[H/T Toby Toons for the image.]
This past week in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner (that killed six people and wounded nine others–including the congresswoman), the mainstream/liberal media instantly pounced on “the violent rhetoric” by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party as the cause of Loughner’s mad shooting spree. Oh, and they did this within half an hour of the victims being shot, before any of the facts of the case had come in. To be specific, the likes of Andrew Sullivan (he of “Trig Truther” fame), Markos Moulitsas, Matthew Yeglesias, Paul Krugman, The New York Times Editorial Board and just about everyone at MSNBC immediately implied that “right-wing rhetoric”, and specifically Sarah Palin, were accessories to this tragedy. In fact, Markos Moulitsas even went so far as to tweet out “Mission Accomplished Sarah Palin” immediately after the shooting, and blamed her based an obscure map that she had put out almost year ago on her Facebook page “targeting” certain districts for the 2010 election. To quote Alex Knepper, according to liberals, “Guns don’t kill people, Sarah Palin’s metaphors do”. (See an image of her Facebook map below.)
Except that it didn’t take conservative bloggers long to learn that the Democrats had put up a similar “target” map in 2009 (before Palin did) stating which Republicans they wanted to “target” for opposing the now infamous stimulus bill. Continue reading
For some odd reason, Sarah Palin causes liberal elites to rabidly foam at the mouth. Professor William Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection wrote an insightful piece about how conservatives seem to reflexively defend Palin, because liberals seem to be perpetually attacking her. Furthermore, not only do liberals seem to revel in finding weird reasons to attack Sarah Palin, but they also seem to only be happy when they are attacking her family as well (probably because they see them as little “spawns of Sarah”). Now, why is this? I haven’t a clue. However, I can state beyond a reasonable doubt that it’s not helping them.
Eh, not so much. This is Cooper.
Nevertheless, the Nashville Democrat planned to vote in favor of the $1.1 trillion package.
“My vote is not an endorsement of all the provisions of the bill because I find much of the bill to be deeply flawed,” Cooper said in a written statement issued during Saturday night’s debate. The bill passed in the House late Saturday night.
“There is little chance that (the House bill) will become law due to the long legislative process.”
His reasoning seems to be it won’t pass the Senate or a “passing of the buck.” He also stated he was voting for it “to advance the cause of health care reform by forcing the Senate to act.”
What if he is wrong?
What he voted for was this:
… who has not had health insurance coverage
or coverage under an employment-based health plan
for at least the 6-month period immediately preceding the date of the individual’s application for high-risk pool coverage under this section.(pg 18, HR 3962)
So, what is said in public is not backed up in the bill they support. How many people with cancer can wait 6 months for treatment? In spite of the rhetoric and sob stories, Congress isn’t going to do anymore for the people than the insurance companies will do.
“Without passage of this House bill, the Senate could delay reform indefinitely. That would be the worst possible outcome because our current health care system is not sustainable,” he said.
Did you know there’s a matching funds requirement?
(2) MATCHING FUND REQUIREMENT.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph
(B), no grant may be awarded to a State unless the State demonstrates the seriousness of its effort by matching at least percent of the grant amount through non-Federal resources, which may be a combination of State, local, private dollars from insurers, providers, and other private organizations.(pg 75, HR 3962)
The federal government will raise taxes to pay for this and the states will be forced to play along. Why is it that every time the federal government decides to interfere with something, it means hardship for the respective states? How is your state placed in this economic downturn? Will you be able to afford all the new taxes?
And, yes, Cooper voted for this:
Never mind individual circumstances that might preclude buying a $15,000 dollar policy which is the cheapest one can buy. Never mind the waiting periods for pre-existing conditions. Never mind the cuts to Medicare into which retirees and future retires have poured billions of dollars over decades. Never mind that a 5 year jail sentence is a death sentence to some. Never mind that with that death sentence it means someone will die for someone else’s sense of entitlement. Please, just never mind all the negatives. Just look over here at the cherries. Cherries come with pits and we’re expected to swallow the pits with the fruit… and like it even if it kills us.
And the excuse, as always, is: “To move it forward.” How many times have we heard that from both sides of the aisle? Does anything get moved forward other than bigger government, more intrusion into our private lives, and more authority over our individual labors toward the American Dream?
Oh, and did I tell you he’s the lone Tennessee vote? I’m sure I must have.
I have no understanding of what it means to be a Blue Dog Democrat if Jim Cooper is supposed to be a prime example. I suppose what it used to mean is no longer what it means. Perhaps, we need a new term for them: BDINO (Blue Dog In Name Only).
Oh and speaking of Blue Dog Democrats, remember that Owens fellow in NY23 who was supposed to be more conservative than Scozzafava, whom she endorsed over a real conservative candidate? He broke four campaign promises within an hour of being sworn in.
Perhaps we should call them what they really are: Liars. There’s no such creature as a Blue Dog Democrat. They’re myths just like their campaign promises.
To say all politicians lie is to admit to apathy and helplessness. When are we going to expect more of the people we pay to represent us? We do not pay them to cater to the Nancy Pelosi’s of Congress. We do not pay them to serve their own self-interest over the interests of the people for whom they work.
Now that I’ve rambled in the NY23 territory let’s get back to Cooper. Did I tell you that Cooper was the lone vote from Tennessee? I was wrong. I suppose two out of seven isn’t bad.
It is small comfort to have only the hope that it is indeed D.O.A. in the Senate as is being claimed. Cooper’s own words imply that is the hope when he says it’s “to advance the cause of healthcare”, which is the equivalent of saying, “The dog ate my homework.”
Hope is cold comfort if you’re one of the ones who may end up sitting in a jail cell because Congress is full of cowards.
I can’t take credit for the catchy title. It came from one of the commentors at this blog: Heckuva Job, Nancy.
American Thinker says it’s because Obama Hates White People.
So, far, we have 42 dead and likely many more since they haven’t been able to reach some of the people since the storm.
And where’s Obama? In Washington, D.C., with not even a flyover, cranking up his thermostat hot enough to grow orchids while supporting legislation to limit energy usage by the proletariat. I supose it is more important to fund condoms and STD prevention than worry about the welfare of a red state. I mean, why should he care about them, since they bitterly cling to their guns and religion and some part of those states are also coal miners whose industry he wants to bankrupt? Meanwhile, Al Gore is on the Hill urging rapid response on global warming.
And FEMA? No where to be found according to one official in Kentucky, although it is said they’re sending 50-100 generators, one truckload of food, and two truckloads of water… or vice versa on the food and water. But they can’t get there, they say. It’s too icy and dangerous for them. Echoing the RedState title: Heckuva job, Nancy… and Obama who promised a more competent government while going on and on and on about Bush’s failed policies.
Oh, and this is the same Obama who couldn’t be bothered to respond to Hurricane Ike while the Republicans suspended their convention focusing all their energy toward the hurricane’s targeted areas until the worst of the crisis had passed. Could it have been because that, too, was a red state?
And where’s the media in all this? Fox? CNN? MSNBC? CBS? ABC? Not a peep out of them about Obama’s response, or lack of.
Obama dozed, people froze… and died.
This is so sad to me. Michelle Malkin writes about The eHarmony Shakedown in which a gay plantiff has successfully sued to force the, largely faith-based, website “to offer same-sex dating services on a new site, but also to offer six-month subscriptions for free to 10,000 gay users” and several other disturbing concessions. This is something the site was never designed to do. Please read the whole story. You won’t believe it.
We live in perilous times my friends. God help us.
The next time somebody from the left complains about FISA, I’m going to come unglued on them.
From Michelle Malkin’s site: Sarah Palin’s private e-mail hacked, family photos raided; cesspool blog gloats
Sometime early this morning, between approximately 3:00am – 4:00am, members of an infamous group of hackers broke into Gov. Sarah Palin’s private Yahoo e-mail account. The incriminating discussion threads included screenshots of Palin’s e-mail and private e-mail addresses of her contacts. The threads have since been deleted.
Hacking e-mail is a federal crime. A TV anchor who broke into his colleague’s e-mail account recently pleaded guilty and faces a maximum five years in prison.
The law will catch up to the hackers, but what about the lowlifes who are now gleefully splashing the alleged contents of Palin’s private e-mail account all over the Internet?
The Gawker smear machine – see here for all the background you need – has posted private family photos of Palin’s children that were apparently stolen from the e-mail account.
This is about as lowlife as you can get. I have screenshots of the Gawker’s site and the stuff he put up. What he has done along with the others who have posted all that information from site to site is incite harassment aimed not only at Governor Palin but anyone on her contact list which is illegal.
Nice friends Obama has, eh? And don’t tell me that Obama can’t help what they do. These are the kinds of people who support him from the media down to the smallest lowlife site and their actions are indicative of what we can look forward to under an Obama administration. He’s not doing anything to stop this kind of thuggery, is he? He hasn’t disowned Kos and a number of hateful sites so this is just par for the course. Yet, we’re supposed to believe he’s on the “high road.” He was a rabble rouser in Chicago,he’s still a rabble rouser, and will always be a rabble rouser until the rabble rousers are the ones with the power.
Just what we need, a thug government to keep us in line while they rule the nation.
The son of state Rep. Mike Kernell has been contacted by authorities in connection with a probe into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Kernell confirmed on Thursday.
Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, said his 20-year-old son David had been contacted by authorities investigating the hacking of Palin’s personal email account.
The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking.
David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mike Kernell said he spoke to his son on Thursday, as he does on a regular basis.
Kernell otherwise declined to comment, or discuss his son’s whereabouts and whether he was in custody.
Reports that Palin’s e-mail had been hacked bounced across blogs and into the news on Thursday.
Mike Kernell is a Democrat. Still claim it’s not politically motivated?