Now the brainiac McKinnon is saying that the Republican Party risks permanent irrelevance if we alienate affirmative action poster boy Colin Powell and filibuster Obama's empathetic Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Powell is an undeclared partisan Democrat, masquerading as a Republican. We don't know what his true views are on ANYTHING. The only things we know for sure about Powell are that (1.) he's a coward. Had he run for president in 1996 -- but he didn't, famously, because of his wife -- he very likely would have been the nation's first African American president. We also know (2.) that he voted for Barack Obama over the Republican John McCain. So, how exactly is Powell an asset to the GOP?
Sotomayor, we know is a judicial activist. She believes Americans do not have a Constitutional right to own a gun. Apparently she is unfamiliar with the 2nd Amendment. And yet, because she is a woman and Hispanic, so the thinking goes, Republicans risk future electoral relevance and political viability if they attack her qualifications? What kind of stupidity is this? It didn't hurt Democrats when they borked Miquel Estrada.
Long term, Prop 8 is a goner. There will be gay marriage in California before 2012, I predict. But in the short run, I'm glad they let it stand because democracy was better served. Whatever your opinion on the issue, judicial fiat is never the best way to go. Let the voters decide.
Dredging moats and paying mortgages with taxpayer money? Paying for your flat with public funds, then selling it to your daughter at half price and pocketing the money? Why not?!
I think it's time for the advanced nations of the world, especially across the pond and here in America, to replace the professional political class with a new political citizen class. Let's start fresh, shall we?
Reading Bjorn Lomborg's brilliant op-ed about what he calls the 'Climate-Industrial Complex,' reminded me of the ages-old struggle between the corporation and the individual. And it seems to me that this current environmental hysteria is the type of watershed moment in which the activists and radicals of society are created.
In global warming we have a completely new paradigm that has been drawn up largely by Al Gore and some idiot scientists. And waiting to gain from governmental regulation, who do we have? Gore, who runs a 'green private equity firm invested in products that a climate-scared world would buy.'
All of this bullcrap will be on full display at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this weekend. We've gotten way beyond caring about what will keep the earth green. Now, it's all about that other green... Cash, which is why the hypocrite-in-chief Gore will take a private plane to Denmark to give the keynote address.
"Naturally, many [other] CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is "rent-seeking."
"The world's largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN's "Climate in Peril" segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas's earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore's green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.
"Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations."
It's survived an extremely short incubation period in terms of real scientific analysis and despite erroneous claims to the contrary, there is no 'scientific consensus' on the subject. Yet, a hyper-willing media has crammed the sinister myth of human-made climate change down the throats of our children.
Leveraging the planet's financial future for the sake of environmental regulation will benefit a few, but will, in Lomborg's words, 'dearly cost everybody else.' Amen.
Of course, the man speaks the truth. Cheney always has. And I'm glad more people are seeing in Cheney what I've always seen. But the Left still doesn't get Bush and Cheney.
Being popular is the most important thing to Liberal politicians. But to Bush and Cheney, the most important thing was protecting the country after 9/11. It wasn't politics. It wasn't a power grab. It wasn't a popularity contest. It was taking the right steps, doing what was necessary in keeping us safe.
Correctly Rove admits that the President's flip-flops on national security have been 'wise.' It's the domestic stuff that is bad.
"Obama campaigned on "responsible fiscal policies," arguing in a speech on the Senate floor in 2006 that the "rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy." In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he pledged to "go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work." Even now, he says he'll "cut the deficit . . . by half by the end of his first term in office" and is "rooting out waste and abuse" in the budget.
"However, Mr. Obama's fiscally conservative words are betrayed by his liberal actions. He offers an orgy of spending and a bacchanal of debt. His budget plans a 25% increase in the federal government's share of the GDP, a doubling of the national debt in five years, and a near tripling of it in 10 years.
"On health care, Mr. Obama's election ads decried "government-run health care" as "extreme," saying it would lead to "higher costs." Now he is promoting a plan that would result in a de facto government-run health-care system. Even the Washington Post questions it, saying, "It is difficult to imagine . . . benefits from a government-run system."
The Campaign Spot points out that the Democrats, you know, the party that came to power in '07 charging the Republicans with running 'the culture of corruption'? Turns out Democrats lead, by a margin of 12-4, members of Congress being under investigation.
Congressional Democrats Bishop of Georgia Jackson of Illinois Mollohan of West Virginia Murtha of Pennsylvania Rangel of New York Linda and Loretta Sanchez, both of California Visclosky of Indiana
Senate Democrats Burris of Illinois, Conrad of North Dakota, Menendez of New Jersey
Congressional Republicans Lewis of California Miller of California Murphy of Pennsylvania Young of Alaska
Senate Republicans Zero
And I still haven't heard any apologies from those on the Left who falsely accused former Florida GOP Congressman Mark Foley of being a 'child molester.'
Norman Hsu, (above, right with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) a prolific Democratic fundraiser, has been found guilty of violating campaign finance laws.
This slimebag raised $800,000 for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats by turning his investment clients into political straw donors. That way, he was able to skirt campaign finance limits on political donations.
Hsu was also living a lavish lifestyle while Ponzi-cheating his clients out of a reported $20 million.
Requiring cars by 2016 to be fuel efficient to the tune of 39 miles to the gallon, four years ahead of schedule? Sounds great, but at what cost? Removing 177 million cars from the roads in the next 6 1/2 years? Again, maybe cool, but it sounds like more pie-in-the-sky rhetoric from our talk-out-of-both-sides-of-his-mouth President.
This will force consumers to pay an additional $1,300 more per vehicle. No small thing. Imposing this legislation is going to be a huge drag on the economy.
Obama is talking about 'reducing our reliance on foreign sources of oil.' True, energy efficient cars use less oil, but this new policy proposal transfers American reliance away from foreign oil and onto our own federal government. I'm not sure which is worse.
Bill Kristol has a new Weekly Standard column in which he declares that former Vice President Cheney is the MVP of the GOP. I completely agree. In many ways, I think Cheney has been the star of the party since 2000.
He's always been the smartest guy in the room, any room. And he continues to be. The guy commands respect.
The former Vice President rightfully called on Obama to release the classified memos that prove Bush's enhanced interrogations worked and yielded invaluable intelligence. I mean, why not? If you're going to release memos of the controversial tactics that worked for the past seven and-a-half-years, why not show what those results yielded?
"The U.S. Constitution was established to circumscribe arbitrary government power. It would do so by establishing clear rules, equally applied to the powerful and the weak.
"Fleecing lenders to pay off politically powerful interests, or governmental threats to reputation and business from a failure to toe a political line? We might expect this behavior from a Hugo Chávez. But it would never happen here, right?
I'm glad to see Darth Vader, a.k.a., Dick Cheney, out there again defending the Bush record on terrorism.
"The former vice president challenged Obama's administration to declassify two memos that he said showed the Central Intelligence Agency had profited from the interrogations to thwart acts of terrorism.
"The memos do exist. I have seen them. I had them in my files at one time. Now everything is part of the National Archives. I'm sure the agency (CIA) has copies of those materials.
"If we're going to have this debate, it ought to be a complete debate. Those memos ought to be out there for people to look at and journalists like yourself to evaluate in terms of what we were able to accomplish," he said.
"It talks specifically about different attack planning that was underway and how it was stopped. It talks about how the volume of intelligence reports that were produced from that."
"If I don't speak out, then where do we find ourselves? Then the critics have free run and there isn't anybody there on the other side to tell the truth,"
Cheney, himself, is saying the Bush administration saved 'hundreds of thousands of lives.' I'm saying they saved millions of lives, and for that, they should be commended, not reprimanded. I think this is the best way to fight for the GOP.
I normally really like Wanda Sykes, but she didn't just 'take shots' at people, her attacks were red meat, over the top and outrageous. And the President thought it was funny too. Oh yeah, he did some obligatory squirming in his seat, like all Presidents do and appeared uncomfortable, but he laughed.
Liberals don't joke about wishing death and destruction on Conservatives. They really mean it.
Conservatives don't joke about wishing harm on Liberals. I don't like Al Franken and I'm disgusted by the likelihood that he might become a member of the United States Senate, but I don't write blog posts saying I hope he gets cancer. I don't advertise myself as being 'tolerant,' but I am. I'm a hell of a lot more tolerant than most Liberals.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are two of the most despicable people in America, but I don't wish them harm. There's the key difference between Conservatives and Liberals. Generally speaking, we're a higher class of people.
Certainly, the heavily-ignorant, uninformed Hollywood audience laughed at all this crap and ate it up. Even my imaginary girlfriend Padma Lakshmi (sigh, above) was laughing at the Rush Limbaugh/20th hijacker thing. 'Limbaugh was strung out on oxycontin so he missed out on hijacking one of the 9/11 planes.' Really?
Limbaugh doesn't need me to defend him but how unfunny is this joke? It's another Liberal attempt to marginalize someone they are afraid of. Rush bashes Obama's brains in everyday on the radio and Liberals can't stand it. Of course, Liberals being Liberals they can't merely have a debate on the merits of a particular issue. They have to slime people with whom they disagree. So, Limbaugh is now a drug addict, according to them. Classy.
Absurdity can be funny sometimes, but true comedy, the funniest stuff is always based on truth.
Case in point #1: The President brought the house down Saturday night after he said this: "Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. This is a tough holiday for Rahm. He’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.’ " Obama has told this joke so many times, it's not funny anymore, but it's based on truth. Apparently, Emanuel is one foul-mouthed motherf'er.
Case in point #2: Obama joked that his 'next 100 days would be completed in 72. And on the 73rd 'he would rest.' Rings true to me. Obama's not god, but he thinks he is.
The CIA is now officially saying that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, that paragon of virtue and truth telling, was briefed about 'enhanced interrogations' after all, despite her feeble claims to the contrary.
In fact, Pelosi was one of the first two members of Congress EVER to be briefed on the Bush era interrogation techniques. Wow. Nice credibility.
Even today, Pelosi's office still denies "that waterboarding had not yet been used," at the time of her briefings from the CIA.
What an embarrassment it is that this woman remains the Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency. She should be removed from office for the politicization of America's national security.
Under the current American "news embargo," has it ever been widely reported that waterboarding, a relatively benign exercise, is an essential part of the CIA's own training?
Okay, I'm officially calling it the 'news embargo,' an American press corps that feeds us their slanted Liberal opinion rather than presenting us with straight news reporting.
Case in point: Carrie Prejean, Miss California. I haven't blogged about the Miss USA pageant, but Prejean lost the title of Miss USA after stating her belief that gay marriage is wrong. Okay, it's her opinion and she's got every right, as an American citizen, to voice her beliefs.
Look at this headline and story from Laura Baron for NBC Los Angeles: 'Pretty Until She Opens Her Mouth.' How's that for fair and balanced reporting?
"We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem," he said. "We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration -- or the next generation."-- President Obama, earlier today.
Yes, Bush and the GOP sucked, spending like drunken sailors, saddling our children with future debt and that was terrible, but...
It's perfectly okay now that Obama and the Democcrats want to spend $3.4 trillion more? Okay. I get it. It makes perfect sense.
And the $17 billion Obama proposes he'll save by cutting wasteful programs? Congressional Dems are already on the record as opposing the cuts. That's 'change' to believe in.
BTW, The Teleprompter ripped McCain in '08 for suggesting there were $18 billion ways to cut wasteful spending. Hmmm...
Girly girl Chris Matthews accepts 'science' that has been largely disproven. How much CO2 did Matthews cough up in this assault on Republican Congressman Mike Pence?
Of course Republicans lack 'passion' about global warming and the environment. We don't believe in most of it! We don't believe there is, as Al Gore says, 'widespread agreement' among scientists, because there isn't widespread agreement about global warming.
Pence is a stud, by the way. He handled Matthews with class, grace and substance.
So much for being able to 'track every dime' of the so-called stimulus bill... The website that was to track the spending won't be online for a year. Now THAT's hope and change to believe in, isn't it?
Maybe, maybe not. Whenever it finally rolls out, the Left will frame is as expanded choice for health care consumers, a supplement to private insurance. Eventually, though, the government-run program will extinguish private insurance coverage, rationing care to seniors ala~ our neighbors to the north.
Global warming -- a term that has been largely discredited -- isn't working for the Left. So, now they are 'reframing the issue using different language.' And they formed a DC non-profit green advertising communications firm to create better 'terms' to better trick, mislead, misinform and scare people.
Says ecoAmerica president and founder, Robert Perkowitz:
“When someone thinks of global warming, they think of a politicized, polarized argument. When you say 'global warming,' a certain group of Americans think that's a code word for progressive liberals, gay marriage and other such issues."
"Remember to speak in talking points, aspirational language about shared American ideals, like freedom, prosperity, independence and self-sufficiency while avoiding jargon and details about policy, science, economics or technology."
“It's the terms we're using that are holding us back with the American people,” he added.
Polling and focus groups told ecoAmerica not to use the word 'environment' anymore. Instead, it's 'the air we breathe, the water our children drink.'
No more grim warnings, it's better to just say 'our deteriorating atmosphere.'
"Moving away from the dirty fuels of the past." No mas talking about CO2.
Cap & trade? No. Use "cap & cash back," or “pollution reduction refund.”
And "energy efficiency” is now “saving money for a more prosperous future.”
"If the fundamental Republican task is to pick up seats in 2010 and replace Obama in 2012--as it must be, for the sake of the country--and if the fundamental conservative task is to present alternatives to Obama's governance, then this week's news is not all bad." -- Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard