“Why did the White House let this whole Sestak affair become such a large scandal?” That is the million dollar question that I’ve heard on the lips of every major pundit on Fox News–from Charles Krauthammer, to Megyn Kelly, to Juan Williams (not to mention, Redstate’s Moe Lane as well–see his comment in the diary that I linked to). In other words, why didn’t the Obama Administration immediately leap out in front of this story months ago and smack down Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak, by calmly explaining that he was offered a particular job that he was highly qualified for (like for instance, Undersecretary of the Navy or some position in the Department of Homeland Security or Defense)–and that there is “nothing to see here”? And then, they could have further stated that, “Hey, the Congressman is mistaken. We offered him this job, because he was the one most qualified for it, and we needed the position filled–not because we were trying to bribe him.” At most, this would have been a two day story because it would have been a “he said-she said”–not to mention, it would have been extremely difficult to prove. Furthermore, politicians have been engaging in this type of quid pro quo since the time of the Caesars, so none of this is really very shocking to anyone (at the very worst, it undercuts Obama’s whole message of “not doing politics as usual”, but I think that train left the station a while ago). So, what gives?
Well, a couple of days ago, I read a fascinating column in The Washington Post that compared Bill Clinton to Michael Clayton, and referred to him as Obama’s “Mr. Fix-it”. Now, for those of you who don’t get this analogy, “Michael Clayton” was an excellent movie (see the trailer below) about a slightly shady guy who cleaned up messes for a law firm–he was their roving, perpetually on-call “Mr. Fix-it”. Oh, and in my opinion, “Michale Clayton” has one of the top ten best lines in recent movie history when the title character (brilliantly played by George Clooney) says to the evil, murdering trial lawyer (played perfectly by Tilda Swinton)—
“I’m not the guy that you kill, I’m the guy that you buy!”
….But, I digress.
Seriously, this will make your day. I saw a clip of this last night on The O’Reilly Factor, and it made my entire evening.
I’m sure that you are all aware that Mexican president, Felipe Calderone (AKA-“Crapweasel”), gave a speech in front of our Congress where he bashed the Arizona immigration law and LIED about it allowing for racial profiling. Nevermind the fact that the Mexican government has draconian laws against illegal immigration (and has been cited by the Red Cross for abuses against illegal immigrants)–or the fact that Phoenix, AZ is the kidnap capital of America, and that AZ ranchers and policemen are being murdered by illegal immigrants. According to Calderone, we’re the bad guys for not wanting to put up with chaos on our southern border anymore.
Now, in the clip below, Jake Tapper states that he has never seen a foreign leader criticize America on American soil. Then, George Will calmly explains that the Democrats stood and cheered for this hypocritical idiot (Calderone) as he bashed AZ for wanting to secure their southern border, when HIS GOVERNMENT has been cited by Amnesty International for human rights violations against Mexico’s illegal immigrants. Well, in response to George Will, Sam Donaldson (AKA-“Skippy”, which is my favorite pet name for morons) replied by stating that President Bill Clinton condemned China for shooting students in Tiananmen Square–and then, Donaldson LIED by stating that the majority of Americans were against the AZ law (when in fact, 73% of Americans are for it).
Now, I guess that everyone has their breaking point, because you are now about to see Jake Tapper’s. Mr. Tapper is known to be one of the few honest, non-biased journalists left who calls it like he sees it (he is neither a right wing nor a left wing shill). However, Sam Donaldson must have pushed Mr. Tapper to his breaking point, because when Mr. Donaldson uttered that ridiculous and factually false remark, Tapper turned and looked at him incredulously and replied in a tone dripping with utter disbelief (with steam pouring out of his ears)–
“That law is actually supported by a majority of Americans according to the polling, and I can’t believe that you’re actually comparing it to Tiananmen Square.”
THWACK!! Man, that was a thing of beauty wasn’t it? I sure wish it would happen more often. 😉
This was originally posted in a Live Wire on The Minority Report.
Yeah, yeah, I know. The new Russell Crowe movie, “Robin Hood”, opened to mixed reviews (most implied that it was mediocre, at best); therefore, like a lot of you, I was going to wait until it came out on video to see it. Then, I happened to stumble upon this column on Real Clear Politics written by Cathy Young. Ms. Young begins her column by writing the following–
“The new Ridley Scott film “Robin Hood”, which has opened to mixed reviews on its merits as entertainment, is also drawing some critics’ political ire. In New York’s leftist weekly, The Village Voice, Karina Longworth laments that “instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood preaches about ‘liberty’ and the rights of the individual” and battles against “government greed”; the film, she scoffs, is “a rousing love letter to the tea party movement.” On a similar note, the New York Times’ A.O. Scott mocks “Robin Hood” as “one big medieval tea party”:
“You may have heard that Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, but that was just liberal media propaganda. This Robin is … a manly libertarian rebel striking out against high taxes and a big government scheme to trample the ancient liberties of property owners and provincial nobles.”
Whatever one may think of Scott’s newest incarnation of the Robin Hood legend, it is more than a little troubling to see alleged liberals speak of liberty and individual rights in a tone of sarcastic dismissal. This is especially ironic since the Robin Hood of myth and folklore probably has much more in common with the “libertarian rebel” played by Russell Crowe than with the medieval socialist of “rob from the rich, give to the poor” cliché. At heart, the noble-outlaw legend that has captured the human imagination for centuries is about freedom, not wealth redistribution — and this is reflected in many previous screen versions of the Robin Hood story.”
So after reading Ms. Young’s column, my curiosity was piqued. I, then, went on YouTube and deliberately sought out the “Robin Hood” trailer to ascertain for myself if it looked to be any good (see the embed below).
I had started a series to highlight five candidates for this district Out of the five planned two are done and only two will be done because the remaining candidates have either declined or ignored the series of questions I asked for article content. Hartline’s profile is here.
Both had good answers to the series of questions, but Hartline has the advantage: Activity and raising money, both of which are going to be necessary to challenging an incumbent in a district that isn’t on the radar with political pundits.
NASHVILLE – Congressional candidate Jeff Hartline of Mount Juliet is raising record contributions for his campaign to unseat incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper. First quarter financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission show that, of the several candidates for the Fifth District Republican nomination, only Hartline raised
significant sums of money from individual contributors.
Hartline raised almost $45,000 during the first quarter – more than any Republican has ever raised to run against Cooper in the 5th district – with all of his contributions coming from individual donors. None came from political action committees and none came from Hartline’s personal funds. Hartline is the only candidate for the Republican nomination who raised a significant amount of money from individual donors.
In addition to his money raising fetes with individual donors, Mr. Hartline has Nashville business owners pledging $500,000+ to his campaign. In politics, November is a lifetime away but one believes Hartline has what it takes to send the message to the beltway that Washington, D.C. works for us, not the other way around.
E Pluribus Unum once predicted an 80 seat pickup for Congress. Given the anti-incumbent sentiment in the country with a deaf Congress that passes massive spending bills under the guise of reform and against the will of the people, it is possible that districts once considered safe are endangered. WV’s Alan Mollohan, a 28 year incumbent was defeated in primary, as was Arlen Specter and other incumbents such as Barbara Boxer find themselves in tough primary fights.
It’s time for some unexpected upsets. There are sites focusing on some crucial races including RedState and 73wire. Let’s not forget those districts that aren’t being considered in the push for conservative candidates. Cooper is entrenched and has a long political career with district hopping representing TN-04 from 1982-1994 before moving to Nashville and becoming a Congressional Representative once again since 2002.
Hartline is conservative. He is also a man after my own heart with his love and faith in the people of Tennessee. I don’t believe we can ask for a better representative for Tennessee’s 5th district.
He deserves our support and TN-05 deserves better than Cooper. Check him out and donate if you feel so inclined.
Crossposted to Redstate
As some of you may know, I now reside in Charleston, SC. Well, the other day when I was watching TV, I happened to see an ad for Tim Scott. Mr. Scott is apparently running in the Republican primary on June 8th to represent the 1st district of SC (the Charleston area) in the US House of Representatives. (See the ad below.)
Well, if you want to know a bit about Tim Scott, here it is. Tim Scott has been in the SC House of Representatives for the last two years–and he is the first black Republican elected to the state assembly since Reconstruction. Before serving in the SC House of Representatives, Tim Scott served on the Charleston County Council for thirteen years. Not to mention, he is just one of eleven candidates to be endorsed by the Club for Growth.
Now, all of this is fine and good; however, to me, Mr. Scott’s resume is not the best part of his candidacy. What is so awesome about Tim Scott is that the man has an inspirational life story, he is a great public speaker, and he has a magnetic personality. I mean, the dude oozes charisma out of every pore. Unlike Barack Obama, he doesn’t speak in bumper stickers (“Hope”….”Change”….). No, instead, Mr. Scott speaks from the heart about his real life experiences and draws people in. And, unlike Obama, Tim Scott radiates sincerity instead of coming across as too cool for school. And finally, unlike Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Tim Scott actually seems to like people (imagine that!)–instead of just using them for his own personal gain.
I have embedded a video below of Tim Scott’s speech to RNC members at Myrtle Beach, SC. If you don’t have the time to watch the entire speech, then at least watch the first twelve minutes of it–that should be enough to give you an idea of who Mr. Scott really is and what he is about. I highly suggest that we at The Minority Report, Hillbillypolitics and Redstate start throwing our support behind Tim Scott.
PS–If you want to contribute to Tim Scott’s campaign, then click here.
PPS–Don’t you just love the little frying pan that he whipped out? 🙂
This diary was originally posted on The Minority Report.
…..I’m serious as a heart attack—right now, you are actually peering inside the mind of a liberal. Scary, huh?
You see, yesterday, Sarah Palin officially became my hero when she shined the national spotlight on the fact that Highland Park High School in Chicago, IL is not going to let their varsity girls basketball team compete in a national championship tournament, simply because the tournament is being held in Arizona (H/T Allahpundit of Hot Air). So basically, these poor girls worked their butts off all year to become the state champions—however, their school superintendent decided that it was more important to use them to make a political statement about the AZ anti-illegal immigration law (that 73% of Americans now support), than it was to reward them for their hard work. I’m telling you, liberal indoctrination of kids in the public schools never takes a holiday—even if it hurts their own students.
Furthermore, what really galls me about this story is the mealy mouthed excuse that Highland Park High School gave for not wanting these girls to go to AZ. Wait for it—they were “concerned for their safety”. I’m not kidding. Now, what’s even more unbelievable, is that, two years ago, this same high school allowed their students to visit CHINA! So now, communist China is “safer” than AZ?! REALLY????!!!!! Yeah, because as Palin pointed out on a radio show yesterday (see embed below), nothing says women’s rights like China—where they kill baby girls or leave them to die in garbage dumps. God Bless Sarahcuda, because if she hadn’t of pushed this, then this never would have become a national story (Palin has even offered to help raise money to send the girls to AZ).
Reason number 999,999,004 to homeschool or send your child to a private school.
Now, naturally, these pesky students aren’t too happy about a year of their hard work going down the drain, just so their school can use them as political pawns in order to continue the liberal indoctrination of its students. They were so upset, that two of the girls even went on Fox News to complain about it (gasp—the horror!).
Wait, what’s that you say liberals? There is no liberal indoctrination of children going on in the public schools? OK—well then, I would like to kindly ask that you please take a look at a Live Wire that I recently wrote that had videos of and links to multiple stories about children being told that drawing the American flag is “offensive”, children being sent home from school for wearing the American flag, children being browbeaten by teachers for saying that they supported John McCain, children being forced to draw pro-Obama campaign art, and, finally, children being forced to chant accolades to “The One” (“MMM—Barack Hussein Obama”).
Ouch—I bet that hurts having the truth slap you in the face like that. Well, because it’s common knowledge that liberals think that people will believe anything that they say if they repeat it often enough—even if the facts are against them—I suggest that liberals repeat to themselves over and over again, “There is no liberal indoctrination in public schools”……”There is no liberal indoctrination in public schools”. Is that removing the sting of truth yet? Nah, I never thought that it would—I was just messing with you guys. 😉
UPDATE: My girl Jaded has been kind enough to bring this unbelievable article to my attention. Apparently, I was wrong about the title of my diary. Instead of “China Yes, Arizona No”, the title should have been “China and Gay Sex Stories Yes, Arizona No.” Come to find out, Suzan Hebson, the IL school official that put the kibosh on the Highland Park High School girls basketball trip to AZ, supported a program in 2007 that required ninth-graders to attend a “freshman advisory” class at which gay upperclassmen shared stories of their high school experiences. Oh, but it gets much worse than that. Here’s the kicker–“students who attended were asked to sign a statement promising not to tell others — including their parents — about what was said in class”.
OK liberals–now, I realize that the truth can be a harsh mistress. So, again, just keep repeating to yourselves over and over, “There is no liberal indoctrination in public schools”……”There is no liberal indoctrination in public schools”. Is it working yet? I didn’t think so.
This diary was originally posted on The Minority Report.
OK—I’m sure that most of you remember New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s infamous “minstrel show” column—you know, the one where he complained about how many white people were at the Dallas Tea Party. In that awful column, Blow also wrote that the minorities who spoke at the Dallas Tea Party were “putting on a minstrel show” for the white man, and he accused them of trying to prove to the predominately white crowd that they were “the good ones”. Now, I remember being absolutely outraged after reading Blow’s “minstrel show” hit piece—but, I think that was only a natural reaction. I mean, after all, his column was outrageous. So, being in a state of shock and outrage, I wrote a diary responding to Charles Blow where I called him a “racist idiot”. (I feel no remorse about that diary—Blow definitely earned the title.)
Now, Mr. Blow wrote another column this past Friday that was equally as outrageous as the “minstrel show” one. In this column titled, “Trying to Outrun Race”, Charles Blow, again, accused the Tea Party of Racism (big surprise there) with little facts to back up his assertion, and he also called the Tea Party “a Frankenstein movement”. (Classy, huh?) However, this time around, for some reason, I just wasn’t as livid as I was after initially reading the “minstrel show” column. What I felt more than anger was simply boredom. I mean, the guy is just so predictable—he says the same things over and over and over again. In other words, in order to be outrageous, the element of surprise has to be there. I think that Robert Stacy McCain summed up Charles Blow perfectly when he wrote the following—
- The Tea Party movement is anti-Obama;
- Obama is black;
- Ergo, the Tea Party movement is racist.
However, if you will permit me, I would like to read between the lines and sum up what Mr. Blow really meant when he wrote his last two columns (and what he is really trying to say in every column that he will write for next six months)—
“God, I hate those bitter, gun-clinging, racist, redneck “Deliverance” cast members that attend those stupid Tea Parties. When I was attending the Dallas Tea Party, I felt like I was trapped in an episode of “Hee Haw”. In fact, I hate them almost as much as those Uncle Toms that get up and do a minstrel show for those teabaggers in order to get their approval. I don’t know who is worse.
Yeah, yeah, I know that I caught some grief for writing that the minorities speaking at the Dallas Tea Party were “putting on a minstrel show”, but hey, I’m a brilliant writer for The New York Times (they must think that I’m brilliant, because I’m really a graphic designer, and yet they let me write about politics—I know, it’s a great business model), so I have to call it like I see it. And, I know that I also caught some grief from Laura Ingraham when I admitted on her radio show that I didn’t talk to a single person at the Dallas Tea Party (remember—I am not not a journalist after all), but hey, why should I lower myself and go converse with those troglodytes? They’re all a bunch of stupid hillbillies and Uncle Toms. They don’t like Obama, so it’s only logical that they are all racists or self-loathing blacks, right? Besides, they are totally unlike me. I am an enlightened beacon of tolerance who would never judge a person by their appearance without getting to know them first. They wouldn’t know a true racist if he was staring at them in the mirror”.
Now, about Frank Rich. Well, he is a little simpler to dissect than Charles Blow—and even more predictable (if that’s possible). Put it this way—Frank Rich detests the Tea Party and conservatives so much, that he makes Charles Blow look like an amateur in the hatred department. For instance, in one Frank Rich’s recent columns, he stated that all opposition to Obamacare is rooted in race hatred. In fact, Frank Rich hates the Tea Party with such a passion, that he, literally, hallucinated and wrote in that same column that he “watched goons hurls slurs at John Lewis”. Well, we all know that would have been impossible, because no video has EVER surfaced of ANY protester at that infamous DC Tea Party shouting any racial slurs at any of the black congressmen (even though Andrew Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward to anybody who could produce one).
So, I bet you are now asking yourself if Frank Rich ever apologized to the DC Tea Party protesters for slandering them? No such luck. Instead, he wrote another column where he admitted that no video had ever shown up of anyone shouting racial slurs at black congressmen, but still managed to insist that the Tea Party movement was based on racism none the less. Now, I bet you are wondering on what evidence did Mr. Rich base his insightful deduction that the Tea Party is based on racism? Well, in his column Frank Rich claimed that the Tea party is racist because Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell decided to bring back Confederate History Month. Now, I agree that might have been a kind of tone deaf and insensitive move on Governor McDonnell’s part (and McDonnell has since apologized for not mentioning slavery as part of Confederate History Month). However, I don’t know what in the world Bob McDonnell and Confederate History Month have to do with the Tea Party. That’s a whole six degrees of Kevin Bacon that I simply can not follow.
And what’s more unbelievable, is that Frank Rich has become so predictable with his race baiting, that he’s even starting to bore liberals with it (and my friends, that’s quite an accomplishment). Liberal Daily Beast columnist, Lee Siegel, wrote the following about Frank Rich and his perpetual obsession with the Tea Party—
“Frank Rich portrays them as democracy’s most powerful nemesis in just about every column he writes. “
“They’re racists, concludes the ever sanctimonious Frank Rich, and you come away from one of his complacent squibs feeling that you’ve met the enemy, had him analyzed and explained to you, and now you—and all decent-minded people—have your work clearly cut out for you.”
Anyway, it’s been my experience in life that people will forgive you for being stupid (stupid people are at least entertaining); however, they will not forgive you for being boring.
Now, since I’ve already analyzed what Charles Blow was really thinking when wrote his nasty columns, please indulge me and allow me to crawl into Frank Rich’s head as well—
“OK—I freely admit it. I am totally unqualified for this job (I am really a theater critic, not a political analyst), and I see racist people. Now, the reason why I see racist people is because all of my liberal friends at The New York Times, who claim to know so much about politics, tell me that everyone outside of Manhattan and Hollywood is a racist (even Massachusetts voted for a teabagging pick-up truck driver). As previously stated, I really know NOTHING about politics or about people who don’t run in my narrow circles, so I just assume that my colleagues are correct. Furthermore, my colleagues at The New York Times and my liberal readers really seem to love it when I scream “RAAAAACIST!!” in every column, so I say if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Besides, “Cats” ran on Broadway for almost twenty years—so, if they could run the same show night after night for that long, and people didn’t tire of it, then I should be able to write the same column week after week.”
“Oh, and one more thing. I have a serious man-crush on Obama. I mean, the man just radiates awesomeness; therefore, racism HAS to be the only reason why someone could not like him. It couldn’t possibly be his policies (which I really don’t know much about anyway), because everything he does is just so magical. No, if someone doesn’t like Obama, it MUST be racism dammit! Well, I’m telling you that there are racists all around America (heck, America is a racist country—my friends all tell me so), and so I’ve made it my raison d’etre to root them out.”
“There are racists on my floor, there are racists at my door. There are racists at the bar, there are racists under my car. There are racists under my bed, there are racists in my head. There are racists here and there, there are racists EVERYWHERE!!”
“I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am—but, I really don’t like eating them with RAAAAACISTS!!”
So, in conclusion, yes, I used to get outraged whenever I read one of Charles Blow’s or Frank Rich’s slanderous columns—now, I just feel like I’m in the movie “Groundhog Day”, because they both write the same columns over and over and over again. I’m sorry, but I can’t help but be reminded of Chris Rock’s stand up when he jokes about how exasperating it is to listen to someone tell the same story over and over again—
“Hey, honey, did I tell you about the time I….”
“Yeah, you told me about that time you…!”
“Okay, well, then, honey, did I tell you about the time I….”
“Yeah, you told me about that time you…”
“Well, how about the time I…..”
“YEAH YOU TOLD ME ABOUT THAT TIME! NOW, WHY DON’T YOU GO OUT AND GET KIDNAPPED OR SOMETHING SO YOU HAVE A NEW STORY TO TELL ME!”
Please don’t get me wrong—I am NOT hoping that Charles Blow or Frank Rich will get kidnapped. Unlike them, I am not dripping with hatred. I just wish that they would totally lie and make up a story about getting kidnapped, so that I wouldn’t have to read the same boring and predictable drivel every weekend in The New York Times. However, knowing those two, they would probably even find a way to screw that up and make it boring by race-baiting. I can see the headline of their columns now—“I was Kidnapped by a Pregnant, Racist Teabagger Wearing a Sarah Palin Shirt who was Screaming Racial Slurs”. But, I digress.
Anyway, my point is that after much soul-searching, I realized that I actually feel sorry for Charles Blow and Frank Rich (gasp). They are, literally, pitiful. I mean, it must totally suck having to walk around with that much hatred for your fellow man (and fellow Americans) bottled up inside of you. Oh, and one more thing—it must really suck to be that boring. Come to think of it, I also feel sorry for their friends and family. Could you even imagine having to hang out with either one them for an extended period of time and having to listen, repeatedly, to them rail on about how the Tea Party is a racist militia group that’s trying to ruin America?!
And, what’s more is that what makes these guys even more pathetic than they already seem, is that they are completely oblivious to the fact that they are pathetic. They think that they are awesome! I hate to unleash my inner mean girl here, but they seem like the kids in high school who think that they are so cool, but don’t realize that everyone is either laughing at them or feeling sorry for them. (The video that I embedded below totally reminds me of Charles Blow and Frank Rich—and pretty much the entire New York Times op-ed page with the exception of Ross Douthat. I think that it should be their theme song.) Tonight, before I go to bed, I am going to say a prayer for Charles Blow and Frank Rich. First of all, Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. And second of all, these guys need all of the prayers/help that they can get because they are just brimming with hatred, which is extremely unhealthy—oh, and they are really, really BORING!
PS—Thanks for reading. You guys are DEFINITELY AWESOME!!
This diary was originally posted on The Minority Report.
Americans are an extremely charitable people. We NEVER turn our backs on those in need—whether it be our fellow Americans in New Orleans, or strangers in distant lands like Haiti. However, even though Tennessee has been ravaged by floods that will take months to clean up and will wind up costing over a billion dollars in damage, the MSM has pretty much given Tennessee the back of its hand.
In a nutshell, Tennessee seems to be the disaster that nobody cares about. To me, this is shameful because Tennesseans are some of the most gracious people that I know. My fellow contributor from Hillbillypolitics, Steph C, lives in Nashville, and I can personally attest that she would give you the shirt off her back (and so would my other friends at Redstate and TMR who are from TN). Well, I’m not suggesting that we even go that far—I’m just saying that we stop giving our fellow Americans in Tennessee the Heisman, and start showing them some love by helping them out as much as we are able.
Michelle Malkin has a multitude of links to many different charities on her website where you can make a donation to help out the good people of Tennessee. I’m sure that they would do it for us without even blinking. It’s time to love our neighbors and help the people of Tennessee get through this horrific disaster.
(H/T to Newsbusters for the video.)