Your “something’s fishy” moment of the day

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From Florida, where Rep. Allen West is waging a battle to get a recount in St. Lucie county:

Just as background, one precinct has 7 voters registered and yet recorded about 900 votes. That’s a 13,000 percent turnout.

Call me crazy, but I think Congressman West has reason to be suspicious.

Information on how to help Congressman West here.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#StupidityWatch: Liberals claim GOP talking about “urban vote” = “raaacism”

This gets so bleeping tiresome.  And is a point loudly echoed by liberal icon/hero Chris Matthews of MSDNC infamy – via Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard:

The list of words MSNBC’s Chris Matthews believes are racist if uttered by a conservative got longer on Wednesday.

You can now add “urban” which offended Matthews when Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said it during an interview Monday, but didn’t bother the Hardball host in the slightest when Salon’s Joan Walsh said it on his own program two days later (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

“There’s more of this dog whistle crap going on,” said Matthews before he introduced guests Walsh and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker. “Here’s Paul Ryan expressing his surprise at the pro-Obama turnout in an interview Monday.”

In the video clip, Ryan said, “I think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout in urban areas which definitely gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

Pretty innocuous, wouldn’t you say?

Not for Matthews who thinks everything uttered by a Republican is racist.

“This guy Paul Ryan, who I still don’t think is right for primetime yet by any means, talking about the urban vote,” fumed Matthews. “No, they won the other side because they got the most, because they won fair and square which is the first thing Ryan said.”

“Why did he have to go step on his own headline ‘They won fair and square’ by saying, ‘Oh it was the black vote?'” Matthews preposterously asked. “Basically, that’s what he was saying.”

Really? So if a conservative talks about urban, suburban, and ex-urban voters just like anyone else might, he or she is being racist?

But of course!

I spent a good bit of the evening on Twitter last night countering Matthews’ and his fellow race-baiters, pointing out how the mainstream media itself has used variations of the term “urban voter” for quite some time now.  They, of course, have never been called out about on any “racism” nonsense. But Paul Ryan does and all of a sudden it’s raaaacism? Let’s also not forget how often we have been reminded over the years by concern troll Democrat “analysts” and “strategists” of the GOP’s disadvantages with … the so-called “urban vote.”  Yet don’t let a GOPer get caught talking about the same thing or, well, you know what will happen.

By the same token, there is this, which I posed to Twitter and Facebook friends last night also: If we are to automatically infer racism when the GOP says “urban”,  should we also assume the left are bigoted against country folk when they say the word “rural”?

I mean, really – isn’t this supposed to work both ways?

Oh, wait. I forgot. This is the media and the far left (but I repeat myself). Consistency is sure as heck not exactly their hallmark.

Lastly, since when did “urban vote” automatically mean “black vote”? Sheppard wonders as well:

Do only blacks live in cities in America? There are no whites in Manhattan, Boston, or Philadelphia?

Facts are very, very stubborn things.

So, let’s see – I guess Urban Outfitters should change their name, Keith Urban should start referring to himself as “Keith Kidman”, etc …….

Understanding #ObamaCare realities, and how states can push back

When Speaker Boehner last week said in the aftermath of the election that ObamaCare was “the law of the land”, it made a lot of conservatives who have fought against the law since then-candidate Obama first proposed it when running for President very angry. And understandably so. Coming off a surprisingly lopsided defeat and still licking their wounds and wondering what the hell went wrong, acknowledging the reality that Congress can do very little about ObamaCare at this point outside of attempting to pick it apart here and there during budgeting negotiations was a bitter pill for many to swallow.

But while it does seem hopeless at this point that anything meaningful can be done against ObamaCare for the foreseeable future in Congress, what’s should be cause for optimism is the power of states to push back on it and push back hard, which would essentially force Congress to address the issue again – perhaps with the power of many of the nation’s Governors … and fed up citizens … supporting them. Cato’s director of health policy studies Michael F. Cannon explains:

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.

There are many arguments against creating exchanges.

First, states are under no obligation to create one.

Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.

Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.

Fourth, the November 16 deadline is no more real than the “deadlines” for implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.

Fifth, states can always create an exchange later if they choose.


Finally, rejecting an exchange reduces the federal deficit. Obamacare offers its deficit-financed subsidies to private health insurers only through state-created exchanges. If all states declined, federal deficits would fall by roughly $700 billion over ten years.

For similar reasons, states should decline to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court gave states that option. All states should exercise it.


Now is not the time to go wobbly. Obamacare is still harmful and still unpopular. The presidential election was hardly a referendum, as it pitted the first person to enact Obamacare against the second person to enact it. Since the election, many state officials are reaffirming their opposition to both implementing exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

If enough states do so, Congress will have no choice but to reopen Obamacare. With a GOP-controlled House, opponents will be in a much stronger position than they were when this harmful law was enacted.

Make sure to read the whole thing. And keep your chins up. It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Quotes of the Day: Churchill on the election

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Shamelessly lifted from Steven Hayward. These seem very apropos:

On questions of economic law is does not matter at all what the electors think or vote or say.  The economic laws proceed.  (1929)

“All men are created equal,” says the American Declaration of Independence.  “All man shall be kept equal,” say the British Socialist Party.

It is an error to believe that the world began when any particular party or statesman got into office.  It has all been going on quite a long time. . .

Nothing would be more dangerous than for people to feel cheated because they had been led to expect attractive schemes which turn out to be economically impossible.

The Left is going to learn the truth of that first one not too long from now.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

The 2nd Term #KardashianPresidency gets underway: Biden to star in sitcom


Among the truly minor questions settled by Tuesday’s presidential election was this one: Would Joe Biden get a chance to play a winner on a sitcom?

The answer is yes.

With the race won, a guest appearance by Mr. Biden on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” filmed way back in July, can finally be revealed. Everything about the scene, which the executive producer of the show, Michael Schur, labeled a “scenelet,” had been under strict secrecy. The show was warned that if any word leaked out before the election, some provision might have to be made to give the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Representative Paul Ryan, a similar cameo.

“It was all very byzantine and complicated,” Mr. Schur said. “There seem to be all kinds of specific rules, which I never fully understood. But we decided to err on the side of caution.”

The re-elected vice president will make a guest appearance on the episode scheduled for Nov. 15 on NBC. He is playing, yes, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the one who has frequently been mentioned in a running joke on the show as an object of fascination — and a little love-struck passion — by its lead character, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler.

As fans of the show know, Leslie, a hard-core Democrat and populist, idolizes Mr. Biden. “Our first joke way back had Leslie telling her friend Ann that her ideal man would have the brain of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden,” Mr. Schur said. “For whatever reason, she has an irresistible attraction to the vice president in a movie-star kind of way.”


But what do you expect? Both of the clowns who were just re-elected to “lead” this country for another four years are quite possibly the most un-serious, unwise, and, frankly, unworthy people we’ve had in the White House since  the Carter administration – and maybe even before that.  This is most certainly not what we needed in 2008 and it sure as hell isn’t what we need now. It’s all about symbolism, style, and flash rather than substance with this duo and the administration that serves under them.

Which is why I’ve dubbed this the Kardashian Presidency.  The Kardashians have various “reality” shows that are anything but about “real life.” Everything is staged for the cameras, all the drama, the tears, the laughs, etc.  There is nothing “real” about most “reality”shows in general, and there is very little real about the celebrity presidency of Barack Obama and his gaffetastic sidekick Joe Biden. It’s all about surface appearances and rose-colored glasses and cocktail parties.

One thing that IS not fake, however, is the sobering and all too real reality they don’t want you to see of how deeply this country’s economy is in the tank. And will be more so once the 2nd term jobless “body count” from ObamaCare rises rapid fire … which is already happening.

The next four years is going to be hell. On us for having to endure another 48 months of media fawning and covering up scandals, and on Obama for what is about to be verbally unleashed on him by pi**ed off conservatives not just in government but outside of it who are sick of the lies, demagoguery, and superficiality, along with the deeply disturbing imperial nature of this President.

Side note: As a “post mortem” of sorts on Tuesday, even acknowledging we have work to do on the issue of appealing to minorities while not abandoning our core principles, as it turns out this election maybe was not so much about minorities showing up in epic numbers for BO but instead several million 2008 white voters who simply stayed home.  Did Obama’s class warfare strategy work in the end?  Read this as food for thought in the aftermath of what happened two days ago and let me know your thoughts.

Guest Post: a view of the election from an Austrian conservative

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(A friend of mine in Vienna is of a rare breed: a limited-government conservative living in the heart of the EU social democracy. Several of us were writing back and forth today about the election, and someone suggested her letter was worth making into a guest-post. I agreed, and she kindly gave her consent. Take it away, Wienerblut! (1) –Phineas.)

I think, what we are seeing is Americas slight transition to a political system like the EU. You might deny it but IMO this is whats happening.

The democrats did the same thing what they are doing here in Europe: they know that they don’t get votes from the working people so they create their own voters. Voters that are dependent on the government. In Europe these are retired people, immigrants, people living from social wellfare and people directly or indirectly employed by the government or pseudo governmental institutions (universities getting tax money etc.). Then you have the media, the artists and the gay groups that usually vote left.

The rest of the people are useless as voters for the leftist politicians as they would not vote for them. They are used to be charged with taxes.

In Vienna we already have more than 20 % muslim immigrants, people who came into the country within the last 20 years. Almost 90 % of them are voting for the ruling socialist party. As more and more original citizens are not using their right to vote, exactly these votes are essential for the leftists to stay in power.

The interesting thing is that most European parties, regardless how they call themselves, are leftist. No matter what they claim to be (christian democrats, conservatives etc.) they have a socialist agenda, some more than others. The parties that do not play by this rules are usually stigmatized as extremists, fascists, nazis or similar.

And now look at the States and what’s happening: IMO Obama won because of people dependent on the government. People love to hear that things will be getting better and they don’t have to do anything for it to get better.

Both the US and the EU have nearly no producing industry anymore. The large corporations are all producing somewhere in Asia. But an economy cannot live alone from the tertiary sector (services industry). In the EU its even worse as we also have a publicly subsidized agricultural sector.

So where will this lead our countries in the future? I have no idea. But sometimes I have the impression that the western world already had its peak and is declining. What do you think.

Phineas, again: I’ll agree that the wellspring of Western Civilization, Europe, is in decline. There the sclerosis of bureaucratic authoritarianism and social democracy is well-advanced, and it’s combined with severely declining birthrates that are putting tremendous pressure on the social safety nets. While America has entered into a difficult period for various reasons, we’re not there… yet. But the danger does exist. It was my hope that voters here would look at Greece, Italy, and Spain, realize we’re on that same road, and do something about it now. They chose not to, and so I fear things will get much worse before they get any better, and the correctives, when they come, will be much more painful.

As for the leftist parties in the EU creating dependent voters, they and the Democrats think alike. May I suggest they move to Europe? I’ll be happy to agree to one last round of “quantitative easing” to pay for the tickets. “Wienerblut” is welcome here, anytime. And opposition being stigmatized as “fascist,” “racist, &c.? Yeah, I hear ya, pal.

(1) Obviously a pseudonym. Honesty can get you in trouble in the Old Country, worse even than here. Oh, and Mr. President? She speaks German, not “Austrian.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Quote of the Day: fading exceptionalism edition

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Roger Kimball of PJM (who, like me, has egg all over his face from predicting a big win for Romney) heard from an English friend after the election and shared this excerpt from the email:

You just don’t care about being a Great Power any longer. That’s what this is about. The world should start sucking up to China instead now, as Americans have shown they’ve no appetite for world leadership any longer. You’ve had a century in the sun, and now you’ve decided to become Sweden instead of shouldering the burden. The 47% have won and you’re going to slip into social democracy and in 4 years time no-one — Christie, Rubio, Ryan — will be able to do anything about it.

RIP American Exceptionalism

Perhaps I’ll feel better in a few days/weeks/months, but, right now, I fear this nameless Englishman is all too right.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

The Day After: Probably the most frightening thing you’ll read post-Obama re-election

Beyond the predictable blame-gaming and second-guessing, need any thing more be said?

We knew this was coming, didn’t we?

Lots of handwringing going on today. Do it if you must, but don’t take long. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. The battle continues.

BREAKING: President Obama wins re-election (With a note from Phineas)

I can’t say I’m completely shocked by this, considering the mainstream media cheerleading, demagoguery, and covering for this President over the last several months, but to say I’m immensely disappointed is an understatement. This nation is going to the dumps, and President Obama is leading us there, and “key states” we needed to reverse course have kept him there to continue trashing this country.

Bright spots for NC tonight, however: It went red again, we picked up a GOP Governor for only the third time since 1901, and at least two US House seats.

We are still a deeply divided America – his win tonight is by no means a mandate, even though he will treat it as such.

As far as the “blame game” – I think there is plenty to go around in terms of what happened with the Senate races, and as far as the Presidential race goes Romney perhaps could have been more aggressive on certain issues, but I believe all in all that he ran a better, much more effective campaign than McCain did. But in the end, it wasn’t enough.

We’ve lost this battle, but the war continues. Never give up.

Phineas Butts In: My blog-buddy is more resilient than I, befitting a fine Southern woman. But… this one hurts a lot. Much more than 2008. I was sure Romney would win, I was reasonably sure we’d take the Senate, but now… Four more years of gridlock at best while Obama uses the vast administrative and regulatory powers of the presidency to advance the progressive agenda to the inevitable harm of the nation. Not to mention 2-3 Supreme Court picks, meaning our rolling constitutional convention will almost inevitably lean left. The “living constitution” will become dominant, and the words of the document will have no meaning. And then there’s the continued gutting of our military, the entrenchment of ObamaCare, massive scandals that will be swept under the rug. More of what we’ve already had four years of.

Perhaps I should give up any thoughts of political prognostication; I obviously stink at it and don’t know “my” people nearly as well as I thought. The Blue model is in obvious collapse… What were they thinking?

Still, as ST said, the battle goes on, and we mustn’t stop fighting for what’s right. A few days to pout and heal, then it’s back at it.


Deicision Time! Election 2012 Open Thread

Hey gang! How’s your Election Day going?

Mine started at 6:15 a.m. when I got in line. I was behind about 50 people. Our polls opened up here in NC at 6:30. My polling place experience went well, outside of the diehard Democrats behind me gushing about the DNC Convention and how they hated Chick-fil-A. The poll workers were efficient, made sure to tell people that voting straight party ticket did not include the Presidential race nor “non-partisan” races like District Court Judge, etc. Once I got inside the door I was out in about half an hour. Everyone seemed surprisingly pleasant given the line and how cold it was this morning.

Polls close here in NC at 7:30. Here is the link to voting results for NC as they come in. Raleigh’s WRAL has a sweet interactive US electoral map where you can click on each state without leaving the page to see the voting totals.

How was your experience? Let me know what you’re hearing and seeing on the ground. Oh, and IGNORE “exit polls” and VOTE!

You can catch me on Twitter tonight with updates. My main account is @sistertoldjah – there is a widget you can follow on the right side of this page of my tweets. I also have a back-up account in case Twitter cuts me off for an hour due to too much tweeting: @SisterTwitmo. Hope to see you there!!

I voted!