Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Razing Arizona

“I’m fixing a hole where the rain and a million people get in”-Paul McCartney, assistant librarian, Liverpool, Arizona

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, on boycotting Arizona:

“If this [Arizona] was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”

She’s twice-confused in her geography; she thinks Arizona is over by Kansas and that Milwaukee County extends to Tuscon. That’s why she’s writing laws for Arizona, you see.

But we shouldn’t be too hard on her. The President doesn’t know where the border is either.

The Disclaimer-in-Chief has put up warning signs on federal lands 80 miles from the border and 30 miles outside of Phoenix, warning Americans that they are entering the sovereign territory of smugglers and drug gangs. Gov. Brewer wants him to do his job instead. Imagine.

Shouldn’t the warning signs be aimed at foreign criminals, not law-abiding citizens? If BP was recklessly using these public lands without permission, the feds would put a stop to it at once!

Or maybe not.

When Arizona’s law passed, Mexico issued travel warnings to its citizens (say–isn’t that the problem to begin with?)…and now Obama has issued travel warnings for Americans in America, too! It makes sense: to Obama, Arizona is a foreign country.

He won’t plug the hole in the ocean.
He won’t plug the hole in the budget.
He won’t plug the hole in the border.
And he can’t seem to plug his piehole.

But there is one hole he’s relentlessly working on plugging, night and day…his hole-in-one.

If she really wants his full attention, she should declare the desert a sand trap.

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The W o BFF: r u n nml?

COG-NITIVE FUNCTION-ARIES

Jonah G.:

“We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”

As a result of this thinking, best friends are broken up. Buddies are put on separate teams, assigned to different classes, etc. It’s not quite the sort of thing cult leaders and North Korean prison guards do, but in principle it’s not too far off either. …

I think removing best friends from childhood is a barbarous and inhumane act, akin to amputating a limb from an athlete. You can still have a childhood without a best friend, just as you can still be an athlete without a leg. But why would you voluntarily make someone’s life so much harder? Having someone with whom you can share the joys and discoveries of early life is a gateway into not just adulthood, but humanity.

The most offensive part of this whole enterprise is that it is aimed at making life easier for administrators, not better for kids.

In his 1998 book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale political scientist James C. Scott documents how over time states of all kinds — democracies, monarchies, dictatorships, et al. — try to make their populations more “legible.” …

Scott documents all sorts of massive state failures that ignored human nature and common sense. The war on best friends strikes me as a perfect retail example of this wholesale line of thinking.

At a minimum, I think the kids should get cable tv, weight rooms and free lawyers like the other inmates.

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Happy Fathers’ Day, dads

Old man says, “Young man, my, you’re looking
Pretty green
Like a stranger to this kind of place
Come sit at my table
Come and look into my face
I’ve got a story to tell.”–James Taylor, “Only For Me”, Dad Loves His Work

Thanks, dads–and those kids need you more than ever today.

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Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Limbaugh

“LIVE IT. LEARN IT. LOVE IT!”

Do “try this at home”:

“I look back to the early days of our acquaintance and friendship as to the days of love and innocence, and, with an indescribable pleasure, I have seen near a score of years roll over our heads with an affection heightened and improved by time, nor have the dreary years of absence in the smallest degree effaced from my mind the image of the dear untitled man to whom I gave my heart.”–Abigail Adams to John Adams, December 23, 1782

LAT:

Limbaugh is marrying West Palm Beach, Fla. resident Kathryn Rogers on Saturday. Rogers reportedly is a direct descendant of President John Adams. You know, the oft-overlooked commander-in-chief who was – on a grand scale – unknown, or at least unappreciated, until David McCullough’s book on the second president a few years ago.

What’s known about Saturday’s wedding? Well… Very little. You won’t see any clues on his website. It has the equivalent of a “gone fishing” stamp on it. …

“We try to live our lives as normal people,” Limbaugh told the Post. “We do NOT seek media attention, we do not want it, especially for this. It is very special, obviously, and we just don’t want any media attention.”

Ooops! Anyway, our Best Wishes to the happy couple.

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Why We Fought

AND STILL FIGHT TODAY

…and will fight tomorrow.

How many times have I written “Doc Zero nails it”?:

America was born a land of liberty and responsibility, where citizens would own both their time and ideas. Her government was obliged to focus on its duties in the present, rather than designing the future. The future is the exclusive property of free men, not the State. The government does not have the right to decide when freedom has failed, and should be discarded. … As this ideology reaches the ugly and bankrupt end of its century-long existence, its nervous acolytes are desperately in need of validation. That’s why they were so eager to hear a hostile foreigner describe their domestic enemies as hateful and greedy.

The passage of ObamaCare dispelled the myth of the moderate Democrat. The illusion of the patriotic Democrat died in their thunderous applause for Felipe Calderon. The Democrats obviously find more in common with this shadowy foreign ally than the people of Arizona… or the wider American population, which supports Arizona’s immigration law by lopsided majorities. Any sense of unconditional loyalty to the United States is obviously not distributed evenly across all fifty of them.

When we embrace liberty and responsibility, we see our countrymen as partners, employers, customers, and honorable competitors. It becomes easy to revere the great nation that sailed against the tides of history to destroy imperialism, fascism, and communism… as it will defeat the challenge of moral and intellectual exhaustion that swept the final generation of American socialists into power over the past decade. We can be at peace with those who disagree, because none of us has the power to compel submission.

Those who embrace collectivist economics, and political dominion over every aspect of our lives, will inevitably come to see the stubborn and disobedient conservators of the old America as enemies to be despised and defeated. Even their most high-minded and well-intentioned designs can only be fulfilled by forcing dissenters to participate. Barack Obama and his party have a lot of big plans that require the meek compliance of people who think like me… and we aim to misbehave. Small wonder the Democrats, and a sad number of Republican attendants, find themselves more comfortable in the company of foreign leaders who have already secured the abject submission of their impoverished subjects.

I was at once reminded of this post by David Pryce-Jones, which is too compelling to just excerpt:

I spent the week-end celebrating a wedding. The bride and bridegroom made a fine couple. The church was very old, with a magnificent Norman arch and medieval wall decorations. Afterwards we repaired to a nearby great house built in the seventeenth century of beautiful grey stone, with a chapel of its own, mullion windows, statues, a vast lawn and gardens which I in my ignorance only then learnt are famous. Everything was perfect, in other words, here was a traditional moment of the kind that has made England what it is, and formed the loyalty of its daughters and sons.

In the course of his speech in her honour, the father of the bride then informed the audience that the European Union has passed a Gender Equality Bill. One provision of this preposterous and impudent measure is that fathers are no longer allowed to give away their daughters in the traditional church ceremony. Apparently that is to treat daughters as chattels. The whole European Union is on the point of breaking up, Greece is in flames and the Germans about to rebel, several countries in the eurozone are bankrupt beyond redemption, the euro itself has failed and soon there may be no currency for Europeans to trade in — and the giant statesmen of Brussels come up with a prohibition on fathers giving away their daughters in marriage as fathers have done in country after country, century after century.

All is not lost. Princess Victoria of Sweden is engaged to be married. I shall never forget the grace and elegance with which she escorted an aged prize-winner who could hardly walk to dinner at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm in 2000. She has presence. Heir to the throne, she is insisting that her father, the King, give her away. The more the Swedish church says this can’t now be done, the more she protests that she will have her way. May she and the King remember their Vasa royal predecessors, Queen Christina, Charles XII, the days when Sweden was a great power, and may they help cover the great statesmen of Brussels with well-deserved ridicule.

What they deserve only begins with ridicule.

How did Europeans let a bunch of bankrupt atheist bureaukrats swindle the power to determine what goes on in a Christian wedding ceremony, while making welfare payments to all five wives of the immigrant imams? They wouldn’t dream of telling Muslims how to marry. They even tip-toe around honor killings.

Princess Victoria is a natural-born American.

Are we?

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Washington, D.C.: Border Town to the Stars

ALL 57 OF THEM

“These are the boundaries by which you are to divide the land…”–Ezekiel 47

“We are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds.”–The President of the United States of America a very large parking lot

This president isn’t defined by his iron grip on reality. Or realty either, for that matter.

However, his borderline border-talk reminded me of this Mark Steyn column from 2003:

Speaking as a foreigner myself, I’ve always found it one of the more charming features of the American scene that “progressives” are obliged to find justification for their radicalism in a piece of old parchment. In Europe, they can simply say: We need to get with the beat, daddy-o. But in the U.S. the Left at least observes the niceties and pretends that the powdered-wig guys had somehow ingeniously anticipated the need for a constitutional right to gay marriage or a partial-birth abortion. Perhaps recognizing that this particular penumbra is pretty well tapped out, Justice O’Connor is now saying that there’s gold in them thar Scandinavian hills. …In considering the pros and cons of sodomy in Texas, the Supreme Court did not rely on the large body of Nigerian sharia precedents and Taliban jurisprudence in this area. …

Given that this is the Court that elevated “Celebrate Diversity” from a bumper sticker to a bedrock constitutional principle, it’s a little bewildering to find that they cheerfully accord the white European a unique monopoly on the judicial consultancy positions. Heartening though it is to know the white man still has his uses, this privileged access is, alas, unwarranted. For one thing, the fact that the U.S. Constitution is older than the French, German, Italian, Greek, and Spanish constitutions combined suggests that this member of “the Western tradition” is more traditional than others. For another, can you imagine any judge in France, Denmark, or New Zealand taking U.S. court decisions into account when deliberating on, say, gun ownership or capital punishment?

Let me come at it this way. I love borders, the more the merrier — town lines, county, state, and, of course, national. Borders symbolize one of the few remaining constraints on government: You don’t like the grade school here in town? Move ten miles up the road. You don’t want to pay Vermont sales tax? Drive over the river and shop in New Hampshire. Arianna Huffington huffs against “tax loopholes for fat cats,” but I’d say the ability to rent a post-office box in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands is a “loophole” in one of the original 16th-century senses — an aperture to let in light and fresh air. The fact that there’s somewhere else to go to is the ultimate limitation on government. Borders give people choices — and, to put it in a bumper sticker, “I’m Pro-Choice and I Vote with My Feet.” When starry-eyed utopians speak of a “world without borders,” you can pretty much guess what kind of a place the one-world one-party state would be, with tax rates starting at more than 50 percent, where they are in Sweden right now.

That’s why Justice O’Connor’s indifference to jurisdictional integrity and partiality to foreigners is not just a kinky fetish but something philosophically incompatible with the job she’s meant to be doing. If you wanted to construct the precise opposite of the U.S. Constitution, it would look an awful lot like “international law.” The former is a document that limits the state’s grip on the people, the latter is designed to ensure they can never wiggle free, no matter where they go. “International law” is the new colonialism, the imposition on the world’s peoples of the moral certainties of a remote, unaccountable Western elite — indeed, one far less tolerant of local customs and culture than the old-school imperialists. The Europeans haven’t had much luck imposing their laws on Saudi Arabia and Sudan but, thanks to Justice O’Connor, other backward jurisdictions like Texas and Alabama are about to be whipped into line.

Are Texas and Alabama “defined by their borders”? Because if they’re not, they don’t have to obey any pesky Supreme Court rulings.

We tend to think of borders as limiting the movement of people, but as Steyn shows, borders also empower people and limit the Movement of the State, legally, literally and physically. In that context, then, Obama’s statement is yet another power-grab by the power-grabbiest administration in history.

The illegal aliens in Arizona would probably be surprised to learn they are not “defined” by borders. They looked around and saw poverty, corruption and lack of opportunity on their side of the border. And lots of free stuff, an honest administrative system and opportunity on the other. They think they’re very much defined by the border, even if Obama doesn’t.

While the dream of One World Government Rule is a power grab, it is also an abdication of power.

When Our Down-Low Legislature was applauding a foreign president for bashing America, they were really saying: “Ignore us. We don’t matter. We write reasonable laws in the daytime and put our name on them…but at night, we prowl the Mean Maquiladora streets, doing everything in our power to make sure those laws never get enforced.” That’s just another way to cheat you out of a voice in your own governance–which is pretty much a full-time job with these people.

When the ICE chief says he might not accept illegals turned over by Arizona, he’s saying the president’s Constitutional duty–“he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”–is optional. And since presidents signed all the laws we already have, he’s undermining his own authority, and by extension, ours.

Doctors Without Borders is good idea. Politicians Without Borders is a bad idea from which you can never escape.

Run for the border. It’s running for you.

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Bob Bennett was a decent senator–but it’s time for a change (Updated)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A WEATHERMAN TO KNOW WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

…or to ghost-write presidential autobiographies. But it helps.

I’m not gonna join a chorus of those who are suddenly calling Sen. Bennett scum of the earth. He served honorably–but it’s still time to go.

Bennett was a decent senator. But he’s 76–even Reagan retired at 77. These are not seats-for-life and we need new blood.

He promised to only seek two terms, not four. Voters are holding him to his own standard. Washington Careerism is part of the problem, even in a good career.

The Official Narrative(tm) is that conservatives are eating their own. But the truth is just the opposite; we’re growing our own new crop of leadership, just as we should. Bennett was beaten by two really good candidates, not by “none of the above”.

Not even our last presidential candidate is immune from challenge. Whether or not you think it’s sincere, it has certainly focused John McCain’s mind and improved him as a candidate. Competition does that. We’re Americans. We compete.

Forget the liberal spin about how conservatives are “purging” the impure; that’s all just a way for the Usual Suspects to prop up the Regime and cling to the past in the worst sense of that phrase. These are trying times and nobody–NOBODY–gets to rest on their laurels. And that’s how it should be.

As wise man once said “I know that for America there will always be a bright new dawn ahead.”

Somebody fix some coffee.

UPDATE: Bill Quick has a less charitable view and emphasizes the policy problems Bennett had:

Aside from the fact that Bennett backed shamnesty for illegal aliens, cobbled together a health care “reform package” as bad or worse than Obamacare, was a pork baron and bribe taker of the first order, and simply lied about leaving after two terms, now he’s proclaiming himself a hero in his own – and his Senate brethrens’ – minds.

Maybe he can chump suckers like Allahpundit, but the mere fact that after being summarily rejected by his own party, he now considers running as a write-in candidate tells me everything I need to know about this geezer-RINO’s power lust, sense of entitlement, and absolute unsuitability for reelection.

Bennett’s pride is understandably hurt and he’s lashed out at Club for Growth, but the write-in talk doesn’t reflect well on him. It’s too Crist-like, too self-centered when we need unselfish, principle-centered leadership.

In any event, we agree with Utah’s primary voters–it’s time for a change. Past time.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

MOMS RULE

“Finally, even more important than ability to work, even more important than ability to fight at need, is it to remember that chief of blessings for any nations is that it shall leave its seed to inherit the land. It was the crown of blessings in Biblical times and it is the crown of blessings now.”–Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years ago

Mother’s Day cannot be politicized…because it was already born in politics:

The holiday grew from women’s peace groups following the Civil War, particularly the gatherings of mothers who had lost children on opposing sides of the war. Julia Ward Howe, perhaps most famous for having penned “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870 as a call to celebrate the burgeoning holiday:

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

Ironically, we associate the ‘Battle Hymn’ with things military, but the author became sort of a proto-Cindy Sheehan.

Yet it is women and children who are “hardest hit” when a nation cannot defend itself, just as they would be if police forces laid down their arms.

Although Mother’s Day was founded in anti-war liberalism, today’s liberals have moved on to fight the War on Families, as evidenced by the UN’s Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women:

* January 31, 2000, the CEDAW Committee criticized Belarus for “the continuing prevalence of sex-role stereotypes, as also exemplified by the reintroduction of such symbols as a Mothers’ Day and a Mothers’ Award, which [the Committee] sees as encouraging women’s traditional roles.”

Even the Anglican Church, which once preached “Be fruitful and multiply”, now preaches “Be fruitless and subtract.” Mr. Bolt calls them “The bishops with the minds of gnats”, but they’re really bishops with gnats on their minds, instead of children. Unlike Moms.

Thanks, mom.

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Fat Lip at Nuremberg

AND OTHER TALL TALES OFF SHORT PIERS

Congratulations to the Navy SEALs, acquitted all. And Lt. Col. Bill Russell is closing in on the People’s congressional seat once held by Jack Murtha. A good week for the good guys.

Maybe we should give those SEALs the proposed “Courageous Restraint” medal–they showed a helluva lot more than I probably would have.

Speaking of beer and elections, Prof. Jacobson has this Jumping in Pools link:

Andrew Griffiths won in a 12 year dominated Labour district, with 44.5% of the vote, due in part for running a campaign based on beer. I’m not kidding, this issue was substantial in his election, even his campaign website has Supporting the Brewing Industry number two on his issues page, I just can’t believe it. Apparently 33% of the price of every pint of beer goes towards taxation in Britain, forcing local Pubs to close on a regular basis, while punishing casual beer drinkers for the problems of hostile alcoholics.

As Steyn noted here, the English pub is also under assault by mass Muslim immigration.

And on the Subprime Bomber:

Incidentally, one way of falling behind with your house payments is to take half a year off to go to Pakistan and train in a terrorist camp. Perhaps Congress could pass some sort of jihadist housing credit?

It’s dangerous to joke like that, Mark; this Congress enacts the punchlines.

Speaking of celebrations, I hope you celebrated Hard Hat Riot Day with Kathy Shaidle yesterday:

On May 8, 1970, New York mayor John Lindsay ordered all flags on city buildings lowered to half staff, in memory of the students who’d died in the Kent State shootings four days earlier.

Construction workers at the World Trade Center building site got wind of the plan. When anti-war protester assembled at the George Washington statue on Wall Street that day — complete with Viet Cong flags — suits and hard hats joined forces against the hippies, in one of the weirdest 70s events you’ve never heard of: the Hard Hat Riot.

It brought a tear to my eye, *sniff*–and it’s not just the tear gas this time.

And speaking of sentimental favorites, call your Mom.

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Papers? Please.

An officer BLOWS his whistle several times.

There is pandemonium as native guards begin to round up
people.

A police car, full of officers, with SIREN BLARING, screams
through the street and stops in the market.

Some try to escape but are caught by the police and loaded
into a police wagon.

At a street corner TWO POLICEMEN stop a white CIVILIAN and
question him.

FIRST POLICEMAN
May we see your papers?

CIVILIAN
(nervously)
I don’t think I have them on me.

FIRST POLICEMAN
In that case, we’ll have to ask you
to come along.

The civilian pats his pockets.

CIVILIAN
Wait. It’s just possible that I…
Yes, here they are.

He brings out his papers. The second policeman examines them.

SECOND POLICEMAN
These papers expired three weeks
ago. You’ll have to come along.

Suddenly the civilian breaks away and starts to run wildly
down the street.

The policeman SHOUTS “Halt”, but the civilian keeps going.

JAN and ANNINA BRANDEL, a very young and attractive refugee
couple from Bulgaria, watch as the civilian passes. They’ve
been thrust by circumstances from a simple country life into
an unfamiliar and hectic world.

A shot RINGS out, and the man falls to the ground. Above
him, painted on the wall, is a large poster of Marshal Petain Hussein,
which reads: “Je tiens mes promesses, meme celles des autres.”
(“The Cambridge police acted stupidly, but you’ve made enough money.”)

–the intro to “Casablanca”. I quote from memory.

SNL’s Weekend Update:

“Every time someone says “Show me your papers!”, Hitler’s family gets a residual check.”

Really, Herr Seth Myers? Then what was Tax Day, April 15th, you jolly joker? We all had to “show our papers”. To get a driver’s license, you must have a birth certificate. To get a new birth certificate, you must have a driver’s license. And to get a Social Security card, you must have a society–a secure one.

Want a “free” mortgage? Show your papers. Rent a movie? Get a credit card? Go to college? Show your papers. Join the Army? Fly on a plane? Run for office? Show your papers.

Mark Steyn:

As I write, I have my papers on me – and not just because I’m in Arizona. I’m an immigrant, and it is a condition of my admission to this great land that I carry documentary proof of my residency status with me at all times and be prepared to produce it to law enforcement officials, whether on a business trip to Tucson or taking a 20-minute stroll in the woods back at my pad in New Hampshire.

Who would impose such an outrageous Nazi fascist discriminatory law?

Er, well, that would be Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Say, didn’t he fight the Nazis? Oh, nevermind; it’s just too confusing…

VDH:

On the unfortunate matter of “presenting papers”: I have done that numerous times this year — boarding airplanes, purchasing things on a credit card, checking into a hotel, showing a doorman an I.D. when locked out, going to the DMV, and, in one case, pulling off a rural road to use my cell phone in a way that alarmed a chance highway patrolman. An I.D. check to allay “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” is very American.

On the matter of racial profiling: No one wishes to harass citizens by race or gender, but, again unfortunately, we already profile constantly. When I had top classics students, I quite bluntly explained to graduating seniors that those who were Mexican American and African American had very good chances of entering Ivy League or other top graduate schools from Fresno, those who were women and Asians so-so chances, and those who were white males with CSUF BAs very little chance, despite straight A’s and top GRE scores. …I can also remember calling frantically to an Ivy League chair to explain that our top student that he had accepted had just confessed to me that in fact he was an illegal alien, and remember him “being delighted” at the news, as if it were an added bonus.

MM:

“Having traveled into Mexico last year to various cities on the Baja Peninsula, a distance of more than 1,000 miles round-trip, we were stopped more than 20 times at various checkpoints. At most of those stops, we were told to exit the vehicle and we were subjected to rigorous inspections.”

JT:

Situations where people must present proper papers

* When you wish to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights and keep and bear arms.

* When you wish to buy alcohol.

* When you wish to buy tobacco.

* When you want to buy a frigging decongestant.

Situations where demanding people present proper papers is absolutely unacceptable and RAAAAACIST!:

* Showing up to vote.

* Getting birth control while a minor and without parental consent or knowledge. …

Doc Zero:

If Arizona cannot expect its citizens to produce legitimate identification during traffic stops and other encounters with state authorities, the entire concept of “immigration” has been rendered meaningless… and this, in turn, largely erases the meaning of citizenship. Anyone who can physically occupy a few square feet of American soil becomes eligible to dine on the banquet of expensive services provided by our gigantic central government. This doesn’t just mean welfare. It includes all sorts of infrastructure, from roads to hospitals. We abandon even the pretense of citizens enjoying the benefits of public works they helped to build and maintain. …

There’s no reason to believe thousands of pages of regulations for health care, banking, and energy production will be enforced any more carefully and honestly than immigration laws are. On the contrary, the daily news is packed with plenty of expensive evidence this Administration is virtually incapable of honestly enforcing anything.

Democrats want to see enviromental impact paperwork every time you pass wind. For example, the HealthControl bill had this little “surprise”; you must now file papers every time you buy a stick of gum:

A few wording changes to the tax code’s section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.

InfoWars:

Section 163 of the [Health Care] bill now in Congress allows the government real-time access to a person’s bank records, including direct access to bank accounts for electronic fund transfers. “Even-though the bill mentions privacy aspects, the fact remains that if approved, Obama’s health care plan will allow government access at any time to your personal bank records,” KFYI News reports.

Big Government:

Subtitle G of the Dodd discussion draft bill requires that records be maintained and reported “for each branch, automated teller machine at which deposits are accepted, and other deposit taking service facility with respect to any financial institution, the financial institution shall maintain a record of the number and dollar amounts of deposit accounts of customers.”

What’s worse, banks will be required to submit these records to the new super regulatory agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (page 1041). The CFPA will be allowed to use this information for any purpose “as permitted by law” under CFPA rules—rules set by CFPA themselves.

HA:

“…[T]he House version of the bill contains provisions that would put the Federal Trade Commission in position to start issuing rules on Internet transactions that would not only slow down business growth but also have no relevance at all to the financial collapse that prompted the bill…”

But don’t worry; they’ll guard your paperwork like it was top-secret ICBM technology. The only time Democrats don’t demand your papers is when you’re here illegally, voting or applying for welfare.

But you won’t have to show them your medical papers…because they will have already seized them for their Electronic Medical Record database. If you are a good patient, they might let you look at your own records.

They’re so paper-retentive, they had to pass a Paperwork Reduction Act–yet every year the mountain of papers keeps growing and growing. Every time a businessman says something Henry Waxman doesn’t like, he’s ordered to appear before Congress and bring all his file cabinets.

So if showing your papers is the mark of a Nazi regime, well, “Ich bin ein Arizonan.”

RICK
She came there for the letters of transit.
Isn’t that true, Ilsa?

ILSA
(facing Laszlo)
Yes.

RICK
(forcefully)
She tried everything to get them,
and nothing worked. She did her best
to convince me that she was still in
love with me, but that was all over
long ago. For your sake, she pretended
it wasn’t, and I let her pretend.

LASZLO
I understand.

RICK
Here it is.

Rick hands the letters to Laszlo.

LASZLO
Thanks. I appreciate it.

Laszlo extends his hand to Rick, who grasps it firmly.

LASZLO
And welcome back to the fight. This
time, I know our side will win.

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Peg o’ My Heartland

NOONAN KNOCKS ONE

out of the park:

The right never trusted the government, but now the middle doesn’t. I asked a campaigner for Hillary Clinton recently where her sturdy, pantsuited supporters had gone. They didn’t seem part of the Obama brigades. “Some of them are at the tea party,” she said. …

But while the Democrats worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?

No one. Which the American people have noticed, and which adds to the dangerous alienation—actually it’s at the heart of the alienation—of the age.

You know.

(Via Allah, Pixels be Upon Him)

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Fool for the City: Do As I Say, Not As I Voo-Doo

Gutfeld:

So San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom just announced a ban on official city travel to Arizona, because he claims the state’s new immigration law is “unacceptable.”

Which leads me to explore what Newsom finds acceptable:

Exhibit A: Turning the world’s most beautiful city, San Francisco, into a sprawling toilet with a half-billion dollar deficit.

Also acceptable to San Francisco:

helping violent illegal aliens roam the streets, free to butcher families over a parking spot.

Daily Caller:

DENVER (AP) — The head of Denver’s public schools announced a ban Thursday on employees taking district-sponsored work trips to Arizona, saying the community was “outraged” by the state’s new immigration law.

“We fear this new law will encourage racial profiling and subject individuals to arbitrary stops and harassment based on ethnic or racial status,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.

State Senate Republicans released a statement from Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, criticizing the ban. “Instead of imposing politically motivated travels bans, perhaps Mr. Boasberg ought to focus on improving a school system that fails far too many kids each and every day,” Penry said.

“The only way to get people’s attention who pass legislation that violates not only human rights but the Constitution is to hit them in their pocketbooks,” said former state Sen. Paul Sandoval, one of the leaders of Boasberg’s new advisory committee.

No, you can also get people’s attention by having one of the mayor’s illegal employees shoot a policeman. Sanctuary Cities:

On May 8, 2005, Denver Police officer Don Young was assassinated in cold blood by an illegal alien employed at Denver Mayor Hickenlooper’s restaurant. The horror is that Denver has an illegal alien sanctuary policy (Executive Order 116), implemented by former Mayor Webb in 1998, which:

Declares Denver’s strong opposition to federal distinctions between legal immigrants and commits city officials “to the delivery of services to all of its residents.”

Recently, City Attorney Finegan issued an opinion that Denver does not have a sanctuary policy…

Twin Cities:

(Saint Paul) – Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman took a stand today, ordering City departments to no longer travel to conferences in the State of Arizona. Coleman issued the order today in solidarity with other cities and organizations in boycotting the State of Arizona in protest of the recent signage of SB1070 by Governor Jan Brewer.

“This law sets a dangerous example for the rest of the country. It will create a culture where racial profiling is acceptable, and will create a dangerous wedge between police officers and the communities they serve. We’ve seen what can be done through partnering with immigrant communities and its effects on issues such as domestic violence rates, violent crime, and overall community safety.”

You mean “safety”…like this? V.O.I.A.C.:

On January 28, 2007 eleven year old Gladys Reyes was crossing Wentworth Avenue in West St Paul, Minnesota when she was struck by a minivan driven by Mauricio Sanchez, 33, an illegal alien from El Salvador. Reyes, a student at Heritage Middle School, was dragged nearly 500 yards leaving her severely injured, including her right arm needing to be amputated.

Another driver, David Carrera of South St. Paul, Minn., attempted to force Sanchez to the side of the road. “I saw the girl go down. His front wheel was locked up on the front part of her body,” Carrera said. The girl’s friend banged on the van’s window, but the driver kept going, he said.

They can’t fill their own potholes.
They can’t pay for their own pensions.
They can’t keep their parks outside or their prisoners inside…but they’re experts at what Arizona is doing wrong!

Aside from the fact that all of these jurisdictions are jumping on Arizona while unable to deal with their own illegal immigration issues, these cities have something else in common:

* FACING $120M BUDGET SHORTFALL, DENVER PRESSES FORWARD WITH $4M IN ARTWORK SPENDING

* “Virtually absent from Coleman’s speech was any discussion of [St. Paul’s] continuing budget shortfalls. Millions will likely need to be cut from the current year’s budget, and few predict growth in next year’s budget, raising the specter of library and recreation center closures. After the speech, Coleman declined to provide specifics about his vision for such cuts, saying it was premature.”

* San Francisco’s budget deficit could reach nearly $750 million in 2011

They’re all broke. They’ve all been run into the ground, bankrupted by Democrats. They don’t have a dime between them.

So how do these bankrupt cities have plenty of money to send city employees globe-trotting here and there on taxpayer-funded travel junkets?

“Travel ban”? None of them should be allowed to travel anywhere outside the city limits, let alone to Arizona. They–we–can’t afford it.

Say–aren’t “city limits” a “Human Rights violation”, too? Or just an oxymoron?

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But…but…what if you don’t have a birth certificate, school records or employment history–you know, like the president?

Via Hoft:

“So just to be clear, it’s constitutional to penalize someone for not showing proof of health insurance but not request proof of citizenship?”

McCain, the Other-ed:

Immigration is now a win-win for Republicans, you see. As for the Arizona law, the GOP message is (a) that the citizens of Arizona have the right to do what they feel is necessary to preserve public safety, (b) that the federal courts will determine if the Arizona law is constitutional, and most of all (c) that the Arizona law wouldn’t be necessary if the Obama administration would get serious about protecting the border.

As for the MSM’s insinuation that Arizona is now a totalitarian dictatorship with genocidal ambitions, there’s this advice from Professor Glenn Reynolds:

Were I representing Arizona, I’d argue that the federal government is in default on its “protection against invasion” responsibility, and that this empowers the state to resort to self-help.

Sieg Heh.

If Arizona is now a Nazi “State of Hate”, then America is Nazi country.

That’s because the Arizona state identification requirement is a verbatim reproduction of the federal requirement. Indeed, it’s a Nazi world; almost all countries require me as an American to carry a passport or obtain a visa and produce it on demand. Some countries even require entry and exit permits. Others won’t even allow me in! Don’t they know who I am? Why–yes, yes they do–because they require i.d.!

And Mexico is one of the toughest.

Robert Rector:

Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the Wall Street Journal for its idée fixe on open-border immigration policy. “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state,” he warned.

And we’re getting more Welfarist and Statist by the minute.

The grant of citizenship is a transfer of political power. Access to the U.S. ballot box also provides access to the American taxpayer’s bank account. This is particularly problematic with regard to low-skill immigrants. Within an active redistributionist state, as Friedman understood, unlimited immigration can threaten limited government. …

Sen. Ted Kennedy [understood] that a steady stream of low-skill immigrants will help him build a much larger, tax-fueled government. It is a pity that so many foes of big government fail to appreciate this point.

As a corollary to Milton Friedman, you can’t have free immigration and race preferences, not to mention multi-cultural non-assimilation. Or corollaries to Milton Friedman.

We need legal immigrants. But we don’t need Leftism, which ruins everything it touches, foreign or domestic.

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Bill Clinton’s War: Tales From the Fifth Dimension of the Middle Classes

“I believe you deserve more than 30-second ads or vague promises. That’s why I’ve offered a comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again. It starts with a tax cut for the middle class…” –Bill Clinton’s first campaign ad, January 1992.

“I can’t [avoid raising taxes on the middle class] because the deficit has increased so much beyond my earlier estimates…”–Bill Clinton, February 17, 1993.

“I was on your side Bill, when you were losin’
I’d never scheme or lie Bill, there’s been no foolin’
But kisses and love won’t carry me, ’til you marry me, Bill!”
–Monica Alinsky and Laura Nyro-Farr, “Won’t You Slander Me, Bill? (The Liberty Bell Blues)”

Allahpundit, Post Be Upon Him:

RUSH: That was Bill Clinton, blaming me for the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19th, 1995. Yesterday we had the tea parties, and the Drive-By Media (I’m sure to its great chagrin) is filled with stories about how festive and how peaceful and how unthreatening all of the tea parties were. The effort to infiltrate these tea parties fizzled. They have stories on that that they probably do not like having to report. And, ladies and gentlemen, it’s very clear that these citizen uprisings — genuine grassroots citizen’s uprisings — are far more powerful than an attempt to drum up fake opposition to them from the White House. Yet, Bill Clinton is back in the game, expanding that threat via this sound bite.

… Bill Clinton once again trying to rebirth his empty threat from 1995. He starts out tracing the plot that started in the eighties to “demonize government.” I have a question. We have two more sound bites of the president here specifying right-wing talk radio, but I have a question: How come we’re supposed to draw (on the basis of no evidence), a connection between conservatism and terrorism, conservative ideology and terrorism? Where is that connection? Yet we are told we must reject, despite tons of evidence, the connection between Islamist ideology and terrorism. So we can’t call Islamist fundamentalists “terrorists.” We can’t even use the word. But we can have ex-presidents and current presidents running around trying to associate conservatives with nonexistent terrorism at peaceful tea parties. Somebody needs to explain this to me.

Shame on you Tea Partiers! You people have scared Clinton so badly, Clinton has been forced to flee to Canada to live with the girlfriend. Bill, not Hill.

If Sarah Palin had a Canadian boyfriend, do you think that…aw, nevermind. It’s not even worth asking the question.

Rush also thanks Regime Leader, just as Regime Leader has demanded. It’s not you, Leader, it’s just that Americans simply aren’t in the habit of lavishing praise upon demand for the “privilege” of keeping their own money.

Obama did indeed cut taxes with the Making Work Pay-credit. So why doesn’t he get credit himself?

Because he also raised taxes, such as the cigarette tax and now with CommieCare, a wheelchair tax, an Abortion Tax, a prescription tax, an insurance tax, etc.

There is also talk of a VAT, the Cap and Trade Energy Tax has already passed the House, and the EPA just released CO2 standards that act as a tax. The Middle Class knows that even if Obama has cut one tax, he’s about to slam them with a hundred new ones if he can.

And the Democrat Socialized Mortgage Meltdown was essentially a tax to redistribute wealth to poor people who couldn’t afford mortgages …and to rich people who are Too Big To Fail!

HANNITY: And back with me are the writer, director and producer of the film, Steve Bannon, and the film’s executive producer and president of Citizens United Productions, David Bossie.

You know, I’m thinking of this as I’m watching this particular here. Small business goes belly-up, they go bankrupt and they usually lose a lot. And what you’re saying here is that these Wall Street firms are protected. These big companies are protected. There’s been a shift in the paradigm.

BOSSIE: Certainly. I think and one of the things Steve brought forward in this movie so well is just what we saw here. In the old way it was done, you had to have personal responsibility. But this new generation, it seemed like the concept of personal responsibility was left in the mud at Woodstock kind of what we say. That it really — they lost track of who they were and it was all about me, the me generation.

BANNON: The investment banks are incredibly important in the post-war era, as integral part of the building the United States to industrial power. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, First Boston — these were partnerships with men that have fought in the World War II and put their country first, and had tremendous fiduciary responsibility.

What you just described, Sean, is that we have — we have two systems in this country. We have socialism for the very poor. We have socialism for the wealthy. We have capitalism for the middle class.

HANNITY: It’s an interesting way. I’ve never really thought of it that way.

BANNON: It essentially is. And the bailouts, all the financial bailouts, everything. The investment banking part of this meltdown is very important. That’s what people really don’t really understand. And it is a bail-out of the financial elites. And it’s really socialism.

HANNITY: It’s interesting you say this. Now — but it’s interesting that the incestuous relationship which you go into in the film between the Democratic Party and big business, because the impression, I think, of a lot of people if you ask, no, that’s the Republican Party, you know, big business, you know, they’re in their pockets, et cetera.

BOSSIE: Well, yes, I think if you look…the Democratic Party has truly taken over that position of power on Wall Street.

BANNON: I don’t want to get the Republican Party off the hook. …It’s really a party of incumbents. That political class is — their pay masters are the — is Wall Street. And by the way, 80 percent of those have come to the Democratic Party. So the Democratic Party has really shifted to what we call the party of Davos to represent big financial interests.

This is the original Jeffersonian Democrat model, with poor slaves and rich masters together vs. yeoman farmers.

It was the Republican Lincoln who stood for the merchant and the mechanic, i.e., the middle class.

William Jefferson Clinton’s real argument is with Lincoln, and his war is the Democrat War on the Middle Class and the Middle Class Movement we call the Tea Party.

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To Russia, With Love

BACK TO THE USSR?

Jeannie-ology asks: Why can’t we send our psychologically-damaged Junior-in-Chief back to Russia with a note in his pocket? He’s trying to burn down our house and we can’t take it anymore, either.

I say we trade; we’ll take the kid back if the Russkies take Obama back. There’s still hope for the kid…

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The Florida Line: Progressives vs. Progress and the First President to Moon America

THE WAR ON ROCKET SCIENCE CONTINUES (UPDATED)

President Space Ghost is heading for the Space Coast. Quick–hide your jobs!

But first, as we noted in January,

Obama then:

“Obama commits to moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, August, 16 2008

Obama now:

“Obama aims to ax moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, January 27, 2010

If, for whatever bizarre and inexplicable reason, you’ve decided to subject yourself to the SOTU speech tonight, think of these…and remember:

It’s Only Words.

Fox:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Near the launch pads where U.S. space voyages begin, President Barack Obama will try to reassure workers that America’s space adventures sail on despite the coming end of space shuttle flights.

And Obama on Thursday will also try to explain why he aborted his predecessor’s return-to-the moon plan in favor of a complicated system of public-and-private flights that would go elsewhere in space, with details still to be worked out.

It’s a tough sell.

Solution: A Canaveral Kickback! “Deem and Dream!”

Earlier this week, the administration said it would rescue a small part of the moon program: its Orion crew capsule. But instead of taking four astronauts to the moon, the not-yet-built Orion will be slimmed down and used as an emergency escape pod on the space station.

What a perfect metaphor for Obama’s vision of the country: from “To Boldly Go…!” to “Keep your head down, crawl into the escape pod and nobody will get hurt.”

“America–We Lead the World in Escape Pod Technology!”

Obama becomes the first sitting president in 12 years to visit Kennedy Space Center, but he won’t stay long. After a couple hours he’ll jet to Miami and spend more time in South Florida at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.

First things first!

He’s heading to South Florida? Probably just wants be closer to Castro.

If that’s possible.

UPDATE: Allahpundit says we can’t afford a space program–but the first principle of security is to take the high ground. We can’t afford not to have a space program.

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“Kenya, We’ve Got a Problem…”

AMERICA’S FIRST MAN ON THE MOON vs. THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO MOON AMERICA

Mike mentioned this already, but here are some more excerpts of the open letter from our mission commanders to our missing Commander:

“The United States entered into the challenge of space exploration under President Eisenhower’s first term, however, it was the Soviet Union who excelled in those early years. World leadership in space was not achieved easily. As a result of the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003, it was concluded that our space policy required a new strategic vision. The program was named “Constellation.” The decision to cancel the Constellation program, its Ares 1 and Ares V rockets, and the Orion spacecraft, is devastating.

America’s only path to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station will now be subject to an agreement with Russia to purchase space on their Soyuz (at a price of over 50 million dollars per seat with significant increases expected in the near future) until we have the capacity to provide transportation for ourselves. …

In other words, we’ll be hitch-hiking with the Russians–if the Russians happen to feel like stopping their car!

It appears that we will have wasted our current $10-plus billion investment in Constellation and, equally importantly, we will have lost the many years required to recreate the equivalent of what we will have discarded.

For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. …

Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity. America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader in space.

Actually, sir, America must decide if it wishes to remain a leader on earth–and space will follow.

If it does, we should institute a program which will give us the very best chance of achieving that goal.

Yes–a program of removing Blame-America-First socialists from power forever.

[signed]
Neil Armstrong
Commander, Apollo 11

James Lovell
Commander, Apollo 13

Eugene Cernan
Commander, Apollo 17

Here’s The Man in the Moonbeam at his Loose Nukes and Kooks Summit:

“…Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower…”

“Or not”?

We know which side of that “or” he’s on.

His.

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Contract With America…or “Contact” With America?

ALIEN NATION

One from Ashbrook, wherein the author, Ms. Ponzi, takes her family to the Reagan Library.

“Air Force One and a Free People”:

…The plane projected greatness, but inside it was rather ordinary. The exterior sparkle and flash of it are not matched in the interior which could be described more as serviceable than grand. I have seen RVs that were more plush and, no doubt, a rock band might have a plane that is embellished with more luxury. This impressive and powerful machine is designed, mainly, to do a job and it is intended to facilitate a man who is doing the job of a nation of free men who are not beholden to some grandee.

By the time we made our way to the galley and the White House Press Corps section of the plane, a deep sense of satisfaction washed over me, replacing my initial disappointment. I realized that this plane is entirely American. It did its job in simplicity and efficiency–projecting both power and humility. We were touring the movable office of the President of the United States . . . not a gilded palace of Europe or, even, a grand and cushy carriage of a monarch. And the funny thing was that everybody on board with our group (children excluded, of course) was remarking about it and they all had pretty much the same reaction. There was a kind of modest pride–if such a paradoxical term can make any sense–or maybe it was a pride in our modesty. The other thing that I thought remarkable was the kind of spontaneous cheer that erupted from the crowd as the docent explained that the press corps traveling with the President is chosen by a lottery and, while they are accommodated with exactly the sort of meals that the President, First Lady and staff receive, they (or, rather, their news organizations) have to purchase their fare at the going rate. They don’t eat or fly on our dime. Someone behind us made the remark that this much expectation for people to pay their own way stood in contrast to recent trends . . . and the docent smiled broadly as she made a fair point about what true freedom of the press means.

Which reminds me of this Charlotte Hays post on Air Force Three for Me, but not for Thee:

What if our legislators had known in advance of that dastardly vote that that they would have to rub elbows with us? What if (heaven forfend!) Nancy Pelosi had to sit next to one of us on an airplane? Call me crazy, but I think a lot of what ails America could have been prevented if we had refused to pamper Congress. As Marie Antoinette might have said, Let Them Fly Commercial. This should be part of any new Contract with America.

Before we even think about a new “Contract”, the first question is “What should we call it?”

“Commitment With America” is not going to cut it. That sounds like a third date with Cynthia Schmeckleford gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Our public officials don’t need another “Contract”; the Constitution is the only contract they need to review right now. No, what they need now is Contact With America, as in contact with reality.

What items would you put on your Contact List?

Term Limits?
Repealing HealthControl?
The Line-Item Veto?
Balanced Budgets?
Forcing Legislators to Appear Nude at any Congressional Session Lasting Longer Than Three Days?

I dunno. But there’s one thing on my list: Repealing the Light Bulb Ban. It’s the perfect symbol of a government run amok: they don’t even trust you with a light bulb.

*It’s bipartisan. It was written by a Democrat Congress and signed by a Republican president, who should have known better.

*It was done to help stop mercury emissions from power plants…yet, when the bulbs are inevitably broken, they will introduce mercury into every household. Proper clean-up also requires a federal haz-mat team, a requirement which will be roundly ignored, thus making criminals out of the entire population.

*Incandescent bulbs also provide some heat which, on balance, probably lowers heating usage, thus helping with Global Warming. Which doesn’t exist anyway.

But the biggest thing is this: the light from the new bulbs sucks. In the New Progressive Era, slipping into darkness counts as “progress”. This is what I mean by ‘contact with reality’.

These guys think they’re all smarter than Thomas Edison, but they couldn’t outsmart Thomas the Tank Engine. If you don’t believe me, just look at Amtrak’s latest budget.

Like they told the alien: “D.C., phone home.”

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Census Carnage

COUNT DRACULA, TOO! (UPDATED)

Have you heard those Census commercials?

Not the $250-million TV commercials. But now that you mention it, it only cost $237-million to make Avatar . Shouldn’t Ed Begley, Jr. at least be blue for $250 million? Or at least bluer than normal?

No, I mean the radio commercials. The ones that say the reason you need to fill out your census is so you can get stuff from the Gummint, so you can get your “fair share”. Karl Marx couldn’t have said it much better. Because he spoke German. And he woulda’ done it for a lot less than $250 million.

The example they use is education funding.

As a pay-off to unions, and to exert liberal control over any runaway school districts that might somehow be suceeding, Jimmy Carter invented the Education Department. Because conservatives didn’t kill it when there was a chance, a generation later it is accepted wisdom that the Federal Government should pay for your teachers and textbooks.

And you should fill out your census, not for the civic duty and representation as we all agreed to in the Constitution, but to get your cut of the booty, including the stuff we’re printing in the basement and borrowing from the Chinese with interest.

And then there’s the form itself.

Now I’m not calling anybody a racist, but the form I got seemed more focused on race than Archie Bunker at a Death Row Records reunion. Here’s the Ten Question Short Form they sent me:

1.) Are you Hispanic?
2.) Are you Latino?
3.) Are you Chicano?
4.) Are you Meztizo?
5.) Are you Tejano?
6.) Are you Latin American?
7.) South American?
8.) Central American?
9.) Spanish?
10.) What–don’t you want your cut of the booty?

11.) Oh, yeah; we almost forgot–how many people live at your house?

I wouldn’t really care, except I know this is all about their obsessive fixation with Racial Bean-Counting in order to hand out Race Favors in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King Day comes but once a year–but Anti-Martin Luther King Day lasts all year long, thanks in part to the census.

But at least it’s not as detailed as the old Long Form:

4,983.) How long have you owned your pet gekko (to the nearest hour)?
4,984.) How did you meet? (Attach extra pages if necessary. No staples.)
4,985.) Your gekko’s bowel movements; would you describe them as
a.) rare
b.) intermittent
c.) frequent
or
d.) more often than Sandy Berger uses the little boy’s room at the National Archives.
4,986.) What–you don’t want your cut of the booty?

Remember when they wanted to use “statistical sampling” (a.k.a.; “guessing”) instead of the “actual enumeration” we all agreed to in the Constitution? Every program for the last 50 years was going to “pay for itself” or ended up costing 600 times as much as originally estimated. Except for the health care bill, which is planned to cost a thousand times as much. So pardon us if we don’t trust your mad guessing skillz.

But I filled mine out and mailed it in, and so should you. That way, when they finally figure out the true National Debt, they can divide it equally and send you a bill for your “fair share”.

What–you don’t want your cut of the booty?

UPDATE: Maybe government would be smaller if we had advertising campaigns about what government was going to take from you instead of give to you. That’s why you never see a $250-million ad campaign saying you owe part of the $250 million.

Say Anything:

“…Michele Bachmann [is] leading the charge in talking about how the census has far exceeded its constitutional mandate. But when a resolution urging Americans to take part in the census came before the House of Representatives only one member of Congress voted against it.

Ron Paul.

It’s more than a little disheartening to see Republicans, who are ostensibly proponents of limited government, supporting an unconstitutional census that per the government’s own advertising facilitates the sort of expansion in government programs that has led to the current bankrupt nature of our national budget.

And this is no small matter. Refusing to participate in the census doesn’t just mean that you may lose some of your representation in the government, they can actually fine you $100 per question you refuse to answer up to a total fine of $5,000.

That’s just it–there should only be one question.

And if you refuse to pay the fine you can be put in jail.

This is exactly the sort of overbearing government activity Republicans should be opposing. Sadly, far too many of them are too busy joining the Democrats in thinking about all the new spending the census count will let them do in their states and districts.

At the very least, the other census questions not having to do with the constitutionally-required head count should be entirely optional.

We agreed to be counted, not categorized. We support the count because it’s Constitutional, and oppose the categorization because it’s used against the Constitution; to subvert the Civil Rights Act and Equal Protection.

Good for Michele Bachmann; conservatives should run on a Repeal ticket.

And forget resolutions; Congress wrote those laws and Congress can unwrite them. One of the best ideas Newt had was to have Repeal Days, dedicated to undoing some of the damage already done, instead of just piling more shiny new laws on top of the last ones. And Ron Paul is still a dorf.

Ronald Reagan:

“Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, “What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.”

And a little more information, too.

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The Olympic Race Race and the Great Quantum Leap Downhill and Backwards

“I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO MY PIGMENT, AND TO THE PRIVILEGES TO WHICH IT ENTITLES ME…”

Massa Steyn:

The gulf between the self-mythologizing of the Olympics ceremony and its application on the ground was rarely more visible. For example, an overseas visitor to the Games, wearying of all the First Nations types prancing around the stadium and picking up a newspaper, would have surely been bewildered to have found reports of the self-same First Nations types giving 10-day eviction orders from the Kahnawake reserve to residents deemed to have insufficient “blood quantum” to pass the Mohawk racial-purity test. Apparently, most of the deportees are spouses or “partners” of full Mohawks.

To be honest, I was impressed to discover that there are actually people willing to move to native reserves. Truly, love conquers all. At least until the blood quantum theorists show up, and you find you’re living in some dystopian Nuremberg rewrite of Abie’s Irish Rose in which a sovereign jurisdiction of the Canadian state can break up your marriage on racial grounds.

And it’s perfectly legal! …

That’s why the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a worthless piece of junk—because (at least according to the Supreme Court of Canada) it both licenses the Canadian state to restrain your basic liberties yet also exempts your (native) neighbour from those same restraints. Putting aside its other defects, no self-respecting citizen should take seriously a Charter that institutionalizes race-based discrimination as a constitutional principle. In this respect, the First Nations’ contempt for Canadian authority is most instructive. As Mohawk Grand Chief Mike Delisle explained to CTV, “We don’t consider ourselves Canadians.” Well, except for the purposes of federal welfare. And top billing at the Olympics ceremony.

I thought I was old-fashioned.

But I’ve got nothin’ on the “Progressives” who want us to progress all the way back to the times when Uncle Sam and Auntie Bellum classified everyone in fractions. I thought being considered 3/5ths of an American was a Civil Rights outrage, but instead, it’s all the rage.

Fragmentation is part of the Divide and Conquer strategy of liberals. They want us to separate into tiny little competing tribes, all the better to be ruled by a World Government. But the Trendy New Apartheid doesn’t become more appealing just by shuffling the favored groups around.

Progressives want to bring back classifications such as mulattos, griffes (1/4 white, 3/4 black) quadroons, quintroons, sexaroons, septaroons, octoroons, November and December-oons, hexadecaroons–all the way up to Ward Churchill-level 1/64th honorary Nano-Banano Sesquicentennial-Maroons, complete with Casino License, Tenured Parking Space and Perpetual Grievance Permit.

“One-drop” rules? Forget it. They’ve got more drops than Don Ho has “Tiny Bubbles”. (You remember Don Ho, don’t you? He was either a Polynesian prince from the Great Occupation Era or an American lounge singer from Hawaii–the jury’s still out.)

Worldwide, you’ve got your Mestiços, Coloureds, Bruinmense, Kleurlinge and Bruin Afrikaners. You’ve got your Griquas, Chinos, Sambos, Mestizos, Khoisans, Pardos, Morenos, Fernandinos, Creoles, Mestees and Manatees. Just kidding. Now I’m going to get letters from the Mermaid-American Community. And Ethel Merman.

My own family is Flemish/German from Belgium. Brother, you don’t know what discrimination is until you tell someone you’re a Phlegm-Germ Belcher. Try it sometime.

So from now on, I’ve decided to call myself the dirtiest name of all:

“American”.

Aloha.

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The South (Pacific) Shall Rise Again!

KAHUNAS IN THE ATTIC

“…[A] hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities…”–Teddy Roosevelt, 1915

“We can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities, that we can be e pluribus unum — out of one, many.”–Al Gore, getting the National Motto bassackwards, 1994

Honolulu Star Bulletin:

Hawaii’s Congressional delegation today released what it calls the final text of the Akaka Bill. …

The House of Representatives Committee on Rules met today and approved the bill to be considered on the House floor. However, there is no timeline for Senate consideration, according to Akaka. …

According to Akaka’s office, the changes to the bill:

>> Make it clear that Native Hawaiians will have the inherent powers and privileges of a native government — self-determination like indigenous people on the continental U.S. — with the exception of the right to conduct gambling.

Heritage blog:

The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the creation of the largest tribal entity in U.S. history under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, despite last-minute opposition by Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle (R), and serious questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality.

The bill would establish a separate, race-based governing body to represent Native Hawaiians in negotiations with state and federal governments. As The National Review writes, the Act would:

…partly disenfranchise a portion of one state’s residents, create a parallel government for those meeting a legislated criterion of ethnic purity, and would portend the transfer of public assets, land, and political power from those who fail to satisfy the standard of ethnic purity to those who do.

Peter Kirsanow:

Americans should watch their respective congressman’s vote on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (the “Akaka Bill”) closely. A vote in favor of the bill is a vote in favor of granting expansive powers to a race-based government that will establish a regime of benefits and preferences based on racial purity.

But it worked out so well last time, Beauregard!

“Out of many, One.”

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T KNOW

…but you still gotta try.

Our guy Andrzejewski lost in a crowded gubernatorial primary that split conservative votes. The likely winner Bill Brady seems like a decent conservative and leads Kirk Dillard, who had supported Obama.

Brady will likely go up against incumbent governor Pat Quinn.

For the “Obama” senate seat, moderate U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Naval Reserve intelligence officer who supported the war and tax cuts, will run against Alexi Giannoulias, who was Obama’s personal banker in the Rezko deal. hmmm…

(Via Cassy Fiano and Stacy McCain)

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Vote for Angie Effski today–Adam Andrzejewski, that is!

CHICAGO VOTES…AND VOTES AND VOTES AND VOTES

…so make sure you vote, too!

Geraghty on taking the “Blago Seat” (…and maybe the “Obama Seat”, too–if you can call it that since he was only there a few weeks).

Red State:

This guy is an American success story. He’s the type of guy we always say we want in politics, but then ignore once he enters the arena. Except this time people are not ignoring him.

Stacy McCain:

Considered how much other people have sacrificed for the Andrzejewski campaign — including his wife and three young daughters — I guess I can swallow my pride and aggregate all this morning’s news from all the people who don’t give me any credit.

Credited, sir.

McCain at the Spectator:

Andrzejewski says he was inspired by Friday’s remarks from the Cold War hero who led Poland’s defiance of the Soviet Union. “Walesa said that it was impossible to defeat the tanks, the airplanes and the guns of the communists. Solidarity prevailed because their principles and values were stronger.” …

“The Chicago Tribune didn’t even send a reporter to cover the Lech Walesa endorsement,” Andrzejewski said Sunday. “They took seven sentences, 113 words, off the Associated Press wire.… They’re doing everything they can to ignore our campaign.”

Adam Andrzejewski will check the Democrat legislature, open up the Secret Budget and conduct a deep audit, saving billions for the Illinois citizens who still care about honest government.

Vote Today!

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Every Day is Opposite Day for Bizarro President

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS-STEAGALL

Jonah can’t quite fathom why nuke stocks are flat even though the president has promised to build nuclear plants.

He inadvertently brushes up against the answer however, in this column:

In his State of the Union, the president waxed eloquent about the baleful climate of what is commonly called the “permanent campaign” mindset in Washington. This was an interesting line of attack from a man who has never disbanded his campaign operation, Organizing for America, and who responded to the Scott Brown election by bringing his campaign manager into the White House.

Indeed, Obama sent out a campaign fundraising email just seconds after leaving the podium where he just denounced the “permanent campaign”. It probably went out to his foreign contributors, too!

Prof. Hansen tosses out the answer in “The Obamarang”:

Whereas past executives shaded the truth, Barack Obama trumps that: on almost every key issue, what Obama says he will do, and what he says is true, is a clear guide to what he will not do, and what is not true. It is as if “truth” is a mere problem of lesser mortals.

1. Obama now rails against a pernicious Washington and its insiders: ergo, Obama controls Washington through both houses of Congress and the White House, and wants to expand Washington’s control over the auto industry, health care, energy, student loans, transportation, etc.

2. Obama bashes the Supreme Court on weakening public efforts to curb campaign contributions. Therefore, we know Obama has done more than any other President in destroying public campaign financing by being the first presidential candidate in a general election to refuse public funds—in confidence that he could raise a record $1 billion, much of it from big moneyed interests on Wall Street.

3. Obama calls for a freeze on government spending and deplores deficits. Hence, we know that the possible $15 billion savings in some discretionary spending will not affect the Obama record budget deficits that will continue to grow well over an annual $1.5 trillion a year—as Obama piles up the greatest budgetary shortfalls in any four-year presidential term in history.

4. The President calls for Guantanamo Bay detention center to be closed within a year of his inauguration, and Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the architect of 9/11, to be tried in New York. Accordingly, we know that Guantanamo won’t be closed within a year and KSM won’t be tried in New York. …

Up is down, down is up, the truth is a lie and a lie is the truth. All this chaos outside is merely a reflection of the inner chaos that lives at the heart of Big Lie Leftism.

…watch out for that boomerang!

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