Friday, September 30, 2011

Gays in the Military was not about Gays in the Military

Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been officially repealed

The strategy gay advocates inside government used to allow gays to serve openly in our armed forces was revealing (Yes, it was an inside job). The fanfare, the open advocacy of the gay lifestyle, indoctrinating the troops into the gay agenda and criminalizing dissent, carving out another protected, special-rights group for gays.  The government did not have to do all that to simply allow gays to serve.

The Department of Defense, with the concurrence of Congress and the President could simply have removed all laws from the UCMJ that criminalize homosexual acts and been done with it. Period. But no, this was not about gays in the military; it was about nationalizing gay marriage and shoving the acceptance of homosexuality in everyone’s faces and forcing us to bow down at the rainbow altar.

Gays in the military was about federalizing gay marriage by first boxing in the DoD. Step 1 is complete, now comes step 2...

NORFOLK, Va. — A gay rights group kicked off the repeal of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay troops with a protest outside the world's largest Navy base that called for an expansion of benefits for gay and lesbian military members.

"Same sex couples can't live on base together, they don't have medical benefits, they don't have travel allowances, they don't have housing allowances. They don't even have the right to be notified if their partner dies in battle." (
Nor do unmarried opposite sex couples. You've got to be married to get those bennies, and the advocates know that. They have pitted the federal government against itself. In the name of fairness, DoD must now grant these benefits to every boyfriend and girlfriend. That will never happen.

Here's what will happen: A phalanx of well-funded lawyers will bring a suit against the federal government, forcing the DoD to accept gay marriages (Which are five times more likely to involve infidelity than hetero ones) and treat them the same as traditional ones.  And they will win.

* Late breaking news!  Now the trannies want in on the deal.  I don't know about you, but if someone can't find their gender with both hands I don't want them handling explosives and having other military members rely on them for mission success.
I have no problem with gays serving, but Western Hero co-blogger Hugh Farnham does, creating an editorial split.  Here's his take:

With the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, many military bases are getting copies of LGBT newspapers - for free. This is to help the gay base population to adjust to the new order of things. Hugh Farnham thought he'd help them out with this  (Right click and download to embiggen):

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Progressives in Retreat

View From the Ridge
The Hopium cloud has dissipated. Only the foul stench of overripe progressivism hangs in the air. Americans having caught pungent nosefuls and are recoiling in horror

Conservatives are now the single largest ideological group in America, according to Gallup.

The Wisconsin Democrats scampering across the state line to Illinois in a futile attempt to dodge reality turned out to be an apt metaphor of the state of American Progressivism. It is in collapse.  On the run.  Reviled, discredited, angry and sullen...

I get the impression that progressives really do believe we should all just fall in line and let the philosopher kings implement Plato's Republic.  I think ordinary Americans sense it as well, and they are repelled. I know I am.

Al Gore as Metaphor:  A Global Collapse

I think progressivism may be facing a global rejection as well. Oh, it will always be around, and could even achieve a new ascendancy thanks to unrepentant global financial predators, but for now it is facing a shameful repudiation, encapsulated nicely in the the discredited "Climate Change/Global Warming" movement.
Gore has the Midas touch in reverse; objects of great value (Nobel prizes, Oscars) turn dull and leaden at his touch. (Walter Russell Mead)
Remember just a few short years ago, before the scandals and the lies, when serious people took the Global Elmer Gantry and his International Climate Change Road Show seriously...

Don't worry children! Reverend Al Gore of the International Church of Gaia will release his chakras! He will sell you carbon credit indulgences so that you may atone for your enviro sins. So throw your trillions and your economies into the volcano so that the earth's temperature will be juuuust riiiight!

The third world kleptocrats volunteering their oppressed masses to play the role of Lazarus in this opera of the absurd, begging for scraps at the table of the rich nations, in order to shame them out of their billions, was a nice filigree.

Here's a hint. Anyone or any organization employing the word "global" or "world" in a serious manner should be avoided. Categorically so when spinning fairy tales about the world being tooooo hot....

Especially when just 20 years ago the cognoscenti told us it was tooooooo cold!

Professor Walter Russell Mead sums up Gore's (and progressivism's) credibility problem:
But grave as that danger is, Al Gore can consume more carbon than whole villages in the developing world. He can consume more electricity than most African schools, incur more carbon debt with one trip in a private plane than most of the earth’s toiling billions will pile up in a lifetime — and he doesn’t worry.
A father of four, he can lecture the world on the perils of overpopulation. Surely, skeptics reason, if the peril were as great as he says and he cares about it as much as he claims, Gore’s sense of civic duty would call him to set an example of conspicuous non-consumption. This general sleeps in a mansion, and lectures the soldiers because they want tents. (The Failure of Al Gore)
Gore's Global theater of high drama has descended into farce, an emblem of the High Church of Progressivism, and Al Gore is its apotheosis.  

Walter Russell Mead - The Death of Global Warming

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


The federal government has attempted to be all things to everyone, and as a result it has become damn near useless to everyone, except the political class and the narrow interest groups they service

Do you own a Leatherman, a Gerber multi-tool or some other all-in-one gadget? They're pretty handy, especially when you're in the back forty and the carburetor needs an emergency adjustment, or you're out checking up on some remote equipment and end up having to fix something unexpectedly.

The pliers can double as a wrench, but you usually end up rounding off the bolt a little. The screwdriver will work in a pinch, so long as it doesn't fold up on you and pinch your finger or wreck the screw head because it's not exactly the right size... And the knife cuts pretty good while the rest of the tool cuts into your hand as you use it, and same for the file, saws, awls, openers and other gadgets these tools have incorporated into themselves.

Federal Government:  Multi-Tool Failure
Over the past half-century, Washington has insinuated itself into a thousand-and-one decisions that individuals or local governments are more than capable of making for themselves.
Which medicines can you buy? How efficient should your light bulbs be? Can your children’s school day begin with a prayer? Who qualifies for a mortgage? When do unemployment benefits run out? Can you pay an employee $5 an hour if that’s what his labor is worth? Should abortions be restricted? Is health insurance optional? Do artists or farmers or broadcasters require subsidies? Are you in charge of your retirement income? (Jeff Jacoby)
Mentioning the Enumerated Powers elicits titters among the sophisticated class, and that's too bad. Toqueville admired our ability to order our own lives at the local and personal level without the aid of an overweening government at every turn.
In Federalist No. 45, James Madison emphasized that, under the Constitution, the powers of the federal government “are few and defined,’’ while those left to state and local communities “are numerous and indefinite.’’ For the first 150 years or so of US history that was largely the case. But New Deal and Great Society liberalism has turned the framers’ careful arrangement inside out. Today, there is almost nothing in American life that Washington does not consider itself fit to regulate, control, ban, tax, or mandate. (Jeff Jacoby)
The Federal Government has gone from a beautiful, narrowly-focused instrument into a horribly bulky multi-use tool with 10 bajillion gadgets that tears your pockets open, injures you every time you try to use it, and is so damned bulky it cannot be employed for its intended purpose.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Obama's Scorched Earth Campaign

President Obama took his classless act on the road, making political hay out of the catastrophic wildfires in Texas...
Without mentioning him by name Obama mocked Perry as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change." (AP News)
A US president mocking a governor whose state is a disaster area because of wildfires (which also occurred before the “global warming” era) is unprecedented. President Obama is a low-class, disgusting Chicago machine pol.

Imagine President Bush mocking New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco after Hurricane Katrina:
"… a governor and a mayor who still believe in nanny-state liberalism, when it’s bred generations of people so benumbed by government assistance they no longer have the good sense to get out of the way of a hurricane! he he heh...”
This is not a man who is president of all Americans and unites us. This is a cornered, cracked-out street punk fearful of going down, wildly swinging iron bars at his enemies and dividing us so he and his gang can continue to dominate the government special interest trade.

It’s all about rescuing the progressive agenda
ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama charged Sunday that the GOP vision of government would "fundamentally cripple America," as he tried out his newly combative message on the liberal West Coast.
No, Mr. President, you’re confused...

 The “GOP vision” if guided by the tea parties, would fundamentally cripple the progressive feral beast that has wiped its ass with the constitution, suborned the federal government, and is now engorging itself on more and more of our tax dollars and our freedoms. That is what we set out to “fundamentally cripple,” and America will be much the better once we get it done.

Progressives make an arrogant mistake: Equating Government with America

Their doctrinaire religion inextricably entwines the two, conflating them into one pseudo-patriotic package. It's a neat trick that allows them to slap an American flag on their horrible statist creature and then damn to hell anyone who speaks heresy against it.

It's not working anymore. Americans are turning againt the soulless progressive beast.

Monday, September 26, 2011

It Might be Mitt

Face it fellow Right Blogistanis. Mitt Romney could be the GOP nominee, making him our only hope for making Barack Obama a one term president. 

Chris Christie?
No way. True Believers on the right would be screaming "RINO!" within hours of his announcement. He's a tax raiser, expenditure increaser, cap and trader, and he has refused to join other states in the Obamacare lawsuit. And if you dislike Rick Perry's take on illegal immigration, you will absolutely hate Christie's.

Rick Perry:  The GOP's Lyndon Johnson
Rick Perry raises more questions than answers, and he's giving being plain-spoken a bad name, coming off as dismissive,  insulting and vulgar rather than folksy and honest.  He's the GOP's own Lyndon Johnson.

I love Ron Paul's constitutionalism, but his foreign policy is naive.  The good doctor takes a good thing, nonintervention, and turns it into a bedrock absolute, refusing to pull the trigger on a sworn enemy such as Bin Laden unless it is a completely righteous shoot.  When two libertarian foreign policy tablets would do, Dr. Paul makes us take the whole bottle. 

Congratulations to Herman Cain!

I am heartened at Herman Cain's Florida straw poll victory.  Anything that disrupts the press's dictation.  I would like to see him and Rick Santorum (an intelligent and articulate man whose expertise runs far beyond social issues) crack the top tier.

Meanwhile, Romney presses on. The man is like a battleship that won't go down. He's been campaigning for almost four years now and it shows. If he were any more polished we'd need welder's goggles to look at him. 

Here's some "out of the box" thinking.  Please stick with me.  I welcome return fire...

While I encourage my fellow conservatives to continue discussing and debating the merits of the various candidates, I also ask everyone to contemplate a Romney nomination win.  We could do worse.  He's an experienced businessman who understands economics and knows how the world works, and he's run a state, so he knows how to lead and make decisions.  He's a clean-living family man with no scandals in his past.

His flip-flopping could actually end up as an advantage (Stick with me!)

He's malleable.  Yes, I could see him jumping in with Democrats if they ran the house and senate, but the odds of that are very unlikely.  It's looking ugly for the dems in 2012; the GOP should hold the house and gain control of the senate.  Given a torch and pitchfork tea party mob and some stand-up small government types in a GOP-controlled house and senate, I could see Romney affably presiding over a party of mad slashers.  His job would be to put a friendly, responsible face on the gang that dismantles progressivism. 

What If...

Think about what you would do if your favored candidate lost the nomination.  Think what you would do if he or she lost it to your least favorite candidate.  You're thinkin' third-party, right?

Now, imagine a victorious Obama smiling and waving on the evening of November 6th, 2012.  Imagine him thanking the American people for affirming his socialist agenda by giving him four more years to finish off America as we know it.

Who am I for?  Anybody.  But.  Obama.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Clean Energy is Dirty

While Obama tries his best to send our economy and our currency the way of Argentina, his governing model is straight out of Chavez's Venezuela.

What does an Obama-favored crony crapitalist say?
"Upon the advice of my council I invoke the privilege afforded to me by the fifth amendment of the US Constitution and I respectfully decline to answer any questions."
That's an actual quote from the congressional hearings on the Obama administration-Solyndra criminal enterprise held this past Friday.

Industry lackeys in the Democrat party like Ed Markey and the ever more porcine Henry Waxman did their best to defend the malefactors against the righteous wrath of the taxpayer, but the Solyndra crooks had to be leaving that hearing thinking...
 "Crap!  Chrysler and GM and their union buddies got away with over $40 billion in government loot!  Wall Street got hundreds of billions!  And we're going down over a measly $500 million???"
This calls to mind a Ronald Reagan quote:
"When you get in bed with government, don't be surprised when you get more than a good night's sleep."
Freedom loving Americans have known that for decades.  It's great to see big government liberals finally learning that same lesson.

Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Lyin' King, Starring Barack Obama

Anyone who believes a plumber pays more in taxes than a billionaire is probably also dumb enough to vote for Barack Obama. 

It's going to get worse before it gets better...

Even Obama's people are saying unemployment will not go down before the 2012 election, and I believe them. Removing $1.5 trillion from the economy is not the way to grow jobs.  That's according to Reaganomics as well as John Maynard Keynes.  The president is economically illiterate and his policies are an incoherent clash of careening desperation and overheated class warfare populism, all fueled by crony crapitalism.

Obama Will Run in 2012

Don't believe the speculation that Obama may go quietly into that good night and make way for another Dem candidate.  He's young and America is not yet completely broken.

President Obama is an effete liberal metrosexual who's "down with the struggle" community organizer persona is just a pose.  He's never been in a fight in his entire life, other than the time he and  his gay Muslim "porn 'stash" roomate both discovered a roach under the sofa cushion, and the room broke out into a cocaine-frenzied pillow fight.

Regardless, he ain't giving up his current gig without a global-billionaire-funded fight (where others do the dirty work.)

But anyway...  Greece will default, and who's in and who's out of the Eurozone won't really matter; Germany will end up on top...  It's gonna be ugly.

We here in the US will continue sliding sideways, but I think we'll come out OK, even after the ten years or so of misery and chaos we are facing.  For the most part, we still know how to take care of ourselves, our kinfolk and our neighbors; Those who do not should probably partner up with that Spanish-speaking family down the street.  Where they came from, you had to have some basic survival skills or you'd end up dead.

Our fundamentals are better than Europe's, and I really do remain optimistic that no matter how bad it gets, riots and all the rest, we will make it through, if only because North America (thanks in no small part to Canada) will remain fertile ground for capital, especially when compared to the rest of the world.  


Are you kidding?  Their one-child policy has made China a dead man walking.  And the men not dying will not be able to find a woman, because the poor little commies aborted way more little girls than little boys.

Their environment is a nightmarish catastrophe bubbling just below the surface.  Hundreds of millions are still mired in poverty.  Smaller countries chafe at their role as The Middle Kingdom's slave state, while other nations find ways to undercut them with cheaper labor, just as China did to the developed world.  China will get old before it gets rich.

The Collapse Won't be Pretty
The Chinese Communist Politburo still nurtures the illusion that they can ride the beast, doling out freedom with an eyedropper.  Good luck with that.  Gorbachev thought he could just crack the door open, and next thing he knew, freedom's hordes were storming the breach.  His Eastern European clients were hanging from lamp posts while Boris Yeltsen was blasting the walls of Parliament with hijacked tanks.  It's folly.  Once human beings get a whiff of liberty, it's all over.

China's Totalitarian-Capitalism chemistry set will blow up.  And it won't be a little ka-boom, it will be a roaring fireball seen and heard around the world.

Forget investing in the stock market.  Put your faith in God and your money in gold and lead.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bankster's Paradise

Mark Thorburn

The International poobahs in charge of the Basel Agreement want to raise the reserve amount banks must keep on hand.  Wall Street is chafing.  

Here are a few excerpts from an interview with a clearly-upset Jamie Dimon, multi-bajillionaire president and CEO of the International Confederation of Verminous Rent-Seekers:
“I’m very close to thinking the United States shouldn’t be in Basel any more,” sobbed the multimillionaire. “I would not have agreed to rules that are blatantly anti-American,” he said, stamping his little feet for emphasis.
So true! The brave little crapitalist went on to explain what is American, in his not-so-humble opinion:
“Our regulators should go there and say: ‘If it’s not in the interests of the United States, we’re not doing it,.” He declared, wiping the tears from his eyes with thousand-dollar bills.  (Financial Times – Rules Unfair)  
See? From the Wall Street vantage point, US Government regulators (“Our regulators, bought and paid for” as Dimon would express it) should go push around others and do the dirty work of US financial houses. He’s crying because the Basel Group is requiring him to have enough cash on hand to cover 10% of his gambling debts. 10 percent!

We have four options. I list them from most-statist to most-free:

$ Nationalize the big financial firms and park permanent camps of government regulators in their offices, in their front pockets, back pockets and nesting in their hair 24/7. The downfall here is that this would just make it easier for the bankers to co-opt the regulators and solidify the DC-NY-Davos Axis of Evil.

$$ Break up the big financial firms, smashing them into enough small pieces so that any one’s collapse would not bring down our economy.  This would put an end to "Too big to fail."

$$$ Reinstate Glass-Steagall.  This essentially would separate traditional banking from high finance and global investing.  Restricting FDIC type government protections to traditional banking and leave the financial high fliers and their exotic instruments to the whims of fate.  Not one more taxpayer dime for Wall Street!

$$$$ Trash the entire government-sponsored central banking scheme and return to a hard currency pegged to something real.  Outlaw fractional reserve banking, and put free-banking laws in place.  

What do you think?

Fractional Reserve Banking Causes Bubbles
Europe's Banking Crisis

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

American Liberalism is an Incoherent Hodgepodge

Yoinked from Boil the Beast

American Liberalism is a loose confederation odd-ball interest groups.  It has no moral foundation and no philosophical underpinnings.  It is an illogical, immoral, agenda-driven, emotion-laden farrago of fear-mongering and grievance-nursing.

Behold the myriad inconsistencies of American Liberalism:

* Derisively insist their is no God, yet use the teachings of Jesus to defend their redistributionist schemes

* Trumpet free speech for America-haters and pornographers, but not for Christians in the public square or conservative talk show hosts in the free market of ideas

* Denigrate the right to keep and bear arms, which is clearly stated in the constitution, but use obscure clauses to launch multi-trillion dollar statist schemes

* "Pro-Choice" unless it's the food you eat, light bulbs you use in your home, health care options, school you send your kids to, secret ballots for union votes...

* Scream and whine about rightwingchristiantheocrats taking over the country, but defend religious extremists who actually blow things up and kill people, including their own family members

* Deride those of us who cling to our bibles and our Christian faith as dimwitted toothless hicks who want to foist our morality on everyone, yet naively and unthinkingly lap up everything Al Gore and the other liberal high priests tell them.  And insist the rest of us bow down at their altars as well.
* Teachers cannot mention God, but liberals insist their dogmatic religious tenets of statism uber alles, multiculturalism, and homosexual fetishism be preached in every classroom. 

Let Them Eat Food Stamps 

Most insidious, liberals would deny a poor mother the money-making opportunity to make burritos and other food items in her own home and then sell them on the street. It's all in the name of food safety and "keeping the flow of the city," dontcha know...

Handmaidens of the state like Jersey actually say stuff like this, never once pausing to consider how "health and safety" red tape serves as a corporate-sponsored barrier to entry into the free market.

Just give that young mother some food stamps, right?  It's so much easier (and enslaving) than giving her economic opportunity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Banker Bailout

Europeans are irked, miffed and rankled at Tiny Tim Geithner's stern warnings against the eventuality of a Euro-Crash.
"I found it peculiar that even though the Americans have significantly worse fundamental data than the euro zone that they tell us what we should do and when we make a suggestion ... that they say no straight away,"
They say they don't need his lectures, and they're probably right.  They seem to be doing a hell of a job on their own, although they will gladly accept our money to keep the scheme afloat awhile longer.
The latest round of American financial assistance came Thursday with a promise by the Federal Reserve to swap as many dollars for euros as European bankers need.
Make no mistake.  This is a Banker Bailout, at US Taxpayer Expense

We The Taxpayer will pay for this by paying more for everything as the value of the dollar continues to erode:
But over the long term, consumers could feel the impact of central bankers flooding the financial system with cash, according to John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics.
If Greece and other unstable economies collapse, Goldman Sachs and their international partners in crime would suffer catastrophic losses, and we can't have that!  So you and I watch our savings continue to be eaten away by these rats and cockroaches, while prices climb, all so Tiny Tim can send Europe all the dollars it needs.

They are propping up a rotting edifice.  The foundation has been eroded by rent-seeking rats and moral relativists.  The walls are shot through and the roof is sagging, threatening to fall in at any moment.

Collapse is inevitable.  Maybe all at once, or maybe piece by piece.  A credible argument can be made that it has already started.  Does anyone in their right mind really think Greece, Greece! can pay all that money back? Really?

The Economist explains The Cost of Break-Up.  Experts conclude that more borrowing is the only answer.

It is a bad sign when the only remedy the wizards can come up with is more of what got you in trouble in the first place.

Bloomberg - End The Fed's Dual Mandate

Monday, September 19, 2011

Delusional Democrats

Jack Camwell over at Christian Fearing God Man wrote a succinct and on-target post about how delusional Democrats are, even in the face of so many electoral losses.

It's all been downhill since the coronation of the ObaMessiah and the ensuing two-year liberal bacchanalia.  The Hopium hangover is hard to shake...

Anyway, Jack wrote this great post about how the democrat party obstinately refuses to recognize the will of the people, even in the aftermath of the momentous 2010 electoral pimp slap the American people administered to them. The subsequent special election losing streak is just the icing on the cake...
I'm sure they'll say that this is all meaningless, that the American people still believe in whatever horseshit the Democrats have been shovelling.
As if on cue, raving liberal Jersey McJones stepped in with a foul-mouthed rant blaming all of our problems on... wait for it... George Bush and the Republicans! He sums up his vulgar and vapid missive with that great old standard from the liberal hymnal... "... the American people are so f#&%ing stupid..."

That's right.  We're too stupid to see the brilliance of progressive statist programs that have flushed this country down the toilet...

My Advice to Jersey and other Democrats

Yes, by all means, write Obama and tell him to keep it up! Tell him and the democrats in congress to double down! triple down! Quadruple down! Demand that the next stimulus be ten trillion! Let a thousand Solyndras bloom!

Bearded crapweasel Paul Krugman can be the finance czar overseeing Obama's Great Depression II.  Kick off the 2012 campaign by telling ordinary Americans they are too stupid to understand the brilliance of Obama and the Pelosicrats. Call us all stingy and hateful and continue to demand we "pay our fair share" so they can "spread it around."

Tell the Obama administration to not only continue screwing Boeing and the thousands of South Carolinians deprived of a job, but demand Obama close down every non-union business that has more than one employee.

Explain to us again how borrowing and spending more money so Obama can reward his friends and punish his enemies is a brilliant idea.

Hell, I'd contribute money to that Democrat campaign.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Life Lessons From Star Trek

Or How to Deal With Liberal Lies
by Hugh Farnham

In The Menagerie Captain Pike is drawn to the planet of Talos 4 by a fake emergency beacon. Little does he know the planet is inhabited by deceitful and psychic Talosians who could foist any imagination upon the starship crew they desire. And they do – all to get Pike trapped in a breeding relationship with Vina, an apparently hot female of an uncertain age.

After drawing him into their lair with the blond honey pot, they deceive him believing he is imprisoned by impenetrable walls and the Talosians have full control over him.

Only until he recognizes their mind-bending deceit does he break free of their lies and back to freedom.

While watching The Menagerie recently, I noticed the Talosians were buttheads, like some liberals I’ve dealt with in the past. Then I had the epiphany these aliens use the same lies as liberals – in this case, against Captain Pike.

Liberals Lies and How to See Through Them

During the episode, Pike constantly uses logic and deduction to slice through the imprisoning alien lies. He then calls them on it. He breaks them down with logic and a little violence. Here’s some of the lies liberals have tried to imprison us with:

- Higher taxation leads to an improved economy!
- Greater regulation of manufacturing leads to job growth
- If TSA doesn’t fondle your wife and grandmother then America is at risk
- Just give up some of your freedoms for security. No? You Tea Party Terrorist!
- Food stamps stimulate the economy – keep paying up, taxpayer!
- There’s no liberal bias in the main stream media, so keep slurping up our new lies
- Conservatives just want to throw people out in the street to starve – change your evil ways! (and keep supporting the welfare state)

Here are the usual tactics used by liberals:

1) Question The Motivations: When liberals are losing an argument, they love to shift the discussion not to the facts at hand, but to the motivation of the person on the other side.

2) Ridicule, The Anonymous Smear and his brother, the Ad Hominem Attack: When facts don’t support a character attack, make them up! Use ridicule and personal abuse. Saul Alinsky would approve.

3) The Teary-Eyed Victim: As Ann Coulter has written, “Talk Loudly and Carry a Small Victim.” Who couldn’t believe a victim – what? You want them to suffer more? You cold conservative. Racist.
4) Rewrite History and the Meaning of Words: When history won’t back you up, rewrite it. When challenged, use an appeal to authority to shut down the argument. It’s not freeloading, it’s an entitlement. It's not counterfeiting, it's Quantitative Easing.

5) The Ransom Note Method: Take a brief sound clip and use it completely out of context. Who has the time to research the context of clip?

6) My favorite to expose, The Straw Man: Take the conservative’s point of view to a ridiculous extreme and then paint them with it. Watch them struggle to escape as from an Iron Maiden.

7) Change the Subject: When in doubt, divert. Your job is to hold their feet the fire and don’t let the liberal squirm away.

8) It’s Bush’s Fault: While the Bush Presidency had some questionable actions, the current administration has had plenty of time to fix things - and haven’t.

9) The Fake Emergency: The ozone hole. Global warming. Energy crisis. Starving school kids in America. Mega bank bailout. Something has to be done, AND NOW! These “emergencies” are fraudulent at the core. Kind of like the Talosian’s fake emergency beacon that draws you in closer...

Don’t Fall for their Lies. Hold your Ground. Don’t Give In

As the Obama nanny state tries to extend its grip into every area of our lives, have a firm backbone not to give in. Boldly resist Statist lies when you come across them, and don’t participate in the welfare state. Educate your kids in a private school or home school them. Spread the word to your neighbors and friends. Create a critical mass that can’t be overcome by lies.

Arrange your life so you don’t have to rely on the "Federal Family". You can’t fight Big Brother while suckling at his teats, as Claire Wolfe once said.

- Hugh Farnham

Link to The Menagerie

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mitt Romney a Cyborg, Ron Paul Supporters Allege

Courtesy of Proof Positive
"Dude, he's like so upright and never makes a mistake. And what does he put in his hair, shellack?" said 23-year-old anti-war activist Shay Leggard.

Romney supporter Norman Workman dismissed the robot allegations as the ramblings of pot-smoking draft-dodgers.

"That's bogus, dude!" countered Leggard, spilling bong water all over his medical marijuana card, adding an emphatic "dammit," before warning reporters to clear out before his mom got home from work and "got all pissed because there's too many people in the house."

I love this picture.  Wish I'd thought of it...

A big-time blogger quoted me!

How cool is this?  Walter Russell Mead quoted me in a blog post!  And he agreed with me.  It was a comment I made in a previous post of his, concerning discipline and self-improvement.

  I'm the second quote that he introduces with ... " Another reader countered, writing..."

Check it out here:

Professor Mead writes cogently of the failures of "The Blue Model."  Yeah, anybody, including me, can write about that, but he provides in-depth analysis and explores solutions.  I highly recommend him to my fellow Right Blogistan thinkers.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Don't Californicate Colorado

We’re getting dumber, at least here in Colorado...

It's not enough that unwashed liberalism has spilled out of the hippie asylum known as Boulder, we are also suffering a plague of liberals swarming the state as they flee their collapsing progressive experiments.  Even worse, these blue state refugees now want to invite even more, including liberal foreigners.

The city of Denver is looking to bid on the 2022 Winter Olympics, and I am firmly against it. I don’t want mobs of outsiders screwing up my skiing and clogging up my roads and I don’t want my state stuck with the inevitable debt and the deadbeats who decide to stay on after the party's over.

Here’s an excerpt from a Denver Post article describing why Colorado used to be such a great state before the California liberals moved in…
In 1972, Lamm led an effort to block Denver from hosting the 1976 Winter Games — the only time an Olympics city has done that. Nearly 60 percent of Colorado voters agreed to reject the Games, which had been awarded to the city 2 1/2 years earlier. Voters had feared taxpayers would be stuck paying for skyrocketing costs and wary of the environmental damages caused by hordes of spectators. (Denver Post)
We used to be a good mix of libertarian liberals and conservatives with a live and let live attitude. Not anymore.  We’re now getting stupider, and this is being powered by the mass influx of east coast and west coast liberals into the liberal loon town of Denver.  You can see evidence of this in on-line forums.  Enlightened progressives sing Obama's praises and remark what an east coast feel Denver has, and they are right.  It is now easily the least "Colorado" part of the state.

Reminds me of that old saying:  Half of the people in Colorado live in Denver, and the rest of us are glad they do! 

For my rant that heaps scorn on LA transplants who don't know how to drive on snow, read A Liberal Mess

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Language and Tone Matter

Unlike most on the right, I enjoy reading the NY Times house conservative David Brooks. He is a true compassionate quasi-conservative, a moderate-conservative who has patiently filed down his rough edges and sharp corners and installed comfy, cushiony liberal-friendly padding.
Virtue begat prosperity, and the daughter killed the mother.  -- Cotton Mather
He comments intelligently and non-threateningly on Rick Perry’s pledge to work to make DC inconsequential:
The Republicans, and Rick Perry in particular, have a reasonably strong story to tell about decline. America became great, they explain, because its citizens possessed certain vigorous virtues: self-reliance, personal responsibility, industriousness and a passion for freedom.

But, over the years, government has grown and undermined these virtues. Wall Street financiers no longer have to behave prudently because they know government will bail them out. Middle-class families no longer have to practice thrift because they know they can use government to force future generations to pay for their retirements. Dads no longer have to marry the women they impregnate because government will step in and provide support.

Moreover, a growing government sucked resources away from the most productive parts of the economy — innovators, entrepreneurs and workers — and redirected it to the most politically connected parts. The byzantine tax code and regulatory state has clogged the arteries of American dynamism. ( NY Times)
It may surprise my fellow Right Blogistanis to hear me say that the GOP needs to learn to use such language. Yes, I love lashing out at our big feral government, but I’m not a politician. Tone is important. Progressives are rightly threatened by our angry speech, and we have a right to be angry. But politicians are hired to channel that anger into a cogent agenda that is palatable to the broadest base possible.

A prosperous nation with a pay-for-play government will inevitably attract rent seekers.  Another great point by Brooks:
Stable societies are breeding grounds for interest groups. Over time, these interest groups use government to establish sinecures for themselves, which gradually strangle the economy they are built on — like parasitic vines around a tree. (NY Times)
Can we all recognize that?

Can we rally around an effort to not destroy the entire government, but an effort to roll back the worst of its abuses? Can we also agree that human nature tends towards venality, selfishness and corruption?  Can we insist that government craft policies with the understanding that welfare deadbeats and Wall Street cheats will grab it all with both hands and gorge themselves when given half a chance?

I agree with Brooks’ assessment of the problem: Lagging business startups, slowing technological innovations, the dismal state of our educational system, and stubborn poverty and increased social stratification.

I strongly disagree with his solution: More big government. How can a man so smart reach such a tired solution so discredited by empirical evidence?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2012 = 1980?

Could Rick Perry vs. Barack Obama be the Reagan vs. Carter match-up of the new millennium?

Peter Wehner answered  Jonathan Alter's ridiculously easy challenge to prove Obama has been a bad president.  Wehner's fact-based piece is shooting fish in a barrel.  Unemployment, anemic economic growth, unprecedented deficit spending, worsening housing crisis, international enemies licking their chops...  Wehner wraps it all up in a handy, user-friendly bulleted list.

Obama had a chance to be the next Reagan, but instead became a more flamboyantly inept Carter

Obama is not Carter, he's worse.  Stephen Moore compares Obamanomics to Reaganomics, and it's not pretty for the Hope and Change crowd:
The two presidents have a lot in common. Both inherited an American economy in collapse. And both applied daring, expensive remedies. Mr. Reagan passed the biggest tax cut ever, combined with an agenda of deregulation, monetary restraint and spending controls. Mr. Obama, of course, has given us a $1 trillion spending stimulus.

By the end of the summer of Reagan's third year in office, the economy was soaring. The GDP growth rate was 5% and racing toward 7%, even 8% growth. In 1983 and '84 output was growing so fast the biggest worry was that the economy would "overheat." In the summer of 2011 we have an economy limping along at barely 1% growth and by some indications headed toward a "double-dip" recession. By the end of Reagan's first term, it was Morning in America. Today there is gloomy talk of America in its twilight.
Is Perry the next Reagan?

I don't think so.  Like FDR, Churchill or any other historical figure, there's only one, and the tales of crony crapitalism emanating from Austin give me pause.  Still, Perry poses a credible challenge to both the Democratic and GOP establishments not seen since the rise of the Gipper.

The Republican establishment can't stand the guy because like Reagan, he's an outsider not beholden to the K Street Gucci contingent.  And the Obama mouthpieces blabbing on about how they welcome a Perry challenge while feigning fear of a Romney or a Huntsman smacks a little too much of Brer Rabbit's "Please don't throw me in that briar patch!"

He's got Kinky Friedman's vote!

Here's what the singing humorist had to say...
I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. (Kinky Friedman - Rick Perry's got my vote)
He closes with a hearty endorsement:
So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. (Kinky Friedman - Rick Perry's got my vote)
President Obama is playing Jimmy Carter to a T, even besting that lugubrious president's dismal record.  Can Rick Perry step in and fill Reagan's boots?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Government Money is Stupid Money

Barack Obama has ushered in a brave new era of unabashed Crony Crapitalism, gleefully rewarding friends and punishing enemies 
As if President Obama didn’t have enough bad news last week, Solyndra, which manufactures solar panels, filed for bankruptcy and laid off almost its entire work force of 1,100. Going down the tubes with it, of course, is a $535 million loan that was guaranteed by the federal government as part of the stimulus program.
And it seems the White House put pressure on the Department of Energy to OK the loan.
This is looking more and more like ‘Chicago Way’ political patronage; the president rewarding his friends. Even if it wasn’t, it is still criminally stupid
While Energy Department officials steadfastly vouched for Solyndra — even after an earlier round of layoffs raised eyebrows — other federal agencies and industry analysts for months questioned the viability of the company. Peter Lynch, a longtime solar industry analyst, told ABC News the company’s fate should have been obvious from the start.
“Here’s the bottom line,” Lynch said. “It costs them $6 to make a unit. They’re selling it for $3. In order to be competitive today, they have to sell it for between $1.5 and $2. That is not a viable business plan.” (Obama’s Patronage Pigs Can’t Fly)
As stated in the article, no investment officer would have granted such a loan, and if she did, she would be fired for gross incompetency.  In fact, said loan officer would end up on the business end of a federal lawsuit for such bald-faced malfeasance.  Government bureaucrats who produce nothing and who pay no price for wasting billions of taxpayer dollars are woefully ill-equipped to pick winners and losers.

This was just one company. Imagine the money-wasting debacle an Obama “Jobs” program would be. Corruption, fraud and waste on a grand national scale.  This and other government-sponsored financial fiascos argues against giving one more dime to the Obama Administration for a "jobs" program.

Accountability at the Local Level

The way you build infrastructure is at the local and state level, in discrete pieces as its done now. Those projects are funded by taxes and people hold governors and mayors responsible for the efficient completion of such projects. Accountability at the local level. The state has a budget and the government has a vested interest in getting the project done ahead of time and on-budget. It’s a model that has worked well. When it doesn’t, people get voted out of office, or worse, put on trial and sent to jail.

How do the states fund these projects? Revenues from working people and the businesses that hire them. No economic activity, no revenue. Create a favorable climate for the jobs providers and the rest will take care of itself.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Progressivism vs. Individual Liberty

Progressives do not believe in natural rights as understood by our founders, and they also take a dim view of individual liberty

George Will clarifies...
Oliver Wendell Holmes, whose judicial restraint often expressed his dogmatic majoritarianism, defended “the right of a majority to embody their opinions in law.” He said liberty should not be construed “to prevent the natural outcome of a dominant opinion.”
Holmes' constitution-be-damned judicial philosophy nurtured the fledgling progressivism of the early 20th century, enabling it to grow into the morbidly obese statist monster of the 21st century. His was the opposite of judicial activism. He refused to stand athwart the stampeding statists and shout "stop!" Preferring instead to see individual rights trampled in the name of social hygiene and "progress."
Progressives celebrated Holmes’s gift to government of almost untrammeled police powers. He said courts should defer to economic regulations because the Constitution does not “embody a particular economic theory.”
Princeton’s president, Woodrow Wilson, agreed, dismissing “the inalienable rights of the individual” as “nonsense” inimical to government’s ability to efficiently work its progressive will. So much for the idea that one of the Constitution’s primary purposes is the protection of individual rights against majority tyranny.
See how this encroachment works?  You continue growing government until a citizen cannot turn around without rubbing up against some government project or other.  For the good of greater society, the state must restrict that citizen's action.  They've boxed us in. 

It's the Quacking Marxism, Stupid!

I bring all this up as prelude. I am genuinely thankful for Jersey, Ducky, Jez, Bd, Shaw and other progressives who show up at this blog. Their defense of all that I detest makes us all a little smarter and less sloppy with our arguments. I also believe that our liberal friends genuinely believe they are doing good and bettering the country, attacking the evil rich and fighting against inequality.

Ducky is easier to comprehend once you understand that he is a Marxist. I don't use that term as a pejorative. He himself cops to being a fan of Das Kapital, and I use the term not to associate him with communist regimes, but rather to say he ascribes to Karl Marx's theory of capital, which is inimical to free market capitalism.

Until I realized this, I never knew how to take him. He may not have consciously tried to mask his Marxist beliefs, but they nonetheless remained hidden behind other arguments that never quite rang right, and now I know why. Sources and motives illuminate a debate and bring clarity to it. I am a Dennis Prager fan, and as Dennis says, "Clarity over agreement."

This exchange from last week is telling...

Bastiatarian said...
Jersey and Ducky and Bd, why are you afraid of liberty and people determining themselves what to do with their own property?

Don't be so insecure.

Ducky's here said...
Because "liberty" is a cheap cop-out used by the fringe right to mask their shallowness and irrational support of a kapitalist power structure that is not compatible with democracy.

Because the distribution of wealth under the current system is so inequitable that it will generate social instability and a weakened nation.

Because people who "know what to do with their property" generally only know what temporary itch they want scratched and will go into unsustainable debt to scratch it and ignore the future.

Because it freaking pisses me off that some little right wing snot thinks he has standing to tell me what freedom means to me when there is no reason to believe the right wing slug has ever experienced it.

And that is the crux of the leftist argument, plainly stated by one of the nation's few honest liberals. Progressivism is, at its core, not liberal at all. It is a moralistic crusade on a Quixotic mission to right all wrongs.

I bring this up not to berate Ducky or to make some cheap call for other right-thinkers to attack him (as if any of our attacks could even put the tiniest dent in his impregnable carapace...). No, I congratulate Ducky for plainly stating what he believes and identifying his philosophical sources. If everyone on the left could come clean as Ducky has done, our national debate would gain much clarity.

My response to Ducky

Yes, it's hell allowing those damned, contemptible people to enjoy their liberty and to dispose of their lives and their property as they see fit!

Dammit to hell! How dare we grubby proles presume to chart the course of our own lives while turning a deaf ear to our progressive overlords???!!!

"Distribution of wealth?" That cracks me up.

Who distributes it? Who owns it? Who's entitled to it? How much? How do you divide it? Who decides?

Where is this socialist utopia you dream of, and what would it look like?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bring the GWOT Home

Twin Towers by LuFrank

Ten years ago today brave people performed heroic acts.  May God grant them peace in this life and the next. 

We need Barbs on our Berries

Michael Savage delivered a lesson from nature, and I recount it from memory:  If you look closely, strawberries and other succulent fruits have barbs on their skin, and they are there for a reason:  To protect the soft, juicy insides from predatory insects.

We need to learn that lesson.  We are exposed to outside predators, but our barbs are turned inward.  We are lacerating ourselves. Ten years later and no successful attacks, but we are prisoners in our own country. 

We need to bring the GWOT home to North America.  We have a conveyor belt of criminal gangs running from Central America northwards and back south again.  It's past time to go GWOT on that, a direct threat to our national security and to our southern neighbors as well.  Bring it home and aim it outwards, while simultaneously doing away with the state-sponsored civil liberty abuses, airport groping, and police state tactics.

Immigration Discrimination

We could start by blocking suspicious people from entering the US and restricting immigration from groups of people known to blow things up, kill others and breed virulent America-haters.  Yes, I’m talking about discrimination.

Our government is inept at sorting out the good ones from the bad ones, so better to restrict immigration to groups with a proven track record of assimilation.  Because we refuse to discriminate about who comes in, we all get treated like criminals, and America-haters who make it in hide behind the constitution.  Meanwhile, we all suffer under a presumption of guilt.

Trust, but E-Verify

Enforce E-Verify hiring and go after the dirty businesses who hire illegals.  It can all be done through audits, avoiding the propaganda pictures of poor immigrants being rounded up at meat packing plants.  Hit the employers with $50,000 fines for each illegal hired, and businesses will start hiring American workers again and many illegal immigrants will self-deport.

Put our Military on the Borders

If that’s not a national defense function I don’t know what is.  As a side note, I would also like to see the TSA functions privatized so we can collapse the ill-conceived and horribly-named Homeland Security Agency and return the other functions back to where they came from or eliminate them altogether. 

I also think the US Army’s experience in tracking down bad guys, discovering and following rat trails, and generally sorting out the good from the bad by mapping out criminal and terrorist networks would be highly valuable to law enforcement in tracking down arms smugglers, drug traffickers and criminal gang activity.

We should figure out how to leverage that without violating Posse Comitatus.  Chopping soldiers over to civilian agencies for a non-shooter consultant tour of duty would benefit our hardest hit areas.

We The People established the federal government to defend our united states and guard our liberties.  Instead, it now violates them in the name of national defense.  We need to demand our nation point its police powers and instruments of defense at the criminals and leave the rest of us the hell alone.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Quotes of the Week

Communist Hamsters threaten to "take out" America
It was another fun week here at Western Hero

Only a few caught the details of the picture at the left, so I thought I'd post it again.  Hamsters defending their communists is always worth a laugh or two...

Without further ado, here are the quoteworthy exchanges of the past week:

We start with an exchange between Bd and Bastiatarian.  Bd, like all liberals, starts with the false premise that if government doesn't do it, it won't get done.  Like an abused wife with Stockholm Syndrome defending her man that blacks her eyes and leaves her penniless, Bd lashes out at anyone who dares suggest that maybe government should get smaller.

Here's his weak attempt at sarcasm (or something like that) directed at the mean conservatives who are tired of the government picking their pockets at the point of a gun...

I don't mind if my 12 year old grand daughter has to quit school and work in sweat shops.

Bastiatarian's riposte:
Neither do I. In fact, I'll be angry if she doesn't become a hooker. I also want old people to eat nothing but cat food in an unheated one-room apartment, then freeze to death and starve to death at the same time, then come back to life and freeze to death and starve to death at the same time again. 

Plus, I hate Negroes, Orientals, and brown people, especially if they're gay, and I have started a campaign to deny them healthcare. I want my woman to walk at least 5 steps behind me, and fan me with a palm frond and pumice my corns while I watch TV and talk on the phone with all those corporate executives that I'm plotting with to keep the working class in subjugation. 

I want all the schools shut down, since education is only for the chosen elite, like me. I get my exercise in the morning by clubbing baby seals then burning them on a pile of street bums that I have rolled for quarters to finance my 500 private jets that I fly around in just to create smog and make unicorns cry.

Did I cover everything? Or do you have other moronic, brain-dead blabbering to add?

That's the tea party spirit!

FreeThinke describes liberalism

I love the last part of FreeThinke's remarks.  I am a fan of Mark Twain, as well as late Victorian and early 20th Century literature, and in these genres you will find such beautifully fusty formulations.

One Way Rudeness -- the favored methodology of "Progressives." THEY feel perfectly free at all times to chastise, castigate, counsel, condemn, caricature and crap all over anyone who does not share their views, but dare to point out a glaring inconsistency or falsehood in any of the crud they fling your way, and YOU are a dirty SOB who'd sell your three-year-old-daughter's virginity to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, if the price was right.

Buncombe! Balderdash! Tosh and Tarradiddle! Stuff and Nonsense! Bilge! Rot! Bullshit! All describe liberalism to a tee.

Finally, Christopher answered my question, Why Does Obama Hate American Workers...

Why Does Obama Hate American Workers?

We do something he abhors and has never done himself - work.

Have a happy weekend!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dr. Frankenstein Turns Against His Monster

I'm not going to talk about the president's speech.  He is intellectually bereft, and perhaps the most economically ignorant president in the nation's history.  I will give him credit for pulling off a singularly unprecedented act :  Last night was the first time a sitting president kicked off his reelection with a campaign speech delivered to both houses of congress.  Kudos to President Obama!  Even FDR never dared to be so brazen, and the utter shamelessness of it was impressive.

On to some real news...
The federal agency that oversees the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is set to file suits against more than a dozen big banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgage securities they assembled and sold at the height of the housing bubble.  (NY Times)
This reminds me of when the elder George Bush took down Panamanian caudillo Manuel Noriega. The left snidely (if not inaccurately) pointed out that Noriega was a monster of US design, so ex-CIA Chief Bush was just cleaning up his own mess.

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see these criminals marched off to jail, along with the ratings agencies and the AIG crooks who insured them and then got billions in federal funds when the scheme collapsed. But the feds need to go a step further and put Fannie and Freddie in the docket as well. And while we’re at it, let’s put the FHA itself on trial. How much taxpayer money have they wasted? What exactly was their role in aiding and abetting all of this financial malfeasance?

A Dirty Cop Bring Down the Perp

Do you see what's wrong with the FHA filing suit?  They were in on this criminal enterprise! This is how dictatorships operate. Look to Russia or Venezuela for examples. The crony crapitalist government gets in bed with the private sector and they throw wild multi-billion dollar orgies at taxpayer expense. It’s all good during the fat times, but when the inevitable collapse occurs, the regime puts it's official uniform back on, including the tin badge, and arrests its fellow partiers.

So by all means, go after these crooks, but don’t stop at the private sector.  Take down the government crooks as well.  They were the criminal kingpins who hosted the parties.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The "Union Thug" Myth

Cut the crap.  James Hoffa is not a rough and tumble working man, he's a fat ass blow hard

And President Obama won't do a damned thing about it.  White House spokesboob Jay Carney made it clear the president is only interested in policing conservative speech.

James Hoffa is not a hard-bitten manual laborer, he's been a political aid and lawyer all his life.  He's never been suspended three days for getting in a fight on the shop floor or operating a forklift drunk, and he couldn't drive a semi if his life depended on it.

People like Sarah Palin are expressing outrage at his "thuggish behavior," but he's not a thug.  Go shake his hand, I bet it's soft as a powder puff.  Palin could kick his ass, and I don't mean Todd.  Instead of getting outraged, we should simply be laughing at this buffoon's clownish behavior.  We should also be laughing at those gullible lefties who naively lap up this effete millionaire's faux working-class shtick. Talk about an Elmer Gantry! P.T. Barnum would be proud of Hoffa's ability to fleece the rubes.

"Union muscle," like the bearded lady and the carnival barker, went out with the 1930's

It's time we drop the "Union Muscle" meme, as if we should be afraid of the rank and file.  These office workers are going to "take us out?"  They'd be out of breath before they got the job done.  I and millions of other American workers have calluses tougher than these professional whiners.  Try to take me out, I'll crack your skull.

It's all bluster and BS

This isn't a Sylvester Stallone movie about the 1930's, when rough-hewn union men really were capable of breaking heads to keep their jobs.  I'm sure the trades are still full of burly men who could stomp my butt, but I don't see them at these rallies.  They must be working...  Today's union "muscle" consists mostly of hotel workers and apple-shaped government bureaucrats.  The scariest thing they can do to you is skip over your number when you're in line at the DMV or pull a tax audit on you.

Have you seen the "union thugs" that trashed the Wisconsin capitol?  They weren't beefy stevedores and rugged construction workers; they were a stringy gaggle of soft kids, 60's hippie wanna-be's and has-beens. They know how to deface marble with spray paint, but they'd twist an ankle or slip and fall if they tried to do any head stomping while wearing their penny loafers and Birkenstocks.

One GOP governor and 13 Republicans kicked their asses, and the cops hauled off the vandals.  No bombs, no busting heads with ax handles, not even any fistfights in the streets; just stale chants and misspelled signs.

I look at a union crowd and I see women who couldn't fit into a phonebooth and men with spaghetti arms and pot bellies.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not putting anybody down.  I'm no Randy Coture, but I don't make myself out to be a tough guy, either.

The only ones who should be scared of unions are the American workers.  Unions have destroyed more jobs than Barack Obama and his Jobs Czar GE CEO Jeffrey HeMelts put together.

AOW has a related post about how Hoffa's trip to that rally was paid for by us "sons-of-bitches."  Go read it here

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Psychological Projection of the Left is Stunning

Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. (Wikipedia)

Will Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann usher in a rightwing theocracy? (No, Seriously)

The left has been hyperventilating about the threat of a rightwing Christian theocracy for thirty years now, although they saw no such threat from the smarmy, sanctimonious born-again Christian President Jimmy Carter.

Jerry Falwell is dead.  Pat Robertson reduced to fringe kook status.  Muslim fundamentalists, unlike Christian fundamentalists, have actually expressed hatred for our way of life and have proven it by blowing up buildings and killing people here in the United States.  But the fear of a rightwing Christian takeover rages on in the fevered minds of the left.
For example, the Daily Beast/Newsweek recently published an article titled "A Christian Plot for Domination?" claiming that Perry and Bachmann are "deeply associated with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism" known as Dominionism.
A widely discussed article in the Texas Observer claimed that Dominionists -- a "little-known movement of radical Christians" -- are readying an "army of God" to "commandeer civilian government," with Perry the "vessel" for their ambitions. Finally, the New Yorker published a long article claiming that Bachmann believes "Christians, and Christians alone, are Biblically mandated to occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns."   (Byron York – Religious War)
Kudos to Byron York for exposing such obvious balderdash.  Any time you hear odd-ball stuff like "dominionism," you can be sure it was dug up by liberals to be used as a smear against the right and to scare soft-headed liberal voters from going off the plantation.

The psychological projection is stunning.  Progressives, full of religious fervor for the state and all her panjandrums and accoutrements are the real dominionists.  Here's my stab at it, only unlike the left, I am dealing in the truth:
One hundred years ago, a Progressive Plot for Domination was launched.  Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR and a continuing chain of strong man statists have been deeply associated with the new religion of Progressive Statism. 
Progressive Statists, a previously little-known movement of radical nannyists, have already built the “army of government,” or “your federal family” if you prefer, to “commandeer civilian government,” with an unbroken succession of beneficent patriarchs handing out goodies as the “vessel” for their ambitions.
Finally, a long look at the past 100 years confirms that “progressives, and progressives alone, are mandated to occupy all secular institutions until personal liberty is obliterated from the earth.” (Kurt Silverfiddle)
Those who routinely defraud and steal are the most suspicious that others are trying to victimize them.   Liberals know they have hijacked government for their own narrow purposes, and they are jealous that  others will try to do the same.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clarence Thomas: Constitutional Hero

Clarence Thomas could end up destroying progressive statism

Walter Russell Mead writes that the left has gone from declaring Clarence Thomas a dunce to ringing all-hands-on-deck alarm bells over the horrible realization that this justice has been patiently sapping the very foundations of New Deal statism for over 20 years.  Shock and horror, ladies and gentlemen:  The left has finally realized, hopefully too late, that Justice Clarence Thomas is a brilliant constitutional scholar of formidable intellect.
What we didn’t know, and what the world at large didn’t know until very recently, was that the New Deal constitution was not as permanent or unalterable as it looked.  Intellectually its foundations were shaky, and after two decades of a Clarence Thomas-led assault, the constitutional doctrines that permitted the rise of the powerful federal government could be close to collapse.  (New Blue Nightmare:  Clarence Thomas)
The Sun Also Sets
In the case of the Second Amendment, the collapse has already come.  Back in my Pundit High days, anyone who dared to suggest that the Bill of Rights gave individuals the right to bear arms would have been laughed out of the class as an ignorant yahoo.  These days, that is the accepted view of the US Supreme Court and most of the legal profession.  The resurrection of the Second Amendment proves that the “dead letter” clauses of the Constitution can come back to life — and suggests that Clarence Thomas understands how this can be done.
Justice Thomas is the intellectual firepower that will eventually blow the Obamacare Battlestar Gallactica out of the sky...

...which is why liberals are screaming for him to recuse himself on such a flimsy premise:  His wife, instead of being an angry feminist footsoldier in progressivism's long march, instead has become a tea party activist.  Liberals hate how conservative male chauvenist pigs control their women, but hate it more when they don't.
The next topic for Constitutional revisionism is the expansive reading of the commerce clause that the New Deal judges used to justify the Roosevelt administration’s ambitious economic programs.  The Obamacare health reform depends on that kind of reading of the commerce clause; the penumbras must stretch pretty far for the Constitution to give Congress the right to require all Americans to buy private health insurance.  And if the commerce clause can be stretched this far, one must ask whether there is anything that the Constitution blocks Congress from doing.
The terrified left realizes that this is not the end of Thomas' efforts, but rather just the beginning...
The Second Amendment was a constitutional landmine for the left; the Tenth is a nuclear bomb.
A strict reading of the 10th Amendment would invalidate many expensive and expansive federal programs.  Thomas's cogent arguments in a few key cases could restore personal liberty to its rightful primacy and return us to a serious reading of the enumerated powers, finally arresting the progressives of all parties who have hijacked the ship of state.
Taken seriously today, that approach to the Constitution would change the way Washington does business.  Radically.  The list of enumerated powers is short and does not include, for example, health care, education, agricultural subsidies, assistance to the hungry or old age pensions.  Most of the New Deal and Great Society (with the interesting exception of civil rights laws which enforce the Civil War era amendments) would be struck down.  Whole cabinet departments would close.
Mead tempers expectations, saying none of this will happen tomorrow, if at all.  But it is the single greatest threat the all-encompassing progressive state has ever faced.  Even if nothing dramatic transpires, Justice Thomas has moved the intellectual football and advanced the cause of liberty, actually changing scholarly legal thought, and that will redound to our good for decades to come.

I've only given you a taste of this erudite and entertaining writer's article.  I recommend you go read the whole thing.  It will lift your spirits while enlightening you.  He couches this entire article in a Lord of the Rings theme, making the reading of such weighty matters an absolute delight.  

All quotes from:  New Blue Nightmare:  Clarence Thomas

Please go read the original Jeffrey Toobin article, Partners.  You will gain a great appreciation of just how badly Justice Thomas and his brilliant wife frighten the left.