Since When is Pork Not Welcome on Capitol Hill?

I’m convinced that Congress has ordered the Capitol Police to keep the pigs away not so much due to swine flu concerns, but that Congress didn’t want any competition at the trough:

U.S. Capitol Police have rejected PETA’s plan to bring live pigs to the Capitol because of swine flu fears.
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The letter also cited “nuisance concerns” with the plan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to bring a group of pigs and gallons of swine urine and tons of manure to Capitol Hill.

PETA should have registered the pigs as lobbyists and tied envelopes full of cash to their backs and they’d have been allowed in without a doubt.

Additionally, the Secret Service didn’t want the manure around, because they feared that Obama might mistake it for the health care bill and try to sign it.

The Best Indicator of a Republican/ Conservative Sweep Today; Updated With Election Results

Update(s): Republican McDonnell wins Virginia Gov — NJ Star Ledger declares Repub. Christie the winner in New Jersey (CNN just called it for Christie as well).

Conservative candidate Hoffman loses NY23 House race. Hoffman would have won had he gotten just over half of 6% of the moron “Republicans” who still insisted on voting for Scozzafava, even though she dropped out of the race a few days ago. Michelle Malkin sums up why Hoffman, though defeated in the election, serves as an eye-opener for the left and “moderate” Repubs.

Side note: Larry King seems incredibly preoccupied with the result of the Maine gay marriage vote. I won’t venture a guess as to why, other than to note that Larry’s wearing his lavender suspenders tonight as a possible gesture of solidarity to the homosexual wedding insurgency in the Pine Tree State.

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You know the Dems are expecting three losses today, because they’re already claiming that any losses will in no way signal a voter rejection of Obama and his agenda:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “The notion that this [is] somehow a referendum on President Obama is just not the case.” As for 2009 as a signal of what’s to come in the 2010 elections, Gibbs added, “Whatever the results are, I don’t think they portend a lot in dealing with the future.”

White House political guru David Axelrod: “I don’t really view those elections that way.”

So if by some miracle the Democrats manage to pull out all three elections, Obama’s people will in no way spin that as a voter approval of Obama’s first-year performance. Nope… won’t happen. Okay, maybe it would just a little.

The White House is saying things like “How can Virginia be a referendum on Obama — he hasn’t been there in months!” And they’re right — if you don’t count the time Obama was there campaigning, uh, five days ago.

And fact that Fred Thompson drew a larger crowd in New York than Joe Biden is in no way a sign of a motivated and angry electorate.

Then there’s this billboard in New Jersey that makes it clear that Jon Corzine and Barack Obama are two distinct and completely separate political entities, and if Corzine loses, it has nothing to do with voter disenchantment with Barack Obama:

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“He’s one of the best partners I have in the White House.”

Unless he loses — then I’ve never met the guy.

Obama Weather: Barack Tells You What to Wear So You Don’t Have To!

Not only is President Obama going to pay for our gas and mortgages (we’re still waiting, but try not to panic, Peggy) and make most of our life’s decisions for us, but now we don’t even have to think about what to wear outside anymore!

Just go to Obama-Weather.com, put in your zip code, and Obama will organize your community of clothing so you don’t have to.

Here’s the Obama weather for the remainder of the week in mid-Michigan:

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As for the national outlook for the next three years: Mostly overcast and gloomy with an increasing threat of Socialism.

Update: Just for kicks, I checked the Obama weather for the weekend in Hawaii, and it looks like Sunday will be especially warm:

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Update II: This isn’t surprising in the least, but I’ve been informed that Obama Weather doesn’t come up with what to wear on its own — it gets all its information from “Teleprompter Weather”:

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(h/t HotAir)

The Constitutionality of Obamacare: ‘Who Cares?’ Part III

First, Rep. Nancy “are you serious?” Pelosi and Sen. Pat “of course we have the authority!” Leahy were asked the question, and they didn’t care if aspects of Obamacare were constitutional or not, and obviously the White House doesn’t care either:

White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said today that he does not know if White House lawyers have reviewed whether it is constitutional for the federal government to order individuals to buy health insurance and said that the White House is not seriously considering the concerns of people such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) who believe the mandate is not constitutionally justified.

Questioning Congressional liberals or anybody in the Obama administration about the constitutionality of their proposals is like asking great white sharks if they’re violating the rights of seals by devouring them — they don’t care and they don’t think there’s anything you can do about it anyway.

Slightly off topic: On Halloween, Robert Gibbs made a terrific “don’t ask, don’t tell” Darth Vader.

Congressional House Call, Noon Thursday

It’s of continual amusement to me that the two people with the biggest sets of brass balls on the political right are women, but that’s neither here nor there in the big picture — other than to say that the likes of Mitt Romney have to seriously shore up their raisinettes if I’m going to consider voting for any male for president in 2012.

Below is Rep. Michele Bachmann, the second most hated conservative woman who’s working on achieving the number one position, on Glenn Beck’s radio show earlier today, organizing a little trip to Washington, DC on Thursday to pay a house call on Nancy Pelosi & Company to discuss their unprecedented power grab.

Bachmann reminds everyone that congressional offices are public places, but as we saw a few days ago, “public” places aren’t always open to the public.

“This is about government control, not about health care.” Indeed. There’s no reason for members of Congress to come to tea parties when we can take it to them:

Nancy Pelosi is reinforcing the locks, doubling the guards and installing an anti-peasant alarm system at the Ivory Tower as we speak.

Drunk Ewoks Fight, Moonwalk and Dry Hump on the Today Show

I can’t prove it, but I’m sure one of the guys in these Ewok suits is Robert Reich. In any case, the Today Show on Halloween got a little out of hand and Ann Curry was clearly offended, which makes it all worth the while.

If you see only one thing, fast-forward to 4:12. I haven’t seen a black man’s leg humped this vigorously on a national news program since the last time Chris Matthews interviewed Barack Obama:

(h/t Gizmodo)

Hey Newt, Maybe the GOP is the “Third Party” Now

Newt Gingrich was a conservative rock star of sorts in the early to mid 90’s. The “Contract with America” was a flash of political brilliance, and with it Gingrich led the Republican Revolution in 1994.

Heading into 2010, a similar resurrection is brewing, but this time Gingrich wants no part of it, and he hasn’t for some time. As a matter of fact, he’s still perplexed at why conservatives didn’t back Dede Scozzafava, the liberal “Republican” who has since dropped out of the race.

Gingrich thinks it’s a mistake, but he’s mistaken:

“This makes life more complicated from the standpoint of this: If we get into a cycle where every time one side loses, they run a third-party candidate, we’ll make Pelosi speaker for life and guarantee Obama’s re-election,” said Mr. Gingrich, who had endorsed Ms. Scozzafava but on Saturday urged voters to support Mr. Hoffman.

I’ll reverse the equation by saying that if the GOP gets into a cycle of trotting out liberals called Republicans and expecting me to vote for them based on a superficial party label, we still end up with liberals running the government. I’d rather be ruled by Pelosi and Obama than by people who call themselves Republicans to get elected but push the exact same shams, Newt. I prefer the genuine item to a cheap, misleading knock-off, even in politics.

Another mistake that Gingrich might be making is that the GOP as it exists has been in a death-spiral for some time. In “saving” the Republican party by not voting for third-party conservative candidates, what are we saving? The increasingly “moderate” party Gingrich is peddling — the same one that believes that insane government takeovers can be stopped by coming up with legislation that’s only half as stupid and sells out the future 10% slower? The party with former leaders who now sit down with Nancy Pelosi to drink global warming Kool Aid and give the nation away based on junk science, greed and lust for power (not necessarily in that order)?

Gingrich endorsed Scozzafava — which in and of itself I could let slide as a non-shocker given Newt’s move to the middle over the past few years — but after Scozzafava dropped out, having taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in Republican donations with her, she endorsed the Democrat. And Gingrich is still defending her, saying conservatives are making a mistake for voting third party and probably winning the election? This sounds more like sour grapes than strategic planning.

If the gods are smiling in the coming months and years, maybe Newt Gingrich will realize that the Republican Party is the one in danger of becoming the “third party” if they don’t wake up.

Newt Gingrich has gone from a dynamic politician bent on saving the country, to a moderate strategist trying to figure out how to save a political party. Sarah Palin didn’t endorse Doug Hoffman to help the Conservative Party or harm the Republican Party — but because she thinks it’s best for America — and I don’t think that’s a “mistake” whatsoever.

If the Republicans can get back to thinking that way, they might be able to save the country and their party, but if they’re only concerned with the latter, both will continue to go down the drain.

Obamacare: The More You’re Fined, the Cheaper It’ll Be

Obamacare: The more you’re fined and taxed, the lower the cost:

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday a U.S. House health-care system re-write would extend health insurance to 96% of the nonelderly U.S. population by 2019, and spend $1.055 trillion to do so.

Penalties imposed on individuals who did not purchase insurance, and employers who did not offer coverage to their workers, would raise $161 billion over that time-frame. That brings the net cost of the bill to $894 billion through 2019, CBO said.

House Democrats have seized on that net cost figure to claim that their bill is below President Barack Obama’s upper limit which he set for health-care legislation of $900 billion.

Stripping people of their freedoms is part of the legitimate budget process in Washington. What can possibly go wrong?

Welcome to Obamerica, where exercising your freedoms is a finable — and, as the inevitable follow-up, a jailable — offense. What does the Constitution say about this? Who gives a damn!

Prison conversations in the future will be interesting:

“What are you in for?”

“No health insurance.”

It would be nice if private industry could budget the way the government is doing with the Obamacare scam. “I’m opening a grocery store. It’s going to cost $10 million to construct and initially stock. Penalties imposed on all people in the city who don’t shop there will raise $3.5 million, bringing the cost of my project down to $6.5 million, which will be paid for by tripling the price of the food we sell to the next generation of shoppers.”

Passing thought: Why don’t they just find a way to fine people enough to cover the entire $1.055 trillion? That way the net cost of Obamacare would be $0! That’ll be covered in the next bill.

Fittingly enough, I ran across this Ayn Rand quote last week that addresses people like Obama who speak of service and sacrifice:

It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.

Update: Here’s a good column by Svetlana Kunin entitled Service.gov and its Soviet Similarities.

This falls in nicely with the above Rand quote:

As a former citizen of the USSR, I heard and experienced all of this before. I listen to the speeches by the president asking people to sacrifice and serve. So what are we to sacrifice? For what? And to whom? I think I get it now.

Fortunately I believe more and more Americans are starting to get it. The future of America as we know… er, knew it… will depend on whether or not there are enough people catching on fast enough.