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Friday, January 08, 2010

You Must Be Kidding

President Obama came out yesterday and apologized for the debacle that his administration orchestrated with regard to the Undiebomber who nearly succeeded at killing 300 human beings in the skies over Detroit on Christmas Day.  And, by everyone's estimate, it was an absolute debacle.

So who do the geniuses at the Roanoke Times go after in their editorial ("A Political Response") on the subject today?

Obama.

Dumbledork Napolitano.

Hillary's State Department.

Leon Panetta.

Homeland Security.

The CIA.

Republicans.

Good grief.

Oh, No

When Paula wanted to go see "Dances With Wolves" years ago, I fought it.  "Why would I want to go see another Hollywood flick that portrays Indians (depicted as idyllic creatures communing as one with Nature) being raped and murdered by evil white Europeans (think Big Oil) again?"

She told me I was wrong.

She was wrong.

It was about Indians (depicted as idyllic creatures communing as one with Nature) being raped and murdered by evil white Europeans.  Except for the rape part (although that might have occurred too when I had my back turned to the screen).

So now I find out that James Cameron's new blockbuster movie, "Avatar," is being compared to ...

... "Dances With Wolves."

Uh, no thanks.  I've seen that one.  Hollywood, in fact, has done it over and over and over and over ...

My money - earned at the expense of raped and murdered Indians who had been living this idyllic life in communal harmony with Nature before the evil white man came to America - is better spent on beer.

The Fundamentals of the Economy Are Teetering

"The fundamentals of the economy are good."
-- Representative Rick Boucher, Democrat, VA-9 --

Suppose he meant it?  Or has he completely lost his mind:
Job-Creation Hopes Dashed; 85,000 Shed in December
By Reuters

U.S. employers unexpectedly cut 85,000 jobs in December, government data showed on Friday, cooling optimism on the labor market's recovery and keeping pressure on President Barack Obama.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 10 percent in December.

Unemployment remains the Achilles heel of the economic recovery that started in the third quarter of 2009 following the worst recession in 70 years. Creating jobs is critical to sustaining the economic recovery when government stimulus fades.

For the whole of 2009, the economy shed 4.2 million jobs, the department said. [link]
Said renowned economist and occasional representative to the 9th Congressional District of Virginia:

The stimulus legislation has clearly worked.”

The stimulus has clearly not worked.

And the economy sucks.

How much longer are we going to put up with this?

This Is What Passes For Climate Science?

I read articles like "GHCN – GIStemp Interactions – The Bolivia Effect" and wonder how it is any self-respecting scientist can buy into the bullshit that one might whimsically call "climate science."

A quote:
One Small Problem. There has not been any thermometer data in GHCN since 1990. None. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Empty Set.

So just how can it be so Hot Hot Hot! in Bolivia if there is NO data?

Easy. GIStemp “makes it up” from “nearby” thermometers up to 1200 km away. So what is within 1200 km of Bolivia? The beaches of Peru and the Amazon Jungle.
For the love of God.

Our Lives Are In The Hands Of Incompetents

The thought expressed by ABC News's Brian Ross is exactly what mine was when I heard the news:
Shock: Obama Forced to 'Order' Follow-Ups of Terrorist Tips

In a revealing admission, President Barack Obama said today he was directing U.S. intelligence agencies to begin to do something many had assumed they were already doing: "[A]ssigning specific responsibility for investigating all leads on high priority threats so that these leads are pursued and acted upon aggressively."

"That is a shock because we had such a follow-up system when I was there," said Richard Clarke, the White House counter-terrorism director in the Clinton and Bush administrations. Clarke, who worked on the Obama transition team, is now an ABC News consultant.

The President said he would hold his staff accountable but said no one person was responsible or would be fired. "Ultimately the buck stops with me," the President said. [link]
Then quit, you boob.  Someone needs to pay for this gross neglect of our national security.  And if you're the only one you're willing to hold accountable, do the right thing and get the hell out before more lives are lost.  It's the responsible thing to do.

I've ordered my staff to do the job they're paid handsomely to do.

For the love of God.

Playin' 'Em Like a Fiddle

I can't help but think of Congressman Rick Boucher's rather transparent effort to suck up to the mainstream press with his misguided "Free Flow of Information Act of 2009." As described here, "if enacted this law would protect professional journalists from having to disclose information or turn over documents to federal authorities except in limited circumstances."  Why the dyspeptic concern for journalists' rights?  I think the answer is obvious.

It's about the scratching of backs.  And all that.

But while journalists in this country - not a very bright bunch, if you haven't noticed - are having their egos stroked by Congress, that same Congress is taking the proverbial dump on them.  And it ain't pretty.  From "Time for sit-down protests by Hill reporters":
President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- all of whom have in recent years promised unprecedented levels of transparency in government -- are flouting their own words by meeting in secret to write the final version of Obamacare. They are doing this to avoid the public meetings of a bipartisan conference committee representing the Senate and House and the multiple, on-the-record roll call votes required in both chambers on a conference committee report.

The most radical expansion of central government power in American history is happening right under these journalists' noses, and yet they raise not a peep of protest when the doors close, effectively barring them from doing their jobs at a critical juncture. Where are the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Radio and Television News Directors Association? These august organizations vigorously and rightfully protested former Vice President Richard Cheney's secret meetings with oil company executives in the early days of the Bush administration. They also wailed loud and long about the Bush administration's abuses, many real and some imagined, of the Freedom of Information Act.
Where are they?  I'll tell you where they are. They're getting their egos stroked.  Over the fact that they will be protected from arrest "except in limited circumstances."  And with the opportunity - ever so remote - that one of them might be allowed to get his picture taken with the man himself.

Orgasm, as some of you may know, is a powerful distraction. 

As Sally Field might say to Representative Boucher: "You like me.  You really, really like me."  As she waits at that locked door to be given the latest press release from her messiah and sugar daddy.

Think dog, bone.

Unseemly.  Is that the word?  Or is it merely pathetic?

You decide.

This Should Make Your Day

As Obama and his Democratic gang of hooligans and nitwits huddle behind locked doors to figure out a way to provide health insurance to millions of Americans - another entitlement - without bankrupting the USA, there's another problem that exists and is growing at breakneck speed.

See "Collapse is coming a lot sooner than 2049."

It has to do with massive Social Security deficits.

Said Scarlett O'Hara to nobody in particular: "I'll think about that  ... tomorrow."

This Has Worn Itself Out

I've been hearing this for years.  It got annoying back in about 2006.  It's even more annoying now:

All signs point to an early demise of the Islamic Republic -- and the establishment of a secular democracy completely divorced from Islam.."

Right.  I'll believe it when I see it.

'I Will Not Raise Taxes'

I'll bet there were those who believed him:
The New Year Brings Tax Chaos
By Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal

Happy New Year. Your tax bill just went way up.

When the clock hit midnight on Jan. 1, some 70 new taxes on the middle class and small businesses went into effect, thanks to Congress's failure to prevent the expiration of popular and economically vital tax breaks on time. So some 25 million middle class Americans are now slated to get hit with the alternative minimum tax (AMT) this year. Remember: This is the tax that was originally supposed to only hit the richest 100 Americans.

This year, the alternative minimum tax will gather $63 billion from American families with an income of as little as $75,000, according to the Senate Finance Committee. The AMT may now hit tax filers who are school teachers, construction workers and bus drivers. Call them the new rich.

The middle class will get soaked other ways, too. The new homebuyer tax credit goes away. That will hit working families with a $10.8 billion tab. The tax deduction for state and local taxes also disappears, so shoppers of all incomes will cough up $1.85 billion more.

Got a kid in college? The federal tax deduction for college tuition and fees has disappeared. That's another $1.5 billion tax hike on the nonrich.

But the biggest debacle is the estate tax. On Jan. 1 it fell to zero for the year, and then in 2011 it goes back up to 55%. Estate tax attorneys are full of stories of wealthy heirs with living wills that ask their dependents to take account of the estate tax when determining when to pull the plug on the life support system. Don't be surprised if death rates of wealthy Americans rises substantially this year. [link]
Having to plan one's death around tax implications.  What's this country coming to?

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From the guy who promised to not raise taxes:


I'm sure he'll have an explanation.