Topic: Progressivism

If Norm Coleman's prediction comes true, kiss the Republican Party goodbye.

Norm Coleman – the former senator from Minnesota and a prominent advisor for Mitt Romney – suggested over the weekend in an interview that no matter who the Republican nominee is, they are unlikely to fully repeal Obamacare.

The conservative base of the GOP did not bust its butt to return Republicans to control in the House because we like pragmatism, bipartisanship, and tinkering around with Obamacare in an effort to "fix" it. The majority of Americans want it repealed. Obamacare is a malignant tumor on the Republic. If the GOP proves unwilling or unable to cut out that tumor before 2014 -- when it goes into full effect -- then we conservatives will eviscerate the GOP as a political entity and start over. The party cannot survive without us Google the sad fate of the Whig Party; it can happen again.

If the GOP doesn't bleed to get Obamacare repealed, we'll bleed the party dry. Bank on it.

As you watch President Obama's class-warfare-soaked State of The Union address tonight, keep two things in mind.

  1. He's a liar and a demagogue.
  2. Taxation is only half of the story at best.

You have to watch spending too. The poorest Americans got back $8.21 for each $1.00 paid in taxes. The middle class got back $1.30 for every $1.00 paid in taxes. The rich got back $0.41 for every $1.00 paid in taxes. Yes, really.

We do do not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.

The financial wizardry of Sherrod Brown

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I was just checking the latest posts over at Ace of Spades HQ and saw the following. Click it to zoom in:

Sherrod Brown advertises on conservative blog


My own senior U.S. Senator, the radically left-wing utopian Sherrod Brown, apparently thinks it's a smart move to spend campaign funds on ads at conservative blogs. This genius has already shown that he's supremely confident in his ability to spend your money better than you can, since he's delighted to grow every conceivable government program or entitlement you can dream up (except for national defense, which he'd like to gut). Is it any surprise that he's equally profligate when it comes to spreading around that sweet, sweet union cash?

Let me know when his challenger Josh Mandel starts buying ads on Democratic Underground, won't you? I'll try my best not to hold my breath while I wait.

Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown

Veronique de Rugy points out a study just released by economists at the European Central Bank:

Basically, an increase in government spending (whether financed by taxes or by borrowing) reduces economic growth. This is consistent with a paper from a few years ago by Harvard Business School's Lauren Cohen, Joshua Coval, and Christopher Malloy. To their surprise, those authors found that federal spending in states caused local businesses to cut back rather than grow.

But ... but ... what about the multiplier effect of government stimulus spending?

Keynesian economics


Bummer, dude.

What's different? At first glance, not much.

2008: The Guardian Ethos
I am America's Maritime Guardian.
I serve the citizens of the United States.
I will protect them.
I will defend them.
I will save them.
I am their Shield.
For them I am Semper Paratus.
I live the Coast Guard Core Values.
I am a Guardian.
We are the United States Coast Guard.
2011: The Coast Guard Ethos
I am a Coast Guardsman.
I serve the people of the United States.
I will protect them.
I will defend them.
I will save them.
I am their Shield.
For them I am Semper Paratus.
I live the Coast Guard Core Values.
I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.
We are the United States Coast Guard.

Wait a minute. Whom do they serve?

Will cuts in defense spending fix our debt?

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You tell me, progressives.

We have a spending problem


Next foolish campaign slogan, please.

This is too simplistic:

OWS vs Tea Party Venn diagram

Here's one that's much more accurate (click it to zoom in):

OWS vs Tea Party

You tell me:

In every category necessary for the endurance of direct ground combat, women are behind men. They rank behind men in every category by large margins except in lower body strength, where they are the least behind.

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Combat involves physical strength, proper mindset, physical skills, aerobic capability, sharp vision and a killer instinct. ... I personally just want the Feminists to agree that they value women as much as they say they do, because putting them in places that they are even more likely to be violently killed, subject to capture, torture, rape by our enemies, or mostly for not thinking that women are above the day to day drudgery of life not only in an infantry unit in extended ground combat, but the drudgery of the job while not deployed seems to me to be a bit in conflict with the idea of honoring them and their abilities. The idea that women belong in units in the military that participate in direct ground combat makes about as much sense as allowing me into the Feminist Studies Program at Bryn Mawr.


idiotThink. Don't emote. The military exists to kill America's enemies and break their stuff. It does not exist to provide you a career, enhance women's rights, improve society, achieve social justice, counteract sexist stereotypes, pay for your college tuition, or any of a million other progressive pipe dreams. The military's reason for being is to violently kill people. It's an ugly fact, but it's no less true because it's ugly.

Men and women are inherently different physically, mentally, and emotionally. In every relevant respect men are better suited for combat, and especially so for ground combat. If that offends you, I don't care. Don't cry to me. Facts are often unpleasant and unyielding things, so cry to God (or if you're an atheist, cry to nature) to assuage your emotional pain. I am not out to offend you or anyone else. I am out to ensure America's military remains the most powerful and respected force on Earth, the force that gives you the protection and comfort you enjoy (and take for granted) today.

Without America's military, you'd have no leisure time to ponder the social justice implications of banning women from combat. You'd be a slave to a totalitarian government not of your choosing, a government utterly contemptuous of your needs and wants, much less your easily-bruised ego.

Save your social experimentation for arenas that don't revolve around violent death. Go fiddle with the diversity statistics at your local community college, and stop undermining the only shield between you and the barbarians. Construct whatever mental delusion or flimsy rationalization you must, but find a way to cocoon your delicate ego and find any other part of society to tinker with.

A nation that weakens its military by removing all barriers to women serving in combat is asking to be attacked an defeated.

P.S. -- If you want me to entertain your foolish ideas about women in ground combat without laughing in your face, do something first: change the law so that all young women are subject to the military draft just like all men. Once women bear equal responsibility and duty with men, then they can begin to talk about their alleged entitlement to equal goodies.

Occupy Wall Street becomes Animal Farm

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Occupy Wall Street parody by The People's Cube

The parodies almost write themselves, but if you want weapons-grade irony, here it is. I swear I'm not making this up.

On Sunday, October 23, a meeting was held at 60 Wall Street. Six leaders discussed what to do with the half-million dollars that had been donated to their organization, since, in their estimation, the organization was incapable of making sound financial decisions. The proposed solution was not to spend the money educating their co-workers or stimulating more active participation by improving the organization's structures and tactics. Instead, those present discussed how they could commandeer the $500,000 for their new, more exclusive organization. No, this was not the meeting of any traditional influence on Wall Street. These were six of the leaders of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).


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Ms. Holmes also stated at the teach-in that five people in the Finance WG have access to the $500,000 raised by Friends of Liberty Plaza. When Suresh Fernando, the man taking notes, asked who these people are, the leaders of the Structure WG nervously laughed and said that it was hard to keep track of the "constantly fluctuating" heads of the Finance WG. Mr. Fernando made at least four increasingly explicit requests for the names. Each request was turned down by the giggling, equivocating leaders.


But wait ... it gets better.

Yeah, just like the Tea Party

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Those fun-loving scamps of the Occupy Wall Street movement were caught on film pushing a 78-year-old woman down some stairs the other day. Watch the video below (WARNING: there's profanity right from the start) and pay attention at ~3:20 in:


Remember when those Tea Party terrorists attacked old people? Remember how Tea Party people used cathedrals and police cars as latrines? Me, too. Those were fun times. The Tea Party's exactly the same as Occupy Wall street. No difference whatsoever.

... and let's see if your ankles survive the night unbroken.


I'm your huckleberry.

Here's a case of bitter personal experience vs. naïve theoretical dreaming. These geniuses with the Workers World Party sure are confident, aren't they?


North Korea is a glowing example of success at, uh, something. I suppose. Let's check the NASA nighttime satellite imagery of Eastern Asia, shall we?

North Korea at night

Wait, I've got it. When the sun goes down in North Korea, every hour is Earth Hour. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Occupy Wall Street was predicted in 2005

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Occupy Wall Street: waiting for John Frum

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An excellent analogy by Loren Heal:

Except for superficial mimicry, despite politicians claiming otherwise the two groups are almost nothing alike, and the Occupy movement is doomed to failure.

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Yet the tea parties rose not in response to the machinations of nebulous entities, but to counter the direct and specific threat to our nation posed by the bipartisan response to the 2008 fiscal crisis, and were triggered by the toxic flood of legislative sewage spewing out of the Marxist House, Senate, and President.

The tea parties arose spontaneously, and not as a planned event backed by groups with long histories of agitation.

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The Occupy movement -- with its spiritual roots in the thumb-sucking support group industry -- has taken that a step further to try to be truly leaderless. But it's a cargo cult of leaderlessness, as if competing with the tea parties to be the most tea partiesque.

If the term "cargo cult" doesn't ring a bell, Smithsonian.com has you covered:

This is February 15, John Frum Day, on the remote island of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. On this holiest of days, devotees have descended on the village of Lamakara from all over the island to honor a ghostly American messiah, John Frum. "John promised he'll bring planeloads and shiploads of cargo to us from America if we pray to him," a village elder tells me as he salutes the Stars and Stripes. "Radios, TVs, trucks, boats, watches, iceboxes, medicine, Coca-Cola and many other wonderful things."


The island's John Frum movement is a classic example of what anthropologists have called a "cargo cult"--many of which sprang up in villages in the South Pacific during World War II, when hundreds of thousands of American troops poured into the islands from the skies and seas. As anthropologist Kirk Huffman, who spent 17 years in Vanuatu, explains: "You get cargo cults when the outside world, with all its material wealth, suddenly descends on remote, indigenous tribes." The locals don't know where the foreigners' endless supplies come from and so suspect they were summoned by magic, sent from the spirit world. To entice the Americans back after the war, islanders throughout the region constructed piers and carved airstrips from their fields. They prayed for ships and planes to once again come out of nowhere, bearing all kinds of treasures: jeeps and washing machines, radios and motorcycles, canned meat and candy.

cargo cult

I guess you could say that the drumming commies & other misfits occupying Zucotti Park see the American independent voter as their John Frum. Beat the drums louder, OWS geniuses. Maybe you aren't being heard.

Barack Obama ends the Iraq War

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Today he made it official, cutting and running exactly as promised and predicted. No big deal. Carry on.

Obama ends Iraq War


What's on TV tonight? Pass me my Bud Light, bro.

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10/22 Update: Smart power.

Video: Mark Levin at the Reagan Forum

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Listen to this, think about it, reflect, and be of good cheer. If you can't spare the time now, bookmark this link.


Ronald Reagan thumbs up

Who is the 99%, anyway?

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Eric Allie cartoon

This is the Occupy Whatever crowd

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Gee, these are really nice folks occupying Portland, huh?


Yep. They're an independent, young, spontaneous, focused example of the good old-fashioned American mainstream. Why, I often gather with my family and friends in our sweaty, unwashed glory so we can pound on buckets and scream "F*** the U.S.A." at the top of our lungs. Doesn't everybody?

This is your Democrat Party, my progressive friends. I'm sure you're proud.

Those crazy wingnut religious fanatics

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Eric Allie cartoon

Occupy Wall Street: kill the bourgeosie

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The Democrat base echoes this guy's call: "Long live socialism."


Oh, and long live bestiality, too.


This is the modern Democrat Party. These degenerates actively hate the middle class, though they claim to love them. The middle class is the evil "bourgeoisie" of 21st Century America, where the lion's share of income goes.

Your truth, my truth, or THE truth?

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I finally understand the leftist mindset. It's objectively true that there's no such thing as objective truth!


I'm ready to be escorted to Room 101 now, O'Brien.

A simple question for progressives (#20)

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According to the Obama Administration, this is how federal government spending works miracles (emphasis mine):

Keynesian economicsWell, obviously, it's putting people to work. Which is why we're going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we're going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that's never happened in this country -- something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the [food] stamp program, you have to recognize that it's also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It's the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.


If this is true, shouldn't the federal government immediately hand out a trillion dollars' worth of food stamps, thus generating 1.84 trillion dollars of economic activity? In fact, shouldn't they hand out a billion trillion?

The intolerance of progressive atheists

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Here's an interesting essay explaining a nonbelieving scientist's perspective on religion in general.

Now that Bill Keller, America's Grand Inquisitor, has declared open season on the religious faith of Republicans (but never Democrats), it is high time for a non-believing scientist to express my love and admiration for the great religious traditions.


progressive atheistsReligion is by far the greatest vehicle of civilization. It is how civilized morals and values have been taught from one generation to the next for the last 6,000 years of recorded history, and probably for 100,000 years before that. The reason is that humans are not homo sapiens, the wise hominid; we are homo fidelis, the believer.

Some of greatest gifts in life first appeared in religious garb. If you want proof, consider UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. UNESCO is not a religious bureaucracy. Among its nearly 1,000 World Heritage Sites there are natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef. But when it comes to human-made sites, the great majority are religious monuments, temples, cathedrals, cave paintings, and many holy places. If UNESCO says so, even the New York Times has to believe it.

Strangely enough, there is not a single World Heritage Site dedicated to Karl Marx. The fearsome tombs of Lenin, Mao, and Marx all seem to be missing from the list. I wonder why.

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Today's crusading atheism is a fanatical cult that desperately needs to make converts, to silence its own inner qualms. Intolerance is progressive, see?

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The idea of a permanent chasm between science and religion is a myth of the 20th century, peddled mainly by the left. It comes and goes in human history.


I've said for some time now that modern atheists are free riders on America's Judeo-Christian culture and worldview, without which their existence would be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. It's nice to see one of the conservative ones acknowledge it.

Good luck with progressive atheists. They exhibit a very convenient amnesia.

Progressives, do you buy into this?

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You can see and hear Nancy Pelosi's envy of -- and hatred for -- individualism, success and hard work in this clip.


Is it much of a stretch to imagine a progressive agenda that includes the following?

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

I didn't draft this list, nor did FDR, LBJ, or BHO. Here's the original.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.


For more, go to Dennis Prager's site.

We are The Prog

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Take a gander at what I found in the sidebar over at The Communist Party of Ohio ProgressOhio (click to enlarge):

We are The Prog


These mindless, emoting drones are living parodies. The gags write themselves.

Violent language is bad. Bad, bad, bad.

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Unless it serves the cause of Progressive Social Justice. Or something. Behold the New Tone:

peaceful progressives

The truth hurts

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whiny progressives

Video: $15 trillion in debt

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We do not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.

That's right, boys and girls! Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) couldn't come up with any plausible reasons to support President Obama's demand to raise the debt limit and raise taxes, so she simply reached for Old Reliable to explain all opposition to Dear Leader.


You are a racist

Obama's "Malaise Speech"

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Barack Obama sounds an awful lot like a previous president who delivered his infamous "Malaise Speech" 32 years ago today.


The more things change ...

A "stampede" of white supremacists?

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David Duke plus eight other fruitcakes in a country of 309,000,000 sure sounds like a stampede to me. Boy oh boy, those GOP racists are everywhere.

Racist Republicans


I just want to be sure of the rules here, though. Does this mean I can now tar the entire Democratic party with a brush dipped in the slime from Fred Phelps and Lyndon LaRouche? Or is this a progressives-only club?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton questions the patriotism of Americans who object to our war "time-limited scope-limited kinetic military action" in Libya:

But the bottom line is, whose side are you on? Are you on Qadhafi's side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them? For the Obama Administration, the answer to that question is very easy.

Can somebody please reconcile Secretary Clinton's ever-so-subtle rhetorical question with Senator Clinton's heartfelt beliefs about challenging any president who orders troops to war whatever the heck it is we're doing in Libya? I'm trying to figure out what the guidelines are.

Project Hernandez? Really?

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FN Heriberto Hernandez was a Coast Guardsman who died in combat in Vietnam, in service to his country. He posthumously received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with "V" Device. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and deserves honor and respect for his actions. He was a hero.

So why must the Coast Guard belabor his ancestry?

... as long as it's speech they agree with.

Progressives are business geniuses

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Eric Allie toon

Matt Yglesias, whose popularity on the left appears to be inversely proportional to his understanding of the real world, repeats the age old lefty solution to deficits:

[We] used to have a debate in which the left said redistributive taxation might be a good idea and then the right replied that it might sound good, but actually the consequences would be bad. Lower taxes on the rich would lead to more growth and faster increase in incomes.


Now that idea seems to be so unsupportable that the talking point is switched. It's not that higher taxes on our Galtian Overlords would backfire and make us worse off. It's just that it would be immoral of us to ask them to pay more taxes even if doing so would, in fact, improve overall human welfare.

Swing and a miss, genius. Try again.

Tax Cuts 101

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4:15 PM Update: Big Fur Hat shoots and scores.

A simple question for progressives (#18)

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What exactly does it mean to say that homosexuals can "serve openly" in the U.S. military? Presumably behavior like this ...

Ohio Congressional Districts 2009I've never met Congresswoman Betty Sutton, my Representative here in Ohio's 13th District. Every time I hear her on the radio or see her on TV, she comes across as a mild-mannered, pleasant person. I am convinced that she truly believes she's doing what's best for America. If she and I found ourselves at the same dinner table I'm confident that we could chat easily and cheerily about the travails of the Cleveland Browns, the latest news of our respective families, and what works best for keeping rabbits and deer out of a flower bed. I have absolutely no reason to think ill of her personally, and I'll bet she's a loving wife, a sweet daughter, a good neighbor, and a responsible and caring pet owner.

Betty Sutton is also a radical leftist.

To put her views in context, first go take a look at her very close friend and trusted colleague Jan Schakowsky. No, really. Go look, and then come back here.

A look at Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

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Would you choose a U.S. Representative who's nuttier than a squirrel turd?

Representative Jan Schakowsky hails from Illinois' 9th Congressional District, where the answer to the above question has long been "yes." Her district has been represented by a Democrat since Sidney Yates took office on January 3, 1949.


She's a member of the U.S. House of Representatives' hard left Progressive Caucus, and she drinks Left Wing Kool-Aid by the gallon. For example, she voted not to accept Ohio's Electoral College votes in the 2004 Presidential election, and wants to tax your IRA and 401k retirement funds.

Does Jan Schakowsky support Obamacare? That's putting it mildly. She wants a complete government takeover of your health care (even though she's ignorant of the Obamacare bill's contents). Despite her denials that this footage exists, here she is preaching the universal health care gospel:


She's married to Robert Creamer, a convicted felon, disciple of Saul Alinsky, and author of the Democrat blueprint for enacting Obamacare. At her husband's sentencing, Schakowsy announced that she was proud of Creamer:

She said she was proud that her husband "has for his entire adult life devoted himself to fighting for a better future for others -- he has been a constant crusader for social and economic justice in this country and beyond."

Schakowsky is so reflexively supportive of anyone with a pulse and a (D) tacked onto their last name that she gave $28,000 to disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Jan Schakowsky thinks Republicans are, like, crazy extremist nutballs because they, like, quote the Constitution and stuff. Because they're rich people. Or something. Listen:

An excellent idea from HillBuzz

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Ask for suggestions online and you'll get suggestions:

Here's a fun way to screw with the Democrats' internal polling and brand management -- and hopefully convince them to stay the course and keep doing crazy things voters hate instead of pulling towards the middle and trying to put their mask back on before 2012.


The Democrats rely heavily on polling...with an upper tier that is dead-set against moving the party back to the middle. This is suicide for the party, but the Leftists who now control the DNC don't want to believe that. Instead, they want to see polls that tell them the public LOVES what the Democrats have been doing and want them to commit more of this madness between November 3rd, 2010 and November 2012.

It should be our mission to screw with as many Democrat internal polls as possible...to give these nuts the data they want to keep Obama on the wrong track for the party. This will guarantee the Democrats will keep making people furious for the next two years, so the public can wipe even more of them out in the next election (including people like Claire McCaskill in the Senate, and Obama himself in the White House).

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For each one, we tried to answer while keeping in mind what would do the most damage to the Democrat Party in the long term. So, for questions that asked if we thought the party was on the right track, we said it definitely was. For questions about what issues we wanted Democrats to push, we answered the ones that would alienate Democrats from the most voters. Ie, healthcare, immigration, etc. This is counterintuitive to what YOU personally want to see, so you need to think strategically. Democrats are hurt most when they are talking about things like healthcare, immigration, the environment, etc. So, that's what they need to be encouraged to keep talking about.

Americans really want to deal exclusively with jobs...so the LAST THING we want them to actually ever talk about is jobs. Let the survey indicate Democrats need to talk nonstop about healthcare, immigration, and the environment just to keep making people mad for the next two years. That will greatly benefit conservatives.

Brilliant. You can see the HillBuzz submission at their site.

I wonder if Senator Brown's successor in the U.S. House, Betty Sutton, will take his advice and run on Obamacare, the GM bailout, the Chrysler bailout, the government takeover of the student loan industry, and the rest of the Democrat Party record? Or will she continue to flail around and dishonestly sling mud?

Click any of these memory-jogging graphics for more information on that Democrat record that Sherrod Brown's so proud of:

unemployed over 26 weeks as of June 2010

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You can learn a lot about people's character by how they treat public property. Take a look at what was left behind at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall after Saturday's "One Nation" radical rally for socialists/communists/unions/Democrats (aka Left-a-palooza):


Here's a look at another part of the National Mall after the filthy moonbats left:

Video: Democrat thugs in action

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These are the people who preach endlessly about tolerance and open-mindedness.

A handy visual for independent voters

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If you find the earlier graphic too confusing, try this:

Employment-Population ratio from 2000-2010


This is what happens to employment when progressives/liberals/left-wingers take charge of federal taxing, spending, and regulation. Without fail. Every. Single. Time.

Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter

A look inside the Obama White House?

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trap"A longtime Washington D.C. insider, and former advisor to the Obama election campaign and transition team, speaks out on an administration in crisis, and a president increasingly withdrawn from the job of President."

So begins a four-part series claiming to offer a look behind the scenes of an Obama Administration in the throes of amateurism and led by an immature and unqualified narcissist:

The President Is Losing It (9/7/10)
The President Needs To Grow Up (9/15/10)
What The Hell Have We Done? (9/18/10)
The Clintons Are Going For It (9/21/10)

I've read the four pieces, and they sound plausible to me. But then, I'm predisposed to detest everything related to progressives and Democrats (sorry for repeating myself). Until there's something more here than a single sooper sekrit source who's blabbing to an unknown writer, I'm gonna take this with a bucketful of salt. After all, when something seems too good to be true ...

Democrat election strategy

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racist sexist homphobic bigot

In a stunning reversal of her long-cherished belief that the federal government knows best about everything, and certainly not due to any panic over the impending loss of her seat in the House of Representatives (you sexist racist hate-filled warmonger), Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH) finally ended her silence on the Cordoba House Park 51 Ground Zero Debris Field Mosque, according to The Plain Dealer:

Ground Zero mosque"This is a sensitive issue, especially for those most directly affected by the attack at Ground Zero, and I trust that those in the area are in the best position to find a solution," Copley Township Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton said on Tuesday.


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[Challenger Tom] Ganley said "Obama and liberal leaders" have "acted in a way that is insensitive to families and friends of those victims we lost almost nine years ago." He said he supports New York Gov. David Patterson's effort to move the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center to another location.

Ganley followed up on his Facebook page:

I am opposed to the mosque being built near the WTC memorial, though when asked by the Plain Dealer, my opponent will not say yes or no.

I guess Tom Ganley just doesn't understand how busy Betty is. She's got too much on her plate to respond to an issue that highlights her party's incoherence and incompetence in matters of national security and common decency. Ganley has yet to learn that in the world of our Washington ruling class, all matters are best decided by bureaucrats and czars in DC unless it would embarrass a Democrat incumbent to take a position. In such rare cases, these matters become Local Issues™.

I wonder if Betty agrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi that opponents of the Hamasque should be investigated? Perhaps people like these should be the first ones to be called to testify at the next Democrat Party show trial:


"Never Forget" is just a slogan when there's an election to be won, y'know.

What would Ronald Reagan think ...

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... of today's Democrats?


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Had enough yet?

Betty Sutton is one of the key supporters of Obamacare. She votes with Pete Stark 94% of the time. Stark offers the following response when challenged on his support for Obamacare:


Past evidence strongly suggests that Sutton agrees with Stark here, too. Prove me wrong, Betty. Let's hear your response to these objections in some format other than a conference call, and sooner rather than later.

We're over-stimulated, thanks

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Hi there, Congress. Hope you had a nice Independence Day. We Americans out here in Flyover Country sure did. We listened to readings of The Declaration of Independence, grilled burgers, drank frosty beverages, watched fireworks, played patriotic music, and generally reveled in the many blessings of liberty we've enjoyed since 1776.

Liberty. That's pretty important to us. We know you love the power and prestige that comes with being in Congress, and we don't really mind it too much when you start believing the flattery of the people following you around all day, osculating your posteriors. But something's been bugging us for a couple of years now, especially since January of '09.

Listen, about that bloated and ravenous federal government you've been injecting with steroids ...

Thou shalt worship the stimulus

... yeah, that's the one. Americans might once have thought that your plan to spend our way out of a crappy economy was worth a try. But now? Um, not so much:

The new survey found that just 29% believe last year's economic stimulus plan has helped the economy while 43% believe it hurt. Not surprisingly, there is little appetite for another round. By a 69% to 15% margin, voters believe tax cuts is a better way to create jobs rather than more government spending.


Ultimately, though, voters are looking to the private sector to create jobs. Sixty-five percent (65%) say that decisions made by business owners seeking to grow their business will do more to create jobs than decisions made by government officials. Just 23% expect the government officials to have a bigger impact.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Consider this a friendly reminder from your employers about your apparent lack of any sense of self-preservation. You might want to reconsider the wisdom of continuing down the same path you've been on. Just sayin'.

See you in November.

As long as I'm on a pop culture kick that started with the Underpants Gnomes, I figured I'd use another analogy to illustrate the governing philosophy of the progressives controlling Washington. Democrats see government spending and think: Brawndo!

If you haven't seen "Idiocracy" yet, you're missing out.

Great news! President Obama wants another $50 billion bailout, this one for public sector unions.

President Obama is pressing Congress to approve emergency aid money to support economic recovery and help avoid widespread layoffs of public workers, the Washington Post reported Saturday.


Congressional leaders received a letter from the president asking for almost $50 billion for distribution to state and local governments, saying that increased spending is "urgent and unavoidable," the Post reported. The money would protect the jobs of teachers, police and firefighters.

"Because the urgency is high -- many school districts, cities and states are already being forced to make these layoffs," Obama wrote, "these provisions must be passed as quickly as possible."

Obama's plea comes despite last year's $787 billion economic stimulus package, which worked to stabilize the failing economy [Riiiiiight. -- Ed.], but did little to help the country's high unemployment rate. At 9.7 percent, unemployment is nearly the same as it was a year ago.

What could possibly go wrong? America's in the best of hands. Our Democrat Congresswoman here in Ohio's 13th District, Representative Betty Sutton, has been in charge since 2006. It's been rainbows and unicorns ever since.

Unemployment under ObamaStill, let's take a look back. Naturally, you completely forgot that $787 billion stimulus that Obama and Congress rammed through last year, didn't you? It was a spending orgy that was supposed to "create or save" gazillions of jobs. Remember that? It's the brilliant job-creating scheme that didn't actually, um, work. Who could've seen that one coming? Total shocker.

Here in Ohio, unemployment is much worse than the national average ... but that's not all. There's still $381 billion of that money lying around unspent, collecting dust in Washington. Why do you suppose Congress isn't redirecting that money to this new "emergency" instead of extracting another $50 billion from your pocket?

This new plea for another "emergency" bailout demonstrates (again) that there's no reason to trust the Democrats when they talk about fiscal responsibility. They're as trustworthy as a drug addict squeezing his relatives for money: "This is the last time I'll ask. I promise. I'll check myself into rehab, first thing tomorrow, but just this once I've gotta have this fix. It's an emergency and I'll die without it. Pinky swear!" If you think this is a one time deal, then there's some lovely oceanfront property in Death Valley that's got your name on it.

Congress lives in a strange alternate universe where your money is their money. When the economy's booming, the Congressional Fantasyland response is to "invest in America" by taxing The Rich™ (people who create wealth and hire you) because they're easy targets for class warfare rhetoric and the politics of envy. When the economy's crashing, the Congressional Fantasyland response is to suck more money into Washington so they can spread it around.

Hey, wait a second. Where have we heard that idea before?



It should come as no surprise that Betty Sutton, a big fan of Barack Obama, has the same strategy for healing all that ails us.

Phase One: Throw taxpayer money at problem.


Phase Two: ?

Phase Three: Miraculous results.


Think of it as the Underpants Gnome Theory of Government:

underpants gnomes

Now here's the kicker. Not only does Betty Sutton genuinely believe that the Underpants Gnomes are worth imitating, she personally benefits from Obama's new "emergency" $50 billion bailout of public sector unions.

Black holes, not black "hos," you muttonheads.


The rank-and-file members of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP should cast their votes in a more niggardly fashion when these leaders come up for re-election.

What's so funny, Betty?

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gaffe (n.): 1) a social blunder; faux pas. 2) when a politician tells the truth.


Watch the left side of this video from May, 2008. That's Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH) sitting there, giggling. Any guesses as to why?

This one branches out from my earlier question about the source of individual rights: is there any such thing as an objective moral standard for human behavior?

Don't talk about preferences, or what you'd not want done to you, or what most people agree on. I'm talking about standards that actually exist independent of human opinion; moral standards that humans are required to obey, even if 100% of us dislike those standards (or aren't completely certain what they are or which ones are most important). We're talking here not about what is, but about whether there's any true "oughtness" when it comes to our actions.

Betty Sutton: progressive or populist?

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Can somebody please explain to me why Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) joined the Populist Caucus instead of the Progressive Caucus? Why didn't she join the progressives? Could it be that she needs a fig leaf to hide behind?

These were all ratified together, by the same people, at the same time, with the same understanding of English. You'll find my simple question below.

U.S. Constitution
Amendment I


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

U.S. Constitution
Amendment II


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

U.S. Constitution
Amendment IV


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

U.S. Constitution
Amendment IX


The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

U.S. Constitution
Amendment X


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.

The concept of a right retained by a state is clearly expressed in the Tenth Amendment. If the founding generation meant to restrict the right to keep and bear arms to the states alone and not to individuals, they could have have used that language in the Second Amendment. Instead, they used the language of individual rights.

How could the term "the people" have meant "individuals" to the founding generation in all of these Amendments except the Second?

It's amazing that progressive blogger and Cuyahoga County Council candidate Tim Russo, who was convicted of soliciting sex from a 13 year old boy, breezily uses the term "teabagger" as a slur. Amazing, but not surprising at all.

Tea Party raaaaacists at it again

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Oh, the horror. These bitter clingers will never learn to emulate their progressive betters, who are paragons of tolerance and kindness and mainstream ideology.

Scary words

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It's so cute when progressive bloggers get their knickers in a twist in feigned outrage over a post by a conservative that uses hunting metaphors to describe the electoral tasks ahead.

Video: "A Trip Down Memory Lane"

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Those awful, hateful, racist Tea Partiers scare me.

Thank Gaia we live in the Era of Hopenchange™ now, huh?

The Democrats and the radical left spit venom because they're afraid:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party movement has a better understanding of the issues facing America today than the average member of Congress. Only 30% believe that those in Congress have a better understanding of the key issues facing the nation.

When it comes to those issues, 47% think that their own political views are closer to those of the average Tea Party member than to the views of the average member of Congress. On this point, 26% feel closer to Congress.

Finally, 46% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is more ethical than the average member of Congress. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the average member of Congress is more ethical.

...

By a 62% to 12% margin, Mainstream Americans say the Tea Party is closer to their views. By a 90% to one percent (1%) margin, the Political Class feels closer to Congress.

It's only going to get worse for them, too. Using generic ballot poll responses to predict the number of U.S. House seats retained by Democrats after the 2010 election, Gallup sized things up back in November 2009 thusly:

Gallup chart predicting Dem share of U.S. House

Look at the left hand column. It only goes down to 45% approval for a generic Democrat candidate. Surely the polls wouldn't drop any lower than that or the Dems, would it?

Whoopsie! It just hit 44%.

Keep screaming, geniuses.

Gee, when do I get to tar all Democrats as violent egg-throwing nutjob loonies? The left relishes smearing all Tea Party activists and conservatives and Republicans as violent bigots based on scanty evidence, after all.

As for proof of a Tea Partier shouting the racist epithet "ni**er" at a black congressman ... well, we're all on pins and needles waiting for it. I'm sure that any day now, someone's gonna jump on that $100,000 challenge. Yup. Real soon.

Cue the crickets.

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9:30 PM Update: Lest we forget ...

10:30 PM Update: A little perspective would seem to be in order, don't you think?

Mr. Wooden, how on God's green Earth can you continue as a member of the Democrat Party after its headlong dive last night into socialism, taxpayer-funded abortion, and blatant corruption?

Justin WoodenYou attend Tea Party rallies. You claim to be pro-life. You claim to be pro-free markets. You claim to be anti-corruption. You claim to be pro-military. You claim to be pro-gun rights. You claim to be anti-Obamacare, for Heaven's sake. Nevertheless, your party stands in opposition to all of your proclaimed stances. Talk about cognitive dissonance! This ain't your father's Democrat Party. Scoop Jackson's influence burned away decades ago.

If you first defeat Betty Sutton in the primary election for Ohio's 13th Congressional District, and if you then defeat your Republican opponent and become our Congressman, will you caucus with your party? Will you support its leaders, like Nancy Pelosi? What's to keep you from being the new Bart Stupak, Mary Jo Kilroy, Marcy Kaptur, or ... Betty Sutton?

If your party has decisively left you, if you are who you claim to be, then how can you reconcile that with your continued membership in the Democrat Party? Are you naïve? Are you hiding your true beliefs? Do you lack the courage to leave a socialist party bent on destroying our republic? Why are you a Democrat in 2010?

Explain it to me. Please.

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5:00 PM Update: How about you, Dan Moadus?

Video: "Reason Saves Cleveland"

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Drew Carey and The Reason Foundation decided to look for ways to save Cleveland from its aggressively stupid political leaders and their refusal to heed the first rule of holes. The result is a video series called "Reason Saves Cleveland":


Keep checking back as new episodes premiere, because I'll add them to this playlist.

3/18 Update: Right on cue, Tim Russo (a standard-bearer for typical Cleveland progressives) posts a spittle-flecked screed that misses the points of the Reason video ... and indelibly beclowns its author. Statist hacks like Russo simply cannot admit (or even comprehend) that punitive taxation and suffocating bureaucracy are responsible for Cleveland's sorry decline.

Ronald Reagan debates Barack Obama

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If Barack Obama's agenda isn't socialist, then what is it? For reference, please consult the Socialist Party USA's platform and the official program of the Communist Party USA

Since ACORN is re-branding its less-than-stellar image these days, they'll likely downplay or eliminate the name "ACORN" soon here in Ohio. Slapping a new label on a crooked organization might be easy, but selling property and changing leadership personnel is not. To make it harder for ACORN to crawl back under a rock somewhere, I'm linking to the Ohio Secretary of State's online records for ACORN's business filing information. Look for street addresses, agent names, etc.

As long as the name "Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now" is in use by an existing business or non-profit organization in Ohio, the Secretary of State's office will also have that information. To run that query, just push this button.


Ain't citizen journalism grand?

11:35 update: Wow. ACORN just agreed to surrender its business license in Ohio as settlement of that RICO lawsuit by the Buckeye Institute. That's good news, but let's be wary. Keep a close eye on what happens with these properties:

379 N. 20th
Lower Level
Columbus, OH 43203

2069 East 36th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

1025 Central Ave Ste 3
Cincinnati, OH 45202

115 E. Market St.
RM 202
Akron, OH 44308

4945 Profit Way
Dayton, OH 45414

316 North Michigan
Toledo, OH 43624

12:20 Update: Apparently The Buckeye Institute recently split off the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law as an independent organization after the lawsuit was originally filed, so it's the new group that gets the scalp for defeating ACORN.

12:35 Update: Matt Naugle cheers the victory, but cautions everyone to keep an eye open for the same ACORN crooks returning with different front groups.

Populist Caucus or Progressive Caucus?

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Many of the far-left Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives (along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, an admitted socialist) have long been members of The Congressional Progressive Caucus. It's a who's who of radicals and hair-on-fire statists. Lots of political junkies have heard of their group, and it's pretty much a known quantity.

Lately a new little group of lefty Dems has formed, calling itself The Populist Caucus. Not much is known about them yet, but when I compared their roster to that of the Progressive Caucus (as of February 20, 2010), look what I found.

Populist   Progressive       Populist   Progressive
Neil Abercrombie X Dennis Kucinich X
Michael Arcuri X Barbara Lee X
Tammy Baldwin X John Lewis X
Xavier Becerra X Dan Lipinski X
Earl Blumenauer X David Loebsack X X
Robert Brady X Ben R. Lujan X X
Bruce Braley X Carolyn Maloney X
Corrine Brown X Ed Markey X
Leonard Boswell X Eric Massa X X
Michael Capuano X Jim McDermott X
André Carson X James McGovern X
Donna Christensen X Michael Michaud X
Judy Chu X George Miller X
Yvette Clarke X Gwen Moore X
William "Lacy" Clay X Jim Moran X
Emanuel Cleaver X Jerrold Nadler X
Steve Cohen X X
Eleanor Holmes-Norton X
John Conyers X John Olver X
Joe Courtney X Frank Pallone X
Elijah Cummings X Ed Pastor X
Danny Davis X Donald Payne X
Peter DeFazio X X Tom Perriello X
Rosa DeLauro X Chellie Pingree X
Lloyd Doggett X Jared Polis X
Donna F. Edwards X Charles Rangel X
Keith Ellison X X
Laura Richardson X
Sam Farr X Lucille Roybal-Allard X
Chaka Fattah X Bobby Rush X
Bob Filner X X Linda Sanchez X X
Barney Frank X Jan Schakowsky X X
Marcia L. Fudge X José Serrano X
Alan Grayson X Carol Shea-Porter X
Raul M. Grijalva X Brad Sherman X
Luis Gutierrez X Louise Slaughter X X
John Hall X Jackie Speier X
Phil Hare X X
Pete Stark X
Alcee Hastings X Betty Sutton X
Maurice Hinchey X Bennie Thompson X
Mazie Hirono X X
John Tierney X
Michael Honda X Nydia Velazquez X
Jesse Jackson, Jr. X Maxine Waters X
Sheila Jackson-Lee X Mel Watt X
Eddie Bernice Johnson X Henry Waxman X X
Hank Johnson X X
Peter Welch X X
Steve Kagen X Diane Watson X
Marcy Kaptur X X
Lynn Woolsey X
Carolyn Kilpatrick X John Yarmuth X

 

Fourteen out of thirty members of the Populist Caucus are also members of the Progressive Caucus. Interesting, isn't it? Although the two groups are distinct, it's hard to believe they're all that different.

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2:10 PM Update: Massa will announce today that he is retiring.

A reminder about ACORN

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Obama is ACORN. ACORN is Obama.

The two are inseparable.

Air America runs out of air

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Good riddance to a waste of capital. Gosh, I wonder why progressivism doesn't work in the talk radio medium without government subsidies?

Sinking ship

Could it be that talk radio success requires rational thought and something more entertaining than perpetual foul-mouthed outrage?

Ohio's Porkulus data

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I just looked up the summary of Ohio data on Recovery.gov and here's some of what I found. Compare the numbers for jobs created/"saved" and money wasted spent for Ohio's 18 congressional districts, and the numbers for the ten nonexistent districts that turned up.

District Jobs Porkulus
1 - Dreihaus (D) 349.7 $1,063,584,388
2 - Schmidt (R) 146.6 $191,500,216
3 - Turner (R) 385.4 $186,371,562
4 - Jordan (R) 215.4 $104,248,906
5 - Latta (R) 105.7 $158,653,454
6 - Wilson (D) 224.2 $191,292,584
7 - Austria (R) 366.4 $167,834,446
8 - Boehner (R) 103.7 $98,813,378
9 - Kaptur (D) 367.5 $171,627,681
10 - Kucinich (D) 85 $80,955,117
11 - Fudge (D) 394.5 $349,743,107
12 - Tiberi (R) 140.1 $110,808,249
13 - Sutton (D) 149.5 $153,496,938
14 - LaTourette (R) 207 $78,765,929
15 - Kilroy (D) 13212 $1,366,388,033
16 - Boccieri (D) 96.3 $87,084,609
17 - Ryan (D) 229.4 $165,232,615
18 - Space (D) 306 $309,355,127
Total 17084.4 $5,035,756,339



20 0 $208,836
21 3 $1,241,652
49 0 $230,000
54 0 $100,000
56 0 $12,000
69 0 $400,000
85 0 $250,000
87 0 $336,108
99 0 $660,000
0 8 $1,865,319
Total 11 $5,303,915

Government weighs down the economy$5.3 million went to nonexistent congressional districts, creating (or maybe it's "saving") 11 jobs. That's $482,174 per job. How do I sign up for that sweet deal? Then there's the average waste stimulus per job in our actual 18 districts, which works out to $294,758 ... still not too shabby. If I can snag one of the 149.5 jobs here in the 13th District, I will have cost America's taxpayers a cool $1,026,735! Betty Sutton, call your office. I want a job.

That's "transparency" in the age of Hope and Change™ for ya. Is this incompetent accounting, dishonest accounting, or both?

Want more? Nineteen out of the top twenty Porkulus recipients in Ohio are state, county, or municipal government entities. The one that's not government owned is "a single-purpose environmental remediation Limited Liability Corporation dedicated to providing remediation services to the United States Department of Energy at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site." In other words, a government contractor.

Boy oh boy, that Porkulus sure did stimulate the free market, didn't it? Way to go, Governor Strickland ... you sure know how to allocate funds. I can't wait to experience the joys of Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and amnesty for illegals.

For more analysis, check out Ohio Watchdog.

A simple question for progressives (#14)

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Under Nancy Pelosi's version of ObamaCare,

Americans who do not maintain "acceptable health insurance coverage" and who choose not to pay the bill's new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

By what authority can Congress require people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States? Please refer to this previous question to aid your answer.

A simple question for progressives (#13)

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If jihadist ideology is supposedly a perversion of true Islam, how can it be "Islamophobic" to identify and remove jihadists from our military?

We told you Obama worked for ACORN

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Click on the images below to see them at full size.

Before Obama's site was scrubbed:

Obama's lie about never working for ACORN

After Obama's site was scrubbed:

Obama's spin about working for ACORN

See the difference? Look at the second bullet point.

It's a start. The first one's a matter of semantics, but the third one's still a lie.

When you think "ACORN", think "Obamacare"

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ObamacornACORN shares office space and personnel with the Service Employees International Union. SEIU and other unions in the Big Labor alliance funnel millions of dollars to ACORN. ACORN and Big Labor lobby for the same legislation, endorse the same partisan political candidates, and work together in every other conceivable way. Members of ACORN and Big Labor pass in and out of the revolving door of the Democratic Party and the federal government. Sure, the fancy paperwork sitting on file in dusty government offices says that these organizations and people are officially separate entities, but that's like trying to hide a 500-lb nudist under a cocktail napkin.

Progressive politicians (*cough* *cough* Betty Sutton), Big Labor and ACORN are one and the same.

When you see the news reports about the disgusting things that ACORN does, remember that those same people work for gigantic labor unions, work on the staffs of liberal Congress members, and infest the Obama administration from top to bottom. Their reckless spending outstrips any in American history, and they intend to double down. Their tax hikes hurt small businesses, who employ the vast majority of Americans. Their ridiculous regulations and economically illiterate mandates caused the housing and credit crisis, which triggered last fall's economic crash. Their policies have driven unemployment to record highs, and will needlessly prolong the economic pain you're feeling.

Obama is ACORN is SEIU is Project Vote is Citizens Service Inc is SorosWhen Barack Obama ran for President, he portrayed himself as a reasonable and moderate Democrat with help from the mainstream media. He is not what he claimed to be. He has always been joined at the hip to his former employer ACORN, Big Labor, and the most extreme elements of the radical left-wing fringe. He believes in their cause, wants what they want, and lies about it non-stop. He doesn't care about "the little guy", nor does he have your best interests at heart.

What he and his fellow smiling and soft-spoken radicals want is more power, and they'll take your property and your liberty to get it ... if you let them. The warnings were there before the election, and the warnings were right. There's still time to stop the slide toward utter ruin.

Don't just sit there hoping for change. Look at what that got us.

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When you think "ACORN", think "Barack Obama."

When you think "Barack Obama", think "Obamacare."

Video: latest ACORN sting in San Bernardino

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For your viewing disgust, courtesy of Big Government, here's part one:


Remember ... ACORN is using your tax dollars to conduct these activities. Are you tired of this scummy group yet?

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9:15 PM Update: The ACORN employee in the pink shirt is Tresa Kaelke (née Tresa Berhow, née Tresa Parten), who claims to speak regularly with politicians like California State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Babs denies it, of course.

A total cutoff of federal funds to ACORN?

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Boy oh boy, I hope so. These crooks don't understand Americans who value individual liberty and limited government, but we understand them and their entire rotten playbook. Their houses are built on sand, and we're the onrushing tide. Stand by for a collapse.

A simple question for progressives (#12)

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Are the stated goals of ACORN substantially the same as yours ... and do you expect anyone to believe you if you deny it?

A teaser from last night:

Saul Alinsky's corpse must be spinning at high RPM right now. Set your DVR to record Glenn Beck's show on Fox News Channel this afternoon. It's gonna be a doozy.

Hat tip: Freedom's Lighthouse

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9:58 AM Update: Glenn just said on the radio that it concerns an admission of murder. This is gonna be quite a video, it seems.

... according to the not-so-subtle excuse offered by NPR blogger Frank James in defense of ACORN:

Frank JamesMeanwhile, conservatives show no signs of letting up.

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It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails -- poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades.

So the flaws conservatives are pointing out about ACORN are not so much problems associated with that organization per se but more about the problems of being poor and minority in urban America.

Wow. The sheer chutzpah here is breathtaking. This isn't proof of a problem with ACORN per se? According to his logic, every organization serving poor urban minorities (and employing same) must also be riddled with criminals. I suspect quite a few non-profits based in heavily urbanized areas would vehemently protest Mr. James' blanket slur.

What alternate universe does he live in? In JamesWorld, we are expected to gaze in condescending pity upon community organizers advising would-be politicians how to get away with mortgage fraud, tax evasion, and child prostitution. After all, the community organizers are those people. You know what he means, right? Wink-wink, nudge-nudge ... the ones who have dark skin and no money and live in the 'hood. They don't know any better, the poor dears.

Good Lord, what racist bilge!

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9/15 Update: Maura Flynn gets it.

9/16 Update: Gregory of Yardale gets it too.

Senate votes to partially de-fund ACORN

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The vote was 83-7, with 9 not voting. Incredibly, überliberal Sherrod Brown (D-OH) voted with the majority. He's worried about his re-election prospects. He should be.

Now let's see which way former labor lawyer and perpetual union suck-up Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) decides to go.

Next, the Congress needs to pass a stimulus clawback of any and all funds that end up in ACORN's coffers.

Expose ACORN, get prosecuted

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Here's a not-so-subtle warning to any uppity American in Baltimore thinking of exposing the scummy and crooked organization that spawned President Obama: if you embarrass ACORN by revealing its true nature, you'll become a target for the State's Attorney, a slavering Obamabot prosecutor.

Obama's prosecutor threatens ACORNbusters

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Patricia Jessamy is the Maryland State's Attorney responsible for Baltimore. When she heard that two conservatives went undercover with a hidden camera and busted ACORN for facilitating child prostitution, mortgage fraud, and several other scuzzy activities, she wrote them a commendation.

Just kidding. She's threatening to send them to jail for up to 5 years.

Here's the kicker: Ms. Jessamy contributed $1000 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Funny how that works.

How much worse can Obama's corruption get?

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What would it take for President Barack Obama's administration to collapse?

  • A dozen czars resigning in disgrace?
  • A Cabinet member or two caught taking bribes?
  • Another attack by islamic terrorists?
  • Hyperinflation?
  • A presidential sex scandal?

I'm just wondering, since the stench of radical leftism in Washington is getting so bad that I can smell it all the way out here in Cleveland.

On rude and inappropriate outbursts

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Sure, Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst against President Obama would once have been thought rude. Thirty years ago, shouting such an accusation at a president addressing a joint session would have been nearly inconceivable ... but this ain't 1979.

Shut up demotivatorAmerican popular culture is much coarser and cruder these days, and our politics mirror our culture. The blame lies almost exclusively at the feet of Americans who occupy the farthest reaches of the statist left wing. They've brought us the Sexual Revolution, rampant drug use, violent and sexually explicit entertainment, abortion on demand, disregard for our Judeo-Christian roots, militant atheism, and moral relativism. The left's utter disregard for anything standing between them and complete political power leads to the rise of political opportunists like our current president. He and his ilk will say and do anything to advance their agenda. Lying is just another tool in the toolbox, to be used whenever it will accomplish the left's goals.

The left bemoans the supposedly inappropriate and rude outburst by Joe Wilson for one reason only: they hope to advance their agenda by doing so. Period. Never mind that they've done far worse. Never mind that moral disapproval is supposedly evidence of the cardinal sin of "intolerance." The left will scream and wail as long as faux victimhood helps them extract money and power from American citizens.

Given that fact, I refuse to join in the Tut-Tut Chorus. We're close to enacting an irreversible government takeover of close to one fifth of the American economy, by people who have more in common with Stalin and Mussolini than with Madison and Jefferson. I'd much rather have inappropriate and rude outbursts in defense of the truth than polite silence in the face of blatant and dangerous lies.

The truth hurts the statist, so shout it if you must.

Mike Adams has found another radical feminist raw nerve on which to tap dance.

Sayonara, Van Jones

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He will not be missed.

Van Jones' tombstone

Now ... on to Valerie Jarrett.

Just a reminder of where we're headed

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Video: paid astroturf protesters

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Those darn fake angry mobs full of teab... oh, wait ...

Uh, nevermind.

Join the Obamacare Snitch Squad!

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It's your patriotic duty, Comrade.

Uncle Sam wants you to snitch on your neighbor

Workers of the world, unite!

Informers needed

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President Obama's media flacks ask all patriotic Americans to inform on their friends and neighbors who dare to ask impolitic questions about Dear Leader's past speeches on socialized medicine. Since I'm as patriotic as the next guy, I did my part this morning:

Uncle Sam wants you to be a snitchFrom: Alo Konsen
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 19:02:31
To: flag@whitehouse.gov
Subject: I found something fishy

This blog post completely glosses over President Obama's clear & unequivocal statements and goals concerning the U.S. health care system:

http://is.gd/22vQK

Mr. Alo Konsen
Cleveland, OH

I hope they address this soon, because I am sick and tired of unpatriotic people debating and disagreeing with this administration.

Either he was lying then, speaking to safe pro-Obama crowds, or ...

... he's lying now. My money's on "lying now." We conservatives and libertarians have been screaming about this Trojan horse for years. Will you undecideds and moderates finally wake up, please?

Reagan on socialized medicine

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... you need doubt no longer.

This arrogant little dimwit makes Ohio's Senators look regal by comparison. Heck, even Al Franken displays less dumbassery.

What is the origin of fundamental/inalienable individual rights: God, the government, public opinion, or some other source? Imagine the sum of all rights as being represented by this shape:

Venn diagram of the sum of rights

How do those rights get divvied out? If you use these two clickable venn diagrams to visualize the boundaries of each entity's rights ...

Venn diagram of rights from God           Venn diagram of rights from government

... which one is correct? If neither, e-mail me and I'll be happy to try to sketch out something that represents your worldview.

Wisdom from a master of the obvious

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From the blog of the lefty group Upper Arlington Progressive Action:

We know how important the Supreme Court is to the success of progressive initiatives. We need to keep our eye on where the top nine are moving.

Of course it's important to you nutballs. It's the only way to advance your most cherished agenda items, since they'd never pass muster in Congress (much less any public initiative or referendum).

Can you name a government entitlement program that ended up spending less than its advocates predicted?

Can you name a single Obama policy decision so far that's had the intended result?

I've misjudged Andrew Sullivan

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I'm just not smart enough to understand his brilliance. Mea culpa.

From where does President Obama pull the figures when he claims to have "saved" some given number of jobs?

Since you blamed George W. Bush when the price of a gallon of gas spiked past $4.00 last summer ...

Gasoline prices through June '09

... will you blame Barack Obama when it spikes this summer?

Can you name one industry that runs more efficiently after it's been taken over by the government?

If there were a better-than-even chance that the Democrats' government health care plan would result in Americans experiencing (on average) ...

Obamacare


  • higher costs

  • lower quality

  • fewer choices


... would you still support it?

Image from Michelle Malkin reader Rachael in Kentucky

Here's another disturbing quote from Sonia Sotomayor's infamous speech in 2001:

I willingly accept that we who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience and heritage but attempt, as the Supreme Court suggests, continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices are appropriate.


There is always a danger embedded in relative morality, but since judging is a series of choices that we must make, that I am forced to make, I hope that I can make them by informing myself on the questions I must not avoid asking and continuously pondering. We, I mean all of us in this room, must continue individually and in voices united in organizations that have supported this conference, to think about these questions and to figure out how we go about creating the opportunity for there to be more women and people of color on the bench so we can finally have statistically significant numbers to measure the differences we will and are making.

The emphasis is mine. What in the world does she mean by "relative morality" here? Moral relativism? If so, how can she be trusted to impartially uphold the law?

How can the following quote from Sonia Sotomayor not be a racist statement?

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O'Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.

The emphasis is mine. So, how about it, lefties?

Update: Consider this, too.

Update 2: Could Judge Sotomayor even serve on a jury?

The conventional wisdom in your crowd appears to be that Barack Obama is a brilliant man possessing great intellectual horsepower. What evidence supports your belief?

No, really. I'm not kidding.

Under what circumstances is it morally justifiable to intentionally kill a human being? Please hold forth in the comments section below, or post your response on your own blog and leave a trackback.

Remember that I'm talking about morality here, not legality. I know the law.

That's right. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed 95% of the animals it took into custody last year: 2,124 killed, and only 7 placed in adoptive homes. Don't believe me? Read the report that PETA submitted to the State of Virginia.

PETA's rebuttal to the report? Lame and evasive, to put it mildly.

PETA's founder, Ingrid Newkirk, says "When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife." PETA also makes Holocaust comparisons when it condemns meat eaters. Given these facts, what are we to conclude about PETA's mass killing of 21,339 dogs and cats since 1998? By PETA's own standards, it is a genocidal organization.

Disgusting. This is one of many reasons why PETA gets no money from me. I donate to the ASPCA, in large part because they run no-kill shelters.

Donate to the ASPCA

Read more on PETA's outrageous killings, courtesy of Gina Spadafori and Nathan Winograd.

Hat tip: The Center For Consumer Freedom

Flohda mus' be proud

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Corrine Brown, Demcrat Repuhsentative fo' de Thirr Congreshl Districk uh Flohda:

True dat.

Gradulations, Corrine. Whenevuh I embarrass' bout mah state dellgayshun mos' ridickuhluss membuh, someone like you come 'long and remind me dat it could be worse. Yo' fly constituents been sending you to Wash'ton since 1993, where yo' masstry uh de English language continue to amaze.

Hat tip: Iowahawk

Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: That's not funny.

You betcha, my fellow hopenchangers. Barack Obama knows who to thank for his rise to power. That's Democrat payoffs kickbacks corruption stimulus for ya!

Get your Obama Coins!

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If you think paying fifteen dollars for one of these monstrosities is silly ...

... imagine forking over more than twenty bucks for a secondhand coin. There's a sucker born every minute.

Hat tip: Ben Keeler

An Obama victory will cause a depression

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An unknown wit once said: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury." When it comes to voting ourselves goodies from the treasury, we Americans stand near the point of no return.

Support Class Envy!I've addressed this lopsided situation before in a post on war funding, but this is a much more general discussion.

The federal government levies taxes on some of us, and it sends handouts to some of us. Some Americans pay more in taxes than they receive in handouts. I'll call them "givers." Others receive more in handouts than they pay in taxes. I'll call them "takers."

The Tax Foundation studied taxes and handouts from 1994-2004 (see the FAQ), and came to some startling conclusions. Below you'll see a diagram of their 2004 breakdown of dollars received in handouts per dollar taken in taxes. Pay special attention to the blue bars (the total handouts per dollar of taxes). Look at the bottom 3/5ths of our population. Those groups get more in handouts than they pay in taxes; they're the takers. The top 2/5ths are paying more in taxes than they get in handouts; they're the givers.

Spending per dollar of taxes

Since the American form of government (thankfully a representative republic, not a democracy) responds fairly quickly to the will of American voters, we have the ability to force our elected representatives to give us tax dollars as handouts. If our representatives refuse our demands for goodies, a majority of us can replace them with more pliable politicians.

So what happens when the takers outnumber the givers at the polls on Election Day? We hit the "tax tipping point." Since everyone gets one vote (unless ACORN is involved) regardless of their tax-to-handout ratio, the takers force the government to soak the givers. Eventually, the givers get tired of being punished for their success. The result is predictable:

Calculating how far society's top earners can be pushed before they stop (or cut back on) producing is difficult. But the incentives are easy to see. Voters who benefit from government programs will push for higher tax rates on higher earners -- at least until those who power the economy and create jobs and wealth stop working, stop investing, or move out of the country.


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The sequence is always the same. High-tax, big-spending policies force the economy to lose momentum. Then growth in government spending outstrips revenues. Fiscal and trade deficits soar. Public debt, excessive taxation and unemployment follow. The central bank tries to solve the problem by printing money. International competitiveness is lost and the currency depreciates. The system stagnates. And then a frightened electorate returns conservatives to power.

Barack Obama claims he'll give a "tax cut" to 95% of Americans (for the sake of argument, let's ignore the impossibility of doing that while also paying for his massive expansion in government spending). His magic "tax cut" for those who pay no income taxes is really a tax credit. That's a handout to the takers, funded by higher taxes on the givers. The chart above will get more lopsided, with the blue bars on the right shrinking and the blue bars on the left growing.


Redistribute Wealth!America cannot keep confiscating more and more money from the givers and sending it to the takers. There's no such thing as a free lunch. If you're one of the givers creating jobs and capital, you'll only tolerate punishment for so long before you take rational steps to reduce your vulnerability. You'll start shifting your capital away from productive uses and into tax shelters dictated by loopholes in the law. You'll cut costs by hiring fewer employees or getting rid of current employees. You might even decide to escape the punishment of the takers by closing down your business or moving it overseas to a country with friendlier tax policies.

Now multiply this scenario to include all of America's private sector, and you'll start to understand the inevitable result of a tax-and-spend policy like Barack Obama's. He believes he can tax and spend his way to prosperity, but he can't (or won't) see that he'll push our economy over the tax tipping point and into either a severe recession or an actual depression. Our current economic downturn is already worsening as Obama's victory grows more probable, and one hundred top economists recently warned of the impending disaster of Obamanomics.

Barack Obama is more than Jimmy Carter on steroids. He's about to repeat Herbert Hoover's tragically foolish response to an economic downturn. If Obama wins this election, he will drive us into a Second Great Depression.

The following names appear on a petition supporting William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist with numerous close ties to Barack Obama.

Cleveland State University: Dinah Volk

Kent State University: Richard P. Ambrose, Janice Kroeger, Teresa J. Rishel, Tricia Niesz, Walter S. Gershon, Nancy Mellin McCracken (Prof. Emerita)

Miami University: Deborah Lyons, Dennis Carlson, Kathleen Knight Abowitz, Sheri L. Leafgren

Oberlin College: Marc Blecher, Martha Collins, Stephen Crowley, Steven Volk

Ohio Center for Native American Affairs: Regina Landeros-Thomas

Ohio State University: Amy Shuman, David Bloome, Rick Voithofer , Suzanne Damarin, Amy Wolfe, Cynthia Dillard, George E. Newell, Joshua J. Kurz (PhD Student)

Ohio University: Jaylynne N. Hutchinson

University of Akron: William H. Thelin, Rebecca A. McElfresh, Sandra Spickard Prettyman

Here's the text of the petition:

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack. Ayers is a nationally known scholar, member of the Faculty Senate at UIC, Vice President-elect of the American Educational Research Association, and sought after as a speaker and visiting scholar by other universities because of his exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Throughout the 20 years that he has been a valued faculty member at UIC, he has taught, advised, mentored, and supported hundreds of undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students. He has pushed them to take seriously their responsibilities as educators in a democracy - to promote critical inquiry, dialogue, and debate; to encourage questioning and independent thinking; to value the full humanity of every person and to work for access and equity. Helping educators develop the capacity and ethical commitment to these responsibilities is at the core of what we do, and as a teacher he has always embraced debate and multiple perspectives.


All citizens, but particularly teachers and scholars, are called upon to challenge orthodoxy, dogma, and mindless complacency, to be skeptical of authoritative claims, to interrogate and trouble the given and the taken-for-granted. Without critical dialogue and dissent we would likely be burning witches and enslaving our fellow human beings to this day. The growth of knowledge, insight, and understanding--- the possibility of change--- depends on that kind of effort, and the inevitable clash of ideas that follows should be celebrated and nourished rather than crushed. Teachers have a heavy responsibility, a moral obligation, to organize classrooms as sites of open discussion, free of coercion or intimidation. By all accounts Professor Ayers meets this standard. His classes are fully enrolled, and students welcome the exchange of views that he encourages.

The current characterizations of Professor Ayers --- "unrepentant terrorist," "lunatic leftist" --- are unrecognizable to those who know or work with him. It's true that Professor Ayers participated passionately in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s, as did hundreds of thousands of Americans. His participation in political activity 40 years ago is history; what is most relevant now is his continued engagement in progressive causes, and his exemplary contribution --- including publishing 16 books --- to the field of education. The current attacks appear as part of a pattern of "exposés" and assaults designed to intimidate free thinking and stifle critical dialogue. Like crusades against high school and elementary teachers, and faculty at UCLA, Columbia, DePaul, and the University of Colorado, the attacks on and the character assassination of Ayers threaten the university as a space of open inquiry and debate, and threaten schools as places of compassion, imagination, curiosity, and free thought. They serve as warnings that anyone who voices perspectives and advances questions that challenge orthodoxy and political power may become a target, and this, then, casts a chill over free speech and inquiry and the spirit of democracy.

We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

It's possible that some of the names were entered by someone else, since conservative pundits Jonah Goldberg, Kathryn Jean Lopez and Mark Levin appear on the list. But how likely is it that some prankster would go to the trouble of looking up the names of actual university employees? Padding a petition doesn't require that much effort. The most plausible explanation is that the names are legitimate.

Do students, their parents, and alumni want their tuition money and their donations paying the salaries of these people? Do Ohio taxpayers want their tax dollars supporting these terrorist sympathizers?

H/T: American Thinker

Idiot voters

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These idiots are going to help choose our next President. Here's reason #5,832 why I don't want to encourage every eligible citizen to register to vote.

I wish these geniuses would just stay home on Election Day.

H/T: Red State

Remember Jeremiah Wright? This is the man who Barack Obama chose to be his mentor, chose to be his friend, chose to conduct his marriage, chose to baptize his daughters, chose to guide him in his faith, chose to support financially, chose to listen to for 20+ years ...

... and only when it became politically expedient did Obama distance himself. Obama hopes you'll swallow the lie that he was surprised and shocked at Jeremiah Wright's hateful anti-American beliefs, and that you'll believe him when he says he doesn't share Jeremiah Wright's views.

Don't you believe it. Even Jeremiah Wright knows better.

BILL MOYERS: Here is a man who came to see you 20 years ago. Wanted to know about the neighborhood. Barack Obama was a skeptic when it came to religion. He sought you out because he knew you knew about the community. You led him to the faith.


You performed his wedding ceremony. You baptized his two children. You were, for 20 years, his spiritual counsel. He has said that. And, yet, he, in that speech at Philadelphia, had to say some hard things about you. How did those words...how did it go down with you when you heard Barack Obama say those things?

REVEREND WRIGHT:
It went down very simply. He's a politician, I'm a pastor. We speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. But they're two different worlds.

I do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bytes, he responded as a politician.

The emphasis is mine, but the plain message is Wright's: Obama only abandoned him to keep his political career alive.

And when Obama protests any mention of Jeremiah Wright, just remember that Obama himself declared it "fair game."

The playlist below contains the full video "Obama & Friends - History Of Radicalism", aired just this past weekend on Hannity's America. As each segment ends, the next one should start automatically. If there's a hitch between segments, just click the big arrow that will appear at the right side of the box and you'll manually fast forward to the next segment.

Barack Obama's defenders accuse arguments like this one of irrelevance or unfairness. Assigning guilt by association can certainly be unfair to someone with an unsavory friend or two, especially if the target of the accusation clearly doesn't share the lowlife's beliefs or actions. Every nationally-known politician has a lot of friends and associates, so it stands to reason that some of those people will be less than stellar examples of moral uprightness. The law of averages plays a part in the makeup of any large group of people.

But some politicians surround themselves with crowds of bad people. Consider Richard Nixon, the former Republican President who resigned in disgrace to avoid impeachment. He selected the advisors and political operatives who helped him climb the political ladder all the way to the top. These surrogates were masters of dirty politics, who committed the Watergate break-in that brought down Nixon's administration.

When Nixon uttered his famous "I am not a crook" line, nobody took him seriously. While he didn't personally break into the Democratic Party offices at the Watergate Hotel, he surrounded himself with the crooks and scumbags who did. He knew exactly how immoral and un-American his friends and associates were, so he delegated the dirty tricks to them. He hoped to keep his own hands clean by claiming he had nothing to do with a few overzealous bad apples, but Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein exposed the truth: Nixon's friends and associates were a barrel full of bad apples.

There were far too many shady characters around him for Nixon to claim it was all happenstance. Either he was incredibly naive and stupid when it came to his executive responsibility to select and lead his subordinates, or he craved the power of the presidency so much that he would do anything to maintain it. Either way, Nixon was unfit to remain in office.

A president's character is reflected by the character of his friends and associates. Keep that in mind as you watch the video above. What does the character of Barack Obama's friends and associates say about his character?

Let's apply the same standards to everyone seeking the presidency.

9/17 Update: When you think "ACORN", think "Obamacare."

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9/11/2009 Update: Child prostitution!

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Barack Obama prides himself on his career as a community organizer. Back then, he worked for an organization called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), to which he still has extensive ties. Before digging into Obama's links to ACORN, it's important to understand exactly how corrupt and anti-American this organization truly is.

I've dug around through tons of resources online to come up with this collection of information that reveals the vast corruption perpetrated by ACORN. Take a few moments to read through the reports and learn about the organization that created Barack Obama.

ACORN's Hypocritical House Of Cards: How One "Community" Group Helped the Housing Crisis Harm Taxpayers (Consumers Rights League):

This report focuses on the troubling record of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and its tax-exempt offshoot, the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC). The ACORN/AHC version of consumer advocacy has consisted of a three-decade assault on free enterprise and a history of extracting resources from financial lenders seeking abatement of ACORN's public relations assaults. Specifically, this report examines ACORN's impact on the housing problem. Documents provided by internal whistleblowers, cross-checked with public records and recorded events, expose hypocritical lending recommendations tied to ACORN Housing Corporation's agreements with major banks--agreements that end up harming consumers.

Media reports, combined with information provided by former ACORN employees, show that:

  • ACORN leveraged the Community Reinvestment Act in order to attack lenders' reputations and secure financial resources for itself; it has also endorsed loans offered by companies that fund ACORN operations
  • ACORN's decades of lobbying and publicity seeking have contributed to the current housing crisis by lowering lending standards
  • Despite raking in a troubling 40 percent of its revenue from taxpayers over the last three years, ACORN Housing Corporation's actions range from controversial to borderline illegal:
  • AHC has worked to obtain mortgages for undocumented workers
  • AHC relies on undocumented income, "under the table" money that may not be reported to the Internal Revenue Service
  • ACORN's "financial justice" operations attack lenders for "exotic" loans, but AHC has recommended ten-year interest-only loans (which deny equity to the buyer) and reverse mortgages (which can be detrimental to senior citizens)
  • AHC may have violated federal law by failing to maintain a proper distinction between its tax-exempt housing work and the aggressive political activities of ACORN

Voter Turnout or Voter Fraud?: Interest Groups Push for Election Reform (Johnathan Bechtle, Capital Research Center):

In 2004 liberal advocacy groups focused their activism on "getting-out-the-vote." The groups typically urged all Americans to vote, but their real goal was more explicit. They wanted to count as many anti-Bush votes as possible. At what point did voter turnout become voter fraud?

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ACORN makes a point of asserting that lawsuits brought against it have been rejected or withdrawn. But in 2004 its employees were the subject of numerous reports of registration fraud in Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Project Vote [a group created by ACORN and led by Barack Obama] denies that it deliberately orchestrated any registration fraud. But a stream of television and newspaper stories reported on the shady practices its workers used to register people to vote.

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To make matters worse, taxpayers indirectly pay for these shady efforts. ACORN has a number of affiliates providing mortgage financing and counseling for low-income persons. The principal affiliate, the ACORN Housing Corporation, received over $2.6 million in government grants in 2003-2004. Some state-based ACORN housing affiliates receive smaller amounts of government funding. With this base of taxpayer support, ACORN is free to channel its member dues funds and donor gifts to political activities. Despite its claim to nonpartisanship, ACORN ran a minimum wage ballot initiative drive in the 2004 Florida election that, according to an internal memo revealed in a 2005 report by the American Center for Voting Rights, was run "to help defeat George W. Bush and other Republicans by increasing Democratic turnout ..."

Rotten ACORN: America's Bad Seed (July, 2006, Employment Policies Institute):

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is registered as a non-profit corporation in Arkansas, which does not require public financial disclosure. According to labor activist and scholar Peter Dreier, ACORN's annual operating budget is around $30 million. The New York Times subsequently reported that the figure is closer to $37.5 million, excluding the non-profit research and housing organizations the group runs. Even this estimate likely does not include the vast resources of the ACORN-run unions or reflect election-year resources given to its ostensibly non-partisan get-out-the-vote efforts.

Because it operates a virtual self-contained economy, ACORN entities exchange millions of dollars every year for goods and services. The scant financial documents available for public inspection paint a picture of a spider web of ACORN-run organizations that trade loans, leases, payments, and grants.

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ACORN's no-holds-barred take on politics originates from its philosophy, which is centered on power. An internal ACORN manual instructed organizers to sign up as many residents as possible because "this is a mass organization directed at political power where might makes right."

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The frequency with which ACORN employees are caught turning in fraudulent or erroneous documents indicates the group cares less about obeying laws than pushing its political agenda. When it is periodically forced to answer allegations of fraud, ACORN downplays the harm of its crimes or shifts blame to supposedly rogue employees, whom the organization then fires.

$1 Million Scandal Latest To Hit ACORN (release from the Consumers Rights League):

ACORN and its affiliates have a multi-decade history of fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds. Recently, the Consumers Rights League released a whistleblower report that uses internal ACORN documents to highlight alleged misuses of taxpayer money by ACORN Housing Corp, which took in 40% of its funds from the government and sent more than a million dollars to ACORN's affiliate, Citizens Consulting.

Now, The New York Times reports ("Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups," June 9)that ACORN has hid since 2001 the embezzlement of nearly $1 million by the brother of ACORN's founder from that same organization--Citizens Consulting.

Additionally, ACORN is currently under investigation for potential voter fraud all across the nation. With millions of dollars transferred from AHC to these affiliates, it is entirely plausible that taxpayer funds are funding much of this fraud.

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ACORN and ACORN fraternal organizations' multi-decade record of partisanship and misusing public funds is a prime example of a broken system. They continuously turn in faulty, if not false, voter registration forms that threaten to disenfranchise voters on Election Day. They have repeatedly used taxpayer funds to bolster their own political ends. Eventually, taxpayer money ended up in the pockets of the brother of ACORN's founder and ACORN attempted to hide the truth for years.

Written Testimony Of James Terry, Chief Public Advocate, Consumers Rights League (Wednesday, September 24, 2008):

My name is James Terry and I am the chief public advocate at the Consumers Rights League, a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to preserving consumer choice in a broad array of issue areas.

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The Consumers Rights League provides an alternative voice from those organizations that argue for reduced consumer choice or increased government intervention as a policy of first choice. CRL supports all aggressive efforts to educate, motivate, register, and assist all citizens in voting so long as those efforts are legal. Unfortunately, there are some groups that do not seem to share this concern.

As part of CRL's mandate, we monitor policy debates, news trends and the activities of organizations that style themselves as consumer advocates. Unfortunately, due to their long track record of questionable or corrupt practices with respect to housing and electoral activities, we are constantly forced to act as a watchdog for abuses by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. To be sure, there are some well-meaning individuals who are a part of ACORN.

Unfortunately, they do not appear to be the ones in control. Firsthand accounts from current and former ACORN employees, major news stories, and court cases across the country, expose corruption at every level of ACORN including embezzlement, cover-ups, misuse of taxpayer funds and voter fraud. While all of the reported allegations noted in my statement are found in the public domain, such reports often go unnoticed by the national media.

Whistleblower Documents Reveal ACORN's Apparent Misuse Of Taxpayer Dollars to Pursue Profitable Political Agenda (June 18, 2008 release from the Consumers Rights League):

Today, the Consumers Rights League (CRL) published a collection of whistleblower documents that suggest the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has reaped substantial financial gains by misusing taxpayer dollars for political ends and by attacking lending corporations for the same "predatory" lending practices it regularly engages in.

The ACORN Housing Association (AHC), an ACORN affiliate that receives over 40% of its funding from government sources, claims to be a consumer advocate. In a newly-released report from CRL, however, a series of documents obtained from a whistleblower source reveals hypocritical and potentially illegal use of taxpayer dollars by ACORN and its related organizations. These documents - which include staff emails and internal organization policies - suggest that ACORN has failed to maintain a proper distinction between its tax-exempt housing work and its aggressive political activities.

First, watch this.

Where did this scummy lie-filled ad come from? Rusty Shackleford dug around:

Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

  • Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
  • The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
  • Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
  • Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
  • The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
  • This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod's firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as "astroturfing."
  • David Axelrod is Barack Obama's chief media strategist.
  • The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe. Our findings follow.

Innnnnnteresting.

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11:50 AM Update: A very revealing response!

Leftist delusions lead to evil intent

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That's no exaggeration.

Kudos to Lee Stranahan

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Liberal blogger Lee Stranahan delivers a breath of fresh air ... at The Huffington Post, of all places.

Hat tip: Josh Gillespie

How dare a lowly conservative columnist unearth public records about the Obamessiah's friendship and work history with an unrepentant terrorist? Stanley Kurtz had the gall to speak about the Anointed One's ties to Bill Ayers in a radio interview, and he will be punished.

From: Obama Action Wire

Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2008

Subject: Chicago: CALL TONIGHT to fight the latest smear

[Name] --

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He's currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.

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It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz's lies.

Kurtz is scheduled to appear from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the Chicago market.

Calling will only take a minute, and it will make a huge difference if we nip this smear in the bud. Confront Kurtz tonight before this goes any further:

The candidate doth protest too much, methinks.

Hat tip: Byron York

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Update: Andy McCarthy reacts during and after the interview. The Obama cultists didn't exactly shine.

Here's the ad the Obama campaign doesn't want you to see:

This TV spot by The American Issues Project hit a very raw nerve, because here's how the Obama team reacted:

  1. They released a "response" ad that refutes nothing.
  2. They threatened TV stations not to air the AIP ad.
  3. They asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute AIP, its officers, its board of directors, and its donors.

That's not how a politician responds to a lie. Rather, it's how a politician tries to bury the truth.

With detractors like these ...

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... I must be doing something right. Especially when it's Tim Russo.

He dropped out. What a shame.

On January 11th the former publisher of The Western Standard was hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission to answer for his decision to publish the "offensive" Danish cartoons of Mohammed. Ezra Levant's editorial decision got under the skin of hypersensitive islamist imam Syed Soharwardy. The whiny radical filed a complaint with the AHRC demanding a public apology from Mr. Levant.

Dude picked the wrong target.

There may be hope for Canada yet. More details at EzraLevant.com.

The Army's naughty word list

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Have you ever used the word "blackmail" in a conversation at work? Or the phrase "white lie"? "Caught red handed"? "Savage"? "Guinea pig"? "Canuck"? "Black list"? All are forbidden in the workplace at the U.S. Army Intelligence Security Command.

Only in San Fransicko would a ban so loony have a serious chance of being enacted.

Bill Clinton gets one thing right

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Bill Clinton confronts heckling 9/11 Truthers in the only way they deserve:

I finally agree with this guy on something.

Globaloney: a great way to scare the kids

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Ooga booga! Are you scared yet?

I give you the Party of Tolerance and Love and Support of Troops™:

Those warm and fuzzy liberals sure make me ashamed to be such a cold-hearted conservative myrmidon. I really ought to emulate them more often.

The latest on Randi Rhodes' non-mugging

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It was Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick! Or something.

As I've noted before, the photographs and documentation of what went on in San Francisco at the 2007 Folsom Street Fair are not safe for work. The effects of the sex festival continue to ripple outward.

  • Fellow Christians, before we complain about the horror of it all, we need to look in the mirror and rediscover our moral courage.
  • 400,000 people showed up, yet the mainstream media failed to cover the activities. Kelly Boggs asks and answers the obvious question.
  • Even the European gay press called it a "public orgy." Why won't we do the same?
  • What do you think of when you hear the words "gay pride"? Frank Pastore has an answer.
  • Apparently the people engaging in public sex at the Folsom Street Fair were actually capable of being offended ... but only by by a web site address.
  • Hey, c'mon down to Folsom Street and bring your kids! No, really.
  • Miller Beer's sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair boomerangs on Milwaukee.

Why the jihadis hate us: Exhibit A

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I give you this year's Folsom Street Fair, held in San Francisco and sponsored by the Miller Brewing Company. Be warned ... clicking the image below will take you to a citizen photojournalist's site that documents the blatant and unrestrained sex acts that took place in public and in full view of children and on-duty uniformed police. This is not safe for work, and frankly not safe for a full stomach:

Folsom Street Fair

While our troops go in harm's way to advance America's security and bring liberty to millions, these homegrown fringe nuts engage in public sexual bacchanals on the streets of San Francisco and hand our sworn enemies a precious P.R. gift. Is it any wonder that jihadist savages draw new recruits with propaganda that says only shari'a law can prevent flamboyant drag queens and aggressive leather fetishists from running rampant on their own streets? "This is what America stands for", say Ayman Zawahiri and Muqtada al-Sadr and Hassan Nasrallah. Their recruits need only see photographs like these for words like "liberty" and "freedom" to sound like synonyms for "license" and "debauchery."

I worry that we Americans have lost our collective moral spine. The Folsom Street Fair should make us hang our heads in shame. Can we no longer see the difference between right and wrong? If events like these continue they will end up causing more attacks on all of us. Don't the Folsom Street crazies understand that the jihadis would kill them all if given the chance?

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin. I'm done drinking Miller Genuine Draft. Pass me some Thirsty Dog.

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Update:

 

Palomino! Palomino!

I just swung through the YAF online store and found this description under their Ann Coulter poster:

Ann Coulter - best-selling author, talentless clown, witty columnist, and compelling speaker - proves it is possible to be beautiful, intelligent, and conservative (cough-- did you really believe that? no? here's some more kool-aid).

I called YAF to let them know they've been hacked, but they're already on the case. The supervisor I spoke to laughed ruefully as she apologized and said that their techies are trying to chase down the hacker and repair his/her/its vandalism. No doubt this is the work of a Boing Boing denizen.

This is what passes for wit on the left.

Hat tip: Hot Air

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Update: There's more.

Can't "Hang the leaders" of the Conservative Movement from a tree? Then try the wall in your office, home, or dorm room! Add a set of darts and its the next hit for your dorm party!

And more:

Ronald Wilson Reagan was famous for his naps. While homeless lingered on streets, while corruption drifted in and out of his offices, while Marines were cutting and running from the Middle East, and spare parts were doled out to our enemies du jour, the Iranians -- through it all, Reagan knew nothing!

The Morning Journal unloads on Sherrod Brown today for his refusal to condemn MoveOn.org's slimy "General Betray Us" ad:

General Betray Us adIt's a shame that Brown and the other 24 Democrats couldn't set partisanship aside to vote for the resolution and make a simple unanimous statement from the Senate that MoveOn was off base and wrong to place the damaging ad.

But then MoveOn is a mega-dollar supporter of Democratic election campaigns. Who else would know that better than Brown. His Senate campaign last year received more than $300,000 through MoveOn, and the group did other work to help get Brown elected.

Brown said, through an aide, that the $300,000 he got from MoveOn had nothing to do with his vote against the GOP resolution to condemn the group's Petraeus ad.

The average Ohioan should feel insulted that Brown thinks we would actually believe his denial.

Maybe he is counting on our ''suspension of disbelief'' as we watch this drama play out in the political theater of Congress. That would be cynical.

MoveOn and its ad assaulted the U.S. commander during war. That is wrong and damaging to our country. We are disappointed that Brown apparently lacked the strength and clarity to just drop politics and say MoveOn was wrong to attack our top soldier in Iraq.

Those who ''support our troops'' should do so vigorously, from the bottom ranks to the top, even if that means offending your political pals with the deep pockets.

Read the whole thing.

Sherrod Brown flips bird to Petraeus

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Today the U.S. Senate voted 72-25 (3 abstentions) to approve an amendment to the defense spending bill. The amendment read as follows:

To express the sense of the Senate that General David H. Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, deserves the full support of the Senate and strongly condemn personal attacks on the honor and integrity of General Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces.

Sherrod Brown voted "no." I'm shocked at Slippery Sherrod's silence.

Hat tip: NixGuy

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Update: Track the buzz on the Senate's MoveOn sycophants here: Technorati search

Another dodge from Senator Sherrod Brown

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Frustrated by the canned response I got last time, on Friday I again asked Ohio's junior U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, the following three questions:

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org's full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as "General Betray Us" and claiming that he is "cooking the books for the White House"? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") while preserving individual Muslims' right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

This hit my inbox yesterday afternoon:

Thank you for letting me know your views on the advertisement placed in The New York Times by MoveOn.org.


I do not believe that General Petraeus should be the focus of blame for Americans' frustration with the situation in Iraq. The military has accomplished every goal set before it in Iraq with honor and courage. But no longer should we ask our troops to shed blood for a political and cultural battle they cannot resolve.

We do not dishonor the military by arguing for its return from Iraq. Two of the hallmarks of our country, unlike dictatorships past and present, are the vigorous debate among our citizens over the wisdom of our foreign policy and civilian control of our military forces. Every American has a responsibility to carefully evaluate the direction our country is taking and weigh in to help determine its future.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Sherrod Brown

Sorry. No banana for you, Senator.

Hear no evilDoes anyone with two brain cells to rub together think that this qualifies as a response to my questions? Slippery Sherrod refused to condemn MoveOn.org's slimy ad, and completely ignored my questions about America's response to the threat from political Islam.

I know he desperately wants to squirm out from under this microscope, but he can't. I'm perfectly happy to be a gadfly when it comes to national defense. I'm going to keep asking these questions until he answers them directly. I'll even make it easy for him; I'll ask each one separately instead of all together in one message. That should make it harder to ignore the political Islam topic.

Stay tuned.

Sherrod Brown raked in MoveOn.org money

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Welcome to the party, Fox News. Major Garrett skimmed the records at OpenSecrets.org to find political contributions from MoveOn.org and its members to Democrats in the 2006 election cycle. Here's what Garrett reported (emphasis added):

MoveOn backs candidates and asks members to send contributions on their behalf. They pass the donations on directly and handle all the paperwork.


"They're speaking for the grassroots," Ritsch said. "This is a form of bundling."

A quick tally of MoveOn-directed contributions in the 2006 election cycle, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, offers a sample of the impressive size of its donations:

-- Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia = $834,211

-- Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri = $382,531

-- Sen. Jon Tester, Montana = $301,788

-- Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio = $287,622

-- Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania = $160,780

Those contributions helped build a Senate Democratic majority as four of the five entered the Senate for the first time. McCaskill and Tester won razor-thin victories over well-funded GOP incumbents Jim Talent and Conrad Burns.

MoveOn-directed contributions also propelled several Democratic challengers to House victories, among them: Nick Lampson, Texas' 22nd District, $156,883; Tim Mahoney, Florida's 16th District, $145,334; Zack Space, Ohio's 18th District, $141,298; Michael Arcuri, New York's 24th District, $129,685; Joe Donnelly, Indiana's 2nd District, $123,035, and Tim Walz, Minnesota's 1st District, $102,657.

Major Garrett's story is an eye-opener, but he didn't dig deep enough. I did that eight days ago and found that Senator Sherrod Brown collected over $338,263 from MoveOn.org ... and that's not even counting all of those donations smaller than $1000. If you feel like adding them all up, feel free.

Have you ever wondered why Slippery Sherrod won't answer questions from constituents or radio hosts about his presumed support for MoveOn.org's slimy attacks? Now you know.

Hat tip: One Oar In The Water

Republican CNN/YouTube Debate questions

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If you thought the snowman was foolish, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

This appears to be genuine.

$1000 reward for reporting a felon's donation to Hillary Clinton

I love the New Media. And since we're talking about Hillary ...

A response from Sherrod Brown

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On Monday I asked three questions of my Congresscritters, the liberal troika of Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH), Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), and Senator Sherrod Brown(D-MoveOn.org):

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org's full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as "General Betray Us" and claiming that he is "cooking the books for the White House"? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") while preserving individual Muslims' right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

As I predicted, Senator Sherrod Brown replied first.

Dear Mr. [omitted]:


Thank you for sharing your views on the testimony of General Petraeus and our military involvement in Iraq.

The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm's way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry.

I will continue to provide support to our troops and, work for their redeployment as soon as safely possible.

Thank you again for writing.

Sincerely,
Sherrod Brown

Can anybody make heads or tails of this? This has got to be a canned reply from some staffer. If Sherrod Brown actually wrote this, then I'm apparently being represented by an idiot. This is no reply at all, but then I'm not the only one having a hard time pinning Slippery Sherrod down.

Henry Payne has it right:

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Update: I just sent the following message to Senator Brown's office through his web site.

On Monday I asked you to answer the following three questions:



  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org's full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as "General Betray Us" and claiming that he is "cooking the books for the White House"? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html

  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?

  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") while preserving individual Muslims' right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

You sent me this canned reply:

"The government has lost his focus on the war on terror. I am concerned about the long term and open ended commitments proposed in the hearing, especially when our troops are in harm's way without the equipment they need. Both Republicans and Democrats posed difficult questions during the 9/10/07 and 9/11/07 hearings at which General Petraeus testified. I believe it was their solemn obligation to do so, and that General Petraeus was prepared for a candid, hard hitting and thorough inquiry."

You didn't even attempt to answer my questions. I'm giving you another opportunity to do so now.

Let's see what Slippery Sherrod does.

Listen to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-MoveOn) face tough questioning for a change, courtesy of WTAM's Bob Frantz. The interview wrapped up less than an hour ago. Jump ahead to minute 29.

When Brown found himself cornered between MoveOn.org's slimy anti-Petraeus ad and Dennis Kucinich's anti-American grandstanding on terrorist TV, our junior Senator shifted to personal attacks on Frantz.

C'mon, Senator. You didn't see Kucinich on TV, and you have no opinion on the MoveOn.org ad? How dumb do you think we are?

Video: Dennis Kucinich interview on Syrian TV

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I'm sure this deranged little gnome thinks he's doing something admirable, but just watch this clip.

If Dennis Kucinich was actually seeking to give aid and comfort to America's enemies, how would his actions be any different from the above? Answer: they wouldn't be.

Here's the transcript.

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Update: Some representative quotes, with my emphasis added.

The fact of the matter is we are all being weakened by continuing a war that's based on a lie. This war was based on lies. Iraq didn't have the weapons of mass destruction. It wasn't connected to 9/11. It had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda's role in 9/11. What are we there for? So I have stood up repeatedly and said: "Look, stop the war." Once the war started: "Here's the plan to get out and stop funding the war." And so we've had many opportunities now and I think it's very clear that we now have to focus on a peace plan, reach out to the world community, and that can only happen with those of us who are involved in the process meeting with people to see if there is an interest. And I'll tell you, President Assad, today, indicated a very strong interest in playing a role to help bring about stability in Iraq, and the fact of the matter is - whether the Bush administration wants to admit it or not - that President Assad is actually helping by providing a sanctuary in which Iraqi refugees can come. This is a great humanitarian crisis that's been created by this war. And Syria is one of the few countries in the world who has opened its arms to the Iraqi refugees, who have come here, with only the clothes on their back, and are looking for a way to survive. It is an extraordinary gesture on the part of the Syrian government that they would provide an opportunity for people to save their lives. And so this is something that I think needs to be recognized. And it also shows that here is a man, President Assad, who should be respected and appreciated for the role that he has played. And so it is important for the United States to take that gesture as a sign, a very powerful demonstration, of the willingness to try to achieve peace. And I think we need to move forward with that understanding.

MoveOn.org's Senators

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The words of an anonymous Senator on Friday:

No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV ... The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.

"Other groups" clearly means MoveOn.org and its despicable full-page ad. But who's the anonymous Senator? Let's look at some likely suspects ... those Senators who enjoyed MoveOn.org's largesse during the 2006 election cycle (to be updated as I dig through the FEC reports):

Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
    Contributions to Friends of Robert C. Byrd Committee
    $596,100 3/30/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $186,644 3/31/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $51,467 3/31/2005 (earmarked contributions)
    $28,200 3/31/2005 (25 earmarked contributions over $1k)

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
$25,899 (independent expenditure)
    Contributions to Friends of Sherrod Brown
    $287,623 9/12/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $10,281 9/18/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $4,000 11/1/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $4,000 9/12/2006 (4 earmarked contributions over $1k)
    $3,325 9/25/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $2,000 9/12/2006 (earmarked contribution)
    $1,135 10/7/2006 (earmarked contributions)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
$2,051 (independent expenditure)
    Contributions to Montanans for Tester
    $225,455 11/3/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $76,333 9/18/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $36,363 11/6/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $11,025 9/25/2006 (earmarked contributions)
    $9,200 11/3/2006 (7 earmarked contributions over $1k)

These figures do not cover earmarked contributions under $1000. Why? There were too many to keep track of! Several hundred contributions of $5 or $10 or $50 are significant, but somebody else can run 'em all down; I do have a life. You can still get the sense that certain Senators are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MoveOn.org.

Pete Hegseth asks the Democrats in Congress "Does MoveOn.org speak for you? Do you agree with MoveOn.org? Or do you repudiate this despicable charge?" I'm going to call the Senators above and ask them the same thing, and I'll also ask each one if he or she is the anonymous coward qupoted above who expected MoveOn.org to do the dirty deed.

But this July was worse than last July!

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Benjamin Disraeli is reputed to have said: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." A prescient man, that Ben.

General Petraeus' execution of the troop surge in Iraq appears to be reducing U.S. deaths from hostile action. This angers the Left because it doesn't fit their "all is lost" narrative. So what's a poor Lefty to do? Why, skip past the damned lies and head right for the statistics, of course! Take a look at some of the left's statistical sleight-of-hand:

I [sic] afraid you're reading the data incorrectly.


In fact, the chart you link to shows more Americans have died every month this year than in the same month in '06.

What looks like a big drop in September is because September 07 is only through the first 9 days . . . adding the 9 more who died today brings September '07's total to 42 in the first 10 days of the month.

American deaths are clearly rising rather than falling as you conclude . . .

Oh dear. He's right. Almost every month this year was worse than the same month last year:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
2006 42 46 26 65 57 57 38 58
2007 78 71 71 96 120 93 67 56
 

But wait a moment. Two can play that game. I like the surge, and I want to "acc ... sennnnnn ... chu-ate the positive". I'll look back all the way to 2003 when we invaded Iraq, and then I'll compare the months I want (in red below) with this year's deaths (in blue) to minimize the deaths in 2007:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
2003 0 0 58 50 8 18 28 16
2004 39 12 35 126 62 37 44 55
2005 54 42 31 46 67 69 45 75
2006 42 46 26 65 57 57 38 58
2007 78 71 71 96 120 93 67 56

 

Much better. This statistical stuff is fun!

But come to think of it, my lefty counterparts can just turn the tables on me like so (their favorite months in green and this year's deaths in yellow):

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
2003 0 0 58 50 8 18 28 16
2004 39 12 35 126 62 37 44 55
2005 54 42 31 46 67 69 45 75
2006 42 46 26 65 57 57 38 58
2007 78 71 71 96 120 93 67 56

 

Are you beginning to see the problems with this little game? I've studied statistics enough to spot B.S. even when it's offered on a silver platter.

The Left's fancy figures don't really tell us anything worthwhile. When we compare August '07 to August '06, and July '07 to July '06, things look bad at first. But that's not a meaningful way to look at the data. We only compare data from the same month in successive years if we're trying to spot seasonal patterns. Think of a hotel comparing this year's spring break occupancy with last year's spring break and you'll see what I'm driving at. I don't think the seasonal approach applies here, unless our jihadist enemy migrates to cooler climes in the summer.

Our lefty pals also choose to completely ignore September through December of 2006. Now maybe I just don't get The New Democratic Math, but I don't understand why combat deaths in the last third of 2006 don't fit into the picture they're painting here. I thought we were all supposed to rend our clothes and gnash our teeth over the uselessness of every death in Chimpy Bushitlerburton's Neocon Killbot Adventure©. Silly me. I guess we can ignore the troops who died from September to December whenever liberals have some politically advantageous statistical cherry-picking to do.

Let's get serious. The troop surge reached its peak in mid-June of this year, and from May through the end of August the number of American troops killed by hostile action has been dropping steadily.

Iraq casualties

A halfway competent person looking at American combat death statistics would identify the start of a given strategy and track the trends in deaths by hostile action from that date forward. When a significant shift in strategy takes place, the halfway competent person would flag that point in time and track any changes in the trends. If combat deaths are high and growing during Strategy A, but drop after switching to Strategy B, then something worth examining has happened.

Of course a shift in strategy isn't the only variable in play here. As any statistician knows, correlation isn't always proof of causation. War is horribly messy and complex and often irrational. But we need to look for what else might have changed in Iraq from around June of '07 onward. Something (or maybe several somethings) caused American deaths to drop, and it happened right about the time that the troop surge reached its peak. Was it mere coincidence? I don't have the kind of superhuman faith required to believe that. If we can't find some other good explanation, then we have to conclude that the troop surge likely had something to do with the drop in combat deaths.

Unless we're so committed to the "all is lost" narrative that we prove Disraeli right.

... they're all pulling toward the same goal: defeat, retreat, and surrender.

That's a classy and persuasive way to argue. Bravo, CodePink, and keep it up as we head toward November '08!

With opponents like these, who needs friends?

Since the troop surge to Iraq reached full strength on June 15th, look what's happened to U.S. military deaths due to hostile action through the end of August. Click on the graph to see the full statistics:

Iraq casualties

The site that tracks these deaths, Iraq Coalition Casualties, can hardly be accused of sloppy methodology or pro-war bias.

Boy, it must suck to be an anti-Petraeus lefty when you have to explain results like these.

Here are three questions I just posed to my U.S. Representative and both of my U.S. Senators:

  1. Will you condemn MoveOn.org's full-page ad slandering General David Petraeus as "General Betray Us" and claiming that he is "cooking the books for the White House"? See http://pol.moveon.org/petraeus.html
  2. Are America and political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") at war? If so, should America seek to achieve anything more than dismantling al Qaeda and capturing/killing Osama bin Laden?
  3. Should America forcibly crush and discredit political Islam (a.k.a. "sharia") while preserving individual Muslims' right to worship peacefully? If so, how? If not, what will the consequences be for America?

I submitted each question simultaneously to Representative Betty Sutton, Senator George Voinovich, and Senator Sherrod Brown via their web sites. It'll be interesting to read their responses ... assuming that they reply, of course. Betty Sutton's not exactly a paragon of virtue when it comes to answering questions (especially the last two). George Voinovich has a habit of ignoring uncomfortable inquiries as well.

Sherrod Brown's a different story though; for all my strong disagreements with him on practically every possible issue, he's extremely responsive. When he was my Representative his office responded promptly to every question I submitted through his web site, even though my stance was clearly conservative. My hat's off to Senator Brown and his staff, and I'm confident that he'll reply promptly this time too.

The race is on. Tune in for updates.

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Update 1: I have a hunch that Ohio's junior Senator will be reluctant to condemn today's slander, since MoveOn.org spent $25,899 to help elect Senator Brown.

Update 2: Perhaps we should ask different questions. Good point. Who is the anonymous Senator working with MoveOn.org?

Update 3: Whoa. I've been digging through MoveOn.org's finances for the 2006 election cycle, and there are some eye-popping numbers to discuss. Stay tuned for a big post.

Update 4: Here ya go. Follow the money.

Update 5: Senator Brown replied. Sort of.

A question for Plunderbund

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Do the lefty bloggers at Plunderbund have any reaction to the despicable MoveOn.org "Betray Us" ad?

General Betray Us ad

Even Rolling Stone can see it for what it is: filth. How about it, Plunderbund?

Just when you think they can't manage to shoot themselves in the foot (again), MoveOn.org runs a full page ad in the NY Times with the title "General Petraeus or General Betray Us." The gist of the ad is that Petraeus is a Bush sympathizer disconnected from the facts, before he has even uttered one word to congress. It's no wonder the american people don't take democratic politics seriously when they are represented by this bunch.

As a former member of the Armed Forces, with a spouse who is currently in Iraq fighting the good fight, this kind of crap only emboldens the enemy and undercuts our military. Take it from someone who's inside source is over there, this guy knows what he is talking about and we finally have an effective military strategy in place, even if it is 4 years late in coming (thanks to the arrogant and incompetent former SecDef). The troops on the ground have faith in the guy, too bad the politicians are more concerned with sound bites than listening to a professional military general give his assessment on how to win the war. It's time for MoveOn to move on.

You can see a copy of the ad here.

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Puddle Pirate's addendum: Guess who got a sweetheart discount on that ad?

I'm a nutty conspirator

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NixGuy commenter Fred O'Neill has blown the whistle on me. Drat. My Zionist overlords at Halliburton are going to be very displeased with my ineptitude.

Talk about a faith-based community

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The "reality-based" Left's clearly suffering from a chronic case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Facts, logic and reason be damned. A story from an "anonymous source" on a carrier asserts that we're about to attack Iran, ergo it's too juicy to doubt. What are ya gonna believe, a ripping good yarn about eeeevil neocon conspiracies or your own lying eyes? This is Chimpy Hallibushitler we're talking about here!! He wants to DESTROY THE WORLD and lock up all progressives in GULAGS run by MERCENARIES!!!11!!

Fake but accurate, n'est ce pas?

The next Scott Beauchamp? (Updated)

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UPDATE: What a shock. The lefty blogger at DKos just deleted his post. Coward.

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My favorite blogging aviator Neptunus Lex cries foul over a conspiratorial post at Daily Kos alleging that America is about to attack Iran. The DKos diarist claims his information comes from an anonymous Navy officer aboard a carrier.

By the time Lex finishes debunking the anonymous source, the story has more holes than a sieve.

If you're wondering what the signal flags in Lex's post mean, here's a little help:

Mike Huckabee, Nanny Statist

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Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee couldn't resist pandering to the crowd at Lance Armstrong's recent "War on Cancer" get-together:

Huckabee committed to sign a nationwide smoking ban in public places, should such a measure win approval in Congress.

...

Huckabee described feelings of horror and helplessness when doctors diagnosed his wife several decades ago. She was diagnosed in 1975 with a spinal tumor doctors said were inoperable. She survived, but Huckabee said the experience left him "scared to death" of cancer.

What scares me to death is the prospect of the federal government becoming even more of a nanny state. I'm perfectly capable of deciding whether to smoke on my own, thankyouverymuch. If I want to fire up a celebratory cigar on the patio at the local watering hole some fine evening, the last thing I need to hear is a huffy "tut-tut" from some mincing bureaucrat in DC, followed by the sensation of my wallet getting lighter. I'm a big boy. Leave me be.

I take back what I said
about possibly supporting Huckabee.

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Update: Mary Katharine Ham sees things like I do. Sheesh.

Update 2: Oh, for goodness' sake. The event was videotaped, and you can see that Huckabee wore a Livestrong bracelet ... and made a point of flashing it. Sound the Pander Alert.

1/12 Update: Former Huckabee research director Joe Carter asks for evidence that Mike Huckabee is liberal. I offer the information above as fodder for the conversation.

I won't do it, and you can't make me

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OK, how did I miss this stupid law when it passed in 2005?

I'm glad I'm buying a gun this month (and I'm not alone). If this keeps up I might be in the market for an RPG by around 2012 or so. Or maybe a MK48. Don't laugh ... the 2nd Amendment isn't as restrictive as you think it is.

Harry "Neville Chamberlain" Reid

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Nancy Pelosi in a hijab

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San Fran Nan does an unwitting dhimmi* publicity tour in Damascus (how nice of her to hand a propaganda coup to the enemy):

Pelosi in a hijab
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hat tip: Little Green Footballs

* "Dhimmi" definition

Paris Hilton does Iraq

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Thanks to Hugh Hewitt, I found a brutal takedown of the Iraq Study Group's report. John Podhoretz has penned a razor-sharp rebuttal to James Baker and friends.

The nation's capital hasn't seen such concentrated wisdom in one place since Paris Hilton dined alone at the Hooters on Connecticut Avenue.

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Also in the Support Group: Iran and Syria. Yes, having done their best to destroy the new Iraq, these two tyrannical nations are poised to perform a very, very constructive role in helping to get the new Iraq up on its own two footsies!

James BakerAnd why? Because, see, it's in their interest to do so: "Although Iran sees it in its interest to have the United States bogged down in Iraq, Iran's interests would not be served by a failure of U.S. policy in Iraq that led to chaos and the territorial disintegration of the Iraqi state."

This is why we have commissions, you see. Regular dumb folk might look at the evidence of the past 25 years and think that the last thing Iran wants is a nice, strong and stable Iraq on its border. They might think that a strong and stable authoritarian Iraq might just attack Iran again and cause another 10-year war with deaths of millions. But here's the ISG to set us dumb people straight.

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The ISG is right. Syria can make a major contribution to Iraq's stability. But oddly enough, it chooses not to! Because until yesterday, it didn't have Paris Hilton - sorry, James Baker - explaining how wonderfully helpful it would be.

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Now, we dumb people might think that recent history demonstrates Israel will never consent to such a thing, and that Syria knows it full well, and that Syria doesn't actually want the Golan Heights back, and that like Iran, Syria would have more reason to fear a stable and successful Iraq than anything else in the world.

But that's what being stupid gets you. It means you don't understand the incredible value of the James Baker Handy-Dandy Solution to All the World's Ills. It's called "Get Israel." Once Israel is gotten, and gotten good, all the problems in the Middle East will be solved. And the seas will turn to lemonade, and the planets will come in alignment, and Mel Gibson will lie down with Jackie Mason.

That's hot.

Charlie Rangel is an asshat

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Just click the image of Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) to find out why:

Charlie Rangel

I'm a veteran, and I'm outraged.

I joined up in 1990 because I wanted to serve my country. I had a full ride scholarship waiting for me at a civilian university, but I dedicated my life to the military because I wanted to protect my family, my friends, and even stupendously condescending jerks like Charlie Rangel. I am white. I came from a middle class family. I got a 1430 on my SAT, and that was in 1989 (before they dumbed it down). I have a law degree and have only a few credits between me and a master's degree in bioethics. My four brothers are (respectively) a doctor headed for a fellowship in cardiology, a hydraulic equipment salesman, a petroleum engineer, and an undergraduate physics student headed for med school. My mother and stepfather have MBAs, are former executives in a Fortune 500 company, and are successful small business owners. My father has an MBA and is a successful CPA and financial advisor.

I had tons of options, and I chose the best: serving my country in the military. Charlie Rangel can kiss my ass.

*** Update: it's a hoax (or so they claim). Be sure to read the comments. ***

You read that headline right. Liberal bloggers Buckeye State Blog and Plunderbund have had something in the works for awhile now. The right side of the blogosphere detected the problem on FreeRepublic. Right on the Right sounded the alarm, followed by BizzyBlog and NixGuy.

Michelle Malkin is watching the story. Jonathan Adler at Volokh looks at the criminal implications, and notes that Buckeye State Blog's "Operation Infiltration" might be a hoax.

When it comes to disdain for our troops, Sherrod Brown stands with John Kerry:

Rep. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat leading in late polls in his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, said Republicans are merely trying to change the subject. "The people who should apologize are George Bush and Mike DeWine for sending our troops into battle without body armor and without examining the cooked intelligence," he said.

So according to Brown, this wasn't an insult to our troops:

That's right, folks. In Sherrod Brown World, it doesn't matter what the troops fighting in Iraq heard. Those dolts misinterpreted an obvious joke about their Commander-in-Chief and thought it was an insult directed at them. Any idiot would have understood. They're either too dumb to get the joke, or they're just acting like eeeeevil Republicans when they take John Kerry at his word.

Sherrod Brown knows darn well that Kerry's insult revealed yet again his inherent disdain for the U.S. military. Brown shares that attitude, and today's quote demonstrates the point. This hair-on-fire pacifist lefty wants to have a bigger say in American national security and foreign policy. Do Ohio voters really want a small man like this representing them in the U.S. Senate?

Contribute to Mike DeWine and keep Sherrod Brown away from the reins of power.

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

Kerry's lonely press conference

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John Kerry is defiant in his response to America's anger over his slur against our troops, but there's more to it than that. Watch his press conference closely and see if you notice what I noticed.

Did you catch it? None of his fellow Democrats are standing behind him. Cowards.

Remember that the Democratic Party is the home of politicians who despise our troops. Vote accordingly next Tuesday.

John Kerry says our troops are idiots

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Are you sitting down?

You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.
-- John Kerry
[audio here]

Video hat tip: Michelle Malkin

And this guy wants to make another run at the presidency? I'll make the call right now. Kerry's run in 2008 is D.O.A.

The only difference between this colossal twit and Hillary/Obama/Feingold is that the other contenders know better than to reveal their disdain for our troops. As a veteran, I'm disgusted but not surprised.

Michelle Malkin has the mother of all round-ups of blogosphere reactions.

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Update: "I apologize to no one." (Hat tip: RedState)

Please, John. Keep talking.

Airport security: PC farce

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Hat tip: Newest SOB Alliance member Connect the Dots. Good find!

Two questions for Ned Lamont

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If you listen to Ned Lamont's acceptance speech, he says of our troops in Iraq:

We have 132,000 of our bravest troops stuck in the middle of a bloody civil war in Iraq. And I say it's high time we bring them home to the hero's welcome.

Help me out here, you Lamont zombies. If our troops are doing something bad by fighting in Iraq, why should we regard them as heroes? Conversely, if they are indeed heroes then why should we pull them out before they finish their heroic task?

Poor moonbats. My heart bleeds.

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Michelle Malkin pillories the left's overwrought whining about her readers' use of the Digg.com social networking system. Apparently, all that self-righteous talk about diversity and open-mindedness doesn't apply when conservatives set foot in the marketplace of ideas.

Tough noogies, liberals. Get used to being challenged.

It must suck to be Glenn Greenwald

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WuzzaDem completely demolishes the schizophrenically-gifted Glenn Greenwald, a NY Times bestselling author of ... oh, nevermind. I'll let the sockpuppets speak for themselves.

Is Mike DeWine missing the boat on Sherrod Brown's astrology strategy? Read the coverage and decide for yourself.

Now where did I misplace Miss Cleo's phone number? Hmmm ...

Cindy Sheehan spanked by the Left

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Anti-American "peace activist" Cindy Sheehan has really stepped in it now. Even her erstwhile leftist supporters are angry with her. Why? In a recent post on the Daily Kos blog, Momma Moonbat displayed her jealousy over the news coverage that Hurricane Rita got, because it diverted attention away from ... her. And contrary to the frantic wriggling of Cindy's public relations spinmeisters, she wasn't framed by some imposter on Kos' site.

Check Michelle Malkin for the latest on Sheehanpalooza.

Hat tip: Angry in the Great White North

A lonely Democrat voice

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Democracy Guy gets it (sort of):

There may, in fact, be some mystery anti-gay neanderthal electorate that abracadabra showed up at the polls who otherwise would have not, but it certainly was small, indeed would have been dwarfed by the higher turnout in general, and simply would not have affected the election to the tune of 120,000 votes, which is double the margin by which Clinton won the state in 1992. Such voters were a ripple in the overall tide that moved the undecided electorate in 2004. We lost Ohio for the same reason we lost the election nationally....security. Not because of some Rove-ian magic wand.

It's a shame that the Democratic Party hasn't got more sane (and vocal) members like this, people who don't suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Unfortunately, the Dems have been following the lead of the big-time lefty bloggers. Hugh Hewitt's metaphor of water pipes made of lead or copper illustrates the problem:

The blogosphere is a vast set of information pipes, like water pipes, providing the stuff information/news junkies find essential. The old plumbing is still out there --newspapers, television, radio-- but the blogs have dramatically increased the volume of the information flow.

What [Howard] Dean hints at is that the left side of the blogosphere's pipes have a problem. They are made of lead. They are in fact poisoning the information they are distributing, and the consequence is the slow poisoning of the Democratic Party.

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip: Brewed Fresh Daily

 
Welcome, Hugh Hewitt readers! Make yourselves at home.

Take a good, close look at this champion of intellectual diversity:

Busted!

She's cleaning out a newspaper rack full of the latest issue of The Sentinel and dumping the papers in the trash. The Sentinel is Ohio State University's student conservative newspaper, and its fine writing obviously continues to anger campus leftists in Columbus ... because it has the perplexing quirk of disappearing from the racks before leftists in training students get a chance to read the latest commentary from the right. Happily, this Thought Policeperson got caught on camera by the paper's staff.

Here's the kicker: according to The Sentinel, she's a Postdoctoral Researcher who works at OSU's Environmental Molecular Science Institute.

I'm sure there'll be more to follow on Dr. Stickyfingers at the newspaper's blog, The Open End.

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NB: I'm also pleased to mention that The Open End is a member (along with Brain Shavings, Wizblog, Eric Hogue, and Hugh Hewitt) of a mighty blog alliance here in Ohio called The Buckeye Bloggers.

The Case for the Empire

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I've been thinking idly about Revenge Of The Sith coming out tomorrow (and George Lucas' recent thinly-veiled potshot at President "Darth Sidious" Bush), so I thought it might be worth looking back at an old column in The Weekly Standard that turns conventional Star Wars wisdom on its head. Check out "The Case for the Empire" and tell me what you think.

And no, I'm not very serious. Only barely.

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UPDATE: John Podhoretz has seen the movie, and he's not amused.

UPDATE 2: Derb hates Star Wars. All of it.

Not too long ago I created a bumper sticker:

Support the troops

The point I was trying to make is now back in the news. It turns out that NPR's Bob Sommer isn't the only lefty who's feeling prickly about yellow ribbons and "Support The Troops" stickers. UMass student Thomas Naughton's self-described guilt spurs him to tear yellow "Support The Troops" ribbons from other people's cars, as he explains in his The Daily Collegian column:

Guilt can only weigh on a person's mind for so long before they crave the act of purgation; to get the weighty feelings of shame and responsibility out of the mind -- or at least the guilty parties attempt to find some kind of peace if they cannot rid themselves of a screaming conscience that implicates and indicts its possessor.

That said, perhaps some readers will understand why my friends and I rip yellow ribbon "support the troops" magnets off of cars or wherever people have affixed them. By ripping off these ribbons, we find a way to deal with our guilt, as though with each ribbon swiped we take back a life that was taken by this senseless war started by our senseless president and those who support him.

I will never say, "support the troops." I don't believe in the validity of that statement. People say, "I don't support the war, I support the troops" as though you can actually separate the two. You cannot; the troops are a part of the war, they have become the war and there is no valid dissection of the two. Other people shout with glaring eyes that we should give up our politics, give up our political affiliations in favor of "just supporting the troops." I wish everything were that easy.

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We say, "support the troops" so that we won't feel guilty about saying "no" to war. We reason that if we say that we support the troops, somehow we aren't monsters for not saying a word when the death tolls of U.S. soldiers climbed above 1,000. Those ribbons are yellow for a reason, they are not the mark of armed forces support, they are the mark of cowards.

Pundits on the radio advise their cowardly listeners to approach men and women in army uniforms and say "thank you." I cannot do that. Every time I pass a person in uniform I look long and hard at them and all I can think inside to say is "I'm so sorry." I want to apologize to them, to their families and to their friends. I feel sorry that we, the people, couldn't control our own government at the outset of this conflict when most of us knew deep inside that it was a mistake.

Where are we now? Are we in a better place? Is the world safer for democracy? No, it is not safer and we are not in a better place. In this war that we are fighting to somehow avenge the deaths of the Sept. 11 tragedy, we have amassed a field of body bags, the number of which almost matches the number killed in the terrorist attacks four years ago.

Naughton's column caught Michael Medved's attention today, and his invitation to Naughton to come on the air has so far gone unanswered. No big surprise there.

When I created my bumper sticker I pointed out the same brand of self-serving lefty illogic that Naughton chews on. Though he and I come down on opposite sides in the debate over the war (not to mention respect for property rights), we both understand that in this war it's not possible to meaningfully support the troops while also believing that the troops are engaged in a criminal military adventure.

My recommendation? Get two stickers and give one to a liberal relative or friend.

More blogging:
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Marine Corps Moms
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Mark Nicodemo
This Untamed Fire Of Freedom
Precinct 333
Grim's Hall
Clear and Present
Joobo the King of Wisdom
A Word From The Right
The Eyrie
A Logical Voice (agrees with Naughton)

Anatomy of liberal defense strategy

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If ever you need a demonstration of how liberals destroy the Democratic Party's credibility on national security, here it is.

So they say they "support the troops"?

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Every time I argue with some liberal who whines about the war in Iraq, they always feel compelled to mouth platitudes about supporting the troops no matter what. But after hundreds of incidents like this one, I have a reply.

Bull.

I just created my own support-the-troops bumper sticker, which you can have for yourself by clicking on the image below.

Support the troops

Buy two and give one to a liberal relative or friend.

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UPDATE: I knew it would hit a nerve. Check the comments here.

Did Rush just storm off the air?

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Just heard something unprecedented on the Rush Limbaugh show. I think that was Mr. Snerdley the Program Observer who closed out the last segment of today's first hour. I thought I heard him say that Rush got so ticked off by the last liberal caller that he had to go cool off. Hmmm ... no dittocam feed, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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UPDATE: Yup, he did. He's back now, warning his audience he's on a short fuse. Uh, no kidding.

UPDATE 2: Here's the segment with the argument, which I'll gladly remove if Rush objects to my posting it. I'll post Snerdley's voice ASAP.

Impeachapalooza 2005

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Soon, the 109th Congress will convene for its first session. This time around the Democrats have lost even more seats, and if there's one thing that ticks off a Democrat politician it's losing power. Worse yet, they still seem to think that their message of wacko leftism just didn't get through to the voting public, and that President Bush and the Republicans somehow stole the election.

Democrat outrage is nothing if not predictable, and it's no great stretch to expect petty little snit fits on the floor of Congress once it's back in session. Come to think of it, can calls for impeaching the president be far away? I think not. Which can mean only one thing.

It's contest time!

Be the first to predict the Democrats' calls for political vengeance against President Bush, and you can win expensive and gaudy prizes. That is, if you define "expensive and gaudy" as "affordable by the amateur blogger running this site." Here are the categories and prizes:

  1. Date of first call for President Bush's impeachment: _________ (Prize: a Blogshares portfolio consisting of 5,000 shares of Brain Shavings and 5000 shares of The Buckeye Bloggers)
    Bonus -- Representative making that first call: _________ (Prize: $10 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  2. Date of first article of impeachment referred to House Judiciary Committee: _________ (Prize: a copy of Blog, by Hugh Hewitt)
    Bonus -- First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  3. Date of first article of impeachment to get a House Judiciary Committee vote: _________ (Prize: a copy of Right Turns, by Michael Medved)
    Bonus -- First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus -- Committee vote tally (yea/nay): _____/_____ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus -- Number of Republicans voting "yea" (non-zero guesses only): _____ (Prize: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)
  4. Date of first article of impeachment to reach House floor: _________ (Prize: a copy of Scalia Dissents, by Kevin A. Ring)
    Bonus -- First sponsor of this article: _________ (Prize: $75 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus -- House vote tally (yea/nay): _____/_____ (Prize: $100 Amazon.com gift certificate)
    Bonus -- Number of Republicans voting "yea" (non-zero guesses only): _____ (Prize: $100 Amazon.com gift certificate)

Contest Rules:

3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

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Nick Coleman lobs a slander grenade at Power Line, so John Hinderaker catches it, tosses it back, and ... boom.

Beautiful.

White House issues Kwanzaa message

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Come on, was this really neccessary?

Religion and politics

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Yesterday I pointed out the correlation between deeply-held Christian belief, knowledge of current events, and antipathy to Islam. Today, Power Line notes a similar connection between religious belief and voting patterns:

This year's election made clear what political leaders have known for some time -- religious belief and degree of religious commitment are closely associated with how people vote. Thus, the extent to which people hold, and are serious about, religious beliefs has a direct bearing on who will hold political power and what our policies will be across the spectrum of key foreign policy and domestic issues. Put another way, the fact that so many Americans believe in God and take religious teachings so seriously is a major reason why our politics and policies are not like those of Europe, where religion has been marginalized.

This is another "duh" moment for most everybody from the center to the right in American politics, but I'm betting that the guys at Power Line felt obligated to point out what ought to be obvious, since otherwise intelligent folks like Jeff Jarvis and Jesse Taylor still just don't seem to get it.

Hugh Hewitt tackles Jarvis' essay on the supposedly exaggerated battles over Christmas in America:

It is too easy to say "everything is fine," and "chill." The place of faith in America is a crucial topic that deserves every bit of attention it receives, even when a particular battle seems overblown when measured against the persecution of the house church in China.

Every time an elitist condemns a person of faith as a "theocrat," or a scientist rejects an argument against embryonic stem cell research as a "fundamentalists' position," the effort to expel faith from the public square advances, and not via debate, but via the sneer. Jeff Jarvis may not care a bit because such steps don't result in bloodshed or any sort of violence. But most public policy disputes don't, and the absence of physical injury doesn't make them any less worthy of debate or attention. Jarvis' jeremiad against focus on conflicts between the sectarian and the secular is itself an attempt to demote issues of faith in the culture to second-class conflicts, beneath the attention of "serious" thinkers -- a back lot drama played out by hayseeds and snake handlers. How convenient, and how wrong.

Read the whole thing.

For more examples of the War on Christmas, keep checking in with Hugh Hewitt, Michelle Malkin, and David Limbaugh.

ACLU Alert System

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ACLU Alert System

Hat tip: Drink This ...

War to save Christmas continues

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Michelle Malkin highlights some subversive activities by a New Jersey mayor who's not ready to replace "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays" just yet.

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UPDATE: Meanwhile, here in Ohio, Jesse Taylor just doesn't get it. He should try talking to some conservative Jews.

C'mon, say it ... say it!

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In the interest of annoying the P.C. shocktroops (who definitely deserve to be offended) I offer three brief commentaries in favor of the public celebration of Christmas, written by three of my favorite Jews: Charles Krauthammer, Dennis Prager, and Michael Medved.

Merry Christmas!

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UPDATE: More from Diana West and Jeff Jacoby, both Jews.

Poor little Bambi

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Ah, Cleveland's annual suburban self-flagellation over culling the deer horde begins anew, courtesy of The Plain Dealer:

Wanted: residents willing to turn their back yard into a hunting ground where sharpshooters will set bait and pick off deer with high-powered rifles.

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The plan is to bait each site with corn and to shoot the deer in the head when they show up to eat.

The killing project, which has drawn protests from animal rights groups, was approved by City Council in October, following hundreds of residents' complaints of deer damaging garden beds, grazing on lawns and running through streets.

Council authorized $500,000 for the project, which includes processing the deer meat and donating it to a food bank for distribution to hunger centers.

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The deer carcasses - about 100 a week - will be quickly loaded onto trucks and shipped to a meat processor within hours to prevent spoilage.

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Lisa Hamler-Podolski, director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, which represents 12 food banks in Ohio, including the Cleveland Foodbank, welcomes the deer meat.

She said growing demand to feed the poor is taking a toll on her agencies' food stocks. "Right now there's very little meat in the system," she said. "This is coming at a really good time."

The 600-head Solon kill, she estimated, is about half a tractor-trailer load of meat, or about 96,000 quarter-pound servings.

Attention, PETA members! Please hold your objections until you've seen the following pictures of my van, taken in October of this year:

I'm glad my printer's an inkjet

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Jason Tuohey of the Medill News Service reports that if you use a color laser printer, Uncle Sam can track everything you print, thanks to a quiet little gadget installed on many different companies' printers that hides a serial number in tiny dots on your newly printed page.

However, [the dots] could also be employed to track a document back to any person or business that printed it. Although the technology has existed for a long time, printer companies have not been required to notify customers of the feature.

Lorelei Pagano, a counterfeiting specialist with the U.S. Secret Service, stresses that the government uses the embedded serial numbers only when alerted to a forgery. "The only time any information is gained from these documents is purely in [the case of] a criminal act," she says.

I'll stop whining about slow inkjet speeds now.

No more red kettles outside Target

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Courtesy of Hugh Hewitt, I've learned that Target has banned The Salvation Army from collecting donations in front of its stores, according to The Boston Globe. How in the world could anyone object to an organization that does so much for the least and the lost? And don't get me started about the exceptionally foolish timing of the ban, coming right before Christmas when the Salvation Army raises millions of dollars to help poor people get through the cold winter months. I suspect the underlying reason for Target's decision is a combination of two things: gibbering fear of the grievance industry (thank you ACLU), and disdain for anything and everything Christian.

Even if you look at this from a gimlet-eyed perspective that cares only about the corporation's bottom line, it's a dumb move. Watch consumer outrage build, and watch Target's sales plummet. The company will posture awhile, then cave in (too late). This is the season when the retail industry makes most of its annual income, so errors this big tend to bite you in the butt pretty doggone hard.

I'll be skipping Target when I shop, and going to Wal-Mart instead, where the red kettle sits outside their front door. In the meantime, I ask you to consider making a donation via this online red kettle:

Donate online

Watch this page for any new press release from Target. If they decide to backtrack on this silly decision, it'll likely start there.

If you'd like to express your views, feel free to e-mail Target at guest.relations@target.com.

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Where'd all the moonbats go?

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Whatever happened to the breathless coverage of important news stories like the tons of missing ammo in Iraq? George Bush's AWOL escapades and the documents that proved it? Karl Rove's leaking of an undercover CIA operative's name for political advantage? The Bush Administration's reckless indifference to Richard Clarke's prescient warnings about the imminent danger of a 9/11 attack? Bush's nefarious backroom conspiracies in cahoots with the Saudi royal family and the bin Ladens?

Golly, I thought these were all Critically Important Stories™ that the public needed to know about in every detail. Suddenly, after November 2nd, things have gone quiet. I wonder why.

Keep driving and don't make eye contact

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L.A. Indymedia has video of two Marine LAVs (not "tanks" as claimed) that showed up at an International ANSWER protest outside the Westwood Federal Building on Tuesday. Watch the video to see how compassionate lefties treat the troops they claim to support.

So was this an episode of repression? Did AshKKKroft send jackbooted thugs to crush dissent wherever it sprouts? Uh, not exactly. The Marines got lost on their way to a Veterans Day parade and celebration.

I talked to one Marine with one of the "Striker" vehicles. He told me they had driven the vehicles up from Camp Pendleton the night before (Tuesday) on the freeway. Getting off the 405 Freeway going north, they would have passed Wilshire and Veteran where ANSWER had called a rally to protest the attack on Fallujah in Iraq.

I asked him if he was "rolling around Westwood" Tuesday night. He said, "Yeah, and we drove past that anti-war demonstration. We was lost. We're not from L.A. We didn't know where this place (WLA VA) was. We were trying to find it."

"Did you drive around the block twice?" I asked.

"Yeah, we did. We stopped to ask them (the protestors) directions, but they weren't very nice."

I wonder if the LAV guys need any bumper stickers?

Hat tip: Passionate America

Animal abuse as "art"

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I'm no animal rights wacko, but the "art" created by Nathalie Edenmont turns my stomach. She kills animals, chops 'em up, mounts their parts, and then takes photographs of her handiwork. So far, she's killed white mice, chickens, rabbits, and at least one cat. The Wetterling Gallery in Sweden (what a surprise) hosts her work, and they see no problem with it. Over in Los Angeles, the LA Art Show showed her craptacular work last year.

I'm getting very tired of this "let's-shock-the-straights-and-call-it-art" attitude from pretentious leftists. The irrational part of me hopes Miss Edenmont meets the business end of a cranky tiger with hunger pangs, but the rational part of me knows she'll find plenty of admiring upper-class twits to support her work. Ah, well.

Here's a gallery of her "art", but don't click the link if you've got a weak stomach.

Hat tip: cowsarenotshoes

Mark Steyn is sick of the election ...

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... but he's hoping he doesn't end up in a Canadian hospital.

Democrat voter fraud continues in Ohio

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Good Lord, now the Dems down in Franklin County, Ohio are registering terrorists to vote.

When word of this gets out, the turnout among GOP voters in the Buckeye State will blow your mind. I'm a hard-core conservative so I'm already volunteering on Election Day ... but if these outrageous shenanigans continue, my fellow Republicans will be willing to crawl through crushed glass while doused in burning gasoline to get to the polls.

Hat tip: Power Line

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When Liberals Attack

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When confronted by Swift Boat Veteran John O'Neill, liberal talking head Lawrence O'Donnell went completely nuts on MSNBC's Scarborough Country tonight. I can't wait to watch the video version of this audio clip online, once somebody posts it.

The Swiftees need more donations to drive a stake through the heart of John Kerry's quest for power. Click on the graphic to donate:

Make a donation to the Swift Vets

UPDATE: Here's the video. And a great photoshopped image (good discovery, PoliPundit).

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin

More coverage:
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Wizbang
Power Line
sisu
The Jawa Report
Truth, Lies & Common Sense
The View From MY Right
Everlasting Phelps
Right On Red
INDC Journal

Oops.

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The Guardian newspaper's Clark County project has gone awry. Who'd have thought the dimwitted Colonials in Ohio would react so negatively?

Please, you ridiculous British busybodies, do it again. We need more Bush votes in Ohio. Now if only we can get John Kerry to speak French on the stump ...

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UPDATE: Mark Steyn agrees.

Arthur Chrenkoff reports on Brits targeting my fellow Ohioans with anti-Bush spam. Who put them up to it and helped them find voters in Clark County? The Guardian newspaper.

Talk about an effort doomed to failure. If it weren't so pathetic, and if I didn't live elsewhere in Ohio, I'd be annoyed. Instead, I'm mildly amused at the thought of undecided voters in Clark County deciding to vote for Bush just to annoy the bejabbers out of some stuffy British busybodies.

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Clarification: I realize that The Guardian doesn't explicitly advocate sending anti-Bush messages to Clark County voters. However, when you know that the newspaper's slant and the biases of its readership tilt way over toward the left, you can bet the ol' homestead that the vast majority of messages will be anti-Bush.

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UPDATE: Take that, you nosy foppish twits.

So much for Canadian free speech

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In Canada, it's now illegal to call people names.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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UPDATE: More here.

Take your draft and shove it

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Hey, Congressman Rangel: not only is your draft bill dead on arrival (thanks in part to your vote against it)... it's utterly unneccessary.

Now kindly shut up and sit down, you unethical hack.

Finally, Canada finds a worthy foe

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Yahoo News relates the story of how Canada, our not-very-stalwart ally to the north, has finally found an enemy it feels qualified to stand up to: Sabrina, the flying squirrel.

Cosmo will be torn between his distaste for liberals and his hatred for squirrels.

Good advice from a liberal

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Paul Demko has a suggestion for his fellow lefty bloggers.

Let the lefty moonbattery begin

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Atrios never met a strawman he didn't like, Josh Marshall goes on a superscript "th" hunt, Kevin Drum takes CBS at its word (then hedges), and Kos thinks that the "memos" must be real because the White House simply gave reporters copies of what it received from 60 Minutes. Even more hilariously, the commenters on these sites blame Karl Rove for planting the forgeries just to make the left look silly. What a surprise.

The theme of the moment among the lefty bloggers seems to be "never mind the other problems with the forged memos, just find anything to hang your hat on and then either look smug or whine about right-wing conspiracies." According to the spin from the left today, the "memos" that 60 Minutes faxed to the White House magically became authentic just because the White House gave copies to reporters without comment.

Good luck, fellas.

Baldfaced bias in AP "news"

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I dare anyone to deny that the Associated Press has chosen sides ... and do it with a straight face. Note that this isn't an editorial. It's "news."

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UPDATE: Looks like Calvin Woodward rained on Kerry's parade too. I stand corrected. Kudos to frequent commenter deadscot.

Moonbat mating call

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President Bush is coming here to the Cleveland area on the day after tomorrow, and the liberal barking moonbats are putting out the call to gather and agitate. Both the abortion industry and organized labor are running this show. In a blatant case of psychological projection, the moonbats have named Saturday's protest the "Flip-Flop Forum."

From: Debbie Kline [debbiekline@ppao.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 9:28 AM
To: Debbie Kline
Subject: Anti-Bush Rally we need your help!

Planned Parenthood will be participating in this event and would like to have a nice sized turnout of Planned Parenthood volunteers. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending because the location of this event has changed a couple of times. You can either email or call me at the phone number below. The organizers will be sending out a final email on Friday so I will pass the information on to you.

I look forward to seeing you there! Thank you!

Debbie Kline, Field Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio
216-695-7657
debbiekline@ppao.org

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From: John Gallo [jgallo@clevelandaflcio.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 5:41 PM
To: John Gallo
Subject: Anti-Bush Rally this Saturday

The Rapid Response Network, a coalition of many organizations and leaders, is calling upon all people who oppose the policies of President Bush and want to see him retire in November to join together for a media action and rally.

When: Saturday, August 4,2004
Time: 8:00 AM
Where: Brecksville-Broadview Hts. High School, 6380 Mill Rd. in Brecksville.

George W. Bush will be speaking at the Brecksville-Broadview Hts. High School this Saturday at what is being billed as an oportunity to ask questions of the president.

Instead of attending this staged indoor event, we will hold an outdoor event called the "Bush Flip-Flop Forum." With serious humor, we will have real people asking a fake president real questions about the war and terrorism, education and issues affecting working people, and hearing the answers from Fip and Flop, the two faces of Dubya.

We know 8 AM is a crazy hour for a media event/rally. But with only two months before Election Day, we must use every opportunity we get to get our message out.

We will send a final e-mail on Friday.

Come see the moonbats flocking, and bring a camera! Here are the directions.

Those eeevil neocons run everything

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Annyonghi gaseyo, South Korea

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We'll see you ingrates later. Have fun with your neighbors up North ... we'll be busy elsewhere.

Moonbats in Cleveland

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Good gravy! The moonbats gathered in Cleveland this weekend, and I wasn't there to hassle them! If I'd only known, I'd have had a chance to ridicule Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Fisher Stevens, Julianna Margulies and Chad Lowe in person. I'm so disappointed.

Stevens identified himself as a Kerry supporter. But he said it is wrong to assume everyone in Hollywood is a liberal Democrat.

"The irony is you can look to the governor's mansion in California now and a former president from California to understand that actors are not all liberal, far from it.

Refuting this one's such an obvious slam dunk that I won't insult your intelligence by hanging on the rim.

They (Bush supporters) love to label Hollywood liberal. All I'm trying to say here is, 'Hey, let's wake up, let's take responsibility for the country.'"

I love being lectured on personal responsibility by a loon who supports the party of libertines.

Stevens said he has come to realize that Ohio may play a crucial role in the election.

Sharp as a beach ball, this one. He sure does encourage the "all actors are smart" stereotype that I keep hearing about.

"I don't pretend to tell Ohioans what to do and who to vote for," Stevens said. "I just want to raise money for this organization. It's not only about money, it's about awareness."

Translation: "My intelligence may rival that of a sea cucumber, but I look pretty and I'm famous. I'll just raise money so the lawyers and the lobbyists can tell Ohioans what to do and who to vote for."

[An organizer] said some of those who were featured at the fund-raisers Saturday night may return in September for an Ohio bus tour.

Oh, please. Please come back. I promise I'll be gentle.

I could barely believe my ears when John Kerry said this at the 2004 UNITY Conference:

I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history.

What on earth is a "more sensitive war"? Does it mean we'll stop killing the people who are trying to kill us? Does it mean we'll put on our best stern look and wave a UN resolution around? This is more clear proof that today's Democrat party cannot be entrusted with our national security.

UK to tax drivers into oblivion

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George Turner over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler presents (and efficiently guts) a UK government plan to reduce highway congestion by charging drivers a tax of £1.30. Per mile. This is a must-read.

Cause, meet effect

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First, Islamists kidnapped Angelo de la Cruz, a Filipino man. Next, they demanded that all Filipino troops leave Iraq immediately, or the hostage would be decapitated. Philippine President Gloria Arroyo cowered, tucked tail and ran, and then added a $6 million ransom payment to sweeten the deal.

All this for one man. How surprising that communist rebels in the Philippines have noticed:

Taking advantage of the government�s changed stance against terrorism, the New People�s Army said it would not release the soldiers it captured until the government suspends all military and police operations in the Bicol region.

The word is out. If you're a terrorist and you want easy cash, just kidnap a Filipino. Think about this: the Wahhabi doctrine that motivates Al Qaeda and many related Islamist groups is the official state religion of Saudi Arabia, where the locals hire large numbers of servants and workers from the Philippines. I'm glad I'm not one of the 600,000 Filipinos over there (update your wills, folks).

President Arroyo has preached about the root causes of terrorism being poverty and economic inequality. Well, Gloria, you're about to have lots of opportunities to address those root causes yourself. Lots o' luck with that Abu Sayyaf problem, sweetie.

Hat tip: A Small Victory

Lefties who fail to comment on the Flight 327 elephant in the room: Daily Kos, Atrios, pandagon.net, LiberalOasis, Smirking Chimp, The Washington Monthly, Blog For America, The Drudge Retort ... hmmm, reminds me of a scene ...

ALL IS WELL!!!

OK, enough kicking of expired equines. Michelle Malkin has a skeptic's roundup on the Flight 327 story. Bill from INDC Journal relates his own creepy story. Glenn Reynolds wraps up his coverage with a link to Mrs. Jacobsen's radio interview. And I'm going to call it a night.

Mustn't offend the little dears

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Michelle Malkin reports that The Washington Post has been sitting on the story about Annie Jacobsen witnessing a terrorist dry run ... for a week now. Word has finally gotten out, thanks to the Internet-posted story at Women's Wall Street and thanks to the blogosphere's super-fast propagation of news. So much for protecting Muslim sensitivities, eh, WaPo? What a bunch of lefty loons.

This will be a political football by next week. Any bets on Norm Mineta's job security?

Also check out Thomas Galvin's account of a similar incident he witnessed recently.

Then, remember that we're still looking for these folks:

Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects
Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects Photograph of and link to Amer El-Maati Photograph of and link to Aafia Siddiqui Photograph of and link to Adnan G. El Shukrijumah Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects
Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects Photograph of and link to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed Photograph of and link to Adam Gadahn Photograph of and link to Abderraouf Jdey Photograph of and link to Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects
Graphic of FBI seal and seven Be On the Lookout Suspects

I wonder if any of them have been flying hither & yon recently? Click on any of their ugly mugs to see more info on each scumbag. If you want the HTML code to put this graphic on your site, click here.

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UPDATE: If you'd like to e-mail the WaPo, I'd never object.

Lileks eviscerates Michael Moore

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Here's a tease:

Believing in Bush�s perfidy gives some people the same comfort and emotional nourishment others get from believing in Jesus. It validates them, cements their view of the world � venal, conspiratorial, run by capering chimps who are somehow ten times less intelligent than Usenet posters but somehow able to yank strings on a global scale. A commenter on a Fark thread called Bush �The Unelected Murder Monkey,� for heaven�s sake. Not all the opponents are unhinged, of course. Of course. There are many levels of opposition, from the serene and reasonable to the char-broiled nutburgers who haunt the comments sections of my favorite blogs. Or my favorite talk shows. Today I heard a caller describe how �Fahrenheit 9/11� affected him; now he believed that the Bush administration attacked the Taliban and Iraq because the Saudis wanted it. The host pointed out that the Saudis didn�t want it. The caller said �well, that�s your opinion.� Movies are facts, you see. Facts are just opinions.

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[quoting Michael Moore]

For too long now we have abandoned our flag to those who see it as a symbol of war and dominance, as a way to crush dissent at home. Flags are flying from the back of SUVs, rising high above car dealerships, plastering the windows of businesses and adorning paper bags from fast-food restaurants. But these flags are intended to send a message: "You're either with us or you're against us," "Bring it on!" or "Watch what you say, watch what you do."

I knew a paranoid schizophrenic once. He believed that the New York Times was sending him personal messages through its front-page headlines. He might also have believed that car-dealership flags were telling him to watch what he said.

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ManateeThese so-called patriots hold the flag tightly in their grip and, in a threatening pose, demand that no one ask questions. Those who speak out find themselves shunned at work, harassed at school, booed off Oscar stages. The flag has become a muzzle, a piece of cloth stuffed into the mouths of those who dare to ask questions.

Or draped backwards on the broad trunk of brave dissenters who manage to schedule in a photo shoot before they�re carted off to the lime pits. You know, this is just so old. So tired. It would be old and tired if it ran in a high school newspaper. Shunned at work? Oh, I can�t tell you the number of times around the newspaper office I�ve been told to avoid someone because he was critical of the Shrub Regime. Harassed at school? I�ve heard of such things, yes.

Read it and bask in the warmth.

Michael Moore Hates America

Quick, get that on tape!

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In her remarks at a Democrat fundraiser in San Francisco on Monday, Hillary Clinton revealed her agenda:

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

She goofed and told the truth. Hillary, meet Mr. Woodshed.

Leftist thugs

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Wizbang links to a story about a Fahrenheit 9/11 moviegoer getting pounded by MoveOn.org thugs.

Which side of the culture war is the one with the brownshirts? I forget.

A high schooler with guts

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Bryan Henderson of Princeton High School in Princeton, West Virginia got fed up with leftist teachers browbeating him, so he exercised his freedom of expression. Good thing he's a tough kid, because the leftists were not amused with his politically incorrect views. Hat tip to the ever-clever (and doggone attractive) Whomping Willow on this story.

I wonder if Bryan's inquisitors used the cut-n-paste leftist Screed-O-Matic demonstrated over at Protein Wisdom?

Blah blah right-wing Rumsfeld warmonger chickenhawk evil Bushies Wolfowitz and his neocon cabal for oiloiloiloiloiloil blah blah ignorant stupid bloodthirsty morons, the real axis of evil on a ranch in Crawford and blah blah blah no WMD he lied, Bushitler lied, people died died died tie-dyed peace peace peace down with the Zionists! peace peace Kyoto! they hate us they hate us they hate us and what can we do and root causes and root causes and blowback and Plame and Plame and Chalabi Plame Wilson blah blah blah unilateral multinational Halliburton Enronism crony capitalism and it's all about oiloiloiloil blah blah blah

Hmmm ... looks vaguely familiar ...

In defense of bachelor kitchens

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Alright, mom, stop nagging me about my dirty kitchen. Yours is probably worse.

Linking as retaliation

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Bill Hobbs used my comment-highlighting method to fisk the latest Maureen Dowd screed. And of course, I get no thanks. Geez, you'd think I write a relatively unknown blog or something.

Hat tip: He who blends puppies

Memebusters

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It's funny how every theme the Democrats try to use for this election cycle keeps getting demolished by the facts. Did I say "theme"? I should've said "meme." Here's a brief list off the top of my head:

"Afghanistan will swallow our military whole." It didn't.
"America invaded Iraq unilaterally." Nope.
"Iraq is a quagmire." Not.
"We went into Iraq without a plan." We had one.
"The Iraq war is a failure because Saddam is on the loose." Never mind.
"Muqtada Al-Sadr will drive us from Iraq." Then again ...
"Bush is alienating our allies." Doesn't look that way.
"There was no connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda." There was.
"The economy stinks." Wrong.
"It's a jobless recovery." Oops.
"We're losing manufacturing jobs." Uh-uh.
"Outsourcing is hurting our economy." Not so.

I'll update it as more examples come to mind.

According to Denver Post columnist Reggie Rivers, our soldiers are slaves. Brad Torgersen rides to the rescue.

I think Reggie took one too many hits when he played for the Broncos. Perhaps you could politely suggest he backtrack on his outlandishly absurd and insulting comparison? Try regrivers@msn.com

Movie prediction

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The Day After Tomorrow

Bomb, bust, debacle, disaster, dud, fiasco, lemon, loser, miscarriage, nonstarter, washout, failure, stinker, smoking crater.

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UPDATE: Ed Feulner chimes in.

Wal-Mart eats Vermont

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The friendly fruitloops at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have just published their annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places ... and the entire state of Vermont is on it. Why? Because Wal-Mart might establish stores there. Oh, the horror.

Vermont's probably delighted.

Dammit, somebody squealed!

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How am I supposed to explain this to my Zionist masters? Heads will be festooned with panties, I swear it!

Hat tip: Castle Argghhh!

Who's calling who unpatriotic, Teresa? Sheesh, you sound like your hubby.

Biden vs. God

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Hat tip: Command Post

Gannett News Service reports on the latest inanity from Senator Joe Biden, who's been ranting about the abuses at Abu Ghraib:

Once those people are identified, Biden said, Bush must "demand the resignations for whoever is involved in this policy, and that includes Lord God Almighty himself. It includes anybody involved."

Uh, Joe? You've got your chain of command backwards.

Picking at nits

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David Skinner's Weekly Standard article "Behind CAIR's Hate Crimes Report" looks at the trivial insults and perceived slights that qualify as "hate crimes" ... if an American Muslim reports them to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Lefties abuse Soldiers' Angels

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Hat tip: BLACKFIVE

Cowardly leftist anti-war kooks are discussing the best way to twist a private charity's good works into a delivery system for their own vile political publicity stunts. Here's the post from Portland Indymedia:

Write a letter to a soldier to let him/her know what people really think of this war. Send a photo of a dead Iraqi civilian. Send a photo or message about an anti-war protest.

I found this organization Soldiers Angels maybe there are others. Outreach to soldiers is the best way to persuade them to stop killing civilians. Maybe they will even begin fragging (killing their officers) like in Vietnam. It's worth a try. At least send your newly adopted soldier some real news instead of the Stars and Stripes propaganda they hear 24/7.

Here's a suggestion: Make nice the first time you contact your soldier. Then send anti-war information or whatever. Once you have the address/name and build a relationship your mail will get through. The first time it may not if it's clearly anti-war that's why it might work best to make nice at first.

Don't let this stand. Blackfive has a great idea about how we can respond.

Rev. Kerry's Commandments

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Hugh Hewitt just played a clip of the right Reverend John Kerry speaking to the Anti-Defamation League today. Rev. Kerry complimented the ADL on its "self-asked" (?) faithfulness to "one of the Commandments as we know: love your neighbor." Uh, no. That one got handed down a bit later in history by Somebody who the ADL probably doesn't put much stock in.

Any bets on whether Rev. Kerry's clarification will mention Leviticus?

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UPDATE: Misquote? What misquote?

UPDATE 2: Did I call it with the Leviticus tactic or what? :)

See Dick whine. Whine, Dick, whine!

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The obligatory "grumpy curmudgeon columnist" position at The Cleveland Plain Dealer belongs to Dick Feagler, who fussed yesterday in favor of bringing back the draft.

Time to fire up the Clue Delivery System©.

Dick Feagler
The Plain Dealer
1801 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2198
It's time to bring back the draft.

Wipe the spittle from your chin, Dick.

That way, every family in America with an eligible teenage son or daughter will have a stake in American foreign policy.

We all have a stake already. 2,819 of us were killed on 9/11, we've lost over 700 people in Iraq, and another 115 in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The rest of us who are at least minimally sentient are well aware by now that foreign policy matters a lot. Join us, Dick. We don't bite.

Nobody with a kid in service will be able to ignore CNN or a presidential press conference and tune to "The Apprentice" instead.

You underestimate the power of pop culture, young Skywalker.

Seriously though, grabbing people's attention by sending their kids off to fight sounds a bit harsh. Don't ya think?

Besides, those bright young apprentices would be drafted and overseas under your grand plan, so I doubt The Donald would be on the tube. Maybe you can watch PBS instead.

The draft would be good for Congress. With a district full of draftees and their parents and wives or husbands, Congress would have to pay more attention to the bloody messes they allow a president to get us into.

If members of Congress are ignoring their vocal constituents (which I doubt), then they'll pay with their jobs come election time. If other constituents would rather sit on their duffs and watch junk TV than stay informed, then we're better off without them gumming up matters of vital national interest.

As for President Bush "getting us into a bloody mess", I have two questions.

One: do you prefer your mess in Iraq and Afghanistan, or in Euclid and Westlake and Parma? There's no third option, because the Islamists are going to keep coming after us until we surrender or they all die.

Two: didn't Congress vote "yes" on this whole War on Terror thing at some point? I seem to recall a debate or two. I'm sure it'll come to me in a moment.

We call what's going on in Iraq a war. And in the real and violent sense, it certainly is. But it isn't a declared war. We haven't had a declared war since World War II. Korea was a "police action." Vietnam - I think they called that one a "conflict." And this thing has some kind of zippy title on it like "Operation Spread Democracy, Iraqi Freedom, Fatten Contractors, Cheaper Gas for SUVs."

It's high time we got back to the days when members of Congress would have to stand on the floor in front of God and C-Span and vote to send our kids off to kill and be killed.

Hey, now I remember!

It is a declared war, Dick. President Bush went to Congress twice and asked for their formal endorsement of his war plans. The members of Congress stood up in front of the cameras and voted to declare war. Twice. Were you asleep on those days, big guy?

I gather you want Congress to use certain "magic words" before you'll treat a declaration of war seriously. You're thinking of our WWII declarations, which are just fine as examples of valid declarations of war. But I challenge you to find the passage in our Constitution that requires us to use those precise words. Heck, find me something in there that requires any format whatsoever for a valid declaration of war, and then show me how the resolutions passed by Congress (here and here) this time around have failed to make the grade.

Knock yourself out. I'll wait.

By the way, the names you've forgotten are "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and "Operation Enduring Freedom." You might want to think about getting a refill of your Cognex.

John Kerry's biggest weakness in this election is going to be that he voted for war. He's going to try to say, indeed has already said, that he voted to give the president the power to wage war but that he doesn't like the way the president did it.

Sorry, but that's a cop-out. When we go to war, we ought to go from the grass roots up. Kerry, by his agreement to let George Bush blunder into Iraq, is as responsible for this mess as the president is. It will be interesting to see how he tries to worm his way out of that responsibility.

I'll be fascinated to watch Senator Waffles try to spin that, too. But what's this "going to war from the grass roots up" stuff? Do you expect us to spontaneously form citizens' militias and clamor to be sent to war? Or are you pushing for a system where our leaders don't take action to defend the country unless they're certain that the winds of public opinion are blowing in the right direction? We had eight years of that already, and that is why we're in such a bloody mess.

Everybody makes fun of Dennis Kucinich.

There's an understatement.

They say he's on some kind of ego trip and has become a ludicrous figure by persisting in a no-chance presidential campaign this long.

They're right. Also, I'd like to point out that The Boy Mayor has been a ludicrous figure since the 1970s.

But I don't agree. I live in Dennis' district and when he beat a pal of mine, Martin Hoke, I groaned. But Dennis is running on conviction. He voted against the Iraq misadventure. For that he deserves credit that Kerry cannot claim.

Credit for voting his conscience? OK. Credit for voting wisely and in defense of our country? Nope.

Those of us who shrilly opposed the war are suffering from a severe attack of cognitive dissonance. That's the marvelous phrase that means you're trying to hold two opposing ideas in your head at the same time and, while they bang into each other, make them work without an aspirin.

Don't blame us sane people. You did this to yourself. Try dropping one of those contradictory beliefs, and maybe the voices in your head will pipe down.

We never should have gone to Iraq. But, now that we are there, we can't pull out. It's hard to make logic from such thoughts. Maybe Socrates could do it. But there's no Socrates in sight.

It's pretty easy, actually. Your side lost the battle of ideas, and our nation has since gone to war. If we reverse course now and run away, that will be what is known as "losing a war." If that happens, the Islamists will bring the big bloody mess back here to America again. They won't stop until we surrender to Islamist domination or they all die. How many times must you hear that before it sinks in?

Do a little thought experiment, Dick. You're a dogcatcher (or a cop, take your pick). There's a big, rabid dog stalking through your neighborhood. Staying indoors and calling for help won't do, because you are the help. The dog won't go away, you can't reason with him, and you can't guarantee that your family and your neighbors can avoid him forever. Bribing him with doggie treats won't work. He's rabid, remember?

After agonizing over your options, you reluctantly step outside with your gun to kill the rabid dog, ignoring the pleas of your neighbors and your own nagging doubts to "just leave him be, he'll go away" ... because you know he won't.

The rabid dog turns, sees you, and charges.

You are officially committed to battle, just like our nation is now. You aren't completely happy about it (to put it mildly) but you're in it up to your eyeballs. Do you tough it out and kill the dog, or do you turn your back on him and run?

A news report the other day reminded me that the original estimate on troop strength for Iraq was 30,000. At the moment we have 137,000 troops in Iraq, and the Pentagon is asking for more. And they'll get more. They always do. In for a penny, in for a pound.

That's war. After we toppled Hussein, the Islamists flocked to Iraq to fight us. No plan survives first contact with the enemy. But our guys are adapting and adjusting their strategy and their tactics. We're killing more of them than we're losing from our ranks. Eventually the enemy will get tired of it and sue for peace.

That's the great law of a war where there are no front lines,

There haven't been front lines for generations, Dick. We're not fighting the Battle of Verdun. Take comfort from knowing that most of the front-lineless action is over in Iraq and not on East 9th Street (is this sinking in yet?).

no clear objective (other than babbling about democracy)

Try this: "kill the enemy until they stop trying to kill us."

and no exit strategy.

Try this: "leave after victory and not a moment before."

What's "victory"? See our objective, above.

You and I have seen this drama before. Where were the guys who are running this thing? Improving their putting game?

The combat leaders are in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other hot spots, killing the enemy in his own lands. The political leaders are back here where they belong, staying out of the way and ensuring that the combat leaders get the men, weapons and supplies they need to win.

What you seem to want is a President who personally approves the targets and micromanages the war. It doesn't work (not even in Germany).

The headline in USA TODAY read: "Fewer soldiers re-enlist. Army sees dip as war increases need."

What are you and Dave Moniz smoking, Dick? I want some, because it must be fantastic stuff to keep you so far from reality. The doom-and-gloom article reports that the reenlistment rate fell to 96% ... and last year it was 106%. Egad! We're 4% away from our goal! Run for the hills, Esther!

The 96% projection is for the first half of the fiscal year, anyhow. Wait to see what happens with reenlistments between now and September 17th before you claim the sky is falling.

So maybe it's draft time. In my ancient days as a Cold Warrior we all went in. I went in as a ROTC officer because I thought that was smarter than going in as a private. The guys on my block enlisted, too. We all became shareholders in what our government did.

What an arrogant remark. I hope you have the stones to repeat it to the next Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant you bump into.

You're already a "shareholder" by virtue of being an American. Stop reading Robert Heinlein and look around you. We don't restrict political power to veterans in this country.

So I say bring back the draft, and let everybody in on the action. But I want a fair draft -- not like the one in Vietnam when, if you could pay your way into college you got a deferment for studying bugs. And no lottery either. Everybody goes.

So we just draft all 27,143,454 people between 18 and 24? Oh yeah, that'll work wonders. Flooding the services with 27 million kids is exactly what they need to win.

If we are going to cowboy around the world and send our 20-year-olds to do it, let's send them all. Mine, yours, everybody's. A universal draft would make us feel the chill of the draft. And there would be more dishonorable discharges among the old men in charge of shortening the lives of kids they claim to represent.

I see. Because you think our current policy is unwise, you want to implement a colossally unwise and unpopular policy to rake us over the coals for disagreeing with you last year. Brilliant. You're just like the spoiled brat who screams when another kid plays with his favorite toy, then tries to break everybody else's toys out of spite.

Grow up, shut up, and sit down.

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UPDATE: A definitive debunking of the bring-back-the-draft crowd.

Poland to US: "Be nice to the enemy"

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The Poles are going wobbly on us.

"Going into Najaf will be a disaster, it will make the main Shi'ite leaders turn away from us," Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper quoted a senior diplomatic source as saying. "If Sadr gives up on violence, we should be talking with him. We want to talk with anyone in Iraq who doesn't shoot at us."

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Asked if there was a difference of opinion with Washington over Najaf, Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told the newspaper: "Our currency is dialogue and understanding. We do not need new troops in Iraq, just (new) political initiatives."

It's time to initiate the Clue Delivery System©:

Jerzy Szmajdzinski
Defense Minister
Poland

Attention, silly people and diplomats (I know, it's redundant): this is what happens when you try to negotiate with terrorists.

Off-The-Air America tagline roundup

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The Alliance has posted its latest Precision Guided Humor Round-up: Tagline For Air America. They've dug up some good ones! Go check it out.

Off-The-Air America

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The libs' network has appartently bounced a check, causing WNTD and KBLA to pull the plug on the network's broadcast, according to Drudge. Here's what Off-The-Air America says in response to being yanked from two of its 9 stations:

Statement Regarding WNTD in Chicago and KBLA in Los Angeles

Statement of Evan Cohen, Chairman of Air America Radio:

"Air America Radio is temporarily unable to be heard on WNTD in Chicago and KBLA in Los Angeles, but Chicago and Los Angeles listeners can still hear our broadcast on the web at airamericaradio.com and on XM Satellite Radio (channel 167).

"MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting's conduct in this matter has been disgraceful. To shut off a broadcast that listeners rely on without warning and in the middle of discussions is the height of irresponsibility and a slap in the face of the media industry. In addition, it is a clear violation of their contractual obligations, and we are seeking legal remedies against them in court."

Liberals suing to keep their ideas and propaganda afloat? I'm shocked. We'll see soon enough who's really guilty of breach of contract.

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UPDATE: Air America's troubles are "indicative of AAR's unexpected success " according to a blog run by one of their shows. I see, so Rush's huge audience is due to failure?

File this under "Duh!"

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The BBC has stumbled across the stunning revelation that HIV is spread by promiscuity. Better yet, these Masters Of The Obvious mentioned another little bit of trivia deep in the text:

In another article, researchers in Canada said abstaining from sex is the best way of protecting against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Get out of here. Next they'll tell us that abstaining from alcohol is the best way to avoid getting drunk.

Kos & Bunning skewered by Chris Muir

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Day By Day, a cartoon by Chris Muir

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Details on Kos: here. Details on Bunning: here and here.

Sorry, kid, I'll need to see some I.D.

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What happened to those fun-loving beer chuggers I remember so fondly? Australia, we hardly knew ye: "Booze-flavoured ice cream chills activists" (Yahoo News).

The booze-flavoured Illicit Vodka Cranberry Magnum ice creams hit the shelves just months after biscuit-maker Arnott's new Tia Maria Tim Tams and Kahlua Slices prompted fears that the liquor-laced biscuits would encourage children to drink.

What's next, a ban on Rum Raisin, or my personal favorite, Baskin-Robbins Daquiri Ice? Root beer sounds scary, too! So does ginger ale.

Gay Marriage Ban Passes 1st Step in Mass. (AP)

The Massachusetts Legislature today actually passed an amendment banning gay marriage. I'm pleasantly surprised. Governor Romney's sure to sign it, but his request to the Mass Supreme Court to hold off on its order to allow gay marriage will fall on deaf ears. If those judges aren't afraid of ordering the Legislature around, what do you suppose the odds are that they respect a governor?

Now we'll see if they can repeat their feat next year and make the amendment official.

Thus Sayeth The Leftie Loon

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First Howard Dean "found" religion when he campaigned down south. Now John F-ing Kerry, lapsed Catholic, slithers into a black Baptist congregation to put one over on the little people. Does anybody actually think this guy believes a word he's quoting?

"The Scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?" Kerry said. "When we look at what is happening in America today, were are the works of compassion?"

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Kerry told worshippers in the largely black congregation that the country's leadership has served the privileged while ignoring people across America who live in neighborhoods like theirs.

Hey, Reverend Kerry! Go take a look at Matthew 7:15-23. You might want to keep that passage in mind.

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