[identity profile] dreadfulpenny00.livejournal.com
There's really not much editorializing I can do here. Bristol Palin wrote an entry on her blog and she makes some really great points, and I just wanted to highlight them for those that haven't seen it yet.

Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call? )

I think if Obama had an ounce of integrity, he would have issued a public apology calling out those who degrade all women whether he chooses to return Bill Maher's dirty money or not.
[identity profile] dreadfulpenny00.livejournal.com
I was reading an article from the New York Times about the Violence Against Women Act that Democrats are planning to put on the table today. The legislation seeks to expand (both in financing and in scope) domestic violence programs all over the country. As both the daughter of a survivor and a survivor myself of domestic violence, I see this as a positive. However, reading between the lines of the article, I'm seeing what this is REALLY all about.

The past month has been crazy to say the least for Republican Congressmen and their supporters, and most notably for right-wing commentator Rush Limbaugh, whose admittedly vitriolic words toward Sandra Fluke opened a Pandora's Box in the midst of the Presidential campaign season. Several companies have expressed their desire to keep mentions of their company off the airwaves during Limbaugh's radio broadcasts, though it doesn't seem his program has suffered because of it. Now Democrats have decided to strike while the iron is hot by introducing legislation that they think Republicans will refuse:

Democrats, confident they have the political upper hand with women, insist that Republican opposition falls into a larger picture of insensitivity toward women that has progressed from abortion fights to contraception to preventive health care coverage — and now to domestic violence.
Democrats are claiming that Republicans are waging a "war on women" but it seems to me that the real warmongers are the Democrats, attempting to use women as pawns on their re-election chessboard.


Some conservatives are feeling trapped.

“I favor the Violence Against Women Act and have supported it at various points over the years, but there are matters put on that bill that almost seem to invite opposition,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, who opposed the latest version last month in the Judiciary Committee. “You think that’s possible? You think they might have put things in there we couldn’t support that maybe then they could accuse you of not being supportive of fighting violence against women?”
Does ice cream melt in the sun?

The two provisions that Republican legislators disagree with are the provisions allowing battered illegal immigrants to apply for temporary visas (which some believe would creates loopholes in the immigration process) and the provision which would include same-sex couples in dometic violence programs and afford them the same protections. (On a personal note, I see nothing wrong with same-sex couples receiving help in domestic violence situations. However I don't think temporary visas should be granted to immigrants in domestic violence situations, but they should also receive services and protection while they get their affairs in order, whatever the outcome may be.)

The question is will this strategy work? A Wall Street Journal/ABC News poll showed Obama's approval among women rose 14 points from 40% in December to 54% in February. It should be noted that the poll was administered between February 16 and February 20, before Sandra Fluke was even on the national radar. However, a New York Times/CBS News poll (with the poll administered between March 7 and March 11) shows Obama's approval among women dropped 12 points, nearly to its December numbers.

(x-posted from [livejournal.com profile] mividaloca99
[identity profile] dreadfulpenny00.livejournal.com
On his show tonight, Bill O'Reilly busted the doors wide open as to what's REALLY going on with Sandra Fluke. How is a Georgetown law student able to go all over the place to do interviews and who is scheduling them? Turns out it's someone with connections to the White House!

Mediate tells the full story (with video): http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-asks-who-is-running-sandra-fluke-it-all-goes-back-to-white-house/

It turns out SKDKnickerbocker, a PR agency, is representing Fluke (with most of her interview requests going through someone named "Mike"). Who happens to be managing editor? None other than Anita "Mao Tse" Dunn, Barack Obama's former communications director. Dunn is also currently a contributor for NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC. This is the same woman who claimed that Fox News was an arm of the Republican Party. As if MSNBC isn't an arm of the Democratic Party?

So now we know what's really going on here - former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led the charge for a mock hearing, invited the press to cover it, and then hired professional activist Sandra Fluke to testify. I doubt their intent was to sink Limbaugh or anyone else, but it was definitely an opportunity to drudge up press for the Obama administration any way they could get it. Now Dunn's taken Fluke under her wing.

I'm getting so disgusted with this administration and their misuse and abuse of the media and free speech. I feel what Limbaugh said was wrong, but to use it to attempt to sink him while Fluke herself is a fraud is inexcusable. This is another reason why the Obama administration needs to be out of the White House!
[identity profile] dark-weezing.livejournal.com
As you may or may not know, the Democrats in some of their caucus meetings, earlier this week, had some unkind words to say about President Obama. One of them decided to go full-out F-bomb. I don't think the namecaller has been identified, as of yet, so...

Link: http://www.rollcall.com/news/-201347-1.html

Allahpundit does his usual fine analysis, especially on the tax cut issue, should it be used for 2012:

Link: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/12/09/oh-my-house-dem-drops-f-bomb-on-obama-at-caucus-meeting-on-tax-cuts/

This week, Dennis Prager, in commenting on Aaron Sorkin's profanity-laden diatribe of Sarah Palin, asked, "would we have all this commonplace profanity, if it wasn't for the modern Left?" Extra food for thought for you.

Exit question, via Rush Limbaugh: Limbaugh, in yesterday's show, noted that since the Left has been asserting that any and all criticisms of Obama are based on racism, then aren't the Democrats themselves being racists on this? (I don't believe they are, but their rhetoric tactic ought to be thrown back at them.)
[identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
I don't know if any of you have read The Telegraph's current list of the 100 Most Influential Conservatives. They don't mean Tories, they mean "us," the good ol' American right. They did a similar list in 2007, with some good choices and some "whas?" The Telegraph remembers politicians and policymakers, which is good, but as is the case with folks on the outside looking in, they don't quite get who's really influential to American conservatives. Or quite understand who's a conservative. For example, Sen. Joe Lieberman made it on the list both times even though he is really a hawkish liberal. Maybe his breed is dying out, but it doesn't make him a conservative per se.

Sooo, here's how I would at the very least rank the (current) top 10 right now:

10. Mark Levin

The Great One's radio talk show is gaining in popularity and his book was the first to burn up the charts after Obama got elected.

9. Sean Hannity

Second most-popular radio talk show host and star of the second most-popular show on cable news, he helped launch the pundit career of Mark Levin.

8. Rep. Michele Bachmann

The Second Most-Hated Conservative Woman In America is like the anti-Nancy Pelosi. While she might not replace Pelosi in November--the current leadership, Rep. Mike Pence, or Rep. Eric Cantor have a better shot if Republicans take over the House--she is perhaps the most public face of conservative values in the House of Representatives.

7. Clan Cheney

Count me as one of the 20% who has always loved Dick Cheney ;). The Telegraph ranked him first on their list. While the former Veep currently holds no political power, he has been out there laying down the hammer on the Obama administration's screw-ups and standing up for the previous administration. And look out, here comes the equally tough and outspoken Liz Cheney. Mary is busy being a new mom now, but who knows when we'll see her back.

6. The Dynamic Duo of Sens. Coburn and Inhofe of OK

You folks in Oklahoma have the two of the best senators in Congress. As a Californian, I weep in envy. GOD, do I ever! Both of them are take-no-prisoners conservatives, helping to lead the white hats in the Senate against leftist excess.

5. Sen. Jim DeMint

The greatest conservative politician currently serving in Congress. This guy should be minority leader.

4. Glenn Beck

How far Glenn has come since I occasionally listened to his radio show broadcast out of Philadelphia. Not only has he perhaps done more than any national media figure to educate the public about the true nature of "progressivism," he has helped motivate a disenchanted public to well, do something about it. Glenn's think-outside-the-party-label-box approach has attracted Democrats and independents as well as conservatives. I know Democrats who routinely watch his show and not to mock it.

3. Sarah Palin

Armed with her Facebook Page of Doom, a Twitter account, and now guest spots on Fox News, the Most Hated and Loved Conservative Woman in America has shown that you don't necessarily need political office to have an effect on policy. We may very well end up with this godawful health care bill but it would have sailed through months ago with a public option had she not warned Americans about death panels and rationed care. She may run for the presidency in 2012 or she may run 10 years from now. Or she may never run. But at age 45, she's got plenty of time to get out her message, campaign for candidates, and perhaps even mentor a new generation of "common sense" conservatives.

2. Rush Limbaugh

Still the most effective voice of American conservatism, which is why the left hates his guts so much.

1. The Tea Party movement

Normally, I'd put Rush at #1. But the popular, grassroots movement of regular folks who want to see a return to limited government, fiscal responsibility, and an end to corruption is proving that if the people lead, the leaders follow. Eventually ;). Plenty of conservative pundits have cheered on the Tea Partiers, but it took local organization to even get people to come to rallies across the country. They're the ones who derailed the candidacy of Dede Scuzzyflava in New York's 23rd district and put up a good fight against the Democratic winner, even with a late entry by a political novice. They're the ones who may very well help Scott Brown win in MA tomorrow. They're the ones who are powering Marco Rubio's upstart campaign in Florida. Admittedly, it's a nascent movement with all of the problems that come with it and the GOP has been slow to catch up with it. But it is shaking things up. How do we know it's having an effect? The left has gone after Tea Partiers with alarming viciousness.
[identity profile] phoenix-starr.livejournal.com
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[identity profile] jenny-wildcat.livejournal.com
Rush Limbaugh is dropped from a group to buy the St. Louis Rams.  I will try to keep the capslock to a minimum, but no promises.

This has gotten me so infuriated.  Number one: Rush Limbaugh can't buy an NFL team, but Keith Olbermann can flap his gums during analysis on Sunday Night Football?  And people say it's not the same thing, but Olbermann is involved with the NFL's public image more than Rush would be because Keith is on TV.  Tell me what is wrong with this picture because I'm apparently too stupid to get it.

Honestly?  Fans don't care who the team owner is - unless your team stinks (which, the Rams are awful - sorry, it's true).  NFL fans knows the name of one, maybe two people who owns any professional sports team (everyone knows who Jerry Jones is because ESPN craps their pants every time someone associated with the Dallas Cowboys bends down to tie their shoe).  The players don't care because they get paid as long as they play well - even some who don't play well get paid.  To my knowledge, no active NFL players have said anything about his bid for the team (I've heard some vague reference to "players who wouldn't play" for Rush, but none were named.  Granted, that came from the players unions, so I don't know how reliable that information is).

BUT... the lovely players unions have to get involved (which, because of the unions, there may be an NFL lockout next year).  And Commissioner Roger Goodell... I really respected him because the NFL hasn't had a lot of problems other pro leagues have had largely due to his efforts, but his comments on Rush's ownership of the Rams are hypocritical, especially after he let Michael Vick back into the league (which, great that he's forgiving and what-have-you).  Even the owner of my Colts, Jim Irsay, has to give his two cents and that ticked me off (to illustrate my earlier point, this is first I've heard the name of the Indianapolis Colts owner and I've been following them for a good ten-twelve years).

Number two:  Rush has been a big fan of the NFL for a long time.  He references football quite often on his show and discusses it when it comes up, to the chagrin of some listeners that would rather Rush "stick to the issues."  But it's something he enjoys and, honestly - it's fun.  After a day of deconstructing liberal idiocy, everyone needs hobby.  So, Rush has had success in his career and he wants to use his OWN MONEY to dabble in a hobby of his and they all say "Oh no, you can't do that because you're controversial and we can't have any controversy in sports" (Controversy?  Sports?  No...)  Rush has given the NFL quite a bit of free airtime on his show.  It's mostly water-cooler-type talk, but it's still coverage.  Next question: Is this how you repay someone who has been a fan for years and years and now has the means to be involved on an executive level?  Good grief - you let the morally-image-challenged Fergie buy a share of the Miami Dolphins but nobody's getting their shorts in a wad over that.

99.9% of controversy around Rush comes because the idiot out-of-context media can't quote him right on anything.  I've listened to Rush since childhood and I am hard pressed to think of something that was LEGITIMATELY racist (you know, something that wasn't sarcasm or a joke.  I guess conservatives aren't allowed to joke.  Add that to the list right underneath "like football" - by the way, to any liberals that are lurking around here, I was making a joke).

The Rams need help.  They are 0-5 (good grief, the Detroit Lions, who were winless last season and are perpetually awful, have a better record than the Rams) and have stunk for a while.  I've said it since it was announced Rush was part of the bid to buy the team: Rush knows football and he would certainly be an asset to any organization that wants to win.  And I have to point out that (A): Rush wasn't even the head of this operation. Dave Checketts was (which, I'm not a Checketts fan for reasons too numerous and too unrelated to get into here) and (B): The Rams aren't even officially up for sale yet (the organization is only reviewing the team's ownership, which means there's a chance they won't be sold at all - correct me if I'm reading this wrong).

You know, my mom is the biggest fan of the St. Louis Rams and has been since she was a little kid - she was vindicated when they first won the Super Bowl.  And I liked them too.  And I wished they would do better.  But after this nonsense, I hope they pull a Detroit Lions (and they're on the road to it).  Apologies to St. Louisians - I know there are some in this comm - but this is so ridiculous.


[identity profile] phoenix-starr.livejournal.com
The "phony soldiers" smear letter to Clear Channel from Senator Harry Reid (who has a lower approval rating in Nevada than Rush Limbaugh) has passed $50,000 on eBay. You can download a pdf of this historic letter for free here . Every cent of the winning bid goes to support the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation . Rush Limbaugh will match that donation out of his own pocket when the auction closes on Friday, and challenges the 41 Democrats who signed the letter to do the same.

El Rushbo

Sep. 6th, 2006 06:12 am
[identity profile] ochagirl.livejournal.com
Probably the only thing next to hell freezing over that would make me watch Katie Couric on CBS:

30 whole minutes 90 seconds of Rush (Limbaugh, not the band [but that'd be good, too]), and I don't hafta tune in to cable! Gonna be good! *rubs hands together*

Edit: >> Don't read much less write at 6-something in the morning like I do! I somehow though I read "30 minutes" when Rush was on for a minute and 30 seconds (approximately). I wondered why he was talking so fast. o_O; Sorry for the mix-up, my eyes were burning and, well, I was tired.


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