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  • backyardconservative 2:11 PM on 08/17/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free speech,   

    Who knew MoveOn Shopped at Target? 

    Well, I guess Michelle Obama’s favorite is the Target at Roosevelt Rd. at the south end of Chicago’s loop. I’ve shopped at Target since I got out of college in the 70’s and started my first job in the Twin Cities.

    It’s kind of funny, though, because Target is the overall corporate name of the higher end retailer that launched it–Dayton’s–which has now been sold off and is defunct.

    The company has donated to Tom Emmer, the Tea Party GOP candidate for Minnesota governor, as he’s pro-business, in their view. The MoveOn people are not happy, but then when are they ever? When they swear off George Soros’ money maybe I’ll listen.

    What’s the number one issue for most Americans these days–jobs and economic growth, not social issues. Sometimes man has to live on bread alone.

    Um, and who’s the Democrat candidate for governor in the Gopher State?

    His name is Mark Dayton.

    As for me, I shopped at Target this morning. They were having a sale or two.

  • Sherry 12:19 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free speech, Net Neutrality   

    Point Counterpoint, except when we think you’re just wrong. 

    Please watch this video posted by Weasel Zippers, thanks.

    This needs to be exposed for the propaganda that it is.

    So the word “voluntary” is a little complicated.
    Not necessarily, only if you don’t like what is commonly meant by “voluntary.”

    So we’re all going to be drafted but don’t worry, “it’s for the greater good.” Why is it the celebrators of diversity tolerate no dissent with their opinions?

    The American people are getting tired of being told we don’t eat right, we don’t spend our money properly, we don’t share enough of our wealth and toys, we don’t think properly on matters of social import, we’re not informed enough or in the right way and that we destroy the Earth by our mere existence. We are tired of the Thought Police.

    Stay informed. Watch everything. Check the White House Blog on Fridays and Read everything and get involved. It’s our only choice if we want to remain free.

    • fuzislippers 12:27 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I just saw this over at DBKP (http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2010/05/obama-czar-cass-sunstein-internet-mandates-spread-the-link-love/comment-page-1/#comment-18971). Completely unreal (I need to find a new word, but everything this admin does is so . . . unreal). This is the Fairness Doctrine (not at all “fair”) writ large and being imposed on individual citizens. How is this NOT a violation of free speech? If I want to give an opposing view on my blog, I will. If not, how on earth can the government think it’s their place to force me to do so? Outrageous.

      • Yukio Ngaby 12:33 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, you must not be a good citizen then, Fuzzy… LOL

        They’re taking their cues from failed European policies.

        • fuzislippers 1:21 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

          heh, well, it’s easy enough to give the opposing view (“you are a RAAAAAAACIST fascist war mongering capitalist if you don’t think as I do”)

    • fuzislippers 12:28 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      btw, you may want to reconsider going to the WH blog .. ever.

    • Yukio Ngaby 12:31 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      “Why is it the celebrators of diversity tolerate no dissent with their opinions?”

      The pretext of diversity is simply and exploited conduit toward political gains. Actual diversity would cause opposing points of view, something intolerable to those devoted to the “truth” of Marx.

    • Sherry 12:56 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I read so I can counter the arguement that I don’t know what is intended. But I don’t deliberately go to places where I will be vilified simply for existing.

  • Jill 10:20 AM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Three impossible things before breakfast 

    It’s official: the world has gone topsy-turvy.

    1)  Attorney General Eric Holder has questioned the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law and said it  “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” But he hasn’t read it.

    See Glenn Reynolds.

    2) The NY Times has been barred, by the White House, from speaking to Elena Kagan’s brother.

    The New York Times received permission on Tuesday from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Elena Kagan’s alma mater, to observe a constitutional law class there taught by her brother Irving. We thought it would be intriguing to watch the give and take between Mr. Kagan, who is known as a passionate and interactive educator, and his students on his first day back after witnessing his sister’s nomination in Washington.

    Mr. Kagan, who is also a Hunter alumnus, did not have a problem with the idea, a school spokeswoman said, but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House. The times were tentatively set: there was either an 8:52 a.m. class or a 9:36 a.m. class on Wednesday. “I thought it would have been great,” said the spokeswoman, Meredith Halpern.

    But when presented with the idea, the White House balked.

    Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman, said that the administration was “uncomfortable with the idea at this time.” [. . .]

    A formal proposal has been submitted to the White House, which the administration requested. They asked that it outline the intent and goal of the article in significant detail.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if Kagan’s brother, or cousin, also suddenly mum, chose to go over the head of their White House minders and talk to the press anyway?

    3)  There’s a bill before Congress that will mandate tracking the body mass index of all children, ages 2 – 18.

    The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee–would establish and fund a wide range of programs and regulations aimed at reducing obesity rates by such means as putting nutritional labels on the front of food products, subsidizing businesses that provide fresh fruits and vegetables, and collecting BMI measurements of patients and counseling those that are overweight or obese.

    Choice has become the dirtiest of dirty words. But Big Brother is only trying to make our lives easier:

    At a press conference last week to announce the introduction of the bill, Kind emphasized it would help “busy American families.”

    “Making the healthy choice the easy choice for our families is essential to ensuring our quality of life,” Kind said. “I am pleased to work on legislation that helps provide the opportunities that meet the needs of busy American families.”


    RedState’s Dan McLaughlin comments:

    Let’s leave aside the many methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal . . . .

    Read the rest.


    Is your child’s BMI the government’s business?

    Hiding the decline on the childhood obesity rate

    The audacity of anti-obesity

    Does this health plan make me look fat?

    • nicedeb 4:12 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m confused…why does the NYTs need the WH’s permission to do a story? What the heck?

      • Sherry 6:27 PM on 05/14/2010 Permalink | Reply

        If I were the New York Post, I’d be so sending all my staff to cover this story if only to get the scoop. Why should anyone subscribe if everything is the same and no actual news gets covered?

      • iainswife 12:52 PM on 05/17/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is so stupid. I am baffled that anyone with two braincells to rub together hasn’t figured out what an enormous hoax Obama and his administration are.

        • fuzislippers 1:17 PM on 05/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

          What I don’t get and simply can’t wrap my mind around is how high BO’s numbers are. What is wrong with people?

  • Jill 10:59 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , free speech,   

    Now, if the kids had wanted to burn the flag . . . 

    . . . that might have been an entirely different story.

    Flag burning, that cherished right of the Left, is what you might expect in a story that pairs “incendiary” with “flag.” But in this case, no matches are needed. The flag image itself is viewed as a sort of desecration.

    Michelle Malkin calls it “Reason number 10,999,976 to home school.”

    Gateway Pundit:

    Four students in the San Francisco area were sent home from school yesterday for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The administration said the T-shirts were “incendiary.”

    Perhaps the patriotic clothing would have triggered violence among the high schoolers. But this kind of preemptive strike against self-expression is diametrically opposed to core American values. (Or are we all Canadians now?)  It’s especially disturbing when you look at the clothing that was banned by the kids’ keepers.

    We’ve entered a pretty strange world when the image of an American flag is considered “incendiary” — in America.

    Oh, wait a minute — this happened in the San Francisco area. Never mind.

    New title: Four patriotic high school boys discovered in Bay area; baffled administrators resign in disgrace.

    Edited to add this damning self-indictment from one of the boys:

    Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out. “They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

    Cross-posted in the Green Room.

    • rubyslipperblog 11:17 AM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having worked in a public school, I have to say this is just mind boggling. After Columbine our principal had trouble with kids wearing trench coats and could do nothing about it. Schools, unfortunately react to really bad press and lawsuits now. This qualifies as bad press, keep turning up the volume until the school has to trip over themselves to defend themselves.

      • fuzislippers 12:15 PM on 05/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        PC gone wild. We really need to speak up and put a stop to this sort of thing. There was a guy here in MA who had an American flag up in his gym, and he actually got sued. What is wrong with people?

  • Sherry 12:40 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , free speech, media perception,   

    I’m a Little Teed Off… 

    It seemed to me that those in power wanted to craft for all of us a life without impact, a life without the taste of salt.

    The left doesn’t want us to have much of a legacy. We should leave no aftershock of our existence via children (overpopulation myth), via wealth (selfish when the state needs it), via exhaling (carbon footprint ahh!). It hurts to be labeled by members of the DNC as racists or bigots because we disagree. The labeling itself puts us on the defensive, having to prove our innocent hearts to a unlistening jury that has already made up its mind. How do we even begin? What ought we to do in response to all this constant name calling? We speak up. Say what we are, rather than spend time or energy on denying what we are not.

    So consider this my John Hancock for the King and all his followers to see. I object to much of what my government is currently doing in my name. I am a patriot. I am also a tax payer. I Count. I Am Informed. I Am Educated. I Am Not Afraid of Who I Am. I am Not Ashamed of Who I am and I am not intimidated.

    Finally, I disagree passionately with the DNC, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, the President and all the others who think I and others like me are something evil because we object. Calling me and others who disagree repulsive names does not make the accusations themselves true and I am tired of being denegrated. I have good reasons for my disagreements.

    I am angry at our government for it’s mismanagement, for its overspending, for its overreaching, for its indifference to the voting public, for its demand that we do as they say and not as they do; and for telling me that my moral objections have no weight. I object to the government and its complicit allies in the press labeling of me and others with names that are unacceptable and indeffensible and inflamatory and derrogatory. I find the fact that our President does not curb his party’s appetite for slurring people like me disturbing. It smacks of petty smallness and a mean spiritedness that is indefensible in a person of leadership and power. He should know better. He should act better.

    I am an American. I am a Voter. I am Republican. I am Pro Life. I am Catholic. Roar.

    • Carol 12:47 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      You tell ’em! I know exactly how you feel. I feel like I am being put down for caring about my country. The thing I keep telling myself is that I need to channel my anger in to doing positive work. I’ve really gotten involved in the Tea Party and talking to people. I am studying candidates and sharing what I’ve learned with others. We can take this country back and we will. Come on November!

      • Sherry 12:50 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Staying informed. Reading everything I can and planning to campaign for and against this Fall. Also hoping by writing these things, I encourage others to be unafraid to speak.

        • backyardconservative 2:12 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Great to hear it. I remember finding Rush after Bill Clinton won. It was a confirmation of what I was thinking and that I wasn’t alone. Eventually I became a blogger to sign a petition. There are more and more of us. Roaring!

    • Quite Rightly 3:14 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hear, hear.

    • Adrienne 8:57 PM on 04/05/2010 Permalink | Reply

      “I am a patriot. I am also a tax payer. I Count. I Am Informed. I Am Educated. I Am Not Afraid of Who I Am. I am Not Ashamed of Who I am and I am not intimidated. ”

      I might add, “I am tired of being marginalized.”

    • fuzislippers 2:58 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heh, great rant, and I feel it, too.

      I don’t understand this administration’s “approach.” Directly insulting, belittling, and ridiculing a large percentage of the voting public just makes no sense to me either as a leadership methodology or as a political move. The only thing I can figure is that they are trying to “shame” us into submission . . . either that or trying to incite the violence they keep insisting is there (but hasn’t manifested). The former is obviously not happening, and the latter would only give them a reason to crow and to take police and/or military action against us. I can’t help but think that is the goal. It’s straight out of Alinsky–force a situation that results in violence and then gain the public sympathy. How does that work, though, if it’s the public they’re inciting? Ugh. I’m still recovering from a cold and my head’s foggy. It all gives me a headache.

      • Sherry 4:19 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the support Ladies! Adrienne –good addition. Fuzi, you understand the approach; it is a lawyerly approach with us on the witness stand.

        Take our strongest arguements and state them in the absurdest context to make the arguements themselves seem illegitimate. Keep anyone who disagrees sidetracked with defensiveness so that their voices are either blunted or muted. Repeat storyline with conviction without ceasing to illustrate conviction. Appear as the reasonable one in the conversation, “Keep an open mind.” “Let me be clear.” “It’s only been a week.” “Change is difficult.” so that actual criticism never get addressed and the arguement simply becomes the hardened perception and thus the apparent truth. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

    • Agnes B. Bullock 9:59 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply


  • Sherry 7:30 PM on 03/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    and I know it’s Frank Rich but the idea that the only reason anyone is upset at anything in the healthcare bill is either 1) they want to gin up support for their political campaign (machiavellian Rove type maneuvers of the political class) or 2) they are hayseed rednecks who have a visceral hatred of anyone different than them is a destructive and frankly terribly limited way to think about the American people. It’s dismissive of all criticism as motivated by the very worst of human emotions.

    People take offense and rightly so to being called bigots and racists because they oppose healthcare.

    The 2,700 page bill has many things one should oppose: funding abortion, mandatory enrollment, IRS being given an expanded role of power to enforce. These are troubling things that deserve some reflection and consideration and maybe even criticism. Some of us think a bill with such unseemly large pork payoffs to Democratic friends and allies is a bad thing, an escalation in the pay for votes method of making law that corrupts the representative process by making the most powerful legislator not the most ethical but the one that holds out and then flips to get the biggest piece of pork pie. People also worry that a 1.3 Trillion dollar deficit might not be something we could overcome as a nation and the Democratic hegemony that is in charge is running forward writing checks as if nothing has happened or will happen. These are all legitimate reasons to be upset with the government that have nothing at all to do with the President’s race or Barney Frank’s proclivities or Nancy Pelosi’s gender. They don’t come up. They’re irrelevant.

    To be dismissed by the writers of the media and the political ruling class as idiots because we don’t entirely agree….well that should make us mad. It is meant to insult and to silence. Shut up or you are a racist. Shut up or you are a bigot. Shut up or you are declared an idiot. Shut up or you will be eviscerated publicly as we did Sarah Palin and her family. Shut up or we will destroy you with words and make the world hate you.

    I guess the best we can say in response is, we’ve been warned.


    • fuzislippers 12:30 AM on 03/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Alinsky-style demonization and ridicule tactic isn’t working as they intended. With every attack, our numbers grow. The world does not hate us, and in fact, is fast-realizing that BO is an absolute disaster who is undermining world peace, including that in his own country. He’s fast becoming an object of global ridicule, except by tyrants like Castro and Chavez (and this, of course, causes many an eyebrow to raise the world over).

      The crazy left here at home, however, do believe all the lies spewed, but how long will that go on? How long will our fellow countrymen and women willfully ignore their own two eyes and ears?

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