Saturday Morning Thoughts

With Deb away, I guess its up to Geoff and I to make sure that there is something for Deb’s readers to consider on this day, and since Geoff doesn’t really post anything, it appears that it falls to me.

So this morning, I read about a  new translation of the Bible, that is “easier to comprehend”. 

Professor David Capes says the Bible “is probably the most owned and least read book out there. That’s because, for many, it’s too difficult to understand.”

The “own it but haven’t read it” demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled “The Voice,” a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.

“‘The Voice’ considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages,” according to the website for the book. “The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in ‘The Voice.’”

I really have mixed feelings about this.  While there are several translations of the Bible that are the result of years of translation from original greek texts, that have allowed for a deeper, richer understanding.  This still requires an effort from the reader, and it is precisely the difficulty in understanding certain portions that causes me to read from these translations in the first place. 

But what makes this different is the fact that it is someone re-writing a King James Version because it is too difficult to understand.  This smacks of the same thinking in which people denigrate the Constitution, because it is too hard to understand, or refuse to read the Federalist Papers because they are difficult, or CS Lewis’ apologetics, or…well, you get the point.  It isn’t the average person who benefits when such books are “dumbed down”, and it empowers the ones doing the dumbing down.  You don’t value what you don’t pay for, and when this version has abandoned the use of “angel”, “Christ”, and “apostle”, I don’t get a sense that it ends well.  It smacks a little too much of the continual “redefinition” of all things being forced upon us in other parts of culture and society.

Am I the Only One…

…who wants to choke the s*** of the people on “our side” of the political spectrum when they keep attacking the non-expert/experienced politicians who have decided to endure hostile, partisan reporters spelunking in their sphincters and uteruses, and the scorn and derision of pundits, who often have done nothing remotely risky in their lives other than ordering iffy fish at swanky restaurants or daring to buy a suit off the rack, rather than visiting their tailor for their latest Armani.

I’d like to know when so many conservatives bought into the idea that our leaders must be drawn from the pool of experts and experienced politicians.  A careful reading of the Federalist Papers and other assorted writings make it clear that the Framers certainly never envisioned a government consisting of career politicians and professional experts rich in “knowledge” largely or completely unsupported by real world experience.  But honestly, as far afield as we have strayed from so many other things that they intended, I find this gradual acquiescence less frustrating than the unrestrained contempt that so many of these so-called conservative “journalists”, talking heads, and their devoted followers have for people like Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, or even Michelle Bachmann.

Whether it’s the vacuous and groundless criticisms leveled at Sarah Palin, (She’s dumb, she’s a hillbilly, Trig isn’t hers, OMG, she didn’t give a polished and pat answer to the hostile reporter’s query, its her fault the nutbar shot Gabby Giffords, or that she’s a quitter because she decided to stop costing the taxpayers of Alaska money fighting boundless and, ultimately frivolous ethics complaints and resigned the governorship), the “he doesn’t have a policy plan for every single contingency” leveled at Herman Cain, someone who I would wager has more ideas that would actually grow the economy and jobs in his little finger than The President and all of Congress have between themselves and their legions of advisors and staff.  Besides, I’m quite sure that the only reason an “electable candidate” like Mitt Romney can cogently answer a specific foreign policy question because at least one or more paid advisor has advised him on a safe, or expected answer to such question.  Be honest, do you think at his first inauguration, George W. Bush was planning to spend the majority of time in office in charge of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, or that he thought that we would suffer a devastating terrorist attack on our soil that would kill thousands of American civilians, or that a cadre of career Democratic appointees going through a revolving door at Freddie and Fannie would feed an unsustainable bubble by guaranteeing bad loans and personally enriching themselves in the process, despite it being brought to his attention once in office, and his numerous warnings to Congress about their dreadful oversight after it was brought to his attention.

The fact that these criticisms come from people who haven’t decided to subject themselves to the inevitable criticism and scrutiny directed at these candidates is irritating.  These people aren’t making the decision to run because they want power.  Despite the claims to the contrary, they don’t do it for “the fame”.  I’m quite certain that Governor Palin hasn’t appreciated “the fame” that has made her daughters the focus of David Letterman’s creepy sexual innuendos, or Andy Sullivan all but petition the courts to make his own gynecological examination of her nethers.  I’m equally certain that Herman Cain didn’t decide to move into the public eye and run for office because he’d like to be President.  Representative Bachmann on the other hand, clearly enjoys driving partisan hacks like Chrissy “Tingles” Matthews insane when she purposely doesn’t play the role that he hamfistedly tries to maneuver her into.  But then, to hear some talking head with a complete lack of understanding of the tax code prattling on and pretending to know more than her would lead me to frustrate the sputtering simpleton at every opportunity as well.  No, these people made the decision to step away from their lives because they could no longer ignore the fact that decades of leadership by the experienced and the experts isn’t working.  And what thanks do they get?  A complete eclipse of consideration by self-appointed deciders obsessed with talking points, elaborate plans which may or may not survive the events of the potential candidate’s administration, ‘electablity’-otherwise known as the careful positioning that ensures that the candidate doesn’t really have a position that would evoke a strong feeling by any potential voter, and policy expertise informed by, well, more experts.  And then they lament months later the fact that the new boss is largely undistinguishable from the old boss.

I have an idea.

How about you journalists, pundits, loyal followers and other deciders who purport to be on our side try a novel strategy this time?

Shut the hell up and let us decide, m’kay?


Oh Joy: Two Major Soros Conferences In One Weekend

Beloved philanthropist, George Soros is so dedicated to improving American lives, he’s scheduled two major conferences in one weekend:

The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In the other, his flunkies want to “Change the world. Change the media.”

Now that is change you can believe in. Sadly, those who actually report the news must believe in it because they sure as heck aren’t reporting on Soros or either event. And that’s even though staffers or even executives from Reuters, the Financial Times, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and other major media outlets are speaking at one event or the other.

The first gathering in Bretton Woods, N.H., is an economic conference Soros once described as “a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.” In October 2009, Soros committed $50 million to the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). A week later, the glib lefty investor wrote a column calling for a new Bretton Woods event, to recreate the one that helped design the post-WWII economy. Only he wants this one to knock America down a peg or three.

The announced speakers include a lot of prominent lefties, globalists and economists on the board of the organization he has throwing the event – more than two-thirds of the overall total have ties to Soros. To underscore their connection to history, INET is hosting the conference at the Mount Washington Resort, the very same hotel that held the first gathering.
And if that wasn’t enough, a Soros-funded media conference will be held just three hours away in Boston.

Close to 350 left-wingers from a variety of organizations are gathering there for the National Conference for Media Reform.That “change the world” conference includes two commissioners from the FCC, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, four Democratic representatives, the head of Columbia University, and assorted left-wing journalist types, from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald to disgraced former MSNBC host David Shuster, who now works for a Soros-funded investigative operation.

The rest of the list reads like a “Who’s Who” of left-wing organizations and talking heads, including the president of PBS, a senior vice president with American Public Media, an Al Jazeera English executive, the president of the Newspaper Guild – CWA and Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro. Many others have Soros connections, such as:

Common Cause, which has been going after conservative Supreme Court justices who have some connection to the Koch brothers. Common Cause seems immune to similar investigations of their own gravy train.

Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman. He is chief of the review’s “The Audit” section and a 2006 Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, the primary Soros charitable foundation.

Free Press, which is holding the conference. Free Press has received more than $1 million from Soros since 2003 and has 18 presenters pushing for things like “strong public media” or an extremely expensive national broadband plan they quaintly describe as “universal access to communications.”

Think Progress’sKoch-hating Lee Fang. Think Progress is a project of Democrat John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, which was founded with Soros money. Fang is on the panel for: “Real Issues vs. Astroturf: Confronting the Koch Brothers,” and makes the laughable claim “this is not about liberals versus conservatives” when the entire goal of the left is to shut down the Kochs to defund the right.

Meanwhile, those evil Koch brothers have been engaging in one nefarious deed after another – “stealing our democracy”

I remember hearing the account of how the Koch brothers amassed a $10 Billion position in the British pound and then sold it short causing “Black Wednesday.” The evil brothers made $1.1 Billion and set England on a course towards a recession which hurt millions of people as businesses failed and the housing market collapsed. They essentially bankrupted an entire country to make a profit. That’s pure evil.

The Kochs broke the Bank of England via  their enormous, largely unregulated, derivative based hedge funds which aren’t even headquartered in the US!! Lord knows how many taxes those evil rich guys have avoided over the decades of their funds’ existence. The Leftists are always telling us how shady it is to offshore an operations’ headquarters and the Koch brothers are a prime example. Crashing economies and undermining currencies. Making billions of dollars. And then they have the audacity to not even use that money to create jobs in the US?? PURE. EVIL.


They’ve been convicted of insider trading. They fund organizations dedicated to silencing opposing view points (literally, they don’t just disagree, they want them shut down). They operate a network of organizations which fund, directly or indirectly, nearly every radical movement in the US and abroad. They have declared themselves the “world’s conscience” as if their history of pure evil doesn’t exist.— Keep reading here.

Those bastards!


Cowardly Dems Flee Indiana; Cowardly Governor Signals To Repubs To Drop Right-To-Work Bill


Image via Doug Ross

Earlier today, reported:

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.

With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.

Ed Morrissey asked:

At what point does the decision to hold democracy hostage transform from a localized example of petulance to a national strategy?

To which I would  add, ” and how would Dems respond if Republicans employed this strategy every time they disagreed with a bill?  Can liberals really be such short sighted, cowardly fools, or could the risk of upsetting the gravy train that’s kept them going for so many years, be causing  them to jump the shark?

But never fear, just when momentum and public opinion seems to be  going against the Dems,  there’s always some unprincipled, craven Republican around to enable their bad behavior – in this case, the Governor of Indiana, and Presidential contender, Mitch Daniels.

3:40 PM — Governor says time to dump labor bill

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.


Looks like Daniels is calling a friggin’ truce on fiscal issues, too – and not serious about running for President.




It gets worse…

Daniels Says, Legislators Running Away Is A “Perfectly Legitimate Part Of The Process”

After reading spirited NRO defense of Daniels, Fritzworth at AoSHQ asks: Mitch Daniels: Caving In or Ahead of the Game?

Sorry this fight fell on his lap when he has so much on his plate, already – but it did, and the correct response is to fight back – not placate  and excuse dishonorable Dems

Answer: Caving.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and The Conservative Diva, and, and Voting American, thanks!


UPDATE: Daniels Says, Legislators Running Away Is A “Perfectly Legitimate Part Of The Process”

Shock and Awe: Rahmbo Lets one rip on the Charlie Rose Show

Emanuel’s one gun salute comes at the :22 sec mark. Watch him smirk and quickly grab for his coffee:

Video via Gateway Pundit, who says: “Of course this surprises no one”.

Makes for riveting live t.v., no? What’s sad, is less hot air was expelled during that blast than everything he said preceding it.

Another unprecedented achievement for the Obama administration.

And historic. God knows everything this bunch does is historic.

- Did anyone from the Bush administration ever fart that loud on national t.v? I think not.


{{{The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave}}}: Pelosi Says Dems Will Have Health Bill

Egad. The Rocky Horror Picture Show that our government has become, continues to appall. First ObamaCare is dead because of the Brown election,  then it’s not dead, and then it is truly dead, stick a fork in it, and then :

The top House Democrat says giving up on a health care bill isn’t an option.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, “I don’t see that as a possibility…we will have something.”

The California Democrat said today’s health care system is financially unsustainable, and it’s not in the American character to allow tens of millions of citizens to go uninsured.

Pelosi didn’t say whether the final bill will be the sweeping overhaul sought by President Barack Obama, or smaller-scale legislation that accomplishes only some of his goals. Democrats were on the verge of passing far-reaching legislation, but the loss of a Massachusetts Senate seat has cost them the 60-vote majority needed to deliver.


In case you didn’t get the “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave” reference,  (Gosh this dates me) – it’s a classic skit from the original SNL:

John Belushi played the slobby, inconsiderate house guest of nice couple Jane Curtain and Bill Murray. All the rest of the guests had  gone home, it’s past midnight, and Belushi won’t stop flipping channels, and raiding their fridge.


And hilarious.




CNN Poll shows 69% say scrap the bill, start over

But will the thing take a hint, and leave?


Ace says update II was a false alarm.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Pelosi Plan v.s. GOP Plan Side By Side

Michelle Malkin is liveblogging what she is characterizing, “the government health care takeover ram down”. GOP Rep. Virginia Fox just called it: “this exercise of tyranny by the majority.”

If you are away from a t.v., you can tune in and listen to it live on CSPAN.

For a reminder of how God-awful this bill is, see John Boehner’s: Mega-Bureaucracy: J.E.C. Chart Shows Speaker Pelosi’s New Bill Will Create Unprecedented Health Care Labyrinth
Boehner’s office has also put together a GREAT side by side analysis of Republican v.s. Democrat Health Care plan:

Speaker Pelosi’s Gov’t Takeover of Health Care
2,032 pages, $1.3 trillion (and counting)
GOP’s Common-Sense Health Care Plan
219 pages, $61 billion
Does It Lower Premiums? NO. Individuals and families would pay higher premiums under the government-run health care plan created by Speaker Pelosi’s bill, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO.) YES. Families’ premiums under the GOP plan would be nearly $5,000 lower than under Speaker Pelosi’s bill, according to CBO estimates.
Does It Protect Jobs? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill requires employers to either provide “government-approved” coverage or pay a steep tax.  According to a methodology developed by White House economists, these mandates – coupled with tax increases in the bill – would destroy as many as 5.5 million American jobs over the next decade.  YES. The GOP plan protects jobs by lowering premiums for small business owners and their employees by as much as 10%, according to CBO.
Is It Fiscally Responsible? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s $1.3 trillion (and counting) bill fails to account for a number of hidden costs, including a $210 billion Medicare “doc fix.”  CBO estimates Speaker Pelosi’s bill will increase federal spending on health care by $598 billion over ten years, as well as increase federal spending on health care in the following decade. YES. The GOP plan would cut the deficit by $68 billion over the next 10 years, according to CBO estimates.  The GOP plan is the only one that consistently reduces federal spending on health care over the next two decades.
Does It Protect Families and Small Businesses From Massive Tax Hikes? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill imposes $752.6 billion in tax increases on working families, large employers, and small business owners.  YES. The GOP plan protects family budgets.
Does It Protect Medicare? NO. CBO estimates Speaker Pelosi’s bill would cut Medicare by more than $500 billion over the next 10 years. YES. The GOP plan protects Medicare.
Does It Provide Sustainable Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill imposes an unworkable, one-size-fits-all fix through Washington mandates that will inevitably raise the cost of insurance.  YES. The GOP plan establishes Universal Access Programs to help guarantee access to affordable coverage, including for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Does It Prevent Taxpayer-Funded Coverage of Illegal Immigrants? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill would actually cover 2.5 million MORE illegal immigrants than House Democrats’ original proposal, according to CBO estimates. YES. The GOP plan explicitly prevents illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer subsidies.
Does It Prevent Taxpayer-Funded Abortions? NO. Under Speaker Pelosi’s bill, the government-run health care plan is authorized to cover elective abortions by way of a “monthly abortion premium.” YES. The GOP plan codifies the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions.
Does It Protect The Doctor-Patient Relationship and Prevent Rationed Care? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill creates 118 offices, bureaus, commissions, programs, and bureaucracies charged with such obligations as “establishing waiting lists” and determining “categories of covered treatments.” YES. The GOP plan strengthens the doctor-patient relationship and prevents rationed care by making care more affordable and accessible.
Does It Tackle Junk Lawsuits? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s bill fails to meaningfully address the need to put an end to junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs. YES. The GOP plan implements reforms that will protect doctors from a feeding frenzy of trial lawyers.
Does It Protect State Budgets? NO. Speaker Pelosi’s plan includes an expansion of Medicaid that will cost cash-strapped states $34 billion over the next ten years. YES. The GOP plan rewards states for implementing innovative solutions to make health care more accessible and affordable.

See also RedState: CBO: New House Health Bill Spending Estimate, $3 Trillion over 10 Years

The totals below, I am told by the Heritage Foundation, do NOT include the $250 billion extra spending on Medicare to buy off the American Medical Association for their support of the U.S. House bill.

The Democratic House Leadership has completely lost touch with fiscal reality.

The Republican Health Care alternative is here.

All The Blogs are buzzing about, “Dr. No”, Tom Coburn, and his bid to force the bill to be read in its entirety on the Senate floor:

Hot Air: Coburn plans to read the bill …

Riehl World View: Sen. Tom Coburn Yells STOP!

Pundette and Pundette: Why We Love Sen. Coburn, Reason #325: Dr. No Threatening to Have Bill Read on Senate Floor


Happy Halloween


From America is an Obamanation: The Halloween 2009 Cavalcade of Horror!

So what’s Alan Grayson been up to, lately, you ask?

Well, last night he appeared on MSNBC with …somebody Schulz (not sure what  his name is-don’t care), and although Congressman Grayson is of course concerned that the bill doesn’t go far enough, he’s going to sign it anyway because it can always be fixed later, and this thing is going to start saving lives right away, don’t ya know?

As you can imagine, GOP lawmakers have been busy reading and fact-checking the bill. Some findings have been posted at the Conference blog.

And as you have probably heard by now, Sarah Palin made a very special Halloween announcement on her Facebook page, yesterday:


Mark my words – tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America’s health care challenges.

If you’re like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, “Please hear what we’re saying about our desire for health care reform,” then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow’s weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to:


If you want to see something funny, you can watch that same douchetastic MSNBC, host, seen above, making an ass of himself,  here.

We Were Told That Obama Would Be “A Good Friend Of Israel”


The Obama administration has bent over backwards to reach out to the Muslim community in America, and throughout the world. Pamela Geller, writing for Israel National News counted the ways in her oped, Obama Unmasked: 40 Czars Later:

•instructed the State Department to create a new appointment, US Special Representative Muslim (Ummah)

• sent his no. 2 woman at the White House, Valerie Jarrett, to speak at the racist hate-fest staged over the Fourth of July weekend by the Islamic Society of North America, an unindicted co-conspirator in a case involving the funding of the Hamas terror group.

•the appointment of Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security – an appointment that is troubling in many ways.

•invited the propaganda television station of Hamas, Al-Quds TV, to film propaganda here in the United States on the dime of US taxpayer dollars.

•announced that he was “presenting the Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, noted anti-Semite.

•instituted the “US Muslim engagement” – a blueprint for appeasement

Click on link  for the gory details of all of these actions.

Not mentioned is the infamous bow to the Saudi king, his appointment of noted anti-semite, Chas Freeman, the pro-Saudi, anti-Israel extremist the National Intelligence Council, (an appointment that was so egregious it was later retracted), his appointment of State Dept. Legal adviser, transnationalist Harold Koh, and his apology tour in the Muslim world.

But there is one appointment Obama has failed to make. The Jerusalem Post reported: “The Obama administration has failed to name an envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism around the world, as mandated by US law, since the previous ambassador was relieved of his duties at the start of the president’s term more than six months ago, officials said Thursday.”

Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, explained: “Foot-dragging on the selection sends a message that anti-Semitism is not of great importance to the United States.”

A pattern of tolerance for antisemitism has emerged, and it’s one that many people could have predicted a year and a half ago, and did. This video is from April/08:

Bishop E. W. Jackson, Sr., of Exodus Faith Ministries, sounds the alarm:
“Those who are paying attention and thinking about these issues do not find it unreasonable to consider that President Obama is influenced by a strain of anti-Semitism picked up from the Black community, his leftist friends and colleagues, his Muslim associations and his long period of mentorship under Jeremiah Wright. If this conclusion is accurate, Israel has some dark days ahead. For the first time in her history, she may find the president of the United States siding with her enemies. Those who believe as I do that Israel must be protected had better be ready for the fight. We are. Never again!”

Hillary tried to assure us during the campaign that “Obama Would Be a Good Friend To Israel”, but the evidence so far doesn’t bare this out.


Obama v.s. Israel

Obama Refuses To Meet With Netanyahu

White House Doubles Down On Lie: Obama Didn’t Bow To King Abdullah

A Tale Of Two Bows

Obama’s Muslim Speech In Cairo

Remember This?

Cheney Scores With National Security Speech

The Anti-War Left EXPOSED

“Another Embarrassing Debacle For The Obama Administration”

White House Responds To Chaz Freeman Controversy: “Huh”?

Obama’s New Spy Chief: NOT Good

Joe The Plumber In Israel

The Oldest Hatred Continues Apace

Hamas Legalizes Crucifixion

Hamas Claims It Maintained regular Contact With Obama Aides

Remember Robert Malley? He’s Ba-ack

Video: Obama opposed “Israeli Occupation” Says Palestinian Who Knew Him In Chicago

Obama’s Bizarre Statement on Ahmadinejad’s UN Remarks

Latest Additions To “Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants For Obama”

The My Barack Obama Community Blograge

“Obama Will Be A Good Friend To Israel”

Statement From McCain On Obama

Obama Accuses Bush Of “False Political Attack”

Obama, Wright, Hamas, Hezbollah, And Voo Doo!

John McCain Brings Up Hamas Endorsement Of Obama: Obama Cries Foul

Iranians For Obama

ISNA: Not Supporting McCain

Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama

Not Your Average Church Bulletin

New Black Panther Party Endorses Obama

Wright Says ‘That Dirty Word’: ‘Israel’

Obama’s Whack-a-Doo Pastor

Another Questionable Connection For Obama

Presenting….The GOP Cap And Tax 8


Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti

Names and numbers via Michelle Malkin:

The 8 cap-and-tax Republican turncoats again are:

Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) (202) 225-4165
Kirk (IL) (202) 225-4385 (And he’s seriously considering running for Senate!)
Lance (NJ) (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) (202) 225-6572
McHugh (NY) (202) 225-4611
Reichert (WA) (202) 225-7761
Smith (NJ) (202) 225-3765

As Dr. Zero said in the Greenroom:

Recite the names every chance you get, and if you live in one of their districts, never miss an opportunity to remind your fellow voters what they have done. Let them know their representative voted to steal four thousand dollars from their family, as tribute to the weird state religion of radical environmentalism. Spread the anger at foolish politicians who vote on poisonous trillion-dollar bills without reading them, much less their last-minute 300-page amendments.

Love to know what they got for their betrayals.

On a lighter note, the last tweet, last night, from Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions was:

Thanks for making calls today! Together, we made it much closer than Pelosi expected. The #energytax won’t make it thru the Senate.

Let’s pray that it doesn’t so we are not reduced to an America that looks like this.


Cap and Tax protest pix, here.

Oh, For God’s Sake…

Video: Glenn Beck Reads Impassioned Letter From Enraged Citizen

Glenn Beck reads a open letter to our nation’s leadership from a woman in Arizona:

Part one

Part two:

I think she speaks for millions of us.

Transcript here.

Michelle O. Wows The Brits With Her Elegant Fashion Sense

michelle o

The UK Daily Mail calls her the first lady of flamboyance.

The US media constantly compares her to Jackie Kennedy.

I report, you decide.


Fashion critic Alice Olins of The UK Times Online demands answers:

What was that strange orange snake working its way around the First Lady’s middle?

And the spotted plastic belt? Well, put it this way, her favourite Alaia studded one need not worry about the competition.

Lots of mortified people in the comment section…


Jana has some helpful tips for the media in covering fashion icon, Michelle.

Latest On Dealergate: Bipartisan Demand For Transparency

On the Democratic side, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Daniel Maffei  circulated this letter, asking lawmakers to sign it by 5:00 pm today:

Dear President Obama:

We are writing to express our concerns about General Motors’ and Chrysler’s decision to close profitable automobile dealerships across the country, and urge you to ask GM and Chrysler to delay final action on proposed closures pending further review of the decision to consolidate dealerships and the process by which Chrysler and GM selected the dealerships to close.

Closing these dealerships will put over 100,000 jobs at risk at a time when our country is shedding jobs at an alarming rate. We also question the criteria being used to determine which dealerships should be closed and the fundamental fairness involved in this effort. It is our view that the market rather than leaving it up to the manufacturers whose poor leadership contributed to their demise. Furthermore, we believe car dealers will be key players in any effort to revive the American auto industry.

We believe the dealerships are one of the auto industry’s key sources of strength and the manufacturers should continue to honor their agreements and contracts. The dealerships, and their more than 1 million employees, form personal relationships with customers that often contribute to brand loyalty and will be key to General Motors’ and Chrysler’s recovery following this economic downturn. While we understand the desire to reduce the number of unprofitable dealerships, no one has yet sufficiently explained the need to close profitable dealerships.

We recognize that efforts by your Auto Task Force prevented the total liquidation of General Motors and Chrysler, as well as their dealership networks. We commend your efforts to help these businesses survive these challenging economic times.

However, we are concerned that manufacturers are closing profitable dealerships to circumvent current contracts which could require expensive buy-outs under normal conditions. We are also concerned about allegations that dealers that have previously stood up for their rights against the manufacturers are being targeted by these closures. We believe that the forced closures of profitable dealerships needs to be scrutinized by the Task Force to prevent additional future financial loses to General Motors and Chrysler and job loses across the United States

We may consider legislative proposals to ensure that dealers and their employees are treated fairly, and we look forward to your timely response.

Democrat Senators wanted answers during a committee hearing last week:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked about one specific dealership targeted for closure, which she noted has what seems like an good location near the Mall of America.

“Some of these dealers were actually doing pretty well,” she told the company chiefs.

On the Republican side: Video via Gateway Pundit: Texas Representative Ted Poe Accused Democrats of Shady Dealings–

Republican Senators, besieged by auto dealers who say their closures were unfair, wanted answers from the automakers, and the automotive task force:

Some lawmakers also sought to zero in on the role of the autos task force, complaining at times of a lack of openness.

Yesterday Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent letters to Chrysler chief executive Robert Nardelli and autos task force chief Steven Rattner about “the lack of transparency” surrounding the decision to trim Chrysler dealerships.

“Intervening in the bankruptcy process by exerting pressure on Chrysler to shed 789 dealership agreements is a misuse of the authority of the Task Force, giving credence to growing concerns the Task Force is not working to facilitate the restructuring of Chrysler but rather to nationalize the company by making decisions affecting the company’s day-to-day business,” Issa wrote.

Issa demanded a number of documents and records be presented to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for review.

Dealers want to know why their profitable dealerships are being closed when they’re not costing the automotive companies a penny:

I’m not hearing any good explanations.

Josh Painter and Autospies have more.

Hat Tip: Doug Ross @ Journal


Sweetness and Light took a look at what Obama  wants for the auto industry, based on what he wrote in his bestseller, The Audacity Of Hope.


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Dealergate: Additional Research Shows Closing Bias (UPDATED)

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Republicans AWOL On Obama’s Expanded Americorps

We’ve known for nearly a year that Obama has a disturbing interest in creating an authoritarian, mandatory “National Service Corps”. It caused quite the furor in the right wing blogosphere whenever it was brought up. Why in God’s name, in the face of a financial crisis, would Republicans vote for something which if seen in the very best light is an expensive expansion of a needless boondoggle, and in the very worst light the beginnings of some sort of “World War II-era paramilitary group”? Does anyone think this will be anything but the recruitment of our kids into left-wing causes? Can you see your kid joining ACORN in one of their house squatting missions?

From The Washington Examiner:

With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service plan, with the number of federally funded community service job increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion. Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measure’s advocates is a bill that on closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism. The House passed the measure overwhelmingly, while only 14 senators had the sense and courage to vote against it on a key procedural motion. Every legislator who either voted for this bill or didn’t vote at all has some serious explaining to do.

Once again, the feckless, “Stupid Party” has been intimidated by the possibility that they’ll be called nasty names like “The Party of NO” if they don’t go along with Obama’s insane agenda. Good God, Republicans… We are depending on you to be THE PARTY OF NO during these troubled times. *Just thought!*  of a poster slogan for the next  for tea party: “Hey Republicans!: Be the party of No! -PLEASE!!!”

…the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It anticipates the possibility of requiring “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service – including elementary school students. The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying  the new program should “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,” while establishing “campuses” that serve as “operational headquarters,” complete with “superintendents” and “uniforms” for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And it calls for creation of “a permanent cadre” in a “National Community Civilian Corps.”

But that’s not all. The bill also calls for “youth engagement zones” in which “service learning” is “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.” This updated form of voluntary community service is also to be “integrated into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula” at all levels of schooling. Sounds like a government curriculum for government approved “service learning,” which is nothing less than indoctrination. Now, ask yourself if congressmen who voted for this monstrosity had a clue what they were voting for. If not, they’re guilty of dereliction of duty. If yes, the implications are truly frightening.

I wish we were merely over-reacting and being paranoid, like many on the left are accusing conservatives of being. But every morning we wake up to some new outrage that confirms our worst fears.


In fairness to the 14 Senate Republicans who dissented, via Michelle Malkin, here are their names:

Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Not Voting – 11
Begich (D-AK)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Martinez (R-FL)

Here’s Senator Demint’s principled speech on the Senate floor:


Allahpundit at Hotair reports that the “mandatory volunteerism” requirement was stripped from the bill…..for now.  Still, this bloated program will almost certainly be used for political and propaganda purposes, at a time when we should be cutting government waste.

Michelle Malkin has the details:

Quin Hilyer takes a closer look at the creepy national service expansion plans in today’s DC Examiner, and posts an update on one troublesome provision:

Between being first officially “reported” to the House and being voted on by the full House, bill managers stripped one whole section of the measure that created a Congressional Commission on Civil Service, thus removing the section that contained the language cited above concerning “a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people” and a possible requirement for “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service. The section could be restored during the Senate-House conference committee meeting. A new, separate bill containing that language has since been introduced in the House.

Looks like they’re going to keep trying.


Well, that didn’t take long.

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