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Wonder what you would find if you frisked all of the political highlights from 2010?

Answer: Quite a lot happened!

Haha! Props to Jib-Jab for putting together this video.

Although I think 2009’s video was better, this year’s was still pretty good.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Years Eve!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the blizzard that has been reeking havoc over on the East Coast?

Answer: The real blizzard… Government regulations.

Charlotte Hays – from The National Review – shared some of her insight today at The Corner:

The blizzard is definitely a force for conservatism, and not only because it has had the global-warming crowd scrambling for explanations. The blizzard reveals something basic:  Liberals in government want to tell us what to eat, counsel us about how and when to die, and in general attempt to engineer our lives. But when reality knocks, they can’t do the basic stuff such as clearing the streets so that newborns don’t die in bloody apartment-building lobbies. Mayor Bloomberg may be receiving an unfair amount of criticism for his lackluster performance in coping with Mother Nature, given the almost unprecedented nature of the storm, but the unplowed city streets provide a metaphor for the nanny state: It can order us to do anything, but it can’t take care of the basic obligations of government.

Well said.

Major props to Michael Ramirez – from The Investor’s Business Daily – for his creative political cartoon.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the political scene in 2010?

Answer: Some great quotes!

John Hawkins – from Right Wing News – is back at it again! Major props to him for putting together all these great quotes. Enjoy:

40) I tell Gloria Steinem that women need feminism like fish need a bicycle. — Lori Ziganto

39) There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this. If you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up. — Evan Bayh on Scott Brown’s Win

38) Liberals don’t care. Their approach is to rip out society’s foundations without asking if they serve any purpose. Why do we have immigration laws? What’s with these borders? Why do we have the institution of marriage, anyway? What do we need standardized tests for? Hey, I like Keith Richards — why not make heroin legal? Let’s take a sledgehammer to all these load-bearing walls and just see what happens! — Ann Coulter

37) But here’s the thing about being honest: All the liars HATE you for it, and most of the people in the world are liars. They lie to their bosses, they lie to their families, they lie to themselves, they lie so much they don’t even know they’re lying anymore. If you have the courage to be honest even a little bit all those people will hate you for it, because their lie is reflected in your honesty. Oscar Wilde wasn’t kidding when he said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. — Tucker Maxx

36) We all either work for rich people or we sell stuff to rich people. So just punishing rich people is as bad for the economy as punishing anyone. Let’s not punish anyone. Let’s keep taxes low and let’s cut spending. — Rand Paul

35) What’s curious about the left’s current obsession with Timothy McVeigh is that it proves that — despite a frantic search for 15 years — liberals have come across no better evidence of burgeoning “right-wing extremist” violence than a drug-taking, self-described “agnostic” who was thrown out of the Michigan Militia and who proclaimed, “Science is my religion.” That sounds more like Bill Maher than Rush Limbaugh. — Ann Coulter

34) This nation is on a course where if we don’t do something about it, get federal situation, the fiscal policy [under control], we’re Greece. We’re a banana republic. Our status as a nation is threatened by what we’ve got coming at us in the area of deficit and debt. And it’s only a few more years, at the most, that we have to work with here before the market says, ‘Sorry, your currency is something we can not continue to defend.’ — Judd Gregg

33) Since the 1960s, much of the American church has been stampeding away from its allegedly “judgmental” past. As we de-stigmatize divorce, our families dissolve. As we de-stigmatize illegitimacy, fathers vanish. In matters public (see, for example, the Christian community’s utter failure to oppose no-fault divorce) and private (the reluctance to “judge” our close friends when they stray into manifestly destructive behaviors), the message is clear: “I’m not one of those judgmental Christians.”

We need to learn that there’s a difference between judgment and reading comprehension. You are not making a judgment when you say that homosexual sex is wrong, that God hates divorce, and that premarital sex is a sin. God made those judgments, and you’re merely communicating the judgment He made, not making one of your own. Further, in withholding, watering down, or denying those truths, you are not making anyone’s life better. You are making their lives worse. — David French

32) The fact is that no one wants to be a farm worker, not even farm workers, precisely because we have so many foreign farm workers. In other words, the low pay and appalling working conditions in farm labor are a direct result of excessive illegal immigration and agricultural guest-worker programs, which keep the labor market looser than it would otherwise be and reduce incentives for change. With fewer field hands available, farmers would do two things: First, raise wages and improve working conditions (because given the right circumstances, there are a non-trivial number of Americans and legal immigrants willing to do farm work). Second, they’d accelerate efforts at finding ways of getting by with less labor; i.e., mechanize. — Mark Krikorian

31) Tolerance is a two way street. Those exhorting tolerance return none. At some point when it flows only one way, it stops. — Steph C., Redstate

30) For states’ rights advocates, the Constitution is like a contract that is openly violated by one party with impunity. On paper, the states remain sovereign powers, while in reality the federal government appears able to dictate everything from the ingredients of school lunches to speed limits. Congress now routinely collects taxes in order to return the money to the states with conditions on their conforming to federal demands. — Jonathan Turley

29) The peasants have seen the future — Greece and France — and concluded that it does not work. Hence their opposition to Obama’s proudly transformational New Foundation agenda. Their logic is impeccable: Only the most blinkered intellectual could be attempting to introduce social democracy to America precisely when the world’s foremost exemplar of that model — Europe — is in chaotic meltdown. — Charles Krauthammer

28) As has been said, standards are always out of date — that is why we call them standards. — George Will

27) The problem isn’t that things are collapsing. It’s that not enough things are collapsing. General Motors, AIG, and the government of California have committed enough errors to merit immediate extinction, but there they still are. Yet the political establishment continues to argue that the market needs to be prevented from delivering rough justice to sinners. — Tim Cavanaugh

26) With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take (Al Gore’s) Nobel Prize back. — Donald Trump

25) The liberal argument is easily grasped by children, because it rarely includes the ideas of costs or tradeoffs. That’s why children and teenagers tend to be liberal in their thinking. Do you want to feed the hungry? Clothe the naked? Heal the sick? Boy do I!!! These are very simplistic propositions, and furthermore come from a place of pure emotion — empathy. Their is little intellectual thrust behind these impulses. And certainly there is none of the higher-order mathematical-type thinking involved in cost-benefit analysis ad risk management and moral hazard and unintended consequences and the free-rider problem and so on. But their claims of complex, nuanced intellectual appeals are most spectactularly self-refuted when they trot out — as they are wont to do — children to repeat the exact same arguments they make. — Ace

24) Our culture has few taboos that can’t be violated, and our establishment has largely given up on setting standards in the first place. Except where Islam is concerned. There, the standards are established under threat of violence, and accepted out of a mix of self-preservation and self-loathing. This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force. — Ross Douthat

23) I’ve been where these girls are. I can tell every single girl out there who sleeps around with abandon that there is one thing that will stick with you forever: you will regret it. There will come a day where you will meet that man, and you will wish you could take it all back. Giving yourself away to any stranger you barely not is not empowering. It’s degrading. — Cassy Fiano

22) I can see November from my house. — Sarah Palin

21) The progressive agenda is actually legitimated by the incomprehension and anger it elicits: If the people do not resent and resist what is being done on their behalf, what is being done is not properly ambitious. If it is comprehensible to its intended beneficiaries, it is the work of insufficiently advanced thinkers. — George Will

20) It used to be said “war is hell.” A more accurate description today might be “war is purgatory.” Political correctness demands that reason must prevail, even though war is conducted precisely because reasoning, aka diplomacy, has failed. We used to understand this. When America was threatened during WWll, we didn’t wring our collective hands wondering “why Japan and Germany hated us.” Such politically correct self-flagellation would have been dismissed as the absurd nonsense it truly is. We didn’t drop atomic bombs on Japan to prolong WWll, but to shorten it. We didn’t do it to increase casualties but reduce them, in the long run. This is where the West has lost its way. — Arnold Ahlert

19) I’m the guy that’s gonna walk up…and say one simple thing to Nancy Pelosi, “Gimmie that Damn gavel. — Allen West

18) If there is no moral foundation for a system of laws, then the law is reduced to “These are the rules. They’re the rules because I say so, and I control all of the guys with guns.” We can ask those who survived Pol Pot, Stalin, or Mao how that worked out. (Hitler’s Nazism was not state atheism; it was filled with the occult. Anyone who watches Leni Riefenstahl‘s “Triumph of the Will“ and doesn’t see religion is willfully blind.)

So the law is either codification of morality or it is thuggery. The real argument is about which moral code will be implemented by the law. To claim to reject a moral underpinning for the law is either a wish to live in a place where the law is whatever one guy says it is today, or else it is a disingenuous attempt to substitute your own moral code for the one that has already been codified. — Beregond

17) When the private sector fails, the solution is more government. When the government fails, the solution is more government. — Glenn Reynolds

16) We’re on the brink of a world in which the wealthiest nations, from Canada to Norway to Japan, can barely project meaningful force to their own borders while the nickel ‘n’ dime basket-cases go nuclear. — Mark Steyn

15) It is not enough for the insecure left to deem a position wrong; if it’s merely wrong, it needs to be argued about, and it can’t survive that. It must instead be morally aborrent, so that the zealot reacts to the toxin of questioning much like a jogger coming across a decomposing body on the side of the road — it must be internalized that the correct response to such a horror is to retch, and faint, and call the authorities post-haste.

This is how the leftist faith protects itself from the infection of doubt. (Meanwhile, of course, patting itself on the back for being so open-minded…) — Ace

14) The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. This is a huge break with the past, with assumptions and traditions that shaped us. — Peggy Noonan

13) One of the big failings of liberalism — and by “big,” I mean this isn’t just a turn-off to dedicated conservatives, I think it creeps out most middle-of-the-road people — is that liberals are very quick to abandon any discussion of whether their programs are effective, ineffective, or possibly damaging. They don’t stick with this analysis very long at all. They’re constantly distracted by something else. And the “something else” is almost always some tantalizing inspection of some ideological opponent’s unworthiness. — Morgan Freeberg

12) Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate. — Sarah Palin

11) President Obama said he is going to use the Gulf disaster to push a new energy bill through Congress. How about using the Gulf disaster to fix the Gulf disaster? — Jay Leno

10) The feminists of the sixties are the least feminine women I know. — Lisa Mei Norton

9) What’s wrong with “the new elite?” Forget cultural insularity or smugness. The main problem with the “new elite” is that they’re not an elite at all. That is, they aren’t particularly smart, or competent. — Glenn Reynolds

8 ) I imagine that thrill is maybe not quite so tingly on your leg anymore. — Michele Bachmann to Chris Matthews

7) The tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy, querulous creature it had become, a party that didn’t remember anymore why it existed, or what its historical purpose was. The tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself. — Peggy Noonan

6) Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. — Velma Hart to Barack Obama

5) Experience trumps brilliance. — Thomas Sowell

4) Trust me. I’m going to make sure this healthcare bill is never, ever, ever implemented. — John Boehner

3) I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me. — Eric Massa

2) It’s not the ‘Kennedy Seat. It’s the people’s seat. — Scott Brown

1) If you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested. — John Tyner

Granted, the number one quote is more of a joke than anything, but Scott Brown’s “It’s the People’s seat” quote was by far the best. Unfortunately, it just gets somewhat annoying when others try to repeat it like it’s another talking point. Oh well… Welcome to politics.

Bring on 2011!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to have the government regulate the Internet?

Answer: Introducing… Net Neutrality!

What is this? The federal government (under one of America’s most radical presidents) wants to regulate and put a stranglehold on another area of the free-market? No way! …Unfortunately, I am not surprised at all by this.

Last week, three Democrats on the FCC passed their horrid net neutrality law. The idea of Net Neutrality is not a new concept, but I thought the video – from Reason – would help you better understand the concept:

Net Neutrality is a proposed set of regulatory powers that would grant the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the ability to control how Internet service providers (ISPs) package their services. Proponents argue that such rules are necessary to ensure that ISPs treat all data on the Internet equally and don’t slow or even restrict access to various websites and other parts of the Internet.

However well-intentioned, the practical effect will be to limit consumer choice and grant the federal government unprecedented power over the Internet, all in the name of fixing a problem that doesn’t exist in any meaningful way. Indeed, examples of the behavior that Net Neutrality will combat are few and far between.

What’s even more horrendous? The FCC went ahead and did this against the will of the American people (of course):

American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television.

Here is my message to that 21% who want Net Neutrality: You and the FCC can stay the hell out of my Web browser! David Harsanyi says it best: Why would we want a prehistoric bureaucracy overseeing one of the past century’s great improvements?

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the 111th United States Congress?

Answer: They added more debt during its tenure than the first 100 Congresses combined!

CNS News reports:

The federal government has accumulated more new debt–$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.

That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.

The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

In fact, the 111th Congress not only has set the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history, but also has out-stripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.

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Democrats controlled both the House and Senate in the 110th and 111th Congresses.

Bravo Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democrats!

It truly takes a talented bunch of Democrats to get incredibly intoxicated with power, grab the federal government credit card (paid for by the taxpayers), and spend it irresponsibly like Preston Waters in the movie Blank Check.

Exit Question: Hey Democrats, what ever happened to PAYGO? You know… The so-called budgetary tool you guys designed to stop deficit spending?

Bring in the next Congress, please.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Republican State Rep. Frank Pratt’s whereabouts on Christmas Day?

Answer: Beaten unconscious in his swimming pool store.

FOX News reports:

Police in Casa Grande say an Arizona legislator was sent to the hospital after being beaten and knocked unconscious at his business Christmas Day.

Rep. Frank Pratt, 68, was found by his wife about 8 p.m. Saturday at Pratt Pools in Casa Grande, said Mike Keck, criminal investigations commander for the Casa Grande Police Department.

Pratt had gone to the business earlier in the day to check on it and was confronted by someone who was already inside, Keck said.

Pratt was beaten and knocked unconscious, and left tied up inside the building.

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Keck said Pratt was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with multiple cuts and bruises and at least one fracture.

Hmm…

Although it is tough to resist, I am not going to make any assumptions at this time.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” – W.C. Jones.

Have safe and wonderful Christmas! In the meantime, enjoy this new video from the Patriot Caucus (Sharron Angle’s new organization):

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the 2010 United States Census data that was released yesterday?

Answer: Good news for red states and bad news for blue states.

The Washington Times reports:

The conservative “red” states should see their political clout enhanced as a result of the Census Bureau’s announcement Tuesday that the nation’s population grew 9.7 percent over the past decade to nearly 309 million, with the fastest growth centered in states that went Republican in the 2008 presidential election.

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As a result of the 2010 numbers, eight states will gain House seats in the 2012 elections, led by Texas’ four seats and Florida, which gained two. Others gaining a single House seat were Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

New York and Ohio were the big losers, both shedding two House seats, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will lose one seat.

Although the growing Hispanic-immigrant population is mainly responsible for Texas and Florida’s huge House seat pickups, the overall Census data still means a lot politically:

Most states gaining seats went for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election, while almost all states that lost seats were won by President Obama — many of them in the Rust Belt.

The westward movement of the U.S. population means six districts in states that went for Obama will shift to states that went for McCain — a small but significant shift that could help a GOP presidential candidate in 2012, provided they can hold those states for the party.

Most of the other new seats will be in swing states that went for Obama, which could also be won by Republicans in 2012.

It also doesn’t hurt the Republican Party, because our 2010 gains put us in control of the redistricting process and will help us with drawing new district lines. Although this is all good news, it still does not make the 2012 general election any easier. Not only do we have to worry about effectively relaying our message to the growing Hispanic-immigrant demographic, we have to stay extremely focused on the issues that favor Republicans. Since President Obama does not have a popular or effective record to run on, the Democrats will more than likely toss around the race-card like it’s going out of style.

Here’s another interesting observation in regards to the new 2010 Census data:

First, the great engine of growth in America is not the Northeast Megalopolis, which was growing faster than average in the mid-20th century, or California, which grew lustily in the succeeding half-century. It is Texas.

This leads to a second point, which is that growth tends to be stronger where taxes are lower. Seven of the nine states that do not levy an income tax grew faster than the national average. The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions, the Midwest and New England.

Altogether, 35 percent of the nation’s total population growth occurred in these nine non-taxing states, which accounted for just 19 percent of total population at the beginning of the decade.

Perhaps the Democrats will look to this as a lesson in understanding how high taxation affects states, citizens, and economies… Needless to say, I am not holding my breath.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked President Obama’s twenty-four months in office?

Answer: He’s similar to a cardboard standee.

John Conrad Arens – from RedState – writes:

Can I be candid for a moment?

Barack Obama is the first President in my lifetime to have had the luxury of some twenty-four months in office, and yet have no need to exhibit even the slightest bit of leadership…

On anything .

He’s deferred tough decisions regarding the budget deficit to a “blue-ribbon” commission. He let Nancy Pelosi and her gang of Merry Pranksters write the $900-billion dollar “stimulus” bill. He let his Attorney General, Eric The Holder, write the administrative policy regarding civilian trials for enemy combatants.

He let Harry Reid take the slings and arrows on “Obamacare”, even to the point of just letting the House of Rerehensibles vote on THAT version– Obama never DID introduce his own version of “health-care reform”. He has Janet Incompetano take the heat for the new search-and-destroy guidlines at airports. He let BP, Haley Barbour, and Bobby Jindahl, et al, run around in a frenzied panic while the Gulf of Mexico (which is supposed to be guarded and patrolled by US forces) became an oil slick. (–On second thought, I guess he did command a rear-guard action of attorneys to sue someone –anyone — for the disaster.)

Obama lets his wife zumba about, attacking fat kids, while he stays home, eats burgers, smokes, and watches basketball on TV. He has his pantywaist generals stand in front of the microphones and defend the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell (I’ll give you a call, sailor!)”. He let his arch-nemesis George Bush write both his TARP legislation, and, off all things, his tax policy.

The President, as far as I can tell, has presided over nothing , unless you count the ballooning of both the national debt and the unemployment rate, which has skyrocketed from the high 6-percents when he came into office, and has settled in nicely around 10%. In the end, we called it “Obamacare”, but it’s quite evident that the past two years ought to just be called “Obamacouldn’tcareless”.

In fact, the only time I see the man exhibit any passion at all is when he’s late for a vacation, or a date with Michelle: “Hey, guys, can you hurry up with all this governing stuff? I have a 2:45 tee-time”.

We were supposed to be all giddy back in the winter of 2009 when he “gave the command” to allow a marine sharpshooter to pick off a dirty , teen-age Somali pirate– Look at the Leadership! And even here, he left it to his field commanders to devise the follow-on strategy.

Which leads me to a question: What will happen when America really needs a leader, rather than a legislative liaison, or a Fuss-and-Feathers General Oompah-Pah to revue the troops? What will this man, who, as far as I can tell has never had an original thought, do when faced with a crisis?

I have an inkling: Just think Jimmy Carter, and crashed helicopters in the sands of Araby.

Haha. I love this analysis.

During the past few months, while talking with my parents, we have noticed the same pattern. Granted, we never made the cardboard standee comparison, but we have complained numerous times about how President Obama seems to pass his duties on to other individuals inside his administration. Unfortunately for them, President Obama seems to eventually toss them right under the bus.

True leadership… In the form of cardboard. Props to Obama.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the DREAM Act this afternoon?

Answer: It failed 55-41 on a procedural cloture vote to end the filibuster!

This is great news for America, because this disastrous piece of legislation will not be brought to the Senate floor to be voted on.

Politico reports:

The decade-old DREAM Act once again failed to break a filibuster in the Senate on Saturday morning, effectively killing the bill this year and shutting the door on what perhaps was the last cdhance for pro-immigration reform legislation until at least the 2012 election.

Senate Democrats came up five votes short of the 60 needed to advance the House-passed bill, which would provide a path to citizenship for up to illegal immigrants brought to the country as children if they attend college or join the military for two years. The 55-41 vote was mostly along party lines, though a handful of Democrats — perhaps fearful of their 2012 election outlook — also voted against the DREAM Act.

As I have said before, do not be fooled by the name of this bill. The real goal of the DREAM Act is to provide amnesty for those who chose to enter our country illegally and make it even harder to enforce our immigration laws.

One of my friends said it best, “Welcome to America, please use front door… Okay, thanks.”

VICTORY:

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