Tea Parties… In Great Britain?

Daniel Hannan = Gob Bluth? Crazy Delicious

We often hear that America should be more civilized like our friends across the pond in Europe.  But is this a sign that our friends across the pond are starting to become a little more like us?

Conservatives in Britain will hold their first Tea Party protest in Brighton on Saturday, with British member of the European parliament (and frequent Fox News guest) Daniel Hannan giving the keynote.

The party web site is here.

“Labour has raised more than a trillion pounds in additional taxation since 1997. Yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown has still managed to run up a deficit of 12.6% of GDP (Greece’s is 12%). A far lower level of taxation brought Americans out in spontaneous protest last year,” Hannan wrote for the London Telegraph.

It’s about time someone like Hannan showed up in Old Europe.  Goodness knows they’ve needed a dose of fiscal sanity.  Too bad it might take the utter collapse of Greece to wake up that continent.

Harkin: “We May Be Closer Together” Than We Thought

Sen. Tom Harkin
Tom Harkin - Just one of the bright lights trying to bring you "Health Care Reform."

Um, Senator Harkin? I’m pretty sure I can assure you that you’re really not all that close at all:

Indeed, when Republicans like John McCain and Eric Cantor disagree and say the differences are far more substantive, these are the moments that have triggered the president’s anger. Fascinating. Democrats are seeking to turn around their fortunes on health care by hugging the GOP.

Note as well:  This man also apparently believes that insurance risk-pooling is akin to racial segregation:

After remarking that the U.S. bans discrimination on the basis of race, religion, creed, and national origin, Harkin said, “We still allow segregation in America today based on health. Why should we allow that to happen? This is why health-care reform is so vital.”

I suppose that it’s possible to say that Republicans (or at least those of the more conservative persuasion) and Democrats may be close together in believing that our current health care payment system is not working well and in need of reform, but to think that conservatives could ever come to agreement with people who make statements like that in an effort to “reform” the health care system is just crazy.


Best Craigslist ad I’ve ever seen:

You bet your nomadic ass it is. Do you want to be homeless? Then you better come check this room for rent out. It has WALLS and a CEILING. BLOCKS THE F’N WIND AND RAIN FOOL!

ZOMG THE LOCATION IS THE SHIT. You can WALK to Washington Avenue from here. So you can get your drink on and do some mackin playa. 10 mins from UH and Rice cause we all about higher education up in here. You could hit Memorial Parkway with a ROCK. But don’t. We keep it civilized.

“Fine, then it’s dead.”

Smoke up, Barry.
Sometimes you just need a smoke.

So says Senator Kent Conrad:

Conrad, who has been open to reconciliation as long as the fixes are limited, said the order must be reversed. The House must pass the Senate bill first — before either chamber considers the reconciliation package, he said.

“I don’t know of any way, I don’t know of any way where you can have a reconciliation bill pass before the bill that it is meant to reconcile passes,” said Conrad, who would be a central figure on the Senate floor if Democrats embark on the complicated process. “I don’t know how you would deal with the scoring. I don’t know how I could look you in the eye and say this package reduces the deficit. It’s kind of got the cart before the horse.”

When reminded that House Democrats don’t want to do health care in that order, Conrad said bluntly: “Fine, then it’s dead.”

Jennifer Rubin sums up:

So heading into tomorrow’s summit we see that, indeed, there is less here than meets the eye. Obama has a proposal with no CBO score, no popular mandate, and no congressional majority. He better have an exit strategy.

If this health care monstrosity is actually dead dead dead, then we’ve really dodged a bullet.  Next agenda item will be flushing all the waste out of Congress and beginning the process of reestablishing Constitutional governance.  Of course, that will also require someone new heading up the Executive branch as well; but I suppose (hope?) that 2012 will be here sooner than we imagine.

“Unacceptable” – Dennis Kucinich isn’t thrilled with Obama’s new plan.

Barack Obama, 2005: “You know, the Founders designed this system, as frustrating it is, to make sure that there’s a broad consensus before the country moves forward.”

Best Wishes, Senator

Just across the wires on NRO:

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) has been diagnosed with what doctors are calling “treatable” stomach cancer.  Thoughts and prayers.

I’ll second that.  Here’s hoping that the treatments go smoothly and are successful.

The Long Reach of Israel

Noah Pollak over at Contentions has this to say about the controversy over the assassination of a top Hamas operative in Dubai:

…the fact of the matter is that the team got into Dubai, rubbed out a bad guy, and got out. No drama, nobody was captured, and nobody knows the real identities of the team or where they are now. Given the extraordinary risk and complexity of the operation, that’s a win in my book. And now the Iranians, Syrians, and their terrorist clients have been given another reminder that their people aren’t safe anywhere — even in the heart of the Arab world.

And as for the people who are whining about “passport fraud” misdemeanors while ignoring the felony staring them in the face: what do you say about the fact that the terrorist in charge of illegally smuggling missiles from Iran to Hamas apparently had an open invite to hang out in Dubai? This isn’t a problem?

It’s good to know that at least one government in the world takes terrorism seriously these days.

The Confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Why this animal is still walking among the living is beyond my ability to comprehend.  America is a very merciful nation.  Unfortunately, on top of that abundance of mercy, we now have executive branch leaders who are just, well, stupid.

Note – the video contains some very graphic depictions of this monster’s handiwork.  Viewer discretion is advised.

Via Ace.

Doubling Down on Dumb

What a difference a year makes:

Let’s state up front that both parties can act stupidly, and both can engage in almost comically self-destructive behavior at times. History is littered with examples. But never in my lifetime have I seen members of a party engage in such willful self-deception as liberal Democrats are doing today.

This is both stupid and awesome. Stupid, because the Democrats (and Obama especially) keep doubling down on the same horrible ideas that are causing them to become toxic to the electorate of a center-right nation, and awesome, for the same reason. It sucks that we have to go through the occasional bout of extreme stupidity, but it looks like there’s hope for the republic yet…