5/31/2009

More Tomorrow

Gave my delicate psyche the weekend off from the madness in Obamaland. More tomorrow.

5/29/2009

Pravda: American Decent Into Marxism

When I saw this on Drudge I thought it had to be a joke like something out of The Onion. Pravda...known as official mouthpiece of Communist Russia for decades now existing in a pseudo-authoritarian Russia, is writing a story about America's decent into Marxism?

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.


What the hell is going on here?

Wow. DOJ Drops Case Against Black Panther Voter Intimidation

There's really no other conclusion to draw here.

5/28/2009

Here Comes The VAT!

That being the Value Added Tax, i.e. a federal sales tax. The money's gotta come from somewhere...might as well comes from the poor.

Pelosi Offers Surrender To Chinese

If you've been reading this blog lately, you know that I've been on a kick about looking at the real issue behind any news story. Today we have Nancy Pelosi talking up going green in China giving Drudge the chance to splash with the quote "Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory ... of how we are taking responsibility."

So what's the real issue here? How far will she and her fellow Leftists be allowed to go before the American people are ready to say "Stop!"? Followup question: Have we reached a point in the Tytler Cycle where the people may never yell stop?

5/26/2009

Debate Over SCOTUS Pick Much Ado About Nothing

I've been glancing at some of the debates over Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Pretty much all of them miss the point. Some are calling her Obama's Harriet Miers while others are trying to prove she has a better resume than Sam Alito.

Roger Kimball states the obvious, she believes the job of judges is to make the law, not uphold it.

This would be true of any nominee that Obama would have chosen.

She's Hispanic...and she's a she. Identity politics triumphs! Again, of course it does with an Obama pick.

All of this was predictable and expected. The only real question is whether the GOP has the cajones (pun intended) to stand up and say it doesn't matter that she's Hispanic and that she's a she...she doesn't believe in doing the job as the Founders intended. Granted, they can't stop it, but they can make the case which can only help in 2010.

But alas, the media and the Democrats know how to shape public opinion. So many of the GOP have been convinced that they need to pander to win elections. The MSM/DNC know that the opposite is true for the Repubs...that's why they play up pandering angle.

Simple. Easy. Predictable.

5/25/2009

Mark Levin v. The Crunchy Cons

The battle over the GOP and Conservatism in general is being waged on television, radio and the Internet. Mark Levin, a one-man wrecking crew, is taking on David Frum, David Brooks, Rod Dreher and a host of others who hope to enrich themselves from the battle of ideas, or lack thereof. Levin did a guest post this weekend at Riehl World View. Most amusing.

A Memorial Day Test

Coincidence? I think not. Today, we have news of a North Korean nuke test and word that Iranian psycho Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to debate President Obama at the U.N. That's right, on Memorial Day in America, the day that we honor fallen veterans for their sacrifice to keep America free, the two remaining members of the Axis of Evil (we still use that term at Jim-Rose.com) fire shots across the bow of the S.S. Messiah.

Here's the difference between us on the right and pseudo-right vs. those on the left...we want Obama to pass this test. We want him to rise to the occasion because his failure against the Axis of Evil would not be his alone, but the safety of our nation. This is different from Rush Limbaugh's "hope he fails" treatise. Rush's example involves Obama succeeding in what he has set out to do...destroy the economy, and cut America down to size on the national stage. In that sense, we want him to fail, but in a perfect world, Obama would see the error of his ways and start off by standing up to the world's thugs.

I'm not optimistic, but for my country, I have to hope that it can happen.

5/24/2009

What's Happened To Minnesota

I used to live in the state in the mid to late 90's. It was liberal but the voters there were always pretty sophisticated. Lately however they seem to have developed a problem with Muslim extremists. Power Line is on top of it.

5/22/2009

Fighting Fearmongering With Fearmongering

The RNC has released a new ad that rather brilliantly uses the mother-of-all-fearmongering ads, the Daily Girl from the LBJ-Goldwater race, to bring attention to the controversy over closing Guantanamo Bay.



You have to give the Obama Administration credit. They've built a better case for the existence of Guantanamo Bay than the Bush Administration ever did.

5/21/2009

History Comes Alive: An Aventure In Anti-American Advertising

For all those ass-clowns (see Morley Safer) out there who say citizen journalism is bunk, we draw your attention to one Caleb Howe over at RedState.com who has uncovered an advertising experiment being done by an ad firm working for the History Channel. Let's just say the ads look like they came from the Obama White House.

We salute you Caleb.

Clash Of The Titans: Obama And Cheney Go To War

It's a match that probably should have been the one at the ballot box last November, but better late than never. Former Veep Dick Cheney, leader of the Conservatives, scheduled to give a speech at the American Enterprise Institute draws the ire of The One and thus Obama schedules a speech on the same subject...terrorism.

President Barack Obama declared defiantly Thursday that the U.S. "went off course" in fighting terrorism over the past eight years, and said his policies will "better protect" the country against al Qaeda.

 
His policies...which are almost exactly the same as President Bush's policies.

In a remarkable split-screen presentation of opposing worldviews, former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke same topic moments after Obama finished. Obama said he supported the controversial policies "when they were made, and without hesitation would do so again in the same circumstances."
"The point is not to look backward," Cheney said. "A lot rides on our President’s understanding of the security policies that preceded him. And whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices should not be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history."

Boosh! Did you see that Cheney's poll numbers (for what they're worth) are up? Some in the GOP think he should shut up. He wouldn't be talking at all if he thought they were saying the right things, but they refuse to because they want to be loved by the MSM.

So now we have The One leading the Democrats and Socialists. We have Cheney leading the Conservatives, and due to Rush Limbaugh's resignation, we have Colin Powell leading the Republicans.

Who do you trust?

5/19/2009

Dinosaur Theory Challenged

For years we've been told how the dinosaurs were wiped out by a giant asteroid. Now, two geoscientists are questioning this belief:

The asteroid impact and dinosaur extinction, say the authors, may not have been simultaneous, instead occurring 300,000 years apart. That's an eyeblink in geologic time, but it's a relevant eyeblink all the same — one that occurred at just the right moment in ancient history to send the extinction theory entirely awry.
Obviously these two researchers are a menace to society. How dare they challenge "settled science?" They should be arrested and flown to The Hague immediately.

A New Vietnam Theory

I'm going to say something rather controversial here and I risk insulting many Vietnam veterans by doing so, but that is not my intention. This is half-serious, half-conspiracy theory, half-satire.

I sometimes have to wonder if Ho Chi Minh and the rest of the Viet Cong weren't way ahead of their time in chemical warfare and we don't even know it. For some reason we have several prominent men in the political and journalistic worlds who have came back from Vietnam and years later gone absolutely crazy. Whether it's John McCain, Chuck Hagel, John Kerry, Peter Arnett, Jack Murtha, or Sy Hersh...it almost like they got attacked with some kind of crazy spray that kicked in about 30 years later.

What got me going on this today is the story about Sy Hersh...longtime investigative journalist whose main claim to fame is breaking the story of the My Lai Massacre which played a part in breaking the will of the American people in supporting the war. Okay, fine and dandy, but now Hersh seems to have gone off the deep end. A while back, he made the odd statement that it's okay to lie, just not in print. Then he made a speech at the University of Minnesota where he accused the Bush White House of having an assassination squad that answered to Dick Cheney. Now, a Pakistani newspaper is reporting that Hersh claimed Cheney ordered the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Hersh is now denying he told the paper this and that there is any Cheney death squad, yet we have his speech at U of M as proof that he said it existed. Of course, he said you can lie but not in print and since he was speaking out loud in Minnesota....

Do you see where I'm going with this? What the hell did that war do to these people? John Kerry practically joined the other side. John McCain works every day to destroy his own political party. Jack Murtha despises the very military he once served in. Peter Arnett called the Iraq War a quaqmire on day one, and Hersh, well...he's just messed up.

Hey, hey, Ho Chi Minh...do you bring the crazy to our boys back then?

5/18/2009

Case Closed On New York Times

There are literally thousands of examples proving that the New York Times is not a pillar of journalism but a newspaper dedicated to advancing the Democrat Party, however, this incident is the proverbial "smoking-gun."

Franco Still Dead, But Now With Just One Ball

One ball madness continues! Much like the story of Hitler's lost testicle in World War I that may or may not have driven him to madness, we now get word that the exact same thing happened to General Franco of Spain.

A new book claims the Spanish dictator, General Francisco Franco, may have had more in common with Adolf Hitler than previously known - having one testicle.


Much like the Nazi leader, Franco's loss stemmed from an injury he suffered in battle, his doctor's granddaughter told the historian Jose Maria Zavala.

Franco was wounded in the lower abdomen at El Biutz, near Ceuta, in June 1916.

Biographers have long speculated this affected the reproductive organs of the dictator, who ruled from 1939 to 1975.

Protect your jewels!

Call The FCC! Jon Gruden To Join MNF

Some big news in the NFL today as we get word that Tony Kornheiser is stepping down from Monday Night Football to be replaced by former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Kornheiser says it's due to his fear of flying though some think that may be an excuse ESPN is using to replace him. Regardless, Gruden has a reputation of being a bit blue with the language. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep that in check once the FCC starts watching.

5/17/2009

Obama's $peech At Notre Dame

It's not that hard folks, it really isn't. I'm not Catholic, nor am I someone who gets worked up about abortion, however, I recognize the rank hypocrisy of Notre Dame University inviting President Barack Obama to give a commencement speech. Catholics are anti-abortion. Obama is not just pro-choice, but pretty much can be called pro-abortion based on his record.

So why would Notre Dame do this?

Cherchez l'argent, as the French might say. It's all about money and power.

The Board of Trustees at NDU is full of people from the Chicago power structure, the entity that gave birth to The Messiah. What's more important to these folks, Church doctrine or power? What's more important to the University, doctrine or the money needed to stay in business?

And with all due respect to my Catholic friends, the history of the church is one of power struggles where doctrine was secondary to the acquisition of power.

Simple. Easy.

The Post-Presidency Of George W. Bush

A fairly nice piece in Newsweek (a rarity in itself) on the retired life of President George W. Bush. A good man:
Patrick Bibb, a 19-year-old from Dallas, glanced at his cell phone. He was in the middle of his economics class at Texas Christian University on a February morning. His caller ID read withheld. He decided not to answer. When class ended, he checked his messages and found that George W. Bush had been trying to reach him.
The sophomore listened to the voice mail. He heard the former president of the United States thank him at least four times. Bush was happy that the teenager had been selling welcome home george & laura signs for $20 to people all over Bush's neighborhood in Texas. "I hope this message is sufficient" to show appreciation, Bibb heard Bush say. Bibb dutifully listened, hung up and went to his other classes.

5/15/2009

Reagan Diaries To Be Released

I'm looking forward to reading this:

Historian Douglas Brinkley, the editor of both the abridged and unabridged editions, said the diaries "show Reagan much more engaged and hands-on than previously supposed." In the unabridged version, Brinkley said, Reagan also offers his unvarnished look at people ranging from Pope John Paul to Mother Teresa to Mikhail Gorbachev.
Reagan "thought [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon of Israel was a thug. He didn't like him, which surprises a lot of people. He was terrified to meet Mother Teresa, and really had a special relationship with the pope," Brinkley said.
Domestically, Brinkley said, one of Reagan's "guiding lights" was his vice president, George H.W. Bush. He provided "much more policy advice than previously thought," Brinkley says. "What comes out of this is that Reagan was a conservative, but a pragmatic conservative — not an ideologue."
And Reagan was something else that has been rare in Republican circles these days: successful and widely beloved. That's why recent Republican candidates have invoked his name at every opportunity.

You gotta love the "much more engaged and hands-on than previously supposed" line. The Dems were very successful in promoting the myth that Reagan was a dunce that got lucky. Looks like these diaries could be yet another hammer used to shatter that lie. Interesting bits there on Sharon and Bush. I think even Reagan's most ardent supporters bought into the story that Bush was about as useful to Reagan as Biden is to Obama.

VDH: Sarah Palin's First 100 Days

HEH!

5/14/2009

The Disgrace That Is Nancy Pelosi

Either she's a bold-faced liar or she's the biggest dupe in Washington, D.C. Either way, she's a disgrace.

5/13/2009

Thank You Dick Cheney

President Obama reverses decision on releasing detainee photos.

Great Moderates In History

Oleg Atbashian looks at the great moderates of our time and how they made the world a better place by half.

The South Bank Show Comes To A Close

After 30 years, The South Bank Show, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, has been cancelled by Britain's ITV. Here in the States, you may have been lucky enough to catch an occasional episode broadcast on one of our PBS stations. The show was a salute to the arts and pop culture, from the extremely high-brow to the trendy. A shame, but a sign of the times.

Fortunately, we now have YouTube:

5/12/2009

Steny Hoyer Smells Blood

Nancy Pelosi has taken a political hit with the revelation that she lied about her briefings on so-called torture techniques. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the number two man, has done the math.

5/11/2009

The End Of Collectivism?

Tristan Yates has a nice piece in Pajamas Media this morning in which he presents his case that progressivism is currently having its last gasp.

It's an interesting thesis, but I just think it's a bit too optimistic. You can't underestimate the cult of personality. While it's true that many have said they don't like what Obama is doing, they still like him personally, and when you're well liked, you get away with murder. I hope I'm wrong on this, but we'll get our first clue in November 2010.

5/10/2009

Cheney: Obama Endangers The Nation

*sigh* It's gonna be a long week listening to the Left complain about Dick Cheney's comments all the while pretending they were nothing but charming toward George W. Bush, not to mention Cheney himself.

Anywho, he's absolutely right, but facts never get in the way of a good media cycle.

5/09/2009

Is The UK Ripe For A Reagan Revolution?

One great thing about the UK these days is that they don't have the same psychotic devotion for Barack Obama as many do here in America. However, like us, they do have a socialist leader, Gordon Brown, who is looking to raise the top income tax rate from 40% to 50%. Their idea of a top income bracket is 150,000 pounds, roughly equivilent to $220,000 a year. Celebs like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michael Caine are just about ready to relocate due to the high taxes like British rock stars have been doing for years. Bloomberg quotes London Mayor Boris Johnson as saying this tax hike is going to suck the money right out of London.

One of the reasons Ronald Reagan got into politics was because of the high tax rate. He eventually found there was no point making lots of money acting when he had to give 90% of it to the government. He won the White House on a promise of lowering the tax rates and beating the Commie...and he did both.

Is the UK ready for this. Are things finally bad enough that they're ready to throw off the shackles of "enlightened" European socialism and elect a tax-cutter? Seems more likely to happen in the UK than here in America. While many don't like what Obama is doing, they still love him personally, and sometimes that all it takes. Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament says it is almost a foregone conclusion that the Torys will win the next UK election, but whether that means conservatism (i.e. Reaganism) is on the rise is very much in doubt. Stay tuned.

5/08/2009

EU Wants To Control Internet

Daniel Hannan on why, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Reagan v. Obama On Gay Rights

John T. Simpson over at Big Hollywood has a column on Ronald Reagan's record on gay rights. The Gipper's stand on the issue may surprise you.

5/07/2009

Manny Ramirez Suspended 50 Games

Another day, another Major League Baseball scandal. The LA Dodgers are the best team in baseball at the moment, but their heavy hitter has been suspended a whopping 50 games for violating the league's *cough* drug policy. His claim is that it was a prescription from a doctor for a medical condition. Sources say it was a female fertility drug. Yeah, I don't know either.

Anywho, the talking-heads at ESPN are generally split on this issue. Breaking hard.

France Continues To Be Hotbed Of Anti-Semitism

Call it Krystallnacht-light.

Mike Judge Is Back With "The Goode Family"

Mike Judge has had an interesting career. He hit the scene with Beavis & Butthead, a cartoon about two kids who loved heavy metal, TV and boobs. Many thought initially that it was about as low a common denominator as it gets, but soon people realized that this was a very clever satire of a certain section of America's youth. B&B were morons but at the same time endearing...and as G-d is my witness, I went to school with those two.

Judge then did a 180 and created King of the Hill about a conservative Texas family with the patriach Hank Hill being one of the first sitcom leads who was conservative but not protrayed as evil like say, Archie Bunker. The show was indeed a satire of the conservative America family, but in a very kind way. The good and bad character traits of Hank Hill were presented in a humorous and endearing way, with Hank usually right in the end. Very unusual in a sitcom.

Now, Judge is looking at your average liberal family with a new ABC series "The Goode Family." I'm very interesting to see this show because of Judge's track record. So much of parody today is so mean-spirited, and while I'm hardly the delicate type, I'm in it for the funny, not revenge. I wouldn't be interested in this show if it were just going to be mean attacks on liberals. Who needs it? Judge has a way of satirising different aspects of our culture without all the hate. This new show, according to Wikipedia features:

Gerald Goode (Mike Judge) is an administrator at a community college. He comes from a "long line of over educated academic liberals". Helen Goode (Nancy Walls) is Gerald’s wife, a local activist.
The Goodes have an adopted son, Ubuntu (David Herman), who is from Africa. They also have a biological daughter named Bliss (Linda Cardellini); she often disagrees with her parents, and sometimes pokes some holes in their world views.
The family dog, Che, is also (forcibly) vegan: he craves meat and often tries to eat neighborhood animals and pets.

It'll be interesting to see how liberals, a group not known for their sense of humor, will take to the show. Stay tuned.

Arlen Specter, The Quintessential Moderate

The recent saga of Senator Arlen Specter is very telling. For years he has been a moderate Republican, bucking the party on many issues and most recently, voting for Barack Obama's TARP bailout bill, a piece of legislation that could hardly be called "moderate." Well, he  gets challenged for his seat by the more conservative Pat Toomey and seeing the writing on the wall, he switches parties.

But now what? Well, he said he'd be keeping his senior status in the Senate. Wrong says Harry Reid. He said he hoped Norm Coleman would be declared the winner in Minnesota. Oops? Forgot "what team I was on."

"His actions over this past week have done nothing to curry favors with either party," said Penny Lee, a former senior adviser to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and now a Democratic consultant. "He needs to show some willingness to be a Democrat."


The bottom line with Specter is that he's a partisan for Specter and keeping Specter in the Senate. But his actions are also telling in that it shows what is one of the biggest problems in politics today: the fear of committment. Every election cycle, politicians are told they need to appeal to moderate voters. Few have the guts to tell moderate voters what they truly are...people who don't want to commit to any side of an issue for fear of having to defend themselves and their beliefs. It's not just in the halls of the Capitol that this occurs. Many comedians have gone into the area of political punditry, like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Henry Rollins, but as soon as the things get too hot for them, they're quick with the reply "I'm just a comedian!" or in Rollins case, "I'm just a former metal-head who shares his opinion." No one wants to put themselves out there and commit to a status or policy position. Too dangerous. Better to play it safe.

Where have all the leaders gone?

5/06/2009

Vincent van Gogh Myth Busted?

A new book on the famous artist is claiming that he did not cut off his own ear but instead his ear was cut off during a fight with artist Paul Gauguin. (Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt)

On Obama's Threats To Chrysler Lenders

NEO-NEOCON nails it with an apt YouTube video.

5/05/2009

Quote Of The Day

Via Hot Air:

"The most dangerous smooth talker on the planet - and I knew Kissinger."

5/04/2009

Emanuel To Israel: Bow To Obama, Or Else

There's nothing more important to Rahm Emanuel than power...total and complete power.

Jim DeMint On A "Big Tent" GOP

With the exception of Rush Limbaugh, there is no one in this country making a better case for small-government conservatism than Senator Jim DeMint.

Freedom will mean different things to different Republicans, but it can tether a diverse coalition to inalienable principles. Republicans can welcome a vigorous debate about legalized abortion or same-sex marriage; but we should be able to agree that social policies should be set through a democratic process, not by unelected judges. Our party benefits from national-security debates; but Republicans can start from the premise that the U.S. is an exceptional nation and force for good in history. We can argue about how to rein in the federal Leviathan; but we should agree that centralized government infringes on individual liberty and that problems are best solved by the people or the government closest to them.

America Today

The problem with politics and culture in America today is that we have the wrong people often fighting for what's right and the right people often fighting for what's wrong.

Think about it.

Disgusting: Specter Hints GOP Agenda Led To Kemp's Death

I know the guy is a cancer survivor and feels very strongly about cancer research, just as Michael J. Fox feels strongly about MS research and so on, but we have to get a grip here. We're being swept away with this idea that the only thing stopping us from curing every disease is more research, and that we're never doing enough. It's nonsense, and it's nonsense that comes from a feeling of invincibility when you've beaten a disease like Specter has (for now). Because of this fact, it's hard to get too mad at Specter because he's been through a lot, but he needs a friend of colleague to sit him down and explain to him that he's thinking with his heart, not his brain.

5/03/2009

The Truth About Atomic Bombs

Bill Whittle gives us all a history lesson about atomic bombs after last weeks festival of idiocy from Jon Stewart.

5/01/2009

Las Vegas Entertainer Danny Gans Dies

Just breaking here in town. Gans headlined at The Mirage for years and had just recently moved to Steve Wynn's new Encore hotel and casino. Early reports say he died in his sleep at the age of 52. Geesh.