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Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene: A Checklist

Here is an important checklist to think about before the hurricane hits:
  1. If you have to be told not to go into the water during a hurricane, well, it's not going to help society much to put in effort and risk lives to save you
  2. If you own a home right on the ocean and you don't let me cut through your property to get to the beach, don't ask me to help you rebuild your house, you snot
  3. If you are told to evacuate and you don't, well, see Item #1
  4. If you need to be told to have a flashlight and water at the ready, it is likely that you are only three years-old and you shouldn't be living on your own just yet
  5. If you need to be told to bring your lawn furniture in before a hurricane hits, don't bitch at me when it lands in my yard and I keep it
  6. Yes, the power goes out, and so does the cable
  7. Yes, bad things happen sometimes
  8. You should wear a slicker when you take the dogs out to pee
  9. Don't buy frozen dinners to help you get through the hurricane. Spam is good. Peanut butter is better
  10. If you live in New Jersey, you're going to have to drive to Pittsburgh to avoid this one, so make sure you have plenty of gas
You're welcome.

Getting Prepared for Hurricane Irene

All of the local authorities up and down the East Coast are taking Hurricane Irene seriously. It seems like we might not avoid this one, but even if it swerves out to sea and misses us, they're doing the right thing. The MSM is screaming at you to have a flashlight and water and food but if you don't know that by now you should stop watching TV and stop reading dumb political blogs on the Internet and get out and live a little bit.

Here's some things we should prepare for politically:
  1. Local officials are the only ones who know what your situation is. The farther away from your home the official is, the less that official can do for you.
  2. NBC's David Gregory tipped his hand this morning about what he thinks of America outside the Beltway when he pressed a FEMA director he was interviewing on preparedness by saying he was concerned that local authorities needed to "get serious" about Irene. His implication was that only the Feds could help us now. Luckily, the FEMA dude spoke correctly when he said that local authorities are in the best position to know how to handle potential emergencies like this.
  3. Stop whining about President Obama being on vacation. You surviving this hurricane intact does not depend in any way, shape matter or form on what the president does or does not do. Local authorities in Louisiana completely failed their citizens after Katrina, but because they were Democrats they got a pass. The Feds cannot enter a state to help until they are asked to do so by the governor. The president, any president, is the least qualified person to help you during an emergency.
  4. No matter who he is or whether you like him or not, the president does not control disaster response in this country. Immediate on the ground support comes from the county and state long before the Feds are even aware of what is going on. America, please re-learn this basic fact about your country.
  5. Right Wing Zealots: please read Items 3 and 4 again and act accordingly. Just because the Left took advantage of the American people's ignorance of the law and seized the opportunity to lambaste Bush after Katrina is no reason for us to act stupidly in return.
  6. The emergency director of Cape May County, NJ, said that people who decide to ignore the mandatory evacuation should write their vital information on an index card and put it in their left shoe so authorities would have an easier time identifying their bodies. Nice. I like that he's a 'get to the point' type of guy. I would like to add that you should wrap the index card in a plastic bag to keep the ink from running so when they finally fish your body out of the water they can read what you wrote. 
  7. Governors of the affected states are declaring emergencies early so they can get in line for Federal disaster relief money. All the president can do is decalre a Ferderal disaster, which also frees up the flow of money from the beauracratic foolishness of the very government the money comes from. Standard procedure. Stop biting your nails.
  8. If you live next door to me, please take in all that trash you have stored by your garage so it doesn't fly through my living room window while I'm playing Scrabble during the power outage tomorrow night.
  9. Quick rule of thumb - if the government person speaking to you is wearing a tie or a Hillary-style business suit they can't help you. If they are wearing a fireman's coat or hat, or they have a gun on their belt, or they have one of those neat blue windbreakers that say 'OEM' on the back - it's probably too late but you should definitely pay attention to them anyway.
  10. Stop worrying about economic damage and at the same time don't be so silly as to think disasters are good for the economy - they're not. Worry about your house, your family, your neighbors (even the ones with garbage stored right outside your living room window), the economy is the least of your worries until next week.
The next fifty-four hours are going to be quite a ride for those of us in the Northeast. Hunker down, you're potentially living through history. You might be living through another massive hype attack on a nothing storm too, but we won't know that until Monday.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Libertarian Manifesto: Don't Call Me A 'Conservative'

Conservatism (Latin: conservare, "to preserve")[1] is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were. Stolen from Wikipedia because I was too lazy to actually look up the definition in a respected dictionary.
I am not a 'conservative.' People like Maxine Waters, Barack Obama and Matt Lauer are. I want change and the aforementioned and their ilk want things to stay the same or change only minimally. We need agressive change now.

I'm not a conservative because I'm tired of:
  1. living in a welfare state that encourages failure 
  2. a tax code that punishes success
  3. living in a society that uses race as a crutch 
  4. living in a society that upholds stupidity and makes fun of intelligence 
  5. professional politicians who are failures out in the real world running my life 
  6. being told 'capitalism' is evil by people who don't understand capitalism
  7. of a political party encouraging illegal immigration in an attempt to bolster its membership
  8. unelected beauracrats doing the jobs of the elected legislature
  9. uneducated people telling me I am causing Global Warming while the live the same life as me
  10. talking heads arguing with each other 24/7 on radio and TV
  11. Sean Hannity representing me
  12. being blamed for the failures of others because of my gender and the color of my skin
  13. driving around this country and seeing abandoned factories
  14. labor union leaders destroying the economy and education system
  15. government telling me how to manage every aspect of my life
  16. receiving absolutely zero representation in Washington, and Chris Smith (R-NJ) I mean you too
  17. living in a corporatocracy that is as much to blame for our current failing state as everyone else
  18. people who think the sun rises and sets at the White House (regardless of who lives there)
  19. people who don't understand history
  20. living in a country filled with people who think it's okay to be weak and evil to be strong
Do not call me a conservative. I want things to change. Now.

It's the Democrats, moderate Republicans, racist politicians and cultural "leaders" and union thugs who want to keep things as they are.

Call me an American, but if you insist on labeling me otherwise, call me a revolutionary.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's Time For An Honest Dialogue About Race And That Means We Have To Understand White People Are Not The Only Problem

"The real enemy is the Tea Party - let's remember that. The Tea Party holds Congress hostage...They have one goal in mind, and that's to make President Obama a one-term president." Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

"The Tea Party can go straight to hell." "We have to stand up and fight. It's fight time. We're not afraid of the Tea Party. In this struggle we have to define who we are, what the president is doing and not let our voices be overshadowed by the Tea Party." Maxine Waters (D-FL)

Both of those statements are just sort of ignorant run-of-the-mill political grandstanding and we really shouldn't be getting up in arms about them.

President Obama and Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Obama
"The Tea Party should be called the 'Fort Sumter Tea Party' that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery. The Tea Party is a new name on an old game. Dr. King fought the 'tea party' in Alabama." Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is pretty much irrelevant to thinking people, but there are still a lot of apparently non-thinking people out there who listen to him.

This country, which has done more to salve the wounds of racial hatred than any other in history, will only move forward with a limp in its gait until morons like Representatives Wilson and Waters and Reverend Jesse Jackson are ignored. But, however stupid their words may be, these racist governmental illiterates are not the problem.
Don Graves
Asst. Treasury Secretary and Executive Director
of the President's Council on Jobs and
Competitiveness
The real problem is the insidious way the White House views race and job creation. The following statement from Don Graves, the Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House is what we should be talking about.
An obstacle to creating jobs "is folks who are going to stand in the way and block the legislation that the Congressional Black Caucus has proposed. It was Tea Party Republicans. The President is focused on every community across the country [but] certain communities have been harder than other communities. Black, African-American, Latino - we're focused on getting people back to work."
Based on his title, I would assume Don Graves is responsible for carrying out President Obama's vision and agenda as far as jobs and competitiveness for all Americans is concerned, but his words contradict that assumption. Whether he misspoke or meant what he said, he is responsible for his words and he should be held accountable for them.

Racism works both ways my friends. Maybe if we stopped listening to people who earn their livings making us hate each other and just went about taking care of our families we'd have more time to stop and enjoy life in America a bit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Till Death Do Us Part Unless I Bang-Zoom Send You To The Moon First: Carl Lewis and Pat Delany vs. Jennifer Delany

I meet crazy people all the time. This past weekend I met some crazy people who put the cherry on top of the crazy-person sundae. I know crazy women who get all up in yo grill when they've been dissed (I do live in New Jersey). I know crazy husbands who yell at Little League umpires like they were witnessing deliberation on a Death Row case.

But this crazy person may just have taken the cake...

Patrick Delany is was an 8th District New Jersey Republican Assemblyman who may have just found reasonable grounds for divorce. A little backstory...

Carl Lewis, who is originally from Willingboro which is located in the 8th District, decided he would like to run for the State Senate against Mr. Delany.  Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R-NJ) ruled Lewis ineligible to run for state office after it was found he had only registered to vote in New Jersey on the day he declared for office. Lewis had been a resident of that other bastion of corruption and stupidity California prior to, I guess, moving back to New Jersey. Therefore, Lewis needed help from the court system in New Jersey, which only works for Democrats. Luckily Mr. Lewis is a Democrat. After some backroom deal making, the lieutenant governor's ruling was declared invalid. I like Carl Lewis because I saw him on TV during the Olympics and he seems to have a nice smile. Other than those two facts, I don't know much about him, but he can't be any worse than all of the other "leaders" of our crappy fair state.

I know you're bored, but we needed the backstory.

Mr. Delany has just pulled out of the State Senate race because his wife is one of those people who plot against Girl Scouts when they sell more cookies than her daughter does. You know the type, you love to sit next to them at CYO basketball games because they make such a-holes out of themselves. Here's what the ever self-controlled Mrs. Delany wrote to Carl Lewis in an email:
Imagine not having to pay NJ state income taxes. It must be nice. Imagine getting a court ruling overturned so your name could get put on the ballot. Imagine having dark skin and the nerve to think that equalled [sic] knowing something about politics. Sure, knowing someone with fat purse strings is nice, but you have no knowledge.
Lewis' campaign denies leaking the email but I don't believe them. It's a shame Lewis' campaign people are so feckless because I would've released the email in a heartbeat.

Here's what poor Mr. Delany had to say right before he contacted an old friend who happens to be a divorce lawyer:
I am deeply disappointed in my wife's decision to send that email to Mr. Lewis' campaign. It does not reflect my personal belief's whatsoever. In an attempt to repair the serious damage this has caused to our marriage, and to protect our kids from public humiliation, I decided to leave public life.
I have seen lots of women humiliate their children. I have seen lots of men ruin their lives and careers with stupidity. This is the first time I have seen a Little League Mom do both with one ill-advised click of the SEND key. I would like to thank Mrs. Delany (insert sarcastic smirk here) for handing political neophyte and backroom deal-maker Carl Lewis the State Senate seat from the 8th District in New Jersey. Nice job honey.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Five Things I Want In Our Next President

Here is my criteria for our next president. For your convenience I have formatted it into a handy list you can print out and carry around with you for reference.
  1. Good Luck. I want a president who is lucky, in a good way. Irish people supposedly have good luck, so a leprechaun or the Notre Dame mascot should do better than our current president in this category.
  2. Not depending on luck. I want a president who is smart enough and tough enough to make his own luck. That way when completely unrelated things happen around the world, my life won't get screwed up by our president's bad luck. A good candidate here would be Ernest Hemingway who famously told Gig to make his own luck.
  3. A plan. I think a good president would have a plan. A good plan, not a crappy plan, but at this point I'd entertain either. I think the guy who first said "bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part" would make a better president than the one we have now.
  4. Experience. I think some experience out in the world and not just in the neighborhood is a good thing. Unsuccessful Dutch politician Jan Peter Balkenende sums it up for our next president this way: "Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our values are and how great the mission they represent."
  5. Understanding leadership. Our current president had this to say about leadership: "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen." This is just a dumb statement. A better presidential statement on leadership would be along the lines of "the buck stops here," of course as long as the next president doesn't misconstrue "buck" as "dollar."  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Case Against Ron Paul

I have supported Libertarian causes since 1992. I have suffered in silence while my well-intentioned partners in personal liberty have shot themselves in the foot time after time. I see success on the horizon but there is a major obstacle in the way.

Democrats are afraid of Libertarians because we advocate cutting the apron strings from the nanny-state and that's hard for them. The mainstream GOP is also afraid of Libertarians because for the most part they have a pretty good thing going being right-handed Democrats and well, even people in abusive relationships sometimes find it hard to move on.

The 2012 election will be the most important election in our lifetime and most likely the most important election for the next fifty years. Libertarians are rejoicing because they finally have a candidate that is doing well in national polls and who came in second in the Iowa straw poll.

Ron Paul in 2012.

I am scared to death of Ron Paul because he is naive enough to think that he alone can change the course of an entire country instantaneously. America has been wandering the desert of stupidity and largess since 1932 and it will take longer than 80 years to introduce a lazy country to the joys of freedom. Take small steps people and stay the course.

The college crowd is Paul's biggest block of supporters, and here's why: This is what they hear when he speaks:
"Blah blah blah blah anti-war blah blah blah troops out of Iraq blah blah blah pull out of Afghanistan now blah blah blah blah."
That anti-war filter also brought us Richard Nixon via George McGovern, and Richard Nixon was a horrible president and we're still suffering from his horribleness.

I agree with Paul, we should be out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but let me explain the problem with Paul's views.

The American government is like a shady contractor that has little clue how to remodel a house but has lots of bravado and money. This contractor spends plenty of cash on hiring the right workers, but no cash and or forethought into how to actually do the work. So, America the Contractor shows up, tears open the roof and walls, puts that blue tarp stuff over it and then doesn't answer your calls when you attempt to find out when the hell he's going to come to finish the job. Well, now you've got a house that's torn apart and leaky and you can't just leave it that way. You realize you shouldn't have hired America the Contractor in the first place, but once the job is started you've got to finish it, even without a plan.

We've made a mess and walking away from it will only cause that mess to announce itself on our front doors. Ask President Obama how easy it is to end the wars in the the Middle East.

Next up on the docket is Paul's insane assertions about Iran. Sure, in political theory Iran has the right to have nuclear weapons. But, America the Contractor has parked a giant dumpster of messiness in the region which left Iran in a position of power and craziness that must be reckoned with. We can be Libertarians, but if we don't live in the real world we put the country at peril.

We have to live in the world as it exists, not in the world of our theories and fantasies. We are on the brink of having a seat at the table and we must be serious about our place at that table. We have spent decades bringing our ideas of fiscal sanity, small government, personal responsibility and individual freedom into the political arena. Sure Ron Paul is on target on much of his agenda, but he is also dangerously far off the reservation on some very important points.

Don't destroy years of hard work on the first candidate that gets attention. That would be a disaster for Libertarians and a bigger disaster for America, because they'll just go vote for a status quo politician instead. We need to turn the wheel to the Right to keep the car on the road, and if we choose the wrong candidate and the American car continues veering to the Left we're all in the ditch.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trickle Down Poverty Might Work If Tea Party Stops Obstructing



Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has solved the current economic crisis. His plan is to put everyone on food stamps, or as the euphemistic Left likes to call them: SNAP, or something, I'm not sure.

Secretary Vilsack postulates that for every dollar given to an American in food stamps SNAP things, $1.84 in economic activity is generated. This would result in a growth rate of 84% immediately and all of our problems would be solved. Okay, I said that last part, not him, but you get the idea.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dems make fun of trickle down economics because they don't understand how an economy works, but not wanting to get left at the station without a ticket, they've now invented trickle up poverty.

By the Dem's logic, between Vilsack's brilliant SNAP plan and Nancy Pelosi's awesome theory that for every dollar of unemployment benefits paid out we generate $2.00 of economic activity, we'll have 184% growth in our GDP if those damned Tea Party people would just stop obstructing.

President Clashes With Tea Party In Iowa, Or Maybe It Was Just A Discussion, I'm Not Sure.



This video is circulating the MSM and digital media today under headlines that scream about the clash President Obama had with some Tea Party members.

I've watched the video five times and I don't see a clash. I see three adults having a respectful conversation about politics. They did not agree with each other and they did not give ground to each other, but it was in no way a "clash." The President handled the argument in a presidential manner and the Tea Party representative was respectful while he held his ground. I do not agree with the President when he claims that Joe Biden and Janet Napolitano never called the Tea Party "terrorists" or "extremists," but the Tea Party folks didn't let him off the hook on it either. That's how political discussions go.

Here's the problem.

At about the one minute mark you'll hear a woman off camera give a big woot and start to yell "stay strong Mr. President, stay strong!" The President moves down the receiving line, still engaging in a civil two-way discussion with the Tea Party rep. But as he begins to move toward the "woot" people he becomes a little more comfortable and he tells the Tea Partier "you are not interested in listening" to which the Tea Partier replies something to the effect "neither are you." What started out as an important discussion between grown people ended up in a classic case of neener-neener-neener.

Bang. Discussion shut down. Discourse closed. No winners, no progress. Thank you Woot Lady.

This is a perfect microcosm of what is wrong with our country today. You can't have civil discussion when Woot Ladies (and Woot Men, now collectively known as Woot People) stupidly interrupt as they pretend they are at a football game.

Couple that with the salivating MSM (and Fox News I point my condescending finger directly at you this morning) always on the lookout for a fight, and well, here we are. Getting absolutely nothing done.

Since you American people insist on playing football or American Idol with your politics, I'll do you a favor and give you a score sheet. 

Winners:
  1. Tea Party guy who stayed on point and remained respectful
  2. Tea Party gal, but she did lose points for getting a little shrill sounding
  3. President Obama, he could've won hands down just on Presidentialness until the Woot Lady emboldened him to be petty
  4. The non-Tea Party guy who asked "where were you [during the Bush presidency]." Nice shot 
Losers (in reverse order with the losingest contestants placed last):
  1. Woot Lady. She thinks she is helping but her dumbness keeps getting in the way
  2. MSM. You got your headline, but what did you do to further the discussion?
  3. The American People. We are sandwiched between the Woot People and the MSM and we have no where to go 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Can You Hear Me Now? CWA / IBEW Strikers Told Not To Throw Feces

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Marybeth Rogers granted an injunction against striking IBEW Local 827 workers on Friday. It is not uncommon for companies that have been hit by strikes to seek injunctions against picketers blocking entrances and exits and things of that nature. It is unusual for judges to have to admonish union workers not to throw feces around. Typically your mom teaches you that at a young age, and then later on, peer pressure keeps you from slinging the hash, but apparently the members of IBEW Local 827 need to be reminded.

Here's some of the things in the injunction:
  • Strikers barred from entering any Verizon property unless they are performing their duties as Verizon employees under the direction of Verizon. (Pretty standard)
  • Rules were also set for recording, video taping or photographing any individual at any Verizon or affiliated company. (Pretty standard)
  • No more than six picketers at the entrance to any Verizon property allowed at any one time. (A video posted last week by an IBEW member and quickly pulled down showed about 30 strikers intimidating Verizon employees as they tried to continue serving the public)
  • Vandalism, violence, harassment, obstruction, intimidating, threatening, blocking or trespassing were all judged to be bad things to do. (Unfortunately standard with union strikers)
  • Picketing or assembling in front of private homes being serviced by Verizon employees. (Downright scary stuff)
  • Picketers may not have animals present. (Trust me, the unionistas are not bringing their kitties)
Here's the best part:
"Dropping, spreading, throwing, placing or otherwise causing nails, glass, cinder block, spikes, feces, clubs, rocks, screws, or puncture devices of any kind, or other object or debris to be thrown or strewn in, on, or about Verizon’s driveways, parking lots, entrances, exits, vehicles and adjoining roads to any of Verizon’s property or at any work site."
Sometimes when I go to the safari park I see the orangutans throwing around their feces. I would never expect a person that might come into my home to fix my FiOS to have to be told not to throw around poop of his own making or from some other poop-producing creature. And I used to worry about them taking their shoes off before they came in the house. Boy, do I feel dumb.

Intimidation, using your daughter to block a van, throwing feces. This my friends, is what passes for fighting for the little guy in the class warfare age of Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Look For the Union Label. Then Run Away.

Sorry to insult all you unionistas out there, but someone has to tell the truth about where America's century-long fling with organized labor has gotten us. There was a time when labor unions in the private sector were not only needed to protect workers, they were necessary. We don't live in that era anymore. There has never been a time when workers needed to be protected in the public sector, and you'll have an impossible time convincing me that public sector unions are anything more than political campaign treasure chests. And NEA supporters, please spare me. If you cared about the children you'd stop donating to Democrats (exclusively) and you'd give your campaign donations directly to the school districts that need it. The system you're supporting isn't working.

Union thugs: if you want to chase me down today and intimidate me or break my legs or something, I'll be in Toms River this morning and Atlantic City tonight.

Let's look at what the union label gets us:
  • American cars are expensive and lemon-like so we all buy Hondas: Union leadership
  • American made consumer products are too expensive so we all buy cheap Chinese crap: Union leadership
  • America's students are falling behind the rest of developed world in every category? Union leadership
  • Have you ever dealt with the DMV or any other government agency? Union leadership 
Until we solve the union problem in this country all the other problems will continue to fester. Don't hate me just because I'm right.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Iowa GOP Debate: How'd They Do?

Judging the winner of a debate is a bit like judging the winner of a singing contest. Once you get rid of the absolutely horrible singers, the rest is all subjective. Still, the MSM needs clearly defined winners of subjective debates about policy, because it fits their format. The problem is, there can never be a clear cut winner in a debate, there can only be different skill levels of messenging.

That being said, let's take a look at the debate last night. I'll put the candidates in the order of my preference. I will tell you that the clear loser in last night's debate was Chris Wallace, followed closely by Byron York. Brett Baier was a monster and he should have just handled the whole thing by himself.

  1. Herman Cain. He was human, he was funny, he was on-point and he didn't allow past mistakes to dog him like Bachmann did. I am not endorsing anyone right now, but I am excited to see how well Cain is doing and even more excited to see that people are responding to his views on correcting the national course. Policy-wise he is right on target. He may need a crash-course here or there, but remember, we were told Obama could learn the job on the job. The difference between Cain and Obama is Cain is a real life grown-up man with a track record, not an actor.
  2. Newt Gingrich. Simply the most well-informed, comfortable, experienced and tough candidate there. I liked that he went after Chris Wallace, but it was just a bit too premeditated for me. I agreed with everything Newt said and I would love to see him in the White House. He'll never get there, but I can still hope.
  3. Rick Santorum. I wasn't a big Santorum fan until last night. I'm still not, but he did great last night. He needs to wipe the grin off his face, it makes him look like a frat boy with a 1.7 GPA but as far as important stuff goes, I thought he was completely on target. I kept thinking Veep when I watched him because I don't think he can win nationally, and even though we disagree on some social issues, I like where he is coming from. He did a great job pointing out how far-out Ron Paul has become as well.
  4. Mitt Romney. Mitt actually won the debate that afternoon when he took on the shrieking, shrill Leftist who wanted to prove to the world how smart the Left is. He failed. Besides that, Mitt was much better this debate than the last one. However, looking and acting Presidential during a campaign isn't enough (for reference see: 2008 Barack Obama). He said some good things, but I just don't feel it.
  5. Michelle Bachmann. When she is off script she is brilliant. She needs to fire her consultants and stop trying to be something the Left wants her to be. When she is doing her talking points schtick she is flat and devoid of almost anything I would like to see in a president. She did great on the Today Show this morning, bolstering my point about her handlers. She also should have answered Byron York's inane question like this: "Before JFK was elected people were concerned he would only answer to the Vatican."
  6. Tim Pawlenty. He reminded me of George Constanza's "jerk store" bit with his pathetic comment about Romney's lawn. He's also over-coached and a bit of a light-weight in what turned out to be a room half-full of strong contenders. His inability to decide who he should attack, Bachmann or Obama, also left me feeling a bit sad for him.
  7. Ron Paul. Libertarians beware, don't vote solely on labels. His monotonous anti-war rhetoric makes him seem like a looney after a while. The problem with the constant harping on our current wars is his message gets lost. America does need to pull back its military from foreign engagements, and as far as fiscal policy is concerned he is dead-on, but we also need to live in the real world. Paul's message is the most purely Libertarian, but it is not reality-based. His take on Iran, although rooted in history, could not have been more wrong, or more dangerous. It's no wonder college kids love him, but then again, college kids got Richard Nixon and Barack Obama elected. I also think Rand was sitting at home in Kentucky last night going "Dad, please, shut up."
  8. Jon Hunstman. I actually had to do a Google search to find the eighth participant, and I watched the entire two hours. To slick, too coached, too void of consistency and too close to the Left.
Cheer up those of you who are not voting for Barack Obama, we have three, possibly four, people running right now who have what it takes to be President and pull us out of the mess an ill-informed and churlish electorate stuck us with in 2008.

Other big losers of the night:
  • Rick Perry. If you're going to run man-up and join the debate, don't try to steal other people's thunder by allowing your campaign to leak your intentions the morning of the debate. Bad form.
  • Sarah Palin. I may be the only person on the Right who really dreads the thought of you as president. Timing your bus tour for the day of the straw poll, yet not taking part in it just shows what a political lightweight you really are.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Are The Tea Party People Terrorists?

Messenging. Messenging. Messenging.

Common-sense approaches to serious problems are being obfuscated by messenging and the Tea Party and conservatives in general are once again in danger of being on the losing end of the battle for the hearts and minds of the American people. Not because our message is wrong, but because we don't know how to get our message out like the other side does.

Here's what one enlightened Democrat replied to me when I asked him what the Tea Party stood for:
Elimination of taxes, Medicare, Social Security, funding for public education, etc....
Now I will admit I'd be one of the first people to cheer the elimination of taxes, but I am not dumb. I am also not stupid. And I am not a moron. And I pretty much think you'd have to be all three of those things to actually utter the words elimination of taxes.

I had a wife once, way back when I had a mullet and a Pontiac Firebird and was listening to Motley Crue, who didn't make sense. She would just utter the first totally bizarre thing that came to mind and I would be so gobsmacked with stupidity at her utterances all I could do was stammer and stutter and then mumble something along the lines of "errrrr, ummm, so do you." In a word, she was irrational. And as a moderately intelligent, rational, 1980's living, Pontiac driving, hair-metal listening all-American fella I could not comprehend the complete lack of sense that was being spewed in my direction, so I ducked and waited around to have a rational conversation.

And waited.

And waited.

I lost every argument I ever had with her.

Flash forward to the era of Katy Perry and Justin Beiber and I now find myself in the same non-sensical conversations with practically an entire country. Elimination of taxes. I had no reply to him because it was so out of left field and so completely lacking in basic intelligence that my brain was not able to slow down to his speed in time to continue the conversation. I just sat there and looked dumb. Plus, I didn't want to hurt his feelings by laughing at him.

The Tea Party is losing the messenging war with the extreme Left, the moderate Left, the MSM and the mainstream of the Republican Party. This is going to wind up being an incredible tragedy.

Dear Tea Party members,

First of all, accept the fact that you might have to dumb down your arguments, depending on your current foe. It's okay to be dumb once in a while to get your points across. Just make sure you can recover - don't stay down too long!

Don't try to counter an irrational argument with a rational one. Counter it with a slight change of course until the irrational person understands where you are trying to go.

Don't get caught up in deep philosophical conversations with statists and unionistas who only know one way to live - at the teat of someone else. Focus your talking points on lowering taxes, saving Medicare and Social Security, eventual tax reform and a return to the fiscal policies that we all keep to in our private lives. Win the battle on our turf - the field of common-sense, and let the demagogues and partially educated amongst us live in their faux world of government safety. Just very quietly appeal to their sense of wanting to eat and go to Disneyworld and we can take back the country a bit at a time.

I am offended by the utter stupidity of people who ignorantly disagree with a philosophy of lowering taxes by calling supporters of that philosophy terrorists, just like I was offended by the torrent of non-sense that streamed from my ex's mouth. I've just learned over the years to put aside the being offended part and concentrate on the common-sense part.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

CWA & IBEW: Remember, You Let These Guys Into Your House

Here's some more raw video of your favorite unionistas from Verizon.

A couple of fun things to watch for in the video from your friendly neighborhood New Jersey CWA and IBEW Union members:
  1. The guy with the ponytail flashing gang signs at the driver (plus the old bird too) - 1:06
  2. The guy with the Elway jersey threatening the van driver and the pony-tail guy saying "You got it easy today, wait 'till we show up where you working." - 2:47
Keep in mind, when you do business with Verizon, you are supporting these people and tacitly approving of their behavior.

Videos contain graphic language.

NJ: CLICK HERE (In an example of CWA & IBEW union members not wanting to publicize their behavior and tactics, this video was pulled shortly after it went public)

King Street, Manhattan: CLICK HERE

CWA & IBEW members after being told they cannot stay on Verizon property: CLICK LINK

Intimidation tactics used by CWA & IBEW union members in Albany, NY: CLICK LINK

Can You Hear Me Now?

Verizon striker dad and his picketer buddies tell striker dad's daughter to "stand right in front of him" and approve with a "there you go" when she does as she's told. Notice she has the common-sense to not walk in front of the truck until she is corrected by her dad. Striker dad then unleashes a verbally violent tirade on the driver while his daughter smiles. Imagine what striker dad is like when he doesn't get the big piece of chicken at dinner.

So, there you go unionistas, in the world of the "little guy" grown men using little girls to intimidate people is not child abuse.

The next time you're feeling bad for the little guy and his labor union, think about the abusive way this little girl was used. If you're not disgusted, check your pulse.

CLICK THE LINK but be warned the language is graphic.

Arab Spring Vs. English Summer

"We live in a world where the greed of a few has starved the many. Responsibility does not come into it." Quote from a blogger in London after I asked him if the rioters themselves bore any responsibility for what they were doing.

Last night Martin Fletcher reported that one cause for the riots in London might be the fact that a building in London sold for $42 million cash. According to Fletcher, the fact that there were multiple bidders - all bidding cash - at a time when lots of people are struggling to get by was a big factor in the robbing, looting and general mayhem.

Nonsense.

Starting in January of this year large swaths the Middle East plunged into revolution. In the long run, this is a good thing, in spite of what some on the Right in the US media might say. Let's compare the Arab Spring and the English Summer.

Generally accepted trigger:
  • Arab Spring: Fruit seller in Tunisia immolates himself after years of abuse from local police
  • English Summer: Man is shot by police in what will probably end up being an unjustified shooting
Initial displays of anger:
  • Arab Spring: Mostly young citizens take to the street in defiance of authoritarian police directives. Some target government and police buildings, but demonstrations are mostly non-violent from the protesters side
  • English Summer: Mostly young citizens burn buildings and cars and steal electronics from local shops
 How the word got out:
  • Arab Spring: Through Twitter and Facebook until authorities disabled Internet service (Egypt, Bahrain). In Iran, Syria and Yemen social media was not used because of government censorship and shutdowns of networks
  • English Summer: Blackberry Messenging Service
Initial accomplishments:
  • Arab Spring: Toppling of brutal dictatorships (Egypt, Tunisia), strengthening of brutal dictatorships (Yemen, Bahrain), in excess of 20,000 citizens killed by brutal dictatorship fight-back (Libya, Syria)
  • English Summer: Stores burned after being emptied of merchandise 
The protesters:
  • Arab Spring: Mostly people in their twenties and thirties who are attempting to free themselves and their children from poverty, oppression and brutality
  • English Summer: Mostly people in their teens and twenties with free healthcare and free (by American standards) education who are struggling to show the police and rich people they can "do what they want" - which is apparently to burn down their own neighborhoods
Worldwide implications:
  • Arab Spring: Oil markets become unstable, millions of people are potentially freed from the vice of brutal military dictatorships, oppressed people give up what little they had to fight oppression - in some cases in the face of grave danger and short-term failure of their cause
  • English Summer: People worry about the Olympics and wonder where they went wrong
What people are fighting for:
  • Arab Spring: In most cases their very lives, and opportunity to live life free from the whims of madmen and dictators who have been propped up by Western powers for generations
  • English Summer: Flat-screen TVs, liquor, to relieve boredom, hatred of rich people
Tactics used by authorities:
  • Arab Spring: Jet fighters firing anti-aircraft munitions at protesters (Libya), long-term imprisonment, solitary confinement and torture (Bahrain), water cannons, mounted police bludgeoning protesters (Egypt), massive army engagement including tanks and air power that has left tens of thousands dead or wounded (Syria, Libya)
  • English Summer: Handwringing over use of plastic bullets and water cannon, stepped up police presence, scrambling to find social causes for the stupidity filling the streets. In fact, as a natural result of the unrest police and state oppression of the children who were feeling oppressed will be increased 
Who wins:
  • Arab Spring: Eventually, maybe even years from now, citizens of Arab nations will free themselves from dictatorship and will be able to enjoy self-determination
  • English Summer: No one.
     

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"We're Just Showing The Rich People We Can Do What We Want."

Click the link to hear the explanation for the riots in London straight from a drunken 17 year-old rioter.

CLICK LINK.

Keep in mind, these fine young ladies get free health care and pretty much free education for as long as they want. One is also carrying a smart phone, although I don't know if she stole it or not. Imagine how pissed they'd be if they lived somewhere where they had to fend for themselves.

Please don't waste my time ever again explaining to me the social causes for riots of this type - the riot girls have done all the explaining I'll ever need to hear.

Alternative link to same video in case the server is still slow: CLICK HERE.

London's Burning. Why? Because We Can

The American mainstream media, jealous that thugs haven't been bothered to torch one of our cities, are wringing their hands and dribbling into their grande Cinnamon Dolce Lattes trying to figure out why these wonderful young people are destroying their own neighborhoods.

Since the UK doesn't have a Tea Party this task has been made much more difficult. Could it be the lack of opportunity? Maybe it's the Tories? I know! shouts a bright young intern from NYU, they are alienated, I learned that in sociology last semester.

Well, society is to blame, but not for the reasons we are told.

These losers think they are entitled to steal other people's property because, well, they haven't been taught either by their families or their society that what's mine is not yours. They have been taught the exact opposite: if someone has something that you don't have they have acquired it at your expense.

Class warfare, that favorite tool of the Left, has come back to bite the entire country right on their collective behinds.

These people are not to be coddled, or worried about, or understood. They should be treated as the criminals and degenerates they are and they should be taught that mob rule doesn't mesh with those of us aho are trying to make society work.

When a political philosophy engenders sympathy by teaching people who are struggling that everything that happens to them is the fault of someone else, particularly successful people, you get what's been happening in the UK the past few days.

Save me the lecture about disenfranchisement, cuts to recreation centers, police brutality and all of your false hopes for enlightenment. This is about thuggery, class warfare and ignorance. Doesn't much matter to me whose fault it is. I'm a pretty simple person: the fault lies squarely at the feet of the person who steals from me or burns down my house. Motivation is not my concern, actions are.

By the way America...I'd be paying attention if I were you.

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Senator Robert Menendez. I Am Obviously Taxed But Not Represented.

On July 26th, in response to President Obama's urging me to contact my congressional representatives, I wrote the following letter to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). My comments to his reply are in red.

Here's what I wrote:

Dear Senator Menendez,

I am a constituent of yours and I want to take this opportunity to tell you how incredibly disappointed I am in the representation I am receiving in Washington.

Please tell your colleagues in the Senate to stop their political posturing and work on a bill to solve our current deficit problem much like you would work to solve problems in your own business or home. The crisis manufacturing being perpetrated by President Obama and your Majority Leader is only going to serve to further inflame the political divide that currently has our country in an economic purgatory.

I will support an incumbent Senate candidate in the next election who has a track record of supporting me and my family or I will support a non-incumbent candidate who most closely identifies him or herself with my desire to get America working again.

Most Sincerely,
Jack Sharkey
Jackson, NJ
732-xxx-xxxx
Here's the reply I got back from Senator Melendez's office:

Dear Mr. Sharkey:

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for funding our national priorities. I appreciate hearing from you on this critical issue and having the opportunity to respond. (I actually didn't express any support whatsoever for funding our national priorities)

Like you, I support spending policies that make responsible, rational decisions rather than draconian cuts to essential investments in human capital, critical infrastructure and innovation that will grow our nation's recovery. (Nowhere in my letter did I mention rational decisions, in fact I solidly support draconian cuts) I agree that while tough choices need to be made across the board, sacrifice should not disproportionately impact our most vulnerable. (I am in the middle-class, and trust me Senator Menendez, we're pretty frickin' vulnerable out here) As we aim to reduce the gap between our commitments and our resources, we must continue investing in areas that will have the largest impact on those who need it most. (This sentence actually makes me sick to my stomach. Investing blindly for those "who need it most" is part of our problem)

While we look for ways to reduce our nation's deficits, the fact remains that we will never balance the budget with discretionary spending cuts alone. (Ummm, that's an utter lie. Of course cutting spending balances budgets, I'm in the middle-class, I know!) You can rest assured that I will not lose sight of the fact that fiscal responsibility requires a balance between targeted spending cuts and key investments that reflect America's values and uphold our moral commitment to help those in need. (Right Bob, that's my problem. I know that when you say "investment" you mean "tax increase" and if you bothered to take the time to read my letter you would see that I am not real big on "investment," in fact, fiscal responsibility to me means SPENDING LESS MONEY) As your federal representative, I take very seriously my responsibility to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact thoughtful fiscal policy that invests in our priorities and foments a financially secure future for our nation's children. (This sentence is just utter garbage)

Again, thank you for reaching out to me. This issue is very important to me and I appreciate your support. I invite you to visit my website (http://menendez.senate.gov) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate. (Geez Senator Bob, from your reply to me I can only take away two things: 1) you couldn't have been less bothered to read my letter and 2) you are in no way standing up for NJ families who are going broke investing in programs for other people)

So, it's comforting to know that when I feel taxed without even the facade of being represented, I am right. Thanks Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for confirming what I already knew - you're a politician for your party and not for the people of your state. In fact, your complete disregard for my letter only proves how arrogant and out-of-touch you are.

Oh by the way, dear old Frank Lautenberg's office didn't even bother to send a form letter.


Who's To Blame For The Downgrade

We're hearing a lot about the Standard & Poor US credit downgrade being the fault of the Tea Party. I haven't actually heard any facts supporting this and I've only heard it from people who stand to gain from deflecting blame from themselves onto the Tea Party, so yeah, I'm a little doubtful about that. And anyway the Tea Party folks are the very people who brought the debt crisis into the American conversation.

Here's who to blame:
  1. Barack Obama. He is afterall the leader of the country and back in the day the buck stopped there
  2. George W. Bush. Sorry kids, he started us on the path and partisan indignation won't change that
  3. The Democrats. They had the Congress when this started and they still have the Senate
  4. The Republicans. Afraid to take blame for Dow collapse so they voted for a...Dow collapse
  5. Afghanistan. Lots of blood and treasure being spent even though we have met our objectives
  6. Iraq. Stupid policy begets stupid policy begets a lot of blood and treasure down the drain
  7. The Media. Both sides gaining too much income selling soap from divisiveness not objectivity
  8. Standard & Poor. Where were these morons in '08 when they AAA rated all those bogus loans?
  9. Current Congress. You all knew this was coming yet you played politics instead of doing the work we sent you to do
It's that simple. The Dow is actually only down 5% on the day, so seriously, come back in off the ledge and get back to work.

Where Have All The Adults Gone?

The entire country has chewed their fingernails down to the quick waiting for the markets to open today. Another week of manufactured panic is upon us. Yes, manufactured. If it's not the weather, it's the Tea Party or the markets or Islam.

A good rule to live by is when you put your fate in the hands of others you have no right to complain when other people decide your fate. We put our national econominc fate in the hands of Standard & Poor and whether they are wrong or right, we have relegated our right to be outraged at their action.

Stop blaming Obama, stop blaming Boehner, stop blaming the Tea Party, stop blaming whoever it is you are blaming. Stop being a Republican, stop being a Democrat, stop being a blind Obama supporter and stop being a blind Obama hater. Be an American and get to work to fix your country. You do that by taking care of your family and your community, that's the way it's been done in this country for three hundred years.

We, the American people, allowed things to get where they are because for some reason the generation currently running things hasn't shown an ability to collectively act like an adult. We have been through market crashes, double-dip recessions, wars, terrorist attacks, angry weather, drug epidemics, more wars, Madonna, presidential corruption, nuclear crisis', the Soviet Empire, and lots of other bad things and that's just in my lifetime and we're still here. We have to stop letting every bump in the road throw us off course.

Did S&P act politically? Absolutely. If you disagree then you have to convince us why the UK, Spain, Ireland, Chile, Italy, etc. were not downgraded as well. Did the US government act stupidily putting us in the position they put us in? Absolutely. Is John Kerry a babbling idiot with his "Tea Party Downgrade" demagoguery? Yup. Has a large portion of the American population become lazy and dependent on their government to run their lives? You'll have to be intellectully honest and answer that for yourself.

America used to stand for something and the American people used to be better than the government they have given themselves. Get over it, roll up your collective sleeves, and make yourselves proud again.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Gift Of Corn: A Libertarian Parable

I work in a small office with maybe 14 other people. I am the only person in my office who does what I do so I pretty much enjoy a quiet workday separated from the daily water-cooler goings on. Yesterday, a co-worker brought in ears of corn from her farm as gifts for all of us. Well, not all of us because I was left out of the corn philantrophy. As the story goes, one person helped himself to copious amounts of corn which meant that by the time the corn giver got around to remembering I worked there, there was no corn left. Most people took only what they could eat for themselves or their families and some others took more than their fair share, whatever that is. Some people felt bad for me, but not bad enough to give up any of their corn. While it's never a nice feeling to be the guy that gets left out of anything, I had great fun at the expense of the corn giver and the lucky corn receivers.

This left me to thinking about politics.

This is how a Liberal would handle the situation:
The liberal would chastise the corn giver for their inherent unfairness and compell everyone else to donate corn to feed me. An altruistic liberal, of which there may not be any anymore, would gladly take from their own corn holdings first. If a regular person had more than their fair share of corn that person would be chastised, but if that person was high on the corporate food chain they would only be remarked about behind his back but never confronted directly about his corn greed.
This is how a Conservative would handle the situation:
The conservative would understand the inherent unfairness of the situation but in order to be liked by everyone he would gently chide those with corn to be charitable and give some of their corn to me. He would secretly fault the person who took more than his fair share, but if that person was high up the corporate food chain the conservative would understand that that person deserved more corn because of the employment opportunities he provided to both the corn enabled and the corn deprived.
What would a Libertarian do?

Stop at a farm market on the way home from work and pick up a couple of ears of corn to feed his family. He would also remember that true Libertarianism has a long way to go because of the behavior of Liberals and Conservatives.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. President, We're Bankrupt

The nation's debt has now reached 100% of GDP. That means we owe the total amount of all goods and services produced in the United States to someone. Back in the old days when responsible people roamed the earth, that was called bankruptcy. Of course that was before the asteroid of entitlements and political stupidity wiped out the responsible people.

The last time the debt was this large a chunk of the US economy was in 1947, in the immediate post-war period. Granted, we are fighting two unnecessary wars right now, but the big difference between then and now is the size of the entitlement programs. Back then, entitlements weren't even a blip on the budgetary radar screen, whereas today a vast sea of political slaves roam the landscape. Yup, I said it. The Federal government, through political pandering and vote-whoring, has created a vast society of people who have been brainwashed into believing the Federal government is the single most important entity and provider in their lives. Political slaves. There was a time when if you had to accept food stamps you were ashamed, now it's a point of personal pride, or at the very least a civil right - don't hate me because I'm right.

To contrast, the last time we all thought the world was going to end, during the worst recession in my life in 1981, the debt was 31% of GDP.

It's time to grow up America. We should be more worried about the economic futures of our children and less worried about woodpeckers in Virginia and whether the world is fair or not. Trust me, the world is not fair, and no matter how much money you take from me, you're not going to make it fair.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Louis Magazzu Update

Libs are going nuts because Cumberland County NJ Freeholder Louis Magazzu resigned after a picture he took of his naked self went public. They are claiming he was set-up by Republicans and that Magazzu was somehow a victim of entrapment.

Here's the deal...

A person who does not have the judgement to not share naked pictures of himself with a woman he only knows from the Internet, and therefore does not know who or what said woman is, does not have the judgement to be in any position of authority.

Stop defending the indefensible, it's making you look dumb.

Louis Magazzu and David Wu: One Democrat Gets Away With It While Another Pulls A Weiner

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST IS ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND THEREFORE CONTAINS UNAVOIDABLE GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT. IF YOU DON'T AVERT YOUR EYES IT'S NOT MY FAULT.

Note: Representative Wu (D-CA) resigned as of midnight August 3, 2011, several hours after this was originally posted.

David Wu (D-CA) forced a teenage girl to have sex with him. He got caught and said he would resign. Of course the Dems needed his vote in spite of his criminal sexual behavior so he was allowed to stay in Congress until after the debt deal was resolved. It's been resolved, yet Wu (D-CA) still serves.


Not to be outdone, long-time Cumberland County NJ Freeholder Louis Magazzu (D-NJ) resigned after pulling a Weiner that also went public.



First of all, if I was Lou I'd get that blue thing checked out, it doesn't look right. But anyway, Lou (D-NJ) resigned and in his letter he blamed his need to take naked pictures of his 53 year-old body on Republicans:
As a consequence, a woman who I have never met personally, but have corresponded with on the internet for several years, has recently shared some photographs which she requested and that were intended only for her eyes. I did not know that she was working with an avowed political enemy to distribute these pictures. I have retained counsel to determine what laws may have been broken by the unauthorized distribution of those pictures. No government services or equipment were used by me when taking the pictures or transmitting them to the woman in question.
Them frickin' Republicans setting up a poor exhibitionist middle-aged Democrat for their political gains. The next time you look around and go "What the #$@:-) happened to my country?" just think of these two guys.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Libertarian Manifesto: Can I Be A Libertarian Too? A 12-Step Program

During this whole debt debacle, I have succeeded in insulting a lot of people with my radical, dangerous, hard-Right views of fiscal responsibility, small government and personal freedom and responsibility. Many people have erased me from their Contacts List and a few have unfriended me on Facebook, which are now the modern litmus tests for popularity, I guess. I am okay with that, I've never even been close to being Prom King and I'm too old to start worrying about it now. I also never went out of my way to insult anyone, it just sort of happened, and, oh well. I don't take myself so seriously that I allow myself to get insulted by another person's opinions or political beliefs and neither should you.

That being said, people also stop me on the street and ask me how they could become a Libertarian and not be offended by politics, just like me. Here's how:
  1. You have to believe government is a necessary evil and not the be-all and end-all to your problems
  2. You have to believe that everything a government does comes with unintended consequences. Therefore the more a government does the more unintended consequences there are
  3. You have to believe you are capable of making decisions for yourself and your family and you have to believe I am capable of doing the same
  4. You have to believe there are better institutions than government to protect those who are unable to make those decisions
  5. You have to be wary of political leaders and especially politicians, you know, the whole be careful who you hitch your wagon to bit
  6. You have to know that we were lied to Left and Right during this past week but you also have to know that we're in a pretty deep septic tank of government incompetency and that it will take a while to take the baby steps needed to pump the tank out
  7. You have to understand that being free means more than just being able to smoke pot when you want to (Anarchists take note)
  8. Being a Republican is really more or less like being in a Methadone clinic for big-government addicts. You just gotta go cold turkey baby and believe in yourself
  9. You have to understand that government is like mold, the more you let it grow the more you hate to take a shower because, well, it's just gross
  10. You have to completely enjoy the feeling of living your life without being told how to live it
  11. You have to believe there is something bigger than you out there. I don't care what you call it or if you even have a relationship with it, but its there and its bigger than you. It's all about having perspective on where you fit in to the big picture
  12. You have to behave yourself and understand that your rights end where mine begin
Take your time, it's a process, but you'll be just fine..

Monday, August 1, 2011

I Hate The Tea Party

Everyone needs someone to hate. We all need a psychological voodoo doll to stick our imaginary pins into when things don't go our way. Dogs have cats, my first wife has me. You're thinking right now about that person in your life who's at fault for all of this crap you are going through.

The United States has the Tea Party. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) just confirmed it in an interview - everything that is wrong with the debt deal is the Tea Party's fault, the poor Dems who really care about the little guy just couldn't out-vote them. I got into some conversations over the weekend with some extremely narrow-minded libs who turned red in the face as they told me the Tea Party was to blame for all of the mess in Washington. The line of fault goes from George Bush to the Tea Party while Barack Obama stands around shrugging with his hands pulling his pockets like the Poor Tax guy from Monopoly.

Except that the Tea Party was the only pro-active caucus involved in the debt negotiations. Except that the Tea Party is right when it comes to their fiscal views. Except that the debt deal was for the most part hated by the Tea Party. I might hasten to add at this point that the base Tea Party doesn't have a social agenda to speak of - their's is an agenda of fiscal responsibility only. So, I have to look askew at those of you who don't agree with fiscal responsibility.

I know some folks who support President Obama without fault are even blaming the lack of a "jobs bill" on the Tea Party. Jobs bill? What the hell is Congress going to do to create jobs? Another stimulus? The best jobs bill Congress can put forth is to get out of the way.

The Tea Party has sort of become "Dad" to everyone in this country to the Left of John McCain. I picked John McCain because he is pretty far to the Left already and I didn't want to be accused of thinking all of you people out there who are not secure enough to be Libertarians are Lefties. Anyway, the Tea Party has become the guy who takes the keys away on Friday night and makes you clean up your room right after you clean up the dog poop in the back yard because Aunt Mildred is coming over tomorrow, and well, for chrissakes this place is a mess and you live here too.

In a word - Dad.

America should take note that the Tea Party got out-voted by the following:
  • Democrats
  • Republicans
  • The MSM
  • President Obama
So when things still stall out and your Jabba The Hut government continues to suck the life out of the economy, blame one of the above because the Tea Party is doing America's work.

I wasn't a Tea Party guy before last Friday, but I sure as hell am now.