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The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. -- Edmund Burke

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It's a Wonderful Bill!

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 20:13:05 PST

iowahawk updates a Christmas classic!

(after the last couple of days I needed the laugh)

For those who have forgotten

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 01:27:07 PST

Watch this again.  It is critical.

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:12:35 PST

Mark Steyn at his most astute.

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 06:28:48 PDT

When even the left of left BBC starts to "get it" about the Global Warming fraud, well...

Fork in the Road

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 08:03:28 PDT


Wed, 07 Oct 2009 11:21:20 PDT

Eric Scheie on the distortion by the media of "free markets" and "deregulation". Good stuff.

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 12:12:37 PDT

Glenn Reynolds on Hollywoood, Roman Polanski and defending the indefensible.

Separating Art from "Artist": “Hope and Change” = “Sieg Heil”?

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:47:14 PDT

Many of my more "progressive" friends have long argued that the desirability of public funding of "the Arts" outweighs the risks. Invariably they conveniently overlook the dangers that public finding brings with it...if the wrong people are in power. Like NOW for example...Hmmm. I wonder what they think of this development:Most likely, you're generally aware of the story. It was broken by Patrick Courrielche at Big Hollywood. Courrielche received an email invitation from Yosi Sergant of the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in a conference call to discuss President Obama's "United We Serve initiative." Courrielche did participate, along with a number of other artists and representatives of arts groups. He found the experience disconcerting, and wrote about the call on Big Hollywood: Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama's call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were "health care" and "energy and environment." The service was to be attached to the President's United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans. ... We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these "focus areas" as we had brought to Obama's presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to "shape the lives" of those around us. The now famous Obama "Hope" poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and's "Yes We Can" song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group's clear role in the election. More here , here and here.This is sort of the equivalent of a government taking the tax money of "progressives" and its President deciding to that money to fund a feature-length “Triumph of the Will II” from the "artistically-inclined" within in the KKK. Coming to a museum or theater near you soon.And speaking of “Will”.So what is next from these people: government funds for a new Michael Moore flick? Or perhaps an Oliver Stone homage to Republicans in general? The mind boggles.But why stop with “the arts” (quotes intentional), when you can bankroll your press coverage” too…I’m sure that will lead to “objective” coverage…. circa 1934:[...]

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:00:50 PDT

Excellent visual journey through the 'Cult of Iconography', courtesy of Bill Whittle.

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 23:19:55 PDT

iowahawk GOLD: Lion of Leinenkugel laid to rest.

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 21:34:29 PDT

Great read here about the cesspool of lies and corruption that Rep. Charles Rangel is swimming around in.

Once upon a time men like Dan Rostenkowski could not get away with this kind of illegality, even in a partisan Democrat administration. But that was then.

Is real justice a thing of the past in this 'era of Obama'? Is "political justice" (i.e. justice for thee but not necessarily for me) all that remains? Before you answer those questions, answer this one: just which one of Barack Obama/Eric Holder's US Attorneys do you think will be "greenlighted" to go after Rangel full bore?

I hate to say this, I really do: but from here this borders on sociopathic behavior; for what morality can there be where a purely political end justifies any means used to get there?

We are there. How do we get out?

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 09:44:02 PDT

Airbrushing (out) Mary Jo: a Mark Steyn "must read":
You can’t make an omelette without breaking chicks, right? I don’t know how many lives the senator changed — he certainly changed Mary Jo’s — but you’re struck less by the precise arithmetic than by the basic equation: How many changed lives justify leaving a human being struggling for breath for up to five hours pressed up against the window in a small, shrinking air pocket in Teddy’s Oldsmobile? If the senator had managed to change the lives of even more Americans, would it have been okay to leave a couple more broads down there? Hey, why not? At the Huffington Post, Melissa Lafsky mused on what Mary Jo “would have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history . . . Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.” What true-believing liberal lass wouldn’t be honored to be dispatched by that death panel?
You will want to read the entire thing.

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:09:36 PDT

What works (and what doesn't).

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:19:35 PDT

An absolutely sensational exploration into morality, economics, and political theory. This is a must read.

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:10:32 PDT

Props to Tim Pawlenty for issuing two of the best lines I have heard in a while (emphasis mine). I think these should be added to the repertoire of every Republican on the stump:
Minnesota GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty took an aggressive line against President Barack Obama’s proposed health care overhaul Friday and insisted that a rejection of the Democratic plan could usher in a Republican resurgence.

“It appears that President Obama is making great progress on climate change, he is changing the political climate in the country back to Republican,” ears Pawlenty said during a speech to the second annual GOPAC conference in Chicago.

“He went around the country last fall promising ‘change we can believe in,’ but now we see it’s about changing what we believe in,” said Pawlenty, an anticipated 2012 Republican presidential contender. “We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.”

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 21:42:52 PDT

I'm glad I am not the only one who gets irked by this stuff. Message to the GOP: Elections are serious matters; is it too much to ask the Republican Party to treat its potential donors seriously?

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:05:53 PDT

Ah, sweet irony.

Introducing Eugene Green: Texas Democrat who voted against a law that would require a valid Photo ID to vote for him--as I recall it was something about making sure all those constituents who were "too poor" to "afford" photo ID (translation: ACORN members voting in multiple districts and/or Illegal Aliens...) could exercise their "right" to vote...

All well and good, but do not think that you are ABOUT to get into one of his Town Hall meetings to actually express your concerns about his Health Care vote without...a valid photo ID.

The naked desperation of the flailing Dems is like blood in the water... The earth is moving; don't let up now.

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:25:12 PDT

Why allow the "newly-formed Stasi" the pleasure of turning us in to when we can write our own "confessions"; and this particular case in point may be a worthy example for all.

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 21:46:02 PDT

Mark Steyn: the Mob is restless.

White House Solicitation for "Snitches" probably Broke Federal Law

Thu, 06 Aug 2009 19:22:26 PDT

Even as the Obama Administration was busy trying to create a sequel, i.e. "The Lives of Others II: Taking Names" -- or something along those lines, their propensity to continue to conduct business "the Chicago Way" apparently has brought the White House afoul of the law:

The Obama White House may be breaking the Privacy Act of 1974 by asking citizens to report “fishy” political speech.

On Tuesday, Macon Phillips, President Obama’s Director of New Media, wrote on the White House blog asking citizens to rat out fellow citizens who are spreading “disinformation” about Obama’s plans for more government control over the health care system. Phillips wrote:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

One wonders, what constitutes “fishy” speech or “disinformation”? Is it anything that runs counter to what the White House wants you to think? And what, precisely, is the White House planning to do about someone who’s speech has been “flagged”?

It turns out, even asking for citizens to report on each other may be illegal. According to the Department of Justice, “the purpose of the Privacy Act is to balance the government’s need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from federal agencies’ collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personal information about them.”

Further, anything is considered a “personal record” if it identifies an individual (an e-mail address would qualify), and “federal agency” specifically includes “the Executive Office of the President.”

I’m no lawyer, but it sure sounds like the White House is violating the law by asking people to snitch on their friends and neighbors for engaging in “fishy” political speech. Anyone want to try this one in court?

In the meantime, I’m going to report myself. I’m obviously not thinking the way our Dear Leader wants...

Tyrannical Narcissists are "Stubborn Things"

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 19:40:16 PDT

Just when you think you have seen it all, THIS comes out today on the WHITE HOUSE BLOG:There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to what is next? Gestapo roundups in the middle of the night of anyone who dissents with Der Fuhrer? This guy really does think he is Al Capone--or Ahmadinejad, Castro, Chavez or Putin... The arrogance and narcissism of these people is beyond belief... and very dangerous.Next they will be teaching kids in school to rat out At what point do the United States become one totalitarian a police state? It sounds crazy, I know; on the other hand I am beginning to believe that there is almost nothing that this "regime" would not resort to hold onto power. For example, if we are so unfortunate that is a large scale terror attack on the US, do not expect Islamic Jihadists to necessarily be the first to "disappear" under martial law.This is so infuriating, so counter to EVERYTHING this country is about... I believe in the end that it is going to be stunts like the White House pulled today that will arouse the public to even greater LAWFUL activism against the Statists.There are very good reasons why a large majority of the public is (and should be) turning against the President on this proposal. But I am guessing that this veiled threat on the White House blog will not help. Thus far, the only misinformation I have seen recently seems to be coming from the White House and the Socialists in Congress.As for "end of life care", what say you try this on for size as an example of what is coming soon to a clinic near you if these Marxist Statists get their way on health care.We must defeat this bill. And we must defeat these traitors to the First and Tenth Amendments at the ballot box. The noblemen who drafted our Constitution intended that our Government should be responsible to We the People, not the other way around. The American Revolution occurred to rid the Continent of tyranny, not to empower it. Wars have been fought by better men than us and blood has been shed by many to keep it that way. Do we not now owe all those who came before us our own resolve and determination to fight for what is rightfully ours?Mark Levin nails it quite well.It is high time that we show our Representatives, Senators--and even the White House--who reports to whom here.[...]

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 19:56:30 PDT

Bill Whittle: The Destruction of Sarah Palin.

A must read.

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:26:17 PDT

ACORN has been busy organizing their forces to stop any anti-Obamacare protests, or any other protests by their perceived political opposition. This looks to be very organized and coming from the very top of the Angry Left.

Don't allow this to dissuade you; if anything it should encourage you to become more active and visible. The President and the Left may not understand this, but we have this thing called the First Amendment. Let's show them what that means.

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 23:06:28 PDT

It was impossible not to chuckle when I saw this from Mark Steyn.
By common consent, the most memorable moment of Barack Obama’s otherwise listless press conference on “health care” were his robust remarks on the “racist” incident involving Prof. Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police. The latter “acted stupidly,” pronounced the chief of state. The president of the United States may be reluctant to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei or Hugo Chávez or that guy in Honduras without examining all the nuances and footnotes, but sometimes there are outrages so heinous that even the famously nuanced must step up to the plate and speak truth to power. And thank God the leader of the free world had the guts to stand up and speak truth to municipal police sergeant James Crowley. ...

Read the whole thing.