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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ah, West Virginia

I've written before about how strange West Virginia politics are these days.  Extremely conservative, ever more Republican on national issues and in national elections, but Democrat to the core locally, it is the kind of place that a political scientist could set up shop and spend the rest of his life trying to explain.

So how conservative is West Virginia in 2012?  Conservative enough to pull this off in its Democratic Party primary yesterday:

"Just how unpopular is President Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas is getting four out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary."

There will be all kinds of excuses tossed about in upcoming days for this embarrassing turn of events.  But the basic truth is this: Barack Obama is the most disfavored President - in the eyes of most West Virginians - ever.

And, as the good people there will tell you, he's earned it.

Who Said The Tea Party Is Dead?

We win another one:
Veteran Republican Senator Lugar defeated in Indiana
By Nick Carey and Eric Johnson, Reuters

Senator Richard Lugar, a 35-year veteran of the Senate and leading foreign policy voice, was defeated in the Indiana Republican primary by a Tea Party-backed challenger on Tuesday, the first Senate incumbent ousted in the 2012 election year.

Lugar conceded defeat to challenger Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who attacked the soft-spoken Senator for votes in support of Democratic President Barack Obama.

"My public service is not concluded," Lugar told supporters in Indianapolis. "I look forward to what can be achieved in the Senate in the next eight months despite a very difficult national election atmosphere."

The defeat of Lugar gives a boost to the Tea Party movement, which wants to force deep cuts in government spending and reduce the size of the federal government. [link]
From the National Rifle Association:
Statement from Chris W. Cox on Richard Mourdock's Significant Win in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary Election

Thanks to your votes, Richard Mourdock has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Indiana defeating 36-year incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar. Since the 1990s, Sen. Lugar has become notorious for his zealous support of gun control schemes and his fervent anti-gun positions.

Your NRA was fully vested in this race with a comprehensive campaign that encompassed thousands of radio and television ads in the months before the today's primary election. This effort also included 600,000 web ads. The media campaign was also supplemented by a concentrated advocacy and get-out-the-vote phone and mail program. All in all, nearly 500,000 phone calls were made and nearly 700,000 pieces of mail were sent in this remarkable victory for freedom.

Together we made a difference in this race. But, as always, what mattered most in this race was your vote. Thanks to Indiana gun owners, one of the most anti-gun Senators will no longer be in the U.S. Senate.
For the record, here's Lugar's anti-gun legacy:

● He voted to confirm both Elena Kagan, and Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, one of only four Republican Senators to vote for both. (Vote 262, 8/6/2009, and Vote 229, 8/5/2010)
● He voted to reinstate the ban on commonly owned semi-automatic rifles. (Vote 24, 03/02/2004). He voted for the original semi-automatic firearm ban. (Vote 375, 11/17/1993)
● He voted for passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in 2004 only after the semi-auto ban and gun show regulations had been added to the bill, making it unacceptable. (Vote 30, 3/2/2004). In 2005, he also voted for PLCAA, but he also supported a gutting amendment that failed. (Vote 208, 7/28/2005)
He voted for the Brady bill. (Vote 394, 11/20/1993)
● He voted for campaign finance reform. (Vote 64, 4/2/2001)
● He voted for legislation to regulate gun shows out of existence. (Vote 111, 5/20/1999, Vote 134, 5/20/1999 and Vote 25, 3/2/2004)
● He voted to ban the importation of standard capacity magazines. (Vote 240, 7/28/1998, Vote 116, 5/13/1999)
● He voted to mandate that a trigger lock be included with every handgun. (Vote 17, 2/26/2004)
● He voted against interstate right to carry reciprocity. (Vote 237, 7/22/2009)
● He voted against a bill to restore the Second Amendment rights to DC residents. (Vote 160, 2/26/2009)
● He voted to commend the "Million Mom March", which has called for gun registration, gun show restrictions, and the semi-auto ban. (Vote 104, 5/17/2000)
● He voted to ban using the Internet to list a firearms for sale for anyone other than licensed dealers. (Vote 119, 5/14/1999 He voted to ban hunting in the Mojave National Monument. (Vote 87, 4/12/1994) [link]

Lugar voted for the Brady bill. That's why the press loved him and labeled him a moderate.

Well, the "moderate" is gone.

Let freedom ring.

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From Tea Party Express:
VICTORY!

Dear Friends,

Last year, the Tea Party Express held a press conference in Indiana along with many local Tea Party groups and endorsed Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate and announced that one of our top priorities in 2012 would be to defeat RINO U.S. Senator Dick Lugar.

With your support and dedication, we did it!

Richard Mourdock defeats Dick Lugar!

We all should be excited and proud that we sent a message load and clear that the Tea Party is alive and well in 2012. We announced that if our politicians are careless and frivolous with taxpayer's money, we will go after you, no matter what side of the aisle you are on.

Republican Senator Dick Lugar had been sitting in office for more than 35 years, slowly drifting further and further away from the basic ideals conservatives and Republicans are supposed to stand for. Lugar voted for the TARP bailout, voted to bailout Fannie and Freddie, voted against banning earmarks, and has repeatedly voted against cutting wasteful government spending.

Now, we can all rejoice that we have a nominee in Richard Mourdock that will stand up for Tea Party values and fiscal responsibility.

This was the first Tea Party vs Establishment battle of the cycle and we sent a powerful message to the powers-that-be: WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

The tea party is not only alive and well, but today we showed we are ready to achieve even more historic election victories in 2012. As we have been saying, tea party supporters are busy in campaigns for conservatives across the country. They have a focus now on winning elections, not just attending rallies and venting their frustration with the Washington insiders who continue to spend America into deeper financial woes.

Whether that means voting out a 36-year incumbent republican in Indiana who has lost his conservative edge or a liberal freshman Democrat in Missouri, the tea party movement is poised for more success in 2012. Americans are tired of the out of control spending, unsustainable debt and growing intrusiveness of the federal government.
Here's to ya, fellas. Ya done good by the American people.

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The message to the establishment is, ‘You’re our servants. We’re the masters. Do what you’re supposed to do, adhere to the Constitution or we’ll fire you.'"

There's Something In The Tap Water ...

The poster-granny for the plastic surgery industry seems to be consumed with hate.  Hatred toward ... me?

Cher doesn’t want to breathe the same air as Romney and his ‘racist homophobic women hating tea bagger masters’

She's referring to Mitt Romney.

She's referring to Mitt Romney?

For what it's worth, Cher is a neighbor of that other left-wing loon, Barbra Streisand.  Must be something in the water out there in Malibu.

How else to explain the sheer idiocy?

Stalinism Is Alive & Well

And thriving on the American college campus.

The following reminds me of Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus. Written fourteen years ago.

Some things never change. An excerpt from "The Academic Mob Rules," by Naomi Schaefer Riley:
6,500 academics signed a petition online demanding that I be fired.

At first, the [Chronicle of Higher Education] stood its ground, suggesting that my post was an "invitation to debate." But that stance lasted for little more than a weekend. In a note that reads like a confession at a re-education camp, the Chronicle's editor, Liz McMillen announced her decision on Monday to fire me: "We've heard you," she tells my critics. "And we have taken to heart what you said. We now agree that Ms. Riley's blog posting did not meet The Chronicle's basic editorial standards for reporting and fairness in opinion articles."

[A] substantive critique about the content of academic disciplines is simply impossible in the closed bubble of higher education. If you want to know why almost all of the responses to my original post consist of personal attacks on me, along with irrelevant mentions of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and George Zimmerman, it is because black studies is a cause, not a course of study. By doubting the academic worthiness of black studies, my critics conclude, I am opposed to racial justice—and therefore a racist.

My longtime familiarity with the absurdities of higher education did not, I confess, prepare me for this most absurd of results. The content of my post, after all, is hardly shocking; the same thing could have been written 30 years ago. And perhaps that's the most depressing part of all this. Despite the real social and economic advancement that has been made by blacks in this country, the American faculty is still stuck in the 1960s. 
Thirty years. And nothing on campus has changed. The illiberal Left still strangles freedom of thought and expression.

For shame.

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Writes the Wall Street Journal in an editorial ("The Cravenness of Higher Education") this morning:
As such things go, the McMillen apologia will enter the higher-ed Hall of Fame for Cravenness. Anyone with a passing interest in university life the past 25 years knew that editor McMillen's commitment to diversity of opinion would vanish the moment the "betrayed" staged an online sit-in outside her office.

It is hard not to note the context in which Ms. McMillen dismissed Naomi Riley for committing speech. Now more than ever, too many college graduates discover that their expensive higher educations send them into a modern workplace with skills that few employers want or need. The graduates sit home, unemployed and unemployable. Meanwhile, back inside the school walls, the Chronicle of Higher Education stands ready to eliminate any writer who causes distress to the modern generation of scholars who teach these students.
Fired for "committing speech."  Beyond reprehensible.

Perversion Sanction Abnegation

Gay dudes in North Carolina so want their ... proclivities ... to be accepted by normal people.

Sorry.

Amendment One: North Carolina gay marriage ban passes

Marriage there will be considered only between a man and a woman.

A concept as basic to human existence as life itself.

Here's to the institution of marriage.  And to the sane people of North Carolina.

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* It's worth noting that, as Obama's position on this issue is in a state of "evolution," he is, until further notice, both in favor of gay marriage and in favor of bans on gay marriage.  We'll get back to you when his position(s) change(s).

Turns Out, Fauxcahontas Isn't a Scholar Either

The facts as revealed thus far tell us pretty convincingly that Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren - Democrat - probably used her claim to Indian heritage as a means to rise above the competition - through "affirmative action" -  in her effort to secure a faculty position at Harvard and previous law school gigs.  The truth, in recent days, has shown her claim to be virtually ridiculous.

Now comes further news.  Her scholarship is about as flawed as her family tree:

See "Cherokee Liz's Shoddy Scholarship."

It's at this point that I mention the fact that she's the darling of the Democratic Party.

They deserve one another.