An ‘Easy Pick’ Device for This Year’s Election

If you’re just too busy this year and don’t have time to study up on all the candidates, let VoteChooser.com make the pick for you.

Just answer these ten simple questions, hit “submit,” and you’ll have your candidate.

It says I have the most things in common with Mitt Romney. Obviously net worth isn’t taken into account.

By the way, if you’re in Palm Beach County, Florida and it says you should vote for Pat Buchanan, you made a mistake… again.

Ten Year Anniversaries Aplenty

Today marks two big anniversaries. First, it’s the 10th anniversary of the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy”:

Ten years ago Hillary Clinton (then the First Lady) went on television with Matt Lauer and said:

“This is the great story here for anybody willing to find and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”

Thus was born the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Our baby is all grown up now. Pardon me if I get a little verklempt.

But our celebration of a decade of VRWC isn’t the only 10th anniversary celebration today. No sir.

Today marks ten years since Congress was warned that Saddam Hussein was developing nuclear, biological, and other “weapons of mass destruction.” That such weapons had indeed been found by inspectors, had been used in the past, were a threat to be used in the future, and that Hussein must be stopped before he could become and even greater threat to the free world.

Who said that? Bush? Nope. Republican warmongers? Negative.

President Bill Clinton himself said these very things to a joint session of Congress ten years ago today.

Why this doesn’t cover Bill under the anti-war left’s “going to war under false pretenses” conspiracy umbrella, I have no idea:

New York Times Endorses McCain, Other Republicans Rejoice

From our ever-busy “With friends like these…” department, this just in: The New York Times has endorsed two candidates this primary season: one Democrat, and one… nearly Democrat.

Hillary Clinton and John McCain are the paper’s choices going into the “Super Tuesday” primaries in about ten days.

Normally candidates tout newspaper endorsements, but for a candidate who’s trying to bring the conservative base of the GOP on board, getting a nod from The New York Times is like Weight Watchers being pleased to have Michael Moore as their spokesman.

Not to worry, conservatives — The Times endorsed McCain in 2000 also, and you know how that turned out.

Other Republican candidates are taking advantage of the Times’ endorsement of McCain. This is evidenced in the following rather effective Romney ad that showcases the fact that McCain’s been doing smoochie-smoochie with more Democrats than the chick working the kissing booth at Mills College’s “Put Mikhail Gorbachev on Mt. Rushmore” fundraiser.

Al Gore Sez: You’re Gonna Be Dead Before You Finish Reading This

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Okay, how much money do you want now, Al? If we get shaken down any more we’re going to have to beg Hillary to make sure we all get free Parkinson’s medication after she’s elected.

Gore told the panel that “there are now forecasts that the North Pole ice caps may disappear entirely during summer months within five years.”

I hate to quote myself, but I wrote a column about Gore a couple of years ago for The American Spectator and here’s my opinion of his forecasting abilities:

Gore-style meteorology, specifically climatology as it concerns global warming, seems to be one of those rare sciences for which the percentage of accuracy of predictions rises as the distance from the date in question increases.

To buy into this scientific convenience takes the same blind confidence required to believe an archer who tells you he can put an arrow through a soda can at 500 yards — the same person who you’ve noticed can’t hit a bale of hay from 10 feet away.

Ask the night sweat-suffering Gore what the world will look like in 100 years if the United States doesn’t sign on to the Kyoto Protocol, and you’ll be drawn a gloomy, and very specific, picture of our final days. Then ask him what the overnight low will be in Chattanooga two weeks from Thursday, and you’ll get an unresponsive stare. At some point during the conversation, Gore will excuse himself and go burn thousands of gallons of jet fuel to fly to an emergency summit meeting on ozone depletion.

Gore spastically warns, and increasingly so, the planet is in dire jeopardy, it’s your fault, and claims the most serious threat to the world isn’t terrorism, but rather global warming. There’s a good reason he says this: Gore hasn’t made a movie or written a book about traditional terrorism.

There’s one way to tell if global warming is actually a greater threat than terrorism. If we start seeing al-Qaida switching from car bombs and hijackings to aerosol hairspray and leaving an SUV running instead of blowing it up, then we’ll know.

Is our time up? I’m afraid to look now… are we still alive? Oh no! The water is rising! God help us! Oh wait, it’s just the bathtub overflowing. Whew!

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This is what New York will look like in five days unless you buy carbon credits from Al Gore

Huckabee Got It Right

Yes, I know I don’t say that often, but credit where credit is due.

In the GOP debate last night that was sponsored by Sominex, the topic turned to the economy, and Mike Huckabee knows what he’s talking about on that topic. After all, as governor of Arkansas, Huck was in charge of a place with a Gross State Product of well into the hundreds of dollars (just kidding, Earl).

In the debate, Huckabee pointed out a hideous detail in the “Economic stimulus package” that’s going to send most Americans a check. Here’s that little known item: $150 billion of it is probably going to be borrowed from China.

That means that there’s a good chance we’ll get our checks and go buy something that was made in China.

Huckabee said that this package will indeed provide a great “Economic stimulus”… for China. It certainly won’t provide economic stimulus to our kids and grandkids who are going to be trying to pay all of it back — and to a nation with the long-term goal of wiping the U.S. as we know it from the map.

Great idea once again, Washington DC.

You can catch several clips from the debate, including the Huckabee warning, here at Hot Air.

“Economic Stimulus Packages” and Other Government Deceptions

Many Americans, with the definite exception of Willie Nelson and Wesley Snipes, are going to be getting a check from the IRS fairly soon.

The zookeeper has decided to throw back a few scraps in the form of what the government laughably calls an “economic stimulus package”:

Under the deal, nearly everyone earning a paycheck would receive at least $300 from the Internal Revenue Service. Most workers would receive rebates of $600 each, or $1,200 per couple. Families with children would receive an additional payment of $300 per child. Workers who earned at least $3,000 last year — but not enough to pay income taxes — would be eligible for $300.

Rebates would be limited, however, to single taxpayers who earned up to $75,000 or couples with incomes of as much as $150,000.

If the government was genuinely concerned with economic stimulus, they wouldn’t have taken the money in the first place.

You can’t help but admire the tactic, though. Instead of admitting that just leaving the money at the source via lower taxes is the best way to stimulate the economy, both political parties create the illusion that the government handing out money is a primary stimulator of the economy. Too many people believe it. “Repeat a lie often enough…” and all that sort of thing, you know.

So of course it follows that only high taxes can put the government in a position to stimulate the economy. I mean, if the government doesn’t have all the money, how can they give it back so we can grow our economy?

This kind of government “reasoning” actually makes sense to the likes of America Ferrera (see one post below).

You and I may know better, but politicians who need votes en masse live and die by the words of Homer Simpson: Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.

We’re screwed.

The Dumbing Down of America

Actress America Ferrera, along with Chelsea and friends, are campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

Apparently we’re supposed to vote for Hillary just because she’s a woman. So what? Elena Ceausescu, Valeria Messalina, Typhoid Mary and any number of serial killers were women too. But, as America might say — “what-everrrr“…

So, without further adieu, meet the people who will be cancelling out your vote this November. Like, wow:

ACLU Defense of Public Restroom Sex: Where It’s All Leading

Over a week ago, the ACLU defended Senator Larry Craig, saying that there is Minnesota precedent for allowing sex in the stall of a public restroom — not that Craig tried to do any of that — not that there would be anything wrong with it if he did — not that he did:

The ACLU filed a brief Tuesday supporting Craig. It cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling 38 years ago that found that people who have sex in closed stalls in public restrooms “have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Cartoonist Mike Lester has a frightening idea about where this is all leading:

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Lunatic Binge: WBC Nutbunnies to Picket Funeral of… Heath Ledger?

We all know that the “Westboro Baptist Church” — whose legendary “methinks the lady doth protest too much” hatred of gays makes Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look like Elton John — is just an insane asylum posing an actual religion. But now they’re expanding.

The WBC (We Be Crazy) isn’t just limiting itself to picketing at the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers and innocent victims of mass murders anymore. They’re moving on to actors:

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Sure, the WBC Kookmander-in-Chief Fred Phelps is obviously still angry and confused about that unexplained erection he got while watching Brokeback Mountain, but why punish somebody else for his frightening latency?