Monday, December 20, 2010

Liberal Bias Alert- Yahoo: "End of year action restores Obama luster"

It must be nice for President Obama to have liberal "journalists" brown-nosing him, no matter how much he fails. Take Stephen Collinson, for example.  A non-biased, actual journalist would look at Obama's record-low approval ratings and realize that the President is at a low-ebb for popularity.  But apparently the liberal hack Collinson pays no mind to tricky things called "facts."

Take his newly written Yahoo "news" article.  According to Collinson, the country has returned to the kool-aid induced hysteria of rabid Obama support.  So declares his headline, "action restores Obama luster."  This "journalist" then goes into detail.

Here is his opening paragraph in its entirety:
"WASHINGTON (AFP) – From the wreckage of the mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama, preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship, is engineering a political rebound and reinvigorating his administration."
Yes, yes, of course President Obama has been preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship... He's always done that (wink, wink).  Unfortunately for Collinson, people cannot see him winking while reading the slop he calls an article.

But wait, there's more:

"After delaying his departure for his annual holiday in his native Hawaii, Obama was also working overtime to close another significant political victory -- Senate ratification of a new nuclear arms deal with Russia.
December's achievements will join a historic health care reform, a financial regulatory overhaul and the rescue of the banking and auto sectors in an already full presidential legacy after two crisis-scarred years in power."
Sigh.  Will these so-called journalists never get it?  They cannot simply lie to Americans and get away with it.  We are more intelligent than they can comprehend.

Obama: According to Liberals, he's back and better than ever

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Video: Biden Still Doesn't Get it

Joe Biden, interviewed by a friendly audience at NBC says that the November election signaled not a rejection of the Democratic Party, but rather a call for "compromise."

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Joe Manchin skips Senate votes for Christmas party.

Senator Joe Manchin skipped two very important votes yesterday to attend a Christmas party he never misses, while the cancer stricken Senator Ron Wyden remained in Washington to cast his non-decisive votes on both Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the DREAM Act. This left Conservatives in West Virginia without true representation on either vote.

I can see the 2012 Republican candidate's campaign advertisement already:

Where was Senator Joe Manchin when Washington liberals were forcing the pro-illegal alien DREAM Act down our throats in 2010's lameduck session of Congress? He was drinking egg nog, singing carols, and avoiding his official Senatorial duties at a Christmas party he never misses.

Tell Senator Joe Manchin that on November 6th: We wont miss him either.

What was Senator Joe Manchin thinking when he made this idiotic decision?

Jets defeat Steelers 22-17.

The New York Jets (10-4) have defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) twenty-two to seventeen this afternoon. The Jets won the game on a late fourth quarter safety by Jason Taylor that forced the AFC North division leading Steelers to drive for an unsuccessful touchdown in the final seconds, instead of a field goal.

Brad Smith (kickoff return) and Mark Sanchez (rushing) accounted for the Jets two touchdowns, while Nick Folk succeeded in both of his field goal attempts. I think this solid victory could be the spark that the Jets have lacked this season.

The Jets are traveling once again next week to take on the Chicago Bears.

NY Jets (10-4) - 22.
Steelers (10-4) - 17.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Is America Ready for an Unconventional Presidential Candidate?

It is fascinating that Herman Cain would bill himself as the "unconventional candidate" that America is ready to embrace. Particularly, given the candidacy of President Obama and his envelopment by the American people.

I don't know much about Mr. Cain, but I like what I hear in this interview with Greta Van Susteran.

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DADT is Repealed!!!

The Senate today voted today 65-31 to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allow gays in the military. Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law sometime next week.

The law is a milestone for both the military and gay rights. The overturning of DADT is on par with Truman's 1947 executive order inegrating the military The United States joins countries like Israel, Canada, Australia, and the UK in allowing all citizens to join the military, regardless of sexual orientation.

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How will Obama respond to Venezuela?

The Venezuela Congress has granted "president" Hugo Chavez the authority to decree laws into existence. It makes me sick to my stomach to write the words, but Venezuela has officially fallen into the stern hands of a dictator, and unless someone (internal, or external*) takes the necessary steps to oust Chavez from power: Latin America's marxist regimes of the past could regain their control of the present, and of the near future.

The leader & nation of the free world must condemn Venezuela's actions as soon as possible. But is Barack Obama up to the job on either front?

Probably not. President Obama stood with Manuel Zelaya, who was attempting to abolish term limits in Honduras via an illegal national referendum last year, instead of standing with the Honduras People, Supreme Court, Congress, and Constitution - all of which called for the legally forced removal of the dictator wannabe.


That is just one example. We could go down the Cuban road where Obama has favored a weaker stance against the Communist Castro's regime and the Hugo Chavez road where Obama has joked about and dismissed the "presidente" of Venezuela constantly. That kind of attitude towards evil is often a tell-tale sign of inability and inexperience on foreign policy matters.

Obama will probably condemn Venezuela in a really tough letter to the United Nations, and then accept another anti-European book from Chavez whenever they meet again. I could be mistaken, but with the President's own disgustingly horrid record on despots across the entire world since being sworn in......

What do you think?

*- Paging the CIA.


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Here Comes the Judge

Judging that the mandate in President Obama’s Health Care bill is an unconstitutional expansion of the commerce clause, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson struck a blow for a commonsense approach to constitutional interpretation.  He further decided that words actually have meanings and are not merely place holders for future generations to use as they deconstruct the document meant to limit government into a document used to expand it.
Judge Hudson stated “At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance -- or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage -- it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”  In his well reasoned and well stated 42 page opinion, Hudson also said many things which have needed saying for quite some time.  After years of activist judges stretching our tortured Constitution from limiting the government to limiting the citizen it’s refreshing to see an American jurist proclaiming that the corruption of our fundamental charter is leading us towards the creation of an unlimited central government usurping the powers expressly reserved to the States and the people.
Several of his statements are so well worded and so important they deserve repeating by every patriot who has a voice:
According to Judge Hudson:
“Although the Necessary and Proper Clause vests Congress with broad authority to exercise means, which are not themselves an enumerated power, to implement legislation, it is not without limitation.”
“Every application of Commerce Clause power found to be constitutionally sound by the Supreme Court involved some form of action, transaction, or deed placed in motion by an individual or legal entity.”
“Although purportedly grounded in the General Welfare Clause, the notion that the generation of revenue was a significant legislative objective is a transparent afterthought.”
“The legislative purpose underlying this provision was purely regulation of what Congress misperceived to be economic activity.”
“[i]f a person's decision not to purchase health insurance at a particular point in time does not constitute the type of economic activity subject to regulation under the Commerce Clause, then logically an attempt to enforce such a provision under the Necessary and Proper Clause is equally offensive to the Constitution.”
“The same reasoning could apply to transportation, housing, or nutritional decisions. This broad definition of the economic activity subject to congressional regulation lacks logical limitation and is unsupported by Commerce Clause jurisprudence....”
“Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market. In doing so, enactment of the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision exceeds the Commerce Clause powers vested in Congress under Article I....”
“The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers. At its core, the dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance—or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage—it's about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”
“[T]he Minimum Essential Coverage Provision appears to forge new ground and extends the Commerce Clause powers beyond its current high water mark."
These are the type of words patriots have been waiting to hear from the bench!  These are the bold and direct statements needed to reaffirm the truth that the Constitution is meant to limit government not to enable it to run roughshod over the freedom and liberty of the people.  If the original document did not make this clear the Tenth Amendment states this fundamental truth clearly for all to hear, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
However gratifying it is to hear an American Judge stand up for American values we must keep this victory in perspective.  Two other Federal Courts have previously upheld the government mandate.  And one thing can be confidently predicted, all of these rulings will be appealed. 
There is no effective way to bring pressure on a federal judge.  They are insulated by lifetime appointments.  Therefore, We the People cannot influence any of them and our opinion means nothing.  Although some desire for the procedure to be shortened, having the matter immediately brought before the Supreme Court, even that wouldn’t bring a definitive answer until well into the next election cycle.  And then the decision as to the continued freedom of American citizens to refrain from economic activity and the freedom of American citizens to make personal choices for themselves will be left up to nine individuals.   
As the Anti-Federalists warned so many years ago in Brutus's 15th essay; “The supreme court under this constitution would be exalted above all other power in the government, and subject to no control.” The essay continued to warn, “There is no power above them that can correct their errors or control their decisions.”  And, “The power of this court is in many cases superior to that of the legislature.”  Ultimately observing, “When great and extraordinary powers are vested in any man, or body of men, which in their exercise, may operate to the oppression of the people, it is of high importance that powerful checks should be formed to prevent the abuse of it.”  The ratification conventions of the States chose to ignore these powerful arguments; consequently, never has the freedom of so many rested upon the judgment of so few.  And, probably on a vote of 5 to 4 rests the fate of We the People and a limited government. 

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Friday, December 17, 2010

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Democrat Bad News: Senator Wyden to Miss Votes.

Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on DADT Repeal. We can still stop this.

Senator Ron Wyden, a very reliable Liberal Democrat from Oregon, announced today that he will not be present for most of next week's votes because of cancer surgery on Monday, and recovery in the days that follow. The good news is that the prostate cancer was caught early, and that the 14 year Senate veteran will be just fine.

The bad news? Senate Democrats will be without another yes vote on their attempts to pass the DREAM Act, ratify the START Treaty, and repeal the Military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Or, I guess we could call this limited good news from a legislative standpoint, and only from that standpoint. I'm opposed to all personal attacks on elected officials, regardless of affiliation.

As for Democratic attempts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the question is whether or not DADT opponents in the Senate can get another Democrat to oppose repeal (Joe Manchin already does), or get all of our Senators on the same page for the lameduck finale. Stay tuned for a crazy Christmas week in Washington, where Senator Harry Grinch is at it once again in.

Any thoughts?

Cuba Launches EcuRed, A "Non-Imperialist" Version of Wikipedia

It looks like Fidel Castro got tired of looking himself up on Wikipedia, as Cuba has launched EcuRed.  The site touts itself as non-imperialist; it is also designed for Mozilla Firefox because foxes are apparently communists.

The site's default language is Spanish, but don't let that stop you from checking out all of the biased goodness.  For example, it has an extensive article for the "Estados Unidos," or the United States.  Here is a translated paragraph about the United States' supposed imperialism:
"The national image that the United States see themselves as protectors and defenders of the law, freedom and democracy, is based on the belief that they possess moral superiority (because they are the "chosen people"). This assumption has allowed them to justify their interference in the internal affairs of other people (who are not "chosen of God") or outright violence against them."
The first interventionist attitude inspired by the spirit of "Manifest Destiny" was the obsession of the English settlers to be moved from their land (or kill) to Native Americans. As for his relationship with other nations, America tends to manage their external relations as if it were a moral crusade. Usually justify their actions with two arguments, whether the "strong nation that protects the weak", as you can see the vast majority of the American nations, or rather of "the struggle against evil to defend freedom and security the world, "as currently claims about their invasion of Afghanistan."
The website then goes on to say that our nation is not, in fact, ruled by its voters, but by the government.  I'm sure you can see the irony in the fact that Cuba is that way and not us:
"The American electoral system, despite his character central to the political system of that country, presents a series of increasingly sharp contradictions to the extent that the nation has expanded both territorially and in terms of the definition of regional and global imperialist interests. The participation of citizens in the electoral process, either as voters or as candidates, has serious disabilities that make the practice more and more away from what can be considered paradigmatic in the exercise of democracy.
They put many impediments to the electors vote as the elections are held on a weekday and you have to go to work the polling station where appropriate, as voting is not compulsory and the responsibility to vote rests entirely on the city, many people do not vote."
On the bright side, EcuRed references CNN in its article about the United States.

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15 Republicans Vote to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Yesterday, over 8% of the current Republican House membership voted against the United States Marines who are fighting in Afghanistan, and with homosexual agitators who want to destroy Military cohesiveness, effectiveness, morale, and unity in the name of "civil rights". I feel sick to my stomach over this betrayal of Republican values.

The fifteen Republican traitors who voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell:
Representative Biggert.
Representative Bono-Mack.
Representative Campbell.
Representative Castle.
Representative Cao.
Representative Dent.
Representative Diaz-Balart.
Representative Djou.
Representative Dreier.
Representative Ehlers.
Representative Flake.
Representative Paul.
Representative Platts.
Representative Reichert.
Representative Ros-Lehtinen.

It's bad enough Americans oppose the War on Terror (even though they do appreciate that extra protection on their flights) with our troops on the ground in Afghanistan, but for our House of Representatives (and probably Senate) to put liberal social engineering over effective Military combat - is unbecoming of a proud people.

All 250 Representatives who voted for repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law - regardless of political affiliation, deserve a pink slip in November 2012. And to the fifteen Democrats who stood with our Military* on this issue: God Bless you for standing for what's right, even though the liberals in your Party will revolt.

This legislation is heading to the Senate, and hopefully the trashbin of history.

* - The men fighting in the desert, not Robert Gates.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tax Deal Passes Senate

 The Senate overwhelmingly approved the deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for the next two years. Some Democrats had hoped to prevent the passage of the deal but apparently the Senate as a whole believed otherwise. But of course, not everyone is happy:

"It's hard to believe they think it's wise to give a windfall to heirs such as Paris Hilton,'' Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen, an assistant to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wrote in The Washington Post Wednesday. 

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Congressional Approval Falls to New Low

 This may seem a little redundant, but the United States Congress has become more and more unpopular. There, I said it. But it may surprise you (even just a little) that it is polling at the bottom of any Congress since polling was done in the 1930s. That's how unpopular they've become. Gallup has the newest poll out that gives Congress some.... shall we say, poor marks.

Approve: 13%
Disapprove: 83%
Other/und: 4%

This represents the lowest mark for Congress since July 2008 when the Democratic-controlled Congress was incorrectly thought to be controlled by Republicans. There was $4 gas and the market began imploding. Now the Democrats have outdone themselves. 

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John McCain on Phil Hendrie

Here's an awesome interview that Phil Hendrie did with Senator John McCain.  Listen to the part where they talk about zombies (I'm not kidding):

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The Hudson ObamaCare ruling means nothing.

Memo to Conservative bloggers: Stop celebrating over yesterday's Henry Hudson decision that ruled the individual mandate portion of ObamaCare "unconstitutional". We didn't win anything, we didn't prevent enforcement, and we didn't outlaw the law. I just do not understand all of the excitement.

So what happened yesterday? The Conservative Republican Attorney General of Virginia got a Conservative Republican judge in Virginia, who was appointed by a Conservative Republican in 2002, to rule a portion of the most hated piece of legislation in Conservative Republican history unconstitutional.

Judge Hudson did not file an injunction to stop the practice of ObamaCare when it comes into effect in 2014. Unfortunately, without this, there is not much we can do at this court level to stop the mandates from coming into effect. We'd need something from a higher court-- or at least an injunction.

Give me a break! We won absolutely nothing yesterday, except vindication of our arguments to repeal the awful law, which everyone with two brains already realized. Is that really something to celebrate for an entire news cycle? Absolutely not. We need to get our repeal/outlaw plans in line for ObamaCare: Anything short of a 5-4 ruling on the Supreme Court is definitely worthless to our cause.

Call me when Justice Kennedy makes his decision on ObamaCare.

Until then we need to make sure that we bring the case up to the Supreme Court and get them to deem the bill unconstitutional. We can't accept half-measures as long as we cannot repeal ObamaCare-- and we need the Court to step in and force the end of the mandates.

Festivus Apparently Now an Official Holiday

Apparently those who couldn't get enough of Festivus on Seinfeld can now celebrate it-- with the government deeming it an actual holiday. It's the decision of a judge where else? California:

Judge Johnson pulled King's lawyer and the prosecutor aside and said he needed a religion to put down on the order to make it stick, explained Thiagarajah.
“I said Festivus,” said Thiagarajah. The order was granted – three non-salami meals a day.
County Counsel researched Festivus, arguing the holiday was the creation of writer Dan O’Keefe to celebrate his first date with his wife in 1966. The holiday was introduced to the world by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for "Seinfeld," who wrote it into the show.

No kidding.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Breaking: Tax Cut Bill Advances in Senate

The tax cut compromise reached by President Obama and Republicans has passed its first hurdle in the Senate.  According to breaking news, the tax deal has gained the 60 votes it needed to advance in the Senate.  This would pave the way for the bill's passing in only a day or two.

Despite the fact that the bill has now passed its first test, it has been met with some resistance by both Democrats and Republicans.  Some Democrats argue that there should be no extension of tax cuts, while many Republicans believe that the extra spending in the bill would increase the deficit.

The compromise came after President Barack Obama compared Republicans to terrorists who were holding the middle class "hostage."  After his political talking points, however, the President actually decided to try to work with Republicans instead of mindlessly bashing them.

The deal was announced to mixed feelings amongst some Republicans, but the harshest criticism came from the President's base.  Once the compromise was announced, across the internet thousands of liberal democrats took to their keyboards to bash the Commander in Chief they so blindly followed for the last two years.

For example, the liberal site The Huffington Post had over 20,000 comments on their article announcing the deal.  The liberal site Daily Kos had nearly 1,000 comments on their article, entitled "President Obama announces deal to continue Bush tax policy."  Here are just a few comments from Daily Kos that show the tremendous displeasure that liberals have with their President (with some language cleaned up):

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Chuck Schumer: 'Tea Party Does Not Favor Cutting Taxes'

Something tells me that most of the Democrats did not get the message of last month's election.  Apparently they prefer to shove their head in the sand (and most likely somewhere else), and pretend that it never happened.

And then there is New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Not only does Senator Schumer deny that the election had any real significance, but that it might have had the opposite affect that people believe it did.  In a recent interview, Schumer stated:
“Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle said, ‘Did you hear the mandate of the election?’ Well, I ran this year, I got 66 percent of the vote in my state. And I saw lots of people and lots of angry people. . . . But not a single one of them, from the tea party or anywhere else, said give tax breaks to the millionaires.”
That's weird because I don't know if I've ever heard of a Tea Partier who was against tax cuts.  But hey, what are facts to Chuck Schumer, right?
But I guess nobody bothered to tell Tea Party Express that the Tea Party doesn't support keeping taxes down for the rich, because they wrote in August:
Join us to demand that Congress doesn’t create a double-dip recession by raising taxes! We the undersigned demand that President Obama and Congress:
1. Keep tax rates at current levels
2. Keep tax rates so there is no “marriage penalty”
3. No cuts in deductions for adoption or dependent care
4. No return of the Death Tax.
5. Keep capital gains tax rate at 15%
Nor did anyone tell these various liberal hit pieces, like this one, this one, and this one.  I suppose either Schumer is right, or he lives in his own tiny little world with a constant suspension of disbelief.  I'm thinking it's the latter.

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Steele Won't Run for Second Term

News is coming in that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has decided not to run for a second term. This comes after fairly intense scrutiny and calls for his resignation. Steele stupidly said that Afghanistan was unwinnable and 'Obama's war.' So FoxNews has broken the story that he will be stepping down.

Fox News has confirmed Steele sent an e-mail to committee members Saturday night with the subject line, “conference call.”

In the note, he asked members to join him "for a private conference call" Monday evening.

This would be good news for the party as it gears up for the 2012 stakes. We don't need a fool representing the interests of the party or making us look bad.

Now the real question is-- who should replace him?

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. In this edition we can see that Obama's numbers are falling since he announced his tax cut deal. This could represent widespread liberal dissatisfaction over the deal.

So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Approve: 46%
Disapprove: 47%


Approve: 44%
Disapprove: 55%

It appears that overall, Obama's approval ratings have fallen 1.4% since the last time we've done our roundup article. His disapproval has actually fallen two-tenths of a percent, possibly because liberals are just not happy but not angry, overall.

Approve: 44.8%
Disapprove: 48.2%

Keep a sharp eye out for this week's polling. The tax rate deal could have a further impact either way.

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Here is Tim meeting the President of the United States, Barack Obama.  In a clear show of disrespect, Tim left on his hat, apparently angry over the Health Care Bill:

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Metrodome, The Taxes, and The Vikings.

The Metrodome,

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of 17.1 inches of snow last night. Leaving the sorry Minnesota Vikings without a home stadium for this week's game against the New York Giants team. The stadium is twenty-eight years old, and can hold over 64,000 fans at any given NFL game.

The Taxes,

Public Policy Polling recently found that 49% of Minnesota voters would rather have the Vikings leave for greener pastures, such as California, than to publicly fund a new stadium with taxpayer dollars via increased taxes. With the stadium situation reaching a zenith of epic proportions with yesterday's snow storm, one must wonder whether the voters will change their minds on public funding.

and The Vikings.

How could this season get any worse for Minnesota? Not one aspect of this long season has gone right to this point - Brett Farve is a disaster, Brad Childress was fired, Chicago's leading the NFC North, voters would rather see them leave than pay a little extra in taxes, and the teflon roof of the Metrodome collapsed.

The perfect conditions are aligning in Minnesota for the team to leave. Besides for the dedication of the Vikings fanbase week in, and week out, I don't see why the team would want to remain in the great north. They need a new dome, a new quarterback, and a new source of revenue to help fund the new dome they need.

Will the fans, politicians, and voters of Minnesota approve of what is needed to keep the Vikings in state? We shall see in the coming months, and years.

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Charles Krauthammer on the Tax Cut Deal

The Hammer has some comments on Friday's edition of Sean Hannity's show.

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Terrorists Strike Sweden

Two cars explode; one killed, two injured

Two cars bombs exploded in the Swedish capital of Stockholm last night, apparently killing a terrorist and injuring two civilians.  Just ten minutes before the first blast, the Swedish news agency TT received a rambling email, exclaiming:

"[T]he time has come to take action...Now your children, daughters and sisters shall die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying."
Firefighters try to put out car fire
The email also referred to drawing of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Of one of the terrorist, witnesses said:
"He also had a rucksack full of nails and suspected explosive material, the newspaper said. It also quoted eyewitnesses saying the man was shouting in what was apparently Arabic."
Fox News also reports:
"Sweden — which has so far been spared any large terrorist attacks — raised its terror threat alert level from low to elevated in October because of "a shift in activities" among Swedish-based groups that could be plotting attacks there.
The security police said then that the terrorism threat in Sweden remained low compared to that in other European countries, and no attack was imminent."

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Five Longest Senate Filibusters.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filibustered the tax compromise between President Obama and Senate Republicans for over eight hours yesterday afternoon. It was the longest Senate filibuster of the 21st century and the longest since New York Senator Al D'Amato's 15 hour speech in 1992.

However, the Senator from Vermont didn't even come close to breaking the top five United States Senate filibusters of all time.

1. Strom Thurmond (D-SC) - 1957 - 24 hours & 18 minutes.
2. Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) - 1986 - 23 hours & 30 minutes.
3. Wayne Morse (I-Oregon) - 1953 - 22 hours & 26 minutes.
4. Robert LaFollette (P-WI) - 1908 - 18 hours & 23 minutes.
5. William Proxmire (D-WI) - 1981 - 16 hours & 12 minutes.

Talk about long winded!

Senator Strom Thurmond's 24 hour filibuster/speech will probably never be surpassed in our lifetime, but then again Senator LaFollette's record breaking speech in the opening decade of the 20th century stood for almost fifty years until Senator Wayne Morse outdid his mentor by over four hours.

What do you think?

Special notes:

Senator Thurmond's filibuster was against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Senator Morse grew up in Wisconsin, and deeply respected LaFollette.
Senator D'Amato is both second and seventh for the longest filibusters.
Senator Byrd's historic filibuster lasted only for 14 hours & 13 minutes.

A Born Again Bush Booster and the Stealth Stimulus

President Barak Obama faced the nation as a born again Bush Booster as he reversed years of personal commitment and regurgitated rhetoric presenting the extension of the Bush tax cuts as his plan for recovery.
Lurking beneath the ├╝ber partisan vitriol in President Obama’s announcement and serial defense of his post-partisan compromise with the Republican leadership he admitted that raising taxes is counterproductive when growing the economy is your goal. 
Does it make anyone else wonder why when the bubble burst we didn’t cut taxes and get out of the way?  For approximately the same cost of the TARP slush fund, which was used to pay for everything except toxic assets or the non-stimulating stimulus slush fund, every working American could have been given a one-year tax holiday.  Just think about it, if you were getting the gross instead of the net every week do you think you would have spent any more money?  Do you think the economy would still be in the doldrums a year and a half after the Great Recession is “over”?  Come to think, of it why don’t the unemployed just go out and get one of those shovel-ready jobs?  Oh, that’s right two years after the razzle-dazzle sales pitch the pitchman learned they never existed.  Then we learned he knew it all along.
Don’t be fooled as the Democratic Progressives race the Republican Progressives to the microphones complaining they were rolled in Mr. Obama’s Great Compromise.  What they’re really arguing about is how much of the money we earn they can afford to let us keep.  If either side was really ready for the heady wine of liberty they’d talk about eliminating taxes not just about letting us keep the pittance George II agreed to let us hold for a few years. 
Three generations ago, back at the dawn of the 20th century before the Creature from Jekyll Island and its mad creator, the Congress that devoured a nation began their present reign as the Central Bank and the Central Planning Board most of the taxes that Americans presently bear were nonexistent.  Was the Federal Government broke?  Were millions starving to death because food stamps hadn’t been invented?  Were our citizens wallowing in ignorance because the Education Department hadn’t been created?  Were the States declaring bankruptcy because they didn’t receive grants, bail-outs, or subsidies?
No. Before the creation of the Federal Reserve, which was supposed to safe guard the value of the dollar and end the boom and bust of the business cycle, America was the most prosperous, innovative, and growing nation on earth.  Before the Progressives managed to shackle the capitalist engine of growth, dumb down the best informed public, and make dependent the most independent population the world had ever known America was the can-do capital and the go-to place.
We have witnessed our erstwhile messiah and media darling turn into a whining, complaining prima donna who after spending two years saying Bush’s tax cuts were the cause of the Great Recession now he says if we let them expire it will make the economy worse.  This would give smoke and mirrors a bad name.  After two years vilifying his predecessor instead of ever once taking responsibility for anything the best President Obama can come up with is, “Let George do it”?  We need to impeach his teleprompter for inconsistency and incompetence.
It’s time to ignore the stewards trying to calm the soon-to-expire passengers by convincing them that the configuration of the deck chairs makes a difference. It’s time to tell the captain, the navigator, and the helmsmen we need to turn our ship-of-state before it hits the iceberg of insolvency.  It’s time to take our eyes off the riveting debate between the Democrat whiners, and Weiners, the Republican Snow-jobs and Cantors, and realize these people are more interested in perpetuating the current progressive pyramid of power than in resuscitating our Republic.
The American system doesn’t need bureaucrats tinkering with the tax code.  We need bold patriots ready to make hard choices.  We don’t need gimmicks like cutting the Social Security tax for a short period to make people feel like they’ve received relief from crushing taxation.  We need to admit Clinton’s mythical lock-box and every other band aide our federal masters have used for the last two generations doesn’t change the fact that the Social Security scam has always been a ponzi scheme that makes Madoff look like a piker.
If our generation is to step up we’re going to have to turn off the game, put down the adult beverage, and become profiles in courage if we’re to be the conscious of a conservative for a nation lost in the lunacy of liberalism.  None dare to call it treason, but the fact of the matter is we’ve been and are being sold a bill of goods.  The money is gone: squandered on vote buying social engineering programs that have debilitated our population.
If generations of central planning to safeguard the dollar have turned it into wallpaper, if 100 years of regulating the economy to eliminate the business cycle has produced numerous recessions, a Great Depression, and now the Great Recession what have we gained?  What have we lost?
We gained an increasingly intrusive central government which has subdued the States in contravention to the Tenth Amendment and is regimenting the populace in contravention to the Declaration of Independence.  We gained a judicial system that thinks it can legislate from the bench, a legislature which has all but abdicated their responsibility to a bureaucratic nomenclature, and an imperial presidency filled by executives who start wars without declarations, issue signing statements that reverse the meaning of laws, and refuse to secure our borders, our markets, or even the communication of our diplomats.  We gained a burdensome tax system that even the people who write it can’t understand.  We gained a regulated economy unable to compete with communist countries that strangely seem to be more capitalist than we do.
We lost a free society and a limited government based upon a written Constitution and traditions of individual liberty and responsibility.  We lost a free economy where each citizen contributed and each citizen had the opportunity to fail forward into all that they could be.  We lost ourselves and stand in wonder watching leaders who just don’t get it work feverishly to turn us into someone else.
Don’t buy the hype.  This latest compromise isn’t about putting America on track to revival it is a stealth stimulus pouring money into the economy so both sides of the Progressive bandwagon can roll it to the polls one more time.  In addition, who knows what other surprises are hidden in the unread pages of this omnibus Frankenstein.  Don’t drink the Kool-Aide; instead demand the heady wine of freedom and the re-birth of limited government which is the mother’s milk of liberty!
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Yogi Bear: The Worst Movie Ever?

The 'worst movie ever' is a term often thrown around when terrible movies are released.  The upcoming 3D film Yogi Bear takes its inspiration form a classic cartoon and apparently wrecks it. The acting seems staid and the jokes in the commercials are embarrassing. It could possibly be the worst feature film in history.

My personal favorite, of course, is Tommy Wiseau's masterpiece The Room.  Yet at least The Room has some redeeming features, mainly the fact that it is so bad, it is good.  For example, please enjoy this quick summary of the movie:

The soon to premier Yogi Bear, unlike The Room, looks to have absolutely no merit.  It looks absolutely atrocious.  Dear God, just look at the trailer:

I think my eyes are bleeding.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Chris Christie on Tenure in NJ


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The Bernie Sanders Filibuster.

UPDATE: Senator Sanders filibuster lasted eight and a half hours today.

TALK BERNIE TALK! The more time Bernie talks....The less time the Senate votes!

Bernie Sanders, the self admitted Socialist Senator from Vermont, has been filibustering the tax cut compromise between President Obama and Washington Republicans for over six hours now. The Senator* first launched his filibuster at 10:25 this morning (according to CSPAN), and has been lambasting the wealthy ever since.

The Senator has been the most talked about subject on twitter this afternoon, and his own staff has been using the social media outlet to update his 13,000+ followers since the filibuster started this morning. He also received some help from two fellow Senators - both Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have filled in for Sanders for over an hour on the Senate floor.

How long can he go? Tune into CSPAN for the free entertainment.

* - Elected in 2006.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Don't Repeal DADT.

I oppose the repeal of the highly successful Don't Ask, Don't Tell law for several reasons:
  1. The United States Army & Marines oppose repealing the law.
  2. Repealing the law would effect troop morale and unit cohesion.
  3. 70% of combat Marines: Repeal would have a negative impact.
  4. The United States Military is not the place for social engineering.
  5. Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been a resounding success since 1993.

I would rather stand with the United States Marines against homosexuals openly serving in the United States Military* (a policy first implemented by George Washington), along with the Army and Air Force, than with social liberals who believe everyone has a right to serve in the Military, despite an amazing lack of such a right in the Constitution, every day of the week.

One liberal writer with the Washington Post obviously disagrees with me, and his reasoning isn't based on one piece of evidence anchored to reality, or even honesty. Here's what Jonathan Capehart wrote this morning on the subject: "In short, gay men and lesbians serving in silence in the military may have to wait for the courts to liberate them".

You have got to be kidding me. I wonder if Capehart cared about the Iraqi people who needed to be "liberated" from Saddam, or was that just another example of American Imperialism? This is another one of these liberal ploys: If you can't beat them on the facts; beat them on emotions. I don't think Military policy should be based on emotional hogwash, but rather on cold hard facts, and those hard facts oppose repealing the Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on the basis of unit cohesiveness, effectiveness, and morale.

What say you?

* Check out this amazing article by Mackubin Thomas Owens on DADT.

Only one foreign-born Congressman votes against DREAM act.

There are not too many foreign-born American Congressmen in the House of Representatives, in fact there are only eight currently serving in the lameduck session of the 111th Congress, but as a group they could have stood together in unity, and helped defeat the nightmarish "DREAM Act" yesterday evening with only two additional "nay votes" from natural born Citizens. They didn't.

When the United States House of Representatives voted to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens last night, only one foreign-born Congressman stood against the immoral legislation that mocks both natural born and naturalized Citizens. The legislation passed the House 216-198: 38 Democrats voted with House Republicans against it, while 8 Republicans joined House Democrats in voting for it.

So who is this brave foreign-born Representative who places America above all else?
Representative Pete Hoekstra (R) of Michigan's 2nd district, who unlike the rest of his very small yet unique group of Congressmen, was born in Europe. Born as a Dutchman, raised as an American, and votes as Conservatively as anyone can, that is the simplest description of Pete Hoekstra you will ever hear. It is a shame that the rest have not Americanized the same way, especially on immigration.

Representatives Lincoln Diaz-Balart* (R), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), and Albio Spires (D) of Cuba; Mazie Hirono (D) of Japan; Ciro Rodriguez (D) of Mexico; and Joseph Cao (R) of South Vietnam all voted for the anti-law DREAM Act, while Pete Hoekstra (R) voted against it, and David Wu (D) of Taiwan was not present to vote on it. What a disgrace to all naturalized American citizens who risk it all coming here.

Pete Hoekstra deserves a personal celebration for standing up for America.

* Not to be confused with his American born brother, Mario Diaz-Balart.

Final 2010 Tallies

With the last of the 2010 races being decided, The Green Papers has put together an unofficial tally of all ballots cast in the historic election last month, and the numbers are not dramatic at all. In fact, relative to the number of registered voters still lingering around from the 2008 election, voter turnout might actually be lower.

2006 House of Representative elections

Democrats: 42,082,311 - 52.0%.

Republicans: 35,674,808 - 44.1%.

Total votes - 80,975,537 - 100%.

2010 House of Representative elections

Republicans: 44,103,309 - 52.2%.

Democrats: 37,810,704 - 44.7%.

Total voters - 84,563,209 - 100%.

You have got to be kidding me. All of the media coverage, momentum, and enthusiasm brought a grand total of 3.5 million more Americans to the ballot box than in 2006? Perhaps, I'm impatient because not all the results are out for us to count, but even if we reach 5 million more than 2006, it still doesn't feel dramatic to me.

However, there is one bright spot: Republicans gained 8.5 million more votes, and half of those, I can take great pleasure from, are from new voters.

The Johanns amendment failed 61-35.

Last week Senator Michael Johanns of Nebraska introduced an amendment to the FDA FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT that if passed, would have repealed the 1099 requirement in the new health care law for small businesses and would have used unused federal funds to pay for it.

Common sense? You betcha! Did it pass? Absolutely not.

61 Senators (40 Republicans, 21 Democrats) supported the amendment, 35 Democrat Senators opposed the amendment, and four Senators were absent (Brownback, Burr, Lieberman, Pryor); three of them would have supported the amendment. It needed 67 yeas to become apart of the legislation.

So what happened this time?
  1. 31 Senators who opposed the Johanns amendment supported the Baucus amendment, a similar amendment that would have repealed the 1099 requirement for small buisnesses, but would not have paid for it - adding $19 billion to the debt.
  2. The Johanns amendment would have empowered the OMB Director to slash $39 billion in appropriated spending, while the Baucus amendment did not. Senator Baucus even took to the Senate floor to denouce the Johanns amendment for that very reason.
  3. It did not pass.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

House votes to pass DREAM Act.


The United States House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5281 earlier this evening, legislation better known as the pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty "DREAM Act". 216 Representatives (8 Republicans included) voted for the bill, while 196 Representatives (38 Democrats included) voted against it. The legislation is now heading to the Senate, where it is expected to die a well deserved death.

Any thoughts?

The 8 Republicans who voted for the pro-illegal alien, pro-amnesty legislation:

Joseph Cao.
Mike Castle.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Mario Diaz-Balart.
Charles Djou.
Vern Ehlers.
Bob Inglis.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Video: Issa to Investigate Stimulus Funds

Republican Congressman from California, Darrell Issa, told CNN that he would investigate potential abuse in the disbursement of stimulus money:

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Who leads in 2012 GOP opinion polling?

So who is leading in the 2012 Republican Primary fight?

According to opinion polls (mainly Public Policy Polling) the race is divided between three main candidates: former Governor Mitt Romney (leading in eleven states), former Governor Mike Huckabee (leading in nine states), and former Governor Sarah Palin (leading in seven states). The most fascinating result is that Mike Huckabee is leading in Sarah Palin's Alaska.

Three other candidacies are limited in their appeal to certain regions: Newt Gingrich (leading in two states), Tim Pawlenty (leading in one state), and Senator DeMint (leading in one state). Three of the four states are their own, and nineteen states have not even been polled on the election, according to a recent review of all available data, which I hope is updated in the near future.

So who is leading?

Absolutely no-one.

Each of the three main candidates have huge prizes* in their corner, but that could change as none of the three main candidates, or even the three second level candidates are guaranteed to run for the GOP Nomination. Meaning the above created map (Wikipedia is thanked for their blank map section), could have just been a massive waste of my time. Only time will tell.

* - Romney: California, Florida, and New Hampshire. Huckabee: Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Palin: Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Dies at 61

Courageous cancer-fighter Elizabeth Edwards has succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 61.  I wish to extend my condolences to the Edwards family, except for that scumbag John Edwards.  We need more women like Elizabeth Edwards to fight the good fight in the future and not blink when cancer is staring them in the face.
Rest in peace

Poll: Are Democrats Racists Now that they are Bashing Obama?

We've heard it for over two years now: anyone that disagrees with Barack Obama is a racist.  Jimmy Carter, well known for putting his foot in his mouth, said it thusly:

"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African American."

But the real question is: is turn-around fair game?  This past weekend, President Obama compromised with Republicans in order to secure extra votes for his economic policy.  That has led to comments like this on the Huffington Post:
Now that Democrats are out-right bashing the President, are they officially racist too?  Or was the cry of "racism" just a cheap political trick Democrats used to portray Republicans as radicals, and neither Republicans nor Democrats who slam the President are necessarily racists?  You decide:

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A Look at Obama's Approval Ratings

This is your roundup of the major polling of the President's approval ratings. In this edition we can see that Obama's numbers are largely stagnant but rising slightly. The effects of the unemployment rate rising have not been fully factored in.

So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:

Approve: 47%
Disapprove: 45%


Approve: 47%
Disapprove: 53%

It appears that overall, Obama's approval ratings are becoming a bit more positive with his disapproval dropping four tenths of a percent. We also see him gaining in Gallup. A CBS News poll has him at 48-42 which appears to be out of sync with the other polls, throwing off the average slightly.

Approve: 46.2%
Disapprove: 48.4%

Keep a sharp eye out for this week's polling. The tax rate deal could have an impact either way.

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