Once is an Accident, Twice a Coincidence, the Third Time it's ON PURPOSE.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010



Come this January, if the presumptive new head of the House Oversight Committee, Republican Darrell Issa, has his way, it will be "well done". 

Issa recently made no secret of his intent to skewer the recently-repudiated and oft-obfuscating "Swamp People" on the left in Congress once he commandeers the gavel of the powerful committee. "I want seven hearings a week, times forty weeks," said Issa.

In an interview with POLITICO, Issa revealed that he will require each of his seven subcommittees to hold "one or two hearings each week."

Yikes! Ousted House Speaker and dethroned Swamp Queen, Nancy Pelosi, and her boggy ilk surely must be quaking in their designer hip waders.

Issa also wants to broaden his oversight inquiries beyond his immediate purview with plans to refer investigations to other sister House panels, ostensibly drawing a giant bulls-eye on President Obama's executive branch.

With congressional gridlock an almost certainty until 2012, the California Congressman will make the most of that time by shining a giant spotlight on what was huckstered to the American public as being the "most transparent administration in history".

Issa won't have a shortage of potential targets on which to set his sights. The failed Stimu-less bill, the Barney Frank-induced housing meltdown, the Chris Dodd sweetheart Countrywide deals, the suspiciously-timed Toyota slapdown, the dubious Climategate memos and the pay-for-play Wall Street bailouts are just to name a few.

Resumes from eager staffers and lawyers are already inundating Issa's office like Christmas letters to Santa Claus.

With the aide of a willing army of investigators, Issa says he's also interested in getting to the bottom of the large wads of cash controlled by the White House.

"We really want to study presidential earmarks and the grant-making process: How do we take all this discretionary money and see what is necessary, Issa said. "The debate on how to shrink the federal government is at the core of our problem of government not doing its job."

Issa was quick to differentiate the potential work his committee will be doing as opposed to the frivolous witch-hunts of his predecessor, where Henry Waxman (D-CA) wasted millions of taxpayer dollars trying to entrap future Hall of Fame baseball players into lying concerning steroid use. 

"This is important, in contrast to hearings on steroids in baseball, where I felt that it was inherently wrong to get Roger Clemens to lie to Congress," Issa said. "The American people really want us to shrink government."

Ironic, isn't it, that freewheeling Democrats were so gleeful to harass professional athletes, but couldn't find a minute's time to hold disciplinary hearings on the insane Maxine Waters (D-espicable) and the "forgetful" Charlie Rangel (D-ishonest)? Priorities, right?

Another certain Issa target is the Democrats' cap-and-trade voodoo legislation that passed in the House earlier this year and would become the mother-of-all-job-killers if allowed to be signed into law. And with the lame duck session of Congress looming large, Issa plans to quickly aim his .44 magnum gavel at the left's carbon regulating scheme before Democrats can circumvent Congress. It has been widely speculated that Obama and his abettors at the EPA will attempt an end run of Congress at some point, thanks to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling granting the agency wide latitude in regulating carbon emissions as a "dangerous gas".

That's right, folks, the Police's famous song "Every Breath You Take" will become the official theme song of the Obama EPA, as they attempt to regulate your every exhalation.  

But Issa and Frank Lucas, the ranking GOP member of the House Agricultural Committee, seek to rip the stylus right off of that vinyl 45 before it ever plays a single note. Their ambitious plan calls for the hauling of EPA czaress, Lisa Jackson, before their respective committees at least once a week. "It will diminish her free time, shall we say," one former energy staffer told POLITICO.

Of course, the great white elephant in Issa's crosshairs is the Obamacare behemoth. Congressman Joe Barton, who is slated to become the House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman when the 112th Congress is sworn in, vows to make life miserable for the key culprits and Democratic defenders of the healthcare overhaul law.

Barton plans to drag Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Medicare chief, and secret Obama appointee, Donald "Socialized Medicine" Berwick to Capitol Hill for regular grillings. "Oversight of the existing law will build a case for full repeal," said Barton. "We have to aggressively work to repeal the entire bill. As part of the process, we'll have very aggressive oversight."

In addition, Barton says he'll investigate why Sebelius "issued a gag order to insurers when they began to talk about the possibility of Obamacare forcing rate increases".

Also high on his agenda is investigating why Medicare's chief actuary, Richard Foster "has concluded that the president's healthcare law will not rein in rising costs and federal spending" as was speciously promised by Obama himself, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other prevaricating Democrats.

And that's just the beginning. Barton has a list of seven problems he intends to spotlight, including how he thinks that the Obama administration covered up cost estimates of the law before it was enacted, silenced insurers from warning customers about what they thought would be rate increases and money spent on brochures touting "improvements" to the Medicare Advantage program, even though funding was being systematically reduced.

Also awaiting Issa's white-hot grill is Attorney General Eric Holder at the corrupt Department of Justice, who suddenly and without explanation quashed an investigation into the 2008 voter intimidation charges leveled against two baton-wielding New Black Panther Party members at a polling place in Philadelphia. And who can forget the litany of lawsuits filed by Holder's office viciously attacking the state of Arizona for simply attempting to enforce federal immigration statutes -- statutes that the Obama administration strictly ordered other federal agencies (Homeland Security and I.C.E.) not to enforce?

Issa, et al, will definitely find their plates overflowing with one Obama scandal after another when they take over the key congressional chairs come 2011. But with a country reeling from a one-two punch to the groin from a cadre of rogue, overly ambitious progressive ideologues, the newly seated Republican House will need to show they are battle-tested tough while pursuing the malcontents and miscreants who foisted this destructive agenda on America and its citizenry.

With all the corruption that this current administration has perpetrated on the American people, January 3, 2011 should be a great day for "Chef" Issa and the Republicans in Congress to begin a two-year-long barbecue.

Does anyone else smell something burning? 


Monday, November 8, 2010


HOW WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT HOT WAS, IF THERE WERE NO COLD? What would you call light if there were no darkness? In the increasingly polarized world of politics, how would politically uncommitted people know how important America’s founding values are without hearing the progressive harangues?

I ask these questions to say this: The best alternative for conservatives is for House democrats to elect Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader.

Say what!?

Calm down and bear with me. The midterm election cycle brought forward a resurgence of national pride and political awareness. Between tea party gatherings, cable television commentators, Internet bloggers, and just plain folks talking to their neighbors, this country is moving forward again. But beware; the path is still unsteady and dangerous.

To sustain our momentum, and to rationally gain commitment from the political fence-sitters, we need the radical ravings of the left as a comparison.

Before Pelosi, Reid, and Obama were part of Americans’ daily intake of news, our founding principles were available to anyone willing to find them. The sources for such information are found almost everywhere, from libraries to the Internet. But most Americans did not search for these principles and the values they were built upon. Most of us were trying to eke out a living, stay ahead of the taxman, and raise our children to be great adults.

Our attitudes toward knowing the real America changed dramatically after the 2008 elections. And they changed because the contrast between what progressives like Pelosi believe in, and what mainstream Americans believe in, could not have been starker.

Blogs and stalwart liberal news agencies are all singing the same tune: if Pelosi remains the face of the Democratic party in Washington, it will not only alienate independent voters for the 2012 presidential election, but will also weaken an already weak Democratic caucus before that election.

Luke Russert of NBC said Pelosi is “pick your word – radioactive, toxic, or damaged goods.”

Russert further asserts, “Her unpopularity around the country – and especially among independents – would be a drag on the party heading into 2012 and a very important presidential election. Not only would she kill any chances of Democrats retaking the House, but she also would hurt President Obama’s ability to work with the GOP over the next two years.”

We can only hope. And right now, our hope springs eternal.

So, run for minority leader Nancy. Cajole your Democrat colleagues. Your liberal legacy is not yet complete. The depth of your failure remains unfulfilled. To put the cherry on top of your progressive sundae, you must hand us conservatives the 2012 presidency and both houses of Congress. You go, girl!

Which brings us to Keith Olbermann. We should all be glad he’s back after his suspension. Putting aside his well-known penchant for fabricating the news, his progressive vitriol is the perfect polar opposite to American values. Add his dash of unwarranted name-calling to anyone who’s conservative, and the differences between he and most independent voters is blatantly apparent.

Although we risk that his vocabulary might lure some people to believe he’s actually saying anything substantial, the contrast of progressive ideology and founding principles is never more on stage when he speaks. Besides, with his dismal 0.7 rating on “the most watched show” on hapless MSNBC, how many can he actually reach?

During a lengthy diatribe to rouse liberals to vote on the midterms, Olbermann said Tea Party candidates were “unstable individuals”.

According to Olbermann, Tea Party candidates, if elected, were going to, “march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the '30s, or backward to hanging union organizers, or backward to the Trusts and the Robber Barons.”

The midterm election, if won by Tea Party candidates was going to be “nothing short of an attempt to use Democracy to end this Democracy.”

And finally, about Tea Partyers and conservatives alike, “They see the future of America not in progress, but in revolution to establish a theocracy for white males, with dissent caged and individuality suppressed.”

Listening to Olbermann leaves me cold. But, I wouldn’t know hot if the progressives didn’t blow cold.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


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THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS ARE JUST A FEW DAYS OLD, and the results were startling. Not only was the outcome a repudiation of the policies of Congress and the President, they were the culmination of a grass-roots movement called the Tea Party.

Deeper than those reasons was a search by voters to find out what it means to be an American. Many found it. Many more now realize and understand the values this country was founded on, and how those values were being trampled by the progressive liberals in both houses of Congress, and especially in the White House.

Further, the election results were an awakening to the progressive trend that has crept through our nation for over 100 years. Progressive methods were exposed, their ideology was laid bare, and its destructive effects made apparent. The progressive movement has its roots in post-Civil War universities. Hegel was their social philosopher of choice. At that time, they were a fringe element. They have come a long way – so now it’s time to send them back to the fringe.

Progressives don’t like people generally (and conservatives specifically). They also have a huge collective chip on their shoulder. To enter the inner sanctum of progressivism, you must have been drastically and emotionally hurt – and you never got over it. Maybe it was not making the football or debate team. Could be a family-derived emotional pain. Whatever the reason, they become bitter. They feel disadvantaged which mutates into underdog status.

Once inside their circle, you are taught that it’s okay to be angry and vengeful. You are groomed to wrap all your frustrations around your self-worth. After all, if you’re hurt, it is soothing to know it’s not your fault. This is why progressives seem to never run out of the energy to disrupt. Their entire self-esteem is at stake.

This is where it gets really good. The central manifestation of this progressive curriculum is to separate people into the oppressed, like them, and the oppressors - you. This galvanizes all their actions and provides the rationalization that it’s okay to hurt people, the ones who did this to them. Oppressors are not seen as people anymore. To progressives, oppressors of any ilk are sub-human, greedy, selfish, uneducated, barbarian, and even evil.

Oppressors can be anyone. The current progressives think America is an oppressor, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They think big business is oppressive to the worker, even though businesses provide people with an economic living and satisfaction of work. Anything can take precedence over oppressor-people: the environment, animal rights, trees, insects, gay rights, whales, despotic and theocratic nations – you get the idea. And best of all, if any people are even perceived as being oppressed, the progressives are on their side no matter what the circumstances.

Why did the U.N. accept Iran on the council for the advancement of women? Why is the American flag laid on a sidewalk, spray-painted, and spit on? Why do very rich movie stars lunch with despots, despite making their millions in our capitalistic republic? Why do animal rights activists want to give animals the right to sue? Why do progressives want central planning of the economy and redistribution of your wealth? Why do they want to tax moderately wealthy people even higher than the current progressive tax system they installed early last century? These questions defy common sense – but not if looked through the prism of progressivism.

Beware of the pitfalls when hearing progressives. They are masters at the art of cognitive dissonance. It is the situation where an incompatibility exists between two attitudes, or between attitude and behavior. Any inconsistency is uncomfortable and all people will try to reduce the dissonance to remove the discomfort. People either change their attitude, or rationalize their behavior.

Progressives use cognitive dissonance to sway anyone against the oppressors. Public education is “all about the kids” – and we vote for tax increases with no signs of children getting better educated. They trot out sketchy science to alarm us that the earth is getting warmer – despite strong evidence that the earth is merely in a cycle. They proclaim that taxes must go higher or vital services, and the underprivileged, will suffer – when the programs promoted are rife with waste and pocket-lining. They cover the political payback of Obamacare by saying it will cover children’s pre-existing conditions, when targeted legislation would better serve the kids.

They don’t want you to see under the covers, the facts. They want your attitudes to conflict, which causes you discomfort. The easiest way to ease the pain is to succumb and vote their way, send them your money, or join their nefarious fray.

What’s really interesting is that dissonance affects progressives, too. And it isn’t pretty. When the facts of a certain issue are exposed, and their position is proved unworthy, progressives resort to nasty behaviors. They attack the other side with anything they can get their hands on. Education, body shape, RACISM, motherhood, bad teeth – all are, and have been, used to demonize the oppressors. They say the same things, repeated in the news media, over and over until eventually, the sound bite sticks.

If the opponent can’t be attacked, they attack the messenger. FOX News is the highest rated news show, yet to hear the progressives, it’s a dishonest and biased network. Does that mean that everyone who watches is dishonest and biased? To progressives, of course it does because FOX watchers are oppressors – they deserve no respect, only scorn.

The most subtle argumentative device they use is obfuscation – they introduce illogical comparisons, or correlate other issues inaccurately to the central theme. All of these methods are made to marginalize their opponent. First is isolating the enemy. Next is making them appear to be for or against a predominant value or feeling. This creates doubt about their opponent, makes the opponent self-conscious, and relieves the progressive from actually debating issues based on mutually accepted facts. The opponent is left trying to disprove a negative (by the way, it’s impossible). If you are called a racist, how do you disprove that?

Progressives use “fairness”, “justice”, and “equality” to frame their points of view. The problem with progressives using these fine words is best said by Thomas Sowell, “Such terms usually go undefined and unexamined.” In essence, progressives hide behind these words without revealing their skewed definitions of them. They then construct policies that are designed to right the perceived wrong. And we are left to pay for the unintended consequences.

So how does such a destructive ideology become mainstream to the point of electing a majority? It begins the same way their movement began, in schools and universities. Progressives have trained, little by little, the fertile minds of our children – and they still do it today. Universities produce teachers who are overwhelmingly liberal, and in turn, teachers push progressivism upon the young. At bottom, schools are “thought” factories that do not promote, rather they diminish, the values of being American. Orwell must be spinning in his grave.

What is taught is that being an American is bad. Trusting the Founders is misguided. Believing in God is barbarian. Progressives have a much different attitude than our Founders toward what our government is and what it should be. And it starts with their rejection of the Declaration of Independence’s foundation.

The Founders knew that people’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are given to us at birth – by God. Progressives believe that the State grants these rights, and that the State can therefore remove them when convenient. The Founders knew that government’s only purpose was to protect our natural rights from lawlessness from within and enemies from without our borders.

With no belief in natural rights, progressives believe liberty means the State should “create” people, equalize them, manipulate if necessary – in essence, to perfect humanity. Any unequal outcomes are viewed as perfectible by government. If one person, through their natural gifts and abilities, has more material wealth than others, progressives want to right the wrong by mandating redistribution of that wealth. Don’t buy into it.

In my lifetime, progressives have gone from “it’s all relative”, to “being politically correct”, to now demonizing any thought that conflicts with their destructive ideology. It’s the despotism of relativity. When all things are relative, then nothing is right. America’s greatness has to be diminished in the progressives’ eyes, or the oppressed peoples of the world will never rise above their problems. Common Americans who vote for conservative candidates are viewed as stupid, “clinging to their guns and religion”.

Conservatives don’t believe in the progressive dogma that the world’s pie is unalterable. We believe that through protective government, not intrusive government, the pie can be enlarged. History has proven it numerous times over. Don’t waste your breath trying to convince the progressive liberals – they don’t listen to oppressors.

The number of events that the current administration has done to weaken America are too numerous to mention here. Suffice it to say, they are progressives. They must be thrown back to the fringe.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"Don't cry for me, America."
IT SEEMS AGES AGO NOW THAT CONFETTI WAS SWEPT FROM AN OSTENTATIOUS ELECTION-NIGHT FLOOR. That rented Greek columns were returned and relegated to a Hollywood back lot from whence they came. That swooning masses and weeping celebrities reluctantly regained their equilibrium and dried their tears. That those deeply disturbing "Mmm mmm mmm" songs of praise were relegated to a creepy reminder on the Youtube menu tab. That the "special tingly feeling" thrilled up the legs of any members of the main stream media. That the soaring-yet-hollow rhetoric of a once-messianic figure on a meteoric rise was unceremoniously replaced with the whimperings of a recalcitrant leader, himself staring down the double-barrel of a loud-and-clear rebuke from an American electorate who once thrust him into power.

Quick! Someone call 9-1-1! Oops. Sorry. Too late.

As election results began pouring in and the Democrats desperate ambition to retain a stranglehold on federal power quickly fizzled, it was at approximately 9 PM (EST) Tuesday night, that the Left's hysterical and irrational adulation of President Barack Hussein Obama II was officially declared dead. 

How could that possibly be? Well, simple really. 

"A shellacking" is what President Obama called the Democratic party's historic defeat, when doggedly pressed by an unsympathetic White House press corps during a presidential press conference Wednesday afternoon. With TOTUS nowhere in sight, the president stammered and stuttered his way through a mine field of once adoring but now inquiring journalists' pointed questions that attempted to zero in on exactly what on earth went so terribly, terribly wrong in the wake of the disastrous results of the 2010 midterms. The press corps was uncharacteristically cool toward the president after shamelessly supporting him and his corresponding Progressive agenda in 2008, then having to endure the embarrassment of having their butts handed to them on a shingle last night.

What went wrong indeed.

Historically, first-term presidents with below fifty-percent approval ratings (Obama's is at 47%) lose an average of just thirty-six congressional seats during their first midterm elections. But with the Democrats losing sixty seats, with four still yet to be decided, it hasn't been since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 that a president has suffered such a humiliating and utter defeat of his party.

And then, to add insult to injury, the gains for the GOP at the state level were even more devastating. Republicans added at least ten new governors nationwide, as well as hundreds and hundreds of state legislators and other local officials, including the unlikely capturing of both the governorship and the legislature in several states -- two of which were for the first time in over 125 years.


Predictably, hemorrhaging liberals in the media worked overtime to deflect blame from Obama's wildly unpopular Progressive agenda as the reason for the crippling election results, and instead, slapped a damage-control tourniquet on the news by, of course, blaming "angry" Americans. Here's a small sampling of some Wednesday morning's headlines:

"US tidal wave of anger chases Democrats out"
Arizona Daily Star

"Angry voters get their say"
Detroit Free Press

"Angry US voters turn from Obama"
National Post

"Voters carry anxiety, disappointment to the polls"
Times West Virginia

"The 2010 election: Ugly economy, angry voters"
The Wall Street Journal

"Poll: Voters angry at government help GOP win"
Associated Press

Asked by reporters at today's press conference how he personally felt in the wake of Tuesday's drubbing, Obama responded, "I feel bad." Oh, yeah, and he quickly added that he believed the Democratic flogging was a result of voters being "frustrated".

Of course, you have to read between the lines when digesting Obama's self-serving excuse coupled with the newspaper headlines. According to Pathway to Happiness, "If you aren't aware of how your mind is imagining scenarios of hurt, your anger will appear irrational."

Aha. So, let's connect the dots, shall we?

Obama said that voters were frustrated. Frustration leads to anger. The media blamed the Democrats' loss on "angry" voters. Anger leads to hurt. Incorrectly imagining scenarios of hurt leads to irrationality. Irrationality is a subset of behaviors exhibited by the insane. Ergo, voters elected Republicans because they are certifiably nuts!

Actually, the preceding would be a more accurate description of the pathway to irrational hysteria better known as Obamamania

Obama, his die-hard supporters and his abettors in Congress just don't get it -- or at the very least, they just won't admit it. Yesterday's loud-and-clear election results weren't a reflection of mere "voter anger", they were a scathing repudiation of Obama, the Progressive Left's Marxist agenda and an awakening of a majority of Americans to Obama's false "Hope and Change" tripe. 

And although Obama lamely attempted to blame the voters' renunciation of his radical policies on his failure to communicate, the truth is, after twenty-two months, Americans understand Obama's policies just fine, thank you -- and they catagorically reject them. 

Americans made it loud and clear yesterday that it was Obama and the Democrats who weren't listening to them

They didn't listen when America said "no" to Obamacare. 
They didn't listen when America said "no" to bank bailouts and car company takeovers. 
They didn't listen when America said "no" to trillions of dollars of spending and debt.
They didn't listen when America said "no" to the massive expansion of government.
They didn't listen when America said "no" to a private sector job-crushing "Stimu-less" Bill.
They didn't listen when America said "no" to the Ground Zero mosque. 
And they didn't listen when America said "no" to attacking Arizona's immigration laws.

Make no mistake, the midterm elections were a major defeat for Obama and the Progressives, and a resounding victory for liberty, the rule of law and the Founding Principles.

So, shout it from the rooftops, America, so that Obama and the rest of the Progressives can hear you loud and clear this time:

"Obamamania is dead. Long live liberty!"