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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Earth To Poland:

Get a life.

Do you really think people are going to think you ran the Nazi death camps in your country in the 40's because some dude in the U.S. White House was too lazy to put a properly constructed sentence together?

Seems so.

But really?.

A Good Line

I chuckled when I read this (after having gotten my blood pressure under control after having written this):

"A Marxist, breast-feeding Cherokee Indian Senate candidate taking a bar exam. At least I no longer have to wonder what I’m going to dress up as for Halloween this year."

That's Michelle Malkin spanking hapless Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Good stuff.

This Grates

Every time I hear or read of someone making this charge, it makes me want to scream.  The charge?

The United States - and the rest of the free world - "didn't do enough" to stop the Nazis' extermination of Jews in Europe in the 1940's.

I read it again today:

"Among this year's 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mr. Obama posthumously honored Jan Karski. As a member of the Polish underground during World War II, Karski was the first to provide eyewitness evidence of the Nazi extermination of Jews in occupied Europe. In 1942, he sneaked into the Warsaw ghetto and a German death camp, then made it out to London and Washington—no easy task at the time—to call on Western leaders to save the Jews. This effort included a meeting with President Roosevelt. But Karski was ignored. 'No one did enough,' Karski said later. But he did more than anyone at the time."

Karski can be forgiven for having said that.  After all, he's dead.  And, to be sure, he lived the nightmare.

But no one did enough to end the Nazi nightmare?

How much more American blood would have been "enough"?

America didn't do enough.  Bullshit.

* For those wondering, the second photo is of the World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, France, where 10,489 American soldiers - none of whom "did enough" - but all of whom would have otherwise lead happy, productive lives back home had they not made the ultimate sacrifice - are buried.  In all, over 400,000 Americans gave their lives so that this guy could denigrate their service by saying they - in dying - "didn't do enough."

Take it somewhere else.  I have no patience for it.



Washington Post's Strauss, Who Sends Her Kids to Private Schools, Rails Against Romney's Support for Vouchers


MSNBC Delusion

What?  Republicans in Florida are snuffing people?

Seems so.

At least that's what liberal MSNBC moonbat Martin Bashir wants you to believe:

"MSNBC's Bashir: Florida Voter 'Purge' One That 'Stalin Would Admire'; But 'Purge' Amounts to Just 0.02% of Fla. Voters."

Read the article and you find out that, in fact, Florida has "purged" nobody.  The state voting registrar has simply sent out notices asking 0.02% of the (possible) population if the recipients are (a) still alive and (b) legal residents of the United States.

No Lubyanka prison.

No KGB shot in the back of the head.

No Gulag Archipelago.

A letter in the mail.

For the love of God.

Texas Style

I envision W doing a Texas two-step on Barack Obama's forehead:

"President Barack Obama can't seem to stop bad-mouthing the record of former President George W. Bush. But on Thursday, Obama is going to welcome his predecessor and proudly preside as Bush's image and legacy are enshrined at the White House forever."

I'll admit, Bush is a better man than me.  If I had been lied about - repeatedly - for years now - like Obama has about his immediate predecessor, I'd be wanting to lay some hurt on the man.

Here's to the better man.

* Note to Secret Service: That's a figurative "laying of hurt."

Say What?

Every now and then you read a headline that makes you want to not go near the accompanying story.  This is one of those:


I don't know.  I don't want to know.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yeah, That'll Work, Barry

After all, the strategy worked exceedingly well for President Perry and President Gingrich and President Santorum and President Huntsman and President Cain and President Bachmann and ...

Obama is going to jump ugly on Mitt Romney.

What a stratagem!

Did someone actually get paid to come up with that eye-opening contrivance?

Up From The Grave ...

Ya gotta love "experts."  Remember this declaration from a few days ago?

The Republicans’ problem is their voters are white, aging and dying off.”

Followed this morning with this news, which is part of a trend:

"Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis announced Tuesday that he’s cutting ties with the Democratic Party, and said that he’s considering a future bid for Congress as a Republican."

So you know, Artur Davis is young, black, and very much alive.

Ah, experts.

The I.Q. Pool In Congress Just Rose

"Asked to describe the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, according to a story published online, Reyes responded 'Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah' and then said, 'Why do you ask me these questions at 5 o'clock?'"

That's a rather famous quote from - now get this - the man who the Democrats chose to chair the House ... Intelligence ... Committee when Pelosi took over in 2006.

Well, Pelosi, the Democratic Party, the United States of America, indeed the entire free world are seeing a brighter tomorrow today.

Silvestre Reyes has been bounced from office.

If you needed any further proof that there is a God ...

Stop the U.N.

Now that it's solved world hunger, war, pestilence, and global warming, the United Nations turns its sights on ...

 Internet Regulation Returns to the International Agenda

Swell.  A commisar to oversee my weblog musings.

So why does the internet need regulating?

There's but one - and only one - answer:

It's what they do.

Well, She Couldn't Do Any Worse

Time to wheel the old gal back into her room:

Barbara Walters Pushes Michelle Obama to Run for Office: 'You'd Be a Very Popular Candidate'

I'd ask what qualifies the president's wife to be anything other than a wife, but then I'd be launching a conversation with a batty old lady who ought to be back in the home eating her porridge and watching "Days of Our Lives."  With bib properly affixed and trained nursing staff at the ready.

Michelle Obama the political candidate.  All is lost.  All is lost.

Obama Finds Out Words Have Meaning

Touchy. Touchy.

Our president is on trouble, it seems, for having constructed a sentence poorly. Well, not really poorly. Just not to the Polish government's liking.

This, it seems to me, is petty:
Obama 'misspoke' over Nazi death camp says White House
Yahoo News

The White House tried to head off a diplomatic spat with Poland after President Barack Obama mistakenly called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a "Polish death camp."

The linguistic faux pas overshadowed Obama's posthumous award of America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Jan Karski, a former Polish underground officer who provided early eyewitness accounts of the Nazi purge against Jews.

"Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself," Obama said.

The Polish government keenly watches the global media for descriptions of former concentration camps as "Polish" because it says the term -- even if used simply as a geographical indicator -- can give the impression that Poland bore responsibility for Nazi Germany's World War II genocide.

Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama's National Security Council, said that the president "misspoke."

"He was referring to Nazi death camps in Poland. [link]
That's the sort of laziness that gets a politician in trouble.

But gimme a break.  Aren't we splitting hairs here?

It's worth noting that there's a good reason why the Polish government is sensitive to such talk.  Though it had nothing to do with the establishment of the extermination program there in the 40's that, for all intents and purposes, wiped out Poland's Jewish population, little was done at the end of World War II to return confiscated property to the heirs of the rightful owners.  To this day, the squatters still have possession of thousands of pieces of real estate that had been owned by Jews sent to Treblika and Sobibor and Majdenek and Belzek and Auschwitz, never to be seen again.  It's worth noting, too, that there were no "Poles" who made that journey into extinction.  So there's more than a little bit of a sense of guilt involved here.

Still, the Polish government needs to get a life.  Yeah, Obama got his adjective wrong.  Get over it.

Priest Caught Molesting Underage Boy

Oh.  Wait.  It wasn't a priest.  It was a public school teacher.  Another one.

Doesn't fit the narrative.

So never mind.

WHEN Will You Have Had Enough?

From a concerned American comes this:
Looking back thru the past 4 years, many "Whens" pop up. Read them all to better understand  where we are going as a country.

WHEN - he refused to disclose who donated money to his election campaign, as other candidates had done, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he received endorsements from people like Louis Farrakhan, Muramar Kaddafi and Hugo Chavez, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - it was pointed out that he was a total newcomer and had absolutely no experience at anything except community organizing, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he chose friends and acquaintances such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who were revolutionary radicals, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - his voting record in the Illinois Senate and in the U.S. Senate came into question, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he refused to wear a flag lapel pin and did so only after a public outcry, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - people started treating him as a Messiah and children in schools were taught to sing his praises, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he stood with his hands over his groin area for the playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he surrounded himself in the White House with advisors who were pro-gun control, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage and wanting to curtail freedom of speech to silence the opposition, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he said he favors sex education in kindergarten, including homosexual indoctrination, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - his personal background was either scrubbed or hidden and nothing could be found about him, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - the place of his birth was called into question, and he refused to produce a birth certificate, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he had an association in Chicago with Tony Rezco - a man of questionable character and who is now in prison and had helped Obama to a sweet deal on the purchase of his home - people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - it became known that George Soros, a multi-billionaire Marxist, spent a ton of money to get him elected, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he started appointing White House Czars that were radicals, revolutionaries, and even avowed Marxist /Communists, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he stood before the Nation and told us that his intentions were to "fundamentally transform this Nation" into something else, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - it became known that he had trained ACORN workers in Chicago and served as an attorney for ACORN, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed cabinet members and several advisers who were tax cheats and socialists, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed a Science Czar, John Holdren, who believes in forced abortions, mass sterilizations and seizing babies from teen mothers, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed Cass Sunstein as Regulatory Czar who believes in "Explicit Consent," harvesting human organs without family consent and allowing animals to be represented in court, while banning all hunting, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed Kevin Jennings, a homosexual and organizer of a group called Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network as Safe School Czar and it became known that he had a history of bad advice to teenagers, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed Mark Lloyd as Diversity Czar who believes in curtailing free speech, taking from one and giving to another to spread the wealth, who supports Hugo Chavez, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - Valerie Jarrett, an avowed Socialist, was selected as Obama's Senior White House Advisor, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, said Mao Tse Tung was her favorite philosopher and the person she turned to most for inspiration, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed Carol Browner, a well known socialist as Global Warming Czar working on Cap and Trade as the nation's largest tax, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he appointed Van Jones, an ex-con and avowed Communist as Green Energy Czar, who since had to resign when this was made known, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - Tom Daschle, Obama's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary could not be confirmed because he was a tax cheat, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - as President of the United States , he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he traveled around the world criticizing America and never once talking of her greatness, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - his actions concerning the Middle East seemed to support the Palestinians over Israel, our long time ally, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he took American tax dollars to resettle thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to the United States, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he upset the Europeans by removing plans for a missile defense system against the Russians, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he played politics in Afghanistan by not sending troops early-on when the Field Commanders said they were necessary to win, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he started spending us into a debt that was so big we could not pay it off, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he took a huge spending bill under the guise of stimulus and used it to pay off organizations, unions, and individuals that got him elected, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he took over insurance companies, car companies, banks, etc., people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he took away student loans from the banks and put it through the government, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he designed plans to take over the health care system and put it under government control, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he claimed he was a Christian during the election and tapes were later made public that showed Obama speaking to a Muslim group and 'stating' that he was raised a Muslim, was educated as a Muslim, and is still a Muslim, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he set into motion a plan to take over the control of all energy in the United States through Cap and Trade, people said it didn't matter.

WHEN - he finally completed his transformation of America into a Socialist State , people woke up--- but it was too late.

The last paragraph alone is not yet cast in stone. You and I will write that paragraph.
Someone's been paying close attention.

If you haven't, you have until November 6 to get up to speed and vow to take our country back.

It's a country still worth fighting for.

- - -

To give the point about Obama's leanings a bit more substance, there's this in today's news:

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair

A socialist is to freedom what a spider is to a fly. Yet there they are ...

For the love of God.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

From Instapundit:

"So in essence, the media — by creating all this 'notoriety' via false storylines not supported by the evidence — have hurt [George] Zimmerman’s chances for fair treatment in court. Nice work, folks."

When this is all over - as that other wrongly accused American once asked - where does George Zimmerman go to get his reputation back?

Romney and Mormonism. Again.

If only the press had been as diligent about Obama's past.

Come to think of it, if only the press would be diligent today about Obama's past.

What do we know about the guy who occupies space in the White House all these years after he became president?


But, by God, we're getting a daily lesson on Mormonism.

Today's offering, from the leftist Politico:

Romney's Mormon faith in spotlight

The alternative is to put Obama's failures in the spotlight.

Or, heaven forbid, Occidental College's curious acceptance of a doped-up high school loser's application for admittance.

Or, for that matter, how a guy can get away with writing a non-fiction autobiography that is fiction.

No.  Let's learn all about the Mormons of 1867.  Again.  The future of our republic depends upon it.

For the love of God.

What Does It Take To Get Into Occidental College?

I have no reason to question Barack Obama's place of birth (except for information that he himself provided his first publisher).  Until someone finds credible evidence to the contrary, I'll assume he was born in Honolulu.

What I find curious about his biography, though, has to do with that part of his life that had him drunk and high - again by his admission - in high school, skipping classes in order to go out back and "choom" weed, keeping himself in a perpetual state of blotto, but somehow being subsequently accepted to Occidental College upon graduation.

How'd that come about?

Were there no academic requirements there?

Did Occidental do a Harvard/Elizabeth Warren and admit Obama simply because he was (half-) black?

The two chapters in his biography don't jibe.

And answers won't be forthcoming.

At least not until 60 Minutes does an exposé the month after he leaves office.

I Feel Sorry For This Democrat

Circumstances very much in his control are twisting him in knots:
Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame
By William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

It's a simple question: Does the Indiana Democrat running for the U.S. Senate support Notre Dame's lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate?

After all, the Democrat in question, Joe Donnelly, is a double Domer, boasting both undergraduate and law degrees from Notre Dame. He represents South Bend in Congress. Last week his Republican opponent, Richard Mourdock, used a visit to that city to declare his own support for the university's effort.

"It's ironic that a graduate of Ball State should be here defending Notre Dame when a Notre Dame graduate, my opponent Joe Donnelly, refuses to do so," said Mr. Mourdock. In response, Mr. Donnelly told the South Bend Tribune that he supports a solution and continues to "monitor the process."

When asked by this reporter for a follow-up, his spokesman emailed a statement in which Mr. Donnelly repeated his call for a solution that would exempt religious organizations, and he said that his alma mater has the "right" to go to court.

It's an indirect statement, and beyond its complaints that Mr. Mourdock is "picking a partisan fight," it goes to considerable lengths to avoid saying simply: I support Notre Dame in its suit and hope the school prevails.

Mr. Donnelly has President Obama to thank for this predicament. The Indiana congressman was among the pro-life Democrats who folded on the health-care bill after a last-minute phone call from a former Notre Dame president, the Rev. Ted Hesburgh—a call made at the urging of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The contraceptive mandate has now put Mr. Donnelly in another squeeze. He claims he wants a solution that would protect religious groups. But he rejects a legislative solution and declines to say outright that he wishes Notre Dame victory in its suit. [link]
Got that last bit? This Donnelly character - trying to be the politician - wants there to be a solution to the problem he's brought upon himself. Just not a legislative solution and not necessarily a solution brought about by the courts.

What, he wants God to intervene? George Clooney? The Girl Scouts?

Squirm, dude. You're deserving of the pickle you've gotten yourself in.

Only The Press Could Get Away With This

Schieffer Calls His Anti-Reagan Book ‘Accurate,’ But Admits ‘It Is Not Entirely True’ 

Well, the press and its favored guy in the White House.

Birds of a feather ...

I Remember This Used To Be Us

Huge Australian coal mine wins conditional approval

Now we brag about the number of laid off coal miners who are provided food stamps, housing assistance, and ObamaCare.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Why We Stop & Give Thanks

It's not just the honored dead for whom we pause and give thanks.

It Must Be Love

I don't remember if my proposing marriage to Paula was this well-choreographed or not.  Watching this, I think maybe we should have a do-over:

Fun stuff.

A memory that will last a lifetime.

Money Down The Rat Hole

Barack Obama came to Virginia not long ago and once again touted his "green jobs" initiatives. And he vowed that, if he's reelected, he'd stay on course promoting clean, green energy.

So it's fair to ask, what with his reelection coming up, where we stand, all these years into it, on green job creation.

Thus far?

He's failed.

It sucks.

Obama promised five million new green jobs.

So far "green" industries, since he took office, have created virtually none.

Tens of billions of our tax dollars completely wasted.

November 6.  The day we tally up the scorecard.

Where Skin Color Brings Special Dispensation

I've mentioned once before the story about a friend of mine who got his son a lucrative academic scholarship to Dartmouth by declaring on his application that he - the son - was Hispanic.  My friend being as white as I am.  And his wife being from a well-to-do family in Chile.  A circumstance which, by God, makes the son - somehow - Hispanic enough to have money handed to him by a prestigious institution of higher learning in New England.  Gobs of money.

It says here, by the way, that over 27% of Dartmouth's student population is made up of "students of color."

To one degree or another, as my friend's story attests, that's probably true.

But it's that "one degree or another" thingie that makes the overriding theme so shameful.

Which brings us to Elizabeth Warren and the diversity scam that got her that nice gig on the Harvard Law School faculty.  Apparently massaging one's past is not an uncommon occurrence.

From Charlie Martin:
It started while I was still an aspiring academic, nearing the end of a Ph.D. program in computer science. My mother was making a living as a stockbroker. She cold-called the chairman of the computer science department in the Denver area. It was a place I’d mentioned as one place I’d like to teach when I graduated. Over the course of several calls, she talked me up to him, and got the usual reply — there were generally about 400 resumes in for every tenure track opening, send a resume, they’d call me, don’t bother to call them.

In the course of the conversation, it came up that she — and therefore I — had Indian blood, both Choctaw and Cherokee according to family tradition, with some reason to believe it since both her parents had been born in the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations before they became Oklahoma. Mom had even received checks from the Cherokee oil money for a while.

In fact, it had even been a source of some trouble in the family, as my other grandfather, born in the Deep South, wasn’t thrilled to have a not-quite-white daughter-in-law. But then, it hadn’t always been something people talked about in Oklahoma, either. As my great aunt had put it to her, one didn’t offer that information lightly, because “to some people it was like being part ni**er”.

Now, in 1960 I just thought it was cool. When my playmates played Cowboys and Indians, I insisted on being an Indian, and cried when the other kids told me the Indians had to always lose. I watched the Westerns everyone watched, I gave show and tell talks about Indians and the Trail of Tears, and when I learned the both tribes had used blowguns, I spent a summer making a nuisance of myself by making toy blowguns and shooting darts with them.

So it wasn’t exactly a surprise that she mentioned being an Indian. She was proud of it, and unlike me, she looked the part: straight, nearly black hair; tan; and high cheekbones.

What was a surprise was the way the department chairman reacted. He was suddenly very interested, not so much in the stocks but in her Ph.D. candidate son. I went from being just another applicant to being a Prize Catch. They wanted to talk to me; they were excited to have me apply to their small but well-known school.

And pretty quickly, I caught on: they had me pegged now, not as a Ph.D. student, but as a Native American Ph.D. student.

Do you have any idea how many Native American Ph.D. candidates there were in computer science that year?

One. Me. [emphasis mine]
Martin's conclusion:

"I don’t think [Elizabeth] Warren deserves to be blamed for believing, as her family told her, that she was part Cherokee. But I think Harvard and the system that led Harvard to care deserve a lot of blame.

"By trying to avoid racism, they have managed to make the most important part of Warren’s whole academic career, her life, be her race.

"For that, they should be ashamed."


This will not work.  America, 2012: There are not enough of us who produce to pay for all those who don't.  We are destroying our country.

The facts, as laid out by the Wall Street Journal:

Half of U.S. Lives in Household Getting Benefits
By Phil Izzo

49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.

Cutting government spending is no easy task, and it’s made more complicated by recent Census Bureau data showing that nearly half of the people in the U.S. live in a household that receives at least one government benefit, and many likely received more than one.

The 49.1% of the population in a household that gets benefits is up from 30% in the early 1980s and 44.4% as recently as the third quarter of 2008.

The increase in recent years is likely due in large part to the lingering effects of the recession. As of early 2011, 15% of people lived in a household that received food stamps, 26% had someone enrolled in Medicaid and 2% had a member receiving unemployment benefits. Families doubling up to save money or pool expenses also is likely leading to more multigenerational households. But even without the effects of the recession, there would be a larger reliance on government.

The Census data show that 16% of the population lives in a household where at least one member receives Social Security and 15% receive or live with someone who gets Medicare. There is likely a lot of overlap, since Social Security and Medicare tend to go hand in hand, but those percentages also are likely to increase as the Baby Boom generation ages.
There are those who demand that we raise taxes to pay for all this. But who to tax? The pool of eligible candidates is shrinking fast. And the more we tax them the fewer there seem to be.  Those at the top?  The more we try to punish them the more Eduardo Saverin stories we'll read.

So we're left with that overworked printing press that churns out money by the megaton, printing cash backed up with nothing more than a mountain of I.O.U. s and a warm Obama smile.

Here's the stark reality: This won't go on for long.

Something's gotta give.

Something gonna give.

The Burning Question

Where do ghosts go when they have to abandon their town?

Fire, winds force ghost town to evacuate


Sunday, May 27, 2012

'For Greater Glory'

A movie about citizens rising up, shouldering arms, and going to war against an oppressive government.  Set in 1920's Mexico.

"For Greater Glory."

A true story.

Headline of the Day

Why does Donald Trump keep saying Obama was born in Kenya, when even Obama has stopped claiming that?

Where The Election Is Today

Too bad we have to go to a newspaper in London, England to get a fair assessment.  But that's the sad case, what with every major rag in this country being in the tank for Barack Obama.

The latest from The Telegraph:
Barack Obama is facing his Jimmy Carter moment

[I]n the last two weeks, things have changed. Obama’s re-election is no longer guaranteed; some pollsters think it is unlikely. Day by day, the odds are improving that Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.

What changed? For a start, voters are getting gloomier about the economy. Joblessness remains high and debt is out of control. According to one poll released this week, only 33 per cent of Americans expect the economy to improve in the coming months and only 43 per cent approve of the way that the president has handled it. Voters think Obama has made the debt situation and health care worse. The man who conducted the poll – Democrat Peter Hart – concluded that “Obama’s chances for re-election… are no better than 50-50.”

The president has tried to distract from America’s economic misery by playing up the so-called culture war. Earlier in the year he decided that he would force Catholic employers to provide contraception to their employees through their insurance plans, and he followed that swipe at social traditionalism by endorsing gay marriage. This embrace of Sixties liberalism has backfired. While contraception and gay marriage often receive popular support in national polls, Americans are far more conservative in the voting booth. Thirty-two states have voted on gay marriage and all 32 have voted to outlaw it – even liberal California. Nor has the culture war rallied his party’s base. In presidential primaries held on Tuesday, 39 per cent of Arkansas Democrats and 42 per cent of Kentuckian Democrats rejected Obama’s re-nomination. In West Virginia, 41 per cent of the state’s Democrats voted for an imprisoned criminal rather than the president.

The result is that pollsters find Obama and Romney edging towards one another. Rasmussen puts Obama only one point ahead; Gallup calls it a tie. With Romney doing better than the president in key swing states North Carolina and Florida, Gallup has publicly stated that Obama now has a higher chance of losing rather than winning.

But it isn’t just Obama’s flaws that are making this race interesting. Mitt Romney might not be the most charismatic candidate, but that’s a hidden strength in an election that’s all about competence and getting back to the basics of what once made America work so well.

Of course, Romney has his weaknesses. But they are fewer than Obama’s, whose charisma disguises a multitude of problems so great that it’s hard to imagine him overcoming them.
That's pretty much where I am today. I am not a Romney fan. But I'm definitely an Obama resister. I'll vote for the former because I've had all of the latter I can take.

Four more years of what we've been through in the last four years? Not this voter.

Talk About Low Self-Esteem ...

I read things that came out of the mouths of America's more influential blacks and shake my head in wonder.  Do they live on the same planet I do?

One can't put those two sentences together without invoking the name Al Sharpton.

From his hit TV show that is watched by millions dozens comes this exchange with a fellow victim of racial oppression.  (Or, more probably, victims of paranoid schizophrenia):
AL SHARPTON : It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable.

ELINOR TATUM (PUBLISHER, NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS): You know but Rev, I think and what is similar to Hitler’s Germany is that Hitler did not believe those people to be human.


TATUM: They believed them to be subhuman and that’s I think the same thing we think people are thinking here is that you know why would they even care about them because they’re not human. And that’s how we’re [Blacks] being looked at and that’s what the scariest part of this whole thing is.

SHARPTON: That’s exactly right.
Republicans think blacks are subhuman.


It's Come To This

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Remembering Those Who Were There For Us

Harvard Needs a Rassenhygienische und Bevolkerungsbiologische Forschungsstelle

Had it had one, America's ... premier ... center ... of ... higher ... learning wouldn't look so freaking inept.

You say you're a Native American?  By God, a Native American you are!

Or not.

If only the really smart people who run Harvard Law had set up a Racial Hygiene and Demographic Biology Research Unit like the Nazis did to determine a person's racial makeup.

Bizarre, isn't it? If only the Harvard Rassenhygienische und Bevolkerungsbiologische Forschungsstelle had blood-typed Elizabeth Warren all this embarrassment would never have occurred.

And don't think it won't lead to that. Racial identity is the order of the day in liberal circles. So it's very possible.

Laugh with me.  They did this to themselves.  May they wallow in the shame they've brought upon that once-great institution.

Democrats Crack Me Up

In our daily Spot The Idiot segment I offer this:

Female GOP House Members Are 'Literally Battered Women,' Democrat Tells Ed Schultz



Wisconsin Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore is literally stupid.

I Still Don't Understand Libya

Hillary Clinton, March 19, 2011:
"We have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, Gaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. It is against that backdrop that nations from across the region and across the world met today here in Paris to discuss the ways we can, working together, implement resolution 1973.

"Let me be very clear about the position of the United States. We will support an international coalition as it takes all necessary measures to enforce the terms of resolution 1973. As you know, French planes are already in the skies above Benghazi. Now America has unique capabilities and we will bring them to bear to help our European allies and arab partners stop further violence against civilians, including through the effective implementation of a no-fly zone."
Thus we went to war with Libya.  To prevent atrocities. To stop the violence. (We went to war to stop violence. Work through that duality, if you can.)

In any case, square that commitment to prevent depredation with this headline that's rewritten just about every day:

Syria opposition urges UN action after 'massacre'

Don't get me wrong. I don't want one drop of American blood shed over the plight of Syrians. I just wonder why Hillary and her fellow geniuses in Obama's State Department thought Libyan lives were worth saving but not Syrian lives.

What's the difference? What am I missing?

You're All Racists!

You might as well get used to the baseless attack.  It's not going away until Obama does.

But in truth?

From "The dark arts of race-baiting":
Barack Obama and his friends in the mainstream media, so called, can’t believe that anyone could vote against someone as wonderful as he is (and as they are). Only a bigot would vote against such a wonderful president. We’re getting a scary preview of the wrath to come in the reaction to this week’s presidential primary results in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Tuesday’s vote against Mr. Obama is actually a protest against the party’s further slide to the left. Not so long ago Arkansas was the most loyal Democratic state, having never voted Republican. Then came the likes of George McGovern, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry, white men all. Loyal Democrats swallowed hard, voted Republican, and waited for Grandpa to climb out of his grave, dusting off his Confederate uniform and looking for a hickory switch. But silence reigned in the graveyards, and old-line Democrats continued to swallow hard and vote Republican.

Some Democrats understand this. “It’s just that [some] voters are down on national Democrats generally,” Martin Frost, a former Texas congressman, tells The Washington Post, “and I don’t believe it’s due to race.”

Maybe the white vote against Mr. Obama isn’t about race, but reflects rage against an incompetent president who promised to change the old ways and now reveals himself to be just another pol with a Harvard degree and a hustler’s scheme to divide and conquer with the race card. We’ve heard this sad song before.
We've indeed heard it all before. And we're tired of having to listen to it again.

Anybody but Obama! is the rallying cry. Not Any White Man Before Obama! Much as they'd like to think otherwise.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Loony Tunes

Well, we now know when Obama was out back of the school shoving cocaine up his nose.  It was when math class was in session.  Try not to choke on this whopper:

Obama: 'Since I’ve Been President, Federal Spending Has Risen at Lowest Pace in Nearly 60 Years’

His fuzzy math allows for his stimulus spending - along with hundreds of billions of dollars in other expenditures - to be ...


The stuff Comedy Central is made of.

For the many realities that have to be suspended in order to buy Obama's bullshit, go to Hot Air:

With Friends Like Her ...

Granted a Visa to Visit U.S., Castro's Daughter Plugs Communism, 'Gay Rights'

She's also a big Obama supporter.

Gays, commies, and Obama.  And the experts are scratching their heads trying to figure out why their favorite guy is nearly losing in Democratic primaries to "Uncommitted" and imprisoned felons.

Say What?

This is what happens when you try to aim your arrow at too many targets:

Gay marriage?  Adam and Eve?  What?

It probably had meaning when its author started work on it.  And then it went spinning off into incomprehensibleland.

We Win

In the battle over "global warming" theory, those scientists who have staked their reputations on wishful thinking have thrown in the towel:

"Climate change is the environmental problem that obsesses us, the one that's the focus of high-flying international summits and hardcore national politics. But it's not the only environmental problem — and it's not even the biggest one."

A startling admission.

In a few short years "climate change" won't even make it onto the charts of little problems.  It'll simply vanish.

As should every activist and "climate scientist" who tried to foist this shameful distraction on a too-gullible populace.

Why Are We Working Fifty Hours a Week?

Received via email:
There are two families: "Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have two parents, two children and live in California.

Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table".

Ready? Now pay attention....

Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.0 0 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.

Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has 9,631 .00.

Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

Jose Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $31,200.00.

Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc.

Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same elementary school. Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches, while Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal's children go home.

Now, when they reach college age, Joe Legal's kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Joe has been paying for State Schools through his taxes, while Jose Illegal's kids "go to the head of the class" because they are a minority.

Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay. Do you get it, now?
I'm thinking maybe I should just chuck it all ...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why We Need More Immigrants

Because Americans are, alas, no longer as smart? as well-educated, nor as motivated, as foreigners.*  The latest evidence, from Virginia's usually MIA United States Senator Mark Warner:
A small but crucial immigration reform
Roanoke Times editorial

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner joked this week that he "didn't get the memo you're supposed to take presidential election years off." Fortunately, such partisan pablum seems to get stuck in the Virginia Democrat's spam filter.

Warner's latest bipartisan project brings together fellow Democrat Chris Coons of Delaware and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Jerry Moran of Kansas. The four senators introduced legislation Tuesday to encourage startup companies through targeted tax incentives and smarter use of university research initiatives. But the central focus of the Startup Act 2.0 is an effort to modernize a small but crucial slice of U.S.immigration policy.

The bill calls for the creation of two new visas for legal immigrants: an entrepreneur's visa that allows foreign-born business talent to remain in this country and create jobs, and a STEM visa for U.S.-educated men and women with post-graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The legislation also eliminates a restrictive cap on the number of employment-based immigrant visas that can be issued to individuals from a single country.

The goal motivating Warner and his colleagues is to solve what researchers at Duke University have termed a reverse brain drain. A university analysis found that a quarter of technology and engineering companies created in the United States from 1995 to 2005 had a foreign-born CEO or top technology executive. Those companies collectively employed 450,000 workers in 2005.

Many more highly skilled immigrants and would-be entrepreneurs from India, Britain, China, Taiwan and Japan are waiting for permanent resident visas. Only about 120,000 visas are available annually for skilled foreign-born workers, and no more than 7 percent of that number can go to immigrants from any one country. That means entrepreneurs from India and China are returning to their home countries to establish businesses or moving to places with more flexible immigration laws like Canada, Singapore, Dubai and Australia. [link]
It shouldn't have to be like this. But we've done it to ourselves. American students graduate - with honors ... - and are functionally stupid. And unmotivated. Except where video games are concerned.

So we find ourselves in need of foreigners to keep us in the lifestyle to which we've become accustomed.

Kinda reminds me of the story of the last days of Imperial Rome.

Anyway, here's to Mark Warner for addressing a problem worth addressing. We need more immigrants.**

* Obvious evidence that we need to pour another few hundred billion into that education rat hole.
** Just not the uneducated, unskilled ones from Mexico.

My God

Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry and "necessarily" drive electricity rates through the roof.  He has succeeded:
Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill
By Phil Kerpen, Fox News

Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.

Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants are now generating just 36 percent of U.S. electricity, versus 44.6 percent just one year ago. It’s the result of an unprecedented regulatory assault on coal that will leave us all much poorer.

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.

Why the massive price increases? Andy Ott from PJM stated the obvious: “Capacity prices were higher than last year's because of retirements of existing coal-fired generation resulting largely from environmental regulations which go into effect in 2015.” Northern Ohio is suffering from more forced coal-plant retirements than the rest of the region, hence the even higher price. These are not computer models or projections or estimates. These are the actual prices that electric distributors have agreed to pay for new capacity. The costs will be passed on to consumers at the retail level.

House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) aptly explained: “The PJM auction forecasts a dim future where Americans will be paying more to keep the lights on. We are seeing more and more coal plants fall victim to EPA’s destructive regulatory agenda, and as a result, we are seeing more job losses and higher electricity prices.”

The only thing that can stop this massive price hike now is an all-out effort to end Obama’s War on Coal and repeal this destructive regulatory agenda. [link]
This goes beyond disaffected coal industry workers (and former workers) here in Appalachia. This effort of Obama's to put everyone on his welfare roles is succeeding beyond his wildest dreams.

The questions now are: Will the average utility bill - around the Midwest in particular - triple next winter? Quadruple?

Is a $3,000-a-month average home heating bill out of the question?

And will our president devise another welfare program (ObamaCare II?) to combat that?

My God. Tell me this isn't happening.

Headline of the Day

Ouch.  This is not the kind of stuff that'll get your skinny ass on Mt. Rushmore:

Rough Night… Obama Loses 36 Arkansas Counties to Unknown Democrat – Loses 67 Kentucky Counties to “Uncommitted”

Ya gotta admit, "Uncommitted" and "Unknown Democrat" did run the more effective campaigns.

These Guys Rock(ed)

I bring you this video from 1974 for only one reason.  One of the performers - Mark Farner - was - in the eighties - my next-door neighbor.  Enjoy with me "We're an American Band":

Great stuff.

At The Same Time Liberals Drive Jobs Away ...

... Potlatch, by God, Idaho welcomes them with open arms:
Idaho town seeks to lure gun and ammo makers
Associated Press

Potlatch, Idaho (AP) — This small community in the forested, western foothills of the Rocky Mountains was created as a company town to house workers for the nation's largest white pine sawmill, and its tidy homes and straight, tree-lined streets are a testament to its planners.

But the town has slumbered since the Potlatch Lumber Co. mill closed in 1981, and was searching for an economic future when an ammunition maker decided last year to move its operations from the liberal Seattle area to this more conservative region.

The move by PNW Arms was like a signal flare to business and political leaders in the town of 800 people, who were in the process of trying to determine what industry would be best to pursue.

"We were in the middle of doing our marketing plan at the time and decided that firearms is the niche we would recommend," said Gary White of Kennewick, Wash., a business marketing consultant who is helping develop the town's pitch to gun makers.

Potlatch, they decided, would go from timber town to gun town. It would try to lure firearms and ammunition makers, and plans also called for hunting-themed housing and retail development.

"It will help draw some out-of-towners and out-of-staters," Mayor David Brown said.

Potlatch's efforts piggyback on a national trend in which firearms-friendly states are trying to pry gun and ammo makers out of the Midwest and Northeast, where some states have more restrictive gun laws.

The Idaho Department of Commerce is making firearms manufacturers a recruiting priority. The state recently passed a law that protects firearms makers from liability lawsuits or excessive regulation, White said.

"Lots of states are anti-firearms states," White said. "That is what Idaho is playing against, positioning itself as a firearms friendly state." [link]
Seattle doesn't need to fight for jobs. Not as long as Boeing and Microsoft are there. Not until Boeing and Microsoft have transferred all their employment opportunities overseas. Then Seattle will be back with hat in hand.

Until then, Potlatch, Idaho will be livin' large.

Here's to the savvy folks there.

We Are Winning Where It Counts

"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."
-- Plato --

As I've said many times over the years, we win the abortion battle not in some courtroom but in the hearts of the American citizenry.  The wrinkled old prunes who sit on our highest court will eventually get the message.  Ours is, after all, a plea to save little children from certain and horrific death.

That effort is paying off:
‘Pro-choice’ Americans found in record-low minority
By Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times

A record low 41 percent of Americans identify themselves as “pro-choice” on abortion, according to a poll released Wednesday, while the number of Americans who say they are “pro-life” bounced back into the majority.

The results from the Gallup Poll survey confirm a sharp turnaround in personal attitudes about abortion in the 17 years since the polling firm first asked the question. In 1995, the first year of the poll, 56 percent of respondents described themselves as pro-choice on abortion, compared with 33 percent who were pro-life.

Pollsters and social scientists say they cannot say for sure why views have shifted, nor is it clear that Americans will maintain these positions.

But pro-life advocates quickly cheered the news that 50 percent of Americans describe themselves as pro-life, while pro-choice supporters noted that the same Gallup Poll survey found little or no movement on key measures about whether abortion is acceptable or should be made illegal. [link]
Illegal or not, the practice is wrong.

It's not about the law. The law is irrelevant. It's about saving lives. The lives of precious children.

Shoulder on. It's just a matter of time ...

They See What They Want To See

Here's a bit of news.  The government of Turkey has acquired an archaeological artifact that will bring about the collapse of Christianity.  So says the Muslim press in Iran.  It's a discovery that is so earth-shattering that  the Turkish military has been summoned to guard it, out of fear that its existence would prompt Christian thieves to try and steal it, to destroy it.


In other life-as-we-know-it-coming-to-an-end news of the day ...

For the love of God.

Real Bright

I'm reminded of the turbulent 60's, when African-Americans were so upset with racist America that they torched black-owned businesses, black-owned vehicles, and black-owned homes in Detroit, Watts, D.C., Newark, Harlem, and on and on.

I know.  I know.  It didn't make a whole lot of sense back then either.

Well, something of the sort occurred again just the other day.  But this "riot" didn't have anything to do with black people or that racist America that seems to still thrive in the age of Obama.  The latest riot came about as disaffected leftists decided to destroy property belonging to San Francisco leftists.

Take that, Rush Limbaugh:
Trashed Mission District businesses want answers
Vivian Ho, Ellen Huet,Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle

Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage.

Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night.

Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level police officials met to find a better way to handle out-of-control crowds. [link]
Police officers escorting rioters to the scene of carnage. Only in Leftist Nirvana. Otherwise known as San Francisco.

We should probably feel sorry for those shop owners. They didn't deserve this.

On the other hand, if you lie down with dogs ...


With shades of Al Gore:

Oh the irony! The Voice judge Will.i.am turns up to climate change debate... in a huge gas-guzzling helicopter

Typical entertainer. He sincerely wants everyone else to do his and her part to end global warming. But he's just too important to join them. So off he goes ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Meet The 9th District Congressional Candidate

His name is Anthony Flaccavento. Democratic candidate for Congress. Here in Southwest Virginia. Where the coal industry is under assault, the manufacturing sector is taking a beating, and jobs are fleeing to China and Indonesia.  Where hope is but an empty word that Barack Obama will come down here - now that it's election time - and once again defecate in a speech in Bristol, before making his escape to less stinky surroundings.

Mr. Flaccavento's biggest concern?

Green shit.

Someone somewhere in Virginia's Democratic organization selected this guy to be its candidate to oppose Morgan Griffith here in the 9th District.  Whoever he is, Brian Moran ought to take him out back and shoot him.

- - -

* A special note to Flaccavento's handlers: You'd do your candidate well to take the quote off his website attributed to the most radical environmentalist on the face of the earth.  You wouldn't want voters in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Lee, Tazewell, and Wise counties knowing that your guy is in league with a man who has vowed to get arrested to stop the burning of coal.

Or leave it.  And win Abingdon.

It's up to you.

A House Divided

Obama might very well have enough support in the liberal Northeast, the Rust Belt, and the West Coast to win reelection.  But everywhere else he's almost universally unpopular.  The signs abound.

The latest?

Along with the embarrassing primary election results in West Virginia comes this news:

4 in 10 Democrats desert Obama in Arkansas, Kentucky primaries

4 in 10 Democrats outside the screwed-up Northeast, the dying Rust Belt, and screwed-up California want someone other than Mr. Majestic running the country.

He may win in November.

If so, America will certainly be worse off for it.

Because nothing will change.  Nothing will change.

The Times They Are A'changin'

When I think of the Republican Party that was, I see the faces of Arlen Specter, Dick Lugar, that worm in Rhode Island whose name I've already forgotten (oh, yeah), Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, all the way back to Gerald Ford to Nelson Rockefeller.  Republicans who were different from their Democrat contemporaries only to the degree to which - and the speed at which - they were willing to cooperate with those who have made government bigger, private savings accounts smaller, and individual freedoms rarer.

But today's GOP is evolving.  In a thousand races in a thousand towns and districts, a new breed of Republican is joining the ranks.  Our guys and gals.

The latest:
Kentucky: Thomas Massie Wins GOP Nomination
By Joshua Miller, Roll Call

In a stinging rebuke of the Kentucky Republican establishment, tea-party-affiliated Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie won tonight’s GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R) in the 4th district.

With 72 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Massie. He had 44.9 percent of vote, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington had 29 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore had 17.4 percent.

Davis, along with former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R), backed Webb-Edgington, who had broad establishment support. Conservative Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) backed Massie.

The district is safe Republican turf, so Massie is almost certain to be a Member of the 113th Congress.

His campaign was given a boost by a half-million-dollar independent expenditure from a Texas-based super PAC reportedly funded by a wealthy college student. But, more than that, the blessing of Paul helped Massie pull out a victory in this northern Kentucky district that one GOP operative described as “tea party central.” [link]
Move over, old-timers. There are new players on the field.

And America will be better for them.

"A stinging rebuke of the Republican establishment."  Music to our ears.

Headline of the Day

Would Obama be president if he had been busted years ago under laws he now condones for doing drugs?

They Set The Rules Of Engagement

So this (from Instapundit) is what we can expect from Obama's press:

"BUT REMEMBER, TALKING ABOUT OBAMA’S CHURCH IS RACIST OR SOMETHING: Another NYT article about Mormons and the presidential election."

Twenty-one million Americans are either unemployed or under-employed.  And the New York Times wants us to be concerned about the freaking Mormon church.

Ain't gonna happen, fellas.  Ain't gonna happen.

For a Famed Community Organizer ...

... this sure doesn't speak well for the leader (?) of the Democratic Party:

"The president didn't come up through Democratic Party institutions, and now he has little organic connection to it."

See a pattern here?

Nobody knows to this day who Obama was before he entered Chicago politics.  Nobody outside his immediate family knows who he is today.  And the political party that he's nominally in charge of has no connection to him whatsoever.

He'll be leaving office (hopefully soon) and will recede into that fog out of which he came.

A strange one for the history books indeed.

It Doesn't Matter

You'd think a business model that allows for those directing the corporation to openly display their hatred for the majority of its potential customers - that segment of the population that isn't liberal - would be seen as being disastrous for that corporation's future growth.

But no.

They hate us.

We tune them out.

Resulting in ...

Big Three Evening Newscasts At or Near All-Time 25-54 Demographic Lows

Yet nothing will change.

"Not with a bang but a whimper ...".

Food For Thought

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Who Let Him Out?

Nitwit: Tea Party stopped us from growing economy

Biden: Tea Party stopped us from growing economy

We Are All Catholic Now

He is not king.

And we are not subjects.

Catholic Institutions Revolt En Masse Against HHS Mandate 

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again."
-- Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776 --

Do As I Do ...

... uh, no.  Make that Do as I say I do.

This is funny:
Obama’s Ironic European Lecture
Mike Brownfield, The Foundry

Europe is in bad shape, there’s no doubt about it. The sovereign debt crisis continues to roil the continent, Greece may leave the euro, Spain may have to revise its budget deficit upward for the second time because of bad loans, and France has a new socialist president pledging more spending instead of austerity. So when the G8 leaders met last week, President Obama had some words of advice to offer — “Look at me and learn from my stellar example!”

OK, that’s a paraphrase, but his actual words aren’t all that much different. No joke, the president who has presided over a downgraded credit rating, three years without a budget, an exploding deficit, an entitlement system desperately in need of reform, and an unemployment rate still over 8 percent has painted himself as a model for others to follow.

Quite remarkably, the president bragged that he has worked to “bring down our deficits and debt over the longer term” while staying “focused on growing the economy and creating jobs in the immediate term.” Though he acknowledges that “Of course, we still have a lot of work to do,” he says that now there’s “room to take a balanced approach to reducing our deficit and debt, while preserving our investments in the drivers of growth and job creation over the long term — education, innovation, and infrastructure for the 21st century.”

In other words, because of his supposed successes, America can afford to spend even more money on stimulus.

It’s hard to say whether the president’s intended audience was the leaders of the G8 or the American electorate, but regardless of who it was, there’s not much for Obama to brag about. [link]
Is he stupid? Or just delusional.

You decide. November 6.

So Obama's Cherokee Too?

Who would have thought, not that long ago, that the 2012 election would be so much about race?

In truth, I think we all did.

You think Obama's a lousy President?  You're a racist.

As the campaign was certainly to devolve.

But really.  What's with all these Democrats claiming Cherokee heritage all of a sudden?

The latest:
Like Warren, Obama Claims Cherokee Heritage - But Offers No Proof
. By Michael Patrick Leahy, Big Government

President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren have more in common than just their liberal political ideology, Harvard Law pedigree, and Democratic Party affiliation. Both claim Cherokee ancestry, and neither can prove it.

Ms. Warren's claims are current and well known, but President Obama's claims were made back in 1995, when his memoir, Dreams from My Father, was published. On pages 12 and 13 of the 2004 paperback edition, the President unequivocally asserts his Cherokee ancestry ... [link]
I don't know. Does Obama look like an Indian? I suppose as much as his partner Elizabeth Warren does.

But really?

At the risk of being labeled a racist - for the 84,343rd time - What is with these people?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Single-Payer Health Care? I'll Be Brief

It sounds so ... sweet.

A single-payer (a euphemism for your-tax-dollars-spent-by-a-government-bureaucrat who-could-give-a-shit-about-your-tax-dollars) health care system that will save us a ton of money?

It's so says Ed Weisbart in a 753-word treatise in today's Roanoke Times.  See "Medical students embrace Medicare for all."

Sure enough, Ed advises that his plan (any bets on whether he was a big supporter of Obama's plan a few short months ago?  So much for that ...) will be cost-effective and universal.

How wonderful is that?

You may orgasm now.

My seven word response?

The quality of care will be awful.

No, make that a seven-and-a-half word response:

The quality of care will be godawful.

No.  Make it eight words:

The quality of care will be heart-wrenchingly godawful.

People like Ed Weisbart operate burdened by the illusion that a surgeon will perform a liver resection for a ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma for $7.95 an hour.

Ain't gonna happen.

Bottom line:  You can have health care on the cheap - and you'll get just that.

Or you can have - assuming ObamaCare is scrapped next month - the finest health care delivery system ever devised by humankind.  And pay accordingly.

Google the term "don't look a gift horse in the mouth."  That "gift horse"?  You'll find the definition to be synonymous with "universal one-payer health care."

Typical Washington Post

See today's editorial "Gender politics in Congress."  In it the Washington Post decries the nasty politics that has prevented the reauthorization of the "Violence Against Women Act."  The Post calls for Republicans and Democrats to stop the bickering and approve reauthorization sooner rather than later.


But not really.

You see, the Republicans have passed a bill that does just that.  They hammered out legislation that reauthorizes the "Violence Against Women Act."  Done deal.  But that's not acceptable to the Democrats.  They demand that it be a "Violence Against Women, Native Americans, Immigrants, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence Act."

The Post demands action.  And an end to the partisan quarreling.  And the adoption of the Democrat plan.

They want women protected against violence NOW.

But ...

You'd think a separate ""Violence Against Native Americans, Immigrants, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Victims of Domestic Violence Act" would be a no-brainer.  If these slimeballs truly wanted women protected against abuse.  But don't hold your breath.

So who's playing politics here?

Teachers Aren't what They Used To Be

First off, let me make it clear: The reason I'm not a public school teacher is I'd smack the little smart-ass in this story out of his chair and get sent to prison.  You see, I know my limitations.

But that aside, listen to this conversation that takes place between a high school teacher in Salisbury, North Carolina and one of  her students, and be as frightened as I am for our republic's future:


According to this teacher it's okay to badmouth Mitt Romney but not Barack Obama because the former is a Presidential candidate and the latter is the President.

The teacher is a social studies teacher, no less.

Here's the video.  Prepare to be shocked by the vapidity:

"That's what I'm sayin'. You know. But, as a social studies teacher I cannot allow you to slander any President in here, past or present."

Future Presidents, however ...

She reserves the right to slander Obama's opponent until the cows come home.

Christ a'mighty.

Why One Shouldn't Fret Over Bilingualism

In a matter of years it will be irrelevant.  Because the entire world is moving toward adopting one language.

And that language isn't Spanish.

The latest:
Italian university switches to English for success
By Stephen Jewkes, Reuters

Politecnico di Milano,... the 149-year-old university, located in Italy's business capital Milan, is set to become the first Italian place of higher learning to teach all its graduate courses in English when it kicks off its academic year in 2014.

The aim is to kit out its students with the right stuff to gain access to the global jobs market. It's also meant to attract top-class international students at a time when competition among universities worldwide is hotting up.

"We need to prepare all our graduates for a professional world that demands a rigorous international outlook," Politecnico rector Giovanni Azzone told Reuters. [link]
In fifty years there'll be one language spoken around the globe. We're in the communication age. And there's no turning back.

Except in France.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just What We Need, A U.N.-Loving Leftist

You folks in Virginia's 9th Congressional District would do yourselves well to learn the term "sustainability" as the United Nations defines it.  Key term: "Save the planet."

Knowing what little I know about the term and those who espouse its tenets, I wonder if the planet can endure such "saving" much longer.

But there he is.  A Democrat has emerged to take on Republican Morgan Griffith in the upcoming Congressional election in November.  An honest-to-God sustainabilityist.

From today's Roanoke Times:
Democrats pick Douglass, Flaccavento to challenge in 5th, 9th Districts
By Brian Kelley and Lerone Graham

In the 9th District, Democrats held their convention in Dublin, where Abingdon sustainability consultant and farmer Anthony Flaccavento secured the nomination in his bid to challenge another freshman Republican, Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem.

Flaccavento was excited about the nomination, and said that the party appears energized, based on the convention being a packed house.

"I think the Democrats are getting the wind back in their sails," he said.

Flaccavento said he feels that his entrepreneurial background and the ability to both start and finish projects gained the confidence of his party. Now that he has been formally nominated, Flaccavento said he plans to aggressively connect with people in the district to learn their thoughts and concerns. He has more than 400 volunteers for his campaign so far and Flaccavento said he wants to reach out to all demographics of people to make himself known.

"I think it's going to be exciting. We're going to be a very well organized campaign," he said. [link]
Yeah. Whatever.  He's found a bunch of mindless, moneyless, misguided tree-huggers in Abingdon to nail campaign signs to the area's trees for him.

So what do we know about this "sustainability consultant" other than the fact that he has a good southern last name?


But what do we know about "sustainability"?

Fortunately for us - unfortunately for him - a whole lot.  Something you all in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia might find interesting - the "sustainability movement" and the "climate movement" are one in the same.  Cap-and-trade anyone?  For coal, to Mr. Flaccavento, is little more than a foul-smelling four-letter word.

And this: If you think that $8 CFL lightbulb is the one thing that is going to save the planet, you'll love the sustainability movement.  I'm guessing that part of this Anthony Flaccavento's consulting schtick is to advise everyone to "go green."  Well, as we've learned, "going green" means your green - green as in money - is gone.  Fossil fuels?  Don't make them puke.  $800 a month electric bills?  Just think what you're doing to save the planet Al Gore's estates and lifestyle.

So we have us a "greenie" running for Congress.  In the reddest Congressional District in the entire freaking United States of America.  Our District.

Bring it on, big guy.  We weren't done with Rick Boucher and we're all still itching to get back to that debate about the damage that his kind - your kind - has done us.

A suggestion for Mr. Flaccavento: Can you get the Bristol Herald Courier to publish a photo of yourself with Barack Obama's arm around you, giving you a big squeeze?

That strategy worked out well for this guy:

Last seen wandering in a daze along some hiking trail in Damascus ...

Where Is Fauquier County?

And how can someone living there even think he can represent the interests of Southside Virginia?

As odd as such a scenario presents, that's the plan virginia's Democrats have devised to unseat popular 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt.

Can you say ... WING AND A PRAYER?
Democrats pick Douglass, Flaccavento to challenge in 5th, 9th Districts
By Brian Kelley and Lerone Graham, Roanoke Times

Democrats on Saturday nominated a retired Air Force brigadier general to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Robert Hurt for the 5th District seat in November.

At the party's district convention in Lovingston, some 220 Democrats chose John Douglass, who lives and farms in Fauquier County, to challenge Hurt, a lawyer and former state legislator from Chatham. The 5th District runs from Northern Virginia to Southside, with Charlottesville and Albemarle County in its center. It includes Franklin County.

The full contingent of delegates "were on their feet most of the time [Douglass] was talking, clapping and screaming," said Fred Hudson, 5th District chairman.

Douglass had an unobstructed path to the nomination after an earlier challenger dropped out of the race. [link]
I know. I know. Morgan Griffith didn't live in the 9th District when he ran to unseat Rick Boucher two years ago. He lived yards (!) outside.

But Fauquier County? Does anyone in Southside even know where that is? It's up there to the Left of Washington D.C.. Politically and geographically.

I can picture it now. Someone has gotten this old dude a map and is going over it with the Democratic nominee ...

This is Danville over here. And way down here is Martinsville. Ever heard of NASCAR? And around here is where tobacco used to be raised. You own a Confederate flag by any chance? They wear Goodwill clothes down there. Do you have any tattered clothing? A straw hat maybe?  Could you remove a tooth or two so that you fit in with the crowd down there?  And this is ...

Obama Should Heed This Advice

Because it comes from the man who has intimate experience with such strategies.  He was chief-of-staff to the Vice President who - had George H.W. Bush heeded my advice - should have been gently let go in 1992.  A move that would have certainly won Bush The Elder the election.

Bill Kristol's advice to Barack Obama, 2012:

"[W]e sincerely suggest to President Obama: Dump Joe Biden."

Good advice.

Biden's a goof, by anyone's standard.  And, if the only reason Obama chose him to be the Veep candidate in 2008 was because Obama needed to bolster his foreign policy bona fides, that need, four years on, no longer exists.  And, just as important, Biden provides no plus to the ticket.  What, he's the brains of the outfit?  The moral leavening within the administration?   The darling of some favored constituency?  A ferocious fundraiser?

How about None of the Above?

Biden should go.  Giving the President the chance to bring in a new face, fresh blood.

Had GHW Bush done the same all those years ago - loyalties aside - and ceremoniously dumped his weighty baggage - Dan Quayle - the history books would read a whole lot differently today