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Breitbart V. Van Jones: “Bring it on Punks”

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Civil Lefts, Disappearing Ink on 24/03/2011 at 20:57

Andrew Breitbart (LIFE.com)

It is a comedic slight of history that Andrew Breitbart grew up on the mean streets of West L.A. rather than those of Flatbush or Dorchester. He has the irreverence of Muggs McGinnis and the cutting literacy of Norman Mailer, although the conservative web mogul is almost certainly not what Mailer had in mind when he thought of The New Journalism.

Nevertheless, Breitbart, a former progressive, is a street fighter, an in-the-trenches journalist provocateur who has become the bane of the New Left. While Glenn Beck received the accolades, it was Breitbart who kneecapped Van Jones, sending Obama’s communist-Truther advisor skulking out of the White House after a midnight resignation.

You gotta love this guy.

While Beck tends toward the “special,” Breitbart gives off at least the illusion that he’ll meet you in the alley to settle the matter — whatever the matter. It was Breitbart who offered $100,000 for even a snippet of footage that would show that tea party activists either spat on black members of Congress or uttered racial slurs at last year’s protest on the Capitol steps. There have been no takers to date.

Breitbart also supported James O’Keefe’s first forays into citizen journalism, resulting in Congress’s defunding of ACORN. He has since supported pro-lifer Lila Rose and another O’Keefe outing in their exposés of Planned Parenthood.

The aforementioned are a mere smattering of incidents that have propelled the Left to target Andrew Breitbart. He is one of the few conservatives in the country who can lather progressives into a vitriolic rage on the level of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

And wouldn’t you know it, Van Jones is behind the latest attack.

Color of Change — don’t you just love these lefto names — an activist group co-founded by Jones, is calling for a boycott against the Huffington Post for publishing two recent entries by Breitbart.

Andrew Breitbart is a liar and a race-baiter,” wrote the organization. “Breitbart targets key people and institutions within our community, in particular those who have dared talk about the reality of racism and race in this country — Shirley Sherrod, the NAACP, President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus. And he targets those that seek to increase Black political participation, like ACORN.”

By way of outing Color of Change, they are the group who immediately took up the cause of the Jenna Six, the black teenagers convicted of viciously beating white student Justin Barker, at a Louisiana high school in 2006.

Talk about race baiting. This outfit makes Al Sharpton look like the George Jefferson when it comes to fostering racial animus.

Van Jones is the ultimate race-baiter and this latest attack on Breitbart is just one of many in his quest to silence the free press and bring down democracy. While we have no particular love for the HuffPo, we all must resist the Left’s attempts to silence anyone with whom they disagree.


‘Death Panels’: Here’s the Deal

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Obamacare, Obamarama on 22/03/2011 at 18:55

That little ditz Sarah Palin was right again. Just when you were convinced he didn’t want to give granny an early sendoff to the Big Sayonara, Barack’s other shoe drops. Death panels are here.

Whether you call it an end-of-life counseling contingency or a mandatory Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), death panels are a cleverly hidden reality within the trillion-dollar government snafu we all affectionately know as ObamaCare. In fact, end of life counseling—perhaps a better term is “end-of-life lotto”—isn’t the half of it.

Even some Democrats are jumping ship on this one.

The Daily Caller:

An often-overlooked portion of President Barack Obama’s prized health care law, the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), will face heat in the coming months from Congress and from the courts. Congressman Phil Roe, Tennessee Republican, told The Daily Caller the IPAB is the “real death panel” in the health care law, as compared to “end-of-life counseling” provisions in Obamacare that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once deemed “death panels.”

“This one is the real baby right here – and most people missed this,” Roe told TheDC. “What everybody was talking about, when you saw Sarah Palin and so forth, what they were talking about these advanced directives where you sit down and there’s sort of mandatory counseling – and Medicare paid for it. This IPAB got missed – and it’s the real death panel.”

In his exclusive interview in today’s DC, Congressman Coe, who is a medical doctor, goes onto say that the IPAB will cap total sums Medicare recipients can receive for care, and thus make decisions based purely on cost rather than need options.

Palin has been lambasted in the media for months on end since 2009 when she warned the nation that the President’s takeover of national health care would result in what essentially amounts to death panels. The blogosphere is still loaded with slanderous lies.

Palin was speaking of the so-called “end of life counseling” panels, but the congressman is talking about another board that will essentially accomplish the same end; i.e. kill off seniors and others with “low quality of life” prospects by denying essential care.

Both schemes are still embedded within the bowels of ObamaCare.

The intent here is self-evident. While Democrats in Congress would like you to believe that Nanny State governance will put you on the road to cheaper insurance rates, it in fact will put you on the gurney to a Margaret Sanger-style liquidation mill. What’s next, “Soylent Green”?

Be assured, this is not the end of it. When the lid finally comes off ObamaCare it will be rife with “quality of life” panels and boards, all designed to give you a quick sendoff in your twilight years.

Where is Charlton Heston when we need him!

Fukushima Meltdown Hysteria

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Harvard Math, Meanwhile, back in the hot house on 15/03/2011 at 06:09

UPDATE: Many of these blogs are literally hammered out within hours of an event or headline publication.  Several of you have questioned the validity of this particular post.  Clearly there is an ongoing nuclear event in Japan and lives are in danger.  However, the risks from radioactive poisoning are not nearly as great as the media are reporting. The greatest risks are from direct contact with radioactive material, and the consumption of contaminated food.  Irradiation is far rarer and not nearly as lethal as previously believed.

Ann Coulter has a good article on this here.

The same hysterical Earthers who have convinced half the population that mankind can control the world’s climate if we will only drive hybrid Hondas or replace our light bulbs, are about to go on a marathon world tour. They will make every primetime news broadcast and magazine, telling us that we must discontinue development of nuclear power plants now if we are to avert another Fukushima.

They have apparently already gotten to Joe Lieberman and it won’t be long until a few sellout RINOs will be onboard the “No Nukes Gospel Express,” choo-chooing the U.S. on to further dependence on foreign oil. And we will listen to them and wonder if we should do more to recycle our aluminum foil.

Mind you, more people will die of exposure in Japan, due to this week’s cataclysmic quake and tsunami, than of radiation poisoning, and the media are giving it virtually no coverage. Millions are without power, tens of thousands more are homeless without food and water, and these guys are busily instilling fear in the population that a nuclear meltdown that will not occur.

This is the kind of propaganda that has kept us in the dark ages of energy development and propelled second-rate powers like France ahead for 40 years. It doesn’t work in Europe or Asia but the United States government buys into it every time.

Thanks to Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda’s “The China Syndrome,” Three Mile Island became the benchmark for nuclear disasters in the 1970s, until the word leaked out that the containment structure worked perfectly there. Then of course came Chernobyl, an embarrassment for the No Nukes progressives, because it happened in their beloved USSR worker’s paradise. Meltdowns are exclusive to capitalistic societies, you know.

While the nuclear disaster on Honshu is alarming it was not an unforeseen event; Japanese physicists and engineers have been preparing for such an event for 40 years. The reactors in Japan were built in their present locations to provide seawater as a last resort in the event that the cooling systems failed. The cooling is working.

Not to diminish the severity of any nuclear event. Anytime a reactor malfunctions, much less suffers damage from a natural disaster, there is cause for serious concern. But the rods are slowly cooling in those plants and every indication is that quality assurance at the plants was exemplary.

Fukushima is not Chernobyl or anything close to it. Chernobyl was destined for failure. The Russians were not only careless in maintaining the facility but their design was flawed on the drawing board, providing for virtually no containment structure. There has never been a nuclear facility designed as poorly in the U.S., Europe or Japan.

Yes, a meltdown can occur in Japan, but in all likelihood it will not. The Japanese are some of the most fastidious engineers and scientists in the world. Every design—and this is true in all modern manufacturing—has a built-in margin of safety that takes into consideration the worst-case scenario. Engineering errors happen every day, but we have not seen one at Fukushima thus far.

The fact is, there is never a way to eliminate risk, whether in manufacturing or travel, or simply going to the Super Wal-Mart. Risk is something we live with everyday. But consider the alternative of living for the next 20 years dependant on nonexistent green energy.