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Mammogram nazi

Yes, you read that correctly. We here at Redneck Mansion are the living embodiment of Godwin's Law. Hop on over (hey, it's almost Easter) to South of 5 and 20 to read a great post about the real war on women:

You peasants must understand, under Norwegian-style government health care, vulnerable female citizens are spared the risk of "overdiagnosis" by simply substituting no diagnosis at all.  Bends the cost curve down, you see.
 

...Talk about a "war on women"...

Read the whole thing.

But one must glom on to identity politics to distract the masses from the real issues...

Back to school

Let's start with an acrostic.  According to Democrats:

Racist
Evil
Parsimonious
Unfair
Base
Loathsome
Insatiable
Covetous
Avaricious
Nazi

However, Republican commentator Bill Whittle (via New Zeal) combines a math lesson with a history lesson to tell a very different story:

You may recall another Venn diagram from an earlier post. As great as that graphic is, it's missing the "racist" dimension.  Maybe that comes under the heading of "ignorance."

Video: Principles and patriots

The text was posted earlier but for those who couldn't be there, here's the video of an inspiring speech...Tom Reynolds, Vice Chair, Town of Newfield and Vice Chair, Tompkins County Republicans, at the 2011 Tompkins County Republican dinner on September 30th:

Quid pro quo

This preposterous cartoon appeared in yesterday's Ithaca Journal:

For the mathematically inclined, a Venn diagram from The Looking Spoon:

Just sayin'.

h/t Tom.

Principles - from Paine to Reagan

A speech given at the Tompkins County Republican Dinner honoring veterans, September 30, 2011, by Tom Reynolds:

Many years ago, I came home from work and there was a letter on the table.  It started, “Greetings from the President of the United States.”  I had been drafted.  So I did what millions had done before and after me—I shook hands with my dad and took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.  Not just the parts of the Constitution that I liked—but the whole thing. We Republicans believe in the Constitution as it was written, not as Eric Holder thinks it should have been written.
 

After I got out of the army, I got married, started a family and began a career.  But while I was minding my own business, a movement was taking hold of America; call it what you will—socialism—liberalism—statism. At their core, they’re all about government controlling our lives.  

Republicans believe we should control our lives.  

Republicans believe the Constitution was written to limit government, not empower it.  

During the 60’s and 70’s, liberalism captured our media.  But in 1980, a strong voice echoed across America.  A voice that said capitalism, the free market, the private property ownership system worked.  That America was a shining city on a hill and the last best hope of mankind.    

And we rallied to that voice.  Liberalism may have captured the media, but it hadn’t captured our hearts and minds.  

But of course, the media dismissed Ronald Reagan as a crazy cowboy from California.

And when Reagan applied his economic wisdom to foreign affairs and said the Soviet Union was condemned to the ash heap of history and that it was an evil empire, liberals gasped and said, “he can’t say that!” 

But the people enslaved behind the Soviet Union said, “yes!

We Republicans know that liberalism will fail.  It failed in the Soviet Union—try finding it on a map today.  And remember, USSR stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Communist China couldn’t feed its own people until they let capitalism in and now they’re a world economic power.

And I’m sure I don’t have to remind you what a success European liberalism has been. 

Liberals criticize Reagan because—in his era—the rich got richer.  Well, so did most other people.  But in the Obama era, the poor got poorer, as well as the rest of us.  

Obama has made the federal budget a gigantic Ponzi scheme, where he borrows more money to pay back the money he owes.  Frankly, Ponzi was a piker.  We need to rename them as “Obama schemes”.   

One thing we Republicans know that liberals have not yet learned: eventually someone has to pay for everything.

Almost 100 years ago, my maternal grandparents came over ‘on the boat.’  Probably everyone in this room can trace their ancestors back to immigrants.  Think of their courage; they left their families, their homes, their churches and any support system that existed…in many cases, to never see them again.  

But they came.  Not because there was a social services network to greet them. But for the chance for a better life.  And they achieved that life by going to work—by getting a job.  

Republicans believe in jobs, not a lifetime on social services.  Jobs give us dignity.  Jobs increase our self worth.  Jobs contribute to society.  Welfare begets welfare.  We believe in helping our neighbors, but not in a welfare state that condemns people to being slaves of the bureaucracy.  

Jobs are what we Republicans are about!  

And, I might add, my grandparents were legal immigrants.

During the depths of the American revolution, Thomas Paine wrote, “the sunshine soldier and the summer patriot will, in this crises, shrink from the service of his country; but he who stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

We are in crisis!  Liberalism has spread throughout our government and threatens to bring down the very foundations that made us—without apology—the greatest nation in history.  Will we be sunshine soldiers and let liberalism’s false idols destroy all we hold dear?   We must rise to the moment and take back our nation—town by town, county by county and state by state. 

And in 2012—Barack Obama—we’re comin’ for you. 

Paine asked people for their blood. We ask for your time, your sweat, your energy—and yes—your money.  We all know that it takes donations to win elections.  

But we are a party resurgent, even in Tompkins County.  Why, we even have a Republican running for the mayor of Ithaca.  This is our time and our moment.  We must succeed or our nation will endure more years of darkness.

Before we meet, Republicans say the pledge of allegiance.  Its words have meaning and we unashamedly say, “under God.”  But we should not forget the next word—“indivisible.”  We Republicans believe in a United States.  Our opponents seek power by dividing our nation.  Not just class warfare based on wealth, but by dividing us between the ruling class in government and “we the people.”  

Republicans believe in uniting, not dividing, and that “we the people” govern our nation.

Tonight, we honor those that have served our nation, for without their sacrifices, we would not be here.  Over the years, I’ve heard many words of praise for veterans, but my favorite was said by—who else?—Ronald Reagan.     

Reagan spoke on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, at a place called Pointe du Hoc on the Normandy coast.  Pointe du Hoc is a cliff and on D-Day, US Army Rangers scaled that cliff under murderous fire.  They took great casualties, but they took that cliff and the liberation of Europe had begun.  

In front of Reagan were the living survivors of those Rangers, their families, friends and others.  In his simple but elegant way, Reagan praised them and by extension, all the many victories for freedom that America has led.

Reagan said, “Behind me is a monument that symbolizes the daggers thrust into the top of the cliff by the Army Rangers.  And in front of me are the men who put them there.”

Inspired by the words of Paine and Reagan, the deeds of the veterans in front of us and guided by the principles of our party—the principles that made America great—we must leave here tonight revitalized and reenergized.  Not just for the tasks of the next month but for the years ahead.  

With your dedication, the liberation of America has begun.  

Let's just do it!

Thank you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.  

Hot/Not: Newfield edition

Town of Newfield picks:

Jeff Hart & Roy Trask, Town Board

Gary Dresser, Town Justice

For bios of Jeff, Roy, and Gary, and more info about the Newfield Republicans, click here.

 

"The beast which passeth all others in wit and mind."

Was that Aristotle talking about donkeys?  Nah.  Elephants.  

Town of Dryden picks:

Bruno Schickel, Supervisor

Deb Shigley & Jim Drew, Town Board

Winners and losers

At The People's Cube, via The Looking Spoon:

There has been a lot of talk about Reagan on both sides lately. Even Obama is positioning himself as a true disciple of Reagan, teaching conservatives how they must compromise. So here's a reminder of Reagan's position on compromising core principles. 

SHOCKER: Republican States Have The Best Public Schools In The Country, By A Long Shot

Ace writes:

"What are blue states getting in exchange for bankrupting themselves, exactly?"

We here at Redneck Mansion wonder the same thing.

He's referring to a Newsweek survey (and an earlier Washington Post survey) that Bard College professor Walter Russell Mead wrote about a few days ago on his blog Via Meadia (poor Prof. Mead is probably the Bill Jacobson of Bard, a conservative voice crying in the wilderness of NYS colleges).  In it, Mead writes:

...Defenders of the high tax, high regulation, highly unionized model of state governance that characterizes the blue states like to point to their higher quality of government services as justification for the taxes they pay and the regulations they accept.

Let those crackers and hillbillies in the red states wallow in their filth and their ignorance, say proud upholders of the blue state model.  We blue staters believe in things like quality education — and that costs money.

In theory, perhaps, but in practice the extraordinary achievement of so many red state schools strongly supports the idea that blue state governance is no friend to excellence in education...

Granted, these kinds of surveys are self-selecting—for instance, my alma mater (I'll let you guess which one wink) appears in the top 35 of the Newsweek survey , but not at all in the Washington Post survey, presumably because the school chose to participate in one but not the other. Similarly, Ithaca High School doesn't appear in the Newsweek survey, but does appear in the 800s on the Washington Post survey (along with Tburg)—of course, the Newsweek survey only lists their top 500 public high schools in the country, so maybe our Tompkins County schools just didn't make the cut.

You can read about the survey methodology at the Post and at Newseek at those links...and Mead makes valid points.  Read the whole thing.

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