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Don’t Do Business with Progressive Appeasers

Let’s stipulate: Activists on the left are free to exercise their rights of speech and assembly to boycott businesses whose politics they oppose. Conversely, activists on the right are free to exercise the power of their pocketbooks and refrain from supporting businesses that shun their values.
So, what are you waiting for, conservatives? There are coordinated shakedowns taking place right now that involve some of America’s most prominent companies who’ve chosen to surrender to progressive bullying and race-card opportunism. Silence is complicity.
On Tuesday, McDonald’s told liberal magazine Mother Jones that the ...

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Can Government Do Anything Well?

I’m suspicious of superstitions, like astrology or the belief that “green jobs will fix the environment and the economy.” I understand the appeal of such beliefs. People crave simple answers and want to believe that some higher power determines our fates.
The most socially destructive superstition of all is the intuitively appealing belief that problems are best solved by government.
Opinion polls suggest that Americans are dissatisfied with government. Yet whenever another crisis hits, the natural human instinct is to say, “Why doesn’t the government do something?”
And politicians appear to be problem-solvers. ...

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Media Dishonesty and Race Hustlers

When NBC’s “Today” show played the audio of George Zimmerman’s call to a Sanford, Fla., police dispatcher about Trayvon Martin, the editors made him appear to be a racist who says: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” What Zimmerman actually said was: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining, and he’s just walking around, looking about.” The 911 officer responded by asking, “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?” Zimmerman ...

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Obama’s ‘Fairness’ Fiction

President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election campaign in earnest this week with a stirring message of hope and unity for the American people: Eat the rich!
According to media reports, “fairness” will be one of the central messages of the entire Obama campaign. So fittingly, the Senate will pretend to vote on the Paying a Fair Share Act — or the “Buffett rule” — later this week. Sure, the United States may own $15 trillion of debt and a stagnant, underemployed economy, but nothing says leadership like coordinating your populist ...

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Some Very Political Science

The news is stuffed with “studies” in which “experts” tell us how we should behave. One recently found that conservatives have lost their trust in science over the last 40 years. That’s probably because the very political academics of science are routinely summoned to prove the right-wingers are not only wrong but dangerously wrong and not just dangerously wrong but evil, too.
These studies are laughable.
First, there was the study purporting to prove that conservatism appeals to low-intelligence racists “who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.” Then there was ...

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You Lite Up My Life

This man I’ve been dating didn’t want anything serious. I don’t either. I explained that I just wanted to hang out and have fun. We were going out several times a week, sleeping together at least once a week. Suddenly, he freaked, worrying I’d get attached. I reinforced that I absolutely don’t want anything serious, but he seemed unconvinced. He went away on business and called the day he returned, and we hung out and slept together. The next day, he said we needed to slow things down because he ...

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Free the markets, Mr. Romney

In his Wisconsin victory speech last Tuesday, Mitt Romney said, “Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business.”
This to me is a more worrisome statement than his communications advisor’s gaffe about Etch A Sketches or Romney’s shout-out to NASCAR team owners.
Over the last few years, the country has been subjected to a tutorial about the role of government. Thanks to the efforts of the Tea Party and, of course, the teaching by example of the Obama administration, a lot more Americans understand the problems with ...

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The GSA scandal and throwback civil service culture

By now you’ve likely heard about the infamous Las Vegas convention bash during which federal civil servants at the General Services Administration indulged in various frivolities to the tune of $823,000 of your money. That conference featured, among other things, a hired professional clown — which is like Picasso hiring some guy from out of the Yellow Pages to paint a mural.
As with political sex scandals, nothing vaults a fiscal scandal into the headlines faster than photographic or video evidence. The GSA spendthrifts didn’t even have the good sense to ...

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That’s Our Policy

On June 1 one year, my wife and I checked into a beautiful resort hotel at about 6:30 p.m. and were greeted with enthusiasm, courtesy and efficiency, and given tickets for a complimentary continental breakfast.
We went to our suite, freshened up and enjoyed a marvelous dinner, then had a wonderful night’s sleep. The next morning, we enjoyed coffee from the coffeemaker provided in our suite. We decided the continental breakfast wasn’t what we wanted, so we ordered cereal and a bagel.
The continental breakfast cost more than the breakfast we ordered, ...

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5,200 Milwaukee Teachers Took 92,691 Days Off Last Year and Other Shocking Facts from Its Union Contract

EAGnews.org is releasing a series of stunning reports to show taxpayers exactly how our dollars are being spent in government schools. We repeatedly hear from the education establishment that school coffers...

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Spanish Village Votes “No” on Big Field of Revenue-Raising, Probably Illegal Marijuana

Remember that
industrious Spanish mayor who was scheming to rent out village land
to grow marijuana
, thereby raising much-needed money for the
village of Rasquera, population 900? Well, the town council said
yes in March, but when the mayor put the plan to a village-wide
referendum today, turns out the mostly-older population was not
ready to take that probably-illegal step. A 56 percent majority
surprisingly said yes to the measure, but it needed 75 percent to
pass. The wonkiness of Spanish weed laws probably didn't help
convince folks.

Reports The Washington Post:

The result effectively ends the idea to lease a plot of land to
an association of marijuana buffs in Barcelona who wanted to pay
Rasquera €1.3 million ($1.7 million) over two years. About 40 jobs
— growing, harvesting and packaging the pot — were envisioned.

The payment by the pot-smoking group ABCDA would have been about
equal to the debt owed by this picturesque pueblo that sits at the
foot of a mountain range with a castle dating back to the 12th
century.

Rasquera is not alone with its debt problems. Spain’s economy
crashed after a real estate bubble and many cities and towns are
desperately trying to cope by cutting spending for health care,
education and jobs. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the
17-nation eurozone at nearly 23 percent — just shy of 50 percent
for young workers — and it’s about to enter another
recession. [...]

Under Spanish law, consumption in private of cannabis in small
amounts is allowed. Growing it for sale, or advertising it or
selling it are illegal.

Officials with the government’s National Drug Plan have said
growing marijuana in large amounts as planned in Rasquera would be
against the law, and have vowed to block any attempts.

Mayor Bernat Pallisa insisted that the initiative was legal,
however, because ABCDA had pledged that the marijuana grown in
Rasquera would have been for private consumption by its 5,000
members.

The rest
here.

Reason on
drug policy


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MediaTakeout.com embarrasses itself in attempt to paint me as a raaaaacist

As readers of this blog know, I helped spearhead one of the first Tea Party rallies of 2009 in Denver. Several hundred grass-roots conservative activists gathered on the steps of the state capitol on February 17, 2009 to protest President Obama’s visit to the city for the signing of the federal porkulus bill. I posted numerous photos and videos of the event:


(From my iphone/twitpic)


(Photo via People’s Press Collective)

Readers also know that I was mobbed by many people asking for photographs, including a stranger who later turned out to have been part of an apparent plan to discredit the Tea Party activists. I reported on how the sabotage later mirrored widespread efforts to smear the movement:

I speak from direct experience about the underhandedness of Tea Party smear merchants. On February 17, 2009 at one of the country’s first tax revolt rallies in Denver, a man approached me amid a throng of bona fide anti-stimulus protesters and thrust a camera in my face. I obliged cheerfully, as I usually do after such speaking events. I later learned from the character assassins at Progress Now, the Soros-backed outfit that just happened to be there and just happened to snap a close-up photo of the interaction, which was immediately disseminated to the local press and to the hitmen of Media Matters, that the man pulled out a sign at the last minute (which I didn’t see until later) sporting Obama’s name with a swastika on it. He held the sign away from me, but in direct view of the Progress Now cameraperson who used to work for CNN.

Never mind the Left’s Bush=Nazi hypocrisy and the uncanny, instantaneous manufactured outrage. The narrative was set: A conservative supporter of the nascent Tea Party movement posed for a photo with a man holding up a swastika at a protest against out-of-control spending! Ergo, the stimulus protesters and the entire Tea Party membership are all racist, fascist menaces to society!

Now, we’ve come full circle from a swastika sign “scandal” fomented by Tea Party saboteurs to distract from the core policy message at the Denver anti-stimulus protest last February… to the creepily similar tactics advocated by “Crash the Party” instigator Jason Levin to “act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways which exaggerate their least appealing qualities…to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them.”

I’ll repeat the advice I gave last April 6, 2009 when I warned, “Get ready for the anti-Tea Party sabotage and smear campaign.” It holds true today:

They have no shame. Be prepared. Confront them with their own rank hypocrisy and unhingedness. Don’t get distracted. And don’t let your local media get away with lazily recycling their smears.

Well, the trashy gossip site MediaTakeOut.com didn’t get the memo. Today, they recycled the photo that Soros-backed Progress Now staged three years ago as “BREAKING NEWS” with the following false information:

April 10, 2012: Well FOX News correspondent Michelle Malkin just got herself in some HOT WATER. She was photo’d at a rally . . . filled with WHITE SUPREMACISTS.

Oh, and she didn’t just ATTEND the rally . . . she took pics with at least ONE Swatsika carrying protester.

FOX news really is SHAMELESS .. .

Yes, they wrote “Swatsika.” Twice.

Screencaps (click for full-size):

Tools.

10Apr/12Off

James Taylor Live: Jump Up Behind Me

The volume's a little low on this, but turn it up; it's worth it. Today's insanity break: a song from James Taylor's Hourglass, performed live at New York's Beacon Theater, with terrific 5-string bass work by Jimmy Johnson.


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Petulant, Occupy Chicago Protesters Want Everything ‘Free’

This is the sort of thing that makes these idiotic Occupy whatevers… well, idiots.
Via Marathon Pundit, a cadre of comrades in the Occupy Chicago “movement” decided it would be a cool idea to have a “fare strike” and crash Chicago’s mass transit system in order to ride for free.

When Ruberry asked the gaudily masked nut what a fare strike was, he said that it means we pay “zero” to ride the bus and/or the train.

“It’s when a lot of people show up and say this is what we’re willing to ...

10Apr/12Off

A Morality Tale Warning Against Liberalism

There is an old joke from the Soviet Union that perfectly encapsulates the stupidity, hate, and failure that is modern liberalism… and yes I am saying there is no material difference between American liberals and Soviet communists.
Here is the story:
Once in the Soviet Union Ivan and Mikhail were equals. But Ivan found a cow one day and his life got instantly better. The cow, not Ivan’s wife, pulled the plow, the cow gave free milk to Ivan’s family and his children got healthier. The cow birthed calves that grew to ...

10Apr/12Off

Here’s How Unpopular ObamaCare Is: Fewer Than Half of Democrats Want the Law Upheld

Sean Higgins at Investor's Business
Daily

reports on a new IBD health care poll
:

Polls continue to show it has little popular support either. For
example, a poll just conducted for IBD by TechnoMetrica Market
Intelligence found that only 22% said they wanted the justices to
uphold the entire law, while 37% said strike down the whole thing
and 30% said to strike down only the law’s individual mandate to
buy health insurance. Another 10% were unsure.

Strikingly, the same poll found that while 39% of Democrats
wanted the law upheld, 38% wanted the mandate struck down and
another 12% wanted the whole thing thrown out. In other words, 50%
want part or all of the law tossed. Even taking into account that
some of those may be liberals who dislike ObamaCare because it
isn’t more expansive, it’s a striking rejection of the president’s
main accomplishment by his own party.

As Higgins points out, this is worth remembering next time one
of the law's defenders argues that the Supreme Court will lose its
legitimacy if it strikes down the law. Bipartisan opposition to
ObamaCare, and to its mandate in particular, is so strong that even
amongst Democrats less than 40 percent are willing to say they want
the law upheld. In the court of public opinion, at least, the law
has already lost. 

In March, a Reason-Rupe poll found
similarly high levels of opposition to the law. Indeed,
virtually every poll has found that the public is opposed to the
law