Surely the above Elephant is a kind loving creature who only has happy thoughts right? Wrong. Adam Savader, former Gingrich staffer, pictured above as Ellis The Elephant has been indicted of unpleasantries that boil down to sextortion. I will let the venerable Adam Steinbaugh explain it better than I could:
It alleges, essentially, that a New York man — Adam Paul Savader — used a variety of Google Voice numbers to text women under the monicker “John Smith.” ”Smith” told the women that he had nude photos of them (or, in one victim’s case, her mother) and that he would post more online if they did not send more nude photos. He allegedly threatened to send the photos to their family members, sorority sisters, and the Republican National Committee, telling one that everyone in “D.C” would see the nude photos.
Never trust an elephant with stripes on it’s trunk. No word yet on wether he sent pictures back of himself trunkless. This blogger thinks Savader won’t be staffing again, unless Anthony Weiner is looking.
It’s about time that we have a sensible man finally stand up to the vileness that is public participation, saying quite simply, “I AM THE SENATOR. YOU ARE THE CITIZEN. YOU NEED TO BE QUIET.” As a blog writer and reader I can personally attest to the sheer barbaric revelry some of our so called citizens participate in when commenting on the internet. People like Jay, a poster at popehat.com who mock Tommy Tucker with his own heroic words by creating these pictures:
I for one stand with the great State Senator Tucker, saying forcefully and loudly that you citizens need to quiet down. Stop commenting on blogs, articles, reddit, etc. Stop making a mockery of the legislative process. We are a nation of laws, laws that you should fear because as they say, “anything can and will be used against you in a court of law.” So to honor the great philosopher of North Carolina, I declare today Tommy Tucker Recognition Day. Commenting will be closed on this post in his honor.
How do you steal millions if not billions of dollars and not go to jail? Be rich beforehand. When confronted with the truth the Justice Department responded less maturely than I’d expect a federal agency to. I am going to let the article speak for itself. This isn’t about political parties or race, this is specifically about entrenched forces in American society that are not held responsible for their crimes by an administration that had promised to do so. Though with all the promises that have been broken, including reforming the Patriot Act, I am not surprised in the least.
Lying by telling the truth is an art that seems to be experiencing a renaissance in modern American politics. I could truthfully say that I am undefeated in MMA fighting. What that sentence would leave out is that I fought only amateur fights on private residences against either smaller or out of shape opponents. The one fight I had against someone more athletic and larger than I, I won by submission but at the cost of a broken toe.
The best, most recent example of political use of this strategy is the exchange over the Benghazi attacks between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney during their debate. President Obama argued that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror saying, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror.” When reviewing his quote from the Rose Garden it even sounds accurate, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” However when reviewing the context of this one sentence it becomes more clear that President Obama is referencing general terror and the 9/11 attacks. (Full Text)
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
So while many people still tout that as a gotcha example of Romney getting his facts mixed up, both sides can easily argue convincingly their point of view. The President’s point of view is easily argued with narrow quotes of his speech and Romney’s can be argued with the context of this quote. These sort of political tactics are akin to arguments I have with my son which go like this.
Me: What are you doing playing video games, I grounded you.
Son: You grounded me from T.V. not video games.
Me: You’re still using the T.V. to play your games.
Son: But I’m not watching T.V.
My son is evidently a future contract lawyer which I am sure is a tough and rewarding profession. Our leaders on the other hand should not be speaking to the American public as if they are contract lawyer or petulant 8 year old. This is why when reading any source of media including sources I personally trust I always fact check entire answers, quotes, or speeches. I am not saying that media sources are all unreliable, reporters should build their articles on good research, however ultimately your learning is your own duty.
Here is an example of twisting words to frame an argument from a recent blog post at geek/law blog popehat. Ken writes innocuously, “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.” Which I can distort and argue as this:
In a rare moment of defeatism, Ken argues that the bad guys win sometimes. Under this logic Ken is giving all criminals, evil doers, and pedophiles the green light to commit their crimes because as he says “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.”
In conclusion, check your sources. Also, I invite you to turn Ken’s quote into something more sinister in my comment section.
Glenn Beck created an uproar on the internet recently by auctioning on e-Bay a Barack Obama figurine dunked in “piss” in a mason jar. Unfortunately e-Bay’s lack of humor and inability to read lead to the auction being pulled prematurely. e-Bay claimed that since the listing contained bodily fluids it could not be auctioned. Humorously the auction never contained real urine and though not required by law to respect Beck’s First Amendment rights, e-Bay should have had the spine to resist faux moral outrage generated by the left. e-Bay’s job is not to critique art, it’s job is to sell it. Beck had originally wanted to auction the piece for charity and now is left looking for another way to raise funds with his artwork.
By overreacting to this bait liberals have exposed themselves as censors as much as conservatives did during the Piss Christ episode of the 80’s. This of course was Beck’s intention and by acting in outrage, the left has show itself as easily betrayed by it’s zealotry as they claim conservatives can be. This is America where having the freedom of expression has the side affect of having to deal with other’s freedom of expression. Whoever reported Beck, and I assume it must have been a lot of people, betrayed their un-American values without Beck even breaking a sweat. “Give me liberty of give me death,” applies to freedom of expression, not just of religious conviction or political opinion.
This is a further escalation of the left and their supporters trying to censor the right for disagreeing with them. I myself found my twitter account @dese1ect in twitter gulag as many conservatives recently have. This happens by people filing complaints and mass blocking certain people for disagreeing with them. In fact it’s well documented that left wing activist encourage this activity. My only discernable reason for my account’s suspension was at the time I was communicating my support of Israel. I have no problems with people disagreeing with me, and wether your opinion makes my skin crawl or I agree with you completely, I would never try to silence your opinion. Censors are the first guard of fascism.
Another troubling issue is that certain people have apparently raised human beings such as Barrack Obama to heights held exclusively for religious idols like Jesus or Muhammad. While westerners greatly admonished Islamist reactions to the Muhammad Cartoons they seem just as willing to gnash teeth and restrict other person’s freedom over imagery of their idols if they find such expressions offensive. No man is equal to or above God, truth, liberty or justice.
On a side note, disrespecting an African American is no more racist than disrespecting a white American. Racism is the belief that one race is above another race, not disagreeing with anyone who doesn’t look like you. I have found liberals very willing to partake in accusing conservatives like Beck of racism due to their political beliefs. This further divides our country and downplays the impact of real racism.
I do not claim to know what motivates individuals, those who I would call strangers, to make the decisions they have made. So I will not judge the people who have signed petitions to exclude their state from our Union. It may be a joke to some people, but others are taking this idea seriously. People are being lead to believe that they can live a better life by breaking their bonds with the rest of our country. Dissolving our union would not be a happy affair and would be ruinous to all involved.
- There is no such thing as a peaceful secession.
- The United States of America is a perfect union.
- Approximately 625,000 citizens died during the Civil War. 2% of the United States population.
- A similar scale today would be 6,000,000 citizens dead.
- The United States military can project it’s power across the globe, it can definitely protect it’s power within it’s own borders.
- Civil War era rifles and cannons are not similar to M-16 rifles, M1 Abrams, and F-22 Raptors.
Andrew Jackson on secession:
But each State having expressly parted with so many powers as to constitute jointly with the other States a single nation, cannot from that period possess any right to secede, because such secession does not break a league, but destroys the unity of a nation, and any injury to that unity is not only a breach which would result from the contravention of a compact, but it is an offense against the whole Union. To say that any State may at pleasure secede from the Union, is to say that the United States are not a nation because it would be a solecism to contend that any part of a nation might dissolve its connection with the other parts, to their injury or ruin, without committing any offense. Secession, like any other revolutionary act, may be morally justified by the extremity of oppression; but to call it a constitutional right, is confounding the meaning of terms, and can only be done through gross error, or to deceive those who are willing to assert a right, but would pause before they made a revolution, or incur the penalties consequent upon a failure.
Abraham Lincoln on secession:
We find the proposition that, in legal contemplation, the Union is perpetual confirmed by the history of the Union itself. The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. And, finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was “to form a more perfect Union.”
I was reading a post on the GOP in California and reflecting on what I’ve seen since the election on various conservative blogs and news sites. It is a warning to the rest of the nation’s conservatives. A lesson which the GOP has yet to learn and needs to learn now. People have been saying that they need to double down on the conservatism, fiscally I agree. However the problems alienating Americans from the GOP have nothing to do with fiscal issues, as Tuesday proved. People are concerned about their jobs, the economy, and the debt we are incurring. However they are still concerned about their and their loved ones’ pursuit of happiness. This includes things like the freedom of religion and freedom to make our own social decisions. The California Republican Party doubled down in the 90’s and is now near extinct. They took the land of Reagan and turned it into the land of Clinton and now the land of Obama.
Conservatives need to stop trying to take away the other half of the country’s liberties and start preaching a message of fiscal responsibility. This doesn’t mean conservatives abandon their social values, it means they recognize other people have different values and they don’t need to bring government in on people’s private lives. For a party that claims to be against big government they really want to regulate people’s actual lives.
Let me put it more bluntly. Either you believe the government should outlaw all things you personally find immoral, or not. Creating government regulation based on what people can do with their own bodies or in their own private lives is the ultimate creation of the Nanny State. Does the government decide what you can do in every aspect of your life or not? We cannot deplore the government’s regulation of business, insurance, and entitlement system, while begging that same government to regulate the very way people live their lives.
Once we can unite our nation on the premise that liberty was granted to all of us through our Constitution, then we can solve the big problems like $16,000,000,000,000 in debt.
Update: Also talk about a coming race war is probably not going to win elections.
There was a lot of media attention the last few days of the campaign on one concept. The expanded map. Well as Fox News watchers learned, it was all bullshit. It wasn’t a bad idea, it was a risky idea, but it was a month late. However know your league gentlemen. If you are a lower income guy, a few extra pounds, don’t dance great, and don’t have an impecable sense of style, are you going to go after a supermodel in a club? Probably not, but if you do, you’ll know Romney’s disappointment.
Why? Because I live in California, and they were actually playing attack ads on Obama out here. Seriously. If you’re a Republican, a presidential vote in California is like going after Megan Fox in a posh nightclub and you’re wearing sweatpants and a Dorritos t-shirt. You could have spent that money in Florida, Virginia, and Ohio. Instead you throw away money which judging by your governance is what you are used to. This is what happens when your party leadership lie so much, they convince themselves.
Seriously, the popular vote is now separated by 3 million votes in the Incumbent’s favor and people are still blabbering about the Libertarian vote. As Ken at the Popehat said it, “snort my taint.”
The Republicans always like to say Democrats have this sense of entitlement. They want handouts etc. You’ve got to be kidding me right? Talk about entitlement. You are entitled to the Libertarian vote because they are fiscal conservatives? Show me a Republican president who actually balanced the budget and I’ll believe that. You know what Gary Johnson did in New Mexico? He left them with a billion dollar surplus.
Lets clear the air here. Democrats love social programs and often times don’t think ahead on how they’ll fund them. Republicans love talking about reducing the size of government (just not the military) and yet their last president created new departments instead of reducing them. Democrats will never pass proper IP/Patent/Copyright reform, because they are slaves to those industries. The Republicans will never genuinely talk about climate change because they are in Oil/Coal’s pockets. Great choices right?
However here is my biggest problem with the Republicans. They are anti Gay Marriage. They say that my marriage is so fragile, that if gay people marry, it’ll be destroyed. I’d like to think that the love I share with my wife is strong enough to handle other adults becoming wed. I mean It’s not some straight people scorecard right? Your church doesn’t have to marry gay people if it doesn’t wish to, so I don’t get a religious argument. It comes down to this order for me to vote for you:
- You share my social, fiscal, and foreign policy view. (Libertarians usually)
- You share my social and either fiscal or foreign policy view.
- You share my social view. (Democrats often)
- I get drunk and randomly color in dots on the ballot.
You see how my social view is my most important? Why? People matter. Human beings living out their lives as they choose. Money and financial stability are very important, but I’ve been broke and happy with my wife. I could have nothing left, but my family, and be a happy man. I am sure that could be said of a lot of homosexual couples too. People matter the most and until the GOP starts to look at the changing demographics, they won’t be able to even count on this Libertarian’s vote.