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And yes -- the Bush figures above include spending for Iraq and Afghanistan.
... if the speaker had been a former right-wing domestic terrorist.
Here's part of an e-mail from Dr. Alan Leis, Superintendent of the Naperville School District (forwarded to me from a tipster) regarding the cancelled speaking engagement of former Weather Underground-er Bill Ayers:
Over the weekend, however, it became clear that this issue was not really about where Dr. Ayers was speaking, but that he was speaking at all. Each day, the level of emotion and outrage has seemed to increase, along with the number of emails and phone calls received. What was most unfortunate was that a few directed their anger toward an outstanding high school and at a well-regarded, award-winning teacher who encourages students to think for themselves.
Now if you've been reading Colossus for any length of time, you should know I am loath to ditch almost anyone from a speaking gig. But just imagine for a second if Ayers was a right-wing former terrorist that was invited to speak at a [public] high school? Keep in mind that Ayers is unrepentant for his actions. This is not a guy who has mended his ways, so to speak. Would such a person be given a forum like this in the first place had he been from the opposite side of the political spectrum?
Hell, plenty of non-terrorists from the Right cannot get to speak at colleges, even when invited. They are victims of disruptive protests that prevent them from giving their talk, or, in the middle of a speech they are continually shouted down and heckled. And this is all because they represent a supposed "hateful" point of view from the perspective of the Left. But these speakers never engaged in terrorist activity. Bill Ayers has -- and isn't the least bit sorry for it. Would Dr. Leis put forth an invitation to an unrepentant racist? A unrepentant homophobe?
Dr. Leis really finds some folks' anger "unfortunate?" Really? (I must confess that it isn't clear from the tip whether Leis is referring to Ayers as the "well-regarded, award-winning teacher," or some other teacher at the high school who may have invited him. I do believe he's referring to Ayers.)
The New York Times spiked a story about Obama's ties to ACORN:
A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer.”
Heather Heidelbaugh, who represented the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee in the lawsuit against the group, recounted for the ommittee what she had been told by a former ACORN worker who had worked in the group’s Washington, D.C. office. The former worker, Anita Moncrief, told Ms. Heidelbaugh last October, during the state committee’s litigation against ACORN, she had been a “confidential informant for several months to The New York Times reporter, Stephanie Strom.”
Ms. Moncrief had been providing Ms. Strom with information about ACORN’s election activities. Ms. Strom had written several stories based on information Ms. Moncrief had given her.
During her testimony, Ms. Heidelbaugh said Ms. Moncrief had told her The New York Times articles stopped when she revealed that the Obama presidential campaign had sent its maxed-out donor list to ACORN’s Washington, D.C. office.
Ms. Moncrief told Ms. Heidelbaugh the campaign had asked her and her boss to “reach out to the maxed-out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN.”
Ms. Heidelbaugh then told the congressional panel:
“Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at The New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer.”’
I'm SHOCKED that this would happen! SHOCKED! Apparently the Times was still too wrapped up in the supposed McCain sexual tryst with lobbyist Vicki L. Iseman.
Joe Biden, otherwise known as "The Gaffer":
During his meeting with Spain's primer minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in Chile yesterday, Biden thanked Zapatero for his effort... in Iraq (link in Spanish).
As everybody knows, the first decision Zapatero made after his unexpected win in 2004, right after the Madrid train terrorist attacks, was to abruptly and unilaterally pull out from Iraq. So either Biden made a gaffe, or he was thanking Zapatero for angering Bush...
More: Shortly after ordering the withdrawal of Spanish forces from Iraq, Zapatero called the other countries to follow the example. Some help, Biden!
By the way, brownie points for any Marvel comics fan who can tell me who "The Gaffer" was at SHIELD!
My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?" "No," she answered. I then said, "Is that your final answer?" She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying "Yes." So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." And that's when the fight started....
I asked my wife, "Where do you want to go for our anniversary?" It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation.
"Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested, "How about the kitchen?" And that's when the fight started....
Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible." My loving wife of 10 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?" And then the fight started ...
A man and a woman were asleep like two innocent babies. Suddenly, at 3 o'clock in the morning, a loud noise came from outside. The woman, bewildered, jumped up from the bed and yelled at the man "Holy Shit. That must be my husband!" So the man jumped out of the bed; scared and naked jumped out the window. He smashed himself on the ground, ran through a thorn bush and to his car as fast as he could go. A few minutes later he returned and went up to the bedroom and screamed at the woman, "I AM your husband!" The woman yelled back, "Yeah, then why were you running?" And then the fight started.....
I tried to talk my wife into buying a case of Miller Light for $14.95. Instead, she bought a jar of cold cream for $7.95. I told her the beer would make her look better at night than the cold cream. And then the fight started....
A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment." The husband replies, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect." And then the fight started.....
I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first. "I'll have the strip steak, medium rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?" "Nah," I replied. "She can order for herself." And then the fight started...
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asked, "Do you know her?" "Yes," I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since." "My God!" said my wife. "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?" And then the fight started...
After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. The woman said, "Unbutton your shirt." So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, "That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me," and she processed my Social Security application. When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. She said, "You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too." And then the fight started...
When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive... so, I took her to a gas station.
And then the fight started.........
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds." I bought her a scale. And then the fight started...
My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, "What's on TV?" I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started.
The U.N.'s Human Rights Council has passed a Resolution, put forward by a coalition of Muslim nations, condemning the "defamation of religions."
The resolution urges states to provide "protection against acts of hatred, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred in general," and "deplores the use of printed, audio-visual and electronic media, including the Internet, . . . to incite acts of violence, xenophobia or related intolerance and discrimination towards Islam or any religion."
There MUST be an exception for hateful language, etc. towards Judaism though, right? Right?? I mean, Muslim nations denigrate this religion on a freakin' daily basis and in some of the most vile ways imaginable.
For HYPOCRISY, that is:
I pulled up to Al [Gore]’s house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48pm – right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on.
In fact, most of the windows were lit by the familiar blue-ish hue indicating that floor lamps and ceiling fixtures were off, but TV screens and computer monitors were hard at work. (In other words, his house looked the way most houses look about 1:45am when their inhabitants are distractedly watching “Cheaters” or “Chelsea Lately” reruns.)
The kicker, though, were the dozen or so floodlights grandly highlighting several trees and illuminating the driveway entrance of Gore’s mansion.
I [kid] you not, my friends, the savior of the environment couldn’t be bothered to turn off the gaudy lights that show off his goofy trees. (Source.)
I'm sure there's a good explanation for this. Perhaps our resident Apologist-in-Chief Perry has the answer!
The NY Times' Nicholas Kristof ponders so-called "experts":
The best example of the awe that an “expert” inspires is the “Dr. Fox effect.” It’s named for a pioneering series of psychology experiments in which an actor was paid to give a meaningless presentation to professional educators.
The actor was introduced as “Dr. Myron L. Fox” (no such real person existed) and was described as an eminent authority on the application of mathematics to human behavior. He then delivered a lecture on “mathematical game theory as applied to physician education” — except that by design it had no point and was completely devoid of substance. However, it was warmly delivered and full of jokes and interesting neologisms.
Afterward, those in attendance were given questionnaires and asked to rate “Dr. Fox.” They were mostly impressed. “Excellent presentation, enjoyed listening,” wrote one. Another protested: “Too intellectual a presentation.”
I'd like to think I wouldn't be all ga-ga after attending such drivel, especially since I've looong become skeptical of "educationist"-type workshops and inservices. One way by which the education establishment can regain some credibility is to simply cease such nonsense. An additional school day (or two or three) would be MUCH more preferable than having to sit through an actual (meaning, one that is intended to mean something, but ends up saying virtually nothing) Dr. Fox-ish seminar.
(h/t to Joanne Jacobs.)
... over at The Watcher's.
We define diversity management as the proactive management of race/culture, gender, orientation, disability and age to ensure equal outcome in relationships with employees, customers, investors and suppliers. We feel that the first two factors (race and gender) are the most important because they impact the treatment of the other three factors and are the most dominant loci of discrimination.
We believe that all people are created equally, and therefore, talent is distributed equally as well. We feel that an organization's management of diversity can be defined and judged in absolute metrics, most easily with human-capital statistics.
First, people aren't really created equal now, are they? They're "created" equal under the law, but people are not inherently equal; that is, in terms of intelligence, physical talents, etc. No one would rationally argue that I was "created equal" to Albert Einstein in terms of intelligence, or to, say, Deon Sanders in terms of physical abilities. So, that idea that "talent is distributed equally" is a total bust.
Lastly, to claim that an organization's "management of diversty" can be judged absolutely is just beyond sophistry. Since it's already erroneous to state that people's talent is distributed equally, it then follows that the ability to quantitatively measure "diversity" becomes highly suspect, let alone absolutely measure it.
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Cheeyeah. Here's the AP:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Seven people turned out to protest the state's predator control program at the governor's prayer breakfast in Anchorage.
Protest organizer Diane Raynor says Gov. Sarah Palin was not there Saturday morning but her husband was. Raynor says Todd Palin spoke briefly with the group. (Source.)
Meanwhile, the thousands that have showed up for the numerous "tea party" protests across the country? The AP yawns.
It's now infecting one of the best engineering schools in the country, Virginia Tech:
Diversity accomplishments are a meaningful part of the faculty review process. Candidates must do a better job of participating in and documenting their involvement in diversity initiatives. Diversity accomplishments are especially important for candidates seeking promotion to full professor. Please use the categories developed by the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity to prompt and organize diversity-related contributions. The categories may be found at section VII. C. 1. - 8. of the promotion and tenure guidelines. They are also available at www.provost.vt.edu/documents/reporting_diversity.php. Committees are asked to develop working expectations for department members, perhaps sharing good examples, and to review diversity contributions included in the dossier with those expectations in mind.
Of course, the always-excellent John Rosenberg is all over this, noting one of the (ridiculous) guideline examples, “Self-Education, Increasing Your Own Awareness”:
Participation in diversity awareness workshops on campus or off, attending harassment prevention training from EO Office, participation in CEUT reading group on multicultural/diversity topics, attending diversity-related programs to learn more about groups other than your own (Diversity Summit, identity group celebrations, Campus Climate Checkup, MLK events, special speakers, annual AdvanceVT and Scholarship of Diversity conferences, events hosted by Cranwell Center or Disability Services, special programs in your discipline or association, etc.); participating in an Undoing Racism workshop; learning another language (including American sign language) so that you might speak to current or prospective students, parents, or community members.
From my own perspective, how freakin' insulting is this garbage? We're talking about college professors here! First, the mere fact that they're employed by a modern university means that they're most likely exposed to the usual multi-culti/diversity swill ad nauseum as it is. Second, they're some of the best educated people in the country. But they'd have to attend an ... "Undoing Racism" workshop?? Cripes, it's bad enough at my level when we have to endure this nonsense -- like the time I had to listen to some fop "inform" me about Hispanic culture based on stuff he read from some book. All the while I've lived it. "Superficial" isn't a strong enough term.
Neither is "total balderdash."
First place in the Council category was The Provocateur with My Grandfather, the 14th Amendment, and the AIG Bonuses.
First place in the non-Council category was Big Lizards with The Great Dictator.
Full results are here.
By Larry Elder by way of IBD:
President Barack Obama, in an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, made a self-deprecating but ill-advised joke, in which he referred to the Special Olympics. He quickly apologized. Crisis averted. Fair enough.
But the real story is the media double standard: Imagine the uproar if a President John McCain made the Special Olympics comment.
For that matter, imagine if a President McCain mistook a White House window for a door, his secretary of Treasury had not paid taxes, he granted two dozen waivers to his no-lobbyists-in-government rule and he had promised bipartisanship but got only three across-the-aisle votes for his "stimulus" package.
Imagine if President McCain, after promising a "clean break" from his predecessor, retained "extraordinary rendition," the FISA program, the option of wiretapping without warrants and the option of using "enhanced interrogation techniques.
Or if he promised to close Gitmo, then said it would take as long as a year, but then our European allies refused to take in "detainees" from their own countries.
Or if he reneged on or fudged his promise to have all combat troops out of Iraq within "16 months of his presidency."
Or if he adopted for Afghanistan the same counterinsurgency strategy used in Iraq, which, as a candidate, he'd criticized for not "achieving its objectives.
Or if he used the same "state secrets" argument as did the Bush administration in the same court case, to avoid turning over certain national security documents in an ACLU-brought case on behalf of an alleged torture victim/detainee.
Imagine if — on the campaign trail — a future President McCain had declared a nuclear-armed Iran "unacceptable" but agreed to engage in negotiations without preconditions, if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the new president he must apologize for 60 years of anti-Iranian activity, if President McCain then reached out to the Iranians in a televised address and, in response, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — who holds ultimate authority in Iran — told him to a) drop animosity and criticism, b) end sanctions, c) unfreeze assets, and d) end "unconditional support" for Israel.
Imagine if President McCain acted "outraged" — as though he, his secretary of Treasury and a party leader (Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.) had not previously known about and approved the controversial AIG bonuses and that executives at Freddie and Fannie, failed institutions now taken over by government, were getting bonuses, too.
Or if, during this recession and after criticizing taxpayer-funded corporate retreats, President McCain and First Lady Cindy McCain threw taxpayer-funded White House parties nearly every night, hiring entertainers such as Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers.
Imagine if, as sitting president, McCain appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and cracked jokes, while — as the media would have written — "millions of Americans have lost their homes and their jobs with millions afraid they're next, yada, blah, etc."
Or if he tripled the projected annual deficit and intended, within a short period, to double the national debt. Or if he promised to "create or save" an ever-changing number of jobs — never offering a yardstick to define a "saved job."
Imagine that McCain's vice president made a number of gaffes, including not knowing the "recovery" Web site despite going on national television to promote it and revealing on television — through his wife — that he'd had the option of a job as secretary of State or VP — thus showing the administration's extreme disrespect toward the current secretary of state.
Imagine if, of the 18 important sub-Cabinet positions in the Treasury Department, none was filled. Or if, after promising "transparency," McCain wouldn't say where the TARP money had gone and who had gotten it. Or after receiving bailout money, the largest 20 financial institution recipients actually reduced lending — the opposite intent of the program.
Or if after saying that he wasn't a "socialist," McCain defended himself by asserting that "it wasn't on my watch" that we'd bought shares of banks — but omitted that, as senator, he'd supported and voted for it.
Or if he constantly said he'd "inherited" the deficit despite — as a senator — voting for TARP and other programs that had wildly increased it.
Imagine if President McCain ungraciously treated Prime Minister Gordon Brown from the U.K. — our closest and oldest ally — and gave him cheap, tacky gifts apparently picked up from the White House gift shop and someplace like Wal-Mart.
Imagine if, despite a reputation for "eloquence," President McCain relied on teleprompters for even the most minor of statements, verbally stumbling and flailing when the teleprompters malfunctioned.
Or if he broke protocol and tradition by pre-picking and giving notice to the reporters to be called on in press conferences. Or if he admonished the out-of-power party by denouncing a popular talk show host and imploring the opposite party to refuse to listen to him.
Imagine if the media kept referring to him as "popular" when his poll numbers were virtually identical to those of George W. Bush at the 50-day mark in their respective presidencies.
Or if his chief of staff, in a newspaper article about his achievements as a House member, said in front of a reporter that the opposition party could "go f*** themselves."
On the other hand, Cleveland State beat Wake Forest.
This time, they're banning black cars to "save" the environment.
North Korea is poised to [test] launch a missile. Why should we care? Well, I’m in the middle of a book titled One Second After which details what happens to a small North Carolina town after an EMP attack on the United States. “EMP,” as you might know, stands for “electromagnetic pulse.” All nuclear detonations produce them, but they’re most dangerous when a nuke is exploded high above the atmosphere. The atmosphere itself acts as a sort of “magnifier,” strengthening the pulse and making its effects disastrous. The attack on the US in One Second After includes three nukes which effectively shuts down the United States. That’s right – shuts down! Anything electronic ceases to function if it’s plugged into a socket, and anything with any size computer chip will have that chip fried (hence it will shut down too).
Whereas a ballistic missile defense system is a good idea – to prevent a nation like North Korea from actually managing to get a nuke missile over the US in the first place – a better idea is to prepare our electronic network for just such an attack. This means “hardening” [especially] vital networks, like defense and financial systems, but also preparing for the chaos that inevitably will ensue to small town America when virtually everything is shut down. Consider: no power means no water treatment plants. Plumbing ceases to function. Fried hospital equipment means dead patients in minutes or hours. Food gets spoiled. Disease becomes an imminent concern. Just about the only things mechanical that will keep functioning after an EMP are things like pre-computerized cars (usually pre-1980).
It’s really hard to imagine life in the US now without computerization. An EMP attack would basically turn the US into what it was around the turn of the century – the turn of the 18th or 19th century. This is why we should worry about countries like North Korea or Iran developing a long-range missile that can reach the continental US. The leaders of those two governments surely are aware that enough of the US military (like nuclear submarines) would survive an EMP to utterly destroy them. But so what? They’d already have wiped out the US as a world power and thrown the entire world economy into a tailspin. Their goal would be achieved, period. And we’re not talking about rational people here, after all!
Back to eliminating the threat: We already have the means to knock out a launched missile if we want to:
The U.S. and Japan have jointly invested billions of dollars in outfitting their navy destroyers with the Aegis missile defense system. The Aegis interceptor, called the Standard Missile III, was used last year to destroy an errant satellite in orbit. It is perhaps the most successful and (among the military) the most popular of the missile defense capabilities.
And Democrats, typically considered the more “dovish” of the two major political parties, have been rather hawkish on North Korea’s growing missile capabilities in recent years:
The very last time we were in this situation was in the summer of 2006. Just as North Korea was fueling the missiles for test-launch, William Perry and Ashton Carter, respectively secretary of defense and assistant secretary of defense under [Bill] Clinton, advocated preemptive strikes on the platforms in a striking op-ed in the Washington Post. "Intervening before mortal threats to U.S. security can develop is surely a prudent policy," they wrote:
Therefore, if North Korea persists in its launch preparations, the United States should immediately make clear its intention to strike and destroy the North Korean Taepodong missile before it can be launched. This could be accomplished, for example, by a cruise missile launched from a submarine carrying a high-explosive warhead. The blast would be similar to the one that killed terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq.
It’s unclear how President Obama will react; hopefully, his Secretary of State’s (Hillary Clinton's) attitude is an indicator: Clinton “has reacted forcefully already, saying that the U.S. will consider North Korea's missile launch, in violation of Security Council resolutions, as a ‘provocation,’" which is rather strong language from the country’s diplomatic arm. Still, I have my doubts. After all, Obama is the guy who has mandated that the terms “war on terror,” “enemyl combatants” and even “terrorism” be changed to something more “palatable.” In addition, he’s sent a video message to the Iranians discussing our “mutual respect.” I have a problem with a guy who does all that, yet turns his political minions loose on a fellow American like, say, Rush Limbaugh, referring to him in terminology that is now forbidden against our real enemies!
David Shuster, who was subbing for blowhard Keith Olbermann on "Countdown" Monday night:
Even though independent reports have shown the media was more critical of Barack Obama than John McCain during the presidential contest, there is still a fantasy that the press is ga-ga over now President Obama.
Which "independent reports," David? He doesn't say. Oh. Newsbusters reports that a Pew Research Poll found that by a margin of 70% to 9%, the public felt that journalists wanted Obama to win the election. Now seriously, ultimately isn't the public's opinion ultimately what matters in this regard, studies notwithstanding? Don't they have a handle on the tone of the overall reporting on the election -- or anything else?
They sure do.
Check out the Colossus media bias archives.
He's making it up as he goes along anyway! Obama repeats inaccurate jab on Model T's mileage.
In his first few months, President Barack Obama has proven an ardent booster of the U.S. auto industry’s future -- but he keeps screwing up its history.
Last month, Obama mistakenly called the automobile an American invention, surprising the Germans who claim that mantle. And in a speech in California today, Obama revived an inaccurate jab against the industry that Ford Motor Co.’s original Model T burned less fuel than modern sport utility vehicles.
“The 1908 Model T -- think about this -- the 1908 Model T earned better gas mileage than the typical SUV in 2008,” Obama told the crowd. “Think about that -- a hundred years later and we're getting less gas mileage, not better, on SUVs.”
But according to Ford the first Model Ts built in 1908 could go 13 to 21 miles on a gallon, depending on the particular variation. The automaker and Model T clubs say typical Tin Lizzies averaged 15 m.p.g.
What remains unclear is how it makes sense to compare a fabric-roofed, four-seat car to a seven-passenger truck stuffed with high-tech accoutrements.
Those first Model Ts weighed about 1,200 pounds, lacked windows, rode on wood wheels and could ease up to a top speed of 45 miles per hour. A modern SUV tips the scales at 4,600 pounds, hits a top speed of 140 m.p.h. and has to meet a bevy of laws for crashworthiness.
When adjusted for their massive differences in weight using the government’s formulas, today’s typical SUV is about five times more efficient than the Model T.
This, of course, should come as no surprise. Obama can't keep history OR science straight. Remember how properly inflating your tires would save us form having to drill for more oil? Or how George Bush was responsible for Hugo Chávez? Or how 10,000 people were killed in a Kansas tornado? Or how his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz? Or how he thinks a presidential term is more than eight years? Or not remembering what Senate committees he's on? Or ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2009
302 W 8th Street
Laurel, Delaware 19956
Delaware announces participation in the Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009
Plans are underway to hold a Tax Day Tea Party in all three counties of Delaware. This will be part of a national movement with rallies being held in all fifty states to protest out-of-control government spending. Timed to coincide with the date by which Americans must pay their federal income taxes, the Tax Day Tea Party effort is a totally volunteer movement. Confirmed parties include the Circle in Georgetown from noon to 2p and Janosik Park from 4p to 8p. Plans are underway for of Legislative Mall and Rodney Square.
The Tea Party movement has given voice to the average American whose voice gets lost when spoken alone. Each of the Delaware events will be asking for food donations. The need for food has been increasing at a terrifying rate! This is our opportunity to show government that We The People, can recognize a problem and provide a solution faster and better than the government, and we will not require a contract, increased taxes or need a million dollar bonus. The Tax Day Tea Party is history in the making. The only other event in history that can be compared is the Boston Tea Party. This will be the largest gathering of citizens voicing their opinions ever in the history of our country. We also want it to be the largest food drive ever in history. Please don’t just bring a can, bring a box! Your neighbor needs it.
The national coordinators include Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter and the DontGo Movement, in addition to other center-right activist groups. When asked about the need for nationwide rallies based on the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Eric Odom, Chairman of the DontGo Movement, remarked, “Building on the free market ideas of our founding fathers, and embracing the passion they shared to bring them to light, the Nationwide Tea Party Movement is giving voice to tens of thousands of Americans.” Added Stacy Mott, President of Smart Girl Politics, “Average Americans do not support mortgaging away our children’s futures, and the time to speak out against it is now.”
Information on The Tax Day Tea Party can be found at http://taxdayteaparty.com.
Associated Press's account about a NY State Senator's conviction of domestic assault.
Notice anything missing? Thankfully, the NY Times gives the key detail in its second paragraph.
The GOP is currently outraising Democrats by $2 million despite being out of power, and now Independent voters are favoring the GOP 38%-24% for the first time since 2004. And I think a big part of this trend is due to hypocrites like California [Democrat] Rep. Pete Stark:
California's Rep. Pete Stark, a senior House Democrat who helps write the nation's tax laws, has been claiming a $1.7 million Maryland home as his principal residence in recent years, although he represents the Golden State's 13th District on the east side of San Francisco Bay.
The 77-year-old Stark has saved himself nearly $3,900 in state and county taxes by claiming the six-acre waterfront estate as his principal residence, according to an investigation by Bloomberg News.
Maryland law allows the tax break only to those residences used "for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver's license, and filing income tax returns."
Notified of the discovery, a state official said an investigation would be launched.
Yes, GOPers are guilty of the same sort of sh**. However, morons like Stark, much like Charlie Rangel and Chris Dodd, take dubious legal advantage of the very things they oversee as majority lawmakers. Now, with Obama in charge of the nation, we are told of "shared sacrifice," "change" and a "new day."
The day a f***ing politician actually lives by the same ideals that he spews that others must live by, I'll shave my rapidly greying dome.
Via e-mail courtesy of my pal Greg:
First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with What Netanyahu Should Say About Peace To The Arab World.
First place in the non-Council category was Pajamas Media with Welcome to Francis Ford Coppola’s White House.
Full results are here.
The word in New Zealand:
Foreign Affairs officials are warning the Government that its hardline sentencing and non-parole policy risk damaging New Zealand's international reputation.
They say National's "no parole for the worst murderers" policy and the proposed "three strikes and you're out" law could breach international obligations on torture and civil rights.
The ministry has told the Government that no parole for the worst murderers — a National election policy — would enable "indefinite detention without the possibility of release", and would probably violate two human rights conventions monitored by the United Nations.
My view on capital punishment has evolved; I no longer support the death penalty unless, perhaps 1) someone who has pleaded guilty wants it, or 2) there is absolutely irrefutable evidence (like DNA testing) of a heinous crime (like murder).
But how often have we been told that life without parole is the humane alternative to dealing with our most vile criminals? And, like I said, I've come to agree. Now, though -- it's not humane enough?? Now we have to allow for a release date ... for murderers?? This is pure unadulterated nonsense.
As Eugene Volokh notes,
I would pretty strongly resist any attempt to have our laws on these subjects be governed by "human rights conventions" that chiefly represent the views of elite lawyers in Western countries rather than of American voters, constitution-makers, or even judges (who at least have been appointed and confirmed by American elected officials and could in time be replaced by American elected officials). I would hope that New Zealand would take a similar view.
It's also important to keep in mind that the "international law"-based argument against the death penalty wouldn't be limited just to the death penalty, and in fact might end up being deployed against the very punishment that is often urged as a reason why the death penalty is unnecessary.
This is what you get when you don't have your teleprompter:
The first appearance by a sitting president on "The Tonight Show" may well end up being the last.
President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.
Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.
He bowled a 129, the president said.
"That's very good, Mr. President," Leno said sarcastically.
It's "like the Special Olympics or something," the president said.
You know it and I know it: If George W. Bush had said what The Messiah uttered last night, we'd see wall-to-wall coverage of protests by advocates for the handicapped on CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC.
More, including a video, here.
UPDATE: As if on cue, MSNBC comes to The Messiah's defense!!
First our illustrious leaders replaced the term "enemy combatant;" now we can't even use "terrorism" anymore:
DER SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?
[Homeland Security Secretary JANET] NAPOLITANO: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur. (Source.)
As Newsbusters' Tim Graham asks, what is called if it's a female suicide bomber? Isn't "man-caused" disaster ... sexist?
Here's Spain's Jarabe de Palo with their infectious groove-laden "Bonito":
Meanwhile, DE Governor Jack Markell unveiled his brainchild of a state budget for the coming year, and it's a doozy. Again, DE Libertarian's on the case, this time via Steve Newton. He also asks some tough questions.
A group dubbed Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE) is offering scholarships to, to use the PC term, "undocumented immigrants":
CORE (Chicano Organizing & Research in Education) is pleased to announce its first annual "Que Llueva Café" scholarship. Applicants must be undocumented, Chicano/Latino high school students entering college this fall. The postmark deadline is April 10, 2009.
Only in America, folks. Not to mention, if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets her way, we'll see more such nonsense:
On March 7, Nancy Pelosi spoke at an event in Congressman Luis Gutierrez's magical amnesty tour, where the San Francisco Chronicle reported that she described worksite immigration raids as "un-American" if they arrested illegals who had U.S.-born children. (Gutierrez is the Chicago Democrat who called immigration officers "Gestapo agents.") Despite some criticism, including a letter from Lamar Smith, ranking member on Judiciary, her comments didn't get any traction until today, when Fox got video of her comments and put it on frequent rotation, and now the story is all over the place ...
Is it me or is the use of "un-American" by members of the Left ... hypocritical? Especially when such supposed "un-American" actions merely ... enforce long-standing law?
A News Journal editorial from yesterday expresses the phony self-righteous anger that way too many politicians are showing these days:
In a year when the insurance giant American International Group almost toppled and came close to bringing down the entire economy with it, AIG’s leaders believe the financial geniuses behind those developments earned generous bonuses for outstanding performance. Fortunately, no else does.
In the same year, said geniuses also destroyed an estimated $100 billion in shareholder value and accepted $170 billion in taxpayers’ money.
Yet the company’s leaders want to hand them $165 million in bonuses.
It’s outrageous and insulting.
President Barack Obama has ordered the Treasury Department to see if there is a legal way to stop this travesty.
That's mighty big of Barack. Especially since it was HIS ADMINISTRATION that 1) ordered that language allowing the bonuses to remain be kept in the recent stimulus bill, or 2) flat out acted irresponsibly by insisting that said stimulus bill be passed IMMEDIATELY so that hardly anyone could take the time to read the freakin' bill and realize that language allowing the bonuses was in there!
This episode has angered a lot of voters, and that anger could interfere with any new plans the Obama administration wants to enact to stem further deterioration in the economy.
The president is right. Every legal step must be taken to prevent this latest outrage before it is allowed to happen.
Oh please. Again, it was the very administration that allowed AIG to give out these bonuses!! Voters' anger should be directed at those idiots now running the country a hell of a lot more than at AIG.
As for "every legal step," the government ought to be mighty careful here. Since it was it that f***ed up in the first place, passing an ex post facto law to attempt to remedy their asininity -- a blatantly unconstitutional act -- sure won't help matters. Those in charge of upholding the Constitution might wanna read the following part of it:
No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
That's from Article I, Section 9. And I'll repeat what I wrote two days ago, from Madison's Federalist 44:
"Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. ... The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community."
Despise the AIG a-holes all you wish. They deserve it. But your politicians deserve it more. The AIG bonuses were a contract which, via fluctuating policy and sudden change and legislative interefence the Congress is attempting to undo -- that which it allowed in the first place.
The woman's from Portland, OR, usually a good reason on its face to ignore her educational advice (h/t to Joanne Jacobs):
In a letter in the New York Times, a former teacher, principal and superintendent from Portland, Oregon urges President Obama to improve schools by ignoring “achievement” and “rigor.”
Finally, I’d tell him (President Obama) to lose the words “achievement” and “rigor,” which have no connection to the inquisitiveness, determination, creative thinking and perseverance students need for genuine lifelong learning. -- Joanne Yatvin
Yeah, that'll work out real well. This woman must be straight outta the typical education college of the typical university.
Portland's schools are those that once adopted the fictitious Afrocentric "Baseline Essays" as a curriculum in the late 1980s.
If you're not wondering about the nascent administration's priorities yet, maybe you ought to consider this: The Messiah recently considered the idea (since dropped -- hallelujah) of making American veterans use their own health insurance to pay for battle-related health matters; now, his Attorney General says that former Gitmo prisoners may soon walk free -- in the United States.
Attorney General Eric Holder said some detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may end up being released in the U.S. as the Obama administration works with foreign allies to resettle some of the prisoners.
European justice ministers met with Mr. Holder earlier this week and pressed for details on how many Guantanamo prisoners the U.S. planned to release domestically, as part of any agreement for allies to accept detainees. Mr. Holder said U.S. officials would work to respond to the questions European officials have over U.S. Guantanamo plans.
For "people who can be released there are a variety of options that we have and among them is the possibility is that we would release them into this country," Mr. Holder said. "That process is ongoing and we've not made any determinations or made any requests of anybody at this point."
If that's "change we can believe in," then give me back that "old time religion."
Here's this week links:
* The Provocateur - Rethinking the Federal Reserve
* Joshuapundit - What Netanyahu Should Say About Peace To The Arab World
* The Razor - The Great Academic Swindle
* The Glittering Eye - Portrait of a Financial Crisis
* Right Truth - America Needs Some Leaders With Common Sense
* Bookworm Room - The New York Times takes off the mask
* Rhymes With Right - In Re. Bristol Palin
* The Colossus of Rhodey - Chicago ranks “high” in the 25 worst schools in nation
* Mere Rhetoric - Government-Linked Thugs Systematically Compiling Full List Of Venezuelan Jews, Launching Attacks On Jewish Centers Gangs
* Soccer Dad - If an appointee falls and there’s no msm, is it still a scandal?
It's becoming "Shamrock Day."
Some folks are trying to transform the name of Tuesday’s holiday from St. Patrick’s Day to “Shamrock Day.” Card shops have banners proclaiming the occasion; the Disney Channel is using the term; and some places in this country have changed the name of their community celebrations of Celtic heritage to the “nonoffending” terminology. (Source.)
At this point it doesn't appear to be a widespread phenomenon, but really -- WTF??
Line from a News Journal article about lack of discipline in Delaware schools:
And what irked Ken Dixon, a Red Clay Consolidated School District transportation official whose job it is to try to quell problems on school buses and at bus stops, was the fact that there were more police and school administrators at the meetings than parents.
Like the title says, 'nuff said.
... but he's more popular than Nancy Pelosi! (.PDF file.)
Politically, while I can understand the latter, WTF is the deal with the pilots and guns?? So Obama can show al Qaeda and like-minded groups that we "trust" them now?
Pissed off at the AIG executives' bonuses? Riiiiiiiight. Just think of two words: "Chris" and "Dodd."
Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) on Monday night floated the idea of taxing American International Group (AIG: 0.95, 0.1699, 21.78%) bonus recipients so the government could recoup some or all of the $450 million the company is paying to employees in its financial products unit. Within hours, the idea spread to both houses of Congress, with lawmakers proposing an AIG bonus tax.
While the Senate was constructing the $787 billion stimulus last month, Dodd added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. The provision, now called “the Dodd Amendment” by the Obama Administration, provides an “exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009” -- which exempts the very AIG bonuses Dodd and others are now seeking to tax.
Seems to me, though, Dodd's original amendment shouldn't have been needed. But once the faux outrage about the AIG bonuses caught fire (including with Dodd), shouldn't we consider that his hastily proposed tax on AIG bonuses is a Bill of Attainder and hence unconstitutional? As James Madison wrote in Federalist 44 (my emphasis):
"Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. ... The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community."
Dodd, by the way, was the single largest recipient of AIG campaign donations in 2008.
Remember -- just blame Ronald Reagan.
Perpetual Obama Apologist-in-Chief Perry said that there wasn't "even any evidence that Obama himself was involved" in this.
Um, sorry dude:
The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. (Source.)
Keep in mind these Messiah promises from the campaign trail:
* Barack Obama will restore our sacred trust with our nation's veterans: Obama and Biden are committed to creating a 21st Century Department of Veterans' Affairs that provides the care and benefits our nation's veterans deserve. (Just as long as it's private insurance!)
* Help returning service members: Obama and Biden will improve the quality of health care for veterans, rebuild the VA's broken benefits system, and combat homelessness among veterans. (By pleading with private health insurance cos. to do the improving!)
* Improve mental health treatment: Obama and Biden will improve mental health treatment for troops and veterans suffering from combat-related psychological injuries. (Again, just as long as it's private insurance!)
Change Insanity you can believe in.
Oh, and since it's inevitable that Perry will chime in with the typical "Well, what did Bush, et. al. do yada yada yada ...?" let me just say outright that I find it REPREHENSIBLE how BOTH parties have treated our military men and women. If anyone deserves top-knotch healthcare without cost, it is THEM. 'Ya hear that all you Congressional yahoos? Give the military the same freakin' health bennies YOU all get.
(h/t to Campaign Spot.)
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg writes:
I just assumed this was a stupid trial balloon by someone out of the loop. But apparently Obama actually wants to do this, or is open to it. And that's bizarre. Here Obama is talking about spending hundreds of billions of dollars to pay for civilian healthcare — for the able-bodied — but wants to raise a "mere" half a billion by soaking wounded vets. What can he be thinking?
I'm sure our illustrious Perry will just say "But they're not part of the consensus!"
[A] new study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee could turn the climate change world upside down.
Scientists at the university used a math application known as synchronized chaos and applied it to climate data taken over the past 100 years.
"Imagine that you have four synchronized swimmers and they are not holding hands and they do their program and everything is fine; now, if they begin to hold hands and hold hands tightly, most likely a slight error will destroy the synchronization. Well, we applied the same analogy to climate," researcher Dr. Anastasios Tsonis said.
Scientists said that the air and ocean systems of the earth are now showing signs of synchronizing with each other.
Eventually, the systems begin to couple and the synchronous state is destroyed, leading to a climate shift.
"In climate, when this happens, the climate state changes. You go from a cooling regime to a warming regime or a warming regime to a cooling regime. This way we were able to explain all the fluctuations in the global temperature trend in the past century," Tsonis said. "The research team has found the warming trend of the past 30 years has stopped and in fact global temperatures have leveled off since 2001." (Source.)
Al Gore, where art thou?
University of Delaware President Patrick Harker has announced the convening of a Diversity Action Council to "move boldly" toward the goals and strategies recommended by the UD Diversity Task Force. Unfortunately, many of the Task Force's more than ninety recommendations would blatantly violate state and federal civil rights laws.
The recommendations call for hiring and promoting faculty on the basis of race or other "minority status." For example, the provost and deans would have funds set aside for hiring only minority applicants, and minority faculty would be singled out for appointment to leadership positions. Minority status itself would even become a criterion in faculty evaluations and rewards. "[D]iversity should be included in the criteria used to evaluate and reward faculty achievement" (p.7). Just as only minorities would qualify for certain positions, favoring minorities or perhaps simply being one would be rewarded as a faculty "achievement."
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Delaware has explicitly rejected the Task Force's "diversity" rationale, however. In the employment context, the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed considering race/ethnicity only to address a "manifest imbalance" in a "traditionally segregated job category," and only in a way that does not "unduly trammel" the interests of other applicants.
The Task Force similarly recommends ensuring that UD's "student body better represent[s] the demographic region from which we draw our students" (p.6). Here, too, it contradicts the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed universities to give only limited, "individualized consideration" to a student's race/ethnicity, and only when there is a "compelling interest" in doing so. Contrary to the Task Force's recommendation, the Supreme Court has never recognized having the student body mirror the state's demographics as a "compelling interest."
The Delaware Association of Scholars (DAS) urges President Harker to reject the unlawful recommendations of the UD Diversity Task Force. Both President Harker and the Task Force speak of the need to foster "a robust educational environment" (p.1). The principal lesson in such an environment should not be that one can violate the law when one wishes.
Visit the National Association of Scholars website.
In other news, Fidel Castro denies that he's a dictator.
Unemployed artist Jennifer Stone-Anderson of St. Petersburg, Florida has turned her car into a rolling dedication to The Messiah. But there's a problem -- she ain't making the car payments:
Stone-Anderson missed her car payments in December, January and February and has started receiving calls from Chrysler. She has ignored them.
She said that Chrysler has the paperwork to repossess the car, and it's really just a matter of the company finding it at this point. The car is hard to miss, but Stone-Anderson said she's not worried about the company taking it.
"Barack says he's an eternal optimist," she said. "We're like minds."
Stone-Anderson must be like this woman. Remember her? She believed that electing Obama would mean she wouldn't have to pay for gas for her car, not to mention her mortgage!
A math tutor who ran a club for math enthusiasts was told by the school's principal that his program was "widening the achievement gap," and had suggested to him that he run a tutoring club instead -- for kids that are struggling in math.
I don't know if this tutor got paid for running that club or not; either way, it takes a lot of cojones for the principal to say that to an someone who's volunteering his time to the school.
It's bad enough that The Messiah's administration had, and has, badmouthed many of the previous administration's policies -- and then gone ahead and continued/justified them itself -- but now it's starting to just get silly:
Breaking with the George W. Bush White House, the Barack Obama administration on Friday dropped the term ''enemy combatant'' for suspected terrorists and said international law governed the detention of terrorism suspects at the Guantánamo Bay prison, which Obama intends to close.
Maybe we can now refer to them now as, what -- "undocumented freedom fighters" (as I read somewhere this morning)??
In a semi-related note, Shirley sends me word of a Texas school district that wants to ban the term "cheating." They want to call it "academic dishonesty." Which puts me "ahead of the curve," I suppose. I regularly joke, for instance, when I see kids looking at other students' papers, that they're engaging in "academic thievery." Who knew that I wasn't really joking?
Gotta love its caption under the photo of Rep. George Miller and Senator Tom Harkin:
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., left, take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2009 to announce the introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act and restoring American rights in the workplace.
Oh, is that what it does? Who could be possibly be against that??
Remember that heinous Bush administration and the nerve they had sending troops into combat without "adequate" body armor? (Insert typical Perry aside if this was a sentence about Barack Obama: "Hube, what evidence do you have that Obama was personally responsible for our troops being not adequately equipped with sufficient body armor?") And recall the interminable media coverage of such?
Then ... what d'ya call this?
Using heavy layers of armor to keep troops safe from bullets and bombs is making the Marine Corps too slow on a battlefield where speed and mobility are critical, a senior military leader said Tuesday.
"The bottom line is that the focus on armor as the principal means of protecting our force is making us too heavy," said [Lt. Gen. George] Flynn, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for combat development and integration, during a hearing held by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.
The weight of personal body armor and steel-encased vehicles limits the speed and maneuverability that make the Marine Corps "more effective and deadly to the enemy," he said.
Even out of office, for the Bush administration and the media, it remains a damned-if-you do, damned-if-you-don't scenario.
First place in the Council category was The Provocateur with The Financial Crisis White Paper.
First place in the non-Council category was This ongoing war with “I was born into a Bedouin tribe…”
Full results are here.
... is over at The Comics of Rhodey. In case you're interested.
Are you kidding me?
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. (Source.)
Meanwhile, billions in earmarks were just signed into law.
Once again our local News Journal is concerned about the University of Delaware's "lack of diversity" -- just like the UD itself apparently is. But this time there's a small glimmer of hope:
University of Delaware leaders have plans to create a campus that is more diverse and more welcoming to students and employees of different ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations and intellectual viewpoints.
Yep, that's about the only mention "intellectual viewpoint" diversity gets in the article, the one facet of diversity that is truly important on a college campus. The bulk of the story concerns itself with the usual stuff -- not enough minorities on campus, not enough women in high positions at the college, hiring people from "under-represented" groups.
Here's the sad part:
"We wanted to make sure that we defined diversity broadly," said task force Co-Chair Araya Debessay, an accounting professor. "People told us that it should not include just ethnic or religious diversity, but intellectual diversity, diversity of thought."
They had to be told to include intellectual/viewpoint diversity! How pathetic is that?
Nevertheless, with this "new" commitment to viewpoint diversity at UD, maybe they'll actually get some conservative and libertarian professors, and we won't see one-sided events such as these. In addition, will UD's southern neighbor, Delaware State University, similarly be concerned with expanding diversity on its campus? Historically Black Colleges should be considered an anachronism today, but some folks still consider them important. Why? We've been treated to the meme that "diversity" is an academic boon, so doesn't it stand to reason that colleges like DSU would [also] be better off if they "diversified?" Its statistics appear to be an "inverse" of UD's student body, after all.
And that's the point. Who cares about what ultimately is superficial diversity at colleges? Again, at this educational level, intellectual diversity is what matters. When higher ed. institutions become obsessed with hue, gender and sexual orientation, we get "programs" like that which UD instituted a little while back. And that's pure nonsense.
The News Journal: World unprepared for climate change, scientists say.
The usual suspects are the article's source material.
... Time magazine seems to confer (negatively) that owning a car is one. I mean, hell, given that practically everything else is a right, here's what Time says about the Model T, on its list of the Top 50 Worst Cars of All-Time:
The Model T — whose mass production technique was the work of engineer William C. Klann, who had visited a slaughterhouse's "disassembly line" — conferred to Americans the notion of automobility as something akin to natural law, a right endowed by our Creator. A century later, the consequences of putting every living soul on gas-powered wheels are piling up, from the air over our cities to the sand under our soldiers' boots.
Indeed! How DARE an engineer entrepreneur make life easier for the average American! How DARE he not foresee a century in advance some of the problems automobiles would cause! How DARE he not foresee what would become of the principal owners of the world's oil! (Of course, the author of this little entry ought to compare the air over, say, Los Angeles from 35 years ago to that of today -- then tell me which is worse. Hint: It won't be the latter.)
Yeah -- life sure would have been a lot "better" if we just stuck with the horse and buggy ... y'know, with the horses crapping every couple miles or so. Talk about your pollution, huh? Not to mention the industries we'd never see developed, from factories to tourism ...
Gotta love environmentalist utopianism ...
Yep, 'ol Jimmy Carville, on -- of all mornings, September 11, 2001, prior to the attacks -- told a group of Washington reporters "I certainly hope he (President Bush) doesn't succeed."
Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.
"We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I'm wanting them to turn against him," Greenberg admitted.
The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: "They don't want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails."
Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"
Well, that was big of him! But that doesn't change the fact that Carville (and Greenberg) were doing precisely the same thing for that which they have been all over Rush Limbaugh. As I said a few days ago, I actually don't blame them.
But it takes one big pair of cojones to rip others for doing precisely -- PRECISELY! -- what you did.
Guess that's why we call him The Messiah! ;-)
UPDATE: Let's see if we can't add to MSN's list:
Be a hypocrite, then rationalize it. Nothing will impress your employees more than your spending an inordinate amount of time preaching one thing as a worker, but once you get that boss job, you quickly backtrack on it all. Of course, you have to find an "excuse" for your backtracking to make it sound good. Barack Obama, for instance, campaigned on doing away with the Bush tactics in the "War on Terror," including rendition and torture. However, once he got into office, he and his underlings have justified their potential use if it becomes necessary.
Admit to mistakes in one arena, then keep making them. "After former Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota withdrew his Cabinet nomination over a tax controversy, the president took the blame. Time and again he has said that he and his team will make mistakes, but he also promises to learn from them. That's a leadership attitude that is valued by bosses and subordinates alike." Except, of course, when the same mistakes keep getting made. Along with Daschle there was Tim Geithner, Ron Kirk, Nancy Killfer, Bill Richardson and Hilda Solis.
Learn how to rationalize the ridiculous without sounding like a liar. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama denounced "earmarks" with wanton abandon. Then, just the other day, he signed into law a spending bill that contained about 9,000 of them. The key is to make it sound good: "I am signing an imperfect . . . bill," Obama said. "Let there be no doubt, this piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability." See? He admits it's imperfect, but at the same time he notes that the legislation is a "new era of responsibility!" Good managers have to master the art of Orwellian double-speak.
This week's Watcher's Council submissions:
* The Provocateur - The Financial Crisis White Paper
* The Razor - The Failure of Non-violence in Tibet
* Joshuapundit - About Those Israeli ‘Settlements’
* Soccer Dad - A first for freeman
* The Glittering Eye - Chicago Foreclosures
* Cheat-Seeking Missiles - Oh, Happy Day!
* Right Truth - Poll on World Equal Rights for Women
* Bookworm Room - A couple of thoughts about the American Revolution
* The Colossus of Rhodey - National Review Online’s Top 25 Conservative Movies of the Last Quarter Century
* Mere Rhetoric - Four Theories Why Obama Is Throwing Britain Under The Bus
... but don't hold your breath waiting for libs like Ashley Judd, Bill Maher and Ron Reagan to do PSAs and/or make jokes about him like they did ... against Sarah Palin.
Maher quipped that he wished Palin to be reincarnated as a wolf who gets herself gets shot from a plane. And on Reagan's Air America show, the host dedicated a segment to Palin titled "Palin Hates Animals."
Change Hypocrisy you can count on.
News about the Gray Wolf's removal from Endangered Species List.
Via AOL News comes word of the twenty-five worst schools in the country. And how ‘bout this – Chicago has four institutions on this dubious list, including Robeson HS (#6), Harper HS (#18), Englewood Technical Prep (#21), and Fenger Academy HS (#24). It's the only "big" city with a sizable percentage of such schools. Even Philly schools, with which local readers may be more familiar, had only one make the list (#23 -- Hope Charter School). Smaller cities, like Milwaukee and Columbia, SC, unfortunately had several institutions on the list.
But regarding Chicago schools, weren't these the same schools that were to "benefit" from the Annenberg Chicago Challenge? Yep, this is the same organization in which Barack Obama worked with radical prof Bill Ayers. (In different areas to be sure; I'm not going to rehash here the argument of how well each one knew the other, etc.) This "challenge" was supposed to promote achievement and improvement in Chicago's public schools from the mid-90s to 2001. (Ayers' part of the Challenge was through a group called the Chicago School Reform Collaborative.)
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Chicago has four schools on that top 25 list. Overall, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge was wasted money:
Results suggest that among the schools it supported, the Challenge had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.
More detailed analyses can be found here.
Overall, about $160 million was spent on the Challenge. Some more results from Ayers' and company's efforts:
- In 1998-99, just 36% of the Annenberg school students in grades three through eight were reading at or above national norms compared with 35% in Chicago schools citywide. In math, the results were similar. Some 43% of Annenberg students were at or above national norms versus 42% for non-Annenberg students.
- High school graduation rates for both groups of students were the same at 40%. The Annenberg schools edged out Chicago schools in dropout rates 35% to 36%.
- The CAC did not improve the schools, and in some ways made things worse. The executive summary also notes: “Classroom behavior, students’ sense of self-efficacy, and social competence were weaker in 2001 than before the Challenge.”
Keep in mind that former terrorist Ayers had much more of a hands-on responsibility than Obama regarding the Chicago Challenge. And despite Obama's past anti-[non public] school choice/anti-voucher rhetoric, as president he's made some atypical education moves for a Democrat. For one, his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is reform-minded (having been in charge of Chicago's schools after the ill-fated Chicago Annenberg Challenge), and just the other day Obama himself came out in favor of teacher merit pay. Teachers (their unions, actually) have historically been opposed to merit pay; however, they're now cautiously behind Obama, saying that they "could support merit-pay plans as long as they are fair to teachers." (Although the current president of the NEA says "If you pay one teacher more you have to pay someone else less." Obviously, such a zero sum game does not have to be the case.) This makes sense, of course.
I've opined on teacher merit pay often; one such post is here.
Of course, Duncan (and Obama) can only get as far as Congress will allow them to. The recent Omnibus spending bill was stripped of a provision that would have kept 1,700 D.C. poor and minority students (who receive federal aid) in private schools -- a provision favored by Duncan and reform-minded D.C. Superintendent Michelle Rhee.
OK, I couldn't stop laughing for about five minutes after first seeing this (courtesy Instapundit):
Funniest part? The don't even change the name of "The Comedian" for Joe Biden.
From the Newsbusters e-mail tip line, which goes out to all contributors, not just me:
To the NewsDistorters I am glad David Shuster is pissing you off, somebody needs to hold you lying republicans [sic] accountable for 25 years of failed policies and 8 years of complete incompetence. To think you assholes, after voting lockstep with George Moron Bush and Dictator Dick Cheney for two wars, as well as bringing our country to the brink of destruction would try to put another incompetent -- worse than GWBush [sic] if there is such a thing, in office in the form of Sarah Palin.
Ha! Rot in hell you jerks because you will never win with Palin, Gingrich, Sanford, and the rest of the bunch.
CNN’s Jack Cafferty (who, in my opinion, rips both sides of the aisle fairly equally) wonders why that bastion of wisdom, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, didn’t allow a provision that required employers to use “E-verify” in order to check the [residence] status of their workers to remain in the recently passed stimulus bill. The “E-verify” language was included in the original House bill. The Senate, as noted, ditched it, and the final version of the bill sent to President Obama did not include it.
After all, “illegal aliens could take 300,000 new construction jobs — or 15 percent of the two million jobs to be created by U.S. taxpayer dollars.” In addition, Obama has “delayed until at least May a Bush era order that would require all federal contractors to use E-verify in hiring.”
Remember NY Senator Chuckie Schumer calling those who complain about wasteful spending the “chattering class?” New York must have something in the water ‘cuz now hotshot Representative Chuckie Rangel doesn’t seem to understand just who he works for.
When confronted by Hot Air’s Jason Mattera the other day about his ongoing tax hassles, rental property “deals” and the public-subsidized Caddy that he drives, his response was “Why don’t you mind your goddamned business?” Check the video here.
Newsflash Chuck: You DO our business.
Check out this nut on tape here.
... might wanna add another chapter: We wished for a president's failure too. Patterico has the details:
Let’s put aside arguments about Rush Limbaugh for the time being and recognize that he’s undeniably right about this:
"Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated?"
I think we all know the answer to that — but here’s some hard proof. Reader jimboster passes along a 2006 poll (.pdf) that proves the point. Check out question 10 — and pay particular attention to how the answers break down by party.
Yep. It shows that 51% of Democrats said they did not want President Bush to succeed. In the middle of a war.
But the general public really didn't need to see such a poll. It was pretty much common knowledge that [much of] the Left didn't want Bush to succeed. And y'know what? I don't blame them. Because just as Rush Limbaugh (and many others) vehemently disagree(s) with Barack Obama's ideas and policies, much of the Left vehemently disagreed with George Bush's ideas and policies. It human nature. People have disparate political philosophies, and even if the country seems to be doing OK, folks are still going to want their ideas implemented!
So, in a nutshell, spare us the self-righteous indignation, lefties. You know what Limbaugh meant when he said he wanted Obama "to fail." It was the same thing as what you wished in that 2006 poll.
DE Politics has more.
After a 12-year civil war and a peace undermined by soaring crime, leftists in El Salvador are on the verge of completing a remarkable journey from armed struggle to the presidential palace.
Their candidate is a veteran TV broadcaster and morning talk show host, Mauricio Funes, whose Facebook page lists his political views as “other.” Funes, 49, a former correspondent for CNN en Español, was recently recruited by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the revolutionary group-turned-mainstream political party that is favored by polls to win the presidency in a vote scheduled for March 15....
Funes considers himself to be El Salvador's Barack Obama -- an agent of change in a country beset by the highest murder rate in Latin America and an economy in free fall.
I especially like that "revolutionary group-turned-mainstream political party" line. This means communism is now "mainstream."
Since you (meaning all the sites contributors except Mat Marshall -- correct me if I'm wrong) have advocated a "truth commission" to find out what the previous administration did that may have been extralegal in its "war on terrorism," and favor prosecution of anyone (including the president) if found to have done so, my question is this:
Would you have advocated exactly the same for past presidents, most notably Lincoln and FDR?
In addition, what do you think the subsequent effect on the country would have been, particularly with regards to the above two chief execs?
... next will he be dictating where private donations can be sent? John Rosenberg reports on how the ultra-left "diversity/multi-culti" cult is infesting the philanthropic arena:
The report, titled “Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best,” advises foundations to “provide at least 50 percent of grant dollars to benefit lower-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups, broadly defined.” The committee looked at 809 of the largest foundations in the country, whose combined three-year grants totaled almost $15 billion, and concluded that the majority of foundations are “eschewing the needs of the most vulnerable in our society” by neglecting “marginalized groups.”
The above idea, based on a group dubbed National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy, isn't alone. There's also this:
Two years ago, an advocacy group in San Francisco called Greenlining began releasing similar reports. Greenlining’s aim then was to pass legislation in California mandating that foundations report to the public the percentage of their dollars given to “minority-led” organizations and the percentage of their boards and staffs made up by racial and ethnic minorities. The legislation was dropped when several foundations promised to donate money to causes Greenlining favored.
Now Greenlining has put out reports in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York trying to shame foundations into distributing grants differently, as well as pressure them into recruiting more “diverse” board and staff members. The NCRP report picks up on this theme to suggest that foundation boards and staffs should include people with a “diversity of perspectives.”
In other words, to hell with donor intent.
It's just yet the latest example of how the Left doesn't trust individuals and the people to do the right thing. It's gotta be government, government, government. To which Rosenberg ends his post: "As we’ve seen in other arenas, however, those determined to do good with other people’s money are seldom slowed down by the inconvenient issue of a conflicting intent, whether expressed by legislators, Constitution-drafters or adopters, or, in this case, charitable donors."
... all those anti-Iraq War protests back in the day? Remember how the Left was spouting how "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" and all that?
They're all "domestic terrorist wannabes."
You can't make this stuff up.
UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! Thanks, Glenn!
Our local gaggle of First State moonbat bloggers can thank me later. In the meantime, it's great watching their pathetic "arguments" get torn to shreds by new -- and reasoned -- visitors. Not that they had much in terms of arguments to shred in the first place ...
UPDATE 2: DE Liberal accuses me of "lying" in this post since they say they never mentioned tea party protestors in the post I linked to. They DID link to this post from DE Politics about US states claiming 10th Amendment protections from federal government overreach and accused THEM of being "domestic terrorist wannabes!"
Let's see ... one is a protest against federal government overreach, the other is a protest ... against federal government overreach ...
Oh brother. Just what we need.
Just remember Obama's VP's assessment of The Messiah back in '07: "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
(h/t: Campaign Spot.)
... courtesy of The Watcher:
"I just hate the image that we give to our kids that if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful and you don’t have to be smart." - JEFF ELDRIDGE, D-West Virginia
So, what did the incensed Mr. Eldridge do about his "hatred?" Why, he proposed legislation banning the sales of Barbie in the state. Here's the text of the bill:
ARTICLE 25. BARBIE DOLLS. §47-25-1. Unlawful sale of Barbie dolls.
It shall be unlawful in the state to sell “Barbie” dolls and other similar dolls that promote or influence girls to place an undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual and emotional development.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to ban the sale of Barbie dolls and other similar dolls.
To be sure, I'd be all over this mental midget if he was a GOPer. So would the mainstream media, which ain't the case with Eldridge, natch, since he's a Democrat.
... his review of "Watchmen" is here. Suffice it to say he didn't like it much. However, my pal Dan (who donated to me a lot of my current Iron Man collection) texted me Friday night that he'd give it four out of five stars.
I haven't seen it yet; it'll be sometime this week, 'tho.
UPDATE: Mark Engblom at the 'net's best comics blog (Comic Coverage) is of like mind to my pal Dan. He gives "Watchmen" 4.75 stars out of five!
... at the new Comics of Rhodey.
And the awesome Steve Newton of Delaware Libertarian will be posting about his own comics minutiae there!
... to keep separate from Colossus any comics-related blogging. To that effect I've started "The Comics of Rhodey" site where, henceforth, any and all comics and popular entertainment postings will take place.
There aren't any posts there as of yet (look for one later today, though); I've just been playing with the template and layout. Hopefully, a comics buddy will hook me up with a very cool title banner shortly!
Our new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supposedly misspoke when she said this:
"It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy."
I winced when I first read this, as I'm sure many did. But Mark Steyn, no big fan of Hill, says she's essentially right:
America's sustained continuous democracy is older than Europe's:
Central and Eastern Europe were dictatorships 20 years ago;
Greece, Spain, and Portugal a little over 30 years ago;
Italy, France, and Germany a little over 60 years ago.
Look at the dates on their constitutions: If it's from the Fifties, in European terms that's "old."
Sustained constitutional evolution over the generations is a phenomenon mainly of the anglophone half of "the west": America, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. It remains to be seen whether that will continue.
Of course, if George W. Bush had said what Hill did, I doubt we'd be reading such fair assessments of the comment from the MSM ... and especially from the Left.
I'll probably catch the flick this weekend. This primer is pretty good.
… then I delved into the article. Some Republican lawmakers in Georgia (as well as the Christian Coalition) want to ditch “Queer Theory” classes at Georgia State University:
On CNN's American Morning today, Carol Costello reported on Georgia's recent variation of the age-old debate over what should be taught in our schools. Georgia State University is under fire for employing professors who are listed in an annual faculty guide as experts in 'Oral Sex' and 'Male Prostitution.' State Representative Charlice Byrd announced on February 4 that she is starting a "grassroots" effort to oust these professors, AP reported.
"This is not considered higher education," Byrd said. "If legislators are going to dole out the dollars, we should have a say-so in where they go."
Calvin Hill, another State Representative, took issue with the University of Georgia's graduate program(!!) on queer theory. "Our job is to educate our people in sciences, business, math," said Hill, a vice chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee. He said professors aren't going to meet those needs "by teaching a class in queer theory."
Mindy Stombler is the professor listed as being an expert in oral sex. According to the GSU website, "Her latest research project involves unraveling the power dynamic embedded in the practices of oral sex, particularly cunnilingus, and connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse (particularly messages about oral sex sent through music and other media)."
OK, time for a big WTF. How do you get to become a professor by "connecting conceptualizations of cunnilingus to public discourse??" And how does one get "listed" as being an "expert" on oral sex? By what means does one attain such "expert" status?
At any rate, in these times of [state] financial woes, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect state institutions that get state funding to offer SUBSTANTIVE college courses. As I said at the top, though, based on the article’s title I thought this article was actually about hard-up, extreme right-wing conservatives once again desiring to eradicate all vestiges of anything related remotely related to homosexuality. Moreso, if this was a private college, that would be even more reason to tell these rightists to shut it.
But hell, even our own public school districts have to make course choices when times are tough. So-called “elective” courses like home ec. (now actually dubbed “Family and Consumer Science”), shop (now called “Technology Education”) and even my own area of foreign language are frequently on the chopping block when budgets are tight. In these days of high stakes testing, math, reading and writing get top priority, followed by science and civics. Everything else is superfluous.
I think it's safe to say that college courses in "Queer Theory" meet the "superfluous" definition -- and then some. (And they're not the only such courses by ANY means.) GA legislators have no legal right to axe professors or dictate the college curriculum; however, they do control the purse strings of the state budget -- a budget that's $2.2 billion in the red. That'll certainly give them some voice in the matter.
The LA Times on Glenn Beck’s new show on FNC:
But before Beck could say anything, Ailes shared a message of his own: The country faced tough times, he said, and Fox News was one of the only news outlets willing to challenge the new administration.
A similar challenging tone can be heard across Fox News, which has embraced its role as an opposition voice to the new administration. The network's pundits have incredulously questioned President Obama's fiscal policies, while its correspondents have dogged stories like the White House plan to oversee the 2010 census.
Media bias arguments aside, isn’t that what news outlets are supposed to do? Not say outright that “it’s their job to see that an administration succeeds?”
FWIW, I really can’t make it through more than a few minutes of watching Beck. I thought he’d be a good alternative to Chris Matthews, but he’s really just his opposition doppleganger.
Yours truly pulls it out!
First place in the Council category was The Colossus of Rhodey with How did I get a bad grade? I was here!
First place in the non-Council category was Michael J. Totten with Christopher Hitchens and the Battle of Beirut.
Full results can be seen here.
OK, I agree that you should check out an R-rated flick first before considering taking your [teenaged] kid; however, maybe Schlussel oughta read the graphic novel before checking out the movie.
Nah. Wouldn't have made a diff. She'd have still sounded clueless.
Here's the Council submissions for the week:
* Soccer Dad - Puncturing Peretz’s balloon x 3
* The Glittering Eye - The Sleight of Hand Man
* Rhymes With Right - The Arrogance Of The White Liberal
* The Colossus of Rhodey - How did I get a bad grade? I was here!
* Mere Rhetoric - The “Iran Lobby” Moves Into The White House Moves
* Right Truth - Republicans Drinking the Kool-Aid
* Cheat-Seeking Missiles - Class Warfare
* The Provocateur - Reporting From Chicago’s Chicago Tea Party
* Joshuapundit - Obama…Wading In It Hip Deep
* The Razor - Pandora’s Box Opened by Democrats, Obama
* Bookworm Room - The codependent liberal party
If there's an inherent right to privacy in the Constitution (see Roe v. Wade, Ninth Amendment), then isn't the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act a violation of a worker's right to privacy?
Victor Davis Hanson, one of my fave commentators, opines on the sudden spotlight on Rush Limbaugh. Tyler Nixon over DE Libertarian links to a different VDH column, and part of that one deals with Limbaugh perhaps even more succinctly:
Forget talk radio. During the campaign, President Obama, you went after Sean Hannity on numerous occasions--which are recycled ad nauseam almost daily as sound-bites on his radio program. Once in office, both you and your staff have zeroed in on Rush Limbaugh by name. But Presidential candidates and elected Presidents must seem above the fray, and not descend into tit-for-tat with media celebrities. There is a reason why even your closest associates have ceased calling you Barack and now quite properly address you as "Mr. President"--and it is not due to your persistence in demonizing talk radio.
Did George Bush go after Bill Maher or Air America or Keith Olbermann when almost daily they slandered his character? Did he serially evoke Michael Moore? To have done so by name, would have demeaned his office. Worry about refuting conservative ideas, and governing the country, rather than dueling over the airways with those who get paid for only that. The country wanted a Lincoln, not another Nixon going after Dan Rather at a press conference. So far your administration resembles the latter, not the former.
The sudden Democrat fascination with Limbaugh isn't an accident. Media Blog's Guy Benson weeks ago noted how Rahm Emanuel has a daily conference call with fellow "War Room" vets Paul Begala, James Carville and George Stephanopoulis. (The latter which should raise some eyebrows as he's a host of a MSM Sunday talk show.) He believed they had a plan to "isolate" Limbaugh by making him the defacto GOP leader. Now that's confirmed:
Paul Begala, a close friend of Carville, Greenberg and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, said they found Limbaugh’s overall ratings were even lower than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s controversial former pastor, and William Ayers, the domestic terrorist and Chicago resident who Republicans sought to tie to Obama during the campaign...
...Liberals quickly realized that trying to drive a wedge between congressional Republicans and Limbaugh was unlikely to work, and their better move was to paint the GOP as beholden to the talk show host...
...By February, Carville and Begala were pounding on Limbaugh frequently in their appearances on CNN.
Neither Democrat would say so, but a third source said the two also began pushing the idea of targeting Limbaugh in their daily phone conversations with Emanuel.
Ultimately, I believe this tactic will fail. Limbaugh ain't going anywhere, and his "negatives" noted above are among voters under 40 years of age. Constantly invoking his name brings him exactly what he wants -- recognition -- and Rush has a LOT more time per day to dissect what's said about him, set the record straight, and then hit back. What's more, Obama and co. will end up looking like Keith Olbermann, who virtually every single day attacks the nemesis who constantly kicks his ratings ass, Bill O'Reilly. It's cute at first, but it soon becomes a sigh-inducer which causes one to quickly change the channel.
Dave Burris discusses the Limbaugh imbroglio here and here. Warning: Dave ain't a Limbaugh fan. I admit that I am (when I am able to actually listen), but really only for the entertainment. I do think he can be funny (and his various bits, too), but overall his views are too right-wing for my tastes. I personally identify more with a libertarian philosophy, which as a whole is economically conservative but socially liberal.
Are you freakin' kidding me??
Geithner: Obama to fight international tax dodgers. Maybe, just maybe, The Messiah oughta start within: As many as a third of potential [Obama] nominees were found to have had some tax questions to answer.
Change you can
believe laugh your ass off at.
CNN.com "quick poll" currently on their main page:
Where's the "neither" choice?
... at their very own online "interactive" map. Which I guess sorta makes sense since their cover story this month is about "living with radical Islam."
Snapped Shot has a screen capture.
News Journal story today:
A motel resident here killed a man who fell against him while the two were drinking, authorities said Monday.
Willie Lincoln, 47, a legally blind resident of the Pine Motel, is charged with the murder of Thomas Albertson, 55, who also lived at the N.J. 130 motel, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
Via the AP:
Despite campaign promises to take a machete to lawmakers' pet projects, President Barack Obama is quietly caving to funding nearly 8,000 of them this year, drawing a stern rebuke Monday from his Republican challenger in last fall's election.
Arizona Sen. John McCain said it is "insulting to the American people" for Obama's budget director to indicate over the weekend that the president will sign a $410 billion spending bill with what Republicans critics say is nearly $5.5 billion in pet projects known as earmarks.
"So much for the promise of change," McCain said in the first of many assaults he is likely to make against pork-barrel spending this year.
Democrats contend that earmarks in the bill total only $3.8 billion, less than 1 percent of the amount Congress is approving to finance government programs through September. Taxpayers for Common Sense, an anti-earmark watchdog group, counts them differently and found $7.7 billion worth.
Only a politician could say something like "ONLY $3.8 billion." Just recall NY Senator Chuckie Schumer and his statement that the American people "don't care" about this sort of stuff.
Of course, the GOP can't complain too loudly -- they're behind about 40% of the friggin' earmarks. ('Though McCain can -- he refuses 'em.) And George Bush wanted to clamp down on earmarks too when he became prez, only to discover that Congress has a mighty appetite for 'em.
But The Messiah has promised to bring "sweeping change" to D.C. He's repeatedly promised to ditch earmarks, and slyly made use of a neat sleight of hand in his pseudo-SOTU address last week by claiming that the stimulus bill has no earmarks in it, and that "next year's budget" won't have any either. He conveniently neglected to mention this year's budget.
Change you can thumb your nose at.
"The first full month of the Obama presidency was the worst month for the stock market since 1933."
The Dow slipped under 6800 today -- the lowest point since 1997.
Change you don't want to believe in.
UPDATE: Compare The Messiah's first month and the results on the Dow with FDR's. During the latter's first 100 days, the Dow climbed 75%.
Check 'em out. My fave: "Underwater Basket Weaving."
Cripes, even the University of Delaware's own newspaper isn't as ridiculously PC as the News Journal.
News Journal report about a UD student getting robbed:
The suspect is described as thin-built, between 18 and 21, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, with a short military-style haircut.
He was wearing a white T-shirt with a round red graphic in the center.
It is believed that he was in the company of another thin-built man with a shaved head and big ears.
The suspect is described as a white male 18 to 21 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds, with a thin build and a short, military-style haircut. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a round red graphic in the middle of the chest. The suspect was believed to be in the company of another white male, 18 to 21 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build, small shaved head and big ears.
Then there's this NJ report:
Wilmington police spokesman Master Sgt. Steven Barnes said about 12:26 p.m. the bandit struck the Wilmington Trust Bank at 1007 N. Market St.
He is described as 5-feet-7 wearing a brown jacket and brown knit hat ...
As opposed to WDEL.com's:
Police say it was just before 12:30 when a man walked into the Wilmington Trust branch in the 1000 block of North Market Street, and gave a teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding money.
The suspect, described as white, 5'7'' tall and wearing a brown jacket, took the cash and left the bank running down 10th Street.
Why does the News Journal even bother reporting crimes? I mean, if they have to cut back due to financial woes, why not just ditch these so-called "reports?" The public is much better served in this regard by just about every other local media outlet anyway!
ABC News.com's main page hilariously asks "Will Taxpayers Try to Skirt the $250K Limit?"
They may have well asked "Does a bear sh** in the woods?"
The corresponding article showcases how folks will attempt to sidestep Obama's new tax plan. "We are going to try to figure out how to make our income $249,999.00," a Lafayette, LA attorney said. She adds:
"We have to find a way out where we can make just what we need to just under the line so we can benefit from Obama's tax plan. Why kill yourself working if you're going to give it all away to people who aren't working as hard?"
For cryin' out loud, doesn't she know how unpatriotic she is??
Dr. Sharon Poczatek, a dentist, feels similarly:
"I've put thought into how to get under $250,000," said Poczatek. "It would mean working fewer days which means having fewer employees, seeing fewer patients and taking time off."
"Generally it means being less productive," she said.
"The motivation for a lot of people like me – dentists, entrepreneurs, lawyers – is that the more you work the more money you make," said Poczatek. "But if I'm going to be working just to give it back to the government -- it's de-motivating and demoralizing."
It may be de-motivating and demoralizing, but ... did I mention that it's patriotic?
Tyler Nixon addresses this situation perfectly:
I just can't get over the arrogant hubris in human nature that never ceases to believe human nature can be remade or engineered, against...well...human nature.
Generation after generation continues producing those who believe in collective forced prescriptions for all "ills", or whatever fancies their ideology.
News Journal headline today: Gear up for a megabrawl over Obama's big ideas. "I realize that passing this budget won't be easy," the president said, because it "represents a threat to the status quo in Washington."
How does our current Chief Exec anticipate a "megabrawl" over his budget when his own party runs both the House of Representatives and Senate by substantial margins??
My latest additions:
My buddy Brent and I coughed up lungs in laughter while watching this Saturday Night Live sketch last night. Of course, it helps that the actors can't control their own laughter!!
Check out some of the sponsors of the online "Obama Forum."
Yep, that's an ad showing folks how to get out of paying child support. And yep, that's an ad for the "Facebook of Sex."
Here's a screen cap in case the site finally wises up. (Warning: NSFW!!)
UPDATE: The Canada Free Press reports on some of the ... "tactics" of this "grassroots" forum. Included: Obama-supporting kids posting their not-so-supportive parents' names in the forum, instructions on how to “Report Anti-Obama Sentiment By Your Coworkers and Peers," and pushing the banning of [conservative] websites "with the help of officials."
At least that's what the AP seems to be saying: Obama challenges lobbyists to legislative duel.
That paragon of historical and economic knowledge Steve Newton over at DE Libertarian dissects this crap thoroughly.