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May 31, 2012

Outrageous Comments From Nanny Bloomberg

It is always amusing to hear the explanations that advocates of less freedom for Americans give for their plans to limit our freedom. Take this absurdity from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who wants to make sure you cannot buy a sugar-sweetened drink of more than 16 oz. in his urban dictatorship.

Bloomberg told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell that his porposed ban would not limit the sale of soft drinks to individuals, but it would force many vendors to only sell small portions and force consumers to buy two small portions if they wanted more. The idea here is, you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you, said Bloomberg. If its a bigger container, you eat more. If somebody put it in a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.

Dont you love how he tries to argue that limiting your freedom to engage in a financial transaction for the purchase of a soft drink or coffee confection isnt really a limit at all? Oh, yeah, and the implicit admission that the next scheme is to limit how much food you can be served at a restaurant.

But then there is this bit of argumentation as well, the constant justification of every nicotine Nazi, food fascist and beverage brownshirt.

Its not perfect, its not the only answer, its not the only cause of people being overweight but weve got to do something, said Bloomberg. We have an obligation to warn you when things are not good for your health.

But the problem is that this isnt about warning people it is about limiting freedom of choice. And that justification weve got to do something is the basis for so much freedom-limiting mischief. No, you dont because not every problem has a government solution And, as this piece from Reasons Hit & Run points out, there is a tendency for those government solutions based upon the do something mantra to be irrational failures.

The New York Times has kindly provided this handy-dandy chart so New Yorkers and anyone unfortunate enough to find themself in Kim Jong-Bloombergs nanny state what is and is not permitted.

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No School On Muslim Holidays?

Heres a proposal from a Maryland school district.

Christmas and Easter fall during winter and spring breaks. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the two most religious holidays on the Jewish calendar, are granted off-days by Montgomery County Public Schools.

Montgomery County Councilman George Leventhal thinks two additional high holidays should be added to that list

Leventhal wrote to MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr and Board of Education President Shirley Brandman on May 23 urging the school system to provide two school closing days each school year in order for American Muslim members of our community to observe Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr, the two most significant holidays in the Muslim calendar, according to a report by Maryland Juice

Currently, the two holidays are designated as non-testing days for MCPS and Muslim students absences are excused.

There is only one question that needs to be asked here are there a sufficient number of Muslim students in the district to justify this policy? If there is a significant Muslim community in the district and there are a lot of kids missing school on those two days, then of course school should be closed on those days for operational and financial (average daily attendance figures into state and federal funding) reasons. On the other hand, if the numbers are low then keep the policy as it currently is.

And I want to point out that my answer has nothing to do with Islam. I teach in a school district where there are virtually now Jewish students, so we do not close our schools on Rosh Hasanah or Yom Kippur because there isnt an absenteeism problem. We also dont close for Muslim or Hindu holidays for similar reasons. And the issue does not simply revolve around religion I used to live in a particularly rural area where schools closed on the first day of deer season because middle and high school attendance would otherwise drop below 80% on that day. It really is a business decision and should be treated as such.





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Silliest Objection To Florida Voter Laws

This comes out of one of the articles cited in the previous post, but this objection raised to Floridas efforts to clean up its voter rolls is so out there that it needs to be highlighted and mocked in its own separate post.

[Florida Congressman and impeached federal judge Alcee] Hastings said the state was engaging in "voter suppression" and using a "back-door poll tax" by not sending a pre-stamped envelope to voters to mail back their proof of citizenship.

A postage stamp constitutes a poll tax? Really? I'm sure that Martin Luther King and the other martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement are rolling over in their graves at the sound of this dishonest and unethical race-monger comparing the cost of a postage stamp to taxes designed to keep blacks from voting. I'm not sure whether we should call such assertion by Hastings shameful or shameless.

But I'll admit to this -- Im just in awe of the Democrats ability to turn even the simplest requirement of personal responsibility into a massive violation of civil rights.





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Disingenuous Attack On Florida Voter Law

At first the story sounds really outrageous.

A 91-year-old who received a Bronze Star for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge was reportedly told he may not be an American citizen, in an apparent mix-up due to Floridas attempts to purge noncitizens from its voter rolls.

Bill Internicola received a letter this month stating that he had to prove he was a citizen or lose his right to vote, reports the Miami Herald.

Internicola, it appears, was caught up in Gov. Rick Scotts statewide attempt to clear noncitizens from voter registration rolls before the election this November.
The Broward County Board of Supervisors said in the letter to Internicola that it had obtained information from the State of Florida that you are not a United States citizen; however you are registered to vote.

Is it something nefarious? No, it isnt though you wouldnt know that from reading the Politico article cited above. After all, it leaves out a bit of information buried deep in the Miami Herald article it cites that probably explains why there is a problem in the first place.

Internicola admitted to one discrepancy in records. He says he was born in 1921, though he said his drivers license indicates 1919. The reason: in his youth he wanted to start driving early so I bent the truth a little bit.

What likely happened here? Id speculate that someone ran a cross-check on various records of vital statistics and voter rolls and found that there was no living US citizen named Bill Internicola born in 1919, raising a red flag. But that is not the fault of the state of Florida that is the fault of Bill Internicola, who admits he lied about his age to get his first drivers license when he was a kid and never corrected his false statement. It should not be a difficult thing to fix.

But why is this fact buried in the press? Easy because it destroys the narrative that the state of Florida and the EEEEEvil Republicans are disenfranchising people willy-nilly.





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Brief In SCOTUS Case Explicitly Makes Case That Affirmative Action Discriminates Based On Race

And this isnt a brief by the plaintiff or a conservative legal group or the KKK . It comes from organizations representing members of a racial minority Asian-Americans and a Jewish group. The brief, filed on behalf of was filed on behalf of the 80-20 National Asian-American Educational Foundation, the National Federation of Indian American Associations, the Indian American Forum for Political Education, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, explains things this way.

. The brief filed Tuesday on behalf of Asian-American groups Tuesday focused less on the Texas admissions policy than on the consideration of race generally in college admissions. Admission to the nations top universities and colleges is a zero-sum proposition. As aspiring applicants capable of graduating from these institutions outnumber available seats, the utilization of race as a plus factor for some inexorably applies race as a minus factor against those on the other side of the equation. Particularly hard-hit are Asian-American students, who demonstrate academic excellence at disproportionately high rates but often find the value of their work discounted on account of either their race, or nebulous criteria alluding to it, says the brief

And the brief is correct. At an academically selective institution like the University of Texas, there are a limited number of seats available and many applicants. If a student is admitted because of a racial preference, then another student is denied admission because he or she has been disfavored because of race. If we are to allow the government to grant benefits and burdens based upon race, then the Fourteenth Amendment is a dead letter and has been replaced with a racially discriminatory regime no less corrupt than that imposed by Democrats during the Jim Crow era.





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Hows That Obama Economy Working Out For You, America?

Instapundits post on newly released economic statistics really does say it all.

HOWS THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN OUT FOR YA? (CONTD): Jobless claims rise for 4th straight week.

Related: Economy in U.S. Expanded Less Than Previously Estimated. Gross domestic product climbed at a 1.9 percent annual rate from January through March, down from a 2.2 percent prior estimate, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The report also showed corporate profits rose at the slowest pace in more than three years and smaller wage gains at the end of 2011.

No further commentary needed.





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Did Obama Lie About Reason For Taxpayer Funded Hotel Stay During NATO Summit

It would appear he may have.

This is what he said just a couple of weeks ago about his high-end taxpayer-funded digs at an event in his hometown.

"The only other thing I'll say about this is, thank you to everybody who endured the traffic situation. Obviously, Chicago residents who had difficulties getting home or getting to work or what have you, you know, that's -- what can I tell you? That's part of the price of being a world city," President Obama said at a news conference at the NATO summit in Chicago.

"But this was a great showcase. And if it makes those folks feel any better, despite being 15 minutes away from my house, nobody would let me go home. I was thinking I would be able to sleep in my own bed tonight. They said I would cause even worse traffic so I ended up staying at a hotel, which contributes to the Chicago economy," Obama said on Monday afternoon.

However, the Fundraiser-In-Chief will be doing something different during his next trip to the Windy City.

President Barack Obama, who recently lamented that he couldnt sleep in his own bed during the NATO summit in Chicago, will have the chance Friday when he returns for three fundraisers.

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A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama will stay at his Kenwood home this Friday night. He is scheduled to leave town Saturday.

The difference between the two trips is obvious. Since this is a fundraiser, Obama or his campaign must pick up the tab for his housing. During the NATO summit, the accommodations were on Uncle Sams tab. I think that says it all.





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Presstitutes Vs. Prostitutes

Looks like the Associated Press asked that the competition banned from the neighborhood and headline hilarity ensued.

Associated Press Asks Police to Keep Prostitutes Away From D.C. Bureau
AP Demands 'Prostitution-Free Zone' In Front of Its DC Bureau
Associated Press to DC prostitutes: please leave

Of course, we all know the difference between a reporter and a hooker, dont we? One works in a soul-killing business that is based upon lies, and the other sells sex for money.





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Why Is This News?

Kim Kardashian mad about stolen items

Not that I'm not sympathetic, but why does a Kardashian get a headline for the same emotional reaction the rest of us have when we have items stolen from our luggage?





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May 30, 2012

That's A Feature, Not A Bug

Ed Schultz is afraid that this election will be a generational repudiation of the Democrats.

But it's pretty clear to me what's happening here. They are trying to set it up that if Mitt Romney gets elected, if Mitt Romney gets elected, there will never be a Democratic president again in the history of the United States. The future is just, this is the way it's going to be. There'll never be a Democratic president in our lifetime again.  And when I say in our lifetime, I'm talking about long, long, long, long, long time.

This is why Wisconsin's so important. The people of the country need to know that you can defeat it. And this in many respects is doing the country a favor, the way they're operating, the way they're lying, the way they're backing up the worst candidate, the worst governor in the country, his record's horrendous, and who he's a puppet to.

So that's why this is so important. They're trying to make it so Barack Obama doesn't get re-elected and no Democrat ever will be elected into the White House.

What a talking horse's patoot like Mr. Ed needs to realize is that our system will inevitably produce a second party reponsive to the needs of the American people if one of the major parties goes extinct. In 1820 there was only one presidential candidate, James Monroe. By 1824 you had a sharply divided Democrat Party give begin the process of splitting that culminated in the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828. Even the virtually uninterrupted string of GOP presidents from 1860 to 1932 (One term Two non-consecutive terms (thanks for the correction, Leif) for Grover Cleveland and two for Woodrow Wilson) didn't herald the demise of the two-party system. Indeed, America's political life was quite vibrant during that period.

But who knows -- just as the Whigs and the Free Soilers disappeared, perhaps the Democrat party will die an unlamented death and will be replaced with a party that is dedicated to American principles and a strong nation. And maybe that is what Schultz is afraid of.





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Mad Bomber Brett Kimberlin Gets Blogger Jailed For Blogging

I wrote on Friday about the many misdeeds of convicted domestic terrorist, drug dealer and perjurer Brett Kimberlin as he seeks to prevent Americans from discussing documented facts that are on the public record regarding his personal crime spree. Well, having so seriously injured a Vietnam vet that the man later took his own life (as determined by a court of law), Brett Kimberlin can now add the First Amendment to the US Constitution to his list of victims.

With all of the attention surrounding Brett Kimberlin, I attended Tuesdays hearing in his peace order vs. Aaron Walker in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County. In the end, the judge granted Kimberlins peace order, and Walker ended up leaving in handcuffs. (If you want to know why Kimberlin is a story, go here.)

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Heres what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlins first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted contact. The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested.

Got that? You can get someone arrested on a harassment rap just by setting up a Google Alert that goes to your own mailbox! As a result, you get an email when they write about you and you can claim that they are causing you distress. It is sort of akin to arguing that you were molested by the Playmate of the Month because you masturbated while looking at a Playboy when you were fourteen.

But it goes even further than that the judge bought the argument that because you publish an article or column (and what is a blog post but an article or column) that talks disparagingly about a convicted criminal who is abusing the legal system to suppress comment on his criminal past (and arguably present) and others pick up on your theme and write about the topic as well, you are even more guilty because of that Google Alert that your harasser has set up about himself. And even more arguably, the judge disregarded clear precedent that speech that is not intended to incite imminent lawless action is protected by the First Amendment, even if some listener then engages in illegal conduct that you did not encourage or intend. Under this theory, Aaron Walker was arrested and jailed because he wrote stuff about Brett Kimberlin and a relative handful of readers wrote Brett Kimberlin nasty (even threatening) emails meaning he was imprisoned for speech by others which he neither intended nor controlled.

What is particularly troubling is that Brett Kimberlin has a gang of minions who have a history of harassing those who oppose him Could these same individuals have written the emails in question on Kimberlins behalf? It certainly seems possible meaning that there may have been no real threats at all!





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Could Obama Polish Death Camp Comment Put Illinois In Play?

Heres what Obama said.

Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obamas reference earlier to a Polish death camp as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.

The White House will apologize for this outrageous error, Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will make a statement in the morning. Its a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.

The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear witness to the atrocities being committed against Jews. President Obama referred to him being smuggled into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself.

I cant help but remember that the Chicago metropolitan area has a huge Polish population. Could this gaffe alienate enough Poles to put the state of Illinois back in play in November, as Gerald Fords debate comment about Eastern Europe did in 1976?





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Some Interesting Questions On A Football Scholarship

Because of who it is going to.

Controversy was raised among the UCLA community Tuesday after a football scholarship was granted to the son of music mogul Sean P. Diddy Combs, who is reportedly worth half a billion dollars.

Justin Combs, a cornerback, has scored a free ride to UCLA on a football scholarship worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Im solidly committed to UCLA and excited to play for coach Mora, Combs said.
But with the cost of tuition tripling at the coveted U.C. school over the past ten years, some students are asking whether the son of someone worth so much, who got a six-figure car for his sixteenth birthday, should get a $54,000 scholarship.

UCLAs athletic department needs to consider the fact that perhaps there is another athlete on the football team, who could perhaps really use this scholarship, said UCLA student Neshemah Keetin.

On one level, the objection seems reasonable. After all, it isnt like the family is hurting for money. But if we delve a little deeper, is it really so reasonable?

Remember, football scholarships are not awarded based upon need they are awarded based upon talent. Does Justin Combs have the talent to merit the grant? If so, does his fathers wealth really have anything to do with whether or not he deserves the free ride?

And lets spin this one differently. If Justin Combs were instead getting an academic scholarship based upon his academic merit, would it be proper to strip him of it because of daddys wealth? And if you argue it is different, you ought to ask yourself how so. After all, both are based upon skills and merit, not need. Would you really advocate taking away a National Merit Scholarship or an award for having written a scholarly essay simply because the recipients family is loaded?

But I somehow think that perhaps what has folks up in arms is that Justin Combs is getting a football scholarship, not one based upon actual academic merit. If that is the case, the question that needs to be asked is not whether his wealth ought to be a disqualifier, but instead whether we ought to be awarding athletic scholarships at all since they have nothing whatsoever to do with actual being a scholar.

I will not, of course, seek to answer that question. There are arguments on both sides of the issue. Moreover, as a teacher I have been quite proud of former students who have gotten college educations they could never have afforded because they could play ball, not because their academic merit, and I refuse to impugn their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. But if ever there was a case that ought to lead us to ask the question, this one is certainly it.





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Obama Decisively Wins Texas Democrat Primary

With 88% of the total vote in the Democrat primary. No victory for the federal prisoner, the unknown lawyer, or "undecided" -- and no substantial minority for any of those other options.

That said, I think these numbers say a great deal.

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Yeah, that's right -- Republicans turned out for the primary at a 2-to-1 rate. That means that, to nobody's surprise, Barack Obama is going to get crushed in this state come November.





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May 29, 2012

Bob Shieffer Recognizes Something I've Long Said

Unfortunately, he owns up to it nearly a quarter century after he made the mistake that he now admits to.

I think one of the lessons that probably all of us recognize is that if you -- I wrote a book once about Ronald Reagan. It came out the month that he was, that George Bush was inaugurated. The book, I think, everything in the book is accurate, but it is not entirely true, because we didnt know at that time that the Soviet Union was going to fall in. I dont give Reagan credit, total credit, for that but certainly his policies had a part in it. I think you really run a risk when you start trying to judge a presidency too soon.

Schieffer, though, published his anti-Reagan book right as the former president was leaving office in 1989, meaning that the book was written even before Reagan's term was over.

The reality is that it takes a couple of decades to fairly assess a president in terms of long-term historical significance. To try to make that "big picture" judgement any earlier is to lack perspective and fall victim to both political passions and short-term assessments that may not be borne out over time. You can't have all the information about a presidency while it is going on, and it takes some time for the books and papers of the various players in an administration to enter the public domain in order to be added to the mix.

Now some may ask how I can reconcile that view with my repeated assessment of Barack Obama as a failure. That's easy -- based upon what I see right now and what the polls tell me about the views of the American people, I can easily make the political argument that Barack Obama has failed politically and in terms of short-term policy. On the other hand, I refrain from making any but the most tentative judgements about the long-term historical view of Obama's presidency, given that by definition I lack the needed distance from it to make those assessments. Call me in a couple of decades and we'll discuss that topic.





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May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

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Remembering the few
who gave so much
for so many.





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I'd Have To Say I'm Uncomfortable Calling Him A Patriot

Or his network pro-American.

Of course, this is MSNBC we are talking about.

CHRIS HAYES: Thinking today and observing Memorial Day, thatll be happening tomorrow. Just talked with Lt. Col. Steve Burke [sic, actually Beck], who was a casualty officer with the Marines and had to tell people [inaudible]. Um, I, I, ah, back sorry, um, I think its interesting because I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words heroes. Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word hero? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I dont want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone thats fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe Im wrong about that.

Of course, Chris Hayes did exactly what he claimed he wasn't trying to do -- disrespecting and desecrating the memories of every American who has ever died fighting on behalf of this country during what was supposed to be a feature paying tribute to them. That the network has not already taken disciplinary action against him is a sign of just where MSNBC (indeed, the entire NBC News division) actually stands with regard to American, American veterans, and those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of this country.





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Left-Wing Terrorists Terrorise Conservative CNN Contributor -- CNN Silent!

I imagine that there are a few of you out there who don't know who Erick Erickson is. He's the big boss over at RedState, and a contributor to CNN.

This weekend, he was also a target, apparently in response to his efforts to expose convicted perjurer, drug dealer and terrorist -- and left-wing activist -- Brett Kimberlin.

Here's his post on the matter.

Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasnt nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebodys radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriffs Department to be on the look out for something like this.

Now such attacks -- known as "SWATing" -- are designed to make the life of the target a living hell. Consider what happened to the site owner at Patterico's Pontifications, who suffered a much more frightening incident last summer. Ultimately, one of these incidents is going to get someone killed.

But here's what is shocking to me -- despite his connection to CNN and despite the fact that this is obviously an act of politically motivated terrorism, CNN itself has failed to report on the matter. Could you imagine the same sort of silence if the target had been Piers Morgan or one of the liberal voices that inhabit the network's programming? Me neither.

So two things need to happen here.

First, we need to contact CNN and urge them to report on this incident, so that the public becomes aware of what is being done to targeted conservatives. perhaps the news network might consider reporting on the whole cluster of issues involving convicted perjurer, drug dealer, and terrorist Bret Kimberlin.

Second, we need to contact the United States Department of Justice, demanding that there be an investigation into the efforts by Kimberlin and his allies to silence conservative voices who dare to make truthful statements about Kimberlin, his organizations, and the donors to those groups.

UPDATE: A bit more info from Erick Erickson about the incident.





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Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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May 25, 2012

Lets Look At This For A Moment

Forget whether you like the candidate or not isnt this offensive on a level that transcends politics?

Mitt Romney went to a black neighborhood in Philadelphia yesterday, reaching out to African-Americans and talking education. Here is part of the response he got.

A few dozen protesters met him with chants of Get out, Romney, get out!

Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived there for 50 years, said she is personally offended that Romney would visit her neighborhood.

Its not appreciated here, she said. It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.

Sorry the only garbage being spoken is that coming out of the mouth of Ms. Dunn.

This is America. Any American can go to any neighborhood in this country and speak freely on political issues. That Dunn (and others) would seek to suppress the message and keep it from being heard is offensive.

And you can bet what Ms. Dunn would say about a white woman making the same statement about Barack Obama appearing in her neighborhood. She would label such words offensive, racist, and un-American and be right on at least two of the three points.

And you know what is particularly pathetic about folks like Ms. Dunn? Folks like her regularly label Republicans as racist when we dont make an all out effort to get the votes of a constituency that regularly votes 95% Democrat. But when a Republican does make an effort to reach out to the black community appearing in a neighborhood to talk about an issue as crucial to the black community as education it is the Madaline G. Dunns of the world who take offense at the effort.

Rather reminds me of a certain race-baiter here in the Houston area who some years ago who said of a certain white politician (now talk radio host) you ghetto pass has been revoked, but who would have called down the fury of heaven and the federal government if he were told he was unwelcome in a white neighborhood. Such folks leave me in a quandary are they reprehensibly hypocritical or hypocritically reprehensible?

I applaud Mitt Romneys effort to reach out to the black community, because I believe that the GOP is the natural home of every American of any race who believes in freedom. On the other hand, folks like Madaline G. Dunn (an activist with a history of shilling for the Democrats) are quite welcome to continue to serve the interests of the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK.





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Prayers For Elton John

Ill admit it Im a big fan.

Elton John spent a day in a Los Angeles hospital for a "serious respiratory infection" that forced the premature end to the legendary singer's Las Vegas show.

John became ill last weekend while performing his show, "The Million Dollar Piano," at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, according to a statement on his website.

"This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest," the statement said.

The singer spent Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for "extensive tests" that resulted in a doctor's recommendation John take a week of rest and antibiotics to "cure his respiratory infection and prevent any damage."

Elton John has provided a huge chunk of the soundtrack of my life Id hate to see his voice silenced too soon.





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Dragon Docks With ISS!

Maybe the space program wont be quite so dead after all.

A U.S. commercial spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on Friday and history was made.

At 9:56 a.m. EDT, astronauts using a robotic arm on board the space station, grabbed hold of the unmanned Dragon cargo spacecraft. The arm is maneuvering the Dragon into a position where it will be attached to the outside of the orbiter around 4:30 p.m.

"Looks like we caught a Dragon by the tail," said astronaut Don Pettit after using the robotic arm to capture the Dragon capsule.

The cargo ship and the space station were both traveling more than 17,000 miles per hour and 251 miles above Australia when they rendezvoused.

Congratulations to all this is good news for America.





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Agreeing With Romney On A Point Of Educational Heresy

Im a teacher. I want what is best for my students. My goal is providing them with the best possible educational outcome. But I agree with Mitt Romney that this does not necessarily mean reducing class size.

Mitt Romney, who is spending this week promoting a plan for America's public school system, spent Thursday morning defending his stance that smaller class sizes don't necessarily equate with better learning in schools.

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Speaking of his time as governor of Massachusetts, Romney said he was frequently told that smaller class sizes would lead to better learning, but that certain studies advised otherwise.

"I came into office and talked to people and said, 'What can we do to improve our schools?'" Romney said at his Thursday event. "And a number of folks said we need smaller classroom sizes, that will make the biggest difference."

Romney went on to cite a study that showed no correlation between classroom size and performance, naming schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an example.

"The schools in the district with the smallest classroom sizes had students performing in the bottom 10%," Romney said. "Just getting smaller classrooms didn't seem to be the key."

Heres my two-cents as a high school teacher smaller class size does not necessarily do anything for educational performance. Ive had classes of more than thirty students where there has been great learning, and classes of fewer than fifteen where student success has been limited. Indeed, I can think of a year in which I had a class of 29 where the students did much better than the 17 kids in the next period.

Frankly, Ive discovered that a class size below twenty is just too small. Yes, I can give students in a class of thirteen twice as much face time as I can kids in a class of 26 but when it comes to class discussions and other group interaction, the small class size means that we may have a much more difficult time getting that intellectual spark that you need for a discussion to proceed where you want it to go. Ill concede that Ive never liked classes of more than thirty they do get to be problematic in a number of ways and would
discourage them.





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Brett Kimberlin -- Terrorist

Well, what else do you call a convicted bomber who has filed false criminal complaints against those who speak the truth about him, contacted their employers, and driven them from their homes? Sounds like he is trying to instill terror to me, via both warfare and lawfare.

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Yeah, Kimberlin was the Speedway Bomber back in the 1970s in Indiana. I remember the case from my high school days. Here's a great summary of his criminal history and his abuse of the legal system to punish those he believes to be his enemies.

As you can see, Brett Kimberlin is quite accurately described as a lying felon -- something adjudicated as fact in various courts of law and which therefore may be deemed to be a fact by one and all.

Over the last several months, a fellow blogger I greatly admire, Aaron Worthing, has been a particular target of Kimberlin's reign of terror, which has cost him and his wife their jobs. I can't even begin to do the story justice, so I encourage you to take the time to read the full sordid story about how Kimberlin has used the courts to harass Aaron and gotten both he and his wife fired by making their employment a security risk for their employer.

And then there is Robert Stacy McCain -- journalist extraordinaire and kin to the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. Threats against him and his family have forced them to flee the state of Maryland for their own safety.

And here's what he and his cronies have done to the blogger at Patterico's Pontifications, a Los Angeles prosecutor.

Unfortunately, Kimberlin is out of prison well before the total time to which he was sentenced on his numerous convictions. He now works running a liberal non-profit -- funded by Barbra Streisand, among others. I wonder -- does she know, or even care, that she is bankrolling a lying felon with a history of violence who is terrorizing those who dare to tell the truth about him?

In the end, though, this isn't about politics. I agree wholeheartedly with Ken from over at Popehat -- "in this country you should have the right to express yourself without a convicted domestic terrorist and his cronies harassing you with frivolous litigation and threats."

A great many bloggers have posted on Kimberlin and his activities in recent days. More will today, Friday May 25, because of a call for folks to stand in solidarity with those who have been the victims of Brett Kimberlin. That's why this post -- because we cannot and must not remain silent when the consequence is allowing a guy who wants to silence the truth to succeed in doing so. If we do, our freedom to speak has been crushed -- and patriotism means we must stand in this place to defend that freedom.





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May 24, 2012

Possible GOP VP Candidate Survives Aircraft Incident

Thank God all are well.

A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she and her husband were not injured when a small private airplane carrying them to Santa Fe landed without its gears down.

Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said in a statement that the Republican governor and her husband, Chuck Franco, were aboard a single-engine plane Wednesday night when the aircraft was forced to make a hard landing.

This could have been a tragedy. Fortunately it was not. I wish Gov. Martinez, her husband, the pilot, and the other passenger all the best.





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Religious Freedom Alert South Carolina Jailer Declares No Mass For Catholic Prisoners

You may think Im over-stating the case, but that is the practical effect of this policy decision.

For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. Bringing calm to inmates and jailers alike is considered essential to his mission.

That endeavor includes Communion, and for Catholics, wine is a necessary component.

But carrying wine into a facility where alcohol is labeled as contraband hasnt come without controversy. He has fought and won that battle before.

For 15 years, he has consumed 1 ounce of sacramental wine during Mass
without incident. Inmates partake only in the bread.

But this week he lost a fight.

Chief Deputy Mitch Lucas, the jails administrator, has told Lofton to replace the wine brought to the jail in a TSA-approved container designed for holy water with grape juice.

He booted the chaplain Tuesday after he refused to do so.

It is clear from this article that Lucas is not Catholic. While many Protestant denominations have no trouble with the use of grape juice for communion, Catholic sacramental theology and church law REQUIRES the use of wine.

Can. 924 1. The most holy eucharistic sacrifice must be offered with bread and with wine in which a little water must be mixed.

2. The bread must be only wheat and recently made so that there is no danger of spoiling.

3. The wine must be natural from the fruit of the vine and not spoiled.

Monsignor Lofton may can no more comply with Lynchs demand than he could with a demand that he use saltines instead of communion wafers. Doing so would be outside the boundaries of what may be used to celebrate a valid mass and would be considered sacrilegious as well.

Interestingly enough, Lynch could follow the practices of his own states Department of Corrections and avoid the entire problem.

Eucharist or Mass: The celebration of Mass is the central act of worship for Catholics. Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body and soul, in the bread and wine received in the Holy Communion. This sacrament requires wine (required by church law) and bread (hosts).

A priest/bishop (the only ones to celebrate Mass) will be allowed to bring in bread and wine for Mass. Since wine is otherwise considered contraband in the SCDC, the priest/bishop will bring in only the amount necessary to meet the needs of the celebrant(s). (NOTE: This is usually about an ounce or two, since communicants will receive only the host at Communion.)

When this service is scheduled, the chaplain will notify security to ensure that the priest has necessary clearance.

Other items allowed for this service include vestments, altar and linen cloths, chalice, paten, pyx (host container), crucifix, and other items. A quiet room with adequate space for the service will be provided. If requested and available, a piano and hymn books will be provided.

But it sounds like Lynch has another agenda evident in the fact that he lies about the monsignors previous practice and chose not to follow what is a standard guideline in correctional facilities in his state and around the country. Hopefully he will come to his senses or be replaced before this becomes a major civil liberties case that costs the taxpayers a great deal of money.





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Obama Announces Five Year Plan

And insists he needs five more years to finish the bang-up job hes done on the economy.

President Barack Obama told an intimate crowd gathered at the family estate of the heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune that he has started to steer the ship in the right direction. Weve set a path and a target," he said, "and a direction where this is again a country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules.

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We may not even finish it in five years, Obama told roughly 70 supporters at the $35,800 per head dinner. But I certainly need five more years to get us locked in on where we need to go.

The Obama announcement stands among the many five year plans of history.

First Plan, 19281933

During this period, Stalin pursued the policy of "collectivization" in agriculture to facilitate the process of rapid industrialization; this involved the creation of collective farms in which peasants worked cooperatively on the same land with the same equipment. This was intended to improve the efficiency of agriculture and eliminate the "kulak" class of landowners, which was deemed hostile to the Soviet regime, while improving the position of poor peasants. The disruption
and repression associated with collectivization was a primary cause of the famine of 1932, which resulted in millions of deaths.

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Second Plan, 19331937

The government's heavy handed running of the country continued and the agriculture revival was rather unsuccessful because almost all of the farmers had already been evicted, imprisoned or murdered as the political persecutions shifted into high gear, starting the era of The Great Purge. The Second Five-Year Plan was the start of the deterioration in the standard of living because the focus of "planners' preferences" replaced consumer preferences in the country's economy, with the move to focus on military goods and heavy industry, the economy suffered. This resulted in a much lower quality and
quantity of available consumer goods.

Personally, I hope for better for America.





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How Bad? Real Bad

That is Obamas economic track record, which consists of the thirty worst months economically in the last quarter century.

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Over the past quarter of a century (a total of 300 months), dating back to May 1987 and the Reagan administration, here are the 30 worst months (that is, the bottom 10 percent) for the employment-population ratio, along with the president who happened to be in office at that particular time (scroll down to the see the list):

1. (tie) July 2011, 58.2 percent, President Barack Obama
1. (tie) June 2011, 58.2 percent, Obama
1. (tie) November 2010, 58.2 percent, Obama
1. (tie) December 2009, 58.2 percent, Obama
5. (tie) August 2011, 58.3 percent, Obama
5. (tie) December 2010, 58.3 percent, Obama
5. (tie) October 2010, 58.3 percent, Obama
8. (tie) April 2012, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) October 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) September 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) May 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) April 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) February 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
8. (tie) January 2011, 58.4 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2012, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) January 2012, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) December 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) November 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2011, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) September 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) August 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) July 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) June 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) March 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) February 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) January 2010, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) November 2009, 58.5 percent, Obama
15. (tie) October 2009, 58.5 percent, Obama
29. February 2012, 58.6 percent, Obama
30. (tie) May 2010, 58.7 percent, Obama
30. (tie) April 2010, 58.7 percent, Obama
30. (tie) September 2009, 58.7 percent, Obama

Now remember according to standard economic definitions, the recovery began in June, 2009. All of these bad employment months come after that date. So how can Obama really claim that his programs and policies are working?





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School Mandates Arabic? I Say Hurrah!

No doubt that shocks many readers of my blog who know I have some serious issues with Islam and those who commit terrorism in the name of that faith. But this program at a New York school seems like a reasonable one to me.

An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.

Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.

One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.

She proposed this to the parent association. They were very supportive, said Angela Jackson, CEO of the Global Language Project, which is backing the initiative.

Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language, she said, citing students future career trajectories.

It means they can spin the globe and decide where they want to work and live.

Well, that last statement may be a bit hyperbolic, but I think the principals heart and mind are both in the right place.

There is no shortage of Spanish speakers in this country and many of our students already enter school knowing that language anyway.

French is no longer the international language it once was, and German and Italian just are not that important.

Latin is wonderful, but it is a dead language.

What languages do we need to have our children learning for the international marketplace? Arabic, for sure, along with Mandarin and Japanese.

Several years ago, one of my students decided to learn Arabic on his own. He got some help from a Muslim classmate. He served in the military, where he honed those language skills before he was discharged with a combat-related disability. He now works for a major oil company, using those same language skills and making great money. Frankly, I wish a few more had his initiative.

And let me say it for the record reactions like this one are so absurdly ignorant that they merit no further comment.





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Bathroom Vanities And Fixtures

We had to redo our house after the hurricane in 2008. I wish I had known about this site when we were replacing the bathroom vanity and fixtures in our bathrooms. They have some great looking stuff.





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May 23, 2012

New York Legislation Would Ban Federalist Papers If Written Today

You think that is an overstatement? Think again heres a proposed law in New York State.

Proposed legislation in both chambers would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post. No votes on the measures have been taken. But unless the First Amendment is repealed, they stand no chance of surviving any constitutional scrutiny even if they were approved.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said the legislation would cut down on mean-spirited and baseless political attacks and turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.

Last time I checked, the First Amendment does not limit itself to nice speech. Indeed, nice speech doesnt need constitutional protection because nobody wants to ban it. And one entrenched politicians baseless political attack is a grass-roots challengers or disgruntled citizens legitimate political criticism.

The short answer vote out anyone who introduces, co-sponsors, or votes for such legislation.





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Where Are The Feminists?

You know, when a woman is portrayed in a sexually degrading way for the crime of publicly expressing her own beliefs? No, I dont mean Sandra Fluke I mean political commentator S.E. Cupp. Ill give you the full story over at The Blaze, but wont actually show you the pornographic photoshop they have published of her.

Id say this is definitely a part of the War on Women that the Left has been conducting on conservative women for my entire adult life, which I referenced in an earlier post about the beating of an effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley..

Good thing that DeWitt is female, or this film of her beating the Haley piata would be the latest exhibit in the War On Women. Or maybe not since Haley is a conservative, she may not count as a woman. That is what the Left tells us about Sarah Palin as she is degraded and dehumanized by their heroes like Obama mega-donor Bill Maher. Thats what we heard about Condi Rice during the Bush years. Heck, I can even remember the head of NOW stating that the mere fact that UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick had a vagina did not make her a woman, since her politics were wrong.

And so, since Cupp is a conservative woman, dont expect an altered picture of her doing the Lewinsky to provoke any outrage from the feminist crowd.





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I Guess The Era of Political Civility Is Over

Remember last year, when Sarah Palin was declared guilty of inciting an assassination attempt because she put targets on a map to signify the congressional races she and her supporters were going to focus on? Well, what do you call this sort of activity by an Obama-supporting union leader?

Thats South Carolina AFL-CIO president Donna DeWitt beating and battering an effigy of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The union posted the video for all to see, clearly indicating that they believe that assault upon a public official is a perfectly acceptable course of action if you disagree with that officials policies.

Good thing that DeWitt is female, or this film of her beating the Haley piata would be the latest exhibit in the War On Women. Or maybe not since Haley is a conservative, she may not count as a woman. That is what the Left tells us about Sarah Palin as she is degraded and dehumanized by their heroes like Obama mega-donor Bill Maher. Thats what we heard about Condi Rice during the Bush years. Heck, I can even remember the head of NOW stating that the mere fact that UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick had a vagina did not make her a woman, since her politics were wrong.

But I will note that we have the white DeWitt beating an effigy of the Asian-American Haley. That would be fodder for claims of racism if the political ideologies were reversed but since Haley is a Republican, the Left thinks she deserves it. Of course, if a conservative group were to do something similar to an effigy of Obama, there would be Hell to pay as the race-mongers made loud arguments (with wall-to-wall media coverage) that this was proof of conservative racism. And heaven forbid that the group used Obamas picture for target practice instead the Secret Service would be called away from
brothels nationwide and around the world to investigate.

But making a sport about beating an effigy of a female minority elected official who is a Republican? No big deal.

Well, until we conservative bloggers got their hands on the video and raised a ruckus then the national AFL-CIO tried to suppress the video. But the violent union thug makes it clear that she is not sorry and does not view her actions as inappropriate.

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Pakistan Proves It Is Not An Ally In The War On Terror

This man deserves a medal, not a prison sentence.

A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, television channels and a local government official said.

The official said Shakil Afridi was charged with treason for running a fake vaccination campaign that helped the American intelligence agency track bin Laden in a Pakistani town, where he was killed in a US special forces raid.

Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Islamabad, said that Afridi was very well known as a doctor in the Khyber area. "He was picked up about two weeks after the bin Laden operation on suspicion of assisting Americans," he said.

Send in Seal Team 6 to extract Shakil Afridi. Id suggest bombing Pakistan back to the Stone Age, but the Pakistanis have already managed to take their Third World mud hole back there all by themselves.





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Democrat Discontent With Failure-In-Chief

We saw it a while back when a federal inmate took 40% of the vote in West Virginia. Now we see it again in two more states.

President Obama won his 34th and 35th consecutive Democratic primary contests on Tuesday night, claiming victories in Arkansas and Kentucky.

But his margin was surprisingly small in Arkansas a state in which he was opposed by Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe, who had previously been on the presidential primary ballot in Louisiana, Missouri and New Hampshire and will be on the ballot in Texas next week. Wolfe has also run unsuccessfully for Congress four times.

With 61 percent of precincts reporting in Arkansas, Obama took 60 percent to 40 percent for Wolfe. In Kentucky, with nearly all precincts reporting, 42.1 percent of Democratic primary voters opted for uncommitted rather than backing the president, who received 57.9 percent.

Got that an incumbent president with no significant challengers is barely able to break 60% in three states including one where there was no challenger on the ballot? That tells us a lot about how weak a candidate Barack Obama really is a weakness that is directly related to the utter failure of his policies in reviving the economy.

Unless, of course, you are part of the Democrat-Media establishment.

Then the cause is obviously not Obamas failure as president it is RA-A-A-A-A-CISM!





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May 22, 2012

Another Irrelevant Romney Article

This one an attack on Ann Romney and her horse hobby.

It was the end of a long day in a stuffy Simi Valley office building. Ann Romney had been under oath for more than four hours, testifying in a sometimes contentious deposition about a pricey horse she sold that may or may not have been afflicted with a condition that made him unrideable.

Oh, yeah Ann Romney was ultimately dropped from the suit, so there is really no story, besides she got testy during her deposition. And anyone who has ever been deposed has certainly gotten testy during such a proceeding.

But the story then goes into all sorts of exquisite detail about the nature of Mrs. Romneys hobby and its cost. Personally, I know competitive horse events are expensive my high school age niece rides and has won a number of awards over the years. But is the story relevant especially given the reluctance of the media to look into the biography and associations of Barack Obama who is, unlike Ann Romney, an office holder and a candidate.

So lets get an investigation into Obamas college years and transcripts. Lets get media coverage of his terrorist associations both domestic and foreign. Lets get some stories about the connection between the election of Obama to the Senate and Michelle Obamas subsequent pay raise.

After all the American public has a right to know about both sides dirty laundry, doesnt it?





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Another Reason Ill Vote For Romney

Solidarity.

Mitt Romney: Sci-fi fan




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The Lie About The Modern GOP

One of the great political canards of the modern age is the claim that the GOP only became ascendant in the South by adopting racist, segregationist tactics. Such claims are untrue, but have become a truism on the Left, in academia, and among the MSM (which are three ways of saying the same thing). That the claim is untrue doesnt matter it is still repeated as if it were Sacred Writ.

But there is a great article at National Review Online that puts the lie to this calumny against the GOP. It includes observations about political developments in the decades that followed the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (with overwhelming GOP support, but not nearly so much Democrat support).

If the parties had in some meaningful way flipped on civil rights, one would expect that to show up in the electoral results in the years following the Democrats 1964 about-face on the issue. Nothing of the sort happened: Of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the 1964 act, only one would ever change parties. Nor did the segregationist constituencies that elected these Democrats throw them out in favor of Republicans: The remaining 20 continued to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by Democrats. It was, on average, nearly a quarter of a century before those seats went Republican. If southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil-rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so. They say things move slower in the South but not that slow.

Republicans did begin to win some southern House seats, and in many cases segregationist Democrats were thrown out by southern voters in favor of civil-rights Republicans. One of the loudest Democratic segregationists in the House was Texass John Dowdy, a bitter and buffoonish opponent of the 1964 reforms, which he declared would set up a despot in the attorney generals office with a large corps of enforcers under him; and his will and his oppressive action would be brought to bear upon citizens, just as Hitlers minions coerced and subjugated the German people. I would say this I believe this would be agreed to by most people: that, if we had a Hitler in the United States, the first thing he would want would be a bill of this nature. (Who says political rhetoric has been debased in the past 40 years?) Dowdy was thrown out in 1966 in favor of a Republican with a very respectable record on civil rights, a little-known figure by the name of George H. W. Bush.

It was in fact not until 1995 that Republicans represented a majority of the southern congressional delegation and they had hardly spent the Reagan years campaigning on the resurrection of Jim Crow.

In other words, the statistics show that it was not an appeal to racist white southern voters that caused a switch in the aftermath of the passage of that landmark bill. Those opposed to the legislation overwhelmingly remained Democrats Democrat leaders, in fact for the next couple of decades. The change in party alignment was a gradual one, not powered by opposition to civil rights. Indeed, the racist Democrat leadership didnt convert to being Republicans they died off or were overwhelmed by pro-civil rights Republicans who moved into the region over the next three decades. It is an inconvenient truth that Democrats dont want you to know.

Why then does the myth persist? Id argue that the answer is an easy one because the definition of civil rights has changed over the years. When I was a child in the 1960s, the civil rights movement was about treating each individual equally, without regard to race. Today, civil rights leaders demand that the government be race conscious and impose the same sort of racial discrimination that existed prior to 1964 except in reverse, to punish whites because of the color of their skin. So much for the notion that we all should be judged by our individual dignity, our personal abilities, and the content of our character.

So take the time to read Kevin Williamsons article. Its important. Be sure to pass it on.





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Latter-Day Brownshirts Beat Down Those Whose Speech They Oppose In Chicago

One of the hallmarks of the American Republic is the value which we put upon the right of folks to engage in speech in a peaceful manner. We consider it so important that those who ratified the Constitution insisted that it be enshrined in the document as part of a Bill of Rights that many of the state ratifying conventions insisted be added as soon as possible.

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

And while the limits of the First Amendment apply to the acts of government, not of private individuals, we as Americans generally accept that respect for the values found therein apply to us all, and we therefore recognize the right of even those with reprehensible views to gather and to speak provided they do so in a peaceful manner.

Which is why this story out of the Chicago area is so troubling.

t was the middle of the lunch rush Saturday, and Mike Winston was working in the kitchen of his Tinley Park restaurant, the Ashford House, when a waitress screamed a fight had broken out in the dining room.

Police call the melee at the restaurant a targeted assault by a mob that Winston said wielded metal batons and hammers. Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and three of those were hospitalized.

Tinley Park police had five suspected assailants in custody, and Winston said 18 young men, all wearing hooded jackets and obscuring their faces with scarves and other coverings, stormed into the restaurant.

They came running in the door single file, said Winston, who owns Ashford House, 7959 W. 159th St., and the adjacent Winstons Market.

Winston, and police, said the men knew who their targets were, and that the attack wasnt a random act of violence. Winston said the mob targeted a group of 20 diners, all of whom were from out of state.

Now who were these diners? Well, apparently they were some folks with views that are pretty offensive to most Americans.

The melee at a Tinley Park restaurant Saturday appears to have been the work of radical protesters who wanted to attack a gathering of alleged white supremacists, the mayor and a law enforcement source said.

Ten people were injured at the Ashford House Restaurant on 159th Street after 15 to 18 young people, wearing hooded black jackets and wielding bats and hammers, burst inside and attacked another group of 12 to 15 people who were meeting there, officials said.

Now let's assume for a moment that the group that was attacked held reprehensible views, as alleged by the group that organized the attack upon them. So what? Under our system of laws and our Constitution, they still have a right to assemble in a peaceful fashion and to speak. Those opposed to their message equally have a right to speak out against them, assembling in a peaceful manner to do so. But they do not have any right -- legal or moral -- to engage in a violent assault upon the group they oppose in order to interfere with their constitutionally guaranteed rights -- that is unAmerican.

I think the best comment I've seen comes from the shortest blog post I've seen on the subject, written by one of my very good blogging buddies over at the Glittering Eye.

My only comment about this story. . . is that if we have reached the point where we attack beliefs, even offensive or reprehensible beliefs, with bats and hammers, civil order has already broken down.

By the way, the proof that the attackers, the so-called "Anti-Racist Action Group" isn't really against racism is that they haven't taken a hammer to this guy -- and because the group's website proclaims that they only oppose white racists. Which makes the "Anti-Racist Action Group" a racist group which ought to turn its batons upon its own members. At a minimum, I hope that the individuals who participated in this attack are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to long stretches in prison for their crimes against the US Constitution.





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May 21, 2012

Ill Give The Man Credit

I dont like Marion Barry. He is an embarrassment to the people of Washington DC who keep electing him to office and to the rest of the country.

That said, I appreciate that he is capable of admitting he was wrong when he attacked hospitals for hiring nurses from the Philippines.

Hospitalized in Las Vegas with a blood clot this weekend, D.C. councilmember Marion Barry made a point to tweet his thanks to the kind professional Filipino staff and took back his earlier criticism of D.C. hospitals for hiring Filipino nurses.

Got a blood clot while waiting on plane in Memphis, Barry posted to Twitter Sunday night. Taking blood thiner. I thank God it was caught. #thankGodALLthetime

He added, I also thank outstanding medical staff, incl. kind professional Filipino staff. I stand corrected; I truly didnt mean 2 hurt or offend.


Heres hoping that Barry has a full and speedy recovery and that this experience may cause him to tone down some of his more offensive rhetoric.





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WaPo Dredging Up Historical Crap To Tar Romney

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947. One would hope that reasonable people would not hold against him anything that happened before that date (or at least before his conception some nine months earlier). But reasonable people are not employed at the Washington Post, as is exemplified by this article.

CARROLLTON, Ark. On the wildflower-studded slopes of the Ozarks, where memories run long and family ties run thick, a little-known and long-ago chapter of history still simmers.

On Sept. 11, 1857, a wagon train from this part of Arkansas met with a gruesome fate in Utah, where most of the travelers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in an episode known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Hundreds of the victims descendants still populate these hills and commemorate the killings, which they have come to call the first 9/11.

Yeah, thats right the Washington Post wants to tie Mitt Romney to an event that took place some ninety years before his birth. That is absurd, illogical, and indicative of a level of bigotry not seen since the 1960 anti-Catholic campaign against John F. Kennedy.

And the particular absurdity and irrelevance of running a story about the incident and its connection to the county in Arkansas is found in the fifth paragraph.

And yet, there is scant evidence that Romneys religion is making much difference in how voters here are thinking about the presidential election and whether they are willing to back the former Massachusetts governor.

In other words, the event that took place nearly a century before Romneys birth is having no impact upon whether or not people in a county with a particular anti-Mormon outlook are going to vote for him. So why devote the space in the newspaper to this irrelevancy? Quite obviously, it is to try to drag down Mitt Romney, the guy who increasingly looks prepared to beat the Posts favored candidate, Barack Obama even if it means relying on the sort of bigoted attack on a candidates faith unseen since before my birth.





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Professional Malpractice By South North Carolina Social Studies Teacher

It is no secret that I am a political partisan. It is also no secret that I am a social studies teacher. That said, I go to great lengths to keep my politics out of my classroom. How successful am I? Four years ago I taught a lesson on the two major presidential candidates a few days before the election. I refused to tell my students who I was going to vote for -- and had them write down who they thought I would vote for. The results were surprising, even to me -- the students split almost evenly in whether I would vote for Obama or McCain, with a significant minority being unsure. I call that fairness and balance.

And then there is this teacher in South North Carolina, who uses her room for political indoctrination and engages in bullying of students who dare to disagree.

It begins with a classroom conversation about a recent news story detailing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney allegedly bullying a classmate in prep school. It turns into a heated, sometimes confrontational debate.

One student asks, Didnt Obama bully someone though?

The teacher responds: Not to my knowledge.

In response to the Romney story, conservatives have recently been pointing to a passage in Obamas book, Dreams from My Father, in which the president writes that while in grade school he shoved a little girl, the only other black student in his grade, after other students called him her boyfriend.

When the student tells the teacher that Obama admitted to bullying a girl in school, the teacher goes on the defensive.

Stop, no, because there is no comparison, she says. Romney, she says, is running for president. Obama is the president.

When the student says theyre both just men, the teacher continues to argue that Romney, as a candidate for president, is not to be afforded the same respect as the president.

The teacher tells the class Obama is due the respect that every other president is due.

Listen, let me tell you something, you will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom, she says.

The student replies that hell say what he wants.

Not about him you wont, the teacher says.

Later in the conversation, the teacher tells the class its criminal to slander a president.

Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush? she says of former President Bush. Do you realize you are not supposed to slander the president?

The student responds by saying being arrested for talking badly about the president would violate the right to free speech.

You would have to say some pretty fd up crap about him to be arrested, he says. They cannot take away your right to have your opinion. They cant take that away unless you threaten the president.

This is a teacher whose job includes teaching students about the rights they have under the constitution. She clearly does not know what they are. Her attack on a student who would dare be critical of the president is also beyond the pale.

And no, nobody was arrested for saying bad things about George W. Bush. In fact, those who did so became cultural heroes -- don't you remember that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" and that Cindy Sheehan was treated as some sort of demigod by those opposed to Bush and his policies?

Tanya Dixon-Neeley needs to be fired from her job in South North Carolina. Then she can take the position currently available as a social studies teacher at Kim Jong-Il High School in the North Korea independent School District, where her rant about it being illegal to criticize Dear Leader would be accurate.

UPDATE -- As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

A teacher at a Rowan County school has been suspended after getting national attention for a YouTube video video that surfaced last week showing her yelling at her students, saying its wrong to criticize the president.

Unfortunately, it is with pay. But that isn't a bad thing -- any investigation of a teacher misconduct always begins with a suspension with pay pending a fuller investigation. I would not be surprised to see further personnel action taken -- which could include a suspension without pay or termination.

And let me be clear -- I do not want this woman fired because of her politics. As a teacher who publicly expresses political opinions on this blog (and some controversial ones at that) and who has been targeted by local Leftists for doing so, I want to see this woman's First Amendment rights protected and respected. My objection is her obvious lack of competence in her teaching field and her abuse of a student for daring to make truthful statements as part of a class discussion.





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May 20, 2012

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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May 18, 2012

A Positive Development On "Pledges"

I'm generally against tax increases and in favor of tax cuts. That said, I can certainly envision situations in which I might support a particular tax increase -- and can certainly see where ending certain tax deductions or closing certain loopholes might be a good thing. For example, I see no reason to cap the dollar amount of income subject to Social Security taxes, and could envision supporting such a change in the law in that regard if we are going to keep the system going. I therefore would never sign the "pledge" circulated by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform -- which he and his group treat as a blood oath binding for the rest of one's life. That notion that he and his group should be the arbiters of conservatism is laughable.

Norquist argues that members who sign the pledge do so with the understanding its a promise to constituents, not to him or Americans for Tax Reform. He said they also should understand the pledge is effective for the entire time they are in office.

That's why I am so proud of certain of our conservative Republican freshmen members of Congress who are backing away from Norquist, his group, and the pledge.

A small but increasingly vocal group of freshman Republicans are publicly rejecting the idea they are beholden to Grover Norquists Americans for Tax Reform pledge for their entire congressional careers.

One such member, Scott Rigell of Virginia, has openly rejected the pledge, explaining on his website that it would prevent Congress in some cases from eliminating corporate loopholes or government subsidies because those changes would have to be revenue-neutral. The math, he said, just doesnt make sense.

And Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) told the Los Angeles Times he wouldnt be signing the pledge again or any pledge for that matter not because he wants to raise taxes but because he wants to close certain loopholes to help pay down the deficit.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) scoffed at the idea the pledge was some sort of blood oath. A number of other offices of freshman members told POLITICO their bosses had sworn oaths to do what was best for their districts, not Americans for Tax Reform.

I signed that thing in the desert of Afghanistan, West said in an interview. I got home and they wanted me to sign again during my campaign, and I wouldnt, and Grover started yelling at my campaign manager. Grover is a nice guy, but I think hes a little misguided.

I dont care if he has my name on his website, its meaningless, West added. I think my voting record speaks for itself.

All of them make excellent cases for telling Norquist to take a hike, and I admire them for doing so. Norquist is a bully -- and too closely associated with pro-jihad Islamists for any true patriot to associate with.





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Lenovo Speakers

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May 17, 2012

Let's Not Make Jeremiah Wright A 2012 Issue -- Unless...

When I heard about plans by some to raise Rev. Wright as an issue this year, I was taken aback. Why raise an issue that seems to have had the air let out of it four years ago. The racist reverend ended up not getting much traction with swing voters.

And so I agree with Mitt Romney's decision to call for supporters not to run adds featunig Wright and his church.

Because I think it is the right move for a guy whose religion has been repeatedly attacked from the Left and who made a serious address about religious freedom in 2007.

However, that agreement comes with a proviso -- Rev. Wright and Obama's connection to him remains off limits.

But only so long as the Obama campaign and its surrogates refrain from attacks on Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and the LDS Church.

if they don't, I have the perfect sort of ad for the Romney campaign or some independent expenditure group to let fly.

Here's a bit of a storyboard for you.

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When the Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution in 1787, they decreed that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

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In 1960, America lived up to that promise when it elected John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Catholic, as President of the United States.

MIXED IMAGES OF ANTI-MORMON HEADLINES AND VIDEO

Sadly, some today would reject the notion that Americans should not be disqualified from office because of their religious faith. They would have you reject Mitt Romney because he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- a Mormon.

Such efforts are an attack upon the freedom of every American of every faith, and the hopes and dreams of every American child that they can grow up to honor both God and country. Instead they would replace the promise of religious equality enshrined in our nation's Constitution with another view.


And instead of a man whose church teaches that God blesses America, they insist that you reject the promise of our Constitution and accept the view of a faith and church they consider mainstream.

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Better that we hold Rev. Wright in reserve against the onslaught of anti-Mormon bigotry than play that wildcard now.





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#WarOnWomen Video From Susan B. Anthony List

A great video that reminds Americans that women have diverse views on a variety of policy issues -- and that liberal politicians and advocacy groups don't get to define what are the only acceptable political positions for women. After all, aren't they for "freedom of choice" for women?





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May 16, 2012

What Does The Physical Evidence In The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case Tell Us?

As the evidence begins trickling out as a result of Floridas discovery laws, we are getting some very interesting bits of information.

First theres this.

A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation.

Now unless one wants to argue that Zimmerman was in another fight, that Zimmerman caused the injuries himself, or that the police beat Zimmerman while he was in custody, the only possible conclusion is that the injuries were sustained at the hands of Trayvon Martin before Zimmerman shot him. And that is consistent with another piece of evidence.

WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.

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WFTV has learned that the medical examiner found two injuries on Martins body: The fatal gunshot wound and broken skin on his knuckles.

What interests me here is what the medical examiner found when he examined the wounds. Were they scrapes caused by pavement? Did they contain blood or tissue from Zimmerman? In other words, were they caused by an altercation of by Martins body hitting the ground?

Frankly, I find myself agreeing with CBS legal analyst Jack Ford on this one.

"This now allows the defense to show up in the courtroom, let George Zimmerman tell his story and bring in a medical expert that says, 'Black and blue under the eyes, broken nose, cut on the back of the head,'" said Ford, "and the defense can argue that's consistent with George Zimmerman being attacked by Trayvon Martin, and then the Stand Your Ground defense comes into play."

Ford does speculate that the prosecution could make an argument that Trayvon martin was in a struggle for his life when attacked by Zimmerman, but I dont think that one will hold water. After all, there were apparently only two injuries on Martins body the knuckles and the gunshot while Zimmerman had apparently had the crap beat out of him. By themselves, these facts lead to the more reasonable conclusion that Martin was the aggressor and Zimmerman believed he was in danger of death or serious injury at Martins hands. In that case, a finding of self-defense would be appropriate, without any reference to Floridas Stand Your Ground law that has been so criticized since the shooting.

Of course, the Martin familys mouthpiece is trying to spin the evidence that thoroughly contradicts the narrative the family and its race-mongering supporters have tried to concoct with doctored tapes and threats of lynching.

[Trayvon Martin] was fighting for his life. Lets not forget that Trayvon Martin was fighting a man with a 9-millimeter gun. We also have to remember that he didnt start this fight. George Zimmerman got out his car and pursued Trayvon Martin.

Except, of course, theres no evidence that George Zimmerman touched Trayvon Martin anyplace other than his knuckles with anything other than his face, and there is no evidence that Zimmermans legal gun was anywhere but concealed in its holster whenever the altercation started, so there is no way Martin could have known about the weapon when the altercation began and that getting out of your car in the neighborhood where you live and asking a stranger who they are and why they are there is not a threat or an assault.

At bare minimum, this new evidence should muddy the water sufficiently that proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt becomes impossible in a second degree murder case and possibly for any sort of homicide charge. As a result, I stand with this observation from the professional prosecutor who runs Pattericos Pontifications.

My bold prediction: this guy does not get convicted of murder.

Im not gloating when I say that Im just looking at the evidence as it stands. And I stand firm in my initial observation that what we should be seeking is justice not only for Trayvon martin, but also for George Zimmerman and that justice does not necessarily mean that Zimmerman is convicted of anything as a result of this tragedy.





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Houston Police Department Sought To Silence Black Pastors

The effort has failed, as some 150 local ministers refused to surrender their right to criticize the police department or the mayor as a condition of being permitted to work with the police in improving relations with the minority community.

A three-decades-old partnership between the city's black ministers and the Houston Police Department has ended after pastors refused to agree to new guidelines issued by Chief Charles McClelland that prohibits them from criticizing the police or city administration.

The ACLU and longtime civil rights activists blasted the prohibition against criticism by clergy who volunteer with the department.

McClelland changed the organization of HPD's religious volunteers by forming a group called the Police and Clergy Alliance (PACA). He issued guidelines governing the new alliance that took effect April 26.

Last week, an estimated 100 to 150 black ministers who are members of the Houston Ministers Against Crime turned in their HPD-issued credentials, saying they would no longer work with police, the pastor's group director confirmed.

The ministers, you see, have been quite vocal about police brutality (such as in this case that got a not guilty verdict today) and about gay issues, including some public criticism of Mayor Annise Parker. And you just cant have that. What they want are pro-cop, pro-city mouthpieces who wont speak out when they see injustice occur or believe the Gospel needs to be preached in a way that might be inconvenient for the mayor.





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Houston Chronicle Tells Us Who Should Not Be Republican Senate Nominee

Of course, they frame this as an endorsement, but for any real conservative this explains why you should look elsewhere.

The Republican primary has drawn no less than nine candidates for the open Senate seat, with four rated as likely contenders: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz; former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert; and broadcaster and former football star Craig James.

Of the four, our endorsement goes to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, with a nod of acknowledgment to Leppert's well-conceived candidacy.

Cruz, a serious thinker, and James, a likable personality, do not exhibit the inclination to operate within the traditional Washington system of respectful give and take that has been noticeably absent in recent years.

Got that the establishment press wants David Dewhurst and accept Tom Leppert, a pair of go-along-to-get-along politicians who will give in to the Democrats and special interests that the editorial staff. Weve seen that in each over the years, and have no reason to expect better in the future.

On the other hand, the Chronicle has made it clear that what it does not want is a serious thinker like Ted Cruz an expert on the Constitution who has a history of standing firm for principles the Chronicle doesnt support.

So ask yourself do you want a compromiser, or a conservative? Then youre your conservative principles accordingly.





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And Became A Star In The Process

I have a hard time taking this complaint seriously.

Stylish Jessica Alba felt objectified as a young actress after she was typecast as a sexy, tough action girl.

Albas big breakthrough came after she landed the lead role in James Camerons science fiction TV show Dark Angel, and she donned a series of sexy outfits for the show, which ended in 2002.

The actress loved her years in the series, but admits it took her a long time to shed her image from sex icon to style queen.

Oh poor baby. You took a part that was based upon your oozing sexual signals even while being kick-ass tough. Thats like a Hooters waitress complaining that the skimpy outfits objectify her DUH!

And for the record thats why I dont eat at Hooters and didnt watch Dark Angel.





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Asking The Wrong Question

But it points to the liberal bias of both network news and the rest of the media elite.

NBC News anchor Brian Williams appeared on CBS The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night. Letterman discussed Williamss special on Rock Center about the killing of Osama bin Laden and became agitated when describing President Barack Obamas successes as compared to what he sees as President George W. Bushs failures in the War on Terror. What more do we want this man to do for us, honest to god, asked Letterman.

The right question is what more is he going to do to us? Is he going to crash the economy more? Is he going to drive more folks out of the workforce? Is he going to increase spending and the debt? Is he going to trash the nations credit rating? Sadly, we believe we know the answers and therefore we know we need to get rid of Obama.





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Million Dollar Obama Donor Comes Out In Favor Of Child Molestation!

You have to love that Bill Maher, the poster child for bigotry who is somehow still allowed a platform to spew his hatred under the label of "comedy". Now he's come out in favor of child molestation!

However, when I was 12 years old, I was beaten on the playground. Just like the Mitt Romney thing, I was held down and somebody just punched me in the face while other kids watched. And if I could go back to 1968 and trade that experience for being gently masturbated by a pop star- (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER) -I would do it in a second. Frankie Valli could jerk me off. Gary Puckett of the Union Gap. The Allman Brothers, if we could go back in time. Marvin Gaye.

Of course, given Maher's own personal history of racist bullying and domestic abuse -- not to mention his on-air bullying -- I'm not surprised to find out that he would submit to the sexual abuse of those more powerful than him. Nor am I surprised that he would minimize the damage done by sexual abuse -- which leads me to suspect that we would find some interesting photographs of folks under the age of 18 on his hard drive if we could ever get access to it. After all, who but a pedophile justifies sexual abuse of kids? When will NAMBLA send him an honorary membership card?

By the way, Maher also attacked Romney about the alleged polygamy of his grandfather. However, Maher is again wrong on the matter. While the candidate's paternal great-grandfathers were polygamists, his grandfather had only one wife. That Maher can't even get details like that correct tells us all we need to know about the value of his political commentary.

UPDATE: Got an email from a friend a few moments ago that makes connections I didn't.

You left out the other damning quote from Maher, where he said "even his worst accuser never said that he did anything like actually have sex with them." That is just a part of the warped celebrity culture that let's Woody Allen stay a major force in the entertainment industry despite his relationship wiht his step-daughter -- or Whoopi Goldberg's defense of Roman Polanski in which she claimed that forcing a drugged thirteen-year-old to have sex isn't "rape rape" and needs to be overlooked because of Roman Polanski's artistic genius.

Indeed -- and thank you.





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May 15, 2012

Obama Translated Im A Failure

Barack Obama told us ten days into his presidency that if I dont have this [fixing the economy] done in three years, then theres going to be a one-term proposition.

We are now 3 years into the mans term, and he gives himself an incomplete on the economy.

President Barack Obama wouldn't give himself a letter grade for his handling of the economy and instead leaned on what's become his crutch when asked to grade his presidency.

I think its still incomplete. Weve still got work to do," he said on ABC's "The View," in an interview that aired Tuesday morning.

Sorry, Mr. President you gave yourself three years to fix the economy. You didn't -- you made it worse. By your own definition you have failed and deserve to be a one-term president.





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Obama Defaces Presidential Biographies With Narcissistic Revisions

Weve already noted that Barack Obama is a failure as president based upon his own criteria. Thats why he keeps trying to hitch his star to all of his predecessors on the White House website.

The Heritage Foundations Rory Cooper tweeted that Obama had casually dropped his own name into Ronald Reagans official biography on www.whitehouse.gov, claiming credit for taking up the mantle of Reagans tax reform advocacy with his Buffett Rule gimmick. My first thought was, he must be joking. But he wasntit turns out Obama has added bullet points bragging about his own accomplishments to the biographical sketches of every single U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (except, for some reason, Gerald Ford). Here are a few examples:

  • On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
  • In a 1946 letter to the National Urban League, President Truman wrote that the government has an obligation to see that the civil rights of every citizen are fully and equally protected. He ended racial segregation in civil service and the armed forces in 1948. Today the Obama administration continues to strive toward upholding the civil rights of its citizens, repealing Dont Ask Dont Tell, allowing people of all sexual orientations to serve openly in our armed forces.
  • President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed (sic) into law in 1965providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obamas historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the donut hole.
  • In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.

Some of the comparisons are silly, some are dishonest, and some are irrelevant. Frankly, he ought to be ashamed. And folks are having great fun with this on Twitter, under the #ObamaInHistory hashtag.





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Dedicated To Chris Matthews -- "I Lost On Jeopardy"

After all, having ridiculed Sarah Palin over what he imagines to be her lack of skill at the game, guess who came in last on a special edition of the show.


Weird Al Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy by jpdc11

And then the fun really began in the category "6-Letter World Capitals" with the answer, "St. Basil's Cathedral is there."

Readers are once again reminded the category was "6-Letter World Capitals."

Almost astonishingly, the pompous and holier-than-thou Matthews responded, "What is Istanbul?"

The correct response - containing six letters and not eight! - was Moscow.

By the way, Matthews was creamed by over $8000 by the second place finisher -- and was nearly $10,000 behind the winner.





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"The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them; The Good Is Oft Interred With Their Bones."

Perhaps this old Shakespeare quot explains why the media is interested in Seamus the dog and Mitt Romney's schoolyard misdeeds that the good works the man has done as an adult -- which vastly outnumber the bad things he may have done in.

One cold December day in the early 1980s, Mitt Romney loaded up his Gran Torino with firewood and brought it to the home of a single mother whose heat had been shut off just days before Christmas. 

 Years after a business partner died unexpectedly, Romney helped the mans surviving daughter go to medical school with loans for tuition loans he forgave when she graduated.

And in 1997, when a fellow church members teenage son fell seriously ill, Romney sprinted to the hospital in the dead of night, where he kept vigil with his terrified parents.

Stories like these tales of long hours spent with grieving families, financial assistance to those in need and timely help given to strangers whether asked for or not abound in the adult life of the Republican presidential candidate. Many of them, though not all, are connected to his work as a Mormon bishop.

And yet these stories are largely absent on the campaign trail.

It is speculated that Romney doesn't bring these stories up because of their connection to his Mormon faith -- the same reason he doesn't trumpet the millions of dollars he gives to church-connected charities each year. The media, on the other hand, doesn't want to cloud the narrative of the heartless businessman -- and it certainly doesn't want to hurt Barack Obama.

H/T GayPatriot





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May 14, 2012

My Endorsements -- GOP Primary 2012

I've considered the options and looked at the candidates for a variety of offices in the state of Texas and Harris County, as well as for President of the United States. Here are my endorsements as Precinct Chair for Precinct 333 in the contested races in this year's primary. Where I deem it appropriate, I will supply additional commentary.

President -- Mitt Romney
I'll admit that I started out supporting John Bolton, and believed a brokered convention might be the only option for the party this year. But Republicans around the country have thrown their support to the former Massachusetts governor, who I endorsed in 2008, and it is my hope that the voters of Texas will do the same.

US Senate -- Ted Cruz
Texas needs a strong conservative senator, and I believe that Ted Cruz has shown himself to be that man. I'm sure we will have a runoff, and it is my belief that Ted Cruz deserves to go head-to-head against David Dewhurst.

CD 36 -- Mike Jackson
There are a lot of candidates running for this new seat, and there may be a runoff. Mike Jackson has been an effective state senator here in SD11, and he has earned my trust over the years. There may be a runoff due to the number of other candidates in the race, and if there is I hope that businessman Stephen Takach is the other candidate.

RR Commissioner -- Warren Chisum

RR Commissioner -- Barry Smitherman

Supreme Court, Place 2 -- Don Willett

Supreme Court, Place 4 -- John Devine
I hate to speak ill of my fellow Republicans who differ with me on this point, but I do not see how anyone can support the reelection of Justice David Medina, given the questions that still surround he and his wife over the fire that destroyed their home.

SBOE, Place 8 -- Linda Ellis
Frankly, I want to see a fellow teacher on the SBOE.

SD 11 -- Dave Norman
If all I knew was that Dave Norman was a conservative, a veteran, a businessman, and a fine family man, I'd support him. Dave Norman has been my friend and neighbor for a decade now, and I can think of nobody I would rather have as my state senator than the guy who showed up with his wife and step-father to help me out after Hurricane Ike without even needing to be called.

HD 129 -- John E. Davis
I've differed with John Davis in the past, and still do. But the reality is that the winner of this primary will be unopposed in November, and I remain more confident in John Davis and his generally conservative record than I am in his opponent.

11th District Court -- Bruce Bain

61st District Court -- George May

127th District Court -- Sonya Aston

129th District Court -- Edward Casanova

133rd District Court -- Sharon J. Hemphill

151st District Court -- Leif Olson

152nd District Court -- Don Self

164th District Court -- Bud Wiesedeppe

174th District Court -- Joe Vinas

177th District Court -- Ryan Patrick

179th District Court -- Lana Shadwick

337th District Court -- Jim Barr

District Attorney -- Mike Anderson
Like it or not, questions and scandal have surrounded the DA's office during Pat Lykos' tenure. That she did not fire an ADA who took the Fifth when asked about her official duties is sufficient in my book to justify turning her out of office and replacing her with a new DA who has experience as both a judge and a prosecutor.

Civil Court At Law, Place 2 -- Theresa Chang
Chang was a fine District Clerk who lost her place in the 2008 Obama wave. She has been a fine judge after being appointed to replace Jack Cagle. I strongly support her.

County Attorney -- Robert Talton
Talton is a good man with a "take no prisoners" attitude. he won't hold back in his race against incumbent Democrat Vince Ryan, whose office is mired in scandal.

County Sheriff -- Carl Pittman
With eight candidates on the ballot, there is sure to be a runoff. I believe Carl Pittman's experience and temperament make him the best candidate on the ballot. His wide experience in law enforcement and business will serve him well as sheriff.

Tax Collector-Assessor -- Mike Sullivan

HCDE, Position 3 -- Mike Wolfe

Constable, Pct 8 -- Phil Sandlin
When Bill Bailey resigned as constable after nearly three decades in that position, he made it quite clear that Phil Sandlin was the most qualified individual for the post. Nobody disagreed with him then, and Sandlin's performance as constable has given us no reason to reconsider that view.

Harris County GOP Chairman -- Paul Simpson
With all due respect to the incumbent, the Harris County GOP needs change at the top to deal with organizational and financial issues. Paul Simpson is ready from Day 1 to work to revitalize our party.





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In Defense Of Obama's Hot Mic Moment

Here's the video and the report.

Huffington Post editor Ethan Klapper reported on Twitter a possible hot mic gaffe with President Obama uttering I gotta get my sh after a commencement address speech to students at Barnard College, a private womens liberal arts college in New York City.

I doubt that the comment was a reference to the high academic award President Obama had just received from the school.

I'm sure he actually said "I've gotta get my shit together," which would be an indication that even Barry Hussein recognizes that he is an utter failure as a president.





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Pale MSNBC Host Tells Black Man He Needs To Evolve

Could you imagine the outrage if this came from O'Reilly, Hannity, or Limbaugh?

Hardball anchor Chris Matthews, who routinely smears his political opponents as racist, on Monday lectured an African American minister who opposes gay marriage, "I hope you evolve." The host patronizingly added, "I'm just teasing."

Remember is known for his satirizing of the Left -- but that didn't keep the Left from insisting that he actually intended to accuse Sandra Fluke of being a prostitute. Chris Matthews, who is no funnier than he is impartial and insightful, doesn't have that justification for his words.





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A Little Night Music -- Paul McCartney Sings The Beatles In Mexico City

You know, the old man still has it a half-century later!

Paul McCartney gave the Beatles classic OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA a Mexican twist when he performed in Mexico City last week by bringing out a mariachi band to join him on the track.

The rock legend staged a free concert for an estimated 250,000 people at Zocalo the citys most historic venue which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period and delighted fans by jamming for three hours.





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Cops Told No Street Rename Without Permission Of Cop-Killers Clergy

Sick and disgusting and oh-so-typical of the deference shown to one particular religion because of the willingness of its adherents to kill in the name of their faith.

A New York police officer seeking to rename a Harlem street for a cop gunned down inside a Manhattan mosque 40 years ago was told by local leaders to seek the blessing of area Muslims.

NYPD Officer Philip Cardillo was shot dead in an infamous 1972 incident in which police responded to a fake officer down call from Muhammad Mosque No. 7, the New York headquarters for the Nation of Islam. The accused gunman was later acquitted, and the city's perceived unwillingness to back the police has long been seen as a low point in relations between city government and the police department. After four decades, NYPD Inspector and local Precinct Commander Rodney Harrison wants a section of 123rd St. named after Cardillo.

"It's been 40 years," retired NYPD cop Randy Jurgensen, who was at the mosque when Cardillo was killed, told FoxNews.com. "It would be closure for the Cardillo family and the police officers there that day."

In New York, the City Council typically approves street namings on the recommendation of local Community Boards. But members of Community Board 10, which represents the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, have effectively blocked Harrison's plan by telling him to seek the approval of local Muslim leaders.

Heres a story on the murder of Officer Cardillo and the shameful deeds of many who are still in high places when he was shot.

What next? Permission from Imams before there the erection of 9/11 memorials and monuments to soldiers killed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban? Such demands are un-American as are those who make them and those who insist upon special sensitivity to Muslims when they kill and maim the innocent.





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On The Dems Race-Baiting Training Session

As weve seen in recent years, race-baiting is the new McCarthyism. Actually, it is worse than the old McCarthyism, insofar as there actually an effort by the Soviet Union to infiltrate our body politic and overthrow American freedoms. The playing of the race card, however, is often based upon little more than a white person daring to take issue with the position of an individual of a darker hue. I learned that dynamic early in my teaching career, when efforts to correct the behavior of black students was often met with Youre just sayin that cuz Im black. I wasnt and they knew it.

Unfortunately, one of our major political parties has decided to double down on the accusations of racism that have accompanied every GOP criticism of Obamas policies.

House Democrats hosted an expert on racial messaging and fiscal policy last week, and President Obama commemorated Mother's Day by implementing her tactic of using corporations as "useful" enemies.

Maya Wiley, founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, taught the House Democratic caucus last Tuesday how to incorporate racial messaging into their defense of government programs during budget fights.

Wiley declared that "typical conservative messaging" is "racially coded" to convince white voters to vote against government spending perceived as beneficial to people of color. (Her organization, CSI, believes that "right-wing rhetoric has dominated debates of racial justice undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process" since the Reagan Administration.)

Frankly, Maya Wiley and her ilk are proof that racism is effectively dead in this country. There was a time when it was necessary for mean and women of good will to stand up against real racism and real racists. Today, it is necessary for the Left to invent racism where it does not exist in order to score cheap political points against the values of the majority of Americans of all races and ethnic groups. That is a tactic that is utterly shameful.





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Obama Broke Law On Congressional Notification

It has only been the law since 1947.

President Obama violated the law by failing to brief Congress on the counterterrorism operation that thwarted an attempted underwear bombing two weeks ago, according to the House Intelligence Committee chairman.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Obama did not "play [it] straight" with him. "They [did] not notify Congress, which is, by the way, law, under the National Security Act of 1947," he said on CBS's Face the Nation. "They're obligated to do it."

What? You think the law applies to Obama? R-a-a-a-a-a-cist!





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Before Everyone Freaks About JP Morgan Chase

We are hearing about a 2-3 billion dollar loss as a result of taking a bad position in the market. That number is enough to horrify most of us. But it shouldnt, once we put it in context.

But heres the thing: JP Morgan Chases bad deal might show up as a quarterly loss on the companys balance sheet (although CEO Jamie Dimon is still predicting a small profit), but it is almost certainly not going to result in a direct loss to taxpayers. This is a $2.3 trillion company with a $190 billion capital base. The banking unit made more than $12 billion last year. Gene Kirsch of Seeking Alpha points out that the $800 million quarterly loss represents approximately 4% of its total net profit for all of 2011, less than 2.7% of its operating income." Even Jared Bernstein, a former White House economic adviser who also thinks the loss proves the case for regulation, agrees that the bank appears to be handily able to cover the losses. So even with a relatively large loss like this, were not talking about a serious direct risk to taxpayers. Instead, were looking at a substantial loss to the individual bank.

Who does this hurt? In the end, the stockholders which does include many Americans via their pension funds. But JP Morgan Chase wont be going anywhere because this is a relatively small blip in total earnings, total capital, and total net worth.

But I cant help but notice that this is the second major financial scandal involving a bit-time Obama-backing financial guru John Corzine seems to have been involved in much worse in the not-to-distant past. Perhaps the problem is DEMOCRAT bankers.





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May 13, 2012

A Shocking Case Of Religious Favoritism

Could you imagine the reaction of prosecutors -- and the press nationwide -- if the bishops of the Catholic Church tried to get a deal like this on reporting child abuse cases?

An influential rabbi came last summer to the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, with a message: his ultra-Orthodox advocacy group was instructing adherent Jews that they could report allegations of child sexual abuse to district attorneys or the police only if a rabbi first determined that the suspicions were credible.

The pronouncement was a blunt challenge to Mr. Hyness authority. But the district attorney expressed no opposition or objection, the rabbi, Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, recalled.

Doesn't this raise some equal protection issues? And doesn't the fact that there is not national outrage over this point to the different standard that is applied to the Catholic Church?





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An #AskMichelle Question For The First Lady

Since the White House/Obama Campaign have put out the #AskMichelle hashtag, I thought I would have a little fun with a favorite Michelle Obama quote from the 2008 campaign.

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"Barack Obama will require you to work."
Michelle Obama
Speech at UCLA
February 3, 2008

So, Michelle, could you tell us where the jobs are four years later?





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Barack Obama -- Enemy Of Religious Freedom

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Well, we already knew that based upon his anti-Catholic birth control regulations. But now we find that he actually tried to bribe a pastor to not preach!

Man, the media ate me alive, Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicagos Kwame Nkrumah Academy. After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.

Now please understand -- I carry no brief for the sermons of Jeremiah Wright. I believe that his words were racist, anti-Semitic, and hateful of America, not to mention at odds with that which i believe to be the message of Jesus Christ. That said, the notion that any government official -- or any candidate for office -- would seek to silence him for political reasons is blatantly unAmerican.

And this one strikes me quite close to home.

Jeremiah Wright was the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, the largest church in the United Church of Christ. My wife was at one time the pastor of a church in the same denomination -- and while her theology differs in so many ways from that of Rev. Wright, I view the Obama attack upon his ability to stand in a pulpit and preach to be equally an attack upon her ability to stand in a pulpit and preach free from political interference.

Or upon my current pastor's right to preach freely.

Or the right of my seminary classmates to do so.

And it constitutes one more reason we need to rid this country of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

UPDATE: Here's where it gets interesting. The intermediate for this attempt to silence Rev. Wright is one of the senior executives at the hospital that employed Michelle Obama and gave her a whopping salary increase when Barack entered the US Senate. Oh -- and the recipient of a nearly $6 million grant from the administration.





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Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!





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May 12, 2012

Bill Maher Calls Barack Obama A Racial Slur

What will it take to get this hatemonger off the air?

It looks like maybe they, along with the Republican Congress, want to keep a sluggish economy so that blackie [doesnt get reelected].

Don't tell me it was satirical. Don't tell me it was him channeling what he believes to be somebody else's thoughts and motivations. Rest assured, if Rush Limbaugh used the same word in a similar context, we'd have another effort to drive him from the air.





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A Song For the Evening -- "Ireland" by Garth Brooks

Because it may be my favorite Garth Brooks album track.





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Things Romney Hasn't Done That Democrat Leaders Did

And we know he hasn't done any of these things because the media would have already cushed it all out to us if he had done any of them.

This is what I know. Mitt Romney was not at Chappaquiddick. Mitt Romney has not been accused of rape. Mitt Romney did not have an affair with a mob babe. He didn't have an affair with an actress who committed suicide later on. Mitt Romney did not father a child out of wedlock. Mitt Romney did not support the tapping of Martin Luther King's phone. Mitt Romney was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Mitt Romney did not lie about his law school grades.

By the way -- he also hasn't lied about the circumstances of the deaths of his wife and daughter.

I'm not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh and don't listen to his show, but he has it exactly right here. These adult transgressions of leading Democrats (read the transcript to find out which ones) are at least as big a deal as anything done by Mitt Romney as a high school student (or that he innocently did to his family dog). And yet Romney somehow the greater transgressor? REALLY?

Face it -- they had to go back nearly half a century to find any significant dirt on Mitt Romney, and what they found isn't that significant. If there were more serious wrongdoing on his party in the more recent past, we would have heard about it from the media as they try to ensure obama's reelection. But we all need to keep our eye on what really matters in 2012.

Its still about the economy. . . and were not stupid.





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"Let Us Be Clear" - Obama Fundraiser Items Designed By Sweatshop Operator

I know. I know. Talking about the misdeeds of Obama and his campaign donors is RA-A-A-A-A-CIST!

A $95 sweatshirt currently being sold in President Obamas campaign store is the work of Alexander Wang, a designer whos facing a class action suit in federal court for allegedly running a sweatshop where garment workers were forced to work 100 hour weeks in a factory with conditions comparable to those of third world countries while being subjected to racial discrimination, verbal abuse and threats. C.K. Lee, the lead attorney representating the workers who are suing Mr. Wang told The Politicker he thinks the presence of the sweatshirt is inappropriate.

Hopefully, the campaign would be more educated on the background of Alexander Wang and his sweatshop facilites and the abuse of workers rights, Mr. Lee said. I wish Obama would be moreor at least his campaign would be more in tune with whats going on.

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Mr. Lees complaint claimed Mr. Wangs garment workers suffered inhumane working conditions in his factory on Broadway which was described as a windowless space about 200 square foot in size, with more than twenty garment workers working inside at any given time. According to the complaint, workers were required to work inhumane hours in excess of 100 hour weeks at times (15 hours per day for 7 days per week), particularly during the lead up to the four seasonal Fashion Week shows in New York. Workers were allegedly not paid overtime, given proper breaks, or sick leave. One plaintiff, Wenyu Lu, described being hospitalized for 12 days after they passed out at the work station after a working 25 hours with no break and being pressured to continue to work or be fired. A spokesperson for Mr. Wang later claimed Mr. Lu was fired for serious harassment issues.

In addition to the brutal conditions at Mr. Wangs factory, the lawsuit also claims workers faced intentional affliction of emotional distress including being regularly called lazy, stupid and other names and being subjected to disparaging references to their national origins. Workers were also allegedly told that if anyone complained they would be summarily terminated leading to constant fear of retribution and retaliation. The complaint also accuses Mr. Wang, who is of Taiwanese descent, of multiple counts of racial discrimination for because their managers were allegedly all white while all garment workers are exclusively Asian or Latino immigrants because such minorities are easily controlled and fearful of losing their jobs.

Maybe we can get some of these workers on network news, denouncing Mr. Obama. Maybe we can get labor leaders to denounce Obama for having anything to do with this violator of worker's rights.

Nah -- ain't gonna happen. After all, they are all busy running down rumors that Mitt Romney may have crossed the street in the middle of the block when he was seven years old to hold Obama and his campaign donors to the same standard that the Obama campaign holds Romney and his donors.





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But The Democrats Assure Us That Voter Fraud Isn't A Problem

Well, it probably isn't a problem -- for them. After all, I'd be willing to bet that a good chunk of these votes are for Democrats.

Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 registered voters may not be U.S. citizens.

Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.

The Department of State is asking county election officials to verify the information. Election supervisors are contacting voters and if someone is not a citizen, their name will be dropped from the voter rolls.

But an initial list drawn up by the state - and not widely released - shows that a comparison of voter lists and driver's license information turned up a list of nearly 182,000 people who may not be U.S. citizens.

Frankly, we need to check the citizenship of everyone on the voter rolls. We need to be able to verify their identity. Without that, fraudulent voters can sway an election. Most Americans know this and instinctively support those common sense steps towards ensuring that only eligible American citizens receive and cast a ballot.





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May 11, 2012

Hopefully We Can Forget Him After November

Barry forgets the recession.

Too bad Americans can't.





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Shocking -- Mitt Romney And Barack Obama BOTH Were Bullies In School

I work with kids every day.

At some point, virtually every single one of them will engage in some activity that can be defined as bullying.

That may be because of immaturity, peer pressure, or simply thoughtlessness.

Some continue their bullying behavior into adulthood, and some particularly warped individuals -- like anti-bullying activist Dan Savage -- even manage to find a way to justify their bullying as morally virtuous.

So I'm not shocked by the story that Mitt Romney did some things in high school that offend my sense of decency. I can't help but note that the media's need to probe back nearly half a century to find some dirt on the man -- which tells me that there really isn't any dirt on the man who the high school student grew up to be.

Nor am I surprised to find reports -- included in his own book -- that Barack Obama did some crappy things to a classmate when he was in school.

I can look back on my school days and remember some instances when I was gratuitously cruel to classmates -- and many more where I was on the receiving end of such behavior.

Not that I'm justifying cruel things that any of us did to classmates as kids. I'm not. Nor am I excusing things that my students do -- things that I try to stop when I witness them -- but I am recognizing that at an age when young people are immature they act immaturely.

And I'm saying quite clearly that these stories are irrelevant to today.

Because, as I've stated elsewhere, the American people need to focus on one thing only in 2012.

Its still about the economy. . . and were not stupid.





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Money Management Software

A couple of years back, I needed some budgeting software for our family. I looked at a lot of different programs -- the one that came pre-loaded on my computer, some that were major name brands, others that were freeware and shareware. Quite honestly, I didn't like any of them.

Continue to be enlightened while reading "Money Management Software" »




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May 10, 2012

Johnny Cash -- One Piece At A Time

Some nights you need the Man In Black!





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May 09, 2012

Obama's War On Women

So tell me, whose policies are damaging to the economic well-being of women?

324,000 women dropped out of the nations civilian labor force in March and April as the number of women not in the labor force hit an all-time historical high of 53,321,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The civilian labor force consists of all people in the United States 16 years or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital and who either have a job or are unemployed but have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are currently available to work.

The civilian labor force is a subset of what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population, which includes all people in the country 16 or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital.

This year (in both January and April), only 57.6 percent of the women in the civilian noninstitutional population were in the labor force. That is the lowest rate of labor force participation by American women since April 1993, according to historical data maintained by BLS.

Women are having such a hard time finding work that they are being driven from the workforce. That means they are forced to rely on the government dole -- or cannibalize their savings and retirement accounts. Who cares about free birth control when you can't put food on the table?

Thanks, Barack!

H/T Urban Grounds





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A Headline You Don't Read Every Day

Police arrest naked man riding unicycle

Interestingly enough, this took place just about two or three miles from my house.

And I love the comment from the police chief.

"He said that he liked the way that it felt. Really don't know what he meant by that, but that's what he said," said Kemah Police Chief Greg Rikard. "The officer kept his distance as best he could. Obviously he wasn't armed, that we could tell. We did what we could do. Turned him around and moved him off to the side of the vehicle to get him out of the view of the public.




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Federal Inmate Garners Over 40% Of Vote Against Obama In West Virginia Democrat Primary

And exactly how unpopular is Obama in his own party?

The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999. With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Obama was receiving 60 percent of the vote to Judd's 40 percent.

For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd votes.

"I voted against Obama," said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat. "I don't like him. He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."

When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."

Judd was able to get on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as a notarized certification of announcement, said Jake Glance, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office.

Judd actually won eight counties in West Virginia against a sitting president. Wow! Of course, West Virginia is a state where several major Democrats have refused to endorse the president for reelection.

Now there is a question as to whether this guy got any delegates -- did he have a slate, did he have all his paperwork in order -- but it seems pretty clear that this is indicative of some strong antipathy towards Obama in his own party. One wonders if a real challenge in his own party might have been able to unseat him.

And as an aside to those who call me mean and partisan -- please notice that I refrained from referring to Keith Judd as "Obama's future cellmate". Would you have done the same if this happened to a Republican?





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Hey! You! Out Of the Gene Pool!

Some people are so stupid that we have to hope and pray they don't have kids.

An 18-year-old man has been jailed and charged with robbery and theft after he was accused of trying to rob a suburban Dallas police headquarters.

Keithan (KIH'-thuhn) Kennard Manuel is in Dallas County jail with bonds totaling $300,000 after the incident at the Wilmer Police Department, 15 miles south of Dallas. His attorney, Carl Hays of Dallas, didn't return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment on Tuesday.

Police records show Manuel walked into the police station Saturday, wearing a white towel over his hands, and told the dispatcher to hand over the station's money. The records show Manuel changed his request to asking if there were any warrants against him, but as the dispatcher checked Manuel said he had a gun.

Trying to rob the police station? That takes a profound lack of genius.





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May 08, 2012

Robbin Thompson Band -- Candy Apple Red

As a blogger, it is sometimes your prerogative to post something you like just because you can. And this is one of those times.

I loved this song thirty years ago when I was a student at Washington & Lee, and I still love it.





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Vince Ryan Harris Countys Toothless Watchdog

In the last year, weve had serious scandals involving three of the eight constables here in Harris County. As a result, our county attorney has done some investigating and produced a report. But as local muckraking journalist Wayne Dolcefino points out, the report itself is rather pathetic.

13 Undercover's been exposing possible wrongdoing in some of the constable's offices for months, and last week, we questioned why the county attorney hadn't taken action.

Maybe you didn't expect the county attorney to come down hard on the constables, but now there's not even a slap of the wrist.

What did high-priced county lawyers do in 10 long months? You'll see.

The result is a 5-page long report (PDF FILE) with no details on actual wrong-doing. Indeed, the report reads like a legal memo sent out to offer friendly reminders to employees and supervisors rather then the results of an investigation.

But that isnt a surprise. Vince Ryan, one of the few Democrats to hold county-wide elective office here in Harris County, was investigating wrong-doing by Democrat constables. It wouldnt do to have a report come out during the election season, when perhaps one or two of those corrupt constables might be beaten by a Republican challenger.

This is, of course, just the latest scandal coming out of Ryans office. The solution is clear we need to clean up the Harris County Attorneys office this November by voting Vince Ryan out of office if he doesnt have the decency to resign in disgrace before then.

And since Ryan's hand-picked Inspector General is Nick Lykos, brother of Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos (a Republican), one wonders whether malfeasance at the County Attorney's office will be vigorously pursued.





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OReilly Gets It Right On Virginia Beach Mob Attack

Im not a Bill OReilly fan havent watched him in years. But I saw this video of his reaction to a Virginia newspapers decision to not cover a mob attack on a pair of white employees and think it is worth posting here because he is spot on.

Isnt it pathetic that a race-based assault is being covered up because the races of the attackers and victim dont fit the post-Trayvon narrative?





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Chers Temper Tantrum

Doesnt this sound like a three-year-old, not an adult.


I presume that after the election this past-her-prime pop-diva will hold her breath until she turns blue. Oh, wait shes already blue.

But maybe Im devoting too much time to this one. After all, weve seen how likely the fulfillment of promises by liberal entertainers to flee the country or engage in some other dire course of action in the event their candidate loses the election really is.

Id suggest Cher shut up and sing, but I dont want to inflict such a fate on anyone in hearing range of her screeching.

UPDATE: Chere deleted the tweet, but here's a screen cap.

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Maybe the childish rant is a sign of the onset of her "second childhood" -- assuming she ever grew out of her first one.





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