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September 30, 2010

The problem with hate-crime laws

A Rutgers university student jumps off a bridge to his death after his roommate posts a video of him engaging in, a presumably homosexual, sexual encounter. It’s a tragedy, and I hope the roommate is punished for his disgusting, evil actions. But this makes no sense: “A New Jersey gay-rights group, Garden State Equality, said it considers Mr. Clementi’s death a hate crime.” How can a suicide be a hate-crime? Should the roommate get life in prison, the way a hate-crime murderer would? The death penalty?

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If you’ve got a way for us to waste money we don’t have, New York wants to hear about it.

$27 million to change NYC [street] signs from all-caps

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September 28, 2010

Why don’t women vote Republican?

Melissa Clouthier wonders this in a new piece for Liberty Belles. She concludes that fiscal conservatism is something that matters primarily to men and that this is a very disappointing fact for women.

I think it’s a marketing problem, personally. Republicans need to reframe what counts as a “women’s issue.” I wrote about this back in 2003, that official “women’s issues” only have to do with sex and reproduction, when in reality women’s issues should be fighting terrorism and lower taxes, and if the woman is a mother then perhaps better schools. The fiscal conservative pitch needs to be made to women, that they maintain their independence as people by giving less of their money to the government to squander. If they feel that they have to do more to help society, the real path to this is charity and not government. Republicans need to do a better job of selling this idea.

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September 27, 2010

Where are we going?

I will make an admission right here and right now that will shock my husband: I am not always right. Things I have been wrong about include:

1) The Spice Girls would never make it big in America.

2) No one would ever want a camera on their phone. 2a) Also, no one would ever want to text.

And 3) The Tea Party would never matter.

When the Tea Party protests began, it just seemed like a bunch of Republicans who don’t usually do the protest thing getting out and meeting like-minded others in the wake of an Obama win. That they were doing it under a new banner confused me. How many Tea Partiers are not ultimately Republicans? Ok, I know, there’s like 6 independent voters who could really go either way but the majority are right-leaning people who probably pulled the Republican lever more often than not. I felt that the Tea Party would have been better off just reclaiming the Republican mantle for themselves instead of forming something altogether new. It reminded me of young Republicans who struggle with the R word and so call themselves “libertarians.” But hey, it worked, so what do I know?

Anyway, where are they going? I say “they” and not “we” because even though I probably share many goals with the Tea Party, they’re not really a *party* with a platform, so I can’t say for sure. PJ O’Rourke tries to find out the foreign policy of the Tea Party and finds there really isn’t one:

Foreign policy opinions in the Tea Party are “wide, wide-ranging,” said the Web designer, “everything from ‘nuke Iran’ to the Ron Paul people who want to pull everyone out of everywhere to Rand Paul who’s more in the middle ground and wants an active foreign policy but says it’s a question of money.”

The same goes for domestic policies. While I’m confident nearly every Tea Partier believes in lower taxes, there are many opinions on how exactly that’s executed. Most may oppose illegal immigration but differ wildly on how to combat it. The drug war, abortion, gay marriage, positions on all sides of these issues find a home at this not-really-a-party Party.

The tent is big and I like it that way, believe it, but that means that there isn’t a coherent message or philosophy on much. And if there’s one thing that remains true in politics, no matter who is in charge and no matter who is leading in the polls, it’s that you need a message, you need strong positions. You can win for a little while without these things, but it isn’t a long-term strategy.

Lately, it seems like the Tea Party is limiting who gets in the tent. In lieu of a platform the focus is on excluding those it deems “establishment”, and banking on us vs. them as a way to win. It’s a strategy, that’s for sure. The problem is, I don’t know if I’m us or them anymore. I worked for conservative candidates in four states, wore a “Sarah Palin is my homegirl” t-shirt around Manhattan, am a member of the NRA and the Club for Growth and have maintained this conservative blog since 2001. If I don’t belong, who does? But if I say Christine O’Donnell doesn’t seem like the world’s best candidate, I’m establishment, a RINO, unfit to Party. If I don’t think our collective goal should be scalp collecting, I’m the enemy. If I think disagreements on the issues shouldn’t turn into the ugliest of wars, whose side am I on? It’s too obvious to state that the party who makes the most people feel like they have a political home is the party that wins. Why don’t the Tea Partiers understand that excluding people is not a winning idea?

Fact is, Republicans are projected to do well in November but right now we’re still the out party in every way that matters. We control nothing. Do we really want to in-fight away our chances at a sustainable majority? Is purging those who dare not fall in line behind every candidate or method the way to go? I wrote above that so many positions are represented in the Tea Party. If exclusion begins on one position, it will continue to others. Just because it’s not you and your outsider point of view on an issue today doesn’t mean it won’t be you tomorrow.

So ultimately, where are we, whether Tea Party, squishy RINO, or other, going? I know we have a lot of common ground, all of us on the right who are currently trying to tear out each others throats. We agree on much, and we agree strongly that Barack Obama has been an utter failure as president and we need to get rid of him and his majority. Let’s just keep in mind, winning is great, winning for more than one term is better.

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Free Friar’s Club Film Festival Tickets

The Friar’s Club Film Festival is happening this week and I’ve got free tickets for my readers to the below shows. Go to Will Call and tell them Karol sent you. Bring friends!

TONIGHT (Monday) – Two Options

1. “Skeletons” 8pm at HBO Theater (6th Ave. b/w 42nd and 43rd). It won best feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival and initially premiered at SXSW. It’s a comedy about two guys with psychic powers who hire themselves out to reveal “skeletons in the closet” in couple’s lives, etc. Very funny.

2. A stand-up comedy double feature at 7pm and 8:45pm (at CORE Club, across the street from the Friars Club, 57 East 55th between Park and Madison) — Comic Ahmed Ahmed and others will be there in person to present their film “Just Like Us” about their efforts to do a standup comedy tour through the middle east, identifying the cultural barriers that they came across and how the people in those countries reacted. The second film is “I Am Comic”, a documentary about the life of a standup comic featuring oodles of stand up comics, several of whom are expected to attend in person.

TUESDAY — 9pm at Friars Club (55th b/w Park and Madison) – Live standup comedy show

WEDNESDAY – “Four Lions” 8pm HBO Theater (6th ave b/w 42nd and 43rd). A hysterical comedy about a group of bumbling would-be terrorists in London. Director Chris Morris, a famous British comedy writer, will be there in person. This film premiered at Sundance and closed South-by-Southwest, a great film. Followed by a reception at the HBO Theater.

THURSDAY — Best of LA Comedy Shorts — the directors of the LA Comedy Shorts film festival will be there in person to present highlights from the 2010 LA Comedy Shorts festival, along with several of the directors in attendance. (at 8pm at the French Institute, 59th b/w Park and Madison)

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September 26, 2010

Best dressed?

Here’s the thing. Michelle Obama wouldn’t necessarily make a Vanity Fair’s worst-dressed list, but the fact that she made their best-dressed list and they used a picture of her with full-on boob spillage, shows that they just picked her because they like her, not because she can throw together an outfit.

Update: To be fair, having gone through the rest of the list I can now see that their terrible choices with even worse accompanying photo, was not limited to our first lady.

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The empty man

Barack Obama 2007: I would take up arms to prevent another 9/11.

Barack Obama 2010: Another 9/11? No biggie.

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September 24, 2010

Is it me or does “is this real life?” work as a headline for most stories these days?

Here’s the transcript of Stephen Colbert testifying before Congress.

By the way, if you’re unaware of the origin of “is this real life?”, it’s this. David should go testify before Congress, makes as much sense as Colbert doing it.

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Put that in your pipe and smoke it, liberals

Obama administration fighting to keep Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

For the record, I support ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It was a stupid Clinton policy which made no sense when it was enacted and makes no sense today. If some in the military doesn’t want gay people to serve, it would be much better to just say so and fight it out instead of doing this stupid dance.

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September 23, 2010

The Daily Show is on fire

This is almost uncomfortable to watch, even though the guy deserves the nailing he gets:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Working Stiffed
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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Shut up

GOP candidate for US Senate Joseph DioGuardi is within 6 points of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. It’s Hillary Clinton’s old seat, making it all that much sweeter.

I’ll believe it when I see it, about all of these far out races, but I sure do like the excitement (if not the hope. I hate hope.)

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September 22, 2010

I vote “them for believing it.”

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Meet the Depressed
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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Is this real life?

Is anyone not completely shocked that Carl Paladino (who?) has a real shot at beating Andrew Cuomo?

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September 21, 2010

Can I get mushy for a minute?

An amazing thing happened while this site was down today (my fault, they had sent the renewal notice to a defunct email account): I got a bunch of emails, texts and tweets from all kinds of people letting me know it was down. I heard from people that I didn’t know still read Alarming News and people I had no idea ever read it.

It reminded me that people still visit here and I guess I needed reminding because that made me want to make more of an effort to post regularly.

As I noted on twitter, I can blame my lack of posting on the baby (although how much would you blog with this face distracting you?) but the truth is that the biggest obstacle to posting here is well, twitter. It’s just too easy. I think something, and then I post it in 140 characters. No need to flesh out any thoughts, even if it takes two or three 140 character posts (but only if you must), no writing for hours and hoping someone reads it, I have 1300 people who follow me and have my tweet appear on their page each time I post.

Again, It’s easy and I like easy but, as I was reminded today, not nearly as satisfying. No one will wonder where I am if I don’t tweet for a few days. This blog is a little community, and no bigger community can replace that. I’m planning to be back with a vengeance soon. Well, maybe without the vengeance.

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September 16, 2010

People I like

The awesome and amazing John Carney has a new site at CNBC called Net Net. This is the commercial for it:

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September 14, 2010

Something happened in Delaware

Some Republicans are happy. And other Republicans are not.

There’s nothing I love more than destructive infighting when we’re about to win big.

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