Monday, February 28, 2011

Judge Kessler's Exercise in Poor Judgement

In what continues to be partisan line decisions on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the left leaning judges are doing contortions and gymnastic to attempt plausibility in their judgments. While it is clearly self evident that the mandate by the government to force people to buy health care insurance is unconstitutional and un-American, Judge Gladys Kessler tries to convince us otherwise.

Regulating 'Mental Activity'
The crux of these cases is whether the government's power to regulate "Commerce . . . among the several States" is so broad that it can mandate that everyone buy health insurance. Judge Gladys Kessler of the D.C. district court says in her 64-page opinion that this power includes regulating even "mental activity, i.e., decision-making."

The distinction between activity and inactivity is "of little significance," Judge Kessler writes. "It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not 'acting' . . . Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin."
Wow. Rather than basing her judicial opinion on legal precedence, or looking to the constitution to ponder what freedom in America was intended to be, she clearly is drawing from a song by the rock band Rush.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
Ironically the name of the song is "Freewill".

I don't think Judge Kessler or all of the other proponents of Obamacare get this whole "freedom" thing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greedy Teachers in Providence Staring at Wisconsin Teachers Fate

On the same day that Rhode Island teachers and public service union employees were rallying in support of teachers in Wisconsin, the city of Providence was finalizing plans to fire all of it's teachers.

Providence plans to pink slip all teachers
The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.
 How ironic is that? Poetic justice perhaps?
“This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.
As Michael Graham points out on his blog 'The Natural Truth', it was good and appropriate that the Providence Journal pointed out that Dec. 7, 1941 was the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor since most of their readers were probably educated by Smith’s public school colleagues and would have no idea what that date meant.
Taveras, in a statement issued Tuesday night, said the uncertainty around the city’s finances, combined with the March 1 deadline, led to this decision.
State law requires that teachers be notified about potential changes to their employment status by March 1. 
Hmmmm... I wonder why there is a state law which requires that teachers be notified about potential changes to their employment status by March 1? I am going to go out on a limb here and wildly speculate that this was a law supported by the teachers union in an effort to limit the states ability to downsize the teaching workforce. File this one under the law of unintended consequences. Since the state is obliged to follow a law that the union wanted the union is accordingly up in arms.
He (Steve Smith) said it makes no sense to send out dismissal notices to every teacher because the district has a legal obligation to educate all of its students, regardless of budget considerations. “You have so many students,” he said. “You need so many teachers. You have a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. Do the math.”
 Ha! Do the Math. Classic! Sorry Steve, but if they were educated in Providence then they probably can't.

The Mayor of Providence Angel Tavares in that same statement from Tuesday night said;
“As a Providence public school graduate, I understand how great teachers can change lives,”

Let this be a lesson in cause and effect.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rhode Island State House - Union Solidarity Demonstration

It was lame.

The Rent-A-Mob started filling the State House rotunda around 4:30. State workers and members from other unions were in attendance. It seemed like a large crowd because the rotunda is deceptively small and everyone was packed in.

I have to say that the event was very tame. The closest thing to violent imagery was the guy with the sword, and he was actually a nice guy. No Hitler stuff, no cross hairs, just union people showing up and doing as they are told.

After it was all over you can see people leaving the State House and crossing the street to the state administration building. You know, going back to their desks to collect their stuff and go home. It was after 5pm by then.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Andrew Brietbart in Wisconsin Sums It Up

Pretty much says it all.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Nice Try Frank Rich!

Red meat for the faithful.

In an opinion piece from the New York Times yesterday, February 19th, 2011, Frank Rich distracts his readers from the very serious demonstrations happening in Wisconsin. Because some very core liberal tenants are about to take a poignant shellacking, Frank chooses to wax fondly on the Tuscon tragedy, and his perception that politicizing a national tragedy was a brilliant political success. How evil is that?

The G.O.P.’s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder
SIX weeks after that horrific day in Tucson, America has half-forgotten its violent debate over the power of violent speech to incite violence. 
No Frank. We have not forgotten. Talk about violent speech inciting violence is being suppressed by you and the rest of the lame stream media because of what is going on in Madison Wisconsin. Violent speech and imagery, and all the other things you whined about are being bandied about like the violence debate never happened. When the left is being violent, you don't want to talk about it. You would rather reminisce about that period of time when you were blaming the right for being violent, even though they weren't.
But all those arguments over political language did leave a discernible legacy. In the aftermath of President Obama’s Tucson sermon, civility has had a mini-restoration in Washington. And some of the most combative national figures in our politics have been losing altitude ever since, much as they did after Bill Clinton’s oratorical response to the inferno of Oklahoma City.
Arguments over political language that had nothing to do with Tuscon. Here is where he pats himself on the back and gives a warm hug to his fellow partisans over the success he's seen in politicizing the assassination attempt on Gabriel Giffords. Frank Rich continues to indulge in some escapism by spinning data to cheer those still mourning the one party rule system. Reporting on the impending doom for the lefts two favorite punching bags Rich writes:
Glenn Beck’s ratings at Fox News continued their steady decline, falling to an all-time low last month. He has lost 39 percent of his viewers in a year and 48 percent of the prime 25-to-54 age demographic. His strenuous recent efforts to portray the Egyptian revolution as an apocalyptic leftist-jihadist conspiracy have inspired more laughs than adherents.
ah, to not think of the hypocritical violence spewing angry mobs in Wisconsin and to be able to cackle over the eminent demise of the reviled Glen Beck! Truly chicken soup for the soul.

But wait a minute. There are some facts that Mr. Rich left out. As Samuel Clemons once said "There are lies, damned lies and then there are statistics" (Paraphrased). The raw fact is that Glen Beck continues to beat the competition with an audience that is still 4 times larger than his closest competitor. When Beck's all time low is 4 times what the competition is doing, I am not sure it's time to gloat.

And then there is the favorite punching bag, Sarah Palin.  Frank almost appears to be doing a parody of the Glen Beck conspiracy theories that he scoffs at by insinuating that Sarah not speaking at CPAC and canceling a speaking engagement is proof that Ms Palin and the GOP are in an unstoppable death spiral. Whatever you say Carnac. However, I'm sure it helped his readers restore that tingle up their legs that they've been missing for a while now.
Sarah Palin’s tailspin is also pronounced. It can be seen in polls, certainly: the ABC News-Washington Post survey found that 30 percent of Americans approved of her response to the Tucson massacre and 46 percent did not. (Obama’s numbers in the same poll were 78 percent favorable, 12 percent negative.) But equally telling was the fate of a Palin speech scheduled for May at a so-called Patriots & Warriors Gala in Glendale, Colo.
More important than an ABC News - Washington Post poll is a Rasmussen poll. The Rasmussen polls are more relevant because they only poll people who vote, rather than those who believe their civic duties stop at watching John Stewart's Daily Show. In the Rasmussen daily tracking report of the president's approval index you can see that Mr. Obama is well into the the negative double digits.

He goes on to say:
If the right puts its rabid Obama hatred on the down-low, what will — or can — conservatism stand for instead? The only apparent agendas are repealing “Obamacare” and slashing federal spending
Well that would be because those are the most important issues to the majority of the electorate, you elitist dictatorial, know better than everyone else progressive!

I'm sure this little diversion from reality was a welcomed weekend getaway for the left who are staring down the barrel of a tax payer revolt over public sector unions living high off the hog on tax payer money, and unwilling to pitch in and help get through some hard times. The face of the greedy unions is now bare for all to see.

And while Frank Rich may have performed an illusionist act for his audience the automatic re-election of Obama for devout obambies, he's not scaring anyone who is paying attention.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gilded Unions and Greedy Teachers in Wisconsin

Teachers in Wisconsin are demonstrating......................that their greed knows no bounds.

The teachers in Wisconsin are so greedy that they would rather kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and get those golden eggs now rather than help to set up a sustainable system that continues better than average compensation.

What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle
The real assault this week was led by Organizing for America, the successor to President's Obama's 2008 campaign organization. It helped fill buses of protesters who flooded the state capital of Madison and ran 15 phone banks urging people to call state legislators.

Mr. Walker's proposals are hardly revolutionary. Facing a $137 million budget deficit, he has decided to try to avoid laying off 5,500 state workers by proposing that they contribute 5.8% of their income towards their pensions and 12.6% towards health insurance. That's roughly the national average for public pension payments, and it is less than half the national average of what government workers contribute to health care. Mr. Walker also wants to limit the power of public-employee unions to negotiate contracts and work rules—something that 24 states already limit or ban.
 And in their temper tantrum over keeping every nickel they managed to flim flam out of a corrupt process they can't even make a consistent or logical arguement over why they should have a higher standard of living over the tax payers who provide their compensation.
"Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits," Mr. Siegel told me.
And the so called reasoning for keeping all of their spoils?
"This is about the clean government Wisconsin has enjoyed over the past century versus the corrupt government that Scott Walker proposes," thundered the liberal Madison Capital Times newspaper earlier this week. Democratic State Sen. Bob Jauch called Mr. Walker's move "the end of the democratic process" during the committee debate on Wednesday night.
What? Really? How so? Talk about your flat out whopper of lies. Unless of course by democratic process Sen Bob Jauch means a political process where the democratic party gets it's way on every issue despite what the people they supposedly represent want. That clearly must be the case because once the literal democratic process began to move forward they themselves dismantled the democratic process by leaving the state and halting a vote, which would have been the democratic process in action.

And talk about an astro-turf demonstration. Union fat cats run their business like a big business.

See the nicely printed signs?

And which one of the grass roots protestors was smart enough to bring along the porta-potties?

Well, at least the kids made their own signs. It was probably a homework assignment given to them on the last day they attended classes.

Civil Rights? Sorry kid. You get an F. I don't know what the lazy teachers who don't make their own signs are teaching you, but dictating the terms of your compensation to your employer is not a civil right!

Atlas Shrugged - The Movie! Finally!

I am so psyched! I loved the book. I just hope the movie doesn't suck!

Atlas Shrugged references appear on these pages somewhat regularly.

I am keeping my hopes high. Perhaps that's a bad idea.

I can't wait!

"Who is John Galt"

"Who is the destroyer?"

Do you think this might spark some philosophical reflection among the dumb ass I get my news from John Stewart liberals? Will they finally see the ruse that is the "Sanction of the Victim"?

Probably not. They don't even see their own hypocracy when one week they are whining about violent Tea Parties and the next week they are parading around with Hitler signs, and gun scopes trained on the Governor of Wisconsin.

But I am going love having some video cuts to help out on this blog!

Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

Thank you god for answering my prayer. Now, if I may ask for one more thing, could we please have a blockbuster movie production of "It Can't Happen Here" by Sincair Lewis? Please?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Civility - An Inconvienient Ruse

And the in your face hypocrisy of the violent left just keeps rolling.  The do anything and say anything to push their agenda crowd will wail and cry about civility one moment and then beat you over the head with a tire iron the next moment if it doesn't look like they will get their way.

After the attempted assassination of Rep Giffords (D-AZ) in Tuscon the left went crazy! They actually blamed Sarah Palin for using cross hairs on a political graphic depicting races for public office which her organization was focusing on to win. This, according to the democratic talking points, created a hostile environment that promotes violence.

Marc Ash is a Moron.
Jared Loughner is a lefty loon.
J Eric Fuller - Violent Lefty Loon
Angry Olbermann - Keeping it Accusatorial

And back when the Tea Party was making headway and gaining support across the nation? My god! You would have thought that female reporters were being gang raped by men wearing tri-corner hats!

All Patches has to fear, is fear itself!
Manufactured Violence
The Code Pink Party Tax Protests

But now in Wisconsin where  Governor Scott Walker is taking some drastic measures to avoid putting his state in extremis, the public unions are going nuts, pulling out the Hitler signs, using cross hairs, and doing everything that upset them so badly during peaceful Tea Party protests. Classic Saul Alinsky! the Saul Alinsky tactic of accusing the other side of the things that you are doing is still a primary tool of the left.

Hypocritical Hypocrites!

But this video sums up the whole upside down world, I can't believe what my eyes are seeing and I can't believe what my ears are hearing, world that we now live in.


Barney Being Frank

I'm Sorry, what was the time of death for the liberal left cries for civility in political discourse?

As has been pointed out on these pages many times, the cry for civility is really just code for "you shut up and sit down while I bash your brains in, and don't even think about defending yourself".

The Audacity of Hate

"Hate Works"

The presidents words last night were nothing more than another insult to one's intellect by trying to position himself as someone we know he is not.
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Just like his claims for bipartisan relations with Congress, which amounted to 'sit down, shut up, and vote like I tell you; or you are an obstructionist!", this veiled platitude means nothing more than 'talking with each other in a way that heals means sit down, shut up, and vote the way I tell you to or you are speaking in a way that wounds"
You knew it was crap when the president  said it, and in typical Barney Frank fashion he took as many cheap shots as he could get in, but that's OK because he is a know it all progressive.

The problem frankly is that we don't know what the Republicans are going to do...ya know; here's the problem, the republican leadership has dissolved. The Republican leadership now is the Tea Party People. And so the problem is that you don't even know if there is going to be an ability to negotiate. I mean the the the, It's hard to negotiate with a negotiating committee that consists of John Boehner, Eric Cantor, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.
 Stay classy Barney! And another memorable quote:
"I'm a little fuzzy on the concept of non-combat troops"
Are we really surprised?
I mean he's also a little fuzzy on economics and free markets.

Another Dodd-Frank Triumph
Like ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank was rushed through by Democrats before the curtain came down on their one-party control of Washington. Also like health care, we are now finding out what they really passed and its very costly consequences.
and the resulting reality?
The regulators are now trying to figure out how to reduce the impact on taxpayers from the very moral hazard that financial reform was supposed to prevent. Instead of reducing systemic risk, Dodd-Frank has created more institutions whose failure would create it.
Nice work Barney!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lara Logan Rape = Tea Party

First of all, I wish Lara Logan all the best and pray for her speedy recovery. I can't even imagine how a political celebration turns into a gang rape that happens out in the open with thousands of witnesses.

But...........Let's see how long it will take for the lame stream media to equate this act to a Tea Party Tax Protest.

Just say'n.

Oh, and let's all wait to hear the islamo-fascist apologists explain how this is really just part of their culture and they shouldn't be judged by western standards. Evidence like this should in no way suggest that their culture is barbaric. No. Really.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

Happy Birthday Mr. President.



January 20, 1981 


January 20, 1989

On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar. Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit. A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. In 1986, Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve “peace through strength.” During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Judicial Activism? Are You Kidding Me!

Since the moment that Judge Roger Vinson declared that Obamacare was unconstitutional the left has been howling that this ruling was nothing more than a clear example of judicial activism.


You have to be kidding! This is more than lefty spin, this is a grotesque distortion of reality. It is humorous to watch the left act so surprise though.  People and politicians have been screaming that this bill is unconstitutional since before it was signed into law! At least 26 states are joined and united in pressing their law suit because they know the law is unconstitutional. This is a classic "the Emperor has no clothes" moment and yet the left has the audacity to act surprise. "What? Hey! How did that happen! This must be judicial activism!"


Judicial activism is when the courts use their power to expand the role of government beyond what a law says or was intended for. Kelo v. City of New London, is an excellent example. Here a law that was intended for using 'eminent domain' or the taking of private land into the public trust for the benefit of all was extended to include the taking of private land and handing it over to private for profit business. Eminent domain was created so that roads could be built, power lines extended to distribute electricity to all, maybe even to build a library or police station. It was never intended to be a vehicle for well connected developers to get below market prices for real estate ventures that, if everything goes correctly could possibly benefit the community if the venture is a success. The court extending government powers to include that type of scenario is a clear case where the court created new law or powers that should have been created as legislation by the representatives of the people.

The opposite of judicial activism is when the courts use their powers to limit the power of government, beyond the enumerated powers that the constitution provides for. That's what Judge Roger Vinson did and that's why he is a constitutionalist.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Media Bias Strikes Again! Schumer Blooper fails to Attract Note

we have three branches of government: we have a House, the Senate, we have a President,
Who said that? Many would probably guess it was a quote from Sarah Palin. Wrong. And you know you are wrong because if Sarah Palin had said that you would be seeing it played over and over again on all the networks right now, and well into the future. In fact, I am certain they would never have let this one go.

But alas, it was the arrogant, condescending super genius Senator from New York Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that we have three branches of government: we have a House, the Senate, we have a President,

Then again, maybe this is a super genius moment. Given that the judiciary declared that Obamacare is unconstitutional, maybe this is an attempt to brainwash the stupid masses that believe something like Obamacare was good for the country would also believe that the Judiciary is not one of the three branches of government and therefore their verdict is meaningless. Look away, nothing to see here.

Really! Think about it. What would the air waves look like today if Sarah Palin had said this!