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Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be joining Silvio Canto Jr. for another Halloween special. So, please join us for another spook-tacular session this Thursday, Oct. 29th to discuss the history if the now ubiquitous Halloween costume with one of the country’s premier costume designers. (Click HERE at 7 pm PST/10 pm EST or after the show for a podcast).

Daisy Viktoria will be the featured guest. I had the privilege of meeting her at an ancient Egyptian themed event, during which she won the historical garb contest by universal acclaim. I then had her create one, for my “Goddess of Capitalism” collection:

Leslie as MUT #01

Daisy is one of the most remarkable artists it has been my fortune to meet:

Daisy Viktoria is an award winning fashion and costume designer. Daisy learned to sew at a young age and spent much of her childhood playing make believe and creating costumes for herself and her dolls. Daisy also grew up in a family of historical reenactors. She learned a lot of sewing techniques through fashion history, and she still plays in the SCA to this day! Daisy has also been a cosplayer and attended anime and fantasy conventions since she first heard about them in college.

Daisy has designed and created hundreds of corsets of all varieties, as well as hundreds of costumes and gowns ranging from modern Fantasy Couture to Historical. She specializes in corsetry and bridal gowns with a historically inspired fantasy touch.

Something that sets Daisy apart from other fashion designers is her college degree. Daisy has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA. Her undergrad is also in ChemE with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Florida, where Daisy graduated Summa Cum Laude, the highest honors.

Daisy Viktoria has been featured in various print and online magazines, as well as blogs and social media. Her designs have graced the runways throughout Los Angeles and southern California, at fashion week events and fantasy conventions, and even Dragon*Con in Atlanta! These are some of the magazines where Daisy’s work has been featured: Gothic Beauty, Dark Beauty, FAE, Von Gutenberg, Linger, Vedere, Rebelicious, Petite Alternative, Like A Lion, Tinsel Tokyo, Avant Garde, Cloud Orchid, Raine, and Hardcore Gamer.

Daisy has an unparalleled ability to capture the Zeitgeist. For example, her Game of Thrones Collection:

It was even cited on the HBO Show Page!

She is a real Wonder Woman!

But let not the fantasy fool you: Daisy can nail historical garments with uncanny accuracy…like she lived during the epoch!

In fact, hoops and hoop skirts have been big this year!

Her work has been featured in Los Angles runway fashion shows:

If you are interested in seeing more, or even ordering for the increasing number of costume-oriented events that Americans are organizing, please see her website: daisyviktoria.com!

Of course, Silvio and I will be also mixing this up with chilling news updates! Happy Halloween!

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Dear Readers: I want to start with a big shout-out to Legal Insurrection’s Professor Jacobson, who featured a selection of bumper sticker shots I took at the jousting tournament I went to Sunday: Let my people go

Here is my favorite of the series:

And to the Professor, I want to add this:

And since the topic is Egypt, I wanted to hit two key points:

As an extra bonus, we are going to talk to one of my favorite Romanian-born pundit, Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, on the country’s most famous ruler: Dracula. She has an excellent post on Bran’s Castle and the Legend of Vlad the Impaler Her description focuses on Bran Castle:

The inspirational castle of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” was strategically located on a rocky bluff, difficult to conquer, tiny by any definition of a castle, and surrounded by stone turrets. The savage nature of the landscape surrounded it with mystique.

To Westerners, Vlad Tepes was Vlad the Impaler, a ruthless ruler demonized in many German writings of the 15th century. To Bram Stoker’s novel fans, he was the inspiration for Count Dracula.

Bran Castle was built more than 600 years ago. In 1377, King Louis gave the citizens of Brasov the right to build a fort at Bran at their expense. A citadel was erected by 1382. In early 1400s, the fortress was entrusted to Mircea cel Batrin to help the Wallachian ruler to continue his anti-Ottoman policy.

The one and only reference to Vlad Tepes was in 1459 when his troops passed through Bran, attacked and looted Brasov, following the disputes between the Wallachian ruler and the Brasov traders. Perhaps for commercial reasons, the legend of Bran Castle as Vlad’s property stuck.

Finally, I want to share a photo of the Young Prince. At the jousting tournament on Sunday, we were treated to a demonstration from Legio IX Hispana, a group of Roman Legion reenactors. My son was cheering them on, as they defeated a band of unorganized Celtic barbarians. He has decided he wants to join the Legion, and for is 18th birthday, he has requested a full set of Roman armor. Being ancient Egyptian in my views, I have to admit some of those soldiers were very handsome, indeed. 🙂

One of the best moments for both the Young Prince and myself was when we had one of the soldiers explain the shield design. As Legion IX Hispana has the sea-god Neptune as its patron, the shield elements included eagle wings (Rome), lightening bolts (Jupiter Optimums Maximus) and the trident for Neptune.

Reading the Percy Jackson/Jason Grace series that features teen children of Greek/Roman divinities, Blake decided that is he were a son of an Olympian, it would be Poseidon — and as he favors Camp Jupiter and Rome, this translates to Neptune.

I will let my readers guess as which Greek/Roman divinity who is my “parent” based on the Rick Riordan book series. You can place your guesses in the comments section. This post contains several clues, so choose wisely.

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Dear Readers:  I am feeling a bit rantish today.  So, before I take a deeply impassioned analysis of the crappy current events, I wanted to take care of some programming business.  I will be hosting a game-show style CANTO TALK Program today (7 pm Pacific Time/9 pm Central Time).  The focus will be on ‘WE THE PEOPLE FIGHT TYRANNY” (Facebook page HERE). See item post-rant for my daily question and fun details.

Last night, I went to bed after reading:  I don’t consider Egypt an ally, says Obama 

Via HotAir.com

WTF X 1,000,000. Damn. I knew Obama was going to be a toxic president — but he has been an  offensive amalgam of radioactivity and carcinogencity on both domestic AND foreign policy. Now, that’s quite an achievement! And it seems the press people, who went all Journolist to defend him yesterday, are recognizing how potently poisonous the man is, too: NBC chief foreign correspondent blasts Obama’s “Egypt not an ally” statement

OBAMA: HITS ROCK BOTTOM, THEN GRABS A JACKHAMMER.

TAMMY BRUCE ALSO WENT ON A RANT now ON PUBLIC PODCAST, DO PLEASE LISTEN TO HERS AS WELL!!!

Long-time readers recall that I have long said the ancient gods have fled Egypt. A friend of the Shrine reminds me that the new Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt is none too brotherly, either: “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal.”

For Egyptians and Obama, who seem to think making Israel and the Jews a target is a fantastic game plan, I offer them a reminder that such an approach has been historically FULL OF FAIL.

The Professor at Legal Insurrection has a great post summarizing events as they now stand: Middle East and Journalism in flames.

Obama’s Middle East policy is in flames. Literally, at multiple U.S. diplomatic locations which are sovereign U.S. territory. The latest is the storming of the Embassy in Yemen, which is ongoing as of this writing.

Journalism also is in flames. It’s back to 2008, with the media openly siding with Obama and colluding to damage Romney.

As Hillaryis44 notes, Team Romney needs to only repeat this message: OBAMA IS GOING TO GET US ALL KILLED.

Any person who thinks Romney hurt his campaign with his critique is being dangerously deceptive and/or willfully ignorant.

More from my good friends, here:

In terms of Libya, this comes from Canto Talk freind Humberto Fontova on his Babalu blog! Advice from a Genuine Libya

In conclusion:

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WE THE PEOPLE FIGHT TYRANNY SHOW TONIGHT

Switching gears a bit, this is a reminder that several Canto Talk favorites from the SLOBS will be representing Team California tonight: Barry Jacobson/Word Warrior, Dawn Wildman/Blogger-in-Chief, and Charles Fettinger/DooDoo Economics.

There are six categories of questions, as noted below:

In light of my rant, this question seems apt:

 Which progressive asserted the following:

“Consider the “fairness doctrine,” now largely abandoned but once requiring radio and television broadcasters: …[I]n light of astonishing economic and technological changes, we must doubt whether, as interpreted, the constitutional guarantee of free speech is adequately serving democratic goals. It is past time for a large-scale reassessment of the appropriate role of the First Amendment in the democratic process.”

A. MICHAEL MORE
B. JOE BIDEN
C. THEODORE ROOSEVELT
D. CASS SUNSTEIN

Click HERE for Answer.

There will be even more CANTO TALK fun:

Noted screenwriter/director/producer and Cuban dynamo Orestes Matacena will be calling in, and he has kindly donated copies of his hilarious political thriller: TWO DE FORCE!It’s now available on-line and on DVD!

MUT NOTE: I totally adore JESSE WANG as the Chinese Chairman.

Powerhouse American music man Karl Brunig has also donated two CDs, when they are released. Silvio is an extremely generous game-show host, so it should be a ton of fun.

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MUT FUN ITEMS

Two items that helped return me to sanity and serenity:

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Happy Halloween!

Dear Readers: It was very silent in the shrine last week. The reason? Horemheb and I had a major, life-changing decision to make and we had to talk and research to make the best possible choice. Horemheb was blessed to receive 2 job offers — one in Santa Barbara, CA and the other in Houston, TX.

Now, long time readers may thing that free market spirits such as my husband and myself might automatically pick Texas — like so many other Californians. And, the temptation was there. However, between 300 days of sunshine, moderate Mediterranean climate, and the fact the school district is getting Halloween off, we are going to suck up the higher taxes and blue state blues and stay in California. As a bonus — I get to stay teamed-up with the SLOBs. I have just over 1 year to start converting some of the bluest of the blue!

So, I want to sign off today wishing everyone a HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Here is a picture of the Young Prince and I at the Halloween parade. He went with a ninja, because the weapons were so cool. Me? I am a Slytherin Professor of Dark Arts, channeling Harry Potter. And, seriously, I will need some potent magic to counteract the liberal voodoo of Central Coastal California!

And, a little music to add to the ambiance:

HALLOWEEN LINKS:

Eight Great Songs for Halloween

From B-Daddy: Weekend Music Chill Halloween Edition

From The Anchoress: Yep, I still love Halloween!

From Gateway Pundit: Scary Halloween Movie 2011 – Obama and the Zombie 99%ers (Video)


Happy Halloween! Do giant pumpkins have a size limit?

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Check below for updates!

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!

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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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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! A quote from my favorite scary movie, The Omen, to get us started today. I offer a selection of links and essential pre-election reading for all my Tea Party Friends today. Toward the end of the post, I will list the favorite scary movies of my fellow SLOBs!

Biggest horror alert so far: It has been brought to our attention that hundreds of thousands of ballots printed in Fresno County used an incorrect ballot label to describe Proposition 23 (a critical measure to pass, as it will save California’s economy).

Phone-bank efforts on behalf of Prop. 23 are continuing. Site friend and physicist Martin Fricke sends this report from the front lines:

So far, my phone calls that have contacted people seem to fall into 3 categories:

1. Persons who had already made up their minds to vote Yes on 23 (these are slightly ahead now, but the statistical sample is too small to be meaningful).
2. Persons who are so fed up with everything that they’re not even going to vote (an ominous signal if prevalent).
3. People who say thanks but they don’t want to hear about anything that would delay implementing AB32 (nor want to hear any arguments opposing it).

Now for some scary stories involving “the beautiful people” and their Tea Party Challengers!

* Bob Filner: Zombie Candidate vs American Hero. In this episode, Zombie Filner attacks opponent Nick Popaditch with distortions. Filner’s inept team thought that tainting Popaditch with the accusation that Nick hadn’t voted in 11 years, that smear would go unchallenged. My beloved husband Horemheb indicates that an in-depth search of the facts shows that Nick has regularly voted since 2003. Like most regular Americans — as he got older, he got responsible about doing his civic duty. Intrepid grassroots supporter, Cheryl Perez of Chula Vista Patriots, files this report: HOT TOPIC IN THE SOUTH BAY

The constituents of the 51st Congressional district have also received a Halloween trick from Filner. For the first time in his 18 years as Congressman, Filner has an opponent that he has to put some effort into campaigning against. Everyone I have talked to is saying for the first time they are seeing Filner campaign signs and TV ads. … Politics as usual with ads attacking opponents has to stop. I don’t know the answer to getting rid of negative campaign ads, but I know that I am going to make my voice heard to the TV stations that are running the misleading campaign ads. We have to start somewhere, and cleaning up our own backyard is the best place to start. We need to let local stations and the candidates know that we don’t appreciate our intelligence being insulted in this manner. And let the candidates who have run a clean campaign (Popaditch true to his nature, has run a very clean, positive campaign) know that we appreciate that too. (Check out this CALIFORNIA BELONGS TO MEXICO bonus feature!)

* Boxer: Casino Royale. Left Coast Rebel reports on this stoy: Babs Boxer’s Family Profit from Fake Indian Tribe She Helped Create!.I hope Californians understand she has been working more for her own interest than ours during her tenure as Senator. She must be defeated this Nov. 2nd. The money quotes:

In 1998, Lynn Woolsey introduced legislation reinstating an Indian tribe in the wine country of Northern California that had been declared defunct by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1958. None of the Indians of the tribe objected at that time; they received a payment and went about their lives. The Woolsey bill would reinstate the tribe but specifically prohibited them from starting a casino. The legislation ran into trouble when the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposed the legislation because it had not seen any evidence that the tribe was significantly tied to the terminated tribe. In 2000, Boxer helpfully picked up the Woolsey bill, but changed the prohibition against gaming, and designated any land that the group owned to be considered as a reservation….

The tribe turned its fortunes over to two firms to make its dreams of wealth come true — Platinum Advisers, a political consulting/lobbying firm, and Kenwood Investments 2. Amazingly, and I’m certain quite coincidentally, Barbara Boxer’s son, Doug, was a partner in each firm.

* “Restoring Sanity (?), Ground Reports: Demon Seed Does DC.Watching a few clips of this rally, I was sickened. The Beck Rally was an inspirational event, devoted to the best in this country. While I think a joke or two about aspects of the “Restoring Honor” were probably warranted, 2 plus hours of a mean-spirited, small-hearted, America-demeaning mock-a-thon was petty. And, from the comments I read, not terribly entertaining. A thorough and scientific analysis of the crowd size is HERE. A HillBuzz Reader had a ground Report from the event (click HERE).

I exited the Metro Center to meet my group for orientation just as the rally was breaking up. The first thing that I noticed was how loud and rude most of the participants leaving the rally were. The only way I can describe it is to state there was an atmosphere of imperial smugness in the air. Lots of people wearing Ivy league T-shirts and caps (Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, etc) and T-shirts stating “Educated, Not Ignorant” (ha-ha, take THAT peasants!) …

The third thought which pointed out the difference between the Beck rally and the Stewart rally, besides the mood, tenor and trash, were the signs. The signs I saw at the Stewart rally were rude, obnoxious and accusatory. Lots of foul language, and demonizing of Republicans and Tea Party members, using language and imagery I won’t repeat here. There were also a lot of signs demanding the legalization of marijuana, and demanding that people learn to love muslims. Several signs, “So what if Obama’s muslim”, and “I’m muslim, so you better learn to love me”., and many, “America isn’t just white and Christian”. And “f&ck h8ters” with pictures of Palin, Cantor, etc. ???? Not only were there many signs demanding legalization of marijuana, I can assure you there was a great amount of usage of the “special herb” as well. Again – a definite contrast to the quiet, respectful crowd of 8-28. (For A PHOTO ESSAY ON THOSE SIGNS, PLEASE CLICK HERE).

* Press Sabotage of Joe Miller: Attack of the Mama Grizzly Bear!Two Alaska reporters from a cBS affiliate were making plans to smear Republican Candidate Joe Miller by associating him with a child molester. Needless to say, former Governor Sarah Palin had a few choice words for this cretins.

* Christine O’Donnell: Bewitched. Gawker pays cash for a sex-based smear story focused on the Delaware GOP Senate Candidate (MUT Note — I am not so sure it wasn’t the Republican elites under Rove who is responsible for the story; it is similar to the tactic they used in South Carolina’s primary with Nicky Hailey.) Because, nothing says “detailed platform based on the issues” than pulling out a fake sex story on the Thursday before election day.

* Barney Frank: The Curse of Frank-enstein. Barney turns to Michael Dukakis for rally support.

* Mr. and Mrs. Barak Hussein Obama: Night of the Living Dead. Obama is sending down thugs to intimidate poll-watchers in critical districts in Arizona and Hillbuzz reports the Michelle Obama costumes are now popping-up.

SAN DIEGO LOCAL ORDER OF BLOGGERS “SCARY MOVIE” FAVS!

* Temple of Mut: The Omen. My parents, not one for kids films, took my brother and I (aged 9 and 10) to a showing. I went to bed with a glow-in-the-dark virgin Mary for a month afterwards. And we weren’t even Catholic (though the movie may be a reason I became one).

* Doo Doo Economics’ Charles Caesar: ALIEN.

* The Liberator Today: “I would have to say the Korean film “The Host.” It’s realism really sucks you in.” (MUT Note: The Liberator Today offers an essential roundup of ballot recommendations; CLICK HERE FOR A GOOD VOTING GUIDE). \

* W.C. Varones: Jacob’s Ladder. Super scary psychological thriller/horror. It stars Timothy Robbins, who’s a commie wacko, but in some of the best movies of all time: Bull Durham, Shawshank Redemption, Arlington Road, Mystic River. And did you see him as a right-wing populist in Bob Roberts? I totally would have voted for that guy.

* Lipstick Underground: You mean besides anything staring Barbara Streisand? I vote for the 80’s classic “Motel Hell“…terrible name, and supposed to be a comedy/satire, but still UBER creepy.

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Dear Readers: I wanted to wish everyone a happy Halloween. I also wanted to remind everyone that we cannot slow down this weekend — citizen activists must do all they can to promote their causes and candidates — as our Founding Fathers, like George Washington, would have wanted.

MUT and YOUNG PRINCE as George Washington and Betsy Ross!

PHONE BANK!!! Pick a candidate or cause, and spend 30 minutes dialing! My personal choice is YES ON 23! It would be especially helpful if other scientists or environmental professionals could join me. Here is the link: YES ON 23! ACTION FIRST CALL CENTER.

IGNORE THE POLLS!For example, I have a source in the media business who reports that the polls in California are over-representing the Latino vote. The only poll to pay attention to is NOV. 2ND! It is also good to know internal polls indicate that some Tea Party favorites are doing better than the elite media cares to report: GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS: Christine O’Donnell is going to win in Delaware

STAY HAPPY! It is Halloween — Good Spirits should prevail (and by spirits, I do mean spirits)! 🙂 To that end, here is a fabulous Hitler Parody Video via HillBuzz (Watch quickly, as I don’t know how long it will be up; best line — “When did the deaf pigboy and Hillary supporters become friends?”):

STAY INFORMED: Tim Daniel does his first PJTV interview, with CA47 candidate Van Tran. THE LIBERATOR TODAY HAS A FABULOUS LIST OF BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CALIFORNIANS MAKING THEIR CHOICES THIS WEEKEND!!!

SCARE OUR OPPOSITION: While Jon Stewart and elites party in DC this weekend, there is a lot we can do to challenge those who view us as “the enemy” and want us to go to the “back of the bus”. This includes donating. Here are my picks for money-sending.

Scott Bielat (challenging Fannie-Mae-scandal-meister Barney Frank).
Nick Popaditch (CA-51st, against Blue-Dog-Dem-hater Bob Filner)
Van Tran (CA-47th, against race-baiter Loretta Sanchez)
Ruth McClung (rocket scientists in AZ-7, running against another race baiter, who called for a boycott of his OWN state after SB1070 passed)

Here is a list of more candidates from LEFT COAST REBEL: TOP TEN CANDIDATES TO DONATE TO!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (though stop back through the weekend, as I will have a list from the SLOBs of scary movies they like best)!

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Dear Readers: This will probably be the last post of the week, as I will be focused on Halloween activities for the next several days. I wanted to share with everyone a little Halloween spirit, by having the Young Prince show you the pumpkins we carved yesterday:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

As I love history, here is a synopsis of how hack-o-lanterns became a beloved symbol of this holiday:

People have been making jack o’lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Stingy Jack

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

My blogging patroness, the Anchoress, as a few thoughts on Halloween, with which I thoroughly agree (even though I must live vicariously through my more northern friends, living in Southern California as I do): the biting air, the crunchy leaves beneath my feet, the pumpkins and the sense of harvest and closing, of bursting into autumn until you cannot be autumn anymore, and must slide into winter.

A news round-up today, that focuses on the elite media:

Bernard Goldberg questions the enthusiasm of the network TV stations when retaliated against White House efforts to isolate Fox News during use of the news pool:

The more I think about it, the more I believe the Chicago mob is looking more and more like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. But not simply for overplaying their hand against FOX. The mistake Emanuel, Axelrod and company made, I believe, was merely tactical. They offered the “pay czar” interview to the pool – and the pool had no choice but to do what it did. Members of the pool have to stick together. Those are the rules.

But consider this: What if the White House had offered up the “pay czar” to each of the networks individually – and not as members of the pool. What if the Obama administration had asked NBC News if it wanted the inerview, then CBS, then ABC and CNN – seperately. Do we really think any of them would have said, “Are you offering the interview to FOX? If FOX is excluded, we won’t do the interview either.” Two words on that: NO WAY!

Our compatriot site, the Tea Well, is running a “counter-poll” to demonstrate the public’s skepticism over the accuracy or honesty of any poll generated by the government-run NPR: Click HERE to take the poll.

The AP is massaging headlines, to make the jobless claim numbers less hideous for the Obama Administration. (MUT Note: Professor Athena has promised us a pithy essay on the real meaning of the 3rd quarter rise in GDP by 3.5%).

Voting Female Speaks has this story: Valerie Jarrett Get’s Punked on CNN for attacking FOX News.

Finally, the ultimate in media horror: CBS anchor-nitwit Katie Couric has an opinion she deems worth sharing with us little people (via Gateway Pundit): Couric Advises GOP: Stay Away From Fringe Players Like Palin & Rush (Video).

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Dear Readers: In celebration of Halloween, I am doing a presentation for the Young Prince’s 2nd grade class that will include vampires. As I am part Romanian, vampire lore is of special interest. In light of the news out there today (supposed deficit reduction; false promises of “opt-outs” to tempt moderates and false numbers to tempt bureaucrats; betrayal by weak-kneed GOP has-beens; fake poll data), I feel as if I, and other Tea Party Patriots and citizen activists, are facing a bill that just will not die.

I tag the Baucus proposal the Vampire Bill — Healthcare legislation that does die easily, has no soul, and will bleed families financially dry. God have mercy on us!

Our only hope resides with the roguish version of Van Helsing.

In the spirit of the season, other pundits also see it this way: Frankenstein’s Monster: ObamaCare’s ‘Individual Mandate’ from PJTV John Rosenburg.

Please help our efforts in killing this monstrosity. I am reprinting Lipstick Undergroud’s Senate Contact List.

MAKE EVERY PHONE CALL COUNT!!! WE NEED TO PUT A STAKE THROUGH THE HEART OF THIS LEGISLATIVE BEAST!

Democrats
Max Baucus (MT)- 202) 224-2651(Office), (202) 224-9412 (Fax)
John D. Rockefeller IV (WV)- (202) 224-6472, (202) 224-7665 (fax)
Kent Conrad (ND)- Phone: (202) 224-2043, Fax: (202) 224-7776
Jeff Bingaman (NM)- (202) 224-5521, No fax
John F. Kerry (MA)- (202) 224-2742, no fax
Blanche L. Lincoln (AR)- Office: 202-224-4843; Fax: 202-228-1371
Roy Wyden (OR)- Phone: (202) 224-5244, Fax: (202) 228-2717
Charles E. Shumer (NY) 202-224-6542, 202-228-3027
Debbie Stabenow (MI)- 202) 224-4822, e-mail: senator@stabenow.senate.gov
Maria Cantwell (WA)- 202-224-3441 , 202-228-0514 – FAX
Bill Nelson- (FL)- Phone: 202-224-5274, Fax: 202-228-2183
Robert Mendendez (NJ)- 202.224.4744, 202.228.2197 fax
Thomas Carper (DE)- Phone: (202) 224-2441, Fax: (202) 228-2190

Republicans
Chuck Grassley (IA)- (202) 224-3744 (O),(202) 224-6020 (F)
Orrin Hatch (UT)- (202) 224-5251 – Fax: (202) 224-6331
Olympia Snowe (ME)-(202) 224-5344, 202) 224-1946 (fax)
Jon Kyl (AZ) -Phone: (202) 224-4521, Fax: (202) 224-2207
Jim Bunning (KY)- Main: 202.224.4343, Fax: 202.228.1373
Mike Crapo (ID)- Phone: (202) 224-6142, Fax: (202) 228-1375
Pat Roberts (KS)- Phone: (202) 224-4774, Fax: (202) 224-3514
John Ensign (NV)- (202) 224-6244, Fax: (202) 228-2193
Mike Enzi (WY)- (202) 224-3424,Fax: (202) 228-0359
John Cronyn- (TX)- Main: 202-224-2934, Fax: 202-228-2856

Dick Morris is promoting a site that is requesting donations to produce an ad that counter’s the ones generated by Obama’s Team; click HERE for donation link.

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MUT’s Shrine News:

From Instapundit: WANT TO LIVE LONGER? Marry A Highly Educated Woman. I will NEED to tell my beloved Horemheb!

The Anchoress: An OUTSTANDING read today — Does Obama know who we are? (Detailed, so I printed it out so I could read it in the doctor’s waiting room this morning). The money quote is:

I get the impression that President Obama would like very much to say to those Americans and traditional allies who are not falling for him, “Do you know who I am?”

I wish he would, because the response would be: “Do you know who you are?”

She then details the wonderful qualities that make Americans who they are. She also cites the American Thinker article that describes President Obama as a Head-of-State instead of Head-of-Government.

Afrocity utilizes the new media to deride charges that she is a “mammy” because she is conservative. The video is EXCELLENT — check it out, and her image collection. The explanation of the mammy costume is illuminating, and in keeping with the spirit of the Halloween season. It also highlights many salient points made by the Anchoress.

Finally, Voting Female Speaks has chilling details on Obama’s “Safe School” Czar, whose hero was a lifelong Communist and NAMBLA Member. Frankly, given the choice of hanging out with Dracula or Kevin Jennings, I would feel safer with Dracula.

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UPDATE: With the Congressional Budget Office giving a fantasy-based report of the Democrat Baucus bill reducing the deficit over the decade (based on estimates all subject to substantial uncertainty.” ), NOW is the time to start calling — especially as a leading antique moderate Republican is saying that the GOP should sign on the dotted line.

THINK THE SUCCESS OF TARP, COMBINED WITH THE EFFICIENCY OF CASH FOR CLUNKERS, ADDED TO THE COMPASSION OF THE IRS.

Dear Readers: It seems like a vote on the Obama Administrations vaunted Healthcare bill from Senatory Baucus is getting delayed, so that it may be reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office. A good idea, because a supportive Kaiser Family Foundation Calculator is showing that an “average” family will be paying $7000 annually for “affordable insurance”. It will be interesting to see if the Baucus bill is truly “revenue neutral”, as President Obama said it would be. I am thinking – NO!

As good as this news is, the Healthcare Plan is sort of like Dracula — very hard to kill. So, courtesy of Lipstick Underground, some good information so we can stick a stake in the Heart of this bill.

MAKE EVERY PHONE CALL COUNT!!!

Democrats
Max Baucus (MT)- 202) 224-2651(Office), (202) 224-9412 (Fax)
John D. Rockefeller IV (WV)- (202) 224-6472, (202) 224-7665 (fax)
Kent Conrad (ND)- Phone: (202) 224-2043, Fax: (202) 224-7776
Jeff Bingaman (NM)- (202) 224-5521, No fax
John F. Kerry (MA)- (202) 224-2742, no fax
Blanche L. Lincoln (AR)- Office: 202-224-4843; Fax: 202-228-1371
Roy Wyden (OR)- Phone: (202) 224-5244, Fax: (202) 228-2717
Charles E. Shumer (NY) 202-224-6542, 202-228-3027
Debbie Stabenow (MI)- 202) 224-4822, e-mail: senator@stabenow.senate.gov
Maria Cantwell (WA)- 202-224-3441 , 202-228-0514 – FAX
Bill Nelson- (FL)- Phone: 202-224-5274, Fax: 202-228-2183
Robert Mendendez (NJ)- 202.224.4744, 202.228.2197 fax
Thomas Carper (DE)- Phone: (202) 224-2441, Fax: (202) 228-2190

Republicans
Chuck Grassley (IA)- (202) 224-3744 (O),(202) 224-6020 (F)
Orrin Hatch (UT)- (202) 224-5251 – Fax: (202) 224-6331
Olympia Snowe (ME)-(202) 224-5344, 202) 224-1946 (fax)
Jon Kyl (AZ) -Phone: (202) 224-4521, Fax: (202) 224-2207
Jim Bunning (KY)- Main: 202.224.4343, Fax: 202.228.1373
Mike Crapo (ID)- Phone: (202) 224-6142, Fax: (202) 228-1375
Pat Roberts (KS)- Phone: (202) 224-4774, Fax: (202) 224-3514
John Ensign (NV)- (202) 224-6244, Fax: (202) 228-2193
Mike Enzi (WY)- (202) 224-3424,Fax: (202) 228-0359
John Cronyn- (TX)- Main: 202-224-2934, Fax: 202-228-2856

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WHOLE FOODS BUYCOTT

Just a reminder that the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition will be doing a BUYCOTT this Saturday, and I will be available to consult with blogging newbies who want to promote FLAMING CAPITALISM. Basic Details:

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Whole Foods Market; 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr.; La Jolla, CA

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MUT’s News and Notes:

Voting Female Speaks reports that the thuggish SEIU has jumped the shark:

Public Calls are now being made for Specific Socialist Politicians who received SEIU contributions to their campaign, to return SEIU campaign contributions back to SEIU. Let SEIU squirm in the sea of money as they are investigated by the FED and State Governments.

W.C. Varones has a great post on Australia bucking the G20, and suggest now is the time to obtain Australian currency. Given the news about the new disrespect of the dollar, and the multi-national/non-super-power ebracing Obama Administration, probably a sound investment idea.

The Anchoress has posted a hilarious video on Chicago’s loss of the Olympic Games to Rio. It will be especially funny for Duran Duran fans.

I love Bernard Golderg’s book Bias, which describes the liberal worldview of the elite media and how it detrimentally affects the reporting. Bias has the BEST first and last pages I have ever read. He has a great website, with some wonderful columns. Here is a sample.

The reason news executives finally brought women and minority journalists into the newsroom was the realization that news reported and edited almost exclusively by white males would be slanted no matter how unbiased the journalists thought they were. White males, no matter how educated they were, simply could not understand certain issues the way others could. So executives instituted affirmative action programs to create a more diverse newsroom. But what we have now in our newsrooms, after years of this devotion to diversity, are white liberals and black liberals, male liberals and female liberals, gay liberals and straight liberals, Latino liberals and Asian liberals and on and on.

Skin deep diversity simply is not enough. We need intellectual diversity in the newsroom. We need diversity of opinion. And I’m afraid the only way to get it is with more affirmative action — affirmative action for the smallest minority in the newsroom: conservative journalists.

Finally, Viking Pundit has the best line for today:

You know you’ve made the big leagues in corruption when even Louisiana can’t sit by anymore.

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