Friday, December 14, 2012

Cruising the Web

Amazing how a liberal like Harry Belafonte is happy to throw out the rule of law when it comes to those he dislikes politically. I guess it's all that hanging out with dictators that warps his sense of how our system works.

In never letting a crisis go to waste, the Obama administration wants to stuff a supposed emergency aid package for victims of Sandy full of all sorts of unrelated pork spending. And if anyone protests, they'll be painted as unwilling to help those devastated by the storm. Yet Obama will continue to pretend that he's all about cutting back on our deficit. And as Mary Katharine Ham points out, not much of the proposed bill is for spending this year. So there would be no harm in delaying its passage while Congress examines exactly what's in the $60 billion bill.

Here are five businesses who say they'll be hurt by raising taxes on the top 2%. And when their businesses are hurt, it won't be the CEOs who lose money, but the people whose jobs are cut because of the tax increases.

Rich Lowry describes how thuggery is just fine when it's a liberal group who is doing the violence. The difference between how the Tea Party rallies were portrayed and how the reaction of union supporters to Michigan's right-to-work law was covered by the MSM.

And let's put an end to the "free rider" issue when it comes to right-to-work laws. That's just a phony myth. Unions are free to negotiate contracts that would apply only to their members.

For all the blame that the GOP is getting for Susan Rice having to bow out from being nominated as Secretary of State, a lot of the attacks on her have been coming from the left. And when you read about the mess she made of our policies toward Africa when she was in the Clinton administration, it makes one wonder what there is about her views on foreign policy that Obama likes so much.

Oh my. Even the NYT admits that the Democrats position on the expiring tax cuts is not at all about the economics but the illusion of "fairness" and wouldn't do anything at all to match the spending increases that Obama wants or the entitlement spending that Democrats want to preserve.

Charles Krauthammer notes the irony in the Democrats' position on right-to-work laws.
A free country should allow its workers to choose whether to join a union. Moreover, it is more than slightly ironic that Democrats, the fiercely pro-choice party, reserve free choice for aborting a fetus while denying it for such matters as choosing your child’s school or joining a union.
And he points out how the real choice is between slightly lower wages or slightly lower unemployment rates.

And the Washington Post editorializes today against the Democrats' lack of "balance" on entitlement reform.

And while the Democrats trumpet Clinton-era tax rates, how about returning to that era's spending levels while we're at it.

Matthew Continetti has some fun with the endless media kissing-up to Hillary. I still am waiting for someone to explain what she did that was so wonderful as Secretary of State.

Perhaps those disgruntled union workers might be interested in how much money their union bosses are pulling down. Amazing how people might not want to pay dues to prop up those fat cats.

Obama's policies would have the entire country eventually looking like Detroit.

Get ready for the higher insurance bills, higher taxes, loss of health insurance from your employer, and lots of new regulations now that Obamacare will be kicking in.

Now this is the sort of trash talk among athletes that I can get behind. I propose that Jeopardy host an all athlete celebrity tournament and see if these guys can put their buzzer fingers where their mouths are. And if Alex Trebek can't oblige, my quiz bowl team would be happy to host an all-ACC quiz bowl tournament for them. My money is on Battier.


mark said...

Ive seen a bit of coverage in the media about the reporter being punched, and there has been widespread condemnation of it. The "thuggery is fine" line is a lie. The guy who did it is a criminal and should be prosecuted accordingly.

About two weeks ago, some idiot here advocated hitting a female journalist (Candy Crowley) and bashing Chris Matthews with a bat. Not one word of protest here (except from me). Not even from the resident school-marm. I realize we all know the post was from a coward (he didn't want to do it himself, he just thought it would be fine if someone else did it), but his words were very close to being a crime (if not an actual crime). Next time, perhaps someone will show a little courage and call him out.

Gahrie said...

Ive seen a bit of coverage in the media


mark said...


Gahrie said...


MSMBC covered and condemned the union thugs tearing down the tent and attacking Crowder?

The closest I could find was MSNBC worrying that the incident might harm people's opinions about unions.

Gahrie said...

By the way, how many minutes did the story get on ABC, CBS and NBC nightly news? How many inches in the New York Times, and on what page?

mark said...

Yes, really. And yes, there was more concern with how the assault would reflect on unions than with concern for the victim. Yet the act was condemned, and I did not hear one person say the assault was "fine".
Perhaps when you take a break fixating on the amount of minutes or inches given to the story, you can comment on the proposal expressed here to punch a woman in the face and bash Chris Matthews with a bat. Sound like a gameplan to you?

Gahrie said...

Were any of them elected officials? Because I can throw dozens of Democratic elected officials saying far worse back in your face......

mark said...

You really can't even condemn a comment advocating punching a woman? Pretty sad.
No, you can't really throw any comment "back in" my face.
I have no trouble calling out stupid comments by dems or liberals. I've done it a number of times. I've even acknowledged some of my own comments as stupid.

The point is, Lowry's article assumes that silence on the part of liberals is condoning/applauding "thuggery". He's wrong about the silence. But putting that aside, wouldn't his column imply that all who saw the Crowley/Matthews post here and remained silent must condone punching women and bashing somebody with a bat.
One of the reasons that Romney lost may be that he never spoke out against the idiocies of Trump, Nugent and others. He was seen as a bit of a coward when his supporters got out of line. Perhaps that is one of the qualities you and others here admired.

equitus said...

If one of the commenters here in fact did punch Crowley and attack Matthews with a bat, I would condemn it. But that didn't happen, did it?

Now mark, if you want us to start listing here every reference to violence against conservatives - and insisting you denounce each one - that can be accommodated. However, I don't think it is right or necessary, and it might be rude to our host Betsy.