Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ted Danz (NY-21) Speaks to the Schoharie County Young Republicans



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Inteview With Ben Thompson, Founder of Badass of the Week

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number five in our ongoing series. Today we are taking a little more lighthearted track and interviewing Ben Thompson, the founder and editor of Badass of the Week. He is also the author of a book by the same name. So check out the site and pick up the book and go through the dozens of awesome individuals that have shaped our history and legends.

1. When and why did you start Badass of the Week?

I wrote my first Badass of the Week article back in April 2004, and haven't missed a week since then. The site originally started as kind of a joke – I was ridiculously bored at my desk job, so I started putting these articles together as something fun to send out to my friends for a laugh. If you'd told me six and a half years ago that I'd be turning it into a book I probably would have laughed you out of my cubicle.

2. Why did you decide to write a book?


What I wanted to do with the book was to find a way to tell some of the awesome stories from history without making them boring. It's unbelievable how some teachers and books out there can take these incredible people and make their stories sound so mind-numbingly dull that you'd rather jam pointy metal objects in your eyes than hear about them. My hope is that I can tell the action movie version of these badass peoples' lives – making it funny and exciting without sacrificing historical accuracy. Just because history is important doesn't mean it has to be boring!


3. You must be asked this a lot, but who is the badassest of the badasses?



There are so many head-crushingly hardcore badasses out there that I have a really hard time narrowing the list down to just one or two. Ultimately the book is a top-40 of some of my most favorite historical face-crushing heroes and heroines, but, to be totally honest with you, I could write a hundred books this size and still not hit everyone I want to talk about.


4. Have there been subjects that you particularly like to write about?



I have a difficult time immersing myself in one particular time period or corner of the globe for an extended period of time, and I really enjoy being able to jump around and cover many different subjects. It keeps the material fresh and exciting in my head, which (I hope) translates into the writing.

That's the great thing about history – there are so many incredible stories out there that one week I can be talking about a samurai warrior disemboweling his enemies on the battlefield, the next week I'm reading stories about World War II tank commanders plowing their way through the hedgerows of Normandy, and the week after that I've got pirates firing broadsides at Spanish treasure ships and swinging around on ropes. It never gets old.


5. Why did you decide to include both fictional and non-fictional badasses?

While my real passion lies in history, it's also really entertaining to change gears every once in a while and talk about some insane fictional character like Odysseus or Darth Vader. There are just a ton of completely ridiculous myths and legends out there, and sometimes it's great to be able to just let loose and have some fun with these fantastical, over-the-top tales. I often find that the funniest articles are the ones where I’m talking about some fifty-foot dinosaur demolishing Tokyo with nuclear fire-breath and swinging subway cars around like nunchucks.

6. What is the best part about running your site?

I really love what I'm doing. At the risk of sounding trite, however, if I had to pick one thing I think I'd say it would be all of the incredible support I get from fans and readers. Few things make me happier than opening an email from a fan suggesting the story of some new, incredible badass I'd never heard of before. I learn something new every day, which is an amazing feeling.


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Trouble in Paradise?

Woodward tells all?

“Obama’s Wars”

"Some of the critical players in President Obama’s national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book."




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Cuomo: Should I Call Paladino "An A--hole?"

The gubernatorial race in New York is on fire.  With Republican Carl Paladino cutting heavily into Democrat Andrew Cuomo's lead (though Cuomo still has a double-digit one), insults are beginning to get personal.

No longer held to ads or signs, both Paladino and Cuomo have resorted to a slash-and-burn approach.  Working off of the anger that many average voters have, Paladino questioned whether Cuomo had "cojones" to take him on in a debate.

In response, Mr. Cuomo gathered his top advisors and held a meeting to decide what they were going to do with Mr. Paladino's strategy.  During the conversations, Cuomo was heard saying, "If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an a--hole?"  The dash marks are added.

Not only does the "a--hole" comment show the tensions in New York, but the use of the word "punch" gives it an almost violent tint.

Paladino on Fox News:


In an election that was supposed to be in the bag for Cuomo, it looks like there is actually a race going on.  Not only that, but a new poll suggests that Kirsten Gillibrand is getting a run for her money by Joseph DioGuardi.  Spread DioGuardi's name, he needs more recognition!

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Surprise: Gillibrand Only Up By 10% in NY Senate Race

In what seems to be a Democratic stronghold, New York may yet have a race in it.  Incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, who analysts have said had an insurmountable lead, is now only ahead of Republican Joseph DioGuardi by 10%, according to the nation's most accurate polling service, Rasmussen.

Previously, DioGuardi was much further behind Gillibrand in the polls.  In early September alone, he was down by 20%.  He has cut the lead in half.

Considering the amazing upsets that have already happened this year, most notably Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, it is not inconceivable that DioGuardi could bridge the gap by election day.  Though Gillibrand is an incumbent Senator, she was never elected.  This badly hurts her name recognition, which gives an advantage to DioGuardi.
Another factor that bodes well for DioGuardi is Carl Paladino's primary victory, which shows that conservatives in New York will vote in droves come November.  As the official candidate of the Conservative and Taxpayers parties, DioGuardi looks like the non-inside conservative this election cycle.

Considering the shock waves that swept the country after Scott Brown's victory, if DioGuardi were to win in November, the surprise could be even greater.  Not only that, but the Republican party would be one giant step closer to controlling the Senate.

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Who leads in West Virginia?

The race to replace Senator Robert Byrd is heating up, but the polling numbers are confusing. The political "fog of war" has settled in West Virginia.

According to Public Policy Polling: Republican John Raese is leading by 3%. However, according to Rasmussen Reports: Democrat Joe Manchin is leading by 7%. Who do we believe? We have two respected polling firms showing two completely different results from the same race.

Public Policy Polling:
John Raese (R) - 46%.
Joe Manchin (D) - 43%.

Rasmussen Reports:
Joe Manchin (D) - 50%.
John Raese (R) - 43%.

Who do we believe, and who is really in the lead?

Braylon Edwards Arrested

Sorry to Mr. K if this is the first place he heard this:

Jets' star-receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested this morning for Drinking and Driving.  This could potentially lead to jail time and a sizable suspension by the league.

The rest from Fox:
 A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Edwards was pulled over on the west side of Manhattan around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday because his vehicle had excessive tinting on its windows. The official says police noticed a strong smell of alcohol and arrested Edwards. The official was not authorized to speak about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In January, Edwards was put on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct in Cleveland.

Edwards was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday.

"We are very disappointed in Braylon's actions this morning," Mike Tannenbaum, general manager of the Jets, said in a statement on the team's website. "The Player Protect program is in place for our organization to prevent this situation. Braylon is aware of this program and showed poor judgment.

"We are reviewing the information with the league and will impose the appropriate disciplinary measures."

Just before he was traded to the Jets from the Browns in October 2009, Edwards was accused of punching a friend of basketball star LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub.

Edwards settled the case by pleading no contest to aggravated assault. He received a suspended 180-day jail sentence, and was fined $1,000 and placed on probation.
Edwards

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Watch C-SPAN this afternoon.

UPDATE (12:58) - The vote has been delayed to 2:30pm. The NO votes are piling up: even Senator Pryor (D) will vote NO today.

The United States Senate will be voting on whether or not to allow a Defense Authorization bill to reach the floor this afternoon. Senate Democrats have introduced two main amendments to this legislation: repeal of the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy and the pro-amnesty "DREAM Act".

And it does get dreadfully worse: Senate Democrats are basically shutting the Republicans out of the entire process, by allowing them to offer only a handful of amendments to the legislation. But, it shouldn't surprise me nor you, because the Republican amendments would actually involve the military* in the Defense Authorization bill.

I just cannot believe what these power obsessed fools in the Democrat caucus will do in order to get their agenda through.

The Senate vote will take place at 2:15 this afternoon, and it will be broadcasted on C-SPAN 2. Everyone should watch this vote as it occurs, and before the vote everyone should contact the Washington office's of Senator Collins and Senator Snowe, who will decide** the fate of this legislation.

* - Senator Graham wants to end the process of "Merandizing" Terrorists.
** - Senator Webb (D) and 39 other GOP Senators are for the DADT policy.

Sandoval Still Crushing Reid in Nevada Race for Governor

Republican Brian Sandoval is utterly destroying Democrat Rory Reid in Nevada by a double digit margin in the race for Nevada's highest office.  A new poll released by the nation's most accurate polling service, Rasmussen, states that Sandoval has a 13% lead on Reid.

This should come as no surprise, even if Reid's father, Harry Reid, is the Senate Majority leader. Harry Reid is incredibly unpopular and is facing the Senate race of his life.  The elder Reid is in a statistical tie with Tea Party-backed Sharron Angle.
Sandoval
 In fact, Rory Reid refuses to be associated politically with his father.  To quote the younger Reid from this July, “He’s my father, not my political mentor.”  That's got to hurt, Harry.

On the whole, Sandoval's lead mimics the rest of the nation in a year that is seen as good for Republicans.  Though Nevada seemed to be a Democratic strong-hold this election cycle, mostly because the Majority Leader of the Senate resides there, it now seems like Democrats may lose both the Senate seat and have another Republican elected Governor.

The results are yet to be seen, but if this continues, there may be no Reids in office come November.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

A protester that won't protest. Oxymoron?

I know the feeling well.

Medical school and residency is hard work. Humiliation and embarrassment come with the territory. This is both good and bad, but that is another post.

Rounds with the attending is fraught with danger. Only those who have stood in the halls with peers, housestaff and attendings, reviewing a case can understand the fear and trepidation that occurs when you are called upon to answer a medical question with which you have no idea the answer. I mean, they are medical students and can't be expected to know everything, can they?

It is unusual though, for an attending to deliver such a smackdown as delivered by Andrew Brietbart at the Right Nation 2010 conference, but it does happen on rare occasions and only as the result undue incompetence.

I almost feel sorry for the protesters. They didn't get paid nearly enough money to account for this indignity.

Truthfully, attendings don't expect med students to know everything, but we do expect the basics! At least tell us why you wanted to be a doctor in the first place...

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Interview With Conservative News Daily

 Pundit Press is proud to present interview number four in our new interview series. Today we're interviewing Daniel, the editor of the site Conservative News Daily. Make sure to check them out and bookmark!

1. When and why did you start CND?
 
A:  Conservative News Daily (CND) has been in the "incubation" stage for about two years.  Apart from the technical challenges of setting up an attractive and functional website, there was the need to assemble a like-minded team of thinkers and conservative news junkies. 

Those of us who can remember a time before MTV may recall how cute it was when we started giving those Canadians their own MLB franchises, until the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series.  Then it's wasn't cut any more.  Denis Leary was right.  We should have taken them back.

Liberals used to be kind of cute, too, with their fanciful utopian ideals, supposedly good intentions, and noble goals--they were the mental "Jerry's Kids" of politics, and who doesn't love "Jerry's Kids"?  But now that Jerry's Kids are running the joint, it's not cute any more.  

They must be stopped.  And we want to help.

We officially launched on September 11, 2010, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

For people who want a quick way to find out what's going on in the world, there is Drudge.  And there is Drudge.  And then, there is Drudge.  

We love Drudge (both the guy and his site), but we don't think that conservatives are especially well served.  There will be fantastic breaking news items of conservative interest, but to get to them you have to wade through stories about the shut-in with 200 cats ("House of Filth!"), the latest Paris Hilton drug arrest, and whether or not Lindsay Lohan is still a lesbian this week.

CND aims to fulfill the unmet needs of conservative readers by assembling the most relevant news, opinion, humor, and commentary of the day in one place.  We also offer links to top conservative, liberal, and RINO websites and writers.  We also offer our own unique content, most notably under our "Daily Rant" feature.  

So basically, we take the best features of Drudge and put them together with the best blogs and sites on the internet, while also offering our own perspective on the news of the day.  This unique combination makes CND the conservative reader's one stop shop.


2. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?
 
A:  Like everyone who wasn't hypnotized by what the inimitable Mark Steyn calls Obama's "hopey changey" rhetoric, I knew that Obama would be bad.  Even terrible.  I compared George W. Bush to a mid-size earthquake, and predicted that Obama would be an Indonesia-style tsunami.

I was right, but the damage that the Obama regime has inflicted on the country has been at least slightly worse than I expected.  He has, in fact, been quite successful in implementing his agenda:  nationalizing major industries, "stimulus" plans that are little more than re-election slush funds, raising spending to critical levels that make tax cuts politically unpalatable, and passing budget-reducing "health care" legislation that--as every sentient being on the right knew--would neither reduce the budget nor provide health care.  Stunning.  Castro must be taking notes, and I'm sure that Gorbachev is wishing he had this guy as an advisor 20-some years ago.

Obama is Saul Alinsky.  Understanding Obama is a simple as reading Rules for Radicals, which might as well be called Mein Kampf:  The Sequel.  As Jonah Goldberg has proven beyond a scintilla of doubt, extreme liberals are fascists and fascists are extreme liberals.  This fantasy notion that fascism is a product of the right is being exploded daily by the current administration.

So, in sum, the current regime has failed to meet even my extremely low expectations.

3. Where do you see the Tea Party in two years?
 
A:  This is great question, and I wish I had a crystal ball.  To answer it, I have to separate what I want from what I predict.

What I want is for the Tea Party to take over the GOP and force the current RINO leadership to give up the pretense of belonging in the Party of Lincoln and become the "moderates" over at the DNC.  American is a center-right country, so a well-run center-right party will always have the majority in Congress, and will usually win the White House.  We are in the current mess because the RINO's in the GOP turned it into a center-left party, which allowed the Democrat Party to go to the far-left.  So now we are ruled by extreme liberals, at best 15-20% of the electorate.  So my hope is that the RINO's will leave the GOP and either join the Dems or form a third party to compete with the liberal brethren.

What I think will happen is slightly different.  There is some chance that the Tea Party will become a victim of its own success.  That is, if we win big in November, the raison d'etre of the Tea Party may vanish, and the Tea Party with it.  I don't expect that, though.  Whatever gains are made in the upcoming elections, there will be a great deal of work left to do, in order to restore our great Republic to the Constitutional basis on which it was founded.  I believe that the Tea Party will become an increasingly powerful force in the GOP and in two years' time will be close to dominating it, but not quite there.  Naturally I hope I'm wrong about that, as I'd love to see the Tea Party running the joint. 

4. Is the Tea Party more conservative or libertarian to you?
 
A:  Another good question.  Let me preface my response by pointing out first of all that the Tea Party is a response to the complete absence of any party on the right.  Ignore the banshees over at the DNC and the HuffPo.  The GOP is currently at best a centrist party, and in my opinion is actually center-left, with admittedly some good conservatives in its ranks.  If there had been anything approximating a center-right party to vote for, the Tea Party would never have risen up.

As it is, the Tea Party is an expression of what Rousseau called "The General Will."  This is of course what the elite Beltway-types hate about it.  There is no leader, so they can't use Alinsky's Rule #13, which calls for the target to isolated, personalized, and destroyed.  You can't isolate a plurality of the American People, so unless and until it becomes a formal third party (which I would oppose) it simply can't be stopped.  It's a thing of beauty--the People's behemoth.

That said, I think that the Tea Party is part conservative and part libertarian, which makes it 100% American.  Conservatives and libertarians are generally of a mind on fiscal matters, and differ principally on defense policy and social issues.  America's Christian heritage gives heft to the social concerns of conservatives, and what I call its "Gadsden Flag" tendencies makes it leery of using religion to to make policy.  

So, since the Tea Party is focused on fiscal policy, I'd say it's more libertarian than conservative, but just by a hair. 

5. Any favorite for 2012 yet?
 
A:  Nope.  I do have some non-starters, though.  I would hate to see any retreads, like Mitt Romney (decent guy, but basically a good-looking version of Henry Waxman in a great suit), Newt Gingrich (how many times does one guy get to fail?), or the crypt-keeper with anger management issues that crossover Dems in SC and elsewhere nominated for us last time.  

Sarah Palin could be great, and it is great political sport watching the libs get all murderously pavlovian at the sound of her name, but we're not backing anybody yet. 

6. Why should readers bookmark your site?
A:  Well. liberal readers shouldn't--not unless they enjoy being relentlessly mocked, brutally pilloried, and deliberately insulted.  E.g., on our "Contact Us" page, we request that liberal correspondents kindly hold their breath while waiting for a response (in order to reduce their CO2 emissions).  We're not kidding.  It would be great if they would do that.

That said, literally every conservative, libertarian, or moderate in America--and indeed worldwide--should read CND right after getting up in the morning, during lunch break, before going to bed, and as often as possible in between.

There is no other site anywhere on the internet that gives inquisitive, intelligent readers what they need to know when they need to know it, in a convenient, easily navigated format.

If you want stories about two-headed fish along with links to serious news items, then Drudge is your man.  Great guy, innovator, and all of that.

If you just want the top news, commentary, humor, plus original content, then Conservative News Daily is the only site you'll need.

Thanks a lot for giving us a chance to chat today.  We sincerely appreciate it!


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Is Paladino Closing the Gap?

Question of the day: Is Carl Paladino closing the gap with Andrew Cuomo in New York's soon to be held Gubernatorial election? Answer of the day: According to a new poll out of Rasmussen, a polling firm that I deeply trust, Paladino has cut Cuomo's lead down from 29 points to 16, the smallest lead Cuomo has ever had against Paladino.

Rasmussen Survey of 500 Likely New York Voters:
Andrew Cuomo (D, I, WF) - 54%.
Carl Paladino (R, TP) - 38%.
Some Other Candidate - 2%.
Undecided/Not Sure - 6%.

Apparently the "Mad as Hell" mantra is winning votes for Mr.Paladino, who is running in a State that should have anti-Democrat sympathies after the horrific two Governor's we have just endured: one was a complete whore, and the other is completely incompetent. But both were the result of the 2006 election when the voters elected Eliot Spitzer with close to 70% of the vote.

I was unsure of Mr.Paladino just a few days ago, but he might actually turn into a feasible candidate, even though he's personally intolerable.

Human Skulls Found in Airport Luggage

Yikes.  Greek officials have arrested two Americans for desecrating the dead after Athens airport security looked inside the tourists' luggage and found six skulls.  The tourists claimed that they thought they were "fake" and had bought them as souvenirs.  The trail is scheduled for later this year.

The rest from Yahoo!:
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek police charged two U.S. tourists with desecrating the dead on Thursday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens international airport, a police official said.

"The skulls were found in a scanner check during a stop-over in Athens on their way back to the United States," said a police official who requested anonymity. "The coroner confirmed they were human skulls."

The two young tourists said they had bought the skulls in a souvenir shop on the island of Mykonos and believed they were fake, the official said, adding they had been released pending trial.

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I hate hate crimes.

Let us discuss "hate crimes" for a moment.

I absolutely hate them. For someone to murder (not kill, there's a difference), or attack (not in self defense) another human, that person must have some element of hate within them to begin with. If you're going to stab your neighbor 80 times with a machete, it's safe to say that you are a hateful person.

So why are there "hate crimes" statures? Because some murderers attack their victims based on the color of their skin. However, just because someone is attacked based on their race, doesn't mean there is more or less hatred than someone who is attacked based on their income level. Hate is hate, murder is murder.

To say that John's murder is more important than Chuck's because John was targeted because of his race, and not because of his bank account, is absolutely ridiculous. Murder is murder, that's the only crime a murderer should ever be charged with, and regardless of who was murdered, or how that poor soul was murdered, the punishment should always be the same.

And that one punishment that all murderer's should receive? DEATH. No need for another 25 years to be added onto the sentence, if you just inject the SOB's, and be done with them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vote in Our Poll: Would You Support a Tea Party Presidential Candidate vs. RINO in General Election?

Trying to pick everyone's brains out there in internetland. If the Republican nomination was sewn up by a RINO-- a John McCain, Lindsey Graham, or a Rudy Giuliani, would you support a third-party Tea Party candidate like Sarah Palin or Christine O'Donnell rather than throwing your weight behind the establishment campaign?

So would it be the RINO to prevent another term for Obama? Tea Party to remain true to principles? Or if you're insane-- Barack Obama to destroy the economy. Or someone else?








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Conservatism Wins in Sweden

In Australia - Conservatives almost regained control.
In England - Conservatives regained control.
In Germany - Conservatives retained control.
And in Sweden - Conservatives have retained control.

Conservatism is sweeping the globe like never before. Right wing governments, whether they be through one party or one coalition, are taking root across all of Europe. I am hopeful that the same Conservative sweep will occur in America as well.

As for Sweden's just concluded election:

Total Alliance (government) - 172 seats.
Total Red Green (opposition) - 157 seats.
Sweden Democrats (new party) - 20 seats.

Prime Minister Reinfeldt (Total Alliance) should remain in power, but we shall see what happens in the coming week (the full election results will be known on Wednesday). The really good news is that the Prime Minister is well known for cutting tax rates and government dependencies, an ally we should appreciate in the coming years as America tightens her own fiscal belt.

Reinfeldt

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Interview with Howard Phillips

Pundit Press is happy to announce its third interview in our new ongoing series. Today we are interviewing former Nixon Administration official and candidate for President Howard Phillips. Mr. Phillips is also the founder of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, which later became the Constitution Party. We thank Mr. Phillips for taking part in this interview.

Q: What influenced your decision to leave the Republican Party?

A: My experience in the Nixon administration.

Q: How has the Constitution Party affected American politics since
its inception?

A: By establishing a standard of Constitutional fidelity.

Q: What was the most interesting part of running for President?

A: The opportunity to promulgate a Constitutional agenda.

Q: Do you believe that you may endorse a Republican candidate in
2012 to prevent Obama from winning another term?

A: Unlikely.

Q: Was the collapse of Communism a surprise to you?

A: No.

Q: How are the stimulus and bailout bills affecting our country
today?

A: Very negatively.

Q: How do we return to a balanced budget?

A: By electing a President who will veto all un-Constitutional
expenditures and have his vetoes sustained by one-third plus one
of the members of either the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S.
Senate.


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Replace Washington with Obama?

Remember when Representative McHenry (R-NC) proposed replacing General Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with President Reagan? The American public overwhelmingly denounced the idea, and the debate died out in due time. Call me a traitor to the cause, but I think a man who saved the Union during the Civil War is more deserving of a place on our Currency than Ronald Reagan.

Now the loons who populate the liberal fringe are proposing that we not only redesign America's Currency, but that George Washington ($1 bill) and Ben Franklin ($100 bill) should be removed from our Currency, and replaced by Barack Obama ($1 bill) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt ($100 bill).

Can you believe these people?

Who in their right mind would want to replace General George Washington, the man who fought for our Freedom and Independence, with Barack Obama, a man who is directing our Nation towards a liberal wasteland of huge Government and Dependence. Also, Barack Obama is still in the White House and last I checked we are not a dicatorship. Who the hell do these people think we are? Venezuela!

I am absolutely outraged by this proposal. But it only confirms what we have all known to be true: liberals don't have any respect for America's founding fathers or our founding principles.

What say you?

"Crisis of Culture"

The letter below has been making its way around Facebook. While I disagree with the assertion that there is not a shortage of health care professionals, the remainder of the argument holds true, at least from my perspective. It goes back to a long standing pet peeve of mine. Doctors and nurses don't provide healthcare. We provide medical care. People must find their own health and when there is no skin in the game, ie free services, there is little incentive to change behavior.

Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.


While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD

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Grand Rounds...

The Schwartz Center hosts this week's Grand Rounds for your reading enjoyment.
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Friend of Big Government and Corruption: Paul Tonko.

New York's 21st congressional district is an oddity in New York politics: Democratic by design, but still Conservative by default. The cities of Albany, Amsterdam, and Troy dominate, but the rural communities of Canajoharie, Cobleskill, and Rensserlaerville are still important.

The people live conservatively, hunt religiously, and are bound by tradition. They don't oppose the private ownership of firearms, and they expect honesty from their representatives. I might be a simpleton, but those are good qualities for a viable citizenry.

Which is why I must the expose the truth about Congressman Paul Tonko, a man who the local citizenry elected not on political policy, but on personal demeanor. Tonko hasn't gouged the tax payers via expensive congressional travel, nor has he requested any wasteful earmarks during his first term in office.

But he has aligned himself with extreme big government interests, and with dishonest members of his own political party.

According to Open Congress, a well respected website that tracks congressional votes, and the individual votes of Congressmen, Mr.Tonko has voted with Speaker Pelosi 100% of the time since joining the House of Representatives. And it does get worse: Mr.Tonko and Charles Rangel, one of the most corrupt members of Congress, think so much alike (98% of their votes are alike) that Mr.Tonko even donated five hundred dollars to the Rangel Victory Fund last summer.

That money was donated after Rangel's corrupt ways were revealed.

Mr.Tonko has also accepted the Endorsement of the Working Families Party, which as you might remember from last year's special election involving Dede Scozzafava and Doug Hoffman, is closely associated with ACORN (Bertha Lewis ran both ACORN and the NY Working Families Party from the same office), and advocates for socialism to replace our current capitialistic based society.

In conclusion, Mr.Tonko might be a man of friendly demeanor, but what good does it do for us when the man behind the demeanor supports a San Francisco liberal unanimously, a corrupted politician financially, and a socialistic Party unabashedly.

It's time to demand honest government for a change.

Huffington Post: Obama Should be on the One Dollar Bill

Liberal faux-news site the Huffington Post has declared that our national currency "is in bad need of a makeover."  And what better way to celebrate new styles than a one dollar bill with President Obama on it?

You may think it's too soon to do such a thing for a President that hasn't even been in office for two years, but HuffPo disagrees.  Yahoo!, reporting through the Huffington Post, has praised the designs underneath as "the leading vote-getter" and that is was "an amazing design:"
Notice the man on the left?  That is none other than our 44th President, Barack Obama.  To the far right is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  It was submitted by a "British duo" Dowling Duncan.

Think that isn't enough?  Check out this photo, another one that the Huffington Post declared as "amazing," which was design number 9 of 15 that the Huffington Post declared had the "best" design:
Just imagine, you could be paying off your over-bearing taxes with money that has the man who taxed you on it!  And let me point out that in the picture that Obama's last name should be capitalized.  I guess liberals are so afraid of capitalism that "capitalize" is too close a word.

Normally I'd analyze this subject and tell you how crazy it is.  I could explain how President Obama isn't even a good President, let alone worth of being on the $1 bill.  I could even point out that I like our money...but I don't need to.  This stuff is so crazy that everyone should understand that it's nuts.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

To Liberals, 9/11 is Now a Joke

Many people have forgotten what September 11, 2001, meant.  So many do not remember the pain they felt and how the United States came together to heal.  So many don't know who our enemies are anymore.  It is a shame.  Yet, many liberals do remember 9/11, but they bring greater shame to themselves than those who have forgotten.  To liberals, 9/11 is a joke, a punch line.

I could reference the 2008 Presidential election when liberals would uproariously laugh whenever someone mentioned Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 and the point would be made.  But there is so much more and it is disgusting.

Take scam artist Michael Moore, for example.  On the repulsive Bill Maher, Moore made joke after joke about 9/11, which Maher called "comedy:"



Or how about Family Guy making a mockery of Ground Zero to make a point:


Or Wanda Sykes saying that "Rush Limbaugh was the twentieth hi-jacker:"



So what does this say about liberals?  Does it say they have no respect for the dead?  Yes.  Does it say they don't understand the tragedy?  Of course.  But it says something much more: they have not only turned September 11 into a political football, but they now see it as funny and fake.  They do not care about our troops or the 9/11 victims families.  They think that it's better to laugh at the people who flung themselves out of the Towers than to remember and respect them.

Those who do this are scum.  How else could you explain what liberals have done?  How else can you explain Charles Johnson becoming a liberal, even though he said he became "conservative" after 9/11?  I just don't understand.

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Shocker: Repub. Stephen in Statistical Tie with Dem. Lynch in NH

Just four weeks ago, Democrat John Lynch lead Republican John Stephen by 11 points in their race for New Hampshire's highest office.  Lynch, the incumbent governor, was enjoying the sizable lead, thinking that his seat was secure.  A new poll says it is not.

According to the nation's most accurate polling service, Rasmussen, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Stephen are in a statistical dead-heat, with Lynch receiving 48% and Stephen garnering 46%, well in the margin of error.  This destroys the mindset that the seat is untouchable.

This new poll is even more shocking when compared to recent elections that Lynch participated in.  In 2006, as an incumbent, Lynch defeated his Republican opponent Jim Coburn by garnering73.5% of the vote.  In 2008, Lynch defeated another Republican challenger, Joseph Kennedy, by garnering 69.8% of the vote.  New Hampshire is one of only two states to hold gubernatorial elections every two years.

In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain by approximately 10%, which is yet another thing in stark contrast with the current governor's race.

In a year where Republicans look to make huge gains in Congress, it looks as if they may also make huge strides elsewhere.

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Lisa Murkowski is a small, small woman.

Lisa Murkowski is a small, small woman.

Instead of endorsing the Republican ticket that her fellow Alaskans selected in late August, Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced a write-in campaign for US Senate. Of course, you know what this means: the long red State of Alaska could go blue this November if Joe Miller and Senator Murkowski split the GOP vote.

Alaska's 2004 Senatorial election:
Ms.Murkowski (R) - 149,773 - 48.6%.
Tony Knowles (D) - 140,424 - 45.6%.
Third party/Other - 18,112 - 5.8%.

Joe Miller is the rightful Republican Nominee in Alaska, but because the little Senator subscribes to the divine right of all Murkowski's to rule, she absolutely refuses to accept the will of the people, jeopardizing the future of the Party that she has called home for years. It is amazing what a little power will do to people.

Alaska's 2010 Republican Primary:
Joe Miller - 55,878 - 50.9%.
Ms.Murkowski - 53,872 - 49.1%.

This should be a lesson to everyone involved in politics: what appeared to be a sure thing a few weeks ago, winning back the US Senate in our case, has become unachievable. Whether our current fall started with an unelectable candidate in Delaware, or a power obsessed Senator from Alaska, I'll let you decide, but one thing is undeniable - the Senate is unattainable this election.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Murkowski Must Step Aside

I'm tired of these Republicans who say they are for the people and for their party, yet when they lose a primary, come hell or high water everything is about them.  Charlie Crist did this crap in Florida.  Now Lisa Murkowski has officially said that she is in the Alaska Senate race.

Now, if you haven't been paying attention to Alaska, let me fill you in.  In August they held their Republican primary.  The top two candidates were Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski.  Murkowski lost, Miller won, fair and square.  But Murkowski couldn't let it rest.

Instead of helping her party (and helping the United States) she refused to drop out.  And now she has declared that she is running as a write-in candidate.

Murkowski must step aside.  Not only is she making a mockery of herself and is making her party look bad, she is hurting Joe Miller's chances to win in Alaska.  Murkowski has no chance of winning.  Even Sarah Palin has stated that her campaign is "futile."

If Ms. Murkowski cares about the voters and her nation, she will walk away.  If she wants to end the drunken spending of Congress, she will help Joe Miller win so he can have a vote in the Senate.  Not only does she look like a fool, she is hurting everyone around her, including you and me.
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Fireflies




The Charles Prize for Poetry, 2010






Fireflies



~a medical resident
Hand clasps hand
on the window sill,
he in a paper-thin gown,
she in her Sunday dress.
Snow falls.
He craves the sting of crystals
on his tongue,
a shovel to carve a meandering path
to the front door.
And she –
a spark from dying embers
that once flushed his cheeks,
now sunken and pale.
Lilacs blossom.
He dug the earth for their resting place,
pruned them religiously,
watered their roots.
She filled glasses with branches
pouring over the rim –
a breath of lavender anticipation.
Heat rises.
He remembers capturing fireflies in jars
with punctured holes to breathe
and watching them through the night
as their lights flickered
then faded away.
She remembers
laughing at the red juice stains
from freshly picked raspberries
on their chins.
Leaves fall.
The crisp sun is distant
from the blurred shadows of the hospital bed.
The hurried migration of the birds
is silenced by the glass.
From the window,
they imagine the rush of delicate wings
headed south
and the imminent scent of autumn –
Burnt orange peels, smoky maple,
roasting pumpkin seeds.
Their lights flicker,
then fade away.
***

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Stimulating!

It's great work, if you can find it!


"I'm disappointed that we've only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million," says Wendy Greuel, the city's controller, while releasing an audit report.

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And the Newest TEA Party Memeber Is...




"I've been saying everything you just said from the beginning of this campaign," said Cuomo when asked about the Tea Party's message.
'Tea Party voter, Democrat or Republican, and independent or conservative, I don’t think the labels matter this year.' — Andrew Cuomo, pictured here yesterday, trumpeting his reform credentials as better than those of Carl Paladino

BRIGITTE STELZER
'Tea Party voter, Democrat or Republican, and independent or conservative, I don’t think the labels matter this year.' — Andrew Cuomo, pictured here yesterday, trumpeting his reform credentials as better than those of Carl Paladino

"You're going to have to cut the programs because you're not going to be able to pay the amount."

"That's what the deficit is all about . . . Tea Party voter, Democrat or Republican, and independent or conservative, I don't think the labels matter this year," Cuomo continued."

It's true, labels don't matter this year. In fact, they never have. It doesn't much matter that Mr. Cuomo is willing to talk the talk if he isn't willing to walk the walk. He clearly isn't willing to do this.

"They're fearful of the situation in their own lives. They're afraid of their own personal economics, and then they look at Albany and they look at the state government that was supposed to be of service to them. This is the government that was supposed to be there when you needed help. They need help; they look at Albany and the dysfunction is breathtaking."

"Government isn't the solution; it's the problem."
-Ronald Reagan


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Point-Counter Point: Who Are the Top 5 Republican Choices for President, 2012?

Pundit Press is pleased to announce it's first of what will hopefully be many Point-Counterpoints with the great Reganite Republican.  This week we debate who are the best candidates for the Republican nomination for President in 2012:

Point, by Aurelius of Pundit Press:

Sarah Palin- Yes, the bane of the Dmocratic Party and liberals in general is one of the top contenders for the Presidency come 2012. With clear political pull (just look at her endorsements for congress) and her presence in the American media, Mrs. Palin has both clout and name recognition. Add to that the fact that she could be the first female Commander-in-Chief and you've got someone who is poised to strike at the presidency.

David Petraeus- One of the greatest and most repsected military minds of our age, David Petraeus is one of my favorite candidates. Not only does he have cadence and quick wit, but he has incredible foreign policy experience. On top of that is his honorable and exceedingly successful military leadership. Petraeus deserves respect and has earned it.

Jeb Bush- That's right, another Bush. Jeb Bush successfully led Florida as its governor for two terms and has the conservative values that Republicans are looking for. With discontent with President Obama rising, by 2012 many voters will have a much brighter view of the George W. Bush years than during the 2008 election. Jeb Bush's last name could very well boost his candidacy.

Chris Christie- Although he's been in office for just a short time, Chris Christie's governorship of New Jersey has been nothing short of excellent. Though some doubts about this conservative-ness abound, his actions so far leading NJ show a conservative who is also pragmatic and good at what he does. On top of it all, he has shown he knows how to run a campaign and win.

Mitt Romney- The most important thing going for Mitt Romney is name recognition. Coming just short of the Republican nomination for President in 2008, Romney has been in the public's ey for over two years now. Some questions still about about his stances, but he is widely considered conservative.

Dark Horse- Glenn Beck: One of the nation's most influential political commentators, he has spearheaded a gigantic rally in Washington as well as the Tea Party and 9.12 Project. He'll have no problem with name recognition and is extremely conservative to boot. Though he's said that he won't run, some of his actions say otherwise.

Counter-Point, by RR

Sarah Palin

+ Natural political talent, huge charisma, tough, principled conservative, a real fighter, building a lot of support with her winning touch in the primaries

- Too good-looking by half, slightly silly accent, establishment GOP/MSM/entire Left out to destroy the poor gal... and Levi Johnston needs to get a job on a rig in Siberia

Intrade: 18.6

Sum: Hard to hold this one down... just like the powerful grassroots movement she's so closely allied with
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Mitt Romney

+ Highly competent manager, economic expert, previous runner-up, looks and acts presidential

- Too good-looking by half, dull on the stump, hiding/laying low while waiting his turn, mostly absent from today's battle for the future of the nation... disappointing, where's some courage and sense of urgency here?  The tipping-point is now, not two years too late...

Intrade: 31.2

Sum: apparent front-runner to this point, and the establishment's dream candidate. For the rest of us, the father of RomneyCare has got some 'splainin to do... and we haven't heard a peep yet.
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Tim Pawlenty

+ social conservative, respected governor, no apparent skeletons

- Lacks charisma and national political base, has been tepid in support of TEA Party movement... 'Cuda left him in the dust

Intrade: 12.8

Sum: already running, basically
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Bobby Jindal

+ Wiz-kid Reaganite with a resume/record of success that puts most others to shame, impressive manager in most ways, novel background

- still not 40 yrs old, pretty-much choked in his big national TV debut

Intrade: 4.6

Sum: I really like Bobby Jindal... for 2016-2020, though.
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John Bolton

+ Great strategic mind, true conservative -and patriot- all the way

- Pugnacious nature, honest to a fault, lack of campaign experience, distaste for for inside-the-Beltway DC political games

Intrade: n/a

Sum: Love the man... but I dunno if he's serious about recent hints, and came as quite a surprise to most.
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Runners-up: Barbour, Daniels, or maybe Newt- although he's a non-starter for me personally due to heavy, heavy baggage and a number of poor choices from working with race-hustler Al Sharpton to total loser moves in NY-23... Scozzafava really made fool of him.

As a defense hawk, I don't stand take Ron Paul serious... at all.

Sure like Petraeus, would like to hear more from him on some key issues. But the good General seems fairly resolute about not entering politics anyway, and if the politically inexperienced Petraeus did go that way, perhaps a better fit as a VP alongside -say- a Sarah Palin...

So, who do you think is best?
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Johnson Takes Big Lead in Wisconsin

For months the Wisconsin Senatorial election has been deadlocked between Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, and Republican businessman Ron Johnson. Basically the polling data has had Ron Johnson leading by one point, which is statistically meaningless. However, a brand new poll could shift Wisconsin into the "Lean Republican" category for the rest of the general election.

Rasmussen Survey of 750 Likely Voters:
Ron Johnson - 51%.
Sen. Feingold - 44%.
Someone else - 1%.
"Undecided" - 4%.

Johnson is obviously enjoying a big boost from his Republican Primary win on Tuesday, when he won the Nomination with 84% of the vote. This polling data also represents the first time in a Rasmussen Reports poll that either candidate has reached the coveted "50% mark," which bodes well for Mr.Johnson, a pure political novice.
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Perhaps Republican control of the Senate is still feasible.

5 Arrested Over Plot Targeting the Pope.

I can't believe this. Who would want to kill the Pope?

Five men have been arrested in London and were being questioned over an alleged threat to Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of his tour of Britain, police said Friday.

The men, between the ages of 26 and 50, were arrested under the Terrorism Act at a business in central London. They were being questioned at a London police station and had not been charged.


Of all the religious leaders in the world, I would definitely deem Pope Benedict as the harmless one. However, even the peaceful Pope cannot escape the reality of the world's situation - Islamic Jihadists are out to kill us all:
Police declined to say whether the men were British or give details of their ethnicity. However, the BBC reported the men were not British nationals. Sources told Sky News that the suspects were Algerians.

The evil scum that we all face will stop at nothing to intimidate the world.

Daily Kos Founder: Scott Rasmussen is a "Chickensh--"

Crazy blogger and founder of dailykos.com Markos Moulitsas has been busy lately.  He's had to try to figure out an excuse for the reversal in fortunes of his beloved Democrats, all the while bashing the right and writing a book that calls all conservatives "jihadists."  I guess all of that extra work is starting to go to his pompous head.

Covering the primaries extensively Tuesday night, Moulitsas rambled on about the usual moonbattery.  'All conservatives are racists.'  Heard it.  'O'Donnell's inexperienced and dumb.'  Heard that too.  But taking a step outside of his usual delusions, Moulitsas decided to insult the founder of the nation's most accurate polling service, Scott Rasmussen.

Rambling about the election of Christine O'Donnell, Moulitsas took a step back and decided to take Scott Rasmussen on.  I'll quote him here and provide a picture of his post so you don't need to go to his site and give him unnecessary traffic.

Talking about the primaries, Moulitsas wrote, "Tomorrow we'll have general election matchups from PPP in Delaware and New Hampshire. And I'm sure Rasmussen will have O'Donnell ahead by 17 points, Ayotte by 34, even though he was too chickens--- to poll the primaries."  I added those three dashmarks.

Here's the actual post.  Since we're a family site, I've blurred the word in question:
Here's the link if you want to go to his site and see it for yourself.

So let me get this straight...Rasmussen Reports did not do polls on several primaries (though he did polls on many) so that means he is biased?  Or that means he's a "chicken----?"  Or that means he will automatically put O'Donnell and Ayotte in front?  I'm sorry, but I don't understand insane logic (and hopefully you don't either).

Apparently Mr. Moulitsas is unaware of Rasmussen Report's accuracy.  Either that or he is utterly aware of it, and thinks that by smearing them, he can discredit them.

Sorry, Moulitsas, the only person you discredit is yourself.
Can you say "crazy?"
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Data: Liberal Websites' Readership Drastically Down

Apparently it's not liberal Democrats who are feeling the pain.  According to data from Alexa, which ranks website popularity, the average rank of liberal websites have severely descended over the last three months.

Sites like dailykos.com, democraticunderground.com, msnbc.com, and the formerly conservative littlegreenfootballs.com have seen precipitous drops in readership as well as ranking.  Alexa takes several factors into account when ranking websites, including links and the ability of a site to generate buzz.  However, the number one factor by far is readership.  It then takes the 3-month average of the site and assigns it a "rank" based on its performance.  Google is number 1, and the greater your number, the smaller your website is.

Little Green Footballs's drop is by far the most stark, as it has lost over 11,000 spots in the last three months alone and is now a lowly 47,342 (click on the pictures for much better quality):
In fact, if you look closely, LGF has been doing so poorly that even though its 7 day ranking is 50,291 (which is still lower than what it is now), Alexa shows that it has improved by 23,193 spaces.  In other words, before this past week, the traffic rank that Little Green Footballs was getting was well into the mid 70,000s.

Next is the psuedo-news site MSNBC.  If the beating they were taking in the TV ratings wasn't enough, they're shedding people on line as well:

Not only is MSNBC down 255 spots (which, as you get higher, means a tremendous amount of traffic), but in August they almost dipped underneath 6,000.  Their current rank is 2,882.  To put that into perspective, the Drudge Report is ranked number 426 in the world and in the last three months its ranking has improved.

The Daily Kos, known for being a liberal site and its crazy founder, has also fallen precipitously in ranking, dropping nearly one thousand spots to number 4,755:
If you look closely, you can see a clear trend of the site decreasing in size and rank.  Also, Daily Kos is also headstrong enough to have Site Meter on the bottom of their website.  Here's their monthly traffic over the last year (I added the arrow):
Ouch.

Last, but possibly least, is Democratic Underground, which has dropped over 1,500 places to number 7,415 over the last three months:
Not only are Democratic Underground and the Daily Kos down in readership, but Free Republic, their chief conservative rival, is now larger than both sites at rank 4,288.

The conservative Instapundit has risen over 1,300 spots in the last three months.  Hot Air, another conservative website, has also increased according to Alexa.  Firstthings.com has also risen, jumping over 1,000 spots.

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