Morning Joe: It’s what’s for Senate

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is among the senators trying to recruit Joe Scarborough to run against Bill Nelson in Florida. Let’s forget for a moment the rumors about Scarborough’s hard partying lifestyle when he was in the US House. Let’s forget for a moment that Scarborough left his US House seat in a rush about the same time his wife divorced him. Let’s forget that Joe Scarborough is an enabler of Democrat Party nutbags who works for MS-NBC, the media arm of the far left wing of the Democrat Party*. Let’s forget that an aide of Joe Scarborough’s died under somewhat suspicious circumstances in his Fort Walton Beach office. Let’s forget that Scarborough had the chance to challenge Bill Nelson in 2005 and decided not to run. Why did he stop then? Surely not because he thought he would win too easily! But forget all that.

Wait!

Why should we forget all that? Democrats won’t forget or forgive. Scarborough will get painted by the press including his current employer as a wobbly Republican, a critic of Republican Presidential candidates, and a moral reprobate.

Let’s review what happened last election cycle in the Florida Senate race.

  • Marco Rubio declared he would run for Senate.
  • Then Cornyn and NRSCC announced they would support Charlie Crist, of the very strange private life and citrus-colored suntan.
  • Rubio came on like gangbusters and beat Crist in the primary.
  • Crist switched parties and ran in the general election as an Independent while hinting he would caucus with Democrats.
  • Rubio kicked him all over the map again.
  • Hello Senator Marco Rubio!

Why, after being embarrassed by his early support for Charlie Crist, who turned out to be a Democrat in disguise, is Cornyn recruiting yet another bad candidate in Florida? Nelson isn’t even all that bad for a Democrat. If we’re going to have one left in the Senate he’d be the one to leave. So why do we have to run our own terrible candidate against the Democrats’ borderline-terrible candidate?

Joe Scarborough looks good at the 2008 DNC Convention. Don't you think? Let's keep him diong what he's doing, the toothless pet conservative at the MSNBC liberal petting zoo. Image courtesy wikimedia. Click to follow.

Here is a thought. How about we run a conservative Republican against Nelson, instead of a scandal-damaged goofball like Scarborough? Assuming he is Republican, maybe Judge Vinson could be recruited. He might even apply some of his vast knowledge of the Constitution to the actual drafting of legislation that adheres to it, rather than violating it at every step.

* Please forgive the weird metaphor. It’s casual Friday.

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Congress’s enumerated powers do not include subsidizing entertainment or education or even puppies

Everybody with a heart loves puppies. That doesn’t mean that the federal government should give us all puppies. Everyone, or nearly everyone, likes Sesame Street. That doesn’t mean the government should pay for it. Seriously, would a TV network like CBS or NBC or ABC or FOX love to pick up Sesame Street and broadcast it everyday, or would they love it? There is no other reasonable choice. You know they would love it. Every popular show PBS and CPB sponsor would thrive in a commercial environment. The shows that don’t thrive would be the shows that are wastes of programming, like the weeks long fundraising marathons that every year drive viewers away from public television and listeners from public radio.

Even boring pieces of crap like the Prairie Home Companion have thriving merchandise businesses. PHC is so ready for a commercial network that it has its own fake commercials holding down spots that real commercials could be slipped into.

In case you don’t know what “enumerated powers” are, you should try reading the Constitution. I’ve attached the relevant text below.

Amplify’d from topics.law.cornell.edu

Section 8.

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;

To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;

To establish post offices and post roads;

To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;

To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;

To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a navy;

To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;

To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;–And

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

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How to research and write the news

Seek the truth and report it.

The internet is full of news. Much of the reporting is good. Some of the reporting is bad. Because it takes work and critical thinking to tell whether reporting is good or bad it is hard for the general reader to tell what is true. That’s the bottom line. We read the news because we want to know what is true. But if some reporting is bad and we cannot tell whether any particular story is true or not, then we don’t know whether to believe the news or not. That is where Unified Patriots comes in with its news analysis and reporting. Continue reading

The Chevy Volt: Answering a question assembled by a committee of idiots

What is the strength of the Volt? Read it and laugh at the snark.

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So at what, precisely, does the Volt succeed? (You know everything and everyone has to be good at *something*, don’t you?) They eat money, including taxpayer money, like Pac Man ate little balls. Not only have the taxpayers given GM bucketloads of money that we’ll never get back, buyers of these rolling rechargeable batteries get tax credits of up to $15,000. That’s right, people. Tax Credit. As opposed to a deduction, you get to whack that right off your tax bill.

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