Saturday, June 30, 2012

He Who Controls the Present........

By Matthew / The Lunatic's Asylum

Matthew's Week End Commentary:
"Totalitarianism Comes To America..."
Bearing yesterday's shocking and somewhat mystifying Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare in mind, it has become apparent that our government -- at all levels, county, state, and all three federal branches -- is atrociously out of control.
Without getting too far into the weeds on the 2,400-page (and counting) Affordable Care Act (because I'm not a lawyer, thankfully) the gist of the 5-4 decision is this:
Congress has the constitutional authority to impose any tax that it sees fit, for any reason, whatsoever, despite the fact that a) The Bill itself was passed in anything BUT a Constitutional manner, and b) the Obamatard lawyers did everything in their power to portray the costs of the Individual Mandate as anything BUT a tax. Somehow six Justices sat there and listened to months of "it's not a tax, really, and we don't want to make the argument that it is" and came to the conclusion that it was up to them to make up their own arguments in favor of calling it a tax.
First things, first:
I would hardly call any bill which threatens to set up a score or more of new federal bureaucracies, granted ever-more intrusive powers that will slowly seep into every nook-and-cranny of American Life, which was passed only because the then-democrat-controlled House of Representatives manipulated Congressional rules until they got the vote they wanted, and then passed the resulting pile of stinking dogcrap onto an openly-bribed, democrat-controlled Senate, to be Constitutional.
 The entire process which brought us the Affordable Care Act was the sort of sleazy, one-hand-washes-the-other backroom political dealing -- brazenly carried out in the light of day -- that people in this country used to find abhorrent, and at one time would riot in the streets over. Apparently this is not true anymore, and it's both disheartening and disgusting. The bill should have been disqualified on the basis that it was conceived in the worst sort of political sewer. I don't know if the Court has the authority to make that determination, but when you consider that previous courts have made shit up out thin air to justify everything from abortion to seizing private property in order to save insects or to build yet another strip mall, one wonders when this penchant for our most eminent jurists to fly by the seat of their pants kicks in, and under what circumstances. 
 I would also tend to view the idea that it is the federal government's job to keep anyone alive, outside of it's enumerated power to defend the United States and it's citizens, is a badly-flawed one, if only because, eventually, such decisions must become politicized. Between bureaucracies fighting turf wars and fighting for funding, and the propensity of presidents and congressdouches to use the organs of government as both stick and carrot, it is a foregone conclusion that healthcare in this country will change on a mostly-political basis.
 Pandora's Box has been opened by this decision; now the the government has empowered itself to know everything, and do everything, about your Irritable Bowel Syndrome, your Chronic Pink Eye, your Creaky Prostate, your Leaky Bladder, your AIDS, Cancer, or Purple Hemorrhoids, it will soon follow that in order to "fairly" distribute healthcare services, or to "ensure access for all" that the government will also be empowered to mandate all sorts of things, always explained as preventative or cost-effective measures.
Soon, there will be a mandate that every American eat a high-fiber diet, and to ensure compliance, a whole new bureaucracy will be established to make sure you do by examining your stool under a microscope. You WILL have to eat your vegetables, and since in many American Urban Landscapes the real vegetables are too busy giving birth to babies they can't feed and collecting welfare checks with which they buy crack and pork rinds, the government will expand Food Stamp programs so that these miscreants can "afford" spinach, carrots, and broccoli. This, of course, will not lead to a healthier ghetto at all, once someone figures out how to scam these additional rations for cold, hard cash on the Q.T.
Soon, every American will be ordered to exercise at least 30 minutes daily, and every business in the country will be saddled with the expense and responsibility of ensuring that their employees are either supplied with a gym, or that time is taken from the busy business day for some sort of communal PhysEd period, like they do before work in Japan. Or which every Party member had to endure during the Physical Jerks in Orwell's 1984, all done under the watchful eye of some bureaucratic dipshit from OSHA or something.
Soon, every American may be required to donate blood, bone marrow, any extra organs they may have lying around, skin grafts, hair, sperm, unfertilized ovum and toenails on a regular basis, as a "Patriotic Duty" to ensure that those requiring transplants, or sex-change operations, or open heart surgery after 85 years of age, always have a goodly supply of whatever is needed at any given time. Of course, as long as the government has these things, it will take the "necessary step" as either a "crimefighting measure" or as "a mere formality, necessary to establish identity" to DNA test the fuck out of it all, and keep secret records for it's own purposes. It is even conceivable that having this information at hand, the government should take it upon itself to order -- or at least request -- that people donate what appear to be genetically-compatible organs to complete strangers, or face a hefty fine.
Ultimately, the purpose of the Affordable Care Act has little to do with anyone's actual health, nor with making health care any cheaper or easier. In fact, one could argue that it's sole intent is to destroy the health insurance market, for if I read this right, that is the main thrust of the Individual Mandate. So far as I can understand it, those who don't buy health insurance as per the Mandate, are fined. However, the fine is so ridiculously low (as compared to a stay in the hospital) that only a complete doofus would splurge for health insurance. The treatment they receive would still be paid for by the taxpayer, in any case, just like what happens to the uninsured when they walk into Emergency Rooms now!
So, we will eventually get to a Single Payer system -- like every card-carrying Libtard actually wants -- by virtue of the fact that we will remove the possibility of profit from the health insurance industry, and by giving people a choice which they'd have to be a complete retard to pass up, which is, basically, catastrophic health care services for next to no money.
Having recently spent a nearly $9,000 night with no insurance in a hospital, myself, if you told me before the ordeal that my choice was going to be between paying that bill, or running afoul of the Individual Mandate and paying a $700-to-1,000 fine for the misdemeanor crime of not having private health insurance, which option do you think I'm most likely to choose?
Now, what happens when everyone makes that choice? Well, hospitals close. Doctors go out of business and take up plumbing. Who needs nurses? Who is going to buy flu vaccines? Who needs surgical supplies and instruments? The system, as it stands, flaws and all, will simply be taken over -- by necessity -- by the government, who will staff them the same way they staff their bureaucracies: with overpaid, unionized morons of the sort that fall asleep at the controls of Amtrak trains, or forget to turn their TSA metal detectors on at the airport, or who spend eight hours a day safeguarding your food supply by keeping a careful watch for salmonella on chicken with the naked eye.
Under that circumstance, assuming I have my facts right in that example (it's hard to tell, because even after Nancy Pelosi got it passed, we still don't know what the fuck is in it) the Individual Mandate, then, is not about providing vital health services to anyone: it's about destroying the Insurance Companies and health providers by undercutting their bottom lines! And once certain providers -- say, hospitals? -- become insolvent because the government has both fixed their costs ridiculously low and ruined their revenue stream, what do you think happens next? They become nationalized, of course.
Which has worked out so well everywhere else. In Canada, it's famously joked that women wait 10 months to get into a maternity ward. In England, the National Health Service routinely kills or seriously injures patients through neglect, antiquated facilities and bureaucratic muddle, and the victims can't sue to get recompense. In some countries in Europe, anyone who comes into a hospital seeking mental health services is automatically dispensed anti-depressants and anti-psychotics, whether they're actually needed or not.
It's bad enough the government is run by nameless, faceless, high-school dropouts that work in the federal bureaucracies, for it is axiomatic that while President X, Congresscritter Y and Senator Z appear to be running the country, they are, in truth, not. They are temporary. They are simply the visible pustule that signifies the manifestation of the underlying disease. This country is run by bureaucrats, mostly stupid bureaucrats because they are drawn from the lowest-common denominator of American Society (why do you think most civil service exams are written for a 3rd-grade reading level, and only require a 65 passing grade?), because without these jobs these folks would only take up a life of crime, or wander about aimlessly.
It's doubly bad that the bureaucracies only tend to get bigger, and more-expensive, and overlap, because if there's anything government is good for, it's doing everything, badly, two or three times, and at exorbitant prices, before some low-level clerk loses the paperwork between her 11:50 coffee break, and her 12:00 lunch hour.
We are more-and-more being controlled by ever expanding bureaucracies, run by who the fuck knows. These organs are given ever-more sweeping power, and lavishly funded with borrowed money. In return, we get mid-level paper-pushers taking expensive vacations-disguised-as-work in luxury hotels in Las Vegas. We get the proverbial $400 hammer, the $600 toilet seat, the $200 roll of toilet paper which the cleaning staff will take home when no one is looking. We get an EPA which spews dictates on a daily basis with little or no authority in law to back them up. We get 35 (or is it more now?) unelected Czars who are only accountable to the President of the United States, in effect, his Privy Council of Hatchet Men, like Henry VIII.
And now they want to get between you and your doctor?
Soon, very soon, after the Affordable Care Act kicks in, assuming it isn't defunded or repealed by a Republican Landslide in November which brings a Congressional Majority with it, we'll be seeing lines outside of hospitals and clinics that will remind you of the good 'ol days of Jimmy Carter's gasoline queues. Soon, very soon, we'll see a new wave of illegal immigration that will come across the border in order to get kidneys and corneas, false teeth and facelifts, because the system will be so chaotic and so full of loopholes that it is difficult to tell whether anyone will actually be caught cheating.
Hell, the government can't seem to find -- or isn't interested in making the effort -- 12 million potential cheaters mostly hiding in plain sight, so why not try to go for the free angioplasty, and a boob job, while you're at it?
 It was once thought that what the country needed was simply a change of political parties in order to flush out the worst of the muck that clogged the arteries of government. It is now clear that what is required is more than just switching democrats for republicans or Tea party; we need a fundamental rethink of what government does and how it does it, from the top to the very bottom. It may be some time for some needed government and Constitutional Reform, because it's crystal clear that both are badly needed.
This is all spiraling out of control.

Crossposted @The Lunatic's Asylum


Matthew is a friend and weekly contributor to DMF
Please stop by and give him a shout at the above link 
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obamacare: What is it going to cost you....

What does the Supreme Court's health-care ruling mean for You?

Answer the questions to see how your coverage might be affected.


.....and then double it, you might be in the ballpark!


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Glory to Postmodern Leftist Thought!


Yuval Levin notices something funny about the political left:
E.J. Dionne says that if the Court overturns any part of Obamacare, “we will need a fearless conversation about how a conservative majority of the court has become a cog in a larger right-wing project to make progressive political and legislative victories impossible.” James Fallows says that “the Roberts majority is barreling ahead without regard for the norms, and it is taking the court’s legitimacy with it.” Yale law professor Akhil Amar thinks the proper outcome is so obvious that if even four justices disagree with him then the Court must be a sham—and he takes it personally. “If they decide this by 5-4,” he told Ezra Klein, “then yes, it’s disheartening to me, because my life was a fraud. Here I was, in my silly little office, thinking law mattered, and it really didn’t. What mattered was politics, money, party, and party loyalty.” Other examples abound this week.
 It would be easy to criticize all this for its sheer unselfconscious lack of seriousness: These people are actually saying that any outcome except the one they want must be driven by an outcome-oriented political crusade. Only their view could result from an actual engagement with the question before the Court, and any other view could only be a function of corruption or of cynicism. It must be nice to be so enlightened.[LINKS AT THE ORIGINAL PIECE] 
"Don't you think it's interesting that they don't seem to notice this about themselves? Or, if you are cynical, then maybe you think that these leftist ideologues do this deliberately and consciously, knowing full well that they are being led by the balls of their postmodern socialist ideology?"
 "It is certainly true that some of them are not at all concerned about the lack of serious intellectual rigor; nor do they have any interest whatsoever of engaging you in any debate about the issues. THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED, don't you know. GLORY TO SOVIET POSTMODERN LEFTIST THOUGHT!"
 "Facts are not important. Neither is reality. For today's left, the name of the game is Rhetoric and controlling the narrative."
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Liberal Philosophy on the Constitution...

The Looking Spoon



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Joe Biden's Secret Mission

The White House
1:00 am June 26, 2012


"Hello, is that you Joe?"



"Nooooooo.......It's.... Silver Plugs......"



"It's okay Joe..... we're on secure communications......"



"Great news boss......
I've got em eating out of my hand up here
I think we've got their vote all rapped up...."



"Outstanding.........where are you Joe?"



"I'm in Nova Scotia......
I'm telling ya, these guys up here love ya boss!  
They - just - love ya! ....How's things there?"



 "It's OK, just a little problem with the Attorney General
.... and still waiting on the Supremes decision."



"The Supremes? They're back together!
Damn.... I love Diana Ross........
 Man I wish I could be there and get tickets......"



"Maybe next time big guy.......
Now listen, listen to me carefully Joe.
We're moving the nominating convention from
Charlotte to Billings Montana........
I want you to be there on the 3rd of September
and wait for us ......we may be a little late.
Just stay there and wait for us. Okay?
Till then stay in the field up there and get us those votes.....hear?
The secret service guys have your travel itinerary......." 



"10-4. I'm headed to Saskatoon tomorrow........
we ain't conceding that vote to those
rat bastards this time like we did in '08.
I'm gonna make sure of that!" 



"Go get em, Joe.......I'll be in touch......
Don't call us, we'll call you." 



"Right-O......Silver Plugs over and out!"



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Monday, June 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

Tropical Storm Debbie is named after Debbie Wasserman Schultz, because it just sits there and blows!” – Neal Boortz
h/t The Daley Gator
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Orwellian Obama

Matthew - Saturday 6/23

Matthew's Week End Commentary:
Doublethink...
In his novel 1984, George Orwell introduced us to a political system -- Ingsoc, or "English Socialism" -- that made use of a variety of rhetorical and memory-control tricks that had definite political purposes. Mostly these were devices which were intended to ensure that The Party's point of view always prevailed, or which denied a political opponent the ability to make a point or express an idea which the The Party found politically inconvenient, anathema, or seditious. One of these devices was called Doublethink.
Doublethink involved the simultaneous belief in two contradictory ideas combined with the ability to use each argument in a way that jibed with political orthodoxy, as each might be needed. The person using Doublethink would then replace one truth as needed with another, and then trick themselves into believing that point which was necessary to have always been the absolute truth, while simultaneously forgetting that they had ever held any other position on a subject.
For example: take the contradictory ideas that "Water is Wet" and "Water is Dry"; if political orthodoxy required that Water was, indeed, dry, then this became the absolute and everlasting truth, and no other fact about Water could ever be advanced, or had ever existed. Conversely, if The Party should suddenly require that all it's people should believe the opposite, that Water is Wet, then this became the absolute, unassailable truth, and no other truth could have ever existed, or ever did exist. In this way, The Party was able to tell egregious lies and have them instantly believed by millions who had exercised an ability to instantly forget or dismiss any inconsistency. 
 Barack Obama is the consummate practitioner of Doublethink. It oozes from every utterance, every staged speech, every policy position. Every Obama utterance or action contains a certain self-canceling duality.
Here are some examples:  
 * "The Rich" are demonized on a near-daily basis for being greedy, avaricious destroyers, pillagers of their country and malefactors par excellance...until someone needs their money to run a political campaign, in which case, The Rich become the greatest people on Planet Earth, True Progressives, the Defenders of Democracy.
 * Even the category, "The Rich" is constantly defined downwards, so that the guy who makes $250,000 a year is suddenly equated with the billionaire. When it comes to deciding who will get eyedrops, bandaids or chemotherapy from a government-sponsored healthcare-rationing bureaucracy, suddenly the guy who makes $125,000 a year is considered rich. When it comes to deciding who gets a mortgage renegotiation, the guy who makes $100,000 a year is rejected as being "wealthy", while the guy with $50,000 a year, and who will re-default on his newly-arranged rate, is suddenly held to be a better risk.
 * This administration continually talks up "economic progress" while it hands out Food Stamps in unheard of numbers.
 * This administration talks about fairness in the tax code and enforcement, that "The Rich" should pay their "fair share" as a "Patriotic duty", while 53% of the people in this country pay no income taxes whatsoever.
 * It is the Republican Party and the Big Banks which brought us to the brink of insolvency by making risky bets with the public's money, but government led by a democratic (small 'd' intentional) President, planning to borrow $5 trillion over three years to largely spend on more failed welfare programs, new welfare programs, bailing out deadbeats, unions and Obama political cronies is somehow an "investment in our future".
 * This President lectures our citizens about their responsibilities as "Citizens of the World", and then gives Air Force One the greatest workout in history. he decries the "Illegal" war in Iraq, and then starts another in Libya, and perhaps another in Syria or Yemen is on the way. This President claims to want to strengthen our old alliances, and then insults the British, undermines the Israelis, and lectures the Europeans about Austerity Measures that he won't even consider for his own country.
 * This President talks a good game about Freedom, and then conspires over an open mike with a representative of a Russian Dictatorship to sell us down the river when he doesn't have to worry about re-election. This President talks about Freedom while a Chinese Dissident is arrested inside a U.S. Embassy with the full blessing of the State Department.
 * Barack Obama craps all over democratically-elected Republicans and Conservatives the world over, refuses to confront Syrian, North Korean or Iranian dictators potentially armed with weapons of mass destruction, and then turns the organs of the American government against it's own people; the IRS audits political enemies, the ATF allows Mexican drug gangs to buy weapons in America which are then used to kill American citizens, the EPA invents rules as it sees fit and confiscates or prevents the use of private property. He rules through a series of unelected, unaccountable "Czars" largely through fiat. When this President doesn't like American immigration law, or the individual state's right to defend itself from foreign invasion when the federal Government won't, he files lawsuits against them, or circumvents the role of Congress by granting Amnesty through Executive Order. He then has the nerve to consider himself the New Reagan.
 * Barack Obama blames his political enemies for "Gridlock" in Washington, but never admits that his administration has never advanced an agenda they knew the other side couldn't accept, nor that Harry Reid has kept most of the Obama Agenda off the table for years, failing to call for votes in the U.S. Senate and never failing to avoid pointing this out.
 * Barack Obama claims to be “saving or creating” jobs, “cutting deficits”, “saving GM”, and that this is sound economic policy, while simultaneously raising the national debt by $5 trillion in under three years with money that is largely borrowed, and which will be borrowed at the expense of future economic growth. The immediate result is always more important than the long-term impact for Obama, be cause he is a creature of the here-and-now.
 * Isn’t it rather strange that the “composite Woman” that the Obamatards chose to advertise their cradle-to-grave ambitions is named “Julia”? That was the name of the semi-heroine in 1984; you know, the one that lead Winston Smith to his eventual downfall? There couldn't be a subliminal message there, right?
 * Not paying for something readily available on store shelves at ridiculously-low prices (i.e. contraceptives) is a War on Women, but denying them an extra breast cancer screening or two under ObamaCare isn’t?
 * Somehow, the government “mandates” that health insurers cover pre-existing conditions, that the banks lend to people who will obviously default, that auto companies only build vehicles that no one will buy, that Wall Street submit to regulations that will stifle investment and creativity, and dumps billions of extorted taxpayer dollars into bankrupt Green Energy firms, and hundreds of billions more into failed Stimulus Projects, and Obama still has the nerve to talk about how his “solutions” to our problems are in the finest traditions of the Free Market?
 * The President talks about avoiding the Past, and yet, does nothing but speak of it. He inherited this, that or the other problem; everything is the past Republican regime’s fault; anything anti-Obama is about “turning back the clock”, when it isn’t a cause to invoke the legacy of Jim Crow. Barack Obama does nothing but look backwards while his (written by other people and stuffed into a teleprompter) rhetoric is all about looking forward.
 * The Obama’s decry the ostentatious and crass consumerism of our current society, and yet, they vacation in Hawaii, Spain, Martha’s Vineyard, and Vail. They have “date nights” consisting of a one-evening flight from Washington to New York, a fancy hotel and dinner, and a show, only to fly back in the A.M. The First Lady wears nothing but designer clothes (and they pointed fingers at Sarah Palin for her alleged $50,000 wardrobe?); the Obama Children attend an upscale, fancy-shmancy school that is notoriously lacking in a middle class student body (where are the academic diversity bean counters in that situation, one wonders?). The Obamas are the typical Socialist Duo, who hypocritically piss all over the bourgeois while living an even grander lifestyle at someone else’s expense.
 * Only in Obama’s America can you make more money living on government assistance than you can by working for a living . Only in Obama’s America can you deprive the private sector of $3 trillion (to pay for Obamacare, bailouts, and the Porkulus Bill), plan to borrow another $2 trillion to keep the Welfare State afloat, and then berate business for not creating enough “opportunities’ on the remaining , limited capital. The only opportunities being created are for the Washington, DC set and their brain-dead, unionized minions, and that’s being paid for by money we don’t even have.
Update: I forgot one: 
This President claims to be running the "most Transparent administration in History", and then he allows the Attorney general of the United States to claim Executive Privilege in order to avoid answering a simple question: who is the dumbass who got a Border Patrol Agent murdered, and why is that shithead still employed?

Crossposted @The Lunatic's Asylum 


Matthew is a friend and weekly contributor to DMF 
Stop by and give him a shout at the above link
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Fast & Furious vs. Wide Receiver

Diogenes - Saturday 6/23

Click on image to enlarge
h/t  Straight Talk
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Educational Crash Course #201

Another Installment of Diogenes'
  Public Service Educational Series:


"Saving Endangered Species 101"


 
Next in Series:
The Evils of a Privileged Society:
with First Lady Michelle Antoinette Obama

CLASS DISMISSED!

Educational Crash Course Series Archive
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Obama's Next Political Ploy

Gay Marriage, Immunity for Illegals.....
Next Up: Mortgage Debt Ploy.
Diogenes - Friday 6/22
If Obama can declare immunity for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens he can also unilaterally order the broad refinancing of mortgages on millions of “underwater” homeowners, including those people given taxpayer backed loans they could not afford in the first place.
The New York Times’ Paul Krugman told the liberal “Take Back the American Dream” conference on Tuesday:
"One of the benefits of such a move, would be some additional economic activity at a time when the economy is sluggish. But another benefit is clearly political and could provide the votes Obama needs to be re-elected."
This from the World Tribune:
"A big theme of the conference was that Obama’s recent grant of amnesty to an estimated one million illegal aliens was because of pressure from progressive activists and that Obama will use his presidential power to act on mortgage debt relief or forgiveness if liberals take to the streets."
"New liberal groups are emerging on a regular basis to provide Obama with the political cover for taking this unprecedented and extraordinary action. The Home Defenders League has been formed to fight foreclosures and evictions and publicize the campaign. Another, the New Bottom Line, is run by veteran Soros operative Tracy Van Slyke."
"But concern about the taxpayers or the homeowners who are paying their mortgages was not in evidence at the progressive conference, which is searching for a new class of victims/voters to function as a constituency for Obama’s re-election effort. These activists also want a scapegoat, in addition to Wall Street and the banks......" 
Read More Here 
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Fishnet Friday


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 DNC Convention Schedule

Reaganite Republican

Dems to Meet in Charlotte Sept. 3, 2012


2012 Democratic National Convention
(Sept. 3, 2012) @ Charlotte, North Carolina:


4:00 PM  Opening Flag Burning Ceremony

4:05 PM  Singing of "G-D America" Led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright

4:10  PM Pledge of Allegiance (to Obama) 

4:15 PM  Ceremonial 'I Hate America' by Michelle Obama

4:30 PM  Tips on Dodging Sniper Fire - Hillary Clinton

4:45PM  Al Sharpton Leads Castrati Choir in 
Performing 'Great Balls of Fire'

5:00PM  UFO Abduction Survival - Joe Biden

5:30 PM  Eliot Spitzer on 'Family Values' (via satellite)

5:45 PM  Special Tribute to Delegates (all 57 states) 

6:00 PM  [Presidential Smoke Break] 
6:30 PM  Vegan hors d'oeuvres, foreign mineral water served

7:30 PM  Airing of Grievances by the Clintons

9:00 PM  Innovation Online by Anthony Weiner

9:15 PM  Tribute Film to Freedom Fighters at Gitmo - Michael Moore

9:45 PM  Personal Finance Seminar - Charlie Rangel

10:00 PM  Denunciation of Recalcitrant Gun-Clingers followed by festive Charlton Heston piñata - Rosie O'Donnell

10:45 PM  Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for Iraq and Afghanistan 

11:00 PM  Obama Energy Plan Symposium/Tire Gauge Demo

11:15 PM  Free Governor Blagojevich Rally

11:30 PM  Obama Tongue-Bath, performed by Chris Matthews

11:45 PM Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish - Obamessiah Presidin'

12:00 AM Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher

12:01 AM Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior
12:05 AM Celestial Choirs Sing

2:00 AM  Goose-Stepping New Black Panthers March Past/Salute Presidential Review Stand in Honor of Now-Eternal Regime

 3:00 AM  Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech  

Note: One omission: Memorial recognition of Obama's surrogate son, Trayvon, will be in conjunction with the 12:05 AM event.


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"Behind Every Successful Man..........."

Diogenes - Thursday 6/21

None of us know her fundamental beliefs except that almost everything in Michelle’s Obama's life prior to her taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was critical of just about everything American.
I have no hatred for Michelle Obama, only contempt and disgust. She and her husband are a unintended consequence of political correctness and a perfect example of what happens when the race card is allowed to trump common sense, tradition, and patriotism. She's far more interested in self-gratification, shopping trips, extravagant vacations, a fawning press, and has cost the taxpayer untold millions.
The Obama presidency is a fluke, a hiccup caused by white guilt and black ignorance, an experiment that's gone awry and needs to be shut down in November while there's still enough time to give ourselves the antidote to their misguided pestilence.
And I'm sure the clowns will be glad to get their clothes back........
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

El Bandido Loco


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Alec Baldwin Focus of a Criminal Investigation.

 Mr. Congeniality Strikes Again


He was like crazy, you know?” said witness Goren Veljic, a photographer who snaps wedding pictures outside the building. “There was an eruption of mad. I think something’s wrong with him.”
Baldwin later compared the incident to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin:
I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over.The actor added that people like the photographer “need to be deported to some island.”  
What a Liberal Class Act! 
Read More Here
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Media Snark.....

A Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A report has watched the whole event. 
The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’ 
The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.’ 
The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?’ 
The biker replies, “ I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican .”
The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page: 
“U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT 
AND STEALS HIS LUNCH”
… and THAT pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days ..
via Stealth Magnolia 
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hey Vintage Media: Investigate This..........

Diogenes - Tuesday 6/19
Last week was the 40th anniversary of Watergate and the media have taken a look back at the state of investigative journalism; they're not happy with what they've found. They're shocked, shocked that investigative journalism has gone the way of the 8 track player! Sure, there are a handful of little-known sources they've found, but they're the exception, not the rule. "We need investigative journalism!" they cry from their Ivory Towers!
Let me ask you big-time mainstream vintage media advocates of investigative journalism a simple question. Have you looked in the mirror lately? As much as you whine about the lack of investigative journalism, you fail to see the reason for its alleged decline is, well, you.

The journalism profession has become little more than a public relations firm working for the Left and any cause it deems vital, no matter how apathetic the public is about it. While media sources spent precious minutes on Mitt Romney's stupid behavior in high school, barely a passing mention or time spent doing a serious story about the national security leaks coming out of the Obama White House. Remember the story about Obama bullying a student in school? No? Not surprising because you guys didn't think it was important enough to address. But Mitt Romney, he's fair game!
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), bloggers are doing what Woodward and Bernstein were doing during Watergate. I know you media types don't consider blogging to be legitimate journalism because of the lack of accountability when a story is factually wrong (by the way, has the New York Times recovered from the Jayson Blair fiasco?). However, the blogosphere is proving you don't need to go to Columbia to point out corruption in the world around us. And given the state of what passes for mainstream journalism these days, the blogger sitting at home in his PJs is out-hustling the big name reporters you rub shoulders with at dinner parties where the topic of the so-called death of investigative journalism is discussed over Brie and Chardonnay.
Maybe the reason the media are lamenting the "death" of investigative journalism is because you're afraid to dig into their own side's misdeeds. After all, it's always much more fun to try to take down the high and mighty when you have a personal vendetta, right? Ah, but when you realize your side, the one you've put so much personal stake into, is no better than the side you hate, it's not so fun, is it? There was a time when investigative journalists would put their feelings aside and go after the crooks, letting the chips fall where they may. But when you can't separate the personal from the professional, you're going to play favorites and, in doing so, help to kill investigative journalism through politically blind neglect.
If you really give a damn about investigative journalism, stop playing favorites and start sending out reporters to shine a flashlight into the dark corners of the Left. Sure, you may not get invited to as many dinner parties with those Leftists, but at least you won't get scooped like the National Inquirer did on the John Edwards story. Or are you just in it for the big bucks and the shrimp cocktails?
Maybe you in the media could take a short lesson on how to go about it here
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Obama's Law Mentor Speaks

Diogenes - Monday 6/18

 "President Obama must be defeated in November"
But not for the reasons you might think.....

Over the weekend, you may have noticed an article at the Huffington Post about how one of Barack Obama’s former professors at Harvard Law, Roberto Mangabeira Unger, proclaimed that the president “must be defeated” in a YouTube video titled “Beyond Obama,” but did you actually watch the video and listen to what he had to say?
Barack Obama took courses in “Jurisprudence” and “Reinventing Democracy” with Professor Unger at Harvard Law School, and you just know that he’s had to have seen this video by now which was made in May before the bold pivot to the left with last week’s unexpected Presidential Order on the children of illegal immigrants.
He might come off as a bit of a humorless, pompous ass, sure, but don’t hold that against a Harvard professor!

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A Good Monday Morning

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Beware! Are Lefties in Hollywood Messing with the Classic Movies?

Diogenes - Sunday 6/16
One of my favorite things is curling up late at night and watching old classic movies. First, they just had to colorize some classics, but recently, I noticed something I'd never seen before.
Things started appearing in the background of some old movies that weren't there before........
LOOK FOR YOURSELVES
AND SEE WHAT I MEAN.


Here's a shot from David Butler's 1930's 
futurist classic 'Just Imagine'  




...and a scene from a classic silent horror movie 
from the 1930s



....a shot from Charlie Chaplain's
'Little Dictator '



....this from 'Picture of Dorian Grey'




Not even the foreign movies are safe from these guys
....this from an old Ingrid Bergman flick.



a scene from Fritz Lang's
silent epic 'Metropolis'



a scene from  
'Bride of John Kerry Frankenstein'



.....and they're even messing with the
freakin' 'Phantom of the Opera'!






Have these people no shame!!!!!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

His friends stomp on the Flag, any wonder he stomps on the Constitution.

Article I  
Section 1 - The Legislature 
"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Article I
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
"To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization........"

“In many ways, President Obama has fulfilled the dream of an imperial presidency that Richard Nixon strived for. On everything from (the Defense of Marriage Act) to the gaming laws, this is a president who is now functioning as a super legislator. He is effectively negating parts of the criminal code because he disagrees with them. That does go beyond the pale.”. . .

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Brought To You By Lemmings for Obama


About Richard Nixon...

Matthew - 6/16
"Woodward and Bernstein, themselves, have created a cottage industry of their own -- the political scandal “insider” book, the myth that because they once had fortune dump the half-story of a lifetime into their laps that they're some kind of exalted defender of the universe -- that has made them filthy rich men. Don’t buy this “fighting to tell the truth” crap either has spouted since the ‘70’s:  they’re in it for the money and the accolades they get from their even-lazier compatriots. They always were. And they got lucky...."

Matthew's Week End Commentary

I read this today, a defense of Richard Milhous Nixon, a.k.a. Tricky Dick of Watergate Fame.
It was written by Conrad Black, who himself knows a thing or two about being railroaded by his enemies, especially the political kind.
I found this article interesting because Black uses the phrase "criminalization of policy and partisan differences", and means that to say that both ends of the political spectrum routinely accuse the other of being the absolute worst people born since Hitler and Genghis Khan had identical triplets. According to this sort of mindset, anything the other side has to say on any subject is reflexively responded to by it's counterpart as the grossest crime, or the most egregious abuse of human rights, and probably an indication that one side or the other would like to run a conveyor belt full of kittens through industrial wood chippers and sell the resulting mess as luncheon meat in your kid's school cafeteria.
No one gets the benefit of the doubt, anymore, no serious question ever gets the fair hearing it deserves.
 Undoubtedly Black is correct in his assertion that most political exchange since the days of Watergate has been tinged with this hyper-partisanship, and one side does, indeed, engage in this sort of constipated thinking more often than the other, but then again, they're at the vanguard of a political philosophy which, on the one hand, believes there is no such thing as human nature, and then on the other, regulates the hell out of human nature just as soon as it rears it's ugly head, but then never admits it made an incorrect assumption in the first place.
 But, let's put the truism that most Leftists are petty little dictators with really poor potty training in their backgrounds, who could never be elected to anything if they ever told the truth aside for a second because there's another issue that Black brings up in his column, which intrigues me more, and that is the supposed heroes of Watergate, the so-called intrepid reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the reporters who broke the story and began the process of destroying a president.
Now, I'm too young to remember Watergate as little more than a word heard coming out of the television, so don't expect me to wax poetic with fond memories of the Nixon Administration, I was all of five or six years old at the time. However, I have studied the scandal in my adult years, and have come to a conclusion that didn't really require a shitload of historical research:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Slipping One Past the Libs....SCORE!

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Proof Positive......


h/t Broadside Betty
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Political Bookends: The Left-Right Spectrum

Diogenes - 6/13 
Which of these two narratives most closely matches your political perspective? I already know the answer of most readers who come here.....but I digress.
Once upon a time people lived in societies that were unequal and oppressive, where the rich got richer and the poor got exploited. Chattel slavery, child labor, economic inequality, racism, sexism and discriminations of all types abounded until the liberal tradition of fairness, justice, care and equality brought about a free and fair society. And now conservatives want to turn back the clock in the name of greed and God.
or....... 
Once upon a time people lived in societies that embraced values and tradition, where people took personal responsibility, worked hard, enjoyed the fruits of their labor and through charity helped those in need. Marriage, family, faith, honor, loyalty, sanctity, and respect for authority and the rule of law brought about a free and fair society. But then liberals came along and destroyed everything in the name of “progress” and utopian social engineering.
 Although we may quibble over the details, political science research shows that the great majority of people fall on a left-right spectrum with these two grand narratives as bookends. And the story we tell about ourselves reflects the ancient tradition of “once upon a time things were bad, and now they're good thanks to our party” or “once upon a time things were good, but now they're bad thanks to the other party.” So consistent are we in our beliefs that if you hew to the first narrative, I predict you read the New York Times, listen to progressive talk radio, watch CNN, are pro-choice and anti-gun, adhere to separation of church and state, are in favor of universal health care, and vote for measures to redistribute wealth and tax the rich. 
If you lean toward the second narrative, I predict you read the Wall Street Journal, listen to conservative talk radio, watch Fox News, are pro-life and anti–gun control, believe America is a Christian nation that should not ban religious expressions in the public sphere, are against universal health care, and vote against measures to redistribute wealth and punish job creators.
In his remarkably enlightening book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion , University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt argues that "to both liberals and conservatives produce large cooperative groups, tribes, and nations without the glue of kinship. But at the same time, our righteous minds guarantee that our cooperative groups will always be cursed by moralistic strife.” Thus, he shows, morality binds us together into cohesive groups but blinds us to the ideas and motives of those in other groups.
Our dual moral nature leads Haidt to conclude that we need both liberals and conservatives in competition to reach a livable middle ground. As philosopher John Stuart Mill noted a century and a half ago: “A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
But with that said, if the party in power is a destroyer of all that came before, (such as we have today) the common good is endangered and it must be soundly defeated for more sensible leadership. Need I say more........


Image via The Looking Spoon.com 
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