Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
And on that note, Katherine Kersten of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes the following (you have to skip to the end of the piece for the red meat):
Here in Minnesota, ACORN has boasted of playing a major role in the 2008 elections. It claims to have registered 43,000 new voters, which it describes as 75 percent of the state's new registrations. Franken's margin of victory in the Senate race was razor-thin: 312 votes out of about 3 million cast. And Minnesota's laws on proof of voter eligibility are notoriously loose.
Did ACORN folks pull some fast ones to help get their favorite son Franken elected -- a win that handed Democrats the 60-vote, veto-proof majority that they needed to enact their liberal agenda?
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie assures us that Minnesota's system of voter verification protects electoral integrity.
But here's an uncomfortable fact: Ritchie himself was endorsed by the now-notorious ACORN and elected with its help.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Just remember, opposition from the Left is always acceptable. Opposition from the Right is a virulently opposed conspiracy. Whatever. We'll continue marching forward, together, conspiring to do what it takes to defeat Obama's agenda through judicial, legislative and electoral wins.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
For better or worse, we are defined by our differences — and, if Barack Obama doesn’t understand that when he’s at the podium addressing a room filled with representatives of Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela, and other unlovely polities, the TV audience certainly did when Colonel Qaddafi took to the podium immediately afterwards. They’re both heads of state of sovereign nations. But, if you’re on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States and sees where it gets you.
Friday, September 25, 2009
The state GOP had argued that Gov. Deval Patrick - a Democrat - exceeded his constitutional authority by appointing Paul G. Kirk Jr. on Thursday. Lawmakers passed a bill this week giving Patrick the power to choose an interim senator, but laws usually take effect in 90 days.
Patrick got around that delay by signing a letter that declared the bill an emergency. The appointment is critical to his fellow Democrats, who need Kirk's vote to restore their 60-vote, filibuster-proof margin in the Senate. President Barack Obama and his staff lobbied for the change as they try to win approval this year for their top legislative priority, overhauling the nation's health care system.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
One of the most disturbing characteristics of the new administration is a particular sort of whining or petulance. Dissatisfaction arises over even favorable press coverage — as we saw last weekend, when Obama serially trashed the obsequious media that he had hogged all day.
Funny Or Die: Fake PSA about Insurance Company Profits
Couple things here:
1) This video brings up a fundamental truth about what separates most conservatives from liberals - nearly everyone of the people in this video has appeared, or does appear, in a television show or movie that I absolutely love. But, unlike lefties who regularly call for boycotts against those they disagree with (Whole Foods, anyone?), conservatives do not typically engage in boycotts. As long as Mad Men or Old School or House do not get overly political, I do not care what Jon Hamm or Will Ferrell or Olivia Wilde have to say about healthcare.
2) 80%? What polls are they reading?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A girl I knew of had sex in a community area of a dorm with someone other than her boyfriend and borrowed his sweatshirt. When she got back to her room her boyfriend was there. He asked her where she got the sweatshirt. She told her boyfriend that she had been raped and that the rapist had given it to her. In the end, the details came out but not before it caused a lot of pain for the accused.
When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.
Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Agents had recordings of Afzali saying so in calls that they intercepted, the complaint said.
Very interesting. So, someone in the federal government "intercepted" calls. I blame Bush.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Anyway, why bring this up now? Because, evidently, people who are full blown Truthers still have access at the highest levels of government:
Invited onto the dance floor last night by actor Esai Morales at an annual Washington, D.C., gala held by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Sonia Sotomayor drew cheers for her salsa steps and turns during a mambo number, reports the Reliable Source blog of the Washington Post.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Way back in 2007, when it was proposed and rejected, there had been no $1T TARP bill. There had been no $1T stimulus package. There were no legislative proposals for green initiatives or for universal healthcare, both of which will cost Americans massive amounts of money.
But, some will argue, if you give automatic amnesty to illegal immigrants, you will immediately expand the tax base. Those formerly illegal, non-income tax paying residents will now be forced to pay taxes. Unfortunately, we're not talking about high-income earners which, as we know, are the ones who actually pay the bulk of income taxes. We're talking about largely uneducated, low-income earners who will contribute virtually nothing and will require government services.
We do not have a bunch of physicians and lawyers here illegally who are making money without paying taxes. Low-income earners consume more in government services than they pay in.
And, unlike 2007 when we had a liberal Congress checked by a moderately conservative President, we are now dealing with a far-left government that is expanding entitlements and, therefore, the demands on the US taxpayer. American independents and conservatives will reject any such plan in a vociferous way and Democrats will call it racism. Thankfully, they have already diluted the hell out of that word and my guess is the charge won't stick.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Finally, I should say that the things that scare the teabaggers--the renewed sense of public purpose and government activism, the burgeoning racial diversity, urbanity and cosmopolitanism--are among the things I find most precious and exhilarating about this country.
As Jonah Goldberg's reader points out, he lives in lily white Pelham, NY. That's as close you can get to a gated community as close as you can get to Manhattan. A little bit of research shows me that he lives in a $1.7M, 5,000 SQ FT home. That's not very green is it? How does a left-of-center pundit in a party dominated by Greens live with himself?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
* MR T!! Before he became the icon we know and love today.
* A reporter who has clearly smoked his way through his share of Winston cartons.
* A 3 1/2 minute story about the run-up to the fight. On local television.
* A 70s Dinner Theater Dance show.
As for Maureen Dowd, imagining a word [“boy”] that wasn't said: Well, in my previous profession, I saw a lot of people who heard words that weren't said. They were called patients. Many of them were actually helped with medication.
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys: Brian Wilson said that he was driven to write and record the Pet Sounds album by his reaction to Rubber Soul by the Beatles. He specifically reacted to the way the songs all tied together as part of a larger concept - something that wasn't prevelant in rock records at the time. Wilson agonized over every note that went on the record and it shows. The record gives us two of the greatest pop rock songs ever recorded, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows", "Sloop John B" and a number of others that were never popular hits but are well-crafted, beautifully arranged and that adhere to the theme of the album - the passing innocence of youth and the difficulties of a very complex life.
Abbey Road - The Beatles: AR was the last album the Beatles recorded and it reflected from beginning to end the many styles of the Beatles over the course of their too short but amazing run. There's a bit of White Album mixed into a bit of the Sgt Pepper mixed in with Rubber Soul. The nearly gapless run of songs on the 2nd side of the LP that starts with "You Never Give Me Your Money" - the Abbey Road Suite - is really the finest section of the album and is what makes it so listenable 40 years later.
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen: What can you say? The boss rips off Dylan, Orbison, Van Morrison, Phil Spector, Elvis, Sam & Dave, etc. etc. and still makes it sound like he invented rock and roll. So much so, that 30 years later he performs a half-time show at the Superbowl and reserves 50% of the set for songs from this album. It's not bogged down with the politics of his later stuff - there's no attempt to be a Woody Guthry knock-off swimming in cash. Rather, it's his youth on a disc, a continuation of the themes he laid down on "Asbury Park" and "The Wild, the Innocent..." we don't know if the characters and the places described ever existed or were like they are portrayed. It doesn't matter. They still come to life 35 years later.
Aja - Steely Dan: If you've ever seen the hour long "making of" special on this album you will immediately understand what perfectionists Becker and Fagen were. They essentially played "Fantasy Band" on all of their later albums, inviting all of the best session musicians in to the studio to take a crack at their vision and then picked the best parts and folded them into their final product. Some may think that recording quality leaves the Dan's albums as boring and antiseptic but I disagree. "Aja" has some of the finest recording mixes of jazz, rock and pop fusion ever to be put to tape - "Peg", "Black Cow", "Deacon Blues".
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act "based on racism" and rooted in fears of a black president."I think it's based on racism,"
Carter said at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
Anyway, the movie was set in 1963 which would have put his birth year (based on his real age at the time) at 1928. Which means that the Dirty Dancing character would be 81 today. Or not.
Perhaps it [the Obama administration] thinks its diplomacy will work, or that it has the luxury of time, or that it can talk the Israelis out of attacking. Alternatively, it might actually want Israel to attack without inviting the perception that it has colluded with it. Or maybe it isn't really paying attention.
But Israel is paying attention. And the longer the U.S. delays playing hardball with Iran, the sooner Israel is likely to strike.
Obama, like Bush, has been dithering on Iran. As Victor Davis Hanson once said about this very situation, "there are no good options, only bad options and worse options". I am afraid this situation will not resolve itself peacefully.
Monday, September 14, 2009
If I remember my journalistic history correctly, it used to be that major newspapers in this country were instruments of one political party. This changed over time as they become new sources first and opinion makers second.
As we ponder the fact that the New York Times and other papers refuse to carry certain stories that may damage the chances for the Democratic party, we have to wonder if we may be headed back in that direction.
FoxNews makes the whole thing a story about the lack of a story. How meta.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
There is no faster way to discredit yourself with good Americans who have serious problems with the sharp leftward turn this country took on January 21st than to call them all racists. Save it for the pot fuled discussions you aging boomers have all summer at your Hamptons summer home.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
He was going to be the kind of guy who whipped you up and then, when you were all excited, left you flat, and then, when you were deflated and exasperated and time was running out, ensorcelled you again with some sparkly fairy dust.
It’s an irritating pattern. Not as puerile as Bill Clinton’s pattern of wasting time and plunging into personal chaos, or as horrifying as Dick Cheney’s routine of bullying and cutting paper dolls out of the Constitution.
But not as reliably uplifting as Jed Bartlet either.
Let me go google that. Oh wait, here's a good quote:
"I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views." - Barack Obama
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
There's the standard. It's acceptable for someone to hold these views and still be part of the mainstream. If that's the case, then then no longer can the loons be kept out of the club.
Granted, Howard Dean (head of the DNC the last time I checked) called it an "interesting theory" but that falls just shy of founding a committee that was leading an effort to force Congress to investigate. He later walked that back.
You will see more mainstream Democrats push this theory now. They will do it out of solidarity with the martyred Van Jones and they will do it because they need to broaden the acceptability of the idea. They must do so because so many Democrats already believe it and if they don't make it acceptable, they will see more people like Van Jones fall.
UPDATE: The Nation suggests that the Truther committee of which Van Jones was a part was really just pushing for another investigation of 9/11 because the pre-2007 Congress was too willing to avoid an investigation of the Bush administration's role. So, now we are to believe that Trutherism is really just a desire to reinvestigate 9/11 and not an assertion built on the implicit belief that Bush and Cheney were willing to murders tens of thousands of Americans.
If they can make this assertion stick then they could eventually force a reinvestigation of 9/11. It may seem completely implausible but that didn't stop Congress from reinvestigating the asssassination of JFK fully 15 years after the Warren Commission had published their report.
Monday, September 7, 2009
There is a minor problem and two major problems with Obama has done in this instance.
Minor Problem: Taking a slot of children's time to do this all at the same time rather than making one speech at one school and having it thrown on a DVD and sent to schools so that they could choose to show it where and when they wanted to. Nobody would have been the wiser. You'd be shocked at the stuff kids are forced to watch - "Insignificant Truth", anyone?
It's the Orwellian telescreen "address to the children"(!!!) quality that even brought it to the forefront.
Major Problem 1: Obama is EVERYWHERE all the time. He cannot stand to be off the television for more than a day. He and his administration believe that his rhetoric has the quality of spun gold. They have not caught up to the fact that a) it doesn't and b) the American people cannot be inundated 24x7 with anything including the mellifluousness of Barack Obama.
Major Problem 2: Obama has lost the trust of many of the American people. Obama has historically associated with Leftist radicals and, since he has come into office, has governed far to the Left of the political center. Anything he does now will be examined and, possibly rejected. This is the same thing that happened to Bush. Unfortunately, it's happened to Obama after just 7 months on the job.
1. They failed to investigate this man when he was appointed to this position. As long as Obama is going to appoint people to major positions in his administration through methods that avoid congressional oversight, it's up to the news media to do their job by reporting on their backgrounds.
2. They decided not to pick up the story after Glenn Beck began pursuing it. This is because they wanted to make Glenn Beck the story instead.
3. When Van Jones resigned, they covered it using the most mealy-mouthed language. They stressed that he had to resign because he called Republicans assholes or because conservatives were calling him a communist or because his name appeared on a list related to 9/11.
Any congressman who votes for federal funding to support major media outlets as they go bankrupt will find himself facing an opponent funded by me.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The question is, "does Obama believe that it's acceptable for anybody to hold those views?". His reaction to the Van Jones/truther news indicates to me that he does
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs limited his remarks about Jones on Friday, saying only that he "continues to work in this administration." As to the Sept. 11 conspiracy theorists, Gibbs said, "It's not something the president agrees with."And if it's true that Obama believes Trutherism is an acceptable view, that's reprehensible. If he doesn't believe that it's unacceptable, but is unwilling to say so for fear of alienating the 35% of Democrats that do, then that's reprehensible as well.
So, which is worse? Birtherism is the belief that Obama is not eligible to be President of the United States because of a technicality - some believe that Obama was born in Kenya and that although his mother was a citizen, she may not have spent enough time as an adult in the US before travelling overseas and giving birth to Obama in Kenya. They believe that there has been a conspiracy by a number of people to keep this secret - several at his birth which would have included family members, several in the state government of Hawaii when they found out and Obama, when he found out. In the end, they believe that it's a conspiracy of dozens to trick the system.
On the other hand, what do truthers believe? At the most extreme, they believe that the Bush administration, the US military, members of state and local government, private citizens as well as the Air National Guard conspired to set up the murder of 10s of 1,000s of American civilians. I say 10s of 1,000s because that was the goal.
So, these dozens (?) of conspirators all agreed to collaborate in this murder because they all believed what? It's ridiculous to argue.
They all believed in the W administration? Really? 8 months after a horribly divisive election debacle there were a huge number of true believers who wanted to support mass murder?
They all believed in the need to invade Afghanistan, a country that 80% of Americans still cannot find on a map?
They all believed in the need to invade Iraq and take its oil? Something we still haven't done?
They all believed in taking down bin Laden - a man that 90% of Americans had no knowledge of before 9/11?
So, Birthers vs. Truthers. I, of course, am neither. That said, who's got a more implausible theory? Who's more nutter? I will go with Truthers.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Regardless, evidently he's been an internet/YouTube sensation for a while but has never shown up on my radar until Jonah Goldberg posted this today.
Apparently he's been around forever doing these interviews where he traps well known politicians in their own nonsensical ramblings. I particularly liked this one with Nancy Pelosi where she admits the minimum wage is good for all businesses but not for her political machine: