Friday, August 31, 2012

The Best Quotes From The RNC - With Bonus Clint!

IMHO...more here, but these are my Big Four.  Hit the video at the bottom too...

“Fifty-five years ago, when my dad was a penniless teenager, thank God some well-meaning bureaucrat didn’t put his arm around him and say ‘let me take care of you.’”Ted Cruz.

“Self esteem comes from achievements. Not from lax standards and false praise.” Condi Rice

“Barack Obama’s failed us. But look, it’s understandable. A lot of people fail at their first job.”Tim Pawlenty

“We all know that Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party.”- Clint Eastwood

I gotta toss this in  -it's  freaking hilarious.  The RNC should have shown it last night..."40 Clint Eastwood quotes that illustrate the Obama years" (via Republican Party Animals):

Barack Obama Gives America His Back...

Photo, tweeted out last night by the Obama campaign in response to the Mitt's night at the Republican convention (or perhaps directly in response to Clint Eastwood?  If liberals hate anything more than a conservative, it is a "natural" member of their "coalition"who has strayed off the plantation.  Ask Clarence Thomas, or any female GOP'er...) - via Legal Insurrection:

To me, the image conveys a man of self-assumed power giving me his back, leaving me out of the conversation, immune to my case and deaf to my pleas.

And the caption, regarding the seat being "taken"?  Arrogant beyond belief.  That seat has been granted to him by the citizens of the United States - the very people he is turning his back on - and can be yanked out from under him in very short order.

Maybe 'ol Clint did get under the president's thin skin last night when he said “We own this country. . . . It’s not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours. . . . And when somebody does not do the job, you gotta let ‘em go.”

Is this Obama's way of saying wrong, this is my seat, and I am not going anywhere, regardless of the people's petty's whims, so sit down and shut up while I go about the business of - heh - Change ?

The miserable little radical is not going to go down easily...

Mia Love vs. Sandra Fluke: No Contest

I didn't build this -  Black Conservatives for Romney did -  but I just gots to share it...

This little battle of convention speakers is pretty emblematic of the intellectual depth of each party - and their futures, as well...

David Chalain's Apologists....

We refer, of course, to the disgraced Yahoo News Washington bureau chief, who was caught on video sneering that Mitt and Ann Romney "were happy to have a party when black people are drowning" .  Fired immediately by Yahoo suits (who apparently weren't paying attention to years of insanely biased news coverage), one would think the media would be somewhat chastened at having been caught red-handed so deep in the liberal cookie jar.

But it seems as if our MSM overlords are incapable of even basic self-reflection.  The reaction seemed to be that Chalain was given a bum deal for saying what all right-minded people think.  The first and ugliest reaction came from Gwen Ifill, the famed McCain/Obama debate "moderator" that was practically drooling over the Democrat.

No doubt she does, as they have identical mindsets.  They see their positions simply as an opportunity to use "their" media to push the liberal agenda.  Facts and events are for cub reporters, and the naive.  The Elite knows better.


New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney wrote that Chalian was “a first-rate journalist, terrific person and classy guy” who “said something awful.”

Nagourney is the former chief political correspondent for the New York Times (now LA bureau chief), who is more than happy to reprint Democratic talking points under his byline. Good example from 24 hours ago, when he claims that Paul Ryan's convention speech would hurt Mitt Romney. How'd that work out, champ?

You know, many people feel the same way about Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who is being asked to terminate his career over one unfortunate remark.  Where was the media's deep well of  mercy then?

Meanwhile, Politico throws a hissy fit:

Yahoo News, apparently eager to stem controversy as fast as possible, seemed willing to sacrifice Chalian without even granting temporary suspension for a review of his remarks — despite the fact that Chalian is a widely respected veteran of the industry, serving as ABC News political director from 2007 to 2010, then as political director at PBS Newshour before joining Yahoo last year.

...In unsolicited emails to POLITICO, television news executives and political reporters described him as “serious” and “professional,” the remark as “uncharacteristic” and “surprising.”

The circle tightens, as each animal feels more endangered, with their weak spot revealed.  The nature of Chalian's apologists does not speak well of their profession, and implicates Chalain even further by their association.

Politco seems to insinuate that the conservative mob took Chalian's head, and that a courtly suspension with quiet reinstatement would have been the proper course.

No harm, no foul. Just business as usual. With bias as usual.

Politco, along with Chalain's erstwhile supporters, seem to be desperately trying to hold onto the old way of doing business, under the old paradigm, with the old crew.

It's almost sad to watch.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Media, Democrats Fail To "Akinize" Republicans...

Gee, since the middle of last week, all I heard about was how this Todd Akin fellow out of Missouri -  who made a stupid comment about pregnancy & rape - was going to be the undoing of the Republican party, as what few women supporters they have left would flee as soon as they realized Akin was not speaking just for himself, but was in fact the heart & soul of the Republican party!  And of course, his warped views are ascribed to in toto by  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, in case you didn't know.

And in case you didn't know, the Democrats were out there every day making the case, with the media gladly allowing themselves to be used as a megaphone to amplify the message.  So how did that work out?

As well as every other desperation ploy the Left has employed over the past few weeks:

The New York Times reports: “In the wake of the widespread outrage over a Missouri congressman’s remarks about rape and abortion, about 60 percent of Americans do not think his comments reflect the views of most Republicans, according to the latest CBS News poll. That result includes a majority of women. And while there is little gender difference overall on abortion views, women and Democrats are more likely than men or Republicans to say they could not back a candidate who disagreed with them on abortion.” Maybe voters aren’t quite as dense as Democrats think they are.

It gets worse for the party who has dedicated their convention to the celebration of abortion:

Moreover, the voters are not as fixated on the abortion issue as Democrats had hoped. By a large majority (57 percent to 34 percent), voters say they could vote for someone with whom they disagree on abortion.

A further disappointment to pro-abortion-on-demand Democrats is that 61 percent of voters don’t support abortion without limitations. Only 35 percent of the electorate buys the Democratic position — “permitted in all cases.” Lastly, there are no significant gender differences in voters’ responses...

Maybe that's why Todd Akin - like Bain Capital, Romney's tax returns, at all the other nonsense vomited up by the Democrats lately - seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.  I suppose if it isn't helpful in getting Barack Obama re-elected, it simply ain't news.

Wonder if those guys want to rethink giving Sandra Fluke - "I wanna get laid, and want the taxpayers to pick up the tab!" a prime-time speaking slot at the convention?

If she doesn't make America sick, well...stay tuned.  She'll be followed by Elizabeth Warren -  the self-proclaimed intellectual force behind the "Occupy" movement, as well as the originator of the "You didn't build that" meme (so ham-handedly stolen by Barack Obama).

It's isn't all bad - maybe while Fluke is talking about "pay-for-play", Ms. Warren can whip out her tit, as she has claimed to be the first woman in New Jersey history to do so:

If that isn't enough to make you gag, well...we've heard a rumor this chick may show up too:

Not quite the way I would celebrate women...but those Democrats, they sure do have some wacky ideas...

It's too late; Western Civilization is already lost...

Forget about the great speeches given last night by Paul Ryan and Condi Rice.  While we were focused on the study of fiscal policy, constitutional lawmaking, and fixing entitlement programs, the Left completely took over the culture.

And look at the result:

'Tan Mom' Patricia Krentcil gets sloshed and thrown out of drag-queen show

Gave over, man.  Game over...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In Which Yahoo Proves That Every Negative Thing This Blog Has Ever Written About Them Is 100% True...

***UPDATE**** Yahoo just announced they have terminated Chalian effective immediately!!!! VICTORY!

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know how vile and detestable I find Yahoo News.  If you don' can find my beefs  herehere,  here here and here, and here and here...and here.   (This one is my most recent favorite, though).

It's the MSNBC of the internet...and in case you ever doubted it, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian lifted the mask off for all to see yesterday:

In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.

“They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian can be heard on the live broadcast. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown.”

That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.

From the audio, it appears Chalian was talking to an unknown individual named “John” who appears to have made some sort of quip which cannot be heard on the video.

The anti-Romney joke was made while Chalian was on an active microphone, apparently unaware that his quips against the former Massachusetts governor were being recorded and broadcast live...

Any surprise that when Yahoo puts up the "news", it looks like this (taken two weeks ago):

Or like this (on the eve of the Republican convention):

Chalian comes off as one of the worst type of people, regardless of political affiliation -  one who lays false claims to another party's morality so he can lift his mean, miserable little self to the esteemed perch that his desperate little ego so vainly aspires to.

Turns out Chalain is simply rolling about in the gutter.  If he looks about, he'll see a lot of his liberal friends there...

UPDATE:  Yuk.  He's a local boy.  Morganville is adjacent to Old Bridge.  The shame, the shame...

UPDATE II: Speaking of shame... remember this "impartial "moderator from the McCain/Obama debates?

Revitalizing The Republican Brand

Two related thoughts - one from New Jersey:

Personality is giving President Barack Obama the edge over Mitt Romney among New Jersey voters surveyed in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.

Obama continues to hold a double-digit lead with 51 percent of likely voters saying they'd vote for him compared to 37 percent for Mitt Romney.
The president maintains his lead despite 57 percent of likely New Jersey voters saying the country is on the wrong track.

Poll Director David Redlawsk says voters surveyed like Obama better than Romney, although they believe Romney is a stronger leader.

Sixty-two percent of likely New Jersey voters polled say the most important issue is economy and jobs.

Looks as if New Jersey residents realize Obama is simply not getting it done, but cannot commit themselves to pulling the lever for a Republican.

Which brings us here - The Corner:

Both Ann Romney and Christie seemed to be working harder at bolstering the Republican brand than the Mitt brand. Perhaps the target audiences they’re going after need to be seduced into feeling okay to vote Republican before they can be convinced to vote for Romney. That’s a good ambition, it seems to me, and if these speeches worked to that end that’s great...

It's brilliant, in my opinion, given the poll above.

Is the Republican party merely the haven of rich white men and radical ideologues, as the Democrats claim and the media implies?

Last night's lineup would convince you otherwise.

Sher Valenzuela, candidate for Lt. Governor in Delaware. Haitian immigrant and congressional candidate Mia Love. True reformist governors (of blue states!) Scott Walker and Chris Christie. Party leaders such as Marc Rubio and the up-and-coming Ted Cruz. Former Democrat Artur Davis. And Ann Romney, who reminded voters that motherhood and MS know no racial or economic boundaries.

Maybe that's why Christie spent more time talking about himself and New Jersey than about Mitt Romney. Or why Love spoke primarily about her family and values, and only minimally about the candidate himself.

Let Mitt sell Mitt, let his executives sell the brand - and the party.

That's how you sell a customer - or an investor, as every taxpayer is - on a company, or porduct.

You know, I'm starting to believe maybe this Romney chap is the right fellow at the right time, after all...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Keep The Change. I'll Take The Love...

...Mia Love, that is.  Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and currently the Republican candidate for the lone Congressional seat in Utah, running against incumbent Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson.

“Mr. President, I’m here to tell you that the American people are awake, and we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012.”

Yippie-Ki-Yay, motherffff....well, you know the line.

4 minutes of fire. Mia Love brings it:

MSM Declares: GOP Women Are...Hot?

The GOP is H-O-T!....

That's coming from MSN, no less.  I guess they don't read the New York Times much, as the Old Grey Whore explains that Republicans candidates are now chosen strictly on looks, in order to hide their dirty laundry:

Ms. Long’s ascension suggests a continuing interest among conservatives in cultivating candidates whose youth, or fitness levels, or musical tastes, or in the instance of Ms. Long, urbane femininity, might blunt the impact of unpalatable social ideologies.

Well, it's nice to see some members of the MSM get past their innate hatred of all things Republican and at least admit something we've all known for some time:  Conservatives chicks are hot!

Here's a few that they ogle:

Kristi Noem, South Dakota Congresswoman

Kelley Ayotte - senator from New Hampshire

Martha Roby  - Alabama Congresswoman

Nikki Haley - Governor of South Carolina

Sarah Palin, of course....

Compare and contrast our beauties with liberal heartthrobs:

And let's not forget Debbie!

No wonder these guys are so worked up about getting government-provided birth control.  Do we really need these...things to be spawning?

R.S. McCain has more here...

An Ironic Occupation By The Obama Campaign...

Lifting these pictures from Ricochet, where George Savage notes a new Obama 2012 campaign office out in sunny California:

Strolling past the local Obama campaign office yesterday, I was struck by the odd-seeming decision to occupy the front of an abandoned automobile dealership, one of several lining this stretch of Silicon Valley's El Camino Real, to tout the wages of Hope and Change.

Why then this peculiar choice immediately adjacent to another formerly thriving, but still-vacant, dealership?

.... perhaps those staffing The One's campaign office just don't notice or persist in blaming George W. Bush for their low rent. Whatever the genesis, there is no denying the evident irony deficiency.

Maybe Mitt Romney ought to use these images in his ads targeting Michigan.  But wait, it gets worse:

But there is an alternative explanation. The front door of Obama campaign central opens up to a president-sized view of state-directed industrial nirvana: a glitzy showroom displaying high-end electric cars from Tesla Motors. Tesla, natch, is the beneficiary of a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy awarded in January, 2010--just in time to buttress the company's initial public offering. Haven't considered a Tesla for your own garage yet? This may have something to do with the six-figure entry price. But you can at least experience a frisson at seeing a select few of your betters swanning about in their environmental fashion statements, while of course each pocketing a $7,500 federal income tax credit.

Maybe it's less irony, and more a glimpse of the future being offered to us by the Obama campaign.  Can't say we weren't warned, the signs were certainly flashed before us in bright neon....

For soemr eason, after reading this piece, I couldn't get the Talking Heads' (Nothing But) Flowers out of my mind:

This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
you got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,
Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens
you got it, you got it

And as things fell apart
Nobody paid much attention...


Monday, August 27, 2012

Democrats War On Women Will Continue...On The Convention Floor?

Oh, you betcha!  Those liberals love women (or so they'll tell you), but really seem to dislike kids.  Hence the non-stop push to put a McBortions on every street corner in America (so as not to get in the way of their loving, of course).
And so, suckered in by the grandiose promises of their lecherous suitors,  it may be no surprise that single woman vote Democratic by a 70-30 margin (needing that good government lovin'), while married women go Republican 56% of the time...

And being that females with children are an irrelevant voting group to the Democratic party, no one should be surprised that their convention  - starring childless woman, abortioneers, and free-sex advocates - would do everything they could to make those miserable little rugrats as scarce as possible:

The Democratic National Committee is taking flak from women’s groups for the lack of child care that is being provided at the convention.

The Charlotte Observer reports that children will not be allowed access on the floor of the Democratic National Convention and that daycare will not be provided for delegates who bring their kids.

Women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem and several National Organization of Women chapters have called out the DNC for the “discrimination against mothers with young children.”

Zoe Nicholson, president for the Pacific Shore NOW chapter, is calling for the DNC to end this “outdated practice.”

“We believe this practice of discrimination needs to end in 2012,” Nicholson told The Daily Caller. “This is the year for the Democratic leadership to demonstrate comprehensive support of women, ending this outdated practice and to state publicly that it supports true family values.

Oh, Zoe -  gay marriages, higher taxation, government-rationed healthcare, and unlimited unlicensed immigration are true family values!  Every good Democrat knows that...

"2016: Obama's America" - #8 This Weekend...

...look at the figures - it is a very impressive #8:

 - Highest per-screen average in the top ten
-#8 position, yet showing in less than half the theaters of any other top ten movie
-Over $9M earned on a movie costing just under $2.5M

 A very strong showing, considering the media has done all it can to convince you this  movie doesn't exist.  Or perhaps, like the Chik-Fil-A "rebellion" a few weeks back, this type of event is so far out of the media's zone of awareness that they never saw it coming.

They see it now - like deer in the headlights -  so expect it, and Dinesh D'Souza, to be denounced shortly. (Although the NYT offers a nod to reality here).

It is really the last point that will be most telling.  Hollywood has always been about the money, or so it seemed until the Bush years, where they green-lighted one piece of liberal propaganda after another ("Rendition", "In the Valley of Elah", "Lions for Lambs", "Syrianna"), despite the fact that they all lost money hand-over-fist.

So we have some proof that a conservative movie can turn a tidy profit for the studios.  Will they take notice, or continue to feed their own political prejudices at the expense of profits?

Put it this way...will they cater to the massive crowds who supported Chik-Fil-A, or to the handful who staged the poorly-attended "kiss-in" a few days later?

The answer will tell you whether or not Hollywood is still in the entertainment business, or exists as an outlet for liberal dominance over the cultural conversation.

Watch them.  And your 401(k)....

And speaking of the "hive" mentality of the New York Times...

...consider this excerpt, from a Times piece on Wendy Long, the Conservative/Republican Senate candidate opposing the reprehensible Kristie Gillibrand in New York this fall:

Ms. Long’s ascension suggests a continuing interest among conservatives in cultivating candidates whose youth, or fitness levels, or musical tastes, or in the instance of Ms. Long, urbane femininity, might blunt the impact of unpalatable social ideologies. (One wonders if, going forward, the Republican Party will be increasingly wary of candidates who look too much as though they believe what Todd Akin thinks.)

For openers, I suppose it is OK to reduce a woman of accomplishment and stature (Dartmouth-educated lawyer and mother of two) to a caricature, if she's a Republican woman. Or if the article in question is written by another women. Cattiness is a virtue within liberal circles; it explains the survival of the likes of Maureen Dowd, for instance, who lives on nothing but.

It's the unpalatable social ideologies that get me, more than the idea that the Republican party is simply trying to put a pretty face on its "ugly" theology (Todd Akin, now and forever).  And what social ideologies does Gina Bellafante, author of this particular piece, consider to be "unpalatable"?

She goes through them in order: Long is a Catholic, 100% pro-life, who bought her son a rifle for Christmas.

Baffling, I suppose, to an urbane sophisticate like Gina B.

New York's congressional delegation is split 21-8, D/R.  Dominant, perhaps, but  13 of those 29 are in New York City, which has an 11-2 D/R split.

Take out the city, and the remainder of the state is 10/7 D/R.  And that number may be deceiving:  As a whole, Upstate New York is roughly equally divided in Federal elections between Democrats and Republicans. In 2004, John Kerry defeated George W. Bush by fewer than 1,500 votes (1,553,246 votes to 1,551,971) in the Upstate Region.

Which would lead one to believe that Ms. Long does in fact represent the viewpoints of a larger amount of New York state than the provincial Gina B. realizes.  And while yes, we cannot pretend NYC doesn't vote, doesn't it seem reasonable that one of the two parties should offer a candidate for statewide office that does more than reflect the viewpoints of one the most liberal cities in America, and instead reaches out to all voters from Tottenville to Massena?

To Miss Bellefante, these people don't exist.  Or shouldn't.  And if they do, their viewpoints are so repellent as not to deserve representation, or even discussion.  A funny position for a woman who writes about "social and cultural issues" for the New York Times.

Does she not fit perfectly in with the final words of the NYT's Ombudsman, Arthur Brisbane?

Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.


Brisbane also wrote:

...the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.

The new executive editor of the Times, Jill Abramson, denounced Brisbane's column as soon as it was printed:

"In our newsroom we are always conscious that the way we view an issue in New York is not necessarily the way it is viewed in the rest of the country or world. I disagree with Mr. Brisbane's sweeping conclusions"

Either Jill doesn't read Gina's work, or honestly thinks her assessment of Wendy Long is in line with the thinking of the majority of New York residents statewide.

Which vindicates Brisbane on both counts.  And bodes ill for any hope of future dispassionate reporting within the Old Grey Whore...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Media Readies Itself For The 2012 Republican Convention!

Mickey Kaus:

The mainstream media comes in to Tampa with one mission, Brian, and that’s to subtly give the impression that Romney is floundering: The steering committee has secretly met. The new party line: After a typical August BS tumultuous month in which he was thrown off message by one distraction after another, especially the ones we in the MSM blew wildly out of proportion, Mitt Romney is a man Desperately Seeking Reboot!

He quotes NPR, which uses the words "tumultuous", "defensive", and "further off message" within two paragraphs.  Yahoo! is on board, of course:

Lots of defensive headlines there, and they use the Democratic "reset" attack line without the scare quotes it deserves (and would have had, if the Romney campaign had used the phrase in reference to the president).  The actually "reset" story is even more egregious:

....the Obama campaign says attempts by presumptive nominee Mitt Romney to refresh his image on the national stage are "not gonna work."

A spoof movie trailer produced by the campaign - dubbed an "epic cinematic preview " of Romney's week ahead - openly mocks Romney for what is portrayed as his repeated failure to cultivate a positive image.
"Nothing is working," says the announcer over a dramatic soundtrack. "His only hope is a convention reinvention. And an Etch-a-sketch of epic proportions will be shaken to its core."

Romney enters his convention week in Tampa, Fla., with the lowest personal popularity ratings for a presumptive presidential nominee since 1984. Forty percent of Americans have a favorable view of Romney, 49 percent unfavorable, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Republicans have enlisted an army of image-makers, advertising managers, designers and media producers to help craft a convention program...

That comes up, by the way, as "political news" within Yahoo! (scare quotes intentional).  The negative barrage continues:

Arthur Brisbane, the New York Times' Ombudsman, in his final column, speaks some obvious truths:

I...also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.

...Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.

As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.

Innocent enthusiasm for a cause?  Or is the media involved in something deeper, something much more cynical and corrosive?  From a barely-related post over at The Belmont Club: religions or ideologies at permanent war with unbelievers, lies are of no consequence if they advance the goal...Maybe that way you can get to the White House via the basement. By all means necessary; any which way you can.

Seems like the three media outlets referenced above are on board with that cause...

CDC Calls Out - In Vain? - For John Galt....

"Calling John Galt...Calling John Galt...Are you listening, John Galt? We wish to negotiate.  We wish to negotiate with you.  We wish to confer with you. Give us word on where you can be reached...Do you hear us, John Galt?"

That's Ayn Rand's fictional American government in Atlas Shrugged, desperately reaching out for the one man they know can save them - and the nation -  from ruin.  Alas for them, he has no desire to.  Nor can he be motivated by the moral threat of the harm he may cause others by inaction.

Although Glenn Reynolds has oft said that for Obama and the Democrats, Atlas Shrugged isn't a cautionary tale, it's a how-to manual, it appears no one at the CDC has ever read the book.  Or why else would they put out a cry for help like this, as they find themselves helpless to fight against a new drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea? (Vial Legal Insurrection):

The CDC is urging the private sector to prioritize the discovery of new treatments, as there is only one new drug treatment currently in the pharmaceutical pipeline and only one clinical trial under way to test existing drugs against the infection.

Nice to see the government admit, albeit subtly and in desperation, that they cannot create, only redistribute.  Which begs the questions: Why in the world would any pharmaceutical company invest the money in time and research, when it knows that the final product will - in the event this sexual epidemic comes to pass - likely be confiscated by the government at a less-than-market value?

This has happened before - remember the flu vaccine shortages of the early 2000's?

Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton Managed A Take-Over Of The Pediatric Vaccine Industry:

- “Before her big health-care reform crashed and burned in 1994, Hillary Rodham Clinton managed to get Congress to pass a government vaccine-buying program for children; her sales pitch was free vaccines for all kids and higher immunization rates.” (Editorial, “Infectious Politics,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/14/04)
- “Thus the government now purchases about 60% of all pediatric vaccines, forcing huge discounts and imposing price caps.” (Editorial, “Infectious Politics,” The Wall Street Journal, 10/14/04)

The Pharmaceutical Industry Portrayed As Greedy To Justify Big Government Power Grab  - President Clinton persuaded Congress to establish the program in 1993 by arguing that vaccine manufacturers were pursuing ‘profits at the expense of our children.

Time for Big Pharma to "go Galt", big-time.  If the government is going to push policies that promote the transmission of rabid, rancid STDs, why should the private sector bail them out with a product that will almost certainly be seized and redistributed (in party affiliation and gender order, no doubt), while the minds and companies behind the breakthrough are paid pennies on the dollar?  All while they are being demonized by politicians and the media for their "selfishness", of course...

May be appearing incognito at the Democratic Convention next week...

John Galt heard a similar call from a corrupt government and ignored it. Will America's pharmaceutical companies - or at least the top minds in their R&D departments - have his courage and moral strength?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Government Intervention - The 0.7% Solution

From a recent George Will column on the government's nutritional activism:

A study of nearly 20,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade found that among those with easy access to high-calorie snacks in schools, 35.5 percent were overweight — compared with 34.8 percent of children in schools without such snacks.

Expect this result to be used in a drive to...increase government money of anti-obesity programs.


Because obese people obviously need to be told that they're obese, and their lifestyle is unhealthy.  Because the government telling them so is so much more effective than the feedback they get from family, friends, and the irritated passenger next to them on the bus.

Of course, it could just be that liberal busybodies are the ones jonesing to satisfy a twisted craving of their own:  the fulfillment of their endless quest for moral superiority.  In this case, the high is reached by poking fatties in the gut while"tsk-tsking" them.  Oh yeah, feel the rush...

He doesn't need a bucket...he needs a bureaucrat!

The obese spend themselves into poverty over-eating, while drug addicts often succumb to a life of petty theft to stay high.  The liberal bureaucrat does both - stealing money from the citizenry to protect their own pathetic self-image, while creating poverty by wasting resources on nonexistent problems.

Call it "The 0.7% Solution"...

Well, Of Course The "Rabbis For Obama" Hate Israel...

...why else would they support the most anti-Israel (and anti-Semetic) president ever?

So Obama found 600 credentialed Jewish schmucks to sign on to his re-election effort. Like that's a shock; most "mainstream" (secular) Jews feel greater affinity for the Democratic party than the Jewish state, and to the word of Obama over the Word of God.

And naturally, Obama missed this layup, as word got out that some of his most rabid rabbinical supporters were less-than-kosher:

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is a member of the advisory board and rabbinical council of Jewish Voices for Peace, a nice-sounding title for a far-left radical group that opposes Israeli self-defense, supports the boycott of Israel (and by this, they mean all of Israel, not just the settlements) and promotes an idea of peace in which Arab refugees may swamp Israel consistent with its indifference to the survival of it as a Jewish state.

Gottlieb...previously earned the opprobrium of the Jewish community by speaking at a 2007 dinner in New York Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Anti-Defamation League lists Jewish Voices for Peace as one of the “top ten anti-Israel groups” in the nation.

And so there was much indignation, and a demand that Barack distance himself from this so-called "rabbi".  But with a little bit more digging, we see Lynn Gottlieb is not the only worm in Obama's hand-picked Jewish apple.  Turns out that...she is, in fact, only one of eight members of JVP’s rabbinic council to appear on the list of Rabbis for Obama.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and her fellow rabbis from JVP?  And yes, a disproportionate amount of the JVP's board are female... 

So a total of 2% of the "Rabbis for Obama" turn out to be part of a hate group.  2% that we know of so far.  If Romney, in an attempt to emulate the divisive tribalism of the Obama campaign, put together a "Blacks for Mitt" campaign, and it was found out that at least 8 of them were self-hating Klansman, can bet the media would be having a field day.

Although underneath the sound of crickets, I thought I heard a deep sigh heaved from within a stack of unread newspapers...

Or maybe, as we posit, this simply is a "dog bites man" story.  Even the media has got to be aware that a Jew voting for Barack Obama is like the chicken voting for Colonel Sanders, and that any group of useful idiots like "Rabbis for Obama" would be filled with...idiots.  Like Lynn Gottlieb and her cohorts at JVP.

Still, it's valuable to know exactly what kind of Jews - and, more importantly, rabbis - are supporting the re-election campaign of Barack Hussein Obama:  Israel deniers, self-haters, and left-wing whack-jobs.

But what about the rest of us?  What about the growing power and population of the Orthodox movement?

You'll hear more about us after Obama loses in November.  Because the Democrats will need to blame someone for their defeat (as it is never their governing positions).  Who better than...those disloyal, money-grubbing, deceitful, ungrateful Jews?

Leaked image of "The American Jew", as portrayed by the Democrats circa January 2013...

Bet on it.  And watch whose side Lynn Gottlieb will be on...

Friday, August 24, 2012

So I'm back...

..and re-invigorated.  Posting to resume shortly.  But in the meantime, I will share one thing I learned, in my travels from the nation's capital to the Jersey shore and back up north again...

Like most tourists, I ate out.  A lot.  And I chatted up a number of my waiters and waitresses, who were overwhelmingly efficient, pleasant, and young.

And educated.  You see, most of them had college degrees, but couldn't find work.  The general refrain was "well, we have to do something..."

Not exactly layabouts, or the celebrated "Occupiers".  Instead, just kids looking for a chance to make their way in the world. Virtually every single one of these young Americans (of all races, nationalities & genders) that I spoke with still had hope for their futures.

Which is not, of course, the same as Hope...

"Sunset in America"...although the youth I met would strongly disagree...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Packing Up The Jeep, And Hitting The Jersey Shore...

...going to Washington DC first, actually.  Like a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, it brings me back to my roots  - as an American, in this case - and gives me a new jolt of patriotic energy.  And hopefully will get my creative juices flowing again as well

 Then it's off to the beach, for a couple of days of staring into the sea, toes in the sand...

Nothing like being the first one one the beach...or the last off

Sunrise -  Wildwood Crest, New Jersey (2011)

I'll be back in a week.  But logging off, as I have said in the past, makes me feel somewhat forlorn. I'll leave you with this random thought, perhaps more recognizable if you're a bit older, and you remember TV or radio stations "signing off" for the night before going dark:

Thinking about signing off, the listener also could have a curious feeling, too. He/she could be listening to a human voice and feel a kind of connection back then. Announcers were supposed to talk in a relaxed, informal and friendly manner, unlike what you hear on today's radio. You felt as if you were being talked to, not being talked at.

When you heard the sign-off, there was a feeling of disconnection with that person who had been sharing something with you. At the end of sign-off, there would be a brief moment when the sound was over, but the transmitter was still on. Then the transmitter would go off, and the hiss of and open frequency would be heard along with a background scramble of distant stations still broadcasting. The connection was severed, leaving a moment or two of continuation of thought and feeling...

And then only this, throughout the lonely night...

Friday, August 17, 2012

What George Obama's Sorry Life Tells Us About His Half-Brother

First, let's imagine that...

...the media discovers Romney’s half-brother, living in squalor in some unheated shack, reduced to asking Anderson Cooper for money to pay his child’s medical bills. Say the brother’s named Biff. The nation would learn everything about Biff. The nation would be instructed that Biff’s struggles were emblematic of cold heartless capitalism in general, and Romney’s callous indifference in particular. Slogans chanted at Romney rallies: Hey Hey Ho Ho / What about Mitt Romney’s Bro? It’s possible he’d make an appearance at the Democratic National Convention, blinking shyly in the spotlight, waving with humble gratitude to the delegates on their feet cheering in support of a man who symbolized everything bad about the GOP, and everything good about the Democratic party...

Turns out it is a true story. With just one small twist, one that makes all the difference.

It is Barack Obama's half-brother.

Here's  Dinesh D’Souza with the story:

A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.

One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.

How can Barack Obama, God of the self-possessed Progressive movement, shining light of all that is Good in the world, be so hateful, so selfish, and so cruel to someone who is at least partly his own blood?

Simple.  George Obama does not agree with Barack Obama's policy prescriptions.  And he should know; he is living under them. D'Souza again: would cost Obama so little to raise George out of poverty, and yet he won’t do it. This isn’t mere negligence; it suggests an active animus. The reason for that animus emerges in George’s book and also in my interview with George in the film 2016. In that interview, George rejects the anti-colonial philosophy that was espoused by Barack Obama Sr. This is the “dream from my father” that President Obama celebrates in his own autobiography.

From the record of their lives and writings, it’s clear that Barack Obama Sr. and Barack Obama Jr. both share the anti-colonial view that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World. Yet George doesn’t buy it. He observes that at the time of its independence in the early 1960s “Kenya was on an economic par with Malaysia or Singapore. Look where we are now, and where they are. They’re practically developed and industrialized, while Kenya is still a basket case.” George believes that poor countries should take responsibility for their own situation. “What’s our excuse for failure? We don’t have one. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

George has experienced first-hand the empty rhetoric of the two Baracks, and he rejects it based on his actual experience of Third World poverty.

No wonder President Obama despises George, doesn’t want him around, doesn’t care to hear George’s views circulated in America, and won’t lift a finger to help him even when George’s son is in the hospital.

So that’s why George Obama felt he had to call me. He had no one else to call...

There is probably no story more symbolic of the real Barack Obama than this one:  Parsimonious with his own money, profligate with others.  A small-minded ideologue who would rather ignore the failure of his philosophy than reconsider his ideas.  A mean-spirited man, who will allow his half-brother rot in poverty while his son (and Obama's nephew) dies a painful death -  all because he holds an opposing political viewpoint.

Page 1 stuff, right?  That's what I thought.  So I checked and...

Right....silly me, I should have known better....

The 2012 Enthusiasm Gap: More Like A Chasm...

Check out the anemic voter registration numbers for Democrats in key swing states, compared to the robust growth of Republican rolls:

In stark contrast to 2008, when a strong partisan tailwind propelled Democratic voter registration to record levels, this year Republican and independent gains are far outpacing those of Democrats.

At the same time, GOP registration has jumped by 145,085, or more than double for the same time four years ago. Independent registration has shown an even stronger surge, to 229,500, almost three times the number at this point in 2008.

The Globe points out that in Florida this past Wednesday, the Democrats held 53 events to spur voter registration, and in Virginia last weekend, closer to 80.  Not quite the return on their investment that they had expected.

But certainly, that could be true of everything Obama touches, from the Stimulus to GM to Solyndra...

All part of the ever-growing preference cascade,  which will give us a Romney/Ryan landslide  - one that will make the 2010 midterms seem like a squeaker in comparison...

Update: It begins...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Obama-To-English Dictionary....

Here's a few:

Shared prosperity = 'You earn it, and I will take it."

You didn't build that  = "If you build it, we will occupy it"

The Constitution says you are free to practice your religious faith as your conscience dictates  =  "Wanna bet?"

Paraphrasing from Dave Carter's little fantasy piece today at Ricochet, in which he imagines TOTUS going off the rails a bit and giving us bitter clingers a dose of truth...

Read it all...