Archive for July, 2009

The Kennedy Healthcare Act, Huh

Liberal wingnuts give for want to rush healthcare through voting on it before anyone can read it, maybe even before it’s written. There are many reasons for this and among them is the desire to honor the “Liberal Lion” Edward M Kennedy, who is fighing brain cancer.

Instead of honoring this guy, maybe we should give a thought to a night 40 years ago when a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne was left to drown in a creek on Chappaquiddick Island.

Many questions remain unanswered about this incident but a few things we know. On the night of 18 July 1969, “Teddy,” in a fit of reckless driving, went of a bridge over Poucha Pond. The car flipped and settled upside down in the channel. Kennedy escaped and left Kopechne to die.

That as a thumbnail sketch of what is known to the world. The rest is known only to Kennedy, who with the narcissistic self-centeredness that has been his hallmark through the years denies doing anything criminally wrong. The event that became known as the Chappaquiddick Incident, has been the gist of late night discussions since.

It’s fairly obvious that, at a minimum, Kennedy ran away and tried to duck responsibility for her death. He has been accused of out right murder (blood was found on her dress, which would be inconsistent with drowning as a cause of death) and it’s not difficult to make a case that there was a conspiracy to cover up Kopechne ‘s death. (Why no autopsy? Would it have shown that Kopechne was pregnant with Kennedy’s child?)

Kennedy’s punishment?

A week later, Kennedy pleaded guilty to the comparatively minor charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. Astonishingly, the local Massachusetts judge, a man named James Boyle, gave Kennedy only the statutory minimum punishment — two months of jail time — which he immediately suspended. In explaining his leniency, Judge Boyle pointed to what he described as Kennedy’s “unblemished record.”

Of course, some will complain that Kennedy’s life was ruined (and Mary Jo’s wasn’t???) or that Kennedy lost his chance to become President (Thank God!) He got a pass that no one who was not named Kennedy would get. Hey walked away from at best, manslaughter, at worse murder 1.

What gets me is the “radio-silence” of the media. Why didn’t this become a news item on the 40th anniversary of the event? I guess it doesn’t fit the narrative, it might hurt the chance of passing Kennedy’s monument legislation of health care. To me, it’s one more example of media double standard.


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Cash for Clunkers program get money previously earmarked for “Green Energy” projects.

The most successful Washington stimulus program to date isn’t even in the federal stimulus bill. It’s the week-old, $1 billion “Cash for Clunkers” program that gives rebates directly to consumers to buy cars in one of the country’s hardest-hit markets, the auto sector. “This is simply the most stimulative $1 billion the federal government has spent during the entire economic downturn,” said Rep. Candice Miller (R., Mich.), who successfully haggled with green Democrats for weeks to expand the program from rebates originally designed for only small, green-approved hybrid cars (see “Crush for Clunkers,” here.)

(Read the whole thing. I’m still giggling at it.)

Basically it comes down to this, the biggest bang the Feds can get from their buck is to put the money directly in the hands of the people. Of course giving the money to the people means that the thieves on Capital Hill can’t line the pockets of those who will kick it back to them come election time.

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This has not been a good month for President, has it? This morning a slew of polls were released that showed Obama in a near tailspin. From Pew:

What I don’t understand is how anyone can still give him a positive overall job approval. The gap between those who strongly approve of The One’s performance and those who strongly disapprove is growing. Rasmussen:

Obama is losing the middle as well. He will not be able to enact federalizing 1/6th of the US economy (ObamaCare) if this keeps up. The Blue Dogs are already more nervous than a long-tailed hounds in a room full of rocking chairs, and will bolt the instant that they think Obama hurts them more than helps. Congress-critters know no allegiance except to get re-elected.

Obama cannot lead, only campaign. He must depend on thuggery to get his agenda passed because he cannot defend it in open debate. (This is all the more reason we need laws to force Congress not to vote on something they have not read!)

The problem conservatives have is that the Republican Party has found no favor with American people either. I don;t see much difference, really, between the Rs and the Ds. The differences that show up in debate stem from the battle of conservatives against the socialists. Americans generally don’t trust out and out socialists (although they can be beguiled by articulate far-left narrators who don centrist clothing). But what’s the alternative?

The Nutwing of the National Socialists American Workers party has grabbed all the levers of control on Capital Hill. Congress-critters more worried about re-election than actually representing their constituents are over a barrel. They have to kow-tow to San Fran Nan in order to have a place from which they can launch their next campaign.

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The usually sycophantic WaPo pointed out that “The One” stepped into a steaming pile with the Gategate flap.
President Barack Obama’s approval rating among white Americans has fallen as they have watched him wade into the racially tinged dispute between a white Cambridge, Mass., police officer and a well-known black Harvard scholar, according to a poll released Thursday.

I thought we would be past all this if we just voted for “Yes We Can.”

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Stumbled on this 50 year old quote:

Norman Mattoon Thomas, Socialist Party candidate for President over 50 years ago said it best: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But
under the name of ‘liberalism’, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how
it happened.” He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”

Sounds like it was written yesterday. Between Obama’s anti-semetism, power grabs, nationalization of industry, creeping cesnorship and reliance on rheotric to fool the sheeple, there is not much difference between the Democrat Party and National Socialist German Workers Party.

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Love Our Enemies Part IV

Obama continues his streak of thumbing his nose at democratic allies while embracing those who would destroy or help others destroy our way of live.

His decision to award the Medal of Freedom to the Hamas-loving Mary Robinson should surprise no one. There are a bunch of good posts up around the blogosphere (see here, here, here, and here.)

Tevi Troy says,

The Bush 41 White House became infamous in the Jewish community for James
Baker’s comment “F the Jews, they didn’t vote for us anyway.” The Obama
administration’s approach appears to be: “F the Jews, they’re going to vote for
us anyway.”

That about sums up what’s wrong with the American Sheeple
Troy updates his post with this:

The powers that be in the White House had to be either: incompetent, and
not doing even the most basic reviews of people’s backgrounds; or know, but not
care, that this pick would be a big problem for the American Jewish community.
I’m betting it was the latter.

(Yeah, I would too.)

To which Seth Leibson adds;

[A]s a result, Israel has a less favorable view of the United States now than it
did in 2007 — by 6 points. Aren’t you glad we’ve appeased places like Syria and
Venezuela and Cuba and Burma, though?

Along the same lines, Cliff May has a great column up. The lede is

Historian Bernard Lewis has observed that a nation can make few mistakes worse
than this: to be “harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend.” Is that a
fair characterization of American foreign policy under the Obama administration?

This has been a dark, dark day for freedom.

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“At what point does the government say to me that it is your patriotic duty to die?” asked a Deer Park man at Claire McCaskill’s “Heath Care Forum” last night.

My guess would be, “as soon as the “Consultations” begin. (see Advance Care Planning Consultation, pg. 425-426 of the House Bill )

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