The Obtuse Short-sightedness of Doug Mataconis, et al. Regarding Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster

Last night there was one person you could rely on to show up and ruin everybody’s good time. Doug Mataconis. He had nothing good to say about Sen. Cruz’s effort last night. Nothing.

 

 

Let’s assume Mataconis is right and this was all about building a list.

So what?

If Mataconis was half as smart as he believes he is, he would understand the need for the right to have a person to rally around.

A leader.

And he would also understand that even if this was a stunt that only resulted in increasing the size of an email list, that’s not a bad thing.

And he wouldn’t spent so much time poo-pooing the effort.

If it was just a stunt, it was a brilliant one. Think of not only the press coverage this received, but the number of people added to the mailing list.

That’s not a bad thing, folks.

That’s building the infrastructure for the future. And if the infrastructure is larger, so is the possibility of winning.

If Mataconis truly believes this was a stunt designed only to increase a mailing list, and I think he does, he clearly fails to recognize the power such a list holds in future efforts.

Perhaps he was too busy crafting tweets like this to think past Step One:

Maybe Mataconis is too busy being the human avatar of Grumpy Cat to understand the whole picture.

Even if this accomplished nothing, wasn’t a real filibuster or was only to build a list, that’s not a bad thing.

The rest of the party should be as creative in highlighting the fight for liberty and increasing our ability to message it to a larger audience.  What Cruz did last night wasn’t just about this fight.  It was about all the future fights.

The left gets it.  Mataconis and those like him clearly don’t.

By |September 25th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Watch Sen. Ted Cruz’s Filibuster Live

Thanks to Freedomworks for the livestream:

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By |September 25th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Oof: Contractor That Vetted Snowden? Yeah, They Cleared Navy Yard Shooter Too

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There’s a part of me that wanted to go with the “You had one job” meme, but people died, so this is no time for humor.

It is time, however, for some investigations to find out  if USIS was negligent in doing it’s background checks:

USIS spokesman Ray Howell said the company got new information Thursday.

“Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis” for the Office of Personnel Management, Howell said in a statement. “We are contractually prohibited from retaining case information gathered as part of the background checks we conduct for OPM and therefore are unable to comment further on the nature or scope of this or any other background check.”

It was for a “Secret” clearance, and there’s no evidence USIS did anything wrong.

 

By |September 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Student Stopped From Passing Out Constitutions on Constitution Day, Directed to “Free Speech Area” of Campus (Video)

I saw this video over at Hot Air, and it took a little bit for me to get into. But right around the 3:31 mark, I got upset.

Check out the video, and I’ll tell you why I got so irritated:

“Time, place and manner.”

You know who had free reign for free speech for two days at Modesto Junior College?

The Occupy Movement:

On January 9th Occupy MJC started, for 2 days a dozen students and supporters camped in tents with  signs hanging from them reading “Strike, Occupy, Take-Over. “ Protesting the increasing tuition and decreasing access to financial aid and fee waivers, the students passed out informational material and talked to students about the issues affecting them. They played music, served coffee and snacks, and held a few meetings, eventually MJC administrations sent down word through their campus security puppets that the camp was going to get shut down one way or another. The camp was taken down without incident and the next day students held a banner on the free speech stage reading “It’s Not Over: OccupyMJC.org” leading people to a web-site where more info could be gathered. Soon campus security approached and began asking for names and forms of ID, some refused and some gave-in, but the group refused the wanna-be cop’s request that they leave with the banner.

Now about that “Free Speech Zone” the administrator talked about:

Security claimed to have the power to regulate the free speech on the “Free Speech Stage” on MJC’s East Campus Quad.

So not only was Occupy allowed to camp for two days, while this guy can’t simply pass out Constitutions on Constitution Day, if he were to submit to operating in the “Free Speech Zone,” he still could face scrutiny from campus security.

And what’s up with a “Free Speech Zone” anyway?

Here’s the “Free Speech Zone” in America:

Free speech zones in blue.

Free speech zones in blue.

What upset me most is that these guys are being taught there are certain places they can speak freely, dictated by the authority, and they can only speak “freely” if they abide by the authority’s code of what is the right “time, place and manner.”

Who’s running this campus, IngSoc?

By |September 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Freshman Democrat Calls Republican Plan to Defund ObamaCare a “Wet Dream” on House Floor

Stay classy, Dems:

By |September 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Obama’s Willing to Negotiate With Putin, North Korea and Iran, But Not House Republicans (Video)

Great video:

By |September 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Dem Comms Chair Hopes The Children of Ted Cruz Aide Die “from Debilitating, Painful and Incurable Diseases”

New tone:

Wow.

Just, wow.

Deserves more than that.

Yes he is.

Breitbart notes:

Allan Brauer is a communications chair for the Democratic Party of Sacramento…

This is a communications expert for the Democratic party. It’s not like this guy is some random, unhinged moonbat. This is an official unhinged moonbat.

He needs his walking papers:

And it got even worse:

I’m guessing it was sometime a little after noon that Allan got a call, because:

But remember, Republicans are the party of hate.

By |September 20th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Heritage Foundation Video Shows How Obamacare is Hazardous to New Yorkers’s Health

Someone get this video on a screen in the editorial staff offices of the Kansas City Star.

By |September 18th, 2013|The Blog|1 Comment|

Don’t Blame Me For My Moodiness…I Have a Disorder

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

Is there nothing that isn’t a mental disorder anymore?

It’s no coincidence that I have a cup of coffee nearby since the article says that caffeine withdrawal is now officially a mental disorder.

Seems there’s a publication known as DSM-5 which is termed “psychiatry’s bible” that now has labeled caffeine withdrawal as our latest mental disorder.

And as our latest mental disorder, we now have yet another excuse for abnormal behavior that surely will result in some health-care benefits.

As if we need something new to blame for our ills!

Bonus?

Maybe ObamaCare will cover my coffee expenses.

By |September 18th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Waives Ban on Arming Terrorists In Preparation of Arming Terrorists

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Obama receiving his Nobel Peace Prize before writing his kill list, arming terrorists.

If you have to waive a law prohibiting the distribution of weapons to terrorists, perhaps you should rethink what you’re about to do.

But then, we’re not all Nobel Peace Prize winners, so what do we know, right?

President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad’s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.

Let me put this another way: Obama’s about to give weapons to the same folks who were killing our people in Iraq.

National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden issued the following statement concerning the president’s actions with regard to waiving certain controls on military aid in the Syrian crisis:

“This action will allow the U.S. Government to provide or license, where appropriate, certain non-lethal assistance inside or related to Syria. This includes: 1) chemical weapons-related personal protective equipment to international organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for the conduct of their operations; 2) chemical weapons-related life-saving assistance for organizations implementing Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development programs to strengthen local Syrian health care providers’ ability to prepare for and respond to any use of chemical weapons; and 3) defensive chemical weapons-related training and personal protective equipment to select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council, to protect against the use of chemical weapons. This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria.”

That’s it.  They’re just handing out MOPP gear.

Maybe they got all the weapons they needed in Benghazi.

By |September 17th, 2013|The Blog|0 Comments|