A lesson to Senate Republicans

By Joe L-E, July 23, 2010 under News | No Comments

If you thought that after this past week, no one on Capitol Hill wanted to ruffle any more feathers when it comes to race, you would be wrong.

And if you thought that if anyone wanted to do it, it would be a Republican, you would be very wrong.

James Webb: Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege – WSJ.com
That’s Jim Webb, as in Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). (hat tip to Kevin DeAnna at YWC).

Why is it that conservatives in Washington can’t seem to muster the guts to say anything constructive on race or any other “touchy” issue, particularly in an election year? Their overall impotence this week, a week where the Right should be dominating the news cycle, culminates with this article. Webb puts out a totally reasonable proposal that almost no one can touch besides hysterical sociology professors. Sure, he gets more leeway to say it because of the “D” next to his name, but to let him redefine this debate and give himself cover for his reelection is something that the GOP lets happen every day, in one form or another. Instead, I’m sure this will go nowhere.

What Republicans ought to do is fully endorse this proposal, even if it falls short of what most conservatives would want. Any chip at the institution of affirmative action and race-based preference systems is a win in my book. Once people see what is possible, and begin to accept this as the norm, taking away what’s left will not seem like a big deal.

Cheers to Jim Webb for a fine proposal that we can applaud as a good first step. If I have to move from one state with two Dem Senators to another, I’d much rather it be the one with him.

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart knocks mainstream media for not investigating ACORN

By Joe L-E, September 17, 2009 under News | No Comments

61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

To the surprise of some conservative commentators, Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s news spoof program, The Daily Show, ran a segment on the ACORN video scandal on Tuesday night.

In the clip, Stewart praises James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for exposing ACORN on hidden camera.  But Stewart is also critical of the mainstream media that failed to pick up on the story before the unlikely duo did.

“I’m a fake journalist and I’m embarrassed these guys scooped me!” Stewart exclaimed. Continue Reading »

NJ Hall of Fame must induct Milton Friedman

By Joe L-E, September 16, 2009 under Finance, News | No Comments

Not to take too much thunder from my excellent article in The Record this morning that you can read HERE, but something must be said on why Milton Friedman should be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame on the next ballot.

Anyone can vote on NJHallofFame.org under the “General” category for the father of modern economics.  Friedman’s theories obliterated the tired old models of the Left that always failed and ushered in a new understanding of the economic system. Continue Reading »

Egg, meet face

By Tim Ryder, September 15, 2009 under Culture | 2 Comments

Kanye West unabashedly drinking a bottle of Hennessy on the red carpet while girlfriend Amber Rose posed for photos - is this the cause of his outburst at the VMAs?

Unless you live in a shell away from popular culture (which I almost do), you’ve probably heard that Kanye West made a complete fool of himself last night at the Video Music Awards. When Taylor Swift was receiving her award, Kanye walked up after being spotted “swigging” alcohol earlier and gave a shout out to Beyonce, who had lost out to Swift.

The whole incident reminds me of a parody that South Park did of Kanye back in the spring, which apparently will be shown again tonight. Continue Reading »

Obama backpedals on ways for school children to “help the president”

By Joe L-E, September 4, 2009 under News | No Comments

The Obama administration has pulled off quite a disappearing trick that’s so good, some of his supporters don’t even think the rabbit was there in the first place! (Which I guess would make it terrible, like this trick).

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Obama to school children: Ask what you can do for your president

By Joe L-E, September 2, 2009 under Culture, News | 1 Comment

Obama Holds Town Hall on Health Care Reform In Western Colorado

With the passing of Ted Kennedy last week, it is easy to recall the memories of “Camelot” and the lore of the Kennedy family.  Much of that has to do with the rhetoric flourishes of Ted’s brother, John F. Kennedy.

The words, “Ask not what your country can do for you; Ask what you can do for your country,” although ingrained in the hearts and minds of most Americans, seem to have been misunderstood by Barack Obama to say, “Ask what you can do for your president.” Continue Reading »

Enhancing Ted Kennedy’s Campus Progress Memorial

By Joe L-E, August 29, 2009 under News | 2 Comments

I somehow wound up on the Campus Progress e-mail list a few years ago so I get their weekly e-mails, as well as any other special editions.  I got one this week about how to give a tribute to Ted Kennedy.  I have a suggestion…

  1. Right click on the photo above and save it on you desktop.
  2. Go to http://www.campusprogress.org/page/content/KennedyMemorial/
  3. For first and last name, enter Mary Jo Kopechne or just put another name (in case they start to block entry or erase entries with her name)
  4. Make the e-mail whatever you want– your own if you want to see if they send a nasty response (haven’t gotten one yet), or just put a fake one in.
  5. For city, state and ZIP, I would suggest: Chappaquiddick Island, MA 02539
  6. For College/University you can put Caldwell College for Women, Boiler Room Girls University, Ted Kennedy Driving school, Ted Kennedy Scuba School, etc.
  7. Finally, upload the photo
  8. Listen to liberals complain.  For the record, I’m not just doing this because he’s a Democrat: I would do something similar if someone wanted to make a memorial for O.J. Simpson, Charlie Manson or Phil Spector.  I’m just not a big fan of celebrity killers.

Whole Foods CEO enrages left-wing foodies with health care editorial

By KC Luciano, August 14, 2009 under News | 2 Comments

On Tuesday, an unlikely editorial was published in the Wall Street Journal. The article’s actual content is not so unusual for the Journal, but the author is. Whole Foods co-founder and CEO, John Mackey, penneShia LaBeouf goes grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market in LAd an article in which, among other things, he outlines eight deficit-friendly steps toward improving health care.

Titling the piece “The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare,” Mackey begins by quoting the one and only Margaret Thatcher (swoon):

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
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NBC selling “Yes we did” t-shirts

By Joe L-E, August 13, 2009 under News | 3 Comments

Barack Obama’s campaign slogan “Yes we can!” became “Yes we did!” on November 4, 2008, thrilling his supporters nationwide.

Evidently, NBC also was quite pleased with the win, and the news network is still celebrating.

NBC is selling “YES WE DID” t-shirts online as well as at its Manhattan company store in Rockefeller Center.

“We,” NBC? Do you have a mouse in your pocket or are you just admitting how deep you’re in the tank for Obama? Continue Reading »

The misunderstood red-headed step-child of the post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act

By 03Grunt11, August 12, 2009 under News | No Comments

Last week, President Obama unveiled the Chapter 33 post-9/11 GI Bill. The bill pays for a qualifying veteran’s tuition and fees up to the amount of the most expensive public undergraduate institution in the state in which that university is located, in addition to a generous stipend for costs of living and supplies. While the new bill has received ample publicity and enjoyed the eager anticipation of millions of veterans, a second benefit, the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), remains obscured and misunderstood. Continue Reading »