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WELCOME PROFESSOR JACOBSON/LEGAL INSURRECTION FANS!!!  I have a lot of great tidbits in this post, which I hope you enjoy.

Dear Friends: HAPPY DAY AFTER TAXES. I hope you survived relatively intact and solvent.

I am slowly getting all systems back on-line after recovering from hip-replacement surgery following a freak accident. I thought I would have more energy to blog, since sitting and typing is about all I am good for. However, after walking 5 minutes without the walker today, I feel I have run a marathon.

So, I hope you all remain patient with me, as I hope to get back to more regular opining by next week. There is a ton of news, and developments related to the June and November elections this year, that need to be shared. That being said, I have kept up with my surfing — the internet, that is. Here are some great news tidbits that were amusing or informative, which I thought you might enjoy.

After all, laughter is a great analgesic.

1) Via Lipstick Underground, a blog-worthy new entry that will please many of my independently-minded PUMA friends: TEXTS FROM HILLARY.

2) Legal Insurrection/Professor Jacobson cover the penultimate response to the charger Romney is cruel to pets: Obama has actually eaten dogs. Team Hillbuzz once was very concerned about how Seamus-on-cartop stories would be used against Romney: I think that this concern can be put to bed….with a side of fries.

FLAMING HOT CAPITALISM PROMOTION: Charles Caesar is marketing #ObamaDogRecipe T-shirts (click HERE to order).

(Bonus – Instapundit highlights this story with humor and graphics)

I am thrilled to see that between Ann Romney’s Nuclear Response to “Rosengate” and the plethora of tweets, t-shirts,buttons, and graphics related to #ObamaDogRecipes, Team Romney seems to have the “fire in the belly” to defeat the Once.


3) Speaking of taxes, Beers with Demos opines about Americans renouncing their citizenship because, in part, of the punitive tax system.

4) B-Daddy details push-polling from the Nathan Fletcher campaign, and gives a great example of how to handle it. I don’t know about you, but I have been inundated with calls for “research”, “opinions” and “polling”.

5) For those of you with a scientific bent, Word Warrior covers NASA’s Global Warming Inanity.

6) Fore more humor, check out Shane Atwell’s blog piece featuring some hilarious political cartoons from Michael Rameriz: LOOK! Rich People!!!

7) Today is “Equal Pay Day”, and Shrine friend Teri O’Brein details why it is a scam!A snippet of this really great piece: ….unmarried college-educated males between the ages of 40 and 64 earn nearly 15 percent less than their female counterparts. In addition, female college students tend to major in “soft,” touchy-feely pseudo-sciences like psychology, education or English, while men are more likely to choose accounting, computer science or engineering, the latter being known as majors in which students actually learn to something extremely productive and therefore high-paying.

8) NoOneofAnyImport is weighing if Rosengate is important, or a distraction from all sorts of really bad, sad news. I will just point out that Instapundit covers another aspect, which I view as far more important: The Tea Party is America’s Greatest Feminist Movement. As SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, the San Diego area’s premier tea party group, was co-founded by three working moms, I can attest to the truth of this.

Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox expands a bit on this topic, with how to afford the luxury of NOT working at home.

9) Political Junkie Mom offers a funny and insightful graphic:

Related, but far less humorous (though inspiring and life-affirming in many ways) is this story: Canadian, American Fight to Save India’s Disappearing Daughters

10) KT Cat touches upon the fruits of Eurosocialism, but I think a better view comes from this story: Angry Roman centurions besiege Colosseum — Complete with red skirts, tunics, armour, swords and feathered helmets, the protesting centurions clashed with police in front of the city’s tourist attraction, the Colosseum, built in the times of Ancient Rome. As my family took a few pics with these entrepreneurs while we were in Rome, this story caught my eye.

11) For even more merriment, check out Lonely Conservative’s post: Clown Auditions for Job Outside GSA Hearings“It’s a tough economy, so it makes sense for an experienced clown and mindreader to submit resumes to a federal agency that’s shown a willingness to hire for those positions. In all seriousness though, the outrageous bills racked up by the individuals at GSA are symptomatic of the sprawling federal bureaucracy and its lack of accountability to taxpayers. Bankrupting America hopes this tongue-in-cheek show will highlight the wasteful spending occurring throughout the federal government.”

Finally, three pieces for my history-lovers:

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Dear Friends: Getting into the spirit of the season, I have been listening to some of my favorite Halloween-oriented songs. Here is one of my favorites:

Speaking of which, the San Diego cohort of the Great Zombie Invasion has been busy! Courtesy of Gateway Pundit: OUTRAGE… Occupy San Diego Goons Use US Flag as Dog Chew Toy. Mut’s Money Quote! “USA Flag Dog Chew Toy: Best Use of Old Glory to date!”.

In fact, since my zombie post, Instapudit’s Glenn Reynolds notes that NJ students are celebrating the Zombie Apocalypse!And the zombies are beginning to riot!

Team Obama must be so proud of all their little zombies!It looks like some of the undead are awakening to the money scam that OWS finance is becoming.

And speaking of scary news: Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9?No television. No radio. And timed to silence Rush Limbaugh. The STORY is that the a new national emergency broadcast system is being tested. If Obama’s voice is on the first national Emergency Alert System (EAS), I will be ill. And I am sure there are tons of advertisers, TV viewers, and radio listeners that are not going to appreciate the heavy-handed disruption. As Charles Caesar notes: Caution – Tyranny Ahead.

I hope I have given you enough information to enter B-daddy’s Caption Contest. Here is the OWS-related item. WARNING: TOXIC LEVELS OF IRONY!


SLOB News:

I would officially like to welcome KT of The Scratching Post to our hallowed institution, the SAN DIEGO LOCAL ORDER OF BLOGGERS! His OWS Post is here: Dear OWS, Rhode Island Is Bankrupt

Beers with Demo has a video of the day that ties in with Mad Men, a TV series we have been missing.My current favorite of the new crop of shows is “Once Upon a Time”, which centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.Two big thumbs up!

UPDATE – via Instapundit Glenn Reynolds: OCCUPY WALL STREET: A Zombie ACORN Production? “Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day – to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.”

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Dear Readers: While the Guru of Green Jobs, President Obama, gave his historic “jobs” speech last night, millions of Californian’s could not listen to it. They had no power, due to an unprecedented power outage impacting San Diego Country and several surrounding areas. Interestingly, the word “energy” was missing from Obama’s speech.

The MUT family weathered the energy crisis just fine. I managed to get the Young Prince to fencing practice, as we were headed in the opposite direction of home-bound motorists. The kids had a grand time with a special practice session in the dark. Happily, by the time we left the session, the horrendous traffic had dissipated, so returning home was no problem. My beloved husband Horemheb managed to get home from a job just as we pulled in the drive, so we got out the camp equipment and the battery power radio and waited for the power to come back on. Needless to say, the Young Prince was thrilled that school was cancelled for today.

The most special moment? The Young Prince and I spent the evening reading. My son’s eyes popped wide open when I told him reading by lantern light was how people normally spent the evenings before the advent of electricity. He also learned to appreciate the importance of radio as well!

After my family, the next person I was concerned about was my good friend — Beers with Demo. I know how much he was looking forward to the NFL opening game. Horemheb and I also remarked about the millions of dollars our sports bars were losing because of the power outage.

Fortunately, WC Varores had his own generator. That man knows how to plan! 🙂

I plan on listening to Tammy Bruce’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 podcast. Additionally, it seems that Professor Jacobson has distilled Obama’s campaign-oriented rhetoric down to its essence: Been there, done that.

Here are some items related to Obama’s energy policies:

*Obama Policies about to Shut Down Coal Plants
* FBI Raids Solyndra (the Green Jobs company that got tons of Stimulus money, whose owner is a big contributor to Obama and who has visited the White House often in the past couple of years. Crony capitalism!).


President of the San Diego Tea Party – SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, Dawn Wildman, writes:

I just got word from Sacramento that Nathan Fletcher is looking to go “over the fence” for the tax extension. Evidently he thinks we are better served by more taxes in San Diego. Please get the word out to call him and go to his district offices and let him know we are watching and this is no way to begin his run for Mayor of San Diego! Keep in mind Mr. Fletcher also voted for SB 48 (which would ould amend the Education Code to include social sciences instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people!)

Here is where you can reach him

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 2111
Sacramento, CA 95814
(P) 916-319-2075
(F) 916-319-2175

District Office
9909 Mira Mesa Blvd., Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92131
(P) 858-689-6290
(F) 858-689-6296

WEBSITE CONTACT! (CLICK HERE) http://www.nathanfletcher.com/contact/?1=1&_c=zzdj3zuign9khj&_credir=1315583159&_c=zzdj3zuign9khj

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Dear Readers: There has been a ton of brilliant opinion-making today in the sites I normally review. So, today, I am going to point where you should click.

1) Kevin DuJan/HillBuzz Letter to Sarah Palin. This is the origin of my title, as Kevin deems here “American Artemis”. As a myth-loving blogger, I had to share. In this letter, Kevin details why Sarah Palin needs to run, as she is being called to serve during a revolution as was George Washington. MUT Money Quote: You are our American Artemis, when we need an epic hero more than ever.

Hat-tip: All Things Magik

Dialog, tailored a bit from a quote in Richard Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series:

“That politico in Alaska,” Zoe said. “You turned him into a jackalope.”

“Ah, yes.” Artemis nodded, satisfied. “I enjoy making jackalopes…”

And she just completed 3 new jackalopes today: Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Erick Erickson.

2) Palinista Bashing. Speaking of those 3 jackalopes, I have a few comments to make about the above-named pundits ramblings about Palin’s “electability”. A few thoughts I share with Tammy Bruce (flaming capitalist promotion — Tammy is doing a Mystery Science 3000 review of Obama’s speech tomorrow. Keeping with my Greek-theme today, I liken it to Odysseus tying himself down to safely hear the Siren’s Song: If you are forced to listen, it is a way to keep yourself from dashing against the nearest rocks).

In terms of conservative-divas Coulter and Ingraham waxing negatively about Palin’s electability, I find it utterly fascinating long-time Republican/conservative pundits are now bashing Palin supporters. Coulter likens us to O-bots! After seeing the enthusiasm of the Palin crowds this weekend in Iowa and New Hampshire, shouting “RUN, SARAH, RUN”, they deride our passionate support for our candidate. I sense they now attack us, as Palin has not disappeared as the elites have long desired. They hope WE will go away.

If Palin isn’t “electable”, then what worry about her running or not? If she goes down to defeat, then one of Coulter’s or Ingraham’s approved choices will be the candidate — no big deal. However, until such time I find a person better than Palin to back, I will remain a Palinista. I am not planning to go.

I also understand Coulter will NOT watch “The Undefeated”. Why not, as it is a political documentary covering one of the post important figures in recent events? Coulter prides herself on being fully informed, so it makes me wonder from whom she is now getting her direction.

3) Thoughts from an American Sophocles. B-daddy has a piece on Social Security fixes that are excellent, and I must admit I had not considered the drawbacks of “forced accounts”. It is entitled, Why I Now Oppose Social Security Privatization, and is a must-read. A snippet:

* Current participation is constitutional only under the general power to tax granted Congress. A private account would not fit that definition.
* If private accounts were added, the only constitutional provision under which to compel participation is under the taxing authority. But that would give the government the authority to seize the proceeds for whatever purpose it saw fit.
* Is it a stretch of the imagination for the government, as a “shareholder” to require firms who receive investment dollars to promote social welfare and environmentally friendly policies. The scope for abuse is so great that I am surprised the left hasn’t embraced this idea as their own.
* How can we argue that Obamacare is unconstitutional, while turning around and advocating participation in another social welfare scheme, just because an individual is employed?
* What will compel the government to pay up, when the bill comes due. See Fleming v. Nestor above.

These are aspects I had not considered before. B-Daddy also offers sensible solutions.

4) My thanks to the American Dionysus! Beers with Demo gave one of my hand-crafted images the honor of being selected — Your mid-week, martini-worthy photo image! You need to go over and check which one made the grade!

5) The Oracle of Fiscal Delphi:
W.C. Varones gave the SLOBs a heads-up on Obama’s Solyndra crony-capitalist deal. It seems a company primarily owned by a big Obama donor got a super-sweet interest rate and the taxpayers are going to the BACK OF THE BUS when creditors get paid. Fellow SLOB Dueling Barstools has more thoughts HERE.

6) Gov. Brown is Like Sisyphus: CA Jobs ‘Solutions’ Push Boulder Up Hill There is no way for California to get to quasi-normal employment levels with the regulatory burdens imposed by AB32.

7) Into the pits of Hades: Horemheb has just flipped on the GOP debate. So, I am signing off until tomorrow.

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Dear Readers: The day’s title is a prophesy from the Goddess of Flaming Capitalism (freshly confirmed via Instapundit). It comes to me upon reflection on several news and history items I came across. I am inspired after seeing snippets Obama’s speech yesterday in Detroit, surrounded by race hustlers and union thugs who have decimated my hometown, which has lost over 60% of its population since they took over this once thriving metropolis.

So today, I am going to cite examples of cold, hard racism to remind all my fellow citizens what it really looks like.

Libya Today, Thanks to Obama

This gem comes via Beers with Demo:

Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.

Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees — all black — clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun.

I will point out that Obama, who used the executive power of his office, placed those jailors into the position of power. How much has the mainstream media mentioned this? No so very much, but clearly this is an example of what real ethnic-endangering racism looks like.

America Yesterday, A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

During my trip through Arizona, I heard a reading from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham jail:

But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

Race Hustling: A Contributor to Detroit’s Failure

Monica Conyers, wife to Congressman John Conyers, was sentenced to 3 years for bribe taking. While she was on the Detroit City Council, there was a race-based incident during a meeting. Here are the details:

The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience… whites were advised by the citizens to, “Go home.”

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about “those people” who want to steal Detroit’s assets and profit from the city’s labor.
A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, “Those workers look like you; they don’t look like me.”

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama’s message of unity and was angrily warned, “Don’t you say his name here.”

MUT NOTE: Detroit’s condition is so bad under the corruptocrats that Time featured a photo essay entitled “The Remains of Detroit“.

Flash-Mob Victims Targeted by Race

Flash-mobs, which have used social network media to organize robbery and mayhem, have become so numerous that there is a website devoted to it: violentflashmobs.com. Gateway Pundit has been doing an excellent job covering at well.

“Oh, White Girl Bleeds a Lot” …Black Youth Mob Attacks & Stomps On Group of Whites in Milwaukee

The title sums up the piece, which is a must read. It was to the point that the local newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made the following report:

Witnesses, though, told the Journal Sentinel that the attacks appeared to be unprovoked and racially motivated.

“You could just tell they were after white people. That was the main thing. If you were white, they were coming after you,” said Jon Stikl of Oak Creek.

He said he was stuck in traffic as a group of young people blocked cars near the fair gate on S. 84th St. near I-94 after he picked up family members attending the fair.

“We noticed a group of five to 10 young black males run up and jump a young white male for no other reason then him being white,” Stikl said.

They knocked him to the ground, and then a group of 15 black men kicked and stomped on him, Stikl said.

New Black Panthers and Race Politics at the Justice Department

If you want a real example of race-based citizen intimidation, you need look no farther than 2008 and the New Black Panthers:

Race-based politics meant the clear civil rights case was dismissed; the details can be found Here: Former Justice Department Lawyer Accuses Holder of Dropping New Black Panther Case for Racial Reasons
I guess Team Holder was too busy getting American guns into the hands of Mexican drug lords (perhaps of some sort of expansive race harmony policy?).

Living Guilt Free and Loving It

Obviously, America has had struggles with race. However, as the evidence is clear, no one race is innocent of this activity. It is individuals who choose to be tolerant or hateful; and, Tea Partiers coming together are about the most inclusive group in America today.

I will remind everyone that Andrew Breitbart is still offering $100,000 to anyone who can produce the video showing that members of the Congressional Black Caucus were actually called “N**gers by tea party members (a false charge that went with the lead-up to the 2010 election.

More recently, Indiana congressman Andre Carson slandered members of Congress who are members of the Tea Party by saying that they to see blacks “hanging from trees.” Jesse Jackson recently made up a whole new amendment to the US Constitution in order to smear fellow Americans. A Congressional Black Caucus member from Florida plainly states we, fellow Americans, were enemies.

Tea Party people like myself are working hard to reduce the regulatory strangleholds that cost jobs. We are working toward a sensible tax system and budget that provides the items what we need, identifies those we don’t, and ensures that earners are rewarded for hard work and those people who are truly in need are cared for. Given our goals, I would say Tea Party people care more for the constituents of race-baiting politicians than their representatives.

We will not stop working hard, and optimistically, for positive change. That being said, the spate of hate-language directed at citizen activists is concerning. Tea partiers are being dehumanized, I fear, so that actual attacks will then occur that will silence and frighten those who don’t capitulate.

In parting, I will share the single most racist item I personally ever heard. It comes from the lips of an 8-year old black child, in earshot of my then 4-year old son, while we were visiting Legoland: “There are too many white people here.” The death look I gave that boy was such that he turned around quickly, and his chaperone had the good taste to be embarrassed. However, I will not forget the feeling of helplessness — this entitled boy would get perks and advancements that my own son could only dream of. That young child got that attitude from the same place Conyers and the Black Panthers got theirs. Therefore, I will not allow them to project their racism onto me, and hope others follow this lead. I will also not be silenced by lies.

“For socialists, not just the wealth, but the guilt, must be redistributed”. (Andrew Sandlin)

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Dear Readers: I have been dialoging with the SAN-DIEGO LOCAL ORDER OF BLOGGERS (SLOBs) for some time on the Presidential primary. Initially, I was the only Palin supporter (a classic “Palin Democrat“). However, as I have been sharing my positive thoughts on Sarah Palin, and the field of potential candidates has substantially changed, some of my blogging comrades have warmed to her. Others, however, do not view her as electable and want another choice.

In light of the new move, “The Undefeated,” I am asking my friends (and all Americans, for that matter) to look at Palin with “new eyes”.

From RealClearPolitics, Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June: Divided into three acts, the film makes the case that despite the now cliched label, Palin was indeed a maverick who confronted the powerful forces lined up against her to achieve wide-ranging success in a short period of time. The second part of the film’s message is just as clear, if more subjective: that Sarah Palin is the only conservative leader who can both build on the legacy of the Reagan Revolution and bring the ideals of the tea party movement to the Oval Office.

The initial showings will be in Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. My Romanian gypsy fortune-telling instincts tell me that a Presidential run is in Palin’s future.

The expression "new eyes" comes from one of by favorite Yul Brynner Films: Kings of the Sun.In this film, Yul (as Black Eagle, chief of a North American Indian tribe) stumbles across a new city being built by refugee Mayans. The Mayans decide the best way to open the new city is a classic, heart-ripping sacrifice of one of the locals — in this case, Black Eagle. After Black Eagle informs the Mayans he isn’t going to be slaughtered like an animal for their gods, the Mayan king decides to try things in the local fashion. At that point, Black Eagle, impressed with the potential of the new city, decides he wants to look at the city with “new eyes”.

The elite media and glitterati of Hollywood of the New York entertainment industry have wanted the political blood of the entire Palin family since her successful acceptance speech during the 2008 GOP convention. The establishment Republicans would like to cling to the old ways, and are desperately promoting candidates who they think will do just that. In light of the new Tea Party attitude, in which we would like to jettison the “ruling class” dictates with “country class” common sense, I would ask for everyone to enter into the primary season with an open mind and a willingness to go beyond the usual news sources for information on all the candidates. PLEASE LOOK AT SARAH PALIN WITH “NEW EYES”.

Bonus: I get a chance to link to the sexy sexiness that is Yul Brynner:

One other note, related to this: It has become known to me that Mitt Romney’s staff and Michelle Bachmann’s people are seen together often and work quite closely together. I need for all of my friends to be very cautious about Bachmann — especially since she has very close connections with Tea Party Express (spearheaded by establishment Republicans). I recall that Mitt was tag-teamed out of the 2008 primary by McCain and Huckabee. I sense a deal is made between the pair in the event Palin is running.

This will not end well.

I would like the potential Bachmann-supporters out there to note a few things:

* Bachmann has not formally announced; if you give money to her PAC, please be advised it could end up in someone else’s campaign — including Romney’s. I worry that her PAC is there to take money from the Tea Party people to give to the establishment.
* She seems quite willing to massage her position on tax cuts and ear marks.
* She did NOT defend the Tea Parties after the vicious smears and “blood” libel after the Tucson shooting tragedy.

I contend that if Sarah Palin can woo the independent conservatives within the Republican party, who are uncertain of her but loathe to vote for a “RINO”, she can win the independents in the 2012 general election and go on to victory. However, I recognize that this first step is important. I think the film idea is innovative and exciting, so unlike some of my fellow SLOBs, I am now jazzed.

If she wins, great. If she loses, honorably, to another who is a straight-shooter with better plans and presence, that is OK with me. However, if the GOP elites try to manipulate the primary and game the process, then they will have to contend with a lot of really pissed-off Palin supporters. That won’t bode well for a successful general election result, as the “Palinistas” are about the most active and engaged citizen activists that I know.

Just a friendly reminder: The Clinton-supporting PUMAs are still a pain-in-the-posterior to the current White House occupant.

SLOB News:

In terms of the GOP primary, the loss of Mitch Daniels is hitting B-Daddy hard.

Beers with Demo also has Bibi-mania. Hey BwD — I have the American Birth Certificate!!!

Charles Caesar gets SLIMED with real doo doo!

Shane Atwell continues his excellent REGULATIONS WATCH.

And a few other items to share:

The Anchoress: Katie Couric and the Gravitas Issue – UPDATED

Court Addresses CA Legislators’ Failure: California’s lack of prison space is in part driven by our excessively high costs of imprisoning inmates — $49,000 per inmate per year, nearly double the national average and nearly three times the cost of low-cast states. If our legislators weren’t so subservient to the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, the prison guards union, we could more successfully send inmates out of state, or privatize the prison system here. Private prisons tend to be far more humane than these public ones given that the private employees are held to a higher standard. They cannot hide behind their unions. They do not have sovereign immunity.

Grand jury takes on S.D. City Hall project: San Diego city officials exaggerated the costs of staying at the current City Hall to justify spending nearly $300 million on a new civic center, the San Diego County Grand Jury said in a report released Monday. The grand jury’s report runs counter to the city’s contention that the construction project would be cheaper than renovating the complex and leasing downtown office space for overflow office space.

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Dear Readers: I wanted to start today by directing you to a great post by my blogging icon, the Anchoress — The Efficacy of “No” . It blends art critique, social commentary, and profound insight most entertainingly. Plus, she had a big NO yesterday, as her initial version vaporized after it was complete. Please check it out!

In terms of political events, Newt Gingrich seems to be getting one big “NO” for his comments regarding Paul Ryan’s innovative entitlement program reform plans. In fact, it was so big, it reminded me of this sequence from the musical “Chicago”:

W.C. Varones notes that Eurotrash socialists have been hearing a whole lot of “NO” recently — including one that impacts California.

B-Daddy notes a big “YES” that could help small businesses, one of the key concerns of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition — SAN DIEGO TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Lorie Zapf and Tony Young have released a Small Business Assistance Package designed to help small businesses cut through the red tape of city government and get the local economy growing. The effort is in part the result of an outreach effort by Zapf to small businesses.On the other hand, there are significant regional “NOs”:


2) Most of the Californians I talk to (including fellow Democrats), are saying NO to the SEIU Tax-Increase Ads blanketing the Golden State.

Dawn Wildman, co-founder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition — SAN DIEGO TEA PARTY PATRIOTS, has this “YAHOO” from the Mississippi Tea Party:


Please read the letter below, from Attorney Russ Latino, to get a glimpse in how The Mississippi Tea Party stood up for the Mississippi Constitution, along with MS Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman, over the US Constitution in the redistricting battle in our State. We believe that this is HUGE win for the MS Constitution and reaffirms our 10th Amendment rights.


Julia R. Hodges
Executive Director for the Mississippi Tea Party


Judge Panel rules in favor of the Mississippi Constitution on Redistricting

An important victory was had today for the Mississippi Constitution and basic tenets of federalism and separation of power. Judges Redistrict opinion.pdf

Over the past several months, redistricting efforts have been at the forefront of Mississippi politics. First, the Legislature attempted, but failed to pass a joint resolution to reapportion the state. Then, the NAACP filed a lawsuit alleging that the state was unconstitutionally mal-apportioned due to population shifts and asking the Court to enjoin the upcoming 2011 elections. The litigation included multiple parties taking multiple positions. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann argued that the Court lacked jurisdiction. His argument was based on the fact that the Mississippi Constitution gives the legislature until 2012 (the second year after the decennial census) to complete redistricting. The remainder of the parties all conceded jurisdiction, but argued for different “interim remedies,” with the Republican Party and the Governor asking the Court to draw new lines on its own and the other parties asking the Court to impose the 2011 plans that had been proposed in the House & Senate, but which did not garner the support of both chambers.

After considering the arguments and briefs of the parties, the Court issued an “inclination” order stating that it intended to impose the 2011 plans, as recommended by the NAACP, State Democrat Party, etc. Today, however, the Court has issued an Order which reverses course, holding that it lacks the authority to implement an interim remedy and that elections must be held under existing lines.

What happened between the time of the inclination Order and today’s ruling? The Mississippi Tea Party filed an amicus brief in which it argued in favor of the position advocated by Secretary Hosemann. The brief went one step further though, in attempting to demonstrate not only the meaning of the Mississippi Constitution, but the fact that the Mississippi Constitution, both on its face and in its application, did not violate the U.S. Constitution. This briefing was the only written submission denying the Court’s authority to impose a remedy between the time of the inclination order and today’s Order. The Tea Party relied heavily on the Supreme Court case of Reynolds v. Sims to demonstrate that waiting until next year, as provided for by the Mississippi Constitution, did not violate the idea of “one man, one vote.”

Specifically, we argued that the question of whether the Court had the authority to impose a remedy hinged “entirely on the enforceability of Sec. 254 of the Mississippi Constitution” and that “the enforceability of Sec. 254 hinges on a single question—namely, whether the period provided by Sec. 254 to complete legislative redistricting (in 2012) in some manner violates the U.S. Constitution or conflicts with associated federal law?” Using Reynolds, we then argued that if Sec. 254 does not violate the U.S. Constitution, then the lawsuit was “entirely premature.”

The Court’s Order adopted the question posed by the Tea Party in analyzing the issues before it: “The central question we must therefore decide is whether, in its application to the facts before us, Article 13, Sec. 254 of the Mississippi Constitution impairs the Equal Protection Clause’s principle of “one person, one vote.” The Court explained “we initially expressed our inclination to impose an interim remedy…Upon further consideration, we have concluded that, in the light of the fact that no party has argued, or even asserted, that Section 254 is unconstitutional on its face, or as applied, imposing an interim remedy would be premature and even inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s holding in Reynolds.”

As I said in opening, this complete change in position can be seen as nothing short of a victory for the Mississippi Constitution and the people of Mississippi. I’ve attached a copy of our brief and the Court’s Order should anyone want to read/compare. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to draft the argument on behalf of the Tea Party and for the help of my co-counsel, Richard Wilbourn.

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Dear Readers: I felt the results of the CPAC straw poll from last weekend were suspect. Therefore, at last night’s Beer Summit with the SLOBS (San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers), I organized the first straw poll for our Tea Party pundits.

I think the results are illuminating, especially in light of events related to Wisconsin’s protest against Scott Walker’s reasonable and sensible bill that protects the citizens of his state from civic robbery. The top winners of our straw poll have all actively targeted the power-mongering, platinum-perk-receiving, politically-connected union elites.

Well, the straw poll winner was actually not sooo big, but successful against union orc tactics:

#1 MITCH DANIELS: Daniels was the clear winner with three SLOB votes: B-Daddy, Beers with Demo, and Charles Caesar.

I can affirm no SLOB was bussed in nor their Yardhouse meal comped to assure a Daniels victory. A key reason that Daniels is the pick is the fact he decertified the public employee unions on his first day in office. Union membership plummeted instantly. In this environment, Daniels could run on this alone. Thanks to his governance, Indiana is on the road to prosperity that we Californians can only dream of.

#2 CHRIS CHRISTIE was the runner-up, but clearly a SLOB favorite, for his strong stance against his state’s teachers union. Christie was the pick of W.C. Varones and Geoff (Dawn’s husband on SCTRC’s Tech guru).

Geoff summed his reason up thusly: WE NEED SOMEONE BIG AND LOUD. Indeed, it would be a nice contrast to what we currently have.

In-line with this push-back against unions thug leadership, Caesar’s Cleopatra wants to draft Scott Walker for President (along with a few other people).

The rest of the selections were quite diverse.

SARAH PALIN. I went with Sarah Palin, as I like her direct and frank engagement with the Obama administration on a wide variety of topics. I reminded the SLOBs to treat Palinistas with respect. They represent a lot of grassroots energy and creativity. If Palin enters, and loses to one of the other pics, the GOP candidate will need the Palin enthusiasm behind them to prevail. Plus, I get to push-back on the No-Palin February and put-up one of my favorite new graphics from Anna Puna.

From Anna’s Clue Tank

My fellow SCTRC co-founders had other ideas. Dawn’s pick is Jim Demint, and Sarah’s selection is VA Gov. Bob McDonnell. Sarah’s beloved husband went with Marco Rubio.

I would also like to note that two of my science friends, honorary SLOB Lorraine and her husband Roger, went with Newt Gingrich for their pick. It seems that the rest of the group was not so keen on this perennial presidential aspirant — Gingrich tied with Mick Huckabee for the LEAST WANTED CANDIDATE amongst the rest of the gang.

I present the SLOB straw poll for informational purposes only. I will take another one when the field of actual candidates is better defined. I would like my readers to note that CPAC winner Ron Paul was not anyone’s pick. I have a feeling that it will be one of the SLOB choices that will be the GOP candidate!

OTHER NEWS: A link fest, as there is a ton of urgent news.

* Why won’t the Media report on union thugs who tried to destroy the sound system at yesterday’s anti-union, pro-taxpayer rally in support of Governor Scott Walker in Madison, Wisconsin.

* SEIU orders its thugs to astroturf (President’s Day) to bully Americans in the name of unions. Tea Party Patriots and the Southern California Tax Revolt Coaltion are NOT involved in any counter-protests today. However, If I get any reports about the SEIU events, I will link to them.


But then there was the mob that everyone had to go through to get to and from the area for the support rally. I wish I had video taped trying to leave. I had no sign, and was not an active participant – but I experienced first-hand the intimidation and hostility of either union mercenaries, or even worse, of the good people who have been getting whipped into an exhausted and desparate state by the union sponsored liberal rhetoric and atmosphere.

They stood blocking the way, leaving only a narrow two-person-wide space for thousands to funnel through. It was scary, claustrophic, and made me feel panicked. They glared, yelled, and one guy pushed me so hard I flew two feet forward. I thought my husband was going to lose it, so we stopped and just stood to the side where we were. I watched a lot of people from the rally pass in front of me experiencing the same thing. I saw middle class, working class people who looked liked my sister, my mother, my son or daughter, my neighbors… being taunted and intimidated by a mob hoping to provoke mayhem or violence. I looked for police help to secure a path or help with our exit, but I only saw them standing in isolated clusters amongst themselves, the nearest over 50 feet away from the crowd.

As a member of the union, I’m ashamed and horrified. As a public school teacher, I’m confused and disheartened to see so many people I admire support this behavior and even worse: join in pimping our children to further their political agenda.

* LOCALLY: ELITE CA UNION SUPPORTER GETS HER POSTERIOR HANDED TO HER IN CAL WATCHDOG!The comments section gives me hope that California’s citizens are game for their own battle engagement against the union orcs. And, to answer Cal Watchdog’s question regarding if WI protests are coming to California: YOU BETCHA!

* Poll: Voters Support Wisconsin Governor Over Unions: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters agree more with the Republican governor in his dispute with union workers. Thirty-eight percent (38%) agree more with the unionized public employees, while 14% are undecided.

* DOCTORS SHOW SOCIAL JUSTICE IS NEITHER.Ann Althouse breaks-down a weighty piece that shows socialism is being included along with anatomy as standard medical school fare. Be sure to read her SUMMARY OF WISCONSIN PROTEST EVENTS.I think you can see the increasing level of disdain for union thug tactics grow with each post.

* PROTEST ARE SO IN!. Click LIBYA, Islamists Replacing Yuppie Protesters in Egypt, and the Jaimine Revolution.

UNION LEADERS ARE NOT EQUIVALENT TO AVERAGE UNION MEMBERS. One last thought I thought was essential to share today comes from a Covert Conservative friend: Most union men/women that I work with are not flaming liberals. They are hard-working, hard-drinking, hard-living men who want the government to stop taking so much of their money and make this country a decent place to live. While a few of them don’t like Republicans, almost all of them can’t stand Obama and a good majority are mad at Dems. There is a big divide between union members and union bosses. A growing number of union members are realizing that the union bosses aren’t really thinking about them. Conservative GOPers would do well to take advantage of that — and to be precise when condemning union bosses and pensions. Please, avoid using a shotgun approach that condemns all union members.

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