By: Joe Garofoli - SF Gate
On the day that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann o-fficially announced her GOP presidential run comes word of a possible misidentification.
It came during yet another M.Bach shout-out to her Iowa roots (she mentioned "Iowa" 14 times in her 21-minute opener Monday). This time, blinded with a Hawkeyed torpor, she noted that legendary Western star John Wayne also was born in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.
Close. Wayne was born in Winterset -- about 150 miles away. Perhaps she was confusing the Duke with clown-dressing serial killer John Wayne Gacy who lived and worked in Waterloo.
Two key differences: The Duke never performed at children's parties as "Pogo the Clown." And Gacy never starred in a John Ford-directed Western. That we know of.
Oh, and for those ready to reflexively blame the liberal MSM for spreading such mean-spirited bile, we note this comes via Bachmann's interview that aired Sunday on Fox News. That was the same network where host Chris Wallace asked Bachmann "Are you a flake?" Sunday morning.(Wallace later apologized.)
And here's the video:
Media pretty excited over Bachmann’s John Wayne gaffe in Iowa
Mark Levin Unloads on Chris Wallace For His Awful Attack on Michele Bachmann (Video)
Conservative radio host Mark Levin unloaded on Chris Wallace last night on his show for his awful attack on Michele Bachmann.
Levin said Michele Bachmann has a higher IQ than Obama – even before his cocaine using days.
Bashing Bachmann: A Review of Liberal Media's Most Obnoxious Attacks
Chris Matthews Smears: Bachmann's Praise for the Founders Equals 'Slavery'
New York's Marriage Scam
By Bill Murchison
Marriage in New York State, by act of its legislature, and in spite of everything you've always heard, is for everybody, and every combination of everybodies.
Except, you know what -- it's not. And, what's more, won't ever be.
For all the legislature's grandeur and power, and the fervent encouragement of The New York Times, no aggregation of human beings enjoys the power to redefine marriage.
What New York has done, amid much trumpeting and self-congratulation, is create a secular-political institution and give it, spuriously, the name of marriage, according to whose regulations two men may join themselves to each other as may two women.
It's a sad and shabby charade, with consequences that will likely prove proportionate to New York's size, population and megalomania.
I’m Not Who You Think I Am…By Leo Donofrio (aka… your Paraclete)
I have to get this off my chest. Many of my readers seem to be under the false impression that I am a Republican pundit conservative. I’m really sick of that. I have absolutely no respect for either the GOP or the DNC. The only political party I can relate to in any way is the Libertarian party, but I don’t agree with them on every point either. I have a simple rule that works for me: I severely distrust all politicians all the time… always, every single one.
For those who wish to put me in a political right wing corner, who ask me to speak at political functions, who want me to join the tea party movement — stop. You really don’t know me. I’m not who you think I am. So, let me update you on a few things.
I’ve just written and directed a feature film about two beautiful girls who fall in love in the post apocalyptic aftermath of a cellular apocalypse and who make a baby just by kissing. Yes, it’s a lesbian film and I am one of those people who believes consenting adults should be able to marry each other regardless of sexual affiliation.
With Governor Cuomo Signing Away Marriage, Will the Bishops Act?
The dangerous effort to delegitimate conservative Supreme Court Justices
It has been clear for some time now that activists have moved from impugning the character of conservative Supreme Court nominees to delegitimating them as sitting justices. Curt Levey has an interesting article idescribing these tactics and the possible motives of the attackers: Ganging Up on Justices Thomas, Scalia, and Alito. Here is how the article begins:****
President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union address featured an unprecedented scolding of the conservative Supreme Court justices, seated before him, for their Citizens United campaign finance ruling. It signaled a dangerous escalation in the left’s politicization of the courts and “set the tone,” says Politico, for this year’s “aggressive — and, at times, personal — attack on the… impartiality and ethics of Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, and, to a lesser extent, Samuel Alito.”
The attack is being led by left-wing activist groups, talking heads, and a group of liberal congressmen. It is born of unhappiness about the Court’s recent and prospective decisions impacting the Obama agenda, as well as paranoia about a corporate cash-fueled, vast right-wing conspiracy headed by the Koch brothers. And it is maintained by cobbling together tenuous suggestions of conflicts and misconduct involving Scalia, Thomas, and Alito in the hopes of creating an ethical cloud.
Five Reasons Why I Believe Texas Governor Rick Perry Will Be Our President In 2013
By Kevin McCullough
Current Texas Governor Rick Perry will, in all likelihood, be president of the United States in January of 2013.
Having already made that bold statement in the electronic media during appearances on Fox News and on the nationally syndicated Mancow Radio Experience, now it's time for to put down in "print" why I believe Perry will be our next president.
I did the same thing in December 2006. I was the first political commentator to predict that Barack Obama would be the next president, and I said that would be especially true if John McCain were his opponent.
Report: Obama Films Campaign Ad In White House, Violating FEC Laws
NRO's Jim Geraghty raises the question of whether Barack Obama filmed a video for his reelection campaign in the White House, which may possibly be a violation of federal election laws.
(UPDATE: RCP's Alexis Simendinger reports that the White House disputes any inference of wrongdoing. A presidential spokesman said that the video does not constitute fundraising under the law, that portions of the White House can legally be used for that purpose anyway, and that previous presidents have done so. Simendinger's complete story is here.)
In the video, President Obama promotes a "Dinner With Barack" raffle. To participate in the contest you need to donate at least $5 to the president's re-election campaign and your name will be raffled off to enjoy a dinner with the President, airfare and accommodations included. In a new web video, Obama announced Vice President Joe Biden will also be attending the dinner.
There is one problem, however. This campaign ad was most likely recorded in the White House, which may have violated FEC campaign finance laws.
NYT's David Carr: Kansas and Missouri Home Of "Low-Sloping Foreheads"
David Carr: "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that aloud?"
Now I was born and raised in California, Los Angeles until I was 7 or so and then Oakland and lived in Alabama until I graduated high school.
Landed in Kansas via the Air Force and have been here since 1985.
Any idiot who identifies a particular geographical area with “smartness” or “intelligence” is a pompous clueless fuck.
I just came from California a state that is fucking broke, so broke they no longer clean up their streets, there is trash everywhere, the roads are cracking and are in desperate need of repair. The school systems are broke, white folks and black folks alike can’t get jobs because Mexican’s have taken over everything. The people in California can’t drive for shit, the cost of living is through the roof and the housing market is shit.
I was in Silicon Valley and there are empty buildings everywhere because so many companies have gone belly up. There will be a major earthquake in Cali in the next decade so that will further deteriorate the living situation out there. Hell, even the Dodgers one of America’s premiere sports teams filed for bankruptcy.
On the east coast, New York area especially, there is off the charts taxation, millions of people living paycheck to paycheck. As exciting as New York is to visit as folks enjoy the spoils of nice restaurants and Broadway shows you can’t own a fucken car there because there is no place to park, everywhere you walk the place smells like piss and puke. The people are rude, pissed off, packed in subways like sardines. People work long hours and commute long hours for what to live in 500 sq ft apartments that cost what I make in a month. If you are not very well off you basically live in poverty all for what so you can say “I live in the Big Apple” so fucking what.
Don’t get me started on New Jersey, the only claim to fame is a bunch of fake Italians acting like assholes and an old show called the Sopranos.
The Midwest has tornados, occasional flooding, lots of farmland, but it has decent people for the most part. Yes we do have our share of hillbillies, and black folks still sporting Superfly perms. However the school systems are decent, cost of living is not over the top, clean air and lots of green.
We all can make the case for the good and the bad wherever we choose to call home. I went back to my old neighborhood and was deeply disappointed at how shitty my old neighborhood looked. Nobody takes care of their yards, everything is brown and ugly and unsightly.
For me unless I was very well off you could not pay me to live in New York where I would have to smell cat piss on hot summer nights when the windows would have to be open all night as I listened to gunshots and police sirens.
Where we live does not make us smart or dumb because nine times out of ten where we live is usually where we are able to find gainful employment.
Society is wrought with degenerates from all across this country east and west north and south. Politically we like to divide ourselves by red or blue states but we all know that don’t mean shit. There are dumbasses in both red and blue states.
This dudes statement is indicative of how society has deteriorated. We live in such hate filled and divided times I really sometimes don’t know how we are going to pull out of this abyss.
As screwed up as Kansas may seem sometimes by outsiders I’m as comfortable here as I would be anywhere in the country.
Frankly I’m glad assholes like this Carr dude think that we folks in the Midwest are not that bright. This will keep idiot fuck liberals like him far… far away.