Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zooey Deschanel Sings Hello Dolly


VIDEO: Anti-Bush Protesters: You Just Will Not Find This Level of Hate and Venom at a Tea Party


h/t: NewsBusters

Just to Remind Californians, as the Election Approaches, Why We Need to Replace Boxer with Someone We Can Be Proud Of


On the net I have frequently seen Boxer described as the stupidest member of the Senate. I guess that is a consequence of her speaking her mind in public.
Boxer's office staff are often impolite to voters expression opinions at variance with the senator's. Her unwillingness to listen to and consider the concerns of all the voters in the state is enough reason to fire her. It is unfortunate that she will leave with a golden parachute. But we might be able to convince future senates to bring some sanity to that issue. Maybe you don't muzzle the oxen that tread the grain but there is no need to stuff them like the pigs they have been.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Breitbart Is Now Offering $20,000 to Anyone Who Can Prove Lewis Was the Object of A Hate Crime; Sharpton Now Spreading Lie That It Is On Tape

Breitbart's money remains safe in Breitbart's bank account. The left is beginning to look wildly desperate. It is coming to the point where they will do or say anything for political advantage. Cornered animals can be very dangerous. Sane Americans must be careful and thoughtful under these deteriorating circumstances.

h/t: NewsBusters

Rove Book Signing Shut Down By Code Pink; This Is Not Violence Since It Was Done by Lefties; Are Nonviolent Book Burnings Next??


Andrew Breitbart May Day Tea Party Speech pt1


A Discussion with Mark Steyn and Victor Davis Hanson

This is an excellent podcast. It starts out a little slow with discussion of health care legislation. But there is also discussion of when or if we can expect taxes to stop increasing. There's a little primer on how to read a NYT editorial. A bit on the condescension or the Obamabots. Steyn shares that national health services employees in Canada and the UK do not talk to you about your physical problem but will rather give you explanations of how or wether you fit the bureauacracy's needs. There is the unsettling fact that as is always the case with socialist health care there will be a two tier system in which the politically privileged will have no rules or quotas applied to their care and everyone else will slowly have covered servises decreasing to save cash. There are also passing observations from VDH on the never ending farm subsidy rip off.
Here's a link to the site, Ricochet podcasts. There is also one with John Yoo on this page. I have not listened to it yet. But I am looking forward to it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Amy Winehouse - Someone to Watch Over Me

Ms. Winehouse has been a very lost soul. This recording makes me think she is starting to seriously search in healthy directions. This girl breaks my heart. She is so low rent with the cheap, ugly tatts and the FU behavior. But she has a good voice and the spirit to do lovely things with it. I had pretty much written her off since she had fallen into a long lasting self-destructive pattern. But I did learn from years of working with addicts that it is foolish to ever write any human off until they are dead. And, with addicts, the happy surprises usually come from the people you are least expecting them from.
The performance of a classic song in a traditional arrangement gives me hope for this girl. Seeing her talent with bad material always made me wish she would someday do some good material. And I'm also given more hope for her because there is a chance she is listening to some good advise instead of only her inner demons.

Andrew Breitbart Has Offered $10.000 to Anyone Who Can Prove Congressman Lewis Was the Victim of A Hate Crime

Two weeks have passed and the money remains unclaimed. What does that tell you?

Union Dues Elected Obama and Now He Will Take Their Health Benefits Too

I got this from a link at Pundit and Pundette. The material within quotes is from Doug Ross @ Journal.
"Remember how the President endlessly bragged that health care reform would never -- never! -- impact your existing health plans? You know, the "if you like your plan, you can keep it" shtick? Well, I know this comes as a shock, but he lied.
"What no one appears to be pointing out is that DemCare specifically targets private sector union members first. Because of the dizzying new regulations imposed by the new law, "industrial concerns [and/or] those with unionized employees, say the end of the deduction could force them to ... curtail or even cancel them [health benefits]," according to The Los Angeles Times. That's right: most union retirees will have their cushy plans slammed by DemCare through changes in the tax code."
Unions expected to be especially hard hit are Communication Workers of America, United Steelworkers. and Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers (OCAW) union
".Put simply, their promised benefits will be slashed and they'll be forced onto the government-run program. Oh -- and the government-run program will have 30 million more people on the books and spend $500 billion less on seniors, even as the need dramatically increases for the elderly.
'Union members, it's time you started kicking the crap out of your union bigwigs -- politically speaking -- because:
'They. Sold. You. Out.'
It would be funny except it will have real life and death consequences for millions of families. Because the members of these and so many other unions trusted their leaders and did not perform any due dilligence beyond backing the availabel democrat, Obama is having his 'great victory' at their expense. It is at their expense first because they will lose real benefits. But the real irony comes because Obama is in office because union bosses took hundreds of millions of dollars in union dues and gave them to this buffoon Obama so her could win the election and then sell out those who financially supported his victory.

Franken on Obamacare: "Shut-up and Listen" Also Jason Mattera Confronts a Factually Ignorant Alan Grayson Plus Gibbs


India Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony (and Bureau of Funny Walks)


I don't imagine that any of this goes much beyond some exaggeration of what was once done here by Tommy Atkins.

h/t: B Cast Unofficial Fan Site

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Associated Press Now Totally Owned and Operated by the White House

I first saw this story at HotAir. A quote from Big Gogernment sums it up:
"Let’s start with the AP’s clear surrender of any kind of impartiality when reporting about Breitbart and the Tea Party movement. Political writer Michael R. Blood, who filed this report, needs to be taken off the Tea Party beat immediately. If he can’t report a simple, straightforward fact like Breitbart disputing the accounts of racial epithets without the nonsensical caveat of “although he didn’t provide any evidence,” then how can he be trusted to fairly report on other activities from the increasingly influential political movement he is covering?
"It seems to me, that perhaps Mr. Blood needs to provide evidence that he’s not biased. How’s that, Mr. Blood?"

Another Profile of Denial: Valarie Jarrett Rationalizes 56% Opposition to ObamaCare as Meaningless and Uninportant

At the beginning there is some discussion of Iran that is only notable for this Obama advisor's unwillingness to actually answer a simple question. It moves from there to her rationalized didain for the constant and increasing opposition of the American people for her president's hallmark legislation.

h/t: NewsBusters

Saturday, March 27, 2010

If the Left Had A Principled Objection Against Violence in Politics We Would Have Heard from Then about It During All the Townhall Meetings

Also if the MSM had principled objections to violence in politics they would have reported on some of the things that went on during last summer's townhall meetings. But this is not a case of principled men speaking out. Here is a column by Mary Katherine Hamm about some of what was going on last summer that was ignored by the suddenly outraged acting politicians and pseudo-reporters.

"The White House Has No Interest In Being Transparent Because They Have So Much to Hide"


h/t: Pundit and Pundette

Profiles in Denial: Cynthia McKinney

She seems to think she is very smart and cool. And, as near as I can tell she is about as stupid as she thinks she is smart. She did figure out how to play the affirmative action game. She seems to have found a gerrymandered district that might keep sending her back to congress forever no matter what she says or does. But does she have to keep rubbing people's faces in it?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pi to 100 Digits While Doing Nerdy Stuff


h/t: DoublePlusUndead

The Way You Look Tonight -- Tony Bennett


Victor Davis Hanson on the Latest Leftie Hypocrisy

Two quotes from Hanson today at NRO:

"The subtext is really one of class — right-wing radio talk-show hosts, Glenn Beck idiots, and crass tea-party yokels are foaming at the mouth and dangerous to progressives. In contrast, write a book in which you muse about killing George Bush, and its Knopf imprint proves it is merely sophisticated literary speculation; do a docudrama about killing George Bush, and it will win a Toronto film prize for its artistic value rather than shock from the liberal community about over-the-top discourse."
"So here we are with the age-old problem that once one destroys decorum for the sake of short-term expediency, it is very hard to restore it in any credible fashion on grounds of principle when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot. A modest suggestion: If the liberal community wishes to be more credible in its concern about contemporary extremist anti-administration rhetoric, then they might try the following: “Please, let us avoid extremism and do not fall into the same trap as Baker, Chait, Keillor, Gore, Moore, or Range when they either expressed open hatred toward their president, or speculated about the assassination of their president, or compared their president to a fascist. We must disown such extremism, past and present.""



Thursday, March 25, 2010

"If Obama Were Not An Ideologut He'd Be Working on Jobs, He Wouldn't Be Working On This"


A Couple of Good Links About Health Care

The really good one is Doctor Zero at
There is also a good short piece in the WSJ by Bobbie Jindal about repeal of the ObamaCare bill.
The photo is a Littman stethoscope. It was always my favorite brand.

Gene Krupa- Sing, Sing, Sing


Rep. Anthony Weiner Continues the Systematic Misrepresentation of ObamaCare

It is as if this sleaze of a congressman was badly frightened by the truth as a small child and has vigorously avoided it ever since.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We Need To Remove Pelosi From Congress So That We Will Know All The Benefits That Will Come From A Pelosi-Free Congress

Judge Andrew Napolitano Comments on Stupak's Fig Leaf

I doubt that Stupak is as stupid as this move seems to indicate. There is some force at work in Washington, DC that causes people to blindly accept as true propositions that anyone of normal intelligence would instantly see through as a lie. 'Power tends to corrupt.'

Monday, March 22, 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops


CNN Analyst Stoops to Personal Attack Against ObamaCare Bill Opponents


h/t: NewsBusters

In his haste to be hostile and gratuitously insulting this buffoon failed to submit his attack to rational analysis. No one's spelling proficiency is at all relevant to the question of whether or not any piece of legislation is or is not socialistic. His preference for Alinsky over logic says it all. I am in possession of no proof that Mr. Martin, himself, can spell. I suspect he can read and write but I lack proof. His own words prove that he is unable to think clearly which I value more highly than the ability to spell, read or write. I am reminded of the CNN newsreaders who have gone on 'Jeopardy' and had their asses handed to them. One begins to think of CNN as a collection of semi-literates who think they know something because they appear on TV.

A Law Noxious to Human Dignity


"But making you buy insurance merely because you are alive is a claim of power from which many Americans instinctively shrink."
--Randy Barnett, a law professor at Georgetown in today's Washington Post

Monday, March 15, 2010

CBS's Bob Schieffer: White House May Have to Waterboard Some Dems to Get Support for Health Care


As Kingfishers Catch Fire

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying, Whát I do is me: for that I came.

Í say móre: the just man justices;
Kéeps gráce: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dennis Miller on the Hot and Flat Earth Society

This clip is from late 2008: "Global warming has officially become creepy."

Red State Update Meets Dennis Miller: DM is interviewed by Jackie.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Semi-Vacation from Bloging Will Continue

My semi-vacation must continue. I saw my doctor yesterday and discovered that I have a urinary tract infection. That explains a lot of why I have had even less energy and ability to concentrate recently. I am going to take my antibiotic and stay mostly in bed for a few days.
That is my doctor on the left. On the right is a photo of the medical building where her office is located.
I was taking it easy last night and I went to Hulu to watch something light. I came across the TV series 'Book Group.' I watched the first five or six episodes. I have never read any of the books they discussed and might not ever. They were such choices as 'Love in the Time of Cholera,' 'On the Road,' and 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.' But the soap operaishness of the story helped divert me from my mild discomfort. The central character is played by Anne Dudek who has always been a favorite of mine.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Michael Moore Slanders Republicans: Find the Fallacy Or Should I Say Find the Lie


In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I am not a Republican.
It is just plain a flat out lie to say that Republicans would like the lack of reasonable and safe building codes. Much regulation has often sprung from within the Republican Party. Moore's endlessly dishonest mind and mouth chooses to ignore the truth and jump straight to a lie. Maybe he feels that his dislike for the object of the slander justifies his lie. Maybe he does not know the difference between the truth and the lies that he loves. I tend toward accepting the first alternative. Having watched and listened to the man for many years it has been my sense that he doesn't give a fig for the truth and loves, even relishes going for the throats of his opponents. These days I pay less and less attention to Moore since doing so will tell one little about reality except what lies are presently in circulation.

Rubio Discusses Health Care


Saturday, March 6, 2010

"The Problem He (Rangel) Faces Is the Facts"


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Tonight You Belong to Me Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters


Cheek To Cheek -- Ginger Rodgers


More Than You Know Billie Holiday


Stossel on Legalizing Drugs: What Does Society Gain by Maintaining the Prohibition?

I once heard a presentation by a psychiatrist who was arguing against dropping the prohibition against many illegal substances. He laid out a number of arguments. He said that if these substances were no longer legal they would become widely and easily available. He claimed that the worst effects of legalization would be felt in poorer and generally minority inhabited neighborhoods. There were other arguments as well. In those days I spent my working days with heroin, cocaine and Vicodin addicts. And my natural curiosity often lead me to question them about how and where the obtained their drugs. From these talks with these men and women on the front lines of the war on drugs I knew that everything this shrink argued would happen with the legalization of the drugs was already happening. They are widely and easily available. When I was a kid in the Fifties and Sixties that was not so but it has become so in spite of tens of billions of dollars wasted by our government in the over-hyped war on drugs. Poorer and minority neighborhoods are suffering already disproportionately. if you want heroin, at present, you pretty much have to go into a poor and/or minority neighborhood to find it. The police will spend the money and resources to root suppliers out of better neighborhoods. They are never going to expend such resources in a poor neighborhood. It might even be possible that legalization will remove some of the blight from poor neighborhoods.
Personally, I have no desire to use even marijuana. But I am tired of seeing so much public money wasted with nothing to show for it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bach Fugue BWV998


$7 a Gallon Gas ???

Below is from the site JustOneMinute

"While Congress busies itself not passing the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, they can also go ahead and not deal with this:

"To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.

"To reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the transportation sector 14 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, the cost of driving must simply increase, according to a forthcoming report by researchers at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

"The 14 percent target was set in the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for fiscal 2010."

One of the best comments on this post said: "So we win the trifecta: we raise the prices of American-made products, we lose American jobs, and we cause a net increase of greenhouse gas emissions! But hey -- we feel good about ourselves for "saving the planet"!"

I was alerted to the this by Pundit and Pundette's little section on the right hand side titled 'Today's Recommended reads' that often leads me to interesting things I would have never otherwise known about.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bunning Sniped at by Cherry Picking CNN Report and Hiding the Decline

The real economic story is inflation and how the MSM is trying to ignore it. Like the GW pseudo-scientists, the MSM thinks it can hide the decline.

If this report from CNN had been fair they would have also shown a sad story of a struggling family who might lose their home because of the inflation caused by unchecked and unbacked government spending. There will be more and more such examples since the money supply is growing too large with no sound economic basis. There will be more and more families unable to both make house payments and pay for groceries and utilities. I see the month by month inflation in food prices that the Bush deficits topped by Obamonomics has inevitibly created.
Or they could have used an illustration of a family who's income is based on the breadwinner working for the government of California. They could have then talked about how many tens of thousands of jobs are going to dry up because there are not going to be enough tax dollars to continue to pay all those workers at unsustainably high levels. They could also mention that not as many state employees are needed since the taxes to pay for those workers have driven businesses out of the state, requiring fewer workers. One could probably find a sad little family to illustrate any point of view or most any narrative. So a responsible journalist might be expected to give more examples or give objective reasons for keeping the story so shallow and narrowly focused. That unless it is just the standard MSM policy that states that if it makes Obama look bad they will not show it. (I think I picked up that line about not making Obi look bad from a Naked Emberor News piece from Pan Keyes that I saw somewhere on the net yesterday.)