Monday, August 31, 2009

So if Al Gore says it, it must be true---NOT!

Via Drudge, here's a report detailing the speeches that Algore and Clinton (Bill, not the Secretary of State) gave to a bunch of Tennessee democrats.

Algore states that “anything complicated can be misrepresented. Number two, it’s personal. It’s personal to all of us. Anything personal can be used to inspire fear.”

Well, he's made a second career out of fear-mongering AND got a frickin' Nobel prize for it. How's that global warming thing working out for you AL (as I'm sitting in a fleece jacket in AUGUST)? Let's see.... anything complicated can be misrepresented..... Sure, and when someone takes a close look at something complicated, like HR3200, and actually makes some sense of it, then the Man Behind the Curtain is revealed. He's trying to continue the meme that facts are actually misrepresentations. Too late though, the word is getiting out there.

Clinton states.... “We need to pass a bill this year. Doing nothing is not only the worst thing we can do for the economy, it’s the worst thing we can do for the country. It’s also the worst thing we can do for the Democrats,”.

I'm wondering if he didn't get his priorities out of order. I'm sure that the most important thing to his mind is that not passing the health care bill would be the worst thing for Democrats. I can't figure out why he thinks that putting the country more in debt (especially when socialized medicine is going crash/boom in both England and Canada) is good for the country.

Maybe Algore has seen his green bubble burst under the weight of real hard science and so he's hitched his wagon to the cause of socialized health care in hopes of making some more bucks fear-mongering on a different issue. I'm hoping that they'll just keep Clinton jetting around the world, rescuing idiot journalists and that he'll bow out of this fight (but unfortunately it's one he started).
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As a side note, I find it interesting (not surprising) that they are using Ted Kennedy's death to further the cause of the health care bill when, under the bill as it's proposed, he most likely wouldn't have been able to receive the care for his brain cancer that he did. Except for the Congress exempted themselves from having to participate..... Irony to the nth degree.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

HUBRIS!

Via Timebomb 2000 (ht: Middle of the Right): Congressman Massa absolutely says that he would vote against the wishes of his district if he believes that it would be best for them, despite what they might say about an issue.

Does he not realize that he has lost the frickin' plot?? He's not there to be a nanny, he's there to represent the wishes and interests of his constituency. This is a perfect example of what I've been saying in post after post. The folks that were elected to represent our interests in Washington, DC no longer do so. They have, for whatever reason, decided that they know what's best for the people of the United States and are acting as rulers, rather than as public servants. They don't represent, they dictate.

A quote has been running through my head for a couple of days from Star Wars: To paraphrase Princess Leia: "The more you tighten your grip, Obama and Democrat leaders, the more states will slip through your fingers."

Burkhas and hijabs and chadors, oh my!

Maybe it's because I was married to an Iranian (who, BTW, never EVER mentioned me putting on chador--just wanted to make it clear) maybe it's the same reason that I don't like wearing turtlenecks, I dunno, but it's one of my hot-button, soapbox issues. I see someone with a scarf on her head and I just want to grab that bad boy and run like the wind, cackling like Margaret Hamilton in the Wizard of Oz. But Breda writes about it a lot better than I could.

She also makes a good point, one that I couldn't make gel the other day when talking about the difference between Muslims and the Amish in regards to women's dress (the obvious difference between the two groups is that the Amish don't blow up themselves and others, but I digress).

The difference, as Breda so succinctly puts it, is choice. Iranian (and Afghani, and Saudi, and, and, and...) women don't have a choice. Their dress is mandated and is enforced by the government in the countries in which they live. If Amish women don't want to wear the little cap, they can leave that community and enter into the wider US community. It would be a hard choice and there would be no going back, but if they feel that it's oppressive enough, they can make it. They don't have to have permission to do so.

Just like that teenaged Amish girl getting into the fancy car with the cigarette smoking bad boy is making a choice. She has the freedom to do that (she might get her butt toasted when she gets home, but she's not forced to stay inside and hide and to not go out without a male relative escort). Nor does she have to worry about her father killing or maiming her for staining his 'honor'.

I think I read one time where Amish teens leave the community and essentially go walk-about for a period of time to experience the world and make a choice about whether the Amish life is for them. Muslim women aren't allowed that opportunity, it's just into the covering and done.

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Shell games and curtains

The White House's flag@whitehouse.gov's address that was designed to collect information about people disseminating 'fishy' information (to the rest of us, that would be those pesky things called facts) regarding the health care reform bill, has now been shut down due to questions regarding how the data collected would be used, if the information came under the aegis of the Privacy Act, etc. According to the bounce message, they are now accepting 'feedback' at http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck. Still fishy to me but at least a step.....

eta: The White House is apparently spamming people with missives from David Axelrod urging support for the health care reform bill. They say that organizations were adding people to these mailing lists without the person's knowledge. Another shell game--wasn't us, don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain.... (ht: breitbart.com)

In any case, kudos to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for actually bringing the flag@whitehouse.gove issue to the White House and not letting it drop. I don't think my mother ever heard back from her Representative about this......

Kudos also to Rep. Issa R-Calif., the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee., who, although a bit late to the party wrote:

"I am concerned about the possibility that political e-mail address lists are being used for official purposes," Issa wrote to White House counsel Greg Craig. "This, again, raises questions about this administration blurring the lines between political and official business."

Voting with your feet

From CBS news (via Instapundit): Thousands of seniors are quitting the AARP over the its health care reform stance. What has happened is that people, recognizing that the organization is not representing their wishes and ideals, are voting with their feet and are cutting ties to that organization. On a different scale, the Tea Party protests and the gatherings at various representative's offices during their August break, show that the American people, also recognizing that their so-called representatives are not actually representing their wishes and ideals, are also voting with their feet.

They are taking time off of work, are driving themselves to these places, and are letting those folks know that they are not happy. Taxpayers haven't reached the point where they will not pay their dues to show their displeasure with the federal government the way that the AARP members have been able to, but I have a feeling that it's the next step. The government cannot spend what it does not have. If people start not paying taxes then the government (after trying to arrest the lot of us and take our belongings) will begin to realize that they cannot continue in this direction.

Since the citizens of this great country don't want to leave, we are going to have to use our feet to kick the butts of the federal government until they start listening to us.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Amateur Hour

I've been channeling my energies in different directions, hence the wickedly light blogging lately. But this piece, which had been riding just the edge of my awareness, smacked me in the face this morning. It details Hillary Clinton's meltdown over a possibly misinterpreted question about China where the question was interpreted as "What does MR. Clinton think about it?" (emphasis mine) Now it was later explained that the student meant Mr. Obama, but even if he meant Bill, it would still be a legitimate question since he WAS President of the United States and might still have opinions.

For Hillary to automatically take it as an affront to her position makes her look like a piker and in general makes a bad case for women in positions of power (as a woman, I'm embarrassed), especially since this isn't the first time she's taken a punt while doing her job (the "Reset" button incident, anyone?). I don't want to contemplate her and Bill's interpersonal issues that might have led to such an outburst.

And, ironically enough, she's heading to Liberia to give a lesson to the female leader there a lesson on women's rights and power when she's been acting like a stereotypical.... I'm not sure I can bring myself to write it... okay I'll just say it.... woman going through 'The Change'. The only thing I have to say about the previous sentence is that sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason.

I don't think Condi Rice ever lost her cool in such a public way...... nor did she make such beginner's mistakes during her time as Secretary of State.

eta: NO ONE in positions of power, especially those who purport to represent the citizens of the United States of America, can afford the luxury of emotions, such as those displayed by Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Clinton, and many of the Congressmen, when confronted with something that they feel is unpleasant or that they feel questions their authority.