Monthly Archives: August 2009

AARP Poll: 8 Out of 10 Support Public Option, Whatever That Is

I’m sure this survey wasn’t weighted in any one particular direction — nope, nuh-uh:

While eight of 10 Americans say they favor a public health insurance option, fewer than four in 10 can define what that option is, an AARP survey indicates.
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The nationwide poll surveyed 1,000 adults identifying themselves Democrats, Republicans or independents this month. No margin of error was provided.

And an amazing 10 out of 10 think you should join AARP! It’s amazing.

That’s interesting, considering 46% of seniors in a recent poll said they were “strongly opposed” to the government getting their snout deeper in the health care business.

So, half the people in the AARP poll who support a public option don’t even know what a public option is? Sounds like reason enough to move forward with it!

These AARP members sure don’t seem to like the idea though.

I think something was a little biased about the AARP survey — here’s what they handed out:

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Kennedy Funeral Leads to Greener Alaska

Ted Kennedy’s funeral will be a “green” one — for Alaska at least, albeit temporarily:

A U.S. Senate tour of Alaska’s climate change hot spots has been postponed so that senators may attend the funeral of their Democratic colleague, Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
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Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was supposed to host four senators in Alaska this weekend, including the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

The others scheduled to visit the state were Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Postponing this trip will save who-knows-how-much in carbon emissions from being injected into the Alaskan atmosphere. Heck, jet engines burn 1,400 pounds of fuel just to get Debbie Stabenow airborne, let alone the rest of that bunch, so this is a victory for the environment if I ever saw one. Unfortunately for Mother Nature, they’ll re-schedule and probably have a few extra socialists in tow that they’ll bump into at the funeral and feel the need to invite along.

Debbie doesn’t need to go to Alaska anyway — she can “feel the climate change” when she’s flying, so there’s no need for her to land anywhere — ever.

Chris Matthews is Wrong to Say Obama is the Last Kennedy Brother

Chris Matthews, remembering Ted Kennedy on the Today Show, said that Barack Obama is the last remaining Kennedy brother.

As the only Kennedy brother who never had a shot at Marilyn Monroe, Obama might feel like he lost out, if Matthews’ proclamation wasn’t so asinine in the first place. But that aside, if Chris is serious about this, he’s forgetting about some people. If Barack Obama is a Kennedy brother now, that would mean that the president is not the last Kennedy brother. How about some props for George Hussein Onyango Obama in Kenya? No Kennedy status for the brother of the last Kennedy brother?

Here’s George in his pre-Kennedy days:

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Welcome to Camelot, George!

So don’t believe Chris Matthews for one second — there are at least two remaining Kennedy brothers. One has had a bit of legal trouble, but that shouldn’t matter at all — we’re talkin’ politics here.

Now that I think about it, using Chris Matthews’ benchmark, there’s also one remaining Kennedy aunt, one remaining Kennedy grandmother, and a crapload of half-Kennedys — including those who might be surprised that they’re now Kennedy sisters!

Camelot has been reborn in one great, big Chris Matthews mental breakdown! Chris had better be careful though, or he might find himself being held responsible for a whole bunch of people trying to move into the Kennedy compound.

Here’s Matthews crying out for another intravenous load of Thorazine. I still can’t believe this guy hasn’t gotten carpal tunnel syndrome from choking the Hope chicken so frequently:

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An Obituary That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked Today

Lost in the mix of all of the news coverage is the loss of somebody whose contributions to the cause of freedom and less government should be recognized and appreciated — especially today.

Rose Friedman, wife of 64 years to the late economist Milton Friedman, died last week. Here’s part of her obituary from the University of Chicago:

Rose Friedman, an economist and co-author of a number of important books with her late husband Milton Friedman, died of heart failure on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at her home in Davis, Calif. While the exact date of her birth is uncertain, she is believed to have been 98 years old.

Friedman and her husband, a University of Chicago professor and winner of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, were the authors of a number of influential books, including Capitalism and Freedom and Free To Choose, which was published as a companion book to a public television series by the same name. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and free-market leaders in Eastern Europe were all devoted admirers of the Friedmans’ views.
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Rose Friedman will be remembered as a talented economist and an influential advocate of freedom, said her daughter Janet Friedman. “Her economic work helped to discredit the idea of government management of the economy, rolling back policies that were hindering wealth creation and thus helping extend the blessings of prosperity to millions around the world. And as a standard-bearer for human liberty, she contributed to the galvanizing of public opinion, especially in the 1980s, against the growing encroachments of intrusive government,” she said.

Rest in peace, Mrs. Friedman, and thanks for your work to promote the virtues of freedom and smaller government. We need to be reminded of those things today more than ever.

(h/t Instapundit)

Eau de Nerde’: Star Trek Cologne

Hey Trekkies, good news! Now even blind people will be able to tell you’re not gonna get laid tonight:

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Here are the Klingoneriffic details:

Humans and aliens alike swooned over Captain James T. Kirk, so it was only a matter of time before someone claimed to have bottled his charms.

Firebox is now selling three scents designed specifically for Trekkies.

The first, called Tiberius after none other than James T. himself, is “a casual yet commanding cologne spiked with freshness and sensuality. Citron zest, black pepper and cedar create refreshingly clear top notes, layered over a wooded, spicy scent.” (No mention there of alien gore or spacecraft exhaust fumes).

For those who would admit to being a zero rather than a hero, there’s a cologne called Red Shirt. Firebox says: “…this manly scent has been named after the apparel favoured by the bold but stupid saps/extras who, with grim inevitability, always met a grisly end during away missions.” It promises “top notes of green mandarin, bergamot and hints of lavender [and] base notes of leather and grey musk” delivering a whiff of “the sweet smell of…expendability”.

You too can now go where no man has gone before, provided it’s within the safe confines of your parents basement.

But don’t fret, ladies, you haven’t been forgotten:

Finally, for the ladies, is the Ponn Farr perfume, which is named after the Vulcan mating cycle. Presumably it’s designed to attract males of the human variety as well as those with pointy ears.

But mostly those with pointy ears.

This company should pull William Shatner out of this Star Trek Convention and have him use a similar sales pitch for the cologne.

Ted Kennedy Dies: Gird Your Health Care Loins

Senator Ted Kennedy has died.

Prepare for the nauseatingly long and shameless exploitation of the death of somebody with a lifelong dream of government-run health care for everybody except rich politicians. When it comes to the health care battle, for the left, Ted’s death will provide a spark in the health care war — the quasi-equivalent of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

We’re about to be made to believe that St. Peter will not allow Ted to ascend to his eternal reward unless Obamacare is passed before Thanksgiving.

Also prepare for a major attempt to thwart the Mass. law that Ted helped write and to place another Kennedy in Ted’s seat — if there’s not already one in it already this morning.

That said, Kennedy was a consummately skilled politician from the consummate political family, and this is an irreplaceable loss for the Democrats and the Kennedy family.

Here’s Ted’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last year — one of his last public speeches:

WTC 9/11 Memorial Beam Returns As Reminder of Those Americans Who Started Torturing Terrorists That Fateful Day

Bush, Cheney and the CIA should be forced to go to the WTC site and see firsthand evidence from the event that precipitated one of the worst human rights abuses the world has ever known:

A 60-ton steel-beam fragment has been returned to the site of New York’s World Trade Center as part of a permanent exhibit, city officials said.

Let this beam send a symbolic message to those who might seek to do the U.S. and its citizens harm. President Obama has made it clear: if you provide support to those who plan or implement of the slaughter of Americans, we will find you, send you to Bermuda to live, and consider prosecuting your interrogators!

Beck Advertisers Misdirected Boycott

The boycott of Glenn Beck is amazingly misdirected if you think about it. Van Jones, who is Barack Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” — is the co-founder of “Color of Change,” the group that organized the boycott of Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News.

Jones is one of those radicals who has his sights set on a takeover of private industry under the guise of saving us all from climate change or in the name of health care, and yet many advertisers are essentially saying — by virtue of their actions — that Beck is the problem with America?

Think about it — Advertisers avoiding Beck are caving to pressure put on them by people who want to do away with private sector industry and free market capitalists, or at the very least extort them to a slow death — the same people that Beck’s exposing. As of this morning, 16 more advertisers have pulled from Beck’s show. Geez, just because somebody might want you boiled in oil doesn’t mean you have to light the stove for them.

If the takeover of private industry were to be isolated only to those companies who are taking part in the boycott, I’d say “More power to you, Mr. Jones.” Some of those ignorant corporate Obama genuflectors deserve the America they’re helping create, and they’ve earned the right to be stripped of their companies, but nobody else has.

Here’s your “Green Jobs Czar” — yet another unaccountable commie on the Hope Train:

Castro Defends Obama Against Racist Opposition, Gives President High Marx

When you’re trying to fight off accusations of being a Marxist, there’s nothing like having a legendary Marxist come running to your defense, and playing the race card ta boot::

President Barack Obama is trying to make positive changes in the United States, but is being fought at every turn by right-wingers who hate him because he is black, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday.

In an unusually conciliatory column in the state-run media, Castro said Obama had inherited many problems from his predecessor, George W. Bush, and was trying to resolve them. But the “powerful extreme right won’t be happy with anything that diminishes their prerogatives in the slightest way.”

Think about it: The architect of the government that people regularly die or are killed fleeing — one that Obama is trying to emulate in many areas, health care being only one — is knocking the opponents of this type of totalitarian nirvana. I wear this criticism as a badge of honor.

There’s really only one thing you need to know about any country: Do they build walls to keep people out, or in? If the U.S. keeps trying to go down the road that the Obama administration and congressional liberals are trying to accelerate down — the avenue endorsed by Fidel Castro — there may come a day when the American right is actually happy that the U.S. was so lax in building border fences.

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When a man who runs a country with a government that makes people do this defends our president’s visions for America, people should pay attention

Update: Passing thought: Cubans could have done pretty damn well if they’d have participated in our Cash for Clunkers program.

“It Depends on What Your Definition of ‘Bed Bugs’ Is”

Feel free to make your own joke here. From Rush & Malloy:

Bedbugs have sent Bill Clinton and his staff fleeing the former President’s offices, a source tells us. No word on whether WJC actually has a bed in his Harlem suite, but the infestation is said to have been so bad that exterminators told Clintonistas to take a few days off.

Why wouldn’t there be a bed in Bubba’s office? Hey, a guy’s got to have someplace to interview interns, right?

Hopefully the exterminators are able to quell the problem.