Politics


You will after you read this from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal (video at the link):

State elections officials Wednesday narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate’s attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ ” under her name on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate with a history of feuds with local officials, said in response she would sue the state Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech.

“I’m not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I’m stating what I’m not,” Griffin told board members. “It’s my constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about.

The irony is, of course, that the document that guarantees her that “constitutional right to freedom of speech” was written by a group of white men.  You may have heard of some of them: James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, George Mason, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

To quote the inimitable Hermione Granger, “What.  An.  Idiot.”

Griffin deserves nothing less than a thorough shellacking in the election. Unfortunately, I have a bad feeling that she may win.  The election board who denied her this slogan by a razor-thin 3-2 margin appears to be as irony-deprived as the candidate.  But the publicity this has garnered could put her over the top.

h/t to The Schnitt Show and Hot Air.

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I’m about 24 hours late to the party on this one, but Real Life got in the way.  I decided to post it for those who may not have had the chance to see it yet: MSA member at UCSD tells David Horowitz how she really feels about Jews and Israel.

From the transcript:

Horowitz: If you don’t condemn Hamas, obviously you support it.  Case closed.  I have had this experience at UC Santa Barbara, where there were 50 members of the Muslim Students Association sitting right in the rows there.  And throughout my hour talk I kept asking them, will you condemn Hizbollah and Hamas. And none of them would.  And then when the question period came, the president of the Muslim Students Association was the first person to ask a question. And I said, ‘Before you start, will you condemn Hizbollah?’ And he said, ‘Well, that question is too complicated for a yes or no answer.’  So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way.  I am a Jew.  The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally.  For or Against it?

MSA member: For it.

Horowitz: Thank you for coming and showing everybody what’s here.

A lot of Leftists around the world don’t entirely disagree with this young woman, and that scares the bejeezus out of me.   How come she’s not being hounded by the school’s PTB for hate speech?

Never mind.  I think we all know the answer.   

Break up the Mets!

They took 3 of 4 from the Cubs, for the first series win of the still-young season. The Cubs (6-10) are dreadful.  How bad do you have to be to put your ace in the bullpen?

As for the only slightly-less-dreadful (7-9) Mets, Frenchy finally got off the schneid with a single in the 4-run 6th inning (breaking his 0-for-20-something skid) and Wright finally got a hit (but still managed to strike out 3 times).  I’m not sure I’ve even seen Bay get a hit.  I know he has at least one (he does have a BA, after all), but I don’t remember seeing them with my own eyes.  Given his history, I know he will hit, but I just wish he’d do it soon.  Frankie got the save, but it wasn’t the prettiest effort I’ve ever seen.  Last night’s box score is here.

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A second Navy SEAL has been cleared of charges stemming from a prisoner claiming he’d been beaten.  Bravo!  That’s two down, one to go.

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I mentioned a few weeks back (here) that I’d borrowed Gail Godwin’s Unfinished Desires from the library.  Unfortunately, I only managed about 75 pages before I returned it.  I simply could not get into it.  I lost track of how many characters there were and how they were related (or not) to one another, and basically didn’t care about any of them.  Oh well.

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And here’s something hot off the presses Arizona’s governor has signed the controversial immigration bill.  From Fox News:

The sweeping measure will make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It will also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are in the country illegally.

I’m not sure what to think about it just yet but, given how much Obama hates it:

President Barack Obama on Friday harshly criticized a proposed law in Arizona to crack down on illegal immigration and said his administration would examine the measure to see if it is consistent with federal law.

…it has to have some redeeming features.

You’d think they’d have better things to do with their time than to come up with nonsense like this.  According to the National Post, taking a vacation will soon be a human right in Europe:

The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers’ dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

This piece quotes another from the Times of London:

AN overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year’s hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer.

Under the scheme, British pensioners could be given cut-price trips to Spain, while Greek teenagers could be taken around disused mills in Manchester to experience the cultural diversity of Europe.

…Tajani, who unveiled his plan last week at a ministerial conference in Madrid, believes the days when holidays were a luxury have gone. “Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” he said.

This could cost Europeans hundreds of millions of pounds/euros per year.  They claim that, in Spain (where a similar idea has been tried), they made €1.6 for every €1 spent.  Maybe so.  But  that doesn’t make it a good idea over the long term.  When you subsidize something, you get more of it, and free vacations are bound to be popular.  Skyrocketing entitlement spending is hamstringing economies all over the world, and it hasn’t dawned on these people that a new entitlement (free vacations) won’t add to their problems?

It’s not enough to have a shorter work week. It’s not enough that double-digit unemployment is the norm.  It’s not enough that the few taxpayers who are left are forced to pay for mediocre “free” medical care.  Now these same taxpayers have to foot the bill so that 20-somethings can go on a 21st-century version of the Grand Tour.   Give me a break.

While I love visiting Europe, I don’t want to live there.  Unfortunately, a certain segment of the US population wants to bring Europe here, and I’m sure this is an idea that some of them can’t wait to look into.

Happy Tax Day.

The NY Times has a front-page story about Tea Partiers and it’s shocking.  Shocking in that they are forced to admit that Tea Partiers are “wealthier and more well-educated than the general public…”  The Times does make sure to point out that participants are also “Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.”

Well, I’m female and single, but I still agree with most of what the Tea Partiers stand for, which is lower taxes, more fiscal responsibility, more personal responsibility and attention paid to the Constitution.  I’m sure there’s a Tea Party in Sarasota over by the Marina downtown, and I’ll try to stop by if I have time after work.

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What is the President thinking, dropping manned space exploration?  Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan wrote to him and asked him not to do it.  The ever-prescient Charles Krauthammer wrote about it last summer.  This is actually something the government SHOULD be involved with.

For someone who is supposedly so smart, he demonstrates a shocking lack of intellectual curiosity.  But, if you think about it, maybe it’s not so shocking.  We know he believes the universe revolves around him, so I guess he thinks there’s no point visiting any of it.  It’s pretty sad (and scary) that we’ll have to rely on the Russians to get our people into space.

Badly done, Mr. President.  Badly done.

Back on March 24, I posted editorials from the NY Post and the Washington Times stating that Congress had exempted itself from Obamacare.  Well, it appears  a) that the Post and the Times may have been a bit hasty and b) that Her Highness, Nancy Pelosi, was right in telling us that we’d know what was in it when they passed it.  Somehow I don’t think this is what she meant. Hmmmmmmmm……

I don’t normally pay much attention to anything the NY Times has to say, but this is interesting, to say the least.   I think it’s positively Schadenfreudelicious.  

Hat tip to Hot Air’s Allahpundit:

…theoretically the law kicks them out of the federal health plan now in order to force them to join insurance exchanges … that don’t exist yet. Looking forward to tomorrow, when we’re inevitably told that they meant to do that. Exit question for lawyers: Who would have standing to sue to force the federal health plan to drop Congress now? Any citizen, or is it more refined than that?

At this point, I really don’t care who would have standing to sue.  I just want this thing gone.

Nunspeak has a terrific take on the situation, one that is naturally less snarky than mine.  Thank you, Sister Lisa.

Yes, it’s early, but I cannot help thinking about 2012 and the possibility that we will be able to rid ourselves of the malignant, narcissistic, megalomaniacal, economically ignorant, scarily incompetent Marxist who currently occupies the White House.

Those of us on the Right get slammed when we refer to Obama and his minions as Marxists, but don’t take our word for it.  Take THEIR OWN WORDS for it.  Obama himself telling us that we need to spread the wealth (here, too).  Anita Dunn and Ron Bloom have publicly admired Mao.  Van Jones and his support for cop-killers and communism.  Nancy Pelosi scoffing at the idea that a mandate to purchase medical insurance is unconstitutional.  Max Baucus telling us that the health care reform act is really nothing more than an attempt to redistribute wealth.  Andy Stern’s SEIU thugs trying to silence dissent.  Alcee Hastings telling us that they make up the House rules as they go along.  And the latest Democrat to throw the Constitution (the document, not the ship) under the bus is Rep. Phil Hare of (drum roll please…) Illinois:

When asked where in the Constitution Phil Hare finds the power to take over the economy, our healthcare, and any other thing he feels that he’s smarter than us to take over, Congressman Hare admits that he doesn’t care about that silly old Constitution thingie.

Video is here.

I truly fear for the future of this country.

However, there is someone who could rid us of this troublesome President. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Paul Ryan, Representative from Wisconsin.

He gave a speech last week at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and it’s just brilliant:

Last week, on March 21st, Congress enacted a new Intolerable Act. Congress passed the Health Care bill – or I should say, one political party passed it – over a swelling revolt by the American people. The reform is an atrocity. It mandates that every American must buy health insurance, under IRS scrutiny. It sets up an army of federal bureaucrats who ultimately decide for you how you should receive Health Care, what kind, and how much…or whether you don’t qualify at all. Never has our government claimed the power to decide when each of us has lived well enough or long enough to be refused life-saving medical assistance.

This presumptuous reform has put this nation … once dedicated to the life and freedom of every person … on a long decline toward the same mediocrity that the social welfare states of Europe have become.

Americans are preparing to fight another American Revolution, this time, a peaceful one with election ballots…but the “causes” of both are the same:

Should unchecked centralized government be allowed to grow and grow in power … or should its powers be limited and returned to the people?

Should irresponsible leaders in a distant capital be encouraged to run up scandalous debts without limit that crush jobs and stall prosperity … or should the reckless be turned out of office and a new government elected to live within its means?

Should America bid farewell to exceptional freedom and follow the retreat to European social welfare paternalism … or should we make a new start, in the faith that boundless opportunities belong to the workers, the builders, the industrious, and the free?

We are at the beginning of an election campaign like you’ve never seen before!

Of course, Democrats will find a way to demonize him, but this man really needs to be in the White House.   He may be a bit young, and he is a Representative, not a Governor or a Senator, but he is truly one of the best and brightest in politics today and I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

Some people are making a case for General Petraeus, and I’d be more than happy to support a Petraeus/Ryan ticket. Pretty much anything is better than what we’ve got now.  I honestly never thought I’d miss Bill Clinton. *sigh*

Updated, 4/8/10: In the interest of fairness, here is a piece byAndrew McCarthy at National Review in which he states that Petraeus may have an “Israel problem.”  We’re going to have to wait and see where the truth really lies.  I don’t want to believe this, but do want to put it out there.

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