Archive for August, 2009

The Honorable Sir Edward Moore Kennedy Amendment

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 26, 2009 by mb007bpd

I propose a new amendment to the Constitution.  Let’s call it Amendment XXVIII: The Legacy Act.

And the text should be as follows:

No law shall be passed in eulogization of any member of Congress, Senator or Representative.  Also, no Representative or Senator may name any publicly-funded institution after themselves.

Our country was not meant to be a monarchy.  To name a law after a lawmaker is dishonorable, as it ignores the totality of the deceased’s accomplishments as well as establishing a false legacy. In fact, all public officials should follow the example of George Washington, who was offered a kingship but turned it down.  Oh, and by the way…

Article I, Section IX:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

It seems like someone overstepped that boundary.

Not to mention, he did in fact oppose universal healthcare.

I wonder why.

(Oh, and by the way, this is our 200th post!  Thank you so much to all of you who have stopped by, commented, as well as linked to the site.  Without you folks, there would be a whole lot more of me talking to myself!

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A Scottish Travesty

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 21, 2009 by mb007bpd

By now, it’s well-known that Scotland released the man who was responsible for the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988.  This man was responsible for the deaths of 270 people, and served less than 12 days behind bars for each of their deaths.  His release, based on the fact that he has prostate cancer, has been nothing short of an international farce.

The problem begins with the Scottish justice system, which released this man only 8 years after he was incarcerated.  Not to mention the fact that they ignored the international aspect of this man’s release:

The Times of London reported that Gadhafi’s private jet had been sent to take al-Megrahi home.

You can’t make this up.

The connection with the U.S. has to do with the fact that the majority of the people on that plane were Americans.  Their surviving relatives are still living with the fact that this man was responsible for tearing apart their families.

There’s not much that President Obama could have done in this situation.  However, if I were him, I would definitely be on the phone screaming at that one-eyed Scottish idiot who has remained largely silent on this whole issue.

For Scotland’s sake, there had better not be an ulterior motive for this man’s release.

Death Pamphlets

Posted in Big Government, Bulletproof Diction, Healthcare, Iraq on August 20, 2009 by mb007bpd

I didn’t expect my next post to involve something that made me simply sick to my stomach.

Apparently, the rightfully-derided “end-of-life counseling” that has been recently dropped from the healthcare bill already exists in government-healthcare…at the VA.

The Orwellian-titled “Your Life, Your Choices” contains some appalling questions:

There is a section which provocatively asks, “Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘If I’m a vegetable, pull the plug’?” There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as “I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” “I am a severe financial burden on my family” and that the vet’s situation “causes severe emotional burden for my family.”

To our veterans: our country has asked all that it can of you.  And for our government to ask, in return, that you sacrifice your life for us twice does not make me proud of my country.

(By the way, note that this pamphlet was introduced in 1997 under Clinton, suspended under Bush, and is now being reinstated under Obama.

Maybe conservatives are right when they claim that liberals hate the military.)

UPDATE (8/24): More VA failures exposed: 1,200 veterans told they had fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease, when in fact they didn’t.

And it took over a week for the problem to be corrected.

Chevy Volt: An Exercise in Futility

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 11, 2009 by mb007bpd

UPDATE: So it only took a few hours for the EPA to dump all over Chevy’s statement.

EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM.

GM’s response:

Further, GM believes that coming out with the 230 rating at this point in time is one way to change people’s perception of what kind of car the Volt is.

What kind of car is the Volt?

An exercise in both fantasy and futility.

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Everyone’s got their panties are in a bunch today because the Chevy Volt gets 230 mpg.

That’s right.

Two-hundred-and-thirty miles per gallon.

Whoop-de-frickin-do.

Now, I want to see GM come back just as much as the next guy.  It is an American icon.  And I want this car to succeed beyond everyone’s wildest dreams, despite the fact that it costs “somewhere around $40,000” and it will take about 113,000 miles to recoup those costs.  And that electricity demand and battery demand will increase (coal-fired power plants and mining, anyone?)

But isn’t it a little suspicious that the EPA breaks in their new “real world” electric vehicle mileage technologies…on the most important new car from Government Motors?  Doesn’t it seem a little bit like the government helping itself?

And, of course nobody really knows what these “new mileage technologies” or “230 mpg” are or how they work.

Kind of like Obama’s healthcare plan.

John Dingell-berry: ObamaCare Protestors Like KKK

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 11, 2009 by mb007bpd

Usually I don’t expect a stream of stupid this steady in one day, especially before 9AM.

Well, the last time I had to confront something like this was when I voted for the civil rights bill and my opponent voted against it. At that time, we had a lot of Ku Klux Klan folks and white supremacists and folks in white sheets and other things running around causing trouble.

Considering that this guy was probably at the Constitutional Convention, I’m surprised he didn’t feel it necessary to cite an earlier example.

Oh, and, a history lesson for the kids out there:

The Klan resisted Reconstruction by assaulting, murdering and intimidating freedmen and white Republicans.

Republicans passed a second civil rights act (the Civil Rights Act of 1875) to grant equal access to public facilities and other housing accommodations regardless of race.

In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party, the planter class, and all those who desired restoration of white supremacy. Its purposes were political, but political in the broadest sense, for it sought to affect power relations, both public and private, throughout Southern society. It aimed to reverse the interlocking changes sweeping over the South during Reconstruction: to destroy the Republican party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.

The KKK killed and wounded more than 200 black Republicans, hunting and chasing them through the woods. Thirteen captives were taken from jail and shot; a half-buried pile of 25 bodies was found in the woods. The KKK made people vote Democratic and gave them certificates of the fact.

Those convenient little facts seem lost on Dingell.

And for a breakdown on how this is a comment in a whole string of similar comments from Congress in just the past week, check out Ed Morrissey’s analysis at Hot Air.

Meghan McCain: The 4th Dixie Chick

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 11, 2009 by mb007bpd

UPDATE:

I am not a follower of “Meggie Mac” on Twitter, so I decided to check it out.

I now realize I did so at my own peril.

In the past 30 seconds I’ve learned that:

One of her “girl crushes” is Pamela Anderson:

pamela anderson, miranda lambert, shakira, jessica harp RT @allytx I totally have a girl crush on u, who is one of urs?

She identifies politically with Edie Sedgwick:

alice roosevelt, domino harvey, edie sedgwick RT @detlions81 Which past or present historical figure do you most politically identify with?

And, yes, she has kissed a girl:

LAST ONE yes 😉 RT @jaobarreto ever kissed a girl?

I think I’m going to be sick.

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Everyone’s favorite Dixie Chicks impersonator is at it again.  Not only do they look alike, they have a similar message.

So Michelle Malkin successfully rounds out the trifecta of extreme female conservative pundits, following Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter, who believe that I, and Republicans like me, need to shut up and get out of the party. Is this surprising? Not really, given my father’s complicated history with the extreme right of the GOP. But what confuses me is this: Malkin recently posted an item on her blog about how “drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

What do Malkin and the other conservative pundits hope to accomplish by arguing that people “like me” have no place within the Republican Party? And who exactly are people “like me”?

Really Meghan?  If anyone has been anti-inclusive, it’s you.  You’ve constantly sniped at Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, and Sarah Palin.

And speaking of country clubs…who got to where they were by their family name?  Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham, and Palin certainly didn’t.  They crafted their own fortunes and made a name for themselves on their own merit.  Their claim to fame isn’t being “John McCain’s loudmouth daughter.”

Malkin has the No. 1 book on The New York Times bestseller hardcover nonfiction list, but I have nearly twice as many Twitter followers as she does.

It’s sad when you have to cite your ability to write in 140 characters or less as one of your strong suits.  And did it ever occur to you that liberals happen to be big fans of yours, just because you have a knack for continually criticizing your own side? (a family trait, I might add)

Oh, and good job trying to acquire the PR patina of a “true conservative” with your convenient acquisition of biker fandom.  I guess milling around Beltway and Manhattan cocktail parties gets old after awhile.

One and the same…

Intellectual Argument of the Day

Posted in Bulletproof Diction on August 11, 2009 by mb007bpd

Worth taking a look at, just to understand the sheer and staggering brilliance of the man who created the now-saturated “Hope” poster of our Dear Leader.

Try to comprehend his argument about why the Joker poster of Obama with the word “socialism” is not quite as brilliant as his own:

I have my doubts about the person’s intelligence,” Fairey said on the phone from Pittsburgh. “It’s not grammatically correct. It would be ‘socialist’ … Obama is not Marx. He didn’t create socialism.

This trichromatic idiot didn’t put “Hoper” on his posters, so why does he expect the Joker one to say “Socialist”?

Of course he doesn’t get this poster. It says that Obama is the new face of “socialism”, in the same way that Fairey’s posters showed Obama as the new face of “hope”.

Or, if to understand his oh-so-clever logic, showed Obama as the CREATOR of hope.

Nevertheless, I still like this one better.

obama

This is not rocket science.