7/30/2009

Quote O' The Day

From singer Chris Isaak:

“But I should say that I, and the rest of entertainers, don’t know a god-durned nothing about policies. We’re too busy self-aggrandizing to come up with any solutions. It’s amazing how many entertainers can find time between adopting children to tell you how to live your life.”

7/29/2009

Man Who Helped Kill Journalism Ask Obama To Save It

Yes, Dan Rather is back, and more hypocritical than ever.

What If Obama's British?

In light of all this "Birther" nonsense about Barack Obama's birth certificate...leave it to Daniel Hannan to come up with a sensible solution to the whole kerfuffle. Pure genius.

The Hell Of Being Claire McCaskill

She deserves it, but I wouldn't want to be her these days. I'm finally becoming convinced that something is going on in the electorate:


7/28/2009

Voinovich Slams Southern Senators

"We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns," Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) told the Columbus Dispatch. "It's the southerners."

Voinovich, a native Clevelander who retires after the 2010 election, continued after the southern elements of the GOP.

"They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr,'" he said. "People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'"


Replace "southerners" with any other group you can think of and tell me what kind of reaction this kind of statement would get? What's more, Voinovich takes his prejudice statement and projects it on to his own constituents!

NewsBusters Uncovers Obama Hypocrisy

And it's all thanks to Air America!

BARACK OBAMA: ...When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what's in them and nobody has read them.


RANDI RHODES: 14 pounds it was!

BARACK OBAMA: Yeah. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate then these kinds of things happen. And I think that this is in some ways what happened to the Patriot Act. I mean you remember that there was no real debate about that. It was so quick after 9/11 that it was introduced that people felt very intimidated by the administration.

Meet the new boss...(Hat tip: Drudge)

7/27/2009

Quote O' The Day

“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers.


“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

7/26/2009

Arlo Guthrie, A Republican?

Cats and dogs living together!!

Ron Radosh has the scoop on Arlo's recent political stances, including a worthy "quote of the day" from Arlo:

“I used to think I knew all the answers. Now I don’t even know the right questions.”

Health Care And The Free Market

Don Boudreaux over at Cafe Hayek takes Paul Krugman apart piece by piece on the issue of health care in the free market. Krugman as usual is 10% economics and 90% wishful thinking.

Palin Warns Against Big Government And State Run Media

Done with the Governor's Office in Alaska, Sarah Palin heads to the lower 48 and the 2010 campaign trail.

7/24/2009

Is Fast Eddie Rendell "Governor X"?

Thomas Lifson at American Thinker has the skinney.

Obama Angers Cops

President Obama's gaffe of calling the Cambridge police officer that arrested Henry Gates "stupid" has drawn the ire of many law enforcement officials.

As we get more details on the incident it appears that Gates was just jonesing for a fight, but in a stroke of incredibly bad luck, he picked a fight with an officer that was not only doing his job, but appears to be an expert on racial profiling and teaches classes on the subject and why officers shouldn't do it. His liberal bone-fides appear to be in order, thus it's not like he's the next Mark Fuhrman. He even gave CPR to that Boston Celtic player Reggie Lewis that died during a practice. Nice going Mr. Gates.

Obama Not Much For The "V" Word

Fresh off of Gateway Pundit this morning:

President Obama has put securing Afghanistan near the top of his foreign policy agenda, but "victory" in the war-torn country isn't necessarily the United States' goal, he said Thursday in a TV interview.

"I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur," Obama told ABC News.

Yeah, that was awful, wasn't it? Total victory against Japan, rebuilding the country into the thriving democracy that it is today with not even the slightest fear of them attacking us ever again. It would be horrible if the same fate awaited Afghanistan.

UPDATE: GP points out what I'm sure many of you caught: it wasn't the Emperor that signed the surrender.

7/23/2009

"I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next To A Republican"

Harry Stein has a new book about what it's like being a Republican in a liberal culture. He has a very interesting conversation with Glenn Reynolds on InstaVision over at PJTV. Good stuff. Glenn makes a great point about tribalism about four minutes in.

Post-Racial Presidency Ends

Not that it ever truly began, but Obama put the whole notion to bed last night with his indictment of Cambridge, Massachusetts Police during his press conference. The incident in question sounds like a he-said/he-said, but despite this, Obama decided to call the police "stupid" while at the same time admitting he didn't know all the facts.

There's two possibilities here: 1) President Obama is showing extreme political immaturity by inserting himself into the debate over the incident. 2) One could argue this is a much needed distraction from the health care debacle. A planned distraction, perhaps?

7/22/2009

Weird: Obama Bashes Cambridge Cops

After trying to push socialized medicine during an evening press conference, President Obama took the opportunity to bash the Cambridge, Massachusetts police and stoke the long-held belief in pop culture that all cops are racists. Not since Nixon said Charles Manson is obviously guilty have I seen anything like this from a U.S. President. (For the record, I didn't actually see Nixon say that..I'm not quite that old)

Quote Of The Day

7/20/2009

Walesa And Havel Write A Letter To Obama

This speaks volumes. When you have two Cold War heroes (and a few others) feeling the need to write the American President and practically beg him not to abandon Eastern Europe, it's time for everybody to stop and take a good long look at the situation.
Many in the region are looking with hope to the Obama Administration to restore the Atlantic relationship as a moral compass for their domestic as well as foreign policies. A strong commitment to common liberal democratic values is essential to our countries. We know from our own historical experience the difference between when the United States stood up for its liberal democratic values and when it did not. Our region suffered when the United States succumbed to "realism" at Yalta. And it benefited when the United States used its power to fight for principle. That was critical during the Cold War and in opening the doors of NATO. Had a "realist" view prevailed in the early 1990s, we would not be in NATO today and the idea of a Europe whole, free, and at peace would be a distant dream.

DeMint Gets Under Obama's Thin Skin

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said that health care is Obama's "Waterloo" should his plan not pass the Senate. Naturally, Obama got angry and listed off a number of lies:

"This isn't about me," Obama responded. "This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses, and breaking America's economy."
It is about him. It is about politics. It's about a nationalized system that will break everything in its path, and with each passing day it becomes more and more clear.

7/19/2009

Tom Watson Comes Up Just Short Statistically, But Still A Winner

Like most of the world, I was rooting for Tom Watson to win The Open Championship. He came just short, but it was still an amazing performance. I have a soft spot for the older guys and I tend to cheer them on because I'm smart enough to know that I'm gonna be an old guy someday. Fifty-nine isn't what it used to be, it's better.

Commerce Secretary: Let's Pick Up The Tab For China

I guess the only thing surprising here is that he's being so up front about it:
 “It’s important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America — and it’s our own consumption activity that’s causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke told the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

That's pretty much the global warming movement in a nutshell. Gird your loins everybody!

7/18/2009

40th Anniversary Of Mary Jo Kopechne’s Murder


Cronkite's Legacy One Of Myth And Nostalgia

John Podhoretz over at Commentary has a rather sharp obit of the late anchorman Walter Cronkite.
Cronkite was a key figure in many ways, but foremost among them, perhaps, was the fact that he cleared the way for the mainstream media and the Establishment to join what Lionel Trilling called “the adversary culture.” Cronkite, the gravelly voice of accepted American wisdom, whose comportment suggested he kept his money in bonds and would never even have considered exceeding the speed limit, devastated President Lyndon Johnson in the wake of the 1968 Tet Offensive by declaring that the United States “was mired in stalemate” in Vietnam—when Johnson knew that Tet had been a military triumph.

This on-air editorial, spoken during the most-watched newscast in the country when that meant 30 million people were watching (as opposed to 7 million today, with the nation having added more than 100 million in population), was a transformational  moment in American history.

“If I’ve lost Cronkite,” Johnson was reputed to have said, “I’ve lost middle America,” and shortly thereafter he announced he would not run for reelection. This was a mark of Johnson’s own poor political instincts—a president who thought a rich and powerful anchorman living the high life in New York city was the voice of the silent majority was a man out of touch with reality—but it was a leading indicator of how the media were changing. Cronkite didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to Tet, as the late Peter Braestrup demonstrated in his colossal expose of the scandalous media coverage of the battle, Big Story. But he knew that among the people who mattered to him, and who were the leading edge of ideological fashion, Tet was a failure because the war in Vietnam was bad, and he took to the airwaves to say so.

Very true...and sad. Unfortunately, in Journalism schools across the nation, kids are being taught that Cronkite was indeed the voice of the majority. Thank G-d for blogs...though we still have a long way to go in the fight against the adversary culture of the MSM.

MORE: Ed Driscoll expands on the point.

7/17/2009

And That's The Way It Was: Walter Cronkite Dies

The legendary newsman passes away at 92. How ironic he should leave us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.


Irony Of The Day

Via Eugene Volokh.

Obamacare Protests Around The Country

There were a number of Obamacare protests in the country today outside the local Congressional offices, including Barbara Boxer's and Claire McCaskill's. Personally, I'm not much for protests and figure that unless they number in the thousands, they aren't worth a damn. But in this case you have one big nationwide protest at several locations and the topic is pretty serious. This health care bill is as dangerous a piece of legislation as we've ever had on the House floor. If it becomes law, I just don't know...

They're Back: Iranians Hit The Streets

Protestors number in the hundreds of thousands. Rafsanjani calls for release of prisoners. Gateway Pundit is all over it.

7/16/2009

Black Chamber CEO Rips Barbara Boxer To Shreds

Wow. If you want to see a textbook example of how the Democrats look at African Americans in this country, a group that inconceivably votes for them election year after election year, this 6:12 of video is all you need.





So what Boxer is doing here is telling the leader of one black group, "Hey, the other black groups are in favor of this, why aren't you?" Mr. Alford is rightly appalled. If Michael Steele is smart, he'll take this piece of video and show it to African Americans across the country and say, "See? This is what they think. You're not individuals, you're just a a group of people that should always think alike."

7/15/2009

Nine-Month Wait For Arthritis Treatment In UK

Saw this on Drudge. A bit like looking into the future.
Thousands of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers face a lifetime of agony because they are not being treated quickly enough, a report says.

Guidelines state that patients should receive treatment within three months of the first symptoms appearing.

But the average wait is nine months - and GPs are not trained well enough to know what help to offer.

There is no cure, but experts say that if arthritis is diagnosed in the first three months, drugs can be given which limit its progression. This means the disease will not be as painful as it would have been if the condition was diagnosed later.
If I was just starting out on my working career, I think I would get into blackmarket medicine. Seems like it's going to be a huge industry soon.

Obama Administration Threatens Arizona

Arizonans asked to sit up and beg for their stimulus money. Senate delegation responds.

Plans To Destroy Health Care And The Economy Unveiled

A government-run health care system in one easy to use chart.

Sotomayor Saga Has Much To Teach

As expected, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have been very interesting and I believe offer many lessons.

First off, we learned yesterday that she has no problem lying through her teeth. Lindsay Graham said it best when he quipped that he thought he was talking to Chief Justice John Roberts to listen to her talk. This has led to criticism of Sotomayor not just from the Right but from the Left where some want her to be honest about their intentions. Law prof Louis Michael Seidman:
I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor’s testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. If she was perjuring herself, she is morally unqualified. How could someone who has been on the bench for seventeen years possibly believe that judging in hard cases involves no more than applying the law to the facts? First year law students understand within a month that many areas of the law are open textured and indeterminate-that the legal material frequently (actually, I would say always) must be supplemented by contestable presuppositions, empirical assumptions, and moral judgments. To claim otherwise-to claim that fidelity to uncontested legal principles dictates results-is to claim that whenever Justices disagree among themselves, someone is either a fool or acting in bad faith. What does it say about our legal system that in order to get confirmed Judge Sotomayor must tell the lies that she told today? That judges and justices must live these lies throughout their professional careers?


Well, sure, moral judgments are going to play into, nobody is a robot, but the issue at hand is the fact that many liberal judges want to simply apply moral judgments in place of the law thus creating the world they think should exist. That's what Sotomayor is about...she knows it and we know it, but you can indeed fool some of the people some of the time. While she's getting hammered for her performance, the bottom line is every Democrat in the Senate is going to vote for her and that's enough. It doesn't matter if she got a mere 51 votes for confirmation...a win is a win when you're up for SCOTUS, and once the game is won, that's that. She knows that all she has to do is lie and lie and lie for a couple of days and then she's set for life. There's no reason to get excited over polls that say a plurality of the public feels she shouldn't be nominated. There is no plurality...this nomination was confirmed last November.

Fortunately, the GOP is finally doing something right and exposing Sotomayor and, in turn, Obama for what they are. That's the best a minority party can hope for at this point short of evidence Sotomayor is in al-Qaeda.

7/14/2009

Happy Bastille Day!

While France celebrates the anniversary of the revolution that (eventually) led them to freedom, Muslim youths in the country are doing what you'd expect...setting cars, and even shopping malls, on fire.

Thought I'd let you know, since the State Run media probably won't.

Stopping The Fairness Doctrine

Mike Pence isn't going to let the issue drop only to have it spring up leader. He and Congressman Greg Walden are fighting the good fight to make sure the Democrats can't bring the Fairness Doctrine back.


7/13/2009

TOTUS Shattered!

"Breaking" news at the White House.

Smart Money Is On Liz Cheney

I like Sarah Palin, I really do, but if the GOP is looking for their version of Margaret Thatcher, they need to seriously look at Liz Cheney. She's the daughter of the former Vice President; she has a resume that's long as your arm and she is smart as hell. Appearances on cable news talking-head shows have blown away the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative experts and she says she's very open to the idea of running for office, once she raises her kids and helps dear old Dad write his memoirs.
Granted, she's not as pretty as Palin, but neither is Thatcher. It's unfortunate, but the state-run media was able to destroy Dan Quayle and it looks like they may succeed with Palin. She has a lot of horse-sense and is very smart, but Liz Cheney makes everyone around her look downright retarded. What's so enticing about Cheney is how she doesn't play the game...her arguments don't accept the premises of her opponents and she ends up destroying them with truth.

7/12/2009

Sunstein Continues To Turn Free Speech On Its Head

He's back! President Obama's Regulation Czar is back in the news with his new book coming out in September called "On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done." In a nutshell, Sunstein proposes libel laws be loosened so that we don't have to worry about things like "actual malice," blogs are forcecd to remove items that are deemed "untrue" and bloggers are held responsible for commenters.

Not much new here as Sunstein is rapidly becoming the posterboy for social engineering in the 21st century. Kyle Smith at the New York Post has a nice writeup on the dangers of this latest proposal.

Below is the text from a post I wrote on Sunstein back in January (my Supreme Court prediction was wrong, however...but may come true eventually):


Corinthians 11:14--"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness."

Cass Sunstein is a renowned legal scholar who has taught at the Law Schools of the University of Chicago and Harvard. He has written many books including Republic.com, The Second Bill of Rights, and Nudge. People who have met Sunstein call him one of the nicest and most non-threatening individuals you could ever meet. It is for this reason that many are blind to what he truly believes. Even Thomas Firey at the Cato Institute goes so far as to call him "a strong supporter of liberty."

Now, Sunstein is going to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the new Obama Administration. David Gordon at the Mises Institute sheds some light on Sunstein's true world view:

The distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel gives us reason to doubt Firey's verdict. In a review of Sunstein's Republic.com, he said that Sunstein had difficulty suppressing "the impulse to exercise centralised control" and that he distrusted consumer sovereignty. Nagel noted with disfavor Sunstein's proposal to compel Internet sites to link to political sites that opposed their own views. Sunstein, Nagel says, "underrates the pure importance of individual freedom."

In another book, The Second Bill of Rights, Sunstein praised Franklin Roosevelt's call for an economic Bill of Rights and urged that welfare rights be given a constitutional guarantee. In yet another book, Nudge, written with the behavioral economist Richard Thaler, Sunstein defended "libertarian paternalism".

In a review in The Mises Review, I endeavored to show that these authors want the government to guide "irrational" consumers to what we really want.

The prolific Sunstein has also written, this time with the political theorist Stephen Holmes, The Cost of Rights, that explains why we need taxes. If Mr. Firey considers this record to be one of support for liberty, so be it.

I wouldn't be so kind. It may be a little over the top for me to use a Biblical verse and compare Sunstein to the devil, but I do so to prove a point. A argument we often hear is how "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Sunstein is just the kind of man that offers up solutions to societal problems that give everyone that warm, fuzzy feeling even though the reality is that in the end they lead to the destruction of freedom and liberty. Now that we have a "messiah" as our president, Sunstein is the just the type of man to push ideas for a "new political age." And take this to the bank: this post in the OIRA is just a seat warmer until the first Supreme Court retirement and the beginning of the "Second Bill of Rights."

7/11/2009

Sotomayor Battle Coming

There are reports that her supporters are egging on the state-run media to start attacking the Ricci firefighters.

Here we go...

Barack Obama Speaks The Truth!

Can't argue with this statement:

In a little over one hundred days, this Recovery Act has worked as intended.

7/10/2009

The Camera Does Indeed Lie

A little kerfuffle over a picture that apparently shows Barack Obama oggling a 16-year old ass. I knew the minute I saw the picture that it was most likely a case of more than meets the eye. Sure enough, Jake Tapper has the actual video of the time-period showing Barack was looking down to grab the hand of someone he was helping down the steps. More amusing, it looks like Sarkozy is leaning back to get a better look. Love that guy.
Now, even if Obama was looking at her ass, so what? Women need to be admired for their attributes.

I call 'em like I see 'em.

7/09/2009

Justice Ginsburg Channels Margaret Sanger

So strange comments from SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Roe v. Wade and other abortion cases. If she were conservative, this would be headline news:

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?


JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

My guess is those she doesn't want to have too many of is people like Antonin Scalia.
 
My views on abortion have always been agnostic in nature. I think it should be legal but that it should also be rare. We too often flirt with this notion that life is expendable and this is only going to get worse should we get socialized medicine. Ginsburg's comments show a hidden truth that many on the Left live by the belief that who lives and dies is a political decision. It's kinda scary.

7/08/2009

Mrs. Slocombe Dies

Being a fan of British comedy, I need to comment on the passing of Mollie Sugden, known to American audiences as Mrs. Slocombe on "Are You Being Served?" The show was just one non-stop innuendo after another, but the fact that everyone was British made it all the more funny. Nothing like seeing those stiff-upper lips embarrassed by something unseemly.




MORE: Alden Graves with the Bennington Banner nails it:

While American television comedies dispense innuendos and double entendres with all the finesse of pre-pubescent schoolboys, the British have elevated it to an art form.

7/07/2009

South Carolina GOP Censures Sanford

He needs psychiatric evaluation. There's something very self-destructive about the guy. It's gotta be obvious to everyone that he wanted to be caught and when the media couldn't find his other skeletons, he quickly brought them to light. It may have been the thrill of possibly getting caught that drove him to a lot of it. Who knows, but he's now the proverbial mule's tit.

Al Gore: Climate Change = Nazis

My theory on Al Gore's environmental crusade has always been that he was trying to punish a country that he feels cheated him out of his perceived birthright, the presidency. Nothing has given me cause to reevaluate that theory.

7/03/2009

Shock: Palin Quits

When I heard the news I formed a theory which may prove out (via Michelle Malkin):

Chuck Heath, Palin’s brother, on FNC talking about incessant attacks. Very emotional. “It’s weighed on her a long time.” Couldn’t effectively govern when having to defend herself against attacks.