Monday, May 31, 2010

Israeli Soldiers Attacked by "Activists"

Contrary to the false headlines being splattered throughout the world by the MSM, a group of Israeli soldiers were viciously attacked when they attempted to board a flotilla carrying "aid" to Gaza.  The following video, via The Sundries Shack, clearly shows that it was the soldiers who were attacked and not the other way around:

How did the MSM and the crackpots and thugs at the UN get the story so wrong?  Simply, they wanted to. 

Stacy McCain has background on the "activists" on the flotilla.

Melissa Clouthier-President Obama Abandons Israel (AGAIN)

American Power-Gaza Flotilla Activists Launched Pre-Planned Attack on Israeli Commandos

As we speak, the UN Security Council is meeting to condemn Israel.  The UN is a joke.  It is comprised of a bunch of thugs and self-dealers who have no moral authority to pass judgement on anyone.


Memorial Day

What do we owe those gave their lives for our freedom?  Simply that we, each according to our ability will continue the fight in our everyday lives. 

When we take to the streets with our Gadsden flags we stand up for the freedom our fallen fought for.

When we challenge our government through letters, blog posts or Tea Parties we stand up for the freedom our fallen fought for.

They won our freedom with their blood.  Let us preserve our freedom with our voices.

We owe them that much.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Get the Hell Off of OUR Land

That was the message being driven home at the pro-illegal immigration/anti SB 1070 march held in Phoenix complete with Nazi and KKK imagery mixed with the usual "this land is their land" claptrap.  From American Power:

So, we, and judging from the above sign, the Canadians, are a bunch of imperialistic encroachers who have squatted on Mexican lands for long enough.  They want the continent, the whole continent back because, well, they've done such a bang up job with their current little piece of it. 

Donald did a great job covering the march.  Read his post.

UpdateSmitty writesBorder security, like energy security, is a hard problem. The country is going to have to insist on candidates with platforms, not platitudes, to address these issues.

I couldn't agree more Smitty, but sadly, the "tell it like it is" politicians are outnumbered by the platitude spewers.  We need to close our borders while we still have borders to close. 

Blazing Cat Fur Assaulted at Thug Rally

Blazing Cat Fur was taping an anti-Israel rally supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees(CUPE)and organized by the "Palestine House", when he was assaulted by Ali Mallah, union thug and Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation. Judging from the policeman's reaction, assault, depending I guess on who is the assaulter and who is the assaultee, is perfectly okay in Canada.

The rest of the story.

h/t Atlas Shrusgs

Oh, But He's Not a Racist

This is what black people get when they allow themselves to be defined by white liberals:

Charming.   Maher equates being "a real black" with being a cheap thug.  I won't even go into the whole "if a white Conservative had said that" thing-we all know the answer.  The point is that for too long, blacks have allowed white liberals to tell them who they are and what they think.  As a result, blacks are boxed in.  They either have to conform to a narrative that actually only applies to a minority of black people or face the wrath of liberal America. 

Worse for Obama, he hasn't satisfied anyone with his handling of the gulf spill.  However, while Maher may believe that Obama has been black enough, I haven't heard any Conservatives complaining that Obama is too black.  Maybe that is because we, Conservatives, don't define our brothers and sisters so narrowly.

H/T  Doug Ross

The 'Little Boy' President

Via Instapundit, comes an interesting description of our president.  Peter Wehner:

“Obama is among the most thin-skinned presidents we have had, and we see evidence of it in every possible venue imaginable, from one-on-one interviews to press conferences, from extemporaneous remarks to set speeches. . . . With Obama there is also the compulsive need to admonish others, to point fingers, to say that the problems he faces are not of his doing. . . . The ingredients are in place for some serious problems down the road. Those who care for the president need to recognize the warning signs now, sooner rather later, before it becomes too late, for him and for the nation.”
Doesn't that description sound terribly familiar?  Actually, I've seen that behavior in both my children and grandchildren.  Bossiness, an exaggerated sense of self, "creative" truth telling and being thin-skinned are common traits in childhood.  Fortunately, nay, thankfully, they tend to grow out it by the time they are nine or ten years old.  Our president, not so much:

In Obama's eyes, he is always the aggrieved, always the violated, always the victim of some injustice. He is America's virtuous and valorous hero, a man of unusually pure motives and uncommon wisdom, under assault by the forces of darkness.

It is all so darn unfair.

Not surprisingly, Obama's thin skin leads to self pity. As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard pointed out, in a fundraising event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama said,

Let's face it: this has been the toughest year and a half since any year and a half since the 1930s.
 Really, now? Worse than the period surrounding December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001...
Yeah, it's not fair!  Where have we heard that before?  Apparently, no one ever took the young Obama aside and gave him the 'life isn't fair' speech not to mention the 'the universe doesn't revolve around you' talk.  What a shame, now he is permanently stuck in pre-adolescence.  Look at Obama's treatment of  Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Is that how an adult treats a guest in his home?
Obama is a self absorbed bully who acts more like a spoiled little boy than the President of the United States.  As my Dad would say, it is time for him to "straighten up and fly right."
The rest of Wehner's post.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

When the Crap Hits the Fan

As I said yesterday, the memo released by the White House regarding the Sestak affair was crap.  Here is Rep. Darrell Issa's reaction:

A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, who is pursuing the Sestak matter in his role as ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sends the following reaction:

Are we to believe that Rahm Emanuel, a former Member of Congress himself, dispatched President Clinton to maneuver Admiral Sestak out of the Senate Primary by dispatching him with an unpaid appointment that Congressman Sestak couldn’t even accept if he wanted to? What’s more likely, that two of the most politically sophisticated people in American political history didn’t do their due diligence or that the narrative told by the White House is a not-so-brilliant work of fiction?
Is it just me or has the White House dug themselves further in to a hole?  It isn't the crime, it is the cover-up.

Cross posted at Potluck

Ode to the Almost Dead

Writing in the Weekly Standard, P.J. O'Rourke has hit upon a wonderful idea:  pre-obituaries.  O'Rourke writes of the possibilities:

Jimmy Carter is 85. We must hasten to throw the Camp David Accord in his face before he heads to his eternal camp-out with Anwar el-Sadat. Gore Vidal is 84. There’s no chance he’ll end up in the same place as Bill Buckley. We ought to take up Buckley’s gauntlet and slap Gore’s face here and now. Noam Chomsky is 81. Why should Satan have all the fun? We own pitchforks of fact aplenty with which to prod his living flesh. Norman Lear is 87 and will be married to Maude forever any minute now. (Although Lear may find himself forgiven. He never meant to make Archie Bunker a hero and a role model, but perhaps the road to heaven is paved with bad intentions.) Ed Asner is 80. Put him together with Ben Bradlee (88) and Alan J. Pakula, director of All the President’s Men (died in 1998, darn it), and you have the villains in the tragic tale of the American newspaper’s self-congratulatory ossification. Ross Perot also will be 80 soon. We owe him one Bill Clinton-sized philippic. Ralph Nader is 76. High time that someone, metaphorically, flipped him in a Corvair. And Paul Ehrlich is 78. In these days of the graying workforce, baby bust, and demographic decline, surely he needs a population bomb in his underpants.

The beauty of obituaries for the still-extant is that they needn’t be limited to those who are about to go home feet first. Preemptive necrology can be practiced on persons who are in the prime of life, especially if they’ve had their little turn in the limelight and will never do anything else of note if they live to be 1,000.
When I read that last sentence I immediately thought of Al Gore.  Let's face it, Gore's "best years" are behind him, though I doubt he has noticed.  What better way to close the chapter on three decades of hot air than to write a final tribute to the demise of Gore's broken religion? 

O'Rourke suggests many candidates for pre-obits-from Bernie Sanders to Lindsay Lohan.  In Lohan's case it would seem that if somebody desires to write a pre-obit they had better hurry.  The point being that are many among us, or in their estimation, above us, whose time has come and gone.  Why not celebrate?

Cross posted at Pundit & Pundette

Friday, May 28, 2010

Really, Really Stupid Lies

Being lied to is always insulting but being told a lie that does make one lick of sense is the height of assholeness.  Via Allahpundit:

Let me get this straight: The president’s chief of staff dispatched a former president to talk to an aspiring senator about dropping his primary bid in return for … a spot on some no-name unpaid advisory board? Does that sound remotely plausible? (Surprisingly, lefty sedition expert Joe Klein says no, before quickly adding that it doesn’t matter anyway.) Does that even square with what Sestak’s said in the past about having been offered “a job”?
Not only does it not square with Sestak's previous statements, the story makes no sense.  Are we to believe that an unpaid position on some advisory board would be incentive enough to induce Sestak to drop out of the primary race?  And why would the White House release a statement that doesn't change anything?  Prof Jacobson:

The Obama administration memo supposedly vindicating the administration actually should be Exhibit A in a criminal case, because the White House admits to the offer and that it was for the purpose of convincing Sestak to withdraw.
I believe the memo is what amounts to a confession that a crime was committed.  The relevant section of the law that applies:

Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
The White House "explanation" doesn't pass the smell test.  In fact, it stinks.  Rather than shrink the story, they expanded it.  Stupid.

Onward Christian Soldiers

Tavis Smiley, who calls himself a Christian, says that Christians commit more acts of terrorism in this country than Muslims have ever attempted.  In fact, he says Christians blow people up every day.  Unbelievable!  Via Townhall:

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Aw, Dang Nabbit!

With news like this the boys at The Atlantic will never cure their collective ED.

Momma Warned Me About Boys Like Him

Seems like Will Folks is what my Momma would call a "cad"-an emotionally immature little twit that is "all blow and no show".  Once upon a time a younger Mr. Folks probably thought himself quite the king of the locker room.  He never noticed the other guys rolling their eyes as he told his fantastic stories of conquest.  Pity.  A hard lesson then might have spared him a harder lesson now.  Erick Erickson at RedState hints that a hard lesson may be just around the corner:

Who paid Will Folks? He was allegedly offered money. A LOT of money. In fact, RedState now confirms through a whole heap of sources that he’s been trying to sell this story for a year.

We know who bit.

We know who didn’t bite.

We know who paid Will Folks to push this story out there.

Oh, and you guys in the media, you’ve let Folks string you along. We’re going to string you along.

Tune in later for the answer.
Best I can tell, all our Mr. Folks has accomplished is that he has branded himself as a dishonorable and self serving punk.  That, and he inspired a Rule 6.  I doubt his Momma would be proud.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Obama Judicial Nominee Empathizes With Sexual Sadists

The following video, via Newsbusters, is easily one of the most disturbing videos I have ever seen:

 President Obama's nominee to the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Robert N. Chatigny, holds a disturbing fringe opinion that sexual sadism should be a legal mitigating factor. In fact, Chatigny put this belief in action while presiding over the case against the "Roadside Strangler" where he did everything in his power to keep serial rapist and killer Michael Ross from getting the death penalty. (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT)
Actually, I'm not sure that "disturbing" is a strong enough word to describe Judge Chatigny's actions during the Roadside Strangler's trial.  As you watch the video ask yourself how you would feel if a loved one was kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered and the judge handling the case believed that the killer "should not be convicted" because the killer is a sexual sadist.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What's That Smell?

Something smell's like a wet chihuahua that has been rolling in fresh manure.  Fausta is wondering about a bait and switch and Michelle is calling Kabuki.  Regardless of labeling, Obama's decision to send 1,200 troops to the Mexico/Arizona border stinks to high Heaven.  According to an update to Michelle's post, Sen. Sessions seems to think something smells a little funky too:

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today regarding reports that President Obama plans to request funding for 1,200 National Guard troops to be sent to the U.S.–Mexico border:

“The only thing that matters is whether the president—the Chief Executive and the top law enforcement officer of the country—is personally committed to ending illegality at the border. Announcing and taking specific steps can be helpful, but only if it’s part of a determined and consistent effort to fix the problem. The president’s decision to send up to 1,200 troops to the border, while helpful, will not fix the problem. Indeed, it is less than a third of the troops ordered to the border by President Bush.

“Just days ago, members of President Obama’s administration gave Mexican President Felipe Calderón a standing ovation as Calderón proceeded to slander the state of Arizona for its efforts to protect its citizens. President Obama’s chief immigration officer, John Morton, announced that he might not enforce immigration crimes reported by Arizona officials. And, both the Attorney General and the Homeland Security Secretary have attacked the Arizona law, though they later admitted to having never actually read it.

“It is critical that President Obama make border security a true priority and send a clear signal that his administration is dedicated to consistently enforcing the rule of law. Sending National Guard troops to the border can be an important step in the right direction, but it should be followed with a commitment to vigorous worksite enforcement, full cooperation with state and local law enforcement officials, strong support for completion of the border fence, and all other necessary border measures. If these policies are resolutely done, the massive current illegality will be dramatically improved.”
It didn't take long for Mexico's President Calderón to react to the news.  Apparently he thinks can order around our troops.  Professor Jacobson:

Literally. Mexico told Obama what to do with the national guard troops Obama just ordered to the border.

Not kidding. Mexico told Obama what to do with the national guard troops Obama just ordered to the border.

You may not understand. Mexico did not make a profane suggestion, as in, put those troops up your ....

No. Mexico issued a statement telling Obama that the troops should stop gun traffic and organized crime, and should not be used in connection with stopping illegal immigration (h/t Michelle Malkin), via The Embassy of Mexico (emphasis mine):

Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.

Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.
So, does this mean that Obama is Calderón's bitch poodle chihuahua?

Money Grab

Every paycheck for years I have contributed to my pension plan.  It wasn't always easy.  In fact, when my kids were young it was hard.  Now, Uncle Obama via legislation introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), wants me to chip in for Big Labor's pensions as well.  Doug Ross:

It appears that bankrupting the United States Treasury was only the first step in the Democrat plan to destroy the American economy. Layering in a new entitlement program -- socialized medicine -- when the country can't afford its existing programs was thought to be the icing on the cake. It wasn't.

The final nail in the coffin may come in the form of stealing $165 billion additional dollars from taxpayers to fund union pensions that were mismanaged and misappropriated by the bosses who support Democrats in good times and bad.
A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.

The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.

As FOX Business Network’s Gerri Willis reported Monday, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these funds were doing well.

Although right now taxpayers could possibly be on the hook for $165 billion, the liability could essentially be unlimited because these pensions have to be paid out until the workers die. (emphasis added)
 I think this can be summed up pretty easily:
1.  You and I go to work
2.  Uncle Obama confiscates a portion of our paychecks
3.  Uncle Obama uses the money we earned to bailout the unions
4.  The unions contribute and vote for Uncle Obama
5.  Repeat as necessary
But it gets even better!  Nine Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors of the House version of this travesty and Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) is pissed at Fox News for pointing out these weasels:

In a floor speech, the Republican ripped the conservative-leaning network for calling a "bailout" legislation that deals with union pension plans that he supports.

"Mr. Speaker, I am going to veer off-message," he began. "I think as a Republican, I’m supposed to love Fox News and hate [liberal-leaning] MSNBC. Now, I’m going to tell you, I do hate MSNBC, but something just happened on Fox News that compelled me to come to the floor."

He continued, saying, "Well, that’s nonsense and I don’t know who the pinhead and weenie is at Fox News that decided to put that story together." LaTourette concluded by saying "I don’t know what they’re doing at Fox News, but they should stop smoking it and get back to reporting the facts."

Critics say the bill wrongly gives taxpayer dollars to companies that have troubled union pension plans. Supporters say it will keep the funds solvent over the long term, thus avoiding a massive emergency bailout. (emphasis added)
Emergency bailout?  Why should there be any bailout, emergency or otherwise?  It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to bailout every failed institution.  Margaret Thatcher said, "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Right now I'm feeling mighty tapped out.

Cross posted at Potluck

Monday, May 24, 2010

Guilt is a Useful Emotion

At one time or another we've all experienced that sick feeling known as 'guilt'.  Guilt may be a negative emotion but feeling guilt can have positive results.  Feeling guilt stops us from doing things that are harmful to us, or at least, stops us from doing them again.  But rather than embracing the positive effects of guilt society tries to eliminate guilt.  We've been told "if it feels good do it and if it doesn't feel good do it anyway."

Over at The Corner, Denis Boyles writes:

Maggie Gallagher's question, "If we had truly separated sex from reproduction, why would we need abortion?" begs another.

Many years ago, I was a contributing editor at Playboy, giving it up when my pretty, new, blonde wife insisted on giving me nothing but daughters, and I found I couldn't leave my work laying around the house. I remember chatting one afternoon with an editor who had been at the place for a long time. "We thought we were doing something noble when we helped separate sex from guilt," he said. "But then we realized that we'd helped separate sex from responsibility." Not so noble, of course. I think this may overstate Playboy's influence, but not the Pill's. (emphasis added)
Have we really separated sex from guilt?  Not judging from the women I know.  They often don't call what they feel guilt but regardless, the result is the same.

If two consenting adults can't have sex without at least one of them feeling that they might be doing something wrong maybe the relationship, or lack thereof, should be rethought.  The pill may have separated sex from responsibility but not from consequences.  And that is where guilt can come in very handy.

John Hawkins Needs a Bigger List

John Hawkins has posted his list of The 15 Hottest Conservative Women and Pat from And So it Goes in Shreveport has noticed a glaring omission.  There is no shortage of hot conservative women so obviously John needs to expand his list.  After all, where is Megyn Kelly?

Check out Pat's choice.

Received in the Mail

Don't know if it is real, but I like it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Trog Has His "Week in Automators" Up

As always, I had a hard time picking a favorite but I love this one:

Check them all out.

Sestak Says That He Answered "Honestly"

So, honestly, why isn't someone sitting in jail?

H/T Pundette

Don Surber Has Figured Janet Napolitano!

She's Janet Planet from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Read the story.

Cream Rises to the Top and Clabbers

I have no idea where I read that but it is obviously a takeoff on the Peter Principal:  People rise to their level of incompetence.  Certainly true of our current president.

Unemployment at 9.9%.  Check
Foreclosures at an all time high.  Check
Communities and the verge of bankruptcy.  Check

How does our esteemed leader respond?  He transforms the White House into a night club and parties like its 1999. 

Paraphrasing Pundette, Obama believes that he can buy class.  Wrong.  His glitzy attempt comes off as a Chicago version of the Beverly Hillbillies do South Beach.  To the Beverly Hillbillies' credit, they were (a) spending their own money and (b) fictional.  Obama and his 'crew' are all too real and it is our money they are throwing around, not theirs.

I have one word for the president:  austerity.  Try it, the rest of us are living it every day.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It Seems Two Can Play This Game

Don Surber says PUOSU — Put Up Or Shut Up.  I couldn't agree more. 

Los Angeles, standing on "principal", has called for a boycott of Arizona.  Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates public utilities, has responded by kindly inviting LA to get the power it receives from Arizona elsewhere.  His letter to LA Mayor Villaraigosa, via Hot Air:

Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,

I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).

You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.”
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

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

People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.


Commissioner Gary Pierce

My comment over at Surber's was, how much of its water does California get from Arizona? Nothing makes a body thirsty like being hot. A boycott is a boycott.  I am also wondering how many of the illegals from Arizona will move to California, increasing the state's need for electricity and further straining California's already overburdened welfare system.

I'm not sure that LA is in the position to get in to a pissing match with Arizona.  In any case, I am glad to see Arizona standing up against those would try to bully them.  It has always been my experience the bullies fold pretty quickly when confronted.

Cross posted at Potluck

Here's Your Sign

Today’s “vote early/vote often” story comes courtesy of TPM:

Sen. Blanche Lincoln suffered what might be one of the all-time greatest campaign staff fails this morning. According to her campaign staff, Lincoln was initially turned away when she tried to vote at her home her polling place this morning after elections officials discovered she had already requested an absentee ballot be sent to her Virginia home. Poll workers told Lincoln their records showed she had already voted.

"She just wanted to be prepared," campaign spokesperson Katie Laning Niebaum told me a few minutes ago. "She has requested absentee ballots on many past occasions."

Lincoln didn't fill out the absentee ballot this time, her staff no doubt eager for the classic casting-the-ballot photo op this morning. But, thanks to this mix-up, she's stuck with the less appealing "filling out the provisional ballot so elections
officials can determine if her vote is legal or not" shot instead
I’ve got to think that kismet is not on your side if you are stopped while trying to vote for yourself. Maybe a sign of things to come?

Is Being Lower Than Pond Scum Consider a Good Quality for Connecticut Democrats?

Some lies really are worse than others and claiming to be a Viet Nam vet when in fact, you never served in Viet Nam, is beyond dishonorable. That is exactly what Richard Blumenthal, Democratic candidate for retiring Senator Chris Dodd’s seat has been doing for years.

Matthew Yglesias’ take on the Richard Blumenthal: Yeah, Blumenthal is a great big liar but hey, he’s a Democrat so vote for him anyway. Any questions? Yglesias, apparently unfamiliar with the notion of “honor”, isn’t bothered at all that he is supporting a slug for the United States Senate.

For his part, Blumenthal’s campaign manager is claiming that the NYT has created an “outrageous distortion”. Blumenthal has referred to his repeated claims to have served in Viet Nam as “a few misplaced words.”

Who does Blumenthal think he’s fooling? When a decent man screws up he owns up to his failure. There is a world of difference between “a few misplaced words” and outright lying. By downplaying the seriousness of his actions and words, Blumenthal has shown he is unworthy to serve in the Senate. Sad comment when you consider the shoddy quality of those who have served in the past and those who serve there now.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I Do Love Me Some Cowboy!

I've seen this posted a few places but hadn't gotten the chance to watch it. I finally did over At The Point Of A Gun, and I have to say, guys like this make me feel better about being a Republican:

If You Think Spicolo is Stupid...

wait til you get a load of this.

Via Mwalimu Daudi in the Comments at Don Surber (more on the actual post later):

Woody Allen says President Obama should be granted dictatorial powers

Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous.

The "Scoop" director said it would be a cool idea for President Barack Obama to be dictator for a few years.


So he could get things done without all the hassle of opposing views getting in the way.

In an interview published by Spanish language newspaper La Vanguardia (that we translated), Allen says “I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.”

But wait - there's more!

The director said "it would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly." (emphasis added)
And besides, dictators are cool and Obama is cool so wouldn’t Obama be a real cool dictator?  Sheesh!

Is it the drugs these people take or the length of time they’ve taken them? Is there a single uncooked brain cell left in all of Hollywood? It is just dumbfounding that people can be so scary stupid.

Cross osted at Potluck

Oh, Happy Day!

From The Weekly Standard:

Rubio Back on Top

A new poll from Rasmusen shows that Marco Rubio has taken the lead for the first time since it became a three-way race: Rubio 39%, Crist 31%, Meek 18%. After announcing he was running as an independent two weeks ago, Crist led Rubio 38% to 34% with Meek at 17%. Rasmussen notes that Meek "is by far the least well-known candidate in the race." So he has a lot of room to grow his poll numbers, as he becomes more well known and eats away at Charlie Crist's base of support.

Crist has been tacking to the left the past two weeks--to no avail, it seems--calling for a constitutional ban on offshore drilling and indicating that he will veto a bill requiring that ultrasounds be conducted before abortions are performed in Florida.
With Rubio back out front and Meek sucking hind tit (not to mention that little Dennis Stackhouse thing), the burning question becomes:  what will the unions do?  Throw their support behind Jeff Greene?  Or maybe, Charlie Crist?

Pass me some popcorn!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saddest "Quote of the Day"

From Don Surber:

Under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the United States is seen as a weak, milquetoast former great power — while France is feared.
Just makes you want to hang your head, doesn't it?

"Prove It"

I love it when some crackpot says, "prove it."  It is as if they are totally unaware of this little Internet thingy where every public utterance is preserved for all to see.  The latest example "I never said that" came during the joint appearance of David Horowitz and Mark Levine, a UC Irvine professor, on Sean Hannity's show.  Levine called Horowitz a liar.  When Horowitz answered by pointing out that Levine is a "supporter of the Muslim Students Association" Levine went in to "prove it" mode.  Just. Plain. Stupid.

Donald Douglas does a fantastic job of "proving it."  Read the smack down.

"We Screwed Up": Get Out the Waders Edition

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

Golda Meir

Rahm Emanuel told a groups of rabbis at the White House that "we screwed up the messaging".  Really?  After the disgraceful treatment that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received during visit to the White House the "messaging" is quite clear:  bug off. 

Now that Jewish voters are abandoning the Democratic party Emanuel wants to pull an, "oops, our bad" in the hopes that everything will be forgotten and forgiven.  Fat chance, ballerina boy.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

When did the Obama administration become aware that they had “screwed up the messaging”? About the same time that Jewish voters began abandoning them. That would have been shortly before Chuck Schumer scolded them over fumbling the alliance, and perhaps just after leaking that Obama would “impose” a peace plan on Israel. With the midterms looking disastrous, Emanuel and his team want to shore up support in one of the most reliable voting blocs Democrats have.

The problem is that it’s not just the messaging. Obama set peace negotiations back to pre-Oslo days by demanding a halt to building in an area of Jerusalem that hadn’t ever been a hurdle to talks in the past. He insulted Israel’s Prime Minister in a visit to the White House, and has repeatedly demanded concessions from Israel as preconditions to talks with an enemy that still refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. This White House has objectively been the most hostile American administration to Israel since its founding.

If they just try to spin the messaging while keeping to the same strategies, don’t expect it to fool anyone. Pleasing words mean less and less after the track record of the last sixteen months. This looks like a desperate plea from Emanuel to the rabbis asking them to ignore Obama’s obvious hostility towards Israel in order to get more Democrats elected. (emphasis added)
Emanuel can dance around the Obama Administration's words and actions of the last sixteen months but but the record remains.  The Administration has aligned itself with the wrong side and has done so in keeping with its true self.  Barack Obama is no friend to Israel and he never will be. 

Image via Sizzle and Steak

Crist Heckled at the Opening of His Headquarters

About 100 people showed up at the opening of Charlie Crist's campaign headquarters.  Living proof that some people just can't tell the difference between "smarm" and "charm".  The video of the opening is at Legal Insurrection.  At 3:10 in the video, someone asks Crist if he is going to return the donations he received while running as a RINO.  With a wink, Crist said, "I'm keeping it."  Nice.

Crist introduces his new campaign manager, his sister, in the clip.  I couldn't help noticing how much they look alike.  I hear they wear the same dress size.

After you watch the Crist video, come back here for a palate cleanser:

Make a donation to Marco's campaign today.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Morality vs Individual Liberty

Gallup’s latest poll on abortion attitudes shows that while the number of respondents who identify themselves as “pro life” has increased, the number of respondents who state that abortion is “morally wrong” has remained steady. Ann Althouse:

…We can support individual liberty to do a lot of things that we think are morally wrong — lying to friends, cheating on your spouse, destroying useful possessions instead of giving them to charity, etc. etc. But that insight isn't helpful in explaining the discrepancy Gallup identifies. Although I can see why more people could come to believe that abortion is morally wrong without wanting to deprive women of control of their own bodies, the trend in the polls goes in the opposite direction. The moral opinion is stable, even as more people are saying they are pro-life.
Further in, Althouse identifies herself as a person that believes that abortion is morally wrong but she does not believe that it should be banned or severely restricted. I’ve never quite understood this position.

I’m not certain why anyone would put the taking of an innocent life in to the same category as lying to a friend or cheating on a spouse. Certainly Althouse didn’t mean to say that abortion is the equivalent to tossing a lamp instead of donating it to the Goodwill? And if we support individual liberty does that mean that we can never restrict individual liberty under any circumstances?
We restrict individual liberty. both for good and bad, in order to protect "innocents" in our society all the time.  We don't tell the pedophile, "I find your sexual attraction to young children to be morally repugnant but I will fight to the death to defend your right to schlep the little ones."  Instead, we infringe upon the pedophile's individual liberty in order to protect the child. 
Individual liberty is not an all or nothing deal.  As a society we have to make moral choices and sometimes we have to force those moral choices on others.  Despite my most fervent prayers, abortion is not going away.  Society has settled the issue.  However, I wish people would stop saying that they are morally opposed to abortion but that they support the "right" to abort anyway.  Killing an unborn child is either right or it is wrong.  Don't pretend it is both.

I'm Thinking I Like "Combative"

If you are like me, you probably think the words "honest" and "politician" don't go together.  We've gotten so used to electing oily sweet talkers that we've forgotten that the most important thing that a leader can do is tell us the truth.  Sometimes the truth sucks.  Sometimes the truth "ain't pretty".  So we elect people who take "the truth" and twist it, smooth it out and sometimes, flat out bury it. 

I almost don't know what to make of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  He is the antithesis of everything I've come accustomed to in a politician.  I like it.  The following video, via Allahpundit, should be used as a training tool for future politicians.  Christie says what he has to say.  There is no hemming, hawing, couching, or sugar coating.  This man is a leader:

Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his 'confrontational tone'

Wouldn't it be great if we more Chris Christies out there being confrontational, combative, blunt and honest.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What If?

Via NewsBusters comes the story of Chilli, from the Hip Hop group TLC, who at the age of twenty aborted her child.  She talks about being alone and scared, about having no support and nowhere to turn.  She talks about how afterwards she cried daily for nine years. 

What if when she entered that clinic they had offered her information?  What if they had told her about the organizations in her community that would offer her support?  What if she had been informed about all the choices and opportunities that were available to her?

Yes, the support she needed should have come from friends, family and the man who fathered her child.  But even in  the absence of that support, shouldn't someone at that clinic have said to her, "If you want to have this baby we will put you in contact with organizations who will help."? 

That didn't happen because Planned Parenthood isn't about giving women "options", Planned Parenthood is about killing unborn children.  Planned Parenthood, along with their cohorts at NOW, fight tooth and nail against any measure that would require them to provide information to pregnant women about all the choices that are available to them.  Planned Parenthood doesn't want women informed-they want to rush women through the process while they are at their most vulnerable. 

Now, almost twenty years later, as evident from the video below, Chilli still lives with the pain and guilt of that day.  What if?

A Man is Only as Good as His Word, Part II

Via Instapundit:

Today's "he didn't say what you heard him say" moment is brought to us by White House Budget Director Peter Orszag:

Remember President Obama’s supposedly inviolable pledge—repeatedly uttered during the 2008 campaign and at countless town meetings since the inauguration—that he would never raise taxes on middle-class citizens who earn $250,000 a year or less?

This morning at a Manhattan breakfast sponsored by Thomson Reuters, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag threw that pledge out the window. Instead, he described Obama’s “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge as a “stance” and a “preference” that is subject to study by the president’s newly-formed bipartisan Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.
Geez, it sure sounded like a pledge to me.  I could be wrong, let's see:

You know, Obama reminds me of someone but I just can't put my finger on who it is.  Oh, yeah.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Debts? Deficits? Unemployment?

Global warming?  Nukes?  Iran?  Afghanistan?  Pakistan?  Yemen?  Salt?  What, O what important task is on our government's agenda today?  Potty parity?  No shit? 

Well, as Doug says, "Everything the government touches eventually turns to .... "

I, for one, will sleep much better tonight!

If a Man is Only as Good as His Word

then Charlie Crist isn't worth a damn.  The latest entry on the growing list of Charlie's "Yeah I said it, but I didn't mean it" flip flops is his pledge to return donations given to his campaign back in his RINO days.  From

Gov. Charlie Crist told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on April 30 that he would "probably" give refunds to donors who don't approve of him leaving the GOP. Some donors to his U.S. Senate campaign were told before the switch that they would get their money back or pro-rated refunds.

No more. A couple of hours before Crist officially becomes an NPA voter, campaign spokeswoman Michelle Todd said there will be no refunds. Asked whether that amounts to a flip-flop, she said, "We have never made an official statement before. It is now the official statement. They donated to the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign, and it's still the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign."
Apparently Charlie never got the memo about the lack of trust voters have in their elected officials.  Either that or Charlie likes being known as a two-faced opportunist. 

Crist's hopes hinge on two things:  First, that the unions will only half-heartily support the Democratic candidate, Kendrick Meek.  Crist's candidacy paints the unions in to a corner.  They have to support Meek, at least on the surface, but the rank and file won't be happy about it.  Second, Crist has to win the centrist vote.  I am not sure that coming out of the box as a liar is the best way to accomplish that.

I am trying not to be over-confident about Marco Rubio's chances in this race, but every time Crist shows his hand Rubio looks better and better.  With six months to go before the election it will be interesting to see how many more "conversions" Crist has.

Cross posted at Potluck

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

Larry O'Connor writing at Big Journalism:

How can the debate over the Arizona law be conducted by the holier-than-thou East Coast liberals who don’t deal with the consequences of their positions without at least hearing the facts from a man like Sheriff Babeu? While they focus on Steve Nash and his oh-so-valiant choice of jersey, they ignore men like this who literally put their lives on the line every day due to the open border policies our friends in the media promote.
The only contact those holier-than-thou East Coast liberals ever have with illegals is when they employ them to clean their bathrooms or pull their weeds.  Question-do they pay their domestics a "living wage" and provide them with health care and retirement benefits?  No, they use people of color to do the jobs they don't want to do themselves and don't want to pay decent money have done for them.  And then they have the balls to call themselves "compassionate."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Talk About Offending Feminists!

Yeah, I know I'm a day late and a link short but nothing offends a feminist like a woman who thinks that maybe abortion shouldn't be allowed right up until the labor pains are two minutes apart.  Via Dan Riehl:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- As a White House adviser in 1997, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan urged then-President Bill Clinton to support a ban on late-term abortions, a political compromise that put the administration at odds with abortion-rights groups.

Documents reviewed Monday by The Associated Press show Kagan encouraging Clinton to support a bill that would have banned all abortions of viable fetuses except when the physical health of the mother was at risk. The documents from Clinton's presidential library are among the first to surface in which President Barack Obama's new choice for the high court weighs in on the thorny issue of abortion.
Well, obviously someone didn't get the memo. Every liberal woman worth her IUD knows that women have the right to kill their unborn children right up to the moment they are born.  This isn't going to play well in the parlors.

The Welfare State Doesn't Work?

The Welfare State is pushing the globe towards worldwide economic collapse?  Go figure? 

Robert J. Samuelson writing in the Washington Post:

The welfare state's death spiral

What we're seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn't Greece's problem alone, and that's why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven't fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies...(emphasis added)

...The welfare state's death spiral is this: Almost anything governments might do with their budgets threatens to make matters worse by slowing the economy or triggering a recession. By allowing deficits to balloon, they risk a financial crisis as investors one day -- no one knows when -- doubt governments' ability to service their debts and, as with Greece, refuse to lend except at exorbitant rates. Cutting welfare benefits or raising taxes all would, at least temporarily, weaken the economy. Perversely, that would make paying the remaining benefits harder.

Greece illustrates the bind. To gain loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund, it embraced budget austerity. Average pension benefits will be cut 11 percent; wages for government workers will be cut 14 percent; the basic rate for the value-added tax will rise from 21 percent to 23 percent. These measures will plunge Greece into a deep recession. In 2009, unemployment was about 9 percent; some economists expect it to peak near 19 percent.

If only a few countries faced these problems, the solution would be easy. Unlucky countries would trim budgets and resume growth by exporting to healthier nations. But developed countries represent about half the world economy; most have overcommitted welfare states. They might defuse the dangers by gradually trimming future benefits in a way that reassures financial markets. In practice, they haven't done that; indeed, President Obama's health program expands benefits. What happens if all these countries are thrust into Greece's situation? One answer -- another worldwide economic collapse -- explains why dawdling is so risky. (emphasis added)
The riots in Greece are a stark example of what happens when the population becomes dependent on government for their most basic needs.  When the money runs out, and it always does, people rebel at that thought of doing for themselves what they should have been doing all along. 

Once people get the notion that the government is going to pay their mortgage and put gas in their car and pay for it all with some magical "stash" the don't let go of that "free" money without a fight.  Afterall, they're entitled to it.  That is exactly the future our children have to look forward to unless we decide to pass on the stash now rather than force our children to pay to piper later.

The Problem With Having a Public Record

John McCain isn't an unknown.  He has a long public record on several issues, not the least of which is immigration.  As they say, this was then:

Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
1988: Honored by La Raza for opposing official English. (Jan 2004)
And from Allahpundit at Hot Air, this is now:

To be fair, McCain has talked alot about securing the borders.  But what has he done?  He has spoken over and over again about providing people who are here illegally with a pathway to citizenship.  I say the path starts at the back of the line and the line doesn't even begin to form until politicians like McCain quit talking about securing the border and actually secure the border.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all my spiritual sisters but most of all to my Mom.  Seen here with her great-granddaughter (my granddaughter), Olivia, Mom is still a strong and beautiful woman.

My mom was diagnosed with MS when she was only seventeen years old.  She has never allowed the disease to slow her down. 

When fate didn't allow her and Dad to have a family they made a family, adopting my brother and me.  In every way except biology she is my "real" mother. 

Now that end of my dad's life is near, Mom has kicked in to high gear.  She has always put Dad first but now her life centers on ensuring that Dad is happy is comfortable.  She doesn't dwell on the end but on the nearly sixty years they have shared together. 

My mom is the most selfless person I know.  I am grateful for her every day of my life.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.  I am so very proud of you.

Our Comedian in Chief Doesn't Know Funny

Via Legal Insurrection I came across the following video at JammieWearingFool:

You know who else isn’t laughing, Linda Denno, a letter writer to SteynOnline:

Letter of the Week


Mr Steyn, your recent article on Arizona's immigration law was, as all your articles, a cogent and a delightful read. I am one of those Arizonans who deals daily with the effects of illegal immigration. I live within fifteen miles of the Mexican border, and my back fence runs along a major corridor for illegal immigrants traveling through the desert. We are accustomed to helicopters circling overhead and Border Patrol vehicles constantly patrolling the dirt road behind our house. Our beloved German Shepherd has been poisoned and our property vandalized, although I would not say that we live in fear because we are well armed and take necessary precautions.

But what I really want to mention to you is something I really have not heard in the debate over the consequences of illegal immigration. I believe that any and all measures that truly discourage immigrants from entering this country illegally— as the new Arizona law is supposedly already doing— are salutary because discouraging illegal immigration is the genuinely compassionate approach.

A couple of anecdotes: Last week, Border Patrol agents discovered a large moving truck abandoned in the desert near Douglas, Arizona (the site of the recent rancher's murder). The truck was padlocked from the outside. When the agents cut off the lock and opened the trailer, they discovered dozens of illegal immigrants inside, abandoned by the coyotes who had obviously been "spooked" and left the people in the back of the truck to whatever fate befell them. It was a warm but not a hot day in the desert, so the illegal immigrants were still alive and in relatively good condition. The situation could have ended very differently, not to say tragically.

Secondly, my family and I were enjoying our breakfast al fresco one morning when two women came to our back fence asking for "agua." A Border Patrol raid the night before behind our house had picked up 70 or so illegal immigrants. These two young ladies had been abandoned by the coyotes during the raid and had been wandering in the hot desert (wearing all black) for hours. My teenage daughter speaks Spanish and was able to discover that both were from El Salvador, both were the mothers of several young children, and both believed they were almost to Los Angeles (550 miles away). We brought them into our garage, gave them water and food, and called the Border Patrol. My daughter was upset about their situation, and understandably so: They were only a few years older than she was. I explained to her that as long as our government refused to enforce laws against illegal immigration, desperate people from other countries would continue to take great risks for the opportunity to live the American dream. Those people would face incredible dangers, be vulnerable to the worst kinds of thugs, and endure unspeakable hardships— as long as the United States refused to make illegal immigration a crime for which all involved would be swiftly and severely punished.

I don't even pretend to speak to the myriad detrimental effects on our society, our economy, and our democratic form of government caused by illegal immigration; you and others have irrefutably made the case many times over. I just would like to add a perspective that should be thrown back in the face of the hypocrites who call us racist and mean-spirited. The anecdotes above are representative of incidents that happen in the Arizona desert constantly, as I know you are well aware.

The answer is not to set up "water stations" to prevent illegals from dying in the desert. The answer is to discourage them from entering illegally in the first place. That is the only truly humanitarian, compassionate approach to the plight of illegal aliens.

Linda Denno
Sierra Vista, Arizona
My daughter and grandchildren also live in Sierra Vista, Arizona. They are also well armed and take the proper precautions. And they also live with the results of our government’s lack of spine on a daily basis. Why should they have to? Why should my grandchildren be kept behind an eight foot high wall when they play?

I worry about my daughter and grandchildren on a daily basis. Nadia downplays the danger they live with, she knows how I am, but why should we, any of us, have to live in fear? Seeing the President joke about the danger that Americans face because the federal government is too invested in inaction to protect our own citizens pushes me beyond anger.

No doubt our Comedian in Chief has a heck of a career in stand-up when he leaves the White House. While he is still in the White House he needs to cut the jokes and cut the crap. The realities od illegal immigration aren’t funny.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

PSA: Showing Proper Respect in a Culturally Diverse Society

In a culturally diverse society it is incumbent upon the citizenry to at all times show proper respect for those who may have customs or traditions that differ from the wider population.  Therefore, citizens should at all times refrain from showing any form of pride for the United States as this maybe be viewed as disrespectful to persons of various ethnic persuasions.  Examples of unacceptable behaviors are as follows:

Wearing clothing that bears the flag of the United States, wearing clothing in the colors red, white and blue, saying the the Pledge of Allegiance or singing offensive songs such as the National Anthem, America the Beautiful or God Bless America*.

Often citizens of the United States act in a particularly egregious manner on certain days of the year.  The following is a list of acceptable non-offensive holidays that may be observed:

May 31st is Royal Armed Forces Day (Brunei)

July 4th is Liberation Day (Rwanda)
September 6th is Eid el Fitr (Saudi Arabia)
October 11th is Moi Day (Kenya)
November 11th is Republic Day (Maldives)
November 25th is Statehood Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
December 25th looks pretty good but to be on the safe side please remember that in Pakistan it is celebrated as the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam therefore any direct references to Christ should be avoided.

In light of the fact every day is a national holiday somewhere, schoolchildren in the United States should dress only in black lest their classmates feel disrespected.

*Saying, or singing, God Damn America is acceptable and encouraged.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why Should I Care?

That was my attitude not all that long ago when the subject of an election held outside of my district came up.  I've learned that elections do matter and that when the opportunity arises to help, in any way, a true Conservative get elected, no matter where they are, you better act. 

Stacy McCain has put the call out for all Conservative bloggers to rally around  Tim Burns in PA-12.  Burns is a solid Conservative and this is our opportunity to shake the Dems to their core by moving John Murtha's seat in to the "R" column.

Check out, check out Stacy's post and pass it on.

Remember, this go around WE are the change.

Not Exactly Confidence Inspiring

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on our border security:

"It is as safe and secure as it's ever been,..."
and this gem:

...the Obama administration has shown an "absolute laserlike focus on that border."
Funny, I hadn't noticed.  Or as they would say in my little town, Janet Napolitano es muda como roca.

Napolitano goes on to put the cart before the horse by saying that we should be focusing on the illegals immigrants already here and then we can worry about securing the border.  Forgive me but it seems that anyone with an IQ higher than their pulse rate should know that reverting to the same old "amnesty for all" plan while leaving the borders essentially wide open ensures that a steady stream of illegals immigrants will continue to pour in unabated.  But maybe that is the Administration's plan.

Dan Riehl posts a YouTube titled Is Janet Napolitano a Liar?  I believe the answer is yes and incompetent to boot.

Contessa Brewer: "Why can't terrorists be white, Christian tea ba**ers like I want them to be?"

MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer is sad. Referring to the Times Square bombing, she said :

"I get frustrated...There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country."

Brewer continued, "...There are a lot of people who want to use terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry."

Well, bummer. It would all have been so much better if instead of the bomber being Faisal Shahzad it had turned out to be Bubba Jones who lives in the trailer park down there behind the Snuf N Stuf. You know the type-works at smelly garage during the day and drinks at the Beer Shed at night. The kind who goes huntin’ and fishin’ on the weekend and attends prayer services and Tea Parties. The kind of person who Contessa Brewer would never subject to “outdated bigotry.” Maybe someone who was a Hutaree, like the nine people arrested in southern Michigan earlier this year.

Speak of which, how’s that Hutaree prosecution working out?


During two days of hearings last week before U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts, prosecutors tried to show how dangerous they perceived the Hutaree militia to be by playing secretly recorded conversations. Those talks, however, revealed no specific plot. Under questioning by defense attorneys, the FBI's lead agent on the case seemed unprepared.

At last week's hearing, the FBI's lead case agent, Leslie Larsen, said she was hastily told by prosecutors that she had to testify. Defense lawyers pressed her for information about each defendant, but she said she hadn't lately looked at her reports and couldn't answer many questions.

The judge found her testimony "vague," noting the agent said militia members "may have been planning something."
One assumes that if the Hutaree "may have been planning something" that they also may not of have been planning something. If this is the best that the government can do I have wonder why these people were picked up to begin with. After all, talking smack isn’t typically illegal.

Could it be that the government wanted a white, Christian “terrorist” group so they could say, “See, we told you those crazy rightwingers were dangerous.”?

The Hutaree may be dangerous or they may just be obnoxious but the government’s zeal led to haste and a shoddy case. The American people deserve better from their government than agenda based prosecutions.

Not that I am accusing the current Administration of bigotry or anything.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

They Aren't "Criminals", They Are "Legally Challenged"

The Bride of Rove asks, “Why are Progressives Pro-Crime?” I don’t know that Progressives are pro-crime, per se, but with their up is down thinking Progressives are pro-criminal.

Progressives do not believe in right and wrong or in being judgmental, unless it pertains to the Tea Party members or some other unseemly group. Look at Roman Polanski. He isn’t a rapist, he is a Hollywood director! Everyone knows that in order for a rape to be “rape rape” it must be committed by the likes of a Duke Lacrosse team.

Progressives believe that criminals are simply “misunderstood.” They are victims of a cruel capitalist society that enslaves its citizens, thus forcing members of the citizenry to rebel and “act out.” People who fly planes into buildings or plant bombs at Time Square are simply reacting to America’s partnership with Israel. Illegal immigrants are merely seeking freedom and prosperity, which apparently this country provides in between bouts of fascism, imperialism and greed.

No matter the offense, its cause is deeply rooted in our misogyny, racism and colonialism. In fact, were Progressives to have their way, they would do any with term “criminal” and its negative connotations altogether. Perhaps “societially challenged” would be a better label for those whom society has done wrong

Monday, May 3, 2010

Answering the Question with a Non-Answer

For Charlie Crist the answer to every question is the same, "I'm going to do what is best for the people of Florida"  which translates as "I have no actual position on anything and will say whatever will get me elected."  Hell of a platform you got there, Chuck. 

I note that Chuck did answer the question about offshore drilling.  However, giving a safe answer without offering any concrete alternatives doesn't exactly qualify as political bravery.