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ACLU’s Tireless Work On Behalf of Terrorists

November 29th, 2009 at 12:48 am by Cranky

Really, there is no depth to which these people will not sink.

Stop the ACLU has the well researched details on the ACLU’s behind the scenes work to get the NYC civilian trial.

Can you imagine if the case of the mastermind of 9/11 was dismissed? If this happens, make sure to thank the ACLU. They were the culprits behindclosed doors working to make this a reality. The blood of innocents murdered in the future by those aspiring Islamist killers who will become emboldened by our manifest lack of will and strength will be on their hands.

One can only hope that President Obama ties himself very closely to this. Hopefully, it will turn out to be a shock when he discovers that the majority of Americans don’t share the same anti-American zeal that his advisors, activists and friends in the media do.

“What happened to yesterday?”

November 26th, 2009 at 4:43 pm by Nigel

Uh…drugs are bad. But sometimes they’re good. As in this animated short which tells the story of Dock Ellis and his 1970 LSD-enhanced no-hitter against the San Diego Padres:

The background:

If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres.

More interesting stuff from the producers of the video…

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all…

November 26th, 2009 at 10:44 am by Nigel

Hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to repost my Thanksgiving greeting from 2 years ago when I was at 11:

(No. That’s NOT my wife…)

For something just slightly less disturbing, the boyz at TNOYF have a historical retrospective on truths and myths surrounding Thanksgiving.

In it they reference a weak spot of mine:

Since I’ll miss the parade:

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

A Thanksgiving Apology

November 26th, 2009 at 8:58 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

First, the Obamessiah trots off to Europe for his apology tour. Then he bows to the Saudi king. Then he grovels at the feet of Japan’s head hibachi chef.

But this? This is way over the line.

Bowing and apologizing to a bird and all its forefeathers for all the white man’s crimes is no way to show strength to the creatures inhabiting the lower rungs of the food chain. They now know we’re paper eaters.

Just be thankful on this Thanksgiving that no matter who you are, you’ll never be as big a douche as our President.


Obama’s Thanksgiving reading list? A GQ with himself on the cover. Uberdouche.

Thanks to Cranky for the p-shop.

Chutzpah, It’s What’s For Dinner

November 24th, 2009 at 9:37 pm by Brian

Amid unimaginable and unprecedented deficit spending in The Worst Economy Since The Great Depression ™, one Barack Hussein Obama lets the US taxpayers feed and pamper several hundred multimillionaire Hollyweird bigshots while his loyalist minions contemplate yet another tax on the middle class to pay for the war we were already paying for in the first place. Headed by a Ways and Means Committee Chairman who should be indicted for tax evasion no less.

“We’re not trying to insult anybody. We’re just trying to keep in the forefront what the financial costs are,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) told POLITICO.

He says with a straight face after voting to quadruple the current deficit with one bill and claiming that it won’t cost you a thin dime.

Is there anything this government does that we don’t already pay for? They want to tax you harder for a war they have no intention of winning.

Sacrifice your Trillion dollar pet projects and bunk science boondoggles to pay for your War of Necessity? Hells no.

Praise the Hague and pass the Arugula.

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Meanwhile, in another part of the world, The Men who caught the mutilator behind the Fallujah Massacre are being court-martialed because the terrorist had an owie on his widdle wip.

The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

The inmates are truly running the asylum. We need another tax to fund the criminal prosecution of our own soldiers and to baby the madmen who mutilate their corpses (and hang them from bridges) while their Commander-in-Chief slobs knobs with the Hollywood directors who portray our troops as borderline lunatics waiting to snap.

Were that it true…

The Trial of The Next Century

November 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 pm by Cranky

So, Khalid Sheik Mohammad is being tried in a civilian court in New York City. What could go wrong with that?

Day 1 – KSM slips out of the courtroom with Lynne Stewart and proceeds to lead NYPD on a three hour chase through midtown Manhattan.

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Day 15-46 – Leading defense attorneys seek diligently for a jury pool of peers – terror-bent Islamic jihadis. Failing that, they seek sympathetic jurors.

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Day 132 – Closing arguments.

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Throughout – The media savvy judge maintains the highest standards of jurisprudence and decorum.

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And Day 289 – The Verdict.

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Well, there’s always hope that KSM will spend the rest of his life looking for the real killers. With AG Holder’s help, we may be able to capture them in Crawford, Texas.

(If you liked this, then thanks to Brian and Nigel for the ideas. If not, I did this by myself.)

How desperate are the Global Warming Chicken-Littles?

November 23rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm by Nigel

This desperate. From an AP “Science” writer Seth Borenstein (story is written as fact, not opinion):

Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated _ beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then.

As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons of ice…

Trillions of tons of ice? TRILLIONS? Oh…SHIT! I live in San Diego…surely my beautiful seaside city is doomed. The effect of TRILLIONS of tons of ice melting has been…

The world’s oceans have risen by about an inch and a half.

An INCH AND A HALF!

Of course all of this global warming hysteria is bullshit. And how are we supposed to believe any of the data we are fed in light of this?

The world is waking up to Al Gore’s big fraud. Yet that won’t stop some last gasps of hysteria from global warming chicken-littles:

You know what else “global warming” is causing? Prostitution and HIV infections!:

The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said.

Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Food Population Fund (UNFPA), said women in the Philippines are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the country.

“Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection,” Mukherjee said during the Wednesday launch of the UNFPA annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City.

The Corn Pone Cloward-Pivens

November 22nd, 2009 at 6:48 am by Brian

Take a good look at your future America. Tennessee has the healthcare model you’re getting ready to have ramrodded down your throat:

State officials have talked about letting felons out of prison and capping benefits for TennCare recipients. They’ve brought up the possibility of cutting highway patrols in 13 counties and raising fees for a driver’s license for the first time in more than two decades.

Seven years after a debate over a personal income tax split the state, Tennessee again faces a massive budget shortfall, one that could force political leaders to reduce spending by as much as $1.5 billion next year.

Of course, The Tennessean newspaper being The Tennessean, everything is passed through the prism of how can we use this manufactured crisis to our advantage by instituting an unconstitutional state income tax.

TennCare is southern-speak for HillaryCare and is the Dr. Jekyll to Obamacare’s Mr. Hyde.

The first thing we discovered is that private insurance companies dumped the sickest among us onto the taxpayers. The “pool” of the chronically ill, with pre-existing medical conditions, were shifted from private plans to TennCare. The past practice of apportioning out the chronically ill among private insurers was scrapped. The chronically ill paid high premiums, but most were glad to get coverage of any kind.

We also discovered that many businesses stopped offering health insurance and threw their employees onto the TennCare rolls. In many cases, the businesses had no choice. If you operated a motel and offered health insurance for employees and the motel across the road had employees on TennCare, how are you supposed to compete? The state is also home to many small manufacturing plants who have wage scales so low even the working poor with children were eligible to sign up for TennCare. The rolls exploded and soon one in five Tennesseans were enrolled in TennCare. Over a million people on TennCare in a state of five million residents.

And every deadbeat in driving distance of the eight states that touch us made Tennessee their new home. Or at least mailing address.

Doubling state tax receipts could never match the spending excesses of this government. In response, in their infinite wisdom, the state will now unleash the felons in your community, fire the cops, shut down the parks (because Nature was never available before you had several full time TWRA patrolmen at every location) and shutter the libraries.

A few years ago they instituted the state lottery to help in-state students get a college education and before it could even fund the first wave of students they started diverting the funds to CREATING a statewide pre-K option that would need to be funded every year after.

Make no mistake – this is a manufactured crisis to bring up the unconstitutional income tax debate (again) and if you think that throwing more money at a spending problem is going to make it better I have a slightly used socialized healthcare program I’d like to sell you.

URGENT: Senate To Vote Saturday (Today!) On Healthcare Takeover

November 20th, 2009 at 8:26 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Your scumbag Senators are poised to vote on this shit sandwich tomorrow night. If they get cloture, they’ll get their bill and you’ll lose many of your basic, fundamental freedoms.

CALL, FAX, EMAIL YOUR SENATORS TODAY.

Find your Senators here.

Enjoy the full list of freedom-robbing tax hikes and mandates here.

The corruptocrats have already bought of Mary Landrieu for $100 million. There’s plenty more where that came from, so there’s no time to waste.

THE BRIBES ARE FLYING FAST AND FURIOUS

UPDATE:

The lines are pretty jammed up but I got through to Bob Corker’s office and they say he will vote against cloture and against the bill. If you can’t get through to the DC office, call their local offices in your area.

Contact information for Tennessee Senators is below the jump.

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Western Pennsylvania…are you really that stupid?

November 20th, 2009 at 8:05 am by Nigel

Why do you keep electing that slimeball, John Murtha? I saw this on Glenn Beck last night:

Republican William Russell couldn’t even come within 15 points of Murtha in the 2008 congressional election. Sheesh. Western Pennsylvania…are you stupid, apathetic, or just bought off?

Russell is gearing up for another run at Murtha in 2010.

Hey Parents!

November 19th, 2009 at 7:31 pm by Cranky

Why not get one of these titles for your precocious little ones this Holiday Season™

How liberals define “accomplishment”

November 19th, 2009 at 2:38 pm by Nigel

Check out libtard Dan Benbow’s fabulous defense of Barack Obama’s “accomplishments”.:

Elected to confront colossal real world problems, Barack Obama has faced a steady onslaught from the 5150 elements of the right over trivialities such as his bowing to the Saudi King, issuing a qualified opinion on police conduct in Cambridge, and suggesting to schoolchildren that they should hit the books and make something of their lives.

Obama’s small tax increase on the fat and happy sliver of the country that benefited from Bush’s economic policies was spun as an attack on the common man by “teabaggers,” and public discussions of earnest efforts to reform our horrorshow healthcare system were hijacked by “everyday people” armed with insurance industry talking points. Republican Senator Jim DeMint flatly declared, “If we’re able to stop Obama on [healthcare reform] it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

The temper tantrums of stunted and confused people are to be expected, but Obama is getting it from progressives too: for not repealing ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’; for not releasing torture photos; for not dismantling Bush’s Big Brother power apparatus; for some fox-guarding-the-henhouse appointments and other sops to corporate interests; and for his unwillingness to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Even despite these obstacles, the peanut gallery caricature of a do-nothing president is at odds with Obama’s extensive public record. This turbulent moment is a good time to take stock of the many things for which we should be grateful.

Barack Obama...not just playing golf!

Barack Obama...not just playing golf!

Then Benbow goes on to his “list”. Among President Barry’s Nobel-Prize-worthy “accomplishments:

* Getting elected!

* Writing down his “goals”

* Choosing as Attorney General a man who was instrumental in pardoning criminal Marc Rich, who dismissed a uncontested voter intimidation case against two Philadelphia Black Panthers, and dropped a military tribunal against a jihadi murderer so he can make a show trial here in the US. But at least Holder is black!

* Signed an executive order pledging money we don’t have to fund killing of babies in foreign countries.

* Giving a television interview on Arab TV whilst on his first apology tour.

* Allowing the press to exploit our fallen soldiers by photographing their coffins.

* “Reaching out” to our foreign enemies.

* Expanding a fraud-ridden Americorps.

* Withdrawing US support for Israel.

* Awarding Presidential Medals of Freedom to Gay Rights “Pioneers” Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King. (Oh, and one to the killer of Mary Jo Kopechne.)

* Nominating the first Hispanic-Female Supreme Court Justice. Have you noticed a pattern here? Liberals consider simply naming appointments or award recipients based on race or sexual orientation rather than on qualifications an “accomplishment”.

* And…tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend!

These are the “accomplishments” liberals point to when critics wonder what Obama has really done with his Presidency. And those critics ARE wrong….Obama has done PLENTY:

* Invited SEIU thug/President Andy Stern to the White House 22 times…or 18 times more than his Secretary of State and 20 times more than “comedian” Martin Lawrence.

* Playing as much golf in less than 1 year as President, then his predecessor did during his entire 8 years in the White House.

* Spent more time saluting flags in foreign countries than he has saluting our OWN flag.

I could list dozens of other “Obama accomplishments”, but unlike Benbow I have a real job. Feel free to list your favorite Obama “accomplishments” in the comments section.

No Wonder They Keep Coming Back

November 19th, 2009 at 1:31 am by Brian

From the Dept. of Unfortunate Headlines at The Guardian:

“Somali pirates beaten off in second attack on Maersk Alabama”

Though I’m certain it caught them off guard I’d hope that’s not ‘Plan A’.

Quite possibly the gayest thing I have ever seen

November 16th, 2009 at 10:50 pm by Nigel

During MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL? Does The Gap even know the demographic that watches football?

Go Kwanzaa!:

Other Breaches of Protocol

November 15th, 2009 at 11:36 pm by Cranky

Certainly, President Obama’s bows before Saudi royalty and the Japanese emperor as well as Michelle Obama’s inappropriate groping of the Queen of England have raised eyebrows across the world. But our President continues his gaffe-fest unabated.

Witness these unfortunate faux pases.

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Shirtless horseback riding is strictly reserved for Russian leadership.

Remember the embarrassing moment when Obama went pec-to-pec with Vladimir Putin? Sure, he looked hot enough for Jann Wenner to have a wet dream, but the whole “gay weekend” thing with President Putin put America’s “secure in its masculinity” index deep into the red.

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Never use a parrot in a pissing contest.

And who could forget when President Obama showed up to a White House meet and greet with Hugo Chavez with a bigger parrot than Chavez? My goodness, Chavez almost declared that he smelled brimstone.

Why Obama Bows

November 14th, 2009 at 8:33 pm by Cranky

It took some digging, but this important message from the CEO of Sony might explain why President Obama bowed so deeply before Emperor Akihiro. It’s because Barack Obama is half Caucasian.

ps. Gotta keep working on the video skills.

Eric Holder Resigns To Represent Khalid Sheik Mohammed

November 14th, 2009 at 12:43 pm by Brian

It’s not too far fetched.  After all, his old law firm was representing at least 17 Gitmo detainees earlier this year.  What?  Is Lynne Stewart not available?  She is out of jail after all and now celebrated on the college talk circuit.

The last time New York put on a trial for the terrorists, the Blind Sheik’s attorney was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support that directly led to the deaths of hundreds:

One of the most incendiary communications was a message Stewart herself gave to the Reuters news service in June 2000 in which the sheikh announced his withdrawal of support for a cease-fire between the Egyptian Islamic Group and the Egyptian government.[12] The truce had been in place since 1997, just after his followers in Egypt had opened fire on tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, killing 58 foreigners and 4 Egyptians.[13] Subsequently, high-casualty Islamist terrorism resumed in Egypt on October 7, 2004, with a series of bombings that killed 34 in and around the Egyptian Sinai resort of Taba. On July 23, 2005, three bombs exploded in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing at least 64.

Government investigators searching Stewart’s law offices found a draft of the sheikh’s fatwa that bin Laden later said inspired him.[14] In it, Abdel Rahman enjoined his fellow Muslims everywhere to kill Americans, even children, “to treat them with brutality,” and to “drown their ships, shoot down their airplanes, kill them on earth, in the sea or in the sky, kill them everywhere you find them” in order to obtain his release from U.S. prison.[15]
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In May of 2000, according to the prosecution, tapes indicate that Yousry told the sheikh and Stewart that the Abu Sayyaf group had kidnapped tourists in the Philippines and was threatening to kill them if the sheikh and Ramzi Yousef were not released. Stewart commented, “Good for them.”

All while the Blind Sheik’s show trial was being held in New York. “How could he have been responsible when he was locked up in jail all night?”, as the Joker might ask.

“Bottom line is we have had terrorists housed in New York before,” Mr. Schumer said.

This is what Eric Holder is demanding today and he should be relieved of his duties.  He has a major conflict of interest in that his law firm is representing the enemy that he is now charged with prosecuting.

As time will tell, we will see that he will be prosecuting the United States and the previous administration and not the men who attacked this country on September 11th.

In that, the terrorists won.  They kill us and we give them an attorney, a culturally sensitive meal three times a day and a taxpayer supplied prayer rug to wish for our deaths.

They won our national election in November 2008 and now they are just rubbing it in.

This decision befits President Obama’s rushed and misguided announcement on his second day in office that he would close Gitmo within a year. This was before the Administration had thought through what to do with the 215 prisoners there, though it did win him applause in Europe and on the American left. Yesterday’s decision rids Gitmo of these meddlesome detainee cases in order to speed up this entirely political shutdown.

I know I’ve said it before.  Back before the election I was speaking with a colleague about how you can’t worry about politics so much and that once in a great while that you have to let go and put your faith in the hands of the American people to do the right thing.

Again, boy was I wrong.   America voted to lose and got exactly what it wanted.

Moving Up From Fact Checking SNL

November 14th, 2009 at 11:04 am by Cranky

Our watchdog media uncovers the fact behind Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue. Thank You Know Who that these people are on the job.

PALIN: Says Obama has admitted that the climate change policy he seeks will cause people’s electricity bills to “skyrocket.”

THE FACTS: She correctly quotes a comment attributed to Obama in January 2008, when he told San Francisco Chronicle editors that under his cap-and-trade climate proposal, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” as utilities are forced to retrofit coal burning power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Obama has argued since then that climate legislation can blunt the cost to consumers. Democratic legislation now before Congress calls for a variety of measures aimed at mitigating consumer costs. Several studies predict average household costs probably would be $100 to $145 a year.

Thanks for the DNC talking point, couldn’t have found it myself.

More from the mighty Mark Steyn.

Breaking: Football Players Are Stupid

November 12th, 2009 at 10:29 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Well, not all of them, just a very healthy percentage.

Three freshman Vols arrested, two charged with armed robbery.

KNOXVILLE – Three University of Tennessee football players this morning face attempted armed robbery charges

Janzen Jackson, Michael Edwards and Nu’Keese Richardson, all 18, were charged this morning after an armed robbery attempt at a Pilot station on Cumberland Avenue, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Each player faces three counts of attempted armed robbery.

UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton released a statement this morning about the episode.

“At this time we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson,” Hamilton said. “Any decisions or comments regarding their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete.”

Both Richardson and Jackson are coming off a week in which they faced discipline from Vols coach Lane Kiffin, the former for missing a practice and the latter for a violation of team rules.

Kiffin has touted the discipline in his program and a clean arrest record as recently as Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.

Well, CLK, now’s your chance to make an example of these thugs. Your predecessor, the Great Pumpkin, would find some reason to keep these three on the team – at least, that is, if they were going to contribute. Kick these pieces of trash of the team and off campus and set the right tone for this program going forward.

Jackson was going to be the next Eric Berry, what a stupid asshole. What a trio of stupid assholes.

UPDATE:

If you want a peek into the intellectual firepower of this trio, check out Edwards’ Twitter page. Warning: Not Safe for Brain Cells. via Tony B

Dear Leader Votes Present Yet Again

November 12th, 2009 at 9:08 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

The Obamessiah doesn’t like any of the options that his advisors have presented him with regard to Afghanistan. His biggest gripe about these options is that they each require him to make a decision. Making a decision is not something the Obamessiah is comfortable doing.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama won’t accept any of the Afghanistan war options before him without changes, a senior administration official said, as concerns soar over the ability of the Afghan government to secure its own country one day.

Obama’s stance comes as his own ambassador in Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, is voicing strong dissent about a U.S. troop increase, according to a second administration official.

Eikenberry’s misgivings center on a concern that bolstering the American presence in Afghanistan could make the country more reliant on the U.S., not less. He expressed them in forcefully worded cables to Washington just ahead of Obama’s latest war meeting Wednesday.

How about doing something for our troops that are in harms way over there? Oh that’s right, you’re on the other team, aren’t you?

Thank goodness Hitlery threw her $0.02 in for good measure.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that she is concerned about Afghanistan’s “corruption, lack of transparency, poor governance (and) absence of the rule of law.”

Funny how our government is only concerned about these things when applied to foreign countries. “Corruption, lack of transparency, poor governance and absence of the rule of law,” is exactly what we have in Washington DC. I hope Afghanistan doesn’t decide to pull its troops out of the US as a consequence.

Even Paglia Gets It?

November 11th, 2009 at 11:13 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes

If you can make it through the first vomitous paragraphs where Camille can’t stop praising Pelosi for having a vagina, she puts together some of the best descriptions of the healthcare nightmare bill I’ve seen yet.

But this rigid, intrusive and grotesquely expensive bill is a nightmare. Holy Hygeia, why can’t my fellow Democrats see that the creation of another huge, inefficient federal bureaucracy would slow and disrupt the delivery of basic healthcare and subject us all to a labyrinthine mass of incompetent, unaccountable petty dictators?

Petty dictators is about all we have left in Washington now, Camille. Nice of you to notice.

A second issue souring me on this bill is its failure to include the most common-sense clause to increase competition and drive down prices: portability of health insurance across state lines. What covert business interests is the Democratic leadership protecting by stopping consumers from shopping for policies nationwide? Finally, no healthcare bill is worth the paper it’s printed on when the authors ostentatiously exempt themselves from its rules. The solipsistic members of Congress want us peons to be ground up in the communal machine, while they themselves gambol on in the flowering meadow of their own lavish federal health plan. Hypocrites!

Ironically (or perhaps not so), purchasing insurance across state lines is one of the reforms urged in the GOP health plan. I wonder if that makes Camille feel icky.

And why are we even considering so gargantuan a social experiment when the nation is struggling to emerge from a severe recession? It’s as if liberals are starry-eyed dreamers lacking the elementary ability to project or predict the chaotic and destabilizing practical consequences of their utopian fantasies. Republicans, on the other hand, have basically sat on their asses about healthcare reform for the past 20 years and have shown little interest in crafting legislative solutions to social inequities. The usual GOP floater about private medical savings accounts is a crock — something that, given the astronomical costs of major medical crises, would be utterly unworkable for families of even average household income.

International models of socialized medicine have been developed for nations and populations that are usually vastly smaller than our own. There are positives and negatives in their system as in ours. So what’s the point of this trade? The plight of the uninsured (whose number is far less than claimed) should be directly addressed without co-opting and destroying the entire U.S. medical infrastructure. Limited, targeted reforms can ban gouging and unfair practices and can streamline communications now wastefully encumbered by red tape. But insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry are not the sole cause of mounting healthcare costs, and constantly demonizing them is a demagogic evasion.

How dare anyone claim humane aims for this bill anyhow when its funding is based on a slashing of Medicare by over $400 billion? The brutal abandonment of the elderly here is unconscionable. One would have expected a Democratic proposal to include an expansion of Medicare, certainly not its gutting. The passive acquiescence of liberal commentators to this vandalism simply demonstrates how partisan ideology ultimately desensitizes the mind.

Again, she pretty much gets it right, which makes me feel icky. While much of the rest of her column is the usual bilge, you must give credit where it’s due.

The Myth Of The Blue Dog

November 11th, 2009 at 11:19 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Tennessee’s own Jim Cooper – who so many are quick to point out is a “moderate” or “blue dog” – is every bit the treasury looter that the rest of his brothers and sisters are on the left side of the aisle. He proved it with his gutless vote on Pelosi’s H.R. Communist Healthcare Takeover Bill this past weekend.

But, like waking up next to the bearded fat chick you picked up at Roosters the night before, Jimbo has suddenly decided that debt is bad, mmmmmkay. Testifying in a Senate hearing this week, Cooper called our national debt a “cancer”. This guy is either a complete idiot or knows that nobody is paying attention to the untreated sewage that flows forth from his mouth pipe.

I believe that the greatest threat to our nation’s economic security is our long-term fiscal imbalance. At the end of the 2008 fiscal year, the Treasury Department’s “Financial Report of the United States Government” reported the present value of our unfunded liabilities at $56 trillion, or almost four times the GDP of America.

2009’s Financial Report will be released in about a month, and it’s likely to report unfunded liabilities over $60 trillion, having tripled in just a decade. That means for every day we delay reform, we sink $11 billion deeper.

In my opinion, we have fiscal cancer, and it is metastasizing so quickly that, all too soon, no surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation will be enough to save us. Albert Einstein is supposed to have said that the most powerful force on earth is not nuclear power, but compound interest.

What about that 1.2 trillion dollar cancer you and your fellow socialists just passed for Dominatrix Nancy?

Although I am not satisfied that the House bill passed this weekend meets these goals, I know that many of my Senate colleagues like you have worked to make fiscal responsibility a central focus of the debate. I look forward to working with you all to ensure that, when the President signs health reform into law, we will improve our short-term and long-term economic outlook.

So, in other words, the bill he voted YES on will probably not meet these goals, but that shouldn’t stop the power-brokers from throwing trillions of more dollars down the Federal Rathole while stripping regular Americans of more of their Liberty.

Further evidence of Cooper’s lack of any kind of grip on reality is his solution for our debt “cancer”. He freely admits that he just voted to make it much, much worse, but mama say that just the way it beees sometimes.

“So, how can we fix it? The best course is more direct spending cuts, but we all know how likely those are. The second-best solution is a top-level commission to force congressional action.”

“Senators, our country is in a huge amount of trouble because we have spent money we do not have for years. This behavior is like a cancer that is killing us and it’s getting worse. I should know. Just 3 days ago I added over $2 trillion dollars to the $55 to $60 trillion dollars of unfunded mandates in the area of health care alone that threaten to cripple our Economy. The President and Congress all understand that it is precisely that sort of health care spending that has put us in this mess and so we’re going to fix it. Yessirree … we’re going to reduce that pesky deficit spending. We all know the best and most effective way to do that would be to reduce deficit spending. So, we’re not going to push for that because it might be hard on our chances to get re-elected. What we should, therefore, do as a fall back position is to have another Congressional panel to make non-binding recommendations to Congress telling them they should cut spending while not actually insisting that they do. That way everyone acknowledges the problem, we are all seen as doing something about it and nothing really has to change. And by the time the country implodes, we’ll all be out of office. Any questions? Thank you for the opportunity to testify today.”

This is what passes for leadership when our country is run by ACORN and the SEIU.

This is just one of so many sunzabitches that should be mopping floors instead of trying to run governments. You middle-Tennesseans have a job to do. Get rid of this guy, forthwith.

Facebook post of the day

November 10th, 2009 at 1:32 pm by Nigel

Comes from Buffet friend Stacy, formerly of Still Stacy. You can tell she raises her children well:

From my 13 year old just now: “I’m gonna make a new hot dog called a Barney Frank. It’ll be fat and full of shit”.

Taken down by a 13-year-old

Taken down by a 13-year-old

Stacy, we miss your bloggy-goodness. Her archives are password protected, but I managed to lift this almost in its entirety when I was still at 11.

Why Daddy Drinks, Indeed

November 10th, 2009 at 11:20 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Humorist, Buffet friend and all-around good guy Ronald Hart has just released his new book, No Such Thing As A Pretty Good Alligator Wrestler: Kids, Politics and Family-Why Daddy Drinks

Pick it up at Amazon.Com or visit his website for discounts on multiple copies for the coming Ramahanakwanzmas gift-giving season.

He gets some props from P.J. O’Rourke, among others:

The best thing about Ron Hart is that you don’t have to crack wise about his name. He isn’t “Hartless” or “all Hart” (although he does produce “Harty” laughs). Unlike certain organic-type commentators, Ron uses his head. He exhibits guts aplenty, but what we get most from Ron is brains.

– P.J. O’Rourke, political satirist and best-selling author

Let’s face it, we can all use a good laugh or three these days.

Better Late than Never, I Guess

November 10th, 2009 at 10:56 am by Nigel

Thank you Mr. President for doing the right thing hereeven if W did beat you to it.

Now let the ass-kissing begin.

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