Friday, December 10, 2010

Missing Virgiia Girl Found Safe in SF

A missing Virginia girl has been found over 2,000 miles away from home at a Safeway on 48th Ave and Fulton...

A relieved Virginia police chief extended an emotional thank-you from across the country to a San Francisco woman who spotted a fugitive sought in a slaying and kidnapping as she shopped at a Safeway in the Outer Richmond on Friday afternoon.

"We're so thankful to her - for a person to be that observant, 3,000 miles away, is almost incredible," Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder said about the unidentified shopper who recognized Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, from a TV report and called police, leading to his arrest and the recovery of 12-year-old Brittany Mae Smith.

Whoever the woman is... she deserves a medal.

One of the ways he was identified was by distinctive tattoos on his calves. Idiot swipes child and doesn't think enough to cover his calves. What a fucking moron.

So is he a local? Surely the failure to cover up the tats makes him as stupid as a local. On the other hand, only a tourist would wear shorts here at any time of year.

The two, who were detained at about 1:30 p.m., had been living in a makeshift encampment near Ocean Beach, police said. The tent Easley had purchased at the Virginia Walmart was found in the encampment nearby, police said.

...which means they could have escaped detection for years, like many other criminals who get a free ride from the cops because they're homeless. That girl is very lucky that someone was paying attention to something going on outside of their own little universe.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Here's San Fransanity's handy-dandy print off guide for City Props.

I'll add a more in depth analysis of Prop L - the sit/lie law - later. There's a few other ones I'll need to elaborate on as well.

As usual, if you don't understand a proposition - particularly one which increases spending or taxes - vote no.

A - NO - more later

AA - no recommendation - This is a $10 per year fee tacked on to auto registration to pay for
street repairs, crosswalk improvements, and "bicycle infrastructure." While I don't so much like these sort of fees (and "fee" is San Francisco-speak for "tax"), this one is pretty modest and does seem to go to an area which needs help and which benefit everyone and not just the usual parasites. Make your own choice. I mean... do that anyway, of course... but no help from me on this one...

- San Francisco Public Employees need to pay their fair share for their health plans and stop bilking the taxpayers. The No on B folks are whining about kids being without health care and people being forced to move out of the city but they are talking out their assholes... even if B passes, SF employees will still be grossly overpaid and overcompensated, and will still pay far less for their health care than you do... in fact, you are the one paying for it now, a little detail that unions simply don't care about or are too ideologically blinded to put this simple equation together.

C - NO - Chris Daly's "brainchild" is back yet again, to make the Mayor jump through hoops and attend monthly verbal abuse sessions with the Board of Mental Incompetents. Vote this one down - again.

D - NO, NO, FUCK NO - Allows illegal aliens to vote in municipal elections. Aside from the fact that the City Attorney has already said that this is probably illegal, and would certainly end up in court, it is also JUST FUCKING WRONG. In addition to being JUST FUCKING WRONG, it creates a real problem - as illegal aliens could only vote in school board races, and only in cases where they are the parent, guardian, or caretaker of a student - that makes voting in a polling place an even more confusing experience, and would cost between $100,000-$150,000 extra per election. But these are small potatoes compared to the real reason why you should vote no on D - BECAUSE IT IS JUST FUCKING WRONG.

E - NO - Allows same day voter registration. $425,000 price tag... plus a major incentive for voter fraud? Vote no.

F - YES - Sean Elsbernd - the lone voice of fiscal sanity on the Board - put this one on to save a few bucks on Health Board elections. Why not?

G - YES, YES, YES - The "stick-it-to-MUNI" measure whereby everyone's favorite union - the MUNI drivers - would have to negotiate through collective bargaining like every other city union, forcing them to come to the table on work-rule concessions, something the union has absolutely no incentive to do as they are guaranteed to be among the highest in the country. It is not out of the question that MUNI would strike just for spite if this passes. Fuck 'em. San Francisco needs to extricate its balls from MUNI's vice. Vote YES.

H - YES - If you need any further proof that San Francisco is a one-party state, this is it. Placed on the ballot by the Mayor to get back at his far-left rivals on the Board, its main goal is to keep far-left Supervisors from simultaneously holding positions on the DCCC - the Communist-style politburo that runs Democratic Party politics (and, therefore, all politics) in the city. There's something to be said for the idea that a Supe should be spending their time doing their job and not running for another office. But the point of the measure is to keep the DCCC from becoming the tool of powerful Supervisors. The DCCC will still be the insane, batshit, nutball conglomeration of mental defectives it has always been, but at least they won't have a direct line to city government, and it won't be as subject to the type of Stalinist "purges" that tend to happen when Supes are in high positions and want to "eliminate" up and comers who disagree with them.

I - NO - Part III in the Stupid Costly Voter Reform trilogy. $1.7 million to have voting on Saturday before election Tuesday. Anyone who can't get their shit together enough to vote on Tuesday or send a ballot in the fucking mail probably isn't going to be able to get their shit together to vote on Saturday. Another pricey solution in search of a problem.

J - NO - Jacks up the hotel tax rates to the highest in the nation - higher than NYC!!! This in a town where tourism is the number one industry. But then... that's "Progressive" thinking for you! Seriously, how fucking stupid can these people be???

K - NO - Another hotel tax measure designed to close a loophole that lets online booking houses pay the tax on the wholesale, and not retail, rate. This is apparently already being settled in court, and would just create more problems. It also contains a poison pill that overrides Prop J. I hate poison pill tactics and hope they're made illegal. Better just to defeat J (and K for that matter) outright.

L - YES - This was a tough one. I ultimately decided to go with it. More later.

M - NO - Poison Pill to nullify Prop L if it passes. These type of things shouldn't be on the ballot in the first place, and I expect that they will be made illegal some time in the future. In the meantime... just vote no.

N - NO - After doubling the tax on property transactions two years ago, they now want to increase it again by a 33% on properties of $5 to 10 million, and by 66% on properties over $10 million. Pretty good deal for doing nothing. But then getting paid obscene amounts of money for doing nothing is... well... no need to beat a dead horse.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Love Letter to the San Francisco Giants

Me not very good putting feelings into words - at least not feelings that aren't incandescent rage :)

So I'll let blogger Rocketshoes sum it up. GO GIANTS!!!


A Love Letter to the San Francisco Giants

This is why I’m a Giants fan. This exact moment. Scratch that: this is why I like stupid, grunt grunt sports in general. San Francisco, this very moment.

It’s legitimately a magical time in San Francisco right now. I have the fortune of working approximately two blocks away from AT&T/”For Christsakes, it’s PacBell” Park, and it’s been absolutely surreal. If a unicorn came around the corner and high fived me right now and said, “Go Giants”, I wouldn’t even take an earbud out. I’d just high hoove him right back and point and smile.

For people who don’t understand why people love sports so much, move to a town where this kind of thing might happen, and you’ll get it.

This team has done something to this city that is unreal. It’s even more unreal because this is San Francisco. Home of the polarizing “I hate your district NO I HATE YOUR DISTRICT LET’S MAKE OUT THOUGH BECAUSE WE BOTH LOVE SAN FRANCISCO” landscape. Hipsters hate marina guys. Marina guys hate hipsters. We judge every goddamn thing on the planet that isn’t organic, and then can’t understand why people judge the crap out of us right back (irony alert). I mean…I work down the block from afucking artisan grilled cheese store. This town is, by no means, indicative of the rest of the American landscape. We’re just weird, and we embrace the living crap out of it.

And right now, everyone is a Giants fan. Everyone. Your grandma. That homeless guy directing you into a wide open parking spot and then expecting you to congratulate him for his non-feat with a dollar. Right now? I’d give him two. Because this town is effing electric.

You know what? To all the people who hate “bandwagon” fans? Let it go. Who cares. You know who you are? You’re the guy who liked the Kings of Leon and then got mad when everyone else did. You’re the guy who said “this band is SO good”, and then when someone said, “hey I agree” you said NO YOU DON’T ONLY I CAN LIKE THEM. That’s silly. Knock it off. Let them in. Buy them a beer, or a kombucha. Whatever it is. I don’t care. Just let this happen and stop Eeyoring the crap out of our unlimited happiness we’re on the brink of.

I love sports for this reason. Every now and then, everyone just stops being so damn frumpy and acts like our city is just a big college. You ever been to a college town thatreally loves their team a scary amount? Like, Ray Finkel’s Mom amounts? It’s great. You know why? Because everyone is just actually nice to each other. You have a common bond. And whether or not it’s a bond that is contingent upon a guy throwing a ball or waving a wooden stick, it’s an awesome bond.

I love this time. I find myself smiling at people when I buy coffee. I see my friends who bicker over ridiculous crap calling each other and inviting each other to hang out. I see strangers hugging because a guy from the Dominican Republic is hitting sac fly’s. Marina guys are wearing the same goddamn t-shirt hipster guys are wearing. HOW CAN YOU NOT BOTTLE THIS MOMENT UP? We’re in a vacuum. Enjoy it.

I have grown up with the Giants. My brother and I spend half of our “that’s so adorable that they are ACTUALLY best friends” time talking to each other about them; it genuinely brings us together. It’s in the blood of my family, and I was taught from a very young age to bring a blanket to the ‘stick because it’s never a comfortable temperature in this city. My mother and father brought our family together with this ridiculous game. If you never lived here or you’re just getting on the bandwagon? Let me be your creepy metaphorical father and open the front door and hand you a beer. Welcome. We love you, too.

So fear the Just for Men beard. Embrace the fact that every woman in town is in love with the good guy (THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE). Embrace the fact that we have a pitcher that resembles one of the greatest characters in film history, one Mitch Kramer (he even smokes pot…how San Francisco is that?). Embrace it.

No matter what happens, San Francisco, embrace it. This is why we like sports. Because they are ridiculous, and they make people really happy when we’d usually just bide the time complaining about what we don’t like about each other.

Embrace it, San Francisco. This is why we like each other. Right now.

Fear the goddamn beard.

Everything Changes Tuesday

As you may have noticed, I've begun a flurry of last minute postings on the election.

I wish I could've got to it earlier, but the Giants have quite inconveniently gone to the World Series and are poised to become World Champions for the first time in over 50 years, so that has been occupying most of my time (fan since 1973). So, yeah... the election is important, but there are other things even more important.

So I will - somehow - get all the race, state props and local props up by Monday.

"This is not so much an election as a restraining order."

-PJ O'Rourke

We Need A Miracle

John Dennis is tilting at the ultimate windmill... trying to knock off Nancy Pelosi - the Democratic Party's Deng Xiao Ping in the Liberal One Party State known as CA District 8.

His chances for victory are quite slim, but he deserves your vote.

Now, you might think I would be 100% behind anyone running against Pelosi, but the truth is there are many issues where I do not agree with Dennis' stance. That said, he is by far the lesser of two evils, and anything that can be done to break the political stalemate in San Francisco has got to be supported.

San Francisco is perhaps the most anti-democratic (with a small 'd') city in the United States. The City is entirely controlled by one party - the ironically-named Democratic Party - and the Democratic County Central Committee operates like a Soviet-era politburo. Many elected positions in city government are filled more or less by appointment than by election - many of them are settled in "races" where the hand-picked leftist runs unopposed.

Pelosi may not be part of the dysfunctional family power struggle of SF city politics, but she's a symptom of the same problem. She is the choice of people who don't believe that people should have a choice, or, to be more specific, who don't believe that people are intelligent enough to run their own lives.

Sadly, many San Franciscans don't seem to have any problem living in a one-party state, and don't seem to grasp that this isn't a good thing - no matter what end of the political spectrum you're on. Which kind of makes you wonder how they feel about democracy (or freedom, or America) in general....


SF Examiner endorses Dennis...

Send the speaker a message

Rep. Nancy Pelosi will no longer be speaker if Republicans take over the House of Representatives, or even if they come close, thanks to the many House Democratic incumbents and candidates who have promised not to vote for her in the new Congress.

Our sister publication, The Washington Examiner, asked Pelosi’s office whether she would pledge to serve out her full term if re-elected. It has not heard back. So a vote for Pelosi is probably a waste of your time. And it is a bad idea.

It would reward her hurried passage of an $814 billion stimulus package written behind closed doors that has done nothing to prevent local unemployment from rising to 10.6 percent during the past year. It would reward her for ramming through a health care reform bill that will benefit few San Franciscans, given that nearly all our uninsured are covered under Medi-Cal or Healthy San Francisco.

The main result locally will be the thousands of residents forced to buy new and more-expensive insurance plans. The procedural gimmicks involved in passing Obamacare — and, notably, Pelosi’s own statement that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” — did more than anything else to sour Americans on Democrats.

Pelosi’s two-term speakership has been characterized by the arrogance of power. Her rental of a $19,000-a- month office downtown at taxpayers’ expense — the most expensive of any House member, possibly of all time — is but one example.

During her 85 military aircraft flights since March, she has racked up a six-figure food-and-drink tab. She made the 111th Congress the most opaque in history, with bills of a thousand or more pages routinely written in secret without committee input, then thrown to the floor mere hours before votes were taken.

Even worse, after years of singing the virtues of patriotic dissent against Bush administration policies, Pelosi falsely branded dissenters on Obamacare as Nazis “carrying swastikas and symbols like that,” then denouncing those who challenged their members of Congress in town hall meetings as “drowning out opposing views” and therefore “un-American.”

The Examiner does not believe that Pelosi has ever been drowned out, given the enormous power and speaking platform she possesses. Further, we view her attempt to demonize dissenters as far more dangerous to democracy than anyone’s protest. Therefore, we encourage voters in the 8th Congressional District to support her opponent, John Dennis — an anti-war, pro-marijuana Republican.

A vote for Dennis will send a strong, clear message that dictatorial policymaking, the lavish and unnecessary spending of tax dollars on wasteful programs and personal perks, and demonization of the political opposition are unacceptable behavior for officeholders of any party or philosophy.

Coming Soon to America - If Liberals Have Anything to Say About It

From Stand With Arizona (and Against Illegal Immigration) on facebook...

This is Mexico. Does this video remind you of anything - in another part of the world? Next time you hear Janet Napolitano and her lackadaisical attitude towards securing the border, think about this, and ask yourself: How Long? How long until the mayhem of Mexico is visited upon Americans? Until some of the 28,000 murdered since 2007 starts to include our citizens? And how long do we have to wait until the Feds build the damn wall they promised us, to keep out this growing cancer next door?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Looking Forward to Tuesday

From the Telegraph (UK)...

Paul Krugman and the Last Gasp of the Liberal Elites

Is this the last gasp from America’s liberal elites before the November mid-terms on Tuesday? This is what economist Paul Krugman has to say in The New York Times today, predicting “political chaos”, with the hysterical warning – “if the elections go as expected next week, here’s my advice: Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness.

Krugman then goes on to blame George W. Bush for America’s economic problems, including the huge budget deficit, to which Barack Obama has added $3 trillion since taking office:

The economy, weighed down by the debt that households ran up during the Bush-era bubble, is in dire straits; deflation, not inflation, is the clear and present danger. And it’s not at all clear that the Fed has the tools to head off this danger. Right now we very much need active policies on the part of the federal government to get us out of our economic trap.

But we won’t get those policies if Republicans control the House. In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts — cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts.

Not only is Krugman’s article one of the most ridiculous pieces of scare-mongering in the history of modern American journalism, but it is the pathetic whimper of a decaying liberal Ancien Regime that is spectacularly crumbling. It also illustrates just how out of touch liberal elites are with public opinion, as well as economic reality. The tired old blame Bush line no longer works, and as a recent poll showed, the former president’s popularity is rising again.

Whether Krugman likes it or not, the American people are turning overwhelmingly against Barack Obama’s Big Government agenda, and are looking for free market solutions to getting the country back on its feet, creating jobs and cutting the nation’s debt. As poll after poll shows, Americans are rejecting the liberal status quo and embracing the political revolution sweeping the country. My guess is that historians will look back on November 2010 not as a “catastrophe”, as Krugman declares, but as the beginning of a powerful new era for the United States, when conservatism and the cause of freedom made a striking comeback.

The article generated this response in the comments. If we are to be afraid of the future, then this poster outlines the real reasons that we should be - maybe not afraid - but vigilant, steadfast, and ready for anything...

One thing we should understand: for the Left and its enablers, the entire battle is that of propaganda. Of 'getting the message out'. Their entire edifice is built on pure lies.

Every single thing they say is a lie. Everything about their intentions, everything about their own methods, everything about their own identities---every single thing is a lie. So, the alleged 'intellects' of the Left are always busy spinning things out of any cotton they can find, and more often, they spin things out of thin air. No cotton required. It is an existential imperative for them. Just like if you are a farmer, you *have* to farm in order to survive (or change the vocation), and if you are a scientist, you have to pursue truth, if you are a Leftist, you can not not lie.

This krugman is no different and no more orginal then the original Leftists--the Jacobins and the Bolsheviks and the "Social Democrats" and "Progressives" and such. And when they are caught red-handed lying (and committing unspeakable crimes against humanity), the only response they know is to lie some more. They will say and do the most mind-bogglingly untrue things and keep the battle going until their last breath---literally.

There is no redemption for a Leftist. No renunciation of his own house of intellectual virtual cards. Because nothing can replace the nothing that they are pathologically addicted to. However. And this is a big big however, one must never say, 'last gasp of the Left'. Because anther of their greatest characteristics is that they *never* ever, that is, *never* *ever* give up.

Their indvidiual evil dies *only* when they actually give up the ghost---literally. And their collective soul keeps living inside those who still haven't bought the farm. As a particularly adept observer of the american left, i can assure you that these current times are *far* from the 'last gasp of the Left'. Indeed, it is anything BUT the last gasp. It is, however, a turning point for them.

Realizing early on in 20th century that americans are not going to buy their Leftist nonsense if sold overtly, they spent nearly a hundred years corrupting america with their slow and steady covert attack ... in the name of 'liberalism' etc. (with the exception of few years in the sixties where they came out of their little burrows and openly tried a revolution).

The current time----pre-election---the past two years, have been the crowning zenith of their covert operations, and as soon as they got the power in 2008 they thought that they had it made. They lost all inhibition and carefullness and, in terms of their actions, came out in the open as to who they really are, and what they really want. Now it is very unlikely that people are going back to buying their older brand of snake oil.

The covert career of the Left in america is over. That does not mean Left is dying or is dead. It only means that now they have nothing to loose, and they will hit the streets with overt anti-american action. Not exactly in the sixties' fashion, but you *will* see a lot more direct action than you did in the sixties. It is now or never for these people. And if they loose america, she will survive to revive the ideals of liberty and freedom from government tyranny, and hence will prosper (like before), and that means the Left looses their entire global war of past 100 years.

They are *not* going to give up that easily. Not because a mere electorate votes them out. They don't give a damn about such electorate or about the Democracy or about the Constitution. Indeed, it is these things they have been trying to undermine all these years. Now they can attack those things directly, and already have in past two years. Expect a thousand times more of that in near future. This war between Left and Right is far from over. The real war starts after the Left in america officially looses the 100 year covert battle. Wear your seatbelt, and enjoy the ride.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Who Will I Be Voting For?

An interesting thing happened at work today...

I went into the alley behind the office for a smoke and found, on the ground, a check for $950. An unemployment check. For $950. I found it ironic as just moments before I was having a co-worker turn a handful of dimes I'd fished out of my piggy back into a $5 so I could buy some lunch.

Yeah, I'm burnt out from overwork, and here's someone getting a bigger paycheck than me for not working.

This fucking country.

The person I'm voting for is someone who will stand up for working Americans - and not the liberal's version of "working Americans" which really means "NON-working Americans."

I will vote for the person who will fight for me and keep me from getting fucked on my bills and on my taxes.

I will vote for the person who cares more about citizens and victims of crime than criminals (which rules out Kamala Fucking Harris right there).

I will vote for the person who helps those struggling to make it who are trying desperately, and not reward leeches who sponge off of the government.

I will vote for the person who is not xenomaniacal. I will vote for the person who cares for their citizens first.

I will vote for the person who stands up for the normal people and not just the most fucked up.

.... by the way, I tore up the check. Let the person do some work and get it reissued.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Back to Business

hi all!

As you may have noticed, I've been off for a while. Call it an extended vacation. Some unexpected traveling, some very unexpected computer failures, and a whole lot of work have conspired to eat up my time.

But, as November approaches, I will be back in full swing. Count on it. I do appreciate y'all checking in, and rest assured I will be blogging more regularly as the election comes up.

Coming up... I'll be weighing in on the recent "revelation" that Meg Whitman hired an illegal alien to work for her - a revelation that just so happened to be leaked right before a Spanish-language debate and orchestrated by TV lawyer and Democratic Party media-whore Gloria Allred.

For illegal aliens... the exploitation NEVER ends.

Clearly, the Democrats have thrown all morals and decency out the window this time, and have shown that there is no low they will not sink to. Now, I have some serious problems with Whitman, but if the Democrats are willing to stoop to this, then maybe she's got more going for her than I think.

Secondly, I will weigh in forcefully on the sick, sad saga of child rapist/murderer Albert Greenwood Brown and his attempt to cheat his well-deserved execution. Anyone who reads this knows how I feel about the death penalty (I'm for it) and the people who oppose it (who are mentally ill and I'm NOT kidding).

If you are against the death penalty - no matter what your reasoning - prepare to have your ass handed to you. I invite all anti-DP posters to come on and prove to me that you're not a bunch of crazy, criminal-loving fucks.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Slogging On, Blogging On

You no doubt may have noticed that I haven't been writing a lot lately. Mostly it's because I'm just seriously starting to not care anymore.

This town is a shithole, full of shitty, mean, crazy people, and I see less and less good about it with every passing day. So basically I've just felt the need to disengage; I haven't been reading the news.

A few choice tidbits from today...

SFGate - the internet arm of the liberal-to-farleft SF Chronicle - is stepping up to the plate for criminal-loving Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris, with the first of what will no doubt be many hit pieces on her opponent Steve Cooley.

A 50-year old German tourist - a Mrs. Mechtild Schroer from Minden - was gunned down at 9 pm in the "Theater District" (read: Tenderloin) last night...

With the help a taxi driver and other bystanders, police have detained five teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a German tourist walking with her husband in the Theater District Sunday night.

The elementary school rector was hit by stray gunfire during a battle between rival groups attending an under-18 party at a private club, police said today.

Mechthild Schröer, 50, of Minden, Germany, was killed at 9 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired on the 400 block of Mason Street at Geary Street in the Theater District, police said. Her husband was not injured.

It was not the only club related gunfire over the weekend. Shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, two women were shot on Harriet Street near the 1015 Folsom nightclub in the SOMA neighborhood.


Eberhard Brockmann, German deputy consul general in San Francisco, said Schröer came with her husband to the United States on July 17 and had been planning to leave San Francisco on Tuesday for St. Louis before leaving from Chicago later this month.

Her husband "was at her side when he realized what happened," Brockmann said, noting that the couple was about a block from their hotel when the gunfire erupted.

He said the couple's two teenaged sons stayed in Germany during the trip, which came after Schröer was made rector of her elementary school in February.

"They were at wrong time at the wrong place," Brockmann said, noting that the couple had been walking back to the King George hotel. "It's a tragedy." (The wrong place being... San Francisco)

Mayor Gavin Newsom condemned the weekend violence while offering condolences to the victim's family and urging that anyone with information to come forward to help the police (like that'll happen).

He pointed to efforts of an unnamed, "brave taxi driver" and other bystanders who helped police catch suspects in the Mason Street gun battle. "These people represent the best of our City and our values," he said (and these people, sadly, are few and far between).

Newsom made the comments on the day he signed legislation aiming to beef up enforcement powers of the Entertainment Commission.

"We will continue to pursue every possible means to prevent violence outside clubs and hold club owners and promoters accountable," he said. (Yeah. Sure. One wonders how many more murders it will take.)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Illegal Aliens, Criminals, Racist Liberals Win Round 1 of Arizona Battle

As many expected, the Government won a temporary injunction against several provisions of Arizona's. The law has not been ruled unconstitutional by any means, though it is a big disappointment, and it certainly provides some clarity as to whose rights this administration is willing to fight for.

And here's a hint: it ain't yours.

PHOENIX — Supporters of Arizona's illegal-immigration law vowed a long legal fight to enforce it after a federal judge blocked key provisions of the legislation that ignited a national furor.

Hours before the law was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, a Bill Clinton appointee, on Wednesday put on hold its most contentious element: a provision that requires police to check suspects' immigration status during routine stops if there is reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally.

The decision, a temporary action until the full legal dispute is aired, also blocks parts of the law that ban illegal immigrants from seeking work and require documented immigrants to apply for or carry registration papers.

Bolton noted (read: paid lip service to) the state's concerns about illegal immigration but said enforcement of the provisions "would likely burden legal resident aliens and interfere with federal policy."

The much-anticipated ruling is a (small, temporary) victory for (illegal) immigration rights advocates (and other racists) and the Obama administration, yet it marks just the first skirmish in a swelling legal battle.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the legislation in April, promised an "expedited" appeal of the initial ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, while opponents of the law said they would continue their fight to strike it down permanently.

Once the Appeals Court rules, the dispute could head to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This fight is far from over," Brewer said.

The Obama Justice Department, which filed one of seven challenges to the law, had argued that immigration enforcement was a federal responsibility.

"While we understand (read: pay lip service to) the frustration of Arizonans with the broken immigration system, a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement," Justice spokeswoman Hannah August said. (But of course the myriad of Sanctuary City policies - designed to interfere with the system - will stand).

Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski, a Democrat, stood outside the federal courthouse here to back the judge's decision.

"You can't have 50 states doing their own version of immigration law," he said.

Bolton's ruling came as supporters and opponents of the law gathered for demonstrations today in Phoenix and as officials in nine states — from Florida to South Dakota — had offered their support to Brewer.

"Today's ruling is a slap in the face to citizens who are trying to exercise their sovereignty," said Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican candidate for governor.

Mexican officials, too, acknowledged the fight (for the reconquering of the Southwest) is not over. Francisco Ramírez Acuña, speaker of Mexico's House of Representatives, urged colleagues to continue preparing for more deportees in case the law eventually takes effect.

"We have to agree to generate sources of jobs (for once), so that these people who are coming from the United States can find some kind of employment in our country," he said.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Our deepest sympathies and healing prayers go out to the people of Germany and Duisberg.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Raving Lunatic Of The Week: Asshole Congressman Pete Stark

Sure, even wastes-of-skin like Pete Stark should be respected as elected members of the government. But, at some point, you get back the respect you give.

Just listen to this flaming asshole...

Stark and people like him are exactly what is wrong with the government. In one portly, ugly frame, Stark embodies government arrogance, corruption, running roughshod over the people to preserve the party, and the deep disregard and contempt for the people he supposedly represents.

Most government officials don't have the balls to openly mock their constituents, lie to them, and belittle their concerns. But then Stark is a fucking prick... always has been.

A Question or Two For The Obamaphilic...

This post was in the comments of this story in the USAToday: Obama: It will take time to dig ourselves out of the jobs hole - which begs the question... how exactly does one dig yourself out of a hole?

But anyway...

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas, would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 9 months -- so you'll have three years and three months to come up with an answer.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day Post: Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day to All!

"In the Year Of Our Lord"... Independence Day And Loyalty Day by James Fulford

Possibly because, as I write this, it is still only the Third of July, I couldn't find on the Obama White House website a presidential proclamation on the subject of Independence Day. However, in addition to various housekeeping proclamations, and more conventionally patriotic fare, I did find these proclamations on the first two pages:

You can make up your own jokes here. Kamehameha was the name of the first King of Hawaii, as well as of the last one, and the three in between—the Hawaiians weren't very inventive as far as names are concerned. This proclamation honors the first one:

"Two hundred years ago, King Kamehameha the Great brought the Hawaiian Islands together under a unified government. His courage and leadership earned him a legacy as the ‘Napoleon of the Pacific,’ and today his humanity is preserved in Ke Kanawai Mamalahoe, or ‘the Law of the Splintered Paddle.’ This law protects civilians in times of war and remains enshrined in Hawaii's constitution as ‘a unique and living symbol of the State's concern for public safety.’

“On this bicentennial King Kamehameha Day, we celebrate the history and heritage of the Aloha State, which has immeasurably enriched our national life and culture. The Hawaiian narrative is one of both profound triumph and, sadly, deep injustice. It is the story of Native Hawaiians oppressed by crippling disease, aborted treaties, and the eventual conquest of their sovereign kingdom. These grim milestones remind us of an unjust time in our history, as well as the many pitfalls in our Nation's long and difficult journey to perfect itself. Yet, through the peaks and valleys of our American story, Hawaii's steadfast sense of community and mutual support shows the progress that results when we are united in a spirit of limitless possibility." [link added.—JF]

Five minutes with Wikipedia will tell you that Kamehameha "brought the Hawaiian Islands together under a unified government" by the usual process of brutal conquest, not unmixed with treachery. The 1893 takeover by the US was much more civilized, but President Clinton insisted on apologizing for it in 1993. And apologies are still continuing under Obama, who was, we are assured, actually born in Hawaii.

But such apologies are typical of this administration. Obama did manage to proclaim Loyalty Day without apologizing for the Palmer Raids, the "Red Scare," or the Americanization campaigns of the early twentieth century:

Presidential Proclamation--Loyalty Day

However, in proclaiming Loyalty Day, Obama (or the speechwriter actually doing the writing) did manage to say, on the subject of the famous motto e pluribus unum, which represents the union of the Thirteen Colonies: "It became a cherished creed, representing the foundation of our national values. As a union of States and a Nation of immigrants from every part of the world…"

Aargh. I promise you, the Founders meant Massachusetts joining with Virginia, et cetera, not, for example, mass Hmong immigration.

If you've never heard of Loyalty Day, you might look back at an old Sam Francis column, from when Bush proclaimed Loyalty Day in 2003

"'Loyalty Day' is not new and has been proclaimed for at least the last two years as well, but I confess I'd never heard of it until now. For me as with most other Americans, every day is Loyalty Day, but then, given mass immigration and political leaders who see nothing wrong in dragging this country into war on behalf of other countries, maybe there's a need for it. "

Bush's proclamation was just as bad, and didn't impress Sam at all:

"'To be an American is not a matter of blood or birth,' the First Citizen gushed.’Our citizens are bound by ideals that represent the hope of all mankind. On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our Forefathers.' Well, not quite."

Loyalty Day was an idea from the more confident and patriotic days of the 1930s and 1950s. Held on May 1st, it was intended to counterbalance the tendency of the wrong kind of immigrant to march on behalf of international communism on that day.

But yes, as Sam said, for most Americans every day is Loyalty Day, and so is every day Independence Day—in the sense that most Americans want their country to remain sovereign and independent.

But in the Obama administration, no day is ever really Loyalty Day, and no day is ever Independence Day—none of them are loyal to America as she is now, much less as she used to be, and none of them really want the United States to remain sovereign and independent.

Even so, the President's proclamations continue to be in the old form: "in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth."

I keep expecting them to try and drop the words "in the year of our Lord".

And I hope that they never get to say "of the Independence of the United States of America the…last."

Obama Wrong - U.S. Not "A Nation of Immigrants" By Michelle Malkin

In his immigration speech on Thursday, President Obama heralded America as a "nation of immigrants" defined not by blood or birth, but by "fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear."

If only it were so. Left-wing academics and activists spurned assimilation as a common goal long ago. Their fidelity lies with bilingualism (a euphemism for native language maintenance over English-first instruction), identity politics, ethnic militancy and a borderless continent.

Obama blames "politics" for the intractable immigration debate. Whose politics? The amnesty mob has taken to ambushing congressional offices this week to scream at lawmakers to choose "reform" (giving a blanket path to citizenship to millions of illegal aliens) or "racism" (their description of any and every legislative measure to stiffen sanctions for and deter the acts of border-jumping, visa-overstaying and deportation-evading).

Is there no middle ground for all sides to agree that clearing naturalization application backlogs should take priority over expanding illegal alien benefits, or that tracking and deporting violent illegal alien criminals should take precedence over handing out driver's licenses to illegal aliens, or that streamlining the employee citizenship verification process for businesses (E-verify) and fixing outdated visa tracking databases should come before indiscriminately expanding temporary visa and guest worker programs?

Must every response to even the most modest of immigration enforcement measures be "RAAAAACIST"?

Further, as I've noted many times over the years when debating both Democrats and Republicans who fall back on empty phrases to justify putting the amnesty cart before the enforcement horse, we are not a "nation of immigrants." This is both a factual error and a warm-and-fuzzy non sequitur. Eighty-five percent of the residents currently in the United States were born here.

Yes, we are almost all descendants of immigrants. But we are not a "nation of immigrants." (And the Politically Correct president certainly wouldn't argue that Native American Indians, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians and descendants of black slaves "immigrated" here in any common sense of the word, would he?)

Even if we were a "nation of immigrants," it does not explain why we should be against sensible immigration control. The Founding Fathers were emphatically insistent on protecting the country against indiscriminate mass immigration. They insisted on assimilation as a pre-condition, not an afterthought. Historian John Fonte assembled their wisdom, and it bears repeating this Independence Day weekend:

  • George Washington, in a letter to John Adams, stated that immigrants should be absorbed into American life so that "by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."
  • In a 1790 speech to Congress on the naturalization of immigrants, James Madison stated that America should welcome the immigrant who could assimilate, but exclude the immigrant who could not readily "incorporate himself into our society."
  • Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1802: "The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family."
  • Hamilton further warned that "The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect of such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust;—the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader."
  • The survival of the American republic, Hamilton maintained, depends upon "the preservation of a national spirit and a national character." "To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens the moment they put foot in our country would be nothing less than to admit the Grecian horse into the citadel of our liberty and sovereignty."

As pro-amnesty extremists moan that "we didn't cross the borders, the borders crossed us" and illegal alien marchers haul foreign flags above Old Glory, President Obama pretends that the "common national sentiment" our Founding Fathers embraced still binds us all together.

Many of us still have faith in a strong, sovereign America—the unhyphenated, the law-abiding, the gratitude-filled sons and daughters and grandchildren of legal immigrants for whom such distinctions still matter.

But it's no thanks to the assimilation saboteurs who put "one world" over "one nation under God."