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Massachusetts Democrat Senator Proposes Government Monitoring of Citizens’ Speech

Posted by V the K at 7:01 pm - April 30, 2014.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Senator Ed Markey … a terrible Democrat Senator from a State notorious for electing terrible Democrat senators (I think residents of Massachusetts just really hate the other 56 states)… proposes that the Government should actively monitor all media for “Hate Speech.”

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey is pushing a bill to have a federal agency monitor anything that it suspects may encourage hate crimes. He wants the agency to work in connection with the Department of Justice and U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, then file a report to Congress on what’s hateful and could lead to hate crimes.

They don’t know yet exactly how to define “Hate Speech,” but if the examples from college campuses provide guidance, “Hate speech” is any opinion that offends any social leftist.

When the Only Tool You Know Is a Hammer…

Posted by V the K at 2:45 pm - April 30, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Economy

The Obama Administration… embarrassed by the most recent 0.1% economic growth rate and the abject failure of five years of tax-and-spend economic policy… is proposing more tax-and-spend economic policy.

The Obama administration sent to Congress legislation that would provide $302 billion for road and transit projects over four years, a measure needed to keep the U.S. Highway Trust Fund from running dry.

A transportation proposal sent to Congress by the Obama administration on Tuesday would remove a prohibition on tolls for existing Interstate highways, clearing the way for states to raise revenue on roads that drivers currently use at no cost.

Democrats are literally incapable of conceiving of any other approach to any economic (or other) challenges other than raising taxes and expanding Government.

Etiquette Lectures from the Gay Left

Posted by V the K at 1:59 pm - April 30, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Pop Culture

[HT: Peter H] The Washington Post has hired a new advice columnist.

“Steven Petrow will be joining our advice ranks,” declares the Post, “with a special emphasis on LGBT and straight etiquette issues.” Petrow, states his bio, is “the go-to source for modern manners…known as Mr. Manners.” Why was he chosen for the job?  He will tell you it’s largely because he’s the former president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

An expert on LGBT etiquette issues. Hmmm, I wonder what that’s like.

Q. Dear Mr Manners, I was attending an utterly fabu dinner party when one of the other guests casually mentioned that he voted for Romney. I promptly threw my glass of Chardonnay right in his face. I have since wondered if I had handled the situation properly. Any advice would be appreciated. – Sparkles

A. Gentle Reader, it was improper for you to throw a glass Chardonnay at your Republican guest; always use red wine when assaulting Republicans.

Q. Dear Mr Manners, my partner and I are planning a lovely June wedding. There’s a Muslim-owned bakery in town that makes splendid wedding cakes, but we are not sure how to approach them. What is your advice? – Harley

A. Gentle Reader, are you on crack? Find a Christian bakery and force them to do your cake. No one cares about their religious rights.

The other examples I thought of were kind of NSFW.

The Shiny Racist Squirrels Keep Coming

The Democrats have done a darned fine job of using the racial comments of a dottering billionaire with extremely poor taste in women to completely change the subject from Obama’s failed foreign policy (Ukraine, Middle East), failed domestic policies (Obamacare) and disastrous economic policies (1Q GDP Growth .1%). And they intend to keep the hits coming because Race Hate keeps the public distracted and the Leftist Base angry.

So, we can expect the Democrats… both in media and outside … to continue hyping race indefinitely; they would sure rather talk about that than their agenda, that’s for true.

 

Racial Indulgences

Posted by V the K at 10:00 am - April 30, 2014.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

The NAACP chose to honor Clippers owner Donald Sterling with not one but two Lifetime Achievement awards despite a well-documented history of racist behavior. That is two more NAACP Lifetime Achievement Awards than Condaleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas, or Thomas Sowell ever got.

How did he do it? Simple, the NAACP Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Grievances granted him an indulgence… a racist offset, if you will. And they have indicated that, if he pays up, he cane win his way back to their good graces again.

“We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions.”

The Medieval Catholic Church sold indulgences to allow the wealthy and powerful to sin. Al Gore sells Carbon Credits so the wealthy and powerful can use their Gulfstream Jets and heat their 25,000 square foot homes without offending the Church of ManBearPig. So, naturally, racism, is one component in the Leftist Secular Trinity of Big Government, Victimhood, and Climate Change… accepts cash and checks for the remission of racial sins.

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Schrodinger’s Racists

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 9:36 pm - April 29, 2014.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

I’m a little perplexed at the complexities of contract law that allow one man to declare that another man is for life banned from association with an entity that he lawfully owns. But then I’m just a simple military dude…

Anyway, what’s even more vexing for me is the existential consideration that Donald Sterling is, at his most fundamental level 100% exactly the same person today as he was five days ago when the NAACP was poised for the second time in five years to celebrate his humanity and dedication to the race-baiting and shit-stirring organization.

The first lesson, I guess, is the one I’m learning more about all the time, and that’s that we shouldn’t have heroes. All men’s feet are made of clay. Some dudes are really good, some pretty nasty. Some share our beliefs in some contexts and to some extent, but we should always appreciate before we put anybody on a pedestal that everybody’s shit stinks. And the same goes for organizations. It may not come as much surprise to find that Paula Dean or Cliven Bundy or that duck guy might espouse racist feelings (and to be fair, some were on to Sterling in 2006), but when a group like the NAACP can make such an incredibly lazy mistake (btw, that first award he got from them was in 2009), kinda makes you think organizations like that have different motives, huh?

The second lesson is that you really should never believe people when they piss and moan about privacy. You don’t have to agree with or even do anything less than outright condemn Sterling’s comments as Neanderthal to appreciate that, were it not for a likely unlawful (in California where it occurred, where both parties are legally required to be knowledgeable of it) recording of an otherwise private conversation, we’d have a) never heard of this guy, and/or b) never known of his thoughts. And yet, so many privacy advocates are cheering his head on a stake.

But this isn’t about what Kareem himself acknowledged is a creepy lack of deference to privacy, per se. It’s that today we must live in a world of Schrodinger’s Racist. Here, someone’s beliefs on race are both racist and tolerant until his box is opened. A dude is not just obscurely unknown to the masses, but can actually be lauded and held up as a paragon of tolerance because of his outward and public actions. He’s believed to be pure and clean and totally un-racist.

Something tells me Sterling has felt this way for a long time—at least at some point since 1981 when he purchased the Clippers. Donald Sterling wasn’t punished today by the NBA because of what he is or what he believes (as chilling as that may sound…) No, he was punished because we found out about it. Someone opened his box and he must pay.

Bottom line is that anybody in public life either is or isn’t a racist. Or a homophobe. Or whatever… Without knowing the insides of his mind, he is neither racist nor non-racist, really. Only when we open his box to we learn. Curious, isn’t it, that he could have taken his actual feelings… the actual content of his character, if you will…to his grave, were it not for that recording. And we’d have been none the wiser.

Worse, thanks to the NAACP, we’d have believed him to be downright humanitarian by the very organization that feels (for some reason) it has the final say in such manners!

Just food for thought.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from Houston, of all places…)

P.S. A corollary: Intellectual quiz: Can you think of any other instance where people have hidden who they are, what they actually believe, their true characters, out of fear of what ‘decent society’ would think? Can you imagine what the turmoil would be like of living with such a secret and knowing that at any moment you could be exposed and what that might mean to your life, your loved ones, your very livelihood? Ever think what it might be like for those people when they’re exposed and suddenly those who used to be friendly with them publically deny and spurn them? I dunno… just a stream of consciousness.

When Democrats Think No One Is Listening

Posted by V the K at 8:02 pm - April 29, 2014.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

A Democrat Councilwoman and Mayoral candidate in New Jersey has been caught on tape doing a pretty good impression of that LA Clippers guy… and doesn’t even need a skankwhore to bait her into doing it.

When the conversation turns to proposed tax changes, Burke can be heard screaming in the background: “This is terrible.This is terrible. This is gonna be a (expletive) n—- town.”

The Ghost of LBJ is smiling tonight.

The New Republic: Pro-Gay Marriage, Anti-Monogamy

The lefty collective known as The New Republic is as fanatically pro-Gay Marriage as the left thinks everybody is supposed to be; i.e. the “right” to a piece of paper signed by a bureaucrat that legitimizes a gay relationship trumps any other economic or political consideration.

The TNR Collective is now on record as demonstrating their respect for committed, monogamous relationships by advocating that they be discredited and discarded as a social institution.

The current model of lifelong, cohabiting monogamous partnership has never been such an outdated ideal.

And from there, the author proceeds to trash the entire notion of committed, monogamous partnership in favor of a more selfish ideal of using partners for gratification on an as-needed basis and discarding them when no longer needed. The author is also strongly in favor of children growing up without fathers.

If you think life-long commitment is still needed to start a family, a replacement for that has been found too. Earlier this month it was reported that the number of single women seeking artificial insemination with a sperm donor has doubled in five years.

There is no way that this cultural trajectory ends well.

Another Race Lecture from Obama

Posted by V the K at 1:43 pm - April 29, 2014.
Filed under: Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

From Abroad, President Obama reassures his leftist base that their complete and total obsession with race is not only justified, but a mark of their moral superiority.

“That’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” the president added, saying this is an example of how “the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.”

Maybe the reason the “vestiges of segregation” still “percolate up” is because there’s a whole cottage industry of race-hustlers, race-academics, and race-politicians who make good livings from stoking and exploiting racial animus in minority communities.

The Left’s War on Vocabulary Escalates

Posted by V the K at 9:32 am - April 29, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness

FFS

The “You Don’t Say” campaign is worried that the phrase “Man Up” is mean to homosexuals and oppresses and insults them. To be fair, they say the same about “That’s So Gay” and “Don’t Be A Pussy.” All of those phrases are on Duke’s word hit list.

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That Which Is Not Freedom

Posted by V the K at 8:27 am - April 29, 2014.
Filed under: Freedom,Post 9-11 America

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Who’s Hurting Black People?

Inspired by a monologue on Mark Levin’s show last night… serious question for the group, who is doing more harm to African-Americans?

A. An octogenarian billionaire telling his skanky rent-girl that he doesn’t want her to come to basketball games in the company of black man.

B. A president who guts a voucher program that helped children… predominantly African-American … access higher quality education. [And you can add a Progressive NYC Mayor (and Sandinista supporter, although I am not supposed to point that out) who similarly is trying to lock minority children out of educational opportunities.]

This is a serious question.

Gay-Baiting Gutter Politics

I think Juan tipped this story.

Carl DeMaio is an openly gay Republican running for Congress in southern California. His campaign literature features pictures of himself with his longtime partner. He has been subject to increasingly homophobic attacks from lefty supporters of his Democrat opponent.

One false attack drew the attention of the San Diego Ethics Commission. An anonymous left-wing group funded a SuperPac and sent mailers of DeMaio Photoshopped next to a drag queen to neighborhoods with a majority of elderly and African-American voters, knowing that such a photo would depress support for DeMaio.

That was so egregious and false that the group was fined by the city’s Ethics Commission, but even after that, and with his 100 percent voting record with the LGBT community, the Left still didn’t speak up to defend him. They told DeMaio, “It’s complicated.”

“I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican,” DeMaio said.

This reminds me of another gay-baiting advertisement, this one made for the 2006 Campaign of Democrat Senator Max Baucus.

Renowned in political circles, the ad set porno music to 20-year-old footage of a video from Taylor’s cosmetics business. The video showed Taylor in a leisure suit rubbing cream into another man’s face. As the spot faded to black, it showed Taylor then seeming to reach for the man’s crotch as a voice-over said “Mike Taylor — not the way we do business in Montana.”

The campaign operative behind that homophobic, gay-baiting ad was a certain Mr. Jim Messina. Far from being repudiated by the Democrat Party, Mr. Messina went on to run Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; a campaign that featured allegations that his opponent had given a woman cancer, wanted to outlaw contraceptives, put black people in chains, and outlaw tampons.

The gutter tactics worked, and gutter politics will continue to be practiced for so long as voters reward gutter politicians. Voting for a politician who uses gutter tactics is tacit endorsement of gutter tactics.

Obama Is Inadvertently Correct About Human Rights in the USA

President Obama was traveling abroad last week, and, as is his wont, could not resist the opportunity to trash-talk the United States.

“I think the Prime Minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia’s still got some work to do. Just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do on these issues. Human Rights Watch probably has a list of things they think we should be doing as a government.”

Yes, Mr. Obama, we get it; you don’t like the United States very much. However, the president is correct that Human Rights are being systematically abused here.

So, in fact, Obama isn’t wrong to say that human rights are being violated in the United States; but for the most part, it’s his own Government that is violating them.

The travails of Government Motors

This is a long-term story; time for a review.

In 2009, General Motors made itself the fourth-largest Chapter 11 re-org in U.S. history. The U.S. Treasury was heavily involved with bailout money. President Obama made speeches and saw to it that the terms were harsh for people who had supported GM by loaning or investing their money, and not-so-harsh for labor unions and GM retirees (who can vote).

The new GM repaid government loans ahead of schedule – after shuffling around some bailout monies. But it all still cost the taxpayer at least $10 billion in the end (Treasury direct losses on GM stock as they re-privatized the company).

I would argue that the intangible costs go beyond $10 billion. GM bailout advocates like to emphasize the many jobs “saved”. But if the government had stayed out (doing nothing), the jobs would exist – at more efficient companies. GM’s productive assets would have been re-organized in bankruptcy anyway; probably taken over by startup companies or other competitors who are more efficient.

So, cars would still be manufactured in America – on better terms for the consumer. It’s a general principle that doing it the government-backed way is cronyism and always rewards incompetence on some level (at the expense of consumers, investors & taxpayers). There is no reason to consider GM an exception.

Which brings us to GM’s scandal with faulty ignition switches, which have caused at least 13 deaths.

The problem goes back for years. GM, which became a famously bureaucratic company under decades of Big Government backing, has been slow to react:

GM first learned of a problem with its ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models in 2001, documents have shown, but took no steps to recall any cars until this past February.

Lawmakers are investigating why GM and regulators missed or ignored numerous red flags that faulty ignition switches could unexpectedly turn off engines during operation and leave airbags, power steering and power brakes inoperable.

The unflappable [GM CEO] Barra…announced that GM had retained Kenneth Feinberg, who recently oversaw the BP oil spill fund, as a consultant…

The drama inside the packed hearing room – named the “John D. Dingell” room after the Michigan Democrat with a long history of advocating for GM – was heightened by photos of victims, which were displayed against one of the walls.

Your crony capitalism/ Venture Socialism at work, folks.

By the way:

  • Did those famous Government Regulators help the problem? No, although they have plenty of excuses. (Prediction: the Left will surely claim that the solution is…more regulators.)
  • Did CEO Barra just tell Congress the truth, when she claimed to have only learned about the ignition switch problem recently (Jan 31)? No again.
  • Did GM commit fraud, when it didn’t reveal the problem *during its bankruptcy* proceedings? Was escaping liability one of the motives for doing the 2009 bankruptcy? Perhaps, yes.

Which is why the new, refreshed, taxpayer-revived GM now faces multiple criminal probes.

Views of Edward Snowden

Hillary thinks he’s a traitor. She recently said:

When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled because we have all these protections for whistle-blowers. If he were concerned and wanted to be part of the American debate, he could have been…It’s sort of odd that he would flee…I don’t understand why he couldn’t have been part of the debate here at home. He could have quit, he could have taken whistleblower protection…

But to high school kids, he’s a hero:

[GWU admissions officer] Freitag skimmed the extracurriculars, read the first essay, rated it good. GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations.

So whose view is right? Hillary’s, or the schoolkids’?

I must say this much: I don’t believe Hillary for one second when she talks about “whistleblower protections”, like she always honors them. I think that Snowden may have been right to fear for his life (not only his freedom), if should stay in the U.S. and try to play that game. And after seeing the U.S. government grow hideously out-of-control in the last 6-8 years, I would rather know about the NSA spying, than not.

So, on present information, I think it’s possible for Snowden to be both traitor (on foreign payroll?) and hero.

UPDATE: Meant to blog on these items sooner. They speak to the losses of liberty and privacy that we have suffered, in the last few years.

Obama, pretending he hasn’t been President all this time

With splendid “Who, me?” innocence, President Obama declared on April 16:

The good news is our economy is growing again, our businesses are creating jobs…

Here’s the challenge, and a lot of folks here know it. A lot of people don’t feel that progress in their own lives yet. So, the stock market’s doing great. Corporate profits are soaring. Folks at the very, very top are doing better than ever. But too many Americans, if they’re lucky enough to have a job, are working harder and harder just to get by, much less to get ahead.

For too many middle class Americans, it feels as if the same trends that have been going on for decades are continuing. They’re working hard, but wages flatline, incomes flatline, cost of everything else going up.

(For video – and hat tip to Peter Schiff – click here.)

As I mention often (in GP categories such as Economy or Occupy Wall Street), President Obama’s own policies are the cause of the rising inequality, stagnation and poor employment, inflation and rising costs that he decries.

The way he denounces the economy, you’d never know he’s been President for five and a half years.

Republican Leadership: “If you elect us, we’re not going to repeal Obamacare but we will pass Amnesty”

Posted by V the K at 9:35 pm - April 26, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections

Making sure no one has any reason to vote Republican this Fall, Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers… who, if you recall, gave the official Republican response to the State of the Union address… says we can forget about repealing Obamacare.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a stalwart opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said it’s unlikely the President Obama’s landmark program will be repealed.

“We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said Thursday.

McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership in the House that has voted multiple times to repeal parts or all of the health care law. GOP members have said it is unworkable, will increase costs for some and force others into inadequate coverage or plans they don’t want.

McMorris Rodgers continued those criticisms Thursday, but said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure.

Also… Amnesty (but don’t call it Amnesty).

“I believe there is a path that we get a bill on the floor by August,” she said. “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty,” she said.

John Boehner, the Republican Speaker, also agrees that the Republican Party should help the president pass an amnesty plan and help turn millions of illegal immigrants into stalwart Democrat voters.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Boehner told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser in March that he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.” After he met with President Barack Obama at the White House in February, Boehner said that he agreed with Obama on immigration during the meeting.

So, Obamacare stays, and the Democrats get their Amnesty Bill. There is officially No Reason to vote Republican this November.

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Good, Old-Fashioned Leftist Indoctrination

Posted by V the K at 6:18 pm - April 26, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Indoctrination

A Bill has passed the California Assembly that ‘encourages’ schools to teach students about the historical and racial significance of the Obama Presidency.

The bill says the election was a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States” and that previous elections in the nation involved intimidation and physical violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting. It also commends Obama for his work as a community organizer who registered voters after he graduated from Harvard Law School.

One wonders if students will be taught the proper hymns with which to praise The Lightbringer.

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Is government dependency like slavery?

Clearly, a life of dependency on the government is not literal slavery – but is the metaphor / comparison valid? I’ll state my view (which is basically “no”), and people can disagree (or whatever) in the comments.

The essence of slavery is lack of self-ownership. You’re someone else’s property in a direct way, where they tell you what to do, seize all the products of your labor, and violate your body (or worse) at their option.

Excepting criminals (people deprived of rights under due process and for heinous acts), I think that if the government can either conscript your labor, or seize more than half of the product (the wealth/income) of your labor – and jail you or worse, if you don’t comply to the government’s satisfaction – then metaphors/comparisons of slavery begin to apply. Because the conditions for slavery have been met in part, even if the government gives you “freeman” status and a lot of lifestyle choices.

One of the lifestyle choices that you face, as a non-slave, is the extent to which you live off of government-provided benefits – in other words, the extent & duration of your being a government dependent. I don’t think that government dependents can be compared to slaves. Because, while the dependent may indeed be lulled into a lifestyle which is passive, limited and degraded, they still keep the right/option to change and become less dependent.

Thus, comparisons to slavery may be valid when speaking of government mandates on people, oppressive levels of taxation, and denials of rights (e.g., right of free speech). That is why we speak of Communist nations as “slave nations” and so forth.

But it’s not valid to compare voluntary government dependency to being a slave. If anything, the person who lives a lifetime of voluntary dependency on the government is closer to being a slave-master; someone who (partly, or metaphorically) uses other people as slaves.

And that would be another reason that I find fault with Cliven Bundy’s recent remarks. (While defending, of course, his right to make them – and the pro-liberty movement in general.)

To suggest that government dependents are like slaves is to suggest that their dependency isn’t voluntary. In other words, it’s to suggest that government dependents somehow didn’t choose their situation. And if you really believe that, then you deny their natural human power of choice; you believe implicitly that they are sub-human, or the moral equivalent of children. And I don’t believe that.

The people who are partly like slaves are not the government dependents, but rather, the productive working people whom the government forces to pay for its dependents.