Hawkings Vs Frum Redux

Round two of the dust up…:

Actually, I, like most conservatives, do not advocate groupthink or demand people rigidly stick to the “company line.” We actually have a simpler request: We just want people who are billed as Republicans and conservatives to actually be on the same side we are. The editorial pages in the newspapers slant liberal. The columnists slant liberal. Even the news in the newspapers slants liberal. Hell, even the TV shows and movies slant liberal. So finally, after all that, you run across a “conservative” in the mainstream media giving an opinion and guess what? He’s been given a platform to speak because he agrees with the liberals. That’s what people like David Frum get paid to do, I’m sick of it, and I’m not doing anything else to reward people like him, including allowing them to get into the Blogads Conservative Hive.

via Right Wing News vs. David Frum, Little Green Footballs, Media Matters, & Excitable Andy! – Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views).

Programs get yer programs! You can’t tell a dumb ass from an idiot without a program…..

….Well, I am a capitalist…. :P :D :lol:

Video — Unreal: Former Oil Cleanup Worker says the clean up effort is all for show

(H/T to Jim Hoft @ Gateway Pundit)

The Video:

The Story Via WKRG.com News:

Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That’s what she was told, she says.

Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.

She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.

Warren says she believes money is being wasted on the crews and says “At some point the real clean-up will have to begin, but I’m afraid the money will be gone.”

She used a shovel and dug down six, eight, maybe twelve inches into the sand to show us the layers of oil close to the shoreline.

Unreal. Obama think he can actually hoodwink America. He thought wrong. A free press will bring you down every time.

Unbelievable and quite sad. :(

Tee Hee: John Edwards get his rump shaker on!

*snort*

Edwards stayed for two hours, leaving around midnight. He drank white wine and light beer, according to multiple attendees. After a while, Edwards made his way to the dance floor. “He was kind of uncomfortably dancing,” Jentgen says. “He was just happy to be with people who weren’t going to judge him.” Edwards cut loose, dancing to everything from salsa to Wreckx-n-Effect’s 1992 rap hit “Rump Shaker.” via After The Fall | The New Republic

Yeah, we’re talking about this guy:

Oh.my.goodness that’s pee in the pants funny! :lol:

Go Figure: Democrats say no to Republican visit to the gulf

(H/T JammieWearingFool)

Via Politico:

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand.

House Democrats said no.

Scalise’s trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons, but it has also opened a new vein of partisan squabbling over who should be allowed to arrange a trip to view the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Republicans want to be able to take trips using their office spending allowance. But Democrats have heard from the Department of Homeland Security, which has asked that Congress organize trips through committees of jurisdiction, to avoid having to cater to a ton of individual lawmakers in a disaster zone, Democratic aides say. GOP leaders say they’ve heard nothing of this.

The squabbling over who gets to travel to the Gulf on whose dime is the latest sign that congressional oversight of the oil spill oversight from Capitol Hill has been bogged down by partisanship. Congress has held upwards of 20 hearings on the disaster, often duplicative ones each week, as lawmakers struggle to grasp and fully realize the scope of BP’s giant oil spill.

Scalise, who has already been to the Gulf on another codel, wants to organize a trip so lawmakers can fully grasp the impact before they vote on oil drilling regulations. And he doesn’t want to do it through a committee, because the members don’t fit neatly into specific panels — they stretch across committee, and even partisan, lines.

About two weeks ago, Scalise requested to be able to use his Members Representational Allowance – a fund typically reserved for office expenses and travel back to the district – to go to the Gulf with a group of about 10 other lawmakers.

He sought permission from the House Administration committee, which regulates office account spending and would have to approve the trip. After a few weeks, Scalise was ping-ponged between several committees. Eventually, John Lawrence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) chief of staff, told Scalise’s chief that “it was unlikely that the request would be granted” by the House Administration Committee.

Republicans, however, say Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.), who chairs the committee, has approved at least a dozen such trips in 2009 alone – something Democrats don’t deny.

“Unless there is some extraordinary reason to prohibit this trip – which has yet to be communicated to us – this is an unacceptable departure from past practices,” said Rep, Dan Lungren of California, the top Republican on the administration committee. “This is an educational trip for members using their own representational budgets to see, first-hand, the devastating impact of the Gulf spill. Our travel regulations permit this type of travel in support of our official representational duties, and unfortunately, this disaster is already having environmental and economical implications for the entire country – not just those districts represented by Members sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”

Now could you just imagine, like JammieWearingFool said, if the Republicans had done this to the Democrats after Katrina?

Like I said in the title… Go figure… :roll:

I think I am in love with Pamela Gorman!

Pamala Gorman 2010 official website.

and…

Give liberally! :D

Good News: Son of Hamas Author Mosab Hassan Yousef will NOT be deported!

This is very good news. I am glad to see that our Dept. of Homeland Security wised up on this one….

EMET has just received word directly from Mosab that the Government has officially dismissed its deportation case against Mosab Hassan Yousef at a federal detention center in San Diego.Mosab has told us that it was thanks to the efforts of EMET that the government decided to dismiss its case and grant him political asylum.

EMET is enormously grateful to all those who played a part in standing with Mosab during this time, and helping the Department of Homeland Security come to understand what a grave error deporting Mosab would have been. – Via Breaking News: Government Dismisses Deportation Case Against Mosab Hassan Yousef | EMET Blog

I haven’t read all of this man’s book. But from what I have read it is very good. Click here to get it.

(Via Right Truth)

Thank You President Obama: White House waives rules and lets McChrystal retire with 4 stars

I may have many quarrels with this White House over many things. But this is not one of them. Mr. President, you have done well here sir. :)

President Obama has agreed to waive a Pentagon rule and let outgoing Gen. Stanley McChrystal retire at his full four-star rank, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.

While the general is short of the time needed to retire at his current pay grade, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would ensure he keeps his rank as he steps down.

“The president believes and has talked with Secretary Gates about this, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure he, somebody who has served the country as he has, can retire at a four-star level,” Gibbs told reporters.

McChrystal resigned as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan last week after he and his staff were quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine article criticizing and mocking key administration officials, and he announced Monday that he would retire from the Army.

A senior Pentagon official told CNN that he would have to have held his rank for three years before qualifying for full retirement benefits — but Obama is waiving that requirement because of McChrystal’s many years of “honorable service,” the official said. — Via White House to let McChrystal retire with 4 stars – CNN.com

I think this was a great thing to do. Many a partisan blogger, on the right, will slam dunk the President and say that this was some sort of a political move. I disagree; the President knows that our Military is the finest in the World and that we need them to continue the war on terrorism. This shows that, I believe that McChrystal was set up by this weasel that worked for Rolling Stone Magazine and I believe that the President most likely knows this, this is maybe why the President is allowing McChrystal to keep his stars and his retirement.

So, again, Mr. President thank you for showing your humanity. :)

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard channels Ron Paul?

Now 20 years ago; this would have been considered crazy talk! Now, it’s main stream… Somewhere Ron Paul is smiling broadly.

Like a mad aunt, the Fed is slowly losing its marbles.

Kartik Athreya, senior economist for the Richmond Fed, has written a paper condemning economic bloggers as chronically stupid and a threat to public order.

Matters of economic policy should be reserved to a priesthood with the correct post-doctoral credentials, which would of course have excluded David Hume, Adam Smith, and arguably John Maynard Keynes (a mathematics graduate, with a tripos foray in moral sciences).

[…]

“Economics is hard. Really hard. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-boggingly hard it is. I mean you may think doing the Sunday Times crossword is difficult, but that’s just peanuts to economics. And because it is so hard, people shouldn’t blithely go shooting their mouths off about it, and pretending like it’s so easy. In fact, we would all be better off if we just ignored these clowns.”

via Time to shut down the US Federal Reserve? – Telegraph Blogs.

I encourage you to go read the rest of this; because it is very, very interesting. I just cannot believe that talk of closing the fed is now mainstream! WOW!

Others: The Other McCain

It’s about time Barry!

What the hell took him so long?

The United States is accepting help from 12 countries and international organizations in dealing with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. is working out the particulars of the help that’s been accepted.

The identities of all 12 countries and international organizations were not immediately announced. One country was cited in the State Department statement — Japan, which is providing two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom.

More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill. The State Department hasn’t indicated why some offers have been accepted and others have not.

via US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill – Yahoo! Finance.

Even the left is saying it; this Oil Spill is Obama’s Katrina.

Others: Weekly Standard, US Department of State, Townhall.com, Fausta’s Blog, Hot Air, Weasel Zippers, Conservatives4Palin.com and Right Wing News

Speaking of stupid minorities

There’s this idiot:

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has written the leaders of more than a dozen major U.S. Jewish groups and denominations seeking “repair of my people from the damage” he claims Jews have caused blacks for centuries.

Farrakhan sent the letter along with two books from the Nation of Islam Historical Research Team that the 77-year-old minister said prove “an undeniable record of Jewish Anti-Black behavior,” starting with the slave trade and Jim Crow laws.

“We could charge you with being the most deceitful so-called friend, while your history with us shows you have been our worst enemy,” he wrote.

Farrakhan has long accused Jews of wrongdoing in speeches, but he has rarely addressed Jewish groups so directly in writing.

The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group which distributed copies of the letter, said in a statement Tuesday that Farrakhan’s “anti-Semitism is obsessive, diabolical and unrestrained. He has opened a new chapter in his ministry where scapegoating Jews is not just part of a message, but the message.”

via Nation of Islam leader accuses Jews of ‘anti-black’ behavior, asks for dialogue | Washington Examiner.

Hmmm, I wonder if he knows about this right here?

Look, I am not a overly Zionist person. I support Israel’s right to exist and such; but I am not overly nutty about it; like some. But this is just straight up Anti-Semitic tripe. If this man were any other nationality; he would have been already removed from the public square. But because he is black, he gets a free pass. Kinda like BreitBart.

Others: Gateway Pundit, The Other McCain, Atlas Shrugs, Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav


It’s a good idea…but…

If Andrew Breitbart thinks that anyone is going to do this; he is smoking some harsh stuff.

I’ve had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I’d really like to spend it on a worthy cause. So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public a unique insight in the workings of the Democrat-Media Complex, I’m offering $100,000 for the full “JournoList” archive, source fully protected. Now there’s an offer somebody can’t refuse. Via » Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected – Big Journalism

I admit it; I have some serious issues with Breitbart. The stuff he said about Ted Kennedy, after his death on twitter made my blood boil. The reason is this, The Kennedy family has done more for the disabled and handicapped in this Country than anyone else. My family has a disabled person in it, her name is Martha. Martha is my mother’s sister. Martha is, in fact, mentally retarded or “Developmentally Disabled” as the politically correct crowd likes to call it. To me, saying that stuff, especially after Ted Kennedy’s death, was about the lowest thing anyone could do; and it was a slap in the face to every disabled and handicapped person out there. I guess I was just raised differently, that you just did not speak ill of the dead. Once their gone, it’s and what they did in this life is in the past. I just found his comments and his totally irreverent behavior to be incredibly distasteful and horribly offensive. I also tend to believe that the man went unscathed because of his ethnic background as well. But that is just my personal opinion on that one.

Others: Althouse, Newsbroke, Crooked Timber, Riehl World View, Weekly Standard, Mediaite, Vanity Fair, Gateway
Pundit
, The Moderate Voice, Felix Salmon, FishbowlDC, The Awl, Outside the Beltway, Daily Pundit, Pajamas
Media
, Media Decoder, Moe Lane, Fausta’s Blog, FrumForum, Whiskey Fire and The Classless Society, More @ Memeorandum and Media Gazer

So very wrong… but so very funny!

Iowahawk does it again…. :D

My favorite part:

MATTHEW YGLESIAS: i just hope we dont run into olbermann

EZRA KLEIN: eeewww

JOSH MARSHALL: ewww

ERIC BOEHLERT: eeeewww

EZRA KLEIN: FIRST!

MATTHEW YGLESIAS: that guy is kinda creepy

EZRA KLEIN: ya,, isnt he kinda old to be hanging around chat rooms and mall theaters

ERIC BOEHLERT: did he ever offer u a ride in his van?

JOSH MARSHALL: ya, like yesterday

via iowahawk: I’ll Take a Cashier’s Check, Mr. Breitbart.

You think that’s funny try reading the whole thing.

Video: Obama’s Oil Spill Timeline

In light of this right here…. This more than appropriate:

Oil Spill Timeline from RightChange on Vimeo.

Fellow Michigan Blogger Needs Help

It seems a fellow Blogger from the Detroit Michigan area could use some help….:

I am so screwed friends. I’m so desperate for a job I applied yesterday to be a server in a ribs joint for 2 nights a week. The good news is it was a very short application. The bad news is before I left the woman who took it, asked for my birthday. She made it pretty clear that I’m too old for the job. That’s not even legal of course, but who’s going to sue over a two night job? I didn’t get the good bartending job either. I see the ad is out of the paper.

But that’s not the worst part. I got a letter from the bank. They cut off my credit card. I was depending on that to pay my bills this month. I won’t even be able to afford my medications now, much less buy food. Not that the food is so important. I don’t eat much anyway and I have enough in the cupboards to last a while. Besides I’m so upset I haven’t been to able to eat anyway. I can barely hold down the food. Not to mention the heat is making me sick. I haven’t turned on my AC because I was trying to keep the electric bill down. It averages from 85 to 90 in the apartment and it’s too hot to eat anything but pasta salad. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been able to sleep more than five hours for a week since I was already freaking about the job situation. I wake up in a panic. Sometimes I vomit. I lost five pounds this week.Via – The Impolitic: I am so really screwed

Now some people would want to know why I would even remotely even want to help someone from the other side of political fence. I will answer this:

  1. Politics is one thing and real life is another.
  2. I am in a similar situation myself. If it were not for my parents, I would be in the same spot.
  3. She’s a Lady; a liberal lady, but I digress….  and I am about a sucker for a damsel in distress.

….and for the most important reason:

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. — (Romans 12:20-21 KJV)

Further More….:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. — (Matthew 5:43-45 KJV)

and…..:

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.(Luke 6:27-35 KJV)

That is the reason. As much as I have issues with the modern day Church world; and it’s Americanized version of Christianity. I have not forgotten, nor have I abandoned my Christian Faith. Therefore I implore every Christian and Conservative who reads this blog, to open their hearts and their wallets to help this lady out.

Click to head on over and make a donation via PayPal.

Sometimes, there are things that are much more important, than political jousting. This, is one of those times.

Custard Store Owner speaks out on Biden: “I was shocked!”

Remember when Vice-President Joe Biden called that Custard Stand owner a “Smart Ass?”

Well, now that Custard Stand owner is speaking out: (H/T to Gateway Pundit)

Jim Hoft Snarks:

Scott Borkin should have known better. How dare he request a top Obama Administration official to cut taxes!

Who does he think he is?

HEH! Too funny… :lol:

Why do Conservatives and Libertarians continue to bring up Senator Byrd’s involvement in the Klan?

This is getting to be quite old. The continuing defamation of a dead man.

The cheap shot against Byrd is that he was back in the day an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan and writing letters as late as 1946 that “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.” I consider it a cheap shot because he did apologize for and disown his participation in the group. Better late than never, I suppose, even if it does make you wonder about all those politicians of his generation, even ones from the Deep South, who never felt a need to recruit for the KKK and never prattled on about “white niggers” like some back-country Norman Mailer. —Let’s Not Forget Sen. Byrd’s Negative Legacy – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Okay, so why did this reason writer even feel the need to even bring it up? Why? I’ll tell you why. To make a cheap political point; that is not entirely based in factual information. It just so happens that the Democratic Party fought hard in 1964 to get the civil rights bill passed. Yes, Byrd was one of the Southern Democrats who objected to that bill. It also happens to be a fact that Senator Barry Goldwater, a Libertarian Conservative, who also objected to it as well. As did many Conservatives as well.

It also just so happens that Byrd apologized time and time again for his involved in the Klan, From Wikipedia:

When running for the United States House of Representatives in 1952, he announced “After about a year, I became disinterested, quit paying my dues, and dropped my membership in the organization. During the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the Klan.” He said he had joined the Klan because he felt it offered excitement and was anti-communist.[10] However, in 1946 or 1947 he wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.”[19]

In 1997, he told an interviewer he would encourage young people to become involved in politics, but to “Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don’t get that albatross around your neck. Once you’ve made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena.”[20] In his latest autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a member because he “was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision—a jejune and immature outlook—seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.”[21] Byrd also said, in 2005,

I know now I was wrong.
Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times …
and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what
happened.

For me, that is more than enough of an explanation. Let us also remember that a revered voice on the Conservative/Republican side, Strom Thurmond was also a supporter of Segregation and also reportedly a bitter racist as well.  Besides all that; While I do not condone that actions of the Klan, especially the violence towards blacks. We need to be real about all this; “Celebrating Diversity” is a joke. Just ask this guy here.

I just stand amazed of the tactics of some of the Bloggers who call themselves “Conservative”; how they engage in the tactics of the liberal left of race-bating anyone who disagrees with their dogmatic position on race. Some of them seriously need to come down to reality and realize that their ideas on race are just flat wrong. I also find it amazing that they will attack White people who stood for their own race; but they will condemn a black man in the White House, all the while kissing up to the Zionist element in Jewish Conservative politics.

Some people need to just get real…. :roll:

Rick Santelli goes off again: Stop Spending!

This comes via the AmSpec Blog: (HotAir.com)

A living example of why I will never ever vote Democrat again, ever

So much asshole in so much of a space…

From AVClub: (H/T to Big Hollywood)

AVC: You did spend last year as a very visible target of right-wing hate because of that comment you made about teabaggers.

JG: But I don’t know if it’s on anybody’s mind. It’s on the teabagger-type mind, but I don’t know if it’s on normal people’s minds. Does that make sense? The teabagger thing and the right-wing thing—they pick easy targets, and a female in the entertainment industry is low-hanging fruit. It’s very easy to mock and marginalize people in general who are in the entertainment industry, for some reason. But then definitely there’s the double standard and the misogyny that goes through it as well. They’ve got no problem with Will Ferrell or Alec Baldwin or Viggo Mortensen, but they tend to take issue when a female says something. It’s just an easier person to bully. And they just love making mountains out of molehills. It’s just a fact. If you don’t recognize the racist element in the teabag movement, you’re either dishonest, or you’ve never seen the teabag movement, or heard of it, or been acquainted with it in any way.

AVC: You’ve also been called out by name and invited to tea parties by people like Deroy Murdock and other African-Americans within the Tea Party—people who probably don’t know you from anything else—ostensibly just so they can prove to you that there are minorities involved, so therefore they aren’t racists.

JG: But not really. They’ve put that out on their side. They have never really invited me. They claim that they have, but they really haven’t. And having said that, I would never go. They will always say, “I invited so and so, and she declined,” when they’ve never gotten in touch with me. [Laughs.] But then also, a lot of the things they say I say, I’ve never said. They just make things up whole cloth. There’s a fake Facebook me. There’s a fake me Twittering. Sometimes, when it was at the height of right-wing nonsense picking on me, there would be a fake me writing letters to the editor. Just totally not even something I’ve ever said, that will then become part of the echo chamber. But they also pretend they’ve asked me lots of things they’ve never asked me.

AVC: I’m glad you mentioned that fake Twitter account. I was wondering if you were aware of that.

JG: I am aware of it. There’s unfortunately nothing I can do about it.

AVC: Well, you could get your own verified Twitter account, just to get your name back.

JG: I would, but why would I do that?

AVC: Just to take it away from this guy, I guess. He has like 6,000 followers.

JG: I don’t even know why somebody’s Twittering as me. I don’t understand it, and I wish that it would stop. But there’s nothing that can be done. It’s so terrible.

AVC: And there are some blogs that have actually quoted from it as though it’s a quote from you.

JG: Oh God! Would you do me a huge favor, and in this article please reiterate that that is not me?

AVC: Sure, although I think it’s pretty obvious when you look at it that it’s just a guy using it to promote his own Internet radio station—like it’ll say something about teabaggers, then “Oh, and I really love this radio station!”

JG: [Laughs.] I didn’t know that. That is so awful. Where is his account and stuff?

AVC: It’s just “Janeane Garofal” without the “o” at the end.

JG: Ah! Janeane Garofal! That’s so weird that somebody would do that.

AVC: Well, that’s what happens when you don’t have a web presence.

JG: I guess so! But please, like I said, if you could do me that huge favor and make it clear that that’s not me.

AVC: You mention in your special—and there’s been footage of folks like Fox News’ Griff Jenkins doing this—that after the teabagger comment, people would ambush you with video cameras after your shows. Does that kind of thing still happen?

JG: Yeah, occasionally. Not as much as it used to. It used to happen quite a bit. Now it’s just every so often, and there’s a lot of people that call in and pretend when I’m doing a radio interview. Like, say I’m doing stand-up in Baltimore or something, and the club sets up different press things that you do to promote the show, like a few morning-radio shows, what have you. There will be ambushes on that, where it’ll be a right-wing show, but they’ll pretend that it’s not, or they pretend that they want to talk about the stand-up show. But they don’t. They do a gotcha thing. Like I said, it’s just low-hanging fruit. If they were serious about their politics or had any integrity at all, they wouldn’t give a shit at all about me. But since it’s just blood sport for them, and since they don’t really care about issues, they do pranks on me. Or sometimes I’ll go to a town, and they’ll cancel my hotel reservations. They’ll find out where I’m staying and cancel it, or prank phone call the room.

AVC: Or send you a bunch of pizzas you didn’t order?

JG: It’s never been pizzas. That would be good. No, just calling and hanging up, or when I check in, they say, “Oh, Miss Garofalo, we were told you canceled.” It’s just kind of something that happens a lot, and like I said, it just shows me that they’re not serious about it. Because why would you spend time on that if you were truly interested in honest policy or the effect politics has on society?

AVC: Last year, Lou Dobbs accused you of being hypocritical for encouraging people to protest during Bush’s administration, but then dismissing the Tea Party protests. How would you say the situations are different?

JG: First of all, Lou Dobbs is ridiculous. Secondly, there was plenty to protest for the Bush administration. Protesting the color of a man’s skin is not a worthy protest. That’s what the teabaggers are about. The first Tea Party protest was scheduled for Inauguration Day. So what were they upset about? Which part of the job he was doing before he even did it were they upset about? Secondly, if they claim to be upset with government corruption, government takeover, crazy spending, where were they from 2000 to 2008? Right? And why weren’t they protesting the stolen elections?

And Lou Dobbs is a very anti-immigrant guy. His credibility is nil as far as I’m concerned. Like I said, I would never join the Tea Partiers, because I don’t have a problem with the color of Obama’s skin. I don’t have a problem with immigrants. You know what I mean? I do have genuine problems with policy and government corruption. Sure I do. And I speak very candidly about that, regardless of who’s in office. But since the Tea Partiers are ridiculous, why would I urge anyone to participate with them?

AVC: One more: While you were in the thick of protesting the Iraq War, you were quoted as saying “a lot of people who like to wrap themselves in the flag, hide behind Jesus, and be aggressive—some of those people are not intellectual powerhouses. So that’s why they cleave into very us-vs.-them, black-and-white visions of the world.” Do you not think calling all teabaggers “racist rednecks” encourages its own us-vs.-them mentality?

JG: Well, I would say two things to that. First of all, “redneck” is a state of mind, not a person. So the “racist redneck” thing is a state of mind, not a geographical location. So I don’t mean to imply that it’s just Southerners. And if you don’t recognize the racist underpinnings and the emotional reactive response you’re getting from these teabaggers because we have a black president, then you are either being dishonest, or you’ve never seen the teabaggers. And also, like I said, if they were so concerned with this stuff, then the year 2000 starting with the stolen election would have been a great time to present themselves. That’s A.

Secondly, when I talk about people wrapping themselves in the flag and hiding behind Jesus—that’s an anti-intellectual thing to do in the political process, because legally, allegedly we have a separation between church and state. That’s a legal precedent that’s never observed. When people are trying to do something that’s not in your best interest, they will wrap it in the flag and hide behind Jesus, which is a corrupt thing to do. I’ve got no problem with religion if you’re going to use it for the good, like Gandhi or Martin Luther King. But that’s rarely the case when it comes to politics. It’s usually used as a con. It’s just not an intellectual thing to do. I’m not saying that the person is stupid. I’m just saying that in the political process, how is it relevant? How is it relevant to what goes on in the halls of government to bring up questions of religion? Like the flag-burning nonsense the people used to divert attention from something. Or even when Obama just did the British Petroleum speech, and he did the Fisherman’s Prayer. How in the world is that relevant to anything that anybody needs to know or hear about this corporate corruption? Or about what can be done about it, or how this happened? What would be more important to know is why does Ken Salazar still have his job? I don’t need to know about this prayer. [Laughs.]

It’s an anti-intellectual pursuit, and it’s usually used as a way to pander to people to divert their attention. I don’t know how else to answer you besides saying the teabaggers—do I know every single one of them? No. Can I see that there’s a lot of racist bullshit going on? Absolutely. Would it have been welcome to see more of these “anti-government” types around after the stolen election? It would have been good to see it. I wouldn’t have liked to see them with their immigrant-bashing and their stupid signs.

But let me ask you a question also: What makes you think—and I ask this in general, or of anybody who asks this question—what makes you think the teabag movement isn’t racist?

AVC: It’s not that I totally disagree with you, but I suppose the presence of minorities in their videos and such is their way of showing that they aren’t racist.

JG: And I would say those people suffer from Stockholm syndrome. [Laughs.]

AVC: And I do worry that characterizing the entire movement as racist is dismissive enough to make it one of those “us-vs.-them” situations that you were so against before—in a way that it almost hinders the argument.

JG: I don’t think it does. I think what hinders the argument is when people are afraid of hurting the feelings of racists and people who are genuinely—some of them—out of their minds. They demand to see Obama’s birth certificate. They claim that he wants to kill our grandparents with his health care. They want to be able to carry their guns into every public place. Why do we need to coddle these people? And in this case, I guess it is an “us-vs.-them,” in that I don’t see how people who demand to see his birth certificate, and people who don’t want health care, and who come armed to town-hall meetings—there is a distinct difference between that kind of citizen and another kind of citizen. It is technically us-vs.-them. [Laughs.] And actually, they would probably be proud as punch to say that. They seem to love to have an enemy. They love the idea of fighting against some system.

I think what actually isn’t helpful is that so few people seem to be willing to really discuss this. I don’t know why in this country we coddle corporate criminals, war criminals, and racists. People walk on eggshells around them, and yet they will say a word like “liberal” as if it’s pejorative. Or somebody who wants unions or reproductive justice, they will treat them like there’s something wrong with that person. Does that make sense? People seem to be more frightened of upsetting a war criminal or a racist and more willing to disparage a very nice guy like Dennis Kucinich. Does that make sense? They seem to feel fine picking on him for some reason, but then it’s, “Oh God, don’t say anything about Glenn Beck.” Or about somebody who speaks at the Tea Party conference and says veiled racist things. They don’t really want to come out and point a finger at that guy, but they’re willing to make all kinds of jokes and cavalier comments about somebody like Dennis Kucinich or Harry Reid. I don’t understand why that is. But anyway, could I be any more more long-winded?

If that’s what the Democratic Party has become. I’ll never vote for them again, ever.

What I would really like for my birthday

Yeah, in case, you ain’t heard… I’ve proved the bastards wrong….again.

I turned 38 years old today. Two years away from 40! Holy Hell… :shock: :eek:

Just seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my room, sulking, because I had turned 30 and didn’t have much to show for it.

Well, that was 8 years ago… Wow… Does not seem that long ago… But, it was. :)

Anyhow, Here’s present that I just love to own… As you all know; I am a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator; General Class.

On Christmas, I blogged about how much I’d love to own a Ameritron AL-1200 and a Icom 7800. While the ICOM 7800 is nice, the AL-1200 is unrealistic at this point. Mainly because the costs involved; and because I would have run 220 into the bedroom here to run it. Which would be a major pain in the butt.

Enter the Ameritron AL-572:

More Photos at  Ham Radio Market

AL572Q $1819.95 from R & L Electronics. 1300W (4) 572B W/QSK-5PC INSTALLED 110V

The QSK-5PC is a unit that allows full break in CW… and Vox without wearing out the relay…

Tip Jar here.

John Hawkings tells David Frum “Get Bent!”

Now before I report on this one. I have to make the following disclosure; I am in the following Advertising Hives on BlogAds:

BlogAds is a great way to advertise and besides, it helps one of the most important people on this blog… ME! ;) :D :P So, if you’re looking to promote a group, an event or anything else for that matter. I high recommend that you give BlogAds a whirl…

Okay, now that I got that all out of the way. It seems that John Hawkins over at Right Wing News basically told David Frum where to get off and to take short bus to get there:

Ah, I’ve been waiting for this.

You see, I don’t work for Blogads (or Google. Not sure where that came from), but I do indeed run the Blogads Conservative Hive (It’s a great place to buy conservative ads).

In May, someone representing Frum’s blog wrote me (I don’t see the point of dragging his name into it), noted that FrumForum had joined Blogads, and asked to be included in the Hive.

Now, as a general rule, I try to be very open minded about who gets into the Blogads Conservative Hive. If they’re generally friendly to conservatives and seem to have a mostly conservative audience, I don’t mind having them on board. So, aside from conservative blogs, there are Libertarian blogs in the Hive and there are blogs I’d call center-right. It goes without saying that there are plenty of issues where members of the Hive, myself included, don’t see eye-to-eye.

I ca attest to that; I am in the Conservative Hive myself. I do not agree with Hawkings all of the time either. Hell, I was one of the first people that told Hawkings that Chuckie Johnson needed to get the heave ho. But, at the time, he said he wasn’t going to do that. I am quite glad that he reconsidered. But I do still see Chuck Johnson’s Blog Entries in the RSS Feed Ad; for whatever that’s worth.

Hawkings goes to explain the situation and ends with this:

There’s an easy answer to that question: the mainstream media loves “conservatives” and “Republicans” who will trash whomever the Left hates most. So, if you’re willing to talk about how Sarah Palin is a hick, Glenn Beck is a crank, Rush Limbaugh is bad for the country, and the Tea Party is bad for democracy, the mainstream media will reward you  —  and because conservatives pride themselves on being open minded, they’ll all too often give you a pass for your atrocious behavior — especially since the MSM doesn’t insist you play their game all the time. As long as you’re willing to say what they want about the people they hate the most, they’ll reward you with a cover story at Newsweek and then in your off time, you can churn out a few articles to point gullible conservatives towards while you’re trying to guilt them into taking you seriously by crying “epistemic closure!”

This is what David Frum does for a living — and don’t think he doesn’t know it. Even the people who write for him know it. I ran into someone who writes for his blog at an event once. He was extremely defensive about writing for them. I must have heard him tell at least three people, myself included, something akin to, “I write for FrumForum, but please don’t hold that against me.”

Long story short, everybody has to make a living. But, I’m not interested in helping people like Frum play this little game where they try to cripple conservatives publicly while coming around on the back end to milk us for money. If Frum wants to be a dancing monkey for the Left, let them come up with the money to pay for the tune.

Countdown to Frum accusing Hawkings of being an Anti-Semite and this being some sort of plot against the Jooooos by the Conservative right; You know, Debbie Schlussel style…. in 5…..4…..3….2……

Oh and By the way; Hawkings…. You say:

Right Wing News: Alexa Traffic Rank: 48,922

Linkiest: Alexa Traffic Rank: 57,054

FrumForum: Alexa Traffic Rank: 69,535

Well, Um, politicalbyline.com Alexa Traffic Rank: 823,308

..and he says:

well, I’m a peon compared to Ed Morrissey & Allah at Hot Air.

Mr. Hawkings. I know Peons; and you sir, nor your website are peons. I, on the other hand, am a Peon.

That is all… :P

Other Peons, er, um, I mean, people covering: Althouse and Confederate Yankee

Next someone tells you to Celebrate Diversity…..

Show them this video….

This comes from Craig Bodeker’s facebook page for his film, “A Conversation About Race”:

From the Video’s Description:

VIDEO: This is the Racial Reality Today. Blacks Caught Stealing Bike Threaten White Owner, Black Security Guard Sides With Black Thugs, Won’t Take Action- Blames Whites…

Welcome to Barack Obama’s America.

Breaking News: Senator Robert Byrd dies at 92

I hate to be the first blogger to write about this; but because I am up early. I guess I will be the first…

Some sad news to report:

The Senate has lost one of its legends with the death of Robert C. Byrd, an orphan child who married a coal miner’s daughter and rose from the hollows of West Virginia coal country to become the longest serving senator in U.S. history.

He died around 3 a.m. Monday morning after being admitted to the hospital last week for dehydration, yet his condition worsened over the weekend and he became critically ill. Byrd was 92.

“I am saddened that the family of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., tearfully announces the passing of the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history,” Byrd’s office said in a statement sent to the media around 5:15 a.m. Monday.

Byrd was a living representation of the U.S. Senate and all of its traditions, quirks and rules, a guardian of a realm that so few understood. Byrd spent 50 years in the Senate, outlasting nine U.S. presidents as his Democratic Party slipped in and out of the majority over the past five decades

via Robert Byrd dies at 92 – Martin Kady II – POLITICO.com.

I will leave the political snark and slam dunks to the one’s who specialize in such stuff.

May God be with his family.

Rest in Peace.

His death will have an effect on passage of some of the bills in the Senate.