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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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Add ABC to the Surrender Monkey List

It appears that ABC has no backbone to counter the complete lack of integrity that CBS has been flaunting since RatherGate.   The scary thing about all this is just how much political pressure the Clintons apparently still have.  Just a few days ago there was a minor uproar over a movie being release which portrays the current President being assassinated.  And yet Bill Clinton’s ego getting stepped on a little over his flagrant inability to take the hard line (except of course with respect to Monica….sorry, I couldn’t resist) with Islamic terrorists while he was in office and could have done something about them.

If this were a story about how the Bush administration failed to do something or other, do you think you’d see ABC moon-walking away from it as fast as they could? No way….but upset the poor Clintons’ revisionist sense of history and by golly let’s pull out all the stops to make sure we whitewash our movie to their liking.

No wonder the only channels I will watch anymore are cable.

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Bristol, NASCAR and America

Went to the races at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. It was my first time at Bristol and the night racing was an excellent change from the mid-day scorching heat that typically accompanies races at Texas Motor Speedway and Talladega in the spring and summer.

A few things struck me at the races on Friday and Saturday night which I had noticed before, but never really considered.

First is the way NASCAR presents itself to the general public in relation to other “major league” sports. No other sport really encompasses and really SELLS the very “American-ness” of its roots, its fans and its support the way NASCAR does. Love it or hate it, this is truly an American sport in every sense of the phrase. Name another sporting event at which an invocation is given always in the name of Jesus Christ as a truly Christian prayer? Name another sporting event at which everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, stands with their hat over their heart during the entire National Anthem, singing along as if they were in the shower at home?

Yes, NASCAR, for all the stereotypes and prejudices people try to heap upon it, is about as American (in the traditional sense that is) as you can get in a sport these days. And while it has become en vogue for more mainstream sports fans to disconnect their athletic passion from the spirit of FREEDOM that was so closely tied to their roots in this country, NASCAR fans only seem to increase the connection with theirs.

Never in my life have I seen so fiercely patriotic a group of 160,000 people in one place. And this is the fastest growing sport in all of these great United States of America.

Baseball and basketball are experiencing a depression of sorts, and I fear were it not such a violent sport, football wouldn’t be far behind. The reason people are flocking as fans to sports like racing is because the former have athletes who have no concern but their paychecks. NASCAR fans on the other hand have true ambassadors such as Richard Petty, a man who literally has signed every single autograph for every single fan that he’s encountered that has requested one. No figure in any sport can match his unending love for his sport, nor the fans to which he is beholden.

You see, fans want heroes in sport because it gives them a feeling of greatness that they may be lacking in their own lives. And yet fans also want to be respected for their freely given admiration and support. They do not want to feel abused, used and financially raped to make a few spoiled thugs richer than they ought to be.

Going into the track on friday night for the Busch Series race, I was struck by just how easy it was to get into the track. Sure, there was security and a checkpoint….but it had nothing to do with Homeland Security or terrorism. It was to make sure you didn’t bring glass bottles into the track. Aluminum cans are fine. Yes, at most tracks in the NASCAR circuit, fans can bring in food, drink, hell you can bring in a picnic if it suits your tastes.

In this age of security threats and terrorism warnings, a gathering of 160,000 people crammed into such a small space would normally garner the most excruciatingly painful of rules and regulations that would make even the most hardened bureaucrat sore. And yet after thinking about exactly why that was…I looked around me. An Islamic terrorist wouldn’t make it out of the parking lot, much less into the stadium. To the elite Left in this country (and abroad), such a fact would bring the strictest ire and contempt, labelled nothing shy of racist. But in NASCAR circles “political correctness” flies about as well as pig shit on a rainy day.

And that’s just the way we like it.

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Wallace and Ahmadinejad….Sittin In a Tree….

What a thoroughly disappointing fact to have to face: even when a worthless decrepit POS like Mike Wallace “retires” you still can’t get rid of him.

Please do not drink anything hot while reading the article. You may find yourself wanting to throw up in your own mouth as your eyes feast on a few of the gems of “knowledge” that Wallace spews.  First we find out that…

“Wallace has spent a lot of time in Iran over the past four decades…”

Hmmmmm…that might explain the burka coming out of his ass. That and the eye opening reality that Wallace lays down for us common folk in which we find out that our bass-ackward understanding of the bloodthirsty terrorist Ahmadinejad is all wrong.

Wallace dismissed the common perceptions of Ahmadinejad.  “He’s actually, in a strange way, he’s a rather attractive man, very smart, savvy, self-assured, good looking in a strange way,” Wallace said. “He’s very, very short but he’s comfortable in his own skin.”

Does that mean we are “misunderestimating” his potential as an upcoming cover for GQ? Or does that just mean that Wallace didn’t have his head sawed off like Nick Berg and so he feels the need to paint the donkey-boy as a real charmer?

Despite the presence of only one translator for a period during the love-fest….

Wallace said Ahmadinejad was patient. “He couldn’t have been more accommodating. He had a good time doing the interview.”

Well shit-yeah he was patient. He has been having wet dreams about the 12th Imam coming on August 23rd for years now, heralding the Muslim hoards swallowing the tasty blood of the Jews as they drive their corpses into the sea once and for all. What’s another 90 minutes of pandering to a retarded geriatric gonna hurt?

And of course he’s going to accommodate a dolt like ol’ Mike, he believes that in just 13 days Wallace and the rest of us infidels will be wearing dirty night shirts, kneeling on a goat rug and shouting “Awl-uh Ack-bar” (southern style).

“I don’t know if you remember this or not but you and I had a talk over breakfast at the United Nations,” Ahmadinejad told Wallace. “Do you remember that you asked me at the time if I would sit down with you … and I said by all means, let’s do it.” Wallace said he was surprised that Ahmadinejad had remembered.

Well slap me and call me Susan. One would think that these two men were college buddies talking about the good ol’ days at the U.N. snickering about between polo matches. Or then again, maybe Wallace has ‘a thing’ for short.skinny.ugly.as.sin leaders of fascist militant Islamic states whose very public mission statement includes the destruction of the very freedom that allowed an idiot like Wallace to collect a paycheck for the last 60 years.

The piece ends with Wallace commenting to donkey-boy about his quasi-retirement….

“When you love what you do, it’s not work,” Wallace said.

I bet Ahmadinejad was thinking exactly the same thing about Jew killing.

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