Archive for February, 2010

Summit Disaster Notwithstanding, Dems Plan to Push ObamaCare Bill Next Week

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 26th, 2010

To quote a commenter from Hot Air today, “It’s almost like a personal vendetta against the American people at this point for the Democrat leadership”.

How true.

From Politico:

After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan, party strategists told POLITICO.

A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of House and Senate Republicans.”

Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation, process early next week, the strategists said.

After the summit, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid planned to take the temperature of their caucuses.

“The point [of the summit] is to alter the political atmospherics, and it will take a day or two to sense if it succeeded,” the official said.

Positive statements by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) of late “are early signs the environment is already shifting a little in favor of revisiting health care.”

Democrats plan to take up the president’s comprehensive, $950 billion plan — referred to on the Hill as “the big bill.” The alternative would be a smaller — or “skinny” — bill that would provide less coverage and cost less. But that would amount to starting the complex process over.

I cannot help but wonder what new payoffs, buyouts and cushy appointments will come out of this latest round of hedonistic haggling.

Also, a suggestion to the GOP. Do not emulate the Dems and use the same talking point word over and over. I have heard the term “clean sheet of paper” about 20 times too many since yesterday. Be more direct and accurate and say, “strangle this bill in the crib”.


Filed Under: Health Care

Brits Catching Tea Party Fever

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 26th, 2010

Being England and all, it should be the Afternoon Tea Party.

In any case, good to see that the disaffection with the usual budget busting, irresponsible Leftist policy is starting to bubble up from under the surface even in Old Blighty.

From Daniel Hannan’s Telegraph Blog – Hat Tip: ASPF)

The inaugural British Tea Party will take place on Saturday in my home town of Brighton, and I’ll be speaking. Do try to come: here are the details.

Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6 per cent of GDP (Greece’s is 12.7 per cent). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year.

If you happen to be coming to the Conservative Spring Conference, do please pop in: the Tea Party is five minutes’ walk from the conference venue. It is, however, outside the security zone, and anyone is welcome to come. Oh, and this being England, we’ll be serving actual, you know, tea. I hope to see some of this blog’s readers there.

Comments seem rather divided. However, here is one that could have been written by one of Pelosi’s 14 year old interns:

LOL! I expect about 5 people will turn up – all the usual swivel-eyed, frothing Europhobes, public sector-hating Thatcherites.

The deficit is under control. Why do you persist in talking down our economy, thereby undermining confidence?

Here is a sample of the text from a call to action from Hannan.

Simon Jenkins raises a question that has been nagging at me for some time. Why is there no British Tea Party?

Where are the crowds of revenue slaves flocking to London to demand redress for the squandering of their money? Marginal tax is rising to 50%, VAT to 17.5% and state spending towards half the national product. The Treasury has lost control of public finance. So why no furious blue-rinses, bail-out ­haters, bonus-bleaters and embittered VAT victims storming Parliament?

Yeah: why? Some of my US readers believe that anti-tax rebellions are an American speciality, but we’ve had plenty of them in this country, from the Poll Tax Riots of 1381 (the Peasants’ Revolt) to the Poll Tax Riots of 1990. The doctrines that inspired the Boston mutineers – above all, the idea that taxes should not be levied without parliamentary process – were borrowed from English political theory.

Indeed, as Hugh Brogan drily observed in his History of the United States, the taxpayers’ revolt which sparked the American Revolution began on this side of the Atlantic: the Seven Years War had pushed taxes up to 25 shillings a year for the average Englishman as against sixpence for the average colonist, and MPs were determined to export part of that cost to North America.

More power to you, Mr. Hannan. The Dems are absolutely doomed here in 2010. Hopefully we can say the same about Labour soon enough.


Filed Under: Tea Parties, World News

Russell to Seek Murtha’s Seat in Special Election

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 24th, 2010

As announced via a Russell email update from this morning:

“Since the Governor has announced that the Special Election will be held on Primary day, May 18th,” said Russell, “it makes perfect sense to also be a candidate in the special election. It’s a move that makes sense for the voters and will simplify the process for the thousands of my supporters.”

Russell responded immediately upon hearing of the death of Rep. Murtha by suspending all campaign activity and urging all citizens, Republicans, Democrats and Independents to come together and pray for Murtha family. “Regardless of your political position, you always knew Jack had an immense love and loyalty to his family and the residents of the12th Congressional District,” Russell said in an earlier release.

Russell has now officially resumed his primary campaign and will also unveil a newly designed web site at www.russellbrigade.com, within the next few days.

So, will those Murtha-described “racists” and “rednecks” vote for Russell? I think so, since the pork machine has now been turned off for that district.


Filed Under: Election 2010

The Tea Party movement and the honing of civil discourse

Posted by Talismen | February 23rd, 2010

As American citizens, we each have a constitutional right to petition our government for redress of grievances. And down through the ages, since the beginning shot of the Revolution, to the last verbal barrage launched at a Tea Party gathering, Americans have engaged in this practice time and time again.

But, for the last 150 years or so, government has learned that the more they ignore the voice of the “common man”, the more power they can claim for themselves and then feign stupidity when an angry citizenry finally makes enough noise to be heard throughout the halls of congress, the cloakrooms of the senate, and the dark, dusty corners of the White House itself.

Last year, as the Tea Party movement gained steam, it was clear that those in power who haven’t been listening, along with their elitist friends in the media and “entertainment industries”, started running scared. Never had the collective anger of constituents scorned ever been so loud, forceful and relentless.

And to this very minute, that anger continues, growing even more forceful, and determined NEVER to relent.

But, as with all political “movements”, the Tea Party is seeing its share of “growing pains”. These “growing pains” are puzzling to some, and a concern for others. Yet, one must remember that without such “growing pains”, one cannot “grow” in the first place. And THAT is what the Tea Party movement is doing…Growing, by leaps and bounds. It is altogether right and good that this happens.

During this season of “growing pains”, we must remember the Tea Party movement is at it’s best when it is allowed to remain free-flowing, decentralized, and mobile. It is a force for political good…An “injection” of common sense into a political system that has lost ALL sense.

In an upcoming “Weekly Standard”, well-known conservative author and blogger, Mary Katharine Ham writes:

(snips)

Will the tea partiers drag the GOP toward the unelectable fringe? Will the conservative movement tap into the antiestablishment energy of the tea partiers? Will the Republican party adopt the ideas of either? Can they all come together without sullying the grassroots authenticity of the tea party movement? Will they or won’t they form a third party? Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship, or is someone going to get used?

****

The tea partiers are often portrayed unfairly as either far-right rubes or stealth agents of big business. Talking to those at CPAC, it was obvious that being new to the political process doesn’t mean they’re bad at it.

It is understandable that some folks are now wondering if the Tea Party movement, as a whole, will go to far right,…So far that those who call themselves “moderate dem” or “independent” will shy away from the movement.

The answer should be, and I predict will be: “NO!”

What the Tea Party movement is doing, and will continue to focus on, is to hone itself into the most powerful political force known in modern times. A force that will serve as a CONSTANT “reminder” for both major political parties that Americans are tired of the political BS! They are here to remind government:

Stop spending so much!
Stop taxing so much!
Stop telling individuals that you will help them, only to reach into their pockets and take more in taxes out of their hard-earned paychecks!
Stop taking over private industry and businesses, masking it as a “rescue”! This is the United States of America, not Soviet Russia!
Stop insisting that money in someone’s pocket automatically means they didn’t work their butts off to earn it!
Stop threatening people into buying a product or service they neither want, nor need!

….I could go on, but I think the point is made.

Above all, the Tea Party movement, at its core, is about government accountability.
For far too long, Americans have not held up their end of the “bargain” by holding their elected officials accountable. Our government was designed for a citizenry that REMAINS aware, alert and active in the daily goings-on of government, AT ALL LEVELS, from local to federal. It’s taken a long long time for this “awakening” to take shape, but it is finally happening, in the form of the Tea Party movement.

There is no way on God’s green earth that this movement should be wasted or distracted into forming 3rd parties. And it shouldn’t be gullable enough to become nothing more than a PAC.

No….This is a blinding force of individual freedom and constitutional vigilance.

And this force will either be reckoned with, or it will “clear the road” and make room for those who realize that freedom and liberty are not to be trifled with, and the constitution should be honored, respected and followed.


Filed Under: Tea Parties

Air Pelosi: Bi-Partisan BS For Haiti

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 12th, 2010

What have Haitians done to deserve this? Isn’t one earthquake enough?

From USA Today: (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

Pelosi leads bipartisan delegation to Haiti

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she is leading a 12-member congressional delegation to Haiti today.

She said the trip is designed to “demonstrate the ongoing American commitment to the Haitian people – that they will not be forsaken or forgotten.”

Others are on the trip include Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Bill Nelson, D-Fla.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and George LeMieux, R-Fla. The House delegation includes Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Donna Christensen, D-V.I.

Indeed, about as “bi-partisan” as a score of termites bringing along a 2×4 to a picnic.

I assume their itinerary looks like this:

1) Drink several bottles of champagne on the 777 on the way to the island
2) Debark and give instructions to the camera crew. Make sure starving babies are tagged for later photo ops.
3) While holding said babies, blame Bush, Haliburton and Global Warming for the quake.
4) Scurry back to their hotel rooms and empty the shrimp and caviar bars. Wash down with Dom Perignon.
5) Depart. Give interviews to slobbering reporters and call the trip one of the “great accomplishments of the Obama administration and the Democrat-led Congress”
6) Return home, go to the microphone and accuse the GOP of being heartless and wanting to throw Haitians out in the street

Best comment:

From AlohaGuy:

…every MRE she’s bringing has an absentee ballot attached filled out with her name…


Filed Under: World News

NostraBiden: “Iraq could be one of Obama’s ‘greatest accomplishments’”

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 11th, 2010

Maybe there is something to those rumors that Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden is laced with all sorts of nasty chemicals.

And if true, then it looks like Plugs Biden must have had one heaping, honking big bowl of veggie soup and probably went back for seconds in order to utter maybe the stupidest thing ever to pass his lips.

Which is truly saying something for the old Senate plagarizer. Just when you think he cannot top himself, he always manages to do so, time and again..

Appearing on the Larry King show, Biden this to say:

From the Larry King Show transcript: (Hat Tips: Sister Toldja and The LA Times Blog)

I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.

I spent — I’ve been there 17 times now. I go about every two months — three months. I know every one of the major players in all the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.

Pretty amazing stuff. This from the man who wanted to partition Iraq into three separate sections, like a three year old cutting a Christmas pie and who also voted with Obama time after time to oppose the surge, defund the troops and the entire war effort.

Of course, when the surge produced better than expected results, Nostrabiden uttered this gut-buster.

“The fact of the matter is, the only thing succeeding in Iraq right now is the plan that Barack and I talked about that Petraeus is implementing … giving local control in the very areas with a limited central government.”

I am sure that Petraeus bowed to the superior knowledge and military experience of Biden, Obama and all of those 5-star Fantasy Generals that populate the Democratic leadership. Who knew?

Sister Toldja:

I’m clicking my heels together as fast as I can, chanting “there’s no place like home” because right now, the socialistic “leadership” coming out of Washington, DC makes me feel like I’m not living in the country I’ve loved all my life. The lies, the spin, the deception, the phony “outstretched hand” symbolic gestures are getting to be too much to stomach. None of this is more true than on the issue of the Iraq war, where both Obama and Biden’s mutual history of opposition should not be whitewashed, nor should they be allowed to get away with taking the credit for the success of a surge they opposed.

Betsey Newmark nails it:

In the fantasy world in which Joe Biden, and perhaps Barack Obama, are the stars of a saga of heroic battles for peace, justice and some other stuff like that what has happened in Iraq is a credit to “this administration.”

How about the previous administration whose policies in Iraq Biden and Barack Obama had endlessly criticized and voted against. They both opposed the surge that brought about the situation that Biden now wants to take credit for. And Biden’s big proposal was his dopey idea to divide Iraq into three separate territories. And if Obama had had his way, we would have pulled our troops out of there before Bush’s administration was even over. The only credit that “this administration” deserves is for not messing too much with the much improved situation that Bush fought to bring to Iraq.

What will Biden say next? That he was opposed to the stimulus before he voted for it?

Meanwhile, more important events are now unfolding in Iran and you hear nary a peep from the White House, the state-controlled media or Biden himself.


Filed Under: War on Terror

A Finger Lickin’ Embarrassment for NBC: Black History Lunch Features Fried Chicken

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 4th, 2010

As the old saying goes, Karma is a female dog. An angry and ironic one, that is.

Well, the self-anointed closet racists at NBC (home of the All-White Network, MSLSD) have stepped into that dog’s societal poop yet again. and in a deliciously ironic way.

Needles to say, if this has been any GOP, conservative group or even FOX News for that matter, we would never hear the end of it. Al Sharpton would need a Port-a-Potty to keep up with all of the time he would be spending outside of the company offices of said organization, and probably a Sucrets as well, while he was spouting out his racial Allah-Akburs.

From Mediaite: (Hat Tip tp the Mark Levin Show)

So who at NBC thought it would be a good idea for the special today to be, among other things, fried chicken, “in honor of Black History Month”?

Because, spoiler alert – it wasn’t a good idea at all. And now NBCU employee Questlove is bringing it to the attention of his 1 million plus Twitter followers.

Questlove, the band leader and drummer for The Roots (the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) tweeted this picture from the NBC Commissary at 30 Rock, with the comment: “Hmm HR?”

They might as well have added watermelon to the menu and a minstrel show.

Best comment – Southpaw @ Michelle Malkin

Do they serve pinnekjøtt,fenalår, svinneribbe or Julskinke on Scandinavian Day?

Wait….they don’t have Scandinavian Day, do they?

Racists


Filed Under: Media