Saturday, May 16, 2009
From the "Where Are They Now?" FilesWe'll go them one better & steal the photo so you needn't click for today's schadenfreude. You may click to enlarge, if you like.
A little less than five years ago, Keyes was making a (admittedly desperate) run against Obama to be Illinois's junior senator. Today, Obama is president and Keyes has been relegated to a small crowd pic accompanying a piece that only bothers to mention his name in a photo caption.
Poignant, and yet deeply satisfying.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
What happened next was more interesting, however, as it suggests that a certain degree of disingenuousness (or delusion) is now mandatory for anyone who hopes to remain a "conservative" in good standing. Taylor, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, allowed that he was not a fan of either Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and questioned, quite reasonably, whether "either of these guys actually convince anyone (elitist or not) outside of the choir? Limbaugh’s popularity numbers suggest not."Alas, no Jonah Goldberg, but plenty of K-Lo, Mark Steyn & also Rich "Starbursts" Lowry, also.
And that's where things seem to stand at the moment. I encourage anyone with the time and interest to follow the links, as there was far too much to quote directly.
What's most discouraging, perhaps, is that the Holder Justice Department is so firmly under the control of leftist ideologues, who care little if at all about either American honor or the safety of American troopsWhereas the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush DoD being under the control of neo-con ideologues whose concern for the safety of American troops lead to the deaths of thousands of those troops, the permanent maiming of thousands of others, the loss of billions upon billions of American dollars, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis & the displacement of millions more Iraqis, in an unnecessary, illegal war of choice, which somehow besmirched* our honor around the globe, well, that's not nearly as important as the release of photographs & a Bizarro World fantasy about honor & "troop safety." Any "troop safety" issues should be taken up w/ the personnel who authorized, ordered & committed the abuse. They're the ones w/o concern for our people or "honor."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The threat to our country from the Obama administration cannot be underestimated. They are proceeding pell mell to nationalize major industries, to exponentially increase the size, power and intrusiveness of the federal government, to undermine free enterprise and free markets, to raise taxes to a confiscatory level, to strap future generations with enormous unsustainable debt, to debase our currency, to destroy traditional values and embrace a culture of death, and to weaken our national defense and retreat from the war on terror. Unless stopped, we will not recognize our country in a few short years.Quite an agenda. And not to quibble, but isn't the Obama administration (Hey, first time we've typed that, we think.) going to take the bitter clingers' guns away, besides all the other Obamanations it will be perpetuating? (Despite the lack of any statements even implying gun confiscation?) How could they forget that? It's as if they were scared to agitate the most immediately dangerous group, the tar paper-shack brigade w/ 50,000 rounds of Soviet-era ammo buried in rusting oil drums next to the $1,000.00 in Krugerrands down by the big tree over where the bears shit. (Maybe "culture of death" means letting them keep their heat & just wipe each other out in purity purges.)
The special RNC meeting has now been scheduled for May 20th, in conjunction with the previously scheduled RNC State Chairman’s meeting in Washington, D.C.
First: the resolution will pass. “I don’t know of any opposition to it,” said Bopp. Second: the media is largely missing the point of the resolution and has mistook it for an official RNC policy change or a whack at Chairman Michael Steele. “We’re not asking Steele to say or do anything,” said Bopp. “It is an effort to accurately describe and thereby educate the American people on what agenda of the Democratic Party is. We have two jobs, historically, in the RNC, in order to be successful in elections. One is to accurately describe what Democrats are doing as they try to hide their agenda. And the other is for us to be true to our conservative principles. That’s what we’re doing with this resolution.”Another conservative principle is belief in magic spells. Ronald Reagan, after all, brought down the Soviet Union merely by naming it "The Evil Empire." Don't believe us though, read Bopp, Jr.'s e-mail:
Just as President Reagan’s identification of the Soviet Union as the evil empire galvanized opposition to communism, we hope that the accurate depiction of the Democrats as a Socialist Party will galvanize opposition to their march to socialism.We wonder Bopp's RNC Conservative Steering Committee became the Republican National Conservative Caucus linked in our prior item. Still mad because his guy lost, we suppose.
We are committed first to God, then to family, then to country, then to conservatism, and only then to our political party.In that order, and do not forget it! Whatever happened to "Country First?" When was it replaced by "Nepotism Second, Country Third?"
Consequently, although we are proud Republicans, we will not hesitate to hold everyone in account based on not only words, but also deeds, including ourselves, when we fail to adhere to founding principles.Try adhering to grammatical principles first. Did the liberal left-wing academic TAs who tried to teach you Bonehead English scare you away? Some of the resolution:
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party and its leadership have dedicated themselves to a new taxing objective of direct income redistribution which takes additional taxes from one group of people and gives it in direct cash transfers to another group of people who pay no federal income taxes at all; and WHEREAS, the American people are crying out for truth, honesty and integrity in politics; therefore be it RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize the Democratic Party’s clear and obvious purpose in proposing, passing, and implementing socialist programs through federal legislation; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize that the Democratic Party is dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee call on the Democratic Party to be truthful and honest with the American people by acknowledging that they have evolved from a party of tax and spend to a party of tax and nationalize and, therefore, should agree to rename themselves the Democrat Socialist Party.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
We needed to laugh. Heaven knows, Giuliani must have needed it as much as anyone.We'll bet. Between locating NYC's Emergency Operations Center at Ground Zero, & not funding proper communications equipment for the police & firefighters (There's blood on your hands, Rudy, & it won't wash off!) he probably did need a laugh. The trivial aside, K-Lo starts toward denial.
We are at war. We are in a war not of our choosing. And the responsibility to protect and defend America weighed heavily on our elected leaders each day.Pardon us, Ms. Lopez, that little war in Iraq is completely & absolutely of our (if "our" means Dick Cheney's) choosing.
It was unpresidential when Bush did that (remember looking for weapons of mass destruction at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner?)Mocking your own justification for a war that resulted in the murders of hundreds of thousands is exactly the same as saying your children are "grounded" for taking Air Force One on a joyride.
Somehow Dick Cheney, who continues to stand athwart unseriousness yelling “Stop,” is the enemy. Somehow Rush Limbaugh, conservative stalwart, the embodiment of capitalist success, a man who has struggled with adversity with an inspiring humility, is someone we’re to disdain so much as to laugh at the prospect of his kidneys’ failing.The TNR writer noted "inspiring humility," as we did on first reading it. That is funny. Funny because it's not true.
Somehow we are supposed to be pining for one of the nastiest men on television to do something that everyone laughing at the joke presumably considers torture to Sean Hannity, who, agree with him or not, is the happiest of warriors compared with Keith Olbermann.That is incomprehensible. More so in context, as the last two blockquotes compose one paragraph in Lopez World. Who's "one of the nastiest men on television?" It can't be Limbaugh, his tee vee show didn't last too long. She may mean Olbermann, who suddenly appears from nowhere at the end of the paragraph. And Hannity being "the happiest of warriors" compared to K. O.? In other words, everything Hannity says is bullshit, & he knows it. He's "happy" because he has a big scam going. Not a "warrior" of any kind. If Olbermann isn't a "happy warrior," it may be because he's not running a Hannity-style scam, but is actually concerned about the America that Ms. Lopez imagines to be better than dirty, un-happy hippies.
But that dinner Saturday night —in the jokes the president of the United States of America was willing to make and to laugh at — was beneath America.Yeah, sure. Run the residents off, grab people from another continent to be chattel slaves, & so on. Didn't stop us for 30 seconds. Nothing is beneath this shithole of ignoramuses & hypocrites. Nothing.
Republicans want to make quality healthcare coverage affordable and accessible for every American, and we want people to retain the ability to make choices and choose options that fit their needs. A government takeover will raise taxes, ration care, and let government bureaucrats in Washington make decisions that should be made by families and their doctors. We cannot allow politicians and special interests to stand between patients and the care they need.Where does this idea that private, for profit corporate entities will not ration or curtail your health care come from? What decisions are being made by families (What, individuals don't get health care? Health decisions should be made by one's family, who want to inherit one's vast fortune, for example?) & their doctors w/o the input of insurance co. bureaucrats & the "special interests" of profit? Just what are these mysterious "special interests" that stand between patients & care?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
In other words, Rick Perry doesn't like "liberal" legislation, and now that his party is no longer in power in Washington, he's asserting the right to ignore any laws that don't comport with his own view of "the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution" or what's "oppressive" or "undue."Oddly enough, we have that very same attitude about some laws ourself. We aren't sending any letters to Congreƒs though. Some people know when to keep their traps shut.
I should have looked harder. I’m usually a careful reader of Talking Points Memo, but I had somehow missed Brian Beutler’s April 16th postGuess so. It seems (from the date on our item) that's where we copped it. Mr. Elitist New Yorker is scooped by a nimrod in a one-room ap't. who was on a dial-up connection at the time. The Persecution and Assassination of the Old Media as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of America Under the Direction of M. Bouffant, one might say.