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John Boehner Admits the Republican Party Is Useless

Weepy, ineffectual Speaker of the House went on Face the Nation this morning to trash Conservatives in his own party. (Criticize Democrats? Of course not.)

Boehner ticked off the biggest legislative victories he had in the House ‘all voted against by my most conservative members’ because, as the Speaker put it, the bills weren’t ‘good enough.’

‘Really? This is the part that I really don’t understand,’ he said, shaking his head.

Continuing the tirade against the right flank of his party Boehner said, ‘absolutely they’re unrealistic,’

The problem is not that the Conservative Wing of the party is demanding perfection; the problem is that the conservative wing is getting nothing. There has not been a single piece of Conservative Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law since the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.  Even during the period 2003 – 2007, when Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, no substantive conservative legislation was passed. Under George W Bush, plenty of Progressive Legislation was passed… No Child Left Behind, the creation of the TSA, McCain-Feingold, the Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Regulations, and the Prescription Drug Entitlement, to name but a few.  The only thing remotely conservative passed in the Bush years were some modest, temporary tax cuts; but even these were essentially progressive in that they did not substantially reform the tax code.  Meanwhile, the Bush Administration lavished spending on the Federal bureaucracy, with all Departments receiving massive increases in their budgets.

The Republican leadership thought they could appease the Conservative base with symbolic, meaningless votes against Obamacare and endless hearings on the Obama scandals (Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting, NSA Domestic Spying, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails, and now Planned Parenthood) that were just for show and accomplished absolutely nothing substantive. How long did Boehner and Company think they were going to keep the right satisfied with meaningless show votes and waste-of-time investigations?

Boehner and the Establishment complain about an unwillingness to “compromise,” an unwillingness to “work together.” But the fact of the matter is, compromise in Washington means promoting the progressive Democrat agenda. Boehner has done so, fully funding Obamacare, Fully funding Obamamnesty, and twisting arms to pass Obamatrade.

Granted, Obama and the Democrats are an iron wall, unwilling to compromise on anything in their agenda. Granted, the Senate Democrats filibuster all House legislation that doesn’t support their agenda, and Obama will veto anything that doesn’t give him exactly what he wants. But part of the job of an opposition party is to make the case why the dominant party is wrong. That is where the Republicans are failing the most.

Take Executive Amnesty, for example. The Republican Congress not only fully funds it, but only offers a weak, procedural argument against it that “the president is abusing his authority.” First of all, the Congress should not be funding unconstitutional acts of the president. But second, whining about process just sounds like you’re whining about process. If you want the public on your side against Executive Amnesty, you don’t just whine that the president isn’t playing by the rules. You go to the people and you tell them why the president is wrong. Illegal immigration is hurting people’s communities by taking resources away from schools and infrastructure. Illegal immigration is hurting the middle class by taking jobs and driving down wages. Make a case that people can relate to, don’t just argue like law school professors in a faculty lounge.

If Republicans are just going to go to Washington, and then whine that they can’t do anything but go along with the Democrat agenda, what is the point of the Republican Party?



Posted by V the K at 1:40 pm - September 27, 2015.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs

A Transgender Activist in San Francisco is marketing child-sized dildos to “transgender” children; to create the illusion that there is a “bulge” in the child’s pants. Because that is very important, apparently.

I sincerely hope this is some kind of hoax. But it seems to be a real thing.

This issue does have a lighthearted side, though. Reflecting on her search to find her son appropriate products, Ellie describes her situation as “tragicomic.”

“I’m an adult, married heterosexual woman who doesn’t have a child with a penis,” she says, “I don’t really know what children’s penises look like and yet I’ve had really explicit conversations with strangers about children’s penises.”

I always wonder how much of the left’s obsession with “LGBT Youth” is thinly veiled … you know what.


And Now, Some Trans-Feminist Crazy Stuff

Thank you, Protein Wisdom.

Question: It’s concerning to me that you’re telling lesbians they are bigoted/transphobic/vile for being exclusively attracted to females (referring to the female sex, to clarify), and accusing lesbians of contributing to the deaths of trans women by not having sex with them. Is it very difficult to understand that people have reasons for not wanting to have sex with male bodied individuals including previous experiences and also just the fact that their sexuality is inherent? Requiring sex as a form of validation from females comes across as worryingly entitled and very coercive.

Answer: There is no “female sex”.

Coercively gendering biology is violence.

Trans women are not “male bodied”. You’re assuming you know a trans woman’s biological features, for a start. Some trans women have penises, some have vaginas, some have other genitals. Some trans women have oestrogen dominant hormone profiles, some have testosterone dominant, some have other hormonal makeups. Some have boobs, some don’t. But in all cases, they are women, they are female, and therefore – as long as they choose to define themselves as such – they are female bodied.

This is why it’s so hard to distinguish parodies of progressive thought from actual progressive thought.


The Shame of Raising a Cis-Gendered Boy

Posted by V the K at 11:48 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Humor


I had failed society once again. Perhaps I had been too sloppy. Too careless. Perhaps it was from the times when I brought him into the men’s restroom instead of the unisex room. Perhaps it was when I would take more groceries than Gwen when we were carrying them inside. Perhaps I didn’t wear dresses and skirts in the house enough times. Either way, it was clear that I had created, not a gender-fluid feminist, but a son.

Both Gwen and I are ashamed, but working to accept our son’s choices. We hold out hope, as Sally Kohn does, that our child will at least be gay. Perhaps during his adolescent years he will discover Tumblr, and that community will get the message across better than we. Every parent has high hopes for xer children, even in the face of severe disappointment and failure.

How to Stop Bullying

Posted by V the K at 9:20 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Heroes

Bullying is a huge cause for the progressive left, and they have put forth their usual array of “solutions” to the problem of bullying; such as talking to each other about how bullying is bad, sending social workers into schools to lecture kids that bullying is bad, wearing ribbons to raise “bullying awareness,” and making lots and lots of simpering YouTube Videos.  Most of this is intended not to put an end to bullying but to allow progressive leftists to posture sanctimoniously about how much they care about the issue of bullying.

That doesn’t stop bullying. This does.


Democrats Lament Resignation of Key Congressional Ally

Posted by V the K at 7:50 pm - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: 113th Congress

Several Democrats today expressed their sadness over the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, and their gratitude for his work in ensuring that so much of Obama’s immigration, health care, regulatory, and trade agenda was not obstructed by fiscal constraint or concerns over the abuse of Constitutional authority.

Barack Obama

“John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House,” Obama said. “He cares about his constituents and he cares about America.”

Harry Reid

“By ousting a good man like Speaker Boehner — someone who understood the art of compromise — the party of Eisenhower and Reagan is no more.”

Compromise is, of course, a Democrat word meaning “giving Democrats everything they want,” which is apparently something Boehner is going to be working on during his last month in office. Then, it’s off to K Street for a plush job with a lobbying firm; where he can make sure that wealthy, well-connected cronies continue to receive corporate welfare and favorable tax treatment and have potentially innovative competitors stifled by regulations.

The take on the left is that Boehner lost because of “the crazies;” and they define “the crazies” as Republican congressman who were elected on promises of fiscal responsibility and undoing some of the damage Obama has done to the country through Obamacare, a permissive attitude toward illegal immigration, out-of-control spending, and abuse of executive authority. It says a lot about the left that fiscal responsibility and realistic ideas about the practical limits of Government are their definition of “crazy.”

When the “Gun Sense” people claim they aren’t out to take away your guns… they’re lying.

Posted by V the K at 8:24 am - September 25, 2015.
Filed under: Gun Control

Anti-Second Amendment activists in the leftist stronghold of San Francisco (Most Urine-Smelling City in the Western Hemisphere since 1998) have succeeded in driving the last licensed gun shop out of the city. Henceforth, the only way to purchase a gun in San Francisco will be through an illegal, back alley transaction with a criminal.

High Bridge Arms has been a defiant fixture in San Francisco’s Mission District, but a coming wave of new firearms restrictions has prompted the last gun shop in the liberal City by the Bay to pack it in.

The proposed new city regulations, which could only be aimed at High Bridge Arms, would have required the shop to take and preserve video of all transactions and turn customers’ personal data over to police on a weekly basis. General Manager Steven Alcairo said the shop’s owners finally threw in the towel after years of what they consider being unfairly targeted with burdensome rules and regulations.



Euphemism of the Day

Posted by V the K at 10:18 pm - September 24, 2015.
Filed under: Political Correctness

Multi-Partner Fertility

Poor families are far more likely than better-off families to experience multiple-partner fertility, in which mothers have children with more than one father. Though children in some multi-partner-fertility families thrive, Cherry has observed that multi-partner fertility is associated with high levels of father abandonment and child maltreatment.


Competition and Capitalism Are Good For Your Soul

Posted by V the K at 10:32 am - September 24, 2015.
Filed under: Free Enterprise

In the area were I live, there are a number of different supermarket options. There’s a Kroger that’s nearly as nice as the Wegman’s “Back East,” and another Kroger that’s as a nasty as the Weis “back East.” There’s a chain of upscale fresh/organic supermarkets, clean and immaculate. And Another large supermarket is in the midst of a massive renovation and upgrade to keep up with the nice Kroger across town.

Someone like Bernie Sanders thinks this is a terrible waste of resources. Supermarkets remodeling when “children are going hungry?” Oh, how awful. And why do there need to be so many different options for people to get their food? And, you know, people don’t always make the kind of nutrition choices the Government would like them to.  Wouldn’t it be more efficient if food were simply distributed at plain gray warehouses by unionized Government employees. You would be assigned one food distribution center in your district and that would be the one you were required to use. (Or pay exorbitantly to use members-only markets accessible only to party apparatchiks and elites, like in the Soviet Union.) That would, the socialists believe, free up money for things like public education.

Leftists believe they know what’s best for everyone, but the philosophy they embrace is ultimately dehumanizing. Getting your allotment of rations from the State-Run Ration Distribution Center might possibly be more efficient if the system were run to the perfection leftists believe they can achieve (Spoiler Alert: they can’t and it wouldn’t be. Venezuela tried this, it doesn’t work). But in robbing people of the opportunity for choice and self-sufficiency, they also would make the world a far more drab and dreary place.

What Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and Pope Francis are pushing is a philosophy that ultimately dehumanizes and crushes the soul.

The Democrat-Mohammedan Connection

Why are so many leftist progressives so enamored of a religious sect that supports violence against gays and women? Why are members of a sect that supports violence against gays and women so enamored of a political cult that supports a radical feminist/gay left agenda? Could it simply boil down to racism?

I increasingly think the Democrat/Muslim union has to do with old-fashioned relativism. Democrats don’t actually believe that women’s rights and gay rights apply to everyone; white people: sure. Arabs? Well, who am I to judge? And Muslims know this.

When Robby George is just dumbfounded as to why all these Muslims support the party of abortion on demand and gay marriage, the answer seems pretty clear to me: They’re supporting the party of abortion on demand and gay marriage for infidels. In Dearborn, it doesn’t matter one whit what Tony Kennedy says about the Sweet Mystery of Life. Ms. DeBoer has the right to get married to another woman; but if Fatimah thinks she does, too, then her cousin Ahmed will disabuse her of that idea very quickly.

Is Obama Sabotaging Hillary?

Posted by V the K at 8:39 am - September 23, 2015.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton,Obama Watch

All I know is my gut says “maybe.”

An enraged Hillary Rodham Clinton blew up at President Obama, demanding he “call off your f–king dogs” looking into her e-mails during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to a new book.

The book, “Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,” says the former first lady was furious at what she believed were damaging leaks by Obama aides that led to investigations of her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state. So she went right to the top to settle the matter.


Fashion Sense

Posted by V the K at 7:25 am - September 23, 2015.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

One of these people is a paranoid autocrat who presides over one of the world’s most secretive regimes. The other is the dictator of North Korea.

Of course, this is not the first time whoever dresses Hillary has made some, er, questionable fashion choices:


Pope Praises Cuban Dictators En Route to Lecturing American Republicans

Posted by V the K at 8:47 pm - September 22, 2015.
Filed under: Religion (General)

Pope Occupy dropped in on Cuba to lavish praise on its brutal, oppressive dictatorship.

Pope Francis expressed gratitude to Cuba for its contribution to peace and the preservation of the human species in a world saturated with hatred and aggression.

The Pope will be lecturing Congress on Thursday about redistributing wealth and fighting “climate change.”

Watching the immense pomp and ceremony surrounding the pope, and seeing how streets are being closed and cordoned off… causing frustration to thousands for the convenience of His Holiness, watching as politicians jockey for the opportunity to position themselves near the Pontiff, watching as the Pontiff inserts himself into politics, and listening as the Pope hypocritically lectures “the wealthy” to redistribute their earnings to the poor while the Vatican sits on billions of dollars in assets… I realized, this is how the whole Protestant thing got started.

This Is How Rumors Get Started

Posted by V the K at 4:33 pm - September 22, 2015.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

Evil? Or Misunderstood?

Posted by V the K at 3:48 pm - September 21, 2015.
Filed under: Progressive immorality

Salon has published an article by a self-professed paedophile, defending his condition as harmless (so long as he doesn’t act on it) and seeking to lay claim to a special status as one of societies misunderstoond victims. As a matter of principle, I refuse to link to Salon because their entire modus is to publish outrageous articles as clickbait. Instead, here is a link to a cromulent analysis by CW Cooke at NRO.

I’ve seen a good number of conservatives slamming this confession, often on the presumption that it represents an attempt to “mainstream” pedophilia. I have to disagree with this assessment. Naturally, I am as disgusted by the urges that are outlined in the piece as the next guy, and, despite the author’s heartfelt plea for “understanding,” I find it difficult not to harbor a real animus toward him. But I see no evidence whatsoever that Salon is endorsing or excusing child abuse, or that it is making the case that pedophilia is an “ingrained identity” and that its sufferers should therefore be free to act as they wish. On the contrary: The piece draws attention to the fact that some people live with these abominable proclivities – ”a curse of the first order” and “a massive handicap,” the author calls them – and yet manage successfully to suppress them. Whatever one might reasonably think of the man and his afflictions, to draw the opposite lesson from his admission than the one he intended seems to me unjust.

I agree in part with that analysis, but when dealing with the left, one must treat every appeal to reconsider the status quo as the proverbial nose in the tent. The article is on its surface a plea to consider that people who are sexually attracted to children but who struggle with it and don’t act upon it are worthy of the sympathy of the general public. But what is the end-goal? After all, it’s a very dangerous notion to the hedonist left that sexual impulses can be controlled and that there is any nobility in self-restraint.

Also, what this article really brings home is that, for the typical leftist, a paeduphile is easy to understand and relate to. On the other hand, fiscal conservatives, Christians, and gun-owners are freaks and weirdoes to be shunned and hated.

I am reminded of the progressive journalist who, upon hearing that another progressive had been outed as a paedophile, tweeted her a picture of his young daughter, to make her “feel better.”

And that, as they say, is pretty effed up.

The Politics of Emotion and Offense

Posted by V the K at 12:17 pm - September 21, 2015.
Filed under: Religion Of Peace

Ben Carson has made a lot of Obama supporters angry by saying he would not vote for a Mohamemdan for President. He didn’t say, contra MSDNC, that Mohammedans shouldn’t be allowed to be president, merely that he would not support one.

Among those incensed is DIABLO Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Apparently, Senator Graham met a handsome young Muslim soldier while visiting Afghanistan and went full Lawrence-of-Arabia.

“What would he say to the young man I met in Kabul who left Afghanistan, became an American citizen, joined the United States army? What would he say to the approximately 3,500 American Muslims who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for our freedom, risking their lives. What he should say is thank you for serving our great nation. We’re all in this together.”

By the way, more than 1 in 4 Democrats swear they would never vote for a Mormon for president. But I guess that’s the “OK” kind of bigotry.

Democrat Media Operative George Snuffleupagus was doing yeoman work on behalf of the Hillary campaign trying to get Donald Trump to say the Obama is a Muslim, because that is a totes important issue.

Frankly, this whole crybaby game of “You said something that offended me or others and you need to apologize for it” is a very childish way of conducting politics.  It would be nice if leaders were elected on the basis of qualifications and policy positions, but a voting majority of the electorate is emotion-driven and irrational. And so, instead of policy debates, we get, “How did you feel when Donald Trump said you were ugly?”

I wonder, is the electorate really this dumb, or is it the political leadership (and their media courtesans) who insist on this lowest-common-denominator level of discourse because they, themselves, are too stupid to handle a substantive policy debate?

Hillary Clinton and the Uncanny Valley

Posted by V the K at 10:50 am - September 21, 2015.
Filed under: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is trying to reassure voters that she is “a real person,” and not a badly malfunctioning replicant android. She also says in that same interview that she is Washington outsider by virtue of being a woman.

Here’s why her campaign’s attempt to reinvent her as more human and approachable isn’t working.

The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of aesthetics which holds that when features look and move almost, but not exactly, like natural beings, it causes a response of revulsion among some observers.


The Tolerance of Barbarism

Posted by V the K at 9:23 am - September 21, 2015.
Filed under: Political Correctness

American warfighters stationed in Afghanistan have been confronted with the local custom of sexually abusing young boys and raping young girls, and ordered to look the other way.

In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

Some American soldiers have been harshly disciplined by the Obama Military for interfering with the sexual abuse of minors.

It was not always so. There is a, perhaps apocryphal, story about the British confronting similar babaric customs in India during the colonial period.

Charles Napier, the British Army’s Commander-in-Chief in India, faced with local complaints about the abolition of Suttee (the barbaric practice of burning women alive), replied:
‘You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And we will follow ours’

It’s amazing how much barbarity we are required to put up with in order to show how tolerant and “civilized” we are. But then, that’s the “Multicultural” dogma the progressive left has been pushing for the last few decades. Western Civilization has no right to assert cultural superiority over those that burn women alive, rape young boys, or toss gay people off of buildings.

Obama Nominates Unqualified Gay Desk Jockey to Lead Depleted Army

Posted by V the K at 8:02 am - September 21, 2015.
Filed under: Gays In Military

Obama’s nominee to be Secretary of the Army has not served in combat, has not even served in the military. He has little or no executive experience, but has been a lifelong bureaucratic hack and Democrat Party Apparatchik. His one and only qualification for the office would seem to be his sexual orientation.

The youthful-looking Secretary-designee, Acting Undersecretary Eric Fanning comes by his youthful looks honestly: he’s young (46) and callow, a career midrange bureaucrat without significant executive experience (.pdf), or private-sector experience, although he’s been parked in Democratic lobbying firms during Republican administrations. He has never served in the military and has never displayed much respect for those who do and have. They are there to serve him. He has never held a job in the productive economy.

Why pick him, then? To Send A Message™, to count a valuable bean among people for whom the military exists to enable bean-counting. Fanning is fabulously gay, and his tasking is to increase the social engineering pressure on the Army to make it more friendly to GLBTQWERTY individuals, and more hostile to those who are not, whilst presiding over the readiness and end-strength declines he’s already been managing as Acting Undersecretary. He has said that his highest priorities are to forbid criticism of gay (etc) soldiers and to encourage transgender soldiers.

Can’t add anything to that brutal assessment, spot on, it is.

Protection of the United States is not a priority of the Obama Regime; appeasing domestic interest groups is. In addition to being led by an unqualified, incompetent party hack to make a political statement, the US Army has been gutted by the Obama Regime and is down to 450,000 troops. That is smaller than the Armies of Pakistan (550,000 troops), India (1,100,000 troops)  Chinese People’s Liberation Army Ground Forces (1,600,000 troops), North Korea (950,000 troops). It is the same size as the Russian Army. Iran’s Army is not much smaller, 350,000 troops. ISIS, (whom Obama dismissed as “the JV Team” not so long ago) has 200,000 troops and continues to grow.

About that, we have now learned that the Army was ordered to cook the books to show that the regime’s scheme of limited attacks against ISIS were more successful than they actually were. None of the people who were Outraged(TM) that George W. Bush allegedly lied about national intelligence seem to be the least bit upset when Obama does it to make it seem like his failing policies are actually working.

By the way

Posted by V the K at 9:54 am - September 20, 2015.
Filed under: Dogs

Much as I am reluctant to discuss too much of my private life on this forum, I would like to introduce someone kind of special. About a month ago, I found this little creature scrounging for food around the neighborhood dumpster.


It took a couple of days to earn his trust enough to get close enough to catch him. Originally, the plan was to foster him until a home could be found. But he kind of grew on me. Here he is now: