Epic Fail

19 07 2012

Courtesy: Conservative Women Rock!

Hoisted by His Own Petard

I don’t think President Obama thought that his lovely speech in Roanoke, Virginia letting small business owners know that “you didn’t build that!” would be such an Epic Fail, and cause a rallying cry nicely represented in the blogosphere, Twitterverse, and especially the Mitt Romney campaign. I can’t wait to hear the increase in fundraising numbers for Romney after July 13, 2012.

But that’s not the only Epic Fail of this Administration’s campaign strategy. The memes of “Romney is a felon”, “Romney is an outsourcer”, and “Romney is hiding something in his taxes” are petering out faster than a three-year-old’s birthday balloon.

Breibart, Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal all spotlight articles that show these attacks are revealing more about the real Obama than they are about Romney. The stories also point to polls that show Obama is losing his likability rating–the one thing he has been able to hold onto despite his dismal job in leading the nation.

Now new attention is being paid to the tax-paying habits (or lack thereof–hello, Timothy Geitner) and offshore bank accounts of Democratic leadership, including Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi.  An article from January, written by Andrew Malcolm over at Investor’s Business Daily is getting new legs. His investigative work revealed 36 of Obama’s aides who owe $833,000 in back taxes.

“The IRS’ 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees’ tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

“The report finds that thousands of federal employees owe the country more than $3.4 billion in back taxes. That’s up 3% in the past year.

“That scale of delinquency could annoy voters, hard-pressed by their own costs, fears and stubbornly high unemployment despite Joe Biden’s many promises.”

Pot, meet kettle.

As Obama demands the rich Americans pay more taxes, the IRS reveals 36 Obama aides are far behind in theirs.

If Governor Mitt Romney does win the Presidency in November, we can rightly point to President Obama’s Roanoke speech as the wind that changed the campaign’s direction. For someone who rode into office in large part on his ability to inspire and “speechify”, this would make for an even more crushing loss.

All You’re ever Gonna be is Mean

This Epic Fail I simply, love, love, LOVE.

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, the Mainstream Media, Leftists, and Progressives did it’s ugly best to destroy Governor Sarah Palin and her family, making Bristol Palin and Sarah’s newborn son Trig (who was born with Downs Syndrome), part of their focus. Senator John McCain lost the presidency (in large part due to John McCain), and these miscreants licked their chops, wiped their hands and considered their deed was done.

Four years later, I cackle with glee to see that Sarah Palin is a bigger thorn in their side than she EVER would have been as a Vice President. Sarah is a major face of the Tea Party movement, endorses and supports Republican candidates, and through her Facebook page and Fox News commentary, she continues to contribute and control the political debate (Remember “death panels”?)

Now I cackle even louder to see that Bristol Palin is nicely following in her mother’s footsteps.

Via Twitchy.com (fast becoming one of my favorite go-to sites), Bristol Palin decided to create a photo campaign at her Bristol’s Blog entitled, “#IBuiltThis”:

“Since the President doesn’t understand how our economy works, let’s take a moment to explain how small businesses are created…  More importantly, let’s show him the businesses we’ve made and who has made them.  Please send me your photos — either e-mail me (via BristolsBlog @ gmail.com, without the space!) or tweet me at this blog’s brand new Twitter account (@BristolsBlog) using the hashtag #IBuiltThis.”

The hashtag is trending, with Twitter users submitting their own photos. Not only is she contributing to the debate, but giving others a voice to do the same.

What’s that expression? Success is the best revenge.

In My Orbit…

11 01 2011

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What’s in my Orbit is what is rocking a lot of people’s worlds: the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and nineteen others in Arizona.  The current count is six dead, and others critically injured. Rep. Giffords, who was shot point-blank in the head, is in critical condition.

But the craziness of the act is compounded by the insanity of liberals and progressives who quickly lined up to blame “right-wing” hate speech, and their laundry list of conservatives they despise: Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Sharron Angle, Rush Limbaugh, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

What I don’t understand is why every crazy act in the past year that has resulted in people being held hostage or killed (save the Fort Hood Massacre) has its causation in supposed “right-wing” speech?  From James J. Lee, the Discovery Channel nut job, to Joseph Stack, who crashed his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, to this terrible tragedy; the knee-jerk reaction is to blame conservatives and the right for people’s psychological distresses. In each of these cases it was shown that political ideology had little to do with their twisted decision-making. These were simply deeply disturbed people in need of psychiatric care.

Mother Jones pulls the covers off of the knee-jerk meme with an interview with a long-time friend of the alleged killer, Jared Lee Loughner:  Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman’s Grudge Against Gifford.  The friend’s description of Loughner and his behavior sounds more paranoid schizophrenic, than right-wing zealot.

Reason.com‘s Nicholas Gillespie says it well in The Giffords Shooting, The Instant Politicization of Everything & Why Americans Increasing Hate Dems & Reps, skewering both sides of the aisle for using an appalling tragedy for political gamesmanship.

“Readers of this site know I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but to accuse her of complicity in the murderous spree of a clearly insane person is one of the main reasons that partisan political parties are losing market share. I had myself tweeted that blaming Palin for Jared Loughner’s mass killing would be like blaming J.D. Salinger for Mark David Chapman shooting John Lennon (and as Jesse Walker pointed out, in Chapman’s case, at least we could be sure Chapman had read Salinger). Given Loughner’s fixation on grammar and the supposed lack of literacy evinced by most Americans, maybe William Safire and S.I. Hayakawa should be held responsible.”

He continues:

“The problem isn’t with the current moment’s rhetoric, it’s with the goddamn politicization of every goddamn thing not even for a higher purpose or broader fight but for the cheapest moment-by-moment partisan advantage. Whether on the left or on the right, there’s a totalist mentality that everything can and should be explained first and foremost as to whether it helps or hurt the party of choice.”

I do give credit where credit is due, and leftist Salon writer Steve Kornacki also shows some reasoned perspective in Let’s Not Make this Something it Isn’t.

“At best, the connection between Palin’s behavior and Saturday’s tragedy is abstract. If anything, the shooting reinforces a point that James Fallows has made: The motives of political assassins rarely have anything to do with mainstream political debate and rhetoric.”

That is the tale that appears to be unfolding; all the other crap is inherently baseless, and only serves to stir up more mess, when what is most needed is an atmosphere where people can grieve and pray for the Rep. Giffords, the victim’s and their families.

In My Orbit…

15 10 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Friday evening finds me circling the globes of religion and politics.

I have written a review of the fine documentary God in America for my Examiner column this week.  After you read it, I recommend seeing the documentary for yourself.  It has already aired in Los Angeles, and probably other major outlets, but you can still view it on the PBS.org website or purchase the DVDs. This is one series that is worth the price of admission, not only for its educational value, but because it puts the conversation about Religion back into the public square–where it should have remained.  “God in America”–the review.

And the Washington Post, no less hosts an opinion piece by Matthew Continetti entitled,  Five myths about Sarah Palin. Continetti lays out facts that dispel much of the rants and the chatter I get subjected to here on the Left Coast.  Whether she runs for President in 2012 or not, she daily debunks all the predictions and prognostications about her influence and viability as a political presence–I can appreciate that.

And also courtesy of WaPo, living proof the seemingly stuffy Charles Krauthammer has a sense of humor.  Your pre-election Post Mortem is both prescient and snarky!  He riffs on the unalterably damaged Carl Palladino, and gives deserved weight (and long overdue credit to Sarah Palin) to the rise of  Conservative Women.  Candidates from Sharron Angle of Nevada to Nikki Haley of South Carolina are giving the establishment, and their opponents a run for their money.  Girl Power–whoo hoo!

My favorite pull quote:

Most irresistible political name. New Hampshire Republican and Senate primary candidate Ovide Lamontagne. Sounds like a French-Greek poet declaiming in the streets of Nashua. Tragically, he lost.

Ovide, we hardly knew ye.”

In My Orbit…

23 07 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl’s been gone for a bit as life and circumstance have eaten up my time, energy and a bit of my sanity.  Since I never claimed to be completely sane anyway, that last one was the least of my worries.

After a month-long ordeal of packing a house and cramming it into an apartment, my sweet hubby fell ill and ended up in the hospital.  Diagnosis: ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the colon.  Thankfully, he is on the mend, adapting to his medications, and we pray will be able to get back to life and work soon.

So the blog got put on the back burner, but I am now back with a vengeance.   Watch out, world!

The political junkie is in full bore, what with the smackalicious stuff coming from The Daily Caller about the JournoList,  a listserv where bunches of liberal journalists got together to engineer and plot the downfall of the likes of Fred Barnes and Sarah Palin, and to assist Obama’s political rise and eventual win of the 2008 Presidential race.

Like the East Anglia emails, it only confirmed my and many conservatives, suspicions about information control and dissemination in order to advance a cause or political agenda.   So no big surprise here.  However, the arrogance, sniping, and smarter-than-thou snarkiness is more than fascinating.

See for yourself.  The Daily Caller-JournoList links.

And I end with a bit of humor–it made me laugh out loud!  I love the Talking Heads and their video of this song, so this parody is well done, along with packing a punch.

H/t: Hot Air.

In My Orbit…

20 05 2010

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Well, slap me around and call me Susan!”  I think that was a line from In Living Color–not sure, but I’ve always liked it, and it fits my orbital focus.

Meghan Daum throws down a gauntlet, of sorts, giving Sarah Palin room to claim the “F-word”.  No, not the one that rhymes with “truck”; The F-word she means is Feminist.  Ooooh… A pull quote from Sarah Palin, feminist:

“The word in question, of course, is ‘feminist.’ It may be the most polarizing label on the sociopolitical stage (it makes “environmentalist” or even ‘gay-rights advocate’ seem downright banal), but Palin seems to have stopped dancing around it and finally claimed it as her partner. Granted, this is a conditional relationship; there’s a qualifier here as big as Alaska. She’s talking not about your mom’s or Gloria Steinem’s feminism but, as she put it, an ’emerging, conservative, feminist identity.'”

This one is about as good as the sportswriter Sally Jenkins telling NOW that they were the intolerant ones (and looked really stupid) over their snit fit regarding the Tim Tebow ad airing during the SuperBowl.  While I’m still not ready to embrace the label, she does offer food for thought for Gen X and Millenial women who tacitly avoid the term because of its image and associations.  Take a read.

Another interesting read is an article by Jason Whitlock in the Kansas City Star. Whitlock admits to being one of Bill Maher’s “biggest fans” (go figure), but calls Maher out for his blatant religious bigotry and intolerance.

I wonder what planet Whitlock’s been on for the last 10 years that he’s finally come to realize what Maher’s non-fans have known all along.  Maher targets religious people not because he has any valid points, but because it’s convenient and Maher has an axe to grind from some egregious sin done by a religious figure or leader in his childhood.  I’ll take off the armchair psychologist hat now, but come on, it’s fairly obvious.

Whitlock does some hyperbolic stretches, using terms like “fearless” and “iconoclastic” to describe Maher’s style.  Puhleaze.  He’s just another liberal hack comedian who parrots the same old talking points and hits the typical targets.  Nothing fearless, iconoclastic or original about attacking Sarah Palin, folks.

Then Whitlock compares Maher to the late Mike Royko.  As one of Royko’s biggest fans and who I also credit as an inspiration to become a writer–I don’t think so.   However, the heart of his points make sense, and it’s interesting seeing someone who is a self-professed fan come around to seeing the blatant emptiness and ugliness of Maher’s soapbox.  Whitlock’s conclusion:

“Faith is not the enemy of thought. The lazy and unethical way many of us have been taught to practice religion is.

I thought Maher was smart enough and honorable enough to make this distinction.”

And the media whore that is May-V finally came up for air in the middle of kissing Washington’s ass in order to comment on Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce’s scathing response to the Los Angeles City Council’s boycott of Arizona.  You see, Los Angeles gets at least 20-25% of its power from Arizona, so Pierce merely intimated that if L.A. truly wants to boycott, Arizona will gladly turn off the juice.

Smilin’ Tony “brushed off” what he terms as a threat to cut off power and reiterated his support of the City Council’s boycott.  Can you say, “pawned” boys and girls?:

“‘If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation,’ he wrote in the letter. ‘I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands.

“‘If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.'”

Our useless leadership hoisted on their own petard.  Read the rest if you can stand it. No light, just heat, in Arizona’s threat to cut off power…

Look for the Silver Lining

6 11 2008

What I can look forward to in Obamerica


I had a quasi-sleepless night post-election, going to bed at 10:00 p.m. when it was pretty much determined that Senator John McCain had lost his bid for the presidency, and Senator Barack Obama had won. As is my habit when I’m troubled, I slept fitfully, waking up at 2:00 a.m., and did my usual insomniac meanderings, as I mulled over what we had to look forward to over the next four years of an Obama presidency.

I am among the minority of blacks who did not support Barack Obama. Dr. Martin Luther King so eloquently orated in his I Have A Dream speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. When I began gathering information about then Senator Obama back in 2004, I quickly determined that his lack of character was his greatest flaw, and the color of his skin his greatest asset. That opinion hasn’t changed, especially watching his actions—and the actions of those around him—over the long primary and general campaign. For me, he is not the embodiment of Dr. King’s dream, but a pretender to it, shirking any character-refining moments, and using race as a defense against any criticism of him by others. Shameful behavior in anyone, but particularly in someone who aspires to be–and has now succeeded as–the leader of the free world.

So, I now face the reality of leftist policies, higher taxes, and an accelerated slide into relativism and socialism that his leadership will no doubt embody. But even with all those dark clouds looming, I managed to dredge a few silver linings from them. Here are my top three:

We can no longer cry that America is a racist nation.

Obama’s ascension to the Presidency should have now effectively eliminated the grounds for any argument that America has to pay for its racist past, and I have determined that the next person that tries to play this card, say that blacks can’t achieve because American society is against them, or attempts to tell me that I should be concerned about a racist agenda afoot in our life and politics, will be roundly put in their place. Come January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan and an American white woman, will be installed as the 44th President of the United States. So let me be the first to say, Get over it!

Conservatism can only get stronger.

The most inspirational figure in this campaign was Governor Sarah Palin. She gave conservatives hope that in contradiction to the chattering class and their cries that the movement was dead, it is just the opposite. Conservatism is alive and well, and the further we separate ourselves from all the supposed Republican elites and moderates who feel it needs to be “redefined” the better off we’ll be.  Where a socially conservative measure was on the ballot, it won handily, despite an Obama win.  This gives me hope that we can continue to defend conservatism at the grassroots, and allow it to continue to pollinate the rest of the nation.  Once the old tired guard dies or is elected off, we have the new faces of the movement: The Palins and the Jindals, ready to assist us in stemming the tide against a leftist government. We may be in the wilderness now, but the road back can only sharpen us and make us more effective. Twenty-ten and 2012 await.

Liberalism always implodes on itself.

We saw it after four years of Jimmy Carter, and after eight years of Bill Clinton. If liberals don’t manage to overreach, they’ll eat each other alive in their quest for absolute power–the primary election clearly illustrated this. While holding prayers for our nation to overcome what I consider a setback, I’ll also just sit back and observe the meltdown, while finding ways to support agendas and candidates that will give conservatism a new foothold.

That’s hope and change I can believe in.

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