I admit it. It was me. I said ‘retard.’

I heard this report on FOX News Radio driving with my dad this morning, and never have I had so much fun doing a search on a news Web site.

Apparently, some lawmaker in Upstate New York uttered the dreaded “R” word on an open mic during a roll call vote.

What was he thinking? It’s like the Special Olympics, or something.

Great pull-away quote: “If you think someone’s being an ass, just call them an ass! Don’t bring us into the discussion.”

Don’t know what’s best about that. The blatant hypocrisy (don’t call people mean names, but use this mean name!) or the fact that he’s admitting he’s a retard.

The key to this story, other than the laughs (“All I want is … re … shpect!”), is that the lawmaker the wheelchair brigade thinks said “retard” is Republican Majority Leader Dan Quatro. Had it been the Democratic leader, it would get shuffled under the special needs ramp.

After all, it was a Democratic president of the United States who went on “The Tonight Show” and made fun of the Special Olympics. The next day, Special Olympians weren’t banging their helmets on the White House door demanding respect. Obama walked it back, and it was done.

Would the same have happened if George W. Bush had made fun of retards?

I may be slow, but I doubt it. The Special Olympics has even launched a campaign to banish the word from the English language — like Al Sharpton tried to bury the “N” word (now that really was retarded).

And notice how the other utterance of the unknown lawmaker goes unnoticed. He said, “Jesus … retard.” To the PC police, it’s OK to take the Lord’s name in vain, but don’t you dare make fun of the tards.

What’s really impeding the development of this story is that whoever said it isn’t fessing up. Show some courage, man! How slow-witted can you be to just let the word “RETARD” reverberate through what must surely be the otherwise cognizant and reasonable legislative chamber?

Well, I’ll take the blame. I use the “R” word frequently. My guess would be on a daily basis — usually in reference to myself (Is that OK? Is it like a black person using the “N” word?).

Shoot, I’ve used it in print (even though my final assumption ended up being slightly wrong, but that just gets me in trouble with Halle Barry).

Or hey, can’t we all just live by the old addage: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me (isn’t that what the safety gear is for, anyway?)?

The language police were ridiculous enough already. Now they’re coming after us riding motorized wheel chairs.

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So if we dress like hippies, stop using deodorant and avoid bathing, you’ll pay attention?

UPDATED

The new liberal take on the scores of Americans showing up at town hall meetings and protests about health care reform is that those questioning the president’s plans are plants from insurance companies and are “too well dressed” to be genuine.

Today the Democratic National Committee began running this ad:

The crap this ad is spewing is enough to make anyone vomit. First, it portrays the tea party protesters as “angry mobs.” Second, it completely ignores the fact that Republicans were not in control during the last eight years — Democrats have had control of Congress since 2006. And we can’t forget that then-Sen. Obama voted for, and applauded, federal budgets.

And let’s just ignore the fact that the Democrats’ health care reforms are tanking in the polls. Those poll takers must be part of the angry mob, too.

Well, I’m proud to be part of the “mob,” especially if that means asking my elected officials questions, making sure they know I disagree with the direction they’re taking the country and standing for what I believe in.

Where was the DNC ad during the 2006 May Day immigration protests? Where they not “organized” using a “playbook?” Or does the criticism only apply to citizens who actually possess a legal right to vote?

Then there was my senator, Barbara Boxer, on “Hardball” last night.

Let me get this straight. Conservative protesters aren’t to be taken seriously because they dress well? If you’re wearing a tie, you’re part of mob?

And note that Boxer recounts her experience with well-dressed protesters — when she was asked by Al Gore to go to Florida as a proxy protester herself.

Talk about being out-of-touch.

Democrats are all for practicing democracy if you don’t speak English, can’t get a job and don’t know how to operate a shower. But if you’re employed, practice good hygiene and follow the law, you’re part of a “mob” hell-bent on hurting the president.

Barbara Boxer needs to be retired to San Francisco.

Tea party organizers take note: No showering a week before a protest, put away the razors and be sure to shop at a thrift store before showing up. Otherwise, Democrats want nothing to do with you.

UPDATE

So, how then do you dress for a protest?

Michelle Malkin has compiled a gallery of  “authentic” grass-roots activists. Of course, my favorite is the “less is more” selection.

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Best tweets of the health care presser

twitcigSix months ago I said that I didn’t “get” Twitter — well, now I do. Perhaps too much.

Twitter serves many purposes. It’s like a constant thought stream, a way to keep track of your friends and, for me anyway, it can replace RSS readers.

During President Obama’s press conference last night, it served as a great live-blog featuring who knows how many people.

Here’s some tweets from the presser I found particularly amusing (which helps when you’re watching a press conference in which the president essentially says nothing new, important or engaging).

  • @HeyTammyBruce: If we had UrkelCare, Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, wouldn’t be dead right now.
  • @drstrangelove17: Obama mentioned the blue pill vs. The red pill! THE MATRIX IS REAL! Haha. Just… kidding. (maybe)
  • @allahpundit: There’s nothing quite like getting a health lecture from a guy with a smoking habit, is there?
  • @pinkelephantpun: Oh here we go, he may actually answer…. oh. Wait. No.
  • @mkhammer: “Maybe you’re better off not getting your tonsils taken out, kid. Maybe you should take pain killers.”
  • @andylevy: Dr. Obama: Maybe you don’t need your tonsils removed. Maybe you have allergies. Let’s check with a bureaucrat!
  • @CalebHowe: Tonsil-profiteering is one of the seven scourges of the economy, second only to the nutritionist-gap.
  • @jimgeraghty: I could be completely wrong, but I think the body language of the press corps suggests that they want to chant “bull-****” in unison.
  • @lehmannchris: Potus vows that Americans “won’t have to pay for things that don’t make them healthier” FREE CIGARETTES!!
  • @CalebHowe: So, you know, in summary. I’m the president. This is my house. George Bush. Tonsil-profiteering, and get a nutrionist! Clear?
  • @andylevy: Everytime I hear “And I mean it,” my immediate response is “Anybody want a peanut?”
  • @IMAO_: Missed the speech because we were hosting Bible study. You know – stuff about the other savior.
  • @mkhammer: My presser headline: Obama touts his ground-breaking transparency practice of… appearing on C-SPAN.
  • @daveweigel: Wait, I missed the presser. Is Obama going to ration health care for white cops or something?

And if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @rockmycar.

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Public option: good enough for us, but not for them

greggLast week the Senate committee drafting the upper house’s version of health care reform barely passed a provision that would require Congress to enroll in the “public option” and forgo their current health insurance program.

Ten of the 11 who voted against the amendment were Democrats:

In the health debate, liberals sing Hari Krishnas to the “public option” — a new federal insurance program like Medicare — but if it’s good enough for the middle class, then surely it’s good enough for the political class too? As it happens, more than a few Democrats disagree.

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats — with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy — voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won’t themselves join a plan that “will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans — or better,” as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn’t sign himself up.

Rep. John Fleming is proposing a similar amendment in the House.

How quickly will the “public option” die if liberals in Congress are forced to sign up?

The only Republican senator to vote agains the provision was Judd Gregg, who said it “will be so bad that I don’t think anyone should be forced to join.”

Is it any wonder Gregg decided not to take that commerce job?

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Show David Keene the door

davidkeeneThe American Conservative Union and The Hill newspaper should fire David Keene — quickly.

The ACU’s executive veep, Dennis Whitfield, should go, too.

According to Politico, the two have been caught red-handed in a pay-for-play scheme asking FedEx for more than $2 million in exchange for the ACU’s support in the shipping company’s fight with UPS and labor unions.

In a letter from the ACU to FedEx, Whitfield offers a long list of services the organization had to offer. The list clearly shows that the ACU is for sale. What’s more disturbing, after FedEx declined, Keene and the ACU came out in favor of UPS’s position.

The statements from the ACU since the story broke don’t clear things up, nor do they answer the accusations. As Ed Morrissey notes:

Whitfield calls the Politico story “false,” but note that he never denies writing the letter to FedEx that promised that Keene would write supportive columns for FedEx’s position if they paid the ACU more than $2 million.  That’s not “receiv[ing] support from individuals and organizations,” that’s selling a service.  It certainly left FedEx with the impression that they could buy Keene’s public support, and when he acted (either as an individual or as head of the ACU) to oppose their position after FedEx declined to cough up $2 million, it looks a lot like Keene decided to exact a little revenge for FedEx’s decision.

It certainly doesn’t bode well for the ACU, which sponsors CPAC, to be for sale. How can we trust any of their positions? (As it turns out, this isn’t the first time Keene’s been caught selling his position.)

Most disturbing is this item on the list of services the ACU had to offer:

Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and / or other members of the ACU’s Board of Directors.  (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)

The Hill is a respectable publication and, as such, should stop running Keene’s column immediately. In fact, any publication should question whether to run any pieces written by Keene or any other member of the ACU’s board.

I once fired a columnist after discovering he had lifted a few paragraphs from another source. He begged me to keep him on (apparently the whopping $30 we paid him each week was important), apologized for the error claiming he “didn’t know” what was acceptable.

But I couldn’t trust anything he wrote after that. Likewise, knowing Keene whored himself out to FedEx, we can’t trust any of his positions. We can’t really trust any position taken by the ACU now, either. Whitfield and Keene have to go to save what integrity the ACU has left.

And The Hill’s editor, Hugo Gurdon, should also drop Keene’s columns to preserve the integrity of his opinion pages. Space in The Hill is not Keene’s nor Whitfield’s to offer for $2 million.

Pay-for-play isn’t anything new, and many suspect it goes on all the time, involving organizations from across the political spectrum. But the ACU has been caught. The group should seriously consider replacing its entire board (they’re services were offered up, too) and its executive staff.

At the very least, it’s time for Whitfield and Keene to take one of those 3 million jobs the Obama stimulus has created.

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If only the Iranians were water-boarding terrorists

Michael Ramirez of Investor’s Buisiness Daily nails it today with his editorial cartoon.

Ramirez

Yes, the president’s statements on Iran have gotten stronger as time goes by. But true conviction doesn’t take more than a week to find its voice. Obama’s simply reading the sentiments of the American people and jumping along.

Goes back to that old story about what truly makes a leader. Leadership is not figuring out where your people are going and then jumping in front. It’s taking them there to begin with.

So we’ll shut down Gitmo, release the detainees into tropical paradise, diminish the efforts of the previous administration to advance the cause of freedom … and then dally while a totalitarian regime crushes free speech.

True conviction.

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To think this guy won a Nobel Prize

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UPDATED

For someone who so often is praised for his superior intellect, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman lays a big, fat moronic turd today.

His column, titled “The Big Hate,” is so full of generalizations, distortions and grossly flawed arguments that one has to wonder whether the Swedes will be asking for the Nobel back (though, considering they’ve also given one to Jimmy Carter, they may be OK with it). He begins thusly:

Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.

But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.

There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.

He then goes on to malign Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, John Voight, Mitch McConnell, The Washington Times and the Republican National Committee — suggesting in a fatuous assertion that all are to blame for the terror caused by “right-wing extremists.”

Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, is conveniently oblivious to the fact that James Von Brunn, Wednesday’s shooter at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, was anything but “right-wing.” He hated the Republican Party, John McCain, both presidents with the last name Bush and touted socialism as the “future of the West.”

What’s more, FBI agents visited the offices of The Weekly Standard, telling staffers they had found the conservative magazine’s address among Von Brunn’s effects. According to Krugman, The Weekly Standard must be a bastion of liberalism in order to be targeted by such a “right-wing extremist.”

Krugman is following the template of the left during the 1990s — when bad things happen, blame conservatives in the media. Back then it was used in pursuit of reviving the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” The argument rings just as hollow now as it did then.

He concludes his column like this:

… the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”

And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

Krugman would have us believe that the “conservative media and political establishment” are responsible for the actions of Von Brunn and Scott Roeder, George Tiller’s shooter. According to Krugman’s senseless logic, conservatives are to blame for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and their bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

If that’s true, then whom does Krugman blame for the actions of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who shot William Long — who died — and Quinton Ezeagwula outside a Little Rock military recruiting office June 1? Should we condemn President Barack Obama for his efforts to make nice with the “Muslim world?” Or how about Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? What of MSNBC?

Whom should we castigate for inciting unibomber Ted Kaczynski? What of the terrorist attacks of Bill Ayers and the Weathermen? Do we blame the rhetoric of “liberal media” like The New York Times and the Democratic National Committee?

Should we then assert that Krugman be blamed for suicide bombings in Jerusalem because he shares the honor of winning a Nobel Prize with Yasser Arafat — who received his own in 1994?

No. That would be absurd.

And so is Paul Krugman.

UPDATE

Glenn Beck unloads on Krugman

I’m the biggest Beck fan, but he layed into Krugman pretty good, bringing up points about the Earth Liberation Front and others.

Via Allahpundit at Hot Air.

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From the mouths of babes: 13-year-old calls the crazies, well, crazy

You gotta feel sorry for George W. Bush. He’s in retirement in Dallas, doing is his best to show defference to his inept, naive replacement by staying quiet. But the nuts still follow him around.

Cindy Sheehan (of Crawford Ranch protesting fame) and her cohorts, apparently having forgotten that Bush is no longer our commander in chief, protested outside the 43rd president’s Dallas home yesterday.

“George Bush and his administration are mass murderers,” she told the crowd, using a loudspeaker. “People say, ‘Cindy, get over it.’ Well, there are still two wars raging. I don’t have an option of getting over it. … We have to keep it up so things like this don’t happen again.”

Well, dry your eyes, Cindy. Bush won’t be sending any more children of liberal whackos to die in vain any time soon — but Barack Obama might.

Mixed in with the protest was a 13-year-old, Steven Rasansky, and his friends practicing capitalism — they figured they could make some cash by selling lemonade and cookies to the protesting crowds.

The eighth-grader had the perfect summation of the protesters:

“I think this is crazy.”

Crazy, indeed.

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Tap John Kerry for a cabinet post, stat!

john-kerry_salutesAre there any cabinet seats left for President Obama to fill? If so, he should consider Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. He’d fit right in with Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer.

According to the Washington Times, the IRS has filed an $800,000 lien on the 2004 Kerry campaign for president, claiming it skipped out on forking over payroll taxes for its employees.

Of course, Kerry is denying it (is the IRS acting like Genghis Khan?).

The IRS filed the lien in the District of Columbia earlier this year, claiming that a previous attempt to collect the money was unsuccessful. “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid,” the tax filing stated.

The IRS is taking action more than a year after the campaign closed its books and sent nearly $200,000 in leftover presidential campaign money to Mr. Kerry’s Senate election fund.

Mr. Kerry’s office said the IRS claim is erroneous and that the campaign paid its taxes correctly in 2004 when the Massachusetts Democrat challenged President Bush and lost.

So who’s telling the truth? It would be too easy to say Kerry’s lying … but then again, it would be too easy to lay blame on the IRS (just imagine what kind of “record-keeping mistakes” will take place once the government gets its hands on health care).

Though it doesn’t look good for Kerry:

Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the exempt-organizations division for the IRS, said political campaigns are no different from any other corporation when it comes to paying withholding taxes.

“Campaigns are employers just like any other business,” he said. “The IRS wants its employee withholding taxes.”

Mr. Owens said the Kerry campaign’s explanation of an IRS record-keeping problem is plausible. Record-keeping errors “aren’t unheard of,” he said.

“This could be something the IRS and campaign have been dealing with for a while,” he said.

Jay Soled, a tax specialist and professor at Rutgers University, said the IRS doesn’t usually file a lien unless it has been unable to collect the tax debt.

“The filing of a lien is usually a last step in the process,” he said.

Do any prominent Democrats do what Joe Biden calls “patriotic” and pay their taxes so the government can “spread the wealth around?”

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Is Aaron Sorkin writing Obama’s speeches?

The president’s lengthy and completely non-newsworthy opening remarks during his 100-day press conference sounded familiar, as if we’ve heard this from a president before.

Not a real president, but the fake one who graced our television screens for seven seasons on “The West Wing.”

Which makes me wonder whether Obama is getting speech advice from Hollywood screenwriters or whether his own speechwriters are so lacking in their own creativity that they have to lift lines from a TV show.

During his opening Wednesday night, the president said:

I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, but I’m not content. I’m pleased with our progress, but I’m not satisfied.

For “West Wing” junkies, this sounds an awful like the speech President Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) gave announcing his re-election during the third episode of season three, which originally aired on Oct. 17, 2001.

The episode, titled “Manchester Part II,” starts with Bartlet practicing the speech with his staff in a barn. The episode opens with Bartlet saying:

We are more than a set of borders. We are bounded by the reach of human freedom. We have mastered every moment. We have vanquished every foe. We are strong. We are prosperous. We are at peace with the world. We are, as we have ever been, the envy of every civilization. We are, as we have ever been, the hope of all mankind. But I am not satisfied. Indeed, I am restless.

While Aaron Sorkin’s version is more poetic, Obama’s opening sure sounds a lot like Bartlet’s. Does the president fancy himself as the idealistic TV version of what a president should be? Or is this just another example of how Obama’s rhetoric is empty?

At least when Ronald Reagan lifted quotes from TV and movie scripts, it was from parts he himself played.

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