Personally I’m much more offended by Yglesias’ piece than Johnson’s. There is the possibility, however slight, that Johnson’s piece was typed up in haste and posted intemperately. We’ve all hit the “post” button on occasion when we shouldn’t. There is no chance in Yglesias case. He saw Johnson’s piece, and the reaction, and then wrote what he wrote.
Whatever Soros is paying these guys it’s too much.
Update: Johnson doubles down but this time includes a donation link. I guess that’s progress.
The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists.
I guess Think Progress and those who commented on that story think Mother Nature made sure those GOP voters got what they deserved.
Meanwhile if you are a person who lives in reality and would rather actually help instead of trying to make an obscene political point, you can donate to the American Red Cross here.
Update: Simple question, if this took place in Massachusetts and Pat Robinson blamed it on the legalization of Gay Marriage, how would the media be reporting this piece? You would see national outrage.
At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Luke 13:1-5
Amazing how the left can’t every parody Christianity right.
Syrian security forces opened fire on a demonstration Friday in the coastal city of Latakia – the heartland of the ruling elite – wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.
President Bashar Assad’s regime has stepped up its deadly crackdown on protesters in recent days by unleashing the army along with snipers and tanks. On Friday, protesters came out in their thousands, defying the crackdown and using it as a rallying cry.
There is also a rather hopeful development:
about 200 mostly low-level members of Syria’s ruling Baath Party have resigned over Assad’s brutal crackdown.
That would have been unheard of not long ago. Meanwhile in Libya things continue to develop, badly:
Libyan troops chased rebel fighters across the border with Tunisia and clashed with them, indiscriminately firing in the area before being captured by the Tunisian military, witnesses said. Tunisia’s government expressed “extreme indignation” and demanded Libya immediately halt violations of its territory.
In reality the West would LOVE if Tunisia or Egypt got involved. Much better to have Arab boots on the ground instead of western ones.
Syria’s state-run television says “armed terrorists” have attacked a military post in the southern city of Daraa, killing four soldiers and capturing two.
The report comes as thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country – including the capital of Damascus – in demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar Assad. The six-week uprising has posed the gravest threat to his rule.
The government has blamed the unrest on armed gangs – not true reform-seekers.
Daraa is where the revolt began. It has been under military siege since Monday.
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.
The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times – pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.
What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free
Michelle Malkin is not surprised, Nor is Pundit Press, If you are surprised by the actions of the most transparent administration in history then you just haven’t been paying attention.
Brown, a Republican, sent a letter to the chairs of the Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting offering his support for a Suffolk County district that is majority nonwhite, known as a majority-minority district.
“It is my hope that any redistricting for congressional or state legislative seats will result in districts that avoid diluting the voting strength of citizens based on the color of their skin,’’ he wrote to state Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Representative Mike Moran, both Democrats.
As you can guess among some circles this is VERY popular:
Several political groups have been pushing a majority-minority seat, including the Massachusetts Black Empowerment Coalition for Redistricting.
“I want to add my voice to theirs,’’ Brown said in the letter.
The group’s executive director, Kevin C. Peterson, said he welcomed Brown’s support.
“My hope is that this is a post-partisan attempt to join Democrats in a process that is about equity and fairness for historically disenfranchised voting groups,’’ he said.
Well it is, but it also means that if they are juggling districts in such a manner the following will happen:
1. There will be two current democratic incumbents who are toast not just one.
2. The Democratic party had to go all out to make sure they won state offices, although they had an easier time that expected with gas prices soaring and the economy in shambles it will be an even harder time for them.
3. It is already going to be complicated enough to keep diluting the increasingly more conservative Worcester county while keeping the GOP down elsewhere. This will make it even more complicated.
1. He is exactly right that if it was a group of Christians making fun of Gays in the same manner it would be front page news on every paper, held up as a sign of intolerance and condemned by every major media outlet. The MSM will never cover this event because they understand what the reaction of the general public would be.
2. Considering that gays are actually killed today under Sharia law it would be interesting if these same people would hold a similar festival during Ramadan attacking Islam or holding a “hunky Mohammad” contest.
3. As a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular this kind of stuff is part of the job description. We will always be mocked, Christ said so. The proper response to such mockery is to pray for them.
4. No word on if Michael Bower will be devoting a show expressing his outrage concerning this event.
5. It would be very interesting to find out if any Federal and or state funds are used for this event. If so it would be more interesting to ask state and federal elected officials if they support the use of said funds for this event.
6. Under local standards and law, the people of San Francisco have a perfect right to hold events of this nature if they want. The people involved are certainly welcome to continue to do this every year and hedonisticly mock Christianity and Christ for the rest of their lives…
1. it removes the facade that one group of Palestinians want peace with Israel and one does not. Any move that shatters this fantasy is positive.
2. Free Elections are always a positive thing. The Palestinians deserve a free and fair election. They also clarify things. The Palestinian people now will have a clear choice between peace and war. They should be free to make it, and be free to take the consequences of their decision.
3. It means that both Israel and the US will now have a clear choice for their policies concerning the Arabs no more illusions.
there will be a widely, or internationally, accepted Palestine without the need to make peace with Israel. No concessions need be made. The Palestinians will get everything and give up nothing. They will not be bound in any way by border changes or security guarantees. The struggle to wipe Israel off the map can continue.
It’s Hamas’s dream come true.
Actually it is a nightmare, that means they have to function and deliver as a state, good luck keeping the support of the people when you have to actually govern.
5. Once there is an actual Palestinian state, all this nonsense about “occupation” will be over. When the Attacks continue (and they will) Israel can declare war properly, crush and defeat
them in a proper war and impose a peace.
6. Israel Matzav: The ‘peace process’ is over. Oslo is over.
I didn’t have a problem with Oslo when it happened, it was worth a shot, I do have an objection to pretending that it worked for the sake of feeling good about ourselves.
Yesterday in between running errands at City Hall, two Banks, the Cable place and the Mall and going door to door for advertisers I took the liberty of asking people everywhere I was the following two questions:
1. “How high do gas prices have to go before it will affect how you vote in the 2012 elections?”
2. “What should be done to bring down gas prices?”
One person said $6 a gallon, two people said $5 a gallon 2 said it wouldn’t affect their vote but expressed dismay at the price at the pump. Every Single other person I talked to, and I talked to dozens, said it was already past the point for them.
Oddly enough only one person was willing to go on camera:
There was more of a variety of solutions, one person suggested a price cap, one said release the strategic reserve, another said hit the oil companies hard. the most common answer? Drill!
Remember this is a mall in Massachusetts
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again forget $4 or $5 gas. $3 gas is going to be a bridge too far for Obama in 2012 no matter who he runs against..
Yesterday I was flipping through the radio dial and as I was driving home and heard Michael Bower on 96.8 FM speaking of his outrage concerning a proposed Tennessee law concerning the discussion of homosexuality before the 9th grade in school and making fun of southerners in general.
One might debate the wisdom or necessity of such a law but the fact that it is even being debated shows a lot of people are missing the point concerning the purpose of public education.
I would think we might do better as a nation if our schools spent their time talking about things like Math, Science, English, History, Economics and Computer technology and the Arts. I know compared to homosexuality and identity politics stuff like Algebra, Astronomy, Calculus, HTML and Physics, Geology, Music and the American Revolution are trivial matters to the education and future success of grade school and junior high school students but I suspect even they might have their place.
This nonsense can’t help but remind me of a story concerning my first Job with a defense contractor back in 85. The big boss had a meeting with his managers and during the meeting the subject of the games on the Mainframes, came up. He went around the table to get their opinions and they varied. Some said we needed the space (this was back in the days when 1 meg was a LOT of memory) others thought the games were a good way to acclimate people to the computer system. When it finally got back to the Boss him he looked around the table and said in a decisive voice dripping with incredulity:
This is a place of Business! We are not paying people to play games!
The games were removed from the system directly afterward.
Eyes on the prize folks, eyes on the prize.
Oh btw as you might guess the techs very quickly put the games on a tape and restored them to a disguised directory. Geeks haven’t changed in three decades.
His general point concerning the church and Hollywood is correct and I suggest reading his piece, but he misses the real point of the movie, and the reason why it still scares me late in my 40’s when I watch it by totally misinterpreting the ending:
Then an enraged Karras, his belief in God firmly restored, challenges the demon to enter into him and leave the innocent Regan. When it does, Karras, now at peace with his renewed faith, wins the ultimate victory by throwing himself out a window to his death, forever freeing Regan and saving her life.
This is exactly wrong on just about every possible level you can get.
Consider what the goal of devils and demons creatures who are by their nature spiritual in nature and eternal in life? Death? Violent Death? Terror? Nope. None of those thing gain anything for them. In fact if a person dies in a state of grace their death is an abject failure.
The Goal of the Devil and his minions is singular, the damnation of souls. The devil can possess the girl until she is an old lady, but such possession has no effect on the state of her soul. HER soul in my opinion is never the target. It is Fr. Karras, the priest. Think about this, the devil in the end doesn’t just get a priest who may have his doubts, he get a priest who absolutely and completely believes in him, and then willingly gives himself over to possession.
You see Fr. Karras decides to play not by the rules of the church, not with the patience of Christ, but instead by Satan’s rules. because of this he fails and falls. The writer at Big Hollywood makes the same mistake many people made concerning the finale of Saving Grace. Grace isn’t saved. Grace is damned, both are tempted by the sin of pride and both fail.
In terms of drama, it doesn’t matter, in terms of theology, it matters a lot.
Let me conclude with this from bit from the end of Screwtape 24:
I am not in the least interested in knowing how many people in England have been killed by bombs. In what state of mind they died, I can learn from the office at this end. That they were going to die sometime, I knew already.
Now as for the document itself. There isn’t anything I see odd with it, nothing embarrassing, nothing strange. Nothing in terms of the speculation that we’ve been hearing.
To the president I say: Was it really that hard to do this?
To Donald Trump who is as I type right now is taking a victory lap. I say, HUH? He is taking credit for getting the document released (true) but he is not touching the fact that he saying stuff like “I hear its been lost etc etc etc.” He is talking issues this morning but the fact that he is doing a huge 180 on what his speculation was just a few days ago. Is he actually going to get a pass on that?
Expect updates as fast as I can type them.
Update: Trump is still holding court, I can’t believe he is going to spin his way though this. But It looks like he is going to.
To the questions of where he was born: I’d say case closed. As I’ve said in the past I believe he was born here (the newspaper clippings and the fact that the Clinton’s counter it was decisive to me.)
To political advantage: Short Term Advantage Obama long term advantage GOP This stopps speculation and the bleeding that was coming over this issue, it also gives the lie to the idea that this wasn’t hurting Obama politically. This was released today because Trump was causing damage and Jermoe Corsi’s book was #1 on Amazon.
In the long term it takes it off the table before he could bait enough GOP candidates to give an opinion that he could disprove at a key point in the campaign. The longer this was in play the more likely he could hit this at a time at maximum advantage. That’s a card they would have liked to play later. With $5 gas etc anything that keep the public’s eyes on the state of the country helps the White House, That ability for the WH to attack and distract on this issue is now gone. What will Chris Matthews do when he has to ask about gas prices, budget cuts and wars?
Eligibility: Now there is one interesting point to be made that Andrea Shea King raised on the show a few weeks ago (I’ll see if I can get her for the panel today). On that show Andrea pointed out that the birth certificate was a Red Herring. The actual issue she and others were making is the definition of “Natural Born Citizen”. She made the argument that under the constitution and in history That eligibility issue was defined by a person born of two American parents. The certificate shows that his father was born outside the US, so people making that case can actually advance.
However the Supreme Court has never ruled on this issue one way or the other. Remember what John Meacham said just a couple of weeks ago:
This is not a trivial difference. Here is the Boston Globe from November 1896:
The fact that the Constitution says “natural” instead of “native” shows to my mind that that distinction was probably discussed. A natural born citizen would be one who by nature, that is by inheritance, so to speak was a citizen , as distinguished from one who was by nativity or locality of birth a citizen.
This is from a regular column called The People’s Lawyer that ran at the time.
As I type this NOW MSNBC is talking about the distinction between the two terms, odd they never brought this up before and admitting it has never been litigated.
With the release of the certificate this actually gives the ability of those making the case that he’s not eligible under the natural born clause ammo to make their case. Since however its a question of interpretation I suspect the lower courts and the Supreme Court would rule that “Natural born” should be interpreted as “native born” since President Obama in effect makes the precedent. Transforming this from an interesting legal debate vs a historical footnote.
This is certainly not going to be a boring news day.
The ease with which the White House obtained the documents demonstrates the rank idiocy of the mainstream media, which has been feeding us a steady stream of excuses as to why Obama could not obtain the document.
It’s dumb that Obama had to go to extraordinary lengths to release his long-form birth certificate, but hilarious because it now shows that the leading presidential candidate of the Republican party has gotten to his position on what is an even now more thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory.
That first sentence is very true, but not for the reason Oliver thinks.
So the “long form” — which supposedly cannot possibly be obtained by the President, because Hawaii supposedly never ever ever ever releases it (at least according to those who have confidently told me this) — has been released. [UPDATE: But see my UPDATE x2. I don’t think it actually has been. At least, I’m not sure.]
And it is certified, which Hawaii supposedly cannot possibly ever ever ever do (according to the same people).
Looks like those of us who said the President had the ability to do this were right.
Now the question becomes: why didn’t the President do this long ago? In our most recent thread, we debated this. After all, he was being sued and spending campaign money to defend those lawsuits. Why not get the original evidence? Hawaii law allowed it. Was he hiding something? Or just arrogant?
I see nothing startling on the certificate, so I am going with the “arrogance” explanation.
the release of the certificate will be a good, temporary bump for Obama. He gets to seem above the silliness. But in the longer term Obama is at a disadvantage. Now perhaps people will focus on his misguided policies and wrongheaded politics instead of the place of his birth. Yes, Obama took a major distraction off the table. Unfortunately for the president, the distraction had been a big help to him.
As for Trump, he might have lost his calling card issue but he’s still a sideshow and the media will still cover him. Does he have a chance at being our next president? Of course not. But his ability to get our president to cower and give in makes him a winner today.
Remember when I asked Trump in my interview last week if he would release his tax returns? This is what he said:
“Maybe I’m going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate. I may tie my tax returns,” Trump told me. “I’d love to give my tax returns. I may tie my tax returns into Obama’s birth certificate.”
TRUMP 1, OBAMA 0: So I was at the gym when they finally caved and released the birth certificate – and on both the Fox and the CNN monitors I saw Donald Trump, who quickly started talking about . . . gasoline prices. See, he knows how to keep the pressure on.
I’d say, the reason Obama did not release the long-form birth certificate before is that he thought it was to his advantage to allow other people to look bad or crazy in one way or another by going on in the birtherist mode. But there was a tipping point, as Trump got traction and polls showed huge numbers of American’s entertaining doubts. So, it was all political strategy.
One of the questions that was asked at the time of the Democratic Revolt in Wisconsin was why are the left and the Unions going all in? After all Wisconsin is a traditionally blue state and if the Republicans went too far wouldn’t Democrats be swept back into power and easily roll back any “extreme” changes?
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.
This is all the more amazing when you consider that there only 32 republicans vs 128 democrats. (In the Senate the spread is 36-4).
Last year the Democrats and the Unions were terrified by this election, they went all out, used every bit of muscle and political power they had to preserve their power. The public unions were out in force (by an odd coincidence schools in most towns were closed due to a “development day”. The Democrats managed to hold the red tide back They kept every statewide office and only lost about a dozen house seats (yes that 32 is after a big win for the GOP).
Yet less than six months later, the fiscal realities are coming home, and state legislators in Massachusetts seeing that the tactics of the left and the Unions in Wisconsin could not only stop Scott Walker but were not even powerful enough to win a Supreme Court Seat felt bold enough to make these changes. This unmasked the reality of the Union’s declining power, ineffective tactics and scant public support.
The question remains if these changes are enough or if they are cosmetic. (I can’t imagine the House taking such a vote without knowing the Senate would back them up) but there is no question that if the Unions are no longer strong enough to make Democrats in Massachusetts toe the line, their relevance in states any less blue is on the way out.
Yet another message that will likely be ignored by the increasingly irrelevant MSM:
At this point, to avoid further mission creep and involvement in a third war – one we certainly can’t afford – you need to step up and justify our Libyan involvement, or Americans are going to demand you pull out. Simply put, what are we doing there? You’ve put us in a strategic no man’s land. If Gaddafi’s got to go, then tell NATO our continued participation hinges on this: We strike hard and Gaddafi will be gone. If, as you and your spokesmen suggest, we’re not to tell Libya what to do when it comes to that country’s leadership, and if you can’t explain to Americans why we’re willing to protect Libyan resources and civilians but not Syria’s, Yemen’s, Bahrain’s, Egypt’s, Israel’s, etc., then there is no justification for U.S. human and fiscal resources to be spent.
She also schools him on what a leader does:
Mr. President, your hesitation and vacillation in the Middle East breed uncertainty. It’s symptomatic of the puzzling way you govern. See, uncertainty is one of the factors over which you have control, and I would think you’d want to eliminate that additional element that helps breed problems like higher oil prices. Higher oil means exorbitant gas prices weighing down our economy. Consistency and strength – and greater domestic energy production – will help fix higher gas prices and help heal the economy. But only with leadership. These sorts of problems don’t fix themselves.
It’s unbelievable to me that you spent last week in campaign mode, gallivanting around the country to start raising the billion dollars for your reelection bid that is still 19 months away “while Rome burns.”
I’ll say it again. If Palin was president in Feb we would now be debating what to do about a post Gaddafi Libya instead of wondering what do to next, and consider. If a president Palin took decisive action on Libya in Feb would we be reading about folks shot in the streets of Syriatoday?
It’s Tuesday morning, fell asleep on the couch so it’s time to clear the mind with an assorted everything post.
Watching Morning Joe, I notice that Barney Frank is on in a few minutes. I find that odd. Right now democrats in the House have almost no power, I don’t remember Republican congressmen as prominent guests when they had no power, but I just woke up, could be wrong. The MSM always treats democrats as if their in power even when they aren’t.
Saw another of those stupid “Lean Forward” bits, this one with Lawrence O’Donnell it was all on “Immigration”. The amazing thing is the falseness of the argument, it’s always “immigration” which people support, but not “illegal immigration”. which is opposed bitterly. It’s like saying talking about the Mafia as a means of job creation.
Speaking of Mafia, not so old joke. Poet says “Good fences makes good neighbors”, Sicilian neighbor answers “Yeah he got me a flat screen really cheap!”
You know we Italians/Sicilian never minded people thinking we are all gangsters, I’ve talked about it to folks and always get two reactions. #1 “Who cares what a bunch of “Scrano” think?” and “Good, that means they won’t mess with us.”
My full-blooded Sicilian mother still tells the story about her going to get gas and the attendant asking if she was Sicilian and if she could get them in the family.
That’s why Sicilians hate Jersey Shore, in one generation it makes people laugh at us.
Haley Barbour is out of the race, and the talk is all “optics”. How poorly does it reflect on us that one of the most qualified candidates is excluded because of a false argument that everyone knows is false but will pay up?
Only a beltway insider can think that Mitch Daniels has a chance at the nomination….
Or John Huntsman
I think I am going to spend one day next week at a gas station interviewing people filling up, Do that for a day and tell me Barack Obama is going to be re-elected.
Or maybe I’ll do that at the Mall too.
The Red Sox turnaround reminds us that Baseball is a 162 game season.
Fenway park is an amazing place to watch Baseball but McCoy stadium has got to be a close second.
I have absolutely no interest in the Royal wedding. I’m with John Cleese, I think England has become less and less the England that I always admired from afar.
I hope I’m wrong but I suspect when Queen Elizabeth II dies England will die with her.
Ok one think I like about the Royal wedding, Obama wasn’t invited.
Yesterday I was going door to door and met a man in a specialty insurance business who is a big liberal, we had a great conversation and hope to have lunch together sometime this week or next. Seems like a great guy, likely wrong on a lot of issues.
I think too many people conflate being wrong with being nasty or evil, there is a big difference there.
On Twitter yesterday someone was promoting the Dr. Who Episode “Blink” as one of the best pieces of TV they every saw. It was.
Unfortunately it looks like the plot of “Blink” is the entire template for Steven Moffett. Every story is a temporal paradox where the Doctor knows the answer not because is he smart, but because he already did it or told himself. It gets old after a while.
Still liked “The impossible Astronaut”.
When I started to write yesterday’s Palin piece I didn’t intend it to end as it did, but the more I went through the history, the more I saw. Palin is a woman of action, a problem solver and most important a mother of five. She’s see the mess that we are in and won’t sit back unless she is sure it will get cleaned.
That is why the establishment fears her, they suspect she would clean it.
It never ceases to Amaze me why some people still consider the left as tolerant when the factssuggestotherwise.
Looking at the lawyers running for the hills on DOMA I’m reminded when everybody told us that there was absolutely no need for a constitutional amendment defending marriage. Anyone who believed that was being played for a chump.
Glenn Reynolds make an important point yesterday. “Just remember: King & Spalding is now responsible for the views of any client it chooses to represent, now that it’s clear they’re being vetted for political correctness.”
The amount of dishonorable decisions being made by this White House and their supports is astounding.
I give the American People a pass for electing the president the last time, anyone can fall for something once, if they do it again after all that has happened then I won’t.
Of course they won’t care because the administration won’t either.
As I went out to do my door to door for the radio show I went to get gas at the lowest price station in town and paid $3.829 per gallon, almost 60 cents more than just a month or two ago.
I took the liberty of talking to other people there as we filled. One on a fixed income who can’t afford what he is paying, another a white-collar worker shaking his head saying we just have to take it, and a third a blue-collar employee whose boss can’t afford a pay raise or even the regular hourly rate for his job as he copes with the higher priced gas. All agree we are near or at the breaking point.
And here in Fitchburg Gas prices are lower than most of the state and much of the country. If people are saying this about gas at $3.820 what will they be saying when it reaches $4, $5?
Anything who thinks President Obama will get re-elected with gas prices in their current state is out of their mind.
Update 2: Chris is talking trends, let’s remind Chris what caused that trend to be bucked:
See that big peak in the middle? That was the last oil spike, in the summer of 2008. Notice how the price hit a high point, then fell off a cliff afterwards?
The day corresponding to that peak, an all-time high of $145.16/barrel, was July 14, 2008. By some strange coincidence, that was the very same day then-President George W. Bush lifted, by executive order, a federal ban on offshore oil drilling.
Bush’s order was, of course, immediately dismissed by the “experts.” Reuters waved away the action as “a largely symbolic move unlikely to have any short-term impact on high gasoline costs.” Barack Obama’s campaign lectured that if “offshore drilling would provide short-term relief at the pump or a long-term strategy for energy independence, it would be worthy of our consideration, regardless of the risks. But most experts, even within the Bush administration, concede it would do neither.”
Yet the end result was surprise surprise:
For commodities traders who’d been pricing oil based on a supposition of scarcity, the potential for millions of additional barrels on the market hit like a thunderbolt. The simple act of putting America’s resources on the table popped the oil bubble, and a stunning price drop followed in short order. By election day, November 4, the price of a barrel of crude had plummeted to $70.84 — a 51% decrease in less than five months.
Bush executive order was officially reversed on February 8, 2011.
The price of crude that day was $85.85. By April 19, it had risen to $107.18, with no end in sight.
Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people.
…this was when the Rebels were still closing on Tripoli. In March I make the following prediction:
The person here to watch is Sarah Palin. If she makes pronouncements concerning the rights and the protection of the Libyan people and they catch on, watch the White House react so the president doesn’t appear to be less of a leader than the former governor who is supposed to be not a serious political threat.
For years, states rich with an abundance of oil and natural gas have been begging Washington, DC politicians for the right to develop their own natural resources on federal lands and off shore. Such development would mean good paying jobs here in the United States (with health benefits) and the resulting royalties and taxes would provide money for federal coffers that would potentially off-set the need for higher income taxes, reduce the federal debt and deficits, or even help fund a trillion dollar health care plan if one were so inclined to support such a plan.
So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That’s all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.
Sounds pretty topical, When did Palin say this? AUGUST OF 2009 when gas was still in the low $2 per gallon. Bloggers covered it. The MSM didn’t. Where would gas prices and the economy be today if the MSM reported this and the president listened to her 2 years ago?
Palin however along with Rush Limbaugh choose to stand and fight, and through 2009 fought nearly alone. Without that willingness throughout 2009 there is no huge republican majority in the House this year. She held the line while you (Joe Scarborough) counseled retreat, that’s what a leader does
As I said to a friend and colleague tonight, wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.
Sarah Palin rides to the sound of the guns. It was a chilly, wet and blustery afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin — one more appropriate for a late-season Packers game than a springtime political rally. The stirring NFL Films theme, “The Classic Battle,” would’ve been a more apt musical choice than Van Halen’s “Right Now” to accompany Palin as she entered the stage outside the state capital building to address thousands of Tea Party members, along with a good number of extremely hostile, expletive-hurling government union rowdies.
So MSM, keep obsessing over the shiny new Trump toy if you must. But better keep an eye on a certain sharpshooting, grizzly mama. She’s back.
James writes for Reuters so 10 out of 10 for noticing but that last line is wrong, she isn’t back, she was never gone, you just didn’t deign to notice her.
Places like Iraq, Syria, or Saudi Arabia spend a lot of time telling their citizens that everyone feels a particular way, and punishing those who dare to differ, which has the effect of encouraging people to falsify their preferences. But who knows? Given the right trigger, those brittle authoritarian regimes might collapse overnight
How often does the MSM dismiss those who disagree with their template? There is a reason why Rush Limbaugh refers to the MSM as the State run media
the Sun again:
It will be something to watch for in his first big press conference Wednesday. No doubt it will be one of the most crowded press conferences in recent memory, and there will be lots to ask about. But one of the questions will be how in tarnation Mrs. Palin figured it out so far ahead of everyone else.
Let’s bottom line it: Sarah Palin is a leader, the current occupant of the White House is not. Trump talk and current Polls not withstanding I’m going to make the following prediction conventional wisdom not withstanding:
Sarah Palin is going to run for president in 2012. And she is going to win!
Update:Hotair sees The Sun but not the light beyond it…yet
There are a lot of Amazing things about the #Trigscrew stuff on Twitter. The most amazing thing is the absolute panicked reaction of the left on it.
The sheer desperation and need to try to counter a twitter group that is less than a week old is absolutely amazing.
Here are just a few Easter Tweets from the anti-trigscrew crowd:
Turtles tears re-defines pro-life and accuses Palin of reckless endangerment
You Have Dusty accusing Palin or Murder
And the incomparable inmylife4747 has a two-fer
Palin doesn’t love Trig
and tries to kill him.
Meanwhile lets contrast that with Sarah Palin Easter Message on on Facebook:
Which set of messages do you think the General public would respond positively to?
Some suggest these guys should be blocked by Trigscrew members; I disagree. I think, like the Wonkette article this type of stuff shows the left for what they actually are. The more that is done, the more they lose.
Exit question: Presuming that the Soros left isn’t paying these guys to do this consider: How obsessed with Sarah Palin and how scared of Trigscrew do people have to be to spend their Easter doing their best to counter a Twitter hash tag?
I really hope, for their sake someone is paying them.
Update: Here is one more screen shot to add to the collection
What an incredible Easter Parade!
Update 2: and another classic
And remember this is supposed to make people believe they are right.
Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.
But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.
One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: “You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning.”
The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: “Bring me that thing.”
Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald’s but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.
One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: “He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn’t dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a ‘b***h’. I heard them laughing afterwards as well.”
There was a time in England where Mr. Mitchell might have had a pistol of his own but in England he has been disarmed that allowing him to be in the words of the article the “bitch” of the men who were less worried about legalities.
He said: “There were disadvantages to the old culture, it was a bit stuffy and it was more sexist and more racist. But it was an educated and middle-class culture. Now it’s a yob culture. The values are so strange.”
He added that he preferred living in Bath to London because the capital no longer felt “English”.
“London is no longer an English city which is why I love Bath,”
“He” is John Cleese, the great comedian and strong financial supporter of liberals in England. And it was the pols he supported that brought about the cultural change that turned London into a city no longer English. Lucky for Cleese despite an insane divorce settlement he can afford to live somewhere else to escape it, leaving men like Mr. Mitchel to live with the consequences.
In yesterday’s Dr. who episode The Impossible Astronaut (very good BTW) The doctor is in the oval office surrounded by security with guns. The Doctor suggests they won’t shoot and River Song runs out of the TARDIS to intervene shouting “They’re Americans”! That might be a good joke in England but I suspect Mr. Mitchel and company and his neighbor who lives in fear are not laughing.
Never forget England you did this to yourself. You became more vulnerable. Nobody made you do this. You threw away the greatest culture in history so you could feel better about yourselves to the point where parts of London are under defacto Sharia Law.
Free societies get the society they choose, to paraphrase Mark Steyn when your country chooses to be more outraged by an armed citizenry than an armed assailant then all that can be said is: May you be happy with your choice and may others learn from it.
Saturday April 23rd on DaTechGuy on DaRadio my guest is John Nolte Editor in Chief of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood and contributor to Andrew’s other sites such as Big Journalism.
We will be talking the Wonkettemess, #trigscrew and the media’s reaction (or non-reaction) to that and the Palin speech.
As always you can listen to us live at the WCRN website, and we welcome your calls at 508-438-0965
and remember you can e-mail your comments to the show here
And remember we have the Wesley and Weston report at 6 a.m. Conservatively speaking at 7 a.m. and Carol Ann Brown at 9 and the now resurgent Red Sox with the pregame starting at 8 p.m. so keep that dial right on WCRN all day Saturday.
Oh and don’t forget Next week Join me at Linguini’s Italian Eatery at 1 p.m for a post show lunch and round table featuring YOU.
Update: BTW if you aren’t familiar with the Trig story check out this great piece by Susannah Fleetwood who NAILS it:
Every liberal entertainer, professor and pundit that most liberals respect call Republicans “teabaggers” and “racists”, say horrific things about Sarah Palin, and even spread internet rumors about her son not being hers, or her husband sleeping with her daughter (and yes, Andrew Sullivan and Bill Maher are both mainstream liberal figures–they are not the fringe). Therefore, many of them don’t know anybody who thinks that this is unacceptable behavior, so they assume that “everyone is doing it” or would approve of it.
I go to confession because I understand that I have failed in following Christ’s lead. But I also go because I want to be challenged about it. I don’t want to hear “well, everyone gets mad, sometimes but you’re still a good person. It’s not like you killed someone, or anything…” because in truth, it’s not alright to give anger an opening, I’m not a “good person” and it is exactly like I killed someone.
Often when we feel bad about our own behavior — when the healthy conscience awakens and starts kicking for attention — that’s the comforting blanket of moral anesthesia we use to put it back to sleep: “it’s not like you killed someone; it’s not like you blew up a bridge,” as though only the most demonstrably and destructively malevolent actions can have meaningful impact on the soul or society. We lull ourselves back to into numbness and do not notice the accumulated effect all of our unrepented little “mistakes” — how they have helped tumble our world away from those old cornball ideas of mannerly social interaction, and toward the valley of hipster ironic sarcasm; away from respect for the opinion of others, into flamewars and political down-shouting; away from commitments and values which might cost us something, toward an illusory “freedom” that costs us everything.
It reminds me of the standard comeback of Non-Catholics or lapsed Catholics throw concerning scandal when challenged on any issue of morality, as if it absolved them from any person responsibility on anything.
It is vital to remember that small sins, are well, sins and even if not mortal have the same general effect, as Lewis reminds us:
You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Now I’ve found Elizabeth a very holy woman she would doubtless disagree because she is conscious of her sins. I find that same with myself as the Psalm says:
Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3-5
As long as I kept silent, my bones wasted away; I groaned all the day. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength withered as in dry summer heat. Then I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,” and you took away the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5
To some the sins Elisabeth confessed might seem trivial, to still others they might not consider them sins at all but I know my own sins are heavy on myself and are an enduring challenge and struggle and to Elizabeth they are likely the same.
Remember un-confessed sin is like a room where you leave something meaning to pick it up later. Before you know it the room is filthy and it seems impossible to clean. Remember Christ has provided the cleaner on the Cross and the Church has provided the mop by the confessional. All we have to do is use them.
Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust was in the process of selling her house to a key figure in the disputed 6th Worcester District election during the same time period she testified twice under oath that she did not know the man.
Run that through your head a second, the Southbridge Town Clerk, the person who makes sure elections are honest, testifies under oath, not once but twice. that she doesn’t know the man claiming to have been “disenfranchised” when she’s selling her house to him?
How do you get to such a point? Easy, you have an election where every state office is returned to the one party state. She is not afraid of the Attorney General, She is not afraid of the Secretary of State, she certainly isn’t afraid of the state Legislature. As the Telegram is a paper that leans left she likely didn’t fear them either. Lucky for us they are honest.
Corruption thrives when people are not afraid of the law or it being enforced. In Southbridge the Democratic machine is not afraid of the law, of the state and are certainly not afraid of the voters.
Now the question becomes what will the judge do? Will he throw out the previous ruling and declare Durant the winner? Will he cite the clerk and claim it’s too late to change things” 3 weeks before the re-election. My guess is the latter.
Who is to blame for this? It’s us, the Voters. The voters of Southbridge voted for their city government, the voters of the district for sending Alicea to the General court and the voters of Massachusetts sending the same tired crew back as Governor, Attorney General, and Sec of State year after year. We had our best chance to change things last time and we did not.
And it will be up to us the voters again. Until and unless we demand a change we won’t get one.
Or to put it another way, we always get the government we deserve. We will shortly find out what we deserve.
Update: A classic bit, The telegram asked Ms. Daoset why she didn’t tell the court that Mr. Miranda was buying her house her answer was: “They didn’t ask” saying you don’t volunteer information that’s court 101.
Now I’m Sicilian and maybe that is the answer I might expect to hear from people in certain family businesses, but if you are the City Clerk I would have thought that the court and the city would not have to pull answers out of you concerning clean elections.
That seems to be the liberal view of the black and minority community, at least when the subject of the indordinate number of abortions in the black community are discussed or challenged. Sister ToldJah examines why liberals believe planned parenthood is so desperately needed in the black community.
let’s just assume for purposes of discussion that pro-life groups did believe black women have been “bamboozled” by PP. Is that any worse than the apparent assumption by apologist pro-aborts that poor black women, in a nutshell, don’t know how babies are made? I mean, if they don’t have access to “quality” sex education nor “quality” health care (neither of which are true, btw), I guess they really don’t understand that when a man and a woman have unprotected sex that the woman is going to get pregnant? Seriously? Is this also true for the poor black (and white, for that matter) women who already have one baby or more? Wonder how pro-aborts try to explain this one away, especially considering that according to the Planned Parenthood-affiliated Guttmacher site – page 12, the majority of abortions (6 out of 10 – page 28) that happen in this country are had by women who’ve already had one baby or more. Not only that, but – again according to Guttmacher – 58% of abortions are had by women over 20, and 17% are aged 15-19. Needless to say, these are the ages where women well-know what the consequences of casual sex are.
Read the entire post, there is nothing so jaw dropping as the patronizing racism of the modern liberal.
One of the great myths of the pro-abortion movement is how much it cares for the minority community, the reality is it generates its paychecks from preying on those communities and taking government subsidies to do so.
If the Klan of the 1870’s knew the results of modern abortionists in the black community, they would have retired their crosses and sheets and replaced them with clinics back when Custer still had his hair.
There are several things that went missing while I did some laundry at the Wonkette page.
If you go to the main page and scroll down you will see this:
Now you might not be able to make out that screen shot so I’ll zoom in on the right corner:
It lists the most popular viewed post, I think it is no surprise which post that would be. However if you click on that link:
Presto it is gone.
You can expect the “most popular” link to disappear shortly as well, but one more interesting thing is already missing. Last night there was a top banner ad that rotated with many different national advertisers. That banner ad is now gone.
Oh BTW now that people can’t actually see the post, you may find that the MSM decide it’s now safe for them to report on it since.
1. The damage to Wonkette’s advertising is already done so withholding coverage doesn’t protect their bottom line.
2. If a person goes to the site they can’t find the actual article so the damage to the left is decreased.
Oh BTW just to be clear: Wonkette had a first amendment right to put up the piece, the members of #trigscrew had the first amendment right to complain to advertisers, the advertisers had the 1st amendment right to not support speech that hurt their business, Wonkette has the right to boycott of Papa Johns, and we have the right to laugh hysterically at them trying that.
Update: Took less than an hour:
and it its place when you click on the link (which still shows the same title) it goes to the following statement:
A post on this page satirizing Sarah Palin using her baby as a political prop was very badly done and sounded like the author was mocking the child and not just Sarah Palin/Sarah Palin’s followers.
The writer, Jack Stuef, has apologized for it. And we have decided to remove the post as requested by some people who have nothing to do with Sarah Palin, but who do have an interest in the cause of special needs children. We apologize for the poor comedic judgment.
It’s proper form to accept people’s word when it is given, but I suspect that their sorrow reflects their regret of their poor economic judgment more than their comedic judgment.
Join me directly after our April 30th show at 1 p.m. (Kerry Picket is scheduled) for some food, drink and discussion of the weeks issues at linguine’s Italian Eatery 350 Boston Post road in Marlborough Mass.
Bring an appetite for good news along with an appetite for the news of the day because linguine’s menu of Italian Dishes, seafood, and Pizza and subs will certainly be able to fill it.
Bring a friend and we’ll share good food and good talk. You can find directions here.
And hey, bring a liberal too, good food and civil discussion know no ideological boundaries.