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UN renders itself even more useless, appoints country that stones women to its women’s rights commission

As if you needed any additional reasons to dismiss the usefulness of the United Nations, the UN has decided to give you one:

Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”

Unfriggingbelievable.

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | Iran, shameful, United Nations | 2 Comments

Crist announcing today that he plans on leaving GOP to run as…Independent or Democrat?

Most speculation is that Governor Oompa Loompa will run as an independent, bolting from the party to which he’s belonged his whole life on account of getting his clock cleaned by upstart Tea Party fave Marco Rubio.  But maybe Crist is thinking about running as a Democrat?  Details:

Marc Ambinder reports:

Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call. Dems plan big talent/money blitz for Kendrick Meek.

What’s Crist up to? Might he be interested in cutting a deal to caucus with the Democrats if they chase Meek from the field?

Who knows? But the most plausible path to victory for Crist is if Meek backs him. That’s a real possibility, I think, later in the game if Rubio and Crist are each getting about 40% in the polls and Meek is getting about 20%. But, as voters get to know the lesser-known Rubio and Meek, it’s probably more likely they emerge as the frontrunners and Crist fades as election day approaches.

And then does Crist throw his support to Meek in hopes of getting a nice ambassadorship? Again, who knows? In a three-way race things could get a little crazy (maybe starting with the speculation about how crazy things could get).

Crist is dripping with desperation.  He is going all out and for broke.  If he doesn’t win this Senate race, his once-promising career is deader than Ted Kennedy. (Sidebar: Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.)

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Charlie Crist, Florida, Marco Rubio | 1 Comment

Communist-in-chief: In Obama’s America, there is a such thing as “making too much money”

Spread the wealth, redux.  Quoth The Won (video link):

We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.

Sorry, ObaMao, but you do NOT get to be the final arbiter of how much money is “enough”!

Karl Marx may have been unavailable for comment, but his understudy sure did weigh in.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | economic ignorance, Obama, socialism | 5 Comments

Illegal immigrants in AZ: You know, if this sentiment keeps up, we just might leave!

Not content with letting MSNBC steal the absurd headlines, the AP decides to one-up the little-watched cable network with this headline:

“Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law”

An excerpt that needs to be re-read to be believed:

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

Is the AP implying that it isn’t a crime to be breaking the law by being here illegally?  If not, then the word “illegal” has no meaning.

Two thoughts here:

1.  Yeah, right, sure they’ll leave!  Suuuuuuure they will.

2.  If all it takes to export criminal aliens back to whence they came is a law like that of AZ, then every state needs to pass one pronto!

April 29, 2010 Posted by | illegal immigration, media bias | 3 Comments

Racist right-wing news outlet can’t tell difference between Malcolm X and Obama

And by “racist right-wing news outlet”, naturally I’m referring to…the Washington comPost!

Oopsies.

Hmmm.  I guess all black people look the same to the comPost’s writers and editors.  Good thing they’ve got all those multiple layers of fact-checkers that we pitiful bloggers don’t have, huh?  😆

April 28, 2010 Posted by | bigotry, media bias, Obama | Leave a comment

Pic of the day, “Obama billboard” edition

Found in the Lone Star State.  God bless Texas!

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Obama, Texas | 3 Comments

MSNBC screen headline: “Law makes it a crime to be Illegal Immigrant”

Irony: it’s not just for breakfast anymore.  Story, along with screen cap, here.

I’m going out on a limb and guessing that MSNBC and both of their viewers totally missed the “illegal” part, since “illegal” means “it’s a crime”.  But nope…no liberal media bias!

April 27, 2010 Posted by | illegal immigration, media bias, MSNBC | 1 Comment

Pic of the day, “Obama stymies growth” edition

Unemployment and underemployment are in double digits these days.  Michael Ramirez thinks he knows why:

Yeah, businesses are loathe to increase expenses like salaries when they’re being sodomized by the administration and the leftist Congress in terms of crippling taxes and expensive burdensome regulations.  Businesses can be funny that way.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, humor, Obama | 5 Comments

HHS actuaries’ report showing ObamaCare’s crippling costs was sat on until AFTER the vote was held!

Boy, it sure is a good thing we’ve got a media in this country that is entrusted to shine the light of truth on this kind of thing, as opposed to being the dog washers of the Democrats and the administration!

Details:

The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.
 
“The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. “Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.”  (Yeah, that kind of IS the point of such a report. – Ed.)
 
The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,” says the HHS staffer, “and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.”

Link to the report here (PDF file).

Liberals are impervious to facts, of course, so they didn’t need such a report giving them grief.  A handful of Lap Dog Dems supported the bill under the bovine feces guise that the bill reduced costs and the deficit (parroting Oprompter’s talking points), and had this report seen the light of day before the vote, they would have had to look for a different excuse.  Sure, they would have settled on a new excuse anyway, but they would have had a devil of a time explaining to their constituents why making health care and health insurance more expensive was a good thing.  Why, it’s as if they had their minds made up in advance or something!

April 27, 2010 Posted by | big government, corruption, health care, socialism | Leave a comment

Obama’s midterm message: White and Asian men who may have voted for us don’t need to bother this time

The race hustler-in-chief knows how to make friends and influence people, no?

The Democratic National Committee this morning released this clip of the president rallying the troops, if rather coolly, for 2010. Obama’s express goal: “reconnecting” with the voters who voted for the first time in 2008, but who may not plan to vote in the lower-profile Congressional elections this year.

Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness (quite the euphemism for “bigotry”, no? – Ed.) about his coalition in his appeal to “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”

Yeah, who needs those white guys and Asian dudes anymore?  Pull together this November to stick it to Whitey, right?

Good luck with that, ObaMao.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | bigotry, Obama, shameful | Leave a comment

CNN: AZ’s new massively popular illegal immigration law is “polarizing”

AZ just passed a state law that enforces immigration laws at the state level.

CNN’s headline? “Immigration law polarizes Arizonans”

If, by “polarizing”, they mean “supported by 70% of Arizonans“, then yeah…”polarizing”.

Question: Do you recall having seen any headlines that described ObamaCare (opposed by nearly the same percentage as those who support AZ’s new criminal immigration law) as “polarizing”?  Me neither.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

April 26, 2010 Posted by | CNN, illegal immigration, media bias | 2 Comments

Michael Steele to blacks: You don’t have a reason to vote for Republicans, do you?

I have given Steele a great deal of slack.  He inherited a party machine that was rusty and outdated, drunk with power and prestige.  He had quite a rehabilitation job to do.

But dude, enough is enough already.  Check this out:

Why should an African-American vote Republican?

“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,” Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night.

Steele — a former Maryland lieutenant governor and seminarian serving as the first African-American head of the Republican Party — offered a frank assessment of the American political system.

Mr. Steele, with all due respect, you’re a moron.  As the head of the GOP, it is your job to sell people on the party, not to repel them.  While it may sound like a “frank assessment”, it is nothing less than idiocy.  If Steele doesn’t think the GOP has done a good job of convincing blacks to vote Republican, then how about letting me try?

Faith: Studies show that blacks attend church services more regularly than any ethnic group in America.  Tell me, which party has done more to undermine religion, remove God from the public consciousness, and has an overall more hostile view of Christianity than Democrats?  The Bible says that if you are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of you on Judgment Day.  Democrats says that the Christian faith of blacks is no more or less important than any other faith or lack thereof.  In other words, Democrats trivialize most blacks’ faith.

Abortion: Just over one-third of all aborted babies are black.  Margaret Sanger would be proud.  Polls show that blacks are more pro-life than whites are.  That’s one position the GOP could trumpet to the black community.

Welfare: This harmful program has almost single-handedly decimated black families across America.  The Civil War was fought in part to end slavery, yet the creation of welfare clandestinely reinstituted it.  The way that welfare works undermines marriage (i.e. “you get married, you don’t qualify for welfare or as much welfare money”) and encourages parents to download more kids they couldn’t otherwise afford.  This, in turn, leads to an astronomically high out-of-wedlock birthrate in the black community, estimated to be 70%.  For those of you on the left, that’s a bad thing!

Educational choice: Whether vouchers or whatever, the fact is that virtually all parents (irrespective of ethnic background) want the best for their kids, and that goes doubly for their education.  Survey after survey shows that black parents, especially from poverty-stricken areas, would rather send their kids to private schools or better performing public schools than the ones to which their kids are doomed.  The best way to escape the ghetto is to get a top-notch education, yet the Democrats (including black Democrats who ignore their constituents on this issue) fight it tooth and nail.  A poorly educated constituency who have given up on dreams make good Democrats, and education is a big obstacle to the left of maintaining that stranglehold.

Taken for granted: Let’s face it, over 90% of blacks are Democrats.  What incentive does the left have to improve the lives of blacks when they know they’ve got the whole voting bloc in their back pocket?  Let’s use an analogy.  Let’s say that you love Italian food, and there’s only one Italian restaurant in your city.  The food is average, the service sucks, and the prices are high.  A competing restaurant moves in around the corner, offering similar menu items, and they start draining customers off of the first restaurant.  The first restaurant now realizes the possibility that your business can no longer be taken for granted, so they either sink (i.e. keep the same bad food and service, and lose customers) or they swim (i.e. improve their food, service, and prices).  You now have choices, and you will no longer be taken for granted.

Insanity: It’s defined as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  If the aforementioned problems are still there, about 40 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and during this entire time frame, blacks have continuously voted for Democrats, does this not qualify as insanity?  Most in the ghettos, inner cities, and poor rural areas do not see their lives as having been improved…yet they keep voting for the same people who have not helped to improve their lots in life?  If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to go where you’ve always gone.  Charles Barkley had once considered running for governor of Alabama as a Republican, and his mother was amazed, until he used this reasoning (and I’m paraphrasing): Ma, I see the same guys playing checkers every day in the park, and they’ve been there for 30+ years.  What have Democrats done for them to have given them better opportunities?

Bigotry: While this is a trait that the left reflexively attributes to the right, it is nothing more than projection.  Republicans refuse to hyphenate Americans, and they don’t think that because someone is black, they are inferior or predisposed to failure.  The left does.  If you want to see how the left really thinks of blacks and other minorities, listen to their rhetoric when a black becomes educated, thinks for himself, and (gasp!) believes in merit over hand-outs…in short, when a black becomes conservative.  The contempt is dripping from their spittle-covered cakeholes.  I mean, military veterans are about 65% Republican, but you don’t usually hear contempt for the remaining 35% coming from the right, do you?  No, the contempt for those who stray from the plantation comes from the left.  Apparently, they don’t think too highly of blacks who can do for themselves, maybe because that disrupts their own subconscious views that blacks are inferior?

In other words, Republicans will do a lot for the black community.  We will honor the shared Christian faith we have, not trivialize it.  We will not condone slaughtering black babies.  We will reform welfare to assist, not to subsist.  We will not see the community through the prism of skin-color or hyphenations, but rather through a colorblind and unjaundiced pair of eyes.  We will not take anyone’s political support for granted, but will instead work to “earn your business”.  We are commited to giving everyone the best educational choices, regardless of where someone lives or grows up.  We do not think someone is predisposed to ignorance or inferiority.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.  There are plenty of reasons for black Americans to take a look at the Republican Party, and if the party’s chairman can’t think of any, then put me or any other Republican who does see reasons to vote GOP in his place.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | bigotry, Michael Steele | 8 Comments

Quote of the day, “drunken sailor” edition

Arguably the best letter to the editor of all time!  Screen cap:

April 22, 2010 Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, quote of the day | 2 Comments

Quote of the day, “McCain gets serious about border enforcement” edition

Are we talking about John McCain, aka Juan McAmnesty?  The same McCain that bellyached about having to “build the g#d#mned. fence“?

Yep, the same McCain.  Quote:

“I believe that we can convince our Republican colleagues that we have to secure the border first,” McCain said during an appearance on KFYI radio in Arizona. “There’s no point of having immigration reform unless you can have the borders secure first.”

I don’t suppose this has anything to do with the fact that his numbers in the AZ primary have begun to crater, does it?  I mean, he’s fighting a longtime opponent of criminal immigration in J.D. Hayworth, and McCain has seen his fortunes go much like those of Charlie Crist in FL: from huge primary lead, to falling massively.  McCain still leads Hayworth in the polls, but that once-insurmountable lead looks…well, surmountable now.  How humiliating would it be, for both McCain and the GOP establishment, if the party’s presidential candidate from two years ago gets whacked in a Senate primary?

Straight talk McCain: he will straight up tell you how it is, and if you don’t like it, he’s more than willing to tell you something else until he figures out what you want to hear.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | hypocrisy, illegal immigration, McCain | 4 Comments

NYT tells us more bad stuff that will result from ObamaCare

As a follow-up to my previous post, the NYT is reporting even more negative fallout from the passage of ObamaCare.  Excerpt:

William Mann of Pittsburgh earns just enough to get by. He is 46, doesn’t own a car, hasn’t taken a vacation in three years and hasn’t had health insurance for most of his adult life.

He is just the kind of person who should benefit from the health care overhaul, and he is, in fact, eligible for heavily subsidized insurance that will cost him an estimated $1,845 a year, while the government contributes about $2,756.

But Mr. Mann says he still can’t afford it. He lives too close to the edge, and won’t be buying insurance, even though he will face a fine under a provision called the individual mandate, which penalizes most Americans who don’t buy coverage starting in 2014. The requirement is one of the most controversial aspects of the overhaul.

“I just can’t put that kind of money out for a ‘maybe’ — maybe I’ll get sick and use it,” said Mr. Mann, who makes just over $25,000 a year as an administrative assistant at a small wine distribution company. “That’s a lot of money.”

What?  I thought this was supposed to be a panacea for lower-income Americans?  You mean it’s not “free”?  Dude never gets sick, and yet he’s about to get penalized for having the temerity to…um…not get sick.

Boy, it sure is a good thing we’ve got the watchdogs in the media to tell us the ramifications of passing horrendous laws after said laws are passed.  You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that the MSM was more interested in giving that miserable failure of a president any kind of signature policy win, and less interested in doing their d#mned jobs!

Nope…no liberal media bias!

April 21, 2010 Posted by | health care, media bias, Obama, socialism | Leave a comment

Heavy-handed White House tactics used against reporters

From Politico:

Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Well, maybe it was just a security precaution.  Oh, wait…

People who have covered the White House for years tell me that’s an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.

In fairness to the White House, this was done by the police.  But were the cops asked to do this?  Considering the light-skinned…er, I mean “thin-skinned” Chicago thug machine running the show right now, it isn’t far-fetched to draw the conclusion, now is it?

New White House slogan: Transparency is for suckas!

April 21, 2010 Posted by | corruption, gay, Obama | 1 Comment

Photoshop of the day: Obama as Steve Urkel

Found on Al Gore’s invention somewhere.  😆

April 20, 2010 Posted by | economic ignorance, humor, Obama, photoshop | 2 Comments

It begins: Violence Bill Clinton warned us about has occurred

Folks, as much as it pains me to say this, I have to be honest: Bubba was right.

Yes, indeed.  Recall last week that Bubba took a break from poking portly interns to tell us that Tea Partiers are all potential Tim McVeighs.  He warned us that the angst against elected government officials could translate into actual threats of violence.  He was right, as was seen here in FL.  From the Orlando Slant-inel:

FBI agents and representatives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested a Spring Hill man on a charge of threatening harm against U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

The Brooksville Republican’s office received a “telephonic threat” on March 25 from an unidentified male, authorities said.

Late Sunday, FBI agents and Hernando deputies arrested Erik Lawrence Pidrman, 66, in connection with the threat. The charge involves “threatening to assault or murder” a U.S. official, according to FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier.

Pidrman’s bail was set at $20,000 on Monday, and he was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring and home-detention device.

Hernando deputies and the FBI started a joint investigation after Brown-Waite’s Brooksville office received the threat.

Brown-Waite’s district includes parts of Lake, Polk and Marion counties, as well as all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and portions of Levy and Pasco counties.

Her office released a text of the voicemail soon after it was received March 25.

The caller stated: “Just wanna let you know I have 27 people that are going to make sure that this [expletive deleted] does not live to see her next term. Goodbye.”

Wait, what?  A threat against a Republican legislator?  Is this what BJ Clinton was talking about?

It gets better: the nutbar who threated Congresswoman Brown-Waite is a Democrat, having donated to BJ’s wife’s failed 2008 presidential bid.  Luckily, the Slant-inel pointed out the Hillary connection for us.

Of course I’m kidding!  There’s no way the Slant-inel would point that out.  That kind of deep digging and investigative journalism would have required a lot of resources…such as a Google search.  Hell, a nanocalorie might have been burned if the Slant-inel‘s reporters would have done that!  But nope, no liberal media bias!

The left’s narrative just took a big hit with this story.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Bill Clinton, Florida, Hillary, moonbats, Tea Party | 3 Comments

Quote of the day, “Jon Stewart gets pwned over his bias” edition

Bernard Goldberg, former CBS News reporter who wrote the bestseller Bias about what he saw firsthand and behind the scenes, had this zinger for Jon Stewart’s interview of liberal NYT columnist (pardon the redundancy) Frank Rich:

But if clearly you want to be a social commentator, more than just a comedian and if you want to be a good one, you better find some guts because even though you criticize liberals as well as conservatives, congratulations on that, when you had Frank Rich on your show, who generalizes all the time about conservatives and Republicans being bigots, you didn’t ask him a single tough question. You gave him a lap dance. You practically had your tongue down his throat.

Heh.

The cherry on the sundae, my friends.  You’re welcome:

You are not nearly as edgy as you think you are. You are just a safe, Jay Leno with a much smaller audience, but you get to say the f-bomb, which gives your incredibly unsophisticated audience the illusion, the illusion that you’re courageous and that you’re a renegade. But it’s only an illusion.

Ouch! Nice smackdown, Bernie.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | media bias, quote of the day | 2 Comments

NYT: Now that ObamaCare is law, how about we tell you the bad side effects?

Would’ve been nice for the Old Gray Hag to inform her remaining readers of this stuff before they cheerleaded the bill to passage, no?  Excerpts:

New York’s insurance system has been a working laboratory for the core provision of the new federal health care law — insurance even for those who are already sick and facing huge medical bills — and an expensive lesson in unplanned consequences. Premiums for individual and small group policies have risen so high that state officials and patients’ advocates say that New York’s extensive insurance safety net for people like Ms. Welles is falling apart.

The problem stems in part from the state’s high medical costs and in part from its stringent requirements for insurance companies in the individual and small group market. In 1993, motivated by stories of suffering AIDS patients, the state became one of the first to require insurers to extend individual or small group coverage to anyone with pre-existing illnesses.

New York also became one of the few states that require insurers within each region of the state to charge the same rates for the same benefits, regardless of whether people are old or young, male or female, smokers or nonsmokers, high risk or low risk.

You mean charging everyone the exact same rates for different health needs, and requiring insurance companies to endure the heavy cost of covering someone with a pre-existing condition, results in staggeringly high rate increases?  Go figure.

Healthy people, in effect, began to subsidize people who needed more health care. The healthier customers soon discovered that the high premiums were not worth it and dropped out of the plans. The pool of insured people shrank to the point where many of them had high health care needs. Without healthier people to spread the risk, their premiums skyrocketed, a phenomenon known in the trade as the “adverse selection death spiral.”

The new federal health care law tries to avoid the death spiral (yeah, right! – Ed.) by requiring everyone to have insurance and penalizing those who do not, as well as offering subsidies to low-income customers. But analysts say that provision could prove meaningless if the government does not vigorously enforce the penalties, as insurance companies fear, or if too many people decide it is cheaper to pay the penalty and opt out.

Under the federal law, those who refuse coverage will have to pay an annual penalty of $695 per person, up to $2,085 per family, or 2.5 percent of their household income, whichever is greater. The penalty will be phased in from 2014 to 2016.

We’ve been saying that since the beginning.  I am rarely sick, averaging a trip to see the doctor for anything other than an annual physical exam about once every 3 – 4 years.  If my premiums get jacked up, I’m going to drop my health insurance.  I’ll pay any penalties, which would necessarily be lower than my premiums, until I get really sick…at which point I’ll go buy insurance and the companies can’t tell me “No”, thus raising everyone’s rates.  Once everyone else’s rates increase, then many of them will begin dropping their coverage, too, leaving fewer people in the pool and thus raising the rates on the saps who are still paying for their coverage.

This “premium increases – customer losses – premium increases” cycle will ultimately result in insurance companies going belly-up, i.e. the “death spiral.”  That is the goal of the left, despite their assertions to the contrary.  Once insurance companies all go out of business, then the feds will step in and fill the void with a single-payer government-run health insurance program.  Get ready for health care with the efficiency of the DMV and the compassion of the IRS.

The NYT could have educated folks before ObamaCare passed, but obviously, they were too busy trying to get B.O. a signature win on his otherwise worthless presidency.  Nope…no liberal media bias!

April 19, 2010 Posted by | big government, health care, media bias, New York, Obama, socialism | 3 Comments

Crush Liberalism Radio on Sunday, April 18, at 10:00 pm EST

Phones open this week.  Feel free to call in.  This week’s main discussion will be the Tea Parties under attack by the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy), “crashers”, Bubba, B.O., and more…Sunday night on Crush Liberalism radio!

See you there!

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Blog Talk Radio, Tea Party | Leave a comment

Obama: Isn’t the Aussie prime minister awesome and humble? Kinda reminds me of…me!

The audacity of irony.  Quote:

Aussie Reporter: One of your state department officials said there was meeting of minds between you and Kevin Rudd. Is there a meeting of minds (with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd)?

Barack Obama: I really think there is. Kevin is somebody who I probably share as much of a world view as any world leader out there. I find him smart, but humble.

Got that?  “Rudd is smart and humble…you know, kinda like I am both smart and humble!”  Oozing awesomeness, no?

Dude’s arrogance knows no bounds.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Australia, irony, Obama, shameful | Leave a comment

Crist vetoes education bill he helped shape, thus setting stage for Independent run

For those of you outside of FL, let me set the stage here for you:

Yesterday, Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, which was a bill aimed at merit pay for teachers.  The bill was massively popular among Republicans, massively unpopular among Democrats, and I am led to believe most teachers, regardless of their political affiliations, were vehemently opposed to the language of the bill.  (Sidebar: I know teachers who are conservative, and many of them had grave reservations about the bill’s text, not the intent.)  Anywho, this isn’t a post about the merits of SB6, so allow me to continue…

Crist has been getting pummeled by Marco Rubio in the FL GOP Senate primary polls.  Crist went from being +30% last year to -30% now.  He has said repeatedly that he wasn’t going to become an independent, preferring to tough it out in the Republican primary.  But there are indications that he may pull a Joe Lieberman and switch anyway.

First, it was speculated that by vetoing a bill that he himself had great input in crafting, Crist would essentially be ending his career in the GOP.  He did indeed veto the bill.  After all, if you are desperately craving Independent street cred, how better to get some of it than to screw one of your party’s top pet projects?

Secondly, a Quinnipiac poll (not exactly the most reliable polling history in the world) yesterday showed Crist with a statistically insignificant lead over Rubio and Meek in a three-way race in November.  Granted, it is a single poll and taken as a snapshot in time, but given Crist’s implosion and no relief in sight, any glimmer of hope will be embraced by him.

Finally, and possibly most significant, the massively popular former governor Jeb Bush has piled on Crist for his veto…

I am disappointed by the veto of Senate Bill 6. By taking this action, Governor Crist has jeopardized the ability of Florida to build on the progress of the last decade, which includes raising student achievement across the board, narrowing the achievement gap for poor and minority students, and improving graduation rates. Florida’s sustained improvement is the result of bold reforms that were challenging, controversial and sometimes even unpopular. Reform is hard work but without a commitment to change, Florida would not be 8th in the nation today.

…and former Senator Connie Mack, who had been chairing Crist’s Senate campaign, resigned after the veto:

Gov. Charlie Crist’s political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, resigned Thursday as Crist’s campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate.

Mack wrote a terse, two-paragraph letter to his one-time protege that said Crist was wrong to veto a bill (SB 6) that would have made it easier to fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.

“As you know, I strongly disagree with your veto,” Mack wrote his fellow Republican. “Your veto I believe undermines our education system in Florida and the principles for which I have always stood.”

Mack went on to say that Crist’s decision to veto the bill was “unsupportable and wrong.”

“As you can understand, I can no longer serve as chairman for your campaign for the United States Senate,” Mack wrote.

A source for an Orlando Fox affiliate says that Crist will announce his party abandonment today:

Thursday, Governor Crist vetoed the controversial teacher merit pay bill, breaking with conservative ranks. Then the head of the Republican U.S. Senate Re-election Committee issued a warning to Crist telling him his career is over if he tries to run outside the GOP.

Dr. Foglesong said, “A person I know in the Charlie Crist campaign has told me Charlie Crist would veto the merit pay bill, and he did. Further, he said he would announce tomorrow, that’s Friday, that he would run as an independent.”

Fox 35’s Tracy Jacim asked, “Where is this supposed to happen?” Dr. Foglesong said, “South Florida.” Jacim asks, “Miami?” Foglesong said, “Yes.” Jacim asks, “How reliable is this source?” Foglesong replied, “I trust the source.”

Fox 35 contacted the Crist campaign staff by e-mail, and they would neither confirm nor deny this claim, and expressed surprise we were asking.

Florida law puts a deadline on when a candidate can announce for a Senate bid, and my understanding is that the deadline was in about two weeks.  Ergo, it was “now or never” for Gov. Oompa Loompa to jump ship.  But if Crist thinks the teachers union who is trumpeting his praises today will rally behind him as an independent instead of backing Democrat Kendrick Meek, then the tanning bed has fried his gourd more than I thought.

In my view (and only time will tell if this holds true), Crist is basically another Arlen Specter: a RINO who thought it would be good for his own ambitions and career to jump ship, only to find out that the ship he jumped onto…was the Titanic.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Charlie Crist, Florida, Marco Rubio, public education | 5 Comments

Satire alert: Communist Party USA sues Democrats for platform theft

Absolutely hilarious satire from The People’s Cube!  Intro:

In a surprise move, the CPUSA (Communist Party USA) has announced a lawsuit against the Democratic Party and its leadership for the alleged theft of intellectual property. The plaintiffs claim that the entire so-called “new” Democratic agenda is, in fact, the product of a decades-long, painstaking campaign by CPUSA theorists, agitators, and underground subversive cells – which makes it the intellectual property of the Communist Party USA, protected by American copyright laws.”They stole our entire platform, rebranded it ‘progressive’, and claimed it as their own,” declared a CPUSA spokesperson at a press conference in San Francisco. “And we communists say, not so fast! Not in this country anyway, where we still have property rights and the rule of law, thank God! Actually, let me rephrase that…”

Read the rest while hilarity ensues!  😆

April 15, 2010 Posted by | satire, socialism | 7 Comments

Pictures of Obama and world leaders tell us all we need to know about him

Obama wagging his finger, scolding Candian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the nuke timewaster:

Obama assuming the position we’re accustomed to seeing him assume, this time with Hu Jintao of China:

I should cut him some slack, though.  After all, I have to kiss up to my boss who signs my paychecks that keep my stuff paid for, so doesn’t it make sense that B.O. prostrate himself before the leader of the country whose money is keeping us afloat?  For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.

Dick Morris is right: Obowdown simply hates the country that elected him.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Canucks, China, Obama, shameful | 1 Comment

Cornyn wants another term as National Republican Senate Committee chairman

Details here.  Why is this newsworthy/blogworthy?

Because everything Cornyn touches turns to crap, that’s why.  A “reverse Midas touch”, if you will.

Last year, Cornyn endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist in the FL Senate GOP primary, over Marco Rubio.  Since then, Crist has been a dead man tanning walking, seeing his 30% lead turn go 60% the other direction.

Cornyn also endorsed Arlen Specter in the PA Senate GOP primary, over Pat Toomey.  How did Specter repay him?  By voting for Porkulus, then switching parties.  He since proved to be one of the crucial votes in getting ObamaCare enacted.  As it turns out, Toomey may very well beat Specter in November anyway, if current polls’ trends hold firm.

Cornyn also pulled out an IN retread, Dan Coats, to run for Evan Bayh’s seat.  Coats was such a lousy proponent of the Second Amendment that the NRA has promised to endorse Democrat Brad Ellsworth should Coats win the GOP primary.  This should be a guaranteed GOP pickup, but Cornyn and his boy could screw that up.

In other words, Cornyn is an establishment Republican.  It is because of establishment Republicans that we find ourselves with a socialist Congress and president.  The Tea Party movement and its accompanying popularity are a repudiation of establishment Republicans, not a return to them!  Conservatives will do quite well this November, so long as establishment Republicans stay the Hades out of the way!

April 15, 2010 Posted by | conservatism | Leave a comment

NH Dems trying to portray Tea Partiers as racists

Details:

New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com.

According to the source, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, the Dems’ last minute scramble reflects a growing obsession among party leaders that they need to discredit the tea party movement soon or it will overwhelm them come the November election.

Former Democratic State Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan is heading up the search, the source said. Sullivan has been calling and e-mailing liberal activists trying to get them to attend tea parties in different parts of the state and hold signs denying the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and make racially disparaging comments to reporters.

“This is Kathy’s [Sullivan] project,” the source told NowHampshire.com. “She is absolutely obsessed with painting the tea party people as racists.”

Exit question: If Tea Partiers are actually, really mouthbreathing bigots toting racist signs and stuff, then why, pray tell, would the left need to manufacture racist tea Partiers…hmmmmm?  I mean, the Tea Parties should be chock full to the brim of racists, right?  Yet the Dems need to send some more?

April 14, 2010 Posted by | bigotry, moonbats, shameful, Tea Party | 4 Comments

NJ Governor Christie lays down the law on state liberals

When deep blue NJ elected Republican Chris Christie over incumbent Democrat (and BFF of B.O.) Jon Corzine, many wondered if he would stick to his conservative principles in cleaning up NJ’s bloated and overtaxing government.

Wonder no more.

…Budgets are serious business, but it’s been a long time since anyone in New Jersey has been serious about the budget. This year, gross mismanagement and accumulated fictions have left state taxpayers a $10.7 billion gap on a total state budget of $29.3 billion. Mr. Christie’s answer is simple: “a smaller government that lives within its means.”

However quaint that may sound, when you have to cut nearly $11 billion in state spending to get there, you are going to get a lot of yelling and screaming. Most comes from the New Jersey Education Association, hollering that “the children” will be hurt by Mr. Christie’s proposals for teachers to accept a one-year wage freeze and begin contributing something toward their health plans. What makes the battle interesting is the way Mr. Christie is throwing the old chestnuts back at his critics.

Here are a few examples, culled from his budget address, public meetings and radio appearances:

The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. “The real question is, who’s for the kids, and who’s for their raises? This isn’t about the kids. Let’s dispense with that portion of the argument. Don’t let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets.”

Your policies favor the rich. “We have the worst unemployment in the region and the highest taxes in America, and that’s no coincidence.”

Why not renew the ‘millionaire’s tax’? “The top 1% of taxpayers in New Jersey pay 40% of the income tax. In addition, we’ve got a situation where that tax applies to small businesses. I’m simply not going to put my foot on the back of the neck of small business while I want them to try to grow jobs by giving more revenue to New Jersey.”

Budget cuts are unfair. “The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word—which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son’s favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do—’unfair.’ . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits—a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?”

State budget cuts only shift the pain to our towns. “[L]et’s remember this, in 2009 the private sector in New Jersey lost 121,000 jobs. In 2009, municipalities and school boards added 11,300 jobs. Now that’s just outrageous. And they’re going to have to start to lay some people off, not continue to hire at the pace they hired in 2009 in the middle of a recession.”

Isn’t your talk of ‘stopping the tax madness’ just another ‘Read My Lips’ promise? “[Mine is] much better than ‘Read my lips.’ I’m sorry, it’s just much better. Much stronger. . . . It’s gonna be how my governorship will rise or fall. I’m not signing a tax increase.”

In some ways, Mr. Christie can speak bluntly precisely because the state is such a mess. Indeed, that’s one reason he won election in a blue state. The challenge remains daunting: No governor has yet succeeded in turning around a state as overtaxed and overspent as New Jersey. Indiana under Gov. Mitch Daniels probably comes closest, but Indiana was not nearly as bad as New Jersey.

If he is to survive the headlines about budget cuts and pull New Jersey back to prosperity, Mr. Christie knows he needs to put the hard choices before the state’s citizens, and to speak to them as adults. He’s doing just that. One reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger summed up Mr. Christie’s rhetoric this way: “[F]inally we have a governor who is as teed off as the rest of us at how government spending and taxes have skyrocketed over the past decade.”

It’s far too early to declare Mr. Christie’s Jersey-style Reaganism a success. But it’s the one reality show truly worth watching.

I abso-freakin’-lutely love it!  He takes leftist talking points, and blasts each one individually.  Even throws in a little snark with analogies to a petulant 9-yr-old.  I luvs me some snark!  😆

More from the governor:

When I went into the treasurer’s off in the first two weeks of my term, there was no happy meetings. They presented me with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be able to balance the budget. I accepted 375 of them.

There is a great deal of discussion about me doing that by executive action. Every day that went by was a day where money was going out the door such that the $6 billion pool was getting less and less. So something needed to be done.

People did not send me here to talk, the people sent me here to do. So we took the executive action we did to stop the bleeding.

You know, at some point there has to be parity. There has to be parity between what is happening in the real world, and what is happening in the public sector world. The money does not grow on trees outside this building or outside your municipal building. It comes from the hard working people of our communities who are suffering and are hurting right now.

Oblamer could take notes here.  While OblameOthers and his ilk bellyache about how they inherited a messed-up economy, Christie did inherit a Dem-caused economic disaster in Joisy…yet he’s decided that taking action is better than blameshifting.  What a novel concept, huh?

He’s fighting with the state teachers union, which makes me like him even more.  He’s being honest with the citizens of NJ.  In short: Gov. Christie is da man!

Chris Matthews just called to ask how my leg is doing.

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Chris Christie, conservatism, New Jersey, taxes, unions | 1 Comment

Quote of the day, “Obama laments American military’s greatness” edition

Gimme a friggin’ break.  No mas, Barry, no mas. Observe:

Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.

Um…I “like it”, and normal America does, too.  We’re kinda funny that way.

But hey, where would you get the crazy idea that the guy is an anti-American leftard or anything?  Actually, Dick Morris happens to have come to the same conclusion, too:

Barack Obama might be, might be the first anti-American President we’ve ever had.

Ya think?

April 14, 2010 Posted by | military, Obama, shameful | 1 Comment

Congressional rocket scientists stripped themselves of their health insurance when they passed ObamaCare

Remember when San Fran Nan said they needed to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it?

Hey, Peloco: how does Obama’s @$$ taste now?  Details:

The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

In other words, Congress loses their health coverage until the law requires them to join the health insurance exchanges…that don’t exist until 2014.  Hey, whatever happened to “If you like your plan, you get to keep your plan?”  😆  Congress apparently applied as much due diligence vetting this bill as Dan Rather applied to that memo in 2004.

A rhetorical question asked by the author:

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

You know what’s the most stunning aspect of this story?  Not that the functional morons in Congress didn’t read the bill and thus missed nuggets like this.  No, it’s the fact that the NYT ran this story!  What, was Bill Keller on vacation this week or something?

They missed the loophole that allowed kids with pre-existing conditions to be excluded.  Then they forgot to include the provision to allow loser adult children to continue mooching off Mom and Dad’s insurance.    It seems like each day, the feds are discovering their oversights and incompetence in the bill.  But hey, what could possibly go wrong(er)?

April 13, 2010 Posted by | big government, health care, Pelosi, socialism | Leave a comment