“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
—Professor Bernardo de la Paz
“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
—Professor Bernardo de la Paz
In speeches, Sotomayor has harkened back to her and her brother’s beginnings in a poor Bronx neighborhood, roots that President Barack Obama highlighted in introducing her this week.
“Born in the South Bronx, she was raised in a housing project,” Obama said. “And even as she has accomplished so much in her life, she has never forgotten where she began, never lost touch with the community that supported her.”
Yet Sotomayor did not live her entire childhood in a housing project in the South Bronx — she spent most of her teenage years in a middle-class neighborhood, attending private school and winning scholarships to Princeton and then Yale.
And Sotomayor’s life and lifestyle after law school largely resemble the background of many lawyers who rise to powerful positions in Washington.
The more I read about the newest supreme court candidate, the more I get this crazy idea that the Sotomayor nomination is a wooden duck…
…or maybe it was the burrito I had last night.
I’m just sayin’…
(Shamelessly ripped off via The Other McCain)
Mondays suck even worse…when you hear news such as this:
The Colorado Springs man who designed the black and white POW/MIA flag flown everywhere from federal buildings to Harley-Davidson fenders died Thursday at his home.
Newt Heisley was 88.
“Newt wanted no hoopla. All he wants is a celebration,” his fiancee, Donna R. Allison, said.
That’s what he’ll get on Flag Day, June 14, from 1-4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 38 in Security. The public is invited. He will be entombed at Shrine of Remembrance next to his wife of 61 years, Margaret “Bunny”, who died in 2005.
The prolific image he sketched in pencil in 1971 has the silhouette of a man under a guard tower and behind barbed wire. It’s a symbolic reminder that not every soldier returned from the war in Vietnam.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Heisley.
(via The Corner)
Charles Bailey’s intent was to not go down without a fight:
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.
“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.
Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.
“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.
Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.
The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.
“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.
Unfortunately, one of the ladies was shot in the crossfire, but she’s expected to recover.
Thankfully, she and her friends didn’t end up like Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome…
But hey…we don’t need guns to protect us…that’s what the cops are for.
Besides, when will you ever really be in a situation where you’ll need a gun anway?
I would bet that at one time or another, the folks named above thought the same thing…
(via Michelle Malkin)
President Obama is like a glass of wine in the bath tub. The lights are dimmed, the music is soft. All the problems of the day melt away. Then the paramedics pull your naked, shrivelled ass out of the tub and the coroner pronounces you dead. Your friends and family are left to moan that “they never saw it coming” and that “it happened so fast.”
Sorry, Carol…I was forced to somewhat gank your post’s title and twist it to my own desires…:P
If you haven’t been paying much attention to the blogosphere or any drama therein…
It seems Charles Johnson is filling his little green footballs with Balloon Juice…
Next week, I’ll post pics of Mike using a PC…
(Via Dan Collins)
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”
I can’t wait to see how the yankees and moonbats respond to this little gubernatorial salvo…
Saturday evening, Markos, a.k.a The Chairman, dismayed at the tragic deaths of three police officers, squatted down like the yellow dog he is, and squeezed out this pile:
Today I celebrated my daughter’s second birthday, so it’s a particularly bad place for me to read the results of the latest right-wing outrage:
City officials this afternoon identified the officers as Stephen Mayhle, a two-year veteran of the force, Eric Kelly, on the job for 14 years, and Paul Sciullo III, also a two-year veteran.
Police said Officer Mayhle was married and had two daughters, ages 3 and 6; Officer Kelly was married and had three daughters, ages 11, 16 and 22; and Officer Sciullo was single and engaged to be married.
This appears to be an inevitable result of the bad economy, a conservative movement circling the drain, feeling betrayed, isolated, and defeated, and the rampant eliminationist talk from right-wing nutjobs on the radio and TV.
I know Barb blogged this below, but it’s important to see the aftermath of right-wing hysteria, because this is likely just the beginning. Unless the Becks (and Beck-wannabees) walk back from that ledge, they’ll be to blame for more atrocities of this sort.
Obama isn’t coming for anyone’s guns. The NRA won that battle years ago and the Democrats have long since moved on. Yet the eliminationists carry on, whipping their readers and listeners into a frenzy of panic and fear, and as a result, four little girls (and a young woman) don’t have dads tonight. And I fear today was just the beginning.
It never ceases to amaze me how fast leftist retards will blame a mass shooting on some right-wing crazy/NRA/Talk Radio…
What interested me here, was kostard’s use of the word Eliminationist. I remember hearing this word used by a leftist professor back in college, so I went to google and most of what I found referred to an author by the name of Daniel Goldhagen and his book Hitler’s Willing Executioners. In the book, Goldhagen uses the term eliminationist antisemitism.
Of course, this made perfect sense that kostard would use this type of phrasing…as most conservatives are fully aware of the success the left has had in associating conservatism with the nazis.
The problem here is that chairman kostard is correct. Eliminationism DID influence this gunman to go crazy and eventually murder three police officers…
…but not the elimination he imagined it was:
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 911 call that brought two police officers to a home where they were ambushed, and where a third was also later killed during a four-hour siege, was precipitated by a fight between the gunman and his mother over a dog urinating in the house.
So…a damn dog pissing on the floor may have sparked this little incident? How interesting. I’m sure there were other deep-seated issues, but the fact that kostard used the word eliminationist and this shooting was set in motion by an elimination is too rich to ignore…
And lest any leftist cast the typical aspersions my direction, i’m not trying to make light of the situation. The death of three police officers, or anyone for that matter, is tragic. But using a tragedy such as this, sprinkled with references to daughters’ birthdays and orphaned children, to hammer at conservatives and promote your shallow, fecal-frosted agitprop is far worse than this gunman’s destructive results.
But the chairman’s comments do not surprise me…this climate of hope and change reminds me of the 1990’s all over again. Clinton gets elected and all of a sudden there was this leftist fear of “militia” groups popping up everywhere, ready to enslave womyn and wipe out folks with dark skin. And here we are, 16 years later, except this time it’s Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck leading the charge of the white brigade.
Same shit, different decade. Thankfully, the internet allows us to weed out counter this bullshit…but don’t expect the average sheeple to comprehend what’s going on…and don’t hold your breath waiting for chairman kostard and the MSM to clarify this little misunderstanding…
I’m deeply sorry I haven’t been able to post more this past year. Work has kept me busy and in my spare time, I’ve been attempting to do some personal writing. I’m truly grateful to Mike for allowing me to vent my anger and spout my political rantings.
I’ve been on somewhat of a political odyssey most of my life. I’ve always had a strong sense of justice, which has led me to support groups, I felt, truly believed in our way of life, and that freedom was worth fighting for…
These past few years, I’ve found myself drifting away from traditions and party lines of the GOP. Honestly, they just don’t represent what I feel the direction of the country should be…
Basically, I’ve had enough of lying to myself. It’s time for me to become the person I knew I couldn’t hold back forever…and move forward. Moving forward is all about progress and I’m ready to progress to a higher calling and dive into the progressive movement.
That’s why, today, I’m going to switch over to the Democrats. I believe that my ideas will be welcome there and that I can teach them a new way of looking at things. Maybe, just maybe, my love for this country will encourage them to see America with kinder eyes and an open heart.
I know most of you will be angry with me…Most will think I’ve gone completely insane…I still want to be friends with you all. I hope in time we can reach across the aisle and in the spirit of bi-partisanship, work to make this country strong like it once was. God Bless.
*Luke Skywalker wail of disbelief*
(via Big Hollywood)
- America is capitalist and greedy — yet half of the population is subsidized.
- Half of the population is subsidized — yet they think they are victims.
- They think they are victims — yet their representatives run the government.
- Their representatives run the government — yet the poor keep getting poorer.
- The poor keep getting poorer — yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
- They have things that people in other countries only dream about — yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
(Shamelessly stolen via Code Monkey Ramblings)
Ms. Coulter, ahem, dons a 36-grit sandpaper strap-on, and plows into the muddy truth about Keith Olbermann:
Olbermann relentlessly attacked low-level Bush administration employee Monica Goodling for not going to a name-dropping college, saying — approximately 1 million times — that she got her law degree “by sending 100 box tops to Religious Lunatic University.”
I would venture to say that the students at Goodling’s law school at Regent University are far more impressive than those at the Cornell agriculture school — the land-grant, non-Ivy League school Keith attended.
I wouldn’t mention it, except that Olbermann savages anyone who didn’t go to an impressive college. As it happens, he didn’t go to an impressive college, either.
If you’ve ever watched any three nights of his show, you know that Olbermann went to Cornell. But he always forgets to mention that he went to the school that offers classes in milking and bovine management.
Indeed, Keith is constantly lying about his nonexistent “Ivy League” education, boasting to Playboy magazine, for example: “My Ivy League education taught me how to cut corners, skim books and take an idea and write 15 pages on it, and also how to work all day at the Cornell radio station and never actually go to class.”
Except Keith didn’t go to the Ivy League Cornell; he went to the Old MacDonald Cornell.
The real Cornell, the School of Arts and Sciences (average SAT: 1,325; acceptance rate: 1 in 6 applicants), is the only Ivy League school at Cornell and the only one that grants a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Keith went to an affiliated state college at Cornell, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (average SAT: about that of pulling guards at the University of South Carolina; acceptance rate: 1 of every 1.01 applicants).
Olbermann’s incessant lying about having an “Ivy League education” when he went to the non-Ivy League ag school at Cornell would be like a graduate of the Yale locksmithing school boasting about being a “Yale man.”
(via Dan at Protein Wisdom)
I won’t claim to have my hand on the pulse of all that is hip and trendy. I try to pay attention to what’s popular and what’s old news. I pride myself on have a decent eclectic knowledge of music, books, and movies. When it comes to fashion, music, etc., I normally don’t judge 99% of the folks on their choices…different strokes for different folks I say…
…however, I do believe that if you are going to choose something that originates from a specific culture, demographic, etc., say, the inner city…you should have at least 1/32 of an ounce of authenticity…
Having said that, I make this humble observation:
No matter how much rap and hip hop you listen to–
No matter how many gold chains you wear–
No matter how expensive your sneakers–
No matter how baggy the clothes slipping past your skinny, pale ass
No matter how cool the sunglasses you’re wearing at night are–
If you are a teenage white male from the suburbs driving a ford focus:
You are not a gangster…
You are not hard-assed…
You are not hardcore…
and most importantly:
The useful idiots of Hollyweird schilled for the messiah…
…and now it’s time for the useless idiots to kick in:
National Journal reported this week that the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes a provision that would make Hollywood studios eligible for a special 50% write-off of equipment purchases. According to the report, “the provision is backed by firms like the Walt Disney Co., and the industry trade group the Motion Picture Association of America.”
One has to wonder if there are enough tits on the hog for all of the president’s faithful…
Interesting enough, the title of the WSJ article detailing this madness reminds me of a recent South Park episode lampooning George Lucas’ and Spielberg’s treatment of the last Indiana Jones movie…
…I say this, because what they did to Indy in that South Park episode is exactly what’s gonna happen to the taxpayers…
The Huffington Post has added some class to its celebrity lineup in the form of an “Author and Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago“…
Arianna Huffington is a disgusting star-fucker who would blow Adolf Hitler to get a table at Nabu.
(via Dirty Harry’s Place)
So…this whole auto industry disaster thing is the South’s fault?!?
The most shocking thing about the alliance between the Southern states and America’s friendly but earnest economic rivals to destroy America’s most important industry is the fact that so few people find it shocking. Contrast the U.S. with the European Union. The nation-states of the European Union collaborate with each other in order to compete against foreign economic rivals, including the U.S., Japan, and China. By contrast, many states, particularly in the South, collaborate with foreign economic rivals of the U.S. in order to compete against other American states. Any British or French or German leader who proposed collaborating with Japan or the U.S. in order to wipe out industry and destroy jobs in neighboring EU member states would be jeered out of office. But it is perfectly acceptable for American states to connive with Asian and European countries in the destruction of industry elsewhere in the U.S.
The alternative to the Southernization of the U.S. is the Americanization of the South [emphasis mine]— a process that was not completed by Reconstruction and the New Deal and the Civil Rights era, which can be thought of as the Second Reconstruction. The non-Southern states, through their representatives in Congress and the executive branch, and with the help of enlightened Southerners, need to use the power of the federal government to put a stop to the Southern conservative race-to-the-bottom strategy once and for all.
Race to the bottom?
This is a very good insight to a yankee liberal’s idea of what America is…a scary insight, but good to know none the less.
The choice is simple — the reconstruction of the South, or the deconstruction of the U.S. economy.
Jeez. Go Fuck Yourself, Yankee. The economy is already being reconstructed, but not by the south…Reconstruct Washington D.C., then you’ll see some serious improvement in the South AND the North.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank all of you for your e-mails of support regarding this interview that Colin Powell did on CNN yesterday. The whole thing wears me out. It’s nothing new except now it’s coming from ostensibly the Republican Party. Now, Snerdley is livid, many of my staff and friends are livid. To me, it’s not that big a deal. I think Powell’s premise — and I understand what’s going on — I think Powell’s premise is all wrong. The Republican Party needs to stop listening to me. Basically, what that means is the Republican Party’s gotta throw you overboard; the Republican Party can’t win as long as it is defined by people like you and me, those of you in this audience. The simple fact of the matter is, folks, what makes this funny to me is that the Republican Party’s not listened to me in the last two years. And you might even say in matters of policy and so forth, the Republican Party hasn’t been listening to me for the last six years. [emphasis mine] And you might even say that the Republican Party is in the situation it’s in precisely because of the people like Colin Powell and John McCain and others who have devised this new definition and identity of the party which is responsible for electing Democrats all over this country.
Alot of folks are obviously pissed…
20. Wouldn’t it be great if some of those angry at the the corrupt media turned that energy into a movement to boycott them and their advertisers?
21. Wouldn’t it be great if some of those angry at the corrupt media actually tried to do something about it by going into the field of journalism?
22. Wouldn’t it be great if some of those angry at an academic system that celebrates the likes of William Ayers actually tried to do something about by going into academia?
23. Wouldn’t it be great if some of those angry at the public school system’s cultural influence on our children actually tried to do something by becoming teachers, running for the school board, joining the PTA…
You don’t have to stand tall folks, but dammit…you have to stand.
Jersey Dave ponders:
I wonder how the Late Night comic hosts who concentrated their fire on the GOP will do now, if they will shift their fires any.
Chairman Markos has already passed down his edict:
This is called “raising expectations”, because simple victory is not enough. If you want a radical departure from the governments we’ve suffered the last several decades, we must deliver a whipping the likes Republicans haven’t seen in ages.
I realize there are people uncomfortable with aggressive language and action. That’s the difference between liberal weenies and movement progressives. Liberal weenies sit around thinking that “the truth” is enough for victory, and that if we simply explain to voters why Democrats are better, why, we can’t possibly lose any elections! That’s the crowd that wants to keep the “high ground” and doesn’t want to go down in the gutters and fight the GOP where they live, lest we get a little muddied ourselves.
Movement progressives realize that we must do everything necessary allowable under the law to win because elections have consequences. This isn’t about who is most pure, but about taking the fight to the enemy and aggressively embracing progressivism, offering clear contrasts between us and them, and fighting fire with fire. There’s no ambiguity about where I belong.
So to my fellow movement progressives, embrace that killer instinct and let’s finish the job. We’ve got conservatives demoralized and on the run. They are retrenching around their most important voices. So let’s pick off those they’ve left exposed and go after their best defended leaders as well. Let’s get rid of John Shadegg and Mitch McConnell and Liddy Dole and the rest of them. Leave them leaderless, and susceptible to takeover by the Evangelical Right that so freaked out Wall Street conservatives during the primaries (when Huckabee was briefly in the lead).
Let’s run up Obama’s margins in the Blue states and narrow them in the Red states to give Obama a huge, unmistakable national mandate. Let’s win states Bush won by 20 points or so in 2004, like Indiana, Montana and North Dakota, to rub salt in their wounds. Let’s keep forcing them to go more and more into debt, so that they emerge from the election with their coffers drained, heavily in debt.
I’m man enough to admit I bitched, moaned, and attacked Obama as much as the next armchair pundit…
I’m also man enough to swallow my pride and be the gentleman the boys home taught me to be…
Dear President-Elect Obama,
Congratulations. I’m proud that my country has proven to itself (not the world) that we can and will move past race.
We are not so different, you and I. I grew up in a Mexican/Indian household. I was born illegitimate; my father was white. I grew up in a household full of racial distrust and envy. I’ve always hated racism and racists, vehemently. This is why I don’t trust you. This is why I voted against you.
I assumed that because of your associations with certain individuals and given your comments about your upbringing, experiences, and family, that you were an angry individual with latent issues about race. My assumptions might be wrong; only time will tell.
Again, congratulations. My faith directs that I pray for and respect the leaders that have been placed above me by my creator. I did not do this when Clinton was elected and I’ve been a poor example…a very poor example to date. I will criticize your policies, but for you as an individual, I will show respect. There will be no Obama Derangement Syndrome from this American. I pledge this and welcome anyone to call me on it if I fail to live up to that promise.
To my fellow bloggers, please consider this:
His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition – Mark Steyn
The phrase is apt, I think. Congratulations to President Obama, as we must come to think of him. I agree with Jonah. He fought a brilliant campaign, beginning with his total befuddlement of the supposed sharpest operators in the country, the Clintons. Where’s the old politics of personal destruction when we needed it in the snows of Iowa, eh?
As for us losers, there’s no point going down the right-wing version of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Any shrill vicious ad hominem invective would be much better directed at each other. The Republicans lost this election. I disagree with Lisa. I think we are near a point at which America joins the rest of the west as a center-left society — that’s to say, a society whose assumptions about the role of government and the size of the state are far closer to Continental social democracies than to the Founding Fathers. In a grim media-cultural environment, the temptation for American conservatism is to be seduced into becoming one of those ever so mildly right-of-left-of-right-of-left-of-center parties they have in Europe. We should have the fight about conservatism’s future vigorously and openly — perhaps at Bud’s Roadhouse out on Route 137 in lieu of All-Girl Mud-Wrestling Night.
To the Republican Leadership and cuckolding Libertarian wannabees:
I’m gunning for you. I’m going to spend the next two years being the proverbial sithmonkey on your back. YOU are the reason this country is shifting to the left. Not Obama, not Pelosi, not any of them…
It’s time to clean house. If you want to call yourselves the party of Reagan, then by jeebus, start frikkin’ acting like it…