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Trumka’s misguided hissy fit

Richard Trumka’s misguided hissy fit should be seen for what it is: the actions of a desperate man who’s losing control of the people who pay his exorbitant salary. When Trumka wrote “publicity stunts and Twitter rants are no substitute for a comprehensive, coherent economic strategy that invests in America and lifts up the voices […]

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Stein mouthpiece vs. Carlson

When Tucker Carlson interviewed David Cobb, Jill Stein’s campaign manager, about the Wisconsin recount, it quickly turned into a bad joke. Early in the interview, Cobb said that “most importantly, Tucker, what we’re seeing is voting systems that can’t be trusted. What we see is the use of technology that is highly problematic that have […]

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Last night’s biggest loser

With all of the conjecture and opinions that surround each presidential debate, it’s easy to find opinions on who lost the most as a result of last night’s presidential debate. While it might be popular to say that Hillary was last night’s biggest loser, I’d argue that Jonathan V. Last is last night’s biggest loser. […]

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Party of the Rich (and Privileged)

An interesting article and the author may well have several points here. Some of what he says, I agree, and as usual, some of it I disagree with. But it’s undoubtedly true that the Democrats have become the party of the rich, especially the newly rich, who got that way on the back of the taxpayers. There […]

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Liberalism’s ‘bonus payments’?

When unions signed onto liberalism’s entire agenda, they signed onto some things that are hurting them now. That’s what this article is about. Unions have been among the most trustworthy parts of the DFL’s coalition. Their reward is getting frequently shafted. The DFL has steadfastly defended the refugee resettlement program despite the national security risks […]

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Blue collar America’s crisis

Salena Zito’s column highlights blue collar America’s crisis perfectly: A tugboat pushing nine loaded coal barges chugged up the Ohio River, toward the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. It eventually passed the McConway & Torley steel foundry along the Allegheny, likely headed for one of the few coal-fired power plants left in America. […]

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Environmentalists, Franken & Klobuchar

This editorial by the Mesabi Daily News’ Editorial Board beautifully defines who’s fighting against the Keystone XL Pipeline project: So why should the Barack Obama administration continue to drag this “good for the USA” project out after six years of review and a recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling paving the way on a local level […]

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Another liberal gets ‘Krugman-ized’

There was a time when Paul Krugman was considered a bight guy, especially when he talked economics. That Krugman doesn’t exist, at least not in public anymore. That Krugman disappeared when he decided it was more important to be a corrupt political hack than to be an expert economist. Sadly, Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar […]

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Ventura County California Democrats stalking a GOP House candidate? And lying about it? Well now…

…Another day, another Democrat lie. Saw an interesting tweet from Jeff Gorell for Congress’ campaign manager… Being bored, I read through the whole thread, which begins with the Ventura County Democrat Party denying they know the guy taking the photographs, … Continue reading

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Putin at Mardi Gras: Show me your boobs!

Not those boobs!Not those although they would work just fine but because it all depends on what your definition of boobs is!These are boobs according to Putin (and TPC as well).H/T BoudicaPoster Advertisement Continue reading Putin at Mardi Gras: Show… . . . → Read More: Putin at Mardi Gras: Show me your boobs!

Send in the clowns, don’t bother they’re here! (Debt limit video satire)

Congressional Democrats and President Obama heading off to work!Where are these clowns? Congress and the White House of course along with the hallways of Democrat caucuses wherever they are found around the United States! Advert…

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Obamacare Conspiracy Theory: Is Chief Justice John Roberts being blackmailed by the Dems?


By now we have learned that the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats, whether by Executive Order, the nuclear option or by telling outright lies, will stop at nothing to push through their political agenda!

But is it conceivably possible that the tactics that they are ready, willing and able to use would include the blackmailing of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in order to insure that Obamacare not only was implemented but that nothing can overturn it?

While this is the stuff of a James Bond movie but, according to an article at The Western Center for Journalism that appeared a few days ago, that is exactly what is happening.

Why John Roberts (Likely) Is Protecting Obamacare…

On Monday, without comment (because he could not make a coherent one),  Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA for a stay in the implementation of Obamacare. The groups had made their application last Friday, arguing that since the bill had been declared a tax by the Supreme Court (with Justice Roberts himself the deciding vote), and it had originated in the Senate (the Constitution says revenue bills may not originate), the law was therefore unconstitutional; and implementation of Obamacare  should at least be stayed pending further examination.

While there are other minor issues attached to the application that were also not addressed, the truth of the matter is clear: John Roberts will never do anything to derail Obamacare, no matter what arguments against it are brought before him…

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Two Sizes Fit All: America’s Two-Party-System Stranglehold

A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted in early August 2011 found that “just 17% of likely U.S. voters think that the federal government . . . has the consent of the governed,” while 69% “believe that the government does not have that consent.” Yet an overwhelming number of Congressional incumbents is reelected. Is it that many Americans stay away from the polls on election day, or does the two-party system essentially force a choice? Voting for a third-party candidate risks the defeat of the candidate of the major party closest to one’s views. Such a vote is typically referred to as a protest or throw-away vote. Is it worth driving to the polls to do that?

A poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Douglas E. Schoen LLC in April 2011 found that a solid majority of Americans were looking for alternatives to the two-party system. A majority of the respondents (57%) said there is a need for a third party. Nearly one-third of the respondents said that having a third party is very important. In the next month, 52% of respondents in a Gallup poll said there is a need for a third party. For the first time in Gallup’s history, a majority of Republicans said so. These readings point to more than simply a desire to vote against the closest major party without merely being a protest or throw-away vote.

Even as Republican and Democratic candidates were at the time in tune with their respective bases, these two segments of the population were becoming two legs of a three-leg stool, rather than remaining as the two defining pillars holding up the American republics. In fact, with the number of independents growing, the two bases combined no longer made up a majority of the citizens able to vote.
 
To be sure, the electoral systems of the American states and the federation itself have been rigged against  aspiring third parties. For example, a Green Party presence in the U.S. House of Representatives would require one of that party’s candidates to snag the highest percentage of the vote in one of the 435 legislative districts. Were fifteen percent of Floridians vote for Green Party candidates in every House district, Florida’s delegation would still not include any Green Party presence. In terms of the Electoral College, many of the states have a winner-take-all system in selecting electors. Furthermore, a third-party candidate doing well in electoral votes could keep none of the candidates from getting a majority, in which case the U.S. House of Representatives would elect the U.S. President (each state delegation getting one vote). A third party would have to be dominant in that chamber, or at least in a few of the state delegations, to have any impact. The proverbial deck, ladies and gentlemen, is stacked against any third party, so merely getting one started is not apt to eventuate in much of anything, practically speaking. For fundamental reform, one must think (and act) structurally, and Americans are not very good at that, being more issue- and candidate-oriented.

The real elephant in the room is the fact that the two animals are the only ones allowed in the room. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

If the American political order has indeed been deteriorating and disintegrating, its artificial and self-perpetuating parchment walls might be too rigid to allow the vacuum to be filled by anything less than whatever would naturally fill the power-void in a complete collapse. The two major political parties, jealously guarding their joint structural advantages, have doubtlessly been all too vigilant in buttressing the very walls that keep real reform—real change—from happening at the expense of the vested interests. As a result, the electorate may be convinced that it is not possible to venture outside of the political realities of the two major parties that stultify movement. If a majority of Americans want a third party, they would have to apply popular political pressure to the two major parties themselves to level the playing field. A huge mass of dispersed political energy would be necessary, however, given the tyranny of the status quo. Indeed, such a feat might require going against the natural laws of power in human affairs. If so, the already-hardened arteries will eventually result to the death of the “perpetual union.” Sadly, the determinism is utterly contrived rather than set by the fates.

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Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen, “Expect a Third-Party Candidate in 2012,” Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2011.

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Juan Williams makes Clintonian ‘blue dress’-defense of Obamacare

Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney and Kathleen Sebelius had already launched the demonization of insurance cos.-defense to cover President Obama for his lying guarantee that Americans could keep doctors and insurance policies they liked. Now comes the blue-dress-as-old-news equivalence. Of course, ongoing month-long problems with the HealthCare.gov website that haven’t been solved remains “news” and we suspect that the faithful Episcopalian on Bret Baier’s Special Report | Read More » . . . → Read More: Juan Williams makes Clintonian ‘blue dress’-defense of Obamacare . . . → Read More: Juan Williams makes Clintonian ‘blue dress’-defense of Obamacare

Obama “Wins” America Loses

  While Democrats are spiking the football, and Mr. Obama is strutting around the White House thinking he “won” today, Americans are bracing for the fall-out of the debacle that is another TRILLION DOLLARS of red ink falling onto the bottom line of the US debt. What that means is turmoil, destruction, economic depression, and […] . . . → Read More: Obama “Wins” America Loses . . . → Read More: Obama “Wins” America Loses

What Martians think about Barack Obama!

Women from Mars What I learned about how extraterrestrials view life on earth and more specifically in the United States under the rule of our ‘Great Leader’!   In my imaginary world where up is down, down is up and Washington bureaucrats act… . . . → Read More: What Martians think about Barack Obama! . . . → Read More: What Martians think about Barack Obama!

Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t

Harry Reid is the ultimate spoiled brat. He’s refused to negotiate with House Republicans throughout the budget process. Now he’s prepared to take the final step and shut the federal government down: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will double down on Monday afternoon and again dismiss the House’s attempts to chip away at Obamacare as […] . . . → Read More: Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t . . . → Read More: Reid refuses to negotiate, shuts down gov’t

GOP hasn’t the votes to defund, nor Obama to fund, Obamacare

Do the Constitution’s separation of powers and concomitant duty to compromise apply to all presidents save for President Obama? Few things enrage this rooster more than to have our intelligence insulted by vacuous  excuses for cowardice from those who know better, yet expect political allies to share their glazed-over looks and accept them as reasoned arguments. So it goes on Sunday political shows and The | Read More » . . . → Read More: GOP hasn’t the votes to defund, nor Obama to fund, Obamacare . . . → Read More: GOP hasn’t the votes to defund, nor Obama to fund, Obamacare

Paglia: Continued

Full disclosure: I cherry picked the paragraphs here but, i also gave you enough continuity to ensure proper context. In fact, it is a continuous quote from the magazine. This is from her Salon interview on the release of “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars”. This is from 10 October 2012. You know that […] . . . → Read More: Paglia: Continued . . . → Read More: Paglia: Continued

Democrats, Obama Dream actors and Rolling Stone gather amoral moss

American culture, the rule of law and any semblance of rational thought by liberal Democrats are dead How else to explain the glamorization of a mass murdering Islamist terrorist on the cover of the Rolling Stone; President Obama’s unilateral grant of amnesty to illegal aliens covered by a Dream Act that Congress rejected; the no-questions-asked release of criminals from incarceration claiming Dream Act status even if they | Read More » . . . → Read More: Democrats, Obama Dream actors and Rolling Stone gather amoral moss . . . → Read More: Democrats, Obama Dream actors and Rolling Stone gather amoral moss