Is Nancy Pelosi Clinically Insane?

You be the judge:

“Contraception will Reduce Cost for the State”

Ok – I get it. Not being born will mean less people the State has to pay for through entitlements that Nancy Pelosi fought to be put into place. That totally makes sense now.

But I thought she was elected for the children?!?

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Change Has Come…to wtc

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What The Crap – now with More Cowbell:
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    Least Favorite Christmas Song: Grown-Up Christmas List

    This was an extremely close eight-way tie with The Beach Boys’ Little Saint Nick, John Lennon’s Happy Christmas, Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time,  Joe Beal & Jim Boothe’s Jingle Bell Rock, Johnny Marks’ Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, the Jackson Fives’ version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause,  and Wham’s Last Christmas (notably, the creepy way they sing: “someone speeeeecccccial…”).

    What bothers me about Grown-Up Christmas List is just how Un-Grown-Up the song really is. Early in the song the lyrics mention “I wrote to you with childhood fantasies,” referring to when the singer was a child writing to Santa. The song goes on to describe what are supposed to be “grown-up” Christmas wishes, which turn out to be monumentally trite, idealistic, and even more fantastic than what you would imagine a child wishing.

    I was happy to see one of my favorite writers, Mark Steyn, sharing the sentiment:

    I was at the mall two days before Christmas, and it was strangely quiet. So quiet that, sadly, I was able to hear every word of Kelly Clarkson bellowing over the sound system “My Grown-Up Christmas List.” Don’t get me wrong — I love seasonal songs. “Winter Wonderland” — I dig it. “Rudolph” — man, he’s cool, albeit not as literally as Frosty. But “Grown-Up Christmas List” is one of those overwrought ballads of melismatic bombast made for the American Idol crowd. It’s all about how the singer now eschews asking Santa for materialist goodies — beribboned trinkets and gaudy novelties — in favor of selfless grown-up stuff like world peace.

    Which is an odd sentiment to hear at a shopping mall.

    […]

    …To return to Kelly Clarkson — and Barbra Streisand and Michael Buble and Amy Grant — the striking thing about their “Grown-Up Christmas List” is how childish it is. The concerned vocalist tells Santa that what she wants for Christmas is:

    “No more lives torn apart,
    That wars would never start…”

    Whether wars start depends on the intended target’s ability to deter. As to “lives torn apart,” that, too, is a matter of being on the receiving end. If you’re in an African dictatorship, your life can be torn apart. If you’re in a society that values individual liberty, you’ll at least get a shot at tearing your own life apart — you’ll make bad choices, marry a ne’er-do-well, blow your savings, lose your job — but these are ultimately within your power to correct. The passivity of the lyric — the “lives” that get “torn apart” is very revealing. A state in which lives aren’t torn apart will be, by definition, totalitarian: As in The Stepford Wives or The Invasion Of the Body Snatchers, we’ll all be wandering around in glassy-eyed conformity. “Lives” will no longer be “torn apart” because they’re no longer lives, but simply the husks of a centrally controlled tyranny. To live is messy but liberating: Free societies enable the citizenry to fulfill their potential — to innovate, to create, to accumulate — while recognizing that some of their number will fail. But to attempt to insulate free peoples from moral hazard is debilitating and ultimately fatal. To Martin Wolf’s list of a Europe “too inert, too complacent, too weak,” we might add “too old”: Healthy societies recharge their batteries by the aged and wealthy lending their savings to the young and eager. But Germany is a population of prosperous seniors with no grandchildren to lend to. Japan is a society of great invention with insufficient youth to provide a domestic market. That’s why if you’re Sony or Ikea or any other great global brand, you want access to America for your product. That’s why economic recovery will be driven by the U.S., and not by Euro-Japanese entities long marinated in Obamanomics.

    One final thought on “My Grown-Up Christmas List.” The first two lines always give me a chuckle:

    “Do you remember me?
    I sat upon your knee…”

    When was the last time you saw a child sit upon a Santa’s knee? Rod Liddle in the British Spectator reports that at a top London department store Santa sits at one end of the bench while a large “X” directs the moppet to a place down the other end, well out of arm’s reach. For even Santa Claus is just another pedophile in waiting. Naughty or nice? Who really knows? Best not to take any chances. That’s another way societies seize up — by obsessing on phantom threats rather than real ones.

    Are free peoples now merely vulnerable infants in need of protection from the pedophile Santa of global capitalism? This is the issue that will determine the future: Euro-style state-directed protectionist sclerosis vs. individual liberty in all its messiness. I know what I want on my “Grown-Up Christmas List.”

    Read the Full Column

    Don’t count me a Grinch though. There are hours of great Christmas music that I absolutely love, despite the list above:

    Anti-Palin Astroturfers, You Just Got Dominated

    Astroturfing in American English is a neologism for formal publirelations campaigns in politics and advertising which seek to create the impression of being spontaneous “grassroots” behavior, hence the reference to the artificial grass, AstroTurf.”Wikipedia

    Here’s the intro from Michelle (or you can skip this and read the full outline here):

    A collaborative investigative effort by our friends at The Jawa Report to expose an apparently astroturfed, anti-Sarah Palin smear campaign seems to have caused late-night panic in Barack Obama-linked p.r. circles.

    […]

    First, read this. Read the whole thing. Rusty Shackleford — with help from Jane of Armies of Liberation, Stable Hand, the Jawa team, Dan RiehlAce of Spades, and Patterico – traced a Palin-bashing YouTube video to a Democrat public relations firm, Winner and Associates, and one of its employees, Ethan S. Winner. They believe the voiceover for the ad — which spreads the lie that Sarah Palin belonged to a fringe third party, the Alaska Independence Party — was done by a professional whose voice they believe was also featured in several Obama ads and other spots produced by Obama top strategist and astroturfer extraordinaire David Axelrod’s firm. 

    The Bottom Line from the Rusty’s investigation:

    While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

    * Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.

    * The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.

    * Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.

    * Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.

    * The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.

    * This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod’s firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as “astroturfing.”

    * David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.

    * The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

    This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe.

    Here’s the best part: IT’S A TRAP!!! Blogger Ace of Spades tipped the Obama campaign that a major story was about to drop about astroturfing:

    Barack Obama and the DNC watch this blog. And I’ve put them on notice since this afternoon that a story about them was coming.

    Within an hour of the story being posted, the videos began coming down. Within 90 minutes they were all down.

    That’s a pretty fast response time. I didn’t mention Winner & Associates in my hints. So why would they be on notice?

    I only mentioned Axelrod and Obama.

    Fedpapers sums up the great ‘dissapearing’:

    Ace warned about a major story breaking from Rusty, and even tipped people off to the approximate time it would be published. All they did was sit and wait for the expose. AJ’s right. They read it, realized they got caught, and immediately set about the task of covering their tracks. The problem is that people like Ace, Dan Riehl, andMichelle Malkin are night owls when it comes to major news. If this had been pure conjecture with no back up evidence, they would have shut their computers off and gone to bed. But the evidence Rusty provided was enough to prompt them to keep an eye on the YouTube accounts. At 12:42 AM Ace noted that “eswinner” logged into his YouTube accountBy 4:38 AM, all of the “winner” accounts were gone. Ace even noted that he didn’t mention Winner and Associates in his initial report of the scoop coming out. Obama campaign people were obviously watching to see which one of their stealth cronies was about to get exposed. Ace also notes that the KosKiddie who urged the scorched earth viral video astroturfing has been busy scrubbing the DailyKos diaries of his/her suggested strategy. Searching for it on the Kos site is futile because it’s gone. Um, note to the KosKiddie “geekesque” — you can delete the diary, but you can’t delete the cached page

    New kind of politics, anyone?

    P. Diddy comments on Alaska

    Oh wait – that’s just a gargling stink-hole. My bad – here’s the clip:

    Content Warning: Couple of f-bombs:

    Such an in-depth, cutting analysis of American politics.

    Translation:

    I bet da Gata’ boyz know what he talkin’ ’bout:

    I’d call them scum bags – but that’s disrespectful twards bags filled with scum

    A few comments from the DailyKos:

    “If health insurance for all, an end to the Iraq War, an end to torture and illegal wiretapping, and a sane energy policy can be obtained at the price of destroying one teenage girl, her family, and the surrendering our self-respect I see that as a cheap trade.”

    “Are you telling me that you would not use character-destroying lies to ensure a war against Iran does not occur? . . . What choice do we have? When faced with monsters, we have to be monstrous ourselves.” 

    Are you telling me you would not destroy the love a family holds for one another, even if it meant letting someone who would destroy the constitution become president?

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    Bonus – the clean up hitter:

    Shortly after this clip, an MSNBC insider has told us that Keith’s head exploded.