And why the hell does he believe that his demands that the press quit publishing criticism of him should carry even an ounce of weight?
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.
Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”
Eric Holder, you have just proven yourself to be a thin-skinned wuss who has no place in government, much less holding the highest spot in the Justice Department. The reality is that the Daily Caller is trying to follow its roll in our system -- enabling the American people to follow the doings of its government and the misdeeds of government officials. And the reality is that your Justice Department is a rogue agency that is engaged in serial acts of lawlessness. You have either lied to Congress or are so out of touch with the workings of your agency as to be incompetent. The question after this should no longer be why you have not resigned -- it should be why a president who has said he wants to have the most transparent administration in history has not fired your sorry butt.
And it warms the heart of the owner of a pair of season tickets here in Houston.
It's been a rough decade for fans, and a rough couple of games for our quarterbacks, but this is something absolutely fantastic.
Personally, I find their endorsement of Newt Gingrich to be stupid -- not only is Newt a career politician with more moral baggage than Jacob Marley., he is quite unpopular with the American public generally. Add to that a history of bad policy decisions and flip-flops that rivals anything Mitt Romney's opponents have accused him of, and you can see why Gingrich is a bad choice for anyone who is not simply committed to supporting the "Not-Romney" flavor of the month in the GOP primaries.
But now we see that the Manchester Union leader fell into the Occupy Wall Street heresy when making their endorsement.
In a sign of the growing impact the 99 Percent Movement is having, New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid explained today on Fox News that his paper endorsed Newt Gingrich rather than Mitt Romney for the GOP Presidential nomination because the latter represents the one percent and is politically damaged because of it. “I think — and this is crazy, but so are we — that Gingrich is going to have a better time in the general election than Mitt Romney,” said McQuaid. “I think it’s going to be Obama’s 99% versus the 1%, and Romney sort of represents the 1%.” Watch it:
In other worlds, these alleged conservatives decided to let the stinking hippies of Zuccotti Park pick the GOP nominee, not conservative principles or the Reaganite principle of supporting the most conservative electable Republican. In other words, they abandoned conservatism to pick a Washington insider who embodies so much of the corruption that the conservative movement is supposed to reject.
Barack Obama puts the last nail in the coffin of the Roosevelt Coalition that made Democrats a powerhouse for decades.
For decades, Democrats have suffered continuous and increasingly severe losses among white voters. But preparations by Democratic operatives for the 2012 election make it clear for the first time that the party will explicitly abandon the white working class.
All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.
In other words, Barack Obama is trying to create a coalition of the 47% who pay no taxes, the 1% and a group that appears to have nothing in common with them. But if you look at that percentage of "voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment", you'll notice that most of them have one thing in common -- careers in fields that rely heavily on government paychecks or government subsidies for their clientele -- or both. It is therefore fair to say that Obama wants to cement a Democrat coalition of those dependent upon the government for their livelihoods.
One of my least favorite politicians is leaving Congress, stage far-left.
Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, a prominent 16-term liberal Democrat and arch-enemy of political conservatives nationwide, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank's office.
The reason appears to be that his district is being redrawn in a more conservative fashion due to the elimination of one congressional seat in Massachusetts, and so he does not want to have to engage in a real campaign for office instead of stand for a coronation.
Rob over at JoshuaPundit makes these observations about the career of the Dishonorable Gentleman From Massachusetts.
Barney Frank will be remembered for a number of choice items:
'Recommending' his boyfriend for a lucrative senior executive job at Fannie Mae while Frank served on a key post in the House Finance Committee. And his subsequent shielding of his boyfriend's employer from congressional oversight or regulation when questions began to be raised about Fannie and Freddie's mismanagement that ultimately resulted in the mortgage bubble and the toxic derivatives that spread through the economy. And yes, some people have raised the possibility that there was a quid pro quo there, or undue influence at the very least The ridiculous Dodd-Frank Financial "reform" bill that left Fannie and Freddie untouched while effectively constraining economic activity during a recession and raising fees on the very consumers it was supposed to protect Being censored by the House for allowing another boyfriend to run a gay prostitution ring out of Frank's home, something that would have landed an ordinary person in the slammer for a few years.
He never found a far left cause he wouldn't support or a taxpayer's dollar he didn't have his greedy little eyes on.
Bruce at GayPatriot sums up his reaction in his post's headline:
Free at last, free at last…thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Had to get that stack of tests graded and entered into the computer. Finished with two hours to spare before the midnight deadline. Just don't feel like blogging tonight.
When it comes right down to it, that is what one of President Obama's closest allies is saying about his failure to work with the super-committee.
President Barack Obama didn’t take a hands-on role in the unsuccessful deficit-reduction efforts by the congressional supercommittee because Republicans would have felt obliged to oppose anything he proposed, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday.
“They don’t want to give the president any credit for achieving things,” Durbin said. ”We know that if he came into the supercommittee negotiations, it wouldn’t be constructive on the Republican side. We know where the president stands.
Wait just a minute. The Democrats -- including Obama -- know that the only way to win is to cast the Republicans as the obstacle to recovery. Obama knew he couldn't get what he wanted (more taxes, more spending) out of the GOP, so he decided to sit back, do nothing, and whine about his opponents.
In other words, we saw a lack of leadership from a do-nothing president who is willing to let America go down in flames for his own political advantage.
James Joyner is one of the stars of the internet, writing at both Outside the Beltway and the Atlantic Council.
Early this morning, his wife, Kim, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 41 from unknown causes. In addition to her grieving husband, she leaves behind two young daughters, one five months old and the other just short of her third birthday.
Please keep James and the girls -- as well as the extended family on both sides -- in your prayers at this terribly difficult time.
Personally, I didn't care if there was ever an NBA contract signed. Cancel the whole season? Just fine by me (well, except for the harm to the little people who work the games -- ushers, concessionaires, etc). But I don't give a damn about professional basketball.
Still, there is a figure in all this that does stand out to me. The players are getting 50% of revenues.
In what other field do the employees get 50% of revenue?
Could you imagine what would happen if teachers in a local district announced that they expected 50% of the budget to go to teacher salaries? The Superintendent would laugh. The Board of Education would tell the teachers to find someplace else to work. And the taxpayers? They sure wouldn't support that sort of split.
So why was anyone supporting the players in this labor situation? Just asking.
Supporters of Rick Perry talk about how great he has been for Texas. Now I'll agree that Texas has fared better during the Obama Depression than many other states. But do his fellow Texas Republicans think he is so great a leader that he can reproduce the "Texas Miracle" in the nation's capital? It sure doesn't look like it.
By the latest count, Perry has won endorsements from only eight of his home state’s 23 Republican House members and neither of the state’s two senators.
And it’s not just that the other GOP elected officials are staying neutral. Newt Gingrich has two Texans behind him, and Mitt Romney snagged one, too. And Texas Rep. Ron Paul — who’s outperforming Perry in many polls — can be crossed off the governor’s endorsement wish list.
In other words, Perry has managed to snag the endorsements of only 1/3 of the state's elected Republicans who serve in Washington. Many of them have known Rick Perry for years, and all have worked closely with him to one degree or another. Makes you wonder what they know that Perry supporters don't.
British writer and politician Daniel Hannan pens a piece in the UK's Telegraph that makes ten strong points about what conservatives believe and why the claims of the Occupiers are flawed. All are good, but number 10 makes a point that we need to reemphasize time and again when we are told that support for lower taxes and smaller government is evil or unChristian.
10. Let’s not forget ethics, either. There is virtue in deciding to do the right thing, but there is no virtue in being compelled. Choosing to give your money to charity is meritorious; paying tax is morally neutral (see here). Evidence suggests that, as taxes rise, and the state squeezes out civic society, people give less to good causes.
That is spot on.
When i finished grad school, I spent a couple of years working in a homeless shelter, actually living on premises with them. I did so to do something good for others who were less fortunate than I was -- and I'd like to argue that there was something virtuous in that choice. On the other hand, paying taxes that go to help the homeless has no virtue in it -- I do so lest I be fined or imprisoned for not paying the taxes. There is nothing charitable about those tax payments -- I'm not making them out of self-less love (the Latin caritas), but out of self-interest that is the very contradiction of charity.
Now there are those who would argue that the Robin Hood-esque in taking from the rich to give to the poor -- and superficially, they are right. But a closer examination of their model shows that they really have the story backwards. Robin Hood did not use the power of government to extract wealth from the rich to care for the poor. He actually did quite the opposite -- his targets ("the rich") were actually those who profited off the illegitimate use of the wealth-extracting power of government at the expense of the tax-paying classes who were literally taxed into poverty. The poor were poor precisely because they were over-taxed by government run amok and operating without restraint. In the end, the return of King Richard and the displacement of Prince John sets it all to right. The message of Robin Hood is therefore one of limited government and the freedom to prosper that exists when the proper restraints on government are in place.
So the difference is clear. If i write a $500 check and drop it in the Salvation Army bucket outside my local supermarket, I have done a good and charitable deed. When I write a check for the same amount to a taxing body, there is no virtue involved because I have not made the decision to do so with a free will -- even if 100% of that money will go to help the poor (which we all know it will not) A compelled good deed is therefore not really good because of the lack of volition on my part.
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They do, according to one former Attorney General quoted by Politico.
Supporting original constitutional interpretation while seeking amendments shows an element of cognitive dissonance, said former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.
“It seems a bit inconsistent to be sure,” Thornburgh, who served during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, told POLITICO. “But there’s no sanction against holding opposing ideas.”
But do they, really? Or is the article a hit-piece on a number of GOP candidates?
Personally, I argue it is the latter, based upon the opening paragraphs.
To hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it, the U.S. Constitution is the guiding light of democracy, a bedrock document so perfect and precise that it shouldn’t be challenged, interpreted or besmirched by modern-day judges.
Except for all the parts the GOP candidates themselves want to change.
But it is not inconsistent to argue that judges should not substitute new and novel interpretations upon the Constitution to change its meaning while at the same time arguing that we can and should follow the process that document plainly lays out to make changes to the text that judges will henceforth apply.
After all, is it really inconsistent to argue that the Constitution says A, B & C and should be applied as such while at the same time arguing that it should be amended to say A, B, & D instead. And is it inconsistent to argue that it would be wrong for judges to interpret A, B, & C to mean X, Y, & Z while supporting the aforementioned change?
I don't think so.
After all, supporting an amendment to the Constitution is not a failure to revere that document, but is instead an act of reverence for it. It is not a failure to honor the wisdom of the Framers, but rather is a nod to their wisdom in including a rigorous process for making such changes.
Would that the article's author -- and the esteemed former attorney general quoted above -- could recognize that originalism and support for amendments are actually two sides of the same coin.
Emma Sullivan’s trip to Topeka with other high school students to learn about government taught her a few unexpected lessons:
• Gov. Sam Brownback’s office monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name.
• Some folks exhibit little sense of humor or appreciation of free expression.
• And sometimes a few “joking” words can land a student in the principal’s office, drafting a letter of apology.
All that resulted from a tweet the Shawnee Mission East High School senior wrote Monday during Brownback’s greeting to young people who were brought in for a closer look at the political process.
“Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot,” Sullivan thumbed from the back of the crowd.
She actually made no such comments. “Joking around,” Sullivan says of the incident.
On the one hand, there is something Orwellian about how this matter was dealt with. I understand that the Governor's office monitors social media in order to be responsive to public concerns -- and also to look for threats (like this one against S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley). But did they really need to report his girl for her asinine comment -- even given that she was lying? And is it the place of school administrators to be requiring an apology -- perhaps a bit less than sincere -- from a student to an insulted politician for such trivial content?
On the other hand, she was not a random member of the general public -- she was there as a representative of her school and the Youth In Government program. As such, can her words really be seen as individual speech, as opposed to speech emanating from a representative of the program and the school? And at that point, does this perhaps fall into one of the First Amendment exceptions that apply to students, under the standards set in Morse v. Frederick, Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, or (and I think this might be the best fit) Bethel School District v. Fraser? After all, student speech in a school setting is not as unrestricted as it is in society at large.
Still, one would have hoped that everyone would have taken this matter with a bit less seriousness. And that includes Emma Sullivan, who appears to have run to the press regarding the matter, as well as members of Brownback's staff and Sullivan's school administration.
It has been a year of joy and a year of sadness, a year of stability and a year of change. Prayers have been answered by our loving God -- some as we would wish and some in the negative.
We are truly blessed -- and today we gather with friends and family to offer thanks to the loving God who gives it all to us.
And so I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and yours.
Because it has to be shown.
Leaked UN report reveals
torture, lynchings and abuse
in post-Gaddafi Libya
In other words, nothing has changed as a result of Mr. Obama's illegal war in Libya -- except for the perpetrators of the human rights abuses.
Oh, yeah -- and the fact that the new regime is Islamist and friendly to al-Qaeda.
Toledo police are at the scene of a convenience store robbery in North Toledo where one person has been fatally shot.
The deceased was identified by police as Lamar Allen, 25, of Toledo.
The incident occurred about 9:45 a.m. at the Express Carryout, 1920 Mulberry St.
The two adult male suspects were in the process of emptying the store's cash register when the clerk fatally shot one of them, said Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. The victim, who was struck multiple times, collapsed right in front of the counter.
Hate to day it, but if you die as the result of your decision to engage in criminal activity, you are not a victim -- and what has happened to you falls into category of "justice". Too bad our nation's media has moved away from that clear principle.
Of course, maybe that is simply a reflection of the prevalence of "thug morality" in our society. Some years back, a 14-year-old kid from my school was killed by the clerk at a local gas station in the course of an armed robbery. Students were outraged -- ""I don't know why that man had to shoot him -- he was only trying to rob the gas station!" Armed robbery, it seems, is acceptable -- it is resistance to armed robbery that is the offense. We've seen this before.
Want to understand what the Occupiers are all about. Here it is.
Got that message -- "Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you."
In the space of a single lifetime, "liberalism" -- "progressivism" as they now style it -- has moved away from a philosophy of patriotism. It has become focused on the surrender of individual liberty in favor of the slavery that comes with government subsidies. It defines "progress" as movement from personal independence to dependency. John F. Kennedy would be horrified by the perversion of his words.
I must have been about fifteen when I first became aware of Anne McCaffrey and the marvelous world she created -- Pern -- home to a magnificent and marvelous breed of dragons. Over the years I have read every book she has set there -- and those written by her son Todd, who she anointed as her successor.
Tonight come the sad word that we who have loved her works have suffered a great loss -- Anne McCaffrey has passed away at the age of 85, according to the folks at GalleyCat.
If McCaffrey's contribution to the world of science fiction had been limited to the Pern novels. her place among the greats of the genre would be secure. When one adds her many other works -- such series as the Crystal Singer novels, and the connected novels that make up the Talent and Tower & Hive series -- it is clear what a loss her death is to the millions who have read her books.
My personal connection to McCaffrey runs a little deeper. Some years ago, in the early days of the World Wide Web, I had an exchange of emails with McCaffrey over questions a student had on her books. I found her to be kind, patient, and engaging -- and quite funny as well. That she took the time to write back to me came as a surprise -- and that she was willing to make it an extended conversation was even more of a delight.
Rest in peace, Anne McCaffrey -- and know that on Pern the dragons keen for you.
This #OWS participant tells us all we need to know about the movement and its participants -- thanks to the Washington Post.
Want to know what the Occupiers are all about -- there it is, straight from the mouth of one of their official representatives.
Bad ideas keep coming around.
And the same arguments can be used to shoot them down every time.
The Occupiers want more of everything paid for by someone else -- "the rich", they claim, "the 1%". But in the end their desires will come out of the pockets of the 53% of us who pay income taxes as they demand more and more and more.
H/T Red State
I'd seen the claim a number of times, but thought it was an innocent gesture (sort of like Sister Mary Alacoque pointing at the board with her middle finger when I was in 8th grade) . Then I decided to click the link.
No random innocent gesture there.
Glad to see that Barry has done such a great job in improving America's standing in the world.
In other words, the Obama Regime has flip-flopped on the blame game in a matter of 24 hours.
But then again, we know that "blaming the other guy" has been official Obama Regime policy since Day One. So the GOP isn't allowed to blame Democrats -- because Obama has already issued an executive order making everything the GOP's fault.
H/T Doug Powers
Once again, the Obama Administration has to tell the American people that it provided falsely positive economic news.
The U.S. economy grew more slowly than previously estimated in the third quarter, but weak inventory accumulation amid sturdy consumer spending supported views output would pick up in the current quarter.
Gross domestic product grew at a 2.0 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department said in its second estimate on Tuesday, down from the previously reported 2.5 percent.
And the Great Dem-Pression continues.
The Occupiers in Los Angeles are about to become a government-supported protest movement on the taxpayer dime.
Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.
The details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration's nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.
Lafferty said city officials have offered protesters a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall. He said officials also promised land elsewhere for protesters who wish to farm, as well as additional housing for the contingent of homeless people who joined the camp.
Now let's think about this.
The Occupiers are a lawless movement acting in violation of any number of neutral laws about use of public property and other matters. They are a public health hazard and have made it clear that they will engage in violence if they are not given free reign to violate the law by government officials.
The Tea Party followed all applicable laws and was non-violent.
And now the government is going to take money from the law-abiding taxpaying class (the predominant membership of Tea Party groups) and give it to the lawless tax-consuming class (the Occupiers) in the form of office space and real estate. Am I alone in finding this situation to be not merely intolerable, but obscene?
Not that I'm unwilling to see the occupiers provided public housing and free rent -- but only when they #OccupyJail.
Because you know that the same offer will not be made to the law-abiding Tea Party -- and such government favoritism for one political movement over another is intolerable.
I've had a problem with TSA for a long time -- so I appreciate this latest ad from the Ted Cruz campaign.
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But remember -- even though he is another convert to Islam and he identifies his motives as being related to Islam, Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. At least that is the official line brought to you by your government.
Police said Sunday they had arrested a U.S. citizen who planned to bomb police cars and post offices and kill U.S. servicemen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to protest the American military presence in those countries.
Jose Pimentel, 27, a convert to Islam, had been under surveillance for two years but seemed to have stepped up his bomb-making activities and plotting after the Sept. 30 killing by U.S. forces of Anwar Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric who was living in Yemen, authorities said. Awlaki was a prominent voice for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an affiliate of Al Qaeda.
Awlaki's death "really set him off," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a Sunday night news conference at City Hall. He called Pimentel a "lone wolf."
Of course, the obvious question is why Islam attracts so many of these "lone wolves" -- and why it spawns so many jihad wolf packs as well. Which is not to say that all (or even most) Muslims are terrorists -- the overwhelming majority are not -- but there does seem to be an overabundance of such folks drawn to that faith. It isn't bigotry to ask the question -- and it would be a good idea for Muslims themselves to ask the question as well and so that they can find a solution.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden were on hand this afternoon at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to Grand Marshall NASCAR’s Sprint Cup finale, and to support Joining Forces, an initiative to hire and train veterans. When they were introduced to kick off the race, however, loud booing could be heard above the cheers. At an event with such an apparently unifying theme, the crowd’s reaction was an ugly reminder of how personally some have taken the political divisions in our country.
Really? "[A]n ugly reminder of how personally some have taken the political divisions in our country"? Are you joking?
You mean as opposed to stuff like this?
Oddly enough, stuff like that was declared to be dissent -- as in "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
But booing the spouses of the most incompetent President and Vice President of the modern era apparently don't qualify as dissent in the eyes of the same liberals who were so supportive of those patriotic death wishes directed at the previous president.
Because everything changed on January 20, 2009 -- and dissent became unAmerican, even treasonous, because of the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Good thing Hillary Clinton is a Democrat -- this would be a scandal if she were a Republican.
Hillary Clinton has risked a huge backlash after sympathising with those who rioted in support of the officials caught up in the Penn State ‘abuse’ scandal.
The Secretary of State said she could understand the ‘passion and emotion’ of the students who flooded the streets and overturned cars when they learned football head coach Joe Paterno had been fired.
She said that two members of her own family had gone to Penn State and made the team so she could appreciate their point of view.
Her poorly chosen comments are likely to enrage the families of the victims, who are still coming forward with fresh accusations.
Paterno was fired along with assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of molesting boys over 15 years and raping one in the shower.
Coach Mike McQueary has also been suspended for allegedly failing to report what he knew to police for eight years.
When the scandal first broke earlier this month around 2,000 Penn State students took to the streets outside Paterno’s home just off campus in State College.
Amid shouts of ‘We want Joe back!’ they overturned a TV truck and flipped cars until police broke them up.
Well, I guess we can't be too surprised. She has a personal history of "standing by her man" in the face of sexual misconduct, so she's been there. After all, this is just about sex.
Next time some idiot tries to equate the Tea Party to the occupiers, reject the comparison.
No wonder one is embraced by the President and his party and the other is labeled a terrorist group by the Obama Regime.
If girls want to play on boys teams that don't have female counterparts, equality and equity demand that boys have the same option. So how dare girls complain about this situation that has arisen in Massachusetts.
During his first-period broadcast Monday, the Norwood High athletic director Brian McDonough congratulated Will Higgins for breaking the meet record in the 50-yard freestyle the previous day at the Massachusetts South Division fall swimming and diving championships.
McDonough chose not to mention that it was a girls swimming championship.
“I didn’t want to get into that,” he said.
As the girls swimming state championship meet approaches, eight of twenty-eight qualifiers for the 50-yard freestyle race at the event are boys. Two of them are among the top four seeds in the event (and it could have been three of the top five if Will Higgins hadn't become academically ineligible). That means the girl's 50-yard swimming champion may well be a guy.
And that doesn't sit to well with some of the girls.
Sarah Hooper, a senior at Needham High who is the fourth-fastest female entrant, finds the situation difficult to swallow.
“It’s really frustrating to see how athletic directors and school administrators aren’t doing anything,” she said. “They really aren’t advocating for us. I understand there isn’t an opportunity for these boys, but it infuriates me that they can’t combine two schools’ boys to create one team or have them compete in separate heats. The way it is now, the boys are taking recognition away from girls who have worked hard and deserve it.”
Why is this happening? Because a few decades back there was a state constitutional amendment passed that requires equal opportunity in school programs. So if there is no boys swim team at a school, the boys swim with the girls -- just like the girls get to play on the boys football team and wrestle against boys. And that means the boys participate in the girls championship meet. And are allowed to win.
Call it equality -- which is a principle that works both ways, ladies.
I've been taking shots at Warren Buffett for years now, every time he insists that his taxes just aren't high enough so we need to monkey around with the tax code. Somehow he's never willing to cut the check to pay what he thinks he really ought to be paying.
But now we find out that Warren Buffett actually thinks he is being assessed too much in taxes -- and is willing to go to court to make sure he pays less.
Warren Buffett, who has been running around complaining that the government should "stop coddling the super-rich" and should raise taxes, is reportedly suing the IRS to avoid $643 million in taxes that the government says Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets subsidiary owes the government for failing to collect ticket taxes from NetJets customers (who include Mr. Buffett himself). The suit against the IRS is filed by NetJets Large Aircraft Inc., not by Mr. Buffett himself, but Mr. Buffett is CEO of NetJet parent Berkshire and its largest individual shareholder.
Shut up an pay your taxes like the government says, Warren -- and if the government says you owe more than you think you do, shut up and pay up anyway because you have already told us you are not paying enough. How dare you claim to be undertaxed and then seek to take so much as a penny off your tax bill!
Remember -- the Romney-haters are the folks who demand that there be no flip-flops ever.
Unless the inconsistency is in their choice of candidate or the positions taken by said Flavor-of-the-Month.
H/T Justin Hart
A dumb college student from the University of Texas wrote something really dumb on Twitter a couple of days ago. It caused a stir because she is the leader of the Campus College Republicans.
Now let's all agree that the tweet is out of line -- and I tweeted the following the day it happened.
Even read in it's best light, the @laurenepierce assassination tweet is reprehensible. Here's hoping that she has the integrity to resign.
That said, I do find it amusing liberals are up in arms over a Republican calling on people to not assassinate Obama and instead wait for the electoral process to run its course. On the other hand, there have been calls for solidarity with the shooter from some of the Occupiers -- and liberals certainly found these to be examples of patriotic dissent in the not too distant past.
That was my thought when I saw these two totally unrelated stories.
Seems to me like these add up to a phenomenal of a game-watching party blown straight to Hell.
I've asked how many of these so-called "patriotic millionaires" who demand higher taxes are willing to do the so-called patriotic thing and voluntarily give money to the government.
Thanks to the Daily Caller, we now know.
>Two dozen “patriotic millionaires” traveled to the national’s capital on Wednesday to demand that Congress raise taxes on wealthy Americans.
The Daily Caller attended their press conference with an iPad, which displayed the Treasury Department’s donation page, to find out if any of the “patriotic millionaires” were willing to put their money where their mouth is.
Just call them the hypocritical, stingy millionaires.
Hate to say it, but Toby Keith's Red Solo Cup has locked up both categories in perpetuity.
What were they thinking.
Anyone familiar with the checkered career of knows that when he isn't having his paramilitary bodyguards knock down disabled vets for daring to stand too close to his august presence, he's usually hyping out some alleged story of racial discrimination. From time to time he actually does something worthwhile -- but apparently it involves lining his own pocket.
He’s a media magnet who has spoken out against racism, injustice and police brutality for more than a decade. But the KHOU 11 News I-Team has discovered that sometimes the help of Quanell X comes with a price—a price paid by the very people who need him and, in some cases, who end up feeling cheated.
Sandra Laday is one of them.
“I was grieving over Kevin’s death,” she said.
It was May 2009. Her son Kevin Laday had just died in the custody of the Lumberton police, a town just outside of Beaumont. Sandra Laday felt the circumstances were murky and unclear.
Needing answers, she got hold of the man known as a guardian of the black community.
But she also got a surprise—Quanell X told her she would have to pay him—in cash and fast.
I guess its hard out there for a pimp -- and it costs money to gather up the rent-a-mob posse.
But that isn't all. The contracts are apparently so one-sided that Quanell even reserves the right to dump the person being assisted and keep all money at his own discretion. Oh, yeah -- and he isn't filing the relevant tax documents for the non-profit groups hat are ostensibly the recipients of the cash.
In Monday’s radio interview, Quanell X said the broadcasts were actually part of a plot to kill him.
“This is bigger than people who are just unhappy with Quanell X,” he said on 97.9 FM, KBXX. “The plan is to inspire somebody who looks like me to make an attempt on my life.”
“What?” asked the radio host, who was open and supportive of his guest throughout the interview.
Quanell X went on to explain that there had been three assassination attempts against him in the last ten years, which he said authorities knew about, but none of them had been attempted by an African-American.
“But now this is to inspire my own people to turn against me,” Quanell X said.
Yeah, that's right. The reports aren't merely inaccurate. The conclusions aren't merely wrong. Rather, they part of a white plot to have him murdered!
Sounds to me like an effort to get those involved with the report murdered by Quanell's supporters.
And an excuse to break out the AK-47s and begin beating up uppity white white folks again -- and begin reissuing and revoking the "ghetto pass" of politicians and reporters who dare challenge him.
And it is clearly time for the sensible members of the Houston community to quit giving credibility to a man who is clearly a fraud as well as a racist.
Not tolerance for gay conservatives -- tolerance for gay-bashing. I wrote on this matter the other day, but the pro-gay-bashing response at gay blog Towleroad shows that my initial instinct was right.
The Daily Caller story above was linked by a popular gay blog called Towleroad over the weekend and while the author seemed genuinely concerned with the situation, most of his commenters missed the point…
When you whore yourself to the enemies of human rights, expect little sympathy from the tribe.
Posted by: Tone | Nov 13, 2011 11:14:59 AM
As you sow, so shall you reap.
Not surprising that a gay, republican christian would find himself the target of a lot of hatred.
Seriously tho, we need to just ignore these attention-whore individuals and focus on getting the laws changed.
Posted by: .Jeff M | Nov 13, 2011 11:17:08 AM
you lie with dogs…
hopefully this Uncle Tom will wise up and live to undo some of the damage he’s done.
Posted by: andy | Nov 13, 2011 11:32:33 AM
So gay-bashing is deserved if it’s a gay Republican? What a bunch of disgusting, hypocrite liberals.
Posted by: Max | Nov 13, 2011 11:47:06 AM
That’s right, Max. The “NO H8″ movement has nothing to do with gay people and it never did. It’s purely political and it’s all about supporting liberal Democrats.
Yep, that's right -- he deserved it because his politics are wrong. Only liberal (or politically neutered) homosexuals have a right to be free from violence.
Here's hoping that gay conservatives arm themselves and start taking out the liberal gay-bashers who seem to think that political disagreement is grounds for political violence.
And make no mistake -- city taxpayers are shelling out to subsidize the illegal activity going on there.
The protesters, by their own count numbering about 150, now have their own makeshift library, large containers to grow vegetables and a full-size refrigerator powered by extension cords plugged into public outlets inside the park.
Time to clear these folks out of the park and so they can #OccupyJail and reimburse the people of the city for their theft of services.
But notice that liberals aren't complaining about this clearly racist jab at a black candidate -- because, you know, he's a conservative and therefore deserves what he gets.
MAHER: You have got to feel bad for Mitt Romney. I mean, he's been led, so far, by Trump, then Bachmann. Then Perry. Then Cain.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But, he kinda hangs in there. He's everyone's second choice.
MAHER: I'm rooting for him. You know? Because, look, in a country with only two parties, the Republican can always win. I mean, at least he eats with a knife and fork. I mean, he is all that stands between us and the rise of the apes.
If a conservative had compared Obama's success to "the rise of the apes", that individual would have been branded a sheet-wearing racist and driven from public life. Why the double standard with Maher? Oh, that's right -- Maher is a liberal and conservatives deserve what they get from him.
President Obama Golfing With Pal Nabbed in Prostitution Sting
What does that say about judgment and appearance -- especially in the wake of the Penn State scandal and the Herman Cain accusations?
Only days after the order to close North Forest ISD was confirmed, one camera-hogging local politician demanded that the district’s minority student continue to receive lousy education so that local klepto-crats can continue to rake off money into their own pockets and those of their friends and families.
[Rep. Sheila] Jackson Lee held a town hall meeting Sunday at NFISD's Shadydale Elementary School. She threw her support behind those wanting to keep the school district going, declaring that condemnation of NFISD is premature, and there's still an appeals process and a court battle if necessary.
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Jackson Lee questions whether North Forest received a fair and unbiased review by the TEA, going so far as to suggest discrimination against the districtg which is 70 percent African American and 30 percent Latino.
Supporters have launched a petition drive. They say they are gathering 7,000 signatures and asking for a Department of Justice investigation.
"You don't have the right to come into our house and put us out," said Ann Tillis with the NFISD Parent-Teacher Organization.
North Forest ISD is a failure. It has been a failure for as long as I have lived in the Houston area, by every quantifiable measure and by most non-quantifiable ones. Every teacher I have known who has taught in the district has worked hard to escape, carrying with them horror stories of incompetent administrators allowing students to run wild and giving little or no support to teachers. When the state has tried to intervene, there has been resistance every step of the way and the immediate firing of state-hired staff once the local “leaders” regain control. The district does not merely need to be closed – its buildings need to be razed and its elected leaders need to be permanently barred from public office.
I’ll even go a step further – Sheila Jackson Lee and her fellow supporters of continuing the status quo in NFISD are out to accomplish the fondest dreams of the KKK and other racist folks who worked to keep minority students segregated in sub-standard schools and receiving a third-rate education that will prepare them for nothing better than manual labor. It is absolutely ironic that elected leaders like Jackson Lee are now serving the same malign role as the racists who worked so hard to keep blacks ignorant and poor.
I’m really not out to bash Chelsea Clinton. Really, I’m not. But what makes her qualified to be a full-time reporter with a major network as her entry level position?
NBC is to announce on Monday morning that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.
The appointment is immediate. Ms. Clinton will show up at the news division offices on Monday morning, said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, and will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.”
Really – what makes Chelsea Clinton qualified for the job?
30,000 warrants caught in backlog at Sheriff's Office
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has a backlog of nearly 30,000 felony and misdemeanor warrants that have not been entered into a database that allows law enforcement agencies in Texas and the U.S. to know whether a person is wanted for a crime.
The Sheriff's Office, which enters warrants into the database for all law enforcement agencies in the county, faces a backlog of 10,088 felony warrants and 19,748 Class A and Class B misdemeanor warrants, according to information provided to the Houston Chronicle by the agency.
This potentially leaves police officers throughout the county, state and nation in the dark about thousands of people wanted for crimes, creating a potential threat to police and the public.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia attributes the backlog to a lack of staff, funding and a county hiring freeze that not only prevents him from hiring new employees, but also from replacing any who leave.
Of course, Garcia says it isn't his fault -- it is a matter of budget issues and the hiring freeze set by the county.
But wait, this is the guy who got around the hiring freeze to add multiple Democrat political hacks to his payroll after the 2010 election turned one out of office and cost the others their jobs when a Republican won a supposedly safe Democrat seat on the Harris County Commissioners Court. Add to that the fact that Garcia couldn't find any fat to cut in his budget and in fact had no staff furloughed or laid off under the 2011 budget and had a budget increase. Besides -- the hiring freeze was lifted in April AND Sheriff Garcia got more hiring authorized last month.
Maybe Adrian Garcia can put his political hires, such as former Harris County District Clerk Loren Jackson and former Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia's former staffers, to wok entering warrants in order to justify their inflated salaries. After all, if they can each get just 100 a day entered , they will have the backlog taken care of by election time -- and Harris County will remain safe until voters kick Garcia to the curb next fall and he can go back to shilling for illegal aliens and slandering law-abiding citizens.
We've seen it over the years.
Liberals trying to make Mary Cheney an issue in the 2004 election because she supported and worked for her father's reelection campaigns.
Outing campaigns directed against politicians and their staff (and even family members) of candidates deemed insufficiently "gay-friendly".
So why should we be surprised that they are now turning to gay-bashing of what I term "free-range homosexuals" -- those uppity gays and lesbians who refuse to hew to the political line set by liberal leaders in this country and stray into -- *gasp* -- conservatism.
A cast member of the gay reality TV show “A-List Dallas” tells The Daily Caller that he was punched to the ground and bloodied Friday night by someone vandalizing his car because he’s a gay conservative associated with commentator Ann Coulter.
Taylor Garrett, a Republican consultant in Texas who stars in the reality series on the channel LOGO TV, said in an interview that he was attacked outside a birthday party in Dallas after finding a vandal scratching “F–k Coulter” on the side of his car.
Garrett said the incident reflects a troubling mindset.
“The Democrats want me to live on their plantation as their slave, because I’m a gay person,” he said. “And I refuse to do that.”
I chose the term gay-bashing earlier in this piece quite deliberately. Taylor Garrett was targeted because of his sexuality. As a straight man, I would not have faced such an attack for my friendship with any political or media figure -- but Garrett was deemed an acceptable target by those who believe that a gay man does not have the same right to freely participate in our nation's politics that a heterosexual does. Just one more example of liberal tolerance, I guess.
In addition to my support and my outrage, I'd like to offer Taylor Garrett a bit of advice. This is Texas. We have quite liberal concealed-carry laws down here. Get your training, get your CCL, and get as big a gun as you feel comfortable carrying -- and then use your Second Amendment rights to vindicate your First Amendment rights the next time one of these folks comes after you. No DA in the state is going to file charges when you do.
In the event that the American voters aren’t sold on the presidential qualities honed by Herman Cain‘s experience as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, President of the National Restaurant Association or decade spent as a motivational speaker, Cain has another idea. Of all the cabinet positions that come available as a result of the 2012 election, the one that holds most appeal is that of Secretary of Defense.
“That could be the one that I could be excited about,” Cain told conservative radio host Michael Savage, adding “to help the generals and commanders on the ground to get what they need, to do what they do best, and that is kick the you-know-what out of everyone in the world.” Cain’s interview with Savage had been promoted earlier today with blaring headlines of “Herman Cain to make ‘major announcement,’” and this is a rather noteworthy announcement.
I once thought Cain might be a good fit for Secretary of Commerce, or even for Secretary of Treasury. Now I think he may be ideal to serve as the first Secretary of Delusional Tendencies.
Here are this week’s full results:
See you next week!
Despite the pleas of race-baiters and poverty pimps in the Houston area to allow the worst school district in the state of Texas to continue miseducating its students so that well-connected insiders can continue to loot the public coffers, the Texas Education Agency has reaffirmed the decision to close North Forest ISD in northeast Harris County.
NFISD had the lowest academic ranking in the state for the last three years. Its high school has been ranked academically unacceptable for the last six years. According to a letter from the TEA to NFISD, "...deep-seated performance, governance, and operational issues in the district have precluded sustained improvement in the district's overall systems for educating its student population...".
The TEA says NFISD will be closed on July 1, 2012. HISD spokesperson Jason Spencer says the school district and its 7,500 students will be annexed by HISD.
A district spokesperson indicates that the school board is going to waste more valuable educational resources trying to keep their snouts in the taxpayer-funded trough.
Barack Obama may get his kicks trashing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, but it appears the American people like Netanyahu better.
President Obama's hot-miked conversation with French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested that he is frustrated with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- but Americans might be more frustrated with Obama than they are irritated by Netanyahu.
"A poll conducted by the group Greenberg Quinlan Rosner found that 52.3 percent of Americans rate Netanyahu positively, compared to 51.5 percent for Obama," reports Israel Today Magazine. "The results of the poll were enthusiastically discussed on Israel's Channel 10 News on Thursday."
Frankly, I'm surprised Obama does that well. Personally, I rank him down near Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I can't wait to vote to kick Barry to the curb a year from now.
We are out to elect a president, and to that end we need to nominate someone who appeals to a broad enough spectrum of the American public to win the election, as opposed to the guy who appeals most strongly to the party base. So while we have all sorts of folks on the “Stop Mitt Romney” bandwagon, I think that prudent conservatives might want to consider this bit of polling data.
Although President Barack Obama is running behind his 2008 showings in the three key swing states against Gov. Mitt Romney, he actually does better against the other GOP aspirants — including Herman Cain — than he did against Sen. John McCain. That may not be surprising given the president’s substantial name recognition edge on any of his challengers. His wide lead over most of the field and his neck-and-neck race with Romney show that the dissatisfaction with the president as evidenced by his mid-40s percent job approval and weak ‘deserves a second term’ ratings hasn’t translated into affection for his GOP challengers.
In other words, we right now have only one candidate who is showing that he has what it takes to beat Barack Obama. That candidate is Mitt Romney. So all of the folks who are out to derail Romney are effectively saying they would prefer four more years of Obama rather than the most conservative electable candidate.
So let me be quite clear on this matter.
I’m not happy with our current crop of candidates in the GOP. I would have liked to cast my primary ballot for John Bolton, Eric Cantor, or Paul Ryan. I would have settled for Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty. I still struggle with where to place my support, though the last few weeks are clarifying my decision on where my support must go. But in the end, I find only one GOP candidate to be totally unacceptable to me (Ron Paul), and I see there as being no possibility of his getting the nomination so he does not enter my consideration at all.
To those of you who are insisting upon destroying the one candidate who is currently demonstrating electability in order to get something akin to purity, I offer the following heartfelt observation -- I think that you are looking at things from the wrong perspective. What you frame as “not voting for the lesser of two evils” is also legitimately framed as “making the perfect the enemy of the good”. And like it or not, none of the viable GOP candidates qualifies as perfect — but at the same time, none of them can be legitimately labeled as “evil”, either.
In the wake of the Reagan presidency, I’ve never found a GOP nominee who “checks all the boxes” for me. However, I realize that our system gives us only two real choices for president each cycle. When presented with only two legitimate choices for president (and it has been a century since there were more than two choices with a realistic chance of winning on the presidential ballot), a patriot must discern which one will be the best choice and select that one. That choice will rarely be one that the patriot considers perfect, but it is the best choice he or she can make for America.
Which leads us to 2012, and the possibility (dare I say likelihood) that it will come down to an Obama/Romney race. What choice does the true patriot have in such a situation? I suggest there is but a singlechoice.. Only fools, liars, and enemies of America can say that it would be better for America to have four more years of President Obama rather than four years of President Romney. To actively aid in Obama’s reelection by voting for him or passively aid in his reelection by not voting for the one viable opponent are morally indistinguishable acts in terms of the harm they will bring to America. As such, Obama opponents who fail to vote for that fail to vote for the single electable alternative must be classified as being members of one of the three groups mentioned in the previous sentence.
I know that is a harsh judgment — but even if one accepts the premise that a second Obama term will destroy the Democrat Party and guarantee conservative victory in 2016 cannot justify allowing the harm to America that such a result will do to our country. A more likely result will be the destruction of America — and do any of you really wish to aid in that outcome by refusing to sully your hands with a vote for Romney? Are you prepared to look in the eyes of your children and grandchildren and tell them that you preferred to bequeath them a country that was dealt a mortal wound by Obama rather than casting a vote for a candidate you dislike in order to mitigate the harm you knew would come if Obama gained a second term? I tell you truly – they will reply that you have earned nothing but their scorn and contempt.
It is quite clear that it is incapable of spending money provided by American taxpayers to educate American children to be citizens in America. After all, if an American student cannot safely wear or display an American flag in an American school, then the school itself has the problem, not the student or the flag. I expressed this view at the time, and continue to hold to it.
The matter is neatly summed up over at the Volokh Conspiracy.
Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District (N.D. Cal.), decided the day before yesterday, upholds a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (See here and here for more on this case.)
The decision might well be correct under Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist. (1969), which allows a “heckler’s veto” in K-12 school: Schools may indeed restrict student speech when it’s likely to cause substantial disruption, even when the disruption stems from other students’ hostility to the speech. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think the speech restriction violates a California statute that gives students extra protection, but that claim wasn’t raised in this federal lawsuit.
Yet while the judge might have been right in his decision, the situation in the school seems very bad. When we’re at the point that students can’t safely display the American flag in an American school, because of a fear that other students will attack them for it — on May 5 or on any other day — and the school feels unable to prevent such attacks (by punishing the threateners and the attackers, and by teaching students tolerance for other students’ speech), something is badly wrong.
The piece then goes on to show just how wrong things are at the school in question, citing the text of the opinion itself and the sort of speech and attitudes expressed towards the students who dared to wear a flag that represents this country on a day when a foreign country celebrates a minor regional holiday. That the students were censored by the administration is frightening – and shows how (to paraphrase Orwell’s Animal Farm), some animals have become more equal than others in our society. I encourage you to read the excerpt.
But I would like to go a step further. Let’s take a couple of the examples that the court says justify censorship and change them around a little bit – just as a thought experiment – and ask whether a federal court would tolerate such censorship in other cases.
When Plaintiff M.D. wore a Mexican flag shirt to school on Veterans Day 2009, he was approached by a male student who shoved an American flag at him and said something in English expressing anger at Plaintiffs’ clothing....
On the morning of Inauguration Day 2013, a white student approached Plaintiff M.D., motioned to his Barack Obama shirt, and said “why are you wearing that, do you not like whites??” Plaintiffs D.G. and D.M. were also confronted about their clothing by white students before [brunch] break....
During brunch break on May 5, 2010, another student called Vice–Principal Rodriguez over to a group of heterosexual students and said that she was concerned about a group of students wearing the gay pride rainbow flag and said that “there might be problems.” Vice–Principal Rodriguez took her statement to mean that there might be some sort of physical altercation
In each of those cases, it would be the disruptive students attacking a protected class of minority student who would have been punished, not students who are members of the protected class being allowed to impose their will because the make up a majority of the student body and are prepared to do violence to those expressing a minority viewpoint. Failure to protect the minority students would bring down the full weight of the federal government on the district. But when a traditional pro-American sentiment is expressed and then suppressed, there is no protection provided. That, my friends, is utterly shameful – and, I believe, a misapplication of both the Tinker decision cited above and relevant federal and state civil rights statutes.
UPDATE: Excellent piece from Todd Starnes.
UPDATE II: Aaron Worthing offers these insights at Patterico's Pontifications.
The beginning of the piece is powerful and angry, and sums up my view quite nicely. But he becomes much more reflective towards the end, concluding with the perfect literary reference.
Here’s what I think about that, right now. I’m a science fiction writer, and one of the great stories of science fiction is “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” which was written by Ursula K. LeGuin. The story posits a fantastic utopian city, where everything is beautiful, with one catch: In order for all this comfort and beauty to exist, one child must be kept in filth and misery. Every citizen of Omelas, when they come of age, is told about that one blameless child being put through hell. And they have a choice: Accept that is the price for their perfect lives in Omelas, or walk away from that paradise, into uncertainty and possibly chaos.
At Pennsylvania State University, a grown man found a blameless child being put through hell. Other grown men learned of it. Each of them had to make their choice, and decide, fundamentally, whether the continuation of their utopia — or at very least the illusion of their utopia — was worth the pain and suffering of that one child. Through their actions, and their inactions, we know the choice they made.
I’ve made no bones about my contempt for child abusers. I’ve even condemned a former seminary classmate in the harshest of terms upon his conviction of abusing boys in his parish. I’ve expressed contempt for fellow educators who prey on their students. And over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to figure out how to address this one – and therefore thank John for saying what I feel better than I could have (which probably explains why he's the successful author and I'm the Geography teacher).
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Sadly, the most liberal columnist in the Houston Chronicle is willing to give Larry big wet open-mouthed smooches (complete with hot tongue action) rather than condemn him for the slur -- guess she is afraid that the real conservatives in the SD11 race, Dave Norman and Daniel McCool, might get some traction in the race and get rid of the buffoonish bigot from Friendswood.
The other night, a group of Americans gathered together to peacefully engage in political speech and expression. In return for their peacefully exercising their rights under the US Constitution, some of them were illegally restrained by hostage-takers from Occupy DC.
In particular, these criminals (for that is what you are when you unlawfully hold individuals hostage in a building and refuse to let them leave) victimized this woman in a wheelchair as they committed their felonies.
I've been outraged by the Occupiers and their lawless antics over the last few weeks, but have considered much of what has gone on to be pretty harmless -- and pretty pathetic. But if they are now taking hostages, how much longer will it be until they start taking lives? After all, one Occupier in Colorado has been arrested for burning down a $10 million dollar development (hey, it's owned by the 1%). Maybe the next arson attack will be on a building with the movement's putative enemies inside.
I can't help but note two things about this incident and its location.
First, it took place in Washington, DC, where the city government does not permit the free exercise of Second Amendment rights by American citizens. As such, not one of the hostages was able to vindicate his or her rights through the lawful use of a firearm against the thugs who were holding them hostage in that building.
Second, note that the hostage-takers are chanting "This is what democracy looks like." Well, the Founding Fathers would agree with them -- which is why they despised democracy and established the United States as a republic. They recognized that the sort of democracy championed by the so-called 99% is nothing but mob rule, with the rights of no person secure in the face of a majority (or even an intimidating minority) intent upon violating them. Indeed, the platform of today's Occupy movement, with its calls for wealth redistribution, higher taxes on the rich, and government abrogation of privately held debt on behalf of debtors were guarded against in the original text of the Constitution because that document was written in response to movements such as Shays' Rebellion, which had many of the same goals as today's Occupiers. The Founders were right in 1787, and the Occupiers are as wrong today as Daniel Shays and his followers were during the Confederation period.
Lastly, I'd like to make a personal observation here, as the spouse of an individual who needs a wheelchair to freely exercise her rights as an American in public places. The victim of this hostage-taking event had few -- if any -- options for leaving the conference venue where she was being held against her will. She could not take the emergency exit or go down a couple of flights of stairs. What's more, the hostage-takers from the Occupy DC terrorist movement (and that's what it became when they blocked her exit from this building -- terrorists taking hostages) mocked her and targeted her because of her disability, refusing to make way for her. In doing so they were heedless of potential medical needs that might be related to the condition which necessitated her using the wheelchair. I shudder to think what the impact would be on my wife were she ever put in such a situation, unable to return home where she could access medication until the hostage-takers decided they had made their political point and decided to release her. The result could be days confined to bed -- or even a hospitalization.
So I cry out "SHAME!" at the Occupiers as they enter their terrorist phase and show themselves not to be a movement that will lead to the improvement of America, but rather to its destruction if left unchecked.
Here are this week’s full results:
See you next week!
The White House on Friday all but refused to turn over the documents House Republicans have subpoenaed on bankrupt solar firm Solyndra, firing off a letter saying the request would put an “unreasonable burden on the president’s ability to meet his constitutional duties.”
The feisty response appears to set up a clash between congressional investigators and the White House over the sprawling probe into Solyndra’s finances and the administration’s involvement in the decision to provide the struggling company a $528 million loan with taxpayer money.
White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, in her letter, scolded GOP lawmakers for demanding more documents, noting the Obama administration has already turned over 85,000 pages of documents in the course of their investigation. Without explicitly refusing to comply with the subpoena, Ruemmler repeatedly described the order as “overbroad.”
“The Committee’s extremely broad request for documents — now a subpoena — is a significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests,” she wrote, saying she can only conclude the subpoena was “driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation.”
Apparently, the Obama Regime has decided that when it faces a subpoena from another branch of government with the constitutional authority to oversee the operations of government and the expenditure of appropriated funds, it will decide itself what documents it will deign to pass on. I wonder -- does the Eric Holder over at the InJustice Department allow the targets of subpoenas to refuse to produce material with such impunity -- or does he have his politically-cleared minions enforce those subpoenas ruthlessly?
Sadly, the Obama supporters in the Senate would not vote to remove this president from office if the House impeached him -- not even if there were authenticated video of him handing over top secret documents to Iranian President Ahmadinejad during a wife swapping session in the Oval Office.
Instead, the House of Representatives needs to simply vote for Contempt of Congress charges to be filed. That will put Barack Hussein Obama in the criminal dock -- facing a penalty of not less than one month nor more than twelve months in jail and a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
If this clown were a conservative, the liberals would all be in the streets with this chant.
Racist! Sexist! Anti-Gay!
Rev. Jesse Jackson-- Go away!
But since he is reliably liberal, it won't happen.
Despite the fact that he is a race-baiting purveyor of division and segregation in our society.
Despite the fact that he's a raving, Jew-hating anti-Semite.
Despite the fact that he is a serial philanderer who stole money from his non-profit to pay off and shut up his baby-mama.
Despite the fact that he clearly hates and discriminates against gay people.
A man filed a lawsuit Friday claiming he was fired from the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition because he is gay.
Tommy R. Bennett claims Jackson fired him unjustly and the civil rights leader forced him to perform “uncomfortable” tasks, including escorting various women to hotel rooms to meet Jackson for sex, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
The claims mirror allegations Bennett made last year in a complaint to Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations.
Bennett claims he worked for PUSH starting in July 2007, and was both an organizer and Jackson’s travel assistant.
Bennett claims he received a letter in December 2009, in which he was told he was being laid off due to a “lack of funding.” But Bennett alleges someone else was then hired to replace him.
And using the standard set by liberals in such cases (as most recently reaffirmed with the charges against Herman Cain), we must always believe the professed victim of the powerful man.
Well, I didn't always enjoy his stuff, but it was hard not to like Andy Rooney. It was sad -- but, in the eyes of many, overdue -- when he recently retired.
Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays - a unique genre he is credited with inventing - died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.
"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes." "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."
Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.
I'm sure that there are a few more smiles in heaven this morning.
We here in Texas SD11 are going to have an open seat to fill in 2012. Given the makeup of the district, the election of a Republican is nearly certain. We have three declared choices -- businessman David Norman, law enforcement officer Daniel McCool, and incumbent state representative Larry Taylor.
Texas Republican lawmaker Larry Taylor of Friendswood used a Jewish slur during a legislative hearing to tell officials not to cheat people who make legitimate property insurance claims.
Taylor later issued an apology.
Taylor said Thursday the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency should pay legitimate claims. He used to slur to say officials should not try to shortchange customers.
Taylor immediately acknowledged it was a bad term to use. A spokesman later issued an apology statement from Taylor.
Taylor's apology says the slur was inadvertent and called it a poor choice of words.
Yes, he has apologized -- but the fact that the slur was used so casually and that the apology seems so pro forma and insincere speaks volumes. That he would use that slur while conducting business on behalf of the people of his district and in his official capacity as a legislator tells us all we need to know about his fitness for the office he seeks (or the one he currently holds, for that matter).
There is not much to smile about at a world economic summit struggling to solve the worsening Eurozone crisis.
But President Barack Obama did his best today as he came out with a one-liner poking fun at Nicolas Sarkozy’s looks.
Soon after arriving at the G20 summit in Cannes, on the French Riviera, Mr Obama congratulated the French President on fathering a daughter, Giulia, with his former supermodel wife, Carla Bruni.
But Mr Obama added: ‘I’m confident that Giulia inherited her mother’s looks, rather than her father’s.’
An ashen-faced Mr Sarkozy nodded his head and smiled meekly, but otherwise looked far from comfortable next to his deadpan American counterpart.
First, it isn't funny.
Second, even if it were funny, Obama is incapable of being funny in a spontaneous way.
Third, that's the sort of joke you don't make for the whole world to hear -- and certainly not with someone who not a close buddy and merely a professional peer.
But my guess is that nobody in the US media is going to call Chicago Jesus on this pathetic misrepresentation of the United States in a diplomatic setting.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Do you view China as a potential military threat to the United States?
HERMAN CAIN: I do view China as a potential military threat to the United States.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And what could you do as president to head that off?
HERMAN CAIN: My China strategy is quite simply outgrow China. It gets back to economics. China has a $6 trillion economy and they’re growing at approximately 10 percent. We have a $14 trillion economy — much bigger — but we’re growing at an anemic 1.5, 1.6 percent. When we get our economy growing back at the rate of 5 or 6 percent that it has the ability to do, we will outgrow China.
And secondly, we already have superiority in terms of our military capability, and I plan to get away from making cutting our defense a priority and make investing in our military capability a priority, going back to my statement: peace through strength and clarity. So yes they’re a military threat. They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.
WTF, Herman? Red China has been a nuclear power for as long as I can remember. Their nuclear arsenal may be relatively small compared to the standards set by the USA and USSR back at the height of the Cold War, but make no mistake about the Chinese capacity for inflicting nuclear devastation.
To my fellow Republicans I offer the following observation -- Herman Cain may have the experience and knowledge to serve as Secretary of Commerce or Secretary of Treasury, but there is no way he is prepared to be President of the United States. Wake up, smell the coffee, and get behind a credible candidate for the job -- unless you really want four more years of the Barack Obama.
AS AN ASIDE -- I've not written on the sexual harassment allegations regarding Cain because I don't see it as relevant. It sounds like a corporate strategy of settling nuisance claims for less than litigating them would cost. Give me more substance and perhaps I'll be persuaded otherwise, but not until then. Besides, stuff like I've noted above is a more significant reason to oppose his nomination.
Just remember -- freedom of speech and press are hate crimes if they offend Muslims, so a violent response to such speech must be understood and accepted as appropriate.
The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, French police say.
It comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief" for its next issue.
Its cover carried a caricature of the Prophet making a facetious comment.
The magazine said the move was intended to "celebrate" the victory of an Islamist party in last month's Tunisian elections.
Charlie Hebdo's editor is quoted as saying: "We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed."
A witness at the scene, Patrick Pelloux, told AFP news agency that a Molotov cocktail was hurled through an office window and that it set fire to the computer system.
"Everything was destroyed," he said.
Here's the "offensive" cover that brought about this attack.
Now please understand that Charlie Hebdo is a magazine that satirizes . . . well, pretty nearly everything and everyone. As such, it clearly was not doing anything that it had not done with religious and political groups in the past. But once again we see that followers of the Religion of Peace will show you just how violent they can get if you don't show them a level of deference that is available to no one else.
Never mind that they were union workers until they determined that the union was not acting in their best interests and dumped the union through a decertification election under provisions by federal law. Nancy Pelosi believes they should have their jobs eliminated for refusing to pay tribute to Democrat-backed union thugs who will use their dues to support Democrat candidates who want them fired.
The now thankfully former Speaker of the House Nancy “San Fran Nan” Pelosi said in a recent interview that a Boeing plant in South Carolina should either unionize or be shut down by the iron fist of government. So much for America being the land of the free, eh?
Pelosi appeared on CNBC with hostette Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo asked about the famed Boeing plant being harassed by Obama’s union-sold National Labor Relations Board.
“Do you think it’s right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it’s non union?” Bartiromo asked. “Yes” insisted the former Speaker.
A flat out “yes.” No equivocation.
Got that? Under the vision of Pelosi and the Democrats (including the Obama appointees running the NLRB), workers are free to unionize but not free to not unionize. What next? Declaring that Americans are free to vote to reelect Barack Obama, but not to vote not to reelect Barack Obama? Yes, my friends, she you did smell the odor of fascism as she passed by.
The plans of the Occupy Iowa sect of the Occupy Wall Street thugs to silence political speech and inhibit the ability of candidates, campaign staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens to fully and freely participate in the Iowa Caucuses may necessitate exactly that. After all, the Occupy Iowa group has indicated they want to block and/or occupy campaign offices of candidates (and, implicitly, caucus sites) -- indicating the first move by the Occupy Wall Street anarchists to disrupt free elections in this country.
The Occupy movement has a new goal — shut down the Iowa caucuses.
The state’s protesters are inviting fellow Occupiers from across the country to “occupy” the campaign offices of the Republican presidential candidates and President Barack Obama in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state, The Des Moines Register reports.
“You go inside, or if they won’t let you in, you shut ’em down. You sit in front of their doors,” Frank Cordaro of Des Moines, the man credited for the idea of the “First in the Nation Caucus Occupation,” told the Register. “Who knows? It could be a very big deal.”
The plan, Cordaro told CNN, is “people coming to Iowa, occupying every presidential [candidate’s] office, shutting them down until they start talking real turkey about what’s going on in this country, where the 99 percent of the people who are not benefiting, at the expense of the 1 percent who are getting away with murder.”
The plan was voted on and approved by the Occupy Iowa’s general assembly Monday night, according to the Register.
What we have here is the announcement of a criminal conspiracy to violate the civil rights of all involved in the Iowa Caucuses. Can we allow a group of malcontents to interfere with the nomination and election process that is central to our system of government? No, we cannot. We must act as patriots, defending the right of those participants -- Democrat and Republican -- to engage in this essential act of democracy that is so important to the health of our republic.
Fortunately, the Founders provided Americans with a guarantee that they would always have the means to resist such efforts. Perhaps Iowa will be the place where the occupiers will be reminded their right to speak and protest does not extend to suppressing the rights of their opponents or interfering with their liberties. And as a warning, I suggest we remind them of the following.