New Yorker To Run For U.S. Senate In Nebraska

None of this is the least bit surprising (via Leavenworth Street):

The Washington Post is reporting that New Yorker Bob Kerrey has “changed his mind” and has decided to run for U.S. in Nebraska.

So was Kerrey lying when he told Nebraskans a few weeks ago that he was staying with his wife and child in New York City because a Senate run would be too much on his family?

Or is Kerrey simply an opportunistic political coward, who wanted to make sure that he would not have to run against the popular and powerful Republican Governor Dave Heineman, who had until last week to make his decision.

Kerrey is all of that and more. You think the other Kerry is a flip-flopper? The Massachusetts version of Thurston Howell III is an amateur compared to this guy. John Kerry had the advantage of being from a bigger state thus he was more successful in his presidential run. Bob Kerrey knew this so he moved to a bigger state: New York. He even thought about running for Mayor of New York City a few years back.

But I'm sure Nebraskans won't get fooled again, right?



Rick Santorum v. Individualism

A nice catch by Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit of some Santorum remarks to NPR in 2008:

This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.

That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

Sorry folks, but that's a deal-breaker for me. Maybe other candidates I've voted for in the past felt the same way, but they were a lot better at hiding it. Santorum has been making in clear that he is an implacable enemy of libertarianism. That's his right but I'm not going to vote for it. No promises but if he is the nominee in November I might have to pull the lever for Gary Johnson. But like I say, a second Obama term would be so damaging I might have sell part of my libertarian soul.

What a freakin' mess.


Rick Santorum, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh Walk Into A Bar

As stated in my previous post, there are no Democrat scandals anymore, but there are certainly Republican ones. While this is hardly a "scandal" it might meeting the proverbial "Watergate" criteria for Rick Santorum.

Drudge is the nation's editor. What's on his page is what's talked about. Some have accused Drudge of doing Romney's bidding. I don't think Drudge takes order from anyone. However, the fact that he's headlining this story about Santorum's comments on the USA and the devil from a few years back is intriguing.

But where it really gets interesting is the comment from Rush Limbaugh as Allahpundit explains:

Rush Limbaugh defended him half-heartedly on his show today, noting that the media thought it was cutesy-poo when evil clown Hugo Chavez compared Bush to the devil a few years ago but conceding that Santorum will “have to deal with it. He’ll have to answer it. I don’t know. It’s just not the kind of stuff you hear a presidential candidate talk about.”

If you're making Rush cringe, you've got a problem. This may turn out to be a big nothing, but I suspect if Santorum starts to sink, this might be where it starts.

And if this post doesn't annoy Santorum supporters, this post from Erick Erickson surely will.

The MSM Monopoly On Scandal

So I'm going through Real Clear Politics this morning and one of the headlines is from the American Spectator's Jeffrey Lord: Is Media Matters Obama's Watergate?

If you haven't heard, the Daily Caller has done an excellent investigation into the left-wing media watchdog group Media Matters and how they coordinate their attacks with the White House, all with tax-exempt status.

However, reading articles like Lord's and others have a fill in the blank quality. "Is ________ Obama's Watergate?" You can fill in Fast and Furious, Obamacare, Contraception mandates, and on and on. My answer to this question in all of its forms is "No, the media won't allow it."

So powerful is the Mainstream Media that we cannot have scandals within a Democrat administration any longer. When these stories come out, you wait for the public to be outraged, but nothing ever seems to happen. Fast and Furious would have destroyed a Republican administration, literally destroyed. Hell, they tried to take down Bush for doing what all Presidents legally do: firing U.S. Attorneys.

So when I hear the words "Obama" and "Watergate" I can only laugh and shake my head. Most people still get their news from newspapers and the nightly news on TV. We in the Blogosphere can kid ourselves about the inroads we've made, but it's simply not enough. There's a media war going on and while we've made strides via Breitbart and O'Keefe, we're still a small rebel alliance against a vast empire. Gonna take a lot more to make a difference.

The election this November is going to be big. If Obama wins another term, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to stop the authoritarian tide. The election has to be about Obama and his failures. If the media manages to make it otherwise, we're done.



Free Speech For No One, Chicks For A Fee

The only thing surprising about this is that it took this long:

It may be a classic rock song but 26 years after it was first released Dire Straits hit Money For Nothing has been banned from radio.
The song was ruled too offensive for the airwaves in Canada because it contains the word ‘f****t’ and can now no longer be played in its original form.
Any station that wants to play the song will have to edit it or disguise the word, according to a ruling by the Canadian Broadcasts Standards Council.
The decision came after a listener complained that the broadcast of unedited version of the song – which mentions the word three times – was ‘extremely offensive’ to gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Alright, let me give the usual disclaimers for folks new to this blog. I have no problem with gays. I'm okay with civil unions and I think the Log Cabin Republicans should be a integral part of the GOP.

That being said, art is art. Words are just words. If you're offended by the word "faggot" (no asterisks!) that's a you problem. The Gay lobby is trying to make themselves a special-interest victim group to go along with all the others in North America. Good luck with that. Keep voting Democrat (or Labour) and see where you're at in 50 years. Just ask you know who.

So if Canada wants to maintain consistency and prove to me they're going to protect everyone's feelings, they must ban all music from the 90's rock band "Cracker."

Extremely offensive.


Daily Caller Nails Media Matters

Erratic behavior, enemies lists, White House coordination: this story has it all. The Daily Caller just sits there quietly, blending in with the rest of the Blogosphere and then once in a while, BANG!, they hit us with some killer stuff.

In short, Media Matters for America is an organization led by an obsessed, very disturbed individual bent on the destruction of his enemies. A lot of us already knew that, but now we have the goods thanks to the The DC.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, if you will indulge me for just a moment as I quote myself from August 21, 2006:

The war of this century is not the war on terrorism, or even the culture war. The war of this century is the battle to control information.


Whitney Houston Dead

Forty-eight years old, but unfortunately not a shock. What was really shocking about her life is how she, ahem, "had it all" and then went into the abyss. Maybe we're too used to thug musicians who've been through their first rehab before their first hit single. She was a rainmaker...then she met Bobby Brown. Regardless, as we live in an age where our National Anthem is assaulted like a girl in an Occupy Wall Street tent, we'll remember her performance at the Super Bowl as they way it's supposed to be done.


Democratic Congresswoman 'Regrets' Obamacare Vote

There's so many "I told you so's" in this story they'll overload your brain. (Emphasis mine)

Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010. She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare. But Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the "week-after" pill "ella" that can induce early abortions.

Oh my G-d. Anybody remember that old chestnut "read the bill" we on the right kept throwing out there?

Oh, that's right, we were told that was a stupid argument.

"Who could possible read a 1,000 page bill?"

"Okay, why does it have to be 1,000 #$%!-ing pages??"

"Shut up you racist!"

And with that, we got Obamacare.

Stupak, Dahlkemper, and a handful of other Democrats who held back on voting for final passage of Obamacare eventually voted for the exact same language in the Senate bill because the president signed an executive order saying the law wouldn't fund abortions.

But the executive order signed by President Obama did nothing to prevent the subsidized health care exchanges from covering elective abortions.

Now some may argue what the Obama Administration is doing now is executive action that's not in the bill, so reading it wouldn't have mattered in Dahlkemper's case. If we accept that, it means she's a bigger fool than previously thought. What did she think an ideologue like Obama would do in the end?

Everything, and I mean everything that's was argued by the opponents of Obamacare has come true. Sadly, we have to pray that Anthony Kennedy bails us out. A serious lack of cojones in D.C. will prevent it from ever being completely overturned.


What Justice Ginsburg Should Have Said

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused quite a still last week in the Blogosphere (since the MSM won't touch the story) over remarks she made about the U.S. Constitution:

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” Ginsburg said in the interview, which aired on Jan. 30 on Al-Hayat TV.

The subject of the interview being Egypt. Now I would agree with Ginsburg if she had said the following:

"Do not look to the U.S. Constitution as a guide. The document is loaded with vague clauses that allow someone like me to sit on the high court and actually make law. Hell, I don't have to follow the Constitution at all...I just decide what I would like it to say and judge accordingly. It's actually a pretty sweet deal, but if you're looking to set up a true democracy that isn't ruled by a tiny elite, you should probably keep looking elsewhere. And even if you're able to author such a document, people like me will find ways to render it meaningless within a few generations. So, you know, don't knock yourselves out."


JFK's Teen Lover Gives Up The Goods

So one of JFK's mistresses has broken her silence with a new book. Once Upon a Secret is written by Mimi Alford, an intern in the press office during the Kennedy presidency. JFK took her virginity and used her as his play-thing whenever Jackie was away.

The main tidbits of note:

-JFK told her during the Cuban Missile Crisis: “I’d rather my children red than dead.” That's interesting considering Kennedy was something of a cold-warrior but when faced with the possible death of millions I suppose that's a thought that would enter anyone's brain (no, that's not an assassination joke). Still, it's something for historians to chew on.

-JFK had her "relax" some of his friends including Dave Powers, but she wisely passed up the chance to "relax" Ted Kennedy. If I were her, I'd consider this the best decision I ever made.

-At one point, Mimi thought she was pregnant and the Kennedy team was working on setting up an abortion which at the time was illegal. The social conservatives will no doubt want to bat this one around.

Ultimately, it's just not what it used to be. It's 2012 and finding out about more JFK affairs is like finding out how Julius Caesar took his coffee. We're pretty much past the point of caring.


Big Shock: Senate Votes Down Earmark Ban

I've always loved the argument that earmarks are "just a drop in the budget bucket so what's the big deal?" Okay, if that's true then you won't even miss them, will you?

"Wait, wait...they're, uh, a vital source of funding for much needed state projects." Okay, if this money is needed in certain states why are we taken money from those states, laundering it in D.C. and then sending it back?

The next election doesn't matter. This country can't be saved.

Just for giggles, here's the list of the Earmarxists :

Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)


Indiana Frees Workers From Union Thuggery

(With a hat tip to Ace) Indiana's Republican legislature and Republican governor has passed/signed a right-to-work bill into law. Oh wait, I was supposed to put right-to-work in quotes according to my Reuters style-book. Or as the Indianapolis Star requires, put the old semantic warhorse "so-called" just before "right-to-work" to make sure people don't get the idea that the words mean what they say.

To clear up this confusion, here's the story filed by the Oblique Popinjay Press (Ya down with OPP?):

Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a "right to work without having to pay off union thugs and fund the Democrat Party" bill this afternoon without ceremony making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law, Daniels and other Republican supporters characterized the measure as needed for Indiana to attract jobs.

The aptly-named “right to work” law was approved by the Indiana Senate 28 to 22 today, as thousands of union thugs packed Statehouse hallways shouting their disapproval, with thousands more lined-up outside waiting to get in and demand more government and less freedom.

Now I need just one more thing from you folks in Indiana. Please retire Dick Lugar from the Senate so he can live out his remaining years in his home state of Virginia.

MORE: Been thinking about this some more. I am so burned out reading screed after screed of how the GOP field for President has been terrible; how each candidate is going to mean the end of the Republican Party and on and on and on and on. As I've said before, the crying towels are in the closet down the hall. It's time to buck-up buttercup.

Anyway, the larger point I want to make is look at Indiana. Despite three years of Obama and a economic downturn, recession, whatever you want to call it lasting close to four years, Indiana found a way to thrive with low unemployment and groundbreaking political action like that described above. Just because we have a socialist in the White House and may end up with socialist-lite after the next election doesn't mean changes can't be made on the state level. There's more on the line here than the brass-ring in D.C.