Monthly Archives: September 2011

I don’t mean to trivialize anyone’s death, but couldn’t the writer of this headline have done a better job of constructing it? There are several options available to make this more clear:

Barbershop owner found dead in pool of blood near Washington Boulevard salon

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If you tried to browse here between about midnight on the 29th, and 9:00 AM on the 30th, you probably saw the “Sorry -the bandwidth limit for this site has been exceeded” message on a big blank page. Sorry about that. My traffic basically doubled this month, and it never occurred to me that I was approaching the 20GB transfer limit I had set up with my hosting provider.

When I looked at my Sitemeter stats this morning, and saw ZERO page views, I knew something was up. So, I jumped onto my account at Simple Source Solutions, and doubled my monthly bandwidth rate for a measly $2.20. They’ve been a great host, and I expect to stay with them for the foreseeable future. They have been really great at resolving issues I’ve encountered with my WordPress installation. I can’t say enough good things about them.

So, thanks to all of you who drop by for creating that problem – it’s a good one to have.

Morgan Freeman, whom I like as an actor, apparently has a low opinion of folks in this country who identify with the Tea Party. He said so on Piers Morgan:

Tea Party activist Ali Akbar (yeah, you heard that right) was upset by the falsehoods Freeman was spreading (not really a big surpise on CNN), and wrote him an open letter to refute his misstatements:

Dear Mr. Freeman,

I’m not sure what a “tea partier” is, but I am a tea party activist. I’m concerned about the generational theft your generation has committed on mine. I’m not waging war against you, nor your generation, but the very idea that we have to spend money we don’t have on programs that are questionable at best and brewing the economic ruin of our United States at worst. We must lynch the very notion. I like the other millions of tea party movement supporters around our great county.

I know you love your country. Know that I do too.

In fact, I along with a handful of others frustrated with the establishment in our country. This establishment isn’t just a dark-skinned man who happens to be Democrat. They are corporate bosses who have successfully lobbied for taxpayer subsidies, they are auto industry executives whose bad business plan required tens of billions of dollars in the form of a federal bailout, a Texas duo — President Bush and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who rammed irresponsible spending bills through Congress, and big spenders in both parties dedicated to enjoying new luxuries that require our Treasury to borrow 42 cents of every dollar it spends, while saddling my generation with the bill. I’m admittedly a dedicated Republican, but one party rule has taken our nation in an awful direction under both Bush and President Obama (with his historic supermajority). This is the establishment the tea party and I are fighting.

Quickly, I wanted to debunk some falsities you said on Piers Morgan Tonight. As you know, you caused quite a stir — people weren’t calling you names but nonetheless sent viral the clip of you, well, frankly making a fool of yourself.

He goes on for some length more to explain exactly how Mr. Freeman was making a fool of himself.  Read the whole thing – it’s awesome: Dear Morgan Freeman – the Tea Party is Not Racist

Wow. Look at Herman Cain go.

“Essentially a three-way tie.” Last month, Perry led Romney 29/22 with Cain gasping along at six percent. This is what happens when the big takeaways from your debate performance are (a) you hate your own base and (b) you sound brain damaged.

Cain has benefited not only from his debate performances, but also significant media attention after winning the Florida Republican Party’s straw poll on Saturday.

Perry now garners 19 percent, a drop of 10 percentage points from a month ago. That puts Romney back in the top spot with the support of 23 percent. Last month Romney was at 22 percent.

Newt Gingrich recovered some ground and now stands at 11 percent. Ron Paul receives the backing of 6 percent now compared to 8 percent before the September debates.

Bachmann registers 3 percent support, down from 8 percent in late August and a high of 15 percent in July.

via Fox News poll: Romney 23, Perry 19, Cain 17 « Hot Air.

This is pretty interesting. Noemie Emery of the Washington Examiner ponders the possibility of discontent with all the current Republican hopefuls, and no Chris Christie to step into the void. What about a guy who’s been just as successful as Christie in the governor’s office, but not nearly as visible.

So — what about Bob?

Like Christie, McDonnell has many things Perry and Romney are lacking, but he possesses none of their flaws. He is not some holdover from an earlier age. He was elected in 2009, in the first wave of the pushback against Obama and big-government spending, and he has played an active part in that struggle.

McDonnell is from a large, diverse state, part Old South and part metro corridor, with a big high-tech corridor, a large rural area, small towns and suburbs, and a proximity to the national capital that draws people from all parts of the world. Virginia moves back and forth between the parties, but it hews to the more or less centrist variety, of which he is one in some ways.

He is no distinct regional type, and he would not raise hackles anywhere. He is a pro-life conservative who plays well in the suburbs. He never pushed through a precursor to Obamacare, nor has he gone back and forth on social (or indeed any) issues. His state has no border with Mexico, and he never cruelly forced a vaccine upon innocent children, (as Michele Bachmann might put it). He unites the three legs of the Reaganesque grand coalition. Like Christie, Marco Rubio and a number of others, he unites the Tea Party movement and the establishment, whereas Romney and Perry pull them apart.

In The Weekly Standard a few weeks ago, Mark Hemingway outlined the governor’s impressive record. Quinnipiac gives him an approval rating of 61 percent, tied with New York’s Andrew Cuomo for the best in the nation. His approval rating among blacks is in positive numbers. Virginia was named best state for business in the CNBC rankings; last year, it was second to Texas. Its unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, three points lower than the national average. Though a solid conservative, he works well with Democrats, who control the state Senate. His last budget passed unanimously, as did his education reform bill. Since he took office, his state went from a $4 billion deficit to surplus of $545 million. The contrast with Obama could not be clearer.

He’s certainly got the track record of success to serve as the chief executive. Would he do it, if enough influential supporters urged him?

via What about Bob? | Noemie Emery | Columnists | Washington Examiner.

NC Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue says she was joking; using a bit of hyperbole to make a point.

As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending congressional elections for the next couple of years.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”

Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members of Congress to focus on the economy. “You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things,” Perdue said.

I say there’s a grain of truth in every joke. Let’s say folks in this country were stupid enough to take that suggestion, and suspend elections for one or two cycles. Congressional elections get held every two years, so that would be four years that they didn’t need to worry about re-election campaigns or any of that. Does Governor Perdue think that having Obama, the media and the rest of the libs in Congress hammer on the Republicans to “get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things” would solve anything?

The reason for the “partisan bickering” is there is a huge divide between competing philosophies about how to “fix” things. Perdue and her ilk believe that if those stupid belligerent Republicans would just “reach across the aisle” the Dems could accomplish some more of their economy and country-wrecking agenda. The reason Republicans don’t go along with them is their agenda IS NOT WORKING, and it CANNOT WORK. You can keep throw “stimulus” money down the toilet, and adding to the mountain of debt we already can’t repay, and it’s NOT GOING TO WORK to fix the economy.

Wanna fix the economy? Hold those elections, and sweep (zer0)bama and his legions of progressive dufuses out of office. Only then will we begin to fix the problems. The libs can scream bloody murder about how “unfair” it all will be, but lowering tax rates on individuals and corporations, and cutting spending is the only way we’re going to dig out of this hole that The Petulant Boy-King is working so diligently to dig.

Perdue’s suggestion can’t work with the Congress constituted as it is now. Elections will start the pendulum swinging the other way. About that grain of truth: the Dems would love to open a crack to suspending elections when it was “really justified” – this is how societies that were once free slide down the slippery slope to tyrannical regimes run by power-crazy autocrats. I’m sure they’d love to install the Zero as dictator, so they could finally “get some things done.” Hell, he’s already wondered aloud to us about how he could get a lot more done if we were like China.


via Bev Perdue | NC Governor | Suspend Elections | Jobs | The Daily Caller.