In honor of our friends on the Left, who somehow did a remarkable job of keeping everything in perspective in relationship to the recent incident in Tucson, (where as you know, a young man with a gun, given to him by the NRA and directed by Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, decided to act like an Iraqi Freedom Fighter), and in the atmosphere of congeniality by our friends on the other side of the aisle who also did a great service by reminding us all of the need for more civility, I made a list of what else they might be so kind to teach us about. Enjoy!
John Kerry - Increasing the standards for the Purple Heart
Michael Moore - The secret to staying thin
Bill Clinton - The importance of fidelity in a marriage
Pres. Obama - Why the redistribution of wealth never works The importance of deficit reduction The key to never blaming your predecessor 10 easy ways to acting presidential
National Organization for Women - Why the subjugation of women in the Middle East is really a good thing
Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda and The Dixie Chicks - Keeping politics out of the entertainment industry
Keith Olberman - Finding your inner peace
Michelle Obama - How the First Lady can set a good example while the country is in extremely tough economic times
John Edwards - Being the best, loving husband while your wife is dying of cancer
Al Gore - Preparing for the coming ice age
Hillary Clinton - Staying relevant in Washing D.C.
Sean Penn - Why I’m moving to Venezuela and you should too
Harry Reid - The key to a dynamic personality
Nancy Pelosi - Honesty and integrity in 21st century politics
I could do this all day, but you get the picture and maybe you’d like to add to the list. Just remember, as the Left has told us, be civil (ya’ racist, Teabagging Nazis).
Shamelessly stolen from some ole, stinkin' hippy. I thought this was appropriate since it’s Friday the weekend and let’s face it folks, we, and you know who you are, had a very good week. We waited a long time for it and have much work to do, but what do ya’ say we enjoy it for just a bit.
Utah Sen. Robert F. Bennett was defeated Saturday in his bid for reelection, making the three-term Republican lawmaker the first congressional incumbent to fall in this angry election season.
Bennett, who upset many conservative activists with his willingness to work across party lines, became the first Utah senator denied renomination in 70 years. More broadly, his defeat at the state GOP convention made him a symbol of the festering anti-Washington, anti-establishment sentiment coursing through the country.
"He's had his chance," said Nick Whitehead, 17, a volunteer who greeted delegates at the downtown convention center with a giant placard touting businessman Tim Bridgewater, one of two Bennett rivals to advance to a June runoff. "It's time for new blood."
A tearful Bennett told reporters there was not much he would have done differently. "The political atmosphere, obviously, has been toxic, and it's very clear some of the votes that I have cast have added to the toxic environment," he said. "Looking back on them, with one or two very minor exceptions, I wouldn't have cast them any differently, even if I'd known at the time it would cost me my career."
A conservative by most yardsticks, Bennett ran afoul of many "tea party" acolytes and grass-roots Republicans by supporting the 2008 Wall Street bailout — which he deemed necessary to save the economy — and by working with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon on a healthcare bill that would have required Americans to purchase insurance. The provision was similar to the plan President Obama signed into law over the opposition of Bennett and every other Republican member of Congress.
The Tea Party flexes its muscle in Utah... and something tells me they're just warming up.
This should speak volumes... to those with ears to hear:
AT&T Inc. will take a $1 billion non-cash accounting charge in the first quarter because of the health care overhaul and may cut benefits it offers to current and retired workers.
The charge is the largest disclosed so far. Earlier this week, AK Steel Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Deere & Co. and Valero Energy announced similar accounting charges, saying the health care law that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday will raise their expenses. On Friday, 3M Co. said it will also take a charge of $85 million to $90 million.
All five are smaller than AT&T, and their combined charges are less than half of the $1 billion that AT&T is planning. The $1 billion is a third of AT&T's most recent quarterly earnings. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the company earned $3 billion on revenue of $30.9 billion.
AT&T said Friday that the charge reflects changes to how Medicare subsidies are taxed. Companies say the health care overhaul will require them to start paying taxes next year on a subsidy they receive for retiree drug coverage.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the tax law closed a loophole.
Under the 2003 Medicare prescription drug program, companies that provide prescription drug benefits for retirees have been able to receive subsidies covering 28 percent of eligible costs. But they could deduct the entire amount they spent on these drug benefits — including the subsidies — from their taxable income.
The new law allows companies to only deduct the 72 percent they spent.
AT&T also said Friday that it is looking into changing the health care benefits it offers because of the new law. Analysts say retirees could lose the prescription drug coverage provided by their former employers as a result of the overhaul.
Changes to benefits are unlikely to take effect immediately. Rather, the issue would most likely come up as part of contract negotiations between the company and unions representing its employees and retirees. AT&T is the largest private employer of union workers in the U.S.
You ignorant Obama supporters have no idea what you've done... to this country... to yourselves...
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted obscenities at members of the Congressional Black Caucus and spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat.
The protesters used a racial epithet toward Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, and confronted a gay congressman with taunts.
Capitol Police escorted the congressmen into the Capitol after the confrontation. At least one demonstrator reportedly was arrested. -Kansas City Star
Two African American congressmen, Andre Carson of Indiana and John Lewis from Georgia, were subjected to racial epithets from protesters as they left the Capitol after hearing President Barack Obama deliver a last-minute address promoting the health care bill.
Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, who is the highest-ranking African American official in Congress, told The Washington Post that he heard things from Saturday's demonstrators that he had not heard "since March 15, 1960" when he was - as he put it - "marching to get off the back of the bus." -Voice of America
An aide to Mr. Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said that as he walked to the Capitol, Mr. Lewis was called racial slurs. A spokesman for Mr. Cleaver said that a protester spat on the congressman as he was walking to the Capitol for a vote.
Democratic aides said some demonstrators made anti-gay remarks to Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, who is gay.
The No. 3 Democrat in the House, Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, said, “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus.” -New York Times
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants. -Washington Post
The meme is clear. And it's not new. Tea Party members have been called racists for some time now by the race hustlers so this isn't surprising. The real question however is did it actually happen.
GatewayPundit brings us a video snippett of the event that seems to cast some serious doubt:
Nothing is heard there that would suggest Lewis and his gang of political exploitation experts are correct. Nothing. But of course, it's only a snippet.
Let's assume the charges are true... that someone from the crowd yelled the "N" word and that someone spit at Lewis or Clyburn... who's to say that it wasn't a plant? Do you doubt for a minute that these leftist radicals would stoop to such a ploy? Seriously?
The media did their part yesterday to ignore the large crowd of anti-Obamacare Tea Party protesters while playing up the small anti-war crowds that held their own demonstration.
Do you think it outside the realm of possibility that the Tea Party group was infiltrated by one of these radical leftists who also happened to be in town and who decided to make hay of the frequent racism charge against this conservative movement?
You'd be a damned fool to do so.
A damned fool.
These people have shown that they will do anything to further their agenda. Anything.
Don't think for a minute that they wouldn't do something as low brow as this to smear those in opposition to what it is Obama stands for.