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Saturday, September 27, 2008

And They Call Bush a Fascist

What is Obama afraid of?
Signs of liberty

Not all countries guarantee their citizens the right to virtually unbridled freedom of speech. The United States does. Would someone please tell the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama? And the dozing guardians of liberty at the University of Mary Washington?

Mr. Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, is scheduled to speak at a rally at the university today. The public is invited to this forum, on property it, the public, owns. However, signs and banners will not be allowed, according to the organizers and compliant campus officials. Suddenly, UMW is a First Amendment-Free, or at least a First Amendment-Crippled, Zone, subject to the self-serving preferences of politicos. Why does an Obama rally--or a McCain rally or a Nader rally--justify taking a little off the top of Americans' most fundamental rights? (link)
Kinda makes you want to jump in your car and head on over to Fredericksburg to attend the rally, doesn't it? I wonder how many signs I can carry?

Sensitive little wiener, isn't he?

Hat tip to Jim Patrick.

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That story seems to go along well with this one, unfortunately:

Breaking: Gov. Matt Blunt Releases Statement Condemning Barack Obama's Missouri Goon Squads

From the Missouri governor:
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts - not a free society.”
I fear for my country.

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Oh, and that ain't all. There's also the intimidation effort ongoing in Pennsylvania and Ohio to suppress free speech:

Obama Campaign Threatens Legal Action Over NRA Ads

Note a pattern here?

Odd, all those media types who bemoaned the potential ramifications of Bush/Cheney's spying efforts ("They might read my email!!!!) completely ignore Obama's ACTUAL efforts to crush civil liberties in this country. Are they idiots or are they not really all that interested in their rights being quashed?

It Must Be Frustrating For Liberals ...

... who so want this election to be about race (is there any other reason they support Obama?) but can't find a Republican who has stepped into that debate with them?

It's rather instructive that all the charges of racism and expressions of outrage thereto came about during the Democratic primary campaign months ago. Remember Bill Clinton in South Carolina? Racist bastard! Or not.

And what about that poll of Democrats that revealed the fact that a third of them are influenced by Obama's skin color? Democrats.

But no matter.

These days it's a matter of liberals turning over rock after rock and finding - finally! - a person who knows a person who knows ...

I was reminded of that curious phenomenon when reading this letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times.

How many Democrats - if polled - would tell us that John McCain is, without doubt, fomenting racial hatred in this election season? Half? Two-thirds?

And yet the only candidate to ever bring up the subject of race is ... Barack Obama. Strange.

But they'll continue to believe the lie. No matter what.

Stranger still.

Kiss Your Life Savings Goodbye

The Washington Post is the bearer of the bad news:
"Democratic congressional leaders and the Bush administration are close to agreement on a bailout plan with reasonable provisions for accountability and protection of taxpayers' interests ..."
"Accountability and protection of taxpayers' interests ..." Now there's a hoot.

Does anyone truly believe "taxpayers' interests" are on the minds of those in that room full of Democrats who caused this crisis in the first place and who are now calling on the American taxpayer to shell out $700,000,000,000 to bail out their campaign contributors?

I can't decide whether the people who write this crap are simply naive or are on the take as well.

What Trillion Dollar Deficit?

That cliff gets ever closer:
Two Bills Aim for the Skies
By Marc Kaufman, Washington Post Staff Writer

As it prepares to adjourn, Congress is close to passing and sending to President Bush two bills aimed at keeping American astronauts flying to the international space station during a five-year gap when NASA will have no manned spacecraft of its own capable of reaching the $100 billion orbiting laboratory.

The Senate, meanwhile, has added language to the NASA Reauthorization Act that would prohibit NASA from taking any steps to make it impossible to resurrect the space shuttle fleet after 2010, when it is scheduled to be grounded.

The White House has been firm in saying it wants no space shuttle flights after 2010, when the space station should be largely finished. But members of Congress concerned about being unable to reach the space station without Russian help, as well as Florida representatives concerned about the loss of jobs in the space shuttle program, sought to overrule that decision. Senate staffers said that House leaders had agreed to a similar provision and are expected to pass it this weekend. (link)

The space shuttle program. Now nothing more than a jobs program. Here forever.

May God have mercy on us.

Looks Like I Didn't Miss Anything

Some genius decided that the presidential debate last night should start at 9 pm (eastern time). Fine by me. But don't wake me when it's over.

I turned to the newspapers this morning (along with a few blogs) to get reactions from those who did watch (and who haven't normal lives) and found pretty much ... nothing.

Those who support McCain think he won; those who think Obama is their man think he did swell. A good example.

From the real-time accounts it seems as if it was one big snooze.

I declare, therefore, that I was the winner. I got a great night's sleep.

You Know The Problem Will Worsen ...

... when those who caused it are leading the group assigned to fix it:
Rep. Barney Frank Dives Right In On the Bailout
By Libby Copeland, Washington Post Staff Writer

You wanna know what Barney Frank thinks? Oh, Barney Frank will tell you what he thinks.

In addition to negotiating with Republicans and the White House and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has been all over the airwaves this week.

Frank vacillates between interrupting and patiently discussing the finer points of the nation's economic troubles -- the auto industry's credit crisis, the ripple effect of subprime mortgages. His sense of urgency is palpable: This bailout and the 1998 Clinton impeachment trial are the two most important political efforts he's been intimately involved in, he says, in nearly 28 years in the House. Years of Republican deregulation got the nation into this mess, he says, and it's time to fix things. (link)
I find it appalling that the media are willing to turn to Barney Frank for advice on how to solve the problem he created. It would be like turning to Thomas Andrews for advice on how to build unsinkable ships.

And that now-refuted notion - one that Barney Frank and his ilk will cling to to his dying day - that deregulation caused the subprime/financial markets crisis is shameful beyond words. Not that reporters will ever grasp it. After all, if reporters had brains, they'd have real jobs.

For an accurate lesson on the causes of this meltdown - and Barney Frank is one of the causes - see below.

The Root Cause Of The Crisis

Have you been itching to join the debate about the ongoing financial sector implosion but were bewildered by the arcane nature of the subject matter and just never were able to get your arms around the pertinent issues? Here in a marvelous slide show (with some kick-ass music) is all the detail you'll need to be able to now understand what - and who - created this catastrophic mess.

In summary:
"Poor people did not cause this ..."

"Free markets did not cause this ..."

"Deregulation did not cause this ..."

"A bad regulation caused this ..."

"... that made main street banks become predatory lenders to fulfill a government mandate to offer souped-up, shell-game "affordable mortgages ..."

"Self-interested lawyers caused this ..."

"Greed and stupidity on Wall Street caused this ..."

"... and Obama got his wish ..."

"... lots of "affordable mortgages" ...

"... that people could not really afford ..."

"Bad social engineering caused this, creating the environment and the wrong incentives that set up low-income families to fail ..."

"To have their dreams torn away by reality, while getting Wall Street to finance it all IS NOT HOPE. IT IS NOT CHANGE. IT IS CRUEL."