Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beer Cannon

Throw me a beer


Isn't that special

Obama says he'll risk his job for debt deal
An example of telling the repo man you'll have a car if he doesn't repo it.

We need some happy

Dammit! We need some happy


Illiberal Immigration

Illiberal Immigration

Messican Soccer
Recently, in symbolic fashion, spectators of Mexican ancestry in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl did not merely cheer on the Mexican national soccer team in a game against the US national team — such nostalgia would be natural and understandable for recent immigrants — but went much further and also jeered American players and, indeed, references to the United States.

Which was the home team?

Was America to be appreciated for accepting poor aliens, or resented for not granting them amnesty? Is the idea of the United States to be conveniently booed or opportunistically thanked — depending on whether you are watching a soccer match or, for example, entering a Los Angeles emergency room with a life-threatening injury?

This otherwise insignificant but Orwellian incident reminds us that illegal immigration in the 21st century is becoming an illiberal enterprise. [VDH -Full]

Hanson: "In the old immigration narrative of the 1960s and 1970s, affluent, profit-minded white American employers often exploited cheap workers from Mexico. But that matrix has been largely superseded. So-called whites are no longer a majority in California, where large Asian and African-American populations often object to illegal arrivals from Mexico who cut in front of the legal-immigration line, tax social services, and raise costs to the detriment of American citizens."

Dammit - it's already 11:15

Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

This was Eastern Airlines in the 1960s, when the the phrase "Come Fly With Me" was thought to be scandalously suggestive.  It was before the airlines discovered that the public didn't want attractive single stewardesses any more.  They instead demanded matronly Flight Attendants, some with mustaches.  It was also before the Eastern Airline's machinest union drove it into bankruptcy.  In other words, when America was at its peak.

Coulter Schools Hysterical Republicans on Debt

Coulter Schools Hysterical Republicans on Debt

But now, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has checkmated the Democrats. He has proposed a bill that will allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling three times, up to $2.4 trillion, over the next 18 months, but only provided Obama proposes equivalent cuts in spending each time.

Finally, the Democrats will be forced to pony up spending cuts -- or default on the debt and crash the economy.

Contrary to some hysterical Republicans, McConnell's bill does not forfeit any of Congress' authority: The House and Senate will still have to decide whether to accept Obama's proposed cuts when they write their appropriations bills. [Full]

Ouch.  Well,  Ann has earned— many times over,  the right to be in possible error, as she is  in this hysterical person's eyes,  without loss of any gravitas or affection on my part.  The problem the Hysterical Republicans have with those spending cuts is they would be debated under normal procedures, with no guarantee they ever come to a final vote.  The problem I have is that I remember Ronald Reagan falling into that very trap.  Ann also, sigh, writes in her article "Ask the next president of the United States, New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie."  Somewhere soon she will,  I hope,  reconcile his belief in man caused climate change and gun control with her recorded Gesamtkunstwerk.  I will  hope to be transformed by it, but I ain't going to just go legs up.

Perry attacked by professional athiests

Perry gets unexpected boost
Rick Perry sued for praying in public

[Activist] Atheists are smarter than everybody else. Just ask them.

ABC News reports: “Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing a federal lawsuit as a state/church watchdog group consisting of atheists and agnostics attempts to block his involvement in the Day of Prayer and Fasting organized for Aug 6.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a watchdog group consisting of 16,600 members, filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District Court of Texas to keep the religious event from occurring, arguing it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Athiest rage machine
The legal complaint says the plaintiffs are ‘nonbelievers who support the free exercise of religion, but strongly oppose the governmental establishment and endorsement of religion, including prayer and fasting, which are not only an ineffectual use of time and government resources, but which can be harmful or counterproductive as a substitute for reasoned action.’”

If only Perry would convert to Islam. Then it would be racist to tell him not to pray whenever, wherever, and however he chose. [Story]

RINO Agonistes

RINO Agonistes
of sobriquets and emerging appellations


This must have occurred to others.  The acronym RINO (Republican In Name Only) has lost it's meaning.  The political behavior that once earned that sobriquet (acting like a big government liberal) is now recognized as SOP (standard operating procedure) for the GOP (Grand Old Party).  This has been true for some time, as the emergence of the Tea Party movement attests.  So what do we call people like Olympia Snowe now?  RIN?  And wouldn't RINO now become a sought after appellation by Tea Partiers?  Help me.  I'm old and confused.

When Tom Ridge speaks - nobody cares

Bachmann gets unexpected boost
Former Homeland Security chief slams Bachmann as inexperienced
Tom Ridge, another Bush misfire gone wild

Nurse - Insect wing. Stat!

Where Have All the Warmist Activists Gone?
Billions of bugs wiped out on Dutch roads

Dutch motorists kill about 133 billion insects a month, splattering bugs on their vehicles and eliminating important members of the food chain, according to a study released this week.
Since nothing spreads faster amongst the perpetually aggrieved classes than new bad ideas,   I'll leave it to you to guess where this is headed. 

Biologists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands enlisted the help of 250 drivers for a "splash teller" study. Each motorist had to wipe his or her car license plate clean then tot up the bug body count at the end of their drive.

"They are by far the richest species groups in all countries, and therefore play an essential role in the food chain," biologist Arnold van Vliet, one of a team working on the project, told Reuters.

"Many birds such as swallows, who hunt for insects, depend on insect density. If insect numbers are low they inevitably face severe problems finding food for their young," he said.


Lindsey Lohan Graham words

When Lindsey Lohan Graham speaks  —  Democrats listen
Graham: GOP has no one 'to blame but ourselves'

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded Wednesday that he and his fellow Republicans are now eating their own words as they try to convince the country they are working to stave off a federal default.

[more words]

Graham’s comments were in response to a question about comments McConnell, the Senate minority leader, made during a radio interview Wednesday in which he defended his plan that would have Congress cede power to President Barack Obama to hike the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling without approving spending cuts first

[more words]

The South Carolina Republican said he hopes House Republicans can pass legislation that raises the debt limit while also structurally changing the way the government spends money. One proposal calls for deep spending cuts, statutory spending caps, and a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

“If they can’t, then Mitch’s idea makes sense,” Graham said.
Lindsey Lohan Graham

How does a state that elects a Jim DeMint and Nikki Haley explain their serial reelection of Fritz Hollings and Lindsey Lohan?   I just don't understand.               

A Mutt Named Obama

A Mutt Named Obama

But Eric Cantor gives me the hinkies.

Obama Walks