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NewsReal Blog Round Up: Clunkers, "New" Black Panthers, Partisan Rantings

Posted on August 4 2009 7:28 pm
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There are plenty of interesting thoughts swirling around in the blogosphere, as evidenced by this first NewsReal Blog Round Up.

Andrew Sullivan muses on the Cash for Clunkers program and conservatism:

What conservatives have to do, in my view, is not demonize government, but to champion limited government. If government can do tangible practical things that help everyone, while balancing its budget, it’s doing what conservatives think it should. Smart, practical initiatives that address problems that the private sector has failed at: what else is government for? The rest is ideology – and it seems to be all the Republicans have left.

How is it limited government, though, if the government is spending billions of dollars to get people to buy new cars? What does limited government even mean if not a government that limits itself in what it does? A government that limits itself to its constitutionally-defined role?

Also, Sullivan threw in a critical caveat that isn’t being met here: “balancing its budget.”

Over at NRO’s The Corner, they’re also talking about Cash for Clunkers. Benjamin Zycher spilled his plans for the program when he discovered that the car he wanted to get didn’t qualify:

And so I asked the question on the minds of millions of my fellow concerned citizens: How can I get my snout into this trough? Easy: I buy a small car qualifying for the $4,500, and keep it for a few months until the cash-for-clunkers boondoggle has run its course. At that point, the supply of used cars will have shrunk and their prices driven up; I will sell the almost-new small car for what I paid for it ($12,629 last Saturday) or more, at worst having driven it for free, and then buy the truck I covet.

I am deeply ashamed of myself, having worked the system while the poor get shafted by higher prices for the used cars they demand and by higher prices for the used parts needed to repair them. (Under the rules, the clunker engines have to be destroyed, the real-life Beltway version of the old joke about the fate of dairy farming under socialism: The government takes the milk and shoots the cows.) This is hardly the first time — nor will it be the last — that modern environmentalism has harmed those less fortunate.

Shifting gears (pun intended) from broken-down cars to broken-down ideas…  Michelle Malkin has a great post here highlighting the racist hogwash of the Black Panther Party‘s modern-day reincarnation:

Let’s have President Obama lead an honest discussion about the “No Whites Allowed” sign on Jackson’s home pictured above (and please do note that Jackson is an official Democrat Party and Obama campaign poll watcher, as well as an elected member of Philadelphia’s 14th Ward Democratic Committee).

Speaking of crap, Democrat Blog Kingpin Markos Moulitsas Zuniga had a little blog diarrhea in his recent post at Daily Kos blasting his party for trying to garner bi-partisan support on the health care issue. He felt compelled to cite six examples of cases in which the beneficiaries of government programs wouldn’t care whether or not they were created with bipartisan support:

Really? The American people would trade an ineffective or watered down reform package in exchange for “bipartisanship”?

I know the Beltway and people like Baucus have an unhealthy obsession with process, but no one gives a damn how good legislation got passed, but that good legislation gets passed.

Before cashing their social security or unemployment checks, do people wonder, “I wonder if this government program passed with bipartisan support?” Of course not.

Before using Medicare or Medicaid, do people wonder, “I wonder if this government program passed with bipartisan support?” Of course not.

Before taking part in the Cash for Clunkers program, do people wonder, “I wonder if this government program passed with bipartisan support?” Of course not.

Kos followed this with 3 more “Of Course not” examples and my eyes began to roll back into my head out of sheer boredom.

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Bill Maher: “America is a stupid country”

2009 August 4


“America is a stupid country.” Those were the arrogant words disparaging the intelligence of the American people, uttered on CNN by the clown who hosts his own HBO talk show, Bill Maher:

“WOLF BLITZER: Do you think [Sarah Palin]has a future nationally as a presidential candidate?

BILL MAHER: I don’t know about a presidential candidate, but I would never put anything past this stupid country….

BLITZER: So, uh, people are already complaining that you’re calling the United States a stupid country. I’m giving you a chance to clarify.

MAHER: I don’t need to clarify. It is.

BLITZER: Tell me why you think the United States is a stupid country.

MAHER: Because Sarah Palin could be president. [laughs] Do I need to clarify any more? It’s a big country, that’s the great thing about it. There’s 300 million people here. So, uh, within this large country, there are tens of millions of very bright, intelligent people. You know, the ones who are watching us. Not the ones who are writing the emails. But, you know, in general, um, gosh, uh, you know, this country just gets dumber and dumber by the day, and, uh, I don’t think I have time on your show to list all the reasons.

Maher has had a busy couple of weeks spouting his nonsense.  Last week, for example, his “New Rule: Not Everything In America has to Make a Profit” blog was all the rage on the leftwing Internet webzine, the Huffington Post. The conservative-turned-leftist founder of that publication, Arianna Huffington, is herself a multi-millionaire and thus is no stranger to profits. Ms. Huffington declared that Maher deserved an Emmy for presiding “over one of the best places on television to find edgy, unapologetic, and laugh-til-it-hurts political and social commentary rooted in deep conviction.”

Arianna, I suggest that you watch Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity for some edgy, unapologetic and INTELLIGENT commentary rooted in traditional American values.

I had the opportunity to meet Bill Maher a few years ago and ask him what he thought of the United Nations in view of the Bush administration’s skepticism about the UN’s capacity to ease international tensions. (Indeed, the UN has proved itself, time and again, to be a politically impotent institution whose principal hallmark is its propensity for bashing the United States and Israel.) Without the benefit of a teleprompter in front of him, Maher gave a completely incoherent answer that would have made Sarah Palin’s worst moments in her Katie Couric interview shine by comparison.

The man is a fool who thinks of himself as an intellectual worthy of respect, when in fact he does nothing more than parrot an endless parade of oh-so-predictable leftist talking points about the purported glories of socialized medicine, the greed of big bad corporations that are ruining America, the dangers of global warming, the horrors of the Bush war-on-terror policies (which prevented another 9/11, incidentally), etc.

Instead of an Emmy, Maher deserves one of O’Reilly’s Pinhead Awards. He is scarcely the intellectual equal of his fellow clown, Al Franken, the man whose recent Senate victory in Minnesota bore the oily fingerprints of ACORN, the infamous “community organization” best known for its massive involvement in voter-registration fraud.

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Obama’s Big Donors Become His Diplomats

2009 August 4

by kathyshaidle


Last night on Fox News, Sean Hannity highlighted a Harper’s magazine article detailing the many diplomatic posts that President Obama (who raked in some $600 million in contributions to his presidential campaign) has awarded to major campaign donors. In honor of the “Cash for Clunkers” program, one might call this “Donations for Diplomacy.”

According to Harper’s:

Donald Beyer, a car dealer from Northern Virginia, was appointed as Obama’s ambassador to Switzerland. One of Obama’s earliest and most active supporters in Virginia, Beyer is reportedly responsible for raising $500,000 for the Obama campaign.

Amusingly, Beyer was held up as a figure of fun by the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last back in 2006, when Last wrote:

Don Beyer Volvo is offering a new promotion. If you buy one of their cars, the dealership will give you free tickets to Al Gore’s global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Mr. Beyer is a Democrat in good standing, having been lieutenant governor of Virginia and national treasurer of the Dean for America campaign, so he must be down with the global warming program.

But giving away movie tickets with the purchase of every climate-destroying luxury automobile (the 2005 Volvo XC90 gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway) probably isn’t, in the long run, the most effective way to save the planet.

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Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann: A Conspiracy Theory

2009 August 4


This post was written by Peter Collier.

Elements of the left blogosphere are in a tizzy—a-twitter, might be a better way of phrasing it, given the frequency of the posts—with conspiracy theories about the execrable Keith Olbermann and his longstanding feud with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, who complains frequently about ”corporate control over the content” of American media, penned a long, inchoate piece that appeared yesterday. He asserted that MSNBC parent company GE has tried to “silence” Olbermann as part of an alleged secret compact with Fox, which in return agreed to force O’Reilly to mute his criticism of: (a) GE’s technology dealings with Iran, and (b) NBC’s contemptuous portrayals of operations by the U.S. military.

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