The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

Mike Rogers Granite Grok

John Adams: Mark me, Franklin… if we give in on this issue, posterity will never forgive us.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: That’s probably true, but we won’t hear a thing, we’ll be long gone. Besides, what would posterity think we were? Demi-gods? We’re men, no more no less, trying to get a nation started against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed. First things first, John. Independence; America. If we don’t secure that, what difference will the rest make?

1776 (1972)

Ann Coulter appeared on Sean Hannity and delivered a stunning rebuke to the Senate Conservative’s Fund calling them “Shysters” who are getting rich off the Tea Party movement railed against primaries vs sitting GOP Senators and put notice that job #1 is winning the Senate period!

Ann is right that the reason the media leaves groups like the Senate Conservative Fund because they are going after republicans but she also forgets that if we followed her advice we would have Senator Charlie Crist in Florida today rather than Marco Rubio

That there are people who are out to make a buck off the Tea Party is undeniable. It’s also undeniable that there are plenty of people doing the same off the establishment, particularly the consultant class. Her words brought to mind Tim Imholt’s piece of yesterday concerning EBT

It’s all about the money, and staying in office. Solving this problem means some folks have to go raise money with other ideas, of which they have none. Don’t let most of them fool you; they only care about your check clearing.

I think the problem are not primary races, as an opponent of Amnesty she should know that it is only the threat of such races that restrained the house from passing such a bill, the problem is what happens afterward.

Once a primary is over the choice becomes not between the most desirable republican but the most desirable candidate republican or democrat and both the “establishment” and “tea party” wings are guilty of forgetting this.

The Establishment has been quite happy to abandon Tea Party GOP candidates when they win nominations or even attack them. Many sore loser establishment types cost the GOP in 2012 & beyond. There are Democrat governors and senators sitting today because of this, most recently in Virginia.

On the other hand there are Tea Party Types who have voted with their rear ends sitting out elections because a GOP candidate is not conservative enough. The GOP would hold a senate seat in Massachusetts today if only 60% of the Scott Brown and that’s not even bringing up Mitt Romney in 2012

That’s where Ann nails it, you have to win elections and if the choice is the 60% republican who can give you the majority or a 95% Democrat who will give the majority to Harry Reid, that’s an easy choice to make.

While I’m not sure Thomas Sowell’s Dunkirk analogy applies (after all Ted Cruz’s move forced every DEMOCRAT to vote for the debt ceiling increase) one must unite when the battle is on.

Once the primary season is over Ted Cruz is no more likely to support Grimes in KY (If McConnell wins the election) that Patton was likely to disband his army because he disagreed with Bradley on operation Market Garden, but that has to work in both directions.

I am totally in favor of challenging the “establishment” GOP in primaries when the candidates forget who they are working for and I have not been shy about pushing candidates I like such as Dwayne Stovall.  A robust primary keeps a candidate honest.

But I also recognize that once a primary is over the choice is between the Republican and the Democrat and the choice becomes pretty clear.

If you are an establishment Republican who sat things out in NV or VA I blame you for Harry Reid & Terry MacAuliffe but if you are a Tea Party guy who sat out 2012 over Mitt Romney I blame you for Barack Obama.

When the primary season is done I am going to support every single GOP candidate running for Senate and I suggest that every Tea Party & “Establishment” republicans do the same.

Because if you don’t and we still have a Democrat Senate in 2015.  If will be your fault, period!  Plenty of time to have  those fights and/or take action come late November & early December.

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Leslie Winkle: Listen, neither of us are neuroscientists, but we both understand the biochemistry of sex. I mean, dopamine in our brains is released across synapses, causing pleasure. You stick electrodes in a rat’s brain, give him an orgasm button, he’ll push that thing until he starves to death.
Leonard Hoffstadter : Well, who wouldn’t?

The Big Bang Theory, The Hamburger Postulate 2007

Pastor Rick Warren:  I’m naturally inclined to have sex with every beautiful women I see  but that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.  And why should I rein in my natural impulses?

The Today Show 2008

Ann Coulter is a person who has a knack for the provocative wit and her latest titled The Anus Monologues on the Duck Dynasty business has plenty.  In terms of wit my favorite line is this:

Unable to comment on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy last week due to my hectic Kwanzaa schedule, I am able to sweep in at the end and comment on the commentary.

Seriously did anyone actually say the word “Kwanzaa” in 2013?  If it wasn’t for the fact that Fitchburg State University has a series of grounded billboard signs on main street celebrating the “Holiday Season” that included on that says “Happy Kwanzaa” I wouldn’t have seen the word at all.

But while Coulter’s piece had many good points there was a very important sentence in the piece,  a sentence that in terms of the article was so unimportant that it was put in parentheses but is really the basis of the nature of Religion and its importance.  On this 12th day of Christmas it is the perfect closing thought to the season:  (emphasis mine)

liberals can’t grasp that God is not our imaginary friend, who says whatever we want Him to say, when we want Him to say it. (I promise you, except for venereal disease and eternal damnation, life would be a lot more fun if we were making it up as we went along.)

That’s one of the basic facts of Christianity, Sin is general…is Fun and Christianity is counter-intuitive.

Who wouldn’t want to eat what and all they want, do what they want, sleeping around with anyone willing, having the stuff you want and have it be better than the next guy all, venting at people who piss you off while having every realize how great you are? All without consequence.

It sounds great until you actually put it into practice.

Think about a teenager, given the chance a kid will:

1.  Thinks they are the center of the universe (Pride)
2.  Wants everything for themselves  (Greed)
3. Is Jealous of what other have (Envy)
4. Doesn’t want to clean their room (Sloth)
5. Throws a temper tantrum easy (Wrath)
6. Will eat candy till they burst (gluttony)

7. Ok lust starts slow but once they hit the right age, jumps near the front

Is this what you want your kid to be. What type of person do we get when we specifically avoid this stuff.

1. What happens if we teach our children to act and achieve at an early age instead of self esteem simply due to existence? They learn a sense of achievement and goals.

2. What happens when we teach them restraint, that they can’t have everything? They learn to be grateful for what they have.

3. What happens if we teach them the difference between what is yours and what is someone else? They learn how to be gracious rather than petty.

4. What happens if we teach the value of hard work vs laziness. They become a person of value both to employers and to themselves and achieve

5. What happens when we teach them them to control their tempers? They are able to socially interact and make friends, who will be able to help them in life.

6. What happens when we encourage restraint at the table, a healthy body and a longer life.

7. And what happens when we teach that Sex is for marriage, that if she’s good enough to sleep with she’s good enough to marry? Not only do you learn to respect women, but your children grow up with a mother & father and a family structure that give them the best shot to make it in life. That life is not all about them.

That’s the baby boomers and liberalism in a nutshell. It’s all about me and we need to abandon the foolishness of religion so we can make heaven on earth and do what we like what they don’t seem to understand is the restraint that comes from religion not only protects us from ourselves but also from the arbitrary standards as fads change with the times.

Obeying God law and accepting Christ’s mercy doesn’t just get us to eternal life, it protects us in this one. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the SMART thing to do.

Update:   Fixed a tense issue.


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Mr. Howell: Young man are you accusing a Howell of cheating? I’ll have you know I’m far too wealthy.

Spy Gilligan: To cheat?

Mr. Howell: No, to be accused!

Gilligan’s Island Gilligan vs Gilligan 1966

Talking Points memo is breathlessly reporting the following statement from Ann Coulter

The quote that caused them to embed this video and was this:

“On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they’re so low, and they have no guns,” Coulter told Fox’s Sean Hannity. “If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium.”

Ed Kilgore at Washington Monthly titles his post “Solution is obvious” snarking:

If I didn’t really like the Belgians, I’d suggest that she get herself over there permanently right away. It might be a socialist hell in her eyes, but it would be one where she’d not only be secure, but would not be allowed within 100 yards of a camera.

In the comments at the two sites I see many adjectives describing what Ann said: “Hateful“, “Racist”, “Horrible”, but there are only two adjectives that actually matter concerning her statements:

True or False

Oddly neither TPM nor Washington Monthly bothered to dispute her statement. Perhaps it is presumptions of me to believe so, but if professional journalists from nationally known sites are going to snark over someones remarks one might think they would weigh in concerning: their veracity. Given their scorn for Coulter their failure to do so speaks volumes.

Nevertheless I’m still outraged over Ann’s Comments, not because of what she said but because of the reality they represent.  Just this week a 13-year-old black teen on his way to choir practice in Boston was shot. Nobody demand a march, nobody called for the confiscation of guns over it and no national news network outside of Fox decided the story was newsworthy beyond the city.  I didn’t see any story in Memeorandum for TPM or Washington Monthly to comment on concerning it.

Rather than be upset about Coulter I can’t forget this from afrodaddy:

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.

because this truth outrages me and it should outrage you too!

I submit and suggest until our friends at TPM & Washington Monthly find a way to blame the GOP for the  stats in this chart from the CDC.
they will continue to be less outraged by Black and Hispanic mothers in tears over their dead children then Ann Coulter suggesting it is a problem.

After all why worry about a bunch of dead people’s whose parents will vote for you if you try to save them or no?

While I was lying sick in bed last night the team from Granite Grok provided some excellent coverage of Herman Cain’s event in Manchester NH and notices a very important point:

The volunteers, for the most part, are rather angry – not at Herman but what seems to be the media and the “dirty tricks” that seem to go along with every major campaign. One lady came down from Augusta, ME to be here to show support – her mood was as red as her jacket. Another, a teacher, was also here in support not happy with the current events.

This is actually pretty consistent with what Ann Coulter had to say yesterday:

White’s proof that she had a 13-year affair is that she has two of Cain’s books signed by him — one with the incriminating inscription, “Friends are forever! Everything else is a bonus,” and the other, “Miss G, you have already made a ‘big difference!’ Stay focused as you pursue your next destination.” (I know — filthy!)

If that’s proof of an affair, I’ve had thousands of them without even realizing it.

Also, White produced evidence that Cain had texted or called her cell phone 61 times during four non-consecutive months — but did not reveal what those texts said. (“Would you please return my lawn mower?”)

Again, if that’s proof of an affair, I’m having hundreds of them at this very moment.

This is the sort of evidence you get with an actual sexual predator: Bill Clinton’s accusers had gifts, taped phone conversations with him and a semen-stained dress.

Not a lot of there there, but this seems to be the way the game is played, Kevin Jackson at the Black Sphere rounds it out:

Let this be a warning to all black folks who may seek hire office that only Democrats don’t get vetted. The next black man who runs as a Republican should understand that he will be James Byrded, Rodney Kinged, and ultimately Clarence Thomased. There will be no stone unturned to find the dirt, even if they have to turn over the stone to plant the dirt.

The Grok Team’s video is here

but make sure you click over for the full story.

Erick Erickson is the latest entry in the Sarah Palin angst among some on the right:

To paraphrase Ann, a lot of us fell in love with Sarah Palin because of her enemies and a lot of us have fallen out of love with Sarah Palin because of her fans.

He means Ann Coulter who had similar words.

The Hill found a tea party group unhappy with Palin and ran with it

Wary that some are joining the grassroots conservative movement merely to sell books and enhance their celebrity status, a Tea Party group is putting the heat on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to make her presidential plans clear.

In a Tuesday statement, Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots paints former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the prime example of that kind of behavior.

I’ve never heard of the “armed forces tea party patriots” and I’ll wager you haven’t either, the Hill quoted a press statement because as we know the best way for a republican or a tea party group to get favorable press coverage is to hit a conservative or Sarah Palin. In my experience it’s rather odd for a military group to attack mothers of serving servicemen but lets give that a pass for the moment.

When people as young as Meridith Jessup jumped in Robert Stacy McCain has this to say:

This is where I play the “I’ve got ties older than you, kid”

Dan Riehl also has only snark for those going after Palin noting the MSM doesn’t like Perry either:

Well, I guess the collective wisdom of this sub-set of our illustrious talking heads who so often talk to hear themselves talk thinks we should just go on and nominate Romney, or we don’t stand a chance, right? Funny who some folks choose to call out and who they don’t, don’t ya think? heh!

And at the right scoop this tidbit came out:

Bill Clinton didn’t announce his candidacy until October 3, 1991. Reagan waited until November 11, 1979. We know how those two campaigns worked out. Just a little historical perspective to keep in mind.

Meanwhile while people on the right were busy getting their knickers in a twist Sarah Palin was doing what she does, hitting back against Hoffa for his nonsense:

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

I guess Palin knows Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment better than those on the right. As they complain about her and her supporters, she keeps her cool (as usual) and keeps fighting the left as she did when nobody else was willing.

She is plaything the Mohicans to her critics and rivals Major Heyward:

I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run.

Be honest, in a fight who would you like to have your back more than Palin? Who has been more vetted? Who else do you know will not run when confronted by the left’s smear machine?

Ya wanna know what the real problem is: now that we are in a 24/7 Cable News Cycle the demand for everything NOW has infected many on the right and six months has become a cultural eternity for people. Add to that a collection of GOP political campaigns that all want a piece of Palin’s supporters and their campaign money, and presto you have angst from the right that the MSM can gleefully tout.

Let’s face it, all the hand wringing everyone doing is going to mean absolutely nothing in six months.

Until Sarah Palin announces, she’s not running, and if and when she does she is. Till then stop worrying about it.

Any questions?

…when she can write stuff like this:

(6) Are gay rights part and parcel with basic conservatism? If so, why are so many elected Republicans so skittish/unsupportive about the subject? If not, tell me why.

No, we don’t generally care for identity politics of any sort, much less hearing about people’s sex lives, even Nino Scalia’s. (And judging by the number of children he has, it’s pretty active.) Conservatives believe in individual rights, low tax rates, fighting terrorism and punishing criminals — so do gays! They also happen to believe Judy Garland was the most underappreciated and misunderstood person in the history of show business. I don’t think most gays care about gay marriage; they like going to the gay marriage meeting because it’s a good way to meet other gays.

I wish I wrote that

Paul Walderman in his quest to find something positive for the left to write about; discovers what he thinks is a gem on Ann Coulter:

Remember Ann Coulter? Seems like just yesterday she was Queen of the Right, the whole political world hanging on her every bile-laced tirade. Yet she’s all but disappeared.

Not that she isn’t trying. She’s still got her weekly column over at Human Events (latest entry: “Alvin Greene: The Most Qualified Democrat I Have Ever Seen” – Har har!). She still makes regular appearances on Fox, showing up to gab with Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. But she seems to have completely lost her ability to move from the right-wing outlets into the mainstream discussion.

This is an excellent example of what is called “projection”. For the left it is always about personal relevance. Am I on the front pages, do I get enough attention, can I get instalanched?

As Walderman notes, but dismisses, Ann is a regular columnist, and has regular TV appearances. He doesn’t mention that she also regularly makes the NYT best seller list whenever she writes a book and still packs anyplace where she speaks.

In other words she is doing just fine and doesn’t need the validation of a dying Mainstream Media to make herself important. She has a comfortable life and will continue to have one.

More importantly to her, her philosophy is winning in the arena of ideas these days. I suspect she will trade that for an extra appearance on the View or one more time a month on Joy Behar’s show any day.

Perhaps she is confusing Miss Coulter with another blondish lady who although holding titular power is striving to be relevant:

When you can’t find good news about your own side, I guess you have to take your crumbs where you can.

…but stories like this remind me why you couldn’t pay me to live there:

“The University of Ottawa is really easy to get into, isn’t it?” she said in an interview after the cancelled event. “I never get any trouble at the Ivy League schools. It’s always the bush league schools.”

Coulter said she has been speaking regularly at university campuses for a decade. While she has certainly been heckled, she said this is the first time an engagement has been cancelled because of protesters.

“This has never, ever, ever happened before — even at the stupidest American university,”

There are quite a few American universities that might be jealous, shame about that pesky first amendment isn’t it? Smitty comments:

Mark Steyn will no doubt have something blistering on this one, but Canada, you really have wet yourself. Your osteoporosis has reached a point where a woman with long hair and pointed remarks cannot offer them without you fearing for ’safety’. For crying out loud in the dark, I hope all honest Canucks, who can remember a time before the last hair was shaved off their public bottom in the name of some bogus ‘empathy’ god, just come South of the border right now.

Over at Atlas Pam is her normal quiet self:

These same savages welcome the most hate speech sponsors with open arms and open legs, but truth is verboten….
…They welcome Israel Apartheid Week and its accompanying violence. They welcome Robert Fisk. They welcome George Galloway, today’s Oswald Mosley….no protest except when he was barred from Canada by the Feds for supporting Hamas…..he is a hero of free speech……

They embrace inciter to genocide, George Galloway.

They employ a Muslim terrorist wanted in France for blowing up a synagogue.

Don’t be shy Pam, tell us how you really feel.

Canadians, if you aren’t embarrassed you ought to be. If you are embarrassed but aren’t going to do anything about it then you ought to consider Smitty’s suggestion above. Oh and he’s right about Steyn:

This is the pitiful state one of the oldest free societies on the planet has been reduced to, and this is why our free speech campaign matters – because those who preside over what should be arenas of honest debate and open inquiry instead wish to imprison public discourse within ever narrower bounds – and in this case aren’t above threatening legal action against those who dissent from the orthodoxies. Lots of Americans loathe Ann Coulter but it takes a Canadian like François Houle to criminalize her. The strictures he attempts to place around her, despite his appeal to “Canadian law”, are at odds with the eight centuries of Canada’s legal inheritance.

It’s not a coincidence that Mark is typing this from the US, Ann again.

I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.

I feel bad for those Canadian vets at Normandy who game their lives for this. I suspect they would be asking someone to explain how it came to pass that the only person with balls in Canada is an American woman?

UPDATE: At 12:16 A.M. Glenn Reynolds linked to a poll at CBC news on if Ann’s speech. As of 5:35 a.m. the poll is inaccessible. I wonder why? Perhaps they don’t like the results.

Update 2: Alinsky when he was not clogging restrooms suggested people use their own rules against them. Ann obliges.

The “[i]nflammatory right-wing pundit” spoke at the University of Western Ontario yesterday. In a move that has to be tongue-in-cheek, Coulter said she will file a human rights complaint alleging that University of Ottawa vice-president academic and provost Francois Houle’s e-mail to her constituted “hate speech.”

I hope it is not tongue-in-cheek I say use their own courts against them. Make them defend their rules and spend their money to do it.

So lets take another trip around that wonderful place that is my blogroll:

At the Hermeneutic of Continuity Fr finds a wonderful thing, a balanced story about the Pope:

It is by no means a hagiography and I wouldn’t agree with everything he says, but it is a relief to read something from a commenter in the secular press who knows what he is talking about. John Hooper has done us a service with this objective appraisal which is a welcome contrast to the Catholic baiting of the Times.

The article in question is here.

You know for the first time ever I actually fell asleep at the keyboard in mid post so I’m continuing this post 6 hours later…

Over at Robert Stacy’s he reports on Ann Coulter’s First amendment demonstration for our Canadian neighbors.

Assuming that Dudley Do Right doesn’t catch her first, tonight Ann speaks at the People’s Republic of Ottawa. Should she escape from that Stalinist gulag, on Thursday she will speak in Calgary, and then return to America to hang out with me at Saturday’s Vegas Tea Party.

Between the time I started this post last night and now (4:53 A.M) Dudley do Right and co demonstrated why our Canadian friends today would no longer be trusted with a beach at Normandy.

Meanwhile it’s a good thing we have Tim Blair to take a closer look at environmental law in the Illinois:

Wind, solar, burning thousands of tyres … it’s all good:

With just five words quietly slipped into legislation, Illinois lawmakers are moving to include tire burning in the state’s definition of renewable energy, a change that would benefit a south suburban incinerator with a long history of pollution problems.

Hey Illinois? Isn’t that where the president came from. I wonder how many words like these were quietly slipped into the healthcare bill that was just signed?

Next time I’ll try to be more awake when I’m posting.

…than a threat to prosecute you if you say the wrong thing in your country:

I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.

And those free speech absolutists at Think Progress are celebrating in comments.

Now wasn’t the left always telling us George Bush was out to restrict free speech and Hollywood felt so repressed that Sharon Stone blamed Bush for not being able to kiss Halle Berry in Catwoman. I’m sure all those people on the left will complain about Canada doing their best China impersonation.

Anyone, Bueller? Bueller?

Hey none of these guys count. I’m waiting for those champions of free speech on the left.

These people have all the bravery of George Monbiot. Now if she holds a sign like this…

I guarantee our northern friends will leave her alone.

There is a mighty familiar sound to Ann Coulter thoughts (via The Radio Equalizer) on Sarah Palin:

Even though she’s just a state governor, she’s a HUGE national star who is both sought after and attacked as if she is already a president (a Bush, not an Obama). But she basically can’t participate because she’s tethered to the governor’s office up in Alaska. Consequently, she has to fight with one hand tied behind her back and she also can’t go around the country campaigning for candidates and principles she believes in – because she’s governor and would be accused of neglecting the state. (emphasis mine)

Ok hands up all republican congressional candidates who want her to appear with them in their districts.