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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Remind Me To Never Go To Norfolk

This is shameful - from start to finish.

The Left & Its Love Of Commies

This reminds me of all those Hollywood loons who travel to breathtakingly impoverished Cuba and come back extolling the wonders of Castro's socialist island paradise:

"Hellman disdained a system that made her fabulously rich while romanticizing one that made its citizens spectacularly poor."

That would be Lillian Hellman, 1930's-40's darling of the Hollywood Left.

Some things never change.

I wonder what Sean Penn's net worth is these days.  You know him.  The guy who hates the country that has allowed him to achieve - through no talent of his own - that reviled 1% status.

If fools like him weren't so comical, they'd be downright scary.

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To bring this discussion out of the Hellman age and into the modern era, it's worth noting that that trendy phrase the "Occupiers" and their friends in the Democratic Party like to bandy about - "social justice" - began its usage in the age of Hellman.

Here's its practical application.

The stench it exudes is palpable.

To Hear Obama Tell It ...

... he's the guy who helicoptered into Pakistan, put the M-4 to Osama bin Laden's head, and, at great risk to his own life, pulled the trigger. When I heard it, my thought was: Someone put his life on the line to take the world's most notorious terrorist out and it sure wasn't the guy sitting in front of a TV, surrounded by bodyguards, in the White House.

Really, Barry?


Not even:


Obama acquiesced to the mission.  Navy SEALs did the deed.  So scale it back, man.

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James Taranto:

"[Obama's] absurd braggadocio is turning one of the few successes to occur under his leadership into a political liability.

"[W]hen you think about it, Obama would look like anything but a wimp if he had the good sense to let the bin Laden raid speak for himself. By bragging about it incessantly, he comes across as insecure, and weak."

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John McCain:

"I've had the great honor of serving in the company of heroes. And, you know the thing about heroes, they don't brag.”

While The Tea Party Thrives ...

"Occupy" dies:
Occupy's Descent Into Mobbery Threatens Democracy
Investor's Business Daily editorial

After a day of mayhem, Occupy protesters have shown themselves to be little more than a dangerous mob. Democrats coddle them even as their outrages escalate. Criminal behavior has no place in a democracy.

After turning New York and other cities' public parks into open sewers with their extended camp-outs last year, the left-wing protestors of Occupy had little more to do than look for ways to remain relevant after public sentiment turned on them, crowds thinned and donations dried up.

By descending into a mob that is the antithesis of democracy, they found one.

May Day arrived and suddenly Occupy decided the holiday of the international left was its ticket to getting names in the news again.

But instead of peacefully assembling to present their dog's breakfast of causes — from hating capitalism, to amnesty for illegal aliens, to halting foreclosures — they descended into violence and criminality that can only mean worse to come.

This descent into mobbery goes well beyond Occupy's worst excesses this year — which include "occupying" private homes to protest foreclosures, blocking ports like Longview, Wash., to halt trade, barricading gates to keep trucks from taking cargo from ports, and taking over warehouses, as happened in Oakland, Calif.

These acts are far worse than the original Occupy protests that turned public spaces and nearby private property into lawless, filthy, pest-ridden encampments without permits — until they were rolled up by authorities. [link]
It may be a tad overwrought to think that the events that took place yesterday threaten democracy. A few hundred video game enthusiasts pretending to be badasses - breaking things and shouting the "F" word - is hardly reason to be troubled about our nation's survival.

Still, their antics show the world who they are and how vapid their "movement" is.

We are the 99%! What's for lunch?

Hardly the thing that sent Parisians to the ramparts.

"La république démocratique et sociale!"

"Fraternité, ou la Mort!"

We want free stuff!

Just doesn't quite get there.

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Headline of the day:

This is rich: Nike store [Occupy] vandal smashing windows in Seattle wears…Nike shoes.

Like I Said

I called her a fruitcake.

Rod Dreher calls her an idiot.

Whichever.

What possessed the New York Times to hire such an insipid person?

Democrats & Their Carbon Emissions

Someone needs to get them the memo - the planet isn't warming.  So their blocking every attempt to get "power to the people" because that power gives off a byproduct that contains carbon - an element that was thought a long time ago to be producing global warming, but has since been proven to not be the case - needs to stop.

First place to send them packing?
Coal, gas exports meet tough environmental resistance
By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

Global demand for American natural gas and coal is booming, but recent clashes on both U.S. coasts underscore that getting American supplies to eager foreign buyers will be anything but easy.

Last week, the Sierra Club announced that it would use a unique 1970s environmental agreement to halt the construction of a natural gas liquefaction and export plant at Cove Point in Maryland. Energy giant Dominion, which hopes to build the first such plant on the East Coast, plans to move forward and could end up fighting environmentalists in court.

The coal industry also has proposed massive export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, where millions of tons of American coal would be prepped for shipment to burgeoning markets in Asia.

But those projects have generated an intense backlash from environmentalists and their political allies, most notably Oregon Gov. John A. Kitzhaber, a Democrat who last week urged the federal government to quash the proposals in his state and in neighboring Washington.

His rationale, outlined in a letter to the Defense Department, the Interior Department and the Army Corps of Engineers, highlights an argument against the development and export of fossil fuels.

The U.S., he said, should take global responsibility for carbon emissions, and any study of environmental effects should examine the worldwide ramifications of using coal and natural gas. [link]
Carbon emissions. An old wive's tale.

When are these Democrats going to be told to pack uo their now-discredited superstitions and go home?

Legislatures Are For Chumps

Just ask a federal judge in Texas:
Planned Parenthood's Right to Your Tax Dollars
By Richard Viguerie

In yet another example of how liberals use unelected judges as the enforcers of their unconstitutional agenda, a federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a new Texas law that, because the organization provides abortions, would have banned state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in favor of Planned Parenthood is seen as a big victory for the abortion provider, which has been fighting-off efforts by abortion opponents in a number of states to defund it. In the past year alone, states including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana, in addition to Texas, have moved to block Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer money.

"The court is particularly influenced by the potential for immediate loss of access to necessary medical services by several thousand Texas women," Yeakel said in a 24-page ruling.

Of course money is fungible – dollars from the state of Texas that subsidize non-abortion “necessary medical services” are dollars Planned Parenthood does not need to raise to fund its other abortion-related operations.

Judge Yeakel’s decision is wrong on a number of levels – first and foremost is its virtual abolition of the constitutional concept of federalism in which states set priorities and make decisions about what services the state government renders, and most importantly funds, within their jurisdictions.

Secondly, and just as importantly, Judge Yeakel appears to acknowledge a federal right to health care. By naming the services Planned Parenthood provides as “necessary medical services” and using that to justify the injunction, Yeakel appears to follow in the footsteps of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress in extending the concept of constitutional rights to include government paid health care.

It is fair to say that Judge Yeakel has, in one fell swoop, at least temporarily nullified the separation of powers clause of the Constitution and found a new right to “necessary medical services” in the Constitution.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has already appealed Yeakel's decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking that it remove the injunction. [link]
In a better America, a jurist - one man - would not be able to make a political decision and override a law that was fairly passed by a state legislature, that passes the constitutionality test.

In this case the judge just didn't like the law.

We live in strange times.

Times that are soon to end.