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May 31, 2010

Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:47 AM

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On a tip from TED.



Moonbats Feed Wisconsin to the Wolves

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:23 AM

Somewhere in the back of our minds is an ancestral memory of huddling around the fire in terror as wolves howl and creep closer through the darkness — or is that a premonition of the future moonbats have planned for us? In Wisconsin, it's already coming true:

David Schoone, a farmer in this lush region of northern Wisconsin, says a lone gray wolf sneaked up on his school-age daughter three years ago as she bounced on a trampoline in his backyard.
More recently, Mr. Schoone was chased into his pickup truck by a wolf, and his cousin's wife had to run from two wolves that descended on her from opposite sides of a shed. This month, he lost two young steer to wolves.

Wolves have also been killing and eating people's dogs, and so many deer that it is ruining the tourist industry in an area that relies on visiting hunters. People are often stalked. It's only a matter of time until a little kid ends up on the menu.

Why do 21st century Americans have to live in terror of wolves as if the clock had been turned back thousands of years? Because our moonbat rulers have placed wolves on the Endangered Species List, and won't take them off, despite their burgeoning numbers and pleas for sanity even from the US Fish and Wildlife service.

According to moonbats, farmers can spare some of their livestock, and having wolves skulking and licking their chops in people's backyards restores the natural balance. The wolves actually have advocates, like Human Society president Wayne Pacelle, who denounces sadists who would be mean enough to shoot the cuddly carnivores.

At least when cavemen crouched around the fire that kept the encroaching wolves at bay, they didn't have to worry that someone from the government would come and stamp out the flames on behalf of lunatic activists.

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Any enemy of humanity has a friend in moonbats.

On a tip from Varla.



One More Video Tribute

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 AM

Because there could never be too many:

Via Common Cents.



Comrade Obama Discusses Memorial Day Plans With Advisor Bono

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 AM

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On a tip from TED.



Tribute to Our Troops

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 AM

Moving words from Col. Oliver North:

On a tip from x101ABNDevil.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Ray Sorensen

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM

Memorial Day is a suitable time to tip your hat to Ray Sorensen, who turned a graffiti-stained rock into a tribute to our troops:

On a tip from Oiao.



Memorial Day Brief

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM

Sondra K has a good memorial day photo spread that will bring a tear to a patriot's eye, and a recount of one moonbat comment that will make a patriot's blood boil.



Broken News: Israeli Commandos Raid Ship of Tools

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:34 AM

At least 10 Jew-Haters and Moonbats are dead after the Israeli military raided one or more of the ships carrying "Humanitarian Aid" (Wink) to the Terrorist-Run Gaza Strip. Here is the story from both sides:

The Israelis say that the ships refused to respond to multiple radio communications and refused to divert to the harbor at Ashkalon for cargo inspection; that their commandos were attacked with live fire, clubs, and metal rods upon boarding one of the ships; and that the commandos only fired after one of the activists grabbed a weapon from one of the commandos. Four commandos were injured.

The Palestinians say the Israeli commandos --- blood dripping from their fangs --- opened fire for absolutely no reason while the activists were playing with puppies and singing "Kum Bye Yah," killing at least 14 of them. Then, the Israelis laughed and stomped on the puppies.

I am certain the Palestinians and their allies are absolutely delighted by this propaganda coup. Whatever the truth is, one thing is certain... Israel will receive far more international condemnation for this than North Korea did after deliberately torpedoing a South Korean ship in South Korean waters and murdering 46 South Korean Sailors.

Hat Tip: The Jawa Report

Also Check Out: Doug Ross has more details and suggests the violence from the Palestinians may have been part of a plan to take Israeli soldiers hostage.



May 30, 2010

Mike Moran Still Opposed to Enforcing Immigration Law

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:59 PM

It takes more than being rear-ended by a drunken illegal alien driving 60 mph who afterwards laughs at the idea of having to take responsibility for his behavior to ram sense into a Taxachusetts liberal like State Rep. Mike Moran:

It was all a misunderstanding; Naranjo was only wearing mariachi pants, not the whole outfit.

Any moonbat who tells you liberal policies are "pro-immigrant," when they only favor illegal immigrants at the expense of legal immigrants and all other Americans, owes you an apology for insulting your intelligence — although in the case of Mike Moron, the voters may owe themselves an apology for electing someone dumb enough to believe it.

On a tip from Henry.



Lending Merry-Go-Round

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:44 PM

Round and round, round we go. Where we stop, only Beijing knows…

…unless moonbat economics manages to pull down the ChiComs too:

On a tip from Stormfax.



What Congress Has Been Doing Instead of Passing a Budget

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:32 PM

Defending the country from foreign invasion isn't the only fundamental duty our moonbat overlords in Washington have been willfully neglecting. But who can blame them for not passing a budget, when they have so many more important items on their agenda?

Much as I like Sam Houston and beer, I would like a responsible, competent government even better.

On a tip from Kate.



May 29, 2010

Eternal Salvation as a Government Entitlement

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:40 PM

If liberals have their way, Christianity will be ushered into oblivion by a leftist fifth column opposed to its fundamental precepts. Rowan Williams has enthusiastically embraced this role as head of the moribund Church of England. Closer to home, we have Obama's commie "spiritual advisor" Jim Wallis, who at least keeps us amused with the shamelessness of his hypocrisy. Here he is on Stephanie Miller's moonbat radio show, denouncing libertarians as "un-Christian" for not embracing government intrusion, right before declaring that "you can't challenge people's … faith because they disagree with you on a policy option."

So much for the notion that free will has anything to do with Christianity. But Willis's point of view has the advantage that after his conception of virtue is mandated by an all-powerful government, we will all be virtuous whether or not we even want to be, making salvation a federal entitlement.

On a tip from Milton. Via Breitbart.tv.



Rush's 10 Questions for Comrade Obama

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:28 PM

If you thought the Moonbat Messiah's first press conference in 308 days was a disaster, imagine how badly it would have gone for our historic First Adolescent President if Rush Limbaugh had been on hand to ask questions:

No wonder B. Hussein has been making appointments likely to find ways to shut Rush up.

On a tip from Edward. Via Breitbart.tv.



Refugees From Communism React With Horror to Moonbats

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:03 AM

When Comrade Obama recently blew off his duties so as to attend a ritzy fundraiser for Barbara Boxer in San Francisco, he was greeted by two kinds of protestors: Tea Party patriots and members of his base who are impatient because he hasn't shoved us into communism quickly enough. Some of the former have experience with Hopey Change, having lived in the kind of country where there is no brake on the power of people like Obama. They have even more reason than the rest of us to be sickened by what the radical left is trying to do to this country:

On a tip from Stephan.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:38 AM

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Compliments of Mike. On tips from Infidel Joe and TED.



Nugent: Every Day Is Memorial Day

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:33 AM

From the "news and information" MSM pipeline, you would hardly know that the United States is still a nation at war -- unless, of course, some catastrophe occurs that makes our military look bad and thus plays into their anti-war, multiculturalist, Blame America First worldview.

You don't want to tick off Ted Nugent. But the lame-stream media have. Through their slanted coverage (indeed, their non-coverage), they are encouraging America to forget. Nugent writes of the many cards, letters and emails he receives daily from servicemen and women around the globe, thanking him for his efforts to keep the troops in the thoughts and prayers of the folks at home every day.

President Obama appears to tick off Mr. Nugent as well. Imagine that.

We owe it to these brave Americans and their families to win this war with our honor intact, not to telegraph to the enemy when we are packing up and leaving the battlefield. I'm no military tactician, but announcing when we are leaving the battlefield is analogous to putting an ad in your local newspaper to let all local punks and thugs know when you are going on vacation so they can plunder your home.
I stand with most Americans demanding a victory strategy, not an exit strategy.
When we commit our troops to war, we must make a commitment to them and their families that we will achieve total victory through the application of total war.
Of the thousands of brave American warriors I have met since Sept. 11, 2001, not one has expressed a desire to leave the battlefield without victory. They all want to stay and finish the job. The commander in chief should remember how freedom has been achieved throughout history and let these trained warriors do their job. That's how I remember.

Memorial Day is first and foremost about remembering those who have died serving our country with honor. But it is also about respecting those who now serve our country, by giving them the tools and the political support to let them do their jobs and come home with dignity.

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Let's let them, shall we?(image)

Image hat tip: Guns and Whiskey.




Caturday Post: Sarah Palin Hatred Justifies Everything

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:39 AM

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You remember how creepy, stalker "journalist" Joe McGinniss moved in next to Sarah Palin so he could leer over her family. All decent people were disgusted by this, because we recognize that a family's private home should be a refuge and a place of safety. Having a creepy yellow journalist papparazzo move in so he can leer over your family while writing a shoddy tell-all is a breach of this basic understanding of decency and boundaries.

But people who have lapsed into derangement over Sarah Palin's existence have lost any sense of decency. They have even - rather desperately - latched onto the renter's unsubstantiated claim that the Palins owe her money as further "evidence" to justify their deranged, obsessed hatred. Nobody even bothers to check if the neighbor is full of crap or not.

If Glenn Beck had rented the house next to the Obamas in Chicago, the exact same people who revel in anything that hurts Sarah Palin's family would be appalled. They had a hissy-fit yesterday because they claim Glenn Beck "attacked" Obama's daughter; "attack" in this case meaning "briefly imitated her voice on the radio to mock Obama's 'Plug the hole' remark." But Sarah Palin's family... anything goes ... stalk them, make rape jokes about them, tell lies about them, move in next door and set up binoculars, fantasize that she has a stroke and becomes disabled ... it's all good. Because she's an opponent of the socialist state and its dear leader, and as such neither she nor her family is entitled to any human decency.

It's one thing to not want Sarah Palin to be president... or hold some other office... because of a philosophical disagreement with her political positions. When I posted on Hillary last night, I repeated what she said about the Brazilian economy and explained how she was wrong. When I posted on Obama yesterday, I explained why I thought his comments made him out to be a whiny little bitch. But I never wished for something bad to happen to either of them, let alone their families.

I may disagree with the progressive left politically, but that is no reason to hate them. It's their utter lack of basic decency that makes me despise them.

Update: Speaking of deranged, Palin-hating lefties ... AIDS-addled sodomite gossip-monger Andrew Sullivan is appalled that the Palins built a fence to protect their privacy from that McGInniss creep, but we're long past expecting decency who spent most of the Fall of 2008 in a soap-opera-dive-type crusade to prove that Trig Palin is not Sarah Palin's son. (And he is still whacking that dead horse, by the way.)

Also, SR notes in the comment that Joel McGinniss is a WLB with no sense of irony.




May 28, 2010

Hillary's Brazilian Wax Job

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:37 PM

Now that you're finished throwing up after reading the threadline...

It seems Hillary Clinton went to the leftist Brookings Institute and, sensing a friendly audience of like-minded dingbat elites, opened her pie-hole and started yapping about how Brazil had high taxes and a booming economy.

"Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what -- they're growing like crazy," Clinton said. "And the rich are getting richer, but they're pulling people out of poverty."

This sounds like the kind of "fact" a lefty dimwit would spout in the comments of a right-wing blog, and it has just about as much as basis in reality. First of all, that thing about "growing like crazy" is only if by "crazy" you mean "a fraction of the growth experienced by a recession-racked United States."

Brazil's GDP grew 2.0% in the last quarter. The average rates for 2007, 2008 and 2009 were 1.61%, 0.39% and 0.96%, respectively.

And what growth there is comes from offshore oil development, which Chairman Zero is putting a stop to in the USA.

Also, as for dragging people out of poverty... meh, not so much. Somewhere between 20% and 25% of Brazil's population lives below its official poverty line (compared to 13% in the USA). And this isn't the American kind of poverty in $200 sneakers. It's the real kind.

Just, seriously, what is wrong with these people that they have to make up (stuff) like this?



Geller Offers Comfort for Former Muslims

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:15 PM

Pamela Geller is behind a bus billboard campaign in New York that is aimed at offering support those who want to leave Islam and don't know where to go. To her, it's an issue about religious liberty: thousands of apostates are murdered in honor killings throughout the world every year. To others, her efforts are considered offensive. You be the judge.

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Walter E. Williams

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:24 AM

Besides being a renowned free-market economist, Constitutional defender, and entertaining stand-in for Rush Limbaugh, Prof. Walter E. Williams has gone to great lengths to champion the notion of liberty in all its aspects, especially economic liberty, as driving principles behind personal and societal success. His home page at George Mason University is quite a resource on his sensible Constitutional and libertarian viewpoint. His mission is to push back against those who would warp the Constitution and our republic to limit our freedoms. Wealth redistribution and the minimum wage are two of his favorite pet peeves.

Williams is also a frequent commentator on racism and extreme, politically correct reactions to racism -- indeed, even reverse racism and black-on-black racism. This is one of my favorite Walter E. Williams offerings: his "gift" to white folks. There are clearly a few ways to read this, but if you know Prof. Williams' work and his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, then it all makes perfect sense.

Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon Granted to
All Persons of European Descent

Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay,
Whereas, Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution,
Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words,
Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny.
But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent,
I, Walter E. Williams, do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry, for both their own grievances, and those of their forebears, against my people.
Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.

Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor

You can go here to find a decorative version, suitable for printing and framing.

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Prof. Walter E. Williams, Economist and Libertarian.



Obama's Top Counterterror Advisor John Brennan Praises Jihad

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:55 AM

Comrade Obama had better hope the 9/11-scale terror attack he's been inviting doesn't happen prior to November 2012. Otherwise he will be in for a humiliation at the ballot box that will make Mondale's 49-state trouncing in 1984 look like a close contest. No matter how hard his lackeys in the media spin, people are going to remember stories like this:

The president's top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam," arguing that the term "jihadists" should not be used to describe America's enemies.
During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of "political, economic and social forces," but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in "religious terms."

Brennan is the guy who refers to Israel's capital as "al-Quds" — the name Jerusalem will have if Muslims ever succeed in killing off all the Jews. This dhimmi is so clueless, he even denounced his own job title:

He repeated the administration argument that the enemy is not "terrorism," because terrorism is a "tactic," and not terror, because terror is a "state of mind" — though Brennan's title, deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, includes the word "terrorism" in it.

Then what do we call atrocities like 9/11? Oh that's right, "man-caused disasters."

Our counter–man-caused disaster strategy: make sure not to name the enemy, in hopes that not admitting that they're real will make them go away.

"Nor do we describe our enemy as 'jihadists' or 'Islamists' because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children," Brennan said. …
Brennan argued that it would be "counterproductive" for the United States to use the term, as it would "play into the false perception" that the "murderers" leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a "holy cause."

But they indisputably are waging war against the West in the name of Islam. Denying it isn't just cowardly and foolish; it's insane — but no crazier than putting clowns like Brennan and his boss in charge of the country.

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Obama's top counterterror advisor John Brennan.

On a tip from Mega.



Suspended for the Rest of the Year Over Party Popper

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM

At last, the authorities are doing something about the terrorist threat that hangs over us all:

A 12-year-old student at Nelson Middle School in Renton will be missing the end of the school year because she brought party poppers to school.
Louis Green, stepfather of the 12-year-old student, told 97.3 KIRO FM's Dori Monson that his wife received a call that their daughter had brought explosive materials to the school.
"They told her that they were suspending Selena for the rest of the school year, and that they searched her, they searched her person too, and they searched her locker, because she was in possession of an explosive material." …
"It's a party popper where you pull a string and confetti comes out. It has less pop than a pop can that you shake up," says Green.

In light of this information, school authorities can be expected to start suspending children found in possession of soda.

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An educrat's conception of a deadly weapon.

On a tip from Festivus.



Teacher of the Year Is Child Molester

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:00 AM

According to the town's slogan, Everybody's Somebody in Snellville, Georgia. But Keenon Aampay Hall is not somebody you'd want teaching your kids:

The Teacher of the Year at Shiloh High School has resigned after admitting to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Keenon Aampay Hall, 29, left a promising career as an English teacher at the Gwinnett County school amid allegations that she seduced a senior who came to her for homework help. An investigative file on the case compiled by the school system's human resources division contains the student's accounts of sexual trysts at a hotel, a friend's home and in the teacher's classroom during school hours. The report also says that pornography was found on Hall's Gwinnett County schools laptop.
The student, a player on Shiloh's football team who is to graduate Friday, claimed that Hall gave him gifts and pressured him to commit to their six-month relationship by giving her a baby, according to the file. When he declined, the student's family said, Hall gave him a failing grade, prompting him to report the relationship to school officials.

Here's how you can tell Hall was an English teacher:

Sid Camp, executive director of Gwinnett's Division of Human Resources, told the state that Hall "admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student." Hall wrote a brief statement to the school district saying that it was a "consenual relationship," misspelling the word.

What can you expect in a country where the Safe School Czar is a militant pervert?

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Keenon Aampay Hall, Teacher of the Year.

On a tip from Oiao. Hat tip: JammieWearingFool.



Rita Wilson: Yet Another Phony Liberal

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:28 AM

Remember the New Jersey teacher who sniveled to Chris Christie that she was underpaid, and wanted an outrageous $83,000 for her cushy position? Turns out she's already making a still more outrageous $86,000, not counting the extravagant bennies, which push her salary to well over $100,000. No need for her to play bingo online to try and make the money she "deserves."

If you're like me and put in longer hours doing more difficult work for less pay, that's what you get for not whining for Big Government to feather your nest at everyone else's expense.

Hat tips: The Blogprof, RedState. On a tip from Byron.



PBS Host: Most Terrorists Are Christians

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:16 AM

PBS, the primary bastion of coercively financed liberal elitism, has officially jumped the shark.

We've come to expect evil lies from these condescending left-wing snobs, but nothing this preposterous, not even from Tavis Smiley. Here he is interviewing Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who unlike Smiley has some clue what she's talking about when it comes to homicidal Islam:

Smiley on terror attacks such as 9/11, Fort Hood, the botched Times Square bombing, etc.:

Christians do that every single day. In this country. … There are so many more examples of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country where you live and work.

Surreal.

No doubt the upper crust kooks who watch this vile lunacy congratulate themselves on their earnest attempts to believe it.

The PBS ombudsman can be reached here. Telling these vermin how disgusting they are won't do any good, but it might make you feel better. What will do some good is cutting off their funding so that they have to compete in the free market of ideas like everyone else. To force decent Americans to finance PBS is an absolutely intolerable outrage.

On a tip from Nancz. Hat tip: Breitbart.tv.



Hugo Chavez Funds the Reconquista

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:53 AM

Casa de Maryland --- the illegal aliens advocacy group in the state I'm stuck living in until the vaunted Obama recovery takes hold --- gets ten percent of its annual funding from Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez.

Gee, it's almost like they have common interests or something.

BTW, at the Puffington Host, Oliver Stone pens a love letter about his man Hugo. (Safe Link to Newsbusters.)

So in January 2009 I returned to Caracas and spent three days speaking with him. Our interviews were relaxed and informal. We sat around and talked, or ventured into the countryside touring agricultural areas, housing projects and factories that have flourished since he took office. And a side of the man emerged that has rarely if ever been glimpsed in the U.S. media.
He is my soul-mate. He has a particular grace and calm that I adore. He has a level of sophistication that so fitting with his beauty. I could digress and say that he has the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love his tan lines or that I love the curve of his hips, the erotic beauty of him holding himself (or one magnificent part of himself) in the faded glow of the night's light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details...

I may have embellished that a little.



Census Drudges Can Break Into Your Home

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 AM

Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has a reputation for looking for black helicopters. It looks like he's found one:

What many Americans don't realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for "the collection of statistics." If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.
That's right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you're there or not, in order to gather whatever "statistics" the law permits.

Census workers have reportedly been demanding private cell phone numbers from landlords, the better to harass tenants for data that will probably get cooked anyway. Yet we are asked to regard it as intolerable oppression that Arizona will start asking people for ID when they're caught running red lights, even if they might be illegal aliens.

Just hope the Census worker you find rooting through your fridge when you get home from work isn't a sex offender.

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"Howdy. I'm from the Census."

On tips from Stormfax and J.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 AM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



Item #3: Far-Right Nativists Take Over Massachusetts Senate

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:16 AM

The progressive left tells us that anyone who supports enforcing our country's immigration laws (a.k.a. >70% of Americans) is a racist, nativist, tea-bagging Nazi who wants Mexicans subjected to the most horrific violation of human rights imaginable --- living in Mexico.

So, what to make of this development in ultra-progressive Taxachusetts.

The Massachusetts Senate passed a far-reaching crackdown this afternoon on illegal immigrants and those who would hire them, going further, senators said, than any immigration bill proposed over the past five years.
The measure, which passed on a 28-10 vote as an amendment to the budget, would bar the state from doing business with any company found to break federal laws barring illegal immigrant hiring. It would also toughen penalties for creating or using fake identification documents, and explicitly deny in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.
The amendment would also require the state's public health insurance program to verify residency through the Department of Homeland Security, and would require the state to give legal residents priority for subsidized housing.

Bammy's illegal auntie might want to high-tail it to California. Oh, wait, she got fast-tracked legalized after Bammy took office, didn't she?

I guess we'll be seeing boycotts of Massachusetts, soon. Too bad Los Celtics didn't even make it to the playoffs this year. (I am subsequently informed that they have made the playoffs. I don't know why I woke up with this morning with the idea that they didn't. I kind of checked out of following professional sports after the Sharks put the Wings to bed.)

Hat Tip: Ace.

By the way, that Masshole idiot legislator who got rear-ended by the drunk-driving illegal immigrant still supports illegal immigration. There is no cure for stupid.



Item #2: Chairman Zero: "W-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-h!"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:07 AM

Chairman Zero, while raising funds for idiot dingbat Barbara Boxer, whined once again about how hard his job is.


Now, let's face it, this has been as tough a year and a half as any year and a half in our history since the 1930s

That's right, it was tougher than 9-11; tougher than Jimmy Carter's hostage crisis; tougher than Watergate; tougher than the Cuban missile crisis. Waah! Waah! Waah! Is this guy a whiny little bitch, or what?

As Chris Christie (who is not bitching about how tough his job is) would say, If you don't like it so much, quit, you whiny little bitch.

I also notice that the toughness of these challenges hasn't stopped Bammy from partying down every Wednesday night, playing more golf in one year than Bush did in four, or jaunting off on vacation seemingly every other weekend.



Morning Briefs for Friday Item #1: Again With the Progressive, Tea-Party Deranged Flag-Haters

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:01 AM

First, they send home four high school boys for wearing the American Flag on Mexican Beerfest Day. Now, it turns out the progs don't care much for the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag either.

The Warren Fire Department drew fire Friday morning when members raised one of the nation's oldest -- but these days, controversial -- flags from one of three flagpoles they maintain at the Warren Town Common.
Their flying of the Gadsden Flag, a Revolutionary War-era flag depicting a coiled rattlesnake with the slogan "Don't Tread On Me" below it, angered some residents because though it was originally created to protest the British government prior to and during the American Revolution, it has become a symbol to some of the American Tea Party movement. That conservative movement questions many of the policies, particularly fiscal, of the federal government.
The flag was raised alongside the state and U.S. flags early Friday morning. By 10:30 a.m., Warren Fire Chief Al Galinelli had received a call about it from the town manager. By the afternoon, it was taken down.

The Fire Department should have flown something less controversial, like the flag of Mexico or a picture of the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant feces.



May 27, 2010

Californication (as in the Act of, and the Series)

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:25 PM

The financial collapse of Greece threw a huge wrench into the European economy and confounded global stock and bond markets. Greece has an economy that is only 3% that of the EU. But what about California? With an economy fully 17% of our national economy, might California's failure result in the financial collapse of U.S. markets?

Far-fetched? Consider the similarities.
California and Greece have roughly similar GDP output ($333 billion and $343 billion, respectively), as well as similar debt levels ($500 billion and $552 billion, respectively). But that only includes state debt for California. When you factor in California's 17 percent stake in the U.S. economy, which is saddled with $8 trillion in debt, the state's total debt liability is over $1 trillion.

But wait, there's more.

Both California and Greece suffer from a huge number of unionized government employees accustomed to large defined benefit packages, including annual salary increases and lifetime pensions. Much has been made of the ability of Greek government workers to retire at the age of 53. In California, government workers can retire at 55. As Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has noted, the amount California spends on its pension programs has increased by 2,000 percent in the last decade to over $7 billion annually.
The Greek unions took to the streets when asked to contribute to minor austerity programs. California's 350,000 government employees are also likely to resist any effort to cut their entitlement packages, much less their jobs. The best scenario political leaders plan for is modest attrition.

And there's plenty more, detailed in this article.

We saw what decades of fiscal irresponsibility have led to in Greece: Fiscal collapse, billion-dollar bailouts and violent riots. In late February, the Telegraph reported that JP Morgan head Jamie Dimon said that California is a bigger risk than Greece.

There's a name for what California is doing to itself financially, and what it could well do to our nation. It's fitting that this is the same name given to a series on Showtime that centers around a guy who just can't say no to decadence and excess. I don't watch Californication but I can still ponder what fate will befall the show's protagonist and just how allegorical it will prove to be for the once-proud state that co-stars.

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"Hank Moody" isn't the only one in way too deep. (image)



Two-Year-Old Nearly Kicked Off Bus for England Shirt

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:27 PM

If high school kids can get sent home for wearing American flag shirts in California, how bad must it be in England, where progressivism has progressed even further? Here's how bad:

Angry mum Sam Fardon says her toddler son was ordered off a bus — because the driver found his England shirt "offensive"!
Two-year-old Dylan Hall was with his mum and baby brother Adam, aged 10 weeks, when they were told to leave the 34A service from Newcastle Bus Station.
Miss Fardon says it was only after other passengers intervened that they were allowed on to the bus.

As readers will recall, this is hardly the first time the Cross of St. George has gotten English patriots in trouble (see here, here, and here, and here).

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Dylan brazenly poses in his offensive shirt.

On a tip from Steve. Hat tip: Nothing to Do With Arbroath.



Why Obama Avoids the Gulf

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:15 PM

Now we know why Comrade Obama has been steering clear of the Gulf oil spill, hoping that pointing fingers from afar will make the problem go away. You can't blame him for not daring to set foot in Louisiana, when you consider that according to elistmania, you can get up to a year in jail there for making false promises.

Give him just 6 months for each count, and that would keep BHO out of our hair until after the sun goes nova.

On a tip from TED.



Is Obama's Low Ebb In Sight?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:52 AM

Indeed, just how low will Chairman Zero go, and in so many ways? I'm guessing way more.

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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



NYC May Put Handcuffs on Cops

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:33 AM

Let's see, how could moonbat bureauweenies make the job of police officers even more difficult and deadly, guaranteeing that anyone sensible bails out of the profession at the first opportunity? Here's an idea:

City cops are livid over a legislative proposal that could handcuff the brave officers involved in life-and-death confrontations every day — requiring them to shoot gun-wielding suspects in the arm or leg rather than shoot to kill, The Post has learned.
The "minimum force" bill, which surfaced in the Assembly last week, seeks to amend the state penal codes' "justification" clause that allows an officer the right to kill a thug if he feels his life or someone else's is in imminent danger.
The bill — drafted in the wake of Sean Bell's controversial police shooting death — would force officers to use their weapons "with the intent to stop, rather than kill" a suspect. They would be mandated to "shoot a suspect in the arm or the leg."
Under present NYPD training, cops are taught to shoot at the center of their target and fire their weapon until the threat has been stopped.

But in the Westerns, the good guy will just shoot the gun out of the bad guy's hand without even producing a wound. How about a law mandating that?

Dead cops won't be the only price if this insane pro-criminal law is passed. Every time a member of Comrade Obama's base loses a gunfight with police, expect the multi-$zillion lawsuits to fly, as lawyers scuttle out of their crevices screeching that police failed to shoot for limbs. As always, the taxpayer will take it in the teeth.

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Hey, the Lone Ranger could do it.

On tips from Wingmann and Panday.



Pol Calls for Registering Journalists

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:00 AM

Things have come to a pretty pass in the once great state of Michigan when even Republicans are calling for Big Government to exert more direct control over the press. From Jack Lessenberry:

State Senator Bruce Patterson got to thinking about the media recently, and noticed something. Hairdressers and auto mechanics are regulated and licensed by the state.
So are lawyers, doctors, even those who give manicures. So, he reasoned, why shouldn't reporters be as well? …
Accordingly, he has introduced a new bill, SB 1323, to add reporters to the list of occupations regulated by the state.
His bill would set up a board to review applications and license reporters. Candidates would have to demonstrate that they have a journalism degree, or, failing that, three years of experience, some published stories, and letters of recommendation.
Those who qualify would have to pay a license fee, and would be entitled to call themselves a "Michigan Registered Reporter." Senator Patterson isn't suggesting that those who don't register be prevented from writing or broadcasting anything.

Yet. The road to totalitarianism is traveled one step at a time, although we did take a giant leap when we elected the current crew in Washington. Obviously the state having power to yank licenses will have an impact on what is reported. Comrade Obama's "Diversity Czar" Mark Lloyd is likely to use this line of attack to silence talk radio.

Fortunately, there is a clause in Patterson's bill that will guarantee resistance even from the statist lackeys who dominate the news media and would otherwise love a means of snuffing out upstart competition. The bill calls for registered journalists to be of "good moral character." This would create serious staffing problems at MSNBC.

Hopefully the bill is Patterson's idea of a joke, as when he recently called for a bill imposing a deposit on newspapers, like Michigan's excessive 10¢ deposit on bottles and cans. That time it turned out he was just trying to terrify journalists into paying attention to him, so that he could "unload about the need for them to do a better job of reporting on how bad things are in Lansing."

Patterson's presence is living proof of how bad things are in Lansing. But at least he can be thanked for drawing attention to the absurdly unnecessary and counterproductive registrations required by bureaucrats.

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Whoever styled Patterson's moustache had to be registered.

On a tip from Greg.



Fake Owls Dupe Bird-Watchers

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 AM

Great news for Torquay, England — a block of apartments will not be need to be seized by government authorities to provide a habitat for the owls that have been spotted on the roof — because they're made out of plastic:

Husband and wife Ken and Fay Jackson couldn't believe their eyes when they spotted an owl in daylight on the roof of a block of flats opposite their Torquay home. …
The owls were checked at various times through the day and Fay even tried to contact Herald Express wildlife expert Brian Carter to investigate and take a photograph.
Good job she couldn't get hold of him. A check with the binoculars as the day came to a close revealed the owls were not all they were made out to be. They weren't clever, day-time stalkers. They were fake!

I thought plastic owls were meant to scare birds away, but maybe their true purpose is to keep nature nuts entertained indefinitely.

Here's an idea: how about if we place plastic spotted owls on top of the White House and Capitol? By the time the EPA figures them out and lets people back in the buildings, we will have made it to the 2012 elections without more damage being done.

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A plastic owl keeps out the riffraff at Spurwing Plover's country club.

On a tip from Steve. Hat tip: Nothing to Do With Arbroath.



Atlas Ran: Ron Johnson Takes On Feingold

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:45 AM

Until recently, Wisconsin Democrat Senator Russ Feingold looked to be up in most polls against likely candidates. But what about against unlikely candidates? Take businessman and political neophyte Ron Johnson, an Ayn Rand disciple who has risen up from the Tea Party movement to be a contender. Johnson was just endorsed last weekend at the Wisconsin State Republican Convention and Rasmussen is already seeing the race as neck-and-neck: Feingold 46%, Johnson 44%.

George Will reports on the launch of Johnson's unusual political career.

Before what he calls "the jaw-dropping" events of the past 19 months -- TARP, the stimulus, Government Motors, the mistreatment of Chrysler's creditors, Obamacare, etc. -- the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson's mind. He was, however, dry tinder -- he calls Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" his "foundational book" -- and now is ablaze, in an understated, Upper Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of plastic products from Oshkosh, Wis., is what the Tea Party looks like.
He is trim, gray-haired and suddenly gray-suited. For years he has worn jeans and running shoes to his office, but now, under spousal duress, he is trying to look senatorial -- "My wife upgraded me to brown shoes." He has been endorsed by the state party and will almost certainly win the September primary for the Republican nomination to run against Russ Feingold, who is seeking a fourth term in a year in which incumbency is considered a character flaw. …
What Samuel Johnson said of Milton's "Paradise Lost" -- "None ever wished it longer than it is" -- some readers have said of "Atlas Shrugged." Not Johnson, who thinks it is "too short" at 1,088 pages.
Noting that Massachusetts "is requiring insurance companies to write polices at a loss," he says, "We're living it," referring to the novel's dystopian world in which society's producers are weighed down by parasitic non-producers.

My, what Hopeychange hath begotten.

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Ron Johnson, lending yet another face to the Tea Party movement. (image)



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:23 AM

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Via iOwnTheWorld, on a tip from Michelle.



It Wasn't Just Sestak

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:56 AM

Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him the job of Secretary of the Navy in return for not challenging fossilized Arlen Specter in the Democrat primary has Democrats in a bind, because only one of two possibilities can be true.

1. Sestak is lying about it, which makes him unfit to be a US Senator.
2. The Obama White House really did violate Federal Law by trying to bribe him out of running in the primary, an impeachable offense.

Now, it turns out, Sestak wasn't the only politician the White House tried to bribe.

Allegations that the White House offered Joe Sestak a job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race echo an earlier report of a job offer to candidate Andrew Romanoff in Colorado.
On September 27, 2009 the Denver Post reported that the Obama administration offered Senate candidate Romanoff a position if he canceled plans to run for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
The paper said the job offer, which specified particular jobs, was reportedly delivered by Jim Messina, Obama's deputy chief of staff. One position cited by the Post was a job at USAID, the foreign aid agency.
Messina contacted Romanoff soon after news leaked in August 2009 that Romanoff, former Colorado House speaker, would make a primary run against Bennet.

This won't matter to progs, who find the Chicago style corruption of the Democrat party kind of cute. Charlie Rangel is still in office although temporarily not chairing the committee that writes tax laws, after all. And Barney Frank is still chairing the banking committee. And the only reason Eric Massa is gone is because he was going to vote the wrong way on ObamaCare.



And the Next American Idol Is...

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:47 AM

In a stunning upset, Lee DeWyze, the bashful paint salesman from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, took this season's American Idol title away from the favorite, President Barack Obama.

This popularity contest had been considered a shoe-in for Obama, whose poise, self-confidence, and clean articulateness were expected to completely overshadow the raw talent and musicianship of his opponents. Pundits posit that DeWyze's unassuming character and apparent lack of self-confidence for much of the season proved a refreshing alternative to viewers, who were actually able to focus not on his persona, but his compelling musical talent.

Indeed, DeWyze was always on the ascent, powering through walking pneumonia for the Cornelius Brothers' "Treat Her Like a Lady," and making everyone take notice when he unexpectedly dueted with a bagpipe player on The Beatles' "Hey Jude." The sheepish vocalist struggled more at conversing with Ryan Seacrest and maneuvering through the group routines than singing.

This latest loss makes the phenomenon now known as the Obama Touch all too personal for the Leader of the Free World. Intelligence reports had suggested that President Obama, with the aid of his teleprompter, would be propelled to victory through countless votes from Chinese and Saudi fans, owing to his back-breaking conciliatory bows to their respective heads of state. It has since been revealed that intel agencies neglected to take into account time-zone differences from prime-time live coverage in their computer models, thus confounding their vote-count predictions.

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Mr. President, sir, you are NO American Idol.



Item #3: See, I Told You PBO's Border Enforcement Was a Sham

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:10 AM

Shortly after sending 1,200 National Guard to the border with explicit orders from Mexico not to enforce the border, Chairman Zero's administration followed up by announcing plans for a lawsuit against the Arizona Border Enforcement Law.

The draft complaint challenges the Arizona law as unconstitutional, saying it is illegal because it impedes federal law, according to the sources, who would not offer any more details about the draft complaint or the arguments made in it.

How the hell do you impede enforcement of a Federal Law by enforcing a Federal Law?

Progressives want illegal immigrants exempted from having to follow our country's laws. There is no other explanation.

This gives me an idea, though. Maybe BP and all the other oil companies should hire illegal immigrants to run their companies. Then, maybe the Obamunists would leave them alone.



Item #2: Progressive Bloodlust: NYWoT Correspondent Admires Deadly Greek Riots

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:04 AM

Chris Hedges, the former New York Waste of Times Middle East Bureau Chief, is disappointed that Americans have not followed the Greek example, rioted, and burned bankers to death.

"[The Greeks] know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify economic data and then make billions betting that the Greek economy will collapse. They know what to do when they are told their pensions, benefits and jobs have to be cut to pay corporate banks, which screwed them in the first place. Call a general strike. Riot. Shut down the city centers. Toss the bastards out. Do not be afraid of the language of class warfare--the rich versus the poor, the oligarchs versus the citizens, the capitalists versus the proletariat. The Greeks, unlike most of us, get it.

Get what? That it's okay to burn people to death because your welfare state can no longer afford to let everybody stay in college until age 36, retire at age 50, and have three months paid vacation every year in the middle? That when a sclerotic, socialist basket-case society can't sustain itself anymore, it's the job of German and American taxpayers to bail them out?

You may remember Chris Hedges from an incident during the Bush Administration when he used the opportunity of a commencement speech to launch into an anti-Iraq War diatribe.



Morning Briefs for Thor's Day Item #1: Viva Progressive Hypocrisy!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:46 AM

Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa decided to show she was "down with the struggle" by sporting a trendy "Do I Look Illegal" T-Shirt in support of Arizona's Illegal Immigrants.

And now, the punchline...

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have settled a "wrongful discharge" lawsuit that was brought by a former maid who alleged she was forced to perform demeaning tasks and was verbally abused by the Lakers star's wife.
Maria Jimenez got a $200,000 settlement. She alleged in her suit that Vanessa Bryant once forced her to sift through dog poop to find a receipt; that she had to endure the watchful eyes of security cameras at the Bryant home, even when she changed clothes; and that she was verbally abused by the female Bryant, who called her "lazy, slow, dumb, a f--king liar, and f--king shit" and that she "Badgered, harassed and humiliated Maria by yelling and screaming at Maria and criticizing her in front of Kobe, the Bryants' children, employees and other people in the household"

The Progressive Humanitarian who treats actual humans like dog feces has become a cliche. Unfortunately, progessives continually reinforce the stereotype.



May 26, 2010

Bananas!

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 PM

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Compliments of Henry.



Underdressed Code Pinkos Slathered in Oil

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:22 PM

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for BP:

Its oil spill is costing the company $billions and creating a public relations nightmare it may never live down. Despite the cash it showered upon B. Hussein, leftist thugs in his regime growl theatrically about boots on throats. Now the company is under assault by Harpies from hell, otherwise known as Code Pink:

Via Gateway Pundit, on a tip from J.



Christie Tells An Educator What We're All Thinking

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:19 PM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces down a dingbat teacher who is whining about her salary (although apparently, her low pay hasn't led her to miss too many meals if you know what I mean and I think that you do).

Hat Tip: Ace



Joe Sestak Versus Israel

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:27 PM

It's hard to see why someone acting on behalf of Comrade Obama committed a felony by offering Joe Sestak a bribe to stay out of the Pennsylvania Senate race, considering that Sestak and B. Hussein are on the same page regarding Israel:

These views are hardly unusual among today's Dems. Yet most Jews continue to support them, for now.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Freedom Is Colorblind

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:50 PM

JoeDanMedia strikes a blow against the leftist divide and conquer strategy:

Via Jawa Report, on a tip from Oiao.



Plug the Hole

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:21 PM

At a complete loss as to how to carry out his explicit duties (PDF), the child we're asked to regard as a president has been reduced to pointing fingers and shouting, "Plug the d*mn hole!" Consider it plugged:

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There, now it won't keep leaking oily pollution.

Via America Is an Obamanation!



Enraged Over BHO's Dereliction of Duty on Oil Spill

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM

People are getting fed up with Comrade Obama's dithering and incompetence regarding the Gulf oil spill. Rep Stave Scalise (R-LA) lets loose:

Even the media moonbats who put him in office have had to acknowledge his dereliction of duty. Via Breitbart.tv:

The official response: scold the media for not ignoring the topic.

If even MSNBC is questioning B. Hussein's competence, this disgraceful farce of a presidency is officially coming unraveled.

On tips from Milton and TrickleUpPolitics.



When Commies Attack!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:01 PM

The wife of the Cuban Ambassador to Norway attacks a woman filming a protest outside the Cuban embassy in Oslo.

The Cuban government does not tolerate any kind of protest or opposition. It doesn't matter whether you are in Cuba, Norway, or anywhere else. No opposition is tolerated. As Alexandra was filming the demonstration, the wife of the Cuban ambassador came out. This woman is also an official of the embassy. She demanded that Alexandra stop filming.
She said to her, "Speak Spanish." Alexandra replied, "You're in Norway, why don't you speak Norwegian?" The ambassador's wife then called her a lesbian, a sh-t-eater, etc. And then she bit her: bit Alexandra hard. The young woman had to go to the emergency room for treatment.

This is the Cuban Thug Regime beloved by the Progressive Left because they have nationalized health care and celebrate Che Guevara as a national hero.

Video of the attack is beyond the jump.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Robin Hood

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:57 AM

Liberal elites use their control of the media and education to redefine historical characters both real and legendary in accordance with their agenda. For example, the radical leftist Adolf Hitler has been absurdly portrayed as a conservative. Big Government RINO Herbert Hoover — whose disastrous spendthrift policies were extended by FDR as the New Deal — was reinvented as the libertarian too laissez-faire to let the Feds do anything about the Great Depression. In some minds Robin Hood, the ultimate anti-government rebel, has been mutated into the sort of Marxist thug who would fit right in among Comrade Obama's czars. Regarding the latter, a new movie might help to set the record straight — to the outrage of the moonbat disinformation establishment:

In New York's leftist weekly, The Village Voice, Karina Longworth laments that "instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood preaches about 'liberty' and the rights of the individual" and battles against "government greed"; the film, she scoffs, is "a rousing love letter to the tea party movement." On a similar note, the New York Times' A.O. Scott mocks "Robin Hood" as "one big medieval tea party."

A-hole Snot sneeringly derides Ridley Scott's Robin Hood as "a manly libertarian rebel striking out against high taxes and a big government scheme to trample the ancient liberties of property owners and provincial nobles."

Contempt for liberty drips from these vermin like slime from a sewer rat. The Robin Hood of yore would have recognized them for what they are: toadies of the greedy, corrupt, and oppressive establishment he opposed.

At heart, the noble-outlaw legend that has captured the human imagination for centuries is about freedom, not wealth redistribution — and this is reflected in many previous screen versions of the Robin Hood story.
As scholars have noted, the earliest Robin Hood ballads, which date back to the 13th or 14th century, contain no mention of robbing the rich to give to the poor. The one person Robin assists financially is a knight who is about to lose his lands to the machinations of greedy and unscrupulous monks at an abbey. (Corrupt clerics using the political power of the Church are among Robin Hood's frequent targets in the ballads.) The Sheriff of Nottingham is Robin's chief opponent; at the time, it was the sheriffs' role as tax collectors in particular that made them objects of loathing by peasants and commoners. Robin Hood is also frequently shown helping men who face barbaric punishments for hunting in the royal forests, a pursuit permitted to nobles and strictly forbidden to the lower classes in medieval England; in other words, he is opposing privilege bestowed by political power, not earned wealth.

In other words, hell yeah Robin Hood was Sherwood Forest's version a Tea Partier.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics. Hat tip: RedState.



$165 Billion Bailout for Union Pensions

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:43 AM

Had enough massive federal bailouts? Our rulers in Washington haven't. Next come the outrageously lavish and clearly unsustainable pension plans unions receive:

A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.
The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.

Only $165 billion? Is that all? Actually, it isn't:

Although right now taxpayers could possibly be on the hook for $165 billion, the liability could essentially be unlimited because these pensions have to be paid out until the workers die.

The piggy bank is empty, as the Thief in Chief has acknowledged. Yet the looting spree continues.

On a tip from Byron.



Census Used to Fudge Employment Numbers

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:30 AM

One nice thing about having the mainstream media on your side is you can pull stunts like this and most people will never know about it:

Last week, one of the millions of workers hired by Census 2010 to parade around the country counting Americans blew the whistle on some statistical tricks.
The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.

Here's how the game works:

Each month Census gives Labor a figure on the number of workers it has hired. That figure goes into the closely followed monthly employment report Labor provides. For the past two months the hiring by Census has made up a good portion of the new jobs.
Labor doesn't check the Census hiring figure or whether the jobs are actually new or recycled. It considers a new job to have been created if someone is hired to work at least one hour a month.
One hour! A month! So, if a worker is terminated after only one hour and another is hired in her place, then a second new job can apparently be reported to Labor.

It turns out Census workers are routinely fired on absurd pretexts, then quickly rehired. They spend more time being paid to train than they do pestering citizens who didn't return their Census forms.

With government work, producing actual results doesn't matter. You just need to come up with the right stats to feed the media.

We may never know the true unemployment numbers under the regime of Hopey Change, just as we probably won't be getting any accurate information out of the bumbling leftist hacks running the Census. All we know for sure is that any information originating at the Ministry of Truth has been bent to Comrade Obama's advantage, even before his acolytes in Big Media get ahold of it.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Retromoonbattery: Time Magazine on Robert Mugabe, the "Practical Marxist"

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:02 AM

When Hopey Change fundamentally transformed Rhodesia into Zimbabwe 30 years ago, here's what Time gushed in an article entitled Mugabe: A Practical Marxist:

"We have succeeded to a great extent in creating harmony, but it is too much to expect that in six months we could have transformed every individual in the community. " So says Robert Mugabe, the former nationalist guerrilla leader and self-proclaimed Marxist who took over as the first Prime Minister of independent Zimbabwe six months ago. Since then, he has allayed many of the widespread fears that he might plunge the country into Communism or racial chaos. Instead, the sternly ascetic Mugabe, 56, has preached a policy of national reconciliation and cautious gradualism in economic adjustment.

A generation later, Mugabe's brand of race-based "social justice" has reduced Zimbabwe from the Breadbasket of Africa to a basket case with 231,000,000% inflation. White farmers are terrorized and killed, and their confiscated land lies fallow while people die of starvation.

But Time doesn't look back to reflect on its mistakes. It's too busy hyping the next practical Marxist. This year's model: Barack Hussein Obama.

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Applied practical Marxism.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Comrade Obama's Memorial Day Plans

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 AM

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Cassy Fiano comments on the *cough* Command in Chief's *cough* plans to spend Memorial Day vacationing among his old radical left pals in Chicago instead of laying a wreath in Arlington:

Memorial Day should be a pretty big priority for the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces. The wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery is not just some arbitrary meaningless tradition. It actually means something, and Obama is just blowing it off so that he can go hang out in Chicago. I understand the desire to go home for a little while, but when you're the president, Memorial Day ceases to be just another holiday where you get to take an extra day off for a weekend and have a barbecue. For him, he still has to work. It's part of his responsibility as president. Blowing off paying his respects to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery — our country's most sacred shrine — on Memorial Day is inexcusable. It's despicable and he does not deserve the title of Commander-in-Chief if he has this little respect for the heroes who have given their lives for their country.
If he doesn't like it, he can always resign.
I'm curious how much golf he'll play while he's in Chicago.

The arrogance continues to appall. But at least we have the satisfaction of knowing it will lead to his downfall.

On tips from Conan and V the K.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM

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On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Item #5: Illegal Immigrants Exempted from Law Enforcement

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:52 AM

Did you think I was exaggerating when I said that the position of those who oppose Arizona's Immigration enforcement law was that the only people police couldn't ask for ID from was suspected illegal immigrants?

No, that's really the position of the progressive left. And it's been standard operating procedure in California Mexifornia for almost three years.

The LA Times reports two California cities are following LA's lead: they're no longer impounding the cars of unlicensed drivers. Scofflaws apprehended in Bell Gardens and Huntington Park can now reclaim their cars immediately- instead of waiting a month and paying hundreds of dollars in fines and fees. Huntington Park City Attorney Francisco Leal said the impound law imposes an "unfair hardship" on the state's illegal immigrants.

So, if you're an American citizen with a valid driver's license and you get pulled over, the cops can impound your car for thirty days and charge you hundreds of dollars in fines. But if you're an illegal immigrant... they have to let you go with a wave and a smile.

No wonder the illegal immigrant who drunkenly rear-ended and injured an open-borders Massachusetts legislator laughed when the cops arrested him.

And that's what the left means by "social justice." And everybody who opposes the Arizona law is, by default, in favor of that policy.

Also, many jurisdictions refuse to enforce zoning laws when illegal immigrants violate them, for fear of having groups like the ACLU, La Raza, "Casa de Maryland," or Al Sharpton getting upset.

Proving again, the progressive left supports the idea that illegal immigrants should be exempt from the laws citizens are obligated to follow.

And if you think they should follow the same rules as everybody else, then you're a racist Nazi nativist teabagger.



Item #4: Chairman Zero's Phony Border Security Ploy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:31 AM

Part of Chairman Zero's recent bitchiness has been over the law Arizona passed that served to rub it in his smug little face that his Department of Homeland Security is refusing to enforce immigration laws. Worse, by large majorities, the American people are siding with Arizona and against him.

Because this issue was bad for his party, Obama was forced to do what Bush did under similar circumstances and make a half-assed show of enforcing the border. Actually, make that one-tenth-assed. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard to the border, Chairman Zero is only sending 1,200. Also, as Michelle Malkin reports, those National Guardsmen won't actually be allowed to assist in stopping illegal immigration, per orders from Mehico.

The Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.

Making the USA Mexico's bitch is another Bush-Era policy the Obama Administration seems intent on maintaining.



Item #3: Sarah Palin Welcomes Her Stalker

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:09 AM

Hack leftist "author" Joe McGinniss has rented the house next to Sarah Palin's in Wasilla AK, all the better to stalk her while he writes some nasty book to toss to the slobbering Palin-haters of the Progressive Left.

Sarah Palin is taking it in stride
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Joe McGinniss. Here he is - about 15 feet away on the neighbor's rented deck overlooking my children's play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we'll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he'll know how friendly Alaskans are.

She has nothing to worry about. I am sure her gun cabinet is well-stocked. And we know she knows how to use one.

At this point, the left is so deranged with Sarah Palin hatred that a guy can do a stunt like this without worrying about being called out on how creepy and wrong it is.

Speaking of creepy, obsessed stalkers (hello, Frank), what can be said of the Will Folks-Nikki Haley non-affair that Ace hasn't said already to hilarious effect.



Item #2: Not Even the Brits Believe in Manbearpig Anymore

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:06 AM

On Airstrip One, belief that SUVs will melt the Earth has fallen to about the same level as the number of people who believe 9-11 was a controlled demolition.

A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that "climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade," down from 41 percent in November 2009. A poll conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier.



Morning Briefs for Odin's Day, Item #1: Eric "Slap and Tickle" Massa Fears Military Coup

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:03 AM

When Democrats tried to nominated General Wesley "Ashley Wilkes" Clark as a presidential candidate, no one raised much of a fuss… least of all, the voters.

But talk of General David Petraeus as a potential Republican candidate has led at least one creepy progressive left Democrat — former congressman Eric Massa of New York — to proclaim his potential candidacy to be part of a secret plot by Dick Cheney (of course) to install a military dictatorship. Massa says that this is "Treason."

This from a party that not so long ago was rooting for the USA to lose a war because they thought it would benefit them politically. And Massa was one of the Democrats who actually voted for surrender in Iraq. And he's accusing others of treason?

The the deranged progressive moonbats at the Firedoglake blog find Massa's allegation perfectly reasonable in the context of some conspiracy they've patched together involving secret military prisons and something called "Junc-WTF."

Hat Tip: AoS HQ.



May 25, 2010

Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Jack Bauer

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:35 PM

It was sad to see 24 come to a close last night. Though the series had, over the last three seasons, eroded to a mere shadow of it's former awesomeness, the conclusion of it's final season actually lived up to my expectations of a pure moral triumph for the heart and soul of the series: Jack Bauer.

For those of you who have lost track of 24, I won't even try to explain other than to say that the series finale was basically a morality play that displayed both the best and the worst of those in power. In the end, personal accountability (the dramatically flawed President Taylor) won out over soulless cowardice (the tragically flawed former President Logan). And of course, Jack was the one who forced these two to stare down the abyss and choose their ultimate fates. Even though the thirst for revenge was made ooh just a little rough around the edges this season, as a true postmodern hero Jack clung to justice over unadulterated pure vengeance in the end (if only by a little).

Rick Moran has written extensively about 24 for years, and specifically about Jack as a metaphor for the post-9/11 American hero. Here are a few lines from Rick's most recent post (which I highly recommend to all 24 fans).

The critics may have groaned, others may simply have eventually just clicked away and watched other fare, but the rest of us remained glued to our seats because Jack Bauer was the most compelling hero in the history of series TV.
A bold statement, that. But the case for it being true is wrapped up in how Bauer fit into an America that was changing at lightening speed over the past decade. Terrorism, war, financial collapse - many of the verities with which Americans began the first decade of the 21st century were shaken or sloughed off under the burning glare of history's relentless spotlight. Certainly, 9/11 changed us. The way the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have progressed changed us. Losing faith in the complete efficacy of free markets has changed us. And the desperate desire for "hope and change" have now sobered us. What kind of America emerges from the Obama interregnum is anybody's guess. But - and this is key - I don't think there will be a place for Jack Bauer.
For Bauer is a creature of our past. His principles, his gallantry, his single minded determination to win, and his moral sense that allowed him to operate in a world that he firmly believed was black and white -- all this and more are out of fashion.
In - angst-ridden decision making. Out - going with your gut to do what you know is right. In - a war on terror that doesn't even have a name anymore. Out - knowing exactly who the enemy is and where they should be sent. In - a cynical outlook on power and its uses. Out - a belief in duty, honor, and that there is a higher calling to fight for justice; not above the law but beyond the law.

It is beyond poetic that the end of the first full year of President Obama's mendacious, anti-American, moral-equivalency reign would coincide with the last year for 24. Though the theatrical movie version of 24 is in the planning stages, it won't be the same because Jack, the only guy on network TV who saw life as either good or evil and not milquetoast, won't anymore be giving us that moral-compass check for five months out of the year. I'm not very optimistic that another Jack Bauer will come along anytime soon, either, since Hollywood seems more determined than ever to ignore the vast segment of the population that doesn't buy into milquetoast.

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Thanks for the ride, Jack. (image)



Chairman Zero Going Nanners? What do you think?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:20 PM

Some of the commenters at Gateway Pundit are speculating that the reason Chairman Zero hasn't given a Press Conference in almost a year is because his handlers are afraid he's on the verge of a breakdown, and a meltdown in front of the press would be bad for business the Revolution.

Apparently, Chairman Zero has been very bitchy lately toward Republicans, toward his staff, and even toward his worshipful, fawning minions in the press.

Chairman Zero has been utterly in over his head. At first, I wasn't going to give him grief over the oil spill, but when I found out that he dithered over letting the state of Louisiana build sand berms to protect the shoreline, I decided to file it under "Obama's Incompetence," a file that's rapidly getting thicker than Keith Olbermann's psych profile. His incompetence has already led to multi-trillion dollar deficits, an utterly ineffectual response to the Euro Crisis, an overt hostility to border control, and utter failure to halt the Iranian nuclear program. Also, he can't close Gitmo, he can't shut down talk radio, and the stock market -- which many Obama fanboys had been pointing to as his success story -- has started going south.

This has got to be tough on a guy who has glided through life without ever facing any significant challenges or opposition.

Is he in over his head and starting to crack? What do you think?



Why Did They Yank the Bitter Half's Law License?

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:17 PM

Slick Willie Clinton isn't the only modern denizen of the White House to lose his law license. There's also the Bitter Half. Here's what can be found when you look her up at Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois:

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"Court ordered inactive status" sounds like they effectively yanked her license. Why? Rumor has it she was indulging in extortion.

When we wake up from the nightmare marketed as Hope & Change, the media will rub the sleep out of its eyes and chase some of this stuff down. But in the mean time, it sure is hard to believe that such a nice lady would extort people.

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On a tip from J. Hat tip: ResistNet.



Census-Approved Sex Offenders, at a Front Door Near You

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:59 PM

The 2010 Census is proving yet again it's failed chops:

The Census Bureau is taking some tough criticism for hiring a convicted sex offender and sending him out to knock on doors in New Jersey.
Frank Kuni was hired, trained and given an ID card before an FBI fingerprint analysis revealed he was using an alias. While Kuni was going door-to-door, a woman recognized him and called the police.

Talk about responsible citizenry. It took a vigilant mother to spot this guy.

The Census Bureau director in Philadelphia says next time they'll "tweak" the system to improve it.

Just wondering who Frank Kuni was able to "tweak" during his brief and inappropriate tenure as a Census worker.

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Yea, I would have hired this guy. (image)



New Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:39 PM

Fundamental change means nothing stays the same — not even the Pledge of Allegiance. Here's the new one:

I Pledge Allegiance
To Obama
And the Socialist State of America
And to the Collective
For Which it Stands
One Nation
Without God
Unexceptional
With Poverty
And Misery
For All
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Compliments of Mike B.



Got Enough Money?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:51 PM

So, our president tells us that, "at some point, you've made enough money" (follow link for Mark Levin audio). But there's a certain kind of moral bankruptcy that goes along with this anti-capitalist mentality, not to mention a dose of complete economic illiteracy. Explains Thomas Sowell:

The key word in this statement, made recently by Pres. Barack Obama, is "you." There is nothing wrong with my deciding how much money is enough for me or your deciding how much money is enough for you, but when politicians think that they should be deciding how much money is enough for other people, that is starting down a very slippery slope.
Politicians with the power to determine each citizen's income are no longer public servants. They are public masters.

No sufficient arguments exist in a free society for the imposition of undue limitations or restrictions on the public. When you do limit rights for some -- e.g., through excessive taxation of, and discrimination against, the wealthy -- then where does it stop?

Once you buy the argument that some segment of the citizenry should lose their rights, just because they are envied or resented, you are putting your own rights in jeopardy -- quite aside from undermining any moral basis for respecting anybody's rights. You are opening the floodgates to arbitrary power. And once you open the floodgates, you can't tell the water where to go.
The moral bankruptcy of the notion that third parties can decide when somebody else has "enough" money is matched by its economic illiteracy. The rest of the country is not poorer by the amount of Bill Gates's fortune today and was not poorer by the amount of John D. Rockefeller's fortune a century ago.

Indeed, ideas and accomplishments of Rockefeller's, such as moving crude oil by train tank car and increasing production and marketing of kerosine (replacing whale oil), increased Rockefeller's wealth even as they increased both our young nation's wealth (through much lower prices) and productivity (through expanding access to oil and its byproducts, essential fuel and raw materials for a growing nation). In fact, one could also argue that Rockefeller inaugurated the first "save the whales" campaign.

And I haven't even mentioned his philanthropic activities that brought us (for better or worse) the University of Chicago. If Rockefeller and others like him had been prevented by government from earning any more money above some arbitrary amount, through astronomical marginal tax rates, then we might have never grown to be a world industrial and cultural superpower. Concludes Sowell:

But that is wholly different from having politicians make such decisions [how much money citizens can make] for other people. Politicians who take on that role stifle economic progress and drain away other people's money in order to hand out goodies that will help get themselves reelected. Some people call that "social justice," even when it is anti-social politics.

If you put a cap on economic achievement, inevitably you will squelch economic and societal advancement. Communism has taught us as much.

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Did anyone ever tell Al Gore that he'd earned enough money?



Much Like Eddie Murphy's Girlfiend, Government Bureaucrats Like to Party All the Time, Party All the Time, Party All the Time

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:13 PM

Government bureaucrats with the (snicker) responsibility for overseeing offshore drilling were much too busy watching porn and doing crystal meth to do their damn jobs.

Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry.
In at least one case, an inspector for the Minerals Management Service admitted using crystal methamphetamine and said he might have been under the influence of the drug the next day at work, according to the report by the acting inspector general of the Interior Department.

A few weeks ago, Republicans tried to pass a law that would have made it possible to fire Government bureaucrats for watching porn on the job. Democrats shot it down, of course.

So, here's our long-distance dedication to all those SEC Regulators, Minerals Management bureaucrats, and... of course, to the Obamas, too --- for showing us that even in the midst of a brutal recession, it's okay to throw ridiculously opulent shindigs that Emperor Caligula would have called "Maybe a bit much."



Chavez Confiscates Food

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM

If you can't wait to see what happens next under Hope & Change, just look to Venezuela, where Obama prototype Hugo Chavez is resolving food shortages by confiscating food:

Venezuela's National Guard seized roughly 120 tons of merchandise Thursday from the country's largest food company, the guard's commander said.
The "preventive confiscation" came after authorities say they detected inconsistencies in reports from the Empresas Polar conglomerate about the content of several warehouses in the western city of Barquisimeto, Gen. Luis Bohorquez Soto told state television.
He said the guard seized more than 91 tons of wheat flower, 12 tons of butter, five tons of rice and more than 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) of cooking oil, among other products.
The operation was part of President Hugo Chavez's efforts "to protect the Venezuelan family" and avoid the phenomenon of empty shelves at grocery stores, the general said.
Venezuela suffers from periodic shortages of staples such as milk, wheat flour, beans and coffee. While the leftist Chavez government blames hoarding by merchants to drive up prices, business says the problem is lack of foreign currency to pay for imports.
Chavez imposed price controls on staple foods in 2003 as part of an effort to control inflation and Caracas continues to maintain currency controls.

Price controls, like most government intrusions into the business world, cannot help but produce shortages.

An added advantage to Chavez of confiscating Empresas Polar's food is all the people he can throw out of work and into the arms of government dependency, just as our Democrats have been doing as a prominent feature of their major initiatives.

Founded some 70 years ago, Empresas Polar has 30 processing plants and its products are sold in more than 150,000 locations. The firm says it employs around 30,000 people and that its operations generate an additional 180,000 jobs in supply, distribution and support services.

History buffs will recall that Joseph Stalin was also big on confiscating food. He found it an effective way to pacify resistance. Millions of Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death for the greater glory of collectivism during the Holodomor.

Yet despite failure after failure, horror after horror, our elitist ruling class tries again and again to impose socialism. This is because under socialism, the ruling class makes out fairly well (including corrupt crony capitalists like Goldman Sachs and GE). It's only everyone else who suffers.

In Venezuela, Obama's cronies would be called Boligarchs.

On a tip from Scott. Hat tip: Interested-Participant.



Dem Pol Hit by Drunken Illegal Alien

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:16 AM

As the tide of drunken Third World peasants inundates America, even our liberal rulers are feeling the effects — a Democrat State Rep. in Taxachusetts, for example:

State Rep. Mike Moran of Brighton was rear-ended by a suspected illegal immigrant this week. The suspect was wearing a Mexican costume at the time of the crash where he slammed into Moran at 60 mph.
The suspect, 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. According to the report, when told of the serious charges he would be facing, he just laughed.
But because of action taken by Gov. Deval Patrick, state police were unable to notify immigration authorities that Naranjo might be illegal.
Three years ago, Patrick revoked an order by former governor Mitt Romney which gave state police power to investigate immigration violations.

Dressed multiculturally in some kind of Mexican musician outfit, the undocumented Democrat boasted a blood alcohol level of .25. When the cops told him he was in trouble, according to the report,

he just laughed slurring that he was going to go back to "my country" Mexico. "Nothing is going to happen to me, man."

Sarah Palin was right: we are all Arizonans now.

On tips from Byron and Infidel Joe.



Profiles in Countermoonbattery: Paris Hilton

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 AM

Even the most seemingly useless among us can redeem themselves by refraining from moonbattery and showing respect where it's due — including Paris Hilton:

More than one hundred uniformed U.S sailors are getting ready to party with Paris Hilton during New York's Fleet Week ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, as Pop Tarts has exclusively learned that the hotel heiress has taken on the role of official "celebrity ambassador" for the USO's new initiative, "Song For Soldiers."
"I'm always looking for ways I can use my voice as a celebrity and I think there is nothing more worthwhile and patriotic than supporting our troops. When I first heard about the Songs for Soldiers initiative it immediately touched my heart," Hilton told Pop Tarts. "It's so easy to take for granted our freedom and happiness and forget about those who are endangering their lives every day to make it possible."
With 180,000 troops currently deployed, the goal of the new program is to give a new MP3 player to every single active duty service member in Iraq and Afghanistan after a research study by the City University of New York concluded that music is one of the most prominent stress relievers for U.S. service men and women. Each player will be pre-loaded with songs from a variety of artists who have donated their music to this effort. Furthermore, the USO Songs for Soldiers MP3 players, created by FlatFlash Duo, can also store pictures, video and documents, fitting easily into a wallet or small pocket.
Hilton will launch the program and lead the way this Wednesday night at "A Swingin' Salute" To Our Troops bash, complete with 40's classic swing dancing. However it seems the 29-year-old plans to swing a lot further in the coming months.
"I would love to visit our troops! I hope that once we meet this goal I can personally be a part of the trip overseas to deliver these players into the hands of the troops. I would find that very rewarding, it is something I have always wanted to do," she said.

I just gained more respect for Paris Hilton than I have for 99% of the entertainment industry.

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Now if she could just get the pink stuff out of her hair…

On a tip from MP.



Graduates to Angry Feminist Radical Dingbat Professor: S.Y.W.M.

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:30 AM

Arizona's Immigration Law is supported by >70% of Arizonans and close to 60% of Americans nationwide. Naturally, it's not so popular in the elite halls of academia.

Sandra Soto, an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's studies, Chicano Studies, Feminist Theories, Critical Race Studies, Queer theory at the University of Arizona decided to use the occasion of a commencement address to angrily denounce the Immigration Enforcement Law.

How did it go over? Not so good.

Professor De Soto, Y.S.Y.W.M.W.M.A.T.



Open Thread

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:20 AM

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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



Sweet Home Alabama

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:07 AM

Another Alabama Republican with a brutal campaign ad.

Alabama may save America yet.

Hat Tip: Newsbusters.



Item #3: Blinding Science

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:28 AM

The American Cancer Society has criticized a report from the President Obama Cancer Panel for grossly exaggerating the cancer risks associated with environmental exposure to various industrial, agricultural, and even natural chemicals.

"[The author of the report] acknowledged that it was impossible to specify just how many cancers were environmentally caused, because not enough research had been done, but he said he was confident that when the research was done, it would confirm the panel's assertion that the problem had been grossly underestimated.

Research? We don't need no stinking research! I mean, isn't science all about guessing the outcome in advance and proceeding on the assumption that it's right?

Despite the uncertainties, the panel recommended more research and stronger regulation to protect public health.

Gee, you almost would think they were wildly exaggerating the cancer risk so they could justify a massive expansion of Government Environmental Regulation.

But, surely, the Obamacrats would never do anything so blatantly dishonest just to expand their own power.

That last sentence may have been sarcasm.



Item #2: Hollywood Whackadoodle of the Week

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:22 AM

Nicholas Cage says he refuses to eat animals unless he considers their sexual relations "dignified." "Dignified?" You mean, like with top hats and monocles? Is that what he means?

(I know this story is a week old, but I kind of wanted to give TMH and VH their first crack at it. It's not really my thing. Me, I'm more concerned with deep, important issues like why is Venus Williams playing tennis in a Victoria's Secret teddy?)



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Once Again, Scratch a Progressive, Find a Fascist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:10 AM

New York (Waste of) Times columnist Thomas Friedman was back at it again on "Press the Meat," openly fantasizing about an America that would work so much better as a one-party Communist dictatorship like the People's Republic of China, whose murderous autocrats Friedman considers "reasonably enlightened."

I have fantasized--don't get me wrong--but that what if we could just be China for a day? I mean, just, just, just one day. You know, I mean, where we could actually, you know, authorize the right solutions, and I do think there is a sense of that, on, on everything from the economy to environment. I don't want to be China for a second, OK, I want my democracy to work with the same authority, focus and stick-to-itiveness. But right now we have a system that can only produce suboptimal solutions.

This is yet another case where over-the-top denials backfire. Friedman sounds like some schlub insisting to his wife, "No, no, no... even though I may fantasize about it, the last thing on Earth I would ever want is a naked coconut oil rubdown from Eva Longoria." Because What Friedman really "fantasizes" about is progressive fascism; a regime in which Obama, Pelosi, and Reid crush all opposition and implement the agenda of the New York (Waste of) Times editorial page.



Joe Biden Declares Brussels the Capital of the Free World

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:52 AM

Once again, the Obamunists demonstrate that socialist Eurotopia is their True North.

Hat Tip: Newsbusters.



May 24, 2010

Doctors Go Galt

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 PM

In the aftermath of our Democrat rulers ramming through the outrageous ObamaCare power grab, doctors unwilling to submit to slavery are talking about going Galt. Long, but worth watching despite the monotone:

It's good to know doctors aren't taking the Stalinization of our healthcare system lying down.

Via The Other McCain, on a tip from Oiao.



The Progressive War against Charter Schools

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:45 PM

The Lottery, a documentary directed by Madeline Sackler, follows four families through the anxieties of trying to enter charter school system in New York City. It also reveals the vicious attack against the national charter school movement by teachers unions and progressive activists. This interview with the director opens with the movie trailer, explains the director's idea for the film, and includes a segment from the film that reveals the chilling effort by unions and other guardians of the status quo, who reject the principle of education reform -- even if it means that more of our nation's most vulnerable inner-city children will suffer.

The film was screened recently at the Tribeca Film Festival and a panel discussion followed, lead by the film's director, the New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, CEO of Success Charter Network Eva Moskowitz, and one of the parents from the movie.

Most of the questions and comments were positive towards charter schools, but some dissented. While charter school advocates claim all parents they have ever met want their children to have a good education, others believe that charter schools self-select since parents must enter their children in a lottery to attend--an extra step apathetic parents might not attempt.
Two people came up to the microphone, talking about how they cried the whole way through the film. For many, it was the moment where a parent said "No one ever told me I could be an astronaut" that broke them down. Another, interviewed from prison, referred to Harlem Success Academy's goal that every one of their students becomes a college graduate. "No one ever told me I could be a college graduate," the inmate said, tears welling up in his eyes. These powerful moments helped focus the attention on the children. Politics aside (and this issue is ALL about politics), people want to see children educated and told that they can be successful college graduates. The method does not seem to matter as much as the results.

The fact that all inner-city schools are not of "charter school" quality is a pathetic reflection on our nation's public schools, destroyed by years of liberal mismanagement and teachers-union protectionism. One would think that the results for the children were the important thing for everyone, but those who protest charter schools often have no direct interest in those children per se: teacher's union zombies who see largely non-union charter schools as a threat; and professional Alinskyite agitators (read: ACORN) who have nothing to do with the children or the neighborhood in question. They simply care about the means, not the end. Ergo: if all children cannot benefit from the same excellent education, then none should be lucky enough to have even the hope of one.



SB 1070 Working Already

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:17 PM

Liberal hearts weep tears of blood in the quisling media:

If we had a legitimate federal government, as opposed to a gang of socialist looters who deliberately neglect the federal government's most basic duties, we could get illegal alien welfare baby machines to move south instead of north.

On a tip from Oiao.



Social Justice Shakedown

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:30 PM

You know that horde of Obama-supporting SEIU thugs that showed up at the home of a Bank of America executive to terrorize his family and demand "social justice"? Well, it turns out they may have had 75 million other reasons to terrorize the family of a BofA executive.

BofA is the union's lender of choice -- and SEIU, suffering financially, owes the bank nearly $4 million in interest and fees. Bank of America declined comment on the loans.

$4 million in interest and fees on a $75 million loan the union is having trouble repaying.

So maybe this is just Chicago-style thug politics in action. "Nice family you got there. It'd be a shame if anything happened to them. Now, about our loan situation..."

Hat Tip: AoS HQ.



Chicago Schools Communist Indoctrination Extravaganza

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:16 PM

Possibly because they don't receive their instructional materials directly from China's communist dictatorship, Chicago schools lack subtlety regarding the socialist indoctrination students are subjected to:

Hundreds of Chicago students of all ages were invited into a day-long display of revolutionary communist propaganda at the "Social Justice Student Expo" in one of Chicago's community colleges [CCC] on the north side on Thursday, May 20. Presented by Chicago Youth Initiating Change (CYIC), it had the full blessing of CCC.

Featured were posters praising Fidel Castro's executioner Che Guevara, denouncing military recruiters, proclaiming that "Without Mexicans America Ain't Nothin," et cetera. Proving once again that moonbats have no clue what year it is, stickers advocated impeachment for Bush and Cheney.

Here's how CYIC describes itself:

Chicago Youth Initiating Change (CYIC) is a grassroots organization that brings together youth and teachers from diverse racial, economic and geographic backgrounds to create an educational space to explore social justice issues and carry out social justice initiatives. CYIC is a student and teacher led organization comprised of a wide array of Chicago area public, private, alternative, and charter school members.

"Social justice" is a euphemism for communism.

Ever wonder what "community organizers" like Barack Obama organize? This video of the event offers an idea:

The sort of people who arranged this display for schoolchildren are running the federal government.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



ChiComs Supply California School With Teaching Materials

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:08 PM

Don't get your hopes up, but it looks like we may settle the debt our rulers ran up with the communist Chinese by letting them take California off our hands. Why else would the ChiComs supply the materials to teach California kids to speak Chinese?

Once they've gotten the leverage, the Chinese can be expected to teach our kids much more than their language. But a little propaganda extolling a hostile totalitarian dictatorship is no big deal. In contrast, textbooks that may portray America favorably are rigorously suppressed.

Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Oiao.



Do They Have Movies in Jesusland?

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:01 PM

It's nice to see effete urban moonbats showing a little curiosity about life out there in that country they want to "fundamentally transform." Via MetaFilter:

How hard is it to see a movie in a movie theater in rural areas? Is the experience significantly different from seeing a movie in a theater in a city?
Are they accessible, or do you have to drive an hour to get to them? Are they big chain multiplexes out near the Walmart by the highway with big plush seats and a full concessions counter, or is there a locally-owned single-screen house somewhere in the town an hour away with ratty carpeting and a weird old man in a paper hat putting butter on your popcorn? …
I'm curious because I've been working in movie theaters in Chicago for the last few years but only have a vague idea of what it's like to see a movie in a less metropolitan place. Seeing and projecting films in theaters has become a big part of my life, and I wonder about how it might be different if I moved away from the city (possibly - in my daydreams - to start my own solar-powered repertory cinema with a sustainable popcorn farm on the roof).

He might be serious about the solar-powered cinema and the sustainable popcorn. Never mind life outside the liberal echo chambers our largest cities have become — moonbats are clueless about reality in general.

On a tip from Blackford Oakes.



Joe and the Big Rat

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:18 PM

As a follow-up to a post here last Saturday (see that video if you haven't), here we see David Gregory press Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate Joe Sestak on Meet the Press about that little question of bribery. Then, on Fox News Sunday, both party chairmen comment on the issue.

This isn't a new children's allegorical bedtime story, but maybe it should be one day. It could teach a lesson in personal accountability. Personal accountability comes to Joe Sestak, without overly much difficulty -- he's been telling the truth all along, so we are told. Whether or not he wins in November, at least he is presumably at peace with himself and his conscience. Personal accountability, however, has no place in the Obama White House. Apparently, no one there has a conscience. And they will eventually suffer for it -- if not today, if not tomorrow, then soon enough (2010/2012/2013) . The End.

Hat tip: The Daily Caller.



Clear-Cutting Forests to Save the Planet

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:26 AM

While paving the way for Comrade Obama's imposition of socialism, George W. Bush declared, "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system." Taking a similar approach, the moonbats running Denmark are saving the earth from the nonexistent climate crisis by clear-cutting forests.

Even some environmentalists are alarmed by the absolute insanity:

The Danish government plans to clear forests and destroy unique nature for the benefit of industry.
The Danish environment minister Troels Lund Poulsen decided, on behalf of the government, on 30th September 2009, that the clearing of 15 km2 of forest in the north west of Denmark will take place. A test centre for the development of offshore windmills is planned to take up 30 km2 of land in the Thy region, near Østerild. This deforestation will create an increase of 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emission, the equivalent of the CO2 emission of 100,000 people per year. …
The region is one of Denmark's most beautiful areas. With its rugged landscapes and grand views, as well as many rare species of animals, birds and plants, the area is representative of authentic Danish nature. …
The windmills, which are 250 meters tall, are planned to be along a 6 km linear south/north stretch. This will prevent birds in the international Ramsar-area, Vejlerne, which is situated to the east of the test centre, from flying west to the EU-habitat area Vullum Sø and to Thy National Park just south of Hanstholm.

Maybe this will clue a few people in on the fact that windmills are not about saving the environment, or even about generating electricity, which they are incapable of doing efficiently. Like biofuels, windmills are 100% boondoggle. They have only three conceivable purposes: 1) cut down (so to speak) the bird population so we don't have as many messes on our windshields; 2) allow particularly dim-witted liberals to give themselves thrills of sanctimonious self-approval over their support for "clean energy"; and 3) transfer taxpayer money into the pockets of corrupt crony capitalist corporations like General Electric, who don't donate so lavishly to politicians for nothing.

Our energy future.

On tips from Kevin R and Oiao.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:21 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



The Triple Crown of Global Cooling

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:48 AM

And you thought that the unscientific, unproven fraud called anthropogenic global warming/climate change was the bane of our planet. (If you are a dimwitted prog or a kool-aid drinker, that is.) If you can get past the BS, then you might even learn that there is something else going on — naturally, involving the earth, sea, and sun — that could quite possibly do even more serious damage to life on Planet Earth as we know it.

"Global warming" may become one of those quaint cocktail party conversations of the past if three key climate drivers - cooling North Pacific sea surface temperatures, extremely low solar activity and increased volcanic eruptions - converge to form a "perfect storm" of plummeting temperatures that send our planet into a long-term cool-down lasting 20 or 30 years or longer.
"There are some wild cards that are different from what we saw when we came out of the last warm PDO [Pacific Decadal Oscillation] and entered its cool phase [1947 to 1976]. Now we have a very weak solar cycle and the possibility of increased volcanic activity. Together, they would create what I call the 'Triple Crown of Cooling,'" says Accuweather meteorologist Joe Bastardi.
If all three climate-change ingredients come together, it would be a recipe for dangerously cold temperatures that would shorten the agricultural growing season in northern latitudes, crippling grain production in the wheat belts of the United States and Canada and triggering widespread food shortages and famine.

Mythical AGW is not the bane of our planet. Mythical AGW is the bane of our economy and possibly even our civilization — through stifling industrial regulations, insane CAFE standards, and economy-crushing cap-and-tax laws. There are even some rats scrambling from the sinking Green Economy ship — take a lead from them.

Folks, we could have another thing coming entirely, that we mere mortals couldn't change even if we all hoped real hard.

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Time to buy stock in ear muff producers.

On a chill-inducing tip from Bergbiker. Image hat tip: Angry Conservative.



What's in the Water in Alabama?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:22 AM

Their political ads are just brutal... in a good way.

I must say, I like the cut of this fellow's jib.



BHO, Master of the Modern Media

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM

Having effectively installed Comrade Obama in office with its unrelenting hype and refusal to examine his radical background and lack of qualifications, the mainstream media might have expected to be the last to get eaten by the socialist crocodile. But already the Obamination Administration has set up its own alternative media run out of the White House, so that the guys who program the Moonbat Messiah's teleprompter can have 100% control of the misinformation we're fed. Despite Chairman Zero's complaint that he doesn't like information technology, his gang is very much on top of the latest trends, as evidenced by the cornucopia of corny propaganda offered up by the White House YouTube page. Features include the recently launched West Wing Week. Switch comments:

'West Wing Week' was launched with little fanfare some time ago on YouTube and slipped under the radar of most media outlets. But it offers an interesting glimpse into the daily goings on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The videos round up the major events, with President Obama facing some new national crisis, visiting schools and businesses and speaking to the press. But there are also behind the scenes moments that [attempt to] humanize the president and others in the administration
Of course, efforts like these are ways for the administration to control the flow of information and attempt to steer the national conversation. During the Bush years, much was made of that administration's ability to control the conversation and effectively herd the press, but even those masters of message could learn a thing or two from the Obama team. These efforts, however, have rankled the feathers of some in the traditional media who feel the White House is trying to sidestep them by releasing its own photos of events on Flickr, video interviews with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and saving some content strictly for the 'West Wing Week' video series.

It's almost as if Chairman Zero is looking forward to the day when he won't need his alphabet network enablers anymore.

Before long B. Hussein will have his own cable channel. Compliments of Zappatrust:

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But I'm forgetting, Dish Network has already offered an Obama Channel, and I don't mean MSNBC. At least we can still watch other channels, for now.



Moonbat Tech Fail

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 AM

Remember progressives' ingenious plan to sop up the oil from the Gulf spill using human hair? It didn't work:

[Moonbats] have collected hair in hopes that it could contain the ooze as it invades deeper into coastal marshland. But crews said Saturday they concluded using the hair was not feasible, and the organizations collecting the hair were asked to stop doing so. …
Charlie Henry of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said booms made from hair became water-logged and sank within a short period of time.

But like all liberal campaigns, the hair collection served its purpose by allowing moonbats to pretend they are doing something constructive. No doubt the money spent mailing the hair around helped stimulate the economy.

Sonya Sotomayor will be relieved to hear that she doesn't need to shave her armpits in the national interest after all.

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You can still donate hair to David Axelrot.

On a tip from Air2air.



Sign of the Times

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:08 AM

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into an astounding land whose boundaries are that of degenerates' depraved imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, Liberal Land!

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Via Oddly Specific, on a tip from Scott.



Importing Undocumented Democrats From Afar

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM

Upon those undocumented Democrats who live too far away to take advantage of the willfully unguarded border, Comrade Obama has generously bestowed Presidential Document fr04fe09-106:

Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the "Act''), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
(Presidential Sig.)
THE WHITE HOUSE

That is, it is in the "national interest" to spend $millions of our money to import Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip.

This came out within a week of the Moonbat Messiah taking office. Yet some people are only now starting to understand that this guy does not mean our country well.

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We didn't have to wait long.

On a tip from Henry.



Item #4: Another Scam for the "Diversity Training" Racket

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:05 AM

Diversity hucksters --- with the generous assistance of the Nanny State and the trial bar --- have made a very lucrative racket out of getting major corporations to pay them big money to send in uptight little weenies to lecture employees on being more "tolerant;" you know, in case of decades of constant "tolerance" propaganda from public education, the entertainment media, Government, and churches somehow failed to get the message across.

The latest trendy scam for the Diversity racket is "Micro-Inequities," which might best be defined as, "little things rational people say or do that offend irrational people."

A micro-inequity can be very micro. It can involve an action or words or even a tone of voice or a gesture. The inequity can be a deliberate attempt to harm someone or it can be unintentional, rooted in a person's perceptions about others.

Apparently, fair pay and fair opportunities to advance aren't enough; now fragile minority egos have to be defended against having their feelers hurt, as this slimy little weasel in the video below illustrates...

Personally, I prefer the Michael Scott approach...



Item #3: California Embraces Chinese Communist School Curriculum

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:32 AM

Last week, a terrified California legislator proposed a law that would bar California schools from adopting the pro-American curriculum proposed for Texas schools; a curriculum that rejects the left's standard indoctrination that America was an evil country of racist slaveholders until the hippies came along and fixed everything in favor of a curriculum that encourages thoughtful study of the Constitution and the Free Enterprise system.

On the other hand, California has no problem at all with using a curriculum designed by the Butchers of Beijing in their public schools.



Item #2: Your Government at Work

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:22 AM

Sometimes, more pay, better benefits, lots of vacation, and gold-plated pensions just aren't enough for our noble public employee class. Employees of the Federal Protective Service took advantage of a period of lax oversight and went on a shopping spree, courtesy of the taxpayers.

Twenty-one FPS employees took advantage of an 18-month transition period during which the security agency was moved from the General Services Administration to the Department of Homeland Security "to loot GSA resources by purchasing unauthorized goods," according to the GSA's office of inspector general.
Investigative documents obtained by The Washington Times through a Freedom of Information Act request said the California-based FPS employees used the government cards to buy, among other things, $17,000 in suits at Macy's and the Men's Wearhouse, $15,000 in gold and silver coins, $60,000 in tuition payments and professional memberships, and $8,000 in gym memberships in 2003 and 2004.

None of the bureaucrats is facing prosecution for the theft.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: The Global Warming Con Men Are Cashing Out

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:56 AM

Roger Simon sees evidence that the Global Warming Scam may have run its course and the scammers are cashing out in advance of the crash. Al Gore's buddy Richard Sandor --- and many other investors --- are selling out their shares of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the exchange set up as the mechanism for exchanging carbon credits under the Global Warmist Cap and Trade scheme. Selling out now can be seen as an indication that they don't expect this carbon scam to pay off in the future, and they're getting out now.



May 23, 2010

How to Dope Slap a Bumper Sticker Liberal

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:00 PM

In a recent post of mine, semi-resident liberal troll La Sagna was fairly well shut down by brief and cutting logical retorts from our conservative commentators Joe Biden and Wyatt's Torch. It is a pithy and surgical display that seemed to beg rendering into the Robot Theater meme -- but this time, with a super-hero twist. (After all, this is a struggle between Good and Progressive, isn't it.) Captain Protecto provides voice to both of the conservatives and the Evil Doktor Prog needs no introduction.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM

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On tips from Oiao and Muddypaw.



Jeff Sessions Responds to ICE's Refusal to Enforce Immigration Law

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:10 PM

It has been less that two years, and already the contemptible farce formerly known as Hope & Change is coming completely unraveled. In response to Arizona's attempts to save itself from total ruin by enforcing federal immigration law, John Morton, Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has warned with the tacit support of the White House that it will not cooperate with Arizona on border defense. Senator Jeff Sessions is rightly appalled:

If Washington explicitly refuses to perform its official duties in defending one of the states from foreign invasion, the federal government is no longer legitimate. The staggeringly foolish mistake of handing over power to a radical community organizer on the basis of political correctness is causing the Union to come undone.

There is a bright side: if America survives despite the best efforts of its current rulers, Democrats will spend at least a generation in the wilderness waiting for us to forget what they tried to do to us.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



GM Loan Payback Explained

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:47 PM

Government Motor's top Obama lackey Ed Whitacre explains how the nationalized auto company managed to pay back the mountains of taxpayer money that has been shoveled into it on behalf of the UAW:

Once the federal government opens a money hole, it never closes.

On a tip from RWild1.



Boulder Takes Tentative Step Toward Sanity

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:25 AM

Surprisingly, moonbat-friendly Boulder, Colorado has outlawed public nudity. Already the ordinance is putting a crimp on local style:

Boulder police say [a] homeless man who was panhandling on a highway off-ramp wearing only a pair of panties on his head is the first person to be arrested under the city's new public nudity law.

The perpetrator appeared to be drunk and refused to get dressed.

Careful, Boulder. The ACLU could probably find something hidden in the First Amendment about panhandling drunk on the highway with only a pair of panties on your head.

Suspicions that the perpetrator was a member of the City Council celebrating the mighty blow Boulder stuck against racist oppression by banning travel to Arizona appear to be groundless.

Lest anyone think Boulder is turning its back on moonbattery, the new law reportedly prevents naked people from facing stricter punishment and having to register as sex offenders — and of course it's still okay for women to walk around topless.

On a tip from Graycat.



Sic Transit LOST

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:07 AM

Tonight is the series final of Lost, and what a long strange trip it's been. Lost was a rare bird in the mindless wasteland of network television; a series that not only didn't insult the intelligence of its audience, but also challenged it.

Too often, what passes for smart on TV is mere style. Case in point, Mad Men. Once you get past the atmospherics, ("Oh, look it's the 1960s! They're smoking! The men are keeping women in their place. There's a closeted gay guy!") there wasn't really much meat on them bones, storywise. And most TV doesn't even rise to that level, like Family Guy's constant, juvenile stunts to shock the decent folk. ("Oh, Look, a Vietnamese man mocking US veterans We're SO edgy! {We won't make fun of Mohammed though.}")

Lost was smart and literary, not just in superficial ways, like naming prominent characters after different philosophers: Locke, Rousseau, Bakunin... but also in its structure, it's use of symbolism and allusion, and in taking on questions of fate, destiny, redemption, and human frailty. In an age where intelligent debate has been replaced by Democrats dancing around in chicken suits, Lost was a little island of smart in a stupid, stupid world.


Yeah, there were occasions of moonbattery intruding into the plot... like Sayid, the sloe-eyed Iraqi who only became a torturer because evil Americans soldiers made him into one. But not nearly to the degree of Battlestar Galactica's entire Iraq-War bashing second season, or every stinking episode of Law and Order for the past 12 years ("Our suspects are a radical lesbian who was seen with a smoking gun outside the victim's apartment, a black guy with a criminal record who threatened the victim earlier in the day, and a middle-aged white businessman with no apparent connection to the victim." "Arrest the white guy!")

This past season, more than once, I turned to my son and said, "Did I just hear what I think I heard?" in response to something a character said. One such occasion was when Jacob, the character who sort of represents Good (more or less), was asked why he didn't directly help the people he brought to the island. He answered with a beautifully simple statement encapsulates centuries of philosophy about the relationship between God and man .

"I wanted them to help themselves. To know the difference between right and wrong without me telling them. It's all useless if I have to make them do anything. Why should I have to step in?"

Goodbye, Lost. Television will be much dumber without you.



¿Está Usted Listo para Retumbar?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:00 AM

Barack Obama has yet another prize title to compete for -- so LET'S RUMBLE!

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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



May 22, 2010

Paul Volcker Abroad: We Need a New Tax

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:02 PM

Carter-era retread Paul Volcker, Chairman of Comrade Obama's grotesquely misnamed "Economic Recovery Advisory Board," explains to a European audience why our economy is about to be hamstrung with massive energy taxes. It isn't because anyone who made it through the sixth grade by the age of 18 really believes that "climate legislation" will improve the weather. Someone's got to pick up the tab for the $trillions upon $trillions of wasteful spending our liberal rulers have been indulging in, and if you consume energy, that someone is you:

Here comes the VAT too. Enjoy your standard of living while you can.

Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.



White House Soiree Gets Out of Hand

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:38 PM

No wonder Comrade Obama is so assiduous about keeping his enablers in the press at bay…

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Compliments of Lunaticcringeradio.



An Uncanny Resemblance

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:18 PM

At about 0:54 into this clip, the Russian heavy from the 1952 Red Scare film Invasion USA begins making a speech to the newly conquered USA. Tell me it doesn't sound exactly like the outline of the agenda of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Regime.

Redistribute the wealth - check.
Punish Wall Street - check
Reward loyalty to the Democrat party - check
Solidarity with Marxist regimes to ensure world peace - check

It's also interesting that the first thing the commies do when they take over is shoot a talk-radio host.



My New Favorite Bumper Sticker

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:25 PM

I saw this today on a vehicle in Maryland. It always warms my heart to know that there are a few others like me in my miserably blue state.

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Recycle a Liberal — indeed!


Compliments of Zazzle.



Democrat Pants on Fire

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:53 AM

The Democratic Party of Connecticut today nominated pathological liar Richard Blumenthal to replace corrupt Countrywide stooge Chris Dodd in the U.S. Senate.

And then, there's the tricky issue of whether the Obama White House broke Federal Law and offered Pennsylvania senate candidate Joe Sestak a job in order to keep him from challenging rat bastard Arlen Specter in the primary.



To Our Frightening President

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:32 AM

This letter has been around the internet for about a year and is attributed to Lou Pritchett, a former Procter & Gamble vice president and recognized leader in "change management." (If that's what you need after Hopeychange ruins a nation, maybe this guy should be elected in 2012.)

Whether or not you're seeing it for the first time or the twentieth, it rings phenomenally true.


AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
-- Lou Pritchett


On tips from Patriot Tim and TED.



NY Waste of Times Fawns Over Judge Who Is Soft on Kiddie Porn

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:52 AM

U.S. District Court Judge Jack Weinstein doesn't believe that perverts should be punished for possession of child pornography, and thinks that as a judge, he should over-rule the people's elected legislators and not sentence perverts to the punishment the law demands.

Judge Weinstein, who sits in the United States District Court in Brooklyn, has twice thrown out convictions that would have ensured that the man spend at least five years behind bars. He has pledged to break protocol and inform the next jury about the mandatory prison sentence that the charges carry. And he recently declared that the man, who is awaiting a new trial, did not need an electronic ankle bracelet because he posed "no risk to society."
We're destroying lives unnecessarily," he said. "At the most, they should be receiving treatment and supervision."

"At the most...?" Really?

Really?

The New York Waste of Times has given Judge Weinstein a fawning, Page One tribute, for his "courageous" defense of people who collect images of children being sexually abused.

The progressive left has a pretty shameful history of siding with people who molest children, or who fantasize about molesting children. The ACLU defended NAMBLA's "right" to distribute instructions on how to kidnap, rape and murder children. By the way, an ACLU president was busted for possession of child pornography. So, you can understand why they would defend NAMBLA.

Also, Wikipedia -- which you know what it is -- has been embroiled in a controversy involving the use of its servers to distribute child pornography. And one of its lefty founders, Erik Möller, Wikimedia's Foundation Deputy Director, takes a very progressive view of pedophilia.

"What is my position on pedophilia, then? It's really simple. If the child doesn't want it, is neutral or ambiguous, it's inappropriate."

Progressive morality is an oxymoron.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Video of SEIU Siege of Banker's Home

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM

Here's what Bank of America executive Greg Baer's teenaged son Jack saw on his front step when he was home alone last Sunday:

It is beyond dispute that these SEIU and National People's Action goons are communists, just as no one disputes that Obama and the SEIU are joined at the hip. Anyone in the financial industry who crawls into bed with Obama is going to wake up in a world where these thugs call the shots — if we're not already in that world.

The cynical and corrupt (e.g., Goldman Sachs) will tell each other that if you don't have a seat at the table, you're on the menu. But Greg Baer is a lifelong Democrat. If you have anything worth stealing, you're on the menu anyway. For details of how it all plays out, refer to the history of the Soviet Union.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Krauthammer on Obama on Arizona

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 AM

As our society turns and turns in the widening gyre, things falling apart, the center not holding, and the ceremony of innocence drowned, at least we can turn to Charles Krauthammer for the calm voice of reason. Unfortunately, what he has to say these days isn't all that calming. Here he comments on "the arrogance and the near lawlessness" of the gang of socialist fools in control of the federal government:

Illegal versus legal, non-white versus white, federal versus state, blue versus red, city versus country, rich/poor versus middle class, secular progressive/Muslim versus Christian, rulers versus ruled — as an idiot might have been able to predict, the moonbat demagogue in the White House is tearing our country apart.

On a tip from Oiao.



Mohamed Busted for Indecent Exposure

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 AM

First Lord Jesus Christ was hit by a car, now Mohamed has been arrested for walking around naked:

A man who told police that God told him to walk the streets naked to save his soul has been arrested. Thibodaux [Louisiana] police responded to an obscenity complaint around 2 a.m. Thursday and found Shafiq Mohamed walking nude down the street. When approached, Mohamed reportedly told officers that "America raped him" and added God told him to walk the streets naked to save his soul.

Somebody had better check on Buddha.

On a tip from Muddypaw.



Caturday Post: Rand Paul Versus the Simple-Minded Racist Idiocy of the Left

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:37 AM

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Ebony, Ivory, and Ginger living in perfect harmony on teh same kitteh

Ugh! I don't like having to post about Rand Paul -- I don't even like the guy. But this post really isn't about Rand Paul per se, but about the idiot, knee-jerk lefties that are attacking him.

I am irritated because, as I said before, it's stupid to be debating an issue from 1964 when the country has other, more serious problems. I hadn't even been born yet when this was an issue. Yeah, there's still pockets of racism in the country, but the problems of racism have diminished and been long eclipsed by the problem of a Government that is all-intrusive and fiscally unsustainable. (As in, maybe having a huge Department of Education filled with bureaucrats who contribute nothing to quality of education is a luxury we can no longer afford.)

Rand Paul's position is actually pretty thoughtful: Even though racial discrimination is wrong, the use of Government authority to fight it is an infringement upon freedom. We should think carefully before we infringe on freedom. Where freedom is abused to harm others, a case can be made for Government infringement, but still, we must weigh the use of Government power carefully because Government has been shown to abuse power, and does not relinquish it easily.

The left's smear of Paul's position is neither honest nor thoughtful: "It is a-ok for business to racially discriminate."

This debate on the limits of Government power is a good one to have; especially in a time when Government has gotten so big and so intrusive it has become a far greater threat to social cohesion than a few lingering pockets of racism. It's a pity the progressive left would rather engage in mindless racial demagoguery.



May 21, 2010

Public Education Pinheads Are at it Again

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:56 PM

It never freakin' stops. Now, they suspend a kid for the heinous crime of wearing rosary beads.



Cuba Backs Dems Against Arizona

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM

Despite overwhelming opposition from the American public, Dems do have support in their campaign against the enforcement of immigration law. It isn't only Felipe Calderon in their corner; they've got the Castro Bros. too:

Cuban lawmakers have passed a resolution denouncing Arizona's new immigration law as "racist and xenophobic," [not to mention a] "brutal violation of human rights"…

This criticism of asking aliens to produce papers after they've caused enough trouble to result in an encounter with the police comes from a communist dictatorship.

The tightly controlled, communist-run island has long been criticized for its human rights record, which includes the jailing of 200 political prisoners, the banning of a free press and the outlawing of opposition political parties.
Cuban citizens are required to carry identification with them wherever they go, and can be stopped by police and sent home if they are found in a part of the island where they don't belong.

But no extreme of hypocrisy can evoke shame in leftists, because leftists have no shame to evoke.

The Castro regime tried to persuade the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. We know where it's coming from. We know where our Democrat rulers are coming from too.

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On the same page as our Democrat rulers.

On a tip from SR.



Dalai Lama Wallows in Moonbat Hypocrisy

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM

The absurd Dalai Lama has come to the world's financial capital to enlighten capitalists with the sanctimonious moonbattery he peddles so effectively.

The Dalai Lama on Thursday declared that he is still a Marxist in spirit who condemns capitalism as a system whose main goal is "how to make profit."

Profits are made by creating wealth. The absence of wealth is poverty. Poverty is exploited by leftists to increase their coercive power over others. Therefore, moonbats believe that profits are bad — except when they're the ones making them:

The 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner [of course] spoke minutes before his afternoon teaching session at Radio City Music Hall on the stage that hosts the dancing Rockettes every Christmas.
Tickets for each of six such sessions — two a day starting Thursday morning — sold for $20 to $60 apiece. But several Internet sites were reselling them at prices nearing $700.

Just as profits are bad for us but good for the Dalai Lama and his "organizers," Marxism is good for us but bad for him.

Marxism has "the only economy system expressing concern of equal distribution (of wealth); that is moral ethics," the Tibetan Buddhist leader told a news conference at the start of a four-day New York visit. …
But in practice, he added, Marxism as applied by authoritarian governments, such as China's, is oppressive, because it lacks an independent judiciary, a free press and human rights for his fellow Buddhists in Chinese-governed Tibet.

That is, Marxism isn't as fun when a communist regime has its boot on your throat (as the Obamination Administration would put it). How communism could possibly be imposed while preserving any meaningful human rights whatsoever was once again left unexplained.

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"You kids stop throwing berries!"

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Portrait of a Moonbat: Lisa Fithian

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:12 AM

Far from altruism, what actually motivates most of the progressive left (and most of our trolls) is malignant narcissism. The lefty troll doesn't want to debate, he wants you to pay attention to him. And when lefty activists say, "We need to change the world," what they are actually saying is, "I want the world to notice me." Progressivism activism is a route to fame and public approval for star-wannabes who lack physical attractiveness, talent, or whatever it is that keeps getting Janeane Garofalo work.

Case in point is lesbian pagan anarchist media darling Lisa Fithian. The image that emerges from this profile in Big Hollywood is not pretty as Fithian's efforts at self-adulation lead to vandalism and harassment against those she deems her enemies. Those she deems her friends, like Cindy Sheehan, are used and then tossed over the shoulder when they can no longer bring attention to Lisa Fitihian's favorite cause... Lisa Fitihian.

One episode in particular demonstrates this narcissism. For Lisa Fithian, the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort wasn't about helping desperate people who lost everything, but was just another opportunity to make herself the star in her own Street Theater production.

When Bush the Evil conjured up Hurricane Katrina to further oppress all people of color, Fifthian added New Orleans to her itinerary. But she hit the scene too late. Fellow Austin activist Brandon Darby had already co-founded Common Ground Relief, a non-profit organization that provided supplies, food, shelter, and medical help to Katrina survivors in the Big Easy's ninth ward. Darby and his coworkers had their hands full, so - beyond announcing that she was a lesbian woman - there wasn't really anything for Fithian to do.
So she staged a protest. Against Common Ground Relief.
The victims of Katrina could wait until the Fithians established a "queer safe space" and demanded equal jobs for LGBT (even if they were unqualified for them). (But hey, they made up for the delay later by turning Common Ground's kitchen into a yummy, vegan-only bread line!)
While Darby did the heavy lifting (one thing men are good for), Fithian demanded "social justice" even in the midst of an epic disaster. Of course, "social justice" here had little to do with helping actual people; it was more about redistributing the power, such as it was. As Fithian describes on her website, Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change, "thousands of mostly young people were provided anti-racist/sexist training and Undoing Racism workshops and encouraged to continue this kind of work in their own communities."

Yes, that's right... she "helped" the people of New Orleans who had just lost their homes, their possessions, their jobs (or their welfare check delivery system anyway), and their families... by lecturing them on racism.

Darby, of course, went on to become a "traitor" to the progressive cause by becoming an FBI informant against his fellow radicals who were plotting to murder Republicans at the RNC convention in Minneapolis.

Fithian showed up at the trials of her fellow radicals. When Darby took the witness stand, she muttered Pagan curses against him under his breath.

Read the whole thing, even if you understand the narcissism that drives the left pretty well. It never hurts to understand the enemy a little more.



Gitmo Closure Fail

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:55 AM

The sun will still rise over Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the foreseeable future.

Last night the House Armed Services Committee finished this year's bill authorizing $567 billion worth of defense spending and another $159 billion for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for the fiscal year beginning in October. […]
The actual bill hasn't been released yet. But buried at the bottom of an extensive summary the committee released last night is an express prohibition on the use of any Defense Department money to buy a new detention facility. According to the bill summary, the bill now requires Defense Secretary Robert Gates to give Congress a report that "adequately justifies any proposal to build or modify such a facility" if it wants to move forward with any post-Guantanamo detention plan.

According to Rush Limbaugh, the bill was passed in committee unanimously - every single Democrat supported this language.

That might place insurmountable obstacles to the the so-called "Gitmo North" plan to transfer Guantanamo detainees to Thomson [Correction Center, Illinois]. "They can't just create Guantanamo North and move everyone up there. That's clearly barred," said Chris Anders, a senior lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union who monitored yesterday's mark-up. "It doesn't mean that the proposal is dead, but it's hard to see how it makes a comeback after the House Armed Services Committee says there can't be money spent on Thomson."

Chalk up another spectacular failure for the Obama regime.

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I love the smell of enemy combatants in the morning.



Mexican President Attacks Second Amendment

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM

Of the many imperative reasons to secure the Mexican border, one of the most pressing is so as to keep out the arrogant pipsqueak Felipe Calderon. But you have to hand it to him: he knows how to get applause out of our Democrat rulers. Dem Congresscritters gave him a standing ovation when he denounced Arizona for enforcing federal immigration law:

Many Dems will love this too:

President Felipe Calderón of Mexico … implored lawmakers in Washington to restore a ban on the assault weapons often used by [Mexican] traffickers.

Things have come to a pretty pass when the head of a borderline failed state can come here demanding that our government curtail our Constitutional rights and he isn't sent home with a firm shoeprint on his scrawny behind.

I wonder why the head of a country that is aggressively invading and colonizing our own would want us disarmed.

By the way, 84% of Americans "favor requiring people to show documents proving their immigration status, if officials have reasonable cause to ask for them," which is all the supposedly controversial SB 1070 calls for. This squarely puts Calderon and the Dems on one side, and America on the other.

On a tip from J.



How Not to Drink Tequila

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM

When drinking tequila, lick the salt, down the drink, then bite the lime. If you just suck on the lime without taking the first two steps, you could end up looking like this:

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Compliments of Richard.



Will Big Government Soon Crack Down on Blogs?

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM

This is ominous:

Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agency — the Federal Election Commission — unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration Committee hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the "DISCLOSE Act" would extend the FEC's control over broadcast communications to all "covered communications," including the blogosphere.
The DISCLOSE Act's purpose, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Chris Van Hollen and other "reformers," is simply to require disclosure of corporate and union political speech after the Supreme Court's January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that the government could not ban political expenditures by companies, nonprofit groups, and labor unions.
The bill, however, would radically redefine how the FEC regulates political commentary. A section of the DISCLOSE Act would exempt traditional media outlets from coordination regulations, but the exemption does not include bloggers, only "a communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication…"

The Obamunist agenda is anything but popular. Having painted themselves into a corner and alienated the public, our current rulers have two choices: 1) listen to the people, slow down, and back down; or 2) crush opposition, starting with those who can't afford to buy protection in the courts. Given his radical background, there is little chance our Community Organizer in Chief will opt for the former.

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



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:47 AM

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On a tip from TED.



And Bad News

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:34 AM

A replacement cross that was erected in place of the Mojave Cross removed by vandals has been torn down on orders from the Obama Regime.



Good News Everyone

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:17 AM

Some faint sparks of sanity have recently been detected in the Federal Judiciary in California, where a judge has just ruled that people might… just might… be as much a part of the eco-system as two-inch fish.

A federal judge has struck a blow for California's water-deprived Central Valley, ruling that draconian federal water cutbacks violate human rights because — surprise! — people also belong in the ecosystem.
District Judge Oliver Wanger declared to federal regulators that they must consider the impact of their "draconian" actions on human communities, something they've never done up until now.
"Federal defendants completely abdicated their responsibility to consider alternative remedies," Wanger wrote.
He also ripped into the environmental regulators for their junk science "guesstimates," stating that their shut-off "lacked factual and scientific justification, while effectively ignoring the irreparable harm (their regulations) have inflicted on humans and the human environment," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Yeah, and it's the same moonbat judge who made the ruling that turned some of our country's most vital agricultural land into a dustbowl.

["So what? Americans are too fat anyway." "Shut up, idiot troll."]



Coincidence?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:17 AM

May 20 - US Senate passes historic Wall Street overhaul

May 21 - JPMorgan Chase Closing Frederick Office-600 Jobs Will Be Lost

Let's see if this is just a coincidence, or the start of a wave. Among other new shackles, Congress is trying to stop banks from making "risky" investments. But there is a reason banks take on "risky" investments. It's because higher risk investments are more profitable than low-risk investments. Under the new regulations, banks will be making less money, and they won't be able to keep on as many people.

And frankly, I trust people who are in business to make money to better be able to decide what risks are worth taking than Government bureaucrats; like the ones who decided that giving out mortgages to people who were financially irresponsible was good public policy. (Fannie and Freddy, by the way, are exempted from the "reform" bill.)

But, hey, as long as Chairman Zero can claim a win, who cares how many peons get laid off. Like the 2,500 people who lost their jobs when Student Loans were nationalized.

Remember, the Hindenburg crash was also "historic."

Here's what Wall Street thought of the "Historic" financial reforms.

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Financial stocks declined yesterday except for... can you guess who? Goldman Sachs.



Item #5: Chrissy Matthews: Oil Companies Are Completely Unregulated

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:32 AM

Whatever MSDNC is paying this maroon, it isn't nearly enough. In the course of a spittle-flecked deranged rant against Dick Cheney, Chrissy claims that the oil companies have no regulation whatesoever. None. Zip. Zero. Nada.

The energy policy of the previous eight years was written in the back room with Cheney and the oil companies. And that's a fact. They don't have any regulation.

You might be surprised to learn that oil companies are completely unregulated... I mean, quite apart from being not allowed to look for oil in the continental US, off most of the US coastline, or in that godforsaken hellhole in northern Alaska that environmental extremists are determined to preserve for the sake of bloodsucking mud-flies. Oh, and apart from not being allowed to build any new refineries in the last thirty years. And apart from having environmental extremists moving to stop them whenever they try to create any jobs. And apart from being dragged into Congress every other week so idiot blowhards who've never even run a gas station can lecture them about how to run their companies.

Yeah, apart from having every aspect of their business regulated and scrutinized by the Government at every turn, the oil companies are completely unregulated.

And if Chrissy hates oil companies so much, I am sure he lives on an Amish farm and makes his own candles out of earwax. Because he would be a major frakkin' hypocrite if he bashes oil companies all day and then drives, flies, or uses energy in some form.



Item #4: What's Wrong With Texas?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:28 AM

The Tea-Party bashing, Palin-hating, Beck-hating left has been up in arms about... well, about everything, frankly, that smacks of opposition or skepticism to the Regime of Hope and Change. But among the many things they have been up in arms about is the State of Texas trying to make its public schools more patriotic and pro-American.

But what is the Texas State Board of Education really proposing?

"Public school students in Texas would be required to evaluate efforts by global organizations to undermine U.S. sovereignty..."

What? You mean kids might be advised that United Nations is made up primarily of vile, autocratic regimes that constantly vote against the USA and our interests?

"Conservatives also added language that would require students to discuss solvency of 'long-term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.'"

Wait, that can't be right. Our cool black president and one-party Congress have managed our country's finances so well that not only can we afford Social Security and Medicare, but we can add a multi-trillion dollar health care entitlement to the mix.

They succeeded in making students learn about the "conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s," "documents that supported Cold War-era Sen. Joseph McCarthy," and the difference "between legal and illegal immigration.

Yeah, obviously we can't let the kids learn about this. Obviously, students only need to learn three things about American History: slavery, Japanese Internments during World War II, and slavery. Everything else is detail.

BTW: The loons in California are actually trying to pass a law making it illegal for California schools to teach what Texas does.



Item #3: A Video to Make Progs Scream

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:07 AM

Over at PJTV, Bill Whittle explains why Iron Man 2 is a horror movie for socialist progressives. As a cherry for your sundae, Milton Friedman takes a cluebat upside the head of socialist fossil Phil Donahue (and one dingbat with a Minnesota accent who has to be Al Franken's mother).



Item #2: It Was Probably Axelrod

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:42 AM

Rodent scurries by as Obama lauds Wall Street vote.



Morning Briefs For Friday Item #1: Portraits in Countermoonbattery: Tom McClintock

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:43 AM

Earlier, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon stood on the floor of the Capitol and denounced the United States while Democrat lawmakers gave him a standing ovation.

Republican Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) answers, and says nothing any sensible person would disagree with.

This is who Californians could have had as governor instead of RINO Girlyman Arnold Taxonator. Stupid saps.

A caller on the Dennis Miller Show suggested yesterday that Obama, Napolitano, and Holder are lying when they say they haven't read the Arizona law. His theory is they have read it, but they have to deny having read it so they can lie about what the law really says.

And maybe the reason Bammy is dodging the press lately is he doesn't want to have to answer the question, "Why aren't you enforcing the immigration laws so Arizona doesn't have to?"



May 20, 2010

Rep. Mark Critz: A Obama Limbaugh Democrat

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:25 PM

The Washington Post had a little brain fart today. In an effort to dismiss the notion that Dear Leader Obama's aganda is not exactly what you'd call popular these days, they simply forgot to report the facts correctly.

While Obama did not campaign in the special election to replace the late congressman John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), he did play a major role -- as the Republicans' favorite foil in a conservative Pennsylvania district where he is deeply unpopular. But by tailoring his message to local concerns, Democrat Mark Critz won handily against a GOP candidate who framed the vote as an opportunity to register a protest against Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"...tailoring his message to local concerns..." ?!? Quite some tailoring it was. Good thing that the WaPo had George Will on hand, in the very same section of the paper, to flesh out the story a bit:

The candidate who on Tuesday won the special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district is right-to-life and pro-gun. He accused his opponent of wanting heavier taxes. He said he would have voted against Barack Obama's health-care plan and promised to vote against cap-and-trade legislation, which is a tax increase supposedly somehow related to turning down the planet's thermostat. This candidate, Mark Critz, is a Democrat.

Sounds like Obama was actually Mark Critz's favorite foil. Thank goodness for those conservative columnists who are imminently capable of calling a spade a spade.

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Mark Critz (D R D - PA)



There Goes Mo

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 PM

Urban Infidel's contribution to Everybody Draw Mohammed Day:

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Rush Blitzes Clueless, Hypocritical Mexican President

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:02 PM

It was on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show that Mexican president Felipe Calderon admitted that his government treats immigrants ... well, they treat immigrants the way idiot leftists claim immigrants are treated in Arizona.

But it took America's Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, to really bring the exchange to life.

Hat Tip: Ace

This is why Chairman Zero and his fluffers in the media really hate Rush Limbaugh. (Also, approximately 40X as many people heard this on Rush's show as saw it on CNN).

I wonder if any of our progressive trolls will actually listen to it, before slipping into knee-jerk denunciations.

Added hilarity: The progressive saps at Think Regress are using selective editing from the same interview to claim that it's a myth that Mexico has harsher immigration laws than the US.



Liberal Hag Appalled That Americans Have More Common Sense Than She Does

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:38 PM

PBS Host, US News and World Report columnist, and Lurer of Children Into Her Gingerbread House Bonnie Erbe is appalled that most Americans recognize that our economy can't run on unicorn farts.

Although the Gulf spill has lowered the percentage of Americans who support offshore oil drilling, a new Pew Forum poll finds a stunning 54 percent still support it. So it will take more than a major, irreversible environmental disaster to persuade gas glugging Americans to trade in their pickups for hybrids. I see.

And dried up progressive dingbats still don't get that death-trap Smart Cars are totally unsuitable for people who have families, or jobs that require tools and equipment to be moved. Try hauling a load of hay or a horse trailer behind a Prius, you stupid broad.

Hat Tip: Newsbusters.



Secular Humanist Dhimmi Frets that Muslim Feelers Were Hurt by EDMD

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:59 PM

CNN has given prominent space to Greg Epstein — "an ordained Humanist rabbi, serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 'Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe' and chairs the national advisory board of the Secular Student Alliance" — to whine and blather about how terrible it is that some people have chosen to stand up to radical Islamists through the act of… drawing little pavement chalk drawings of Mohammed, and how such acts of horrible insensitivity break his precious little hippie heart.

After several paragraphs telling us … repeatedly … what a swell, tolerant and ethical humanist he is, and how appalled he is by the disrespect shown to Muslims, he gets to his solution... which is basically, let's hold hands and sing "Kum Bah Yah."

Perhaps one day soon Humanist and Muslim college students will use it together in inner-city elementary schools, teaching understanding and cooperation between members of different religious and moral traditions.

Good luck with that, hippie.

Epstein is a good little dhimmi, I'm sure he'll be beheaded last.

If you want to know why the secular left is utterly unable to cope with the existential threat of radical Islam, Mr. Epstein is a good place to start.



Border Disorder Leads to Fresh Water Piracy

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:42 PM

To the long list of reasons to demand the border be secured we can now add piracy:

Heavily armed Mexican freshwater pirates have been shaking down U.S. boaters on Falcon Lake, a reservoir and bass fishing haven that straddles the Rio Grande.
At least three such incidents have been reported since April 30, the latest on Sunday, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety warning issued Tuesday that linked the muggings to northern Mexico's increasing lawlessness.
According to descriptions of the incidents, the robbers — in at least one case posing as Mexican federal law enforcement officers — searched fishermen's boats for guns and drugs, then demanded cash at gunpoint. …
Falcon Lake is an approximately 60-mile-long reservoir on the Rio Grande fronting Starr and Zapata counties on the Texas side and shared between the United States and Mexico. It was formed by a dam in 1953 to conserve water for agriculture and control downstream flooding.

The very first duty of a legitimate government would be to protect the country by securing the border. Instead, we have a gang of criminals who use the trappings of government as cover for the same type of looting pirates engage in, but on a massive scale.

On a tip from Oiao.



Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Resurgence

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:50 AM

This op ed from Wednesday is very nearly the most popular item at New York Times Online today. It does a reasonable job at arguing that Rush Limbaugh has become the heart and soul of the conservative resurgence in post-2008 America.

How did this happen? The Obama victory in 2008 left Republicans dazed, demoralized and leaderless. Less than six weeks after the inauguration, in a nationally televised keynote address to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Mr. Limbaugh stepped into the void with a raucous denunciation of the new president's agenda and a strategic plan based on his belief that real conservatism wins every time. He reiterated his famous call for Mr. Obama to fail and urged the party faithful to ignore the siren song of bipartisanship and moderation and stay true to the principles of Ronald Reagan. …
His strategy was simple. With Democrats controlling Congress, Mr. Limbaugh saw that there was no way to stop the president's agenda. He dismissed the moderates' notion that compromising with the president would make Republicans look good to independents. Instead he decreed that the Republicans must become the party of no, and force Democratic candidates — especially centrists — to go into 2010 with sole responsibility for the Obama program and the state of the economy. And that is what has happened.

If this article was intended to heap the praise/blame on Rush for everything from the Tea Party movement to the spectacular Progressive Democrat defeats in almost every special election and primary since 2009, then it was a success.

Mr. Limbaugh was not just the architect of this plan, he was (and continues to be) its enforcer. Dissenters like Arlen Specter, whom Mr. Limbaugh disparaged as a "Republican in Name Only," found themselves unelectable in the party primaries. Moderates like Michael Steele, the party chairman, were slapped down for suggesting cooperation with the administration. When Representative Phil Gingrey of Georgia had the temerity to suggest that Mr. Limbaugh was too uncompromising, he was met with public outrage and forced into an humiliating apology.

Some may say WAIT, what about Glenn Beck? Point taken. In fact, I sense that the Obama White House might fear Beck even more than Rush, since Beck is a tireless, dogged researcher (and a little manic for good measure) who, with one hand on the Constitution and the other in a jar of M&Ms, has made "Founding Fathers" and "The Apollo Alliance" household terms and gotten the ball rolling for at least a few Obama Administration resignations. Rush is pretty much a news and information source, cast in his unparalleled conservative, self-righteous way. If his information isn't exactly original, it is presented with originality.

But who on the right can doubt his importance in keeping hope alive for a reactionary resurgence of true American conservatism? And if you're a lefty, who can doubt that he really, really tees off lefties?

Rush Limbaugh came along after the age of Ronald Reagan. He has never really had a Republican presidential candidate to his ideological satisfaction. But if the party sweeps this November under the banner of Real Conservatism, Mr. Obama will find himself facing two years of "no" in Washington and, very likely, a Limbaugh-approved opponent in 2012.

Hope for Change, Limbaugh style.

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Answer to TIME: that would be a yes.



Donald Berwick Confirms: Our Rulers Are Communists

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:16 AM

Donald Berwick, Comrade Obama's nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, compares American freedom to the debacle of British socialized medicine (the NHS):

A little annotation:

Healthcare as a "human right" means communism, starting with the healthcare industry. Once healthcare paid for by someone else is a human right, there is nothing to prevent groceries paid for by someone else from becoming a human right, then housing, transportation, clothing, et cetera, until your only right is to see any wealth you create confiscated by Marxist thugs and redistributed to someone else.

"Planning supply" means rationing healthcare, which is unavoidable under socialism. "Making tough choices" is what death panels are for.

"The darkness of private enterprise" means freedom.

"Redistribute wealth" means damned straight Berwick, Obama, and the rest of them are communists, and if we let them take our country away, we deserve to subsist as their slaves.

Via Lone Star Times, on a tip from Byron.



Astroturf

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:20 AM

Ellie Light continues the fight.

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Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power.

Meanwhile, in California, another astroturf group has gotten together to shut down talk radio stations that express opinions they disagree with.

We are specifically concerned about the 90-plus weekly hours of prime-time programming comprising the shows of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levine, Glenn Beck, Inga Barks, Ray Appleton and others.

Hey Hippies, here's a suggestion. If you don't like the programming, don't listen to those stations.



Huge Mob of SEIU Goons Attacks Banker's Home

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:11 AM

As a "community organizer," B. Hussein Obama trained other left-wing agitators. Presumably his lessons included tactics like this, as reported by Nina Easton:

Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that — in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential Service Employees International Union and a Chicago outfit called National Political Action — makes his family fair game.
Waving signs denouncing bank "greed," hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer's steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer's teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. …
Now this event would accurately be called a "protest" if it were taking place at, say, a bank or the U.S. Capitol. But when hundreds of loud and angry strangers are descending on your family, your children, and your home, a more apt description of this assemblage would be "mob." Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might "incite" these trespassers.

So much for the rule of law.

The tactic is classic SEIU/ACORN. If you want to live in a country where policy objectives are advanced by deploying mobs of barely human thugs to lay siege to the private homes of "capitalist exploiters" like something out of Night of the Living Dead, then you must be delighted with our current government.

What's interesting is that SEIU, the nation's second largest union, craves respectability. Just-retired president Andy Stern is an Obama friend and regular White House visitor. He sits on the President's Fiscal Responsibility Commission. He hobnobs with those greedy Wall Street CEOs — executives much higher-ranking than my neighbor Baer — at Davos. His union spent $70 million getting Democrats elected in 2008.

But putting SEIU/ACORN types in the White House hasn't made them any classier. Rather, it's made the whole country radically less classy — and radically less civilized.

What do these communist thugs have against Bank of America in particular, other than it being a bank and being part of America? BoA officials are flabbergasted,

citing the success of workout programs to help distressed homeowners, praise received from community groups, the bank's support of financial reform legislation, and the little-noticed fact that Bank of America exited the subprime lending business in 2001.

Exiting the subprime sinkhole could be the problem. As a lawyer for SEIU's Siamese twin ACORN, Obama sued banks for not issuing subprime loans based on race rather than ability to pay.

Easton touches on other possible motives:

SEIU has said it wants to organize bank tellers and call centers — and its critics point out that a great way to worsen employee morale, thereby making workers more susceptible to union calls, is to batter a bank's image through protest. (SEIU officials say their anti-Wall Street campaign has nothing to do with their organizing efforts.) Complicating this picture is the fact that BofA is the union's lender of choice — and SEIU, suffering financially, owes the bank nearly $4 million in interest and fees.

As America degenerates from a nation of laws into a nation of liberalism, you can expect to see more loans repaid in this fashion.

By the way, a little background on Baer:

A lifelong Democrat, Baer worked for the Clinton Treasury Department, and his wife, Shirley Sagawa, author of the book The American Way to Change and a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is a prominent national service advocate.

Let this be a lesson to anyone who cooperates with Obamunism in hopes that the alligator will eat them last.

Look what's running our country.

On a tip from Varla. Hat tip: Big Government.



FEMA Worker Caught Dissing Salvation Army Relief Workers

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:45 AM

How else can the Obama regime offend the faithful and drive wedges between Americans? Here's one way:

Angela Lott and Pamela Wedgeworth, who are sisters, told The Associated Press that the FEMA worker videotaping the cleanup on Saturday in the small town of Ebenezer asked them to do on-camera interviews but requested that they change out of their T-shirts because of a Salvation Army logo.
"He said, 'We would like to ask you to change your shirt because we don't want anything faith-based,'" Lott said Tuesday.
Lott said she asked him why he didn't want to feature faith groups.
"All he said was, 'We've done that hundreds of times,'" Lott said.

Sure, a FEMA official has gone on record saying that the videographer was "absolutely wrong" to ask some Mississippi church volunteers to remove their "religious" tee shirts before filming them at a tornado cleanup site. The worker has since been fired. But how can one not suspect that FEMA just got caught having to defend an indefensible position that is a matter of administration policy? With such a mendacious Commander-in-Chief setting the tone, one must suspend one's disbelief.

Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more common in our society. Christians are being asked to even remove t-shirts because those shirts are "offensive" to some.

This video from FNC goes into more detail.

Hat tips: SayAnythingBlog and Christian Persecution Blog, on a praiseworthy tip from Bergbiker.



Some Troops Refused to Confiscate Arms After Katrina

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:24 AM

The most alarming aspect of Katrina wasn't the failure of local authorities to secure the levees or evacuate the citizenry; the childishly irresponsible behavior of New Orleans Mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin and his constituents in the hurricane's aftermath; the manic enthusiasm with which the liberal media exploited the crisis for political purposes; the willingness of W to shovel gigantic mountains of other people's money at the city for public relations purposes; the outrageous waste and corruption inevitably resulting from these mountains of unearned money; or even the astounding stupidity of trying to rebuild a giant slum below sea level in Hurricane Alley. What really chilled the blood was watching government troops going door to door, confiscating the guns that citizens needed more than ever to protect themselves from the looting and lawlessness:

But even if the flame of liberty guttered low during this dark chapter in our history, it didn't go out altogether. National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua May and his unit refused to violate fundamental American principles by confiscating constitutionally protected firearms:

The second video comes from the Oath Keepers, who want it on the record in advance that if Obamunism gets any further out of hand, not everyone in the armed forces will behave like good Germans and follow orders even if these orders violate our Constitution.

It will be a miracle if we make it to the end of the nightmare sold as Hope & Change without the Oath Keepers' principles getting put to the test. America's worst enemies now control the federal government. Their policies are likely if not deliberately intended to produce financial collapse and/or a major terrorist attack. If such a crisis happens, you can rest assured our current rulers will not let it go to waste.

On a tip from Anonymous.



Moonbat Tech: Servers Powered by BS

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 AM

As we learned when the tech bubble burst, Silicon Valley is built largely on BS. So why shouldn't it be powered by BS, in the name of enviromoonbat BS?

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Co.'s HP Labs presented a paper (download PDF) on using cow manure from dairy farms and cattle feedlots and other "digested farm waste" to generate electricity to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference held this week.
In the paper, the research team calculates that "a hypothetical farm of 10,000 dairy cows" could power a 1 MW data center — or on the order of 1,000 servers.

Oh is that all, just 10,000 cows?

But there are some practical problems, not the least of which is connecting a data center to the cows.
"What's the reality of getting 10,000 cows in once place?" said Angie McEliece, an environmental consultant for RCM International in Berkeley, Calif., which makes digester systems. The average size dairy farm in the U.S. includes less than 1,000 cows; farms with 5,000 cows [are] quite unusual, she said.

This is where Big Government comes in. Our rulers have two options: a) mandate the use of cower manure to run servers so that no one who does it will be at a competitive disadvantage; and b) use taxpayer funds to purchase 10,000 cows for any company running a server farm, provided they have donated generously to the DNC. My guess is they'll go with c) both.

If people ever get tired of BS, we can run the servers and everything else on nuclear power and the abundant reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas waiting right under our feet for moonbats to let us use them.

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If only they could run the servers on the BS coming out of their own brains.

On a tip from Son of Taz.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM

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Compliments of Zappatrust.



Democrats Have No Souls

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:31 AM

And the fact that Richard Blumenthal is still up in the Connecticut polls even after it's proven he lied about his Vietnam-era service tells me everything I need to know about the moral bankruptcy of the Democrat party.

And the butt-kicking the GOP got in PA-12 (let's not be delusional about it) tells me that people are not convinced the Republicans are any better, nor have the Republicans given them much reason to think so.

But that a majority of Democrats still support a guy who lied about being a combat veteran; Good Lord.

The soulless, Soros-funded creeps at Medea Mutters spin for Blumenthal by blatantly lying, claiming there was only one occasion when Blumenthal claimed to be a Vietnam Combat veteran. There were, in fact, multiple occasions. They also point out that there were other occasions when he didn't lie about his service. SFW? And the matter of his five deferments is ignored entirely.

Medea Mutters is headed by David Brock, who whored himself to Richard Mellon Scaife in the 1990's to smear Bill Clinton, and now simply whores himself to a different Sugar Daddy, George Soros. The only people his outfit has credibility with are drooling Obama fanboys who need to have their derangement validated, and who need spin to defend their party's complete moral bankruptcy.



London Reveals Incredibly Stupid 2012 Olympic Mascots

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:54 AM

Holy Crap on a cracker.

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Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots, elicited mostly baffled reactions as to just what they were at their unveiling today.
With a metallic finish, a single large eye made out of a camera lens, a London taxi light on their heads and the Olympic rings represented as friendship bracelets on their wrists, they resemble characters dreamed up for a Pixar animation.

I disagree, Pixar would never have come up with anything that frakkin' lame.

Last night, my kid and I made an Imperial Walker out of marshmallows for his art class. *That* would have made a better mascot than those... whatever they are.

And WTF is the deal with the crotchless pants?


Critics agree
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"What is it about these Games which seems to drive the organizers into the embrace of this kind of patronizing, cretinous infantilism?" asked British design critic Stephen Bayley.
"Why can't we have something that makes us sing with pride, instead of these appalling computerized Smurfs for the iPhone generation? If the Games are going to be remembered by their art then we can declare them a calamitous failure already."

I guess considering that they were designed by renowned elite artists using taxpayer money, we should just be grateful the Olympic mascot isn't a jar of urine or a pile of elephant dung.

That one huge eyeball has led me to form an idea. Why not Daleks? The London Dalek, official mascot of the 2012 Olympics. It's British. It's iconic. It's hip. And it's message of "Exterminate! Exterminate!" is a universal one that would go over really well with the country's Muslim population.



Costa Mesa CA, a Sanity City

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:44 AM

Rejecting some of the "Sanctuary City" idiocy that has led Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other cities to thumb their upturned noses at Federal Law and roll out the welcome mat for illegals and the gangs that traffic in them, the city of Costa Mesa has declared itself a "Rule of Law" city.

The Costa Mesa City Council has voted unanimously to declare itself a "rule of law" community, further widening the divide over illegal immigration in the central Orange County city.
Mansoor said before Tuesday's meeting that the resolution "states that Costa Mesa is not a sanctuary city" and will uphold immigration laws.

The "reasoning" on the moonbat hippie progressive left is that since they don't agree with immigration law, they are not obligated to follow it. The same way they are not obligated to follow patriarchal, oppressive rules about showering and bathing.

I still gotta wonder how all those sanctuary cities would respond if the state of Arizona gave all of its illegals free bus tickets to them.



On the Left, It's 1964 4Ever

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:29 AM

Chairman Zero's progressive leftist fanboys are giggling with glee because their smartest and most masculine thought leader, Rachel Maddow, asked Republican Senate Candidate Rand Paul a question he didn't answer well with requisite political slickness... about the 1964 Civil Rights Act!

For the record, he could have answered it better, e.g. by simply stating that as a libertarian, he was wary of Federal Intrusion into private business decisions and that there should be limits to such intrusion. But, for Pete's sake, the Civil Rights Act was 46 frakkin' years ago! Put down the bong and look at a calendar, you stupid hippies! You may not like it, but the country has made a whole lotta racial progress since then, and to most people, a hypothetical about the Civil Rights Era isn't really salient to the Massive Government Debt Era.

The country has moved on, but the idiot left is stuck in 1964. Rand Paul is not going to travel back in time, Quantum Leap style, to vote against the Civil Rights Act. (He has actually said he would have voted for it.) But if it makes you feel better, if he does manage to travel back in time, Timecop-style, to 1964, he would probably vote against the Vietnam War, too.

Feel better, hippies?

Cross-Posted at Teh Resistance



Item #4: Cali Governor Candidate Wants to Create Pedophile Island

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:22 AM

One of the many, many people running for Governor of California is Orange County Republican Douglas Hughes, who has an "innovative" idea on how to deal with convicted sex offenders.

One of the Orange County Republican's main campaign promises is to turn Santa Rosa Island off Santa Barbara into "Pedophile Island" where convicted molesters would be housed. Not only that, but they'd be charged with building infrastructure and creating civil society. They'd even write their own constitution.
"As governor I will introduce legislation to impose mandatory expulsion of convicted pedophiles from the State of California as a condition of release from prison," Hughes states.
"Most say pedophiles cannot be treated or cured and for that reason I will put them on the 'Island,' a place where a male sexual offender may choose to live out his life away from children," he writes. "Santa Rosa Island is the island that will be used as a 'Pedophile Island.'"

I am thinking last week's Supreme Court ruling kind of makes this OK.

Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power (who has hilarious illustrative graphic accompanying story).



Item #3: Palins to Make Moar Moneez!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:02 AM

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin --- the one David Letterman meant to call a dirty, dirty whore but called her underage sister a dirty, dirty whore instead --- is going to hit the lecture circuit.

Bristol Palin is hitting the speakers' circuit and will command between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said Monday.
Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group's website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events and holidays, as well as women's, youth, abstinence and "pro-life" programs.

This should make the usual Palin-hater Obama fanboy heads explode. Because according to moonbat logic, only virgins are allowed to speak about abstinence. Similarly, only those who have never used narcotics can talk about the perils of drug addiction and only those who have never dirtied their hands working in the private sector are allowed to make economic policy.

They actually believe that last one.



Item #2: The Conflict of Interest Double-Standard

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:31 AM

How is it the same lefties that hyperventilate over Glenn Beck's "Conflict of Interest" of being sponsored by a gold dealer while warning about the negative consequences of deficit spending... aren't all up in arms over GE subsidiary NBC's constant flogging of Global Warming. (GE being the world's largest maker of wind turbines.)

I think we all have a pretty good idea why.

As I think about it, what NBC is doing is far worse than what Glenn Beck is accused of. Goldline only gives people an option as a place to invest their own money. NBC is getting the Government to take money away from you, me, and other taxpayers. Which is more insidious?

I think we know the answer to that, too.



Item #1: Happy Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:42 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Infidels and Left-Wing Dhimmis,

You probably forgot about EDMD. I nearly did. I guess it kind of fizzled after the Times Square bombing. But I decided to do it anyway, and I pulled together and drew (or, partly drew from clip art because I suck at drawing) a nice little picture of the prophet to bait all those violent Muslim radicals who apparently live in their parents basement.

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What do you think? I know what you think. "Super Lame, Dude." And that is exactly the point. It isn't necessary to draw a picture of Mohammed fisting a camel to get the point across. An innocuous drawing makes the point just as well. Our right to free speech is not subject to the approval of barbarians with Eighth Century mentalities.

Besides, I don't know how to draw a camel's anus.



May 19, 2010

Cost of ObamaCare Already Skyrocketing

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:22 PM

Hardly anyone has finished reading it yet, and already ObamaCare is costing $115 billion more than the original lies we were fed.

You think it's expensive now, wait a few years. The costs of all entitlements are exponentially larger than originally claimed. If it isn't repealed, ObamaCare will by the Cloward-Piven deathblow that eventually brings our entire economy crashing down in total ruin — as planned.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, on a tip from J.



Yet Another ObamaCare Casualty: White Castle

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:52 PM

Among the numerous economic woes caused already by Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care "reform" is what could be the financial evisceration of a national favorite hamburger chain.

White Castle reports that a single provision of Obamacare would cut its net income in half -- and then some. Jamie Richardson, a White Castle executive, says, "We've been working on this internally from a number of different perspectives. One [provision] that has [us] the most concerned is the $3,000 penalty that kicks in when an employee's portion of a premium exceeds 9.5% of Household Income." Richardson elaborates, "In present form, this provision alone would lead to approximate increased costs equal to over 55% of what we earn annually in net income (based on [our] past 4-year average). ..."

All this, during a recession with double-digit unemployment (yes, 9.9 is double-digit in anyone's book.)

"Effectively cutting our net income in half would have [a] devastating impact on the business -- cutting future expansion and more job creation at least in half. Sadly, it makes it difficult to justify growing where jobs are needed most -- in lower income areas." And that's all from just a single provision in a 2,700-page act.

Just one more reason to thank your favorite Democrat or "moderate" Independent for electing Chairman Zero.

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While Kumar ditches Harold for a gig at the White House, Harold starves. That's cold.



Obama: Our Nation Is Not Defined by Its Border

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:33 PM

Reflecting the fruits of an upscale elitist Ivy League education, President Obama has a bit of a geography fail while welcoming President Calderon of Mexico to the White House.


On a bilingual tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Less Than a Third of Meteorologists Endorse Anthropogenic Global Warming

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM

It looks like we have a consensus on global warming after all. Among meteorologists, the consensus is that despite the weighty sticks and lucrative carrots employed for years by the left-wing establishment, warm-mongers are in the minority:

From CBS News via Breitbart TV comes some surprising [to moonbats] news: a joint George Mason University and University of Texas survey of TV meteorologists in America reveals that while more than half (54 percent) believe global warming is happening, less than a third (31 percent) believe it is caused by human activity, specifically man-made carbon emissions as determined by the IPCC and others.

But maybe we should turn over the last of our liberties to Big Government, cripple the economy, and plunge the world into a dark age of poverty and totalitarianism, just in case wealth and freedom really do cause there to be something wrong with the weather as our rulers keep telling us.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, on a tip from Scott.



Come to the USA

Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:37 PM

The great Ray Stevens has a new public service anthem for all current illegal aliens and potential illegal immigrants to America. Too bad they won't be able to understand the lyrics.

"Enjoy the song, get angry later." -- Lucianne

Hat tip: Lucianne.com, on a tip from Bergbiker.



Australian Bureaucrats Combine Prying With Stealing

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

Bureauweenies don't always have the sharpest wits, but there's no doubting their cleverness when it comes to "spreading the wealth around" from our pockets into their coffers. Here's a new revenue-generating scheme from Australia:

Up to 50,000 people face a fine of $110 a day if they refuse to divulge information on their health and lifestyle to Australian Bureau of Statistics researchers.

$5.5 million per day is chump change by Obama's standards, but after awhile it adds up.

The Australian Health Survey announced in last week's Budget will be the most comprehensive research on the health of Australians ever undertaken and will be jointly funded by the National Heart Foundation.
But the 50,000 people chosen to take part will be compelled to do so.
Participants will be weighed and measured and will be asked to give a blood and urine sample.
They will also be asked detailed questions on what they drink and eat and their physical activity.
The ABS said participation "is ultimately compulsory for those chosen by random sampling to ensure the survey accurately represents the Australian population as a whole".

How dare anyone fail to participate? After all, Big Government has determined that it's for your own good. Lest anyone think the initiative is heavy-handed and intrusive:

However, participants would only be compelled to answer questions. Providing a blood and urine sample and weighing in would be voluntary.

Our rulers might want to think twice before asking for stool samples.

On a tip from Aussie-John.



Arizona May Turn Out the Lights on La-La Land Moonbats

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:39 AM

Maybe the boycotts sparked by supporters of completely unrestricted illegal immigration are a serious matter after all. When Los Angeles — whose mayor once headed a chapter of the ultra-radical Reconquistador outfit MEChA — sanctimoniously declared a boycott of Arizona, it forgot where its power comes from:

An Arizona utility commissioner said he's willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state. … LA gets about 25 percent of its power from Arizona.

From the letter Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce sent to LA's slimy Mayor Villaraigosa:

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation.
I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy.

The full text is at Hot Air.

LA's Reconquistador in Chief responded with the usual bluster and preposterous duckspeak about "civil rights." Chances are that like Eric Holder, Janet "Uncle Mort" Napolitano, Foggy Bottom's P.J. Creepy-Crowley, and other leftists who have denounced the law, he hasn't even read it — since there is nothing in the bill that anyone even half-heartedly pretending to be reasonable could object to.

The moonbats running San Diego have learned that they need Arizona a whole lot more than Arizona needs them. It will be wonderful if Los Angeles discovers the same. If only we could also cut off the flow off our money, "spread around" by the federal government to provide free services to the hordes of non-taxpaying criminal aliens who have reduced Los Angeles to a gigantic welfare state chancre.

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On tips from Nancz, firewifem, and x101ABNDevil.



The Obama Touch Continues

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM

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Compliments of R Martin.



The (9th) Circus Is Coming to Town

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:45 AM

The 9th Circus Kangaroo Court has a way of making headlines, year after year. George Will offers one of the most astute slap-downs of these clowns who claim to be an arm of the justice system:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a stimulus package for the Supreme Court, which would rather not have one. The 9th Circuit, often in error but never in doubt, provides the Supreme Court with steady work: Over the past half-century, the 9th has been reversed almost 11 times per Supreme Court term, more than any other circuit court. This week, the Supreme Court should spank it again and ask: Is it too much to ask that you pay some attention to our precedents?

The whole Will piece is a great read. The case about which the 9th is sure to be dope-slapped involves the *sigh* establishment clause, and there is SCOTUS precedent aplenty in support of the Arizona school voucher program in question. And yet, these morons in the nation's most overturned Court of Appeals just can't resist taking another good slap at religion, or pretty much anything the Founding Fathers respected.

Perhaps we can just pack them all into a car and send them off to a banana republic. I hear there's a great market for court jesters in Venezuela.

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Black Panther Thug on Philadelphia Ballot

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:21 AM

Philadelphia voters had better get used to the intimidating presence of Black Panther goon Jerry Jackson Jr. at the polls. Here he is with his colleague King Samir Shabazz in 2008:

Via Big Government, here's his name on the ballot for the Ward Executive Committee (in the Democrat column, of course):

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Jackson and Shabazz were indicted for applying their Zimbabwe-style intimidation tactics at the polls the year America went temporarily insane, but as a result of that catastrophic election, they now have good friends in very high places. The Injustice Department killed the case.

Now we know what BHO wants to "fundamentally transform" America into.

On a tip from Byron.



Arizona Boycott Fad Is a Farce

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:55 AM

The Arizona boycott imposed by moonbatty Austin has triggered retaliation:

The Hood County Republican Party announced in a statement this weekend that it would boycott the City of Austin in response to the city's resolution to boycott Arizona. … Hood County Republican Chairman Randy Shelton issued a statement saying he contacted the office of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell to notify him the Hood County Republican Party would not do any business with the City of Austin.
The move by the Hood County Republican Party comes alongside a similar plea from the Burleson Tea Party.
"You discriminate against the great people of Arizona and against federal law being enforced by the great state of Arizona, through their own state law! Prepare to have the favor of a boycott returned against Austin," Burleson Tea Party Chairman Angela Cox said.

There's always the danger that MSNBC will boycott the Hood County Republican Party and the Burleson Tea Party for boycotting Austin for boycotting Arizona. If this happens, I would ask Moonbattery readers to boycott MSNBC, which will be easy, since only spittle-spewing moonbats watch it anyway. Of course then the Al Franken fan club might boycott Moonbattery…

Maybe it would make the boycotting easier if moonbats and Americans had separate countries.

On a tip from Anonymous.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:16 AM

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Compliments of The Only Other Conservative in Seattle.



Item #4: Alan Colmes Says There's No Such Thing As Radical Islam

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:30 AM

Alan Colmes says there is no such thing as radical Islam. His reasoning is that there is nothing Islamic about screeching "Allahu Akhbar" while killing infidels because an Imam told you to.

Hat Tip: Breitbart TV

Here's the flaw in his "reasoning:" There is one country on Earth run entirely by Islamic clerics — Iran. Iran is also the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. One might reasonably conclude from that that terrorism is compatible with Islamic religious philosophy. If the Vatican were sponsoring terrorism around the world, you could fairly draw the same conclusion about radical Roman Catholicism. But they aren't.

The Progressive Left is so wet-their-pants terrified of being considered un-PC that they deny the facts in front of them.



Item #3: Obama's BFF Confiscates More Property

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:44 AM

Chairman Zero's good friend and fellow Marxist goon is getting more Mugabe-like with each passing day. Over the weekend, Chavez went on a binge of property confiscation. He barely even pretends it's not about punishing his critics anymore.

One taking stood out, however — a 370-acre ranch in Yaracuy state that grows oranges and coffee and raises cattle with 38 shareholding farm workers. The scenic property on an otherwise desolate stretch of highway is owned by Diego Arria, Venezuela's former president of the U.N. Security Council. It's been in his family since 1852.
Arria had spoken out against Chavez, so Chavez got personal. "If he wants to farm now, he will have to topple Chavez, because this now belongs to the revolution," El Presidente pronounced. …

Unable to create any prosperity, even after 12 years in power and a trillion dollars in oil cash, Chavez still resorts to crude medieval plunder to bring any spoils to his supporters.

Yeah, that's pretty much how socialism Hope and Change is supposed to work.

The Obama Regime has not criticized the Chavez Regime for these confiscations. He's too busy bashing BP.



Item #2: Glenn Beck Assaulted by Weiner

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:26 AM

Appropriately named Congressman Anthony Weiner (Duh-NY) is going after Goldline, a company that advertises with conservative talk radio hosts like Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. According to Weiner…

"The company has formed an unholy alliance with conservative pundits to drive a false narrative and play off public fears in order to sell its products."

The "false narrative" he refers to is that these talk radio hosts talk about how the Obamacrats are creating massive unsustainable deficits which potentially endanger the economy. Obviously, this is false, Governments can run huge deficits forever with no adverse consequences.

The Dramacrat left is more upset that Glenn Beck has a microphone than that Iran has nukes.



Item #1: Marriott Hotel... Jerks

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:47 AM

The Marriott Hotel in Charlotte, NC was perfectly happy to take the money from hundreds of NRA conventioneers who convened in that city last week. But, they made sure to let their patriotic, law-abiding guests know how much contempt they felt for them.

Hundreds of conventioneers stayed at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, where Grass Roots North Carolina also held its "Gala for Gun Rights" on Friday night, hosting a number of national gun rights defenders. GRNC selected the hotel because it did not post against firearms. Inspections of the main entrance were made both the day prior and the day of the event. So imagine the surprise of GRNC supporters who found that signs barring guns printed by computer had been scotch-taped into place on Friday evening during the event.
While that might not seem serious, understand that N.C.G.S. 14-415.11(c) bans firearms where the "person in control" of the premises "conspicuously posts" against firearms. The crime is punishable by a Class 2 misdemeanor, including revocation of concealed handgun permits.

Read the whole thing, including the sniveling excuses made by the hotel's General Manager Weasel.

Hat Tip: Knowledge is Power.



May 18, 2010

Specter Rejected

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:19 PM

Not a minute after the previous post we learned this from the AP:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been defeated in a Pennsylvania primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.
Voters Tuesday picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party's nominee and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign.
With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak received 339,402 votes, nearly 53 percent. Specter received 304,179 votes, about 47 percent.

Heh.

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Time's up, Arlen.



And Now for Something Completely... Apolitical

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:15 PM

I know you're waiting for the "Spector Crushed" or "Lincoln is Logged" posts, but we're not that silly to call an election before the AP does. Insead, there's this:

A recent rash of what appear to be bad acid trips has caught the attention of the Arcata Police Department, which is warning people who may use the drug.
It started on April 18, when officers responded to a residence to help Arcata-Mad River Ambulance personnel with a 31-year-old man who had just castrated himself. Medics and officers couldn't find the man's testicles, according to APD, and he later told police that he'd flushed them down the toilet because they contained "monsters."

Just shoes to go you: Just say no. To liberalism as well as acid.

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Pelosi: ObamaCare Is "Entrepreneurial"

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:37 PM

Here's a terrifying peek into what passes for the minds of our collectivist rulers. According to Nasty Pelousy, one of the three most powerful people in the country, government seizure of control over the healthcare industry is "entrepreneurial," because it allows you to devote your days to strumming a guitar on the beach, secure in the knowledge that some sucker who hasn't learned better than to work for a living will be forced to pay the bills if you get sick:

Via Jawa Report, on a tip from Scott.



Green Makes Spain Go Mainly Down the Drain

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:15 PM

Pajamas Media exclusive from Christopher Horner: a leaked Spanish government internal document confirms what non-governmental sources have been suggesting for months: Green economic policies are completely effing up Spain's economy.

Yes, that very Spain that President Obama has referred to on numerous occasions as a model of how a nation should go green.

The government report does not expressly confirm the highest-profile finding of the non-governmental report: that Spain's "green economy" program cost the country 2.2 jobs for every job "created" by the state. However, the figures published in the government document indicate they arrived at a job-loss number even worse than the 2.2 figure from the independent study.
This document is not a public report. Spanish media has referred to its existence in recent weeks though, while Bloomberg and the Washington Examiner have noted the impact: Spain is now forced to jettison its plans -- Obama's model -- for a "green economy."

The PJ Media article provides an English translation of the Spanish document.

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The perfect metaphor for a green economy.



Trained Chimp Competes With NOAA on Hurricane Prediction

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:39 PM

At last, a climate expert who seems to know what he's doing. His name is Dr. James Hansimian (no relation to James Hansen, despite the physical similarity):

If Dr. Hansimian's predictions prove more reliable than those of the multi-$billion taxpayer-funded climate hysteria industry, we'll know exactly how high Big Government needs to raise our taxes in order to produce optimal weather.

On a tip from Stormfax.



Obama's Alinsky: Realistic Radicals

Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:24 PM

From Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution - The Alinsky Model by David Horowitz:

The most important thing for radicals, according to Alinsky, is to deal with the world as it is, and not as they might want it to be.
As an organizer I start from the world as it is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be - it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system. [From Rules for Radicals, p. xix]
This is the passage from which Michelle Obama selected lines to sum up her husband's vision at the Democratic convention that nominated him for president in August 2008. Referring to a visit he made to Chicago neighborhoods, she said "And Barack stood up that day, and he spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about 'the world as it is' and 'the world as it should be.' And he said that, all too often, we accept the disatnce between the two and we settle for the world as it is, even when it doesn't reflect our values and aspirations." She concluded: "All of us are driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be."
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On a radical tip from Bergbiker.



California Is Going to Have to Boycott Itself

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:31 PM

Someone read through the California Penal Code and found language virtually identical to the requirements of Arizona's SB1070 Law.

Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

So, will Los Angeles, San Fransicko, and San Diego now have to boycott California? Will dimwit governator Ahnuld Schwarzeneggar have to leave the state for fear of deportation? Can we call it "Nazi California?"



Nappy Hasn't Read SB 1070 Either

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:20 PM

Until recently, Janet Napolitano was the Governor of Arizona. She now serves as the Director of Homeland Security. In light of her history and her responsibility for securing our borders, she rightly weighs in on Arizona's attempt to enforce federal immigration law — except that like Attorney General Eric Holder, she didn't even bother to read the brief and simple SB 1070 before plunging into the Obamunist propaganda blitz against it:

Spedman I mean Stedman and Crappy Nappy aren't alone. Here's SB 1070 opponent Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley admitting that he hasn't read it either:

Meanwhile treasonous State Department buffoons travel the world, apologizing to totalitarian dictatorships for Arizona's alleged crime against humanity.

It's almost as if these Obamabots are afraid that if they read the law, they'll have to admit there is absolutely nothing in it that any reasonable person could possibly object to.

On a tip from J.



How Would Libs' Beloved ChiComs Deal With Illegal Immigration?

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:32 AM

You've probably heard about Obama's representative Michael Posner apologizing to communist China for the human rights abuse committed by Arizona in passing SB 1070, a very mild attempt to enforce federal immigration law. It makes you wonder how the totalitarian thugs running China would deal with an invasion by millions of Mexicans. Their reaction to the swine flu outbreak last year offers a clue:

Following the discovery of [a Mexican with swine flu], authorities quarantined 70 Mexicans who arrived in China over the May 1 holiday weekend, most on different flights from the infected man. They include an official at Mexico's consulate in Guangzhou who was returning on a flight from Southeast Asia. Except for the initial case, none of the 70 has shown symptoms of the disease, says a spokesperson from the embassy. Now concerns are being raised that Mexicans are being isolated solely because of their nationality.
Mexico's Foreign Minister, Patricia Espinosa, called the treatment of the Mexicans in China discriminatory and said some of the quarantined travelers were being held in "unacceptable conditions." On May 3, Mexico's ambassador to China, Jorge Guajardo, attempted to visit 10 Mexicans who are in quarantine at Guomen Hotel in suburban Beijing, but he was denied access. As of Monday morning, he still hadn't been able to gain access to the group. Over the Mexican government's objections, China has decided to halt all AeroMexico flights coming into China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu responded to Mexican complaints:

"China understands Mexico's concern for its citizens in China, but we hope Mexico could focus on the bigger picture of fighting against the epidemic … and deal with the issue in an objective and calm way."

If only moonbats could focus on the bigger picture of maintaining America's sovereignty, economy, social cohesion, and rule of law … and deal with the issue in an objective and calm way. But that isn't likely.

Prominent lib yapper Chris "Tingles" Matthews thinks our rulers should deal with the energy industry ChiCom style: by nationalizing it and executing executives. But I doubt he would advocate a ChiCom approach to illegal immigration.

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



EPA's "Hurray For Bureaucracy" Contest Goes Horribly Awry

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:27 AM

The EPA recently announced a contest asking for comrade citizens to create videos praising the glories of Government regulations... like the ones that limit your choice of automobile, dictate how much water your toilet may flush with, require you to use mercury-tainted Chinese lightbulb, and ... if Cap and Trade is passed... won't let you sell your house without permission from a Government Environmental Compliance Bureaucrat.

The hardcore libertarians at Reason.com produced a couple of entries. Do not expect them to win.

Of course, moonbat logic requires that if you oppose the Government dictating your choice of lightbulb, you also hate police and fire departments.



Kagan and Rationing of Speech

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:05 AM

I heard a curious thing on FNC's The Journal Editorial Report last weekend: when discussing the nomination of Elena Kagan to the SCOTUS, WSJ Editorial Board member Dorothy Rabinowitz, normally a reasonably conservative thinker, made this comment:

...anybody who watched her during the five years she was dean of the Harvard Law School knew she was immensely open and avid in her protection of free speech and dissent, and this in a campus that had been living in darkness prior to her arrival as dean, under Dean Clark. Political correctness ran amok, speech codes. Under Elena Kagan, instantly, there was an end to any effort to do harassment -- a speech code.

That perked my ears for further discussion on substance, of which there was little. Then today, from The Washington Times editorial page, quite a different view:

Would Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan outlaw "Common Sense"? Ms. Kagan's work on First Amendment free-speech issues suggests she might restrict Thomas Paine, circa 1776, from distributing his famous pamphlet. Solicitor General Kagan likewise might outlaw "The Federalist Papers" if Founding Fathers James Madison and Alexander Hamilton refused to say who paid to publish their essays. These views on the First Amendment are troubling enough to raise serious doubts as to whether the Senate should confirm her for the high court.
It was President Obama who deliberately put the focus on Ms. Kagan's First Amendment theories by highlighting her efforts to restrict the ability of corporate entities to engage in political speech. As former Gov. Frank White of Arkansas once put it, the president thus "opened a whole box of Pandoras."

The most chilling prospect:

Ms. Kagan's First Amendment work repeatedly promotes the idea that speech rights are granted by government rather than inherent in the God-given nature of man.

So, I guess that speech can be free, and free from political correctness, when it is contemplative, philosophical, and oh-so-academic; but when there is actual politics involved, The State has every right to control such discourse.

Just what we would expect from this innocuous man-child president who sees little need for our imperfect Constitution.

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Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself. -BHO

UPDATE: The anti-anti-Zionists have spoken. No offense intended. If you want to see the original image that caused such a ruckus in the comment thread, here it is.



Doctors Bail Out of Floundering Medicare

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:45 AM

As Obama et al. greedily grab up control over ever more of the healthcare industry, Medicare gives an indication of how Big Government is managing what's already on it's plate. In Texas, doctors are bailing out in droves:

Two years after a survey found nearly half of Texas doctors weren't taking some new Medicare patients, new data shows 100 to 200 a year are now ending all involvement with the program. Before 2007, the number of doctors opting out averaged less than a handful a year.
"This new data shows the Medicare system is beginning to implode," said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the Texas Medical Association. "If Congress doesn't fix Medicare soon, there'll be more and more doctors dropping out and Congress' promise to provide medical care to seniors will be broken."
More than 300 doctors have dropped the program in the last two years, including 50 in the first three months of 2010, according to data compiled by the Houston Chronicle. Texas Medical Association officials, who conducted the 2008 survey, said the numbers far exceeded their assumptions.

Apparently those 2,000 pages of ObamaCare don't include anything about making Medicare solvent. Like all major government entitlements, it is limping toward inevitable bankruptcy.

The uncertainty proved too much for Dr. Guy Culpepper, a Dallas-area family practice doctor who says he wrestled with his decision for years before opting out in March. It was, he said, the only way "he could stop getting bullied and take control of his practice."
"You do Medicare for God and country because you lose money on it," said Culpepper, a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. "The only way to provide cost-effective care is outside the Medicare system, a system without constant paperwork and headaches and inadequate reimbursement."

The dysfunctional nature of Medicare has other consequences:

In a new Texas Medical Association survey, opting out was one of the least common options doctors have taken or are planning as a result of declining Medicare funding — behind increasing fees, reducing staff wages and benefits, reducing charity care and not accepting new Medicare patients.

In light of DNC mouthpiece Chris Matthews's recent demand that the government nationalize the energy sector, you can probably guess how our collectivist rulers will react to doctors refusing to take new Medicare patients because the system isn't profitable. Don't worry, doctors: government employees get all sorts of benefits.

On tips from TrickleUpPolitics, Conan, and Wingmann.



Government-Applied Medical Informatics

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:54 AM

Mark Steyn gives us an idea of why consolidation of medical information in federal hands is such a crucial part of ObamaCare. In Britain, postcards have been warning that the Tories will snatch away the healthcare entitlements of women with breast cancer. So as not to waste money printing out postcards for everyone, Labour is apparently only sending them to women diagnosed with the disease.

So a quantum leap in targeted marketing has just been made: The governing party of a free society was able to identify women with breast cancer in swing constituencies and send them a postcard warning that if you vote for the opposition they'll cut off your chemo and kill you.

Knowledge is power. That's why our socialist rulers demand so much of it, and why they want us to steer clear of it.

It isn't only private information that Big Government shamelessly exploits for political purposes:

Diane Dwelly, the patient featured on the postcard, says she thought she was being photographed for a magazine published by the National Health Service, not a campaign commercial for the Labour Party. She complains that she has "probably been used by Labour."

In the USA, the most extreme government exploitation is inflicted by the IRS, which effectively reduces us to slaves who work only to provide for our rulers about half the year, with the other half left to us only so that we can generate money to sustain ourselves for more slavery. As Steyn points out:

In this respect, it seems relevant that the biggest employment boost from ObamaCare will be 16,500 new … doctors? nurses? hospital janitors? No. IRS agents, hired to determine whether your health-care arrangements are government-compliant. I wonder what they'll need to know about you to establish that — and how they'll go about finding out.

Every time government gets bigger, everything outside it gets smaller, until progressives finally achieve their ultimate objective, as set forth by Mussolini:

All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.
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His dream is coming to fruition.

On a tip from Hiram.



Inmates Running the Asylum in Austin

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 AM

Not even Texas is immune from moonbattery. Fortunately, most of it is concentrated in Austin, which serves as a warning to the rest of the state. Jaden Haven describes the current condition of the canary in the coalmine of Lone Star liberalism:

The clutch of cerebral midgets sitting on the Austin City Council decided that official travel by city employees is off limits to the hostile land of racist Arizona. My local six pack of quivering idiots worked themselves into a frothy, indignant snit over fears of racial profiling. Excuse me, but are they planning to send the Parks and Maintenance Department brown worker bees off to Phoenix for a mowing conference?
I should mention that this is the same elected crew who built a riderless light rail system that's run a gazillion dollars over budget and who also just agreed to build a twelve million dollar animal shelter. Twelve million dollars for dogs. Does this strike anyone else as a sign of decadent obscenity?
These morons were happily busy dialoging with the city of Phoenix on how to handle our out of control homeless population a couple of months ago, despite building a fancy multi-million dollar bum facility a few short years back, one that remains perpetually empty except when the temperature dips below freezing. Come to Austin, Get Panhandled ought to be our official motto. Our burgeoning homeless population would rather sleep under a highway bridge than set foot in that ridiculously expensive, blazing icon of liberal ideology made manifest at taxpayer expense in beautiful downtown Austin. I'm guessing the un-liberal Phoenix city council decided to save their citizens a few bucks, plus some major street corner annoyance, by handing out one-way bus tickets to Austin five years ago.
Key public pools and libraries are being closed for the summer across town, due to budgetary shortfalls. Summer jobs and sports programs for impoverished teenagers have been gutted to the bone. No worries though, homeless men, stray dogs and empty trains are well-funded. So are the alarming number of abysmal Austin high schools the state has ordered closed. Retarded chimps could do a better job of running my city. Instead, I have liberals.

Maybe putting moonbats in charge isn't such a good idea as some have been led to believe.

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At the Capitol in Austin.

On a tip from Byron. Hat tip: Lone Star Times.



Obama Refuses to Answer Questions at Signing of Freedom of Press Act

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 AM

More irony from the Moonbat in Chief:

After the signing of the Freedom of Press Act on Monday, President Obama declined to take any questions from the press.
During a pooled press event in the Oval Office, President Obama was asked if he would take a couple questions.
"You're certainly free to ask the question," Obama told the reporters in the room. "I won't be answering, I'm not doing a press conference today, but we'll be seeing you in the course of the week."

He was referring to an event with Felipe Calderon, at which the American and Mexican press corps will get two questions apiece. Of course, curious reporters are "free to ask" as many questions as they like; they just won't get any answers out of Mr. Transparency.

On tips from Charlie, ROFLMAOHAHAHEHE, and Scott.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:06 AM

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It isn't always for the better. Compliments of Nunya.



Napolitano's Perfect Record on Terrorism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:06 AM

Despite the "fact" that the ranks of the Tea party movement are filled with dangerous, well-armed racists who are America's single greatest terror threat, not a single right-wing terror attack has occurred during the Obama Regime.

Obviously, Janet Napolitano is doing a spectacular job at preventing the dangerous Tea Party terrorists from carrying out terror attacks against the United States.

Conservatives may nit-pick about terror attacks at Fort Hood, Times Square, or Detroit... but it's important to remember, those were committed by... respectively... an Army doctor of no particular religious persuasion who was aggrieved by Bush's war policy, a husband and father of no particular religious persuasion who snapped under the pressure of losing his house to foreclosure because of Bush's economic policies, and a young man of no particular religious persuasion who was also probably aggrieved by Bush in some way. They were not committed by Tea Partiers, because Nappy has done a spectacular job at keeping the Tea Party terrorists from carrying out their nefarious schemes.

Or, so I understand it according to the Obama Regime's expert terror analyzer guys.



Item #3: Connecticut Senate Candidate Is a Phony Soldier

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:15 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Sniveling Progressive Idiots Who Seize One Little Point and Nitpick It to Death,

The Democrat who was heavily favored to succeed corrupt POS Christopher Dodd in the US Senate, State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, has been bragging about his service in Vietnam as a selling point.

"We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. "And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it -- Afghanistan or Iraq -- we owe our military men and women unconditional support."

One problem, though. According to military records, Blumenthal never served in Vietnam... or anywhere else. Records show he asked for... and received... five deferments.

Lying about military service would be a deal-breaker if Blumenthal were a Republican, but because he's a Democrat, his constituents are likely to cut him a lot of slack. It's New England, after all. Ted Kennedy killed a woman and Gerry Studds molested an underage House Page... didn't hurt their careers at all.

Update: The Spin Begins. The Blumenthal campaign is denying that he lied about his deferments (which is not the allegation) and rounding up some veterans to use as props in a photo op.

That should do it.



Item #2: Chairman Zero's Guests Will Be Asked to Show Their Papers

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:06 AM

Oh, the Ironing! The Obama Regime is hosting Mexican President Felipe Calderon at a State Dinner, and they are very concerned that more undocumented party guests will show up, so they will be demanding papers and subjecting their guests to intensive profiling.

Just days before President Barack Obama hosts his second state dinner on Wednesday for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, questions remain unanswered surrounding Obama's first state dinner.
Though the infamous case of the dinner crashers will be remembered more than the curry served that night, it's a question of exactly how uninvited guests were permitted to breach White House security to attend the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Nov. 24, 2009.

So, if you show up to one of Chairman Zero's parties without your ID, it's "Adios, amigos."

I wonder if Chairman Zero will have to apologize to China for his disgraceful treatment of poor migrants who were only looking for a better canape.



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Bush Hatred in Comic Book Form

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:59 AM

Bush Derangement Syndrome now available in comic book form; perfect for the Kostard who has yet to move out of his parent's basement.

Born into a life of privilege, George W. Bush lived in the shadow of his father's political career until finally joining the race himself. In a Presidency riddled by controversy from the start, George W. Bush's reign was full of terrorist attacks and crashing economies and declaration of war. Don't miss this revealing look at the most controversial U.S. president in history as he recaps his two terms in his own words.



May 17, 2010

Chrissy Matthews: Nationalize the Oil Companies and Execute BP Executives

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:36 PM

Chrissy Matthews wants his boyfriend to act more like the Chinese Autocrats.

Why doesn't the President go in there, nationalize an industry and get the job done for the people? There's a national interest in this, not just a BP interest.
In China, it's a more brutal society, a more brutal society, Kate, but they execute people for this. Major industrial leaders that commit crimes like this. Failure like this.

Chrissy then went on to denounce capitalism. If only someone actually watched these insane ravings, maybe someone would get help for him. But, alas, his agony is a private shame.



Calling All Faithful!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:10 PM

Come one, come all global warming-climate change believers - and bring your wallets!

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On a praiseworthy tip from EvilResident.



Len Britton Fires Opening Shot at Leaky Leahy

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:34 PM

As awful as America's situation looks at the moment, we may have some wonderful things to look forward to in November, possibly even including the unseating of the ostentatiously evil Senator Pat "Leaky" Leahy. If this ad is any indication, challenger Len Britton could be the man to bring it off:

Leahy usually wins by landslides in hippy-infested Vermont. But Americans are sufficiently fed up with Hopey Change that anything is possible.

Via Gateway Pundit, on a tip from Edward.



Learning From Ron Gochez

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:28 PM

Who says our teachers are too busy politicking on behalf of their unions and ramming moonbattery down children's throats to teach anything useful anymore? Here Ron Gochez, exuberant Reconquistador and a high school teacher at the Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles, teaches criminal aliens how to evade punishment for breaking our laws:

No doubt kids are learning all sorts of things in his class. Like rust, your tax dollar is always at work.

On a tip from Oiao.



Bob Bennett Climbs Up On a Cross, Demands Nails

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 PM

I may have solved the mystery of the missing Mojave cross, I think Senator Bob Bennett stole it to martyr himself on it. Here, he whines about how those horrible tea partiers and that awful, awful Club for Growth conspired to drive him from office.

I don't wanna sound queer or nothing, but get over yourself girlfriend. Your problem isn't the tea parties, per se, but that you are a 76 year old hack politician. And the conservative right --- unlike the braindead, Jon-Stewart adoring, Obama fanboy left --- gets it that old hack politicians are incapable of dealing with the massive challenges our country faces. While the left-wing elites that run the media fret and spew about the loss of hack politicians, the middle of the country is cheering.

Look Bob, thank you for voting the right way most of the time. Now, go back to your beautiful state and enjoy your twilight years on your generous senate pension.



Sing It, Brother!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:35 PM

The Chris Christie "Blunt Politician" Thing seems to be catching on.



CPUSA to Sue Dems?

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:20 PM

It looks like Joke Biden isn't the only plagiarist among the Dems. The formerly Soviet-controlled Communist Party USA is reportedly suing them for stealing the communist platform:

According to political hotwire and many other sources, CPUSA claims that the entire so-called "new" Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells — which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws. "They stole our entire platform, rebranded it 'progressive', and claimed it as their own," declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. "And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…" The Communist Party representative further explained that government ownership of the auto and financial industries, redistribution of wealth, and free rationed health care have always been among the glorious CPUSA objectives: "We held on to these goals through all the difficult years of factional infighting, purges, denunciations, and heroic espionage on behalf of the Soviet intelligence services."

In defense of the Dems, when Comrade Obama announced in advance his intention to "spread the wealth around," only the clueless didn't realize that the CPUSA and the Democrat Party are essentially the same entity now, and if they're going to steal from everyone else, there's no reason they shouldn't steal from themselves.

On a tip from American Citizen. Original source: The People's Cube.

PS: Since apparently it isn't as obvious as I thought: this story is not on the level.



Soon to Be Voted Off the Island

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:18 PM

…and not a moment too soon.

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Compliments of R Martin.



Did Countermoonbattery Cost Another Beauty the Crown?

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:17 PM

Some advice if you want to be Miss USA: first be a moonbat — preferably a moonbat whose ethnicity will appeal to other moonbats.

Here's what the beautiful runner-up Morgan Elizabeth Woolard had to say when judge Oscar Nuñez put her on the hook Perez Hilton-style by asking her what she thought about SB 1070:

I'm a huge believer in states' rights. I think that's what's so wonderful about America. So I think it's perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.

Bzzzzt. Wrong answer, though she tried to hedge by paying homage to the "racial profiling" malarkey. Wrong skin color too. The prize goes to trendily Arab-American Rima Fakih, who flaunted her multi-culti moonbattery by announcing that she would like to compete for Miss Universe dressed as a 17th century Indian:

I doubt Miss Woolard made any comments about wanting a guy to "poke" her every day. In addition to her gift for risqué coquetry, Fakih's other qualifications include reported links to Hezbollah.

Kudos to Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, Carrie Prejean, and any other beauty contestants with the integrity to resist slavishly pandering to political correctness to please the liberal establishmentarians in charge of picking the winners and losers.

On tips from Oiao and Ianto. Hat tips: The Blogprof, Stop the ACLU.

Update:

A little more info on what it takes to become Miss USA under the reign of moonbattery — Rima Fakih's prior accomplishments include a pole dancing championship. Among her rewards were "adult toys and a stripper pole for home use."



Moonbat Art Knows No Limits

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:45 AM

Is this story a joke on modern art or a statement on the degradation of the arts to a criminal act? You be the judge of two artists' efforts to bring dozens of international pieces of art together in a rather dubious manner. I bring you: Stolen Pieces.

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Stolen Pieces, by Eva and Franco Mattes. (image)
Made by a young Italian couple, Eva and Franco Mattes, but kept secret since the mid-'90s, it consists of a display case full of tiny chips from significant works of art, snatched or snapped off by the duo over a two-year crime spree. The artists did the deeds between July 28, 1995, and July 29, 1997, in museums all around the world.

Before you say "Aww, that modern art is crap anyway, who cares?", keep in mind that this twisted couple committed crimes innumerable against museums and artists alike, simply in order to fuel their self-aggrandizing fetish for attention.

Open and closed vandalism, at the very least... right? Not to the "artists":

Franco Mattes said Sunday that the artists' intention when they began "Stolen Pieces" 15 years ago was "absolutely not vandalism. I thought it was the greatest tribute I could ever pay to these artists."

A perfect moonbat artiste answer to justify the unjustifiable. Why aren't they thrown in the slammer, now that their story has gone public? Quite simply because the statute of limitations has now run out on the thefts that it took to "create" this "work of art." Not only are they thieves, they are cowards, unwilling to face the consequences for their perverted brand of self-expression.

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Artists Thieves Eva and Franco Mattes pose before an object of their creative vandalism. (image)

On a reputable tip from Penelope.



Catholic Schoolgirl Punished for Not Wearing Muslim Headscarf

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:43 AM

The Islamification of Airstrip One is getting heavy-handed:

A Roman Catholic schoolgirl has been labelled a truant after she refused to wear a headscarf during a compulsory trip to a mosque.
Amy Owen, 14, and fellow girl pupils at a Catholic secondary school were told to cover their heads and wear trousers or leggings out of respect for their Muslim hosts.
But when her mother objected, saying she did not want her daughter to 'dress as a Muslim', she received a sternly worded warning letter from the headmaster saying she had no choice.
Peter Lee, head of Ellesmere Port Catholic High School in Cheshire, informed her that the local diocese 'requires' pupils to have an understanding of other religions.
In the letter — with words in block capitals and underlined — Mr Lee said the visit was 'as compulsory as a geography field trip'.
He added: 'There are two reasons for these visits. One is that the scheme of work in religious studies REQUIRES children to have knowledge and understanding of other world religions.
'The second is that the school is REQUIRED to promote tolerance respect and understanding. This is known as community cohesion [also as dhimmitude].
'A failure to do this could result in an unwelcome inspection judgement. None of us would relish that.'

But Mrs. Davies refused to be intimidated by this scary talk, and kept Amy home, "citing religious objections — as did as many as ten other families."

The punishment: Amy has been charged with truancy. Once again we see that the liberal notion of "tolerance respect and understanding" is a one-way street.

On a tip from Oiao. Hat tip: Jihad Watch.



Fannie Mae's Involvement in Global Warming Caper

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM

The infamously corrupt Fannie Mae — a black hole into which our money continues to flow by the $billions, even after its instrumental role in causing the 2008 financial collapse — may have found a way to make itself profitable. It has carved out a niche in the biggest swindle in the history of the human race, the global warming hoax:

On June 7, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Patent No. 6,904,336 for a "System and Method for Residential Emissions Trading." The patent was assigned to the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") and CO2e.com, LLC of New York. The patent lists former Fannie Mae Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Franklin D. Raines as the primary inventor.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) comments:

"Having ventured far beyond sub-prime lending policies, Fannie Mae appears to have served as a full-blown liberal think tank for crony-capitalist ideas. While the crony-capitalist Democrats who ran Fannie Mae like Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson used these kinds of ideas to enrich themselves, it was the American taxpayers who were left holding the bag after they failed. It's disturbing that Fannie Mae executives were positioning themselves in 2005 for financial gain from an Obama Administration cap-and-trade system, but given the huge amount of campaign contributions Fannie Mae poured over President Obama it should be no surprise."

Readers will remember Franklin Raines as the Obama advisor who walked away from Fanny Mae's collapse with $90 million sticking out of his pocket. The comparably slimy Jim Johnson, head of B. Hussein's Vice Presidential search team, was involved in highly questionable loans from Countrywide Financial.

With the foxes in charge of the henhouse, it should come as no surprise that Fannie Mae will continue to soak up massive amounts of our money, as our corrupt socialist rulers steer us toward a second collapse. It recently requested another $10.6 billion handout from the federal government.

"Government-sponsored enterprises" like Fannie Mae — a transitional step between the free market and communism — are supposedly protecting us from sinister capitalists.

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Raines is out of there, but the looting by Obama's friends continues.

On a tip from Nancz.



Attacking Arizona Blows Up in San Diego's Face

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 AM

When the sanctimonious liberal twits running San Diego joined San Franfreakshow, La-La Land, etc. in denouncing Arizona for taking a tentative step toward enforcing immigration law, they forgot that San Diego needs Arizona much more than vice versa.

San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued "Zonies" who are so angered by elected leaders' recent censure of Arizona for its illegal-immigration law that they're mounting an informal boycott of their own.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and several hotels report receiving e-mails and letters from Arizona visitors saying they intend to change their plans to travel here in light of local outcry over their home state's anti-illegal-immigration stance.

Traditionally, the brutal summer heat in southern Arizona sends a stampede of tourists to San Diego every year.

Still struggling from the prolonged economic downturn, San Diego's visitor industry can ill afford to lose any of the 2 million Arizonans it counts on annually, said ConVis President Joe Terzi. … Charles Holladay, manager of the Ramada Plaza in Mission Valley, noted that as much as 50 percent of his summer business originates in Arizona, and he already has received a cancellation from a regular customer.

Arizonans will be reminded that it's nice and cool in the northern part of the state, and there's plenty to see up there. Who wouldn't trade a crowded beach for the Grand Canyon? Thanks, San Diego libs, for helping to stimulate the local tourism industry.

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Who needs San Diego? Photo by Varla.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Harvard Snob: "We elites really are better than you stupid peasants."

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:22 AM

Christopher Edley, Jr... a former Harvard Law professor and current Berkeley Law Dean... whines that Americans in the Heartland just don't appreciate how much better the Ivy League elites are than they.


In September 1988, I was helping prepare Gov. Michael Dukakis for a presidential debate against Vice President George H.W. Bush. The late Bob Squier, a brilliant operative, coached: "Remember, in this debate, the voter is sitting at home watching the tube, trying to decide which one of these two characters they want in their living room every night for four years. They've got to like you." Everyone got the message: The brainiac doesn't win, niceness counts, eliteness alienates. (Dukakis, like me, attended Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School; Bush went to Yale.)
The tension between elitism and populism is embedded in our national DNA because America rejected the model of a monarch ruling by divine right in favor of an iffy experiment in democratic self-governance. So now you are responsible for choosing your leader. Do you want someone like you or someone better than you?

Naturally, his idea of a brilliant leader is... Barack Obama.

Obama's handlers use sports to humanize a brilliant man. But when he is pressing Afghan President Hamid Karzai about corruption or drug companies about health care, we are thankful for his intellect, not his jump shot.

Never mind that the man can't tell the difference between comprehensive and liability-only insurance, can't pronounce "corpsman," is fuzzy on the number of states there are, doesn't know the difference between an inhaler and a breathalyzer, and couldn't order a Happy Meal without a teleprompter in front of him.

His basic ... and flawed... assumption is that Harvard and Yale only select "The best of the best," and they rarely make mistakes in their discernment over who is worthy. Therefore America should be delighted to have Ivy League elites ruling over them. Never mind that these are the same elites ... installed at the Fed, at Fannie and Freddie, at Goldman Sachs... that managed to drive the economy over a cliff.

It is inconceivable to him that many of America's brightest and most creative minds do not even want to attend Ivy league colleges, but would rather get to work starting businesses, creating jobs, making art, and raising families. To him, none of this is as important as getting a paper published in the Harvard Law Review.

Which, come to think of it, our genius president never did either.



Bureaucrats Issue IDs to Illegal Aliens

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 AM

As we've learned from the White House and the MSM, it is a crime against humanity to expect illegal aliens to produce documentation. Moonbat bureauweenies have stepped forward with a solution to this blight on our moral character; they are issuing official identification to people whose presence in this country is a crime:

As a new law in Arizona makes the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and spurs similar proposals in other states, Trenton is one of a small but growing number of municipalities that have moved in the opposite direction — making sure that illegal immigrants have documents to make their lives easier.
At least six city governments, including San Francisco and New Haven, now endorse or issue photo identification cards to residents. The latest is Princeton, N.J., where advocates for immigrants, with the consent of both the borough and the township, will begin issuing cards on May 22; other New Jersey communities have also expressed interest. Oakland, Calif., has approved a program but has not yet started issuing cards.

Although you won't hear this from the liberal establishment, it is illegal to be an illegal. Providing them with documentation is deliberately abetting them in a crime. Next, local governments will provide free ski masks to allegedly oppressed bank robbers.

But of course, from the moonbat point of view, their motives drip with the usual condescending, misplaced pity. The cards…

…are intended to fold illegal immigrants into the fabric of the community by giving them entree to services and places that require some sort of recognized identification.

For libs, it's all about "folding" the tens of millions of Third World peasants "into the fabric of the community" — by getting them hooked on welfare and voting for Democrats. Ramming through "comprehensive immigration reform" (i.e., amnesty) will open the floodgates to tens of millions more.

On a tip from Bill V.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:40 AM

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On a tip from SR.



Counter-Moonbattery Alert: Calling All Carbon Dioxide Patriots!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:25 AM

In case you'd forgotten, we can all do our part to redress the terrible wrongs being done to our planet by the eco-twit CO2-phobes who keep trying to sap our atmosphere of this invaluable, live-giving compound. An easy way is simply to visit Carbon Reset every day.

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Item #3: The Nuge on Gun Control

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:03 AM

Ted Nugent offers a commonsense rebuke to the fascist-utopian-obamunist dream of a disarmed populace.

[T]he inescapable truth — as FBI crime reports and numerous law enforcement and academic studies conclude — is that more guns clearly equal less crime. Where there are more guns per capita, violent crime goes down, particularly crimes of assault, such as rape, burglary and robbery. This is good. This is what the NRA stands for. Anti-gunners, not so much.
It is indeed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's gun-ban dream of "gun-free zones" that have proved to be the guaranteed slaughter zones, where the most innocent lives are lost every time. Think Columbine, Virginia Tech, Lane Bryant, Northwest Illinois University, New Jersey, Salt Lake City and Omaha malls, Luby's Cafeteria, Calgary University, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Flight 93, the mayor's office in San Francisco, ad nauseam. Peace and love will get you killed, and unarmed helplessness is a welcome mat for evil. It's common sense unless, of course, your anthem goes "baaa … baaa … baaa." …
Write this down: Gun-free zones are a felon's playground. Ban gun-free zones now. Join the NRA.
The choice is clear: Gun control as forced by the Chuck Schumers and Michael Bloombergs of the world is complicit in every violent crime committed.

But you'll notice that anti-gun fanatics like Bloomberg and Daley never go anywhere without armed, publicly paid bodyguards; luxuries the lumpen proletariat victims of their policies cannot afford.

The will and ability to defend oneself and one's own is something the fascist left absolutely despises.



Item #2: Thomas Friedman's Fascist Impulses

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:57 AM

New York (Waste of) Times Columnist Thomas Friedman — ardent admirer of Chinese Autocracy — relishes the prospect of The New Fascism.

I think we're entering an era — how long it will last I dare not predict — where being in politics is going to be more than anything else about taking things away from people. And that shift from leaders giving things away to leaders taking things away, I don't think we know what that looks like over time.

Mostly, he relishes the notion of Government dictating people's consumption and lifestyle choices in the name of the Goddess Gaia. And, of course, the Government will be taking things away from other people. Bammy won't be appropriating Thomas Friedman's gargantuan estate anytime soon.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Twixt Tragedy and Farce

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:42 AM

Farce: The Obama Regime lecturing the Spanish Government on the need to restrain its deficits and embrace fiscal discipline.

Tragedy: The Obama Regime conceding to the Butchers of Beijing that the USA has human rights problems, and citing the Arizona Immigration Enforcement statute as an example.

Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.
He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its [their?] own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person's immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

Michelle Malkin has the goods on this Posner creep. He's been in the America-bashing business a long time, he's an acolyte of George Soros, an advocate of open borders, a graduate of Berkeley… throw in some hatred of Israel and he's ideal for the Obama State Department.



May 16, 2010

Separated at Birth?

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM

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Compliments of John L.



Michael Savage Is Dragged Into Hell

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:08 AM

…and the rest of us are getting dragged down with him. This is what the last sane Americans are up against:

On a tip from glenwood183.



Ron Gochez, Shaper of Children's Minds

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:45 AM

A word from commie Reconquistador Ron Gochez, whom we "frail racist white people" pay to teach high school history at the Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles:

See here for a collection of Gochez's unhinged rants against freedom, America, and Caucasians, including the smash hit that made him famous:

Maybe it's just as well that most whites who aren't rich enough to afford private school on top of their taxes have been driven out of Los Angeles by wave after wave of illegal aliens. Imagine being a white kid in this guy's class. But of course, our rulers will tell us that it's no worse than we deserve for being "racist."

On tips from Oiao. Hat tip: HotAirPundit.



May 15, 2010

Campaign of Lies Undermines Rule of Law

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:21 PM

Since no reasonable person could object to Arizona's SB 1070, the left has attacked it with a campaign of lies. Liberals all the way from unhinged Canadian moonbat Steve Nash to the Community Activist in Chief and the scuttling insect that serves as his Attorney General have been spreading outrageous falsehoods with the avid assistance of the establishment media. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu gives an idea of the effect these reckless hard left extremists are having on law and order in Arizona:

The choice isn't just right versus left or even right versus wrong. It's sanity versus madness. The disease called liberalism will literally tear our society apart if it isn't turned back. A society that allows itself to be ruled by the likes of Obama, Holder, et al. simply won't hold together.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Arrgh! My Eyes! The Goggles, They Do Nothing!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:30 AM

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An idiot hippie protests at a BP gas station in Los Angeles. Yeah, like that's gonna get the leak fixed any quicker, you deranged hag. If you really wanna help, go down to the Gulf of Mexico and clamp your gigantic mouth over the broken pipe.

Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power

Update: From the comments at sondrak.com

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The Green Definition of Profit

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:20 AM

A windpower advocate in France was confronted with the reality that windpower is an expensive, inefficient, money-losing proposition, and responded that wind energy is in fact profitable if you look at it a certain way.

"First, I would like to dispute the idea that Eolienne windmills aren't profitable. Once one adds all the subsidies and financial support the industry receives from the French government and the European Community, it is losing very little money."

And now you understand the economic justification behind green jobs.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM

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Compliments of Oiao.



Woody Allen: "It Would Be Good If Obama Could Be a Dictator for a Few Years"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:59 AM

Once Again, scratch a liberal, find a fascist.

"...it would be good...if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly."

Thanks, Woodsy. It's always great to get the insightful opinions of a guy who molested and then married his step-daughter.



Caturday Post: What Do You Think of Rand Paul?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:08 AM

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Ron Paul's son Rand Paul is running for the Senate in Kentucky
. He's been endorsed by Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, Teve Torbes and the Senator he would replace, Jim Bunning. The Republican establishment is backing his challenger Trey Grayson. There is a primary next Tuesday.

Rand Paul does not seem to be a libertarian purist in the mode of his father, (although his libertarian impulses didn't stop him from accepting pork on behalf of his district). It wasn't Ron Paul's positions that put me off so much as the fanaticism of his followers, their obsessive need to spam internet polls for example, and the way some of his most ardent supporters turned out be deranged truther whackjobs. Still, Rand Paul is probably further out in the hinterlands on some issues than he lets on and than I would like.

Maybe I wouldn't want a senate full of Rand Pauls, but I'm all in favor of having some unconventional guys in there to shake up the status quo. If I were in Kentucky, he'd get my vote. What do you guys think?

Also, I see the left is trying to foment a phony controversy that alleges the Tea Party movement wants to repeal the 17th Amendment by which US Senators are directly elected? WTF? Apparently, a few fringe guys are pushing it, and the MSM is treating it as a mainstream Tea Party position. The wisdom of repealing the 17th Amendment is debatable, but in terms of the priorities of the Tea Partiers, it ranks pretty low on the list compared to cutting spending, limiting government, repealing ObamaCare, securing the border, holding politicians accountable and about 200 other things. But the left has to smear the Tea Parties with anything they can dredge up ... otherwise more folk might catch on.



May 14, 2010

If You Say So, Mr. Mayor

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:31 PM

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says that illegal immigrants have made California's economy the mighty powerhouse that it is.

"In California, I think there's a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state, while at the same time give us an opportunity to take the lead on this issue of really pushing the federal government to fix a broken immigration system."

California's unemployment rate: 12.6%

California's state deficit: $19.1 Billion.

California 2009 job losses: 579,000

Sometimes, I get the distinct impression that politicians lie.



BHO Ought to Agree That Kagan Requires Scrutiny

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 PM

At least B. Hussein will agree that the authoritarian socialist Elena Kagan will require a great deal of scrutiny, given "the absence of any judicial record on her part" and "the absence of any significant work she appears to have done related to Constitutional issues" — or at least, that's how he felt about the first Harriet Miers:

Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.



Reconquistadors Throw Rocks at Border Patrol

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:28 PM

Wouldn't be nice if the guys in the Border Patrol had the assurance of knowing that their own government was on their side?

Our liberal establishment, including the federal government and the media, sides aggressively with the ones throwing the rocks. No doubt these poor future undocumented Americans can't help but act out due to the racist oppression we inflict on them from afar.

On a tip from Oiao.



Tiny Tim, Global Warming Visionary

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:53 PM

No, it's not RFK Jr. in a wig:

Now we know where Al Gore et al. got the idea for their mammoth scam.

On a tip from Dave K.



Reading Is Overrated

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:52 PM

Eric Holder's latest batch of excuses for his negligence are wearing thin, even with the Obama regime press corps.

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Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.



Australia Pays Climate Change Bureaucrats $90M a Year to do Nothing

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:47 PM

In case you had any doubt that the Global Manbearpig Crisis was anything other than a scheme for politicians to give jobs and power to their environmentalist comrades, the Government of Australia under left-wing earwax connoisseur Kevin Rudd established a Climate Change Department, which has no formal regulatory duties until 2013 but nevertheless employs 400 bureaucrats at a cost of $90,000,000 a year.

Taxpayers will fork out $90 million a year to keep more than 400 public servants employed within the federal Climate Change Department - despite most now having nothing to do until 2013.
More than 60 of them are classified as senior executive staff on salaries between $168,000 and $298,000 a year. Their salary bill alone will cost an estimated $12 million every year.

The country is actually better off with bureaucrats doing nothing, considering their job is to sacrifice Australia's economy and standard of living on the altar of Gaia.

Cap and Trade Legislation pushed by Democrats envisions similar gigantic regulatory bureaucracies in the USA.



Holder Refuses to Admit Islamic Terror Has Anything to Do With Islam

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM

If it wasn't so hair-raising, it would be hilarious. But this isn't a comedy routine, it is the top law enforcement officer of the USA, the notoriously pro-terrorist Eric Holder, refusing to admit that Islam might have something to do with three recent Islamic terror attacks on this country that occurred under his watch:

It's increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion that our rulers are on the side of the Muslim terrorists who keep trying to kill us.

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Rehabilitating Hitler?

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:40 PM

It looks like the liberal establishment is getting tired of trying to spin the quintessential leftist Adolf Hitler as a conservative, and is now trying to rehabilitate his image instead:

It was a question that left NHS [National Health Service] staff gasping in disbelief: the survey wanted to know how "cool" they would rate Adolf Hitler, on a scale of one to five.
"Cool" is not a word usually associated with the Nazi dictator who plunged the world into a war that cost tens of millions of lives. To add to their discomfort, the ambulance employees were then asked to rate Hitler in comparison with their own chief executive.
Workers were also asked to rate the "coolness" of other leaders including Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Winston Churchill and the England football team manager, Fabio Capello. The survey, entitled Making Leadership Cool, is part of a £10,000 project that will help the NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority to devise a new leadership strategy.

This is what Britain's socialist healthcare system sees fit to waste taxpayer money on, while neglected patients desperately drink water out of flower vases. No wonder most people want ObamaCare repealed before it can reduce America to this.

On a tip from J.



Gee, It's Almost Like She Has an Agenda or Something

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:05 PM

Highland Park High School Superintendant Suzan Hebson won't send her Girls Varsity Basketball Team to Arizona, but she will happily force all freshman to attend mandatory Gay Indoctrination panels devised by the Safe School Czar's GLSEN compadres.


During the seminars, upperclassmen spoke to the ninth graders about a variety of topics affecting homosexual teens, including their own personal experiences -- and all students were required to sign confidentiality agreements swearing never to disclose what they heard.

This same agendized dingbat previously decided to make a political statement by denying her girls the opportunity to play in Arizona, also sought to make the play Angels in America --- with its graphic and obscene gay sex scenes --- required reading at another Chicago-area high school.



Chutzpah!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:23 AM

Quote of the day from B. Hussein "Everything Bad Is Bush's Fault" Obama, castigating others for disastrous events that happened on their watch.

"I will not tolerate more finger-pointing or irresponsibility," Obama said in the Rose Garden, assigning blame to oil companies, drilling equipment makers and federal agencies that oversee their operations. [Emphasis added.]
"You had executives of BP and Transocean and Haliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else," Obama said. "The American people could not have been impressed with that display, and I certainly wasn't."

Apologists and Obama culties will claim, "But he did blame 'federal agencies.' Yes, he blamed agencies for the way they behaved under the Bush Regime.

"For a decade or more there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill."

Maybe BP should have just said they inherited the oil spill from someone else. That's usually treated as a valid excuse.

Despite the hysterical response to the spill from the environmental left and the media, Americans still support offshore drilling by 58%-23%. It's rather disconcerting, however, to contemplate that almost one in four Americans think cars, trucks, and buses can run on unicorn farts.



Big Government to Monitor How Much Your Kids Weigh

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:01 AM

Michelle "Baby Got Back" Obama, the junk food profiteer at the helm of the crusade against our right to feed ourselves and our kids as we see fit, will soon know exactly which children have and have not complied with her dietary decrees:

A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are.
States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.

This latest outrage against individual liberty has the typically Orwellian name "Healthy Choices Act" — as if Big Government were in the business of leaving us with choices. To get an idea of where this is leading, look to Britain, where The State has been confiscating people's children when their body mass index fails to conform to bureaucratic dictates.

On tips from Oiao, Anonymous Countermoonbat, and Henry.



Kagan and the Right to Bear Arms

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:29 AM

The First Amendment isn't the only part of the Constitution Elena Kagan finds fundamentally flawed. Her next problem comes with the Second:

This year, no case on the Supreme Court docket is more important than McDonald v. Chicago, where the Court is deciding whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is only a right you have against the federal government, or instead if the Second Amendment (like most of the Bill of Rights) also secures a right you can assert against state and local governments. At issue is whether Chicago's law banning all guns — even in your own home — is constitutional. …
When the McDonald case was argued before the Court on March 2 of this year, current Solicitor General Kagan argued… Nothing. Not only did she not ask for time during oral argument, she didn't even file a brief (which the solicitor general routinely does in important constitutional cases — and the McDonald case is monumentally important). …
Why wouldn't Kagan file a brief expressing the view of over 75% of Americans that the Second Amendment is an individual right, one that every American citizen has against all levels of government?

Here are a couple of clues:

Aside from her shocking decision not to file a brief in McDonald, we've learned that Elena Kagan was part of the Clinton White House's gun-control efforts, where a Clinton staffer said, "We are taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns."
Then it became public that when the Supreme Court was asked in 1987 to decide if the D.C. gun ban was unconstitutional (the same law that the Court eventually struck down in Heller), Kagan wrote to Justice Marshall on the Court that she was "not sympathetic" toward the argument that the Second Amendment doesn't allow D.C. to completely ban all guns.

Socialism is an ideology centered on taking liberty and wealth on behalf of Big Government. There is no point at which socialists will say that the government has enough power or money. But there is a point where its victims will take up arms to resist it. This is why socialists are invariably hostile to the concept of individuals being able to defend themselves — and like the community organizer who appointed her, Kagan is a socialist.

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Wants you disarmed — surprised?

On a tip from Bill T.



Michelle Obama, Forbidden Food Profiteer

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:45 AM

The hypocrisy of the Bitter Half taking the lead in the campaign against politically incorrect food goes beyond her hefty hindquarters:

While she crusades for organic foods and puts government pressure on corporations to stop marketing fast food and junk food to children, Mrs. Obama herself profited from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes.
In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama hustled a seat on the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama — as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.
The chairman of the TreeHouse Foods board, Sam K. Reed, was a top executive at Kellogg's and Keebler Foods, home of that great menace to children, the Keebler Elf. Before that, he headed up Mother's Cake and Cookie Company. The conglomerate sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes. Hardly the stuff of Mrs. Obama's new vision of nutritional paradise. TreeHouse is also a leading supplier of pickles used in the burgers of evil fast food chain McDonald's — exactly the kind of corporate restaurants Mrs. Obama is now targeting in her war on urban "food deserts."

The First Klingon only hopped off this particular gravy train when it became necessary as part of the war on Wal-Mart, TreeHouse's biggest customer.

Reed shouldn't be surprised by the knife in his back. If B. Hussein's lavishly generous backers at Goldman Sachs and BP can go under the bus for the sake of political theater, why not TreeHouse Foods?

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Maybe not the ideal food fascist.

On a tip from Byron.



Arizona or San Francisco Values

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM

The leftists running the media and federal government have responded to SB 1070 with a screeching cacophony of lies, as they are unable to challenge this commonsense legislation on its merits. The tasteless joke we're asked to regard as Attorney General admits that he couldn't even be bothered to read the 10-page bill before denouncing it. To find out what the bill is actually about, let's turn to its author, the great State Senator Russell Pearce:

SB 1070 simply codifies federal law into state law, removes excuses and concerns about states' inherent authority to enforce these laws and removes all illegal "sanctuary" policies. … Arizona did not make illegal, illegal. Illegal was already illegal. It is a crime to enter or remain in the U.S. in violation of federal law.

Unlike the deliberately deceptive media coverage, Pearce's motives for writing the bill are straightforward:

I saw the enormous fiscal and social costs that illegal immigration was imposing on my state. I saw Americans out of work, hospitals and schools overflowing, and budgets strained. Most disturbingly, I saw my fellow citizens victimized by illegal alien criminals. The murder of Robert Krentz — whose family had been ranching in Arizona since 1907 — by illegal alien drug dealers was the final straw for many Arizonans. There are dozens and dozens of other citizens of our state who have been murdered by illegal aliens. Currently, 95 illegal aliens are in Maricopa County jail for murder.

Why does even a third of the public oppose the bill? Because they have been misled regarding what's in it.

All SB 1070 does is allow Arizona law enforcement officials to detain illegal aliens under state law. The law does not allow police to stop suspected illegal aliens unless they have already come across them through normal "lawful conduct" such as a traffic stop, and explicitly prohibits racial profiling.

As for the crapola about states not having the right to enforce federal law,

there is a long legal precedent going back to 1976 that allows states to pass legislation to discourage illegal immigration so long as it does not conflict with federal law. SB 1070 was specifically designed to mirror federal immigration law to avoid such a conflict.

The liberal hypocrisy is astonishing, as always:

For all their newfound respect for the authority of federal immigration law, the open borders advocates who oppose SB 1070 have no problems with "sanctuary cities" such as San Francisco that explicitly obstruct federal immigration authorities to protect illegal aliens.

As Pearce details, San Franfreakshow's sanctuary policy has been an unmitigated disaster, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians. Yet San Fransicko bureauweenies consider themselves in a position to pass righteous judgment on Arizona, initiating a boycott that has spread to other moonbat-managed cities like Los Angeles and Oakland.

The choice between Arizona and San Francisco values is clear. What also needs to be clear is that if you choose the former you have to fight to defend them, because liberals have been exploiting their control of the levers of power to impose San Francisco values nationwide.

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On tips from Oiao.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:43 AM

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Montebello HS, Montebello, CA. Compliments of 101ABNDevil.



Item #6: Elena Kagan (Hearts) Radical Socialism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:46 AM

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan — the one various media outlets have declared "a cautious pragmatist" or a "centrist" and whom progressive leftists pretend is "too conservative" — wrote an undergraduate thesis in which she praised and glorified radical socialism.

From the Forward…

I would like to thank my brother Marc whose involvement in radical causes led me to explore the history of American radicalism in the hope of clarifying my own political ideas.

To the Conclusion…

If the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.

The Washington Examiner has the full 134 pages in the middle of those two pull quotes. The Democrats claimed that Bob McDonnell's college thesis was a smoking gun, will they treat Kagan's the same way? No, of course they won't. Silly question.

BTW: Here's an interesting aside, the top rumored pick to replace Kagan as Solicitor-General is fraudulently "elected" Washington Governor Christine Gregoire.



Item #5: Chris Christie Rocks

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:20 AM

For the first time in my adult life, I am truly proud of New Jersey.



Item #4: Traitorous Democrats Scheme to Make It Impossible for the USA to Defend Itself

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:57 AM

A cabal of Democrats — Dick Durbin, Ben Cardin, Russ Feingold, Dianne Feinstein, and Patrick Leahy — are cramming something mis-named the "Crimes Against Humanity Act" through the senate. This Act, among other things, would effectively disarm the US nuclear arsenal by making the use of nuclear weapons — even in retaliation — a crime against humanity. It would also grant the UN "Universal Jurisdiction" over "crimes against humanity."

The practical effect of this would be that US soldiers and officials accused by other countries of "Crimes Against Humanity," — as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, as well as numerous soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been — would be tried in the Hague (i.e., by America-hating European socialists) or by the individual countries in which the allegations were raised. Basically, it imposes the ICC without the messiness of ratifying the Treaty.

Any thinking person can see how this would have disastrous implications on the USA's ability to defend itself militarily. The credibility of the US nuclear threat would be diminished, clearing the way for Obama's dream of unilateral disarmament. US officials would risk prosecution for dispatching troops to foreign countries or punishing terrorists in a way the UN or European socialists did not approve of, and imagine if the US Marines from the Haditha "Massacre" had been tried by The Hague instead of a military tribunal.



Item #3: Burying Communist History

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:10 AM

No, the threadline doesn't refer to the college records Obama has never released, but to tens of thousands of pages of documents from the Soviet Era documenting the brutality of communism through the Final Days of the USSR. These recently became available to historians, academics, journalists, and US intelligence agencies. Guess what, nobody's interested. It's almost like the leftists in government, journalism, and academia don't want to know the real truth about Soviet Communism.

Like what a cold-blooded bastard their hero Mikhail Gorbachev is. His response upon hearing about the deaths of thousands at Tiananmen Square.

Three thousands (killed)... So what?

"So, what?" indeed compared to the millions butchered by other progressive heroes like Mao and Pol Pot.



Item #2: Awful Schools Wield an Awful Lot of Power

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:01 AM

In Illinois, a group of Republicans joined with a majority of Democrats to ensure that dark-skinned inner city kids remain trapped in the state's worst schools. Many of the Republicans opposing a voucher plan happen to be paid lackeys of the greatest enemy of children's education... the Teacher Unions.

Leading the House GOP opposition was one Rep. Roger Eddy, a double dipper from downstate Hutsonville. According to a Family Taxpayers Foundation database, Eddy gets $90,000 as a school superintendent, and his wife, Rebecca, a teacher in one of his schools, earns $40,000. That's in addition to the $68,880 plus per diem he receives as a state legislator. Wait, there's more. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, state teachers unions have given him $79,182 over nine years in campaign contributions, including $7,750 from the Chicago Teachers Union. You fill in the blanks about why Chicago teachers would be working for the election of a Republican from a town that's a four-hour drive away.

Those campaign donations to Democrats, by the way, are taxpayer dollars laundered through the Teacher Unions in the form of mandatory dues.

Somebody should arrange a boycott of Illinois or something.



Morning Briefs for Friday Item #1: Progs Try to Outdo Each Other in Stupidity

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:48 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Ninny Noodles,

The Winner in the "Absolutely Idiotic Mischaracterization of Arizona's Immigration Enforcement Law" contest for this week comes from Los Angeles City Councilman "Special" Ed Reyes.

As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be . . . deported, no questions asked. That is not American.

Fat, paranoid, and stupid is no way to go through life, councilman.

Of course, illegal immigration advocates have to lie ... outrageously... about what's in the law because its actual content polls so very well with the American people. The boycott of Arizona, not so much.

Canadian Idiot Rob Halford — The Liberace of Heavy Metal — also weighed in stupidly against the law.



May 13, 2010

Holder Admits He Has Not Read Arizona Immigration Law

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:40 PM

It's one thing for the Obama regime to criticize the new Arizona immigration law on principle. It's quite another to do so, as a matter of administration policy, without even knowing what they are talking about.

Rep. Ted Poe from Texas grills Attorney General Eric Holder, who gave testimony before the House Judicial Committee on May 13, 2010. It's a revealing six and a half minutes.

The bill is a whole 10 pages long. But Holder is a pretty busy guy, what with protecting our nation from Islamic terrorists perpetrators of man-made disasters.



CBS Affiliate Steals and Spins Border Footage

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:12 PM

At least Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO has acknowledged the Mexican invasion. Too bad they felt the need to do it by stealing video from Border Invasion Pics and then spinning it out of sympathy for the Reconquistadors:

Too get a more accurate view of events, cut out the middle man. There's much more at Border Invasion Pics.

On a tip from Infidel Joe.



Countermoonbattery Alert: Speak English, It's the Law

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:00 PM

Jackson is a little New York hamlet nestled near the Vermont border. Population: 1,700-ish. Grocery store: nope. Gas station: sorry. Official language: English.

The law has already put Jackson at odds with the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says it violates state and federal law. But in the great American echo chamber, every mouse gets to roar, so Roger Meyer, who proposed the law, feels he is making progress toward protecting the English language from threats near and far.

Any law that pisses off the ACLU has to be model legislation for the rest of America to emulate.

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Roger Meyer, protector of the tongue. (image)



Artwork Captures an Era

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:13 PM

At last the National Endowment for the Arts has produced something that doesn't look like it was finger-painted by an angry monkey. Click for full size:

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Via iMaksim, on a tip from Bill V.



MSNBC Admits: Public Favors Drilling, Arizona Law

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM

I love to imagine the looks on their faces when the leftist apparatchiks at MSNBC sit down to write news like this:

Drill, baby, drill.
Even after the recent — and highly publicized — oil spill in the Gulf Coast, that's the overwhelming sentiment from the public, with six in 10 Americans supporting more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
In addition, a majority believes that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment.

Furthermore, despite a relentless Big Media campaign of demonization and lies,

Nearly two-thirds of Americans back Arizona's new controversial immigration law.

Also, 72% disapprove of the Dem-controlled Congress, and a majority are aware that the country is headed in the wrong direction under the rule of the Moonbat Messiah.

Yet MSNBC's liberal weenies manage to finish the story with a brave smile on their pasty faces:

The one true bright spot in the poll: General Motors, which has seen its favorable rating jump from 18 percent after its federal government bailout to 37 percent now.

Of course, the other 63% would rather pedal around on a tricycle than buy anything Government Motors excretes between coffee breaks, but the important thing is keeping lots and lots and lots of union members on the public dole.

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Trying to be brave, via The Cable Game.

On a tip from Oiao.



Proselytizing the Cult of Gaia to Middle Schoolers

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:42 AM

Reportedly (as yet unconfirmed) a Middle School In Missouri is planning a field trip to the Gulf Coast to visit the oil spill. If true, I wonder how they will get there, diesel-powered bus or kerosene-powered aircraft? And will anyone note the irony?

But, the video below --- created by a school in California --- is real, and shows the creepy fascism of the environmental left; with little kids acting out their fantasies of being environmental jackbooted thugs.

Hat Tip: Newsbusters

Funny how schools that are constantly crying "poverty" find money to indulge in this.



Kagan's Contempt for the First Amendment

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:01 AM

The duty of a Supreme Court Justice is to uphold our Constitutional liberties — unless that Justice is appointed by B. Hussein Obama, in which case her role is to destroy those liberties, starting with the most fundamental:

President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, argued certain forms of speech that promote "racial or gender inequality" could be "disappeared."
In her few academic papers, Kagan evidences strong beliefs for court intervention in speech, going so far as to posit First Amendment speech should be weighed against "societal costs."

"Societal cost" means that it runs counter to the progressive agenda.

In a 1996 paper, "Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine," Kagan argued it may be proper to suppress speech because it is offensive to society or to the government.
That paper asserted First Amendment doctrine is comprised of "motives and … actions infested [sic] with them" and she goes so far as to claim that "First Amendment law is best understood and most readily explained as a kind of motive-hunting."

This means that you can say what you want — so long as leftist apparatchiks like Kagan deem your motives to be pure. Otherwise, shut up.

Kagan's name was also on a brief, United States V. Stevens, dug up by the Washington Examiner, stating: "Whether a given category of speech enjoys First Amendment protection depends upon a categorical balancing of the value of the speech against its societal costs."

Her stance couldn't be more clear: you have the freedom to say what we want you to say.

Kagan also believes that corporations have no right to political speech. This is convenient, because it's harder to loot them and deliberately cripple them with counterproductive and often malicious regulations if they have some way of sticking up for themselves.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan, nominated Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, told that court in September that Congress could constitutionally prohibit corporations from engaging in political speech such as publishing pamphlets that advocate the election or defeat of a candidate for federal office.

Chief Justice John Roberts explains why Kagan's point of view is so pernicious:

"The Government urges us in this case to uphold a direct prohibition on political speech. It asks us to embrace a theory of the First Amendment that would allow censorship not only of television and radio broadcasts, but of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, and virtually any other medium that corporations and unions might find useful in expressing their views on matters of public concern," wrote Roberts. "Its theory, if accepted, would empower the Government to prohibit newspapers from running editorials or opinion pieces supporting or opposing candidates for office, so long as the newspapers were owned by corporations — as the major ones are. First Amendment rights could be confined to individuals, subverting the vibrant public discourse that is at the foundation of our democracy."

If tyrants can limit political speech to "individuals," it will be child's play to snuff it out altogether.

Our form of government was explicitly designed to protect the American people from the likes of Barack Obama and his appointees. The Constitution has held up this long because we've had the character to deserve it. Whether that still holds true remains to be seen.

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Here to crush our most fundamental liberties.

On tips from Dystopic PC and Byron.



UC Berkeley — Ground Zero of Moonbattery

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:04 AM

The spoiled trustafarians at the University of California held a protest to oppose the enforcement of immigration law and demand amnesty for students facing charges for vandalism and destruction of property from a prior protest in which they tried to burn down the Chancellor's house.

I know, typical day in the land of nuts and flakes, but this detail really is the whipped cream and cherry on the soy-milk sundae of progressive nutjob protest.

One protester blessed his cohorts' corn cobs, for their connection to Mother Earth. Four dancers dressed as cornstalks, including one of the strikers, twirled and gestured ceremonially to a percussion beat.

These are the same people who profess that Christianity is nothing but phony hypocritical worship of a magical sky god. My guess is what they actually resent is that Christianity requires you to behave with decency and responsibility toward your fellow man, instead of burning down houses and dancing around dressed like a cornstalk.



America Buys Into Arizona's Immigration Law

Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:54 AM

Regardless of the rhetoric Dear Leader has been spouting in order to fan the flames against Arizona's "misguided" immigration law, the American public isn't buying it. A recent Pew Research Center poll shows overwhelming public support -- 73% agree that people should be required to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask.

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While Americans are 59% in support of the Arizona law per se, they are even more in support of individual items for which the law provides. The issue isn't completely partisan, either. While the nation is split along party lines on some areas, a significant majority of Democrats at least support the key provisions of the law: 65% of Dems support requiring folks to produce documents verifying their legal status and 55% support allowing the authorities to detain them if they can't somehow verify their status as legal residents.

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With polling like this, will it be any surprise if the White House soft-sells the issue, diverting its resources instead toward another winner with the people, Cap and Trade? If only we had been so lucky with ObamaCare. Just how many more unpopular issues can Chairman Zero try to force on the American people and still expect to be re-elected?

Hat tip: Daily Caller.



British Government Offers Teens Jobs on X-Rated Websites

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:00 AM

Big Government can help us in so many ways. Admittedly the massive burden of taxation and regulation it imposes drives millions out of work. But not to worry, bureaucrats are always there to catch you when you fall. They can even help you find a job consistent with their own liberal values:

Some government-run unemployment offices in Britain are offering teenage job seekers a chance to make more than $1,000 a week on x-rated Web sites, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The newspaper says the "job with a difference" is being advertised at Jobcentre Plus offices in Birmingham, Warwickshire and Shropshire by an adult recruiting agency, Faceclick.
The agency encourages applicants to engage in sexually explicit conversations with customers and to perform "activities that you feel comfortable with" when naked in front of a camera, the newspaper says.

There will never be a lack of demand for dirty websites, so long as the world is so full of overpaid bureauweenies with too much time on their hands.

It gets worse. In Germany, a woman was told she would be cut off from the government teat for failing to accept a job as a prostitute.

No matter how many broken crutches Big Government generously bestows (paid for with our own money), it would be infinitely better if it never broke our legs in the first place by crippling the economy.

On a tip from MP.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 AM

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Via The People's Cube, on a tip from TED.



Item #4: Cowardly Central Buries Their Heads Deeper in the... um, Sand

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:14 AM

Comedy Central has instructed Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi not to comment on Islamic terrorism in the wake of the attempted Times Square bombing. Cowardly Central is still going ahead with that cartoon that makes fun of Jesus Christ, though, because it's so edgy and dangerous to make fun of Christians. /sarc

Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power

K is P also has a story about an LA city councilweenie who compares the Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law to the Holocaust.



Item #3: Bill Gates's Supervillain Climate Change Fleet

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:58 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Harlow Monkey Experiments,

So, if you had $7 billion, I suppose you could spend it fighting illiteracy, you could build housing for the homeless, you could spend it providing health care for the indigent...

... or you could use it to build a fleet of ships to sail the world's oceans emitting giant artificial clouds to stop Manbearpig, as Bill Gates is planning to do.

Boffins want to curb climate change by building a $7bn fleet of 1,900 ships to crisscross the oceans as each sucks up ten tons of seawater per second and blasts it a kilometer into the sky to create clouds to absorb sunlight and cool the earth. And Bill Gates is funding them.

I am wondering, are those ship's nuclear powered, solar-powered, or wind-powered? Surely they don't burn anything that emits hydrocarbons.

My guess is that Bill Gates (also known by his Supervillain Name, Dr. Bluescreen) is really only going to fund the initial scientific study, and then demand that taxpayers finance the rest while he invests in cloud-ship companies with Al Gore and John Kerry.



Item #2: Hyper-Sensitive much?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:39 AM

Continuing our theme of real life imitating cultural stereotypes, Teh gheys are all upset because the Wall Street Journal published a picture of Elena Kagan playing softball.

'It clearly is an allusion to her being gay. It's just too easy a punch line,' Cathy Renna, a former spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation who is now a consultant, [whined to] the Washington-based blog.

I think it's time to bring back the old expression, "Get a life." I know it's 90's, but some people really need to.

Update: Meanwhile, another group of gay drama queens has caught a case of the vapors from a Newsweak article that questioned the ability of gay actors to play straight romantic leads. Adding to the hilarity, the producer of the TV Show Glee is calling for a boycott of Newsweek.

At least I think he said "boycott," he might actually have been asking for something else.

How do you boycott a magazine nobody reads anyway? More people will read about this story on this blog than will read it in Newsweek.



Morning Briefs for Thor's Day, Item #1: Math is Blatantly Racist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:56 AM

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. The National Math Counts Competition released its list of winners and finalists this week. Here are the top ten finalists (the rest of the list is pretty similar).

1 Mark Sellke
2 Shyam Narayanan
3 Alex Song
4 Darryl Wu
5 Lewis Chen
6 Edward Park
7 Scott Wu
8 Steven Chen
9 Eugene Chen
10 Victoria Xia

Obviously, there's some racial over-representation here. We need to call in the Justice Department, so they can fix it by canceling math programs, the way they fixed women's under-representation in sports (except softball) by forcing schools to cancel wrestling programs.

I am also willing to bet none of those kids was dragged out on an "Asians-only" field trip to meet an Asian rocket scientist because they needed the inspiration.



May 12, 2010

Keith Olbermann Versus the Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:02 PM

It's not always easy to like the underachieving Arizona Diamondbacks, but a denunciation from Keith Olbermann helps:

By the way, the most prominent Diamondbacks include Rodrigo Lopez (Mexico) and the unfortunately injured Miguel Montero (Venezuela). Gerardo Parra, who competed for Rookie of the Year last year, was recently sent down to Triple-A but should be back soon. The current roster also includes Juan Gutierrez, Cesar Valdez, Esmerling Vasquez, and Augie Ojeda.

Prominent non-Caucasians on MSDNC include no one I've ever heard of, despite white skin being some sort of crime according to their depraved ideology.

The race card will never survive its absurd overexploitation by the hypocrites of the liberal media, who actually seem to believe they can make us think it's racist not to like whatever the arrogant punk (there, I said it) they put in the White House does to us. But then, I didn't think the race card would survive the OJ verdict.

Via @Broliath.



Muslim Student Calls for Second Holocaust

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:19 PM

David Horowitz ought to wear a hazmat suit before courageously wading into the cesspools that pass for our universities these days. Here he is at the University of California at San Diego, being told by a Religion-of-Peacenik that he and all other Jews should be exterminated in a second Holocaust:

Imagine the wall-to-wall coverage if a Christian ever called for genocide. But this incident will be studiously ignored, as Islamic extremism is whenever possible. By slanting the news the way it does, the liberal media effectively sides with this woman.

Via Breitbart.tv, on tips from Wagtube, Bob S, Edward, and Ummah Gummah.



Kagan Defended Al Qaeda Financiers

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:15 PM

What do you mean Elena Kagan's only qualifications are hating the military and convincing the public she's a lesbian? From the point of view of an administration that put terrorist enabler Eric Holder in charge of the Injustice Department, this ought to feature prominently on her resume:

Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama's latest nominee to the Supreme Court, helped protect the Saudi royal family from lawsuits that sought to hold al Qaeda financiers responsible in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The suits were filed by thousands of family members and others affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. In court papers, they provided evidence that members of the Saudi royal family had channeled millions to al Qaeda prior to the bombings, often in contravention of direct guidance from the United States.
But Kagan, acting as President Obama's Solicitor General, argued that the case should not be heard even if evidence proved that the Saudis helped underwrite al Qaeda, because it would interfere with US foreign policy with the oil-rich nation. She posited "that the princes are immune from petitioners' claims" because of "the potentially significant foreign relations consequences of subjecting another sovereign state to suit."
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer published Tuesday, the mother of a man who was killed on United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania said he didn't know why Kagan argued that the case not even be heard. By keeping the case off the dockets, the Saudis were spared scrutiny of their finances.

Even Benedict Arlen Specter was enraged, proposing an amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act that would prevent the ultra-Left's answer to Harriet Miers from hiding behind it.

"She wants to coddle the Saudis," he said.

The bad guys control our government. There is no other way to make sense of anything in the news.

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Obama picked her; where did you think her sympathies would lie?

On a tip from SR.



Rachael Ray and Debbie Stabenow Conspire Against Obesity

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:49 PM

What could be more absurd than the prodigiously caboosed Bitter Half waging a war against obesity? How about the teaming up of a cutesy-pie TV cook and a fat left-wing Senator:

Rachael Ray, the peppy television cooking queen, met with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, [yesterday] afternoon to chat about child nutrition and obesity. …
During their roughly 10-minute chat, Ray told Stabenow she'd like to see more federal funding for programs that increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to families in urban "food desert" areas like Detroit, as well as a return to fresh-cooked lunches in public schools.

Ray and Stabenow appear to agree on the basic premise that bureaucrats should use our money to force us to eat according to their dictates.

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If anyone should know about the pitfalls of obesity, it's Stabenow.

Hat tip: The Blogprof.



Medal Proposed for Not Fighting Enemy

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:47 AM

Oh, now I get it. This whole era of sniveling moonbat fools is a sick joke:

A proposal to grant medals for "courageous restraint" to troops in Afghanistan who avoid deadly force at a risk to themselves has generated concern among U.S. soldiers and experts who worry it could embolden enemy fighters and confuse friendly forces.

The more likely you are to get yourself (and others) killed by freezing up in the face of the enemy, I mean, employing restraint, the more "courageous" it is, therefore the more likely you are to get a medal for not fighting. If only this had been around in Hanoi John Kerry's time, he'd have more ribbons on his chest than a Third World dictator.

The insane concept fits perfectly with rules of engagement designed to protect the enemy:

[Some] soldiers saw the medal proposal as a reinforcement of troubling rules of engagement. "Unfortunately, we are being reduced to a police force," said another U.S. soldier. "There are troops that never leave Bagram or Kandahar airfield. … Maybe if they left us all on base and never sent us out to confront the enemy, we could all be honored [for] valor."

There is nothing political correctness won't turn into a pathetic farce, including even the military.

On tips from Conan, Ummah Gummah, and Varla.



Moonbats Call for Ban on Drilling

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM

You had to know it wouldn't be long:

In the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some lawmakers in another oil-producing region are calling for a drilling ban off their shores. 20 Democrats have co-signed a bill that would ban new leases off the entire West Coast.
All of the lawmakers are from California, Oregon and Washington State. The bill would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit offshore drilling off the coasts of those three states.
According to the Minerals Management Service there are 49 active leases in the area. Currently 43 of those are active and producing 24 million barrels of oil and 47 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually. MMS estimates there are 10 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 37 trillion cubic feet of gas in the region.

Here's an idea: next time there's a tragic car accident, let's ban automobiles. Then we won't need so much oil anyway.

On a tip from Sean.



Feds Devote Their Attention to Potty Parity

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM

While the terrorist maniacs in Iran complete their work on nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them to our heartland, the world economy staggers toward near-term collapse, and our borders are overrun by millions of criminal aliens, here's what our rulers busy themselves spending what's left of our money on:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings Wednesday on the "Potty Parity Act," a bill that seeks to address the unequal number of restroom facilities for women in federal buildings by requiring at least a 1-to-1 ratio for toilets, including urinals, in women's and men's restrooms.

"At least a 1-to-1 ratio" means inequality is okay, so long as men get the short end — even in buildings where there are likely to be many more men than women, as the decree will be imposed on "all properties managed by the National Parks Service, the Defense Department, [and] the Federal Bureau of Prisons."

But don't snigger, this is a very serious issue:

Supporters of the bill say women forced to wait in long restroom lines are at risk of health issues, including abdominal pain, cystitis and other urinary tract infections.

Not to mention yellow stains and soggy undies. Hold your wallet with both hands — I think our rulers have discovered another crisis.

The Congressional Budget Office has not put a price tag yet on the legislation.

That's okay; the government is so far past being able to pay for its never-ending spending spree that it doesn't make any difference what anything costs. Just put it on the tab for our grandkids to worry about. Next up: nationwide potty parity for transsexuals.

On tips from Browncoat and Firewifem.



Progressives Begin the Palin-Bashing 6 Months Early

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:27 AM

Sarah Palin is hated by the progressive left with a degree of obsessed derangement that Cotton Mather would have called "a little over the top." Her next book is due out November 23.

But leftists aren't waiting until then, they've decided to go ahead and start trashing it now. Or, at least, some jealous dingbat at Huffington Post who'll never know the love of a real man (much less make $12 Million in a single year) has decided to start moaning about it already. "I'll need Dramamine."

But the real, real sweet delicious progressive bitterness is in the comments...

$arah and her ilk tend to revel in their ignorance. (minerva117)

But I'll bet Sarah knows how to pronounce "Corpsman."

I wonder if McCain wishes he hadn't plucked this bizarre woman from obscurity where she rightfully belonged? However, she stands as living proof that anyone can make it in America and you don't have to be smart or hard-working to make it, either. (pjwrites)

No, you just have to be able to read a Teleprompter and pal around with terrorists.

The Palinites will tell everyone that her first book, "Going Loon", oh I'm sorry, "Going Rogue" did so well and was a best-seller! What they will not tell you is it was bought "en masse" from churches and other organizations to give out to her "followers" (corrai)

And the left knows this for a "fact" because it's "the only possible explanation." The voices say so.

Most REAL mothers would never have embarked on the run for VP when they had a disabled baby at home (hers or her daughters) (Colmor)

Ah, Trig Trootherism. You knew that was coming.

I just keep shaking my head and wanting to cry.(Darklady)

Bwah ha hah ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha HA!



Comrade Obama: Information Is Bad

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:00 AM

When the head of the government openly proclaims that he wants us to be less informed, the country has obviously gotten itself into serious trouble:

In his latest swipe at the modern media environment, President Obama used a commencement speech over the weekend to bemoan the onslaught of information in the digital age and suggest that the gusher of news out there is too much of a good thing. …
Speaking at Hampton University in Virginia, the president raised alarms when he said "information becomes a distraction, a diversion" that is putting "pressure on our country and on our democracy."

A distraction from what, if not blind obedience to an agenda that will destroy our country socially, politically, morally, and economically? How could any legitimate leader want his people to be less informed?

For an answer, here's a quote from another infamous statist, Joseph Goebbels:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Unsurprisingly, B. Hussein singled out cable television (i.e., Fox News), radio (Rush et al.), and blogs (like this one), outlets for information that has not been twisted into lies by servile political obedience, unlike the liberal establishment media, which has reduced itself to a tasteless joke.

He's identified his enemies, and begun the Alinskyite process of demonizing them. Silence coercively imposed by the State will inevitably follow.

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You only need to know what he and his friends tell you.

On a tip from John L.



Cap & Tax Is Back

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:30 AM

It will take decades to recover from the havoc Democrats have created since they acquired all the keys to the liquor cabinet in 2008. ObamaCare alone will probably bankrupt the nation within a generation. But the worst hasn't hit us yet. In addition to an amnesty program that will open the floodgates to tens of millions of Third World public dependents, Tax & Charade still lurks in the background. The House has already passed a version. If made into law, it will plunge the nation into depression, easily double the already atrocious unemployment rate, and grant the federal government totalitarian power over all areas of human endeavor — all in the name of making a futile gesture toward relieving a "crisis" that an increasing number of Americans are aware does not exist.

All the Dems need is a Senate bill to coordinate with the House bill; Comrade Obama is chomping at the bit to sign the result. Two of the most pernicious kleptocrats in the Senate, Hanoi John Kerry and the allegedly moderate Joe Lieberman, have taken the lead with the American Power Act. The bill summary and section-by-section analysis are already online. Prominently featured are draconian restrictions on "global warming pollution" — i.e., the utterly harmless CO2 that is generated by literally all human activity.

If Dems are able to ram this through like ObamaCare, plant a garden. The economy is likely to collapse, as probably intended. Another option is to move to China, India, or Mexico — where the last American manufacturing jobs will be headed.

Not even the left-wing maniacs in Washington think driving American industry overseas will have any impact on the weather. Cap & Trade is a naked power grab. For the gang of thugs that calls itself our government to have the unprecedented level of totalitarian control it's after, not only our economic freedom but the wealth it created must be destroyed.

Via Green Hell Blog, on a tip from Oiao.



Dingbat Educrat Cancels Trip to Arizona

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:08 AM

Because the progressive leftist educrats of Highland Park High School in Illinois wanted to make a statement of solidarity with illegal immigrants, they canceled a Girls Varsity Basketball team's trip to a tournament in Arizona.

(School Superintendent Suzan) Hebson canceled the trip, which has been planned for months and was paid for partly by the girls fundraising efforts, in part because it "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values."

The dingbat claimed she was primarily motivated by "safety concerns." I wonder if she similarly bars her students from visiting the city of Chicago, which is practically a war zone.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM

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Compliments of Henry.



Red Eye Robot Theater Takes on Medea Mutters

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:55 AM

Roughly 50% of the links at The Blog That Hates My Guts (TM) go to MediaMatters; a George Soros-funded organization whose mission in life is to whine and bitch every time a conservative is allowed to express his opinion on TV, radio, or the internet. So, it's instructive to look at how Media Matters works. Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld (a.k.a. The Daily Show for Intelligent People) takes us there.



Item #3: No More Hobo Hunts in California

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:19 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wingers Who Will Neither Put Up Nor Shut Up,

In San Francisco, even metrosexual progressive drunk Gavin Newsom is fed up with teh homeless.

[T]he birthplace of the "Summer of Love" has also become a magnet for homeless youths who have blocked merchants' doorways and intimidated passersby with aggressive taunts, unpredictable dogs and even a few assaults.
The behavior, decried as thuggish by Mayor Gavin Newsom, is the catalyst for a proposed ordinance that would ban sitting or lying on sidewalks citywide from 7 a.m. to 11 pm.
"We're dealing with behavior creating real and chronic conditions where progressive liberals have had enough," said Newsom, who recently moved to Ashbury Heights, a warren of handsome Victorians above Haight Street.

But San Francisco's crackdown on bums may run afoul of a new California law making bums a protected class of citizens.

California's homeless would have enhanced civil rights protections under a bill passed by the state Assembly. The legislation approved Thursday would add the state's estimated 157,000 homeless to the list of groups protected from hate-based violence

Since progressive judges have held that panhandling and body funk are protected free speech, it's not too much of a stretch to see how a case can be made against a law targeting a protected victim group (bums) for enforcement.



Item #2: Can You Frakkin' Believe It?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:29 AM

Randi Rhodes still has a talk show.

Who'da thunk?

I don't want to say the woman's a train wreck, but Amtrak does use her A&E biography as a training film.



Morning Briefs for Odin's Day, Item #1: What Universe Is the NY(Wo)Times Living In?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:16 AM

Obviously not the Evil-Spock-with-a-Goatee Universe we live in, because they seem to suffer this insane delusion that Democrats only appoint wimpy moderates to the Supreme Court, while Republicans appoint conservative supermen.

Republican presidents generally install strong conservatives on the Supreme Court while Democratic presidents pick candidates who often disappoint their liberal base.

Liberal Justices David Souter and John Paul Stevens were both appointed by Republican presidents. Moderate swing votes Anthony Kennedy and Sandra Day O'Connor were both appointed by Republicans. Bush's original pick for the O'Conner seat ... Harriet Miers... was a soft, moderate swing vote.

None of the current Democrat appointments ... Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, or Kagan... are anything other than doctrinaire liberals who vote as a bloc. In what way have Ginsburg or Breyer ever "disappointed the liberal base." Democrat presidents do not appoint swing votes to the court. How delusional does one have to be to think otherwise?

Exit Question
: What's with the phony sturm and drang over how Elena Kagan isn't actually a liberal? Does the left really think she'll do anything other than vote in lockstep with Breyer-Ginsburg-Sotomayor? Is it anything other than a PR gambit to sell her to a gullible public?



May 11, 2010

Not a Laughing Matter

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:05 PM

As our liberal elite rulers smirk and snigger, Arizona is collapsing under the illegal alien onslaught:

Since they refuse to defend the border from foreign invasion, and even oppose states that in desperation try to do so themselves, the gang of leftists infesting the District of Criminals are not a legitimate government. The money they take from you is theft, not taxation.

On a tip from Oiao.



Comrade Obama on Economics

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:20 PM

As Greece's economy collapses under the weight of tax & spend Big Government moonbattery…

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Compliments of Cons.Underground.



Obama Coddles His Political Advisors

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:59 PM

At taxpayers' expense, Chairman Zero takes good care of his politicos, more than any president in recent history.

Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, both senior advisers to the president, have been given the luxurious and prestigious perk of being picked up at their homes and driven to work or around town throughout the day in government vehicles chauffeured by military drivers, according to a list of those given the benefit provided to The Daily Caller by the White House.
The Bush White House did not give the same privileges to any of its political advisers, according to former Bush administration officials. There is a record of the Clinton White House doing so once for two months, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.

Clearly a spectacular use of taxpayer dollars. I'm all tingly inside, how about you?

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It would probably have been cheaper to buy one of these for each.



Pelosi Says Illegal Aliens Are... Patriotic?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:41 PM

Here's a little bit of believable unbelievable from the woman who is second in line to the presidency.

If only our forebears were here to soak in her treasonous rants.

Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



Profiles in Moonbattery: Roger Ebert

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:39 PM

Believe it or not, his lousy taste in movies isn't the worst thing about pretentious film critic Roger Ebert. Here's what he has to say about the kids who were punished by their school for daring to wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo in Morgan Hill, Mexifornia:

Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July.

Maybe Creepert is just bitter because like several other moonbats, he has been reduced by a life of liberal elitism to looking like an aging lesbian:

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On a tip from Chad.



Baba Wawa Heart Troubles

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:25 PM

Barbara Walters is in the shop for a heart valve replacement. Let's wish the doctors luck on her behalf; when it comes to Baba Wawa's heart, it won't be easy to stop the bleeding.

Compliments of Bill V.



Confirmed: Global Warmists Prey on Mentally Ill

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:16 PM

Illicit drugs are especially pernicious because the people most drawn to them are precisely those whose personalities are the most vulnerable to derangement. The same holds true for the global warming hoax:

A couple of years ago, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry reported the case of a 17-year-old Melbourne lad diagnosed with "climate change delusion".
This poor kid had developed the belief that "due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of 'millions of people' through exhaustion of water supplies."
The boy's a big drinker. Now a gathering of shrinks in Auckland has turned up another side-effect of warmist worry: sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder are increasingly falling victim to Al Gore's Disease. According to a report from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Congress: "Climate change related obsessions and/or compulsions were identified in 28 per cent of patients presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder.
"Their obsessions included leaving taps on and wasting water, leaving lights on and wasting electricity, pets dying of thirst, leaving the stove on and wasting gas as well as obsessions that global warming had contributed to house floors cracking, pipes leaking, roof problems and white ants eating the house. Compulsions in response to these obsessions included the checking of taps, light switches, pet water bowls and house structures."

Once the rest of the public catches on that the entire crisis is a deliberate fraud, look for the warm-mongers to continue soaking up tax money by casting global warming as a mental health issue.

On a tip from Jim.



Heavy-Handed Moonbattery at Associated Content

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:51 AM

A first-hand report from behind the scenes at Associated Content provides some insight into how political censorship works within the liberal media establishment:

My name is Marc Schenker, and I'm a freelance writer. Politically, I'm a committed conservative. I write for Associated Content, a popular news site that gets more unique visitors per month than the Washington Post or the Huffington Post, according to web analytics company Compete.com. I'm a freelance political writer there and was paid per article I publish through an ad revenue-sharing business model. Ostensibly, Associated Content claims to be a non-partisan website, encouraging its contributors to publish articles at will on any topic without prohibitions towards political ideology… unless, as it turned out in my case, you are conservative.
The actor Jon Voight recently appeared on Fox News' Huckabee program on April 10, where he read a letter to the American people criticizing Barack Obama. Among many choice criticisms, Voight correctly said Obama was raping America due to his policies. I, being an observant political freelance writer, noticed how absolutely no one in the media covered this electrifying Voight speech, so I decided to write a report on Voight's Obama criticism and, since I'm conservative, gave it favorable coverage in my analysis. That's when my publisher, Associated Content, immediately started punishing and retaliating against me for being conservative and expressing a conservative viewpoint in my Voight report.
Associated Content heavily edited my Voight article by censoring exact descriptions of his criticism against Obama as well as the embedded video of his speech that I included; they, without explanation, deleted previous articles that I had written where I criticized Obama and Al Gore; they cheated me, to boot, by actually denying me the payments I had earned for said articles; they threatened to ban me outright from their site when I dared to complain about their unjust anti-conservative bias; they revoked my ability to publish without editorial control; and they subjected all my future articles to first pass through their editorial panel before publishing, a total turnaround from their policy before I authored my Voight article.
Numerous conservative contributors for that site have been censored and punished just as I have over the years, with the most infamous case being that of one Michelle Williams. Because she was a strong conservative who would express and defend her views boldly, Associated Content banned her and denied her royalty payments on her articles.
In conclusion, it's beyond undeniable that Associated Content is punishing me, a conservative freelance writer, for reporting on Jon Voight's criticism of Obama. The issue here is not that Associated Content can do this (they likely can since they're not a government website), but I think that they are defrauding everybody by not advertising themselves as they should, which is a liberal website that crushingly censors criticism of Obama and Democrats. They claim that they're simply an open-content publishing "news" site, but they aren't.
To further prove my point, Associated Content shamelessly allows cheap shot, character assassination articles on their site that tear into conservatives like Glenn Beck. For example, AC contributor Timothy Sexton calls Glenn Beck a 13-year-old special needs kid, yet he wasn't punished by Associated Content like I was; his Beck-defamation article was even featured on their political section.
What I'm asking is that all conservatives and those who value honesty in advertising and freedom of speech boycott Associated Content absolutely. If you don't go on Associated Content, you still may find yourself there if you search on the Internet for news, as they appear quite frequently at the top of search results, so be cautious. For what I think is their fraud, censorship, and anti-conservative bias, Associated Content ought to lose business and thus income as a consequence.

The same could be said for most of the establishment media.

In the ideal totalitarian state, censorship laws wouldn't be needed, because the brainwashed herds would censor themselves. Fortunately there are a few obstacles, namely talk radio, Fox News, and conservative blogs.

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Probably getting the same treatment in Hollywood for his countermoonbattery.



Mojave Cross Torn Down

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:58 AM

Remember when the American Taliban — aka, the ACLU — tried to destroy a WWI memorial cross in the Mojave Desert, for the same reason their Afghan equivalents blew up the Buddhas of Bamyan? They were frustrated for awhile, but at last they've gotten their way:

The 76-year-old Mojave Cross war memorial in San Bernardino County's High Desert has been torn down by vandals, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the religious symbol could remain — at least temporarily — on public land.
Sometime Sunday night, the cross was taken down from its perch atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, according to Liberty Institute, a group that represented veterans groups and caretakers of the cross in the recent Supreme Court Case. …
In a split decision late last month, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that the cross must be removed. The High Court remanded the case back to federal district court in Southern California. The ruling was a major victory for proponents of the cross, but the American Civil Liberties Union vowed to renew its opposition to the cross.

Not to worry, moonbats. With enough Elena Kagans packed onto the court, you won't need to go to the trouble of stealing crosses, as we're only a couple of leftist justices from having them banned outright — no doubt in the name of the same First Amendment that guarantees their protection. Get some pictures of the gravestones at Arlington Cemetery while they're still there.

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Liberals would love to send a bulldozer through.

On tips from Oiao and firewifem.



Child Obesity "Crisis" Tightens the Noose

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM

Sometimes liberals are bold, ham-fistedly commandeering whole sectors of the economy, like healthcare and the auto industry. But they may do the most damage to liberty when they attack it more insidiously, in ways too absurd to arouse our ire until we wake up to find that every conceivable aspect of our lives is dictated by bureaucratic decrees.

When conditioning the public to accept total domination by Big Government, it's best to start young:

Ten-year-old Leighann Adair came home in tears, terrified to tell her parents she'd been slapped with a week's worth of detention for possessing a contraband substance:
The forbidden fruit: a piece of Jolly Rancher candy.
A teacher at Brazos Elementary School in Wallis, Texas, took the unopened piece of candy away from the third-grader two weeks ago after a friend handed it to her.
Both Leighann and her friend were ordered to serve detention during lunch and recess, and they had to write an essay about what they did and why it was wrong.

Draconian measures are required, because according to our rulers, child obesity is a crisis, just like global warming.

That was Texas; California is infinitely worse:

California teenagers may be in for some big changes in the way they live their lives, with a slew of restrictive bills pending.
St. Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who is also a child psychologist, says they need help to make the right decisions.
"What we're trying to do is just empower our parents to help them help their kids," Yee said.

Yee and other petty tyrants plan to "empower our parents" by banning, among many other things, Gatorade — "to help fight obesity."

Meanwhile, the Bitter Half is taking this preposterous yet alarming crusade against gastronomic liberty national:

A White House report warns, "The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis." … The task force is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. President Obama ordered the comprehensive review of the issue.
The report … calls for some new and dramatic controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods. …
It says media characters that are often popular with kids should only be used to promote healthy products. If voluntary efforts fail to limit marketing of less healthy products to young viewers, the task force suggests the FCC should consider new rules on commercials in children's programming. It also challenges food retailers to stop using in-store displays to sell unhealthy food items to children.

The Founding Fathers never would have left us with the First Amendment if they had known it could lead to a crisis like childhood obesity.

The study also suggests that restaurants should re-evaluate portion sizes [i.e., be coerced to give us less food for our money], improve kids' menus and list more healthy food choices.

No doubt the appropriate political donations will help food manufacturers to have their products deemed as "healthy."

But don't worry, Big Government is here to make our lives better. It will even save us money:

The task force also sees a potential pocketbook approach to keep people from buying unhealthy foods. It calls for analyzing the effect of imposing state and local sales taxes on less healthy products.

When our nanny state rulers tax and regulate the foods we like beyond our reach, we'll save money by not buying them. Then they can save us even more money by doing the same to firearms, then automobiles, then whatever else they decide to take away. If Jolly Ranchers are a menace, they're not likely to leave us with much. Think of the savings!

The task force concludes that strategies listed in the report "should" achieve the goal of solving the childhood obesity problem within a generation. It concedes it won't be easy.

Take heart, bureaucrats. Success can be attained. In communist North Korea, where government slaves are reduced to attempting to eat grass, childhood obesity is officially under control.

On tips from TrickleUpPolitics, Son of Taz, Wiggins, Muddypaw, and Jenn.



Comrade Obama Sends His Love to Our Troops

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 AM

No one makes greater sacrifices for our country and the principles of liberty it embodies than the brave men and women of our military. In return, our liberal rulers heap scorn on them — starting from the very top.

Comrade Obama's latest Supreme Court choice — the ultra-Left's answer to Harriet Miers — has the advantage of having left a very light paper trail, having never even served as a judge. But we do know this about her: she hates the military.

Elena Kagan's most notable foray into public life was kicking military recruiters off of Harvard's campus. … As the dean of Harvard's law school, Kagan fought to bar military recruiters from the university's campus. Her reasoning? Even with two wars in progress, she contended, Don't Ask, Don't Tell should disqualify the US military from having any association with the school. "I abhor the military's discriminatory recruitment policy," she said, describing it as a "moral injustice of the first order."

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was of course a Clinton directive, according to which homosexuals were asked not to destroy morale by making a pageant of their sexual perversions.

Critics say Kagan's legal arguments on the matter are so preposterous that they raise doubts about her ability to serve on the bench. And indeed when the Supreme Court later rejected her position on military recruiting at Harvard, it did so unanimously.

That is, Kagan is to the left even of the unhinged dingbat Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Beginning in 2004, Kagan changed established Harvard policy and barred recruiters from the school's career center. The Pentagon responded by invoking the Solomon Amendment, a 1994 law that explicitly requires universities that receive federal funding to allow military representatives at least as much access to campus as any other group. With Harvard's $400 million in annual grants on the line, Kagan was forced to surrender.

Even after she supposedly surrendered, she filed an amicus brief, continuing her jihad against those who lay their lives on the line to make her pampered ivory tower existence possible. But at least her appointment makes Obama's attitudes toward the military clear.

In case they don't, there's this:

President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.

Meanwhile, salaries for useless government bureaucrats have been skyrocketing.

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Hates the military, no relevant experience — just like the one who picked her.

On tips from Byron and Eric.



The Economic Illiteracy of Progressives

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:39 AM

The survey referenced in this article by Dennis the Peasant goes a long way toward explaining why every city, state, and country run by progressives is an economic shamble. This is what Progressives actually believe:

  • --67% of self-described Progressives believe that restrictions on housing development (i.e., regulations that reduce the supply of housing) do not make housing less affordable.
  • --51% believe that mandatory licensing of professionals (i.e., reducing the supply of professionals) doesn't increase the cost of professional services.
  • --Perhaps most amazing, 79% of self-described Progressive believe that rent control (i.e., price controls) does not lead to housing shortages.

The Democrat Party is run by delusional Progressives who really don't believe that economics involves hard choices. They simply pretend that their desires can be enacted without any negative consequences; the Government can give everybody a mortgage even if they can't pay it, the government can insure 30,000,000 more people and health care will get cheaper and better; we can ban oil drilling and still have all the energy we need from windmills, we can impose massive energy taxes without driving employers out of business and so on.

Out of power, these delusions are amusing. In power, they are dangerous. Check with Greece and California on that one.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:53 AM

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Compliments of TED and x101ABNDevil.



The Gospel According to Pelosi

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:43 AM

The great Theologian Nancy Pelosi instructs Catholic leaders on what they should teach their congregations about the gospel. Not only is abortion a Holy Sacrament, but apparently Jesus demands open borders.

Acknowledgment: lunaticcringeradio mentioned this video in a post, but I saw it at Knowledge Is Power first.



Item #4: Imagery I Did *NOT* Need This Morning

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:10 AM

Yahoo News Headline: Obama taps Kagan to give court historic 3rd female

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

By the way, have you heard about Elena Kagan's college thesis praising socialism and stating her hope that the future, "be marked by American disillusionment with conservative programs and solutions, and that a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore."

Since the MSM made such a big deal about Bob McDonnell's college thesis, they have to treat hers the same way, right? Right?



Item #3: If This Is How You Fix an Economy, Why Are We Doing the Exact Opposite?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:49 AM

The prescription handed down from the Eurotopian Union for repairing the Greek economy includes -- in addition to massive tax increases -- privatizing health care, cutting state regulation of the economy, and firing thousands of Government workers.

Conspicuously absent from the plan are giant stimulus schemes, mortgage bailouts for people who shouldn't have been given mortgages in the first place, "green energy" schemes, "cash for clunkers," or any of the other schemes socialists declare are necessary to fix a broken economy.

You also have heard, of course, that the US is on the hook for $145 Billion to bail out the Eurotopian welfare states? It's a good thing our own Government is so fiscally responsible and flush with surplus cash.



Item #2: Governor FAIL Strikes Again

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:41 AM

Mexifornia's RINO Governor --- who has presided over a catastrophic expansion of Government, debt that invites comparisons to Greece, double-digit unemployment, and ... oh yeah... high schools where kids are punished for expressing patriotism... lent his "wisdom" to the Arizona Immigration Enforcement debate on Monday.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) spoke today at Emory University's commencement, and got in a good zinger about Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
"I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend," he said. "But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me."

Isn't wrecking one state enough, Arnold?



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #1: Those Awful, Awful Mormons

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:32 AM

Because Californian shovels so much money into welfare for illegal immigrants and lush pensions for state employees, it has dropped performing standard maintenance on parks and recreation facilities. It wasn't teh gheys or teh illegals that picked up the slack.

As many as 70,000 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fanned out Saturday across the state to help spruce up parks and recreation areas that have been neglected due to the California budget crisis.
Hundreds of people wearing yellow "Mormon Helping Hands" vests rolled up their sleeves to help on numerous sites in the Los Angeles area. Volunteers raked debris at the Bird Sanctuary in Griffith Park, painted fences at Jessie Owens Park in Inglewood, picked up trash at the Sepulveda Dam, and cleaned up the playground area at a home for abused children in San Dimas.
"We painted, we swept, we scraped and washed," said Marsha Stevens. "The curbing was very faded. Now it's cheerful red. The planters are also now filled with roses."

Since we live in Evil-Spock-with-a-Goatee Universe, groups like the LDS Church are demonized by the forces in power, while those who actively work to destroy civil society are celebrated.



May 10, 2010

If This Country Were Run by People Who Mean It Well

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 PM

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On a tip from TED.



Illegal Immigration Is Simple

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:35 PM

The corrupt and treasonous establishment wants us to think the illegal immigration issue is complicated, but it's actually simple. Thomas Paine explains:

Shovel away what liberals call nuance and you will usually find a clear-cut choice between right and wrong.

On a tip from Oiao.



CNN Weeps for Bob Bennett

Posted by Dave Blount at 4:11 PM

If deservedly fired Utah Senator Bob Bennett isn't a RINO, why does he have the Communist News Network on his side?

The leftist apparatchiks at CNN don't seem to like Tea Partiers much, do they? I have a feeling they're going to like the results of the November elections even less.

Now if only Arizona can send Lettuce McMaverick packing along with Bennett…

On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.



Reconquista Proceeds

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:03 PM

High school administrators aren't the only ones in this country who don't like American flags. More from Morgan Hill, Mexifornia:

With the help of its liberal rulers, America is being erased.

Via Stand With Arizona, on a tip from Oiao.



Obama's Alinsky: On Democracy

Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:20 PM

From Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution - The Alinsky Model by David Horowitz:

The demagogic standard of the revolution is "democracy" -- a democracy which upends all societal hierarchies, including those based on merit. This is why Alinsky built his initial power base among the underclass and the urban poor. The call to make the least ones the first is a powerful religious imperative. But in politics it functions as a lever to upset every societal structure and foundation. For Alinsky radicals, policies are not important in themselves. they are instrumental -- means to expanding the political base.
To Alinsky radicals, "democracy" means getting those who are in, out. Their goal is to mobilize the poor and "oppressed" as a battering ram to bring down the system. Hilllary [Rodham Clinton] concludes in her [Wellesley Senior] thesis with these words: "Alinsky is regarded by many as the proponent of a dangerous socio/political philosophy. As such, he has been feared - just as Eugene Debs or Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King has been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths - democracy." But democracy as understood by the American founders is not "the most radical of all political faiths" or, if it is, they regarded it as dangerous enough to put checks and balances in its way to restrain it.

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On a radical tip from Bergbiker.



Since Art Fell to Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:40 PM

What moonbattery is doing to politics, it has already done to art. Here is a picture of an "artwork" by Susan Collis entitled "Since I Fell for You":

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Ms. Collis defends her genius:

"Often a work that looks very careless, as if it hasn't taken any time to make, like a random mark, ends up being something that takes a long time to produce."

Yeah, whatever.

When your tax money is flung by condescending bureauweenies at The Arts, it's paying pretentious phonies to insult you with this lunacy.

On a tip from Steve T.



A Perfect Pair

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:54 PM

Not even eHarmony could find a pair more certain to savor each other's frenzied embrace, as primal passions burst the floodgates of decorum:

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On a tip from TED.



Teacher Calls for Overthrowing American Government

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM

This video got pulled from YouTube after it was posted over the weekend, but here it is again, compliments of Stand With Arizona:

The Reconquistacommie is Ron Gochez, a history teacher at Santee High School in Los Angeles. I rest my case against public education.

On a tip from DaddyOD.



American Academy of Pediatrics Backs Clitoridectomies

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:36 AM

Due to their officiousness and profound need to boss everyone else around, moonbats usually end up controlling professional associations. Consequently, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advocates genital mutilation for little girls, otherwise known as the quaint Islamic world practice of clitoridectomy.

The spin is that performing "pinprick" clitoridectomies could prevent Muslim parents from going back to the enlightened lands of Allah to have the whole thing chopped out. As Backyard Conservative points out, this is reminiscent of the policy of advising Muslim men to beat their wives "lightly," in the spirit of multicultural compromise.

Pinprick or not, the door is now open to officially sanctioned sexual mutilation of children, compliments of political correctness.

On tips from Brian and Vanessa. Hat tip: Monkey in the Middle.



Unhinged Moonbat Danny Glover Booed at Commencement Address

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:21 AM

The tradition of choosing extremely unsavory ultraleft radicals to give commencement addresses continues, with Utah State University digging as far down as the utterly unhinged, America-hating Hugo Chavez suck-up Danny Glover. But who can blame them, when the guy is so eloquent:

"This may have been, for you, the best years of your life, but certainly the years that you would experience maturity and growing as an adult, something you will rely on, that will bring definition to who you can possibly be."

Uh… what?

But like our president, he's a left-wing black guy, and that's what counts. "His speech was very well thought out," the mom of a graduate politely lied.

Reminiscent of someone else we know, Glover refused to put his hand on his heart for the presentation of the American flag. New alumni booed him, showing much more sense than the moonbat educrats who invited him to speak and the liberal media establishmentarians who whitewashed the appalling farce.

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Because even Mumia Abu-Jamal gets old after awhile.

On tips from Lyle and Scott.



Moonbat Tech: Still at the Anal Stage

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:42 AM

Why is it that so many of the absurd "earth-friendly" gestures moonbats propose relate to unmentionable bodily functions? Freud would probably say their development was arrested at the anal stage; this is supported by the large percentage of liberals known to be a-holes. Recent moonbat tech breakthroughs include recycled toilet paper rolls

The deal is that once you're done with the tissue part of the toilet paper roll, you toss the brown core into the trash, right? However if you buy a Day Re toilet roll… you just extended its life and purpose on earth! The core comes with a sticker tab that unfolds to a memo pad. Good enough to take daily or weekly notes! Question is; do we want toilet paper to be like a coconut tree and use every bit of it? Or do we just want some soft tissues to wipe our bums clean, and that's the end of its story! You decide.
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…and worse, from New Zealand:

During studies towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whanganui UCOL, [Andrew] Reilly discovered an affinity for paper-making.
In his research, he found different cultures were making paper from many fibrous materials — including kangaroo poo, wombat faeces and elephant manure.
Back in his hometown of Bulls, there was one logical step.
A couple of bull farmers were more than happy for Mr Reilly to clear their paddocks, and he went to work with the pooper scooper.
Figuring out how to turn raw poo into paper took a bit longer — 15 months in fact, for the smooth transformation to be honed.

No doubt Gaia will be grateful.

On tips from Steve T and Air2air.



Maher Digs Himself Deeper

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 AM

Just how smart is condescending liberal elitist Bill Maher, who sneers that he regards America as "stupid"? Not smart enough to stop digging when he finds himself in a hole.

Appearing on This Week, the dim-witted Maher was schooled by token grownup George Will after claiming that Brazil is "off oil." Actually, Brazil is the world's eight largest consumer of oil, ranking ahead of Great Britain and South Korea. But Maher explains that he was essentially correct, because of an ad Bill Clinton put out in 2006 congratulating Brazil for getting off foreign oil. The difference between getting off oil and getting off foreign oil is lost on a lofty intellect like Maher's.

How did Brazil get off foreign oil? By drilling its own, becoming one of the world's leading producers. But this is less an option for the US with every passing year, because moonbats like Maher disapprove of drilling.

However, as Maher explains, if it wasn't for global warming deniers like George Will, we wouldn't need any oil, because despite the cooling trend since 1998, the SEA ICE IS MELTING!!! Presumably once we get the deniers out of the way, we'll just use pixie dust or live in trees.

On a tip from Oiao.



Former Halliburton Subsidiary KBR Gets No-Bid Contract

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM

What do you know — former Halliburton subsidiary KBR really is in bed with the White House, just like the liberal media shrieked for 8 years:

KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said.

The Injustice Department doesn't seem to be on the same page…

The Army announced its decision [May 5] only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.
The Justice Department said the government will join a suit filed by whistleblowers alleging that two freight-forwarding firms gave KBR transportation department employees kickbacks in the form of meals, drinks, sports tickets and golf outings.

But in the meantime,

KBR will continue to provide services in Iraq such as housing, meals, laundry, showers, water purification and bathroom cleaning under the new order, which was placed under a military contract KBR won in late 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.

Yet for some reason the MSM has stopped shrieking.

In case you're collecting broken promises, here's B. Hussein assuring us that there would be no more no-bid contracts for the formerly demonized Halliburton et al.:

On tips from Lunaticcringeradio and Heckrules.



This Psycho Is for the Birds

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM

Here I was thinking that Divine was actually a guy. Yet look what his/her illicit liaisons with Alfred Hitchcock appear to have produced:

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Compliments of John L.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:34 AM

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.



The Unemployment Hammock

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:59 AM

Unemployment in Michigan is a brutal 14% (>20% if the underemployed and discouraged are included). Nevertheless, the unemployed are rejecting jobs in order to stay on unemployment, or, in some cases, asking to be paid under the table so they can keep drawing unemployment checks.

Members of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association "have told me that they have a lot of people applying but that when they actually talk to them, it turns out that they're on unemployment and not looking for work," said Amy Frankmann.
Chris Pompeo, vice president of operations for Landscape America in Warren, said he has had about a dozen offers declined. One applicant, who had eight weeks to go until his state unemployment benefits ran out, asked for a deferred start date.

Long story short; Michigan's weekly unemployment benefits are only a little less than the pay for forty hours of hard work; and they've been extended more or less indefinitely. If people can make pretty much the same for sleeping in, watching The Price Is Right, and spending the afternoon drinking beer with their buddies, what's the incentive to do hard, honorable work?

The progressive left has done an effective job of stigmatizing hard work while glorifying welfare. These days, the grasshoppers collect benefits and laugh at what suckers that ants are.



Item #4: "... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:00 AM

Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning People Who Refuse to Admit That Nazis Were Socialists,

The secularist plan to replace God with Government marches on. Seniors in a nursing home near Savannah, Georgia are no longer allowed to pray before meals.

Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.
"We can't scoff at their rules," he said of federal authorities. "It's a part of the operational guidelines."

Presumably, Seniors are still allowed to praise and thank Obama for giving them this day their daily bread.



Item #3: Thou Shalt Speak No Heresy Against The Obamessiah

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:59 AM

Remember back in the Bush presidency when left-wing media outlets like the Today Show and the New York Times couldn't wait to promote any book that contained salacious allegations about the president; such as, for example, allegations that he used and dealt drugs while in college. Oh, wait.... That was Obama talking about himself in his biography.

In any case, the same outlets that were eager to promote anyone who trash-talked Bush have discovered a new-found respect for the presidency. Not only will they not even review any book that criticizes Dear Leader Obama, they are downright nasty about refusing to do so.

Aaron Klein recently sent his new book, "The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists," to members of the media he hoped would review it. He got some very angry responses. Here are some of the more colorful ones:
"Never, ever contact me again," wrote Time Magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger.
"Absolute crap," replied Evelyn Leopold, a Huffington Post contributor who served for 17 years as U.N. bureau chief for Reuters until recently.
Ben Wyskida, publicity director for The Nation, claimed Klein's book is "so offensive" and "so far afield."
J. William Bottomtooth of the New York Times replied, "Come the revolution, blasphemers and heretics like you will be burned alive and I will point and laugh."

I may have made that last one up.



Item #2: Et Tu, Michigan?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:34 AM

Some Republican lawmakers in Michigan would like to pass Arizona-type legislation that would enable local and state police to round up immigrants on their way to get ice cream with their families and ship them to death camps check the immigration status of individuals detained or stopped by police for other infractions of the law.

The ACLU is, of course, hissy-fitting.

The national ACLU's website urges members to pass alson a message to their governors and lawmakers: "What happens in Arizona, stops in Arizona."

Against Citizens Like Us, indeed. Meanwhile, an illegal immigrant in New York was deported, but he got a lovely parting gift: $145,000 from the taxpayers.

Y'know, the open borders crowd are always loudly proclaiming that mass illegal immigration is good for the economy. If this is so, why are the illegal-friendly states of California and New York facing double digit unemployment and monumental deficits.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Anglican Church Loves Teh Gheys, Hates Teh Babehs

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:06 AM

The Church of England is a disaster area. It's leaders are nutjobs who seem to consider Islam a superior faith. The Church is rending itself in twain because the liberal leadership wants to marry and ordain homosexuals and most of its adherents don't. Now, it's instructing members to not have any more babies because of global warming and such *and* telling governments to discourage childbirth.

The Anglican Church wants Australians to have fewer children and has urged the federal government to scrap the baby bonus and cut immigration levels. The General Synod of the Anglican Church has issued a warning that current rates of population growth are unsustainable and potentially out of step with church doctrine - including the eighth commandment "thou shall not steal", Fairfax newspapers say.
In a significant intervention, the Anglican Public Affairs Commission has also warned concerned Christians that remaining silent "is little different from supporting further overpopulation and ecological degradation."

in other words, it's now a sin not to be an environmentalist whackjob.

The Anglican Church ceased to be a representative of Christ on Earth a long time ago. Like many mainline denominations, it's become a vaguely religious-themed social club and daycare provider.



Another Connection

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:42 AM

Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, worked for Goldman Sachs. She also banned military recruiting at Harvard Law school while she was its Dean.

And people are saying she is the *least* radical choice Obama could have picked.



May 9, 2010

President Brainiac Flummoxed by Modern Technology

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:41 PM

In the course of throwing a hissy-fit over how the new media criticize him, our super-genius president admits he's too dumb to work an iPod or other electronic devices routinely mastered by ten-year-olds.

"With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said.

One of our trolls asserted a few weeks ago that "Obama is smarter than you." Evidence is still wanting. I can work all of those things, *and* program a TiVo.

Also, I know how many states there are, how to pronounce "corpsman," and that there is no such language as "Austrian."



Tea Party Movie

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:51 PM

Since the Hollyweird/MSM establishment isn't about to reflect what's really going on in this country, patriots are taking up cameras and microphones and doing it themselves. Countermoonbats don't have the system behind them like Michael Moore et al., but movies like Tea Party still manage to get the message out:

Jeremy Hoop made this contribution to the soundtrack:

A corrupt liberal elite that despises this country has presumed to speak for it for too long. People are finding their own voices now.

On a tip from Oiao.



New Info on 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:31 PM

It won't be long now before the 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition hits the market.

New information has come to light on its revolutionary eco-sensitive propulsion mechanism:

Rejoice, comrades! Nationalization of the automotive industry has opened the door to an exciting new era in transportation.

On tips from Smokey.



Lord Jesus Christ Hit by Car

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

Some people go through life asking for it:

Police say a Pittsfield woman has been cited for running down a man named Lord Jesus Christ as he crossed a street in Northampton [MA] on Tuesday.
The 50-year-old man is from Belchertown. Officers checked his ID and discovered that, indeed, his legal name is Lord Jesus Christ.

The guy's lucky he wasn't hit by lightning.

On a tip from Muddypaw.



Trojan Donkey Pinata

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:13 AM

So that's how millions upon millions of reliable Democrat voters have managed to sneak across the border:

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On a tip from Torey.



May 8, 2010

Democrat Party Slogans for the Times

Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:20 PM

IMAO knows how to peg Democrats like smurfs know how to skin and clean Keebler elves.

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Available as an attractive tee shirt.


Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



UCLA Protest Speaker Calls for a "Mexican Revolution" in the USA

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:54 PM

But don't get the idea that the halls of liberal elite academia are filled with people who hate America or anything.

"We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. It's about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism... At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders."

But remember, it's the Tea Parties who are the biggest threat to national security.

Update: I changed the threadline pending identification of the speaker. None of the links to the story identify him, so it is not possible to know for certain he is a UCLA professor.



Tobacco Companies Outsmart Eurocrats

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:22 AM

Eurotopia has placed a ban on tobacco companies sponsoring or advertising in any sports related event. But some companies have figured out a clever way to work around the ban using clever graphic design. (After the break)

As a bonus, media coverage of the stunt provides free advertising to the tobacco companies; which is probably more effective publicity than the initial sponsorship gambit.

I find smoking to be a loathsome and disgusting habit, but I despise the superstate more. I also wonder what is up with people who cheer for legalizing marijuana while demonizing tobacco companies? Maybe the tobacco companies should start selling marijuana; then progressives would love them, right?

I just want the world to have some reason and consistency to it; to make some freakin' sense for a change.

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Civilization Continues to Decline in America's Most Liberal City

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:55 AM


A new $5 Million pedestrian bridge in New Mogadishu Detroit was vandalized the day it opened.

Less than a day after it opened, the Mexicantown Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge was vandalized, Michigan Department of Transportation officials said.
Numerous individuals have "tagged" the $5 million bridge with spray paint and used knives to carve into a wooden bench in the middle of the span. Others signed their names with pens and magic markers on the bench, officials said.

And the vandals eagerly bragged about it to local News Media. Hell, they *are* the local news media.

"Yes, it was me," said Oneita Jackson, a copy editor at the Detroit Free Press and author of Sunday's "O Street" blog. "I did it. If you see a person with a green pen ... dressed in black slacks and a red top, that's me. I was excited about the event and wanted to put my name on it."
Jackson eventually put away the marker and said "Oh, I guess I shouldn't be doing this," the tape showed. As a blogger, she has written about her efforts as a mom to raise her 16-year-old son and encourage citizens to be more patient and civil.

Being a liberal, she probably meant to encourage other citizens to be more civil. She certainly doesn't act like she feels any obligation to uphold a civil society.

But, there I go again, attacking the people who make our country what it is.




Take That, Dear Misleader

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:28 AM

Hat Tip: Ace

Somebody check the left-wing blogs and see how many are screaming "racism."



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



May 7, 2010

How Dumb Is CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:40 PM

Dumb enough to think volcanoes can't happen in Iceland because it's too cold and dumb enough to read a stage direction off his Teleprompter out loud.

Hat Tips: Ace and Jammie Wearing Fool.



Houston Public Schools Don't Care Much for Patriotism Either

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:31 PM

An ROTC student at a Klein Collins High School near Houston Texas was offended that the school chose to fly a Mexican flag in a place of prominence ... and worse above the American Flag ... in honor of Mexican Beerfest Day. The school refused to take down or lower the flag, so the student did it himself. The school promptly suspended him.

The occupiers of our country do not like having their flag disrespected.


The school issued a very weasel-worded denial
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Neither the Klein Independent School District nor any of its campuses has displayed another country or state's flag in a manner that would dishonor or disrespect the American flag or the Texas state flag.

It's noncommittal on the suspension of the student, and it doesn't deny that a Mexican flag was displayed inside the school. They only deny that the display was dishonorable or disrespectful.

In fairness, the possibility that the version of the story told by the kid and the parents is at odds with what really happened remains. It's just hinky that the school's denial doesn't address the actual allegation, while denying several other things the story doesn't even allege.



Dem Rep Andre Carson: Tea Parties Are One of the Largest Threats to Our Internal Security

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:55 PM

The extreme leftists who have taken over the Democrat Party aren't just foolish or misguided. They are hostile to the American people. If you doubt it, here's Dem Rep Andre Carson denouncing the tens of thousands of decent, normal Americans who demonstrated against federal seizure of the healthcare industry as "one of the largest threats to our internal security":

At this point, the greatest threat to America's security is its government.

Via One Old Veteran, on a tip from Infidel Joe.



Top San Fransicko Bureauweenies Circulate Porn at Work

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:45 AM

In the era of Hopey Change, it isn't easy to come up with good news. Here's the best I can do: San Franfreakshow bureauweenies don't spend their whole workdays flushing their city down the toilet. They're often too busy gaping at porn:

According to City Hall sources, Planning Director John Rahaim has recommended the firing of four high-ups — including veteran Zoning Administrator Larry Badiner — for allegedly receiving and in some cases circulating X-rated photos and videos for years.
The material wasn't criminal — we're talking "Debbie Does Dallas" stuff, not child porn — but it was "incredibly inappropriate for the workplace," said one source, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the personnel case.
The source said as many as two dozen staffers may have received e-mails at work containing the sexually explicit images and videos, along with joking comments that some construed as racist and homophobic.

That last part explains why some of the bureauweenies are in hot water. By the way, Badiner's salary is $154,000.

On a tip from Scott.



Can You Stomach It?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:49 AM

Karl Rove appeared on The O'Reilly Factor to defend the Bush Administration's blowful performance on Border Security. The best spin Rove can manage is "We sucked at it somewhat less than other administrations."

Rove: You got to try — we had — hey, look, Bill, you've got to try everything. And we put up the fence. We put up sensors that did work. We put up watch tours that worked, but we tried everything. And you can't start something as important as this and throw as much money as we did and expect to have everything work perfectly.

"We tried." Yeah, right. You ignored the problem for five years, and only stepped up enforcement when you were trying to pass your Amnesty Bill. And even then, you tried to calibrate the minimum amount of enforcement that would buy off the public on Amnesty.

In related news, Mexican students from Live Oak High School — the school that sent four students home for wearing patriotic T-shirts on Mexican Beerfest Day — today held their own protest.

About 200 Hispanic teens are marching in Morgan Hill yelling "We want respect!" and "Si se puede!" in reaction to a controversy ignited when the Live Oak High School principal effectively sent four students home for wearing T-shirts with American flags on them during Cinco de Mayo.
Mexican-American students felt the students were being disrespectful on the only day they celebrate their heritage while students sporting red, white and blue said it violated their First Amendment rights.

Begging the question, if Mexico's so freakin' wonderful, why do y'all demand the right to live in the United States!

How long before Sharpton shows up for this one?



Nice Work if You Can Get It

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:10 AM

The more of us work for Big Government, the fewer jobs there are, and the less wealth those jobs create — but at least the pay is good. From the official website of the Commonwealth of Taxachusetts:

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On a tip from Lisa.



Miranda Schmiranda

Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:56 AM

Sure, Faisal Shazam Shahzad talked before he was read his Miranda rights, and then he talked some more. That is, we're LUCKY that he talked some more, he certainly didn't have to. So, in Obama's America with Holder's Justice Department, you just shrug your shoulders and -- even when dealing with a domestic terrorist/American citizen -- you takes your chances.

Wait a minute. What is the whole point of Mirandizing people anyway, asks Charles Krauthammer:

[E]ven assuming that by not Mirandizing him we might have jeopardized our chances of getting some convictions -- so what? Which is more important: (a) gaining, a year or two hence, the conviction of a pigeon -- the last and now least important link in this terror chain -- whom we could surely lock up on explosives and weapons charges, or (b) preventing future terror attacks on Americans by learning from Shahzad what he might know about terror plots in Pakistan and sleeper cells in the United States?

Until the Obama regime decides to treat this as a war on terror again, we will continue to allow domestic law to tie the hands of those who would defend our nation, on our very soil, from enemies foreign AND domestic. At the very least, the Miranda warning must be challenged again in the Supreme Court with respect to circumstances of domestic terrorism by an administration that actually cares about defending America.

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Don't let the baby fool you: Shahzad is a soldier attacking America. (image)



Pelousy: Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than to Stop Drugs at Border

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 AM

What would Democrats want with a secure border? The millions of unskilled Third World peasants poring across are the only hope they have of getting elected in the wake of the Obama catastrophe. As for the mountains of drugs being smuggled in, the Speaker of the House says it's cheaper to treat teens for drug addiction than it is to stop the drugs before they get here:

Pelousy blathers that our rulers have a responsibility to secure our border, but in the same breath dismisses the idea of sealing it, on the grounds that she travels around the country meeting children who make meth in their bathtubs. Then what does "secure" mean? In a Democrat's mouth, absolutely nothing.

As for the rank and file Dems Pelosi leads:

Last week, CNSNews.com similarly asked Rep. Raul Grijalva (D.-Ariz.), who represents a district that covers 300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, if he was committed to sealing the border against the inflow of illegal drugs. Rather than answer the question, Grijalva turned and walked away, eventually shouting back at the reporter that it was "punkish" to ask the question.

Grijalva is the grubby Reconquistador who wants the rest of the country to boycott his own state for attempting to enforce federal immigration laws.

Liberals have seen fit to put people like this in charge of our country.

On a tip from Oaio.



Giant Mosque to Be Built Next to Ground Zero

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 AM

A building near Ground Zero that has been closed since landing gear from a hijacked airliner fell through its roof on September 11, 2001 will be replaced by a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mosque and Islamic cultural center, as the Muslim–moonbat alliance continues to probe for the ultimate outrage. Local authorities love the idea:

Community Board 1's Financial District Committee embraced the center's message of tolerance [!] and voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the project.

Local citizens are understandably infuriated. Gasps a construction worker helping to finally build something over those ghastly holes where the Towers stood:

"No way. Muslims bombed the towers. Why would they put a mosque next to the Freedom Tower?"

Why? Because Muslims and their liberal allies love to grind it in our faces that they are in control.

Sometimes moonbat brainwashing actually works:

Matt Migeal, 39, who was selling 9/11 photo books in front of the World Trade Center on Wednesday, also thought it was good for the mosque to move in.
"This didn't happen because of Muslim people," Migeal said, gesturing toward the site. "Terrorism and Islam have nothing to do [with each other]."

It's true. You can ask anybody: the White House, al Qaeda, the liberal media, Iran…

On a tip from SR.



Obama Is Coming for Your Retirement Savings

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton supposedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Sutton's greed and moral outlook are shared by a certain Marxist community organizer who has already seized control of banks, insurance companies, and the auto industry. If you want to know what "reform" will target next, just ask yourself, where is the money? The answer: in our retirement accounts. If Obama has his way, it won't be there for long.

In Chapter 3 of the Annual Report on the Middle Class released in February by Vice President Biden and the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, the Obama administration calls for enhancing the "retirement options" for the middle class by imposing "new regulations to improve the transparency and adequacy of 401(k) retirement savings."

Whenever Obamunists use the word "transparency," you know they are throwing up a smokescreen to disguise something shady.

The plan, as sketched in the 43-page document, calls for the creation of something called "Guaranteed Retirement Accounts" (GRAs). Biden slyly shifts the onus for the idea through weasel words typical of the federal government: "Some have suggested the creation of Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs), which would give workers a simple way to invest a portion of their retirement savings in an account that was free of inflation and market risk, and in some versions under discussion, would guarantee a specified real return above the rate of inflation."
These accounts would be "free of inflation and market risk" because they would be under the direct and absolute control of the federal bureaucracy. There would be no risk because the funds would no longer be moored to the free market and subject to the fluctuations thereof. Rather, the retirement funds of every hard-working American dependent on a 401(k) for their retirement security would be nationalized and made subject to the whims and will of the executive branch.

What better way to "spread the wealth around" from those who have created and saved it to Obama's supporters?

There's more:

Coinciding with the publication of the report described above, the Obama White House, together with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, issued a so-called "Request for Information" calling for a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of the "annuitization" of individual 401(k)s. The scheme was set forth in a set of "Proposed Rules" published on February 2, 2010 in the Federal Register.
The document reads in part, "While defined contribution plans have some strengths relative to defined benefit plans, participants in defined contribution plans bear the investment risk because there is no promise by the employer as to the adequacy of the account balance that will be available or the income stream that can be provided after retirement." And furthermore, "The Agencies are considering whether it would be appropriate for them to take future steps for them to facilitate access to, and use of, lifetime income or other arrangements designed to provide designed to provide a stream of income after retirement."
The upshot of that clunky prose is that the Obama administration believes that employers cannot be relied upon to adequately manage the 401(k) retirement accounts it provides for their employees, therefore the federal government will relieve them of that responsibility and take sole discretionary control of those funds, thus eliminating the risk of mismanagement. In other words, the Obama administration is planning to divert the "stream of income after retirement" and channel it right through Washington, D.C.

Look for instability in the stock market like yesterday's sudden plunge to be exploited as cover for the greatest robbery of all time, the $multitrillion heist of every American's retirement account. But don't worry, Big Government will dole some of the money back to you at its discretion, assuming the program doesn't go bankrupt like Social Security soon will.

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What would Willie Sutton do?

On a tip from Wiggins.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:29 AM

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Via FL Pundit, on a tip from V the K.



AZ Governor to Schmuck: MYODB

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:03 AM

New York Senator Schmuck Schumer advised the Governor of Arizona to delay implementation of the new law enforcing federal immigration regulations and give Congress a chance to pass a new immigration law that the Federal Government would also not enforce which is why Arizona needed to pass the friggin' law in the first place.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer essentially gave Schmuck the same advice Dick Cheney gave to Pat Leahy.

That "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" bill Schmuck and PBO are pushing is likely to contain a provision that would make it illegal for states to enforce Federal immigration law. That way, when the Feds refuse to enforce the law, there will be nothing the states can do about it.

On that note, last week, the Department of Homeland Security extended the Temporary Protected Status to 70,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans through 2012. These 70,000 illegal immigrants were granted TPS because immigration bureaucrats thought it would be wrong to send them back to countries that had been hit by Hurricane Mitch ... which happened 11 years ago!



George Galloway Goes Down in a Hung Parliament

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:47 AM

I'm gonna get in big-time trouble for that headline, but whatever VH does, it's worth it.

George Galloway out of Westminster as he loses fight for seat

FIREBRAND Respect candidate George Galloway had his aspirations dashed today as Labour's Jim Fitzpatrick held on to the Poplar and Limehouse seat. The Record columnist, elected MP in the neighbouring constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005, failed to pull off a similar coup this time round.

Maybe he'll move to Gaza and run on his real party affiliation... Hamas.

I also wonder if Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow will giggle over "Hung Parliament" the way they giggled over "Tea-Bagger." Maddow probably won't.



BOHICA*

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:12 AM

*Bend Over, Here It Comes Again. A California congressman is proposing a bill to bailout state and local governments so that their bloated payrolls of lavishly compensated union hacks can continue to launder money back into the Democrat political machine.

In a summary provided by the House Committee on Education and Labor, this specialized and narrowly focused bill which has no pay-as-you-go restrictions in Congress on its $75 billion price tag, is supposed to create one million jobs, support and maintain public sector jobs, help community organizations (ACORN?) and all without raising taxes. But the terms solidly indicate that mostly union jobs will be supported and maintained; no job creation is actually included in the bill, just job training.

Καλωσορίστε στην Ελλάδα. (Welcome to Greece)



Item #3: Hollywood Fantasizes About Hacking Border Enforcement Supporters to Death with Machetes

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:43 AM

If the left can go into clutch-the-pearls paroxysms of outrage when Sarah Palin puts targets on congressional districts ("She's inciting violence!"), what do you make of this... (Language warning in the last 10 seconds of the clip)

OK, I get it that this is meant to be over-the-top cartoon violence. But can you imagine the conniption fits if someone made a movie about an Arizona rancher who got bloody revenge on the illegal immigrants who trashed his land and butchered his family?

Also, the irony that the violent MS-13 illegal immigrant gang likes to hack people to death with machetes is not lost on me.



Item #2: Some Girls Get So Touchy

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:37 AM

Chrissy Matthews whining about people who don't like his boyfriend is getting very dog-bites-man.

Chris Matthews to Republican Strategist Todd Harris: "This the smartest, one of the smartest presidents we've ever had, whatever you think of his politics... What's your problem with the guy? Why do you keep bitching?!"

First of all, some of us think his "intelligence" is over-rated. (Where are the college transcripts? Why does he sound like a total dumbass if there isn't a Teleprompter in front of him?) And second... his deficits are enormous, he projects weakness abroad, he's putting shackles on the economy in a time of recession, he's vastly expanding the size of Government, he insults our allies and gives comfort to our enemies, he plays golf and throws parties while the rest of the country is suffering...

But you know how it is with women who date jerks... they don't care what you think. "You're just jealous because he's with her and not you."

I wonder if Chrissy has the Obama logo tramp-stamped on his lower back. I am pretty sure Andrew Sullivan does. Speaking of Sully, how excited do you think he was when he heard Britain might have a hung Parliament?

I know, I'm terrible...



Morning Briefs for Friday Item 1: Danny Glover Still Hates America

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:51 AM

Gd Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good morning left-wing juice-bar employees,

Leftist moonbat actor Danny Glover was on the Reverend Al Sharpton's radio show the other day esplaining how the USA is inferior to the Marxist sh-tholes of Latin America.

Well, we exercise this idea of exceptionalism you know and that's unfortunate you know, because you see exceptionalism happening in other places in the world. The fact that you have a president of a country, Bolivia, whose first language is not Spanish who is a shepherd of the mother Earth and talks about mother Earth in poetic ways and everything else. You see that happening.
You see woman, two women, most unfortunate now is only one woman now elected to be President of a nation in Latin America. This exceptionalism happens is a certain exceptionalism that is often we've claimed ownership to, but other people around the world have usurped us, you know they've moved past us. Have gone and said we're gonna create dynamic democracies. We're going to create democracies where woman have a voice.

He may be as incoherent as Gary Busey on any given Friday night, but his message is clear: America sucks.



May 6, 2010

What It Would Take to Satisfy Dems

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 PM

What would it take to satisfy progressives like Al Sharpton? Here he tells us:

Everything must be equal in everybody's house. Since people have varying degrees of talent, motivation, responsibility, and acquisitiveness, it will require totalitarian government to ensure that no one has anything that everyone else doesn't have.

Except of course our Marxist rulers. I don't see them giving their fortunes away, so the tyranny of equality must not apply to them.

On tips from Milton, Wiggins, and Charles. Via Breitbart.tv.



The MSM's Blind Spot for Islamofascist Terrorism

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:20 PM

The gnomish Greg Gutfeld hazards a guess at explaining why the lamestream media don't quite get why terrorist b-tards like Faisal Shahzad hate our guts and want us dead in vast numbers. And it has nothing to do with Shahzad's relationship with our old friend, American born Taliban cleric Anwar Alwaki, buddy to Army Maj. freak-tard jihadist Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood terrorist.

Maybe, just maybe, Job Number One for the U.S. should be to get our hands on Alwaki's Rolodex.



SEAL #3: Not Guilty

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:41 PM

Make that three for three: Matthew McCabe, the third Navy SEAL accused of busting a terrorist's face in the process of detaining the bastard, was acquitted of all charges.

The defense called an oral surgeon Thursday who testified by phone from Baghdad. He said Abed might have bitten an ulcer on his lip, causing it to bleed. Defense attorneys hope this validates their position that no assault occurred and that Al Qaeda detainees are trained to injure themselves then claim abuse.

Another WOOT for our military and for the Real American Way, in spite of the New Political Moonbattery that would have us apologize to our enemies, kowtow to our debtors, and arrest our military and intelligence heroes for doing their jobs.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!



Religion and Morality as Extolled at Daily Kos

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:27 PM

It's not that our moonbat rulers don't like religion. They just don't like religions that compete with their own (Islam gets a pass thanks to 9/11). From Daily Kos, the Democrat Party's quasi-official fever swamp, via NewsBusters:

In so far as all morality is fundamentally based on preservation, betterment and continuation of life, there is no higher morality than environmentalism.
All [other] religions pale in comparison.
Morality, when associated with religion, is limited and parochial. It is primarily focused on preservation, betterment and continuation of humans, but not all humans, only those following a particular belief system.
Even when it pretends to extend beyond that parochial realm — for example, "Love thy neighbor" and "Thou shalt not kill", religious morality is limited to human life.
Environmentalism, on the other hand, encompasses preservation, betterment and continuation of all life, and, therefore, is the highest level of morality.

I'll leave it for a Priest of Political Correctness to explain why they worship all life except babies, whom it is a liberal sacrament to kill, preferably on the taxpayers' dime.

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Even moonbats have their deities.

On tips from V the K and ROFLMAOHAHAHEHE.



MSNBC Turns Its Guns on Moonbattery

Posted by Dave Blount at 2:15 PM

Not everything can be blamed on Dick Cheney:

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Here the rest of us were thinking the problem was the failed state Greece pulling the entire world economy down, as it collapses due to having been run for decades by the same kind of irresponsible socialist moonbats who are now running the USA.

Compliments of Ianto.



Moonbats to Sop Up Oil Spill With Hair

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:45 PM

Enlightened progressives are taking a multipronged approach to the Gulf oil spill: 1) meditate; 2) blame Dick Cheney; and 3) sop up the hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil with human hair:

GULF OIL SPILL — HOW EVERYONE CAN HELP
Anyone and Everyone: salons, groomers, individuals can sign up to donate hair and fur clippings and nylons for our Oil Spill Booms. Our Excess Access program sign up is FREE, fast and helps us to coordinate the masses of donations.
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There can't be much left of that oil spill now.

On tips from Catherine and Byron.



Comedy Central to Launch Anti-Christian Cartoon Series

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:31 AM

Out of fear of Muslims, Cowardly Central doesn't dare so much as to show an image of Mohammed or even mention his name. Yet it is launching a new cartoon series dedicated to ridiculing Christianity:

As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers (full slate here), Comedy Central is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.
In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, "the ultimate fish out of water," tries to adjust to life in the big city.
"In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable," said Comedy Central's head of original programming Kent Alterman.

But not people likely to do something about it. Yet we're told by the moonbat ruling class that "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America."

On tips from Nancz and the Knights of the Dumb Table at Blue Gold Nation.



Alexandria Will Use Tracking Chips to Monitor Recycling

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:57 AM

Alexandria — the DC suburb that has served as moonbattery's beachhead in Virginia — has taken a bold step forward into our totalitarian future by fitting recycling bins with tracking chips:

Alexandria residents soon will have to pay for larger home recycling bins featuring built-in monitoring devices.
The City Council added a mandatory $9 charge to its residents' annual waste collection fee.
That cash — roughly $180,000 collected from 19,000 residents — will pay for new larger recycling carts equipped with computer microchips, which will allow the city to keep tabs on its bins and track resident participation in the city's recycling program.
"If you know who's participating in the programs, you can focus your education and outreach to those who are not participating," said Stacy Herring, Alexandria's recycling coordinator.

This farcical form of authoritarianism is getting close to the point where "outreach" entails disappearing in the night because you forgot which bin empty cereal boxes go in.

Hopefully the tracking chips will spare econazis from the indignity of rooting through our garbage.

By the way, recycling is a waste of time — unless of course control of the every detail of our domestic lives by petty tyrant bureaucrats is an end in itself.

On a tip from Laura.



Is This Bigotry?

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM

Gordon Brown was recently caught on a live mic denouncing a lady named Gillian Duffy as a "bigoted woman" for mildly objecting to Britain's inundation with unassimilable hordes of immigrants. The militant liberals who control the media have portrayed the entire state of Arizona as bigoted for wanting to enforce federal immigration law. It seems anyone not on board with the progressive agenda of demographic suicide is a bigot, according to our elitist rulers. No wonder Comrade Obama spat on Britain by returning a bust of Winston Churchill; the great British leader shared Mrs. Duffy's concern that mass immigration would destroy their country's identity. This has Pat Buchanan asking some reasonable questions:

If this makes Churchill and Mrs. Duffy bigots, are the Japanese all bigots because they refuse to allow immigration? Countries all over the world restrict or forbid the kind of mass immigration we and Europe have embraced.
Does the desire of a people to preserve its unique and separate ethnic identity and cultural character, de facto, constitute bigotry?
Are the Israelis bigots because Bibi Netanyahu demands that in any peace agreement with Palestinians it be stipulated that Israel shall forever remain a Jewish nation? Are the Muslim Uighurs and Tibetans bigots because they want to end the migration of Han Chinese into their homelands, secede from China and set up ethnonational states of their own: East Turkestan and Tibet?
If "Africa for the Africans" was a wonderful slogan in the 1950s, why is "Britain for the Britons" a bigoted idea today?

Wanting to prevent your civilization from being washed away is not bigotry or racism, but simple self-preservation. We fare pretty well in our own society, so we want to protect it. We don't fare so well in places like Zimbabwe.

The objective of liberals isn't just to Change Western Civilization; it is to obliterate it. This is why even the most moderate limitations on mass illegal immigration from the Third World through Mexico are attacked with such ferocity by the Left. Election cycles sway back and forth, but once we have been supplanted from our own country, we are gone for good, just as Asia Minor (Turkey now) will never again be part of dying Greece.

To prevent us from defending our ourselves, liberal tyrants beat us with the "racism" club. But this only works if we let it.

On a tip from Incitatus.



Moonbats Will Use Meditation to Stop Oil Leak

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:54 AM

Straight out of Boulder, a moonbat solution to the Gulf oil spill:

"The basic concept is to try and get as many people to visualize that the valve is actually functioning and is working and closing," said Carl Fuermann, a staff member in the University of Colorado's Registrar Office.
The Coast Guard estimates that 200,000 gallons of oil a day has been streaming into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank after it was rocked by an explosion April 20. A safety valve designed to stop the flow of oil, called a blowout preventer, did not activate as it was designed to after the explosion. Efforts to activate the valve using robots have not worked.

You see how technology just lets you down? All we really need is to hold hands and think happy thoughts.

Fuermann is no novice. He once used meditation to help fix his friend's video camera.

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Fuermann tries to visualize getting a date.

On a tip from Steve T. Hat tip: The Obscure Store.



Concord Bans Bottled Water

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 AM

Concord, Massachusetts played a key role in the American Revolution. Unfortunately, its spirit of liberty has not survived. Taking liberal totalitarianism to the furthest limit of absurdity, the town has banned the sale of bottled water.

Drinking up water that might be better used by delta smelt is bad enough, but bottling it in plastic is intolerable to our hippie overlords.

"Water is something we can get from the faucet. You can't turn your faucet on and get soda," said Selectwoman Virginia McIntyre, explaining why other plastic bottles would not be banned [for now].

Once again we see that liberals are fundamentally opposed to our civilization. Banning plastic in 21st century America would be like banning rocks on the Flintstones.

Don't worry about stocking up on water in case of an emergency. You can trust Big Government to take care of everything. The tap water provided by the authorities tastes vile in your area? Too bad, you'll have to make do. An added advantage to mandating tap water only is that it can be used for population control.

On a tip from LCF.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:39 AM

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Compliments of Zappatrust, inspired by the Ghetto-ification of America.



California Students Punished for Patriotism

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:43 AM

Yeah, just don't ever accuse the public school systems of progressive indoctrination.

Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs.
"(The Principal) said we could wear it on any other day, but (May 5) is sensitive to Mexican Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today," Daniel Galli said.

So, they wouldn't have gotten in trouble for wearing the shirts on St. Patrick's Day? I guess that means people of Irish descent are considered real Americans, but those of Mexican descent aren't, at least, not by public school administrators.



Psssst: Don't Forget Freddie

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:15 AM

With the gulf oil spill and illegal immigration, it's easy to forget about a few other crises that are ravaging America. Take, for example, the mortgage-finance mess involving Freddie Mac:

The most recent earnings report follows three straight quarters in which the McLean-based company did not need infusions from the Treasury. Still, the firm is struggling to recover from the mortgage-market meltdown; it reported a net loss of $6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2010, compared with a loss of $9.9 billion a year ago.

The only positive thing one can say is that their profound quarterly losses are less than they were a year ago. What's more, Freddie's losses will continue to appear profound because of new government regulations that seem to game the system toward their failure:

Freddie Mac is turning to the Treasury again mostly because of a change in accounting. Revised rules that took effect this year require companies such as Freddie to move all mortgages they guarantee -- but don't own -- onto their books. This shift alone caused the company's equity to drop by $11.7 billion, helping to plunge its net worth into the red.
Under the terms of Freddie's September 2008 bailout, taxpayers make up the shortfall in any quarter when the firm's net worth is negative. The accounting change, along with the firm's loss and a $1.3 billion dividend payment to the Treasury, pushed Freddie's net worth to a negative $10.5 billion, down from a positive $4.4 billion last year.

Some recipe for success: Don't fail anymore. But if you continue to fail, Uncle Sam will bail you out. Now, here are some new rules that will make it easier for you to appear to be failing.

Typical liberal-socialist reasoning -- because nobody deserves to fail. Not failing is a right. If not through the bailout, Washington would have just found another way to dig more dollars out of our pockets, in order to rectify this spectacular financial mess that the Democrats created.

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Talk about a house of cards. (image)



Item #3: The Legendary Dramacrat Sense of Humor

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:30 AM

Some people think the Dramacrats are a bunch of uptight ninnies with no sense of humor, hair-trigger sensitivity, and a tendency to wine about victimhood at the drop of a hat.

Those people are pretty much right.

Photos of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle that surfaced in a Republican newspaper last week have caused a flurry of controversy on Long Island.
One picture of President Obama and his wife Michelle show the couple hugging, while the second depicted the 1970's show "Sanford and Son" where Sanford's sister-in-law Aunt Esther, played by LaWanda Page, had her fists up facing comedian Redd Foxx.
Many critics have dubbed the illustration "racist" and "despicable."

I call it hilarious.



Item #2: Magazine of Ill-Repute for Sale

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:56 AM

Newsweek -- a dying publication whose Managing Editor thinks Obama is "like God" and whose content reflects that belief -- is up for sale, if the Washington Post can find a buyer.

Apparently, the one-note, pro-socialist, pro-Obama propaganda rag business model isn't the money-maker Newsweek thought it was. The audience of people who want nothing else but to hear every week how great Obama is and how awful his opposition is is not much larger than the East Coast media establishment.

In related news, CNN and CBS are in talks to merge their news-gathering operations. It should be pretty smooth as they cover exactly the same stories from exactly the same (left-wing) editorial angle. A CBS affiliate in Chicago, for example, is threatening to refuse to give the Republican Senate candidate any coverage unless he drops the issue of the Democrat candidate's corrupt, mob-tied bank scandal.



Morning Briefs for Thor's Day Item #1: Vogons Got Nothin' on Hippies

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:09 AM

Dennis the Peasant has examples of poetry authored by the children of Daily Kos. A sample is beyond the break. (Apparently, it is intended as an ode to Tea Partiers.)

Look at all the nooses.
They hung them in a flurry,
anticipating a revolution that never came.
All of those empty-eyed nooses,
they're winking at us baby;
because we didn't go crazy

or buy a gun.

The would-be insurgents all feel silly now,
with their stashes of bibles and bottled water.

Were they really going to do it to us?
Were they really going to burn it down?

A revolution staged at Waffle House.
A revolution of riding lawnmowers.
A revolution so efficient,
everyone was home in time to watch C.S.I.



May 5, 2010

Apartheid in Ann Arbor

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:26 PM

When I was an Undergraduate at the University of Michigan, opposition to racial apartheid was a trendy political cause. Ironically, apartheid is now an official policy of the Ann Arbor public schools. An Ann Arbor Elementary school recently had a field trip that white students were not allowed to participate in.

An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school's efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
"In hindsight, this field trip could have been approached and arranged in a better way," Madison wrote. "But as I reflect upon the look of excitement, enthusiasm and energy that I saw in these children's eyes as they stood in the presence of a renowned African American rocket scientist in a very successful position, it gave the kids an opportunity to see this type of achievement is possible for even them.

Apparently, the principal also yelled at non-black students who objected to his blatantly racist field trip.

Also, apparently Scaramouche noted this story in a prior open thread, though I first saw it in a post at Patterico.



Who Gets Hurt by Financial "Reform"?

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:56 PM

Everyone except lawyers and bureaucrats, as with all of the legislation our rogue government has been ramming down our throats:

On a tip from Sean H.



Beaten to Death South of the Border

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 PM

A little foretaste of what the Southwest will be like after amnesty opens the floodgates all the way:

Foreigners who belong elsewhere are not treated quite as obsequiously south of the border as they are up here. I wonder if Elisabeth had been led astray by moonbattery, and thought she was striking a righteous blow against political incorrectness by training to be a coyote.

Via Gateway Pundit, on a tip from J.



Newly Discovered Republican Secret Weapon

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:40 PM

Yes, the "Republican Women vs. Democrat Women" is a tired, overdone meme... not. As it turns out, our gorgeous conservative gals could be thought of as a potential weapon against the unwary, especially lecherous Democrat men. You see, researchers have discovered that beautiful women can actually be hazardous to men's health.

Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol [in men], according to a study from the University of Valencia.
The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is "out of their league." Those high levels of cortisol "produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease ... diabetes, hypertension and impotency."

Now, all we need to do is let loose some conservative gals among those liberal Democrat hetero guys, who must be so tired of hearing "Who Let the Dogs Out" when they see their gals. A few struts from completely "out of their league" Kathy Ireland or Carrie Prejean, for example, might just seriously compromise a good portion of the House Democratic Male Caucus. (We conservative guys, of course, are immune to the effect, since we appreciate our ladies most of all for their brains and sensibilities.)

OK, what you've all been waiting for:

Now it's time to appreciate ours and creep out at theirs a little bit more.

CAUTION: Eye bleach warning for the second half of the video.



Video via a strategic tip from Patriot Tim.



Fascism's Far Reach

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:35 PM

Not even dim-witted White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen can deny the obvious: Forget about boycotting the Phoenix All-Star Game. America's Passtime is already complicit with what liberals and Democrats refer to as the coming Nazi state.


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Courtesy of exurbanleague.
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



£70,000 Playground Consists of Concrete Blocks

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM

Maybe socialist bureauweenies don't know how to spend our money better than we do after all. The latest from Airstrip One:

Childen who were expecting a new £70,000 playground complete with swings and slides have been left "devastated" after the council gave them a pile of concrete blocks instead.
The "minimalist" design at Diamond Hall Pocket Park includes a variety of rectangular grey concrete blocks, described by Sunderland Council as "play features".
Parents had been expecting a traditional playground after they had been sent a leaflet on the plans which showed images of a climbing frame and swings.
Instead they have been left with the task of telling their children how best to play on the new blocks. …
Saacha Thompson, 34, said she had a hard time explaining to her three-year-old daughter Imogen that the park was finished.

At 3, Imogen is old enough to see through moonbattery.

But the park isn't totally devoid of useful features. According to Julie Gray, Head of Community Services:

"This design also includes a CCTV camera being installed to help maintain a safe and secure playing environment."

Welcome to 1984.

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Moonbat conception of a playground.

On a tip from Steve.



Big Government Will Kill the Oysters It Wasted Our Money On

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:58 AM

It's not easy wasting other people's money in sums so huge they defy comprehension. Here's an example of how Big Government does it:

This week the U.S. Army Corps of engineers started releasing millions of gallons of fresh water from Lake Okeechobee into the usually salty St. Lucie Estuary.
"It's not just the water it's what's in the water; there's suspended silt and sediment and chemicals," said Mark Perry, a biologist with the Florida Oceanographic Society.
The Corps says it needs to lower the lake level before rainy season to limit the flood risk.
But biologist Mark Perry says doing this damages the river, killing sea grasses and endangering a wide array of aquatic life.
"We've got to stop these releases and give this estuary a break," he said.
The problem isn't new. The Army Corps has been releasing water into the estuary for generations.
The difference this year: $4 million of your tax money, part of the federal stimulus plan, is going toward populating the river with oysters to help clean it.
Perry says those oysters could very well die because of the lake releases.

The government stole $4 million of your money to buy a bunch of oysters that it will now kill without anyone even getting to eat them. The purpose of this was to stimulate the economy.

Freedom works. Socialism doesn't. Common sense or a glance around the world would make this clear to an idiot, but now that America isn't special anymore, we have to learn it for ourselves like everyone else.

On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.



Libs Try to Suppress Abortion Documentary BloodMoney

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:18 AM

Pro-choice? Hardly. Liberals don't think you should have the choice of watching BloodMoney, a documentary that investigates the crimes against decency perpetrated at the lavishly taxpayer-funded abortion mill Planned Parenthood. Here's a trailer:

For obvious reasons, progressives would prefer you don't see the whole film — so they have tried to shut it down. From a press release by producer Roman Jaquez and director David Kyle:

The Albany, New York premiere of the documentary film "BloodMoney," which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, has been rescheduled for Friday, May 14 at the Madison Theater at 1036 Madison Avenue in Albany. The film is scheduled to continue running at the Madison through Thursday, May 20. Showtimes will be listed at www.madison-theater.com and www.bloodmoneyfilm.com.
"The film was originally scheduled to premiere at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany," said producer Roman Jaquez. However, the management of Spectrum 8 Theatres cancelled the premiere. According to Jaquez, Spectrum 8 management informed him that the theater had received phone calls from individuals who indicated an intent to engage in protest activity outside the theater if the premiere went forward. "We were disappointed with the cancellation, but we are very pleased and thankful that the Madison Theater has agreed to premiere 'BloodMoney' and to continue screening the film next week," Jaquez added.

Moonbats aren't the only ones who can make movies. Of course they will try to suppress other voices. That's why it's essential that patriots support projects like BloodMoney.

On a tip from Salvatore.



Contessa Brewer Grieves That Terrorists Aren't Tea Partiers

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:41 AM

In case you missed Contessa Brewer expressing her deep regrets that the botched Times Square car-bombing couldn't be blamed on patriots, via Radio Equalizer:

I mean the thing is that and I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country because there are a lot of people who want to use this terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.

As opposed to "outdated bigotry," politically correct bigotry only targets Caucasians, men, heterosexuals, Christians, patriots, those who believe in small government, those who don't live in cities, those who don't live on the coasts, those who work for a living, and those who have developed even a rudimentary notion of right and wrong.

Contessa isn't alone in her grief; NYC's Mayor for Life knows just how she feels.

This left-wing airhead is the same MSNBC propagandist who took to the air to preemptively condemn Tea Partiers for shooting black people, while showing video of a black guy with an AR-15 cropped so that you couldn't see his skin.

Imagine expecting to get anything even vaguely resembling objective information from this malignant network.

Hat tip: Jawa Report, on a tip from Scott.



Hoop-Shooting Dupes

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 AM

I live in Phoenix, yet my favorite basketball team is whoever happens to be playing the Phoenix Suns (unless it's Dallas). This is due to the relentless moonbattery of guard Steve Nash, a Canadian who insists on ramming his ultra-left ideology down fans' throats at every opportunity.

You can hardly turn on a TV in Arizona without seeing commercials featuring Nash hurling his basketball at the heads of those who won't get with the program on environmental issues. In 2003, he took his obnoxiousness to the point of wearing a t-shirt reading "No War. Shoot for Peace" to the NBA All-Star game as our country geared up for war with a terror-financing genocidal dictator. At the time, Nash sanctimoniously proclaimed that he was "embarrassed by humanity" because "we're still using violence as a means of conflict resolution." If only we would all evolve into enlightened liberals like Nash, we would realize that terrorists and maniacal dictators are only crying out for attention because they need a warm hug.

Now he's shooting his mouth off about SB 1070, loudly proclaiming that we have no right to take even the mildest measures to defend our country from foreign invasion. Possibly due to Nash's pernicious influence, the Suns will be wearing "Los Suns" jerseys as they play San Antonio in the playoffs tonight, explicitly to make it clear that when the national interests of America clash with those of Mexico, the Suns are siding with Mexico. Hopefully no one is forgetting that San Antonio is the home of the Alamo.

If only Nash had stayed on the Dallas Mavericks, owned by zillionaire leftist Mark Cuban, who has used his fortunes to finance outlandish propaganda evidently intended to demonize the American military and inspire Muslim terror attacks. But then, the Suns organization is rotted through with moonbattery too. Echoing the most irresponsible voices among the leftist media, General Manager Steve Kerr has absurdly compared Arizona to Nazi Germany for daring to question the citizenship status of illegal aliens.

Fortunately, basketball is too mindless to sit through anyway. No wonder it's the only major sport with a predominantly liberal fan base:

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On tips from Varla and Wiggins.



Socialist Riots Kill 3 People in Greece

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:11 AM

Violence broke out in Greece as angry Tea Partiers expressed frustration with Government profligacy greedy socialists protested budget cuts and tax increases imposed by the EU as a condition of bailing them out of bankruptcy.

Three people were killed when the socialists set a bank on fire.

The Greek Financial crisis was precipitated by years of reckless deficits and an explosion of public spending, and the Government of Greece is in the hip pocket of the unions, and so will do nothing to halt the violence.

Nothing like that could ever happen in the USA, of course.



Toronto Crackdown on Idling Engines

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 AM

Toronto cabdrivers had better hope the fizzling global warming crisis makes a comeback — otherwise they're likely to freeze to death in their cars, after totalitarian moonbats have made it illegal to keep the motor running:

In a close race with the United Nations for the most ridiculous decision of the month, Toronto's city council will consider a proposal making it illegal to warm up the car, or keep the motor running while you pick up the kids. …
The stated reason for this intrusion is that idling cars emit large amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Plus, the behaviour-control forces that make up the dominant left-wing bloc hate cars and want to force people to ride bicycles, which they view as preferable for ideological reasons. Dr. David McKeown, the city's Medical Officer of Health, came dangerously close to giving the game away when he explained: "While we're trying to shift people out of cars, into bikes and other forms of transportation, the one thing that should be easy to do is not use our cars when we don't need to."

If you insist on driving through the snow instead of riding an eco-friendly bicycle, bureauweenies will make the experience as miserable as possible.

So, it's 20 below outside and you want to warm the car before heading off to work? Forget it, unless you want to pay $125 [the proposed fine for violations] for the privilege. The kids are at swimming lessons and are going to come running out with wet hair when you pick them up? Tough — Toronto City Council doesn't believe it's necessary to keep the car warm for them. And why should taxi drivers be allowed to do their job without freezing in winter or suffocating in summer? It's not like it will hurt business if tourists wander out of the hotel to hail a cab one July day, and have to slide into the back seat of an overheated oven. Or maybe it will. But who cares? Temperatures will still be lovely inside the offices at City Hall, and that's what really counts.

If you're not enraged yet, get this: there would be exceptions for city workers.

Where will they push the envelope next? Probably toward restricting how warm or cool you can keep your house with remotely operated thermostats (with exceptions again for Big Government apparatchiks). After all, if they can make living in a house as miserable as possible, maybe they can get us to move back into trees, where we will be in closer harmony with Gaia. It makes as much sense as expecting people to ride bicycles through Canadian winters.

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The future of transportation, as planned by our moonbat rulers, via Cyclodelic.

On a tip from Jander.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Go Cry Over a Tree, Hippie

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:53 AM

She obviously didn't get the memo.

Hat Tip: Sondra K

Where have we seen this before?



Item #3: The Wisdom of Mark Steyn on Islamic Terror Attacks

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:58 AM

The Democrat PR Machine is desperately trying to find an explanation other than radical Islam to excuse Faisal Shazahd's attempted terror-attack. Currently, they are focusing on his mortgage troubles, because that kinda sorta puts the blame on capitalism and perhaps Bush.

Islamic terror is kind of like Voldemort --- it's the evil that no one dares speak the name of, as NRO's Mark Steyn has noticed.

Whenever something goofy happens -- bomb in Times Square, mass shootings at a US military base, etc. -- there seem to be two kinds of reactions: a) Some people go, "Hmm. I wonder if this involves some guy with a name like Mohammed who has e-mails from Yemen." b) Other people go, "Don't worry, there's no connection to terrorism, and anyway, even if there is, it's all very amateurish, and besides he's most likely an isolated extremist or lone wolf." Unfortunately, everyone in category (b) seems to work for the government.[Emphasis mine]

So true.



Item #2: Leftists Remain Immune to Irony

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:50 AM

Most intelligent people recognized that when Rush Limbaugh suggested that sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico be given a pain pill to deal with the impact of the oil spill, he was sarcastically referencing Chairman Zero's suggested alternative to giving elderly patients lifesaving medical treatments.

But, that sarcasm went way over the heads of the people at Medea Mutters; who not only attacked El Rushbo for the sea turtle comment, but also for his ironic ... and clearly satirical... suggestion that the Deepwater Horizon platform was sabotaged to advance the left's global warming agenda.

MSDNC's Chris Matthews is also apparently too dim to recognize irony unless its delivered by John Stewart on The Daily Show accompanied by the host making silly faces to amuse the trained seals in his audience.



Morning Briefs for Wednesday Item #1: Democrats Have No Shame

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:26 AM

Good Morning Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Buttholes,

To you and me, the tragic loss of 11 people's lives and the spilling of millions of gallons of oil may be a tragic loss. But to the Democrat Party, it's a fundraising opportunity.

Gotta love the "boot to the throat of the capitalist running dogs" part. Very Hugo Chavez.



OMG, I'm on the Left of John McCain

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:21 AM

John McCain says Faisal Shahzahd shouldn't be given (or have been given) a Miranda warning. I disagree. Shahzahd is a terrorist, but he is also an American citizen who committed his act of terror on American soil. That's a bright-line distinction between Shahzahd and a foreign national picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan, or even one caught on an American soil. American citizens are entitled to American rights.

Now, I don't personally believe criminals are entitled to Miranda warnings in all cases. But our settled law says otherwise. I may not like it — and in this case, I definitely don't — but that citizenship thing makes all the difference to me.

Feel free to disagree. I'm not happy that this is my opinion, but intellectual consistency demands it.



May 4, 2010

Limbaugh to Bloomberg: You're an Absolute Blithering, Embarrassing Idiot

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:59 PM

New York Mayor Michael "Beyond RINO" Bloomberg has no shame. His knees are filthy from kneeling and kissing the feet of Muslim New Yorkers (and any others he can get his lips on), lest their profound political machine be offended. He doesn't feel bad about offending Tea Partiers, though.

This all sort of ticked off El Rushbo today.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.



Bloomberg's Priority After Bombing Attempt: Muslim Feelings

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:13 PM

Rather than wallow in disappointment that the Times Square bomber unsurprisingly turned out to be a Muslim terrorist rather than a patriot as he had publicly hoped, Mayor Mike has wasted no time establishing official priorities in the aftermath of the narrowly avoided bloodbath:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City "will not tolerate any bias" following the arrest of a U.S. citizen from Pakistan in the Times Square car bombing attempt.
Bloomberg said Tuesday that also applies to potential backlash against Muslim New Yorkers.

As if there's any chance that New Yorkers would sin against political correctness by failing to focus all bad thoughts on straight white capitalist males.

What did the authorities learn from the Fort Hood massacre, in which Islamic terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan waved red flags left and right that were ignored for years for reasons of political correctness before he predictably started murdering people? Absolutely nothing.

What have we learned? Which side our liberal rulers are on.

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But then, would you really want these boobs on your side?

On tips from dapenguin and Dystopic PC.



Do We Love Arizona or What?

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:45 PM

There's a new chick in town. Now, if they could only elect a conservative Republican senator.

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Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.



The Difference Between Tea Parties and Illegal Alien Rallies

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:10 PM

The difference is: the vermin who crawl out from under their rocks for illegal alien rallies hate America and are aggressively supported by the liberal elite radicals who control the mainstream media and the federal government, whereas decent patriots who participate in tea parties love America and are denounced with obscene epithets (see RWN for a not safe for work explanation) by the adolescent Marxist who presides over the federal behemoth.

On a tip from Michelle.



Can We Afford to Secure the Border? Si, se puede!

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:27 PM

The Open Borders crowd claims building an effective security system at the border would be outrageously expensive and impractical. How expensive? About $5 Billion, give or take.

Wow, that is a lot of money. Until you consider some of the other things Congress has eagerly thrown money at.

The S-CHIP expansion: $35 Billion
The CitiGroup Bailout: $45 Billion
The Bank of America Bailout: $45 Billion
The GM Bailout: $50.7 Billion
The AIG Bailout: $69 Billion
Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Bailout: $75 Billion to $200 Billion
The Stimulus: $787 Billion
ObamaCare: $2,500 Billion

Fixing the border would be chump change in comparison, even if it cost two or three times more than estimated.

It seems the only thing the Congress isn't eager to spend money on is one of the things the Federal Government is actually Constitutionally mandated to do.



Obamination Administration Promises a "Boot on the Throat"

Posted by Dave Blount at 1:19 PM

Rahm Emanuel tells us that our rulers don't intend to let any crises go to waste. Prominent Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters announces that she wants to seize control of the energy industry Hugo Chavez style. Before America lapsed into insanity long enough to elect him, B. Hussein Obama promised to drive the coal industry into bankruptcy. Now White House spokesweenie Robert Gibbs and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proclaim that in light of the Gulf oil spill, Big Government will keep its "boot on the throat" of BP — and presumably the rest of the oil industry (around 2:00):

"A boot on the throat" — no phrase could better describe government by leftists.

Hat tip: The Blogprof.



Progressives Use Gulf Oil Spill to Push Stupid, Impractical Ideas

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:14 PM

The Huffington Post has a reliably insipid headline: Large Air Spill At Wind Farm. No Threats Reported. Some Claim To Enjoy The Breeze. And lefty blogger Matt Yglesias suggests all of our energy problems can be solved by taxing the rich and building more socialist-style mass transit systems for the proles to use.

Typical that while thinking adults are approaching our energy challenges with reason and analysis, the left is making snark and chasing unicorns. The Huffington Hippies may not be able to deal with reality, but we can.

And the reality is that we are going to require oil for the forseeable future. Maybe there will be some breakthrough --- algae-based hydrocarbon production looks promising, but even if an energy breakthrough took place tomorrow it would take decades to fully implement. The reality is, no one wants to pay $20 a gallon for gasoline and the only people who want to be fully dependent on public transportation are the poor stupid bastards who live in New York City. And the reality is that extracting oil from the Earth is a dirty process. We can make the process as clean and safe as possible --- and overall we actually do a pretty good job of it --- but accidents will still happen. Yeah, it sucks that there was an oil spill in the gulf. And we should do what we can to clean up the mess. And if we learn ways to make drilling safer as a result, we should implement them. But should we shut down civilization out of sheer guilt? I'd rather not. I like civilization.

We have to accept the compromise; we can't enjoy a modern, industrial, technology-based lifestyle and have an environment clean enough to perform brain surgery in. I'm not saying we have to trash the environment, but I'm saying at certain times, in certain places, things are going to get a little dirty. Let's do what's practical to minimize it, but completely eliminating it simply isn't doable.

Adults accept this reality. We don't play "Let's pretend windpower is completely environmentally benign and can meet all of our current and projected needs so let's shut down all oil drilling forever and save the polar bears, too." If only the progressive left would grow the hell up.



Aussie Pol: Smoke More, Die Sooner, Save Us on Healthcare Costs

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:08 PM

Finally, a positive side has been found to government healthcare. At least it means that bureaucrats might stop their righteous screeching about the evils of tobacco. After all, anything that helps us die more quickly after we're done paying taxes lightens the burden on the State, and is therefore good. Just ask Australian Senator Nick Minchin:

A senior Liberal politician has encouraged smokers to keep up their habit, saying smokers who die early save the health system money.
Senator Nick Minchin has criticised the Federal Government's plan to increase the tax on cigarettes as he told smokers to: "Go for it".
"They die early, they actually save us money," he told ABC television last night.

Why would a Liberal object to a tax increase, you ask? Because in Australia, the Liberals are the good guys.

On a tip from Oiao.



Homicidal Illegal Alien Is Free to Stay

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:18 AM

When you see illegal aliens making public pageants of their contempt for our national sovereignty, you have to ask yourself: just how hard is it for a foreigner who doesn't belong here to get thrown out of this country? Here's how hard:

On March 13, 2005, Rwandan national, Ngere Omari, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5, near Seattle, Wa., when he crashed head-on into the car being driven by Heather Lee Meadows.
Meadows, 20, was killed instantly and her passenger was seriously injured.
At the time of the crash, Omari had a blood-alcohol level of .18, was on probation and had a suspended license for an earlier DUI. He was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to six years behind bars.
During his imprisonment, he received multiple surgeries, physical therapy and mental health care. Because he does not speak English, he was also given a translator to communicate with the medical personnel… all at the expense of the taxpayers.
Though Omari entered the country illegally, he requested and was granted political asylum, due to Rwanda's civil war.
Last Tuesday, Omari walked out of the Monroe Correctional Complex, a free man. He was given a year off for good behavior.
At the time he was sent to prison, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on him, and apparently planned to deport him upon his release. However, that hold was later lifted, and Omari is free to remain in the U.S.

How much do you want to bet he's collecting public assistance?

On a tip from Infidel Joe.



It's Not Too Late to Lose the Cold War

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:48 AM

The Moscow Times reports:

Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev said [a week ago] Sunday that their nations need the spirit of mutual trust that they enjoyed during World War II to build true partnership.

As part of this new spirit of trust,

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the Obama administration will disclose the number of weapons in its nuclear arsenal, a closely guarded secret for more than a half-century.
Clinton told a U.N. conference that the move is aimed at improving transparency in the nuclear disarmament regime and encouraging other nations to comply with it.

As Russians snigger and plot, the terrorist regime in Iran has been working busily to acquire nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them to the USA, while our moonbat rulers posture but do absolutely nothing to stop them. But at least liberals are impressed with all the self-sacrifice, trust, and one-way transparency.

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The Soviet Union is back. Don't worry, it's our friend.

On tips from American Citizen and Ianto. Hat tip: Commie Blaster.



Seeing Is Believing

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:12 AM

Here is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, attempting to blame Tea Partiers for the car bomb Faisal Shahzad tried to set off in Times Square last Saturday night as Katie Cupcake eggs him on:

Bloomberg is the quintessential nanny state petty tyrant, who will go to any length to protect his subjects from salt and trans fats. But only a few years after 9/11, he won't even acknowledge the existence of by far the greatest threat to New Yorkers, Islamic terrorism. If someone wants to set off a bomb in Times Square, it must be one of the majority of Americans who oppose the outrageous seizure of control over the healthcare industry by his fellow authoritarian moonbats.

There is an inevitable price to be paid for letting liberals into positions of authority. The only thing that has stopped us from paying it is the incompetence of Muslim terrorists. But luck won't keep us safe forever.

On tips from Wiggins and Scott.



Al Gore's Massive New Mansion

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 AM

Al Gore may be slimy and vile, but he isn't stupid. Selling sanctimonious lies to liberal fools makes him more in a month than I'll earn in my lifetime. Check out his new digs in Montecito, California:

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It's private too, thanks to a nearly total blackout of this latest example of Gore's outlandishly hypocritical conspicuous consumption by his coconspirators in the media.

No doubt the power bills are blowing away even the impressive $1,359 per month he was running up on average at his Nashville mansion. Meanwhile, the rest of us are admonished to subsist like medieval peasants because living well is hurtful to the polar bears — unless of course you're a member of the liberal elite ruling class, in which case your aura of self-righteousness counters your carbon emissions.

On tips from Edward and Ummah Gummah.



Grandmother Arrested for Standing Up to Unruly Brat

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:02 AM

Hopey Change means that the spoilt brats are in charge now. So if your grandchildren mouth off to you, you'd best just shut up and take it:

Theresa Collier, a 73-year-old grandmother, was arrested last week for slapping her 18-year-old granddaughter who was swearing at her.
Collier says she allowed her 18-year-old granddaughter, Felicia Collier, who had just gotten kicked out of Catholic school and is now enrolled in online classes, to use her computer to do homework. Felicia was kicked out for cursing at a nun, explained Collier.
Felicia did not want to obey her grandmother's direction to complete her assignments.

Reports the grandmother:

"She kept repeating the F-word to me, about the whole family. She just went on and on and I just got so upset, I got up and slapped her across the face. She grabbed my wrists and I couldn't get out of it and she let one go and she punched me in the cheek here."

However, Felicia was not arrested. No word on whether the nun was arrested.

On a tip from Wiggins.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 AM

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Via Holy Taco, on tips from The Only Other Conservative in Seattle and Henry.



Economics Has a Pronounced Right-Wing Bias

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:07 AM

Contrary to those ridiculous commercials about what a great place California is to do business, actual CEOs rate California the worst place in the USA to do business.

Would you like to know what the other bottom five states are? I am so glad you asked. The worst states in the USA to do business are California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts.

I know, how can this be, right? All of those states use the Progressive Success Model: High taxes coupled with lavish "government services" (i.e. welfare) [And plenty of illegal immigrants in the labor force]. Progressives tell us that lavish spending on government services brings success because... according to progressive economic theory, the most skilled and creative people in the workforce love having their income confiscated to subsidize bureaucrats and other social parasites. Those states should, according to progressive economics, be the best places in the USA to do business.

According to the same survey, the best states to do business are Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Nevada, and Virginia. How can that be? Two of those states don't even have a state income tax.

The only way this can possibly be right is if everything progressives claim to believe about economics is wrong.

Cross-posted to Teh Resistance



Moonbat Tech: Eco-Dim, the Dummer Dimmer

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:35 AM

I love dimmer switches. Use lots of 'em in my house, with those antiquated, evil incandescent bulbs and ultra-expensive, halogen recessed lights. Besides being able to set the mood, I can dim the lights to save electricity, thereby saving money. (No carbon footprint was figured into our choice to dim.)

Enter Green Technology. Green adherents in government and media are so into making Green the must-have technology that they will do anything to Greenify everything from toilet paper to tampons -- because eco-moonbats, Democrats, and Hollywood celebs will pay good indulgence money for them.

I want to meet the conniving Green entrepreneur bastard who thought up this one: Eco-Dim. These dimmer switches are billed as guaranteeing you "at least 15% energy savings." How, you ask? Simply by taking a normal 600W dimmer switch and -- are you ready -- allowing 15% less electricity to pass through the switch at the highest setting, compared with a normal dimmer switch.

What does this mean? Quite simply that, when you want the dimmer to be on full brightness, you will only get 85% of the maximum brightness. This goes totally against the whole concept of full power. I want my dimmers to "go to eleven" if need be.

This gadget is more than a few shades short of the brightest bulb. Even my 10-year-old daughter realized how ludicrous this concept was: "Uh, doesn't that totally defeat the whole idea of a dimmer switch?" she opined.

And yes, and the Eco-Dim switch costs a bit more than its comparable non-dimmer from the same company -- a full 27.3% more. Just as with CFLs, the additional cost per unit may make you feel good in a sacrificial kinda way, but you're paying extra for the inconvenience they cause and will be lucky to make up for any electricity cost savings.

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My 10-year-old understands how lame this is. Eco-moonbats do not.



The Idiocy of Michael Bloomberg

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:41 AM

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quick to suggest that the attempted bombing of Time Square this weekend was committed by a native-born American opposed to ObamaCare (i.e., a Tea Partier).

"If I had to guess, twenty five cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown maybe a mentally deranged person or someone with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything."

Because, you see... Tea Party Patriots are so notorious for detonating car bombs in urban centers.

Unfortunately, reality once again demonstrates its right-wing bias.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to board an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport, officials said.
Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, authorities said. He will appear in Manhattan Federal Court later Tuesday.

BTW, Bloomberg also says we need illegal immigrants because Americans are too stupid to win Nobel prizes.

"They're going to win the next Nobel Prize in China or in Europe, not here. If we want to have a future, we need to have more immigrants here."

By the way, Attorney General Eric Holder is another leftist super-genius.

"It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said.

No, really? When I heard the truck was stuffed with propane cans, I figured he just wanted to barbecue some pork.

Praise the goddess we have such elite intellectual heavyweights looking out for us poor dumb Murricans.



Item #4: Good Luck With That Boycott

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:30 AM

The city of Los Angeles, California wants to impose an economic boycott of Arizona for enacting moderate enforcement measures of Federal immigration law. I hope they enjoy sitting in the dark. El Lay gets 21% of its electricity from a power plant in Arizona (Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power).

And California RINO senate candidate Carly "Olympia Snowe" Fiorina — trying to have it both ways — says Republicans who support border enforcement are racists but she supports the Arizona law.

I guess she can't help pandering to the left while pissing off the base; after all, she was mentored by John "Landslide" McCain.



Morning Briefs for Tuesday Item #3: Mark Steyn on Why National ID Won't Work

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:59 AM

Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Peaceful Left-Wing Window-Smashers,

Supporters of illegal immigration won't want to hear what Mark Steyn has to say about this National ID card the dramacrats are pushing, but he's right you know.

If we ever do get a mandatory national ID card, it will be one more bureaucratic imposition upon the already law-abiding, and entirely irrelevant to those whom it's supposedly intended for. That's to say, little old ladies will be required to show it when they go to check out a large-print library book or the Jessica Tandy double-bill at Blockbusters, but it will be [labeled] utterly racist and discriminatory to ask a suspected illegal alien if he can produce one. [Emphasis mine]

Can anyone show me where he's wrong, or will this be one of my many posts that's so right the trolls won't even comment on it?



Item #2: When Progressives Attack Progressives

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:29 AM

The Progressive Nutjobs at Indymedia are infuriated at the Progressive Nutjobs at Mother Jones for reporting on the human-created dust bowl in California's Central Valley.

Mother Jones, the magazine's namesake, would be spinning in her grave if she saw how Harkinson accepted the agribusiness spin on California water politics and the lies of an Astroturf group such as the Latino Water Coalition as virtual gospel truth.

Yeah, how dare anyone explore the human consequences of devastating an agriculture region for the benefit of a two-inch fish. Oldthinkers unbellyfeel Amsoc. BO mark crimethink doubleplusungood. Thinkpol catch crimethinkers. Miniluv rectify fullwise. Miniluv luv crimethinkers. Miniluv cure crimethinkers. Crimestop remake crimethinkers pos goodthink. Miniluv vaporize crimethinkers. Crimethinkers bec unpersons.



Item #1: How Does This Work Exactly?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:04 AM

A protester at a French May Commie Day demonstration holds up a sign reading, "Unemployed on Strike!"

How does an unemployed person go on strike? By refusing to pick up his check? I'm down with that.

I am not sure whether this is more or less stupid than the illegal immigrant protesters who proclaimed "America is a vile, racist country and we demand the right to live here!"



May 3, 2010

They Know Who You Are

Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 PM

Imagine how scary it would be if you fell asleep in front of the TV and dreamed you were in a totalitarian science fiction dystopia, then woke up to this:

Cough up your cash or they'll send in the androids.

On a tip from J.



Reconquistadorita Assaults Cameraman

Posted by Dave Blount at 5:34 PM

Watch it if you try to film anti-SB 1070 protestors in New Juarez, formerly known as Phoenix. Reconquistadors can get a little camera shy:

On a tip from Dave K.



GM, the Treasury, and the TARP Shell Game

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:22 PM

You've heard this here before and elsewhere: the chicanery that GM pulled over on America to claim that they paid their loans back "in full and ahead of schedule." Here's a wee visual aid:

Turns out, things are even a little more slimy than this, and it all comes down to Geithner's Treasury Department, perpetuating the GM lie. Check out this press release:

April 21, 2010
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GM Repays Treasury Loan in Full, TARP Repayments Reach $186 Billion
GM Repayment of Remaining $4.7 Billion in Debt Comes Five Years Ahead of Maturity Date
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that General Motors (GM) has fully repaid its debt under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). GM paid the remaining $4.7 billion of the total $6.7 billion in debt owed to Treasury. The repayment comes five years ahead of the loan maturity date and ahead of the accelerated repayment schedule the company announced last year.

Nowhere does the Treasury explain just how they paid those funds back. Additional posts at Gateway Pundit map this shady trail.

If repaying a loan were this easy, why, we'd all live in lavish homes with no money down and low monthly payments, even if we didn't have a steady job. Oh wait, that one's been done already -- also by the Democrats.



We the People

Posted by Dave Blount at 3:47 PM

A message to Comrade Obama from We the People:

He's not listening yet, but eventually he'll have to — so long as patriots never let up.

On a tip from Stormfax.



Preacher Arrested for Disapproving of Homosexual Depravity

Posted by Dave Blount at 12:52 PM

Here's how easy it is for a preacher to get himself thrown in jail in the moonbat police state that festers and rots where Great Britain once stood:

[Dale] McAlpine was handing out leaflets explaining the Ten Commandments or offering a "ticket to heaven" with a church colleague on April 20, when a woman came up and engaged him in a debate about his faith.
During the exchange, he says he quietly listed homosexuality among a number of sins referred to in 1 Corinthians, including blasphemy, fornication, adultery and drunkenness.
After the woman walked away, she was approached by a PCSO who spoke with her briefly and then walked over to Mr McAlpine and told him a complaint had been made, and that he could be arrested for using racist or homophobic language.
The street preacher said he told the PCSO: "I am not homophobic but sometimes I do say that the Bible says homosexuality is a crime against the Creator".
He claims that the PCSO then said he was homosexual and identified himself as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison officer for Cumbria police. Mr McAlpine replied: "It's still a sin."

McAlpine was arrested and hauled away in a police van for his thought crime.

This isn't the first time the 1986 Public Order Act — intended for rioters and soccer hooligans — has been used to repress Christianity:

Harry Hammond, a pensioner, was convicted under Section 5 of the Act in 2002 for holding up a sign saying "Stop immorality. Stop Homosexuality. Stop Lesbianism. Jesus is Lord" while preaching in Bournemouth.
Stephen Green, a Christian campaigner, was arrested and charged in 2006 for handing out religious leaflets at a Gay Pride festival in Cardiff.

If you feel the need to denounce sexual depravity in England, you can avoid the fate of McAlpine, Hammond, and Green by taking a simple precaution: wear a taqiyah.

On a tip from Henry.



Profiles in Moonbattery: Harry Wieder

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:30 AM

If only Jewishness hadn't lost its cachet on the Left, the recently deceased Harry Wieder would have qualified as the perfect moonbat:

Being a gay, Jewish, nearly deaf and otherwise disabled dwarf from Queens has its advantages, and Harry Wieder used every one of them. Arm crutches, which he needed to walk, served double duty as clubs when he felt he wasn't being heard. "If he wanted your attention, he would hit you in the shin with his crutch," said Marvin Wasserman, a longtime ally and occasional victim. "Sometimes he'd aim a little higher."

How endearing.

Mr. Wieder, who was buried Friday after being killed by a taxi at age 57 [while crossing the street in the middle of the block at night], spent most waking hours of his adult life campaigning for gay rights, safe public housing, health care, access for the disabled and hundreds of local lefty candidates.

More details on the lovable character whose adorable antics warranted a syrupy hagiography in the New York Slimes:

…friends filled in the details: about the time Mr. Wieder showed up for a protest at Radio City Music Hall on Easter dressed as a bright pink bunny; the time he got one friend's attention with a bang of his crutches to inform her that he hated her newly bleached hair (he was right, she added); the time he drove himself to Key West to enjoy a vacation at a clothing-optional gay resort.

No doubt statues of Mr. Wieder will be springing up in parks across Gotham. Hopefully he will be represented in his bunny suit, not the birthday suit he presumably wore in Key West.

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Please let it be the bunny suit…

On a tip from Sean.



CNN's Cafferty Rips Obama a New One on Arizona Illegal Immigrant Law

Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:37 AM

Dear Leader cares not a wit about enforcing existing federal immigration statutes and closing our porous borders. He believes it is more important to expand the Democrat voter base and create a more-dependent populace. But when Jack Cafferty draws attention to Obama's inaction and ineptitude on Communist News Network, there's a chance, however slight, that a few of their 100-or-so thinking viewers per day might actually learn something besides the White House-DNC talking points.


On a gnashing tip from nancz.



Moonbat Manager Would Boycott Phoenix All-Star Game

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:08 AM

Despite an overwhelming lack of public support for their stand, moonbats continue to push the idea of pulling the 2011 MLB All-Star game out of Arizona to punish it for enforcing federal immigration law. A quote from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen shines some light on why the illegal immigration crisis is going to tear the country apart unless the invasion is stopped immediately:

Given a chance to take part in the 2011 All-Star game at Arizona, Ozzie Guillen insists he won't go.
"I wouldn't do it," the Chicago White Sox manager said Friday. "As a Latin American, it's natural that I have to support our own."

Guillen has been an American citizen since 2006. But "our own" does not refer to his fellow Americans, who are under siege. Like many infected with the disease of multiculturalism, he is a Hispanic first, an American sometime afterward, when it's convenient. This attitude is not likely to result in social cohesion.

If Guillen sees himself as not American but Latino, why didn't he stay in Venezuela? Because it is a hellhole, run by a socialist dictator, as he has acknowledged. If liberals have their way, people will soon be saying the same for America.

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On a tip from Dystopic PC.



Surprise: Financial Reform Will Create Massive, Intrusive Bureaucracies

Posted by Dave Blount at 9:36 AM

It may take decades to discover all of the malignancies tucked away in the thousands upon thousands of pages of unread leftist legislation Comrade Obama & friends have been ramming through into law. Here's something that's already come to light in their "comprehensive" attack on the financial sector:

A little noticed section (Section 152, page 63) of the Obama administration's Financial Reform bill would create a new 1,000-employee office within the Department of the Treasury, the Office of Financial Research, which is raising alarm bells among Senate GOP staff, who say the entity would have broad powers to invade the privacy of American citizens and monitor their finances and financial activity at a level never before allowed by the federal government.
The OFR is a companion entity to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is also proposed in the legislation (section 1001, page 1030).
Under the bill's current language, according the Senate Banking Committee sources, the OFR under the new federal law would be allowed to collect any financial data it chooses, whether from individual citizens or businesses. Under the language of the bill, the data center can collect and maintain "all data necessary" to monitor the financial system. Wall Street executives are also concerned, because of the kind of "competitive intelligence" such an entity could collect.

Knowledge is power — especially when Big Government is becoming a competitor to the very industries it regulates.

"In real time, this office could be monitoring how an investment bank creates sole purpose entities and moves funding around for deal-making, real estate purchases, that kind of thing," says an executive with J.P. Morgan Chase. "That's not the kind of information anyone would want to have being shared, particularly if the government could in some way be a competitor. And the way things are going with financial institutions, that's increasingly a real possibility."
"As we read this legislation, the CFPB could mine for whatever data they want, bank card activities of a subset of American citizens, credit card debt and payment patterns, who is spending money on whatever," says a Senate committee source. "And if the business community isn't already scared out of their minds, they should be."

Informed Americans who liked living in a free country have been scared out of their minds since November 2008.

Perhaps more chilling, the data collected by these new entities would not be protected or necessarily confidential. Rather, Senate staff believe in reading the bill introduced and negotiated by Sen. Chris Dodd, data collected by the offices could be shared with other government agencies, including executive branch agencies such as the IRS.

That's right, the infamously corrupt Chris Dodd will be helping himself to your financial data. But you can trust him; he's from the government, and he's here to help.

By the way, employees of this agency will be exempt from General Schedule pay scales, which means their salaries will be stratospheric. A country run by moonbats is a great place to be a bureaucrat or a lawyer — but a lousy place to be anyone else.

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Dodd et al. will use your data as they please.

On a tip from Son of Taz.



What the Media Wishes Tea Parties Were Like

Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM

The communist-Reconquistador rallies scheduled for May 1 didn't live up to the hype on Saturday, but they did allow some enlightened liberals to express their nuanced ideology. In moonbat-infested Ashville, NC, for example:

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Sophisticated progressive cerebration was also on display in Santa Cruz, CA:

Close to 20 businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants' rights march in downtown Santa Cruz turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.
Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
It was a harmonious but "unpermitted and unsanctioned event," he said, until some in the crowd started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops that line the downtown corridor. …
A fire was started in a coffee shop entryway but was extinguished once police cleared the way for firefighters, Friend said.
Eighteen businesses were damaged, with the cost of repairs estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000.

A little to the north in San Franfreakshow

Three people were attacked and at least two others were arrested. The people assaulted were part of the Minutemen demonstration, a group in favor of Arizona's new immigration law.
They said a large group of immigrants' rights supporters followed them to the BART station on Market Street and started punching and kicking them, and calling them names.
"They said we were racists, and we were against them, and against their town, and against San Francisco," said Parker Wilson with the Bay Area National Anarchists. "What they were saying, they said we need to get out and called us racists, and that we need to go home. And then they just attacked my friends and me."

Meanwhile, tens of thousands turn out for Tea Parties without so much as littering. Yet patriots are the dangerous ones, according to the governmedia.

On tips from Bill T, ES, and J.



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:28 AM

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Harrison Ford: Self-Professed Eco Hypocrite

Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:57 AM

The gnomishly goateed Harrison Ford, has-been action hero with a knack of doing awesome pain twitches on the silver screen, has raised up a notch in the moonbat respect rankings. Why? Because he basically admitted that he's a hypocrite.

Ford spoke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday [4/27] about general aviation at an event sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In light of criticism Ford has received from envrionmentalists about his use of airplanes, CNSNews.com asked him if his environmental activism coupled with his flying was a "contradiction."
Ford said, "They're quite right. I'll start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere."

The full interview is a chuckle, even if that silly mid-life-crisis earring does distract a bit.



Five Tips for the Tea Party Movement

Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:20 AM

Richard Viguerie, one of the originals in the modern Conservative Movement, is watching the Tea Party grow with much enthusiasm, but not without some concerns. He offers sage advice for its adherents to maximize their political clout:

Be independent.

[W]e must keep in mind that perhaps the single biggest mistake of the conservative movement was becoming an appendage of the Republican Party.
Remember that most conservative leaders and organizations in Washington were silent when George W. Bush and congressional Republicans were expanding government at a record-breaking pace. Even today, too many conservatives are willing to overlook the fact that the GOP's leaders in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner, were willing accomplices of Bush's spending policies and that Mitt Romney was for Obamacare before Obama was.

Go on a policy offensive.

Tea partiers already know that promoting complete adherence to the Constitution, and particularly to the 10th Amendment -- which reserves the powers not explicitly granted to the federal government for the states and the people -- is the way to change policy.

Pressure institutions to change.

[R]ather than focus solely on government, we also need to train a spotlight on the failed leaders of other major American institutions from Hollywood to Wall Street, including big business, banks, mainstream media, labor unions and organized religion (notably my own Catholic Church).

Get involved, then stay involved.

Too often after we send people to Washington, we hear from them only through their fundraising appeals. We need face-to-face contact to remind them that we're here to support them when they do right, and that we'll vote them out when they do wrong.

Avoid the third-party trap.

In 2008, Republicans lost three Senate races because of conservative third-party candidates. Those losses have made it more difficult to oppose and defeat liberal judicial nominations, Obamacare, cap-and-trade legislation and other policies that, even in a best-case scenario, will take conservatives years to undo.
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Item #3: Well, I'm Convinced of the Need for Open Borders Now

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:54 AM

Eleanor Rodham Clift --- displaying the progressive capacity for deep analytical thought in its fullest flower --- says we should have open borders because without it, we wouldn't have "diversity of food."

"It's a happy invasion for most people in this country," Clift proclaimed. "[W]e love the diversity of food."

As a rich white woman dingbat, Clift is isolated from the drug runners, MS-13, and antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis that the "happy invasion" brings over the border. For her, illegals just mean she pays a little less when she goes out for tapas and paella because the busboys and dishwashers are paid subminimum wage under the table.



Item #2: Why You Can't Have an Intelligent Discussion with a Progressive Leftist

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:40 AM

It's not just because they drink lots of Haterade. According to Dennis Prager, it's because the ideas of right and wrong (and indeed, facts and logic) are meaningless to progressive leftists, rather, all argument is a matter of race, class, sex, and sexual orientation; and must be decided in favor of whatever group has been most oppressed by rich white males.

One would hope that all people would assess ideas by their moral rightness or wrongness, not by the race, gender or class of those who hold them. But in the world of the Left, people are taught not to assess ideas but to identify the race, class and gender of those who espouse those ideas. This helps explain the widespread use of ad hominem attacks by the Left: Rather than argue against their opponents' ideas, the Left usually dismisses those making the argument disagreed with as "racist," "intolerant," "bigoted," "sexist," "homophobic" and/or "xenophobic."
You're against race-based affirmative action? No need to argue the issue because you're a racist. You're a tea partier against ever-expanding government? No need to argue the issue because you're a racist.
As a Leftist rule of thumb -- once again rendering intellectual debate unnecessary and impossible -- white is wrong or bad, and non-white is right and good; male is wrong and bad, and female is right and good; and the rich are wrong and bad, and the poor right and good.

This theory also explains why Barack Obama will always be right in the eyes of the left no matter how much and how often he fails, or how terrible his policies are demonstrated to be.

Most of us here figured all this out a long time ago, but it's always worth hearing it articulated again.



Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Left-Wing Radio Dingbat says Oil Spill Proves "God Is a Democrat"

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:27 AM

Good Morning Conservative Patriots, Good Morning Leftist Social Parasites

Allegedly talented progressive radio talk show host Stephanie Miller, (a.k.a. The Dumb Version of Rachel Maddow), says the Louisiana oil spill is another example of how God is a Democrat.

Geniuses of liberal talk take on the oil spill. "And this is another example that God is a Democrat, clearly," said Stephanie Miller on Friday.
"We just haven't seen a wind spill yet," British-accented leftist Laura Flanders added.

She's actually giddy about the spill of millions of gallons of oil and the loss of 11 human lives because it helps her party politically.

And her British dingbat friend seems to believe we can totally run a modern economy on windmills, which have absolutely zero environmental consequences. And then we'll be completely "off oil," like the Brazilians... eh, Bill Maher?



May 2, 2010

Andrew Sullivan Is Off His Meds Again

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:51 PM

Never in history has a homosexual man been so obsessed with a woman's reproductive organs, but The Atlantic's Gay Conspiracy Hack Andrew Sullivan is still insisting that Trig Palin is not Sarah Palin's son, but that she faked the pregnancy to hide the truth that Trig Palin's actual mother is Sarah's daughter Bristol, which is pretty much impossible given that Bristol's son Tripp was born impossibly close to Trig's birth.

But never mind that inconvenient reality, Inspector Sully is on the case and vows "I haven't given up on this line of inquiry. Trust me. I have not given up."

The reason I banged on and on about Palin's bizarre story about her fifth campaign prop during the campaign was not because I wanted to invade someone's privacy, or engage in loony conspiracy theories. The reason is simply that this story raised legitimate questions of fact, and that the press decided that it would never ask the relevant questions, and indeed ostracize and ridicule those who did.

Hat Tip and Safe Link: Dennis the Peasant, who has a wonderful rebuttal to Inspector Sully below the fold.

That's one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is that you're just another woman-hating homo who's scared to death of powerful females. And as for being ostracized and ridiculed, Andrew, you earned that. Few things have been more distasteful over the past couple of years than your bizarre obsession with Palin's last pregnancy and son's birth. You're in Orly Taitz territory, you fool, and that's why you're being mocked.

Heh, as a certain blogger who has never Instalanched me would say.



Bill Maher Is a Far King Idiot

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:47 PM

He believes that the Brazilian economy is "off oil." Which must come as a huge surprise to the Brazilians, who are have lined up $10 Billion in US Government loan guarantees to drill for offshore oil.

According to the US Department of Energy, 49% of Brazil's energy use is oil. The comparable figure for the United States is 37%. We're more "off oil" than the Brazilians.

And Bill Maher thinks Sarah Palin is an uninformed idiot.

Bill the idiot also said, "Nowadays, if you are racist, you're probably a Republican."

Yeah, because if you're a racist, you naturally want to belong to the political party that's being chaired by a black man.



Obama Regime Ignores Environmental Catastrophe(s)

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:04 PM

I'm not talking about the oil thingy, to which he immediately (eight days later) dispatched an expert on the management of oil spills (his Global Warming Czar, EPA Head Bureaucrat Lisa Jackson). I'm talking about the trashing of the border by the illegal immigration traffic... a problem Obama is neglecting at the Federal level while actively thwarting state attempts to control

Source: Sonoran Alliance.

And then there's the California Dust Bowl being created by radical environmentalists, which is also being ignored by the regime.

Meanwhile, at rallies on Saturday, the illegal immigrants and their supporters demonstrated their commitment to fundamental American values:

Or not

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Dirty Deeds Done by Dems

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:41 AM

Too bad the dirty deeds done by our Democrat rulers are anything but cheap; we will literally be paying for them for generations.

On a tip from Heckrules.



Reconquistadors Celebrate May Day in Denver

Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM

Yesterday, fittingly on the May 1 communist holiday, Reconquistadors and their allies made a public spectacle of the ideology that opposes patriotism in the war that has begun to boil over again in light of Arizona's attempts to enforce immigration law. Here's what it looked like in Denver, via Looking at the Left:

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Good thing this guy's a white male; Obama won't pick him for the Supreme Court.

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Revolution without borders. Marx's dream nightmare still lives.

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Note the red star for communism, the end goal of all moonbattery.

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Nice terrorist scarf. The "empire" is of course America.

If you are an American citizen, the federal government and the mainstream media side with these people against you.



Commies in Your Computer

Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM

The White House and the news media aren't the only institutions that have come to be dominated by radical leftists. For example, the tech industry is rife with moonbattery:

See Commie Blaster for supporting info on George Soros and the New World Order.



May 1, 2010

What Do Human Lives Mean to the Left?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:00 PM

The left-wing media is horror-stricken that an oil slick is headed for the Lousiana Coast. They are crying about the wildlife, the birds, the otters that will be affected by the spill. 18,662 News Stories about how wildlife will be affected by the oil spill.

11 human beings died when the oil rig exploded. What about them? I don't recall this much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the human lives that were lost.

Oh, well.



Keith Olbermann, the Most Dangerous Hypocrite in America

Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:55 AM

...or, maybe just the most insulting to our intelligence, and our eyes, on the subject of racism within the Tea Party movement. From Broliath:

As we already know: while the Tea Party movement is 79% white, America is already 75% white. I might have to pull out my calculator to figure out the percentage of MSNBC correspondents who are white...not.




Oh, Good Lord, SRSLY?

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:08 AM

From the Telegraph UK

Peter FitzSimons - the moonbat columnist who apologized to Osama bin Laden - tells a touching domestic tale:
With my son, not long ago, I was playing chess and I was white and he was black and I was winning and he started crying. And I said, `Why?' And he said, `Because this reminds me of what happened to the Aboriginal people.'



Chairman Zero Whines That Americans Are Too Critical of His Policies

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:58 AM


Speaking at a commencement address at the University of Michigan, Chairman Zero said that he is upset by criticism of his policies (i.e. "angry rhetoric")

President Barack Obama says he's troubled by the angry rhetoric of those who are trying to make the case that government is "inherently bad."

Hey, I don't begrudge the Government doing those things it is Constitutionally mandated to do. But I do think, at a certain point, the Government has enough power.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit



Hell Yeah He's a Communist

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 AM

In case you missed Comrade Obama's latest Joe the Plumber moment, from Mark Levin:

It's easy to tell where he went off the teleprompter:

I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money.

No doubt he would agree with Ralph Nader's suggestion that at a certain income level, the tax rate should be 100%, so that every single penny of wealth created is seized by greedy, parasitical bureaucrats to be flushed down the toilet instead of used to expand and create jobs.

A country that puts people like this in positions of authority will not have an even partially free market for long. Consequently it won't be prosperous for long.

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



Open Thread

Posted by Dave Blount at 7:31 AM

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Compliments of Diversity Lane.



Ride 'Em, Chairman Zero!

Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:08 AM

Don't doubt the glee that giddys the Obama regime with every new jobless report. It's all the more reason for them to invoke yet another stimulus, so they can suck away more of our taxes, pile debt onto our children and grandchildren a little more, and intrude further into what remains of the free market in America.


On an unemployment line tip from TED.