It boils down to, ‘He’s the only one with anything interesting to say – especially to young people’. That’s certainly true when it comes to McConnell, Christie, McCain, etc.
Count me as one who was not suprised at the size of Rand Paul’s victory in the CPAC straw poll. I’m only surprised it wasn’t bigger — even though he nearly tripled the votes of his nearest rival Ted Cruz.
You could almost say that Paul is the ONLY interesting candidate on the immediate horizon — Republican or Democrat. I’m not going to badmouth the Republicans (I may have to vote for them), but Hillary is as dull, predictable and reactionary as Obama, if that’s possible. Neither of them has evidenced an ounce of creativity, or even an original thought, while in office.
It is this creativity that distinguishes Paul. He seems future oriented, unlike the rest of the potential candidates who mouth platitudes, liberal and conservative, bashing each other in the most tedious manner imaginable. Yes, the liberal side is by far more repellent, and old fashioned in ideology to the point of ridiculousness, but this does not absolve the right of the need to come up with forward-thinking solutions to the obvious American decline.
That is why Paul appeals to the young who are oriented, as they should be, toward the future.”
From PJ Media
Sure could be. Michael Dukakis thought he’d look tough sitting in a military tank. He got the photo op and the whole country made fun of him for it.
McConnell looked exceedingly stupid imitating Charleton Heston. Then he went on to give a weak-sister speech that no one listened to.
Found it here
Somebody explain to me why buying a 49 hour weekend in November and paying for it with a 47 hour weekend in March is a good idea. I seriously do not see the benefit of daylight redistribution schemes.
I get up at 5:45 to blog and it was just starting to be light out. Now it is 6:35 and black night. Oh sure, it won’t get dark tonight until 7:30. I am really not getting why that is such a great thing. Now we turn the lights on for breakfast instead of supper.
Taking an hour of daylight out of the morning and adding it to the evening feels a lot like government stimulus. Stimulus, as it exists today is, effectively, taking a dollar out of our collective left pocket and putting it in our right. Rather than buying boats, houses, Pabst Blue Ribbon and lutefisk, we buy wool and mohair subsidies, cash transfers to ACORN type organizations and centers for performing art in which the performances involve crucifixes and vaginas.
Daylight savings time takes an hour of daylight from morning people, redistributes it evening people and calls it “savings”. So what do the savings look like?
In 2010, Utah State University economist William F. Shughart II argued that that turning the clocks forward and backwards each year costs Americans $1.7 billion of lost opportunity cost each year. His calculations assumed that each person over the 18 spent about 10 minutes changing clocks instead of doing something else more productive.
Only a leftist could give you a long weekend in November, a short one in March, steal an hour of daylight in morning, redistribute it to the evening, spend a huge amount of money to do it and call it “savings”.
Look for the government to repay the hour they took from you yesterday in November… without interest.
And I am sleepy, dammit.
Evidently the era of austerity means living high on the credit card. Global debt exceeds $100 trillion.
The amount of debt globally has soared more than 40 percent to $100 trillion since the first signs of the financial crisis as governments borrowed to pull their economies out of recession and companies took advantage of record low interest rates, according to the Bank for International Settlements.
The $30 trillion increase from $70 trillion between mid-2007 and mid-2013 compares with a $3.86 trillion decline in the value of equities to $53.8 trillion in the same period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The jump in debt as measured by the Basel, Switzerland-based BIS in its quarterly review is almost twice the U.S.’s gross domestic product.
In a world where the governments have taken on so much debt that they cannot afford to allow interest rates to rise much above zero, and their only exit strategy is further currency debasement. Global growth at sub three percent isn’t going to do it. It will come to pass.
It turns out that unions aren’t really too keen on Obamacare.
A new report from a major U.S. union says ObamaCare will hasten income inequality.
Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, uneven the playing field in the market, force employers to cut back on hours and result in pay decreases, Ralston Reports said.
“The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction,” the report says. “Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.”
The report says it’s “ironic” that the Obama administration is publicly discussing income inequality though it has yet to make the changes to ObamaCare that Unite Here believes are necessary to avoid exacerbating income disparity.
Was it for this?
A new Iraqi draft law based on Shi’ite Islamic jurisprudence would allow nine-year old girls to marry and would assert a husband’s right to demand sex from his wife whenever he wishes, reports Reuters.
The draft legislation, known as the Ja’afari Law after the sixth Shi’ite imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq, was approved by the Iraqi cabinet and must now be considered by parliament.
The law says that girls are fit to marry at the age of nine because they have reached puberty by then. Its defenders believe the current personal status law violates Sharia law.
You would think Western feminists would stop screaming for others to pay for their birth control and, you know, agitate about this sort of thing, wouldn’t you? Nah, they’re too busy talking about their vaginas.
It’s a good question, posed because of at least two things that happened during the 2014 CPAC convention. First, Rand Paul won the straw poll with 31 votes. Ted Cruz came in second with 11.
Second, polling of the attendees elicited this response when asked if Marijuana should be legalized:
For those who would rather read than interpret bar charts the results were:
41 percent of respondents said “Marijuana should be legalized for recreational and medical use and taxed,” while 21 percent said “Marijuana should be legalized only for medical purposes when prescribed by a doctor.”
31 percent said, “Marijuana should remain illegal” while 6 percent abstained from the question.
Due to the large youth presence at the conference, CPAC pollster Tony Fabrizio noted that with the exception of those 65 and older, majorities of conservatives in each age group supported the legalization of marijuana in either its recreational or medicinal forms.”
One thing I found heart in was this little gem:
Due to the large youth presence…”
There has been a lot of teeth gnashing in the last few years because it has been said that the GOP doesn’t appeal to young people. That may be true but it doesn’t seem to apply to Conservative causes. The two are not the same. The Republican elite have been trying to eliminate their Conservative wing. They burned some bridges with libertarians during the 2012 GOP convention when they refused to allow Ron Paul to speak.
Libertarians may be a lot of things but they have long memories. I sense that they are moving toward control of the GOP. They will get it, too, if they appeal to young people. They will just outlive the OFWG’s.
It was very well received. She never fails to stir a crowd.
I do not like this Uncle Sam.
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like — oh, just you wait —
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their crony deals.
I do not like this spying, man,
I do not like, ‘Oh, Yes we can.’
I do not like this spending spree,
we’re smart, we know there’s nothing free.
I do not like reporters’ smug replies
when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this kind of hope,
and we won’t take it,
nope, nope, nope”
From Gateway Pundit
An atheist group is suing to remove 9/11 beam cross from museum.
American Atheists attorney Edwin Kagan called the 17-foot-tall crossed beams a religious symbol that only gives one story of the people who suffered and has no place on government-owned land. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the site where the museum is located.
Judge Reena Raggi said there are countless other religious artifacts on display at many museums. She asked the lawyer for the American Atheists if their goal was to censure history.
Before arguments began, those opposed to the cross in the museum demonstrated outside federal court, CBS 2′s John Slattery reported.
“This is part of religious history. It’s an act of religious symbolism. It is a shrine now,” Ken Bronstein of New York City Atheists said outside court. “That miracle
cross should be moved back to St. Peter’s where it was for five years.”
The cross was a T-beam from Tower 6, which was blessed by Father Brian Jordan who served as the ground zero chaplain.
“This was a sign of consolation. It’s was never meant to hurt anyone, hurt the atheists or anything like that,” Fr. Jordan said. “It is an artifact that should be included in the museum because it’s a history museum. This is a part of the memory of 9/11.”
You know, I don’t believe in mermaids, dragons or griffins. Around the country, imagery of these mythical creatures are on display. I don’t ask the government to shied my eyes from them. What is it with these people?
Lutefisk has the reputation among non-aficiandos – of being the worst dish in the world. It is made from whitefish processed in lye until it becomes gelatinous.
Other cultures have their own forms of food that westerners consider disgusting. The Philippines and some other Asian countries have balut, or nearly hatched eggs. Natives in Alaska enjoy ‘Stink Walrus’ or ‘Stink Flipper‘ which is, “walrus flippers which have been buried in the sand and left to marinate in their own juices for a number of months,after which it is dug up and thoroughly cooked and consumed.”
Swedes have what is considered the absolute worst-smelling food. It’s herring which is allowed to ferment and is then canned where it continues to ferment. It actually causes the cans to bulge.
Here a reporter tells us about the delicacy and actually tatses the stuff after a period of retching.
Not for me.
Hat tip to Peter
I miss the Friday Night Hit Parade sponsored by RD Walker and The Real Revo. It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had some cool tunes to rock to while we all drink our Pabst Blue Ribbon’s. Our fellow Revoista, MadBrad, came to the rescue with his weekly Friday Night at the Movies posts to help us unwind and forget about all the minutia that seems to happen every week. Heck, the superb movies he selects for us every Friday night are more real than any news report we get anymore from the MSN. I don’t mean to tread on his discipline of movie genre’s, but I meant to post this as a prelude to his weekly show. As for me, I have a 7-pack of Pabst, and plan to watch his publication of The Warriors now. I will also give a PBR rating of the film in the comments section.
As for now, gunga, la gunga.
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We have come to yet another glorious Friday night together, our first in the Month of March. This is the last Month in the first Business Quarter of the Year. Businesses are in a mad dash to bring up their numbers from a shaky January and the Month of non-stop Winter storms that was February. The numbers are low and the projections are high. Each Friday night will bring blessed escape from the madness. Sometimes having a thematic Month feels a bit restricting and I really feel the need to go freestyle this Month.
Then I thought… March Madness. Go with absolutely crazy stuff all Month. Yeah, that’s never been tried before. How original.
Anyone who has actually experienced the Basketball version of March Madness from within the confines of a Prison has a natural dislike for the term. Please try to imagine what that’s like for just a moment. No, you’re not doing it right.
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In addition to Rspect, Obama also likes- (Remove any one leter)
Livin’ on a Payer
Sells Like Teen Spirit
Stairway To Heave
Sand By Your Man
Read more at iOTW
The Georgia Tech graduate student burned over 90 percent of his body last month died Thursday, the Institute said.
Saamer Akhshabi was burned in a Feb. 4 explosion inside his apartment, where investigators found a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.
Akhshabi, 26, was transported in critical condition to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died early Thursday, Georgia Tech shared with the campus.
“We have worked closely with other law enforcement agencies during the investigation of this tragic incident,” Robert Connolly, interim police chief for Georgia Tech, said in an emailed statement.
“The FBI has relayed that, to date, they have not developed any information or evidence indicating criminal intent in this investigation.”
Investigators determined that Akhshabi was not a threat to the Georgia Tech community, Connolly said. But no information was released regarding why Akhshabi had the explosive materials.
An Iranian citizen with an apartment full of Molotov cocktails? What’s to suspect? I figure he was going camping and just wanted to make sure he could get his fires lit. Enjoy hell, Muj.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the “women of soul” who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House on Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Obama declared at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
The pumped-up audience gave a hearty laugh but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
Just remember, Dan Quayle is still harassed about the potato, and this tool bag is reading it from a teleprompter.
Obamacare was created to provide insurance to the uninsured. If you ask the people in charge of measuring the success Obamacare how many uninsured are enrolling, however, they will respond, “Beats the hell out of me. I never thought to ask.”
Gary Cohen, director of the main implementation office at the Health and Human Services Department doesn’t have a clue.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured people by about 24 million over the next few years, and that about 6 million previously uninsured people will gain coverage through the law’s exchanges this year. So, is enrollment on track to meet that goal? Overall enrollment is looking pretty decent, but how many of the people who have signed up were previously uninsured?
“That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way,” Cohen told the insurance-industry crowd on Thursday when asked how many of the roughly 4 million enrollees were previously uninsured.
It is as if a car dealer was asked how many cars he sold last month and he responded, “That’s not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way.”
Of course they aren’t really this stupid. The reality is that the number of uninsured enrolling in this boondoggle is so embarrassingly small that it screams failure. They know how many uninsured are signing up. They just don’t want you to know.