Idiots At MSNBC Fail To Grasp Simplest Concepts

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer
Not the sharpest tool in the shed

Actual MSNBC chyron: “Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant.”

Hey geniuses: it’s already a crime to be an illegal immigrant. You might have been tipped off by the term Illegal Immigrant.”

Ace notes that the idiocy isn’t restricted to MSNBC, and adds:

In related news, Minnesota is “seriously considering” a law that would make the intentional killing of a human being a crime. This new crime is being called “Murder,” as an obscure old English common law provision termed it, at least until they come up with something catchier.

This is weapons-grade stupidity; weaponized obtuseness.  Why anyone watches cable news anymore, I have no idea.

Liars.

Liar.

Filthy, stinking, brazen liars:

The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care “reform” law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.

MY EYES! ZE GOGGLES, ZEY DO NUSSING!
dirty, dirty liars

“The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote,” says an HHS source. “Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.”

The analysis, performed by Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which in the past has been identified as a “nonpolitical” office, set off alarm bells when submitted. “We know a copy was sent to the White House via their legislative affairs staff,” says the HHS staffer, “and there were a number of meetings here almost right after the analysis was submitted to the secretary’s office. Everyone went into lockdown, and people here were too scared to go public with the report.”

Gabriel Malor:

So in addition to midnight votes and bribes to reluctant Congressmen, the Obama folks sat on government reports, reports that the taxpayers paid for, which would have shined a light on the President’s healthcare reform lies. And that’s what they were. He can’t plead ignorance. His own actuaries were telling him it would raise premiums while he was going on TV and saying the opposite.

Jim Hoft:

When Nancy Pelosi told America, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” she forgot to mention that democrats already knew what was in it. They just didn’t want the rest of the country to find out.

If we had a responsible media this would make headlines for about the next year and a half.

November cannot come soon enough.  I am salivating over the opportunity to vote this year.  I want these people to hurt at the polls.  I want them shamed. Of course, that assumes that they have the capacity to feel shame any more.

Welcome to Portland

Ed Morrisey notes this photo of a protest outside a Sarah Palin speech in Eugene, Oregon:

Palin Protesters
Nice.

Yes, that’s right: Eugene is a hate-free zone, except for the person who hopes that Sarah Palin chokes.  Nice touch with the Obama logo there, chum.  Don Surber adds:

Yes, that’s pretty liberal — harassing people who went to see someone speak.

From the Oregonian:

Rebecca McKenzie, 29, of Eugene left work at a nearby barbershop and grabbed a perch on an outdoor patio at Rockn Rodeo, a cowboy-themed bar across the street from the hotel. She watched the protests with a mix of fascination and chagrin.

“I think it’s pretty pathetic,” she said of the name-calling.

But c’mon. Palin? Eugene?

“I understand the oil and water thing,” McKenzie said. “But if you don’t approve, go home. Don’t come.”

Again, Don Surber:

That’s the actual do-your-own-thing attitude that liberals once pretended to embrace.

Well, it ain’t about that anymore, that’s for sure.

Carl Levin ♥s The VAT

Levin
Carl Levin lurrrves him some taxes

On occasion, the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” will do something that makes sense.  It appears that last week, we arrived at one of those auspicious moments:

Bipartisanship has broken out in the Senate, not that the media bothered to notice. Last week John McCain introduced a resolution stating that “It is the sense of the Senate that the Value Added Tax is a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery.” The resolution passed 85 to 13.

For those who are not aware, a VAT is a “Value Added Tax” in which a tax is applied at every stage of production of a product (or whenever “value is added” to a product).  The Wall Street Journal notes:

The typical VAT rate in Europe is close to 20%. That’s about how high a VAT would have to be in the U.S. to balance the federal budget, according to the Tax Foundation. Mr. McCain said about his VAT resolution that “With the economy in such bad shape, we should be cutting tax rates now, shouldn’t we?”

Hey, that makes sense, right?  I mean, right now we don’t want to do anything to discourage people from producing things or to keep consumers from purchasing them.  And a VAT would surely do that, seeing as how it would raise the cost of everything by around 20%.  Hence the large margin of passage of the McCain’s sense of the Senate resolution.  I mean, who would be dumb enough to support a VAT right now, especially considering that the people are far more concerned about out-of-control government spending, deficits, and debt?

Carl Levin would be, it turns out.  Heck, even Debbie Stabenow wasn’t stupid enough to vote no on this resolution.

Who can discern why Michigan is in the national economic dumpster right now?  It’s a mystery, I tell you.

Great Job, Morons

The New York Times seems to be noticing (a bit too late, natch) that Obamacare isn’t actually going to make health care any better.  Jennifer Rubin, writing at Contentions, is shocked, shocked:

So we’re going to force individuals to buy more-expensive plans than they might want (the issue Paul Ryan alluded to at the health-care summit), dump them into pools with high-risk patients, and then hope the costs don’t drive healthier customers out, hiking up the costs for the remaining individuals, who will look to the government for ever-increasing subsidies. Remarkable isn’t it, that the Democrats never looked, or cared to look, at the experience of Massachusetts and New York before jamming through their historic legislation? But then they didn’t much care in the end what was in it or how the CBO flimflam scoring was arrived at. What was important is that they had a “win.”

Loathing the feds is my new national pastime.  It’s easy, fun, and it’s the right thing to do.

Shocking News: Trust In Government Reaches New Low

Tea Party
Antigovernment Racist Nazi Skinhead Demons!

Who could have seen this coming?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they do not trust the U.S. government to do what is right, expressing the highest level of distrust in Washington in half a century, according to a public opinion survey.Only 22 percent of Americans say they trust the government “just about always” or “most of the time,” according to the Pew Research Center survey released on Sunday.

Americans’ trust in the federal government has been on a steady decline from a high of 73 percent during the Eisenhower administration in 1958, when the “trust” question was first posed in a national survey, the research center said.

Over at the HQ, Dave in Texas reminds us that the Tea Party movement remains – in spite of this news – a marginal, extremist movement peopled mostly by skinheads, Nazis, Nazi skinheads and transvestite vampire hookers from Hell.

Dubya And Human Freedom

For all his failings on the domestic side of the ledger, I always respected George W. Bush for his commitment to the idea that human beings have intrinsic dignity and therefore deserve liberty.  That’s probably the best thing he could use his post-presidency to promote, and he’s doing just that:

James K. Glassman, Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, issued a statement today prior to start of the Institute’s Conference on Cyber Dissidents: Global Successes and Challenges. The conference is being held in conjunction with the human rights organization Freedom House, on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

“Today’s conference launches the George W. Bush Institute’s initiatives in human freedom. It features several dissidents from around the world who are using tools made possible by Internet technology in their important work of advancing democracy and freedom. Dissidents are participating from such nations as Venezuela and China, and dissidents in exile elsewhere in the world from such nations as Cuba, Syria, and Iran. This is a historic event. We believe it is unprecedented for freedom advocates of such talent and courage, from so many nations, to gather in one place to discuss the use of new technology. At few times in history, has work like theirs been more important. But is it being fully appreciated? It is here in Dallas.”