Al Jazeera Attacks Arizona

If anyone is interested in how Al-Jazeera viewers across the world are viewing the Arizona immigration policy, I would watch this:

The best part, in my opinion, is the blatant bias in this piece about America being bigoted. Nothing was mentioned about the popularity of the measure both in Arizona and the US, there is no mention that the bill specifically outlaws racial profiling, and that the bill basically mirrors federal law. Instead, the bill is portrayed as a human rights violation that tears families apart, deports people for no reason and is steeped in racism and prejudice against Mexicans. The only congressman interviewed in the piece was Rep. Raul Grijalva, a far-left liberal whose stances are decidedly outside of the mainstream (partial-birth abortions, anyone?). He of course does not support the measure, mainly because he thinks that the federal government should be implementing blanket amnesty. Cue the Mexican student crying because she only wants to study. Cue the Mexican father-to-be who has lived in the US since he was three months old just deported to Nogales.

The entire thing is disgusting. The Mexican immigrants in the video are being shamelessly exploited because they have stories that would make any sane human being feel badly for their situations. But instead of discussing how illegal immigration is tearing apart businesses, taxpayers, law enforcement and communities, and how people are simply trying to enforce our existing immigration laws, the protesters and the open-borders types are glorified. Nothing is mentioned about the battles against the drug cartels across the border, nothing is mentioned about he murders, the crime, and the destructive disregard for human life that the cartels hold. The video instead portrays the people rallying against SB 1070 as morally sound. Anyone notice the Che flag flying in the middle of that rally? I’m sure these people are only concerned about the immigration law, and have no ties to communism, socialism, SEIU, the AFL-CIO or La Raza.

Dear Al Jazeera: you are officially biased idiots, and your attempts to smear regular Americans as racist bigots hurts our standing on the world stage. But maybe that was your goal.

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Liberals’ Superiority Complex (Beyond the Big Mac)

So I’ve long claimed that part of the reason Democrats take many of the policy positions they do is due to an underlying superiority complex, a belief that they know better than most of the “useful idiots” out there that comprise much of the American population. anyone who has seen the ridiculous attempts to spin unpopular policy agendas got a whiff of this, but Caroline Heldman of Occidental College in whacked-out California says it the best when she was discussing people’s right to eat whatever they want (by the way, to those who are well acquainted with her, don’t tear your eyes out just yet):

I don’t even know what to say to her absurd comments.  As in, she is educated and therefore knows better than to eat at McDonald’s.  But all those dumb, uneducated slobs out there addicted to salty french fries and slaves to McDonald’s evil advertising schemes don’t know any better than to stuff their faces with Big Macs and milkshakes.  Walter Williams refutes her liberal, elitist comments amazingly, but in the end I think they reveal a lot about the mindset of Democrats like her.  They truly believe that they know better and therefore should have the right, ability and power to regulate the actions of the proletariat.  I say, let them eat fries.

At the end of the day, many Democrats would take this issue because McDonald’s causes health issues that the taxpayers end up paying for in hospital bills.  But then again, they’re pushing for government-funded healthcare and conservatives want privately funded and distributed healthcare.  And this is one of the reasons why.  When government pays for your doctor’s visits, taxpayers suddenly think they have a say in your taking part in actions that may be detrimental to your health.  Loss of freedom is a slippery slope, my friend.

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Journalists Kind Of Suck…And Hilarious Labels

A recent Gallup poll (unsuprisingly) showed that neither TV news nor newspapers had more than 25% confidence from Americans.  Basically, they’re generally liars and biased, we know they’re liars and biased, and everyone has an agenda.  Which makes these labels from comedian Tom Scott that much funnier:

I’m printing these out, running downstairs to Starbucks and sticking these on every copy of the New York Times I can get my hands on.  Maybe then the Sestak activist who sits down there every morning sipping her Chai and digesting her NYTimes Bible will get the message…

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“Rights” vs. Right: Ground-Zero Mosque Style

I am horrified by this Ground Zero Mosque issue.  More specifically, I am disgusted that an Imam is turning a blind eye to the pain it is causing 9/11 families in favor of promoting cross-cultural and religious tolerance, understanding and coorperation.  As I see it, you don’t get someone to work with you by slapping them in the face.  In a speech yesterday, President Obama said the following:

Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities -– particularly New York.  Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan.  The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country.  And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable.  So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders.  And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.

But let me be clear.  As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.  (Applause.)  And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.  This is America.  And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.  The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are.  The writ of the Founders must endure.

Now, I actually agree with the President ideologically here.  The First Amendment must always be respected and honored, and never subject to the tyranny of the majority.  Our Constitutional rights are never subject to the feelings and sensibilities of poll numbers. 

Taking away any funding issues, and assuming this Imam doesn’t attempt to implement Sharia Law (which would pre-empt federal authority on a number of levels), assuming that all he does is to not denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization, even as they launch rockets and bombs into Israel, even when it calls for the destruction of Israel in their very charter, even when they have repeatedly shown no respect for human life, we cannot stop him from freely practicing religion on private property.  Assuming that all he does is speak about how terrorists are made from American foreign policy, assuming that all he does is say America was a partner in causing 9/11, all he has are just words and worship, and no matter how repugnant, he has the right to say them and even believe them.  It’s foul, but people who do not condemn Hamas still have the right to say so.

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Toxic Liberal Rhetoric…Are They For Real?

I’ve been disenchanted for a while with many far-left liberals, their lies and misinformation and the way they demonize people who disagree with them policy-wise as either stupid, racist, or ignorant. It is nothing new, and anyone turning on msnbc at any time during the day or opening the New York Times and then fact-checking their stories would see the obvious bias. But today I saw a video that almost made me  lose it (warning: repeated foul language use):

I don’t even know what to say. As a nation right now, we are facing officially a 9.5% continuous unemployment number, with underemployment and people who stopped looking making the number look more like 14% or 15%. We are trillions of dollars in debt. We have started buying our own debt, something that may in fact lead to massive inflation. The stock market jumps around more than a kid in a moon walk. People have lost faith in their government to actually fix anything, and businesses are screaming to the tune of 75% that not only are they not looking at growth, they are fearing a double-dip recession. The Fed has scaled back growth estimates. The war in Afghanistan is languishing, with many people now second-guessing the reason why we are fighting in that country in the first place. Tensions in our country, for almost everyone, are as tight as a stretched rubber band just waiting to snap. This is serious stuff. And in light of all this, some sarcastic, self-involved, disenchanted, snot-faced kids put together what they think is an “edgy” video about the tea party.

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The Real Reason the Dems are in Trouble

Recent polls have been stunning to anyone who hasn’t been watching them in awhile. Realclearpolitics.com has Obama’s disapproval above 50%, up over 30% from when he was elected.  Congress it sill hovering at an approval so low that more people probably think that Pokemon are real than approve of Congress.  People can (and are) talking all day about how Obama and the Democrats are out of touch, how he isn’t focusing on the right issues, how he isn’t being firm enough on progressive issues…and the list goes on.  But Obama’s real issue is much larger than Democrats and Progressives would like to admit.  When Congress passed the stimulus bill (or, as I call it, the American Drudgery and Divestment Act), we were told that it would fix the economy.  It didn’t.  The healthcare bill was a bit of a wake-up for many who believed the hype about the stimulus bill because, when you really look at it, you realize it’s just a big ploy to redistribute wealth.  By the way, premiums have been going up since the bill passed.  So once again a massive (read: absurdly long) piece of legislation that  no one can easily digest passed with assurances about how all the intricacies would improve things, and the end result is higher premiums and no improvement in the actual healthcare. 

Now, if Americans were stupid, we would just mill around with our hands in our pockets while Congress brews up another poisonous piece of legislation.  But we are neither stupid nor incompetent, and we have instead begun to educate ourselves on issues that we never paid attention to.  The Tea Party is now full of people who can quote the Constitution, know the vagueties in definitions of “commerce”, and differentiate between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams like they were night and day.  Senior citizens who were brushing off their golf clubs and already had staked out a condo in anticipation of turning 65 are now looking not only at the fine print in social security, but also face cuts in Medicare and looking into how to secure their retirement investments.  And then there are the people who never attempted to understand market economics, global economics or monetary policy are now well-versed in what role the Federal Reserve plays in the broader picture, what interest rates indicate, how pensions are paid for (or more often, not paid for), and the fact that no one in government makes a single dollar until someone in the private sector first creates it.  Add as a little cherry on top vignettes like Bell, California, ethics issues like those of Maxine Waters and Charley Rangel, and the fact that the average government worker is paid twice as much as those in the private sector earn, and people are rightly pissed off. 

But the real problem for the Democrats is that people aren’t as stupid as they would hoped for.  Many independents now understand that without confidence, a stable business environment and incentives to grow, the unemployment number will never start ticking down.  They understand that the Fed has been printing money like it’s going out of style, and it may soon lead to the mass devaluation of the dollar, and they understand that the absurd Keynesian tax-and-spend system of Democrats is just a ploy to get re-elected and retain power, and is dangerously unsustainable.  What’s more, people are beginning to think that an endless parade of Cash-for-Clunkers-style “tax cuts” leads people only to believe that they should buy something when government subsidizes it (because eventually, they will subsidize everything), that not allowing corporations and businesses to feel the pain of bad investment decisions by failing leads them to invest recklessly.  Once the general public begins to believe issues such as these are true, it is very difficult to change their mind.  The more people learn about how markets work, the more economically conservative they will become.  At the end of the day, the Democrats aren’t losing the political battle, because one doesn’t really exist.  Over-simplified analogies to the R and D on a  car’s gear shift are insults to the average American’s intelligence.  The Obama administration is losing the factual battle, and no spin they try to put on it will change that.

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About This Forced Amnesty Thing…Ramnesty?

I’ve spent the last year and a half warning about the increasing size of government, and how, even if you agree with the bills Congress has passed, this increased size is slowly eating away at our liberties.  Take, for example, this recent story about a memo circulating around the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Apparently written by four staffers and addressed to USCIS Alejandro Mayorkas, it lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants in contact with immigration authorities.  The mumbo-jumbo of the memo is very technical, which has led many to think that the threat of the administration taking this sort of random amnesty (Ramnesty?) is very real and very present. 

The administration says it will not do this, but that is besides the point.  The dangerous aspect of this entire situation shows just how much power the executive branch of this government has usurped.  They have not quite made the leap into completely rendering Congress obsolete by passing their own laws, but they are toeing that line very, very closely.  As of right now, they have claimed the power to legislate in almost every area of our lives if the Administration chooses to do so.  For the most part, they have thankfully not acted on that power, but it still doesn’t matter.  They have that power.  And for the last year they have been using that very fact to pull the mannequin strings of Democratic congress members.

Take, for example, the healthcare bill.  The Obama administration was very clear in the beginning about their support for a single-payer system.  The shock value of the threat of such a policy was enough to make the idea of a public option look massively more palatable.  The Democrats weren’t able to get that one through, but in the end what was passed was still a fairly radical piece of legislation that will, in my opinion, prove to be devastating to our healthcare system.  It created an entire new beaurocracy that now has the ability and right to act autonomously without Congressional control.  Oh, and the Director of this Crapocracy calls British socialized medicine a “seductress” (By the way, England has just begun rationing because they can’t pay for the healthcare everyone needs.  I feel so seducted). 

Then take the energy bill.  In that one, the Obama administration actually did bypass Congress when the EPA announced that carbon was a pollutant and therefore under their purvey for regulation.  Let me clear about this: unelected public employee officials are now in effect legislating regulation.  This shift in power will prove to render Congress powerless unless they begin to reassert their own significance.  Considering that most sessions just end in partisan shouting matches, I doubt they’ll be doing anything useful anytime soon. 

Speaking more on the green jobs issue, I was flabbergasted when I saw this suggestion from a green jobs advocate:

I don’t even know what to say, other than perhaps congrats on some seriously fantastic scheming.  This guy is basically advocating how the President could completely bypass Congress by using the sheer size of the government to “reduce carbon emissions” and effectively generate green jobs and green industry (what he calls the “Big Green Buy”). That one man, one man with a pen that most people in this country do not approve of right now could effectively determine which companies succeed and which companies do not. There is a term for this, and it is called state capitalism. The fact that there is someone even considering doing such a thing is dangerous. The executive branch does have the power to issue executive orders, but for the most part they are relegated to emergency situations that require immediate action. But everything to this government is an emergency. Do you really think that carbon emissions is something that has to be acted today, at this very moment, immediately? Do you really think the future and safety of our nation are in such risk of being destroyed that we can’t take the correct path of legislation through Congress mandated in the Constitution of the United States? We cannot afford to give the Obama Administration any more power than they have grabbed in the last 18 months. This Ramnesty 2010 issue is just a result of that. Even if they aren’t intending to force amnesty on us without going through Congress, they are using it effectively as a threat. A threat that if Congress doesn’t grant amnesty, the Administration will. Does that really make our representatives and senators in Congress that we elected free to act as they see fit, without outside influence other than their constituents? No. The Administration is holding Congress hostage, and it is getting worse and worse by the day.

Th other strategy this may be reflective of is their willingness to use, as I mentioned before, the “shock value” of such a threat to make their original intent more palatable to the American people. With the looming specter of Ramnesty 2010 hanging over our heads, I have a feeling normal Congressional amnesty will by much more appealing, and citizens will be much more willing to support such a “normal” measure. The idea of even just a path to citizenship, in comparison to Ramnesty, seems more than reasonable. They’ve used this tactic time and time again to make their more than radical original ideas appealing to the American people, and I have a feeling that they are using that tactic right now with this “leak” of the memo to the public. We should not be fooled. I personally believe that we have to reform immigration, and would even support a guest worker program and even a path to citizenship, but considering the false promise of real immigration reform in the Reagan era that only resulted in mass amnesty, I think that we as citizen must have assurances that our borders will be controlled first. In line with my idea of the “Plug the Damn Hole” politics, I firmly believe that we need to stop the flow of illegals into the United States before we decide what we are going to do with those who are already here. That is not an unreasonable request.

But in the end, do not be snookered by this memo. If they are not actually going to institute Ramnesty, they will use this to force Congress to do it instead. They’re playing a disgusting little game of power politics.

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