Check 'em out here.
Speaking of predictions, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) of Maryland just predicted on "Fox News Sunday" that the Democrats will hold onto the House of Representatives. Well, yeah -- if his party is engaged in prodigious voter fraud!
The voices are believed to be those of the news director for CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discussing creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller.
The following is a transcript of a call recorded after CBS Alaska affiliate KTVA called Joe Miller’s Senate campaign spokesperson. The call failed to disconnect properly. It was later authenticated by McDermott, who sent a text to Randy DeSoto stating, “Damn iPhone… I left you a long message. I thought I hung up. Sorry.”
I got a good giggle out of this story via Overlawyered:
The North Country Gazette does not put its articles behind a paywall, but insists that visitors not read more than one unless they subscribe. According to BoingBoing, a notice on the site (now apparently taken down, or at least inaccessible to many visitors) contained the following menacing wording:
A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved… and will then pursue individual legal actions.
What a laugh. The good thing about the 'net is that there are a gazillion choices for whatever you need. And no one's gonna need this idiot publication anymore.
The Living Legend:
Hopefully, it won't be a politically correct P.O.S.
Yes, the commonwealth’s senior senator engaged in what can only be described as a 40-minute whine-fest at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce appearance yesterday, customizing congressional Democrats’ pre-election talking points for a local audience.
He complained at length that his party isn’t getting the credit it deserves for rescuing the economy - indeed the very nation - ever since a “pale and agitated” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson came to Democrats begging for a Wall Street bailout in the fall of 2008.
Heck, why talk about practical realities when you can point your finger at (sigh) Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh?
“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” Kerry said. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”
Sort of like "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty," maybe?
Good thing this gold-digger wasn't up for re-election next week.
Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen. Parts of the plot might remain undetected, President Barack Obama's counterterror chief warned.
Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat" amid worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new campaign of assaults.
Ah, that "peace."
First place in the Council category was Bookworm Room with Why Tom Friedman is an idiot.
First place in the non-Council category was Simply Jews with Angela Merkel, multikulti and “progressives” mental paralysis.
Full results are here.
After all, they sure ain't busy worrying about folks like the New Black Panther Party, are they?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether tea party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district.
Jackson Lee has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors to her district on Nov. 2 to make sure the King Street Patriots, a local conservative voter turnout and tea party group, aren’t stopping people from voting.
“Many of these incidents of voter intimidation have been occurring in predominately minority neighborhoods and have been directed at African-Americans and Latinos,” she said in the letter. “It is unconscionable to think that anyone would deliberately employ the use of such forceful and intimidating tactics in 2010 to undermine the fundamental, constitutional right to vote.”
I wonder if Jackson-Lee wrote a letter expressing such concerns about what we saw at that Philly voting place back in 2008? Speaking of which: DOJ Voting Section Deputy Chief Misled Civil Rights Commission on Black Panthers Case.
... comes from the Office of the President at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Via this site. (Thanks, Duff!) ;-)
... I won't have to hear anymore about this walking train wreck:
During the interview Tuesday on WDEL-AM, [Christine] O'Donnell snapped her fingers and beckoned a spokesman to her side after the host of "The Rick Jensen Show" pressed her on how she would have handled the New Castle County budget differently from her Democratic opponent Chris Coons, who is the executive of the state's largest county.
Jensen told The Associated Press that O'Donnell said after the interview that she would sue if the video was released. O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran then called WDEL general manager Michael Reath, demanded that the station turn over the video and threatened to "crush" the station with a lawsuit if it did not comply, Reath said.
"He accused us of creating a story to garner ratings because we must be hurting since the (Philadelphia) Phillies were no longer on the air," Reath said, adding that Moran accused Jensen of "grandstanding."
The woman is a NUT. And more and more people are realizing it. I just heard on the drive home from work today that opponent Chris Coons' lead over her is now around twenty points. I mean, c'mon -- look what idiot O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran said about the incident: "This is another example of the liberal media shamelessly attacking Christine O'Donnell to boost their ratings."
Earth to O'Donnell campaign: Rick Jensen is about as conservative as they come. Do you ever stop to consider how loony you dolts sound? You did it with downstate conservative Dan Gaffney back around primary season; now it's Jensen. Sheesh.
O'Donnell's crew eventually apologized, for what it's worth. Great.
Bill Clinton on the stump for Andrew Cuomo in New York: “If you want small government you should support the Democrats because we know how to do it.”
... the teacher who came to my room that late 1994 afternoon and asked if I wanted a Charlie Oberly yard sign for my house. "Why?" I asked. "I'm voting for Bill Roth." (Oberly was the Democrat going up against the long-time GOP incumbent senator.)
The look on the teacher's face was priceless.
Unfortunately, too many teachers are liberal Democrats, and seem to automatically feel that all their colleagues are too. Oops.
Which brings me to this pathetic story:
In a close election race against former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer is facing new ethics complaints over asking teachers to send their students to work for her campaign.
In an Oct. 27 letter to California education authorities, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), a non-profit group urging lower taxes, said, “In abject ignorance of California state law, the political campaign of Senator Barbara Boxer has openly solicited teachers employed by [Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)] to urge their students to volunteer for her campaign.”
If I had gotten such a letter, I'd send it back with a Post-It note saying "Go to Hell."
* The Colossus of Rhodey – What happens when you blindly follow “the narrative”
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Iraq Casualty Myth
* Bookworm Room – Why Tom Friedman is an idiot
* The Razor – Peering Into The American Political Landscape
* Snapped Shot – Leading the Context
* Mere Rhetoric – Turkey Leveraging Obama’s Failed Russia “Reset” To Isolate Israel, Boost Iran
* VA Right – Blue Dog Democrats – Unkindest Betrayal of All
* Rhymes With Right - Democrat Election Law Violations In Harris County — And A Reflection On The Authority Of The Presiding Election Judge At The Polling Place
* Right Truth – Elections Have Consequences
* The Glittering Eye – The Next Generation of Political Communication
* Joshuapundit - Stolen Valor: Dems Try To Steal Close Elections By Disenfranchising Overseas Military
And don't forget the non-Council nominations here!
Courtesy of Argentine musical genius Gustavo Cerati (formerly of Soda Stereo) -- it's "Cosas Imposibles" ("Impossible Things"):
This refers to the rebooted version of "Trek," seen last year. Screen Rant notes:
Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, and Robert Orci are currently hard at work on the screenplay for Star Trek 2 and have only dropped a few hints about the plot and/or villain that will appear in the sequel.
Now an informant who claims to have an inside scoop on the Star Trek followup is saying that the baddie of the pic is definitely not Khan Noonien Singh and that the film will revolve around a classic Star Trek character from the original series.
“It’s definitely a character that will make fans of TOS excited. Think along the lines of Harry Mudd or Trelane or Gary Mitchell or the Talosians or the Horta. Actually it’s one of those that I named.”
Unfortunately, none of those really appeal to me. On the other hand, if we were talking about the Doomsday Machine (below) ... !
An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned.
Diana Tejada, Reid’s Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for “some of her expenses” in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents.
Tarhini, now 37, was held in jail and at an immigration detention center in connection with his 2009 indictment on felony charges, documents show. He pleaded guilty to entering a fraudulent marriage to evade immigration laws — a Class D felony — in November 2009, and he was deported in March 2010.
Tejada, now 28, was never charged for her role in the crime.
Hmm, why wasn't Tejada charged? "There’s multiple factors that go into charging decisions. She wasn’t charged and we can’t go beyond that,” said Bob Troester, spokesman for the Western District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Uh huh. Let me guess -- because she works for the Senate Majority Leader?
Let's see if this story gets as much traction from the MSM as the Whitman-maid incident. But don't hold your breath.
Rhode Island Democrat: Obama can 'shove it' for not endorsing him.
Via Entertainment Weekly:
Battlestar Galactica ended in March, 2009, and the prequel-spin-off Caprica has never had BSG‘s cultural prominence. (Or its ratings.) Now, it looks like Syfy is hitting the reset button on the Prequel Option: This time, more space violence! According to a press release from Syfy, the network has just greenlit a new two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, set ten years into the first Cylon war (which would place it about four decades before BSG). The pilot centers on a young William Adama, played by Edward James Olmos in BSG and an adorably annoying child actor in Caprica. Right now, it’s still just a TV movie that might become a series… but let’s be fair, if this thing is half as good as Caprica, it’s going to get at least one season.
That's for sure (regarding that last sentence). "Caprica" is so agonizingly boring that I lasted -- grudgingly -- only two and half episodes. But will "Blood and Chrome" be worth it? We know the ultimate outcome for humans and Cylons (seen in "BSG"), miserably done in the waning couple of seasons because the writers essentially didn't expect the series to last as long as it did.
I'm with what one commenter said in the comments of the EW story: "I want the 2004 BSG back."
No, I don't have my calendar marked yet, but I like how they keep the debuts all around the beginning of May:
Tony Stark will rocket into his third solo feature film adventure with "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!
"Iron Man 3" will follow Shellhead's appearance in "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" on May 4, 2012.
Additionally, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Paramount will transfer its worldwide marketing and distribution rights to Disney for "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3."
Just in case, "Shellhead" is a very common nickname for Iron Man. And "The Avengers" is the Marvel super-team Iron Man helped found (basically Marvel's version of the Justice League), composed of him, Thor, the Hulk, Ant Man and the Wasp.
Idiot Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, strongly objects "to the idea that Fox and MSNBC are opposite sides of the same coin. 'Show me an example of us fund-raising,' he said in a recent interview."
All too easy for Mr. Johnny Dollar:
Here is Congressman Alan Grayson (D), talking to Ed Schultz:
GRAYSON: That‘s why 50,000 people have come to the website, congressmanwithguts.com and made a contribution to our campaign.
Let’s listen to Michael Dorf, a bigwig in the Alexi Giannoulias (D) campaign, talking to Keith Olbermann:
DORF: We‘re also gathering our own army of volunteers to help out, to man polls, to make sure that every voter has a chance to cast their ballot. It‘s AlexiForIllinois.com. We can use volunteers. We want people to come in and help really bring some integrity into Illinois with Alexi Giannoulias.
Surprise, Alan Grayson (D) again with Ed Schultz:
GRAYSON: 20 percent of all of the money that‘s been spent by these outside right-wing forces in the entire country has been spent against me.... But luckily for us, we‘ve had people come to our Web site, congressmanwithguts.com. Over 80,000 contributions so far -- 80,000 people have contributed to our campaign.
And there's plenty more examples that show Griffin is a clueless fop!
Latino voters, the president said, would have an opportunity to send a message to Republicans, who Obama accused of “politicizing” immigration reform and the border security debate. Obama said “pressure has to be put on the Republican Party” if immigration reform is to become a reality.
“And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder — and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2,” he said.
I thought the president was supposed to serve all the people ... ?
... it's amazing the nitpicking the MSM will do when it comes to Wikileaks, ain't it?
WikiLeaks Show WMD Hunt Continued in Iraq – With Surprising Results
By late 2003, even the Bush White House’s staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
But for years afterward, WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins, and uncover weapons of mass destruction.
An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn’t reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime — the Bush administration’s most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.
... The WMD diehards will likely find some comfort in these newly-WikiLeaked documents. Skeptics will note that these relatively small WMD stockpiles were hardly the kind of grave danger that the Bush administration presented in the run-up to the war.
As long as the Wikileaks show stuff like some of our troops had engaged in reprehensible behavior, that'll make headlines. Anything that remotely shines any sort of positive light on the previous administration, on the other hand, will get spiked.
Last night's Phillies' loss to San Francisco was almost -- almost -- as agonizing a feeling as when the New England Patriots' Adam Vinatieri aced the game-winning field goal at the end of Super Bowl 36 to upset the powerhouse St. Louis Rams 20-17 back in 2002.
Because this Phillies team was loaded. Incredible offensive firepower, and their pitching was lights-out when compared to their championship season of 2008 (c'mon -- Jamie Moyer and Brett Myers compared to Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt??). The 2001 Rams were similarly more gifted than their 1999 Super Bowl-winning squad. Their offense, believe it or not, was even better than two years previous, but their defense, especially, was substantially improved. Their 2001 ranks, if memory serves, were #1 (offense) and #3 (defense). 1999's team was 13-3; 2001's was 14-2 and those two losses were incredibly close despite the Rams playing incredibly sloppily. The Rams entered Super Bowl XXXVI fourteen point favorites. Their loss that Sunday was, at the time, the second biggest upset in Super Bowl history (the biggest being Super Bowl III when Joe Namath's Jets upset the Baltimore Colts, and the second now being the NY Giants' upset of New England in 2008).
This year's Phillies should have crushed the Giants in the Championship Series. How many opportunities did they have to score with runners in scoring position -- especially last night? I lost track. It was pathetic. The Phils are clearly the most talented team in the majors this year. But if you're not gonna prove it, you obviously don't deserve the accolades. Mike Martz and the 2001 Rams clearly did not a decade ago; the 2010 Phils didn't either. I don't know if part of it is conceit, part a feeling of "we deserve it," part laziness, and/or part lack of desire.
All I know is it sucks.
The Giants celebrate winning the National League
pennant after beating the heavily favored Phils.
Obama and his allies dishonor our troops, and seek to disenfranchise them.
Democratic officials in Illinois officials missed the deadline to mail ballots to our troops overseas, but they hand-delivered ballots to inmates, without even waiting for inmates to apply. Perhaps this discrimination can be explained by the fact that inmates vote mostly for Democrats, while soldiers vote predominantly for Republicans.
There are federal laws requiring states to send ballots in a timely fashion to troops overseas, but the Obama Administration is not enforcing them, as part of its ongoing politicization of the Justice Department (such as rubberstamping unconstitutional legislative proposals, and downplaying voter intimidation by liberal activists, while investigating Tea Party pollwatchers who uncovered rampant voter registration fraud in Houston).
Meanwhile, liberal Virginia Congressman Jim Moran has dismissed his opponent, a retired Colonel who served in the military with distinction for 24 years, saying that he had not “served or performed in any kind of public service,” and had simply “taken a government check.” (Moran, a career politician, has collected a government paycheck for many decades, first as a state official, and then, for the last 28 years, as a Congressman).
First place in the Council category was The Razor with The Cold Comfort of Truth.
First place in the non-Council category was Commentary/Rupert Murdoch with ‘The Aim Is to Make Israel a Pariah’.
Full results are here.
Let it stand on its own, especially after today's ridiculous events.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out Rhymes With Right's take on the Juan Williams firing from NPR. Key passage:
“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see someone white and feel relieved.”
Who said that? Jesse Jackson. The backlash? Non-existent.
UPDATE 2: Maybe we ought to call NPR "racist."
UPDATE 3: Why does NPR keep Nina Totenberg employed? Brian Bolduc notes:
Unlike Totenberg, Juan Williams was a news analyst; his job specifically gave him leeway to voice his opinion. NewsBusters has documented some of Totenberg’s greatest hits throughout the years. Note that she made these comments as a panelist on “Inside Washington,” a syndicated television show. Apparently, they all hew to NPR’s principles and ethics.
Be sure to click the link above to see some of those "greatest hits."
Granted, the time frame of the question is an issue, but the slavery matter is a hassle to Delaware Douche of the LGOMB.
Why? Because it's a "cover" for opponents of abortion.
* The Colossus of Rhodey – “Qualified”
* Joshuapundit – New Theory: ‘Suicide Terrorism Caused By Occupation’
* Right Truth – Pro-Iran Government in Iraq
* The Razor – The Cold Comfort of Truth
* Snapped Shot -Washington is the New Moscow
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Victory Parade
* Bookworm Room – The smug racism of the neo-colonialists
* VA Right -VA-07 Candidate Floyd Bayne Has Some ‘Splaining to Do
* The Glittering Eye - Why Is the Foreclosure Mess a Significant Story?
* Rhymes With Right – Where Is Obama’s Defense Of First Amendment Rights?
* Mere Rhetoric – Newest Defense Of J Street’s Daniel Levy – His Anti-Israel Quotes Are “Ripped Out Of Context” Because He Means Well Or Something
And the non-Council nominations are here!
Sarah Palin "told hundreds of supporters Monday they couldn't 'party like it's 1773' until Washington was flooded with like-minded conservatives."
That's Daily Kos head-man Markos Moulitsas and PBS's Gwen Ifill above, respectively. So let's ask the question:
Oh, just this:
The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
Good job there, Kos and Ms. Ifill (among others). What was that about "elites" again?
RELATED: Predictably, the LGOMB has picked up on Delaware US Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's comments made today in a debate regarding the First Amendment and religion. Here's what O'Donnell said:
"Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?"
Coons responded that O'Donnell's question "reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is. ... The First Amendment establishes a separation."
She interrupted to say, "The First Amendment does? ... So you're telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase 'separation of church and state,' is in the First Amendment?"
The last clarification (in bold) is key. (And as the AP reported in the link above, O'Donnell's campaign made that clear.) And it's immediately what I thought she meant when I had first heard about this supposed "gaffe" on the radio while driving home from work. But you don't expect the MSM to actually explicitly point this out, do you?
Unfortunately for the LGOMB's pandora, the AP and others, you're in the company of Markos and Ifill above. O'Donnell is right. The phrase "separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the First Amendment or the Constitution in general. It was first used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Danbury Baptists in 1802. And since conservatives in general tend to believe that the courts have over-interpreted the original meaning of the First Amendment to exclude virtually any mention and/or practice of religion in the public arena, O'Donnell's point -- even if clumsily made -- is a valid one.
UPDATE: Just read Daniel Foster's take on O'Donnell. His is the same as mine (or vice versa).
UPDATE 2: Wonder why the MSM hasn't harped on the fact that Chris Coons couldn't note the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment? And he's an attorney!
Terror by the "Religion of Peace": Four Men Convicted in Plot to Bomb New York Synagogues.
Terror against the "Religion of Peace": Bacon attack on an American mosque: prank or hate crime?
Ah yes, much like idiots Rah Rah Rabinowitz (aka Whoopi Goldberg) and Joy Behar of "The View" who sanctimoniously walked off their own set in "protest" against Bill O'Reilly's use of the term "Muslim" when referring to those who attacked us on 9/11, we now have Adam Serwer of the Washington Post who cries -- wait for it! -- "racism" for Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle's use of "scary-looking" Latino "migrants" in a campaign ad (my emphasis):
A couple of weeks ago, Angle released an ad with sinister overtones showing Latino "illegal immigrants" sneaking through a "border fence." It even uses a stock photo Republican Senator David Vitter deployed in a similar advertisement. The ad restates a number of debunked claims about Reid's record on immigration, but the most egregious part of the ad is where she contrasts an image of "scary-looking" Latino "migrants" with a group of happy, white college students while saying, "Reid wants to give "preferred college tuition rates to none other than illegal aliens."
To which Ace responds better than I could:
This is a typical leftist tactic, when faced with a reality they don’t want to acknowledge or be forced to defend the simply go on the offensive and charge ‘racism’. What racism exactly is never mentioned because it doesn’t exist and even if it did, the charge and change of subject is all they are ever really after in the first place.
Reality doesn’t meet Serwer's needs so he simply demands that it be changed. Are there Europeans and Asians and Africans who stay here illegally? Sure. Do some cross over a border? Probably, though most in those groups are people who come here legally and overstay their visas. But that’s inconvenient, so Serwer simply wants the world portrayed in a way that isn’t true but fits his narrative better. Failure to accommodate him is simply “RACISM!”
Until Serwer and others can demonstrate that large numbers of people are walking across the northern border, that there are active smuggling and drug cartels running vast sections of Canada, that a city like Plattsburg, NY is one of the kidnapping hot spots in the US, or that there are demands that northern states start spelling ‘color’ with a ‘u’, I’m going to go ahead and keep thinking that it’s okay to note that the vast majority of illegal immigrants in this country are coming across the southern border and that they tend not be the stuff of Benaton ads.
Or you could just go with the shorter Hube version of advice for Serwer: You're clueless.
That's what German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, says.
She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.
Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country."
She added: "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality. And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed." (Link.)
Merkel emphasized that immigrants are still welcome in Germany. But her point is one that is becoming similarly lost here in the US -- that if you choose to live in another country, it is incumbent upon you to learn, accept and abide by your new country's customs and policies. You shouldn't expect the country to cater to you.
Once again our new Error Correction Technology(!) we can fix the President's latest remarks to make them truthful:
Remarks of President Barack Obama
As prepared for delivery
Saturday, October 16, 2010
After a decade of hardship for middle class families, and a recession that wiped away millions of jobs, we are in the middle of a tough fight to rebuild this economy and put folks back to work.
(Ed. -we're off to a good start. No corrections needed.)
Winning this fight will not depend on government
alone. It will depend on the innovation of American entrepreneurs; on the drive of American small business owners; on the skills and talents of American workers. These are the people who will help us grow our economy and create jobs.
(Ed. -not bad. One word must have slipped by the editor)
But government still has an important responsibility. And that’s to create an environment in which someone can raise capital to start a new company; where a business can get a loan to expand; where ingenuity is prized and folks are rewarded for their hard work.
(Ed. -sweet merciful God. He sounds positively capitalist! I blame the Tea Party)
That’s why I fought so hard to pass a jobs bill to
cut tax es and make more loans available for entrepreneurs. It eliminated the capital gains taxes for key investments in small businesses. It increased the deduction to defray the costs of starting a company. And it’s freeing up credit for folks who need it the biggest donors to my party. In fact, in just the first two weeks since I signed the bill, thousands of business owners have been able to get new loans through the SBA but not banks as they're too wary of uncertainty right now. So we're full steam ahead with government lending again. That worked out swimmingly last time.
But we need to do
more less. So I’ve proposed additional steps to grow the economy public sector and unions and spur hiring by businesses government across America. Now, one of the keys to job creation is to encourage companies to invest more in the United States. But for years, our tax code has actually given billions of dollars in tax breaks that encourage companies to create jobs and profits in other countries. These companies have wisely fled high tax and high regulatory environments for more business friendly ones. They realize their shareholders want ROI and if they don't provide that, someone else will.
I want to
close these tax loopholes tax the holy hell out of these bastards. Instead, I want to give every business in America a tax break so they can write off the cost of all new equipment they buy next year. That’s going to make it easier for folks to expand and hire new people. They will not do either however, so long as I keep pushing forward with endless spending, taxing and regulations. I want to make the research and experimentation tax credit permanent but expect Democrats to wail and moan that Big Pharma and Big Oil will be using that tax credit to fullest possible extent. Because promoting new ideas and technologies is how we’ll create jobs and retain our edge as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation. And I want to provide a tax cut for clean energy manufacturing right here in America. Because that’s how we’ll lead the world in this growing industry. Big corporations are evil unless they're Apple or these mythical "green energy" jobs that are nothing more than giveaways to Algore and his ilk.
These are commonsense ideas which is remarkable coming from me as I appear to have none. Hell, I went to Ivy League schools and can't figure out car insurance. When more things are made in America, more families make it in America; more jobs are created in America; more businesses thrive in America. I will somehow take us backwards from an service economy with knowledge workers to a manufacturing economy with the highest labor costs in the world and we will somehow be able to compete with Chinese slave labor. But Republicans in Washington have consistently fought to keep these corporate loopholes open. We all know that Republicans and their magical loopholes are the only thing that drove the Big Three into ruin. Or the steel industry in Pennsylvania or textiles in South Carolina. Stupid loopholes Over the last four years alone, Republicans in the House voted 11 times to continue
rewarding corporations that create jobs and profits overseas tax cuts – a policy that costs taxpayers politicians billions of dollars every year.
Like most of my policies That doesn’t make a lot sense. It doesn’t make sense for American workers, American businesses, or America’s economy. Just like the stimulus and health care plans do not make sense for any of these groups A lot of companies that do business internationally make an important contribution to our economy here at home (Ed. - a point so obvious Joe Biden probably wrote that line). That’s a good thing. But there is no reason why our tax code should actively
reward them for creating jobs overseas punish them for making money. Instead, we should be using our tax dollars to reward companies that create jobs and businesses within our borders but I don't know how to do that and steal every last penny from them so I can spend it where I think it ought to go.
We should give tax breaks to American small businesses and manufacturers. We should reward the people who are helping
us Democrats lead in the industries of the future cash fundraising, like clean energy. That’s how we’ll ensure that American innovation and ingenuity are what drive the next century. That’s how we’ll put our people back to work and lead the global economy which, as I said before will be a Great Leap Forward to the 1950's when manufacturing was king in America. And that’s what I’ll be fighting for in the coming months. That, and my job. Oh, and my legacy. But also jobs.
White House mouthpiece Robert Gibbs: “Come election night, I think we will retain control of the House and Senate.”
The Senate, probably. But if he in any way seriously thinks the House will remain Democratic, send a bottle of lithium his way.
Oh, and remember how upset the White House was about the supposed foreign influence on GOP political campaigns and commercials? Well, it seems the Democrats have actually taken in twice the amount Republicans have from such PACs! DOH!
Sure, it annoys us sometimes, but thank your luck stars our Founders had the wisdom they did. Y'see, those "enlightened" Euros have no such thing in their law books, and as such it leads to illiberal results like these.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
... begins in Delaware.
Funny how I mentioned it earlier without even knowing about this article. Soooooo predictable with this nonsense.
The so-called elites will never, ever get it or admit they had no clue. It's just not a part of them. (And to know precisely what I mean by "elite" in this context, check out Jonah Goldberg's essay here.) After my daughter's field hockey game this past Friday, I was channel surfing before lunging into some chores. I came across the latter half of Chris Matthews' "Hardball," and towards show's end he (again) launched into a denigrating soliloquy about how awful Sarah Palin and those like her are. He spews:
Let's start there. (Referring to a supposed upcoming Palin Learning Channel show.) I mean -- it's preposterous. It sounds fun, it sounds like it'd be fun to spend a day with her.
But if she's so happy being free out there, why is she giving it up and traveling all around the country? It's completely disingenuous because she's obviously really, really happy, being out on the campaign trail, raising money for herself and filling her pockets with these speeches.
She's being paid for a lot of these speeches. So it's really -- she's saying one thing on that show and doing something very different. And if you go back to the California issue, 2/3 of California voters in last week's field poll said that Palin support or being associated with Palin makes them less likely to want to support California politicians.
She's toxic here. You know, I go back to my favorite question because it is not a tough one. Well, it's a "hardball" question. I'll admit it.
John Heilemann, do you believe -- I'm asking any Republican candidate or politician -- do you believe that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president?
And even her own guy Joe Miller, who she created out of nothing up in Alaska who is the nominee of the Republican party because of her endorsement will not say she's any more than 35 years old and was born in the country, will not say she's qualified in any real substantive sense to run this country in a complicated world.
Matthews here demonstrates oh-so perfectly the definition of "elite" which Goldberg addresses in the noted link above. Perfectly.
"Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?" Let's put it this way: If she's not (which Matthews obviously believes) then our current chief exec certainly is not either.
I cannot count the times I had this very argument during the 2008 campaign. "Progressives" and Democrats alike (along with their willing minions in the MSM) had a field day with John McCain's choice of veep. They scoffed at her qualifications to become president should something happen to McCain should he had been elected. To which I always retorted: "You guys are worried about Palin? She's only the vice-presidential candidate. Barack Obama is your presidential candidate!"
And seriously -- WTF makes Barack Obama so much more qualified to hold the office than Sarah Palin? What "experience" did he bring to the 2008 campaign? That he was a US senator for a whole couple years? That he was a state legislator before that? That he was a community organizer (whatever the f*** that actually means) before that?
The biggest fundamental difference between the two -- experience-wise -- is that Palin actually ran a state. She ran a whole freakin' state as governor of Alaska. And don't gimme any of that "it's not a very populous state" nonsense. She was chief executive of one of the 50 states. That alone makes her qualified to be president -- certainly more so than a guy who's only one of 100 legislators in a bicameral legislature who's only even been there for a few years!
Ah, but Matthews -- like so many others of like mind -- think that Obama's pedigree, his "superior" education as it were, somehow more than makes up for his pathetic quantity of experience. He went to Columbia and Harvard, after all.
Uh huh. To which Jonah Goldberg writes:
The problem is that when conservatives zing the Ivy League or the educational elite, they are no more offering an omnibus indictment of educational excellence than liberals are denouncing all Texans when they take potshots at George W. Bush’s Texan roots. Similarly, when Yalie George H. W. Bush stuck it to Michael Dukakis for his views borrowed from “Harvard Yard,” he was not offering a plenary indictment of academic excellence generally. Rather, he was speaking idiomatically about certain types of people who tend to hail from the Ivy Leagues.
Goldberg, in his essay, is responding to Anne Applebaum who had written that people like Palin and Ginni Thomas (wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) are "hypocrites" for denigrating "the elite" because they themselves are in that class. Except that, as Goldberg notes, they're not. Palin and Thomas are referring specifically to people like Barack Obama who believe that, because of their background and education, they're [somehow] uniquely qualified to solve the problems that ail us all. Y'know, their "elite" book learning somehow supplants actual real-life experience in dealing with the ability "to run this country in a complicated world," as Matthews stated above.
Obviously, I don't buy such garbage.
But all that said, if you've read anything I wrote back during the campaign, you probably know I don't exactly think very highly of Sarah Palin, at least compared to other potential GOP presidential contenders. But this is beside the point. The point is, she certainly wouldn't be any worse than the current occupant of the White House; indeed, she'd likely be better. Once more, let's turn to Goldberg:
Since Barack Obama was sworn in, the federal government has intruded into American life in ways not seen for a generation or more. In the case of health care, it is a truly unprecedented and transformational incursion. This is what has sparked and fueled the Tea Parties, who demand that the government stop doing these things, stop “bossing them around.” What offends them — just as what offended Bill Buckley for his entire adult life — is a self-anointed progressive elite that believes it has the knowledge and intellect to restructure society as it sees fit, often heedless of tradition, constitutional norms, the expressed will of the American people and reason.
Amen. The "progressive elite" knows better than us mere peons. But when us mere peons object (how dare we?) mouthpieces like Chris Matthews have no other option than to denigrate and belittle us as "stupid" and even "ungrateful."
Just remember ABC's Peter Jennings' comment following the results of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress: The American people had a "temper tantrum." Obvious condescension aside, get ready for a temper avalanche.
Jim Geraghty and some his readers note a few (unintentionally) snarky MSM headlines we're likely to see after November 2:
“Mixed message, as Country remains undecided and deeply divided”
“Victory for White House as Senate remains in Democratic hands”
"GOP Seizes Power in United States. Women, Poor, and Minorities Hit Hardest."
"COONS DEFEATES O'DONNELL"
"Can John Boehner Overcome Partisanship and Work with the President on the Country’s Problems?"
“O’Donnell Loss Fractures Tea Party”
“Americans Reaffirm Hope And Change; Democrats Retain The Pelosi House Seat and Win HI Senate Race”
“Republican Wave does not Materialize: Some Democrats Win”
“Democrats limit Republican gains; Pelosi considers possible withdrawal from Speaker’s Chair”
Keep these in mind so we can compare the actual headlines after Election Day. Think they'll actually be all that different from the above?
First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with US DOJ Inserts Itself Into Tennessee Mosque Controversy.
First place in the non-Council category was The Jawa Report with North Carolina Muslim Admits To Working With Al Qaeda.
Full results are here.
Snarky responses to tweets from the News-Journal's twitter feed covering the Senate race on today's Coons/Obama/Biden event:
Markell: "While the other side may be engaged in a civil war... we take a different approach, we bring people together."
He's actually right one this one: people are being brought together in rejecting the Democrats' policies.
Yes, Senator, it's all about you.
Sen. Tom Carper is on the stage now. Talking about Democrats are trying to fix the problems created by the Republicans under Bush.
Blaming Bush since they can't defend their own record. It's the electoral equivalent of pointing out a squirrel to a dog.
Markell: "We're excited about having the president in the state where he's going to help drive out Democratic voters."
He definitely is driving them out. He's driving to the arms of the Republicans.
Coons: "I don't believe that the federal government has a role in our bedrooms or our private lives."
But they do belong in our health care decisions?
Biden: "He would not be president of the United State today but for Delaware." Points out Dan Pfiffer's mom and dad in theater.
Hey, don't blame us! Not all of us voted for him!
In what? Yahtzee?
Serious for a moment: Men, the best decision you ever made was always to marry your wife. Always.
Because the American people still have some money left.
Not all progress is forward.
Not all progress is forward.
You've probably seen coverage of "The View's" Joy Behar and Rah-Rah Rabinowitz (aka Whoopi Goldberg) walking off the set of the show in protest of Bill O'Reilly's pointing out that it was Muslims who attacked us on 9/11. If not, here it is:
Is there a bigger self-righteous sanctimonious bit** than Joy Behar? She chats with 9/11 Truther idiot Jesse Ventura about O'Reilly's "hate speech," but let's take a gander at some of her own:
Don’t you think it shows their true colors – these mama grizzlies so-called? I mean she is against a federal program to help poor kids get health insurance, Michele Bachmann. She is no mama grizzly. She is against children. Who is she fooling?
Yeah, this "anti-child" representative has five children of her own and 23 foster children. How many kids does Behar have? (And if she has kids, who was drunk enough to actually make it with her??)
because maybe you felt that that would make more of an impact on Republican congressmen and people who tend to, you know, veto any kind of help for people on the, you know, because the, oh, you know what I`m saying.
The examples of virtually endless. So, if I was O'Reilly, I would've told Behar, "Stay off-stage you sanctimonious hypocrite. And how is it that you have your own show again? What exactly is your claim to fame??"
Seriously. Is this woman supposed to be a comedian? Since when?
Via the Newsbusters tip line (which goes out to many contributors, not just me):
95 % of all mainstream media is conservatively biased or is an outright platform for the republican [sic] party. How can you pretend that it is any thing [sic] other. [sic] Your lies are treasonous!
So much (again) for that 'ol "dissent is patriotic," eh?
I finally discovered this classic SNL skit from 1990 featuring host Rob Lowe. His impersonation of former late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall is dead-pan perfect -- as is how Hall's [usual] audience is portrayed. And check out Lowe's finger extensions!!
* The Colossus of Rhodey – Black-white relations poorer now than year ago
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Hail Columbia!
* Mere Rhetoric – Unbelievable – J Street Crops Daniel Levy’s Anti-Israel Quote, Then Blasts “Far Right-Wing Blogs” For “Misreporting” It
* Snapped Shot – He Who Pulls The Strings
* Bookworm Room – A short, but very sweet, visit to the USS Pinckney
* Right Truth – Mosques and Islamic Centers Across the U.S. and Those Who Object
* The Razor – Islam: It Is What It Is
* The Glittering Eye - Maintaining the Flow
* Joshuapundit – US DOJ Inserts Itself Into Tennessee Mosque Controversy
* Rhymes With Right – Dem Congressman Introduces “Employee No Choice Act”
* VA Right – The Five Factions of the Tea Party Movement: Part 1
And be sure to scope the non-Council links here!
..it’s only one subset of Ivy Leaguers that seems to bother anybody on the right: the lawyer-social engineers-journalist-activists they churn out by the boatload. No one begrudges kids who’ve made good from tough backgrounds. What bothers lots of Americans is when those kids then think they are entitled to cajole, nudge, command and denigrate the rest of America. To date, I’ve seen not one instance of Tea Partiers denouncing engineers, physicists, cardiologists, accountants, biologist, archeologists or a thousand other professions who’ve emerged from elite schools. Because those people aren’t bossing anybody around.
Nailed it. The left has been ascribing racism and hypocrisy as prime elements in the Tea Party. That is, Obama is a scary black man and white people don't want him as President because they're racists. It has nothing to do with trillions in new spending that has had zero effect on helping the economy. Hypocrisy comes from supporting some government spending but not others. This is a convenient strawman that is easy to set up and knock down.
If you remember Al Gore was going to "reinvent government" and I loved him for it. He was going to be the crusader against waste, fraud and abuse. He went on Letterman to illustrate how absurd government rules were. According to some bizarre government regulation, ashtrays had to break into a specific number of pieces when broken. It could have made him very appealing to both left and right. It did not. I think once in office he saw the enormity of the task before him and that the institutional momentum was insurmountable. Government has no interest in efficiency. There is no impetus for efficiency. Rather, the system serves itself. It wants to get progressively larger in scope and size so as to avoid being defunded.
This inexorable growth is what has been stoking the fires of discontent among the average voter. For years they've had little chance to vote for anyone who really wanted to reduce, not just hold, government spending. Nor were they able to find major candidates who wanted to make government less intrusive in their lives. The Tea Party changed that. It acted as an amplifier for those voices. This should have been a function of the GOP but that it isn't shows how far afield the GOP has gone from the Reagan years. The rise of the God Squad on the Right has soured a great many of people who would otherwise support them. Combine that with Bush's big spending and you lose another chunk of would be supporters.
Libertarians should be the home to these people but instead of being the party of low taxes, unobtrusive government and property rights, they're the party of legal drugs and legal prostitution. Not to mention the inherent difficulties in organizing people who pride themselves on being self-sufficient.
Liberals dismiss the Tea Party as racist and stupid because it's easy. It is much easier than actually listening to what they're saying. Liberals know, but won't admit, the stimulus was an abject failure. Spending in phantom districts, dead people and prisoners receiving thousands and thousands of dollars.
The media isn't helping. They've set their timetables to shorter than a gnat's eyeblink. Everything is soundbites and no substance. Four talking heads on an issue and they'll take all of 3 minutes to speak to them. If you ask me, the reason TV is on the decline and podcasts are on the rise is exactly that. Longform is more organic and natural. It lends itself to substance more than the b.s. recycled talking point/soundbite crap we're fed by the noise machine. (For the record I include all major media outlets ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.)
Lastly the thing I think is most damaging is personalizing the political. Ages ago, politics were merely one thing of many that people identified with. They agreed or not but if not they usually agreed to disagree and went on with their lives. Spirited debate and argument were fine but it was intellectual exercise. Now, however, politics is personal. To disagree with a man's politics makes you <i>the enemy</i>. As if it means that person is against you <b>personally</b>. Think of it as being a sports fan. I'm a Giants fan and I live in Sheagle country. I take no small amount of heckling because of it but nobody hates me for it (that I know of). They don't take it as a personal affront. If the Giants lose I get the ribbing and simply ask when the Eagles won their last Super Bowl and that's usually the end of that. That is what we need again here. We are all in the same boat and trading hammer blows isn't good because somebody is going to put a hole in the hull or capsize us.
Two local examples: Donviti was one of the first lefty bloggers I read in the DE blogosphere. Why? He was consistent and respectful. Whenever I posted something that contravened something he said, he would disagree and then thank me for commenting. That, my friends, is the way it is supposed to be. I didn't follow the whole saga at DelawareLiberal (largely because they kept it among themselves) but it appears DV left (or was drummed out) for being critical of Democrats when they do something wrong. He was insufficiently partisan. I commend him for his integrity. (NB: I don't really know any of the parties involved other than meeting them in person once at DV's house so I don't have a dog in this fight)
The other example is KAVIPS. He was the other voice of reason in the blogosphere until he started to get incoming links from HuffPo. As I noted in about his latest postings, Republicans are now Nazis and even Satan himself. Respect the will of the voters until they vote for the wrong people. Then you must demonize them and fight them until death or something. That, my friends, is not the way things are supposed to be. KAVIPS to his credit is always polite to commenters (read: me) but demonizes the nebulous "others". That is very dangerous ground. (I am not saying KAVIPS or anyone in DE for that matter is advocating or prone to violence). I am saying that demonizing our fellow citizens is bad for the country and if taken too far may lead to violence.
Look, I'm a microbe in the blogosphere. Roughly 5 people know my scribblings and 3 of them are co-authors of this blog but here's what I'm asking: Think twice before you post. Commit to attacking ideas and policies not people. Do not ascribe motives without evidence. Do not ascribe to evil that which can be explained by stupid or just wrong. Do not assume all errors are lies. Understand that if you say something you believe to be true if you have no evidence to the contrary is not a lie. It is a mistake or an error. If my watch is wrong and you ask me what time it is and I tell you. I have not lied. I have made a mistake. This post will never be read by anyone outside of Delaware (most likely). The DE blogosphere is tiny. We're neighbors and we should act like it.
I am, of course, including myself on this one so any time I violate that which I've asked for please put it in the comments. Just be civil.
Too bad about that aforementioned voucher program.
An authentic grass-fire political movement threatens Democrats on all fronts. So as November's reckoning approaches, what does their president do? Why, whip up fear of foreigners in a throwback to the 1850s.
Having rammed costly and unpopular measures through Congress by questionable means, Democrats are in big trouble come November. As their president's popularity tanks, the vast national Tea Party movement is mobilizing the public to vote them out, and America's private sector is at long last standing up for free markets.
Obama's attack is as hypocritical as can be, given that Team Obama really did take cash from foreign sources, having disabled a detector of foreign cash for online credit card donations during the 2008 presidential campaign. Democrats also accepted $400 million from labor unions whose foreign cash intake is higher than the chamber's.
The Washington Examiner reported that in one instance Obama took $32,000 or so from a credit card from two brothers on the Gaza strip.
Meanwhile, The Messiah and his acolytes are unleashing the IRS and DOJ on their political opponents:
Chairman (Democrat) Max Baucus of the powerful Senate Finance Committee got the threats going last month when he asked Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate if certain tax exempt 501(c) groups had violated the law by engaging in too much political campaign activity. Lest there be any confusion about his targets, the Montana Democrat flagged articles focused on GOP-leaning groups, including Americans for Job Security and American Crossroads.
Democrats claim only to favor "disclosure" of donors, but their legal intimidation attempts are the best argument against disclosure. Liberals want the names of business donors made public so they can become targets of vilification with the goal of intimidating them into silence. A CEO or corporate board is likely to think twice about contributing to a campaign fund if the IRS or prosecutors might come calling. If Democrats can reduce business donations in the next three weeks, they can limit the number of GOP challengers with a chance to win and reduce Democratic Congressional losses.
Par for the course with this bunch of ideologues.
I'm now a superhero:
Actually, it was a Marvel Comics costume winner -- "Steam Punk Iron Man."
Here's our race-transcending leader warning voters about that nasty GOP "counting on black folks staying home" on Election Day:
Just add this instance to this.
Via the Newsbusters tip line (which goes out to many contributors, not just me):
I'll give you a story -- "NewsBusters - a racist organization!" How dare you portray our president in this fashion. You bastards! No wonder your motyher [sic] was seen on my street selling her old ass to drunk bikers for 50 cents an hour. You guys are over the top! You support a person who nearly destroyed our country and will do anything to defame a man who's much smarter, by far, than George Bush who never did anything himself. If I had a father who was rich, I could go to Yale and Harvard too. Get it right motherfuckers ... you keep pushing, and you'll find yourselves in a ditch!
Ah yes. Just like Delaware's own "Delaware Douche," if you disagree with or dislike what others say, you must kill them!
How 'bout those "tolerant" and "empathetic" progressives, eh?
Funny how the MSM was silent about this little incident, eh?
Contrast that to the wall-to-wall coverage of that disgruntled Iraqi tossing his shoe at President Bush. But no -- there's no liberally biased media!
"Democrats in Illinois are in an uproar because Republican Senate nominee Mark Kirk used the word 'jigger' in connection with expressing concern about election fraud."
Kirk did not know he was being taped and certainly did not expect the recording to end up on YouTube. Now, Democrats are demanding that Kirk explain himself and apologize to African-American voters.
The Kirk campaign confirms the congressman was secretly taped this week while telling state Republican leaders about his hiring of a voter integrity squad to concentrate on four regions that happen to be areas populated by large numbers of African-Americans who vote heavily Democratic.
"These are lawyers and other people that will be deployed in key, vulnerable precincts, for example, South and West sides of Chicago, Rockford, Metro East, where the other side might be tempted to jigger the numbers somewhat."
Lyle, a Democratic Committee member and an Alexi Giannoulias supporter, and others were offended by Kirk's use of the verb "jigger" when talking about regions heavily populated by black voters.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary says "jigger" does mean "to alter, re-arrange, or manipulate" and has been used by many politicians to describe election fraud.
"The problem I had is that it sounds so much like another word," Rev. Albert Tyson said.
Next up (some courtesy of the comments from the link above): A "civil rights" movement to change English language comparatives so that "bigger" is now "more big." Oh, and Winnie the Pooh's buddy Tigger better switch monikers. And, what will bartenders use now?
Stupidity like this:
If schools discipline more blacks or Hispanics than white students, federal officials warn they’ll use “disparate impact analysis” to charge civil rights violations, reports Education Week.
Under “disparate impact,” schools can be in violation if discipline policies affect one racial group more than others, even if there’s no evidence of unequal treatment for the same offense or an intent to discriminate. An education agency would be found out of compliance if an equally sound policy would have less of a disparate impact, Russlyn Ali, an Education Department official, told Ed Week.
As mentioned, just another reason race relations have soured. "Stupid" is an understatement. What about the "disparate impact" of disciplining more boys than girls? Or what about that "unproportionate representation" of races on various sports teams?
No wonder The Messiah wants his daughters in a private school. Secretly, you know he wants to avoid edu-nonsense like this at all costs.
UPDATE: Sigh. Former director of [Delaware's] Moyer Academy Charter School Theo Gregory doesn't get it either.
RELATED: The dolts at the Philly Inquirer are distressed that in their city, which is 44% black, there's not enough black faces in the Philly Orchestra.
Via the Tween Tribune:
The American Civil Liberties Union claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that a North Carolina school violated the constitutional rights of a 14-year-old student by suspending her for wearing a nose piercing.
The lawsuit from the state chapter of the ACLU seeks a court order allowing Ariana Iacono to return immediately to Clayton High School, which has kept her on suspension for four weeks since classes started.
The complaint hinges on Iacono's claim that her nose piercing isn't just a matter of fashion, but an article of faith. She and her mother, Nikki, belong to a small religious group called the Church of Body Modification, which sees tattoos, piercings and the like as channels to the divine.
Personally, I don't know which is sillier -- the school suspending a kid for a nose piercing (quite common these days, and WTF is the essential difference between that and ear piercings, anyway?) or the ACLU actually suing on "religious" grounds?
Maybe I should have had the ACLU back me up back in the day so I could have freely dropped the F-bomb whenever I wanted in school. I was once a member of a "small religious group" called the Church of F-You. ;-)
Just when it seemed CT (Democratic) U.S. Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal was clueless on how to create jobs, we learn that he does know how to create 'em -- by filing lawsuits!
As Ace says, "Linda McMahon, your next commercial is waiting."
First place in the Council category was Joshuapundit with Freedom, Jihad And Racism.
First place in the non-Council category was Partij Voor De Frijheid (Fredom Party) Blog with Geert Wilders’ Speech In Berlin.
Full results are here.
Here's Argentine musical genius Gustavo Cerati and his Soda Stereo live "Unplugged" with their hit "Disco Eterno":
First, read this unintentionally preposterous Salon.com review of "Secretariat." Then you'll understand this comment from the article comment section:
I gotta say, I haven't seen the movie since I'm not a critic with Important Things To Say. I'll go, because I liked the Secretariat story back then. And I'm not big on Bible verses and hymns.
That said -- what the f*** are you going on about? This is the liberal version of Tinky-Wink is gay. I'm as anti-teabagger as anyone; I hope the GOP dies with festering boils, and soon; my previous letters prove that clearly enough. But jeez, man -- it's a story from 1973 about some white Kentucky horse breeder who got lucky, made by Disney -- were you expecting Godard's 'Weekend'?
More of this and movie reviewers will catch 'rock critics' as the most full-of-imagined-shit writers out there.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had to ask a federal court to disallow foreign governments from filing "friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070."
The move comes in response to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday, allowing nearly a dozen Latin American countries — Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile — to submit friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, which Brewer signed into law in April and is considered one of the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement measures.
“As do many citizens, I find it incredibly offensive that these foreign governments are using our court system to meddle in a domestic legal dispute and to oppose the rule of law,” the Republican governor said in a statement shortly after the state’s motion was filed Tuesday evening.
“What’s even more offensive is that this effort has been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. American sovereignty begins in the U.S. Constitution and at the border,” she added. “I am confident the 9th Circuit will do the right thing and recognize foreign interference in U.S. legal proceedings and allow the State of Arizona to respond to their brief.”
What a laugh it is to read that Costa Rica is among these "friends." Talk to just about any average Tico (that's what Costa Ricans call themselves) and they'll relay how freakin' fed up they are with illegal immigration -- not what we have to deal with here in the US, but their own from neighboring Nicaragua.
Seems like the CR government is as clueless about what its people want as the US's is regarding the immigration issue. And CR is ruled by the Democrat Party analogue Partido Liberación Nacional, by the way ...
I read the comic series (borrowed from a friend) and it's one of the best yarns I've read in a looooooong time. That's saying something in today's comicbook era.
Florida US Senate candidate Charlie Crist tosses the first pitch at Tampa Bay's playoff game:
Here's Christine's newest:
I think Jim Geraghty's analysis is spot-on:
O’Donnell begins, “I didn’t go to Yale.” Er, no, but she’s been accused of serially misrepresenting her education record. She continues, “I didn’t inherit millions, like my opponent.” Besides the slight dollop of envy it suggests, it’s a poor defense to the accusations of stiffing former employees. Again, if the aim is to make the race about what’s happening in Washington or what Chris Coons would do in office, turn to those issues a bit quicker — Election Day is in less than four weeks!
And enough already with the "I'm you" stuff. You're not me, Christine. I'm not a habitual liar and embellisher, and I've held a job since I was sixteen. I've also never sued anyone in an attempt to get a quick meal ticket.
Chris Coons certainly ain't me, either. But at least he ain't out there claiming he is. Twice.
Much more deserving than last year's winner, don'tcha think?
... on the left is a real New York baseball team (1956 -- Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series, the first no-hitter in MLB post season history). On the right is a guy who's head and shoulders above you, both in terms of talent and class (2010 -- Roy Halladay tosses the second no-hitter in MLB post season history).
So f*** you -- again -- Santana.
Tough guy Joe Biden:
Vice President Joe Biden has told Democrats at a Minnesota fundraiser that he'll "strangle" members of the GOP who complain about the federal budget.
According to a pool report from Tuesday's event in Dayton, Biden was telling the crowd that Democrats know how to balance the budget. He said, "If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them."
Oh, hey, but he did quickly add that that was "just a figure of speech." Too bad his opponents on the other side of the aisle don't get the same consideration, right Richard Cohen of the Washington Post?
Related: Biden tells Wisconsinites "You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to."
* The Colossus of Rhodey – R.T.T.T. stress — and more
* Rhymes With Right -Attack On Christian Religious Sensitivities In Colorado — White House Silent
* Mere Rhetoric – J Street Co-Founder Daniel Levy: Israel’s Creation “An Act That Was Wrong”
* Snapped Shot – Our Financial Downfall, Explained
* Bookworm Room - Looking into the crystal ball to determine how Obama will act after the midterms
* Right Truth – Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Says Ahmadinejad
* The Glittering Eye – Subsidize the Young!
* VA Right – Fairness: Why Democrats Are Unable to End the Recession
* GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Drones of September
* Joshuapundit - Freedom, Jihad And Racism
And check out the non-Council nominations here.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of voters now say relations between blacks and whites are getting better. That’s down from 62% in July of last year at the height of the controversy involving a black Harvard professor and a white policeman. That number had fallen only slightly to 55% in April of this year.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) now say black-white relations are getting worse, up 10 points from July 2009, while 33% think they’re staying about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
African-Americans are much more pessimistic than whites. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of whites think black-white race relations are getting better, but just 13% of blacks agree.
Hmm. Now why would this be? The article offers a suggestion:
Confidence in the nation’s course among African-Americans soared after Barack Obama’s election. But then several prominent Democrats, perhaps most notably former President Jimmy Carter, suggested that opposition to the president’s health care plan was motivated in part by racism. Only 12% of all voters agreed in September of last year, but among blacks, 27% felt that way and 48% were undecided.
But of course! That's par for the course with Democrats. Can't win a debate on the merits, pull out the 'ol you-know-what card. The Obama campaign in 2008 perfected it, even using it against the first "black" president, Bill Clinton. Oh, and there's also the testimony that the Obama Justice Dept. refuses to prosecute voting rights cases if the plaintiff is white. Or that the Arizona immigration law is "racist." Etc. Etc. Etc.
Related: Oklahoma City students learn about "old, dead white men" using hip hop and rap. A sample:
One particularly controversial song entitled "Old Dead White Men," describes President James Monroe's presidential term by saying: "White men getting richer than Enron. They stepping on Indians, women and blacks. Era of Good Feeling doesn't come with the facts."
"Andrew Jackson thinks he's a tough guy. Killing more Indians than there are stars in the sky. Evil wars of Florida killing the Seminoles. Saying hello, putting Creek in the hell holes. Like Adolf Hitler he had the final solution. 'No, Indians, I don't want you to live here anymore."
Semi-related: Black Judge Rejects Plea Deal for "White Boy."
Mets' Johan Santana: "I'm top gun in NL East."
Roy who? Johan Santana is willing to admit the Phillies have improved since last season, but says the Mets still have the top starting pitcher in the NL East.
"Santana," he said yesterday, when asked to name the best pitcher in the division.
Roy Halladay and the Philly Fanatics might disagree with that assessment, but the Mets aren't paying Santana $21 million this season to take a back seat to anyone. The story on Santana: new and improved elbow, same bulldog attitude.
Yeah -- we've heard how "good" the Mets are the last four f***ing seasons. Have we all redefined the word "good?" Or, more likely, do the Mets just plain f***ing SUCK?
Kiss my ass, Santana.
... courtesy of CT U.S. Senate candidate Dick Blumenthal:
Uh ... what??
UPDATE: Soccer Dad fills me in on a much better answer to the question, courtesy of an episode of "West Wing" (ironically written by uber-lefty-now-MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell): "Entrepreneurs create jobs. Business creates jobs. The President's job is to get out of the way."
MSNBC's newest "star" Lawrence O'Donnell says GOP chair Michael Steele is "dancing" for his GOP "master."
Well, specifically conservative pundit Dom Giordano, whose column today on parents and their kids is right on the mark.
LAST week, a federal judge refused to suspend an innovative 24/7 policy developed by the Haddonfield School District that punishes students for off-campus drug and alcohol use. The district, trying to curb substance abuse, would bar students from extracurricular activities if they're accused of breaking the law.
The policy was cheered by many because it was a reasonable attempt to do what a number of Haddonfield, N.J., parents were failing to do - raise their children in a responsible manner. Fearing that the loss of extracurricular activities on their child's resume would prevent them from getting into a prestigious college, these parents opened their checkbooks and hired lawyers to fight the policy.
In the eyes of these parents, the fact that their children were arrested for underage drinking was irrelevant - the warning signs of potential substance abuse were secondary. Sadly, what was important was that nothing get in their child's way of getting into a "name" college.
First, good for that judge. And now -- that "other" aspect of parent hassles that teachers dread. Usually in the media and elsewhere, you hear about apathetic parents who never show up for meetings or open houses, and never return calls or e-mails. But on the other side of the coin are the type of parents from this article -- the mom and dad who believe their kid's feces don't stink. Every form of [disciplinary] action by a teacher or administrator is questioned and fought. (Who are we to make such a judgment about their child, after all?)
I mean, c'mon -- what good are you doing your kid by pulling this sort of nonsense??
Girodano has more examples:
While education reform is a hot topic today, what about parental reform? Bad parenting is equally harmful to a child's ability to achieve success at school and in life. If you don't think this is serious, consider some of these scenarios:
"Not My Child" Syndrome. At one time or another, most children behave badly. But way too many parents, confronted by another parent or teacher about their child's behavior, get defensive and go into blind denial mode. Without proper discipline, kids develop a sense of entitlement and the dangerous realization that their bad behavior will go relatively unpunished.
Enabled by clueless parents, kids soon realize there are no moral boundaries. Bad behavior escalates. Yet no matter how many times these parents are confronted, they refuse to see reality. It probably pains them to think they've raised less-than-perfect children - but it's more painful to see the damage these disruptive kids do to the other kids they victimize.
And this is the ... "intangible" which the endless educational "reforms" present and coming down the pike never take into account. Teachers today are not only expected to teach, but to act as a parent to the kids too -- but without the means to discipline the kids as an actual parent would.
Here's another classic (personal favorite) head scratcher:
"Why haven't you ever contacted me about my child's grades and/or him not turning in work?" Hmm, let's see: First, elementary school has long been bye-byes. At this level, I have almost 170 students. Not only do I have approximately that many homework assignments and tests to grade when I assign them, but then I have to grade the corrections on them too. Then, not only do I input these grades on a hard copy page, I also put them online -- updated at least once per week -- for you to view at your leisure. And not only that, I post homework assignments on my personal webpage -- when they're assigned, when they're due, what they're worth, and a description of the work -- so that you know what's going on in my class. This is all in addition to the district-mandated interim reports and report cards, by the way. So, in other words, I am providing you with more than enough information about your child for you to keep up with what he/she is doing... and how he/she is doing. Oh, and remember what I mentioned at that Open House? "E-mail me anytime if you have any questions."
In essence, it boils down to the fact that if I had to e-mail (or call) each and every parent about each and every single assignment, test and quiz, a 24 hour day would be insufficient. But more importantly, me doing that aborgates mom and dad of their responsibility.
With our new Error Correction Technology(!) we can fix the President's latest remarks to make them truthful:
Over the past twenty months, we’ve been fighting
not just to create more jobs today Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and those damn Tea Party people, but to rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation. anyone family making over $100,000 a year. Our future as a nation depends on making sure that the jobs and industries of the 21st century take root here in America. And there is perhaps no industry with more potential to create jobs now – and growth in the coming years – than clean energy technology.
For decades, we’ve talked about the importance of ending our dependence on foreign oil and pursuing new kinds of energy,
like wind and solar power hydro, nuclear, coal, domestic drilling, natural gas and shale oil. But for just as long, progress had been prevented at every turn by the special interests and their allies in Washington, namely Democrats.
So, year after year, our dependence on foreign oil grew. Families have been held hostage to spikes in gas prices. Good manufacturing jobs have gone overseas thanks to meddling politicians and greedy corrupt unions. And we’ve seen companies produce new energy technologies and high-skilled jobs not in America, but in countries like China, India and Germany where they welcome business rather than try to squeeze every last dollar out of them.
It was essential – for our economy, our security, and our planet – that we finally tackle this challenge. That is why, since we took office, my administration has made an historic commitment to promote clean energy technology. That and the fact that it pads the pockets of Green hucksters like Al Gore and other special interest groups that support me. This will mean hundreds of thousands of
new American jobs by 2012 dollars into the pockets of my already wealthy donors. Jobs for contractors to install energy-saving windows and insulation paid for by you so other people can have new windows. Jobs for factory workers (Ed. - I thought the good manufacturing jobs went overseas? Are these bad manufacturing jobs?) to build high-tech vehicle batteries, electric cars, and hybrid trucks that nobody wants and that nobody will buy without huge govermnent subsidies. Jobs for engineers and construction crews to create wind farms and solar plants that are going to double the renewable energy we can generate in this country be huge boondoggles that will make The Big Dig look like planting a tree in a park. These are jobs building the future of my party and my hopes for a second term.
For example, I want share with you one new development, made possible by
the clean energy incentives we have launched my "Loan Guarantee To Non-evil Corporations" program. This month, in the Mojave Desert, a company called BrightSource plans to break ground on a revolutionary new type of solar power plant. It’s going to put about a thousand people to work building a state-of-the-art facility. And when it’s complete, it will turn sunlight into the energy that will power up to 140,000 homes – the largest such plant in the world. Not in China. Not in India. But in California. Amazingly someone is crazy enough to start a business in California. Don't ask me how they expect this to work but since I don't know anything about business.
With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to
continued leadership in the new global economy throwing more and more government money into private corporations which is only bad when Republicans do it. And we’re putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy that will help lower our reliance on foreign oil and protect our planet for future generations cost you many times more than the actual value and deliver very little to you but will enrich people who raise money for me.
Now there are some in Washington who want to
shut them down have corporations pay for their own stuff. In fact, in the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives tax giveaways for clean energy projects greedy corporations, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold.
This doesn’t make sense for
our economy my attempts at a second term. It doesn’t make sense for Americans who are looking for jobs running these huge, greedy corporations. And it doesn’t make sense for our future. To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations. It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil. Sure we could drill in ANWAR but those aren't union jobs and those oil companies don't give me as much money as unions. And, at a time of economic hardship also known as The Obama Years, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need since everything I've done has only made a bad problem worse. In fact, shutting down just this one project would cost about a thousand jobs which pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of jobs that have been lost on my watch.
That’s what’s at stake in this debate, my continued employment. We can go back to the failed energy policies that profited the oil companies but weakened our country much like my election weakened our country. We can
go back to the days when continue with my plan and watch promising industries got get set up overseas. Or we can go after new jobs in growing industries that might actually deliver something like hydro, geothermal, and nuclear. And we can spur innovation and help make our economy more competitive by cutting tax rates, deregulating and generally getting off the back of the people who are doing the innovating and growing.. We know the choice that’s right for America (Ed. - do you?). We need to do what we’ve always done – put our ingenuity and can do spirit to work to fight for a brighter future which we will do on November 2nd.
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Courtesy Verum Serum.
On HBO’s Oct. 1 “Real Time with Bill Maher,” during the “Overtime” segment available on HBO.com, left-wing comedian David Cross of “Arrested Development” fame appeared to offer his view on issues of the day. This segment of the program is produced generally to answer viewer emailed questions. One of those questions was if people in the media “should be held more legally accountable for presenting false or misleading information.”
The host, Bill Maher likened that scenario to the system in place in the United Kingdom. However in the United States, Americans are protected by the First Amendment and he explained the legal implications of speech in the U.K. compared to the U.S. But in Cross’ estimation, that protected right is somehow wrong. He named two Fox News Channel hosts, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, and declared he would like to see them taken off of the airwaves although he wasn’t clear about what “false or misleading information” they may have presented that would warrant this action.
“I think so, absolutely, and I say that as somebody who would like to see Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity off the air, you know,” Cross declared with an approving response from the audience. “So, I think to -- it’s just part of the job. It should be part of the job, you know, if you knowingly do that, then absolutely you should lose your job. We don’t get to, you know, lie and make up things in our jobs, you know. And nobody really does.”
It's really mind-boggling, these supposedly "enlightened" entertainers and how freakin' clueless -- and insulated -- they are. I mean, they really must all read from the same script, the same one their Dear Leader utilizes.
First place in the Council category was The Razor with Obamacare – The Worst of All Worlds.
First place in the non-Council category was my selection of Discriminations with Impeach Eric Holder!
Full results are here.
Statement made by Anjem Choudary, a former British solicitor and Muslim cleric that's [now] spokesman for the group Islam4UK on ABC's "This Week":
“We do believe as Muslims the East and the West will be governed by the Sharia. Indeed we believe that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House. Indeed, there's even an oration of the Prophet where he said, ‘The day of judgment will not come until a group of my...’”
Just don't protest against this possibility, though, all you non-Muslims. You'll be labeled an "Islamophobe."
My nominee: the PTA book-banning discussion in Field of Dreams. Just awful. Poorly written and poorly acted.
I love the movie, but always skip that scene.
Any other nominees?
UPDATE (11:33 PM): I just want to add, my favorite thing in this movie is James Earl Jones as Terrence Mann. He's clearly having fun playing the character. The great thing is in the original novel (titled Shoeless Joe), Ray actually goes to find J.D. Salinger. Had they not changed it to the fictional Terrence Mann, James Early Jones couldn't have played the character and the movie would have been much worse for his absence.
So declared President Obama in remarks delivered at a Democratic National Committee event, urging his supporters not to lose faith in him despite his poor performance in office.
You know what else it took to free the slaves? Republicans.
The solution this time will likely be the same.
Departing WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on The Messiah:
[President Obama is] "the toughest leader any country could ask for, in the toughest times any president has ever faced." (Link.)
Since we're living in an age where every kid is "special," I suppose nonsense remarks such as these shouldn't come as a surprise. I also think folks like Abe Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and George Washington, among others, might quibble just a bit with Rahm.
... that hamburgers are just like ... heroin???
CNN's Rick Sanchez just might take some heat for this:
"I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah."
"I can’t see somebody not getting a job somewhere because they’re Jewish.”
That "Yeah" above was a sarcastic one.
Maybe Ricky is trying to get a new gig at Al Jazeera??
UPDATE: Sanchez has been axed.