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War fair?

Who's waging war on women exactly?

According to some Dems, you have to collect a paycheck from an employer in order for your opinion to be valid...no, wait...

His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we . . .  why we worry about their future.

Oh, really?

I'm just sayin' this...


Déjà vu all over again

It's April...baseball season's starting up again (think Yogi Berra—read 'em and laugh) and Easter's almost here.  I was going to post this cartoon around this time last year but didn't have the nerve.  Who knew we'd be back in the same spot at the same point in 2012?  Well—we all did, didn't we?

At least we're not quite here—yet:

Open Mic Night at the Sidetrack Tap

Здравствуйте, товарищи

That's Russian President Dmitri Medvedev the President of the United States is speaking to, and Dmitri promised to share the message with, you know, Vlad.  Kissy, kissy, are we besties?

Even Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor for Fox News, reported the episode thusly:
...Conservatives are aghast at what Obama told outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in a message for his boss/successor Vladimir Putin. Obama ratified the central campaign theme of his likely opponent, Mitt Romney, when he said that he would be in a better position to make concessions on American missile defense after the election.
And while the president certainly added ammo to Romney’s campaign pitch, which adds up to a warning about “Obama unrestrained,” the incumbent was also giving the pocket Putin a crude shorthand for the Obama 2012 message: it will work better next time....
Jim Rogers, the investor, is always telling us we should be learning Chinese. He may be right, but maybe brushing up on our Shakespeare Chekhov might not be such a bad idea, either.
Read the rest of Stirewalt's column for his take on "Obama Piling Up Promises for Second Term."  We knew this was coming, though.
Charles Krauthammer: 
[President Obama] said ‘last election,’ not next election, last election. I'm done and do what I want.”
Left of Lenin
до свидания
Update from cartoonist Robert Ariail...he titled it "Hunger Games." Heh  smiley:


Shifting the paradigm

If you have a low opinion of Hollywood and Hollywood types, you might see things a little differently after reading this column by Jerry Molen, an Oscar-winning film producer whose credits include "Rain Man," "Minority Report," "Twister," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park."

My fellow patriots,

As we sit in our comfort-laden abodes, sipping our lattes or pink lemonades and either wishing the snow would be gone for another year or baseball season would start so there was something interesting to do, the world continues to move forward. But as we seek other interests, we are not listening to the sounds emanating from the world around us. If you would listen carefully you would recognize the woeful sounds of America gasping for its very breath of life and its inner soul.
Yes, the sounds are there. We just don't listen. We only hear (or see) what we want. As the country gasps for clarity of purpose, we the people figure someone or something else will come along and fix the problems for us. I don't think so. The warning signs have been there for a long time. A very long time. It is my humble opinion that, during these turbulent times, we find ourselves in the dilemma of our lifetimes. As a country we have been either asleep or just too comfortable in our own cocoons to realize the depth of our plight.
An event took place in 2008 that changed the world we live in. It changed the face of America, it changed the direction of our moral values, it changed how we view the future and how we see ourselves as human beings and it changed the make up of our basic freedoms that we so irreverently tossed aside for entitlement freebies and empty promises by the engineers at the helm....
...The event I speak of, of course, was the presidential election of 2008. We put a man in office, a man not really qualified to be a dog catcher, much less the most powerful man in the world. We refused to listen to what he was saying. We missed the first gasp of incredulity when he promised to transform America. Oh, we bought into the cliched slogans of "hope and change." We liked his smile, his ability to read from a teleprompter, his super-friendly demeanor and his charismatic oratorical skills. Yeah, we jumped in with both feet thinking the country would show the world we had found our mojo and racism was gone forever...
...those who perpetrate the lie and the hate by using their best tools of fear and envy and class warfare are alive and well and doing their very best to take our basic freedoms away from us...
...The election of 2008 was filled with the same promises we are hearing again as the President travels across the country extolling his virtues and penchant for handing out goodies wrapped in the same old hope and change....
...each of us should care enough to get off our butts and do something about the crisis we find ourselves in. When we do not, we condemn our progeny to a lifetime of debt and potential servitude to the miseries of progressive lifestyles and socialist living conditions...

Taking a constitutional

Judging from e-mails going by the past few days, several people in the area are working out by participating in Hillsdale College's online Constitution 101 course. The Constitution never goes out of style but the course is particularly timely; Hillsdale President Larry Arnn points out that we as a nation really are at a fork in the road...we're going to have to choose between a constitutional model of government (limited, representative, with separation of powers and checks and balances) and what Arnn calls a bureaucratic model (in which agencies run by "experts" combine all three branches of government and operate without oversight).  Calling the latter model "bureaucratic," though, sounds almost innocuous. It's really much more insidious than that.

But some people understood Obamacare as a a chilling manifestation of Arnn's bureaucratic model even before there was an Obamacare.  We were warned (via New Zeal):

Arnn also points out that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are inextricably linked, an idea that the often-maligned (by progressives, anyway) Calvin Coolidge understood:

...If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people...

You can still register for "Constitution 101" at Hillsdale.  It's free.

You have plenty of time to study up before April 24th

Sombrero tip to Chrissy-the-Hyphenated.

This is John McCain's 2008 file on Mitt Romney. Read and consider it before the New York Republican primary on April 24th.

McCain 2008 Oppo File

The Dixie Bricks

They seem like pleasant enough people but they're trying to make bricks without straw—utterly clueless. At New Zeal:

Van Jones promised back in November that the Occupy gang will put up over 2,000 candidates for election in 2012. After AIM’s Ben Johnson did some man-on-the-street pop quizzes in the south this past week, we sure hope they come through on Jones’ promise. Ladies and gentlemen: we present to you the fruits of public school social studies programs.


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