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Sgt. Schmultz over at PMSNBC done  broke the hypocrisy meter again.

Newsbusters: Schultz: ‘Are You With The Terrorists, Or Are You With The President Of The United States?’

ED SCHULTZ: Republicans are attacking the Commander-in-Chief during a time of war! . . . There should be no debate: we should be kicking [Gaddafi’s] ass . . . Whose side are you on, Sarah: are you with the terrorists, Sarah, or are you with the President of the United States? . . . And I have to ask the question tonight: where is the patriotism from all of these war-hawks? Where’s the patriotism of the Republican party? . . . What about being a patriot? . . . So the question now for the doubters who are out and about: why don’t you support the president? . . . We’ve been talking about the lack of patriotism from prominent Republicans . . .  Laura [Flanders] what about the patriotism?

Watch video at Newsbusters, (if you can stomach it).

Good grief, but what a cretin. How can the left stand to have such detestable D-nozzels like Schultz, Olbermann, Mahr, Moore, etc  representing their viewpoints? No one on the conservative side even begins to compare to these bottomfeeders. Seriously. Who watches Ed Schultz and thinks, “That right there in one impressive, intelligent guy…he’s got the facts on his side, yessiree.”  Every time I’m subjected to one of his  imbecilic, fact-free  rants on YouTube, I feel like six months have been taken from my life because the amount of patience and willpower  it takes to sit through one of them puts undue stress on my entire constitution. (The same thing goes for Obama’s speeches, which is why I can’t  listen to them anymore.)

Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin presents: Debate on Wartime Patriotism — Today’s Matchup: Ed Schultz vs. Hillary Clinton.

-With Hillary taking the Bush years Democrats’ position.

I  addressed the Dem Socialist’s rank hypocrisy on this issue nearly a year ago: Patriotism in The Age Of Obama.

For eight long years,  we heard Democrats bleating continuously about how the Republicans were “questioning their patriotism”. Hillary was perhaps the loudest and most strident of a whole host of liberal voices.

I’ve concluded that it was a result of a coordinated effort by the Dem Socialists in Congress because they understood that their evolving, and cynical  positions on the Iraq war, (supportive at first, unsupportive and undermining when  it was politically expedient), made them look like unpatriotic swine. So their strategy was to get ahead of that perception by constantly accusing  Republicans of questioning their patriotism. But Republicans never did in any explicit terms:

Fred Barnes wrote in The Weekly Standard in Dec. 2003, after the meme had taken off:

The claim that Democrats are targets of a political low blow by being labeled unpatriotic has become a Democratic refrain. It’s been used by Senate minority leader Tom Daschle, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Sen. Bob Graham of Florida, and presidential candidates Dick Gephardt, Wesley Clark, and Howard Dean. Kennedy was upbraided by Republicans in September for claiming Bush had concocted the Iraq war for political gain. His response: “There’s no question that this White House sees political advantage in the war. And you can see it in the way they attack the patriotism of those who question them.”

But nobody called Kennedy or any other Democrat unpatriotic. Bush didn’t. Senate Republicans didn’t. House majority leader Tom DeLay denounced Kennedy, but didn’t accuse him of a lack of patriotism. In this and every other case in which Democrats claim to have been smeared as unpatriotic, the facts don’t bear them out. Bush has never used the words “Democrat” and “unpatriotic” in the same sentence or in nearby sentences. In fact, he’s never uttered the word “unpatriotic” in public in any context.

That went on for five more  years, with Republicans always scratching their heads – who’s calling them “unpatriotic” other than some Freepers, or something? Who of import and influence is using the words “unpatriotic” or “unAmerican” to describe the Dems?

Finally, in October 2008, one Republican finally did “question their patriotism” – Michele Bachmann caused a media firestorm after  she (correctly) noted that Obama might have “unAmerican views”, and that there were some congress critters the MSM should be investigating  for their unAmerican activities. Oh, the palpitations that caused on the left! Someone finally did what they feared.

Anyhoo, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism” officially ended with the New age of Obama upon us:

9/27/2008: Video: Pelosi calls House GOP “unpatriotic”

12/12/2008: Dingell blames ‘some Southern senators’ for auto bailout defeat

Senators from states where the international automakers do considerable business unpatriotically blocked a bill that was supported by the White House, that passed the House with a bipartisan majority, and that had the support of 52 Senators.”

12/13/2008: Michigan Governor Granholm explains the “un-American” or parochial behavior of Senate Republicans.

7/1/2009: Henry Waxman Questions the GOP’s Patriotism; Will the Media Question Him?

July 5, 2009: Los Angeles Times: Tea Parties are ‘Un-American’


4/15/2010: On Hardball: Slamming Republicans as ‘Un-American’ Is Fine, But Don’t Dare Talk About Obama That Way

Now the latest thing for the left is to accuse Republicans of treason and sedition:

Daily Kos 10/2/2009: Republicans are UnAmerican Treasonous Bastards

4/19/2009: Joe Klein: Yes, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck ‘seditious’

Of course, I could update that list, if I wanted to take the time. But I think the left’s hypocrisy on this issue  is pretty well established at this point.

I wonder if  there’s  been any progress by the linguists in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to find a word stronger than “Hypocrisy”?


Oh, well…check this out:

Newsbusters:Lauer Shocks Bachmann: Should We Show Compassion to Al Qaeda in Libya?

NBC’s Matt Lauer, on Wednesday’s Today show, startled Michele Bachmann as he tried to convince her that Obama’s strategy of bombing Libya was a good way to show support for the rebels as he pressed the Republican Minnesota Congresswoman “If there are flickers, as you say, of al Qaeda among the rebels, would it not be a sign to them or showing them that the United States has compassion and we are willing to use our military might to help all people?” Bachmann was taken aback by the thrust of the question as she responded: “Compassion for al Qaeda?”

Look for Schmultz to ask Lauer the same question he asked Palin: “are you with the terrorists, Matt, or are you with the President of the United States?”
(In this case, both).


Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!



Video: Sen. Sessions On Senate Floor: Dem Leaders Think Cutting $61 Billion Out Of $3.7 Trillion Is “Extreme”?

I love this.  Sessions throws the Dem-Socialists’ favorite talking point right back in their faces as he reads off all the latest  examples of them using the word, “extreme” in their “messaging”:

Video via

On the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Sessions chastened Democrat leaders after it emerged that they were coordinating their talking points to paint Republicans as “extreme.” In a conference call yesterday, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said, “I always use the word ‘extreme'” when discussing Republican plans to reduce spending.

Also yesterday, former DNC Chairman Howard Dean said that “I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a [government] shutdown.”

As Sen. Sessions has noted today and in recent days, nearly every freshman Republican lawmaker was elected on promises to reduce spending. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already passed a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, but the Democrat-led Senate has not yet done so.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Dems have nothing but contempt for the American voter – they think we’re stupid.


Ace of Spades HQ: GOP Positions Itself For Shutdown, Working On Bill Called “Shutdown Prevention Act”


Chuckie Schumer: To the EXTREME!!! (Updated With Audio)


Tea Partiers Need To Keep On Fighting

Gabe at Ace of Spades HQ brings the good news that Judge Sumi’s  amended TRO (PDF) to halt implementation of the budget repair only orders the Wisconsin Secretary of State not to publish or implement the law. There are two major problems with that:

(1) this law has already been published and (2) the Secretary of State does not “implement” the law in the sense that his office does not deal with withholding of union dues, setting pensions withholdings, etc. The Wisconsin AG says implementation is ongoing and will continue.

Is this judge really so incompetent that she doesn’t understand the law?

Another thing many people may not realize is that even though election day for Justice Prosser’s seat is next week, he will continue on the Supreme Court until August.

… which means that no matter what happens next week, he will still be on the court when the TRO is considered. He will also likely still be on the bench when the merits of the Open Meetings argument are ruled on, though that will depend more on how much the liberal Chief Justice can drag her feet if Prosser isn’t reelected. Keep in mind that there won’t be a drawn-out appeals process here because the appellate court already took a pass on the case.

So, even if he does lose the election, all is not lost.

None of this is reason to sit back and relax. Conservatives in Wisconsin and elsewhere should understand that Wisconsin is ground zero in the public-union budget battles, and what happens there will have repercussions everywhere. Republicans have a massive fight on their hands against a powerful, well funded and ruthless adversary.

Michael Barone asks: Where’s the Tea Party?:

Next Tuesday voters will have their say in an election for state Supreme Court. Incumbent Republican David Prosser is being challenged by Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg, who is giving strong hints that she’ll uphold a dubious ruling by a lower court that the legislature acted illegally in limiting public employee unions’ powers. A Prosser defeat would give Democrats a 4-3 edge on the court.

Off-year elections tend to have low turnout, and the public employee unions are working hard to get their voters out. It’s unclear whether Tea Partiers and others whose enthusiasm and energy transformed Wisconsin from a 56-42 percent Obama state in 2008 to a 52-46 percent Walker state in 2010 will be similarly energized.

In addition, both parties have threatened to recall at least some of the other side’s state senators. Recall petitions are being circulated and require relatively few signatures.

The IWV poll says that voters would oppose recalling Democratic state senators by 60 to 38 percent but oppose recalling Republicans by only 52 to 43 percent.

There’s an assumption by many Republicans, seemingly shared by Walker, that voters settled these issues definitively in the November elections. But the IWV poll suggests that voters are not necessarily well-informed and have been swayed by those who frame the issue as collective bargaining “rights.”

Respondents become more favorable to Walker’s position when informed that public employees are paid 45 percent more than private-sector union members and that union dues have been automatically deducted and go to support candidates workers may not favor.

In New Jersey, a more Democratic state than Wisconsin, Gov. Chris Christie has won majority support in his struggles with public employee unions by making his case repeatedly, with facts and figures, and with a forcefulness that has made his town hall appearances a YouTube hit.

As I’ve been saying, Chris Christie has been showing Republicans how it’s done.  These other Republican Governors need to follow his lead.
As for the tea party…Wisconsin tea partiers need to get motivated. The 2010 election was just the beginning. We can’t let down our guard, now that the organized left is in full attack/propaganda mode.  Wisconsinites need to find out when and where tea parties are being held in their state, and plan to attend as many as they can.

Rally to support our efforts! Sen. Maj. Leader Scott Fitzgerald
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Saturday, April 2, 2011
West Mason Street Office
2685A W. Mason St.

Tax day rally
Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday, April 16, 2011
State capitol

Get out there Wisconsin Tea partiers.

Please help the Tea Party Express blanket the airwaves in Wisconsin  this weekend with this new ad in support of Justice Prosser:

We are buying every available airtime slot on Wisconsin TV – statewide – to run this ad. We need your help, urgently. With so little time we have to raise as much money as we can, so we can purchase this airtime for the TV ad. You can now donate to our Wisconsin State PAC.

As The  National Review notes:

Wisconsin supreme court justice David Prosser went to bed one night a respected former prosecutor, and woke up the next morning the target of a $3 million union-run smear campaign, falsely accused of being an enabler of pedophiles. That is what you get when you oppose the political machine that has been fleecing taxpayers in Wisconsin and elsewhere for a generation. Or, as in the case of Justice Prosser, when they suspect you might merely stand in their way and do your job.

You can help get this ad on the air by donating here.
You can endorse Prosser for Wis Supreme Court, here.

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Video: US Navy Airlifts Supplies To Japanese Disaster Victims

The Independent Florida Alligator reported :

In a span of a couple days after the disaster struck, Berryhill’s Navy squadron, along with other squadrons from Pennsylvania, began mission work to help those in need.

That Friday, Berryhill went on a mission to distribute 21,000 pounds of food to the survivors, which they dropped off at another air base to be trucked down to the disaster areas.

In the Navy’s missions, supplies ranging from seismology gear to toilet paper to blankets were delivered.

However, Rod Turbak, Berryhill’s commanding officer, said that Japan’s government never formally asked for the help.

“Everybody wants to reach out and lend a helping hand,” he said. “People donated things. They piled up quite fast.“

Part of the cargo delivered by the Navy was from donations. The rest were from supplies that were on hand.

While flying on the relief missions, Berryhill and his crew were given radiation detectors to determine their nuclear contamination resulting from the destruction.

Based on the readings, the crew hadn’t been contaminated.

Now he’s back in Gainesville with his wife and 14-month-old child. But Berryhill, who had lived in Japan for three years, said he still carries a personal attachment to the area.

“I hold a special place in my heart for the Japanese people,” he said. “This is a huge tragedy. It was an honor to serve and assist our friends in time of need.”

Bryan Preston at The PJ Tatler wrote:

You’ll see an older Japanese man a little ways into the clip, speaking to the camera. What he says is, essentially, that the townspeople had no idea the Americans were coming or bringing them anything.  There was no announcement or anything about it. Which is true. Between the destroyed roads and the radiation fears, hardly anyone can even get to the Sendai area. But these US pilots did.

You’ll also see, near the end of the clip, a group of older men watching as the Navy man stacks boxes of supplies from the helicopter on the tarmac. They’re standing still watching him because they’re stunned. That plus the language barrier puts them in a position where they just don’t know what to do. But you can see one of them making little gestures with his hands, as if in prayer. That’s a sign of very deep respect and gratitude.

More from the YouTube comments:

Thank you for all your support and thoughts. I want you to understand that those people are in rural area and they often don’t know how to approach foreigners. I think that’s why they just hoverd around but you can see they started to work together. People in Tohoku are said to be very mild, simple and warm.

Some sniping by Japanese  commenters at YouTube, was directed toward the Japanese government for being so slow in their response, but mostly people were just thanking the Americans:


One person merely said:

焼きそばおいしそう – Yummy noodles

On a sidenote: Where are the Arab Offers of Aid to Japan?

Since the end of World War II, Japan has been one of the most generous donors to the international community. Rather tellingly, when the 8.9 earthquake struck northern Japan, its own rescue units were in New Zealand helping that country recover from their earthquake. Its forces have regularly been dispatched around the world to help international aid efforts. The island nation has also offered some of the greatest amount of financial aid. After the massive tsunami struck Indonesia in 2005, Japan offered $500 million in aid – nearly as much as the United States, Great Britain, and China combined. For Afghanistan, it pledged $5 billion in aid– over one third of the total aid pledged worldwide. In the Arab world, Japan has served as a leading donor to the Palestinians via UNWRA, and has also provided assistance to the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen – to name a few.

Yet despite these realities, there is a deafening silence coming from the Arab world in response to Japan’s numerous catastrophes. Arab states sit atop the largest oil reserves in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2010, both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates sat in the top ten countries in the world with the highest per-capita GDP. Nonetheless, at the time of publication, there have been no reported offers of aid to Japan from any Arab country – either financial or otherwise. In fact, if you were to Google the words ‘Arab aid to Japan’ (without quotes), the only relevant hit would be the first – which is a blogger mocking the Arab world for its silence. Contrast this with a Google search for ‘Israel aid to Japan’ or ‘Jewish aid to Japan’, and the differences are staggering: you find pages upon pages of relevant hits. Similar hits can be found when searching for Jewish and Israeli aid activities for Thailand, India, Turkey, Pakistan, and of course, Haiti.

Anyone know of an Arab Nation aiding Japan?

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers