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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

For Your Morning Contemplation

You want your government to quit spending money it doesn't have? You want the size of government reduced? You want programs eliminated?

Then understand what that means. And be prepared for the consequences.

Be prepared to have your ox gored.

If you're not, shut up and accept ObamaWorld.

The Danville Register & Bee makes a good point:
Joining the (tea) party here at home
editorial

The 400 or so people at Saturday’s Danville TEA Party got the basics right. But the group... has a long way to go to convince most Americans.

The best arguments made — that federal government spending must be brought in line with revenues and that existing programs have to work as well as possible before the public can be confident of adding new ones — sometimes got lost in the white-hot rhetoric.

One elderly veteran said he worried that a new federal health care system would endanger his care — especially the expensive prescription drugs he received. He seemed worried that under a new federal health care system, his needs would be in competition with someone who was younger and potentially had more years to pay into the system.

But he inadvertently spoke two ugly truths about the government: For all its faults, it continues to care for people like him — and he wants the government to keep doing that.

Most of the people at Saturday’s TEA Party were senior citizens. Were they worried that the government’s fiscal recklessness would endanger their Social Security checks? [link]
Earth to old people: The Social Security system is part of the problem. Which makes you part of the problem. So if you want government brought under control, your beloved program must be brought under control.

It's not enough to rail against aid to Israel and subsidies for farmers. The system is broken. The system needs to be fixed. And you are front and center in that system.

If you're in the crowd (a very large crowd) of Americans who, when asked if they want the government to spend less, say, "Yes, but ...," or, "I paid into it; so unlike those Jews over there, I deserve ...," then you're the problem. You are the problem. Recognize it and accept it. And sit back and enjoy the looming government collapse. You helped bring it about.

Big government? That's you in the mirror, pal.

Babe Alert!

Why, who is this handsome young man?

It's none other than my firefighter son, Jarrod, in church.

And before anyone comments, yes, he gets his good looks from his father.

(Companion unknown)
Click on the image to enlarge it.

Sweet Music

Wouldn't it be great if that too-smart-by-half slimeball, Arlen Specter, didn't even win his party primary contest after switching parties because he knew he couldn't win his party primary?

I am lovin' this:
Specter faces hurdles in Democratic re-election
Ex-GOPer 'miscalculated' switch
By Donald Lambro, Washington Times

When Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania suddenly became a Democrat in April, it seemed he had virtually ensured his re-election to a sixth term in 2010.

The veteran senator had the backing of President Obama, top state Democratic leaders such as Gov. Edward G. Rendell and Sen. Bob Casey and was all but assured of the Democratic nomination in a state that has been trending heavily Democratic in recent elections.

However, a new set of obstacles stands in the way of the senator, who switched parties in the face of polls showing he could not win the Republican Party's renomination.

A Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll) of Pennsylvania voters reported last week that 28 percent said he deserves re-election, down from 40 percent in March. While it showed he was holding on to 43 percent of Democratic voters, just 24 percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans questioned by the pollsters supported keeping him in office. [link]
Those Democratic voters will soon have an actual Democrat along with Specter to choose from. Expect that 43% figure to plummet too.

The scheme just ain't playing out, is it, big guy?

Administration Backpedaling Like Crazy

Investor's Business Daily:
"The truth is, there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited," Vice President Joe Biden told ABC News. Really?

Those who pushed through this year's $787 billion fiscal "stimulus" seem to be counting on the American people's short memory. Wasn't it just last year that we were told, repeatedly and with stark emphasis, that this economy was the "worst" since the Great Depression?

That was the pretense for not only the stimulus, but for the federal takeover of the U.S. auto industry and the quasi-takeover of the U.S. financial industry. It's also the underlying premise for both nationalized health care and massive new taxes to cut CO2 emissions.

If the stimulus passed, the White House vowed, unemployment would peak at 8%. Today, it's 9.5% — and rising.

"The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy," said Biden. But the "truth is" something quite different.

Many voices — including ours — were raised in opposition to the stimulus when it was debated.

Americans were promised "shovel ready" projects would put stimulus money to work right away creating jobs. For the record, since February, the month the stimulus was passed, the U.S. has lost 2 million jobs. The stimulus is clearly a failure. [link]
You've heard the expression, "Misery loves company." Well, in Biden's case, failure loves company. But we'll have no part of it.

This old goof and his unprepared, unqualified boss were disastrously wrong on the economy. And thus, wrong on the stimulus. As many predicted they would prove to be.

Now they want to include us in their failure.

Sorry, old man. This is your gig. Own it.

On Liberals And Their Irrational Fear Of Guns

Ed Morrissey:
Steve McNair apparently died not at the hands of his mistress in a murder-suicide but at the hands of the “gun culture” of America. So decides sports writer Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News, who must have leapt to his typewriter within minutes of the wire services announcing McNair’s death in order to indict millions of Americans who don’t kill people but manage to own firearms responsibly.

[snip lengthy quote from the Lupica piece]

For the record, the murder of a boyfriend, as this appears to be, is slightly more likely to happen by knife instead of gun. Statistics from the DoJ on murders of intimates from 1990-2005 show that 47% of murdered boyfriends get stabbed to death, while 45% of them get killed by guns. Would Lupica attribute that to a “knife culture”?

But why let facts get in the way of accusing every gun owner in America of McNair’s murder? [link]
"New York Daily News blames 'gun culture' for McNair murder," Hot Air, July 6, 2009

While Congress Prepares ...

... to stop global warming, the globe is cooling.

From the National Weather Service:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
455 PM EDT WED JUL 1 2009

...UNUSUALLY WET AND COOL JUNE FOR CENTRAL PARK...

THIS JUNE IS TIED FOR THE 8TH COOLEST ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 67.5...3.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...WHICH ALSO OCCURRED IN 1897.

THIS WAS THE COOLEST JUNE SINCE 1958...WHEN THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 67.2 DEGREES.

CENTRAL PARK HAS NOT HIT 85 DEGREES IN THE MONTH OF JUNE THIS YEAR.

THE LAST TIME THIS OCCURRED WAS BACK IN 1916. THIS HAS ONLY OCCURRED 2 OTHER TIMES...1903 AND 1886. [link]
Yet "scientists" are convinced that the planet is in the throes of global ...

Oh, never mind. I'm getting tired of pointing up the fact that their theories are totally flawed.

I Wonder If They'll Be Teaching This In School

Earth's 'Fever' Breaks! Global temperatures 'have plunged .74°F since Gore released An Inconvenient Truth'