Rule By Bureaucratic Regulatory Fiat

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Certainly there is much truth in the old saying, "where there is a will there is a way." The ever-growing statist bureaucracy, aka the United States Government, continues to circumvent the will of the people.

The provision in ObamaCar - Section 1233 - that would have mandated government payment for end-of-life counseling is back. Coined "death panels" by Sarah Palin, this onerous provision created such public concern over the possibility of rationing that it was dropped from the final bill.

However, not to be deterred, the provision found its way back -- this time buried in new Medicare regulations. The regulation provides for end-of-life counselling during regular annual wellness visits. The regulations were issued a month ago but kept quiet until just recently.

Author of Section 1233, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was delighted. Here is what he had to say:

"Mr. Blumenauer's office celebrated 'a quiet victory,' but urged supporters not to crow about it," reports the New York Times. Deathly quiet. In early November, his office sent an e-mail plea to supporters: "We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists . . . e-mails can too easily be forwarded." They had been lucky that "thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it. . . . The longer this [regulation] goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it."

It is resoundingly clear that we no longer have a government that represents us, but rather a regulatory giant that is capable of forcing whatever the state wishes to use to increase its power down our throats. Bureaucratic regulatory statism at it worst, right here at home in the good ole USA!

Charles Krauthammer has an excellent article in Today's Washington Post, you can read it here.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.

Via: Memeorandum

The Afternoon Beat at the Left Coast Rebel: Happy New Year!

by the Left Coast Rebel

It's 2011 in Sydney, Australia:


Ringing out the new year across teh blogs:


Constitution Girl: Thoughts on the New Year

Right Coast: Recapping 2010

Just a Man with his Thoughts: Pictures from CA

Beers with Demo: No place like home

Conservative Perspective: Happy New Year, let us not waste this one

BBCW: Wacky Libtard of 2010

Legal Insurrection: New Years Resolutions

Fisherville Mike: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Feed Your ADHD: Happy New Years, you basterds!

Full Metal Patriot: A Three Stooges Slap-Happy New Year

Caught Him with a Corndog: Happy New Year!

Temple of Mut: Happy New Year from the Shrine!


Politics:


Liberator Today: Quick Hitters

Dad 29: Warning from Rome

Marathon Pundit: British Obamacare rationing

Maggie's Notebook: John Boehner and reading the Constitution in Congress

Maggie's Notebook: Obama Contrasts Palin


Economics/Finance:


AP: Stocks mixed in last trading day of 2010

WC Varones: 60 Minutes on Muni Apocalypse

Get Rich Slowly: Best of GRS for 2010

US News: Five New Years Money Resolutions


Rule 5 (pretty girls):


Proof Positive: Naomi Campbell

Eye of Polyphemus: Karen Gillan and Jenn Sterger

CBC: PETA and the Lingerie League

Proof Positive: Vintage babe of the week: Yvonne Craig


Blog/Post of the Day:


Western Hero: 2010 End Notes

Further Exposing the Left

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism



I find myself once again amazed by the liberal progressive lexicon. WaPo in today's article entitled 'Don't ask, don't tell' has been repealed. ROTC still shouldn't be on campus' further exposes the liberal mindset for what is is. 

Now that asking and telling has ceased to be problematic in military circles, ROTC has resurfaced as a national issue: Will universities such as Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools be opened to Reserve Officers' Training Corps since colleges can no longer can argue that the military is biased against gays and therefore not welcome?


At Notre Dame, on that 1989 visit and several following, I learned that the ROTC academics were laughably weak. They were softie courses. The many students I interviewed were candid about their reasons for signing up: free tuition and monthly stipends, plus the guarantee of a job in the military after college. With some exceptions, they were mainly from families that couldn't afford ever-rising college tabs.


To oppose ROTC, as I have since my college days in the 1960s, when my school enticed too many of my classmates into joining, is not to be anti-soldier. I admire those who join armies, whether America's or the Taliban's: for their discipline, for their loyalty to their buddies and to their principles, for their sacrifices to be away from home. In recent years, I've had several Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans in my college classes. If only the peace movement were as populated by people of such resolve and daring.


ROTC and its warrior ethic taint the intellectual purity of a school, if by purity we mean trying to rise above the foul idea that nations can kill and destroy their way to peace. If a school such as Harvard does sell out to the military, let it at least be honest and add a sign at its Cambridge front portal: Harvard, a Pentagon Annex.
H/T's: Weasel Zipper and AoS

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.

Via: Memeorandum

Liberals Just Can't Grasp the Constitution

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


The left, as educated and intellectual as they see themselves, apparently have great difficulty understanding the United States Constitution. Why? Because it is over 100 years old. Could it be it is just too simple for their superior minds?





Example, the first amendment. Now this is as confusing as anything anybody could image.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

h/t Eye Blast

What country am I living in? Scratch... What planet am I living on?

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

New York Post: 2010 Best Animal Photos

by the Left Coast Rebel

I was chasing a political story over at the New York Post and just happened to notice that they were running a 2010 animal photos slideshow -- a polar bear shot caught my eye -- and I'm always looking for good polar bear pictures for our global warming coverage here (yes, Sam Foster, I'm talking to you).

I love animals and don't think that one has to be a fire-breating, Gaia-worshipping, capitalism-hating environmental nutjob to appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature and the spectacular diversity of the animal kingdom as well.

Here's just a few of the 100 +animal pictures from the New York Post starting with the polar bear shot I mentioned:

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EPA: Polar bear Knut rolls around in the snow at the zoo in Berlin, Germany.

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(I love this one) REUTERS: A tiger with a tranquilizer dart on its body walks inside the Assam State Zoological Botanical Garden in Guwahati. Two adult tigers on Saturday escaped from an enclosure at the Assam Zoo triggering panic among nearly 10,000 visitors. Both the tigers were later tranquilized and taken to their cages.

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AP Photo: A costumed dog with an unusually long tongue
is seen during the dog street carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.
Hundreds gathered in the streets during one of the many
parades before Carnival, which runs Feb. 12-16.


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AFP/Getty Images: Newly-hatched olive ridley turtles make their way to
the ocean at Rushikulya beach in India's Ganjam district. Thousands of
olive ridley sea turtles nest their eggs in parts of the Bay of Bengal, one of the mass nesting sites.


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ZUMApress.com: This snake looks as if it's bitten off more than it can chew.
A Diamond-Backed Water snake decided to take on the catfish and
pounced on it in the shallows of a river system near Houston, Texas.


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REUTERS: A zoo keeper feeds a crocodile during
World Environment Day celebrations at the Malabon
Zoo, in Manila.

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Solent News/Splash News: A fisherman was stunned when a cheeky frog jumped into his net - and swallowed his catch whole, in a lake just outside the city of Chernigov, Ukraine.

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ZUMApress.com
A pregnant Bull Shark charges in Fiji.

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EPA: A member of the Spanish Guardia Civil controls the traffic
as an hippo walks free at the main road A-52 near Benavente in
Zamora province, north-western Spain. The animal was being transported
when its food, consisting of straw, started to burn, which forced the driver to take
the hippo out to ditch and to try to suffocate the fire.


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AP:A small fish hangs on the bill of an anhinga after the bird speared it, while fishing underwater in
The Anhinga Trail section of Everglades National Park near Homestead, Fla. The anhinga is one of
the best fresh water diving bird. It slips beneath the water surface quietly, barely making a ripple
and fishes for its food. It eats fish, frogs, eggs, and even small alligators.

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AP: A polar bear has a bucket on his head, while a cub swims nearby in the cooling waters of Moscow Zoo.

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EPA: A polar bear with a traffic-cone on his head refreshes himself in the water in the Moscow Zoo, Russia.

I have to stop there but wanted to add a link. I did a quick search for authorship of one of the pictures above and came across a Russian website that lists over 50 animal shots, many of them even more spectacular than the ones above. I may post these as well. Here is one that caught my eye from that site:
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Russel A. Daniels / AP. Odin, a white Bengal tiger, dives for a piece of meat
at the opening of the new tiger exhibit at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.


Here is the link to see the rest at the random Russian website.

The Constitution is Too Damn Old

By RightKlik

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post thinks the U.S. Constitution is too old and confusing. He notes that it is more than 100 years old! Well, yes, 223 is more than 100.

To the point, Ezra thinks that it is better to simply ignore the constitution than to pretend that anyone really understands it or cares about what it really means.

Hey, Ezra! Don't look now, but the constitution is the only thing between you and the pitchforks:


Just for you, EK, here's a little video primer on "natural law." This might help you to understand the importance of the self-evident concepts encapsulated in the Bill of Rights and the rest of the constitution:


Cheer up, Ezra. You don't have to be smart to enjoy the benefits of our constitution.

Note: the title of this post was shamelessly borrowed from the clever folks at AoSHQ. Go read the post over there and click on some ads while you're there.

Discussion: Memeorandum

The Afternoon Beat at the Left Coast Rebel: West Coast Blizzard Proves Global Warming

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Lake Tahoe - More global warming on display in California


by the Left Coast Rebel

Various Politics From teh Blogs:

BBCW: Why is the left suddenly interested in Obama's birth certificate?

Beers with Demo: The Doctor will see you now

Teresamerica: Sick, just plain sick


Bluegrass Pundit: TSA's amazing competence

Pundit and Pundette: The old way was better

Obama Fail Blog: End of 2010 Edition

Western Hero: The 10 Million Commandments

Libertarian Republican: Why Cuban socialism is better than Obama's

Yankee Phil: GOTUS

Celebrities/Entertainment:

Althouse: Anorexia awareness

Maggie's Notebook: Tucker Carlson's Bowties Caused Brain Damage

The Other McCain: Elton John Daddy at 63?

Mashable: Kanye West "Monster" video

Economics/Finance:

W.C. Varones: Gold, do you have your share?

W.C. Varones: Stop Zimbabwe Ben!

Get Rich Slowly: My $132,683 Comcast bill

Liberator Today: Another Pension Crisis

Full Metal Partriot: Obama pivots to jobs, again

Rule 5 (pretty girls):


CBC: Shameless posting of chick with a gun

BBCW: Tammy Banovac's weird-shaped butt

Theo Spark: Chassis Time

Eye of Polyphemus: Kaley Cuoco

Be John Galt: Muslim discrimination and Miss USA

Blog/Post of the Day:

Eye of Polyphemus: Happy 1,000,000 Birthday!

Glorious Socialist Medicine: Penis Amputated Following Misdiagnosis and Delay

By RightKlik


Uninsured Americans get better care than this:
A Swedish man was forced to have his penis amputated after waiting more than a year to learn he had cancer.

When he returned in March 2010 complaining of foreskin irritation, the doctor on duty at the time diagnosed the problem as a simple case of inflammation.

After three weeks passed without the prescribed treatment alleviating the man’s condition, he was instructed to seek further treatment at Blekinge Hospital.

But it took five months before he was able to schedule an appointment at the hospital.

When he finally met with doctors at the hospital, the man was informed he had cancer and his penis would have to be removed.
In the United States, a penniless homeless man could have presented to the Emergency Department to be seen by a urologist the same day.


Take home lesson: Socialism leads to shortages. In health care, shortages manifest as long wait times. Long wait times result in morbidity and mortality.

But at least socialism is fair, just and equitable!

Think this won't happen in the U.S.? Look what ObamaCare RomneyCare hath wrought:



Discussion: Memeorandum
Dan Mitchell: Government-Run Healthcare Can Be Emasculating…Literally


FYI: Sweden's Single-Payer Health System Provides a Warning to Other Nations...
For much of the last fifty years Sweden has had a heavily socialized health care system. Almost all of the funding comes from government revenue, and most aspects of the health care system, such as hospitals, primary care centers and prescription drugs, are controlled by the government. Doctors could still have a private practice, although by the 1960s about 80 percent of doctors worked in government-run hospitals...
Read the rest.

FOX is Tops

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


The 2010 results are in, and once again FOX News captures the top rating slot. After nine years of doing so it should be relatively clear, at least to the rational mind anyway; that America finds FOX fair and balanced. But you can rest assured that the liberal progressive mindset is going wacko over this report and will spin it in the typical and usual liberal progressive fashion.

Fox, owing to its typically conservative leanings, draws the ire of the political left. The elitist of the progressive left simply refuse to accept the wisdom of the American people, ie. the middle class.

The Nielsen numbers are in for 2010, and in the battle for cable news ratings supremacy, Fox News took the title for the ninth year in a row -- bludgeoning the competition for another year.

The blowout comes on the heels on Fox News’ surging 2009, when the News Corp.-owned channel posted its highest-rated year in the network’s 13-year history. (Overall, cable news audiences were down across the board -- though FNC's decline was from a high-water mark.)

Among the other 2010 highlights:

>> MSNBC, which in 2009 boasted its first full-year primetime win over CNN in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic, did so again, while beating CNN in total day “demo” viewers and average total viewers in primetime – both firsts for the network.

>> CNN had its lowest rated year in 14 years in primetime, both in terms 25-54-year-old viewers and average total viewers. And barring a breaking news event in the next few days, the network will at least tie its lowest rated year ever (1999) in total day “demo” viewers.

For average primetime and total viewers in 2010, Fox News beat its cable news competitors (CNN, MSNBC and HLN) combined in total viewers -- and we outslugged CNN and MSNBC combined in “demo.”

More here.

FOX News and commentary is obviously what the discerning American viewer finds to be accurate and balanced reporting. Naturally the American intellectual elite, aka the liberal progressive statists, will continue to use their usual and customary ways to discredit that which the majority of Americans see as rational and objective reporting.

The progressive left continues to not get it.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.

Via: Memeorandum

Illegal Aliens... A Difficult Concept for Liberal Progressives to Comprehend

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Lets get real for just a moment. Of course to do so pre supposes the liberals ability to think rationally. In the video following a very rational and reasoned Megyn Kelly offers what any thinking mind would quickly grasp and embrace.



Of course the liberal progressive Society of Professional Journalists supports using the the politically correct and apparently unoffensive {at least to the illegal alien anyway} phrase of undocumented immigrant. Perhaps it is only the opinion of this independent conservative but Megyn Kely is spot on. Anyone who thinks otherwise has been infected by the virulent liberal progressive brain disorder.

Write up from the left leaning TPM.

Plenty of conservatives are pretty upset over a campaign by the Society of Professional Journalists to convince reporters to stop using the terms "illegal aliens" and "illegal immigrants" in favor of "undocumented immigrant." But none are as livid as perpetually outraged Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who on Wednesday afternoon asked if journalists were going to start calling rapists "non-consensual sex partners" next.


"You could say that a burglar is an unauthorized visitor. You know, you could say that a rapist is a non-consensual sex partner which, obviously, would be considered offensive to the victims of those crimes," Kelly said. "So how far could you take this?"


"What if there was a push by the criminal defense... bar to re-brand the use of the word rapist to nonconsensual sex partner?" Kelly asks her guest. Jehmu Greene, the former president of the Women's Media Center, said that was like comparing "apples and oranges."


Kelly also expressed frustration over the politically correct language dominating American culture.


"You know, we did a segment earlier in the year on how little people find the term midget offensive, and so you can't say that anymore," Kelly lamented. "There's so many words that are suddenly becoming hurtful, and part of the group thinks it's hurtful, and the other group doesn't, and you're left as a journalist saying, I don't know what to do."

I for one am  beginning to think a "Kelly for President" movement might have merit. She certainly has the looks. And she has the brains to go along with them.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Via: Memeorandum

Liberal Moonbat Meme of the Day: Conservatives Motivated by "Fear and Large Amygdalas"

by the Left Coast Rebel

An enlarged amygdalas has nothing to do with one's prostate (or other body part), rather it's the newest suspect in a long list of leftist attempts to connect the dots and offer an explanation on the motivations of anyone that prefers limited government to statism, freedom to socialism and human liberty to collectivist slavery.

The amygdalas region of the brain is responsible for "fear and primitivism" and a new study out of the UK shows that the cavemen/women on the right have a super-large amygdalas:

(Raw Story) A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives' brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other "primitive" emotions. At the same time, conservatives' brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate -- the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.

If the study is confirmed, it could give us the first medical explanation for why conservatives tend to be more receptive to threats of terrorism, for example, than liberals. And it may help to explain why conservatives like to plan based on the worst-case scenario, while liberals tend towards rosier outlooks.

"It is very significant because it does suggest there is something about political attitudes that are either encoded in our brain structure through our experience or that our brain structure in some way determines or results in our political attitudes," Geraint Rees, the neurologist who carried out the study, told the media.

Rees, who heads up UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, was originally asked half-jokingly to study the differences between liberal and conservative brains for an episode of BBC 4's Today show that was hosted by actor Colin Firth. But, after studying 90 UCL students and two British parliamentarians, the neurologist was shocked to discover a clear correlation between the size of certain brain parts and political views.

The point to this story should not be that conservatives do or do not have enlarged amygdalas regions but rather that those on the left are so close-minded and stupid as to grant clemency to the notion that caveman-esque conservative behavior is explained by this under-appreciated lobal region.

What underdeveloped section of the liberal brain grants clemency to the most horrid ideas ever known to mankind, ie. "socialism and communism has never worked because America never gave it a proper shot"?

I know that this graphic is all over the net but I have to post it here, regardless; the liberal brain:
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And the conservative/libertarian/Objectivist/limited government advocate/Goldwater Republican brain:

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Exit question - If conservatives are driven to madness by their amygdalas then doesn't that mean that they are not responsible for their actions (according to the liberal worldview?).

Thus, should conservatives and their belief system be part of the left's protected class system?

Via Memeorandum

Updated: Lost in the irony and humor of this post is a salient point to be made. If conservative's amygdala regions are overdeveloped then does that directly correlate to underdeveloped amygdalas of those on the left?

W.C. Varones:
This is why liberals suck at diplomacy and budgeting. They think you just have to be nice to bad guys and money grows on trees.

Their underdeveloped amygdalas are a bug, not a feature.

From Limbaugh's Lips To America's Ears: Americans Say Obama Will Fail

By RightKlik


Rush Limbaugh's hopes have become America's expectations:
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enters the new year with a growing number of Americans pessimistic about his policies and a growing number rooting for him to fail, according to a new national poll...

"Twelve months ago a majority of the public said that they thought Obama's policies would succeed; now that number has dropped to 44 percent, with a plurality predicting that his policies will likely fail."
Americans are also glad that the Dems' monopoly on power has been busted, but their expectations for the GOP's performance is low:
...while a majority of the public says Republican control of the House of Representatives is good for the country, only one in four say the GOP will do a better job running things than the Democrats did when they controlled the chamber.
Good. Keep the expectations low and the leashes short.


Updates:

Raw numbers on the failure question:

In general, do you think it is more likely that Obama's policies will succeed or more likely that his policies will fail?

Succeed 44%
Fail 47%

In general, do you hope that Barack Obama's policies will succeed or do you hope that his policies will fail?

Succeed 61%
Fail 27%


More bad news for progs: Americans have more confidence in Republicans in Congress than in Obama or the Democrats. In fact, Republicans crush the Democrats...
Thinking about the major issues facing the country today, who do you have the most confidence in -- Barack Obama, or the Republicans in Congress, or the Democrats in Congress?

Obama 35%
Republicans in Congress 40%
Democrats in Congress 15%

Some "glass half empty" analysis from an astute commenter at Gateway Pundit:
So… 35% of the people are mentally ill? That’s really sad.

Add the 35% to the 15% who think the Pelosi/Reid Congress is just ducky, and this country is in serious trouble.


Caveats:

1. CNN reports that a growing number of Americans are "rooting" for Obama to fail, but in their poll they ask respondents whether they hope Obama's policies fail, not whether Mr. Obamafails:
In general, do you hope that Barack Obama's policies will succeed or do you hope that his policies will fail?

2. This poll does not reflect the views of the voters:
Interviews with 1,008 adult Americans conducted by telephone by Opinion Research Corporation on December 17-19, 2010. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Remember... polls of the general adult population generally give results that are more sympathetic to Democrats (in contrast to polls that only include Americans who vote).

3. Demographic data on the poll sample are conspicuously absent.



Discussion: Memeorandum

The Afternoon Beat at the Left Coast Rebel: Americans Dreaming of Hawaii Edition

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Turquoise lagoon, Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii

by the Left Coast Rebel

It seems that our Morning Beat series here around the Christmas/New Year season is getting published a bit later every day, today being no exception due to the weather here in So-Cal. It's not snowing but the rain has settled in once again! Let me see a raise of hands - who is dreaming of Hawaii today?

On days like this, we will roll our morning linkfest into an afternoon edition....

Blog reads of the day:

Confederate Yankee: Chris Christie's gun rights record exposed

Dad 29: More on the Christie commute

Western Hero: Populist Convergence

W.C. Varones: Obama's inequality

Just a Conservative Girl: On that conservative Civil War

BBCW: (Video) Obama attacked by golf ball?*

Goomba: Moonbat Garafalo closeup (funny!)

W.C. Varones: Zimbabwe Ben rally done?

Poli-Tea: Independents in California a force to be reckoned with?

Duchess Rebecca: A joke - Obama, Michael Vick walk into a bar....

Full Metal Patriot: Bikers against child abuse

Legal Insurrection: Snowy Colt State Park

Beers with Demo: Of snow storms, debt....

Liberator Today: San Diego broke but new City Hall building considered?

Bluegrass Pundit: It has begun, EPA in Texas

Proof Positive: Oklahoma - Wife's death was sex fantasy accident?

Maggie's Notebook: Malik Zulu Shabazz New Black Panthers Meet Ahmadinejad

Rule 5 (pretty girls):

Liberal Guy: Confusing?

Eye of Polyphemus: Kate Perry

Mind-Numbed Robot: Catherine Zeta Jones

Full Metal Patriot: Midweek Peek Olivia Wilde

Last Tradition: (perhaps NSFW) Curvy Nicole "Coco" Austin

Duo Blog/post of the day:


More Liberal Gibberish Yet Once Again

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Before I get into the the issue first let us understand what fascism is. It is an economic and political system that allow for the private ownership of property and business however both are highly regulated by the state. As in Fascist Italy and Nazis Germany to point to just two fascist states of the 20th century.

Fascism is not, as departing Congressman John Hall D-NY understands it to be. I do not know what school he attended but I am sure glad I was not among his classmates. He attributes his understanding of fascism to his school days stating that; "I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. As can clearly be seen from the prior paragraph {be sure to checkout the link}this soon to be retired congressman does not know what he is talking about.

In a wide-ranging interview before he prepares to leave the House of Representatives, Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall warned that the nation could quickly descend into Fascism if more is not done to curb the influence of corporate money in politics.

Speaking about the Citizen's United decision, which allowed unregulated flow of cash into campaign coffers, Hall said, "I learned when I was in social studies class in school that corporate ownership or corporate control of government is called Fascism. So that's really the question— is that the destination if this court decision goes unchecked?"

Hall said that the flow of corporate dollars is why he and the Democrats lost control of Congress.

"The country was bought," he said. "The extremist, most recent two appointees to the Supreme Court, who claimed in their confirmation hearings before the Senate that they would not be activist judges, made a very activist decision in that it overturned more than a century of precedent. And as a result there were millions of extra dollars thrown into this race."

The extra money floating around, he said, compounded the Democrats weaknesses on the economy, unemployment and the mortgage crisis. And he said that for of the accomplishments of the lame duck Congress, their failure to pass the Disclose Act—which would have at least forced corporations to reveal who they were donating to—stood out a black mark on the session.
Read more here.

If there is a threat of creeping fascism it is likely it come from the left. Of course the Democrats will point to the Supremer Court decision as being responsible for this alleged creep to fascism in America. This amounts to nothing more than smoke and mirrors and it is a lie.

I point you to the book by Jonah Goldberg "Liberal Fascism" The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Change. It is the Democrats (liberal progressives) that want and fight for more Government control and regulation of our lives and businesses. If we allow the liberal progressives to have their way we will become a more highly regulated society and our economic system will become much like the ones the soon to be ex congressman warns against. But of course that is the liberal progressive plan isn't it?

The progressive left continues to use the same old tactics of attempting to confuse the truth with their desired fantasy that they call reality. And they are betting on the long haul and that Americans educated in the progressive public school system will soon not be able to tell the difference.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

Updated by LCR: Per a tip from D. Eris at Poli-Tea, a must-read post at Third Party and Independent Daily, "Wikileaks: U.S. Diplomats Bemoan "Primacy of Freedom of Speech" in Danish Cartoons". Yes my friends, that is fascism.

Manatees protest Gulf Cooling: Manatees flee frigid Gulf of Mexico waters to shelter themselves at warm power plants



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By Sam Foster

Supposedly, this year is supposed to be the third warmest on record, but it is also the same year that the Gulf of Mexico froze over. Florida is already bracing for the third freeze of December and the cold is a month early.

The chilly temperatures are wreaking havoc on local wildlife. So far this year, more manatees have died from hypothermia than in the last of the last five years together.

Today, AP reports a mass of manatees protesting the effects of devastating cooling in Florida waters. While the manatees natural habitat has become to cold for them to survive, manatees are flocking to waters around power plants to stay warm (you know, the giant carbon producing structures that are causing all the animals to be in danger everywhere.

People aren't the only ones in Florida who don't like cold weather. Manatees - those giant aquatic mammals with the flat, paddle-shaped tails - are swimming out of the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters and into warmer springs and power plant discharge canals. On Tuesday, more than 300 manatees floated in the outflow of Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station.

"It's like a warm bathtub for them," said Wendy Anastasiou, an environmental specialist at the power station's manatee viewing center. "They come in here and hang out and loll around."

Cold weather can weaken manatees' immune systems and eventually kill them. State officials said 2010 has been a deadly year for the beloved animals: between Jan. 1 and Dec. 17, 246 manatees died from so-called "cold stress." During the same time period in 2009, only 55 manatees died from the cold. In 2008, only 22 manatees succumbed to chilly temperatures.

Manatee deaths documented from Jan. 1 through Dec. 5 are nearly double the five-year average for that time period, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission statistics.


This manatee protests appear to be catching on:

During last year's cold snap, some 329 manatees congregated at the Tampa Electric power station. In Broward County on Tuesday, some 50 manatees gathered in the outfall of a Florida Power and Light plant.

Manatees aren't the only one's in danger...
And according to Time, it's all because of global warming.....

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Satisfying

(VIDEO) Top Ten Reasons Why California Companies Are Calling Moving Companies

by the Left Coast Rebel

How did we ever get to this point? Answer - progressivism:



Van Helsing calls California "The Venezuela of North America" and to be honest, that's pretty spot-on.

I can see Virginia from my house....

Photo of the Day: Only Jackasses beg for Treats

by the Left Coast Rebel

Via Flickr user Susan Lueck:

Only Jackasses beg for treats


Since this photo portrays two donkeys begging and since the symbol for the Democrat party is a jackass, is there a political message in this?

Check out more interesting photos, "Your Best Shots 2010: Through the Window" over at Flickr.

It's like you can't even catch your wife cheating anymore; man charged with felony for accessing wife's email



By Sam Foster

I'm all for privacy and all, but honestly, leaving your email password next to the computer so that your husband can catch you cheating on him? That's asking for some crack detective work:


A man in Rochester Hills, Mich., is facing felony charges after he says he caught his wife cheating by reading her e-mails.

Last summer, the 33-year-old computer technician suspected his wife was cheating, so he logged onto her Gmail account.

"I just used her password, got through her e-mails, and immediately saw that that was actually happening," said Leon Walker.

But did he go too far?

"I haven't been able to find another case where somebody's reading another person's e-mail without their permission has led to a felony charge," said Leon Weiss, Leon Walker's attorney.

Prosecutors charged him under a state law to prevent identity fraud, and two Michigan judges have refused to throw out the felony charges.

Clara Walker said she never gave him her Gmail password. Leon Walker says she kept all her passwords in a book next to the computer.

"She told me her password before, and she kept them with the computer. It was very visible," he said.

Great News out of Florida! (Unless you're a Mitt Romney fan)

By Proof

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Public Policy Polling has Mitt Romney dropping from over fifty percent, when originally polled against Huckabee and Palin, to thirty one per cent when Gingrich and Ron Paul's names were added to the poll, down to twenty one percent in their latest poll.

"...in later polls the anti-Palin sentiment was diffused across several candidates and Romney's mile wide but inch deep support declined further and further and further to where it is now."

Mile wide and an inch deep? Mitt has many things to like about him, but his baggage outweighs them all. RomneyCare, in Massachusetts (as I noted here) is one of the most expensive in the country, did not realize savings from decreased ER usage, and is heavily dependent on bailouts form the federal government to keep it solvent.

ObamaCare, which is strikingly similar to RomneyCare, has no Uncle Sugar to bail it out. It is doomed to failure. Romney simply hasn't the credentials to wipe out whatever vestiges there are of Obama care when 2012 rolls around.

H/T Mememorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Video: Belmar, New Jersey Snowstorm Time Lapse

by the Left Coast Rebel

The Eastern Seaboard and much of the Eastern U.S. is frozen solid and buried under the snow at the moment. I can't relate as it is 60 degrees out and sunny here in Southern California. Living in a banana republic still has it's benefits (or benefit) -- the weather.

Photographer Mike Black captures time lapse video of snowfall in Belmar, New Jersey:



Mike Black used his Canon DLSR on a tripod, set up a remote timer and took one frame every five minutes for about 20 hours in the video above.

Note that Mike Black uses clocks and a measuring tape in the time lapse video to show the scope of snow.

Herman Cain for President?

by the Left Coast Rebel

Robert Stacy McCain was the first to mention him and I see his name popping up across the blogosphere, is it an indication of grassroots enthusiam? An LCR reader emailed me about him and wanted to know more, after he read an excellent Right Klik post on him.

Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about him but told him I would send him more information. I wonder what this all means?

His name is Herman Cain and Robert Stacy McCain re-introduces him to the audience:


Stacy McCain writes more:

The term “Herman Cain porn” was coined at Red State to describe videos like this one from Citizens4Cain:

The “next Reagan” label is a heavy burden, but even if Cain is not equal to the Great Communicator — is anyone, really? — he is at least a Doggone Effective Communicator. Like I said, “Steve Forbes with charisma.”

Look, I remember when Allen West couldn’t get the time of day from the GOP establishment; next month, he’ll be Congressman Allen West. And I also remember arriving in NY-25 on a Sunday when, barely two weeks before Election Day, the front-page news was a poll that had Ann Marie Buerkle trailing by 12 points. Next month, she’ll be Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle.

In a David-vs.-Goliath situation, you don’t start by trying to calculate the odds of success, because the odds are liable to be so daunting as to inspire helpless despair. But let me ask you this: What were Herman Cain’s odds in 2006, when the doctors diagnosed him with Stage 4 cancer? Think about that before you say Cain can’t win.

As my father used to tell me, “Can’t never could.”

But just who is Herman McCain? T. Christopher at Republican Redefined:

With the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination now underway in earnest, jockeying for position among the potential candidates has begun; and with the new year drawing near, the short list appears to be growing into a rather long one. Among the many who are hinting at or flirting with a run at the White House is a man you likely have never heard of… until now… Herman Cain.

Cain is a rather intriguing figure and I do believe his participation in the primaries could be rather beneficial to the cause. A true outsider to the political game could provide a dose of much needed reality to the conversation as our Party begins to sort through the potential nominees that undoubtedly will differ in positions on only fringe issues. He will certainly be one to watch as primaries draw near and I would be willing to bet that we haven’t heard the last of Herman Cain.

More links from The Other McCain on Herman Cain:

Be sure to reade Right Klik's Herman Cain introduction too.

Herman Cain for president?

(VIDEO) Future First Person Shooter, Behind the Scences First Person Shooter

by the Left Coast Rebel

Unlike T. Christopher, I am a big fan of videogames although I don't get a chance to play them as often as I might like. I also agree with T. in that the allure of video games these days is also their downside and downfall -- their incredibly ability (with today's technology) to suck you and suck your time away.

I'm sure these kids can relate, they put together a video, "Future First Person Shooter" that just may be what the future of video games will one day look like:



Behind the scenes of Future First Person Shooter:

Morning Beat at the Left Coast Rebel: United Nations Moonbats Edition

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by the Left Coast Rebel

Did you know that the United Nations is a despotic, third tier communist nation-appeasing conglomeration of anti-American moonbats? Do you think that American tax dollars should fund the UN?

If so, or if you have a friend that thinks so, watch this:


Now what do you think?

Various Sundries Across teh Blogosphere:

Bluegrass Pundit: Global sea level chart

Economy Politics: Case/Shiller point to more housing pain?

Yankee Phil: Chris Matthews feels tingles for birthers

Right Coast: View of Jersey City*

Legal Insurrection: Things you may have missed

Wolf Files: Why Charles Krauthammer is wrong on defunding Obamacare

Real World Libertarian: Gary Johnson on Newsmax

Pundit and Pundette: What men and women want

Western Hero: Has DC or Wall Street done more damage to US?

Humble Libertarian: Social Security isn't

BBCW: 400,000 year old human tooth*

Libertarian Republican: NJ's fattest woman on government teet? More on this at War Planner

Reaganite Republican: Classic - Reagan's 1989 farewell

Goomba: Green eggs and....patriotism?

Maggie's Notebook: Lincoln Center union stagehand makes over $200,000?

Full Metal Patriot: Jib Jab year in review

Picture of the day, h/t Sharp Elbows:

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Just doing what we would all like too (
well, actually the adult version would be a bit different)


Rule 5 (pretty girls):


Yankee Phil: Lady Gaga Nazi recruiter?

Theo Spark: Hugh Hefner's bride to be

Eye of Polyphemus: Geek Queen Alessandra Torresani

Blog/Post of the Day:

Anti-Republican Culture: Establishing Credentials

Bras Stolen from Northbrook, Illinois Victoria's Secret

by the Left Coast Rebel

Apparently there's money in crime and stealing bras:

Someone stole 153 bras from a Victoria's Secret store in suburban Chicago the Monday before Christmas.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a Northbrook police report shows the bras were taken over a three-hour period on Dec. 20 from the store in the Northbrook Court mall. The undergarments were valued at $9,675 or about $63 apiece.

Northbrook Police Department spokesman Michael Shep says authorities don't have any suspects. He says police don't know how the thief took so many items without being seen, but he says it could have been from a display in front of the store.

Victoria's Secret corporate office says in a statement that the retailer is "aggressively" working with police.


If this infraction goes to trial, I wonder what the motive will be determined to be?

Since we are on the topic of bras and such, did anyone hear that Hugh Hefner got engaged to Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris?




And Hugh Hefner dumped these two twins (Karissa and Kristina Shannon) for Crystal Harris (no, seriously):

Everything You Need to Know About Obamacare in 16 Words

Donald M. Berwick


ObamaCare won't save the economy, it won't make health care more affordable and it won't cause us to live longer, healthier lives.

The "primary function" of Obamacare is to take your power to make your own health care decisions and to give that power to the ruling class. Don't take my word for it:
President Obama's Medicare chief, Dr. Donald Berwick, explains, "Traditional medical ethics, based on the doctor-patient dyad must be reformulated...The primary function of regulation in health care, especially as it affects the quality of medical care, is to constrain decentralized individualized decision making.
Translation: "You're not in charge of your health care. Your doctor is not in charge. We are."

Go read this excellent article for more.


Update: Do you know who has all the right ideas about real health care reform? Read this great piece by Robert Stacy McCain.

Update II: Nothing to see here, move along.


Discussion: Memeorandum

LCR at The Daily Caller: Location, Location, Location

by the Left Coast Rebel

My latest Daily Caller piece (in quite a while, actually) is actually a modified LCR post but due to the real estate, it sounds a lot better than it does here.

Location, location, location. Click the image above to read the piece and please Facebook "like" it and comment if you have the time, please get the word on Obama's march to socialism and in this case, death panels. Let the new 112th Congress know your outrage over this insidious move on Dear Leader's part.

Props to RightKlik for much of the inspiration!