Call His Bluff

Spengler has the right idea about all this posturing over the debt ceiling!

That is political overreaching of the worst kind. If Obama refuses to postpone the implementation of his health care plan in return for an extension of the debt ceiling, Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if Obama does so to protect a hated piece of legislation. It would clarify the choices before the electorate and give conservative Republicans something to run against. That isn’t enough: they have to present a credible program to restore economic growth and opportunity. But that will be then: this is now.

Read the whole thing to really understand what THAT is. I say CALL HIS BLUFF. Force a Constitutional crisis (hey – remember early on when he was touted as a Constitutional Scholar? Hahahaha) and make him show his true nature.

The Post Everyone Will Send Hate Mail About

Well, the hubs is on his flight home. GradSchoolGirl is re-esconced in the frozen hinterlands of the north, in a new situation that has heat but no bugs or rats or noisy housemates. WeeHighlander is back at his school as well, with multiple promises to keep this coming semester substantially less festive than the last.

Monday was MLK day. This week I had the same discussion with my son and a co-worker (at different times) about how Dr. King would probably be ashamed of how his dream had been implemented over the last decade or so. How not only the country, but the states, the cities and towns, and even the workplace seems so polarized by race. Did Dr. King mean it when said that a person should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin? He wanted, at least in my feeble understanding, for all to be equal and share the fruits of that equality. Now, it seems that anything but that.

Then Gerard said it better, as he always does:

Reflecting on The Day … I have to say that I’m sticking with that rueful but passing smirk as I consider the distance we’ve come since King’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago in 1963. Then we struggled, with men like King, to come together as a people, to move beyond our past, to be one nation. Now, under the cynical manipulation and malicious policies of one who would cast himself as the inheritor of the King mantle, we find the current occupant of the White House doing his best, day after day, to drive the races apart once again.

How strange that someone who has attained the presidency in this day and age should not only hate citizens because of the color of their skin and the cut of their bitter and clinging class, but be lauded for it. Stranger still that he should be half-black and be inaugurated on the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King. Once I would have remembered and honored this day and felt we were at last getting beyond race hate in America. When exactly that was I now forget. I guess we’ve still a reckoning ahead of us.

RIP Dr. King. I sincerely hope you’re not spinning in your grave.

In Honor of Our Imperial President’s Imperial Imperialness…

I took in some rather productive range time on Sunday. As Scarlett once said, “I can shoot straight, if I don’t have to shoot too far.”

If you had asked me twenty years ago when my kids were wee bairns if I would own a gun, I’d have said,”Never!”

If you had asked me ten years ago when my kids were teenagers if I would own a gun, I’d have said,”Maybe…” Teenagers, you see.

Times change. People change. But I never in my life would have believed that America would change to what it is now and what I fear it will come to be.

Read what Erick had to say about when the British made the mistake of trying to take the colonists’ guns…

As to my periodic absences, spotty posting habits and the strange nocturnal noises emanating from the project going on in our garage, well, move along, there’s nothing to see here. Nothing to see at all.

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The Clinton Genetic Defect

Despite my best efforts to be fair on SoS Clinton’s continued illness, others are also questioning her “motivation” for dodging Benghazi.

Read what Ann Althouse has to say. That’s ok. I’ll wait.

Shame is something that only people with consciences can feel.

Finally, I leave you with two words. Or rather a name – Vince Foster.

Then again, there’s this. All sorts of crap self-develops when there is a vacuum of truth.

They Don’t Teach Economics at Harvard Law

And boy, does it show. Read it all. I’ll wait.

In other economic news, Queen Michelle FLOTUS wears a $6,800 jacket to the Olympic party at Buckingham Palace.

The cost of that jacket would pay our mortgage for 5 months. Not that we’re hurting or anything since Hubs lost his job. Heaven forbid we’re not grateful for our Benevolent Imperial Federal Government and all.

This Makes Me Sad

Maurice Sendak died last month. While one of my favorite children’s authors, I didn’t post on it because just face it, I was so sad about so many things, I just couldn’t work up the energy.

Now Mr. Sendak makes me sad again, but for a completely different reason. Seems one of his fondest fantasties in later life was to blow up Bush and Cheney, along with their wives, as a suicide bomber.

Sad, sad, sad.

Random Sunday Randomness

As I returned from a week away, I found my life and subsequent mood was only sitting on the “Pause” button. I continue to wash adrift in this arbitrarily enforced purgatory, swinging between prayers for God’s vengeance on the wicked and rolling my eyes at the galactic three-ring circus of the rest of the world. Since the idiots in the state-run news are so much more entertaining in the short term, here’s a few shots that are sure to make you shake your head as well:

I wonder, does Justice Defector get to wear a Batsuit?

Smitty likes to make up words like I do: check out Erasism.

Althouse gets on her Mystery Science Theater 3000 during the ObamaCare SCOTUS arguments.

Allies, my hind-parts. Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer.

No media bias here. Move along, nothing to see.

The founder of TaxCheatStamps is “surprising” audited by the IRS. Insert your best Gomer Pyle impersonation here. (h/t Insty)

Bread and circuses.

Heh. Imagine that. A ring that doesn’t look like a big eraser.

Aside: For those lazy clickers out there (and that means YOU, Obi), clicking the links above take you to other stories written for your edification.

Obama Channeling His Inner George

In typical fashion, as soon as the Cut/Cap/Balance plan put forward by the GOP gained steam and was scheduled for a vote, Obama ran about waving his arms like someone trying to stop traffic. Don’t look there! Look over here! Look! Look at me! Here’s something different. (Subliminal voice – distract! distract! distract) Mug for cameras, point finger, etc. [UPDATE: Here's more on Obama's distraction du jour.]

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the mask slipped a bit and we caught a glimpse of his Inner George. Not George W. Bush, the object of all blame past/present/future in the galaxy, but this George… Read the rest of this entry »

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am

Stuck in the middle with you…

Dang. Just Daaaayhng. Has the utter stupidity of it all got you howling at the moon? Merciful Lord, deliver me from fools and politicians!

After being out the particle beam of the 24/7 news cycle for a while, sticking my toe back in feels like it’s been burned off by acid.

Khaatim El resigns from the Atlanta School Board and weeps because he let the poor kids of the district down. How about the rest of the children there, sport?

“Imagine how much more money I’d have today if only the government had acted sooner!”

Sen. Mitch McConnell
has lost his ever-lovin mind.

The President, in FMJ re-election mode, just jumped ahead of the pack and used Grandma for a human shield against the meany GOP that want to save this country. If he can’t win the budget battle on his own, then hey, let’s scare the pants off every senior in America. He thinks it’s a win-win – he thwarts the evil GOP and ensures the senior vote in 2012. Hrumph. Too bad the people who actually understand economic policy say he’s wrong. His lying is beginning to border on the pathological. He’s becoming as easy to read as the schoolyard bully. And equally as prickly with the press. Every other President had to answer unscripted questions. I wonder at what point he will have played more golf than every other President… combined.

In unannounced candidate news, God must like Chris Christie, because if you bad-mouth him you might be struck by lightning and if you show any interest at all in 19th century American history, well, you just might be a bigot and a racist, subject to scorn and ridicule and certainly not fit for The Oval Office.

Heh. So does that mean, since I wore a hoop-skirt and gave tours of an antebellum home in my historically significant little home town during my youth, visited sutler camps and reenactments, gave living history demonstrations and sang songs around a campfire with a Union man in shackles playing guitar while my baby-girl (in the most adorable miniature Zouave jacket ever) slept in the bunk behind me, I can never aspire to higher office? Ever?

“Those who are unaware of history are destined to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Elementary Social Studies

Here’s a question for those of us who really lived That 70’s Show. Step into your way-back machine…

How many remember back in elementary school, during Social Studies, learning about the British monarchy and the near obsession with decorum? I remember learning that all of Queen Elizabeth II’s clothing was custom made. Special attention was paid to modesty in the necklines, sleeves and hemlines. Shoes were designed specially for her that were fashionable, but sturdy enough to keep her from tripping over ancient cobblestones. Hats were fitted so as to not muss the hair, but still stay on the head in London’s well-known blustery days. Tailors even sewed weights into the hems of her dresses so that on windy days, her dress wouldn’t fly up. Like most young girls, I was enthralled by it all.

Now back to the present. Imagine that – after almost sixty years at the helm, the obsession with the image projected not only to her subjects and the world won out. When you see the Queen in any situation, she is perfectly dressed, perfectly groomed, but never causing a distraction from the power of The Crown.

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Touchy, Aren’t We?

According to the Daily Caller,

In an email to The Daily Caller, Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly in Pleasanton, California, said that her paper “received a call from the White House asking us to take out part of the story because it reflected poorly on the First Lady.”

Of course, the White House denies it. They deny everything.

Allahpundit notes that if the WH had ignored it, so would most of the rest of the country, even in this Googliest of ages. But noooo, they asked for a retraction and now the news is spreading.

The weirdest part of this, of course, is that the WH ended up increasing the odds that the story would get picked up by bigger media when it decided to contact the publisher to complain. She was probably shocked to find that someone so high up was paying attention to a small paper 3,000 miles away and was itching to tell someone about it. And in fact, according to Daily Caller reporter Mike Riggs, she volunteered the info to the DC after reading their story about the latest White House tantrum over its press coverage. So why’d they go ahead and tip her off that her paper’s story had irked them? The answer, I assume, is that they’ve become highly attuned to how modern media, especially online media, gets its content. I’ve never heard of the Pleasanton Weekly and doubt we’ve ever received a tip about one of its stories, but it turns out that its articles are searchable on Google News. Presumably the White House feared that some blogger or bored Politico beat reporter would be searching “Michelle Obama” for unrelated reasons and end up stumbling across the item about Marine One. Before you know it, shazam — a new “FLOTUS is an elitist!” news bubble floats into the media mainstream. In fact, I’m sure that’s how the White House found the article too, doing some daily news crawl of “Michelle Obama” items on Google or Lexis or whatever.

We don’t need any new “news” story to tell America what it already knows.

Random Disgustedness on a Beautiful Spring Day

Oh wait, it’s Atlanta. Remember the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Atlanta, wait 5 minutes, it’ll change…”

Therefore, I sigh heavily and I daub my watering eyes. Remember, I said spring. Spring, as in everyone’s car is a lovely shade of chartreuse and rivulets of yellow slime fill the streets after an afternoon shower. That spring.

Gerard Vanderleun, everyone’s secret internetz crush, once famously quipped, “I try to become more cynical every day, but lately I just can’t keep up.”

And honey, boy am I having a hard time doing that. Between mob scenes in Wisconsin and girls wearing hankies to extreme government waste and a vaporous President and his whiny AG, where do I begin?

Now a Christian group has taken out an ad (evidently targeting the budget debate) in this week’s Politico asking, “What Would Jesus Cut?” It is signed by 30 national Christian leaders, who all seem to have overlooked one very pivotal point:

In short, Christ had no time for such nonsense. Christ was apolitical and not materialistic.

Too bad the Pharisees forgot that. If I remember correctly, they forgot it back then, as well.

The Circus that is Georgia Government

Charlie Harper, editor of Peach Pundit, had a great post this week on the need of the Georgia Government being treated to a good soaking in disinfectant. Ethics? Who needs ‘em, when the guidelines are so weak my niece could wiggle her way around then in just 10 minutes.

As for me, I’m still waiting on my Excellent European Vacation.

Check out the other postings at Peach Pundit. When you hit a nerve, it means you’re doing your job. Heh.

Tempest in the Sweet Teapot – UPDATED

Good grief. The victim mentality just never knows when to stop.

Chick-fil-A is tangled in a controversy drummed up by gay activists. In their eyes, providing food to an event constitutes an endorsement of every political stand, view, motive, and mission of the event sponsor/promoter. What a contrived pile of steaming horse-hooey.

So are all caterers on the hook now for the political views of every participant at events they work? Brides, be careful. And diners, watch out! Are restaurateurs required to get signed affidavits stating diners sexual preferences prior to serving food? When do you hand those out? During the pre-wait maître d’ bribe? Or in the bar, while you suspiciously watch others being seated before you? Will the forms need to be notarized? Will bartenders now be required to double as notaries? (There’s a new, higher fee for that in Georgia, you know.) The possibilities for stupidity are endless.

There’s even a Boycott Chick-fil-A Facebook page. (Eyeroll)

Read CEO Dan Cathy’s statement here. Well said, sir. Basically, Get over yourselves.”

Meanwhile, I’ll keep singing my favorite song.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin weighs in, noting the NYT‘s usual underhanded smear tactics:

Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Kim Severson gave the Chick-fil-A bashers a coveted Sunday A-section megaphone — repeatedly parroting the “Chick-fil-A is anti-gay” slur and raising fears of “evangelical Christianity’s muscle flexing” with only the thinnest veneer of journalistic objectivity. Severson, you see, is an openly gay advocate of same-sex marriage equality herself and the former vice-president of the identity politics-mongering National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.

In a bitter op-ed on gay marriage laws not changing quickly enough, she asserted: “I don’t want the crumbs. I want the whole cake.” Severson has voiced complaints about her social and economic status as an unwed lesbian with a partner and child in several media publications.

None of this was disclosed in Severson’s advocacy journalism hit job on Chick-fil-A. But therein lies the unofficial motto of The Gray Lady: All the ideological conflicts of interest unfit to print.

Progressive groups are gloating over Chick-fil-A’s public relations troubles exacerbated by the nation’s politicized paper of record. This is not because they care about winning hearts and minds over gay rights or marriage policy, but because their core objective is to marginalize political opponents and chill Christian philanthropy and activism. The fearsome “muscle flexing” isn’t being done by innocent job-creators selling chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. It’s being done by the hysterical bullies trying to drive them off of college grounds and out of their neighborhoods in the name of “human rights.”

Remember: These were the same tactics the left-wing mob used in California to intimidate supporters of the Proposition 8 traditional marriage initiative. Individual donors were put on an “Anti-Gay Black List.” Businesses who contributed money to the Prop. 8 campaign were besieged by fist-wielding protesters. The artistic director of the California Musical Theatre was forced to resign over his $1,000 donation.

Message: Associate with the wrong political cause and you will pay. So much for national “civility.”

I’m shocked, just shocked that the NYT would stoop this low. Oh wait, they do it all the time, especially when the target of their twisted distain is:
a. Christian
b. American
c. Exceptional

More on Kim Severson here. Evidently she used to be a food editor at the Grey Lady and is now the paper’s Atlanta Bureau chief. Heh. Don’t get me started on carpbetbaggers and “the arrogance of infernal Yankeedom.”

Ethics, Schmethics

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, was a guest on a lobbyist-funded $17,000 European trip over Thanksgiving.

Last year, the same Georgia House Speaker David Ralston sponsored the first ethics legislation in several years. He favors that lobbyists report what they spend on legislators, but without a limit. New rules proposed this session by ethics watchdogs limit lobbyist gifts to lawmakers to $100.

There’s a big gap between $100 and $17,000. Talk about the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

As for me, we spent Thanksgiving at home, feasting on a bird we purchased on sale at Publix. With a coupon. Thanks for asking.

Boy, I’m in the wrong business.

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