As whatever it is that has infested our intestinal tract here at casa de protein wisdom continues to ebb and flow — with an emphasis on the flow — we as its hosts and servants continue to muddle on and through, serving as parent volunteers on school field trips, wrestling coaches, tournament-grade wrestlers, and an extraordinarily powerful 19-month old who, though he’s been battling the the runs, continues to amaze the rest of us by moving chairs, lifting boxes, and finding ways to (swear to God) open up plastic clamshell packaging to get to a cinnamon roll he simply had to mutilate with a plastic fork.
Honestly, if he came home one day with a stable of baby hooker and was their baby pimp daddy, it wouldn’t surprise us in the least (though as parents we would naturally disapprove).
Anyway, December marks the end of protein wisdom’s 12th year, each one bringing new achievements to the art of hyperbole and scaremongering, and each one showing a dogged tenacity when it comes to putting off readers. And yet, it’s still here — poisoning the political discourse and hopefully giving some of the more successful folks in this field a bit of headache when they do, in fact, deserve one.
This last month has been a rough one, and nothing in my belly makes me feel like December is likely to be a whole lot better. But I’m going to try. And if that’s good enough for Sisyphus, it’s good enough for me.
Thanks in advance for your contributions!
Remember when GOP “pragmatists” warned we Hobbits about using loaded terms to attack an Historic President?
Well, it’s time for them to start chiding liberal law professors who — shockingly! — are beginning to use some of those very same EXTREMIST terms (I mean, c’mon: “imperial”? That’s the kind of thing that Rick Moran finds so absolutely maddening about you unnuanced and embarassing nutters; and suggesting that such behavior can lead to an “unstable system”? Why, that kind of of revolutionary innuendo will get you drummed off of Professor Brian Kiteley’s Christmas Card list tout de suite) and who will likely now find themselves subject to deliberate misrepresentation about their views, white papers describing them as potential domestic terrorists, or at the very least, deserving of special IRS (and perhaps even NSA) scrutiny.
For being such arsonistic anarchists and, you know, racists.
Funny: it seems its only politicians and political hacks who can’t see Obama for what he is. Just as it’s only politicians and political hacks who object so strenuously to our noticing, and giving voice to what are rather obvious observations.
Take that for what it’s worth. I’m not into being judgmental.
Yes. For now.
But that’s only because they haven’t yet learned how Obama plans to “pivot” and go on a 3-week offensive, pointing out all the advantages and freebies of his Utopian health care reform, the failures of which you haven’t really seen with your own eyes — or, if you have, it’s probably because that’s what the Republicans want you to see. And who are you going to believe, evil Teabaggers and your own dull and non-visionary eyes? Or the man who can promise you with a straight face that your life is actually better now than it ever was, thanks to his having unburdened you from your substandard car
If we can only remove all of these noxious vocal critics, we’re this close to a perfect perfect world. Led by a perfect, perfect man whose only failing is that he’s too committed to the American system to fully take over all decision making for everyone ever.
Because the truth is, “this law is working.” It’s just your failure to believe that that is resulting in the cancellation of your plans, the loss of your doctors, and the increase in the cost of deductibles and premiums.
Hope and change, people. Yes we can! Have you forgotten how if we all just chant it, it comes true?
Ingrates. And of course, racists.
Or are you just another of those teabagger types who keep giving the big government, establishment, “pro-business” center-rightests who are your nuanced and professional betters — your leaders, for Chrissakes! — such fits with your outrageous clinging to the Constitution, or the rule of law, or principles, or your desire to have jobs, or keep your health care?
Because if you are the former, you’re aces: the GOP has your back, and they are willing to completely lose their base, and lose coming elections, in order to satisfy you and your donations to the Party. If you’re the latter? What are you gonna do, vote for the Democrats? Stay home and let Hillary win?
House Speaker John Boehner announced on Tuesday the hire of Rebecca Tallent, a top immigration policy aide who will advise the Speaker on the topic.
Tallent joins Boehner’s office from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she was the director of immigration policy. Her hire — which was announced at the bottom of a press release along with other new staff additions — signals that there’s still life for an immigration reform bill to become law sometime over the next year.
And it came two weeks after Boehner declared in a press conference that despite press pronouncements, immigration reform was “absolutely not dead.”
Pro-immigration reform advocates that have been critical of Boehner hailed the move, while groups that have decried Senate-passed legislation as “amnesty” pushed back furiously.
“The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, said in an email.
“Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
Prior to joining the BPC, Tallent was the point person on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) staff, often leading his various pushes for immigration. From the 108th to 110th Congresses, Tallent helped draft four major immigration-related bills while working for both McCain and Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) . She was also a policy adviser on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Her move back to the Hill drew differing reactions from both sides of the immigration debate. Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on Twitter that Boehner is “ready for amnesty.”
Boehner also got praise from unlikely sources — like Marshall Fitz, the director of immigration policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
“Hiring Becky is an important signal that the Speaker is serious about achieving a legislative result,” Fitz told Business Insider in an email.
“He could have hired someone junior to simply manage the issue portfolio; that would have signaled that he was going in to a defensive crouch on the issue, just trying to run out the clock. But instead he hired someone senior with deep experience on the issue and a proven track record of effectively working across the aisle. In other words, he hired someone who knows how to get to yes.”
Boehner and other members of House GOP leadership have long signaled that they believe something needs to be done to reform the nation’s immigration system. But contra the comprehensive bipartisan Senate bill, they prefer to do so through a piecemeal method. Recently, President Barack Obama said he was open to that idea.
“If they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don’t care what it looks like,” Obama said during an interview at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
Face it, you dull, mouthbreathing, anti-progress fringe arsonists and latent domestic terrorists: you’ve been checkmated. Big government is here to stay, and Karl Rove is your secret king. Big business crony capitalism and corporatism is the name of the political game, and while sure, amnesty may provide the Dems with a permanent tipping point majority as the welfare state grows exponentially, the GOP’s corporate donors get themselves some cheap labor in exchange for funding a perpetual campaign by Republicans that promises to vigorously take on the Big Government Democrats at every turn.
Because being a permanent adversarial minority party, when the government is so big that being in power isn’t the only way to line one’s pockets, isn’t such a bad gig, it turns out. Particularly if you have no real principles in the first place.
Now. Get your asses in line — and let’s help all of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist’s “conservative” groups defeat these Teabagging interlopers, so that we can once again have a smoothly-run, single-party kabuki theater take the place of a true representative republic.
We learn that Peggy Noonan is at her heartfelt best, noting as she does — clearly, and not for the first time (though probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 or 5 times by now) — that this Obama fellow, despite his manufactured polish, his practiced speech, and his inflated credentials, may just prove ill-equipped to really lead effectively and handle the challenges facing the nation.
– Many of which wouldn’t be facing the nation in the first place had not ostentatiously cosmopolitan and “pragmatic” GOP pundits like the ubiquitous Peggy Noonan so disturbingly creamed over candidate Obama and his academic bona fides — which amounted to studies of critical race theory, race and law, the promotion of Marxism using the language of liberty as its camouflage, and mau-mauing the flak catchers, all of which requires nothing more than a willingness to parrot back leftist talking points to leftist professors looking to turn you into activist leftist foot soldiers and then, if you happen to have the right pedigree, perhaps even greater things.
Or, to put it another way, one of the women who helped guilt the American people into electing a transformative Marxist with a dubious background and no governing experience, a man who, after his drug-addled youth hung out with domestic terrorists, academic (and activist) anti-Semites, and got his religious counsel from a man steeped in hatred of Whites and Jews, as head of the free world — while simultaneously turning down her nose at figures like Sarah Palin, who has proven over the course of time to be every bit as prescient as Ms Noonan was bamboozed, hoodwinked, and gloriously conned — is now writing to tell us the President is not who he promised he’d be.
As if we haven’t been alive the last five years, or as if we were the ones whose snobbery and reflected egoism caused us to buy this charlatan’s obvious and vapid bullshit in the first place.
Sure, she seems to say. I maybe once very vocally believed in this sonorous-sounding, well-educated and Historic half black man, because to do so marked me as a post-partisan thinker, a wordly non-ideologue willing to embrace the completely transformative politics of the first post-partisan, post-racial President, the man who would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the country of all its accumulated psychic wounds by dint of having attended the right schools and being, as his Democratic colleagues reminded us, ever so clean and articulate! But heavens, if he hasn’t fucked things up! Have you all noticed? Because I’m beginning to, which means I must bring my insights to you — who likely aren’t as attuned to the pulse of America as am I.
I’m beginning to think — in all seriousness — that the GOP version of public sector unions is keeping alive and keeping protected the insular club of pundits that, for so much of their careers, are dazzlingly and consistently wrong about just about everything.
But then, I suppose the consistency and the familiarity that comes with keeping the same opinion-drivers in column inches is worth the disastrous misreadings of political moods and individual candidates.
Because of the pragmatism! And of course, the comity!
… is criticized — not the intent, which of course was laudable, attempting to highlight, as it does, the racist exclusion of a black Santa Claus from holiday lore; but rather the execution, which was merely, and with the best of intentions, “misguided” — for promoting negative stereotypes of blacks, not all of whom evidently live in poor areas, or find the color of Santa’s skin particularly problematic.
Next up: university blacks, in a shocking development and in an obvious affront to diversity training orthodoxy, don’t seem to mind that Lincoln was white, or that Kenny G plays a horn or dabbles in jazz, or that Barbie was a white chick with a rather flat ass. Though university whites, ironically, continue to worry about their own white privilege, which is of course settled science.
But, you know. Baby steps.
(h/t Terry H)
Satch at the Grappling Gobbler tournament Saturday Nov 30, wrestling up in the 56 lb class at 48.4 lbs.
Tell me. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Because it should, to you long time readers especially. Though I don’t begrudge it being repeated over and over and over again. I guess I just wish I hadn’t been so unceremoniously dismissed as an hyperbolic, unhelpful crank, one engaging in ideas characterized as “fundamentally unserious” or “pseudo-intellectual,” given their transcendence of the temporal and the pragmatic.
protein wisdom: an asshole so far ahead of his time that nobody even knew he wasn’t really an asshole after all. Or rather, he was, but for different reasons than they thought — most of them having to do with an irrational fear of sweater vests.
(h/t Terry H)
I don’t really know what it is, this pap smear thingie — and my OBGYN seemed to have a hard time figuring out what to do or where to scrape — but even though whatever she ended up doing hurt like the dickens (but don’t worry, I’m fairly certain I’m cervical cancer free; I just used my free health care as a precautionary measure), it was worth it.
Because it was free.
And, well, you know how it is with we Jews.
Next up: protein wisdom goes in for an ultrasound to see if he’s pregnant, regardless of what the lying blood tests and the recalcitrant pee strips keep telling me. The fact of the matter is, this month I’m feeling like a very fertile young woman trapped in the body of a middle-aged, stocky patriarchal oppressor, and I have a gut feeling that I may be carrying my own child, no matter what these so-called “doctors” have to say. After all, who are they to dictate what kind of care I need or deserve as my human right?
Those decisions more properly belong to the government. And as they’re too busy trying to figure out how to keep a website up and running, I figure now is as good a time as any to sneak in some superfluous tests and rule out all sort of illnesses or, in the case of a pregnancy, punishments.
Plus there’s that free thing again.
Turns out not having a full-time gig has its perks! From the bottom of my emotionally-realized uterus, Obama, thank you!
Never let a crisis (or if needs be, the anniversary of one) go to waste. And as a corollary? Make sure to bring plenty of chips, dip, music, and festive progressive cheer. After all, it’s not often you get to use the murder of elementary school children as a chance to throw a raucus set of house parties meant to galvanize your constituency into going after those in no way responsible for the monstrous act — all for potential political gain.
Christ. It’s enough to give lefties a hard on!
– Which is why they might want to bring the X, or some poppers, or — for the really adventurous — Diphenhydramine. Because nothing says “how can we throw a house part to exploit the death of a bunch of kids?” like heightened sexual arousal and vulcanic orgasms.
Ghoulish? Says you. Making a difference and enjoying the pleasures of the flesh at the same time? Now that’s Orgasming for Action!
Witness, for instance, the “civilized” fascism of the contemporary Democrat party, which is couching its totalitarian designs in the false nobility and unearned moral authority of sleazy elected officials and their army of appointed, faceless, bureaucratic lifers.
What they believe — and so are determined to act upon — is real, and it is the very essence of liberal fascism. What we are engaging in isn’t some mere set of “policy disagreements” within a completely workaday status quo DC, as some on the “right” — wishing to sound more reasoned than we Hobbits, extremists, anarchists, and domestic terrorists (read: constitutionalists) who have seen Obama and the New Left takeover of the Democrat Party for exactly what it is — have long maintained. Holding on to that position at this point, in fact, is nothing more than knee-jerk recalcitrance and should be treated as a complete surrender to the manufactured reality of the left, and the complete triumph of stubborn egoism over empiricism (Obama never was a “garden-variety liberal Democrat,” nor was he ever a “good man” who merely differed with the right on the best policies for America; instead, he is, and always has been, a revolutionary, a destroyer, someone whose entire life was constructed and molded to place him in a position to foist a progressive, Fabian Socialist, quasi-Marxist coup on our very system of governance by pressuring and breaching the Constitution, by challenging or ignoring separation of powers, and by turning the Executive branch and its administrative state into the ultimate governing authority, with the President as the supreme leader. He is, by way of Marx, Alinsky, Ayers, Cloward-Piven, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and LBJ, a Manchurian candidate with a nice pant crease and the cover of being an Historic figure in a country taught self-loathing over racial animus long ago atoned for, in ways large and small).
The mask has been off for some time now. So the sub rosa socialism — which was the strategy developed back during Obama’s days at Cooper Union’s Marxism conferences — has slowly become more brazen, with the attendant attempt to continue to normalize that presumptuousness so that it seems in keeping with traditional American ideals.
But one has to be willing to overlook so many things to buy into this fiction that those who do can, with confidence, be broken down into either useful idiots or complicit actors in an attempt at “fundamental transformation” — or, if you prefer, the remaking of our system of governance, a velvet revolution, a coup.
And here it is articulated, clearly and almost matter-of-factly, by Howard Dean, speaking on the roles of the private sector and the government in the arena of health insurance:
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a liberal Democrat, says decisions about health care should rest with the federal government, not with individual employers who pay for their workers’ health insurance.
“So, you know, this is one country,” Dean told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley on Sunday. “We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court. We’ll see what the court does, but I don’t think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get. That’s now in the hands of the federal government, and that’s where it should be.”
Let that sink in for a second: the dispersed and varied choice that occurs when private employers offer health care packages to their employees — which employees are free to factor in those proffered coverages as part of the calculus for deciding upon which job to take — is, to the left’s way of thinking, illegitimate: choice, competition, private contracts, variety of coverages, all of these things, we’re told, can’t rest with private enterprises buying them and then providing them to their employees.
Instead, those decisions are all “now in the hands of the federal government, and,” according to Dean and the left, “that’s where it should be.”
The question not asked, during such propaganda pitches, is this: why should these decisions be in hands of elected officials and bureaucrats and not those who are paying for the coverages, offering the benefit packages, and allowing potential employees to weigh those plans into the overall compensation packages being offered, thereby creating competition between companies for employees, which in turn drives up wages and allows for choice and, yes, individual liberty?
And the answer — though not explicitly stated — is buried in the implied assumption that, where private enterprises and their profit-seeking are somehow crass and immoral, the government, made up as it is of smiling hairpieces who excel at making promises they have no intention of fulfilling and telling constituencies what they wish to hear, then ignoring them once they go to DC, is entirely noble, virtuous, and moral, and as a result, has the best interests of the people in mind, evinced by their willingness to make the dull rubes who don’t know what’s best for them bend to an unpopular mandate that drives up the cost of care, redistributes wealth, destroys the middle class, decreases the efficacy of our health care system, drives doctors out of business, and (the kicker) only applies to those who are under the purview of this social experiment, with the virtuous government leadership exempting themselves from their own grand designs.
Or, to put it another way: the company that takes you on, trains you, gives you a job, a career, a livelihood, and room for advancement — all while providing you with a health care plan that you’ve determined fits within the elaborate calculus of your individual choices and decisions — is evil and incapable of doing right by you. Whereas Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi? These are the people who really know and care about you.
Which, when we distill it like that, can there be any narrative more absurd than that one?
Government isn’t your Nanny. It’s isn’t your surrogate parent. It isn’t meant to take care of you from cradle to grave. It’s design is to uphold and protect the Constitution, to secure what are your natural rights, and to provide for the common defense. It is the rule of law that keeps the civil society adequately refereed — not the rogue head coach who, once hired on a temporary basis, can change the rules of the game.
There is nothing inherently moral about a government employee or elected official. Just as there is nothing inherently evil about profit-driven innovation and expansion, which creates wealth and opportunity.
This is a lesson we need to learn, in New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and Oklahoma, and Arizona, and North Dakota, and New Mexico. In California, and Texas, and New York. In South Dakota, and Oregon, and Washington, and Michigan, and then in Washington DC to take back the White House. YEAAAARRRRRGGGHH!