Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Game from ForAmerica.org

I've never played Angry Birds, so I have no idea whether or not it is a good game. However, the folks at ForAmerica.org have a new parody of this game: Angry Voters. Have your Uncle Sam shoot crates of tea at overstuffed government piggy banks. Play the game at gamesforamerica.org.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Final Five: September 23, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
September 23, 2011

Tonight's Crazy Story

Red Sox pitcher Erik Bedard received child support papers while at Fenway Park preparing for his start that night. To make matters worse, the papers were served by a lifelong Yankees fan, who arrived with a Yankees jersey.

Tonight's Final Five:

$447 billion for 1.9 million jobs is the estimate provided by the administration for the American Jobs Act. Do the math and that comes to $230,000 per job. How much are we going to be paying these people?

While Congress and the President both struggle with low approval, there's another group joining them on the race toward the bottom: the media. A new Pew poll shows that 42 percent of Americans think that the media is "immoral."

Taking a break...
To laugh a little
" An old weather satellite is apparently hurtling toward the planet. It's expected to hit sometime tomorrow afternoon and no one has any idea where it might come down. See, that's the sort of thing I would maybe think about. Hey, if we shoot this bus-sized chunk of metal into space, won't it eventually come down? "
-Jimmy Kimmel, 9/22/11

Now Back to The Final Five

Remember when Bush was called "the worst President ever?" It appears he is ready to pass that title to the current President. Commentary Magazine's Alana Goodman analyzes the results of a new survey.

Obama's so-called "Buffett Rule" shows that the Obama that campaigned in 2008 does still exist. Charles Krauthammer backs his argument up at the Washington Post.

From the Eurocrisis, to Fed policy, to tax heights, the picture for the world is not looking good. Larry Kudlow analyzes our current economic state at Real Clear Politics.

Tomorrow in History: September 24
September 24, 1979 - CompuServe becomes the first to offer public internet service, including electronic mail as part of its service.

Food For Thought - A Bedtime Snack
" Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God? "
-Thomas Jefferson


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Final Five: September 22, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
September 22, 2011

Tonight's Crazy Story

A study has shown that people are more likely to reveal their weight than politics when dating. Did they really spend time and money to study that?

Tonight's Final Five:

A tax on those with incomes over $1 million would amount to a penalty on creating wealth, argues John Steele Gordon at Commentary Magazine. However, the rich will likely still find ways to avoid it.

Rex Murphy argues that the media failed in its job to fully vet the President as a candidate, and now we are paying the price for that failure.

Taking a break...
To laugh a little
" The Solyndra executives are scheduled to testify before Congress, and they’re expected to take the 5th. Why not take the 5th? They’ve already taken $535 million. "
-Jay Leno, 9/21/11

Now Back to The Final Five

The failure of Solyndra serves as a metaphor for the Obama Presidency. Matthew Continetti analyzes at The Weekly Standard.

One group has definitely benefited under the Obama administration: unions. Michael Barone describes the love affair between Obama and the unions for Real Clear Politics

Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker writes an Op Ed for the New York Times describing how any inflation can hurt the economy.

Tomorrow in History: September 23
September 23, 1952 - As a candidate for Vice President, Richard Nixon delivers his "Checkers Speech" which turned public opinion in his favor and allowed him to retain his spot on the ticket.

Food For Thought - A Bedtime Snack
" I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. "
-Thomas Jefferson


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Final Five: September 21, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
September 21, 2011

Tonight's Crazy Story

Under new regulations, medical codes that communicate treatments between insurers and doctors will expand from 18,000 codes to 140,000 codes. Now, insurers know if you "walked into lamppost, initial encounter" or "walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter" and they will be able to distinguish between "bitten by turtle" and "struck by turtle." Yes, there's even a code for "burn due to water-skis on fire."

Tonight's Final Five:

Republicans and Democrats are arguing over who can do the best job to stimulate the economy. Thomas Sowell argues at Investors Business Daily that Congressional gridlock might do what's best for the economy: nothing.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) argues on Politico that the FCC needs to be reformed and become more transparent.

Taking a break...
To laugh a little
" Ahmadinejad has said publically that he hates Jews and gays. Man, is he in wrong town. "
-David Letterman, 9/19/11

Now Back to The Final Five

Robert M. Danin argues at Foreign Affairs that Palestine's confrontational approach could undermine the gains it has made in the peace process so far.

Peter Smirniotopoulos weighs in on the Huffington Post with the opinion that America has lost the ability to create solutions because it has lost the ability to consider new ideas.

Paul Ryan's Constitution Day speech analyzes how the rule of law has been lost in America and replaced by the rule of man.

Tomorrow in History: September 22
September 22, 1862 - The Emancipation Proclamation is released, announcing that slavery would be abolished in any Confederate state that did not voluntarily return to Union control by January 1, 1863. (No state agreed to return to union control by this deadline, and the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Lincoln on that day.)

Food For Thought - A Bedtime Snack
" This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering... And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. "
-Thomas Jefferson


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Congressional Waste in Action

I was looking across some older blog posts from The Blaze, and I came across this one:

Finally, a Bill Even John Conyers Can Read

No need to point out the obvious here about the 1 or 4 page bill (depending on how you look at it) as opposed to the health care bill, but I find the update very interesting. The bill's text prints on one page when single spaced with a 12 point font and one inch margins. However, Congress has found it necessary to have larger side margins, use a larger font, double space the text, and start the bill three-quarters of the way down the first page. This results in a four-page "official" PDF file of the bill. If I did this for a four-page college paper, I would fail! Perhaps we should get Congress to publish all bills in MLA for APA format and reduce paper usage by 75%.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Final Five: September 20, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
September 20, 2011

Tonight's Crazy Story

They seriously keep records for this stuff? Meet the dogs who will be in the next Guinness Book of World Records for most dogs jumping rope.

Tonight's Final Five:

In 2004, Barack Obama compared himself to LeBron James. Given James's meltdowns in the playoffs and Obama's meltdowns before Congress, Joe Scarborough argues in a column on Politico that the comparison fits.

Mitt Romney argues that there are great differences between his health care solution in Massachusetts and the recent federal overahaul. Daniel Horowitz argues that if we exclude the state/federal difference, the similarities more than outweigh the differences.

Taking a break...
To laugh a little
" Obama said Americans feel things aren’t fair, that the deck is stacked against them, and that nobody is paying attention. That’s an inspiring campaign speech. "
-Jay Leno, 9/19/11

Now Back to The Final Five

Evelyn Gordon asks in a Commentary Magazine column, "Why should Israel keep making concessions if it gets no credit for previous ones?"

It seems that for every task that America's pro-welfare government takes on, the results do the exact opposite. Samuel Gregg at National Review Online analyzes the failure of the welfare state.

Despite the rhetoric about cutting spending and government dependency, Republicans seem to keep the things they denounce alive. The latest: a new continuing resolution that will set the stage for another (supposedly despised) Omnibus spending bill later this year. Daniel Horowitz from RedState argues that it's time for Republicans to stop reauthorizing Democrat's failed programs.

Tomorrow in History: September 21
September 21, 1780 - Benedict Arnold gives the plans for West Point to the British. Arnold would be revealed as a traitor just prior to the British invasion.

Food For Thought - A Bedtime Snack
" Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. "
-Noah Webster


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Couple Fined for Home Bible Study

The Blaze is reporting that a couple in California has been fined for holding Bible studies in their home. San Juan Capistrano, Calif. officials say that the Bible studies violate a city ordinance that prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential areas without a permit.

The permit would amount to government authorization of religion. Government is not allowed to "establish" religions by determining which religions receive permits. Furthermore, requiring a "permit fee" would amount to a tax on religion. No city should be allowed to determine which religions are allowed to meet, and no city should be allowed to charge for religious meetings.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Final Five: September 19, 2011

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
September 19, 2011

Tonight's Crazy Story

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences held its annual Critter Cook-off last weekend. The chefs have 50 minutes to create an appetizer, entree, dessert and mystery dish using mealworms, wax worms, crickets, super worms and a "mystery" bug. I think I can pass if offered to be a judge at this event.

Tonight's Final Five:

As the Palestinian Authority attempts to push statehood recognition at the UN this week, Jonathan Tobin from Commentary Magazine argues that the bulk of the blame for the problems should be placed on President Obama's blunders.

Despite the rhetoric about reducing regulation, regulation has increased dramatically under the current administration. Byron York explains the effects of this "regulatory tsunami" in a column at the Washington Examiner.

Taking a break...
To laugh a little
" President Obama is determined to help the unemployed because it’s looking increasingly likely that in a year, he’ll be one of them. "
-Jimmy Kimmel, 9/14/11

Now Back to The Final Five

In a statement that you won't likely find on the news, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) says that entitlement programs like Social Security are not a legal guarantee. He states that the benefits are "scheduled benefits" which could be altered at any time (or even eliminated.) The media has made a big deal out of government attempts to reform entitlement programs in order to keep them solvent, but it has been strangely quiet on this statement coming from a Democrat.

NPR Blogger Frank James wrote a blog post comparing Obama's "Pass this bill" to Jesus's "Feed my sheep." Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters analyzes this comparison.

Guy Benson at Townhall analyzes the accounting fraud occurring in the ObamaCare bill.

Tomorrow in History: September 20
September 20, 1973 - Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in three straight sets to win The Battle of The Sexes tennis match in Houston.

Food For Thought - A Bedtime Snack
" Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins. "
-Elbridge Gerry

Palestine's History of NO!

Government Efficiency in Job Creation

The Blaze is reporting that a green jobs loan guarantee program has handed out $18.8 billion in loan guarantees and created only 3,545 jobs. This amounts to an average of $5.3 million per job created under the program. At this rate, it is no wonder that Solyndra is bankrupt and the government is close to joining it.

Pass This Bill...90 Times

A few days ago, we brought you video of Obama's jobs speech in which he repeatedly told Congress to "pass the bill." Well, he hasn't stopped. Here's an updated version from the week.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Weekend Report: September 18, 2011

Editor's Note: The following post contains exaggerations and parodies intended for humorous effect only.

Welcome to the Weekend Report, your source for the real scoop on what's going on in the world. Let's start with the week's top headlines:

This week, President Obama's Twitter account passed the ten million follower mark. However, the President became depressed when he realized that only 3% of the American population is following him.

The President's weekly radio address focused on his new jobs bill. He stated today that the bill will be paid for. He neglected to mention, however, that it will be your great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren paying for it.

Authorities in Orlando are investigating a landlord who allegedly rented a home illegally to six sexual predators. The government has confirmed that the home was not The Orlando Prison.

Dozens of TSA employees were fired from a Honolulu airport for not screening checked baggage. Memos from the Obama administration obtained by the Weekend Report are requesting that they be immediately rehired, claiming that the economy cannot afford to have more people out of work.

Meanwhile, the TSA has reported it is suffering from an unusually large number of employees requesting transfers.

More headlines follow our Video of the Week:

Rand Paul calls on Congress and the President to "pass this bill now."


The victim of a phone theft received a Facebook friend request from the man accused of stealing her phone. The woman said in a press release, "The Bible says I must forgive him, but it does not require me to become his neighbor in Farmville."

General Motors and the United Auto Workers union have agreed to terms on a new four-year contract which includes $5000 "signing bonuses" for employees. Money for these bonuses will be paid with profits from the new reality show "Real Automakers of Detroit."

A Tea Party activist has declared his intention to unseat House Speaker John Boehner in the next election. Upon hearing this news, Nancy Pelosi stated, "See, I actually do have something in common with the Tea Party."

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind is claiming that Obama has a 'real woman problem.' In other news, Democratic insiders have confirmed that Obama has a 'real Republican problem.'

And finally, a cartoon to start the week:

(Credit: The Miami Herald)