Sir Robin: Would it help if we ran away more?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

DaTechGuy:  January 19th 2013:

I can see it now. A crazed angry heavily armed guy with a grudge with the IRS overpowers the guard at the ground floor by the elevator, goes inside and gets to the floor where the Social Security & IRS offices are ready to get his name on the national news broadcast. Then the elevator opens he see that big sign with the big red letters and the exclamation point!

Of COURSE he is going to not only instantly think better of it and go home, he’s going to write a short note of apology while the elevator is heading down and leave it on the prone body of the guard that he left behind the desk.

David Burnett from Students for Concealed Carry is quoted at the Huffington Post

“We all want solutions, but Texas already outlaws guns on campus,” Burnett said. “So what are we going to do? Ban them harder? Put up twice as many signs and stickers?”

That’s a really good question and I’d be delighted to hear the answer

Yesterday Steven Taylor asked a question concerning out tit-for-tat after summarizing his point:

Again: am I getting this right?

(And seriously: if I am getting this wrong, tell me how).

I gave him a quick answer in his comments (and it speaks well of him that he allows the debate there), but if I wanted to give the best answer possible it would be this one from Mark Steyn piece the Obama’s dog wars:

My point is that self-loathing cultural relativism is so deeply ingrained on the left that any revulsion to dog-eating is trumped by revulsion to criticizing any of the rich, vibrant, cultural diversity out there in Indonesia or anywhere else. Most polygamy in the developed world is nothing to do with Mormons: It’s widely practiced by western Muslims, whose plural marriages are recognized de facto by French and Ontario welfare departments and de jure by Britain’s pensions department. But “edgy” “transgressive” leftie comics on sad, pandering standup shows will reserve their polygamy jokes for Mormons until the last stern-faced elder in Utah keels over at the age of 112. In the United Kingdom, 57 percent of Pakistani Britons are married to their first cousins, with attendant increases in their children’s congenital birth defects. But the comics save their inbreeding jokes for stump-toothed West Virginians enjoying a jigger of moonshine and a bunk-up with their sisters. The editor of Washington’s leading gay newspaper was gay-bashed in Amsterdam, “the most tolerant city in Europe,” but by Muslims rather than the pasty rednecks who killed Matthew Shepard, so liberals don’t have a dog in this fight. Likewise, the epidemic of black-on-black murder versus the once-in-a-blue-moon Trayvon Martin: to the liberal mindset, certain dogs won’t hunt. In one of his many bestsellers, Ayatollah Khomeini produced a hierarchy of “the uncleans”: Dogs are at Number Six, Infidels are at Number Eight, and Number 11 is “the sweat of an unlawful ejaculation.” In the liberal hierarchy, conservative infidels are at Number One, dogs are somewhere between 8 and 11, and the sweat of an unlawful ejaculation isn’t on the list at all.

One can certainly make the case that the Martin situation deserved a closer look as a liberal friend said to me:

“I sent a text message and served two days in jail; he killed somebody, and up until last week I served more jail time than he did.”

but I submit and suggest that if young Mr. Martin had been killed in a gang shooting, or by a stray shot from a drug deal gone bad or in a terror attack or even if Mr. Zimmerman’s pigmentation leaned more toward his Latino or African ancestry, Al Sharpton would not be marching and the MSM would either have no interest or suggest that we should all avoid a rush to judgement.

That’s the point.

Dana Loesch on CNN 10:30 A.M. today. It is the line of the year.

or to put it another way

Ride Right Through them They’re Demoralized as hell!

Both of those statements need to be repeated whenever possible.

Update: That BTW is in answer to this

Update 2: Let me make this clear, I think Romney is the GOP candidate that has the best chance of being defeated by Obama, even so even if Mitt won’t beat Obama the way New Orleans spanked the Colts yesterday he will still make him a one term president.

I know I already posted this video but this quote by Carl Cameron is going to make it difficult for him to pay for any of his own drinks at any blogger event.

The best journalists are often lawyers, are often doctors dentists and housewives, because they bring a little perspective and a broad sort of spectrum of ideas that gets into the higher end of a story, not that its(journalism) not an excellent pursuit but be broad.

Here is the video his quote and my reaction begin at 1:54

I suspect that this will not please a lot of the elites but I say for this he should be made an honorary blogger.

I left the PC to grill some burgers, dogs and pinwheels from Romano’s Mkt and here comes a Memeorandum thread on my first post and several new developments:

Before we get to them lets say this: there is no evidence that this young lady has done anything wrong. She is a 21-year-old girl and the only thing we definitely know is somebody sent her a lewd photo on twitter. That reflects on the person who sent it.

Item: The young lady in question now has a new twitter account. @GennetteC.

It would appear that there are very few tweets on the account, very few followers (only 63) at the moment but I suspect that will grow. She has announced that she will be releasing a statement soon and has thanked her friends from keeping the press away from her.

However as Ladd Ehlinger tweets an item of interest. He notes one of the four people she is currently following happens to be Tommy Christopher of Mediate who has coincidentally put up an article that suggests in addition to questions concerning Rep Weiner’s story we need to take a closer look at conservative Dan Wolfe who as he puts it:

So, a guy who has been building exactly this narrative for months turns out to be the one and only unique retweet of the picture in question? Just as Rep. Weiner’s cryptic hashtag about the Seattle time zone is reason to raise reasonable flag of suspicion, so too is this.

Now of course the fact that a left leaning blogger making this statement is apparently one of the only 4 people the young lady is following and she is about to make a statement might be totally coincidental.

Item: Lee Stranahan notes an article the young lady wrote in March:

If you’re like me, then you’re someone who is guilty of caring about what goes on in the life and minds of celebrities. When people are really famous, chances are they do not have a personal Facebook page that fans have access to; most celebrities use a fan page that is usually managed by someone else. In contrast, Twitter has thousands and thousands of verified, personal, celebrity accounts. The reason being, Facebook is a private social network, while Twitter is essentially an online environment for public news dissemination. Celebs can give their fans access to their tweets without the burden of being every fan’s “friend.”

Let’s stipulate again that this could just be a coincidental observation that any person could have made about twitter. It just happened to be her.

Item: via Stacy the Prudence Paine Papers notes something…interesting:

Ginger Lee’s tweet said: You know it’s a good day when you wake up to a DM from @RepWeiner. (I’m a fangirl, y’all, he’s my trifecta of win.)

Ginger Lee is a porn star, she is a fan of Anthony Weiner. Now let’s stipulate two things right off.

1. Being a porn star means that’s what she does for a living, it doesn’t mean it’s what she does for a hobby.

2. There is no reason a liberal democratic porn star would not be a fan of Anthony Weiner.

Prudence Paine also notes an interesting fact concerning a teenage girl who by an odd coincidence:

1. Had a crush on Anthony Weiner

2. Has suddenly deleted her twitter account

Let’s stipulate again that a teenage girl having a crush on Anthony Weiner is not his fault except for being so darn irresistible.

Left Bank of the Charles who has been on my show and who I respect noted in comments in the first post that the “hacker” could have added the young lady in question as a follower. The problem that is developing here is explained at Pajamas media by Bryan Preston:

Occam’s Razor suggests that the coincidences aren’t just that. But we’ll see.

There’s the rub. Any single one of these things can be explained away innocently enough, the problem is that for the hacker story to hold EVERY single one of these “coincidences” have to be explained away.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain reminds us of the Mark Foley case:

There are certain headline formulas that are automatically newsworthy. “Congressman + coed” is one. “Congressman + porn star” is another. The fact that the story appears to be only a case of inappropriate private communication — no one is suggesting that Weiner was boinking his Twitter friends — does not lessen its news value.

Remember that no one ever claimed that Rep. Mark Foley had sexual relationships with House pages. It was the “inappropriate communication” that got him.

It’s certainly not going to be a boring evening.

Update: Lee Stranahan writes a post that both Ace of Spades and I wish we had written:

If ‘benefit of the doubt’ isn’t good enough for the person you’re married to, then it’s not good enough for the practice of journalism. And by not acting as curious as a spouse – usually because of ideological agreement with the subject of inquiry – reporters aren’t doing their jobs.

Let’s apply this to Anthony Weiner…

Go read the rest, Lee deserves the hits for that one.

…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

Still preparing the full videos of yesterday’s debate but this statement from Bill Gunn expresses perfectly the difference between conservatives and liberals and liberalism

“I offer you the difference between the three candidates today. I offer you on the one hand a candidate that respects liberty, respects freedom, respects the potential of every individual to attain heights only imaginable. I offer on the other hand candidates that want to dictate to you what healthcare you must have or not have, what you can and cannot to, and will sentence your children to a life of mediocrity.”

If anyone has put the choice in this election better, I haven’t heard it

Here is the video

by the GOP and it needs to be posted in every single congressional district in the country.

The ad that will rock the election

If republicans don’t do this then it’s only because they are not paying attention or trying.

If they do this then democrats won’t keep 100 seats.

then this quote from his facebook page should:

While marching in parade yesterday, what appeared to be a 17yr old boy asked me if I was passing out free candy. I told him “NO, I’m the kind of guy that says get a job and buy your own candy.” The look on his face was priceless, a conservative is born.

If that’s not worth a ten spot to his campaign I’d like to know what is?

(BTW Ten spots are nice but volunteering is better!)

Holy guacamole! two instalanches in two days! I was so busy telling my Eddie Long/New Hope church Story to even notice till now. Ma-1 (along with Ma-6 & ma-5 & ma-10) are all incredible pickup opportunities that are being ignored. After you are done giving to Bill take a look at Bill Hudak in Ma-6 and Jon Golnik in Ma-5 and Jeff Perry in ma-10.

In fact check my twitter feed for today where I went over each race congressional race in Massachusetts, I’ve been predicting 3 seats in mass but there are 6 seats that could turn in this state, 7 if you count Barney Frank’s. The other two contested seats while a tough slog have good candidates and are worth fighting for too!

I wish I had thought of it myself:

It is time for the weekly round-up of favorite posts from my blogroll. As usual, these are not ranked, but in alphabetical order by blog title.

Plus you’ve gotta love someone who is into Dr. Who almost as much as me, (I don’t see anything on the big finish stuff)

On a side note I was reading his review of Waters of Mars. It was a good episode, I don’t know if it deserved a Hugo, particularly since there is a plot hole the size of Cuba. Namely that the Doctor could have easily taken Brooke & Co them to the far future to live and not affected the timelines in any way.

He has a huge number of Doctor Who posts, for that alone his site should be read a lot more often, however he never touched the Big Finish audios. He should try them, he’ll like them.

But this closing paragraph in Little Miss Attila’s pretty good commentary on the Ground Zero Mosque carries over to many subjects:

Voters should also think twice about re-electing politicians who associate themselves with dick moves.

If I am making an exception to one of my personal rules, it’s likely because:

#1 I’ve very very tired right now.

#2 If you’re going to break a rule, it might as well be with Little Miss Attila, as I recall I broke that same rule during my CPAC interview with her.

#3 That is a great point that is worth remembering

People often forget that just because you make an exception to a rule doesn’t mean it is out the window.

Eugene Volokh echoing Joe Scarborough makes the legal case for the Ground Zero mosque, and it’s certainly an accurate one:

But the legal issue is open and shut. The Free Exercise Clause means that the government may not discriminate against an entity because of its religious denomination. The Free Speech Clause means that the government generally may not discriminate an entity because of what it says or teaches (and that applies to discrimination against religious speakers as much as to discrimination against secular speakers). There are some exceptions to the latter principle, but none apply here.

He goes on to make the legal case and concludes thusly:

These are basic principles of American free speech law, and of American religious freedom law. They help protect all of us, liberal or conservative, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist. Carving out exceptions from them will jeopardize all of us. We shouldn’t sacrifice these basic American principles — principles that help make America free and great, and distinguish it from most other countries — for the sake of symbolism.

The memeorandum thread is here, on the legal issues he is undoubtedly correct however this doesn’t change that the Mosque is basically a radical Islamic victory lap and highly insensitive, so what is the best way to answer such insensitivity? Why with even more legal insensitivity:

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps – but still want to dance.

Hotair’s prediction:

Media narrative on the GZ mosque: Shining beacon of liberal values bursting through the overcast skies of American intolerance. Media narrative on the GG gay bar: Dangerous provocation that needlessly inflames cultural tensions in the ostensible service of liberal values.

I’m not a big “gay bar” fan but I’ve certainly argued that the best answer to unpopular speech is more speech and brother this would speak volumes…that is if they let him live.

Memeorandum thread here, it should be a lot more interesting that the other one (sorry prof Volokh)

Update: I’m of course opposed to both projects but to those guys who decide to put a fatwa on Gutfeld, you might as well include me on it too. You come for one of us, you come for all of us.

Update 2: Hotair’s prediction finally gets some legs at Dissenting Justice

Update 3: Prof Darren Hutchinson says I’ve misread his post and he has no issues with the bar. That’s not how I read it but he’s a pretty fair guy and I take him at his word.

…that all pro-abortion people should be asked:

If we accept the femisogynist line on abortion, then Jessica Valenti is missing a terrific opportunity to be a role model for young women. She can demonstrate that abortion is not just for slutty teenagers; it’s also for married folk. She can show that it doesn’t result in grief and trauma. She can make another blob of cells, identical and justa s valuable (or value-less) as the aborted blob. She can be a role model for all those young women who are uncertain about how abortion empowers women. Valenti made her wedding into a feminist statement; why not her pregnancy?

Good question. Judging from your comments they don’t have a good answer other than anger.

That’s because for the femisogynist, life begins based on their own desires. Talk about playing God.

Update: Check out her follow up post too.

This is the tweet of the day

The New NBA admission Plan!

I think it would be a lot of fun if 10,000 people showed up at each NBA game trying this.

Attending the NBA games for free. It’s a human right!

Update: Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Minuteman project decided to try to get into tonight’s game without tickets as a protest? I gave them a call to suggest it.

Update 2 Instalanche. Hi folks, take a peek around. See the comment of the minutemen about this subject. Check out an example of a despicable bit of reporting by Norah O’Donnel, check out my examiner articles, Finally any help to get me to Ga-4 & Pa-12 to cover those races is welcome. Oh forgot my Mayday coverage too, lots of interviews before and after that post.

Update 3: CNN demonstrates why this is a Niche market move for the Suns and the NBA

Update 4: Hey PJTV picked this post as the blog of the week! All I need is them to highlight this post and maybe I can get to PA-12 and try to earn another one.

Via Dan Collins (buy his book) Dennis the Peasant gets to the heart of the problem:

And because Obamacare incentivizes non-coverage by imposing employer fines for non-coverage that are far less than the cost of offering health insurance, there’s an excellent chance (in this economy of roughly 17%-18% actual unemployment) that companies will be dropping health benefits rather than adding them. Employers can afford to; they have highly skilled workers waiting in line to beg for a job with or without health insurance.

Remember it is a lot cheaper to pay the fine than to actually cover the employee, so who is going to have to pay that cost? Back to Dennis:

Next year you’re going to have to purchase the insurance yourself or pay a large fine and face the possibility of prosecution and imprisonment.

So the end result thousands of dollars spent by people on health insurance that will not be spent on other things, like vacations, or restaurants, or that x-box 360 or COLLEGE or the MORTGAGE. Since it is Dennis’ piece I’ll give him the last word:

Ignore the above at your own risk, Democrats. I’ve been dealing with people and their money on a professional basis for over 25 years. The fastest way to enrage the average American is to try to force them to reduce their standard of living. People will lie, cheat, steal, and kill to continue to live in the manner to which they are accustomed. That’s just the way it is. And that is the fatal flaw in The Plan… When it comes down to it, the political will to force the electorate to be poorer will not be there.

I wish I wrote that.

via Robert Stacy, I’m DaTechGuy and I endorse this message from Mark Kirkorian:

Instead, we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option — “Some other race” — and writing in “American.” It’s a truthful answer but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact, “American” was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the 2000 census in four states and several hundred counties.

So remember: Question 9 — “Some other race” — “American”. Pass it on.

I talk a lot about being a Sicilian, but that is said because the “American” part is understood. Maybe it needs to be emphasized a bit more these days.

I’m American I’m proud and lucky to be it and if Sicily was so great my grandparents would have stayed there.

Believe it or not that sentence wasn’t written by Christopher Hitchens! It belongs to Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They are organizing a boycott over a postage stamp of Mother Theresa as her Catholicism can’t be “separated” from her deeds.

“Mother Teresa is principally known as a religious figure who ran a religious institution. You can’t really separate her being a nun and being a Roman Catholic from everything she did.”

Very true, if that’s not an endorsement for Catholicism I’d like to know what is, but what about ministers like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King? Surely she would object to them as well?

she doesn’t have any problem with King or Malcolm X. Martin Luther King “just happened to be a minister,” she said, and “Malcolm X was not principally known for being a religious figure.”

That statement would have surprised both Kind and X. This person needs to be introduced to Rosemary “I’m one person. I don’t divide myself” Reynolds ASAP.

None of this constitutes a “darker side” of her faith, to Gaylor, what does? One guess:

her opposition to abortion. emphasis mine

As I’ve said before abortion is the sacrament for the left and to a large degree the MSM that supports it. Why do you think Joseph Cao was not lionized by the media for his solitary vote for the Healthcare bill? Because that vote couldn’t be separated from his opposition to abortion. You can bet your bottom dollar Dede would have been.

There is no greater foe to secular humanism that the protection of life from abortion, it is the breakdown of that respect for life that makes everything that follows possible.

Update: Hotair / Cassy Fiano notices and is clear on the concept:

What difference does it make if someone who is being honored for their good works was a Catholic nun or not anyways? Being a Catholic nun or a Christian leader is not something you can separate those two people from. Is the argument then that you cannot honor a good person who did amazing things for their entire lifetime simply because they were Christian? Gaylor also attacked Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, saying it was a “wealthy” charity, and that she — shockingly! — was against abortion and wanted to baptize people before they died. She says this is part of the Roman Catholic Church’s “PR machine” to make Mother Teresa a saint. Because, you know, canonization as a saint always involves shadowy conspiracies with the USPS.

I know it’s tough to understand for some people, but Christians tend to be… anti-abortion, and they want people to be baptized and accept Christ as their savior. They have this whole thing about not wanting people to go to hell, as crazy a concept as that might be. emphasis mine

She must know Rosemary too!

..against Planned Parenthood and had a quote from city counselor Rosemary Reynolds that every pol who claims Catholicism should memorize:

Reynolds said she was protesting as a resident, and a member of the City Council, against Planned Parenthood coming to Fitchburg.

“I’m one person. I don’t divide myself,” Reynolds said.

As Emily Devlin reports there were quite a few people beeping in support of the protesters. I noticed one driver in particular who showed more enthusiasm than sense giving two thumbs up while taking his hands off the wheel in a snowstorm.

Devlin like Stacy and myself, quotes Fr. Bruso:

Bruso said a Main Street location, just down the street from Longsjo Middle School, makes the prospect of a Planned Parenthood office in Fitchburg even less palpable. Planned Parenthood is trying to depict itself as an agency that is only planning to educate the community about sexual health, Bruso said, but he believes that’s not the case.

“They don’t make money by giving out literature. They make money by performing abortions,” Bruso said.

And it would appear that for the second time this month events in Fitchburg are drawing more notice than usual. National notice.

If yesterday was any indication then the Battle of Fitchburg as Stacy put it will not be a silent one. Tuesday’s counsel meeting will be rather interesting.

My complements to Emily Devlin. The story is a pretty accurate one, the Sentinel has does good work covering this story thus far.

Update: Haemet links and states a basic truth:

it is entirely hypocritical for Planned Parenthood to advocate for treating sexual health like any other health issue; after all, this is the group that fights parental notification and parental consent laws

Meanwhile Creative Minority report is as impressed with Rosemary Reynolds as I am.

One of the side effects of a blog suddenly getting a lot more traffic then it used to in an increased number of e-mail to deal with and a whole lot more comments to answer and think about.

One of those commentators was Cindy who had this to say about the “daughter being available” business:

That is something my dad would do. In fact, he’s done a lot worse than that. I don’t care much, and I’m sure his daughters don’t, either. If your dad speaks in public (mine’s a preacher), you kinda get used to being poked at that way. People need to lighten up.

Now I don’t know Cindy and it’s unlikely we will ever meet but my apolitical wife had the same reaction. I’ll wager a lot of sons and daughters across the country of every political persuasion had this same reaction.

In a world were 12 year old girls are sold for cows and 13 year old girls get 90 lashes for taking a cell phone to school an attempt to portray Senator Brown’s remarks as misogyny doesn’t rate and that Army of Cindys out there knows it.

The worst thing a political party or movement can do is to lose credibility with the people they are trying to persuade. When you make a charge that regular people recognize as bogus the fall away begins.

Update: Reaganite Republican links thanks: American Glob doesn’t but I felt like linking to him anyway.

Update 2: Robert Stacy Links me all over. The fact that some people are making what they are of this say a whole lot more about them then it does about Scott Brown.

to find out my hometown paper endorsed Scott Brown.

We are endorsing Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate because we believe he is capable of bringing a common-sense approach to Washington, D.C., focused on serving the people of the state who are struggling to get by, rather than the special interests in the Democratic machine of which Coakley is such a big part of.

I don’t remember the last time they backed a republican. Read the whole thing, it sounds like a point by point indictment of Coakley.

The funny thing is I picked up the paper at 7:30 for Stacy but we never got the chance to read it.

And as Mayor Wong was at the Coakley rally I see the endorsement didn’t effect her opinion.

…it is a fair case for a position I disagree with, not just to hear a reasonable argument on the other side but because of some of the truths he expresses two in particular:

1. The Warren Buffett principle: Everything I’ve ever gotten in life is largely because I was born in this country, America. It is the primary obligation of our generation to turn over a similar America to our kids.

The sentence might also say because my parents came here. He may not realize it but this is the #1 case against both the Climate deals and obamacare.

The 2nd is the most important:

2. Many big bad things happen in the world without America, but not a lot of big good things. If we become weak and enfeebled by economic decline and debt, as we slowly are, America may not be able to play its historic stabilizing role in the world. If you didn’t like a world of too-strong-America, you will really not like a world of too-weak-America — where China, Russia and Iran set more of the rules. (emphasis mine)

That bolded line is the single most important thing you need to know about America. He leaves out the importance military decline but the point is made. A weak America is a disaster for the entire world.

If you want to make someone understand American Greatness or what America means to the world these two things are what you need to drill into them.

…is the day our country dies:

Here is a sociological experiment that might have something to teach us:

Kick down100 doors of self-proclaimed French pacifists, grab the women and kids, and haul them away. Then try again in Texas, with 100 NRA members. Collate, or rather, have a surviving relative collate the results. Extrapolate the abductors’ rates of casualties to determine the total number of murdering swine needed. See what percentage of jackbooted thugs have a suicide wish and then determine the number of men you will need to disarm, kidnap and murder 50 million armed people.

You will need a lot of men. More than you can raise.

These trust the people freedoms are so deeply engrained in the fabric of America as to be almost hereditary, I think. I used to worry that we’d bred that out of us, and then along comes Todd Beamer and company on United Flight 93, who, first among us that day, realized they were being marched to their deaths and decided to do something about it. Not for themselves, because by taking that action they knew they were doomed. They did it for us. Not only to save the lives of those on the ground for whom their aircraft was headed, but to remind us of who we are as a people, to add to the list of ordinary Americans who can gather extraordinary courage and resolve because they have been trusted all their lives by their government and their fellow citizens.

He mentions another point worth accenting:

As PJ O’Rourke points out, the U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate people safe, prosperous and free. Smarter people than me may disagree with that document – I’m for not touching a comma.

So as a proud son of those brave men, I’ll take freedom – all of it – and because I accept the benefits of those freedoms, I’ll solemnly take the responsibilities as well. I may someday lose a child on a trip to Spring Break, but I’ll never lock them in the basement to keep them safe. And I’ll accept the fact that living in Los Angeles puts me at risk for being shot to death because I feel the freedom is worth it. I breathe that freedom every day, and hey, we all gotta go sometime. I’ll continue to fly experimental airplanes because I am careful, meticulous, precise and responsible, and yet the day may come when I am out of altitude, out of airspeed and out of ideas all at the same time. Oh well. I have seen and done things up there that you cannot imagine and I cannot describe. Freedom.

I respect and admire Canada. Although we have chosen certain diverging paths since the days of the Revolution, we have been, and always will be, the best of friends despite our differences. Canada is unquestionably as decent, modest and good a society as exists on Earth today. And yet while Canadians frequently point out that they are free of our vices, I perceive that they are free of our greatness as well. You can’t have it both ways.

Me, personally, I’ll take the spirit, ingenuity and passion that can plant the American flag on the moon over pre-paid health care.

Everything costs something. It is a pain that we have to have troops in Europe, but the peace that those troops in Europe have preserved is not a pain, it is a pain that we have troops in South Korea and Japan, but it is not a pain that both of those countries have been good trading partners and peaceful for decades and have not been to war in 50 plus years.

It’s a pain that we spend billions on carriers and missiles etc, but it’s a blessing that when disaster strikes a world away we can with those carriers provide clean drinking water and relief at the speed of a nuclear powered ship.

It’s a pain that we have to be the worlds policeman, but it also means that instead of a subordinate position were we have to go along, we are in the decisive position where we act and others can deal with us instead.

Anyone knows if you run a business there is a lot of work but you are the man in charge, if you work for someone you have to on occasion take orders and like it. Right now we don’t have to take anything from anyone and because we are what we are, a lot of other places don’t have to either because they know we have their back.

As soon as we stop having their back then the next guy on the block will start running the show, and all those fellows who used to count on us and didn’t mind tweaking us because they had us had better hope the next guy thinks like us, otherwise they are back to the 18th century power struggle, because people haven’t changed in thousands of years, only their technology and the greatest socio/political change for the good for the world in the last 10 centuries came from a bunch of rich white guys wearing powdered wigs who conceived principles that a volunteer force currently upholds for an ungrateful world and a group of pols who think they can count on them forever.

Unlike my local Mayoral candidate who doesn’t know an opening when he sees it Doug Hoffman saw this fox story:

Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out, according to records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y. Enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the November election to the Democrats.

and struck while the Iron is hot via a Robert Stacy McCain Exclusive:

The campaign of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is preparing to request that President Obama send monitors from the Justice Department to prevent vote-fraud efforts in the crucial Nov. 3 special election in upstate New York’s 23rd district.

The actual release is also on McCain’s site and linked here.

“Today, I am calling on Bill Owens to do the right thing and, when he is with President Obama tonight; ask him to take immediate action to defund ACORN and block the flow of any and all federal funds to the scandal ridden organization and its numerous subsidiaries. In addition, Bill Owens should request that Justice Department monitors be put in place to insure that ACORN’s political arm in New York State, the Working Families Party, does not steal this election. In Troy, New York, just South of the 23rd Congressional District, a special prosecutor is currently investigating the forgery of absentee ballots in September’s Primary elections and the Working Families Party is the focus of that investigation. Its common knowledge that ACORN and the Working Families Party have absolutely no respect for the law and I know I am the one candidate they want to defeat.”

Oh and Charles for future reference this is another example of actually saying a press release is a press release. That’s the type of thing that done by what we call professional reporters.

This should be an object lesson to the NRCC by doing this not only does Hoffman guarantee Fox coverage as he acts based on their coverage. (Which Stacy links here) but he explicitly manages to link Obama to Acorn if he doesn’t act and both of his opponents as well if they don’t join his call.

This is called the smart way of doing things. We need smart people in Washington.

And speaking of smart how come McCain can break this story even if he isn’t in NY yet but nobody else can?

If you can explain why this isn’t on Memorandum you are smarter than I am. Maybe Move-on is making another set of demands? Or maybe republicans don’t want to offend Newt. Hey Newt how’s your candidate doing? What does she think of Acorn?

Vote Hoffman!

Update: My full collection of posts on the subject are here, not as much fun as the Flemish Menace but very interesting.

yes I admit it I stole that line from Tim Blair’s commentator surfmaster of down south and in a bit, however it perfectly encapsulates the excellent poem on religious freedom that I am now stealing from Tim Blair main post:

The Pope’s a total Nazi
What’s the deal with those Hindus?
Judaism’s not so bad
Except for all the Jews

Hey, Buddha! Would it kill you
To wear a frickin’ shirt?
I can say most anything
And I’m never getting hurt

But let’s not mention Islam
We’ll play it safe instead
It’s hard to make religious jokes
When you don’t have a head


To say I wish I said that is the understatement of the year and perfectly encapsulates the problem with Radical Islam and it’s defenders. As for the rest I submit that God has a sense of humor, after all he created man.

As for the supports of Islam, if you don’t want to be laughed at and called a bunch of barbarians, I suggest you stop acting like a bunch of barbarians to wit:

A Somalian Muslim group reportedly has started whipping women in public for wearing bras that violate Islam, the Daily Mail reports.
Residents claim insurgent group Al Shabaab sent gunmen into the streets to round up women who appeared to have a firm bust. The women are inspected to see if their suspected firmness is natural or from a bra. Officials reportedly make the women shake their breasts after removing their bras.

Can a fatwa against Meagan McCain and Rule 5 Sunday be far behind?

And Yes Radical Islam deserves a Nelson every day of the year.

In the course of looking for links to this post I found an interesting document published last year at the Suffolk University Law Review on the matter The Gospel According to the State: An Analysis of Massachusetts Adoption Laws and the Closing of Catholic Charities Adoption Services:

The Massachusetts Constitution declares the equality of all people and the right of all people to practice religion as they see fit.2 In article XVIII, the Massachusetts Constitution also declares it unlawful for the state government to pass any law that prohibits an individual’s right to the free exercise of religion.

That John Adams he sure could write.

The Author Matthew Clark point out a salient fact:

Founded in 1903, Catholic Charities has placed more children in adoptive homes than any other state-licensed adoption agency.

Not any more they don’t. This document deserves a whole lot more attention that it ever got so read the whole thing but if you are not inclined to go for 18 pages here is the meat from the conclusion:

The debate over a religious exemption wrongly focuses on whether homosexuals should be able to adopt from all agencies in the state, regardless of a particular agency’s beliefs or founding principles. Safely couched in the language of antidiscrimination and equality, opponents of an exemption mask the unsettling truth that pursuing equality at any cost betrays the very purpose of adoption to serve and protect the welfare of children.

Denying a religious exemption to agencies providing services for needy children only serves to further the rights of a small group of potential adoptive parents rather than the best interests of children needing adoption… Ultimately, in the name of equality, Massachusetts has set aside the interests of needy children and contravened the very purpose of its adoption laws. (all emphasis mine)

That is called Narcissism.

Considering the number of people Charles has been hitting lately I was wondering why Glenn hasn’t taken note of all the back and forth in the ‘sphere over the McCain/Johnson et/all stuff. I figured once Tim Blair was involved as well that might produce one post and I really hoped that my Julius Caesar post Friends, bloggers, Conservatives might have gotten his notice. (Feel free to recommend it to him)

But it didn’t hit me until I was thinking about the anti-palin stuff in the Amazon discussions. The Luna(tic) woman wasn’t just taking the time to hit Palin, he included her blog link and wanted to piggyback her comments on Palin into hits in the same way that MSNBC uses Rush.

Charles now has the Palin/racist post with a photo of Palin at the top of his blog, it is there to generate interest and hits. My own mild involvement in the controversy with Robert Stacy gave me a month even better than my instalance month.

Any comment he makes will drive traffic to Mr. Johnson thus he keeps his own counsel.

Years ago Glenn published a letter I wrote him on the subject of Haditha and it led to me suddenly becoming an “internet nazi” to the left. I had it for one day but he must get it every single day since he took his first stand onlie. I asked him how he puts up with it and his answer to me that day is still valid:

Practice. Plus, like Jeff Goldstein, I crap bigger than them. Much bigger. . . .

So Glenn will likely remain silent even if Charles tries to goad him. Like Robert Stacy, just because we don’t know what he is doing doesn’t mean he doesn’t know.

…comes via Glenn Reynolds from John Nolte:

what exactly would Roman Polanski have to do in order to become a pariah in this town … I mean, besides vote for Sarah Palin?

Truer word were never spoken.

This is one battle the elites REALLY don’t want to fight.

Update: Talk about an odd View

…well maybe groupie is the wrong word but ya gotta love it when he says something like this:

I remember wanting to ask Rep. Charles Rangel a question, years ago: Whom do you consider the better man: Ronald Reagan or Fidel Castro? (At the time, Rangel was pounding Reagan as a racist villain, basically, and, of course, Rangel has long been one of Castro’s best friends and biggest defenders in the American political establishment.) In fact, I might like to ask him still . . .

Of course, you could ask José Serrano, Maxine Waters, Chris Dodd — a million of them.

I propose a test: substitute Chavez for Castro and ask this of every prominent liberal celebrity who visits him. (or throw in the Castro question too) This question should be a Sine qua non for any press coverage.

On a day where this blog has talked a lot about being proudly banned by little green footballs for daring to defend Rush Limbaugh, Honorary Lizardoid last night. , leave it to James Carville of all people to remind us of what really counts.

My wife and I actually saw it yesterday and it made us both smile, it certainly put being proudly banned by lgf for daring to defend Rush Limbaugh, Honorary Lizardoid in perspective…

…but I’m going to keep tweaking Chucky about it anyway. At least until he puts up a post specifically removing Rush’s Honorary Lizardoid status.

Powerline has two must read articles today, My visits there had been sporadic but they’ve been on a roll lately.

First There is a Madeline Albright story:

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright spoke at a forum in Omsk, Siberia. Pravda reported that her speech “surprised the audience.” No wonder. The Russians in attendance must have wondered how they managed to lose the cold war:

Shades of the Zucker brothers

The second is linked a handy dandy flowchart linked from Misourah blog

The frequent use of the word Racist for things that are not is no different than comparing things to the holocaust. It’s an insult to the memory of people who actually suffered from or fought against the real thing. I’m old fashioned enough to think that those are “fighting words”.

Update: Big Hollywood agrees.

… this post by Glenn:

DEBASING THE CURRENCY REDUCES ITS VALUE: ‘Racist’ claims defuse once powerful word: With the word being used so often, it’s harder to define its meaning. Gee, do you think? You keep running the printing presses with nothing to back them up, and that happens . . . .

And the article it links to that starts with the following line:

Everybody’s racist, it seems.

got me thinking.

Considering my primary blogging Topic lately, this story from ace and this thread from LGF that I was involved in yesterday I’m wondering if Glenn’s post was coincidence or subtle commentary? After all he isn’t the blogfather for nothing!

And no my primary topic has nothing to do with Hannah Giles Bikini pictures, Hannah Giles photos, Hannah Giles videos or Hannah Giles anything else.

After a pretty good week the president is off the wagon:

The Obama administration will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN Thursday.

I’d keep an eye on Sarah Palin’s facebook page, this one is a fat pitch over the plate.

Lets cut to the Chase, Gates blather not withstanding the reason why the shipboard option is bad is because it is not actually in the country being protected so they have absolutely no control over their own defense or the decision to actually defend themselves.

This kind of stuff is sure going to provide an incentive for countries to be allied with us isn’t it?

That’s as Carter as you can get:

Carter 15 Arthur 9

This is a full You Fool moment:

Exit question: Is this the price from Russia keeping nukes out of Chavez’s hands and is this administration stupid enough to believe him? Can they learn from President Bush’s mistake concerning Vlad?

Update: Nothing on facebook yet but Conservatives for Palin has an awesome title post:

America’s New Foreign Policy – Speak Softly And Carry A Big “Kick Me” Sign……

Pretty good.

Update 2:
Hotair comments

She hasn’t been right much lately but when she is she is in spades:

John McCain’s daughter Meghan has a message for 19-year-old Levi Johnston, who has been on a media tour slamming John’s former running mate Sarah Palin.

“I think he should go back to Alaska and take care of his baby, which he claims that he wants to be doing, but I just see him going to events,”

I enjoy politics but reality trumps it. She isn’t conservative enough for my tastes in politics but if either of my sons brought her home I would not be displeased. (Except she is a tad too old for at least the youngest)