The Democrat Legislature of the People’s Republic of Maryland focuses its attention on the very important issues of the day.
A compromise on a new Maryland state song is moving forward in the General Assembly. The state Senate will begin considering a bill Tuesday that would relegate the current pro-Confederacy lyrics to “Maryland, My Maryland” by James Ryder Randall to the status of “historic state song.”
Yeah, that should solve all the state’s problems.
Sheperd Fairey continues to establish himself as the Valentina Kulagina of American Socialism, coming with new iconography for the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Socialists, for some reason, really love this kind of stuff, the mating of terrible ideas with stunning graphic design. (Or maybe it’s not that great. When I first saw it, I mistook it for craft-beer label.)
“Never underestimate the coercive power of the central state!” – California Democrat Governor Jerry Brown.
Just to clarify, he said this is a good thing.
The article goes on to praise Crony Socialism; where the Government picks favored, politically-connected businesses and provides them with taxpayer subsidies.
So, the Oregon “Right Wing Hillbilly Terror Attack” as the Obama-Left is calling it began when a Federal Prosecutor in Oregon decided to send a couple of ranchers back to prison even though they had served their sentences… for “terrorism” charges. Who is this “Federal Prosecutr?”
Her name is Amanda Marshall. Here are the facts about her.
- She is an Obama appointee and (it follows naturally) a radical leftist
- Her appointment as U.S Attorney for the State of Oregon was a Diversity Hire, she had no Federal prosecutorial experience when appointed. Her only qualifications were a law degree, a radical left pedigree, and internal reproductive organs.
- She was raised in a commune by Deadheads.
- She had to resign from office due to mentally unstable behavior that included stalking a married co-worker.
The left had been beating the “Right Wing Hillbilly Terrorist” Drum Circle pretty loudly. All that noise is, I guess, intended to keep us distracted from the fact that his administration is moonbats all the way down.
Democrats have come under criticism for refusing to label the people who killed 40 people in Beirut last Thursday, 130 people in Paris last Friday, and 28 People in Mali this morning as “Radical Islamists” or “Islamic Extremists.”
Put on the defensive, Democrats have responded with a propaganda commercial accusing Republicans of hating Mohammedans.
The problem is that no Republican has accused all Mohammedans of being terrorists. The Democrats couldn’t even find one quote from any Republican to distort in their ad into making this accusation. Republican candidates for president have been extremely careful to draw a distinction between “Radical” Mohammedans and non-violent Mohammedans.
The only people who aren’t making this distinction are the Democrats. Thus, the Democrats imply, through their propaganda ad, that there is no distinction to be made between Islamic Terrorists and All Muslims. Republicans say, “We want to keep terrorists out and defeat Islamic Extremism.” Democrats say, “You just attacked all Muslims.”
Ipso Facto, Democrats have just said that Mohammedans are radicals and terrorists
It is frustrating to the Progressive Left that so many Americans are opposed to their biggest agenda items; European/Chicago Style Gun Control, California-Style Environmental Extremism, Open Borders, and giving politicians, unions, the Democrat news-media and left-leaning special interest groups a monopoly on political speech.
And what some lefties like about Hillary and Obama is their eagerness to bypass the Democratic process and simply impose progressive left rule autocratically.
“Committed Democrats and liberal-leaning interest groups are facing a reality in which any policy gains they achieve are going to come through the profligate use of executive authority, and Clinton is almost uniquely suited to deliver the goods,” (Vox Pundit Matt Yglesias) writes. “More than almost anyone else around, she knows where the levers of power lie, and she is comfortable pulling them, procedural niceties be damned.”
What he calls “Procedural Niceties” the rest of us would call “the Constitutional Separation of Powers.”
And indeed, Hillary’s agenda is open borders, gun control, and creating a left-wing monopoly on political speech.
Clinton has latched on to some of them. She says she’ll appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Citizens United decision that ushered in a new era of soft money in politics and force government contractors to disclose political donations. She says she’ll make sure her Homeland Security secretary is more lenient about deportations, and that she will close the “gun show loophole” by requiring private gun sellers to register as licensed dealers.
If you’ve caught any media today, you know that the Democrat Left is absolutely joygasmic over the shooting in Charleston SC last night. This is the shooting they have been waiting for! This is what they had hoped every mass shooting up until now would be: white racist with a gun, black victims. The only way this could have been better is if the victims were gay or Muslim and the shooter was a Republican politician. So much win for The Narrative, if you’re a leftist Democrat.
Politicize all the things! It’s the Democrat way.
One victim, however, took a much classier approach than our Ruling Class.
Barney Frank, the corrupt gay Democrat from Massachusetts who was a prime mover behind the Bush Era real estate bubble and its subsequent crash, opened his piehole and lisped out a profound misunderstanding of the concept of civil rights.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a vocal critic of the Patriot Act for what he says is its “unconstitutional” invasion of citizens’ privacy, was criticized Monday by former Rep. Barney Frank for ignoring some civil liberties.
“I think Rand Paul sincerely believes what he says,” Frank, the former Massachusetts Democrat, told HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski. “On the other hand, my right to marry my husband is not one of the civil liberties that Sen. Paul was prepared to recognize, so I’m not ready to grant him the total crown.”
For the umpteenth millionth time, marriage is a socially constructed institution, not a civil right.
However, the progressive left defines a right as “something we want.” So, gay marriage is a right. And health care is a right. “Free” college is a right. And wifi is a right. Health food is a right. Welfare-funded trips to Disneyland and Vegas are a right. Vacations are a right. Et cetera…
With all the Democrats screaming that when an engineer takes a train around a 50MPH curve at 106MPH and people are killed that it’s Republicans’ fault for only spending billions and billions on AMTRAK instead of billions and billions and billions and billions, it’s important to consider a little lesson about politicians and infrastructure spending.
A week ago, voters in Michigan rejected a massive tax increase earmarked for road improvements, despite the politicians’ (of both parties) insistence that the tax increase was the only way to fund desperately needed infrastructure improvements.
After the referendum failed, all of a sudden, the legislature found a way to fund a billion dollars in road improvements by reallocating money from other programs.
Of course, states have to find money if they want to spend it, they don’t have access to printing presses and a limitless debt card. They’re not like the Federal Government that can spend damn near $900 Billion on stimulus, with nothing to show for it except some bankrupt green energy companies and some professors who got grants to teach Africans to wash their pee-pees, and then can insist that the need even MOAR MONEEZ to fix the infrastructure they promised to fix with the first 900 XL.
You know how I am always saying Democrats have the mentality of the middle school girls?
Yeah, about that.
“All the cool kids believe in anthropogenic climate change. I guess you don’t want to be one of the cool kids.”
As I have said, the value proposition of the Democrat party is, “We will take money from people you don’t like and spend it on you.”
It’s pretty hard to deny the accuracy of this assessment when you see the fliers handed out by supporters of Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu prior to her crushing defeat on Saturday.
How is it that if Canadian oil is shipped to the southern USA via pipeline it causes Global Warming, but if the same oil is sent to the southern USA by train, or to China by ship… it doesn’t cause Global Warming? Because that is apparently what the radical environmental left and their idiotic Democrat Senators believe.
Tom Harkin on why he’s no on keystone: Says every dollar on fossil fuel is “dollar we spend digging the graves of our grandchildren”
One thoroughly deranged woman took to the Senate floor and declared, ““XL stands for Xtra Lethal and misery follows the tar sands!”
Isn’t there a frozen chicken funeral she should be attending?
Howard Dean… the former Chairman and Presidential candidate of a party that seeks to …
… claims that the opposition party are authoritarians who don’t believe in Democracy.
HOWARD DEAN: It’s very, very disconcerting. We’re basically rolling ourselves back to the 1920s. This is an authoritarian group of people who fundamentally I don’t think believe in democracy given their views on voting rights, and it’s a very, very frightening time.
“We will take money from other people and buy you stuff with it” is what the Democrat Party is all about; so naturally, there is no end of Free [Stuff] from the Government for Democrats to offer the parasites who vote for them. Maryland Governor and Democrat Presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley (who has raised taxes 40 times in the eight years he has been in office) has declared that something that didn’t exist a generation ago is now a basic human right.
Younger people are choosing to live in cities. They realize that connections to each other are making us better. That WiFi is a human right. That proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective.
Do you know what *isn’t* a human right in MOM’s People’s Republic of Maryland? The right to defend yourself from those who wish to do violence against you.
When someone who is lost in a maelstrom of demented falsehoods (leftism) glimpses even a fragment of truth, even if that person has a long way to go, that little glimpse makes the angels sing.
Today, it’s Cindy Sheehan.
Tuesday on NewsmaxTV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan said in 2005 Nancy Pelosi and top Democrat leaders in the House and Senate said to her face that if she helped them get elected they would end the wars completely, but now they have stopped supporting her…
Sheehan said the left anti war movement is being ignored by the democrats because they are “reverse racists” who are supporting Obama only because he is an African-American.
She said, “I think that there are some people on the so called left, who might say we have to circle our wagons around the first African American president, and to me that is racism in reverse because his policies are actually still the racist policies of empire.”
So… Nancy Pelosi lies to people’s faces and uses them? Obama is what the Left always accused Bush of being? Democrats are racists who only voted for him on skin color? What goes around, comes around?
My, oh my.
Black teen unemployment rate in Chicago: 92% (Not an exaggeration)
Democrat Mayor of Chicago: “Let’s give city jobs to illegal immigrants.”
Sorry Blacks. Illegals are hot, and you are not.
Yeah, the Democrats have gone full r-word on the racism thing. A Democrat candidate for governor in Wisconsin thought it would be a brill PR move to hand out KKK hoods to Republicans.
Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey plans to hand out white Ku Klux Klan hoods to Wisconsin Republicans to highlight what he says are their racist policies.
Hulsey on Thursday came into the state Capitol press room to show off a white hood he says he made with his daughter’s sewing machine using curtain material he purchased for $1.
Hulsey says he will attempt to hand out the KKK hoods to Republicans as they gather Friday for the state party convention in Milwaukee.
If there were any sane people left in the Democrat Party, they would embarrassed and ashamed.
But instead, they just tune into MSDNC to have their insanity validated, by people like Rage Virus Patient Zero Ed Schultz, who says that voting against increasing the minimum wage is … well, just guess.
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.
1. Nadal Hasan murders 14 people at Fort Hood While screaming “Allahu Akbar!” Not a terrorist.
2. American citizens come together and, without firing a shot, protect a Nevada rancher from Federal Agencies who assaulted his family, killed his cattle, and destroyed his equipment. These are the people Democrats consider “domestic terrorists.”
I am reasonably confident King George III considered George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson to be “domestic terrorists,” too.
UPDATE (from Jeff): V makes a great point about the Democrats’ penchant for calling their (political) opponents terrorists, which GP has before documented with links (e.g., here and here).
Basically, left-wing Democrats want an obtrusive Big Government, to pay for their lives/mistakes and to punish anyone whom they have ever envied. Someone who stands for traditional citizens’ liberties under a smaller, less oppressive Federal government will simply terrify them. And is, therefore and to them, “a terrorist”.
Left-wing NYC Mayor de Blasio has released his tax return. Guess what?
- “$165,047 in total income” (probably includes his “$52,000 in rental income”)
- “Mr. de Blasio’s effective tax rate was 8.3%.”
- “reported $5,597 in gifts to charity, roughly 3%”
So de Blasio got a 6-figure income and gave basically 11% back to the society in which he lives.
I seem to remember lefties screeching with drama and contempt in 2012 when Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 14.1%, plus another whopping 29.7% to charity, for a total give-back to society of 44% of his income, or four times the rate of de Blasio.