Elsewhere on the Internet

I wrote some schtuff recently. You should read it. Because I like you. And yer purdy. And my self-worth is tied to the number of clicks I get. Or something.

Anyway.

I wrote about the zombie protestors at the Special Olympics event that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was speaking at. No wonder public support for unions is plummeting. Imbeciles.

Did you hear about Sarah Palin’s emails being released?? OMG, they were going to be so deliciously scandalous! Except the weren’t. They were pretty ordinary, actually. What is the media’s obsession with taking down Palin? It’s annoying.

ATMs killed the radio star economy. So says Barack Obama. In other news, indoor plumbing killed the chamber pot industry.

I wrote this article on middle school kids and sextionnaires on a plane. Air travel has nothing to do with the article. It just makes me sound fancy, so I thought I’d point it out.

And I was on a podcast talking about internet privacy.

Happy reading!

Obamacare Waivers for All the President’s Friends

Another week, another round of Obamacare waivers. One has to wonder at this point if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to anyone anymore. It certainly doesn’t seem to apply to friends of President Obama.

They’re all getting waivers.

The Obama administration granted 204 new waivers nationwide in April, and almost 20 percent of them went to fancy restaurants and hotels in San Francisco. It’s probably a coincidence that San Francisco is former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s district. Ms. Pelosi, along with her Senatorial counterpart Harry Reid, was one of the biggest pushers of Obamacare when the president was trying to get it passed.

The other 80 percent of the waivers went to the usual recipients:labor unions, large corporations, financial firms, and local governments. How nice it must be to be in bed with big government. Sarah Palin had a succinct response to the Pelosi waiver revelation:

“Unflippingbelievable! No, wait, it is believable,” Palin said in an email to TheDC (The Daily Caller). “Seriously, this is corrupt. And anyone who still supports the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda of centralized government takeovers of the free market and the corresponding crony capitalism is, in my book, complicit.”

Read the rest at The Stir

Motherhood and Political Activism Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Last Sunday, in honor of Mother’s Day, my friend Dana Loesch wrote a great piece on why she believes that motherhood is political. She says:

The nurture and protection of your children isn’t limited to monitoring their dietary needs, their educational needs, their emotional and spiritual well-being. I speak out because I don’t want my children saddled with debt. I don’t want my children’s generation to be the first generation that comes out of the gate with a lower standard of living because of our recklessness.

This pretty much echoes my thoughts on the matter. I feel like I owe it to my children to educate myself on Constitutional rights and limitations. I want others to love our country as much as I do and understand what makes it special. Like Dana, I want my kids to grow up in a phenomenal America, where if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Working to protect the freedoms we enjoy in America flows seamlessly with our hopes and dreams for our children to be better off than we are. It makes perfect sense that moms are getting politically active, because we’re the ones with the most to lose: Our children’s future.

In response to Dana’s article, some chick piped up criticizing every mom in the country. Apparently, us mamas are not worthy to participate in politics because we choose to be a womb instead of study politics. Stay-at-home-moms are the absolute worst, because we’re lazy un-American do-nothings that leech off our partner’s salary.

Someone needs to call her mother and apologize.

This 23-year-old law school student has no idea what it means to be a mother. Our brains are not (completely) hijacked for 18 years when we give birth. We have every ability to read, listen, learn, write, and speak about any subject — including politics.

Motherhood and political activism are not mutually exclusive. It’s easier now than ever for moms to educate themselves and get involved with the conversation. Anyone with an Internet connection can find the Constitution online, download the text of laws like Obamacare, read the news, and find and share opinions on blogs.

Moms are awesome multitaskers. We take care of our kids, our husbands, and our homes. We learn new recipes, new technology (have you seen kids toys these days??), new stain-fighting tricks, and about the embalming techniques employed by the ancient Egyptians (that one might be just me).

We are smart enough to know that we can use sites like MomThink.org as a jumping off point in developing our political points-of-view. I love this site because of its straightforwardness on issues that will undoubtedly affect our children in the future. I love the encouragement to join Twitter or Facebook groups, where we can mingle with other moms over a virtual soda or glass of wine and share thoughts and even engage in friendly debate. I love that it makes me feel empowered, rather than inferior, to be a mom.

Motherhood is political. Anyone that’s ever navigated a playgroup or PTA meeting knows that.

Wonkette Mocks ‘Retarded’ Trig Palin on His 3rd Birthday

In a low that hardly seems possible in this age of civility, the online DC gossip site Wonkette has viciously attacked the disabled toddler of a former politician. Trig Palin celebrated his third birthday on April 18, and to mark the occasion, Team Sarah posted a birthday poem to the former Alaskan Governor’s youngest son.

In a completely unwarranted response to the gesture, the folks at Wonkette questioned Trig’s parentage, implied incest within the Palin family, called the little boy a retarded political prop, and recommended that he get drunk to deal with his family that’s even stupider than he is.

Also, he licks strangers just like his big sister Piper licked her fingers to smooth down his hair on camera once. That must mean all the Palin children are morons because … because why, exactly? What mother hasn’t smoothed down her kid’s hair with spit on occasion, and what big sister hasn’t mimicked mommy with her younger siblings?

Read the rest at The Stir

Tucker Carlson: Tasteless, Not Misogynist

This morning I did what I do every morning. Hit the snooze bar too many times, finally look over at the clock, sit bolt upright and say, “Crap!” Then there’s a crazy flight-of-the-bumblebee dance as Leif gets ready for work and I get Thing 1 breakfasted, dressed, and ready for school.

Because I’m a news junkie, I can find at least thirty seconds in there to check the headlines on Twitter. Where I saw a lot of people upset with Tucker Carlson for a comment he made about Sarah Palin: “Palin’s popularity falling in Iowa, but maintains lead to become supreme commander of Milfistan.”

MILF has become common vernacular, and even though it’s technically an acronym for Mom I’d Like to Fornicate with (ok, the F is for something else … I’ll leave it at that), I take it to mean nothing more than hot mama. The term might be crass, but Sarah Palin is a very pretty lady, and I don’t have a problem acknowledging that.

I would be offended if Carlson had indicated that Palin’s slippage in the Iowa polls was because she was a pretty face and nothing more, but I just don’t see that. I see a dude that has put his foot in his mouth before (Remember when he said Michael Vick should be executed?) doing it again.

Carlson tried, in a funny and contemporary way, to say, “Palin might be falling in the polls, but at least she’s still pretty.” I’ve had more than one friend look at me after I’ve said something really dumb or been dealt a blow and said, “Aw, Honey, you’re so pretty.”

It’s meant to be silly. It’s not to be taken seriously. Carlson may have used a tasteless word that many take offense to, but he’s not a woman-bashing misogynist. He just has a chronic case of word-vomit.

I Get to Meet Hugh Hewitt Tomorrow!

I’m pretty sure that it’s already clearly established that I am a giant dork. I get very excited (and nervous!) to meet people for whom I have a great deal of respect. Hugh Hewitt is one of those people. And I get to meet him tomorrow.

Although he doesn’t know it, Hugh Hewitt will always hold a special place in my heart, because he’s the one that (indirectly) got me on twitter.
I’ve always been interested in politics. When I was six or seven, I’d scream for my mom if President Bush (41) came on TV (This of course was in the days before our elected leader would treat his presidency like a giant media tour.). When I was eight, I told my teacher that I wanted to be a supreme court justice when I grew up, but I’d settle for being a senator. When I was nine, I asked my dad, “Who is that Ross Perot guy, and what’s he doing up there?” I took my first trip to DC for Presidential Classroom my junior year of high school.

I have always been fascinated with politics. Somewhere around 2005, I got really fed up with it all. The Republicans were spending like drunken Democrats, Bush was taking the blame for the Katrina debacle, and I was in the midst of trying to figure out how to be a wife and a mother. Politics got set on the back burner.

Fast-forward to summer 2008 and enter Sarah Palin. A woman got nominated for the VP slot on the ticket! And she was awesome. Having never heard of her, I did some research. She had a 90% approval rating as governor of Alaska. She cleaned up the dirty politics in the state – of her own party. She sold the private jet purchased by her predecessor.
Enter the media. They slammed her. They called her unqualified, uneducated, and a bad mother. All of a sudden I got into politics with fervor again. I started blogging about it on my ‘mommy’ blog. I read everything I could. I got to know Megyn Kelly and Brett Baier. I bookmarked townhall.com.

Just after the predictable but still sad election of ’08, I came across an article by Hugh Hewitt: All A-Twitter: A Late Adapter Alert. I had barely even heard of twitter, but at the prospect of connecting with some other conservatives online, I signed myself up and immediately became an addict.

Over the last two+ years, I’ve gotten to do some incredible things. I hosted a podcast for Smart Girl Politics for a year, and continue to work on their leadership team. I was on blogger’s row at CPAC last year. I got to talk to John Thune. The governor of Texas knew who I was, and joked about Erick Erickson being my husband (he’s not).

And it all started with twitter.

Which I joined because Hugh Hewitt wrote an article about it.

And I get to meet him tomorrow at Education Revolution, where I will be representing Smart Girl Politics. And you know how I feel about school choice. And Dick Morris is going to be there too, and he’s a pretty cool guy himself. It’s a win-win-win for this chica!

At least, as long as Mr. Hewitt doesn’t issue a restraining order for the crazy chick who is so excited to meet him and thank him for writing about twitter.

I’m not crazy, I swear!

I’m just eccentric.

Yeah, we’ll go with that.

Media Control Controls the Masses

I am not a journalist. I am a commentator. I present the facts and I offer my opinion. I try to be persuasive and logical, because my goal is to get readers to see my point of view, understand it, and even occasionally agree with it.

I don’t report on stories, as reporters do. Reporters report the facts, just the facts. They do not pick and choose their stories. They do not ask softball questions to public figures they like and grill those they don’t care for. In fact, they are so unbiased in their reporting that determining their political affiliations is difficult.

At least that’s how journalists and reporters used to be. That’s not quite the case these days. Reporters today get tingles up their legs when they listen to President Obama. Journalists call Sarah Palin an idiot, but laugh off then-Senator Biden when he said FDR went on television in 1929 to address the public. Household television sets didn’t exist in 1929, nor was FDR the President, just in case you needed a brief history lesson.

Personally, I wasn’t surprised to find out about JournoList last month. JournoList was an online forum created and controlled by liberal blogger Ezra Klein, and its membership was limited to “several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks, and academics.”

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Should Sarah Palin Replace Michael Steele as RNC Chairman?

Let’s face it: A group of people should neither vote for nor against a man because of his skin color. It was wrong when black people were discriminated against, and it’s wrong now when they are elevated not on their character or abilities, but on that skin color that once held them down.

Barack Obama was not elected President of the United States in spite of his skin color, but precisely because of it. It’s obvious in the number-one criticism by liberals of the tea party: Racists. Because they voted for Obama because of race, we obviously voted against him because of race.

Funny, I thought his race was American.

Republicans fell into the same trap of identity politics when they electedMichael Steele to be the Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). I’m told that Mr. Steele is a very nice man, and I have no reason not to believe it. I’m sure the President is a nice man as well. However, neither one seems to have a clue how to do his job.

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Sarah Palin’s New Neighbor

The former Alaskan Governor has a new neighbor for the summer. A Peeping Tom!

Joe McGinnis rented the house next door to the Palin’s Wasilla home, so he could spy on them while he’s writing a book about her. It is not expected to be a flattering portrayal of the politically involved mom.

The whole thing creeps me out. Strange men peeking into my daughter’s windows? Yech.

Palin made the discovery after dispatching her husband Todd to “introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in” from her neighbor’s deck in Wasilla, Alaska.

I love the former beauty queen’s response:

“You know what they say about ‘fences make for good neighbors?’ Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow.”

Joe Biden: More Entertaining than a Circus Clown

Our VP can always be counted on to say the most insane things at the most bizarre times.  He did not dissapoint last night on Larry King.  Let me share with you some of the gems he dropped.

Regarding airplane attacks by Muslim extremists:

“I think what you’re seeing morphing here – and it’s a concern to us – is you’ll see the concern relates to somebody like a shoe bomber or the underpants bomber, the Christmas attack or someone just strapping a backpack on them with weapons that are indigenous and blowing up, you know, walking into in airport…I think there are going to be attempts.”  Biden also insisted that the Obama administration, which ordered a review of security and terrorism procedures after the Christmas Day incident, is prepared to deal with such attempts. “I’ve been really impressed with the success we’ve had, building on the last administration, in dealing with these.”

Hmm… I feel safe now.  Especially since the head of Homeland Security thinks the system works, but just in case it doesn’t, let’s steal pillows from toddlers during the last 90 minutes of all flights.

Regarding that three-letter word JOBS:

“I think now the jobs bill, I think, will be probably less than is needed initially, but it will be very helpful…by the spring, I think people are going to begin to have more confidence in the policies we’ve put in place.”

Is this the same Jobs Bill that extends unemployment benefits?  Why don’t they just go ahead and call it a “don’t bother looking for work because we’re going to pay you even longer to sit at home heckling the *rich* people providing for your existence”?  Too long?  Bummer.

Regarding Iraq:

“I am very optimistic about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration…You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer.”

So he’s optimistic about having the troops home, not about Iraq or our own national security.  When the US leaves, the fledgling democracy in Iraq will most likely crumble to the extremists, and we’ll see all sorts of lovely new terrorist cells plotting the destruction of the US.  Perfect.

Regarding Sarah Palin (this by far is my favorite):

“I like her…She’s an engaging person. She has a great personality. I don’t agree with what she says and I think some of the things she says are not – well…Well, you know, it’s sort of like – some of the comments made are just so far out there, I just don’t know where they come from.”

Seriously Joe? Maybe you could explain some of your comments before you go ripping into Sarah Palin for her far-out comments.