Hey, y’all! Sorry for the light blogging from yours truly today. Last couple of days have been super hectic. I’m out the door in just a few minutes to drive a few hours to meet my friend @bluedevilmsn, and tomorrow she and I will be headed up to DC for CPAC! Looking forward to it. It’s my first trip to DC.

I’ll be able to check in from time to time, but mostly via Twitter and Facebook. Lord-willing, I’ll be back home Sunday afternoon/evening. May get a couple of posts up here and there as well. Be nice to my co-blogger in the meantime, ok? :D

One request: Would you please pray for traveling grace for us on the way up and back? Thanks in advance. :)

Pizza is a conspiracy against Iran!

**Posted by Phineas

An obvious agent of Western imperialism

It’s a fundamental feature of totalitarian societies that they have to control all aspects of life: politics, economics, religious beliefs, what we know of the past and how we see the present and future — nothing is too small to escape the need for control.

Not even the food we eat. In fascist Iran, cooking shows may no longer teach people how to fix decadent Western dishes:

After ridding Iranian universities of “Western subjects,” authorities in Tehran are making sure that local cooking shows also adhere to the spirit of the Ayatollah regime.

On Sunday, Iran’s broadcasting authority forbade television channels in the country to air cooking shows featuring “Western” dishes. As it turns out, the dozes of official TV stations in Iran currently feature shows that offer their viewers recipes for Italian and French dishes, an apparently grave sin in the Islamic republic.

“Television should show viewers abroad and Persian speakers the great and important achievements of the Islamic revolution,” the broadcasting authority’s deputy director, Ali Darabi, was quoted as saying as he explained the move. The decision was taken ahead of “Islamic Revolution Day,” which will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Persian shah’s downfall.

Let’s hope Michelle Obama doesn’t get any ideas… .

via Big Peace

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Four reasons why big government is bad government

**Posted by Phineas

Via Dan Mitchell, here’s another video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. This one explains why the growth of government is harmful to a nation’s prosperity:

Check out Mitchell’s post for some related interesting videos.

BTW: A message was making its way around Twitter last night; by “retweeting” it, one asks Speaker Boehner to post a live debt clock (like this one) in the House chamber. I like it.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Southern Democrats defecting to the GOP

One of the main causes? The sharp leftward tilt the Democrat party has taken in recent years. Via the LA Times:

Reporting from Atlanta — For Democrats, Ashley Bell was the kind of comer that a party builds a future on: A young African American lawyer, he served as president of the College Democrats of America, advised presidential candidate John Edwards and spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

But after his party’s midterm beat-down in November, Bell, a commissioner in northern Georgia’s Hall County, jumped ship. He joined the Republicans.

Bell, 30, said he had serious issues with the healthcare law and believed that conservative “blue dog” Democrats in Congress who shared his values had been bullied into voting for it.

Bell’s defection is one of dozens by state and local Democratic officials in the Deep South in recent months that underscore Republicans’ continued consolidation of power in the region — a process that started with presidential politics but increasingly affects government down to the level of dogcatcher.

“I think the midterms showed you really can’t be a conservative and be a member of the Democratic Party,” Bell said.

Since the midterm election, 24 state senators and representatives have made the switch in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

In some cases, the ramifications have been profound: In Louisiana, defecting Democrats gave Republicans a majority in the state House for the first time since Reconstruction; in Alabama, they delivered the GOP a House supermajority. Republicans have 65 votes to the Democrats’ 39, enough to pass constitutional amendments over Democratic opposition.

The trend continued through late January — when nine officials in Lamar County in northeastern Texas left the Democratic Party — and into last week, when Louisiana Atty. Gen. James D. “Buddy” Caldwell switched parties, leaving the GOP in control of every major state office in Baton Rouge.

Democrats may remain competitive in some parts of the South in 2012. The Democratic Party’s announcement last week that it will hold its national convention in Charlotte, N.C., may help President Obama’s chances in what has become a Southern swing state — and one that he narrowly won in 2008.

But peering farther South, he will face a sea of red that is increasingly deep: Republicans hold every Southern governor’s mansion except in North Carolina and Arkansas, and control most of the state legislative chambers.


Many of the defectors have echoed Bell’s assertion that Democrats have become too liberal.

“The truth is that this change of party is in line with thousands of everyday people who simply feel more comfortable with most of what the Republican Party represents locally and nationally,” Caldwell said in a statement.

Well, uh, a lot of us were trying to warn the American people prior to the 2008 elections just how liberal President Obama’s agenda was and – via extension – Reid’s and Pelosi’s, but not enough people listened and/or believed it, thanks in large part to the MSM’s round the clock, wall to wall, overwhelmingly favorable coverage of Barack Obama. The 2010 elections indicated that the frustrated, much better informed American voter experienced a major (and welcomed) case of “buyer’s remorse” and voted accordingly. Sounds like numerous Democrat politicians in the South have had wake up calls of their own as well.

Doug Mataconis notes that the centrist Dems who are remaining loyal to the Democrat party are facing uphill battles with the Congressional “leadership” for their party – and with funding altogether as the “centrist” DLC prepares to fold. Right now is not a good time to be a centrist Democrat politician, especially in the South.

Ed Morrissey strikes the right note here:

This shows that the midterm elections were no fluke. What we saw was a genuine realignment, not just a hiccup, at least in the South. The pretense that the current Democratic Party leadership of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid welcomed diversity of thought on policy died hard in the 111th Session of Congress. Instead of paying attention to conservatives and moderates in their ranks that expressed skepticism over ObamaCare and demanded the focus remain on the economy, Pelosi and Reid steamrolled them into voting for the deeply unpopular health-care bill — and consigned most of them to electoral losses last fall.

Politicians like Bell and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell understand what Beltway Democrats apparently want to ignore, which is that their leadership has lost touch with Americans across the country. Not only is there no room for what used to be known as Blue Dog Democrats in the Democratic coalition, they have seen outright hostility towards their positions from the Democratic Party. These politicians understand that surviving means aligning themselves with the GOP.

When Reagan won his two big victories, he did so with the support of what were called Reagan Democrats, especially in the South, who backed Reagan but stayed with the Democratic Party. Obama and Pelosi have done what even Reagan couldn’t do — convert Southern Democrats to the GOP.

Keep up the good work, ObaPeloReid. ;)