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Saying the Obvious

This is the state of our culture.  That we can see, but not say.  That we can recognize, but not explain.  That we innately know, and yet pretend to be lost.

Watch most professional sporting events and you’ll see it.  Flip to MTV (if you dare) and you’ll see it.  Spend even a small amount of time in a music store and you’ll hear it.  Hell, even NASCAR isn’t immune to it.  Baggy jeans, backwards hats, degrading women, glorifying drugs…..that is the state of popular black America.  Bill Cosby has been seeing it for too long.  And even a honky like me can see it.

So why is the fact that media darling Barack Obama isn’t currying favor with “black America” newsworthy?  What an utter shock that the modern black popular culture, which abhors education, scoffs at academics achievement and utterly despises those who dare to rise above the streets by means other than rap music or professional sports, would fail to “identify” with the likes of Mr. Obama.

For you see, the feigned outrage by such ilk as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton over Obama’s (and everyone else’s, mind you) failure to work for “an urban agenda” is exactly the same feigned outrage over misguided white kids acting up on MLK day.   And I for one am sick and tired of having to pretend that the former is not blatant extortion and that the latter is all that surprising.

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National Will

Lt. Gen. David Petraeus let the Senate Armed Services Committee know this morning what any rational American has known for a long time; that in Iraq “the way ahead will be neither quick nor easy.”

Granted, my definition of ‘rational’ is slightly more complicated than what most would assume.  I think being rational means not opining on a subject unless you’ve done at least a cursory examination of the evidence.  Despite it’s rhetorical sound Iraq is a complex place, no matter how one might wish it wasn’t. 

The fact of the matter is that most Americans still don’t understand the difference is between Shi’a and Sunni, much less have they grasped even a smattering of the semantics involved in their relationship to each other.  For those that haven’t, try reading ex-CIA spook Robert Baer’s eye-opening book Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude (Amazon). 

What I don’t like from the conservative front on this issue is reflected nicely (or poorly as it were) in Michelle Malkin’s post today on this very topic.  Kudos to her for bringing it to our attention, however the fact that she thinks that “it is up the Commander-in-Chief to bolster national will moving forward” is in my mind utterly ridiculous and plays to this “I have an opinion but I have no idea what it means” mentality.  

We live in an age in which it is almost inexcusable for an American citizen not to be informed, of their own volition, on such critical matters.   It is further almost criminal for Americans to have to rely on someone else to bolster their senses of liberty and duty, regardless of the cost.

The sad fact of this Iraq debacle has nothing to do with our troops, they’ve excelled at every reasonable task given them, and even quite a few unreasonable ones.  Iraq is a problem because we as a people have chosen to forget why we went.  Sure, it’s easy to blame politicians for everything, but is that honest?  The support of the American public paved the way to oust Saddam and attempt a democratic state in the heart of the Middle East.  Now it should be we who are bolstering our weak and ineffectual politicians to continue on the path we directed them towards.

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We Don’t Like Your Kind

Read this…..

White Caucus: Blacks Not Allowed
By: Josephine Hearn

Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional White Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a Black lawmaker was not welcome.

“I think they’re real happy I’m not going to join,” said Cohen, who succeeded Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., in a majority-White Memphis district. “It’s their caucus and they do things their way. You don’t force your way in. You need to be invited.”

Cohen said he became convinced that joining the caucus would be “a social faux pas” after seeing news reports that former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., a co-founder of the caucus, had circulated a memo telling members it was “critical” that the group remain “exclusively Caucasian- American.”

Other members, including the new chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., and Clay’s son, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., agreed.

“Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. … It’s time to move on,” the younger Clay said. “It’s an unwritten rule. It’s understood. It’s clear.”

The bylaws of the caucus do not make race a prerequisite for membership, a House aide said, but no non-White member has ever joined.

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who is Black, tried in 1975 when he was a sophomore representative and the group was only 6 years old.

“Half my Republican constituents were Caucasian-American. I felt we had interests in common as far as helping people in poverty,” Stark said. “They had a vote, and I lost. They said the issue was that I was Black, and they felt it was important that the group be limited to Caucasian-Americans.”

Cohen remains hopeful, though, that he can forge relationships with White members in other ways.

“When I saw the reticence, I didn’t want anyone to misunderstand my motives. Politically, it was the right thing to do,” he said. “There are other ways to gain fellowship with people I respect.”

Cohen won his seat in the 60 percent White district as the only Black candidate in a crowded primary field. If he faces a primary challenge next year from a White candidate, as expected, some White Caucus members may work to defeat him.

A similar situation arose in 2004 after redistricting added more White voters to the Houston district of former Rep. Chris Bell, D-Texas.

Although House tradition discourages members of the same party from working against each other, about a dozen White lawmakers contributed to Bell’s opponent, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, the eventual victor. Even Bell’s Houston neighbor, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, campaigned against him.

One White member who criticized his colleagues for sandbagging Bell was Cohen’s predecessor, Harold Ford.

“You have an incumbent, and you don’t support an incumbent? It was inappropriate,” Ford told Congressional Quarterly in 2004.

Cohen has won high marks for hiring Caucasian-Americans. His staff is now majority Caucasian- American, he said, including his chief of staff.

Now, how ridiculous does that sound?  Imagine the insane press this story would get, most of which decrying it as blatant racism.  Then consider that this article is not from the Onion.  Rather I just swapped the adjectives from the original article.  Not so funny now is it?

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Michael J. Fox

Looks like Michael J. Fox is at it again.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a free country and the man can do any ad he wants to do.  But these political stunts by public icons to further specific agendas of the Democratic (or Republican for that matter) party are beyond sick.  Just like it was when Christopher Reeve tried it.

Disagree with me if you may, but this brings up an interesting point.   I have the utmost sympathy for people like Fox and Reeve, who have had to suffer the trials of their various debilitating illnesses.  I honestly do feel for them.  But I cannot shake the feeling that being so close to the suffering that their situations bring is actually a hindrance to their being open and honest about the elephant in the room: stem cell research, and specifically embryonic stem cell research.

The irony in all this is that of all the research being done with stem cells, it is the adult stem cells which have provided all the gain….all the promise of success in defeating such illnesses.  Meanwhile the embryonic research (which necessarily kills the embryo used to harvest the cells….effectively murdering a human being) has proven virtually meaningless, wrought with complications.

And yet we continue to be bombarded with ads like these, in this case showing a beloved Canadian-born Michael J. Fox twitching from the effects of Parkinson’s disease while advocating that we vote “his” way (i.e. anti-Republican) because apparently the candidate he favors is all for such research.

Those sick Republican bastards who don’t want to help poor Marty McFl….I mean, Michael J. Fox.  Appealing to emotionalism instead of using reason to determine such weighty issues is the way of the Democratic party.   Always has been, always will be.

Who cares what the underlying science says, much less the ethical and moral issues surrounding such research.  As long as they can make everyone think that the Republicans hate Michael J. Fox….well, that’s enough for them.

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Republicans Gone Wild

So one of the young men who was engaged with Foley in explicit instant messages and emails has been outed by a republican blogger.  I won’t call him conservative because it’s apparent that such principles do not apply to him.   Rather, yet another Republican has stooped to the level of mob mentality typically reserved for the Democrats.

I’m not ashamed because long ago I realized that while I must be affiliated with a party in order to affect change in this country, neither party really has my interests or view in mind.  But I am ashamed for the conservative movement that we must put up with wannabe hacks like this who have neither the integrity or the intellectual honesty to do the right thing.

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Foley Just the Tip of the Iceburg

With the current “talk of the town” over on the Beltway being saturated by the Foley scandal, I figure it’s my duty as a blogger to at least make mention of it. So unlike my Democratic friends I will not defend nor try to deflect consequences from this scandal: Foley deserves everything that has happened to him and more. Good riddance and goodbye. I hope they send his ass to jail.

Now, having said that I do have issues with the Democrats on this. One being the timing of releasing this information so close to an election. Two being that it appears (though not proven yet) that the ABC reporter who broke the story, along with several others I would imagine, had this information months ago yet failed to cover it. If the rhetoric about “protecting the kids” was authentic, one would think that information like this should have been broken the minute corroborating sources had been found. It wasn’t.

Finally, I think it is a joke that the Democrats are pretending to stand on the moral high ground. They are really interested in what Republicans knew and when. They are not interested in what Democrats (and their friends) knew and when. They are quick to cast the first stone at Foley, yet were staunchly against even considering picking up the rock when their Congressmen engaged in similar (or in some cases far worse) scandals. Here are a few to jog our collective memories:

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

I would never trust my child in the care of any Republican Congressman, but even more-so I damned sure wouldn’t entrust them to Democrat either. The bottom line is that while both sides continue this charade of pretending that they are morally upright and the “other” is decadent and evil….it should be readily apparent to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that our Congress has become a house of debauchery and sin, not a house of reasoned debate where the peoples’ interests are taken seriously.

Mark Foley is a sick SOB who should never have been in Congress. I am glad he is gone. But if the Democrats think anyone takes their outcries seriously, then my response is this: Nobody wants a house-cleaner who’s own place is the filthiest of them all.

Update: Fordham resigns as well.

[Part of the Beltway Traffic Jam]

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Reverse Boycott: Patronize Dunkin Donuts & Applebee’s

It appears that the open borders people are boycotting Dunkin Donuts because they won’t break the law. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for legal immigration and lots of it. I think that without the vast numbers of legal immigrants coming into this country, we’d be in a far worse position economically than we could imagine. Historically speaking even more-so.

But the extremist open borders crowd has shown it’s true colors on this one. This isn’t about the illegals hoping for a better life for them. It’s political. And in this country we have laws for a reason. So instead of boycotting these companies for do what is proper, we should be proudly congratulating them on being models for other companies to follow.

The funny thing is that this “boycott” has actually spurred me into being a patron of a place I normally wouldn’t frequent. I’m not much of a donut guy but maybe I’ll just have to become one.

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