Archive | April 2011

Rise Of The Racers


Tony Katz adds a new term to the political lexicon:

Thus, I coined the term “Race-ers.”  Race-ers are those people who are completely consumed with race. They are the ones who believe that any opposition to Obama, his policies or him personally, is solely based on the racism of the opponent.  As political correctness exists only to silence opposition, the Race-er uses racism to silence their opposition.  Further, the Race-er sees racism everywhere.  Nothing can be judged on its merits, as the merits (for the Race-er) are simply insignificant.  My colleague at Pajamas Media picked up on this in an article he wrote yesterday.

Consider it added, Tony… we’ve had Truthers, we’ve had Birthers, now we have Racers.

Daniels Defunds Planned Parenthood


Alternate headline: Daniels Wants To Mend Fences With Social Conservatives Before 2012 Election.

NRO reports:

Mitch Daniels has just announced that he will sign the legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

And then Daniels doubled down:

He had this message for Planned Parenthood, which had actively campaigned against the bill: “Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.

Of course, providing abortions is the raison d’être of Planned Parenthood, so asking them to stop is like asking Amazon to stop selling books.

And Planned Parenthood also seems to serve as a funnel for taxpayer dollars back to Democrats. The very useful website OpenSecrets.org reports about the Planned Parenthood PAC for 2010:

Total For Democrats: $656,858
Total Against Democrats: $86
Total For Republicans: $0
Total Against Republicans: $248,852

And their 2010 donations to Congresscritters is also highly indicative:

See any Republicans in that list? I don’t.

So, expect lots of lefty attacks on Daniels in the days and weeks to come. But, as the flier’s saying goes, when you start receiving flak, you know you’re over the target.

San Francisco Paper Calls Obama A Liar


File this one under “things I really didn’t expect to see,” especially from a media outlet in Nancy Pelosi’s deep blue district:

In a pants-on-fire moment, the White House press office today denied anyone there had issued threats to remove Carla Marinucci and possibly other Hearst reporters from the press pool covering the President in the Bay Area.

Chronicle editor Ward Bushee called the press office on its fib:

Sadly, we expected the White House to respond in this manner based on our experiences yesterday. It is not a truthful response. It follows a day of off-the-record exchanges with key people in the White House communications office who told us they would remove our reporter, then threatened retaliation to Chronicle and Hearst reporters if we reported on the ban, and then recanted to say our reporter might not be removed after all.

The Chronicle’s report is accurate.

If the White House has indeed decided not to ban our reporter, we would like an on-the-record notice that she will remain the San Francisco print pool reporter.

I was on some of those calls and can confirm Ward’s statement.

Messy ball now firmly in White House court.

One gets the sense that the Obama White House just expected the Chron’s management to meekly go along with disciplining one of their reporters for doing what is basically her job. Of course, of late, reporters haven’t really been doing their job, just taking the talking points and regurgitating them, but that doesn’t mean that some reporter with higher standards can’t actually do some real reporting for a change. One did, and it seems that His Obamaness is not amused, so he’s responding in the Chicago Way.

Kudos to the Chron for fighting back! You’ve earned a little bit of my respect with that one.

The E-Pamphlets Are Coming!


During the time leading up to the American Revolution, one of the best ways the Founding Fathers had to spread their concepts, ideas, and information was through pamphlets, of which one of the most famous is Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. These short, inexpensive, quickly printed, easily distributed monographs were undeniably popular–Common Sense sold half a million copies in its first year, and that’s in just the original 13 colonies–and almost certainly framed the debate over independence.

Now a conservative imprint of HarperCollins Publishers is aiming to do the same thing with e-pamphlets for the popular e-reader platforms: Introducing Broadside Books’ new line, Voices Of The Tea Party.

The series publishes short, pamphlet-like political works on topics such as Obamacare (”First Do No Harm“) and grassroots activism (”Community Organizing for Conservatives“).

At $2 per e-book, the purpose of these long essays is to “reinvigorate and democratize the conservative intellectual movement by lowering barriers to entry for citizen-activists who have something important to say,” according to Adam Bellow. Bellow, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow, is the editor of Broadside Books.

And now, straight from the publishers’ website:

Voices of the Tea Party is a real-time collaborative forum for Tea Partiers around the country that delivers in-depth information on tactics, strategy, and policy from the on-ground activists through the use of inexpensive and easy to download e-books. The series will serve the vibrant online community of everyday American who launched and continue to drive the Tea Party movement, by taking their collaborative discussions to a much higher level. Tea Party suporters around the country will now be able to instantly access “best practices” that have succeeded elsewhere, hear the stories of others in the movement, and learn from Tea Partiers with specific policy ideas and expertise. Perhaps more important, they will be able to engage with other thought leaders by submitting their own e-book proposals for possible inclusion in the series.

I’ve already purchased and read First, Do No Harm on my Kindle. It was well worth the $1.99 I paid for it, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next entry in this series. God willing, this new idea will help spread conservative principles to the current generation.

By the way, if you don’t have a Kindle or other supported e-reader, there’s always the Kindle for PC app.

And kudos to HarperCollins for doing this!

Birthers Still Going Off The Deep End


Obama officially released his long-form birth certificate today, as just about anyone who’s not been under a rock all day should know by now.

Of course, birthers are still going nuts, trying every possible explanation of why it’s not real, it can’t be real, it must not be real, because they, the good people, can’t be wrong! Which just shows what lengths people will go to in order to avoid surrendering a belief they find comforting. As psychologist Dr. Pat Santy, who blogs as Dr. Sanity, says (emphasis in original):

Denial is an attempt to reject unacceptable feelings, needs, thoughts, wishes–or even a painful external reality that alters the perception of ourselves. This psychological defense mechanism protects us temporarily from:

-Knowledge (things we don’t want to know)
-Insight or awareness that threatens our self-esteem; or our mental or physical health; or our security (things we don’t want to think about)
-Unacceptable feelings (things we don’t want to feel)

Think of it this way. Every one of us has at one point or another in our lives had to face an unpleasant reality or painful truth and at the very least probably desperately wished it would go away. The first words out of the mouth of someone notified of the sudden death of a friend or loved one is usually an involuntary exclamation of, “NO!” And this initial–and universal– angry refusal to accept the pain we would feel if the death were real, is perfectly natural. The negative reaction gives us some time to readjust our thinking and our feelings and prepare mentally and physically for the horrible reality of death.

But if you are still saying, “No, it can’t be true!” days and weeks after the death; refusing to face the reality; then you are in serious denial.

Now, this seems to me to be exactly what the birthers are doing right now, but not to the death of a loved one, but merely to the fact that, yes, Barack Hussein Obama was indeed born in Hawaii.

There have been many attempts already to de-legitimize the .pdf image of the birth certificate, but so far the one that I’ve seen most often in my highly un-scientific perusal of the conservative blogosphere and its associated comment areas is the “pdf layers” theory, so I’ll link to an excellent debunking of that one (emphasis added):

What’s plausible is that somewhere along the way — from the scanning device to the PDF-creation software, both of which can perform OCR (optical character recognition) — these partial/pseudo-text images were created and saved. What’s not plausible is that the government spent all this time manufacturing Obama’s birth certificate only to commit the laughably rookie mistake of exporting the layers from Photoshop, or whatever photo editing software they are meant to have used. It’s likely that whoever scanned the birth certificate in Hawaii forgot to turn off the OCR setting on the scanner. Let’s leave it at that.

Now, why it took Obama so long to release it is a legitimate question. However, it’s quite easily answered: it provided him with a very handy way to paint his political opponents as nuts.

This is my first and will be my last post on the birther kerfuffle, so I’ll make my opinions crystal-clear, if the above hasn’t done that already. Anyone still holding tight to the birther theory is probably a few fries short of a Happy Meal. And anyone frantically grasping for theories about why the birth certificate isn’t legitimate is probably also missing the burger. Not to mention that if you continue to hold onto those theories, you’re doing precisely what Obama wants: allowing him to paint his political opponents as even bigger nuts. Do you really want to do that?

Go ahead and attack me now, I can take it… and all you’ll do is prove what I just said.

Another State Starts Process To Restrict Public Employee Unions’ Bargaining Powers


I’ll start with about the first paragraph and a half…

House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states.

Now, can you guess the state? I’ll put the answer below the fold.
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Docs Who Wrote Fake Sick Notes To Be Disciplined


Looks like the doctors who wrote notes to allow people–especially teachers–to skip work and attend the Madison protests are gonna face at least some discipline:

UW Health doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the Capitol in February face penalties up to a loss of pay and leadership positions, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Tuesday.

The medical school reviewed 22 UW Health doctors said to have been involved in writing medical excuses for protesters attending rallies over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals, according to a medical school statement.

“Several” of the doctors were found not to have participated, and among those who were involved “the nature and extent of involvement varied widely,” the statement said.

“Personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement,” the statement said. “The consequences range from written reprimand to loss of pay and leadership position.”

Depending on what “leadership position” they lose, and how much pay gets docked, this could actually be some serious discipline for these folks… or it could turn out to be a slap on the wrist for appearance’s sake. And it appears that we may never know:

The statement didn’t identify the doctors, citing public employee records laws, and said “the school will not comment on individual cases.”

However, this isn’t the end of their possible troubles:

The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board are investigating eight people who allegedly wrote notes, the agencies said last week.

The Wisconsin Medical Society criticized the doctors’ actions, saying they threatened the public’s trust in the medical profession.

Yes, when doctors put politics ahead of good medicine, that threatens the public’s trust. Too bad these doctors weren’t smart enough to figure that out before.

T-Paw Drills Obama Hard On Drilling


Looks like the quiet Midwesterner is starting to catch the fire in the belly:

Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is using rising gas prices to poke holes in President Obama’s energy policy.

The former Minnesota governor, like other GOP hopefuls, said Monday that the Obama administration should ramp up domestic oil drilling to reduce prices at the pump, which are approaching $4 per gallon on average nationally.

“This is a president who has sat on his hands as it relates to drilling,” he said on WLS Radio in Chicago. “You know, we’ve got a country that’s got some enormous energy assets that are not being exploited or leveraged to the benefit of our country and to our people.”

He’s right, you know, as… er… someone… cough, cough… pointed out not too long ago.

…President Obama could very easily lower gas prices, just by telling his employees to stop the permitorium that’s keeping us from drilling for our own oil right here in the US. But he isn’t.

So now you know who to blame.

Indeed.

Supreme Court Denies Expedited Review of ObamaCare


The Supreme Court says, in effect, that the cases against ObamaCare have to take the normal path, through the appellate courts:

Choosing, for now, to remain on the sidelines of the national constitutional debate over the new health care law, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to put Virginia’s challenge to the law on a fast track with review by the Justices ahead of any appeals court decisions.  There were no dissents noted, and there was no comment. The Court granted no new cases.  (The full Order List is here.)

The legal side of the health care controversy will now revert to six federal courts of appeals where challenges are unfolding; the first hearing in one of those cases will be May 10 at the Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, Va.

This isn’t really as much of a blow as it would appear, there’s still plenty of time for at least one case to work its way through the appellate courts and to SCOTUS before the 2012 elections.

H/T Volokh

Barbour Not Running For POTUS In 2012


Well, they’ve started falling away from the race

STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

The folks at HotAir are speculating that Barbour will support Mitch Daniels, perhaps in exchange for a spot in a Daniels administration:

Barbour dropping out will help clarify things a bit since, if Daniels does run, he’s now practically guaranteed Barbour’s endorsement and fundraising help. Barbour might not make it to the White House on his own, but if he joins forces with Mitch the Knife, he could get there as VP, chief of staff, or in any number of other roles. He’s a bottom-line kind of guy, and that’d be a shrewd bottom-line calculation. Now all Daniels has to do is play ball.

Indeed. The spotlight is on you, Mitch.

IMF: “Age Of America” Almost Over


BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The International Monetary Fund has just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed.

For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now.

Well, Obama said that American exceptionalism is no different from Greek exceptionalism, so I guess now he’s wanting us to follow the path Greece did… once a world power, now… well, to be brutally honest… not so much.

Happy Easter!


First, the serious part…

Luke 24 (NKJV)

He Is Risen

1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them,[a] came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly[b] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”
8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying[c]by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

The Road to Emmaus

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles[d] from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”[e]
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happenedon the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.[f]41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.[g]43 And He took itand ate in their presence.

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise[h] from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[i]until you are endued with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising and[j] blessing God. Amen.[k]

And now, something a bit more light-hearted, featuring a cat and a rabbit.

A blessed Easter to all.

For Those Who Think HuffPo Is Mainstream


…I present HuffWatch’s report on one of their moderators who has been banned 3 times for making death threats, but is now back for a fourth time. Screenshots included.

Any website that would let such a person be a moderator is hardly “mainstream.”

A Fallen Hero Returns Home


Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers, USMC, has returned home to Brandon, Mississippi. Unfortunately, he did so posthumously.

The video is sped up to show more of the people honoring Sgt. Rogers, but I didn’t see any protesters. Of course, it might have been because my eyes got a little wet.

Via American Digest, H/T to PJ Tatler

The Obligatory Earth Day Post


Courtesy Jack Heald:

I’m convinced Earth Day was conceived by tea-sipping western European elites who live in mild climates where nature is a devoted, loving and fertile servant to man. I know better. I spent my childhood in Oklahoma and half my adult life in Texas.

He goes on to explain why… and then close to the end, he brings up some things the lefties probably wish had remained in the memory hole:

From the time I started school until I was in college, Time Magazine ran cover story after cover story warning the world of an impending Global Ice Age. “The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, amidst a building alarm about the dangers of a new ice age.” All the scientists agreed; it was coming and it was going to be bad. Then sometime in the 80′s “they” decided that Global Warming was the threat du jour. Recently, that has been changed yet again to “Global Climate Change”, (does that phrase have any meaning at all?) In my lifetime, the experts have wrongly predicted every sort of change possible to the environment. Forgive me for being skeptical now.

I can’t say it any better than he did, so I won’t try.

However, I am not sure I believe that the designated hitter rule caused the world to start to go to hell… though I probably agree with him about the artificial turf.

Krauthammer Surveys The 2012 Field


He opens thus:

Unified Field Theory of 2012, Axiom One: The more the Republicans can make the 2012 election like 2010, the better their chances of winning.

The 2010 Democratic shellacking had the distinction of being the most ideological election in 30 years. It was driven by one central argument in its several parts: the size and reach of government, spending and debt and, most fundamentally, the nature of the American social contract. The 2010 election was a referendum on President Obama‘s experiment in hyper-liberalism. It lost resoundingly.

Of course, presidential elections are not arguments in the abstract but arguments with a face. Hence, Axiom Two: The less attention the Republican candidate draws to him/herself, the better the chances of winning. To the extent that 2012 is about ideas, about the case for smaller government, Republicans have a decided edge. If it’s a referendum on the fitness and soundness of the Republican candidate – advantage Obama.

Which suggests Axiom Three: No baggage and no need for flash. Having tried charisma in 2008, the electorate is not looking for a thrill up the leg in 2012. It’s looking for solid, stable, sober and, above all, not scary.

Given these Euclidean truths, here’s the early line. (Remember: This is analysis, not advocacy.)

Read the whole thing to see how he breaks down the field. And remember, it’s analysis, not advocacy… though certain fans of certain candidates will probably forget that in their haste to push their preferred candidate.

Oil Prices And The “Evil Speculators”


Blaming “oil speculators” has apparently become all the rage, from the President all the way to an article on a usually reliably conservative blog, and one I’ve linked to often in the past.

However, two Cato senior fellows took a look, and decided, no, speculators aren’t to blame.

With gasoline selling at around $4 per gallon, the political hunt is on to track down the ne’re-do-wells responsible. The primary suspects seem to be Wall Street speculators who, we’re told, are gaming the crude oil futures market to create price increases out of thin air. It is a tale, however, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying ignorance.

And that’s just the first paragraph.

More formal statistical tests (known as “Granger-causality tests” to economists) examine the impact of traders’ behavior on prices within futures markets. Do futures prices follow the bets taken by market participants or do those bets follow prices? A federal interagency task force undertook one such econometric analysis in 2008 and found that futures price changes from January 2000 to June 2008 preceded net position changes by any group of traders. An updated and more rigorous econometric study by economists Bahattin Buyuksahin and Jeffrey Harris found the same thing for July 2000-March 2009.

These findings undermine the claim that speculators’ behavior increases gasoline prices. “The lack of even Granger-causality (let alone true causality) between positions and prices undermines the prospect that speculative trading has driven recent dramatic price swings in the crude oil futures market,” concludes Buyuksahin and Harris. “Rather, we believe it more likely that both prices and positions react to the same factors, such as global demand and supply.”

So it’s not speculators, it’s just the usual supply and demand. Which means that President Obama could very easily lower gas prices, just by telling his employees to stop the permitorium that’s keeping us from drilling for our own oil right here in the US.

But he isn’t. So now you know who to blame.

MSN Money: $5 Gas Is Good!


From the same corporate giant that brought you Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, why you should stop worrying and love high gas prices:

With the national average at $3.84, it’s easy to label oil executives as pond scum, but try to remain open-minded. Think of the big picture: While that promised road trip to Disney World just went up in carbon monoxide, $5 gasoline may actually have an upside if it arrives this summer as some experts predict. Not for you and your family personally, maybe, but perhaps for the United States as a whole.

Some possible benefits (and we’re serious about most of them):

Read the whole thing… and be ready to pick your jaw up off the floor.

WE WIN! Wonkette Removes Trig Palin Post


Big Journalism has the screen shot.

Of course, they removed it after a day of saying, “no, we won’t remove it.”

One wonders if this had anything to do with it:

Advertisers began announcing their plans to stop advertising on Wonkette via Twitter. By Loesch’s count, so far the boycotters include Papa Johns, Huggies, the Vanguard Group, Holland America Cruises, Nordstrom, Bob Evans Farms, Reliant Energy, DealSwarm and Coldwell Banker.

Here’s a clue for the Wonkette crew: Advertisers don’t like it when you mock disabled children… or even if it “sounded like the author was mocking the child.”

SF Mayor Brown: Obama-Cuomo In 2012


Okay, this one, I’m just throwing out there for the speculation value, not because I believe Willie Brown’s prediction:

[SF Mayor Willie] Brown says he is predicting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be Obama’s running mate and Biden will replace Clinton as the secretary of state.

“Here’s a prediction: Vice President Biden moves over to secretary of state, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepping in to bring new blood to the Obama re-election campaign,” Brown said.

“He’s a big name, a big-state governor. And a Democrat who is taking on the issue of pubic-employee salaries and pensions. Plus, he looks good.”

Speculate away!

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