The Maher-Trump Smackdown. If you were to rank buffoons on a scale of 1 to 10, Bill Maher would probably merit a 1.9 and Donald Trump a 2.6, and what direction that scale goes in is for you to decide. I guess I'd take the Donald over the skeevy HBO host, but really, I wish they'd both go away.
Still, on some level, I have to admire Trump just a bit. On Monday night, Maher, a guest on Jay Leno, demanded that Trump prove he is not the result of "his mother having sex with an orangutan." If the billionaire did so, Maher promised to pay $5 million to the charity of his choice, cheekily suggesting Hair Club for Men. First off, this may well be the oldest line in the book where Trump is concerned, and does little to prove that Maher is in fact a "comedian"; secondly, everyone ought to have known by now how he would react. Within 24 hours, Trump's lawyer (or one of them; I'm assuming he has an entire branch of the legal service on retainer) had sent Maher's office a copy of the Donald's birth certificate, showing that his father was in fact of the Homo sapiens variety, and demanded payment of the aforementioned $5 million. Probably to rub it in, Trump's requested charities (he asked that the money be divided among several) did not include Hair Club for Men, but did include Hurricane Sandy Victims, the March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society. That should teach Maher not to shoot his mouth off for a while. Like, a week.
Crap California Does, Volume 18. If there's any part of the U.S. thoroughly immune to reality, it would of course be the Golden State. I could write a whole blog post just about that, but let's stick to one aspect of it--their tax silliness. Back in 2011, Sacramento passed some substantial tax increases, which naturally hit businesses and the rich the hardest. Presumably chortling to themselves, "Those people threatening to fold their companies and leave the state! They wouldn't dare!!!" Governor Brown and company made plans for increased spending from the new revenue--only to find that the new revenue wasn't appearing, which simultaneously caused the state's budget deficit to rise from $9 to $16 billion. The Democrats' response to this was to heroically pass Proposition 30 this past Election Day, raising taxes in the state yet again.
I trust you can guess what's coming next.
Yep. In the first five weeks following Election Day 2012, California saw a drop in tax revenue of roughly a billion dollars. This, while state agencies increased their spending even further, in expectation of the dollars Prop 30 was going to magically produce. As a result, California's deficit has increased to a nasty $27 billion.
Feel free to laugh for as long as you can forget that all those idiots are leaving the state in droves and screwing things up for the rest of us in our own homes.
Guns, Guns, Guns! Ever since the ghastliness of Newtown, Connecticut, the Left has been shamelessly beating the drum on gun control, proposing everything from an assault-weapons ban to universal background checks (never mind that none of this would have prevented the massacre). The much-demonized NRA has been
The Association revealed Thursday morning that it has gained 100,000 members in the past three weeks, raising total membership to 4.2 million. A spokesman expressed the hope in a press release that they hoped to cross the 5 million threshold before this "debate" has run its course. And given that a membership costs $25, this influx means that, from several viewpoints, the NRA may well emerge from it more powerful than before.
All of which is meant, not only to amuse you (hopefully), but also to encourage you a bit. As we look for ways to beat the liberals, keep in mind--they may end up beating themselves. Thanks, liberals.