May 22, 2013
Occupy And The TEA Party Both Had Protests Yesterday
IRS Watch: Counting Down The Minutes Of Lois Lerner Invoking The Fifth AmendmentLerner Made Opening Statement, Made Assertions, Verified Document Then Invoked The Fifth?
The House Oversight Committee starts their IRS clusterfruck hearing at 8:30 AM. You can watch it live below:
Will Lerner show and invoke The Fifth?
Update: Appears to be some technical difficulties and if the livestream stops you can watch it here
Update: She showed and yes she will use The U.S. Constitution of which conservatives were denied use of.
Update: Lerner is giving her opening statement. "I have not done anything wrong" "I have been advised by my counsel" "I will not answer or testify today"
Uh oh, it appears Lerner waived her right to invoke The Fifth per Rep Issa and Rep Gowdy as she gave an opening statement "with an "assertion". Rep Gowdy: "Ms. Lerner cannot tell her side of the story and then not stick around for “cross-examination.” The audience applauded after Rep Gowdy's statement:
Cummings disagrees, "this is not a federal court of law". Pfffft
Rep Issa after discussing said problem: "The witness and council are dismissed" Lerner was last seen running down the hallway with quite a few cameramen following her.
Update: Rep Cummings is trying like hell to blame Booooosh.
Update: No wonder Shulman is so evasive, even though he donated to the DNC in 2004, GW still appointed him
Update per Issa: "E-mails between @GOPoversight and IG show IG delayed reporting findings of #IRS investigation to Congress http://t.co/xMffZUSsRC"
IRS Official's Lawyer: Lois Lerner Will Plead The Fifth Before The House Oversight Committee Hearing
Reality Check Cincinnati: As The IRS Scandal Turns To Names
Cincinnati: IRS Employee Mocks TEA Party Protesters With Mock Star Trek Poster
May 21, 2013
Reality Check Cincinnati: As The IRS Scandal Turns To NamesCincinnati Agent Giving Orders In Scandal?
Cincinnati: IRS Employee Mocks TEA Party Protesters With Mock Star Trek Poster
Amalaur captured the image below: 40 PHOTOS: Conservatives March on the IRS Building [Cincinnati..ed]; IRS Agents Respond by Mocking Protesters [Amalaur].
The poster was most likely paid by our tax monies, remember this? Taxpayer money finances IRS "Star Trek" parody
No shame whatsoever and only goes to show you someone is proud of targeting conservative groups.
h/t Partriot USA
May 20, 2013
Michael Clemente, Fox News' Executive VP Of News:"We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter"...
James Rosen deserved it, per liberal assmaggots, just like they have said about the IRS targeting conservative groups.
The Justice Department obtained a portfolio of information about a Fox News correspondent's conversations and visits as part of an investigation into a possible leak, The Washington Post reported Monday -- in the latest example of the government seizing records of journalists.The shocker here is that WaPo broke the story. Maybe they didn't think anyone would notice with a headline like this: A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe
This follows the charge that the department secretly obtained two months of phone records from Associated Press journalists as part of a separate leak probe. The department in this case, though, went a step further, as an FBI agent reportedly claimed there's evidence the journalist in question -- Fox News' James Rosen -- broke the law "at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator."
That detail would potentially send the case into unprecedented territory. No reporter has been prosecuted for seeking information. Such cases often target the suspected leaker, but not the journalist who published sensitive or classified information.
Michael Clemente, Fox News' executive vice president of news, defended Rosen in a statement issued Monday afternoon.
"We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,"
Eric nation of cowards Holder yawns at the New Black Panther's voter intimidation scandal. Yawns again at Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Yawns yet again at AP scandal. Expect him to yawn yet again at this.
Related and a must read: The Most Chilling Details From The Kafkaesque Search Warrant That Went After A Fox News Reporter
May 17, 2013
Meet The Unionized IRS
You best not be a 'shadowy conservative group' cuz they really don't like you if you are.
Where do the anti-sequester, federal government workers-turned-protestors work? They work at the Internal Revenue Service–and they are unionized.Nothing to see here, move along.
As the scandal involving the IRS’ targeting of Conservatives and Tea Party groups consumes the news cycle for the moment and Barack Obama (who, so far, has claimed ignorance of the targeting) has thrown a sacrificial lamb out to appease journalists, that IRS agents targeted certain small-government, anti-tax groups should really not come as a surprise.
Beginning in 2009, Democrats and unions, including government unions, have spent the last several years demonizing Tea Party groups as well as other small government groups.
Rep. Mike Kelly Receives Standing Ovation at Ways & Means Hearing on IRS
Applause was well deserved.
May 16, 2013
Lets Play Follow the Meme
I think its worth going over how the White House, Obama2012 and the Netroots plays this little game of cat and mouse over tax exempt groups.
First lets point out that what is called "outrageous" by the President and his supporters was the breaking of the law, a felony for which several underlings will undoubtedly be thrown under the bus. Indeed they are already being thrown under the bus.
The outrage is over the fact that the IRS released application before they were processed. That is before they were either approved or disapproved. This is against the law. However once the applications are processed they become public. And can be accessed by freedom of information requests and other avenues.
See here's the scam, once the IRS requests additional information for a specific application the group is in a catch 22. If they don't comply they don't get approved. If they do comply they know that once the applications are processed the entire content including the additional information will become public.
reporters made a habit of requesting applications from potentially politically active non-profits. Those applications are supposed to be public only after they've been approved. But ProPublica says, in response to one request, that they received nine pending applicationsThis serves to chill the zeal to apply for one, but it also is a calculated tactic for later use in political campaigns. And its all perfectly legal if not an entirely ethical to extract information on your political enemies. And in the end you can cite concerns about Shadowy Conservative Groups with undue influence in the political process, or even just say you're just trying to do your job.
Um yeah. Keep that phrase in mind Shadowy Conservative Groups.
But what happens is the political machine is hungry, it wants its information feed. It wants it now. So since this practice of manipulating the bureaucracy for information mining purposes is regular and ordinary. I mean its going to be public anyway, deadline schmedline no? What's the harm if its just a teeny tiny little bit early. After all we know OFA and the media aren't going to really complain about it. So indeed, what's the harm? And it will help us in the struggle against Shadowy Conservative Groups out to hijack democracy. I mean there is a political campaign going on after all.
Oh but that was the rub, what was an ordinary partisan bureaucratic manipulation became a crime when unprocessed applications were released. So its not the extra scrutiny that Obama finds outrageous, its that someone f*cked it all up that has them all in a tissy.
This is part of the Democrat push against independent groups that Obama, the media and the netroots have been engaged in for years. Lets take a look at how it works.
First you need the information you mined to go to some liberal think tank, someone willing to share with you. Like say Center for American Progress, there's dozens of these. Pick one, it doesn't matter.
Then you need to pick a menacing meme like say, "Shadowy Conservative Groups" Something you can spread around via your allies, a dog whistle if you will. I mean the liberals say dog whistle a lot, i guess because they're so used to their ears perking up when they hear phrases like Shadowy Conservative Groups. Its like saying here Matt! Come on Matt boy! .
Once you get that then you can have dear leader repeat the meme in like say a tweet.
What follows next is a faithful repeating of said meme by your supporters and sympathetic followers far and wide.
The Shadowy Conservative Group That Was Behind the Fight Against Obamacare from the Center For Media and Democracy.
Peter DeFazio Turns The Tables, Confronts Shadowy Conservative Group from Huffpo.
Obama, Dems Try To Make Shadowy Conservative Groups A Problem For Conservatives again from Huffpo.
October Surprise: Shadowy Conservative Groups Dominate Outside Spending by John Avlon at the The Daily Beast.
Barack Obama via his G+ account. Shadowy conservative groups just pledged $1 billion.
TPMDC Santorum’s New Iowa Staffers Have Ties To Shadowy Conservative Advocacy Group
That last one even comes with awesome ironic pop up ad.
Here's Dan Rather interviewing OpenSecrets.org just after the 2010 midterms in which Obama lost his congressional majority talking about the Shadowy Conservative Groups they blamed for the Democrats losses. Note one of the subjects they identified as a loser for Democrats were Shadowy Conservative Groups in Ohio, Which was a major focus of Obama2012.
Moving on so to speak
Shadowy GOP-Linked Group Plans Barrage Of 2010 Robo-Calls at TPM.
For A Better Chicago PAC Funder Has Ties To Shadow Conservative Groups via Progress Illinois February 4th, 2011.
most vocal online defenders of the shadowy conservative group
Citizens For A Working America, Shadowy GOP Group With Roots In Virginia, Ohio, And Kentucky, Targets S.C. Democrat
Need I go on?
So the suggestion that this wall all because of a few out of line IRS staffers is f*cking laughable doubleclutch. It was part of the strategy from day one to tighten the screws on conservative groups, use the information mined from that in the political process, demonize these groups and anyone who spoke out.
The problem was that in the process someone got the cart before the horse and committed a felony. But they will pay the price, not the organizers and higher ups that created the expectations, created the environment where releasing this information to liberal think thanks and political operatives was the norm.
As Rusty would say, See how this works?
May 14, 2013
IRS Asked For Reading List Of TEA Party Group
So the group sent a copy of The Constitution.
May 08, 2013
Sanford Stomps Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch
April 30, 2013
Shocking News: Harvard “Revolutionary” Socialists Hate Free Speech
The Harvard “Revolutionary” Socialists gathered last week, just three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, for a forum entitled “Don’t Let Them Turn Tragedy into Racism” on the Harvard University campus.So I like, you know, decided I'd see where the original video was posted so that I could, in the interest of public discourse and democracy, stop in there and express myself. Because I like all totally am all about diversity you know.
The two speakers, including “one of Britain’s leading young radical intellectuals,” put forth talking points that not only express the “Revolutionary” socialists’ opinion of the Boston terrorism, but also appear to almost exactly echo those put forth by the mainstream media in the U.S.
From the New Yorker to the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, and even Tom Brokaw, the media marched in lockstep with the finger-pointing talking points presented in close proximity to the site of the terror at Harvard’s Socialist forum—finger-pointing at anyone and anything but Islamic Jihadis.
So I posted in comments and I was immediately accused of being a racist from FOXNEWS and blocked.
*Heh, commies don't like free speech? Why its almost shocking.....
Fortunately I do have an alternate Youtube so I was able to reply to dipshit anyway. And so can you, it is a still mostly a free country.
April 21, 2013
Dr Zuhdi Jasser On The #BostonBombing & Radicalization Of American Muslims
His interview starts around 3:38
Dr. Jasser joins Fox and Friends to discuss what American Muslim responses should be to discovery of radicalization of Tsarnaev brothers and what contributes to their radicalization process.As expected, CAIR and their apologists despise Dr Jasser.
[American Islamic Forum For Democracy Website]
April 08, 2013
An Interview With Amina Tyler
The Tunisian woman who sparked the feminist group's nude protest last week says it was the wrong approach. But was she speaking freely?Amina then expressed fears that Femen burning the Salafist banner inscribed with the Shahada was an insult to all Muslims not just Islamist radicals.
For the first time since her disappearance after posting topless photos of herself on Femen's Facebook Tunisia page almost three weeks ago, Amina Tyler, the 19-year-old Tunisian aspirant to Femen, spoke to the press, granting, on Saturday, a brief interview to the French satellite television station Canal+.She professed to have no regrets, apparently in reference to her topless postings, but "I don't know what will happen in the future . . . I have to leave Tunisia, because I've received a lot of death threats, and I'm afraid for my life and for my family here, especially since there are a lot of rumors about what the Salafists and Islamists are going to do to me." Menacing messages, she said, have come via telephone and her Facebook page. "'You're going to die! We're going to throw acid on your face,' things like that."
Had she in fact been kidnapped by her family, as was widely reported, after uploading her pictures to Femen's page? She implied as much.
"My family found me in a café and took me home. My cousin broke my cell phone and beat me." She was then moved "to another city in Tunisia." Had she been forced to stay with her family? "Yes, of course. I don't want to stay in Tunisia . . . I hope to leave Tunisia and leave my family and all these threats." Now and then she smiled uncomfortably, her voice sounding mostly flat and expressionless.
The Altantic notes in parenthesis that "In fact, her name figures nowhere among the slogans the three activists involved painted on their chests and backs; "
Which is not exactly accurate. They activists did shout Aminas name. But regardless now they are receiving the predictable death threats.
Shevchenko herself has been dealing with the fallout from Femen's Topless Jihad Day, during which she and her colleagues conducted protests across Europe, in Brazil, and even in San Francisco to show solidarity with Tyler. "A man has posted a video online in Arabic calling for us to be beheaded for our mosque protest." This and other threats have prompted her and other Femen members to take measures to conceal their identity when outside. (Femen's France headquarters is located in a mostly Muslim neighborhood in Paris.)Previous: Boobies Against Islamists.
'Quarantine Her"! Says Tunisian Islamist Regarding FEMEN Aminia's Topless Photo.
Arab Spring! Introducing Femen Tunisia.
April 04, 2013
Boobies Against Islamists
BERLIN: Bare-breasted activists staged rallies in front of mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe Thursday against what they called an Islamist crackdown on Arab women's rights.Probably NSFW in boobie fearing America.
A Femen activist burns a Salafist flag in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013.
"And we'll fight against them. And our boobs will be stronger than their stones."
The rallies targeted in particular the case of a Tunisian activist calling herself Amina Tyler who sparked a scandal last month when she posted pictures of herself online with the words "My body belongs to me" and "Fuck your morals" emblazoned across her naked breasts.
Why u insult holly banner of Islam?
More Fatwa seeking boobies below the fold.
February 27, 2013
Bob Woodward: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness'..
Bob Woodward has gone from calling Obama a liar to mad.
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" today, saying he's exhibiting a "kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time" for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.[More...]From liar to mad, well, not in the mad scientist kinda way. Mad in I'm your King and I will do what I want to get my way without admitting what I am saying is a lie sorta mad kinda way.
I forgot, Bronco Bama told me not to say anything about this. I hope Newport News person named Tim doesn't see this post.
Obama's Got This Thing Called OFA
Last weekend, the New York Times revealed that President Obama’s campaign apparatus, Organizing for Action (OFA), has reinvented itself as a 501c 4 tax-exempt non-profit advocacy group offering access to the president in return for a large donation. “Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House,” reports the Times.Just ask Robin Kelly.
A multimillion-dollar ad blitz by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stop an NRA-backed House candidate in Illinois paid off Tuesday night, as local official Robin Kelly crushed more than a dozen Democratic candidates vying to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Bloomberg and gun control proponents seized on the results as evidence of momentum in their push to enact President Barack Obama’s gun control package. The mayor will take that message to Washington Wednesday in meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), according to Bloomberg’s public schedule.
February 07, 2013
Rand Paul Speech: Radical Islam "no small minority"
Wow, just .... wow. He's not saying that radical Islam is a majority around the world -- and he's right -- but he does say it's a majority in certain countries. Moreover, he correctly identifies that ideas considered "mainstream" in some Islamic circles are quite radical. Such as the notion that blasphemy or apostasy ought to be illegal.
Watch the whole thing. He's not just taking on PC notions of the struggle ahead, he's also taking on the notion that fighting radical Islam requires open warfare. Instead, he's advocating a "containment" strategy. The kind of strategy we used in the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
I'm going to need to let this sink in before I respond.
H/T: Hot Air
January 16, 2013
I've Got A Very Bad Feeling About This
President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a package of gun control proposals that, according to a source, will include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.Hat Tip: Mark, The Other Mark.
The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of
the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the
benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any
curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. " -Mein Kampf,
Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403
They will be joined by a group of children who wrote letters to the president in the aftermath of the December 14 shooting rampage by a lone gunman who killed 20 students and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, Carney said.
January 09, 2013
If minting the coin is not a bad thing, then why not just mint some coin and wipe out the entire debt in one swift stroke. Interest gone. Problem solved.
Mint a few more and balance the budget. A few more... end poverty as we know it and colonize Mars. Hell mint a few for Jawa Report. We don't mind.
January 02, 2013
Raising Taxes On The Rich
I thought of a great way to determine a fair federal tax rate for the rich. Obviously, those who believe the rich don't already pay their "fair share" would have given more voluntarily, or else they would be hypocrites.
We simply average the amount of voluntary gift contributions Democratic politicians and liberal Hollywood celebrities gave last year, and then use that amount to calculate "fair share" of all wealthy Americans.
It's a win-win.
January 01, 2013
2012: The Year to Persecute Christians
Growing persecution of Middle Eastern Christians and holy sites by radical Islamists in the Middle East and Africa in 2012 resulted in large numbers of murders, bombings, imprisonments, church closures and forced conversions to Islam. In addition, the rise of Islamic governments – coupled with tepid responses from some Western countries, the UN and many NGOs – has contributed to unprecedented levels of Christian persecution....H/T: Hot Air.
Underscoring the severe dangers, the British daily The Telegraph headlined a pre- Christmas article: “Christianity ‘close to extinction’ in Middle East.” The paper reported on a new study titled “Christianophobia” showing that the “lion’s share of persecution faced by Christians arises in countries where Islam is the dominant faith.”...
A generation from now, Christians may be entirely ‘cleansed’ from their ancestral homes – this at a time when Muslim populations are growing in Europe and America,” he said. “Yet there is very little urgency or even attention to this crisis by the UN, most of the media or Western leaders. I wish I were confident this would change in 2013. But I’m afraid this is an issue most people in America and Europe are determined to avoid.”...
“There is only one place in the broader Middle East where Christians are free and unafraid – and their population is growing,” he said.
“That place is Israel. Many people don’t know that. And even many of those who do know it fail to perceive the significance.”
December 31, 2012
Exclusive Inside Video of Congress in Action
Fiscal tree anyone?
November 26, 2012
Condell: Peace in the Middle East
Its been a while since we've had a new commentary from Pat Condell.
November 19, 2012
On Hope Change and The Light Footprint
Turkey plans to revive its Ottoman Empire, Iran its Persian hegemony over the Gulf region, and the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists announce that they want to fulfill their dream of the revived Caliphate – all in the name of democracy.Read the rest of the obviously racist right wing nutjob called, uh.... Najat Fawzy Al Saied here.
Nothing can teach us more about the perils of a promised rapid transition to liberal democracy than the human rights abuses and chaos we have witnessed recently in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The West called these revolutions, or this upheaval, the "Arab Spring," while others in the region have referred to it as resulting in an "Islamic Winter," a term with which I agree. The oil-rich countries of the Arab Gulf in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries might do well to learn lessons from the countries that have experienced these revolutions. The only way for GCC countries to endure the blizzard of the "Islamic Winter" is by building democracy gradually, brick-by-brick, grounded in a robust model of development.
The dangerous mistake made by the West, under the leadership of the Obama administration, is its use of an ill-defined notion of democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); it leads to mixed signals and exploitation. Such a loose definition of democracy, combined with the absence of a clear strategy for implementation, leaves a vacuum for countries and groups to take advantage of a period of turmoil to pursue their own agendas.
Well maybe it was the Juice's mind control ray that made him write that?
November 16, 2012
And You Thought I Was Too Harsh on Speak Boehner
The House GOP has a fee-vah and the only prescription is … more pork-barrel politics!.
November 14, 2012
A Tired old Big Government Czar Offers a Tired Old Solution
Former somebody William Bennett on how Republicans must move forward.
For the past 50 years liberals have had majority control of the character-forming institutions. If the national dialogue stays on their terms -- gender, race, ethnicity, class -- Republicans will continue to lose.All very nice words Mr. Bennett, the problem is that I personally don't feel you are really for the values you put in the last part of your editorial.
We must counter the discourse and speak and educate in terms of family, faith, freedom, principle, values, work, country, community, improvement, growth, and equality of opportunity. No longer can the Republican Party be solely the party of business. Who controls the terms of discussion, dialogue, and education controls the country and, therefore, the election.
You were for a government that was powerful enough enforce your moralism over the public, hell you were instrumental in making the Federal government as powerful as any communist government on earth when it was in your hands. Now that government is in the hands of people who really are socialists. Your solution is to say we just have to sell our values better? Values you didn't adhere to when you had the chance.
Ironically enough Reagan pointed out that ""A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." In the same way a government that is big enough to enforce your moralism over states that really don't want it, that government is also big enough to take everything you have. A government powerful enough to override your faith, freedom, principle, values, work, country and community.
Mr. Bennett you sold out the values this nation was founded on long ago. Now that power is in the hands of big government neo-communists. But you were never against that power, you just wanted that same power in your hands.
Now America is changed forever and there's not a damned thing we can do about it. That is the end result of your policies sir, the end result of you not trusting the people with their freedom.
So you know what you can do with your nicely worded editorial Mr. Bennett? I think you do, although you would support a Federal ban on that as well.
Update: Just let me point out, I'm not against the values of social conservatives. I adhere to and support many of those same values. Though I'm sure we'd disagree on a few issues, that is to be expected. But these are issues that are best addressed at the state level or even better, in my opinion, by putting them into practice in our private lives, not by force of law.
Now of course there are common sense things that should be enforced by law such as when someone violates personal property and rights. You know, like raping stealing and murdering. Outside of those and basic common sense regulations that's it.
I mean who can be against stop signs or we all drive on one side of the road. But otherwise personal choices should be just that, personal choices.
November 13, 2012
ZoNation: Liberals and Democrats Are Racist, Not Republicans
Philadelphia Poll Worker Refusing to Seat Minority Poll Watchers in Contempt of Court Order
Just. Plain. WRONG!
Urban vs. Rural
You might have noticed that new HD Tee Vee makes it possible not only to comfortably display the red and blue states, but now the networks can easily display each state by county.
A Jawa commenter made the observation recently that looking at the electoral Red and Blue map that, "Its not Red State vs. Blue state at all. Its the cities vs. everyone else.
November 08, 2012
But here’s the truth of demographics, and it has nothing to do with pandering to Latinos or single women in need of free rubbers or “the middle class”: fewer and fewer people are turning out for national Republican candidates because fewer and fewer people believe that the Republican Party at the national level cares a whit about individual liberty, smaller government, or constitutional first principles. They are dispirited. And they seem particularly averse to polished politicians or long-time Washington insiders.I think Jeff is onto something.
45% of eligible persons don't vote at all. They don't feel that the government works for them period. And I mean neither side. That's the long term trend for both parties despite the jump in voters after 9/11 and also Obama's first run for president.
The Dems are partially shielded from a drop in turnout among their supporters because of Obama. They want to believe, so they are giving him a try. Over time if they perceive that they were not delivered what they were promised or after Obama leaves office, I feel the trend on the left will most likely return to its long standing downward path. Especially if you look at states like Illinois where long standing Democrat rule has not resulted in promises delivered. Dems still win but overall participation continues to decline while cynicism and dropping out of the political process increase over the long term.
The WWII generation is dying off. So die hard standard rule of law, lock em up politics just don't pull as many votes, neither do social issues. And no one believes Republican are really for fiscal discipline nor limited government power. They just want to be the ones holding the power. These trends will continue as the rest of the WWII generation stops voting and more and more of the remaining electorate takes a moderate stance on social issues. The old politics of the late 20th century is fading rapidly.
I see a lot of hand wringing about how do we pull in a few more percent of a this or that ten percent minority of the electorate. But the largest untapped group is the 45% of Americans who don't vote at all.
These folks don't feel government serves them, quite to the contrary they see government as their adversary. A government that interferes with them, taxes them, fines them and does not care about their issues nor their vote. So they don't participate at all in a system that they see as hostile and deaf to their concerns.
So you can argue over how to get a few more percentage points of this or that group or you can fill your shortfall by convincing one out of five of the really large group that you do care about them. That you are about individual liberty, smaller government, or constitutional priorities. That you are there to serve their interests and protect them from an ever growing, powerful and hostile government. That you want every person to participate and feel their participation can and will make a difference. But that's a really large leap of faith for Republican leadership, one I seriously doubt they are capable of making. And if they fail to make that jump they will spend billions trying to secure small chunks of small minorities and they will fail again and again.
As this trend continues our country will be ruled by two very different, divided minorities. An increasingly shrinking political class of activists with the majority sitting the whole thing out believing that neither of side of the ruling minorities care about or serve their interest.
November 07, 2012
Defeat? No Not Defeat.
I've been listening to a lot of the chatter since President Obama won reelection.
A lot of chatter about demographics and why Republicans lost and can't win. Suggestions that we change, sell out our principals for the Presidency. Questions about Obama's policy and record and how could that happen?
Well the truth of the matter is its personality. People vote for whom they like, at least a great number of them. So that personality that we first saw make that great speech at the Democratic convention is more of a factor than we like to think. I don't want to discount entirely what the pundits are saying. Those are things you need to compete but in the end people vote for whom they like.
Gore did not lose to Bush over policy, its people disliked Gore so much. Reagan could win and then afterward do whatever he wanted campaign promise or not and it didn't matter. People liked him much to the chagrin of the political classes. Folks just like Bill Clinton more than George Herbert Walker Bush and they don't dislike Bush. Its not you its me.
Romney ran as good a campaign as he possibly could, much better than John McCain. Dead to rights he should win but...... the problem is not the policy its Obama himself.
Now I'll give you that the right does need to tweek some policy. I feel that they have an opening on liberty, defending people's rights from government intrusion and making hay with the more libertarian of those among us. The second is on fiscal policy, do good fiscal policy and mean it. Don't just talk good fiscal policy, do good fiscal policy.
Out of all the numbers that bode well for Obama the truth is that even with the demographic switch, the more brown America, more voters identify themselves as "conservative." A fact which is reflected in the House of Representatives. The same little brown folks who returned Obama to office also returned the same congress as a check on Obama. This is a country of checks and balances and the people want that check on Obama just as they would any person in that office.
So what you're telling us is that Republicans need their own Obamamessiah?
Yes! As you recall Democrats certainly have not cornered the market on policy or the direction of the country. When the next Republican president appears on the scene, you'll know him before the policy debates, before all the commercials. People will vote for him just because they like him despite demographics ,class, color, even policy.
These things are much more fated than we like to admit. Even as good as the Romney campaign was it could not overcome that initial Romney vs. Obama popularity contest.
So this election is much less a win for the left than one might think. The conservatives in congress were sent there to fix the fiscal issues. They had best do what they were sent there to do.
If we sell out our principals we'll never win because no one likes a sell out or a fake. we'll lose those who do vote on policy and thought. We just have to make sure we apply them in the context of the electorate, we can't rubber stamp shallow ideologues who offer no solutions and repeat one dimensional establishment litmus test issues and stay competitive.
So stick to your guns, its more important than ever that we do.
All that said here's what I see coming. We will go off the fiscal cliff. Next year we'll see much higher taxes and less growth. Not to mention reductions in public spending. Over the course of the next few years we'll see steadily increasing energy costs similar to the last four years. Similar decreases in the value of the dollar and little if any upward pressure on wages. Not to mention the continuation of Obama's foreign policy and an increasingly dangerous situation in regards to the influence of radical Salafism.
The squeeze is on America, better buckle up because its going to be a very bumpy ride.
And also Colorado, I'm moving to Colorado.
Update: Well that was fast.
November 05, 2012
Who will win tomorrow's Presidential Election, Bronco Bamma or Mitt Romney?
October 31, 2012
Well so long as the happiest are willing to give up some of that excess happy.
October 17, 2012
Obligatory Presidential Debate Discussion Post
My greatest hopes, that Obama and Mitt would throw down did not quite come to fruition. But it was close.
October 15, 2012
Shocking News! Black Voters Support Obama
I'm not really sure why AP took this story down, I mean its a mantra repeated in many stories.
Surviving slavery, segregation and discrimination has forged a special pride in African-Americans. Now some are saying this hard-earned pride has become prejudice in the form of blind loyalty to President Barack Obama.Obama is popular in the black community because blacks can identify with him. Not to mention that first black President thingy? And also many in the black community lean left as well, because they believe it aligns with their interests.
Are black people supporting Obama mainly because he's black? If race is just one factor in blacks' support of Obama, does that make them racist? Can blacks' support for Obama be compared with white voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he's white?
When does it become Taboo for discussion? Well when a black person bucks the trend and votes for Mitt. And gets crucified for NOT deciding to vote just based on the wholly acceptable because he is like me.
Stacey Dash, who also has Mexican heritage, is best known for the 1995 film "Clueless" and the recent cable-TV drama "Single Ladies." On Twitter, she was called "jigaboo," "traitor," "house nigger" and worse after posting, "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future."In so much as whatever racism becomes apparent from this episode, the solution that AP chose, to sweep the discussion under the rug, is the least acceptable and the only decision guaranteed insure there is never any progress on*the issue.
The theme of the insults: A black woman would have to be stupid, subservient or both to choose a white Republican over the first black president.
Also if the AP's story gets flushed from the Google Cache, well I thought of that.
Hat Tip: DMartyr.
*The issue, you know the one, er uh racsim amongst er uh, you know. Non Krackers.
October 09, 2012
A Sandcrawler Innocent Observation
Its political sign season! They are sprouting up like mushrooms all over.
What seems to be missing is your standard issue Obama2012 signs.
I was all over the country this weekend. I didn't see a single Obama sign anywhere. Not. A. Single. Sign. In his home state none the less. Not even in big local Democrat yards who sported plenty of Obama-08 signs in the last cycle.
In fact he was outdone by I love Jesus signs 10 to 0. And in Jesusland those signs are always in season.
What's up with that?
October 02, 2012
ZoNation: The Obamaphone Lady Shows Liberalism Arrests
October 01, 2012
Free Speech Watch :College Professor Offended by Free Speech Wall
Apparently the liberal professor was offended by the Han Solo Shot First comment.
I don't really see any other reason the poster would be offensive, we all know that Fuck Bush is protected speech under the 1st amendment. As so many a liberal art professor has reminded us time and time again.