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Liberty is the Fruit from Which All Progress Grows

In triumph, when our cause is just

(h/t THE right scoop)

I had the opportunity to attend the Douglas County (GA) Tea Party, but opted to not go.  Douglas County is on the opposite side of traffic-burdened Atlanta from me, and the event started just one hour after work.

Today, I found out that I should have braved I-285’s daunting traffic corridor.  At the end, I’d have been treated to this:

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Filed under: liberty, politics, socialism, speech, tea party

Tebow’s Ad a Success of Modesty

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan.  As such, I was pretty happy to see Florida lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.  I was even slightly glad to see Tim Tebow cry when the game ended.  But I got over it and even got upset at the people who rode that horse for weeks; because despite putting the hurt on Georgia three of his four years at Florida, Tim is a class act and an overall really nice guy.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, when he gets to the NFL, he gets a reputation along the lines of Doug Floutie or Darrell Green, who are considered to be among the nicest, most consciencious guys to ever don the uniform.

So, in case you missed it, here’s Tim Tebow & Mom’s Super Bowl Ad:

Yeah, that was worth all the shouting and harranging by the National Organization for Women (the same organization that supported Bill Clinton in defending his sexual harrassment lawsuit).  This and other “women’s” groups and “pro-choice” groups spent many hours in the weeks preceding the Super Bowl denouncing the ad as “inappropriate” for the venue, “anti-choice” and “anti-women.”

I’ve been wanting to say all this ever since I saw the ad last night, but amazingly enough, a pro-choice liberal has already said it all for me.  She said it almost a week before the ad aired, and there is very little I could add to the conversation that would be at all helpful.  But I’ll still try.

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An Open Letter to the Oxford University Press

Timothy Barton
President, OUP USA
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016 U.S.A.
Phone: 212-726-6000

Dear Mr. Barton,

I am writing this letter as a formal complaint.  It has come to my attention that the New Oxford American Dictionary has defined the term “teabagger” as “a person who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773).”  I believe this definition is in error and must be corrected if the New Oxford American Dictionary is going to continue in the “Oxford Tradition” as the “Definitive Record of the English Language.”

The verb “to teabag” is a sexual act that involves oral stimulation of the male genitalia, the details of which I will not describe here except to say that what one does with a tea bag in a cup of water is highly descriptive.  This term was later adopted by participants in multiplayer First Person Shooter games, who would, after defeating an opponent, have their on-screen character kneel over the head of their opponent’s virtual corpse to simulate the sexual act as an act of domination over the vanquished foe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caulk won’t save our economy.

To improve our economy, President Obama wants us to spend tens of billions of dollars on… Caulk.

That’s right. The President believes that both our energy situation and the unemployment issues that far out-strip any projections made by his economic team can be solved by “weatherizing” our homes. All we need to do is hire hundreds of thousands of union laborers to add weatherstripping and caulk to lower our energy costs. This will have a ripple-effect that will resonate throughout our economy and kick-start the jobs machine. To do this, the Stimulus Package already signed into law provided billions of dollars for training workers to install caulk and other weatherizing improvements into people’s homes.

This is all part of President Obama’s “Green Jobs” initiative, which he extensively campaigned on and continues to hold up as the future of our domestic economy. He even went so far as to call insulation “sexy.”

I have a “sexy” idea for President Obama: Instead of focusing on “green jobs,” how about focusing on “jobs?” We can worry about the “green” part when we get back to that 8% unemployment level that he said his magical stimulus would prevent us from ever topping. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zelaya to return to power

The United States delegation to the ongoing crisis in Honduras has negotiated an agreement between Manuel Zelaya’s supporters and the de facto administration in that country. All that remains is for the nation’s Congress to approve the deal.

Never mind the fact that the United States is on the wrong side of the issue; that we have essentially forced the legal government of that nation to accept its Constitutionally ousted former leader.

[Interim President Roberto] Micheletti later joked with his aides that [United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] stuck so close to her message it appeared she had a limited vocabulary. “I kept trying to explain our position to her,” he said, according to officials close to the talks, “but all she kept saying was, ‘Restitution, restitution, restitution.'”

Speaking on Friday in Pakistan, Mrs. Clinton called the deal a “historic agreement.”

“I cannot think of another example of a country in Latin America that, having suffered a rupture of its democratic and constitutional order, overcame such a crisis through negotiation and dialogue,” she said.

I cannot think of another example in history where a nation was so blatantly forced to violate its own Constitution and surrender its sovereignty by a nation that holds up its own Constitution so highly as ours as an example for others to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hate crime legislation makes some more equal than others

Disclaimer: Let me say from the start, I am not homophobic.  My best friend from high school is openly gay.  I have known and been and continue to be friends with many homosexuals.  What you are about to read is not an attack on homosexuals, bisexuals or transgendered people.  It is a critique of the very idea of “hate crimes” legislation, nothing more.

The fact that I must post such a disclaimer is horrifyingly emblematic of our politically correct society.


The Senate passed new “hate crimes” legislation for violent crimes against homosexuals, transgendered people and so forth.  The legislation makes it a Federal crime to make a violent attack on a homosexual, et al, and gives Federal law enforcement the ability to “assist” local law enforcement when dealing with such crimes.

My question is, why is it more important that a criminal attack a person because they are a minority, a woman, or gay, than because the criminal wanted to take their wallet?  In the end, it’s all violent crime.  The crime is the violent act.  The motive is an aspect of the crime, not the crime itself.

In essence, we are criminalizing one form of thought over another.  Not one form of crime, but one form of thought. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Hungry. Time for Some Pork!

Jamie Dupree has compiled a list of 186 earmarks, their sponsor and the amount as part of a Homeland Security Appropriations bill already approved by the House.

If you don’t follow Jamie on Twitter or read his blog regularly, you’re missing out on some very interesting stories in Washington.

Anyway, I pulled out my spreadsheet software and did a little math: These 186 earmarks total almost $420 million.

In other words, our most transparent, most ethical Congress in history has decided to spend $420 million of our tax dollars on vote buying, pure and simple.

Hmm. Turns out Senator McCain was right about that $800 billion in additional spending. No, actually, he was wrong. The spending is going to be a great deal more than that. I also loved Candidate Obama’s promise that, as President, he’d go through the earmarks “line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely.” Read the rest of this entry »

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No Cost of Living Adjustment for Social Security. Time to buy votes!

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders, the sole admitted Socialist in Congress (he is referred to as an “independent” but has voted with Democrats 98% of the time), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) want to spend $13 billion on giving Social Security recipients one-time payments of $250. This is because there will likely be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2010. A similar payment was authorized in the $787 billion stimulus bill.

The Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus bill singed into law in February authorized a one-time $250 payment, made earlier this year, to senior citizens, disabled veterans and disabled people living on Social Security benefits.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, introduced legislation in Congress last month to give Social Security recipients another $250 one-time payment next year in lieu of a cost-of-living increase.

President Barack Obama yesterday endorsed the plan through an extension of a program created under the economic stimulus legislation.

Effective in January of this year, Social Security beneficiaries received a 5.8 percent cost-of-living increase, the biggest since 1982.

In other words, even though the Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicates that prices are going down; even though the increase in Social Security benefits this year far-outstrips the increase in health care costs; even though this is the first time since the inception of the COLA that it did not lead to an increase in benefits, the people in Congress want to give seniors more money, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

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Even Dianne Feinstein gets it

(I missed This Week this week. Heh.)

Behold, Mr. President:

To win a war, protect what you have, destroy your enemy where he feels safest but is most susceptible. Be relentless. Hit him where he doesn’t expect. Even the smallest victories bring you closer to success.

The North Vietnamese knew this and used it to great effect. Montgomery did it to the Afrika Corps in Egypt. We did it to the Nazis in Sicily. Saladin used it against Richard. Verson Getrix used it against Rome.

It works. Take a lesson from history.

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The Cult of Obama

(H/T David Hinz)

Adolf Hitler created a cult of personality around him to propel his party’s victory in the Reichstag from a simple change of government into complete domination of the German state, with him as Mein Fuhrer. To do this, his propagandists promoted his image and his party’s symbol, the reversed-turned Swastika in a white circle, everywhere possible. He enacted socialist policies based on nationalism and fascist economics, where government heavily regulates businesses and props up failing but “critical” corporations. He and his propagandists used existing sentiments in Germany to promote those evil Jews as the cause of all of his nations problems leading up to the Great Depression; he then stole the wealth of this group to pay for his grand schemes.

Obama has done much the same thing. His symbol is his American-Flag inspired “Heartland O.” He has gone about enacting fascist economics and his Jews are those evil Wall Street bankers. His part dominates the government.

Now, we see this:

This is real, not a photoshop

This is real, not a photoshop

Disgusting.

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