Friday, January 14, 2011

Non-threatening Puppies

I loved the disclaimer in this comment to a RedState Post.

Disclaimer: some terms in this comment may be militaristic in nature. Except where the actual US Military is being discussed, these terms should be understood as the non-physical metaphorical type. If you are a crazy person, please interpret these words as a call to engage in non-threatening letter campaign to your elected officials written on the inside cover of Hallmark Cards that feature puppies on front cover. (h/t jerry39)

Have a civil weekend everyone. Knock some heads.

Illinois will tax your ass as the door hits it

Of course Wisconsin and Indiana are jubilant about the new Illinois tax hikes. Excerpt:

New Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker immediately rolled out a press release inviting Illinois businesses to decamp to the Badger State, contrasting his agenda to reduce taxes and welcome business with the Illinois increase. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels added: "We already had an edge on Illinois in terms of the cost of doing business, and this is going to make it significantly wider."

But people tend to stick with what they do best, not what works best, and raising taxes is what Democrats do.

Here's another great piece in WSJ discussing how this is going on all over the country, i.e., Repub-run states taking advantage of dysfunction Dem neighboring states. Excerpt:

Nevada's Brian Sandoval has vowed to kill the tax hikes passed by Democrats in 2009. This sounds good to California businesses, whose own new Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, has announced plans for a five-year extension of his state's 2009 "temporary" tax increases. In Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, you name it, new Republican governors have made top priorities of cutting or eliminating state corporate income taxes. The midterms handed many of these reformers enough allies in their state legislatures to pull some, or all, of this off.

Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has spent six years taking competitive advantage of dysfunctional neighbors, jokes that living next to Illinois is like "living next to the Simpsons." He attests to the benefits, noting that Illinois-based Caterpillar recently chose to direct a major investment to build locomotives to Muncie, Ind. And while he recognizes he's now got some competition, he sees the combined force of reformers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio creating a "divide that could operate long-term in the Midwest's favor."

I chuckle about all of this, but it's not really funny. There are people who are stuck in these states, at least for the moment, and are going to bear the brunt of the downward spiral.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Reminder

I know this stuff is popping up everywhere to make sure conservatives aren't cowed by the accusation of inciting violence and as a (vain) attempt to shut the liberals up. But here are three really good links posted in the comments at this Slate article by commenter John Rohan to showcase the angry and violent tendencies of the American liberal:

  • Cape Veterans. Anti-war nuts never fail to disappoint.
  • Michelle Malkin. She kindly provides us with an "illustrated primer."
  • Bin's Corner. A portfolio of Bush hatred and differing viewpoints on the best method to kill him.

Wow, I forgot about the Betty Williams stuff. It's in the 3rd link. Excerpt:

“I have a very hard time with this word ‘non-violence,’ because I don’t believe that I am non-violent…. Right now, I would love to kill George Bush …. I don’t know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief.”

Was Betty Williams ever questioned or investigated for making a threat against Bush? No.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Of course they did

Ben Howe from Red State shows how the left did the same thing that Sarah Palin did, i.e., "targeting" political figures for political elimination. It's well worth reading as Howe goes through methodically building up to the finale. At that point he shows how the Kos kids—including Markos himself—directed the "dead to me" and "bulls eye on their district[s]" language toward Gabrielle Giffords herself.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Who's angry?

And who speaks in violent metaphors.

Good job, Tundra Tabloids! This was just the lift I needed from all the nonsense. Here's the goods:

Obama: It’s only highly charged political language when we blame the Right for using it.

* Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
* Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
* Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
* Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
* Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
* Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
* Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight”
* Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
* Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”

Radio off

I can't listen to coverage of the shooting in Arizona. I can't read about it. The loonies in the left media are simply jumping sharks on this minute by minute. Here's Nat'l Review's summation. Excerpt:

The irony of criticizing the overheated rhetoric of your opponents at the same time you call them accomplices to murder apparently was lost on these people, most of whom have never been noted for their subtlety (or civility). It is vile to attempt to tar the opposition with the crimes of a lunatic so as to render illegitimate the views of about half of America.

Jared Loughner is clearly deranged, his fevered mind drawn to irrational extremes, whether those of Adolf Hitler or Karl Marx. He was anti-government the way paranoiacs who think the government is controlling their minds are anti-government — think John Nash, not Milton Friedman. Like the Virginia Tech shooter, Loughner had behaved bizarrely around his fellow students, frightening them. One former high-school classmate remembers him as a liberal, yet given what we’ve learned so far about his ravings, it is doubtful Loughner’s disordered mind was capable of a holding a coherent ideology.

When is the irony not lost. I wonder.