Beware those who can make complete sense out of a 2500-page health care bill and bloated tax code but who say it’s impossible to decipher the massive six-page US Constitution.
Here is a fine example of A Fisking Here is a definition of the term from the LGF Dictionary…
Fisking – From the LGF FAQ: “A point-by-point debunking of the kind of lies and/or idiocies written by those of the Robert Fisk persuasion.” [First documented use on LGF: John B. 5/21/2002 11:00AM]. (The casualness with which John B. used the term makes it seem likely he expected people to already be familiar with its meaning.) Blogger David M has done a thorough fisking of this definition of “fisking,” and discovered that the first known use of the term was by Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds on 12/24/2001 (six months before it appeared on LGF), though he too uses the term casually as if he expects his readers to already know what it means. David M also links to three excellent definitions of fisking by Eugene Volokh, the Internet FAQ Archive, and Samizdata. [Please email any known earlier citations here.]
Another Iowahawk instant classic-The Constitution Is Very Important
Doug Ross joins the dogpile on Ezra-No one’s buying your pathetic excuses, Ezra Klein: progressives are the enemies of the Constitution as surely as night follows day
Oh, those wacky disaffected youths from their Sensitive Urban Zones! (Translation: Moderate Muslim hoodlums from their ghettos)
It’s gotten so bad the government is now refusing to release statistics on the number of cars barbecued.
The year voters saw the left’s unvarnished agenda and said no.
More proof the government can’t provide you all the necessities you need in life.
Cuba is now set to eliminate personal hygiene products from the monthly ration of food and consumer products handed out since the Cuban revolution.
They do nothing but spread misery everywhere they stick their meddlesome noses. They’ve been responsible for the slavery, impoverishment, and murder of literally hundreds of millions of people. They’re the champions of one of the most reprobate and malevolent ideologies ever to stain human civilization. They’ve blighted and destroyed entire nations. They’ve helped prolong the existence of the foulest dictatorships in history long past their natural expiration date. By any objective measure, they’ve done more real, quantifiable damage to mankind than any three of history’s other great monsters you could name combined. Tell me: in the end, how much can it really matter whether they’re actually evil or just misguided? Whether their intentions are good and charitable or not?
Your tax dollars at work…Obama’s Former Green Czar Van Jones Explains How He Redistributed Billions of Stimulus Dollars As New Black Panthers Take Advantage The ‘Stimilus’ package=Democratic party slush fund used to fund their Marxist/Maoist allies.
“They made us feel like we live in a Third World country.”
That is because you do-by choice. In fact you are quite proud of it most of the time. It’s funny because people in New York think that all of us in ‘flyover country’ are nothing but a bunch of dumb hicks and ‘bitter Klingons’. I have been through two hurricanes, numerous floods including one that inundated most of downtown and the hospitals with up to 10 feet of water. We did not have the problems we have seen out of out of cities like New Orleans during Katrina or New York City. Why? Competent state government working closely with competent local governments that don’t sit around and wait for the feds to help them, no unions, and a populace combined with the religious and business communities that understands that in times like that you have to get out and help your neighbors and work in a coordinated effort with the state/local governments to get help to where it is most needed.
Public employee unions flourish because government is, by its nature, a monopoly. Thus, there is no need for unionized government units to compete against non-unionized units. Moreover, public officials who negotiate with public employee unions generally lack the same incentives that private employers have to keep costs down. The result has been a fiscal disaster, with numerous states and municipalities now going over the waterfall of bankruptcy.
When they weren’t sitting on their backsides, city plowers were caught on videotape maniacally destroying parked vehicles in a futile display of Kabuki Emergency Theater. It would be laugh-out-loud comedy if not for the death of at least one newborn whose parents waited for an ambulance that never came because of snowed-in streets.
This isn’t a triumphant victory for social justice and workers’ dignity. This is terrifying criminal negligence.
Of course Bloomberg’s going to dispute that, but I suspect he’s full of it and is in CYA mode. If he had any balls he’d de-certify the union today and the state would beging a criminal probe of this mess. That or he should resign in disgrace.
In the end nothing will happen, though. You have a city run by liberals, a state run by a Democrat governor (and a new one being sworn in tonight) and two Democratic senators who’ve been noticeably absent this week (where’s Chuckie?).
This bad. A “good” girl had her father’s lunch instead of her own and it had a paring knife for cutting his apple (I guess he served with Mal and Zoe) and was expelled in her last year, she’s taking college level classes to get a jumpstart on college, now she’s screwed for this year and all her hard work went to shit because of the petty zero-tolerance jackasses at that school.
The puppy blender quotes a bad part but I find this beyond stupidity and, unfortunately, all too believable in this end of civilization.
And all because Congress in its infinite stupidity in mandating compact fluorescent bulbs in our homes that each contain 5mg of mercury. Not just any mercury mind you. Most mercury is in liquid form and will pool on the floor. The kind needed to make fluorescent bulbs work is the vapor form which can be inhaled readily should one of the bulbs break. And once ingested, mercury tends to go to the brain and stay there.
I am glad I stocked up on lightbulbs before this madness goes into effect.
It isn’t just the barking moonbat self-parodies at the snicker-inducing New York Times. The establishment liberal press has officially jumped the shark, rendering itself irrelevant to the world of adults with its desperate attempt to convince the cretinously gullible that the harsh winter weather we’ve been witnessing is caused by the chimerical global warming crisis.
Thus we are learning of the death of thousands of livestock, with many more facing starvation, after a blizzard brought heavy snow to a county in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Wednesday night. The snow, with falls of over three feet in places, has stopped animals grazing and the county does not have enough stored winter feed. It is currently short of 21.5 million kg of hay and other stored winter feed. And, with roads to five townships blocked, affecting 4,928 people and 248,000 livestock, things are not set to get better in a hurry.
All this is happening on top of the US blizzards and it is not yet January.
Something that even the 1941 Nazi invasion did not achieve has been briefly imposed by freezing global warming – the closure of Moscow’s airports. Reported by AFP and many others, things got so bad that “near riots” broke out as frustrated, cold and angry passengers expressed their opinion of Russian customer relations.
Big blizzard in the Dakotas and Minnesota yesterday. They had I-94 closed from Jamestown, ND to Alexandria, MN and I-29 from Brookings, SD to the Canadian border. That is about a 400 mile by 300 mile area where all travel was shut down.-Stay Home! Up there they do a very sensible thing They make people pay for being stupid.
Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
Another blizzard is coming today.
Establishing a tyrannical über-State to save us all from a nonexistent “crisis” that exists only as a rationalization for establishing a tyrannical über-State. See how seamless the logic of the despotic Left is?
“[Who] write me nasty letters because I support [logging], using their pretty little pencils and their pretty little stationery, not realizing, where do you think your pencil and your stationery comes from? It came from a tree that was harvested!”
The matter that could throw the remainder of this century into worldwide chaos and the United States into anarchy is not the emergence of other nations but the collapse of the United States and that overall possibility solely rests in the hands of the American people.
Who killed the California dream? Politicians did — specifically, politicians who pushed a vision of big government that called for redistributing wealth and rewarding indigence while penalizing the hard work and calculated risk-taking that marked Californians of generations past.
Indeed, there are probably three things President Obama could start doing today that would have a dramatic effect on this map: Control the border, turn on the water in the central valley, and prevent unions from negotiating any more devastating contracts like the ones that almost destroyed the nation’s auto industry.
Unfortunately, anyone who has been paying attention know that these are three things this President will never do. And so we sit with 9.8% unemployment nationwide, hoping the market can somehow overcome these bad choices.
Here is a job listing for you…Wanted: Ebonics Translator for Federal DEA Job
Bearing in mind that we are likely to see hyperinflation in the US, the UK and many European countries, the $6-10,000 target for gold is much too low. The dilemma is that it is absolutely impossible to predict how much money will be printed by governments. In the Weimar republic gold reached DM 100 trillion. But it is really irrelevant what level gold and other precious metals will reach in hyperinflationary money.
The worst aspect of this story? The same media that freaked out over a Republican president spending time at a ranch he owned free and clear are writing puff pieces about the current president’s indulgences on our dime. So, fellow wingnuts…how’s the cake? Mine is a bit dry.
The most open, transparent administration ever is ending the year by ramming through another controversial appointment under holiday cover.
At the beginning of a new year, I find it helpful to make a to-do list for the upcoming months. Many of you lesser mortals refer to this sort of thing as a “new year’s resolution”. I refrain from using this sort of terminology as it would tend to imply that I have something to improve upon Myself, which is of course not the case. I have no areas in which I can improve, except for possibly better communicating to you my vast intellectual superiority. Still, I believe this is really your fault, because the fact of the matter is I am simply trying to communicate ideas beyond your limited abilities to comprehend. Still, let’s not get all technical here.
From the “Where there is smoke, there is fire” department…Something is Fishy with the Left’s Sudden Interest in Obama’s Birth Certificate
I just wonder if there is more at play here behind the scenes in what could be the political theater to set up the greatest staged fraud in the history of the Presidency. Chris Matthews, the man who used to get tingles up his leg when anyone said the word Obama is suddenly asking why they just don’t produce the birth certificate? Is it possible that a fraudulent birth certificate is in the works? Something just seems to fishy all of a sudden for Chris Matthews to be pushing this idea the American people have the right to see Obama’s birth certificate.
I question the timing, too. I am guessing they are getting ready for the constitutional challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be President in the first place that they know is coming. If he was not eligible to be President when he filed the papers to get on the ballot then everything he has done will be null and void-every law, every appointment, everything. Say goodbye to Sotomayor and Kagen, say goodbye to Obamacare and most importantly say goodbye to Obama. Not only that the people who certified his eligibility within the Democratic party would be looking at some serious jail time. There have been reports of a team of ex-CIA officers traveling the globe assembling a dossier of documents on Obama’s past, including his education, passport, travel, and residency records looking for a ‘smoking gun’ and other things that are too long to get into here.
Let me just say one thing about $600 billion. You could build 100 $6 billion nuclear power plants in America for this amount of money. But our corrupt government wants to cripple our economy because some nuclear plant might emit toxic waste. So, the EPA won’t issue realistic permits to build them. This same government has no problem giving Goldman Sachs the same amount of money after it has generated enough toxic financial returns to destroy itself and other fools who lent them all this money. The hard working U.S. taxpayer might end up repaying this $600 billion. And, who would lend you money at 1.08% to buy anything?
Darwin must be rolling in his grave, seeing so called Evolutionists/environmentalists doing this
For my part, I think there are many comic opportunities for a sitcom about a Muslim family dealing with the dilemmas of living in the Great Satan. Clitorectomies, honor killings, shunning infidels as unclean, and following the prophet’s great example in killing Jews all have great potential for heart-warming comedy.
A blatant act of civil disobedience is planned on New Year’s Eve in Michigan. Bars and restaurants are being urged to ignore the state’s ban on smoking in public places and allow customers to light up. This protest is being organized by a Bloomfield Hills group called Protect Privacy Rights in Michigan. They believe you should run your business the way you see fit without government intrusion.