Archive for September 16, 2009

With yet another tape now on smuggling illegals across the border the paradigm has shifted.

Acorn was undoubtedly hoping that suspending business and starting an internal investigation would buy time and give cover to House Democrats to justify either delaying or voting against defunding them under the “all the facts aren’t in yet” theory.

But with governors and states and pols happy to take a swing at them some like AHNULD (with apologies to Frank J) get free brownie points that they desperately need and John Stewart hitting them and the media the MSM can no longer ignore the story (hell even Charles reported on it, well linked to Acorn’s CEO’s press release and put “sting” in quotes) . Even Gibbs is backing away.

Yesterday Hoyer said this:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday that the behavior shown on the videotapes was “despicable,” but that it isn’t clear whether problems at Acorn are isolated. If such behavior is widespread, Hoyer said, “I think we need to look very carefully at the assistance that we give.”

Now that we have three states and DC and 5 tapes with likely more to come that position is not tenable. Once the actual smuggling of illegals was part of the story the game was over. If the democrats in Congress are in any way smart they will ram through a 400-35 or some lopsided bill to de-fund acorn NOW and be seen doing it. If they do not then the blue dogs will end up joining republicans to attempt to force a vote and Nancy Pelosi doesn’t need that added to her plate.

One last thing: Conservatives in General and the GOP in particular need to remember that the midterms are still 14 months away and a lot can happen in that time. If the GOP members of congress overreach in the same way as the Democrats have then all the advantages they currently enjoy can go poof.

Sgt. Oprah, I know nuuuuthing I see nuuuuthing

Posted: September 16, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Jorge Bonilla in the green room notices a change in the Oprah:

Oprah Winfrey may have been instrumental in getting Barack Obama elected president, but now claims she’s on the sidelines.

“I have not said one thing about this political situation and don’t intend to,”

Hey If I had sold the public a pig in a poke I wouldn’t want to own up to it either but Bonilla is having none of it:

You own every last misstep, from Porkulus to our betrayal of Honduras, from the blood of Neda to the current healthcare debate (incidentally, I don’t see you jumping and screaming, “EVERYONE GETS RATIONED!”…but you should).

The big problem is her customer base are many of the people who were in the 70% now dropped to 50% it is vital for her to keep these people. You can only sell your credibility once.

…I’m sure he would have been perfectly happy if Poland and the rest of Europe submitted to his every whim and territorial demand every time without dispute. What else was he to do when they refused? (Sarcasm off)

Buchanan has two huge unhealthy obsessions (his anti-communism is a good obsession) the first is the middle east where I suspect he has never forgiven Israel for the USS Liberty incident during the six day war. (The best book on the subject of the 6 day war is Michael Oren’s bar NONE, my review here).

Now I can’t say I blame guys who were on the ship and attacks for being sore and suspicious, I might be the same after that experience, but when it comes to the fog of war you’d be surprised what is possible. One interesting example:

Polk rode across the intersection and found the colonel of the mysterious regiment. Polk, “in angry tones,” asked the colonel why he was firing upon “his friends.” The colonel replied, “I don’t think there can be any mistake about it. I am sure they are the enemy.” “Enemy?” Polk huffed. “Why I have only just left them myself – cease firing, sir; what is your name, sir?” “My name is Colonel [Keith], of the [22nd Indiana], and pray sir, who are you?” Polk now realized the startling fact that he was in the rear of the Federal line.

Polk decided that “there was no hope but to brazen it out,” with his “dark blouse” and the darkening night concealing his true identity. Polk rode up to Keith, shook his fist in the colonel’s face and said, “I’ll soon show you who I am. Cease firing at once.” Polk then rode down the Union line, shouting for the men to cease fire. As he trotted through the enemy regiment, he wrote, he “experienced a disagreeable sensation . . .calculating how many bullets would lie between my shoulders every moment.” When Polk reached a grove of trees he spurred his horse back to Liddell’s line.

If someone asked you what was more improbable; a Jet flying at high speed misidentifying a flag and a ship during strafing runs or An OPPOSING GENERAL in uniform literally riding up to a colonel, admonish him in person and ride up and down the battle line of enemy troops without them figuring out that he is not on their side? Cripes the guy is right next to you. That regiment paid for that error in blood and only propriety forbids their Commanding Officer from being nominated for a Darwin Award.

His second is his obsession with Churchill’s “culpability” for World War II from his book Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War” (full disclosure I haven’t read it) and a recent debate where he argued the proposition that Winston Churchill was a liability to the free world.

To call this historical revisionism or even interpretive revisionism is an understatement and a half, I love a good debate but C’mon, the fact that he and his partners in debate managed to persuade 10% of the crowd doesn’t say much for the crowd, the good part:

Roberts said the debate was an overwhelming success, adding: “You have to be 76 years old to have voted for Winston Churchill in a general election. This was a very special night which enabled a lot of people who previously couldn’t to vote for Churchill.”

Earth to Pat; The statements: “The Polish government on 1939 was corrupt” and “England should defend a free Poland against a German Invasion in 1939” are not mutually exclusive.

Now the Liberty you might give some slack, mistake or no Israel was culpable (and apologized and paid an indemnity over it), The Churchill thing, a historian might have an odd view on an accepted subject.

However now we go to Pat’s web site today and what is on the front page. A full blown truther article by Paul Craig Roberts (no relation to the Roberts in the debate who defended Sir Winston above) which I won’t bother to quote.

Now in fairness Pat didn’t write this article but he chooses or whoever works for him choose to put this on his front page without a disclaimer such as “an opposing view”. This article is posted under his name. That’s just crazy.

Other disagreements not withstanding Charles is right about this one. I can’t see how MSNBC can or should ignore this. If I was on the left I’d be all over em, but then again the left might like an easily discredited conservative on MSNBC.

I would point out however there is a big difference in the standard for an administration czar, in charge of taxpayer money and a pundit on TV, for me if I was in charge at MSNBC I might decide this was a good time to put him out to pasture.

Maybe they can call it Counsel Guidence

Posted: September 16, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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The Washington Times highlights something in the new plan that sounds kind of familiar:

“This gives the technocrats in the administration more power and a freer hand to make changes to payment rates and change the terms for exchange,” Michael Cannon, health policy studies director at the Cato Institute, told The Washington Times. He recently wrote an editorial titled, “Sorry Folks, Sarah Palin is (Partly) Right” for the Detroit Free Press, explaining how he thought IMAC would ration health care for those who depend on Medicare. The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has been widely denounced by Democrats for suggesting their health care expansion plans would include “death panels.”

“Obama has created a panel that gives IMAC the power to decide who can and who cannot get medical care,”.

A Panel that decides who gets care and who doesn’t what does that remind me of?

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy – almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

Good think they’ve debunked that wacky Sarah Palin isn’t it?