New culture: Cruel joke on fatherless kids

For children, the week’s news could hardly have been worse. Growing numbers of them are born into a world where adults decide after the fact, as Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin did, that “we’ll just remain friends for now,” as he said on “Good Morning America,” and “we’re both cool with that decision.”

Johnston and Palin are the Murphy Browns of this age, celebrities whose highly publicized choices signal acceptance of lifestyle decisions that are devastating to children born down the economic and social ladder. Liberals cite them as evidence that the culture is permanently recentered around the family model of the out-of-wedlock birth.

If so, weep.

The new data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals an across-the-board tragedy. “All measures of childbearing by unmarried women rose to historic levels in 2007, with the number of births, birth rate, and proportion of births to unmarried women increasing by 3 [percent] to 5 percent,” the center’s statisticians reported. Altogether, nearly 40 percent of all children born in 2007 entered the world without a married mother and father in the home.

Among whites, it was 27.8 percent, up from 26.6 in 2006. Among blacks, it was 71.6 percent, up from 70.7 percent the year before. Among Hispanics, it was 51.3 percent, up from 49.9 the year before. By every measure, what you know instinctively is confirmed by academic studies. Children suffer throughout their lives because of the decision two adults make that the incidental creation of human life should not rush them into maturity or commitments.

Charles Murray, an author and scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, delivered the Irving Kristol Lecture almost two weeks ago. It’s a brilliant lecture on America’s drift — and now, push — toward Europe’s regulatory and social welfare system. The problem with the European model, he said, is that “it drains too much of the life from life, [a] statement that applies as much to the lives of janitors as … it does to the lives of CEOs.” Murray’s premise is that life has deeply satisfying meaning — or can — if what we’ve done with it is important, if it required a great deal of effort, and if we have been responsible for the consequences.

“There aren’t many activities in life that can satisfy those three requirements. Having been a good parent. That qualifies. A good marriage. That qualifies. Having been a good neighbor and a good friend to those whose lives intersected with yours. That qualifies. And having been really good at something — good at something that drew the most from your abilities. That qualifies.”

The institutions, therefore, that bring deep satisfactions are four: family, community, vocation and faith. There’s no hierarchy to the four, nor is it necessary to draw satisfactions from all, he said. Social policy should strengthen those institutions. “And that’s what’s wrong with the European model,” Murray said. “It doesn’t do that. It enfeebles every single one of them.”

The expansion of the welfare state here didn’t result in happier and healthier children. Instead, “we have seen growing legions of children raised in unimaginably awful circumstances, not because of marginal poverty but because of dysfunctional families.”

Meanwhile, the man who once drew deep satisfaction from his role as provider while working menial jobs and therefore “doing something authentically important” with his life is marginalized. “If that same man lives under a system that says that the children of the woman he sleeps with will be taken care of whether or not he contributes, then that status [as a good provider] goes away.”

Work to support a family, instead of being a foundation for a deeply satisfying life, becomes “something that interferes with the higher good of leisure.” If we come to believe, Murray said, that “human beings are a collection of chemicals that activate and, after a period of time, deactivate” then “the purpose of life is to while away the intervening time as pleasantly as possible.” Murray’s commentary is primarily to: “Do we want the United States to be like Europe?” Within that is, however, a warning: Government can displace men from the family, but it cannot replace them, no matter how vast its array of social programs. “It drains the life from life.”

I am of no doubt. We have a government, and now a culture, recentering on a dysfunctional family model that gives children material goods — and takes their daddies.

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The Exception

March 21st, 2009
9:50 am

I agree that our culture is running at breakneck speed in a direction that is major negative impact on our country. The media is cramming “baby bump” stories of unwed “stars” and acting like it’s just normal. Look at what this has already done for the state of marriage and the lie that living together is normal and healthy.

The stats for unwed mothers is horrendous, but most just think, well, that’s just how it is and refuse to acknowledge the negative consequences it brings on our culture. Meanwhile, we just sit around and shake our head and let the liberal media and culture cram it down our children’s throats. Not me – I’m talking to my kids, highlighting the results of this “new attitude”.

Signed: A freak who was a virgin, along with his wife, when he got married. Have two chidren – one by birth and one by adoption – both after marriage. Married over 20 years with challenges along the way, but never strayed. I guess I’ll be the subject of a sci-fi movie soon.


March 21st, 2009
9:56 am

mr. wooten-
I know you like to beat your chest and persue child support obligers.
people like you got the goverment involved in the first place.
what you don’t realize is that for every dollar some quasi-goverment orginization recoups, it will cost you double in taxes.
why does a conservative always berate the wastefullness and corruption of a goverment operation like welfare,schools,or financing but will applaud the goverments involvment in collecting child support or killing or imprisoning our youth in the war on drugs.
you demanded goverment’s involvement. you got it.

get out much?

March 21st, 2009
10:13 am

“Meanwhile, the man who once drew deep satisfaction from his role as provider while working menial jobs” – unfortunately Mr. Wooten, the days of providing for a family from the salary of one “menial job” are long in the past.


March 21st, 2009
10:15 am

Oh, Jim. Life happens. Question is, when it comes to it, Parentage. And as it turnns out thatat’s in itself an endlessly complicated answer…


March 21st, 2009
10:24 am

If only marriage of the parents made life perfect for kids! Too bad it does not work that way. Kids are messed up and poorly cared for in marriages many times. What we need are educated, hard working ADULTS raising kids. Largely lacking in single and dual parent homes.


March 21st, 2009
10:32 am

I rather like the misspelling there, in its Jimmy Stewart stammerswagger. I think I’ll let it stand.


March 21st, 2009
10:57 am

There’s an old adage that says “The most important gift a man can give to his children is to love their mother.”

I’m thankful that my lovely wife and I have been able to make it work for the past 27 years. I’m thankful that my children never had to “visit” me every other weekend and two weeks in the summer. I’m thankful that my children never had to call another man “Dad.” There’s plenty more, but you get the picture.

The sad thing, many in today’s society call single parenthood “progress.”


March 21st, 2009
11:01 am

Jim, “It drains the life from life.” is a phrase I, myself, used just last Sunday — it’s a phrase that irresponsible adults, in their own self-interest, would deliver to our children.

A young woman at our church (I don’t know her well) works with drug and alcohol addicts. One of her clients opted to leave the program, returning to their addiction. She was beside herself with grief….crying….helpless and asking for prayers. Her list of those who needed prayers grew and grew! The other participants in the program which she feared would follow suit. Her sister, who had left her husband and the father to their three children — her sister’s kids, who were confused and acting out as a result.

Her utter despair and sobbing touched my heart. After service I gave her a hug and asked if it would help to talk more about it. With a lengthy pouring-out of details, she looked at me and asked…..”How can I fix all the broken parts?”

My response was “You can’t! Only the broken parts can fix themselves but it’s so much easier for them to drain the life from your life — a life with purpose. Don’t let ‘em!”

“You’ve become a victim of burnout. Can you take some time for yourself?” I asked.

“Yes” was her response.

“Then I suggest you do” said I “because you can’t give life if you allow everyone you care about to take it from you with the intent of theirs which is selfish-driven.”

Murray’s premise is that life has deeply satisfying meaning — or can — if what we’ve done with it is important

Helping one fragile soul at a time so that she, may in turn, save others from themselves.

You keep fighting for the kids, Jim…..keep telling the adults it’s time to grow up. If you, I and so many others can do it, there’s no excuse why the whole of America can’t.

Never give up on our kids, Jim! NEVER!


March 21st, 2009
11:13 am

I agree with the Cultural part of you analysis. But there is more to how we came to this day. How did the American Dad get elbowed out of the fabric of our families, and slowly got replaced by the Big Brother State?

1. Legilsation that has turned family-court/child-support agencies into self-perpetuating sinister beuracracies and fiefdoms. Federal law gives states matching-funds for every dollar of child support collected. More payor-dads created, more money for state coffers. Family Court is now nothign more than a Harvesting Operation. Creating broken families in order to harvest Dads, turning them into nothing more than human-slaves who are only allowed to see their children every other weekend. (think the machines of The Matrix harvesting humans).

2. Post-1970 No Faul Divorce Laws: More importantly no-fault-alimony laws have turned marriage into a toothless institution. If you can catch your wife committing adultery, have witnesses with you, prove it in court, AND still lose all your assets to her and pay her lifetime alimony, then what good is the marriage contract? Why commit if your commitments amounts to zero legal guarantees and nothing but giant liabilities? Thanks to modern divorce law, marriage has become all sticks, and no carrots for men. As any rational economist would predict, young men are voting with their feet, and shunning marriage. The slaves are leaving the plantation, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

(Check out the Rutgers University Marriage Study; their 2007 data just came out. Marriage-rates have been sliding for two decades, and are now at the lowest since records started being kept).


March 21st, 2009
11:29 am

For all of those that could maintain their marriage and families, congratulations!

For others, we are still trying to learn this secret.

The question that is asked, does the fact that parents are not “married” mean that they are not parents in every sense of the word?

In the scheme of nature, humans are one of the few species that uses sex for pleasure versus procreation. How many other species can you name that both parents remain “married?”


March 21st, 2009
12:02 pm

So I guess all of the single mothers as a result of the Iraq war get a free pass?


March 21st, 2009
12:11 pm

Mr. Wooten – calling Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin adults, is kind of stretching the term a bit. Sorry but they are still kids themselves. It is one thing to criticize two people in the thirties and forties who decide to have kids out of wedlock but it is something totally different to criticize two hormone driven teenagers who never intended to become parents. Gone are the days when they would be quickly (and sometimes quietly) married (the presence of the shotgun implied if not in fact). Levi would get a job at the local factory, usually with the help of his (or Bristol’s) father and Bristol would stay home to raise the child(ren).

Redneck Convert

March 21st, 2009
1:43 pm

Well, I’m awful glad Wooten is still writing about how Those People have so many kids outside of marriage. With him carrying the ball us rednecks don’t have to say a thing. Wooten’s the best friend we got.

Have a good weekend everybody.

Greeneck Liberal Convert

March 21st, 2009
2:38 pm

You neocon trash had better get on the green wagon of the church of His Holiness (not Obama). Al Gore and his disciples are telling you to ditch your outdoor grills, forget burning a romantic fire, eat grass grown in your back yard, and for GOD sake, dump that power hog plasma TV.

We know more than you, we are better than you, and we are smarter than you.


Churchill's MOM

March 21st, 2009
2:41 pm

Palin whacks Obama on Special Olympics

Time differences tend to slow these things down, but here’s Palin:

“I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics,” Governor Palin said. “This was a degrading remark about our world’s most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world.

“These athletes overcome more challenges, discrimination and adversity than most of us ever will. By the way, these athletes can outperform many of us and we should be proud of them. I hope President Obama’s comments do not reflect how he truly feels about the special needs community.”

UPDATE: Think Progress noted during the campaign that she once proposed cutting Special Olympics funding. [Although the claims that she cut funding for special needs are apparently false].


March 21st, 2009
3:40 pm


There are quite a few species who mate for “life”.

Mate for life….that’s an interesting phrase when you think about it. The sole purpose within the animal kingdom is to mate, provide much needed skills for the survival of the species.

Unfortunately the human species mates, leaving the little lambs to be raised by a predatory government — the wolves, so to speak.


March 21st, 2009
3:44 pm

…forgot to mention, Jackie. In the animal kingdom those parents work as a team to assure the offspring will know how to survive. It’s instinctual.

We’ve lost our instinct to do the same.


March 21st, 2009
5:07 pm

I dunno. I guess I’m odd-man-out among cultural conservatives in this matter, because I get really uncomfortable when this vitally threatening trend is made so personal as to land on a particular person such as Bristol Palin. The only thing worse than journalistic self-righteousness is journalistic self-righteousness aimed and named.

As though journalists and their families were without blemish. As though the tribulations of a particular girl and a particular baby in Alaska could be made into a poster, or a bumper sticker.

Even our most esteemed pulpit pastors have seen this kind of moralizing come back and bite them in the ass. Yet I can forgive them their failings. Is there a journalist who can let Bristol Palin off the hook? After all, she’s the one left holding the bag.


March 21st, 2009
5:24 pm

At least she had the baby. And a beautiful one it is.

"Charles", The Original

March 21st, 2009
5:39 pm

Charles Murray is smart enough to know that integration in American society has drained too much of the life from life, [a] statement that applies as much to the lives of janitors as … it does to the lives of CEOs. Murray’s premise is that life has deeply satisfying meaning — or can — if what we’ve done with it is important, if it required a great deal of effort, and if we have been responsible for the consequences.

And that’s accurate only if persons are living in a separatist society… Murray erroneously asserts that being good parents, having a good marriage, a good neighbor and a good friend to those whose lives intersected with yours, and having been really good at something — good at something that drew the most from your abilities are activities in life that can satisfy those requirements.

Murray is accurate once again provided we are living in a separatist society. Let me remind Murray, we live in an integrationist society. Murray’s premise and supporting qualifications would be accurate fifty years ago.

“Charles”, The Original is stepping forward to set the record straight. There are no activities in life that can satisfy those three requirements. Being a good parent doesn’t qualify in an integrationist society except we change the meaning of being a good parent… The experience of parenting and marriage in our present society is akin to a male Jewish person who marries a catholic woman and they parent the offspring with all of the problems it foretells. But that parenting and marriage will present fewer problems than most… A good parent and marriage under most circumstances is almost impossible.

And you know most of us don’t know our neighbors like we did fifty years ago. And according to each individual residing under this system of integration, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. We have moved a hundred and eighty degrees from where we started fifty years ago…

The last qualification suggested by Murray is having been really good at something — good at something that draws the most from your abilities. Does that qualify? Most integrationist Negroes that I know insist that the times have changed. They say it’s not what you know these days, it’s who you know. And the entire rancor certainly follows from each integrationist quarter. Those kind of problems created in an integrationist society fostered by social policy are unsolvable.

Sound the alarm. There is no such thing as family, community, vocation, and faith while living under an integrationist ideology fostered by social policy. It’s an oxymoron. That kind of fantasy existence resides only in the mind of persons living in the Matrix… And meanwhile, as we speak, the children born in America continue to reap the thorns and thistles that their great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents have sown for over fifty years.

Red Storm Rising

March 21st, 2009
7:25 pm

America is slowly but surely starting to wake up to the realization of the Democrat idiots they have put in charge of this nation. Pelosi and her cohorts need to be booted in 2010, and Barry The Teleprompter should safely lose to Mickey Mouse in 2012. ENOUGH of incompetence already. We thought we had incompetence for the past 8 years of Bush? Please. Try 2 years of congressional incompetence led by the Nannycrats.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Howard Rosenblatt voted for U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd five years ago. He won’t do that again.

“It’s time for Chris to resign,” said the 62-year-old owner of Rosenblatt’s department store in Naugatuck, Conn., a working-class borough of more than 30,000. “He sits on the Senate banking commission, and he had his hands on funny money loans.”

Earl Reilly, a 59-year-old factory worker from Naugatuck, shares Rosenblatt’s anger with the state’s senior senator.

Red Storm Rising

March 21st, 2009
7:49 pm

This Canadian moonbat thought it would be cool to convert to Islam after 9/11. In sympathy of the radical Muslim terrorists maybe? Now she’s stuck under the knife by radical Mulsims as a hostage. So sweetheart, how’s that peaceful wonderful religion of Islam working out for you?


March 21st, 2009
8:54 pm


I’ve always wished that Jim would come in to engage in discussion. On the rare occasions that he did, he was viciously attacked by the liberals…..well, even when he’s not ON, he’s attacked by the liberals.

Consider this…..maybe Jim was, in his own way, protecting young Bristol and Levi. Had he not included them, they would have been left open to the attacks that liberals have been waging against Bristol from day one.

When I read that the number of babies being born had increased, I thought the same thing you did — at least the mother is choosing life — that’s a good thing. When, however, we accept single-parent homes as the norm, we are surrendering the children to less than adequate rearing. Then those kids grow up…..and so on, and so on

…and you know where I’m going, I’m sure.

For me, it’s not so much a marriage certificate as it is full-time commitment by both parents to raising the children. Take Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell as an example. They’ve done a great job but they’re both totally committed to their children.


March 22nd, 2009
12:41 am


Yes, of course I do see where you’re going. It’s such a huge SIGH — as Charles Shultz would say. People do about the best they can…the Palin’s included. That’s all. Still, I’d prefer a sacrament to a [marriage] “certificate”. (With all due respect to Hawn & Russell & progeny.)

Jim is not defending young Bristol; he’s dumping on her, and using her blatantly as a scapegoat.

I am ever on the side of the scapegoat. Always, ever.

Dr. Craig Spinks /Evans

March 22nd, 2009
1:04 am

Inasmuch as a conservative Republican like RMN could begin to solve “The China problem,” a liberal Democrat like BHO will begin to solve the problem of the disintegrating, dysfunctional American family. Like Mamie Cunningham Craig used to tell her hard-headed grandson, “You can mark my words.”


March 22nd, 2009
1:59 am

@ @@

I think you have your wires crossed. How many people do you know that have children for the sole purpose of giving them to the government wolves?

You continue your thesis by stating we have lost our instinct to survive! Just a cursory review of that statement proves to be fallacious. You and those around you are still alive, I take it?

Care to make a more compelling argument?

The is pure inflationary extrapolation. Has no meaning, no substance; it has not truth, only empty rhetoric.


March 22nd, 2009
6:10 am

I wish we had a writer like this up here in Minnesota. Keep up the great work.


March 22nd, 2009
7:58 am

Sen. Johnny Isakson suggested Thursday that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should resign because of his tarnished credibility, which he believes is hurting the Obama administration’s ability to respond to the economic crisis.

Isakson is one of a growing number of Republicans — along with a few Democrats — who have sharply criticized Geithner in the wake of the AIG bonus fiasco.

“I think his credibility has been hurt to the point where he’s not going to be effective, and if I were him I would” resign, Isakson told POLITICO.

When asked about Geithner on Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) didn’t offer a ringing endorsement but says the Treasury secretary needs time to perform: “I think the jury is out,” Feinstein said.

While Isakson said that the decision is Geithner’s to make, he made clear that the Treasury secretary’s handling of the AIG bonuses and the lack of confidence he’s given to the markets mean that he can no longer serve the administration effectively.

“If you lose your credibility and you’re in that type of a position, you just can’t function as effectively as the head of the Treasury or any other department,” said Isakson, who was one of 34 Republicans to vote against Geithner’s nomination in January. “He’s hurting the administration, and I think it’s hurting the country.”

Isakson becomes the first Senate Republican to suggest that Geithner resign — but other Senate Republicans aren’t far off.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said the resignation decision is up to President Barack Obama, while adding, “I didn’t vote for him; he shouldn’t have been there to start with.”

Geithner has come under fire for his role in not stopping the bailed-out insurance giant AIG from doling out $165 million worth of bonuses to top executives — and for his shaky performances early on in stabilizing the credit markets. Obama has fiercely defended Geithner, and on Thursday, so did Senate Democratic leadership.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had “total confidence” in Geithner, while Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the judgment over Geithner’s performance should be on his economic policies.

“Look, I think that Timothy Geithner is substantively very, very smart,” Schumer said. “He knows the issues, he has the experience, and you know, the proof of the pudding, and I have some confidence in … how his plans, how his proposals affect the economy.”

Asked if Geithner was the right person for the job, Schumer said, “He’s really working very hard in coming up with a really comprehensive plan in a very difficult situation. And I think we all ought to give a chance to see if these plans work.”

But some Democrats are clearly frustrated at Geithner. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Obama’s economic team resisted a bill he and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) wanted to add to the economic-stimulus package that would have stopped the AIG bonuses. But he won’t say that Geithner should resign.

“The president has been blunt, he’s been forthright, he’s been strong on a lot of these key issues, particularly the question of making sure you rein in these outrageous bonuses,” Wyden said. “But I think there hasn’t been adequate follow-up in terms of his economic team.”

Wyden called it “exasperating” how the administration’s team resisted his plan, citing fears over repealing contract rights, even though he provided them with an analysis saying it was on secure legal grounds.

“This is an unprecedented situation; he’s a very bright talented man who has been part of the Federal Reserve community before,” Feinstein said. “I don’t know him, I have never met him. He is clearly the president’s choice and I respect that very much.”

Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who also voted against the nomination, said that while Geithner has his problems, resigning might only make management of the economy worse, since a number of top Treasury posts have yet to be filled.

“I think Geithner is having lots of problems in the kind of confidence we need in a secretary of Treasury right now,” Martinez said. “The problem is that since he’s home alone, if he resigns, we may have no one over there. I’m not sure that would be a good situation either.”


March 22nd, 2009
7:59 am

We did ofcourse vote for TARP because the Banks & Wall Street gave Saxby the Socialist $2.5 Million.

Ga Values

March 22nd, 2009
9:06 am

Georgia’s 2 SOCIALIST SENATORS 7:59 am

Saxby took a bunch of money from the insurance companies, guuess he is upset about AIG executives having to give back their bonus.

Ga Values

March 22nd, 2009
9:09 am

“Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said the resignation decision is up to President Barack Obama, while adding, “I didn’t vote for him; he shouldn’t have been there to start with.”

That’s the way I think about Saxby and his LOBBYIST son Bo.


March 22nd, 2009
9:41 am


You nailed it perfectly. There are no longer any consequences for women (especially those married to middle-class or wealthier men) to get divorced. The horror stories I hear everyday from divorced single dads amaze me. There are some seriously dangerous people running loose in the child support division of our state government that not only enable, but promote the destruction of fatherhood.


March 22nd, 2009
10:10 am





March 22nd, 2009
10:13 am

And by the way, Charles Murray is a social biological, neo-phrenological, racial hygienicist ape. A disgrace to the race. At the base of the spinal column with which he does all his thinking is a furry tail. The next time he writes of something he knows I’ll eat my Doc Martens, laces and all.


March 22nd, 2009
10:15 am

Well, well, well.

The non-conservative conservative party of Family Values and the Moral Majority (or is it the party of divorce, pedophilia, sexual dalliances and out of wedlock children?) once again proves itself to be one replete with utter and unashamed frauds.

I could not care less about some Alaska bimbette who couldn’t keep her legs closed. Nor her equally vacuous paramour. Nor her pretty but strange and misguided mother.

But for the umpteenth time, the salient point is the hypocrites in the hemorrhaging Old White Guy Party that show themselves completely unable to deal with the realities (and the ugliness) of the modern world. Much less posit solutions that don’t involve legislating morality and inane attempts to bring back the 1950s and Father Knows Best.

Is there any wonder that, in part, doesn’t explain the complete annihilation they’ve suffered in the past two national elections?

61 – 4.


I don’t see that trend changing, as the ever dwindling zealots in the Dixie Cracker Party are loathe to, perhaps at this point, even incapable of, improving themselves and their repudiated, nonsensical lot.

To wit, read the sophomoric tripe written here day after day after day by some of the more reality challenged Republiconned lame brains. Uncommonly senseless “conservatism”, Georgia style…

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
10:26 am

Yeah well, we can’t have a lovely Sunday without some hate from the left now, can we? Let’s just stir up some liberalism and left wingnut insantiy, shall we? First up, is one of the Three Witches Of Eastwick – or The View, if you will: Joy Behar (by the way, if you folks missed the C-SPAN replay of the Thursday Liberal Media Shamefest, you missed some goodies!). Anyway, back to one of the hot-headed liberal mouths, it appears that she wrote a children’s book. Nothing wrong with that of course, except that said liberal just couldn’t quite contain her inner demons and had to show her @ss in a children’s book. These people on the left can’t even escape politics long enough to write a children’s book. How sad. How pathetic. How so unsurprising from the modern representation of the left.

“Liberal “View” co-host Joy Behar appeared on Thursday’s edition of “Good Morning America” to promote her new children’s book “SheetzuCacaPoopoo,” an allegory for Barack Obama’s rise to power. According to Behar, the illustrated tale the book is really about the new President. She explained to GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts, “The dog- Max is in trouble. They send him to obedience school, okay? When he’s in obedience school is when he becomes Barack. He becomes a community organizer.”

“As a somewhat incredulous Roberts watched, Behar continued, “And he organizes the big dogs around the little dogs. ‘Cause at first, the big dogs, also known as the Republicans, don’t like him. See?” With no spoiler alerts, Behar concluded, “And so, he finds ways, pragmatically, to help the big dogs…And so, he becomes popular. And everybody loves each other.”


March 22nd, 2009
10:35 am

Right on, AmVet. Right on.

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
10:36 am

And now on to more news this week from Libland, this time, it’s our old pal Charlie Rangel. For those who have been living under a rock, CNBC has been just a bit in the cross hairs of the DNC libgoon media lately and other various liberal hyenas because some dude from that network on the NYSE floor went into a hissyfit and actually had the gall to say something NEGATIVE about Obama. Oh the horror! But back to the story here. Good ‘ole Rangel (he’s the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee – and a Democrat – for you mindless Obama voters). He was one of the first Democrats post Pelosi’s “Drain The Swamp” mandate to have tax “issues.”


By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
3/19/2009 2:39:49 PM

In the wake of the American International Group (AIG) bonus controversy, some have called the plans of congressional leaders to tax those bonuses at a rate of 90-100 percent “legislating with a vengeance.”

However, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., insists that doing this is a necessity, despite the premise that retroactively taxing anything is a dangerous precedent. In an interview with CNBC “Squawk on the Street” co-hosts Mark Haines and Erin Burnett on March 19, he explained different rules apply in these extraordinary circumstances.

“When you violate the public trust, different rules apply – the same thing we have in charitable organizations, 501(c)3 when they have excessive payment in certain areas that we’re able to penalize them for,” Rangel said.

But Haines, referring to a Sept. 9, 2008 New York Times article that alleges Rangel hasn’t paid taxes on some of properties, questioned the New York congressman’s moral authority.

“With all due respect Congressman, when you talk about violating the public trust, you’ve had some tax issues of your own,” Haines said.

“Well, I wouldn’t think that you know what they are since what I did or did not is being investigated by a committee, by me,” Rangel said. “So what you’re doing is reporting on what a reporter says because you have no clue as to what problems, if any, I have.”

Haines pressed on and asked, “So all of the reports in the press were erroneous?”


Gotta luv it.

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
10:44 am

Great job, California! You let a pos recurring criminal go free, and he kills three cops. My favorite part of this story is where the comment that a group of 20 people taunted the cops trying to investigate what happened. I sure am glad Obama was elected and all this crime and evil and hate disappeared, aren’t you?

“OAKLAND, Calif. – A police officer was battling for his life and three more were dead after a parolee with an “extensive criminal history” opened fire at a routine traffic stop and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team searching for him.”

“The gunman was also killed Saturday, capping a day of violence that the Oakland Police Department said was the worst in its history. Never before had three police officers died in the line of duty on the same day.”

“(Mixon) was on parole and he had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that parole. And he was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon,” said Oakland police Deputy Chief Jeffery Israel.”

“Police said they did not know exactly why the officers initially stopped the suspect, but said it apparently was a routine traffic stop.”

“People lingered at the scene of the first shooting. About 20 bystanders taunted police.”

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
10:56 am

Uh huh. An entity run by Democrats, for Democrats, and OF Democrats is going to give out bonuses. Ever notice how the libDims never have a problem with how much incompetent government employees or civilians who work for a government run entity get paid? But oh boy, wait until a PRIVATE company decides on how much it wants to pay senior executives, and all hell breaks loose.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae plans to pay retention bonuses of at least $1 million to four key executives as part of a plan to keep hundreds of employees from leaving the government-controlled company.”

“Rival mortgage finance company Freddie Mac is planning similar awards, but has not yet reported on which executives will benefit.”

“The two companies, which together own or back more than half of the home mortgages in the country, have been hobbled by skyrocketing loan defaults. Fannie recently requested $15 billion in federal aid, while Freddie has sought a total of almost $45 billion.”

“Fannie Mae disclosed its “broad-based” retention program in a recent regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company was only required to disclose the amounts for the top-paid executives, who will pocket at least $470,000 on top of their base salaries.”

“The bonuses are more than double last year’s, which ranged from $200,000 to $260,000. Another round of bonuses ranging from $330,000 to $429,000 are planned for next February.”


For the short bus Obama voters, here’s what Barney “The Drooler” Frank said about the above entities in 2003 when the Bush Administration wanted to increase regulation on Fannie & Freddie, who generally give out loans to those who otherwise wouldn’t qualify (you know, part of that “fair housing” and all that…):

“These two entities—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. “The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”


March 22nd, 2009
10:59 am

On the news from California.

These gang wars against Oakland cops occur with regularity. They’re about the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. Oakland invests in a fairly handsome battle pay to attract intrepid young frontline officers to its streets, and when the two-thirds of them not on the gangs’ payroll attempt to crack down on drug trafficking the poor fellows get shot on sight, usually in the middle of the night and usually from behind. Invariably they leave young spouses, and babies, behind. The gang-bangers earn their stripes thereby, having sent the message to OPD not to hassle the gangs. The inevitable response from the city is to put more officers onto the streets, exacerbating the conflict.

Oakland needs a Gen. Petraeus to lead a kind of Surge. At times like these the place is like Sicily, or Northern Mexico. It’s a disgrace.

Meanwhile, south of Oakland they keep reelecting a fool Congressman, Fortney “Pete” Stark, who hasn’t lived in his district for decades. I’ve been to his “home” in the East Bay. It’s rented to a family who’ve lived there for years and who have never met the man, nor even spoken with him. For tax purposes he claims as his primary residence a lakefront house in Maryland. In other words, he’s a carpetbagging tax cheat. There are several, highly ambitious, downstream Democratic politicians in the East Bay who’d kill to take Stark’s congressional seat, and now’s the time…

RIP, Fortney “Pete”.

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

Okay, okay, just one more post for now. This time, we just have to have some entertainment value – all at mindless liberal expense of course. When liberal freaks, kooks, wingnuts, Marxist anarchists, and other various dumpster divers corral together, you know you are in for a treat. So without further adieu, I submit the “Answer Protest” on Washington yesterday. Man, I wish I could have been there.


March 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

Bunch of Spartacist dupes in the grip of movement nostalgia. Where was Sean Penn?


March 22nd, 2009
11:18 am

THE biggest problem (out of many) these days for the once relevant GOP is the lack of almost any, real credibility.

Since 1980 they’ve conned the ultra-gullible “faithful” into believing their candidates were both competent and ethical “conservatives”.

HUGE mistake, neo-conned.

As in reality virtually all of your “leaders” like the Hero of the Texas ANG, turned out to be non-conservative screw ups of the first degree. As evidenced by how he surrounded himself with a boatload of Nixon/Reagan misfits and castoffs and other such like-mindless reactionary, gutless sycophants and bumblers.

And now you Rush toadies are paying one helluva price and not at all surprisingly accept no responsibility for it, instead blaming the evil liberal media or “doing a poor job of getting your message out”!

Hey I have an idea!

Why not try being MORE non-conservative conservative? You know dig your heels in and trot out Flip-Flop Romney, Flat-earth Hucksterbee, Sarah BarraClueless or the Louisiana Flash.

That’s bound to change your luck next two Novembers…


March 22nd, 2009
11:23 am

Meanwhile the CA State Auditor thinks that the state’s deficit may run closer to a quarter trillion dollars than the $52 billion deficit previously forecast. The Austrian bodybuilder who alone is to blame, given his inability to say no to Democrats, won’t even take responsibility for his malfeasance. He has no choice but to suck up to Obama in exchange for bailout moneys.

As I’ve said many times, on a Briggs & Stratton the governor is that device which keeps the engine from revving too high. Schwarzenegger is no governor.

Palin is.


March 22nd, 2009
12:13 pm

Good morning, Jim,

I think you invalidate your own argument in your thrashing to find a point. Choosing to cite “Charles Murray, an author and scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington,” openly concedes that your point of view is biased, inflamatory, and indefensible. If your concern were truly for children rather than on making a feeble and vapid assault on “a culture,” then you would suggest meaningless solutions to the biases which send so many young black men to prison. Ideology once again trumps common sense in your column.

"Charles", The Original

March 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

Hold on just a minute! Hold on just a minute! Hold on just a minute! I have a lot of respect for Charles Murray. I respect him more than I respect integrationist Negroes. At least Murray isn’t essentially in many ways a coward when discussing things racial. And for that regardless of his findings, he has my respect.

But don’t get me wrong, it’s just not Charles Murray’s kith and kin that have a problem with discussing race. The integrationists Negroes have problems with it too. And from a distance, they appear to fear that if racial issues are discussed, the average Negro will realize that it’s not white people who are causing genocidal conditions among the Negroes, but the integrationist Negro and their social policies are to blame.

The social policies of the integrationist Negroes leave the average Negro without institutions, powerless, diseased, and destitute. So don’t be deceived by the integrationist Negroes. They are essentially cowards in many ways when discussing things racial. And many integrationist leaders are hoping that the average Negro is not smart enough to distinguish and external friends from an internal enemy.

Eleanor Rigby

March 22nd, 2009
12:50 pm

Let the homosexuals marry, since no one else wants to.

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
1:42 pm

Glenn @ 11:23: I’ve always said that an accurate barometer of the future of this nation under liberalism is to just look at California. Governor AHnold is what the libDims want in a Republican: a sock puppet to further their agenda. You see, in a mindless libDim world, THAT is “bipartisanship.” Vote for their cause and shut the F up about it. Methinks Bush did that MANY times in his administration. The libDims hate the Right anyway, so why try and reach across the isle? It’s painfully obvious the Nannycrats won’t even give wimpy caving Republicans the common decency of a reach-around. Lindsay Graham has one of the biggest holes out there. What a pathetic excuse for a “conservative” Republican. Being nice to the libDims is like putting your hand in a basket full of pit vipers and expecting licks of love.

Chris Matthews' Tingling Leg

March 22nd, 2009
1:57 pm

WOW. When a Chicago [Conservative Tribunal] Tribune journalist writes about the disgust of the libDims turning a blind eye

John Kass
March 21, 2009

President Barack Obama must not have had his Hopium before appearing on “The Tonight Show” last week, because he really screwed up.

No, not the screw-up in which he abandoned his trusty teleprompter to ad-lib a joke about how he’s such a lousy bowler, just like someone in the Special Olympics.

If Obama were a Republican, he’d be toast, since Republicans have been cast as unfeeling monsters in the two-dimensional cartoon that is American politics on TV. But Obama is a Democrat, beloved by the glassy-eyed media as a symbol of hope and change, even if guys from Chicago’s City Hall run his administration. So the gaffe will soon wash over him.

Yet it’s that other screw-up that is most illuminating—the one that was overshadowed by his unfortunate Special Olympics wisecrack.

Obama told Jay Leno he was surprised that those greedy AIG executives who helped lead the country into financial ruin were in line to receive $165 million in bonuses paid for by bailout cash authorized by his administration.

“Stunned, stunned is the word,” said Obama.



In fact, it was a rather brave New York Democrat, Rep. Joseph Crowley, who asked Geithner about the AIG bonuses in a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. Not yesterday, or a couple days ago, but on March 3.

“Just last month,” Crowley told Geithner, “AIG paid 343 employees of AIG FP—their Financial Products division that created the financial hole that AIG is in, and in turn a multibillion-dollar bill for American taxpayers—$56 million in bonuses and are slated to pay an additional $162 million in bonuses to 393 participants in the coming weeks,” Crowley said.

“And there’s more,” Crowley said. “Further bonus payments totaling approximately $230 million are due to 407 participants at AIG’s Financial Products division in March 2010. This makes no sense to my constituency.”

Sadly, it makes perfect sense back here, where we get only that weak schwag Hopium. They cut the deal in some back room, and Geithner is being measured as the fall guy. It sounds just like Chicago’s City Hall.

I’m stunned, really.

Stunned is the word.