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  • Mary Sue 12:43 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , global warming,   

    What fools these global warming overlords be 

    Via James Delingpole at The Telegraph

    During last week’s UN Climate Change Conference representatives from CFACT asked delegates to sign 2 petitions to prove what fools these global warming overlords be. The first called for the destabilization of the United States economy by imposing a series of tariffs and trade restrictions that would cause a 6% drop in GDP. Sounds awesome right?  The delegates had no trouble with that concept at all and quickly signed their names. Does anything register with these folks?

    The second petition called for the ban of dihydrogen monoxide, a “dangerous” chemical compound, because as the “largest greenhouse gas” it poses a serious threat to the environment. Notice what the delegates, who freely sign the petition, are consuming as the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide are detailed:

    crossposted at Ruby Slippers

    • Quite Rightly 2:29 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply


      But, unfortunately, it’s laughing-through-tears time again.

      Where do these geniuses think that the money to pay for their global largess is going to come from if not from the pockets of U.S. taxpayers and charities? From Belgium? LOL.

      These folks obviously slept through fifth-grade chemistry, but they certainly were awake for all the classes in which hate was taught.

      A world designed by haters. Just what we don’t need.

      • rubyslipperblog 3:16 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I know, it is a laughter-through-tears moment. Delingpole really plays up the “dangers” of that villainous chemical compound H2O. These are really not the best and brightest. Props to CFACT, it was genius to have this filmed near the water cooler.

    • zillaoftheresistance 4:33 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Where do they find these geniuses?

    • backyardconservative 5:16 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Inspired. Ranks right up there with the Keynesian question:)

    • backyardconservative 5:18 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oops. I always forget it just pops the link out

      • rubyslipperblog 5:56 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh man, that is hilarious. I never saw that before. I am glad it posted, it fits perfectly.

    • just a conservative girl 8:06 PM on 12/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Craziness. Utter craziness.

      • Jill 7:56 AM on 12/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Lolz all around. Be sure to swallow your dihydrogen monoxide before watching.

    • Obi's Sister 6:57 PM on 12/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarity ensues.

  • Mary Sue 3:51 PM on 11/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

    Sarah Palin brings star power to my backyard 

    Sarah Palin spent the day here in my neck of the woods yesterday, bringing her considerable star power and enthusiasm as she helped to raise money for a local Christian school. I was fortunate to be able to attend Palin’s speech as the guest of a friend who teaches drama at the school. It was an exciting night. Palin spent ample time discussing the role of faith in public life and stressed the importance of educating the younger generations on civics to preserve American exceptionalism and love of liberty. The press coverage, however, focused on Palin’s teaser of an opening comment:

    After an alumnus of the private school, north of Doylestown in Bucks County, finished an uplifting performance of “God Bless America,” she coyly asked him, “Would you like to sing that at an Inauguration?”

    Read the rest at Ruby Slippers. I have pictures, video and a lengthy post on her speech as well as commentary on the subsequent coverage of the speech by the press.

    • Obi's Sister 8:45 PM on 11/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

      OOOOOOOO. I’m jealous. She’s dynamic, isn’t she?

      • rubyslipperblog 9:13 PM on 11/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

        She is and she has legs to die for. I am sorry but they really stood out to me. She is very very pretty in person too.

        • fuzislippers 2:47 PM on 11/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Oh! yay! I’m so jealous too, lucky you!

          • fuzislippers 2:48 PM on 11/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

            oops, got carried away with the exclamation points, but I really am excited that you got to see her.

            • rubyslipperblog 3:15 PM on 11/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

              I didn’t notice the exclamation points but I will gladly add some myself. It was great to finally see her!!!!!

  • Mary Sue 1:23 PM on 11/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sarah Palin can see Zimbabwe from her house 

    Exhibiting a “more sophisticated knowledge of monetary policy than any major Republican this side of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan,” Sarah Palin calls on Chairman Ben Bernanke to cease and desist his “pump priming,” in a speech delivered to a trade association yesterday. The effect of quantitative easing or pump priming has been disastrous in Germany and Zimbabwe in the past, leading  to a devalued currency and hyperinflation.  The Wall Street Journal notes Palin calls for real and sustained growth as she elevates discussion on monetary policy debate:

    Stressing the risks of Fed “pump priming,” Mrs. Palin zeroed in on the connection between a “weak dollar—a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market”—and rising oil and food prices. She also noted the rising world alarm about the Fed’s actions, which by now includes blunt comments by Germany, Brazil, China and most of Asia, among many others.

    “We don’t want temporary, artificial economic growth brought at the expense of permanently higher inflation which will erode the value of our incomes and our savings,” the former GOP Vice Presidential nominee said. “We want a stable dollar combined with real economic reform. It’s the only way we can get our economy back on the right track.”

    This praise for Palin’s knowledge of monetary policy from the Wall Street Journal stands in stark contrast to criticism from from another Wall Street Journal reporter who seems not have read his own paper.  Sarah Palin delivers a masterful rebuke as she wonders, Do Wall Street Journal Writers Read the Wall Street Journal :

    So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.”
    Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise PricesPackagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.”

    The point is not really grocery prices have risen significantly in the past year as Mr. Reddy counters.  Consumers will feel the real time effects of inflation as the Fed undertakes the risky measures that may or may not have any real effect in unclogging the lending pipes to spur a temporary economic growth.  As Palin notes, if it doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here? Where will all this money printing on an unprecedented scale take us?”

    History tells us all this money printing takes us to Zimbabwe.  Former governors and current housewives will be among the first to see Zimbabwe from their homes.

    Also blogging:
    Anne Leary – Palin on Point on the Fed. WSJ: Sophisticated Knowledge
    Palin pops a persistent meme bubble at POWIP
    This topic currently at the top of Memeorandum as well.

    cross posted at Ruby Slippers

  • Mary Sue 9:56 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    From the “how’s that working out for you” files: Halloween edition 

    I was looking for a few ideas for a Halloween post and I happened upon  this post, “Best Political Halloween Costume.” The post was old, dating way back back to the days before the country elected Barack Obama president. *Sigh* Hope and change fever was still rampant, which led to the creation of a simple costume that looked like this:

    Which brings me to a pertinent question:



    Hmm, which of Obama’s incredible economic policies made Halloween, or anything for that matter, more affordable?  Maybe this guy got one of those magical shovel-ready jobs.


    Assuming few of us are reaping the benefits of Obamanomics, here is a simple solution for those who still can’t afford a Halloween costume.  Follow the instructions provided by creator of the above-pictured masterpiece and create your own political t-shirt/costume:

    Photoshop + Printer + Wilton t shirt iron-on paper = political message


    See you at the big party in West Hollywood! Happy Halloween!


    A quickie cell phone shot of the shirt in action, which already got me some dirty looks from the old white people at CostCo. Seriously, people. Ease up with the racism!

    Wow, had that racism thing ready to go didn’t he?  Notice too, the faulty liberal math at work here.  Since when do Photoshop + printer + Wilton t-shirt iron-on paper add up to a political message.  Shouldn’t the equation read Photoshop + printer + Wilton t-shirt iron-on paper + catchy political message = clever Halloween costume?  Silly Progressives!


    There is a Halloween challenge brewing somewhere in here, I fear.  Feel free to leave your “catchy political message” in the comments if you are so inspired.  The winner gets an all expenses paid trip to 7-11; the Slurpee is on me.


    Happy Halloween

    cross posted at Ruby Slippers

    UPDATE: Related from the “Restore the Sanity” Rally

    Rally summarized in a single photo

    • fuzislippers 10:15 AM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not good at catchy slogans, but do you remember those Cindy Crawfordesque press-on moles? How about a fly-shaped one, stick it on your lip, and go as BO? A plastic fly is about all anyone can afford now, anyway.

      • rubyslipperblog 1:38 PM on 10/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great, then if people don’t get the costume you could do some serious Jedi maneuver and squash the fly. This is particularly impressive in a room full of libs.

  • Mary Sue 9:33 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jerry Brown   

    Jerry Brown: “It’s all a lie” 

    Stephen Gutowski of Eyeblast.tv has a remarkably candid video clip of a 1992 interview with a former Governor Jerry Brown admitting he had no plan for California; it was all a lie:

    Interviewer: You said something a moment ago that I have to follow up on and I have to draw you out on. You said you don’t have to lie anymore now that you’re not a politician. What did you lie about when you were governor?

    Jerry Brown: It’s all a lie. You’re pretending there’s a plan…

    Interviewer: What did you lie about?

    Jerry Brown: You run for office and the assumption is “Oh, I know what to do”. You don’t. I didn’t have a plan for California. Clinton doesn’t have a plan. Bush doesn’t have a plan.

    Interviewer: You said you had a plan for California and you lied because you didn’t have a plan?

    Jerry Brown: You say you’re going to lower taxes, you’re going to put people to work, you’re gonna improve the schools, you’re going to stop crime… crime is up, schools are worse, taxes are higher. I mean be real!

    Watch the video here. With just a week to go until the election, Meg Whitman appears to be losing ground in her race for Governor. Whitman is not a natural-born politician but she has invested her hard-earned money in the race with a genuine desire to put California on the path to fiscal sanity. She has demonstrated this leadership as a CEO in the private sector. Brown, when he is being honest, admits most politicians don’t have clue how to make these things happen.  Chris Christie is one notable exception.  Jerry Brown is no Chris Christie.  Why on earth would anyone send him back to elected office, particularly when things are so dire, is beyond me.

  • Mary Sue 12:11 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

    A celebrity in our midst 

    Anne Leary, our Backyard Conservative, is listed among the 30 Political Mom Bloggers Who Will Change Your Vote:

    Anne Leary is done biting her tongue. Moderate in everything but politics, she’s got her name on the Blogs for Palin list, and she puts it to good use.
    Read Her: Backyard Conservative
    Follow Her: @backyardconserv

    Congratulations to Anne!

    • Sherry 12:48 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply


    • backyardconservative 1:17 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am practically speechless.

      But am working on a post:)

      I had no idea. Just saw an email this morning but didn’t click on it until I saw your link traffic.

      I certainly think Potluck and you all played a role in increasing my visibility and I thank you very much.

      Now let’s win in November!!!!


    • pjMom 2:41 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! What exciting news to find via Google reader on a lovely wifi break!

    • Obi's Sister 4:28 PM on 10/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Woot! Woot!

  • Mary Sue 1:18 PM on 10/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Lies, damned lies and White House white boards 

    Keith Hennessey debunks the White House mythos their economic policies have put the economy and jobs in D, pulling us out of that nasty Republican ditch.    This video is long, so grab a Slurpee and sit back while Hennessey speaks from behind Austin Goolsbee’s white board. I promise this will be time well spent:

    Now be sure to watch 6-year-old Josh make mincemeat of the Obama tax increases.

    H/T: Verum Serum

  • Mary Sue 8:50 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

    What is a good mother to do? 

    Via The Blaze

    Can murder be a kindness? Television pundit Virginia Ironside shocked BBC viewers when she argued that sometimes the most loving thing a mother can do is to put a pillow over the face of a suffering child:

    She said: ‘Abortion can often be seen as something wicked and irresponsible, but in fact it can be a moral and unselfish act… Sometimes the decision of a good mother is not to have the child.’
    Programme host Susanna Reid appeared visibly shocked by her comments during the live debate, gasping: ‘That’s a pretty horrifying thing to say, that you would put a pillow over a suffering child.’

    The writer said she recognised that disabled people could lead active and fulfilling lives.

    But she said there were millions of disabled and unwanted children around the world who were left suffering in institutions.

    ‘To go ahead and have a baby, knowing that you can’t give it some kind of stable upbringing, seems to me to be cruel,’ she said.

    There can be no other options presumably, murder a child either before it is born or after when you can’t provide a “stable” upbringing. I am nearly as speechless as the guest and host on the BBC program where Ms. Ironside made her outrageous statement:

    • backyardconservative 10:13 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It just sucks my breath out.

      What’s going on in the UK. That’s two absolutely horrific clips within days of each other-the eco snuff film now this. I guess it’s the nanny state further down the road–killing their own.

      While they smugly survive. Oh, they are the truly virtuous.

      It makes you see evil.

      • rubyslipperblog 10:47 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Honestly it does suck your breath out doesn’t it? How do you get to a point in life where you think like that? I can’t even fathom suffocating a child – it is such a vile thought. Allahpundit wondered whether they get to a point where smacking the child with a heavy object becomes more caring because you take them out of their suffering faster. Really if that is how you think why not just use a bullet and be done with it.

      • sunflower 1:45 PM on 10/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

        “What’s going on in the UK”? Um ….. nothing’s “going on”. We are just as shocked by this as you. I really don’t see how Americans can assume the moral high ground. I read some horrendous stuff coming out of the USA but I don’t assume all Americans are evil or deranged. The “nanny state” provides a lot of counselling to persuade mothers not to abort babies and helps with finances if women go on to keep their babies. The state also provides an immense amount of support to parents of disabled kids too.

    • Vegas Art Guy 11:28 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, just wow. It reminds me of a book called ‘Unwind’ where abortion is illegal but you can unwind your kid once they turn 13. Think organ donation on steroids, technically the kid does not die since he/she lives on in other people. I stayed up three nights thinking about that book.

      • rubyslipperblog 12:15 AM on 10/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

        That book gets great reviews. I am not sure at this point if I need something else to keep me up three nights in a row but I will put it on my reading list anyway.

        • vegas art guy 7:56 PM on 10/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

          It is worth it. I am going to get it for my classroom library. You might also like Speak, Twisted, Catalyst and Wintergirls. I know they are all YA (young adult) books but they are wonderfully written.

          • rubyslipperblog 10:28 AM on 10/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Thanks for the recommendations. I have already read Speak and I agree it is excellent. I will have to look up the others. I do actually read quite a bit of YA lit. I just finished the Hunger Game series

    • Sherry 12:52 PM on 10/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Starting the Bad Mother Club, of all those lost folks who kiss their kids and help them cope with skinned knees and bigger problems by tucking them in at night instead of smothering them with the kindness of a pillow. Gahhhhhh.

  • Mary Sue 2:32 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Dogs,   

    Keepers of Madame Thenardier’s Zoo 

    They could have been “masters of the House” instead they have proven to be keepers of the zoo ready to relieve you of a sou or two:”

    Every year since 2007, the Democratic advantage in the House has been fewer than the number of seats held by Blue Dogs: If they had wanted to, the Blue Dogs could have made themselves masters of the House. They could have held an effective veto over any bill they pleased, insisting that Mrs. Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid and even President Obama himself heed their call for fiscal responsibility.

    Instead, the Blue Dogs became Mrs. Pelosi’s lap dogs, voting with her 80% of the time on economic issues. Every one of them voted for the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sixty-three percent voted for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program; 91% voted for the stimulus package in February 2009; 85% voted for the cash-for-clunkers program; 74% voted for President Obama’s debt-tripling 2010 budget; 73% voted for the auto bailout; and 54% voted for the federal takeover of health care.

    The evidence is overwhelming: The Blue Dogs are not fiscal conservatives, and only a few can credibly claim even to be fiscal moderates.

    I can think of one who voted for all of it yet still claims to “stand against his party when they are wrong.” Madame Speaker has plenty of “lap dogs” keeping her zoo. Everybody raise a glass this November to the “masters of the House.”

    Click over to Ruby Slippers if you want the the George Costanza earworm

    • Jill 5:05 PM on 10/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

      They lack spine and integrity but they have plenty of chutzpah!

  • Mary Sue 4:46 PM on 09/13/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    In lieu of flowers… 

    The family respectfully requests:

    About 50 people attended the funeral for Don Unsworth, a northwest Georgia businessman, father, grandfather and husband.

    Described by family as lively, humorous and politically conservative, Mr. Unsworth’s newspaper obituary reflected all those qualities with the following request:

    “In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”

    “He was not really a big Obama fan,” said his daughter Donna Barnes.

    Barnes says the US Air Force veteran disliked the costly stimulus and worried about unemployment. The obituary, and the donations, were Unsworth’s family’s idea.

    “We just felt like it was the best tribute we could give to him,” said Barnes.

    “It was more like comic relief. It was his last shot,” said granddaughter MaKaylie Morris.

    Grassroots beyond the grave, somehow I think Mr. Unsworth would approve.

    Via Memeorandum

  • Mary Sue 2:10 PM on 09/13/2010 Permalink | Reply

    The literary disembowelment of Meghan McCain 

    Leon Wolf shreds Meghan McCain’s book Dirty Sexy Politics today in the New Ledger. Truthfully, I am not sure the word shreds paints a full enough picture of the literary disembowelment Wolf delivers to the petulant daughter of Senator John McCain.  Here is a sample:

    It is impossible to read Dirty, Sexy Politics and come away with the impression that you have read anything other than the completely unedited ramblings of an idiot.  This being a professional website for which I have a great deal of respect, I searched for a more eloquent or gentle way to accurately phrase the previous sentence – but could not find one.

    It is important to know that I was repeatedly tempted just to put the book down, eat the relatively small price I paid to download it to my Kindle, and silently curse Hyperion for publishing this book. After all, they are the ones taking advantage of this particular idiot’s fifteen minutes of fame by exposing her idiocy for the entire world to see. By all appearances, they didn’t even have the decency to hire someone to edit the book – more on that later.

    In the final analysis, however, I determined that most of Meghan’s flaws – such as her unbearable narcissism, delusions of persecution, anti-religious bigotry, and mendacity – couldn’t be chalked up to her manifestly below-average intelligence. These are blameworthy traits born of a malfunctioning moral compass, and they are laid bare in spades on every page of Dirty, Sexy Politics. Furthermore, it is important to address them because Meghan McCain’s book is an active attempt to split the Republican Party in two and thereby destroy its ability to win elections. And even though she is an idiot, she is a useful idiot in the hands of the media and other assorted Democrats, who also want to achieve this goal.

    Therefore, let us thoroughly evaluate this book on the merits, and see whether anything worthwhile is contained therein.

    Needless to say, Wolf finds nothing worthwhile contained therein.  Nothing.  The best Wolf is able to manage to say on behalf of the book is that Meghan McCain successfully painted a sympathetic portrait of her father in the days following his defeat to Barack Obama.  Wolf does this out of obligation, finding it incumbent upon the book reviewer to find at least one positive thing to say about the subject of his scathing review:

    I suppose that it is incumbent on me as a book reviewer to mention one positive thing about the book that I liked.  The section where McCain describes the days after her father’s crushing defeat on election day were just as poorly written and rambling as the rest of the book, but they were definitely touching and successfully painted her father in a very sympathetic light. As she described the way that Senator McCain achieved catharsis by grilling ribs day after day and healing his wounds surrounded by his family, you get the sense that whatever their flaws, the McCain family does love one another and stick together. So that is something.

    Yes that is something I suppose.  Wolf accurately describes Meghan McCain as a “useful idiot” in the hands of the media and Democrats intent on destroying Republican chances to win elections.  Those who have followed her inexplicable prominence in the days since her father lost the election have lamented this fact repeatedly.  Wolf wisely points to the reason McCain’s book was doomed to disaster: “The sad truth is that Meghan McCain is never going to write a book that imparts a basic level of understanding about any topic until she reaches a basic level of understanding about herself.”

    That Meghan McCain lacks sufficient insight to regret being the useful idiot once again seems a foregone conclusion.  Sadly for her, she was poorly served by those who gleefully put her back in the limelight by publishing a rambling book sorely in need of an editor.  It may takes years before she realizes, if she ever truly realizes, publishing her narcissistic ramblings on the faults and failures of conservatives was meant entirely for the entertainment of those who treat Republicans as part of the “ugly travelling circus” day in and day out.  Providing Ms. McCain with a strong editor serves no purpose from their point of view.  They would far prefer the portrait of a spoiled heiress with delusions of persecution to show that even the supposed “moderates” on the right are stupid.  Polishing her writing or challenging her to prove her thesis is entirely antithetical to that ultimate goal.

    As sure as the sun will rise, Meggie Mac will chastise Mr. Wolf and the conservative movement he represents for raining on her media moment with this scathing review.  She will surely blame anyone but herself and the liberals who use her as an idiot pawn in their game.  To do anything different would require the basic level of understanding required for her to write a thoughtful book to begin with.   Should Ms. McCain reach that level of maturity and insight, I will gladly buy a book that reflects such development.  In the mean time I am not holding my breath.

    Cross posted at Ruby Slippers

  • Mary Sue 2:44 PM on 09/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Barney Frank, Sean Bielat   

    Sean Bielat money bomb starts tomorrow 

    Via Facebook
    Sean Bielat needs our help to defeat the despicable Barney Frank:

    STAFF POST: We make a conscious effort not to “grovel”, but the fact remains that we need donations to get our message out and defeat Barney Frank. He has 100% name recognition and access to millions of dollars in special interest money and we are a “start-up”, grassroots campaign. Our first online “money bomb” starts “sizzling” tomorrow and will “detonate” at Midnight on 9/12. Please stay tuned for details!

    Michelle Malkin recently threw her support behind Sean reminding us three decades of Barney Frank is enough:

    His name is Sean Bielat. He’s a businessman. He’s a Marine. He’s a young father fed up with “systemic corruption” in arrogant Washington. He opposes cap-and-tax, will fight other oppressive Obama eco-policies that are squeezing fishermen, supports a strong national defense, and believes “It’s time for our leaders to return to and abide by the Constitution.” He launched a RetireBarney campaign back in April.

    His new radio ad takes on Frank and the Dems’ failed stimulus and bailout policies. Listen here.

    Donate here.

    Barney Frank has held his seat for 29 years. Three decades is enough.

    Actually three minutes of Frank is enough but three decades is excruciating.   Sean Bielat is an amazing candidate but he is going to need our help to tackle the leviathan Frank war chest.  No one is more intrinsically linked to the policies that “drove us in a ditch” than Barney Frank.  Sean Bielat is poised to take away Barney’s keys. You can help make that happen, Donate to Sean Bielat here.

    How much is it worth to you to see the faces of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as they report on the demise of Barney Frank?

  • Mary Sue 3:16 PM on 09/03/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Joe Sestak   

    Guess who is bringing his campaign magic to PA? 

    I, for one, welcome our President and his special brand of campaign magic to my state. Sestak, however, continues to play up their supposed differences though he welcomes the money I am sure:

    President  Barack Obama will hold a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Joe Sestak on Sept. 20 in Philadelphia, his office confirmed Friday morning.

    It’s the first event Obama will have held for Sestak since the candidate defeated incumbent Democrat Senator Arlen Specter, whom the president supported. Sestak challenged Specter against the wishes of the president, who also held a fundraiser in Philadelphia for Specter before the primary, and the rest of the Democratic Party.

    “We’re honored that the President would do an event with Joe during his trip to Pennsylvania,” said spokesman Jonathon Dworkin in a statement. “He and Joe may have had their differences, but they can agree that it is critical to elect a Senator who will put Pennsylvania’s working families first.”

    The fundraiser will be one of several events Obama holds in Pennsylvania that day.

    Let’s hope Sestak fails to catch the connection between Obama campaign help and certain doom at the polls. Obama currently holds a -23 approval in Pennsylvania which is why he probably won’t step a foot out of Philadelphia when he dares to make an appearance here.  It bears repeating though the only real difference between Obama and Sestak was career related;  Sestak votes with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate 98% of the time.

    This race shouldn’t even be close in my opinion.  The Obama agenda is the bubonic plague in Pennsylvania and Sestak was a carrier:

    Memeorandum has more

  • Mary Sue 1:01 AM on 08/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jane Harman, Mattie Fein   

    Frau Harman: Ahmadinejad was . . . my . . . boyfriend!!! 

    This is probably the best political ad I have ever seen. Click the image to watch at The Other McCain:


    Maybe Harman is the German word for glue

    • nicedeb 1:28 PM on 08/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Love it. Offbeat political ads are the latest thing, I guess. Hey,it worked for Carly Fiorina.

  • Mary Sue 6:59 PM on 08/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dick Armey   

    “A big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress” 

    Newbusters has a segment of Dick Armey’s appearance on Meet the Press earlier today.   Armey’s defense of Paul Ryan’s Roadmap was amazing but this is out-of-the-park spectacular.  David Gregory asked Armey to defend Republicans’ unwillingness to pay for an extension of the Bush tax cuts.   As Newsbusters notes, Gregory has been beating this issue since Alan Greenspan told him on August 1 tax cuts don’t pay for themselves.  This was Armey’s response:

    REP. ARMEY: Where has Alan Greenspan been? John — I, I was a young undergraduate watching all my faculty celebrate the genius of John F. Kennedy as he taught us you cut taxes , revenues increase. Reagan cut taxes , revenue doubled. What — the first, most important, critical thing for the American economy is to cut the size of the federal government. This is a big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress for the American people. It is counterproductive. It’s an extra weight. It is — and it needs to be cut or this economy can’t carry the weight. This is no thinking…

    Speaking of no thinking, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm responds to Armey:

    GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MICHIGAN): Just quickly — this is the argument, and it’s a 20th century argument, it’s not a 21st century argument. When we’re competing in a global economy , the government has to partner with the private sector to create jobs. If you just slash spending, you slash the investments in the things that are going to move our economy forward, we miss out. Just very quickly, last year, the vice president came to Michigan , said we were going to get all these battery grants; we created — we have 16 companies now in Michigan just in the past year because we partnered with the private sector creating 62,000 jobs. Strategic investment with the private sector is what works in the 20th century.

    Newsbusters takes apart her inaccurate statements about the battery grants and the 62,000 that haven’t yet been created or saved. I must have missed the part where Granholm’s big government model took her state to new levels of economic growth and employment. Perhaps she thinks that will be a 22nd century realization of her 21st century argument.  Meanwhile she presided over a big, fat Porky Pig of a government that drove the auto industry into a ditch.

    • backyardconservative 9:17 PM on 08/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I so love Dick Armey. I remember once some slash-mouth liberal was making some ad-hominem attack on some hapless Republican–whoever was villain of the month, and Dick Armey turned to the guy and said–that was very unkind.

      The liberal was stunned. I was too. Simple brilliance–what we normal people think.

      • rubyslipperblog 1:08 AM on 08/23/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have to say that anyone who can shut down liberal nonsense is my hero. I get so frustrated when certain GOP people get on TV and end up agreeing with liberals, apologizing and/or doing nothing to refute their arguments. Armey was really great today. Karl Rove is another one who can chew them up and spit them out.

  • Mary Sue 12:07 PM on 08/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Rahm and Barry’s Excellent T-Shirt Stand 

    Vanity Fair asks, “Can Washington be fixed?” Rahm and Barry have the answer:

    It got so bad last December that President Obama and Emanuel would joke that, when it was all over, they were going to open a T-shirt stand on a beach in Hawaii. It would face the ocean and sell only one color and one size. “We didn’t want to make another decision, or choice, or judgment,” Emanuel tells Purdum. They took to beginning staff meetings with Obama smiling at Emanuel and simply saying “White,” and Emanuel nodding back and replying “Medium.”

    By all means go set up that T-shirt stand, don’t let us stop you.

    Jill has more: Is Obama bored with his job?

    Cross posted at Ruby Slippers

    • Quite Rightly 5:10 PM on 08/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just goes to show what economic geniuses these guys are.

      Everyone who sells clothing knows that if you must sell just one size of t-shirt, you’d better be selling size large.

      They’d be broke in a week.

      • rubyslipperblog 5:37 PM on 08/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL, my alternate headline for this was Stand back Rahm and Barry about to try capitalism. I guess they figure no one will need larger than a medium after Michelle’s phenomenal obesity campaign is over.

    • nicedeb 7:47 PM on 08/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Poor dears. It must be very taxing to have to choose day after day which moves will be the worst for capitalism.

    • Obi's Sister 8:32 PM on 08/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Obama acts like he’s president of a frat, not the US. No matter how bad he wants it: this isn’t Animal House.

  • Mary Sue 3:23 PM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Most Articulate President Ever: Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’ on The View 

    Via Memeorandum

    Perhaps President Obama should have taken Ed Rendell’s advice and skipped the estrogen fest we have come to know as “The View:”

    When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

    “I mean we’re all kinds of mixed up,” Obama said. “That’s actually true of white people as well, but we just know more about it.”

    The Hill gets out the mop to clean up after that disaster:

    The president’s remarks were directed at the roots of all Americans. The definition of mongrel as an adjective is defined as “of mixed breed, nature, or origin,” according to dictionary.com.

    Obama did not appear to be making an inflammatory remark with his statement and the audience appeared to receive it in the light-hearted manner that often accompanies interviews on morning talk shows.

    Yes of course we often hear that light-hearted banter from the Jerry Springer genre. When in Rome as they say…

    Oh but there is more -Read the rest at Ruby Slippers

  • Mary Sue 1:42 PM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Surprise – Shirley Sherrod to sue Andrew Breitbart 

    H/T Hot Air

    Alas, Sherrod’s 15 minutes aren’t over yet:

    Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist.

    Sherrod was forced to resign as director of rural development in Georgia after Andrew Breitbart posted the edited video online. In the full video, Sherrod, who is black, spoke to a local NAACP group about racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home.

    Speaking Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Sherrod said she would “definitely” sue over the video that took her remarks out of context. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has since offered Sherrod a new job in the department. She has not decided whether to accept.

    Sherrod said she had not received an apology from Breitbart and no longer wanted one.

    “He had to know that he was targeting me,” she said.

    It’s a debatable point who is targeting who here. On the merits, Jonathan Turley doesn’t think much of her chances in court beyond the potential to embarrass Breitbart in discovery. It is equally plausible she is the one embarrassed.

    Much more on this at Memeorandum
    Heh, Nice Deb adds this:

    The woman does not make a credible plaintiff, but since she’s had amazing luck with the courts, she must figure, what the heck.

    Exit question: Given the fact that the new media is now sniffing around that Pigford v Glickman case, wouldn’t you think there are some Bureaucrats at the USDA sort of  wishing this woman would just go away?

    Ed Morrissey thinks the Obama administration is as anxious as anyone to see Miss Sherrod and her lawsuit safely out of the headlines

    • backyardconservative 8:22 AM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      She may or may not be a racist any more but what is a USDA official doing making political speeches espousing a Marxist class warfare–and going after Republicans.

      • Yukio Ngaby 4:03 PM on 07/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s standard operating procedures for Leftist govt. officials, especially for those giving speeches before the NAACP.

        Go through the archivesof speeches delivered by or under the auspice of the NAACP (many are available on-line) and you see the same line of argument that American Blacks are (or should be) an active part of class warfare or are victims of being on the losing end of it. Either way, it is usually taken for granted that political, economic, and social struggles are necessarily class struggles.

        The NAACP adopted ’60s-style Black Marxism decades ago, in addition to their ridiculous grievance mongering (Hallmark’s “Black Hole” graduation cards for instance).

  • Mary Sue 3:09 PM on 07/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama administration’s half-hearted opposition to release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi 

    H/T: Drudge
    The Australian.com reports The Sunday Times is in possession of correspondence suggesting the Obama administration opposition to compassionate release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was at best “half-hearted”:

    Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

    The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

    The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

    Scottish ministers viewed the level of US resistance to compassionate release as “half-hearted” and a sign it would be accepted.

    The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.

    In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

    The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

    Notice the threat implicit in the refusal to permit Scottish authorities to publish LeBaron’s letter. I will bet they are much more emphatic in their opposition to publication of the letter than they were in opposing release of Megrahi.

    BP Chief Exec Tony Hayward steps down

    UPDATE:  Jammie Wearing Fool has more:

    This comes after the fiction being peddled earlier this week that Obama was going to “grill” David Cameron, who had nothing to do with the deal, over the release.

    Considering Obama’s anemic approval ratings, how well will this go over with the American public? Oh, never mind, the media here will simply ignore the story.

    Meanwhile, certain senators now preening for the cameras and bashing BP are having it thrown back at them.

  • Mary Sue 11:36 AM on 07/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Confidence in Congress at new low 

    Via Memeorandum
    Of the 16 institutions Gallup asked respondents to rate for their levels of confidence, Congress ranked dead last once again:

    Note the drop in expressed confidence for the presidency over the past year while the institutions frequently targeted by the President made some gains. Confidence in the medical system received the largest gain among institutions targeted by the President and Congress.  Though big business and HMO’s are still quite low in terms of public confidence, the repeated attacks made against them in order to sell unpopular legislation could have resulted in at least some loss of confidence. Instead the Presidency, Congress and surprisingly the military take the biggest hits. Perhaps the news General McChrystal voted for Obama and naively expected a fair interview from Rolling Stone shook some confidence in the military.  Fortunately most are wise enough to see our military as our most trusted institution.

    Note too, the historic expression of confidence in Congress as measured by Gallup:

    Since Democrats gained control of Congress in November 2006 confidence has steadily declined.  The minor gain in 2009 is likely explained by the Hope and Change election that many believed also gave Democrats control of Congress as well.   As we now know, many Obama voters mistakenly believed Republicans were in control.   I wonder if Democrats have noticed approval is now seven points lower than the last time they lost control.

    Cross posted at Ruby Slippers

    Also the latest JournoList revelations – JournoList: Trashing Sarah Palin

    Related – Karl Rove: Friendly Fire on Capitol Hill

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