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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tea Party To Nazis Running Richmond Gov't:

"We will not be intimidated and we will not back down."

Democrats would do well to pick their fights with taxpayers who willfully submit to government intimidation.

The Tea Party?  Government bullying is what it thrives on.

As Harry Callahan said it best: "Go ahead.  Make my day."

Deny Global Warming, Risk The Wrath of the Gods

Besides, you can't win the argument when your opponent owns both sides of the argument:

And remember, the science is settled. Anybody who asks how many of the climate change models predicted this absence of major hurricane events in the US six years ago is a vicious climate denier, is funded by the oil companies, and should be dealt with by the usual methods.

Hanging is too good for those of us who look at the data and don't see what Al Gore wants us to see.

Former Advisor To Obama:

You're being naïve, dude.

Of course Austan Goolsbee is being nice.

We all know it ain't naïvete rattling around in that cavernous brain pan ...

Let's Keep It Real

Like most rational people, I have a lot of problems with the viability of General Motors' answer to global warming - the Chevy Volt.  Small things like eye-popping price and woeful inutility.

But igniting batteries isn't one of them.

That's why, when I read about a couple of them catching fire in recent weeks, I knew that we were looking at an aberration, not a design flaw.

As it turns out, we were looking at an aberration, not a design flaw.

(Want to start your own battery fire in the garage at home?  Go out and buy the wrong size battery - one with top posts - and mount it under the hood of your car.  Seat the battery such that the positive and negative posts make contact with the metal hood when you close it.  Stand by with a fire extinguisher.)

So the Chevy Volt doesn't explode because of faulty design.  Such the relief.

Now if they can just do something about the fact that it costs as much as a three-bedroom home and requires a ten-hour charge after each one-hour trip to the grocery (you have to live in my world), the Volt might actually be something that that 99% of America we've been hearing about might actually be interested in buying.

The Perfect Christmas Gift


Hey, did you know that it's legal to own and use a silencer here in Virginia?

I'm thinkin' my 7.62 needs an upgrade.

* All you have to do is register with the federal government, pay an arm and a leg for the ... opportunity ... and let 'er rip.

And They Called Sarah Palin Stupid

Earth to the president of the United States:

"There is no such thing as an 'English' embassy anywhere in the world, and there hasn’t been one for several centuries."

We all know that Obama wasn't paying attention in church on Sunday - for twenty years.  Now we find out he wasn't paying attention in history class either.

Yet there he is.  The most brilliant man to ever walk the halls of the White House.

Good grief.

Uh Oh

Whew.  For a moment, when I read this headline ...

Euro Finance Ministers Discuss Radical Ideas to Avert Global Crisis

... I thought that one of their "radical ideas" would be to declare war on each other and have the USA bring in the Marshall Plan II to save the day.

But, thank God, their proposals aren't that radical.

(Still, I wouldn't put it past our Spender-in-Chief to come riding to their rescue with mountains of increasingly worthless dollars at the end of the day.)

He Asks. I Answer.

Departing Representative Barney Frank:

Rep. Frank: 'Did you think I would serve till I was 106?'

From On High: No. But we thought you'd stick around long enough to finish the work you began that has nearly wrecked the country.

Of course there are those who thinks he has already accomplished his mission.  See "Barney Frank: I've destroyed the economy, my work here is done."

In either case, bye bye.

Quote of the Day

Newt Gingrich on illegal immigration enforcement - or the lack thereof:
After years of failure on the part of the federal government to achieve border security, it is an outrage that the Obama administration would seek to block South Carolina and other states who choose to pick up the slack.

If the Obama Administration put as much energy and resources into controlling the border as it does into attacking our own states, we would have 100 percent border security by now.
Obama is at war with Americans while, at the same time, he ignores the lawlessness on our borders.

For the love of God.

'Trying To Appease Radicals Is a Fool's Errand'

And speaking of fools, the city of Los Angeles is run by one.

The magic that is democracy.  Ya get what ya vote for.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

From New Jersey's plainspoken governor:

Chris Christie on the Super Committee: What the hell are we paying Obama for?

Uh ... to golf?

Science Wins Out

Though there are still the die-hard true-believers out there ...

It must be tough to see your entire belief system come crashing down.

Oh, yeah, we're talking about the globe that isn't, alas, warming:
The Great Global Warming Fizzle
By Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

Consider the case of global warming, another system of doomsaying prophecy and faith in things unseen.

As with religion, it is presided over by a caste of spectacularly unattractive people pretending to an obscure form of knowledge that promises to make the seas retreat and the winds abate. As with religion, it comes with an elaborate list of virtues, vices and indulgences. As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines. As with religion, it is harsh toward skeptics, heretics and other "deniers." And as with religion, it is susceptible to the earthly temptations of money, power, politics, arrogance and deceit.

This week, the conclave of global warming's cardinals are meeting in Durban, South Africa, for their 17th conference in as many years. The idea is to come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire next year, and to require rich countries to pony up $100 billion a year to help poor countries cope with the alleged effects of climate change. This is said to be essential because in 2017 global warming becomes "catastrophic and irreversible," according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency.

Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse. Namely, the financial apocalypse.

The U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada and the EU have all but confirmed they won't be signing on to a new Kyoto. The Chinese and Indians won't make a move unless the West does. The notion that rich (or formerly rich) countries are going to ship $100 billion every year to the Micronesias of the world is risible, especially after they've spent it all on Greece.

All this has been enough to put the Durban political agenda on hold for the time being. But religions don't die, and often thrive, when put to the political sidelines. A religion, when not physically extinguished, only dies when it loses faith in itself.

That's where the Climategate emails come in. First released on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit two years ago and recently updated by a fresh batch, the "hide the decline" emails were an endless source of fun and lurid fascination for those of us who had never been convinced by the global-warming thesis in the first place.

But the real reason they mattered is that they introduced a note of caution into an enterprise whose motivating appeal resided in its increasingly frantic forecasts of catastrophe. Papers were withdrawn; source material re-examined. The Himalayan glaciers, it turned out, weren't going to melt in 30 years. Nobody can say for sure how high the seas are likely to rise—if much at all. Greenland isn't turning green. Florida isn't going anywhere. [link]
You might wonder how so many learned scientists could have been lured into the pagan world of global warmism.  It's actually quite simple.  They all drew their conclusions regarding trends in climate from facts and data provided by a small handful of fact and data gatherers around the globe.  See University of East Anglia.  As it turns out, those providers of data involved a small handful of liars and knaves.  See Climategate.  So it's perfectly understandable that the scientists of the world - upon being presented with a certain set of "facts"  - latch onto the desired constructs of those presenting the "facts."

What's not understandable is why they still cling to their constructs now that the facts are pouring in and substantial evidence exists that (a) the planet is not warming, and (b) humans weren't causing any appreciable warming of the planet when it was.

Yet cling they do.

And will.

To the bitter end.


Scientists.  Tsk.  Tsk.

Useful Idiots

CNN takes time out of its busy day to eulogize the one man most responsible for the current economic malaise the United States of America is mired in today.

CNN Eulogizes 'Titan' Barney Frank

The gullible eulogizing the nefarious.

May God have mercy.

We find ourselves having to deal with any more "titans" like Barney Frank and this country will not survive.

* For more on Frank's one-man destruction of the U.S. economy, see "Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer’s Role in the Fannie Mae Failure."


** Did I mention the fact that this "titan" once had a house of gay prostitution operating in his house but says he didn't know it?

Rookie Delegates Endorse George Allen

This comes from the Allen for Senate campaign:
Newly Elected Virginia Legislators Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate

Henrico, VA –Today, newly elected Members of the Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates from throughout the Commonwealth announced their support for George Allen for U.S. Senate, citing his Virginia values, fiscal responsibility and successful track record of implementing pro-growth policies that helped to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

[jf: Included from this area were ...]

Delegate-Elect Chris Head, Roanoke
"I have been a fan of George Allen and his Jeffersonian style of conservative leadership for years. I cheered as he held the line on spending cuts in state agencies, and brought about incredible and much needed policy reforms while he was Governor, and he served us with distinction as Senator. I am proud to give my support to his campaign and look forward to returning him to Washington!"

Delegate-Elect Nick Rush, Christiansburg
“George Allen knows how to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses to help create jobs and grow the economy. His time as Governor was known for job creation and economic prosperity, and his pro-growth policies helped to create over 300,000 net new private sector jobs during his tenure. George Allen has the right ideas and positive solutions to reinvigorate our economy and stop the reckless spending and out-of-control growth of government in Washington. In these difficult times, Virginia needs a strong, proven leader we can trust. I am proud to stand with George Allen and give him my full endorsement.”

Delegate-Elect Joseph Yost, Blacksburg
“George Allen is a proven leader. He has the courage, integrity, and character we need in Washington. As our Senator, George Allen will fight for our families, faith, and freedom. He will work hard to bring jobs to Virginia, stimulate our economy and keep taxes low."
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
-- Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria --

Here's one you won't read about on the editorial page of the rabidly anti-gun Roanoke Times:
Customer, armed robbers engage in shootout
click2Houston.com

Houston - Two armed men tried to rob a Denny's restaurant, but ended up fleeing after a shootout with a customer.

The shootout happened at a Denny's restaurant in the 11000 block of the East Freeway around 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said two armed suspects wearing bandannas entered and attempted to rob the restaurant.

The sole customer in the restaurant, a licensed concealed handgun carrier, saw the suspects enter, pulled out his own gun, took cover and fired at the robbers, detectives said.

Investigators said the suspects returned fire and fled the restaurant. The customer followed the suspects, firing as he went. The suspects jumped into a white minivan and fled the scene.

Officials said a white minivan with what appeared to be bullet holes was found later in the 1400 block of Griffen. It had been reported stolen, police said. [link]
You know how that saying goes (click on the image to enlarge it):


The end of the story?

"So far, police [who got to the scene of the aborted crime just in time to complete the necessary paperwork and to open "a case"] have no suspects in the case."

Whatever. A crime was prevented. And lives were potentially saved. Paperwork or no.

The True Test Of Our Conservative Congress

We'll believe progress has been made when they give us our light bulb back.

Claudia Rosett:
Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just over a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband, should it appear in any American marketplace. Or maybe it’s that gut sense that with the dollar teetering toward an abyss of unfathomable and inflationary government spending, those beloved old 100 watt bulbs will at least provide a decent store of value, even if all I do is use them to read by for the rest of my life — meticulously taking care never to violate federal law by offering even a single bulb for sale to some fellow citizen willing to pay for it.

Or, just possibly, this urge to stockpile incandescents is the product of simmering outrage. For decades, I have written about America as the world’s beacon of freedom, which it has been. Yet here we are, wards of the nanny state, with politicians dictating that even that prime symbol of American ingenuity, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, shall be regulated into oblivion. All this has been ably exposed as an act of crony capitalism, designed to enrich manufacturers who prefer to sell pricier light bulbs that a lot of Americans, if free to choose, prefer not to buy. And the actual mechanics of this ban have been greatly blurred, Washington-style, by framing this fix not as an outright prohibition, but merely as a phase-out of light bulbs that do not meet standards set by Washington in the name of “energy efficiency.” First the 100-watt incandescents vanish from the shelves. Then the 75-watt, the 60-watt and 40-watt. It is, in its way, a bipartisan dimming of choice, tacked onto an energy bill signed into law in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and – despite an attempt at repeal this past July — upheld by Democrats in Congress under President Barack Obama.
As noted, this shameful attack on our "freedom to choose" (ahem) was brought about in the George W. Bush era and is being defended by Barack Obama. So there is plenty of blame to go around.

But blame doesn't get us our light bulb back.

A Congress that listens to the will of the people does.

We're wating. We're watching. And we vote.

All Is Lost

When I read the headline ...

Christian worker loses her job after being 'targeted' by Islamic extremists

... I thought, surely this must have happened in Kabul or Baghdad. Cairo maybe?

But no.  This travesty occurred in London.

May God have mercy ...

I Can Think Of a Better Reason

Right response.  Wrong reason:

Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution ... because it 'clashes with the Koran'

To my thinking medical students everywhere should boycott lectures on evolution and stick to lectures on freaking medicine.

Leave lectures on evolution to Hollywood, where they belong.

Pithy Analysis From The NY Times

The world is holding its collective breath, wondering what is going to happen in Europe, what with its currency collapsing and more and more of its member states teetering on the brink of financial annihilation.

Well, the New York Times, always on the cutting edge of rational thought, has the answer to that question:

Two main options exist: either the euro zone splits apart or it binds closer together.

Either it will or it won't.

Gosh.  Ya think?

Do The Western World a Favor

Maybe the nut jobs in Iran will do us a favor:

Iran: We'll fire 150,000 missiles at Israel if attacked

"At" being the key word.

The strategy? Send up enough errant projectiles and surely a few of them won't land on Syria and Lebanon and Jordan and Egypt.

Go ahead. Make our day.

It Must Be Monday

Muslims have their nickers in a twist.

Again.

Carolyn Maloney Is a Despicable Human Being

She's a Democrat.

And she's a liar.

'Nuff said.

Tom Wicker Is Dead

At the age of 85.

Most people will remember him for his many years of work at the New York Times.

I note his passing because he was also a darn good novelist.

In my library this day:


Tom Wicker left his mark.

Maybe I Should Get On The Obama Bandwagon

I could stand to become rich beyond my wildest dreams.

See "Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million [no-bid] sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor."

Half a billion dollars for a vaccine that may not work, to be used on a disease that may no longer exist.

Sweet. I can whip up a few of those myself in my crock pot. Before lunch.

For that kind of loot, I can be a "major Democratic donor" too.  No problem.

'Scientists' Behaving Badly

One reads this stuff and wonders: What are those global warming enthusiasts so afraid of?
BBC sought advice from global warming scientists on economy, drama, music... and even game shows
By David Rose, London Daily Mail

Britain’s leading green activist research centre spent £15,000 on seminars for top BBC executives in an apparent bid to block climate change sceptics from the airwaves, a vast new cache of leaked ‘Climategate’ emails has revealed.

The emails – part of a trove of more than 5,200 messages that appear to have been stolen from computers at the University of East Anglia – shed light for the first time on an incestuous web of interlocking relationships between BBC journalists and the university’s scientists, which goes back more than a decade.

They show that University staff vetted BBC scripts, used their contacts at the Corporation to stop sceptics being interviewed and were consulted about how the broadcaster should alter its programme output. [link]
As Tom Blumer notes (sorta), can you imagine what kind uproar would result within the mainstream press if it were revealed that Fox News had its messages shaped by Grover Norquist?

Yet you'll hear not a peep from that same press regarding this scandalous behavior on the part of the British Broadcasting Company.

One has to wonder: Why were those scientists who had the BBC in their pockets so afraid of open analysis of their theory that the planet was warming?  What did they have to lose?

We obtain a possible answer from the shameful saga regarding Professor James Hansen - a leading worshipper at the altar of global warming - and the wealth he has acrued.

That answer?  M-O-N-E-Y.

- - -

James Delingpole: "If the case for man-made global warming is really as strong as the so-called consensus claims it is, why do the climategate emails show scientists attempting to stamp out dissenting points of view? Why must they manipulate data ..."

Newt Gains Key Endorsement

The stars are aligning:
Gingrich wins NH backing as Romney plugs along
By Philip Elliott, Associated Press

Washington (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich landed the endorsement of New Hampshire's largest newspaper on Sunday while rival Mitt Romney earned a dismissive wave, potentially resetting the race in the state with the first-in-the-nation primary.

For Gingrich, the former House speaker, the backing builds on his recent rise in the polls and quick work to build a campaign after a disastrous start in the summer. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has a vacation home in the state and has been called a "nearly native son of New Hampshire," absorbed the blow heading into the Jan. 10 vote that's vital to his campaign strategy.

"We don't back candidates based on popularity polls or big-shot backers. We look for conservatives of courage and conviction who are independent-minded, grounded in their core beliefs about this nation and its people, and best equipped for the job," The New Hampshire Union Leader said in its front-page editorial, which was as much a promotion of Gingrich as a discreet rebuke of Romney.

The Union Leader's editorial telegraphed conservatives' concerns about Romney's shifts on crucial issues of abortion and gay rights were unlikely to fade. [link]
And RomneyCare.  Don't forget RomneyCare.

- - -

Newt's found his groove too:

Newt Gingrich: Obama Can Use a Teleprompter When He Debates Me

Takin' it to "the greatest orator of our time."

I love it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why Mexicans Should Rule This Country

Buried in a Washington Post story this morning  (see "Gingrich’s immigration crucible") about Newt Gingrich's position on that hot-button issue is this discouraging and damning bit of truth:
In fact, amnesty isn’t the magnet; jobs are. Some 8 million undocumented workers — about 5 percent of the U.S. labor force — are here largely because American workers do not want low-wage, dirty and backbreaking jobs, particularly in heavily agricultural states such as California and Texas.
I would have thought, with unemployment in this country being as high as 20% of the available workforce, and with no improvement in sight, that we would have gotten beyond the point where those without work would be willing to turn down a paycheck, no matter how backbreaking the job.

Guess not.

Millions of Americans still would rather sit on their asses and do nothing, waiting for something to be handed to them that is never going to be than make themselves productive.

I wonder, can we deport these losers to Guadalajara and swap them for workers who are prepared to advance the American Dream?

Study: Send 'Carbon Footprint' To The Ash Heap

As it turns out - who knew? - carbon dioxide isn't warming the planet:
Global Warming Models Called Into Question By New Study
Investor's Business Daily editorial

The left's proposed solutions for the world's ills are based on the idea that carbon dioxide is a climate-heating poison that must be scrubbed from the global economy at all cost. Yet another study shows this is foolish.

The study in the journal Science found that global temperatures appear to be far less sensitive to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere than originally estimated.

This sounds prosaic, but it's a bombshell — another in a long line of revelations showing the scientific fraud at the heart of the anti-global warming movement.

The study's findings are simple and devastating. "This implies that the effect of CO2 on climate is less than previously thought," said Oregon State University's Andreas Schmittner, the study's main author.

Coupled with the fact the average global temperature hasn't increased at all over the past decade — even though under all of the global warming models now in use, this is impossible — warmist ideology is crumbling. There is no climate armageddon on the horizon. [link]
So carbon dioxide is not killing us after all.

That coupled with this new revelation ...

"Many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data" and ...

... it goes without question that the global warming crusades are toast.

Now, if someone could break the news to the zealots at the EPA.

Making Sense Of The Woman Animal

I have to tell you, I've never been able to understand women.  They, to this day, are a complete mystery to me.  A fun mystery, but a mystery just the same.

But two aspects of the creature most odd have been made understandable in the last twenty four hours.  Those having to do with women who find adventure  - even joy - in fighting crowds - and each other - literally -  on Black Friday to secure yoga pants (!) at Victoria's Secret, and women who feel the need to be at the first showing of the Twilight Saga on the big screen at midnight.

I, like most men, watch these events unfold, and ask: What in the hell is that all about?  What possesses women to want to do either?

Then, yesterday afternoon, the first was explained in terms I could understand, and this morning the second.

I was listening to the Joe Pags radio show on my way home from work yesterday and heard him ask a female caller why she - or anyone - would fight through a mob in order to get a good deal on some Christmas gift.  Her response?

Think of it as football for women.

Uh.

OK.

That actually makes sense.

And the mystery that is the female fascination for the bloodsucking movies known as the "Twilight Saga"?  That enigma gains explanation this morning:

The Twilight Saga is porn for women.

Porn.

Uh.

OK.

There is actually something comprehensible about that.

Woman explained.  At least to a slight degree.

Now if someone can just tell me why they are incapable - ever - of seeing the toilet seat in the raised position before they sit down ...

'Occupy' Is On To Something

Most of those fools who are camped out in Zucotti Park in Manhattan are there protesting evil corporations.  A bit silly since the bleary-headed malcontents owe their very lives to them.  But nobody's going to convince them of that, so why try?

(Okay, I'll try: Imagine this.  China is lacking in a lot of raw materials necessary for manufacturing.  It has to import most of those materials from the outside world in order to make the goods it does.  What China has an abundance of is manpower.  Cheap labor.  That's why it is the industrial monster it is.

Here's where the marvel that is the corporation comes in.  Raw materials are drawn from the earth in countries hither and yon and shipped to China, where all sorts of products are hammered out and shipped back to those same countries and set on the retail shelf for sale to hungry and eager consumers.  Consumers - and stupid "occupiers" - who take such things for granted.

Get this: You can buy a "Fashion Sporty Silicone Quartz Wrist Watch - White" today, on line - for $3.60.


$3.60.

And the shipping is free.

From the mines of North America to manufacturing plants in Zhejiang to a Wal-Mart shelf near you. For three freaking dollars and sixty cents.

That's why we should be proud of - and marvel at - what corporations do.)

But there is a strain of "occupy" protest that should gain traction in this country.  It's that segment of the "occupy" movement that is going after college and university - public and private - tuition costs.  An outrage of the worst kind.

See "Pepper-Spraying Taxpayers."

And wonder when the rest of the "occupy" protesters will get a clue as to who their real enemy ought to be.

It Shouldn't Be This Way

I read headlines like this and wonder where the officials are who are paid to protect the citizens of the United States:

Along Mexican border, US ranchers say they live in fear

There was a day when this was Washington's first priority.

Now it's golf.

Man, I hope we get some of that change soon.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The 'Occupy' Movement in Micrcosm

"Occupy Orange County" struck a Wal-Mart in Santa Ana, California yesterday, chanting to cashiers (and holiday shoppers):

We believe that it is wrong that the corporation you work for is making you come in to work in the middle of the night when you should be at home with your families.”

You have to work.  That sucks.  Come with us and sit on your ass in the park and demand that others give us our daily bread.

May they starve.

We've Come a Long Way, Baby

Or not.

We, to this day, look down on those subnormal human beings who inhabit deepest, darkest Africa:


Someone needs to explain to me why:


"Each injection costs roughly £40 [$62.33] and is 'extremely painful' but Kristina, from St Petersburg, Russia, insists nothing will stop her."

Savage is as savage does.

They Never Were All That Coherent

This about sums it up:


"I'm going to stick it to The Man.  As soon as The Man gives me the money to go out and buy a stick.

I don't know.  This just doesn't seem to be the kind of thing social movements are based on.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Oh. Well Then ...

If Oda Mae Brown says so, end of discussion:

Whoopi Goldberg On Michele Bachmann: "She's Not Presidential Material"

This is the same Whoopi Goldberg who never made it through high school.

Expert enough for me ...

I'm not known as a Sentimentalist ...

... but this sure made me pause:

Special: Photo of fallen hero’s dog

The Lord does work in mysterious ways.

This Might Hurt ...

Vanity Fair Editor Calls Newt Gingrich a 'Big Baby'

If anyone knew what Vanity Fair was.

This Is So Not Nice

Blowhard Ed Schultz I understand.  But doesn't Captain Teleprompter still have his hand pressed to that nuclear trigger on occasion?  This seems a bit of a stretch:

Barack Obama and Ed Schultz Make GQ's '25 Least Influential People Alive'

Out of some three hundred million Americans? 25th least influential?

Uhhhh, on second thought ...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Last But Not Least

Happy Turkey Day!

You'd Think He Would Have Learned

All I'm sayin' is, Michael Medved supported John McCain in 2008 because, in part, he was electable.

With 2012 approaching Michael Medved wants you to know that electability matters.  Though he hasn't yet endorsed Mitt Romney.

My guess is, Medved was a big supporter of Bob Dole in 1996 for the same reason.

All were/are so electable.

Fool him once, shame on him.  Fool him twice, shame on him.   Fool him a third time ...

Poster Boy For The 'Occupy' Movement

No, he's not a degenerate.  Or a drug addict. Or a fugitive from justice. Or a rapist.  Or a freeloader.  Or a thief.  Or a professional beggar.  At least as far as we know.  Which sets him apart from all the other members of the "occupy" movement.

But he does appear to be a pathological liar:

Army records at odds with Occupy veteran's claims

He served honorably in the military. Why couldn't he have left it at that?

Some kind of war hero? Did he think no one would check?

The juicy part? He's "a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement."

And they can have him.

The Verdict Is In. Obama Wasted Our Money.

You'll be hearing this line a lot soon.  Obama and the media will be repeating it ad nauseum as we head into general election season.  "The economy would have been much worse."  Thank God we had him at the helm at the right time, huh?  All those jobs "saved and created."

Mt. Rushmore here he comes.

Or not:
The CBO Quietly Downgrades Obama's $825 Bil Stimulus
Investor's Business Daily editorial

After nearly all the stimulus money has been spent, the Congressional Budget Office now admits it cost more than advertised, did less to boost growth and will hurt the economy in the long run.

In its latest quarterly report on the economic effects of the Obama stimulus, the CBO sharply lowered its "worst case" scenario while trimming many of its upper-bound estimates for stimulus-fueled growth and employment.

The new report finds, for example, that the stimulus may have added as little as 0.7% to GDP growth in 2010 — when spending was at its peak — and created as few as 700,000 new jobs.
Both are down significantly from the CBO's previous worst-case scenario.

The report also lowered the best-case estimate for added growth in 2010 to 4.1% from 4.2%.
In addition, the CBO says the extra infrastructure money didn't boost growth as much as it previously claimed, because states reacted by spending less out of their own budgets on highways.

So in other words, the CBO now says it's possible that the stimulus had virtually no meaningful effect on growth and employment despite its massive price tag.

All this comes after the CBO increased that price tag to $825 billion from its initial $787 billion — a 5% hike.

Adding insult to injury, the new report also says the stimulus will hurt economic growth in the long run because of "the resulting increase in government debt." Each dollar of additional debt, it reports, "crowds out about a third of a dollar's worth of private domestic capital." [link]
Obama will claim that he saved and created five million, ten million, a hundred million jobs.  The truth?  The facts?  We are into the fourth year of the worst, most prolonged recession in American history, one that Obama promised to end three years ago.

Obama's promise has gone unkept.  It's time we unkeep him.

Newt The Compassionate

Savor this moment.  I'm going to be kind and caring toward my fellow man.  And woman.  (Just don't get used to it.)

On the illegal immigration front, Newt Gingrich has a point.  And, in all fairness, the right position when it comes to those illegals who have been here in the USA for many years.

Let's be real: "Send them all back" was, in reality, never an option.  Millions have lived here, raised families here, worked here, contributed here, stayed out of trouble here, and are going to stay here.

That's the reality of it.

First, the alternative.  I listened to another of the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum, argue to William Bennett on the latter's radio show yesterday morning the hard-line approach.  Santorum holds that, to be straight with the law, we should be prepared to send back each and all of those foreigners living in this country, no matter how long they've been here.  When Bennett asked about that former Mexican who has lived here for a quarter century, raised kids here (all of whom become American citizens at birth), if Santorum was prepared to separate that person from his or her family and go through the deportation process, the former senator from Pennsylvania was forced to answer yes.  But you could tell from his voice that he didn't want to be there in the conversation, and quickly pivoted to a more generalized discussion of the topic.

I couldn't blame him for feeling defenseless at that moment.

Leaving aside the issue itself, we all need to understand that that is the single-most damaging accusation that Democrats throw at conservatives.  They - we - are cold-hearted sonsabitchas.  And there is no more useful tool in their kit to win over independent voters than that.  Because of that, Santorum will be eaten alive in a general election.

Leaving the mechanics and politics aside, here's reality - like it or not - as articulated by Newt Gingrich:
I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have been here a quarter century, who have children and grandchildren, who are members of the community, who may have done something 25 years ago, separate them from their families and expel them. I do believe if you’ve been here recently and have no ties to the U.S., we should deport you. I do believe we should control the border. I do believe we have various penalties for employers, but I urge you to look at the Krieble Foundation plan. The party that says it’s the party of the family is not going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families who have been here a quarter century. I’m prepared to take the heat for saying, let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families.
There is a lot there.  And a lot worth considering.  Newt's points:

1) Protect the borders.  Truly protect the borders (don't play with them - cynically - like George W. Bush and Barack Obama have done).  Stop the flow of illegals into this country.

2) "I do not believe that the people of the United States are going to take people who have been here a quarter century, who have children and grandchildren, who are members of the community, who may have done something 25 years ago, separate them from their families and expel them."  That's an inarguable fact.

3) Those illegals who sneaked across our borders recently and have no ties to the USA should be sent packing.

4) That which should hit home with every conservative in the land: "The party that says it’s the party of the family is not going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families who have been here a quarter century."

5) "[L]et’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."

He might have added (6) and (7):

6) Those who - at any time - break our laws - again - no matter how long they've lived here - get sent back.  Family or no, they - like the rest of us - live by our rules.

7) If we are to give them guest worker visas - or some such - they or their spouses have to be workers.  Gainfully employed.  Not leeches (like so many born-and-bred Americans have become).

As for a path to citizenship, there should be none.  They came here illegally.  Nothing will alter that fact.  They want to be Americans, they go back from where they came and do it the right way.

Compassion here is the key.  In heated moments, we can all say, "Hell, yes.  Send all ten million Mexicans back."  But really?  Really?

Newt has taken some flack from the Right for this.  Rush went after him the other day (though mostly as a matter of tactics than for the position itself).  And, of course, all the other candidates have pounded on him, thinking there's an opportunity to gain points with the conservative wing of the Republican Party for his candid appraisal of the American spirit.

Sure we all want illegal immigration to stop.  And we can stop it (though not with doofus remaining in the White House).  But reality - as it pertains to those millions who are already here and who have settled into normal American lives - dictates that we be - dare I say it - compassionate.  And realistic.

- - -

To those who will disagree, I provide food for thought:

Doctrinaire
Adjective: doctrinaire
däktrəˈne(ə)r
1. Stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability

Noun: doctrinaire däktrəˈne(ə)r
1. A stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions

That is not who we are. That is who they are.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Where Once They Were Scientists ...

Here's a photo of Dr. James Hansen, Ph.D (B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 1963, University of Iowa M.S., Astronomy, 1965, University of Iowa Ph.D., Physics, 1967, University of Iowa), Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, doing what he does best.


Getting arrested.

Research?  Phooey!  We got a movement to move!

How in God's name did science degenerate into this?

The great man-made global warming scare is not about science but about political activism.

Dr. James Hansen, PhD (B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 1963, University of Iowa M.S., Astronomy, 1965, University of Iowa Ph.D., Physics, 1967, University of Iowa), Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

... Occupier.

Obama Catches a Plane Bound For Glory ...

... and gives up on America:

From yesterday's Investor's Business Daily:
To hear Barack Obama describe the latest fiscal impasse in Washington, the poor guy is totally helpless dealing with this congressional crowd of hebetudinous laggards.

But wait! Where has Obama been during this fiscal crunch time?

He hasn't been on the sidelines again. He's been completely out of the country. He absolutely had to be in Cannes for the Group of 29.5 or whatever it's called this month because, you know, the Euro crisis. And, then he was hosting another group of leaders in Hawaii with Michelle. And then, of course, there was the Australia trip, which he'd already postponed twice.

And, hey, as long as he's down there, why not drop into Indonesia for old times sake and the Asian leaders meeting, score a new tropical shirt, talk some more? Not much going on back home anyway.

And today, having waved his veto wand at everybody on Monday, Obama's gone again, flying his large plane up to New Hampshire for more useless campaign talk about construction workers fixing bridges and looking like he's trying real hard.

But trying real hard to do what? Certainly not be president of the United States. [link]
There was a time when I argued that a president and a Congress doing nothing was a good thing.  By doing nothing, they were doing nothing to screw up the country further.  But today the country is completely screwed up.  And, if we don't get some leadership in Washington - and fast - we're screwed.

So.  At a critical time in the life of the US of A Obama catches a plane to Neverland.

In his case, I still think that's not a bad idea.  Maybe, when his plane lands, wherever it lands, he'll stay there.

And we can get back to fixing this poor, wretched country.

- - -

Running from the crisis seems to be the man's preferred method of ... engagement. From Keith Hennessey:

"The President’s press secretary tells us that the President and his Treasury Secretary have 'been very engaged with their European counterparts' in addressing their debt crises, but it appears the President’s involvement in the American Super Committee was to set a proposal on the table and then leave."

This is not a way to run the country ...

Headline of the Decade

I've said it before.  I'll say it again.  Whoever the New York Post employs to dream up headlines to go along with featured stories he/she is a genius.  Here's the best one I've seen in years (actually, since "Headless Body In Topless Bar," which also appeared in the Post, in 1982), appearing in today's paper:


Into the museum of classic headlines it goes.

* It even rivals this one from 1935: "Sticks Nix Hick Pix."

Say What?

If there were ever a better reason than this to abolish the Department of Homeland Security (budget $56,941,507,000), I've not seen it:
The Department of Homeland Security is taking any threat seriously during the Thanksgiving holiday, including the ominous threat to our national security posed by turkey fryers.

"How dangerous can turkey fryers be?" asks a warning issued on the official DHS Twitter account. "Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in a fryer, or this may happen."

The department linked to an ominous video highlighting the dangers of deep frying a turkey.
The dangers of cooking a turkey.  Homeland Security.  My God.

And Nobody In Our Gov't Cares

If you watched any portion of Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you came away with the haunting feeling that he didn't really care about the border agent - who was in Holder's charge - who was slain by Mexican thugs last December.  Tough luck, but we've got lots of things on our plate and the border is only one of them.  Next question.

As it turns out, there's a whole lot that Holder - or someone in our freaking government - should be very, very concerned about:
Armed illegals stalked Border Patrol
Mexicans were ‘patrolling’ when agent was slain, indictment says
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.

A now-sealed federal grand jury indictmentin the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terrysays the Mexican nationals were “patrolling” the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.

At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.

According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border town of Nogales and — in the darkness of the Arizona night — opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.

Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene came from the failed Fast and Furious operation.

Using thermal binoculars, one of the agents determined that at least two of the Mexicans were carrying rifles, but according to an affidavit in the case by FBI agent Scott Hunter, when the Mexicans did not drop their weapons as ordered, two agents used their shotguns to fire “less than lethal” beanbags at them.

At least one of the Mexicans opened fire and, according to the affidavit, Terry, a 40-year-old former U.S. Marine, was shot in the back. A Border Patrol shooting-incident report said that Terry called out, “I’m hit,” and then fell to the ground, a bullet having pierced his aorta. “I can’t feel my legs,” Terry told one of the agents who cradled him. “I think I’m paralyzed.”

Bleeding profusely, he died at the scene.

After the initial shots, two agents returned fire, hitting Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 33, in the abdomen and leg. The others fled. The FBI affidavit said Osorio-Arellanes admitted during an interview that all five of the Mexicans were armed. [link] [emphasis mine]
What do you want to bet the border patrol "rules of engagement" call for agents to fire beanbags (!) at armed illegals?

Beanbags.  Heavily armed bandits.  Ambush.  A dead American law enforcement officer.  And the Attorney General of the United States of America could give a shit.

At some point someone is going to take control of this situation.  It won't be those who are paid to do it, but someone someday is going to handle it.

Tea Parties Line Up Behind George Allen

With his main opponent in the race for the Republican nomination to the Senate having emanated from the Tea Party movement, this (from the Allen campaign) is quite the catch for George Allen:
Virginia Tea Party Patriots Endorse George Allen for U.S. Senate

Henrico, VA – Today George Allen received the endorsement of over 100 Tea Party Patriots throughout the Commonwealth, led by Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party, Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots, Strother Smith, President of the 10th Amendment Foundation, Ben Marchi, former State Director of Americans for Prosperity and conservative Tea Party activists Tito Munoz and Carl Tate. These Tea Party Patriots cited George Allen’s strong record on fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and his unwavering commitment to protect and stand up for the Constitution of the United States.

“Governor Allen's belief in Tea Party principles is evident in his desire to cut government spending and bring a greater degree of accountability to Washington,” said Coby Dillard, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party. “When elected, I believe he will carry our shared beliefs to the halls of the Senate, and continue the fight to leave a more fiscally responsible nation as a gift to future generations.”

“George Allen will restrain this over-reaching federal government and preserve the individual freedoms and rights that our Founders envisioned. He has a proven track record of implementing pro-growth policies that help businesses create jobs, and the experience we need to get it done,” said Laura Alcorn, Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots. “George Allen is a true conservative leader who shares our core principles. We know he will fight for our Virginia values and we are proud to fight with him.”

“The reckless policies coming out of Washington are eroding our liberties and bankrupting our future,” said conservative Tea Party activist Carl Tate. “Now, more than ever, we need George Allen’s strong, steady leadership to get our country back on track and help America ascend again. The path we are on leads to crushing debt, high unemployment and a dangerous dependency on the federal government. George Allen is a proven, conservative leader who will fight for our values and we need him back in the U.S. Senate.”

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS FOR ALLEN

Coby Dillard
Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Tea Party

Laura Alcorn
Co-Founder of the Richmond Patriots

Carl Tate
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Strother Smith
President of the 10th Amendment Foundation

Donald E Scoggins
Chairman, Fredrick Douglas Republican Forum of Virginia

Daniel Cortez
Tea Party Patriots

Codi Peters
Jefferson Area Tea Party

Ben Marchi
Former State Director of Americans for Prosperity

Tito Munoz
Tea Party Activist

Stephen Trent
Suffolk Tea Party

Peggy Armentrout
Southside Tea Party Patriots

George Makely
Constitutional Conservatives

S. John Massoud
Constitutional Conservatives

Marta Saltus
NOVA Tea Party

Billy Altizer
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Diane Altizer
Jeffersonville Tea Party 
Bob Maistros
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Stan Young
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Dallas Sparks
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Dori Sparks
Jeffersonville Tea Party

T. Shea Cook
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Mickey Vance
Jeffersonville Tea Party

Michelle Stanley
Richmond Patriots

Tamara Phipps
Richmond Patriots

Matt Schmitt
Richmond Patriots

Charles Johnson
Richmond Patriots

Lauren Vargas
Richmond Patriots

Susanne Jones
Richmond Patriots

Yeda Baker
NOVA Tea Party

Joann Abbott
Richmond Patriots

Stephen Peters
Jefferson Area Tea Party

Laurel Guy
NOVA Tea Party

Kristin Gladstone Thomas
Richmond Patriots

Ann Yarbrough
Richmond Patriots

Susan Hardwicke
Richmond Patriots

Randy White
Richmond Patriots

Tony Hall
Richmond Patriots

Buddy Whitecotton
Richmond Patriots

Barbara Whitecotton
Richmond Patriots

Victoria Windsor
Richmond Patriots

Margo McCaul
Richmond Patriots

Randy Albert
Richmond Patriots

Renee Goughler
Richmond Patriots

James Wolfe
Richmond Patriots

Margo McCaul
Richmond Patriots

Bill Poole
Richmond Patriots

Tana Bernard
Richmond Patriots

Greg McAndrew
Richmond Patriots

Mark Douglas Lepore
Richmond Patriots

David Light
Richmond Patriots

Sarah Wiggins Kings
Richmond Patriots

Darlene Johnson
Richmond Patriots

P. J. Collins
Richmond Patriots

Cheryl Thompson Griggs
Richmond Patriots

Jim Fields
Roanoke Tea Party

Lynn Yowell
Richmond Patriots

Dawn Johnson
Abigail Adams

Sandra Green
Abigail Adams

Bonnie Boyd
Abigail Adams

Andy Boyd
Abigail Adams

Betty Anne Olsen
Abigail Adams

Rick Olsen
Abigail Adams

Carole Sarkuti
Abigail Adams

Mickey Sarkuti
Abigail Adams

Mark Casas
Tea Party Patriots

Suzi Casas
Tea Party Patriots

Joan Lopez
Abigail Adams

Alex Lopez
Abigail Adams

Wanda Pritekel
Abigail Adams

Ted Pritekel
Abigail Adams

Rob Carter
Richmond Patriots

Bob Hilliard
Richmond Patriots

Gil Miles
Richmond Patriots

Susan Newton
Richmond Patriots

Robert Sine
Richmond Patriots

Bruce Bennett
NOVA Tea Party

Joann Dale
NOVA Tea Party

David Dale
NOVA Tea Party

David Doherty
NOVA Tea Party

Kerry Scott
NOVA Tea Party

Richard Hill Jr
Conservative Tea Party Activist

Rick McDonald
Richmond Patriots

Gwen Moore
Richmond Patriots

John Moore
Richmond Patriots

Carlos Bertoncini
Richmond Patriots

C.S Miller
Richmond Patriots

Nelson Bailey
Portsmouth Tea Party

Judi Cabinal
Portsmouth Tea Party

Deborah Dameron
Tea Party Patriots

Irene Farquhar
Tea Party Patriots

Paul Mason Kohlenberger
Tea Party Patriots

Darwin F. Alt
Tea Party Patriots

Rebecca Olsen
Tea Party Patriots

Camm Hoffman
Tea Party Patriots

Jeff Martin
Tea Party Patriots

Jean Martin
Tea Party Patriots

Kristin McIntyre
Tea Party Patriots

Sheila Finley
Tea Party Patriots

Bruce A. Laporte
Tea Party Patriots

Robert J. Shipp
Tea Party Patriots

Jim Hagerty
Tea Party Patriots

Irene Hagerty
Tea Party Patriots

Susan A. Cortez
Tea Party Patriots

Sam Baker
Tea Party Activist

Sue Baker
Tea Party Activist

Anita Lovelace
Tea Party Activist

Tim Lovelace
Tea Party Activist

Bunny Monroe
Tea Party Activist

Ken Monroe
Tea Party Activist

Aerin Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Anton Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Ariel Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Michel Ragusso
Tea Party Activist

Janet Soloman
Tea Party Activist

Rick Saloman
Tea Party Activist

Brian Schultz
Tea Party Activist

Elizabeth Schultz
Tea Party Activist

Anne Yang
Tea Party Activist

Sharon Jones
Tea Party Activist
The conservative movement here in Virginia is uniting around one candidate. All bodes well for George Allen, for Virginia, and for the United States of America.

Thanks, guys, for putting country ahead of ideology.

Habeeb To Host Town Hall Meetings

A public service announcement:
Habeeb Announces Winter Town Hall Meeting Dates

Salem, VA – Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) announced Tuesday he will host three winter town hall meetings with constituents across the 8th District. The meetings will be held in December, before General Assembly members return to Richmond in January.

The meetings are open to the public and will be held on and at the following dates and locations:

● December 7th, 7 p.m., Roanoke County Administration Building
● December 13th, 7 p.m., Montgomery County Government Center
● December 14th, 7 p.m., Craig County High School Library

“As always, I look forward to speaking with the citizens of the 8th District,” said Delegate Habeeb. “The more time I spend discussing the issues with individuals, the better I feel I can represent them in Richmond. Holding these meetings right before returning to Richmond will help me gather input on the important legislation we will consider this year.”

Participants at the town hall meetings will also have an opportunity to fill out a survey relating to the most important issues facing the General Assembly this year. That same survey will be made available to all citizens online.

“I have said from the first day of my campaign that I want to be an open and accessible legislator, and I hope the citizens of the 8th District see my willingness to listen and discuss the issues as an example of me keeping my promises,” added Habeeb.
So much to discuss ...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Well, Nobody Will Ever Accuse Nancy Pelosi Of That

Having "a conscience thing," that is.

Explains a lot about her and her ilk.

But They're So ... Green!

Oh, dear.
Dutch fall out of love with windmills
By Ivana Sekularac, Reuters

Towering over the waves of the North Sea like an army of giants, blades whipping through the wind, the turbines were the country's best hope to curb carbon emissions and meet growing demand for electricity.

The 36 turbines -- each one the height of a 30-storey building -- produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 households each year.

But five years later the green future looks a long way off. Faced with the need to cut its budget deficit, the Dutch government says offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour -- some 4.5 billion euros last year.

The government now plans to transfer the financial burden to households and industrial consumers in order to secure the funds for wind power and try to attract private sector investment.

It will start billing consumers and companies in January 2013 and simultaneously launch a system under which investors will be able to apply to participate in renewable energy projects.

But the new billing system will reap only a third of what was previously available to the industry in subsidies -- the government forecasts 1.5 billion euros every year -- while the pricing scale of the investment plan makes it more likely that interested parties will choose less expensive technologies than wind. [link]
"... more likely that interested parties will choose less expensive technologies than wind."  Don't think for a minute that those "interested parties" are going to choose the least expensive technologies available to humankind today - nuclear and fossil.  Those parties, after all, still have to answer to the morons who bought into (well, actually they didn't buy anything; they bought with Dutch taxpayer money) the silly notion that wind power was sustainable.

So much for that.

Expect the geniuses there to overlay the English Channel with solar panels next.

As long as there's tax money to waste, by God ...

We Will No Longer Compromise On Their Terms

The whining you hear from the media and Washington Democrats now that that destined-to-self-destruct "super committee" has self-destructed is a symptom of a problem both groups that group of liberals needs to come to grips with:  The terms of negotiation will no longer be those dictated by them for the last fifty years.  Those being centered around the premise that we need to raise the necessary funds to meet the needs of an ever-expanding government.  How and how much were the only points of negotiation.

Earth to liberals: Kiss that paradigm goodbye.  From this point on - no, from election day, 2010 on - we will compromise only on the reduction in size and scope of the monstrosity known as the United States government.  How and how much is negotiable.

Apparently we have a lot of work to do to get the message through to them:
Thank You, Grover Norquist
Wall Street Journal editorial

So it's all Grover Norquist's fault. Democrats and the media are singing in unison that the reason Congress's antideficit super committee has failed is because of the conservative activist's magical antitax spell over Republicans.

Not to enhance this Beltway fable, but thank you, Mr. Norquist. By reminding Republicans of their antitax promises, he has helped to expose the real reason for the super committee's failure: the two parties disagree profoundly on a vision of government.

Democrats don't believe they need to do more than tinker around the edges of the entitlement state while raising taxes on the rich. Republicans think the growth of government is unsustainable and can't be financed no matter how much taxes are raised.

Sounds like we need an election.

Of course it would have been preferable if the two sides had come together now to cut spending, reform the tax code and remake Medicare. Preferable, but implausible. That would have required President Obama to have shown more respect for the will of the voters when they revoked his credit card by giving Republicans control of the House in 2010. Or for the President to have honored the findings of his own Bowles-Simpson deficit commission by using it as a basis for negotiation. Instead, he ignored them.

The abiding reality of American politics is that substantial change in Washington is impossible without Presidential leadership. And Mr. Obama does not want to lead on reforming entitlements or reducing the deficit. He is making clear he is running for re-election on a platform of consolidating the expansion of government of his first two years and raising taxes to finance it.

Thus it's no surprise that he did more than anyone to poison the well of the super committee with his October remarks promising a veto unless the deal included $1 trillion in tax increases. Mr. Obama knew that Republicans couldn't agree to this a year after winning election on a promise not to raise taxes. But $1 trillion became the marker that Democrats on the super committee insisted was the price of admission for all but token spending cuts. This is after Mr. Obama also insisted that ObamaCare and its tax increases (that start in 2013) couldn't be touched.

In the end Republicans had to choose between a $1 trillion tax hike that would hurt a sputtering economy while splintering the GOP less than a year before a huge election, or let an automatic spending cut of $1.2 trillion over 10 years begin in 2013. The sequester is the better option. [link]
The Leftists in this country still don't get it.

Perhaps they will come November, 2012, when a sledgehammer is taken to the side of their heads.

What Part Of 'Hiss' Don't You Understand?

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that she was never proud of the USA her entire life - until recently.  But I'm going to take a wild guess and say the reason that Michelle Obama was booed by NASCAR America has more to do with this:

Obama's Great Depression

Boos? Her husband destroying the country the rest of us love in good times and bad will have that effect.

Michelle would do well to stay in Manhattan. The 1% there seem to appreciate her company.

But out here in the world? Message delivered.

So go away.

Who Would Have Guessed?

After years of ignoring charges of sexual harassment and rape, and defending Bill Clinton's many shameful extramarital escapades, the liberal media has decided to get all moral on us.  Gosh, I never saw this coming:

"With bile almost dripping from his lips, [MSNBC buffoon Martin] Bashir raged Monday, 'If anyone's dirty, it's Newt Gingrich, a man whose personal morality has been drawn from the sewer.'"

I don't know. The priestly vestments just don't work. Or is that a clown costume?

With enemies like Bashir, victory in the struggle to save America is assured.

Virginia Votes, Democrats Sue

They never were on the side of the people.  The Democratic Party of Virginia has decided to sue over the results now that the election has ended and they got their asses handed to them.

What We the People won't do, maybe some judge in northern Virginia can hand them.

This is almost shameful:
Virginia Democrats say they will sue to share control of the state Senate
By Laura Vozzella and Anita Kumar, Washington Post

Richmond — There are those who question the wisdom of Virginia Democrats, who on Monday vowed to sue Republicans for the right to share control of the state Senate.

Because this month’s elections left the Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, the GOP has relied on Howard’s analysis to assert that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) will be able to vote on organizational matters — giving the party control of the chamber and power over its committees.

The party announced its intention on Monday but declined to say when it plans to file the suit, what court it will file in or even disclose its attorney.

The dispute leaves control of the chamber in doubt less than two months before the General Assembly returns in January for its 60-day session. Legislators will consider thousands of bills, including the state’s two-year budget and new lines for the state’s 11 congressional districts.

In the meantime, both Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) are calling themselves “majority leader.” [link]
Saslaw is a worm.  So this should surprise no one.

Give his lawyers enough money and watch them remove We the People from the process all together.  We are, to them, such a pesky annoyance.

They Brought This On Themselves

The latest toy to hit the shops ...

A talking Muslim doll.


Nobody knows what the hell it says ...

... because no one has the balls

... to pull the cord.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Good Luck With That

The most blindly liberal partisan in America today, E.J. Dionne, adopts the John Brown approach to winning friends and influencing elections (hint: Brown occupied a firehouse in Harper's Ferry, Virginia in 1859). (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Says Dionne:

The occupations have done their work. Now it’s time to occupy the majority.

The revolution has begun. We've seized control of some public parks.  Liberation is at hand. You may cheer.

Worked great for Brown and his merry band of occupiers, didn't it?

Memo to E.J. Dionne: See photo below.  I don't even want to touch your buddies in the "Occupy" movement without antibiotics and a blowtorch, much less follow them into the revolution.

Takin' It To 'Em

I was hoping the backlash to the "Occupy" movement would come.  It has come.

So what happens when "Occupy Toronto" gets occupied by normal people?

Turning tables on Occupy Toronto

Their worldview is shaken.

Classic.

My favorite line: "They said get out of this park, but they don't want anyone to tell them to get out.  They said the tent's private property but they don't believe in private property.  They're incoherent.  They're just bullies."

On Those 'Alternatives' To Fossil Fuels

You can forget wind.

14000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA

Oh, my.

Well, Then

This isn't like Penn State.  The accused - a Democratic politician - denies it happened.  So end of story.

DEM REP DENIES CHILD ABUSE/INCEST CHARGES; FORMER HEAD OF HOUSE PAGE PROGRAM

The parallels to Penn State are frightening.  Unless you're a member of the mainstream media.

Expect the press (that would be the same press that is going orgasmic 24/7 over the Jerry Sandusky child-rape story) to ignore the Democratic Representative Dale Kildee story.

(By the way, Sandusky denies the charges too. Though the media know better.)

He'll Always Have His Skin Color

President Obama’s base of support remains solid heading into 2012

Human Waste

This protester (Tiananmen Square, spring, 1989) was serious:


"Occupy Wall Street"?


Don't make me laugh.

Inevitable

It was the coward's way out of a fiscal mess:

U.S. Supercommittee Ready to Announce Failure

Obama, by the way, hasn't even gotten involved in the budget crisis.

That may be more cowardly yet.

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So why was I so sure that this act of obfuscation would fail so spectacularly?

Because the Democrats went into the discussions with an ultimatum: Unless we agree on more taxes and agree that there'll be no cuts in spending, there'll be no deal.

Which is what got us to the brink of disaster in the first place.

By the way, we're closer to that brink today than we were yesterday.  Not that they care.