Saturday, October 30, 2010

Brief Obscene Profit Break

Hello, all my readers. Thanks for reading - my web readers continue to grow, as do my Kindle subscribers - over 300 at last count.

In addition to blogging about US politics via this blog, I'm also a writer of Ebooks. My first one is:

The Lady and the Tiger...Moth.

I've produced 30 comic strips that introduce Shannon Scott, freelance journalist, and airplane pilot, who is given the opportunity to fly around the midwest USA for three months, attending airshows in a Tiger Moth. (Illustrated by professional artist Adam Prosser). There's a bit of romance, and a lot of aviation.

I've converted this comic strip into an ebook (one panel per Kindle page), supplemented it with a prose story called A Tiger Among Eagles, and offer it for sale on the Kindle, for $4.99.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

George #1: A magazine 15 years old

The magazine George, which went out of business in 2005, had a good premise - studying the personal lives of politicians. We could really use such a magazine today.

I found this first issue interesting because some of the things it predicted in its pages have not come to pass. (I also thought it was interesting that a woman's naked breasts were shown in a two-page, Calvin Klein ad for CK one, a fragrance for men and women. Two skinny guys also stood there with their shirts off - big whoop. (Women did get a treat with an ad for Nightflight by Joop which showed the entire male form, and a muscular one to boot, but one leg is artfully placed to obscure what lies between! Ah well.)

There's an article about Russell, Kansas, where Bob Dole and Arlen Secter were born, and which speculated a Dole/Specter ticket for 1996.

Al Franken writes a humorous piece, one page long, on using senior citizens as astronauts. (Which is an excerpt from his book, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, due to be published in 1996).

There's an article about Denis Archer, the African American mayor of Detroit, and his hopes for the city, (but he would not run for re-election in 2001, according to WIkipedia.)

Actress Julie Roberts goes to Haiti on behalf of UNICEF. In 1995, just as impoverished and corrupt as it is today. Nothing changed in 15 years. WHere did all that money that was sent there in that time, go?

There's an article on the campaign of Republican Richard Lugar - who 15 years later is the Senior US senator from Indiana.

There's an article on Democrat David Wilhelm, a "confirmed bachelor" as Wikipedia refers to him today, who is "best known for managing campaigns for President Bill Clinton, Senator Paul Simon, Senator Joe Biden and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley."

Putting the Kibosh on Violent Video Games

As Rush states below, we have a cultural problem. All these violent video games are being created - and they are so realistic, and contain not only violence but sex. I don't think they should be allowed...but of course if you shut down the company's they'll cry censorship.

But what else can be done? Most parents these days aren't fit to be parents. They exercise no control over their kids, so when their kids play these games, you can bet they're going to spill over into real life. A simple situation that could be defused by words will be defused by violence, because that's all kids know these days.
RUSH: All right. Now, I'm 59. As long as I've been an adult, since I was 21, I have been concerned about the infringements on free speech that come from Democrat regimes and courts because I'm in the free speech business.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: I've been concerned about the reimposition of the Fairness Doctrine. I am glad this is happening. If it takes an impingement on free speech in something you're interested in, video games, to alert you to what's happening throughout society then I'm glad it's happening, because I'm sure you oppose this.


RUSH: Your video game is your video game and you don't think the government should have any role whatsoever in applying any artistic sanction to it or any stamp of approval -- you can say that but you can't say that -- because that's not permitted. The market should determine this, correct?


RUSH: If you want to buy something raunchy in a video game, you should be allowed to, and if it's too raunchy the market won't support it? Fine, it dies. If the market likes it, then we got a cultural problem to deal with, but the government ought to have nothing to do with it. Right? You agree?


RUSH: Okay, then. Join me any time the government tries to impinge on anybody's speech. Join me when the government tries to tell you can't eat trans fat. Join me when the government gets involved in all these other behavioral and speech things that they try to tell you and control us we can't do: What kind of car we have to drive, whether or not we're responsible for global warming, the kind of lightbulb we have to have, where our thermostats are. Get on board, my buddy. If it's taken a video game to get you interested and have the light go off, to have you see what liberalism is all about, I'm glad to have you on our side, 'cause I agree with you. Leave your game alone. The people that put together these video games are artists in their own right. If you're gonna start saying that video games are raunchy, then how the hell do you leave cable television alone?

Who watched the Daily Show?

I didn't bother to watch the Daily Show, but here's what Rush had to sa about it: (Not quite sure why Rush finds it necessary to reveal the old names of people who have changed them for whatever reason...)
RUSH: I must confess, some of you will think that I have been derelict in my responsibilities, but last night was the first night I actually watched a significant portion of the Bamster on with Jon Leibowitz -- uh, Stewart. (interruption) Well, because people, Snerdley, would expect that I would be watching it from the get-go. I must tell you, I watched enough of it last night to realize that audience was laughing at the president of the United States.

The host of that show was laughing at. If Obama was attempting to revitalize and reenergize the so-called young audience that voted for him in '08, he bombed. He didn't have a teleprompter but I think he had notes in the palm of his hand. He was laughed at. There was audience laughter at the president. Maybe you might say it was with Stewart, but Stewart did articulate the base of the Democrat Party and their anger and why they're mad at Obama, and Obama didn't have any answer for it. He said, "Just stick around. I never said it was gonna happen overnight." It goes beyond just being called "dude," which is disrespectful enough.

But I thought the host of this show looked bigger, more competent, more confident and obviously funnier than the president of the United States. I think Obama went on that show as an egoistic narcissist would, thinking that he's gonna turn the tables on this guy. I know that he knows that Stewart's on his side, but he also knows that Stewart's a smart aleck. He also knows that Stewart is a comedian, is gonna go for laughs. I thought it looked like Obama thought he was going to turn the tables, and it was not good, folks. It was embarrassingly bad. Now I understand why all the libs yesterday from the Washington Post to the Huffington Puffington Post or wherever else were very upset over this appearance. They were distressed over this appearance.

Rush Limbaugh on the cover of Newsweek

According to Rush: The Newsweek magazine cover that I told you on Tuesday afternoon I posed for is out. It's a great picture. If you are a friend of mine the picture says, "Come on in." If you don't like me, the picture says, "Screw you."

29 Oct, 2010, Friday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--No Doubt Now That Bill Clinton is Down for Reverse Operation Chaos
The Democrat Party shafts another loyal black candidate.
FOX: Clinton Urged Meek to Quit Florida Race

--O'Donnell Surging in Delaware
Obama back to Delaware as Christine closes in polls.

--Haughty John Kerry Says Rush Leads Nation of Know-Nothings
This guy chose John Edwards as his running mate.

--The Rush Limbaugh Problem
On CNN, MSNBC and even the Discovery Channel.

--Daily Show Laughter at Obama
The audience laughed at the president, not with him.
Parody: Barack Obama's Socialist Halloween

--Rush on the Cover of Newsweek
Photo says one thing to fans and another to critics.

--Speaker of the House El Rushbo?
Caller says that he has been polled on this possibility.

--The Ruling Class GOP vs. Palin
Whatever happens, a third party is not the answer.

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Whitman Within Margin of Error Against Moonbeam
» Polls Trending Against Democrats in Multiple Races
» WaPo: Democrats (Losers) Increasingly Go Negative
» Rasmussen: Race for Massachusetts Governor Tied
» Hamilton Smells Doobies in San Francisco Outfield
» Suspicious Packages on Planes: Who and Why?
» Cheat-Sheet Ruling Backfires on Lisa Murkowski
» Ask Heritage: How Can We Stop Federal Spending?
» Many Dems, Including Pelosi, Expected to Retire
» Guy Running Against Kucinich is Rush 24/7 Member
» Poll: More Now Prefer George W. Bush Over Obama

--A Shopping Cart Story Inspired Rush Baby to be an Entrepreneur
This show helped a man chase the American Dream.
Parody: Classic EIB Shopping Cart PSA

--Obama Regime Moves to India
Is this a government in exile? 40 planes, 800 people.
IT: Taj Trip Included Obama's Itinerary

--Leave the Video Games Alone!
If this is what it takes to wake up some people, fine.

--Seasoned Citizens Vote Values
Democrats are trying to scare them, but it's not working.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Obama and the Teleprompter

Obama certainly does seem addicted to his teleprompter. He takes it everywhere...I"m sure there are jokes that he even takes it into bed.

Yes, technology is wonderful, but there's no need to bring a teleprompter everywhere. Sometimes a sheaf of papers is just as good, if not better.

Here's another bit Rush had to say about it.
Story #4: Photo: Obama Uses Prompter in Task Force Meeting
RUSH: I've got a picture of it. Here is a picture of Obama addressing his own Middle Class Task Force using a teleprompter. Right here, Snerdley. "Obama addresses dozen members of Middle Class Task Force," and there's the teleprompter. I see the teleprompter screens, and I see Larry Summers sitting around here and some of the other people. It looks like... Well, I can't tell who, but there are 12 of them. Biden was in charge of it, and there you have it. Middle Class Task Force, one of his own subgroups, and he's speaking to them with a teleprompter!

The caption at the actual website where Rush saw this,, was:
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 25: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement following a meeting of the Middle Class Task Force at the White House January 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced their support for an expansion of the child- and dependent-care tax credit for families that make less than $85,000 a year as well as other initiatives designed to help the middle class. Obama's State of the Union address will be on January 27.

And I'm thinking...jeez. A family that makes $50,000 a year, $60,000 a year, needs child and dependent tax care credits, but people who make over $85,000 suddenly don't? How did the powers that be figure that out?

Clinton Didn't Lose the Launch Codes

The aid - a military guy - carrying the "football" did, and never bothered to tell anyone. Don't put that on Clinton, Rush!

Rush slipped that little inaccurate dig into his comments on Obama going to India - with his teleprompter. Sheesh, man. Can't you memorize your bloody speech?
Story #3: Huge Obama Entourage, Teleprompter Will Go India

RUSH: Interesting story here. This is from India Today. Listen to this: "US President Barack Obama's trip to India next month is set to be the biggest ever by any US president in terms of the protocol and logistics. Headlines Today has accessed the details of elaborate arrangements that will be in place to guard Obama during his three-day trip beginning on November 6." I mean, he's literally getting out of the country two days after the elections. "He will be accompanied by US First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha. Earlier, Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia were not to be part of the trip. But sources revealed that Michelle's opinion prevailed and now the girls would accompany the first American couple to India."

Now, get this. "The presidential entourage will have 40 aircraft, including the Air Force One that will ferry the president. There will be six armoured cars, including the Barack Mobile, a Cadillac. The Cadillac limousine is equipped with a mini communication centre to enable Obama to be in touch with the White House, US vice president and the US strategic command. It also has the US nuke launch codes..." (Let's hope Obama doesn't lose 'em as Clinton did once. That was reported earlier this week.) Forty aircraft. I told you yesterday they have taken the entire Taj Mahal hotel: 570 rooms. Forty aircraft. Now, how many people is he taking? Five hundred seventy rooms just in one hotel? You have to take the Secret Service, of course, and you gotta take a bunch of transport planes to take the limousines over there.

Now, I know Hillary's not gonna be there. Hillary's... Where is she now? She's probably back in the country on November 6th when Obama's gone. Somebody has to be in charge. "Three Marine One choppers will be reassembled in India to ferry Obama and his family. These helicopters will also assist in evacuation in case of an emergency. Moreover, 30 sniffer dogs will be put on service to boost the security arrangements during Obama's visit... The secret service [sic] will set up two command posts in Delhi and Mumbai which will act as the communication nerve centres. These centres will keep an eye on each movement by the president with real time satellite monitoring." So forty aircraft, including both Air Force Ones. Well, in fairness, both Air Force Ones travel all the time. One's a decoy, carrying the press around (press overflow).

And it should be pointed out that Obama will be taking his teleprompter. He's going to make a speech at the Indian parliament where for the first time ever a teleprompter will be used. A teleprompter has never been used in the Indian parliament, and Obama is going to break that tradition. I've been told he uses teleprompters in staff meetings. I have been told he uses teleprompters in cabinet meetings where he's only dealing with staff. I believe it. I know it to be true. I mean, we know he took a teleprompter with him to a grade school.

Prisoners Get Ballots, Soldiers Overseas Don't

I've been reading this in the news for the last couple of weeks. Not that prisoners in jails are getting ballots (and I thought convicted crimanals lost their voting rights?) but that overseas soldiers haven't been getting their ballots. Now, there's something wrong there.

There was a story a couple of days ago, I'm blanking on which cities, but early voting is starting and Dems are the ones doing thhe other places - Nevada - Harry Red's name comes up already checked on the electronic ballot, and some peope are whining because they're being disenfranchised because they haven't gotten their ballots, but they are in the cities where they are supposed to be voting..they just don't want to have to make the effort to get to the polls.

It saddens me to say this, but the whole American election system is inept - not the least because there are places where people don't have to show their IDs to be able to vote. Why should they, when you don't even have to be a citizen to vote anymore!
Story #2: Disgrace: Illinois Prisoners Get Ballots, Soldiers Don't

RUSH: We had a caller say earlier that the Chicago Board of Elections hand-delivered ballots to inmates in jail, but we're late in sending ballots to our troops overseas. Well, I have confirmation of this. The Chicago Board of Elections does hand deliver ballots to the jail. They don't even wait for the inmates to apply for 'em. They just hand deliver 'em. They bring the applications with the ballots. Over 2,600 inmates have cast ballots so far. It's almost identical to the number of military men and women who will not receive a ballot in time to vote next Tuesday, so our caller was exactly right. "Disgraceful" does not begin to describe the Illinois election system. "Disgraceful" doesn't even scratch the surface. So thanks to Shirley, our caller, for pointing this out.

28 October, 2010, Thursay, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--McCain Picks Winners in NV, WV
Nixon went to China, and now McCain goes to Nevada.

--Liberalism is a Genetic Defect as Demonstrated by Chris Matthews
Science has now proven what we've known for a while.

--Obama Sees America as Evil
In 2008, we elected the first anti-American president.
Shelby Steele: Referendum on the Redeemer

--HillBuzz Posts Open Letter to Rush on Reverse Operation Chaos
Is the Democrat Party breach even larger than we think?
HillBuzz: An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh
Oct. 22: Rush on Reverse Operation Chaos

--Our Post-Election Agenda
Here's what you need to do, Republicans. Now, try it.
Spruiell: The President's Puzzling Strategy
Richard Wolffe: Obama's Last-Ditch Strategy

--Obama Base Flees the Democrats
New York Times findings shock the lib establishment.
NYT: Coalition for Obama Split by Drift to GOP

--Nicolle Wallace References the CPAC Speech and Gets It Right
The dazzling speech started it all, but few give credit.

-Watch It! Rush's CPAC Speech, 2009
• Buy It! Eighteen Acres: A Novel by Nicolle Wallace

--Media Preside Over Own Demise
It's stunning to watch an entire industry destroy itself.

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Bush Book Shows a President Who Loves America
» Disgrace: Illinois Prisoners Get Ballots, Soldiers Don't
» Huge Obama Entourage, Teleprompter Will Go India
» Photo: Obama Uses Prompter in Task Force Meeting
» WaPo: Tea Party Does More Harm Than Good for GOP
» Reuters: Vote Could Change Direction of Health Care

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How Did We Get in this State?

I can't believe this news...beginning of the end of the United States.

Story #1: Law Requiring Voters Prove Citizenship Struck Down

RUSH: Ninth Circus Court of Appeals with very telling ruling yesterday: A three-judge panel ruled that it is not necessary to show ID when showing up to vote. You know, I remember, ladies and gentlemen, the ruling class (even Republicans) telling us that if we opposed amnesty, it would mean the death of the conservative movement. If we didn't get on board with amnesty (Remember them telling us this?) it would be the end of the Republican Party? We had to get on board with this. We had to show the Hispanics that we were on their side. You notice how we never hear any polling about that subject anymore? We thought it was supposed to be such a winning subject for the Democrats.

Then the Democrats, and the Ninth Circus comes out with this ruling yesterday, and it just is going to gin up even more Republican turnout and support. I remember hearing from McCain and the Republican Party hierarchy and the open borders crowd in the conservative media (McCain impression), "Limbaugh, if you -- if -- if -- if you don't push amnesty, if you don't get on board it's the end! It's the end of the conservative movement. It's the end of the Republican Party." Every time they warn us that our principles and ideals destroy or will destroy the Republican Party, they are proven wrong. It is our principles and ideals which are saving and preserving the Republican Party.

So the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals' three-judge panel was divided yesterday on Arizona's Proposition 200, adopted by the people of the state (Prop 200 in 2004) to protect the integrity of elections, and the Ninth Circus us says it's invalid. What does Prop 200 do? Prop 200 requires voters to provide proof of eligibility -- that is citizenship -- to register and proof of identity to vote, and the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals overturns it and rules it unconstitutional. One of the three judges is the retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is sitting in, essentially, for somebody on the Ninth Circuit who's sick, on medical leave, or writing a book or a position paper or protesting with or whatever the hell else the judge is doing.

Sandra Day O'Connor! The chief justice of this court, Alex Kozinski, was the only one to vote with any sense whatsoever. Now, this decision -- it's very important to point this out -- was not actually rendered by Ninth Circuit judges. The deciding vote was cast by the supposedly retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor who claims the power to sit by designation on cases in the federal appellate and district court despite the fact that she's now an overt political activist. She ought to be sidelined. She is an overt political activist, and yet she sits as a substitute teacher, so to speak, on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Proposition 200.

This has happened in California, all the various ballot initiatives that would not use taxpayer money to pay for health care, education, welfare benefits for illegal immigrants and their children was overruled as unconstitutional. That's just one of many examples of why Tuesday is going to happen, why Tuesday will be what it is. A public uprising against the ruling class is on tap for Tuesday.

Biden: Every Great American Idea "has required government vision and government incentive"

Rush shared this article. Oh, that Biden!

Biden: Every Great American Idea "has required government vision and government incentive"
Via Drudge comes this New York Daily News campaign quote by your vice president:

"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," he said. "In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States....No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years."

What was the "government vision and government incentive" that produced the assembly line? Motion-picture film? Air conditioning? The electric guitar? How about the personal computer? The mobile phone? Non-violent resistance? Aspirin?

Though Biden is generally not to be taken seriously, the government-centrism of his comments are an accurate reflection of his boss, and part of the reason why next Tuesday is going to be an awkward day of work at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


Who is Joy Behar?

Bio from Wikipedia:
Josephina Victoria "Joy" Behar (born October 7, 1942), née Occhiuto, is an American comedian, writer, actress, and a co-host of the talk show The View. Behar began hosting her own celebrity news and commentary program in the fall of 2009, titled The Joy Behar Show on CNN's sister network, HLN.

Personal life
Behar, an Italian-American,[4] was born Josephina Victoria Occhiuto in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on October 7, 1942. Her family originates from Calabria.[5] Her mother, Rose (née Carbone), was a seamstress, and her father, Gino Occhiuto, was a truck driver for Coca-Cola.[6][7] She married Joe Behar in January 1965; they divorced in 1981. They have one daughter, Eve (b. 1970).[8] Joy Behar and her partner, Steve Janowitz, whom she refers to as her "spousal equivalent," have been together since the mid-1980s. On March 17, 2009, Behar announced in an interview with Barbara Walters that she might eventually marry Steve.[1] Behar called off the engagement three months later[9] because she wanted people to stop talking about it.

Behar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Queens College (class of 1964), and a Master of Arts degree in English education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (class of 1966). She taught English in the late 1960s and early 1970s at Lindenhurst High School on Long Island, New York, during the same time that Pat Benatar was a student there; however, they did not meet until years later. Behar was raised Catholic but considers herself agnostic.[10] She resides in Manhattan.

The View
Following years as a stand-up comedian (particularly in New York) and WABC (AM) radio talk show host, Behar became one of the original cast members of Barbara Walters's ABC television creation, The View, in 1997. Originally, Behar appeared only on the days when Walters was away from the show; soon Behar became a regular co-host, with the panel expanding to five when Walters joined in. Behar often hosts a segment called "Joy's Comedy Corner" in which she presents up-and-coming comedians. Behar typically joins Whoopi Goldberg in representing the liberal position on The View.

Star Jones, former co-host on The View, and Behar had well-publicized disputes. On March 27, 2006, Star Jones called in to the show to discuss a recent operation that she had undergone. After talking with the show's co-hosts, Behar abruptly stated to Jones, "OK, Star. That's enough about you. On to us. Bye. Keep your [breasts] perky!"

Jones then responded, "Even today, you [Behar] are still a bitch."

In August 2009 Behar, alongside her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, won the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. It follows over a decade of nominations for The View. None of the co-hosts of the show were in Los Angeles to collect the award, following some shock that The View had for the first time not been nominated for Outstanding Talk Show as well.

Other work
Behar has appeared in a number of films, including Cookie and This Is My Life. One of her few TV acting roles was in the 1988–89 TV series adaptation of the movie Baby Boom. She fulfilled a lifelong dream of acting in a movie with Woody Allen when she appeared in Manhattan Murder Mystery. Behar has also made theater appearances in The Food Chain and The Vagina Monologues. Behar wrote a book of humorous essays and stories called Joy Shtick — Or What is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?, published in 1999. She has also written a children's book called Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog, published in 2006.

In 2003, Behar became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She lost 23 pounds in 11 weeks on the program, though she is no longer a spokesperson for the company.

Behar frequently incorporates her Italian-American culture into her comedy and once told Charlie Rose on his PBS program that her grandmother kept a picture of Mussolini in her home. Juxtaposed with that was another joke that the name Behar "sounds Jewish," so much so that she had trouble convincing her own mother otherwise. She is mistakenly thought to be Jewish, and has quipped that she is pleased to be "an honorary shiksa non-grata."

Behar appeared on the eighth season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and finished in fourth place, behind Robin Tunney, Christopher Meloni and Macy Gray, but ahead of Andy Dick. She played for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Beginning in 2007, she has occasionally filled in as a guest host on Larry King Live.

On June 11, 2009, Behar announced that she will be hosting her own news program on CNN's HLN beginning in the fall of 2009, titled The Joy Behar Show. She will not be leaving The View, but will be working on both shows simultaneously.

Criticism and controversy
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), in an open letter to Behar, admonished her description of then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as "Hitler-like," noting that "Hitler's actions during the Second World War and his responsibility for the Holocaust have no parallel in history." The ADL described Behar's comparison as "inappropriate and offensive," noting that Hitler's name should not be "taken out of context or used for personal attacks or vendettas."

Behar has also drawn criticism numerous times from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Catholic League president William A. Donohue remarked that Behar, who was raised a Roman Catholic, "is no stranger to Catholic bashing," pointing to her statement, "Don't you remember when you went to Communion? 'In vino veritas.' The priests were all drunk, don't you remember?" The Catholic League maintains, "There is an anti-Catholic animus evident among the panelists on The View, with Rosie O'Donnell and Joy Behar being the worst offenders."

On October 14, 2010, Behar and Whoopi Goldberg stormed off the set of The View after they both disagreed with statements made by FOX commentator Bill O'Reilly attributing the 9/11 attacks to Muslims. Barbara Walters then told the audience that "we should be able to have discussion without . . . walking off stage.".

On the October 26th, 2010 episode, the co-hosts were discussing a recent political ad titled "The Wave" released by Nevada Republican Senate Nominee Sharron Angle. Behar called Angle a "bitch", and also stated that Angle is "going to hell, this bitch". Behar described the ad as "a Hitler youth commercial" and stated that Angle is "a moron on top of being evil" and dared Angle to "do this ad in the South Bronx".

The following day, Sharron Angle sent a flower arrangement to Joy Behar along with a thank you note stating “Joy, Raised $150,000 online yesterday. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle”. Joy Behar's responded to the flower delivery stating “I’d like to point out that those flowers were picked by illegal immigrants, and they’re not voting for you, bitch.

Who the heck is Joy Behar? Part 1

I never watch The View, but this is what occurred yesterday:
RUSH: I want to give you, ladies and gentlemen, a side-by-side, A-B comparison of how the media does it. This is Joy Behar, Maude Behar on yesterday's The View. After they played a Sharron Angle for Senate ad, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd talked about it.

MAUDE: I'd like to see her do this ad in the South Bronx. Come here, bitch! Come to New York and do it.

AUDIENCE: (cackling)

SHEPHERD: You know, I'm praying for her.

MAUDE: She's going to hell!

SHEPHERD: You know, I'm praying that her heart gets saved.

MAUDE: She's going to hell, this bitch.

SHEPHERD: I'm praying for her.

RUSH: "Come in here," b-i-itch! Joy Behar on Barbara Walter's show, and I'm watching MSNBC this morning as they always this, and is there any outrage over it? No. They're discussing, "Will it be effective? Will Behar's comment actually help Reid?"

It is interesting - if it had been a male calling Angle a bitch, you can bet he'd've had to resign by now.

Rush continues "Reverse Operation Chaos"

Rush talked about Bill Clinton today, pointing out that he - and others - are wondering if he really wants to help Obama's party come Tuesday (Nov 2 - perhaps the most important election in our lifetimes, people!)

RUSH: ...Here is Clinton answering the question from Jonathan Karl. "How bad do you fear it could be?"

CLINTON: It's what happened to me in '94. You get in and you want to do things. There's almost an inverse relationship in how much you accomplish and what people know about. We're getting there. President's getting out and around, and I see a lot more intensity at these rallies now in the last three weeks. I think it would be a great mistake to count us out. Words of our demise have been exaggerated.

RUSH: This is resounding. I mean that's inspiring. Byron York of the DC Examiner: "The problem was, it wasn't entirely clear how much Clinton really wanted to help Democrats, and especially Obama, win next week's elections. In the course of a one-hour speech, Clinton, whose wife lost a bitter nomination battle to Obama ... offered faint praise for the current president and a steady stream of criticism for Democrats, who he said have failed to communicate their message to the voters."

27 Oct, 2010, Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Reverse Operation Chaos, Dems: Stay Home, Don't Vote, Help Hillary
Unenthusiastic Bill Clinton is down with the program.
WE: Does Bill Want Obama and Dems to Win?

--No Outrage Over Behar Remark
Slur against Angle is analyzed for its impact on the race.

--Americans Will Not Tolerate a Life Dedicated to "Beating the System"
We're becoming the old Soviet Union. Vote to stop it.

--B.J. Lawson, Rush Baby, Runs in Democrat Gerrymandered NC-4
A safe Democrat seat is in danger of changing hands.

--Cook: Rep. David Price No Longer 'Safe'
• Visit the Campaign Website: Lawson for Congress

--Can Democrats Cheat Enough to Overcome Tuesday's Teanami?
An entire stack of Democrat voter fraud stories.

--What Would the Country Look Like Should Obama's Agenda Prevail?
What we'll look like in ten years if the Democrats win.

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Law Requiring Voters Prove Citizenship Struck Down
» All Signs Say Dingy Harry Reid is Toast in Nevada
» Poll: 76% of Americans Know Someone Out of Work
» Crime-Ridden Baltimore Issues Trans Fat Citation
» Employers Warn: Expect Smaller Paychecks in January
» Democrats Look to Two Comedians to Save Election
» Katie Couric Calls All of You the "Great Unwashed"
» The Alternative to Obamacare is No Obamacare

--Intriguing Audio Sound Bites and El Rushbo's Election Predictions
Obama says his agenda is on the ballot. Vote no.

--Reno Caller on California Libs
Ex-liberal calls from outside of Angle headquarters.

--Post-Election Market Manipulation?
How will the stock market react to the election results?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why does he even bother?

Rush commented on a story today, and I really don't understand why he bothered. It was about people falling in love, and the line Rush repeated was: "One-fifth of a second and you could lose half of what you own."

Presumably what he's saying is that a person falls in love, gets married, and then will get divorced, and if they live in a community property state, half of what they own goes to the divorcing spouse.

Or if you're rich - it doesn't matter where you live...

But gee, aren't trhere actually important things he could have talked about today? Why waste space on this?

Story #8: You Can Lose Half of What You Own in 1/5 Second

RUSH: I think this might explain what happened to some people with Obama. It's from Science Daily from yesterday: "A new meta-analysis study conducted by Syracuse University Professor Stephanie Ortigue is getting attention around the world. The groundbreaking study, 'The Neuroimaging of Love,' reveals falling in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain. Researchers also found falling in love only takes about a fifth of a second.

"Results from Ortigue’s team revealed when a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work in tandem to release euphoria-inducing chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopression. The love feeling also affects sophisticated cognitive functions, such as mental representation, metaphors and body image. The findings beg the question, 'Does the heart fall in love, or the brain?' 'That’s a tricky question always,' says Ortigue. 'I would say the brain, but the heart is also related because the complex concept of love is formed by both bottom-up and top-down processes from the brain to the heart and vice versa. For instance, activation in some parts of the brain can generate stimulations to the heart, butterflies in the stomach.'" This sounds like constipation to me. "'Some symptoms we sometimes feel as a manifestation of the heart may sometimes be coming from the brain.'

"Ortigue is an assistant professor of psychology and an adjunct assistant professor of neurology, both in The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University," which is where Donovan McNabb went to school. I don't know if it has anything to do with it but I just know it so I thought I would throw it in. "Other researchers also found blood levels of nerve growth factor, or NGF, also increased. Those levels were significantly higher in couples who had just fallen in love. This molecule involved plays an important role in the social chemistry of humans, or the phenomenon 'love at first sight.' 'These results confirm love has a scientific basis,' says Ortigue." It also sounds like we're all a bunch of robots. A fifth of a second, Snerdley, think of that. One-fifth of a second and you could lose half of what you own.

Some frightening Obama Quotes

Demonstrating why he should newver talk without a teleprompter... but are enough people paying attention to this?
Obama on bipartisanship:
RUSH: He said, "Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled the economy out, and now the progress has been made, Obama said, 'We can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle-class families up front in the car. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in the back.'" Now, imagine if I were to say that about Obama and the Democrats joining the Republicans.

Obama to Latinos
RUSH: Okay, we're back. Rush Limbaugh, the cutting edge of societal evolution. I want to go back to our first caller and play the audio sound bite from Obama that he was talking about yesterday morning on a syndicated radio show. He received the question, "Mr. President, you were able to pass a health care plan, and you worked a lot for that. Many of my listeners, they haven't seen that the same way you worked for health care for immigration reform. They haven't seen the same effort."

OBAMA: I am president. I'm not king. I can't do these things just by myself. If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's going to be harder, and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.

More from Obama to Latinos
OBAMA: Well, I'm disappointed, too. Many Republicans who used to support comprehensive immigration reform, like John McCain, decided not to support it. The problem that we have is that until I can get some cooperation from the other side, then people who are anti-immigration reform can continue to block it. And that's why this election coming up is so important because we essentially have to say that those who are politicizing the issue, who are supportive of the Arizona law, who talk only about border security but aren't willing to talk about the other aspects of this, who don't support the DREAM Act, who are out there engaging in rhetoric that is divisive and damaging, those aren't the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.

and something Obama said that Rush didn't mention today (or at least, not that I heard him do):
Obama was at a $7,500 a plate fund-raiser in Rhode Island
Mr. Obama spoke for around 20 minutes, touching some of the same points he had made during his earlier visit to the factory in Woonsocket:

* On the economy: The unemployment rate might be 12 or 13 percent today had it not been for administration policies.

* On the mood of the electorate: "It's not surprising that the country is angry and the country is frustrated."

* On GOP strategy: It's "to try to ride that anger for as long as possible."

* On the administration's accomplishment's accomplishments; "I could not be prouder" of a record that includes the largest spending on infrastructure since the Eisenhower administration, the largest increase in national service since the Peace Corps and Wall Street reform.

Mr. Obama concluded his remarks at about 7:30, saying he couldn't stay for dinner.

"I've got to go home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog and scoop the poop," he said.

Voter Fraud?

Rush talked today about voter fraud, and you know, this is one reason why I dislike the electronic ballot. With a paper ballot, you've got proof of the way someone voted. With an electronic ballot - there is no proof. Any hacker can go in and write code to swich votes around.

And really, voter fraud is a disgrace to America. We are this great country, and yet half of our citizens don't vote, have never voted, and whine when things don't go their way.

Anyway, here's part of what Rush had to say:
RUSH: Vote fraud. How does it happen? Yesterday afternoon Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, on her MSNBC show talking to the Democrat Party chairman of Philadelphia, Bob Brady, said, "What is the secret here to turnout? I mean in the old days, in the old machine days, it used to be what we call walking-around money, handing out money to people to get people to the voting place. Is that still the case? What do you do, what's the magic of the Democrat machine in Philadelphia?"

BRADY: We still have the street money, and we're very knowledgeable. And we pay attention, and Democrats surge, we surge toward the end. That's why our polls have been surging upward and once a surge goes upward it doesn't go backwards.

RUSH: Okay, so that's the guy running the show in Philadelphia. Andrea Mitchell realizes here she's just stepped in it, "basically you're buying votes, right, walking-around money." "Oh, yeah, we still have that." She said, "You used to have walking around money." "Oh, no, we still got walking-around money." So Andrea Mitchell, "Well, I gotta fix this," and so here's how she did it.

MITCHELL: One quick question. We talked about street money, walking-around money, whatever you want to call it. What actually does that buy?

BRADY: What the street money does is give our committee people, gives them resources to put people to work on the polls. They go out, they knock on doors, they get their street list, they check who did vote, who didn't vote. It's extremely effective, as it's always been. And it will be extremely effective come Tuesday.

MITCHELL: So just to clarify, you're not buying votes. You're paying people to go out and knock on doors and get people to the polls?

BRADY: We're paying people to work on Election Day, as we always do.

RUSH: Yeah. (laughing) So putting people to work at the polls. Putting people to work means buying cigarettes and buying gift cards, is that what this means? Here's 50 bucks, go to work at the polls. Here's 50 bucks, go knock on doors. Yeah, right. It's all stimulus money from Obama's stash anyway, I mean that's where the walking-around money is coming from, make no doubt.

26 Oct, 2010, Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Democrat Early Cheating Begins
Reports bubble up: Ballots already checked for Dems.

--Don't Let Libs Depress Turnout
Remember what the election is about: Saving America.

--Ruling Class GOP Looks to Get Staff Hooks into Tea Party Newbies
New blood in Washington means new Hill staffers, too.
Red State: What Better Way to Say You “Get It?”
Roll Call: GOP Insiders to Staff Outsiders

--Confused Clifford on Reverse Operation Chaos and "Tyranny"
Your host demonstrates patience unheard of in radio.

--Obama Takes Off Unifier Mask, Tells Latinos to Punish Enemies
Obama commands Latino followers to smite his foes.
NY Times: Obama Vows to Push Amnesty

--Rev. Jackson Stirs the Race Pot
The race business is still alive and well in America.

--Is This the End for George Miller?
Flood the zone with votes and wash out these fossils.

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Arizona Attracts $3.6 Million to Fight Federal Lawsuit
» Professional Protestor Roughed Up in Kentucky
» Rosa DeLauro Helps Blumenthal Woo Women?
» Cook Predicts Eight Seat Republican Senate Pickup
» New Home Prices Weaken Around Country
» Reid Aide Lied to Feds About Sham Marriage
» Sink Could Be Sunk After Cheating at Debate
» You Can Lose Half of What You Own in 1/5 Second

Monday, October 25, 2010

Table of Contents of 1st issue of George, Cont.

Here's the rest of the TOC for the first issue of George. Having got this out of the way, I'll make some comments on some of the articles tomorrow. It's pretty interesting reading political magazines that are more than 15 years old... Al Franken talking about saving the space program, a mayor of Detroit who wasn't Kwame Brown... and so on.

The Art of Politics
The American Spectacle. “No Place Like Home” – Take a look at Russell, Kansas, the prairie town that’s given its country not one but two presidential hopefuls. Photographed by Alex Webb.

Primaries. Checking up on George Washington’s symbolic health…Bal Harbor: the last resort of old guard politicos. .. Is the Standard the next New Republic? … Exit poll: Lamar Alexander makes the tough pop-culture choices

Meet and Greet. “The Capital’s Grand New Parties.” The right place, the right time. Here’s a ticket to D.C.’s new salons and celebrations.

Big Idea. “A Modest Proposal to Reduce the Budget.” A relatively painless way to cut Medicare and save the space program. By Al Franken.

Q&A. “Chris Rants”. A young Iowa legislator explains why Ronald Reagan is God and Republicans are cool.

Q&A. “Dennis Archer.” The mayor of Detroit on jump-starting his city.

Hollywood. “Mrs. Roberts Goes to Haiti” Julia Roberts went to Haiti to do good, but found nothing but trouble. By Manny Howard.

Campaign Confidential. "It's All About Being There For Dick Lugar". The thrill of retail politics in New Hampshire. By Mark Leyner.

How it Works. "Gut Reaction". Inside a dial session, where politicians troll for sound bites. By Greg Sargent and Hugo Lindgren.

Field Report. "The Reluctant Candidate". David Wilhelm thought that a race for the US Senate was just the ticket to bolster his sagging image. He was wrong. By Marc Fisher.

Rules of the Game. "Washington's Biggest Leakers". Don't call the plumbers-Washington wouldn't work without a few leaks. A guide to the biggest mouths in town. By Jennifer Mendelsohn.

The Experts Speak. "It's the Media, Stupid." The Republicans may be the opponents, says former Clinton strategist Paul B egala , but the media are the enemy.

Benefits. "And the Bands Played On." Most celebrity causes come and go, but Comic Relief and Farm Aid are coming up on ten-year anniversaries.

The Players. "Political Animals". William Saletan sizes up the men and women crafting the Republican presidential campaigns.

The Politics of Art
The P.A.C. That Punk Built. Krist Novoselic has gone from punk rocker to political insider, lobbying lawmakers as head of his own political action committee. By Tom Gogola.

Setting Rock in Stone. Can rock-and-roll survive being institutionalized? A look at its history in new books and documentaries. By Eric Weisbard.

All in the First Family. Please welcome The Monroes, the Melrose Place of American politics. By Lisa Kogan.

Kids Will Be Kids. They're small, insecure and broke. So how can Kids terrify a nation? By Jim Carroll.

The Campaign Game. You just know you could do bettert than Rollins or Matalin. Now you can-with the cast of Doonesbury.

How Old Wishy-Washy Won the War. Tom Drury talks to David Herbert Donald, the author of a new biography on Abraham Lincoln.

The Boys in the Books. A preview of the big books on the '96 race. By Maureen O'Brien.

Book Reviews: What Comes Next by James Pinkerton, Big Babies by Michael Kinsley.

If I Were President. Madonna takes a romp through the White House.

Who is Frank Caprio?

Bio from Wikipedia:
Frank T. Caprio (born May 10, 1966) is the General Treasurer of Rhode Island. He was the first political candidate in the United States to use on-demand television to reach voters and one of the first candidates to launch an Internet TV channel for use in a political campaign in 2006.

He is the Democratic Party candidate for the 2010 Rhode Island gubernatorial election.

Education and early career
Frank T. Caprio is the eldest child of Joyce and Judge Frank Caprio, and he is the brother of Rhode Island State Representative David Caprio. He attended public schools in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1984. He earned a degree in economics from Harvard University in 1988. While at Harvard, Caprio was captain of the Harvard baseball team. He was an All-Eastern League outfielder in 1988,[1] and an All-Ivy League defensive back on the championship Harvard football team in 1987.[2] He played against Roger Clemens in a 1987 exhibition game[3] and was scouted by Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Caprio earned a J.D. at Suffolk University Law School in 1991 and passed the bar exams in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

As a lawyer, Caprio focused on corporate, tax, and finance issues. He worked as an in-house counsel at Cookson Group plc, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange.

[edit] Early career
Caprio began his political career while a senior at Harvard, when he was 21 years old. He was elected a delegate from Rhode Island’s Congressional District 2 and attended the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. In 1990, while still attending law school, Caprio was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives for District 14 (Providence). He served two terms as a state representative, traveling by train between classes in Boston each morning and legislative sessions in Providence each afternoon.

Following those two terms, Caprio spent the next 13 years serving in the Rhode Island Senate, where he chaired the Senate Finance Committee in 2001–2002. In this position, Caprio saved an annual $5 million affordable housing program from being cut by the governor in 2001. He then proposed and implemented a plan to expand the $5 million to $10 million through an affordable housing bond. In 2006, he co-sponsored a bill to increase the annual $10 million bond to a $50 million affordable housing fund. The housing fund was approved by voters in 2006.

Caprio also led the debate on phasing out Rhode Island's capital gains tax, which would allow Rhode Islanders to have the nation’s lowest tax rate on their stock and real estate profits. This tax change became law in 2007. He was removed from his chairmanship by Senate leadership in 2002 as a result of his outspoken advocacy of the Separation of Powers amendment. After some of the Senate leaders were removed from office in 2003, the amendment passed the legislature and became law after a statewide vote. In 2004, Caprio was named chair of the Senate Commerce, Housing, and Municipal Government Committee.

General Treasurer of Rhode Island

On November 7, 2006, Caprio, the endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party, was elected General Treasurer of Rhode Island, receiving 73% of the vote. He won by a larger margin than any candidate for a contested statewide office on the Rhode Island ballot in 2006.

Caprio made Rhode Island history as the first candidate in the state to officially announce his candidacy via a multimedia broadcast that included television, Web, on-demand cable television, and radio. This was done, he explained, because he wants his "vision for the treasurer’s office" to be accessible to "as many Rhode Islanders as possible in as comfortable a format as possible."

Caprio was the first political candidate in the United States to use On-Demand Television in a campaign. His television documentary, Caprio, the Biography, was available for free viewing throughout Rhode Island via Cox Communications's On-Demand program. He also launched one of the nation's first campaign internet TV channels. Both the website and his television ads garnered awards.

Investments and the 2008 market crisis
Months before the subprime mortgage crisis began to take a toll on banks, financial services companies and public pension funds, Caprio began to minimize the State’s exposure to asset backed securities. Steps included conducting a competitive bidding process that expanded the number of qualified investment banks underwriting the State's bond transactions, and minimizing the State’s exposure to companies such as Bear Stearns.

As part of his effort to ensure the health of Rhode Island’s pension system, Caprio moved $1 billion from Quality D money market funds (with loose terms that could have allowed for investment in CDOs and SIVs) into Quality A institutional money market funds. This occurred before the subprime crisis began to shake financial markets. At the same time, Caprio moved approximately $150 million in high-yield investments into safe Treasury bonds, before the high yield market began to decline. Rhode Island’s pension fund has maintained its 5-year average on investment returns in spite of the current economic turmoil.

Caprio’s approach to assessing and managing risk has helped ensure that the public funds managed by his office avoid the investment losses now plaguing other states. In the midst of the 2008 market collapse, Caprio established a financial “SWAT team” of Rhode Island’s top financial minds to ensure the State’s protection from AIG’s collapse.

Personal life
Caprio is married to Gabriella (DiGiacinto) Caprio and he has two children, Ashley and Frank II

Obama Continues to Bumble... (Rhode Island)

Democrats (and Republicans) continue their fundraising. It's really puzzling - surely people have better things to do with their money than throw it away on political candidates!
RUSH: We've got the audio sound bite. I really don't quite understand this because Obama's not endorsing anybody. But here's the way it went. This is the sound bite. This morning in Providence on the radio, the anchor, John DePetro -- do you remember DePetro, Snerdley? You remember him from WABC, right? Oh, yeah. John DePetro interviewed the Democrat candidate for governor, Frank Caprio, and DePetro said, "Very exciting day. Obama will be in Rhode Island today, front page of this morning's Providence Journal it says: 'Obama won't endorse Caprio during the Rhode Island visit.'"

CAPRIO: He could take his endorsement and really shove it. We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back, and President Obama didn't even do a flyover of Rhode Island like President Bush did when New Orleans had their problems. He ignored us and now he's coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine. So what I'm saying to President Obama very clearly is I'll wear as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn't want to endorse me as a Democrat.

RUSH: That's a Democrat speaking, the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Rhode Island, Frank Caprio. Not to be confused with Frank DiCapra. You have to understand now that this is really maladroit on the part of the White House. This is not skillful. To go into Rhode Island and not endorse anybody, go in there and raise money, what are you going for? I mean you're going in there hoping people win, right, you're campaigning for people that run for Congress, but you don't even mention the guy running for governor? And so the gubernatorial candidate: "He can take his endorsement and really shove it. We had one of the worst floods in the history of the US a few months back, he didn't even fly over. He ignored us and now he's come into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine." Mr. Caprio, I hate to tell you this, and although Obama doesn't know it, he's doing you a favor by not endorsing you.

You know, Obama is running around saying Republicans want to undo his reforms. That is an endorsement for every Republican that Obama's running against. Everybody wants Obama's reforms undone except about 25% of the country. So Obama's running, (imitating Obama) "Yeah, the Republicans, why, they want to undo my great work." Hurray! Vote Republican! That's the reaction to that. So, Mr. Caprio, while it may have ticked you off and you look at it as a sign of disrespect, at the end of the day it's a net plus for you that Obama did not endorse you. He's doing you a favor. You really have to be amazed at the wonderful eloquence of the Democrats. "He can take his endorsement and shove it."

CBO Confirms: Obamacare Discourages Work

This was pretty interesting..

It's incredible...I've been keeping track of England for the last twenty years - I was there back then and it was a great country - but jokes have been made about their National Health Service for decades. And yet the Dems are trying to install that here?

Story #6: CBO Confirms: Obamacare Discourages Work

RUSH: From, their blog, "CBO Confirms ObamaCare Discourages Work." Lo and behold! "Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf said Friday that ObamaCare includes work disincentives likely to shrink the amount of labor used in the economy." Now they tell us. Who knew? We knew. You knew. That's why you are part of the over 60% of the American people who did not want this health care bill passed and signed into law. That's why you and I are part of the over 60% of the people who want it repealed. Only now, after the fact, are all the truths coming out in the mainstream media. "Obamacare Might Result in Loss of Employer Coverage." Obamacare "discourages work" because "the expansion of Medicaid and new health insurance subsidies will reduce the amount of labor that workers choose to supply" because they will not need to work, they will not need to have a job in order to get health insurance as a benefit. It's that simple. And it's not good.

Who is Dee Dee Myers?

Rush had this to say today:
RUSH: Dee Dee Myers was in Fairfield, Connecticut, last Wednesday night at Fairfield University. There was a forum there on the 2010 midterm elections. By the way, it's not looking good in that Senate race for Blumenthal. What's his first name? I can't remember his first... (interruption) Richard, yeah. Dick Blumenthal. Richard. (Dick Blumenthal impression) "I'm proud of my service. I am proud of the time I spent in Vietnam. I'm proud of my service." I saw the guy over the weekend He looks like a skeleton with skin. You don't trust people like that. "I'm prude of my service." He's up nine points over Linda McCann according to the latest polls and it's about the same in California with Moonbeam over Meg Whitman.

So a lot of people are saying, "Well, Rush, how big is this victory going to be? If we can't beat the Democrats in this year in California, as far gone as California is, if we can't beat somebody like Jerry Brown..." Those two races are not the test. Those two races are not the test and yet they're the ones, if you read the news today, those are the two races that are being highlighted by the media as evidence here that this Republican landslide, this onslaught is not going to be exactly what it is shaking out to be. So they're running conflicting stories, all designed to get you spinning and depressed and calling here and saying, "Rush, why are the Republicans doing this?" and they're setting up a big story next Wednesday about how: "Wow, you know what? The Republicans, yeah, they won, but not nearly, not nearly like everybody thought. The Tea Party, ho-hum.

Here's her biography from Wikipedia:
Dee Dee Myers (born Margaret Jane Myers, September 1, 1961), served as White House Press Secretary for the first two years of the Clinton administration, from January 20, 1993 to December 22, 1994. She was born in Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

Professional life
Myers holds the distinction of being the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary, as well as being the second-youngest press secretary.

After leaving the White House, Myers was a frequent political commentator on cable and television networks and an original consultant to the prizewinning NBC series The West Wing. She is currently a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair; an analyst for CBS News; popular lecturer on politics, the media and women's issues; and author of the New York Times best selling book Why Women Should Rule the World.

Personal life
Myers is a graduate of William S. Hart High School in California and Santa Clara University.

Myers currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Todd Purdum, and their two children. She is the National Editor of Vanity Fair and the former Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

In 1995 Myers was arrested on a DUI charge and was said to have been driving on the wrong side of the road, though charges were eventually dropped.

Popular culture
The character of C. J. Cregg (played by Allison Janney) on The West Wing was partially inspired by Myers. She is also thought to be the basis for the character of Daisy Green in the novel and film Primary Colors.

Why Women Should Rule the World: A Memoir, 2008. ISBN 0061140406.

25 Occt, 2010, Monday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Don't Go Wobbly This Week
State-Run Media attempts to seduce GOP leadership.
Hill: Boehner Welcomes Common Ground
NYT: Obama’s Playbook After Nov. 2
Beast: White House Goes Into Bunker Mode
WSJ: Key Tax Breaks, Deductions at Risk

--Operation Reverse Chaos Stack
Operation Reverse Chaos is in full swing out there.

--Dee Dee Myers Has Rush on Brain
When was the last time we mentioned her on this show?

--RI Democrat to Obama: Shove It!
Obama won't endorse the Dem candidate for governor.

--WV Governor Joe Manchin Fooled by Obamacare (and a US Flag Pin?)
The Democrats are cracking up in West Virginia.

--This Isn't JFK's Democrat Party
They've been taken over completely by radical leftists.
Poll: One-Third May Still Switch Candidates

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Clinton, Obama Fail to Stop Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
» Peter Baker: Losing Could be Good for Obama
» New Republic: GOP Win Will Lead to Impeachment
» AP Discovers the Real Objective of Obamacare
» Why is America Only Mostly Free?
» CBO Confirms: Obamacare Discourages Work

--Mary: Thank God for You, Rush
But, remember, God won't win an election for you.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Portland, Maine may give non-US citzens the vote

Portland, Maine, weighs letting noncitizens vote
Oct 23, 11:32 AM (ET)


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Like his neighbors, Claude Rwaganje pays taxes on his income and taxes on his cars. His children have gone to Portland's public schools. He's interested in the workings of Maine's largest city, which he has called home for 13 years.

There's one vital difference, though: Rwaganje isn't a U.S. citizen and isn't allowed to vote on those taxes or on school issues. That may soon change.

Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it.

Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it's only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said.

"We have immigrants who are playing key roles in different issues of this country, but they don't get the right to vote," said Rwaganje, 40, who moved to the U.S. because of political strife in his native Congo and runs a nonprofit that offers financial advice to immigrants.

Opponents of the measure say immigrants already have an avenue to cast ballots - by becoming citizens. Allowing noncitizens to vote dilutes the meaning of citizenship, they say, adding that it could lead to fraud and unfairly sway elections.

"My primary objection is I don't think it is right, I don't think it is just, I don't think it is fair," Portland resident Barbara Campbell Harvey said.

In San Francisco, a ballot question Nov. 2 will ask voters whether they want to allow noncitizens to vote in school board elections if they are the parents, legal guardians or caregivers of children in the school system.

Noncitizens are allowed to vote in school board elections in Chicago and in municipal elections in half a dozen towns in Maryland, said Ron Hayduk, a professor at the City University of New York and author of "Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States."

New York City allowed noncitizens to vote in community school board elections until 2003, when the school board system was reorganized, and several municipalities in Massachusetts have approved allowing it but don't yet have the required approval from the Legislature, he said.

The Maine ballot questions asks whether legal immigrants who are city residents but not U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote in municipal elections. If the measure passes, noncitizens would be able to cast ballots in school board, city council and school budget elections, as well as other local issues, but not on federal or statewide matters.

The Maine League of Young Voters, which spearheaded the drive to force the question on the ballot, estimates there are 5,000 to 7,500 immigrants in Portland, roughly half of whom are not U.S. citizens. They come from more than 100 countries, with the two largest groups from Somalia and Latin America.

On a recent day in a small lunchroom at the Al-Amin Halal Market, a group of Somali men ate lunch and talked in their native language. A sign advertised the day's offerings, including hilib ari (goat), bariis (rice) and baasto (spaghetti).

Abdirizak Daud, 40, moved to Minneapolis 18 years ago before coming to Portland in 2006. He hasn't been able to find a job. Some of his nine children have attended Portland schools, and he'd like to have a say in who's looking over the school system and the city, he said.

But between his limited English and the financial demands, Daud hasn't been able to become a citizen.

"I like the Democrats. I want to vote for Democrats, but I don't have citizenship," he said.

To become a citizen, immigrants must be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, pass tests on English and U.S. history and government, and swear allegiance to the United States.

Supporters of Portland's ballot measure say the process is cumbersome, time-consuming and costly. The filing fee and fingerprinting costs alone are $675, and many immigrants spend hundreds of dollars more on English and civics classes and for a lawyer to help them through the process.

Allowing noncitizens to vote fits with basic democratic principles, Hayduk said.

Historically, 40 states allowed noncitizens to vote going back to 1776, but an anti-immigrant backlash in the late 1800s and early 1900s resulted in laws that eliminated their voting rights by 1926, Hayduk said.

"We look back in history and we say that was a bad thing that we didn't allow African-Americans to vote, or we didn't allow half the population, women, to vote, or we didn't allow younger people to vote," he said. "We've modified our election laws to become more inclusive to incorporate more members of society."

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington, D.C., group that advocates tougher immigration enforcement, says voting is a privilege and should be limited to citizens.

"People who are legal immigrants to the United States after a five-year waiting period can become citizens and become enfranchised," spokesman Ira Mehlman said. "But until then, being here as a legal immigrant is a conditional agreement, sort of like a trial period. You have to demonstrate you are the type of person we would want to have as a citizen, then you can become a citizen and vote."

Table of contents, of 1st issue of George (Part one)

Here's the first part of the Table of Contents of George.

The Next American Revolution is Now, by Caleb Carr - "Now more than ever, politics is the great American pastime"

The Wild One, by Patrick J. Kliger - "Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell bolted from the Democrats to join the GOP, but no one knows where he's headed next-not even Campbell"

Sister Act, by Mim Udovitch - "Candace Gingrich-Newt's lesbian half-sister-has her act together, and she's taking it on the road."

The War on Time Warner, by Paul Alexander - "How an unlikely alliance of a civil rights activist, a conservative cultural watchdog and a presidential contender took on Time Warner over gangsta rap."

Snapped! "Photographer David Kennerly has made a career out of catching Washington at its most revealing moments. His new book, PhotoOp, shows just how candid a camera can be."

The Heather REport, by Adam Platt - "Reared in a proper world of Park Avenue conservatism, Heather Higgins is now kicking up her heels among the Third Wave crowd in Newt's Washington. Meet the right's new policy diva.

George Wallace, interviewed by John Kennedy jr. -- "Burdened by age and ever-present pain from a crippling assassination attempt, the country's most famous former segregationist talks to John Kennedy about race and redemption.

The Freeh World, by Robert Draper -- "Louis Freeh has shaped up the Federal Bureau of Investigation and paved the way for the agency's expansion at home and abroad. But a summer of government probes has revived a familiar concern: Can the FBI be trusted?

Mother Teresa, by Stephen Roderick -- "Widow of one senator and now the wife of another, Teresa Heinz has $675 million and a passion to change the world.

Fast Times at Congress High, by Chris Matthews -- "The floor of the House of Representatives looks like a somber and grown-up place. Look a little closer, however, and you'll see another familiar institution: the high school cafeteria.

Two GOP Guys Sitting Around Talking -- "John Perry Barlow may belong to the same party as Newt Gingrich, but the unrepentant hippie doesn't want to live by the Speaker's traditional values. A conversation about cyberspace, censorship and what it means to be civilized."

To TEll the Truth -- "Why is Washington the capital of crimes against fashion? The fashion police - supermodel CIdny Crawford and designer Isaac Mizrahi - report for duty.

George "Not just politics as usual."

I purchased the first issue of George from Ebay a few days ago. It was a magazine founded by John Kennedy JR. , with its debut issue in October/November 1995, and lasted until shortly after his death.
George was a glossy monthly magazine centered on the theme of politics-as-lifestyle co-founded by John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Michael J. Berman with publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. in New York City in September, 1995. Its tagline was "Not Just Politics as Usual." It was published 1995-2001.

For the debut issue, creative director Matt Berman conceived a cover which received a great deal of attention for its image of Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington photographed by the well-known Herb Ritts.

George departed from the format of traditional political publications, whose audience primarily comprised people in or around the political world. The general template for George was similar to magazines such as Esquire or Vanity Fair. The consistent underlying theme was to marry the themes of celebrity and media with the subject of politics in such a way that the general public would find political news and discourse about politics more interesting to read.

When it first appeared, George attracted great interest, and for a brief period had the largest circulation of any political magazine in the nation, partly due to the celebrity status of Kennedy, but it soon began losing money. Kennedy later complained that the magazine was not taken seriously in the publishing world.

After Kennedy was killed in an air crash with his wife and sister-in-law on July 16, 1999, the magazine was bought out by Hachette Filipacchi Magazines and continued for over a year, with Frank Lalli as editor-in-chief. With falling advertising sales,the magazine ceased publication in early 2001.

Critics called George "the political magazine for people who don't understand politics," assailing it for "stripping any and all discussion of political issues from its coverage of politics." In a feature in its final issue, Spy magazine asserted that the magazine's premise was flawed; there was no real convergence of politics and celebrity lifestyles.

On October 11, 2005, Harvard University, via their Kennedy School of Government, held a panel discussion entitled "Not Just Politics as Usual," which commemorated the tenth anniversary of the magazine's launch. The panel was moderated by Tom Brokaw and featured appearances by other journalists.

In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Revenge of the Creature, Crow T. Robot is seen reading an issue of George.

John F. Kennedy Jr. appeared as one of Murphy Brown's many secretaries on the TV series of the same name, and gave her a copy of George with a mock-up of Murphy on the cover and a year subscription as a wedding present (despite learning before giving the present that the wedding had been called off), to which she was less than receptive.

In an unexplored plot point of the pilot episode of The West Wing, the 'current' issue of George features fictional Deputy Chief-of-Staff Josh Lyman on the cover. You can see the magazine on his desk during his character introduction. Later in the episode he signs the cover of the magazine for a female Florida State University student who approaches him in a diner.

On each issue's cover was hidden a tiny silhouetted head of George Washington as it appears on the US quarter—a nod, perhaps, to the tiny rabbit head that graces the cover of each issue of Playboy.

Notable contributorsAnn Coulter
Alfonse D'Amato
Al Franken
Stephen Glass
Norman Mailer
Steve Miller
Elizabeth Mitchell
W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
Naomi Wolf

Friday, October 22, 2010

Since when do people earning $59,000 a year need food stamps?

I don't know about you, but to me a person or family that makes $53,000 is "middle class" and doesn't need foodstamps. They should be able to afford all the food they want. I have no objection to the legitimate poor needing food stamps - use the program until you get a good education and then a good job - but to continue taking welfare when they don't need to... they should be ashamed of themselves.

More working families getting government food aid
HONOLULU – Lillie Gonzales does whatever it takes to provide for three ravenous sons who live under her roof. She grows her own vegetables at home on Kauai, runs her own small business and like a record 42 million other Americans, she relies on food stamps.

Gonzales and her husband consistently qualify for food stamps now that Hawaii and other states are quietly expanding eligibility and offering the benefit to more working, moderate income families.

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed by The Associated Press shows that 30 states have adopted rules making it easier to qualify for food stamps since 2007. In all, 38 states have loosened eligibility standards.

Hawaii has gone farther than most, allowing a family like Gonzales' to earn up to $59,328 and still get food stamps.

Prior to an Oct. 1 increase, the income eligibility limit for a Hawaii family of five was $38,568 a year.

"If I didn't have food stamps, I would be buying white rice and Spam every day," said Gonzales, whose Island Angels business makes Hawaiian-style fabric angel ornaments, quilts, aprons and purses.

Eligibility for food stamps varies from state to state, with the 11 most generous states allowing families to apply if their gross income is less than double the federal poverty line of $22,050 for a family of four on the U.S. mainland. The threshold is higher in Alaska and Hawaii.

With more than 1 in 8 Americans now on food stamps, participation in the program has jumped about 70 percent from 26 million in May 2007, while the nation's unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent to 9.2 percent through September of this year.

"We've seen a huge increase in participation due to the economic downturn," said Jean Daniel, a spokeswoman for the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. "That's the way this program was designed."

In addition to helping alleviate economic pressures, many states embrace the popularity of food stamps because their cost — $50 billion last year — is paid entirely by the federal government. States are only responsible for paying half of their programs' administrative costs.

Food stamps have been blasted by some Republicans in this midterm election season as just another federal entitlement program, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich framing the vote as a choice between "the party of food stamps" and Republican policies that create jobs.

Participants in the food stamp program, technically called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, receive a per person average of $133 per month to buy staples including milk, bread and vegetables.

Shortly after Hawaii announced it was raising its eligibility limits starting this month, three carloads of 10 seniors drove to the Kauai Independent Food Bank to ask if they qualified. Nine of them did, said Judy Lenthall, executive director for the food bank, which helps people apply for food stamps.

"We saw an immediate and overwhelmingly wonderful response," Lenthall said. "It surprised us how fast it's spreading."

States that have relaxed food stamp eligibility did so by moving to a system where applicants could qualify based on their income, and their other assets such as real estate, vehicles and savings accounts could be ignored.

Basing food stamps on income alone allows the newly unemployed and the elderly to seek government food aid without having to first sell their property or exhaust every dollar they've earned, said Sue McGinn, director of the food stamp program in Colorado, which will expand eligibility beginning in March.

"They won't have to wipe out their savings to apply for benefits," McGinn said.

Many of these states also raised income limits, although applicants still have to show they're essentially living at the poverty line after accounting for allowable deductions, including elder medical expenses and child support.

"It helps moderate and low-income people who are struggling," said Stacy Dean of the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "They're doing everything we want: they're working, paying all their bills, taking care of their kids, and they still don't have enough money at the end of the month to put food on the table."

Since 2000, the only states that haven't enacted the lower food stamp eligibility requirements are Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.

In Hawaii, where everything from milk to gasoline is typically the highest in the nation, the changes are welcomed by Gonzales and others.

"As long as my kids have good food, that's all I care about," Gonzales said. "It makes a tremendous difference."

Football isn't rocket science

No, I've never played football, but I've watched it for 40 years (I'm 49) and I know that football players, as a whole, aren't stupid. (Yes, occasionally there's one who is solid mahogany from the neck up, but by no means all.)

That's why we don't get players speared in every game. We don't get dirty hits in every game. Players already know what's legal and what's not, and they know how to avoid helmet to helmet contact.

(And yes, sometimes it seems like a player just has to breathe on a quarterback to get called for a roughing the passer penalty, and yes, that's a fault that should be addressed.

The solution? Remove their facemasks. (I'd also support calling for a weight limit. Nobody over 300 pounds should be allowed to play. )

Anyway, Rush was ridiculing the new rules today - or rather the new institution of fines for violation of the rules, and I really do think he's off base. Yes, it's football which is a "guy's sport" which is guy's walking off the field all the time covered in blood - either their own or other people's.

But come on. There are "dirty players" and there should be no room in the game for them.

Anyway, here's what Rush had to say.

The NFL has over-reacted, as any PC bunch of people would, with these three or four hits that happened last Sunday. So what I'm going to be looking for on Sunday is who gets fined, who gets thrown out of the game, who gets suspended from the game because of illegal hits. These things happen in split seconds, and I want to see this. I want to see how this is gonna come down. I mean, everybody from the league on down... and, in fact, the players are the only ones not on board. The people who play the game are saying, “What? You're turning us into a bunch of wusses.” Of course, the know-it-all media is saying, “Well, you don't know what's good for you. We media, we're socially conscious; we're worried about your brains.” The players are saying, “What brains? If we had any brains we wouldn't be playing!”

Now, the league has put out a video, an instructional video for every team. Every team has had to play this video to illustrate what is a legal hit and what's an illegal hit, what's going to be a fined hit, finable hit, what's going to be a hit to be thrown out of the game, get you fined and this sort of stuff. And the Minnesota Vikings have reacted to it like pretty much any other group of employees made to watch a video put together by management. They've got a little chalkboard here, or white board with ink on it, and they've got stick figures, one stick figure flying into another stick figure and another stick figure flying into another stick figure. The first stick figure, an arrow drawn to it: “QB or receiver that makes over $10 million, illegal.” “Punter or anybody else we don't give a damn about, legal.” So what the Vikings are saying, look, if you take the head off a quarterback legal or illegally we're gonna kick you out of the game. If you decapitate a punter, we don't care. A rookie, no big deal. But a quarterback or somebody making over ten million… that's how the Vikings are looking at this. And then underneath all that it says, "Remember, we at the league office are totally concerned about integrity. Seriously, no really, we totally are." (laughing) Folks, the PC crowd's gotten hold of the NFL now. There are going to be -- you watch -- there are going to be endless flags because it's all gonna come down to the refs. All eyes are going to be on the refs. Now lives are at stake. That's how they've ramped this up. Lives are at stake on every NFL gridiron, and on whose shoulders will it fall now to save lives? The refs.

Now, before this week, the NFL used to market videos of their greatest hits. ESPN used to have a video of the biggest, most crunching, deadly hits of the week. Even this week, while the NFL was fining James Harrison of the Steelers for $75,000 for two hits, they were selling pictures of those hits on their website for anywhere between $19.95 and 250 bucks until somebody pointed out, “Hey, wait a minute, you know, you're fining this guy, and you're selling the picture.” “Oh, yeah, that's right.” So they had to take down the pictures. No longer are they for sale. So that's what I'm going to be watching. To hell with who wins. I'm going to be watching to see how many players are gonna adjust the way they play versus how many refs are gonna start calling penalties on stuff that otherwise wouldn't be called.

What is Operation Reverse Chaos?

Back when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were running to get on the Presidential ballot, Rush instituted Operation Chaos, advising Republicans to register as Democrats and vote for Hillary, in an effort to extend Hillary's run so more info could be found out and disseminated about Obama. (But despite all that was known about him...the guy still got elected...)

Now Rush wants to turn around that process...wants all those Democrats who want Hillary on the ticket in 2012 to not vote during these mid-terms.
RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, seriously, it is time for election strategy. Everybody sits around and waits for the predictable October Surprise. What will it be? Who will launch it, who will be the target, what will be the objective of the October Surprise? I would like to be the October Surprise. I would like to announce the October Surprise today: Reverse Operation Chaos. You remember the original Operation Chaos was at the end of the Democrat primaries, we'd already had our nominee, McCain was already chosen. Our defeat was sealed. So we wanted the Democrat primary to extend, to go on and on and on, A, so we would have some fun, B, to keep my audience engaged, getting them involved in it, and, C, to try to expose Obama to as many people as possible to counter the notion he was the messiah. So Operation Chaos suggested in remaining primary states that Republicans register in those states, since our primary was done, Republicans re-register as Democrats and vote for Mrs. Clinton to extend the Democrat primary. So we were given credit. Operation Chaos was given credit for Hillary's narrow squeak of a win in Indiana and for her keeping it close in Texas and for making Pennsylvania relevant. So it's time today, ladies and gentlemen, for I, me, El Rushbo, to announce Reverse Operation Chaos.

Here it is. Any Democrat -- and there are probably a lot of you, and you know who you are, and I know and you know that you are listening -- any Democrat who believes that Hillary Clinton would make a far better president that Barack Obama will, anybody who believes that Hillary Clinton would stand a much better chance of beating the Republicans in a race for the White House in 2012, if any of you Democrats believe that Hillary Clinton got cheated in the 2008 primaries, you boys and girls at HillBuzz, I'm thinking of you people. I mean you were the first to realize the fraud that Obama was. Hillary was your gal. Is she still? There's still that website, HillBuzz, still out there. These guys are in Chicago. So if you think Hillary would have a better time beating the Republican nominee, whoever it is in 2012; if you believe that Hillary would make a better president than Barack Obama or anybody that the Republicans nominate, if you believe, as a Democrat, that Hillary Clinton got screwed, got shafted during the 2008 primaries; if you believe that Barack Obama will be responsible for an historic and humiliating loss of congressional and Senate seats and thus power in November; if Barack Obama is sufficiently embarrassed, Hillary Clinton will be seen as the Democrats' best hope of holding onto the White House in 2012 and 2016, therefore, if you believe, as Democrats, that the only way out of this mess… here, look at what you got! You're about to lose it. You had 60 seats in the Senate; you had a supermajority in the House; you had the White House; you had a messiah. And look what's happened. Your party is singularly being destroyed, and the Republicans don't even have a nominee. Your party is being destroyed, and the Republicans are still talking about wanting to work with Obama.

Darrell Issa is out there saying so today, and Mitch McConnell is out there saying so today. They want to work with the president. You have a golden opportunity to stop, to stave off what could be and what all the pollster experts are predicting to be a Democrat wipeout. But you have to be forward thinking. There’s nothing you can do about what's going to happen in ten days, 11 days. But depending on what you do in ten or 11 days, you could be a major factor in your party's rebound. Do you realize how incredible this is to have to talk now about the Democrat Party needing to rebound, after just 20 months, in total almost totalitarian power? How do you bring this about? Well, it's Reverse Operation Chaos. Hillary Clinton Democrats, stay home next Tuesday. Hillary Democrats do not go to the polls, they do not vote, they do not vote fraud, they do not cheat, they do not interrupt the election at all. They do not accept free rides to the polling places by union thugs. Speak truth to power with your silence and your sedentary nature on Tuesday. Stay home. Do not vote. Leave Obama on an island all by himself, the island of Democrat dissolution. After all, he has brought it about single-handedly.

22 Oct, 2010, Friday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Reverse Operation Chaos in 2010: Clinton Democrats Must Stay Home
October Surprise: A major EIB Network announcement.

--Don't Believe the State-Run Polls
They'll always tell you the race is tightening. Ignore them.

--Zach, Thirteen-Year-Old Obama Fan
He's been taught so many falsehoods about our country.

--A Shout Out to Afghanistan Marines
Marine mom says troops are listening to this program.

--Dramatic Reading of a Hilariously Nonsensical David Brooks Column
Read this thing and you'll swear you've been drinking.
David Brooks, NY Times: The Flock Comedies

--Dingy Harry Steals Obama's Line: I Saved the World from Depression
Reid defends his manhood and his Ritz-Carlton suite.
"But For Me, We'd Be in Worldwide Depression"

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Theme: How's that Hope & Change workin' for ya?

--The Blue Dog Democrat Myth
Scratch the belly of a Blue Dog and you'll see red.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Should Rush refuse to air ads for Democrat politicies?

A caller informed Rush today that a Health and Human services ad had run in the first hour of his program, touting Obamacare.
RUSH: Well, guess what? It turns out, ladies and gentlemen, that the propaganda campaign, Department of Health and Human Services, is to spend 30, what, million, billion dollars of your money to explain the health care debacle actually has happened. They have, in fact, unbeknownst to me, purchased time on this program. During the commercial breaks I listen to music. I try to keep myself up and in a good mood. I've been listening to Telstar by The Tornadoes the past couple days. I go back and forth with various tunes. I'm obsessive with these things. So I missed this. Here it is.

ANNOUNCER: Hi. I'm Diane Keradue. I'm senior Medicare patrol volunteer. Our program sponsored by Medicare and the US Department of Health and Human Services helps seniors learn to protect themselves from Medicare frauds and scams. For instance, if you're a Medicare beneficiary and you're approached with an offer of free medical equipment or services, watch out. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Call 1-800 Medicare to report it, and go to to find lots of useful tips and important information about new fraud-fighting tools that Medicare now has thanks to the new health care law, new resources to help law enforcement crack down on criminals and return taxpayer dollars to the Medicare trust funds and how you can get involved in the fight against fraud. Go to and help make Medicare stronger for all of us. A message from Medicare and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

RUSH: I.e., from Obama. So I'm kinda torn here. We're getting their money, somewhat coming back to me, some of it's yours. (interruption) Well, our editorial policy doesn't have anything to say about this. We took money from CNN, you know, for Spitzer and the Ditzer. Your government is telling you, your government, your government, the Obama regime is saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it is," (laughing) from this bunch.

So he really didn't answer the question.

Indeed, one of the advertisers on his program really annoys me, and that is the Credit Relief people. Well, I'm blanking on their name, but they're the ones who say, "We have powerful secrets the credit card companies don't want you to know."

I've recently moved to Cheyenne and heard a more egregious one a couple of days ago - I don't know if it airs in other cities. But it was casting the credit card companies in as dark a light as possible. "The credit card companies have kept you in debt for years, fight back," and so on.

In other words, it's not the fault of the individual credit card holder that he or she has maxed out their balance and can't pay their bills. Oh, no, it's those mean credit card companies who charge such high interest.

(Indeed, now, on my credit card statement, I've got a couple of paragraphs that informs me how much time it will take me to pay off my bill if I pay only the minimum balance each month. But if I pay "this much" extra each month, or even "this much" extra, my bill will go down by this much and I'll save this much money.

So kind of them to let me know that. But then, unfortunately, there's probably quite a lot of the population to whom that is news.

When Should People Be Afraid of Other People?

Juan Williams was fired by NPR the other day, because he dared to say on air that when a person in Muslim garb got onto an airplane with him, he was afraid.

As far as I'm concerned - and probably as far as 90% of the rest of the country is concerned, although perhaps 80% of them won't admit it - he's only making sense.

The 9/11 bombers proved that our airplane security sucked. I certainly feel no safer today than I did back then. If someone in Muslim garb got on the same plane as me, I'd feel a bit nervous. I wouldn't act on it, merely close my eyes and say, "Well, I've had a good life, so que sera, sera" but I certainly would be aware of it.

Is this a "bigoted" feeling? Irrational? Of course not. Sure, there have been blond-haired, blue eyed terrorists and psycho killers. (Timothy McVeigh is the one that everybody brings up.) But 90% of all terrorists have been Muslim. Therefore, it is only common sense to be a bit wary of Muslims. If innocent Muslims feel a bit stressed out by this suspicion of them...don't blame the US! Blame the radical Muslims/terrorists who have caused it all, not to mention their own Koran.

But what about other people that we should be afraid of?

A white woman walking down the street sees a bunch of young black guys milling on the street ahead of her. Is she racist if she crosses to the other side of the street, or if she turns and walks in the other direction?

Not necessarily. If you check crime statistics, crimes committed by blacks are more prevalent than those by whites. In addition, all you have to do is read the papers to know that many blacks dislike white people. So, it's only common sense that she turn and walk in the other direction. (Crossing the street does nothing. If they contemplate evil, they'll only follow her.)

THat is not to say that the opposite does not hold true. If a black woman walking down the street sees a bunch of white guys in front of her, and she crossed the street or turns and walks in the other direction, is she racist? Not necessarily.

Since there are racists of every color, not to mention violent thugs of every color, she may well feel that as a black woman walking past a bunch of white guys (all depends on their age, income level, etc., as with the example of white woman/black crowd, above) would not be a safe thing to do.

Sometimes, citing these things as evidence of racism are just comparing apples and oranges.

There's a video on youtube of a black guy dressed in a business suit getting into an elevator and the single white woman within moves into a corner and puts both hands on her purse. Oh, so racist!

In real life, of ocurse, women of all colors are warned not to stay alone in an elevator with a man, of any color.

(And considering that violent crimes by women are rising, I'd think a single man, or woman, riding alone in an elevator into which a gang of young girls or tattooed women enter, would be dangerous as well.)

The streets aren't safe for anybody, really, regardless of their color. A tragedy that American society should address.