Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Civility Keeps on Comin’

HW & Bubba’s National Institute on Civil Discourse is going to be full-up if all the people I keep recommending for an intervention and inpatient treatment program end up going there.

The latest example of the new tone comes from… you guessed it — Wisconsin.

WTMJ Radio:

Last Friday…. after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, [Rep. Gordon] Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!”

These people are starting to make Sarah Palin’s “bullseye” election map look like a Sesame Street poster.

I don’t think it needs to be mentioned, but you’ll notice that the party affiliation of the above legislator who talks like Al Capone threatening Eliot Ness wasn’t listed. It’s become a redundant fact to mention.

Incidentally, Hintz was cited earlier in the month for violating a city sexual misconduct ordinance, but now he’s back to f**king taxpayers, which unfortunately is perfectly legal.

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Protesters Refuse to Leave Capitol; Police Melt Like Wisconsin Cheddar in a Fondue Pot

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If these were Tea Partiers, what do you think the police would do?

Of course, that’s a ridiculous scenario, because the Tea Party is respectful of laws and property while the other side isn’t compelled to play by those rules, and unfortunately they have the blessing of the police:

The occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol by protesters fighting efforts to strip public workers of union bargaining rights carried on Sunday after police decided not to forcibly remove demonstrators and end a nearly two-week-long sit-in.

Roughly three hours after a deadline to vacate the building had passed and as police officers continued to look on quietly, protest coordinator Erika Wolf took to a microphone and announced: “There’s really awesomely good news — that we’re going to be able to stay here tonight.”

A cheer went up from the several hundred protesters who had ignored a request from the state agency that oversees the Capitol to leave by 4 p.m. so that the normally immaculate building could get a thorough cleaning.

Leftists rarely care about anything being clean or respected — not even a war memorial — so no surprise there. But by the police doing nothing they’re inviting more of this behavior. Remember though that the police are also unionized, so the question of whether the cops will ultimately put unions or laws first may have been answered in Wisconsin.

I saw an officer being interviewed this morning, and he said “We’re expecting everyone to act in accordance with the laws, but we’ve made a decision not to force anybody out or make arrests.” When leftist thugs heard that, they heard “anything goes.” Running a city on the left-wing honor system… what could possibly go wrong?

Michelle M. has a picture from the slumber party here. Now the Capitol probably smells like a NYC cab, and it could be coming to a state capitol near you.

(h/t HAP)

Oprah Channel’s ‘Titanic Meets Iceberg’ Ratings Not a Good Sign for Olbermann

Apparently there are some who didn’t get the Nielsen memo from 15 years ago concluding that people aren’t likely to follow their heroes anywhere — even a goddess of Hope, Change & pajama parties like Oprah:

Oprah Winfrey is finding out just how hard it is to build an out-of-the-way channel into a television destination.

OWN, her two-month-old channel, is attracting fewer viewers than the obscure channel it replaced, Discovery Health. At any given time this month, there have been about 135,000 people watching OWN, according to the Nielsen Company, and only about 45,000 of those people are women ages 25 to 54, the demographic that the channel is focusing on.

Those ratings levels, down about 10 percent from Discovery Health’s levels last year, are being carefully watched by people who would like to rebuild cable channels around other celebrities, and by investors who worry that OWN is a drag on Discovery’s stock.

Even still, 135,000 watching at any given time is a dream day for Keith Olbermann’s new home, Current, which averages 18,000 viewers in prime time. The “reasoning” is that Olbermann can multiply that by ten. There’s a better chance Barney Frank will get caught in bed with a woman than Olbermann will get 200,000 viewers on a consistent nightly basis on Current.

First of all, like Oprah, for many Olbermann viewers, just getting the channel could require an upgrade to their cable packages. This was a chief complaint of many of Oprah’s freebots. People obviously aren’t paying the freight to keep watching Oprah, and Olbermann’s fans who don’t already get Current won’t either.

Let’s face it, to a good degree, these are groups of people seeking ways to get out of paying for stuff. Instead of paying it themselves, if anything, look for them to lobby Obama to declare that “free cable upgrades are a universal human right” or something like that.

The good news for Gore is that maybe he’ll be able to reclaim some of the money his company loses on this deal by selling Olbermann carbon credits.

Congressman Wu Files Reelection Papers (Paws for Laughter)

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What else can I say except I welcome all the material I can get in 2012:

Despite recent news reports of bizarre behavior and calls for his resignation, Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has filed for reelection.

Wu filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to be able to run for his seat in 2012.

Two major Oregon newspapers and Oregon Republicans have been calling for Wu’s resignation after revelations, originally reported by The Oregonian, that Wu had been exhibiting strange behavior, including dressing in a tiger costume and sending emails to his staff in the voice of one of his daughters.

Wu’s re-election campaign has already been endorsed by the special interest group Cub for Growth

Palin to Announce in April?

It’s very early, but so far I’ve been horribly underwhelmed by most of the names being bandied about for the GOP nomination. My grocery list is more exciting. That’s why whenever the name of an actual conservative is mentioned as a possibility, my interest is piqued.

The Republican fray will need one, two, or more, true conservatives to keep the debates focused and to call out candidates who will end up doing little except serving as reasons to vote for Obama. That’s why I want Sarah Palin to throw her bearskin hat into the ring, and every day it’s looking like that will soon happen.

File this under both “slow news day material” and “purely conjecture” for now:

Believe it or not, it’s already high time for presidential hopefuls to kick off their campaigns even though the election isn’t until November 2012 — and we’ve connected some dots that strongly suggest where and when Sarah Palin will be announcing.

HollywoodLife.com has learned that Palin has booked an appearance in April on The Bob and Mark Show on 106.5 KWHL-FM in Anchorage. Sarah has said all along — including on the final episode of her TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska — that she would announce her candidacy on the radio via Bob and Mark.

While the exact date hasn’t been confirmed, we’re told that with Sarah’s schedule, her appearance on the show — especially booked so far in advance — can mean only one thing: That she’ll be kicking off her campaign on the radio.

A few weeks ago a Palin appearance this coming May 2nd in Denver was canceled — threats were cited as the reason — but May 2nd also happens to be the date of the first Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library.

If Palin runs, can she win? I think anybody could win — sometimes that’s the problem — but I’d sure like to see her in the race. She’d certainly be hard to beat on the fundraising end, which is obviously the #1 consideration in the make-or-break rankings. Palin’s one of the few, if not the only one, who doesn’t have a conservative street-cred stain.

Some — Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty for example — are fiscally conservative but with the deal-breaker of having been known to swig Al Gore’s Kool Aid. Others like Huckabee are gullible saps on government motives behind childhood obesity — Huck actually thinks the focus of “Let’s Move” is to make kids healthier, fer cryin’ out loud. Mitt Romney was the original architect of Obamacare, and you know how that flies with conservatives. Ron Paul will win every online poll imaginable while getting slaughtered at the actual polls, so I won’t waste time even going there.

For now, among the candidates who have been mentioned and are likely to run, Sarah Palin’s my choice in the primaries. That is, if she runs… which we may find out soon.

Another Campaign Promise Bites the Dust

Obama to unions in 2007: “Understand this, if American workers are being denied their right to collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’m going to put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself — I’ll walk on that picket line with you…”

It’s taking him a long time to find those shoes:

Besides, no comfy shoes necessary. Obama wouldn’t even have to walk. He’d be surveying the picket line from atop a royal litter carried by Chris Matthews, Richard Trumka, will.i.am and Oprah. So what’s taking him so long to get to Wisconsin?

This is as close as Obama will get to a Wisconsin picket:

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If Obama can’t find the comfortable shoes, the dancing shoes he wore last night should work just fine on a picket line too — at least they couldn’t work any worse than they do on the dance floor:

(h/t Anne)

Friday Morning Open

I’ve got a half-dozen things to take care of this morning, so here’s the open thread Nanny requested a couple of weeks ago (better late than never).

Possible topics for discussion:

James Carville hawking Miracle Whip, thus ruining all future sandwiches for me.

The Smithsonian is selling patriotic USA items that are made in China. Socialist Bernie Sanders is outraged, leading me to believe there’s an angle to this story that I’m missing.

John McCain ranked most conservative senator in 2010. Same poll also found that Debbie Stabenow was the sveltest Senator, so take it for what it’s worth.

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Governor Walker’s budget bill. Brace for incoming union fire!

Back later!

Evidence that Gaddafi Has Lost His Marbles

Gaddafi’s rambling, goofy address not long ago where he talked about hallucinogenic drugs and compared himself to Queen Elizabeth has left his staff concerned for his mental state. And that concern only grew after Gaddafi texted them this picture:

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There are now rumors that Gaddafi has been shot, which I don’t understand, because White House spokesman Carney said earlier today that the uprisings in the Middle East have nothing to do with specific leaders or regimes. Given that, why would he be in any danger at all? (this Carney guy is going to be more Baghdad Bobbish than Robert Gibbs)

Speaking of Libya, I think we’ve seen the last of the White House letting Joe Biden run their Twitter account:

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(h/t Pundit Press)

Saudi National Arrested in Texas for Plotting to Use WMD

Just a banner headline so far from Fox News:

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Update: BBC reports on the potential target list of the Saudi citizen (how so very shocking) residing in Texas:

It is claimed the suspect had a list of targets to attack in America. As well as George W Bush’s Dallas residence, 12 reservoir dams in Colorado and California were on it.

Flashback: Remember what this guy said not long ago? This doesn’t appear to be a case of imported WMDs, but it’s a reminder that yes, these people are out there.

Update II: Just as we all suspected, he’s a Roman Catholic:

An excerpt from the purported diary showed Aldawarsi’s desire to target Americans.

“And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad,” it read in part.