Witch’s Will For A Mourning In June
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
The new immigration bill in the Senate is apparently more than a thousand pages long and weighs 24 pounds. Some critics say the bill is too long for the average American to read before it’s approved, while some senators are saying that’s the point.
My Favorite 3 Stories:
by Thomas Sowell
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
Edmund Burke said, “There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men.” Evil men do not always snarl. Some smile charmingly. Those are the most dangerous. If you don’t think the mainstream media slants the news, keep track of how often they tell you that the Arctic ice pack is shrinking and how seldom they tell you that the Antarctic ice pack is expanding. The latter news would not fit the “global warming” scenario that so many in the media are promoting.
Someone has referred to Vice President Biden as President Obama’s “impeachment insurance.” Even critics who are totally opposed to Barack Obama’s policies do not want anything to cut short his presidency, with Joe Biden as his successor.
People who refuse to accept unpleasant truths have no right to complain about politicians who lie to them. What other kind of candidates would such people elect?
Given the shortage of articulate Republican leaders, it will be a real loss — to the country, not just to the Republicans — if Senator Marco Rubio discredits himself, early in his career, by supporting “comprehensive” immigration reform that amounts to just another amnesty, with false promises to secure the border.
Ever since I learned, as a teenager, that the “Saturday Evening Post” magazine was actually published on Wednesday mornings, I have been very skeptical about words. “Gun control” laws do not control guns, “rent control” laws do not control rent and government “stimulus” spending does not stimulate the economy.
It is hard to think of two people with more different personalities than New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama. But they are soul mates when it comes to thinking that they ought to take a whole spectrum of decisions out of citizens’ hands, and impose the government’s decisions on them.
Selling Obamacare: Will It Ever Work?
by Peter Suderman
How many times must Obamacare be sold? In April, the Obama administration confirmed that it would spend another $8 million marketing the health law, following up on a $3 million marketing campaign from last fall. And last week,Time reported on new efforts to market the law to the young and healthy adults that are crucial to the law’s success. A TV ad has already been released, and Time’s report says that “at the White House, health care implementation has become an obsession.”
The big problem? The law is unpopular, still. And “that unpopularity threatens one of the law’s most ambitious goals”—the stability and success of the health insurance exchanges that are the centerpiece of the law. The administration’s response to that problem looks rather like a government-run version of what you might expect from a beer company introducing a new product: social media campaigns, commercials, and partnership possibilities withprofessional sports.
Will it work? One never knows, but years of efforts by the administration and its allies to market the law haven’t worked before.
Before the law was passed, Democratic supporters insisted that opposition would fade quickly after it became law. “The minute the president signs the health care reform bill, approval will go up,” Bill Clinton said in 2009. But it didn’t, not then, and not later. Indeed, with 43 percent of the public saying they have unfavorable views of the law, and just 35 percent saying they favor it, public opinion is less supportive of the law than when it passed in 2010.
If Only Our Foreign Enemies Were Republicans
by Victor Davis Hanson
American politics is historically a rough-and-tumble business, characterized by invective and slurs. What is different with the Obama administration is not that it goes after its critics, but rather that it does so in an extreme fashion that it does not employ for those abroad who oppose the United States at almost every turn. Diplomacy is one thing, but being far harsher with domestic than foreign critics is a peculiarity we have not seen since the Nixon era, when an “enemies list” did not reference Red China or Leonid Brezhnev’s Russia as much as those who worked for the Washington Post.
Barack Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize, not for anything concrete that he did, but in the eyes of the award committee for his rhetorical efforts to bring the world together. Obviously, the Nobel judges did not think that included half of Obama’s fellow Americans. For Obama, the problem is not so much foreign radicals, revolutionaries, authoritarians, and dictators who hate the United States as it is those within America who, he thinks, cause such odious folk abroad to justifiably despise us.
In other words, if not for our conservatives, the NRA, the pro-lifers, the traditional marriage bunch, the one-percenters, the crazy House Republicans, and the Tea Party/Sarah Palin sorts, our enemies abroad might have become our friends.
And that depressing ideology explains why the president of the United States saves his best invective for his own.
Worth a Read:
Putin Is Cleaning Obama’s Clock
Abortion or Bust! Pro-Choice Extremism Doomed 10-Point ‘Women’s Equality Act’ in New York; NYTimes Places Story on A16
Obama skips largest annual gathering of progressives … to go golfing
Enough Is Enough… ‘Gang of 8′ Members Jeff Flake & John McCain Face Recall Petitions
Predominantly white crowd gathers at Netroots Nation 2013
Wasn’t that always the rap against the Tea Party, that the crowds were predominantly white? So no outrage about this? Of course not you silly woman, that would take an unbiased media. Which we do not have.
Republican Voters Warn Lawmakers Against Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows GOP voters ready to withhold support for incumbents.
Eight Years Later, the Kelo Eminent-Domain Lawsuit Site Is Still Barren, As Is National Press Coverage
How ironic it is that, as Kyle Drennen noted today at NewsBusters, that NBC’s David Gregory was so vocal in advocating that “Government Playing a Bigger Role” in the economy, given that yesterday was the eighth anniversary of the Kelo vs. New London decision, a monument to colossal government failure if there ever was one.
A 5-4 Supreme Court majority, believing that the Connecticut city of New London had “carefully formulated a development plan … (with) appreciable benefits to the community,” violated the plain language of the “public use” clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment which was clearly designed to limit government eminent-domain takings to true public projects (e.g., roads, bridges, etc.). They instead decided that “public use” really means “public purpose” (i.e., anything the government wants to do, including condemning property so that it can be transferred from current to new owners in the name of some higher good).
Eight years later, “Government Playing a Bigger Role” in the city’s Fort Trumbull area has, as the New London Day’s Kathleen Edgcomb reports in a commendable thorough treatment which should be read in full, led to … nothing. Oh, and current proposals include, well, you’ll just have to read it to believe it (bolds are mine):
‘It still hurts': Fight to save home scars one Fort Trumbull family
Three generations of Michael Cristofaro’s family have at one time or another lived in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, so getting beyond the hurt of losing the family home to eminent domain has not been easy.
… These days, when he returns to Fort Trumbull, the 70-plus acre peninsula on the Thames River that was leveled by the city for redevelopment, he’s more sad than angry.
“We weren’t good enough?” Cristofaro asked on a warm June afternoon as he stood near a field of tall grasses and wildflowers where his house and others once stood.
… In the late 1990s, with around $80 million from the state, the city began a redevelopment project that included razing the worn-down neighborhood of single- and multi-family homes along with the bones of an abandoned federal research center at Fort Trumbull. Many home owners sold their land and moved on. Some properties were taken by eminent domain.
A hotel, restaurant, conference center, athletic center, bioscience office park and new housing were supposed to be built next to a new $300 million Pfizer Inc. office building. But eight years after the landmark Supreme Court decision, which expanded the parameters of eminent domain to include the taking of private property for future economic development, there is still no new construction in Fort Trumbull.
… The Italian Dramatic Club, a one-story pink stucco building that was saved from demolition, also is still there.
… Since the decision, 42 states have enacted legislation or passed ballot measures that limit the way eminent domain can be used, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
… The Institute for Justice, a civil liberties law firm that took on the Kelo case pro bono, said more than 16,000 homes and businesses have been saved since the Supreme Court decision.
… The mayor wants the land that was taken by eminent domain to be set aside and used only for public projects. Possibilities include a desalinization plant, a wind farm and a solar field. A municipal parking garage with ground-floor retail is also a possibility, he said.
Really, the Kelo area may turn into yet another green boondoggle. You can’t make this up.
Almost no one outside the immediate New London area knows that nothing has been done in the subject area since the decision.
Media is not only biased, it is damn determined that people don’t know what the hell is going on in this country. This “story” and what happened to ordinary citizens, the “working class” the Dems claim to care so much about, were screwed by their government and the “watchdog” media is silent. Says all you need to know about them and their issues. If it doesn’t play well for their ideology, it don’t play at all.
Cockroaches Of The Day:
Dems & the GOP
Dems Struggle With Scandals; GOP Can’t Agree on Policy
Democrats’ disillusion comes on top of some disenchantment during Obama’s first term. Sluggish economy growth and the unpopularity of Obamacare contributed to that.
It’s been little noticed, but Obama got 3.6 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. In contrast, George W. Bush was re-elected with 11.6 million more votes than he won four years before.
Obama’s job approval now is just about identical to Bush’s at this point in his second term. It may not fall as far as Bush’s did. But the numbers and the news don’t suggest that Democrats will flock enthusiastically to the polls in 2014 and 2016.
At the same time, it’s not apparent that Republican voters are taking heart from these developments. Their party seems divided even more than is usual for a party that’s been out of the White House for five years.
Personally I like it when a party doesn’t march in lockstep like the House did under Pelosi. Evidently it didn’t work so well for the Dems either since many of those lock-steppers are no longer in the House. Boehner has a fractious group to herd and he’s not doing a very good job of it. I think the Immigration bill heading his way will make or break him.
I was never a big Boehner fan but was willing to give him a chance. He’s had a chance and more. The debacle with the Farm Bill shows his ineptitude. First it was too big and too expensive and against all the fiscally conservative things the GOP mouths support for. Second, he should have known if he had the votes or not and if not, not brought it to the floor. He not only lost, he looked foolish and it gave Pelosi another chance to crow. Which is funny since the old cow lost so many of her caucus because they did follow her.