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Are Americans Really As Selfish and Resentful as Statists Seem To Think?

In Jamelle Bouie’s WaPo piece of this past Wednesday, she acknowledges that “there’s no doubt Democrats know that — barring a hike to pre-Reagan levels — there’s not much revenue to gain from restoring upper-income taxes to Clinton-era levels. And when it comes to deficit reduction, full employment — and robust growth — is the best solution.” Rather, she seems to be arguing on behalf of these Statists, it’s an issue of fairness that we should seek to eat the rich…even if it ends up hurting our country (extrapolation mine).

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is:

Bouie’s conclusion is worth quoting in toto, if for no other reason than to pose a question about the character of our Nation:

If upper-income tax hikes serve a purpose, it’s to slow the income gains of the wealthiest Americans, who — for the past decade — have reaped the lion’s share of gains from economic growth.

If the presidential election did anything, it put inequality on the table as a national issue, and the fiscal cliff is one battle — albeit, by proxy — in a larger fight. And, unlike most issues in politics, the lines are clear — Republican disregard for inequality is matched by Democratic attempts to, however gently, apply the breaks.

(Emphasis mine)

So the question is this: Are we, as a Nation, really as vindictive and myopically spiteful as Bouie would suggest we are? And to what degree does the re-election of a man who so cavalierly (and eloquently!) expressed a desire to enforce his version of “fairness”—even at the expense of harming the economy—prove her right in that contention?

(HT, the indefatigable Reason blog)

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

Slow blogging/Blogress Diva

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:59 am - December 28, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Blogress Divas,Strong Women

As I am vacationing with my family, I don’t expect to have too much time to blog this week, so encourage you all to visit the sites of the various blogress divas and vote in the contest, with the ballot below the jump.

Bear in mind that in addition to bestowing the Ethel, for the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva, we  will also be electing the Conservative Blogress Regent, also known as the Agnes (or Endora) and the Conservative Blogress in Waiting or Lucy, each named for a conservative or Republican diva.

Media Elites Have No Shame…Nor Sense of Irony

Pity poor David Gregory of NBC News. His real crime is against intellectual honesty and integrity.

I agree with The Wall Street Journal this morning in their unsigned editorial (behind firewall, sorry), calling the notional indictment of the old-school media journo “nonsensical”. (For background on the issue, see here, and here.)
But allow me to expand on their thoughts…

The real authorities who should be after Gregory, if they existed, are the irony cops. Set aside the lost irony of an inside-the-beltway elitist self-righteously mocking Wayne LaPierre’s idea of sending armed guards to America’s schools while sending his kids to a school with…um, eleven armed guards. That sort of subtlety can easily be missed even by someone whose job it is to communicate and use the English language.

But imagine if Mr. LaPierre had been a little more astute last week when confronted with the illegal 30-round magazine Mr. Gregory was flaunting on national TV. I imagine his elevator wit has him saying something like this:

You know, David, I see you blatantly brandishing that 30-round magazine here in the District of Columbia and I know—as I’m sure you do yourself—that possession of such is a criminal offense. Now, I disagree with the law, so I’m surely not going to be a hypocrite and suggest you be hauled away to jail in the way you suggest others should be for having that. I at least do have the courage of my convictions…a courage I only wish you shared.

However, your flagrant violation of the law offers all your viewers two very telling lessons: First, that when elites like yourself speak on your high horses about denying others their rights, it rarely ever affects you. After all, that magazine is illegal in DC, but possessing it would serve your purpose, so you seem to have come across one yourself, haven’t you? Secondly, just look at how useless such laws are anyway. I’m not going to try to goad you into revealing your source, David. But I imagine you didn’t just walk into the CVS and pick that up, did you? Seems someone along the line must have disregarded and broken the law, doesn’t it?

Perhaps if those who deem themselves the arbiters of the “dialog” we’re supposed to be having about gun violence in America today were in any way interested in actually having a “dialog”, we could get somewhere.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

Slow Blogging/Watcher of Weasels Nominations 2012 Year-End Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:18 am - December 26, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Due both to a family vacation and much thought/work on my fantasy epic, blogging will be slow in the coming days; I will try to get pieces up from time to time, but please do understand if I do not. In the meanwhile, enjoy some of these posts for the Watchers’ Council.

I just received the nominations and there are sure to be some solid submissions:

Council Submissions

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:00 am - December 25, 2012.
Filed under: Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for your support throughout the year.  I’d like to share two of my favorite passages from the Bible that honor of the birth of Jesus Christ.

1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. 1:4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. 1:6There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 1:7The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. 1:8He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. 1:9There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world. 1:10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. 1:11He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 1:14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-14)

2:1Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. 2:2This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2:3And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. 2:4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; 2:5to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. 2:6And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. 2:7And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 2:8And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 2:9And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 2:11for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 2:12And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. 2:13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  2:14Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased. 2:15And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 2:16And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 2:17And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. 2:18And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. 2:19But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. 2:20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them. (Luke 2:1-20)

Finally, God Bless America and our servicemen and women, and their families, serving around the World in the name of freedom and liberty.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Larry Elder’s message to the GOP:
Explain how Democratic policies hurt the poor

Kudos to the folks at Yahoo! for linking this article, Larry Elder to the GOP: ‘Stop talking to blacks like they are children’, on their home page, though, I daresay, their intention was not to promote the GOP but to critique Republican for patronizing African-Americans.

The Sage of South Central reminds Republicans that although “Democrats have convinced blacks otherwise [,] Racism is no longer a major issue in this country.”  Elder, my favorite talk show host when I listened regularly to the radio, has just published a new book, Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives… Eight Hours, contends “that the greatest threat to the black community is . . . the scourge of absentee fathers.

Republicans, he argues,

. . . need to explain how the welfare state has undermined the formation of traditional two-parent families. . . that the Democratic Party’s allegiance to teachers unions means urban parents are forced to send their children to schools the parents don’t like; that policies like minimum wage hikes destroy jobs for the unskilled; and admitting students under ‘race-based preferences’ means a higher drop-out rate for the ‘affirmative action student’; that raising taxes on the rich threatens the prosperity of all.

Would it that Mitt Romney, like his running mate Paul Ryan, were better able to articulate those arguments.  Had he fully understood them, he would never have said that he wasn’t concerned about the very poor for he would have known how the safety net often destroys families and undermines the social fabric.

And had Romney known, what Larry Elder knows, how the welfare state hurts those who depend upon it for their well-being, he would have been able to articulate how conservative reforms help not just the rich, but also the very poor — and everyone in between.

Kudos to Larry Elder for speaking out so forcefully.  We could use more voices like his in the GOP.  Just added his book to my amazon wish list.

Reportedly? He does that all the time.

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:01 pm - December 22, 2012.
Filed under: Blame Republicans first,Media Bias

The White House press office, er, Huffington Post, reports, Obama State Of The Union Address: President Reportedly Threatened To Blame Republicans

Obama plans on prodding Congress from Hawai’i?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 pm - December 22, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obamania

Just caught this on AOL/Huffington Post. Sometimes, it seems they see themselves as amplifiers for administration talking points:
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Grand Conservative Blogress Diva 2012/13 Official Ballot

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - December 21, 2012.
Filed under: Blogress Divas,Strong Women

You may vote once per day.

Who should be the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2012/13?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
pollcode.com free polls 

A diva delayed is not a diva denied

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:18 pm - December 21, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Blogress Divas,Strong Women

With apologies for the failure to get to this until today, I hereby announce the nominees for the 2012/13 Grand Conservative Blogress Diva.  Bear in mind that we consider a diva to be a strong, confident woman who commands the respect of men.

And a conservative blogress diva need not be conservative herself, but must command the respect of conservative men.  And I think you’ll agree that the ladies on this list do just that.  And without further ado, here are the 14 nominees for Grand Conservative Blogress Diva with links to their blogs:

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In Newtown aftermath, media focus on guns, portray NRA as villain

If they play CNN at your gym and you do cardio for more than 5 minutes, you will be subject to various stories and diatribes on the problem of gun violence and the imperative for increased firearms egulation.  And then, take a gander at the image AOL/Huffington Post used to illustrate and article on the NRA:

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Seems the editors agree with the protestors who hoisted this banner.

Gay Groups Capitulate To Obama… Again

Let’s file this under the category: “If This Nominee Was President Bush’s…”

OutServe-SLDN Statement on Hagel Apology

(Washington, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson released the following statement in reaction to an aplogy issued today by former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for remarks made in 1998. The apology was reported by Washington Post.

“We are pleased that Senator Hagel recognized the importance of retracting his previous statement about Ambassador Hormel and affirming his commitment to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and LGBT military families. We look forward to learning more about his commitment to full LGBT military equality as this nomination and confirmation process unfolds,” she said.

The hypocrisy of gay groups and their lickspittle use of kneepads when it comes to anything-Obama is more than revolting at this point.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Some Americans like the Idea of Barack Obama

LIke many conservatives — as well as good number of independents — who follow politics, I’ve struggled to understand how, after four years of near-constant failure, Barack Obama could have won re-election as President of the United States.  He didn’t put forward a plan to improve the economy or addressing the burgeoning debt.  He had not shown much willingness to work with his partisan adversaries in Congress.

In the ended it seems, low-information voters, together with those more concerned about matters other than the economy and our government’s shaky fiscal state, tipped the scales for the Democrat.

Michael Barone thinks that Obama “was helped by widespread feelings that it would be a good thing for Americans to elect a black president and a bad thing to reject him.

Calling Obama “born orator backed by a flawless machine, whose personal rise from a difficult childhood is a true inspiration, and whose achievement in breaking the ultimate color barrier is gift to us all“, Noemie Emery considers a notion we have addressed on this blog

People like the idea that Obama is president. As a politician and president, he has only one failing — he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country. He is out of sync with his age and its crises. There is more proof every day — here and abroad, in nation-states, states and even some cities — that his political theories will lead to disaster, and do so every time they are tried.

The Democrat may not have any ideas on how to fix the nation’s problems, but people do like the idea of Barack Obama, the post-partisan healer who can bring people together.

In his first four years in office, he governed in a manner quite different from his 2008 campaign rhetoric — and from the media-endorsed image of his character, but some people who don’t follow politics as closely as do we.  And in whatever little bit of time they pay attention to politics, they see a less tarnished version of that image than do those more familiar with current events. (more…)

GOProud Statement on the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook Shootings

From GOProud today:

(Washington, D.C.) – “Words fail to describe the horror of the massacre at Sandy Hook. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims of this incomprehensible attack.

“As policy makers begin to look at how we can prevent further tragedies like this, we felt that it was important for us to weigh in as an organization. GOProud is an organization of constitutional conservatives – gay and straight alike. We believe that our Constitution is a sacred document and that the rights it grants should be protected and defended.

“In the weeks and months ahead, policy makers in Washington and in state capitols around the country will look to find ways to prevent another Sandy Hook from happening – these will be important and necessary debates. We hope that as they debate issues like preventing gun deaths, the impact of violent video games, and the role of our mental health system in this country that they will also remember our 1st Amendment right to free speech, our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, and our 5th Amendment right to due process.

“We urge lawmakers to heed the words of Benjamin Franklin, who cautioned: Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

A Few Good Men, science fiction with a gay hero

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:52 am - December 20, 2012.
Filed under: Bibliophilia / Good Books,Patriotism

We gay men, like our straight counterparts,appreciate seeing images of ourselves in literature and film that correspond to a more idealized version of ourselves, not necessarily perfectly idealized, to be sure, but at least characters who have a (somewhat) noble demeanor and show a bit of derring-do — and maybe manifest a few of our flaws.  All too often alas, in literary fiction, we see too many gay men depicted as whiners, victims of an unfair society or, in mainstream and science fiction, as lonely people who live apart from their peers, rarely connecting with others and never succeeding in romance.

In Sarah Hoyt’s A Few Good Men, a science fiction novel set in a dystopian future on earth, , however,we have a gay hero who very much has that derring-do and even has a few of flaws common to most mortals, a man who suffers the loss of one lover, but finds in another both the companionship that we all crave and the encouragement that we all need.

You won’t be able to buy a hard copy until March 5, but buy and download an e-book today or pre-order a copy on Amazon.  The e-book may, I understand, still have a few typographical errors.  So, if you want to read the perfectly proofed version, you’ll have to wait a few months.

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The book is a fast and a fun read. After receiving an advance copy electronically, I printed out various pages and read them as I did my cardio. So engaged was I in the book that I often found myself working out longer than I had intended.

The story moves quickly along from the outset when our hero, Lucius Dante Maximilian Keeva, or Luce, escapes from the secret prison, Never-Never at the bottom of the ocean. He was born to the aristocracy, the son of “Good Man”, each of whom runs a seacity, little fiefdoms built in the midst of the Atlantic. (more…)

OpinioNation on The 405 Radio Network – 10PM Eastern

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:54 pm - December 19, 2012.
Filed under: Radio & Podcasts

If you haven’t listened to our show, tonight is a good time to start!

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HERE IS THE LINK TO THE LIVE SHOW!

ALSO — please call in!  877-297-8022.

We will be discussing the “fiscal cliff,” the Sandy Hook shooting…

… And in our famous Bottom Line segment: Hillary’s Concussion; Obama – Person Of The Year; Moscow Adoption Ban; Dean Martin vs. Frank Sinatra.

It starts at 10PM Eastern!

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

12/17 Match Game Monday Night — the podcast

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:52 pm - December 19, 2012.
Filed under: Match Game Monday Night,Radio & Podcasts

If you missed the live show…. the podcast is now available.

If you would like to be a contestant on the show when we go every week in 2013… please email me or let me know on Twitter. Email: bruce-at-gaypatriot-dot-org.

Top prize is $50 iTunes card!

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Obamacare makes health care less affordable

Just learned nder the so-called Affordable Care Act, the cost of my monthly premium (that I pay for myself) is about to increase another 52%, meaning that it will have doubled in cost since President Obama signed tthat unpopular legislation.

I expect to write a strongly-worded letter to my soon-to-be Congressman Adam Schiff and to Senator Feinstein and Mrs. Boxer and expect them to express concern for my situation and then proceed to do absolutely nothing.

This is what happens when government meddles.

Oh, and Mr. Obama, Mrs. Feinstein, Ma’am Boxer, Mr. Schiff, this means that I now have less money to give to charitable causes.

Playing into the media narrative

Is there anything he doesn’t politicize?

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RELATED: Obama campaign raises money from video of president’s Newtown speech

UPDATE:   Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown Massacre to Pressure Republicans to Go Along with His Tax Hikes (Via Instapundit).

Watcher of Weasels Nominations — 12.19.12 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:15 pm - December 19, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions