Archive for March 1, 2011

Let’s not forget that the Tea Party is totally paid for and that young people get involved because they care.

Or not. Via @dsm012.

Look for the Grassroots label

And where is this coming from, just in case it moves from here this is the heading:

Hey is a job

Keep this in mind the next time the left tells you the tea party is not GrassRoots and their support is.

If you ever wonder why you see so many young people at such rallies, this is why…

…plus guys hope to score.

1. No matter why the signs say, this will not be the last election in Wisconsin’s history. Presumably in 2012 the members of the Wisconsin house and senate will be up for election again and the governor in 4 years. If the unions have the people behind them, isn’t it a given that in the next election the republicans will be swept out of office and collective bargaining will be restored? Are the unions fighting so hard because they understand the voters disagree with them?

2. Under Walker’s plan the union would be re-certified each year by a vote of the members. Do the Unions believe that their members who are apparently so well served by the unions that they are turning out to protest in big numbers would choose not to re-certify?

I suspect that the answer to both questions is Yes!

I think they are good questions. I’d love to see good answers to them.

Update: Before I crashed I saw the CBS and PPP polls that are being trumpeted. If these polls were true then:

1. Why were the protests nationwide so sparsely attended?

2. Why is it necessary for the unions to bus in supporters to Wisconsin?

3. Why aren’t the democrats who have fled confidently returning knowing that this vote will only be the prelude to them retaking everything in Wisconsin?

These are good questions too.

Update:
Or perhaps like Bill Jacobson they actually crunched the numbers in the PPP poll and found them…interesting.

Update 2: Ed Morrissey does the same for CBS. It’s amazing the poll results you can generate when you over-sample democrats:

Their sample for this poll had a D/R/I split of 36/26/31, an absurd sample for political polling. In December, Rasmussen’s general-population survey put Republicans ahead, 36.0% to 34.7% for Democrats. A recent poll by Gallup shows erosion in Democratic affiliation all through 2010.

Oversample unions:

20% of the poll’s respondents claim to come from union households. However, only 11.9% of American workers belong to a union, according to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month and noted by none other than the Times itself.

And public sector employees:

Government employment accounts for 17% of all workers, so a sample consisting of 25% public-sector households for a survey of adults (not registered voters) seems a little off.

The goal is not to report on public opinion it’s to drive it and set the daily media template.

Update 3: didn’t notice the Instalanche until I checked comments, don’t forget to check out our conversation on sex, Last weeks show with Jazz Shaw and Sissy Willis, and some info on car speakers that can crack windshields from my newest advertiser

Update 4: One more question. If the public is behind the Wisconsin lawmakers who left the state, why run away from tea party folks, why not just stay at a single hotel and do news conferences?

Update 5: Texas Ed brings up an important point in comments:

I’ve not read anyone making a very key point: EVERYONE IN THE CAPTIVE MEDIA IS A UNION MEMBER!

I confess I didn’t think of it myself

…says Little Miss Attila:

This is not the world I want my niece and church sponsee to live in (and I’m delighted to say that they haven’t bought into this nonsense at all). But we have to get back to a place wherein “sexual freedom,” as a cultural norm, actually includes the freedom to say “no.” (emphasis mine) This in turn requires that we celebrate the notion of dating as something that doesn’t require sex, and we appreciate the wonders of human attraction without having to act on them every single freakin’ time, for crying out loud.

If you look at the culture you will see that if you are a guy and you are not looking to score every time, there is something wrong with you, and if you don’t score then your date is a failure. She continues:

I’m one of those who thinks this has more to do with the misuse of feminism than the misuse of birth control, and I know I occupy a strange middle ground inasmuch as I’m not quite a proper social conservative.

Yet what we’ve created at this point is a situation in which women and girls attempt to ignore their own emotions and “out-detach” the boys. In practice, this means many have trained themselves to be sexually available, and make no demands whatsover–and, yes: in some circles, a request to spend time with a guy doing anything other than sex is considered a “demand,” as Wendy Shalit has documented extensively in her books.

Joy mentioned Wendy on my show a few weeks ago. Let me tell you that is a real problem, particularly when you are trying to teach teenage boys restraint in these matters.

As Aquainus said love is: “Wanting the best for the other without thought to self.” Not being a woman I can’t comment from that direction, but as a man it can’t be stressed enough that no matter how attractive the prospect might be, if you actually love a woman you have to be able to say “no” when the situation calls for it. For a young man today that can bring social ridicule from his peers and from a society that equates “scoring” with success as a man and celebrates it at all levels.

There was a time when this was not true. In the movie the Philadelphia story a smitten Jimmy Stewart reveals that although he had the chance he did not take advantage of a willing Katherine Hepburn on the day before her wedding. Hepburn’s character is unexpectedly outraged:

“Why? Was I so unattractive? So distant? So forbidding?

He answers:

No, no you were extremely attractive as for distant or forbidding far from it, but You were a little worse the wear for alcohol, and there are rules about that kind of thing.

Now watching the scene prior and after this there is no question he wants her, he even proposes at a later point but is unwilling to take advantage of her. Remember also this movie is from the 40’s when Stewart’s character wouldn’t face the same legal consequences that such a move might have today, yet still he does not act.

It is that admiration and acceptance of virtue, rather than its ridicule that is missing from the society until it is regained then I suspect that the situation that Attila laments will continue

Update: I don’t know if it was intentional but Robert Stacy McCain skewers those most responsible for what Attila is lamenting