Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Little Saturday Night Music

Toby Keith: Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

Saturday Linkaround

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Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Justice Kennedy: ‘In Our View, The Entire Act Before Us Is Invalid In Its Entirety’

Why Roberts did it –Krauthammer

John Roberts could have just given the 2012 election to the Republicans

Mark Steyn: A lie makes Obamacare legal

Meet the Seventeen… “Not-Traitors”… to Eric Holder.

Welcome To Obama's Arab Spring

Jan Brewer Slams Obama For Showing “Utter Disregard” For Arizona After Canceling ICE Cooperation With State In Wake Of SCOTUS Ruling…

Mark Steyn: Obama the first Invented-American president “End Police Terror against Minor …Sex Workers”

Obama Knew About Fast And Furious In March 2009

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record – wiretap applications reviewed by DOJ before submission

Forkless Friday at Obama event – Please step away from your knives and forks, por favor. Gracias!

Chinese government pays prisoners $0.23 to$1.15/ hour manufacturing solar panels – Oops! Make that US gov’t.

4 Pinocchios for Obama’s newest anti-Romney ad

Another Dem. Congressman Refuses to Endorse Obama

Obama Is A Job-Outsourcing Hypocrite

Obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000

Obama to Soldiers: Pay Up -Threatens to veto bill unless it hikes health care fees for service members- A de facto pay cut

Capping off his despotic week, Obama reimposed that 27-year offshore drilling ban

Pickens accuses Obama of abandoning '08 energy pledge

White Like Me: Meet Michelle Obama’s Great-Great-Great Ancestors

Why ‘Fast and Furious’ matters

Obama Campaign Refuses To Pay Costs Associated With Campaign Stop –CheapBastard-in-Chief

A Political Glossary Pt I –Thomas Sowell

A Political Glossary Pt II

Politico Comes Out as Left-Wing Site?

Univ of VA as a Microcosm of Educational Profligacy

'Botched' Reporting

Video: "Not a Tax Increase?"

Facebook Changed Everyone’s Email

Watergate vs. Fast & Furious

On ObamaCare -humor

Rule Five Roundup
(While all Rule Five posts may be unsuitable for NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

American Glob - Bikini Banners

American Power- Rosie Jones, Jenny McCarthy

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five News

Classic Liberal – Rule 5

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Sayaka Kato

Daily Mail –Britney Spears

Fishnet Friday

Dustbury – Stephanie Rice

El Opinador Compulsivo –Buenas Noches, Tierra Lee

Eye of Polyphemus – Olivia Wilde, Kaley Cuoco

Friday Night Babe – Danneel Harris Ackles

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Hookers and Booze

Hooters Pageant

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Friday Pinup

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If All You See…, If All You See…, If All You See…, If All You See…

Randy’s Roundtable- Thursday Nite Tart

Sex in Advertising -Tiffani Theissen

Soylent Green – For the Feral Irishman

Support your local Gunfighter – Britney Spears

The Feral Irishman – Kate Upton

The Last Tradition – Gabrielle Union...from the archives

Theo Spark –Bedtime Toddy , Bonus Babe, Sunday Toddy, Bedtime Toddy, Bonus Babe

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Sunday

Three Beers Later – Juliana Moreira

TOTUS: Conservative vs. Liberal women

Vintage Babe of the Week –Barbara Stanwyck

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

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Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

President Obama — self-praised constitutional scholar — mocked those who called the fees and penalties under Obamacare a tax. Now he celebrates a decision that mocks him back.
-Jonah Goldberg

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Danneel Harris Ackles!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)

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Just how much truth is in your claim to Native American heritage, Ms. Warren?

I see...

Tom Cruise/ Katy Holmes to Split

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We normally do not stoop to run of the mill gossip here, but in our view, Katy has always looked down on Tom.

(Okay! A short guy joke! So sue us!)

Some Exasperated Thoughts On The Constitutionality Of The Unconstitutional ObamaCare Monstrosity

Chief Justice John Roberts

by Andrew Roman

I’ve spent the better part of twenty-four hours reading endless commentary from thinking, normally-coherent rightists who are trying to convince me, if not themselves, that John Roberts’ fundamental transformation of judicial review is actually a long-term win for conservatives and originalists. And even with my initial fiery emotions tempered a bit (although my outrage has continued to blossom), I just don’t get it.

I truly don’t.

I haven’t stopped shaking my head since 10:15 yesterday morning when the rulings came down.

From the pens and tongues of people I honestly respect, from George Will to Charles Krauthammer, I’m being told I need to step back, relax and try to see the silver linings in all of this madness - that the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ObamaCare individual mandate as a tax, rather than a matter of commerce, is an historical victory – that yesterday’s debacle of a decision will limit future attempts to use the Constitution’s commerce clause as a vehicle for government expansion.

On that point, I concede they’re almost certainly correct.

But that’s where the whole matter should have ended – with five Supreme Court justices suitably upending any federal attempts at imposing a mandate that would compel us under penalty of law to have to purchase anything. At that point, the men in black robes should have closed up shop, congratulated each other for defending the Constitution and individual liberty and gone home to watch reruns of Mad Men.

But they didn’t.

So, while the Constitution's commerce clause became that much more difficult for future legislators to use as a mechanism for government growth (we hope), it also became that much easier to levy taxes on both behavior and non-behavior. Indeed, Chief Justice John Roberts - the swing vote - has set a new judicial standard. The federal government can now say we must purchase whatever it deems necessary, so long as the penalty for not doing so is called a "tax." The word "commerce" never needs to come into play. And while it's true that the feds have always been able to tax its citizens, no one could have imagined that this flimsiest of justifications would keep the individual mandate living and breathing - for now and for the future. 

As a consequence, the proverbial flood gates are now wide open – and just as we’ve seen here in that bastion of personal liberty, New York City (think cooking oil, cigarettes, 16-ounce cups of soda, etc), once the government reaches in and knocks over one domino, it will not stop until they're all toppled under the guise of doing whats best for us (at the expense of liberty).

Government never knows when to stop.

What that means is that those people who can afford to purchase health insurance, but choose not to, will be taxed. It also means that young people, say in their early twenties, who are healthy and choose not to be insured (as I did when I was that age), will also be taxed. The latter group, incidentally, will be facing increasing fines each year until it becomes less expensive for them to actually purchase the mandatory insurance, at which time the open arms of the government will be there waiting to take care of them.

Clever. yes?

And so it was that the Chief Justice of the United States tore a page from the 2012 edition of the “Activist Judges Handbook” and not only overstepped his bounds, but set a new kind of puzzling precedent.  

A scary one.

John Roberts, in his attempts to keep the court from “legislating from the bench,” did precisely that. He quite literally rewrote the law, miraculously preserving the federal mandate for health insurance by calling it a “tax” – even though no such language existed anywhere in the bill’s 2000-plus pages, nor was it sold that way by any breathing Democrat. Even Ted Kennedy, before he relocated to the Mary Jo Kopechne Hall of Ultimate Justice,  never argued for this legislative depravity as a tax. It would have unquestionably died a quick death had it been presented that way.

(Radio talk-show host Mark Levin points out that in the early days of the ObamaCare debate, there were Dems who actually talked about this legislation being similar to the social security tax. Levin notes, however, that it wasn't too long before they completely backed away from using the "t" word. His Landmark Legal Foundation actually filed briefs with the Supreme Court explaining in detail why ObamaCare was categorically not a tax).

What is most infuriating about all of this is that we (by “we” I mean those of us who revere and respect the Constitution) had this thing defeated. This thing was a dead duck. Justice Anthony Kennedy was with us all the way. 

How often does that happen?

It turns my stomach thinking about how close we were to killing this disaster.

Justice Anthony Kennedy
We actually had Kennedy.

He was one of the four dissenting justices who correctly asserted that the entire ObamaCare bill was unconstitutional. 

It was in the bag. 

Even John Roberts agreed that as a matter of justifying the mandate under the commerce clause, ObamaCare didn’t cut the constitutional mustard.

But then Roberts decided that he’d try his hand at writing law instead of interpreting it. From out of thin air, it occurred to him that the bill’s individual mandate also functioned as a tax – that somehow, the high court was magically obliged to treat it as a tax, although it wasn’t meant as one. All the lefty big guns – Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, et al – never used the word tax in selling this garbage to the American people. The President himself went as far as rejecting the notion on numerous occasions. So, rather than use the Constitution itself in conjunction with the actual text contained in the ObamaCare bill to correctly and completely put the kibosh on this unprecedented overreach of government, Roberts constructed, out of whole cloth, a way to keep the bill alive. He made the rationale used in passing “Roe vs Wade” look like a civil traffic dispute. He went beyond checking the emanations and penumbras cited by the Warren Court way back when for justifications. He literally stuck his hand into a black judicial void and yanked out the word “tax.”

It was as if it was the Chief Justice’s mission to save this wretched piece of legislation any way he could.

The fact that no one along the way – whether it be in state court, circuit court, whatever – ever viewed the ObamaCare penalty as a tax was irrelevant to Chief Justice Roberts. Thus, the constitutionality of the individual mandate as a "tax" is all his doing, effectively rendering him the author of the bill. 

But the fact remains that ObamaCare was not passed as a tax. It would never have become law as a tax. 

No matter how you slice it, ObamaCare is a deception of the highest order, not to mention a tax increase the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Victor Davis Hanson writes that “rationalizing defeats is no way to learn from them.”

He’s right.

Andrew McCarthy writes: “ …even if the Court is correct that, under its jurisprudence, the mandate that undergirds Obamacare can be sustained as a tax, it is surely intolerable for the Supreme Court to aid and abet Congress and the president in the commission of a massive fraud: upholding as a tax something they swore up and down was not a tax — allowing them to enact as a tax something that would never have passed if honestly presented as a tax, allowing them to escape accountability for passing a massive tax increase."

He’s right.

Bill Bennet, on his talk show this morning, pointed out that if Barack Obama is re-elected and appoints liberal justices to the court, the entire commerce clause "victory" means absolutely nothing.

He, too, is right.

As expected, the spiking of the White House football was swift .... and flat out nonsensical. Yesterday, the President said: In doing so, [The Supreme Court] reaffirmed a fundamental principle that here in America – in the wealthiest nation on Earth – no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.”

What on God's green earth is he talking about?

Where exactly is this fundamental principal “affirmed?” In what document? As part of what doctrine?  Taking a page from the “Roberts Handbook of Incoherent Jurisprudence Rationalization,” the President has literally made this up ... and there isn't a mainstream media news person who will call him on it.

In his opinion, Justice Roberts wrote: It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

That is true, of course, but it is his job to defend the Constitutions from obvious violations, just as he and four other justices did in shooting down the mandate that compels the people of the United States to engage in commerce under the Constitution's commerce clause. 

It should also be noted, as a matter of Constitutional rights, that the law as it stands now would effectively drown religious institutions – like Catholic or Jewish schools as well as affiliated hospitals - with fines (I should say, taxes) unless they relent to offer insurance and services that violate the teachings and doctrines of their particular faiths.

That's not going to go over too well.

First Amendment anyone?

Incidentally, I’m curious…. What kind of “tax” is the ObamaCare bill exactly? As explained by Mark Levin on his radio program yesterday, this is a very important and relevant question in justifying the bill's constitutionality. Is it a direct tax, as expressed in Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of The Constitution? Is it an income tax, as expressed in the 16th Amendment? Is it an excise tax?

As Levin explains: “It’s not a direct - or capitation - tax. It’s not an excise tax. It’s not an income tax. And you know what John Roberts says in response to all that? ‘Oh, let’s stop fiddling around with labels.’ Excuse me? It’s not fiddling around with labels. We’ve got all kinds of case law on how crucial it is.”

But it gets even more convoluted.

There is a statute called the Tax Anti-Injunction Act. Enacted in 1867, it essentially keeps people from being able to take the federal government to court “for the purpose of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax.” In other words, we cannot sue the feds simply because we don’t wish to pay taxes. Chief Justice Roberts cited this statute in his opinion yesterday, saying that because the writers of the ObamaCare bill did not call the individual mandate a "tax" (rather a “penalty”), the Tax Anti-Injunction Act is not applicable here, and thus it will not be considered a tax in this context.

Follow me here ..... Chief Justice Roberts initially wrote that the “penalty” for not having health insurance is not a “tax.” It’s merely a good old-fashioned penalty.

Roberts writes: “The Affordable Care Act does not require that the penalty for failing to comply with the individual mandate be treated as a tax for purposes of the Anti-injunction Act. The Anti-Injunction Act therefore does not apply to this suit, and we may proceed to the merits.”

So, it's not a tax.

So far so good?

Got that?

It’s not a tax.

That is, until we get a little further in his opinion.

That’s when it suddenly becomes a tax.

He writes: “It is of course true that the Act describes the payment as a ‘penalty,’ not a ‘tax. But while that label is fatal to the application of the Anti-Injunction Act, it does not determine whether the payment may be viewed as an exercise of Congress’s taxing power.

“While the individual mandate clearly aims to induce the purchase of health insurance, it need not be read to declare that failing to do so is unlawful,. neither the Act nor any other law attaches negative legal consequences to not buying health insur­ance, beyond requiring a payment to the IRS.

Did I read that correctly? 

"...neither the Act nor any other law attaches negative legal consequences to not buying health insur­ance, beyond requiring a payment to the IRS.

My Lord, isn’t that enough?  


What planet is this?

Incoherence, thy name is Roberts


Hooters Has a Beauty Pageant?

I usually just go to Hooters for the ribs. And with the outfits they wear, you can generally see 'em just fine!

H/T Theo Spark

Quote du jour

Unfortunately for him, the instructions were in English, so sometimes his hair would stand straight up!
-Proof, on a report that bin Laden used both Viagra and hair dye.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Eric Holder Held in Contempt of Congress in Two Votes

U S Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress on two separate votes, one civil and one criminal. I heard Mr. Holder give a statement in his own defense, where he tried lamely to state that Fast and Furious was a continuation of a Bush era program. Unfortunately for Holder and other liars in this administration, operation Wide Receiver, which was started under the Bush administration, with the knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican government, was able to actually track a much smaller number of guns. The program was shut down two years prior to the Obama administration's Fast and Furious, because of the difficulty in keeping track of the weapons.

In addition, the Obama administration did not inform the Mexican government of the program, nor were any arrests made, as was the case under Wide Receiver.

Fast and Furious is a wholly owned subsidiary of the oxymoronically named "Obama Justice Department", which sent false testimony to Congress denying that the program even existed.

Tell that to Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and some 200-300 dead Mexican citizens killed with weapons obtained illegally and "walked" across the border, aided and abetted by the Obama DOJ.

Cross posted at LCR.

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Barbara Stanwyck!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

Quote du jour

"...a sense of humor is merely the ability to see connections between things we haven’t noticed before (while laughter is what we do when we realize that those connections should have been obvious all along)."
-Jonah Goldberg

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Medal of Honor

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Corporal Hershel Woodrow Williams


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machinegun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out 1 position after another. On 1 occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. Cpl. Williams' aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Cpl. Williams: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Of Course There Will Be Death Panels!

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Not the USS Stockton

For the record, I live in Stockton, California. Yes, that Stockton, California! The largest US city ever to declare bankruptcy. After a couple of days of waving our giant foam fingers and shouting, "We're number one!", the time has come for a somewhat harder look at what's going on.

Last night, the news coverage was filled with accounts of many of the people who are going to be hurt by the city's plight. Many retirees showed up at City Hall, fearful of what was going to happen to them, on a fixed income, if their benefits were reduced and their health care costs were to increase.

Rather than dissect, at the moment, how the city and its retirees got into this mess, or how they're going to get out of it, and at what cost, I see the City of Stockton's bankruptcy as an example of what happens when the resources are inadequate for the demand, and unfortunately, a microcosm for what looms large for both the state of California and the nation as a whole.

But first, a little trip down Memory Lane. Anyone here remember "Situational ethics"? Situational ethics was a supposedly Christian theory put forth in the 1960s by an Episcopal priest Joseph Fletcher. As I recall, it started gaining favor in school curricula in the 1980's.

Situational ethics taught that what might be unethical in one situation might be perfectly acceptable, should the "situation" call for it. It is a bad thing to tell a lie, but if you were in Germany in the 1940's and Anne Frank was hiding in your attic, it was permissible to lie to the Nazis if they asked you if you were hiding any Jews. So far, so good.

And then, there was the infamous lifeboat scenario: There are fifteen of you in a lifeboat with only enough food and water for twelve. If you all stay on the boat, you are all going to die. Therefore, in this situation, wouldn't it be better to throw three people overboard so that twelve might live?

They made it easy for you, too. There was usually a rabbi or a priest on board, in his seventies or eighties, and, after all, he'd lived a good long life. Better to throw him overboard than your freckle faced fifteen year old niece, right? (The holy man always has to go first, otherwise, he might introduce some morality into your situational situation and muck up everything!*) There'd usually be at least one more elderly person in the boat, because euthanizing the elderly is not something we can teach our children soon enough! So, Granny goes over the side. In some cases, there might have been a handicapped person, or one with Downs syndrome, and since their quality of life isn't all that great, and who knows how long someone with Downs syndrome might live anyway, into the water with them, too.

At this point, having killed the elderly, the infirm and the retarded to save your own skin, may I point out the irony in a comparison between you and the Nazis you were lying to in the previous example? Perhaps here we could contrast, too, those four chaplains on the troop ship USAT Dorchester in 1943, who gave up their own life jackets when there weren't enough to go around. It is quite a different thing to volunteer to give up one's own life as opposed to having some committee decide it for you.

In bankruptcy, there isn't enough money, simply not enough resources to pay all the bills and keep all your promises. In the lifeboat, there aren't enough resources to keep everybody alive, so Father Flanagan and Granny go in the drink. In the proposed government takeover of the healthcare system, which hopefully will have a stake driven through its heart tomorrow, you cannot add millions of people to a shrinking system in a bankrupt country, full of bankrupt states, cites and towns, and expect that there will be enough resources for everyone.

Granny will have to go. Maybe she'll get a pill instead of an operation, like Obama suggested, but rationing would become a way of life in healthcare.

Unless we can get some national leadership in Washington to grow the economy again, get out of the way of mining and manufacturing, and create new wealth, new resources, rather than trying to ration what we have now, we will go the way of Greece. (And Stockton)

Our Founding Fathers were made of sterner stuff and meant us for better things. Unless you want to see the misery of those people in Stockton multiplied from coast to coast, it is time for genuine change in the White House. Vote for change this November.

*I kept thinking..."A preacher, a priest, and a rabbi go into a lifeboat..."

Cross posted at LCR.

The Real Reason Obama Speaks About His "Vision" for the US

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It's because he can't run on his record!

Quote du jour

"...Rigoberta Menchu ran as a candidate in the 2007 and 2011 presidential elections in Guatemala, although she got knocked out in the first round – Guatemalans evidently being disinclined to elect someone to the highest office in the land with no accomplishment whatsoever apart from a lousy fake memoir. Which just goes to show what a bunch of unsophisticated rubes they are."
-Mark Steyn

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...

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I may not be sure exactly what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Quote du jour

“Guantanamo Bay is getting millions and millions of dollars of upgrades and renovations. In fact, they’re not even calling it a detention camp anymore. It’s now a gated community.”
–Jay Leno

Monday, June 25, 2012

Will I Vouch That Adolf Hitler is a Registered Voter here? You Betcha!

No possibility of fraud here! Nothing to see! Move along!

H/T John Lott

Quote du jour

It is already a matter of record that Mr. Obama has referred to our men and women in uniform as "photo opportunities," with the specific words "You guys make a pretty good photo op." Past presidents have doubtless praised our service members for defending the country, but it is doubtful that any president, especially one with his own service record (e.g., Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, or either Bush) ever called our troops a "photo op."
- William A. Levinson

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Themes Like Old Times

Petticoat Junction

Quote du jour

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
-Neil Postman

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Little Saturday Night Music

REM - Love is All Around

"Follow the Ideology" -Bill Whittle on Fast and FUBAR

Seven minutes well spent!

Saturday Linkaround

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Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Far Worse Than Watergate, More Damaging Than Iran Contra –Victor Davis Hanson

President putters while economy sputters

Forbes: Obama The Biggest Government Spender In World History

Disarming America: Obama Betrays Reagan's Dream

Occupy Oakland protests in FAVOR of child sex trafficking –because, they’re the “Tea Party” of the Left “End Police Terror against Minor …Sex Workers”

While Biden Bashes America His “Great Chinese City” Smothers In Murky Haze

The futility of gun turn-ins

9 Tall Tales From Barack Obama's Memoir

38 lies in Obama's biographical accounts of himself –MSM mum

Who is Barack Obama and why has he been saying those untrue things about himself?

Top 10 Reasons Obama Will Lose This Fall

An Imperial and Imperious President

Children singing ‘God Bless the USA’ heckled by man screaming ‘burn in hell’

MA GOP gives Liz “Fauxcohontas” Warren an account for her birthday!

The Most Arrogant Man In The World


From the media “not exactly covering itself in glory” department:

Dishonest editing of Romney Speech from NBC News

Lawrence O'Donnell Mocks Ann Romney for Riding Horses to Combat Multiple Sclerosis

And the Rachel Corrie Award For Sand-Pounding Stupidity goes to...

Rule Five Roundup
(While all Rule Five posts may be unsuitable for NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

American Glob - Right Wing News: The 20 Hottest Conservative Women Of New Media 2012

American Power- Kate Upton (video)

A Few Buffett Babes

Rule Five Hotties

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five Saturday, Hump Day Rule Five

The Daley Gator – Daley Babe -Misa Campo

Fishnet Friday

Dustbury – Condola Rashad

El Opinador Compulsivo – The Happy Saxophonist?

Eye of Polyphemus – Eliza Dushku, Lucy Collett, Sarah Shahi, Callie Thorne

Friday Night Babe – Marilia Moreno

The Right Way - Friday Babe

Guns and Bikinis – Hooter's girl

Hookers and Booze

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Friday Pinup

Maggie’s Notebook – Catherine Bell

Pat Dollard – Kate Upton

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If All You See…, If All You See…, If All You See…, If All You See…, If All You See…

pitsnipesgripes – Everyone Likes Sprinkles

POH Diaries -Rule 5 -S.E. Cupp

PostalDog - Late Night Hotness

Randy’s Roundtable – Thursday Nite Tart

Reaganite Republican – Katy Pavlich

Rio Norte Line – Hope Dworacyzk

Sex in Advertising – "You're not the first"

Support your local Gunfighter – The Fillies are Ready to Run

The Feral Irishman – Heat

The Last Tradition – Lauren Bacall, Kim Kardashian

Theo Spark –Bedtime Toddy , Bonus Babe, Bedtime Toddy,
Bikini action – video, Smokin’ Kate Upton, Kate redux

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Sunday

Three Beers Later –Moonshine Bandits

Vintage Babe of the Week – Susan Sarandon

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style : Flag Day

*By no means comprehensive.

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. If you feel that I’ve neglected a link, news, commentary, humor or Rule Fivage, send a link to the contact email on the sidebar. (All spambots must die!)

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Quote du jour

President Obama told us today it takes ten years to recover from a bad economy. Good thing no one told Ronald Reagan that! He did it in two.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Marilia Moreno!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)

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Quote du jour

The next time President Obama hits the links, it will be his 100th round of golf since coming to the White House. That’s quite a milestone in just 3 1/2 years. As it takes him about six hours to drive to the greens and complete 18 holes, Mr. Obama has spent the equivalent of four months’ worth of work time golfing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been stuck in a sand trap.
-Emily Miller

Thursday, June 21, 2012

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

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Martha Stewart was found guilty on four counts of obstructing justice for lying to federal investigators. She was sentenced to five months in prison.

Roger Clemons was charged with lying to Congress, facing up to 21 months in prison if convicted. He was acquitted.

Scooter Libby told the truth to Congress, but his recollections differed from another witness, so he was sentenced to a 30-month prison term, which was later commuted.

Eric Holder both lied repeatedly and presented false testimony to Congress (Mr. Holder believes there's a difference!). In addition, he refuses to turn over documents that could clarify exactly who is responsible for the Fast and Furious debacle which lead to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry and literally hundreds of Mexican citizens.

Guess which one of these four is not or has not been under indictment for lying? Guess which one liberal Democrats are trying in vain to defend?

" undermine the person who is assigned to block the voter suppression in our country..."
-Nancy Pelosi

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Hey, Nancy! What do you call someone who is "assigned" to do something and then doesn't do it? Note she didn't say "the person who actually has blocked voter suppression in our country", because that would mean doing things like prosecuting the New Black Panthers when they practiced voter intimidation in Philadelphia, which he didn't.

Why is it that when anyone else lies to Congress over matters as insignificant as to whether or not baseball players used performance enhancing drugs, they throw the book at them, but when someone sworn to uphold the law, who holds the highest law enforcement office in the land, lies over policies with international repercussions, that got people killed because of seeming incompetence, with indications of a cover up of that incompetence, which could reach to the highest levels of government, partisan hacks like Nancy Pelosi can't even generate a little faux attention?

No, Nancy Pelosi, running away from Holder's lies and incompetence like Barack Obama running away from his record on the economy, is left with nothing but race baiting innuendo.

Someone tell me again how this ditz got to be Speaker of the House? This Halloween, when you need to tell a scary story, tell the one how Nancy Pelosi was second only to Joe Biden in the line of succession to the Presidency. But first, warn anyone with a weak heart!

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe*, like her politics or not, is Susan Sarandon!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

Quote du jour

"A cynic might say that the liberation Obama feels is the freedom from, you know, actually governing."
-John Heilemann

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Medal of Honor

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Private George T. Sakato


Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Private Sakato: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Obama Invokes Executive Privilege

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Quote du jour

"There is no "off" position on the genius switch."
-David Letterman

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...

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I may not be sure exactly what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

A Father's Day Memento

I had a nice dinner with my sister Sunday night. She'd actually been trying to ply me with food since my birthday, but this was the first chance we'd gotten to get together. She'd come across an old box of my Mom's stuff, that we'd cleaned out of her house many years before. As she was going through it, she found a number of old ring that my Mom had promised to a cousin of mine, and Dad's old straight razor.

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You can just barely make out the price on the box $3.50

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It's the "Antelope" model, made by Clauss, I'm guessing around the 1930's. The handle is Bakelite and there's plastic bonded to the tang. My Dad probably started shaving sometime in the 1920's, and while I don't think this was his first razor, I think it was probably his last straight razor, before he started using those new fangled disposable blade razors.

I don't think I ever saw him shave with it, but I was acquainted on a couple of occasions with the leather razor strop he used to keep it sharp. It was applied to my seat of education once or twice, to sharpen me into the individual I am today.

I feel as if I got a little part of my father back on Father's day. A connection. A tangible bit of something to stretch across the years from his world to mine.

I'm a Norelco man, myself. Got my first one when I was about eighteen. Made it a point to get one for each of my sons on their eighteenth birthday. After I'm gone, I don't expect any of my boys to want to keep any old electric shaver of mine. They're disposable. But one of them will probably find his grandfather's razor still holding an edge. Still almost new in the box, as when it cost three dollars and four bits.

Quote du jour

“Just two weeks after a felon in jail got 41 percent of the democratic vote in West Virginia, President Obama got embarrassed again in Arkansas yesterday when an unknown lawyer got 42 percent. See, that proves once and for all that there’s only a 1 percent difference between a lawyer and a convicted felon.”
–Jay Leno

Monday, June 18, 2012

Voter "Suppression" Laws, and Other Myths

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Of all the Big Lies told by Democrats in the last few years, not many come close to the magnitude that requiring a photo ID to vote is somehow "voter suppression". Unless you affix a single word in front of it: "Illegal". Good citizens really have no problem with the concept of suppressing illegal votes.

There is nothing in a requirement to show a valid ID at a polling place that is "racist" or substantially different than there is at a bank when you cash a check, an airport where you board a plane or entry to a federal courthouse.

In fact, to me, it is at least mildly to downright insulting, to claim that "minorities" are disproportionately less likely to have or to be able to obtain a photo ID, and therefore their votes would be "suppressed". This sounds very much like that form of colonial paternalism, that "these people" cannot fend for themselves, therefore the Great White Father must do their thinking for them. Balderdash!

And since the photo ID is the 'lingua franca" of identification, as it were, opening avenues of commerce, prosperity and success, why isn't the focus to help the disadvantaged, whatever their race, creed or color, to obtain the very document that will help to garner a measure of prosperity for themselves. How many successful people do you know who do not have at least one photo ID?

I vaguely remember back in the misty recesses of time, obtaining my first driver's license. As I recall, I needed to bring my birth certificate and possibly one or two other documents to the DMV. After that, it was always much easier to show my driver's license than to carry my birth certificate with me everywhere. When I moved to Ohio, I needed a photo ID and a Social Security card to get a driver's license. Since I couldn't find my SS card after a cross country move, I had to go down to the SS office, where they required a photo ID to get a new card. At this point I yelled "racist!" and stormed out of the office! Well, no, actually, I showed them the California DL I had gotten so many years before. Problem solved.

Was it a hassle? A minor one, yes. I had to make about three or four trips, typically during my lunch break, so that I could meet the requirements of driving legally in Ohio. I then took my newly minted Ohio driver's license and registered to vote.

At this point, I want to touch on the myth of the absolute right of a citizen to vote, because it is "Constitutionally protected", unlike driving a car, boarding a plane, etc. It is Constitutionally protected. And though some zealots say it as if "ConstitutionallyProtectedRightToVote" was all one word, it is not and it is not, by the way, absolute.

I say that, because I spent part of an afternoon last week, listening to a fellow on the radio, who was convinced that one's ConstitutionallyProtectedRightToVote was an absolute, and therefore could not be restricted in any way by any of the fifty states. After all, he argued, it was a


So by what right could the states restrict it in any way? In fact, he was so sure of his "logic" that he posited that the reason advocates for voter ID had not brought the matter before the Supreme Court, was that "they knew they'd lose". After all, the right is absolutely protected by the Federal Constitution, right?

Well, as he imagined it...not so much. I've got a few questions for him to ponder: Question number one: Can sixteen year old citizens vote? No. So there's your first restriction. Voting is not absolutely to every citizen without restriction. There is a legal age requirement. Strike one.

Question number two: Can convicted felons vote? Here it gets a little trickier. It is my understanding that, while in some states convicted felons lose their right to vote, other states have been more "progressive" in allowing felons to vote. So, it would appear that some states can and have placed restrictions on who can vote, not based on race, color or creed, but on their criminal activity. Still a citizen, but not a voter. Strike two.

And even more importantly, to my mind, is that you have to register to vote. Voting may be a right conferred upon you at birth, but if you do not accept your responsibility as a citizen and register, you are not eligible to vote. Period. Strike three. (You're out!)

If I were to cross the border into Nevada this November, and walk into the nearest polling place and tell them I want to vote, they would ask me my name (whether I showed them an ID or not). And when they did not find it on the rolls, they might ask me if I were registered within their district. At which point, I tell them it doesn't matter whether or not I am registered, I have a Constitutionally protected right to vote! (I would say this in a big, booming voice, so they would know I have the power of Right on my side!)

I'm taking bets - do you think the next phone call they would make would be to the looney bin or the cops? I'd say about even money.

And having moved across the country several times, I am also cognizant of time restrictions on registrations. If the state I move into has a deadline 90 days before an election, to register to vote in the next election, and I register 85 days before the election, I can't legally that election.

And in the bigger scheme of things, there may be people who through neglect or forgetfulness because of all the things involved in a move, big or small, may disenfranchise themselves..for a single election. That doesn't mean forever banned, it just means they might have to sit one out. The system relies on the responsibility of the citizens to keep themselves informed and do what is necessary, so as not to restrict their franchise.

Just for grins, I went online to see what the state of California currently requires for voter registration:

Your California driver license or identification number, if you have one, or the last four digits of your social security number, if you have one. If you do not have any of these numbers, the state will assign you a unique identification number.

Three out of four either are, or require a photo ID to obtain. The fourth, I don't know how they verify that you are who you say your are.

Those on the Left are on the record as favoring "One man, one vote." I agree. But I would add, "One man, only one vote." The idea that a vote is so precious there should be no restrictions on casting one, rings hollow if it is not so precious as to be protected against counterfeits. As counterfeit money devalues legitimate currency, so counterfeit votes devalue legitimate ones.

In a sharply divided society, people have to be able to trust in the integrity of our electoral system, in order for them to accept being on the losing end of the popular vote. The alternatives are unacceptable.

Update : I was thinking of asking one of the liberal commenters for a list of all those "minorities" who are too incompetent to obtain a photo ID for themselves, then I remembered our friends at Moooove On did it for them. From an email Steven Biel sent me:
"...voter suppression laws passed by Republicans in battleground states to make it as hard as possible for students, poor people, African-Americans, and Latinos to vote."

Stop laughing! Yes, he said "students". I may not remember the DMV, but I remember high school, and I did not know a kid who was sixteen years old or older who wasn't doing everything in his or her power to obtain their driver's license.

Please Steven, send me a list of all the students you know who are old enough to vote, but don't have a driver's license. Note: Sheldon Cooper doesn't count because he's fictional, much like most of your objections.

Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

Quote du jour

“Tonight was the premiere of a new version of the TV show ‘Dallas’ with Larry Hagman. … The original “Dallas” series started in 1978. Back then, America was very different. We had an ineffective, one-term president. Gas prices were through the roof. We were in a stand-off with Iran. I’m glad those dark days are over.”
–Craig Ferguson

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Themes Like Old Times


Happy Father's Day!

To all you Dads out there...

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Give 'em a hand!

Quote du jour

“Once I tried to kill myself with a bungee cord. I kept almost dying.”
― Steven Wright

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Campaign Pranks Have a Way of Backfiring

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You may be familiar with the story of the Romney Campaign bus driving around one of Obama's events, honking its horn. That was pretty lame. Now we hear that presumably, overzealous Obama supporters have hired a plane to tow a sign above Romney campaign events that says
"Romney's Every Millionaire Counts Tour".
Really? Romney is supposedly the "friend of millionaires"? As if Barack wasn't?? When Barack Obama just recently hit up fifty people at Sarah Jessica Parker's house for $40,000 a pop??? (Two million dollars, for those of you in Rio Linda) Is there anyone other than a "millionaire" or "billionaires" who could afford, in this economy, to spend forty grand to have dinner with a politician?

Barack Obama, who himself is the author of dog eating, girl shoving, composite girlfriend, semi-fictional and/or ghost written books, named after sermons he didn't listen to for twenty years, which, added to his salary as amateur golf pro wannabee, have made him a multi-millionaire, might have a hard sell portraying Mitt, with a straight face, as a fellow millionaire, and thus, to be feared.

Of course, he'll have a much easier time of that, than convincing anyone that he is a frugal, fiscally responsible president who can be trusted to rescue the economy, or to run on the record of what he's actually done and not what his "vision" is of how things should be.

Cross posted at Say Anything