Posts Tagged ‘ Republicans ’

Obamacare explained… in a sentence


Brilliant!

That lady is Dr. Barbara Bellar, candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18.

Tough call; she’s up against Chicago politics.

Meanwhile, Romney and Obama, who’ve both taken a day off from politicking today for obvious reasons, are pretty much even stevens.

LOL. Isn’t it crazy Republicans who you’d think would do something like this?


An Oklahoma senator wants an ammendment to a state abortion bill that would make masturbation illegal.

“However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”

And just how would one enforce that law?

Too funny.

The senator, Constance Johnson, is to this blogger’s surprise, a Democrat.

UPDATE

To be clear, Johnson is pro-choice.

Rather than being funny, her snarky ammendment makes her look like a time-wasting oxygen thief. I am laughing at her, not with her.

Oh, bummer


The One may yet be the None come 2012, and Obama’s team is getting jittery.

It’s been a rough June for the White House. Instead of being able to run a campaign taking credit for economic improvement, President Obama will, according to the latest forecasts, be trying to win four more years amid a grim economy next year. The president’s reelection team, once hoping to run on a “Morning in America” theme now doesn’t have that luxury. No wonder, the president’s advisers over the past month have been making moves that suggest they’re awfully concerned about his prospects:

Indeed. Current polls have him at 42% against 46% for a Republican… any Republican.

H/T

UPDATE

Oh well. At least Obama still has the support of the US Communist Party.

Up is the new down


Via Tim Blair, 59 is greater than 41, Democrats are Republicans, and a carbon tax will save you money, create jobs, and heal the world.

We are living in times of High Dungeon.

News tidbits from around the Interwebs


As if Gillard’s week couldn’t get any worse, Nauru wants to ratify its UN Refugee Convention commitment. How embarrassing for a PM that is out of options.

Speaking of that issue, let’s just get scum like these pissants out of the way.

Worse? Ten million bucks of taxpayer BER funds were spent on schools slated for closure. :roll:

One last stab at our Prime Stabber:  So she’s convinced about man-made global warming, eh? And that a useless tax will fix it? And that scientific reports that aren’t actually scientific but actually directed by government policy makers – yes, we’re talking the IPCC here – can be trusted when written by Greenpeace activists? OH wait, it all makes sense now. ;-)

Keeping it in Australia for just one more blurb: Cory Bernadi for Libs presidency? Hmm, maybe, but wouldn’t he be better in a powerful ministerial role?

OK, crossing the puddle but still thinking of home, some Aussie mum reckons it was her boy getting it on with his girl. In Canada. In the middle of a riot. As you do.

BTW, in Greece they riot over “austerity measures” (i.e. not letting the country go completely down the toilet after decades of leftist government and social policy). In Canada, it’s over an ice-hockey game. Again, as you do.

OK, over to the US. Why did it take DEMOCRAT Weiner so long to resign in the first place? Anyway, Slate takes a look at some other frisky pollies who refused to resign… and got away with it. With the eight they showcase in all, five are Democrats including Bawney Fwank, Bill, and of course, Ted. Two are Republicans*, and they chuck Berlusconi in for good measure. The dude is 74 and still chompin’ at it! One almost has to respect that.

*Arguably, one of the Dems would be a Republican in the modern era.

On a more serious note, is Obama’s Libyan war – and let’s face it, it IS a war – even legal? He’s totally snubbed Congress aka the body that is actually authorised to permit a war. And he’s being sued for it.

Meanwhile, in yet another Obama Moment of FAIL™, he rejects a further push to US energy independence by turning his chin up to Alaskan oil and gas drilling. Good timing, dickhead, just when China and Russia announce closer ties (MOAR) whilst warning the US to butt out of Oil-land aka the middle East. Is Obama even pro-American? Is he just that plain fucking stupid?

China’s also taking steps against US cyberwarfare threats against them. Arrogant little bastards. Anyone who has Malware Bytes knows China is the biggest cyberwarfare threat by a longshot. Still, if I were China, I’d take advantage of that stupid clown in the White House now, too. It’s just how it works in the real world (as opposed to Obama’s leftist dream unicorn fantasy).

Speaking of unicorn fantasies, Eliot Spitzer claims Republicans have shifted beyond the far right. Give me a break, mate. Maybe he thinks that only because the left is currently halfway to an alternative universe that doesn’t even exist. Seriously, taxing a trace gas to save a 4.5 billion year old planet? How is taxing 0.001% of the atmosphere and ruining the livelihoods of millions of families reasonable yet a bloke who used to own a pizza joint is radical?

Maybe it’s because so-called “progressives” would be more accurately described as “regressives”.

Speaking of progressive, to save a planet that doesn’t need saving from a problem that doesn’t actually exist, everyone’s favourite pseudo-scientific political body, the IPCC, wants to put mirrors in space to… oh, I give up… to waste even more money (like we have any left)!

F*ck me. The Ridiculometre™ is fully functional and operational, Lord Vader.

And I mean FULLY functional and operational… steak made from human shit. :roll: They’ve been making us swallow their shit for more than 20 years now.

When figurative no longer is: FYYSFLT’s. As Penn & Teller note, always use the Japanese when trying to sell bullshit (‘cept it ain’t bullshit anymore).

Oh god. Can we just talk about real beef please?!?!

Beef producers call for live cattle export welfare checks to extend worldwide

Thank you.

Those greenies are just a bunch of hypocrites anyway, the lot of them. Sorry you didn’t get the house you wanted, Edge, but when you suck on about the environment, and then try to top Al Gore in the waste-stakes, well, that’s Karma baby.

Speaking of funny, it not just in the US – looking at you Stewart and Colbert – where comedians double as government and/or leftist propagandists.

*sigh*

Did anything actually positive happen in the West over the past week?

Yes it did.

Victory Over Islamic Influence at the National Defense University Foundation

So there you go.

PS He often doesn’t leave me in the best mood – no unicorns with this guy – but here’s Mark Steyn’s weekly round-up, too.

H/T s_dog, Matt Drudge, Instapundit, bingbing ;-)

*Quit the QLD mining crusade, Alan, and research, at least, the facts behind Gasland.

UPDATE

The cherry on the cake: windfarm shut down. Windfarms are noisy for those living next to them, dangerous for those building them, and don’t produce viable electricity.

UPDATE II

No wonder Spitzer lurches at the right. RINO Republican Romney is “ahead of the pack”. Fear not VRWC minions. Herman Cain is close.

H/T VRWC Battle Tank  Operation’s  Deviser – Canada  – JM Heinrichs aka Teh Kitteh Luva.

The Republicans need the Tea Party


So says Sarah Palin.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday warned Republican Party leaders that if they do not adhere to the message of the tea party, the GOP may be “through.”

She’s probably right. What do any American readers out there think?

Southern (white) Democrats “one step closer to extinction”


I’m no expert of American politics, but it’s clear the Democrats are going to really cop it this November.

Jeff Zeleny:

The Southern white Democrat, long on the endangered list, is at risk of being pushed one step closer to extinction.

From Virginia to Florida and South Carolina to Texas, nearly two dozen Democratic seats are susceptible to a potential Republican surge in Congressional races on Election Day, leaving the party facing a situation where its only safe presence in the South is in urban and predominantly black districts.

The swing has been under way since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson predicted that his fellow Democrats would face a backlash of white voters that would cost the party the South. It continued with Ronald Reagan’s election and reached a tipping point in the Republican sweep of 1994, with more than one-third of the victories coming from previously Democratic seats in the South.

Good, considering their history.

I Want Your Money


It’s a new film coming out that takes a look at recent US government spending.

H/T RWB

cross-posted

Democrat dirt machine digs on


Picture this: A woman hires a house-keeper. The house-keeper provides the relevant documents to show that she is legally allowed to work in the country. Later, 9 years later, she reveals that she is in fact an undocumented illegal worker.

Sadly, the boss is compelled to fire her.

The illegal worker then sues her boss.

Huh? How can an illegal worker sue her boss when all her boss did was follow the law?

Easy. When the boss is Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, and the race is neck and neck with Democrat Jerry Brown.

Oh, and the lawyer working pro bono for the illegal worker? Heavy ties to the Democrat party and a supporter of Jerry Brown.

Obama vs Ron Paul


Who would have predicted this two years ago?

Pit maverick Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, and the race is – virtually dead even.

I suspect part of Ron Paul’s recent appeal is that enough Right wing voters aren’t too plussed with the Republicans at the moment.


Vulture’s case for a third US political party


The argument is sound, and one suspects many long for it, too. But could it get up and running, and be an actual viable alternative?

History says “NO”. Perhaps the TEA Party movement says “Maybe”.

This thing kind of happened with Ron Paul, yet all that really transpired was that any opposition vote to the Democrats was split.

At the end of the day, any GOP change will most likely have to come from within.

UPDATE

Paco also notes the GOP isn’t at where it should be at these days. And yep, the TEA Partiers get mentioned again.

Meanwhile, Stacy is talking up alternatives as is Smitty.

Work something out, boys. 2012 isn’t that far away.


Coakley vs Brown: the aftermath


The Democrats ponder their loss of filibuster power.

Audio will be available in a couple of hours or so… or maybe even now depending on when you read this.

N.B. This is the first time (I’m Aussie) I’ve seen that US site, so I’ve no idea how the audio will turn out. Anyone out there able to give a heads up?

Background… and just in case, filibuster explained… with some history.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is often considered one of Congress’ most influential pieces of legislation. The act banned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, among other things.

While the bill was intended to protect black Americans, it ultimately increased civil rights protection to all — focusing heavily on women’s rights in the workplace.

But the bill was met with heavy opposition, especially from Southern Democrats, otherwise known as Dixiecrats, as well as segregationists. The group tried to kill the bill with a filibuster, but there was enough Republican support to end the filibuster.

PS Eek! I’m a moron sometimes… all this means Independent Joe Lieberman will be getting his arse kissed a helluva lot! That is, if all the Senate Republicans toe the line, and all the Senate Democrats do too, then it’s up to Lieberman to say Yay or Nay.

PPS Not unlike the balance of power Australians seem to like and/or deal with.

The 2004 [Aussie election] result meant that, from 1 July 2005 until 3 December 2007 the governing party in the House of Representatives also had a majority of votes in the Senate. This government majority meant that, for the first time in a generation, a government did not generally have to negotiate with other political parties if it wanted to secure passage of legislation through parliament.

The 2007 election resulted in changes in the composition of the Senate, which came into effect on 1 July 2008. Until that date, the ALP government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had faced a hostile Senate controlled by an absolute majority of Liberal/National Coalition Senators. This was the first time since 1975 that a government in the House of Representatives had needed to negotiate with a Senate controlled by the Opposition. In July 2008 the Opposition lost its absolute majority, and a balance of power situation resumed.

PPPS Still, all that balance of power being based on one man, Lieberman. Wow. He didn’t become President, nor VP, but I wouldn’t like to play him in chess!

UPDATE

Re the first link. Make that two men (yeah, yeah… learning curve). Bernie Sanders. Both are Democrat affiliated, though. To a hack, that’s still a lot of power concentrated on two old Democrat-affiliated wise guys, and good reason to a: acknowledge the champagne was good and b: go to bed yet c: keep another bottle on ice nonetheless.

Also, according to the report, if the current 60/40 vote (necessary majority needed) status quo changed to 51/59, it would take the old 67/33 vote to do that. It seems Barney Frank is dreaming.

Time to celebrate!


And this is how Grimmy over at Blair’s Lair chose to do so…

Coakley? Brown?


Meanwhile, as we wait for the result of the Senate race in Massachusetts, to see whether Obamacare will live or die, good ol’ Barney Frank, a Democrat naturally, wants to change the rules.

Of course he does. Weasel.

UPDATE

It’s Brown! Republican Scott Brown is Massachusetts’ new senator. And that means socialized health care, aka Obamacare, is all but dead…

…unless, it’s this Frank is alluding to. It used to be a two thirds majority needed, then it went down to 60/40 and now it seems the Dems want just a simple majority of 51/49 to be implemented for the big decisions.

Regardless, a state that has been blue (very blue!) for 40 years is now red. Obama and the Democrats have been sent a clear message.

Post has been updated.

UPDATE II

Politico has a couple of good news pieces/background here and here.

If you still crave more, try the Matt Drudge link in the blogroll, or, if you’re wondering who to blame, go here.

UPDATE III

You know, you gotta wonder but, did Brown win or did Coakley lose? Let’s not forget that Massachusetts is a big Catholic state. So why would Coakley say Catholics shouldn’t work in emergency rooms, or critisize Brown for arguing that Catholic nuns shouldn’t have to perform abortions? Or that Curt Schilling, the Boston Red Sox pitcher who ended Boston’s 80-odd year drought to win the World Series, was referred to as a Yankees fan(???). Or that, even after dropping 10 points (she was 30 ahead at one stage) she took a week’s vacation right in the middle of the campaign (hare and the tortoise, anyone?).

Oh yeah, and that as D.A., she kept an innocent man in jail just to further her political career.

Wow, just wow. And thanks to my American buddy on the phone.

UPDATE IV

Tim Blair has some good links, too.

UPDATE V

Credit (kind of) where credit’s due for poor old Barney.

Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.

And in more good news, from the above link, Frank has ruled out any weasley reconcilliation process that would allow the Dems to pass the bill on only 51 votes. Good… if not a pleasant surprise.

H/T The Corner.

And also from The Corner, Jay Nordlinger…

I will say merely that Massachusetts today showed that America is not quite ready for social democracy — not yet. Sweden will not arrive tomorrow. Maybe the next day. But not tomorrow, and that is heartening.

UPDATE VI

Although linked to by a miffed Dem supporter, here’s a site pointing out where supporters of Scott Brown and the Republicans can take their business.

Heh.

H/T thefrollickingmole over at Tizona’s.

UPDATE VII

Rasmussen Reports has the breakdown of who voted what. Sheesh. Coakley barely even had the Union workers on side!

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