Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Finally Gave In To One Of My Greatest Weaknesses

I have always avoided putting cat photos and videos on this site. (Well, there have been a couple of very rare exceptions.) I always figured that once started down that road it would not end until this became merely a cat lover's site (not that there's anything wrong with that). But that is not my plan so I've exercised a good deal of self control to keep the site diverse. But I could not pass up this vid. Enjoy.
It is best to watch it full screne.

Good Reading on the Net

A few of my favorite logs have some great posts up.
Jane Q. Republican has two good pieces about swine flu, pandemics and reflections on the MSM’s response to the latest outbreak. Jane gives a list of congressmen co-sponsoring a bill to audit the Fed. My congressman isn’t there and so here’s one more reason he might not get my vote (are you listening John Campbell?). Jane also has a detailed post about Mexican immigration law and why we might learn something from them. This is one of the things Jane does best: She does a lot of research on a topic and then lays it out for you in clear, easy to read prose.
Pundit and Pundette have a funny and sad piece about Tom Shales coverage of the Prez’s press conference. Shales glows with admiration about Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow. Here a sad/funny quote about people on the right like me, “The disbelievers will still be unconvinced, but there appear to be relatively few of them, and many are just the predictable strident voices of the kind of partisan pedantry that Obama has said he abhors.” Some of the sadness comes from the willingness of Shales and Obama (who once promised to the president of all Americans) to summarily write off between fifty and a hundred million Americans. P & P also have a post about Obama’s plans to ration health care. This section is sad because it is so true, “When it comes to human life, Obama takes a utilitarian point of view. He measures the value of a baby's life by the legal implications rescuing it might create. May God save us from the kind of "independent group" his administration will create to decide for us who is worthy, and under what circumstances would continuing medical care constitute throwing good money after bad.
“Don't forget that for Obama, some people are merely temporarily alive.” But this is not a summary. The whole piece deserves reading especially since this is another issue totally ignored by the worshipful dinosaur media.
There is also a short thing with a link to some video of a Kansas City protest of a few thousand people who take issue with some Obama policies. This good sized demonstration was ignored by the MSM. Yet they so often find space for a couple of dozen paid protesters from ACORN. How could it happen that people whose job is to know what’s going on be so out of touch?
What I like about Pundit and Pundette, besides their great taste in music and their brazen admiration of Mark Steyn and their beautiful layout, is that they write about topics that aren’t written about elsewhere. And when they cover the same topics as everyone else they approach it in a new and different way that I would never have expected. Reading them makes me feel so utterly mundane but I’d never stop because the site gives my synapses a surge.
And so it goes in Shreveport today has much to offer the conservative in search of truth. There is a fact finding piece that details some of the untruths spread by the Prez in his press conference yesterday. Then comes an important piece about a speech The Man and his teleprompter gave for Holocaust Remembrance Day. This line will keep you reading, “Obama's view of the genocide is a great deal different than pretty much everyone else's.” And a full reading of the post left me more aware than ever just how differently Obama sees the world than any of our leaders since at least Teddy Roosevelt. A new approach isn’t necessarily bad. But this one might not be the best thing to happen to us. And Attlee and Wilson will begin to shine by comparison. Pat also has a post about Larry Summers and Obama’s approaching health care rationing. Best read this because the dinosaur media are not inclined to cover the issue. Next is a post about reconciliation (also called the nuclear option), its history and why it is inappropriate for legislation that brings as much large and fundamental change as health care reform. Though Arlen might have rendered this a nonissue. But the lack of perspective of the Obamabots is unsettling. Finally, Pat has a great video that puts the proposed Obama budget cuts in perspective. I would suggest that to truly lead by example the First Family decrease the $50 a pound steaks and jetted in pizza. They could eat some hamburger, hot dogs and mac and cheese and cut back on the endless millions spent jetting around to lecture instead of listen.
At insert clever s. logan here Suzanna has a post about Edmund Burke. Many years ago Burke’s ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ was often cited as a fundamental work of conservative thinking. It is also considered by many to be one of the great books of the Western tradition. I have not read it yet. But it is a good idea for the near future. Suzanna’s post offers many quotations from Burke. And as usual he always sounds sensible and level headed.
My favorite post ever from Suzanna at insert clever s.logan here was the recent one where she described her upcoming mission work in Atlanta’s inner city. She movingly told the story of how she came to make this decision. I was inspired and felt a palpable uplifting of my enjoyment of life and people for a couple of days after reading that post. She needs financial help to get her through and one can contribute in the upper right hand corner of her site. She also needs our prayers.
At Jo-Joe Politico there is a post about the swine flu and the media reaction. Joe does not say this but I suspect that the dinosaur media are hyping this story so much just to give Obama some cover from his ongoing incompetence and the many Americans demonstrating in opposition to some of his policies. Then Joe has a piece chronicling some of Obama’s larger mistakes since taking office. Joe calls it Obama’s war on achievement. Once again I’m not speaking for Joe but I would have preferred to lay off the criticism of Obama for one or two hundred days and let him have a honeymoon. But after he pushed through the ‘stimulus’ bill with no discussion or deliberation I felt an obligation to give voice to so much reality that the dinosaur media has taken to ignoring. Historians are going to have to read blogs to know what happened during these dark ages of censorship. Finally we come to my favorite recent post from Joe. It is a number of quotes from congress people and senators that demonstrates where the impetus behind banking and credit deregulation and the promotion of unsafe loans came from. It’s some pretty damning stuff and you won’t come across it on CBS or NBC.
Betsy’s Page is good today. There is an examination of an agreement among the union owned Obama administration, the UAW and GM. The union and Obama with their GM stock get most of the equity and profits and the private bond holders get screwed. Normally (if financial genius Barack Obama weren’t president) the bond holders would be taken care of before stock holders would be given a share. I guess the main lesson is to minutely examine the political landscape before investing. It might even pay to listen to Rush.
Betsy also has an interesting post on the effect Obama’s presidency has been having on the teaching about the Civil War, student behavior in class and the gap in test scores between black and nonblack students. Some teachers feel that they are only now able to talk honestly about the issues of the Civil War. I’m not going to try and explain why any school would evenwant to employ a teacher so easily swayed to dishonesty. As for students testing much better when a man of their color is president, how much of a stretch is it from that little racist gem to the genocidal idea that life would just be so much better if there were only black people in the world. [All of the opinions here are mine not Betsy’s.]

Frank Sinatra - As Time Goes By

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Build Me Up, Buttercup on ukulele



L-O-V-E


Ukulele Orchestra of GB - Orange blossom

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Karma in the Sermon on the Mount

Below is a quote from Emmit Fox's 'The Sermon on the Mount.'

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
The plain fact is that it is the Law of Life that, as we think, and speak, and act toward others, so will others think, and speak, and act toward us. Whatever sort of conduct we give out, that we are inevitably bound to get back. Anything and everything that we do to others will sooner or later be done to us by someone, somewhere. The good that we do to others we shall receive back in like measure. And the evil that we do to others in like manner we shall receive back too. This does not in the least mean that the same people whom we treat well or ill will be the actual ones to return the action. . . For every unkind word that you speak to or about another person, an unkind word will be spoken to or about you. For every time that you cheat, you will be cheated. For every time you deceive, you will be deceived. . . . For every time that you neglect a duty, or evade a responsibility, or misuse authority over other people, you are doing something for which you will inevitably have to pay by suffering a like injury yourself. With what measure you mete, it shall be measured unto you again.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lefty Attack on the Right Blogosphere

The last couple of weeks I have been seeing many more lefties trolling through conservative sites. They must have gotten orders from the mother ship.
They can get to be a real pain since most of them are incapable of reasoned discourse. They seem to think that unfounded slanders and baseless accusations of evil qualify as debate. You can go back and forth with them at length but they never seem to learn that their lack of evidence and lack of connected chains of reasoning leaves them eternally a whining, cursing child. These attacks from the lefties are causing conservatives to sharpen their powers of observation and reasoning. But the lefties' inability to learn or improve or even listen can be frustrating.
It is sometimes fascinating to watch the intellectually primitive grunting and groaning of the lefties. Often their answer to something is to tell you where on the net you got the info and then they will gloatingly point out that your supposed source was also the source for something that many lefties disagree with. They somehow see this as total destruction of your position.
Their most common approach to any discussion is what I call, ’attack, attack, attack.’ If you deliver an argument or evidence that would normally be seen as fatal to their position, they will ignore it and launch a highly judgmental attack on some conservative somewhere. If you respond to each one of these attacks (and they have a million of them) by pointing out that they have gone off topic and demand that they reply to your ignored last point, they will finally quit returning to that thread. Though they might leave as a final post a nasty personal attack.
But their essence in discussion is an unfailing ability to find fault with anyone but themselves. Their pathological pattern seems to manufacture for them a self-assigned sense of moral superiority. I’m not even presently going to try and figure what types of youthful trauma might have caused this sick need.

Matthew 7:11,12

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Elvis Presley: TreatMe Like A Fool -- Video Mix

Monday, April 27, 2009

Nora O'Donnell Goes For the Theoat

How can you claim to be unbiased when you are so obviously in the tank for one side?




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Drama Queen Twitter Whore

The Inescapable Demographics of A Muslim Europe



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Obama Pays Off Unions for Campaign Contributions by Making It Easier for Their Leaders to Steal Member's Money

It's an ugly story. But Obama has lots of them. Below are two paragraphs from Stop the ACLU.

"Well, we can’t say no one saw this one coming, but Obama has turned back rules that had been put in place to force unions to be more transparent in their financial reporting. These rules were meant to stop union fraud, theft, and embezzlement but in an effort to pay back his supporters, Obama has turned these rules back so that unions can find it easier to hide illicit financial transactions.
"Naturally, one of the chief opponents to union transparency that fought the Bush administration, Deborah Greenfield, is now in the Obama administration. It was Greenfield that fought the financial reporting rules when she was a lawyer for the AFL-CIO. She was against forcing unions to account for all their illicit cash and secret accounts then. Now that she is in charge of implementing such rules she has been a major part of eliminating them so that unions could more easily hide their financial dealings from union members and the government."

First Hundred Mistakes and The Hipness Is All

The New York Post has a list of the first hundred mistakes from the first hundred days of the Obama administration. I don’t think they even noticed how hip he is. If Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and the other drafters of the Constitution had been as capable as the MSM of plumbing the depths of Obama’s hipness they would not have worried about such insignificant things as constitutional rights and protections. Adams and Jefferson and Madison would surely have said, “All any citizen really wants is to support the expensive lifestyle and endless spending of a really hip dude.” In light of all the hipness we’ve been blessed with it would not have even bothered them that congress has quit reading the legislation they vote on. As for all of the tax cheats in the cabinet, Jefferson would have understood that you can’t have standards, self-respect and hipness. Jefferson would have known that even if the attendant foolishness means that you are screwed for sure, you’d at least be taking the fall with a true hipster in charge and you’d also have the great joy of looking at some really hip retouched photos. Franklin would have understood that writing about what is happening can be really hard work for a reporter. But to spend your days hanging around a bar with other reporters and collectively judging hipness and all writing the same story is an easy life.

ht/JammieWearingFool

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Up A Lazy River- Evan Palazzo, stride Harlem jazz

HOLLIE STEEL 10 YEAR OLD ON BRITAINS GOT TALENT

Diana Krall: The Look Of Love

This is one of my least favorite songs. Until DK sings it. She can bring the magic where it had never been before. I still wish she would do more old favorites. I'd very much like to hear her do 'Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone' and 'Bill Bailey' would be good. But nobody sings 'Bill Bailey' anymore. Maybe I'll track an old version down to post this afternoon.


I ran across this on dKos. Who knew there are kossacks with good taste. Or maybe it's some kind of fluke. I have a friend who claims that kossacks are fully human.

College Students Subjected to Propaganda and Intimidation



ht/Stop the ACLU

Saturday, April 25, 2009




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Latest NewsBusted

NancyPelosi Is The Sgt. Schultz of the House of Representatives

Who is Nancy Pelosi favorite TV character? It must be Sgt. Schultz. They both know nothing. Everyone around them knows a lot about what is going on in the world but the speaker and the sergeant know nothing. The Raw Story on 12-9-07 said, “a Pelosi aide said the Speaker remembered discussion of "enhanced" interrogation techniques and "acknowledged that Pelosi did not raise objections at the time."“ and, “"For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk."
“"Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill," the Post added. "But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said."
“Democrats have since been vehement critics of the practice, piggybacking on public outrage to a practice many have described as torture -- including 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ) who was tortured in the Vietnam War.”

Now Nancy says, "I know nothing."

TheNew Journalism

Cap and Trade Is A Big Fat Tax

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hollywood Hornets with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - July 2008



Cherry Poppin' Daddies - 'Zoot Suit Riot'
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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Mr. Pinstripe Suit




Squirrel Nut Zippers "Put A Lid On It"



Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell


Dancing to the Squirrel Nut Zippers

"This Has All The Undertones of A Criminal Enterprise"



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Photosynthesis Rediscovered by Rogue Scientists (Don't Worry the Democrat Party Will Silence Them)

When I went through nursing training we had to study some organic chemistry. And what all organic chem aims toward is the Krebs cycle. It is also called cellular metabolism. It is an unending chemical process going on in animals that takes food and oxygen, and turns them into energy and carbon dioxide. There is a mirrored process going on in plants called photosynthesis. Water and chemicals drawn up from the ground mix with carbon dioxide to form all of the materials that make the plant. A major byproduct of photosynthesis is the release of oxygen back into the atmosphere. Because there is so much plant life vast amounts of oxygen are put into the atmosphere while vast amounts of CO2 are removed. The Algore types have begun to describe that carbon dioxide as an atmospheric poison. That’s one of the big problems with having nonscientists as your science advisors: we are truly effed without carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If we clean all of rhe CO2 out of the atmosphere plants would be unable to grow. No CO2, no plant growth and no oxygen released by the plants back into the atmosphere. No food and no oxygen: that’s the scifi ending the Algories have in store for us. And the morons in Washington don’t know any better and don’t ever seem to talk to anyone who knows better. Just another day in Unicorn Junction.
Below are some quotes from Breitbart about some scientists who seem to have rediscovered photosynthesis.

Cleaning up skies choked with smog and soot would sharply curtail the capacity of plants to absorb carbon dioxide and blunt global warming, according to a study released on Wednesday.
Plant life -- especially tropical forests -- soak up a quarter of all the CO2 humans spew into the atmosphere, and thus plays a critical role in keeping climate change in check.
Through photosynthesis, vegetation transforms sunlight, CO2 and water into sugar nutrients.
Common sense would suggest that air pollution in the form of microscopic particles that obstruct the Sun's rays -- a phenomenon called "global dimming" -- would hamper this process, but the new study shows the opposite is true.
"Surprisingly, the effects of atmospheric pollution seem to have enhanced global plant productivity by as much as a quarter from 1960 to 1999," said Linda Mercado, a researcher at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Britain, and the study's lead author.
"This resulted in a net ten percent increase in the amount of carbon stored by the land," she said in a statement.
Global dimming was especially strong from the 1950s up through the 1980s, corresponding to the period of enhanced plant growth, notes the study, published in the British journal Nature.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

This Woman Is Obama’s Point Man On Infanticide And Rationing Healthcare




There is so much going on in President Obama’s first hundred days that some very important things are going unnoticed. In the stimulus bill there was language to institute the rationing of healthcare. And Obama’s nominee to run healthcare (and give advice to Dem power players on how to cheat on their taxes) is very open to the idea of rationing healthcare. As near as I can tell the first targets slated to lose medical care are the elderly. Which makes sense if you’re a Chicago pol. Why not kill people who are likely to vote against you? And it would be a stark object lesson to everyone else. See, you’re just a normal Joe who is happy to have government paid healthcare finally passed. Then, in the space of a year or two your parents, most of your aunts and uncles and many of your friends’ parents die. You wake up a little. Then you start hearing stories about anti-Castro Cubans who are now American citizens having trouble getting the most basic healthcare while many of them die from avoidable skin cancers. Most would be outraged. A few might even say something. But a great many will just ask themselves, “How do I convince the Butcher of Chicago that I am on his side before its too late for me?” America will no longer be the land of the free. It will become divided into those blessed by Big Brother with medical care vs. the sick and nearly dead: another brave new world.
Kathleen Sibelius had a little tax problem that she didn’t take care of until she had a chance to join Obama’s cabinet. And seeing the light about paying their taxes is beginning to look like the main qualification for an Obama cabinet post. But Sibelius has more to offer. She also lied to the senate committee about some campaign financing issues and about her long time ties to a late term abortion provider. And when we say late term we’re talking after birth in some cases. Before congress and the media became filled up with lies and liars and a presidential fan was elected this was called infanticide. As near as I can tell Sibelius will tell the truth if there is absolutely no other choice. Lacking obvious proof of perjury it’s Katie bar the door. Is this becoming a new standard for major officials: they’ll lie to you if they can get away with it? The remainder of this post is some exact quotations from a Life Site News.com story about the twists and turns of a lying official doing the Perjury Dodge.

Republican senators blocked Sebelius' confirmation vote, and the same day the Kansas governor vetoed yet another state law that would have restricted late-term abortions.
"Significant questions remain about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' evolving relationship with a late-term abortion doctor as well as about her position on the practice of late-term abortions," said Steele in a press release today.  "The Senate should not vote, nor should Gov. Sebelius be confirmed, until these questions are answered fully and completely."
Steele pointed out that Gov. Sebelius "has not been forthcoming" about her financial relationship with Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller. 
"She [Sebelius] admitted the full extent of the political contributions she received from Dr. Tiller only after press reports contradicted her previous financial statements," Steele pointed out.
The GOP Chairman also challenged Sebelius to publicly reveal her position on "the extremist and heinous practice of late-term abortions."
"The vast majority of Americans do not support the concept of late-term abortions," said Steele.  "They deserve to know whether President Obama's choice to be the nation's top health official supports these indefensible procedures."
Steele said that until Gov. Sebelius provides "clear and complete answers to these questions," the Senate should not vote on her confirmation. 
. . . . .. . .
Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), the same senator who questioned Sebelius on her abortion ties, issued a press release Monday saying that he would not support Sebelius' nomination because she supports initiatives that could lead to a rationing of healthcare, to the disadvantage of the elderly and disabled.
"She [Sebelius] left me with no assurance that HHS, federal health care programs, or any new entity - such as the Federal Coordinating Council - will not use comparative effectiveness research as a tool to deny care," said Kyl.  "And this should be a matter of concern to all of us."
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"'Allocation of health resources' is a euphemism for denying care based on cost," said Kyl.  "Yet, Governor Sebelius did not agree to pull this project."
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Dennis Praeger and Perez Hilton Debate The Definition of Marriage



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Scarborough on Interrogation Technique Misinformation Broadcast on MSNBC



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Sonny Stitt - Star Dust



I've long thought this is the most beautiful American popular song ever written. The melody is tasteful but also emotionally stirring. The lyrics have a surface charm. The meaning seems definite at first but closer inspection reveals it to be a dream-like collection of star dust.

Ochi Chernye



There is a great jazz version of this song by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and others (it's called 'Dark Eyes').
I like the pure gypseyness of this version. Often in Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky a character will be described as spending days with the gypsies, often burning through great wads of money in the process. Sometimes the squandered money will be a plot device. This clip gives an idea of the mix of dissipation and joie d’verve that the character must experience. The Russian writers seem to assume the reader knows what is going on with the gypsies (cultural imperialism that I’m sure Obama would frown on). But it doesn’t look to me like the money could have been totally wasted.

Napolitano, Remaining In Crazy Mode, Says, "If things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border."

Janet Napolitano, the brainless head of DHS has said in the past that, "If things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border."(quoted from JWF)
Napolitano thinks the Canadian border poses just as much a security threat as the Mexican border which is infested with guns, kidnappings, murders and beheadings.
Maybe she can’t help herself. Maybe she has talked so much political correctness that she just can’t stop suddenly when her new job demands different priorities. But she is behaving and talking like someone who wants our security situation to get worse and who wants to see more dead Americans. At least she isn't guilty of nuance.
It is as if Obama were to say, “The US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. But to be totally fair to men of all races, colors and creeds I am going to invade every country in the world. Some people will object that we lack the resources to invade over a hundred countries at once. But they are missing the big picture. They forget our great responsibility to make everyone feel equal. I thinks that policies such as this will finally get the world to think well of the US.” Unfortunately, anyone listening to Napolitano has to be thinking she just doesn’t understand what her job is or what’s happening on the ground.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jeeves and Wooster



ht/Oh-By-Jingo

“And then the crocodile ate the children.”


Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

I got this at a site called Csodaorszag.

"You're A Very Attractive Waste Of Time."

Manipulation by Obana's Behavioral Psychologists

“From TIME: Obama is using a team of behaviorists to manipulate Americans.

“Behaviorism was invented for the training of animals. Now it's used to raise children and manipulate spouses. And our fearless leader is deliberately using it to consolidate his power, advance his agenda, and create new social norms. This should give you a serious case of the creeps:”

This is the opening of an excellent post on Pundit and Pundette about the ongoing psychological manipulation. I recommend reading the whole post.

By the Hammer of Thor, By the Rings of Saturn

This great photo is from the Daily Mail.

This is their caption: “Small, battered Epimetheus before Saturn's A and F rings, and and smog-enshrouded Titan beyond. The colours here are artificial in order to approximate the scene as it might appear to human eyes.” Click on picture to see full size version.

Twisted News Coverage From the BBC

Matt Frei in his Washington Diary on the BBC website.
After expressing surprise that Germans are not blaming America for Germany’s economic slowdown and that “Youth unemployment, especially in the former East, is rising to alarming, Depression-era levels” he gives an account of the Tea Parties that makes CNN look professional. Here’s a sample of this stooge’s ‘calling it as he sees it’:
“. . . unhappy Republicans, who seemed to have found their voice of late, organised thousands of tax day tea parties to protest against Barack Obama's economic policies.
A few protests carried messages not usually associated with tea drinking. Or with tax protests, for that matter.
“One poster complained that "American taxpayers are the Jews for Obama's ovens".
Another called "Barack Hussein Obama" the "new face of Hitler".
“Add to that the news that gun sales have rocketed because gun owners fear - quite unrealistically - that Mr Obama may be restricting the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
“To sum up: a small number of Americans, who believe that Obama is the new Anti-Christ, are arming themselves to the teeth, fully expecting to have to defend their property from marauding gangs let loose by the recession and a grasping government.
“Mercifully, this is a tiny minority, but what is worrying is the degree to which more and more Republicans are responding to just about anything that the Obama administration does with undiluted rage.
“Ideological war
“The party that lost the election is getting adept at channelling the middle-class anger that was unleashed by the economic crisis with some of the same tools perfected by the Obama campaign.
“Last week's tea parties used Facebook and Twitter to get organised.
“A few months ago, the same social networking tools were used by Mr Obama's army of 13 million e-mail foot soldiers to organise house parties for Change. Tea parties v house parties: let the battle begin.
“The Republicans are beginning to respond to the Obama administration with the same hysterical opposition that the Democrats once reserved for President Bush.
During the last administration, some on the left accused Mr Bush of using 9/11 as an opportunity to rearrange America's political furniture, wage wars abroad, expand executive powers at home and tamper with the fundamentals of the Constitution.
“More and more Republicans believe that President Obama and his team are using the crisis triggered by 9/14 - the day that Lehman brothers collapsed - to re-shape America, tamper with its free market fundamentals and turn it into a worker's paradise.
“I will leave it up to each reader to decide where they stand on this issue.”

Are we expected to thank him for allowing us to make up our own minds? His account of the Tea Parties is totally at odds with what I saw on the many clips I watched. With their news coming from partisans like this guy it is not surprising that Europe doesn’t like America. How could they even know much about America. Bush didn’t cause this guy’s distortions and Obama probably won’t be able to fix it. Why believe the truth when you can believe the BBC instead?

Garafalos -- Bad for You, Bad for the Republic

Sanctimonious Noodles in a Tomato Sauce


ht/Notoriously Conservative

Question

I have just one little question. It's about those shovels that were said to be ready. Has even one of them been put to work yet?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Scarborough: Torture Opponents Are Inviting Terror Attack

From 4-17-09 I have the impression Mika feels certain things should not be discussed.

Nat King Cole -- Mona Lisa

Winehouse and Holiday - Love is a losing game ( acoustic )

If You Give A Real Good Business Deal To Feinstein's Husband She Might Give You Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars

Basically the FDIC gave a sweetheart deal to Feinstein’s husband and Feinstein gave $25 billion in taxpayer dollars to the FDIC. In the spirit of Obama’s budget cuts maybe the taxpayers could just give a couple hundred million to Feinstein and her husband. Then we could cut out the multi-billion dollar bribe to the FDIC. Plainly Feinstein is going to throw taxpayer money at her husband and his friends no matter what. We just have to figure how to minimize the overall cost to the taxpayers. Here are a couple of quotes from a Washington Times story about the whole dirty deal.

“On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.
“Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual: the California Democrat isn't a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs with jurisdiction over FDIC; and the agency is supposed to operate from money it raises from bank-paid insurance payments - not direct federal dollars.”
. . . . . .
“This clearly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest," said Kent Cooper, a former federal regulator who specializes in government ethics and disclosures. "To maintain the people's trust in government, it is incumbent on a legislator to take the extra steps necessary to ensure that when she introduces any legislation that it does not cause people to question her motives or the business activities of her spouse." “
. . . . . .
“The total compensation can range from 8 percent of the sales price on many residential properties to 30 percent for properties worth $25,000 or less. A smaller firm also won a slice of the work with similar terms, records show.
“Most real estate agents earn no more than 6 percent on residential, even on foreclosed properties, and CBRE doesn't have as much experience in foreclosure sales as other firms, the experts said.”

The Las Vegas odds on the corrupt Senate Ethics committee looking into this are 25 billion to 1, against.

Obama Is Careful To Not Kiss Up To Dangerous People Like Veterans

Collusion Between NBC, Obama and NYT

Senator Judd Gregg on Obama's Dangerous Naivite



ht/Nearly Nobody's News

"Change Is Never Fine. They Say It Is. But It's Not."

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SEIU Tries To Steal Education Funding

Here in California the state lottery was passed into law to provide funding only for education. But the SEIU is spending s lot of money to pass a ballot initiate that would 'borrow' the education money to keep more union members in their jobs. Warner Todd Huston did a story on it on Stop the ACLU. Here are a couple of quotes:

The California State lottery is apparently in the purview of the state’s employees union, the Service Employees International Union. At least it is as far as the SEIU is concerned. Proving once again that unions think everything in the world is their business, the California SEIU has donated $300,000 to Proposition 1C, a ridiculous plan that would empower the state capitol at Sacramento to “borrow” up to $5 billion from state lottery coffers.
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So, why does this union think it has any say in what goes on with the CA lottery? Are there jobs involved? Is there work rules or state laws concerning such things involved? Nope. It’s all just a giant money grab by the unions that want to take that state money for its own members.
But here is the main point I’m making: unions have metastasized from worrying about employees and their places of work into political policy-makers. Yet, they are not elected officials. They are not answerable to the voters nor, as far as they are concerned, the law. Yet here they are with pockets filled with billions of dollars of forced dues extorted from their membership, spending that money on causes that are only at best tangentially involved with workers.

What President Was Just Described As, "wimpiest metrosexual this side of the men's grooming-products counter at Barney's.?"

Ralph Peters in today's NY Post had the following to say about Obama:

"Obama needs to get up off his knees. Foreign leaders have already pegged him as the wimpiest metrosexual this side of the men's grooming-products counter at Barney's.
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"Grinning from ear to ear, our president embraced a man who persecutes, jails and, yes, terrorizes Venezuela's last democratically elected officials as he runs a once-vibrant economy into the ground. (Will we soon send aid to Caracas to compensate for the drop in the price of oil?)
"Obama should be supporting those who respect the rule of law and the outcome of contested elections, the leaders of such diverse political systems as those of Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia. Instead, he lent his prestige to our declared enemies -- thugs who are doing great harm to their own people.
What we saw on display wasn't just the horrifying naivete the Obama administration shows throughout its foreign policy, but something even more worrisome: our president's greatest weakness.
"He needs adulation. He's hooked on it. The crowds and clapping and cameras are O's cocaine (these days).
"But to what end? Is it worth humiliating our country for a pat on the back and a fist bump from Hugo Chavez? When the ovations end, as they ultimately will, what will be left for the country our self-adoring president was elected to lead?
Whose president is he?"

ht/JammieWearingFool

Jake Tapper Confronts Press Secretary Gibbs About Insignifcant Size of Proposed Budget Cuts

Link: AP, Tapper Confront Obama Admin Over $100 Million

Monday, April 20, 2009

There is nobody here who doesn't have some blood on their hands

Pat from the site And So It Goes In Shreveport recently did a post about the Obama administration’s release of the once classified documents about interrogation methods. There was a lively debate in the comments section that I participated in. I took some of my comments, mashed them together and revised them so I could present them here.

I’m not convinced that water boarding is torture. Even though it sounds rather unpleasant I doubt that it falls within the legal definition of torture. Most people in the world would love to exist in a situation where water boarding was the worst they had to fear. I think America can hold its head up proudly in this area. Many of the European and English speaking countries that are so quick to cast blame are not so guiltless. They are saved from some external threats because Americans make hard choices. And Americans undertake actions that render them safe and free of those choices. It is easy enough for them to claim they wouldn't engage in these acts while someone else is freeing them from the attacks and threats that very well might make them more than willing to water board or do even more. Talk is cheap.
And when asked to accept Gitmo detainees all of these high and mighty bastions of morality have something better to do.
They want to act like they are pure and innocent. But you never hear them tell the US to quit protecting their countries. None of them feel any shame at giving little to joint efforts to deal with the menace they are protected from. Since they do not have their forces involved in the struggle they are spared many tough choices. But many of their citizens are not at all shy about condemning the choices made by those who bear the brunt of deaths, casualties and responsibility. They want to talk like grown up but are unwilling to act like grown ups.
There is nobody here who doesn't have some blood on their hands. Many citizens of these countries are quick to cast blame. Sometimes it seems that is all they do: find fault in anyone but themselves. They will not accept any responsibility for actions that help defend them. They will not even admit to benefiting from these actions. They are always training their moral lens on others. But it is a shallow moral lens that only finds fault in others and never in its owner. It would be more justly called an over developed ability to attack others for the cheap thrill of imagined moral superiority.

Women Keep Your Virtue -- Harry Enfield

Thanks to Pundette from Pundit and Pundette for making me aware of Harry Enfield. They just graduated from "hidden gem" to "up and coming" on Technocrati.

White Guilt Mocked

In spite of Tina Fey's subtle savaging of Sarah Palin I can't help liking her. One day soon I'll do another Beautiful Woman Of the Day posting of some Tina Fey photos. I admire that Fey frequently makes fun of libs and their foibles on 30 Rock. This one is a good portrayal of the foolishness and pain of white guilt.

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CNN Attempting To Suppress Evidence of Their Incompetence and Unprofessional Behavior

This is a new incarnation of that clip that CNN is attempting to suppress. I strongly encourage other bloggers to copy it and keep it spreading.


ht/Feed Your ADHD

Axelrod Triumphant: Trains Going INTO Mexico Now Being Searched

Yes, the agents of hope and change are making tremendous progress in twisting and reversing everything. No longer are illegal immigrants taking American jobs and breaking American laws a priority. No longer are drugs from South of the border or murdering drug gangs a significant concern of our government. No, in a perverse and deranged shift in priorities we are are going to waste limited resources searching trains going South. That's what Axelrod said on Face the Nation yesterday. When Obama was running for president I felt that he lacked executive experience and was too inexperienced for the job. Well, now we know I was right. The same nonpartisan leader of all Americans who claimed to not have even heard of the Tea Parties [what a liar] has stood idly by while DHS stops protecting American jobs. My message to Barack: "OK I was right about you being incompetent. Please stop going to such foolish lengths to make me look good. Mix it up a little. Leave something for your successor to f**k up. Maybe try the old Castanza opposite routine for a while: whatever makes the most sense to you, just do the exact opposite. It just might save the Republic. And the Americans whose jobs are saved will be grateful. Besides, I really don't need to be right all the time. Thank you, Mr. President."

Being Intolerant Of Those Who Are Intolerant Is Still Intolerance

This could be subtitled, "Conservatives Won't Know S#*t About Intolerance Until We're Schooled By Lefties"
I have this from a post on Stop the ACLU by JonJayRay about a journalism student at Whitworth University in Washington State, a Presbyterian liberal-arts college. This is a quote from the school’s mission statement: “Through its history, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide an education of mind and heart through rigorous and open intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars”.
Now a long quote from the student:
“I hate being political. I hate the separation it causes between people of different ideologies. I hate the blind despising it causes towards those of a different political party than your own.
For four years at Whitworth I have remained apolitical for the sake of peacekeeping, my own sanity and conflict avoidance. I’ve sat amongst friends while they called members of my own ideology retarded, racist, Nazi, uneducated, uninformed, morally inferior, anti-feminist, elitist and many other less than pleasant names.
“Since I am from Alaska, almost everyone I know pestered me about Sarah Palin and Ted Stevens during last year’s elections. They would ask me where I’m from in Alaska, in the hopes that my answer would be Wasilla and that I would join them in the glee of bashing her. They would start a long-winded speech about how Palin loves shooting wolves from airplanes for sport, how she’s ignorant because people claimed she said she could see Russia from her house and how Stevens is an ancient, corrupt politician who deserves to be hung out to dry.
“After a while I just stopped responding to their questions. I stopped answering, not because I didn’t have answers to their claims, but because they wouldn’t ask me about Palin or Stevens for my insight or opinion. They asked me simply as a precursor to judging and bashing these people and issues.
“The intolerance for any viewpoint other than their own was so impassioned that it was hard at times to be cordial while spending time with them. They were my friends, though, my closest friends. They spent hours loathing the intolerance of some fundamentalists, never stopping to think that being intolerant of those who are intolerant is still intolerance.
“I am conservative. I am educated, I am not racist, I am not anti-feminist, nor am I any of the other things they claim that members of my ideology, and thus myself, are. The characterization of conservatives as mindless drones does nothing for this country except keep genuine debate from occurring between opposing views.”
Can’t we all just get along? That has become more difficult in any area where lefties have a firm grip on power.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli

I had a philosophy professor who invariably referred to this mass when he needed an example of beauty. He was an unusual teacher who stressed the classical Greek language, Plato, Hegel, Marx and Palestrina. He had an unusual and fascinating interpretation of Hamlet, that I will share one day.
Kyrie


Gloria


Agnus Dei


Credo


Benedictus

How many Billions Of Stimulus Dollars Went Directly Overseas?

Who Does my congressman work for? If my congressman takes his orders from someone on K Street, isn't it taxation without representation?


Diana Krall: Cry Me A River

Her phrasing reminds me of Frank Sinatra. Plus she's a beautiful blonde with high cheekbones. And she has a warm smile.



Diana Krall - In Brazil -- Quiet Nights

Victor Davis Hanson: Where the University Went Wrong

Some of the reasons why universities are often called socialist reservations. And he makes a great case for an old fashioned liberal arts education, which wins my heart every time.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Grassroots Are Just A Beginning

There have been endless accusations from the American Pravda, i. e., the networks, CNN, the NYT, the LAT. etc., that the Tea Parties were not true grassroots efforts. Of course, they are shameless liars. But I hope this whole movement doesn’t develop a drive to remain grassroots and only semi-organized. The Democratic Party is receiving massive infusions of federal money and backup from the full weight of the federal bureaucracy. Those of us who believe the federal government needs to be saved from the Democrats can’t stay just grassroots and hope to win. I am not sure what form or direction the organizing should take. But much more organization and coordination will be necessary. I am not so sure the national Republican Party is worthy of our support. All of the Republican national leaders are more concerned with chasing after a few dollars from lobbyists to even give much time or attention to the issues that move the Tea Party people. I don’t know what the answer is. But that answer will have to include becoming more than grassroots.

Bad Driving

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How Can Our Troops Face The Enemy When They Have To Worry About Obama and Napolitano Attacking Them From The Rear?

That is the inevitable question. That and why encourage your kids to join the military if it will just cause American law enforcement to target them? I've tended to believe that Obama is pretty smart. But I'm not so sure that can be true if he doesn't get rid of Napolitano. Unless his goal all along has been to weaken our military and make us unbelievably vulnerable to attack.




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Free Speech in Academia with Dennis Hayes

Regarding Garafalo

Garafalo probably suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.  The extreme tattoos are a real give away.  Because of the disorder she is incapable of clear reasoning about the world around her.  She will tend to split the world up into her friends who are totally good and her enemies, the right wingers, who are infinitely evil.  It is a little sad because she is doomed to see the world in this severely split way and will never be capable of seeing it as it is.  She is doomed to always project her inner conflicts onto the outer world.  She has manufactured a bunch of pseudo-intellectual rationalizations, such as seeing Stockholm syndrome and 'limbic brains' in numbers far beyond what is warranted.  And she goes from talk show to talk show trotting out these weak and misapplied rationalizations.  I have quoted below some descriptive material about the disorder from Peter Fox‘s site:  "Yet, contrary to what one would expect of this degree of self-absorption, these folk can have surprisingly little inner life and little autonomous self-worth. "Their facile self-esteem sounds conceited and noxious.
"As a consequence they are rarely satisfied with life's gifts - everyone else is to blame for the shortfall.
"Even without an identity or an inner life, there is still a signature bad temper - the narcissistic rage of frustrated entitlement. They can rage for weeks over a tiny mishap in their work, family or marital life.
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"Denial of accountability drives their default position of me-me-me no-responsibility, I'm-right-you're-wrong to an extreme.
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"Those with NPD have a noxious self-esteem - taking the glory no matter what another's contribution to a shared task. "

Friday, April 17, 2009

Yeah, Well I Have A List Too




My list has only one name on it. It is titled 'Directors of Homeland Security Who Are Politicizing Law Enforce Instead Doing The Law Enforcement She Was Hired To Do.'

Artie Shaw & Helen Forrest - Deep Purple



Whispering - Les Paul & Mary Ford

Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens Discuss World War II

Fine program that explores the moral and strategic choices of WWII and the lead up to it. It also examines the wisdom of the US involvement in Yugoslavia in the '90s as well as the invasion of Iraq.

But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

From an NBC 'News' site: "The White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech, according to CNSNews.com.
"The gold "IHS" monogram inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day, CNSNews.com reported."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Business Drunk Is Like Rich Drunk: It's Still Legal To Drive"

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Maybe Tea Parties Are Just Too Delicate And Civilized For The MSM

Some citizens getting together to express their views on tax policy nearly drove the dinosaur media crazy. They reacted in a strange combination of anger and lockstep ideological purity. And most of them just couldn't stop the endless giggling references to their own tribal sexual deviancy (of course a deviant sexual practice is most any that I haven't engaged in). Below (from Zombietime) are some examples of some hateful, bizarre, unpatriotic and even murderous outpourings at lefty protests that never bothered the MSM enough to mention much less snigger derisively at. I think it might have been Katie Couric who first said, “Why have a double standard unless it painfully unfair and palpably obvious. . . . And is this where I sign up to start royally screwing working class, middle American women?”






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Another California Slimebag: Nancy Pelosi Looking For A Scaprgoat

Congress takes millions of dollars and lots of favors from Wall St. and the banks and is now trying to put the blame for what they did on the people whose bribes they took. There is no honor among thieves.
This is from the San Francisco Gate:
“Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that the American people are demanding "discipline and accountability" after the multibillion-dollar federal bailouts, promised Wednesday to create a legislative commission with broad oversight to investigate the causes of Wall Street irregularities and their full costs to taxpayers.
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“"We're going to have a commission ... even if it is only in the House of Representatives," Pelosi pledged, saying it would allow Americans "to have a clearer understanding of how we got here - and the risk that's been taken by the taxpayers in all this."“


I’ve been running my own investigation for a while now. And I am convinced that if congress had regulated these businesses properly we wouldn’t be in this mess. But since she wants to do some investigating, we really need to look into how much money and what sweetheart deals were given to members of congress by all of these people Pelosi now wants to put all of the blame on. Could she just tell me how much one has to pay a slew of congress people to have the privilege ruining the economy in a way that makes me the most money?
A real give away that this is a pathetic crooked joke is the next quote: “She said the move coincides with legislation she soon will send to President Obama on financial institution regulation and reform, "so we have transparency ... discipline and accountability to the American taxpayer."“ If Pelosi had any interest in transparency, discipline and accountability she would have brought some to congress. But all movement from her has been in the opposite direction. And now that the public is angry she is looking for a scapegoat for her own derelictions.

James Wolcott Complains That Tea Parties Just Aren't Enough Like MoveOn.org

One of his funnier complaints was that the people at the Tea Parties just didn't seem angry, "just miffed." This while so many lefties endlessly complain about the anger on the right. Just goes to show the an honest conservative can't please every lefty.


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Fuller Contest For The CNN Chicago Tea Party 'Coverage'



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Morning Joe Sells Out But Is Lacking In Shame

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

There Once Was A Senator From California Who Lied And Disrespected her Constitutients

A few weeks ago I wrote emails to my congressman and both of my senators generally berating them for, among other things, giving themselves pay raises while they were telling me these are the worst economic times of my life. A waste of time and energy I know but sometimes I just get weird about things like this. I know no one in their offices reads mail from constituents who are not large donors. You must check a box for the subject of your email or it will not be sent. Then some computer sends you the same answer about that issue that everyone else with that box checked gets. I got no reply from John Campbell or Barbara Boxer. But I won’t vote for any of them since they won’t read legislation before voting on it. After about a month I recently got an answer from Diane Feinstein. Except for my much improved salutation I reproduce Di Fi’s reply completely and exactly here.

Dear Californian who is stupid enough to live in a bankrupt state that has senators and congressmen who don’t give an eff what you think or want, ugly moneyless moron that you are,

“Thank you for contacting me about my salary as a United States Senator. I appreciate hearing from you.
“I understand that you would like to see Members of Congress reject the automatic cost of living increase to our annual salary. Annual adjustments take effect immediately unless disapproved by Congress. They are determined by a formula called the Employment Cost Index, which considers changes reflected in private industry wages and salaries. Since 1994, Congress has refused an increase in pay six times.
“The Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on March 11, 2009, includes a provision to eliminate the 2010 pay raise for Members of Congress. Additionally, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has offered a bill, S.542, which would repeal the provision of law that provides for automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress. Majority Leader Reid has made a commitment to consider and vote on this bill in the near future.
“Although I have repeatedly donated my pay raises to charity, I understand the implications of repealing the automatic adjustment for those who rely on the increase to cover the costs associated with being a Member of Congress, such as dual residency in the District of Columbia and their home state.
“Please know that I understand your support for rejecting Congress' automatic pay increase and I will keep your thoughts in mind as the Senate considers this issue. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,”

Isn’t that sweet. She’s taking our money for the sake the many penniless, under paid members of congress. Is anyone else suspicious about the assertion that there are members of congress who just don’t have enough money? The only ones that would apply to would be the ones who seen their opportunities and then didn’t take them. I have yet to see any evidence that there are any such among the present pack in office.
Of course Di doesn’t need anymore federal money because, while chairperson of a subcommittee she gave contracts to her husband worth in excess of half a billion dollars. She has already overfed at the public trough. And that is a part of my email she didn’t address. I told her I feel she should resign because she is an unethical disgrace to her state and her country. Strangely no word back on that.
If I sound angry there is a simple explanation for that: I am angry, anyone aware of what’s going on would be.

Michelle Pfeiffer: My Funny Valentine



The Susie Diamond auditions....

kos Krazies Very Open About Intention to Pose As News Crew at R. I. Tea Party

This couple openly says their intent is to cause embarrassing statement from Tea Party attendees. I think a lot of the problem is that dKos is part of the establishment and the Tea Parties are obviously anti-establishment. Here is most of their krazy post:
"The great thing about owning professional video equipment is that armed with it, you can pass yourself off as being a professional news crew pretty easily.
So tomorrow, [Fake Station Name Redacted] is going to send a cameraman and on air news personality out into the field to cover this "teabagging" phenomenon.
"We're going to ask open ended questions that seem to have a slight conservative bent to (hopefully) get them to open up and just start ranting.  Then, we take any examples of racism, hatred, ignorance, and stupidity that we catch on camera and make a little movie out of it.  Probably a YouTube special.  
Here's the list we have so far
"* What are you celebrating (The Boston Tea Party), and can you explain its historical relevance?  [We're hoping to get some hilarious flubs from this one]
"* Is this your first time teabagging?  [OK, so, a juvenile one, but worth it] (apparently, we're the only ones who have connected tea parties to teabagging.  Or, for that matter, the sociological study "Tearoom trade".  Removed for the sake of keeping covert)
"* Do you approve of Michael Steele's plan to expand the GOP through a "hip-hop urban-suburban marketing strategy"?  [hoping to get some juicy racist stuff from this question] * (as an intentional misunderstanding/follow up, presuming that someone complains about wasteful government spending) "So you disapprove of your tax dollars going to the Iraq War?"  [should elicit some confusion] * Do you approve of the direction in which this country is headed? [With thanks to Bob Love]
Anyways, it's a start... but I'd love to have some suggestions for questions that sound fine, but should prompt an outpouring of crazy.
"Thanks in advance, and I'll be sure to post a link to the finished video when it's available!"
It would probably be interesting o compare the video they end up with to the raw footage. But the chances of that happening are about the same as it was for congress releasing a copy of the stimulus bill in time for it to be read before the vote.
I continue my policy of posting no link to dKos.

ht/Michelle Malkin.com