Thursday, February 25, 2010

A few comments on the health care "forum"

Since I currently have quite a bit of time on my hands, I've been kind of keeping tabs on the "debate" that has been going on today over health care "reform".

So far, the Repub's have been staying on message, and on specific topics per speaker. Apparently, they all got together and hashed out what each of them was going to focus on, which imo, is a splendid idea, and seems to be working quite well.

One thing that has the conservative bloggers "up in arms" is the fact that BHO and a couple other Dems spoke for around thirty minutes, but cut our guy off at less than fifteen minutes. Not fair, but at least to me, not unexpected.

One guy on our side of the "debate", Rep. Paul Ryan (who gave a clear "road map" a while ago that the Dems have been trying to denigrate) has really shone, and in the clip below, he takes BHO to the woodshed, and BHO has to just sit there and take it. Good stuff.

Via Ace.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This kind of stuff doesn't help

Disabled children -- God's punishment, lawmaker claims

Disabled children are the Lord's punishment for women who "abort the first born," a Republican state legislator from Virginia has argued in calling on state officials to eliminate state money going to Planned Parenthood.

Trying to make the case for cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood is all well and good, but this kind of stuff doesn't help, as all it does is allow the opposition to point and say, "SEE! We're right! They ARE a bunch of religious nut cases! What did we tell you?".

Sigh ...

State Dems ignore the will of the People


OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Legislature passed a temporary suspension of Initiative 960 Monday night, just ahead of House and Senate Democrats unveiling their budget proposals.

Temporary? Supposedly until July of next year, but when did any legislature - local, state or federal - do anything that allows them to raise taxes on a temporary basis? Anyone? *crickets*

I-960 makes it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes or to close tax exemptions, which is why the Democratic majority needs it to be suspended.

Budget writers want a mix of spending cuts, tax increases and one-time fixes to fill a $2.8 billion deficit. But Initiative 960, approved in 2007, requires two-thirds approval from legislators to raise taxes - a significant hurdle compared with the simple majority needed to pass other measures.

We passed that Initiative for a reason. That reason is that our state legislature is in the habit of spending too much of our money on things that very often do not work, and the Dems don't like not being able to spend OUR money as they see fit - kind of like Congress on the federal level.

"This is just the beginning," said Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood. "This is the catalyst that will be used to raise all sorts of taxes."

That's right. Because the Dems hold both state houses, and the governorship, we in Washington State can expect that not only will our taxes go up, but that "temporary" thing? It'll become permanent, as the state Dems ignore the will of the People of the State of Washington.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Just a brief PSA

It's almost Census time again, folks, and although the Census Bureau has stated that the questionnaire is much shorter this year (10 questions), Walter E. Williams over at TownHall reminds us of what the Census is for (determining the number of people in the country, so that the proper number of seats in the House can be apportioned, as well as how Electoral votes each state gets), and what the government can legally require you to answer (your name, and how many people live where you do). Anything else they ask is none of the governments business.

I don't know about you, but the only things I'm going to fully answer (as far as the government is concerned, that is) is what my name is, and how many people live with me. For all other questions, the answer will be "NOYB" (none of your business).

If you're at all unsure of what to do, read the
article, and ponder what Mr. Williams has said.

H/T specialrpt posting at

Monday, February 15, 2010

Clinton: Iran is becoming a military dictatorship

Took ya long enough to figure that one out ... sheesh!

The fact that it takes Dems soooooooooo long to figure this stuff out truly amazes me. Of course, when you have your head buried in the sand, it does cut off any oxygen, so I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised, eh?


Saturday, February 13, 2010

RIP Nodar Kumaritashvili

As reported here, Nodar Kumaritashvili, Olympic luger from the country of Georgia, died Friday during a practice run when he lost control of his sled.

My heart goes out to his family, and to the other members of the team from Georgia. May you rest in peace, Nodar.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Murtha dead at 77

Pennsylvania's 12th District Representative, John Murtha - D, has died from complications following his gall bladder surgery.

Now, before anyone confuses me with someone who actually liked "ABSCAM Jack" check out the video here - this is one way how we should remember him. The other way is the man who made false accusations against the Marines (falsely) accused of "war crimes" in Haditha.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Senator-elect Brown to be sworn in today

As reported here, Republican Scoot Brown is poised to take over the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's long-held seat a week earlier than he had planned, ending the Democrats' supermajority and giving the GOP 41 votes they can use to block President Barack Obama's agenda.

A swearing-in ceremony was set for 5 p.m. Thursday for the little-known Massachusetts state senator who shocked the nation with his upset victory last month over a favored Democrat and put the 2010 midterm elections in play for a possible GOP takeover of Congress. Originally, Brown had said he did not want to be sworn in until Feb. 11.

His victory rocked Democrats, and put a dagger in Obama's health care overhaul just as it was nearing the finish line and catapulted Brown onto the national stage.

A couple of things here. One - and this is important, so pay attention - is that the seat the late Sen. Kennedy occupied for almost 50 years was never his - it has always been, and will remain, the seat of the people of Massachusetts, no matter who happens to occupy it, ok? That should be easy enough to understand, even for an AP reporter, so I'm glad I could clear that up for you.

Two, the 2010 midterms are definitely in play, and there are even more "dagger" wielders out there who will put an even bigger dent in the number of seats the Democrats currently hold, and you can take that to the bank!