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Koch Derangement Syndrome

Consider this:

…the New York State Nurses’ Association, the NAACP New York State Conference, and SEIU Local 1199, among others…marched on the soon-to-be-built David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which was funded in part by a $100 million donation…The donation was the largest in the hospital’s history…

The Washington Free Beacon has photos.

So, it isn’t just that lefties are famously stingier than righties in giving to charity. It’s that lefties now *actively fight* righties giving to charity, thus seeking to prevent medical care (for example).

That’s insane, if not evil. Congratulations lefties; you’re at a new low.

John Hinderaker Hears Deeply Encrypted Anti-Jew Messages in Rand Paul Speech

Posted by V the K at 10:47 am - March 10, 2014.
Filed under: CPAC,Pop Culture

Really, Powerline, really? Come on, you’re better than this.

Yesterday Rand Paul addressed CPAC. His speech was well-received and in some respects inspiring. He quoted one or two of the Founders, including James Madison, as well as Daniel Webster and William Lloyd Garrison. He quoted, I believe, only one modern figure–Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, from a song called “Wish You Were Here”: “And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? … And did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?” The Waters reference is at about the 8:30 mark:

I am not sure why Paul thought that Waters or Pink Floyd, a band of the 1970s, would have resonance for the youthful CPAC crowd. But while Pink Floyd is long gone, Roger Waters is still around. He is known, these days, primarily as an anti-Semite. More here. To me, it seems extremely odd that Rand Paul would single out a Roger Waters lyric from the 1970s in a speech that otherwise quoted classic American heroes. Was Paul’s admiring reference to Waters intended as a proverbial dog whistle to let listeners know that he hasn’t diverged too far from his father’s foreign policy views? Or was his decision to highlight Waters simply a random (albeit odd) choice made by a politician who is unaware that Waters, in recent years, has come to stand for an obsessive hatred of Israel?

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Ted Cruz Continues to Impress

Posted by V the K at 8:10 am - March 10, 2014.
Filed under: Leadership,Tea Party

Ted Cruz’s performance at the annual Gridiron Dinner apparently went well.

Canadians are so polite, mild-mannered, modest, unassuming, open-minded. Thank God my family fled that oppressive influence before it could change me.

I might add that Canadians are also extremely efficient. No red tape at all in handling my application to renounce citizenship. They had that thing approved before I even sent it in. The simple truth is that for a very brief time my family lived on the plains of Calgary. That does not make me a Canadian. Although Elizabeth Warren says that it does make me an Algonquin Indian. Of course, my family is Cuban… At first, when he got here, my dad washed dishes for 50 cents an hour. He was so low on the totem pole where he worked that even Marco Rubio’s father bossed him around.

Kind of reminds one of Reagan, don’t you think?

Will the Republicans’ “Do-Nothing” 2014 Stategy Work?

Posted by V the K at 6:47 am - March 10, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

As Jeff has noted, President Obama has no interest in addressing the country’s fiscal problems. (Lefties: “He cut the deficit in half, you wingnuts!” Reality: “$600 Billion deficits are nothing to brag about, even if they used to be $1.2 Trillion.”) But the truth of the matter is the Republicans don’t have a plan to deal with the debt either; and those who have proposed even modest reforms, like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, are derided as dangerous, radical “whackobirds.”

The Repblicans also aren’t proposing any reforms to deal with IRS abuses. They also don’t have a compelling plan for economic growth; aside from some vague notion of cutting taxes. On Amnesty, they’re as bad as the Democrats. As far as the administration’s abuse of executive power, corruption, and lies go the Republicans whine, but do nothing.  And they won’t even talk about regulatory reform or entitlement reform.

The entire GOP strategy for 2014 is to count on Obamacare remaining unpopular; but in reality, they don’t plan to repeal it anyway.

The question is, can they run on nothing and still win? Do voters hate Obamacare so much that they’ll vote for Republicans who are presenting no alternative vision to the status quo? The Party Leadership is so confident in the “Do-Nothing” strategy that they are actively attacking the party’s conservative base voters.

And Some People Say Obama Can’t Be Trusted with Border Enforcement

Posted by V the K at 6:25 am - March 10, 2014.
Filed under: Illegal Immigration

Under new rules developed in cooperation with radical Reconquista groups, the U.S. Border Patrol is under orders to run away when illegal immigrants and drug smugglers throw rocks at them, and are not allowed to impede illegal immigrants and drug runners from fleeing arrest in vehicles.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

So, this Administration’s policy is apparently to arm Mexican Drug Gangs with weapons that they want to make illegal for law-abiding Americans to own, and let all the illegal immigrants, coyotes, and drug smugglers know the Border Patrol is not allowed to shoot back when they are assaulted.

And yet, John Boehner still has a Raging Amnesty Boner and wants to give the Obama Administration a blank check to import more undocumented Democrat voters; just like he wrote Obama a blank check on the debt ceiling.

OTOH, it is not as though George W. Bush was any better.