Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Country’s Future Is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

The Bronx brat who purposely dumped acid over a schoolmate’s head…

The gang rape of an 11-year-old girl by “at least 18 boys and young men”

The Spring Break bikini brawler (at Burger King, just to add to the alliteration appeal)…

The college students blatantly having sex at the edge of a USC campus building…

And then there’s a picture I can’t get out of my head… a maturity-stunted young woman, probably around 18, I recently saw on Facebook. She has fairly attractive features, despite the in-your-face attitude written in her eyes and the sardonic curl of just one side of her lips.

But it’s rather difficult to focus on her face, considering that she’s not wearing a top over an abnormally large chest that is, like her attitude, in your face.

The picture is cropped to just below her bust, featuring what I think is a Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Bra, which artificially adds two cup sizes.

(It’s a ridiculous creation… trust me.)

The comments below her profile picture are mostly ones of approval, many from women though a significant amount from men admiring the false but still sexy front.

As I stare at her, I can’t help but think that this is what the younger generation is contributing to society. Not advances in medicine or literature, or positive foreign policy. Just acts of violence and depravity and childishness and selfishness that ultimately don’t do them or anybody around them any good.

It’s a sad commentary on who they are and what they’re striving to be. And it’s a sad commentary on where they’re taking us as a nation… to hell in a handbasket.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Marco Rubio for President… 2016?

It makes sense that a newly elected Congressman such as Marco Rubio would bide his time and sit out the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. But I’m still disappointed.

The Tea Party favorite, who beat out fellow Floridian Charlie Crist for the Senate seat last year, has officially declared that he will not be running to replace Barack Obama in next year’s elections.


That certainly narrows down my first draft choices. I’d next select Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. But considering that he has his hands full trying to deal with an activist judge right now, I doubt he’s any more set on 2012 than Rubio is.


All the same, Rubio is somebody to keep an eye on, considering his strong conservatism. Unlike too many other elected officials, he not only talks well on the campaign trail but also follows through and actually does what he says after election night.


As the showdown over raising or retaining the debt ceiling continues, Senator Rubio isn’t afraid to speak the truth… bluntly. He expostulates in the Wall Street Journal:



“Betting on America used to be a sure thing, but job creators see the warning signs that our leaders ignore. Even the world's largest bond fund, PIMCO, recently dumped its holdings of U.S. debt.


“We're therefore at a defining moment in American history. In a few weeks, we will once again reach our legal limit for borrowing, the so-called debt ceiling. The president and others want to raise this limit. They say it is the mature, responsible thing to do.

“In fact, it's nothing more than putting off the tough decisions until after the next election. We cannot afford to continue waiting. This may be our last chance to force Washington to tackle the central economic issue of our time.”


Rubio also isn’t afraid of calling Obama out for his John Kerry-esque flipflopping:


“‘Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.’ So said then-Sen. Obama in 2006, when he voted against raising the debt ceiling by less than $800 billion to a new limit of $8.965 trillion. As America's debt now approaches its current $14.29 trillion limit, we are witnessing leadership failure of epic proportions.”


And he stands firm in his conviction to: “defeat an increase in the debt limit unless it is the last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”



If Rubio can keep this level of conservatism up, the United States of America would be fortunate to have him as commander-in-chief.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obama on Libya and Illegal Immigration, and the European Union on CO2 Control

Last night, Obama talked about U.S. military action in Libya, which has already cost us $600 million after a mere week. I didn’t listen.


I didn’t want to and I didn’t need to. By now, I’ve heard him enough to understand that he lies whenever it suits his purpose, which is just about all of the time.


It also seems foolish to pay too close attention to somebody who continuously upholds exceptionally ignorant ideals.


Take his recent remarks on illegal immigration, in which he told a student: “We have redesigned our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals, and so our deportation of criminals are up about 70%. Our deportation of non-criminals are down, and that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community.”


As usual, I have to ask whether the president pays attention to anything that comes out of his mouth. Because nothing in that statement makes sense.


Illegal immigrants are automatically breaking federal laws and therefore automatically criminals, aren’t they?


Obama Would Fit in Better in Europe


Traditional leftists like Obama, I’m sure, would have a convoluted, logic-bending non-answer for that charge, but then again, these are the same people who think it a good idea to ban cars in major European cities.


With too much money and book learning and not enough real life experience, the European Commission is seeking to cut its dependence on oil and save the planet. That means raising taxes on fuel, prohibiting traditional vehicles from large metropolitan areas, and ending cheap air travel between the UK and Europe.


Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insists this is a great idea, that Europe “can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be [a] win-win.”


But Hugh Bladon, a resident of planet earth and spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, thinks Kallas insane. “If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track.”


Because in reality, the EU has an even worse chance of surviving such restrictions than the New York Times has of making money by charging people to view its online content.


It just ain’t gonna happen.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Even Mother Nature Thinks Earth Hour Is Stupid

If you forgot to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday – or just didn’t care to observe it – don’t worry; you’re not alone. Earth Hour was between 8:30 and 9:30 on he 26th, a time dedicated to celebrating Mother Nature’s fragility and championing global warming activism by turning off lights all around the world. Personally, I kept the four-year old tradition in the manner I normally do: by ignoring it. And with good reason, considering a few inconvenient little facts:

  1. It’s officially Spring. Yet the supposedly benign Mother Nature wants to keep wind chill factors at February levels, while dumping snow on various parts of the country. Maryland even had snow flurries early on Sunday. I should be seriously considering shedding my jacket right now. Yet I’m pulling on mittens instead.

  2. This is the second frigidly cold winter we’ve had in a row, with record levels of snow and ice and generally unpleasant driving conditions. If we have one more, Al Gore and his minions need to go live in Antarctica. Permanently. Without any way to communicate with the outside world.

  3. Just a few weeks ago, Mother Nature socked Japan with a devastating earthquake and tsunami, killing so-far countless lives and wreaking so-far countless damage. This hardly seems the behavior indicative of anything fragile.

So forgive me if I can’t bring myself to turn off my lights to supposedly save Mother Nature. I’d instead love to rail against her for the many hours I’ve spent shoveling snow the last two years, but that would really mean I’d be yelling at God, which generally isn’t an advisable thing to do.


Interest in Earth Hour Waning. Maybe Because It’s Cold!


According to Mark Sarner, a marketer for non-profits, this year's Earth Hour wasn't as big a deal as last year's Earth Hour, which wasn’t as big a deal as the previous year’s. “Unless something really dramatic is done to recreate it and reinvent it,” he says, “I don’t think Earth Hour will be a significant thing in the five years.”


He blames this on, “you know, novelty normalized and this is no longer a novelty.” I blame it on a really shoddy, disingenuous and desperate marketing campaign.


It’s rather difficult to believe ego-tripping hypocrites who gallivant around the world in private jets, all the while telling us that we need to cut back. The same goes for people who can’t keep their stories straight, first telling us that Global Warming means the end of snowfall and then claiming when it does snow – repeatedly! – attributing it to Global Warming.


Of course, they really don’t have any other choice but to lie, do they?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tea Party Sick of Republican Platitudes

Republicans need to watch their backs. And not just against the normal opposition.

They might need to start considering the Tea Party – a group of conservatives that should be on their side – as a viable threat as well … if they don’t already.

Fox News highlights the growing tensions between the two groups in an article this morning: “Tea Party Movement Growing Weary of GOP Budget Plan.”

Let’s face it: the Tea Party has good reason to be ticked off with the institutional right. After all, they were a significant force behind sweeping Republican wins this past November. And since the rest of the credit lands solidly at the Democrat party’s feet for alienating the entire country, the GOP can barely claim any of the glory whatsoever.

I don’t mean to belittle them after they struggled valiantly against Obamacare and other harmful legislation the Democrat-controlled Congress tried to enact under Obama. And they have taken proactive stances on many issues since regaining power in the House.

But that doesn’t mean they didn’t help get the country into this mess in the first place. If they would have stuck with conservative principles instead of trying to make nice with the opposition at every other turn, the U.S. might have had more faith in them in past elections… even to the extent of keeping Obama out of the White House altogether.

Instead, they’re still clinging to silly dreams of pleasing everybody while the country continues to decline.

Sure, with Republicans in office, the liberal agenda will be slowed down. But the country can’t afford a slow down. It needs a complete reversal if it wants to survive.

That means that Speaker of the House John Boehner (regardless of his sometimes wimpy stances, I still love giving him that title over crypt keeper Nancy Pelosi) needs to honor his party’s campaign promise of slashing $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September. Not just $61 billion.

There is plenty of pork that can easily be trimmed off, starting with cleaning up government programs so that we’re not sending tens of thousands of stimulus payments to dead people, enforcing stricter rules on our statesmen and women so they can’t abuse the system, and no longer rewarding perfectly healthy citizens for behaving badly.

And that doesn’t even begin to take into account the foreign aid we give to countries that don’t like us, don’t respect us and/or are actively encouraging attacks against us.

If Boehner and his party can’t go tough on spending, the Tea Party might just say “enough,” withdraw its support for the GOP, and start competing against them instead.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Taxes on Toilet Paper? What Will They Think of Next!?

Let’s talk about taxes.

I still haven’t filed mine. It’s an abominable chore, even when I make somebody else do it – namely my poor father – and therefore have nothing to do with the process.

Of course, taxes are a necessary evil. To some degree, at least. Governments need to function in order to keep proper law and order functioning, and let’s face it: That takes a decent amount of green.

With that said, the extent to which western nations are taxed these days is ridiculous. Governments can run on far less than what they currently commandeer from their constituents.

In fact, while an utter lack of taxes probably isn’t a good thing – how else would we fund our military, law enforcement and judicial, legislative and executive branches? – the same can definitely be said about a propensity towards taxation.

Take Omaha, Nebraska’s Mayor Jim Suttle, who thinks it’s a good idea to install a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper purchased.

Every roll. Not every package. Every roll.

Apparently, he got the idea from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman. The measure was supposed to help cities and the environment. “I heard about it,” Suttle said, and thought, “Well, this is simple. Let’s put it on the table. It doesn’t mean I endorse it.”

I’d agree with him that the idea is simple, as in simply stupid… rather like him for ever proposing it in the first place.

Maybe he and other simpletons who think they can stimulate economic growth by demanding more money from their already hurting citizens should consider the legend of Robin Hood.

There’s only so much you can steal from people before they begin to get clever about taking it back.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today’s “Feminism” Plays Right into the Hands of Chauvinism

As Christian Louboutin – yes, ladies, that Louboutin – so helpfully points out, the concept of feminism is in desperate need of a makeover.

He wasn’t trying to make a statement about societal views of women when he said, “The core of my work is dedicated not to pleasing women, but to pleasing men.” But in admitting that, he did so all the same.

Women pay a minimum $595 for a pair of his designer heels, which Louboutin purposely designs to be uncomfortable. In fact, he HATE[s] the whole concept of comfort!”

“Comfy,” he says, is “one of the WORST words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It’s really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs.”

Forgive me while I take issue with his impressive level of ignorance…

First off, comfy is a delicious word. It means snuggled up in a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night with a book and a hot chocolate. It means feeling your man’s arms around your shoulders as you cuddle close on the couch together. It means waking up on a Saturday morning knowing that you don’t have to get up for work.

That is the definition of comfy.

It is not clutching a “big bottle of” booze. To my knowledge, alcoholics are very rarely happy. And if “she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs,” who gives a damn? Who died and made Louboutin dictator of happiness?

Anyway, comfort and style can go very well together, despite his close-minded rejection of the idea. Just ask Mudd, which makes adorable and comfortable shoes. (And no, they didn’t pay me to say that.)

But even if there weren’t any such footwear, it still wouldn’t be worth causing temporary pain and permanent physical damage just to make Louboutin – or any man – happy.

Women Don’t Just Bend Their Feet to Fit into Chauvinistic Fantasies

Addressing the way pre-teen, teenaged and young adult women dress these days, Jennifer Moses notes in the Wall Street Journal how a friend of hers said, “‘If I could do it again, I wouldn’t even slept with my own husband before marriage. Sex is the most powerful thing there is…’”

So why do we give it to men so freely with uncomfortably high heels and embarrassingly short skirts that paint us as mere sex objects instead of the whole package?

We promote our one-dimensionality in our songs, like Katy Perry’s E.T., where she begs a “futuristic lover” to make her his “victim,” as she’s ready for abduction. Fellow popstar Rihanna, after getting violently assaulted by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, goes on to ask for sexual abuse in her recent hit, “S&M.”

Think that’s a far cry from wearing dangerously high Louboutin’s? Think again, since both – as the designer himself admits – make it all about men.

Women go a step further in dancing up on random men in clubs, acting for all the world like unpaid strippers giving out free lap dances. Or we go a step further and throw ourselves at men we’ve known a mere few weeks… a few days… a few hours…

Is this really what we want for ourselves? Is this really what makes us happy? For that matter, is it really what makes men happy in the end?

I’m not sure it can be. But this is what the new feminism tells us must be true. And far too many of us buy into it. Literally.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Liberals Attack Obama Like He’s… George W. Bush?

Obama’s legacy might just go down in the same flames he helped fan for former President George W. Bush.

It’s his own fault, considering how he and his tore into Bush like kids into Christmas presents. To them, “Dubya” was the ultimate gift, complete with card and bow.

They took particular delight in condemning him for the war in Iraq, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively – and incorrectly – declared “lost” in early 2007. The war was about oil, they ranted, and nothing more.

Through careful manipulation and special attention to negative stories – real or made up – liberals painted Bush’s presidency as an utter and complete failure. He was an idiot, he was a warmonger, he was a racist, he was a bad influence on the country, as evidenced by the Abu Ghraib scandal, which involved humiliating imprisoned insurgents.

But as any school child can recite, what comes around goes around. And sure enough, Democrats are beginning to show the same flairs for the dramatic they did under Bush.

Obama’s Words Come Back to Bite Him

Just take Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), who apparently doesn’t mind throwing the once godlike Obama under the proverbial bus in saying, “Well, we’re in Libya because of oil. And I think both Japan and the nuclear technology and Libya and this dependence that we have upon imported oil have both once again highlighted the need for the United States to have a renewable energy agenda going forward.”

In Obama’s defense, the man is clearly nuts. And not just because he incorrectly used the word “both” twice in the same sentence to refer to not two but four different points.

But his fellow House member and Democrat, Dennis Kucinich, sounded much more rational when he criticized the commander-in-chief’s decision to strike out at Libya. H even quoted then-Senator Obama in 2007 in saying: “‘The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.’”

That has to smart, especially coming from a party notoriously dedicated to even their blatantly flawed heroes. But it can’t hurt as much as news coming out of Afghanistan…

In what the UK’s Guardian.co.uk says “could be more damaging than… Abu Ghraib,” we’re now learning about a rogue U.S. Stryker tank unit that not only targeted civilians, but then took thousands of pictures of the murders.

Like any high school student can tell Obama, payback is usually less than kind.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden’s Weary-Sigh-Inspiring Lunacy

Have I mentioned lately that Vice President Joe Biden is an absolute moron?

I did this past Thursday, but since he keeps opening his mouth, it needs to be said again.

While the rest of the world continues to dwell on problems in Japan and the Middle East, he’s still yapping about spending. And in normal Joe Biden-style, he’s doing so without even the most basic grasp of what he’s saying. Or when he’s saying it.

Right now, Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, is comparing recent U.S.-involved air strikes against Libya to “medieval calls for crusades.” House Majority Leader John Boehner is insisting that Obama clarify his sudden stance on the situation. Democrats are freaking out about both the actions and consequences involved. And the Nation of Islam’s belligerent leader, Louis Farrakhan, is being his normal unhappy self in asking Obama, “Who the hell do you think you are?” amidst all of this.

Meanwhile, the focus of the whole ruckus, Libya’s own Muammar Gaddafi is fondly addressing the American president as “our son, his excellency, Mr. Baracka Hussein Obama.”

Yet, not distracted one iota from his usual uncivil and weary-sigh-inspiring lunacy, Joe Biden is likening Republicans to rape apologists.

Undeterred by Ignorance, Biden Yaps on

The Hill helpfully informs us: “In setting up his comparison, the vice president explained to the audience that before the Violence Against Women Act that he championed was passed into law, ‘there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim’…

“‘When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner,’ Biden said.”

According to him, “We’ve gotten by that.” But Republicans are resurrecting the victim blaming strategy by demanding tax cuts for the rich – presumably the perpetrators? – and blaming “organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women.”

To further quote the VP, “It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre.”

Yes, Mr. Biden, you are bizarre. In the extreme.
  • First off, women still get blamed for their own rapes. All the time. It’s ridiculous that he doesn’t know that.
  • Second, Republicans want tax cuts across the board, not just for the wealthy. Way to manipulate the truth to suit an agenda.
  • Third of all, labor unions are part of the U.S.’s weighty fiscal fiasco, as they suck money from public school teachers – and therefore from the taxpayers who fund them – and give whatever they don’t keep to line their own greedy pockets to Democrats, making the party anything but an unbiased observer.

But as usual, facts and reality have nothing to do with anything when Biden is involved. Which begs the question… How did he get to be vice president of the United States of America again?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Barack Obama Elementary School Failure Mirrors Barack Obama’s Presidency

In one more stark symbol of just how pathetic Obama’s presidency is turning out to be, his educational namesake, Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, New Jersey – Bangs Avenue School, until last year – is closing.

Even more apropos, it’s doing so because of steep declines – much like Obama’s approval rating – in the larger district’s total enrollment over the last ten years or so.

Do you know how many jokes Jay Leno could get out of this situation?

The problem is that the Obama administration in and of itself is a joke, though not the kind that makes you laugh. And everybody knows it.

As John Podhoretz recently asked in the New York Post, “Where is the president?” amidst severely heightened turmoil in the Middle East and multiple catastrophes in Japan, not to mention the deteriorating state of financial stability in the United States.

But while “This is not a time for leadership; this is the time for leadership,” Podhoretz notes that Obama “is not merely… [not] rising to the challenge. He is avoiding the challenge. He is Bartleby the President. He would prefer not to.”

A friend of mine has proposed adopting that comparison for good and referring to the President as Herman Melville’s head-scratchingly complacent character, “Bartleby,” from now on in. Personally, I second the motion.

And it seems that we’re not the only ones who think Podhoretz nailed it…

Obama Fails to Impress on a Global Scale

Across the Atlantic, in Express.co.uk, Anna Pukas observes how “Ineffectual, invisible, unable to honour pledges and now blamed for letting Gaddafi off the hook… Obama’s gone from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Er, maybe we shouldn’t.’”

Titled “Barack Obama: The Weakest President In History?,” Pukas notes one example of passivity after another, concluding:

“All of which means that it is starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second. That means not doing anything that might upset any number of special interest or niche groups, which in effect means not doing very much at all.”

From the U.S. to the U.K. to the Middle East and Japan, the world is starting to recognize that Obama is anything but the man for the job.

2013 can’t come sooner.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Timothy Geithner: Yes, He Is as Stupid as He Looks

Sometimes, I think that Joe Biden is the biggest buffoon in the country. And then Timothy Geithner opens his mouth and suddenly, I remember that he’s not the only village idiot currently employed by the U.S. government.

It’s easy to recall Geithner's Bambi expressions in 2009, when he first took on the job of Treasury Secretary. His words were wholly uninspiring, his expressions were completely lost, and the policies he espoused were logically deficient.

Two years down the road, things haven’t changed much, at least not in the case of his general message.

As the Republican heavy Congress debates spending cuts, Geithner is putting his foot down, insisting that America needs to raise the debt limit. “Congress has to do it. There’s no alternative” other than catastrophe.

Something tells me that Geithner wouldn’t do very well on the game show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. Something also tells me that he has no business meddling in anything more intricate than a bowl of cereal… and even that could turn out badly.

The poor cereal would probably end up having to pay off its debts in a chain gang in China.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Viking’s Adrian Peterson Doesn’t Know the First Thing about “Modern Day Slavery”

Let’s cut to the chase: Minnesota Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson should be ashamed of himself.

Like many other NFL players, he isn’t happy about team owners trying to take a larger cut of overall profits. He may have good cause to feel the way he does or he might be wrong; I don’t know enough about the situation to take sides or point fingers either way.

But what should be painfully obvious is that somebody scheduled to make $10.72 million in base salary this year shouldn’t be comparing his situation to “modern day slavery.”

I would urge Mr. Peterson to pick up books like Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” before he opens his mouth on the subject he thinks he knows something about.

He should read up on how in Asia and India, 13-year old little girls are kept in brothels, their virginity sold to the highest bidders regardless of how much they beg for mercy. He should consider Johann Hari’s account of Dubai, where “The people who really built the city can be seen in long chain-gangs by the side of the road, or toiling all day at the top of the tallest buildings in the world, in heat that Westerners are told not to stay in for more than 10 minutes. They were conned into coming, and trapped into staying.”

Is that the “modern day slavery” Peterson is referring to? Because it’s still a very real problem that plagues countless very real men, women and children today.

Adrian Peterson Should Use His Million Plus to Buy a Solid Reality Check

Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, tried to stem criticism by explaining that: “The game means an awful lot to him. People should not just take his statements per se word by word.”

I can understand, accept and even respect that Peterson takes his career seriously. But when he compares his salary complaints to people who get no pay and no rights even to their own bodies, that’s unacceptable. Words mean something, and a problem as horrific as slavery should not be so lightly played with.

Of course, Peterson is not the first person to twist the issue of slavery to elicit an emotional response. And sadly, he won’t be the last one either.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t condemn such examples as dangerously and unfeelingly egocentric when they occur. And it doesn’t mean we – especially in amazingly privileged America – shouldn’t educate ourselves about real suffering before we open our mouths and disrespect people who have already lost so much.

End of story.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Democrat Agenda Comes to Bite It in Its Party Symbol

Right now, Democrat politicians embody the maxim, “You reap what you sow.”

They liberally dispersed malcontent with the U.S. government, disrespect for U.S. citizens, and hatred towards U.S. actions over seas during the Bush administration.

Sure, they do that during any Republican presidency but their recent eight-year sprint of whining and maligning from 2001 to 2008 really paid off. It successfully turned America against its then commander-in-chief, George W. Bush, its military and even against itself.

Operation Liberal Agenda worked! One solid point for leftists everywhere.

Then again, maybe not in retrospect, since it worked a little too well. Despite a brief euphoria right after Obama was elected, America has slid right back into its doldrums.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 26% of U.S. citizens say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works.” Much like the unemployment figures, that number has dropped notably since October, down 7 points.

Unlike the unemployment figures, this change is believable.

Curses! Foiled Again!

Like true leftists, the media is trying to spin the story in the best possible light for their battered president. They blame high gas prices and the fact that, “Despite a significant advance, more than half [of Americans] say the economy has not yet begun to recover.”

But please note the quoted words: “has,” “not” and “yet.” Those are seriously significant, considering how Obama-ites in the education system say that the recession ended shortly after inauguration 2009. Apparently though, the U.S. isn’t as dumb as they think it is, since we want proof of existence before we buy into the idea of an economic recovery.

It doesn’t take much effort to conclude that Obama deserves at least some – if not most or even all – of the blame for the languishing economy. In some ways, it’s even still falling; just look at the housing market, which apparently still hasn’t yet hit bottom.

So it’s no wonder that the president now has a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22.

ABC also notes that the U.S. doesn’t particularly care for the war in Afghanistan anymore. “Two-to-one opposition for the first time puts public criticism of the war in Afghanistan at the level seen for the war in Iraq. Such views,” it notes without stating its still obvious conclusion, “had a devastating impact on President George W. Bush, the least popular second-term president in polls since the Truman presidency.”

Irony hurts. But not on the Conservative side of things this time.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Race Strikes Again Courtesy of the Obama Administration

This past Friday, I brought up the fourth taboo topic of polite conversation: race.

In “A Nations of Cowards Concerning Race? Yes, but Holder Got It Wrong All the Same,” I argued that maybe we shouldn’t be focusing on race as much as we do. That maybe, just maybe, we should “drop the race card and focus on what we’re teaching our children instead.”

Now, Dayton, Ohio presents yet another example of how dangerous our focus on race has become. Literally dangerous too, considering that the local police department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.

In their defense, this decision comes down from the U.S. Department of Justice, which says that not enough African-Americans passed the exam.

So instead of seeking to solve the problem by asking how our education system has perhaps failed African Americans – and the larger community – they instead just lowered the test score requirements.

That is a racist decision, as it blatantly implies that blacks are automatically handicapped against whites and therefore need outside assistance to qualify. It is a cowardly decision, as it takes the easy way out with as little pain or self-reflection as possible. And it is a dangerous decision, as it forces Dayton, Ohio to employ under-qualified, black and white men and women in positions of authority with full access to firearms.

A Hypocrite Once Again

Incidentally, while his administration gives the thumbs up to lowering standards in tax-payer funded usage of guns, Obama wants to enact stricter background checks for citizens who want to purchase a gun.

Hypocritical much? Especially considering that the Dayton, Ohio standards are already eyebrow-raising low. Police candidates had to get just 66% on one part of their exam and 72% on the second. Now it will be lowered to 58% and 63%… grades that would earn anybody else Fs and Ds.

How much more likely are people getting those kinds of grades to take the law into their own hands, bend to corruption or mess up on duty? Remember, these are authority figures with guns. When they make even innocent mistakes, it could mean a life.

As Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President Randy Beane says, “It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community. It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation.”

Unfortunately, America’s obsession with race became a safety issue a long time ago.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Nation of Cowards Concerning Race? Yes, but Holder Got It Wrong All the Same

Shortly after his appointment by President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder called us a “nation of cowards” as to how we deal with race. And taken at face value, he’s right: We do cringe away from the subject whenever we can, though not in the way he meant.

Holder went on to state that we don’t integrate socially. But considering the Black Panthers case, where he refuses to bring his “people” to justice, it seems logical to suspect that he meant more than that. He apparently doesn’t think that black intimidation against whites is anything near as bad as white intimidation against blacks.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly how we are cowards. We allow racial guilt to dictate our politics, our news, our education and our criminal activity. We let ourselves get sidetracked by race as an all-important factor in our lives, when it doesn’t need to be.

It’s especially sad when well over a dozen men gang-rape an 11-year old girl… and we run headlines like ABC’s: “Gang Rape of 11-Year-Old Girl Sparks Racial Tensions in Texas Town” instead of focusing on helping the victim and punishing the perpetrators.

You see, the child was Hispanic and all of the men arrested so far – who were depraved and stupid enough to record portions of the hours-long assault – are black, aged 14 to 26.

Education Usually Trumps Race

This has led local community activist Quannell X to host a town hall meeting on “the real truth behind the rape allegations?” The leader of Houston’s New Black Panther Party and therefore almost assuredly a racist himself, says that while “Every adult male that had sex with this child should go to prison” irregardless of color, he wants to know why “there’s only been the selective prosecution of one community, which is African American.”

But does he stop to consider that maybe only African American men committed the crime? Between the video footage and Eric Holder’s own words that the country remains “voluntarily socially segregated,” it seems a logical conclusion to come to.

If we really need to focus on race instead of getting such disgusting criminals off of the streets and away from small, defenseless children, maybe we should ask whether it was a hate crime perpetrated against a Hispanic by blacks.

Or maybe we should consider why our youth act so abominably in the first place. After all, in a completely separate incident, a Brooklyn high school girl tried to permanently disfigure a fellow female classmate by pouring acid on her in chemistry class. When arrested for her deplorable behavior, she told the cops, “She deserved it.”

So maybe we should drop the race card and focus on what we’re teaching our children instead: That personal responsibility, dignity and appreciation for those around us isn’t as important as enjoying the moment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Love You Scott Walker!

Right now, I could kiss both Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the state’s Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald.

(Since both of them are married, a chaste peck on the cheek will have to suffice.)

Unlike far too many other Republicans – *cough! cough!* John McCain, Scott Brown, et al – they’re not afraid of utilizing some of the liberal left’s own tactics to win.

No, I’m not referring to anything illegal or unethical. After all, they waited a decent several weeks for Democrat Senators to show up to work. And despite the screaming harpies outside of the state capitol building and what some biased polls are saying, they didn’t even do it in the face of any serious opposition.

But they also didn’t wait around wringing their hands that Democrat politicians were acting like Democrat politicians. Instead, they took matters into their own hands, tweaked the bill enough to get around their cowardly colleagues’ continuing absence and sent it on down the road, one giant step closer to becoming law.

Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans Tell Liberals How It’s Gonna Be

Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller – who incidentally is still in hiding like an undisciplined five year old trying to avoid taking his medicine – believes Governor Walker and his fellow elected Republicans just committed career suicide.

“The people, I don’t think, knew what they were getting when they voted last November, so there will be a do-over.”

Question for you, Mr. Miller: How about “do-overs” when Democrats do something that Republicans don’t like? Should American voters be able to undo their votes in 2008 because they didn’t know they were getting into unconstitutional and wildly unpopular healthcare changes and close to 20% underemployment levels?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

If Wisconsin voters are as unhappy as he says they are, they can wait until the next round of elections to do something about it… just like America repented as much as it could for its poor choice of president in last year’s mid-term elections.

But for now – and probably, despite Miller’s delusional hopes – for a while to come, Republicans run the show. And that means, Governor Walker can go say and do exactly what he’s saying and doing.

Really, Democrats can have little valid objection considering how they used their power as a sledge hammer against public opinion and minority opposition over the past two years. After all, it was Obama himself who so eloquently said, “I won.”

Walker, on the other hand, was much more polite when he addressed the issue in the Wall Street Journal:

“While it might be a bold political move, the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums.”

Something the Mainstream, Biased, Liberal Media Doesn’t Want You to Know about What’s Happening in Wisconsin…

The aforementioned Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, did not press through the legislation until after “a week and a half of line-by-line” negotiations, upon which his minority counterpart, Miller, sent him a letter with only “three options:

1) Keep collective bargaining as is with no changes
2) Take our counter-offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes
3) Or stop talking altogether.”

No wonder he concluded that he was “dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn’t have a plan or intention to return. His idea of compromise is ‘give me everything I want,’ and the only negotiating he’s doing is through the media.”

As much as I respect Fitzgerald right now, I do need to say “Duh” to his comments. This shouldn’t have been a surprise.

A Few More Words by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

For those of you who have the time, I would strongly urge you to first, consider that while Wisconsin educators get paid well with exceptional benefits, two thirds of their 8th grade students can’t read proficiently… despite record state education spending levels.

And then, after digesting that information, go back and read Governor Walker’s words in the Wall Street Journal.

But if not, at least consider his statements that the union’s “collective-bargaining agreement… costs the taxpayers $101,091 per year for each teacher, protects a 0% contribution for health-insurance premiums, and forces schools to hire and fire based on seniority and union rules.”

Take into account that instead of “cutting billions of dollars of aid to schools and local governments,” Walker is dealing with Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit by “reforming the way government works, as well as balancing our budget.” This includes giving “state and local governments the tools to balance the budget through reasonable benefit contributions… [and] saves local governments almost $1.5 billion, outweighing the reductions in state aid in our budget.”

And finally, as Walker also states: “… the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums.”

Knowing all that, it seems that – once again – liberals should be ashamed of themselves.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Pendulum Is Swinging Towards the Right Again… and Away from Insanity

According to David Miliband, the UK’s former foreign secretary, social democratic parties and the larger left are “fragmenting [in Europe] as the right is unifying.”

While he postulates why that is, I can sum it up easily: Today’s left is insane.

How else can you explain Spain’s continuous implementation of liberal policies that practically demand consistently painful unemployment rates? Or France’s unions that feel entitled to throw hissy fits whenever they don’t get their way, disrupting public transportation on a regular enough basis that it’s an international joke?

Unfortunately, that European-style madness long ago found a home in the U.S. And much like them, we’re only standing up against it now that things are so blatantly bad that we have little other choice.

Yet what is obvious to sane, rational people routinely escapes the attention of mental patients, junkies and liberals. (And Charlie Sheen, the quintessential combination of those three.)

The Left Is Nuts

Insanity has to drive the continuing push for perplexingly stupid liberal policies among some of our politicians and their waning support among the masses.

Even now, in the middle of a right-wing uprising, Obama is still demanding more tax-payer dollars for our woefully inadequate and over-funded education system… when really, teachers unions would simply abscond any extra cash we throw that way anyway.

Their greed shows in the union strikes in Michigan and now Wisconsin. State governments simply need teachers to give a little bit more towards their benefits, but they refuse, despite retaining salaries that easily beat out their private sector counterparts.

Their demands are not about the children. They’re about foolishly continuing fiscally irresponsible polices.

Then there’s Obamacare. It’s so harmful that the federal government just granted the state of Maine a waiver on one of its key provisions. And that’s on top of over a thousand unions and businesses that have also filed for and received similar pardons.

If this thing is as great as liberals keep saying, why the need to grant waivers at all?

Liberals have to be insane if they honestly believe the rhetoric they spew. Because the alternative – that they’re trying to destroy us on purpose – is just too frightening.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Even Public Schools Don’t Want Obama Anymore

I’ve been saying for months now that President Barack Obama has very little chance of getting reelected come November 2012.

Sure, Democrat politicians routinely lie, cheat, steal and intimidate in order to win elections. But even then, Obama will need a miracle to pull off a successful campaign.

Regardless of what numbers his administration is throwing out there concerning unemployment, the economy is in the tank. Gallup reported last week that underemployment figures “surged in February to 19.9%,” even while the government celebrated an elusive increase in jobs.

Obama’s PR team – i.e. the mainstream media – also claims that inflation has been kept admirably in check. Clearly, these people send their hired help to do the grocery shopping for them, since commodity prices have skyrocketed across the board for around a year now… plenty long enough to filter into food prices and punch consumers where it hurts.

And then there’s oil. As I write this, oil is over $105 per gallon, a marked increase since early last year. The situation in Libya deserves some blame, of course, but prices were going up well before Wall Street heard even a hint of open discontent in the Middle East.

None of these factors make for a very popular president. Neither does an overwhelming tendency to ignore the American people. And a consistently arrogant attitude usually doesn’t win that much genuine love and support either.

Even Public School’s Can Read the Writing on the Wall

The mid-term elections certainly indicated that Obama’s image as potential savior has crumbled. But now with high school graduation dates inching closer, the American people have further hope that this president will soon be packing his bags…

Case in point: Even the Democrat Party’s cherished partner in crime, the Public Education sector, can’t muster up much enthusiasm for their champion these days. So far, a White House competition over which high school President Obama will present a commencement speech at is proving to be little more than an embarrassment.

The contest’s original deadline was February 25. But when only 14 schools submitted applications, it got bumped to March 11. As of February 28, a total of 68 educational institutions had applied. As compared to over 1,000 last year.

“Something isn’t working,” officials reported, pretending that the lack of interest was due to poor marketing. But they have to realize that Obama has lost significant support among his constituents.

It’s as obvious as an ACME anvil dropping on a despondent Wile E. Coyote below.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Further Proof that the United Nations Is a Huge Waste of Time and Money

Iran is hardly the nicest nation in the entire world…

Even over the last few years, it has proven itself perfectly willing to treat its own citizens like dirt, resorting to deadly violence when they dare voice opposition to government control. It happened blatantly and repeatedly in 2009 and picked up again in recent weeks as the protests in Egypt spread to other Middle Eastern nations.

Iran is also likely behind threats sent to the National Archives of Canada in January, when the institution tried to show a documentary critical of Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program. The local Iranian Embassy couldn’t be reached for comments but considering the country’s past warmongering and ridiculous demands, it is a logical suspect.

Iran is a dangerous place and everybody knows it, including the largely incompetent United Nations. And if that collection of self-important bureaucrats admits it, you know it’s blatant. Why else would they impose sanctions prohibiting members from providing Iran with materials necessary for making nuclear weapons?

But Zimbabwe has just declared its intentions to do business with Iran anyway.

“Western states follow the approach of sanctions towards countries which do not yield to their domination and act against their interests,” says Mr. Mumbenegewi, a politician and part of the country’s current ruling party.

This shouldn’t be surprising, considering Zimbabwe’s own lengthy list of human rights violations, begging the question: Why does the United Nations tolerate it at all?

Worse yet, insiders confirm what everybody already knows… Zimbabwe can do whatever it wants and the UN can only cluck disapprovingly.

It’s high time we admittedly the painfully obvious truth that the United Nations is a joke. A very expensive joke… and one that isn’t even worth a good laugh.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Is Texas Immigration Bill Hypocritical?

At this point, at least half of the United States is seeking to enact immigration laws similar to the supposedly controversial one Arizona passed last year. But of those, Texas’ stands out especially… and not necessarily for good reasons.

Democrats are attacking the bill as being hypocritical and, at first glance, I might just have to agree with them.

I say might because I learned about the alleged facts of the bill through a less-than-reliable source: ABC News, part of the mainstream media and, like every other organization in that group, notoriously biased.

ABC and most of its competition have proven themselves unethical enough to leave out key details before when they put the opposition party – i.e. Republicans – in a good light. They’ve rearranged the truth one too many times for any of us to blindly accept their word.

But in the case of Texas’ immigration bill, I can’t find any immediate red flags to indicate that they’re doing any such thing. The news site charges that the legislation cracks down harshly on hiring “undocumented workers” – known outside of the mainstream media as illegal immigrants – with a few exceptions.

Specifically, the list of immune employers includes single-family households who might hire nannies, housekeepers and lawn caretakers. Or, as ABC accuses, the very people introducing the bill.

If that allegation is true, then Texas’ Republican politicians in favor of the proposal are at worst ridiculous hypocrites and at best ridiculous. I see no reason for such exemptions other than to favor the privileged, just as liberals constantly contend we do.

Unfortunately, while they’re wrong 99.9% of the time, this might be one of those miraculous instances where their criticism is both accurate and justified.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sorry to the Many Peaceful Muslims out There… But this Needs to Be Addressed

Two American airmen are dead and one was severely wounded yesterday.

They weren’t on a battlefield or even in heavy combat training. They were in Germany at Frankfurt Airport.

The perpetrator in this tragedy was Muslim. Again. Which begs the question: When are we going to stop being surprised and start behaving more wisely?

I agree wholeheartedly with the supposedly liberal mantra of keeping an open mind. It’s important to consider other perspectives, whether they be religious, political, racial, etc.

But the U.S. has gone off the deep end in this regard. Being open-minded is not the same thing as being tolerant, no matter what sensitivity training classes might preach. Being open-minded means considering outside opinions… not necessarily accepting, embracing or ignoring them. It means putting aside personal bias in favor of facts.

Fundamentalist Muslim Hatred at Work Again

Unfortunately, the facts in the case of fundamentalist Muslim hatred for anything other than themselves are already all too obvious.

When a person purposely blows himself up in a non-combatant crowd… or purposely sends a plane crashing into a building in order to destroy as much life as possible… or opens fire in a public and well-used airport – as in this most recent case – yelling “Islamic slogans” and “Allah Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is Great,” that’s a sign to be taken seriously. But it, in and of itself, is by no means conclusive and damning evidence that something larger is at foot.

However, when that happens over and over and over and over and over again, ad nauseum for decades? Well, that’s what prosecuting attorneys call an open and shut case. It’s as fool proof a point as you can make… as obvious as saying that the U.S. is in serious trouble or that both oil and global food prices are headed dangerously high.

And those who still cling to some other explanation are quite simply dead wrong. It’s not close-minded to say that. If anything, it’s close-minded to keep claiming that the Muslim world is at peace with the U.S. and the West when there are mountains of evidence to the contrary.

The U.S. Can Be Violent Too… But We Usually Don’t Bring Religion into It

Despite the despicable attacks on U.S. servicemen, I still firmly believe that people are people no matter where you go. No single person is automatically superior to anybody else based on how, where, what, who or when they were born.

It’s what we do that makes a difference.

I’m also the first person to admit that the U.S. is filled with destructive morons. I shouldn’t have to link to any stories to make this point: Our newspapers are filled with stories of rape, murder, assault and general disregard for fellow human beings.

But how often are those chases linked to religious motivation? Usually, instead, U.S. criminals act out of purely selfish reasons motivated by a lack of self-esteem or self-discipline thanks to poor family lives, a society-driven “gimme!” attitude and/or dramatically inferior education.

Do all U.S. citizens behave so poorly? Of course not. But enough do that we need to consider the root of the problem.

Those individuals are responsible for their own actions but added up, their actions show a breakdown of important societal factors… something the U.S. needs to address if it ever wants to recover from its dangerous slump.

In the same way, I don’t doubt that the Frankfurt gunman acted alone, as he claims. Why would he say otherwise when too many Islamic groups are all too happy to claim responsibility when they are involved in such atrocities?

But considering how his actions follow a well-established pattern, they show a larger trend to disregard human life in the name of Allah.

Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not. But if the U.S. ever wants to gain any semblance of security again it needs to address – not necessarily with military action but definitely in mindset and policy – that an alarming number are.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Ravaged and Ravaging Middle East and Why Tennessee Is Right to Attack Shariah Law

The Middle East is rarely bereft of some drama but this is getting ridiculous, what with Libya’s dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, still refusing to step down among escalating violent protests.

And in Iran, the police force is doing what it does best, terrorizing protesting citizens with tear gas and batons yesterday. It’s amazing that a country with no qualms about blatantly abusing its citizens has the nerve to condemn anything, much less perceived “racism” in an arguably ugly but harmless Olympics logo.

But perhaps even more ridiculous is the Nation of Islam’s stance – as spoken by its leader Louis Farrakhan – that Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the U.S. into war” with Libya.

Middle Eastern heads of state are oppressing and physically harming Middle Eastern residents… and yet the Jews are to blame?

Then again, this is coming from a person who calls power-tripping mad man Gadhafi his “brother” and “friend.” With pals like that, I’m sure Farrakhan would view the recently released video of Pakistani children playing “suicide bomber” endearing too. At least, just as long as it involved Jews and Zionists being pretend blown up, of course.

Anti-Shariah Law Is Not Anti-Muslim

Is it any wonder with viewpoints and actions like the ones above, that states within the U.S. are trying to push through what Remziya Suleyman, policy coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, wants us to believe are “anti-Muslim bill[s]? Despite her melodramatic interpretation, Tennessee is only set to pass a bill that makes it a felony to follow some versions of Islamic law, known as Shariah.

If that measure sounds unconstitutional, consider first that Shariah Law allows men to rape their wives should they not consent to sex, as well as beat them if their every wish is not properly fulfilled.

Keep in mind that it smiles kindly on child brides and therefore child molestation. Of course, not all Muslims take advantage of such allowances, but that doesn’t mean their holy books don’t advocate the barbaric practices all the same.

Now note that some U.S. judges actually take those religiously backed beliefs into consideration over the Constitution when making their rulings.

That certainly happened in the case of New Jersey Judge Joseph Charles, who denied a woman a restraining order even after she testified to being “forced… to have sex with him [her husband] while she cried.” Charles reasoned that because of the defendant’s Muslim beliefs, which authorized him to have his way with his wife, there was no “criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault” her.

And in Michigan, a much less severe case of Muslim desires trumping constitutional rights saw Christians banned from delivering tracts on a public sidewalk outside of the Dearborn Arab International Festival.

Unless we want to toy with the possibility of becoming the next Iran, we should start examining Shariah Law a lot more carefully. Everybody should be allowed to practice their own religion in the United States… according to the First Amendment, not above it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Iran Tops Charlie Sheen in an Insanity Contest

Let’s talk about insanity for a moment, and no not Charlie Sheen. Even he can’t beat Iran for the gold in this category.

Iran, you see, is accusing England of racism. Because of its 2012 Olympics logo. Which Iran alleges looks like the word “Zion.” As in Zionist. As in Jewish. Or Israel. Take your pick.

While normally, I would recommend that Iranian leaders get their heads checked, there is always the exception to the rule and this might very well be it, considering the bright magenta and sunshine yellow numbers that make up the emblem. (Secretly, those are the colors of the Israeli flag, not blue and white like most people believe.)

If you read up and down, tilt your head to the side, cover your dominant eye and squint out of the other, you can almost – almost! – see what Iran means. And if you imbibe copious amounts of alcohol combined with some good-old fashioned marijuana, then everything really becomes clear.

Iran must have been sharing that combination with Yemen lately, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh is now accusing the U.S. and Israel of instigating the unrest that is shaking up the Middle East.

Yeah, because we want to pay more for our oil, which – incidentally – is an evil, evil commodity. President Obama says so, and we believe everything he says… even when his words don’t match his actions.

Take his habit of flying a personal trainer all the way from Chicago to D.C. about once a week.

That’s a lot of carbon emission for somebody who thinks that man-generated pollution is destroying the earth. (On a side note, why – in this politically correct age we live in – don’t we call it “people-made global warming.” Why is it always “man-made?” Clearly, this is sexist language and needs to go.) But no matter!

To paraphrase what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently (and, I’m sure, equally sarcastically) said about the president: I’m sure that we simply don’t get what’s really going on.

Mmmm hmmm. And Charlie Sheen deserves the $320 million he’s seeking for breach of contract and “mental anguish.”