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Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes.
Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat. We’ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support.
However, I’m so used to disappointment over the last decade or so, I can’t bring myself to truly enjoy it. If this rising red tide carries through November, however, all bets are off and there’s going to be a river of PBR-flavored puke rolling down my street and into the Tennessee river for a day or two.
UPDATE: Cranky here adding a little victory dance to PTH’s party.
What do you say when a governor is elected by a majority of voters, is put through the legitimate recall process and again wins the majority of votes in the recall?
Well, if you don’t get your way, you’d call it the “death of democracy”.
Sorry Chuckles, but the voters consider the loss of some of your collective bargaining rights and the goodies that come with enjoying a higher level of benefits than the average Wisconsinite worth the exchange for a government that can actually balance its checkbook and somehow see improvement in education.
March 16th, 2011 at 10:58 am by Preston Taylor Holmes
We’ll all be eating dog food soon, so might as well get used to it. This is why the corruptocrats who run our country exclude food and gas when they calculate the rate of inflation. They know that most Americans are too busy with their finger in their own pie watching Glee to be bothered with discerning the difference.
The catastrophe in Japan continues. You may have noticed a lack of urgent coverage here, and that’s for several reasons. First, unlike so many other really important bloggers, we don’t claim to be a news site. A more important reason is that, besides the fact that thousands of people have died and entire towns have been reduced to rubble, the details of the nuclear crisis are truly unknown. We can speculate all day long, but there are too many conflicting reports to jump/not jump off a bridge. What we can do is donate to relief efforts and pray for the victims, if you’re so inclined.
Needless to say, with a world economy already teetering on the brink, this was the last thing Japan, or anybody else, needed.
Gas prices continue to skyrocket. Even chubby-chasing President Clifford says that he is in support of some new drilling. He also wants us to start drilling for our own oil. (rim shot)
As Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said before Tuesday’s House vote on the latest continuing resolution, “It’s time to take a stand for taxpayers and future generations. Things don’t change in Washington, D.C., until they have to. It will not be possible to put our fiscal house in order without a fight. By giving liberals in the Senate another three weeks of negotiations, we will only delay a confrontation that must come. I say, ‘Let it come now. It’s time to take a stand.’ … House Republicans need to tell liberals in the Senate, ‘This far and no further.’ Nobody wants a government shutdown, but unless we take a stand, we will shut down the future for our children and grandchildren.”
There are a small minority of Republicans in the House and Senate who get it, but their GOP brothers and sisters are too gutless to do what needs to be done. We need more a lot more Governor Walkers and a lot fewer Senator Alexanders.
In other, far less important news, the upcoming NFL season is in doubt. Apparently being paid millions to play a game is equal to slavery in this day and age. I love pro football, but I’d be fine with letting these overpaid asses sit at home for a year while we watch some XFL-style scabs beat each other up on the RedZone.
Encouraged by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth to oppose the bill, the GOP defectors complained that the three week extension did not withhold funding for the health care law, Planned Parenthood and other programs.
“I am convinced that a vote for the CR is a vote to not fight against ObamaCare,” Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said in a statement encouraging other members to join her in opposition. “The time has come to take a stand.”
After the vote, Florida Rep. Allen West — a Tea Party-backed freshman member who voted against the measure — said he couldn’t support the bill in good faith.
“People have to be able to sleep with themselves. I know that I can look myself in the mirror and explain my vote very well to my constituents back in South Florida,” West said. “We have got to start making some of the hard choices and decisions. That’s adult leadership.”
WEST PHILADELPHIA – January 19, 2011 (WPVI) — A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling “house of horrors” that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged with murder in the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion.
That last woman was just a late-late-late-late-late term abortion, so pay that no mind.
“Doctor” Gosnell represents a kind of evil that is very difficult to comprehend, yet, at its core, is shared by so many. As a doctor (obviously very well versed in the right to choose), surely he knew that the loving left has magically discovered in the Constitution the right to partially deliver the baby, then use the scissors, making it all “safe, legal and rare,” right?
In a nearly 300-page grand jury report filled with ghastly, stomach-turning detail, prosecutors said Pennsylvania regulators ignored complaints of barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s clinic, which catered to poor, immigrant and minority women in the city’s impoverished West Philadelphia section.
Margaret Sanger is looking up and smiling at the good doctor, so proud that he is willing to continue the important genocidal work that she began so many years ago. I thought these were the kind of back-alley, coat-hanger clinics that would only exist after abortion was outlawed? This is all so confusing – and sickening.
Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions of dollars over three decades performing thousands of dangerous abortions, many of them illegal late-term procedures. His clinic had no trained nurses or medical staff other than Gosnell, a family physician not certified in obstetrics or gynecology, prosecutors said.
At least two women died from the procedures, while scores more suffered perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses, authorities said.
It was a butcher shop, not a medical clinic, but protecting the rights of women is dirty work and somebody has to do it.
If you have a strong stomach and want a window into what evil looks like, read the whole thing. Whether you do or you don’t, pray for this sick, soulless country.
- Referencing the Constitution = murderous rightwing psychopath
- America’s junior colleges are now producing turbocharged rightwing psychopaths inspired by Marx, Bill Ayers and The Decemberists. Our nation’s John Birch Society dominated faculties must be stopped before someone else reads the Constitution without a license.
- Without any evidence that a suspect ever actually saw a webpage on a former Republican VP candidate’s PAC site, it is completely easy to connect-the-dots that the webpage is what caused him to go on a kill crazy rampage against a local Democrat candidate he supported.
- Anthropmorphic Rhetorical Warming caused by AM radio commentators and way-down-the-paycable dial, former political candidate reality shows are threatening our civic ozone layer and must be regulated by temperate leftwing bloggers who never raise their voices in anger or assign nefarious motives to their ideological opponents for political gain.
- Obama needed his Oklahoma City Bombing moment. Will using a dead 9 year old girl as a human shield to advance a national gun grab do or will Markos Moulitsas, Jane Hamsher and Charles Johnson activate their sleeper cells on an elementary school a la the Beslan Massacre.
- As the head Sheriff of Pima County, AZ, it is perfectly acceptable to wildly speculate about the motivations behind a killer, whose identity you do not know, to deflect attention from you failing at your job. When revealed what the motivations are – you do not have to apologize to the people you wrongfully accused. They were thinking it regardless of whether they acted on it. (ed. – Also applies to New York Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC commentators).
- Sarah Palin is the Kevin Bacon of Tragedy. Everything that’s wrong in the world is her fault no matter how tangentially related.
As Sheila Jackson Lee notes, we need not worry about this, as “today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace.” So, don’t get too worked up, and stuff.
If by “violent, racist teabagger” you mean “Pakistani” and by “Wal-Mart” you mean “plane bound for Dubai“. Dubai, of course, has a long history of extremist, anti-government rhetoric dating all the way back to their Confederate days during The Civil War up until their staunch opposition to Obamacare.
If that were true and these TEA Party protests were really just an excuse for people who a hate a black president to express themselves under the guise of anti-taxes / anti-socialist takeovers that would make it acceptable as well, correct?
When John Edwards was having his well-known affair, that the press dutifully covered-up, I used to always hear that no one had any video evidence to support the charges so he was innocent until we had video and audio to support such slanderous accusations. All accusations must be witnessed, notarized and apostilled. And then The National Enquirer did.
I led the first demonstrations in South Carolina, the sit ins… And quite frankly I heard some things today I have not heard since that day. I heard people saying things that I have not heard since March 15, 1960 when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus.“
Yet now it’s Clyburn who is ordering hundreds of millions of people to the back of the bus while the government turns it’s hoses of slander in the mainstream press on protesters to accuse them of being racists and faggots. It’s tragic that we can measure how far we’ve come as a society in irony.
The protest drew a smaller crowd than the tens of thousands who marched in 2006 and 2007.
Protesters stopped at the offices of military contractor Halliburton — where they tore apart an effigy of former Vice President and Halliburton Chief Executive Dick Cheney — the Mortgage Bankers Association and The Washington Post offices.
When confronted with Obama’s continued War For Oil in Iraq, elevation of hostilities in Afghanistan, and love of killing civilians with drone attacks in Pakistan, fellow moonbats found him to have an acceptable amount of blood on his hands:
“He’s kept Guantanamo open, he’s continued to use indefinite detention,” Nader said. The only real difference, he said, is that “Obama’s speeches are better.”
Others were more conciliatory toward Obama. Shirley Allan of Silver Spring, Md., carried a sign that read, “President Obama We love you but we need to tell you! Your hands are getting bloody!! Stop it now.”
Allan thought it was going too far to call Obama a war criminal but said she is deeply disappointed that the conflicts are continuing.
“He has to know it’s unacceptable,” Allan said. “I am absolutely disappointed.”
Again, their condemnation is not so much selective as it is transparent in political convenience.
His hands are “getting bloody” from wars. If Shirley would kindly notice, his hands were already bloody from a lifetime of being wrist deep in dead babies.
July 22nd, 2009 at 12:43 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes
Stuart Schwartz at the American Thinker has penned a scathing takedown of Peggy Noonan’s obsession with Sarah Palin. It is absolutely brilliant.
It’s brilliant because it’s beautifully written and spot on, but it is also brilliant because it nails the liberal country-club leadership of the GOP in the process. Noonan is one of the standard-bearers of the elitist, liberal, big-spending Republican party – the anti-Jim Demint, if you will. It cannot be denied, Peggy is skullcrushingly jealous of Sarah Palin, and simply can’t tolerate us rubes in flyover country, period.
You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. But it’s not the normal kind of jealous, the kind reserved for girlfriends who can squeeze into size 2 jeans. No, it’s the kind of jealous that hurts, that grabs your gut and twists, that has you howling with rage into your pillow in the middle of the night, screaming “It’s not fair” like a two-year-old denied another piece of cake. It is Sarah Palin jealous…and it is consuming you.
And, what’s worse, everyone continues to talk about her. You’ve tried everything, using your mainstream media platforms, your Wall Street Journal columns, and powerful friends — so many of them — to savage her, to give her a rhetorical beating so fierce that it would bring a smile to the face of Vince McMahon — if you knew who he is, and if you had ever watched a WWE wrestling match, which he heads. “She is a complete elite confection. She might as well have been a bonbon,” you wrote, your $300 manicured fingers shaking on the keyboard.
Can’t you just visualize Peggy sitting down at her Mac laptop, sipping an $8 Starbucks latte, eyes filled with rage and disbelief that someone left the servants’ door open, allowing this weapon-wielding guttersnipe into the comfy, elitist confines of the GOP?
You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. You don’t understand it. Sure, maybe she has accomplished a few things (like the $26 billion dollar natural gas pipeline deal, restructuring Alaskan government, and taking an ice pick to corrupt politicians). But she has no style, no pizzazz — she just does stuff. But so do you — and you can’t understand why you don’t get the same adoration. After all, didn’t you go before the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission and not just protest, but elegantly protest — so said The New York Times — a 16-story tower a developer wanted to build in your ritzy Upper East Side Manhattan neighborhood? Sarah Palin wouldn’t have done that; she’s not brilliant enough to understand preservation. She probably would have looked at the jobs the construction would create and given it a déclassé “Hell yeah!”
You’re Peggy Noonan and you’re jealous. Your “beyond the mundane” co-founders — “buds” as the Sarah Palin types so crassly put it-for your new venture are the essence of your kind of middle America: they include “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl; actresses Candice Bergen (actress, Democratic and Planned Parenthood spokesperson), Whoopi Goldberg (dropped by advertisers after a nasty Bush joke at a Democratic fundraiser and then hired by The View, a Barbara Walters talk show on ABC ), and Marlo Thomas (a major Democratic donor who is married to Bush-hater Phil Donahue), your type of conservatives, which puts them a bit to the right of Hugo Chavez. But after a year the audience is less than 20 percent of what you defined as success, your investors are worried, and the same women who pack Sarah Palin rallies are ignoring your venture, which features such pieces as “Michelle Obama’s Scintillating Style” and “French Fashion Designers Churn Out Stylish Burqhas.”
Speaking of the elitists in the GOP, who want to keep liberal Republicans like Charlie Crist and John McCain in power, they will be none-too-pleased to know that actual conservative Pat Toomey has pulled into a tie with former-RINO Snarlin’ Arlen Sphincter in PA. Now if Marco Rubio can gain some traction in Florida, we can really get a GOP purge underway.
No disrespect intended, I didn’t even know he was still around.
B-Mac here: I usually don’t add on to a post but when it comes to Satan’s Anchorman, it’s worth noting that he did as much to secure defeat in Vietnam as anyone and the aftermath is still felt today whether you’re a sweatshop worker still toiling under that Soviet-backed communist regime, the bones littering the killing fields of Cambodia, or a Latin American strongman threatening to overthrow a democracy. The precedent stands when a US President sits on his hands.
Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi’s victory?
A: It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.
Q: Did the Politburo pay attention to these visits?
A: Those people represented the conscience of America. The conscience of America was part of its war-making capability, and we were turning that power in our favor. America lost because of its democracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win.
Of course, the “Conscience of America” is a direct reference to Walter Cronkite. Though they could win one battle they knew they could not win the war without the help of Cronkite. And boy, did they ever get it. He may have been wearing a suit on tv but he might has well have been dressed in a pair of black pajamas. Indeed, Walter Cronkite was the Original Pajamas Media.
It’s no wonder that whenever America faces an enemy - be they an entrenched Marxist dictatorship, a teetering rogue nation, or a pack of Islamofascist hyenas that they can never underestimate what an ally they have in the American media.
For every Cronkite dead, there’s a thousand aspiring J-school students clamoring or MSNBC anchors willing to throw a sympathetic hug on a terrorist or a dictator and spit in our country’s face.
The Tennessee Senate voted Thursday to override Governor Phil Bredesen’s veto of a bill allowing handguns in restaurants and bars.
The Senate voted 21-9 against the veto on Thursday, a day after the House voted 69-27. Fifty votes in the House and 17 in the Senate were needed to turn back the veto.
Before the governor’s veto, the measure was to take effect June 1, but will now be effective in 40 days, which is July 14.
The marks the first time the legislature has overridden one of Bredesen’s vetos.
The law will allow those with state-issued handgun carry permits to bring their weapons into restaurants or bars that serve alcohol, unless the business posts a sign banning guns. Under the law, handgun owners could not legally drink alcohol while carrying a weapon.
Craig Clift is the managing partner at Cabana in Hillsboro Village:
“I will definitely be putting up a sign that says no guns,” Clift said. “I will not serve anyone who brings a gun into my bar. I don’t know what someone would need with a gun in my bar. The last thing I need is a drunk in my bar with a gun.
“I know the bill says that a person can’t be drinking with a gun, but what if they had been drinking in the parking lot before they came in or at home before they came here? I’m not sure how you can control it exactly? We don’t have fistfights at Cabana, but I’d rather have fists flying than bullets.”
Sounds like Cliff is encouraging folks to engage in fisticuffs at his place of business. You heard him, boys!
The best non-quote is a restaurant owner who is so distraught that he couldn’t even put together a sentence.
Ben Goldberg is the owner of Paradise Park.
When told that the veto had been overturned on the gun bill, he was so taken aback by the news he said he could not comment.
All Ben had to do was mutter “uuuuhhhh…. ummmmm……. uuuuuuh….” like President Hussein sans teleprompter and he would undoubtedly be heralded a genius. Use this article to guide where you spend your ever shrinking dining dollar.
Way back before the veto, I sent the beloved Governor a note and urged him to sign the legislation. He declined to do so, but was kind enough to (1) let me know why and (2) call me friend.
Time to Fisk the Governor.
Thank you for contacting me about gun-related bills which have been considered by the General Assembly this year.
I think he means that.
Let me be very clear: I am a strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. I am, and have always been, committed to preserving the rights of the Second Amendment. They are basic American rights, protected by the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution as well. Even so, these rights, for more than two centuries, have come with reasonable and necessary rules and guidelines. For this reason, I carefully consider each bill that reaches my desk and evaluate it on its own merits.
If you ever listen to leftists speak – particularly President Hussein – they always say “let me be clear”. My response is, who is stopping you from being clear? Who is obfuscating your message? You have the entire media machine amplifying your message, liberals, and you still have to say this? Tedious.
As you know, I decided to veto House Bill 962, which would permit the possession of firearms in Tennessee restaurants and bars. In my view, this particular bill crossed the line of reason.
In other words, “I believe in your right to own a gun, but leave it locked up at home, unloaded and make sure there’s a trigger lock in there too…” Heaven forbid we be allowed to take it places where they may be needed, though the occasion may be rare. Just to reinforce how much he loves guns (and how much he is just like me), he provides some history.
I have been a gun owner for more than 50 years. When I was a young man, I took my first gun safety class-sponsored by the NRA-at my high school. There was one message conveyed during that class that has been imprinted on me since, and it was this: guns and alcohol don’t mix. That is as true today as it was then.
It is because of this principle that Tennessee state law has long prohibited the possession of firearms in places that serve alcohol. House Bill 962 would remove this safeguard in a manner that I, as well as many law enforcement officers, believe would be reckless and lacking safeguards to ensure public safety. A key role of government is to ensure public safety. To do that, government must strike a balance between the rights afforded to us by the Constitution and common-sense rules that must be applied to the exercise of these rights.
The law explicitly states that the carrier is prohibited from drinking. You do care about the rule of law, don’t you? Well, we’ll all make an exception for the groups of illegals who come to do your yardwork, but aside from that, you do care about the law, right?
I believe we can exercise our second amendment rights and common sense at the same time – and guns and bars simply don’t mix. Because of this, I vetoed this bill and respectfully asked the legislature to rethink this issue.
As other bills reach my desk-including legislation related to guns in parks, loaded firearms in automobiles, and others-I intend to review them carefully with both the Constitutional rights of gun owners and the safety of the general public in mind. Please be assured that your views are, and will remain, important to me on these issues and others related to state government.
He needs to know my views so that he may locate me and send his press ghoul Lydia Lenker to my house to interrogate me for being one of Napolitano’s right-wing terrorists.
Fisking… the last refuge of the uninspired blogger. But still, suck on that, Tennessee elites, and by all means, put up your “firearms prohibited” signs sooner rather than later so that we will know where not to spend what’s left of our disposable income.
“If people have so clearly overstepped the mark in terms of the way not just that they are talking but the sort of attitudes that they are expressing to the extent that we think that this is likely to cause or have the potential to cause violence or inter-community tension in this country, then actually I think the right thing is not to let them into the country in the first place. Not to open the stable door then try to close it later,” Ms Smith said.
“It’s a privilege to come to this country. There are certain behaviours that mean you forfeit that privilege.”
Thus spracketh the Mammy-State Moses as she came down from Mt. Self-Righteous to deliver her stone tablets. Among her Who’s Who of Who Can’t Visit her dying country in the hospice of it’s history is a luminary cast of klansmen, skinhead murderers, terrorist preachers and radio talk-show personality Michael Savage.
Don’t get me wrong. Savage can infrequently be entertaining when on his medication and not stoked by the audience to discuss the climatological impact of woodburning fireplaces but lumping him in with murderers is a bit much, love.
After all, we don’t have to look too far back in the past to find that the privilege of coming to Britain isn’t so bloody hot in the first place:
‘HE is the coward for mocking victims of friendly fire’: Families of dead soldiers react with fury to Muslim hate preacher’s taunts
By Andrew Levy and Paul Harris
Last updated at 9:46 AM on 12th March 2009
The families of soldiers killed by friendly fire in Iraq have reacted with fury after a firebrand preacher taunted them over the deaths of their loved ones.
The preacher, the right-hand man to cleric of hate Omar Bakri, went on to attack the ‘vile’ parade. He said the soldiers were ‘terrorists’, comparing them to Nazi troops who ‘cannot be excused for simply carrying out their duty’.
Choudary, 32, posted the comments on a website run by the Islam For The UK group.
He has close links with Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah, the radical Islamist group believed to be behind the application to Bedfordshire Police for permission to stage the protest. ASWJ was founded in 2005 and took in members of Al-Muhajiroun when the Luton-based group formerly led by Bakri was outlawed.
He said: ‘Pathetic and cowardly British soldiers pompously marched through Luton to demonstrate their skill at murdering and torturing thousands of innocent Muslim men, women and children over a 24-month period.
He added: ‘Non-Muslims in Britain must appreciate that the actions of the British soldiers must be condemned unreservedly; they are not heroes but closer to cowards who cannot fight, as their uncanny knack for death by “friendly fire” illustrates.
‘They are terrorists, and cannot be excused for simply “carrying out their duty”, which incidentally (and vividly) was also used by Nazi soldiers in Germany to justify their notorious and bloody campaigns in the early 20th century.’
Yes. Do lecture the world about your standards for civil behavior while you coddle the Islamic scum suckling at the state teat while they piss on your dead in open public.
Radio personality who most people in Britain would have never heard of? Banned. Radical Islamics who spit and mock your returning soldiers for cleaning up their native countries get a check in the mail courtesy of the British taxpayer. Better yet, let them work at your airports handling the luggage.
Allow me to save everyone some time and voluntarily ban myself from going to England. I hate visiting nursing homes much less ones for Western Civilization. The only thing worse is visiting daycare. In this case, we find Ms. Smith gladly cheering the British Intifada’s baby steps while teaching them to sing “London Bridge Is Falling Down”.
There are quite a few reasons to highlight the story of Biden’s daughter’s alleged flakefest instead of playing this magnanimous “I wouldn’t want it done to me and my kids” card being trotted out by The Chivalrous Knights of the Center Right. And I’m reposting my comment from another site but we all have our reasons.
A. That luxury has not been afforded to the Bush twins over alcohol when they weren’t 21. Mary Cheney’s gayness being brought up during the VP debates. They put Pattie Davis in Playboy to piss off Daddy didn’t they? Andrew Sullivan’s conspiratorial stalker-lite snoopings around Bristol Palin’s nether regions and attacking a baby of all things. Etc., etc.
B. Joe Biden is a big Drug Warrior. That’s a terrific CATO podcast link to Timothy Lynch’s comments about Biden’s selection. Now’s the time to even out that crack vs. coke sentencing disparity. Otherwise, we’ll think that white people getting caught doing cocaine is no big deal but black people doing cocaine in crack form gets them sent up the river. Take one for the team, Ashley. Dad’s Team. Dad’s team kicks your door in at night.Shoots first and asks questions maybe.
C. She’s 27 years old. How long do you get to be a kid in this country? The tape is evidently of her joking that the lines aren’t big enough and from within the year. Sorry, but when Dad’s running for the big job and you’re out tooting it up like the whistle on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo you’ve got to know these no longer youthful indiscretions are going to bite you and Dad in the ass.
It’s a story whether you want it to be or not. When did Pajamas Media get to be the filter that tells us what we are and aren’t allowed to talk about. You can reason. You implore. But the only one who gives orders is Boss.
Biden’s helped write the laws that have sent millions to jail. If he can’t stop his own daughter then how the hell are we?
The Huffington Post, Daily Kos and other left-leaning sites benefit from the right’s belief that there are rules and decorum in political debate and civic engagement. Of course, every now and then, a curious right-winger will go in and engage in discussion at a left-wing site, but rarely under purely disingenuous and mass coordinated means.
David Brock, John Podesta, am I missing something?
As a prolific consumer of online content, I value nothing more than the sincere expression of opinion that differs from mine. Sometimes I am even moved or swayed from my dogma. But that was not the type of communication that got Mr. Obama elected.
The American right is in a heap of trouble in a media age that doesn’t shun the goons and liars that have poisoned the political process and won the American presidency by breaking the rules of fair play. It is time to fight back, but it won’t be easy. The enemy is willing to do and say anything in order to win.
And our side simply is not. Even when we are completely in the right and have non-nefarious motives for doing so.
yeah, I’m feeling like we are all on a bus that is parked on some railroad tracks, and some of us are warning the driver to get us the hell out of the way of the oncoming freight train. As the driver turns around, he pulls his iPod earbuds out for a moment and tells us to shut the hell up and sit down. He then starts telling us how we all really need healthcare.
However, I have it on good authority that some Buffet regulars are heading down to Nashville for the Nashville Tea Party. Hopefully they will report back later in the day. If you’re in the middle Tennessee area, get down to Legislative Plaza around Noon to protest the Feds’ attempt to bankrupt the country and control our lives through confiscatory taxation and environmental restrictions on our daily lives. Or, if not, find one in your area.
Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic premise. There is no such thing as a person’s “fair share” of wealth. The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.
Under collectivism, powers of determination rest with the entire citizenry instead of with the specific citizens. Individual decision-making is replaced by the political process. Suddenly, the system that elected the prom queen at your high school is in c harge of your whole life. Besides, individuals are smarter than groups, as anybody who is a member of a committee or of a large Irish family after six in the evening can tell you. The difference between individual intelligence and group intelligence is th e difference between Harvard University and the Harvard University football team.
Liberal radio host Ed Schultz kicked off his show today by addressing a Politico item from last night.
“I end up with a front row seat in the first prime-time press conference, and all of a sudden it’s all over the blogosphere,” Schultz said.
Schultz called Politico’s Jonathan Martin a “punk” and a “nitwit” for asking if it was an assigned seat.
“I have earned that seat,” the veteran radio host said on the air.
Schultz claimed that conservative hosts had access to the Oval Office during the Bush years, and that wasn’t noted by the press. However, I think it’s safe to say that if McCain were elected, and Limbaugh had a spot right up front, the media would call attention to it.
By seating him in the front row, taking a question from the Huffington Post, and calling on Helen Thomas, Schultz said it’s evident that the White House is “listening outside the mainstream media.”
No kidding. He earned that seat and he’s got the dirty kneecaps to prove it.
But Urkel giving left wing loons preferential treatment is really a dog bites man story. Schultz, on the other, is more like a man shoots dog story.
Sorry if the truth hurts, Ed. Don’t shoot the messenger. Or the dog for that matter. I’d like to say no animals were injured in the production of this post.
Anchorage’s famous giant snow man, Snowzilla, finally met its match.
It wasn’t the weather. It wasn’t angry neighbors bearing shovels and pick axes.
It turns out Snowzilla’s biggest foe — the one who felled the controversial but much-loved giant — was a notice-bearing city code enforcement officer.
That’s right, Snowzilla was abated.
The locals don’t have much in the way of Christmas spirit, so they went to the little totalitarians at City Hall and had the massive snowman beheaded permanently.
The city also tacked a public notice on the door of the Powers family home at 1556 Columbine St. The Powers family and some of their neighbors have been building Snowzilla in the Powers’ front yard since 2005.
When the notices went up, Snowzilla still didn’t have a full torso or head.
“The kids had spent hours and hours of work on it,” Billy Powers said on Sunday.
City officials involved in the cease-and-desist order could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
But on Dec. 11, the city notified the Airport Heights community council about its decision to abate Snowzilla, telling council members that the two-story snowman caused increased traffic to the point of endangerment and that the structure itself was unsafe.
The city also asked council members to watch out for continued construction and to consider weighing in on Snowzilla at an upcoming, council members said.
Who’da thunk Alaska would go all nanny-statey on us? What a shame.
December 11th, 2008 at 11:15 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes
What, too soon?
Give it up for Corker. Perhaps he learned his lesson from his last bailout mistake. Then again, it could simply be a case of temporary sanity.
10:30pm Eastern. Bob Corker takes the floor. Says he was “three words” away from deal with union. GOP wanted “date certain” on conditions/reform being met.
Richard Shelby speaks. “We all in America will benefit from competition. There’s no reason for Big 3 not to be competitive…Bailouts just don’t generally work. I fear this is just a down payment on more next year. I vote no.”
Stabenow whining about demands for union concessions. Babs Mikulski calls for order, bleats that Stabenow is not being heard. Get out the Kleenex. They both seem on the verge of tears. Stabenow concedes the “votes are not there.”
The Senate GOP needs to get used to using these tactics over the next two years at least. Will they have the stones? It’s a shame they had to use it with their party’s own big-government liberal Republican President.
December 10th, 2008 at 9:24 am by Preston Taylor Holmes
President Junior and his Congressional brothers-in-arms are trying to ram-rod the auto-industry bailout(you knew it was coming) down your throat. Again they’re taking a dump in your mouth and telling you it’s a chocolate sundae.
WALLACE: Let’s bring in Senator Shelby. You’ve been one of the leading critics of any bailout. From what you’re hearing — $15 billion, get them through until March, going to have an administrator who makes sure they keep their promises. Will you support that?
SHELBY: Oh, absolutely not. I think this is a bridge loan to nowhere. This is a down payment on many billions to come. This is not something that happened overnight. This is 30 years in the making. These companies basically are — have failed, are failing. They probably need, according to some people, about 60 percent of the management to go, and about 40 percent downsize of the workers. They’ve got to compete. They can’t compete today. And the question is, will they be able to compete tomorrow?
WALLACE: Are you and other Republicans prepared to filibuster this bill?
SHELBY: Well, I would — I think we need to debate it. And that’s what filibuster is about. And this week would be a good time to do it. I hope that we will be able to have an extended debate on it. We’ll see what happens.
The Feds have worked hard to make sure the Big 3 can’t compete. From absurd CAFE and environmental standards to sucking up to the unions, which have produced a bunch of overpriced and entitlement class factory workers who make $60/hour for taking out the damn trash.
The “Big 3″ need to demonstrate that they can compete – something they haven’t done for decades. There is a damn good reason the Toyotas, Nissans and VWs of the world are opening plants in the South – quality non-union labor at market prices in right-to-work states works every stinking time.
Instead of laying back and taking it while Washington rapes you with another bailout, let your Senators know that you don’t appreciate them or the way they continue to piss away your kids’ financial future. It’s time for the small-government Conservatives in the GOP to stand up and be counted.
UPDATE: Unlike McShame’s Gang of 14, we now have a Gang of 5 conservatives ready to fight. Coburn, Vitter, DeMint, Ensign, Shelby. If these are your Senators, call them and thank them.
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