Liberals Use Emotion Instead of Reason
when making important decisions

Too many people seem to formulate their beliefs based upon other people's emotional outburts and bumper stickers rather than rational thought and objective examination of facts.  Apparently that is the case all over the country.  Even so-called conservatives know the power of emotional appeal and sentimental rhetoric, which is why, for example, the federal takeover of school standards was given the name of "No Child Left Behind."  What heartless beast of a Congressman would vote to leave children behind?  But you see, the Constitution does not authorize federal involvement in education issues.  The only way to keep people from mentioning that little technicality is to give that federal involvement an irresistibly warm and fuzzy name.

Other warm and fuzzy names that have been successfully applied in the past include "The Fairness Doctrine", "The Great Society" and "Social Security."  So-called conservatives use the same technique, which is one reason almost nobody in the Congress voted against the Patriot Act, even though they hadn't read it.  Many other words in the liberal vocabulary have their connotations -- some more sinister than others.

Usually it is the more liberal-leaning voters who operate this way.  That's why political candidates are chosen (subconsciously or not) on the basis of hair styles or general cuteness.  But even without the influence of television, people seem to be easily swayed by sound bites and one-liners.

Liberal (or "progressive") politicians and their allies in the news media would like us all to believe that we live in an endless series of crises that only the government can resolve.  Every day there's another emergency, another shocking update, or another politically incorrect outburst that must be addressed with more legislation.

And no matter what evil deed you've done, liberals will forgive you.  All you have to do is apologize, cry on television, and go into rehab.



Liberals and 'the least of these'.  As America endures a massive invasion of illegal immigrants at our southern border, many liberals, whether in the media or on Capitol Hill, are attempting to claim the moral high ground in this matter and remind us that this is all about "the children." [...] It is appallingly duplicitous that liberals, whether referencing the "least of us," or calling for government action on behalf of "the children," are never talking about the unborn.

Our era of manufactured social strife.  Because today's political discourse is so dishonest and domestic affairs so muddled, we're living in an era of manufactured social strife.  Creating policy impasses, politicians pick unnecessary fights over our constitutional system's commitment to individual liberty and the rule of law, transforming dissenters into black-hearted villains with sinister agendas.  Faux-hysteria and fear mongering — especially in an election year — are potent tools for squeezing money and outrage from voting blocs whose "rights," they're told, are under assault.

Patrick Leahy Cites Holocaust Victims in Plea to Embrace Unaccompanied Minors.  In a speech urging his Senate colleagues to accept the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the border, Sen. Patrick Leahy reminded his colleagues of a time when the United States turned back Jews fleeing the Holocaust.

15 Ways Liberals Are Like Bratty Kids.  [#1] No matter what they fail at, it's always someone else's fault.  George Bush did it, the Republicans are mean, the dog ate Obama's homework.  It's not his fault that he's flunking every class!  [#2] They don't read history, they think their parents are stupid, and they don't need to know anything other than how they feel to make a decision.

The Border Crisis Is Obama's Hurricane Katrina? Don't Be Ridiculous!  Some (including some Democrats) are saying that the crisis on the Southwestern border is President Obama's Hurricane Katrina.  But there are at least two fundamental differences between the illegal immigration fiasco and Katrina.  First, the response to Hurricane Katrina was actually the largest and the fastest response to any natural disaster in history, as Popular Mechanics, as I recall, later documented.  Second, President Bush didn't cause the hurricane.  The current disaster is entirely attributable to Barack Obama's willful refusal to enforce the immigration laws, in violation of his oath of office.  Is Obama's subversion of the nation's laws an impeachable offense?  I don't think there is any doubt about it.

Obama channels Saul Alinsky with 'so sue me' speech.  Demagogues always pick a target on which to project a society's ills.  Obama and his policies have been in place for six years, yet the economy is contracting, millions of Americans are unemployed, the border is in chaos and terrorists are stronger than they've been in decades.  But that's all the fault of "Republicans" because, according to Obama, "they're doing nothing" but obstructing.  He thus freezes them as evil people who just want to give more tax breaks to their rich friends, let bankers gouge consumers and polluters trash the environment.  When they're finished with that, in Obama's warped telling, they will throw poor, starving women and children into the streets.

Sheila Jackson Lee: The Border Children Need Lollipops, Not Deportation.  Referring to the illegal immigrant minors as "homeless children," Jackson Lee said, "I took lollipops along with my colleagues into the detention center where children were.  I wasn't armed.  I wasn't fearful for my life.  This is not a national security crisis this is a humanitarian crisis."

I'm A Conservative And They Lied When They Said I Hate You.  Are you Hispanic, black, Asian, Jewish, gay, young, old, poor, or a woman?  Well, then you may have heard that conservatives like me hate you.  In fact, I'm sure you've probably heard some version of it a hundred times since it seems to be the standard rap for liberals these days.  "Those conservatives are racists!  They hate Hispanics!  They're homophobes!  They're Nazis!  They're engaged in a war on women!"  You get the idea.  Well, first off, do you really think you can trust liberals to tell you what motivates conservatives?

Is Obama Giving Up, or Going Soviet?  If you listen to progressives these days, the Supreme Court has granted corporations the power to compel their employees to go to church.  It has empowered corporations to tell women to throw away their contraceptives.  Five of the men on the court have declared full jihad against all of the women of America.  Next stop, subjugation, revocation of the right to vote, and the end of women's rights in America.  All of that is absurd, of course.

Anti-Catholic full-page ad in the New York Times today.  The Hobby Lobby decision has ignited liberals and unleashed their prejudice.  And this ad is shameful.  The New York Times has a full-page ad in its print edition today [7/3/2014] that should elicit protests around the nation (but likely won't).

6 Stupid Arguments About Hobby Lobby From Dumb Liberals.  The Supreme Court's decision today affirming the right of business owners to run their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs has caused no small amount of consternation among the anti-science, functionally illiterate Left.  The Supreme Court just banned birth control forever.  Male justices just imprisoned women across America.  If you don't buy my stuff for me, it means you want to ban that stuff.  And so on and so forth.  Thanks to the wonder of the Internet, we have been given a wealth of riches when it comes to stupid arguments from stupid people.

Fresh Wind of Liberty Blows Across the Land.  Is anyone surprised that the left is hyperventilating and bouncing off the walls over the SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case? Planned Parenthood and others are decrying the "health risks" women face and the loss of "reproductive rights."  You'd think the decision reversed Griswold v Connecticut and banned the sale of contraceptives completely. [...] All that the Hobby Lobby decision does is to merely allow "closely-held corporations" to not have to pay for four specific chemical abortion pills.  Those businesses will still be required to provide (and the companies did not ask for exemption from these) sixteen other contraceptive pills.

MSNBC Contributor Compares SCOTUS Ruling To Terrorists Imposing Sharia Law.  Among the more irate responses to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby's religious objection to Obamacare is MSNBC contributor and supposed comedian John Fugelsang, who couldn't help but compare the ruling to extremist Muslim Sharia Law:

Obama's Hobby.  Contrary to the hysterica (e.g., the White House press secretary's claim the ruling "jeopardizes the health of women") the decision does not limit access to contraceptives.  All it means is that employees cannot demand they be provided — free — by family businesses with religious objections.

Gutierrez on Flood of Illegal Minors: 'Shame on Anybody That Wants to Demonize Children'.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a vocal advocate of immigration reform, told Breitbart News on Wednesday [6/11/2014], "Shame on anybody that wants to demonize children" who are entering the country without guardians or documentation.  Gutierrez defended the surge of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors flooding border states from Central America, saying the individuals would not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a directive signed by President Obama in June of 2012 calling for deferred action for particular illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service in the country.  However, Gutierrez still says that those unaccompanied minors coming into the U.S. should still be given a safe place to stay.

Pelosi Visits the Border: 'Dazzling, Sparkling Array of God's Children'.  Despite appalling conditions in the holding pens and warehouses that are now full of Central American children, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was "dazzled" by what she saw at the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday [6/28/2014]:  "What we just saw was so stunning, if you believe as we do, that every child, every person, has the park [sic] of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was (a) dazzling, sparkling array of God's children, worthy of respect."

The Editor says...
Ms. Pelosi does not hold the same view of children who have yet to see the light of day.

Democratic Congressman Compares IRS Scandal to Area 51, Obama Birth Certificate and Benghazi.  In Friday's House Ways and Means Committee hearing about Lois Lerner's missing emails, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) compared the investigation to other famous conspiracy theories like Area 51, Obama's birth certificate — and the murder of four Americans in Benghazi.  He said it was not a serious investigation and wondered how IRS Commissioner Koskinen could take it seriously.

The Editor says...
Ridicule is one of the first defenses used by dishonest politicians and their shills.

More about Lois Lerner's very convenient computer crash.

Obama 'Absolutely' Wants to 'Just Go Off' on Climate Deniers in Congress.  In the clip that aired on CBS Sunday morning [6/8/2014], Obama stressed the national security implications of catastrophic climate change.  "We're obviously concerned about drought in California or hurricanes and floods along our coastlines and the possibility of more powerful storms or more severe droughts.  All of those things are bread-and-butter issues that touch on American families," Obama said.  "But when you start seeing how these shifts can displace people — entire countries can be finding themselves unable to feed themselves and the potential incidence of conflict that arises out of that — that gets your attention."

The Editor says...
Even if Mr. Obama's assertions were plausible, and they are not, nobody is displaced by the weather.  (If that were true, who would have returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?)  No country will face famine after a one-degree temperature change.  No wars will be fought over changes in the weather.  Barack H. Obama knows that he can make rash pronouncements of this sort and nobody will challenge him.

Obama: GOP Lawmakers Care More About Oil Companies Than Kids.  Monday during President Barack Obama's announcement of his executive memorandum that will allow approximately 5 million people to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income, he took "a pause off his prepared remarks" to rail against Republicans giving tax breaks to millionaires and oil companies while fighting student loan reform.  [Video clip]

The Post-Achievement Politics of Obama and Hillary.  Scandal management consists of Obama making a serious face and promising to take this serious problem very seriously before heading out for a round of serious golfing.  Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the VA; he is just as angry about it as you are.  All he's really doing though is matching your emotional tone to dampen your response.

Obama, Bergdahl and Moral Narcissism.  Moral Narcissism is an evocative term for the almost schizophrenic divide between intentions and results now common in our culture.  It doesn't matter how anything turns out as long as your intentions are good.  And, just as importantly, the only determinant of those intentions, the only one who defines them, is you.  In other words, if you propose or do something, it only matters that you feel good or righteous about what you did or are proposing, that it makes you feel better personally.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Mean words hurt water's feelings.  The Oscar winning actor and mother of two believes bad vibes can bum out water.  Yes, we're talking H2O.  "I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter," she wrote on her website GOOP. "I have long had Dr Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it."

Obama Uses Sick Children To Push His Climate Agenda.  President Obama went to a children's hospital to tape his weekly address.  The subject this week was his climate agenda, and who better to use to push that agenda than sick kids? [...] Notice how he talked about "carbon pollution" and not carbon dioxide?

Obama's Inverted Grief Process.  When a scandal breaks in the newspapers, the president starts with acceptance, which he mixes in with a little anger — an emotion he invariably explains "no one" is feeling more than he is.  Then his upset subsides into bargaining — that all-purpose word "if" begins this step, followed by the promise to get to the bottom of a concern that he had previously conceded was real.  And, eventually, he ends up flat-out denying that there was ever a problem in the first instance. [...] Such a pattern has now been applied to scandals involving the IRS, the NSA, the Department of Justice, and Benghazi.  But not the Veterans Administration.  Why?

The Five's Beckel Accuses Guilfoyle of 'Treasonous' Remark About Obama.  What set Beckel off this time?  Well, his co-hosts were going after Obama on foreign policy and Dana Perino pointed out how al-Qaeda affiliates have "spread all over" during Obama's presidency.  Kimberly Guilfoyle said, "This is the problem.  I just don't think he understands — honestly — I really don't think he has a grasp on what it means to have a cohesive, coherent foreign policy or how to combat the war on terror.  We cannot go around to our enemies, 'Let me hug you and then let me drone you...'"  It was at this point that Beckel jumped in and shouted, "That's treasonous, what you just said!"  Guilfoyle shot back, "No, it actually is accurate!"  Beckel responded, "It is not accurate!  The way you guys treat the President of the United States is abysmal and disgusting!"

The Editor says...
I must have missed the memo that says it's treasonous to criticize an incompetent, lying president, who is himself arguably guilty of treason.

David Plouffe: 2010 Tea Party Candidates Were 'Witches and Defenders of Rape'.  Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe remarked during an appearance on ABC's 'This Week' that Tea Party candidates in 2010 were "witches and defenders of rape."  Plouffe made his remarks during a panel discussion of how the Republican establishment was successfully fighting back against bad candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.  "Well, let me say this, I mean, I don't get the celebration.  I mean, OK, maybe it's a low bar ... so they're not witches and defenders of rape," he said.

Global Warming Alarmists Are Getting Desperate.  California Gov. Jerry Brown's absurd contention that LAX Airport is going to be turned into a bathtub because of climate change is the latest example of how know-nothings in the media, entertainment and politics are reaching for ever more questionable arguments as they continue to fail to stoke fears in an American public that, contrary to their hateful claims, largely believes in global warming but isn't particularly worried about it.  Brown said that due to changes in glacier mass (breathlessly hyped as "collapse" by the media), in 200 years "the Los Angeles airport's going to be underwater."  No, it isn't.  A projected four-foot rise in sea levels won't much affect the airport, which sits 120 feet above sea level.

'Social Justice' Loons Compare Prison System to Apartheid.  Alice Green and her "social justice" cronies were on the steps of the Capitol today urging Governor Cuomo to establish a commission to "right the wrongs" that have been perpetrated upon criminals in New York's prison system. [...] Green, former Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and her cohorts are vocal supporters of the Free Mumia movement, a group intent on freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row inmate convicted 30 years ago of killing a Philadelphia police officer.

Five Times Obama Officials Expressed Outrage at Their Own Incompetence.  President Obama and members of his administration constantly express rage and anger over events totally within their control.  It's an odd and unsettling fact of American life that so many Americans seem to think that such expressions of frustration should substitute for actual competence.

Trick or truth! Can you even tell the difference?  Here are some commonly asserted falsehoods that you are expected to believe just because they are repeated often enough.  Falsehood No. 1)  Women are paid 77 percent of what men make for the same work, so therefore we need to pass new legislation to ensure women are paid fairly.  Actually, laws already exist to forbid gender-based pay discrimination, and occasions of true bias are rare.  What the proponents of pay equity really want is equal pay for unequal work.  They lump all jobs held by women together and all jobs held by men together and then create an artificial and meaningless average "male wage" and "female wage."  There is not even the pretense that such numbers represent wages for "equal work."  It is a sham and a mockery intended only as one more means of redistribution of wealth.

Benghazi: How to rebut Democratic talking points in 7 easy lessons.  [Scroll down]  The term "witch hunt" suggests false accusation or the deliberate punishing of the innocent.  Asking for information in an attempt to get to the bottom of a situation is not a witch hunt, especially when we already know that the video explanation was a false narrative and may therefore be the tip of a much bigger iceberg.  Speaking of the video, ironically, this is where the real witch hunt took place.  Since when is it against the law in America to express your opinion in a movie about Mohammad, Islam or any other subject?  Supposing Ambassador Stevens and the others had been murdered because of a video?  Even if such were the case, it is the responsibility of our President to punish the blood thirsty killers, not the film director.

Gays Gone Wild: Life in America after the Ball is Over.  [Scroll down]  Ritualized crying became the weapon of choice.  We heard about well-intended homosexuals being thrown out of the house by mean Christian parents.  We heard about stellar gay citizens "just wanting to build families."  In endless performances of rhetorical masochism, we heard about kids of gay people longing to have society applaud their guardians for wrenching them away from their own biological roots.  We heard about horrible bullies committing all these mythical crimes against helpless gay people: [...] All of these stories, it turns out, were completely fabricated.  And this is a trimmed down list, believe me — the anti-gay hate crime hoaxes are astonishing in their volume and premeditation.  This is not a coincidence.

Dem State Senator: Calling A Fish From Asia An 'Asian Carp' Is 'Hurtful' and Offensive.  The Minnesota Senate on Monday [5/5/2014] approved John Hoffman's (D-MN) bill to change the name "Asian carp" so called because the species originates from Asia, to "invasive carp".  Since Asian carp were introduced in the U.S. in the 1970's, the fish have spread to dozens of states causing destruction in the delicate ecosystems of the waterways.

Amnesty, American Values, and Economic Dependency.  Preying on our sympathy, kindness, and generosity to foreign nations, we are being guilted and forced to be generous with lawbreakers by awarding them citizenship because they jumped a fence, swam across a river, or walked through the hot desert, putting their lives in peril, defying and disrespecting our borders and our laws.  This amnesty is forced on the American people at a time when we can ill-afford to be generous, with millions of Americans unemployed, underemployed, and on welfare, facing the fundamental destruction of our healthcare.

The Editor says...
Guilt is not a verb.

8 Things That Won't Get You Banned by the NBA.  Good riddance to Sterling.  But let's understand that ginning up the mob based on private feelings is a dangerous business.  We now live in a world in which racial feelings are more important than racist acts, and in which bad thought trumps bad action.

Obama EPA Chief Regina McCarthy: Pollution holds African-Americans back.  Regina "Gina" McCarthy, President Obama's chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has essentially called pollution a force of racism in the US, saying that pollution is "holding back millions of African-Americans."  McCarthy made even more strange comments at an April 24 appearance at Clark Atlanta University sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus, [...] The EPA chief, who was appointed by Obama in July of last year, claimed that black students are the "most vulnerable to climate change" and they should become "champion climate justice advocates."  Turning pollution into an excuse to throw the race card, McCarthy claimed that stopping pollution is all about "equity" and that minorities have been "overburdened by pollution and environmental health hazards for far too long."

Wisconsin Dem Candidate to Hand Out KKK Hoods at GOP Convention.  Wisconsin state representative and gubernatorial candidate Brett Husley will be handing out KKK hoods at a GOP state convention this weekend.  When you're a Democrat and don't have any policy solutions, yelling "racism" will still get many in your party out to the polls.

Wisconsin Democrat Brett Hulsey Sews KKK Hood to Give to GOP Legislators.  Brett Hulsey, a Wisconsin state representative and Democratic candidate for governor, thinks he has a surefire way to shoot past his better-funded and better-known primary opponent.  He has announced that he intends to hand out homemade KKK hoods to Republican members of the state legislature.  Hulsey is way, way back in the pack of candidates running for the Democrat nomination for Wisconsin Governor.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Preventing Global Warming Is Like Freeing Slaves.  In The Nation magazine MSNBC host Christopher Hayes spent thousands of words and four web pages explaining how those working at preventing global warming are somehow just like the abolitionists who fought to free the slaves just prior to the American Civil War.

The SPLC's Attack on Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, and Me.  If you are not aware of what the SPLC really is, you must first look at these two very important articles.  The first hails from Ken Silverstein and appeared in Harper's in the year 2000.  The second article, unfortunately under a firewall where it was originally published, is by the always insightful investigative journalist Charlotte Allen, and was the cover story in The Weekly Standard in their April 15, 2013 issue.  It is titled "King of the Fearmongers: Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, scaring donors since 1971."

Cliven Bundy Delenda Est.  During the Punic Wars Cato and other notable Romans argued that Carthago Delenda Est, that is, Carthage must be destroyed.  Substitute sympathetic ordinary Americans, like Cliven Bundy, Joe the Plumber, and the superbly talented Sarah Palin for Carthage, and you have the rallying cry of the Democrats and their media enablers who will use any pretext to demonize those who dare to challenge their power.  Devoid of positions that can survive reasoned debate, the Democrats and the media who sustain them have determined that balkanizing the country along lines of race, ethnicity, and sexual preferences may yet provide enough votes to keep the party in power.  This week the domestic focus was on race.

Professor: 'Colleges Will Start Closing Up if Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing GOP Wins'.  New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will "want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855" if they win control of Congress in November.  Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned.  "We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens," Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform.  "I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way."  Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives as "racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people."

Is she bragging or complaining?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: America 'Rigged' to Benefit the Rich.  On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) complained that America had "fundamentally changed" so that the rich get richer and the poor continue to struggle. [...] "That's what's fundamentally changed," Warren insisted.  "Look, it's tough out there.  It really is a rigged game, and it's set up now over and over and over."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: It's 'Dangerous' to Want 'Big Government' to Disappear.  "Politics so often felt dirty to me — all the lobbyists and the cozy dealings and the special favors for those who could buy access.  But as I stood in the lobby outside Ted Kennedy's office, I felt as if I'd been washed clean," media favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in her book.  That quote sums up the message of Warren's new book "A Fighting Chance."

The Editor says...
Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable to comment about people getting a "fighting chance."

[It would take a lot more urine] in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink.  A teenager urinated into one of the city's drinking water reservoirs the other day.  That's gross, sure, and aggravating — what a brat!  But in one of the most spectacularly stupid decisions in years, the city is going to drain the reservoir.  The most spectacularly stupid decision in about three years, anyway — if this sounds familiar, that's because Portland did the same thing in 2011.

The Editor says...
Ask yourself these questions:  Is every gallon in that open outdoor reservoir a gallon of pure potable water?  Do birds fly over and poop in it occasionally?  Do ducks spend the night in that water?  Are there any fish in that water?  Doesn't the city add chlorine to that water before pumping it to the city's distribution system?  Have you ever considered where drinking water comes from on the International Space Station?

Putting the 'pee' in Portland.  Tragedy struck Portland again last week at Reservoir No. 5, this time by a teenage terrorist armed with a bladder of death and destruction, or at least 8 ounces of annoying but harmless urine.  It was shock and awe all over again at the Portland water department.  What happened next is a textbook case of what can happen anywhere when bureaucrats are left loose and unsupervised. [...] David Shaff, the administrator of the Portland Water Bureau, quickly ordered the reservoir drained, all 38 million gallons of the stuff the San Joaquin Valley hundreds of miles south would kill for.  Tests showed the water was actually clear and clean, with no traces of urine, but Mr. Shaff was not thinking about public safety.  It was all about marketing.

Coalition of the Disappointed.  The "pay gap" is the ratio between median earnings for men and women, according to Census Bureau data.  But adjust for hours worked, occupation, decisions about marriage and children, education and risk, and equal work means equal pay.  The war on women is really a war on meaningful statistics.  To wit, applying the same broad median-earnings standard to the White House shows that female staffers make only 88 cents on the dollar of their male counterparts.

Statistical Frauds.  The "war on women" political slogan is in fact a war against common sense.  It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.  It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same.  But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same.

Is President Obama Appalled By Claire Shipman, Too?  This week, President Obama has tried to rev up his base by flogging an obviously false statistic.  It hasn't gone as well as planned, partly because the media dropped its usual obsequiousness by questioning the assumptions of the claim that women make 77 cents for each dollar earned by men for the same work.  Turns out that when you control for different career choices, different hours worked, different amounts of time on the job, the supposed pay gap all but evaporates.

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone Pipeline a Cancer Risk.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk.  Her first point was that the pipeline "will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day."  She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer.

Dems label foes 'un-American'.  Liberals have lately been employing a political term of abuse that was once mainly a weapon of the right.  Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Wednesday [4/9/2014] in Houston, President Obama described laws that he said restrict voting rights as "un-American." [...] "Un-American" has long been a multipurpose insult.  A quick Web search reveals that it has been used as a term of objection to, among other things, the National Rifle Association, torture, Rush Limbaugh and a willingness to repair, rather than replace, consumer goods.

Democrats' desperate war-on-women-baiting.  Don't be fooled by President Obama's new push for pay equity.  It sounds good, but it is nothing more than a political ploy to distract from the ever-conspicuous cloud of bad mojo following Democrats around as they brace for the 2014 midterm elections.  In the past few election cycles, a the left has done a masterful job of courting women by creating lines of division between Republicans and Democrats where they don't actually exist.

White House Defends Gender Pay Disparity By Mocking Male Reporters.  With President Obama under fire for paying his women staff less than his male staff despite a drive for "paycheck equality," White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri pushed back by noting the front row of the press corps in the White House Press Briefing was made up mostly of men.

White House #WarOnMath: Women do not make 77 cents on the dollar.  This Equal Pay Day, even the White House can't defend its frequent assertion that women make 77 cents on a man's dollar.  Why?  Because it's completely untrue.  But hey, War on Women and all that, so you're going to be hearing it anyway. 

Pelosi: Immigration law like internment of Japanese.  The deportation of foreigners living illegally in the United States is similar to the forced internment of ethnic-Japanese Americans in World War II, according to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  "I'll be very honest with you:  Looking at the numbers at some point, in terms of how people are treated and deported and families separated and the rest, this has a scent of Japanese internment," Pelosi told a Politico reporter.  "It's really a black mark," said Pelosi.  Roughly 110,000 ethnic-Japanese immigrants and their American children were detained during World War II after Japan's sneak attack on Americans in Pearl Harbor.

The Editor says...
It's amusing to hear a politician like Nancy Pelosi begin a sentence with "I'll be very honest with you."  Perhaps she should refrain from using the Japanese roundup as an illustration.  Who was the President when the Japanese were locked up?  That's right, another Democrat.

Why Obama's Presidency Has to Be All About Race Now.  Despite what he and his cheerleaders in the press think, he is still losing the argument over ObamaCare.  The program has posted a few non-catastrophic enrollment numbers lately, but a lot of the public has already made up their minds.  They never liked the program much to begin with, and now that they know what's in it, they like it even less.  The economic recovery, such as it is, continues to be slow, painful, and jobless.  The president's foreign policy is spinning out of control in all directions.  So the left is doing what they always do when their policies fail:  make everything about race, instead.

The '77 Cents on the Dollar' Myth About Women's Pay.  The 23% gap implies that women work an extra 68 days to earn the same pay as a man.  Mr. Obama advocates allowing women to sue for wage discrimination, with employers bearing the burden of proving they did not discriminate.  But the numbers bandied about to make the claim of widespread discrimination are fundamentally misleading and economically illogical.

White House: The '77 cents' wage gap figure isn't accurate, but they'll use it anyway.  A White House adviser had to walk back the oft-repeated myth that women make 77 cents on the dollar that men make after being questioned about the figure during a conference call Monday [4/7/2014].  While detailing executive actions President Obama plans to take Tuesday regarding equal pay for women, Betsey Stevenson, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said very defiantly that despite women contributing 44 percent of their household incomes, they continue to make less than men.  Obama has declared Tuesday "Equal Pay Day" to highlight his administration's focus on that issue.

Why Aren't We No. 1?  There is a pastime among liberal pundits — the latest is Nicholas Kristof — to quote a new center left global ranking (with unbiased titles such as "The Social Progress Imperative") and then to decry that the United States is behind its major industrial competitors in things like "Internet Access" and "Ecosystem sustainability."  The subtext of these rants is that an illiberal, reactionary U.S. does not spend enough on government entitlements to promote parity, equality and social justice among its citizenry.

The Progressive Aristocracy.  Last week, we expanded the discussion to progressives' wide-ranging willingness to contradict their own professed principles: gun-control proponents who travel with armed bodyguards, voucher opponents who send their kids to private schools, and minimum-wage-hike advocates who pay their staff less than the minimum wage, among others.  So what do progressives really want?  If, as I suspect, the currency of progressivism isn't policies or results, but emotions, what does that approach build?  What kind of a country do you get when political leaders are driven by a desire to feel that they are more enlightened, noble, tolerant, wise, sensitive, conscious, and smart than most other people?

Obama casts GOP's balanced-budget plan as 'massive tax cuts' for millionaires.  President Obama on Saturday continued his election-year assault on the House GOP's latest budget proposal, telling Americans the plan would "raise taxes on middle-class families with kids" and cut crucial programs while giving more handouts to the rich.  In his weekly address, Mr. Obama made his case — without explicitly saying so — why voters should elect more Democrats in this November's midterm elections and contrasted the GOP plan with his party's priorities.

Rep. Fudge Says Changes in Ohio Voting Are 'Racist'.  Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) says the recent changes in voting in Ohio are "racist."  "I believe, personally, that a lot of this really is racist.  I believe that.  They cannot make me believe that they do not understand how important the right to vote is to me and people like me," Fudge told WKYC-TV last week.  "Ohio has become the butt of jokes — even in Washington.  Because our governor and our legislature are doing everything they can to prevent certain constituencies from voting.  Poor people, minorities, the elderly, the disabled — and they are doing it knowingly," Fudge said.

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Yes, it's true that the legislature is trying "to prevent certain constituencies from voting."  They're trying to prevent dead people from voting, and trying to prevent certain individuals from voting multiple times.  Those actions are already illegal, but the requirement of photo identification at the polls is the mechanism needed to put teeth into those laws.

More about election fraud and Voter ID laws.

5 Reasons Obama's 7.1 Million Number Is Meaningless.  On Tuesday [4/1/2014], President Obama triumphantly announced that, with the power of the mainstream media, Hollywood, and the threat of the IRS, the mission had been accomplished:  7.1 million Americans had selected an Obamacare plan.  Obama's tone was nothing short of exuberant:  "7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places.  7.1!  Yep!"  He then went on to criticize those who had expressed objections to Obamacare for its deprivations of plans, doctors, drugs, and liberty:  "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?"

Rate That Oligarch.  You may have noticed that our friends on the left have begun to refer to the Koch brothers and other rich conservatives as "oligarchs."  Like calling evangelicals "jihadists" and the tea party "racist," this comparison to the billionaires in Vladimir Putin's circle is meant to stigmatize and marginalize these men politically and socially.  This latest Saul Alinsky tactic got us thinking about who really qualifies as an American oligarch.

The 15 Dumbest Anti-Hobby Lobby Signs at the Supreme Court.  Supporters of an Affordable Care Act mandate that requires religious business people to violate their beliefs were out in full force this morning at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which pits Obamacare against small businesses seeking to preserve personal and religious freedom.  Here's a look at some of the most nonsensical and ridiculous signs and participants at Tuesday's rally.

White House turns to cat pictures to sell Obamacare.  With the deadline for enrolling in the Obamacare exchanges just days away, the White House is scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas — including turning to cat GIFs, or animated videos made of multiple still photos.  The cats are just some of the goofy GIFs the White House has posted, according to the Florida Times-Union, which said the White House is trying to catch the latest retro Internet craze.

6 Arguments Only A Liberal Could Believe.  It's almost impossible to have any kind of meaningful discussion with a liberal because while you're trying to come up with logical points to support your position, he's trying to come up with new ways to convince people you're Hitler.  Modern liberalism has turned into a willful embrace of stupidity.  It's all about setting reason and intellect aside in order to take an emotionally-satisfying position that makes a liberal feel better about himself.  This is how people who are undeniably intelligent can feel good about taking brainless positions that hurt a lot of people.

Stopping just short of "daycare is a right" ...
Harry Reid: Daycare 'Isn't a Luxury, It's a Necessity'.  "For millions of families in the United States, childcare is their single largest household expense at nearly $15,000 a year," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday [3/12/2014] in a speech on the Senate floor.  "And in an economy where most families have two working parents, childcare isn't a luxury — it's a necessity."

2014 Strategy: Obama's Top 5 Distractions.  With Democratic 2014 Senate and House hopes receding faster than the rise of the tides under President Obama, the Obama administration and Democratic Party have decided to resort to their favorite page in the political playbook:  distraction and misdirection. [...] On Monday night, Democrats took to the floor of the Senate, talking for 15 straight hours about climate change. [...] The purpose of the all-nighter was to create the perception of conservatives as Bible-thumping cretins.

What the Senate's all-nighter on climate change is really about.  Dozens of Democratic senators plan to speak out Monday night [3/10/2014] into early Tuesday morning about their growing concerns with climate change.  Adopting a strategy used in the past year to great effect by Republican senators  — Ted Cruz, anyone? — at least 28 Democrats plan to use floor time to raise their concerns on the lack of attention being paid to climate change — although there is no single bill or even set of bills for which they will be advocating.

Senate Democrats' donor-friendly global warming show.  Senator after senator will undoubtedly join [Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian] Schatz in insisting that Congress must act.  But the Democratic talkathon is not about any action in particular.  It's not being staged in support of, or opposition to, any specific legislative proposal.  And if there were proposed legislation under consideration, Democrats could just pass it, or at least bring it up for debate and a vote, because they control the Senate with a 55-seat majority.  But that, apparently, is not the point of the all-nighter.

Nothing but hot air from Senate Democrats' talkathon.  The talkathon is a product of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force, co-chaired by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.  Boxer described the purpose of the marathon gabfest as a call to "wake up Congress" for "action" on global warming.  That's an odd claim coming from the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  Boxer has a solid majority on her committee and could report dozens of bills to the Senate floor.  So her committee is the first place to look for an explanation of the lack of action in the Senate.

'Absolutely Un-American': Dem Rep. Explodes During IRS Investigation Hearing; Issa Walks Out.  During a hearing of the House Oversight Committee into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service scrutinized conservative groups' tax-exempt status filings unduly, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) exploded at Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA). Cummings charged that the way in which the proceedings were being conducted were "Un-American."  In apparent protest, Issa then walked out of the committee hearing.

Elijah Cummings Gives Oscar-Worthy Performance in IRS Hearing Freakout.  It was a performance for the ages.  "You cannot have a one-sided investigation," shouted Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  "There is something absolutely wrong with that.  And it's absolutely un-American."  His tirade — and it should be noted that while Cummings was yelling Issa remained composed and calm — was an instant made-for-YouTube moment, and I suspect that was exactly the point.

Pipeline protesters arrested at White House.  They chanted 'climate justice now' and carried signs with slogans such as 'don't tarnish the earth' in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline.

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What is "climate justice," and where is the evidence that someone has "tarnish[ed] the earth?"

Bill Clinton says Republicans want fewer people to vote.  Former President Bill Clinton has signed on to promote a new Democratic voter project, claiming that the GOP is trying with voter identification laws to block divorced women, college students, blacks, the disabled and younger Americans from voting.  "There is no greater assault on our core values than the rampant efforts to restrict the right to vote," Clinton said in a YouTube video distributed as part of the Democratic Party's new Voter Expansion Project unveiled Thursday [2/27/2014].

The Editor says...
Republicans want fewer dead people to vote.  Dead and fictitious people are an important component of the Democrats' base, but they do not have the right to vote.  As for the other groups, how many women have been married and divorced and do not have any identification with a photo on it?  (Nobody.)  How many college students do not have a photo ID issued by the college?  (Zero.)  How many "younger Americans" — who are old enough to vote legally — do not have a driver's license, which is a major goal at that age?  You no longer have to be a land owner to vote, but you should be engaged in our society to the extent that you carry some sort of identification.

VP Biden Claims 'Hatred' Is Force Behind Voter Id Laws.  On Tuesday [2/25/2014], Vice President Joe Biden blamed "hatred" as the motivating force behind voter identification laws in states such as North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas.  Biden wants new laws to block "former slave holding states in the south" from discrimination against blacks and other minorities.

Boxer warns Keystone will cause cancer.  Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to add a new element to the Keystone XL oil pipeline debate: its effects on health.  The California Democrat claims negative health effects from the proposed pipeline's development were ignored by the State Department's environmental impact review.  "The Environmental Impact Statement was woefully inadequate when it came to exploring human impacts of the pipeline," Boxer said Wednesday [2/26/2014] at a press conference held with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and anti-Keystone XL activists and environmentalists.

Why Obama is Uneducated.  A few years ago I participated in a radio debate on "white privilege" with a certain man, whose name is unimportant, who had a Ph.D. in "ethnic studies."  At one point he introduced an argument by saying, "If whites are 80 percent of the population...," which prompted me to interject and point out that whites (non-Hispanic) are now only 63 percent of America.  Of course, you might think that someone with a doctorate in "ethnic studies" would know what the ethnic and racial composition of the country is.

Exposing the Lie in the "War on Women".  A frequent refrain of President Obama's — asserted as earnestly as "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it" — is the claim repeated in his State of the Union address that women "make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns."  Promising to close the "embarrassing" gap, he declared that "women deserve equal pay for equal work."  While discrimination can't be ruled out, should it be the default explanation?  Are whites the victims of discrimination because they earn less than Asians?  If women do the same work for less, why would anyone hire a man?

The Party Of Science Has Absolutely No Clue What It's Talking About.  For years, a concerted effort has been made to intertwine scientific truth with progressive politics in the public imagination.  In recent weeks alone, Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Crist both earned headlines by trashing the "anti-science" GOP.  The left-leaning media works hard to make campaign issues out of contrived litmus tests that bear little relationship to real national issues.  Their project seems to be working.

President Obama's magic words and numbers.  The last progressive president promised Model Cities, with every child enjoying a Head Start en route to enjoying an Upward Bound into a Great Society.  Today's progressive president also uses words — and numbers — magically emancipated from reality.

Democrats: 1% Cut In Food Stamp Funding Is "Stealing".  Elected Democrats and movement progressives are up in arms over the meager cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — commonly known as food stamps). [...] The overall SNAP program costs $70 billion per year.  Hipster congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said "Congress has lost its way" and described the farm bill as "reverse Robin Hood legislation that steals food from the poor."

Obama's 'Give America a Raise' battle cry is misleading and disturbing.  To start, increasing the minimum wage would only affect a subset of Americans.  In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just 1.6 million Americans were paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.  That's far less than the millions of people who had their health insurance plans cancelled as a result of Obama's health care law, which Obama dismissed as representing only a small portion of the public.  It's true that Obama supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10, so if passed, the hike would affect more than the 1.6 million.  But the number who would see their earnings go up is certainly not all of America.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Birth Control 'Basic to Our Economic Prosperity'.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says it was women joining the workforce after World War II that helped the economy grow, producing a "strong and healthy middle class."  And that continues to be the case today, she told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday [1/27/2014].  "And now, in very, very significant numbers, women are... a part of the workforce and have contributed greatly to allowing families to get ahead in the economy.  What permits that is women being able to control when or whether they have children and how many.  And it is so basic to our economic prosperity that women have that control."

Democrat Fund Raising Letter Accuses Republicans Of A 'Revolting Anti-choice Agenda'.  Women's Health Rapid Response Fund accused Republicans of embracing a "revolting anti-choice agenda" for supporting pro-life candidates and organizations.  The media and fundraising apparatus of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is making the most of the 41st anniversary of "Roe v Wade."  They are imploring supporters for donations to "show Boehner that there are consequences for Republicans unrelenting war against women."

Income Inequality: The Left's Next Big Con.  With the possible exception of global warming fraud, it would be difficult to identify another major political issue more dependent upon innumerable, uncontrollable variables than the difference in what two persons might earn or deserve.  In the case of both ideological causes, anyone claiming to have measured the variables, predicted them or solved for them in concocting a solution is nothing but a con artist.  And what do con men do?  They steal.

Republicans Clueless in Obamacare Message to Young Americans.  In December, reeling from surprising unpopularity among millennials, Obama returned to his trademark pied-piper "movement" rhetoric, likening healthcare policy to women's suffrage and the civil rights crusade.  You mustn't get discouraged when you're out to change the world, Obama said, because "change" and leadership take time and hard work!  It's a clever angle because young voters are easily seduced by two things which ordinarily would appear in tension:  altruism and self-importance.

To Each, According to His Delusions.  The latest faux issue to insinuate itself into our political polemics travels under the unedifying name of "income inequality."  As political abstractions go, this one is more incoherent than most.  (Shabbier too in its naked appeal to envy and resentment.)  Almost no one who uses the term says what he means by it.  But it has the ring of yet another incitement to leftist larceny.  Since President Obama heaved this dead cat into the room a few weeks ago, I've been waiting for anyone speaking for the Republican Party to say that this hustle is nothing more than Marxist boilerplate.  Since no one in the Grand Old Party has either the courage or the awareness to say this, I guess it's up to me.

No, Public Schools Are Not 'Jammed' with Students.  It's remarkable how often the conventional wisdom conflicts with data and evidence.  A recent article in the New York Times illustrates the case of public-school class sizes.  It describes schools as "jammed" because of an up-tick in student-teacher ratios coming out of the recession.  It's the type of story that fits comfortably within the (erroneous) conventional wisdom about underfunded schools.

Now Democrats beg for money to prevent Obama's impeachment.  President Obama's party is nervous that he might face impeachment proceedings — or at least it wants potential donors to think so.  The Democratic National Committee send a fundraising email on Saturday, titled 'Impeachment,' that warned several Republicans have raised the spectre of a move to bounce the president from office.

Obama To Hold Photo-Op With Americans Who Lost Unemployment Benefits.  As part of an effort to pressure Republicans into extending federal aid for three more months, Obama will hold a photo-op at the White House with Ameicans who lost their unemployment benefits at the start of the year.

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We're apparently supposed to feel sorry for goldbricks whose 99 weeks of unemployment checks have come to and end.  The President wants to extend unemployment benefits even further — preferably until after the next election day.

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening [12/28/2013] urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can't impeach President Obama.  The email, subject line "Impeachment," was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC's 2014 efforts.  "What do these people all have in common?," the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

Washington's three most irrational arguments in 2013"If we can save only one life..." The demagoguery started early in 2013, as Democrats tried to push gun-control laws in the wake of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  The White House argued for gun restrictions using a litany of facile talking points, most absurdly this gem by President Obama:  "If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try."

Global warming advocates should take out their earplugs.  Having a rational conversation about public policy issues is becoming increasingly difficult because so many advocates will brook no disagreement, even if their positions are contradicted by facts or logic.  Instead of engaging the argument, they demonize those who disagree with them as corrupt, ignorant, racist or worst [sic].  They use these ad hominem attacks, in turn, to justify their refusal to compromise.  The result is that urgent problems grow steadily worse.  Environmental issues often provide vivid examples of this process, especially if the issue is global warming.

Michelle Keeps it Real with Reverend Al.  After heading up a 'poor me' sob-story session with mothers in the Oval Office, packing for the nine-hour flight to Oahu, and wrapping up a 16-day Obamacare public relations blitz, 'Mom-to-Mom' Michelle found time to take to the airwaves and dial in to the "Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton" radio show.

Obama: 'You Can't Say You Take Pride in American Democracy' and Be in Favor of Voter ID Laws.  Yes, several states are mounting efforts to hinder the ability of certain people to vote; these "certain" people are ineligible voters.  Call it "extreme," but openly facilitating voter fraud to alter elections is hardly an affirmation of democracy, but a detriment to our election process.  On a side note, perhaps we could take President Obama more seriously when he speaks about voter fraud or voter intimidation if his Justice Department had not dropped the case against Black Panthers who intimidated voters in Philadelphia in 2008.

Obama portrayed as victim.  Some may think reporters and editors are simply clumsy or indifferent writers, and sometimes they are.  But much of the time they choose their words (and photos) with exquisite and subtle care.  They also realize that most people only look at the headlines and photos of most articles, and that those are therefore the most important elements, and that even people who do read the article often read only the first few paragraphs.

'A Cult Worthy of Jonestown'? Hey, Democrats Embraced Jim Jones!  John Podesta, soon to become a White House adviser, recently called the Republican party "a cult worthy of Jonestown."  Today he apologized.  It's an interesting metaphor, increasingly common — how often have you heard references to "drinking the Kool-Aid"? — but it's worth recalling that Jim Jones was, before his horrific, sadistic end, an increasingly influential figure in California politics, particularly Democratic-party politics.

Teamsters allege right-to-work laws are 'slavery'.  Michigan labor unions are understandably upset over the Wolverine State's adoption of a right-to-work law and are fighting it in every way they can.  Detroit-based Teamsters Local 214 has gone so far as to argue that it violates anti-slavery laws.

Environmentalism's Endless Lies.  [Scroll down]  There is no such thing as "environmental justice."  It is an invention of environmental groups that are intent on convincing people that whatever they do or fail to do somehow has an impact on the weather.  Indeed, the entire global warming hoax, now called climate change, was based on the lie that humans were responsible for producing huge amounts of carbon dioxide via industry, driving, or making some toast for breakfast.  The environmental enemy was and is the use of energy, but it is energy that has so vastly improved and protected everyone's life.

Pelosi: GOP Failure to Extend Unemployment Benefits Practically 'Immoral'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the Republican refusal to include unemployment benefits in the Ryan-Murray budget deal is immoral.  "It's interesting to note that they rejected unemployment insurance — this is so unconscionable, it's practically at the level of immoral to do.  The people who work hard, play by the rules, lose their job through no fault of their own, are not able to get — continue to get an unemployment insurance check."

Capitalizing on other people's tragedy and spending other people's money:
Meeting with Newtown families, Joe Biden to announce mental health push.  Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday [12/10/2013] will announce $100 million in government spending on mental health services, trumpeting the investment during a meeting with family members of victims from the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The 'Unprecedented Opposition' Canard.  The rarely-unspoken subtext is that the GOP's groundbreaking vitriol and obstruction has been reserved for Obama because he's black.  By abiding and advancing this claim, Obama's supporters allege that conservatives have sought to delegitimize the president from his very first day in office.  Ironically, the reverse is closer to the truth; dating back to the 2008 campaign, many liberals have maliciously conflated conservative objections to Obama's policies with thinly-veiled racism.  Hurling the racism charge is a particularly insidious method of disqualifying Obama's critics, which is the whole point.  Concerns over wrongful IRS targeting?  Racism.  Strenuous disapproval of Obamacare?  Racism.

The politicization of Christmas:
Santa Warns In Greenpeace Video Christmas Will Be Canceled Due To Global Warming.  Greenpeace is warning children the world over Santa Claus might not be bringing gifts to them because of global warming.  A "Save the Arctic" video released by the environmental group shows a sullen and dirty Santa — played by Jim Carter of "Downton Abbey" — in a dark, concrete room with water dripping from the ceiling.

The Birth-Control Battle.  Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war?  In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues.  They want to impose their values on everyone else.  They want the government involved in your bedroom.  Those mean right-wingers want to make "health-care choices" for women.

Bring on the Draconian Cuts.  Hark, unless mine eyes are cheated, it appears that the House has passed a bill — on energy and water development — that would spend less money than we spent last year.  Indeed, that is the case:  The $30.4 billion bill is $2.9 billion less than was appropriated for 2013.  If my always-suspect English-major math is correct, that $2.9 billion represents a full 0.08 percent of 2012 federal outlays.  The White House has threated to veto these "draconian cuts."  Seriously — OMB put out a statement calling these "draconian cuts."  Does anybody over there know what "draconian" means?

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Part Justifies the Whole.  One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces.  This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act:  Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals.

Morality, Anti-Morality, and Socialism.  During the ObamaCare enslavement, Speaker Pelosi made a statement of utmost dopiness, which captures the essence of humanist anti-morality.  She said to the effect that if young people had government healthcare they would be freed to be artists and musicians.  It expresses the delusion that self-actualization means being an artist, and implicitly denigrates most work and the virtue of diligence.  If everyone is to be a government-supported artist, who is left to make things, to raise children, to pay the bills?

EPA Chief: 'No More Urgent Threat to Public Health Than Climate Change'.  Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment:  "And I really see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change."

The Laughable Liberal 'Moral Imperative'.  When explaining why "richer people" have to pay higher taxes to finance health insurance for lower-income Americans, [Robert] Reich concludes, "It's only just that those with higher incomes bear some responsibility for maintaining the health of Americans who are less fortunate."  Did you catch that?  A liberal exclaiming that "it's only just" when explaining his plans for wealth redistribution.

Extreme weather events are increasing: yet another green propaganda myth.  At this point, I've heard quite enough.  "It's only called 'SuperStorm' Sandy by places like the BBC and the Guardian and the New York Times for emotive propaganda purposes.  And you do realise that it wasn't the strongest category of hurricane.  Just a cat 3... "  (And only a Cat 1, I should have added, by the time it reached shore).  This, I'm afraid, is where we're at in the great climate debate — and have been for some time.

Why is President Obama trying to politicize the holidays?  The administration knows many people will be unfamiliar with the etiquette of discussing national health care at Thanksgiving.  So Organizing for Action, the president's political committee, has created a strategy sheet and suggested talking points.  "Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk," OFA advises.  It's especially important, the tip sheet says, to use special circumstances that might arise during a family celebration to press the case for health care.  For example, one OFA tweet showed pictures of a young man wielding a big knife to carve a turkey.  That was followed by a picture of the man with a bandage on his hand.  "Food-related injuries happen a lot this time of year," the message said.  "It's a good time to talk about getting coverage."

Common Core third grade book goes full Dear Leader on Obama.  The ground is being laid for future racial strife over Barack Obama once he is out of office.  His fanatical supporters, especially in the African-American community which has remained solidly in his camp despite all his demonstrated incompetence and lies, are being set up to see him as a martyr.

Obama, the Sultan of Sob Stories.  Mr. Obama has spoken at prayer memorials, exploited the grieving families of the Sandy Hook victims, and given seats of honor at the State of the Union speech to slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton's parents, Cleo and Nat.  The president has read letters from terrified albeit amazingly articulate schoolchildren convinced that without drastic gun control measures they'll be gunned down in school, and even went so far as to assume symbolic parenthood of shooting victim Trayvon Martin.  For immigration reform, we now know all about DREAM actors, those fresh-faced illegal immigrants that any American would be proud to see marry their son or daughter.  In addition, we've heard stories about innocent Latinos just trying to buy ice cream cones for their children being harassed for their "papers" by mean xenophobes in Arizona.

Obamacare and Liberal Cruelty.  [Scroll down]  Democrats are even willing to have government lie to us for our own good.  Without the lies, they wouldn't have gotten Obamacare passed, and once passed, they would have been voted out of office in 2012.  They didn't want the voters to have the option to say no, because they know better what people should want.  They are the good people who care.  Those who oppose them are the bad people, who should be vilified and driven from the public arena.

Don't Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters.  Like Obamacare, the SNAP program takes a small problem that in the past was addressed by churches, families, mutual aid societies, and fraternal organizations, inflates it into a crisis by hyperbolic rhetoric, and then claims only a massive federal entitlement and regulatory regime can solve the problem.  That has been the progressive playbook for nearly a century, and the result has been a bloated federal bureaucracy, ruinous debt, and taxes appropriated from the producers of economic growth.

Barack Obama, Low Information President.  Obama's main support is from "low information voters."  These are voters who do not pay much attention to the news or events affecting the nation, or which politician is to blame for what.  They may be smart Americans.  But they just don't care that much about politics or the fate of the nation.  As a result, they are easily manipulated by superficial and emotional appeals in the mainstream media.

Oprah, Obama, and the Racism Dodge.  Since Democrats steamrolled the Affordable Care Act into law, its defenders have acted as if any opposition to the law is irrational, extremist, absurd, and, of course, racist.  They gave themselves license to dismiss all inconvenient facts simply by impugning the motives of those who point them out.

Science, Belief and Policy.  The number of people who understand the issues and who are, to varying degrees, sceptical of what they see as an unnecessarily alarmist view based on incomplete evidence is not really known, but it is substantial; probably much smaller than the mainstream, but then science is about assessing evidence rather than taking a democratic vote.  It is difficult to be objective, of course, but I see a large number of sceptics who are really what Matt Ridley has termed 'lukewarmists'.  They know that higher levels of carbon dioxide will have some effect on temperature but see no evidence either that this is the dominant effect or that current costly political prescriptions are likely to have any worthwhile impact.  For this, they are criticised by many and vilified as 'deniers' by their more zealous opponents.

Secretary of State John Kerry calls climate change the world's biggest threat.  Secretary of State John Kerry told a climate change conference in Poland Monday [11/18/2013] that global warming is the biggest challenge to the world.

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Climate change isn't a threat at all, especially since the climate has always changed and people have always adapted to it.  Climate change is the easiest excuse to utilize in the expansion of big government spending, because it has emotional appeal.  Whenever you hear politicians and "experts" say "we've got to do something," that's almost always untrue.

What The Know-Nothings Know.  They know that the world has been warming due to humanity's awfulness, even as it has cooled for the last 15 years or more, and their only answers involve hiding evidence.  They know global warming and cooling have never naturally happened before, because they left that data out of their computer runs.  They know that solar activity has nothing to do with global temperatures.  They know that anyone who points these matters out is "anti-science."  They know that only science paid for by liberals is "settled," and that to question evidently cooked "science" makes one equivalent to a Holocaust "denier."

'Fractivists' caught in flood of Colorado lies.  Massive storms dumped "biblical rainfall amounts" across nearly 2,000 square miles of Colorado last month, according to the National Weather Service.  The raging floods that followed killed at least eight people, damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes, and wrecked more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges.  The Denver Post ran a front page aerial photo headlined, "Front Range Flooding: Oil spilling into mix," showing a trashed stream bed with brown stains near a "damaged tank" that "leaks crude."  Opportunistic flocks of Big Green eco-vultures already embroiled in five local anti-fracking ballot measures pounced on the tragedy as a propaganda vehicle.  Their basic strategy was to pose as "mom-and-pop victims with no money to stop this spilling, but Big Bad Oil is putting zillions into the campaign."

McDermott: Obamacare Outrage Part of Plot 'All Fabricated to Destroy the Safety Net'.  Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) hailed Obamacare as "the furthest that we've gotten in developing a social safety net for Americans."  "We have unemployment insurance.  We have Social Security, we have welfare programs of people who don't have money, and now, we're going to get a healthcare system for everybody, we've had one for senior citizens and for children.  And the Republican establishment, the Tea Party people are bound and determined to drive us back. [...]"

Another ObamaCare Lie: Mother's Dispute With Insurer.  The You-Can-Keep-Your-Insurance line isn't the only ObamaCare whopper the media never checked out.  There's also the tall tale about President Obama's mother's deathbed fight with her insurer.  In several speeches, as well as debates, Barack Obama claimed a heartless insurance company denied his mother, Ann Dunham, health care coverage because of a pre-existing cancer.  Her medical bills mounted while her health failed, he said.  Though she died a bankrupt woman in 1995, her nightmare inspired him to keep fighting for health care reform.  The heart-breaking anecdote was used to beat up insurers over denying pre-existing conditions and was key to selling ObamaCare.  Except it wasn't true.

Bankrupting America: Or, Gorbachev's revenge.  The one-two punch of Alinsky's Rules 4 and 5 is what has turned the United States into a basket case.  First our enemies have challenged us to live up to our nation's compassionate ideals; then they have ridiculed anyone who has questioned whether we really have the ability to do so.  Tea Party conservatives are painted as monsters because they have the audacity to point out that a 10-person lifeboat cannot save 30 people.  This is the obligatory result of a nation thinking with its heart and feeling with its brain.  The only possible way to fight back is with facts, and the fact is that leftists and communists have been straightforward and honest about their goals and their tactics as they seek to topple our government and our way of life.

Democratic strategy: Blame insurance companies, 'They are a fantastic enemy'.  Democrats and President Obama are being urged to go on the offense to save Obamacare and blame insurance companies for making them look like liars when they promised that costs wouldn't surge and Americans could keep their policies and doctors.  "For the life of me, I do not understand why we as Democrats are not aggressively blaming that on the insurance companies," said Celinda Lake, a top Democratic pollster.  "They are a fantastic enemy in this."

A Shocking Number.  It is an irony of history that waving the bloody shirt has in the Age of Obama become the Democrats' primary mode of discourse.  Oppose the Affordable Care Act?  Racism.  Like the Second Amendment?  Racism.  Black Barbie is on sale for half off, but white Barbie is full price?  Racism.  Black holes sucking the energy out of your quadrant?  Why single out the black ones?  Racism!  Waving the bloody shirt is not only about making an emotional appeal — it's a strategy for distraction.

5 Political Fallacies Too Many Americans Embrace.  [#1]  The more democracy we have, the better.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch."  This is why our Founding Fathers made this country a republic, not a democracy.  They believed that the people should have their say, but also that certain underlying rules should remain in place that should take precedence over the will of a simple majority.

Gore: The Keystone XL pipeline is "ridiculous," an "atrocity," a "threat."  Self-titled "environmentalists'" recalcitrance on acknowledging the reality that Canada's oil sands are coming out of the ground — regardless of whether or not the Keystone pipeline's northern extension is built — truly knows no bounds.  It's only too bad they don't seem to realize that terrestrial pipelines are the relatively cleaner, safer, and more environmentally friendly method of transport for oil, natural gas, and petroleum products, and that by blocking the pipeline, they're probably doing more environmental harm than good in the long run.

The truth about civil rights and the Democrat Party.  After appearing on MSNBC this week where he compared the Tea Party movement to the Ku Klux Klan, Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) stirred controversy when his KKK-themed fundraising email surfaced featuring a burning cross, men in white sheets, and the words Tea Party spelled out in flaming letters.  If anyone would know what the Ku Klux Klan stands for, it would be Grayson and his Democrat Party.

Alan Grayson Flaunts His Ignorance.  The Ku Klux Klan was the vicious thug wing of the Democratic Party.  You know, that political party which endorsed the KKK, refused to recognize the 14th Amendment?  The political party that encouraged the KKK to attack and kill Republicans and blacks.  That encouraged the KKK to burn down Republican offices, attack Republican homes, lynch blacks and in all ways try and destroy the Reconstruction of the South. [...] No less an authority than historian David Barton says in his book 'Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White' that not only did the Democrats work hand-in-glove with the Ku Klux Klan for generations, they started the KKK and endorsed its mayhem.

Grayson Defends Burning-Cross Image.  Representative Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is standing by his campaign's use of a burning cross in a fundraising e-mail to illustrate a comparision between the Tea Party and the Klu Klux Klan.  "If the shoe fits, wear it," he said in a written statement.

U.S. Representative Puts Burning Cross in Fundraising Email.  Alan Grayson, the Democratic representative from Florida's 9th congressional district, sent out a fundraising email that showed a burning cross used to represent the "T" in Tea Party.

Liberal rep. compares Tea Party to KKK in fundraising pitch.  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a liberal firebrand known for his controversial comments, compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters that features a photo of a burning cross.

Allen West: Obama doesn't share the racial experiences of me and other African-Americans.  On Tuesday's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File," former Florida congressman and Fox News contributor Allen West reacted to a fundraising email from Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign that likened the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan.  The email featured images of two Klansmen in the background with a burning cross used as the "t" in "tea party."  West recounted his experiences as a young black man in the South and pointed to the absence of various civil rights leaders in response to the imagery Grayson used to identify so-called tea partiers.

Accountability, Obama-style.  [Scroll down]  Speaking of accountability, in the "Stay Classy, Democrats" file, we have this news item about Florida Rep. Alan Grayson comparing the Tea Party to the Klan.  Well maybe he would know:  after all, virtually the entire membership of the Klan were Democrats.  Worth keeping in mind.  Along with the forgotten fact that Bull Connor wasn't just a Democrat, but a member of the Democratic National Committee.

The Rape 'Epidemic' Doesn't Actually Exist.  A group of 100 protesters — including many topless women — recently marched the streets of Athens, Ohio chanting, "Blame the system, not the victim" and "Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape." [...] Not only is their movement built on a foundation of dubious statistics and a distorted view of masculinity, but it has already led to policies that have proved devastating to those who have been falsely accused.

How Crazy Are The Democrats?  The Democrats have achieved a public relations coup that any ministry of propaganda would be proud of.  Worried that the United States is $17 trillion in debt?  Radical!  Unconcerned about deficits that pile up as far as the eye can see?  Responsible!  Unhappy about an anemic economy in which a generation of young people struggles to find full-time employment?  Traitor!  Content with record levels of poverty and non-employment?  Moderate!  Want to get rid of a law that is opposed by most Americans, decimates the economy and is patently unworkable?  Crazy!  Delighted at the sight of millions of Americans losing their health insurance and being demoted to part-time employment?  Public-spirited!

Walmart food stamp bonanza proof of abused system.  The Republicans are being portrayed as heartless, simply for wanting to ensure that food stamps go to the truly needy and that families who might be struggling to put food on the table are not underwriting dependency and fraud.  But the critics do not want to debate; they want to slime.  So we have silly stories like the one in the Los Angeles Times the other day that was headlined:  "What would Jesus say about Republican attacks on food stamps?"

Dem Rep. Steve Cohen: Tea Party Republicans Are 'Domestic Enemies' We Took Oath To Defend Against.  Watch out, Alan Grayson: you've got competition when it comes to uttering the ugliest slur on Tea Party Republicans ...  Sure, you've compared them to the Klan.  But fellow Dem Steve Cohen has upped the ante.

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There can be no reconciliation with a politician who believes that those who adhere to the Constitution are his enemies.  I see secession as the only way out of the mess this country is in.  Let the other 49 states go bankrupt.

Media: Tea Party Is Racist, Evil, Should Die! And They're the Extremists.  Virtually the entire leftist media infrastructure began drooling when one moron showed up with a Confederate flag.  Suddenly, headlines began proclaiming that "protesters" had marched with a Confederate flag — one lone dummy became an entire movement.  "DC protesters wave the Confederate flag," Salon.com stated.  MSNBC's Irin Carmon said that the presence of the Confederate flag was a not-so-subtle violent threat against Obama:  "To me, this is a threat.  This is a house where a black family lives."

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The way I see it, this may have been a misinterpretation of the Confederate flag.  It was more likely intended as a symbol of secession rather than racism.  It is either an unfortunate misunderstanding, or a televised emotional outburst intended to mislead the public.

The Kennedy Assassination Right-Wing Blame Game.  The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is nearly upon us, so one would expect America's public intellectuals to be gearing up to present a series of sober and illuminating reflections about the tragedy's cultural and political legacy.  Of course, that's not going to happen.  Any misty-eyed resonance that can be wrung out of JFK's death is already being exploited by our elite media gatekeepers to advance a political agenda.

Is Obama locked in a victim mentality?  President Obama's rhetoric is finally coming closer to what appears to be his psychological truth:  Because America victimized him and countless millions of others, any person or party or movement that opposes his views and does not yield to him is not just his adversary, but abusive, predatory and even threatening.  Again and again, President Obama has described members of Congress who insist on fiscal responsibility as having taken "hostages," "demanding a ransom," using "extortion," and threatening to "blow up" the government.

Obama, Master Deceiver.  [Scroll down]  Obama is also a master at racial warfare.  Because of what I will call "white guilt" he has been allowed to get away with more than anyone that's ever been elected to a public office.  If you criticize one of his programs, you are racist.  It's just that simple.

Obama campaign manager: House Republicans 'committing economic treason'.  President Barack Obama's former senior White House adviser and campaign manager David Plouffe accused House Republicans of "committing economic treason" during the partial government shutdown on Thursday [10/10/2013].

Obama, the Sultan of Sob Stories.  Barack Obama abusing stories of hardship has reduced the leader of the free world into a kind of carnival barker whose masterful art of psychological manipulation involves showcasing the maladies of suffering people as if they were sideshow freaks.  Now, as the government shutdown drags on, the White House is falling back on that old standby:  marshaling groups of people adversely affected by it.

Lessons in Liberal Projection: Conservatism Is 'Mean'?  Foolishly, liberalism attempts to make life fair, insuring equal outcomes via government controls.  However, life is not fair.  Humans make choices which produce various results.  One can never truly experience the thrill of victory without the agony of defeat.  Rightly, California parents are outraged over a ruling by liberals to punish/fine youth football teams that score too many points.  The message:  a team can be good, but not too good.

Why Is President Obama Lecturing Me?  President Obama accused Republicans on Tuesday [10/1/2013] of launching an "ideological crusade" to hold the "economy hostage" over "ideological" and "reckless" demands to dismantle his health care law.  "In other words," he said, "they demanded ransom just for doing their jobs."

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive.  The marginalization of the Tea Party is the point of nearly everything I read on the left these days; they are the giant ogres out to devour democracy.  I have very dear and old friends who are convinced Tea Party "terrorists" are undermining our political system, that Obamacare is "settled law" (the Left's fondness for "settled" concepts is striking for the Party of Reality and Science, and binds them philosophically with Islam, for which everything was settled in the seventh century), and that zealots have seized control of the House.

Sen. King: Conservatives dissuading people from Obamacare 'guilty of murder'.  Conservative groups advising Americans not to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges "are guilty of murder," according to Maine independent Sen. Angus King.  King, who caucuses with the Democrats, told Salon in an interview published Monday [9/30/2013] that efforts to dissuade young people from signing up is a "scandal," and a deadly one.  "That's a scandal — those people are guilty of murder in my opinion," King said in a Friday interview with Salon's Brian Beutler.  "Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don't have health insurance."

President: 'ObamaCare is life-or-death'.  "This is life-or-death stuff," Obama said in a Rose Garden appearance, adding that tens of thousands of Americans die each year for lack of health insurance, and others go bankrupt.

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People die every day, with or without medical insurance.  That has been the case for thousands of years.  Apparently Mr. Obama hopes you're stupid enough to believe that Obamacare will bring immortality.

Why 'Equality' Must Die.  Scour great works, such as the Bible, and you won't find talk of equality.  Not one bit — that is, unless you consider The Communist Manifesto a great work. [...] Just as there can be no numerical equality without at least two numbers, there can be no human equality on an island with a population of one.  And while you could increase patience through personal change, increasing equality necessitates societal change; it involves raising people up as much as they're able — which requires their cooperation — and insofar as they're unable, it involves bringing others down.  This is where compulsion enters the equation.  The point is that, unlike with virtues, increasing equality is always an endeavor of the collective.

'No children, happy to go extinct', tweets weatherman after grim climate-change report.  A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy.  He also vowed to stop flying after the world's recent climate-change report made him cry.

Extremely Extreme Extremists.  Democrats and their media allies have spent the past week labeling Republicans "anarchists," "fanatics," "radicals," and "terrorists" who are wholly to blame for the situation that we are told will soon lead to a government shutdown.  And if all you know about this situation is what you get from the media, you might actually believe that this is a crisis created by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his fellow conservatives who sought to use the vote on a short-term spending bill as a means of preventing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.

How to Make Obamacare Obsolete.  Republicans are falling into the trap the Democrats have set for them.  By repeatedly voting to overturn Obamacare without proposing any effective alternative, House Republicans are allowing Democrats to brand them as "enemies of the poor."

Who Are the Real Suicide Bombers?  This is really too easy:  President Obama is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not with the House of Representatives.  Commentators have been all over it, and I don't really have much to add.  Except to note that not only has Obama refused to negotiate with the House, he has also had his spokesman describe Republicans as suicide bombers.  The irony is rich: those who are concerned about $17 trillion in debt "have bombs strapped to their chests," while the world's biggest sponsor of actual suicide bombers — you know, the ones who blow people up, as opposed to disagreeing with Democrats — are newly-discovered moderates.

White House compares GOP to terrorists as government shutdown nears.  Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified.  "We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements," Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN's Jake Tapper.  "But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest."

Democratic Party Loves Ill-Informed Voters.  The ill-informed are more susceptible to emotional arguments.  They are more likely to see life as a zero-sum game.  They are more likely to believe that the prosperous become so only at someone else's expense.

Submit to Obamacare or you'll get Cervical Cancer and Die!  Suddenly, when it comes to Obamacare, "My body, my choice" goes right out the window — and anyone who disagrees is pro-cancer!

Taking the Fight to the Democrats.  Virginia so far has been a carbon copy of what Democrats did so successfully in last year's Senate and House races.  The approach runs thus:  A Democratic candidate, assisted by unions and outside partisan groups, floods the zone with attack ads, painting the GOP opponent as a tea-party nut who is too "extreme" for the state.  The left focuses on divisive wedge issues — like abortion — that resonate with women or other important voting constituencies.  As the Republican's unfavorable ratings rise, the Democrat presents himself as a reasonable moderate, in tune with the state's values.  A friendly media overlook the Democrat's reliably liberal record, and the lies within the smears against his opponent, and ultimately declares the Democrat unbeatable.

Congressman Calls House Judiciary Cmte. 'Murderers' Row': 'They All Like Their Guns'.  Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America.  At least, that's the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today.  Congressman Cohen, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, commented that the congressional reaction to the Navy Yard shooting on Monday September 16 wasn't that surprising given the inaction on gun-control legislation after the shootings in Newtown.

Wal-Mart compared to Hitler at DC living wage rally.  Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory compared Wal-Mart to the leader of Nazi Germany at a "living wage" rally in front of the D.C. City Council on Tuesday [9/17/2013].  "When you look at Hitler and those thugs, you can put Wal-Mart right next to them," Gregory said in his speech to the 150 or so people at the event.  The crowd was gathered to protest D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of a bill that would have singled out the retail giant and forced it pay its employees $12.50 an hour.

Watch these clueless students fail to defend Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.  Students at the University of Southern California believe President Obama still deserves his Nobel Peace Prize, despite his stated preference for war with Syria.  How did they defend this view?  They couldn't.  In a video interview with Katherine Timpf of Campus Reform, USC students expressed confidence that Obama was still worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize he won just a few months after taking office in 2009.

The Democrats' Silly, Dishonest Excuse of 'Voter Suppression' in Colorado.  The term "voter suppression" implies someone making an effort to prevent people from voting, which is not what happened here, where the elections were amply covered in local, state, and national media and all of the usual polling places were open for all of the usual hours, with no intimidation or other obstacles.  The core of the Democrats' argument is that because voting by mail was limited, some sort of nefarious authorities have prevented Coloradans from casting votes.

Sebelius Describes Federal Government As 'Our Federal Family'.  September is National Preparedness Month, and in a news release urging everyone to be mindful of potential terror attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the federal government is ready to help:  "While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together," she said.

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Awwww... how nice.  A family!  With a Big Brother and everything.

'Federal Family' Is No Promoter Of Domestic Tranquility.  A news release issued Tuesday by Health and Human Services refers to "our federal family."  How charming of Washington to try to con Americans into thinking that it's a nurturing institution.  The federal government has in fact become a belligerent force, and for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make it sound as if it's a warm, cuddly family that merely wants to protect its own is an insidious use of language.  It's an obvious effort to cloud reality, to reshape Americans' thinking.

Our 'Federal Family'?  Some might simply assume that the phrase "federal family" was a poetic effort to create a warm, welcoming feeling while asking people to concentrate and plan on how to react to terrorists, earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as massive pandemics such as bird flu or a re-run of the plague.  Those subjects always generate warm and fuzzy emotions, don't they?  Unfortunately, the administration's propaganda department thought it was such a great phrase that they have been using it all over the place.

Twelve Unspoken Rules for Being A Liberal.  [#11]  Feelings are more important than logic:  Liberals base their positions on emotions, not facts and logic and then they work backwards to shore up their position.  This is why it's a waste of time to try to convince a liberal of anything based on logic.  You don't "logic" someone out of a position that he didn't use "logic" to come up with in the first place.

Krystal Ball Says GOP Has Replaced Jim Crow as Enemy of Black Americans.  MSNBC's Krystal Ball slammed the Republican Party in a tongue-in-cheek monologue at the end of Tuesday's The Cycle, declaring that the GOP is the new Jim Crow.  But in the process, she also drew attention to the problem of complacency among Democratic voters, seemingly resorting to an offensive stereotype that they are generally lazy, disinterested in public policy, and need to be driven by fear.

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How is that stereotype offensive?  Come to think of it, how is that a stereotype at all?  Stereotypes don't just materialize out of nowhere — they have factual roots.  At least this one does.  It isn't much of an exaggeration, if any, to describe Democrats as generally lazy (the food stamp crowd certainly is), disinterested in public policy (most Democrats don't care about the Constitutionality of their favorite government programs), driven by fear (since people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson keep Democrat voters in a constant state of alarm).

Jesse Jackson: 'Tea Party Is Resurrection of the Confederacy'.  Jesse Jackson has no doubt that on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Republican opposition to President Obama's policies is motivated by racial animus reminiscent of the Civil War-era South.  "The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it's the Fort Sumter tea party," Jackson told Politico's Glenn Thrush.

Al Gore compares global warming skeptics with racists, apartheid supporters, and homophobes.  A skeptic is more likely to receive cheers than boos by challenging orthodoxy.  And Gore fails to mention in the interview that US emissions of CO2 have dropped to levels not seen since 1996 — without any of his carbon get rich quick schemes or silly government pronouncements about CO2 being poisonous.

Tolerance, Health and Fascism.  There is actually no threat to America of fascism coming from the right.  The essence of the American right, after all, is less government; and fascism, by definition, demands ever larger government.  Therefore, if there is a real fascist threat to America, it comes from the left, whose appetite for state power is essentially unlimited.  But because the left has so long dominated American intellectual, academic, artistic, and media life, it has succeeded in implanting fear of the right.

Maybe I Do Have Something to Hide.  Were the representatives of the American colonies at the First Continental Congress wrong to meet in secret to discuss a response to the Intolerable Acts?  Should they have allowed representatives of the British government to attend the meetings, take notes, and collect the names and correspondence of all those in attendance?  After all, "One who hasn't done anything wrong has nothing to hide."

Rep. Clyburn likens American media to Nazi propagandists.  Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, on Wednesday accused the U.S. media of spreading "manufactured controversies" that pose dangers similar to the propaganda spread by the Nazis during the Holocaust. [...] "You have people's words and phrases being misrepresented and looped through the news media and thrown out there on the Internet, and people run with it because these things start getting reported in the mainstream media, and before you know it, people believe that stuff," Clyburn said.

Clyburn Compares 'Extreme Right-Wing' Blogs to Nazi Propaganda.  Democratic representative Jim Clyburn likened conservative media and websites to the propaganda outlets of Nazi Germany in a radio interview today [8/21/2013].  The South Carolina Democrat at first seemed to be going after the American media as a whole, but went on to target "extreme right-wing" bloggers for supposedly ginning up "manufactured controversies."  He warned of serious consequences of people's trusting such sources, saying "the people of Germany believed Hitler's foolishness that led to the Holocaust.  They believed that stuff."

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Please note that Nazi is a contraction of National Socialism.  Thus the Nazis were (and are) on the extreme left, not the far right.

The Left's Faux Martyr.  The Left has a new martyr.  Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina's new voter-ID law.  But none of it holds up.  Rosanell Eaton isn't a martyr at all, in fact.

Free Cheese in a Socialist Mousetrap.  Public Citizen.org, self-described as "advocates for a healthier and more equitable world," sent a fundraising letter to Democrat voters, claiming that "millionaires who run the largest corporations on Earth want to slash the social insurance programs the rest of us rely on."  By slashing, they are referring to the logical proposal to increase eligibility age for Medicare, to correlate Medicare to income, and to modernize/privatize it.

Townhall Tactic 2013: Why do you want to deport my daddy?  [Scroll down]  The light bulb went on.  It couldn't be coincidence that in two townhalls, almost a thousand miles apart, similar questions were asked within days of each other meant to make the Republican look heartless to some young child for the possible break up of a family due to deportation of an illegal immigrant parent.  Some quick research revealed similar questions were asked at a town hall held by Paul Ryan [...] The Democrats want those 11 million new voters.  And if it means sending young children to townhalls to ask "Why do you want to deport my daddy?," then that's what will be done.  And there will be trackers at every event waiting for a Republican to flub the answer.

The Dems Rally Their Legions of Haters for 2014.  This email arrived yesterday from MoveOn, whose communications are generally indistinguishable from those of the Democratic Party.  The subject line was "New York Times stunner."  ["]Republicans are trying to steal control of the U.S. Senate by making it harder to vote.  Pitch in to help defend the right to vote and stop Republicans from stealing the 2014 election.["]  This plea requires a certain chutzpah, as stealing elections at the polls has always been a Democratic specialty.  I think what they are actually referring to is Republican efforts to ensure honest voting so that Democrats can't steal elections.

Dem Senator: I'm Embarrassed to Go to Europe Because Some Americans Lack Health Insurance.  Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she's embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance.  Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana.

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Nobody in Europe cares if "some Americans do not have health insurance."  If you are ashamed of this country, resign from the Senate.

Hillary Builds 2016 Campaign on Racial Politics.  Hillary Clinton has worked her way back in the news by making racially-charged remarks to the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco.  There is, she claimed, an ongoing "assault on voting rights."  But the only "assault" going on is a liberal assault on the truth about efforts to protect the integrity of our election process.

MSNBC's Ed Schultz: Only 'phony Christians' oppose Obamacare.  MSNBC host Ed Schultz blasted "phony" Christian conservatives who oppose Obamacare, saying the new health care law "is the most moral thing this country has ever done."  "This is good for America and I won't let them lie," Mr. Schultz said, according to the Blaze.  "They're phony Christians.  Phony Christians when they say that they are Christian but then they want to take away from their next-door neighbor.  They don't want to be their brother's keeper.

The Confused and Misguided Youth.  Dr. Thomas Sowell, Economics professor, economist, writer, and sage, encapsulated brilliantly what ails our youth.  "The problem isn't that Johnny can't read.  The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think.  The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling."  And the culprits are the American public education, an ever growing lack of religious education, and the indifferent parenting that does not question what children learn or do not learn in school.

Hillary's race card.  Madam Secretary hasn't missed a beat.  She knows that the calling card of Democrats in the Barack Obama era is a polarizing politics that seeks to fire up minority voters by stirring fears of fire hoses and police dogs.  Its basic vocabulary is imputations of racism; its evidentiary standard is low and dishonest; and its ethic is whatever works — so long as its stirs fear, anger, and resentment.  Get ready for Hope and Change 2.0.  The latest target is the state of North Carolina, which is accused of soiling itself with a new voter ID law, among other changes in its election laws.

Demoralize the anti-oil fringe.  It has become a familiar scene at major oil company annual meetings.  Protestors, some of whom have purchased token amounts of stock to appear, confound the proceedings by asking oil companies to exit their business in the name of the environment.  According to this fringe, oil companies have a responsibility to protect the planet from the scourge of fossil fuels.  Oil companies are portrayed as pushing their product while the planet overheats.  This black-and-white view of energy policy puts the global warming issue into a moral context.  It assumes everyone who believes in catastrophic climate-change theory is good, and those who don't are bad.  It also asserts that replacing fossil fuels will make the world better and "sustainable."

Is this the future of fracking?  From the sleepy backwater of Franklin Forks, just ten miles from the New York county line in rural Pennsylvania, blonde and photogenic Tammy [Manning] and her children have been feted by television companies and environmentalists alike:  portrayed as the 'perfect' example of how one family's lives have been blighted by a greedy energy company whose hunger for profit had put their health at serious risk.

The Deeply Secret Science of the EPA.  The EPA bolsters their case with drastic claims of all the people who will die if we don't eliminate the particular kind of pollution Ms. McCarthy is pushing on any particular day.  The EPA has gotten away with improbable claims about future deaths from whatever pollutant the EPA wants to ban.  Their unfounded regulations have been one of the most effective job killers of the past five years.  Carbon is not a pollutant, but one of the building blocks of life.  We are carbon life forms.  If we were to eliminate carbon from out atmosphere, we would eliminate all life.

More about the EPA.
More about carbon dioxide.

The Democrats' Anti-Gun Manual Exposed.  A shocking new report reveals a deliberate plan by Democrats to exploit incidents of gun violence to their advantage.  As Rahm Emanuel said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste.  And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  In other words, forget the facts of cases, the circumstances surrounding them, or even the victims themselves; just take advantage of circumstances and current events to push your agenda.  Or, as the manual puts it:  "The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak."

Shot to the Heart.  Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has uncovered a fascinating document:  an 80-page "talking points" monograph titled "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging," written by a trio of Democratic political operatives.  The document, as Bedard writes, instructs politicians and advocates "to hype high-profile gun incidents like the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin to win support for new gun control laws."  Essentially it's a how-to book on inciting a moral panic.

Democratic anti-gun 'guide' urged using Trayvon Martin's death to hit NRA, guns.  "The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak," said the 80-page document titled "Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging," and produced by three Democratic firms led by the polling and research outfit Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Leaked Democrat memo: Use tragedies to push for gun control: Lott.  Apparently Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns playbook has been discovered.

Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue.  To most people, climate change means melting snowcaps and helpless polar bears sweltering under escalating temperatures.  But most of the world's populations aren't likely to see an iceberg in their lifetimes, much less a stranded polar bear in the wild.  Which explains why the dangers of these environmental changes haven't exactly earned high priority on most people's list of attention-worthy crises.

Bias alert:
Polar bears are not sweltering as they sit on the polar ice, of which there is plenty.  There are no "dangers" associated with miniscule (and almost unmeasurably small) changes in the climate, except the danger of mysanthropic environmentalist socialism.

Rangel: Tea Party activists are 'white crackers'.  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday likened House Republicans to "terrorists" and Tea Party activists to "white crackers" and segregationists.  In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, Rangel blamed the GOP for damaging American competitiveness.  "What is happening is sabotage.  Terrorists couldn't do a better job than the Republicans are doing," he said.  Rangel, 83, also compared fighting the Tea Party to fighting Southern segregationists.

Civil War: Dem Compares Obamacare Fight to Gettysburg.  Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) compared those who oppose Obamacare to the South in the Civil War saying, "This is Gettysburg, this is the big battle and after this the Civil War was pretty much down hill for the South.  That's really what's happening here for the forces against Obamacare."  McDermott appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal on Wednesday [7/24/2013].  The host asked if President Obama would compromise spending in other government departments in order to continue funding the implementation of Obamacare.

Trayvon Rallies Feature the Usual Suspects.  My sense is that the "Justice for Trayvon" rallies that were held in various cities today didn't amount to much.  One basic question is, did they even have much to do with Trayvon Martin? [...] This is exactly the same stupidity we have seen over and over from the left.  Boycott oranges!  Why?  They grow in Florida!  Boycott Coca-Cola!  Why?  Because they buy oranges! [...] Looking on the bright side, I doubt that a single orange, can of Coke, pair of shoes or box of Dixie cups will be forgone because of today's agitation.

Food Nannies Won't Be Stopped By Shoddy Science.  The Food and Drug Administration has begun to look at regulating the amount of salt in "processed" foods, and they're being cheered on by progressives.  ThinkProgress' health reporter Sy Mukherjee asked "why can't the FDA do more to crack down on these additives?", and lamented that foods generally recognized as safe cannot be so easily controlled by regulatory fiat.  Media Matters noted the "positive effects" from diets with reduced salt and said that those who disagreed with FDA regulations are waging a "war on health."

Trial on Pennsylvania voter-ID law gets underway.  The 2012 law "does not guarantee every voter can obtain ID needed to vote," lawyer Michael Rubin argued to Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley before a packed courtroom.  "It will make it harder to vote, not for one or two people but hundreds of thousands."

The Editor says...
Really?  There are "hundreds of thousands" of people who never drive a car, who never buy adult beverages or cigarettes, and who never travel by air?  Do those people keep their money in a mattress and pay cash for everything?  The Unabomber was that far off the grid, but are there "hundreds of thousands" like him in Pennsylvania?  And if there are people who are so completely disconnected from our society, should they vote?

Black caucus member to GOP: 'You all do not care about the 47 percent'.  As lawmakers began debating the rules of debate on the bill, more liberal Democrats and members of the CBC lined up to read similar messages of opposition, saying that the new farm bill "hurts the children of America" or "increases hunger in America."  "Is this what you call compassionate conservatism?" Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) asked at one point.  CBC member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said stripping food stamps from farm bill constituted the "ripping apart of our literal hearts."

American Geophysical Union Scraps Science, Now Faith Based.  If you realize that the story is not really about global warming, but rather about changing the composition of the atmosphere, it becomes easy to understand why the believers are not disturbed by the fact that global warming, as measured by surface temperature, stopped 16 years ago.  They easily find other scientific theories to buttress their faith.  They ignore or discredit any science that challenges their faith.  They tell us that if we don't stop adding carbon dioxide to the air, we will have extreme weather and the oceans will become acidified.  The polar bears will die.  The wine will lose its flavor.  We will catch exotic diseases.  If one theory of doom is refuted, or becomes boring, there are plenty of others to take its place.

The Criminal Profiling of Conservative White Males.  What does it say that Leftists seem to react to virtually every highly visible criminal act with the hope that the "perp" is a white guy or, even better, a conservative white guy?

The Mindset of the Left.  When teenage thugs are called "troubled youth" by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums.  Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.  Why then the built-in excuse, when juvenile hoodlums are called "troubled youth" and mass murderers are just assumed to be "insane"?

Wasserman Schultz global warming hysteria.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz has claimed her Florida constituency will be underwater "in a few short years" because of global warming.

Obama: 'The Planet Will Boil Over' If Africans Are Allowed Cars and Air-Conditioning.  President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy "the planet will boil over" if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses.

'Environmental Justice,' EPA Style.  Both [the civil rights and environmental] movements are stuck in the past, comparing issues of perceived environmental injustice to extreme events long past:  for the civil rights movement, it is always the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; for the environmental movement, the Cuyahoga River still burns.  Christopher Foreman of the Brookings Institution, author of the best dispassionate study of the issue, notes that "the flexible locution 'environmental racism' is inherently provocative and was intended to be so."

Hillary's Children are 'Too Small to Fail'.  It's not news that shameless, self-promoting know-it-all Hillary Clinton has been champing at the bit for 40 years to assume the role of Big Kahuna.  After failing miserably as Barack Obama's secretary of state, now Ms. Hill is gearing up for another presidential run in 2016, when, instead of explaining what happened in Benghazi, she plans to divert attention by feigning concern for small children.

The Dangers of Democracy.  Americans in the modern world completely fail to comprehend two important points.  The first is that America — as organized under the Constitution — is not a democracy.  The second is that democracy, in its pure form, is nothing more than mob rule.

Critical Thinking about Climate Change.  As a life-long atmospheric and environmental scientist and long-time college-science educator, I am constantly bombarded with material from a variety of sources, including many environmental groups.  Take, for instance, what can be labeled "sales" literature that I recently received from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Al Sharpton: GOP 'Built on Fear and Obstruction'.  Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation," said Friday that Republicans are "scared," because the party is "built on fear and obstruction."

The Editor says...
What are you trying to say, Al?  Republican are scared of each other?

Democrat Senator: Republicans Caused The Oklahoma Tornado By Not Believing in Global Warming.  One of the great ironies of the global warming debate is that the people who are skeptical of the phenomenon are the ones who make the science-based arguments, while the true believers who incessantly rant about "scientific consensus" all too often sound like this.

Obama: 'We Owe' Young Illegals a Path to Citizenship.  President Barack Obama said Tuesday [6/11/2013] that America "owes" it to certain illegal aliens to pass legislation providing a "pathway to citizenship."

The Editor says...
We owe illegal immigrants nothing.  Citizenship is not a debt that any country owes to foeigners.

Environmentalists accuse Los Angeles of 'environmental racism'.  Environmentalists are claiming in court that a massive railyard expansion at the port of Los Angeles represents "environmental racism," arguing that the project is in violation California air quality rules as well as state and federal civil rights laws.  The Los Angeles City Council approved the rail company BNSF's $500 million project, the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), which is located four miles from the ports in San Pedro, Calif.

Biden says '11 Million Undocumented' in U.S. 'Required to Constantly Live in Fear'.  Speaking in Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday [5/28/2013], where he signed a trade agreement with a group of Caribbean nations, Vice President Joe Biden said that 11 million illegal aliens who have chosen to live in the United States "are required to constantly live in fear."

The Editor says...
If that were true, the illegal aliens would go home, because normal people don't choose to live in places where they live in constant fear.  (And especially where they are required to live in fear.)  Long, long ago it was true that people who quietly invaded a foreign country lived in constant fear of deportation, or worse.  In today's reality, illegal aliens are only rarely deported or even questioned, once they get well inside this country.  Meager jobs — which are unglamorous but pay better than Mexico's wages — are fairly plentiful, and immigrants are comforted by Spanish radio, TV and newspapers.  There is hardly any incentive to leave, and certainly no requirement to live in constant fear.

Democratic Congresswoman: It's 'Un-American' Not to Fund Obamacare 'Outreach'.  During Tuesday's [5/21/2013] hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) declared that failing to encourage people to sign up for government-mandated health insurance is downright "un-American."  Speier was referring to Congress's refusal to fund the Obama administration's Obamacare "outreach" efforts with taxpayer dollars (although the administration will still be running lots of taxpayer-financed pro-Obamacare propaganda ads later this summer with money that it has managed to cobble together from various sources).

Senate Dem tells Tea Partier that he's acting like a 'dictator'.  Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., scolded Tea Party Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, for acting like a "dictator" by demanding that Senate Democrats promise not to raise the debt limit during conference meetings with House Republicans.  "We don't have kings anymore," Landrieu said in response to Lee on the Senate floor this afternoon.  "We don't have dictators anymore.  We don't have people with special powers ... not anyone in this chamber is entitled to write the budget exactly the way they want it."

Dem Senator Uses Moore, OK Tragedy to Berate Republicans on Global Warming.  They're still digging dead children from the debris and Democrats are already playing politics.

Democratic Senator uses Okla. tornado for anti-GOP rant over global warming.  While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming.  Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.

Dem. Senator Blames Tornado on Republicans.  On Monday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used the devastating Oklahoma tornado as an excuse to bash Republicans for denying global warming and implied Republicans were responsible for actually allowing the destructive natural disaster to occur.

The next day...
Democratic senator apologizes for citing Okla. tornadoes in climate change speech.  Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has apologized for remarks Monday in which he linked Oklahoma "cyclones" to climate change while berating Republicans for their stance on the issue — around the time a massive tornado killed dozens in that state.

Bees, pesticides, more green lies.  Have we been here before?  You bet we have, from at least Silent Spring (1962) onwards.  We've seen it involve everything from DDT to the snail darter, the spotted owl to the polar bear and fracking.  The odd detail changes but the basic story is always the same:  man is bad, capitalism is evil, let's ban another vital element in the Western industrial economy.

Obama is the Ultimate Ad Hominem President.  The president can hardly go a day without impugning the motivations of his opponents.  They never have honest differences with the president.  Instead they are suffering from an illness ("fever"), cowardice (afraid of what Rush Limbaugh might say about them), and lack of patriotism (caring about elections rather than future generations).

Death in Benghazi, Dishonor in Washington.  Liberals, whose faith is the state and whose catechism consists of vapid slogans, have grown fond in recent years of declaiming that, "Government is simply the name for the things we do together."  If you're playing along at home, please note that list now includes being improperly audited, being secretly surveilled and being left to die at a U.S. diplomatic installation.

Green Tyranny.  Environmental activists and politicians would like you to think that we must love their regulations — or hate trees and animals.

Obama White House Wants To Govern By Permanent Crisis.  Bill Clinton governed by the permanent campaign.  Barack Obama wants to govern by the permanent crisis.  What most see as disasters Obama sees as opportunities to ram through his progressive agenda.

Obama hopes for extended crisis atmosphere.  President Barack Obama says he wants to "see if we can institutionalize" in Washington the community spirit that sometimes emerges after a terror attack or an industrial explosion.  The president made the comments during a fund-raising trip to New York, shortly after leaving Washington, D.C. in an uproar over an explosion of scandals, including last week's revelations of politically motivated IRS investigations and the White House's editing of reports on the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama donors compare Keystone decision to Lincoln's outlawing of slavery.  A group of 150 major Democratic donors and clean energy investors have sent President Obama a letter urging him to deny a presidential permit to the Keystone XL pipeline, comparing the decision's significance to Abraham Lincoln's push to end slavery through a constitutional amendment.

'No such thing as ethical oil,' Al Gore tells Toronto audience.  [Scroll down]  In a public interview with The Globe and Mail's editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse, Mr. Gore also spoke of his wish that U.S. president Barack Obama would cancel the Keystone XL pipeline intended to transport heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries.

Gore: 'There's no such thing as ethical oil'.  Former Vice President Gore on Tuesday [5/7/2013] said "there's no such thing as ethical oil," slamming the notion that importing oil from U.S. ally Canada was better than doing so from unfriendly nations.  "There's no such thing as ethical oil.  There's only dirty oil and dirtier oil," Gore told Canada's The Globe and Mail during a Tuesday event in Toronto.

Al Gore Makes A Crackpot Statement About Dirty Oil.  Speaking before an audience gathered by the Toronto Globe and Mail, the former vice president rejected the idea that oil from Alberta is "ethical oil" because, in the words of Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, it is produced by a democratic nation that is committed to human rights. [...] While Gore's overall point is pure crackpottery, he is partly right.  There is no such thing as ethical oil.  But neither is there a such thing as unethical oil.  It is an inanimate commodity without moral orientation.

'We Are Incinerating the Planet... Because Too Many of Us Like to Eat Cheeseburgers'.  [David] Sirota made national news for his bizarre and bigoted hope that the Boston bomber would turn out to be "a white American."  Fresh off that fiasco, Sirota has turned his sights to changing the climate by changing America's diet.  According to Sirota's May 2 column, "the fastest way to reduce climate change" simply "requires us all to eat fewer animal products."  In cast that wasn't sufficiently clear, he added that "we are incinerating the planet and dooming future generations simply because too many of us like to eat cheeseburgers."

The Editor says...
There is a big difference between a one-degree temperature change and "incineration" of the entire planet — unless you are a left-wing alarmist.

Ayotte's gun vote: 'Disgusting' political bullying.  A senator's job is to study the issues that come before the Senate, to engage thoughtfully in debate and to cast a considered vote.  On the Senate's voluminous gun control legislation, Sen. Kelly Ayotte did that job incredibly well.  And for that she has been attacked by partisans on both sides whose emotional outbursts demonstrate why we need a Senate in the first place.

Journalistic Malpractice at the Houston Chronicle.  Mere mention of the Voting Rights Act is designed to frighten legislators and introduce race into any debate about election process laws.  In the past, it has served to clear the decks of any opposition to what Democrats want.  But the Voting Rights Act in no way affects the Texas legislation at issue [...]

Mugged by Reality.  You have heard the words.  You know the narrative.  Let's not rush to judgment.  These were lone wolves.  They were self-radicalized.  The system worked.  The dots were connected.  Osama Bin Laden is dead; GM is alive.  Al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self.  It is time for nation building at home.  Add up all of those lone wolves, however, and pretty soon you have a pack.

Kerry on Global Warming: 'The Science Is Screaming at All of Us and Demands Action'.  In a statement marking Earth Day, Secretary of State John Kerry pledges to deal "responsibly with the clear and present danger of climate change."  The former presidential candidate also notes the "fragile planet we share with the rest of humanity and which we must protect for future generations."

The Editor says...
Science does not scream.  Mr. Kerry and his earth-worshiping ilk seem to believe they are more powerful and more influential than they really are, and they underestimate the durability of the earth.

Obama's Psychodramas.  Barack Obama has a habit of trying to energize his legislative agenda by stoking the fires of emotionally charged current events — and in ways usually illogical and incoherent.  The shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords and the horrible mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School were cited as reasons for rapid enactment of new gun-control laws — even though the proposed tougher registration rules would not have prevented either mayhem.

The Power of Being "Offended" in Order to Shut Down Political Debate.  Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions.  It doesn't matter what the issue is; the left will divert a legitimate political debate into an accusation that the right disagrees with them because they are full of hate towards them.

Who Cares What the Majority Wants on Guns?  The Founding Fathers worried that "some common impulse of passion" might lead many to subvert the rights of the few.  It's a rational fear, one that is played out endlessly.  Obama, who understands how to utilize public passion better than most, flew some of the Newtown families to Washington for a rally, imploring Americans to put "politics" aside and stop engaging in "political stunts."  This is, by any measure, a preposterous assertion coming from a politician piggybacking tragic events for political gain.

The President's Gun Tirade and You.  President Obama's lecturing little temper tantrum at the White House Wednesday should cause you some alarm.  What are we to think when the most powerful man in the country spits venom all over the Rose Garden, accusing opponents he lost to in a fair fight on Capitol Hill of lying, craven capitulation to political imperatives, and worst of all, not caring about dead children.

Hiding behind Grieving Mothers.  In any normal situation, the President's decision to push Francine Wheeler — a sobbing, grieving mother of a six-year-old boy killed at Sandy Hook — in front of the cameras to argue for the latest Senate gun control bill would be breathtaking for its exploitation and its cynicism.  Yet now it is a regular part and parcel of a typical left-wing tactic — to suppress rational discussion with a tidal wave of emotion.

Obama Exploits Grieving Sandy Hook Mother in Weekly Address.  It is [Francine] Wheeler's choice to appear on camera. But it is President Obama's choice to exploit her tragedy, perversely hiding behind her grief rather than making actual arguments as to why gun control would lower the rate of incidents like those in Sandy Hook.  Nothing Obama is pushing will make any child in America safer; calling on shooting victims' family members to avoid making a rational case for legislation is the hallmark of a political bully.

The Myth of the Falling Bridge.  The nation would benefit from reordering its infrastructure priorities — away from new highways, for example, where we are already overbuilt and usage is falling for the first extended period on record.  And we'd do well to take advantage of low interest rates and idle construction resources to knock out all of our future infrastructure needs.  But the idea that the U.S. has an infrastructure crisis?  No.  A broad, permanent increase in spending is unwarranted.

Air Force One Becomes Politicized Gun Control Tool.  In a speech Monday [4/8/2013] at the University of Hartford, accompanied by some of the parents of the victims of the Newtown massacre in December, in which 20 elementary school children and six adult staff were slaughtered, Obama claimed that his push for gun control was apolitical.  Why, then, was he yelling?  The president was thundering over and over that "this is not about politics."

Obama flying in Newtown human props for anti-gun speech.  Barack Obama knows full well that when it comes to using facts to argue for gun-grabbing laws, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.  Cue the human props!  After delivering an anti-gun speech in Hartford, Conn., later today [4/8/2013], Obama will fly 11 families of slain Sandy Hook children to D.C.

Guns Responsible for Global Warming.  [Scroll down]  But to liberals there's no problem here.  These are the same people who can claim that the global warming "problem" can be solved by closing coal-fired electric plants in the U.S. without even mentioning what's going on in China and India.  You have to conclude that whether it's gun control or global warming or whatever the left is most fervently pitching, facts don't matter:  emotions do.  And guns are a deep, emotional cultural issue for Americans.

For the Sake of the Children.  Again and again in the climate debate, we're urged to support a variety of measures for the sake of future generations — for our children and our grandchildren.  But that's one of the oldest tricks in the book.  Think of the children! can be used by anyone to advance any argument under the sun.

King of Fearmongers.  Cofounded in 1971 by Morris S. Dees Jr. and Joseph Levin Jr. (who is now general counsel), the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] started out fighting legal battles against lingering segregation in the South.  More recently — and more lucratively, its critics say — it has transformed itself into an all-purpose antihate crusader, labeling 1,007 different organizations across America at last count as "anti-gay," "white nationalist," "anti-Muslim," "anti-immigrant," or just plain hateful (one SPLC category is "general hate").

Minority Student Needs.  Quack multiculturalism is the name [Professor Craig] Frisby gives to the vision of multiculturalism that promotes the falsehoods and distortions that dominate today's college agenda, sold under various names such as "valuing diversity," "being sensitive to cultural differences" and "cultural competence."  He identifies different brands of multiculturalism such as boutique, Kumbayah, light-and-fluffy, and bean-counting multiculturalism.  Insider language used to promote multiculturalism includes terms such as "practice tolerance," "celebrate diversity," "equity with excellence" and "differences are not deficits."

Global Warming? Oops! Never Mind!  Almost every place on Earth today has a different temperature from that of any other location.  So, is our planet's temperature rising?  Do we even know?  However, it is officially admitted:  Global warming stopped 15-20 years ago.  The mainstream media is struggling very hard to explain this away.  They admit that the Earth stopped warming 15 to 20 years ago.  But just you wait — disaster is coming unless we vote liberals into office.  They cannot explain the pause.  Yet they "know" global warming will kill us all unless we vote Democrat.

Notes from Obama's Easter Service.  Here are notes on the Easter service from the pool reporter, which included this part, "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border".

Reverend León vs. Dr. Carson.  I've been out of pocket, so I missed most of the hullabaloo about Reverend Luis León's indefensible Easter sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church in front of the Obama family.  Among his comments he said the "religious Right" wants "blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet, and for immigrants to be on their side of the border."

This guy sounds a lot like Jeremiah Wright.

An Instance of the Permanent Campaign.  [Scroll down]  I received dozens (maybe hundreds) of similar emails from the Democrats and the Obama campaign during 2012, but I misinterpreted them.  I thought that no campaign would humiliate itself by using such a hysterical tone and over the top hyperbole unless it was desperate.  I concluded that the Obama campaign's polls must be showing their candidate behind.  I was entirely wrong:  rather, the Democrats have figured out that this tone, simultaneously informal and vicious, with absurd claims and cartoonish caricatures, is what appeals to Democrat-leaning low-information voters.

The Darkness of Earth Hour.  Spreading awareness is the sole purpose of most environmental activism.  Awareness spreading doesn't make anything better, but makes people feel guilty, outraged, hopeful or some combination of the appropriate political sentiments in the face of an imminent armageddon that can only be fought by convincing everyone to be deeply concerned by it and disdainful of everyone who stands outside their Chicken Little consensus.

"Do it for the children returns."
Gun Control Activist Calls for Child's Rights Amendment to 'Counterbalance' Second Amendment.  During a speech at the Moms Demand Action rally for gun control in St. Louis, a call went out for a "Children's Right Amendment" to "counterbalance" the Second Amendment.  YouTube video posted by Jim Hoft shows Dr. Robert Flood at the March 30 rally, asking for support of a constitutional amendment, "The Children's Rights Amendment, or the CRA, would allow a more solid legal foundation to so-called counterbalance the legal interpretation of the Second and 14th Amendments as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court," Flood said.

Sixth-grader status might not seem so bad to Dianne Feinstein now.  Too often, Feinstein (a non-lawyer) has marginalized herself as a Judiciary Committee member by opting to play Oprah, rather than engaging in meaningful legal analysis.  During the Roberts confirmation hearings, for example, Feinstein famously tried to have the nominee speak to her as a father and a husband, rather than a jurist.  No wonder she worries that she's not taken seriously.  [Ted] Cruz offered Feinstein the opportunity to join the adults.  Feinstein not only turned it down, she complained that the offer was demeaning.

Know Thy Enemy III: Celebrity Culture.  The education system has contributed on two fronts.  First, it really is cranking out stupider people.  After years of dumbed down curricula we have produced a generation or two of citizens who learned very few critical thinking skills but did learn how to absorb spoon-fed platitudes, bromides, politically correct factoids, half-truths and lies.  As such, they are great vessels for "received information."  In other words, they are the perfect low information citizen.  LoFos are citizens who tend not to recognize logic fallacies — which they wouldn't be able to rebut even if they did — but respond well to emotional appeals, sound-bites and bumper stickers.

Losing it: Dianne Feinstein compares common firearms to child pornography.  After getting ripped to shreds by Texas Senator Ted Cruz for her gun laws attempting to gun the Second Amednment, the questionable sanity of Dianne Feinstein took another blow as she compared semi-automatic firearms to child pornography.

Celebrities-in-Chief.  The Obamas are giving celebrity-worshiping America exactly what it wants:  a glittering facade of "coolness."  What's underneath it doesn't matter in the least. [...] There's a term for persons who are overly interested in appearing on television and other media but it's too impolite to use here.  But Mrs. Obama seems to be one of those persons.  And the sad truth is that America loves it.

We can't cut 2 percent of government spending, but the Muslim Brotherhood gets $250 million.  But... but... I thought we were totally tapped out.  Cutting one single dollar from Obama's non-budgeted federal spending would mean pay cuts for hard-working janitors, who would go insane sitting in 90-minute takeoff queues at airports while attempting to fly home in shame, only to be killed by bacteria from un-inspected meat, but on the bright side their bodies would be incinerated in house fires that we can no longer afford firemen to extinguish, so at least the infection wouldn't spread.

Obama just wants to watch the world burn.  [Scroll down]  The president has spent the last few weeks needling up the horrors that will come from cutting a scant 2 cents from ever federal dollar spent.  America will be less safe, parks will shut down, food will go uninspected, illegal aliens will run free, the elderly will die unattended — the list went on and on.

Gun Free Zones: The Ugly Truth.  The ugly truth is that gun free zones are not about irrational dreams of safety.  They are about power and control.  The irrational spouting about safety is just a way to get emotional support from those who don't really think about the issue.  Gun free zones are just another incremental way to move toward total control.

The Fatal Attraction of Progressive Rhetoric Upon Young Minds.  College students seem to love any argument made "passionately" — and, likewise, to scorn any argument constructed of objective reasons.  Of course, this doesn't bode at all well for our ailing republic.

President Obama's Colossal Media Blunder.  Eschewing talks with Congress or any pretense of leadership, he is instead flying around the country burning $180,000 an hour on Air Force One laying out a parade of horribles that will descend upon us if the growth of federal spending were reduced by one iota.  Why is he doing this?  Because the mainstream media are lapping it up.  Poisoned meat coming to grocery shelves near you!  Air traffic grinds to a screeching halt!  Fires, murder, and mayhem in the streets as first responders are laid off!

Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?  Obama's education secretary went on Sunday talk shows to suggest that 40,000 teachers would lose their jobs, and his transportation secretary claimed air travelers would suffer huge delays.  Obama's chief of staff called sequester fallout a "devastating list of horribles."  All that over a plan that trims just 5% from discretionary spending, leaves exploding entitlement programs untouched, and will produce an $845 billion deficit?  Even the media appear — incredibly — to be growing skeptical of the administration's horrifying predictions.

Obama wants even the smallest tax cut to be perceived as catastrophic.
Obamageddon.  The White House political calculus seems to be that if Americans see that cutting 2.3% of federal spending is possible without catastrophe, they might learn something from the experience.  They might even conclude that government doesn't need to be as large as it is, or that government should do some things well but not many others poorly.  They might even learn that governing is about choosing, as opposed to merely allowing the government to grow willy-nilly year after year to gather more clients who depend on government.

Apocalypse not.  In any budget crisis, the first thing politicians do is to inflict as much pain on the public as possible.  Cut cops; close parks, libraries and emergency rooms.  The idea is to make people suffer so they'll clamor for tax increases — and keep the pols' gravy train running smoothly.  Never before, however, have we seen the tactic taken to such extremes on a national level as President Obama is now [...]

Puppet Press Finally Realizing It's Being Abused By Obama.  As early as last spring, the airwaves were being saturated with slick, systematic accusations that Mitt Romney was everything from a Mormon Ebenezer Scrooge, to finance felon, to murderer of the cancer-stricken wife of a laid-off union employee, to torturer of his family dog.  It was so effective that Romney's grand slam in the first debate couldn't undo the damage.  Where were the media during all of this? Comfortably in the Obama team's camp, compliantly allowing their strings to be pulled.

Using Gun Violence to Get Elected.  Because "using" crises is so valuable to the liberal ruling class, even if they had a solution to anything, they wouldn't apply it.  After all if your entire political strategy consists of using crises and problems to paint your adversaries as villains and enemies in order to get people to vote for you, the last thing you want to have happen is for a problem to be solved.

Government by Freakout.  It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama.  It is always government by freakout.  That's what's happening now with the daily sequester warnings.  Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start.  Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs.  Meat won't be inspected.  Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers.  Lines at airports will be impossible.

A new verb.  "Mr. Speaker, what do you have to say about lobbying for Freddie Mac?"  "I have advised a number of organizations over the years.  The opposition is just trying to Alinsky me."

Pro-Obama election flyer marked with NAACP seal featured Klan, lynching imagery.  A presidential election flier disseminated in North Carolina and marked with a seal for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) featured Ku Klux Klan and lynching imagery as part of its presentation urging voters to head to the polls.  Another pro-Obama flier in North Carolina informed African-American voters that Mitt Romney would relegate them to "picking cotton" if elected president.

'War on Women' 2.0.  Democrats have nearly perfected the following exercise in cynical electioneering:  1) introduce legislation;  2) title it something that appeals to the vast majority of Americans who have no interest in learning what is actually in the bill, e.g., the "Violence Against Women Act";  3) make sure it is sufficiently noxious to the GOP that few Republicans will support it;  4) vote, and await headlines such as "[GOP Lawmaker] Votes No On Violence Against Women Act";  5) clip and use headline in 30-second campaign ad;  and 6)  repeat.

Obama really is the most transparent president in history.  Perhaps Rush Limbaugh said it best when he came to the realization that Barack Obama is like a glove-wearing thief who leaves no trace of his fingerprints on anything he does.  As Limbaugh puts it, Obama never governs because he is a perpetual campaigner.  The concept is simple.  If you are continuously in conflict with your opponents you can make a compliant media and an uninformed public believe that you are working your tail off to "fix" things for the American people.  In other words, never solve anything, just keep "fixing" them and making profound statements that you are in a never-ending battle with your evil opponents to fight for the little man.

Obama uses cops and firemen as props:
Republicans Would Rather Protect the Wealthy Than First Responders, Obama Says.  Speaking at the White House on Tuesday [2/19/2013], President Obama said Republicans have a choice:  "Do you want to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole?"  He was surrounded by emergency responders as he spoke.

The Editor says...
I wasn't aware that firemen and cops received their paychecks from the federal government.

Obama's Colossal Politics.  Who wouldn't want to live in Washington?  It's a wonderful world, a place where every problem of life can be reduced to just two words.  Gun control.  Immigration reform.  Climate control.  The deficit, which of course can be solved in two words:  a "balanced approach."  Things so hard haven't been so simple since Tinker Bell taught children to fly in "Peter Pan," also with two words — pixie dust.

The Left's Warped Definition of 'Internet Freedom' and an 'Open Internet'.  The Left has long demanded the implementation of their definition of an "Open Internet" and "Internet Freedom."  Sounds great, right?  Who could be opposed to that?  Then again, who could be against a "Fairness Doctrine?"  Or "Network Neutrality?"  All represent terrible government policy.  But the Left is very good at naming very bad policies.

What does the president mean by giving everyone a 'fair shot?'.  [Scroll down]  All this points to the abject failure of the MSM to perform its role of investigative critical analysis.  Our once vaunted free press held politicians accountable and asked hard questions of politicians and did not brook evasive answers.

Do you Care about the True Meaning of the Obama Speech?  The United States has paid trillions of dollars to schools and teachers for centuries.  No one ever said that no single person can train all the math and science teachers.  They are already educated and ready to teach.  The word "train" is a liberal word.  I was not trained to be a professional.  I was educated to be a professional.

What's an Assault Weapon?.  Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them.  New survey data suggest one possible explanation:  Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are.

Cruz educates Senate on gun violence in its 'fact free zone'.  Sen. Ted Cruz took his time today in the gun violence hearing to explain the fallacy of proposed Senate legislation going after so-called 'assault weapons' and 'gun show loophole', using charts and statistics and props.  He even told the Senate that many times it seems their policy is based on emotion and that decisions are made in a 'fact-free-zone'.

Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat.  The first line of attack in political battles is language.  Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way.  In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a "ban" being "lifted."  Bans are bad.  Lifting bans is good.  Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture.

The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 2: Demonizing the Opposition.  [Scroll down]  In the meantime, certain rules must be followed to control the public opinion and, through it, the opposition itself.  Maintain the perception of being constantly under attack.  Don't examine the opponents' beliefs, nor answer their arguments.  Discredit any media channels that offer them a platform.  Enforce the following media template:  the opposition is evil, treasonous, unfathomable, and psychotic.  They can't be reasoned with. [...] And ridicule, ridicule, ridicule!

Barack Obama Is Boring.  This is the president's favorite false alternative:  either we do things "alone," or government does them for us "collectively."  What this world view leaves out, of course, is the voluntary cooperation of private individuals, particularly their cooperation in the free market.  Which is to say that he excludes from his world view the actual majority of human activity.  But this is the basic false alternative of every Obama speech, and it is the flimsy intellectual foundation of his entire presidency.

Forward! Obama's gun control agenda.  President Obama's Wednesday press conference was political theater at its best.  The carefully-selected audience applauded at all the right moments.  The reading of letters from children was classic heart-tugging emotionalism.  A little girl wrote:  "We are sad.  We want everybody to be happy and safe."  How could we want anything else?

The Significance of Obama's Inaugural Address.  In his inaugural speech he did what he seemingly cannot keep himself from doing: portraying himself and his followers as Children of Light and portraying his opponents as Children of Darkness.  You are either with Obama — or you are with the forces of cruelty and bigotry.  In Obama's world, there is no middle ground.  He is the Voice of Reason; those who oppose him are the voice of the mob.

Obama Uses Emotion And Children As Political Tools.  Children and grieving parents are far from the only tools President Obama has shamelessly exploited to expand government and curtail freedom.  Emotionalism has often been a weapon against liberty.

Sandy Hook: Obama's Latest Crisis To Exploit.  Liberals have an uncanny knack for designing solutions that do not address the problem at hand, and they're doing it again in their current effort to use the Sandy Hook shootings as fodder for promoting stringent gun control measures.  It's as if President Obama and his fellow travelers lie in wait for the unfolding of big events that they can use to incite the public's passions and thereby gain popular support for otherwise unpopular government action. [...] Democrats often seek to inflame our emotions to impede an honest, good-faith discussion on the merits of various issues.

In gun control push, Obama abandons logic and facts.  After December's Sandy Hook massacre, Obama has reached deeper than usual into his bag of debater's tricks and rhetorical ploys.  He assigns evil motives to those who disagree with him on policy.  He tries to pre-empt cost-benefit analysis with facile assertions that any policy is mandatory if it will save "only one life."  And the most contentious policy he seeks — a ban on so-called assault weapons — has near zero correlation to the problem he claims to be addressing.

Obama to add 'taxation without representation' plates to limo this weekend.  "President Obama has lived in the District now for four years and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes without having a vote in Congress," the White House said in a statement.  "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the president's commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule and budget autonomy for the District."

The Editor says...
My congresswoman doesn't appear to agree with me about anything; so in effect, I have no representative in Washington.  But that doesn't make it more difficult for me "to work hard, raise children and pay taxes".

Hiding Behind the Children.  The substance of Obama's proposals will not matter.  This is strictly about emotion, not reason.  All that will matter will be the powerful visual image of Obama being surrounded by beautiful, young children of all backgrounds.  His underlying message will be, "Support my gun control proposals or else you hate children.  You don't hate children, do you?"

Prop-a-palooza: The Use and Abuse of Kiddie Human Shields.  The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday [1/16/2013].  Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.  This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke "For the Children" immunity by hiding behind them.

W.H. Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control.  Half way through the article, the AP admits, "The White House shared three such letters with The Associated Press, from young writers who seemed to agree that Obama should do what's necessary to make it harder for people to get guns."  White House spokesman Jay Carney announced yesterday that Obama will be surrounded by little kids when he announces his gun proposal later today. [...] The White House appears not to have released a single letter to the AP in opposition to President Obama's gun proposal.

The Editor says...
I suspect the little kids were instructed by their unionized teachers to write to the President, and were probably told exactly what to say.  The little kids, as far as I know, have not been interrogated about their letter-writing initiative.

Obama's use of wide-eyed children to promote his gun-control proposals.  There was something nauseating about the way Barack Obama surrounded himself with children as he unveiled his gun control plans.  It looked like emotional blackmail.  "Look these innocent babes in the face and tell them guns are good" — that was the implicit message of this cynical, innocence-exploiting press conference, which brought to mind one of the late Wacko Jacko's weird child-centred peace concerts more than it did a serious Lincoln-style presidential address.  What Obama and his advisers appear to have overlooked is that it doesn't matter one jot what children think of guns, or anything else for that matter:  politics is an adult business, and should be shaped by adult arguments, not childish fears.

Our Mean-Spirited President Gives a Press Conference and Talks About Guns.  Obama's comments on the debt ceiling were breathtakingly dishonest [...] Obama said, at least three or four times, that this year is different:  he refuses to negotiate with the Republicans because they insist on "getting 100 percent of what they want."  But wait!  The fact that Republicans are willing to negotiate means that they aren't insisting on getting 100%, while, conversely, the fact that Obama refuses to negotiate means that he is the one holding out for 100%.  Presumably most people are smart enough to understand this.

Soros: 13 New Gun Laws Needed Now.  Soros & Co. undoubtedly believe guns are the problem.  Rational people, on the other hand, know that criminals are the problem.  If we create registries, pass bans, and give the government a greater share in our daily lives than they already have, we will soon realize that we ourselves have infringed on the very right our Founders marked as sacrosanct — private gun ownership.

$6 Billion a Year for Mexican "Anchor Babies?"  Another major flaw in the Senate immigration bill is the failure to repeal the provision that babies born to illegal aliens in the U.S. get automatic U.S. citizenship.  This is known as birthright citizenship.  Birthright citizenship is one of the media's powerful tools to advance the Senate immigration bill.  The media use young children, even babies, as showpieces, arguing that if the government does not legalize, or grant amnesty to their parents, then these children will be left without mothers and fathers if their parents are deported.  It's one sob story after another.

Biden's faulty lifeguard logic.  'As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking," Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday [1/9/2013] as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do.  "There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken.  We haven't decided what that is yet.  But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."  Biden insisted that it is a moral imperative for the White House to do something:  "It's critically important that we act."

The Editor says...
Mr. Biden, if you could save a thousand little kids' lives every day, would you take action immediately?  That's about how many babies are aborted every day.  But alas, abortion is absolutely essential to the Democrat Party.

The Left's Greatest Mind-Trick: Politicizing Emotion.  Since so many on the left are dominated by feelings, and not animated as much by concern for facts and reason, most don't care about the consequences of their actions.  They just hope that things will get better.  This is not to say that left-wingers are stupid; they are rather expert rationalizers and sophists.  They put the cart before the horse — emotion before reason.  Today's typical totalitarian leftist is thus not a jackboot-wearing thug, but an overly sensitive, cardigan-wearing milquetoast, whose obsessions about feelings make him immune to rational argument.

Low-Info Voters Just Not Interested In Politics.  How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I'm not interested in politics"?  These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them.  That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and Hollywood and why these voters know more about the Kardashians than what the fiscal cliff means to the economy or where Benghazi is.

Scandals show the Obama administration is corrupt.  President George W. Bush was despised by liberals not for anything he did, but for merely being.  His enemies foamed at the mouth just by his showing up on their TV screens.  Just as Obama's enemies have attacked his very legitimacy as president, Bush's were swearing to stop his presidency before he was inaugurated.  A deeply religious man, Bush faced leftists who see evangelicals as threats to democracy.  They claim he "stole" the 2000 election from Gore (hence his illegitimacy).  Because Clinton was corrupt, liberals needed Bush to be.

Nancy Pelosi coins a new term for gun control.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has adopted a new term for gun control, "gun violence prevention," in hopes that the euphemism will make it easier to marshal public opinion in favor of new gun laws as well as other policies designed to prevent shootings.

Climate News: Only 'Hobbit-Sized Humans' Capable of Surviving Global Warming.  The joint editor of the Climate News Network is warning that in as little as two centuries global warming will lead to "mass extinction," which may be good news for residents of "The Shire."  "Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say," said Paul Brown, a journalist and author, in an article entitled, "Mass extinction forecast with 6[°]C temperature rise," published on Jan. 7.

Actually, a few degrees of warming would be good for everybody.

Obama Exploits Sandy Hook to Push Gun Control Agenda.  The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are launching a massive gun control campaign as the President begins his second term and a divided Capitol Hill returns to work.  Billed as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings in December, the campaign includes ten gun control bills that were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress — none of which would have prevented the shootings from taking place.

Obama Using Gun Control to Distract from Financial Crisis.  As our national debt continues to soar, taxes to rise, and the overall economy to tank, President Obama is talking about... gun control.  He is doing this so he can seize on the emotions of those who operate emotionally rather than rationally, thereby diverting their attention from the real crisis our nation faces right now — which is financial in nature.

FBI: More People Killed with Hammers, Clubs Each Year than Rifles.  According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.  This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats' feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course.

The Real Country-Killer in 2013.  Simply trim a few percent from every program — here a little, there a little.  Isn't that obvious?  Yet big spenders howl as if entire programs must be completely eliminated — all or nothing.  People will be cut off and starving in the streets if the federal spending spree is slowed.  "What would you cut?" candidates are asked.  This is a trap.  Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.  During my five years working inside government, I saw that easily 15% of the federal budget could be cut, with no reduction in the output of government services, benefits, activities, or useful functions.

Let's Retire These Tired Straw Men in 2013.  The notion that somehow the budget is going to be balanced "on the backs of" a sacred-cow contingency (usually teachers, policemen, and firefighters) is quite difficult to respond to, simply because it doesn't make any sense coming from Obama and his party.  The Democrats extended the Bush tax cuts in December 2010 when they had total control of the federal government.  In January 2011, the Republicans gained control of only the House and couldn't push changes to tax policy.  Moreover, the Bush tax cuts helped the middle class and working class tremendously.

Progressives, Guns, and the Assault on Truth.  The silly idea of having "gun-free zones" falls right in the line of Progressivist thinking, and Progressives are people who do not like to be confused with facts.  The creation of these "zones" is not done in order to protect anyone; indeed, law-abiding people in those areas are more vulnerable to spree killers than they would be elsewhere.  No, the creation of "gun-free zones" is ideological, period.  Progressives are making the statement that guns are bad and that people need to be protected from the evils that the mere presence of a gun create.

Speed Limiters, Too?  Most people — including people who favor what they call "gun control" — would probably not support the idea of fitting all cars with speed governors.  But why?  Isn't the principle exactly the same?  A car is a machine that's capable of being used for "illegal" purposes.  It can be used to cause harm, even to kill.  Why should anyone be allowed to own a car with more capability than they need?

Murder by Numbers.  Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse.  As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over.  Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control."  Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action.  The reason is simple:  the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward.

The Year the Dreams Died.  In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises.  Instead, Obama's campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the uninsured die to putting his pet dog Seamus in a cage on top of the family car.

Conservatives Must Not Seek All Low-Info Voters.  Only ignorant fools hate the rich.  Wise men seek to learn what they did to get what they got.  Obama implies that all wealth belonging to conservatives is ill-gotten or undeserved.  He rebuked business owners, saying, "You didn't build that."  Despicably, some realize that business and the rich are not the enemy but still subscribe to Obama's "get 'em" attitude.  Such people are trash.  Democrats are notorious for appealing to voters' base instincts.

Fewer Guns, More Crime.  To President Obama, the word "politics" means anyone who disagrees with him, as in the phrase "It is time to put politics aside."  Whenever he says that, he is really saying "It is time to put aside anyone who disagrees with me on this issue."

People are Buying Guns and Ammunition for a Reason.  The AR 15 is taking lots of heat because it's an "assault weapon," but if an intruder breaks into your home and threatens your family, as far as you are concerned it's just an effective weapon.  High capacity magazines are under attack as well, but despite what you hear from pandering politicians, those magazines enable you to fire freely so that your attacker has to advance on you and your family through a wall of bullets.

Why Are Some People Prone to Obey?  [Scroll down]  Young people with limited vocabulary, narrow ideas, and little to no curiosity to learn about current events do not understand the troubling power of euphemisms.  Instead, they fall for the disingenuous notion of fairness without noting the specious logic of Obama's call for equality.

Demonizing NRA Won't Transform America.  More than any other lobby or cause, the NRA is the boogeyman of the American liberal imagination.  To listen to liberals talking about it is to hear a portrait of an organization that treats errant members of Congress the way heretics and Jews were handled by the Spanish Inquisition.  More than that, many liberals speak as if it is primarily a profit-making entity funded by gun manufacturers that has imposed a bizarre reign of terror on an unwilling populace.

The Return Of The Scary Gun Ban.  In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut the usual suspects, including our president, have made noises about renewing the ban on assault weapons.  This ban was a truly bad idea when it was first imposed under the equally feckless Bill Clinton in 1994 as the Orwellian named Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act.  Why was it a bad idea?  Because no one knows what constitutes an assault weapon other than it is scary looking.

The Bullying Left Exploits Sandy Hook.  There is nothing viler than standing atop a heap of children's bodies denouncing all those who disagree politically as unfeeling monsters.  Yet that is precisely what many on the left have done. [...] Democratic Representative of N.Y. Jarrold Nadler accused the National Rifle Association of enabling mass murder.  This is a bully tactic, pure and simple.  Labeling your opponents heartless and cruel is a strategy designed to override logic and to end the political debate.  That's the only way the left can win this debate, and they know it.

The Post-Newtown Witch Hunt.  The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective.  It's just plain insane.

The Facts about Mass Shootings.  Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.  The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.  Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K-12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

Gun Culture and Gun-Control Culture.  [Scroll down]  Something must be done.  Now.  Last week.  If only we ban more weapons, we can be as safe as Norway, home of the worst shooting spree of all, or Connecticut, which already has an assault weapons ban.  For the children... who had no one to protect them when a gunman came to their school and will still have no one to protect them when gun-control culture gets its way.

Yes, It's Time For Bus Control.
February 28, 1958:  Twenty-six children killed in a school bus crash in Kentucky.
May 21, 1967:  Twenty-eight children killed in a school bus crash in California.
September 22, 1989:  Nineteen children killed in a school bus crash in Texas.
[...] I do not mean to minimize the many individual tragedies these school bus deaths represent, nor do I wish to downplay the tragedies of school shootings.  I am simply pointing out that many things in this world are dangerous, but we accept these risks because they come paired with utility.

Welcome to the Thugocracy.  Obama, like all other liberals, thinks in vague terms like "fairness."  He doesn't worry about a fair process — whether or not it's right to allow a majority to discriminate against a minority simply because the minority is rich.  He worries instead about a fair outcome.  According to President Obama, a fair outcome — greater income redistribution — justifies the means.  If a majority votes to seize the money of a minority, that's fair, because greater income equality is fair.  No Democrat has yet explained convincingly why it wouldn't be most fair for the government to simply seize all wealth in the country and then split it up equally.

Okay, President Obama, Let's be Fair.  Let's be fair.  Present federal spending levels is damaging to future generations.  It steals from those that are coming after us and also shaves value from the currency.  Let us be fair to future generations and those who hold dollars.

Union Goons React Calmly As Michigan Becomes Right-to-Work State.  When Democrats ram legislation through it's doing the work of the people.  When the GOP does it, it's "slamming" though legislation.

Planting the Seeds of His Own Demise.  Did you not hear four years ago Obama the Magnificent bewail that America with 4 percent of the world's population consumes 25 percent of the world's resources?  So unfair, you know, the magic incantation of the Obama Regime. [...] The sloppiness in El Primo's thinking there is revealed by the phrase "the world's resources."  But America in reality never consumed any of the world's production.  It always only consumed 100% of America's production (including what it traded some of that production for).

Mantra Raves.  It's not hard if you have a show on MSNBC.  There's a mantra and all you do is repeat it, like a fourth grade math teacher going over the same fractions year after year until she starts to develop a dislike for 10-year-olds.  I get home from work and click on the TV and MSNBC's Chris Matthews is saying "the rich" aren't paying their "fair share."

Limiting Government.  There is no such thing as "a right to a job," "a right to health care," "a right to a decent home," et cetera. [...] Individual rights are not rights to the skills, knowledge, and/or products that others create.  Individual rights are rights to actions.  The right to life is the freedom to take those actions to sustain one's life.  The right to property is the right to keep what one earns.  The right to liberty is the freedom to move about freely, uncoerced, to visit and/or live and seek work where one chooses.  The right to the pursuit of happiness is the freedom to take those actions that one believes will result in one's enjoyment of life.

Costly Words.  I have several pet peeves, and one of them is the idea that when Americans get to keep their own money, it somehow "costs" the government.

5 Questions for Black Voters.  [#1]  Do you honestly believe that Republicans want to take away your right to vote?  The very idea that Republicans seek to suppress or eliminate the black vote is absurd to reasonable people, yet that's what Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats were saying publicly, and apparently the more gullible folks believed them.  Using fear and resentment, the Obama campaign shamelessly riled up black voters to ensure their turnout, a tactic that is unconscionable.

Give Obama what he wants.  Those of us who think, rather than feel, understand that Obama's course will end up with the United States going bankrupt, because there isn't enough money on the planet, much less the US, to pay for all the goodies the Democrats want to bestow on their favored constituents.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Calls On GOP To Stop Waging 'War On Working People'.  Jackson Lee, who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also said that entitlement reform can wait until 2013 — and that cuts should be to "waste, fraud, and abuse," not to benefits.

The Editor says...
Genuine working people do not need "benefits" from the government.

Target: Old White Men.  While modern society prides itself on being unbiased, it's no exception to the rule that every age has its fashionable prejudices — and unfashionable people.  Among the latter today are white men, and the closer they are to "dead white male" status, to use a favored leftist descriptive, the greater the disdain in which they're held.

Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker may soon be living on food stamps.  Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a noted rising star in the Democratic Party, may soon be living on food stamps.  Booker has not fallen on hard times but, rather, has taken on a challenge to experience life enrolled into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program.

The Editor says...
The obvious goal of this stunt is to make us all feel sorry for people who don't work, and those who rely entirely on government handouts.

Obama's Smug America.  Obama is the one "we have been waiting for," chanted his followers in 2008.  They identified him as the agent of the final phase in liberalism's revolution.  In 2012, Obama drew upon this revolutionary hope again, coining "forward" as his campaign slogan.  The rhetoric was slightly more subdued — he toned down the talk of "fundamentally transforming" America — but it still rested on the same revolutionary promise.  No coherent criterion defines Obama's notion of revolutionary progress.  It is whatever liberalism deems good at the moment.

Left Turns Voting Rights Into a Farce.  Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama sounded a battle cry at a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner when she said protecting the right to vote is the nation's most important civil rights issue.  If that were true, that would mean there no credible civil rights concerns in the country.  What Obama was talking about was the effort by Democrats to prevent the implementation of laws requiring voters to present a photo ID when casting their ballots.  The common sense measure has the support of the overwhelming majority of Americans.

Obama's Struggle.  On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama often employs the word "struggle."  It was actually Mrs. Obama's peculiar pronunciation — "shtruggle" — that first drew my attention to the frequency of her usage.  At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, her speech referred to some form of "struggle" nine times.

Obama's Biggest Opponent is the Truth.  An Obama ad aimed at northern Virginia women intones, "Mitt Romney opposes requiring coverage for contraception."  In fact, Mr. Romney opposes the president's unprecedented assault on religious liberties — in this case, the federal government forcing religious institutions (like church-sponsored hospitals, schools and charities) to provide insurance coverage for contraception in violation of their fundamental moral values and, incidentally, the First Amendment.

Endeavour's final final approach.  Interesting how attached humans can become to a machine with a name, as if it had a personality.  Or, more likely, carried within it some of the peoples' hopes and dreams.

The Fall of the House of Obama.  [Scroll down]  Consider President Obama's near-pathological insistence that the rich are not paying "their fair share," when any cursory review, easily accessible from the CBO, shows that the top fifth of all income tax earners pay approximately 94 percent of all income taxes.  The bottom half, or close to it, pays no federal income tax.  The implication is that we're all pulling our weight, but that the "millionaires and billionaires" are making out like bandits.  And somehow, throughout all this, the Republicans are guilty of perpetrating, as one Democratic congressman put it, some variant of "the big lie."

The president decides to stick with climatism.  Our president and 191 other world leaders of the United Nations continue to pursue futile policies to stop global warming.  Universities preach "sustainable development."  Companies tout their "green" programs.  Schools teach our children that if we change light bulbs, we can save polar bears.  But an increasing body of science shows that the theory of catastrophic manmade warming is nonsense.  Climate change is natural, and car emissions are insignificant.

Inarticulate Republicans Let Democrats Get Away With Lies.  The net result is that articulate Democrats can get away with the biggest lies, without any serious rebuttal from most Republicans.  I have not heard any Republican official or candidate even try to answer a standard claim of the Democrats, that "deregulation" is the reason the housing market went haywire and brought down the economy.  Therefore, according to the Democrats, Republicans who want to restore a free market are just trying to "go back to the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place."

The November Referendum on the Liberal Media.  The old media is dialing-up its defense of a failed Presidency.  It will cost them. [...] The Obama regime's slogans and memes, propagated by the legacy media today, include, but are not limited to, the Republican's "War on Women," "fair-share," "Forward," and the general characterization of "rich" Republicans as uncaring about the poor, minorities, LGBT persons, and so on.  The legacy media parrots these memes and repeats the Obama Re-Election Campaign's talking-points — daily.

Depending on Dependency.  The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another — and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless. [...] Belief in the superior compassion of the political left is a worldwide phenomenon that goes back at least as far as the 18th century.  But in all that time, and in all those places, there has been little, if any, effort on the left to check this crucial assumption against facts.

Meaningless Words and Phrases.  [Scroll down]  Or consider Social Security, welfare, Medicaid, and other bankrupt programs.  People on such "assistance" often put in little to nothing and take out a lot.  True, it doesn't seem much to the people getting the checks, but in terms of national scale, it's digging quite a debt hole.  But since that bill will be paid by someone else, there is no call to slow it.  Is it "fair" to make future generations pay for our irresponsibility?

Union Director Raves That Teachers Started an 'Arab Spring' Against Emanuel.  Last year in Wisconsin, the liberal media picked up the very insulting comparison that protesting government employees in Wisconsin were creating an "Arab Spring" for Gov. Scott Walker, as if he were an Arab dictator.  "It's like Cairo moved to Madison," said ABC anchor Diane Sawyer.  Now that the teachers are on strike in Chicago, this insulting meme has now shifted to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Obama and Democrats want to conquer America, not unite it.  Barack Obama lights candles, Mitt Romney spreads darkness, and Usama bin Laden is dead.  There, I saved you the time of watching the Democratic convention.  For three grating days, demands for more government spending were coupled with sweeping character assassinations of Romney.

Planned Parenthood Prez: Without Birth Control 'Few Women Had Opportunity to Finish School'.  Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday that before birth control was legalized in the United States women did not have the opportunity to finish school and did not live long past the age of 50.  "Nearly 100 years ago when Planned Parenthood was founded, birth control was illegal," Richards told the convention.  "And as a result, few women had the opportunity to finish school, and we really weren't even expected to live much past the age of 50.

Biden, Obamas tell health care tall tales at Charlotte convention.  Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama all told a story during the Democratic National Convention about battles the president's mother waged with health care companies as she fought a terminal illness in 1995.  But the version of events presented Thursday night differs dramatically from others, including those of at least two biographers and Obama's own previous account.

Sandra Fluke: Women in America Are Silenced.  Sandra Fluke, the woman who asked taxpayers to foot the bill for her birth control in February, just wrapped up her speech at the 2012 DNC [9/5/2012].  Her remarks were brief but typical, arguing a Romney presidency would set women back and leave women to die "preventable deaths in emergency rooms."

Obama sells old ideas as new.  In this political Brigadoon, things are going well in America, so well in fact that President Obama obviously deserves a second term because Americans are better off than they were four years ago, and that the Republican Party is little more than a haven for old-fashioned robber barons who think like Klansmen but dress like Mr. Monopoly.  Obama doesn't quite say it like that, but he's perfectly happy to have his subalterns — some at the Democratic National Committee, some at MSNBC — make that case for him.

Shelia Jackson Lee warns 'rights' would be cut by Romney.  On MSNBC's Tuesday [9/4/2012] coverage of the Democratic National Convention, Texas Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee warned that social and civil rights could be denied for "promises" of economic rights if Mitt Romney defeats President Barack Obama in November.

Louisiana Teachers' Union Calls Black School Choice Group 'Pro-KKK'.  On Thursday [8/30/2012], in the shadow of the hurricane barreling down on the region, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, a large teachers' union, launched an attack on the state's chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a nonprofit organization working to improve black educational achievement through education reform and school choice.  On its official Twitter account, the teachers' union ludicrously alleged that BAEO supports a "pro KKK curriculum," and sent out the statement to various followers.

The funny think about reform & fear.  That segment of the population that has the least to fear from a reform of Medicare or Social Security is the most fearful — namely, those already receiving Medicare or Social Security benefits.  It is understandable that people heavily dependent on these programs would fear losing their benefits, especially after a lifetime of paying into these programs.  But nobody in his right mind has even proposed taking away the benefits of those who are already receiving them.

The Herd of Independent Minds.  Just about any gregarious conservative can register the same complaint:  his friends of a liberal persuasion firmly believe in evolution, the hydrocarbon menace, technogenic global warming, and the virtues of green energy; they are convinced that racism is still rampant in America, that all the ills of inner-city schools can be cured by throwing more money at them, that criminals are actually victims of society, that voter fraud is a myth concocted by evil conservatives, that cheating at the polls is a sacred right of minorities, that illegal immigrants have committed no crime even though the word "illegal" is self-explanatory, that George Bush attacked Iraq at the behest of Halliburton to grab Iraqi oil...

The Politicization of Violence.  I don't really buy the claim that the political climate has gotten so much worse.  But even if it has, that hasn't led to more political violence.  Rather, it has led to the politicization of violence.

Southern Poverty Law Center's Lucrative 'Hate Group' Label.  Last week's shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) has placed the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) back into the news.  The SPLC recently had placed the FRC on its list of hate groups because the SPLC claims that in its opposition to gay marriage, the FRC defames gays and lesbians.  It should be noted that the not-for-profit SPLC ostensibly began its mission to help those who had been victimized by civil rights violations by filing suits on their behalf.  In recent years, the SPLC greatly expanded its definition of civil rights and hate groups to the point where any organization that opposes the left's favored causes risks being labeled a hate group by the SPLC.

Democrats Campaign On Fear, Not Ideas.  Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Ryan wants to "shred the safety net for seniors."  Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry said Ryan has a "no-holds-barred record of attacking seniors, children and working men and women."  And Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says with Ryan, Romney "has doubled down on his commitment to gut Social Security and end Medicare as we know it."  Never mind that last year, the left-leaning Politifact chose the Democrats' "end Medicare as we know it" line as "lie of the year."

Biden: Back on the chain gang.  Vice President Joe Biden told a racially mixed audience Wednesday [sic - Tuesday 8/14/2012] that if Republicans take back the White House, "They're going to put y'all back in chains." [...] There's no reason for the Obama campaign to apologize because hacking at the raw wound of racism is critical to the Democrats' reelection strategy.  This race is about race because if it were about issues, Democrats would lose.  Mr. Obama's moribund economic record would guarantee that.

FLOTUS: Obamacare keeps women from dying of cancer, but GOP would repeal it.  Who knew that cancer would emerge as a leitmotif of the Obama campaign?  First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest to invoke cancer on the campaign trail, but she did so to tout Obamacare rather than attack Mitt Romney directly.

Psychopaths-in-Chief.  I am not a qualified psychologist, but I can read as well as anyone.  I see this as a complex puzzle that is on the verge of coming into wide public recognition, just as mass-murdering psychopaths came into wide public awareness during the 1970s.  It is vital that the awareness is based on rational principles rather than Democratic Party talking points.

Nancy Pelosi's greatest "it's a conspiracy" hits.  The lawmaker most prone to imagining shadowy secret cabals influencing our politics is undoubtedly House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Obama Ad: Romney is a Murderer.  Romney is forcing people to get cancer, and then when they get cancer, he's not allowing them to be treated.  So we have a campaign message here, basically:  "Republicans commit murder, poison the water, poison the air, and starve kids!"  The Democrats keep doing this stuff.  They've been doing it for as long as I'm alive because it must work.

Nancy Pelosi accuses Republicans of trying to kill children with E. coli.  Republicans don't want to spend money to protect children from the E. coli bacteria, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during a campaign event Monday [8/6/2012] in support of a Democrat running for a Florida congressional seat.

Those Perennially-Crumbling Roads and Bridges.  Just about a year ago, I observed that no matter how much the federal government spends on "infrastructure," we still get predictable cries that "we need to do something about our crumbling infrastructure."  The need to fix "crumbling roads and bridges" a perennial rallying cry in President Obama's speeches, even though he touts the stimulus as "the largest new investment in our nation's infrastructure since Eisenhower."  The government spends enormous sums of money, but there's never any sign of it having an impact, at least in the rhetoric of those who want to spend more.

Obama's Coercive Secular State.  The absence of free contraceptives, abortifacients, STD testing, and sterilizations, among other Sebelius-decreed "essential" services, constitutes a "war on women," says President Obama.  "It's a scary time to be a woman," warbles a stooge in one of his campaign ads.  Obama's arrogance is bottomless.  Even as he violates the freedom of the religious — reducing them to the status of serfs in his planned secularist and socialist state — he has the gall to cast them as the victimizers.

10 Concepts Liberals Talk About Incessantly But Don't Understand.  [#2]  Racism:  Liberals start with the presumption that only white people who don't belong to the Democratic Party can be racist.  So, for example, even if Jeremiah Wright can make it clear that he hates white people because of their skin color or if liberals take an explicitly racist political position, like suggesting that black people are too stupid and incompetent to get identification to vote, they can't be racist.  White Republicans, on the other hand, are generally assumed to be racist by default, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary.

Liberals Would Criminalize The American Ideal.  Invoking modern parlance, it is reasonable to say that liberals are doing their utmost to make Bain Capital the "new Halliburton."  Though comparatively few people can actually explain what Halliburton is, or how it functions, they "know" (having been spoon-fed the "facts" by the "mainstream media" for so long) that it is unquestionably evil, and a sinister tool of former Vice-President Dick Cheney.  If the Alinskyite effort to smear the reputation of Bain meets with similar success, the result will be a massive, widespread, and ultimately mindless condemnation of the investment firm, fervent in conviction, but lacking in substance.

So That This Never Happens Again.  The first reaction to the Aurora Massacre was the usual call for making sure that "this never happens again".  Everyone from New York City Mayor Bloomberg to author Salman Rushdie to mystery writer Patricia Cornwell called for imposing gun control to insure "this never happens again".  And yet if we were to confiscate every privately owned firearm and outlaw the manufacture of new ones in the country, if we were to forcibly institutionalize anyone suspected of being mentally ill, and if we added naked scanners to movie theaters; we still could not insure that this will never happen again.

It's Not Fair!  President Obama is right.  There is a lot of unfairness in America.  And he is the source of much of it. [...] Barack Obama has ditched the "hope and change" slogan of his 2008 campaign and is now peddling "fairness" as his mantra.  He promises he will make life "fair" for Americans.

Trashing Achievements.  Since everybody else uses the roads and the schools, why should high achievers be expected to feel like free loaders who owe still more to the government, because schools and roads are among the things that facilitate their work? According to Elizabeth Warren, because it is part of an "underlying social contract." Conjuring up some mythical agreement that nobody saw, much less signed, is an old ploy on the left — one that goes back at least a century, when Herbert Croly, the first editor of The New Republic magazine, wrote a book titled "The Promise of American Life." Whatever policy Herbert Croly happened to favor was magically transformed by rhetoric into a "promise" that American society was supposed to have made — and, implicitly, that American taxpayers should be forced to pay for. This pious hokum was so successful politically that all sorts of "social contracts" began to appear magically in the rhetoric of the left.

This youth movement has women covered.  Any media narrative involving young people presupposes that they are the forces of progress, wresting the world from the grasping clutches of mean, vengeful old men and making it a better place.

Those calculating liberals.  U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, the longest-serving Republican in Congress, was being bashed by liberals last week for being "insensitive."  To sensitive liberals, this is the worst of crimes.  It outranks more minor transgressions such as trying to protect your borders or trying to eliminate voting fraud.  And it's on a par with amassing great sums of wealth by actually producing something, as opposed to being able to stuff a ball through a hoop or impersonating someone in front of a camera.

5 Ways Liberalism Destroys Virtue.  Liberals are completely indifferent to whether the programs they advocate work or not.  It's all about how they make them feel.  A liberal will prefer a completely non-functional government program that makes them feel good about themselves over a program that works, but doesn't inflate their egos, 10 times out of 10.  The same goes for morality.  The standard isn't, "Is it right or is it wrong?" — it's whether it makes them feel nice or mean.  "Nice and wrong" is always preferable to "right and mean."  As most non-liberals over the age of 12 have long since discovered, feelings are an extremely poor replacement for logic, decency, and common sense.

Lawmakers Want 'Made in China' U.S. Olympic Uniforms Burned.  Lawmakers were outraged Thursday after an ABC World News report revealed that the U.S. Olympic team's opening ceremony outfits are made in China.  Some suggested making a bonfire with the outfits, which include berets and blazers.

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Is every country expected to have its uniforms made within its own borders?  That would be amusing.

U.S. Olympic Uniforms: Made in China by Democratic Donor's company.  Lawmakers were livid to discover that the United States' Olympic team uniforms were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even suggested "they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."  The company who designed the uniforms, Ralph Lauren, has received less scrutiny.  Few outlets have noted that Ralph Lauren himself is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

Olympic Uniform Brouhaha Shows the Imperial Democratic Emperor Has No Clothes.  What I found most striking is the attitude of many of the liberals in Congress, typified by the statement by New York's Senator Gillibrand, as quoted by the Associated Press yesterday, that "There is no compelling reason why all of the uniforms cannot be made here on U.S. soil at the same price, at better quality."  This statement is a microcosm of what is wrong with the thinking of many liberals in general.  Unfortunately, it is obvious that there IS a compelling reason — though not a pleasant one, and many would say not a justified one — why uniforms were not made here on U.S. soil; unions have often rendered our goods not competitive, even with the savings of tariffs and international shipping costs.

Reid Worries About Olympic Uniforms, Not Budgets.  The Senate Majority Leader hasn't proposed a budget in three years, won't bring tax cuts to the floor, yet adds Olympic uniforms to a priority list that includes boxing rules, cowboy poetry and a train to nowhere.

The Left's False Claim of Suppression From Voter ID Laws.  On Monday [7/9/2012], Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, decided to confront the issue of Voter ID.  Unfortunately, he embraced the left's absurd ideology that it is voter suppression and an assault on the rights of minorities.  He likened the movement of opposition to Voter ID laws to the Civil Right Movements with his reference to "Salem and Montgomery times".  This rhetoric is nothing but divisive.

Review: The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.  [Jonah] Goldberg's revelations are meant not to compile an interesting batch of factoids to drop at dinner parties, but to illustrate his thesis:  the left employs clichˇs in order to cloak its ruthless, ruinous ideological aims in the language of easy-listening rhetoric, all the while denying that it is promoting a program attempting to establish a technocratic all-encompassing state in the name of the pragmatism of Progressivism:  "The greater good"; "Social justice"; "Violence never solves anything"; "Power corrupts."  The term "social justice" is a prime example.

Progressives Without Progress.  Conservatives are often attacked of being backwards-looking cavemen standing in the way of "progress".  Progressives and other leftists frequently engage in this attack.  For example, Majority Leader Harry Reid bashed Republicans for being "backwards-leaning" on energy and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz noted that Republicans want to turn back the clock for women.  This line of argument is consistently evoked by progressives in public discourse in an attempt to avoid discussing the merits and implications of their own positions.

Holder's Jim Crow Politics.  Some of our liberal friends were a tad upset when we wrote last month that Attorney General Eric Holder was using the voter ID issue to stir up racial incitement.  But maybe they should complain to Mr. Holder, who can't seem to liberate himself from a Jim Crow-era political mindset.  Speaking to the NAACP in Houston on Tuesday [7/10/2012], Mr. Holder assailed the Texas law that requires voters to show some identification, using terms redolent of Deep South racism before the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  "Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them — and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them," he said.  "We call those poll taxes."

Holder compares Texas voter ID law to post slavery poll taxes.  In a speech at the annual NAACP conference, in Houston, Holder said many voters would have to travel "great distances" to get a government-issued photo ID and that some would "struggle" to pay for the requisite paperwork.  "We call these poll taxes," Holder said.  He also said the Texas law hurts minorities and that politics is the driving force behind the issue.  Holder called Texas the "center of our national debate" on voting rights issues and vowed the Justice Department would "aggressively" fight to enforce those rights.

Holder to NAACP: Photo ID Laws Will Reverse Civil Rights Gains.  One day after a three-judge panel heard arguments about the legality of Texas's photo ID voting law, Attorney General Eric Holder went to Houston to speak at the NAACP Convention.  Holder denounced Texas's photo ID law as a political stunt used to disenfranchise minorities during his speech.  Attendees and journalists were asked for photo IDs to verify their identities at the conference.

Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote Democratic.  Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor — and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you.  It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore."  Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s.  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."  The tactic is as obvious as it is insulting.  Tell black voters that "they" are out to "get them" — and pull that lever for us Democrats so we can resist their racist attempt to undermine your success.

Obama Co-Chair Eva Longoria: There Is No Way Women Can Vote Republican.  Eva Longoria, a national co-chair of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, can't imagine why a woman would pull the lever for a Republican.  "I don't think it's a hard choice if you're a woman," said Longoria during an Obama campaign event in Colorado over the weekend, according to The Denver Post.  "We have to get out there and tell (others) 'If you're a woman, there is no way you can vote Republican.'"

Daily Kos Formula on ObamaCare: 'Conservatives Want to Hurt People,' Liberals Want to Help.  Laurence Lewis at Daily Kos couldn't help digressing from his blog on the San Francisco gay "pride" parade to ObamaCare.  "The difference on health care between Republicans and Democrats, between conservatives and liberals?  Republicans and conservatives want to take access to health care away from people," he wrote on Sunday [7/1/2012].  They "want to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.  In absolute contrast, Democrats and liberals want to build on the ACA, until access to quality health care is a national birth right.  In other words, Republicans and conservatives want to hurt people; Democrats and liberals want to help people."

A Political Glossary.  One of the most versatile terms in the political vocabulary is "fairness."  It has been used over a vast range of issues, from "fair trade" laws to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  And recently we have heard that the rich don't pay their "fair share" of taxes.  Some of us may want to see a definition of what is "fair."  But a concrete definition would destroy the versatility of the word, which is what makes it so useful politically.

7 Reasons Obama's Amnesty For Under 30 Illegals Is Terrible Policy.  [#5] Billing this as a way to help children is a dodge:  First of all, thirty year olds are not children.  They're adults and if they're eligible for this program, it means they're adults who've been knowingly breaking this country's laws for 12 years.  Someone like that is not worthy to receive American citizenship in the first place.  Oh, but what about the real children who will be helped by this program?  What about a 14 year old who was brought here five years ago by her parents?  Well, can't you see the obvious set-up here?  What happens when the 14 year old's parents are caught?  Then, when the law is enforced, people will claim we're "breaking up families."

Human Rights: A Governmental Power Grab.  [Scroll down]  This brings us to a dangerous scenario associated with human rights.  Namely, the way governments can use them as a justification for reaching deeper and deeper into the daily lives of their citizens.  A great example of this can be seen in the way President Obama and his surrogates couched many of their arguments for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, in the language of human rights.  According to them, health care is a human right which, in turn, justifies putting a system into place whereby every American has health care coverage.

Michelle Campaign E-Mail: Barack's Your Husband, Too.  The Obama campaign has sunk to a new low.  Today, Michelle Obama sent an email to the entire campaign list, titled "Being married to Barack."  It is precisely what you'd expect:  maudlin and ridiculous.

Showerhead flow rates, 1.6 gallon toilets.
Spare Us From All That Manipulative Green Guilt Nonsense!  Alright already!  Maybe I'll reuse that hotel towel, just like I often do at home.  But only if they spare me the planet protection and imperiled polar bear pitch and just be honest.

Van Jones: GOP will kill EPA, poison kids.  Van Jones, former green czar to President Obama, suggested that the Keystone XL pipeline could harm America the way crack cocaine destroys the human body as he called for a grassroots environmentalist movement to push for cap and trade.  Jones praised the activists who fought Keystone by developing a drug metaphor.  "They said, 'we're not going to let them jab this dirty needle of a pipeline into America.  We're not going to let them take the dirtiest energy ever created and cook it up and stick it into this country," he said at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington D.C. this morning [6/18/2012].

More about Van Jones.

Will Obama Try to Blow Up the Court?  There's no doubt the president will seek to demagogue the issue if the health care law is invalid and try to portray the Court and the bill's Republican opponents as seeking to snatch medicine out of the mouths of sick people, babies and the elderly.  That's a tactic that has had some success when it comes to defending entitlements against reform efforts.

Obama Administration Undermines Black Education.  The biggest hoax of the past two generations is still going strong — namely, the hoax that statistical differences in outcomes for different groups are due to the way other people treat those groups.  The latest example of this hoax is the joint crusade of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice against schools that discipline black males more often than other students.  According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, this disparity in punishment violates the "promise" of "equity."

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Left?  The left feeds on fear.  It does not try to persuade, but rather to excite or to terrify.  But over the last couple of decades, conservatives have learned that the left is a toothless predator which relies upon its snarls and roars more than any real power to punish.  The maledictions of leftism are familiar and suggest racial prejudice, misogyny, religious fanaticism, anti-social greed, indifference to pollution, etc.

The Recall Rationalization.  For the Left, Citizens United has practically supplanted Dred Scott as the worst Supreme Court decision of all time.  It held that political spending is a form of speech, and therefore corporations and unions can spend freely in elections.  The decision came down in January 2010.

The Anti-Democratic Party.  Democrats want the votes of everyone to count, from U.S. citizens to illegal aliens and lawfully disenfranchised felons.  Corrupt Democratic election officials routinely expand the electorate, accepting votes from the under-aged and the dead.  That's why they collectively freak out when the topic of voter photo ID comes up, advancing the most ridiculous arguments against ID requirements.  The poor, minorities, and the old are too dumb and frail to acquire voter ID — even though getting by without it is impossible in modern society.

The Morphing Obama Biography and the Skeptics.  An odd taboo has been created on noticing that the president of the United States has a biography that can adapt itself to the needs of the moment.  Go too far in raising an alarm, and be labeled "birther" and shunned in polite society. [...] Want to see Obama's college transcripts?  That's a hint at affirmative action — racist.  Wonder whether he attended as a foreign student?  That's birther.  Want to know more about Obama's religious beliefs and his relationship with Jeremiah Wright?  Racist.  Note that experts assert that the posted birth certificate is a probable digital forgery, or wonder if the White House was playing games in presenting such a strange document?  Birther.  Ask whether Obama wrote his autobiography?  That's racist and birther.  Vote for the blank box instead of Obama in the Democratic primary?  Racist.

Holder's Racial Incitement.  The United States of America has a black President whose chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, is also black.  They have a lot of political power.  So how are they using it?  Well, one way is to assert to black audiences that voter ID laws are really attempts to disenfranchise black Americans.

Warming gas levels hit 'troubling milestone'.  The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant.

Bias alert:
The carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is not "troubling" to anyone except global warming alarmists.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  Most of the greenhouse effect results from water vapor in the atmosphere, not carbon dioxide.  And that's just criticism of the first sentence in this heavily-biased article from the Associated Press. --> DOJ Not Even Pretending to be Nonpartisan Anymore.  Eric Holder is doing his best to scare black pastors into encouraging their congregations to vote for Obama using the Voter ID ruse.  Our "sacred" right to vote is in danger of being taken away thanks to evil Voter ID laws and other trumped up charges.

Jackson Lee: Women to be dragged out 'into the streets,' return to 'coat hangers' on abortion act.  During the 11 a.m. hour on MSNBC hosted by Thomas Roberts, Texas Democratic Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee warned of a worst case scenario if a bill proposed by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks to put limitations on sex-selective abortions is signed into law.  Jackson Lee said that, despite "unanimous support" against these sort of abortions, women would be physically removed from clinics if Frank's proposed law were to be put into effect.

Rep. Keith Ellison: requiring voters to show IDs is malicious.  Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota tweeted a string of statistics May 30 in an attempt to stifle a non-profit's push to require voters to show a government-issued ID before entering a voting booth.

What is "meaningful work"?  [Scroll down]  The underlying notion seems to be that it is work whose performance is satisfying or enjoyable in itself.  But if that is the only kind of work that people should have to do, how is garbage to be collected, bed pans emptied in hospitals or jobs with life-threatening dangers to be performed?  Does anyone imagine that firemen enjoy going into burning homes and buildings to rescue people trapped by the flames?  That soldiers going into combat think it is fun?  In the real world, many things are done simply because they have to be done, not because doing them brings immediate pleasure to those who do them.

Biden: Tea Party stopped us from growing economy.  Vice President Joe Biden admitted to a group of supporters in New Hampshire this afternoon that the President would have been able help the economy "much, more" if the Tea Party hadn't taken the House.

Deception Fatigue.  [Scroll down]  This brilliant use of indirect labeling can be observed in Obama's dismissal of the constitutional role of the Supreme Court to interpret the law.  Obama said that he hoped that an "unelected body" wouldn't overturn his law.  This subtle derision implies that the role of the US Supreme Court is unfounded and somehow unsanctioned.  This kind of cynical demagoguery targets not the educated public participant, but the uneducated voter.

Great Barrier Reef is doing just fine.  Why do they expose us to this alarmist drivel?  Because, like the polar bear (but unlike, say, the snail darter), the Great Barrier Reef is big and impressive and captures the public imagination.  If somehow it can be co-opted by the eco-loons into their ongoing campaign to destroy the world economy and ensure that as many parts of the globe as possible become virtual no-go areas for humans, policed by brown-shirted enviro-zealots, then co-opt it they will.

More about the coral reef scare.

To Bigotry No Sanction.  Now that President Obama has "evolved" on the matter of same-sex marriage to the position favored by "enlightened" Americans, this would seem to be a good time for some rhetorical hygiene.  There are modest and civil proponents of same-sex marriage.  But the tone of many advocates has been shrill to the point of frothing.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, for example, put the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council on its 2010 list of "hate groups" because of their opposition to gay marriage.

More about same-sex marriage.

If Conservatives Are Social Darwinists, Then...  They believe that corporations are possessed by evil demons and are responsible for poisoning the air and the water.  Ditto oil companies, which are poisoning the fracking gas wells.  Ditto greedy insurance companies that prevent us from getting affordable health care.  These witch-hunters dream of a gigantic auto da fe at Wall Street and Broad, in which the corporations and fundamentalists will be burned at the stake and purged of their demons in a great struggle of the 99% against the 1%.  President Obama's problem with Social Darwinism is that conservatives use it to promote an "on your own" society.  Like many liberals, he has studiously avoided studying what conservatives actually believe.

Forward, Comrades!  Communist leaders frequently used — and still use — the word "forward" as an imperative verb, not as an adverb, usually at the conclusion of speeches or articles.  It conveys a spirit of collective action and unity — as well as the conviction of the left that its ideas represent progress.  The term also has military connotations, evoking an order to charge on the battlefield — and it has been used that way, both for good and ill.

Bill Maher: Obama's reelection is black America's last hope.  On Friday's [5/4/2012] "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, Maher said a Romney win in November would reflect poorly on "black America" and help conservatives undermine America's faith in black politicians.  "I think the second term for Obama is more important even than the first," Maher said.

America's Useful Idiots.  [D]espite the hardcore left accounting for less than 20% of the population, their influence extends far beyond thanks to the apparent inability of their peripheral supporters to use any modicum of reasoning — as the left in the United States has been able to identify and manipulate those susceptible to emotional arguments.

In Tropes They Trust.  Violence never solved anything.  Diversity is strength.  We're only as free as the least free among us.  One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.  Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  It's a slippery slope.  I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  Deploy one of these hoary, haughty pronouncements, and you may conclude you have made a watertight case and whatever discussion you are having can now come to a close, your interlocutor silenced by the unanswerable truth of your assertion.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Accuses GOP of 'Making Sure That We Would Redefine Rape'.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, accused Republicans on Tuesday [5/1/2012] of "making sure that we would redefine rape."  "I think the agenda of the Republican Party and of Mitt Romney has clearly been — and can be interpreted as — an attack on the issues that matter to women," Wasserman-Schultz said during a conference call.

Obama on GOP Agenda.  Seeking to shore-up the important organized labor base for his 2012 reelection, President Barack Obama on Monday [4/30/2012] accused Republicans of seeking to dismantle unions and of being willing to let America "fall further behind" other countries by rejecting his infrastructure-spending proposals.

How to Keep the Poor Poor.  Media personality Tavis Smiley and Princeton philosophy professor Cornell West have just published their latest contribution to American poverty propaganda, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." [...] Smiley and West's message is simple.  America today consists of a few powerful, rapacious rich people and a lot of unfortunate, exploited poor people.  The rich are rich because they are lucky.  The poor are poor because they are unlucky.  And the only way to solve the problem is activist government to manage the American economy and redistribute wealth.

Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments.  [#2]  'Violence never solved anything'[:]  It's a nice idea, but it's manifestly absurd.  If violence never solved anything, police would not have guns or nightsticks.  Obama helped solve the problem of Moammar Gaddafi with violence, and FDR helped solve the problem — far too late — of the Holocaust and Hitler with violence.  Invariably, the slogan (or its close cousin "War is not the answer") is invoked not as a blanket exhortation against violence, but as a narrow injunction against the United States, NATO or Republican presidents from trying to solve threats of violence with violence.

Dem Rep Smears 'Threatening' Tea Party As 'Racist,' 'Crazy,' 'Ugly.  Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY - 11) attacks the Republicans and the Tea Party at candidate forum hosted by "Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform."

Pelosi: GOP Wants 'Subsidies for Big Oil,' Democrats Want to 'Prevent Breast Cancer'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said women's health care is the "old favorite target" of Republicans when it comes to budget cuts, adding that while the GOP wants "to protect subsidies for big oil," Democrats want to "prevent breast cancer" and "immunize our children."

Obama Lawyer: Arizona Law Will Result in 'Mass Incarceration'.  The lawyer arguing for the Obama administration against provisions in Arizona's controversial immigration law said Wednesday [4/25/2012] that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds S.B. 1070 "mass incarceration" of Latinos would cause "significant foreign relations problems."  During oral arguments before the high court on the law — which allows state police to check the immigration status of individuals stopped, detained or arrested for other reasons — Solicitor General Donald Verrilli responded to Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks that Arizona seems to be merely enacting laws that are already federal statutes.

Union Leader Says Education Reforms Are an Attack Against 'Human Rights'.  Is teacher tenure a "human right"?  That's what the head of the Nevada State Education Association seemed to suggest in a television interview last weekend.  Appearing on a local news show, NSEA President Lynn Warne said the Silver State's new education reforms — which focus largely on teacher tenure — "really struck at the heart of what are educators' rights, workers' rights, human rights really."

#War On Women Fail.  Don't think the Democrats will give up on their silly "war on women" theme.  On the contrary, as long as they think there are still some voters dumb enough to be duped, they will keep it up.

Hugh Hefner warns of GOP 'war on sex'.  Hugh Hefner in an editorial for the May issue of Playboy magazine slammed the GOP presidential field as "repressed conservatives" who are "pounding on America's bedroom door."  Hefner warned readers of his empire's flagship magazine that members of the Republican Party are waging a "war on sex."

Unholy Trinity.  The self-described "Catholic" group protesting Rep. Paul Ryan's (R., Wis.) speech at Georgetown University Thursday has ties to the Obama administration and left-wing advocacy groups funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.  The protest, which aims to critique Ryan's "attacks on the poor" and will feature a 50-foot banner reading "Were You There When They Crucified The Poor?" is part of a broader effort to portray the Republican budget as a fundamentally anti-Catholic document heading into the 2012 election season.

Oklahoma Democratic chairman says Timothy McVeigh would be member of tea party were he alive today.  "I certainly stand by my remarks, because it's widely known that McVeigh was anti-government.  I think that he was a right-winger, and I think the current tea party people, while I'm not saying that they're proposing violence, they're anti-government," party Chairman Wallace Collins said.

Indiana Union Claims Right-to-Work Is Slavery.  Indiana's operating engineers' union has filed a suit against the state's new right-to-work law.  Among other counts in the lawsuit, they allege that providing union-negotiated benefits to non-union workers toiling alongside union members violates the 13th Amendment.  That is, because non-unionized workers aren't paying dues in exchange for the union's negotiations, union workers are being enslaved.

Obama's Coalition of the Enraged.  The president and his allies are wooing various groups of angry and disaffected minorities.  These, along with unhappy entitlement dependents, are to constitute most of the voters Obama seeks to lure into granting him another term, during which he hopes to complete his promise to "fundamentally transform" America.

Unhinged Chris Matthews Smears GOP Base.  An unhinged Chris Matthews on Monday [4/23/2012] excoriated Republican primary voters as racist, deriding them as the "Grand Wizard crowd."  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele fought back, slamming "this Grand Wizard nonsense."

Van Jones: Conservatives Want to Kill Children for Jobs....or Something.  President Obama's former green jobs czar and communist Van Jones is now painting conservatives who believe the EPA is out of control as wanting to kill children for jobs.  Although it is true runway EPA regulations stifle job growth and are burdening the economy, by conservatives believing those regulations should be loosened or eliminated by no means they want to kill kids in the process.

The Most Boring Man in the World.  While Romney might not be able to carry a tune, let us remember that we're voting for the next American President, not the next American Idol.  So while Obama sings "Let's Stay Together" with the Reverend Al Green, Romney is actually figuring a way to bring the nation together.  Not very exciting perhaps.  But 3¼ years of Obama plus the trillions added to our debt is more than enough drama for a lifetime.

Cuddly Symbols Not Cooperating in Climate Panic.  You don't hear stories, as you do with dolphins, of polar bears rescuing drowning humans.  But polar bears, especially cubs, have a different claim on our sympathy — they're adorable.  We shudder to see winsome, furry mammals drifting off to sea on ice floes — all because we couldn't part with our SUVs.  A children's book prepared by the United Nations put it just that way. [...] The longest recorded polar bear swim, according to National Geographic, was 426 miles straight (though National Geographic is all in on climate change).  Since polar bears swim for a living, they're probably pretty good at gauging where land and ice floes are.

More about the liberals' use of polar bears for emotional leverage.

This Week's Exploding Cigar: Obama, the Dog Eater.  [Scroll down]  Ridicule and exposure are significant political tools, tools which the right better learn to use.  Obamacare, the economy and Obama's poor handling of it, and the increasing, unavoidable evidence that he is over his head in managing the executive branch are the big issues, but a great many voters are not as interested in such things.  They are low information voters who vote on an emotional basis and that cannot be ignored.

The Handbasket Express.  Conservative commentators often construe the liberal approach as endorsing a victim mentality.  Such a perspective is not entirely accurate.  While victimhood may be a byproduct of the liberal mindset, it is not liberals' aim.  Their aim, on the contrary, is power for the sake of power.  Like children, they are driven by emotions, not principles — fantasies, not realities.

Michelle: Barack 'brought us out of the dark, into the light'.  First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail again Tuesday [4/17/2012], preaching the Gospel of Barack and telling a Nashville fundraiser that the nation is lucky to have him at the helm.  "We are so blessed to have him.  We are so blessed," she said to applause.  The reason:  "This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."

Joe Kennedy III calls for ending 'cheap oil'.  As gas prices continue to soar around the country, Joe Kennedy III, the Democratic candidate for Rep. Barney Frank's seat, wrote an online letter to supporters calling for an end to "cheap oil."  "Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama — they've all talked about the same thing:  the need to wean ourselves off our debilitating dependence on foreign oil," Kennedy wrote.  "The cycle that allows cheap oil to trump tough choices has to stop," he continued.  "Forty years is enough."

Obama: The Lying King.  Unquestionably, Obama's re-election campaign strategy is designed to appeal to the stupid, our "sin" nature, and the lowest common denominator of our character.  Obama thrives on pitting the have-nots against the haves.  Obama divides Americans by demonizing the haves.  Obama's rhetoric proclaims that the masses have too little because the rich have too much.

The Democrats finally give in to despair.  As you may have noticed, the Dems have been off their game lately.  Even more than usual, I mean.  Well, now it's official:  They're panicking.  So much for "Hope and Change."  So much for "Yes We Can."  So much for "bipartisanship" and "looking at all ideas on the table" and all the other lies.  So much for trying to convince people that Obama is worth reelecting on his own merits.

Poisoning the Kids.  As a measure of the quality of air in our country, the U.S. EPA maintains data and statistics that quantify air quality from 1980 to the present.  Based on the U.S. EPA's own data, the national ambient air quality standards for certain target pollutants have all steadily and dramatically reduced.  As a national average:
  •   Carbon monoxide has been reduced 82%
  •   Ozone was reduced 28%
  •   Lead has been reduced 89%
  •   Nitrogen oxides have been reduced 52%
  •   Particulate matter as PM10 was reduced 38%, and fine particulate matter as PM 2.5 has been reduced 27%
  •   Sulfur dioxide has been reduced 83%
Regardless, according the Obama administration and its supporters, the quality of the air in our country is literally killing our kids.

Sebelius seeks civil rights support for U.S. healthcare law.  A top U.S. administration official asked civil rights activists on Thursday [4/12/2012] to help defend President Barack Obama's embattled healthcare law, saying the reform package faces an "enemy" determined to set American health policy back half a century.

Why Politicians Promise Heaven And Deliver Hell.  Some people are puzzled by the fact that so much that is said and done by politicians seems remote from reality.  But reality is not what gets politicians elected.  Appearances, rhetoric and emotions are what get them elected.  Reality is what the voters and taxpayers are left to deal with, as a result of electing them.

Brady Campaign President: NRA Put 'the Gun in George Zimmerman's Hands'.  The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence accused National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre of being responsible for the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida by "putting the gun in George Zimmerman's hands."

Left Uses Trayvon Martin Tragedy To Smear America's Good Name.  In light of the tragic killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin — and the manufactured hysteria surrounding it — one thing needs to be stated as clearly and as often as possible:  The United States is the least racist and least xenophobic country in the world.  Foreigners of every race, ethnicity and religion know this.  Most Americans suspect this.  Most black Americans and the entire left deny this.

A community organizer's vision of America.  President Obama has quite a magician's skill for illusion.  He launched a scathing attack on the House Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, saying it would lead to violent crime, starving children, plane crashes, killing grandparents and cancer.  All of this is to distract the public from his own plan for America in a second term, which not even a single House Democrat voted for.

Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery.  Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen.  He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others".

Wasserman Schultz: Republicans Are "Rooting For Economic Failure".  "We have got a ways to go, we need to keep pushing.  But what's really bothersome to me, Candy, is that it almost seems like my Republican colleagues in Congress and Mitt Romney are rooting for economic failure," DNC Chairwomen Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said on CNN's "State of the Union" this morning [4/8/2012].

Clyburn: Voter ID Laws Just Like Jim Crow.  U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn said voter ID laws in South Carolina and elsewhere are reminiscent of post-Reconstruction Jim Crow laws.  Clyburn, D-S.C., and other voting rights advocates warn that laws requiring voters to present photo identification when they go to the polls could disenfranchise millions of Americans in the November elections.

The Editor says...
Voter ID laws do not prevent any living citizen from voting.  The one person in a million who does not have any form of photo identification card can get one from the government at any time.  As I see it, all the opposition to voter ID laws comes from people who want (to continue) to commit voter fraud.

Critical Race Theory: Of the Racists, By the Racists, and For the Racists.  The success of radical leftists in taking over administrative control of various institutions — the media, higher education and public worker unions — was partly based upon their tactic of accusing their opponents of being racist.  The truth is, it worked very well for a long time, and often still does.  Human nature is to give in to avoid being called racist; it's just not worth it for ordinary people doing everyday jobs — they didn't sign up for that kind of harassment.  The left knows it, and exploits it.

2010: It's silly to challenge Obamacare.  Oh those silly little conservatives with the tea bags on their hats who are challenging Obamacare.  Don't they know that Obamacare is in the Constitution?  Challenging this super duper law that will let everyone live forever without fear of a heart attack or stroke is a big fat waste of time.  Everyone knows that.  Get with the program.

Why small business hates ObamaCare.  The uninsured cannot be denied care, as a matter of law, and most people wouldn't want them to be.  For some reason, the Left's normally unshakeable faith in "free" goods and services dissolves when they contemplate the cost of providing such care, so it became necessary to forcibly restructure the entire insurance industry with a gigantic budget-busting bill, shoved through Congress in the dead of night over the objections of the American people, and passed into law by people who never read its thousands of pages, in order to deal with the problem.

Obama Campaign: Republicans "Politicizing" Trayvon Martin's Death.  This is what's called "projection".

The Editor says...
It's the old Karl Marx strategy:  "Accuse others of what you do."  And if all you need is a five-second sound bite, it works.

Dem Reps Sponsor Resolution Blaming 'Racial Bias' For Trayvon Shooting.  There is little to no evidence that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because Martin was black.  But that hasn't stopped members of the Congressional Black Caucus from sponsoring a resolution linking Martin to gun control and lamenting supposed racial profiling of the teenager.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Calls Pro-Life Women 'Men With Breasts'.  Speaking at a rally today, Pennsylvania State Representative Babette Josephs suggested that pro-life women are not in fact women, but 'men with breasts'.  Apparently women cannot be truly women unless they support unfettered abortion.

Pa. House proposes preabortion ultrasound.  Pennsylvania could be the next battleground in the fight over whether a woman seeking an abortion must have an ultrasound exam and, if so, whether it involves inserting a probe into her vagina.  In Virginia last week, a preabortion ultrasound law derailed at the eleventh hour after opponents portrayed it as "state-sponsored rape" and late-night comedians piled on.

McMorris Rodgers: 'Democrats are waging a war on reality'.  Democrats and their supporters have been fundraising, campaigning and lobbying on the idea that Republicans are engaged in a "war on women."  The vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, however, alleges that it is the Democrats who are "waging a war on reality."

NOW President: Bishops Want 'Police Power of State to Prevent Women from Taking Birth Control'.  Roman Catholic bishops and other religious leaders have failed to keep women from using birth control and now want the "police power of the state" to stop women from doing so, National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill said Thursday [3/1/2012] at a gathering of feminist activists.

The Editor says...
Of course that's a lie, but it makes a great TV sound bite, and apparently the Abortion Party has no compunction about lying to achieve their goals.

Ultrasounds drive people in Virginia crazy.  Give a National Organization for Women representative five minutes of airtime on national television and she'll make up a brand new Constitutional right to abortion that no one in the legal field recognized existed prior to Tuesday [2/28/2012], and the cookie-cutter objection that women are being "raped" by an ultrasound technique that Planned Parenthood already utilizes at a majority of its clinics.

Why I am so rude to Warmists.  [Scroll down]  It was prompted when I very vocally expressed my disgust at one of the standard phrases trotted out by Warmists and other eco-loons in these debates:  the one about "preserving the planet for future generations".  The reason this cant phrase makes me want to throw up every time I hear it is that it's such a grotesque inversion of reality.  It's not people on my side of the debate who want to ravage the countryside with wind farms (with no provision for decommissioning them), rein in economic growth, introduce wartime-style rationing, raise taxes, destroy farmland and rainforests to create biofuels, and base heinously expensive public policy on hysteria and junk science.  It's not people on my side of the debate who are condemning those "future generations" to a lower standard of living and an uglier environment in order to deal with a problem that doesn't exist.

Government workers vs. their unions: Cato.  As part of the payroll tax bill on Friday [2/17/2012], Congress voted to tweak federal worker benefits.  New federal hires will be required to make an additional contribution to their pension plans.  While just a small change, federal worker unions railed against the bill as if were armageddon.

Unionized workers typically live in an atmosphere of constant strife.

Dems Stage a Single-Witness 'Hearing' to Frame Their 'Reproductive Rights' Argument.  Because their witness was denied an opportunity to testify at last week's Republican-led hearing on religious freedom, House Democrats staged a hearing of their own Thursday, playing to the media and framing the argument as one of "women's health."

Showdown over school closings: Jackson says 'apartheid' exists in system.  The Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the Chicago Teachers Union called on the board to table a vote and put off any closings and turnarounds until it addresses funding inequalities between poor and affluent schools. ... As he waited in line this morning [2/22/2012] to attend the meeting, Jackson said inequities in Chicago's public school system amount to educational "apartheid," echoing sentiments expressed in a Chicago Teachers Union report last week.

Maryland governor: GOP Wants to Outlaw Contraception.  Gov. Martin O'Malley said the Republican party works to "outlaw contraception," on CNN's "Starting Point" with Soledad O'Brien Friday [2/24/2012].

Wasserman Schultz: Americans "Overwhelmingly" Support ObamaCare.  DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Americans "overwhelmingly support" entitlements that are included in Obamacare.  Wasserman Schultz also calls the GOP field "extreme" and says they want to "tell women what we have to do with our bodies and control when and whether we could have a family by not allowing us access to contraception."

Maxine Waters: Boehner and Cantor 'Demons'.  Maxine Waters reminded us today that, should Democrats win back the House, she is in line to become the next chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee.  If that doesn't scare you, then just watch this video.  In it, she calls Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "demons" who "would rather do whatever they can to destroy this president, rather than for the good of this country."

Maxine Waters calls Republican leaders 'demons'.  Rep. Maxine Waters, no stranger to controversy, is turning heads once again, this time for describing House Republican leaders as "demons."  The California Democrat's comments, which surfaced Wednesday [2/15/2012], were made last weekend at a state party convention in San Diego.  Video of her speech shows her rallying Democrats to win back control of the House in November.

Democrats: GOP Conscience Protection Amendment Would Take Us 'Back to Medical Dark Ages'.  Democratic Senators held a press conference on Tuesday [2/14/2012] to oppose a Republican-led amendment that would ensure conscience rights are protected under Obamacare, claiming the broadness of the proposal would turn the country back to the "medical dark ages" and keep women "barefoot and pregnant."

Harry Reid Says Republicans Want to Put 'Arsenic And Mercury in the Water'.  In remarks on the Senate floor Monday, [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid said Republicans would extend the payroll tax cut — if Democrats "will let us (Republicans) continue to put things like arsenic and mercury in the water of the American people."  The bill extending the payroll tax would eliminate an EPA pollution regulation, and that explains Reid's reference to arsenic and mercury in the drinking water.  The bill also would force President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline before the election.

Sheila Jackson Lee: Privatizing Airport Security Means Another 9/11.  Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee apparently believes that unless you have unionized government workers deemed as "officers" feeling you up at the airport, another 9-11 is on its way.  No surprise coming from the Congresswoman who is exempt from the invasive procedures the rest of us have to go through just to take a flight.

The Editor asks...
She's exempt from airport searches?  Really?  Why wasn't Senator Rand Paul exempt on January 23?

Democrats Vs. Republicans: Who's The Most Greedy?.  Rich businessman Mitt Romney gave more than 16% of his income to charity last year.  A few years back, Barack and Michelle Obama gave less than 1% of theirs.  Aren't Republicans supposed to be the heartless ones?

Prez fans the flames.  State of the Union addresses are inherently political.  But there is something a bit unseemly about seeing the president exploit the raw insecurity many Americans feel about their finances, for election-year advantage.  This White House rarely hesitates to go there and President Barack Obama did so again last night.

Black Caucus charges voter ID laws aimed at Obama supporters.  The Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night [1/23/2012] took to the House floor to charge that voter ID laws popping up around the country are aimed at dissuading minority voters from voting, and making it harder for President Obama to win re-election.  "It is clear to me that whether racially based or not, this is a direct attempt, not only to undermine the election process, but a specific attempt to derail what surely would be and ought to be the re-election of Barack Obama," Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI) said on the floor.

Is Obama 'Untethered to the Facts'? Are his lips moving?  Well, every commercial needs to grab the viewer's attention and this one does just that.  They come out fighting with "Secretive oil billionaires are attacking Obama."  That's an attention grabber, eh?  Right from the get-go, 'secretive oil billionaires.'  No names, no pictures, just a statement.

Don't trust your instincts.  Simple answers are so satisfying:  Green jobs will fix the economy.  Stimulus will create jobs.  Charity helps people more than commerce.  Everyone should vote.  Well, all those instinctive solutions are wrong.

Presidential nonsense:  Last week, President Barack Obama, at a Capital Hilton fundraising event, told the crowd, "We can't go back to this brand of you're-on-your-own economics."  Throughout my professional career as an economist, I've never come across the theory of "you're-on-your-own economics."  I'm guessing what the president means by — and finds offensive in — "you're-on-your-own economics" is that it's a system in which people are held responsible for their actions, that they take risks and must live with the results, that people can't force others to pay for their mistakes, and that they can't live at the expense of other people.

Obama: Republicans Want to Emulate China, Roll Back Minimum Wage, Prevent Unionization.  President Barack Obama accused Republicans of wanting to make America more like China, of seeking to roll back the minimum wage and of wanting to prevent collective bargaining and said the GOP wants to "get rid" of clean air and water rules.  Obama made the comments Monday [1/9/2012] at a campaign fundraiser at the Capital Hilton in Washington on the eve of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

The Left's War on Voter Fraud Reform.  Although Democrats insist that little or no voter fraud is occurring, at least 55 former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) employees or associates have been convicted of some form of voter fraud in 11 states, according to the Capital Research Center's Matthew Vadum.  Voter integrity rules are long overdue to prevent fraud, and Democrats seem to think that minority, young, and elderly people are morons who can't play by the same rules as everyone else.  The left's strategy is simple:  energize the base with false fears while depicting Republicans as barely disguised Klansmen with pitchforks and torches.

Will Obama steal the 2012 election?  The administration is trying to whip up minority frenzy, propagating the myth of widespread ballot suppression.  The goal is to foster a sense of racial persecution of blacks, intending to maximize voter turnout in November. ... Mr. Holder evidently wants to scuttle ID laws because he knows which organization will be hurt most:  ACORN.

Is Liberalism a Religion?  Whether the beliefs are true or false, if people didn't come to their religious convictions by means of reason, then reason isn't going to convince them to change their minds.  This same principle applies to collectivism and health care.  If people didn't come to the false religion of collectivism by means of reason, you are not going to talk them out of it by means of reason.  If you remember this principle, you will save yourself the agony of many, many pointless conversations.

Nation Reporter: 'Deep Racism' at the Heart of Food Stamp Reform.  With a record 46 million Americans now receiving food stamps and rampant abuse resulting in what the Wall Street Journal calls a "food stamp crime wave," Nation reporter Lizzie Ratner believes that "deep racism" is "at the heart of conservative food stamp critiques".

Obama tells the truth.  Whoever the Republicans nominate will have to run the same gauntlet of lies and false accusations from the left that will go unchallenged by anyone in the media.  Pro-abortion women will say the Republican candidate wants to turn the clock back to 1950s and put women back in the kitchen, when they are not getting back-alley abortions.  Civil rights relics will call other Republican proposals Jim Crow laws.  The selection seems random, such as the cry of the Wolf of Race over Republican proposals to require voters to show some ID at the polls.  It does not matter who Republicans nominate.  The race and sex cards will be played.

Sen. Boxer: GOP bill will kill 8,100 Americans.  California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer said on Tuesday [12/13/2011] that House Republicans will kill 8,100 Americans with the latest version of their payroll tax cut bill.  Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Boxer, the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, assailed a provision House Republicans attached to their payroll tax-cut bill that would delay boiler regulations the Environmental Protection Agency recently enacted.

The Editor says...
I challenge you to name three people who have died as the direct result of exposure to the exhaust fumes from boilers.

Anti-safety? Old union trope withers.  The old chest-thumping power plays used by public employee unions for years are not resonating with voters like they used to. ... Still, the union brass know no other way to behave, so they keep pounding their chests as if the ancient tribal call will be enough to send the reformers with the green eye shades back to their offices to cower in fear.

Democrat Economic Illiteracy Has Consequences.  The Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, visited Capitol Hill last week and claimed that the unemployment rate will increase if Congress fails to extend the eligibility period for federal unemployment benefits.  My first reaction to this Orwellian assertion was a quiet chuckle.  Then it dawned on me that most Democrats will believe this nonsense.  These are, after all, people who believed that health care would be made cheaper by a law that increases demand for medical services while reducing the supply of health care providers.

EPA Fracking Report and Energy Politics.  Yesterday's EPA report raising water pollution worries about fracking in Wyoming amounts to psy-ops in the Obama re-election campaign. ... The only way Obama can defend his energy policies is to raise fears of pollution.

More unsupported hysteria over fracking.  Fracking was first used in Oklahoma in the 1940s and in the years since has been employed in more than a million oil and gas wells across the nation.  There is not a single independently documented instance of groundwater contamination by fracking anywhere in the country, a fact that was confirmed as recently as May by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson during congressional testimony.  So why did the EPA announce Thursday [12/8/2011] in a draft report that chemicals "likely" associated with fracking were found at a drilling site near Pavilion, Wyoming?

Democrat says GOP trying to deny blacks the right to vote.  A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday [12/7/2011] on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws.  "It's no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Waxman: Solyndra, Green Subsidies Saving People from 'Fires, Droughts, and Floods'.  Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that Department of Energy subsidies, such as the the failed $535-million loan guarantee to solar company Sloyndra, were "saving" people from "fires, droughts and floods" that are caused by global warming.

Also posted under Global Warming is Blamed for Everything!

Jimmy Carter an Ally on the Left in Voter ID Crusade.  In every state that has enacted voter ID, most of the proponents are Republican and most opponents are Democrats.  "And it really got ugly when the [Republican-controlled Pennsylvania] House of Representatives took up the issue earlier this year," GOP State Rep. Curt Schroder recalled for Human Events.  "Supporters were called hatemongers and racist, and comparisons were made between us and Mississippians in the 1960s who tried to keep blacks from voting."

Wasserman Schultz accuses GOP of rigging elections with 'suppression laws'.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday night [11/16/2011] said Republican governors and legislatures are purposefully pressing for the enactment of voter-identification laws to suppress Democratic voter turnout in the 2012 election.  "State legislatures are attempting to impose voting restrictions that are the modern-day equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests," the Florida congresswoman said on the House floor.

DNC Chair Denies On Camera 'Jim Crow' Claim She Made — On Camera.  DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) denies — on camera — a claim she made — also on camera — that Republicans want to 'literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws' by enforcing voter ID laws.  "I didn't.  That's not what I said," the DNC chair tells MRCTV when her on-air quote is repeated to her.

Transportation officials considering raising gas tax.  There is a new move to boost the taxes you pay every time you fill up.  A new state report shows California is hundreds of billions of dollars short when it comes to fixing its roads.  It is a funding gap that could delay more than 3,000 safety improvements.

The Editor scoffs...
Yeah, right.  Excuses are always given when tax increases are proposed, and they always have something to do with safety, or protecting the children, or saving grandma from starvation.  For this reason, taxes never decrease or expire.

Keep Fear Alive.  The pairing of the conservative movement with bias has a long history that over the years, as it has become less defensible, has only become more intense. ... MSNBC's Chris Matthews told Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus in August that the Tea Party has "a bad attitude towards race, towards black people, towards immigrants."  He called mention of food stamps a "racist dog whistle."  He obsessed over the idea that Rick Perry wants to secede from the Union, and his colleague Howard Fineman called the Tea Party plan to cut back on entitlements a "slow-motion secession" from the rest of the country.

Top 10 Joe Bidenisms.  [#1]  Republicans want more rapes:  While trying to sell President Obama's jobs bill, Biden hurled a vicious attack on Republicans blocking the bill, saying that if the bill didn't pass, murders and rapes would increase:  "It's not temporary when that 911 call comes in and a woman's being raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape.  It's not temporary to that woman. ... I wish they [Republicans] had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit."

Payday Loans.  The mindset of the left was recently displayed in a big, front-page story in the October 30th issue of the San Mateo County Times.  It was an investigative reporter's expose of the "payday loan" business and its lobbyists.  According to the reporter:  "In California lenders charge up to $45 in fees on a maximum $300 loan.  This amounts to an interest rate of 460 percent, trapping some borrowers into a never-ending cycle of debt." ... Using this kind of reasoning — or lack of reasoning — you could quote the price of salmon as $15,000 a ton or say a hotel room rents for $36,000 a year, when no consumer buys a ton of salmon and few people stay in a hotel room all year.  It is clever propaganda, but do people buy newspapers to be propagandized?

Biden Continues to Warn of Rapes and Murders If Jobs Bill Isn't Passed.  Last week, Vice President Joe Biden warned that more people would likely be raped and murdered if President Obama's jobs bill is not passed. ... Today, Biden reiterated his warning at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Obama is Losing His Honor.  In a speech earlier this year, [President Obama] accused Republicans of wanting the elderly, autistic and Down syndrome children to fend for themselves.  And this week, the president described the Republican economic plan as boiling down to this:  "Let's have dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance."

Murders, Rapes, Falling Bridges and Phantom Jobs.  Where's the outrage?  Where are the media?  Why don't they ask Obama why he's proposing to spend $447 billion on projects that aren't even necessary and trying to scare the public into supporting them?  Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel famously said that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste," but Obama has taken the maxim to a new level.  The enhanced version is:  "When all else fails to convince the electorate, fabricate a phony crisis, and fuel it with fear based on lies.

White House backs Biden's rape, murder remarks.  The White House on Thursday [10/20/2011] defended Vice President Joseph R. Biden's rhetoric that more Americans will be raped and killed if Republican lawmakers reject part of President Obama's jobs bill that would pay for more police officers on the street.

Biden's Criminal Lies.  Vice President Joe Biden's challenge to the GOP that blocking the jobs bill would mean more rapes and murders is beneath even the remarkably low standard he's set for that office.  His claim is also utterly bogus.

Obama: Republicans Want 'Dirtier Air, Dirtier Water'.  President Barack Obama said the Republican jobs proposal, released last week, would mean "dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance."  "The Republican plan says that what's been standing in the way between us and full employment are laws that keep companies from polluting as much as they want," Obama said in a speech at the regional airport in Asheville, N.C., on Monday [10/17/2011].

Sharpton: People Favoring Voter IDs Want to 'Revoke the Voting Rights Act'.  MSNBC's Al Sharpton lead a jobs rally in Washington, D.C., Saturday, and not surprisingly, he used the event to once again divide the nation along racial lines.  As he has disgracefully done on his PoliticsNation program on numerous occasions in recent weeks, Sharpton accused those favoring proper identification at the polls as wanting to "revoke the Voting Rights Act".

"They Won't Even Vote on It".  That's the subject line of an Obama campaign email blast sent out yesterday afternoon [10/4/2011], attacking House Republicans for not yet voting on his American Jobs Act:  "Though it's been nearly a month since he laid out this plan, House Republicans haven't acted to pass it," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina writes in the email.  "It's not clear which part of the bill they now object to:  building roads, hiring teachers, getting veterans back to work."  Of course, Republicans might lob the same charge right back at the Democrats.  The Senate GOP tried to force a vote on Obama's jobs act yesterday, but were blocked by Harry Reid, who simply doesn't have enough Democratic votes to pass the bill.

The Editor says...
I would be happy to answer Mr. Obama's remarkably stupid question.  The federal government has no constitutional authority to engage in "building roads, hiring teachers, [or] getting veterans back to work."  Those matters are "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Obama mocks Perry, Republican debates.  President Obama broadened his attack on Republicans Sunday night, firing an indirect shot at Texas Gov. Rick Perry and condemning audience members at recent Republican debates. ... "I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately?" Obama said.  "You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change."

Why Voter Photo Identification Is Crucial to Our Republic.  Voter identification requirements have been a source of contention for some time, despite increased evidence of voter fraud in recent elections.  Generally, the left opposes such requirements, and the right favors them.  As is usually the case, the left's position is based upon emotion, while the right's is more pragmatic — i.e., how to implement a simple constitutional mandate.

Obama's 'Hate the Rich' Campaign.  It angers me that Obama and his minions in the liberal media have put achievers, risk-takers, on the defensive.  It angers me that Obama's followers think that they are entitled to the fruit of someone else's labor.  Americans are extremely generous and willing to help people in need, domestic and foreign.  But no one is entitled to share in the bounty resulting from someone's risk, blood, sweat, and tears.  Any government which confiscates and redistributes wealth is immoral and evil.

EPA To Shut Down 20% of Coal Plants in 2012.  Susan Kraemer at CleanTechnica can barely contain her excitement at the prospect of environmental regulations.  In an article titled "Obama's EPA Cues 130 Billion Race to Cut Pollution By 2015", she reports that the EPA will shut down 20 percent of coal plants through the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.  She acknowledges the cost of these regulations ($130 billion), but insists that this is actually good for the economy.  How, pray tell, does $130 billion in regulatory expenses transform into a $130 billion boon?

How did anyone survive before the EPA existed?
Dems: Heart attacks, asthma, deformed babies if EPA reined in.  House Democrats on Thursday evening [9/22/2011] warned that Republican attempts to rein in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations would lead directly to adverse health effects across America.

Our floundering 'federal family'.  In societies governed by persuasion, politics is mostly talk, so liberals' impoverishment of their vocabulary matters.  Having damaged liberalism's reputation, they call themselves progressives.  Having made the federal government's pretensions absurd, they have resurrected a supposed synonym for the government, the "federal family."  Having made federal spending suspect, they advocate "investments" — for "job creation," a euphemism for stimulus, another word they have made toxic.

Beating the Racism Card.  [The 2012] campaign is going to be about one thing:  racism.  No matter what else happens, racism will be the theme. ... This is the essence of totalitarian thought control:  you cannot win, you cannot remain aloof, you cannot get out of the game.  That being the case, the game board must be broken, the pieces scattered, and the rules burnt.

Obama Nation: The Power of Panic.  President Obama and the Democratic Party effectively turned every controversial issue they faced over the past three years into a potential crisis, and convinced the American people to support their solutions without question to avert presumed dire consequences.  Important works of legislation capable of changing the American way of life were passed on the basis of "we have to pass this now — or else!"

The Department Of Doublespeak.  The government's image well earned by its excesses are what the administration wants the public to forget when it uses the phrase "federal family."  In reality, our "federal family" is actually Big Brother — a ruling presence that burdens, manipulates, plunders, abuses and surveils the people.  Big Brother demands obedience and doesn't tolerate dissent. ... Covering up a government's reputation by referring to it as a family doesn't change the facts that produced the sullied reputation.  It is still an unwelcome force by any other name.

The Democrats' Invincible Ignorance.  I'm hearing from a disturbingly high number of people who apparently buy the Democratic Party line with no question whatsoever.  They exhibit a remarkable, frightful willingness to act against their own interests in blind service to partisanship and ideology.

Messiah of Hate.  The time when the Obama brand still seemed like it might have something to offer the American people is long past.  There will still be voters who go to the polls and pull the wrong lever, but they won't do it because they seriously believe that another term will make America a better place.  Rather they will do it for reasons of identity.  Political identity, racial identity and because 'anything is better than voting GOP' is also an identity.

Gore urges Obama to block pipeline for 'dirtiest source of fuel on the planet'.  Former Vice President Gore called on President Obama late Wednesday [8/31/2011] to reject a pending permit application for a controversial pipeline project, calling the oil that it would carry "the dirtiest fuel on the planet."

The Editor says...
I thought coal was supposed to be the dirtiest fuel.  In any event, the dirtiness of a coal mine doesn't matter to most people, as long as the coal goes straight to a power plant and is converted into electricity.

Big Three Nets Ignore Rep. Carson's Lynching Smear of Tea Party.  Representative Andre Carson's inflammatory attack on the Tea Party has yet to have receive any attention from the Big Three networks.  As reported by Politico on Wednesday, Rep. Carson accused Tea Party-friendly members of Congress of wanting to bring back Jim Crow and went so far to accuse his colleagues of wanting to bring back lynching:  "Some of them... would love to see you and me... hanging on a tree."

Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks 'hanging on a tree'.  A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African-Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.

'Climate scepticism is the new racism' says Gore.  Just as "racist" has been honed over the decades by liberal-lefties for casual use as a deadly weapon against anyone who disagrees them, so "climate denier" has become the new leftist shorthand for "evil, wrong, uncaring, right-wing — and almost certainly funded by Big Oil."  In both cases, the intent is the same:  to close down the argument by implying that your opponent is so morally compromised that his case isn't even worth consideration.

No, Showing Identification is Not a 'Poll Tax'.  There's an entirely absurd op-ed by Georgia Congressman John Lewis in today's New York Times about voter ID laws. ... What's odd is that Lewis and others constantly criticize voter ID laws without defining what they think would be sufficient proof of identity.  Do Lewis and other Democrats simply think showing up at the polls and taking someone's word that they are who they say they are should be sufficient?

7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World.  [#3]  Liberals emphasize feeling superior, not superior results.  Liberalism is all about appearances, not outcomes.  What matters to liberals is how a program makes them FEEL about themselves, not whether it works or not.  Thus a program like Headstart, which sounds good because it's designed to help children read, makes liberals feel good about themselves, even though the program doesn't work and wastes billions.  A ban on DDT makes liberals feel good about themselves because they're "protecting the environment" even though millions of people have died as a result.

The Democrats' Big Lie.  There are very few things the left is really good at, but one of them is propaganda, its bread and butter, the biggest arrow in its quiver.  While extolling "the working class", the socialist movement has always been an almost exclusive preserve of radical intellectuals.  These people, whose primary habitat is the ivory towers of academia, are far removed from reality.  They spend their lives talking non-stop, engaging in verbal games and coming up with slogans and catch-words and phrases, sometimes quite ingenious.

Facts? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts.  Progressives just like feeling good about what they believe in.  Thus, it completely eludes progressives why companies refuse to hire, or ship jobs overseas at every opportunity.  In prog-world, companies exist primarily to re-distribute wealth, not make a profit or turn out a product.  In prog-world, every business owner is suspect until proven otherwise, even as thousands of rules and regulations must be substituted for common sense and common decency.

Nancy Pelosi: 'You can kiss Medicare goodbye'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a mid-morning press conference Thursday [07/28/2011], sharply denouncing Speaker John Boehner's debt limit plan, which will come up for a vote later in the day.  If Boehner's proposal becomes law, Pelosi said, "You can kiss Medicare goodbye."

'Life on this planet' about to change.  That thoughtful observer of the passing parade, Nancy Pelosi, weighed in on the "debt ceiling" negotiations the other day:  "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget.  We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."  It's always good to have things explained in terms we simpletons can understand.

To [Heck] with You People.  Tom Friedman — who knows a bit about Hezbollah — calls the tea partiers the "Hezbollah faction" of the GOP bent on taking the country on a "suicide mission."  All over the place, conservative Republicans are "hostage takers" and "terrorists," "terrorists" and "traitors."  They want to "end life as we know it on this planet," says Nancy Pelosi.

Al Franken Unveils Sign During Senate Floor Speech On Debt Crisis.  Yesterday [7/27/2011], Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D) addressed fellow members of the Senate with the help of a rather striking visual aid.  While explaining to his fellow politicians that, if a bill to increase the debt ceiling isn't passed by the August 2nd deadline, there would be no money for veterans, students or federal agents fighting terrorism, Franken elected to really drive his point home by unveiling a large blue and yellow sign reading "WELCOME TERRORISTS."

It's Not Fair!  Like little kids, liberals love to use the phrase "It's not fair."  When somebody is rich, liberals say "It's not fair."  Kind of reminds me of my younger brother when we were little.  Sometimes liberals use the phrase "redistribution of income" instead of "it's not fair" when they want to elevate the conversation and sound grown up.  What's kind of interesting is that when it comes to liberals' toys and money, they're very reluctant to give them up.  Whether it's taxes, toys, money, or political positions, "it's not fair" when they are held to the same standards as other Americans.

Class warfare, Obama-style.  President Obama is pushing for what he calls a "reasonable proposition" of tax increases mainly on those families with incomes of $250,000 or more.  "We weren't balancing the budget off of middle-class families and working-class families," he said last week.  "And we weren't letting hedge-fund managers or authors of best-selling books off the hook."  Left unsaid was that the top 10 percent of earners are already on the hook for around 70 percent of total income taxes, and the bottom 50 percent pay next to nothing.  If "fairness" was as important to liberals as they say it is, they would be seeking balance by raising taxes on the low end of the income scale.

Job-killing corporate jet tax.  President Obama is rummaging for cheap political points by attempting to tax corporate jets.  Apparently, if one uses a private jet, even for business, one must be punished.

An Industry Maligned.  The president won't let go of his obsession with the corporate jet tax break.  Eliminating the tax break is fine.  But there's no excuse for using the bully pulpit to beat up an industry struggling to recover.

Bloomberg Wants to Take Away Your Guns Before Al Qaeda Gets Them.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his little outfit "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" are at it again.  Hoping to gain traction for what has heretofore been an absolutely pathetic gun control campaign, Bloomberg is rolling out all the stops by trying to scare us into thinking Al Qaeda agents are buying their guns at U.S. gun shows.

The Education of a Compassionate Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Leftist assumption of control of academia and the media was so swift and thorough during the 1970s and 80s only because many conservatives had swallowed the liberal line that such values as self-reliance, merit, individualism, and fairness were not only immoral and indefensible but quite possibly racist and borderline fascist as well.

President Obama's war on facts.  President Obama's "corporate jet" line from his press conference Wednesday [6/29/2011] is crashing along with a host of other claims that fact-checkers dismissed in the hours after his speech.  Obama referred to private jets six times in his remarks, essentially describing the Republican position on how to decrease rampant deficits as being "willing to compromise their kids' safety so that some corporate jet owner continues to get a tax break."

The Alinsky Alert System.  Rule Number Five of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals calls for ridicule of the opposition whenever there is opportunity.  Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer and therein opened the gate to misconduct, just so long as it serves the cause.  It seems the more vitriolic the attack the better.  And truth, accuracy, fairness, all those things are simply a crutch for weak people and have no play in the radicals' game unless used in some kind of guise.  Today, Rule Number Five is the strongest tool that the liberals have among them and in light of current events, its use can only increase.

DNC Chair: GOP Aims to "Literally Drag" the Country Back to Jim Crow Era.  Lost the maelstrom of Weinergate was this delightful piece of intellectually honest, measured rhetoric from new DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).  Thank goodness for Democrats, our nation's self-appointed civility police force.

Voter ID is no Jim Crow — I would know.  Having experienced the psychological pain of Jim Crow laws first-hand, I won't allow those who likely only read about Jim Crow in history books to trivialize it.  That's why I'm outraged about a recent edition of TV One's "Washington Watch" in which host Roland Martin and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) compared state-level voter identification rules to Jim Crow.  To the contrary, requiring valid identification in exchange for something as sacred as a ballot is a pragmatic approach to governing.

Asking Voters for ID Is Not a Race Issue.  I don't get why [E.J.] Dionne thinks some people would have a hard time producing ID because of the color of their skin.  I can understand other reasons — homeless people might have a difficult time proving their place of residence, or illiterate people might not be able to fill in the paperwork — but to imply that getting and using an ID is somehow too difficult or onerous for some racial groups seems very condescending to me.  What does skin color or ethnic background have to do with it?  When we ask people to produce ID to get healthcare, as I had to, or to prove their identity to get an Amtrak ticket, no one says this is a return to segregation.

Rep. Steve King compared to McCarthy in ACORN floor spat.  Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) made the comparison in comments on the House floor after King attempted to exclude dozens of groups related to ACORN from receiving government funds through an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill.  King proposed an amendment that would deny DHS funding to several ACORN affiliates across various states.

New DNC Boss Calls GOP 'Anti-Women'.  In an emotional assault on the Republicans, new Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz today called the GOP agenda "anti-women" and "a war on women" that will backfire on Republicans in the 2012 election and provide a cushion for President Obama's re-election bid.  "It's just so hard for me to grasp how they could be so anti-women as they are," she said at a breakfast roundtable with reporters.

Mediscare: The Surprising Truth.  The Obama administration has repeatedly claimed that the health-reform bill it passed last year improved Medicare's finances.  Although you'd never know it from the current state of the Medicare debate — with the Republicans being portrayed as the Medicare Grinches — the laim is true only because ObamaCare explicitly commits to cutting health-care spending for the elderly and the disabled in future years.

Climate Activists Target States With Lawsuits.  A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday [5/4/2011] in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.

Left-leaning Center for American Progress blames Republicans for devastating tornadoes.  The left-leaning Center for American Progress published a blog post Thursday [4/28/2011] blaming Republicans for the tornadoes that devastated the South earlier this week.

CAP capitalizes on southern storm deaths.  [A recent] post by Brad Johnson really is a new low for the Center of American Progress:  "Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers." ... The official line at CAP now is that all weather events, all the time, everywhere, are all the direct result of global warming.

This was also posted under Global Warming is Blamed for Everything.

New ad portrays GOP attack on EPA as assault on babies.  With several key votes set for next week on the GOP's ongoing assault on the Environmental Protection Agency, this new ad gives us a hint on how the left intends to respond — by portraying the GOP push as an assault on children.

Obama's Character Defect.  Challenging people's character, their motivations, and their patriotism is back in fashion.  And so, in Barack Obama's world, the Republican vision for America consists of crumbling roads, collapsing bridges, young people unable to go to college, grandparents unable to afford nursing home care, and — this one is particularly classy — autistic and Down's Syndrome children will have to fend for themselves.

Obama's charity state.  President Obama made a big to-do about a big speech about his allegedly big new plan to reduce the really big deficit and fix the country the way a president is supposed to.  Predictably, he dusted off old far-left mantras as tired as Joe Biden at an Obama speech, spouting yet again that the way to end deficits is to raise taxes.  The rhetoric on the left is getting more shrill by the minute, with accusations of Republicans wanting to "steal" from poor people, women and senior citizens.  Yes — "steal" — as if there is money that is theirs and mean old Republicans want to break into their homes in the middle of the night and lift it from their wallets.

The Choice In 2012: Emotion Versus Ideas.  On Monday [4/4/2011] we witnessed the beginning of two campaigns to shape the direction of the nation's future.  President Obama declared that he would seek re-election in 2012, kicking off his pursuit of a second term with a web ad geared toward recruiting grassroots workers who would try to keep him in the White House.  In Congress, a much different campaign was launched by the Republicans, with Chairman of the Budget Committee Paul Ryan's release of the 2012 Republican budget.  Comparing these two opening salvos for next year's election, America's choice can be boiled down to a simple choice between the emotional ploys of the left, and the comprehensive solutions of the right.

They were outraged over "Death Panel" claims, but...
NBC Doesn't Object to Dem Calling GOP Budget a 'Death Trap'.  On Tuesday's [4/5/2011] NBC Nightly News, a report on the Republican 2012 budget proposal included a sound bite from Democratic Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who decried the plan and ranted:  "Medicare would become little more than a discount card.  This plan would literally be a death trap for some seniors."

Rep. Louise Slaughter: GOP Freshmen Came to Washington 'To Kill Women'.  Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said today [4/7/2011] that the new Republicans elected to the House of Representatives last November came to Congress "to kill women."  She also likened Republican efforts to prohibit federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered to actions taken by Nazis.

Schumer the extremist.  The New York Democrat was caught unaware that others were listening during a conference call he held with colleagues.  Mr. Schumer spoke a bit too liberally about his party's strategy to win the budget battle set to heat up next week.  "I always use the word 'extreme,' that's what the caucus instructed me to do the other week," Mr. Schumer is heard saying on tape to describe Republican proposals.  His favorite soundbites are:  "'Extreme cuts' and 'all these riders' and 'Boehner's in a box, but if he supports the Tea Party there's going to inevitably be a shutdown.'"

Even In California ...  Public-employee unions are being pummeled by Republican legislators and governors all over the country.  But they still seem to think they have the people on their side.  In Wisconsin they're talking recall against Gov. Scott Walker and his state house allies.  In California, they admit to losing some ground.  But they figure on winning it back with one of their tried-and-true ad campaigns, pulling on the public's heartstrings about teachers, cops and firefighters.

Gimme Gimme: A Tour of the Entitlement Mentality.  In the comment section of a recent NRB post regarding public employee unions and the related protests in Wisconsin, one of our readers demonstrated a curious inability to distinguish force from choice.  The exchange was instructive of the entitlement mentality propagated by the Left.  It is a worldview which includes relativism so extreme that it disputes the definition of words.

Understanding Keith Ellison.  It's weird watching Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison take his place on the national stage in opposition to Peter King's hearing on homegrown Islamic extremism this week.  Yesterday he played his role to the hilt in his testimony at the hearings, turning on the waterworks in the conclusion of his testimony.  The Star Tribune was duly impressed.

The tears of a clown.  Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison started crying during Republican Congressman Peter King's hearing on Muslim radicalism.  Ellison was describing the death of Mohammad Salam Hamdani, a Muslim killed on 9/11, when his voice began to crack.  I was watching the hearing at home, and I instantly felt sorry for the guy.  Here he was defending his faith and those who hold it, and it was overwhelming.  Then, I thought:  this dude is faking it.  For one thing, the sequence seemed off.  When people cry, the process is pretty much the same.

Obama plays the Medi-scare card against Republicans.  Medi-scare is back.  This week President Obama marched out Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to start a new Democratic campaign aimed at frightening senior citizens.  Her message:  They will be left with unfilled prescriptions, canceled rehab sessions and a thousand other pains because of spending cuts being sought by the terrible, hard-hearted Republicans in Congress.

Salvaging Government Journalism.  It's SOS time at National Public Radio — "save our subsidies."  Today [3/7/2011], NPR will put CEO Vivian Schiller in front of a sympathetic National Press Club audience to plead for Congress to spare its funding.  And if the announcement is anything to go by, Ms. Schiller will tug at the heart strings by insisting that "rural and economically distressed communities" will be hardest hit by this "significant blow" against public broadcasting.

Sen. Boxer on PBS cuts: 'Republicans have a vendetta against Elmo'.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a "vendetta against Elmo."

Harry Reid blasts 'mean-spirited' Republicans who want to cut taxpayer-funded poetry festival.  Amid calls for cuts to the federal budget, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended the National Endowment for the Arts during a floor speech Tuesday [3/8/2011], calling Republican proposals "mean-spirited" and saying events like government-funded poetry festivals should not be sacrificed to reduce the deficit.  "The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1, eliminates National Public Broadcasting.  Now, that is really saying a lot, madam president.  It eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts.  These programs create jobs," Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said.

Rep. Rangel: Abolishing unions' collective bargaining 'close to slavery'.  State governments taking steps to "abolish" collective bargaining rights for workers is similar to slavery, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) contends.

'Waiting for Superman' Exposes Human Cost of Collective Bargaining.  With what's happening today in Wisconsin we're hearing a lot about civil rights and workers rights and all those buzz words the Left uses to make something wicked sound noble.  The idea that collective bargaining is some kind of right is beyond absurd.

The Democrats' Tactic: Fearmongering.  Democrat leaders have been working overtime to foster fear among Americans by exaggerating the potential repercussions of a shutdown of the federal government.  Why?  Fearmongering is a great diversionary tactic for Democrats who do not want to be held accountable for out-of-control government spending and who have no intention of getting serious about budget cuts.  They myth of a reign of chaos induced by a government shutdown is just that — a myth.

Runaway Trains of Bureaucracy.  ObamaCare will spawn hundreds of new bureaucracies, and every one of them will begin chugging down the tracks, picking up steam and finding new challenges that require broader powers and increased funding.  Each one will produce a billowing cloud of paperwork to justify its existence, and acquire Congressional engineers who believe its acceleration is a moral imperative.  Demanding restraint from any bureaucracy is considered an act of heartless cruelty to its intended beneficiaries.

5 Political Catchphrases You Should Never Believe.  One of the most tragic things about modern politics is that it's practically impossible for the average American to understand what's going on without an interpreter.  By that, I mean that the "Saving Kittens, Baby Pandas, and Puppies Act of 2011" may actually be a bill that gives $10,000 tax credits to lawyers who defend sleazy zoos from negligence suits.  From there, things only get worse because the newspapers blindly parrot whatever the liberal line is on the bill...

How the Left Sees the Union Crisis in Madison.  For the Left, there is no real fiscal crisis.  The states can easily afford to give the public sector unions everything they ask for.  There is one easy answer:  tax the rich.

Journalists' sob stories block reform.  Now that budget battles have begun in earnest all around the country, those advocating spending cuts, Democratic and Republican, had better not expect any help in furthering their cause from the mainstream news media.  In fact, the news media might be their most formidable foe.  How so?  Well, now that we know the targets of the cuts, the news media, suckers for a sob story, are already throbbing with carefully orchestrated, heart-rending tales about what devastation those cuts will cause:  Children who won't be fed; students unable to afford college; classrooms bursting at the seams; cancers that will not be treated; trains that won't run; roads that won't be built; families becoming homeless or freezing in their unheated homes; single mothers who will lose child care and job training; food that will not be inspected; water and air that will be more polluted; farmers who will be forced from their land; playgrounds, parks, museums, libraries and health clinics that will be closed.  You know the drill.

7 Non-Political Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives:  If you understand one thing about liberals, understand this:  Liberalism is nothing more than "childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues."  That's why they don't care very much about whether the programs they advocate work or not.  Proposing programs isn't really about what will help the most people to liberals; it's about making them feel good about themselves.

Is This How a President Should Act?  We are witnessing the logical conclusion of the Democratic Party's philosophy, and it is this:  Your tax dollars exist to make public sector unions happy.  When we run out of other people's money to pay for those contracts and promises (most of which are negotiated outside of public view, often between union officials and the politicians that union officials helped elect), then we just need to raise taxes to cover a shortfall that is obviously Wall Street's fault.  Anyone who doesn't agree is a bully, and might just bear an uncanny resemblance to Hitler.

The "Judicial Activism" Ploy.  Barack Obama has a rhetorical solution for every problem.  Remember the repeated claims of "shovel-ready" projects that needed only federal stimulus money to get started?  Last year the President quietly admitted that there were not many "shovel-ready" projects, after all.  But the phrase served its political purpose at the time — and that was obviously all that mattered.  Now, in the wake of rulings by two different courts that ObamaCare is unconstitutional, rhetoric is being mobilized again, without any fussy worries about facts.

Americans Don't Have 'Sputnik Moments'.  Khrushchev had his Sputnik Moment.  The Soviets had their Sputnik Moment.  Communist sympathizers throughout the world had their Sputnik Moment.  But despite President Obama's comment during the State of the Union Address, Americans don't have Sputnik Moments.

Obama's Rathole Moment.  If there were a Nobel Prize for historical misstatement, this "Sputnik moment" speech would be the odds-on-favorite. ... It is almost as if Obama believes that in some dysfunctional inner-city school, there are kids with poor English skills about to drop out, but if we just rescue them and get them to return to the classroom and study algebra, America's future will be saved.  Yes, a bunch of middle-aged, nerdy white males got us to the moon, but it will take an entire village of ethnically, racially diverse and gender-balanced people, many of whom were the first in their family to finish high school, let alone attend college, to get us to Mars — a Spaceship Rainbow.

The Truth About 'Investments' Hurts.  "Think and grow rich" might work for an individual envisioning business success, but it is delusional as national economic policy.  We can't wish or will the country to prosperity, or recover from a recession caused by too much debt by incurring more debt.  "Together We Thrive" was not only inappropriate as a theme for a memorial to the victims of the Tucson shooter, it is the economic policy of a collective society, not of a free one.

The Biggest Lie in American Politics.  For decades, liberals have used "big business" as a bugaboo.  Leftists say corporations are mean, heartless and cruel — and what's more, they're inherently capitalist and conservative.  When the economy tanks, liberals blame right-wing corporations; when the regulatory state fails, liberals claim that corporations have perverted the system.

The 'Your Money Is Not Yours' Crowd.  One branch of American politics shares [Paul] Krugman's view that the money you earn — the material manifestation of your mental and physical labor — is not yours.  It belongs to the government.  This view was recently on display when some referred to the extension of the Bush tax rates as "tax cuts."  With tax cuts, taxpayers pay lower rates.  With an extension of tax rates, taxpayers keep paying the same rate.  Extending the Bush tax rates prevented tax rates from going up.  Nobody got a tax cut.

Calling Out Race Exploiter Al Sharpton.  [Al] Sharpton appeared on MSNBC with a panel of white liberals discussing gun control.  Speaking about gun violence in the black community, Sharpton said, "There are no gun manufacturing plants in the black community."  Wow, talk about passing the buck.  So according to Sharpton, black youths shooting each other, as always, is whitey's fault.  Evil gun manufacturers infiltrated the black community.  Poor powerless simple minded blacks, seduced by the shiny things, purchase their guns and use them on each other.  Incredibly, sycophant white liberal members of the MSNBC panel nodded in agreement with Sharpton.

No Apology Here: Congressman Cohen Defends Nazi Comment.  ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:  Congressman Steve Cohen, D-TN, says he has no intention of apologizing for comparing Republican rhetoric with Nazi propaganda.  "I didn't say anything that deserves an apology or requires an apology," Cohen told ABC News.  "I would never refer to Republican colleagues in an untoward way, I was talking about political propaganda."

Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis.  The newfound civility didn't last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn't get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.  In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

The Hypocrisy Underlying Obama's Speech:  If Obama's opponents in Congress allow this unrelated tragedy to become an excuse for what liberals do best — promoting raw emotionalism over reason and facts — then they deserve to lose the ground they worked so hard to gain.  Here's hoping we get back to reality ... and soon.

More about Obama's Arizona speech / pep rally.

Liberals' Civility Test.  A week after President Obama's stirring remarks at the Tucson memorial service comes an important Civility Test for liberals.  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports that Democratic Representative Steve Cohen went to the well of the House and compared what Republicans are saying on health care to the work of the infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

'Civil' Discourse:  A One-Way Street?  In the wake of the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, and the murders of six of her constituents who went to see her at a local Safeway grocery store, the American people have been hearing a lot about the need to return to "civility" in our political discourse.  What exactly does that mean?  It depends upon whom you ask.

Incitement to Tyranny.  The left-wing radicals are at it again, folks.  They're revving up their engines on the revolutionary wings of national mourning — and sparking the now very familiar incitement-to-tyranny fires among an anxiety-ridden populace. ... Another religious zealot of the "government can heal all wounds" cult, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has used the Arizona tragedy to declare that "the FCC isn't working anymore" and demand a return to the "Fairness Doctrine."

Incitement to Tyranny.  The big-government cultists' reaction to the Arizona madman's rampage couldn't possibly have been more predictable.  Mounting a "never let a crisis go to waste" assault on the nation's airwaves, liberals have spun this tragic and insane act exactly as an unnamed Democrat source told Politico they should:  "They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers. ... Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people."

The Constitution Fetish.  Is there anything richer than a gaggle of smarmy progressives snickering at the conservative "Constitution fetish"?  "Fetish" is the fashionable Left's latest suggestive imagery turned talking point, a dig at the new Republican majority in the House, which began its session this week by reading the Constitution aloud.  It's as if Dracula were complaining about a crucifix fetish.  "Fetish," like "tea-bagger," slides easily off the tongues of the Big Thinkers who get their dithering law from Dalia Lithwick and their sophomoric style from Bill Maher.

'Politicians SHOULD be afraid of the people!' says dangerous US radical politician.  [Scroll down]  It only requires the most basic commonsense to appreciate, for example, that you know how to look after and spend your money better than the government does; that talent and hard work deserve better rewards than laziness and ineptitude; that education requires a certain amount of discipline and "elitism"; that people behave better when they accept responsibility for their own actions; that the law should be blind to race and religion, offering no special favours to privileged minorities; and so on.  This is why you'll so rarely hear the liberal-left arguing its case on the basis of facts or hard evidence.  Instead, when it's not emotionally blackmailing us with false sentiment, it's busy besmirching the name of its opponents by making out that the reason they think they do is not because they've thought long and hard about the world and seen it as it is but because they're evil.

Conservatives in the Crosshairs.  The bullets had hardly stopped whizzing when a cataract of commentary descended.  The first inundation came mostly from the Left.  Its basic message was epitomized by Paul Krugman:  The shooting was probably politically motivated.  The Tea Party.  Sarah Palin.  Scary.  "The climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing."  Beck.  Limbaugh.  "The evils of Partisanship."  "Culture of hate."  Et cetera.

The End Begins?  By a 236-181 margin, the House on Friday approved rules for the debate leading up to Wednesday's [1/5/2011] up-or-down vote on repeal legislation.  Democrats, fearing they may lose their grip on Americans' health care, launched into hysterics right away.

This Is No Reason For Reform.  Over and over we were told Washington had to take over health care because so many Americans lack insurance due to pre-existing medical conditions.  So how many fall into this category?  Try 8,000.  You read that right:  In this nation of nearly 311 million, the Democrats overhauled the world's best health care system to benefit 8,000 people.

The Constitutional Hypocrisy of the Left.  It was only a few years ago that Democrats accused George W. Bush of "shredding our Constitution" by monitoring international phone calls of suspected terrorists.  (The Constitution prohibits "unreasonable" searches.  Apparently Democrats think monitoring communications of foreign terrorists is "unreasonable," but full-body scans and pat-down searches of the traveling public at airports is quite reasonable).  And how could you forget that Bush "shredded the Constitution" by keeping terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay without trials? ... Never mind the fact that Barack Obama hasn't closed Guantanamo as he promised, has he?  Not that many shrieks of protest from the political Left.

Everyone Knows...  It takes courage to stand up to the bromides masquerading as current truth.  Until the environmental movement was unmasked over global warming, those who challenged the prevailing sentiment were perceived as cranks.  That tag hasn't evanesced despite evidence of wrongdoing by the so-called environmental scientists.  Similarly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg invokes libertarian principles when he wants to burnish his liberal credentials, then considers it appropriate through ukase to impose his view on what New Yorkers should eat and drink.  While he doesn't quite say "everyone knows," it is implied in his public commentary.  "Everyone knows transfats are bad for you."

Internet Access Is Not a 'Civil Right'.  When bureaucrats talk about increasing our "access" to x, y or z, what they're really talking about is increasing exponentially their control over our lives.  As it is with the government health care takeover, so it is with the newly approved government plan to "increase" Internet "access."

Guaranteed tyranny.  [Scroll down]  The other hot new buzz phrase for tyranny is "access."  Pushing this term into the Orwellian lexicon of collectivist philosophy appears to be one of Sandra Fluke's missions in life.  Celebrating her own heroism in a CNN op-ed, Fluke used the word eight times.

Did someone mention Sandra Fluke?

Sen. Menendez writes concerned letter to Santa about global warming affecting the North Pole.  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today [12/23/2010] posted a letter to Santa Claus on his Huffington Post blog, expressing concern that Santa may have to leave the North Pole because of melting Arctic sea ice.

Global Warming Grinch.  Two days before Christmas, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey sent a bizarre open letter to the North Pole to warn Santa about the "dramatic melting of the Arctic sea ice" due to the effects of carbon emissions.  "I am worried about your safety and your ability to deliver billions of Christmas gifts if the ice cap on the North Pole no longer stays frozen all year," the senator wrote.  "What will happen to your house, your workshop, the elves' houses and your reindeer barns?"

Enviros Play Their Christmas Card.  First it was the cuddly polar bears (Warning:  Polar bears only look cuddly from a distance.  They are not really.  Should you by chance have a close encounter with a polar bear, do not attempt to cuddle with it) and the cute little penguins, and now USA Today reports that reindeer are endangered by climate change.

More about the liberals' use of polar bears for emotional leverage.

The dangerous center.  It's a favorite refrain of the mainstream media to extol "centrism" and curse "extremism."  If you're looking at a large enough spectrum — say, with Stalinism, eugenics, slavery, and anarchy as the "extremes" — I agree, but within the confines of American politics, where the extremes are Jim DeMint and Bernie Sanders, this is silliness.

Memo to Conservatives: Quit Apologizing for Capitalism.  It's a testament to the power of propaganda and the appeal of emotion over reason that a system that has produced the greatest prosperity in world history is castigated on moral grounds, while those systems that have proliferated abject misery, poverty, tyranny and subjugation are hailed as morally superior.  Granted, most leftists don't openly confess their hostility to capitalism, but they come close, especially in their endless waging of class warfare.

And Everybody I Know...  If conservatives rally around the flag in times of crisis, liberals rally around the clique.  Their assurance that they are right coming from three little words.  "Everybody I Know."  The crazies clinging to their guns and religion might have voted for the Republicans, but everybody I know voted progressive.  Some wingnuts might not believe in Global Warming, but everybody I know does.  Some greedy people might want tax cuts, but everybody I know thinks taxes are too low.  Belief grouping is a natural human tendency, but it becomes dangerous when it's used to make decisions for a majority, based on the worldview of a minority.

'Tax cut' rhetoric doesn't cut it.  Let's face it, politics is largely the art of deception, and political rhetoric is largely the art of misstating issues.  A classic example is the current debate over whether to give money to the unemployed by extending how long unemployment benefits will be provided, or instead to give "tax cuts to the rich."

Dissecting The Demagoguery About 'Tax Cuts For The Rich'.  Democrats' insistence that the "rich" pay more in taxes is rivaled only by Republicans' apparent inability or unwillingness to engage them on this specific issue.  In [an] excerpt from testimony submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, economist Thomas Sowell attempts to fill that void.

Why the Democratic Party Cannot Survive.  Democrat principles are based on government being a force for good.  Government is presumed necessary to help individuals and ensure "social justice" (a term impossible to reasonably define).  This philosophy leads to bigger government, as in more spending, more taxes, and more regulatory control.  For Democrats, the keyword is "more," as in more government.

Welfare Creep in Laredo.  [Scroll down]  Poke around the Assurance Wireless web site a bit, and you find that this program, which is already available elsewhere and similar to existing programs, is made possible by the Universal Service Fund.  That was set up in 1996, ostensibly to expand communications networks.  At the time, some predicted that it would end up as some sort of welfare.  And so it has. ... Laredo's cell phone giveaway is an example.  The city is going for a one year grant from the USF, under the full and reasonable assumption that once the federal spigot is turned on, it won't be turned off no matter how dire our deficit situation gets.  Any threats to the free phone program will be blamed on the horrible, heartless Republicans, of course.  Democrats like [Veronica] Gonzalez believe that this is their party's route back to power:  drive up dependence, smear the Republicans for resisting, secure the Hispanic vote to the Democratic Party forever.

Playing the Hate Card.  The view that marriage means one man and one woman and that children flourish when raised by a married mother and father is rooted not only in biblical teachings but also in common sense; it's a truth proven by science as well as centuries of lived experience.  But children know that "hate" is a bad thing, and no one wants to be labeled a "hater."  It's not hard to imagine the pressure tactics that our children soon will face:  keep silent or risk being slapped with the label — "hater" — that will define them socially for years.  The label of "Hater" quickly shuts down reasonable discussion or open disagreement.  And that's the real point:  to intimidate proponents of traditional morality into keeping silent.  Put differently, it's to lock traditional morality in the closet so social engineers can be free to redefine marriage as they wish.

Woe Is Me!  In today's America, feelings have replaced facts as our governing policy.  Shame has been relegated to the back of the bus, and squeaky wheels have been given the place of honor.  Merit has been replaced by grievance-mongers.  Accomplishment and material success are vilified as having been attained on the backs of the have-nots.  And that's not fair!  In a rush to attain unearned moral virtue, millions of Americans have bowed to the PC police and advocated issues about which they know nothing in a desperate attempt to appear relevant, compassionate, and non-judgmental.  Useful idiots reign supreme.

Obama's Core Supporters and the Corruption of Idealism.  Unable to engage in rational argument, they fall back on slogans that mirror the protests of forty years ago.  One can only wonder if their youthful identification has blinded them to the fact that they are following not a heroic young leader to a new tomorrow, but a pied piper who leads them to their own destruction.

Financial Bigotry.  The "tax cuts for the rich" debate needs a new focus.  We are missing the point of the tax debate.  It is not about taxation in a recession.  The wealthy will be comparatively well-off regardless of the economic environment.  It is not about the wealthy's ability to promote job creation.  Our government does not care about private-sector growth when it considers government employment an acceptable (and even more valuable) alternative.  And it's certainly not that Republicans are in love with the rich, since households that vote Democrat tend to have higher incomes than those that vote Republican.

The Most Anti-Catholic Political Ad You'll Ever See.  A Democrat Party supporting independent non profit group has sent out perhaps THE most anti-Catholic political advertisement I've ever seen. ... What this is about is the fact that the Church stands strong against abortion and gay marriage.  And that makes some very angry.

Brass Oldies.  More than 80 years ago, the "tax cuts for the rich" argument was refuted, both in theory and in practice, by Andrew Mellon, who was Secretary of the Treasury in the 1920s.  When Mellon took office, there was a large national debt, the economy was stagnating, and tax rates were high, though the tax revenues were still not enough to cover government expenditures.  What was Mellon's prescription for getting out of this mess?  A series of major cuts in the tax rates!

Obama's Screaming Meemies May Be A Recording.  Obama is talking to his sheeple — back on the campaign trail.  The only thing he knows how to do is campaign.  He was doing it here in the west this week but it is always the same old story and lies.  They always fill the audience with his union supporters and other special interests that will scream and cheer on cue at his every word.  I am almost convinced that the screaming and cheering is a recording that they put on the videos.  It is just so silly to hear this screaming and cheering after every statement, when he has said absolutely nothing.  He tells them that "undocumented workers" will get free healthcare and they all scream and cheer, why?

NPR and the Liberal Subculture that Worships It.  NPR's reputation seems based largely on aesthetic considerations.  Its personalities are articulate and employ a more extensive vocabulary than commercial radio; its programs are professionally produced, with a slickness that conservative media cannot match; and its reporters are generally skilled at sounding calm and objective, even when they manifestly are not.  The more one begins to delve into the substance of NPR's programming, however, the more one senses that the network is neither particularly smart nor particularly informative.

More about NPR.

Obama's Politics of Fear.  As out-of-touch as ever with the mood and motivations of his fellow citizens, Obama carefully considered the change in the today's political climate and concluded not only are voters in this election motivated by fear, their fear is irrational because they obviously don't have the intellectual capacity to understand all of the great things that Democrats have done for them over the past nineteen months.

Red Herring Politics.  This year's October surprise that is getting the biggest play in the media is the revelation that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman once employed a housekeeper — at $23 an hour — who turned out to be an illegal immigrant.  It is great political theater, with activist lawyer Gloria Allred putting her arm protectively around the unhappy-looking woman.  But why anyone should be unhappy at getting $23 an hour for housekeeping is by no means clear.  Maybe she is unhappy because Meg Whitman fired her when she learned that her housekeeper was an illegal immigrant, despite false documents that indicated she was legal when she was hired.

The 'Rich' Have Another Name:  'Employers'.  The LA Times proudly proclaims, "Obama blasts continued tax cuts for the rich!"  But every time you hear leftists refer to "the rich," remember that "the rich" are also known by these other terms:  employers, investors, the self-reliant, self-starters.

The Envious Feminists.  People are emotional beings, often governed more by feelings than reason.  And this is never truer than with leftist people.  If you want to understand liberals, know that most of their ideology is simply a pseudo-intellectual justification for what feels right to them.  As for these feelings, the one stereotypically associated with the left is compassion, which supposedly manifests itself in mercy, charity, forgiveness, and temperance.  In reality, though, the feeling that far better characterizes the left is envy.

Social Security Bait and Switch.  Democrats are trying to keep control of Congress by scaring the wig off grandma with a phantom GOP plot against Social Security.

Nil, Baby, Nil.  "Where is the outrage?  Where are the millions marching in the streets, where is the round-the-clock roadblock coverage tracking every moment of the crisis?"  Such were the questions asked by the Huffington Post's Peter Daou in late May.  And the declarations were no less bracing.  "We are at an inflection point, one that will likely determine the fate of our species," he informed readers.  The "planetary emergency" to which he was referring was not, as one may be forgiven for thinking, the appearance of alien spacecraft above civilization's greatest structural landmarks.  Daou's concerns were grounded in earthly developments.  Or, rather, a single earthly development:  a pipe broke.

The Parade of Bleeding Stumps.  As public spending becomes an increasingly important issue for the November elections, be prepared to see the left engaging in hysterical scare-mongering about the potential effect of spending cuts.  This has been seen recently in Britain, where such scare-mongering already has its own label — "The Parade of the Bleeding Stumps."  This unsavory phrase originates in British government bureaucracy and darkly refers to the Civil Service's clever response to the threat of spending cuts.

Obama decries demagoguing while, well, demagoguing.  As the granddaddy of political demagoguery, President Obama might have outdone himself with his recent admonition to political opponents not to "demagogue" the immigration issue.  A "demagogue" is "a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument."

Sour Grapes.  What is it about liberals that compels them to be such obnoxious, self-righteous know-it-alls?  Does it ever occur to them that there might be a reason for the things someone does?

Ending Birthright Citizenship.  When the open-borders lobby runs out of excuses for amnesty, their final resort is to "do it for the children."  Last year Nancy Pelosi told a crowd in San Francisco that "Our future is about our children" and "Taking parents from their children ... that's un-American."  When the speaker of the House considers enforcing our immigration laws "un-American," it becomes the constitutional duty of the states to stand against illegal immigration.  This is why I introduced SB 1070 into the Arizona legislature, which has prompted a much needed national debate about immigration.

Obama's Empathy Card.  Indeed, from his meagerly documented Harvard Law School days to his remarkably (to say the least) brief senatorial debut and eventual presidential election, Obama seems to have providentially benefited, again and again, from his followers' peculiar dependence on fleeting emotional impulses — in particular the mystifying, near-invincible pathos of empathy, which liberals rank as the most reliable gauge for making life-altering decisions.

Franken warns that GOP Congress would bring 'truly dangerous agenda'.  Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), addressing a convention of liberal bloggers and activists Saturday evening [7/24/2010], implored the left to fight to stay in power in the midterm elections.  "If Republicans take back Congress they'll implement a truly dangerous agenda," Franken told the Netroots Nation gathering in Las Vegas.  "Everything is on the table, from repealing healthcare reform to privatizing Social Security."

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All that stuff was "on the table" the last time Republicans had the majority — and that which Al Franken so greatly fears did not come to pass.

Obama Is Wrong; Alternative Energy is Not an Alternative.  Obama is using the oil spill in the Gulf as an emotional lever to push his cap and trade policy.

The Truth About the Humane Society Of the United States.  Over the course of the last few months, the Center for Consumer Freedom has ramped up its effort to educate Americans about the deceptive fundraising and spending practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  Most Americans don't realize that less than one half of one percent of the society's revenue goes to support hands-on pet shelters, despite their use of tear-jerking ads...

Obama and the Morning After.  Of course, the press sold Obama like the newest form of crack, getting the public fixated on his every word.  The same media that stalks Angelina and Paris anointed Obama the ultimate celebrity.  And to the addicted masses, entranced by leering reality shows and 24/7 texting, the Obama Show was just another sexually charged extravaganza.  But while reporters behaved like lovesick schoolgirls, Obama's sex appeal wasn't just manufactured by the press.  His handlers carefully crafted his image to seduce and excite.

Security Policy by Bumper Sticker.  Liberal approaches to foreign policy continue to rely more on wishful thinking than on realism or maturity.  But even in the context of liberalism, President Obama's recent policy declarations on the matter of nuclear weapons are juvenile and disturbing.  Speaking in Prague, the president declared, "I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons."  Has the president really thought this through?

Has Obama "Stimulated" the Economy Yet?  In the past sixteen months, Mr. Obama's immediate, short-term political need has produced a lot of public policy that positions the President to appear as though he's rescuing people — rescuing them from the economic downturn, from "greedy bankers" and "rich executives," from the threat of home foreclosure, from credit card debt, and so forth.  And part of the political calculus involved with this kind of policy is the assumption that as long as the President gives away enough "things" to the American electorate, and appears as though he's doing enough to "protect" them, the electorate will continue to vote for him and his party, regardless of what the economy does.

Demonstrations and Dependency.  Raucous public protests are hardly new but their celebration, at least in the US, is traceable to the 1960s anti-Vietnam War student activism and the civil rights movement.  Marching and chanting "for justice" soon infused civics textbooks and documentary films, not to mention the liberal-dominated mass media.  As a result, almost anything became possible, from the unqualified obtaining a college degree to saving the planet, if the public demands were sufficiently loud and strident.

The Remarkable Rise of Jan Brewer.  As women have moved into the forefront of conservative politics, they have become targets for serious assaults from the left.  The treatment they receive is far worse than that given male politicians of the same order, as we have clearly seen with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.  Families, looks, personality, grooming, every last element of their lives and persons becomes fodder for some of the trashiest elements of the contemporary political scene.  No insult is too low, no attack too foul.  The gentleman has truly become an extinct species, at least on the left side of the fence.  But nothing of the sort has happened with Jan Brewer.

A Bumper Sticker Presidency.  Is there any experience more delightful than being stuck in a traffic jam, choking on exhaust fumes behind a hybrid car festooned with leftist slogans?  Actually, yes!  This would be living in America, circa 2010, scarfing down Chairman Barack's toothsome and intellectually nutritious daily ration of brilliant policies, ultimately derived from liberal bumper stickers.  Is it not the most obvious fact on the planet that all of Obama's ideas are merely implemented leftist slogans?

Twelve Million Illegals — or Thirty?  It is no surprise that the American left is in hysterics regarding the new immigration law passed by Arizona.  In the fevered constitutions of those raised to believe feelings matter most, hysteria, race-huckstering, name-calling and outright lying are considered a viable substitute for a logical argument.  Intellectual dishonesty has been the left's stock in trade for decades.

Narcissism, Power, Fear of Death, and Liberalism.  Could it be that for liberals and certain therapists endowed with self-importance but without religion, influencing others is all they have?  Forcing others to do as they wish fends off their fear of insignificance, which is why it is so urgent that others go along.  It keeps their legacy alive.  Notice how many times people bring up "Ted Kennedy's legacy" of health care.  Is this more about keeping Kennedy's name immortal and his image alive than about real solutions to real-world problems?

President Obama Makes Poverty Permanent.  There's an old story — not apocryphal, unfortunately — in which a politician is heard to moan:  "50% earn less than the median income.  Something needs to be done!"  Oh, how I weep for those unfortunate people!  No, not those with less money, but those who find such cris du coeur convincing.

More about Poverty and Dependency in America.

When Lame Ducks Attack.  [Scroll down]  The party currently in power can't be expected to take defeat well.  Liberals, just like their toddler counterparts, can't modulate their emotions.  In other words, they are prone to tantrums.  Unlike toddlers, whose impact on the rest of the world is minimal, rulers of the Thugocracy can't be trusted to behave with a modicum of decorum in defeat.  The time between election day and the official ousting of the vulgarians may well make today's tumult and danger seem tame.  Be prepared.

(Tea) Party On.  [Scroll down slowly]  We live in a country where most peoples' knowledge of history is minimal and their attention span is limited by technologically-driven distractions.  Sound-bytes aimed at destroying the credibility of the Tea Party movement are being driven by those who know full well that "volume" — aka, the lie repeated often enough — is often the determining factor in winning the hearts and minds of the general public.

The Closing of the Liberal Mind:  The current issue of The New Republic contains a vapid, mean-spirited, and indefensible attack on one of the most important intellectual figures of our time.  Alan Wolfe's review of Thomas Sowell's new book, Intellectuals and Society, is not even a review.  Not a single idea presented in the book is addressed in Wolfe's text, which is simply a lengthy ad hominem attack on Sowell that displays astounding ignorance of both Sowell and his important intellectual oeuvre.

The Big Lie of Health Care Reform:  One-Sixth of the US Economy is threatened with a takeover by the Federal Government on the erroneous rationale that "Tens of millions of people in the US are without health care insurance, and therefore are being denied access to adequate health care."  Unjust!  Unfair!  This is, of course, an absolute lie.  And nor do some large number of people "die every day from lack of health insurance coverage."  That too is a lie.

We The People Losing Control Of Government.  Demagogue — a word of Greek origin — means a person who uses falsehoods, prejudices and emotional appeals to gain power.  Huey Long, governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932, U.S. senator from 1932 to 1935 and creator of the Share Our Wealth Program, fit that definition.  Long stirred crowds with fiery denunciations of corporate greed.  Ultimately, even fellow Democrats grew alarmed and backed away from his legislation.  Demagogue also describes how President Obama revved up crowds as he crisscrossed the country selling his health legislation.

A perfect storm is brewing for the IPCC.  Put the errors together and it can be seen that one after another they tick off all the central, iconic issues of the entire global warming saga.  Apart from those non-vanishing polar bears, no fears of climate change have been played on more insistently than these:  the destruction of Himalayan glaciers and Amazonian rainforest; famine in Africa; fast-rising sea levels; the threat of hurricanes, droughts, floods and heatwaves all becoming more frequent.  All these alarms were given special prominence in the IPCC's 2007 report and each of them has now been shown to be based, not on hard evidence, but on scare stories, derived not from proper scientists but from environmental activists.

Debating Obama's Health Care Clichés.  As I listened to the congressional Democrats recite their arguments for the Pelosi health care bill, I was reminded of those Bazooka gum wrappers.  Their speeches consisted of trite phrases devoid of any depth or intelligence, the words selected only for their emotional impact.  These arguments sound so compelling — as long as no measurable time is spent thinking about them.

Slavery and the healthcare debate.  Last week the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid compared conservative opponents of his massive takeover of the American health system to slaveholders and segregationists.

Secondhand Hate:  Another step downhill for modern liberalism.  "They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama," Senator Sheldon Whitehouse roared about his Republican opponents in the closing hours of the Senate health care debate on December 20. ... Two weeks earlier, Majority Leader Harry Reid likened opponents of his bill to those who opposed the end of slavery.

When the Charm Rubs Off.  His Dec. 8 televised economics speech at the Brookings Institution was followed on Dec. 10 by his televised Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, which was remarkable for 38 uses of the pronoun "I."  And for disavowing a competence no one suspected him of. ("I do not bring with me today a definitive solution to the problems of war."  Note the superfluous adjective.)  And for an unnecessary notification.  ("Evil does exist in the world.")  And for delayed utopianism.  ("We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes."  But in someone's.)  And for solemnly announcing something undisputed.  (There can be a just war.)  And for intellectual applesauce that should get speechwriters fired and editors hired.

Deliberative Analysis: RIP.  A troubling trend has emerged in regard to hot-button issues like anthropogenic global warming and health care.  It may not come as a surprise, but there no longer appears to be an interest by many on the left to engage in deliberative analysis and debate about proposed legislation.  There are a handful of stereotypical accusations and responses from the left, whether from the Democrat leadership (including the president), or the average, everyday liberal.  These irrational attacks must be addressed, broken down, and put away for good.

The Myth of the World Community.  Americans have been imprinted as never before from a very early age with the idea that they are part of a global community, rather than merely one nation.  But behind the olive branches and the posters of smiling children, lies a very different truth entirely.  The entire notion that there is a world community is itself mostly a myth.

Reid's Teachable Moment.  Harry Reid is an obvious product of a government education that he and other Liberals are inflicting on the rest of America, and he should be the poster child for school choice.  In his recent comment regarding Republicans' efforts to block "healthcare" legislation, Reid invoked the ghosts of Democrats past, claiming that Republicans tried to block emancipation and civil rights for blacks.  I believe Reid gave America yet another teachable moment.

Reid Compares Opponents of Health Care Reform to Supporters of Slavery.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday [12/7/2009], comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

At what point does a liberal become a Stalinist?  I've started to gently question the beliefs of the liberals I know, without getting into any loud argument.  Much to my surprise, some of the gentle-sounding people I know actually talk murderously at times.  I wouldn't have believed it, because these are people I like a lot.  They have a warm side.  In their own minds they all believe they are driven by love and compassion.  And yet, some of them — certainly not most — seem ready to hang the current media scapegoat from the nearest gallows.  I also know a lot of really sweet, dumb liberals, people who are so desperate to be loving that they rationalize all the nonsense they are fed by our media.

Democrats and the Politics of Rage.  As liberal ideas have continued to lose at the polls over the last two decades, Democrats have become the party of utopian rage as they persist in replacing real political debate with effusive attacks on conservatives while promising to create an idyllic society for Americans.  Barack Obama epitomized these politics when he built a movement offering hope as his main political platform.  To bolster this emotionalism, Democrats have resorted almost whole-heartedly to conjuring up visions of racist conservatives opposing the first black president primarily because of his skin color.

I Thought 'Dissent Is Patriotic'.  Living in liberal Los Angeles, I am surrounded by people — and bumper stickers — I do not agree with.  One of the more popular liberal bumper stickers of the last decade tells us "Dissent is Patriotic."  Now, as it happens, it is impossible to truly disagree with that phrase, not because it is self-evidently true, but because it is self-evidently meaningless.  As are most left-wing bumper stickers.

America Needs a Climate Change Revolt.  [Scroll down]  In order to implement all this equality (also known as "social justice"), it takes a crisis.  Just this week, U. S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida, went on the House floor to say the Republican plan for health care is for people to "die quickly."  He charged that 45,000 people perish each year for lack of health insurance.  He even called the situation a "holocaust."  The Democrats seem to think if they can scare the dickens out of people, they can pass their agenda.

The Straight Poop On Radical Islam.  The problem is that liberals are not only nuts, but inconsistent.  They very much want to send our military to Africa to stop the savagery in the Sudan, but didn't want to see it employed against the equally barbaric Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot or Ho Chi Minh.  Funny how you never hear them insist that we have no business in Darfur because Sudan didn't attack us on 9/11 or point out that we have no compelling interest in sub-Sahara Africa.  But that's to be expected when people get their information from Bill Maher and Jon Stewart and their talking points from the likes of Bono and the Dixie Chicks.

Obama and faith:  Of all the silly arguments that have been passed off as deeply profound in American politics, the notion that politicians can't "impose" their personal morality on others has to top the list.

Opposing Obama is Satan's work?  A "right" to health care means the state must compel more than just payment.  It must compel medical care providers to render their services regardless of compensation or any other consideration.  If someone has a "right" to medical care, then a physician may not deny any care for any reason.  Doing so would be an infringement of the patient's "rights."

'Empathy' Is Code for Judicial Activism.  Mr. Obama said he wanted to replace Justice David Souter with someone who had "empathy" and who'd temper the court's decisions with a concern for the downtrodden, the powerless and the voiceless.  "Empathy" is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want.  It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash.

Thumbs-Down On Obama's 'Empathy' Standard.  Most Americans reject the broader criteria that judicial activists think can be brought to bear on Supreme Court decisions, including the "empathy" standard that President Obama has said is important in particularly difficult cases, a new IBD/TIPP Poll shows. ... On the empathy factor, a majority (51%) disagree with a statement paraphrasing remarks Obama made in 2005:  "When it comes to the Supreme Court justices, law and precedent should determine rulings in 95% of the cases, but in the really hard and important cases, justices should go with their heart."  Only 23% agree with the statement.  Most independent voters (58%), conservatives (61%) and moderates (50%) disagree with it.  Democrats (31%) and liberals (35%) are the leading supporters of the concept that justices should go with their heart.

Photographic Fraud.  Over the past two decades, judicial-confirmation hearings have often become exercises in character assassination against nominees that senators oppose for political reasons having nothing to do with the inflammatory charges that are aired on nationwide TV.  Judges who have for years supported civil rights have been depicted as racists.  Other events in their careers have been twisted beyond recognition.  Utterly irrelevant questions have been raised to appeal emotionally to uninformed television viewers.

The Six Problems With Modern Liberalism.  [#1]  You really didn't learn everything you needed to know in kindergarten:  Liberals love to think of themselves as sophisticated, nuanced intellectuals, but the truth is they have a kindergartner's view of the world.  If it has been defined as "nice" to people they like, they're for it.  If it has been defined as "mean" to people they like, they're against it — and that is about as deep as it gets.

I wish I were a liberal.  I'd like to be a liberal because then I'd be rewarded for all my shortcomings and nothing would ever be my fault.  I'd be an important cog in the wheel of social justice, and a cherished warrior in the current fight for equality. ... I'd like to be a liberal because everyone knows that conservatives are racist, homophobic, stupid and, well, beneath contempt.  Conservatives are motivated by — gasp — profit, instead of being nice.

The Notional Dangers of the Fictional Far Right.  Listen to Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank or MSNBC reporters or the New York Times.  What is the mythical danger?  It is the "far right."  [But] the far right of the liberals' imagination simply does not exist.

Obama Loses His "Cool".  When the generation of Americans under the age of 30 gets around to realizing that this handsome young president might not be nearly as cool as they'd hoped, it won't be hard to affix a date on when the milk began to sour. ... Scratch a young Obama voter and you won't necessarily find someone who likes bailouts or cares about financial market regulations one way or another.  Instead you're likely to hear about how the awful Republicans wage wars, bait gays and racial minorities, and basically act like a bunch of mean old white men.  Party membership and voting are frequently more about group identity than philosophical orientation about the proper role of government.

Five Useful Idiots.  When there is no substance to a tantrum one must assume it is just a ploy for attention.  This generally comes from kids who were put into day-care too early and too often.  The irony is that America's move towards socialism drives up taxes, which forces mothers to work.  This, in turn, forces kids into day care.  This makes the kids seek attention by adopting political positions which happen to be chic (like socialism).

Honk!  You're Hateful.  Leftists have always confused their good intentions with actual virtue.  The tyranny allowed to spread by left wing appeasement, the neighborhoods and families destroyed by their corrupt welfare programs, the millions of lives snuffed out by environmentalist hysteria — these don't show up on their moral scorecards because they meant so very well.  Indeed, so swathed are they in the warm glow of their purposes, any question about the actual results of their actions strikes them as shockingly cruel.

The Age of Irresponsibility.  [Scroll down]  Suspicion.  Paranoia.  Contempt.  Resentment.  This sort of thinking doesn't make for reasonable politics.  And here, ultimately, is the problem with populism.  It is good at diagnosis but bad at prescription.  Are a large number of the folks in charge not performing their duties?  Yes.  Is American society suffering from a deficit of personal responsibility?  Absolutely.  But the populist too often goes overboard.  His rhetoric becomes too fiery.  His anger feeds on itself.  Asked what steps he'd take to address the problems he has identified, he says little more than "Throw the bums out!"  But that doesn't get us anywhere.  There are always new bums to take the old bums' places.

Mob Rule In D.C..  Of all the alarming things going on in Washington these days nothing is as shocking, or disheartening, as the collapse in respect for the rule of law and the Constitution.  Just look at the flap over AIG's bonuses. ... While letting AIG pay some employees retention bonuses might seem wrong or even immoral to some, it wasn't illegal.

Political Economy:  Mob Rule.  Cue the mob. It's time to storm the castles where rich folks — and quite likely just upper-middle-class folks — play games with our money.  Bankers and financiers are obviously all evil, even the ones who are trying to save us from impending catastrophe. ... That pretty much captures the mood of the public these days, exacerbated by name-calling and posturing on Capitol Hill and even encouraged — to a point — by President Obama.

The Gravy Train Is About to Leave the Station.  Now that the Democrats control all branches of government, there is only a debate about the level of "compassion," not whether any of this enormous spending that will mortgage our future to other nations is worthwhile.  In fact, President Obama echoed others when he said at his Monday night news conference there is no guarantee that any of this will work immediately, if at all.  That's a revealing statement about liberalism.  It doesn't matter if liberal ideas work, only that liberal intentions are good.

A Fool And Your Money.  Once again we have stubborn liberals who refuse to admit that their strategy is wrong and will not work, and instead not only give credence to their agenda with this scheme, but do so under the guise of "fairness".  Massachusetts Democrats recently advocated voting rights for illegal immigrants because it is an issue of "fairness".  President Obama aims to change the social fabric of this country because as is the system lacks "fairness".

Psychiatrist Says:  Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder.  Psychiatrist Lyle Rossiter, MD, wrote a book entitled, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, in which he claims that the ideology motivating liberals is actually a mental disorder characterized by strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions.  "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."

Welcome Back to Democratland.  It is a world in which facts always bow to feelings.  What matters is not so much that you do good, but that you feel virtuous, or perhaps more to the point, are seen to be virtuous.

I hope Obama Fails, too.  The left absolutely hated George W. Bush.  Their contempt for him was so profound and palpable that it was even given a name by psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer:  Bush Derangement Syndrome.  Now, most of the millions of leftists who despised the ex-president absolutely wanted him to fail; in fact, while they're loath to admit it, they felt this way even when his success was synonymous with our nation's (this even included the failure of the Iraq war).  And "felt" is the operative word; they were governed by emotion and hated the man with a burning passion.

Liberal emotion vs. Conservative logic:  It takes a lot more integrity, character, and courage to be a conservative than it does to be a liberal.  That's because at its most basic level, liberalism is nothing more than childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.

Explaining Liberal Thinking In A Single Column.  Since liberals tend to support or oppose policies based on how those policies make them feel about themselves, they do very little intellectual examination of whether the policies they advocate work or not.  That's because it doesn't matter to them whether the policy is effective or not; it matters whether advocating the policy makes them feel "good" or "bad," "compassionate" or "stingy," "nice" or "mean."

Senate Finance Chairman: Congress Must Spend Money to 'Show it Cares'.  Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the federal government is going to have to spend a "significant" amount of money if it is going to get the country out of its current economic troubles — despite rapidly ballooning federal deficits, historic unemployment, and the hundreds of billions already spent.

Study:  brain switches off rationality when given 'expert advice'.  Financial advice can make us take leave of our senses, according to research that shows how the brain sets aside rationality when it gets the benefit of supposedly expert opinion.  When a bank manager or investment adviser recommends a financial decision, the brain tends to abdicate responsibility and defer to their authority with little independent thought, a study has suggested.

Big Oil Democrats:  Here is how you know Republicans are on the winning side of the oil drilling issue.  It's not that two-thirds of the American people support offshore drilling.  It's that the Democratic response has been to simply point at Republicans and shout, "Big Oil!"

Obama is dangerously unfit to be president.  "We are the ones we have been waiting for!"  Waving one's hands aloft and screaming "Yes we can!" is Obama's calculatedly emotional response to complex issues that require careful, thoughtful analysis.  The record of history is a mournful litany of the horrors wrought by cynical demagogues whose sole message was themselves.

Obama's Moral Equivalence Problem:  I guess we really shouldn't be surprised that Barack Obama sees no difference between our toppling of Saddam Hussein and Russia's invasion of Georgia.  On an emotional level — which is where most liberals live and breathe — the comparison is attractive.  But on an intellectual level, it is stupid and deceitful.

Mixing It Up With Left-Wingers.  If I had to describe liberals in a single word it would probably be "feminine."  In most cases, I wouldn't regard that word as a pejorative.  In its best sense, it conveys sensitivity and an emphasis on the emotional.  As it relates to liberals, it simply means that feelings trump everything else.  So it is that liberals love the idea of the U.N., excited by the notion of a lot of nations sitting down and talking out their problems, as if to a marriage counselor.  Unfortunately, when dealing with evil nations with evil intentions, the U.N. is nothing better than a bad joke.

Environmental extremism must be put in its place in the climate debate.  Environmental extremists have successfully applied intense emotional pressure — both moral and political — "you don't care about the planet, the children, or the future if you question us", let alone disagree, they assert.  Many politicians are caught in an awkward position because, while they understand how environmental extremism poses a very serious threat to our economies, including the ways that have brought us peace and prosperity, they also don?t want to be accused of not caring about the environment.

Sarah Palin and the Experience Factor.  Why is it that liberal misrepresentations are never fully addressed before they become established as received wisdom?  Whatever the topic may be, the left is consistently allowed to set the terms on which the argument takes place. ... In the past few years we've seen "WMDs were the sole reason for invading Iraq", "CO2 is the major driver of climatic trends", and "Karl Rove is the Devil Incarnate", to consider only three.  Each case is demonstrably false, yet each case has been allowed to dominate the public debate.

Are Polar Bears Really an Endangered Species?  Environmentalists use charismatic megafauna to raise awareness of and promote policy solutions to perceived environmental threats.  Studies show charismatic species are more likely to be protected than are less photogenic animals.  Giant pandas are charismatic megafauna, as are whales, salmon, eagles, and caribou.  The latest example is Ursus maritimus, the polar bear.  Environmental groups, claiming manmade global warming threatens the polar bears' survival, have called for an endangered species listing with extraordinarily far-reaching consequences.

Poll:  Humans Don't Cause Global Warming.  The survey confirmed wide discrepancies in belief between Americans identifying themselves as Democrat or Republican. ... Tom Kilgannon, president of the nonprofit Freedom Alliance, says the reasons for this partisan divide are simple.  "Those on the left are more likely to accept the global warming theory for two reasons," Kilgannon said.  "First, they tend to make public policy decisions based on emotion as a first reaction."  And second, Kilgannon continued, global warming fits the usual Democrat call for bigger government.

Populists equalize poverty.  Populism is back in fashion.  By populism, I mean the exploitation of the uninformed, angry impulses and unfiltered passions of the masses.  That anger and resentment has historically been directed at the usual villains and cardboard stereotypes:  bankers, insurance companies, "big pharma" (that means drug companies), agri-business, "the military-industrial complex," free trade, free markets and, of course, "the rich."

Oil Woes Left and Right:  So much for the idea that Bush went to war for cheap oil.  Yes, I know, they're now imagining that high gas prices are actually lining the pockets of the president's cronies at Exxon and Sunoco.  But this is not an argument advanced by grownups. … Conservatives are right to stress the virtues of non-carbon-emitting nuclear power, and liberals have strenuously opposed it for reasons that are 90 percent emotional and 10 percent rational.

A Skeptic's View of Voting:  Let's face it, ladies and gentlemen, if we raised the voting age to, say, 25, the Democratic party would go the way of the dodo and the Whigs.  Liberals want young kids voting for pretty much the same cynical reason they want to extend suffrage to illegal aliens, convicted felons and dead people.  It takes a certain mentality, a certain degree of gullibility, after all, to believe … that "hope" and "change" are any more profound and meaningful than "Tastes great, less filling" or "My bologna has a first name."

The Hidden Costs of Voting Early:  If people go to the polls during a swing in public opinion for one of the candidates, they may vote emotionally instead of rationally.  These days, much of the information released about the candidates must be dissected and discussed before it can be considered reliable.  It's hard to distinguish what is fact from fiction because the news is slanted by the opinion of the reporters. ... Complicating matters, the education system in this country is not providing voters a well rounded education that teaches them to think for themselves.  Much of what students learn these days is colored by a politically correct agenda or by the instructors charged with them.

The Bullet Counters:  The biggest and most common talking point when the police fire at someone is counting how many bullets they fired.  There are politicians, media people and — above all — community activists who can work themselves into a rage over how many bullets were fired.  If we stop and think — which of course the demagogues hope we will never do — it is hard to see any moral difference between killing someone with one bullet or with dozens of bullets.

The Dissent Deceit:  The latest example of utter nonsense is Obama's contribution, "The Audacity of Hope."  My fellow Americans, there is nothing audacious about hope.  Hope is what makes people buy lottery tickets instead of paying the bills.  Hope is for the old gals feeding the slots in Atlantic City.  It destroys the inner-city kid who quits school because he hopes he'll be a world-famous recording artist.

'Hope' and 'change' a gimmick.  If we just look beyond the attractive Obama package and ourselves for a moment, we might remember that the election is about actual issues.  What are we hoping for?  What is the "change" that the pro-Obama Kennedys are so excited about?  The fresh, young face of Obama represents change, yes.  But he also represents something very familiar:  liberalism.  Government as a permanent, inefficient, out-of-control crutch.

Liberalism is an Addiction.  Liberals have an impossible time defending their beliefs, which is why they rely on slogans and catch phrases, unfounded rumors and ad hominem attacks, on those who, like Sara Palin, think clearly and live according to Judeo-Christian principles.  The brains and values of left-wingers have decomposed to the point where they actually believe Keith Olbermann, Rosie O'Donnell and Chris Matthews make sense and that people like Whoopi Goldberg, Al Franken and Bill Maher, are funny.

Whoopi Goldberg and the Slavery Question.  On the September 12 edition of "View," host Whoopi Goldberg asked Senator John McCain, "Do I have to be worried about becoming a slave again?"  Goldberg's question was obviously a loaded attempt to either stump McCain or force him into saying something politically incorrect.

The Editor asks...
When was Whoopi Goldberg released from slavery?

Phony-Ops build the Obama Myth.  Barack Obama's appeal to his legions of enthusiasts rests in no small part in their hearts.  And where the heart is concerned, myths, images, and archetypes work their wonders on the nonrational faculties of the mind.  The biggest Phony-Op of the election season so far was that giant riverfront photo in Portland, Oregon with "the masses" yelling their lungs out, as if for a messianic King.

The Rev. Wright Connection Still Haunts Obama.  It's a little dangerous in interpreting polls to assume that voters' thinking proceeds along logical lines.  People who aren't professionally involved in politics, whose knowledge comes from bits and snippets of news, can hold beliefs that are contradictory or in tension with each other.  They don't feel obliged to resolve contradictions.

Barack Obama 'saves the world' (between speeches).  First, it was "Change you can believe in," a nice friendly bit of folderol that was no more scary than "I Like Ike." … But lately the slogan coming out of the Obama campaign is "We can save the world," which shows that some people can believe anything — and will — without the slightest provocation or evidence.

We Scream, We Swoon.  How Dumb Can We Get?  What was this, the Beatles tour of 1964?  And when they weren't screaming, the fair-sex Obama fans who dominated the rally of 16,000 were saying things like:  "Every time I hear him speak, I become more hopeful."  Huh?

Will Hillary's 'Secretary Of Poverty' Solve Problems Of The Poor?  The Do Something Disease compels posturing that shows off the compassion of politicos, rather than policies that actually improve the lives of afflicted citizens. Results don't matter, as long as the leader manages to demonstrate concern.  Good intentions — feelings — count for everything, with no consideration of real world consequences.

The Editor says...
You may recall that Lyndon Johnson said he was going to end "poverty as we know it" about 44 years ago.  Even the liberals don't believe poverty can be eliminated, which may be why the news media brushed off the idea.  Let history be your guide:  Did the creation of the Department of Education solve all the public education problems -- or make them worse?  What about the Department of Energy?

The Anger of the Left:  Particular issues can arouse passions here and there for anyone with any political views.  But, for many on the left, indignation is not a sometime thing.  It is a way of life. … There doesn't even have to be any identifiable individual to arouse the ire of the left.  "Tax cuts for the rich" is more than a political slogan.  It is incitement to anger.

Dangerous Demagoguery.  Most people have too much of a sense of decency and too much common sense to have gone along with those horrors unless someone found a way to turn off their thinking and turn on their emotions.  That is how Jim Jones led hundreds of people to their deaths at Jonestown.  On a much larger scale, that is how Lenin created a regime of mass murder in Russia, how Hitler did the same thing in Germany and Mao in China.

Why a Black Artist Replaced the National Anthem:  [Scroll down]  The left's second contribution to Marie's value system has been its elevation of feelings above other values.  For example, one determines right and wrong on the basis of how one feels (as opposed to, let us say, asking what one's religion, or God, or any moral law that transcends one's own feelings would say on a given matter).  Now, the elevation of one's feelings above other considerations is generally viewed as a form of narcissism.  And while narcissism is as old as humanity, until the 1960s it was generally regarded as a character flaw.  Since the 1960s, however, it was more often heralded as a virtue.

The Identity Trap:  Both the feminist movement Clinton rides and the civil rights rhetoric Obama uses were constructed at a time when the enemy was the reactionary white male establishment.  Today, they are not facing the white male establishment.  They are facing each other.  All the rhetorical devices that have been a staple of identity politics are now being exploited by the Clinton and Obama campaigns against each other.  They are competing to play the victim.

Anti-liberal universities.  Classic liberals must be turning over in their graves when they see today's institutions of higher education.  University officials are silent while students shut down reasonable debate based on facts replacing it with emotional mob rule.  This behavior is the antithesis of historical liberalism that has stood for a free exchange of ideas.

Infantilism Of the Left:  Deep thinkers need not apply for admittance to the left side of the political spectrum.  Demagogues rely on this, and depend on emotion to carry their arguments.

Barack Obama — I'm sure we've seen him somewhere before.  Every time I listen to [Obama], I … find my mind wandering, asking itself things like:  'What does "the challenge of hope" mean?' … His is a rhetoric that soars and takes flight, but alights nowhere.  It declares that together we can do anything, but doesn't mention any of the things we can do. … Maybe Obama is so successful because he's the supreme master of what American politics excels in:  high-flown language that denotes as little as possible.

It's Not Change, Stupid.  After Iowa, poll readers, pundits, Republican and Democratic candidates declared the voters wanted "change."  No matter what "change" actually is, no matter that "change" means different things to different people:  "change" is what the voters want. … The sorry truth is that "change" was merely a phantom conjured by the political elite — a nano-trend, a shorthand, a figment, a wild goose chase.

The Democrats' bitter harvest.  "No war for oil" and "Bush lied; people died" are snappy short slogans that are essentially meaningless.  The bottom line is the Democratic Party hasn't had a new or original idea in nearly 40 years and that's why they will remain in the wilderness, no matter how low Bush's ratings fall.  The Democrats appear to be relying on events over which they have little or no control to transpire and bring them back into power.

Liberal Hatemongers:  A politically progressive friend of mine always seemed to root against baseball teams from the South.  The Braves, the Rangers, the Astros — he hated them all.  I asked him why, to which he replied, "Southerners are prejudiced."  The same logic is evident in the complaint the American political left has with conservative voters.

Blue America:  The land of the easily offended.  For one thing, conservatives are so used to being labeled as stupid, bigoted, ignorant, racist, homophobic, sexist, insensitive and intolerant that it is almost impossible to offend them.  Moreover, the culture does not allow them to feel offended, since they are not an officially designated minority.  For another, liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based.

Liberal emotion vs. Conservative logic:  It takes a lot more integrity, character, and courage to be a conservative than it does to be a liberal.  That's because at its most basic level, liberalism is nothing more than childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.  Going to war is mean, so we shouldn't do it.  That person is poor and it would be nice to give him money, so the government should do it.

Brother, can you spare a CHIP?  This would seem to be a fairly typical media trajectory.  The Democrats sign up a sick kid to read their Saturday morning radio address. … who needs facts when you've got the human-interest angle sewn up?

The Democrats' Unhealthy Poster Child Abuse:  After 12-year-old Graeme Frost delivered the Democratic radio address, which was penned for him by Senate staffers, conservatives across the Internet asked the questions the mainstream media wouldn't ask about the family's financial situation.  The couple claims an annual income of about $45,000.  Neither the Democrats nor the Baltimore Sun indicates how they verified that assertion before circulating it.  What is verifiable:  The Frosts own a home in Baltimore purchased for $55,000 16 years ago — and now worth an estimated $300,000.  That's a lot of equity.

If Congress Truly Wants to Help Children:  There has been a whole lot of hoopla over the past few weeks with the Democrats' latest attempt at foisting an expanded socialist encroachment upon the American electorate (SCHIP), via the really-getting-old-now, "It's-for-the-Children," ploy.  Nancy and Hillary both need to re-read their worn copies of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.  That ruthless revolutionary knew that once the folks see through your tactic, it becomes not only tiresome, but downright irritating.

Child's Play.  In truth, I do love kids.  But it's the "the" in The Children that's the problem.  It transforms children into a principle for which any violation of limited government is justified. … The idea was as simple as it was brilliant:  By making The Children the beneficiaries of welfare rather than the adults, the left could portray any attempt to curb the welfare state as "anti-child."

Get Ready for Bad News:  If you're not totally miserable and afraid by Election Day, Nov. 2, 2004, it will be due only to your understanding of what the Democrats are always up to.  They have only one arrow left in their quiver with which to grab back power:  scare tactics and the guilt trip.

My own Inconvenient Truth:  It's no wonder the political left is all over the global warming phenomenon, as it falls into line with the rest of their causes that require no logical argument, only a bumper sticker, protest sign, or T-shirt.  No matter what the weather happens to be doing — whether its snowing or scorching hot — these people will simply point to the nearest window and mumble, "Yeah man, global warming."

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Global warming is a perfect example of a left-wing cause that is based on bumper stickers and sound bites rather than logic and evidence.

Populists equalize poverty.  By populism, I mean the exploitation of the uninformed, angry impulses and unfiltered passions of the masses.  That anger and resentment has historically been directed at the usual villains and cardboard stereotypes:  bankers, insurance companies, "big pharma" (that means drug companies), agri-business, "the military-industrial complex," free trade, free markets and, of course, "the rich."  This mentality feeds on conspiracy theories and simplistic fantasies about the way the world works.  It seeks to impale the minority of "haves" on the pitchforks of the more numerous "have nots."

Why liberals fear global warming far more than conservatives do.  The usual liberal responses — to label a conservative position racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic or the like — obviously don't apply here.  So, liberals would have to fall back on the one remaining all-purpose liberal explanation:  "big business."

Stop your sobbing.  [Rachel Carson's] "Silent Spring" set the template for nearly a half century of environment writing:  wrap the latest scientific research about an ecological calamity in a tragic narrative that conjures nostalgia for Nature while prophesying ever worse disasters to come unless human societies repent for their sins against Nature and work for a return to a harmonious relationship with the natural world.  Eco-tragedies are premised on the notion that humankind's survival depends on understanding that ecological crises are a consequence of human intrusions on Nature, and that humans must let go of their consumer, religious, and ideological fantasies and recognize where their true self-interest lies.

A Democratic ploy for sympathy vote.  During the last election, the Democrats paraded Christopher Reeves out as a spokesman for stem-cell research.  Remember, if we did not elect John Kerry, Chris would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  The new "victim" for this year's dog-and-pony show is none other than actor Michael J. Fox.

The leftist gush:  Democrats appeal to reason while Republicans appeal to emotion, or at least that's the claptrap you get in a recent article in the New York Review of Books as one leftist praises another and both conveniently overlook a mountain of contrary evidence.

The Return of the Thought Police.  I mean no disregard for the sufferings of crime victims when I say we should be wary of laws named after them.  However well-intentioned, penal laws that memorialize victims deter reasoned debate about the rights of the accused.  They rely on emotional blackmail:  Oppose a law named for a murdered child, and you seem to insult her memory and exacerbate her parents' grief.

Frivolous politics:  Part IV.  It is not necessary to denigrate individuals in order to criticize their policies.  Unfortunately, there are too many voters — in both parties — who act as if choosing whom to vote for is like choosing sides to cheer or boo at a sports event.

In Politics, Aim for the Heart, Not the Head.  Given the enormous proliferation of policy questions today, surfing the emotional wave nowadays may be even more important than it was in 1935.  George E. Marcus, president of the International Society of Political Psychology, said modern research confirms that unless political ads evoke emotional responses, they don't have much effect.  Voters, he explained, need to be emotionally primed in some way before they will pay attention.

More politics of envy from the Democrats.  Wealth, of course, is produced by individuals going to work.  Not by politicians getting them ticked off that their neighbor is making more than they are.  But the latter is what the Democratic Party is about.

Bait and switch:  Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) was one of the few who actually talked about the Marriage Protection Amendment itself.  He called any vote for the amendment "a vote for bigotry, pure and simple."  Well, that's pretty straightforward.  If Mr. Kennedy is correct, then about half the Senate, the president of the United States, the Pope, Billy Graham, the late Mother Teresa, Franklin Roosevelt, the Founding Fathers and a majority of the U.S. electorate are or were drooling, raving hatemongers.

Zoning challenges now extend to feelings and belief.  Remember when the city of Berkeley, Calif., declared itself a "nuclear-free zone"? … Many communities, mostly left-leaning university towns, have declared themselves nuclear-free.  Churches too.  The Unitarian Universalist Association is a nuclear-free zone.  These moves led to a broad "zone" movement, which is dedicated to the idea that communities can get rid of hate, violence, drunkenness, bullying and nuclear fears, mostly by emphatically declaring these evils to be gone from their areas.

Harry Reid and the end of liberal thought:  The highest-ranking Democrat in America, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, described the Senate bill making English the national language of the American people as "racist."  And the New York Times editorial page labeled the bill "xenophobic."  Welcome to the thoughtless world of contemporary liberalism.  Beginning in the 1960s, liberalism, once the home of many deep thinkers, began to substitute feeling for thought and descended into superficiality.

The Democrats have issues.  The Democratic leadership is fractured and dominated by people who are hysterical, abusive and oblivious.

Liberals and the Woman Who Hates Them.  Reacting with stupefied indignation whenever someone disagrees with them — especially in a way that makes people point and laugh at liberals — they seem to be in a constant state of outrage.  Liberals, and the conservatives who fear them, have a look of perpetual outrage, kind of the way Nancy Pelosi has a look of perpetual surprise.



Liberals tend to shout down their opponents instead of reasoning with them.

The Illiberalism of liberals.  Do you see a pattern here?  Does there not seem to be a concerted effort to prevent any person with whom the liberal activists disagree from being heard in Vermont?  Is there not an effort to restrict First Amendment rights?

Thought Police:  The Left vs. Free Speech.  For expressing my views to readers like you on these pages, hardcore leftists believe I should be put on trial as a war criminal.  It tells you all you need to know about the extreme left's view of the First Amendment:  Free speech is great, as long as it's their free speech (or extreme pornography).  But dissenting views must be censored.  The more effective the opponent, the more important it is to shut him down.

Online activists on the right, unite!  A digital war has broken out, and the conservative movement is losing.  Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance.  Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power.  We must not let that go unanswered.

Being Shouted Down:  On March 11, I joined a growing fraternity — conservatives who've been prevented from speaking on college campuses.  Student storm troopers have become the final arbiters of who may speak and what views may be expressed in academia — once dedicated to free inquiry and open discussion, now as intellectually open as a Stalinist gulag.  The academic archipelago?



Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices.  Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.

Democrats Try to Use Katrina as G.O.P. Used 9/11.  Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, toured a house on Friday [4/24/2006] that the Hurricane Katrina floods wrecked, picking up debris, lamenting the federal response and leaving little doubt of the powerful symbolism his party sees in the ruined neighborhoods here.  As Mr. Dean's well-covered hurricane-cleanup mission suggested, New Orleans may well become for Democrats in 2006 and 2008 what New York was for Republicans after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, an evocative metaphor rooted in tragedy that can potentially be turned to electoral advantage.

[Notice that Mr. Dean manages to clean up debris without getting his white shirt dirty.]

Anti-Poverty Spending Grows.  Brian Riedl, senior policy analyst in federal budgetary affairs at The Heritage Foundation, … called for facts to overcome emotion in the claim the rich are shortchanging the poor.

Chill out over global warming.  You'll often hear the left lecture about the importance of dissent in a free society.  Why not give it a whirl?  Start by challenging global warming hysteria next time you're at a LoDo cocktail party and see what happens.

A post-9/11 vocabulary test:  You see it in the refusal to profile at the airport, limit immigration from terrorist-enabling countries, and shut down Saudi pilot training programs — even to this day — for fear of hurting feelings.  You will see it throughout the week-long commemoration of 9/11 as pundits and scholars deemphasize the jihadi roots of the terrorist attacks in favor of "dialogue" and "tolerance" and self-flagellation.

Liberals and Their False Idols:  As psychiatrist Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., points out in his new book, "The Liberal Mind:  The Psychological Causes of Political Madness," … the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization; satisfying infantile claims of entitlement, indulgence and compensation; augmenting primitive feelings of envy; rejecting the sovereignty of the individual and subordinating him to the will of the government."

Democrats oppose windmill power because the windmills are unsightly.  U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan and Nick Rahall, both West Virginia Democrats, are leading a high-profile fight against industrial wind farms on the state's mountaintop ridges. … Mollohan wrote, "Because of the huge physical size of these projects, their starkly industrial appearance, and the fact that they dominate the view of the entire area in which they are located, these projects naturally raise concerns when they are proposed to be sited in areas that people enjoy for their scenic, natural beauty."


"Success, simply by its existence, is proof positive to the Modern Liberal of some kind of chicanery and likely bigotry.  Failure, simply by its existence, is enough proof to them that failure has been victimized."


Coulter Foes Launch Hate-Filled Attacks.  Many of those writing the negative e-mails are outraged that a conservative would ask a conservative author questions from a conservative's perspective for a conservative newspaper.  One person writes, "You are so unfair and unbalanced!"  Well, there goes my shot as a Fox News anchor.

Liberals from another planet.  Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a liberal, and to have self-righteous blowhards like Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and Charles Schumer, speaking for me.  And then I wake up screaming.

"Unhinged":  Michelle [Malkin] deliberately chose the title, "Unhinged," purposely, to convey that the American Left, generally speaking, has long since come unglued, giving itself over to irrationality and extremism rather than reasoned discourse.

Patrick J. Kennedy faithful flooding Rhode Island GOP with 'hate mail'.  Rhode Island Republicans have received piles of "hate mail" from supporters of U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, angry that the GOP has called for the troubled six-term congressman to step down.  "This has clearly hit a raw nerve somewhere," Rhode Island GOP spokesman Chuck Newton told the Herald.  "We've received mountains of hate mail from all over."

The Senator who cried 'bigot'.  According to Minority Leader Harry Reid, even suggesting the Constitution should protect marriage as the union of husband and wife constitutes something like hate speech:  "For me, it is clear the reason for this debate is to divide our society, to pit one against another," Reid said.  "This is another one of the president's efforts to frighten, to distort, to distract and to confuse America."

The Terrell Owens Democrats.  The Terrell Owenization of the Democratic Party is pretty much complete.  Selfish, media-hogging, and utterly unconcerned about the impact of what they are doing to their team, the Dean-Reid-Pelosi Party has thrown its ongoing collective temper tantrum for months now.  And the media has shown up whenever they chose to flex their muscles in the driveway.

Attack dogs:  The boy who cried "Wolf" at least took the precaution of doing so when there was no alleged predator in view.  If he'd stood there crying "Wolf" while pointing at a hamster, he would have been led away for counseling.  That's the stage the Senate Democrats are at.

Your Turn.  Liberals seldom bother to attempt to marshal arguments.  Instead they resort to launching personal attacks and changing the subject.  Sometimes both in the same e-mail.

Fake but accurate.  Again.  Senator Ted Kennedy looks ridiculous today, in the wake of his foolish reliance on a bogus story of "repression" under the Bush administration's anti-terror efforts. … So the Senator's negative opinion, based on fiction, somehow is still real.  Because feelings matter more than facts, I suppose.

Good Economy, Bad Polls, What Gives?  President Bush's political opponents are always available and willing to poor-mouth the economy.  When he first entered Washington, all the talk was of recession.  That ended quickly, but Democrats clutched on to the budget deficit, caused of course by President Bush's tax cuts "for the rich."  Then it was unemployment; the worst economy since Hoover, they told us.  But the jobs situation improved during the 2004 campaign, so the "disappearing middle class" became the freak-out du jour.

Democrats Will Lose Because They Offer No Hope.  The Democrats offer no hope. It's that simple. The belief system of the Democratic Party is predicated on the assumption that there is no hope.  There is no hope that the poor and aged will ever be able to live financially independent of government aid.  There is no hope that we can still create a lasting peaceful democracy in Iraq.  There is no hope that we can guard our borders and remain the beacon of light on the hill.  There is no hope that women can survive having an unwanted child, even if that child could find love elsewhere.  There is no hope that those on welfare can take the reins of their own destiny.  There is no hope that God can be both primary in our hearts and ancillary in our politics.  There is no hope that marriage can remain a solely heterosexual institution.

Katrina Aftermath Highlights True Political Motives.  For liberals, the scope of the Katrina catastrophe, and the degree to which America is preoccupied with it, represent a golden opportunity to exploit emotions and distort circumstances as a means to maximize the political mileage that might be gained from it.  Such callous behavior, while heartless and absolutely appalling, is also absolutely consistent with standard liberal operating procedure.

Liberal reactions to the marriage amendment are not deep.  Virtually every news report about President George W. Bush's support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman describes it as "pandering" to the "far Right," the "radical Right" or, less pejoratively, "social conservatives" of the Republican Party.  Democrats regularly describe the amendment as enshrining "discrimination in the Constitution."  In the words of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., "A vote for the amendment is a vote for bigotry — pure and simple."

Hate speech from the left - 2005 edition.  [2004 was] another year in which liberals engaged in, and mostly got away with, grotesque slanders and slurs about conservatives — the kind of poisonous rhetoric that should be unheard-of in a decent society.  Once again, too many on the left — not crackpots from the fringe, but mainstream players and pundits — chose to demonize conservatives as monsters rather than debate their ideas on the merits.

The extreme sport of insult:  The hard left decided long ago that George W. Bush is Hitler.  In maddened corners of the Internet and at swastika-choked antiwar marches, Bush is shown with a Nazi uniform or a Hitler mustache.

DNC Stands By Rangel After 'Hate Speech'.  The Democratic National Committee yesterday [9/27/2005] refused to distance itself from Rep. Charles Rangel's comparison of President Bush to an infamous Southern segregationist, Theophilus "Bull" Connor, remarks the Republican National Committee identified as "hate speech" and urged the DNC to repudiate.

A major problem for the Democrats:  The headline is this:  "Democrats Fragmented and in Disarray."  The story has two aspects that must trouble those Democrats who understand media.  The first aspect is that it is filled with dire portents.  Journalists are attracted to dire portents whether the portents are true or palpably absurd.  The second aspect that must trouble Democrats is that this news story happens to be true.

Catchy slogan
Catchy slogans make great bumper stickers, but they usually don't mean anything.  Take this one, for example.  Wouldn't it be more meaningful (and honest) to say, "Vote for the Abortion Party", or, "Vote for the people who brought you 1.6–Gallon Toilets", or "Let's Outlaw Everything that isn't Mandatory"?

Democrats' language is for 'losers'.  The Democrats' awkward new slogan — "Together, America can do better" — may not say much more than "Anybody would be an improvement on the current bunch of bozos," yet many Democrats are hoping that it will be enough to bring the party back to life this fall.

Supping at the children's table.  We must look at the Republicans as the Adult Party and the Democrats as naughty children sent to sup at the children's table.  Republicans lead, Democrats rebel.  George W. nominates serious judges and the Democrats throw tantrums.  Conservatives, dominant in the Adult Party, who try to conserve traditional ideals are, ironically, in the vanguard.

Hating Bush:  We have reached the point where much political debate consists of insults and name-calling, every attack is likely to be called a "lynching," and tired expressions such as "institutional terrorism," "institutional racism," and "intellectual McCarthyism" are supposed to be taken as real arguments.

Self-indulgence:  The enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country.  Elections are supposed to be an alternative to other ways of settling political differences, including riots, military coups and dictatorships.  But riots have been re-christened "demonstrations" by the mealy-mouth media.

Hate in America:  The protesters, while unable to disrupt the Republican National Convention as intended, represented a disturbing new development in the nation's politics:  hatred in the streets.  The organized demonstrations were purely negative, attacking George W. Bush with scant expression of support for John Kerry.  Individual marchers singled out any person they thought might be a convention delegate, firing off angry, often obscene, denunciations.

Politics Of Hate:  Its one thing to scare senior citizens about Social Security reform with hate speech, but to go so far as staging an assassination of the president over his idea for a Social Security fix, is kind of over the top.  In researching the politics of hate, I was surprised to get 1,690,000 hits on Google for "hate Bush."  But I was astonished to get 1,140,000 for "kill Bush."

Blind Anger.  Anger, the most toxic of emotions, has poisoned the American left and much of the Democratic Party. ... Anger has become the fashionable political mood in America's faculty lounges, big city newsrooms, and Democratic political events.  Anger is a terrific motivator.  Angry people contribute money, go to events, wear buttons, t-shirts, and funny hats, and readily slap bumper stickers on their Volvos, Beetles, mini-vans, and Lexuses.

The Ignorant and the Idiotic?  On the web, embittered liberals and Democratic activists are peddling spurious stories, urban legends really, about how IQ is inversely correlated with voting Republican.  In reality, no correlation exists.

Liberal chattering class unhinged.  Democrats have acted like victims of robbery the last four years, but now they're acting like women scorned, rejected by a dueling banjo-wielding electorate.  I guess I suspected they'd take their losses badly, but I didn't realize they'd unshackle all gentlemanly restraints on their septic bitterness.

Morals hypocrisy:  Isn't it ironic that liberals seem to resent conservatives for promoting moral issues and being judgmental when every ounce of their leftist fiber bristles with an air of moral superiority?  It's a turf thing, a matter of entitlement.  Liberals are truly annoyed that large segments of the population vote Republican primarily because of social issues, when for decades the "progressives" have claimed to have a monopoly on morality and compassion.

Michelle Malkin Axed for Views.  My experience, both as a columnist and an observer of life, is that liberals consider any bold assertion of conservative political thought "mean-spirited."  Indeed, the liberals' favorite charge against conservatives is that they are intrinsically mean, uncompassionate people.



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  and a tragedy to those who feel."

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