Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for November 10th, 2009

What’s ‘V’ really about?

By KYLE SMITH

At last, conservatives have our Tina Fey.

ABC’s thrilling and politically potent new sci-fi series “V,” whose second episode airs tonight at 8 on ABC, pits the paranoids against the Obamanoids — and it’s the paranoids who see the truth.

Through the honeyed tones of the alien leader Anna (Morena Baccarin), who wins over Earth in less time than it took President Obama to impress Planet Nobel, ABC promises to bring us an hour of devastating, witty and keenly on-point Obama satire every week in a series fuelled by the audacity of nope.

Who cares what the network news divisions are up to when their entertainment chiefs can okay something as fluent and fierce as this deft little raid on liberalism?

Like Obama, Anna offers an exciting mixture of the new (she’s not a white male; how bad could she be?), the young (her hipster minions promote the new era of hope, with a nod to Shepard Fairey, by tagging the streets with spraypainted “V” logos) and the post-patriotically groovy.

“We don’t divide ourselves into countries. We’re one united people,” Anna says of her civilization. Of his, the self-described “citizen of the world” Obama has said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

Anna’s first big policy gimmick is to open hovering “healing centers,” open to all without charge, over the world’s great cities.

“You’re talking about universal health care,” says the journalist (Scott Wolf) interviewing her. Sure, she replies, and the world swoons. Who doesn’t like free stuff?

“V” exec producers Scott Peters and Jeffrey Bell, who envision the show running for about four years (it isn’t a miniseries like the original), tried to keep the ideology under wraps before the show debuted last week — wittily, on election night, as voters in two Obama-voting states rebuked his favored candidates.

Peters and Bell have pointed out that the new “V” has been in development since the Bush years and say you could read it as one thing or another depending on your politics.

Sorry, fellas. That’s as unconvincing as the “Don’t vote for the fat guy” ad in New Jersey. Bush wasn’t master of the youth vote, didn’t promise free healing for all and was evidently a stranger to the Internets. “V” is no W.

Anna warns the TV anchorman before their interview, “Just be sure not to ask anything that would paint us in a negative light.” She can get away with this because the anchor has already expressed approval of the V’s (for visitors) on the air; with a little nudge in the same direction he can convince himself that an exclusive interview with Anna is what his career needs.

Picture a W instead of a V issuing this ultimatum. The anchor would become an overnight hero by broadcasting the scoop that the leader made soft questioning a condition of the interview. “Compromising one’s principles for the greater good is not a shameful act,” Anna tells the journalist. “It’s a noble one.” That the two of them fully agree on basic principles is a given.

At its most fiendish (and delectable), a resistance fighter and truth teller in the first episode suggested that the V’s have been here for years, disguised and unnoticed. Their handiwork? Starting “unnecessary wars,” fomenting “economic meltdown” and churning faith into “extremism.” [emphasis mine]

This speech might be intended as affirmative action for liberal rage, or as reassurance that, à la “The X-Files” and “Fringe,” every idea is invited when you’re throwing a grand conspiracy party.

But to conservatives, this is the perfect cigar to savor after a sumptuous meal — because it says that no matter who is nominally in charge, snaky, disingenuous liberalism is the ever-lurking villain.

Read Full Post »

In the 3:08 video below, Cheryl Baxter tells of living under Canada’s version of ObamaCare. She suffered with chronic pain for eight years until she went to the United States for medical treatment.

Once ObamaCare takes effect, quality heath care will no longer exist in the United States for poor and middle class Canadians and Americans. Park it in the Lazy Boy, pop a few pain pills, and get used to the hope and change.

The Human Cost of Government Controlled Health Care

Read Full Post »

British spies help prevent al Qaeda-inspired attack on New York subway

From The Telegraph

British spies have foiled a terrorist plot by a suspected al Qaeda operative to blow up the New York subway.

The plan, which reportedly would have been the biggest attack on America since 9/11, was uncovered after Scotland Yard intercepted an email.

The force alerted the FBI, who launched an operation which led to airport shuttle bus driver Najibullah Zazi, 24, being charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

The Afghan is alleged to have been part of a group who used stolen credit cards to buy components for bombs including nail varnish remover.

The chemicals bought were similar to those used to make the 2005 London Tube and bus explosives which killed 52 people.

Zazi, from Denver, Colorado, is understood to have been given instructions by a senior member of al Qaeda in Pakistan over the internet.

US authorities allegedly found bomb-making instructions on his laptop and his fingerprints on batteries and measuring scales they seized.

A [cellular] phone containing footage of New York’s Grand Central Station, thought to have been made by him during a visit a week before his arrest, was also found along with explosive residue. Zazi was also said by informants to have attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.

The alleged plot was unmasked after an email address that was being monitored as part of the abortive Operation Pathway was suddenly reactivated.

Operation Pathway was investigating an alleged UK terrorist cell but went awry after the then Met Police counter-terrorism head Bob Quick was pictured walking into Downing Street displaying top secret documents.

Eleven Pakistani suspects were arrested immediately after the gaffe but later released without charge.

However, security staff continued to monitor the email address which eventually yielded results.

The British discovery also came at just the right time – the US had threatened to sever intelligence links over the release of Lockerbie bomber Al Megrahi.

A British security source told The Sun:  “This was excellent work and highlights the fact we produce good information.

“(The US authorities) were delighted with the intelligence we gave them and believe it helped prevent a catastrophic attack.”

Read Full Post »

Warden Pelosi

From Investor’s Business Daily

Health Care Reform: Failure to buy health insurance in the just-passed health care bill could get you five years in jail with a $250,000 fine. How can violating a law that’s unconstitutional be a felony?

The passage last Saturday night of the House health care measure by a fragile 220-215 margin may well prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. In polls, townhall meetings and tea parties, Americans have shown they don’t want a “reform” that costs a staggering $1.2 trillion yet fails to meet the left’s desire of insuring all the uninsured.

And they certainly don’t want a bill that threatens them with incarceration if they don’t comply.

This monstrosity would raise insurance premiums and taxes to prohibitive levels and add unconscionably to the national debt.

It will force physicians to leave the medical profession in droves, exacerbating an already perilous doctor shortage. This and so-called cost controls will lead to rationing.

The mechanisms for deciding who gets what, if any, care — and even what care will be available — are already in place. Some, like a cost-effectiveness board, slipped into the failed stimulus bill.

Under sections 7201 and 7203 of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill, Americans who don’t maintain acceptable health insurance coverage and who choose not to pay a fine/tax of up to 2.5% of income are subject to fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

As Dave Camp, R-Mich., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, observed, “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing — buy what we tell you or go to jail.” [emphasis mine]

Evading the income tax is punishable by jail time. But the income tax required a constitutional amendment; it was not imposed by judicial fiat.

When asked by CNSNews where in the Constitution Congress is authorized to force Americans to buy insurance or imprison them, Pelosi gave the wide-eyed response, “Are you serious?”

Yes, Madam Speaker, we are. The Supreme Court, in United States vs. Lopez in 1995, has already specifically rejected the idea that Congress can regulate non-economic activities of individuals simply because, through a chain of events, they might have some impact down the road.

The U.S. Senate should give this nonsense a decent burial. Otherwise, that classic film line might take on a whole new meaning: “What are you in for?”

Read Full Post »