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Why doesn’t the NAACP have faith in Black People?

The recently reported remarks of Ms. Charlette Manning, the chairwoman of Women in the NAACP, caught my ear the other day.

After Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP convention she said “You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.”

Now, before I get to my main point let me say this about myself.  I am a white person and right about soon, if gas prices do not come down hard and fast I will be pretty much unable to find my own way back and forth to work, so I can really relate to such concerns.  And no, I am not kidding or even exaggerating.  When I moved to my current location, one hour and 40 miles (one way) to my job gas cost $2.00 a gallon.  Then it went up, then it came down, now it’s back up.  If it doesn’t get back to a lot closer to $2.0o rather than $4.00, I’ll pretty much have to get a second job just to be able to afford the commute to my first and best job.  And again, I AM NOT KIDDING.

But I want to dwell on Ms. Manning’s almost complete lack of confidence in her brother and sister African-Americans.

She’s just, you know, completely wrong.

It makes me wonder if the NAACP, like many other “legacy” organizations, has any relevance to anyone younger than, oh say, 45 years old.

I just watched one of my recorded stash of HGTV’s  Design Star show, in which they’ve winnowed the field to the final 4.  Two of the finalists are African-Americans (OK, somebody could be from Canada, because those Canadians are always sneaking in across the HGTV border) and another I think is at least part African-American.

Based on the coming attractions, next week will be spent in part as a feature on some TV show which is hosted by an African-American woman.  (Not Oprah, I don’t know who she is, and hey, she could be another of those stealth Candians, but you get my point.)

I don’t know if these contestants have savings accounts or have their acts totally together.  Of course, they struggle in the contest.  The last white man standing might win (sorry, Stanley, but I doubt it).

But, they sure as heck can find their way to work.  They strive mightily to succeed.  They are ambitious, determined,  creative and (dreaded word!) entrepreneurial.

I certainly hope every single one of them hears Ms. Manning’s low opinion of them and votes for Mitt Romney out of spite, at the very least.

What exactly is this woman saying?  She’s like a stereotyped race-card playing professional victim as featured in The Onion in a front page story written by Rush Limbaugh.

Does President Obama think her assessment of Black Americans is correct?

Oh right, don’t ask him, he wasn’t even there.

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Don’t ever do this – Please!

When I saw a post today describing how the Obama campaign would like to be part of your wedding, etc. registry  I really did not believe it was real.

So sure was I that this was a fake story, I actually went to the Obama for America site, because I had to see this one with my own eyes.

{SIGH} It’s all too real.  Including the fake cheerful and youthful, yet mangled (gravy BOWL?) syntax.  Including the comments which range from loyally supportive to understandably snarky to downright mean as Mrs. Obama might say.

But what, exactly, are they saying here?  The first thought that comes to mind is “boy, these people are really desperate for money”, something with which even I can sympathize.  The second thought is that Obama and Co. seek to interject themselves into the most private, joyful moments of their supporters’ lives, with their hands out for money.

Like an insidious begger importuning a couple on a date, they accost you and request a share of something they should never even think they had a claim on.

Very, extremely creepy.  And rude.

Many on the Left probably wouldn’t believe this, but there is a debate taking place on the Right these days and I’ll sum it up this way: should we get down in the gutter with them, or do we continue to try and be better?

John Boehner’s recent advice to his house colleauges not to “spike the football” if Obama care is struck down by the SCOTUS is a pretty good example of the “be better” school.

Andrew Breitbart’s  entire life was a shining example of the “get down in the gutter” mode.

And, like with the Death Penalty, I usually sit on the fence over this.  My kid tells me “it’s important that we’re better, that’s a big part of why we’re right and they’re wrong” and I think she’s correct.  I’d like to think I’d cut my throat with a rusty razor blade before I’d say things about Mrs. Obama or the Obama daughters or pretty much anybody else like the things that those on the Left have said about Sarah Palin, her daughters and so many others.

But, the IRISH part of me always wants to jump in the gutter and start swinging.  In fact, I’m happy if you give me an excuse!

So, I’m torn.  But not today, today I am all on the “be better” side.

Please, please Mitt Romney, Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives, Moderates, PLEASE DON’T EVER DO THIS!!!!!

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One thing I don’t get about Obama’s immigration proposal

OK, I want to get this out there.

I can understand Obama instructing DHS not to pursue illegals in the narrow category of those brought here as minors, who are law abiding, etc.  That clearly falls under a discretionary standard and my guess is those people have been pretty much free from undue scrutiny for a long time now.  Making it official just makes it official, and provides a handy political boost to the Pres.

But I do not see how Obama, or DHS, or anybody else has the authority to instruct that these persons are now eligible to apply for legal work permits.

My understanding of Senator Rubio’s mini-DREAM act is that he would permit these same (or similar) situated persons to apply for student visas.

I could be wrong about some of this, and I’m not going to take the time to check it out, but there is a world of difference between student visas and work permits.

We do need “comprehensive” immigration reform and maybe we’ll be able to get it if Republicans are returned to one-party power in DC.  It needs to include many things the left won’t like.  In fact, it should consist pretty much of ONLY things the Left won’t like with 2 exceptions: 1. no mass deportations of law-abiding illegals already in the country and 2. a path to legalization for that same group.  Pretty much they should hate everything else in it, or it won’t be satisfactory to the rest of us.

These are the things, off the top of my head, that I would include:

=A solid closed border, including Mexico, including the airports, including visa departure verification

=To make visa departure verification easier I’d implement requirements that a return trip must be booked before entry is permitted, I’d shorten general travel visa times, which I think are now generally 6 months, to 2 months (with some exceptions)

=No bi-lingual education in any public school

=Required civics lessons (“what it means to be an American”) in every public school

=No more Spanish language assistance from the Federal Government.  I grew up in NYC and am fine with Public Health notices being published in as many foreign languages as necessary, but I find it very offensive that the IRS offers every form in Spanish and English.

=Alternative proposal, make English the official language of the USA

=END THE IMMIGRATION LOTTERY, arguably the worst concept for immigration every imagined, not to say implemented.  Does ANY other country take their future residents based on luck?

=End chain migration.  We should only admit spouses, minor children, and elderly parents with no options for care in the home country and who would remain ineligible for any “aid”

=Absolutely no welfare for non-citizen immigrants, legal or illegal, including food stamps, home heating aid, medicaid and any other “soft” welfare that is on offer

=No citizenship, EVER, for any person who has entered this country illegally – we’ll find a way to regularize you and your US born children can even grow up to be President, but you will not be able to vote for them

And, finally, increased penalties for crime committed by illegal aliens.  Of course this last one would have to happen on the state level and I don’t know why it hasn’t been already proposed.  Basically we’ve been giving illegals a “commit crimes for free” card and that needs to change.  I would say tack an extra 5-10 years on any criminal sentence if you committed a crime while in this country illegally.

None of this will work, or should even be considered, until we really have control of our borders.  For at least 5 years, that in conjunction with the poor economy ought to stanch the flow enough for other reforms to be put in place.

 

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Thank you, Wisconsin voters!

Mere words cannot express the debt (or perhaps, way out of debt!) that all Americans now owe to the people of the great state of Wisconsin.

So here is their wonderful fight song, for your sing-a-long pleasure.

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Elizabeth Warren, Big Chief Bullshit Artist

So, I’m breaking a personal rule here and just using the word bullshit in all its vulgar stridency.

Because it’s important, it’s for the children, it’s truth to power.

Nah, that’s all bullshit too.  It’s because Elizabeth Warren is gosh darn annoying.

Ms. Warren has been revealed to have, in a squirmy, wriggling sort of way self-identified as a Native American in the past.  It is presumed by many that she did this in order to advance her career (and the facts revealed in the Washington Secrets column regarding her credentials vs. those of her peers is certainly intriguing if not dispositive) and stopped doing it when no further boosting was necessary.  What nobody, and I mean nobody, believes is that she did it to “meet friends” or  find those “who are like” she is.  Unless, of course, she was looking for late feminist bullshit artists who want to become one of the 1% without losing touch with their Inner Other.

That is the purest bullshit.

I remember years ago hearing that college degrees are more properly understood as BS (bullshit) MS (more shit) PhD (piled higher and deeper).  I suppose Esquire Warren has a JD so I guess that stands for jumbo dung heap.

I do believe that she was told by her family that she had Native American ancestry.  But that’s the thing about bullshit, as this book  indicates, it doesn’t have to be a lie.  In fact, most bullshit isn’t a lie, it’s some truth used in the furtherance of a short cut, a get around, a get over.

And that was how Warren used her ancestry, just as she has tried to name herself the originator of the occupy movement, and just as she is now furiously spinning to get out of the web she wove.  And get this, in searching for that link, I see Ms. Warren was a registered Republican into her 40s!  Did Harvard know about that?

People like this are tiresome.  They don’t really want to do the hard work.  They just want to get over, get some for themselves, keep as much of it as they can, and tell you that you are not doing enough for others.  By which they mean you are not giving THEM enough money to do what they think best with.

They think the public are fools, and if they are members of the Democratic party they are pretty sure they can get away with their bullshit.

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Why We are Loving Rick Perry

Yesterday’s PPP poll has been confirmed, in spades, by the ever respectable Gallup Organization.  We Republicans are loving Rick Perry right now.

And there are a goodly number of folks who have got their knickers in a twist over this.

And that is the first reason we are loving Rick Perry, because we know, we just know, that he is loving that he’s twisted their knickers.

And not just the libs, many of whom seem convinced that we are always just one election away from some kind of Christian jihad that will have…..oh I don’t know what they think is going to happen, just that it is going to be really, really bad.  I don’t think Rick Perry is worrying too much about what these people are thinking. Of course this is the second reason we are loving Rick Perry.

But also queasy are the Establishment Republicans.  These are the people who live in fear of the New York Times and the rest of the MSM.  I also think some of them might be afraid of that Christian jihad, but only insofar as the jihadis might require them to handle snakes and speak in tongues.  Rick Perry is not intimidated by the Establishment Rs, and of course we love him for that.

Rick Perry grew up poor, became an Eagle Scout and served in the Air Force.  He doesn’t seem like there is too much in the world that fazes him.  The state he governs is doing very well, in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the country.  Of course he gets credit for this, fairly or unfairly, that is how the “chief executive” post works in American politics.  These traits and circumstances convey an ability at Leadership.  To be frank, President Obama has not helped himself with the whole “leading from behind” strategy, which is more than a bogus meme.  It was certainly the approach he took on the Stimulus Package and Obamacare and even the recent Debt Ceiling negotiations.  I wonder why the ghost of Harry Truman hasn’t snuck up on him and hit him upside the head with his old “buck stops here” sign, but alas for Barack, evidently he has not.  And indisputably the fine people of the great state of Texas have seen fit to return Governor Perry again and again to office.  We are getting pretty stressed out here in American and we are looking for someone to lead the way.  Perry seemingly has spent his life as a leader and appears to be an enthusiastic candidate for office.  We’ve been spared both the Hamlet routine and the reluctant saviour schtick and for that we are loving Rick Perry.

Rick Perry looks like a president.  Let’s face it, he looks like a president out of a 1970s TV Movie. He married his childhood sweetheart which is also very 70s TV movie.  Right now we are feeling like we are living through a re-run of the 1970s, so he fits right in to the zeitgeist.  And we are loving that in our universal subconscious hearts.

I, myself, am having a bit of a crush on Rick Perry (you couldn’t tell, right?)  I was very dashed at Tim Pawlenty’s implosion.  When I wrote this post I was going to start it by saying “he may have spoiled his chances” but I didn’t want to think it was true.  But it was.  No need to re-state the reasons, just follow the link and count the ways.  I thought Pawlenty was the prefect candidate,  but his diffidence damned him.  The Republican nominee is going to be facing a man who has said “they bring a knife, you bring a gun”.  Now this may only prove that men watch too many gangster movies and memorize too many lines from them, but I bet that even if Rick Perry doesn’t know any gangster lines, he’s memorized a few from Westerns.  The Republican nominee is going to be called everything bad the Left, the Dems and the MSM can think of, including but not limited to: a nazi, a religious maniac, a moron, an evil genius, a moron again, evil genius again, a racist, a hater of the old, the sick, the poor, and children (except unborn children, for those he or she will be said to have an unnatural affection) and, if the nominee turns out to be Rick Perry or Sarah Palin, a MURDERER of animals.  I can hear Tim Pawlenty running screaming into 10 o’clock in the morning even from here.  I can’t see any of this bothering Rick Perry at all.  I truly think he’s got these people’s numbers and for that I love Rick Perry.

Rick Perry made the much-anticipated announcement of his candidacy at the Red State Gathering.  I wrote a little post about it here because I was surprised at how little mention was made of that.  I’m sure a great deal of thought goes into where one makes one’s announcement of such an important undertaking.  Sometimes the reasoning eludes the audience, as did Jon Huntsman announcing in Liberty State Park, but nevertheless, I’m sure it was a long considered decision.  Even failed short-lived candidacies are monumental undertakings and no one who intends to be a serious candidate is going to say “I’m running for President” on the fly.

So Perry’s choice of venue served two purposes – it was a poke in the eye of the MSM, since they were forced to give publicity to a right-wing  blog site (they did strenuously avoid this part) and it cemented his attachment to the Tea Party movement.  And that brings me to what I think is the biggest reason we love Rick Perry, he respects us.

The Tea Party movement is the truest grassroots movement since the Feminist wave of the 1970s.  It was set off by a random rant by CNBC newscaster Rick Santelli and took off like wildfire across the United States.  It began as a protest movement by people who don’t go to protests, or at least they hadn’t gone to any since the 1970s or earlier.  It was motivated by the fear that Barack Obama was going to make good on at least one campaign promise, the promise to “fundamentally transform” America and that with solid, filibuster-proof majorities in both houses of congress he would succeed in that quest.  I don’t want to delve into a lot a detail here, but let me just say there was a big “hey, wait just one lousy minute” moment amoung the middle class who, generally, don’t want their entire societies fundamentally transformed. (Provided of course they are essentially free societies, in totalitarian lands the shoe is on the other foot. Yes, China, I’m talking about you.)  This is, of course, why the Left fundamentally, historically, always and forever, hates the bourgeoisie.

Well, the Tea Party movement organized Tax Day Rallies, marched on Washington (twice if you count the Glenn Beck event and I’d say it should be counted), contributed mightily to the election of Republican Scott Brown to the erstwhile “Kennedy” senate seat in Massachusetts and ultimately engineered the biggest gain of house seats in decades, taking the national purse out of the hands of the Democratic party, much to the consternation of the bien pensant.

There was an awful lot of effort involved in all this.  It was done amoung friends and strangers who became new friends.  There was, as election day got closer, some funding from groups like Americans for Prosperity and others, but there were no secret sacks of money. (Or if there were I didn’t get any – story of my life!)

And what did we get for our efforts at peaceful protest and the exercise of our constitutionally guaranteed right to petition our Government?  What did we get for our civic participation? What did we get from the people who just two years prior,  for the last 6 years of George W. Bush’s presidency, had cheered on International ANSWER (those people are pure Communist and do not ever believe otherwise), Code Pink and the pathetic Cindy Sheehan; from the people like Hillary Clinton who told us “Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism”; from the people, like Barack Obama and the editorial staff of the New York Times who somewhere along the way found an indulgent and affectionate respect for many of those, like Bill Ayers, who had once sought to overthrow the US Government by violent means; what did we get from those people?

We got slandered as violent racists, derided as dupes, laughed at as bumblers and clowns.

Now, of course there are already “Tea Party” candidates running (Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Caine) or still considered possible candidates (Sarah Palin) but all of them have serious draw backs.  Bachmann and Paul share a problem, they are house members, while Caine has never held office, and he seems clueless on foreign policy.  Palin first has to overcome the problem of not actually being a candidate.  These are all good people and every one of them would be a vast improvement over Barack Obama, as would non-tea party candidates Rick Santorum and the unjustly ignored Gary Johnson and even former front-runner Mitt Romney.

But, let’s face it, Rick Perry is a BIG dog.  He is the current governor of the second largest state, a state whose economy is booming, he is an incredibly successful politician (as both a Democrat and a Republican), if you measure that by getting elected. And this is a campaign, we’re not writing a history book here.  He knows how to get massive publicity and how to wow a crowd.   Perry could have gone anywhere, spoken to any group but he came to us, out of Respect, as they say in the gangster movies. And so far, he hasn’t asked for a thing beyond a fair hearing. And that is probably the single most important reason why we are loving Rick Perry right now.

Sigh. I hope we don’t all hate him in 6 weeks, 6 months, 6 years because then I’ll have to do a long “why we hate Rick Perry” post and this one took hours.

And if I never have to do that, how much will I love Rick Perry then!

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Rick Perry and Red State

I’m writing about this because for all the hoopla about Perry’s announcement, there is a major aspect of it that I think is being overlooked.

Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, announced his much anticipated bid for President of the United States at the Red State Gathering.

What is the Red State Gathering? It’s a shingdig for a blog.  A BLOG!

A VRWC blog, and not being a blog historian I don’t know if it’s the grandaddy of them all, if it’s the most visited, the most influential, I don’t really know.

I mean, I read A LOT of Right Wing blogs myself, and I’ve checked out Red State a few times, I just never could get into it.

Myself, I’m a freeper. http://www.freerepublic.com you can go there for some hard core conservatism and the greatest group on the internet, imho.

But, nevertheless, this is some kind of a great, newsworthy, thing, I think.

And, yet nobody seems to be mentioning it.  All we hear is that Perry announced in South Carolina.

I don’t know if this is blog jealousy or what.

Kudos Red State, I think you’ve brought it all to a whole ‘nother level!

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Debate disappointment

Tim Pawlenty’s unwillingness to bash on Romney was a HUGE disappointment.  Running away from his bon mot “Obamneycare” was so stupid, in so many ways I almost cannot believe he did it.

1. He looks craven, like a  back stabber, who won’t stand up and tell a person face to face what he thinks of him.

2. He looks cowardly, if he won’t take on Romeny, how is he going to take on Obama?  Some MSMer is going to ask him some thinly veiled version of this: Pres. Obama is black, and you are running against him, doesn’t that make you a racist?  And what’s he going to do?

3. He threw away the small progress he had made against the charges of being boring unto death.

4. He undermined the rest of his pretty good debate performance.

5. He didn’t need to do this at all.  He could have been “nice” and still said something like: While I don’t want to bash Gov. Romney, the fact is Obamacare is modeled on Romenycare, that’s why I said what I did yesterday and that’s why Gov. Romeny is NOT the man to bring market-based reforms to our health insurance system.

6. He looked unprepared, didn’t he and his team realize that this was one thing he would definitely be asked about?

7. He’s going to have a very hard time recovering from this, for all the reasons I give here.

And, despite what others are saying, Romney just looked awful.  Like the fake, empty pol he really is.  And that thing he said at the very end “New Hampshire voters believe in the future.”  What malarkey!  I’ve been to New Hampshire many times, the people there are actually rather enamored of the past.  But in any event, those in other states are interested in the future also.

So, Bachmann came off well, Romney is just glib and awful, Santorum was OK, Caine is hopeless, Ron Paul is truly a nut (but his little joke at the end about not knowing where the others stood on the Federal Reserve was very cute & self deprecating ), Gingrich was OK, and Pawlenty screwed up BIG TIME.

Hubby had a major crush on Bachmann, he had never seen her before, so maybe a lot of folks felt that way.  She is rather like Jaclyn Smith of Charlie’s Angels, but she doesn’t have the “beauty queen” thing, she’s way too wonky, so maybe that will help her to be not so threatening to some gals out there.

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Very sad that Pence is not running

I’m very sorry to hear Mike Pence has decided to run for governor and not president.

He really could have been perfect, which I think was why many people have been very vocally urging him to run.

Even rather un-political Hubby loved him, after seeing ONE interview with him on a Sunday chat show.  Hubby told me “he’s the guy” and I said “yeah, I think he is” and this was a couple of months ago.

Now we have Romney, Palin and the rest, with only Giuliani likely to break out of the pack, if he learned his lessons from last time.  But if he is not actually in Iowa or New Hampshire RIGHT NOW, I doubt he’s learned them.

More on all this later, today I am just truly disappointed.

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