Here, you are urged and encouraged to run your mouths about something important.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Video: Biden strikes again - 'Caspy the Ghost'

I guess one could overlook the fact that Joe forgot to mention that Casper is 'friendly' but to call him 'Caspy'?

tsk, tsk, tsk

Via Washington Free Beacon:

Joe, may I suggest you watch this over and over before you are summoned to another accountability lunch by Obama?

Video: Is S.E. Cupp coming down with Scarborough syndrome?

"Conservative" S.E. Cupp's stinging criticism of Clint Eastwood's speech could be an early indicator that she may be coming down with Scarborough Syndrome.

Joe Scarborough was first elected to Congress in 1994, as part of the 'Contract with America' movement after two years of Bill Clinton. Less than ten years ago, he had his own show on MSNBC - Scarborough Country - in which he was far more conservative than he is today as co-host of Morning Joe. So what happened? Aside from the obvious answer, that the Obama administration all but uses MSNBC as a ventriloquist dummy and its hosts have to be very conscious of how far they can go, Scarborough befriended leftist Mika Brzezinski, who is his co-host. He also surrounds himself with liberals every day.

It is human nature to want to be accepted by one's peers. When those peers are collectivist-minded liberals who would rather gang up on the lone conservative than find differences among themselves, it translates into peer pressure. Conservatives who swim in a tank full of liberals every day can appear to almost subconsciously and slowly cry uncle, ceding what they believe to be minor points in the hopes of gaining acceptance.

That never works. On the contrary, the behavior is reinforced when liberals let up and laugh along or nod in agreement.

That leads to S.E. Cupp. She is a young conservative who recently took a gig at MSNBC as a panelist on a show called The Cycle. Often the lone conservative alongside three very liberal co-hosts, Cupp is susceptible to Joe Scarborough syndrome and her response to Thursday night's Clint Eastwood speech at the convention may be an early symptom. It wasn't just that she didn't like it. The manner in which she expressed that dislike was red meat to her co-hosts. That could be another symptom.

If there was one thing about the Republican convention that got under the skin of the liberal media, it was Eastwood's speech, in which he talked to an empty chair as if Obama was sitting in it. When the subject of Eastwood's speech was brought up, liberals became the most rabid. There are also indications that the speech got under Obama's skin; a tweet was sent out from @BarackObama that included a photo of the president in a chair with a caption that read, "this seat is taken".

Here is S.E. Cupp going overboard in her criticism of Eastwood. Is she in the early stages of Scarborough Syndrome? Her derision did at least two things; it ingratiated her with the liberals she was sitting with and it helped the liberal cause.

Via MediaIte:

Here is a Reuters news report on Eastwood's speech and the tweet that came out of the White House. Clearly, if MSNBC is an arm of the White House and the Eastwood speech got under the skin of Obama to such a degree, did S.E. Cupp decide to keep her job by deriding Eastwood instead of siding with conservatives? Ask yourselves when a liberal would ever ridicule someone on their side like Cupp did Eastwood. There are clearly far more instances in which they should have.

GOP Platform names Fast and Furious, blames DOJ

The Republican Party platform that was adopted this week points the finger of responsibility for operation Fast and Furious directly at the Eric Holder - led Department of Justice. The Hill (h/t Sipsey Street) excerpted a portion of the platform that speaks to Fast and Furious but here is the entire quote:
We condemn the reckless actions associated with the operation known as “Fast and Furious,” conducted by the Department of Justice, which resulted in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and others on both sides of the border. We applaud the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in holding the current Administration’s Attorney General in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with their investigation into that debacle. We oppose the improper collection of firearms sales information in the four southern border states, which was imposed without congressional authority.
Throughout the Fast and Furious investigation, the Republican with the most power in Congress - John Boehner - has come across countless times as not wanting to deal with the scandal, despite it being akin to Watergate with murder. The only reason it got as far as it did was because it was pushed - in large part by the aforementioned Sipsey Street blog. Even then, Boehner scheduled the Eric Holder contempt vote on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare.

That leads to this past week. At the convention, Boehner was asked about the Party platform and said he hadn't read it, nor did he know anyone who had. Instead, he attempted to liken the idea of a one-page Party platform to that of single-page legislation, which the Tea Party embraces.

Nice try, Mr. Speaker but that's mixing apples and oranges. Your congressional body writes thousands of pages of legislation constantly. The purpose of those bills is, more often than not, to put more restrictions on the people. Your collective bosses (the people) seem to welcome those single pages of legislation. In fact, it might be nice if the next Congress spent all of its time repealing existing legislation instead of writing more of it.

Conversely, the Republican Party platform of this magnitude comes out every four years and the actual substance of it is approximately 50 pages. There may be some debate about how much teeth is in it but it is a document designed to hold YOU and your congressional colleagues accountable to what your collective bosses have said they want from their party. One page every four years won't cut it and shouldn't be the standard.

Given Speaker Boehner's inclination to avoid the Fast and Furious scandal whenever possible, it's interesting that by refusing to read the entire Party platform, he can ignore the part about the Party wanting him to hold the Department of Justice accountable.

Here's video of Boehner responding to a question about the Party platform after it had been adopted. Note how he says the American people might read it if it were one page. The more American people who read it, the better, for sure. However, it would seem to me that the people who most need to read it are the ones who are supposed to adhere to it while in office.

That would include you, Mr. Speaker.

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