02/2/10

Fear and Loathing of Las Vegas, Continued

President Obama seems to be quite content to bet other people’s money on a game of Keynesian Craps, but he just couldn’t resist taking another swipe at the city that I (and of course, a multitude of those who campaigned and voted for him in droves) call home:

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” The Hill quoted Obama saying today at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.” You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he spoke to the White House following Obama’s comments.

“While the President is correct that people saving for college need to be fiscally responsible, the President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said in a statement.

Other state and local politicians aren’t too happy with the Gambler-In-Chief’s snide remarks either.

This time, because of Harry Reid’s response (mainly in part that he’s dependent upon the President’s assistance in the re-election battle of his life), Obama issued a tepid explanation.

Maybe Obama should start making amends by tightening his own damn belt and spending more time thinking about the effect his careless words may have on the Nevada economy. Failure to do so may result in three congressional Democrats finding themselves in the unemployment lines with their fellow down-and-out Las Vegans after November.

09/15/09

California ACORN Chapter Exposed (Updated)

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles take their exposé westward to my old neighborhood of San Bernardino, CA. Here’s Part I of the shocking undercover footage:

To my California readers (especially those in the Inland Empire): Get on the phone, contact the local papers, and start holding the names named accountable. There’s more to come.

Update: The San Bernardino Sun does a write-up including a response from one of the mentioned politicians. ACORN’s chief organizer for California quickly put a different spin on the video, dismissing Giles and O’Keefe as “actors”.

09/10/09

Speaking Truth to Power

Last night, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted out loud our thoughts and feelings toward the vicious demagoguery that has come from the Obama Administration:

Regrettably, Rep. Wilson caved in to criticism from the left (with a little help from RINO Sen. John McCain and House Republican leaders) and apologized. Quite frankly, he told the truth, and he had absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Will the president apologize for his derision and insults toward the American people who rose up and spoke out against a forced government takeover disguised as “health insurance reform”? Don’t count on it. Being Barack Hussein Obama means never having to say you’re sorry.

In the meantime, I’m disgusted with the weakness displayed by the GOP, and I believe that a voter registration switch back to Non-Partisan is in order.

But the president’s health care “speech” is small potatoes compared to the rest of the vicious attacks on liberty that surround us. Remain vigilant. Watch, fight, and pray.

09/5/09

Van Jones Out

President Obama’s embattled “green jobs czar” packs it in:

Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs” with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.

The resignation comes as Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.

Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”

The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones’ name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officers had allowed the attacks to occur.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones said in his resignation statement. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”

Jones wasn’t thrown under the bus, but taken away in a waahmbulance! The truth about his radical, communist, conspiracy theory ties was an open book, pointed out in print and online; but to him, it was a “smear campaign”. He was busted fair and square, thanks to talk radio personality Glenn Beck, who had the courage to stand up and question Jones’ agenda (and ask why in the world would Obama gave him an advisory post in the first place) with boldness.

Jones’ resignation is a victory for liberty; however, there are still 31 “czars” remaining on the government payroll — all with radical backgrounds — who can do irreparable harm to our nation, our lives and our freedoms. It remains wise to heed Beck’s advice, continue to stand up against tyranny, and question those in leadership who ultimately work for us, regardless of race, ideology, or political affiliation.

In short, fellow citizens, continue to watch, fight, and pray.

09/3/09

ObamaCare: Worth Biting For?

I knew that the pro-government health care protesters could be quite thuggish, but I never thought they would actually go this far:

A 65-year-old man had his finger bitten off Wednesday evening at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks (CA), according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s investigators were called to Hillcrest and Lynn Road at 7:26 p.m.

About 100 protesters sponsored by MoveOn.org were having a rally supporting health care reform. A group of anti-health care reform protesters formed across the street.

A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care reform

If you can’t beat ‘em, chomp ‘em. Was this the new sales pitch for ObamaCare the administration was talking about?

Update: Mary Katharine Ham has the other side (and the rest of) the story…

08/30/09

Let’s Get Rid Of Harry

Our “esteemed” senior U.S. Senator Harry Reid used to fight against the Chicago-led mob that once ruled the Las Vegas Strip. Now, he has become one of them — and used his new-found Chicago influence to threaten the advertising director and the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

R-J publisher Sherman Frederick comments:

On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.

You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down. [emphasis added]

Enough is enough. It’s time to throw Harry Mason Reid out of office once and for all. This constituent will do his part, to the best of his physical and fiscal abilities make sure that event takes place come November 2010.

For all of his “accomplishments”, Nevada’s unemployment rate is at an all-time high of 13%. Nevadans from all walks of life are struggling to make ends meet, keep their roofs over their heads, and provide for their familes while Harry Two-Face plays his “hardscrabble, up-from-poverty, Nevada-proud” act to the voters, only to turn around and knife them in the back and sell out the best interest of the state to activist thugs who don’t give a damn about Nevada residents. I’m sick and tired of him and his ilk.

It’s high time that all Nevada voters throw that dirty, rotten slimeball in the trash can and haul him off to the waste dump of defeat. Anything less that will be unacceptable.

08/27/09

Ted Kennedy: A Sobering Look Back

The NRO editors penned a brutally honest, yet civil post-mortem retrospective on the late U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

As a member of the modern American aristocracy, Senator Kennedy believed that he had a mandate to use his power to do good for the least well-off among us, and that cast of mind is, at its core, admirable. Among the better achievements of his life, Kennedy lent moral support to important civil-rights and voting-rights legislation. Unhappily, he mistook power for wisdom, and he very often left things worse than he had found them. He meddled in Northern Ireland to no good end, contributed mightily to the politicization of the federal courts, sought to regulate and restrict political speech, appeased the Soviets, contributed to the American defeat in Vietnam, and attempted to apply the Vietnam template to Iraq. A child of privilege, he worked energetically to deny school-choice scholarships to poor black children in Washington, D.C. His ideas on taxes, immigration, and social welfare were reliably counterproductive.

Also, Chappaquiddick, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, et. al. do not go ignored. RTWT.

08/19/09

That 9th Commandment Thing

In an attempt to compare his battle for socialized medicine with the historic civil rights movement, President Obama accused his critics of “bearing false witness” about his true intentions as he gave his sales pitch to religious leaders.

Given that Obama has repeatedly lied about his agenda to force socialized medicine down the throats of the American people time, time, and time again, he is not without sin in such regard, and should refrain from casting stones at his critics.

Secondly, Obama is actually preaching to the choir, given that the “coalition of religious groups” is actually a left-wing network of “faith-based” community organizers whose founders were trained in the teachings of Marxist pharisee Saul Alinsky as opposed to taking up the cause of the converted Christian apostle formerly known as Saul of Tarsus.

In promoting the big lie that is currently repackaged as “health insurance reform”, Obama is a false prophet. The “unwashed”, “uninformed” multitudes are rejecting the message and responding with a resounding “NO!” like fire shut up in Jeremiah’s bones (no relation to the latter-day Jeremiah Wright, whose hate-filled sermons left quite an impression on the president).

The fish and loaves that are being fed to those who hunger for total government control over their lives are quite fishy indeed.

08/15/09

Here’s What They Think About You

Some members of Congress and the U.S. Senate have hosted town hall forums regarding the government health care proposals being rammed down our throats by the Obama Administration. While many of the forums have been dismissed by the mainstream media as hostile, angry mob gatherings, the following video sums up the collective attitude of those elected to represent us:

This is not as much as an attack on Sheila Jackson Lee as it is an example of blatant arrogance being displayed by all politicians, Democrat or Republican, who have forgotten who they work for.

If it were either you or me who displayed a cavalier attitude toward an employer while on the job, an immediate firing would be in order.

It’s time for all Americans to put politicians back in their place as elected public servants — not the elitist barons who see their constituents as serfs. Whether health care “reform” passes or fails (and I hope it fails), it’s time to start firing some people on November 2, 2010 and November 6, 2012 — starting with snobs like Jackson Lee and finishing it with your local representatives and/or senators.

As for me and my backyard, both Dina Titus and Harry Reid are on notice.

It’s time to take our country back.

Update (8/17): Tracy Miller, the woman who was rudely ignored by Jackson Lee, responds:

Show ‘em who’s boss.