They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A bitter pill: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare and individual mandate.
I'm reminded of a famous quote:
From this point forward, it literally will take an act of Congress to get the health care you need.
UPDATE: Apparently Congress can do anything it wants to you as long as it's "characterized as a tax." (So this means Obama violated is solemn tax pledge?)
UPDATE II: "The Medicaid expansion thus violates the Constitution" -- says states have choice on participating in expansion.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
CNN may be creating a little drama for clicks here, but why haven't we heard anything about what will happen if the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare? Are lawmakers unprepared or are they hiding something?
With a decision looming from the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, two lawmakers wouldn't describe in detail Sunday any plans for replacing the landmark piece of legislation.Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," neither Republican Sen. John Barrasso nor Democratic Rep. Chris van Hollen could specify what preparations they were making should the Affordable Care Act be struck down.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Immigrant Journalist Neil Munro had the audacity to question Obama's controversial immigration policy in which Obama has bypassed congress to create his own immigration law. Can you believe that a member of the White House press corps would ask Obama a pointed question? Obama's cheerleader team (MSM journalists) can't.
Here's the rundown...
Twitchy: Daily Caller’s Neil Munro interrupts President Obama
Q&O: Naturally, they declared Obama a holy personage, and designated Munro’s questions as blasphemy.
Jim Treacher: Neil Munro should've known better than to talk to Barack Obama without paying the $40,000 fee.
Gateway Pundit: OBAMA SNAPS! Lectures Reporter at Press Conference “I Didn’t Ask for an Argument” (Video)
Legal Insurrection: Uh, y do "reporters" go to Pres statement where can't ask questions? 7 yrs of college and they're window dressing.
Update: Yay! I'm a "Rightblogger," linked at the Village Voice. I guess that explains the spammy comment from an idiotic LWNJ.
Roy Edroso at VV concludes:
...expect rightbloggers to take up speaking truth to power in this non-traditional way, and to bitch about it when someone points out that they're making asses of themselves. Swing voters love that sort of thing.
Yeah, good point. Civility is IMPORTANT:
Unlike Mr. "Occupy White House," Ronald Reagan knew how to answer an adversarial reporter:
Monday, June 11, 2012
Cross posted from the Left Coast Rebel
We recently wrote about Obama's lower and upper intestinal-turning "Julia" internet Flash cartoon socialist prop characterizing women as nothing more than harried, helpless, hapless, hopeless wards of the Leviathan state.
King Socialist Obama and Chicago Co. thought that Julia's life story of government at her perennial side (from birth through sans-husband motherhood and beyond) would somehow be a hit with the key female government-program demographic, but as we have fortunately witnessed with various Obama campaign initiatives recently, it ended up backfiring in a rather spectacular manner.
Julia's Dystopic Obama America is not inevitable.America, there is hope, meet Emily:
How can we create an Emily America of self-reliance and properity; one where individuals are left alone to pursue their own vision of happiness; an America where dreamers and makers are just simply left alone by government nanny-staters, deficit-spending bankrupters, taxpayer-raping robber-barrons, collectivist bean counters, do-gooders and Republicrat-statist grabbing hands?
Writes individual liberty stud Dan Mitchell:
(We) also need a serious discussion of why dependency is a bad thing, which is why I’m glad the Center for Freedom and Prosperity has produced this new “Economics 101″ video.It’s narrated by Emily O’Neill, who contrasts the moocher mentality of Julia with how she wants her life to develop. To give away the message, she wants the kind of fulfillment that only exists when you earn things. Emily’s view could be considered Randian libertarianism, conventional conservatism, or both. That’s because there’s a common moral belief in both philosophies that government-imposed coercion and redistribution erode the social capital of a people.Note that Dan Mitchell correctly describes Emily's ethos of self-reliance as one correlated to Randian libertarianism, of which her brilliant, life-changing (for me and countless millions) fictional novels Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead epitomize.
Dan Mitchell is most certainly not referring to the anti-individualist "neo-conservative" statism of today's Republican party.
Which America do you want to live in, Emily's or Julia's?
UPDATE: Linked at the Daley Gator. Thanks!
Posted by Left Coast Rebel at 10:19 PM
Like all good liberals, Jeb Bush says the Republican Party is being taken over by radical right-wing rednecks and despicable libertarian conservatives who are so extreme in their extremist extremism that they'd run Ronald Reagan out. Yeah, sure. That's EXACTLY the sort of dynamic that would lead to the nomination of Mitt Romney the uber squish.
Jeb is taking a well-deserved drubbing for his blithering foolishness:
Whatever its source, the notion that Reagan would have difficulty being nominated today is laughable. The Republican party is about to nominate Mitt Romney, whose offenses against conservative orthodoxy outweigh any that Reagan had committed when he won the nomination in 1980, and any that he committed thereafter judged even by today’s standards. Romney’s opponents plausibly called him a Massachusetts moderate. Anyone who called Reagan a California moderate would have been laughed out of the campaign, and not just for a poor sense of alliteration.
Bush 41′s finding common ground with Democrats paved the way for eight years of Bill Clinton. Is that the sort of functional party that Jeb Bush wants? — one that compromises on bad policy and hurts the country and itself at the same time? One that just becomes Democrat-lite rather than pulling Democrats over to support conservative ideas?
If this isn't "a blithe acceptance of the terms of debate as dictated by our opponents," then I don't know what is... [The] activist conservative base ... spent the 15 years between the beginning of the Republican Revolution and the end of the George W. Bush Administration learning that giving GOP elected officials a long leash only made them more likely to break it.
Jebby, your analysis is about as cogent as Ronald Reagan JUNIOR’S.Go away now. You talked too much and now people know you’re a moron. You should have stayed silent and rode that myth that you’re a rising star in the GOP. You’re rising like Meghan McCain.
I think it's time to turn "jeb" into an unflattering verb.
Conservative America, you've been jebbed.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Conservative bloggers are united against the radical extremists who want to shut us up. Here's the latest:
American Spectator: Online Armageddon
Michelle Malkin: Who Will Protect the Freedom to Blog?
Washington Times: Rep. Marchant demands DOJ investigation into blogger SWAT-tings
Patterico: Resign or It All Comes Out
Twitchy: James Wolcott mocks Brett Kimberlin targets
Directory of Representatives (phone)
Directory of Senators (phone)
Congressional Twitter Directory
*BLOG BACKGROUND IN BLACK IN SUPPORT OF BLOGGER FREEDOM
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A number of conservative bloggers allege they have been targeted through the use of harassment tactics such as SWAT-ting (fooling 911 operators into sending emergency teams to their homes), in retaliation for posts they have written, and now Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., has stepped into the matter. He has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to investigate the SWAT-ting cases to see if federal laws have been violated...ABC News spoke with two prominent conservative bloggers who were victims of SWAT-ting, a hoax tactic used by some hackers to infiltrate a victim’s phone system, often through voice over IP (VOIP) technology to make calls appear as if they are coming from a residence. The perpetrators call police to report a violent crime at that home to which the police respond, sometimes with SWAT teams.Just after midnight on July 1, 2011, Patrick Frey, a deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles and a conservative blogger who writes under the name “Patterico,” heard a pounding at his door as sheriff’s deputies arrived to investigate a call from Frey’s home about a man who claimed he had killed his wife. But no one in Frey’s home had been killed, and no one had made a phone call to the police.“It’s a phone call that could have gotten me killed,” Frey wrote on his blog about the incident.Frey was cuffed by police while they woke up his wife, who was asleep in their room, and questioned her about the safety of the children. Helicopters swarmed overhead with searchlights as the sheriff’s deputies investigated.
X-posted at the Left Coast Rebel
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, via. Twitter, on the Wisconsin recall election results:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"><p>Despite the disappointing outcome, <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%2523WIrecall">#WIrecall</a> effort sent Scott Walker a message that his brand of divisive politics is offensive & wrong.</p>— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) <a href="https://twitter.com/DWStweets/status/210227795136221185" data-datetime="2012-06-06T04:33:06+00:00">June 6, 2012</a></blockquote>In lefty la-la land democracy is dying and winning is losing. What are they going to do when their taxpayer-funded party crashes and true national austerity kicks in?
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Posted by Left Coast Rebel at 11:58 AM
This is truly pitiful:
I didn't cry that hard when Obama was elected!
Note that Scott Walker's reforms ended mandatory union membership and compulsory union dues. That, for the left wing statist, is the end of the world.
Update: Looks like this one is becoming an instant classic of irony.
Update II: RCP provides a transcript of what Mike the Tom Barrett volunteer said:
"We're not just disappointed, this is the end of democracy. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. This was the biggest election in America and I hope he keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you're watching, democracy died tonight," an emotional proponent of Scott Walker's recall told a CNN correspondent in Wisconsin on Tuesday night."I'm very emotional because we all had invested in this. This was it. If we didn't win tonight, the end of the U.S. as we know it just happened. This is it. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. And we don't have any more resource left but the people you see here behind me. And if the people you see here behind me can't get it done tonight, it's done. Democracy's dead," the man said.
Update: Linked at Hack Wilson. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Walker Wins, Unions Lose, Obama Loses.
Walker wins in landslide in Wisconsin, an ominous sign for Obama et al.
Reactions (Foul lefty language alert):
Hey, Wisconsin?The other 49 states thank you very kindly! :)— ★ Stace ★ (@StaceinTexas) June 6, 2012
When the union thugs stormed the WI capitol, that was Pearl Harbor. Tonight is Hiroshima.— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 6, 2012
...he is convinced that “exchanges are part of the future, no matter what.”
In other words, Romney wants to repeal ObamaCare only to replace it with ObamaCare Lite.
Romney's liberal buddy would stand to profit from ObamaCare exchanges:
Leavitt is one of the few Republicans who has been actively campaigning for governors to implement Obamacare’s health care exchanges at the state level. Conveniently enough, his consultancy group would profit from such an expansion of government because he has won contracts to set up the exchanges.
If Romney stays on this course, I won't vote for him.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Neal Rauhauser, consultant to Democrat Party officials
The latest from TOM:
...a typical psychological projection by Rauhauser: He sicced his vicious "beandogs" on Tea Party people and then, when he was busted by Read and Lessick, Rauhauser complained that he was the victim of "cyberstalking" and accused Lessick of a libelous "smear."
Read the rest.
Film Ladd gives a good rule of thumb for liberal bullies:
Rauhauser's vicious associates have attacked me too, so I'm sure you can imagine how much sympathy I have for Mr. Rauhauser.