Featured Blog

I haven’t featured a blog lately because well, I’ve been lazy. There, I said it. I was also having a little battle in my tin-clad head about how much the previous posts extolling the virtues of some of my favorite bloggers were beginning to seem cookie-cutter in their formulated ummm… formulation.

I’ve gotten over that.

Now, I think I’ve found some inspiration by way of  Wisconsin Representative, Paul Ryan through a bit of commentary on  Ryan’s recent budget proposal and the firestorm of conservative bloggers squawking about how it doesn’t go far enough.

No sh*t, Sherlock.

It doesn’t.

But the road to fiscal solvency begins with a single step – Confucius said that – and Rep. Ryan should be applauded, not berated, for proposing that first tiny step. (Never mind the fact that it won’t pass. Obama has to sign it, don’t you know?) At least he’s getting the issue out front and center to show the insolvency that is our government’s financial mess and it’s bloated entitlement programs.

Enter Lance Burri, The TrogloPundit, who also happens to hail from Wisconsin. [insert cheese quip here]

Lance has taken the Ryan budget argument to a logical conclusion. Here’s a large excerpt:

It’s an incredible thing to consider: a budget plan that cuts $6.8 trillion in spending over the next 10 years; that cuts deficits by $4.4 trllion over the same time frame; that actually reduces spending, but still isn’t completely balanced.

A plan that’s going to be ravaged for its cruelty and hatred, for its sheer indifference toward human suffering, for its blatant choosing of corporate profits over hardworking families. [‘bot – never mind the sheer demagoguery.]

It’s Hitler’s next coming, except without the love and personal warmth.

This should tell us two things:

  • This is how far gone we are. For a plan this bold to still not solve the problem means the problem has become so big you can see it from space.

And:

  • Whatever the final budget bill is, it won’t be anywhere near as good as this.

That’s the nature of adversarial politics. Sure, I think we should just take Ryan’s plan and pass it. You think I’m being incredibly stupid: budgeting is easy, after all! Just figure out how much money you have, and spend it. Don’t spend more than you have!

But. No matter what you do – no matter how reasonable, thoughtful, necessary your plan is – somebody’s going to hate it. Whether out of ideology or good old-fashioned American political opportunism, somebody (or, more likely, a large group of somebodies) is going to spend a great deal of effort casting you as a monster for even thinking about it.

Go ahead, read the whole thing. It’s worth the time and Lance thoughtfully included video of Rep. Ryan explaining his “Path to Prosperity.”

Speaking of Ryan’s proposals, when is the last time a politician uttered words like those that weren’t just platitudes and hokum? Not since Reagan if I recall, and Kennedy before him, but I was a mere notion of a circuit board then.

So, aside from the one article, why the feature?

Respect.

For the instinctive wit, logic and brevity of presentation. And having been at it since 2004 or before, longevity. Don’t dismiss the gig at Right Wing News or the Million Hits Club either. I could also point you to the snarkish commentary, his uncanny ability to make a humorous and relevant motivational poster out of every situation, or the unbelievable fact that a neanderthal can operate a keyboard or computer at all.

Look, the main thing is, he links to me. So there’s that. And he’s a nice guy, as far as evil geniuses go.

Hell, with a bit of coaxing and a small fee, I could go so far to say it would be good to see him elected to some sort of political service.

V. P. for instance.

How about a Ryan – Burri ticket? He would certainly be better than Joe Effing Biden.

Barring that, how about Dog Catcher? Joe Effing isn’t even qualified for that one. Besides, I hear cavemen are really good at that hunter-gatherer thing, especially with a light saber.

 

The latest to receive a pseudo-imaginary trophy as Featured Blog here at the Robot is my good friend Steve of Motor City Times. It’s a long overdue honor, however dubious it may be.

Our government is steadily growing in size and complexity. Lucky for us, Steve, along with the other rabble rousers and Right Wing Conspirators who gather from time to time at The Resistance, stand ever vigilant, watching and documenting the increasing encroachments of our liberty.

You owe yourself an honest look at where the true enemies of liberty make their camps, as the battlefield of ideas is an ever changing landscape and one would be wise to not discount Steve’s assessment of the state of our great nation.

For me, Motor City Times is a trusted source of news and info from not only Detroit and the state of Michigan but from across the fruited plains and across the globe. Steve has a sharp eye for detail as one can see from his thoughtful analysis and commentary on a wide ranging field of study, from economics to climate change to music and of course any manner of automobile and motorized contraption one can fathom. Steve’s site is definitely a worthwhile pit-stop on the Information Superhighway.

Be sure to bookmark Motor City Times. Visit often, and leave a comment or two. Bloggers like that sort of thing.

Also, be sure to give Motor City Times a place in your blogroll, if you haven’t already done so. You’ll be glad you did.

Woo Hoo! The holy grail has been found! Now where did I put it?

The Other McCain features the Robot today with the The Full Metal Jacket Reach-Around Award!

Welcome The Other McCain Readers!

Guess I should straighten things up around here. Just step right over those beer cans, I’ll get to those in a sec.

Thanks to you Stacy and Smitty or whoever it was I paid to rig the FMJRAA lottery. *nudge nudge*

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Speaking of ToM losing their mind, Stacy McCain is unfortunately losing the services of an incredible mind, and all around nice guy for a while.

It may be fitting that Smitty makes his deployment announcement today, Veterans Day, as he prepares to ship off to warmer, sandier, more hostile places. He also takes the occasion to offer us some righteous motivation.

A small sample:

… Liberty ain’t cheap, and rejecting Progressivism may resemble pain for a while. That’s not pain. That’s Socialist weakness leaving the country, and don’t let these liars sell you otherwise.  Stand and deliver, the way a Progressive cannot, for, at heart, modern Progressivism is a synonym for cowardice.

Hear! Hear!

In saying see-ya-later, he requests:

If I’ve done you any favors, I’d ask that you make this the single most linked post in this blog’s history.

I’m all over that.

Get back to the states as quick as you can, Smitty. Here’s praying for your safe return.

And Sir Smitty, a word of advice: If you see the Grail Shaped Beacon, follow it. Face the peril!

Somewhere on America’s left coast, behind the lines, stands one of the last bastions of hope for Conservative principles in California. A refuge for lovers of liberty who find themselves stuck in a beautiful landscape that hypnotizes all but the strong minded, luring them into a deadly world of Socialist thought that sucks the pride of self reliance from their minds and clouds it with the promise of unearned entitlements. That Fortress of Freedom is the blog American Power, and the luminary of that site is Professor Donald Douglas.

I’m often amazed at the tenacity required to produce the volume of quality articles and insightful commentary published by Prof. Douglas. Articles that are surely produced from an unquenchable love of America’s founding principles and a fire that grows brighter and stronger when fueled by the inane and asinine arguments of the liberal and socialistic pseudo-elites we battle today.

Professor Douglas, I’m certainly thankful you can withstand what must be a daily onslaught of leftist dogma evidenced in California these last couple of decades. Thank you for fighting against it with reason, truth and humor.

We need battalions of such educators in our schools to teach the truth of American exceptionalism.

Whatever you think of him, these facts are undeniable; the man behind American Power Blog is a tireless defender of freedom, of the virtues of liberty and a true American patriot. Which is why I’ve chosen American Power as the Robot’s latest Featured Blog.

Like your humble robot, Prof. Douglas is a music lover as well and possesses a diverse taste that spans the spectrum from punk rock to rap and hip-hop to pop and classic rock. I’ve found several new bands from visits to American Power and been reminded of some I’d forgotten.

I must also admit to sharing his affinity for Gods most favored creatures. We need a break from the punditry every now and then and the lovely ladies featured on his site rival those to be found anywhere, be it here on this site, or the glitzy runways of New York.

Be sure to bookmark and blogroll American Power.

Follow him on Facebook

… on Twitter

… at Pajamas Media

… at FrontPage Magazine

… at Right Wing News

… at Theo Spark’s… and at NewsReal Blog.

Jeez, the guy is everywhere! Maybe that’s why he is fortunate enough to hang out with like minded freedom fighters like Pamela Geller.

Whatever it is you’re doing, Sir. Keep on keepin’ on. You’ve definitely got an admirer in this Texas robot.

Cheers!

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