Liberals can’t stop making sense until they start

Critiquing liberal “feel tanks” is often like shooting your puppy; it’s too easy, too defenseless, and ultimately no challenge at all. That’s why dogs are used to help you hunt other animals and are not animals you hunt.

Or think of it this way: As a slam, many bloggers refer to the old Talking Heads album title “Stop Making Sense” to suggest that that’s what liberals have done in terms of their capacity to engage in intellectual debate… they’ve lost the ability to form cogent, logical arguments.

Trouble is, liberals would have to START making sense for a while – in fact, for the first time in a few decades – before it could honestly be said that they’ve stopped making sense.

Case in point: A liberal “feel tank,” the Center for American Progress and Free Press, has released a “report” that claims America is completely overwhelmed by conservative talk radio, and if only we could break up the dominance of the top five owners of radio stations and get a few minority owners involved, conservative talk radio would get tossed out like used bathwater and they could have their “total media dominance” utopia back the way it was 20 years ago.

Here’s the talking points:

– In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive.

– Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk — 10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

– 76 percent of the news/talk programming in the top 10 radio markets is conservative, while 24 percent is progressive.

Of course, the math of all that doesn’t add up, and it makes you wonder how they define “conservative” and “liberal.” (Sorry, not gonna play along with your “call a liberal by any other name and we won’t be feared as much” reindeer games.

Well, hey… if liberals will buy into rainforest deforestation rates that, if true, would have the entire surface of the planet, including the ocean beds, harvested in the matter of a couple years, then they’ll buy anything.

Unlike student loan consolidation, there is no real need for liberalism. Liberalism is all about feeling, not thinking.

So this report will help liberals FEEL dominated by conservatives on talk radio, and therefore FEEL justified in attempting to legislate it out of existence, and then FEEL the need to buy up all the radio stations that go under and turning them into nice, obedient little NPR stations that no one but Al Franken and a couple of folks in full body casts who can’t change the channel will ever listen to by choice.

Hillary-Boxer: Let’s legislate talk radio into oblivion

It’s all over the Web. Speaking on KFI-AM in Los Angeles, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) with host John Zeigler, the veteran politician reported that Democratic Senators Hillary Rodham and Barbara Boxer are actively seeking out a “legislative fix” to end talk radio, specifically conservative talk radio. Listen for yourself if you don’t want to believe me.

This comes as no surprise to industry veterans like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest; Democrats have been seeking to dethrone Rush for decades by putting up failure after failure when it comes to a “liberal alternative” to Rush, Sean and the gang. So far, most efforts have failed. The latest failure, Air America, was a such a commercial disaster that even the most robust financial consolidation software couldn’t cook the books enough to keep the venture from going down for the 10-count.

However, this is the first time a Washington insider has broken Beltway ranks to allow the American public to be a fly on the wall and hear how the issue is talked about when liberal politicians think no one’s listening.

If Inhofe’s report is genuine, then we have “the woman who would be president” and a top California senator both conspiring to to through legislation what liberals have failed to do through the free market: get rid of any contrary opinions or alternative voices, thus ending the constitutional right to free speech, and enforce a liberal valhalla where everyone who gets to speak agrees with them.

Turning a photo into a memory

I don’t often go completely off-topic here at Wonderful Pessimist, but part of what keeps this blog going is a link-sponsorship deal. However, it’s rare that these sponsorships turn into such an incredible offer as the one I recently received.

As a promo to get their site going, I’ve been offered a chance to get my favorite photo reproduced onto a 16×20 canvas, courtesy of the good folks at Canvas On Demand. Considering my first wedding anniversary is only a couple months away, I simply had to take advantage.

Canvas On Demand is based off a photo enlargement technique, but goes well beyond that. Customers can choose from a variety of techniques, including photorealistic, light brushstrokes to give it a “painted” effect, as well as black and white, sepia, restoration, colorization and collage. They make a great gift, and of course my wife and I have chosen our favorite wedding photo as the candidate for this unique process.

Lots of couples have wedding photos; how many can show off a 16×20 painting of their wedding based off a photo? It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to turn a simple photo into a work of art that we’ll both be proud to display on the wall wherever we may live, for the rest of our lives.

I’m excited to see how it turns out. Perhaps I should have surprised my wife with the gift, but in all honestly, when you’re making a gift of something this lasting, the last thing you want is to choose a photo your spouse is going to hate. So I felt the best course of action was to let her in on the selection process.

I’ll be placing my order soon, and I’ll be sure to share with Wonderful Pessimist readers just how it turned out. If Canvas On Demand is as skilled as they seem, I’m sure it will become a long-treasured family heirloom for generations to come.

Lil’ Bush? More like Lil’ Rudy, Lil’ McCain, etc.

All these Republicans running for the GOP nod for president are in need of a Dell memory upgrade if they want to lay claim to the Ronald Reagan mantle. Bowing and scraping to imbalanced, biased polling data that Reagan himself never listened to, they have made crapping on the head of the current GOP President, George W. Bush, a national pastime.

Acting no more mature or intelligent than the recent cartoon trash, ‘Lil Bush: Resident of the United States, the GOP front-runners are doing the Dems’ work for them in trashing the president rather than going against the grain, showing leadership, being people of character and supporting their fellow Republican, even while differing on some issues.

Reagan’s Rule was simple: Thou shalt never speak ill of a fellow Republican.

None of the midgets currently running to replace GWB are worthy to tie his shoelaces, let alone wear the Reagan mantle. Maybe they can grow into it, but they’re not there yet.

Bloomberg makes a more-honest man of himself

Current New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the “favorite Republican” of all New York media types who can’t pair the words “favorite” and “Republican” together in a polite sentence, but of no one in the GOP, has dropped out of the GOP.

Well, at least he’s finally being honest with himself. Bloomberg, neither a conservative nor a real Republican, is halfway to being completely honest. He’s admitted he’s no longer in the GOP this week, filing in New York as an independent. Now he just needs to admit that his values have far more in common with MoveOn.org than the Cato Institute, and we’ll finally have the political breakthrough the world has been waiting for: a liberal Republican finally admitting he’s a sham artist out to win election under the GOP banner that he’d never win under more honest labeling.

Of course, don’t tell that to the New York Times, who is hoping Bloomberg can win as an independent if Hillary falls short. Either way, the entire drug-addled staff is readying their vans and their van racks for a return to the hippie hippie 70s, just as soon as Bush is either impeached for no reason at all (which they still believe is possible) or finally leaves office in favor of… anyone except a Republican.

Boy, are they gonna have a hangover when they wake up in November ’08 to President Newt Gingrich and Vice-President Mike Huckabee, or what? Heh-heh-heh.

Thompson rumbles to the front for now

Former Tennessee Senator and Hollywood star in films like Die Hard 2 as well as TV’s Law and Order, Fred Thompson, isn’t even formally in the GOP race for the presidency yet, and his star has already eclipsed that of former New York mayor Rudy Guiliani. While well within the margin of error, Thompson now has a narrow lead over Guiliani in most polls, seeming to draw conservatives who’d been undecided, as well as robbing disenchanted supporters away from John McCain and Mitt Romney.

By the time he enters the race formally, he’ll either be considered a reliable part of a two-man race for the nomination against Guiliani, or his 15 minutes will have faded as conservatives rally around a more obvious savior, Newt Gingrich.

The political sound machines are already getting fired up and it’s not even 2008 yet for another six months and two weeks.

Is Thompson a more reliable conservative than Giuliani, McCain and Romney? Sure. It doesn’t take much to lay claim to that mantle, but sure.

The real question is, can Thomson command the stage well enough to be victorious over the “girl-power” candidate, Hillary, and the “pretty-boy power” candidate, Obama.

Ultimately, that’s who he’ll be tested against if he gets the nomination. Might be nice to know he can go toe-to-toe without blinking before anointing the man.

Florida revolts against Limbaugh censorship!

Broward County, Florida county commissioners quickly learned this week that no matter how liberal their county is, no one wants elected Dems making their irrational hatred of all things conservative public policy. To wit: the county was set to cancel using local radio station WIOD AM 610 as the county’s official channel for emergency information simply because … the station also airs Rush Limbaugh.

Public reaction by local WIOD listeners against the board’s petty political posturing was so intense, it had the county commissioners looking into some short-term term life insurance. And conservatives weren’t very happy about the censorship attempt, either.

But, by the end of Wednesday, the board was cowed by conservative criticism, mauled by moderates and lashed by limousine liberals who still care about free speech, even if they hate Limbaugh. So the county decided to retain their status with WIOD.

That’s the ticket to electoral victory, Dems… pretend the opposition doesn’t exist! Whee!

Nobel winner Gore for Prez? Hillary’s nightmare!

The latest theory going around is that Al Gore will run for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination … but only if he wins the Nobel Peace Prize this year. But it doesn’t take Dr. Larry Shapiro to diagnose Gore’s real motivation: to influence the Nobel Prize Committee in its decision.

The fact that Gore is even nominated is a politically-motivated joke. His “Inconvenient Truth” movie has been documented to be so chock-full of lies and half-truths, it deserves not a Nobel Prize, but a Michael Moore Award for Inaccuracy In Media.

The poor polar bears on the ice caps? Totally fraudulent and misleading. Of course, don’t believe me. This whole global warming thing is a fraud. Check out the very informative BBC documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle.”

Since Mr. Gore liked bullying so much, two can play at that game: any school that requires students to view “An Inconvenient Truth” should also require students to view “The Great Global Warming Swindle” right alongside it, so that students can use their critical thinking skills and decide for themselves who’s right, and who actually lost the electoral vote in Florida in 2000.

Uh-oh: Bush caves on climate

One of the most heroic political acts of George W. Bush’s first time, prior to the challenges of September 11, 2001, was his willingness to go against the enviro-wacko sentiments of the previous administration and refuse to enact the one-sides, anti-capitalist Kyoto accords pushed by Al Gore.

Apparently, President Bush has been pushed into submission by Gore at long last, as he agreed in principle to follow a new set of climate standards, not that different from the Kyoto Accords, following the most recent summit of the G-8 leaders.

According to BBC News.com, “No mandatory target was set for the cuts, but [German PM] Mrs Merkel’s preference for a 50% emissions cut by the year 2050 was included in the agreed statement.”

Frankly, the world would have been better off if the group had spent the entire meeting playing Ping Golf.

Global warming generating plenty of "hot air"

Committed anti-capitalist lefties are worked up in such a lather over global warming, they’re starting to sound even wackier than the fuhrer of the environmentalist movement, Al Gore. If they keep ratcheting up the increasingly-unfounded claims, it could become a challenge to determine this summer which will be the bigger challenge: to buy World Series tickets or to buy tickets to the end of the world.

Geoffrey Lean, environmental editor of Britain’s lefty rag, The Independent, claims global warming has suddenly accelerated to “three times faster than the worst predictions.” As a Chicken Little campaign speech, it makes for fascinating reading from a panicked mind. But it’s not science.

The real whopper here is that Lean makes claims of such new “evidence” based on studies that have been conducted, allegedly, for over 30 years now. Get real: 30 years of date don’t change the information they record with the political winds and whims of politicians and other wackos. Of course, how such data is interpreted certainly does.

It’s all very subjective, you see. Pure scientific date records what it records. But interpreting it is less detached. If one scientist goes in wanting to prove global warming, they can find what they need to prove it … usually by isolating only the data that supports their hypothesis and ignoring inconvenient contradictions. Same goes for those who wish to disprove it.

What is much more clear is history. The earth, during the stretch of human history on it, has been much colder than it is now; it has also been much warmer than it is now. All long before the industrial revolution, the invention of the steam engine or the birth and public utterances of Al Gore (himself a considerable source of global hot air, if not quite global warming.)

The Earth’s been there, done that, and it’s still here. ‘Nuff said.

Iran president promises Israel’s destruction … again.

Today, as I was gathering my clothes, my toiletries and my fishing tackle for a week-long getaway, I browsed through the news and saw this. Within a week or two of Iran enjoying its first official diplomatic contact with the United States since prior to the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-1980, the leaders of Iran have not softened their terrorist rhetoric, but actually ramped it up.

Just today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a public speech that the countdown to the destruction of Israel has begun. Demonstrating why it’s not possible or wise to “negotiate peace” with a terrorist state, Iranian news agency Mehr quoted Ahmadinejad as saying, “The arrogant superpowers and the Zionist regime invested all their efforts during the 33-day war, but after 60 years, their pride has been trampled and the countdown to the destruction of this regime has been started by Hizbullah fighters.”

Ahmadinejad added, “With the help of all the Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, we will witness the destruction of this regime in the near future… Anyone who works for God and believes in the power of the people will prevail.”

Is that clear enough for you, liberals?