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The Koch Brothers Buy Elections. Wait… What?

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

The headlines read like a crazy conspiracy theorist’s photocopied manifesto:

Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute

The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political And Playing To Win

The billionaire Koch brothers: Tea Party puppetmasters?

I found this over at The Looking Spoon and I feel Read the rest of this entry »

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Conservative Cheerleader Syndrome

In Republican on February 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

Governor Chris Christie (R), NJ

Can we stop begging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for President, please? I enjoyed his smack-down of union whiners as much as the next guy and I like his no-nonsense approach to dealing with detractors and confronting facts. But these do not comprise robust conservative credentials.

It’s high time conservatives stop cheering every politician with an “R” on their jersey and take a look at what team they’re playing for. Christie supports Cap and Trade, is soft on immigration and supported RINO Mike Castle in Delaware. Christie has run campaign ads supporting a ban on “assault weapons,” using the dishonest scare words “automatic weapons.” He’s a step above John McCain in that he’s able to take a stand without equivocating, but he’s sure as hell not the second coming of Reagan he’s made out to be.

Governor Christie has made a big deal of downplaying any talk of his running for president in 2012. So much so that it’s almost anti-downplaying. Christie has jokingly threatened suicide to prove that he’s not running in ’12, but his media machine, as noted by Dan Riehl, is in high gear.

If Christie kills himself and runs anyway on the Zombie ticket I predict he’ll split the vote with Obama. If Christie runs instead of killing himself I’m going to consider that his first broken campaign promise.

Acknowledgement and Thanks

In Media on February 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

R.S. McCain, of the blog The Other McCain, does a great service to neophyte bloggers like myself in his post titled How To Get A Million Hits On Your Blog In Less Than A Year. A taste of the post:

Having promised an appropriate celebration of passing the 1-million-visitors Site Meter threshold Friday, I will do so by sharing the secret of my success. It’s the Underpants Gnome Theory of Blogging:

  • Phase 1: Get a Blogspot account.
  • Phase 2: ?
  • Phase 3: One million visitors!

Obviously, the key here is Phase 2, which has been exceptionally disorganized. Some guys work smart. Some guys work hard. Some guys are just incredibly lucky.

Headline link featured on The Other McCain

In the “How To Get A Million Hits” post, McCain sets forth a list of blogging principles, presented as rules, that all but guarantee blogging success. My site traffic is an indication that I’m not much of a rule follower (and at least one of the rules… Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘Dog Ate My Homework’ Excuse Gains Relative Moral Traction

In Democrat on February 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

Not that there’s any substance to moral relativity but… I think the teachers protesting outside the capitol building in Wisconsin owe their students a little slack.

Multiple videos depicting doctors handing out medical excuse notes to protesters have hit the internet. The notes, of course, will excuse as “sick days” the absences of teachers who have abandoned their jobs to protest with their unions. Faculty absences last week have shut down dozens of schools in Wisconsin. So noble are these public servants to which Wisconsin children are entrusted that they will cavalierly commit fraud in order to wrongfully collect taxpayer money even as they try to exert their influence to collect more taxpayer money.

Oops! Delusional progressive apologists make for great entertainment.

Progressives were quick to assert that the doctors who set up stations throughout the crowds were right-wing plants. The mere presence of Andrew Breitbart in Madison was proof enough.

The doctor interviewed in this video (after the jump), in spite of the most ardent wishes of Crooks & Liars, is quite real. He is James H. Shropshire, MD, a Clinical Associate Professor at  the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Read the rest of this entry »

Bullshit!

In Abortion, House, Republican on February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

House Republicans screwed the pooch today. I can’t even write about it. Click the link.

Um: Half of Republican Caucus, Especially Leadership and Old Guard, Votes With Democrats To Block Additional $22 Billion in Cuts.

 

Making Democracy Work By Hijacking the Democratic Process

In Democrat, Economy on February 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

Absentee Democrat Wisconsin lawmakers called CNN last night with a “list of demands” for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The call was placed by State Senator Mark Miller who refused to disclose where he and thirteen other senators were hiding out but stated that they were, “in what we consider a secure location outside the capital.” The absence of these Democrat Senators has denied the Wisconsin State Senate of a quorum, bringing work to a halt.

These fourteen lawmakers are demanding, as I stated in an earlier post, the removal of provisions in Wisconsin’s budget legislation which curtail the collective bargaining abilities of public employee unions over non-wage benefits, and require public employees to contribute a greater percentage of their wage toward their own pension and health care. Unions will still be able to bargain over pay. Governor Walker says this measure will save the State of Wisconsin, which is facing a budget deficit, $300 million over the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »

On Wisconsin!

In Tea Party on February 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wisconsin is poised to pass legislation that will strip the collective bargaining rights of public employees unions and require public employees to pay a greater share of their pension and health care costs (which will still be half of what workers in the private sector pay). As a delay tactic, WI State Senators fled the capital. I’m guessing that’s to allow more time for Organizing For America and other union supporters to bus protesters in to the capital. Under Wisconsin’s state constitution, legislators can be compelled to come to work so… these guys fled to Illinois.

Video related:

h/t Big Government for the video.

The Only Fair Fight is the One You Win

In health care, House, Republican, Violent Rhetoric on February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The only fair fight is the one you win.

Violent rhetoric. *Inclusion of this image should in no way be construed as endorsing the act of blowing opponents up with a tank.

So states rule #11 in the ubiquitous “20 rules for a firefight” endlessly circulated in emails and posted on (non-hippie) blogs. The effort to end Obama Care is, if you’ll pardon the violent rhetoric, undoubtedly a firefight. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee is choosing to operate under a misguided notion of fairness. Maybe they didn’t get the email. Read the rest of this entry »