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Alberta Elects NDP Majority Government; Ends Tories’ 44-Year Reign UPDATE

By on 5.5.15 | 11:46PM

My newest article yesterday weighed in on the Alberta election and posed the question, "Could Alberta Vote Socialist?"

The answer is yes. Tonight, the people of Canada's most conservative province have elected an NDP majority government and thus ended the Tories' 44-year reign in power. That reign was the longest in Canadian history. 

The NDP have been elected or are leading in 54 of the 87 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The Wildrose Party remains the Official Opposition have been elected or are leading in 20 seats. 

The Tories, who won 61 seats in the 2012 election, have been reduced to 11 seats. It's their worst showing since 1967.

Meanwhile, the Liberals and the Alberta Party are leading in one seat apiece.

Rachel Notley will become Alberta's 17th Premier.

To give Americans an idea of how shocking the election of an NDP government in Alberta is; I am tempted to liken to the election of an African-American President. But even that wouldn't do it justice. 

Call Him Mister

By on 5.5.15 | 5:25PM

In a nation rapidly losing the distinction between law and Left advocacy, the U.S. Supreme Court has provided a moment of coherence by refusing to overturn a lower court ruling denying a sex-change operation, at public expense, to a convicted murderer.

Robert Kosilek, born male 65 years ago, and convicted of murder in Massachusetts in 1990, will have to keep his male bits and pieces, even though he insists he’s really a woman and that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections should provide him with the expensive surgery required to make the switch he says he desires. He is not content with the hormone and electrolysis treatments and the female clothing and personal items the Massachusetts Department of Corrections has already provided him.

Hillary Clinton Will Call Your Mom on Mother’s Day

By on 5.5.15 | 2:50PM

Obviously, if you're female and you haven't yet declared your ladyparts to be in the service of Hillary Clinton, your true gender is in question. And since it's been nearly a month since her highness announced her intent to rule over America like a feudal lord, it's about time they start using hardened Hillary supporters to recruit you into the collective. After all, the longer you hold out, the more painful it will be.

This Mother's Day, why give your mother flowers or perfume like every year when you can give her the gift of female solidarity? After all, she's the woman who created you to be the woman that you are, and if there's any chance our gender, which is now 51% of America, hopes to survive, we must join together to lift up a politican who proves that women can be just as corrupt, entitled, and out of touch as any man. 

So if you're truly serious, why not have Hillary Clinton call your mom on her special day to explain to her exactly that.

Cinco de Mayo: I’m Voting for Jeb

By on 5.5.15 | 2:12PM

After watching Jeb Bush’s moving message to all his Mexican and Mexican-American amigos y amigas, both north and south of the “border,” I’m moved to declare, which will surely surprise most of my conservative pals, that I intend to vote for Jeb for president — of the Downtown Mexico City Rotary Club.

Feminists Give Lifetime Achievement Award to Puppet

By on 5.5.15 | 1:44PM

Every year, the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum awards one lucky woman with an impressive body of work with the Sackler Center Award, typically for their contributions to the advancement of womankind, or, alternatively, their exceptional ability to whine loudly abuot how their lack of significant human contribution is the result of their diminuitive gender. Past honorees include Anita Hill, Sandra Day O'Conner and a list of prominent female voices who have made it exponentially harder to be taken seriously in male-dominated fields.

This year, however, the Sackler Center is changing their focus, and will award their Lifetime Achievement Medal to someone who represents a new era in feminist leadership, whose work has spanned decades, inspiring women of all agens with her lessons on getting what you want, when you want it, especially if what you want is covered in feathers, and when you want it is in direct response to your shrill, unending cries for satisfaction. She is also a puppet. 

Does Huckabee Have a Prayer?

By on 5.5.15 | 12:01PM

When Mike Huckabee announced he was leaving FNC in January to explore a second White House bid, I figured he was all in. Why leave such a lucrative gig unless you're planning on taking a big risk?

Nearly four months later, Huckabee is all in and is now the sixth Republican presidential aspirant for 2016. Over at NRO, Eliana Johnson has a piece about how he plans to broaden his appeal by emphasizing his experience in post-Clinton Arkansas.

Who Does The Mainstream Media Consider More Incendiary? ISIS or Pamela Geller?

By on 5.5.15 | 11:37AM

ISIS is now claiming responsibility for Sunday attempted terror attack at the Muhammad Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas and state that future attacks will be planned.

And why wouldn't ISIS brag about it? Instead of condemning the attackers, the mainstream media has been busy condemning event organizer Pamela Geller for provoking the attacks. A Washington Post headline describes her as an "incendiary organizer", a Los Angeles Times headline used the word "hatemonger" while a Seattle Times headline reads, "Cartoon contest organizer known for inflammatory rhetoric".

Carter: Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal Not a Terrorist, Committed to Peace with Israel

By on 5.4.15 | 8:23PM

According to former President Jimmy Carter, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is not a terrorist and committed to a two state solution with Israel, unlike Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

I guess we can ignore that Hamas charter which explicitly calls for Israel's destruction. I'm glad the 39th President cleared that one up for us.

Carter has been visiting Gaza and the West Bank where he laid a wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat.

I know this is nothing new from Carter, but there's no fool like an old fool.

 

Hillary’s Husband Bringing Home the Bacon

By on 5.4.15 | 4:50PM

President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton famously claimed that after she left the White House that the Clintons were “dead broke” and in “debt.” Seems like Clintons have gone from broke to super rich over the past 14 years.

According to Bloomberg, “Former President Bill Clinton had one reaction when asked if he would continue to collect fees on the order of $500,000 for speeches during his wife’s presidential bid: ‘Oh, yeah. I gotta pay our bills.’” The story cites a Washington Post analysis that Bill Clinton has made $104.9 million since they were “dead broke” and left the White House in 2001.

Bill Clinton Will Keep Doing Speeches Because He Needs to Pay the Bills

By on 5.4.15 | 4:40PM

I'm going to punt on Bill Clinton's comments regarding whether his foundation taking donations from noted haven of womens' rights Saudi Arabia - that it's not a big deal for his womens' rights-supporting wife to cash their checks - to other people with less of a sense of humor. Because when I think of Bill Clinton, I can only picture a man who was so interested in the female plight that he personally interviewed dozens of young women on their career goals and earning potential.

But the other thing - the part where he insists that he has to continue to speak to make ends meet while his wife Hillary is off purusing her dream - that concerns me. Not because I have any trouble with the Clintons doing anything untoward (or, for that matter, have any expectation that they would do anything different), but because even I'm impressed at the level of commitment our fair friends have to something that seems to be, in no uncertain terms, controversial.

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