Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Sign of Change?



It "Depends" on who voters "Luv" and give the equivalent of "Huggies" at the ballot box.



Although this photo was proven to be not real, Senator Al Franken is no joke. Minnesota voters will have an opportunity to change him in 2014. Maybe this time it won't require three recounts and 1099 felons votes in a race decided by 324 votes to do so.

Judy Garland on Individuality

Judy Garland

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Applications of Orwellian Politics

George Orwell 2 Minute Hate



 Is it time for the Two Minute Hate?

    


No, the telescreens tell us that it's just RINO hunting season --it's like shooting skeet! 




 Oh and Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia and is in alliance with Eurasia.



Winston Churchill on Death

Churchill

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bobby Jindal on Politics

At This Point, What Difference Does It Make?

After having four months after the terror attack on the U.S. Embassy annex in Benghazi, Libya which killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans, Obama's Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was prepared for battle with somewhat combative Congressional questioning.

 In an infamous exchange between Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and the outgoing Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton was pressed about whether the Benghazi situation was precipitated by a spontaneous protest over an obscure internet video as the Obama Administration had maintained for several weeks. The Secretary of State had an angry retort "At this point, what difference does it make?"


This was a strange response from a person who assumed responsibility for the the debacle. Claim to take the wrap and then stop anyone from probing the situation.




 Perhaps what counts is the political science adage "Where you stand is where you sit." Or maybe it's where you stand that counts.


Liberals Legislating Legerdemain


Some Are Still Gestating a Respect for Personhood

Sign from a March for Life demonstrator

 This week marked the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade which open the floodgates across America for abortion on demand. Associate Justice Harry Blackman mooted some state anti-abortion laws in his 1973 majority opinion under the guise of an unwritten “right to privacy” that was contained in penumbras and emanations of the bill of rights as applied to states via the Fourteenth Amendment. This vague and confusing “logic” was the legal modus operandi for the judicial branch to legislate from the bench by imposing progressive moral sensibilities as "choices".



 Pro-Life protesters have demonstrated in our Nation’s Capitol every year around that January 22nd anniversary to protest this perceived injustice to the unborn.  This is the first year that the March for Life has been held without Nellie Gray, who died last August at the age of 88.  Gray was an accomplished attorney for the Federal Government who was so appalled by the Roe v. Wade decision that she walked away from her career (and took a small pension) to dedicate her life to standing for life by organizing the Marches for Life.




Although scheduling conflicts precluded my participation in this year's March for Life, organizers estimated at least 500,000 people participated despite the bitter cold and the afternoon onset of snow which makes District of Calamity denizens deranged.

View of crowd from the 40th March for Life, Washington, DC January 25, 2013

Yet you would never know it by the elite liberal media reports (a.k.a. the Lamestream Media).  The sea of humanity marching for the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, is minimized while the dozen of counter-protesters insisting that abortion is not murder are given equal time. And the media is quick to cite an outlier poll which "proves" their point that people do not think that abortion is murder.





  READ MORE reflections on the March for Life at at DCBarroco.com

Prof. Albus Dumbledore on Pain

130125 Dumbledore

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SCOTUS Sartorial Stylings at Inauguration

While there has been a buzz in the Lamestream Media as to the sartorial stylings of First Lady Michelle Obama at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, some astute observers had admired unusual haberdashery on the dais.

[Front L. Justice Sotomayor, R.  Justice Scalia; Back L. Justice Thomas, R. Justice Kagan] 

Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wore some distinctive head-wear to the public swearing in ceremony.  Scalia donned a hat which was a gift from the St. Thomas More Society from November 2010 that is a custom made replica based on the 1527 portrait of St. Thomas More by Hans Holbein.

What is more interesting than the fashionista question: "What are you wearing?" would be "Why are you wearing that hat?"  Was this just an opportune occasion to wear a stylish cap?  Or might the sartorial choice be subtle statement which echoes the inspiration for the Fortnight for Freedom?

[L.] . Justice Scalia at Inauguration [R] Detail of St. Thomas More portrait by Hans Holbein (1527)
Last summer, when the US Council of Catholic Bishops sought to educate the public about the encroachment of Obamacare into our foundational freedom of religion by the HHS Qualified Health Plan   (contraception) mandate.  The kick off mass celebrated St. Thomas More, a faithful Catholic who sacrificed his high position as Lord Chancellor (Prime Minister) as well as his own life when the secular sovereign demanded him to abandon his faith.

You be the judge.

h/t: First Things

"Jane Doe" Speaks Out


It is interesting to know that Roe v. Wade was based on a lie.  It is miraculous how the Holy Spirit moved Norma McCorvey to be an advocate for truth and life. 




Goldie Hawn on Life

Goldie Hawn

Mother Teresa on Life

Mother Teresa

Monday, January 21, 2013

Views from the Presidential Inauguration


It seems that one of the unexpected advantages of needing to be on the National Mall at "O'dark Thirty" for the 57th Presidential Inauguration is witnessing a spectacular sunrise over the Capitol.

w Capitol First Light


w Capitol Sunrise variegated

SEE MORE at DCBarroco.com

Inauguration Idol

As part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonies, Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol, performed a patriotic song celebrating America.

 Following President Obama's address, the thirty year old Ms. Clarkson accompanied by the United States Marine Band, performed a rousing rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee".



Judging from the reaction from the dais, a dignitary would gladly give it a "42"-- dawg.

Martin Luther King on Communications

MLK Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Catfishing--The Oval Office Edition


But what about Mr. Snuffleugus?  Oh that's right, he's playing ABC journalist "This Week". 


Maybe he can cover the White House Jobs Council meetings. 

Rand Paul on Politics


Touching upon what makes the United States of America different--"We the People" lending some of our personal liberty  via the Constitution to form a more perfect union which governs through checks and balances

Ronald Reagan on Faith

Ronald Reagan

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Book Review Excerpt: Agenda 21--a Novel by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke



Inspired by Glenn Beck's exhortation to do one's own homework about progressive policies which threaten American's liberties, registered nurse Harriet Parke researched the United Nation's Agenda 21.  So Parke wrote a manuscript  which was sold to Glenn Beck’s Mercury Ink (part of Simon &  Schuster).  To expand the reach of the Agenda 21 novel, Beck’s name was splashed prominently on the book cover along with the originator.

[L] Harriet Parke, [R] Glenn Beck

Agenda 21 is a didactic dystopian novel describing the disastrous results of enacting the ultimate aims of the UN's Agenda 21. Imagine no liberty, technology, religiosity when the polity chooses security over liberty.  This cacotopian tale is told through the eyes of Emmaline, a girl who had been sheltered from the full effect of religio-environmental totalitarianism until she comes of age as a citizen in what could be termed this brave new world (sic)...






The publication of the Agenda 21 novel dovetails with Glenn Beck’s de-emphasis upon politics per se on the national level to building up individuals and communities to protect liberty...

 The cacotopian suppositions which frame the Agenda 21 fiction are well documented in the afterwards material...

READ MORE at the DCBarroco.com  website

Kent Brockman on Patriotism

Simpsons Kent Brockman

Friday, January 18, 2013

Not on the Money




The Bank of Canada has generated some controversy at the release of their new $20 note.   The new polymer bank note features a maple leaf which is not native to Canada.


(L) Norway Maple, (R) Sugar Maple
Botanists believe that the outline of the leaf on the right hand side of the $20 bill is a Norway Maple Leaf rather than Sugar Maple, which is the leaf depicted on our neighbor to the north’s flag.  Since the Norway Maple is an invasive species displacing native flora, it is a dubious choice to be on the national currency. The Bank of Canada claims that the leaf featured on the bank note was a stylized blend of Maple Leaf, but botanists scoff at such a suggestion as an after the fact fig leaf.



It is tempting to dismiss this as being par for the course in the Land of the Loonies (sic).  But due to sound economic policy, at least Canadian currency will still be worth something after the next Quantitative Easing.  

Civic Inversion?


Who is John Galt?

George Carlin on Thinking

George Carlin

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Crackdown on Handguns?



After the Newton, Connecticut school shooting, NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory, wanted to score visual points for gun control advocates by brandishing a 30 round ammunition clip as he dressed down National Rife Association President Wayne LaPierre.  

Gregory checked with DC Metropolitan Police, who unequivocally informed him beforehand that this was a clear violation of law. Yet Gregory arrogated to do so anyways. Nevertheless, the DC Office of Attorney General exercised prosecutorial discretion in not seeking any punishment on the NBC News star host.  In a letter to NBC Attorney Lee Levine, the government proclaimed:

OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.

Yet in nearby Talbot County Maryland, the full force of the law was readied to be exercise to excise "hand guns".



Two six year old boys playing Cops and Robbers on a playground at White Marsh Elementary School were slated to be suspended as they dared to use finger gestures which mimicked guns.  Parents were incensed at pulling the disciplinary trigger on kids who were just playing.  Although there was probably a zero tolerance policy which mandated the suspensions, the penalty was quickly forgotten when the parents lawyered up and there was an outraged public.

It is likely that the kids would not have gotten into any trouble if they attended Sidwell Friends school, like David Gregory's scion does, as well as the First Daughters as did US Attorney General Eric Holder.


Progressives ignore the actual law because a prominent Lamestream Media type who is well connected can flagrantly violate real gun laws with impunity.  Yet little boys would have been suspended for playing cops and robbers with finger guns. As would be noted in George Orwell's Animal Farm, some of us are more equal than others.

If liberal leaders really want to deal with gun violence and the problem with handguns, maybe politicians from Chicago ought to consider the epidemic of violence with handguns in the Windy City, which has strict gun laws instead of fanning politically correct fears about guns without really solving the problem or respecting Americans' Second Amendment rights.


Constitutional Chalk Lines


In case the powers that be want to take anymore pot shots, perhaps it would be instructive to check out the target range--



Ben Franklin on Intelligence

Ben Franklin

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Assaulting One's Intelligence (sic)



Sadly, the Mayor of New York Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg, has succeeded in banning in innocuous "Big Gulps" and is now severely limiting pain killing prescriptions supposedly to prevent abuse.  However, it could also have an appearance issue.  After all, it could have a scurrilous reputation because of the name "pain-killers."

 Isn't benign despotism by our political "betters" grand?

h/t: Patriothumor.us