At what point does a man look in the mirror and say to himself, “I’m politically unhinged and I need help before I sink into an ideological abyss and drown.” If your name is Joss Whedon, now would be a good time to ask that question.
For those who haven’t been paying attention to social media today, you missed the moment when Warner Bros.’ Batgirl director decided it would be a good idea to use teenage cancer survivors as a cudgel with which to beat President Donald Trump. Seriously. We have reached the point in Mr. Whedon’s life when children who somehow survived countless rounds of chemotherapy are fair game as weapons in a rhetorical war against political enemies.
Warner Bros. executives, if you’re listening, I have a question for you: Do you really want a man who is this unhinged — a man who brings this much baggage with him — at the helm of a big-budget superhero film? If so, then you too might want to consider getting your heads examined.
Check out my latest YouTube video to see Joss Whedon publicly demonstrate how easy it is for a man to die inside from ideological hemlock poisoning. Then, when you’re done, take a moment and vow never to emulate his behavior. You’ll be glad you did upon your own deathbed.
One of the best things about living in the nation’s capital is that sometimes you get to hear some pretty cool people speak. One multiple occasions I got to hear Rep. Paul Ryan talk — extemporaneously — on public policy, and he blew me away. On top of that he was a nice guy, stopping in to speak to Heritage interns when he could have just whisked out the door without saying a word. Rep. Ryan has managed to work in the D.C. “kitchen” for quite some time now without deviating from his core mission — to increase freedom and individual liberties for all Americans — but yet he now finds himself taking heat from people who have never even entered the restaurant.
I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. for eight years now, and I never heard someone question his honesty and integrity. He’s a principled guy in an unprincipled town. He’s outnumbered and has limited tools to work with, which is why I find it bizarre that “RINO” keeps echoing off the walls of the Internet since the House announced its budget deal with Democrats.
Ryan’s recent success stems in large part from his deep roots within the GOP’s conservative wing. Long before becoming a member of the conservative “Jedi Council” that has helped foment conservative outrage against previous spending plans, Ryan was a key figure within fiscal conservative circles in Washington. Over the years Ryan has developed a reputation amongst conservative and moderate Republicans in the House as a trusted voice on not only budget issues, but broader economic policy.
“The thing about him is that everyone knows he’s a straight shooter, he’s not going to play games. And that’s what it takes,” Diaz-Balart said. “Everyone understands what he says is real, whether you agree with Paul Ryan or not everybody understands that his word is truthful. In this process, he’s among the most trusted.”
Republican Policy Committee Chairman Rep. James Lankford, one of the most conservative members of the GOP leadership, agreed. “The level of trust is there because people know what his core is. We’ve all gone through budget negotiations with him, we’ve all seen the budgets he’s put together and the coalitions he’s put together to get that done. So we know he’s going after as much as he can possibly get,” Lankford said.
Have you ever tried to get blood from a stone? Republicans are not in a position to be able to take a chainsaw to government spending at the moment — particularly after the shutdown. They crossed the rubicon on that, and then when the pressure got too hot they wilted. Worse, they weren’t able to articulate the legitimate philosophical concerns that motivated them to go that route in the first place. If it wasn’t for the Obamacare rollout disaster from Hell, where would the polls be at the moment?
Take a look at where some of the loudest criticisms of Congressman Ryan are coming from; they emanate from people who would very much like to take the mantle of pied piper away from President Obama and hold onto it throughout the 2016 presidential election. The tea party is right: America is broke. In fact, it is more broke than any nation has ever been in existence. The way to address the problem is not to cannibalize one of conservatism’s staunchest defenders as he’s trying to convince the American people that Republicans can work with people they have fierce ideological disagreements with.
Note to my Tea Party friends: If there is a Socialist who seems like a really nice guy and an free-market Republican who seems like a jerk, the American people will (at least these days) vote for the Socialist. This carries over to how we talk about social issues. It’s not always what you say, but how you say it — and if you always come across as an angry raving-mad lunatic who would rather engage in scorched earth tactics than work with a political opponent, you will lose. And then America loses.
You don’t win by subtracting and dividing; you win by addition and multiplication. Congressman Ryan understands that if he can only get 30% of what he wants, then it’s better to do that then to throw a temper tantrum and get nothing. If the tea party is smart, then it will hold its fire on one of the few principled politicians in Congress and resume the air campaign on Obamacare.
Everyone is talking about the laughs heard ’round the world. Vice President Biden smirked and scoffed so much that the issue consumed most of the post-debate cable news coverage. However, what wasn’t mentioned was how Mr. Biden inadvertently made a strong case for Barry Goldwater’s conservatism when it comes to the nature of the welfare state.
Regarding the Obama administration’s hard and fast deadline to remove all forces from Afghanistan, Mr. Biden said: “Unless you set a timeline, Baghdad in the case of Iraq and — and Kabul in the case of Afghanistan will not step up. They’re happy to let us continue to do the job —- international security forces to do the job. The only way they step up is say, ‘Fellas, we’re leaving; we’ve trained you; step up.’ Step up. … That’s the only way it works.”
In a strange way, Mr. Biden seeks to apply Barry Goldwater’s conservatism to the people of Afghanistan, while simultaneously shunning it for freedom-loving Americans here at home:
A man may not immediately, or ever, comprehend the harm thus done to his character [by the welfare state]. Indeed, this is one of the great evils of Welfarism — that it transforms the individual from a dignified, industrious, self-reliant spiritual being into a dependent animal creature without his knowing it.”
In America, cutting off welfare recipients who have turned a safety net into a safety hammock still leaves those people with the greatest opportunity for social mobility the world has ever known. In Afghanistan, cutting off our allies at the wrong time leaves them susceptible to populations prone to chopping off heads and planning terrorist attacks like 9/11. (Take your pick: 2001 in New York or 2012 in Benghazi.)
Mr. Biden believes cutting off the government spigot is “the only way that works” for pro-Western Afghans surrounded by the Taliban and al Qaeda, but not for Obamaphone ladies attending anti-Romney union rallies, or the millionaires behind the success of “Sesame Street.” If Paul Ryan made one error during his debate Thursday night, it was by not calling out Mr. Biden on his perverse application of conservative principles. …
It wasn’t too long ago that Devo, the group behind the well-known song “Whip It,” was attacking Sarah Palin. Having sunk to the level of doing Swiffer Wet Jet commercials, the band needed credibility and exposure. For those in the entertainment industry who can’t get attention, the surest way is to come out swinging against a Republican — and Devo delivered.
Now that Sarah Palin is a bit more removed from the spotlight, Devo has found a new target: Mitt Romney. More specifically, they’ve created a tune about his dog Seamus:
Devo’s Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” isn’t meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.
“This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” he says. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. …
In 2008, Devo did a fundraising show for President Obama in their hometown of Akron. Does Casale approve of his job performance over the past three-and-a-half years? “No!” he says. “Absolutely not. Devo are not naive people. If anyone still thinks that the President of the United States of America runs things, they really live in the Wizard of Oz-land. My God, we’re a plutocracy. We’re owned and leveraged by global corporations.”
He still plans on voting for Obama, though. “That’s the safer choice,” he says. “Believe me. If we have real choice. There isn’t freedom of choice anymore. The difference between the two parties is like the difference between Pepsi and Coke.“
I suppose everything would have been cool if Mitt Romney rode a motorcycle and simply strapped his dog into the seat belt of a sidecar in 1983, but sadly that never happened. What did happen, however, was that years ago Lolo Soetoro fed a young Barack Obama dog meat. I’ll be eagerly awaiting a song by Devo about how backwards Indonesians are for roasting Fido over an open flame.
Question: How hilarious is it that a band that sold out to The Procter & Gamble Company through Swiffer Wet Jet commercials is now lecturing us how we’re “owned and leveraged” by global corporations? Wrong Devo — YOU ARE. Devo sold out, and now they want the rest of the world to believe we’re all a bunch of sellouts. Devo could have went the Tom Waits route, but they didn’t. And now they want us to believe that while they do fundraisers for Obama, they’re not partisan hacks. They want us to think that even though they’re on the Procter & Gamble dole, there’s something wrong with the rest of us for buying the company’s products.
Years ago I ran the “Run Hit Wonder” Nike 5K in Los Angeles, California. Guess who was singing at the finish line? You guessed it: Devo. They’ve been selling out for about a decade. Next time they tell you the election is like choosing between “Coke and Pepsi” perhaps someone should correct them and say, “No Devo, it’s more like Nike and Procter & Gamble.”
See you in four years, Devo. I’ll assume there will be another record to put out and a new GOP star who you can use for the next Rolling Stone interview.
Unless conservatives let ABC know incessantly from now until the October 11th VP debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the moderator will make sure that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are buried. They will go heavy on foreign policy, and when they do cover domestic policy it will be on illegal immigration, gay marriage and who knows what else. They will get as far away from Ryan’s strengths as possible, which I explain at length in today’s podcast.
The difference between the kind of voter Paul Ryan hopes to motivate on election day and those preferred by Michelle Obama couldn’t be more striking. Let’s just say that I never know there was the “ol’ knucklehead” demographic until I listened to the First Lady. My second podcast is up and ready for viewing here.
It’s official: Mitt Romney picked a serious man as his running mate, one who scares the living daylights out of liberals. Paul Ryan is one of only a few serious politicians in Congress, someone who understands the main drivers of our $16 trillion national debt, how to attack them, and how to talk about them in ways all Americans can understand. He’s read the best and brightest in conservative thought, but he knows how to articulate those principles in ways that resonate with the average person. He’s a good, decent man and he will do Team Romney proud.
Watch Paul Ryan discuss the national debt in March and April, well before the Obama administration would try and turn the campaign into a discussion on Gov. Romney’s so-called ability to kill cancer victims:
I stand by what I said about Paul Ryan in February:
Right now one of the only voices of sanity on Capitol Hill is Paul Ryan, an Amazing Spider-Man of sorts. He’s kind of wonky and a little bit nerdy, but he’s also very personable and, in a weird way a pretty cool guy — like Peter Parker! The sad thing is, it doesn’t take “spider-sense” to know we’re in trouble. The kind of unfunded mandates currently on the books will bring the nation to its knees, and it’s all a matter of basic math. Unfortunately, basic math is something that doesn’t seem to be being taught to today’s young people, because they continue to believe in things like “free” health care, as if costs are something that can magically disappear because a politician said so.
Mitt Romney made a very, very wise move in picking Paul Ryan. Marco Rubio would have been a fine choice, but his time will come.
The nation doesn’t have a very large window of time to get hold of our national debt, currently at $15,903,941,392,436.30. Luckily, we now have a guy on the ticket whose been focused on it like a laser for quite some time, so much so that it’s the only thing he follows on Twitter!
Fact: Joe Biden will be waking up in cold sweats from now until the VP debate, and for good reason. This is going to be good.
Bill Maher fancies himself a funny guy. Personally, I think he’s a poor man’s George Carlin, an atheist without Carlin’s intellectual curiosity about the human condition or the polish that shines when someone truly loves their craft. Regardless, I watched the entirety of his Yahoo stand up routine, CrazyStupidPolitics because it’s important to never let yourself become isolated from differing points of view. I might not agree with George Carlin’s analysis of The Ten Commandments, but I know talent when I see it—and he had it. Maher? He’s just a bitter liberal guy who strings together pseudo-witty personal attacks on people he doesn’t like. He’s essentially made the same handful of jokes over and over again for the last decade (e.g., religious people are dumb, Republicans hate poor people and black people). And that’s fine. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning and I never get tired of it, just like people who hate Sarah Palin never get tired of hearing the same jokes recycled from the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s just a shame I don’t get paid big bucks to eat raisin bread with peanut butter like certain comedians get paid to tell slightly different iterations of the same stale routine…but I digress.
What bothers me about Maher isn’t that he calls guys like me a “tea bagger” for the 100th time and still laughs at his own jokes—what bothers me is that he’s a liar. Let’s take Bill’s riff on the debt:
“The Republicans are the ones who ran up most of this debt. That’s just the facts. Fact in there! Hello! You can not get that fact in that Bush ran up the debt, even though it’s in numbers, black and white. Republicans when they’re in office, they act like drunken sailors. Nothing is paid for. As soon as they get voted out they’re like, “Oh my God, I blacked out. What happened? Who ran up all this debt? Who spent all this money, it has to stop right now!”
Since Bill likes black and white numbers I went to the Obama Administration’s 2013 Budget. The graph provided above, with Bill’s rolling head added as a bonus, shows the incredibly sharp slope our nation’s debt takes on the not-so-distant horizon, so much so that the comedian’s cranium get’s wedged between the debt and the percentage of American GDP it takes up. That’s not coming from me, the so-called racist conservative—that’s coming from the administration Bill Maher just donated 1 million dollars to through a SuperPac (those vehicles for influencing elections that Barack Obama was against until the money came rolling in). Entitlement spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and now with Obamacare—are the primary drivers of our debt. FACT.
Don’t like charts, Bill? Neither did Timothy Geithner when Paul Ryan took him to the intellectual woodshed with the administration’s own numbers. How about the text from the Obama 2013 budget:
“Beyond 2022, however, the fiscal position gradually deteriorates mainly because of theaging of the population and the high continuing cost of the Government’s health programs. By 2030, the deficit is projected to be 4.5 percent of GDP, and by 2040 it is nearly 6 percent. The deficit continues to rise for the next 75 years, and the publicly-held debt is also projected to rise persistently relative to GDP (see Chart 5-1),” (Obama Administration 2013 Budget, emphasis added).
A good chuck of CrazyStupidPolitics is spent on making fun of Republicans for allegedly wanting to hurt poor people and minorities by curtailing spending. What Bill refuses to understand is that we’re broke. We’re dead broke. When you promise all sorts of goodies to people to win their votes on election day, eventually you run out of other people’s money or it becomes time to pay the bill. And when that happens to a nation of debtors you end up like Greece. Since America’s economy dwarfs Greece’s, think back to the old saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Get it? Bill Maher doesn’t. At one point he actually proposes raising taxes and cutting military spending as the answer to our problem. Again, Maher proves just how woefully out of his league he is when it comes to actually knowing the numbers. The White House’s OMB proves Maher is either a liar or an idiot. No amount of taxation can fill the canyon we’ve dug for ourselves:
Look how much the “Big Three” entitlement programs suck up in spending for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. We only allot three Bill Maher’s for education, which might be why guys like him don’t understand that 58% of spending (and growing rapidly) constitutes entitlement programs. The dangers of the interest alone could take up another blog post…
In short, the very thing liberals want more of is the very thing that is going to bring the nation to its knees. Instead of honestly talking about it with the American people, entertainers like Bill Maher gin up hate, animosity, and anger.
Bill Maher is laughing all the way to the bank, but it’s his fans who aren’t going to think it’s funny when the economy crashes and burns. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Demetri Martin to listen to.
When was the last time President Obama talked honestly with the American people about our national debt? Currently, it stands at $15,391,735,627,010.18. The main drivers of U.S. debt are entitlement programs (i.e., Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid). The Obama Budget? It doesn’t seriously address any of them. Instead, it’s all smoke and mirrors, the kind cooked up by Marvel Comics’ Mysterio. As the interest on our debt continues to pile up, and countries like Greece give us a glimpse into our future, the president has only given the American people accounting tricks and distractions. Media play along, and many Republican politicians sit with their lips zipped because even they are too afraid to break the news to their constituents: We’re broke. Very, very broke. And fixing it is going to be painful.
Right now one of the only voices of sanity on Capitol Hill is Paul Ryan, an Amazing Spider-Man of sorts. He’s kind of wonky and a little bit nerdy, but he’s also very personable and, in a weird way a pretty cool guy—like Peter Parker! The sad thing is, it doesn’t take “spider-sense” to know we’re in trouble. The kind of unfunded mandates currently on the books will bring the nation to its knees, and it’s all a matter of basic math. Unfortunately, basic math is something that doesn’t seem to be being taught to today’s young people, because they continue to believe in things like “free” health care, as if costs are something that can magically disappear because a politician said so.
Anyone who is familiar with The Amazing Spider-Man knows the motto he lives by: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Besides Congressman Paul Ryan and a select few others, that’s not a mantra that guides our elected representatives. In the comic books Spider-Man can save the city all by himself, despite the fact that many of the citizens are under the impression that he’s the villain. In real life, Paul Ryan can’t save the nation all by himself, but he does have media outlets doing their best job to cast him as the bad guy! He doesn’t have the proportionate strength of a spider, but together we can handle this problem. Write a blog, talk to a friend, call your Congressman or do whatever it is your schedule will allow so that the nation’s financial situation comes to the forefront. It’s not as spectacular as swinging from rooftops or sticking to walls, but you’ll be a hero to your kids and grand kids.
Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t post on the First Lady, Michelle Obama. However, since she’s going around town with seven of her friends to Co Co. Sala I couldn’t help but be reminded about the weird Rutgers University professor, Susan Feinberg, who made a scene in front of Paul Ryan at Bistro Bis over an expensive bottle of wine. It wasn’t all that long ago…
She approached the table and asked Ryan “how he could live with himself” sipping expensive wine while advocating for cuts to programs for seniors and the poor. Some verbal jousting between Feinberg and the other two men ensued. One of the two men said he had ordered the wine, was drinking it and paying for it. In hearing how much the wine cost, Ryan said only: “Is that how much it was?”
The clash became especially heated when Feinberg asked the men if they were lobbyists.
“F— her,” one of them replied and stood up in a menacing way, according to Feinberg’s account. Feinberg said her husband then “puffed out his chest” in response before the manager and a waiter came over and Feinberg decided she had said her piece and it was time to leave.
Fast forward to Michelle’s night out at Co Co. Sala, where “a chic atmosphere […] evolves just like the menu as day becomes night.” There, Michele ordered “Moroccan Swordfish Sliders with chermoula marinade, fennel salad, aged pecorino and hazelnut coffee dressing.” Perhaps Michele went to Co Co. Sala because the atmosphere “evolves” just like “the living Constitution,” (according to activist judges), or perhaps she went there because she heard they had amazing food. It doesn’t matter. What’s interesting is that well-to-do liberal members of “the 1%” can go to all the foodie bars and upscale lounges they want and not have to worry about being accosted by screwy college professors—yet Paul Ryan, who has been the lone voice of sanity on federal deficits and debt, needs to worry about the vineyards his friends fancy a glass of wine from.
If you favor helping “the poor” by confiscating wealth created by others (or those yet to be born!), then you’re the recipient of the Get Out of Co Co. Sala Free Card. If you favor helping “the poor” by enacting public policy that will instill drive and ingenuity in them—while allowing wealth-creators to keep their own money—you do not “Pass Go,” but you do get a haranguing by a hypocritical elitist.
I wonder if Michelle grabbed an extra crème brulee or two for the Occupy DC folks. It was pretty cold last night, and the warm dish and extra calories would have went a long way. Or what about Tiny Tim? I heard it’s going to be a rough Christmas…