Friday, July 30, 2010

Huh?

Demonstrating two things 1)Democrats are desperate and 2)they really are shameless. Singling out your opponent for receiving donations from a specific ethnic group? WTF? Who really cares what ethnicity he is getting his donations from. I am curious as to how Mike McMahon's (D-New York) campaign figured this out. Oh this is how, according to his campaign spokeswoman "Where is Grimm's money coming from. There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."

Jew money? Seriously?


McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking "Jewish Money" The New York Observer

Oh wait it gets better,a copy editor over at Mother Jones (a leftist blog that can't shoot straight) had it this way. Oops....too bad you couldn't delete that Twitter status fast enough.

Monday, July 26, 2010

My Way News - Obama's message to voters: Things could be worse

Yes things could be worse, your Democratic Congress could have passed Cap and Trade as well. This is the mentality that got Carter sacked in the late 70's. The whole "woe is me" crap, the sense of dread (who can forget Peanut Man's "malaise" speech") combined with the "way in over my head" look is what made him a one term wonder. Let's all "hope" the same applies here.

My Way News - Obama's message to voters: Things could be worse

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Favorite Punching Bag...Part Deux

Allahpundit over at HotAir gives us this surgical tearing apart of Olby. That crackpot on MSLSD.

Hot Air » Video: Arch-propagandist troubled by media’s lack of ethics

Then you can see how Glenn Beck takes it down, freaking hilarious. Just stick with the video for a few minutes, oh it's good. Just sit back and revel in the oblivious, overweening pompousness of the great Olbermann.


Raaaaaaacist!

There I said it. The word has no meaning any more thanks to the numerous nimrods on the left that have used it willy-nilly to beat down Conservatives or anyone that disagrees with them. This couldn't have been more illustrated by the two stories dominating the narrative on the blogosphere (BTW I'd like to petition to change that term, how about..."blogoverse" or "blogoplanet"?...nope they suck too), the Shirley Sherrod story and JournoList.

Couple thoughts about Shirley now that we have had a couple of days to digest this story. She got a raw deal not only from the NAACP but from her employers and the WH. The knee jerk reaction was to can her before it did become a story,even if they didn't have the whole story. BEFORE it even aired on Fox (quite the contrary, ironically it was Glenn Beck and Charles Krauthammer coming to her defense almost immediately) or ANY other news outlet reported on the tape, she was told to pull over and write her resignation on her Blackberry as she was driving to work that morning. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I do hope she retains some sort of employment at the USDA. The lighter side as written by Nathan Wurtzel yesterday is that the administration can "claim another job created or saved". I also linked to Shannen Coffin's reaction on NRO yesterday right here on this blog. He does a nice job of breaking it down in a few paragraphs and acknowledging that she is due an apology from more than one source.

Breitbart does not emerge unscathed in this, but his intention of putting the tape up was not to fire this woman. Don't they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions? It does not excuse that he shouldn't have put it up without knowing the whole context. In this case his embrace of leftist Alinsky tactics that he has used successfully against leftists kind of backfired here (different take on that here). He had this piece of tape for months and was waiting to release it as a counter to any NAACP race baiting (which they are known to engage in....um all the time). I saw the original posting and its intention was to drag out the double standard of the NAACP after they had just issued a proclamation declaring the Tea Party as Raaaaacists. He commented about the cheering and overall acceptance of this woman's prejudice in the crowd reactions. He will now become the MSM punching bag for a few days for this lack of oversight. They are good at diversionary tactics. What was not known at the time was that the speech continued and it was her telling how she overcame these prejudices, truly a redemptive story. Although at this point she should quit while she is ahead, talking about suing everyone...ugh.

For the other story continuing to have legs, and will for a while I suspect, is JournoList. I mentioned it yesterday and below linked is Fred Barnes' take. He was mentioned by Spencer Ackerman in the listserv as a Conservative to label as racist for no reason except to put him/us on the defensive. A good read:

Fred Barnes: The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy - WSJ.com

Obama wins! And Journolisters rejoice | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Journolist...the gift that keeps on giving. These revelations once again exposing the MSM as a bunch of partisan, openly rooting for their candidate, hacks. Love it, they completely ignored this and now Journalism is DEAD. These guys should have been writing for Pravda.

Obama wins! And Journolisters rejoice | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NAACP Blames Fox and Breitbart For The NAACP's Overreaction to Shirley Sherrod Video

Oh my this story gets more intriguing. Now the NAACP, the people who hold the evidence (the tape of the speech), is now saying they overreacted. And they are blaming Fox,etc. for it. Read more about the latest developments here and at the link below.

NAACP Blames Fox and Breitbart For The NAACP’s Overreaction to Shirley Sherrod Video

Follow Up..

This via Left Coast Rebel. Yes it is a vast right wing conspiracy Shirley, that is exactly it. Everyday brings another lefty unhinged. It is becoming my favorite spectator sport.

Shirley Sherrod: "Fox News and Tea Parties Scaring Obama Administration"

Am I Brown Enough To Stay?

This is just funny. A normal quiet gathering of SB1070 (the Arizona law) supporters in L.A. before the All-Star game last week. Then this crazy “brown beret” Mexican woman comes and provides countless entertainment. She gets a little loud and repetitive in the video so be prepared to turn the volume down if you must.

I guess I should go back to Germany? So she tells me. Maybe I am just brown enough to stay in her America. And these are the people the Justice Department is suing the state of Arizona over? Stupid illegals.

The Genie Is Out..

The recent unmasking of Dave Weigel and the Journolist has, I believe, mortally wounded the mainstream media. The Internet, Breitbart, talk radio, and numerous right of center bloggers were all flesh wounds compared to the treasure trove of bias and yes even conspiracy found in the listserv known as the Journolist. If you are unfamiliar with Journolist, it was a listserv (since been taken down after the Dave Weigel firing at WaPo) started by Ezra Klein comprised of several hundred liberal reporters as well as like minded professors and activists. The sole purpose was to organize the liberal message and coordinate what was newsworthy. These weren't just bloggers and Mother Jones types, these were what we thought were legitimate journalists. This morning Tucker Carlson's website Daily Caller had this....
According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

“Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/documents-show-media-plotting-to-kill-stories-about-rev-jeremiah-wright/#ixzz0uF1kprHv
Why is all of this important two years after the fact, well it illustrates the obvious bias of the media but most offensive, if you are to consider yourself a journalist, is the coordination of attacks and distribution of talking points. They are no longer journalists serving the public at that point they become a partisan hack. I guess that is why we have seen so many "legitimate" journo's go and join this administration. For most of us this is not surprising, the bias anyways, what is surprising is the extent, reach and coordination of the hackery. In some instances using the same exact terms, and sentences in their stories that they first would discuss on the listserv. For a lot of Americans the mainstream media is their sole source of news. Bias was one thing to write off, but this outright advocating on behalf of a candidate escaping the bottle is one the MSM will have a difficult time getting back in. They have killed their own integrity and journalistic principles in exchange for feeling good that they got their guy elected. Disgusting really. These hacks single handedly tore down Hillary's primary campaign while building up Obama's, then continued this pattern in demonizing Palin in the general election. Not only is the ideological bent obvious but so is the sexism. As Andrew Breitbart described today "...American journalism died a long time ago, today Tucker Carlson got around to writing the obituary"

This leads me to comment on the story Breitbart actually broke yesterday with video. To me it isn't all that surprising that someone like this would have a job in this administration. Just happy that the USDA did have her resign. This woman is just a microcosm of the line of thought that courses through the veins of the Obama administration. The story here, here and here. To their credit, the NAACP has issued a statement in rebuke of this woman speaking at one of their events. Read it here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Friday!

Holy Crap I can’t stop laughing at this AP “story”. Got us out of the mess? Past tense like it is a forgone conclusion. My lord he is simply delusional and completely out of touch with the sentiment in this country in regards to the economy and piling deficits.

Unemployment is still 9.5%, and it's only that low because so many people have given up looking for work.

Foreclosures are still at record highs.

Retail sales have dropped by more than minor amounts for two months in a row.

The government's budget deficit is over $1 trillion for the second year in a row (it's really over $100 billion worse).

I love how he sets up the false choice of the policies that got us into this mess...he is lying straight to your face. Some of the policies he is blaming for the mess (TARP,etc.), he is just doubling down on. And the one that should have been looked at with the most scrutiny (Fannie and Freddie) is completely ignored in this new Fin-Reg package.

Oh I forgot his policies have "saved or created" 3 million jobs even though since the stimulus passed we have lost 4.4 million jobs from the rolls. He is an arrogant jagoff. I am not convinced yet of the total whitewashing the Democrat Party will get in November, we need candidates that offer real alternatives to this orgy of spending.

Obama: Voters to decide who caused 'this mess'

(AP) – 7 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama acknowledges that the fall elections could amount to a referendum on his stewardship of the nation's affairs.

Obama tells NBC in an interview that "nobody in the White House is satisfied" with continuing high unemployment.

But he also says the midterm congressional elections could come down to "a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and my policies that got us out of this mess."

The president said in the interview he believes voters "are going to say the policies that got us into this mess, we can't go back to." He also said Washington "has spent an inordinate amount of time on politics — who's up and who's down — and not enough on what we're doing for the American people."

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

In this space and in personal conversations I have hoped that the Republican Party or at least some ranking member would start to step up for some sort of legislative agenda. Being the Anti-Pelosi can only take you so far. Discussing how every plan the Democrats bring forward is just Euro style big government social democracy can only pique the interest of so many. You need a plan yourself to counterbalance. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has such a plan. I have praised him here during the health care debate and his speech the night the vote went through made the rounds in the few days following and got him some attention. I referenced it in a prior blog post here. He is a rising thinker on the right and I just hope he sticks to these ideas, we are going to be faced with some painful decisions in the future as some states (i.e. New Jersey, California, New York, etc.) are facing now, and we will need to have strong principled legislative leadership in Washington (paradox if i ever heard one) going forward to escape the morass we are surely headed to.


Republicans should embrace Paul Ryan's Road Map Washington Examiner

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Favorite Punching Bag...

That would be this leftist moron on MSLSD:




I could almost excuse the smugness if only he knew what in the hell he was talking about. He is so off with Lincoln's record it isn't even funny. Does anyone factcheck at this pathetic network or do they just plug crap into the teleprompter and Keith Windbag recites it? Bottom line Keith I know more about Abraham Lincoln than you (and I don't have my own misinformation show in primetime on a network no one watches), and the fact that you forget about the most obvious loss (um Lincoln/Douglas debates anyone?) is what makes me chuckle out loud. Here is the official Lincoln record nimrod (from Carl Sandburg, the preeminent  Pulitzer Prize winning Lincoln biographer) :
1832 -- Lost his first race for the state assembly
1834 -- Won a seat in the state assembly
1836 -- Won re-election
1838 -- Won re-election
1840 -- Won re-election
1842 -- Lost a race for Congress to John Hardin (per biographer Sandburg. Lincoln actually came in behind a friend, Edward D. Baker -- losing his own Sangamon County delegates to Baker. Later, he would name one of his sons for Baker). Lincoln structures deal that Hardin, Baker and finally himself would each serve back-to-back single terms in Congress.
1846 -- Wins congressional seat, succeeding his friend Baker, who had succeeded Hardin. As per the Lincoln deal.
1854 -- Elected again to the Illinois legislature, but loses a race for the United States Senate to Lyman Trumbull. Writes to a friend: "I regret my defeat moderately, but I am not nervous about it." Mary Lincoln was so enraged at this loss that she never again spoke to Trumbull's wife Julia -- who had been a bridesmaid at Mary and Abe's wedding.
1856 -- Loses the vice-presidential nomination of the new Republican Party to William L. Dayton, a former U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Dayton received 259 votes to Lincoln's 115, becoming the running mate of John Charles Fremont. Hearing of his defeat, Lincoln laughs and says, "It must be some other Lincoln."
1858 -- Lincoln loses a race for the United States Senate to legendary rival Senator Stephen A. Douglas. In the course of the campaign, the two travel Illinois in what are known to history as the "Lincoln-Douglas" debates. The debates help make Lincoln -- and his pro-union, anti-slavery argument -- famous.
1860 and 1864 -- Elected and re-elected president.

So suck it Olbermann, next time you try to quote the history of one of the Conservative movements biggest icons (let alone our country's and the Republican Party's) think before you use the prompter, because it seems Sharon Angle's got it right and you have it wrong...as per usual.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Bogeyman And Other Random Observations...

With the holiday weekend in the rear view, it was time to get reading and cracking on some stories that have been lingering around for a few days. I figured I would tackle a few at a time and see how that goes.

Bogeyman Bush

Lately it seems to me that President Obama's administration is preoccupied not only with the oil spill, burgeoning deficits, deteriorated relations with our allies, and our stagnant economy BUT with our last President. Since it is habit, it must be some sort of psychological defense mechanism like displacement or something. Who knows. All I know is few things make a leader look weaker than never looking forward, never accepting responsibility and always in a constant blame someone/victim mode. Read about it here, here, here, and here. Peggy Noonan stated it best when she wrote, "There is still a sense about Mr. Obama that he needs George W. Bush in order to give his presidency full shape and meaning. In this he is like Jimmy Carter, who needed Richard Nixon, or rather the Watergate scandal, which made him president". It wasn't the accumulation of bad things that happened under Carter that was his undoing but rather his constant deer in headlights look, like he had no understanding of what the hell was going on. Which is odd considering he is an extremely intelligent man, such as Obama but that alone does not make successful leaders as we are finding out once more.

Healthcare Debate Taking Backseat

The fact that one of the most contentious votes for a government program just took place a little over three months ago is no where to be found on the front pages is the fault of the Republican leadership. I have praised the likes of John Boehner, Eric Cantor and others during the debate, but I want to know why they have not pressed on with the issue. I know that most Congressional contests will be battled over the deficit and Obamacare but why not keep it in the forefront? I understand that four months is a lifetime in politics but tapping into America's distrust of Washington now instead of being the poster children for it should be the main impetus. I mean when this happens and nary a peep out of them? This recess appointment is a typical  move, Obama knows Berwick would never pass muster in a Senate confirmation. A man who has gone on record extolling the virtues of single payer and rationing would have no chance in this environment. Yet Obama picking this guy is more proof positive that of course he knows what his Obamacare program will eventually lead to, the aforementioned rationing and single payer. I mean by all accounts Dr. Berwick seems to be a fair mind and not partisan but he is ideological when it comes to health care administration. Read more about him here, here and here. More healthcare related reading here.

Suing Arizona?

The whole decision to do so reeks of pure politics. It is not based on any legality or common sense. I guess the DOJ will argue on the basis of the supremacy clause (federal laws trump state/local) but um correct me if I am wrong, the Arizona law just cites the federal law and asks their state authorities to turn over any offenders into the Fed system. I am sure that the DOJ has lawyers who are much smarter than I, but doesn't it seem odd that the federal government would sue over enforcing their own laws? Logically it seems absurd. Where are the lawsuits to all the communities who call themselves "sanctuaries", making it safe for illegals to congregate there? Now that's a lawsuit waiting to happen. A state or locality openly opposing the federal government's statutes sounds like a good case to me. But I really have come to expect nothing less from the Holder led DOJ. That leads me into another recent problem with this Justice Department. Dropping the case (after the DOJ actually WON the freaking case?) against the Philadelphia members of the Black Panthers who intimidated at a polling place during the 2008 election. If it wasn't racially motivated I am not sure what else it could have been. The case was pretty solid and the laws flouted were obvious, yet all they did was tell them you can't work at a poll until 2012 (when Barry tries to get re-elected and we need you thugs back out there)? Sounds like "justice" is optional in Holder's dojo.

Classical Liberalism

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend of mine who is as "liberal" as they come. She said something that struck a chord with me and has stuck for a few days. I am not sure most people these days understand what liberal is or at least what the contemporary definition of it is. She said to me, "This country has too many rules and regulations". I was like "Huh? What?"...I of course agreed with her and mentioned that is one of the central conservative arguments these days. Obviously it is much more nuanced than that, we certainly believe in laws and regulation, it is the reach of certain federal laws into our personal liberties that perturbs us and differentiates us with today's "big government" lib.

The word liberal two hundred years ago meant exactly what we as conservatives today fight for. Adam Smith explained central government as having three functions: protection against foreign invaders, protection of citizens from wrongs committed against them by other citizens, and building and maintaining public institutions and public works that the private sector could not profitably provide. That last bit may give today's liberal the window for expansion of government but his and other classical liberal thinkers of his time were quite clear of their respect for free markets. Thomas Malthus opposed any income or wealth redistribution. The economic tenets of classical liberalism, that would be F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman were also fairly clear on all these free market philosophical questions. In some cases they were even more suspect of government involvement in the markets than present day conservatives. I know why we are called conservatives, we are hoping to conserve our true liberal heritage.

So the question I pose is, why do today's liberals call themselves liberal? It may be the philosophical break they see with Locke's natural rights which seem irrational to them (and more in line with conservative tenets) and their stricter adherence to utilitarianism. Not sure about that, because I do believe some current liberals do believe in the Declaration and it's words which affirm our natural rights. I do know that the advent of Progressives (Louis Brandeis, John Dewey, Lester Ward) and the influx of German thought into our universities and academia post Civil War have more to do with their lurch leftward and break with "classical" liberalism. All interesting philosophical discussions...so any libs out there want to tell me why the liberal label suits you so well?

Closing Thought

Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn't be more bumbling and idiotic....is there anything more absurd than NASA promoting Muslim outreach? Ugh... here, here,here

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

As we get ready for a weekend of fireworks and barbecues I just wanted to offer a few passing thoughts. If you are a liberty loving, founding principles advocate you have been under a barrage of bad news the last six months or so. I mean where do you start? Obamacare? Net-Neutrality? Cap and Tax? Hard to say, the large hand of government is encroaching itself ever more into our fabric of society. Who can we look to as the root, and then solution of this problem? Do we attach it to the electorate, who clearly thought they were voting on American Idol when they swept Barry in. The answer lies in ourselves and our wonderful system. John Podhoretz in a great Op-Ed in the NY Post this morning put it thusly:
The American political system presents two choices to the American people -- Republicans or Democrats. After preferring Republicans for a few election cycles in the early years of the first decade of this century and not liking the result, the electorate decided to go for Democrats for a few election cycles. It now appears they don't like this result either -- and will now go back to the Republicans and give them another chance.

The body politic is not panicking, even though the news is dire -- because it knows, somehow, that this too shall pass. America has faced worse times and weathered them. Even within our memory, it has had other leaders who also misunderstood their mandates and offered solutions to the nation's problems that only exacerbated them.

The body politic learns from its mistakes and uses its power to correct them. Taken as a whole, this bunch of rubes and dupes and boobs shows a remarkably commonsensical approach to these things by saying, in essence:

Nothing is irreversible. Change is possible.

So to steal our President's mantra..."Yes We Can". It is a simplified look at it (the bouncing back and forth of party) because as I have said before, and trends match it, this country as a core believes in liberty and small government. Ideas associated with Conservatism and Libertarianism. When either party veers away from those central ideas, or does not articulate those ideals it gets punished. Republicans in 2006 and 2008, Democrats in 1994 and just about every other election since Jimmy Carter. Bill Clinton being the exception because let's face it he never ran as a Progressive and certainly didn't govern like one (most of the time). Just ask any hardcore leftist their feelings on Clinton's presidency...usually the word that comes to mind is 'disappointing'.

With all of that in mind and our great nation's birthday on the horizon I am reminded of Calvin Coolidge's great remarks in 1926, the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. We should heed his words as they are no less truer now than they were eighty-four years ago:

It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history. Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed.

If no one is to be accounted as born into a superior station, if there is to be no ruling class, and if all possess rights which can neither be bartered away nor taken from them by any earthly power, it follows as a matter of course that the practical authority of the Government has to rest on the consent of the governed. While these principles were not altogether new in political action, and were very far from new in political speculation, they had never been assembled before and declared in such a combination. But remarkable as this may be, it is not the chief distinction of the Declaration of Independence. The importance of political speculation is not to be under-estimated, as I shall presently disclose. Until the idea is developed and the plan made there can be no action.

Hope you take some time to read the whole speech since it is, outside of Lincoln's remarkably concise Gettysburg Address, some of the more eloquent words spoken about our founding and the principles that drove it. Thanks for always taking some time to read my thoughts here and hope that everyone enjoys a safe and fun holiday.