What’s the old saw about the inmates and the asylum?

Voting Drives In State Hospitals Will Continue.

The director of [North Carolina] state facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled said his department will continue to offer annual voter registration and voting assistance for patients and residents. He also said that while efforts are made to notify patients’ guardians about voting activities, a patient’s right to vote takes priority over any objections from guardians.

J. Luckey Welsh, director of the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities at the Department of Health and Human Services, told Carolina Journal there are about 3,000 people residing in the state facilities. Voting records obtained by CJ showed only 73 individuals from six facilities cast votes that were accepted for the Nov. 6 election. Sixty-one of those voters were new registrants. “I think we allowed our citizens the right to vote. I am happy we allowed them to do it,” he replied.

The laws and rules governing voting by mentally challenged individuals remain murky, and it’s unclear whether state employees who assisted disabled patients and residents to cast ballots at early voting sites were complying with the law. […]


It seems that vote totals for Romney keep going up, making up the alleged 3 million vote “deficit” we had all heard about. Here is a link with raw vote totals. Romney, according to this chart, has surpassed the 60 million vote mark:

Obama: 65,147,939 (50.91%)
Romney: 60,610,074 (47.36%)
Other: 2,209,061 (1.73%)

A total voter turnout of 127,967,074. (2008 turnout was 131,313,820, 2.55% less.)

So, my question — “why?” — has to be readdressed: Why did we fail to convince 5,000,000 2008 Obama voters to vote for Romney in 2012? (Although it may not have made a difference.) We know that the ones who voted for Obama on November 6 are the hard-core Kool-Aid drinkers and moochers; my query now is why the vote deficit and why did we fail to convince even a percentage of these voters.

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The inexplicable datum of the November 6 election, the one that keeps going around and around in my head, is why did 3,000,000 Republicans elect to sit the election out and not vote for Romney? Honestly, for the life of me, I cannot make sense of it.

Any thoughts?

Not surprising to me at all

I always expect the worst from Democrats — and they never disappoint. From David Horowitz writing in Big Government, in its entirety:

I am incredibly steamed this Thanksgiving Holiday over what the Democrats are doing to my country.

Everybody by now knows – or should know – how readily Democrats conduct election fraud, and how determined they are to defend it. James O’Keefe and others have taken videos of paid Democratic operatives encouraging citizens to vote twice. O’Keefe was even able to claim Attorney General Eric Holder’s own ballot at a district polling place by claiming to be him, and then to vote in his place. Democrats have promoted Motor Voter laws and same day registration, and month-long election days to help them mobilize the votes of people who are so unconnected to the political process and so uninterested in the country’s future, and perhaps so incompetent to understand what voting entails that they require keepers to see that they get to the polls and then vote the “right” way. In the election that put Al Franken in the Senate by a few hundred votes, more than a thousand felons voted illegally because of the loose laws that govern the polling booth – laws the Democrats want to make even looser. It is in fact the number one civil rights issue of the NAACP this year to give felons the right to vote. So we know that Democrats have little respect for the election process, and we should assume will attempt to pursue their victories by any means necessary.

But even knowing this, I was not prepared for a conversation I had at Thanksgiving dinner today with my brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled, and though now in his forties has the intelligence level of a six-year-old.

“Obama saved me,” he said to me out of the blue.

“What do you mean?”

“I voted for him for president and now he’s saving me.”

I was taken aback by these words, since Henry had no idea who Obama was, or what a president might be, and would be unable to fill out a registration form let alone get to the polling place by himself. So I asked him how he knew that and how he had registered and cast his vote. In halting, impeded speech he told me that the people who take care of him at the home filled out “the papers” to register him to vote, told him how Obama cared for him, even taught him the Obama chants, and then took him to the polling place to vote. They did the same for all of the mentally disabled patients in their care, approximately sixty in all.

This is so appalling in its contempt for the voting process, which is the very foundation of our democracy, and in its cynical exploitation of my brother-in-law and the other patients in the home, many of whose mental capacities are even more limited than his that I am at a loss for words to express it. I hope poll-watching groups like “True the Vote” will comb the rolls of residents at other homes for the mentally disabled, and attempt to stop this particular abuse. I hope that people who care about our country will make electoral fraud a focus of their political efforts, and work to protect the integrity of the voting process.

Larry Correia is pissed — and that’s good

Two magnificent rants about the election from one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, author of the Monster Hunter series. First up, his post-election rant, “Congratulations, Obama voters”:

Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.” – Robert Heinlein

Congratulations, Obama voters.

So it is done. My prediction was way off. That is what I get for overestimating Americans and their desire for free stuff and an all powerful government that can meet all of their wants. So congratulations. This time we can’t blame it on Obama being an empty slate to be filled with all your hopes and dreams. You treated a job interview like a popularity contest. This time you know exactly what you are asking for, and I’m sure you’ll get it.

Sure, we’re broke, and will be getting broker, but that’s cool. You said that our kids and grandkids can figure out how to pay our bill. You kicked the can down the road. You decided if we just tax the productive a bunch more, everything will be swell. Math be damned. Less people will pull the cart and more people can ride in it, and you can continue to bitch about the greed of the people pulling and somehow assume that the cart will just keep on rolling. We don’t need budgets, and all of these social programs you are so fond of will somehow stay solvent.

Even as you can watch Europe with your own eyes, and see where this sort of benevolent socialism will eventually lead us, you go happily onward into a debt crisis. Only there is nobody to bail us out, so I’m sure that will work out awesome. […]

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Next up, this Silmaril of a fisking of a liberal union member offended by the aforementioned rant. It’s a beautiful thing. Please read it all, especially Bob’s email that started the ball rolling. “There I go, offending people again…”:

[…] My response to Bob.

So, since I’m a conservative and an entertainer, I should just keep my mouth shut and not have an opinion because I might offend somebody? Uh… Hell no. Do conservatives write big letters to pretty much every single actor in Hollywood they disagree with, because I’ve seen a thousand times more hate and venom out of them about my side than anything you’ve ever read from me on this blog. So I call bullshit. Yes. This is America. I’m still allowed to say that.

Actually, I’ve still got my day job. Between it and the books I get to pay large sums of money in taxes. It is a great feeling to know that every book I write, the first act was written for the government. Between the two jobs I work about 60 hours a week, (down from 80 when I was in the gun business though!) but I’ll still take the time to type a response to you because you seem like a nice enough guy. And yes, I also do have a great big house in the mountains that I built. I could afford to build it because I work my ass off, and I’ve lived my life without being in debt up to my eyeballs or making bad financial decisions.

Your money is great. Thank you for purchasing my books. I spend several hundred hours writing a book. If you got a paperback, you give me $8, of which I see less than a dollar in royalties and then I give a third of that to the government, (so yeah, your state government probably made more in sales tax on that paperback than I took home) and in exchange I entertained you for probably 5-12 hours. Repeat a couple hundred thousand times and now we’re talking some real money.

Like any other person who engages in commerce, I love taking money in exchange for the service I provide to you. Luckily, I live in America, so I am free to voice my opinion, and you are free to not purchase my product (unless it is health insurance, because then it should be mandatory, obviously). The dopiest drug addled rock star or dimwitted starlet in Hollywood can voice their political opinions too. Good for them.

When I was an accountant or a gun monger, I was every bit as opinionated as I am now. I’ll be damned if I ever shut up because I might offend somebody. Screw that. I’m an American. Thank God. […]

(Continue reading here.)

Support Larry by buying his wonderful books. If you don’t like that sort of fiction, then gift them to somebody who does. A mind and a talent like his deserves all the support we can give. Conservatives have to stick together in these trying times…

Jungle King

I’ve been at a loss of words this week, a highly unusual state of being for me, yet, here I am.

There is a question going around and around in my head that I can’t seem to answer…where do we go from here?

A whole lot of people that I know just look at me and wonder why I am incapable of letting this whole election go, after all, there will be another election in just a few years. That’s where we disagree…every ounce of instinctual fiber in my body is telling that’s just not the case. There will be other elections, but they will be all but meaningless.

We have finally tipped the scales.

There are a million arguments as to why Mitt Romney lost the election, but everything boils down to one simple fact…we have become a nation of freeloaders, squatters and sluts. A majority of the people of the nation have lost all respect for every principle that we once held high, and entitlement has replaced endeavor as our prevailing common behavior. As a people, we have given free rein to our collective id, and where morals and tradition once reigned we now have drives and impulses ruling. Above it all, the libido stands and demands constitutional authentication.

My good friend Ed L. maintains a great blog where I often go to gain a different perspective on things; his is sort of one of those clean, well lighted places where people can go and see news and current events from a cerebral conservative point of view. Ed is my Jiminy Cricket, my best friend, and my proof reader (I seldom, if ever, have found reason to proof anything he writes), and today, he’s chosen to feature work from another one of his friends, who agreed to be published only with the promise of remaining anonymous.

There is something incredibly poignant about this piece, something that cries of our loss of innocence as a nation, something that says that our best days are past us.

Dennis Miller said it best on election night when he tweeted: “America is now De Niro in Raging Bull – sitting in the Copacabana looking in that make-up mirror: old and bloated and living on past dreams.”

You can read Ed’s comments on the piece over at Vox Clamantis in Deserto (his blog), but you can read “Jungle King” right here.

And “Jungle King” deserves to be read.

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The more things change…

…the more the stay the same. Doesn’t this remind you of ‘Hope and Change‘?

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions and laughed delightedly at his licentiousness and thought it very superior of him to acquire vast amounts of gold illicitly. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.’ Julius was always an ambitious villain, but he is only one man.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero (attributed, may be apocryphal)

(H/T Sister of Pitbull)

“Going Galt” Part Two


On the plan for “Going Galt”

It is time to hit Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry that smeared the prosthetic make-up on this guy and sold him to the gullible celebrity-minded Americans that cannot conceive of how to do a damn thing for themselves.

Buy nothing, no product(s) … movie ticket, concert ticket, iTune download, poster, entertainment magazine, DVD, CD, celebrity clothing line, etc. Buy nothing “Big Bird” or Sesame Street. Now is a great time to initiate this during the holiday shopping season. It is also a big time of the fiscal year for Hollywood movies, now and summer. Not a dime to Hollywood who funded and promoted four more years of misery for us while they sit comfortably in their million(s) dollars homes not worried how much gas is for their fleet of cars/limos or the cost of and shrinking amount of food in their kitchens where somebody else shops and cooks for them. Screw them all the way up to the high-powered producers/directors and studios.

Just a reminder about Hollywood: “Time for Hollywood to pay its fair share”

At the Democratic National Convention, Eva Longoria said that she should be paying higher taxes. I agree.

Actually, what she said was: “The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers — she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not.”

I’d actually go further than that. It’s not just Eva Longoria who doesn’t need a tax break — it’s her entire industry, which has enjoyed favorable tax treatment in all sorts of ways, at both the federal and state levels, for years. And now, with the federal government and the states in parlous financial condition, it’s time for those fat cats to shoulder more of the burden. Why should burger flippers at Wendy’s have to cover the national debt while Hollywood moguls enjoy yachts, swimming pools and private jets?

The last time America was this deep in debt was the end of World War II. One of the ways we paid the debt down was through a 20 percent tax on the gross receipts of movie theaters. (That’s right — gross, not net.) That tax was repealed in the 1950s — I guess we could call that the “Hollywood tax cut,” since we’re still talking about the “Bush tax cut” in 2012. To secure that repeal, Hollywood launched a major PR campaign about how taxes kill jobs and hurt prosperity. We haven’t heard that kind of talk from them since.

But, hey, by that time, we were bringing the debt under control. Now, we’re facing debt levels similar to those we faced after World War II, and it seems entirely appropriate to respond with similar measures. Of course, technological change means we’d need to update the 20 percent tax to apply not only to movie theaters, but to DVD sales, movie downloads, pay-per-view and the like. That just means more revenue, which should please Eva Longoria.

And that’s just the beginning. To be sure that fat cats are paying their fair share and not getting away with things that Wendy’s workers can’t, it’s time for the Internal Revenue Service to crack down on Hollywood’s shady accounting practices, which let studios make even highly successful films look like money losers. (Just look up “Hollywood accounting” on Wikipedia.) I feel sure that if the IRS took a hard look at studios’ and producers’ books, they could squeeze out a good deal of additional revenue. Wendy’s workers don’t get to engage in that kind of fancy accounting. Why should Hollywood?

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If Obama’s agenda is to go after small private business then I say we go after Obama’s butt-kissing industry that has NOT been paying its fair share. No, it will not solve the deep money pit this nation is in, but for far too long Hollywood has felt immune to everything they have been demanding for others while expecting those feeling the pain to fork over hard-earned household budget money for their products. As big selfish corporations and corporate sharks go, Hollywood is most definitely one. Don’t feed the shark…

Contact serious republicans in the Congress about ending Hollywood’s tax cuts.

Thomas Sowell on ObamaCare

In The American Spectator: “Waiving Freedom.”

Among the objections to Obamacare, one that has not gotten as much attention as it should is the president’s power to waive the law for any company, union, or other enterprise he chooses.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for “equal protection of the laws” for all Americans. To have a law that can cost an organization millions of dollars a year either apply or not apply, depending on the whim or political interest of the President of the United States, is to make a mockery of the rule of law.

How secure is any freedom when there is this kind of arbitrary power in the hands of one man?

What does your right of freedom of speech mean if saying something that irritates the Obama administration means that you or your business has to pay huge amounts of money and get hit with all sorts of red tape under ObamaCare that your competitor is exempted from, because your competitor either kept quiet or praised the Obama administration or donated to its reelection campaign?

Arbitrary Obamacare waivers are bad enough by themselves. They are truly ominous as part of a more general practice of this administration to create arbitrary powers that permit them to walk roughshod over the basic rights of the American people. […]

Suicidal tendencies, part 2

Alan Caruba at Accuracy in Media: “America Commits Suicide”:

[…] The majority of voters ignored the realities of the nation’s economy. They failed to realize that Obama’s opposition to the vast wealth of America’s energy reserves of coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear will only delay the nation’s way out of debt and dependency.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

John Adams, Founding Father and the nation’s second President warned “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Today, conservatives in America are wondering if the 2012 election was a vote to commit national suicide.

A heartfelt missive about Tuesday’s election

I received this from a cousin Wednesday and thought I should share it with our constant readers.

I cried last night.

I’m a Sociologist (Ph.D. Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de La Habana,1956). So bear with me…

In a difficult electoral battle Obama was reelected yesterday. I believe that in a quantified, tangible manner the process demonstrated how much this country has deteriorated in its cultural values and fundamental socio-political education during the last 65 years.

I’m an American of Cuban descent that came to live in this country for the first time in November of 1946. Those were the days when Whittaker Chambers appeared in a Time magazine article digging his backyard for the proof that convicted Alger Hiss was a spy; Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for giving the Russians the designs of the hydrogen bomb; Eisenhower was yet to win the Presidency so I-95, and the rest of the interstate highway system, had not been built; Elizabeth Taylor was gorgeous in National Velvet; Elvis Presley was just a few years away from entering the American consciousness; etc., etc., etc.

We have gone In these last 60-and-then-some years from The Jack Benny Show and I Love Lucy to M*A*S*H, The Rules of Engagement, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and on-demand pornography. For years Hollywood has been eroding values with subliminal plots and racier and racier visuals.

We have become a coarse, crude, violent, ill-mannered society, entirely dedicated to the hedonism of instant gratification, shopping, signature labels, and vapid wannabe fashions. We are a society that favors rap music and loud concerts over music that is melodic and romantic. Even some of the people who do attend symphonic concerts and opera are attending just to be seen, seldom having before heard or seen the work being performed. The prevailing well attended events are sports only.

The criterion for our children has become “everybody wins” so as not to hurt anyone’s so called self esteem. This, of course, is pure relativism: there is no right or wrong.

In education, in the elementary and secondary levels the prevailing criteria are all political correct. Everybody moves on whether they know the subject matter or not. In university admissions the prevailing applicable criteria is affirmative action, followed by faculty lounges full of leftist brainwashing, less and less of the exact sciences, and more and more of the “humanities” and law.

Teenage pregnancy, unwed mothers, divorce, child support evasion, abortion, and domestic abuse are rampant.

Most, if not all, manifestations of these values are dictated by a new commandment: Thou shalt not be judgmental. Of course, it goes without saying, “evil” doesn’t exist, and neither does God.

In the civic area, there is rampant corruption and “spin.” Its nefarious core: lies, coupled with gradual, pervasive entitlements from government, supplanting private charity and individual assistance, the elimination of compulsory military service that equalizes and disciplines males for non-military work and behavior.

There has been a gradual and profound loss of honesty. Perjury has lost its deterrent. The “lets get away with it” behavior prevails.

I don’t want to turn this into an essay, but the sum of all these social maladies, among many others, is saturated into the political parties and the politicians. Just to get by through winning short term elections over and over again.

Complacency, comfort, irresponsibility.

“It’s not my problem, somebody will take care of it.”

Americans have a different character and behavior. This allows the bread and circus politicians to run for office, assured that the ground has been properly seeded for their electoral success.

Let the Government take care of me. It’s easier than I having to be responsible for me and my family’s future.

Sorry for this long and tedious recounting.

Yes, I cried last night. I saw that half of our nation is no longer America — and that the system that obliged my wife, my 30 day-old son and myself to leave my homeland in 1960 was being enthroned here and now.

But I’ll tell you what I’m going to do.

The Germans have great thinkers and poets. Schopenhauer said that one’s responsibilities were the most imminent ones first; and Goethe said that for a city to be clean everyone had to clean their own door’s frontispiece.

So, I’m going to continue attending Mass, pay my taxes, write letters to editors — whether they publish them or not — read the Wall Street Journal and National Review, talk to my friends about politics – and I’ll vote in all elections while I’m alive.

Because I’m confident that with the other half of the nation that did not vote for Obama, we can contribute to save the country and avoid socialism from finishing the American dream that has done much for the betterment of the whole world by preserving Western values. Many countries in Europe, and other places, are full of the graves of Americans that have given their lives for America and for the world.

Have a good day. And, please, “don’t cry for the USA.” Do something about it!

God Bless America!