Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity??

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica

Billed this weekend as "the rally for the people who've been too busy to go to rallies", comedian Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity"  is to provide an arena for voices to be heard above what Stewart describes as "the more vocal and extreme 15–20 percent" of Americans who control the conversation of politics in the U.S.....

This from Bloomberg:
"Democrats are looking to a pair of comedians to do what President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and dozens of other leaders haven’t done yet this election season: Get party members excited about voting. Comedy Central television hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert expect tens of thousands of fans to join them at the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington Oct. 30, three days before congressional elections."
"Stewart is promoting the rally as a “million moderate march” to counter what he calls extreme rhetoric dominating the national political discussion.  Media experts say that just as fans rely on Stewart’s and Colbert’s “fake news” shows for real information, they view the rally as an actual political event."

When first announced, the democrats criticized Stewart for holding the Rally the weekend before the mid-term election as a stunt that could possible hurt democrat candidates by mocking their governance.
Stewart's response: "Suck It".

But everyone knows Stewart's political leanings, and he can't hide behind his comedy persona this time. What started out as a stunt, is now really an event to garner enthusiasm to vote for dems from Stewart's easily led and mostly political ignorant audience.

Million Moderate March? I don't think so!
On an appearance on The Daily Show recently, Zsa Zsa Huffington announced her leftist rag "The Huffington Post" would provide buses for as many people as need them and who show up at the New York City offices. Oprah Winfrey appeared on The Daily Show and gave the attending audience all free airline tickets to the rally in the same fashion as she would give away secret prizes to her own audience members.  Stephen Colbert did the same on his own show. S.E.I.U. members are all encouraged to attend, it's not known if they are encourage to bring baseball bats or not. But dems penning any hopes of help in the upcoming election from Stewart's audience just seems silly. Most are more worried about the quality of their weed than Nov. 2nd.

But, it will be interesting to see if the whole thing degenerates into a comedy retinue, much like the watching Joe Biden.

Billing this as an event of/for moderates.....regaining sanity in Government?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Joe Biden: The gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by Publius Minimus

 You lookin' to wipe yer ass with a stump, Skippy? 
H/T Nickie Goomba 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Juan Last Word....

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica

The recent firing of Juan Williams from NPR differs from other resent incidents of  late. Unlike CNN's resident goofball Rick Sanchez, who was fired for just being stupid, Mr. Williams got the axe for telling the truth. Imagine that.

But with all that has been written, there's one aspect of this whole thing that has not been addressed----the attack on Williams is the first big leftist attack designed to silence a certified liberal.   Juan Williams is one of America's most seasoned, respected, and articulate African-American journalists.  Whether you agree with him or not, and I don't most of the time, he is a spokesman for reasonable, moderate, non-radical liberal viewpoints.

When a conservative is being criticized and, given the left's suspicion toward that side of the political spectrum, many liberals have believed whatever they've been told by often highly partisan and dishonest sources, failing to insist on fair play. Such caution and care is rare nowadays. Up until now, a lot of people have been happy to see those they didn't like being bashed, fairly or otherwise, without asking too many questions. The same standards of accuracy and fairness should be applied to everyone. Then if you hear that someone said or did something outrageous you know that it's true and not just a smear.

But these are precisely the qualities that have declined as much of  mainstream journalism has turned into nothing but spitting, screeching , poop flinging  partisan propaganda outlets rather than places where people struggle for objectivity and accuracy and  truth.  NPR's official statements said that Williams had violated the network's political "line," thus admitting that this tax-supported station is an ideological political organ.

Due to ideology and arrogance, the left-pretending-to-be-liberals may have gone too far. People who have swallowed all of the often-false claims about conservatives, their ideological and political rivals, start to ask questions. Up until now, the majority of moderate liberals have said, in effect, that it didn't matter if "bad" people were treated unfairly.

The only thing worse than a witch hunt is a witch hunt being cynically manipulated to intimidate open discussion, and courageous individuals.

The firing of Juan Williams may help in getting real liberals to realize the extent that their institutions have been taken over by the anti-free speech political correctness of far left, which has used this power to trash professional ethics and transform media institutions into organs of lies and indoctrination. None of them are safe, as intellectuals or as journalist from attack and unemployment, respectively.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Fertile Breeding Ground of the Left

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica

Dr. Sanity gives an insightful take on the left's new 'Protected Matter' in her piece "Floating up to the top of the left's Victimhood Heirarchy. 
"If you needed more evidence that Islam has percolated to the top of the Left's victimhood food chain--other than the fact that they can abuse women and gays with impunity and nary a word of condemnation from the left--then observe how instead of condemning this oppressive culture, the left positively trips all over themselves defending it against people like Bill O'Reilly or Juan Williams."
Read the complete post Here


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Biden Says "It's On"

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica


Saturday, October 16, 2010

When Harry Met Sharron

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica
October 16th, 2010


Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Rant

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica
Friday, October 15. 2010

I recently watched a brainwashed college student on TV repeating the same old tired platitudes and recite a comprehensive list of sweeping generalizations about the letdowns our elected officials rain upon us. Everything her little spiel implied is what most people have wanted from government since kings were invented,  but have experienced only while riding unicorns under rainbows through enchanted forests up to cornucopias of food, drink, merriment, eternal good health, and sunshiny days with white puffy clouds and fountains in the park bubbling alternately with Merlot and Chablis.

The problem with her vision is that a high percentage of humans have at least moderate potential for nastiness of one kind or another. If everyone were truly good, if we all lived by the Golden Rule, no government would be needed. But since we can lapse into our more petty, savage, brutal, and selfish modes in an instant for no apparent reason, government becomes necessary to level the playing field so that the biggest, meanest dude in the valley doesn't wind up with all the gold, goodies, and girls.

And the irony in THAT is our dependence upon humans to form and operate that government, and being human, they're automatically flawed, whimsical, petty, crooked, mean-spirited, greedy, arrogant, flighty, incompetent, corrupt, selfish, egotistical, and sometimes downright evil.  Any government comprised of those individuals would sooner or later begin to exhibit the characteristic flaws of its constituency. Government is just like any other tool . . . hammer, fire, gun, screwdriver, rope, knife . . . and like fire, or like sharp instruments, it can be extremely dangerous if used carelessly or needlessly. What tends to happen is that someone enters government at a low level with the best of intentions, the highest of ethics, the noblest of goals, and before long becomes acutely aware of just how much wealth and power are available for the taking.

 Our recent congresses and executive administrations have established a pattern of unethical, immoral, and in some cases illegal behavior. The organizations designed to enact and enforce the laws of the land is not practicing what it's preaching. And that in turn generates disdain and contempt for the law, which then tells individuals that they don't have to obey laws they don't like because the laws are too complex or too cumbersome or too obscure, so each person is more or less left to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.  And when you think about that concept, don't forget that this nation was actually created out of distrust of government. The men who designed our system built in safeguards so that the people could actually keep an eye on what government is up to. But over the decades, politicians have mastered the skill of hiding, masking, obfuscating, misdirecting, deceiving, , double talking, and equivocating to the point that most ordinary citizens can no longer even FIND, much less READ, proposed legislation (such as the 2000+ page health-care reform bills).

Nearly everything the central government gets involved with winds up either in failure or in massive cost overruns. Reagan once said that the most terrifying words a victim of natural disaster could hear are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Will Rogers said the same thing another way: "I don't have to make jokes. I just watch the government in action and tell on 'em." And just a few years ago I heard a late-nite comedian say (after the government failed in turning profit on a foreclosed whorehouse), "Crime would go out of business if the government took it over and tried to run it."

When you think about it, most people probably consider anything they get from the government to be a result of social progress. But those same people very likely believe that anything the government does for somebody else is pure socialism.

The most convincing criticism of republican democracy you'll ever find will occur during a brief conversation with an average man-on-the-street headed for the ballot box.

Picture of the Week

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica
October 15, 2010

Guaranteed To Drive Your Liberal
Friends Up The Wall!
  Image: Pookie's Toons

Monday, October 11, 2010

Time Magazine: O is in Over His Head

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica
Monday, October 11,2010

Out of Touch, Arrogant and Clueless......Ya Think!
  They've just realize what we've know for a while now.

"With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle." 
Read the Rest Here

After Hours at O's House.

Posted by Diogenes Sarcastica
October 10,2010

Thank You iOwnTheWorld and Doug Ross for the Links


Obama Gets A Book Thrown At Him... 
 Then The Naked Guy Shows Up.

The Daily Mail:  "A book was apparently hurled at the head of U.S. President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Philadelphia. The flying missile narrowly missed hitting the President today."
"It is not clear what the book was, where it came from in the crowd, or why it was thrown at Mr Obama – who did not appear to notice the danger.  
"The rally was clearly an eventful one – other images showed a naked man being led away in handcuffs by police. It is not clear if the man was involved in the book-throwing incident – or why he was not wearing any clothes."