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Doug Powers says a better name for tonight's econut publicity stunt is "Electricity Appreciation Hour." I agree. Because without electricity they couldn't send some twit up into space to chastise us from on high for leaving our lights on.
On Saturday, European Space Agency astronaut and World Wildlife Fund ambassador André Kuipers will watch from the International Space Station as each time zone hits 8:30 p.m. — and track to see who on Earth turns out the lights.
Kuipers will blog from 240 miles above the planet as part of the Earth Hour, an annual event that encourages homes, businesses and governments to turn off their lights for one hour to build awareness about energy use and climate change.
"We are living beyond our means. That is not sustainable," says Andy Ridley, co-founder and executive director of Earth Hour. "We want to unite people around the world to build a sustainable future."
What's the carbon footprint of one round trip to the International Space Station? Way more than the lights I won't be turning off!
Let's see, right around 8:30 I'll be outside grilling some steaks. Patio lights blazing. I wasn't planning on leaving every light in the house on, but if it helps Mr. Kuipers find Caldwell, well I'm ready to do my part.
Yes, I'll post pictures.
And then I'll drink a toast to Charles Proteus Steinmetz.
And as promised, pictures of my back yard, lit up so you can see it from space.
I saw an Obamabot on TV this morning trying to explain away high gas prices as "supply and demand." Apparently China and India are buying more gas so that drives the price up. So, said I to no one in particular, wouldn't it help if we could increase the supply?
Silly me, there's no chance of that!
Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years:
The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell notes that a planned lease sale, which the administration cancelled last year, will now be put off until at least 2018.
Five years to decide if, and where, they might let us drill for oil.
I'll note that back when this country had balls we liberated Europe in 3 years.
I imagine if the EPA had been around back then and insisted that Patton file
environmental impact statements each time he mobilized the Third Army you'd
be reading this blog in German.
Sometimes liberals say the funniest things!
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards spoke at Princeton University this week. The topic of her talk? "Keeping Politics out of Women's Health."
No, that's not a misprint.
"The single biggest struggle is dealing with the politics of it all," Richards said. "It's the barrier that politics are putting ahead on the wellbeing on young people in this country and of women. Every time we take two steps forward, we take another step backwards. Partisan politics rather than public health interests are driving healthcare policy in America."
Saying that Planned Parenthood abjures politics is like saying Al Sharpton is a simple country preacher or that Chuck Schumer isn't in love with the sound of his own voice.
Planned Parenthood's entire business model is predicated on lobbying government for an ever-increasing stream of our tax dollars. To ensure their gravy train is never derailed they work tirelessly to elect Democrats. Politics is their bread and butter.
What Ms. Richards obviously objects to is the newly energized pushback her partisan activities have engendered. We now know what goes on behind the curtain at Planned Parenthood. And we're not impressed.
But she's still trying to obfuscate their true purpose.
"It's an obvious point, but you'd think if you really wanted to reduce the need for abortion in this country, wouldn't you come volunteer at a Planned Parenthood health center because we do more every single day to avoid unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than all these people carrying these picket and right to life signs," Richards said.
Jaw. Meet floor.
They've Been There and Done That. And witnessed firsthand the truth behind the propaganda. Planned Parenthood is a charnel house.
Is there truly a "need for abortion?" Need? They cry when puppies are euthanized, because that's inhumane. But they need legalized infanticide?
Ah puppies are cute, but children? Children might be inconvenient. So women need choice. It's for their health.
No really! I got an email which said so! Lauren Weinstein dispatched this screed to his usually sane Privacy Forum mailing list.
Supreme Court prepares to effectively murder vast numbers of people
Sometimes I just scratch my head in amazement.
Mainstream media commentators are unlikely to be straightforward about this. Luckily, that doesn't include me. If the Supreme Court strikes down health care reform, vast numbers of people will die who would otherwise have lived. Obviously, this will not include the Justices, who have no health care provisioning concerns whatsoever.
Yes, because before Obama the Magnificent graced us with his presidency Americans were dropping like flies. Curiously those deaths never made the papers. Must have been during the baseball season.
This is not merely theoretical. I know people right now who have no insurance, who desperately need it and can't get it, and are getting sicker every day as a result.
He knows people! Sick people! And ObamaCare isn't helping them. But it might. Someday. If the bureaucrats at IPAB decide it's cost effective. Unless those evil conservatives get their way, then blood will run in the streets.
The United States of America is the laughingstock of the world for how it has allowed the medical industry, the insurance industry, and the financial industry to stomp vast numbers of the population into the dirt for the benefit of the few. And now the Supreme Court appears to be likely to soak that dirt with our blood.
Got that? We're a laughingstock. Except when anybody who's ever needed an esoteric procedure or cutting-edge new treatment comes knocking at our door. Then we're, oh I don't know, tolerated, I suppose. Until they get the bill. Then they hate us again.
Who here's been stomped into the dirt? Well yes, all of us, if you're talking about the crushing weight of government regulation and nanny-state interference. But the excitable Mr. Weinstein is advocating for more government. Because the government we have is just so gosh-darned effective. And trustworthy. Just ask the Indians.
Everything government touches becomes more expensive and less efficient. Everything. ObamaCare is like putting the Post Office in charge of your health insurance. Don't get sick on Saturday, they can't afford the overtime.
I think it's time for a question:
If Obamacare is upheld, it fundamentally changes the nature of the American social contract. It means the effective end of a government of enumerated powers — i.e., finite, delineated powers beyond which the government may not go, beyond which lies the free realm of the people and their voluntary institutions. The new post-Obamacare dispensation is a central government of unlimited power from which citizen and civil society struggle to carve out and maintain spheres of autonomy.
We are in a battle for the soul of our Republic. Will we succomb to the siren song of an omnipresent leviathan nanny-state, in the process abrogating our personal responsibilities in favor of a velvet prison's embrace, locked into eternal subservience as the price we pay for patronizing assurances our every need will someday be met?
Or shall we stand up as Free Men, secure in our Liberty, and dedicated to the principle that equality of opportunity does not, and must not, equate to equality of outcome? Will we accept the notion that with citizenship comes responsibility, and that responsibility entails making good choices or enduring the consequences of poor choices?
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away from you everything you have.
So, would you exchange a walk-on part in a war for a lead role in a cage?
It's official. Barack Obama is David Dinkins.
For those of you unfamiliar with old school Empire State politics, David Dinkins was the mayor of New York City before Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Dinkins, a black man and veteran New York pol, promised racial healing in the five boroughs. He presided over, among other things, the lynching of Yankel Rosenbaum during the Crown Heights riots by a group of thugs incited to violence by that paragon of ethnic tolerance Al Sharpton.
Al Sharpton is still around. "Helping" Barack Obama. With Walgreens now standing in for Freddie's Fashion Mart. Except maybe old Al's slippin' a little, nobody was killed this time and his thugs didn't burn the place to the ground.
But Spike Lee is picking up where Sharpton left off, and it's only a matter of time before the mob claims its first victim. Which is why an innocent elderly couple is now hiding out in a hotel, because Lee maliciously retweeted their address and phone number on the erroneous assumption it belonged to George Zimmerman.
Asked to recant, Lee's Twitter source doubled-down:
[The couple's son] has implored the man to stop and said he received this response, "Black power all day. No justice, no peace" and an obscenity.
Yankel Rosenbaum can relate.
Folks are saying the couple should sue the pants off of Spike Lee. Ask Steven Pagones how that works out. And I don't think that Eric In-the-pocket-of-the-Black-Panthers Holder's Injustice Department will be anxious to enforce any judgment against one of his boss's homies.
Don't count on Spike Lee to Do The Right Thing either.
Let's see, how else can President Dinkins exploit Trayvon Martin's death for fun and profit? Here's an idea, Obama 2012 hoodies! They're the perfect accessory for the halls of Congress. Or if you've always wanted to look like the Unabomber while playing the race card.
Which for Barack Obama is the only card he's got left. What? He's gonna run on his record?
The state Attorney General says it's unenforceable, but that didn't stop the Chapel Hill, North Carolina city council from enacting a total ban on cell phone use while driving.
Talking on a cell phone while driving in Chapel Hill becomes illegal June 1.
The town became the first in the nation to pass an ordinance outlawing talking on both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving. After two years of discussion on the issue, the council voted 5-4 Monday night.
The ban defies an opinion from the state attorney general's office that the town lacks the authority to prohibit talking on cell phones while driving.
Authority, sma-thority, we're True Believers here!
The council deadlocked 4-4 on the ban earlier this month. It required a second reading Monday night. Council member Ed Harrison, who was absent during the first reading, cast the deciding vote.
Harrison, an avid cyclist, said much of the odd driving he encounters is caused by people distracted by talking on a cell phone.
"[It] is not by people who are eating things or combing their hair or putting on lipstick," he said. "It's by people who are talking on a cell phone and not seeing me."
Listen up Sanctimonious Bicycle Dude, maybe they think you're a dick and they're aiming for you. And how exactly did you determine they're talking on a hands-free cell phone anyway? ESP? Because that guy who looks like he's talking into thin air could be singing along to the radio.
Or just talking to himself. You gonna ban that too?
And did I mention that this ban was unenforceable? Well it is. There's "exceptions." Like talking to "a spouse, parent or child." What's Chapel Hill's version of Barney Fife gonna do, grab the phone and verify you're talking to mom? Drive on over to mom's house and make her swear she's really your mom?
Nah. At $25 a pop this is purely a money-maker at the expense of out-of-town
drivers cruising the main roads blissfully unaware that nanny-state hell is
up around the next bend. Pull 'em over, write 'em a summons, and wait for
the check to come in the mail. Free money!
POLITICO: Class Warfare "journalism" for the 99%…
At Mitt Romney's proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.
There's also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home's entire living quarters.
Those are just some of the amenities planned for the massive renovation of the Romneys' home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, according to plans on file with the city.
A project this ambitious comes with another feature you don't always find with the typical fixer-upper: its own lobbyist, hired by Romney to push the plan through the approval process.
Work on the project has not yet begun.
But it may not help Romney — whose wealth has caused him trouble connecting with average folks — to be seen building a split-level, four-vehicle garage that comes with a "car lift" to transport automobiles between floors, according to 2008 schematic plans for the renovation obtained by POLITICO that are on file with the city of San Diego.
Breaking news from 2008! Mitt Romney wants to build a big house! And four years later he still hasn't started construction, so he hired a "lobbyist" to navigate California's byzantine zoning, environment, and construction laws.
If there ever was a non-story, this is it. Except…
The documents were provided to POLITICO by a rival campaign, but authenticated independently by POLITICO with San Diego officials.
Maybe if Romney had hired Tony Rezko to "lobby" on his behalf it wouldn't have given POLITICO the vapors?
You know who else has a really nice California house?
Yup, Gore's oceanfront mansion dwarfs Romney's proposed renovation. Probably uses a whole lot more energy and emits CO2 by the barrel-full too.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Folks have a right to spend their money as they see fit. Even preachy apocalyptic doomsayer hypocrites.
And presidential candidates. Being rich isn't against the law in this country.
See Jane. See Jane run. See Jane run to her home computer.
Oops. You can't mention "home computers" on Jane's test. Might make a kid without her own computer feel inferior.
C'mon guys, please stop laughing.
There are 50 words and phrases which are now verbotten on student tests written for the New York City school system.
Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.
The word "dinosaur" made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like.
Guys! I asked you to stop laughing!
"Halloween" is targeted because it suggests paganism; a "birthday" might not be happy to all because it isn't celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. "Poverty" is also on the forbidden list.
You can't make this stuff up.
Even more interesting though is what's not on the list.
"Condom" passed muster. Because, after all, the schools pass them out like candy. Also A-OK: "homosexual." I believe there's mandatory class participation involved with that one. Sex-ed starts in Kindergarten; but discussions of hunting might be too controversial?
Religion is off-limits. So you can't mention religious holidays, such as Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan. But made-up holidays like Kwanzaa seem to be admissible.
"Divorce" got blacklisted because it implies there was a marriage in the first place. That certainly won't do any good for the all the children of single moms who've never even met their fathers. But of course "abortion" remains fair game. Most schools already have an in-house Planned Parenthood clinic fully staffed for all your womens' health needs so it would be pointless to avoid that topic.
And I'm surprised "homeschooling" didn't make it onto the banned words list. It seems like the only sane alternative to the overly-educated sufferers of cranial-rectal syndrome who came up with this cockamamie idea in the first place.
Remember the good old days when the junkies broke in, clipped your TV, and pawned it for a fix? Well thanks to a $240,000 NYC Council grant they're upping their game.
It's breaking and entering for dummies.
Picture the Homeless, a Bronx nonprofit that has received at least $240,000 in taxpayer money in the last five years, is giving a crash course on squatting — and city-owned buildings are a prime target.
Two weeks ago, board member Andres Perez held a teach-in on how to wrest "control" of vacant apartments. He called it "homesteading."
"The best time to enter a building is in the late hours," he advised a group of about 20, who gathered in front of the half-empty East New York housing complex Arlington Village.
"You make sure you have your proper tools. You remove the chains and padlock, and then you go in."
He then led them through the next steps — including filling out a change-of-address form at the post office and setting up utilities. After that, "nine out of 10 times the courts will allow you to be able to have control of the property," he said.
Who needs real estate agents or security deposits? Just steal an entire apartment!
I don't know what amazes me more. That a taxpayer-funded group is openly advocating theft, or that "nine out of 10 times the courts will allow you to be able to have control of the property."
Where did these judges get their law degrees? You break in. You fraudulently assert "ownership." And "nine times out of 10" a judge will say "well done, stay as long as you'd like?"
Does the concept of private property mean anything anymore?
Cue the smoking gun:
Jon S. Corzine, MF Global Holding Ltd.'s chief executive officer, gave "direct instructions" to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in one of the brokerage's JPMorgan Chase & Co. accounts in London, according to an e-mail sent by a firm executive.
Edith O'Brien, a treasurer for the firm, said in an e-mail sent the afternoon of Oct. 28, three days before the company collapsed, that the transfer of the funds was "Per JC's direct instructions," according to a copy of a memo drafted by congressional investigators and obtained by Bloomberg News.
O'Brien's internal e-mail came as the New York-based broker found intraday credit lines limited by JPMorgan, the firm's clearing bank as well as one of its custodian banks for segregated customer funds, according to the memo, which was prepared for a March 28 House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the firm's collapse. O'Brien is scheduled to testify after being subpoenaed this week.
Edith O'Brien knows, and she was acting on the direct orders of Jon Corzine.
Barry Zubrow, JPMorgan's chief risk officer, called Corzine to seek assurances that the funds belonged to MF Global and not customers. JPMorgan drafted a letter to be signed by O'Brien to ensure that MF Global was complying with rules requiring customers' collateral to be segregated. The letter was never returned to JPMorgan, the memo said.
So Mr. Corzine. Where's that letter? In your other pants?
Scooter Libby lied to Tim Russert and he (almost) went to jail, because the Democrats wanted to grandstand over the Valerie Plame kerfuffle. Now those same Democrats are desperate to spare Corzine from a similar fate. Because he's their "go-to guy" for financial wizardry.
Which actually explains a lot if you look at how they've managed to blow through all that Porkulus money and still not fix the economy.
Wouldn't it be great if a guy like Irving Picard could take time out
from persecuting the Wilpon family and go after a Real Crook? Or are
Jon Corzine's assets untouchable because (a) he's a big bundler for Barry,
or (b) MF Global's clients aren't portrayed by the media to be hapless widows
and orphans like all the schmucks who trusted Bernie Madoff?
NJ Democrats rejected Governor Chris Christie's nomination of Phillip Kwon to the State Supreme Court. Why? Because he's a Republican. And he's on the staff of the Attorney General's office.
Voting no, [State Senator Nia] Gill said nominees from the attorney general's office typically present conflicts.
"I think it is imperative for the issues presented before the Supreme Court, from same-sex marriage, to affordable housing, to school funding, that the justice who sits on those cases cannot be part of the lawyers' team or office that argued a position the year before," said Gill, who said she opposed Chief Justice Stuart Rabner on the same philosophical grounds.
Gee, I don't remember Democrats having any such scruples when Barry put White House hack Elena Kagan on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you? She wrote the legal basis for ObamaCare, but don't worry, she'll be fair. She's a Democrat! They invented fair!
Phillip Kwon? Eh, not so much. At least if you believe Nia Gill. Who's incidentally looking to move to Washington as successor to the late Congressman Donald Payne. She's already well-versed in duplicity; she'll fit right in.
The Department of Homeland Security "struggled" to avoid monitoring any #Occupy groups, for fear they might tread on someone's civil rights.
Internal Documents Show the Department of Homeland Security Tried Pretty Hard Not to Monitor Occupy Wall Street
The Department of Homeland Security struggled to avoid monitoring or suppressing the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, despite being bombarded with requests from various federal agencies for intelligence on the protests, according to documents released via the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents show that officials in DHS's offices of Intelligence Analysis and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties were keenly aware of the legal and constitutional issues raised by federal agencies monitoring political protesters, and sought to tamp down the appetite for intelligence on the Occupy protesters from their colleagues in DHS and other federal agencies that rely on DHS bulletins and intelligence.
Treat the Occupods with kid gloves! But when it comes to the Tea Party, DHS felt no such cumpunction. Nosirree, if you're talking about dangerous right-wing extremists, DHS puts the Tea Party at the top of their list.
Because people who read the Constitution are a threat to the people who trample on the Constitution.
And if the DHS scrutiny wasn't enough, the IRS is making sure us Tea Partyers get the message.
The American Center for Law and Justice has reported that the IRS is targeting the nonprofit tax status of Tea Party and liberty groups across the nation.
The IRS questionnaires are quite detailed containing pages of multi-step questions. The organizations have been given two weeks to complete the query. This short deadline would be tough for any organization, let alone all-volunteer groups.
Most of the questions are pointed and obnoxious, but fairly standard by IRS standards: Explain fundraising, explain outreach, explain volunteers, explain your relationship with another group.
Some of the questions are baffling and don't identify anything of redeeming social value, meaning they seem geared to utilize organizational resources instead of supporting or refuting a tax status.
Examples of these include requests to provide a hard copy printout of web pages, list all issues of importance to the group, and outline any training completed by or presented to the organization in question.
Even better, the IRS is asking for information on the families of Tea Party members. Why? Is this North Korea where our children pose a threat to the regime?
Barack Milhous Obama is scared. His officially endorsed Occupy movement is making headlines every day, and not in a good way. So like every other Third World dictator on a power trip, he's unleashed the dogs to even the score.
You just know that when they don't find any dirt, they'll simply make some up. Or take a cue from Lisa Jackson's EPA stormtroopers and beat the Tea Party to death with paperwork violations.
The Democrats are a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. They will stop at nothing. So you have Obama's DoJ arming Mexican drug lords while his internal security apparatus clamps down on the only groups who still respect the ideals for which our Founding Fathers fought and died. Because they've decided that's what it takes to win.
The Constitution be damned.
Once Obama is re-elected, they can write another one. Who's going to stop them?
Believed them, you did. Even though you knew in your hearts they were lying, just like every other Democrat before them. All it took was one letter, one empty promise to pave the streets in the Cedars. And you dumped Joe Norton and Doug Piazza faster than a hot potato even though they actually delivered on giving you ungrateful wankers your own private park.
Well Cedars residents, the joke's on you. You wanted John Kelley and Frank Rodgers on the Caldwell Council. You got 'em. Now they've rewarded your naivete.
That's right. No repaving for you. Not this year. Sorry.
Can I say "I told you so?" Because, I told you so.
Maybe next time you'll listen.
Because he came cheap? The former first round draft pick went for a 4th and 6th round pick, and Denver had to throw in a coupla cases of Coors Light to sweeten the deal.
The Jets say Tebow will fit into their plans for expanded use of the Wildcat offense. Um, ok. They still need somebody to catch the ball. Don't they? Am I missing something?
Maybe the Jets are hoping for some Divine Intercession or something. I did hear that they've changed their fan chant to "J - E - T - S, Jesus!, Jesus!, Jesus!"
Any team that trades for Tebow must reportedly pay the Broncos about $5 million in advanced salaries from 2012-14, a significant sum for a quarterback that is not a starter.
Boy oh boy, this deal just keeps getting better and better doesn't it?
Or the Jets could nullify the trade. Reportedly the Rams and Jags are "interested." Stay tuned...
UPDATE 21 Mar 2012 22:13:
Denver agreed to a $2.5 million giveback, essentially paying the Jets to take Tebow off their hands.
And with that, the Jets now have 4 quarterbacks on the roster. If I was Greg McElroy I wouldn't get too comfortable in Florham Park.
Dear Twitter users: If you follow me, I'll follow you back. Except when...
And the fastest way to get me to immediately unfollow you? Send me a
"thanks for the follow" DM. Seriously, don't you have anything interesting
(This is a guest post by my #VRWC buddy the Mind Numbed Robot -- Wy)
"Remember the Alamo!"
This battle cry fueled the Texans victory against tyranny at San Jacinto.
The spirit of the Alamo lives on as we fight against a modern day government growing ever larger and hindering our freedom and prosperity. ~ Daniel Miller — Conservative candidate for Texas House of Representatives, D21
In 1836 a small number of Texicans and their like minded brethren drew a line in the sand around an old mission. They defiantly dared Santa Anna to cross it, and as a result, gave their lives so that Texas might be born. Those Texas heroes refused to back down to tyrannical rule.
It's our turn to honor their sacrifice.
Like Santa Anna, our federal government is lobbing liberty killing mortars across the mission walls and like Colonel Travis and the Texicans defending the Alamo, we need to load our cannons with that unexploded ordinance.
Many Americans take for granted Texas is a Republican state. I'm here to warn you that, like the national Republican Party, the Progressive termites have also been busy in the Texas legislature and they are both in dire need of fumigation. For proof, one need look no further than the Progressive States Network or The Texas Truth Team or our own RINO Republican TX House Speaker, Joe Straus.
In order to remove Straus as Texas Speaker and regain an effective conservative majority, we need more conservatives fighting in the trenches. It's that simple.
One such man is Daniel Miller. A Constitutional Conservative and true lover of Texas who will defend the rights of Texans in honor of the Texicans before him.
We need your help to get him there.
Your contribution of $18.36 could provide us with the powder and shot needed to repel the attacks on our personal freedoms and the sovereignty of Texas.
Of course, all donations of any amount are welcome.
Please consider our earnest plea for assistance and come to our aid with all haste.
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According to Judicial Watch, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano is actually considering waving airport pat downs for Muslim women who consider them offensive.
We mustn't offend the Muslims!
The demand came last week from the politically-connected Muslim rights organization that serves as the U.S. front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Calling the searches "invasive" and "humiliating," the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) advises Muslim women wearing religious head covers known as hijabs to reject full-body checks before boarding planes.
Those who are selected for the secondary screenings should remind Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers that they are only supposed to pat down the head and neck and that they should not subject Muslim women to a full-body or partial body pat-down, according to CAIR's advisory.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is actually considering exempting Muslims as per CAIR's demands. Madame Secretary confirmed this week that there will be "adjustments" and "more to come" on the issue of Muslim women in hijabs undergoing airport security pat-downs.
But toddlers in wheelchairs? TSA makes them do the Full Monty, right out in the open. Because when it comes to hijacking planes, everyone knows just how dangerous those toddlers really are. Muslims on the other hand, they haven't bothered anyone in at least 10 years now. And Bin Laden is dead! So give 'em a pass. Otherwise you're a bigot.
Bristol Palin has a blog now. She's making the most of it too, calling out Barry's hypocrisy vis-a-vis Sandra Fluke. Because the Gospel According To Bill Maher dictates that when Democrats / Liberals belittle Republican / Conservative women it's funny, and besides you can't be a Real Woman unless you celebrate having an abortion. That's why Ted Kennedy can murder an actual woman yet still be a feminist hero while Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin, who choose to love and care for special needs children, are Enemies Of The State.
You go Bristol, I have a feeling the liberals will throw everything they've got at you and you'll still come up smelling like a rose. Because you've got more class in your little finger than the Obamas have ever had.
And what's up with the news blackout / scrubbing of Malia Obama's spring break fling to Mexico? With twenty-five Secret Service agents in tow? How much did that cost?
Yeah, the Obamas are just like you and me. I'd certainly let my 13 year old daughter go away on spring break by herself. Well maybe, if the taxpayers were picking up the tab, right? And if I could ensure she'd be safe from Eric Holder's drug-dealing gun-running buddies who are already on Felipe Calderon's payroll.
And don't feed me that "we can't talk about the president's kids" malarky. He's got no problem putting them front and center while waxing philosophic about how cool it is they can get abortions without parental consent, unless that Rick Santorum guy gets elected at which point his girls will be locked into chastity belts or something.
Mike Bloomberg's Department of Nannyism has a new slogan — Welcome to New York City, Please Don't Feed The Homeless. Food donations to homeless shelters are now banned in the Big Apple. Why? Because the Food Police can't guarantee they meet Michelle Obama's official low-sodium high-fiber dietary requirements. It's better that the homeless go hungry than be obese.
And of course to a liberal, the only good form of charity is government charity. If people started helping each other, bureaucrats wouldn't have anything to do!
Fear not, Jersey Shore fans! Snooki will be back for the 6th season — "fist pumps and baby bumps" — with the gang who puts the fun in dysfunctional. GTL yes, clubbing, alas no. "I don't want to be one of those moms who's pregnant in a club. It's disgusting."
No dear, it's television.
Two New Jersey cyberbullying prosecutions. Two very different outcomes.
Dana Thornton, who created a fake Facebook page to humiliate her ex-boyfriend, walks free.
A Belleville woman accused of creating a fake Facebook page to humiliate her ex-boyfriend — a Parsippany police detective — was admitted into the state's Pretrial Intervention program today.
Dana Thornton, 41, faces a single charge of identity theft, but that charge would be dismissed if she successfully completes PTI.
No, that's not a misprint. It's the conclusion of a report released today by the Center for Public Integrity, which spent 18 months conducting on-site research in all 50 state capitols, compiling statistics on everything from political financing to the budget process to ethics enforcement.
New Jersey came out on top in four of the 14 categories and in the top 10 in seven others.
But before we break out the brass bands let's step back for a little perspective. No state scored an "A." New Jersey's top grade was B+, at 87 out of 100 points.
"It's telling that no state received an overall grade of A," said Caitlin Ginley, a staff writer for the Center for Public Integrity and a project manager on the study. "In every state, there's room to improve the ethics laws, the level of transparency on government proceedings, the disclosure of information, and — most importantly — the oversight of these laws.
Room for improvement indeed. Overall, 45 states received average, below average or failing grades. Eight states got an "F." And not the ones you'd think either.
Nineteen states got grades of C, and 18 got a D. Eight states got an 'F,' with grades of 59 or lower: North Dakota, Michigan, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia.
OK, Michigan I get. But North and South Dakota? Wyoming? And Maine? (Maybe there really is more to that Olympia Snowe retirement than meets the eye!) And how did Illinois escape from picking up 50th place? Sheesh, you send two governors in a row to federal prison and you still can't get an award for most corrupt?
Rahm Emanuel's gonna demand a recount.
PolitiFact says it's "mostly true" — there have been well over 54 million abortions since 1973.
They fact-checked GOP Rep. Chris Smith who recently made that statement on the floor of the House.
Just take a minute to contemplate that number. Fifty-four million dead babies.
Compare it to say, the 40 million murdered by leftist hero Mao Tse Tung, six million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust, or 10 million Ukrainians starved to death so Uncle Joe Stalin could bend the peasants to his will.
Sadly the spirit of Walter Duranty lives on to whitewash the stench of Abortion, Inc.'s charnel houses. Besides, it's called "women's health" now you know, and polite society is loath to dwell on the finer points of Dilation and Currettage. There's a pill for that too; no need to waste a minute pondering the consequences, or lack thereof.
And wouldn't you know it, but your government is here to ensure that all those wonderful services — abortion, morning-after pills, contraception, even full sterilizations — are never more than a phone call away, and free for the asking.
Fifty-four million. In the America of 2012 the unborn have just begun to die.
President Obama has the classiest friends.
Donors at one of President Barack Obama's fundraisers in Atlanta on Friday received at least one message loud and clear from the Obama campaign: "Fuck you."
Singer Cee Lo Green, best known for his solo career and his work in the musical duo Gnarles Barkley, was entertaining guests at the $500-per-ticket event at Tyler Perry Studios when he prepared to launch into a performance of his song "Forget You."
There was only one problem. Green decided, apparently at the last minute, to sing the uncensored and decidedly unpresidential version of the song — titled "Fuck You" — instead.
Before he began the profane song, though, Green attempted to exercise due diligence by flipping off the crowd and asking into his microphone, "Can I cuss?"
He did not appear to wait for an answer before he began singing.
"Ain't that some shit?" Green asked the donors.
Wasn't it a scant 2 weeks ago that The First Dad was horrified at the prospect of explaining Rush Limbaugh's "slut" remark to daughters Sasha and Malia?
But I supposed it's no big deal for him to explain away his gansta friend's crass language, right? Cee Lo is cool 'cause he's all jiggy wit Prez B-O, yo.
Radical homosexual activists wanted Dharun Ravi's head on a platter, and today they got it.
Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was found guilty today on most counts in connection with using a webcam to spy on his roommate's liaison with another man, in a high profile case that sparked awareness of cyber-bullying and harassment of gay teenagers.
Ravi, 20, was found guilty of bias, invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension, and witness tampering for spying on his former Rutgers roommate, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman, with the jury concluding that he targeted Clementi, because of his sexual orientation.
Got that? Do you think homosexuality is "yucky?" That's a felony. You're a criminal. Report to the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street immediately for re-education.
Because if Dharun Ravi is guilty of Thoughtcrime, none of us are safe from prosecution. Eventually something we believe will be deemed offensive, and then it's off with our heads.
And he's right, now that the precedent is set, the next person the Thought Police might come for is you.
This week PunditMom explains the contraception debate to her 12-year-old daughter, who asks, "Mom, why don't you and dad like Rick Santorum?"
And the answer is — because Rick Santorum wants to ban birth control.
Which of course is completely false. And in spreading this falsehood, PunditMom does her daughter a grave disservice. (Digression — even the idea of discussing birth control with a 12-year-old seems out of line to me, that's way too young for a child to be contemplating sexual activity. At that age the only reasonable assertion from a parent is "just say 'no.'")
Let's go to Mr. Santorum's actual statement.
In October, Santorum told a blogger this: "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is, I think, the dangers of contraception in this country. . . . Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
Those remarks have been misinterpreted, he said. "I was asked if I believed in it, and I said, 'No, I'm a Catholic, and I don't.' I don't want the government to fund it through Planned Parenthood, but that's different than wanting to ban it; the idea I'm coming after your birth control is absurd. I was making a statement about my moral beliefs, but I won't impose them on anyone else in this case. I don't think the government should be involved in that. People are free to make their own decisions."
See? Nuance. Something sorely lacking from PunditMom's worldview.
Feeding your child Jay Carney's talking points may make the ya-ya sisterhood stand up and applaud, but it's disingenuous of her to completely ignore the lessons of federalism inherent in Mr. Santorum's principles.
The former Pennsylvania senator recently told ABC's Jake Tapper that, yes, he disagrees with Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on contraception.
He said Friday evening that it's the idea that states don't have a right to pass such a law that he opposes, because he does not see the right to privacy as a constitutional right envisioned by its signers. This is hardly a new argument.
"It could have been a law against buying shoestrings; that it was contraception has nothing to do with it. States have the right to pass even dumb laws."
Federalism, the idea that states have a right to pass laws, "even dumb laws." It's embodied in the Tenth Amendment. Yes, I realize the Tenth Amendment is anathema to liberals. Usually. When states enact gay "marriage", or legalize "medical" marijuana, or eviscerate the Second Amendment via odious gun control regulations, then liberals love them some federalism, baby!
It's just when Conservatives talk about Federalism that liberals get the willies. Because we might use it to counter the Progressive agenda.
Now here's where it gets interesting. If a state did attempt to pass a law banning birth control, PunditMom would have an ally in … Rick Santorum.
To be clear, he does think that laws banning birth control would be dumb "for a number of reasons. Birth control should be legal in the United States. The states should not ban it, and I would oppose any effort to ban it."
There you have it. Rick Santorum's own words directly contradict
PunditMom's feminist shibboleth. It took me less than 5 minutes with Google
to find that out. Does her daughter know how to use Google? I sure hope so,
maybe PunditGrrl will learn something.
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." — Barack Obama.
No. You can't.
As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-provided coverage because of President Obama's healthcare reform law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a new report Thursday.
That's the worst case scenario. It's also the most likely scenario.
The best estimate, subject to a "tremendous amount of uncertainty," is that about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain coverage through their employer each year from 2019 through 2022.
Lies. Everything Obama and the Democrats have ever said about health care reform is a lie.
The projected cost has doubled.
Even as he slashes doctor reimbursements.
While his hand-picked poster girl for free birth control frolics on the Spanish Riviera. Because she can't afford $9 per month.
You know what? Let's just give every
slut beleaguered woman
in America taxpayer-funded "free" birth control, and call off Obamacare
completely. It'll be way cheaper. And a whole lot more sane.
Mitt Romney finally said something I like — as president he'll follow Chris Christie's lead and ax all public funding for Planned Parenthood.
Answering a question Tuesday about how he would cut the budget, Romney told a viewer of KSDK-TV in Kirkwood, Mo., that he would administer a test to see whether a program qualifies for federal funding.
"My test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for? And on that basis, of course you get rid of Obamacare. That's the easy one. But there are others. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. There's a subsidy for Amtrak. I would eliminate that. National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities. Both excellent programs but we just can't afford to borrow money to pay for those things," he said.
Music to my ears!
Predictably the Democrats went apopleptic — War On Women! — and compared his proposed reduction in federal borrowing to enacting tax cuts for millionaires. Because to the mathematically-challenged, they're exactly the same thing.
But if the Democrats really believe Planned Parenthood needs additional funding, well maybe their friends at Susan G. Komen can help. Put on a "Race For The Pill," or perhaps a Pinewood Derby featuring aborted fetuses. I'm sure there are celebrities who'd fall over themselves to be associated with something awesome like that.
Corporate sponsors too. All those companies who ditched Rush Limbaugh for
instance. They're looking for new marketing opportunities, right? Have
your abortion on a Sleep Train mattress! The possibilities are endless.
Free health care isn't really free. You know that, right?
Just in case you don't, the latest CBO estimates ought to wipe that smirk off your face.
President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
But wait, it gets worse. The estimates still don't fully project the 10 year costs Obamacare will actually incur. That won't happen until next year when the CBO will be able to issue figures for ten full years of implementation. Assuming their 2022 estimate of $265 billion holds for 2023, the true ten year cost of Obamacare will undoubtedly exceed $2 trillion dollars.
Get your kids a job. Now. Otherwise they won't be able to afford the crippling taxes needed to keep this turkey afloat. Perhaps it won't matter though. Included in the same report is this little gem. By 2022 federal debt is poised to reach levels that the CBO calls "unsupportable."
That which can't go on forever, won't.
Remember when President Subprime McDowngrade told us Obamacare would reduce the federal deficit? And save us money?
Yeah I know, it's hard to believe that our president lied to us.
Speaking of presidential lies, let's expose another one.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
As a knowledgeable pro-life source on Capitol Hill informed LifeNews, as authorized by Obamacare, "the final rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance coverage that includes elective abortion" and the change to longstanding law prohibiting virtually all direct taxpayer funding of abortions (the Hyde Amendment) is accomplished through an accounting arrangement described in the Affordable Care Act and reiterated in the final rule issued today.
"To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer," the pro-life source informed LifeNews. "The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions."
Infanticide. It's "health care." And we all have to pay for it, whether or not it violates every standard of decency and conscience we've ever held. Obama hath decreed it. There is no escape from his charnel house.
May the fires of Hell consume Barack Obama. And Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid,
Bart Stupak, indeed all those who imposed such an abomination upon the good
and decent people of these United States.
But the Real Story is that 41% of Americans are so blindly partisan, and/or sand-poundingly stupid, they still believe Barry is doing a good job.
President Obama's approval rating has hit the lowest level ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey.
Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, according to the poll, conducted from March 7 to 11. Another 47 percent disapprove of his performance, up from 41 percent last month.
Perhaps the missing 12% are the folks Obama's labor department refuses to count in their unemployment statistics. They're inconvenient, so they're invisible.
Meanwhile in New Jersey, Chris Christie has earned a clear majority of popular opinion.
Gov. Chris Christie's rating is positive, with 54 percent approving of his job performance and 34 percent disapproving.
Imagine that. Mr. Tax The Rich To Give Deadbeats Free Stuff can't get any traction, but the guy pitching tax cuts and preaching personal responsibility is putting a smile on our faces.
Maybe there's hope for this country yet.
After this year the U.S. Navy will no longer have an Enterprise, which is why there's a petition to name the next planned carrier, CVN-80, the USS Enterprise. Sign it, because we've gotten into the habit of naming our greatest warships after politicians, and not even dead ones — one of the newest carriers is the USS George H. W. Bush. Look, I voted for the guy, and he was a whole lot better than the current occupant, but nothing named by the U.S. government — not a building, not a scholarship program, certainly not one of the greatest warships built by mankind — should be named after a living person.
Reading that all I could think of was this: re-elect Barry and that carrier will be named the USS Barack Obama so fast our heads will spin. Why not? The presidential naming precedent is already set, and with his Nobel Prize firmly in hand he'll want to get a jump on his legacy.
Unless his feminist brain trust really starts feeling their Cheerios. Then we're probably looking at the USS Sandra Fluke, with an all female crew and birth control pills dispensed in lieu of communion wafers by lesbian chaplains.
Well, it's not like they're planning on having more sex. The feminuts are going on strike. Sex Strike. As in, single women will refuse to have sex with their male partners.
I wonder how the Bishops managed to finally convince them this was a good idea.
Just a quick reminder — my latest #VRWC Report is up at Theo's place. Lots of good stuff in there if I do say so myself.
Let's go to the videotape: Michelle Obama insists Let's Move is not about government telling people what to eat, then tells people what to eat.
Like Johnny Carson used to say, sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
Doing the reporting the MSM won't do, Stacy McCain is at it again, exposing the SXSW secrets of "cousin" Meghan's boobs. Apparently they're in therapy. But only when there aren't any hot college guys hanging around.
Down in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal steps up with some sensible energy policy suggestions. Because Barry did ask. Rhetorically, of course. He's smarter than everyone else dontcha know. And who listens to Republicans anyway?
Alright, time for bed. Yes, Daylight Saving Time is annoying me even more
than usual this year. It sucks to get old. I'm cranky. So get off my lawn.
Ariel and Debora Levy of Portland, Oregon are monsters. Their daughter, now 4 years old, was born with Down Syndrome. The Levys sued the hospital for wrongful birth, because during pre-natal testing they weren't warned of the possibility their baby would be a retard.
A jury awarded them $2.9 million dollars. For the "anguish" of not having been able to abort the beautiful baby girl who's become too much of a burden for them to care for.
Jurors ruled the hospital showed negligence when doctors told Ariel and Debora Levy their unborn baby would not suffer from Down syndrome.
The Levys said their decision to move forward with the pregnancy had been based on this information, and argued the doctors had been "negligent in their performance, analysis and reporting" of test results. The Levys' child, a girl, is now 4 years old.
They didn't want a defective kid. If only they'd known, it would have affected "their decision to move forward with the pregnancy." And now they're stuck, so somebody has to pay.
Monsters. There's no other word for the Levys. And for the jurors too. Shame on them for reinforcing the idea that a handicapped child is somehow less deserving of life.
That there is no such thing as a "wrongful birth" should be obvious. Certainly in any society which deserves to be called civilized.
The parents of the child did not want to comment because they were worried about the backlash they could get over such a controversial topic.
Backlash? They're worried about backlash?. From us?
Just wait Mr. and Mrs. Levy. The day your little girl learns to use Google is the day you'll experience backlash.
How will you explain to her that you'd have preferred she'd never been born? Or that while reluctantly raising her you needed to be compensated for your inconvenience?
Because you know she's going to find out. And then who are you gonna sue?
Twice this week Wikipedia rode to Obama's rescue. Within minutes of Soledad O"Brien flubbing the definition of Critical Race Theory on national television the Internet's Encyclopedia Propagandica scrubbed their entry for the now controversial topic, eliminating all references to its core teachings regarding the evils of "white supremacy" and promotion of "racial power."
And then when video surfaced of a young Barack Obama embracing Critical Race Theory's primary proponent, Harvard professor Derrick Bell, his Wikipedia page underwent a massive rewrite to smooth over the radical professor's wildly radical views. Oh, and to disassociate Obama from ever having known him. Even though Bell was a frequent visitor to the White House before his death.
In the video, Obama tells the crowd to "Open your hearts and open your minds to the words of professor Derrick Bell."
Those words tended to be quite controversial. Bell is widely credited with pioneering the field of Critical Race Theory, a radical school of legal thought that holds that the American legal and political systems are inherently racist.
Hmmm. You'd think people would want to know if their president subscribed to such a twisted view of American society.
But little things like "facts" can't get in the way of Wikipedia's primary mission — advancing Progressive politics, and ensuring a generation of lazy Googlers will never look too far beyond its sanitized version of history.
Howard Zinn wished he had that kind of power. Sadly his ideological progeny do.
Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
The Jets pulled a reverse Friday night, and Mark Sanchez was the beneficiary.
After making headlines for their pursuit of free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, the Jets turned around and gave incumbent Sanchez a three-year extension. Sanchez had two seasons left on his five-year rookie deal, so that means he will be under contract to the Jets through the end of the 2016 season.
The three-year extension is worth $40.5 million according to a source, with the five remaining years worth $58.25 million. There is $20.5 million in guaranteed money.
Finally, Gang Green gets one right! Peyton was never gonna play in the same stadium as his little brother, no matter how much money Woody Johnson dangled in front of him.
So, how about a little flight crew love for Mark?
Hopefully they freed up enough cap space to go out and get some guys who can (a) tackle and (b) block. Last season's woes weren't entirely the fault of Santonio Holmes you know; the offensive line was weak and Sanchez often had no time in the pocket. Eat some Wheaties™ fellas! And tackling from behind is no way to win football games. Maybe the coaches could work on that during the off-season.
The Redskins are out of the hunt, but Arizona is still a possibility.
But I think Denver is where he'll end up.
And then we can all speculate about Tim Tebow's future. Because what else is there to do before pre-season starts?
J! E! T! S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
GM just "invested" $400 million of our tax dollars in another boondoggle, this time in France. PSA Peugeot Citroen, losing money faster than their cars leak oil, needed cash since Moody's just downgraded their debt to junk bond status. And the UAW, seeing some of their fellow unionistas in need said "buy." So Government Motors bought a 7% stake in a failing French car company that not even the Peugeot family is willing to sink more money into.
French Junk Bonds. Just what the American taxpayer needs! Is there anything Barry won't throw money at? As a matter of fact, yes, yes there is. The Keystone XL Pipeline. Presumably because it might (a) create some American jobs, and (b) reduce the price of gas in the process. Can't have that!
President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
Got that? Money and jobs for France, but not for America. Barack Obama, he's the President of Earth. Or at least he thinks he is.
The Senate measure failed by 4 votes. Thanks Barry. The American public appreciates your fight to keep gas prices above $4 per gallon. Really, we do. Because it'll guarantee you won't get re-elected. Can you push 'em up to $5? Because at $5 I envision a popular revolt which ends with you being ridden out of town on a rail.
From the Yup, It Figures Department:
Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn't own a car. Not even a Chevy
Firestarter Volt. So he has no frame of reference when it
comes to gas prices. $4, $5, even $8 per gallon, it doesn't matter to him
personally, so why should he care?
Remembering the old joke, a camel is a horse designed by the government, here's the twenty-first century twist. The Obama Administration awarded a $10 million dollar prize to the first company who could design an "affordable green lightbulb." The winner is now in stores. At $50 a piece.
No wonder they think $4 a gallon gas is cheap!
Let it not be said that Barry doesn't reward his friends. Jon Corzine's MF Global, with $1.2 billion in customer money still missing and no criminal or civil charges on the horizon, is slated to pay bonuses to its three top executives.
Yeah, nothing says "job well done" quite like ripping off your customers.
So long as its for a good cause that is. The good cause being, of course,
For want of an "A," the t-shirt was lost.
To be or not to be. That is normally the question. But in this case the letter 'a' appears to have caused all the problems.
Clothing giant Topshop failed to spot that William Shakespeare's name was spelt incorrectly on a £20 T-shirt it was marketing.
The women's fashion item went on sale online and at stores across the UK printed with the misspelling 'Shakespere'.
Closer to home, a Hoboken man thought he had the perfect plan to overcome his town's notorious lack of available parking spaces. Printing his own parking permit. There was only one minor flaw though, he misspelled "parking."
An alert meter maid noticed the counterfeit "Parkting Permit" and called police. They towed the car, and arrested the budding paperhanger when he showed up at the impound lot.
Spellcheck. Turn it on, you won't be sorry.
The NJEA has money to burn. And they burned through it faster than anyone else last year, spending $11.2 million dollars lobbying against Governor Christie's education reforms. By contrast, the next biggest spender was Verizon, with a budget of $1.2 million. Peanuts really, given their size.
And the NJEA took every one of those dollars off the backs of your child's classroom teachers in the form of union dues. Remember that the next time her school sends home yet another fundraising appeal or plea for you to send in "badly needed" classroom supplies. Maybe her teacher could afford a few extra pencils if the union wasn't vacuuming up so much money to buy TV advertisements telling us how wonderful the public schools are.
It's not like they have to convince you to send your kid to the government school. When it comes to education in New Jersey, choice is not in the union's vocabulary. And New Jersey already spends more on education than on anything else in the budget. The school tax makes up more than half of our total property tax levy. Our state income tax is designated 100% toward funding of education. But to hear the NJEA tell it, the public schools are woefully underfunded, as their union leaders cry all the way to the bank.
Then with a straight face the union shills will tell us that corporate money
in politics is evil, as they lobby for Congress to upend the Citizens
United SCOTUS decision. Because the NJEA is pure as the driven snow, and
they're only looking out for the children. Honest.
Oooh, Barry is getting testy.
"Just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into reelection wants gas prices to go up higher? Is that -- is that -- is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?" Obama asked rhetorically at a White House news conference.
Yeah, with all those times you said energy has to get more expensive, and Steven Chu praising $8 per gallon gas, we were kinda wondering when you were gonna pretend to change course. Anything to get yourself re-elected! Then, you can really put the screws to us.
Because new fuel economy standards and Justice Department investigations aren't going to slash prices at the pump. Not now, and probably not ever.
Folks aren't rushing out to buy new cars. They can't afford 'em anyway, seeing
as how most of America is still unemployed. Remember the crappy economy? I
know it's been out of the papers for the past few weeks as we devote all our
attention to the sex lives of Georgetown
coeds cougers, but
Everything Obama's done has made the economy worse. He's resorted to fudging the unemployment numbers just to make things appear better than they are. And when that ploy didn't work, he picked a fight with the Catholic Church, and lied about it. Anything to distract us from his abysmal job performance.
Meanwhile his State Department and federal bureaucracy continue to push the U.N.'s Agenda 21 — "Sustainable Development Guidelines" — which, you guessed it, require most of us to give up our cars and move into neat little eco-boxes stacked in revamped urban cityscapes, run by Democratic Party machine politicians. Where community organizers will tell us how to live.
And how do you suppose he plans to get us out of our cars? By raising the price of gasoline. And raising it again. And squeezing the supply. Until no one, except of course the knighted elites of Progressivism, can afford to fill their tank.
Obama's plan is working. High gas prices are part and parcel to his
long-term strategy, even if he's temporarily making some feeble noises about
feeling our pain at the pump. Don't believe a word of it. The only way to
ensure gasoline will be affordable again is to defeat Barack Obama
Eric Holder says it's legal. If your government decides you're a terrorist, they can squash you like a bug. Not to worry though, according to the ACLU that Obama fellow is cool, he won't abuse his newfound power. But if the knuckle-dragging mouth-breather Rethuglicans ever retake the White House, look out America.
Everything Obamacare touches turns to shit. Everything. Take digital
medical records. They're supposed to be the salvation of the medical profession,
cutting costs and streamlining patient care. Except, according to
Pravda The New York Times,
Computerized patient records are unlikely to cut health care costs and may actually encourage doctors to order expensive tests more often, a study published on Monday concludes.
Uh, oh. Obama promised us we'd save $80 billion a year with this particular boondoggle. Obamacare just keeps getting more and more expensive, doesn't it?
But research published Monday in the journal Health Affairs found that doctors using computers to track tests, like X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging, ordered far more tests than doctors relying on paper records.
Sure the doctors are spending more on tests, and still duplicating efforts, but maybe they'll make up the savings on volume.
The study showed, however, that doctors with computerized access to a patient's previous image results ordered tests on 18 percent of the visits, while those without the tracking technology ordered tests on 12.9 percent of visits. That is a 40 percent higher rate of image testing by doctors using electronic technology instead of paper records.
The gap, according to the study, was even greater — a 70 percent higher rate — for more advanced and expensive image tests, including M.R.I. tests and CT, or computerized tomography, scans.
And the "startling" conclusion? Our research raises real concerns about whether health information technology is going to be the answer to reducing costs."
Gee, ya think? It's just another way for your government to waste your money, by subsidizing technology upgrades for thousands and thousands of doctors, clinics, and hospitals nationwide.
And what are the odds that the companies selling these medical record systems are big Obama re-election donors? Anybody wanna take that bet?
Meanwhile back on the campaign trail, today is Super Tuesday. Our last, last chance to derail the Mitt Romney trainwreck of doom. Where people in Virginia find themselves being encouraged to vote for Ron Paul because the Gingrich and Santorum teams were too incompetent to get their guy's name on the ballot. And apparently everything hinges on Ohio even though 9 other states are voting today.
Barbara Bush is right, this is a helluva way to run a railroad.
Out of Europe there's great news for the UAW this morning. The scions of the
Geneva Auto Show have named the Chevy
Firestarter Volt their
Car Of The Year. Well, sure. Designed by a committee, praised by
intellectuals, subsidized by government, and wanted by no one, it's pretty
much the definition of the Euroweenie experience. Maybe Brussels can order
every Greek bondholder to take one in lieu of actual repayment. That'll
stimulate demand again, at least until barbecued bondholders start stacking
up along the Autobahn.
Remember when the government was subordinate to the citizenry? Yeah, me neither. The Poobahs of Union County, NJ don't like it when someone questions their benevolent dictatorship. They don't like it one bit. And Tina Renna has been a thorn in their side for far too long. Ergo, it's time to teach her a lesson she won't soon forget.
Her group, the Union County Watchdog Association, runs a blog including videos, analysis and documents obtained through record requests. Now, Renna says, someone has unleashed the dogs on her.
One morning in January, she said, two agents from the state Division of Taxation's criminal investigation unit visited her house, asking about the group's charitable status and whether it was properly registered.
A Treasury spokesman, Andy Pratt, said he didn't have any details, but acknowledged agents work off tips — usually high-profile stuff. "What that unit normally handles is some very sensitive stuff," Pratt said, adding that "sometimes they deal with terrorists. ... They're a serious group."
Got that? Tina Renna is treated like a terrorist, because she dares to question the Democrats who rule Union County with an iron fist. It's the Alinsky way.
And those documents the terrorism squad was seeking? They're on file in their office. Duly submitted to the Treasury Department back in 2005. These guys weren't at Tina Renna's house to look for documents. They were there to deliver a warning — we know where you live.
Hang in there Tina. Keep up the good fight. You are Andrew Breitbart.
We're all Andrew Breitbart now.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Michelle Obama have joined forces to promote an aggressive new school nutrition campaign touted as a cross between "If You See Something, Say Something" and "Let's Move!" Dubbed "Snack Watch" by the administation, the program is intended to eliminate school-age obesity by rewarding children who snitch on their junk food-scarfing classmates.
Not Satire: Swat Team Shuts Down Community Picnic.
A Distinctive World gives us a superb insight as to how a community picnic is now a thing of the past. Beautifully written with pictures of one heck of a bountiful party, the government shuts it down.
Liberty? It's but a distant memory.
So after seeing that, go ahead and tell me "Snack Watch" doesn't sound plausible to you, perhaps as a key initiative in a second Obama term.Selective Outrage Syndrome: Liberal feminists screaming on Facebook for Rush Limbaugh's head. They've got petitions. And they're angry.
Boo-frickin-hoo. I don't remember any petitions calling for Bill Maher to lay off of Sarah Palin, not even after he called her the most vile disgustingly derogatory word in the English language. More than once. Nor was there any feminist anger expressed when MSNBC's Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a slut.
So spare me your sanctimony. Ms. Fluke, who incidentally is no "coed," not at 30 years of age, painted the scarlet letter squarely on herself. She knew what she was doing, and she's doing it at the behest of the Obama re-election campaign, to distract us from the real problems facing America. Problems caused entirely by Obama's purposefully destructive policies.
Sandra Fluke is a sideshow, and it's high time we sent her crawling back under the silk sheets at OrgyTown so we can focus on what's important. Reminding America just what a disaster Obama's presidency has been.
Speaking of sideshows, Cue the Religion of Peace™.
A national atheist group embarking on a widespread outreach campaign is placing a billboard calling Islam a myth, just two blocks from a mosque.
The billboard, which will be placed on Monday, is costing American Atheists $15,000 to post for a month. The slogan says "You know it's a myth... and you have a choice" in both Arabic and English. The sign is going to be located at the intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway, two block from the Islamic Center of Passaic County.
I imagine Obama will be apologizing for the billboard before the end of the week. Which of course won't stop the behedings, but it will let him claim credit for keeping them to a minimum.
What's a few dead Americans compared to the sensibilities of 1.6 billion Muslims, right?
From the computer security Hall of Fame: Election Hacked, Drunken Robot Elected to School Board. An e-voting system in Washington, DC was penetrated by hackers, who rigged it to declare Bender, the drunken robot from Futurama as the winner.
The kicker is that they altered the signoff page so that it would read "owned" and play the UMich fight song after 15 seconds. The alteration was only spotted when a security tester told the school board they should remove the music from the signoff page — right after he informed them that their system was secure..
There's a pretty good chance that "security tester" was a product of the
Washington, DC public schools.
Well played, Mayans.
Well the feds shuffled a few papers, peeked into a desk drawer or two at MF Global, and shockingly found nothing criminal with which to charge Jon Corzine, or anyone else. $1.2 billion dollars in customer money went poof! and federal investigators have been "unable to find a smoking gun."
As if Eric Holder's Injustice Department is feeling particularly motivated to look for one.
They say the money was lost due to "chaos and poor risk control systems." In other words, simple incompetence. Yeah, the taxpayers of New Jersey can relate.
On the other hand, investigators barely scratched the surface before giving up.
However, there are still a ton of questions here. Like why the feds have not made a deal with Edith O'Brien, the MF Global staffer who was ordered to handle sending money in and out in the end days of MF Global. She said she will not speak unless she gets a deal offering her immunity from prosecution. Why don't the feds give her the immunity she wants, and talk with her to find out the scoop?
Uh, because they're afraid of what she'll say? When you're "investigating" a guy who's raised millions for your boss's re-election you really don't want to upset the apple cart. Not unless you don't like your job.
And besides, it's much more politically expedient to sic the dogs on those infernal Tea Partyers. The feds have limited resources you know, and they have to point them wherever they'll do the most good. MF Global? There's nothing to see here, move along.
Fifty-one United States Senators are woefully uninformed on the notion of religious liberty. Or they're ideologues trampling upon the Constitution. I'll go with (B), simply because it's unfathomable they're unaware of the intrusive nature of Obamacare's contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. The bishops have made the point quite clear.
Today is World Day of Prayer. Perhaps it would be beneficial for us to pray for the immortal souls of those 51, or at least for the souls of the thirteen Catholic Senators who betrayed their country and their faith.
Apparently we're not supposed to notice that a Georgetown code who testifies before Congress about her hyper-active sex life isn't in fact planning on entering a convent any time soon. The feminuts are in a tizzy, decrying all manner of perceived chauvinistic depradations, and said morally elastic coed is outraged! at any inferences upon the chastity of her maidenhood.
The, er lady, doth protest too much. The cat is out of the bag dear. The whole world knows you haven't saved yourself for marriage. The merchandise is used, and any gentlemanly suitors who might have come calling are wise to think twice before proceeding. Perhaps your anger ought be directed at yourself, seeing as how your availability for recreational pursuits is no longer a matter of dispute, and that of course puts you at a decided disadvantage vis-a-vis young ladies of propriety and good breeding.
On the other hand, a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, right? So you've always got the old maids of the ya-ya sisterhood to fall back on. Well them, and cats.
Cue more feminut outrage: Newark, NJ plans to open their first all-boys public school, serving young men in grades 6 through 12. Similar Eagle Academies already successfully operate in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Single-sex high schools are the norm in Catholic education, it's nice to see the public schools finally catching on to the notion that separating the boys from the girls leads to fewer distractions throughout the school day.
Democrats will tell you that voter ID laws are discriminatory. A New Mexico dog agrees.
A Republican man in New Mexico wanted to show how easy he thought it was to commit voter fraud. So the Albuquerque man did just that: committed voter registration fraud by registering his dog, Buddy, to vote.
Then he called the news.
"They should verify. Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took a look at exactly who it was," the unidentified man told the news station. "But I made up a birth date, and I made up a social security number and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later."
But when it came time to declare a party affiliation, Buddy made a beeline for his kind of people.
Buddy fits the demographic of a democratic voter. He doesn't pay any federal income taxes and is hoping for a free government handout (of dog treats).
Debbie Wasserman Schultz assures us that only a misocynist would ask Buddy for ID on election day.
Elsewhere in the news, AT&T made it official yesterday, "unlimited data" really means "we cut you off after 3 gigabytes." Which actually makes sense. You want more? You pay more. Yeah, I realize that's a foreign concept to our permanent entitlement class, who believe paying $30 bucks guarantees their right to monopolize a scarce, shared resource. Alas wireless bandwidth does not grow on trees, and TANSTAAFL.
According to Steven Chu, gas at $4 per gallon isn't expensive enough. Obama's Central Planners are determined to put us all into Chevy Volt Flaming Firetrap Golf Carts Of Doom, and if that means millions of Americans suffer because gas prices keep soaring, well that's the whole point.
"For the president, expensive energy that depresses all Americans' standards of living isn't a bug, it's a feature."
Steven Chu is the Secretary of Energy. But he may as well be the Secretary of Magic Fairy Dust, because instead of looking for ways to cut gas prices, he's futzing around with batteries.
Instead, DOE is working to promote alternatives such as biofuels and electric vehicles, Chu told House appropriators during a hearing on DOE's budget.
Guess what, that whole algae schtick? That was real. It's their plan. That and batteries. Rechargeable batteries. Which need electricity. You know, the stuff Obama's EPA is making scarcer than condoms at Georgetown. Almost as expensive, too.
Let's face it, rechargeable batteries suck. A lot. They lose their charge faster than a Georgetown coed drops her pants. (ba-da-bing!) And they take forever and a day to recharge. You don't know how many times I've gone to use my digital camera only to see the dreaded "change the batteries" message on its screen. It's frustrating to the max. My new BlackBerry is fantastic, so long as I keep it in close proximity to the charger. And Sophie's laptop? Don't get me started on how crummy the batteries are in Sophie's laptop.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, gas prices. Unless America is smart enough to vote these wankers out in November, gas will be north of $5 a gallon forever. Central planners hate cars. They hate suburbs too. According to them everybody should live in nice, neat, small eco-boxes stacked in ergonomically-designed cities. And of course, ride the bus to work. The farthest anyone should venture is about 25 miles, which it turns out is the out-and-back range of the aforementioned Government Motors Chevy Volt Flaming Firetrap Golf Cart Of Doom.
What they really despise is freedom. The freedom to go wherever we please, whenever we want. How can they effectively control a mobile population? They can't. So the goal is to make the population as stationary as possible, and then we'll go where they say we can go, at a time when they decide, and only if our papers are in order.
Cheap gas made this country what it is today. Is taking that away from us the
Hope and Change you were looking for?