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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 »

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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 »

DNC: ‘It’s the Political Equivalent of a Temper Tantrum.’

In Congress, Democrat, Elections on September 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

On a tip from NooneOfAnyImport, I signed up at democrats.org to receive one of a limited supply of their fancy new bumper stickers featuring their groundbreaking new logo. I also put myself on their mailing list because I find the idea of mail addressed to annoytheleft from democrats@democrat.org amusing.

This morning my inbox was graced with a fund-raising email from DNC Chairman Tim Kane [emphasis original]:

All around the country this fall, Republicans are trying to convince voters to hire them for a job. But they keep saying that one of the first items on their agenda would be to go on strike.

A government shutdown would cut off the programs, benefits, and services relied upon by millions of seniors, veterans, and families around the country. Veterans’ hospitals would be closed; Social Security checks would not go out.

This is the political equivalent of a temper tantrum — and it hurts those who need help the most.

I’m sure that Kane’s intended audience would just eat that up. For the rest of us who comprise the wave of discontent that brought about the primary wins of Joe Miller in Alaska, Sharon Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, the notion of shutting down the Federal Government is not as distasteful as it might have seemed in prior years. And, despite to the scare-tactic employed in the letter, essential services continue during a shut down.

Kane’s letter mentions Newt Gingrich as the “mastermind” behind the government shut down in 1996. The fact is, however, that legislation funding the Federal Government was passed by Republicans in 1995 but Clinton vetoed it.

The most recent shutdowns occurred in FY1996. There were two during the early part of the fiscal year. The first, November 14-19, 1995, resulted in the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal employees. It was caused by the expiration of a continuing funding resolution (P.L. 104-31) agreed to on September 30, 1995, and by President Clinton’s veto of a second continuing resolution and a debt limit extension bill.

The truthful message from Kane should be if we lose majority and the Republicans don’t bend to our will anyway, our Democrat president is going to veto Grandma’s Social Security check. That is a temper tantrum.

Democrats Unveil New Logo

In Democrat, Humor on September 16, 2010 at 8:28 am

Baldilocks says:

A ‘D’ with an ‘O’ around it? Looks like the Democrats are acknowledging who owns them.  That’s what brands are for, no?

Update:

The Looking Spoon has better ones more of them:

If By Honest, Open and Ethical You Mean Deceitful, Secretive and Corrupt…

In Congress, Democrat on September 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Remember this declaration?

The Democrat’s most ethical Congress ever piles on yet another scoop of corruption and deceit:

Texas Democrat Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson directed Congressional Black Caucus scholarships to her relatives. Once this act was brought to light, Rep. Johnson claimed that it wasn’t she herself who selected several of her relatives as recipients but staff members.

From Hot Air: According to letters obtained by the Morning News, however, Johnson was not only involved in the decision to give the money to her family members, she also personally intervened to make sure they literally received it, instead of their schools

That’s right, not only was her initial defense an outright lie, Representative Johnson returned the checks that were made out to the schools attended by her family members, asking that they be re-issued in the student’s names. In doing so, Johnson removed the measure of accountability that scholarship foundations commonly employ which ensures that limited scholarship funds are used for education.

Johnson’s lack of integrity, honesty and conscience seems almost bush league in comparison with the scheme cooked up between Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). From Big Government:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, has paid some $30,000 since 2004 for the endorsement of embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the context of a scheme that critics charge is unethical and amounts to Waters using her political station to benefit her family members.

…Waters “has turned political endorsements into a family business, using federal election laws to charge California candidates and political causes to include their names as her personal picks on a sample ballot, or ‘slate mailer,’ she sends to as many as 200,000 South Central Los Angeles voters.”

The slate mailer business, it turns out, is run by Waters’ daughter, Karen, via her public relations firm.  Records show that Karen Waters’ firm has been paid more than $350,000 since 2004, and has billed a further $82,000 since California’s June primary, for its services in this regard.

Further:

Boxer has been called out for steering about $500,000 in contributions made to her political action committee to her son’s consulting firm between 2001 and 2009.

Boxer is also the chair of the Senate Ethics Committee (yep, let that sink in a little…). This is the same committee that last year cleared Democrat Chris Dodd of any wrongdoing in the Countrywide Bank scandal.

On Friday the Senate “Ethics” committee cleared Sens. Dodd and Conrad of any ethical violation in relation to the Countrywide Bank scandal. As a refresher, the accusation (indeed, it has been admitted to now) was that Countrywide Financial had a “special” lending program for senators and those who have influence and power. Under these special loan programs Dodd and Conrad got sweetheart deals in terms of the loans they got on their houses. Despite the fact that the only reason Dodd and Conrad got these deals was because they were senators and could be in a position to help Countrywide, the Democrat controlled Ethics committee found no violations.

No violations, indeed. Senator Dodd, as evidenced in emails and documents at Countrywide, received exceptional rates and reductions in costs on two home loans. The total value of the VIP treatment is over $77,000. In return, Dodd pushed legislation in the Senate that bailed Countrywide out of bad loans. To Countrywide’s credit, billions of dollars in bailouts are an excellent return on a $77,000 dollar investment. Me, I’m surprised that it costs so little to own a Senator. I guess I shouldn’t be, though.

Go ahead and watch the video at the top of the post again, you probably need the laugh by now.

(Major h/t KingShamus)

Grasping at Enhanced Interrogation Straws

In Democrat, Terrorist on June 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

From Salon.com (emphasis mine):

According to [Physicians for Human Rights]’s investigation, the CIA conducted experiments monitoring sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours and experimented with waterboarding by adding saline to water to avoid killing detainees or rendering them comatose.

So, the CIA monitored the health of detainees subject to interrogation to ensure that they weren’t killed. Subject’s blood oxygen levels were monitored by doctors in order to ensure that the interrogation didn’t result in permanent physical harm or death. According to PHR, that’s… bad?

Apparently so. In fact, because the data was recorded, PHR (and every knee-jerk leftist covering the report) are calling it “medical experimentation” and went instantly  Godwin.

I now have a greater understanding of the Democrat controlled Congress’ desire to do-away with the word “retarded”; it makes it too easy to categorize the lunacy that comes from the left side of the ideological aisle.

Congressman Hank Johnson Fears Island of Guam At Risk of Capsizing

In Congress, Democrat on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

I have to hand it to the Admiral being questioned. He mostly kept a straight face.

Congressman Johnson (D-GA) was diagnosed ten years ago with Hepatitis C. Judging by this video I think that might be a misdiagnosis. Hepatitis D-minus, maybe.

Michelle Malkin is taking bets as to “how long before race hustler Rep. Johnson cries “RAAACISM!” to deflect questions about his sanity and mental fitness for office”.

h/t Hot Air

Democrat Senator Admits Obamacare ‘Folly’

In Democrat, health care on March 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Marching in lock-step with the party has it's consequences

Before even buyer’s remorse can set in with the minority of Americans who supported the health care reform legislation, a Democrat Senator has “vote remorse”.

Gaggle via Hot Air:

A Democratic senator I can’t name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect: some taxes first, most benefits later, and rate hikes by insurance companies in between…

…On the day the president signed into law the “fix-it” addendum to the massive health-care measure, two new polls show just how fearful and skeptical Americans are about the entire enterprise.  If the numbers stay where they are—and it’s not clear why they will change much between now and November—then the Democrats really are in danger of colossal losses at the polls.

Steny Hoyer’s Weasel Words

In Congress, Democrat, health care, House, Obama on March 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Hoyer

The ABC headline almost had me. For a second there I thought the headline, “House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: ‘We’re Going to Have a Clean Up or Down Vote'” meant that, in the face of the public outcry, Democrats in the House were going to abandon the parliamentarian parlor trick that’s come to be known as “Deem and Pass”. ‘Deem and Pass’, also know as the “Slaughter Rule” after House Rules Committee Chair, Louise Slaughter, is a proposed rule that would “deem” the Senate health care bill passed pending adoption of House amendments to the bill. It’s a sleight of hand maneuver that will allow Democrats to avoid an up or down vote and simply say that they voted for a rule, not the Senate bill. It’s a chicken-shit way to pass major legislation. Similar “self executing” rules have been used in the past (yes, I consider those chicken-shit too) but never for legislation that seeks to (mis)manage 1/6 of the nation’s economy. Despite what the ABC headline and Hoyer’s own words would lead you to believe, however, there will be no “up or down” vote on the Senate bill. On ABC’s Good Morning America Hoyer said:

“We’re going to have a clean up or down vote on the Senate bill, that will be on the rule… “This is not an unusual procedure. We’re going to vote on a rule.”

I suppose if Steny says it fast enough, somebody might only catch the “We’re going to have a clean up or down vote on the Senate Bill” part. There is nothing clean about it, however, and Hoyer’s aim is to intentionally mislead. Interestingly, all this comes during “Sunshine Week” during which congress proposes to pay down debts on office accounts and  “focus on the importance of open government and freedom of information… Congress is taking action to make the government more accountable, transparent and responsive to the American people…”

“Not to take anything away from these proposals, which do little but nibble around the edges, but wouldn’t having members commit to a vote on controversial legislation create more sunshine than paying down debt from office accounts?”  Observes Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. “The very nature of open government in a representative government requires that elected officials have accountability for the laws they pass.  The social contract that binds constituents to these laws depends on that accountability.  If we cannot hold our representatives individually and collectively responsible for passage of laws, then we have ceased being a free people and have entered into an autocratic form of bondage.”

The weasel words regarding ‘Deem and Pass’ aren’t the only instance of Hoyer transgression this week. According to American Spectator, Hoyer also claimed on Good Morning America that:

“Since the President addressed the nation on health care, the support has gone up 18 points and a Wall Street Journal poll that just came out shows a majority of those responding indicate they’re for the bill.”

The fact is that the WSJ poll indicated no such thing. What the WSJ poll actually found, making Hoyer’s statement an outright lie, was:

…that opinions have solidified around the health-care legislation, with 48% calling it a “bad idea” and 36% viewing it as a “good idea” when presented with a choice between those two. That gap is consistent with surveys dating to the fall.

36% is clearly less than 48% but, with Obama promising a 3,000% reduction in health insurance premiums, the problem may simply be that the Democrats are really bad at math.

Cap And Trade is Dead (for now)

In Democrat, Global Warming on December 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

According to the Dems, Cap And Trade and “Green Jobs” were to have been good for the economy. But with health care taking up so much of the Senate’s floor time, Cap And Trade legislation would be pushed dangerously close to the 2010 elections. As a result, Democrats have begun to demur on “Cap and Tax”.

From Politico: “We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”

“I’d just as soon see that set aside until we work through the economy,” said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). “What we don’t want to do is have anything get in the way of working to resolve the problems with the economy.”

“Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects,” added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). “I’ve told that to the leadership.”

So, what we can learn from these statements is that, for the Democrats, Cap And Trade is critical, absolutely critical to slowing the imminent danger of anthropogenic global warming (AGW)… but it’s less critical when it’s an election year and the possibility exists that the public will see through our “good for the economy” lie.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Cap-and-trade is dead, at least for 2010, unless the Cultural Ministers for Corruption Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can find more ways to bribe Democratic Senators into committing career suicide.  I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss that possibility.

What remains critical, for those of us who are not lying buffoons, is the removal as many of these power-seeking AGW alarmists as possible in 2010 before they can pick this legislation back up.