Pass it on Monday is Empty Chair Day

Russ Steele

This is a reblog from Light on Nevada County

 Monday ~ Empty Chair Day

We own this country . . . Politicians are employees of ours . . . And when somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.”  –Clint Eastwood


Here are some more thoughts on the Empty Chair from the Temple of Mut, the empty chair has become a Tweet hashtag, followed by photo of an empty chair:

#InsertChair – Obama Now Identified as “Empty Seat” through Eastwood Magic

August 31, 2012 by mutnodjmet13

Dear Readers:  The ultra-liberal, ex-hippie Divine Mother left town today, so this afternoon was the first opportunity to savor some of the Alinksy-tactic goodness now being utilized by RomneyRyan2012.  I had only heard a few comments about Clint Eastwood’s speech last night — but the lefty derision and snark clued me in that Eastwood’s remarks had put a big Daisy-cutter into the heart various media narratives.

Eastwood did not receive Oscars for Unforgiven or Million Dollar Baby by being stupid about either messaging or imagery.  He had to know exactly how the teleprompter-in-front-of-empty-chair would be taken by the audience last night.  There is no political consultant out there who could have come-up with this brilliance.

Hockey Stick Whacking by Mark Steyn

Russ Steele

I have always been a Mark Steyn fan for years and listen to him when ever he is a Guest Host on Rush Limbaugh’s program on KNCO. He recently posted an article about Penn State cover ups, noting that the University was developing a pattern by covering up child molesters and climate change hockey stick makers. The hockey stick maker Michael Mann threatened to sue NRO and Mark over his article. Here is some of the fall out on Steyn’s blog: Stick it Where the Global Warming Don’t Shine

When last we heard from Michael Mann, his chest-thumping lawyer was bellowing, “I don’t bluff.” As Jonathan Adler writes today at the Volokh Conspiracy lawyers’ blog:

I think the folks at NR just called it.

Indeed. You can get the general line of NR’s response to Dr Mann from the headline:

Get Lost.

Watts Up With That calls it “the best Michael Mann headline evah“. But read the rest of Rich Lowry’s reply, too – especially the bits related to discovery, or, as Aussie Climate Madness calls it, “Mann’s risky path“. Red State also weighs in, and a sharp post by Powerline’s Steven Hayward concludes:

By the way, hasn’t Mann heard of the track record of people who haul Mark Steyn into court? It isn’t pretty.

Actually, I’ll bet Michael Mann had never heard of me when he blew his gasket, and I’ll wager his high-priced counsel never bothered doing two minutes of Googling. If they had, they’d have known that once they start this thing they’d better be prepared to go the distance.

For my part, although I’ve been dismissive of Mann’s “hockey stick” for over a decade, I’d never paid much attention to him personally. All I’d say is he seems strangely insecure for a person of such eminence. I wonder what he’ll be like on the witness stand. And I’ll be interested to see whether his page links to NR’s lawyer’s letter the way my page linked to his lawyer’s.

Hockey sticks akimbo, baby!

This is going to be some great reading, stay tuned.

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Things That Obama Thinks Someone Else Built

Reality Check – Not the Romney Family

Russ Steele

His Purpleness has posted this photo with the caption on his blog:

This is making the rounds on Facebook — the Romney family misspelling their name to read “Money.”

First, this is a Photoshop of a photo taken by Reuters photographer Brian Snyder at a Romney campaign rally in Elko, Nevada on Friday, Feb 3, 2012.

Second, this is not the Romney Family, it is the Fisher Family .

Here is the the original photo from the Christian Science Monitor, before it was photoshopped.

His Purpleness seem to be leaning to the blue side in the coming election.

Speaks Louder Than Words

H/T to Power Line Blog for the Cartoon.

Nevada City Declares State of Emergency (updated)

Russ Steele

This caught my eye on Drudge:

However it was not our Nevada City, just North Las Vegas.

Updated:(06-22-12, 20:33) 

Maybe our Nevada City is out of money: This is from the BOS Agenda:

Auditor-Controller: Marcia Salter
46. Resolution authorizing and directing the Treasurer of the County of Nevada to temporarily
transfer funds in the amount of $678,000 to the City of Nevada City to meet the obligations
incurred for operation and maintenance of the City through April 26, 2012. The 2012/13
property tax remittance to the City for December 2012 and April 2013 allocations will be
reduced by the Auditor-Controller in an amount equal to fifty percent of the authorized
temporary borrow amount. Such repayment shall be with an interest charge at the Treasurer’s
pooled interest rate plus 0.5% for an administrative charge.

Too Tragic For Words

H/T Power Line Blog

The Private Sector is Doing Fine

H/T to Glenn Reynolds the Instapundit for the photo. 

A Double AA Classic

From the Instapundit: Glenn Reynolds

Today, 7:16 PM

BUT THEN WHO WILL WRITE THE STORIES? AP wants to get prostitutes away from its DC bureau.

Just Wondering

Russ Steele

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh today promoting his new Rush Babes for America  gear. Over 69,000 have signed up to the Rush Babes for America Facebook page.

I was wondering will women voters wearing any of this gear will be asked to remove it before entering the polling place in June?

I remember there was a problem at some voting places in Nevada County when women voters showed up with Tea Party Patriot shirts. Poll watchers claimed it was electioneering in the polling place.

What do you think, will this gear be allowed in a voting booth?

Over the E-mail Transom – The Queen’s Riddle

Russ Steele

This came for a regular reader of this blog.

Barack Obama met with the Queen of England.

He asked her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?Are there any tips you can give me?”

“Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround your selfwith intelligent people.”

Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around are really intelligent?”

The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.” The Queen pushed a button on her intercom.

“Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walked into the room and said, “Yes, Your Majesty?”

The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, “That would be me.”

“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question. “Joe, answer this

for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”

“I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one.” He went to his advisors and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer.

Finally, Biden ran in to Sarah Palin out eating one night. Biden asked, “Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”

Sarah Palin answered right back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”

Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Obama.

“Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Sarah Palin!”

Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face,

“No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”

And that is precisely what’s going on at the White House.


I think this has been around on the Internet for a while, but seem to be played out every day when ever Biden opens his mouth and Obama tries to cover for him.

Hockey Stick Mann at Disneyland

Russ Steele

Details at Watts Up With That! 

“Social Media is Changing the Way We Communicate”

Russ Steele

The title is of this post is often a refrain used by our local lefty blogger. I would have to agree, even though I am not much of a social media user. Here is an example from Power Line this morning on how conservative are using social media, in this case Twitter:

We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on. In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.

Maybe it’s because Twitter puts a premium on brevity and cleverness. I don’t know. But for some reason, it seems to be a natural medium for conservatives. We saw it when the Hilary Rosen interview (“Ann Romney never worked a day in her life”) prompted a Twitterstorm. We saw it again when #ObamaEatsDogs exploded, and when #Julia blew up in the White House’s face like an exploding cigar. Currently, the White House is promoting #AskMichelle, where loyal Democrats can go to ask the First Lady a question. Only nearly all of the questions have come from conservatives. A sampling:

  • When you vacation in Hawaii, can you see the rise of the oceans beginning to slow?
  • What’s up this week for the @BarackObama campaign and “Operation Change the Subject” (to anything except the economy)?
  • Do you still exchange May Day cards with Bill and Bernadette?
  • Do you think your daughters should request affirmative actions preferences?
  • Do you still get Christmas cards from the Rezkos and Blagojeviches?
  • So who succeeded you at that critical, highly important $300k/year community outreach job at UC hospital?
  • I have several friends who specialize in relocation. Shall I give them your number so they can help you relocate in January?


They go on and on. You almost feel sorry for the White House. They’re going to have to either do a better job of mobilizing their supporters on Twitter, or abandon the medium altogether.

As a Conservative, maybe I need to start paying more attention to Twitter!

The One Creates Light, Where There Was Darkness

Russ Steele

Michelle Obama made a campaign appearance in Nashville today. She said:

This President has brought us out of the dark and into the light.

I really do not give a carp about Obams’s messianic light, how about using some of his messianic powers to lower fuel prices at the fuel pump!   Now that would be an accomplishment!  Making the sun rise every morning is an old trick of Mother Nature’s, a great god than The One!


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