Rep. Weiner is a Weener

I always think that it is funny when public officials refuse to answer questions.  It happens on both sides, but this time it’s on the left.

Bill O’Reilly had Rep. Anthony Weiner on his show earlier in the week.  Bill asked a simple question about the fines that will be levied on taxpayers who refuse to get health insurance.  As you will see from the clip below, he just didn’t answer.

What a supreme jerk.  Big mean Bill O’Reilly always beats up on the helpless little Rep. Weiner and never let’s him talk.  Boo Hoo. I think that Mr. O’Reilly showed great patience with the Congressman during this interview, even though he never did answer the question and actually stretched the truth about who enforces the law and some other details.

In case you were curious, it is the IRS that will be charged with assessing the fines.  There’s your answer Bill (and Rep. Weiner.)

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Juan Williams Defends Rush Limbaugh

I usually don’t agree with the opinion of Juan Williams.  My wife and I call him Whiny Juan because of his proclivity to Whine about issues.  Nothing personal on our part, that’s just what we seem to hear.

Mr. Williams was a guest on The O’Reilly Factor last night as the discussion about Rush Limbaugh’s bid to become a minority owner of the Rams fell flat.  He debated Warren Ballentine if it was valid to tag Rush as a racist. 

1970?  That’s a little weak.  If that is it, ok, that’s not a great thing but I’m not sure that rises to the level of racism.  Bad taste and insensitive, maybe.

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Cavuto Slams White House Communications Director

I don’t watch Neil Cavuto on a regular basis, but he always seems to cut through the BS and really hit home runs.  In the clip below he slams White House Communications Director Anita Dunn on her dislike for Fox News.

Is Fox News really biased outside of the opinion shows?  I hardly think so.  The  fact that more Americans trust this network to give them the real story shows that they are on the right track.

Let’s examine the opinion shows:

  • Glenn Beck – Somewhat conservative but very independent thinking.  He’s no Republican.
  • Bill O’Reilly – I can’t tell what his leanings are – he really seems independent to be, but I know most lefties will disagree.
  • Bret Baier– Independent and balanced.
  • Greta Van Sustren – Independent and balanced.
  • Sean Hannity – Conservative and very right leaning.  Very biased on the right.
  • Geraldo Rivera – Liberal.
  • Sheppard Smith – Liberal, very biased on the left. 

Where is the vast right wing bias?  Even with the opinion shows thrown in, I don’t see the big deal. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Canadian Doctor on Health Care: Expect Long Lines and Rationing

I just love this piece.  I grabbed it from a great national blogger here in St. Louis, Gateway Pundit.  It really illustrates a great point of view regarding the Canadian Health Care System.  I am well aware that the proponents of some type of government plan will tell me: this is not socialized medicine!  I really don’t know how we can avoid a socialized system down the road if we decide to turn more control over to the government, but the convinced are rarely convinced otherwise.  Even if the current proposal(s) are not a fully government controlled plan like the Canadian’s currently have, it is my opinion that this is the logical conclusion (and what several members of Congress want – single payer system).

I know people from Canada that have had to wait in those lines.  I also know that the good MD’sin Canada often times will leave to practice in the US or other countries because of the vast income disparity and frustration with the bureaucratic system.  From this system the citizens of Canada do not get the best and brightest – they are coming down to our country to participate in our system.  What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m hoping that someone comes up with a better mousetrap before we are hammer of government run health care comes crashing down on us.  We’ll see.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

I Guess I’m A Right Wing Hate Machine

Steve McConnell photo

Steve McConnell photo

I love liberal journalists.  I really do, honestly. 

Paul Krugman, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote a column on the Op-Ed page on June 11 called The Big Hate.  Sounds provocative, huh.  All I can say is at least this type of opinion was on the Op-Ed page and not on Page one where it usually ends up.  You are more than welcome to read the whole ugly article, but I’ll pick out the most interesting points, to me, and offer up my opinion.

Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a “guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last time a Democrat held the White House. 

First off, George Tiller was a baby killer.  There really is no other way to express that fact.  He did have blood on his hands.  The guy that killed Dr. Tiller was a nut job.  Nothing that Bill O’Reilly said on his program was news to this guy or any other right thinking person.   Strike 1.

Exhibit A for the mainstreaming of right-wing extremism is Fox News’s new star, Glenn Beck. Here we have a network where, like it or not, millions of Americans get their news — and it gives daily airtime to a commentator who, among other things, warned viewers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency might be building concentration camps as part of the Obama administration’s “totalitarian” agenda (although he eventually conceded that nothing of the kind was happening).

 From what I have read and heard, this incident (FEMA) did not happen.  Shine on you crazy diamond.  Nuff said.  Strike 2.

And then there’s Rush Limbaugh. His rants today aren’t very different from his rants in 1993. But he occupies a different position in the scheme of things. Remember, during the Bush years Mr. Limbaugh became very much a political insider. Indeed, according to a recent Gallup survey, 10 percent of Republicans now consider him the “main person who speaks for the Republican Party today,” putting him in a three-way tie with Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich. So when Mr. Limbaugh peddles conspiracy theories — suggesting, for example, that fears over swine flu were being hyped “to get people to respond to government orders” — that’s a case of the conservative media establishment joining hands with the lunatic fringe.

The Swine Flu, sorry, Mexican Flu was hyped.  According to the CDC, 36,000 people DIE each year from the influenza related complications – you know, the type you are suppose to get a vaccine for each year.  As of the writing of this post approximately 45 people have died from the Mexican Flu.  Now, any fatalities are horrible, but how about a little perspective on the matter.  I’m just sayin’…..  Strike 3.

Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

That’s his big finish.  Kind of a fizzle, really.  These people don’t care what some commentator on the TV or radio says.  If McVeigh was really a lunatic then that kind of stuff wouldn’t matter anyway, but maybe I’m just blowing smoke up your backside.

At least Mr. Krugman is honest and upfront about his feelings.  It would be nice if more journalists were that transparent.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant