Saturday, March 07, 2009
Ann deliciously raised the legitimacy of Krazy Keith's Cornell degree in her latest weekly column and of course, the egomaniac took the bait, but Coulter had the last laugh.
President Obama is planning to sign an executive order Monday to overturn Bush-era policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, according to administration officials familiar with the deliberations.Conservatives aren't just opposed to stem-cell research because of ethical issues, they also oppose it because there's no evidence that embryonic stem-cell research is scientifically sound or able to treat diseases. Not to mention the danger it may cause to women. For Obama to dismiss the facts on this issue just to appeal to his leftwing base displays his blatant ignorance on what concerns Americans most.
Obama's move will be hailed by advocates for those suffering from a host of afflictions, ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's disease, who believe that an expansion of stem-cell research could boost medical progress toward eradicating the debilitating diseases.
But many conservatives object to the destruction of human embryos because they contend that it ends a human life.The officials said the administration is planning a Monday event at the White House at which Obama will overturn the executive order signed by President George W. Bush in August 2001. It barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond using 60 cell lines that existed at that time.
The California Supreme Court appeared willing Thursday to allow Proposition 8 to stand, with key justices during oral arguments expressing skepticism at the legal reasoning made by attorneys urging the striking of the "gay marriage" ban.I wouldn't go counting my chickens just yet, for a supposedly conservative court (6 of the 7 members were appointed by Republicans), these justices have fooled us before. My uneducated guess is that a "compromise" is reached where Prop 8 stands, but so does the gay "marriages" that took place before the ban.
At issue is an amendment to the state constitution passed by a majority of voters last fall defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Prop 8 overturned a 4-3 ruling six months earlier by the court legalizing "gay marriage." California became one of 30 states with such an amendment.
"From what I'm picking up from the oral arguments in this case is that this court should willy-nilly disregard the will of the people," Justice Joyce Kennard, who voted with the court's majority last year, told an attorney who was arguing against Prop 8. "… The people established the constitution. As judges, our power is very limited." If Kennard and the three minority justices from last year vote to uphold Prop 8, then it will stand. But she may have company, as Chief Justice Ronald M. George and others also seemed critical of legal arguments put forth by Prop 8 opponents.
Prop 8 opponents had an uphill battle with Kennard, who had voted not to even take the case. If Prop 8 is upheld, the justices also must determine whether the thousands of "gay marriages" conducted prior to November remain valid. The court was less than clear which direction it would take there.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Good news for Norm Coleman, his freak opponent, Al Franken, had his attempt to bully his way into the Senate rightfully denied:
Democrat Al Franken has lost a bid to force Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to sign an election certificate that would allow him to be seated in the Senate.With RINO's like Arlen Specter, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe turning their backs on conservative principles recently, the need for Norm Coleman to win this race has become urgent.
For months, Franken and Republican rival Norm Coleman have been embroiled in legal battles over who actually won the Minnesota Senate election in November. While the results initially showed a Coleman victory, a recount found that Franken led by 225 votes.
Before the recount, Coleman called for Franken to concede the election; afterward, he took the matter to the courts. Franken has also filed legal challenges. Both sides have sued to have rejected absentee ballots – at least, the ones most likely to favor them – counted. Coleman has tried to have the recount results thrown out.
Following today’s decision, the Coleman camp sent out a release trumpeting the “wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play.”
This is just too funny:
Global warming activists stormed Washington Monday for what was billed as the nation's largest act of civil disobedience to fight climate change -- only to see the nation's capital virtually shut down by a major winter storm.
Schools and businesses were shuttered, lawmakers cancelled numerous appearances and the city came to a virtual standstill as Washington was blasted with its heaviest snowfall of the winter.
It spelled about six inches of trouble for global warming activists who had hoped to swarm the Capitol by the thousands in an effort to force the government to close the Capitol Power Plant, which heats and cools a number of government buildings, including the Supreme Court and the Capitol.
The snowy scene, with temperatures in the mid-20s, was reminiscent of a day in January 2004, when Al Gore made a major address on global warming in New York -- on one of the coldest days in the city's history.
Protest organizers said about 2,500 people braved the blizzard to oppose greenhouse gas emissions, but the shroud of snow wasn't the only wet blanket in the nation's capital Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called on the architect of the Capitol to stop burning coal at the power plant last week, cancelled her appearance at the rally because her flight to Washington was cancelled.
Michelle Obama canned a public "Read Across America" event and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan canceled a meeting with the Democratic Caucus because the members of Congress couldn't get to D.C. An honor cordon at the Pentagon for Afghanistan's defense minister also had to be called off.
Some protesters couldn't make it as dozens of flights in the area were delayed or called off, and some couldn't face the dangerous roads or blustery weather, leaving hundreds safe, if sorry, back at home.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
An emotional Matt Damon listened to a Zimbabwean woman describe how she was raped while pregnant on a perilous journey across the border into South Africa.Good to see Matt Damon catch up to most of the rest of the world that's known about the South Africa's plight for years now. That could be why former President George W. Bush did so much for the region, more than any other U.S. president before him, while in office. Not that Damon, who had no problem sticking it to Sarah Palin during last year's presidential campaign, would ever acknowledge such a thing even if he knew about it (much less the fact that Bill Clinton did nothing for Rwanda during his two terms). And don't you just love it when these rich, Hollywood liberals go on these self-serving, enlightenment "fact-finding" trips ("Look at me! I'm helping some brown and black people!!!"), it's gotta make them feel so good about themselves. Expect a Matt Damon-produced documentary soon, better yet, he can just do like Brangelina and adopt a few Africans! That'll show 'em!
The Hollywood actor visited refugee centers in Musina on the South African border with Zimbabwe as part of his work with the human rights organization he started with a number of other celebrities.
An estimated 3 million Zimbabweans have fled the economic collapse and dire humanitarian conditions in their country for South Africa.
Damon said in an exclusive interview with the AP Tuesday that he was "shocked and saddened" by the plight of the people he had spoken to. He said conditions were "untenable" and called on international and regional leaders to take action.
Seizing the offensive in his ongoing war of words with the Obama administration, radio giant Rush Limbaugh is challenging President Barack Obama to appear on his program “without a teleprompter” for a straightforward debate on issues important to the American people.
Limbaugh told his audience Wednesday that attacks against him are being orchestrated by Obama “flunkies” who are “feasting on their own arrogance.”
“But I have an idea,” Limbaugh said, “if these guys are so impressed with themselves, and if they are so sure of their correctness, why doesn't President Obama come on my show? We will do a one-on-one debate of ideas and policies. . . They're claiming they wanted me all along. They wanted me to be the focus of attention. So let's have the debate!
“I am offering President Obama to come on this program -- without staffers, without a teleprompter, without note cards -- to debate me on the issues. Let's talk about free markets versus government control. Let's talk about nationalizing health care and raising taxes on small business. Let's talk about the New Deal versus Reaganomics. Let's talk about closing Guantanamo Bay, and let's talk about sending $900 million to Hamas. Let's talk about illegal immigration and the lawlessness on the borders.”
Of course, there's no chance Barry O will go on the most popular conservative radio talk show to debate any issues. Better to play it safe and diss Rush Limbaugh from afar, while having George Stephanopoulos, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the idiots in the liberal press continue to kiss your ass while placating your socialist agenda to the American public.
Pat Buchanan takes on liberal blowhard and author Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC the other day. Frankly, I'm not really a fan of either one, but it was new AG Eric Holder recent "nation of cowards" on race comments (which I kind of agree with) that lit the fire to this debate. Of course, Eric Holder is the same guy who was partly responsible for getting one-time fugitive Marc Rich pardoned by Bill Clinton, but as we all know by now when it comes to properly vetting cabinet picks, Barack Obama could care less.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The facts behind yet another liberal smear orchestrated to paint conservatives as hypocrites:
Unfortunately, when the left gets involved in scientific endeavors, science always takes a backseat to their ideology. A perfect example of that would be a piece in the New Scientist called, Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers.
This article is getting a lot of attention, but there are rather obvious problems with the methodology used. See if you can spot them in the article,"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.
However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.
"Some of the people who are most outraged turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by," Edelman says.
Edelman spends part of his time helping companies such as Microsoft and AOL detect advertising fraud. Another consulting client runs dozens of adult websites, though he says he is not at liberty to identify the firm.
That company did, however, provide Edelman with roughly two years of credit card data from 2006 to 2008 that included a purchase date and each customer's postal code.
After controlling for differences in broadband internet access between states - online porn tends to be a bandwidth hog - and adjusting for population, he found a relatively small difference between states with the most adult purchases and those with the fewest.
The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. "The differences here are not so stark," Edelman says.
Number 10 on the list was West Virginia at 2.94 subscriptions per 1000, while number 41, Michigan, averaged 2.32.
Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year's presidential election - Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama.
Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't explicitly restrict gay marriage.
To get a better handle on other associations between social attitudes and pornography consumption, Edelman melded his data with a previous study on public attitudes toward religion.
States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement "I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage," bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement "AIDS might be God's punishment for immoral sexual behavior."
"One natural hypothesis is something like repression: if you're told you can't have this, then you want it more," Edelman says.
I was a psych major in college and had I presented this research to one of my professors with a title like, "Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers," I would have gotten an "F". Okay, I would have deserved to have gotten an "F." You never know with these liberal college professors.
Okay, here's the very problem: the title references conservatives, "Porn in the USA: Conservatives are biggest consumers," but nowhere in the research does Edelman measure the porn consuming habits of conservatives.
"Oh, but he compared the difference between red states and blue states!" Setting aside the fact that not all Republicans are conservatives and not all people who vote for a Republican President are members of the GOP themselves, Red States are not solely made up of Republicans and Blue States are not solely made up of Democrats. If a state went 51/49 for McCain, it's entirely possible that the 49% that voted for Obama could be the ones watching most of the porn. Of course, the 51% that voted for McCain could be the ones doing it, too, but the point is that this study has no way of distinguishing one side from the other.
"But, John, why would Democrats in a red state be more likely to watch porn than Democrats in a blue state?" Maybe because in a Red State, they don't have as much access to strip clubs as they do in a Blue State. Maybe that's their way of striking out at those evil conservatives who they think are denying them a good time. Who knows -- and this study makes no effort to find out. It's garbage.
"First Mom" Michelle O helped create a patient-dumping scheme that makes many poor, black people turn to poorly funded clinics instead of hospital ER's for care:
The First Lady helped create a notorious program that dumped poor patients on community hospitals, yet the national media ignore the story. Imagine if her husband were a Republican.
The University of Chicago Medical Center has received a good deal of justly opprobrious press over its policy of "redirecting" low-income patients to community hospitals while reserving its own beds for well-heeled patients requiring highly profitable procedures. Substantial coverage was given to a recent indictment of the program by the American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP's president, Dr. Nick Jouriles, released a statement suggesting that the initiative comes "dangerously close to ‘patient dumping,' a practice made illegal by the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act, and reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick' wealthy patients over poor."
Oddly absent from most of the unflattering press coverage of UCMC's patient-dumping scheme is any mention of the role our new First Lady played in devising the program. A laudable exception has been the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported last August that "Michelle Obama -- currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital -- helped create the program."On the rare occasions when other "news" media have bothered to connect the Urban Health Initiative to its glamorous creator, they have attempted to whitewash this tawdry program. Typical of such disingenuous coverage was a story in the Washington Post, which described it as "an innovative program to steer the patients to existing neighborhood clinics."But no amount of journalistic lipstick can hide the reality that Mrs. Obama's initiative is a patient-dumping scheme. Such "cherry-picking," as Dr. Jouriles accurately describes it, was, at one time, fairly common. Prestigious institutions like the University of Chicago Medical Center routinely "dumped" Medicaid, uninsured and other unprofitable patients on less mercenary community hospitals. Many patients suffered needlessly, and more than a few actually died, as the result of this practice. So, in 1986, President Reagan signed the Emergency Medical Labor and Treatment Act (EMTALA) into law. EMTALA made such "redirection" illegal, but many high profile hospitals still chafed at being forced to treat poor patients. Enter Michelle Obama, UCMC's "Vice President for Community and External Affairs."Mrs. Obama first hatched the UCMC program as the "South Side Health Collaborative," which featured a gang of "counselors" whose job it was to "advise" low-income patients that they would be better off at other hospitals and clinics. The program was so successful in getting rid of unwanted patients that she expanded it, gave it a new name, and hired none other than David Axelrod to sell the program to the public. According to the Sun-Times, "Obama's wife and Valerie Jarrett, an Obama friend and adviser who chairs the medical center's board, backed the Axelrod firm's hiring." Axelrod helped the future First Lady formulate a public relations campaign in which the "Urban Health Initiative" was represented as a boon to the community actuated by the purest of altruistic motives.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I think I am developing a crush on America's first lady. Michelle Obama is more compelling than her husband. He's good, but she's utterly fascinating.I never thought much of Jack Cafferty when he was a local newsanchorman here in NYC. But ever since he crossed over to CNN, he's shown himself to be nothing but yet another liberal stooge acting like a journalist. The fact that he can publicly admit to his bias doesn't make him any less of a prick.
Mrs. Obama has blown away the stale air in a White House musty from eight years of the Bushes. It's like the sun came out and a fresh spring breeze began wafting through the open windows.
It's the people's house, and Michelle Obama totally gets it. So much so that she has taken to inviting people in from the streets to see her home. Nice touch -- one completely lacking in her recent predecessors.
Watch her when she visits a local school and you see the warmth and affection she instantly triggers in people. Kids are pretty much totally honest with very good BS-detectors. If they sense you're a phony, forget it. But around the first lady, they want to hug her and laugh with her and tell her stories.
You can see the same qualities these kids recognize in her daughters. She is the consummate mother as evidenced by the poised, polite smiling children she and her husband are raising. I have four daughters, and trust me -- they don't turn out like the Obama children without devoted parents.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fired back at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Monday, suggesting on his radio show the GOP leader appears to be supporting President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Hate to admit it because I'm no Limbaugh fan, but he's spot-on here. Michael Steele seems to have quickly forgotten all the abuse he's taken from the Left ever since he came to prominence as a member of the GOP. Over the years Steele has literally been savaged by the so-called "tolerant" crowd on the Left, who just can't accept the idea of a black person who thinks on his own, doesn't cater to victimhood, much less kiss the throne of the George Soros-run liberal agenda.
"Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?" Limbaugh addressed Steele.
"I frankly am stunned that the chairman of the Republican National Committee endorses such an agenda. I have to conclude that he does because he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh.
Late last week, Steele told CNN's D.L. Hughley that Limbaugh is an "entertainer" whose comments are "ugly."
Also on his radio program Monday, Limbaugh said Steele is being used by the "liberal media."
"Michael Steele has been around long enough to know that the liberal media will use him by twisting what I say or what others say," he said. "He took the bait, he bit down hard on the bait, he launched an attack on me, even though the premise of what was said to him was false."
D.L. Hughley, a liberal comedian now posing as a "journalist" on CNN, played Steele for a fool by getting him to diss Limbaugh. Indeed, Hughley played the oldest card in the book, divide and conquer, and Steele was dumb enough to fall for it hook, line and sinker. Steele did the right thing in later apologizing to Limbaugh and now he needs to just concentrate on his role as GOP chairman by pushing conservatives ideals/solutions on moderates and conservative Dems and quit wasting time catering to the fringe wing of the Democrat party--conservatives are fully aware that's a lost cause.
The new administration remains consistent with corrupt cabinet picks:
Hypocrisy we can believe in.
The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approved or funded with taxpayers' money, a Daily News probe found.
Most donations were organized and well-timed.
In one case, a developer became a Carrion fund-raiser two months before the borough president signed off on his project, raising more than $6,000 in campaign cash.
In another, eight Boricua College officials came up with $8,000 on the same day for Carrion three weeks before the school filed plans to build a new tower. Carrion ultimately approved the project and sponsored millions in taxpayer funds for it.
Carrion resigned as borough president effective Sunday and begins his new job as director of the White House Office on Urban Policy Monday.
Poll: Majority Approve Of Obama's New Troop Plan
Mitt Romney Wins GOP Straw Poll
N.Y. Catholics: Dems Trying To Bankrupt Church
Are Hookups Killing College Romance?
Dr. James Dobson Steps Down As Focus On The Family Chairman
A Commercial For Adultery?
Obama Names Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebellus Health Secretary
CNN Contributor Compares 'Listening To Obama' To Sex
Proposition 8 Battle Returns To Court
Louis Farrakhan: Followers Must Continue 'Obama Energy'
Sunday, March 01, 2009
A snowstorm that could last up to 18 hours was on its way to southern New England, and Boston could be snowed under with up to 15 inches, the National Weather Service said Sunday afternoon.
Monday's commuters in the region could face a nightmare with blowing and drifting snow, freezing temperatures, gusty winds and periods of sleet. Flight delays and cancellations were likely, the weather service said.
Meanwhile, winter storm warnings straddled Interstate 95 from Maine to the Carolinas, and they also were issued in parts of Georgia and Alabama.
Delta Air Lines canceled 300 flights, most of them to or from Atlanta, because of snowy weather, spokesman Brian Kruse said Sunday. It was snowing in Atlanta, where Delta is based, and 2 to 4 inches was expected.
David Spear, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, expected traffic chaos.
"People tend to get a little animated out here at the sight of snow," he told CNN. "Our concern is going to be -- as we move into the evening hours and the temperature drops -- that that slush becomes ice and then we have a real situation for our morning commute tomorrow.
Gee, snow? In the South? With Spring right around the corner? Silly human beings are so self-important.