Today former cover girl and presidential candidate John Edwards admitted that he is in fact the father of Rielle Hunter’s 2-year old daughter. However, it is being reported that Edwards needed proof first.

So he asked former aide Andrew Young to perform above and beyond the call of duty.

“Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,” Young said Edwards told him. “And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child.”

The results? Conclusive. The diaper was full of shit, just like her father.

A Realistic Proposal

With the dismissal of yet another “ethics complaint” against Norm Coleman…

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint by the state DFL accusing former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman of using campaign funds for personal use to pay legal fees stemming from a lawsuit in Texas.

The FEC today reported the dismissal of the complaint in September. It earlier dismissed a similar complaint by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a group allied with Democratic causes.

…perhaps it’s time to confront the very real probability that every single “ethics complaint” lodged by Democrats against Republicans should be treated as nothing more than a nuisance, as chanting-point fodder for the lefty alt-media, until proven otherwise?  Sort of the rhetorical equivalent of another “9/11 Truth” or “the Moon Landing was fake!” conspiracy?

It’d save a lot of time, money and energy.  That’s all I’m saying.

(Yes, I know – it’s a purely rhetorical point.  It’d involve the media, which is universally, utterly in the bag for the left, being honest about their motivations.  Don’t hold your breath).

Climate Of Inevitable Violence

A generation of left-wing agitation directly led to violence in the streets of Pittsburgh this week.

The clashes began after hundreds of protesters, many advocating against capitalism, tried to march from an outlying neighborhood toward the convention center where the summit is being held.The protesters banged on drums and chanted “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, ’cause the power of the people don’t stop.”

The marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.

One banner read, “No borders, no banks,” another, “No hope in capitalism.” A few minutes into the march, protesters unfurled a large banner reading “NO BAILOUT NO CAPITALISM” with an encircled “A,” a recognized sign of anarchists.

Violence, injuries and much property damage ensued. 

This sort of violence is the inevitable, direct result of the kind of rhetoric we’re getting from the left:

  • Michael Moore’s assaults on “capitalism”
  • The rhetoric of the likes of Keith Ellison and Dennis Kucinich – prominent Democratic/leftist legislators
  • The demonstrations at the homes of AIG executives by groups of rent-an-outragers (we call them “TeabAIGers”), who made it very clear that the political is utterly personal
  • The writings of vital lefty pundits like Nick Coleman and their disparaging references to “Big Cheeses”…
  • The anti-business rhetoric of the likes of Andy Stein of the SEIU.
  • The demonization of conservative causes, groups, and even thoughts by Janet Napolitano

…and many, many more, it’s clear to me that it’s inevitable that the left’s rhetoric on the economy is not only going to lead directly to violence; it’s already led there.

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They Get The Concept – To A Point

So some Democrats get the idea that peaceful dissent is protected speech, provided it’s a lefty doing the dissenting at least:

Lefties are upset with RamCo Attorney Susan Gaertner, who is prosecuting eight RNC protesters (who, to be fair, are accused of a lot more than “dissent”, and whose job it is, to be even fairer, to prosecute the accused as opposed to make value judgements about the “protesters'” various “causes”.

But no matter.  Glad to see that after a month of calling dissenters “Nazis” and “White Supremacists” and siccing the SEIU on ’em, y’all remembered that whole “dissent is patriotic” bit.

I have hope!

So Someone Explain This To Me

This one popped up in the comment section yesterday – but I figured it was worth asking here (although I know nobody will answer it).

For years, John McCain was the one Republican who could reach across the aisle.  From Democrats across the spectrum – from relative moderates, like my Dad (who once said he could have brought himself to vote for Mac) to moderately-sane liberals – said that McCain was someone they could get behind.  His American Conservative Union lifetime rating of just below seventy confirmed this: Mac’s correct stances on the budget and defense notwithstanding, he was no doctrinaire conservative.
And then, the moment he got nominated, he became “a radical conservative”.

Now, I understand that during the campaign the Tics will say whatever it takes; if the GOP had nominated Mother Teresa or Dennis Kucinich, they’d have called either of them “radical conservatives”, too.

But now that the campaign is over, you still see some of the left’s talkingpointbots repeating “McCain ran to the right!  He became too conservative!” in an endless loop, like a piece of computer code with no exception handling.

So Democrats – how, exactly, did McCain “become to conservative”?  And I’m talking policy statements, here – none of this “he picked Sarah Palin” BS, because he picked Palin to bolster his conservative support.  Because he was lagging.  Because he had not run to the right.

So anyway.  ‘spain away.

This I gotta hear.


…is only a matter of time.

BREAKING: Minnesota’s highest court rules for Al Franken

The unanimous opinion ruled that Franken “received the highest number of votes legally cast” and is entitled “to receive the certificate of election as United States senator from the state of Minnesota.”

Minn. rules for Franken in Senate fight

Franken, a former Saturday Night Live star making the leap from life as a left-wing author and radio talker to the Senate, planned a news conference later Tuesday and didn’t immediately comment.

With credentials like that, it’s official:



now Franken.

It’s a threepeat of embarrassment.

Sadly, Mr. Franken will provide bloggers plenty of antics to write about; hardly a silver lining.


What’s the news here: the lefties hacked Norm Coleman’s donor database and published it,.or that they are trying to wrap themselves in a mantle of phony righteousness for doin it?

John Hinderaker notes:

It’s impossible to say whether Wikileaks hacked Coleman’s site and is now making the information public out of frustration at lack of publicity, or whether a different Democratic Party group did the hacking and passed the information off to Wikileaks to be illegally disseminated. I replied to Wikileaks’ email asking for a name and telephone number and saying that I would like to interview them; needless to say, I didn’t get a response. Like so many leftists, they prefer to hide behind a cloak of anonymity.

Which is no surprise to any of us who’ve dealt with these people, ever.

A week or two after the liberal hacking of Coleman’s site took place, I got a notice from my bank that my credit card numbers had been stolen and patently improper charges were being rung up. As a result I had to cancel that credit card and get a new one. I didn’t know it at the time, but it appears that in all probability, I was one of the victims of the Democrats’ hacking of Coleman’s web site.

Just another day in contemporary American politics. Liberals break the law, violate their opponents’ privacy, either commit or facilitate theft, and meanwhile assure the rest of us that they did all of this because of their moral superiority.

Lefties are claiming that it wasn’t a hack; Paul Schmelzer at the Minnesoros “Independent” carries out his paymasters’ will, tells us “2+2=”orange””:

the database was not revealed by hackers, according to IT professional Adria Richards, who was the first to share news of the unprotected file in late January.

“It’s not hacking,” she said. “I didn’t use any hacking tools. A browser was my tool.”

Richards said she discovered the database by entering, into OpenDNS’ cache-check tool, which gave her an IP address where the Web site lived.

Simply copying that address into a Firefox browser revealed the Web site directories for

Richards didn’t download the database herself, but she posted a screen capture of what she’d found online after she made the discovery.  An IT consultant  for 10 years, she published her findings on her blog to educate others about the risks of improperly managed websites, she said.

“All you needed was a Web browser,” she said. “It’s like I walked over to Norm Coleman’s house and saw his door was open, took a photo of the open door and posted it on the Internet.”

Ah.  So the Democrats didn’t have to work especially hard to get the information and puiblish it.  That excuses everything!

Attention, ethically-challenged liberals and Minnesoros “Independent” staff (pardon the redundancy): if someone leaves the door to their house unlocked,and you walk inside, take out all their wife’s underwear and put it on and leave the building, you are still a thief and a cross-dresser, even if the door wasn’t locked!

Most of us know this.  The rest?

They’re anonymous leftybloggers, obviously.

McCain for President

Too late for that now.

…but in hindsight, if one considers our economic woes the current regime’s “9/11”, clearly America chose poorly.

While Obama is caving in…

Stopping just short of a take-it-or-leave-it stand, Obama has mocked the notion that a stimulus bill shouldn’t include huge spending. He’s also defended earmarks as inevitable in such a package. And he’s pointedly reminded Republicans about who won the November election.

…John McCain is on point:

“The whole point, Mr. President, is to enact tax cuts and spending measures that truly stimulate the economy,” McCain said. “There are billions and tens of billions of dollars in this bill which will have no effect within three, four, five or more years, or ever. Or ever.”

While Obama is turning up the rhetorical amplitude, favoring expedition over the more contemplative approach that came and then went on the hill, and preying on American fears with his “National Catastrophe” rhetoric, cooler heads like John McCain are leading a growing opposition to the liberal crooks and liars that have dominated Congress for a handful of years now. Falling poll numbers for their Pork Pie stimuless package initiative (once Americans had a gander under the hood) are favoring restraint.

Congress and the Bush Administration got it wrong with the TARP monies and the Big Three bailouts. History will show neither were necessary nor effective. Both were costly and damaging to our reputation and currency. Both scenarios would have played out very differently given a more iterative approach to their design, and even moreso under the auspices of a Republican majority; but they squandered their chances for a fiscal overhaul under the Gingrich regime.

But hindsight as it were, doesn’t appear to be 20/20 for “That One.”

“They did not choose more of the same in November,” Obama said Friday. “They did not send us to Washington to get stuck in partisan posturing, to try to score political points. They did not send us here to turn back to the same tried and failed approaches that were rejected because we saw the results. They sent us here to make change with the expectation that we would act.”

How ironic is that statement? Three weeks in, and Obammy is calling earmarks “inevitable”, unprecedented government spending “stimulus,” lamenting political posturing while repeatedly reminding “who won in November,” and at the same time decrying the “tried and failed approaches that were rejected because we saw the results?”

How did the Bush stimulus work for us? TARP is a failure. GM and Chrysler will ultimately file Chapter 11.

Where’s our Change© Mr. Jimmy? A few weeks in office and you’ve already succumbed to politics as usual when what we need is a man with a spine.

Someone like John McCain.

I Think This Sums It Up

I wrote earlier about David Brauer’s observing a “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted McCain” bumper sticker.

Well, while I join most of my readers in believing Mac would have been a better president, that sticker doesn’t really sum things up all that well.

Let’s try this:


Or in convenient button form:


They’re available at my Cafe Press store.  Like all the swag @ CafePress, it’s too friggin’ expensive, but that’s what I got…

More to come, if I’m bored enough.

Figure It This Way

DFL petty poobah – a former DFL state legislator, in fact – on a state politics discussion forum:

As Minnesotans, we can be proud of our election system.

Take 100 random Minnesotans off the street.

Ask them “To the best of your knowledge, how did  the canvassing board and the secretary of state arrive at the conclusion that Norm Colemn’s 200-odd vote margin of victory on election night is now a 200-odd vote Franken lead?”

Take the correct answers, and express them as a percentage.

That’s how proud we can be.

Any bets?

Hint:  I, who follow this stuff as a political junkie, have no idea.

Once Again, Minnesota is an Embarassment to The Nation

Wellstone, Dayton, Ventura now Franken.

Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome. Thanks to the machinations of Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and a meek state Canvassing Board, Mr. Franken may emerge as an illegitimate victor.

Mr. Franken started the recount 215 votes behind Senator Coleman, but he now claims a 225-vote lead and suddenly the man who was insisting on “counting every vote” wants to shut the process down. He’s getting help from Mr. Ritchie and his four fellow Canvassing Board members, who have delivered inconsistent rulings and are ignoring glaring problems with the tallies.

And that’s just politics, not to mention professional sports. At least in this case we can rightfully claim he’s not a Minnesotan.

I Believe You, Barack

Barack Obama is denying involvement in the Senate Seat Auction perpetrated by Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois.

…and I believe him. Sort of.

I also believe that Barack knows this sort of thing runs rampant in Chicago. I believe Barack Obama had to know this interchange would ensue despite his lack of direct involvement. This is in no way proof of Obama’s involvement. At best, a thin and dotted line can be drawn based on the Governor’s expectation that Barack Obama would become involved vis a vis his influence, if not financially. From the wiretaps…

The governor discusses with his staff the possibility of getting a high-paying position with an organization called “Change to Win,” connected to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He would take the seat after resigning as governor. A “three-way deal” is discussed. He would choose the person they believe is Mr. Obama’s preferred candidate — “Senate Candidate 1″ — and the President-elect, they said, would find a way to influence someone to give him the Change to Win post.

The governor knows that Mr. Obama wants “Senate Candidate 1″ for the seat but complains “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.” In another call, the governor asks advisers if they think Mr. Obama can get Warren Buffet and others to put up $10 to $15 million for a foundation he could head.

If this drama were playing out in Arizona with Senator McCain’s Senate Seat, the media would be going ballistic over this fiasco. In Illinois, this is de rigeur, as evidenced by the FBI initiating surveillance in October.

We may be in for a series of controversies with an Obama administration as clearly “That One” has suffered from an association problem his entire political career and he may have other debts to pay.

He learned well. Obama is a product of the most corrupt political system in America. He has heretofore exhibited little reluctance to associate with scum if it serves his greater ambitions. Having realized them, he may well regret what represents a clear pattern of poor decision-making. As Momma always said, be careful who you hang out with.

As it stands, the media honeymoon may be over for their lovechild Barack Obama as this stuff makes for great ratings. As more details emerge, we may find the President-Elect in hot water.

…hopefully not.

As much as the GOP would have savored an opportunity like this during the campaign, the economy needs our government’s full attention, even if they haven’t a clue how to fix it. We don’t need another Clintonistic national distraction.

Orprah Answers The Question Every No One’s Asking

I’m not sure now who has the bigger ego. Oprah Winfrey or Barack Oprahma?

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Although Oprah Winfrey worked hard on Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign, she never considered going to work for the president-elect’s administration, the talk show host said Friday.

“I have a few full-time jobs already and a few full-time commitments, you know — contractual commitments that say I have to be where I am,” Winfrey told AP Television. “So, it never ever occurred to me, not even occurred to me.”

Winfrey said she would stay put, even if the president-elect came calling.

And he hasn’t.

The article didn’t once mention that Obama in fact had her in mind or that there was even speculation. There’s a lot of real news out there boys. Why don’t you get out there and get it.


Sarah Palin refuses to bounce on Oprah’s couch? Does she not know that the world revolves around her and “That One?”

“I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over… I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn’t talk to me.”

Does that make Palin a racist?

President-Defect Obama: Create 5 million green jobs.

As long as we are “lowering” expectations for his disciples, here’s another Hopey-Changey campaign promise that needs to be broken.

Let’s be clear on how wealth and jobs are created because a politician that says “we (the government) will create jobs” is either unaware of how capitalism works, or is (once again) just plain lying to the American people in the interest of political gain. In the case of [the man formerly known as Obammy], I’d say it’s a little of both. “Jobs” are not “created” by the government.

Make no mistake, the government has many legitimate functions. Those functions are funded and employees are hired to implement and administer them. Those particular jobs however, are not yielding net economic benefit and as such should not be taken into account as it relates to economic benefit. Creating even more of them for their own sake is simple liberal lunacy.

The dollars to fund whatever program for whom these employees would work have to come from somewhere, and there is always an opportunity cost, short term and long term, for those dollars, usually borne in “real” jobs lost somewhere else.

Nowhere is it mentioned that these “green-collar jobs” would be terribly costly, and that the planned “investments” are really just subsidies. And, as we know, things that require subsidies aren’t competitive in the market, and thus aren’t profitable.

Spending money on projects where costs exceed benefits simply to “create jobs” is a bad idea. Taking capital from productive uses and redeploying it to politically popular but nonproductive uses lowers productivity by paying those with “green jobs” more than their output is worth. It’s not welfare, it’s “greenfare.”

The “Green” movement is big business, from Hybrid cars to new forms and uses of battery and lighting technology to specialized architectural disciplines. If Obama’s ideas are superterrific, why aren’t entrepreneurs lining up first?

Claims that such “investments” will create five million jobs are false. It’s likely more jobs will be killed than created due to higher costs and increased inefficiency of the U.S. economy. A recent report from the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation found that limiting CO2 emissions under recent proposed legislation would destroy 900,000 net jobs.

Until Barack Obama starts getting behind proven strategies like tax and (especially) spending cuts to stimulate our economy, stagnation, job loss and a volatile stock market will rule; the cycle will continue to repeat itself. Government largess got us here; it won’t get us out of here.


…thy name is also Oprah.

Oprah filming in DC for inauguration week

“There are not even words to talk about what this night means,” Oprah told Access Hollywood that night. “Everybody keeps using the word historic — there’s never been a night like this on the planet earth… Nothing can compare to this.”

The morning Caveman discovered fire?

How about the day World War II ended?

The night Jesus was born?

Buyer’s Remorse…

or “last great act of defiance?”

Call it what you will, but the Georgia Senate election wasn’t even close.

Obama’s coattails either didn’t extend into Georgia,or for a month after the election.

Either way, with the Minnesota recount seemingly slowly resolving in Senator Coleman’s favor and now Chambliss’ blowout, we seem to be two votes shy of Armageddon.


Hey Rocky, Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out Of My Hat!

The Occupier of the Office of The President-Elect Barry Oprah reveals his National Suckurity Team, which of course includes Mrs. Bill Clinton, a fervent rival who roundly criticized The President-Defect during the primaries, but now: BFF!

Mr. Obama essentially said Americans should not take too seriously some of the things said during “the heat of a campaign.”

Really, Mr. Oprah, sir? It will be quite interesting to see just exactly how far you get with that ticket once you step into the Oval Office and find out how utterly unprepared you are for the job (and that it’s a smoke-free workplace), and start doing the math on all the promises you made to win the White House for the people who’d been waiting for you to be the people for whom they were waiting.

Some examples I think you’ll have an unfunny challenge with:

    1. Give a tax break to 95% of Americans (better hurry up, you don’t want to piss off 95% of Americans – especially those clinging to their guns)
    2. “If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing.” (“Read My Lips?” I wonder how he will be paying for the expanded child and dependent care tax credit, the expanded earned income tax credit, the universal mortgage credit, the $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families, weatherizing 1 million homes annually, and lowering health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year?)
    3. Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes (a lot of people that voted for Obama think tax returns are actually grant applications; why bother with filing? Let’s just give them all government debit cards)
    4. Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000 (because saving for your retirement shouldn’t be so hard, or even your own responsibility – behold, the C.R.A. of the retirement industry)
    5. Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S. (unless they make more than $250,000 $150,000 $100,000 $75,000)
    6. Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year (Mr. Carter sir, can we just combine #5 and #6? Why don’t you just give the $3000 directly to the sickly so we don’t have to hire him; and why stop at seven? Seems so arbitrary. Besides, work is hard. People should have the right to work, or not work)
    7. Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize (that way once the Unions are done destroying the airline and automotive industries they can move on to retail, hospitality, and health care)
    8. Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems (Let’s wait until a missile destroys New York City)
    9. Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers (best wait until your second term for that one – let ’em all vote for you one more time first)
    10. Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don’t need (like the military?) and making the ones we do need (like the pork in Illinois, only bigger and better, Senator?) work better and cost less

Just put the budget up on a teleprompter. He won’t Change anything, but at least some of us will feel better about it.

Joe Biden: No Huckleberry

Poor Joe. His role in the Obama administration?

For Biden, No Portfolio but the Role of a Counselor

Which is nicey nice for nada. Please stay out of the way and keep your mouth shut.

One can’t imagine John McCain taking that tact with Sarah Palin. She’d put one of her Naughty Monkeys up his…well you know. Another post-mortem observation proving McCain/Palin would have been a better team for America in this time and place.

Mr. Obama has moved quickly to assemble his White House staff and the beginnings of (Bill Clinton’s-JR) cabinet, he is lagging behind even the chronically late President Bill Clinton in bringing clarity to the role his vice president will play.

Breaking up is so hard to do.

“I’m sure that there will be discrete assignments over time,” said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president-elect. “But I think his fundamental role is as a trusted counselor. I think that when Obama selected him, he selected him to be a counselor and an adviser on a broad range of issues.”

Ah, discrete assignments over time. Well played Axelrod. Methinks those assignments will entail such tools as a discrete infra-red remote control and a strategically placed hassock emblazoned with the seal of the Vice President.

while Mr. Obama held a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Mr. Biden was home in Delaware, having spent Monday night in Wilmington stuffing Christmas stockings with his wife for a charity event.

Quaint. We all know how committed to charity Joe Biden is…stuffing a sock where his wallet is.

The President-Elect did not return phone calls from Jill Biden pleading for Mr. Obama to “Please get Joe the (h-e-toothpick-toothpick) out of the house – he’s driving me crazy.”

Mr. Biden seems to be adapting. He is hiring for his office, including a chief of staff, Ron Klain, who has worked with him since he was chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the 1990s. With Mr. Obama having settled on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, Mr. Biden, whose most recent Senate post was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has privately told people that he recognizes he will not be the point man on foreign policy.

Poor Joe. He will have to fight for that remote too.

The only guy I feel more sorry for than Joe having nothing to do, is the Chief of Staff of The Guy With Nothing To Do.

Hey! Joe’s the Maytag Man! (He He)

Mr. Biden has also interviewed candidates for chief economist, and associates say he is honing his economic credentials.

Not unduly angry?

Aides say Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama sometimes rib each other in private meetings, and they maintain that Mr. Obama was not unduly angry at Mr. Biden for his gaffe predicting that Mr. Obama would be tested by a world crisis in his first six months in office.

So he was pissed, just not unduly. Ouch.

Since then, however, Mr. Biden has not had much to say to the news media.

Because they’re not asking him any questions.

Through a spokeswoman, he declined to be interviewed for this article, itself a break from his voluble past.

Does This Mean His House Here is For Sale?

Franken Loses Crucial Ruling in Minnesota Recount

Minnesota’s Canvassing Board voted unanimously to reject Franken’s request to include thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount in the Minnesota senate race between the Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

Which means it’s all but over for Al Franken’s bid for Norm Coleman’s Senate Seat as the recount is so far and will likely continue to substantiate Coleman’s narrow victory.