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From the Weekly Standard:

Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning, former Vermont governor and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dr. Howard Dean shared his thoughts on the Tea Party.

“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,” said Dean...."The Tea Party is almost entirely over 55 and white..."

You might be inclined to think so, too, based solely on this locally-produced video. On the national level? Not so much:

In July, USA Today reported that 23 percent of the Tea Party are non-white Anglos, while non-white Anglos make up roughly 25 percent of the total American population. Additionally, only 47 percent of the Tea Party is 55 years old and older, while 23 percent are under 35 years old.

And then the backpedaling:

Dean was sure to clarify, however, that he does not think the majority of Tea Party supporters are racist or bigoted.


And from Investor's Business Daily:

On the eve of his demotion by voters from House Majority Leader to House Minority Whip, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., offered this insight into the psychology of the Tea Party movement:

"There are a whole lot of people in the Tea Party that I see in these polls who don’t want any compromise. My presumption is they have unhappy families. All of you have been in families: single-parent, two-parents, whatever. Multiple parent and a stepfather. The fact is life is about trying to reach accommodation with one another so we can move forward..."

And then the obligatory "update":

Steny Hoyer’s office sent the following statement to Capital Hill (the blog that posted the original piece):

"Mr. Hoyer clearly meant that everyone has to compromise sometimes as part of a family and that compromise is necessary to successfully govern. He obviously was not referring to the personal family life of a large group of people."

Mighty hard to move forward when you keep on backpedaling.

Coffee? Tea?

Maybe someone should send this postcard

to the organizer of The Coffee and Caring Club of Ithaca (the group formerly known as the Coffee Party, Ithaca Area) who lives in...Moravia.  Just sayin'...

Poor Richard's Almanack

Richard Hanna hasn't even been sworn in yet and he (as well as the other 434 members of the House) is already under scrutiny:

GOOOH stands for 'Get Out of Our House' and is pronounced like the word 'go'. It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to place 435 citizen representatives on the ballot in 2012, competing for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.... 

GOOOH is NOT a political party. It is a system that will allow you and your neighbors to choose, among yourselves, a candidate who will truly represent your district....

....Our preference is to compete in the primaries against the incumbent. It is possible we may have to run as an Independent in some races, or even form a party in a few states, but the goal is to run in the primaries. It is important to clearly state that we are not a third party. We have no platform and are a bottom-up organization. We are a process for selecting and funding candidates....

I know, I know—it's a goofy acronym, easily open to ridicule. They sound rather Ron-Paulian; you can decide what you think about that.  But the point is that there's been a lot of talk in various media about how it's unlikely that tea-party-type folks will be unable to maintain their momentum now that the election is over. But this one example, at least, doesn't seem to support that.  There are already people waiting in the wings preparing to primary Hanna and other Republicans if they a) are perceived to be RINOs, and b) decide to run for re-election in 2012. What happened during the lame-duck session just strengthened their resolve:

RINO Call (from Day by Day)

Zone defense


No, this isn't Ace of Spades, so we're not talking football and scantily-clad cheerleaders.  We're talking this kind of zone.  Next week is the Dryden Town Board Abstract and Agenda meeting (the second Wednesday of the month) on January 12th, at which zoning will again be the topic during the second part of the meeting.  As described in a post in early December, the work session starts at 7PM, and usually finishes up around 7:45PM. That is then followed by an 1-1/2  hour discussion related to the new, revised, zoning the town hopes to adopt.  Right now, section 600, pertaining to density allowances, is under consideration (the same topic carried over from last month's meeting. The text can be found here, pp. 27-28). 

The Board suggests that citizens phone or email town environmental planner Dan Kwasnowski (phone: 844-8888 between 8:30AM and 4:30PM or leave a message after hours, fax: 844-8008, email: to express their concerns, questions, or suggestions. Dan will then put together a written summary of citizens' concerns which becomes the topics for discussion at the meeting. Attendance at the meeting doesn't hurt, either. 

Please inform your neighbors and friends of these meetings so that all interested parties can stay current with proposed projects (h/t Kathy).

The Elephant's Child

OK, O Best Beloved, I waited until midnight to post this cartoon.  Let's hope for all our sakes that this little elephant has 'satiable curiosity:

(h/t Townhall and Rudyard Kipling)

Happy New Year!

snowmanThere's tons of fodder for blogging today, but I think I'll just save it for next year and simply say:

Na zdrowie!    Sláinte!    Ваше здоровье! (pronounced just like it looks)   Salute!    Prosit!    Sveiks!...

Redistricting--everything's connected

The post immediately preceding this one reminded me of a little blurb in the Ithaca Journal a couple of days ago:

Laura Ladd Bierman, executive director of the League of Women Voters New York State, and Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director, will describe how electoral district lines have been established, the reasons they believe reform is needed and what state residents can do to influence change in New York state government at an event in Ithaca Jan. 26.

The sessions will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the second floor annex of the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, at Buffalo and Aurora streets. The sessions will be based on data obtained from the New York Public Interest Research Group and additional material from the Brennan Center for Justice and Citizens Union of the City of New York. Legislative districts are due to be redrawn following results of the 2010 Census.

In order to get the gist of where this is probably going, here's a quote from the Brennan Center for Justice website:

The conservative movement rose, in part, because it relies on a pinched and narrow view of the role of law, the Constitution, and government.

Hmmm....might be interesting to go hear what these folks have to say. January 26th is a Wednesday; I presume they're presenting the same program twice (once in the afternoon, once in the evening).

New Year's Resolution...

..for Tompkins County Republicans? I was reminded that we should be making (at least) one by this article a couple of days ago from Gallup:

December 27, 2010

All 10 States Losing Congressional Seats Tilt Democratic

Five of the eight states that are gaining seats skew Republican

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- Each of the 10 states losing congressional seats as a result of the newly announced 2010 census reapportionment process is politically Democratic, based on a Gallup political identification measure from the first six months of this year. Five of the eight states gaining seats skew Republican.

Political Identification in States Losing Congressional Seats in 2010 Census Reapportionment, January-June 2010

I recalled the November 2010 statistics from the Tompkins County Board of Elections (not from some phone poll). Pubs in the county are 26% of all registered voters and 33% of party-affiliated voters; Dems are 46% of all registered voters and 59% of party-affiliated voters—an even worse situation than for the state as a whole, according to Gallup, although that comes as no surprise to anyone who lives here. Lose weight in 2011? Nah, we Republicans need to resolve to gain weight in terms of numbers of voters in the county. All hands on deck!

And for those among us who have trouble coming up with New Year's resolutions all by ourselves, the gubmint is here to help (via American Thinker). Sheesh.

Just like a Silverado, no?

I really like the little hitch—would work great for pulling a camper over the Rockies, say, wouldn't it? wink

(h/t  Rich Terrell)

Optimists 2, Malthusians 0

From a Heritage Foundation blog and as a follow-up on an earlier post:

...I took him up on it, not because I knew much about Saudi oil production or the other “peak oil” arguments that global production was headed downward. I was just following a rule learned from a mentor and a friend, the economist Julian L. Simon.

As the leader of the Cornucopians, the optimists who believed there would always be abundant supplies of energy and other resources, Julian figured that betting was the best way to make his argument. Optimism, he found, didn’t make for cover stories and front-page headlines.

No matter how many cheery long-term statistics he produced, he couldn’t get as much attention as the gloomy Malthusians like Paul Ehrlich, the best-selling ecologist. Their forecasts of energy crises and resource shortages seemed not only newsier but also more intuitively correct. In a finite world with a growing population, wasn’t it logical to expect resources to become scarcer and more expensive?....

As they say, read the rest.


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