The 20 most embarrassing moments in Democratic Party history

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I know, I know. “Only 20″, you ask? Via Liberty Unyielding, let’s think of this as a Greatest Hits album. Here are the first six:

 1) The Trail of Tears (1838): The first Democrat President, Andrew Jackson and his successor Martin Van Buren, herded Indians into camps, tormented them, burned and pillaged their homes and forced them to relocate with minimal supplies. Thousands died along the way.

2) Democrats Cause The Civil War (1860): The pro-slavery faction of the Democrat Party responded to Abraham Lincoln’s election by seceding, which led to the Civil War.

3) Formation of the KKK (1865): Along with 5 other Confederate veterans, Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest created the KKK.

4) 300 Black Americans Murdered (1868): “Democrats in Opelousas, Louisiana killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.”

5) The American Protective League and The Palmer Raids (1919-1921): Under the leadership of Woodrow Wilson, criticizing the government became a crime and a fascist organization, the American Protective League was formed to spy on and even arrest fellow Americans for being insufficiently loyal to the government. More than 100,000 Americans were arrested, with less than 1% of them ever being found guilty of any kind of crime.

6) Democrats Successfully Stop Republicans From Making Lynching A Federal Crime (1922): “The U.S. House adopted Rep. Leonidas Dyer’s (R., Mo.) bill making lynching a federal crime. Filibustering Senate Democrats killed the measure.”

Now, none of this is to say that the average voting Democrat today is a sheet-wearing racist terrorist or a supporter of arresting people for daring to criticize the government. Far from it.

But, as I’ve written before, the Democratic Party has successfully whitewashed its dirty history on race and made the Republicans, the party that fought slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, and supported civil rights look like the historical villains. This record is in desperate need of correction.

Click through for the rest and for a great Jonah Goldberg quote from Liberal Fascism.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

John Kerry, Secretary of State and SOOPER-Genius!

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"I'm off to Kyrzakhstan, chaps!"

“I’m off to Kyrzakhstan, chaps!”

This man is so smart (1), he knows countries no else has ever heard of!

John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of ‘Kyrzakhstan.”

In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.

The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan.

The State Department kindly omitted the error in the official transcript of Wednesday’s speech, which Mr Kerry delivered on the eve of his first foreign trip as secretary of state.

Mr Kerry’s flub was all the more awkward, because Kyrgyzstan is a key ally in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a major recipient of US aid, which totalled $41 million (£27 million) in 2011.

I bet he thinks it’s ruled by “Genghis Khan.”

But the Telegraph shouldn’t be so hard on the noted Bostonian; all those “-stans” surely look alike from the bridge of one’s tax-dodging yacht.

Hillary with the reset button and now Kerry, who, as our top diplomat, can’t even remember who we’re working with in an active war zone. Obama sure can pick them, can’t he?

But it was Mitt Romney’s supposed gaffes that were a national embarrassment.

Footnote:
(1) So smart, he picked John Edwards as his running mate in 2004.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

What to look for when Nanny Bloomberg’s large soda ban goes into effect

The New York Post provides a rundown– complete with a humorous graphic of Mayor Michael Bloomberg as “Mayor Poppins” – of how Nanny Bloomberg’s large soda ban, which goes into effect on March 12, will impact not just businesses and consumers:

Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.

Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.

They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.

The city Health Department last week began sending brochures to businesses that would be affected by the latest ban, including restaurants, bars and any “food service” establishment subject to letter grades.

And merchants were shocked to see the broad sweep of the new rules.

“It’s not fair. If you’re gonna tell me what to do, it’s no good,” said Steve DiMaggio of Caruso’s in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “It’s gonna cost a lot more.”

And consumers, especially families, will soon see how the rules will affect their wallets — forcing them to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles.

Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount of soda.

“I really feel bad for the customers,” said Lupe Balbuena of World Pie in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Domino’s on First Avenue and 74th Street on the Upper East Side is doing away with its most popular drink sizes: the 20-ounce and 2-liter bottles.

“We’re getting in 16-ounce bottles — and that’s all we’re going to sell,” a worker said.

He said the smaller bottles will generate more revenue for the restaurant but cost consumers more.

It will also trash more plastic into the environment.

So, I guess when it comes right down to it, it’s more important for BloombergCo. to force consumers to live by government-mandated “health rules” than it is to reduce the city’s carbon footprint or something. #Priorities

Basically what it sounds like is that if you’re “eating in” at a restaurant – whether it’s a fast food place or a “fine dining establishment”, even though you have to buy a smaller sized drink you can still get your refills and not be out any extra money. But if you order out – whether you’re picking up or having it delivered, it’s a different story and, frankly, that sucks, especially in an economy where everyone’s pinching their pennies.

This is nanny state liberalism for you, though. What sounds good in theory (“it will help the people, especially the cheeeldren!”) in actuality is not, especially if you are truly a believer in personal responsibility and individual liberty. Then again, this IS NYC we’re talking about here, one of the nation’s leading bastions of far left liberalism (right next to San Francisco), so no one should be surprised at all by the actions of the Mayor nor the seeming acquiescence of its people when it comes to slippery slope actions by those in positions of power.