By Jay D. Homnick – American Spectator
Thanks to the Republican presidential race, political correctness has taken a beating it won’t recover from.
All around me I hear nothing about this presidential primary campaign but those onomatopoeic grr words. You know the ones… grimacing, grinding, griping, grouching, grousing, grudging, grumbling, grumping. Romney’s chauffeur is parking the Cadillac too conspicuously and Gingrich’s bellhop is collapsing under the weight of his baggage and Santorum’s priest is tripping over his cassock and Paul’s wizard is suffocating under his hood. No one is any good and you don’t need a crystal ball to see Obama’s Inaugural Ball.
But to be honest, I am having the time of my life. Perhaps foolishly, I have stopped keeping score of the hassling and the tussling between the guys. Whoever wins will have my vote unless his name is Paul, on his road to non-intervention in Damascus, in which case my anti-anti-Semitism will prevail over my anti-anti-Constitutionalism. I can sleep at night with either Romney or Gingrich or Santorum as President, with the added bonus that Romney may put me to sleep by day as well.
My overall sense remains one of exultation. These candidates may or may not defeat Obama, but two of them, Gingrich and Santorum, have accomplished a far more significant victory, one which may hold greater ramifications. Between them they are dismantling, piece by brittle piece, the structure of political correctness that has stifled our debate in this society for decades. For the first time, we have politicians who can gab without first kissing the Blarney Stone.
Gingrich got the ball rolling, to be sure. He was the one to call the Palestinians an invented people. That bit of truth had not made an appearance in polite company since the last time Muhammad chuckled at a cartoon. Governor Perry, a lovely guy who remembers the Alamo a little too well, weighed in with the insight that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Sadly he backed off under pressure and he was forced to ride off into the sunset.
Since then, no one is retreating and cultural territory is being conquered, 40 acres at a time, by this newfound mulishness. Rick Santorum said casually in a debate that Global Warming is a hoax, yet the earth was not scorched in retaliation. [snip]
Then Gingrich said that teenagers could do janitorial work to make a few bucks and learn how to function as an employee. The usual suspects rolled out the tried-and-true techniques of portraying this as an affront to education, a rollback of child-labor laws, an expression of disrespect for young students and a coded racist reference to the notion that all minorities should serve as domestics. After they blew all that smoke at him, polls showed that people thought he had a point.
Santorum showed up next arguing that views informed by religion are entitled to take their place in the public square. Despite efforts by both liberals and conservatives to mock him, he had the gumption to stand behind his words.
(sounds good to me, that maybe political correctness will die out. but the reality is, it will live on and on and on, as long as there is one liberal left in our land)
Between 80 and 100 tornadoes touched down across 10 states Friday, resulting in over 30 deaths, hundred of injuries, and millions of dollars in damage.
Multiple fatalities were reported in hard-hit Kentucky and Indiana. The Indiana towns of Marysville and Henryville, birthplace of KFC’s Colonel Sanders, sustained direct hits, which led to widespread devastation. Initial reports out of Marysville chillingly described the town as being “gone.”
Elsewhere, deaths were recorded in Ohio and Alabama. Tornadoes also ravaged parts of Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. If the number of touchdowns is confirmed to be 100, yesterday’s outbreak could very well be the largest recorded March outbreak in US history.
This was the second outbreak in less than a week for many areas. Tornadoes hit Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing at least 12.
The threat of tornadoes is significantly lower today but still very much extant, as the storm system makes its way southeast toward Florida and the Carolinas. (Late breaking: Tornado strike confirmed in The Midlands.)
(people, do pray for all the people who were killed in these tornadoes)
Funny, now the money to pay pensions are borrowed from the same pension fund used to pay pensions! How the left thinks when it come to economics.
As has been demonstrated everywhere it has been tried, socialism makes no economic sense. Even applying famous American ingenuity results in nothing but
When New York State officials agreed to allow local governments to use an unusual borrowing plan to put off a portion of their pension obligations, fiscal watchdogs scoffed at the arrangement, calling it irresponsible and unwise.
And now, their fears are being realized: cities throughout the state, wealthy towns such as Southampton and East Hampton, counties like Nassau and Suffolk, and other public employers like the Westchester Medical Center and the New York Public Library are all managing their rising pension bills by borrowing from the very same $140 billion pension fund to which they owe money.
Across New York, state and local governments are borrowing $750 million this year to finance their contributions to the state pension system, and are likely to borrow at least $1 billion more over the next year. The number of municipalities and public institutions using this new borrowing mechanism to pay off their annual pension bills has tripled in a year.
Altruism is a deeply held ethical ideal held by many who consider moral acts are made with the intent to promote the happiness of others. It was identified and named by a French philosopher, Auguste Comte who named the activity altruism. It is applied not only to people (psychological altruism), but also to animals and even plants. In modern day linguistics this idealistic passion of seeking and identifying doing good deeds is often abused manipulatively to shape political activisim, based on the often emotionally rewarding feelings humans experience as a result of doing good deeds.
Hahahahahaha.,…the police in Pittsburgh are looking for Kenny!
Police in Pittsburgh have released a sketch of the person suspected of entering the apartment of a South Side woman and attacking her in the shower.
Is that a real breast pump? The TSA hard at work keeping our airlines safe (from what, I have no clue now).
A Hawaiian mom says she was humiliated when asked to prove her breast pump was real at an airport.
The woman says she was flagged for additional screening at the Lihue Airport Wednesday because of her electric breast feeding pump.
She claims agents told her she couldn’t take the pump on the plane because the bottles in her carry-on were empty.
Maher Responds to Limbaugh: I Can Call Palin C-word Because ‘I Don’t Have Sponsors – I’m on HBO’…
According to Maher, the line in the sand on decency is only crossed if you have sponsors. Without them you’re free to attack anyone in the nation with total impunity.
Jerry Philipson, American Thinker
What to do about Iran’s nuclear weapons development program is the major issue that will be discussed during the meeting in Washington on Monday between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Both men agree that Iran cannot be allowed to develop and possess nuclear weapons because the results for the Middle East in general and the United States and Israel in particular would be catastrophic. Israelis are especially threatened because there is no doubt whatsoever that Iran’s first order of business after acquiring nuclear weapons would be to attack Israel with them in an effort to wipe the country off the map, to remove it from the face of the earth. That is a given and the Israeli’s know it.
They also know that the only way to stop an attack from happening is to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran’s hands in the first place, that military intervention is the only way to do it, that the chances of Obama launching a preemptive strike are non-existent, that they will have to launch a preemptive strike themselves or suffer terrible consequences including millions of Israeli deaths and the very real possibility that their country will be destroyed and cease to exist and that time is running very short. It is a very simple proposition for the Israelis. Kill or be killed. If they want to survive they have to attack and they have to succeed.
A preemptive Israeli strike is something Obama doesn’t want because it would reflect very badly on his failed policies, his lack of leadership, his inability to control or even influence events in the Middle East, his antipathy towards Israel, his sympathy for the Islamic world and his general ideological bent. That is something he cannot afford in this election year because it would cost him a large number of votes, which in turn could keep him from getting re-elected.
In order to buy time and get him through the election in November Obama is going to do everything he can to convince Netanyahu and the Israelis not to launch a preemptive strike, including making promises we know he won’t keep.
I found this just too freaking funny! And more to the point, too damn true!