyers Will Be Living Large at Taxpayer Expense

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:13 AM

The folks running our Justice Department have been willing to defend the "worst of the worst" terrorists at Gitmo for free out of a sense of brotherhood, but not all lawyers are so generous with their time. Fortunately the taxpayer has deep pockets, because they'll be running up some hefty bills:

The Telegraph and The Sun (see here and here) are reporting that British taxpayers are expected to shell out £30 million to lawyers who are working on an inquiry into the former detainees' torture allegations. The inquiry is expected to last seven years (!), during which time the lawyers will review documents totaling hundreds of thousands of pages and rack up massive legal bills in the process.
According to the Telegraph, lawyers working for the government's defense are expected to take in £20 million, while lawyers working for the former detainees will take in approximately £10 million. Incredibly, the lawyers for the six detainees are being subsidized by British taxpayers.

If they win their cases, the lawyers won't be the only ones riding high on the taxpayer gravy train:

If they win, the six former Gitmo detainees could take in as much as £500,000 each, or £3,000,000 in total — a far cry from the total amount earned by the dozens of lawyers involved, but still a handsome sum.

Terrorism pays, as does moonbattery — at least until the people rebel, or the whole rotten system of moonbat justice falls on its face.

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Terrorists will need to keep living in the manner to which Gitmo has accustomed them.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Icing on the Fakes

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:19 AM

Global warming has struck again:

Thirty to 40 ships — including several passenger ships — were stuck Thursday in ice off the coast of Sweden, said a spokesman for the Maritime Search and Rescue Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. … The center identified one of the passenger ships as the Amorella, with 753 passengers and 190 crew members.

According to Tommy Gardebring, press officer with the Swedish Maritime Administration:

"It has been a lot colder than normal in the southern parts of the Baltic sea … the ice breakers that normally operate haven't been able to cope with the ice, which is why we are sending additional ice breakers."

To think that only last weekend, the esteemed scientist Al Gore was yelling about "the speed with which the Arctic ice cap is disappearing."

Let's hope frigid conditions don't impede dogged efforts to discover that the life-giving carbon dioxide produced by all human activity not only makes it be too hot out, but also acidifies the ocean somewhere down there under all the ice.

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Arctic antics.
Two teams of explorers and scientists are on their way to the Arctic for the first international project to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in water beneath the ice. … Both teams will be drilling into the ice to collect water samples used to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the water at various depths, according to the director of the Catlin Arctic Survey, arctic explorer Pen Hadow.
"There is very little if any information about to what extent increasing levels of carbon dioxide in recent times has acidified the waters under the ice," Hadow said.
Oceans are believed to absorb around one third of the CO2 in the atmosphere, according to the Fourth Assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Their loyalty is impressive. Even now, moonbats refer to the IPCC as if it were a credible organization, although in the aftermath of HimalayaGate we've learned that this UN racket's shrill reports of planetary doom are largely based on what they call "gray literature" rather than peer-reviewed science.

But then, despite a lot of scary talk about extinction as well as "dissolution of shells, slower growth, muscle wastage and dwarfism" among sea creatures if we don't stop producing harmless CO2, the arctic expedition spectacle isn't exactly a serious operation.

The last time the Catlin Arctic Survey team ventured into the Arctic, in 2009, they measured ice thickness and concluded that ice could stop forming over the Arctic Ocean during summer in as little as 20 years.

Another alarming possibility is that in as little as 20 minutes, every hog in Iowa will grow wings and fly off to the North Pole, soiling the pristine polar bears and Santa's elves with their droppings.

"The sea ice is looking like it's not going to be a year round feature in the next 20 or 30 years. So the lid is coming off an ocean which is suddenly able to absorb carbon dioxide in a way that it hasn't been able to before," Hadow said.

Now that it's becoming indisputable that carbon dioxide isn't really making it warmer, we'll no doubt be told that it's only because the CO2 is too busy poisoning the ocean. But not to worry, no crisis is so planet-threatening that we can't cure it by increasing taxes, regulations, and the power of corrupt bureaucrats.

On tips from Air2air and Oiao.



Immigration Reform Rears Its Ugly Head

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:23 AM

From the Holy Distractions Batman Department: we bring you the inevitable rise of Immigration Reform legislation, timed exquisitely to coincide with the final throws of the ObamaCare battle. Dear Leader has been meeting with those champions of illegal immigrants everywhere, Chuck-U Schumer Lindsey Grahamnesty.

The basis of a bill would include a path toward citizenship for the 10.8 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Citizenship would not be granted lightly, the White House said. Undocumented workers would need to register, pay taxes and pay a penalty for violating the law. Failure to comply might result in deportation.
Participants in the White House gathering also pointed to an immigration rally set for March 21 in Washington as a way to spotlight the issue and build needed momentum.
But with the healthcare debate still unresolved, Democrats are wary of plunging into another polarizing issue.

The Democrats are weary? Hah. Can you say Cloward-Piven?

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Gird your loins, patriots. They're coming.

On a tip from Hail The Amberlamps!



Canada Mulls Emasculating Itself Even Further

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:20 AM


Believe it or not, Canadians actually fret over whether they're too butch. There is a movement in Canada to metrosexualize the national anthem by removing gender references.

The gender issue, politicians claim, rankling female constituents is the third line, which says "True patriot love in all thy sons command."
Government officials said they have received numerous suggestions on a replacement line, including "Thou dost in us command" and "In all of us command."


Why not just ditch that old-white-guy anthem anyway and choose a new song that's a more appropriate tribute to a country that barely won a gold medal in a sport they invented. I have a few suggestions.

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There is also this tune, which is the song most people think of when they think of Canada's contribution to musical culture, but it also has gender issues... quite apart from being a song that celebrates an American literary figure. (Where is the Great Literature of Canada, anyway? I mean, apart from Red Green?)

Hat Tip: KLO NRO


Update, another great suggestion from TED in the comments.

Nice Metrosexual twist at the end, eh?

Update: Suggestions from Mr. Right

And how did I miss this one:



Follow the Money to the Global Warming Hog Trough

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM

You know the wheels are coming off the global warming swindle when you can get material like this from Australia's public ABC:

For all the smears of big money funding the "deniers", the numbers reveal that the sceptics are actually the true grassroots campaigners, while Greenpeace defends Wall St. …
Greenpeace has searched for funding for sceptics and found $23 million paid by Exxon over 10 years (which has stopped). Perhaps Greenpeace missed funding from other fossil fuel companies, but you can be sure that they searched.

In contrast,

The US government spent $79 billion on climate research and technology since 1989 … 3,500 times as much as anything offered to sceptics. It buys a bandwagon of support, a repetitive rain of press releases, and includes PR departments of institutions like NOAA, NASA, the Climate Change Science Program and the Climate Change Technology Program. The $79 billion figure does not include money from other western governments, private industry, and is not adjusted for inflation. In other words, it could be…a lot bigger.…
There is no question that there are vastly more financial rewards for people who promote a carbon-made catastrophe than for those who point out the flaws in the theory. Ultimately the big problem is that there are no grants for scientists to demonstrate that carbon has little effect.

People who used to be scientists before Big Government bought their souls with our money aren't the only ones with a big financial stake in the hoax.

According to the World Bank, turnover of carbon trading reached $126 billion in 2008. PointCarbon estimates trading in 2009 was about $130 billion. This is turnover, not specifically profits, but each year the money market turnover eclipses the science funding over 20 years. Money Talks. Every major finance house stands to profit as brokers of a paper trade. It doesn't matter whether you buy or sell, the bankers take a slice both ways. The bigger the market, the more money they make shifting paper. …
Commissioner Bart Chilton, head of the energy and environmental markets advisory committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has predicted that within five years a carbon market would dwarf any of the markets his agency currently regulates: "I can see carbon trading being a $2 trillion market."

That would make the carbon trading charade the "largest commodity market in the world."

But even if some of Obama's Wall Street cronies get unimaginably rich "shifting paper," no actual wealth is created. These oceans of money have to come from somewhere — namely from you, in the form of higher prices and taxes.

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Living large at our expense.

On a tip from Oiao.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM

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Via Pundit Kitchen, on a tip from Scott.



Paying the Price for Obama's Imperial Lifestyle

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:06 AM

There's a high price to be paid for Comrade Obama's regal lifestyle. Fortunately for him, others pay it. Remember when Chairman Zero had the airspace over Oahu closed off for two weeks during prime tourist season for his vacation? The bill has come due.

Representatives of nearly two dozen air tour companies and flight schools yesterday said they collectively lost approximately $200,000 when their businesses were substantially restricted or shut down during President Obama's Christmas vacation here. …
The aviation company owners said they were not informed of flight restrictions until Dec. 19, and many of them had no option but to shut down entirely during the president's visit, said Pat Magie, president of Island Seaplane Service Inc. on Lagoon Drive.
The restrictions essentially banned flights within a 30-mile radius of the house in Kailua where Obama and his family were staying.

Supposedly closing off airspace over a massive area was necessary to keep the man-child president safe from terrorists. Meanwhile, his pro-terrorist administration continues to dismantle the defenses that keep the rest of us safe.

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Safe from the skies.

On a tip from Air2air.



Obama Tells Progressives: Tea Partiers Are Right About My Socialist Agenda

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:13 AM

PBO met behind behind closed doors with members of the House Progressive Caucus yesterday to tell them that the Senate's ObamaCare Bill really is the first step to a nationalized, Canadian-style, single-payer system.

So, all of those left-wing tools who have been saying for the past year that we on the right were nuts for thinking Obama wants a single payer system (as he admitted in 2003 and 2007) and that the ultimate goal was socialized health care (as Democrat supporters of the Public Option have admitted), well, your own Dear Leader just admitted we were right and you were wrong and made fools out of you.

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Ha-ha! Your president made you look like a tool.

Hat Tip: Mandible Claw



ObamaCare: A Malodorous Cornucopia

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:10 AM

Charles Krauthammer has a way with helpful analogies. Take Dear Leader's mystification at the kerfuffle over his little ObamaCare bill, for example. After all, when the American people are asked about separate elements of the bill, they seem to support them. How can we help Chairman Zero to understand the rabid reaction against the whole cornucopia?

Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: a dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.
However (life is a vale of howevers) suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed -- say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak is to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

According to the latest CNN poll, about 3 to 1 against. Which is exactly the same proportion of folks who, according to Rasmussen, feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Coincidence?

When you try to foist so much garbage onto the American people, at some point they come to realize that it's, well, garbage.

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I see absolutely no ice cream, steak, or red roses here. (image)



Item #4: Guess the Religion

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:50 AM

I cannot excerpt this piece by RS McCain and still do it justice: Married at 10? Divorced at 12? Hey, Who Wants to Play 'Guess Which Religion'? So, go read it, why don't you?

Long story short, New York Times writer Nicolas Kristof writes an entire column on a 10-year-old girl forced to marry a man in his thirties in a Middle Eastern country, and never once notes that in a certain Middle Eastern religion this is SOP. What's interesting to me, about this, is that it was Nicolas Kristof who noted in an interview with Barack Obama in 2007, Obama's ability to flawlessly chant the Muslim call to prayer.



Item #3: Dem Candidate Is a Far Out Space Nut

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:37 AM

The Democrat Candidate for the 22nd CD in Texas apparently believes that the movie 'Avatar' was a documentary. Her campaign pledge:

"I will take our troops out of the war zone and put them into space!"

Democrats chose her as their nominee... despite her pledge to pursue impeachment proceedings against B. Hussein Obama. Or, maybe because of. There are a lot of leftists who are disappointed that a few vestiges of capitalism and faith remain alive in our culture. But she doesn't care whether the Democratic party supports her or not because:

"I am leading a war against the British Empire. I'm not worried about what Democratic Party hacks say or do."

They should hire her at MSDNC. Not only will she add much needed color, she'll make Olbermann look slightly less loopy.



March 4, 2010

Angry Right-Wing Tea-Baggers Riot Violently to Protest Socialism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:08 PM

The Headline above is completely true. Except you have to substitute "Progressive College Students" for "Right-Wing Tea-Baggers" and "Adults Who Won't Cater to Their Spoiled Brat Sense of Entitlement" for "Socialism."

Michelle Malkin reports that vandalism occurred at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, with additional protests at U-Washington, and cops were assaulted at UW-Milwaukee
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I don't recall anything like that happening at any of those tea-parties the left-wing elites were wetting their pants about. For that matter, you don't see conservative college students behaving this way either.

There's a rather severe recession going on. State budgets are strapped. And rather than close down useless "Gender Studies" programs, or useless "Diversity" Programs, universities are hiking tuition (because they know Uncle Sucker will pick up the difference). Naturally, progressive college students --- our most spoiled and self-centered natural resource --- can't be bothered to concern themselves with economics. Why should they care if working families have their taxes hiked? The important thing is, they get to continue being lectured about how gender identity is an artificial construct created by an oppressive patriarchy but sexuality is innate at birth.

It is their parasitism that empowers them to look down on those who are less entitled than they are.

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"Whose going to pay for our educashun?"

Update: The spoiled brat protesters also blocked rush hour traffic on a major Bay Are freeway preventing people with actual jobs from getting to them... or from them.



Before and After

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:25 PM

George and Laura.

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Barack and Michelle.

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Courtesy of TED.



PBS Yapper Tavis Smiley Pushes "Black Agenda"

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:47 PM

Chicago style politics is all about quid pro quos. Comrade Obama received 96% of the black vote. Now a bill has come due for our "post-racial" president:

Two months after ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, Tavis Smiley is gathering African-American advocates to press the case for a "black agenda."
The decision was motivated by what Smiley called recent statements from some black leaders downplaying the need for President Barack Obama to specifically help African-Americans.
"I was compelled to do it because of this debate," the activist and PBS talk show host said Wednesday.

Smiley is holding a panel discussion at Chicago State University that will include militant racist bomb-throwers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and Cornel West.

Last week, Smiley and the Rev. Al Sharpton had a fierce argument about the issue on Sharpton's radio show, with Sharpton taking heated exception to Smiley's claim that the reverend was giving Obama a pass on black issues.

Media darling Reverend Al, who more than once has gotten people killed by other blacks for being Jewish (Crown Heights, Freddy's Fashion Mart), isn't the only one who stands accused of not being sufficiently racist:

[Smiley] said that the Obama campaign and black leaders asked African-Americans for help during the election, but that "now that he's elected, what are black people being asked to do to hold him accountable to our agenda?"

Your tax dollar pays Biley to spew this sort of BS on coercively financed PBS while pasty-faced liberal elite types contemplatively rub their chins and congratulate themselves for agreeing that the ever more powerful government should discriminate against them.

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Helping white weenies hate themselves on your dime.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Cindy Sheehan Still Can't Get No Respect

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:15 PM

The People's Cube has expertly tea-bagged poor Cindy Sheehan's new leftwing activist website.

Hers: PeaceOfTheAction.org -- which calls for a camp out for peace in DC.

Theirs: PeaceOfTheAction.com -- which calls for a children's crusade only a czar could love.

Indeed, word has it that Child Molestation Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is scrambling hand over fist to endorse the new site.

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The ghosts of our fallen heroes are relentless.

On a ramrod tip from SK.



John Edwards May Be Headed to Jail

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:21 AM

Not much more than a year ago, John Edwards was considered a likely choice for Attorney General. A few months before that, it looked like he had a fair chance of becoming VP or even the President of the United States. If it were up to the mainstream media, he would certainly be one of the most powerful people in the country now. Fortunately, the National Enquirer has higher journalistic standards. Despite the MSM's disinterest, the tabloid bulldog is still on the case.

A federal grand jury is set to indict two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, the National Enquirer reported Wednesday.
Edwards, who admitted in February to fathering a child with former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, has been under investigation by the feds for possible improper use of campaign funds.

Conservatives have been warning for years that the ambulance-chasing Leftwards is of the same moral caliber as a cockroach. But that didn't impede his rise in the Democrat Party until a tabloid broke through his MSM defenses, exposing to the public at large just how vile an insect was being passed off as a leader.

One roach down, a whole party of them to go.

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A peek under the rock of our liberal kakistocracy.

On a tip from Conan.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:49 AM

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Via iOwnTheWorld, on a tip from Nunya.



Keeping Us Safe From Terrorists

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM

At last we have an answer to the question, "Where the hell is Secretary Napolitano?" Up she pops like a puzzled prairie dog to reveal once again that she has no clue:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators it is a national security concern that people from countries with ties to terrorism could 'potentially' gain entry into the United States by crossing the country's [deliberately undefended] southern border.
But according to the Department of Homeland Security's own reports, thousands of people from 14 "special interest" countries already have come into the United States illegally, including some across the U.S.-Mexico border. (The State Department designates some nations as "special interest" counties because of their links to terrorism.)

The horses are gone? Maybe later we should shut the barn door, in case some escape.

Since no one else is going to do anything about terrorism, the task has been left to the First Lady, who has taken a remarkably original approach:

First lady Michelle Obama said at the School Nutrition Association Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday that individuals who work in school cafeterias across the country not only educate and feed children, but help to strengthen national security.

That's because generations ago malnutrition disqualified some Americans from military service.

This is how to keep one step ahead of al Qaeda operatives. Combating them by stressing healthy eating in government-run cafeterias is a strategy they probably never saw coming.

Maybe they should put the Bitter Half in charge of the DHS. She wouldn't do a worse job than Nappy the Troll.

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Janet Napolitano searching for a clue.

On tips from Incitatus.



I Smell a RAT

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:58 AM

Politico is trumpeting the discovery of a supposedly top-secret GOP fundraising document, that includes crude caricatures of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and much insulting and condescending language directed at GOP donors.

There's a lot about this story that doesn't smell right. Just off the top of my head...

  • The PowerPoint document is very crude. Its graphics and layout look like something out of a low-rent non-profit's presentation, not what one would expect from a major political party.
  • A major political party insulting large donors? Who does that? Not even Michael Steele is that inept.
  • A Democrat operative claims he found the document left behind in a hotel room where Republicans had been staying for a conference.

Really? A document with so much damning information on it is just "left behind" in a hotel room? And the cleaning staff don't throw it out before the room is reoccupied? And it just happens to be found by a Democrat operative? And it just happens to be a fundraising headache for the GOP? There's something hinky about all of this.

While it's entirely possible the National GOP really is this stupid (Dede Scozzafava anyone?), it's also possible that the document has been fabricated or altered. And that Republicans interviewed for the story seem confused about the document and deny having seen it sort of plays into the possibility it may not be what Politico claims it is.

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"I've got such a raging clue right now."




Feds Prepare Massive Land Grab

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 AM

A whistleblower has stepped forward in the largest and most corrupt enterprise in our country's history. The enterprise is the federal government; the whistleblower is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who warns that the monstrous cancer metastasizing out of DC plans to place American citizens below animals in an appallingly greedy land grab:

A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job-creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development.

As for that pre-Hopey Change concept of consent of the governed:

President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it.

The land grabs are to be justified by unilaterally designating them as "monuments" under the Teddy Roosevelt era Antiquities Act. The government has its eye on over 13.5 million acres, including

a 58,000-acre area in New Mexico. The memo said this should be done so the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard will be better protected. Are these animals going extinct? No. The bureaucrats wrote that the land should be locked up to "avoid the necessity of listing either of these species as threatened or endangered."

But our land isn't being stolen just for the animals. The thoroughly debunked global warming hoax once again comes into play.

In Nevada, the Obama administration might make another monument in the Heart of the Great Basin because it, supposedly, is a "center of climate change scientific research."

Also, the government needs to seize land to assure that it isn't used to meet our energy needs.

In Colorado, the government is considering designating the Vermillion Basin as a monument because it is "currently under the threat of oil and gas development."

Think of the jobs that could be created were this land to be used productively instead of turned over to the lizards and prairie chickens.

The progressive authoritarians controlling the federal government are quite literally stealing our country away from us.

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But it's still not enough. Via Knowledge Is Power.

On tips from J and LouieLouie.



Progressive Teacher Prefers Dead Kids over Gun Rights

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:39 AM

Who knows if this Letter to the Editor is legit, though it was published in the Boston Globe. Caveat emptor aside, it seems perfectly sensible to hoist this up as a model for what progressives truly value in society. Short answer: it's not our children and their safety, but fairness.

I am a math teacher at Brockton High School, the site of a school shooting earlier this month.
Current school security procedures lock down school populations in the event of armed assault. Some advocate abandoning this practice as it holds everyone in place, allowing a shooter easily to find victims.
An alternative to lockdown is immediate exodus via announcement. Although this removes potential hostages and makes it nearly impossible for the shooter to acquire preselected targets, it unfairly rewards resourceful children who move to safety off-site more shrewdly and efficiently than others.
Schools should level playing fields, not intrinsically reward those more resourceful. A level barrel is fair to all fish.

Therefore, it is better to have more kids killed in a fish-barrel situation than to get most kids away to safety asap -- because it's more fair.

But wait, it gets better:

Some propose overturning laws that made schools gun-free zones even for teachers who may be licensed to securely carry concealed firearms elsewhere. They argue that barring licensed-carry only ensures a defenseless, target-rich environment.
But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than succumb to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow not in itself a gun crime.

Thank God that this effete pompous ass is not educating my kids. Or, is he/she? How many more of these nitwits are sitting in positions of authority in public service? More than likely, this excuse for mental activity pervades far more of local, state, and federal government than we dare imagine.

It is ludicrous pleas like this one that fire up the progressive left into inflicting more and more gun restrictions on Americans. The shooting at Brockton High School and so many other similar (and worse) school shootings have been and will be used by gun-hating liberals as a clarion call for tighter gun restrictions, designed to subvert the Second Amendment and make the public even more vulnerable to criminals and the state. The ATF confiscating toy guns is just another step toward this end.


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There's no way to candy-coat it: Progressives want your guns. All of them.(image)


Hat tip: Before It's News, on a bulls-eye tip from Scott.



Son of Hamas Founder Converts to Christianity, Denounces Terrorism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:28 AM

Mosab Hassan Yousef's father was one of the founders of Hamas, the terrorist organization that revels in corruption and sentences the Palestinian people to squalor while they engage in their war of genocide against Israel.

But Yousef didn't follow in the family business. He converted to Christianity and became a spy for Israel. He has a book out, Son of Hamas, about his life and the experiences that led him to renounce Islam. In a nutshell, what turned him off of Islam was the killing. What drew him to Christianity was the... um... lack of killing.

"The God of Quran is trying to unskin Muslims from their humanity," he said, later adding, "Muslims are good people. But their God is absolutely bad."

Maybe Ann Coulter was right about solving the terror problem by converting them to Christianity.

Yousef, by the way, knows his life is in danger. The penalty for apostasy under the Religion of Peace is death.

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Three out of Four Prophets Agree, Killing Is Bad



Chairman Zero Is Coming for Your BB Guns

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:00 AM

In Tacoma Washington, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has confiscated a shipment of 30 Airsoft guns, and is threatening to destroy them. An ATF agent explains, "With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun."

Yeah, just like the remote on my TV could, with minimal work, be converted to a high-powered tactical laser.

The agent went on say, "You'll put your eye out kid."

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"OK, people, nothing to see here."

Hat Tip: Sondra K.



Yassuh, Massa

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:44 AM

New York Democrat Eric Massa is claiming that the reason he is retiring at the end of his term is not because he has a Mark Foley Gerry Studds problem, but because he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Massa has been an outspoken advocate for a socialized, single-payer health care system. I wonder if he will be going to Canada or Cuba for his cancer treatment.

Actually, I don't.

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"We'll be waiting at the airport for you, Congressman Massa."



Chairman Zero Bribes a Congressman

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:29 AM

Utah congressman Jim Matheson has been a no vote on health care, so far. So, to win him over, Obama appointed his brother to a coveted judgeship on the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Corruption and bribery, it's the Chicago Way. We'll see how it plays in Utah.

Hat Tip: Ace

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"Quid Pro Quo, Congressman. Quid Pro Quo."



Item #3: The Left Is Unfailing in Its Pettiness

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:49 AM

Since Rush Limbaugh has been driven out of New York by that state's ravenous appetite for taxes, he has placed his penthouse apartment on the market for $13.25 million dollars. The Huffington Post posted pictures of the place, and, of course, its leftist readership attacked.

Decor is awfully girly, isn't it? I can see him in something diaphanous, floating around, tripping on his fluffy slippers...
I didn't know Rush was gay.
i believe this is the place where rush would entertain guests in drag, going room to room doing scenes from "all about eve."
Occasionally, whilst in my car, I'll listen to Rush for kicks. Over the years, I've heard him say little things that indicated to me he was in the closet. I don't think he's necessarily cognizant of the fact that he occasionally shows a tell.

Isn't it funny how the first place supposedly tolerant leftists go in attacking someone they hate is calling them gay?

And, anyway, what's faggier, the decor in Rush Limbaugh's apartment, or a bunch of progressive twits making catty comments about the decor in Limbaugh's apartment?

Update: The left is also unhinged over the idea of putting Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill. If only they were so upset about Obama destroying the value of our currency.


In other news of left-wing pettiness, in covering a Newsweek story about how Iraq may turn out to be a success after all, MSDNC deliberately cropped George W. Bush out of the cover graphic. And they wonder where they got their reputation as shameless Democrat shills.



Item #2: Wait 'Til the Safe Schools Czar Hears About This!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:43 AM

In Switzerland, they have begun marketing child-sized condoms, aimed at the 12-year-olds. I am sure Kevin Jennings and Barney Frank couldn't be more excited.

These would also probably fit all the Republican senators who didn't stand up for Jim Bunning when he requested that the Senate follow its own Pay-Go rules.



Morning Briefs for Thursday Item 1: Airstrip 1's Potemkin Economy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:01 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Sniveling Leftist Milk-Babies,

In an economic recession, a government has, among its policy choices, two distinct options:

1. Lower taxes to spur business and individual economic activity, and scale back regulations to reduce the barriers to new business formation.

2. Put phony facades over vacant businesses to create to illusion that businesses are still functioning.

Airstrip 1 chooses the latter
.

Now, all they have to do is add some pictures of workers to the facades and they can claim full employment.



March 3, 2010

Nanny State Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:08 PM


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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld, on an odiferous tip from TED.



From Obama with Love

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:05 PM

Guess what? Dear Leader just wrote me a pretty pretty letter about the pretty pretty present he wants us all to have: socialized medicine and loss of individual rights, with debt beyond our grandchildrens' wildest dreams.

Moonbattery Contest: who can count up the most lies in this letter from Campaign Obama?


Dear MaryHunter --

Last Thursday's first-of-its-kind summit capped off a debate that has lasted nearly a year. Every idea has now been put on the table. Every argument has been made. Both parties agree that the status quo is unacceptable and gets more dire each day. Today, I want to state as clearly and forcefully as I know how: Now is the time to make a decision about the future of health care in America.
The final proposal I've put forward draws on the best ideas from all sides, including several put forward by Republicans at last week's summit. It will put Americans in charge of their own health care, ensuring that neither government nor insurance company bureaucrats can ration, deny, or put out of financial reach the care our families need and deserve.
I strongly believe that Congress now owes the American people a final vote on health care reform. Reform has already passed the House with bipartisan support and the Senate with a super-majority of sixty votes. Now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote that has been routinely used and has passed such landmark measures as welfare reform and both Bush tax cuts.
Earlier today, I asked leaders in both houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks. From now until then, I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform. And now, I'm asking you, the members of the Organizing for America community, to raise your voice and do the same.
The final march for reform has begun, and your participation is crucial. Please commit to join with me to take reform across the finish line.
Essentially, my proposal would change three things about the current health care system:
First, it would protect all Americans from the worst practices of insurance companies. Never again will the mother with breast cancer have her coverage revoked, see her premiums arbitrarily raised, or be forced to live in fear that a pre-existing condition will bar her from future coverage.
Second, my proposal would give individuals and small businesses the same choice of private health insurance that members of Congress get for themselves. And my proposal says that if you still can't afford the insurance in this new marketplace, we will offer you tax credits based on your income -- tax credits that add up to the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history.
Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for everyone -- families, businesses, and the federal government -- and bring down our deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades. These savings mean businesses small and large will finally be freed up to create jobs and increase wages. With costs currently skyrocketing, reform is vital to remaining economically strong in the years and decades to come.
In the few crucial weeks ahead, you can help make sure this proposal becomes law. Please sign up to join the Organizing for America campaign in the final march for reform:
http://my.barackobama.com/commit
When I talked about change on the campaign, this is what I was talking about: coming together to solve a huge problem that has been troubling America for 100 years and standing up to the special interests to deliver a brighter, smarter future for generations to come.
I look forward to signing this historic reform into law. And when I do, it will be because your organizing played an essential role in making change possible.
Thank you,
President Barack Obama


Never have the American people been gifted such a pile of bullshite by a president, except for FDR's fulfillment of the progressive takeover of government from which we are still reeling. Not only do we have ObamaCare, but nationalization of banks and the auto industry; Porkulus; complicity with the global warming hoax; unparalleled deficits; astronomical, unfunded national debt; ceding of U.S. sovereignty to INTERPOL through unprecedented diplomatic immunity; hyperpartianship beyond even that during the Bush administration. And more.

But, Dear Leader, at what cost to you and your party? I am reminded of a perspicacious post by my colleague Van Helsing, soon after the 2008 election:

When the smoke clears, this will be a different country. Maybe it will be a totalitarian Marxist state, which is the explicit objective of the milieu that produced Obama. Maybe we'll just be given a hard shove further left, so that our standard of living is permanently lowered by crippling taxes, regulation, government dependency, and the inefficiency that inevitably results from nationalization.
Or maybe -- just maybe -- Americans will revolt.

I bow to your sagacity, o master. 2010. 2012. 2013.

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Memories.



So, This Law-Abiding Gun Owner Walks into a Starbucks...

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:23 PM

... and the Anti-Second Amendment left has a conniption fit. See, gun owners in open carry states have been displaying the unmitigated gall to... openly carry the weapons they are legally permitted to carry... into Starbucks. Starbucks, to its credit, as a matter of corporate policy, has taken no position on the issue, and has not barred gun owners from buying its over-priced coffee or crappy hipster CDs.

But, of course, the Anti-Second Amendment left cannot abide a policy of "if you don't like guns, don't carry them, but keep your hands and your laws off my Constitutional Right to Bear Arms." No sirree, Bob! The anti-gun zealots are demanding that Starbucks stop law abiding gun owners from exercising their rights.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, launched a petition drive demanding that the company "offer espresso shots, not gunshots" and declare its coffeehouses "gun-free zones." And Wednesday, that group planned to deliver 28,000 signatures to the coffee giant's headquarters in Seattle."They're putting their workers in harm's way by allowing people to carry guns into their stores, especially open carry," (an anti-gun nutjob spokesman) said.

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Please, don't shoot me, shoot the pretentious tool composing his "great novel" on his laptop.



Did Chavez Conspire With Terrorists to Kill Alvaro Uribe?

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:31 PM

Via The Foundry:

On March 1, Spanish prosecuting judge Eloy Velasco issued indictments against 12 terrorist members of the ETA, the chief Basque separatist/terrorist organization, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Both ETA and FARC are considered international terrorist organization in Europe and by the U.S.
The Spanish judge charged the 12 with conspiring to murder Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe, former president Andrés Pastrana, and other senior Colombian officials on Spanish soil. International arrest warrants were issued for all 12.
Judge Velasco wrote in the indictment: "There is evidence in this case which shows the Venezuelan government's cooperation in the illegal association between FARC and ETA."

Uribe is a staunch US ally who has shown impressive resolve in standing up to the Marxist narco-terrorists plaguing his country. As a reward, Dems have been holding up a free trade agreement with Colombia for years on end.

In a struggle between an American ally who defends economic freedom and a socialist thug, who do you suppose Comrade Obama will side with? Events in Honduras have already provided the answer.

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On tips from Byron and Mandible Claw.



From Corruption to Lunacy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:27 PM

Nancy Pelosi has replaced corruptocrat Charlie Rangel with deranged lunatic Fortney "Pete" Stark as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The 19-term Democrat has a penchant for making controversial remarks. In 2003, Stark challenged then Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) to a fight during a Ways and Means Committee hearing, calling him "a fruitcake." He also said in 2007 that President George W. Bush was amused by the heads of U.S. soldiers getting blown off. Pelosi condemned the remarks and Stark subsequently apologized on the House floor. Last summer, Stark called Blue Dog Democrats "brain dead."

Fortney's fiscal philosophy is
that the more debt we have, the wealthier we are as a country
. Fortney has also threatened to throw a reporter through a window, and responded to a question at a townhall by suggesting his willingness to pee on a constituent.

Of course, the juveniles at DailyKos love the guy.



Obama May Gut Nuclear Arsenal

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:28 PM

Wait no longer for Comrade Obama to respond to the overtly hostile terrorist regime in Iran having become a nuclear state.

President Barack Obama plans "dramatic reductions" in the country's nuclear arsenal, a senior US official said… A review of nuclear strategy underway "will point to dramatic reductions in the stockpile" … The review, due to be completed later this month, will also "point to a greater role for conventional weapons in deterrence" and rule out the need to develop low-yield "bunker-buster" nuclear weapons for penetrating underground targets, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Not only do our moonbat leaders want to reduce our stockpile of modern weapons, they want to tie our hands to make sure we don't use them.

Some of Obama's allies in Congress are pushing to change standing US policy that permits using nuclear weapons in response to a biological or chemical attack, even against a country without an atomic bomb.

As when he knifed Poland and the Czech Republic in the back by yanking away their promised missile defense, Chairman Zero will be getting nothing from our enemies in return for his concessions.

Hopefully this latest attempt to pander to his radical left-wing base will fizzle into the status quo, as with Zero's promises to hand terrorists a propaganda victory by closing Club Gitmo. Regardless, weakness has once again been telegraphed to our enemies.

On tips from Mandible Claw.



When Animal Rights Lawyers Attack

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:07 PM

The "A pig is a dog is a boy" crowd are up to their cruel and tragic shenanigans again. Wesley J Smith writing in NRO describes a referendum in Switzerland (normally, one of the less-batty Eurotopistanian countries) that would extend to animals the right to be represented in court by attorneys.

The real litigants, of course, would be animal-rights activists -- committed true believers who would use the raw power of litigation to force animal industries to their knees. Imagine the chaos: hundreds of animal lawyers, filing thousands of lawsuits, leading to hundreds of thousands of depositions, forcing industries to spend tens of millions of dollars on lawyers and legal costs defending their husbandry. No animal industry would be safe, and many would not survive.

Smith says the ultimate goal of the Animal Rights Left is to make animals equal to humans. Not quite true. Your average Animal Rights Activist goes ballistic at the thought of anyone eating eggs or veal, but also supports unrestricted "abortion rights."

South Park, of course, hilariously nailed the idiocy of Animal Rights Activists in the episode, Douche and Turd.

Hat Tip: Trickle Up Politics



Another Dem Bites the Dust: Eric Massa (D-New York)

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:23 PM

More rats are fleeing the sinking ship.

Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) is finished with Congress after a single term, he plans to announce in a press conference call today, sources confirm to Hotline OnCall.

Massa, a former top aide on the House Armed Services Committee and aide to ret. Gen. Wes Clark, will cite health reasons in his announcement, the New York Daily News, which broke the story, reported today, though Massa warned a source for the paper about "hearing things that aren't true," a seemingly veiled reference to embarrassing information that may emerge.

"Embarrassing information" might emerge? What could be more embarrassing than being a Democrat in the 111th Congress?

The GOP is excited about Corning Mayor Tom Reed (R), and without Massa on the ballot the party has an excellent shot to take back the seat [Randy] Kuhl held for 4 years. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) won the district by a 51%-48% margin, one of just 4 districts he won in the 29-district Empire State.

Nobody's counting chickens quite yet, but there sure are a lot fewer viable jackasses in view.

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This is starting to become insulting to legitimate jackasses.


Hat tip: NRO's Corner


UPDATE 14:53 EST/12:53 MBT: Turns out, according to Politico.com, Rep. Masa may have had a boy toy on staff.

According to several House aides - on both sides of the aisle - the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married with two children, sexually harassed a male staffer.
Asked about the sexual harassment allegations, Massa said: "When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I'll talk about it [later]."


On a grimy tip from Hail The Amberlamps!



Moonbat Tech: The HumanCar

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM

Ecomoonbats are closing in on the cutting edge technology seen in fictional Bedrock, which seems to have inspired their vision of utopia. Behold the HumanCar:

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No wait, that's not it. The real one isn't quite advanced enough to keep the rain out:

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Like the Flintstones' vehicle, the HumanCar runs on people power.

At first glance it might look a bit like an elongated pedal car for kids, but its designers are convinced the HumanCar Imagine PS is a serious player in the search for cleaner, greener ways to get around. The vehicle converts the rowing motion of the driver and any passengers into rotational thrust to charge a battery and power the vehicle in conjunction with an electric motor.
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Ecofriendliness and lots of exercise aren't the only advantages:

With much of the interest in the HumanCar focusing on the environmental and physical health advantages of the car, it's easy to overlook one of the side benefits — the social aspect. According to its developers the car engenders feelings of teamwork and social bonding amongst the occupants. After all, there's nothing like working together to forge some team spirit.

That's because everybody has to row for the car to keep running. Even while driving, a good liberal always remembers that it's not the individual that counts, but the collective.

Another benefit: the people behind you have all the time in the world to read your pro-Obama bumper stickers as you slow traffic to a crawl; the HumanCar "is limited to 25 mph."

It gets funnier:

The vehicles will be priced at US$15,500 each.

Unfortunately, the HumanCar still uses a battery, which as we know from Priuses makes for a great deal of environmental damage. But inspired by this conceptual breakthrough, Government Motors is taking the next step forward in green technology by eliminating the engine altogether. Here's the prototype:

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If no one wants to buy it, that's fine; Obama's union friends will get their lavish benefits regardless, courtesy of our taxes.

On a tip from Air2air.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:00 AM

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Compliments of Patriotic American.



The Kid in the Control Tower, What's the big deal?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:14 AM

The media and FAA bureaucrats are having conniption fits because an air traffic controller in at New York's JFK airport was heard conveying take off instructions to pilots.

I don't understand the hysteria.

Since when, in America, are we supposed to be upset when an inexperienced, unqualified person is placed into a position of great responsibility?

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At least the kid isn't running the economy into the ground and blowing up the National Debt.



Move Over Gore, Make Way for Lindsey Graham

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM

The Guardian, official mouthpiece of Britain's pointy-headed establishment Left, can't help but admit that the Nobel Prize-bedecked Al Gore is a figure of fun. Referring to the Goracle's recent desperate rant in the friendly New York Slimes, Guardian contributor Dan Kennedy (a Boston journalism professor) laments that Prince Albert

has not only spent his political capital, but is running a deficit. Mocked by the right every time he pops up, he is no longer in a position to convince anyone who isn't already convinced — especially when he writes for our most liberal daily newspaper.
It started, of course, with the vicious lies told about Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign, the most notorious of which was that he claimed to have "invented the internet" … the smear campaign that almost certainly cost Gore the presidency.

You don't get much more vicious than poking fun at a blowhard politician for indulging in excessive self-promotion. It's almost as mean as saying that skunks stink.

The hate stirred up by that effort has long since congealed into conventional wisdom. Now, whenever Gore speaks out on climate change, he is subjected to withering, fact-free scorn. It has its effect on those trying to figure out the truth. Go ahead. Feel the hate:
"Do you think of your breathing passages as spewing sh*t?" sneered Ann Althouse, referring to Gore's use of an "open sewer" metaphor.
Another rightwing blogger, Van Helsing, wrote that Gore had emerged "to demand totalitarian restrictions on economic activity in the name of a crisis that clearly does not exist".

That's right ecocommies, feel the hate! Here's some more:

And Andrew Breitbart's notorious Big Journalism site ran a commentary by Kyle-Anne Shiver, who said of Gore, "His life as a jet-setting, Nobel Peace Prize-sharing, Oscar-brandishing celebrity is on the line. Without the people's diehard faith in his religion of global warming, Al will be forced to trade his lifestyle of the mega-rich-and-famous for an ignominious and expensive defense of never-ending lawsuits brought by enraged sucker governments and private investors."

Not to worry, moonbats. Another hero has arisen to take up the burden of rescuing the polar bears from our freedom and prosperity:

But if Gore's effectiveness as a climate-change activist has expired, there is nevertheless reason to hope. Because there, in the same edition of the Sunday Times, just a few inches away, was columnist Tom Friedman's interview with the ghost of climate change present, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham—living proof that it is possible for a conservative Republican not only to be sane, but to work toward real solutions to actual problems.

Grahamnesty is praised for wanting to shut down Club Gitmo (which would be a big propaganda coup for Muslim terrorists and their liberal enablers), for backing racist radical Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, and most of all, for conspiring with the disgraceful Hanoi John Kerry to drive millions of jobs overseas in the name of the global warming hoax with Tax & Charade. They might also have mentioned his support for shamnesty, his denunciation of those who want our border defended as "bigots" who need to "shut up," his alliance with sinister hard left financier George Soros, the delight he took in Dems taking over the Senate, and his support for leaping toward communism by nationalizing banks.

With uncharacteristic understatement, the Guardian admits that Goober is "well to the left of many South Carolina Republicans." Fortunately, Tea Partiers are on to Graham; as is the Republican Party of Charleston. Less fortunately, there's nothing voters can do about him until 2014. Maybe he'll pull a Specter by then.

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Goober responds to enraged constituents, via the National Policy Institute.

On a tip from Floccinaucinihilipilificator.



$7 per Gallon Gas If Democrat Climate Change Goals Are Enacted

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:58 AM

Researchers at Harvard have determined that the best way to meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions would be to raise the price of gasoline to $7 a gallon.

To meet the Obama administration's targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.

Read the comments and see how many Progressive Leftists applaud the idea because it would force greedy right-wingers to "give up their SUVs." It never occurs to these numb-nuts that everything we eat, wear, and otherwise consume is transported by hydrocarbon powered vehicles. Also, remember what happened to the economy when fuel hit $4 a gallon? Good, now double it.

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"Fuel costs won't affect me because I drive a Pious. I'm just more progressive than you."



Theophobes Running Porn for Bibles Swap

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:10 AM

Theophobes (i.e. Militant Atheists) at the University of Texas at San Antonio are offering pornography to any student who turns in a Bible. They say they're trying to make some statement about the Bible being worse than pornography. (That "love thy neighbor as thyself" stuff really doesn't go well with a self-centered view of the universe.)

Doesn't a stunt like this make you totally believe they have become atheists out of a thoughtful conclusion that the preponderance of evidence weighs against the existence of a Deity, and not because they bear a childish grudge against people of faith?

Yeah, me neither.

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"We shall smash the skulls of the believers and eat their brains on our tummies!"



What is it with Democrats and Sex Offenders?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:03 AM

When Maryland, in a brief moment of sanity, elected a Republican governor, one of his acts was to create a Sexual Offender Advisory Board to advise the state on policies for dealing with creeps and perverts. That was in 2006. Then, Democrat Governor Martin O'Malley let the board sit empty for four years, until the election of 2010 came up, when he finally appointed people to the board.

Why would a Democrat Governor leave a Sex Offender Board completely vacant for four years, I think I have an idea.

So, yeah, naturally, a Democrat Governor isn't going to be that concerned with sex offenders. He'd probably have to arrest half of his caucus.

And some moonbat is out there right now thinking, "Yeah, but Mark Foley sent dirty text messages. That equals it out."

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"It's okay, little boy. I'm a Democrat."



Morning Brief #3: Get Your Colonial Cubits Now

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:21 AM

A website is offering painstakingly detailed replicas of Colonial Currency used in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica. I recommend you buy them, because at the rate Democrat Deficits are destroying the Treasury, they will soon be worth more than US Dollars.

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Morning Brief #2: Another MSDNC Host, Another Deranged Rant, No One Watches

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:10 AM

MSDNC is no longer a news network, it's no longer even a propaganda outfit, it's more like a lunatic asylum with TV cameras. Watch deranged leftist Dylan Ratigan's hyperventilating meltdown as he spits accusations about Tea Party people wanting to "Kill Blacks and Jews and women."

I am almost beginning to feel sorry for those people.



Morning Briefs for Wednesday Item 1: I Love Texas Republicans!!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:34 AM

Good Morning Patriots, Good Morning Hypocritical Name-Callers with Sob Stories,

First of all, Gratz to Governor Rick Perry for fending off a challenge from Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is not quite a RINO, but did support Amnesty and the TARP bailout. But what really lights my fire are the other ballot items that passed in the Republican Primary

Proposition #1, which would require Texas voters to provide valid photo identification passed with 93% of the vote.

Proposition #2, which would limit government budgets to the combined increase of population and inflation without voter approval passed with 92% of the vote.

Proposition #3 Cutting Federal Income Taxes passed with 93% of the vote.

Proposition #4 which would allow the use of the word 'God,' prayers and the Ten Commandments at public gatherings and public educational institutions, as well as be permitted on government buildings and property passed with 93% of the vote!

Proposition #5, which would require women to see a sonogram of their unborn baby before receiving an abortion passed with 69% of the vote.

Instead of Texas seceding, I'd prefer they just took over the rest of the country.

Yeeha!



Gov. Perry: "Conservatism Has Never Been Stronger"

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:24 AM

Old-guard Republican RINO Kay Bailey Hutchinson will not be in the running for Texas Governor. She has to crawl back to the Senate, ho hum. I just hope she doesn't do something rash. Indeed, I hope she actually listens to this fabulous primary victory speech by Gov. Rick Perry.



Hat tip: HotAirPundit



ACORN Affiliated DA Lets ACORN Off the Hook

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:00 AM

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles exposed ACORN offices across the nation as corrupt, willing facilitators of child trafficking and prostitution. The bad news: justice was not served in the Brooklyn ACORN case.

Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACORN of criminal wrongdoing after a four-month probe that began when undercover conservative activists filmed workers giving what appeared to be illegal advice on how to hide money.
"On Sept. 15, 2009, my office began an investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a one-paragraph statement issued Monday afternoon.

Sez DA Hynes:

"That investigation is now concluded and no criminality has been found."

The pathetic news: this non-justice was meted out by Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, who is endorsed by the ACORN/Working Families Party.

And, in pretty much anyone's book, endorsement by a political party equals membership therein. From Founding Bloggers:

Some people want to quibble about membership in ACORN and SEIU's Working Families Party, versus endorsement. This distinction doesn't hold water. When a candidate accepts the endorsement/nomination of a political party, they become a de facto member of that party. Do skeptics want to make the argument that Republican candidates are not Republicans? Or that Democrat candidates are not Democrats? If a candidate accepts the endorsement of the Working Families Party, and the Democrat Party, they are members of both parties.
The Working Families Party has never been shy about how stringent its endorsement process is. You have to seek the endorsement and make a commitment to the party.

ACORN owns President Obama, we already knew that. Just how many corrupt prosecutors and judges do they also own, who will similarly drop charges and dismiss cases that threaten ACORN in other jurisdictions?

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Hat tip: Big Government



March 2, 2010

Gutfeld Does Gore

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:00 PM


My colleagues VH and GoY have filleted Al Gore's silly little New York Times OpEd with the dexterity of the finest sushi chefs in Kyoto. The gnomish Greg Gutfeld and his intrepid panel pick up the scraps and nibble ravenously.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 PM

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On a tip from TED.



The Coffee Party Movement = Astroturf

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:49 PM

The PR Wing of the Democrat Party (a.k.a. the MSM) has been trying to hype the Coffee Party "phenomenon*" as the response of ordinary citizens to the Tea Party movement; people who just want to restore "civility" to political discourse and "work together" to solve our country's problems.

"We're not the opposite of the Tea Party," Coffee Party founder Annabel Park, 41, said. "We're a different model of civic participation, but in the end we may want some of the same things." .... Ms. Park and chapter organizers said they would invite Tea Party members to join their Coffee counterparts in discussions. "We need to roll up our sleeves, put our heads together and work it out," she said. "That's, to me, an American way of doing this."

But, guess what? The so-called "spontaneous" "grassroots" Coffee Party movement is all the work of an activist from the Obama campaign, who also worked for the New York Times.

(Annabel) Park is a former Strategy Analyst at the NY Times who was one of organizers and operators of the United for Obama video channel at YouTube. (During the 2008 campaign, Park was) in charge of creating video clips that are playing a role in increasing support for Senator Barack Obama, the frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

The Coffee Party is phony, the hype is phony, their stated goals are a lie to hide their real agenda ... in short, they are just a typical left-wing political organization.

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* And by "phenomenon" they mean a Facebook page.



Jim Bunning Demonized for Demanding Fiscal Responsibility

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:40 PM

Update and Bump: Senator Bunning's offices have received two bomb threats since the Democrats began attacking him. I doubt these threats are coming from the "violent radical teabaggers" the left has been warning about.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

The attacks on Senator Jim Bunning (R-TNKY) illustrate how the Demoncrats are not serious about fiscal responsibility. At all. Ever. Bunning has blocked the Senate from spending $10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion Dollars) to extend unemployment benefits until the Senate can pay for it by cutting other programs or raising taxes. i.e. Bunning wants the Senate to follow the Pay-as-you-go legislation the senate passed and the president signed last week.

For daring to insist that the Senate follow the law, Bunning is being demonized by the Democrats as insensitive to the unemployed. The MSM Democrats' PR Operation has dutifully complied with their marching orders, trotting out sob stories of unemployed people who will be hurt because Jim Bunning doesn't want to pile onto the debt.

It's not like cutting $10 Billion from other programs should be a problem. $10 Billion is a rounding error for the grossly exploded budgets of agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Department of Education. There's also unspent Stimulus spending that could be tasked. But Democrats balk at those suggestions. They just want to borrow and spend.

Speaking of unemployment, here's an interesting chart, courtesy of IMAO.

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Isn't interesting what happens to unemployment when the anti-business party is in power?



Olympic News

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:44 PM

Via I Hate the Media:

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On tips from Byron and Bill T.



Democrats to America: "You might wanna put some ice on that."

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:52 PM

A friend writes: When someone is trying to do something to someone else for his own gratification, and the person it's being done to says "No!" repeatedly and forcefully, but the first person insists on forcing them to do it anyway... isn't there a word for that? And isn't that exactly what the Democrats are doing to America, vis-a-vis health care?

I am not comfortable with this comparison. I don't want to be over-the-top, and I don't want to be emotional in a debate where the facts of the matter are on my side, but part of me asks if this really is an over-the-top comparison, or is it a fitting metaphor for current Democrat behavior?

The Democrats keep insisting that the American people "really want this," even though we say, firmly, that we don't. They ask if they can just stick socialism in a little bit to "see how it feels." They insist that we will enjoy it once we give into them. They tell us there's something wrong with us that we don't want it, "because all the other industrialized countries do." Does that language seem at all familiar?

They first tried to seduce us with promises, but when we refused to be seduced, their demeanor changed, and they began to discuss force. Democrats are even being pressured to advance health care to prove that they are not impotent. It's apparent, as they scheme toward reconciliation, that Democrats don't give a damn about consent of the governed, and just want to demonstrate that they have the power to do whatever they want to us.

The last thing I want to do is trivialize the most terrible thing that could happen to a woman the way leftists trivialized the Nazis with their Bush-Hitler meme. I'm very reluctant to use the metaphor for that reason. But part of me also says, if rape is a terrible thing to do to a woman, is it not also a terrible thing to do to a country?



Sea Ice Thickens Despite Goracle's Lies

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:31 PM

Global warming, the Hoax of the Century, has been coming apart at the seams. But as Al Gore bellows from the pages of the New York Times, you have to admit that arctic sea ice is melting away. Or do you?

According to the World Meteorological Organization, Arctic sea ice has increased by 19 percent since its minimum in 2007.

Time to fall back on the old "global warming makes it be cold" device.

On tips from Edward and Incitatus.



A Stupid Question

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:56 AM

NBC's latest fail:

On the heels of Netherlands speedskater Sven Kramer [arguably the best-known athlete in his country] taking the gold medal in the men's 5000m, the unidentified reporter says to Kramer, "I need you to say your name, your country and what you just won here."
Kramer's response? "Are you stupid? Hell no, I'm not gonna do that."

Are they stupid? If Kramer needed to ask, they must not get MSNBC in Holland.

On a tip from Lyle.



Smugmobile

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:12 AM

Smug Alert, via Tim Blair:

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On a tip from Torey.



It's *Your Fault* Obama Smokes!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:37 AM

The Huffington Post has figured out an explanation for why their flawless god still engages in the human failing of smoking tobacco, it's the Republicans fault. Obama only smokes because Republicans are blocking his agenda.

So, you see, when it comes to smoking, our god did not fail us, we failed him. We should feel horrible about ourselves, making Dear Reader smoke like that. (Even those of us who aren't Republicans, but oppose his agenda anyway.)

Newsweek agrees.

Has anyone noticed, BTW, that the country's rise in obesity as a health problem has tracked pretty well to the rise of anti-smoking regulations, smoking bans, massive tax increases on cigarettes? Just sayin'...

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Maybe it's not Republicans fault. Maybe Bammy is a victim of the pernicious tobacco companies and their subtle subliminal advertising.




Baby Survives Global Warming-Inspired Massacre

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:09 AM

Besides being a menace to our sovereignty, our liberty, and our standard of living, the discredited global warming hoax is also a threat to those at the mercy of unstable moonbats gullible enough to take the farce seriously. From Argentina, a once prosperous country destroyed by moonbattery:

A seven-month-old baby girl survived three days alone with a bullet in her chest beside the bodies of her parents and toddler brother.
Argentines Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their children before killing themselves after making an apparent suicide pact over fears about global warming.

Good thing grade school kids don't often commit suicide, or the hysterical lies they're taught in school would have them offing themselves in droves.

On a tip from John H.



Tea Partiers Go After Lindsey Grahamnesty

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:57 AM

The Democrat Party drove itself off a cliff by throwing itself behind impatient radicals like Comrade Obama and Nasty Pelosi. If its desperate attack on the healthcare system plunges harmlessly into the sea like an incompetent kamikaze falling short of the battleship, the most serious threat to our liberty and standard of living may not be Dems, but RINO Republicans, who stand ready to snatch up the progressive banner the moment the jackass party lets it fall. Fortunately, Tea Partiers are aware of the threat.

Tea Party activists primarily oppose Democrats but also have targeted Republicans such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah.
On Saturday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was in the crosshairs.
About 100 people demonstrated outside Graham's office in downtown Greenville, chanting "No cap and trade."
The demonstration comes at a time when indications are cap and trade might not be included if and when the Senate passes an energy bill.

But…

Graham is working with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass, and Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman on climate legislation separate from other bills that center on cap and trade.

Tax & Charade would be a death blow to the economy, driving jobs overseas by the millions. The justification for it — global warming — is now widely known to be a hoax. Anyone in the government supporting this monstrous scheme must be removed from office at the soonest opportunity, regardless of party.

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Tea Partiers transcend party.

On a tip from Oiao.



What Ever Happened to the Hope Boy? (O.T.P.)

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:22 AM

Talk about support for Dear Leader Hopeychange eroding on the left. Bust out with this buck new hit, written just for those newly (or nearly) freed from the Obamanation nanobot infection.

Usually I can't stand teh rap. I guess it depends on teh message -- in this case, One Term President works just fine for me.

On a dope tip from TED.



Comrade Obama Told to Lay Off the Drinking and Smoking

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM

If you don't think it's alarming that the President of the United States is a left-wing community organizer with no serious qualifications who has spent his entire life surrounded by anti-American communist nutjobs, what if you were to learn that the president is a left-wing community organizer with no serious qualifications who has spent his entire life surrounded by anti-American communist nutjobs and who has a drinking problem?

Barack Obama should not only try harder to kick his smoking habit, his team of doctors warned, but they also recommended 'moderation of alcohol intake'.

It's not as if voters weren't warned in advance that the Anointed One is prone to substance abuse. Here's Chairman Zero describing his own habits in one of his pre-accomplishment memoirs:

Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow [cocaine] when you could afford it. Not smack [heroin] though.

Regarding the doc's advice that Zero stop smoking…

Last year Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The law allows the Food and Drug Administration to reduce nicotine in tobacco products, ban sweet flavourings and block labels such 'low tar' and 'light.'

Also to be filed under H for Hypocrisy, from nearly a year ago:

One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday.
The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise not to raise taxes of any kind on families earning under $250,000 or individuals under $200,000.
This is one tax that disproportionately affects the poor, who are more likely to smoke than the rich.
To be sure, Obama's tax promises in last year's campaign were most often made in the context of income taxes. Not always.
"I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

But smoking is bad, so Big Government must discourage us from doing it. New taxes on alcohol, "blow," and reading lies off teleprompters soon to follow. Not smack though.

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Compliments of Ruth.

On a tip from Nancz.



Support for Obama Erodes Even on the Left

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:48 AM

W's approval rating did not crash through the floor — rendering him ineffective as a president — because liberals didn't like him. They had hated him from the start for denying Prince Albert the crown. It all came crashing down for Bush when his own conservative base turned against him due to his big spending ways. Likewise, Comrade Obama is going into a tailspin as the radical left grows impatient because he hasn't yet reduced America to a smoldering ruin.

You know Chairman Zero is in hot water when the Daddy Warbucks of the radical left starts turning lukewarm. George Soros bizarrely praised Obama for showing that he had "gotten the message" following Scott Brown's election by doubling down on healthcare nationalization, opposition to which allowed Brown's stunning upset. But he's annoyed that the community activist has not yet nationalized banks.

Representing another crucial money base, Tinseltown twerp Matt Damon says he's "disappointed" in our man-child president for not surrendering to the Taliban.

Calling for Obama to "Go Chicago-Style" (i.e., become even more heavy-handed) to ram through socialized medicine, lefty yapper Al Hunt admits that failure to seize control of the healthcare industry will be an unmitigated disaster for Dems, and that

Obama is going to have a daunting challenge to win a majority in both houses, especially since there is bad blood between Democrats in the two chambers and growing resentment of the White House.

That growing resentment is springing up everywhere. If it ever reaches the mainstream media, the Chairman Zero is finished.

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Not even Matt Damon is happy with the Moonbat Messiah.

On tips from Incitatus and Pomalom.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:06 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Reconciliation, the Constitution, and Unchecked Power

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:10 AM

Ever try using a tool for something it was absolutely not designed to do -- like, opening a can of chili with a chainsaw? It just doesn't work well and makes quite a mess afterward, maybe even leaves you with stumps instead of fingers. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch explains just why the use of "reconciliation" by the Democrats to pass that abominable ObamaCare-ReidCare-PelosiCare bill is a similar error in judgment.

This use of reconciliation to jam through this legislation, against the will of the American people, would be unprecedented in scope. And the havoc wrought would threaten our system of checks and balances, corrode the legislative process, degrade our system of government and damage the prospects of bipartisanship.

Hatch explains with concise examples the uses for which reconciliation was designed and also shares with us a little history on how it has been traditionally used with bipartisan support. Several prominent Democrats not too long ago came out against misuse of this tactic.

Less than a year ago, the longest-serving member of the Senate, West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd, said, "I was one of the authors of the legislation that created the budget 'reconciliation' process in 1974, and I am certain that putting health-care reform . . . legislation on a freight train through Congress is an outrage that must be resisted." Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, also a Democrat, said last March, "I don't believe reconciliation was ever intended for the purpose of writing this kind of substantive reform legislation." They are both right.
Rejected at first by a majority of senators as an inappropriate way to pass health care, reconciliation was revived after Scott Brown's Senate victory in January. Confronted with the inconvenient truth of an electoral rebuke, the president is pivoting to this tactic that polls show a growing majority of the American people oppose. Some of my colleagues, and others, have wrongly argued that using reconciliation to change only parts of this enormously unpopular bill would not be an abuse of the process. But if the only way to pass this $2.5 trillion bill is through reconciliation, then this continues to be an abuse that stifles dissent and badly undermines our constitutional checks and balances.

And, don't let Harry Reid's lies or Dear Leader's mendacity fool you: Obama and his Democrat drones have been considering reconciliation as a tactic to ram through health care reform since April 2009.

But that's the ticket, isn't it? For this healthcare monstrosity, "reconciliation" (which, if you think about it, is a famously Newspeak term for what the Democrats are about to do with it--especially during Lent) obliterates Senate rules and tradition, not to mention the Constitution. But the progressives are all about "progressing" away from rules, from tradition, and from our Constitution, don't you see. Most egregiously, they are "progressing" away from the will of We the People and toward an unapologetic power grab.

Die-hard liberals are famous of late for strutting around, thumbing their noses, and chanting "elections mean something!" Why yes, they do. We saw this in November 2009 and January 2010. And a bunch of progressive liberal congressfolk will learn this lesson again, come November 2010.

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Image courtesy of Cartoons by Henry.



Hugo, You Crazy Nut

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM

Venezuelan Strongman Hugo "Chunky" Chavez is still pushing the idea that the Haitian earthquake was the result of the United States's secret 'Earthquake Weapon.'

What's more, the site says, the cataclysmic ruin in Haiti was only a test run for much bigger game: the coming showdown with Iran.
The ultimate goal of the test attack in Haiti, the report reads, is the United States' "planned destruction of Iran through a series of earthquakes designed to topple the current Islamic regime."

Unfortunately, the only mad scientists the USA actually has are too busy trying to figure out how to "hide the decline" and get more "Climate Change Study" grants to develop secret earthquake weapons.

Chunky is also still claiming that the relief sent to Hait from the USA is actually cover for an invasion force, because the greedy American imperialists covet Haiti's oil, strategic minerals, sugar, festive hats...

I'm sorry... what exactly are we supposed to be invading Haiti to get?
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Your extra-large bed awaits, Sr. Presidente.



Al Gore in Denial Over the Death of Manbearpig

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:20 AM

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Manbearpig is dead, and Al Gore isn't coping well. The Guy-Who-Lost-to-GWBush is stuck in the denial stage of the grieving process. He just wrote a lengthy editorial claiming that Manbearpig is still alive.

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

For most of us, it is, Al. Of course, most of us didn't stand to make billions in the carbon trading scam you were trying to set up.

We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.

Maybe you should worry about getting your own youngun's off drugs before you lecture the rest of us about our grandchildren, Al.

I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion.

See, wishes can come true!

But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Specifically, the "two mistakes" were 1. Completely making up climate data and 2. Lying about it.

In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skeptics may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.

And by "may not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law" he means they were planning to destroy the data rather than let anyone see it. (This is like saying the 9-11 Terrorists did not adequately follow FAA regulations.)

[E]ven though climate deniers have speciously argued for several years that there has been no warming in the last decade, scientists confirmed last month that the last 10 years were the hottest decade since modern records have been kept.

Actually, your own "climate scientists" are saying there's been no global warming in the last 15 years.

Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting

It's called "Spring," Al.

China, now the world's largest and fastest-growing source of global-warming pollution, had privately signaled early last year that if the United States passed meaningful legislation, it would join in serious efforts to produce an effective treaty.

It's cute that you believe that, Al.

After pounding on Manbearpig's chest for the first half of the editorial screaming, "Live, Dammit, Live, You never backed down from anything in your life! Now fight! Fight! Fight!" Al begins looking around for someone to blame and, surprise-surprise, Manbearpig's murderer is... Capitalism, in the media, with a bag of money.

This period of market triumphalism coincided with confirmation by scientists that earlier fears about global warming had been grossly understated. But by then, the political context in which this debate took form was tilted heavily toward the views of market fundamentalists, who fought to weaken existing constraints and scoffed at the possibility that global constraints would be needed to halt the dangerous dumping of global-warming pollution into the atmosphere.
Changes in America's political system -- including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication -- conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic. Their most consistent theme is to label as "socialist" any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace.

It's sad to think of Al Gore walking through one of his enormous mansions, or sulking on one of his private jets, or sobbing in the back seat of his gigantic SUV as his motorcade makes its way to another climate conference, clutching his Nobel and crying, "I'm super cereal! Nobody will listen to me but I'm cereal!"

Ok, maybe not that sad...



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item 3: Airstrip One Declares WiFi a Thoughtcrime

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:06 AM

On Airstrip 1, the Government is banning public WiFi hotspots, purportedly out of the fear that someone might use one to download copyrighted material.



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item 2: WalMart Beats Whole Paycheck

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:02 AM

Maybe us hicks in our pick-up trucks aren't as dumb as yupster libruls make us out to be.

Walmart Bests Whole Foods in Blind Taste Tests
In a series of blind taste tests performed by The Atlantic's Corby Kummer, he found, to his surprise, that much of Walmart's new locally-grown fruits and vegetables taste just as good as (and sometimes better than) what you'll find at higher end stores like Whole Foods, but at a far better price.

I'm not a fan of WalMart, but I have to laugh at how willing hipster progressives are to part with money, just for the sake of status.

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Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item 1: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:00 AM

Good Morning Patriotic Wingnuts, Good Morning Post-Modern Leftist Trendies,

The New York City Public Schools paid one educrat almost $200,000 last year. Her job? Determining what foods were acceptable for children to sell at fundraisers.



March 1, 2010

Democrats Eating Their Own, Razorback Edition

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:10 PM

MoveOn.org is pissed. Pissed at Arkansas Senator Blanche "Toast" Lincoln. You see, she's almost as bad as a Nazi Republican. From a recent email campaign:

She promised to filibuster any health care bill that included a public option after taking more than $866,000 from insurance and HMO interests. She's the #1 recipient of campaign contributions from Big Oil in the last year, and now she's sponsoring a bill to roll back the Clean Air Act. And she accepted more than $1.3 million over her career from Wall Street banks and financial interests, and then voted to kill legislation that would've allowed struggling homeowners to renegotiate their mortgages and stay in their homes.

Eeeewwww. So, MoveOn wants to support her progressive new opponent in the primaries: Bill Halter, lieutenant governor of Arkansas. Their pitch:

Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln is one of the worst Democrats in Washington. But she's raised enormous sums from corporate interests and has $5 million in the bank--so Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, who's challenging her in the Democratic primary, needs overwhelming support from grassroots progressives across the country to wage an effective campaign.

In an environment where liberal progressives in Congress are being lead to the slaughter come November 2010, MoveOn's brilliant thinking types want to place on the Arkansas ticket a liberal progressive candidate. Mmmm. Sounds good. In fact, maybe this is an instance for a little mischief. Are you willing to send a few bucks to Bill Halter, to try and sneak a fabulously crushable liberal Democrat on the ballot in the Razorback State?

But wait - there's already a fabulously crushable liberal Democrat on the ballot in the Razorback State.

For incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln, the opponents are interchangeable at this point in her bid for reelection in Arkansas. New Rasmussen Reports polling in the state finds her stuck in the mid-30s against any of five Republican opponents.
Her GOP rivals, including Congressman John Boozman who is expected to enter the race on Saturday, all earn roughly 50% of the vote against the two-term Democrat.

Something tells me that a "real progressive" Democrat would poll in the, ohidunno, mid-teens?

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Blanche will get butter and jam, from both sides of the political spectrum.


On a spreadable tip from Bergbiker.



Moonbat in Boxer Shorts Commandeers City Council Meeting

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:10 PM

If you feel like taking over the podium at a city council meeting in your underwear and refusing to leave, make sure you do it in a moonbat haven like Boulder, where such behavior is expected:

Authorities won't prosecute a man who addressed the Boulder City Council while wearing only boxer shorts and who was arrested after police alleged he refused to leave the podium.
The Boulder City Attorney's office said Friday the officer had probable cause to arrest 43-year-old Seth Brigham. But officials say there was also confusion during the meeting two weeks ago about what is the proper procedure for asking someone to leave.

The authorities won't prosecute Brigham, who was trying to express something to do with the criminalization of nudity. One of the council members frets that the seminaked moonbat's free-speech rights were violated.

On a tip from Graycat.



Dr. Anthrax, Another Maniac Obamunist

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:06 PM

If only Match.com had hooked up Amy Bishop with Bruce Ivins, aka Dr. Anthrax, both might have been too busy gazing longingly into each other's glassy eyes to kill anybody. Via Smoking Gun, a profile in moonbattery:

After the Department of Justice last month formally closed its probe of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the FBI released the first batch of documents detailing the years-long investigation that ended with officials concluding that Bruce Ivins, a government scientist who committed suicide in July 2008, was responsible for the mailings that killed five victims. The records, released pursuant to Freedom of Information Act requests, portray Ivins as becoming increasingly unhinged as it became clear that he was the principal target of the FBI's "Amerithrax" probe.
[…Ivins] noted that agents searching his basement would find a "bag of material that he uses to 'cross-dress,'" according to an interview report. … Three months before his suicide, surveillance agents sifted through trash Ivins left at his curb and discovered that the beleaguered scientist was disposing of pornographic magazines, fetish titles, and 15 pairs of stained women's panties.

His political views were no less perverse:

In a July 2008 e-mail, Ivins wrote that "Dick Cheney scares me. The Patriot Act is so unconstitutional it's not even funny." He added, "I'm voting for Obama!"

But Ivins never cast that vote for Hopey Change, choosing to snuff himself that same month. Unfortunately for America, all too many others shared his point of view.

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Bruce Ivins: One less vote for Chairman Zero.

On tips from Incitatus, Nancz, and Mr Evilwrench.



Unemployed Form Union

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:37 AM

Great news for liberals from the progressive fever swamp known as AlterNet — just because you don't even pretend to do any work doesn't mean you can't join a union:

[A] union for the unemployed has come into existence through an ingenious grassroots organizing campaign. In case you haven't heard about it, the union's name is "UR Union of the Unemployed" or its nickname, "UCubed" …
The idea is that if millions of jobless join together and act as an organization, they are more likely to get Congress and the White House to provide the jobs that are urgently needed. They can also apply pressure for health insurance coverage, unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits and food stamps.

Normally, unions refuse to work when their demands aren't met. But since UCubed members don't have jobs, if Big Government declines to shower them with the free handouts they demand, they'll have to strike by refusing not to work. The strategy is likely to succeed, considering that if there's one thing our government cannot abide, it's productive activity; every tax and most every law seem designed to put a stop to it.

On a tip from Forest.



Manbearpig Inspires Murder-Suicide

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:36 AM

Two Argentinian moonbats --- who could not bear the thought of living in a world that might be a fraction of a degree warmer by the end of the century --- apparently committed murder suicide, murdering their two-year-old son and shooting their 7 month old daughter in the chest before killing themselves

The baby was discovered with a bullet casing in her chest and covered with blood by police in the Argentinean city of Goya, near the bodies of her parents and 2-year-old brother, the Latin American Herald reported Saturday.
A letter was found on a table expressing the couple's anger at the government for not responding to the environmental crisis..

I'm not so much upset about the parents, they were fools. But making the children victims of their deranged environmentalism... well, that's just plain evil.

Question: If Bill O'Reilly is responsible for the death of George Tiller, doesn't that make Al Gore responsible for the deaths of Francisco Lotero and Miriam Coletti and their two-year-old son?

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Moonbats, off yourselves all you want, but don't take it out on the kinder.



Obama's Little Immoderation Situation

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:52 AM

So, Obama's health score was pretty darn good. Gven the alternatives to the presidency should anything happen to Dear Leader, is smashingly good news. There were those little matters about the smoke and the drink, however. Our friends at the DU are a little freaked, of course, and have the warning out to the Obots.

The RW blogs have already picked up on this so 'hang on'...:

Not to worry, DU. I see no reason to comment on Chairman Zero's habitual indescretions with cigarettes and alcohol ("let those without sin" and all that) other than to say that (a) they just make him all the more, er, human, and (2) I sure wish that I knew which brand of "nicotine replacement" he uses, I'd be buying that pharma stock by the carton.

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The Goracle's Last Stand

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:35 AM

Even as the global warming hoax tumbles in ruins around him, Al Gore has climbed atop the soapbox provided by his fellow leftist ideologues at the New York Times to demand totalitarian restrictions on economic activity in the name of a crisis that clearly does not exist — and to blame America and Fox News for the destruction of the planet that will ensue if we do not obey his decrees. Guard your monitor from flecks of spittle — here he goes:

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.

Pushing cartoonish hyperbole past the point of self-parody has made The Goracle an extremely rich moonbat; why should he stop now?

Of course, we would still need to deal with the national security risks of our growing dependence on a global oil market dominated by dwindling reserves in the most unstable region of the world, and the economic risks of sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year overseas in return for that oil.

Thanks, Al, for explaining why we need to stand up to the Sierra Club and the party it owns (yours) and drill our own oil.

But what a burden would be lifted! We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.

That's a legitimate concern — provided he's talking about the deficit. But no, he's still trying to prop up the imaginary global warming crisis, which allegedly

is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer.

Since we've been dumping life-sustaining CO2 into the atmosphere as if it were an open sewer for the past century, you'd think it would have gotten warmer in that time. Yet even Prince Albert's soapbox admits that it has not:

After examining climate data extending back nearly 100 years, a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperatures or rainfall in the United States over that entire period.

But back in The Goracle's profitable alternate reality, the world is still doomed; naturally, it's America's fault.

Because the world still relies on leadership from the United States, the failure by the Senate to pass legislation intended to cap American emissions before the Copenhagen meeting guaranteed that the outcome would fall far short of even the minimum needed to build momentum toward a meaningful solution.

Specifically, it's the fault of our economic freedom:

The decisive victory of democratic capitalism over communism in the 1990s led to a period of philosophical dominance for market economics worldwide and the illusion of a unipolar world. It also led, in the United States, to a hubristic "bubble" of market fundamentalism that encouraged opponents of regulatory constraints to mount an aggressive effort to [quack quack quack…] the political context in which this debate took form was tilted heavily toward the views of market fundamentalists, who fought to [quack quack quack…]

The planet's impending doom is also the fault of Fox News:

Simultaneously, changes in America's political system — including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication — conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic. Their most consistent theme is to label as "socialist" any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace.

Showmen masquerading as political thinkers are an awful blight — almost as bad as demagogic conmen posing as scientific thinkers. How dare entertaining figures like Glenn Beck encourage the unwashed masses to read books and think! Now we've got peasants who realize that left-wing attempts to destroy the free market system are socialist.

The Goracle transcends the mere greed and lust for power that are his most conspicuous characteristics. There's no need to await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, with Al here to redeem the human race. Being a liberal, he will naturally accomplish this through government coercion:

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.

There's only one thought more horrifying than this messianic moonbat almost having become president: what we have now isn't any better.

At least Prince Albert was named right. As noted at the Wolf Files, algor mortis means "The cooling of the body that follows death." Right now we're experiencing algor mundus, the cooling of the world that follows the complete collapse of the global warming hoax.

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The Goracle promises redemption through coercion.

On tips from Oiao, Zappatrust, and Incitatus. Hat tip: NewsBusters.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:15 AM

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Countermoonbat Quote Cache

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM

John Hawkins of Right Wing News, Linkiest, and Viral Footage has just launched another winner: Self Help Quotes, a bonanza of witticisms perfect for pricking moonbats' bubbles of delusion.

Here's H.L. Mencken from beyond the grave on the current global warming and healthcare crises:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Ronaldus Magnus's classic description of the Big Government approach to the economy:

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ann Coulter helps explain why Democrats have managed to alienate most of the country:

Democrats couldn't care less if people in Indiana hate them. But if Europeans curl their lips, liberals can't look at themselves in the mirror.

There are even quotes to inspire liberals, like this one from Bertrand Russell:

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.

Stop by the site and collect some ammo. But be warned: once you start reading, it's hard to stop.



May I Ask a Question?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:55 AM

Polling shows that all of the three current versions of ObamaCare are horrendously unpopular with the American people. The lefties have been trained to parrot the talking point that the reason the bills are unpopular is because there is no "public option," i.e. no massive, taxpayer-subsidized, bureaucratic, government-run health care option like Medicare on Steroids.

So here is my question: If the "public option" is so super-duper-popular, why don't Nancy, Harry, and Barry stick it in their bills? Heck, if it's so popular, why not junk everything else in the bill and just go with Medicare on Steroids?

The Democrats aren't just sure their bill is popular, they're H.I.V. positive.



Is That Obama's Waterloo on the Horizon?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:55 AM

Champion Countermoonbat Rep. Paul Ryan assesses Pelosi's chances for ramming ObamaCare up the collective rectum of the American people.

Never say never. Rightly, he does recognize Pelosi's amazing powers of persuasion. However, that Cap and Trade vote was way back before the steam pipes blew for the American people, and who feels the heat more than the House of Representatiaves every two years.

Meanwhile, Pelosi insists in true Doublespeak fashion that one can have bipartisnship without having bipartisanhip.

The fat lady is far from taking the stage, but she's certainly warming up with scales in her dressing room. If she doesn't make it to the stage, expect the audience to riot bigtime.


Hat tip: Breitbart.TV.



Mornig Brief Item 3: PETA Is as Racist as Keef Olbermann

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:48 AM

After consulting with their lawyers, the scam-artists at PETA have decided not to launch a campaign for spaying and neutering pets featuring Tiger Woods.

PETA previously announced it would erect a billboard in Windermere -- near Woods' home -- with his picture and the words: "Too much sex can be a bad thing ... Always spay or neuter."

You can imagine the outcry from the moonbat left if anyone on the right had used a black man as an example of an animal that should be neutered.

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Morning Brief Item 2: NBC Looking to Can Olbermann?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:51 AM

Probably not, but rumors are afoot that the left's favorite deranged news anchor may have crossed a line when he went on a deranged rant against Dan Abrams, describing him as a disgruntled employee who was fired by NBC. Problem is, Abrams still works for NBC. (Olby must have been absent on the day they taught fact-checking at the Cornell Cow College J-School.) Also:

Keith the Stalker has not been able to get out of his ratings slump for almost a year, and his bizarre personal behavior has begun to worry some NBC execs. Nobody knows when or if he will actually even show up to host his own show for one thing.

If race-obsessed Olby were sh-tcanned and replaced with an African-American host --- Van Jones, for example --- that would be so delicious it would have to be fattening.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item 1: Tu Quoque

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:41 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Narcissistic Canadian Harridans Teaching Womyn's Studies,

Ed Driscoll has a most agreeable essay in which he (and Jonah Goldberg) dismantles the second favorite argument of our moonbat trolls (the first being, "you guys are racist idiots with no education and low-end menial jobs.") This would be the "Tu Quoque" argument, as in, "You can't complain about Obama's deficits since Bush ran deficits, too." It is a hardwired component of left-wing argument since they prefer to attack the person, rather than the person's argument. But it is, of course, fallacious. Enormous deficits are bad, even if the party you favor is running them up. Just like molesting young boys is still wrong, even if the Safe Schools Czar and the Mayor of Portland say it is; not that they would ever say that, of course.

It would make things more interesting if the leftist trolls could defend their moonbat beliefs instead of playing "tu quoque," or name-calling. (Yeah, we do some of those too, but unlike the left, it's not the only way we argue; for us it's more like the dessert after a balanced meal of facts, philosophy, and logic.) Then again, most of the things they favor are pretty much indefensible, so maybe tu quoque and name-calling is all they got.



Governor Moonbeam Still a Socialist Clown

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:39 AM

A few years back, California enacted the USA's most Draconian environmental laws (AB 32) aimed at limiting the life-sustaining gas CO2 in the name of the now-discredited Theory of Global Warming. It is estimated that AB 32 will cost California 1,000,000 jobs, devastate food production in key agricultural regions (see also, Delta Smelt) and do absolutely nothing to improve the environment.

Some sensible Californians put forth a commonsense ballot initiative that would suspend AB 32 until the state's double-digit unemployment fell below 5.5%. Not as good as a full repeal, but a step in the right, commonsense, direction.

But, Attorney General Jerry "Governor Moonbeam" Brown stripped the "California Jobs Initiative" of its title and replaced it with something that makes it sounds like a bad Simpsons' joke. (And lately, is there any other kind?)

On 03 February 2010, (The California Jobs Initiative) was renamed by Attorney General Jerry Brown to: SUSPENDS AIR POLLUTION CONTROL LAWS REQUIRING MAJOR POLLUTERS TO REPORT AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING UNTIL UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS BELOW SPECIFIED LEVEL FOR FULL YEAR. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Fantastic. We've got Jimmy Carter 2.0 in the White House, and now another failed seventies politician is making a comeback. What a country! At least no one tried to scam trillions off the killer bee scare.

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Couldn't we just have Erik Estrada instead?

Hat Tip: Sondra K