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A Prediction

The photo in this post over at Pajamas Media, in which President Obama has failed to button his jacket correctly (along with other unforced fashion errors) will generate precisely zero jokes on SNL.

But John Boehner tearing up?  That’s liable to get its own skit.

Not that I’ll be watching SNL, mind you.  I’m surprised it’s still on the air.


Posted by on January 7, 2011 in politics


NOW Nags Hooters in California

You know, between the Happy Meal stuff, the LA ban on fast food restaurants and now this — it’s going to be hard to find anything other than tofu to eat in California.

The National Organization for Women filed complaints against local Hooters restaurants Thursday, but not for exploiting its scantily clad waitresses by subjecting them to leering and groping customers.

The subject this time was Hooters’ catering to children.

The restaurants in San Francisco, San Bruno, Sacramento and Orange County are classified as “adult entertainment” establishments but also serve minors, NOW’s California chapter said in papers filed with police and prosecutors.

What’s more, the organization said, Hooters provides child menus, high chairs and booster seats, and sells T-shirts in children’s sizes that identify the wearer as a “Future Hooters Girl.”

I’m not going to repeat what Rush Limbaugh has long said about NOW’s true purpose.  But this lawsuit does make one laugh just a little bit.

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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in politics


Senate Impeaches Corrupt Federal Judge

Earlier today, the lame duck Senate actually accomplished something worthwhile.  It impeached a bad judge:

The Senate has voted unanimously to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana on the first of four impeachment charges, removing him from the federal bench.

The decision makes Porteous just the eighth federal judge in U.S. history to be impeached and convicted by Congress.

The Senate is still voting on three additional articles of impeachment approved by the House earlier this year.

House prosecutors say the 63-year-old judge had a gambling problem and began accepting cash and other favors from people with business before his court. He also was accused of lying to Congress and filing for bankruptcy under a false name.

Porteous was a Clinton appointee, which  tells us what his next career move is likely to be.  If he follows the path of another impeached Democrat judge, he’ll end up getting elected to Congress, where the next Democrat speaker will try to install him atop the House Intelligence Committee.

That’s exactly what Pelosi attempted with Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, who had also been impeached on bribery charges a few years prior.

That’s just one of the many reasons that Pelosi won’t be missed, and why history won’t be kind to her tenure as Speaker of the House.


Texas Election Wrap-Up: A Thumpin’, Squared, Times Ten

I’m going to take a moment to gloat: Texas is the smartest state in the entire country.  Not only did Texas voters send a message to Obama and the Democrats, that message was written with such force it left a permanent crater where the state Democratic Party headquarters once stood.  There is no mistaking what Texans think of Obama and his miserable party.

Gov. Rick Perry won re-election easily, defeating the Obama-in-boots Bill White by about 13 points.  Perry never broke a sweat.

The voters kicked three useless Democrats – Chet Edwards, Ciro Rodriguez and Solomon Ortiz – out of the US House.  Their replacements, Bill Flores, Quico Canseco and Blake Farenthold – are all conservative Republicans who’ll do the state proud.

But the real shock of the day came in the state House, where a whole lot of Republicans who really no one expected to win, won.  The GOP has a massive 99-51 seat edge in the House now, which means the House Democrats are irrelevant.  Even the Democrats’ leader in the House, state Rep. Jim Dunnam, ended up losing to Marva Beck.  Up until she decided to run, she had been the GOP county chairman of rural Leon County out east.  Dunnam is a bazillionaire trial lawyer so arrogant he didn’t even bother to actually live in the district that elected him year after year; Beck is a citizen legislator after Tuesday.

It’s going to take the Texas Democrats a very long time to recover from this.  They took the worst beating in Texas history and have absolutely nothing to hang onto for solace today.  Texas voters are never ones to go for subtlety, but this beating is one that’ll end up in the history books alongside Sam Houston’s epic win at San Jacinto.  Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty big.

So yeah, I’m drinking up the Democrats’ tears today.  They’re tasty!


Posted by on November 3, 2010 in bill white, Obama, politics


Strama Obama Dishonestly Attacks Freedom’s Truth

He also attacked the blogger and state Rep. candidate who’s running against him – who used to anonymously blog by the name “Freedom’s Truth” over at the Travis Monitor.  But Mark Strama Obama is a leftist.  Leftists attack freedom and hate the truth.  Hence, the title to this post.  Clever, huh.

“Freedom’s Truth” is really Pat McGuinness, tech engineer, family man and from everything I’ve heard a conservative ace.  He’s running against Strama Obama in Texas House District 50, which is in the Austin area.  I don’t live in his district, but if I did I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.  Strama Obama, worried as ever it seems, is running a terrible TV ad in which he attacks McGuinness for, basically, being a blogger.  The ad does what the left often does, which is to take a word or phrase here or there out of context, twist it into an Escher drawing, and make it all sound like it says something that the author never intended.  If you’ve ever argued with a liberal in blog comments, youknowwhatimean.  It gets tiresome.

“Freedom’s Truth” aka Pat McGuinness has responded to Strama Obama’s dishonesty over at the Monitor.  Check it out.  This whole thing may backfire on Strama Obama.  After all, what will the left do if it can put up anonymous blogs to attack Republicans?  That’s their fourth most used strategy, after “lie,” “cheat,” and “steal.”

For his part, McGuinness is running a slick ad hammering Strama Obama on actual policy issues – those pesky things Strama Obama evidently doesn’t want to talk about, but which should determine who gets elected to office.


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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in politics


Here we go: Desperate Democrats bring out the Tea Party smears

The Democrats have a new motto: If you can’t beat ’em, smear ’em.  That’s what a trio of Texas Democrat Reps. are doing to gin up racial animosity and crank up Democrat votes.

There were gasps in the audience as U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa told educators Monday how he and U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes had been told to “go back to Mexico” by a group of Tea Party supporters.

Hinojosa said the incident happened in the Sam Rayburn U.S. House building in Washington, D.C. The two border congressmen were racing for a vote on the House floor. It was the day the House voted on the major health and higher education legislation and there was a big Tea Party rally outside the Capitol in opposition to the bill.

“They first asked Silvestre Reyes, ‘Are you a Congressman?’ ‘Yes, I’m from Texas,’ he answered. ‘Are you both congressmen?’ ‘Yes, I am a congressman too,’ I replied. ‘Why don’t you go back to Mexico?’” Hinojosa told educators during a question and answer session at an event at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The gasps in the audience when Hinojosa recalled the incident were clearly audible. Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, said he and Reyes, D-El Paso, had been confronted by five Tea Party supporters. “There were five men, all White,” Hinojosa said.

Evidence proffered that this exchange ever took place: None.  Call me skeptical, but given how the President is goading Hispanics to “punish their enemies,” this just looks way too convenient.  But it sure makes for a good no-budget ad for a lame Democrat candidate who has absolutely no chance of winning.

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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Congress, politics, Tea Party


Biden: We’d be nowhere without big government

Call it a Kinsleyan gaffe – unintentionally saying what you really think.  It’s currently only on Drudge, where the “flash” link will soon move on to some other story.  But the Veep’s words deserve preserving in blog amber for future generations to ponder.

VPOTUS, who stood next to Bishop and grasped the four-term Democrat's shoulder at several points during his remarks, waded into the audience as he discussed the nation's need to compete with education and infrastructure investments made by nations like China and India, and Republican opposition to such spending.

"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive," he said. "In the middle of the Civil War you had a guy named Lincoln paying people $16,000 for every 40 miles of track they laid across the continental United States. … No private enterprise would have done that for another 35 years."

By that logic, we should also credit war itself, shouldn’t we?  After all, would Lincoln have cared so much about laying track if the Union troops didn’t need it to move around?

Also: Government didn’t invent the track itself, Joey, or the railroad.  It just overpaid to get the stuff laid out.

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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in politics

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