Saturday, November 13, 2010
Two years after he left office and the nuts have only gotten nuttier, they just can't help themselves.
Another Democrat stands up to the idiocy of Eric Holder, the Justice Department and the insane Left. Any doubt Cuomo will be viewed as a traitor to his party any day now?
Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo says the trial of the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks shouldn't be held in New York state.
Attorney General Eric Holder originally proposed trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH'-leed shayk moh-HAH'-med) and four alleged accomplices in Manhattan federal court. But the administration backtracked after New Yorkers and elected officials including Mayor Michael Bloomberg objected to the costs and potential security threat.
Holder said this week he would choose a venue for the trial soon.
Cuomo told reporters Friday he knows Holder and has worked with him. He said he would "advocate forcefully" to keep the trial out of New York state altogether.
Just when you thought the Left couldn't get any stupider, they do dumb stuff like this:
Plastic children’s movie based toy fans, rejoice: Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco has vetoed the city’s controversial ban on putting toys in Happy Meals. “There are times when a city can go too far,” Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle as he vetoed the bill, citing among his reasons to do so both parents’ rights and the widespread public ridicule San Francisco faced over the law.Of course the irony here is that Newsom is well-known for his ass-backwards leftwing ideology, yet common sense seems to have found even him here.
Defending the rights of parents, Newsom argued that inserting the government this much in the decisions of parents went “too far” despite the good intention of combating childhood obesity, and that there were likely more effective ways of achieving that goal. Also, this law is just embarrassing:
Newsom said his opposition is not just about policy, but also about reputation. The city already has been through the wringer nationally and internationally for its ban on plastic bags and a mandatory recycling law in which residents can get in trouble for not composting – ordinances the mayor supports. But Newsom said the toy ban, which has captured the attention of Jon Stewart, “Dr. Phil” and national headlines, goes too far.“There’s a reason there’s not a TV station in this country that hasn’t candidly been mocking us,” Newsom said.San Francisco Happy Meal lovers are not out of the woods yet, though: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduling a vote to override the veto, and the first time around, the bill got enough support that, should the same vote count come in, they could override the veto. In the meantime, though, San Franciscan Happy Meal fans have a window to stock up on all the toys they can (which now, according to the McDonald’s website, are every child’s favorite giant robot brains.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Yes, there are reasonable Democrats in the world who can get past their bitter hate for George W. Bush and appreciate him for the man he is:
Former President Bill Clinton is heartily praising "Decision Points," the new memoir by his successor, former President George W. Bush, as "well-written and interesting from start to finish."
"I think people of all political stripes should read it," Clinton said in a statement Friday. "George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge.
"The book may not change the minds of those who disagree with decisions President Bush made, but it will help you to understand better the forces that molded him and the convictions that drove him to make those decisions."I hope 'Decision Points' will help my fellow Democrats to see why I like George Bush, in spite of our differences, and will encourage all Americans, whatever our politics, to be more open to listening to and working with those with whom we disagree. America needs that now."
'Cool It," a documentary about a mild-mannered Dane proposing solutions to global warming, carries a message likely to provoke, agitate and even infuriate. The message? The world is not going to end.
Bjorn Lomborg, who (like Al Gore) is not a climatologist but a gadfly with training in political science, says global warming is an important problem and praises Gore for drawing attention to the issue with "An Incovenient Truth." But "Cool It" -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
If someone ever demands you watch Gore's film, agree! -- on condition that your friend watch this optimistic, wised-up answer.
CNN personality Soledad O'Brien revealed in her new book that liberal activist Jesse Jackson put her down for her skin color during a private meeting in 2007. During the meeting, Jackson complained to O'Brien, whose mother is a black woman from Cuba, that there weren't any black anchors on CNN. When she pointed out that she was the anchor of American Morning, the activist replied, "You don't count."
O'Brien, who is now a special correspondent for CNN, recounted the 2007 incident in "The Next Big Story," which CNN.com excerpted on November 3. Just before her meeting with Jackson, the journalist had obtained "exclusive access to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s papers," as the lead-in for the excerpt underlined. Soon after this, as O'Brien recalled, "Jackson calls with an invitation to meet and talk." The two met at a restaurant "on the first floor of a famous hotel" and in the course of their conversation, the subject of the racial makeup of her network came up:
Today he is angry because CNN doesn't have enough black anchors. It is political season. There are billboards up sporting Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper. He asks after the black reporters. Why are they not up there? I share his concern and make a mental note to take it back to my bosses. But then he begins to rage that there are no black anchors on the network at all. Does he mean covering the campaign, I wonder to myself? The man has been a guest on my show. He knows me, even if he doesn't recall how we met. I brought him on at MSNBC, then again at Weekend Today. I interrupt to remind him I'm the anchor of American Morning. He knows that. He looks me in the eye and reaches his fingers over to tap a spot of skin on my right had. He shakes his head. "You don't count," he says. I wasn't sure what that meant. I don't count- what? I'm not black? I'm not black enough? Or my show doesn't count?
The CNN personality continued by describing how affected she was by the remark:
I was both angry and embarrassed, which rarely happens at the same time for me. Jesse Jackson managed to make me ashamed of my skin color which even white people had never been able to do....If Reverend Jesse Jackson didn't think I was black enough, then what was I? My parents had so banged racial identity into my head that the thoughts of racial doubt never crossed my mind. I'd suffered an Afro through the heat of elementary school. I'd certainly never felt white. I thought my version of black was as valid as anybody else's. I was a product of my parents (black woman, white man) my town (mostly white), multiracial to be sure, but not black? I felt like the foundation I'd built my life on was being denied, as if someone was telling me my parents aren't my parents....The arbiter of blackness had weighed in. I had been measured and found wanting.
O'Brien might have been angry as well because early in 2007, the same year she had this racially-charged meeting with Jackson, she had defended him and his counterpart, the Reverend Al Sharpton, on-air during a February 19 segment on American Morning:Hate to admit it, but Jesse's on point here and Soledad's an idiot for pretending not to know what context he made his statement in. CNN does have a problem when it comes to diversity within its news staff and while they're not as indelibly white as say MSNBC, passing off light-skinned negroes to fill in your quota form just doesn't fly in the black community.
O'BRIEN: There will be people who might think watching TV that you and Jesse Jackson are the only black leaders in this country practically. Every time there is an event, a shooting, something to be said, something to respond to the black community, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are there in front of the microphones....But do Reverend Sharpton and Reverend Jackson speak for all African-Americans? One lawmaker (Rep. Maxine Waters) says if it seems that way, blame the media.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Chinese government's anti-porn campaign starting from last year end, seems to be yielding the desired results - the industry is struggling.Gee, getting tough on porn . . . the nerve of some people.
According to a report in the China Daily, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) has said that the Chinese Government's latest campaign against pornography on the Internet and through mobile phones has dealt a heavy blow to the industry.
Around 1,330 people received punishments for producing, duplicating, publishing, selling and spreading pornographic and vulgar information from December 2009 to October 2010, and among them five were given prison sentences of five years or more, the SPC told Xinhua.
The SPC had in February issued a judicial interpretation on crimes of spreading obscene content via Internet, mobile WAP sites or telephone information service as the country has intensified its crackdown on online porn.
It's something Jon Stewart bravely pointed out (to the ire of many of the Left) at his recent "Rally To Restore the Sanity" rally, to the ire of many on the Left: the extreme wings in both parties constantly engage in bitter and hateful fearmonegring that does nothing to benefit the lives of Americans as a whole, each refusing to compromise...yet, it's always the Left that refuses to own up to their thuggery. Wonder why.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Yunno, you want to give Kanye a pass for finally apologizing for his disgusting comment about President Bush, because I'm sure it was in the heat of the moment. But why did he have to wait till Bush spoke on how much it hurt him for Kanye to say sorry? But hey, if Bush can forgive him, it's all that matters.
This made news a little while ago, but I love Professor Sowell's take on it:
It was a surprise to many (and a shock to media liberals) when three judges on Iowa's Supreme Court were voted off that court in the same recent elections in which a lot of politicians were also sent packing.The people's voice only matters when it serves and protects the far-Left agenda. When it doesn't the people are well...idiots.
These judges had taken it upon themselves to rule that the voters of Iowa did not have the right to block attempts to change the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. Here again, the particular issue -- so-called "gay marriage" -- was not as fundamental as the question of depriving the voting public of their right to decide what kinds of laws they want to live under.
That is ultimately a question of deciding what kind of country this is to be -- one ruled by "we the people" or one where the notions of an arrogant elite are to be imposed, whether the people agree or not.
Those who believe in gay marriage are free to vote for it. But, when they lose that vote, it is not the role of judges to nullify the vote and legislate from the bench. Judges who become politicians in robes often lie like politicians as well, claiming that they are just applying the Constitution, when they're in fact exercising powers that the Constitution never gave them. If they're going to act like politicians, then they should be voted out like politicians.
Media liberals, who like what liberal judges do, spring to their defense. The media spin is that judges were voted off the bench because of "unpopular" decisions and that this threatens judicial "independence."
Since this was the first time that a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court was voted off the bench in nearly half a century, it is very doubtful that there was never an "unpopular" court decision in all that time. The media spin about "unpopular" decisions sidesteps the far more important question of whether the judges usurped powers that were never given to them by the Constitution.
As for judicial "independence," that doesn't mean being independent of the laws. Being a judge doesn't mean being given arbitrary powers to enact the liberal agenda from the bench, which means depriving the citizens of their most basic rights that define a free and self-governing people.
In a fresh sign of turmoil among defeated Democrats, a growing number of the rank and file say they won't support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a politically symbolic roll call when the new Congress meets in January.Of course, many Dems are angry that supporting Obamacare is costing them their jobs. But when it comes down to it, Nancy Pelosi's corrupt shenanigans made way more inroad than Harry Reid's as far as getting Barry's liberal agenda passed. For that alone Barry should be playing peacemaker her, he owes her.
"The reality is that she is politically toxic," said Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, one of several Democrats who are trying to pressure Pelosi to step aside as her party's leader in the wake of historic election losses to Republicans last week.
Pelosi startled many Democrats with a quick postelection announcement that she would run for minority leader. She has yet to draw an opponent for the post. Party elections are scheduled for next week, although a postponement is possible.
In the interim, Pelosi's critics have become more vocal in their efforts to retire her from the party leadership.
There's "starting to be a sense that this may not be as much of a done deal as people might have thought," Rep. Jason Altmire said of Pelosi's quest to remain the top Democrat.
"If enough people come out and voice a little discomfort with the idea of her continuing on, maybe she would reconsider," said the Pennsylvanian, one of a handful of Democrats who said he won't cast a ceremonial vote for her.
The election of a party leader occurs behind closed doors. A separate election for speaker to be held on Jan. 5, a few hours after the House convenes for the first time, is a very visible one. One member of each party is typically nominated, and each lawmaker is then called by name to stand and declare a choice. The event is customarily televised live.
For hardcore Wheelers, the one-letter solution Friday night was one of the most epic Wheelings of all time.
But how did she do it? Caitlin Burke explained her Wheel of Fortune strategy to Shepard Smith today.
So here’s the $10,000 question (or something): how did she do it?
I just looked at it, and um, I don’t know, that’s what came to me immediately. I thought it was “I’ve got a funny feeling” but when “funny” didn’t fit I was a little rattled and “good” came to me and I knew that’s what it was.Also she wants to be clear that she “knew it before the ‘L’ was up there”… in other words, she didn’t need any letters, all you one-letter losers. Sadly Shep didn’t put her through a Slumdog Millionaire-style interrogation.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Glenn Beck has been spending a lot of time talking up his exposé on George Soros which began today and it did not disappoint. Nothing that begins with the dramatic lines “83 years ago, George Soros was born. Little did the world know, then, that economy’s would collapse, currencies would become worthless, elections would be stolen, regimes would fall, and one billionaire would find himself, coincidentally, at the center of it all” ever could. But, at the end of today’s long Soros biography, Beck revealed an interesting anecdote: Soros once sent him a present, a copy of A Face in the Crowd on DVD.
For those that don’t know, A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film directed by Elia Kazan, whom Beck calls “a communist” (which is a bit of healthy oversimplification). It stars Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a fraud of a man whose down-home persona brings him great fame on radio and then television but is later caught insulting his own audience. Soros isn’t the first person to make the comparison to Beck, as it’s a favorite of Keith Olbermann. However, on today’s show, Beck responded to the comparison, promising that he is “not Lonesome Rhodes.”
Check out the video of the story below, which begins with a meeting between one of Fox News’ execs and one of Soros’ higher-ups, and continues with video of some of Beck’s Soros takedown (from FNC):
President Barack Obama is "blaming the people" rather than taking responsibility for voters' rejection of his big-government programs, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is charging.
Obama told "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday that he had to take drastic action to save the American economy, which may have left voters with the misimpression that he supports big-government panaceas.
In an exclusive interview conducted late Monday evening, Bachmann, R-Minn., tells Newsmax.TV: "He said the problem was not his policies last Tuesday night at the polls. It's the fact that the people didn't understand what he was trying to do with those policies.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Too funny because that's as close Olbermann will get a mention out of Bill O.
Today on Meet The Press, host David Gregory grilled New Jersey governor Chris Christie about, among other things, whether he holds any aspirations to run for president on the Republican ticket in 2012. Christie repeatedly said he does not intend to run in 2012, and emphasized that he is focused foremost on whether to run for re-election for governor in 2013.Not that Christie ever really gave it any serious thought, I'd think he has too much integrity to do so. But if there's one thing Republicans should've learned from Sarah Palin it's that quitting your governor's post midway will not appeal you to independents.
“You wouldn’t be on the ticket at all as VP?” Gregory pressed.
“Can you see me as somebody’s Vice President, David?… I would feel bad for that poor man or woman.”
Iowans Give The Ouster To 3 Judges Who Voted For Gay Marriage
Keith Olbermann Returns To MSNBC On Tuesday
White Ex-Officer's 2-Year Sentence For Oscar Grant's Death Spurs Protest
Why Black Americans Didn't Vote
Gay Teen Honored As One Of Glamour's 'Women Of The Year'
House GOP Promises Open Amendment Process On All Spending Legislation
Run, Sarah, Run! Please
Feds Drop 'Christian Roommate' Investigation
Liberal Makes False Claim That Obama Created More Jobs Than Bush
Rand Paul: GOP Can Compromise By Cutting Spending From Defense Budget
Poll: Hillary Would Defeat Obama By 20 Points
What Still Worries Me About President Obama
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Allen West is coming to Washington with a message for the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus: He wants in.That's right, we're not a monolithic voice.
West told POLITICO he’d “absolutely” be interested in joining the CBC. “That has been a monolithic voice in the body politic for far too long. There is a growing conservative black voice in this country,” West said, that needs to be represented in Washington.
West, of Florida, and Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the first two black Republicans to serve in Congress since J.C. Watts, who refused to join the CBC, and the first black GOP members from the Deep South since Reconstruction, but the two have different ideas about whether they should join the CBC, which hasn’t had a Republican member since Connecticut Rep. Gary Franks, who lost his seat in 1996.
“I haven’t really decided. I’m probably leaning against it at this point,” said Scott, whose 89-year-old grandfather was with him Tuesday night when he won a seat in South Carolina’s 1st District. “My experience has been the whole notion of one nation — so I really shy away things that create some kind of boundaries. ... It highlights the divisions I’ve been pushing forward to erase.”
Regretting the vote. Guess Obama-mania really is over.
After a stinging defeat at the polls Tuesday, liberal media members are rethinking the horse they backed in 2008, what with the economy struggling, unemployment near 10 percent, and the Democrats suffering their worst loss in a midterm election since before most of these so-called journalists were born.
It was therefore not at all surprising to see Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank waxing nostalgic in his Sunday piece about whether or not we'd all be much better off if Hillary Clinton had been elected president two years ago:
Would unemployment have been lower under a President Hillary? Would the Democrats have lost fewer seats on Tuesday? It's impossible to know. But what can be said with confidence is that Clinton's toolkit is a better match for the current set of national woes than they were for 2008, when her support for the Iraq war dominated the campaign.Milbank's loyalty is touching, isn't it? So's his imagination:
Clinton campaign advisers I spoke with say she almost certainly would have pulled the plug on comprehensive health-care reform rather than allow it to monopolize the agenda for 15 months. She would have settled for a few popular items such as children's coverage and a ban on exclusions for pre-existing conditions. That would have left millions uninsured, but it also would have left Democrats in a stronger political position and given them more strength to focus on job creation and other matters, such as immigration and energy.Hillary Clinton settle on comprehensive healthcare reform? Really? Is that what we saw her do when her husband was president and her arrogance on Capitol Hill ignited an uprising that led to Gingrich and Company taking over Congress in 1995?
“Progressive firebrand” and MSNBC staple Alan Grayson may have lost his congressional reelection bid this Tuesday, but it doesn’t appear that he will abandon his progressive causes anytime soon. In an interview that parallels Bill O’Reilly’s chat with Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Grayson evaluated his strategy and defeat this week with MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur.Oh yeah, his loss couldn't have had to do anything with that disgraceful "Taliban Dan" ad or his below-the-left comments towards Republicans on the Congress floor or him just being an all-around a-hole (something even fellow Democrats have alluded to in the past). If only more Democrats had showed up at the polling booth...right. Good riddance you self-righteous prick
Grayson, visibly downbeat about his election results, explained that the reason for his defeat was the inability of Democrats nationally to get out the vote. “If Democrats don’t vote,” he told Uygur, “Democrats can’t win.” Explaining that turnout had fallen 20% for Republicans and 60% for Democrats in his district since 2008, he argued that “Democrats are saddened and demoralized by this policy of appeasement” that he believes always leads to defeat where compromise is not an option. Compromise, he continued, was not possible with Republicans because their entire strategy is “no.”
“There is no ‘center left,’” he continued to argue, such that being a centrist or attempting to ignore extremes was a losing policy. Calling the campaign a “national disaster,” Grayson believes his defeat was not a local issue, but a national epidemic of malaise on the left. “Our voters went on strike,” he concluded, “and we have to win them back by accomplishing things for ordinary people.”
Fresh off a narrow loss in Florida's gubernatorial race, Democrat Alex Sink is expressing some frustration with the White House.
Sink calls White House "tone-deaf" in an interview published Saturday on Politico, saying Obama's aides weren't interested in hearing her concerns about Washington's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or problems building acceptance for the health overhaul.
She says "they just need to be better listeners ad be better at reaching out to people who are on the ground."
Sink is Florida's chief financial officer. She lost the governor's mansion by just one percentage point to multimillionaire businessman Rick Scott.