Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Now Let's Get Felons and Corpses Out of the Voting Booth.

Without the votes of illegal aliens, felons, corpses, and pets, Dino Rossi would be in his second term as Governor of Washington State, and the USA would have no worry that it would be subjected to another 4-years of Obamanation.

Strong support exists in Florida for Republican Gov. Rick Scott's effort to purge illegal immigrants from state voter rolls, according to a new poll.

By a margin of 60 percent to 35 percent, registered voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University's Polling Institute say they back the state voter purge, which has been legally challenged by the Justice Department for appearing to violate the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. The American Civil Liberties Union has also filed a lawsuit to stop the effort.

Wednesday's poll shows clear partisan backing with 90 percent of Republicans voicing support for the purge and 8 percent opposed. A majority of Democratic respondents broke the other way with 60 percent opposing the purge and 33 percent supporting it. The poll was conducted June 12- 18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

Ethnically, whites were most supportive of the plan, while blacks were the least. Hispanics trended slightly in favor of the purge with 49 percent expressing support and 42 percent opposing it.

Scott has been staunchly defending his effort in the face of criticism it will disenfranchise legal voters.

The governor revealed last week that he personally dealt with mistaken voter identity when election officials forced him to vote provisionally in 2006 believing he was a voter with the same name as someone who had died.

Can you believe the hubris of this organizer?

It is Obama that The House Committee should cite for contempt

From his lies and a failed promise of "transparency" it is abundantly clear that this "President" holds the American public in contempt.

From Yahoo News:
President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege on Wednesday for the first time since taking office to withhold certain Justice Department documents tied to the flawed "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling investigation from a House panel demanding them. Obama's 11th-hour decision, revealed in a letter from the Justice Department to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, did not derail the California Republican's plans to hold a vote declaring Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

"I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege" over the documents, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Issa.

"Although we are deeply disappointed that the Committee appears intent on proceeding with a contempt vote, the Department remains willing to work with the Committee to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues," Cole wrote in the letter.

Issa read from Cole's letter as his committee opened the hearing, and said he was "evaluating" the situation but would not hold off on the contempt vote.

Issa met with Holder late Tuesday to find a last-minute path out of the expanding constitutional conflict, but said afterwards that they had failed to reach a satisfactory arrangement regarding lawmakers' access to documents connected to "Fast and Furious." The operation aimed to track the flow of guns from the United States into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, but many firearms went missing and two turned up at the scene of the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Republicans have accused Holder of misleading them on what he knew about the operation and when. Holder has blamed Republicans of playing politics by rejecting his offers to make some of the materials available.

The White House, in an email to reporters announcing the move, noted that Obama's Republican predecessor President George W. Bush had invoked executive privilege six times, and former President Bill Clinton relied on the doctrine 14 times. Republicans hit back by sending reporters a snippet from a March 2007 interview in which Obama's condemned the Bush Administration's use of executive privilege "every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place" and urging that administration to "come clean."

By invoking "executive privilege," the Administration was essentially asserting a right to withhold documents that Issa's committee has sought using a congressional subpoena. The Supreme Court has ruled in the past that the privilege has its roots in the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.

"In brief, the compelled production to Congress of these internal Executive Branch documents generated in the course of the deliberative process concerning the Department's response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries would have significant, damaging consequences," Cole wrote to Issa.

"As I explained at our meeting yesterday, it would inhibit the candor of such Executive Branch deliberations in the future and significantly impair the Executive Branch's ability to respond independently and effectively to congressional oversight," Cole said.

"Such compelled disclosure would be inconsistent with the separation of powers established in the Constitution and would potentially create an imbalance in the relationship between these two co-equal branches of the Government," the deputy attorney general wrote to Issa.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner's office seized on Obama's decision, arguing that it suggested White House involvement in a "cover-up" of the errors in "Fast and Furious."

"Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding 'Fast and Furious' were confined to the Department of Justice. The White House decision to invoke executive privilege implies that White House officials were either involved in the 'Fast and Furious' operation or the cover-up that followed," said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.

"The Administration has always insisted that wasn't the case. Were they lying, or are they now bending the law to hide the truth?" Buck said in a statement emailed to reporters.

And now this, also from Yahoo News:
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress despite a last-minute intervention by President Obama.
By a vote of 23 to 17 after nearly six hours of tense discussion, the bipartisan committee voted for contempt over the Justice Department's decision to withhold documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that were subpoenaed by the committee in their investigation of the failed gunwalking operation.
This is the part that REALLY makes me wanna puke:
The votes were sharply divided along partisan lines with all Republicans voting for and all Democrats voting against contempt. The measure now moves to the full House for a vote.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm your DingleBarry

One would not nor should not speak the name of Doc Holliday and Barack Obama in the same breath, however this 1886 quote about Holliday from his close friend Wyatt Earp warrants some cogitation:
"Doc was a dentist, not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun that I ever knew."
Substitute a few words here and there and you can see what I mean.
"Obama was an organizer, not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom ambition had made a political vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic twit; a long lean tan fellow nearly dead with self-absorption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a Teleprompter that I ever knew."
Similarly, In this quote from a newspaper interview where, Holliday was asked if his conscience ever troubled him. He is reported to have said:
"I coughed that up with my lungs, years ago."
Change the word lungs to integrity and we have a true DingleBarry.

I'm Your Huckleberry

On and off I hear discussions in which people speculate on the exact origin and meaning is of the quaint idiom used by Doc Holliday in the movie "Tombstone." I've heard some wild suggestions, including "huckleberry" meaning "pall-bearer" suggesting "I'll bury you."

Still others think it has something to do with Mark Twain's character, Huckleberry Finn, and means "steadfast friend, pard." This is unlikely, since the book of that title was not written until 1883. Tom Sawyer was written in 1876, but nowhere there is the term "huckleberry" used to mean "steadfast friend" or the like.

Still others claim that a victor's crown or wreath of huckleberry is involved, making the statement "I'm your huckleberry" something like "I'll beat you!" But no such reference can be found in the historical materials supporting the use of this term in 19th century America. Additionally, "huckleberry" was native to North America so it's unlikely it was used in ancient Britain as a prize!

Solutions to such questions are actually very easy to find, since there are numerous dictionaries of the English language in its various periods, and there are dictionaries of English slang. These works simply cull from books, magazines, and newspapers of the period representative usages of the words to illustrate their meaning. I consulted several of these and found the expression to have a very interesting origin.

"Huckleberry" was commonly used in the 1800's in conjunction with "persimmon" as a small unit of measure. "I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon" meant "I'm just a bit better than you." As a result, "huckleberry" came to denote idiomatically two things. First, it denoted a small unit of measure, a "tad," as it were, and a person who was a huckleberry could be a small, unimportant person--usually expressed ironically in mock self-depreciation. The second and more common usage came to mean, in the words of the "Dictionary of American Slang: Second Supplemented Edition" (Crowell, 1975):

"A man; specif., the exact kind of man needed for a particular purpose. 1936: "Well, I'm your huckleberry, Mr. Haney." Tully, "Bruiser," 37. Since 1880, archaic.

The "Historical Dictionary of American Slang" which is a multivolume work, has about a third of a column of citations documenting this meaning all through the latter 19th century.

So "I'm your huckleberry" means "I'm just the man you're looking for!"

Now ain't that a daisy!

The "Daisy" comment is easier. In the late 19th century "daisy" was a common slang term for "the best in it's class." So for "daisy" just substitute "the best" and you'll have it. It was a short-lived idiom and doesn't seem to be popular much after 1890.