Charlie Crist Leaves GOP

Well, I just watched the Charlie Crist speech concerning his decision to run as an Independent in the Florida Senate race. I'm not sure when I've seen a more craven display in my life. Arlen Specter almost looks like a man of solid principles compared to this guy.

He actually has the gall to say the people should decide. They were about to and he was going to lose badly, so he changes the rules in the middle of the game. Just pathetic.


Bob Dylan: Fraud

Jonny Whiteside over at Big Hollywood gives us an education on 60's icon Bob Dylan and how his whole career is a lie. I never knew about any of the plagiarism charges, I just knew that he's the most overrated musician in history. Learn something every day. A short quip from Joni Mitchell in an LA Times interview got this particular ball rolling. Interesting stuff.

Anand And Topalov Giving Chess World Great Show

Those of you used to my political analysis, please indulge me as I veer off into the world of Chess...one of my hobbies.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand (from India) is defending his World Chess Championship title against the Bulgarian Veselin Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria. The match is shaping up to be one of the best in decades and Anand is proving to be one cool cucumber.

Anand, who had lost the first game unceremoniously won the second in sparkling fashion and after drawing the third and winning the fourth game comprehensively, the fans are looking up to him to do what he did to Russian Vladimir Kramnik a couple of years ago at Bonn in Germany.

The scores are now on Anand's side as he leads the 12-game match by a 2.5-1.5 margin.

It was a Queen's gambit declined once again, something that Topalov has apparently prepared for this match which is not coming good given the fact that the Bulgarian has lost his second game with black on the trot.

Garry Kasparov...possibly the greatest Chess player in history, always had the flaw of collapsing under pressure. His match against IBM's Big Blue went horribly due to his temperment. Anand on the other hand looks like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western. The smart money has been on Topalov to take the title, and he may still, but thus far Anand is showing why he has held the title the past few years.

Gordon Brown Meets Mrs. Duffy

Move over Joe the Plumber...there's a new voice of the people! UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown shows once again how a career politician just can't go toe-to-toe with regular folk.

BLUNDERING Gordon Brown has been caught on microphone calling a voter a "bigot".

The Prime Minister was heard describing an exchange he had just had with lifelong Labour supporter Gillian Duffy, 65 — on the campaign trail in Rochdale, Lancs, today — as a "disaster".

He made the comments as he got into his car after speaking to Mrs Duffy — not realising that he still had the Sky News mic pinned to his shirt.

He told an aide: "That was a disaster - they should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It's just ridiculous."

She tackled him on a series of issues including the national debt, taxes, student financing and immigration.

Mrs Duffy, a widow, said she was "very disappointed" with Mr Brown's remarks.

After hearing what the Prime Minister had said about her, she said it was "very upsetting".

She added: "He's an educated person, why has he come out with words like that?

"He's supposed to lead this country and he's calling an ordinary woman who's just come up and asked questions what most people would ask him - he's not doing anything about the national debt and it's going to be tax, tax, tax for another 20 years to get out of this mess - and he's calling me a bigot."

Of course the first thing that gets me - having worked in video production my whole career - is how a trained politician can be so careless around microphones. When you're miked up, you have to go into a different mode that doesn't end when the interview is over, it ends when you see the microphone being completely removed from your person. Politics 101 people!

Now to the heart of the matter.

Mr Brown's unguarded comments were made after the pensioner quizzed him about immigration claiming it was a taboo subject.

During their exchange in the street, Mrs Duffy told the Prime Minister: "You can't say anything about immigrants."

She added: "All these eastern Europeans - where are they coming from?"

Mr Brown said a million people had come from Europe but another million Britons had moved the other way.

Mrs Duffy also complained about people on benefits.

She said: "There are too many who aren't vulnerable and they can claim, and people who are vulnerable can't get claims - can't get it."

Mr Brown said: "But they shouldn't be doing that. There is no life on the dole for people any more."

As he went to leave, the Prime Minister shook her hand and told her: "Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you."
Amen, sister! You can't say anything about immigrants in this country either without being called a bigot. Our president gives us pretty much the same treatment.

MORE: Video of Mrs. Duffy receiving the news she is a bigot. Allahpundit calls the look on her face "pure-spun gold." I completely agree.


Did LSD Kill The '50s?

A short, but very interesting post from Nick Gillespie over at Reason's Hit & Run.

Murdoch Still The King

Of the top 25 newspapers in the country, only the Wall Street Journal saw increased circulation in the past year. The rest are sinking, and I for one can't wait for their death.


Leinenkugel On Tap In Wisconsin Senate Race

Now that's name recognition!

The latest entry to the Wisconsin senate race asked us to meet him Sunday at a neighborhood bar called Spanky's in a blue collar section of Kenosha (near the Illinois border).

The tavern is owned by a friend of Dick Leinenkugel. This morning, Leinenkugel will announce what's been rumored for weeks, that the former Wisconsin Commerce Secretary for Democratic Governor Jim Doyle will enter the Republican primary for the US Senate seat held for the last 17-years by Russ Feingold.

Leinenkugel is well-known statewide largely because of the family business...beer. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company out of Chippewa Falls may not be as big as Milwaukee brewing behemoth Miller-Coors...but it's a popular line of beers. Dick Leinenkugel left the company when he joined the Doyle administration in 2007.

Sounds like a mushy Republican at best, but compared to Feingold, most anyone would be Reaganesque.

Summer Of '68 Redux?

It's all go today. I pop up the Drudge Report to find the country coming apart at the seams and the political left turning up the rhetoric:

Obama rallies Blacks and Latinos for 2010 electoral upset.

Sharpton brings his rent-a-thug service to Arizona.

Sting declares "we want big government" and that he's starting a real tea party movement...green tea, that is.

Harry Reid calls Obamacare the most important thing we've done for the country and the world.

NSA Advisor tells joke about greedy Jews.

Are we headed for a updated version of the Summer of Hate? Is the Iraqi MSM ready to declare the United States is in a civil war?


Juan Williams: Liberal Fascist

The political pundit pretty much declares that Senator Carl Levin is our boss and we should give him what he wants without question.

If you haven't read it yet, pick up a copy of Jonah Goldberg's masterpiece.


Hubble Telescope Shoots Progressive Rock Album Cover

Looks like something from either Yes or King Crimson. Very cool.

A Trust Your Government Pill

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Instapundit links to a story this morning that is so well-timed, so Onion-esque that it defies description (and it's from NPR!):

This is a story about a fickle little hormone that plays a large role in our lives.

The name of the hormone is oxytocin, and until recently it was mostly dismissed by scientists. They knew it played a role in inducing labor and facilitating breast-feeding, but otherwise didn't give it much attention.

But over the past 10 years, oxytocin has come up in the world, and several researchers have begun making big claims about it. Now dubbed "the trust hormone," oxytocin, researchers say, affects everything from our day-to-day life to how we feel about our government.

The narrative of oxytocin -- the trust hormone -- is being rewritten.


This gave (researcher Paul) Zak an idea. Like some comic-book villain concocting a plan to take over the world by dumping happy pills in the water supply, he wondered if it might be possible to use this molecule -- oxytocin -- to change the way people felt about the government.

"How much does this scale up?" Zak wondered. Could the effect go from the individual all the way up to gigantic institutions like the government? Zak decided to see. He undertook this experiment at a particular historical moment: America was in the midst of the Great Recession.

"Trust in government is at an all-time low, and there certainly are kinda macro reasons for that," says Zak. "But could there be biological reasons? That was the question in this study: To what degree does the biology of trust, which we associate with oxytocin, affect trust in government and trust in government officials?"

Zak put 130 test subjects through his normal routines. He sprayed half of them with oxytocin, half with a placebo, then ran them through a battery of tests and measurements. "The people on oxytocin did report that they trusted other people more, and the people who trusted others more also trusted their government more. So it's sort of a two-step process," he says.

Zak points out that it's well-documented that trust in government declines during times of economic hardship. We also know, he says, that during periods of economic hardship, people are often exposed to prolonged stress and anxiety. And prolonged stress and anxiety, Zak says, are like poison to oxytocin.

"So the underlying biological hypothesis is that stress -- particularly stress that does not have a clear ending point -- inhibits oxytocin release. So there could be an actual biological reason why trust in government is so low."

You gotta love it.


South Park Censored Again

During the Bush years, a cliche was developed by left-wing Hollywood and others of their ilk: "If we don't (fill in blank), then the terrorists win." Well, to every cliche there is a kernel of truth, and in the case of the censorship of South Park by Comedy Central, the terrorists have indeed won.

Revolution Muslim, a group based in New York, wrote on its Web site that the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode shown last week in which a character said to be the Prophet Muhammad was seen wearing a bear costume. Mr. Van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.

The new episode of “South Park” on Wednesday night tried to revisit this character, but with the name and depiction of the character blocked out. It was unclear how much of the bleeping was Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker’s decision. In a message posted on their Web site, SouthParkStudios.com, they wrote that they could not immediately stream the new episode on the site because:

After we delivered the show, and prior to broadcast, Comedy Central placed numerous additional audio bleeps throughout the episode. We do not have network approval to stream our original version of the show.

Just for the hell of it, here's Muhammad:


Hitler Downfall Parody Videos Taken Down By YouTube

One of the darkest days in the history of the Internet. YouTube appears to be buckling under pressure (though they're just Google drones) from a film studio to take down all the Hitler Downfall parody videos.

So who better to explain this than Der F├╝hrer himself:

NFL Looks At Running Back's Whiteness

PALO ALTO, Calif. – If you’ve seen Toby Gerhart carry the football, you’re well aware that the former Stanford halfback and Heisman Trophy runner-up is about as subtle as Iron Man. It’s no surprise, then, that as the NFL draft approaches, the player one AFC front-office executive described as “a bowling ball with butter knives” is hell-bent on obliterating the perception that he lacks the athleticism to succeed in the pros.

“I’m just a running back who tries to do what he can to win games and score touchdowns, but people have their opinions, and it’s kind of frustrating,” Gerhart said earlier this month between bites of pizza. “People say, ‘He’s slow,’ or ‘He’s not going to be able to break tackles at the next level.’ In college I went up against players like [USC’s] Brian Cushing(notes) and Clay Matthews(notes) – guys who ended up making the Pro Bowl [as NFL rookies] – and I ran through their tackles. It’s too bad people look at you all weird because of a stereotype.”


“One team I interviewed with asked me about being a white running back,” Gerhart says. “They asked if it made me feel entitled, or like I felt I was a poster child for white running backs. I said, ‘No, I’m just out there playing ball. I don’t think about that.’ I didn’t really know what to say.”

One longtime NFL scout insisted that Gerhart’s skin color will likely prevent the Pac-10’s offensive player of the year from being drafted in Thursday’s first round.

“He’ll be a great second-round pickup for somebody, but I guarantee you if he was the exact same guy – but he was black – he’d go in the first round for sure,” the scout said. “You could make a case that he’s a Steven Jackson-type – doesn’t have blazing speed but he’s strong and powerful and versatile.”

*sigh* Okay race fanatics...sort this one out and get back to me.


Archaeological Find Of The Decade...On Kinescope

For movie buffs and conservatives, this has to be a dream come true. James Dean and Ronald Reagan, together in an episode of General Electric Theater in 1954. I can't think of a good analogy, though Allahpundit at Hot Air came up with when Elvis met Nixon, though he's quick to admit, that's not quite on the mark, but it'll do in a pinch.

Here's a six minute clip:


Regime Amnesia

As our country burns, the enablers are crying "sedition!" against the people trying to put out the blaze. They should know, they've used similar language before. Byron York reports. (Hat tip: Instapundit and El Rushbo)

Time's Joe Klein got some attention over the weekend when he said, on "The Chris Matthews Show," that statements from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are "right up close to being seditious." What received less attention was the statement immediately following Klein's, from New York magazine's John Heilemann, author of the best-seller Game Change. "Joe's right, and I'll name another person," Heilemann said. "You know, name Rush Limbaugh, you know, who uses this phrase constantly, talks about the Obama administration as a 'regime.' That phrase, which has connotations of tyranny."

Heilemann's accusation echoed one that Chris Matthews himself made on MSNBC's "Hardball" April 2, when he denounced Limbaugh's use of the word 'regime.' "I've never seen language like this in the American press," Matthews said. "We know that word, 'regime.' It was used by George Bush, 'regime change.' You go to war with regimes. Regimes are tyrannies. They're juntas. They're military coups. The use of the word 'regime' in American political parlance is unacceptable, and someone should tell [Limbaugh] to stop using it." A quick search of the Nexis database revealed more than 6,500 uses of the word "regime" to refer to the Bush administration since January 20, 2001, in the New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and, yes, by Chris Matthews himself.


Wanna See Something Scary?

Rasmussen poll of hypothetical 2012 matchup:

Barack Obama: 42%
Ron Paul: 41%

Just the thought sends a chill down my spine.


Chris Christie Stands His Ground

Despite his horrible taste in music (he's a Bruce Springsteen fan), he is proving to be the best governor in the nation. I suggest he switch to Tom Petty, who did a little ditty called "I Won't Back Down." Apropos.

Ronald Reagan's Brain in William Taft's Body™


A Class-Action Suit For The American People

You know, living in Las Vegas, we have a lot of shyster lawyers. Constant commercials promising to get your money from the insurance companies, or wanting to know if you've taken a certain drug and if you want to sue pharmaceutical companies, and so on. What I can't figure out is why one of them hasn't thought of a class-action lawsuit representing about 60% of the American people who are daily being slandered by their government and the state-run media. Every single day the Tea Party folks are called racists, Nazis, etc. Then I read this interesting nugget (Hat tip: Riehl World View):


Conspiracy Theories Begin In Poland

I had an inkling that anything involving Vladimir Putin would lead to this. According to Damian Thompson at the UK Telegraph (Hat tip: Astute Bloggers), conspiracy theories are revving up in Poland in light of the tragic plane crash that took the life of their President Lech Kaczynski. While the chances of this are pretty slim, Putin has made himself a very good suspect for these kinds of things considering what happened with Ukraine a few years back, among other events. Regardless, like JFK and 9/11, a new conspiracy is born and the court of pop culture decrees that it will be with us forever.

There's Still Room For Civilized Debate

With apologies to Tom Coburn, I don't know anyone that works at MSNBC, but I find their network a blight on what is left of the profession called journalism. Anyone who doesn't agree with the hosts is considered nothing short of a caveman with Nazi Party membership. There is no room for civil discourse on this network or many other media outlets, universities campuses or Internet message boards in this young century.

But once in a while you're surprised. As in this story about a debate over religion between atheist Christopher Hitchens and Catholic writer Dinesh D'Souza.

The pair has faced off before in similar debate settings. The event Wednesday focused on the question, "Is Religion the Problem?" At Notre Dame, where students are required to take two courses each in philosophy and theology, the debate was hotly anticipated. Tickets sold out in less than 90 minutes.

Hitchens, who's most known for his incendiary remarks about believers, apparently took note of the university's predominantly Catholic population and toned down the rhetoric, sticking purely to the logic of his arguments.

D'Souza, too, appealed to reason, stating in his opening remarks he would refrain from arguing on the basis of Scripture, Revelation or the like, instead relying on secular logic in expressing his views.

Thus, those hoping for a bloodbath got nothing of the sort. Instead, Hitchens argued respectfully (over the course of two hours) that religion evolved as man's "first attempt" at understanding the world, before science caught up to major questions about our being. D'Souza countered that science has not and will not provide all the answers, but rather religion provides the "best explanation" for eternal questions about our being.

The fine-tuned universe argument -- that the world is perfectly aligned to support life as we know it -- played a central role in the debate, with D'Souza arguing there must have been a "fine tuner."

Hitchens, meanwhile, said that in the absence of evidence of such a "fine tuner," the "only respectable intellectual position" is one of doubt.

In all, Hitchens and D'Souza led an elevated discussion, senior economics major and Catholic Katy Smith said. She was particularly surprised at Hitchens' restraint, given his demagogic reputation.

"I thought he was going to be a lot more inflammatory and that I was going to leave offended," she said. Instead, she found Hitchens to be engaging and even humorous, and while she disagreed with him on several points, she also found herself disagreeing with D'Souza.

Respectful and logical. These two men who agree on almost nothing involving religion showed us how real debate should be conducted and the students followed their lead. This is not to say one can't be forceful in their arguments. There's a time and a place for so-called "demagogic" discourse, but you have to know your venue and adjust accordingly. It's not too late for this kind of thing to flourish.


Sandwich Shows What's Wrong With America

If you want to get a crystal clear snapshot of what's wrong with America, all you need to do is read up on the criticisms of the new Kentucky Fried Chicken (or their more cowardly name, KFC) Double Down. A sandwich consisting of two pieces of boneless chicken, bacon, cheese and special sauce. Calories off the scales...so naturally, the worst elements of our society come to the fore, like nutritionist Hillary Wright:

I don't think that people should misconstrue the fact that there's no bun to mean this this item is lower in calories. It's actually very much in the same league as a McDonald's Big Mac.

Or...er, holistic (shudder) health examiner Shelley Haiken:

I think this is an abomination. Our country is getting unhealthier by the minute. Rates of obesity are skyrocketing. Childhood obesity is at an all time high. Why are the fast food restaurants adding menu items that are so clearly unhealthy?

Or Brian Merchant over at a website called TreeHugger.com:

It's a marketing campaign that capitalizes on our worst impulse--the impulse to say 'Screw it.' It's a good thing that this sort of viral-marketing-by-flouting-the-general-good tends to only be successful occasionally and in niches like fast food menu items--I'd hate to see the something like the Hummer revived with similar logic.

While I've never met any of these people, I'm going to piss off Tom Coburn and state unequivocally that I hate them. I hate them and their belief systems. They are an amalgam of everything wrong with this country. They are the people that killed the individual. They are the people responsible for the decline of our country.

Is my analysis over the top? No worries. There are busybodies for that too.

President Of Poland Killed In Plane Crash

Tragic. Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and over 80 prominent government officials were killed in a plane crash in western Russia this morning. Kaczynski was one of the good ones in Europe. An EU skeptic, who wasn't afraid to speak out in the defense of fledgling democracies in the region. Keep the Poles in your thoughts.


Policy Wonk: All Southerners Are Racists

You know, I'm wondering when you folks in the South are gonna finally have enough of this crap. Yes, there's a lot to atone for in the region's past, but it has been atoned...long ago. It's not the 1880's anymore when Blacks were being lynched, or the 1960's when civil rights workers were murdered. Cultures change and the South has risen again, but in a more color-blind way.

Doesn't matter, though. To the liberals, progressives, socialists, whatever...you're all racists.

M.J. Rosenberg, a Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at George Soros' Media Matters had this to say about our Southern brethren:

The whole south shifts to the Republican Party over one issue, they don’t like black people…so you have the racism thing, the fact that we’ve eradicated the separation of church and state essentially, which started I have to say when Jimmy Carter was first elected. As a Jew I noticed it — first president who talked about Jesus Christ, and that was sort of like, “whoa, presidents don’t talk about Christ!”…and now you have the modern Republican Party that has to cater to these racists and that gets me to my fundamental point, it is not that they are pro-Israel. They are anti-Muslim. They do not like Muslims. They are on the side of Israel because Israel is — they don’t like Jews that much to start out with, either — but compared to Muslims, they like Jews fine.

They’re infatuated with the Israeli army. Why? Because the Israeli army kills Muslims. I mean, this is what it’s all about….When you hear them talk to the, I don’t want to say the average American, but certainly the average American south of the Mason-Dixon line, “these Muslims” — well, someone said to me the other day, “how’s Keith Ellison doing?” Because he’s a Muslim member of congress, with all these crazy wackos wandering around, I said “how’s Keith Ellison doing?” and he said, “oh, they don’t bother with Keith Ellison, he’s just Al-Qaeda.” …

Not a lot of grey there, eh? Don't even try to defend yourself Southerners. You are racists and that's all there is to it. Media Matters has spoken.

Stupak And Stevens Exit Stage Far Left

Quite a busy Friday. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announces his retirement at age 90 giving President Obama the chance to put another liberal on the court. We can take solace in the fact that he's just replacing one liberal socialist with another but he can put a young guy or gal in there that will stay for 50 years. It does give Senate Republicans a chance to show some cajones, but don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, Bart Stupak has decided his legacy is intact and he will not run in November. The perfect crime.


Another Shoe Bomber?

Reports are coming in that a man attempted to light his shoes on a flight from D.C. to Denver. Apparently has a passport from Qatar but claims to be a diplomat. Stay tuned.

Taking Back The GOP Has Historical Credence

Michael Zak over at Big Government has a fascinating nugget of American history during the Lincoln-Johnson transition in mid-1860's. Turns out the GOP has a history of steering the party back to solid principles and reaping the rewards that come with them.

Public Confusion Over Health Care Our Fault

Saw the headline on Drudge this morning that the public is confused over when Obamacare is going into effect.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups.

"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

Not surprising, but then we get what should have been expected:

McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.

Yep, it's our fault. Us "teabaggers," us dinosaurs so concerned about things like Constitutionality and freedom. If we'd just gone along with nice ladies like Nancy Pelosi, none of this would have happened.


Net Neutrality Takes A Hit

Score one for Internet freedom. A Federal Appeals court has ruled the FCC does not have the authority to impose "net neutrality" rules on the broadband providers. Hardly the last word on this, but a battle won in a very long war. I'll expound on this later when I have more time, but basically net neutrality is a veiled attempt by the government to take over the Internet. Stay tuned.


Shock! Michelle Obama Is A Birther!

Much like a charge of racism, the burden is now on her to prove me wrong.

British Lawmakers Cover For Climategate Criminals

Hat tip to Andrew Breitbart on this one. A British parliamentary commission found this week that Dr. Phil Jones and the rest of the gang at East Anglia University are horribly misunderstood and their reputations remain "intact." This little nugget is by far the piece de resistance:

The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee said that the word "trick" in this context "appears to be a colloquialism for a 'neat' method of handling data" and that the phrase "hide the decline" was meant as "shorthand for the practice of discarding data known to be erroneous."

Mmm! And the committee also ruled that when G. Gordon Liddy used the word "burglary" he actually meant "fact finding mission."

Rule, Britannia!

Holy Crap! McNabb Traded To Redskins

Gotta give Mike Shanahan credit. He hasn't coached a game yet in Washington, but already he's making the Redskins interesting, something they haven't been for a very long time.

Greenpeace Ups The Ante

Bring it on, hippies!

Vindication For Sarah Palin

Paul Krugman confirms the existence of Death Panels in Obamacare.

A textbook definition of cold comfort.


Meet Congressman Phil Hare, (D) IL

I'm tempted to say that this man, who I never heard of before today, might be the worst politician in our government (and that's saying something), but what he is is an amalgam.

1 : an alloy of mercury with another metal that is solid or liquid at room temperature according to the proportion of mercury present and is used especially in making tooth cements
2 : a mixture of different elements

As I was saying...Rep. Hare is an amalgam of the group-think in our government today. He doesn't care about any old Constitution (or Declaration of something or other, whatever!). All he knows is he wants socialized medicine and the peasants should just shut up and take it and quit bothering him with all this freedom crap.

Set your faces to stunned:

Quick aside...is this guy not a dead ringer for John Wayne Gacy.

Thursday Night Music

CFCF - Big Love