Ron Paul On Our Future Dictatorship

By Chris W
The Libertarian Patriot

Imagine what the founders would think about what the government they created has become. Certainly some, like Alexander Hamilton would be thrilled, but for the most part the men who risked everything to give us freedom from tyranny would be appalled.

So how did we get here? Simply, every generation of politicians has built upon the proceeding generation's usurpation of liberty to create a a federal Leviathan that has an ever growing hunger for more and more power until it becomes the very thing that it was meant to defend against.

Ron Paul is one of the few people in our government that see the dangers in giving Leviathan unlimited power. He sees the danger in the precedent of the Obama administration's blatant disregard of the War Powers Resolution as it pertains to our current involvement in Libya and warns that "it would be incredibly naïve to think a dictator could not or would not wrest power in this country." He adds further, "Those in power right now might be trustworthy, upstanding people. But what of the leaders of the future? They will inherit all the additional powers we cede to the current position holders. Can we trust that they will not take advantage? Today's best intentions create loopholes and opportunities for tomorrow's tyrants."

And it is not just our foreign involvements that worry the Congressman. What about here at home? As he points out, it is not beneath the state to "treat all Americans as suspected terrorists". He later reminds us that our "constitutional rights no longer apply when the United States is "at war" with you."

These are sobering words and we are nearing the tipping point where we will one day awaken to the realization that our republic has turned into a police state where agents of the state do not need a warrant, only suspicion, to raid your property. We may soon find out that we do not have the right to resist or impede the state from entering our homes in the name of their safety. It may even come to pass that armed stormtroopers can gun you down in your home in the enforcement of a spurious warrant.

But this could never happen in our America, could it? Surly that only happens in other far away lands ruled by evil-doers.

Utah Senator Mike Lee on the Patriot Act and the Fourth Amendment

By the Left Coast Rebel

I missed this floor speech from freshman senator, tea-party-favorite Mike Lee:

Senator Lee's statement is so commendable that I wanted to post the transcript here in it's entirety.


I thank the distinguished Senator from Kentucky for standing up for the fourth amendment principles that he's articulated today.

This is an important issue to all Americans.

Americans want to make sure that we can identify and apprehend those people who would harm us.

And at the same time Americans are firmly committed to the idea of constitutionally limited government.

The concept that regardless of how passionately we might feel about the need for certain government intervention, we can't ever allow government to be operating completely unfettered.

We have liberty in place whenever government is controlled by the people, and whenever there are certain things that are beyond the reach of the government.

Now, Senator Paul has helped identify some key areas of concern that have been implicated by the Patriot Act.

And he has suggested that we ought to, at a minimum have, a robust debate and discussion over some amendments that might be proposed to the Patriot Act before we proceed.

Three months ago we had a discussion, we had a vote and there were a few of us who voted against the Patriot Act.

We voted against it because we love America, because we believe in constitutional limited government, because we want to make it better, we want to make this something that can, at the same time, protect Americans but without needlessly trampling on privacy interests, including many of those privacy interests protected by the fourth amendment.

Bad things happen when we adopt a law without adequately discussing its merits.

Now, years ago when the patriot act was adopted, there were a number of people who raised some of these privacy concerns.

For that and other reasons, congress made the decision way back then, almost ten years ago to adopt the patriot act and adopt certain provisions of it, subject to some sun-setting provisions.

So congress would periodically be required to debate and discuss these provisions.

It does us no good if every time it comes up we're told you have to vote for it or against it, we can't really debate and discuss it, we can't really consider amendments to it. We were told three months ago that in May, toward the end of May, and we're now here -- we'd have an opportunity to debate, discuss, and consider amendments.

That opportunity has now been taken away from us, and with it the chance to address some of these important privacy implications, many of which do implicate the fourth amendment in one way or another.

Senator Paul has referred to some of them, including some of the implications of national security letters, which while not directly implicated by the expiring provisions at issue right now are inextricably intertwined with other issues in front of us including those related to section 215 issues and including the roving wiretap issue, itself up for reauthorization.

I speak in support of the idea of robust debate and discussion. Especially whereas here it relates to something that is so important in the American concept of limited government, so closely related to our fourth amendment interests, we ought to have robust debate, discussion, and opportunity for amendment.

And I thank Senator Paul for his leadership in this regard.

Thank you.

Hat tip United Liberty.

Weinergate Update: Weiner Pulls a Boner, Calls Hill Reporter, "jackass"

Wienergate update

By the Left Coast Rebel

First, a refresher on the term my grandmother used for mistake:


1. A stupid mistake.

I know I poo-poo'ed Weinergate earlier today and thought it would end up dust in the wind of the 24-hour news cycle lamestream media within a day.

Guess not.

Memo to a Wiener: act combative and elusive with the press and (even though they love you), damned if those sharks don't circle!

This is simply too good to not post:

ABC News:

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s response to the flap around a lewd photo posted from his Twitter account went from dismissive and joking over the weekend to frustrated and combative Tuesday in Washington, when the Congressman became agitated with reporters and called a TV producer a “jackass.”

Jackass? Blood in the water! It's pretty funny watching such a narcisstic tool self implode so quickly. Cross posted to Proof Positive.

Blog of the Day: Frankenstein Government

By the Left Coast Rebel

I was just checking the live Feedjit meter and saw a few hits from the URL,

Turns out it's a site called Frankenstein Government which I have read before and liked. Lately some of the best reads that I have come across herald from new starts and/or bloggers that are too small or post too infrequently for most people to have heard of. He's been around for a while but Nacilbupera is a recent favorite read. I just found The Federalist. A new libertarian site called Red State Eeclectic also crossed my desk, now I'm a daily reader.

Anyway back to Franky.

Here's what I mean, from Frankenstein Government's profile:

Frankenstein Government arrived in 2008. That was the moment when I realized that elite business, bankers, and the government had joined forces- and that I could no longer distinguish one thieving entity from the other. An ugly creature bent on survival at all costs emerged. Adams, Jefferson, or Madison could never have envisioned such an abomination. As that creature set about pillaging the countryside- I went to the barn and grabbed some kerosene and a little torch. This is that little torch... P.S. Hank Paulson, you make Bernie Madoff look like a f@&king piker.
I love how he puts this -- a lot of us had the same awakening at the same time and were angry as hell at what the Bush administration had done to us as we were over the election of the nation's first Marxist President (and that either would even be possible).

Go check out Frankestein Government and tell him we sent yah.

Weiner Fatigue

By the Left Coast Rebel

Forgive me for how inappropriate this sounds.

I have Weiner fatigue.

It's not that New York Rep. Anthony Weiner is not a Wiener or that he probably is pretty wide and loose with the use of his last name and that his version of the salacious story just doesn't add up and that he is lawyering up, as we speak.

Most pols are cheating scumbags, but enough of it, already!

He's not going to resign.

And, even if he did, just as big of a scumbag would take his place (safe district and all).

I want to see true conservatives Republicans go after politicians (in both parties) that are plundering, raping and pillaging the nation as we speak -- just click this link to see the US Debt Clock -- so big it's guaranteed to crash your browser at least once, just did mine.

Remember: scandal obsession is fertile ground for those with no intellectual consistency. Nevertheless, national bankruptcy just isn't nearly as salacious as chasing a titillating story on an obsessively-Tweeting Congressman named "Wiener".

Oops, I meant, Weiner.

Hot Dog...
This little Wiener probably has Weiner fatigue, too
Wiener image via Nikko Myers/Flickr.

RELATED: Grab a barf bag and check out Wiener's Congressional voting record.

Iowahawk has a laugh-out-loud Weingergate post up, too.

DISCLAIMER: This post in no respect disrespects RightKlik's excellent muckraker work on Congressman Oscar Mayer (keep up the great work, buddy).

Updated: Fox News is now covering Weinergate, Carl Cameron just claimed that the tighty-whitey pic that has caused the controversy, "isn't anything that you wouldn't see on a Time's Square billboard ad for clothing of fashion."

Uh, Carl, have you seen the pic? It's not the undies, but the...shall we say...oh, nevermind.

Confirmed: Housing Double Dip
The failure of Keynsian economics: Housing upside down

By the Left Coast Rebel

U.S. single-family home prices dropped in March, dipping below their 2009 low, as the housing market remained bogged down by inventory and weak demand, a closely watched survey said Tuesday.

The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas declined 0.2 percent in March from February on a seasonally adjusted basis, in line with economists' expectations.

The price index was below the low seen in April 2009 during the financial crisis. The glut of houses for sale, foreclosures, tight credit and weak demand have kept the housing market on the ropes even as other areas of the economy start to recover.

The 20-city composite index was at 138.16, falling below the 2009 low of 139.26.

The cause of the failure of Obamanomics (Keynsian economics) is quite simple. The "Making Home Affordable Act," eight-thousand-dollar first-home-purchase tax credit and other "stimulus" for the post-2007 ailing housing market delayed the inevitable correction in pricing and inventory and stole from future growth in the market.

That's the basics of what is causing the "double dip".

Of course, our politicians know that Keynsian economics doesn't work and it would be better for our markets -- and Americans in general -- if the market(s) were allowed to correct and become healthy again.

But they can't resist the call "do something" thereby making the problem -- such as the terminally-ill housing market -- all that much worse.

That's statism and Keynsian economics for yah!

Via Memeorandum. Cross posted to Proof Positive.

BONUS: Cato's Dan Mitchell on the basic fallacies of Keynsian economics:

"Cost of War in Afghanistan will be Major Factor in Troop-Reduction Talks"

By Proof

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Obama's Proposed Afghan Air Force

This is your post Memorial Day "Oh, crap!" moment, brought to you by the Obama administration!

Of all the statistics that President Obama’s national security team will consider when it debates the size of forthcoming troop reductions in Afghanistan, the most influential number probably will not be how many insurgents have been killed or the amount of territory wrested from the Taliban, according to aides to those who will participate.

It will be the cost of the war.

Someone should tell the Commander in Chief, that when you have men and women on the battlefield, some dying for their country, this is not the time to "go cheap".

Military and civilian officials agree that the cost of the Afghan mission is staggering. The amount per deployed service member in Afghanistan, which the administration estimates at $1 million per year, is significantly higher than it was in Iraq because fuel and other supplies must be trucked into the landlocked nation, often through circuitous routes. Bases, meanwhile, have to be built from scratch.

Here's a clue for the Obama people:
A) Figure out what your objective is.
B) Figure out how you will accomplish your objective
C) Budget for that

Anything else will be like those commercials where the guy only buys part of a car, or a car without wheels because "it was all he could afford".

I have the feeling that this country in general and the military in particular "can't afford" this president.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Investigation finds Chevy Volt tax credit being abused and wasted
Obamanomics: The Chevy Volt $50,000 government-sponsored electric car boondoggle

By Sam Foster

Remember the taxpayer funded, promotional discount passed by the Democrats to sell Obama's Chevy Volts? Would it be a surprise to find out that dealers, not car buyers, are taking the credit and padding their cash flow by still selling the Chevy Volt at retail?

The practice of dealerships purchasing from one another is not uncommon. "Dealer trades" are done all the time in the industry. What is very unusual is for the receiving dealership to be able to maximize profits at the expense of taxpayers by claiming tax credits of $7,500. It is also very rare for dealerships to part with any model that has higher demand than supply, as GM claims is the case with the Volt. In addition to qualifying dealerships for a $7,500 tax subsidy, the titling process also allows GM to record Volt sales even if the cars are sitting on dealership lots.

While most of the dealerships offering "used" Chevy Volts for sale are Chevy dealers, I also found other manufacturers selling Volts with low mileage as "used" cars. A Kia dealership in California that I contacted seemed to suspect that they were doing something a bit underhanded when I called them to inquire about a "used" Volt for sale with only 30 miles on it. After I identified myself as being an associate with the National Legal and Policy Center, I was placed on hold. I was then told by a sales manager that the Volts offered at that dealership were rental cars with higher mileage on them. I later called the same dealership back posing as a potential customer and confirmed that a "used" Volt with only 30 miles on it was available. This also raises the question of why GM or Chevy dealerships would be selling Volts to other manufacturers' dealerships when they claim that there are not enough of the cars to meet retail demand.

A Chevy dealer in Chicago was more upfront with the info given on a "used" Chevy Volt with only 10 miles on it. The vehicle was being offered at MSRP. When I asked if I was eligible for the $7500 tax credit, I was told that I probably wasn't since the dealership was applying for the subsidy. This practice is one of the more egregious abuses to date purloined upon taxpayers as a result of the GM bailout. The intent (even if misguided) of the $7500 tax credit offered on the Chevy Volt is to encourage consumers to buy "green" vehicles, not to offer an opportunity for dealerships to game the system and maximize profits at the expense of the taxpayers. I also suspect many purchasers of "used" Volts will attempt to claim the $7500 tax credit for themselves, thus bringing the total tax subsidy on such transactions to $15,000 if not disallowed by the IRS.

Of course, we aren't surprised. Just when was there a program that was not wrought with waste, fraud and abuse? This is why capitalism works and Obamanomics doesn't.

The silent hum of an electric engine is quite similar to the sound of money being flushed down the toilet.

Show your Gratitude: This Memorial Day Purchase a Care Package for a Service Member

By the Left Coast Rebel

From No Sheeples Here:

This Memorial Day, Be Their Hero

Every Memorial Day, families and communities across the nation take time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. There are parades and picnics and concerts in the park. Many people today view it as simply another long weekend that marks the beginning of summer.

This Memorial Day, I’d like to ask you to be a hero and purchase a Care Package for one of our brave service members.

I know money is tight for most of us, but I’m asking you to sacrifice $24.99. You can spare that amount can’t you?

You can help make the daily routine of our troops a little more bearable and thank them for their service all at the same time.

Items the military does not provide for our troops but which they really appreciate getting include: gourmet organic coffee, Oreo Cookies™, deodorant, candy, Diplomacy Jelly Belly Jelly Beans™, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, wet wipes, sunblock, battery operated fans, Gatorade™, Painted Hills Beef Jerky™, Chap Stick™, Planters Trail Mix™, Ocean Spray Craisins Trail Mix™, bug repellent, “For The Troops” CDs, Diana Nagy “The Journey of Life” CDs and foot powder.

Sounds like an eminently worthy cause. Now be sure to thank a veteran today and please support this cause.

Link to donate here.

Photo ID, Fingerprints, Retinal Eye Scans and Voting in America

By Frank Hill, Telemachus

Quick: Which of the things listed below do NOT require a photo ID to perform?

(a) Buy cigarettes or alcohol
(b) Enter a federal building
(c) Board a commercial airplane
(d) Purchase over-the-counter antihistamine
(f) Vote in an election

You are correct. 'F' it is, dumb as it is. Completely absurd in 21st century America.

Apparently, the most cherished thing we have in our democratic republic, the right to vote, is taken less seriously than the right to smoke, drink or take drugs.

Maybe if we added some nicotine, alcohol or pseudoepinephrine to the ballot to lick before we voted, then maybe we could get photo IDs into the public elective process where they belong.

2214 DEAD people voted early in North Carolina during the 2010 elections. 64% were Democrats; 32% were Republicans and 4% must have been from the 'Fusion' Movement of the early 20th century since these early voters were at least 110 years old.

The least they could have done would have been to have had a valid death certificate attached to them as they voted. It has a coroner’s validation on it with a notary seal as well.

Honestly. What is the big deal about having photo IDs to vote in an American election anyway?

If you have never been: 1) a candidate for public office; 2) worked on a political campaign; or 3) managed a political campaign, let us count the ways for you that votes can be manipulated one way or another by people who are less honorable than Mother Teresa. They have been in politics for centuries dating back to the ancient Greeks.

Former Congressman Alex McMillan (NC-9) won his first election to Congress in 1984 by a whopping 321 votes. Out of over 220,000 votes cast. He increased his vote margin in 1986 by over 11 times and won by a then-whopping 4221 votes over the same opponent in a terrible year for Republicans across-the-board.

The most feared thing by any chief of staff or campaign manager is a close election, say, less than 5000 votes. Why? How many times have you seen or heard of some guy showing up with a bag of ballots that were ‘mysteriously’ found under some chair in the back of the school choir chamber at 4:00 am in the morning after the election in some small town in some small rural county in any state you can name?

Or in a big city like Chicago? JFK would never have become President Kennedy had it not been for the strong-arm tactics of Mayor Daley in Chicago in November 1960. Or for that matter, the ‘mysterious’ victory of a Catholic presidential candidate in Texas the same year. (oh, wait! LBJ was on the same ticket with JFK at the same time he was running for re-election as Senator from Texas in case JFK lost the presidential election! There was no way LBJ was going to lose both elections at the same time, we can assure you)

We know of a case where the candidate went home at 3:30 am on primary night with a 3000-vote lead in votes with virtually all of the precincts reporting only to wake up at 7:30 am to find out he had lost by 5000 votes somehow in the intervening 4 hours. There was a 8000-vote margin swing from a handful of precincts which is unheard-of since some precincts only had a couple of hundred people voting in each of them total.

Apparently, the precincts from the local cemeteries had been rounded up and organized at the last moments of the campaign. While everyone else was sleeping.

Go. Figure.

There is always ‘a guy’ that people ‘in the know’ say during a campaign ‘you have got to get to know’ in such-and-such a county or city because presumably, he knows ‘where the votes are in case of a tight election.’ Maybe they are the same votes as were cast in the 1960 presidential election but it makes no difference. These are votes that can be ‘counted on’ to get your man or woman over the top in the case of a tightly contested vigorous election.

In this day and age of technological wizardry, doesn’t it make sense to use it in our elections for public office? We have instant replay for NFL and college football; Wimbledon uses lasers to determine whether a serve by Serena Williams hit one molecule of the white tape or not; and you can not get on a plane anymore without a virtual body cavity search.

Do you mean to tell us we can not use PHOTO ID to determine if a person is eligible to vote or not?

Here’s who should be able to vote: duly registered natural-born and naturalized citizens who are not felons over the age of 18.

Here’s who should NOT be able to vote in any political election for public office (although they do with regularity now around the nation): felons, dead people, illegal immigrants without a green card, people who did not take the time to officially register to vote beforehand, and people who crowd 6 people into one voting booth at the same time. (seen it with our own eyes….many, many times)

Our right to vote as free people in our cherished democratic republic is severely compromised when we turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the corruption that is rampant in vote-fixing and ballot-stuffing. It makes elections a joke and makes us believe that those who oppose such technological advancements in assuring clean elections are either naïve or just plain thrilled to see illegalities abound in our duly-established elections.

If it were up to us, we would mandate Photo IDs tomorrow morning and enforce them with fingerprint matches and retinal eye scans at the place of election. In the case of absentee and mailed-in ballots, subject each and every one to a rigorous signature verification scan before opening the envelope.

Our freedom and republican form of government are totally dependent on the integrity and veracity of our legal citizens voting legally each time an election is held.

You can choose to vote or not when you are alive. That is called ‘freedom’.

On this Memorial Day, let's remember that our fathers and forefathers who died in battle defending our freedom did not do so to allow every illegal resident; felon; unregistered voter and dead person license to vote in our civic elections. It is dishonoring to them to besmirch their heroism and valor by turning a blind eye to the corruption still inherent in our voting system.

We have the technology in the 21st century to ensure that every single vote is valid and legal unlike at any time in human history. Let's use it.

Fix it now. Pass Photo ID in every state and county. For the good of the nation and continuation of The Republic.

(Editor's Note: Frank Hill's resumé includes working as chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, serving on the House Budget Committee and serving on the Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. He takes on politics from a fiercely independent perspective at the blog Telemachus).

The Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act

By Proof

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US Embassy Tel Aviv

Are you at all familiar with the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act? This act, to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was passed overwhelmingly on October 23, 1995, by both the Senate (93-5) and the House (374-37).

The Act then states what henceforth will be not Congressional preferences but the official policy of the United States toward Jerusalem: that it should remain a united city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected; that it should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and that the U.S. Embassy should be established there no later than May 31, 1999.

1995. If you were born in 1995, you would be sixteen years old this year. For sixteen years, the will of the people, as reflected by the vote of their representatives has been overridden, delayed and virtually ignored by the executive branch. What are the odds that a president who advocates a return to a border which divides Jerusalem, would ever implement this act of Congress?

In June of last year, Obama, like his predecessors before him, delayed the implementation of this law.

For the third time, U.S. President Barack Obama delayed for six months moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Ever since 1995, when the Jerusalem Embassy Act was passed ordering the transfer of the U.S. embassy, U.S. presidents have routinely delayed the move.

The fourth time would be December 3, 2010

Anyone want to make book if he'll go for five? Me, neither.

Update: If he were serious that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided", as he told AIPAC in 2008 when he was running for president, he would back up his words with deeds. Don't look for that to happen anytime soon.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Obama losing Socialist support over slow disaster relief response

It seems that Tuscaloosa, AL maybe Obama's Katrina.

After stopping by the area, hard hit by tornadoes, Obama offered immense support:

“I want to make the commitment to the communities here that we'll do everything we can to help these communities out,” the president said from a small clearing among the piles of debris on 25th Avenue East in Alberta.

What you're seeing here is the consequence of just a few minutes, (but) our biggest priority is helping this community with comfort.

He went on:

As President Barack Obama travelled through Tuscaloosa, Ala. to survey the damage left behind by Wednesday's series of deadly tornadoes, he said he had "never seen devastation like this."

"We're going to make sure you're not forgotten,"
Obama told residents.

This is Obama, he makes things a top priority so that he knows what to forget about.

ABC News did a follow up report on Tuscaloosa. It has now been a month since Obama made his promise. Nothing has changed.

"Obama said he was gonna help everybody, that's a lie."

It seems that tornado victims aren't the only ones fuming at Obama's response-in-show only; the following excerpt is from World Socialist Web Site:

Comparing his visit to the Missouri city with his trip last month to Alabama, Obama said, “When we were in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago, I talked about how I hadn’t seen devastation like that in my lifetime,” he said before the memorial service Sunday. “When you come here to Joplin, and it is just as heartbreaking, and in some ways more devastating,” he added. “Obviously, it is going to take years to build back.”

Neither the press nor the local politicians questioned this timeline, which is clearly based on a perspective of limited, even negligible, outside assistance. While Obama purports to take a less callous approach, such remarks confirm that the Democrats, like the Republicans, are committed to leaving the people of Joplin in the lurch.

Only a few hours after Obama’s appearance in Joplin, ABC News broadcast a report on the conditions in Tuscaloosa, one month after the tornado hit the city. Huge piles of debris still litter the city, where nearly 7,000 homes were destroyed on April 27.

Shirley Billingsley, 69, said her family worry they’ll have to sleep outside their wrecked home while they wait for emergency aid. “Obama came in and he said, ‘We’re gonna help everybody’,” she told ABC. “That’s a lie! Tell him Shirley said it, and she lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.”

You know that the comparisons to Katrina are warranted when Obama starts angering socialists.

Politico Blames Conservative Blogger for Anthony's Weiner ― UPDATE: Conservative Blogger Takes Credit!

Ben Smith makes a bold assumption at Politico. That lewd picture sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account to the coed in Washington Smith is very confident that it came from a conservative blogger:
She blames an anonymous person who "had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago" -- likely a conservative blogger who's been focusing on Weiner's Twitter feed -- for ginning up the storm.

The statement doesn't say whether she's been in touch with Weiner amid the recent fuss, but it has a kind of comprehensiveness and force that make it quite effective.


You know what, y'all? Since it's already become so obvious, I'm going to go ahead and take responsibility for this one.

Q: What was Weiner's Twitter password?

A: ScrappyLuvsBBW69.

Same for his yfrog acccount. Duh!

Q: Isn't it a strange coincidence that among the mere 91 people Weiner followed, one just happened to be a busty coed with a crush on him, who called him her "boyfriend?"

A: I added Gennette Cordova to Weiner's list shortly after I successfully guessed his password.

Here's another question from Ace:

Q: The Comely Coed called Weiner her "boyfriend" and friends commented that she had a "crush" on him. Are we to believe the hacker knew the one woman in the world who might be interested in a dic-pic from the homely anteater Anthony Weiner?

A: I'm singularly obsessed with Anthony Weiner. Don't ask me why. I started blogging about him long before I "ginned up this storm." I follow Weiner's tweets on Twitter, and I track his followers' tweets by searching "@RepWeiner" several times each day. After monitoring Weiner's Twitter activity, it became obvious that Weiner's self-proclaimed "girlfriend," Gennette Cordova, was the ideal candidate for an epic online prank.

Q: Those skinny legs in that picture?

A: Weiner and I are virtually identical from the waist down.


Seriously. I did this. I don't know why Weiner hasn't come after me already. My prank may have been brilliant, but I'm really not very tech savvy. I should have been caught by now. I cannot answer the questions that I do not have the answers to.

Any more questions?


RS McCain seems to think I'm joking. Oh well, thanks for the link!

Final Thoughts...

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America. The American flag. Liberty. Freedom from tyranny and oppressive government. The inalienable right of all men and women to live their life as they see fit, in so long as they respect the same rights inherent in others. The right to opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender. Recognition that with the liberty and freedoms enunciated in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States comes individual and personal responsibility to ensure their continued existence for all posterity. The belief that our republican form of government was instituted to ensure the protection of the minority against the potential tyranny of the majority. The understanding that government is but a necessary evil, put in place only as a watchdog to insure that the rights of each individual is respected and protected in so long as they do no injury to the inalienable rights of others. Acceptance of the principle that speech is a protected right of all, particularly when it is offense politically to any certain political ideology. An understanding and eventual acceptance that while our founding fathers made the conscious decision to continue slavery, thereby forever coloring their enlightened belief in the principals specified in the Declaration of Independence there did so to insure the cementing of the republic. Accepting that as society is driven by the need to adapt to modern realities it will do so. Understanding that as Americans we share a common interest. At least we should.

Please forgive the size of the preceding paragraph. While it is perhaps grammatically too lengthy its content is never the less cohesive and interconnecting. It also defines what I, and Rational Nation USA stands for. My message has been consistent. It as always been about the PRINCIPALS set forth in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, regardless of the obvious hypocrisy the progressive left continually points out to justify their America hating agenda. Rather than understanding the truths on which the fundamental principals of our founding documents were founded they expend their efforts to attempting to tear them down. When they succeed America itself will come down with them.

Rational Nation USA has given nearly two years to the cause of liberty and individual freedom. The effort has far exceeded the rewards. After well over 1200 posts the fuel required to burn the flame of liberty is growing depleted. The energy greatly diminished in the face of the current collectivist onslaught that is gripping America. Age and other responsibilities has taken its toll.

I will continue to fight for liberty, when the collectivist statist knock on my front door. Until then the proprietor, and Editor in Chief of Rational Nation USA is going on an extended vacation.

Have a Great Memorial Day for those who actually still understand what it stands for.

To the Future. May it be a better than the immediate past or the current realities. That of course will be up to EACH INDIVIDUAL! Progressive collectivists please take note.

So long, long live the republic, and hold true to real bona fide conservative principles. You know, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Cross Posted to Rational Nation USA

‘Bend It (SS/Medicare) Like Beckham’ and Green Bananas

By Frank Hill, Telemachus

There was some truly heart-breaking and depressing news this past week when the Social Security and Medicare Trustees came out with their desultory report about the sickly state of both of our major entitlement programs today.

Here is a link to the report and to a thoughtful inside comment from one of the trustees who is a good friend of ours and a sound thinker on all things budget-related, Dr. Chuck Blahous.

If you don’t have the time to read it just yet (you should read it in its entirety sometime soon, except only under the following conditions: 1) not right after you have eaten anything and 2) preferably with a tranquilizer gun nearby and handy), here’s the bottom-line:

‘Both Social Security AND Medicare are fundamentally and technically broke, bankrupt, kablooey right now, in 2011 A.D.’

That is it. Can it be any more clear than that?

Now this doesn’t mean every granny or grandpa is going to lose hers or his SS check this month. It doesn’t mean they will be denied Medicare payments for their various ailments and treatments.

One of our favorite slogans for older-age was found on a needlepoint pillow made for one of our best friends ever: ‘Old Age Is NOT For Sissies!’

But it does mean that something has to be done pretty darned soon and quickly by President Obama and Congress in order to avoid a complete dissolution of both programs and/or a complete destruction of every other program in the federal budget from defense to homeland security to education to transportation to environmental protection. Both entitlements, left unchecked and unresolved, will crowd out every other federal program that at least some people think are important.

The problem we think with the presentation of the Paul Ryan budget plan to phase-in a new era of Medicare for coming generations is that the GOP has not made it clear enough that every single current senior citizen has nothing to worry about with benefits on either program. They are all ‘grandfathered and grandmothered-in’ to the current system, in essence, simply because Ryan’s plan takes so long to phase-in, up to 20 years or long about 2031 or so.

How can anyone aged 75 years old right now be too worried about what SS and Medicare will look like in 2031 when they are 95? They won’t even be buying green bananas at that time much less worrying about what some young whippersnapper says about SS and Medicare in Congress at the time.

In our humble opinion, the real problem with the Ryan plan is that it doesn’t phase-in fast enough! We need to enact these reforms today, in 2011, not in 2031. How do we know the Chinese will still be there letting us borrow their money and pay them only 1% in real interest rate costs to borrow it forever?

We also disagree strongly with Newt Gingrich’s errant remark that the Ryan plan smacks of ‘right-wing social engineering’. (What is the former Speaker talking about?)

But, fortunately, we do have ‘the answer’ at least on Social Security. Of course, it comes directly from Dr. Blahous mentioned above and we think some version of it can be applied to the Medicare program as well.

And it can be done today without affecting any senior citizen who depends solely on SS and Medicare to survive because, sadly and apparently, their children have passed away or they are not taking care of their parents like their parents took care of them growing up.

We like to call it the ‘Bend it like Beckham’ fix to entitlement programs simply because it is a hook to remember it by since it is such a confusing problem to solve in the first place.

We have spoken about it before (see 'It's Too Late') but to reiterate once again, there is such a thing called a ‘bend point’ in current SS law that inversely calculates the benefits due a person in retirement relative to their income and salaries during their working career.

Here’s what Dr. Blahous has to say about changing the ‘bend point’:
‘You COULD very easily draw a new ‘bend point’ in the benefit formula, and then slowly phase down the bend point factors above it. Basically phase down to a flat minimum benefit for everyone – above that minimum poverty-protection benefit that everyone is eligible for, you don't get any more if you have higher income.
If you went all the way there, you could probably still fund a small personal account. Or, if you just wanted to scrap the account or were willing to put in some more tax revenue, you wouldn’t have to phase the factors all the way down to zero.
You could solve the entire shortfall that way.’

Essentially, doing it this way is the right way to help the truly poor and indigent first in our society instead of having a universal spending program to fully help the truly wealthy and the poor alike. Lowering the 'bend point' would guarantee that everyone would get some sort of subsistence level of SS and Medicare payment coverage…everyone.

It just would mean that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates would have to take care of more of their retirement benefits than under current law. And why the heck not!? They can buy their own hospitals if they need the best health care in the universe anyway…they don’t need one dime of SS or Medicare handouts from the government truth be told.

So while the Democrats seek to demagogue the heck out of the Ryan plan by running ads showing mean old Republicans pushing granny out of her wheelchair over a cliff as they did in the recent 26th congressional district campaign in New York (honestly! They actually did it! See the 'America The Beautiful' campaign ad here), there is a common-sense solution that can be passed tonight…and no one would really know the difference.

So 'Bend It Like Beckham' on SS and Medicare and buy as many green bananas as you want. Both senior citizen programs will still be with us then when we are 95 in some form or fashion.

(Editor's Note: Frank Hill's resumé includes working as chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, serving on the House Budget Committee and serving on the Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. He takes on politics from a fiercely independent perspective at the blog Telemachus).

Related discussion: Memeorandum

When You're Right Your're Right!

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

Rational Nation USA is not a supporter of a Palin run for the presidency, often taking heat from the Palinistas. With respect to the forgoing video clip all that need be said is SPOT ON!

Continue to spread the message of liberty and fiscal responsibility Sarah, and get behind a true libertarian/conservative candidate that can drive national debate in the direction it so desperately needs to go.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Via: Memeorandum

Immoral Collective Statism - vs - Individualism and Morallity

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

I continue to be amused by the irrational hatred progressives have toward any and all things Rand and 18th century classical liberals held to be valid, which is to say true. One would think progressives would be the first to defend the individual against the immoral tyranny of a collective mob, which is to say the unrestrained power of the state.

Present day progressives, as well as neo-cons, rather than defending the individual and standing strong for liberty, the liberty each and every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender has the right to enjoy, place their "faith" in the state to determine what is best for each individual based on collective reasoning. They either fail to grasp the contradiction or they recognize it and simply use it both as a shield and a sword.

Each individual can make up his or her own mind on whether Rand and 18th century enlightened and rational thinkers and philosophers were right. Or...., they can decide to accept today's group think anti individual statist mentality and see how that works out for them when it reaches its natural and ultimate end.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Chavez's friend Manuel Zelaya returns to Honduras

By Sam Foster

It's not just the Middle East that is radicalizing. In the wake of Obama's foreign policy amateur hour, it seems those hostile to freedom are taking the opportunity to spread extremism.

South America is now in a more tenuous position now that legally ousted Manuel Zelaya has been allowed to return to Honduras. You can thank the collective wisdom of the Chavez sympathetic international community for this one.

Zelaya's return will allow Honduras to rejoin the Organization of American States (OAS) and gain access to international aid, vital in a country where 70 percent of a population of nearly eight million live on four dollars or less a day.

The deal included a promise that all legal action against Zelaya would be dropped.

Lobo and Zelaya signed a reconciliation agreement in Colombia last week, and the two will meet at the presidential palace along with the head of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, and Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Zelaya's return as "a great victory" for the Honduran people in a Twitter message. "Down with dictatorships! Long live popular power, long live true democracy!" Chavez wrote.

Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

The President of the United States of America, and leader of the "free world", {such as it is} has completed his six day juggernaut through the "Islamic Spring" {yeah right! Whatever that means in English} and socialist Europe. Our president was greeted with great adulation and reverence. It was as to be expected from the deteriorating economies of socialist Europe.

One stand out however was Lech Walesa, leader of the Polish Solidarity movement and first President of Poland after it gained liberty from the ex Soviet Union. Recognizing the stench of socialism {aka communism} he declined the invitation to meet with the U.S. President. Perhaps those who are experiencing the love fest of Obamaism ought to consider the experience of one who actually lived through, and fought the tyranny of socialism.

My 59 year educated guess... the world will continue to remain enamored of the American President's vision of "Hope and Change." Which of course to all people of reason is simply the code for the further socialization of not only Europe, but the United States as well. Is it any wonder that the socialist minded Europeans gave such a warm welcome to the most progressive socialist minded United States President to ever have visited Europe? One who embraces the very policies that have resulted in the economic decline of European nations.

If I sound partisan it is, of course, because I am. Partisan in favor of liberty, free and unencumbered thought absent of political correctness, the rule of constitutional law, the right of individuals to retain the rewards of their honest labor, the right of all persons to be judged on the merits of their productive contributions rather than their race or ethnicity. In short, to judge all by a purely objective standard. Precisely as the Reverend Martin Luther King.

The life sucking tentacles of progressive socialism, even in the face of obvious and proven utter failure continues to enamor the people of the world. While many would disagree, the socialist collectivist majority continues to sell the empty and destructive premise that as an individual you amount to nothing. However, in the mind of the socialist collectivist you have the power of the collective to change the social fiber of nations.

Of course this is a fallacy. But dare not utter the truth, lest you have thick skin and a unwavering belief in the rightness of your course. The adherents of progressive collectivism, the likes of which Lech Wałęsa stood against are alive and well in the United States and are being driven by the Obama administration and its well positioned and wealthy handlers.

My hat's off to Lech Walesa, as should be the hat of every American who values liberty and the right of self determination. The progressive collectivist onslaught against individual liberties and the right of self determination will continue unabated. It will be those  in the liberty movement that will, through diligence and our unshakable belief in the rights of the individual as embodied in our Constitutions that will ultimately insure our freedoms are protected.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

Could Gary Johnson Beat Obama?

By Chris W
The Libertarian Patriot

Gary Johnson may just be the one GOP candidate who has the best chance of unseating Obama in 2012 if he can make it successfully through the Republican primaries, which in and of itself will be a daunting task.

While the former NM Governor currently suffers from low name recognition and is considered by many to be Ron Paul-lite, when you look at his positions on abortion, immigration, gay rights, drugs and war; all social issues which are important to many Independents and center-left Democrats, Gary Johnson not only has the cross-over appeal that the other GOP candidates lack but he has the current occupant of the White House beat as well.

He is also a fiscal warrior when it comes to spending, as his record during his two terms as Governor bears out. While in office he cut taxes 14 times, vetoed 750 spending bills from the Democrat controlled legislature, balanced the budget, left the state with a budget surplus, cut 1,200 state jobs and created 20,000 private sector jobs. How many of his opponents can boast of that?

As you can see, getting the economy back on track is right in the Governor's wheel-house and that plays particularly well to the Tea Party along with Independents who are concerned about our mounting government debt.

The tough part will be getting through the primaries for Johnson since his social positions may not sit particularly well with conservatives. He too will have a tougher time wooing the libertarian wing of the GOP away from Ron Paul, who has that group firmly in his camp.

But these are challenges that Gary Johnson welcomes and has overcome in the past. As a political neophyte in the Governor's race in 1994 he was told by NM GOP party operatives that he had no chance of winning the Republican nomination, let alone beating the Democratic incumbent. We know how that turned out.

What we have in Gary Johnson is a candidate that does not fit in perfectly with any one particular voting bloc but appeals to a broader group of Americans; whether they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents, who are weary of partisan politics (really politics in general) and want to see real change.

At the end of the day what we need in the POTUS is someone who has the best interest of the American people at heart and will not pander to one particular bloc or party but will return us to the limited government, personal liberty ideals that this republic is founded on. What we need is a candidate that speaks for all of the American people and will not be co-opted or maintain the status quo.

That candidate is Gary Johnson.

Mission Accomplished, Rand Paul

Rand Paul
Image: Rand Paul speaking to Iowa Federation of College Republicans annual convention in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Gage Skidmore

By the Left Coast Rebel

I saw the headline at the New York Times this morning, "Senate Gadfly Who Isn’t Shy About Buzzing" and I instantly thought that the intended target of said piece was none other than Mr. Tea Party Senator, Senator Rand Paul.

I was right. From the NYT piece:

WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky did not come to this town to be quiet.

In the first six months of his tenure, he has designed his own budget (something, point of fact, that Senate Democrats have not accomplished), flirted with running for president and tormented Obama administration officials at a hearing over the fact that his toilets, hampered by federal water-use regulations, do not function properly.

This week, Mr. Paul’s parliamentary maneuvers nearly caused the Patriot Act to expire, and forced hundreds of colleagues in both chambers of Congress to reconsider their travel plans before a holiday weekend so he could fight for amendments to that bill.

In so doing, Mr. Paul, a Republican, managed to enrage Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, who suggested on the floor of the Senate that Mr. Paul might not mind if terrorists get armed to the teeth. Nor did he thrill Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader and fellow Kentuckian, when he urged supporters to contact Mr. McConnell’s office with a message to get out of Mr. Paul’s way.

A senatorial peacock with a rust-colored crown, Mr. Paul stands out as someone who, at least for now, seems to be here less to make laws than points. His libertarian-leaning amendments — one would have made it harder for counterterrorism investigators to obtain firearms records and another would have relieved banks from their duty to report suspicious transactions — failed by wide margins, even among Republicans.

It's a pretty good piece and there's lots more at the link but the point is fairly simple. Rand Paul is living up to what he said he would do and he's only been in office for four and a half months. It just goes to show what one determined, consistent individual can accomplish, even in our seemingly unreformable government, even during the times that we live in.

Remember this? We've come to take our government back:

Via Memeorandum.

Wienergate: Did Far-left Hack Anythony Weiner Tweet his Wiener?

By the Left Coast Rebel

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is one of the most noxious far-left hacks to ever (dis) grace the floor of Congress.

That personal aside, aside, apparently Anthony Weiner (or someone that hacked his Twitter account) sent out a very inappropriate photo of his....ahem...well, his last name to all of his Twitter followers.

Meant as a private message to someone that is clearly not his wife, the photo shows a not-safe-for-work image (click at your own risk) of a skinny white dude -- clearly aroused -- strutting his stuff in his tighty-whities.

Publius at Big Government reports:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY 9″) finds himself in a late night online pickle.

This evening a photo surfaced on Congressman Weiner’s yfrog account and in his verified Twitter timeline of a man in his underwear with an erection. The photo was reportedly sent to a woman on Twitter. We’ve protected her name and her account, which was at one time verified to be active but has since been deleted after the photo in question was deleted...

...Coincidentally, the rest of the photos in the congressman’s alleged yfrog account were also deleted around 11 p.m. eastern...

...Weiner, who married Hillary Clinton’s longtime assistant, Huma Abedin, last year, has been Tweeting about hockey this evening. Confusion reigns online as puzzled Weiner followers wonder what occurred to Weiner’s timeline.

The photo, stored at Weiner’s alleged yfrog account, is connected to his verified Twitter account. Were his yfrog and Twitter accounts hacked as well?

My take on Wienergate -- at least at this point -- is that only Anthony "Wiener" and the woman he sent the disgusting photo to knows the truth.

The photo that was publicly tweeted does not show Weiner's face, as Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY-26) recent Craigslist sex solicitation ad that caused him to resign clearly did (photo at left).

I assume that Weiner will slither away from Wienergate and that the controversy will not add up to anything.

It's very odd that Weiner's response to the whole thing was an admission that his Facebook account had been hacked (not Twitter), Either way, it's a funny story that is finding a lot of us on the right-blogosphere tongue-tied-and-twisted this holiday weekend -- who can't giggle about a possible sex scandal regarding a guy with the last name Wiener?

Do you think Weiner actually did post his Wiener?

Maybe just the implication or possibility that he did will leave a bad taste in voter's mouths next year as Wiener faces reelection.

Bad choice of words!

MORE: Doug Ross has more, including the double standard placed on Republicans that are caught in this kind of scandal.

Patterico also has the screen-capped timeline to Wienergate.

Donald Douglas at American Power thinks the Twitter timeline looks pretty incriminating and Sister Toldjah has a great Wienergate writeup as well.

More Wiener discussion: Memeorandum. Cross posted to Proof Positive (who I am certain will love this story!).

Was it Worth it?

By the Left Coast Rebel

Really, was it worth $200,000,000? You tell me.

(VIDEO) Soquel High School Students Suspended for Wearing "white supremacist" White T-shirts

By the Left Coast Rebel

Boy, if this story doesn't make your head feel like it's going to explode, nothing will. As reported at Saberpoint:

Several high school seniors wore white t shirts to their class's group picture last Wednesday and were suspended for doing so. The reason: the school administrators suspect that white t shirts are a sign of "white supremacists." This was a surprise to student David Mine, who is Asian. He isn't sure how he could be a "white supremacist" because he's not white.

That doesn't seem to matter to the Soquel school administrators, who apparently can read students' minds and intentions. High school senior Mike Donnelly explained the situation:
"All the girls wore pink, all the sports guys wore tank tops," says Soquel High Senior Mikey Donnelly. "We were all going to wear white so that was the plan. Just wear white t-shirts to identify ourselves and look back and say that was our group of friends right there."

Soquel High Senior Mikey Donnelly wore a white t-shirt for his senior class photo Tuesday. About 10 of his friends did the same. That decision may seem harmless. But Soquel High suspended Donnelly for three days because of it.

Donnelly said the school told him people were offended and intimidated by his group, claiming they're a white supremacist gang.
The school principal, Ken Lawrence-Emanuel explained the school's position:
"Safety is always first at Soquel High," says Lawrence-Emanuel. "We want to make sure we do everything we can to keep people from feeling and being safe on campus."

But, the students don't agree and are ready to fight it.

"It's a pretty bad feeling to be labeled something you're not," says Donnelly.

Donnelly said nobody's ever accused him of being a white supremacist before and plans on appealing the schools decision. He'll even take it to court if he needs to.
There's more at the link.

VIDEO of the Soquel High School white t-shirt controversy via a local Fox affiliate:

Insane! Wake up, America. Insanity like this is part and parcel to government-run education. Just because this story heralds from kooky-California, doesn't mean that PC moonbattery like this won't arrive in your neck of the woods eventually.

It doesn't start or end with PC madness, though. Because of "progressive" control, public education in America now lags most Westernized nations, leaving children ill equipped in a rapidly changing world. Heck, here in the People's Republic of California, a significant number of students graduate high school without even being competent or literate in English!


We need to disband the Leviathan's grip on public education, bar the NEA from its insidious, corrupting influence and institute free market reforms, immediately!

Via Memeorandum.

(VIDEO) "The Last Straw": Ron Paul's House Floor Speech, Wed 5/25/2011

By the Left Coast Rebel

This video, taken two days ago on the floor of the House of Representatives, reminds me of Dr. Paul's, "could it all be a bad dream" must-watch speech made during the nadir of the financial crisis.

Ron Paul asks, Who would have ever thought that the current generation and Congress would stand idly by and watch such a rapid disintegration of the American republic?

Every single one of Ron Paul's predictions have come true for this country. It's about time we start listening and turn the tide back. Or is it truly the last straw?

Cross posted to LCR, Rational Nation and Libertarian Patriot.

End of the World Could Be Game Changer for Obama

By Proof

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By now, most of you know that the world did not come to an end last weekend. Residents of Berkeley will undoubtedly find out soon. My prediction is, that their response will be, "Whoa, Dude!"

But if the whole "world is going to end" thing weren't bad enough, a poll has been taken to determine what effect the Rapture might have on next year's election. I.Kid.You.Not.

Public Policy Polling has taken a poll to "figure out how big of a political game changer the rapture would be."

"The Rapture", for those of you not schooled in such things, is the belief, that at the end of the world, as things get really bad, God will deliver his people from the devastation at the end of the world. That they will literally rise up and meet Christ "in the air", while those left behind have to suffer untold hardship, pain and agonizing regrets. (Think: The Obama administration on steroids.)

First off- no one really believed the Rapture was going to happen last weekend, or at least they won't admit it. Just 2% of voters say they thought that was coming on Saturday to 98% who say they did not. It's really close to impossible to ask a question on a poll that only 2% of people say yes to. A national poll we did in September 2009 found that 10% of voters thought Barack Obama was the Anti-Christ, or at least said they thought so. That 2% number is remarkably low.

Did you catch that last part? "That 2% number is remarkably low." Are they saying that they expected it to be higher? Or the fact that it was brought up at all?? (I apologize. When I first read this, I thought they were referring to the percentage that thought Barack was the "Anti-Christ". My bad. I really should finish my second cup of coffee before reading statistics.)

11% of voters though think the Rapture will occur in their lifetimes, even if it didn't happen last weekend. 66% think it will not happen and 23% are unsure. If the true believers who think the Rapture will happen in their lifetime are correct- and they're the ones who had the strongest enough faith to get taken up into heaven- then that's going to be worth a 2-5 point boost to Obama's reelection prospects...if the Rapture occurs it would be an even more immediate boost to Democratic electoral prospects.

Hear that? I think what this poll is saying, that after all the really good people are taken out of the equation, Obama gets a majority from those who are going to Hell! So, in addition to getting votes from dead people, Democrats get votes from those who are as good as dead!

This could go a long way in explaining the tactics of Democrats to bring in "the faithful". Too funny!

H/T Memeorandum
Cross posted at Proof Positive

Texas Governor Rick Perry to be GOP 2012 Wild Card?

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Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter the 2012 race? Image via Governor Rick Perry/Flickr

By the Left Coast Rebel

Via The Hill:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he will consider running for president in 2012.

Perry had previously taken himself out of contention for the Republican nomination but he has been walking back on that in recent days.His comments on Friday were the strongest to date.

“I’m going to think about it” when the Texas legislature adjourns on Monday, Perry said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Most consider the GOP primary field to be set, but several Republicans have expressed unhappiness with their choices, prompting speculation a dark-horse candidate could enter the race.

I still contend that a dark-horse candidate (no offense, Herman Cain) will emerge when people least expect it. This dark horse -- or relative unknown individual at this point -- will enter the race late and may come to the table with true fiscal conservative bona fides and sans the baggage that every candidate has at this point.

A Rick Perry candidacy may play into this theme. What do you think?

More discussion: Pajamas Media, Wake up America, Hot Air, Big Government, and The Gateway Pundit.

Via Memeorandum, cross posted to Proof Positive.