06 July 2010

Remember in November

Thought this was worth passing along.

17 May 2010

There is No Radical Islam

Nothing to see here, folks. No such thing as radical Islam. Just keep on moving.

Hoooowee! Greenbow, Alabama!

If you wouldn't vote for this guy, you're probably a communist. Or gay. Or a gay communist. Seriously.

h/t: Jawa

Regulate the Internet? That's Crazy!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of Glenn Beck. Yeah, he's kinda crazy and a little fat. But uses a strategy similar to the military's formula for Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace (IPB) when analyzing his target material. Part of that strategy includes providing a least likely scenario, a most likely scenario, and a most dangerous scenario. Beck, unlike just about everyone else, isn't afraid to give us his "black swan" (and he is pretty clear when he's speaking about worst case scenarios vs. most likely scenarios). One of those black swans that Beck identified last year was Obama's regulatory Czar, Cass Sunstein. When Glenn stated that Sunstein intended to regulate the internet, Beck was immediately vilified as a fear-monger by the liberal media, including our beloved Media Matters. So was he right? You make the call.

28 April 2010

Best Yahoo comment of the week

Texas Governor Rick Perry shot a coyote while out on a jog with his Labrador last February. The coyote appeared out of a bush and the governor shot him with a .380 loaded with hollow points (as a side note, the fact that he was using hollow points shouldn't be surprising as the .380 is quite a small round). Among the many responses of cheers (those with a brain) and jeers (those who really believe Obama is actually qualified to be president) was this gem:

Obama would have requested UN intervention, appointed a coyote czar and requested a billion dollars to solve the problem. The coyote would have said "burp" as it finished eating the dog. - Sugar's Dad.

19 April 2010

On the Bright Side...

...at least I don't live in the EU.
The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

"Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15.

The plan -- just who gets to enjoy the travel package has yet to be determined -- would see taxpayers footing some of the vacation bill for seniors, youths between the ages of 18 and 25, disabled people, and families facing "difficult social, financial or personal" circumstances. The disabled and elderly can also be accompanied by one other person. The EU and its taxpayers are slated to fund 30% of the cost of these tours, which could range from youth exploring abandoned factories and power plants in Manchester to retirees taking discount trips to Madrid, all in the name of cultural appreciation.

"The commission is literally considering paying people to go on holiday," Mats Persson, of pro-reform think-tank Open Europe, told Britain's News of the World. "In this economic climate, it's astonishing that the EU wants to bribe people with cheap holidays."
I don't even know where to go with this one. Obi-one better get crackin' if he intends to compete with the socialist quagmires in the EU.

Eco-Nuts Finally Catching On?

It's about freaking time.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters say global warming is caused by long-term planetary trends, while only 33% blame human activity. These results are identical to those found last month.
Apparently the poll did not include members of the oh-so-scientific Project on Climate Science.
Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced ... Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases.
Is it any wonder that 80% of Americans distrust the federal government when they are so clearly disconnected from reality? The coalition group issued this statement in advance of a report set to be released to the UN on 22 April (Earth Day). I would just like to refer to some very inconvenient data that I mentioned last year.

Never mind that the 40 years before that were comprised of global cooling, which were preceded by 40 years of global warming. So, in honor of Earth Day this week, let's listen to Charlton Heston weigh in on the global warming debate. Again, taken from a previous post.

12 April 2010

O Approval Hits New Low

Whatever “bounce” Obama got from the passage of ObamaCARE has vanished in a big way. Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11 (including 43% among independents), the lowest weekly average recorded by Gallup for the Obamanation.

In historical context, Obama’s job approval rating is slightly below where Bill Clinton was in April 1994, his second year in office, but roughly equal to Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in April 1982. Both of these presidents’ political parties lost substantial numbers of House seats in the midterm elections in their second years, a historical fact that does not bode well for the Democratic Party in this fall’s elections if Obama’s ratings stay at their current level or go lower.

06 April 2010

Congressman Invents New Speed Reading Course!

Yes, dear friend, you too can read 337.5 pages per hour (5.625 pages per minute), which is exactly how fast you'd have to read in order to read the new ~2700 page health care bill 3 times in one day, like our dear friend, Congressman Phil Hare. Never mind the fact that he doesn't care about the Constitutionality of the bill...

24 March 2010

Yes, My Dear Jimmie, Sadly We Do.

Via Critical Bias:

Yeah, the billboard is real. And you laughed when you saw it. You know exactly why you laughed. Lord knows we need a good laugh after the theft of our liberty today.

If you happen to be one of those that ‘don’t get it’, well, nothing can be written to explain it to you.

Obviously this billboard was put into motion quite some time ago. It is just coincidence that this morning President Barack Obama signed into law his healthcare ‘reform’ when we received word our billboard went up. It almost seems poetic.

Originally, we had 2 articles planned that were tied to this billboard (found here and here). Due to this weekend’s vote, and today’s signing of the ‘reform’ bill into law, it seemed appropriate for us to write a few words…

As funny as the billboard may be, anger seems to be the most expressive of late.

Think about what this ‘healthcare’ law means. The government is regulating ‘men’ as commerce. Let it sink in- the only time in our history where human beings were treated as commerce was prior to the Civil War– when slavery was legal.

Now some pundits and politicians will argue the new law does not regulate men as commerce. ‘Semantics’ and ‘Effect’ are completely different; they have nothing in common. When you are forced to be a consumer because you were born; When you are mandated by Government to engage in specific commerce solely because you are a living creature, with punishment handed out for non-compliance, you are being controlled. If there is a master dictating you will buy a GM, and punishment comes if you do not buy a GM, that is servitude.

While the government does not own us, like people did slaves, there is no doubt we are required to engage in commerce (purchase of healthcare insurance) as a requisite to existence. Not slavery, but absent a better word or term, we’ll call it 21st-century slavery.
'Nuf said.

21 March 2010

Jean-Paul Marat

Jean-Paul Marat was a Swiss-born physician, political theorist and scientist, as well as a journalist and politician from the French Revolution. In an address to the Electors of Great Britain, he said,
Gentlemen, the present Parliament must soon expire; and no dissolution was ever more earnestly wished for by an injured people. Your most sacred rights have been flagrantly violated by your representatives, your remonstrances artfully rejected, yourselves treated like a handful of disaffected persons, and your complaints silenced by pursuing the same conduct which raised them. Such is your condition, and if such it continues the little liberty which is yet left you must soon be extinguished; but the time for redress is now approaching, and it is in your power to obtain that justice you have so many times craved in vain.

Dark Day Indeed...With Silver Lining?

I realize that I have been less than reliable with my posts lately, but I do feel the need to comment on the infamous passage of Obamacare wreckonciliation by the House today. With Stupak's collapse, passage of the Democrats' government medicine bill is all but assured. This is a very dark day in American history. The consequences of this monstrosity (both intended and unintended) are too numerous to mention, but you can get an idea of the bleak outlook here. Oh, and just in case you don't think the federal government has it's grubby little paws in every aspect of our lives already, consider that they are already regulating the usage of your toilet. But the folks over at Power Line have identified a silver lining on the ominous thunderhead looming over us:
* The health care battle is just beginning. Next, the Senate will try to enact the House's "fixes" to the original Senate bill. Some Senators say that won't happen. If not, then President Obama has the option of signing the original Senate bill--now passed by the House--Cornhusker Kickback and all. I assume he would do that, but the resulting blowback from House Democrats, not to mention the American people, would be something to behold.

* The health care bill's taxes will go into effect promptly, but its substantive provisions are, for the most part, deferred for four years. This means that we have plenty of time to repeal the legislation. Sure, it will take a new Congress and new President. But repealing this disaster of a bill will by a rallying cry for the American people for years to come. Moreover, even if the Republicans only take over the House in November, and not the Senate, won't it be possible to throw roadblocks in the way of the bill's implementation? Won't budget appropriations be necessary to sustain the various federal tentacles the bill seeks to establish? What will happen if the House simply refuses to fund them?

* I've never been prouder to be a Republican. The party's Congressional leaders have fought this battle to the end on behalf of the American people--with intelligence, toughness, persistence and good humor. The contrast between the parties has never been starker than in today's debate. If any intelligent Democrats were watching--there must be some left--they had to be embarrassed for their party.

* Paul Ryan has emerged as one of the conservative movement's strongest spokesmen. In the years to come, I think we will hear the words "I'm a Paul Ryan Republican" with increasing frequency.

* The health care debate has energized the conservative movement and awoken the sleeping giant, that is, the American people. The Democrats misinterpreted their electoral victories in 2006 and 2008 as a mandate for socialism. Now a majority of voters are intent on disabusing them of that misapprehension. Just about all of the political energy today is on the right--a remarkable fact, only sixteen months after the Democrats' high-water mark in November 2008.

* Barack Obama has used his political capital--pretty much all of it--on unpopular legislation that will continue to rile the voters for years to come. As a result, Obama is a remarkably unpopular second-year President. And he hasn't even experienced any bad luck yet. It is hard to see how he will be able to regain his footing.

So, be of good cheer. To paraphrase a great American, we have not yet begun to fight.
In addition, ABC News is reporting that,
Senate Republicans say they can get the whole package of reconciliation fixes – the fix-its that make the Senate plan palatable to House Democrats – thrown out with a trump card procedural motion. And they say Democrats are slow-walking a decision from the parliamentarian until the House passes the Senate bill…

This afternoon Senate Republicans say Democrats won’t meet with them and the parliamentarian – a charge Democratic staffers call “absurd”…

For an appetizer, take a look at Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Judd Gregg’s statement tonight.

“Immediately after receiving the final reconciliation bill language, Senate Republican staff was ready and willing to meet with Senate Democratic staff and the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss the fact that the House reconciliation bill may be brought down by the 310(g) point of order in the Senate. Senate Democrats are mysteriously unavailable until after the House votes on the health care bill tonight. The Senate Democrats appear to be pushing off this meeting so that House Democrats will remain in the dark about what is likely to happen to the reconciliation bill on which many have staked their careers in Congress. House Democrats should be alarmed by this latest development, since the survival of the reconciliation bill is clearly at risk in the Senate.”
Yes, this feels like a Hail Mary. But hey, it worked for Doug Flutie, right? There's also the likelihood of an onslaught of litigation as 37 states are either considering, or have passed legislation seeking to counteract the behemoth Obamacare plan.

So don't give up yet. I'm convinced that this nation, founded on the principles of freedom by inspired men, will yet prevail. But it will require an extraordinary amount of effort on our part. And maybe that is exactly what this country needs: a concerned and involved citizenry. Most of us have stood on the sidelines for far too long. Maybe we felt inadequate, or that our efforts wouldn't matter. Well, now's our chance to change that. Get involved. Be persistent. Whatever it is that you feel you need to do, DO IT. Stop talking, and DO IT.

23 February 2010

It must be a sign...

Two posts in one day. Now thats sumptin.

While I'm as excited as the last person to hear that Bub was able to escape from that Turkish prison and get away from all those "enhanced interrogation techniques" (those are Bub's actual legs), I have something else I wanted to talk about.

I have a new favorite blog.

Many of you may be taken aback that it isn't this very blog right here, but I promise Bub Politique will always be right up close to the tippy-top of my fav's list no matter what.

The blog that has pretty much taken up every empty hour at work (that's most of them...) is written by Michael Yon at www.michaelyon-online.com. Simply put, it offers the most powerful commentary and news about Iraq and Afghanistan that I have ever seen.

You see, Michael doesn't actually write for any of the "Major" news outlets like CNN, ABC, the Times, Fox News, etc. He does what he does with his own money and from donations from his readership. That alone should be enough to pique your interest in that if the guy really sucks then obviously no one is going to donate to his work and he'll find himself in a tough situation with no money in the middle of Afghanistan.

He is also quite famous. Not in a Brad Pitt or Britney Spears kind of way but rather the kind that strikes right to your emotional core. This picture (I have only linked to it for copyright reasons though Michael gives free use of all his images for the general public) is quite well known and was a Time Magazine picture of the year. Reading the story behind the photo will unleash a hatred of the insurgency that only a parent could know (having just reached this milestone in my life I am doubly rocked by the compassion shown as well as the newly-found instinct of paternal protection that now courses through my veins).

I believe that I could quite honestly go on about post after post after post of his "dispatches" from the front lines. And I do mean the "front lines." While many journalists who embed with the military tend to watch from afar without getting in the thick of battle, Michael instead chooses to stay with the troops to see what their fight is really like. These men and women treat him as an equal. That's a powerful indicator of what this guy is like (it should be pointed out that he was a Green Beret earlier in his life and this doesn't exactly hurt his level of credibility with those whom he interacts). But instead of searching for the "big scoop" to send back to his editor in time for printing, he seeks to really understand how the war is being won, or lost, and what is truly going on among the allied forces in these countries.

I invite anyone reading this blog to check him out and read some of his work. He is currently in Afghanistan and is fighting, in his own way, alongside the men and women of this country and those who support our cause against the filth who seek to destroy our way of life. Read as he shows you the utter hypocrisy of how these "insurgents" live their lives while killing innocent men, women and children for their cause of "jihad." You will not be disappointed and you will be amazed at how much the mainstream media misleads the world while they report their "stories."

22 February 2010

World Trade Center Disaster

Well folks, I know it's been several months since my last post, and a couple since Lak last posted. I've been trying to think of a topic worthy of marking my grand re-entrance into cyber-ranting. But so much has been going on since my escape from the Turkish prison that I was being held captive at for the last three years, that I've decided to just pick up where I left off; just passing on news and an occasional opinion or two. So for now, enjoy this video via Steven Crowder. I had almost completely forgotten about this debacle during my months of solitary confinement, cut off from the outside world. But Steven does a great job of reminding us just how efficient government can be. Gee, why wouldn't we want them taking over the auto industry, health care, and every other aspect of our lives? Bon appetit.