Archive for March 19th, 2009

March 19, 2009

Murphy (D-NY): ‘He’s One of Them’

(Via Moe Lane.) You should visit the Web site of Murphy’s Republican opponent, Jim Tedisco.

March 19, 2009

Men in Love: The Courage to Conquer

“Men want access to women so they make the effort, or sometimes do. Many men give up. The benefits of companionship don’t outweigh the challenges the relationship brings. . . . There has been a concerted attempt to demonize typically masculine behavior. Worst of all, many men seem to have conceded the argument.”

March 19, 2009

Kathy Shaidle: Canada’s Limbaugh?

Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, spoke Wednesday at the University of Toronto, and look whose name comes up in the news coverage:

Although Mr. Kenney was heckled on the way to his car, and stopped in the hallway by an Iraq war resister who was carrying a baby while pleading her immigration case, his audience was largely supportive.
An exception came when Mr. Kenney slapped down a question from a student about the recent spate of prepared statements in the House of Commons by Conservative backbenchers criticizing Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, in part for his campaign against right-wing blogger Kathy Shaidle, whom he accuses of racism.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Sorry. I take it you’re from the Liberal club, you’ve got Warren Kinsella’s talking points. Good for you. Send me a memo, I’ll look into it,” he said.
“He guessed right,” said the questioner, Gabe De Roche, recruiting manager for the campus Liberal club.

Kathy has been victimized by the “ransom note method” of smearing: Selective quotation used by political correctoids to dehumanize conservative critics of multicultural groupthink. As with the Obama administration’s attacks on Rush Limbaugh, however, when the Left targets someone who dares to fight back — and Kathy Shaidle fights fiercely — the result tends to be that the target becomes a hero to people with common sense.

In Ms. Shaidle’s case, she became a target because of her outspoken support of Israel and her criticism of the Canadian government’s use of “human rights” to stifle free speech. (Get the book, The Tyranny of Nice, which she co-authored with Pete Vere, with an introduction by Mark Steyn.)

What’s interesting to me is that I also know conservatives who have been smeared as anti-Semites (or “unpatriotic conservatives“) because of their criticism of U.S.-Israel policy. In fact, the term “ransom note method” was coined by one such, who has not taken public credit for the coinage and whose identity I am therefore obligated to protect.

The wise and informed observer recognizes in these opportunistic smears the Left’s fundamental dishonesty of discourse. The Left supports Hamas and Hezbollah and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and anyone who criticizes this blood-drenched tacit alliance will be viciously smeared as a Muslim-hating bigot. But if the Left spots a conservative who happens to be critical of the U.S.-Israel alliance, then the target is smeared as a Jew-hating bigot.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. What the Left counts on is that the majority of conservatives are so cowardly that they won’t speak up against these smears, especially when it involves some conservative who isn’t part of their particular ideological clique.

It isn’t “respectable” to speak up for Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Kathy Shaidle. You might damage your precious reputation merely by saying that Taki Theodoracopulos has a right to his own political opinions — knowing that the Left will cry, “Aha! He defends the Jew-hater!” and then combine the “ransom note method” with the old reliable guilt-by-association to accuse you of holding opinions you do not hold.

There is no safety in silence. Fuck those lying left-wing crapweasels. I’m with Kathy:

As Rhett said to Scarlett, “With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.” Welcome to The Camp of the Saints, sweetheart.


UPDATE: OK, Cynthia Yockey’s joined up for the Fuck The Crapweasels Brigade. Now, who else has the guts to stand in defense of Kathy Shaidle?

March 19, 2009

JournoList in 15 words

“False modesty? Check. Suck up to the organizer? Check. Underlying, self-satisfied exclusionary impulse? Check.”

March 19, 2009

Gag me with Hope!

Deuce linked this Wall Street Journal column by William McGurn:

By choosing Fort Bragg for her first official trip outside the capital last Thursday, Michelle Obama signaled that she will use her position as First Lady to promote one of America’s most deserving causes: our military families. Plainly the families loved it. Just look at the smiles on those children as she read them “The Cat in the Hat.”
So it was just a little disconcerting the next morning to hear the First Lady explain how she came to this issue during last year’s campaign. “I think I was like most Americans,” she told ABC News. “Pretty oblivious to the life of military families. Sort of taking it for granted.”
Perhaps Mrs. Obama did take these families for granted. Surely, however, it’s extraordinary to suggest that “most Americans” did the same.

Right. Because there are no GIs in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, they might as well not exist, eh? Yet Mrs. Obama was merely expressing the horrible tendency of elitists to assume that their own experience and their own perspective is universal and normative, whereas the Bible-and-gun-clingers in Appalachia . . .

Well, because the lives of those Other People don’t measure up to Hyde Park standards, the elitist needs an explanation for why they don’t measure up, an explanation that generally takes the form of a condescending (and politically convenient) assumption:

“Oh, they lack adequate health care and they need better schools and, if only it weren’t for the greed and selfishness of those right-wing Republicans, we could turn these shiftless inbred peckerwoods into good and decent people like us!”

This is the whole rationale of Mrs. Obama treating military families as if they were helpless victims, charity cases whose primary needs are (a) more federal money, and (b) lots and lots of pity.

What Mrs. Obama wants is for the wives and children of our troops to embrace victimhood status as their political identity, to think of themselves as unable to cope with adversity and therefore in need of humanitarian intervention by those kind, generous Democrats in Washington.

March 19, 2009

Danger! Danger! Danger!

This might reassure the markets, but as monetary policy, it’s a harbinger of disaster:

The Federal Reserve sharply stepped up its efforts to bolster the economy on Wednesday, announcing that it would pump an extra $1 trillion into the financial system by purchasing Treasury bonds and mortgage securities.
Having already reduced the key interest rate it controls nearly to zero, the central bank has increasingly turned to alternatives like buying securities as a way of getting
more dollars into the economy, a tactic that amounts to creating vast new sums
of money out of thin air. But the moves on Wednesday were its biggest yet, almost doubling all of the Fed’s measures in the last year.

So, the Fed will print up worthless money to buy worthless debt. The fact that the Fed is buying long-term debt tells you that there is not enough spare private investment capital in the market to create a genuine demand for the debt the Treasury is selling.

Am I the only one who is inspired to horrifying visions of Weimar America?

March 19, 2009

Dude, it’s about weed

Weed, man. Like some of that tasty Humboldt County sinsemilla, grown hydroponically under lights in the basement, the superfine curly seedless buds packed with such potent concentrations of THC that, like, just three tokes and . . .

I don’t know anything about that kind of stuff. It’s that chick from California who knows all about the doobage.
March 19, 2009

The Big Party: Big Hollywood, Big Lesbian, Big Sexy, and . . . Big Moe Fu!

Well, you remember that I was asked to get the word out to the ‘sphere about The Big Party, hosted at D.C.’s Union Pub by Americans for Limited Government and Net Right Nation. The big celebrity was Washington Times columnist Andrew Breitbart of and Big Hollywood fame, plus some cable-TV talking head whose name escapes me.

Among the cool party people I made sure got invited to the Big Party were lesbian blogger Cynthia Yockey, who came out as a conservative(!) at CPAC, Red State‘s Moe Lane — acknowledged master of the ancient mystic art of blog-fu — and investigative journalist Matthew Vadum. Also in attendance: Jason “Big Sexy” Mattera.

Andrew Breitbart hugs Cynthia Yockey in a transparent effort to make Mrs. Breitbart jealous.

Big Sexy hugs Cynthia Yockey in a transparent effort to make Clever S. Logan jealous.

Sean Hackbarth of the American Mind hugs Moe Lane, with no apparent ulterior motive. Weird.

Cynthia makes a Moe Lane sandwich with Kerry Picket of Newsbusters fame.

Matthew Vadum gets the inside scoop from Cynthia.

Our host, the legendary Sergio Gor, poses with one of the many young lovestruck lovelies of D.C. who dream of someday becoming Mrs. Gor.