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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 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.

[…]

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 the Republican tidal wave that hit America a few weeks ago?

Answer: It’s still coming in.

The Hill reports:

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) conceded defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold late Monday after the recount he requested barely made a dent in the Republican’s election night lead. Farenthold’s final margin of victory stood at 648 votes.

Farenthold’s victory completes one of 2010’s biggest upsets on the House side and brings the number of GOP House gains this year to 62.

Yeah, that’s right! Not even rubber ducky pajamas and a scantily clad woman can block the Republican tidal wave from hitting Texas’ 27th congressional district!

Unfortunately for Democrats, there are still a few races out there being decided by the courts. Keep the U.S. House seats coming!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the liberal mainstream media tonight while they cover the 2010 midterm election results?

Answer: A game that allows you to enjoy their desperate attempts to fabricate excuses on why Democrats lost.

Behold! The 2010 Election Day Liberal Media Spin Drinking Game!

Props to Timothy Carney at The Washington Examiner:

Below are the liberal platitudes to explain away the election, followed by a brief explanation of why they’re so silly. Any time you hear one of these platitudes, take a drink. (But if you’re watching MSNBC, we recommend cutting the portions in half — and still telling your boss you won’t be in before lunch on Wednesday).

RULES: Take a drink every time you hear an anchor, pundit, or other TV talking head…

  • Say “Anti-incumbent.” No, this isn’t an anti-incumbent year. The only Republican Senator even remotely close to losing her seat Tuesday is Lisa Murkowski, a write-in candidate who lost her primary for being too liberal. Somewhere from zero to three House Republicans will lose, and those include Hawaii and New Orleans. There might be one or two Republican governors fall, but in all likelihood, this an anti-Democrat year.
    Suggested drink: A Hurricane or a Mai Tai, local drinks of New Orleans and Hawaii, respectively — the only districts where GOP congressmen (Joe Cao and Charles Djou) are likely to fall.
  • Say “temper-tantrum.” Recall this Peter Jennings gem from 1994: “Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week….Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.”
    Suggested drink: A Jello Shot. Two-year-olds love jello.
  • Say “blind rage” Remember, rebuking Bush and throwing out Republicans was about finding our better angels. Rebuking Obama and throwing out Democrats is about blind range.
    Suggested drink: Irish Whiskey
  • Blame Obama for not “getting his message out” Both sides do this: if my side is losing, it must be only because we didn’t communicate our ideas and plans well enough — it can’t be because people didn’t like what we were doing! With Obama, it’s even more absurd. The man, famous for his eloquence, was constantly campaigning. 
    Suggested drink: spiked Slurpee
  • Chalk it up to voter racism: Americans figured out a black guy was running the country, and they freaked out, deciding to “take back America” for the white guys.
    Suggested drink: White Russian.
  • Mention that one guy who owns a McDonalds who (possibly inappropriately) told his employees to vote Republican. Because we’re sure that tipped the balance of the election.
    Suggested drink: Spiked (flavorless) milkshake
  • Say “secret money” Because it doesn’t matter that Democrats outraised Republicans from the most politically active industries in America, including Wall Street. It doesn’t matter that K Street favored Dems 2-to-1 with campaign contributions. The public-employee unions don’t count as a special interest. It’s just that secret Republican money that’s insidious.
    Suggested drink: Rum-and-Koch
  • Drink for every block in which Christine O’Donnell is the most-mentioned candidate. Talking about Christine O’Donnell is very important therapy for liberals. First, it allows them to feel smarter than conservatives — O’Donnell says a lot of silly things, and is a conservative woman, both of which make her a prime target of smug liberal mockery. Also, this is a rare open seat Democrats will win. Combine those two points, and it gives liberal anchors a chance to say their favorite line: Republicans need to be moderate to win.
    Suggested drink: Witch’s Wit ale.

Have fun Conservatives and remember to always drink responsibly!

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ELECTION DAY IS HERE! GET OUT AND VOTE!

Ladies and gentlemen, today is the BIG day! The day that we head out to the voting booth and help put a stop to President Obama and the Democrats’ reckless agenda that has done nothing but damage our country over the past twenty months. We (Conservatives) need to make sure that we get everyone out to the polls so we can help fuel the momentum that is building the tidal wave that will hopefully sweep through our country.

Don’t know where to vote? Don’t worry, because the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has put together a website where you can easily figure out where your polling location is: Click here.

During the past couple months I have been working hard at the NRSC and hope that we will see a Republican majority takeover the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

For the latest election results as they come in, click here.

Brace yourselves folks, because tomorrow will be a long day. In the meantime, check out this epic Tea Party web ad that will definitely get you excited about today’s election:

The real recovery begins today!

For those who are interested, I will try and have a separate post up later on in the night that will have election results, updates, and commentary! Tomorrow should be a good day, so let’s try and enjoy it!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Democrats’ advertising strategy for the upcoming mid-term election?

Answer: Their self-proclaimed “historic” vote for Obama-Care is nowhere to be found.

Honestly Democrats, what’s wrong with millions of Americans losing their current health insurance? Or the individual mandate that will erode our liberty and increase taxes? Or the fact that it’s not paid for? Or better yet, creating a complex one-size-fits-all health-care system that will eventually centralize America’s health-care decisions in Washington? What could possibly go wrong?

Perhaps that’s why Democrats are avoiding the subject all together – besides the few Democrats who just-so-happen to be running against the new health-care law. Politico reports:

At least five of the 34 House Democrats who voted against their party’s health care reform bill are highlighting their “no” votes in ads back home. By contrast, party officials in Washington can’t identify a single House member who’s running an ad boasting of a “yes” vote — despite the fact that 219 House Democrats voted in favor of final passage in March.

One Democratic strategist said it would be “political malfeasance” to run such an ad now.

Democrats have taken that advice to heart; it appears that no Democratic incumbent — in the House or in the Senate — has run a pro-reform TV ad since April, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ran one.

I have one word for Democrats: Meow.

Here’s a suggestion, how about you liberal cowards “man-up” and back your record if Obama-Care is such a great thing for the United States? (Democrats’ reaction: click here) Yeah, that’s what I thought.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero’s choices for lieutenant governor?

Answer: Snyder picks State Rep. Brian Calley as his running mate while Virg is turned down a few times.

First off, let’s get the Republican news out of the way. The Detroit News reports:

Rick Snyder is expected to name a Republican state representative from Portland as his pick for lieutenant governor at a campaign event in Grand Rapids today.

Campaign officials would neither confirm nor deny that Snyder’s choice is Rep. Brian Calley, as first reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

But a person close to the campaign confirmed the choice to The Detroit News. Calley, 33, who was seeking a state Senate seat, was seen by analysts as among a handful of front-runners for the post.

Personally, I don’t know much about State Representative Brian Calley besides that he was a banker before being elected into office. I tried visiting Calley’s website earlier this morning to see his stance on the issues, but it only displayed his giant campaign logo. Personally, I don’t see this pick helping Snyder’s campaign much, but perhaps he’s trying to play it safe. There’s no doubt that Snyder lacks the much needed legislative experience, but picking a young state representative who’s only been in office since 2007 doesn’t necessarily fill that void. On the other hand, by picking a young legislator, it will play better for Snyder’s image as the “non-career politician” seeking the governor’s office.

On the other side of the political spectrum, Virg “Angriest Mayor” Bernero is having a rough time finding a running mate that actually wants to accept the job! The Detroit News reports:

Virg Bernero’s gubernatorial campaign has been turned down by a few prospects — some with strong business backgrounds — for a chance to be his running mate.

Among those who have declined to be vetted are retired General Motors Vice President Rod Gillum; Faye Nelson, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy; and Carol Goss, president of the Skillman Foundation.

[…]

A choice is expected to be made by Saturday, at the latest, before the state Democratic Party Convention in Detroit.

😆 It makes me laugh when I see Virg Bernero so desperate… Hey Virg, go off on one of your epic rants where you yell and speak 1,000 words per minute.

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