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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 28, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 28, 2010

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HOTTEST JANUARY EVER, EVER

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 27, 2010

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… and even though the Maharishi of Manmade Global Warming and Climate Change, Professor Phil Jones, recently admitted that there has been no global warming taking place on earth over the past fifteen years – as well as conceding that there is no consensus on the matter in the scientific community – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the ten year period from 2000 to 2009 was the hottest decade since records began in 1850.

The WMO, of course, is an agency of the United Nations – an organization whose worth is rivaled only by boar nipples and Joy Behar’s television program.

Keep in mind, another UN body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has already shown that their inscrutable methods of data collection – which include anecdotal tidbits from magazine articles, propaganda literature from environmental pressure groups, and manipulated temperature reading – are not exactly the most scientific.

Did you also know that last month was the hottest January “the world has ever seen.”

Ever.

Donna Bowater from Express.co.uk writes:

The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data, follows Arctic temperatures that brought snow, ice and travel chaos to millions in the UK.

At the height of the big freeze, the entire country was blanketed in snow. But Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, said yesterday: “January, according to satellite data, was the hottest January we’ve ever seen.

“Last November was the hottest November we’ve ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen.” Veteran ¬climatologist Professor Nicholls was speaking at an online climate change briefing, added: “It’s not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven’t warmed in the past 50 years.”

It may be hard to believe initially, but why should it? Why should any reasonable thinking human not believe that last month was the hottest January mankind has ever seen?

Considering that all we’ve seen from the enviro-fascists over the years – and even more so since last year’s ClimateGate scandal blew the roof off of the hoax – is manipulation, ommision and deception, why would anyone ever doubt it?

We’ve seen Godless religion. We’ve seen mounting hysteria. We’ve seen the onset of green totalitarianism.

What would lead anyone to think that January wasn’t a cauldron of human activity-driven destruction?

Was it all the snow?

The record-breaking cold temperatures?

The untold amounts of greenhouse gases dancing around the atmosphere from all the limos and planes in Copenhagen during the Climate Change Summit?

Seeing as human activity is supposed to be having such a profound effect on the climate, I can’t help but wonder if we might be deep in the heart of another Ice Age right now if not for our idling pickup trucks and incandescent light bulbs.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 27, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 27, 2010

I wonder if she won.

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LOOKIN’ OUT MY WINDOW

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 26, 2010

A little global warming rapping at my chamber door.

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MORE HEALTH CARE SUMMIT THOUGHTS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 26, 2010

Some quick post-Health Care Summit thoughts … the morning after.

I truly wanted to avoid leveling any complaints about yesterday’s ObamaCare rap session, but after a good night’s sleep, and a clearer head, I am compelled to kvetch a bit.

First of all, why weren’t there more stories from Democrat constituents shared at yesterday’s summit? Why weren’t we regaled with more heartbreaking tales of insurance woe, like the one conveyed by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) about the woman who couldn’t afford dentures and was forced to use her dead sister’s false teeth?

Talk about captivating.

Like love bugs on the grill of my car on a Florida highway, that story has stuck with me. 

I cannot be the only one wondering if she yanked them out herself or if she had someone retrieve them for her.

Why wasn’t that part of Slaughter’s story?

There really needed to be more yarns like that.

Couldn’t someone find any harrowing tales of in-grown hair mishaps to share? Wasn’t there at least one halitosis horror story to impart from the tens of billions of letters they must have received from desperate constituents? Wasn’t there even a single testimonial about the scourge of anal fissures anywhere to be found? Surely there has to be at least one stinging bum sob story in that stack.

Second, if there are going to be any more “props” brought in to any of these summits, at least make sure they’re battery powered.

Lastly, if this summit, complete with Obama death-stares and Joe Biden open-microphone mutterings, is not released on DVD and blu ray, I will be very angry.

The fact is, President Obama took a page from the Thugs and Fools Songbook yesterday and showed why he is not only in way over his head as the Big Cheese but childishly incompetent when the pressure is on – which, these days, is all the time. He tried to bully dissenters and came across as both angry and ill-informed. He tried to accuse Republicans of playing political games when they voiced legitimate concerns about ObamaCare by quoting actual passages from the 2000-page bill – which Obama didn’t read.

It was supposed to be Obama’s day, but it wasn’t.

Not even close.

It was a good day for America, however.

Thus, like global warming, another myth is duly shattered: That Republicans are the “Party of No” and couldn’t care less about health care. The notion that Republicans have no grasp of the nation’s health care situation or are without ideas on how to deal with it has been shown to be a lie that Dems can’t use as a talking point anymore.

Ouch for them.
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GREAT QUOTE

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 26, 2010

Thanks to talk show host Mark Levin – the Great One – I was made aware of this little gem from Senator Lamar Alexander during yesterday’s Obamacrat health care summit.

 

Now some say we need to rein in the insurance companies. Maybe we do. But I think it’s important to know that if we took all the profits of the insurance companies, the health insurance companies entirely away – every single penny of it – we could pay for two days of the health insurance of Americans. That would leave 363 days with costs that are too high.

 

Recall late last year when it was revealed that American insurance companies ranked number 35 on the Fortune 500 list of most profitable industries – not exactly fat cat nirvana.

You may also remember that insurance companies last year ran profit margins of around 2% – well below the 6% they normally have.

Pesky facts.
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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 26, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 26, 2010

This picture is cool for so many reasons.

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THE HEALTH CARE SUMMIT – SOME QUICK THOUGHTS (MONUMENT TO ARROGANCE)

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 25, 2010

I didn’t want them to go.

I admit I was wrong.

Yes, I swore I was only going to pay peripheral attention to this Obama health care summit thing. For the past week I was pecking lightly at the “I Couldn’t Care Less” snack platter. The whole notion of Barack Obama holding court with those he treats worse – and sees as more of an enemy – than Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a joke of epic proportion. I saw the entire thing as a fraud, a no-win situation for Republicans.

Besides, the last thing on earth I was interested in was another one of these Obama “summits.” Using the word “Obama” and “summit” in the same sentence is like saying “Jimmy Carter” and “national security” in the same breath.

Yet, thus far, I have been surprised – although I shouldn’t be. I have been entertained – although I didn’t want to be. For our President, it has proven to be a carnival of unparalleled arrogance, worthy of a slot on the Gershwin Theater stage.

No one does it better.

Along with the fact that the smooth-talking, well-dressed Chicagoland socialist has looked wholly unprepared for the questions and commentary he was fielding this morning, it is obvious that he hasn’t even read the health care bills that are being discussed, unlike the Republicans who have come in primed and ready. Stellar performances by people like Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia, who clearly has read the bill – and quite literally confronted the President on actual portions of the proposed legislation – has made the stumbling, bumbling Chief Executive look foolish.

Of course, Bammy didn’t need Cantor’s help for that.

If ever there was a human in need of a teleprompter, it is Barack Obama.

It’s quite comical.

At every turn, the President has managed to criticize the method by which Republicans are taking this bill to task.

As expected, everything the Republicans say is unhelpful to the process. Republican criticisms of the health care bill are political ploys to obstruct. Using or referring to the 2,000-plus page health care bills to make points is a distraction of “props.” So, while Republicans weathered messianic criticism for resorting to visual aids, Democrat Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa – and others – read emotional letters from constituents without ever being accused of “prop manipulation.”

As expected, Democrats rarely addressed the bill itself, instead playing the emotion card as often as possible.

You can do that when you think Americans are idots.

But the highlight of the day thus far – the thing everyone has been, and will be, talking about – is the Monument to Arrogance erected by the messiah himself when speaking to John McCain. It is this moment alone that has made this “summit” worthwhile.

Following remarks made by Senator John McCain, the President – with a pomposity and superiority that would have made Lady Gaga seem timid – responded, “Let me just make this point, John … because we’re not campaigning anymore. The election’s over.”

McCain retorted, “I’m reminded of that everyday.”

(What he should have said is that America is reminded of that everyday).

Is Barack Obama kidding? He lives in campaign mode. His entire political life is campaign mode. He is a revolving bumper sticker dispenser in well-tailored suits. He is Bromide-Man, able to leap over reality in a single bound.

It’s as obvious as the ears that dangle on his head that he hasn’t read the health care bill, and thus speaks about it in campaign buzz phrases. To accuse McCain – who ran his campaign like Air America ran their radio network – of being in campaign mode is beyond hilarious.

Incidentally, during this morning’s session, out of 164 total minutes of discussion time, Democrats had spoke for 108 of those minutes. Republicans spoke for 56.

Out of the 108 Democrat minutes, President Obama spoke for 58 of them.

Of course, that doesn’t count, according to Bam. 

He’s the President, after all.

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WEINER GIBBERISH – A LIBERAL CLASSIC

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 25, 2010

Congressman Anthony Weiner

I live in New York, so I am well acquainted with the bellicose sniveling of Congressman Anthony Weiner. If ever there was a quintessential poster child for a New York Democrat, Mr. Weiner is it. To Weiner, the self-sufficient among us are involuntarily obligated to carry the load for everyone else through incentive-raping taxes and government-led smackdowns of free enterprise. Corporations, big businesses, wealthy people and, of course, conservatives are to blame for everything wrong in society and need to be roundly punished for whatever successes they’ve amassed. After all, achievement is largely a matter of luck, inheritance, and successful cheating, right? 

On the floor of the House of Representatives, pulling out his “corporations are evil” card, Weiner called Republicans a “wholly owned subsidiary” of the insurance companies. Granted, it wasn’t a particularly intelligent or original thought – he is a liberal’s liberal, after all –  but because he happens to be quite good at class warfare rhetoric, I thought it was worthy of mentioning.

After some objections, Weiner decided to revise his comments by being less general in his assertions, saying that every Republican he had ever met is wholly owned by the insurance companies.

Gee, that was better.

That Weiner and all Democrats are wholly owned by the teacher and labor unions is probably largely irrelevant.

That Weiner and the Democrats are wholly owned by enviro-fascists, pro-abortionists, the race-baiting left and the New York Times probably means nothing.

And despite the fact that the cost of a college education has gone through the stratosphere in recent years – and no one on the left seems to be  complaining about the out-of-control education industry – the fact that Weiner and the Democrats are wholly owned by big education probably  should be overlooked.

Just ignore the man behind the curtain. 

“Wholly owned by the insurance companies”? 

In what way? 

How exactly? 

What in the world in Weiner talking about? 

I honestly believe that liberals do not know what it is they’re actually saying. They’re like Slinkies. They just reflexively move along – alone or in pairs – until they can’t anymore. 

I know this is a difficult point for leftocrats to comprehend, but I’ll try to write in small letters …. Dems like Weiner can blame the Republicans all they like, but up until a short time ago, it was the Democrat Party that had super majorities on both houses of congress. They should have been able to pass through a peptic ulcer with that kind of power. They blew it – not the GOP.

That the Dems couldn’t get anything passed for President Obama’s salivating pen has nothing – repeat nothing – to do with Republican dissent.

Not a damn thing. 

Other than Republicans are on the right side of the issue, of course.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 25, 2010

 Maybe someone should have backed the van out FIRST before setting those posts in concerete.

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WHERE’S YOUR EVIDENCE THERE IS NOT GLOBAL WARMING, ANDY? – ANSWERING BAZOOKA JOE

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 24, 2010

Recently, in a post called “And the Myth Keeps Unraveling – No Global Warming For the Past 15 Years,” lamenting over the fact that the mainstream media in the United States has been mute on the continuing exposure of the global warming hoax, I wrote:

Most ironic is that all of the evidence – yes, genuine evidence – suggests that the man-made global warming crisis is nothing but a hyper-hysterical cartoon, promulgated and promoted by the most unscientific methods, ubiquitous with manipulated (or made-up) data and anecdotal jabber… all for the sake of pursuing a leftist, anti-capitalist agenda.

It has all but been ignored by the American media.

Where is Dateline NBC?

Where is 20/20?

In response, a blogger called Bazooka Joe wrote:

Where is YOUR EVIDENCE??? Why not post your evidence to prove Global Warming is a sham??

Ironically, his response illustrates my point – namely that the mainstream media has been embarrassingly silent on this entire matter. There has been a literal cavalcade of evidence suggesting that the entire man-made global warming story is nothing but an unadulterated fraud.

Kudos to the British press, incidentally, for being the main source for almost all of this information.

(Remember when the America press did stuff like that?)

To being with, Bazooka Joe … since the alarmists, enviro-fascists and hysterical left are the ones making the claim that human activity is causing global temperatures to rise, which in turn is placing the planet in imminent peril, the burden of proof lies with them.

Unfortunately for their side, they have failed at every turn to make the case – every turn.

To this point, there is not one scintilla of data (i.e., evidence) showing that CO2 causes temperatures to rise, as asserted by the likes of King Hysteric, Al Gore. In fact, a closer look at King Gore’s famous hockey stick charts purportedly showing that increased CO2 levels trigger temperature boosts actually suggests that the opposite may be the case.

There is not a neutron’s worth of scientific evidence that human activity is causing temperatures to go up, nor is there anything to back up the claims that the planet is in danger. Every so-called bit of proof put forth by the enviro-fascists is either inconclusive, irrelevant, anecdotal or an outright misrepresentation. There is nothing – repeat nothing – scientific about the so-called causes of global warming and the so-called effects of such warming, nor is there anything of any kind proving that human beings are contributing anything to such phenomena.

It is all nonsense.

However, for the sake of this discussion – and even though the burden of proof does not lie on the side of the rational among us – allow me to enlighten you, Bazooka Joe, with genuine facts (i.e., evidence) that you can sink your teeth into.

During a twenty year stretch – from 1970 to 1990 – 4,500 surface-temperature weather stations in the United States went away – from a count of about 6,000 to around 1,500. As Mark Landsbaum wrote in his remarkable article “What To Say To A Global Warming Alarmist,” that decrease “coincides with what global warming alarmists say was a record temperature increase.”

It turns out that most of those “deleted” weather stations were in colder regions.

Let’s not forget all of the cold weather stations taken offline when the old Soviet Union fell. Coincidentally enough, “global warming” started kicking in right around that time.

This isn’t conjecture, Bazooka, this is fact.

One of the other ugly realities unearthed by investigators in the now infamous batch of leaked ClimateGate e-mails from the East Anglia Research Center – called RussiaGate by Landbaum – is the fact that temperature readings from the coldest regions of Russia were omitted when calculating global surface temperature averages.

Omitted!

It drove “average temperatures up about half a degree.”

This isn’t conjecture, Bazooka, this is fact.

A huge part of the IPCC’s Climate Change Report, which calls for “capping manmade greenhouse gases,” is based on no less than sixteen – count ’em sixteen – nonpeer reviewed reports from an advocacy group called World Wildlife Fund.

Nonpeer reviewed, Bazooka.

Sounds more like politics than science, don’t you think?

The same is true for the IPCC’s claim that global warming is destroying the world’s coral reefs. The panel cited Greenpeace literature, not peer reviewed science.

Think about this: If a group advocating for something leftists hate – like teen abstinence, for instance – made their “scientific” claims based on anecdotal literature, it would have been laughed out of coherence.

It should also be noted that IPCC claims that global warming is killing the rainforests was also based on nonpeer reviewed sources. As Landsbaum writes: It “was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise,” “authored by two green activists” and lifted from a report from the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental pressure group. The ‘research’ was based on a popular science magazine report that didn’t bother to assess rainfall. Instead, it looked at the impact of logging and burning.”

The lie that the Himalayas will be without ice in twenty-five years is also not scientifically based. It was something taken from an article in a hiking magazine.

This isn’t conjecture, Bazooka, this is fact.

Let’s not forget all of the Freedom of Information requests for global warming documents – ninety-five in all – refused by East Anglia University, according to the British Government. Does it not raise any flags that one of the three institutions on the entire planet that collects global warming data did not want to share its information?

Why is that?

None of this is conjecture, Bazooka, this is all fact.

Perhaps you can answer the question I’ve posed on this blog repeatedly for almost two years: What should the temperature be right now, Bazooka? What should the weather patterns look like? Keep in mind there has been no global warming for at least fifteen years, according to the lord of modern global warming “science,” Phil Jones. If that’s not an indication that global warming is not happening, what is, Bazooka?

Factor in all the substantiated reports of missing and manipulated data, and you’ve got enough “evidence” that something is awry in Climate Change Land.

Incidentally, I tip my hat to Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma. He definitely gets it. He wants an investigation.

Charlie Martin at Pajamas Media writes:

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) (yesterday) asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called “the greatest scientific scandal of our generation” — the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

Senator Inhofe also called for former Vice President Al Gore to be called back to the Senate to testify.

“In [Gore’s] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted,” Inhofe said. He believes Vice President Gore should defend himself and his movie before Congress.

Science Fiction.

Nice job, Senator.

Remember, Bazooka Joe, we’re talking evidence here. Practically every claim being made by the enviro-Nazis of a globe teetering on the brink of irreversible damage has been refuted – and then some. Trust me, Bazooka, it is everywhere – except the American press.

All evidence suggests that the world is not in peril due to human activity. All evidence suggests that the hysterical left hasn’t a leg to stand on based on two decades of doomsday assertions. All evidence suggests that real scientific study cannot substantiate the claims of a planet with a fever.

Yes, ice melts. But ice expands as well. Both have been going on for quite some time.

Yes, sea levels rise. But they always have.

Yes, it gets hot in the summer, and it snows in the winter. Alert the media.

Yes, the world has warmed before – like when all that ice from the Ice Age somehow went away without the benefit of combustible engines raping the environmental integrity of the planet.

Yes, the world has cooled – like with the onset of the Ice Age.

Let me know if you need any further evidence, Bazooka Joe.

I’m happy to help anytime.

And thanks for visiting.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 24, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 24, 2010

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DON’T SPEND CARELESSLY … WHILE I SPEND CARELESSLY

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 23, 2010

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Personally, I’m sure he’s the bees knees – beer worthy, shooting hoops, sharing onion rings, whatever.

But in a political light, don’t expect to see a framed photograph of him on anyone’s “Republican Wall of Honor” any time soon; don’t expect his likeness to be done up in a t-shirt or knapsack; and don’t expect to see him win any “Leadership” medals.

So there.

In his vivaciously lackluster performance as RNC Chief, he would have to dazzle me until I was rendered unconscious and drooling like Chris Dodd at a TGI Fridays in order to work his way up to “less-than-mediocre” on my score card. And, as difficult as this will be for some to believe, and as much as I hate to disappoint my regular audience of assorted leftists, it has nothing to do with his skin color.

He’s been a failure … and frankly, somewhat of an embarrassment.

For instance, I didn’t particularly take too well to the suggestion that some of us white Republicans are afraid of him because he’s black. I assure you, there are plenty of other reasons to be “afraid” of him as head of the RNC. The word “incompetence” comes to mind.

It gave me no warm and fuzzy feeling deep inside when Mr. Steele, Chairman of the bloody RNC, said he didn’t think Republicans could win this November.

That’s some kind of leader, isn’t it?

Stand back. Watch him work.

How about a little positive thinking, Mike? How about a touch of confidence? How about a little smack talk? Dems are reeling right now. Now’s not the time to put on your namby-pamby act.

I felt like throwing one of my penguin-head, fake-marble bookends through the television when he refused to take on talk show host D. L. Hughley for comparing the Republican Convention to Nazi Germany. That should have, at the very least, had Steele asking Hughley an equally ludicrous question about the Democrat convention looking like an inner-city welfare office.

The latest notch on his elephant pole of accomplishments involves how he is spending donor contributions to the Republican Party.

Jeane Cummings of Politico writes:

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s local crew to cater the RNC’s Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.

For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer.

I like Chic-fil-A, incidentally.

To be fair, according to Louis M. Pope, Chairman of the RNC’s Budget Committee, the upscale events that have some GOP doners angry are all profitable.

Still, the elephants are losing big money donors.

Disclosure reports document the exodus of prominent donors who have decided to shift their giving to other party committees. In 2005, the RNC raised $46 million from donors who gave more than $250 and $55 million from small donors. In 2009, Steele’s RNC brought in just $24 million — nearly half as much — from big donors and $58 million from small donors.

When Steele took over the chairmanship last winter, he inherited a $23 million surplus. Since then, the former Maryland lieutenant governor has raised $10 million less than the party collected in 2005 and has spent $10 million more. By the end of 2009, the committee’s surplus had shrunk to $8.4 million, according to campaign finance reports.

So, in one year, the GOP surplus has withered by almost $15 million.

Okay.

I’m not a fool.

I understand when you are behind and outnumbered and in the minority, it obviously becomes necessary to spend cash to “get the word out.” Effective fundraising does cost money.

However, it becomes more difficult to place your faith in a leader who criticizes his opponents for careless spending when he uses party donations on high-end chefs, private jets and private consultants.

Just sayin’.

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MORE GOOD NEWS POLLING FOR THE BAMTASTICS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 23, 2010

The theme over the past couple of days seems to be “poll data.”

To that end, I thought I’d toss around a few more Obamalicious numbers for you to gnaw on.

Once upon a time, when the Messianic Age had just emerged from the electoral womb, and the people of America – and yes, planet earth – were poised to embark on a future of unprecedented promise and camaraderie, there appeared to be nothing that could not be accomplished by the dynamically teleprompted strapping young socialist from Chicago. After all, he had super majorities in both houses of congress, a media more than eager to swallow his offerings, and approval ratings that rivaled only chocolate and orgasms. The world, so we were told, was all Bushed out and new blood needed to be infused in the ailing body of Washington.

What a difference thirteen months can make.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, only 15% of Americans believe Washington is working.

Coincidentally enough, all of Washington is run by Democrats.

Go figure.

From the Los Angeles Times:

After months of what sure looks like political gridlock in the nation’s capitol despite voters having handed majority control of all three political institutions to Democrats back in 2008, almost three-out-of-four Americans today say “Washington right now is broken.”

I was going to say that it didn’t take long for the American people to roundly reject Obamacratic in-your-face, progressive nannyism, but thirteen months of this has been a camel’s eyelash shy of an eternity for Constitution-loving types like myself.

Even more amazingly, one out of four Americans still haven’t been fully convinced that the nation’s capitol is broken.

Actually, a new Rasmussen Reports Poll finds 73% see DC as broken while only 15% disagree. Twelve percent, who’ve been watching the Weather Channel or catching up on “The Sopranos” DVD’s, aren’t really sure.

The 12% who fall into the “not sure” category don’t interest me too much.

I’m not sure why.

But I’d love to ask one of those 15% exactly what it is about Washington that makes it work so well in their eyes. Is it the growing discontent across the country? Is it the push by Dems to exponentially expand the government’s role in all of our lives? Is it the acid the’re taking? Is it the complexity of Nancy Pelosi’s pre-facelift fault lines?

I think 10% of America still thinks Elvis is alive and that Mikey from the Life cereal commercials died from a lethal combination of pop rocks and soda.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 23, 2010


He only had to run in for a second.

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HOW MUCH LOWER CAN THESE POLL NUMBERS GO, I WONDER

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 22, 2010

“Oh, we don’t really pay attention to the poll numbers,” many of them will claim.

“Poll numbers don’t mean much in the way of determining where support among the American people really lies,” many will say.

“You can’t govern worrying about poll numbers,” they’ll yammer.

Indeed, sometimes there is truth in such thinking, as I have acknowledged here on several occassions, but other times, it can come down to how things are worded.

For instance, if a poll question is phrased, “If you were drowning and the only way you could survive was to profess your alleigance to the Democrat Party, would you do it?” and 96% of those polled said they would do so, the next day’s headlines could read, “People facing adversity overwhelmingly favor Democrats.”

That’s why it’s always good to take a gander at the innards of any poll.

Of course, sometimes there is no ambiguity or complexity whatsoever in polling data and how it’s interpreted – such as in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

It’s fairly straight forward.

Take yesterday’s Daily Tracking Poll, for instance. By anyone’s reasonable measure – except dye-in-the-wool dancing Obamacrats – things just aren’t going so well on their side of the River Jordan.

The number of Americans who “strongly approve” of the job President Obama is doing hit the lowest level yet since the dawn of the Messianic Age – 22%.

Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19. The Approval Index has been lower only on one day during Barack Obama’s thirteen months in office (see trends). The previous low came on December 22 as the Senate was preparing to approve its version of the proposed health care legislation. The current lows come as the President is once again focusing attention on the health care legislation.

To put it in some kind of perspective … less than 4 in 10 Americans actually approve of the current ObamaCare proposals being put forth by the Donkeys.

And nearly 8 in 10 say it would cost more than projected.

Not that any of these things matter to the Dems. They know exactly what’s good for you, whether you realize it or not.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY (21 SELECTED QUOTES)

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 22, 2010

 

“Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism.”

Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.
 – Letter to Governor Dinwiddie, 29 May, 1754

Remember that it is the actions, and not the commission, that make the officer, and that there is more expected from him, than the title.    -Address to the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, 8 January, 1756

The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim.   – Letter to Colonel Bassett, 25 April, 1773

Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
– Letter to Benedict Arnold, 14 September 1775

Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
– General Orders, Headquarters, New York, 2 July 1776

The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.
– General Order, 9 July 1776 George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799

The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
– Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August 1776

My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than can be reasonably expected; but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you probably can never do under any other circumstances.
– Encouraging his men to renlist in the army, 31 December 1776

While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.
– General Orders, 2 May 1778

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.
– Letter to Lord Stirling, 5 March 1780

You will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.
– Response to the first Newburgh Address, 15 March 1783

If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
-Address to officers of the Army, 15 March 1783

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
-First Annual Address, to both Houses of Congress, 8 January 1790

A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything. Letter to Benjamin Harrison, 10 October 1784

All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.
-Letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, 9 January1790

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
– Letter to his niece, Harriet Washington, 30 October 1791

We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth & reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age & in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.
– Letter To the members of the New Church of Baltimore, 22 January 1793

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.
– Letter to Edmund Pendleton, 22 January 1795

Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?”Farewell address, 26 September 1796

“…….the name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism…” Farewell address, 26 September 1796

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FROM THE “I COULDN’T CARE LESS” FILE…

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 20, 2010

After the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986, and the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, it was questionable whether of not there would ever be another date that would, for me, forever live in infamy – a date that marked an event so profound that I would remember exactly where I was when it happened. I wasn’t alive when Pearl Harbor was attacked, or when President John F. Kennedy was murdered, so their impact on me is purely historical in nature. But after yesterday, I knew February 19, 2010 would become one of those dates – one I would tell my grandchildren about.

It was the day I said, “Enough with Tiger Woods already.”

And so it was … yesterday morning, as the planet waited with bated breath to hear what the world’s most famous philanderer would say after a long silence that I made my way into the living room, ready for what I knew I had to do. Would he apologize? Would he cry? Would he share photographs?

As Tiger Woods prepared to face the world – with millions of eyes and ears ready to lock on him and hang on his every word – I equipped myself.

As Tiger finally approached the podium to speak, I began.

With rag and can of lemon Pledge in hand, I switched off the television and began to dust the coffee table in the living room. It really needed it.

It took a couple of minutes to get that luster I was aiming for, but I got it.

I then made my way to the bathroom and pulled out a wad of hair from the drain in the bathroom tub.

The water goes down much faster now.

I followed this by folding some t-shirts and straightening out the forks in the silverware drawer. I hate it when the butter knives spill over into the fork compartment.

Indeed, it was shaping up to be a morning to remember – a date that I would not soon forget.

February 19th would also be the day I found the cap to the shaving cream can, took all the garbage out, and drove my wife to her colonoscopy appointment. I also managed to squeeze in about ten hours of work.

And I did it all without hearing a single word that came out of the mouth of Tiger Woods – the most important human being on planet Earth, apparently – on a date that will obviously live on in perpetuity, February 19, 2010.

I shan’t forget it.

Let me just say this …

If there is a story I could care less about, or a name that I could go another four decades without hearing in any context, it’s Tiger Woods and his “I banged ninety women because I have an addiction” story. Who cares? I couldn’t give a monkey’s colon who he slept with, how many broads he banged, or how he feels about it. That’s between Tiger Woods, his family, and his harem. To me, his story is the most uninteresting, tedious, irrelevant piece of nothingness this side of Keanu Reeves.

I beg humanity to move on.

Elton John’s claim that Jesus was gay was more noteworthy.

Of course, I’m making note of the Tiger thing right now, so maybe I just ought to shut the hell up, too.

I understand that I am clearly in the minority on this one, but other people’s personal problems simply don’t interest me. I don’t find such matters newsworthy.

And don’t get me started on this whole “sex addiction” thing.

One fraud at a time, please.

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ALEXANDER HAIG, RIP

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 20, 2010

1924-2010

 

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 20, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 20, 2010

 You don’t say.

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A CONGRESSMAN WITH A GUN

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 19, 2010

Congressman Steve King

I happen to like Congressman Steve King from Iowa. He is a strong conservative – both fiscally and socially. Admittedly, up until yesterday, I was only vaguely acquainted with him, having heard his name come up a few times here and there, if that. 

However, effective today, I hereby proclaim that he is unequivocally one of my new Capitol Hill favorites. 

Good ol’ Steve King, I’ll call him from now on. 

“There goes old Stevie Boy,” my friends and I will say, if we should ever happen to find ourselves speaking about him here in Staten Island, New York. 

Why? 

Two reasons: One, he is a huge Second Amendment guy (always good), and two, he has royally pissed off PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) … and anyone who can do that is a moral Goliath, as far as I’m concerned. 

What, you may ask, did he do? 

He shot an intruder in his home, dead. 

A raccoon. 

The panty-twisting at PETA this week cannot be calculated. 

J.R. Absher from Outdoor Life writes: 

When U.S. Rep. Steve King found a raccoon trying to chew into his rural Western Iowa home during a snowstorm last week, he reacted like most folks who live out in the country and away from the city. 

He grabbed the closest and most familiar firearm and preceded to dispatch the troublesome critter, which he thought might be rabid because of its bizarre behavior during the middle of the day. 

Rep. King’s “most handy gun” turned out to be a .45 ACP Desert Eagle 1911 pistol, a popular firearm and caliber for personal and home protection. 

Perhaps the congressman was a tad bit over-gunned for the pesky varmint, but it served the purpose, quickly and decisively. 

But the best part of the story is what Congressman King wrote about the event on Twitter

He tweeted: 

“Mid-day, mid-blizzard, 15 degrees, Crazy Raccoon chewing and clawing his way into my house. Desert Eagle 1, Crazy Raccoon zero.” 

I am still laughing. 

Hysterically. 

But, sadly, not everyone is getting a chuckle out of this. 

The organization that brought the world “Holocaust On Your Plate,” compared dog breeders to Klansmen, and pushed for the word “fish” to be extricated from the English language in favor of the phrase “sea kittens,” is mad at King. 

From Fox News

On Tuesday, the animal welfare group challenged the Iowa Republican to “pick on someone your own size, not a small animal seeking warmth in a blizzard.” 

“It doesn’t give you comfort in your representatives when a member of Congress finds it amusing to boast of shooting a desperately cold animal who is 100 times smaller than he is and whose only misstep was trying to get into a large, warm house,” Jaime Zalac, a PETA spokeswoman, said a written statement provided to FoxNews.com. 

“I hope he’s not on any committees that made decisions regarding cruel and unusual punishment,” Zalac added. “Decent people would call animal control for help, not get on Twitter to boast about having a really, really big gun.” 

I would beg to differ with the ethically retarded (thank you, Rahm Emanuel) folks at PETA. Their brain-dead, morally twisted, moronic moonbattery is perfectly wrong. I, for one, draw a wealth of comfort knowing that a man like Representative King – a law abiding family man, with respect and reverence for the Second Amendment – is prepared to defend his home and family from all intruders, whether they be the two-legged or four-legged kind. I think it’s marvelous. 

Too bad there weren’t more animals trying to gnaw their way into King’s home. 

I’m sure he could have used the target practice. 

And I hope he is a member of every committee in all of human existence – especially any that may be involved in decisions regarding cruel and unusual punishment.  (I’m still waiting to hear how it’s safer to have a gun in the hand of one criminal instead of twenty million guns in the hands of twenty million law abiding citizens).

And spare me the “poor, little freezing animal in the woods looking for warmth” routine, okay?

For those who see human beings as a poison to the natural world – those who view humanity as toxic intruders – what, pray tell, would that poor little freezing raccoon have done if there wasn’t a house there for it to try and gnaw its way into? Would it have been forced to brave the cold and fend for itself, just as that species has always had to do? 

After the last blizzard that pummeled the eastern United States, the countryside should have been littered with raccoon corpses who lost their lives scratching at the windows of warm wintertime human dwellings, no?

Please.

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THE LORD, HE WAS GAY, ACCORDING TO ELTON

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 19, 2010

Biblical scholars and religious academics come and go, but very few have the insight of Great Britain’s Sir Elton John. Captain Fantastic not only knows how to caress the keys and make them sing, but his biblical prowess is unparalleled in the world of pampered musicians, whiny divas and historically illiterate celebrities.

How does he do it?

Two millennia of humanity were not able to discover it. Holy men, teachers, philosophers, students, archeologists and historians for the better part of twenty centuries could not unearth it. Never has there been serious consideration of such a thing … that is, until now.

Thank you, Sir Elton, for letting the world know that Jesus Christ was a homosexual.

Pete Samson from The Sun writes:

JESUS was GAY – according to the gospel of SIR ELTON JOHN. The singer makes his controversial claim about the Lord in a new US interview that will enrage America’s bible belt.

Elton, 62, declares as he pours out his heart to a magazine: “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.”

He adds: “Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East – you’re as good as dead.”

Presumably, these revelations came to him through the Gospels of Doug and Bruce.

I find it interesting that Sir E neglected to specify “Islam” when pointing out that being a gay woman in “the middle east” makes one as good as dead.  The all-encompassing “middle east” designation only showcases Mr. John’s extraordinary understanding of that part of the world.

After all, think of all those lesbian executions that take place in Israel.

One other question, Tiny Dancer: Would Jesus have been just as compassionate – or super-intelligent – if he were heterosexual?

Just asking.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 19, 2010

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THE EXPERTS AMONG US – AN OBSERVATION

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 18, 2010

Today, the media is bristling with stories about how jobless claims have risen “unexpectedly.”

Befuddled “experts” are scrambling to try and figure it all out.

Excuses, reasons and rationalizations are being crafted in an attempt to explain it all.

Is there yet an expert or an analyst – particularly those of the anonymous variety who are regularly referenced in newspaper and magazine articles – who actually earns their weight in gold? Who are these “experts” – these learned and accomplished faceless specialists of specificity who somehow find their way into so many news stories? How are they found? And who made them experts in the first place?

They won’t turn up in every news story, of course – the local bank robbery, the four car pile-up on the thruway, the opening of a new discount chicken wing place. These stories don’t necessitate the input of “experts.”

However, when the monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department, the “experts” suddenly appear. When consumer spending figures are made public, “experts” seem to jump out of the woodwork. When the number of new home sales for the previous month hits the news wire, you can’t swing a three-legged muskrat without smacking an “expert.”

We’re up to our pie charts in “experts.”

Yet, for all the times they are called upon to lend perspective, context and clarity to any given news story, these “experts” always seem to be wrong or caught by surprise.

Have you noticed this?

It almost never fails.

When statistics of some kind become newsworthy, there isn’t a group of “experts” or “analysts” around who aren’t confounded.

“Jobless claims rose by almost one percentage point last month, less than what experts had predicted.”

-“The number of loans approved for house purchases fell in April by nearly 13%, more than experts had expected, marking the fourth consecutive monthly drop.”

-“Experts were surprised to see such a significant boost in the number of cars sold last month.”

-“Despite predictions by experts and analysts, the number of first-time home buyers jumped dramatically.”

How exactly did these people become experts? And how is it, day after day, month after month, they continue to be called upon by news agencies for their insights and analyses when they never seem to get anything right?

Either the word “expert” is due for a makeover or reporters need to consult a different set of people.

Were there no “experts” available anywhere who predicted anything correctly?

And if there were, how would we know anyway? Without a score card or program, how can any of us non-aficionados tell one “expert” from another?

Now, to be fair about this, there are, indeed, instances when one will come across something in a newspaper or magazine like, “Experts Say Global Warming Predictions Are Coming True” or “Experts Predicted Recession Two Years Ago.”

Compelling, yes – for about half a nano-second – until one realizes that neither of these examples are quite convincing.

In the case of the former, the assertion is a hoax based on leftist hysteria and a compliant, brainwashed media complex. Funding-hungry scientists play a huge role, too. Without a looming disaster hanging over the heads of humanity like grim death, the money dries up.

The moment there is concrete scientific evidence of any kind that human activity is not only causing temperatures across the globe to rise, but putting the planet in imminent (or any) peril, please let me know.

My e-mail “inbox” is always open to you. I’ll leave the light on for you – an incandescent one at that!

In the case of the latter, the broken clock theory comes into play – that is, even a broken clock will be correct twice a day.

I can say “a recession is coming” until I’m blue in the face. At some point I will be correct.

With that said, please don’t misunderstand me.

There obviously are experts in given fields – and most often, when those experts are called upon, they are often referenced by name.

-“Dr. So-and-So, Head of Blah-Blah-Blah Studies at the University of Anywhere, says the downward trend is expected to continue.”

-“Johnny Q. Expert, renowned something-or-other-ologist at the Whatever Institute, in a published article from last November, predicted the current collapse of the potato chip market.”

Those instances are not the ones I’m talking about here. It’s the catch-all, generic strand of unidentified, never-seem-to-be-right newspaper article “experts” that I’m writing about. I can’t help but wonder if these are the same groups of people that the White House press corp kept harkening to when George W. Bush was in the White House. Remember? Only then they weren’t “experts.” They were regularly referred to as “critics” or “many” or “some.”

-“Critics say you are making America unsafe with your Iraq policy.” -“Many are saying that you aren’t doing enough for the eldery, Mr. President.” -“According to some, you are a bumbling, God-happy, gun-loving Texas yokel.”

In those instances – when criticisms are directed at Republicans – each of the three “groups” could have been sufficiently substituted with the pronoun “I.” –
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IT’S BEEN A PORKTABULOUS YEAR

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 18, 2010

However you chose to commemorate the one year anniversary of the passage of Barack Obama’s $787 billion porkulus package yesterday – a dinner party with friends, a bowling night, an appendectomy – my hope is that you were afforded the opportunity to stroll down Stimulus Lane and relive some of the magic of the last twelve months. My wish is that you were able to get a true sense of how your hard-earned tax dollars were appropriated and put to work for the good of the country. My desire is that you were able to see for yourself that not an electron of waste nor a morsel of pork – according to the President – can be attributed to his almost one-trillion dollar spendulous extravaganza.

So, how exactly did you spend your Recovery Act Commemoration Day?

Assuming your festivities began with the President’s reaffirmation of its unparalleled success in rescuing the American economy from the ruinous Bush regime – and saving twenty billion jobs and keeping unemployment below twenty percent – I can only assume that you and yours must have pitched one hell of a wang dang doodle.

Personally, I ate pasta salad and snaked the bathroom sink.

How the President’s approval rating ever dipped below 72% is beyond me.

Of course, Senate Republicans – in their never-ending crusade to discredit the otherwise all-feeling, all-knowing, ever-compassionate Barry-O – continue to stop at nothing to portray the stimulus bill as an abject failure and a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

Bastards.

At the Republican.Senate.Gov blog, a list (complete with links) has been compiled highlighting some of the more “stimulating” aspects of the Obama’s porktabulous spend-a-thon.

Along with such economy-saving initiatives as sending $250 stimulus checks to prisoners, funding the construction of a turtle tunnel in Florida, and putting money aside to study cactus bug sex, these tasty projects made the list:

$219,000 TO STUDY THE SEX LIVES OF FEMALE COLLEGE FRESHMEN:
“Five hundred Syracuse University freshmen will divulge the details of their sex lives as part of a women’s health study called ‘The Women’s Health Project,’ being conducted by Michael Carey, SU professor of psychology and medicine. Carey has found himself the target of nationwide criticism from conservatives since he received $219,000 in stimulus funds for the study, which looks at the sex patterns of college women.”

$15,551 TO STUDY DRUNK MICE:
“The Rodent Study At Florida Atlantic University In Boca Raton Used $15,551 In Stimulus Funds To Pay For Two Summer Researchers To Help Gauge How Alcohol Affects A Mouse’s Motor Functions.”

$1 MILLION TO STUDY ANTS:
“Half A Million Dollars Went To Arizona State University To Study The Genetic Makeup Of Ants To Determine Distinctive Roles In Ant Colonies; $450,000 Went To The University Of Arizona To Study The Division Of Labor In Ant Colonies.”

$500,000 TO STUDY “SOCIAL NETWORKS LIKE FACEBOOK”:
“A $498,000, Three-Year Grant” To Study “Social Networks Like Facebook.” “Millions of Internet users have been enjoying the fun — and free — services provided by advertiser-supported online social networks like Facebook. But Landon Cox, a Duke University assistant professor of computer science, worries about the possible down side — privacy problems. … To delve deeper into these issues and begin the search for alternatives, Cox recently won a $498,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.”

$54 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS USED FOR THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN:
JONATHAN KARL, ABC News: “The Napa Valley Wine Train, To Tourists A Great Way To See America’s Most Celebrated Wine Region, To Others Exhibit A In What’s Wrong With The Stimulus.” SEN. TOM COBURN: “What that is, is a situation where you see the wealthy or well connected get taken care of and the community suffers.” KARL: “He’s talking about the Napa Valley wine train relocation project, 54 million stimulus dollars to build a new rail bridge, elevate and relocate 3,300 ft of tracks and put flood walls around the train’s main station.”

You can imagine that as a New York Mets fan, I am simply thrilled to know my tax dollars are also helping to pay for a spring training baseball complex for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

And a pox upon me for neglecting to mention the removal of cracks and potholes in Montana tennis courts – as pork-free as any recession-busting, economic recovery project can get.

As is the study of honeybees.

Or the study of malt liquor and marijuana consumption.

And just think … not all of the stimulus money has yet been spent.

Just wait until they get to studying the effects of crushed ice on nasal mucus, and the long term ramifications of neglected toe jam.

Happy Birthday, Trillion-Dollar Excrement-Fest!

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 18, 2010

 

No one proof-read this before putting it up?

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BAM’S NEW APPROACH – MORE AGGRESSION, LESS MEDIA

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 17, 2010

The approach here is akin to pushing down on the mound of overflowing garbage in the kitchen trash can to avoid having to take it out. With only slight manipulation, everything suddenly looks better … even though nothing has changed. Of course, that’s all that matters to today’s liberal: how things look.

Think of it as typical Democrat strategizing.

Keep this in mind as you read about the White House’s latest plan of action.

Earlier today, Salem Radio Network (SRN) News reported the following:

RICH THOMASON, ANCHOR: And with the President’s poll numbers down, and his agenda in trouble, the White House is fine tuning its media strategy.

GREG KLUSTON, REPORTER: White House aides say they’re adopting a more aggressive, more streamlined approach to getting out the President’s message. The strategy includes a faster, more direct response to criticism, and more events at which the President speaks directly to the public without the filter of the news media, such as town hall meetings and online discussions.

This is the same thinking that gives birth to the notion that if the word “cripple” is replaced with the phrase “physically challenged,” the reality somehow changes.

There are a multitude of reasons to fall over in fits of uncontrollable laughter over this story.

Leave it to leftists to once again believe that the rejection of liberal ideas is rooted in the fact that they’re either not getting their message out adequately, or a vast right-wing conspiracy is at play, diabolically deflecting the truth from the citizenry.

Here’s a little reality check: the President’s poll numbers are down – some would say subterranean – precisely because his message is coming through loud and clear to the American people.

Naturally, Barack Obama’s response to his failing presidency is to get more aggressive – to do more to get his Leftopia agenda out there to the people.

That, in and of itself, is mind boggling.

How such a thing could be physically possible is beyond human comprehension. This president is so overexposed – except, of course, when terrorists try to blow up airplanes in Detroit – that it is inconceivable he could actually become more aggressive.

God help us all if he does.

This is the man who once appeared on five Sunday shows on the same day to hawk his Marxist visions. This is the man who could single-handedly neutralize the national debt if he had a dollar for every time he used the word “I” and “me” in any given speech – including his now infamous commentary on the fall of the Berlin Wall last November, which he had nothing to do with, but managed to make himself the focal point of.

More aggressive?

How exactly?

Keep in mind that the President has specified that he will do so without the “filter” of the news media diluting his message of hope and change. He’s going to win back the love he’s lost by circumventing the traitorous fourth estate and return to his community organizing roots (i.e., staying in full campaign mode).

The news media, liberal to their core, clearly are not be distributing the Obamacrat Kool-Aid packets effectively enough for Bam’s liking. They’ve obviously stumbled in his eyes. They’ve dropped the ball. Thus, he’s decided to sidestep them so that his message can really be heard – finally. To him, it’s been thirteen months of distortions, obstructionism and half-truths. How can he possibly get anything done if he can’t get his message out there?

He will be putting on his campaign trail shoes in the hopes of coming back down off the cross to dazzle the masses. It’ll be done through town hall meetings – which apparently are great vehicles for getting one’s message across (providing they’re leftist messages), unlike those blasted Tea Party types who are only interested in causing trouble – and online discussions.   

And speaking of “online,” perhaps the White House might try a revamped version of their failed tattletale website from last year.

Remember that one? When the President asked citizens to snitch on other citizens who might have had dissenting opinions about ObamaCare?

If at first you don’t succeed …

Does the President realize how all of this sounds? Does he realize he is sticking a knife into the guts of the very saliva-dripping lapdogs who made him the Messiah he truly believes he is?

Again, in the eyes of Obamacrats, leftist policies are not the problem with the American people; it’s a noncompliant, unfair news media bending and twisting the realities of what the president is trying to do, coupled with a battalion of powerful right-wing, negro-haters who will obfuscate the truth to keep Obama from enjoying any successes whatsoever.

Dems are almost adorable when they try to do stuff.

Yeah, this’ll work fine.

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HOW ABOUT A SECOND TERM? MORE THAN HALF SAY “NO, THANKS”

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 17, 2010

Blame this one on George W. Bush, if you like – although in doing so, you’d almost be admitting you miss him. You can make the claim that Barack Obama is still wet behind the ears and needs more time to make the job his, but he’s more than a quarter of the way through his term, so the credibility in such a statement is minimal. You can point fingers at the vast right-wing, anti-Obama media complex, but then I’d ask you what your hallucinogen of choice is.

The fact is, the word “disastrous” is far too mild, and comparisons to Jimmy Carter are almost insulting to Carter.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted such a turnaround in so short a time.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Poll, more than half of all Americans – just thirteen months after the dawn of the Messianic Age – say they would not vote to give Barack Obama a second term.

The word “ouch” comes to mind.

Michael O’Brien of The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room writes:

52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

44 percent of all Americans said they would vote to reelect the president in two and a half years, less than the slight majority who said they would prefer to elect someone else.

Obama faces a 44-52 deficit among both all Americans and registered voters, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Tuesday. Four percent had no opinion.

It should be noted that retiring Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd still believes that President Obama will be re-elected overwhelmingly in 2012.

He also said that even if he were absolutely certain he could win re-election himself, he would not run again.

Yeah, okay.

Anyone who believes that, please stand on your head.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 17, 2010

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AND THE MYTH KEEPS UNRAVELING – NO GLOBAL WARMING FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 16, 2010

Professor Phil Jones

It’s only the latest kerplunk in a bucket filled with what is already the foulest-smelling lie one could dream up – a collection of untruths that should have long ago put an end to the biggest sham of the last half century, if not longer.

This matters … or it should matter.

That is, it should matter to the American mainstream media, because by any objective standard, this is big news. In fact, the entire arc of this continually unfolding and unraveling lie is tremendously big news.

They seem to understand that in Great Britain.

Their media is all over this.

It’s a big story because this preposterous hoax has infiltrated, poisoned and redefined all conventional wisdom on the matter to the point that to deny it is to deny the Holocaust. It’s a big story because of the unprecedented, industry-crippling, economy-altering changes being proposed to combat it in almost every industrialized country of the world.

It’s a war that needs not be fought because the enemy doesn’t exist.

It’s a fairy tale.

It is the Granddaddy of all flimflams … and it just keeps getting better.

Unfortunately – and predictably – the New York Times, Washington Post and alphabet channels all but ignored the original “ClimateGate” scandal when it broke late last year. It was as damaging as anything could have been to the pseudo-scientific, agenda-driven, enviro-fascist movement that has continued to claim that human beings are ruining the globe by their very existence.

Most ironic is that all of the evidence – yes, genuine evidence – suggests that the man-made global warming crisis is nothing but a hyper-hysterical cartoon, promulgated and promoted by the most unscientific methods, ubiquitous with manipulated (or made-up) data and anecdotal jabber… all for the sake of pursuing a leftist, anti-capitalist agenda.

It has all but been ignored by the American media.

Where is Dateline NBC?

Where is 20/20?

Mark Landsbaum from the Orange County Register – not 60 Minutes – has a devastatingly comprehensive article enumerating the most outstanding of these global warming frauds – a sensational list of the various climate change “-gates“:

ClimateGate, ChinaGate, HimalayaGate, SternGate, PeerReviewGate, RissiaGate, IceGate, and many others.

As he points out: The Himalayan glaciers will not be gone in twenty-five years, as claimed by the doomsdayers. The Amazon rainforests will not be wiped out due to global warming, as professed by the enviro-nutbags. The exclusion of data from cold climate weather stations in Russia has resulted in nearly a half-degree’s shift upward in average temperatures. The fact that nearly 4,500 surface-temperature weather stations in the United States were taken offline between 1970 and 1990 – most of which existed in colder regions – has also skewed averages upward.

There’s much more.

Jonathan Petre from the UK Mail Online writes:

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.
Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

If anything bears repeating, it’s this.

The Maharishi of the manmade global warming farce – the man at the epicenter of the ClimateGate scandal – the high-lord and master of the climate-change lie, Professor Phil Jones, has admitted that for the last decade-and-a-half there has been no global warming.

And …

He has conceded that the medieval world – free of fossil-fuel burning SUVs, disposable diapers, CFCs, fireplaces and big screen televisions – may have actually been warmer than it is today.

He doesn’t say …

I may be going out on a limb here – a please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong – but the end of the Ice Age would suggest, to even a layperson as myself, that there had to be some kind of pre-Industrial Revolution warming taking place without the benefit of jet planes and coal burning. After all, that was a lot of ice.

Still, I don’t exactly see a problem for Professor Jones. True, much of the data used to formulate the global warming fraud has been lost, but he’s a clever man.

He can always make up some more.

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PRESIDENTS DAY? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 15, 2010

Remember when HE had a holiday?

I know I’m never going to get anywhere if I hold back. I realize that I will never be able to sufficiently make my point if I decide to proceed with restraint on this matter. And while I am all for a federal holiday in February – never let it be said that I ever spit on a “day off” – today’s sham of a holiday is just about as disgraceful and embarrassing as anything that has happened in this nation since the television show AfterMASH.

This hoax of a holiday – this swindle of a commemoration – known as President’s Day is an unadulterated fraud.

It is as phony as an Obama speech, as bogus as Keanu Reeves’ acting ability, and as meaningless as a teacher’s union.

This inconsequential and feckless day – marked by linen sales, bedroom set closeouts and no-money-down car bonanzas – is this nation’s most worthless “holiday” of the year … and I use the word only because federal offices are closed and public schools are out of session.

National Breast Implant Day is far more relevant.

Presidents Day means absolutely nothing. It is a bad joke told by an unfunny comedian in scarcely visited club in a neighborhood where alcohol is banned. There is nothing – repeat, nothing – remotely noteworthy about this day. It is an all-encompassing, generic weekend-extender that invokes nothing in the minds of Americans other than, “What time should I get out bed?” and “Is today the day of the buy-one-get-one-free box spring sale at Bedding Barn?”

Two points to make here…

First, I realize that I am in the minority on this one, but “weekend extender” holidays bug the hell out of me. I am of the mind that a nation’s holidays are meant to be significant and have special meaning to them. These days exist not for the purpose of giving people an extra day away from work, but to observe something consequential.

Christmas, for instance, always falls on December 25th, regardless of the day of the week, just as Independence Day always falls on July 4th. These holidays are not bumped to the closest Monday so that a three-day weekend can be constructed. It otherwise belittles the importance of the day.

I understand that there are “set Monday” holidays – like Memorial Day and Labor Day – but I’m not referring to those. I’m talking about events that have fixed dates.

If, for example, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th – which, incidentally, he was – then celebrations of his birthday should not be diminished to “three-day-weekend-maker” status by shoving it to the third Monday in January. If, God forbid, his birthday should fall on a weekend, well then, that’s just too bad. Deal with the fact that you’re just going to have to go to work on Monday.

Second, how dare the powers-that-be cram all Chief Executives into one off-the-rack, all-inclusive, blanket holiday of no significance.

Presidents Day?

Are you kidding me?

Why not Senators Day? Or Judges Day? Or Congressional Page Day?

James Buchanan is deserving of a one-day federal office shutdown? Jimmy Carter, that colossal failure of a president, by virtue of the fact that he won an election, is to be honored with a federal holiday? Franklin Pierce, a name most Americans have never even heard of, is to be lionized today?

This time of year used to be reserved for the one holiday this country should be embarrassed is officially off the books – Washington’s Birthday.

Remember that one?

You’ll find it listed between “Waking Up And Smelling the Coffee” and “Wondering What The Hell Is Happening To My Country” in the All-American Almanac.

It still boggles the mind that this man – the Father of Our Country, Hero of the War for Independence, First President of the United States, arguably the greatest American of them all – does not have a specific holiday honoring him.

The nation’s capitol is named for him.

There is an entire state that bears his name.

There are more school districts, elementary schools, streets, townships and counties named after him than any other American who has ever lived – and rightly so.

Yet, the United States of America doesn’t officially celebrate George Washington’s Birthday anymore.

As monumentally politically incorrect as this will sound – and I’m willing to take on any and all attacks for wording it this way – how can there exist a national holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. (deservedly so, incidentally), but not for George Washington? That Washington’s Birthday has been wiped from the calendar and replaced with a homogenized perversion known as Presidents Day is a travesty of the highest order. There is an entire month dedicated to black history, itself an outdated sham of a commemoration, but there is nothing – not a single day – honoring America’s most extraordinary hero of them all. Instead, in the name of whatever latest political correctness is crippling sane-minded thought and common-sense, we have Presidents Day.

I’d say, “What a joke,” but I’m truly angry about this.

Drop this counterfeit “celebration” and make February 22nd a national holiday, as it should be.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 15, 2010

You can’t slip anything past CNN.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 14, 2010

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 14, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 14, 2010

You mean no one could come up with a better name than that?

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GODSPEED

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 13, 2010

The good guys are on the move in Afghanistan in what is being called “the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war.” Approximately 15,000 troops – including American, Afghan and NATO forces – kicked off a major assault against the Taliban in the town of Marjah yesterday.

In the early stages of the operation, reports are that all is going well.

From Fox News:

Punching their way through a line of insurgent defenses that included mines and homemade bombs, ground forces crossed a major canal Saturday into the town’s northern entrance.

Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, NATO commander of forces in southern Afghanistan, said Afghan and coalition troops, aided by 60 helicopters, made a “successful insertion” into Marjah without incurring any casualties.

“The operation went without a single hitch,” Carter said at a briefing in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

At least 20 insurgents have been killed and 11 arrested so far in the offensive, said Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, the commander of Afghan forces in the region. Troops have recovered Kalashnikov rifles, heavy machine guns and grenades from those captured, he said.

There are somewhere around 1000 Taliban entrenched in the town of 80,000.

However, the biggest threat comes not from the Taliban, but from the mines and improvised explosive devices they’ve had time to hide along the town’s entry points.

“This may be the largest IED threat and largest minefield that NATO has ever faced,” said Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of Marines in southern Afghanistan.

The operation is seen as a major test for the Afghan government and for President Obama’s strategy to surge troops into the country. If it goes according to plan, the Taliban will lose critical source of funding, the Afghan government will gain legitimacy and Obama can claim his first real victory in a war many believe the U.S. is losing.

This has nothing to do with Barack Obama and his victories. This is one of those instances when I don’t give a damn who is President, providing we are in there to win. This is about defeating the enemy. This what the Commander In Chief is charged to do.

It’s time to kick ass and take names.

Godspeed to our heroes.

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ROCKEFELLER SAYS …

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 13, 2010

Senator Jay Rockefeller

If there is a question to be asked, or a comment to be made, it isn’t about what Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat, said about the President, but rather in what took him so long to say it – or should I say realize it.

It’s remarkable in that I haven’t seen this kind of open, in-party dissent and dissatisfaction in quite a long time – and certainly never with a Messiah steering the bus.

It’s bad enough for Bammy that with super majorities in both houses of Congress, he could not pass his signature piece of legislation – health care destruction – or his polar bear saving cap-and-trade bill.

It was a downright slap in the chops when Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, said no to a “bi-partisan” jobs bill that only hours earlier the White House had endorsed.

But when a member of your own party questions your truthfulness and reliability – and does so in an open forum for the whole world to hear – it ain’t good.

Frankly, it had to be said … and Rocky was the man to do it.

The subject was West Virginia coal.

Senator Rockefeller was in the process of questioning Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, over coal carbon emissions, pricing, and the White House’s overall position on the future of the coal industry:

ROCKEFELLER: The President has a little bit of money in for clean coal and CCS, but not much.

ORSZAG: $530 million.

ROCKEFELLER: I know. And what that is equal to is one power plant in West Virginia – it happens to be the largest one in the country – cutting out 17% of its emissions, reducing the carbon down to 10%.

So it really is like not anything at all.

So, what are my signals that I’m meant to read? … we met with him yesterday, and he said, “Oh I’m for, you know, clean coal.” Then he says it in speeches, but he doesn’t say it in here … And he doesn’t say it in the minds of my own people. And he’s beginning to be not believable to me.

Isn’t that delicious?  “He’s beginning to be not believable to me.”

Swish.

Who says I don’t pat Democrats on the back?

What’s funny is Rockefeller’s use of the word “beginning.” Where has he been? Is the sodium pentathol drip wearing off?

“Beginning”?

I’m not sure what this says about the Senator’s ability to recognize and comprehend the obvious. He’s a Democrat, so sometimes it takes longer for the water to seep through the cracks.

I’ll take a “benefit of the doubt” out of petty cash.

But even more obvious than Obama’s unbelievability is the fact that the President has said, in no uncertain terms, that the coal industry must go, that he will bankrupt it.

“What I’ve said is we would put a cap-and-trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anyone else’s out there. I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap-and-trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, power plants that being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are placed, imposed every year. So, if somebody wants to build a coal power plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Remember that little gem from the glorious campaign days?

Rockefeller is a politician’s politician.

Think of all the inoffensive, cleverly-crafted, side-stepping, gently-worded ways the Senator could have said what he wanted to say without calling the Big Man less than believeable.

He didn’t.

 

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 13, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 13, 2010

What says “Mother’s Day” more than smartly priced contraceptives?

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FOOD STAMP NATION

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 12, 2010

Stigmas can be good things. 

They are boundary setters. They are value enforcers. They are reality checks. 

For instance, there should be a stigma attached to teenage pregnancy. Unfortunately, over time, the notion of a single teenage mother getting on the dole, often times with no father in the picture at all, has become far less shameful. That a two parent home is best for a child has seemingly evaporated into the air of antiquated thinking. Having a baby at the age of fifteen is just not that unbecoming anymore – especially when government policies all but make such reckless behavior profitable. 

That’s not to say that teenage girls who become pregnant should be rounded up and locked away in a dungeon somewhere, but the loss of the stigma attached to an out-of-wedlock birth at such a tremendously young age has made society worse, not better. 

Of course, some things are in no danger whatsoever of having their stigmatizing reputations stripped away – such as deadbeat dads, animal abusers, and child molesters; nor should they. 

But other things that were once stigmatizing have become almost fully-accepted facets of modern society – like food stamps, for instance. 

Whereas at one time, trying to get food stamps in cities like New York was akin to trying to draw milk from a cinder block, today the powers that be can’t hand out enough of them. Jason Deparle and Robert Gebeloff of the New York Times report that “neighborhood groups recruit clients at churches and grocery stores, with materials that all but proclaim a civic duty to apply — to ‘help New York farmers, grocers, and businesses.’ There is even a program on Rikers Island to enroll inmates leaving the jail.” 

How delightful.

In our best B. B. King voices, we can all sing, “The stigma’s gone, baby …” 

“I’ve seen a remarkable shift,” said Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican and prominent food stamp supporter. “People now see that it’s necessary to have a strong food stamp program.” 

The revival began a decade ago, after tough welfare laws chased millions of people from the cash rolls, many into low-wage jobs as fast-food workers, maids, and nursing aides. Newly sympathetic officials saw food stamps as a way to help them. For states, the program had another appeal: the benefits are federally paid. 

But support also turned on chance developments, including natural disasters (which showed the program’s value in emergencies) and the rise of plastic benefit cards (which eased stigma and fraud). The program has commercial allies, in farmers and grocery stores, and it got an unexpected boost from President George W. Bush, whose food stamp administrator, Eric Bost, proved an ardent supporter. 

“I assure you, food stamps is not welfare,” Mr. Bost said in a recent interview. 

Still, some critics see it as welfare in disguise and advocate more restraints. 

This is one of those “I’m-having-a-tough-time-picking-up-my-jaw-from-the-floor” moments. 

Mr. Bost assures us that food stamps is not welfare. But if getting government assistance (i.e., a handout) is not, by definition, welfare, then what is it? How is getting non-social security government money to pay for food different than, say, getting government money to pay for clothes? Or rent? 

I’m not even sure why food stamps would be considered “welfare in disguise.” 

What does that mean exactly?

What is a more obvious form of welfare than food stamps?

It hasn’t been earned. It is, quite literally, a “give me” from the government helping “low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.”

But in the real world, that’s just not the case.

As one caller – a grocery store manager – on Thursday’s Dennis Prager Show explained: 

I work in a store – I manage a store – that brings in approximately $100,000 a month. It’s an inner-city grocery store. And 75% of the money – my rough estimate – comes from food stamps. The horrible thing is, people buy gum with food stamps, pop; children come in every day before school with their food stamp card and buy two and three dollars worth of potato chips and candy bars. This is not isolated. This is all over this city. I’ve talked to other people who work in these stores. 

There’s a woman who comes in – this is an anecdotal thing – comes in at least twice a week and buys seventy dollars worth of candy bars which she goes to her job and sells so her daughter can get a prom dress.  

This is the kind of stuff that burns me up. 

 

Some children, I honestly believe, do not know that you can buy food with money. I think some children think the only way you can get food is with this plastic card.  

The stigmatizing term “food stamps” has been replaced by the ever-embraceable, perfectly reasonable sounding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).” 

Dennis Prager astutely commented, “When you say to people, ‘No matter how you behave, you get rewarded,’ they won’t behave well.” 

If that isn’t an undeniable truth, then no such thing exists. 

From the New York Times article: 

The drive to enroll the needy can be seen in the case of Monica Bostick-Thomas, 45, a Harlem widow who works part-time as a school crossing guard. Since her husband died three years ago, she has scraped by on an annual income of about $15,000. 

But she did not seek help until she got a call from the Food Bank of New York City, one of the city’s outreach partners. Last year, she balked, doubting she qualified. This year, when the group called again, she agreed to apply. A big woman with a broad smile, Ms. Bostick-Thomas swept into the group’s office a few days later, talking up her daughters’ college degrees and bemoaning the cost of oxtail meat.  

“I’m not saying I go hungry,” Ms. Bostick-Thomas said. “But I can’t always eat what I want.” 

Poor baby. 

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BETTER RED THAN DEAD

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 12, 2010

I hate to be the bearer of bad news – unless, of course, it involves the defeating of Democrats and you happen to be one of those people who would find such news troubling – but for all of you entrepreneurs and moguls who had your hearts set on opening a little gift shop or flower store in Saudi Arabia, you may want to re-evaluate your strategy.

Nothing says “no” to free enterprise like Sharia Law.

Whereas in the business world being “in the red” is a financial negative, in Saudi Arabia, it has a far more serious connotation.

Saudi religious police launched a campaign Thursday to prevent hotels and stores from making any special preparations ahead of Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide on February 14.

Flower shops are forbidden to sell red roses. Toy stores have hidden red teddy bears and sweet shops put away the heart-shaped boxes they sell throughout the year for fear that the religious police might seize them.

‘Anyone who does not respond to our demands will be subjected to punishment,’ announced the police spokesman, known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

This is not to be confused with the Department of Throat Slicing and Advanced Decapitation, which generally stays out of areas of commerce.

Each year, a few days before Valentine’s Day, the commission warns shops, hotels and restaurants against celebrating it in any way. They also increase their presence in public parks and places where young people meet, to catch anyone who breaks the rules.

While gift shops comply with these rules, sales are reportedly up by 50 per cent over the past few days, despite the increasing prices that accompany the celebrations.

A few years ago, Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh described Valentine’s Day as ‘a pagan holiday.’

Keep your head up, Mr. Business Tycoon.

Don’t give up.

The Saudi business climate can still be conducive to creativity and ingenuity. You might try a kosher deli in Medina, or a strip club in Mecca.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 12, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 12, 2010

 

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POST-RACIAL, MY EYE

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 11, 2010

Let me be perfectly clear.

In the grand scheme of things, a person’s race is the least relevant factor to me in determining appeal, worth or moral fiber. On the list of things that matter to me when assessing someone’s merits, his or her favorite fifteenth century Gaelic philosophers carry more weight than skin tone.

Because I am not a modern liberal, I do not obsess over one’s race. Amidst the trials, tribulations and travels of my daily life routine, I just couldn’t care less. I respect Thomas Sowell, for instance, because he is a brilliant thinker and writer, not because he’s black. I oppose almost everything Barack Obama does politically because he’s an inexperienced, in-over-his-head, arrogant, leftist, not because he’s black. By the same token, I dislike Michael Steele because, as Chairman of the RNC, he’s an incompetent clod, not because he’s black.

To that end, I think Black History Month should be abolished. I believe the Black Congressional Caucus needs to be disbanded and tossed onto the ash heep of history. And if Martin Luther King Jr. has a national holiday in his honor – and I certainly think he should – then the mockery that is “President’s Day” needs to be wiped off the calendar and George Washington’s Birthday reinstated as a federal holiday. (How is it that arguably the greatest American of them all is lumped into a catch-all, mattress-sale day that includes such giants as Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and Jimmy Carter?)

I would ask … What exactly does a “post-racial” America look like in the eyes of those who say there is still much work yet to be done in the ever-contentious area of race relations? How would such a nation look to those who still see everything through the prism of race? How do we know when we get there? Is it even possible to do so? Or do race baiters, victicrats, excuse-makers and pop culture icons continue to define the parameters of the game?

No one is denying that racists exist in America. But America is not a racist nation. There also exist pink-haired teenagers, but we are not a pink-haired teenage nation. There are atheists in America as well, but we are not an atheist nation.

We are the United States of America – one nation under God.

We are the freest, most accommodating, most welcoming nation the world has ever known. We are the least racist nation on earth.

Enough already.

(Deep breath)

You may ask, “Okay, Andy, what prompted you to write this today?”

Recall that when Barack Obama was still a candidate, back in the summer of 2008, he spoke out against Rene Marie. You may remember that Marie sparked quite a controversy when she unexpectedly sang what is known as the “black national anthem” before Mayor John Hickenlooper’s “State of the City” address in Denver, Colorado. She did so without anyone’s prior knowledge or approval, saying later that, “I realize the mayor’s State of the City address was not my personal platform, I know that. But an artist tends to take advantage of situations where we can make an artistic statement, we tend to do that. I like knowing that my art leads to dialogue.”

At the time, Barack Obama said that America had only one national anthem – the Star Spangled Banner – and that Marie was wrong to do what she did. Marie said, “I am not signing the national anthem anymore, it just doesn’t represent me.”

Fast forward to February, 2010.

The White House hosted a concert a couple of nights ago called, “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” It was a Black History Month celebration featuring a slew of black artists, civil-rights era performers, and other dancing Obamacrats.

The grand finale was the singing of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ – the black national anthem.

Barack Obama joined the artists on stage, grabbed a microphone and sang along.

No, they weren’t singing the national anthem. They were singing the “black national anthem.”

There he was – the leader of the free world – shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Smokey Robinson and Morgan Freeman, not singing God Bless America or America the Beautiful, but rather, singing the song better known as the “black national anthem.” There he was, the President of all the United States – the President of all Americans, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or party affiliation – up on stage in the People’s House, singing the “black national anthem.”

Did I miss the on-ramp to “post-racial America?”

Is he kidding me?

Is this the same man who said he wouldn’t wear that “flag pin” on his lapel? Is this the same man who wouldn’t say the Pledge Of Allegiance? Or put his hand over his heart? Is this the guy who, as the most powerful man in the world, apologized on several occassions for his own country on foreign soil? Or the one who bowed to foreign heads of state? And the Mayor of Tampa? Or the one who laughed when Wanda Sykes made tasteless jokes about Rush Limbaugh’s death?

Yes. The same.

There may be only one national anthem, but there are obviously two Barack Obamas (or more) – the less-threatening, all-race-friendly President of all the people (save for conservatives) … and the one who finds no problem getting on stage and singing the “black national anthem” at the White House.

I will hand over the deed to my house to the first passer-by the day we see Barack Obama grabbing a microphone and singing the national anthem on stage with anyone anywhere.

Or God Bless America.

Or America the Beautiful.

Incidentally, the President hosted a meeting yesterday with “black leaders” to discuss the economy – including the race-baiting, riot-inciting hate-merchant, Al Sharpton. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, in the spirit of post-raciality, compared Senate Republicans to “Dixiecrats” who blocked civil right legislation over over four decades ago. Said Jealous: “If the Senate Republicans want to kind of keep on using tactics … from the last century that were used against black people in this century, against working people, then we’re going to hold them to account.”

Hope and change, hope and change …

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GLOBAL WARMING AND EARTHQUAKES

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 10, 2010

It’s the running gag across the conservative blogosphere, talk radio, and those who revel in common sense – and deservedly so.

“Two more feet of global warming fell on Washington today.”

“Man, I hurt my back shoveling all that global warming off my drive way.”

“Schools were cancelled today because of record global warming.”

This entire enviro-fascist delusion is akin to this exchange:

PERSON ONE: Can you please watch your language? Is it possible for you to carry on a conversation without having to swear?

PERSON TWO: What? What the f— are you talking about? I don’t f—ing swear.

Its absurdity is so blatant, so obvious, so demonstrably moronic, that its advocates will be compared to the World War II-era Japanese soldiers who lived hidden away in the hills for so long, they believed the war was still going on years after it ended. The difference, of course, is that global warming zealots are dopes. Without a stitch of evidence to support their doomsday scenarios, without a scintilla of data to back up their woebegone prognostications, and without regard for those pesky facts that keep getting in the way, they fight a fight that does not need fighting. They wage war when there is no conflict. They rally against bogeymen that aren’t there. They attack invisible monsters and claim those monsters are really everywhere.

It’s like listening to six year olds justify sleeping with the light on because of the evil monkey in the closet.

Everything can be blamed on “global warming” – even though there is no warming.

And yes, sadly, the line that was once the gold standard of parody is now being used by the wacko left as a genuine point of argument: “Global warming causes global cooling.”

It’s hard to write comedy anymore when the Left is on the loose.

As I have asked repeatedly on this blog: If temperatures are not going up across the globe, what better indication is there that global warming is not taking place? If record snowfalls and colder temperatures are not signs that global warming is not taking place, then what is? What should the correct temperature be right now? What should the proper, non-global-warming weather be right now? Theoretically, what would have to be happening right now to prove to an enviro-fascist that there is no man-made global warming going on?

With unheard amounts of snowfall slamming the mid-Atlantic in recent days, and with blizzard conditions expected in New York City later today, the winter time months are somehow miraculously, inexplicably,managing to bring wintertime weather.

Fancy that.

But to the hysterical who hold on to their ideological security blankets and stuffed teddies like grim death, natural occurrences and cycles that have been taking place on this planet for millions and millions of years are now tell-tale signs that man-made global warming is bringing the planet to its doom.

On Joy Behar’s television program, all twelve viewers were treated to an exchange between Behar and creator of the Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, on the subject of Sarah Palin and global warming.

Jeff Poor of NewsBusters transcribed a portion of their discussion:

ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that (Sarah Palin) doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.

BEHAR: Every scientist of any note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in it.

ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.

BEHAR: Right.

ENSLER: And weather changes to just feel it. But I think that idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming and she could actually run for vice president, and we have a country where that is possible, it seems insane.

BEHAR: It’s unbelievable. It does seem insane and the fact that she has not negated the possibility of running in 2012.

ENSLER: But we have. We have negated the possibility of her winning.

As Poor points out: “According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), earthquakes are a phenomenon of ‘sudden rolling or shaking events caused by movement under the Earth’s surface,’ not the earth’s atmosphere which concerns the theory of anthropogenic global warming.”

Stick to vaginas, lady.

Of course, the notion that “every scientist of any note” believes in the global warming myth is abjectly untrue. I don’t know that there is a statement in all of humanity that is more blazenly wrong.

Some scientists of note who don’t buy into the global warming doomsday lie are:

Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Garth Paltridge, Visiting Fellow ANU and retired Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research and retired Director of the Institute of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre.
George Kukla, retired Professor of Climatology at Columbia University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Hendrik Tennekes, retired Director of Research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
Antonino Zichichi, emeritus professor of nuclear physics at the University of Bologna and president of the World Federation of Scientists.
Ian Clark, hydrogeologist, professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa.
Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology, Western Washington University.
William M. Gray, Professor Emeritus and head of The Tropical Meteorology Project, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University.
William Happer, physicist Princeton University.
David Legates, associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware.
William Kininmonth, meteorologist, former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology.
Timothy F. Ball, former Professor of Geography, University of Winnipeg.
Robert M. Carter, geologist, researcher at the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia.
Vincent R. Gray, coal chemist, founder of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition.

Ms. Behar, all of these people are distinguished scientists of note (to say the least) … and there are thousands and thousands more who, too, do not buy into the Al Gore fairy tale.

The list continues to grow.

Granted, none of them are Ed Begley, Jr. but they’ll suffice.

Besides, I would ask the Vagina Gal, if warming has an effect on earthquakes, how is it that there is anything still standing in Pheonix, Arizona?

Incidentally, if there’s anything I want to hear less than Joy Behar saying the word “vagina,” I can’t think of it right now.

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H/T to Weasel Zippers

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 10, 2010

 

With the consumer in mind.

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OKAY, MY MICHAEL STEELE TOLERANCE BAG HAS DRIPPED DRY

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 9, 2010

No, that sound you heard was not another tongue-clacking liberal demonstrating why leadership needs to be left to the adults.

It was simply Michael Steele … again.

With every ounce of due respect I can muster, this man’s act is painfully tired.

It’s time to pull out a “farewell to thee” out of petty cash.

I’m sure he’s a wonderfully personable guy – the kind you’d like to hang out with while watching the game, or share a platter of cocktail franks with – but so is the guy who replaced my shocks. That doesn’t mean he is qualified to be the head a political party.

I hate to be the one to break it to Mr. Steele, but it is not advantageous or strategically sound for the Chairman of the Republican National Committee to sound like a typical, non-substantive liberal whinycrat.

I’m out on a limb, I know.

Not that I have ever found him particularly motivating or very effective at his job. I don’t really care for the way he’s “led” the Republican Party – especially during this time of across-the-board Democrat implosion and plummeting poll numbers.

As the Obamacracy continues to sputter, you’d think one would realize, at least in theory, that the door is wide open for the GOP.

This should be the time when a real party leader steps in and makes things happen for the party. This should be a time when a real leader picks up the ball and marches it down the field – especially when the opposition’s defense is non-existent. Outside of a two-thousand foot tall, two-million watt neon sign outside of RNC Headquarters flashing, “Hey, Republicans, This Is Your Shot!” I’m not sure how much more obvious it can be.

Unfortunately, Steele has fallen far short.

One minute he’s convinced Republicans can’t win in November, the next minute he’s saying they can – maybe, sort of.

You may recall that, according to Steele, white Republicans are afraid of him. You may also recall his inability – or reluctance – to respond when D. L. Hughley said the Republican National Convention looked like Nazi Germany. Steele sat there like a soggy Wheat Thin and let it go.

Of course, Steele, by his own admission, never ever plays the race card.

On that point, he‘s absolutely right … except, of course, when he plays the race card.

Greg Sargent at the Plum Line blog writes:

It’s been awhile since Michael Steele has landed himself in the news, but this might stir things up again: In a new interview, Steele bluntly suggests criticism of his tenure — and all the media coverage it’s garnered — may be motivated by racism.

The story, called “Up in the Air,” is in the February issue of Washingtonian magazine, and it isn’t online yet, but here’s the key passage, buried way at the end of the piece, on page 96 of the mag:

Steele acknowledges that at times he has a tendency to take things too far. “And I get checked on that, just as when I was a young boy and I pushed the envelope too far and my Mama was there to check me.”

But there’s an edge to his voice when he talks about a double standard that he believes has been applied by his critics, and he posits racism as the cause: “I don’t see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?”

The larger context of the story is the tension created by the fact that Steele continues to take constant criticism, despite the GOP’s undeniable gains and the likelihood of more advances in the future.

There are two ways of reading Steele’s stab at an explanation: Either Steele is suggesting the media gives more ink to the RNC’s inner workings because a black man is chairman, or he’s suggesting that fellow Republicans are leaking damaging info about the RNC because a black man is chairman.
Either way, it seems at odds with his claim back in November that he doesn’t “play the race card” or “play the race game.”

On one hand, I agree whole-heartedly with the assertion that liberals are far more obsessed with race than conservatives. It is demonstrably so. And perhaps there is some truth in the notion that the left-leaning mainstream media pays a little extra attention to Steele because he’s black. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit. The media is always looking to pounce on right-leaning blacks for any sign that their “blackness” is inauthentic.

But Steele has been such a stunning disappointment to conservatives, and has shoved his foot in his mouth so many times, my initial reaction to all of this is to tell him (respectfully) to shut up, step aside, and allow a real leader to step in.

Incompetence is color blind.

Many of us on the right are disgruntled with him because he is bad. Not black.

Besides, Mr. Steele leaves himself open to easy pot shots. If criticisms of him are based on his color, as he suggests, Steele loses a whole lot of credibility when he says that criticisms of Barack Obama are not.

It makes our side look like Democrats.

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 9, 2010

 

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DENNIS PRAGER, TIM TEBOW AND ME

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 8, 2010

Dennis Prager

I was fortunate enough to get a quick mention on Dennis Prager’s radio show earlier today by name, not because of this blog or anything, but because I found myself doing something I wouldn’t normally do – namely, correcting something the host said.

Admittedly, I felt funny doing it, seeing as I admire Dennis very much. My intent was not to show him up or get the better of him by any means

He was simply wrong on a point he was making and I felt it needed correcting in order for the point to be more effective.

Besides, he welcomes corrections.

They don’t occur very often, but when they do, he embraces them, you might say.

I couldn’t get through on the phone, so I e-mailed the show toward the end of the first hour. Much to my delight, Dennis came out of a commercial break during the second hour and announced my correction to an assertion he made regarding last night’s Focus On The Family Super Bowl commercial featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and his mother, Pam.

Before it ever hit TV screens across America, the spot caused a much-publicized uuproar among many pro-abortionists for what was anticipated to be an “in your face” pro-life message. Based on how controversial the ad was supposed to be, Dennis was among those on the right who felt the ad shouldn’t air. His position raised more than a few eyebrows among his conservative brethren.

After all, why would any conservative not want to see an ad on television that advocated for a genuine conservative value – namely, the right to life? In a world where the mainstream media is so obviously slanted left, one would think that such a thing would garner unanimity among conservatives.

Not so.

Leading up to the Super Bowl, Prager made it very clear that he personally supported the pro-life position. He had no problem with the Focus On The Family message in and of itself, but his reservations were rooted in his displeasure of having advocacy ads airing during the Super Bowl – or any other sporting event, for that matter. He felt that allowing one controversial, issues-based ad to air would open the door to a slew of politically-charged commercials, which would eventually devolve into an all-out political ad war. The Super Bowl, he argued, was no place for that kind of sparring. In a nation already rife with political discontent, there should be some venues, he argued, free from such things.

It’s a fair argument.

Of course, as it turned out, the ad was neither controversial nor political in any way. In fact, after seeing it twice, as Dennis explained today,  unless a viewer specifically knew what Focus On The Family was all about, he or she would be hard pressed to attach any political position whatsoever to the spot. On its face, it was about a Mom loving his Son, sponsored by some family oriented organization. While Dennis continued to maintain that advocacy spots should not be aired during broadcasts like the Super Bowl, Dennis conceded that the Tim Tebow spot did not fall into that category.

Pam and Tim Tebow

Where Dennis made his mistake was in his description of the commercial’s ending for his audience. According to him, the commercial’s final scene, although very brief, gave away the fact that it was, indeed, a pro-life ad  – not because the Focus On The Family web address came on screen, but because the phrase “pro life” appeared in the closing graphic. Dennis argued that if not for that, it would have been impossible to know what the ad was advocating, other than Mom and Son love eachother.

He went on to say that even with the short appearance of the words “pro life” at the end, the commercial was not the kind of issues-oriented ad he spoke out against prior to the Super Bowl.

He ultimately had no problem with the commercial.

Dennis got into a debate with one caller who claimed the commercial was clearly an advocacy ad precisely because the Focus On The Family web address was shown. According to the caller, that alone made it an issues-based spot because all one would need to do is go to the website and see that the organization is, in fact, a pro life organization (among other things). Dennis challenged the caller, saying that no one could possibly know that it was an anti-abortion commercial by its contents – except for the final graphic featuring the words “pro life.”

The problem with Prager’s otherwise effective argument is that the words “pro life” do not appear anywhere  in the ad – not even at the end, as he stated.

Nowhere.

There isn’t a hint of anti-abortion to be found in that spot – and that’s where I felt Dennis needed to be corrected.

His argument was worth hearing – and it was a good one – but for the sake of clarity (Dennis’ best friend), the facts needed to be sound.

On its content, the ad was as much an anti-abortion spot as it was an anti-tofu burger spot.

What actually does appear at the end of the ad are the thoroughly innocuous and inoffensive phrases “celebrate family” and “celebrate life” – and who, in their right mind, could argue with those sentiments?

Not even leftists. (I think).

The Tim Tebow spot was as antispeptic and non-controversial as a commercial could be.

Unless one is ready to make the claim that Life cereal is an anti-abortion breakfast food or that Milton Bradley’s “Game Of Life” is a disguised effort to undermine Planned Parenthood, the most talked-about Super Bowl commercial turned out to be the most wholesome one of them all.

 

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THAT STENCH? THE SMELL OF LIBERALISM

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 8, 2010

City Hall, Chicago

Only those on the left could ever come up with such towering propositions as granting terrorists the rights of citizenship, making public restrooms and college campus dorms co-ed, and offering needles to junkies at taxpayer expense.

You’d have to be a liberal to ever fashion such absurdities and consider them reasonable.

Enviro-fascists, one of leftism’s more colorful sub-groups, want – nay, demand – we clean ourselves with uncomfortable, xerox-paper smooth, sensitive-skin scraping bathroom tissue (because it’s better for the earth); they insist we install mercury-filled squiggly light bulbs in our homes in favor of planet-killing incandescent bulbs; they say we must re-use those flimsy plastic shopping bags when we go marketing because when thrown away, they strangle wildlife;  they would also have us believe that we can control the weather by making environmentally-friendly “lifestyle changes.”

Et cetera.

Inside Chicago’s City Hall, yet another one of these glorious, earth-saving, enviro-chummy, go-green, leftist ideas has met with some unintended – yet obvious and easily foreseeable – consequences.

To be frank, it stinks at City Hall. Words like repulsive, repugnant, putrid and rank come to mind.

It smells like liberal spirit.

It smells like – well, urine.

Why?

Two words: waterless urinals.

Fran Speilman from the Chicago Sun-Times writes:

There’s been a stench coming from the second floor of City Hall — and it has nothing to do with the steady stream of Chicago aldermen convicted on corruption charges.

Waterless urinals installed to promote water conservation in the public men’s room outside the City Council chambers have turned into a stinky mess. The odor got so bad that the “green” urinals are now being ripped out and replaced with the old-fashioned kind at a cost City Hall has refused to disclose.

The men’s room is now closed while the marble wall is “removed” and new urinals are installed.

Only liberals.

Rumor has it, because human exertion causes an increase in breathing – which means an increase in CO2 – City Hall is planning on doing away with all emergency exit staircases. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire, pillows will be placed on the ground underneath windows to accommodate escapees.

It makes good environmental sense.

Since the air will already be polluted from the smoke of a potential fire, the obligation of humans, as stewards of our fragile planet, to cut back on any additional atmospheric poisons is obvious.

In short, if people aren’t hustling down staircases, they cannot needlessly contribute to egregious increases in greenhouse gas levels.

You can almost hear Mother Earth sigh with relief.

Incidentally, the “flushless toilet” experiment is being given a few more months.

In other news, another foot of global warming is expected to fall here in New York City on Tuesday night,

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THE TIM TEBOW AD – THAT’S IT?

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 8, 2010

So, let me see if I got this straight…

All the controversy was over that?

That’s what all the rowdydow was about?

The much talked-about, hotly-debated, hyper-contentious Super Bowl ad featuring 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, that had pro-abortionists across the map frothing at the mouth did not contain the word “abortion.” It did not use the phrases “right to life” or “pro life.” Tim’s mom, Pam, who was the main focus of the ad, never talked about her decision to avoid terminating her pregnancy, never mentioned making the choice to “keep her baby,” and never even used the word “life.” In fact, this wonderfully sentimental, but thoroughly benign ad, couldn’t have been less controversial if it had to be. The only indication at all that this ad had anything to do with the “pro life” movement was when the final screen featuring the words “Focus On the Family.com – Celebrate family. Celebrate life.” appear.

That’s it.

Here is the exact text of the ad:

Mrs. Tebow: I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world. I can remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he’s all grown up now, and I still worry about his health. You know, with all our family’s been through, you have to be tough.

(Tim comes roaring in and “tackles” his Mom. Mom quickly pops back up).

Mrs. Tebow: Timmy, I’m trying to tell our story here.

Tim: Sorry about that, Mom.

(Focus On the Family Screen pops up).

Tim: “You still worry about me, Mom?”

Mrs. Tebow: “Well, yeah. You’re not nearly as tough as I am).

This is what the national panty-twisting was all about? Are you kidding me? Bugs Bunny wearing a bra to disguise himself from Elmer Fudd was more controversial than this.

See for yourself (if you haven’t already):

How shall America recover from this?

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PICTURE OF THE DAY FOR FEBRUARY 8, 2010

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 8, 2010

 

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HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT – 16 FAVORITE QUOTES

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 6, 2010

 

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. “

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

“How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”

 “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. “

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”

“Man is not free unless government is limited.”

“The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”

“I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.”

 

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