Ridiculous

October 26, 2008

Some in the media have been fixated on Sarah Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe, courtesy of RNC and its donors.  Time Magazine thinks its important that you know she’s committing crimes against fashion.  While I’m no fan of politicians using money for ridiculous things and can’t even conceive of owning a $150,000 wardrobe, I have to say.  That ain’t the only ridiculous thing as what’s gone down this election season.

Remember the Greek temple from which The One addressed His throng of worshipers during the heady days of the Democratic Party’s convention?  Yeah.  $5.3 million for a crime against architecture.

And as long as we’re talking about money, remember the bailout that passed a while back?  The $1.8 trillion bailout, even though people only really talked about the first $700 billion?  Yeah, about that $700 billion.  It seems that nobody is really sure what it’s for.

Moving on to the larger theme of Ridiculous, Bob Barr.  I wish he would win in November.  That’s why I voted for him.  But third-party candidates haven’t won anything in over 100 years.  Realistically, Bob Barr isn’t going to win anything.  But that won’t stop him from offering campaign advice to McCain.  Advice like, “Quit now, because realistically, you’ve got now chance.”  Also, Bob Barr suggests that McCain will lose in Georgia.  This might be a bad time to write LP Central and ask them which states they expect Barr to win in.

The media has been so ridiculous this election cycle that this guy is ashamed to admit his profession to strangers.  He works for ABC.  Ponder it.

Senator Jack Murtha (who has a special category of Ridiculous specially reserved for himself) of Pennsylvania said, quote, “There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area.”  Hey, if we have a representative form of government and Jack Murtha represents a racist area… does that mean Jack Murtha is racist?  Just sayin’.  Oh, and John McCain agrees with Murtha while trying really hard not to.

Some pollster got death threats for running a poll that had McCain ahead in Ohio and Florida.

Okay, that’s enough of a link-dump.  I can only take so much of ridiculous before the sense of impending doom hits.  Various folks of all stripes like to yak it up about how historic this election is, since it’ll either end with a black President or a woman Vice-President.  This is also the most ridiculous election in American history.

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Even ACORN admits that ACORN sucks

October 26, 2008

ACORN, known to have been involved with election fraud in the past and up to their ears in election fraud in the present, now admits that 30% of their 1.3 million voter registration forms have been rejected by various state election officials. They say that “only 1 to 1.5%” are actually fraud, but even if one were to accept their numbers (which, btw, one is not), that’s still 13,000 to 19,500 counts of federal crime.  That’s not exactly a slap on the wrist you’re getting there.

Furthermore, if one were to accept that the aforementioned 30% represent the whole of their “questionable” voter registration forms (which, again, one is not), that’s 390,000 forms gone wrong, say 385,000 that aren’t fraud.  Which is to say, 385,000 cases of sheer incompetence.  Just sayin’, but 30% incompetent is pretty incompetent.

From the linked article:

And let’s not forget ACORN’s history, dating to the ’80s, of trespassing, illegal seizure of private property, physical harassment, intimidation and outright extortion.

Good point.  Hey, here’s a question.  Given ACORN’s left-wing goals for America and Obama’s past association with ACORN, how many of ACORN’s bogus registration forms you figure would have led to bogus votes for McCain/Palin, Barr/Root, or pick-your-favorite-not-Obama/Biden-ticket, had they not been squashed?


Vicious name-calling rhetoric. And DOOM!

October 12, 2008

Behold, o reader, the vigilance of the Thought Police.  Observe the thoughtfulness and wit of Grand Poobah Sam Cook as he tackles racism in its ugliest form:

Sheriff Mike Scott swears he had no ulterior motive.

“I answered a lot of e-mails and signed my middle name (Joseph) on all of them,” says Scott, 45. “I don’t see anything wrong with calling him Barack Hussein Obama.

“That is his name.”

Yes it is. Yet it was much more at Monday’s rally at Germain Arena for vice presidential hopeful Gov. Sarah Palin.

Just in case it’s not clear there, the Grand Poobah is upset that Sheriff Scott used Barack Obama’s full name.  He called him “Senator Barack Hussein Obama” instead of “Senator Obama” or “Senator Barack Obama” or “Barack Obama” or what have you.  Everyone tracking here?

Because the Grand Poobah is just getting started.

When Scott dropped Obama’s Muslim middle name, message boards and mailbag contributors exploded.

“This must be the biggest news in the world. Is there nothing more important going on?” Scott asks sarcastically. “It absolutely shocks me. And I’m appalled by some of the e-mails. They are hateful and spiteful.”

Scott, in an interview Tuesday with news-press.com and The News-Press, says he doesn’t comprehend the commotion his name-calling put in motion.

“I was told to speak three to four minutes and fire up the crowd,” he says. “Help welcome her to Southwest Florida.

“That’s pretty much what I did. I’ve watched that tape over and over. I don’t see any malice. What I said was truthful and accurate. I did not say anything unethical, immoral or illegal.”

That’s a matter of opinion.

O RLY?!?  Which point in particular is a matter of opinion?  Malice?  Malice is pretty concrete.  Either it exists on the part of the speaker or it doesn’t.  You can be offended when someone says something without malice, but let’s be serious for a second.  If you’re offended by your favored candidate’s full name, you should sit yourself down and rethink your life.

Truthfulness?  Accuracy?  Demonstrate that Obama’s middle name isn’t Hussein.  Oh wait, this isn’t about facts, it’s about opinions.  Truthfulness and accuracy aren’t really open to ‘opinion.’  Something is truthful or it isn’t.  Something is accurate or it isn’t.  In this case, it’s 100% correct that Hussein is Obama’s middle.

Unethical?  “In my opinion, it is unethical to use a candidate’s full name.”  That just doesn’t make any sense.  It pales in comparison to this potential gem, though.  “In my opinion, it is immoral to use a candidate’s full name.”  Pardon me while I roll out some fire and brimstone usually reserved for whores and drug pushers.  Somebody used Obama’s full name.  Hellfire and damnation are in late today, but they’ll be here soon.  Can’t have this kind of behavior going undamned.  No sirree bob.

Is Cook saying that in his opinion it’s illegal to use Obama’s full name?  That makes even less sense than any of the options put forth in the above paragraph.  You take that case before a judge and you’d be lucky to avoid contempt of court.

If Scott didn’t believe name-dropping “Hussein” would create upheaval in Southwest Florida, he isn’t the astute politician who captured 91 percent of the vote in Lee County’s Republican primary victory last month.

Again, Scott says he won’t back down from his comment.

Sheriff Scott won’t back down from using Obama’s full name?  Well, that bastard!  Let’s form a mob and lynch him!  The post goes on in similar fashion, ending like this:

“I’ll tell you one thing,” he says. “If the Democrats do win, he will be sworn in by three names: Barack Hussein Obama.

“I can guarantee that.”

And I can guarantee the sheriff hasn’t heard the last of his name-calling rhetoric.

And there you have it.  Using someone’s first, middle, and last names all at the same time is now officially name-calling rhetoric.  It may or may not also be a federal crime.  Good game, America.  Our chances of survival have just dropped to zero.  We’re doomed.


Revenge is a dish best served cold

October 11, 2008

I’m told it goes well with theater popcorn.

If you haven’t been a regular here at HillBuzz, you might not know about Gigi Gaston’s documentary “We Will Not Be Silenced” on the caucus fraud deliberately orchestrated by the Obama campaign during the primaries. Voter intimidation, registration fraud, vandalism, threats of violence, you name it, Obama’s supporters did it. For veterans of the McGovern ‘72 campaign who remembered thugs and hooligans engaged in similar tactics in service of their own far left candidate, the actions of Obama’s followers were so bad that even people who’ve lived through the last 36 years of ups and downs in America testified that this is the worst thing they’ve ever seen happen to our democracy.

Take a look at the clips.  You may find yourself wondering who cares if Democrats are thuggalizing other Democrats.  Surely, HillBuzz, making a documentary about how you’ve been wronged isn’t payback enough, is it?

Gaston’s documentary continues to gather testimonials from people across the country — and we have word now that the people behind these efforts to document what Obama did during the primaries are also cooperating with law enforcement in an investigation into the Obama campaign’s efforts to undermine the true will of the people in the general election.

Republicans and centrist Democrats are joined together on this effort to get the truth out about Obama before the November election. We firmly believe in McCain’s victory and do not believe it hinges on any developments with RICO.  The polls, in our opinon, are wrong, and the internal numbers we see coming out of NC, VA, PA, OH, IN and FL show McCain wins in all of those states (there is no mathematical possibility for Obama to win without taking PA, OH, or FL). We believe after McCain’s win there will be a continued prosecution of Obama and members of the Democratic party for voter fraud under RICO statutes in the months and years ahead. ACORN and leftist Democrats have gone too far this time — for years ACORN has engineered deliberate election fraud using taxpayer dollars funneled to it by Democrats. This time, with both Democrats and Republicans joined against them, ACORN Is going down…and we believe it will ultimately take Obama, Axelrod, and most of today’s Democratic leadership down with it.

RICO?  Brilliant!  Taking down the high-ups in the DNC is just icing on the cake.  The delicous double-layer chocolate cake that is Obama being taken out of the presidential race (might we be able to call this the Year of the Third Party?) for federal crimes and ACORN being collectively crucified.

HillBuzz goes on to speculate that Obama losing would shatter America’s faith in journalism.  I disagree.  My faith in most journalists was shattered a long time ago.  This election cycle has more or less just been pouring concrete on the grave to keep the risk of a zombie uprising to a minimum.  While I’m more cynical than most, I don’t think I’m alone in that I recognized long ago that the media is completely in the tank for one party or the other.

If they all burn for this as HillBuzz postulates, though, I’ll happily be wrong.


Academia might be the culprit here

October 11, 2008

Or so David Thompson, esteemed brit, suggests.  He links this guy who has this to say:

Yet the truth of the matter is that the basic pedagogical and academic approaches of Ayers and Khalidi fit well within the academic mainstream. Ayers is, after all, a prestigious professor of education (hardly a field known for its intellectual diversity, as I have explored elsewhere). Khalidi was of such standing that Columbia hired him away from the U of C, and named him to chair its Middle East Studies Department. From that perch, he presided over a wildly biased anti-Israel curriculum, even as he informed readers of New York that students of Arab descent—and only such students—knew the “truth” about Middle Eastern affairs.

On the other hand, Anonymous has this to say re: the above linked article:

Obama didn’t know about Ayers being a terrorist, he never heard Rev. Wright’s racist comments in church and he had no idea about Rezko. But yet you want to trust his “honesty” and “experience” to run the country?

In a time of crisis in America, you suggest we should not focus on the candidate but on the academy and how they became so radical and homogeneous?

Unbelievable.

Me?  I say that Obama is too friendly with ACORN by half, and was a member of the New Party.  They stood for such wonderful things as…

The democratization of our banking and financial system – including popular election of those charged with public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner control over their pension assets, community-controlled alternative financial institutions.

Nationalized banks, eh.  Before I watch that happen, the federal government must a) sort out (i.e. privatize) social security and medicare, and b) demonstrate the legal authority to monopolize the banking industry.  Training pigs to fly would also help.

A progressive tax system based on the ability to pay.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”  Where have I heard that before?  They carry on with other hippie/Marxist crap.  Feel free to mock.  Feel free to not vote for Obama.  Vote for McCain, vote for Bob Barr, vote for Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin, hell, vote for Chuck Norris.  While several of them might be more than slightly insane, none of them (except maybe McCain) have the snake-in-the-grass thing going on.  Better crazy and honest than a calculating liar, I say.


From the horse’s mouth

October 9, 2008

Barack Obama, in his own words.  Looking over some of these, I was reminded of certain individuals who said that only racism could beat Obama.  That reminded me of how often Obama himself has said that most people that aren’t going to vote for him are going to vote for whoever they’re going to vote for (McCain, Barr, McKinney, etc.) because Obama is “different.”  Check through those quotes and you’ll see stuff like this:

“… And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” — Barack Obama

“Nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky.” — Barack Obama

So according to Barack Obama, it’s not because we question the wisdom of electing terrorist-affiliated commies to executive office, it’s because he’s “different.”  This might be a dumb question, but doesn’t it take someone fundamentally different to pull off the kind of crap he promises?

…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.” — Barack Obama, on how future generations will remember his accention to “Democratic Presidententail Nominee”

Missing from that list but from the same speech is this little beauty:

In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

John Hawkins (the author of the article from which the above quote was lifted) set the bar for insight and appropriate sarcasm re: that quote pretty high, so I’m just going to jank what he wrote.

America isn’t great now — But — if we elect Barack Obama, all “fundamentally good” people will vote for him and the country will be great again? Oh, please save us, Barack! What a low opinion of this country and a high opinion of himself this guy has.

This picture I’m getting is this.  Barack Obama wants to lead us, but doesn’t want to be us.  In fact, he doesn’t want us to be us.  Here’s a message for you Obama, from one diabolical megolomaniac to another: up yours.


More election fraud

October 8, 2008

This time in the poorly named Kansas City, Missouri:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Officials in Missouri, a hard-fought jewel in the presidential race, are sifting through possibly hundreds of questionable or duplicate voter-registration forms submitted by an advocacy group that has been accused of election fraud in other states.

“I don’t even know the entire scope of it because registrations are coming in so heavy,” Davis said. “We have identified about 100 duplicates, and probably 280 addresses that don’t exist, people who have driver’s license numbers that won’t verify or Social Security numbers that won’t verify. Some have no address at all.”

That’s why it’s called “fraud.”  Because the registration forms are fraudulent.  When it happens in an election, it’s called “election fraud.”  It’s kind of a big deal.  The FBI gets involved.  They send people out to say stuff like this:

“It’s a matter we take very seriously,” Patton said. “It is against the law to register someone to vote who does not fall within the parameters to vote, or to put someone on there falsely.”

ACORN is again implicated.  Their defense?

[Jess Ordower, Midwest director of ACORN] said Wednesday that ACORN registered about 53,500 people in Missouri this year. He believes his group is being targeted because some politicians don’t want that many low-income people having a voice.

“It’s par for the course,” he said. “When you’re doing more registrations than anyone else in the country, some don’t want low-income people being empowered to vote. There are pretty targeted attacks on us, but we’re proud to be out there doing the patriotic thing getting people registered to vote.

Emphasis is mine.  Maybe nobody told him, but…

On Tuesday, authorities in Nevada seized records from ACORN after finding fraudulent registration forms that included the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys.

In April, eight ACORN workers in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting false registration cards for the 2006 election. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said they submitted cards with false addresses and names, and forged signatures.

So… ACORN has been involved in federal election fraud in the past… were found to have been involved in election fraud in multiple states just this week… and they’re being targeted to keep poor people from voting?  And aren’t they attracting attention due to the number of fraudulant registrations they’re submitting, not that they’re “doing more registrations than anyone else?”

EDIT: More on ACORN and the raid mentioned above:

In 2006, ACORN also committed what Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed called the “worse case of election fraud” in the state’s history.

In the case, ACORN submitted just over 1,800 new voter registration forms, and all but six of the 1,800 names were fake.

More recently, 27,000 registrations handled by the group from January to July 2008 “went into limbo because they were incomplete, inaccurate, or fraudulent,” said James Terry, chief public advocate at the Consumers Rights League.

I retract most of the above post.  Clearly ACORN is being targeted to keep poor people from voting.