Stupidity On Display… The Conservative Way

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Here is the object of consternation – A Michigan Muslim hottie has won the Miss USA Pageant, beating out a more conservative contestant.  This of course has to be some sort of conspiracy. Here are some Conservative who are hyperventilating:

Michell Malkin:

She nearly tripped over her gown.

She called birth control a “controlled substance.”

Does this woman know what a “controlled substance” is?

More importantly: Does she even comprehend the concept of insurance? The purpose of insurance isn’t to cover every last medical expense.

She argued that contraceptives should be covered by health insurers because they are “expensive” — and then said you could get them for “free” from your OB/GYN’s office.

(hint to Michelle – Beauty pageants ARE NOT judged on brains)

Daniel Pipes:

They are all attractive, but this surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants makes me suspect an odd form of affirmative action.

Here are a few examples he notes:

Juliette Boubaaya, 19, was Mlle Picardie in 2009.

Uhm, where? (it has something to do with the French)

Nora Ali was America’s Junior Miss in 2007.

Oh No… Not Junior Miss. Man, the Isluminati have reached their treacherous hands out to our youth!

Hammasa Kohistani, 19, was Miss England in 2006.

Here is her picture.

OK. I’m gay, and happily so. But look at her! Look at that coy little come hither smile! She’s Freaking Hot!!!!! Is it wrong for me to say I’d go for that?

(sarcasm) Wow. “Surprising Frequency”! That certainly is a rash of wins for Muslims. (/sarcasm)

If the five examples he lists were all in the last year, (or they were all major contests for that matter), he might have a point. But, with the exception of Miss USA, there are no others from this year, and the others are chronologically spread out over a six year period. If you count all the beauty contests in the world, this hardly equals a trend. Note there isn’t one listed in 2008. I guess the Muslim Illuminati, the Isluminati mentioned above, just didn’t have Alla’s blessing to do any pageant electioneering in that year. Either that, or they didn’t set up a beauty win, as they were busy trying to help Obama, the prettiest Muslim of them all, get elected.

Debbie Shlussel’s histrionics is especially fun.

Dhimmi Donald Trump simply didn’t have the guts to demand that Fakih denounce the Islamic group Hezbollah, whose martyrs and top terrorists are Fakih family members.  It doesn’t matter to the Donald that this is the terrorist group that murdered more Americans than any other after Al-Qaeda, and probably more, when you count its joint ventures with Hezbollah.

Follow her links, they’re a riot. I haven’t yet seen any comments by Rush or Hannity or Beck, but I can’t believe they would skip out on this. And I’m sure they will be just as animated.


This whole “controversey” is stupid and contrived. It’s more of the same “Look at me! I’m A Conservative – I’m a Victim” that we get from too many supposed Conservative “thinkers” these days. It’s lame.

Now. Conservatives, gather around.

Repeat after me…..

“It’s just a stupid Beauty Pageant”


“It’s just a stupid Beauty Pageant”

One more time:

“It’s just a stupid Beauty Pageant”

There. Now get over it.

Reporting The Facts – It’s All About Tone.

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The NYT caught a Democrat lying about his service in Vietnam. No, it not another article about John Kerry. Unlike the subject of this article, John Kerry did indeed served in Vietnam. This one is about Democrat Richard Bluumenthal, soon to be ex-Senate candidate running for Chris Dodd’s seat, and, I imagine, also soon ex-Attorney General of Connecticut. He for years has been saying that he went, when in fact, he didn’t. Here is a snippet from 2008:

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,….”

He, like Cheney, got several deferments, and, when he was on his last one, like Bush, got himself enrolled in a reserve unit, almost guaranteeing he would not be shipped off to Vietnam. Yet when you read the Times article, compare the tone to the way the press really went after Bush and Cheney because they never set foot in the war zone. Here is what they say about Blumenthal, a guy who not only didn’t go to Vietnam, but who lied about it as well:

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

Many politicians have faced questions over their decisions during the Vietnam War, and Mr. Blumenthal, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Senator Christopher J. Dodd, is not alone in staying out of the war.

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.

Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. At other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar.

The whole article treats the guy with kid gloves. Question: will the press follow the lead of the Time and go easy on him, or will they lay in to him? After all, he not only got deferments, a la Cheney, but he has lied about going to war. Even Bush never claimed that, yet he was savaged for years for less.

We”l have to wait and see.

Stupid Meme Repeat (ad-nauseum) The Racist Tea Party…. And More.

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A liberal professor has written a particularly lame article. It’s yet another attempt to cast a racists pawl over the Tea Party movement.

He starts off by saying:

Tea partiers proudly proclaim themselves conservatives. And rightly so.

Why rightly so? Because conservatives have always been, and will always be, of course, radical and racists.

Tea party protesters repeat the conservative catchwords of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, who built their careers fighting the “creeping socialism” of civil rights legislation, Social Security and Medicare.

OK, and that’s a bad thing?

Tea Partiers also have echoes of a well-known grass-roots movement of the 1950s and ’60s — the John Birch Society. The JBS organized in upper-middle-class neighborhoods and among business groups for anti-Communist and conservative causes.

Oh, another bad thing!

In tone and substance, tea partiers even sound like the JBS did. When they claim that a moderate American president [insert Obama here] is a “Communist,” it recalls the old JBS attacks on “Communist” President Dwight Eisenhower.

First, lets get the term straight. Though it’s sometimes there, “Communist” is not the common slur used against Obama. That would be “Socialist”. Has this guy ever even been to a Tea Party? Doubt it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t subscribe to the “Obama is a Socialist” rant. It’s not true, and throwing around ad-homs is no way to win an argument. But still, you would have more credibility if you used the right slur. That said, if you go to any populist rally, you see all sorts of “interesting” characters and ideas floating around. However, when the anti-Israel protesters were present at various anti-Bush or immigration protests, why is it that that didn’t somehow define who those protesters were?

As today’s tea partiers shout their slogans to end the Federal Reserve, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and restore the gold standard, they seem to be lifting a page from the old JBS playbook.

Oh No – abolish the Fed and the IRS!!!! How horrible! Where is the harm in advocating either. Wouldn’t our lives be easier if there was a flat tax, or an alternative to filling out gobs of tax forms every year? I don’t agree with the “Evil Federal Reserve” POV (see the panic of 1907) but since when was it somehow wrong or evil for wanting to abolish it?

For its part, the JBS followed in the tradition of the Liberty League, a right-wing citizens’ group organized by the DuPont family in the 1930s to overturn President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Oh No. Oh No – Overturn the New Deal, the great expansion of executive power!!!! How horrible! I for one don’t knock parts of the New Deal. Some of the projects, those that invested in the expansion of the electrical grid for instance, did create needed jobs and paved the way for the economic boom of post WW II. Some of the New Deal helped some survive conditions that make the worst of our current situation seem like a cake walk. But it’s not as if the New Deal jump-started the economy on a grand scale, and everything was wine and roses in the 30’s after it was past. Government spending just doesn’t produce that kind of economic boom. Ask Greece and England and Spain about how much government spending can produce jobs, and economic growth.

Yet commentators resist linking tea parties to this radical right.

Perhaps this is because of the Liberty League’s association with shadowy corporate conspiracies.

Perhaps it’s because hardly anyone even knows there was ever such a group/ movement called “The Liberty League”, and that was 80 years ago. Perhaps it’s because people don’t want to look like conspiracy nuts by mentioning “shadowy corporate conspiracies”.

Or it could be because of the John Birch Society’s reputation for secrecy and extremism. But the lineage of today’s tea parties doesn’t change just because they parade in the glare of a major TV network.

If they are so secret, then how come we all know about it?

Instead, commentators prefer to call the tea partiers “populists.” Exactly what links tea parties and historic populism usually goes unexplained.

Wiki defines populism as thus: It is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as “political ideas and activities that are intended to represent ordinary people’s needs and wishes”. It goes on to give a few examples of “populists movements”. Here is the “Greenback Party” which was concerned with monetary policy, and favored the establishment of a Federal Reserve type system. The populist “Progressive Party” which vowed to “to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics”. Look at the crooked political deals that were done in order to pass the health care legislation. Just because the bribery took place in plain view, does not make it any less corrupt.

And BTW, who gave you carte blanche the sole authority to determine who is and who isn’t “populist”?

Like the conservative “gold bug” enemies of populism past, the tea partiers are more concerned about possible inflation in the future than with the current ordeal of the unemployed.

Hey, look at the average age if the tea party members. It’s mostly people between the ages of 40 and 60. These are people who remember quite well what run-away inflation was like in the 70’s. They also remember that the unemployment rate was a little less than it is now. Care to guess what will happen to the unemployment rate if inflation rates start to rise? If the author didn’t have fingers in his ears, he would actually hear what the Tea Party members are saying. Part of the reason I teach history is to show how you can learn the lessons of the past. It seems professor Postel has no concept of that teaching philosophy.

The one issue that unites the diverse coalition, according to a New York Times/CBS poll, is hostility to federal spending to create jobs.

Uh, because federal spending is not effective at creating enough jobs to jump start the private sector.

Most tea party supporters also tell pollsters that too much has been made of problems facing blacks. This is striking, given how both the Bush and Obama administrations have tiptoed around the economic catastrophe that has hit black America during the financial crisis.

In much of the country, the jobless rate in black communities is at Great Depression levels — 27 percent in Michigan and nearly 19 percent in the District of Columbia.

And which party has been in control of Michigan and Washington D. C. since, well, forever? Which political faction has tried over and over again to create jobs in those regions through endless government funding. Which party has promised to give those communities unlimited hand-out, while at the same time killing jobs through some of the highest taxes in the country. I’ll give you a hint. It isn’t the conservatives.

Again, the contrast with Coxey’s Army is telling. Most white Populists embraced the racist dogmas of the late 19th century. But in the 1894 depression, the Populists did something new. Instead of making scapegoats of the Chinese or other ethnic groups for taking jobs, they looked for ways to create more jobs.

… And here we go with the racist accusations.

The tea partiers came to protest federal action. Today, local and state governments are hemorrhaging jobs and slashing essential services. The tea partiers are boiling mad because of the stimulus bill meant to stop the bleeding.

What a bunch of crap! The Tea Party is about reversing the trend of irresponsible reckless fiscal policy by both state and federal government, which is the reason why they are “hemorrhaging jobs and slashing essential services”. Note that the writer actually hit on an unmentionable truth; that the stimulus was always about propping up government jobs, not those in the private sector! Note too that the private sector is starting to recover, yet the public sector, even with the cash give-a-way they called a stimulus package, is still marred in financial crisis.

The writer concludes with this:

When the tea partiers say they are true conservatives, there is no reason to doubt them. They stand in the conservative tradition of the radical right — a movement of the haves and the well-protected who, since the time of FDR, have feared that their freedom will be lost if the government extends a hand to the have-nots and the unprotected.

No, you’re one of the many who is willfully not hearing the message, who lets partisan blindness get in the way of your ability to comprehend an aspect of reality. What they fear is that government is overstepping the bound of what they perceive as it’s proper duties, and that in doing so, it’s headed down the path currently occupied by California, Spain, and especially Greece. If that happens, we will lose much more than our freedoms, we lose the government that is supposed to protect and insure our freedoms.

Good Sunday Morning Everyone!

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Here’s a little Crowded House for you! Neil Finn has one of the great voices in Rock and Roll, and, like his brother Tim, is a superb songwriter to boot.

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OK Kids – Compare And Contrast

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Here is a politician who speaks his mind, and doesn’t duck questions, be they tough, or not.

Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his ‘confrontational tone’

Note that it takes a mere 2:35 minutes for Christie to fully answer the question. Here is another Q and A session with Christie. Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, you have to like a politician who doesn’t revel in evasiveness. We need more straight shooters like this on both sides of the isle.

Now, just so you can appreciate the difference, here is a video of a certain politician being a wee bit evasive. Compare and contrast.

Holder Hasn’t Read The Arizona Law He’s Criticizing…

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But then again, why does this surprise anyone? After all,  this administration doesn’t seem interested in reading the laws they write and pass themselves, so why should they be expected to take the time to read someone else’s.

Hey, Anybody Want To Buy A Blog?

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I was doing some random web searching, and went to a site that “valuates” internet addresses….. Valuation $96,597.32

HECK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!   I could be well off in one fell swoop!

Here are the stats:

Website Value $96,597.32
Daily Pageviews 300
Daily Visitors 300
Worldwide Rank 1,062,134
Website Type Blog
Pagerank 4
Number of Pages 1,299
External Links 3,185
Reddit 2 submissions
Stumbleupon 0 reviews
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Delicious 0 bookmarks

How cool is that! Not only am I worth almost $100,000 smacks, but I’m ranked 1,000,000 world wide! Eat that, Instapundit!….

Oh, the lower the number the better? Fine. But I’m still worth more than Instapundit…

Oh, that’s not exactly the right address for Glenn’s site?

Shut Up.    Stop trying to bring me down!    I’m worth $96,597.32!

Worst… Signs… Ever!

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Racism anyone? That was unintentional. This one? Probably not.

And tell me, how exactly do you propose to cure this “problem”?

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Best…. Craigslist Ad…. EVER!!!!!

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Yes, this was a real craigslist ad! Originally Posted by Orlando Bassist

(I just rechecked the going price for these and have adjusted the price down) A once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of rarely seen but extremely important part of history!
This bass was discovered in the sarcophagus of King Tut’s brother in law Terrence Tut. It was made of a beautiful, but still unknown, blue gem stone that created such amazing sustain that the note they played when closing the sarcophagus was still ringing when it was opened.

The bass was hidden away in a remote part of Hawaii to protect its existence. When Elvis was filming Hunka Hunka Hawaii, he stumbled upon the bass while hooking up with one of the extras in the deep brush. He fell in love with the bass and it’s unique tonal qualities. Many did not know that Elvis was a ferocious slap bass player. He loved the bass so much, he had the producers rename the movie to Blue Hawaii. They shot the original posters for the movie (and incredibly rare version it pictures below), but realized he had stumbled upon the sacred bass and needed to protect its existence. They took the bass away, but kept the name of the movie intact.

The bass was kept secret until Bill Gates discovered the original poster for Blue Hawaii. He was so amazed by the bass that he vowed to use its color for all future Windows operating systems. To this day, the color blue is incorporated into every Windows interface. In fact, the term GUI was originally Bill Gates acronym for “Genuinely Unreal Intonation”. It was later changed to Graphical User Interface to cover the tracks of the existence of the bass. Bill Gates eventually convinced the group responsible for keeping the bass a secret to sell it to him for $10,000,000,000. He promised to build an enormous home in Seattle to protect the bass in the lower catacombs of his mansion that is more secure than NORAD.

Like any truly geeky computer nerd, Bill has a weakness for living, breathing beautiful woman. As a tradeshow, he was introduced to Megan Fox while she was signing autographs for Transformers 2. He was totally smitten and tried everything to get a date with her. When all else failed, he decided to give her the renown “Blue Bass” in trade for the opportunity to actually touch her thigh. She excepted, took the bass home, hung it in her bathroom and had decorators design the room around the color of the bass. One day, while taking a bath, the bass fell into the tub. The unique harmonic quality of the bass caused the water to vibrate with frequencies she’s never experienced before or since. Before long, she was missing filming schedules due to her “dozen a day” bathing habits. It got so bad, her long time boyfriend broke off their relationship. Seeing the trouble it was causing in every facet of her life, she threw the bass out the window and got her life back together.

It just so happened I was in LA and stumbled upon a homeless person with this beautiful instrument in his shopping cart and asked it I could buy it. $75 later, I came into possession of the bass. Not long after, I was being tailed by black helicopters and SUVs. I finally stopped and asked what was going on and was told the story of the bass. I threatened to go public if they didn’t back off and they left me alone.
This week, I realized I was not truly using this bass to its full potential and decided to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy the wonder that is “The most amazing bass on the planet”. I’m only asking what I have into it. So here’s your chance to own an unbelievable part of history. Don’t wait too long, or they might come for it again.

Clarification: It is a Brownsville Bass. This is a great sounding (active pickups) and great playing bass. There is a ground issue I have not been able to track down, but it’s not overpowering and may be an easy fix. Either way, its a great bass for the money.

I am always honest on my sales and welcome you to come try the bass plugged in so you can play and hear it. I bought a bass that fits my needs better and I don’t need two.

I hope you enjoyed the story line and know you’ll enjoy the bass just as much. Thanks for looking.

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Huge Hat Tip: Troy McClure at the Talk Bass Forum

Another Week Off

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From blogging.

I just can’t seem to find anything to write about, so I won’t even try. Hey, I’m the boss – I can do that.

The gig in San Diego was great, with an exception. The gig was held at a new high school baseball field. The people planning the event somehow didn’t bother to provide personnel to prep the area for the concert, so fellow bandmate Mike Elliot and I had to move a bunch of portable barriers around to accommodate the field for the event. We also ended up having to set up the risers  that would serve as the two stages. We thought they would be set up when we got to the field at 11:30 am. They didn’t even bring them out until about 1:30. And they had no idea that there were more than one height. We had small medium and large, and not enough of any one size to form a complete stage. Through some creative riser stacking, we manages to create two stages. Thing is, usually the band doesn’t do this kind of work.

Oh well.

On the bright side, we got to set the sound gear for a jazz ensemble, complete with horns and a flute. I had never done that before. It was cool.