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Scott Spiegel

Scott Spiegel blogs at http://www.scottspiegel.com. He can be reached at spiegelscott@yahoo.com.


Wisconsin’s Government Cheese Revolution

2011 February 22

In the spirit of the decade-long procession of Eastern European and Middle Eastern upheavals in which oppressed peoples have gathered en masse to protest the brutality of their tyrannical leaders, I hereby suggest we christen the current Wisconsin uprising the Government Cheese Revolution.

We gave poetic names to recent revolts based on the colors of their countries’ flags or their native specialties, such as the Rose Revolution, the Cedar Revolution, the Tulip Revolution, the Green Revolution, the Jasmine Revolution, and the Lotus Revolution. Wisconsin markets its cheddar as being orange, and protestors have filled the state capitol wearing ugly orange Working Families T-shirts, but unfortunately the Ukraine has already snagged the title “Orange Revolution.”

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Hey, Obama: How About Tackling Obesity in the Federal Budget?

2011 February 17

Call Monday’s 2012 budget release the St. Valentine’s Day Non-massacre.

President Obama’s budget director Jacob Lew announced on Monday that he was presenting Congress with a budget that would compel the nation to “live within our means, but also invest in the future.”

Can we leave out the “but also invest in the future” part?

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Punting on Egypt: Yet Another Example of Obama’s Backward Strategy of Oppression

2011 February 2

Leftists mocked George W. Bush’s “Forward Strategy of Freedom,” sneering that it was corny and idealistic, wouldn’t work, and didn’t suit exotic, backward, brown people who wouldn’t know what to do with liberty if it fell in their laps.

In the years since U.S. forces ousted the Taliban in Afghanistan and deposed Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the world has beheld a remarkably long line of popular uprisings in Middle Eastern and Eastern European states that has thoroughly vindicated Bush’s approach.

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So Now Democrats Want Bipartisanship

2011 January 26

Ever since Democrats suffered historic, butt-spanking losses in the 2010 midterms, they’ve been whimpering for “bipartisanship,” “cooperation,” “compromise,” “togetherness,” “shared responsibility,” and “national unity.”

President Obama has been coaxing House and Senate Republicans to work together with Democrats to get things done.

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Stuff Leftist People Like #21-30 (aka Top 10 Things Leftists Like Continued)

2011 January 21

Note: For the first two installments of this series, please see Top 10 Things Leftists Like (aka Stuff Leftist People Like #1-10) and Stuff Leftist People Like #11-20 (aka Top 10 Things Leftists Like Continued).

Two years ago, the satirical site Stuff White People Like (SWPL) debuted with the self-description:

“This is a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like. They are pretty predictable.”

Author Christian Lander released a book last year compiling the first 100 items in his list, and released a follow-up in November titled Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews. Copycat sites have sprung up since then, including Stuff Asian People Like, Stuff Black People Like, Stuff Latino People Like, and Stuff Queer People Like. read more…

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Democrats’ New ObamaCare Defense: Repeal Is Unconstitutional!

2011 January 19

This week the newly majority Republican House of the 112th Congress will vote on repeal of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as The Albatross Around Democrats’ Necks.

Republicans have named their bill the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” proving again that Republicans are more likely to give their legislation names that are corny, contentious, and accurate, whereas Democrats are more likely to give their legislation names that are slick, mollifying, and deceptive.

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Stuff Leftist People Like #21-30 (aka Top 10 Things Leftists Like Continued)

2011 January 16

Note: For the first two installments of this series, please see Top 10 Things Leftists Like (aka Stuff Leftist People Like #1-10) and Stuff Leftist People Like #11-20 (aka Top 10 Things Leftists Like Continued).

Two years ago, the satirical site Stuff White People Like (SWPL) debuted with the self-description:

“This is a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like. They are pretty predictable.”

Author Christian Lander released a book last year compiling the first 100 items in his list, and released a follow-up in November titled Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews. Copycat sites have sprung up since then, including Stuff Asian People Like, Stuff Black People Like, Stuff Latino People Like, and Stuff Queer People Like. read more…

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Punching Back Twice As Hard Against Charges of Dangerous Conservative Rhetoric

2011 January 10

What do the following quotes have in common?

If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard.

If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.

I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry.

I want you to argue with them and get in their faces.

I’m itching for a fight.

Fight for it!

We’re gonna punish our enemies.

Our job is, keep our boot on [their] neck.

We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.

[Republican victory would mean] hand-to-hand combat.

That’s right—they were all shouted at Tea Party rallies by Sarah Palin supporters resentful over a black President!

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Can We Shut Down the Federal Government Even If We Raise the Debt Ceiling?

2011 January 6

In a recent article on the upcoming 112th Congress, the Associated Press warned that gridlock between the Republican House and the Democratic Senate might result in a failure to act that “could threaten the nation’s economic health.”

Are they kidding?

What do they think has been going on for the past two years, when Democrats controlled both chambers and the White House, and put us further in debt than the first 100 Congresses combined? Gridlock in Congress is the best prescription for helping our economy recover.

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Global Warming? Trusting Leftists Is Now Just a Thing of the Past

2010 December 28

In 2000 the British paper The Independent ran a story with the wistful headline:

“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”

Faithfully advancing the theory of anthropogenic global warming like a good leftist media foot soldier, the author nostalgically declared:

“Snow is starting to disappear from our lives. Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture.”

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The 10 Best Rush Limbaugh Quotes the George Soros Steno-Pool Was Kind Enough to Collect For Us

2010 December 18

Man walks into a bar. Says to the bartender, “Give me your finest bourbon on the rocks.”

Bah-dah ba!

Huh?

That’s the feeling one gets upon visiting the congenitally leftist site MediaMatters, which collects “controversial” quotes by conservative radio and TV personalities and… well, that’s about all they do with them. It’s supposed to be self-evident to readers how insane these statements are. read more…

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Federal Judge to ObamaCare Defenders: Nope!

2010 December 13

On Monday a federal district court judge in Virginia ruled that the primary enforcement mechanism of ObamaCare, the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision—also known as the individual mandate—was unconstitutional. Though Judge Henry E. Hudson’s summary judgment did not rule on any other aspect of ObamaCare, and though the Obama Justice Department is already appealing the decision, this mechanism is the key to making ObamaCare work, as requiring the purchase of health insurance by virtually all U.S. citizens is the only way the rest of the bill can be paid for. This ruling provides ammunition to those opposed to the legislation who argued that requiring people to purchase a product against their will is unconstitutional. read more…

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