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Tuesday, 6 March 2012
You, Too
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

In the interests of balance, here are some choice tidbits, culled from various articles and websites, demonstrating what the male division of our morally superior progressive master class really thinks of women:

 

In 2008, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz said that Sarah Palin set off a “bimbo alert.”

 

In 2008, Chris Matthews went on a tear against Hillary Clinton, calling her a “she-devil,” “witchy,” “anti-male” and “uppity,” among other things.

 

In 2009 Keith Olbermann characterized conservative blogger Michelle Malkin as “a mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”

 

In 2010, Jerry Brown, casting about for a way to attack his rival, Meg Whitman, in the race for governor of California, asked: “What about saying that she’s a whore?” (Brown was subsequently elected governor, which certainly helps to explain why California’s circling the toilet bowl.)

At various times, Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin a “dumb twat” and a “cunt.” Most recently, he cracked a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. (Incidentally, Bill has donated $1 million to Obama’s reelection super PAC. Stay classy, Barry.)

 

Tu quoque: That’s the problem with the progressive campaign against Rush Limbaugh.


Posted by tmg110 at 2:20 PM EST
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Rush Steps All Over It
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Though I’m not a regular listener, I’ve always enjoyed Rush Limbaugh. I like his bombastic broadcast persona, his good humor, his passion, his connection to his audience, his conservative take on politics—and, of course, the fact that he has all the right enemies. And it’s true that the outrage over his use of the terms “slut” and “prostitute” in connection with feminist nosebleed Sandra Fluke betrays the usual double standard. To take a single example, Laura Ingraham notes that few people got particularly upset when MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called her a slut. (Incidentally it should be noted that liberal pundit Kirsten Powers was and is one of those few. In this column she lambastes the one-eyed liberal attitude that protects jerks like Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, etc. from the outrage that’s lashing Limbaugh. Kudos, Kirsten.)

 

But even so, this unsavory incident has left me thinking less of Rush Limbaugh. That progressives do the same thing, far more often and far more viciously, is no excuse for his tasteless and insulting behavior. Referring to a woman as a “slut,” “prostitute,” “whore,” “bitch,” “cunt” etc. is never acceptable—period. And to say that “Rush is no worse than Ed Schultz” is a pathetic caricature of a defense.

 

Moreover, as Tallyrand would no doubt agree, Limbaugh’s gaffe was worse than a crime—it was a blunder. His prominence in the conservative movement and his perceived connection to the Republican Party meant that Limbaugh’s boorish name-calling caused a good deal of collateral damage. This was a serious lapse of judgment, perhaps indicating that his years of talk-radio dominance have made El Rushbo a bit too cocky for his own and conservatism’s good.

 

Rush Limbaugh will no doubt survive this scandal. With 15 million loyal listeners, he’ll always be able to attract advertisers. And it’s never wise to count out a guy who’s armed with such a large megaphone. So the Left is sure to be disappointed in its hopes for his demise. But Rush, Rush—I have to say that I’m pretty damned disappointed in you…


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Monday, 5 March 2012
Nation of Intellectual Chump Change
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Check out this pathetic whine from David Sirota, writing for that ever-hilarious radical rag, Nation of Change:

 

N+1 magazine notes that since the late 1970s, when [GOP presidential candidate Rick] Santorum was enjoying his taxpayer-subsidized higher education, "the price of tuition at U.S. colleges has increased over 900 percent." In 2011, that meant the average total cost of a year at a public university was $21,477, up 5.4 percent in just 12 months. Thanks to cuts to programs that make college and vocational education more affordable—cuts Santorum supported in Congress—those tuition increases promise to get even steeper in the coming years, all but ensuring that a future college student will have even more than the $25,250 in education debt that today's average student carries.

 

Let’s unpack this idiocy. If you believe Sirota, college tuition has gone up 900% since the late 1970s in part because of “cuts to programs.” Apparently if Congress cuts (or, to be accurate, moderates the rate of growth) of a higher education program, that causes colleges and universities to raise tuition. Presumably, therefore, if Congress spent more on such programs, colleges and universities would lower their tuition. Right?

 

Now don’t try telling me that I’m distorting Sirota’s argument. Here it is again, in his own words: “Thanks to cuts to programs that make college and vocational education more affordable…tuition increases promise to get even steeper in the coming years.” You could conclude from this that Dave is a moron, but I think he’s just intellectually lazy. People like him have no respect for their audience and see no need to cobble together a plausible argument.

 

Sirota never points a finger at the true culprit: the vociferous, greedy, money-grubbing monster called “higher education.” Students and their families—and, not incidentally, the American taxpayer—get hosed big time by higher ed, and progressives like Sirota blame conservatives!  He goes on at great and boring length the evils of conservative economics—with nary a word of criticism for the schools that are actually jacking up tuition and fees, not to mention the liberal politicians who feed the beast. This from a guy who no doubt tossed a blood clot when Bank of America tried to raise ATM fees.

 

As far as I know, not one Occupy protest has been directed against the Ivory Tower itself. This smelly mob of postmodern proles isn’t at all concerned about the evils of this academic con game. They just want to shift the costs of it onto hard-working taxpayers who weren’t so stupid as to assume a debt load of $20,000 for a master of fine arts degree in puppetry. You know what, Dave? Screw you.


Posted by tmg110 at 5:10 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:37 AM EST
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Appeasement's Bitter Fruit
Topic: Decline of the West

 

While most of the mainstream media obsesses over Rush Limbaugh’s gaffe in comparing contraception crusader Sandra Fluke to a prostitute, there’s a real story out there that everyone’s missing: the Catholic Church’s firm, continuing refusal to accept the Obamacare contraception mandate.

 

That the Obama Administration is rattled by the US Catholic bishops’ opposition is obvious from such signs as White House press secretary Jay Carney’s utterly false charge that the American Catholic Church opposed healthcare reform from the beginning. Actually the converse is the case, and it’s a measure of the administration’s disquiet that a senior official like Carney would stoop to such a blatant lie. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, characterized the press secretary’s comments as “scurrilous and insulting, not to mention flat out wrong” in a March 2 letter to his brother bishops—a rather scathing retort, especially considering the source.

 

My sympathy for the bishops’ position is tempered only by the knowledge that they did this to themselves. Cardinal Dolan and his colleagues thought they could work with Obama to craft healthcare reform that respected the Church’s position on such issues as birth control and abortion. Too late, they discovered that they’d made a deal with the Devil. The President exploited their support—then promptly stabbed them in the back. For this the bishops have only themselves to blame. They disregarded Obama’s record, e.g. his extremist position on abortion, just as the appeasers of Nazi Germany disregarded the plain message of Mein Kampf. Now, like Neville Chamberlain’s Britain in 1939, they find themselves forced to accept battle under unfavorable circumstances at a time of the enemy’s choosing. History repeats itself in strange and surprising ways…


Posted by tmg110 at 11:52 AM EST
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Saturday, 3 March 2012
An Activist Outed
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Incidentally, just who is Sandra Fluke?

 

You’ll not be surprised to learn that she’s one of those meddling shrews that the contemporary feminist movement produces. Ms. Fluke is 30 years old. She’s a third-year law student at Georgetown University and—get this—a past president of the school’s Students for Reproductive Justice organization—repjust in Newspeak, no doubt.

 

Fluke checked out Georgetown’s student health insurance and was outraged to find that contraception was not covered. “I decided I was absolutely not willing to compromise the quality of my education in exchange for my health care,” Flake said, and proceeded to make a nuisance of herself for the past three years, nagging the administration to give her free birth control. Georgetown declined to do so, on the reasonable enough grounds that a Catholic university ought not to be subsidizing sexual promiscuity.

 

Sandra Fluke’s belief that society has an obligation to underwrite her sex life is sadly typical of the entitlement mentality that feminism and progressivism have fostered. A college-educated, no doubt intelligent young woman like her should be one of the nation’s best and the brightest. Instead, all that fancy education has fashioned her into a sanctimonious nosebleed.


Posted by tmg110 at 11:15 AM EST
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GM Pulls the Plug
Topic: Decline of the West

 

No sooner do I focus on the absolute clueless idiocy of the Obama Administration’s energy policy than fresh evidence of how right I am comes to hand:

 

GM to Idle Chevy Volt Output as Sales Slow

 

Ah, the Volt! Just the other day, our glorious and puissant philosopher president was rhapsodizing over the glories of this Detroit disaster. Yet even as he spoke, GM was looking at the Volt’s lackluster sales performance and preparing to suspend production. Shades of Solyndra!

 

Supposedly production of the Volt is being halted for just a month, but this may prove to be the car’s death knell. Despite all the propagandizing from the Obama Administration, Consumer Reports, GM etc., the car’s sales have been disappointing. The sad truth is that at $45,000 a copy, the Volt makes no economic sense. Who would buy it, excepting well-to-do progressives seeking bolster their feelings of moral superiority?

 

Actually this isn’t really very funny, since we taxpayers bailed out GM to the tune of around $50 billion. Oh, and we’re also providing every Volt buyer—luckily there aren’t many—with a $7,500 rebate. And why are we doing all this? So that GM can manufacture Barry’s lame electrical hobbyhorse. But alas, there’s not a single extension cord in America long enough to keep this overpriced, underperforming lemon on the road.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:19 AM EST
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It Ain't Beanbag, Sandra
Topic: Decline of the West

 

 

The worst you can say about Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke the Georgetown law student who lamented the high cost of contraception in front of a congressional committee, is that it was ungentlemanly, a sin of which the Left would very be guilty—right, Keith Olbermann? But on the substance of the issue, Limbaugh scored a target hit. (See here for some choice tidbits.) Why, indeed, should third parties (the school she attends, insurance companies, taxpayers) subsidize Ms. Fluke’s sex life?

 

Let’s be clear about this: Ms. Fluke requires contraceptives because she’s sexually active. So this isn’t a healthcare issue. It’s a lifestyle issue. Ms. Fluke is a free citizen, of course, and the manner in which she conducts her sex life is her own business. It’s also her personal responsibility. If the high cost of contraception is too heavy a financial burden, then she should abstain from sexual activity, not come crying to the Obama Administration for free birth control. That’s life in the real world—a world very different, apparently, from the one this twerp inhabits. And if that observation strikes anyone as ungentlemanly—too bad.


Posted by tmg110 at 9:54 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2012 10:27 AM EST
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Friday, 2 March 2012
The Wisest Fools In America
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Looking at the Obama Administration's energy policy—if that term is not too dignified for the spastic convulsions of the President and his people whenever the word “energy” is pronounced—I find myself faced with a rather astonishing fact. It appears that advanced degrees from elite universities and similar gilt-edged credentials actually insulate people from reality.

 

Consider: The Obama Administration chose as its energy secretary a man, Steven Chu, with excellent scientific qualifications. He is, without doubt, a highly intelligent and exceptionally well-educated man—and, as his public statements about gas prices prove, he’s almost completely divorced from the workaday real world that most of us inhabit.

 

For his supporters, Obama’s pie-in-the-sky green jobs mantra is surely one of the most embarrassing aspects of his presidency. After three years of blah-blah about “green jobs” and “renewable energy,” not to mention the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars, what has the Obama Administration got to show for it? In a word: nothing. And meanwhile gas prices are heading for the stratosphere. The President’s response? “We can’t drill our way out of this problem,” he intones. Oh. Well, that’s helpful…

 

So there’s Barry, talking about “green jobs” and “energy independence” while doing all he can to make sure that America’s abundant energy resources and the well-paying jobs associated with their exploitation remain in the ground. I must say (with a nod to George Orwell) that it takes a progressive to believe something like that—no ordinary person would be such a fool. But it would appear that the production of fools has become one of the main activities of American higher education.


Posted by tmg110 at 4:06 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 3 March 2012 9:36 AM EST
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Who's Laughing Now?
Topic: Decline of the West

 

And if you think I’m exaggerating the comedic dimension of the Obama presidency, just reflect on the fact that he chose as his Secretary of Energy a nerd who thinks that gas in America is too cheap. Steven Chu thinks that European price levels ($10 per gallon) would really hit the spot! Sure, you might not think this is funny if you've gassed up recently. But if you voted for Obama in 2008, I'm laughing at you

 


Posted by tmg110 at 3:30 PM EST
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Even the End Times Have Their Funny Side
Topic: Decline of the West

 

I must admit that of all the things that I expected of the Obama presidency—none of them good—I never anticipated its comedic dimension. There’s something pathetically amusing in the spectacle of this small, tiny person, with his pedestrian abilities and his overweening self-regard, strutting to and fro on the public stage.

 

Not the least amusing aspect the Age of Obama is the enormous chasm that gapes between the celestial expectations of his adorers and his dismal record in office. Day by day, the excuse-making grows ever more shrill. Misfortunes that progressives were happy to pin on George W. Bush—unemployment, high gas prices, Muslim hatred of America, etc.—could not possibly be Obama’s fault! Perhaps, after all, the presidency is too much of a burden—even for “a sort of god.”

 

Nowadays there’s an undertone of quiet desperation in the optimistic statements of Democrats and the Left—but I repeat myself—concerning Obama’s chances for reelection. They must be praying that the voting public doesn’t glom on the fact that the progressive messiah is, in reality, an expensive suit enclosing vacant space. So go the excuses.

 

I realize that given the power of the presidency, even a nonentity like Obama can cause plenty of damage to the economic, social and moral fabric of the nation. But still—watching Barry bumble through the last three years has been an absolute hoot!


Posted by tmg110 at 3:24 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 2 March 2012 3:27 PM EST
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