People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Welcome to From On High.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why Are Democrats So Fearful of WE THE PEOPLE?

What is it about these guys? 

I don't know George Barker the state senator from Bob Barker the game show host.  Or Lex Barker the Ape Man, for that matter.

But I want you to watch the video below of George B. conducting a town hall meeting that he convened up in his new Senate District on Monday.  A town hall meeting that he invited his fellow Virginians to attend.

You watch the first minute or so and you see a man who comes across as someone diffusing warmth and friendliness, as a person who's relatively photogenic, articulate, and engaged. He seems to have a grasp on the issues and is leading the conversation like one would expect a political leader to do.

But then, for some strange reason - whether planned or spontaneous - thugs (labeled "staffers" by the film producer) - step in and block the taping of the event.


Does George Barker think he's conducting a clandestine intelligence operation or something? Is he afraid something's going to be said that might embarrass him? Does he have some weird, distorted vision of Anthony Weiner-type Twitters going out to the public? Is he afraid his Depends will fail him?

Why does he feel the need to be an asshole?

Had George Barker simply held his (boring) town hall get-together, and allowed it to be taped, he'd have been an upright guy. And everyone would soon forget it happened.

But now he's famous. Thousands will see his brown-shirts intimidating his constituents while he stands before them with a big grin on his face.

I don't get it. What is with these guys?

James Webb: There To Protect Us

You might wonder, what with Southwest Virginia jobs under assault by the Obama administration, where Virginia Senator James Webb is?

Turns out he's still there in Washington watching out for us.

If "us" is defined as being freaking Indonesians, Okinawans, or Vietnamese.

Our way of life is under assault and he's off making speeches about "strategic partnerships" and "adjustments of our basing system."

When's he disappearing from our lives again?

How To Judge The 2011 Republican-Led House

It's a simple pass-fail test.  It boils down to a simple yea-nay vote.

If the vote is even allowed to occur ...

It comes down to a very simple question: Will the political party that was brought to power by the hard work of that vast army of Tea Partiers out there give us back our light bulb?

Apparently not.

Something as simple as that can't be expected.

For the love of God.

Apparently we need to send this bunch packing too.

And start over.

Sooner or later We the People are going to get representation in Washington.  Sooner or later.

If You're Going To Enter The Arena ...

... don't come across looking like an idiot.

I read the following headline on Politico and was dumbfounded:

Sure enough, the author, one Joshua Spivak, makes the case that, when faced with scandal, governors have a tendency to resign while members of Congress (think Weiner and his wiener) don't.  He cites, to bolster his argument, the resignations of New York Governor Elliot Spitzer and New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy, as well as the non-resignations of scandal-tainted Senator David Vitter, and Representatives William Jefferson and Charles Rangel.

All well and good.

If you don't, that is, consider the many examples that shoot this cockamamy theory to hell.

Didn't Senator Bob Packwood resign when he was exposed as an harasser?  Didn't Congressman Chris Lee resign (just a few, short months ago) when it was made public that he was sending out photos of his shirtless self to women-not-his-wife?  And wasn't it just a year ago that Indiana Congressman Mark Souder gave up his gig?  And what about Eric Massa?   And Senator John Ensign?  And Duke Cunningham?  And what about the (alleged) gay dudes - Virginia's own Representative Edward L. Schrock and Florida's Mark Foley?

And to that notion that governors do resign when scandal catches up with them?  Tell it to Mark Sanford and  Bill Richardson and Rod Blagojevich and David Paterson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Governors resign, congresspersons don't.  Nice theory.  As long as the facts aren't taken into account.

Sometimes I wonder if these people think before they type.

Questions Many Americans Are Asking

Mr. Obama, you're sending young American men and women off to die.  Is Libya worth it?   Is Yemen?  Is Syria?  What vital U.S. interest is there in any of them?  Especially considering the fact that those Americans who may die are hated - almost universally - by those they'll be giving up their lives for.


Americans in overwhelming numbers want answers.

- - -

So that it's understood that the penchant for wasting American lives in questionable not-even-questionable foreign incursions is not exclusive to Obama or his party, this Republican seems perfectly happy with risking American lives in an effort to ... save the  lives of people who hate Americans too.

Shame on both of them.

Environmentalists Twisting Themselves In Knots

This is so fun to watch.

Fossil fuels are bad; wind is good.  No, wait.  Wind is bad too; hydro is good.  No, bad.  Nuclear.  No.  Solar?  Yeah!  Except in areas of the desert where it's taking up too much of Nature's space.  The energy fairy?  Yeah, that's the ticket!  The energy fairy!

How on Earth do people around this country - people with the best of intentions - even keep up with this stuff?

The latest?

Oh, my:
Biodegradable products: Bad for the environment?
New study highlights a landfill problem caused by biodegradable materials that release powerful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
By Noel Kirkpatrick, Mother Nature Network

Biodegradable products may not be as good for the environment as advertised.

New research from North Carolina State University shows that biodegradable materials actually release a powerful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere when they break down.

“Biodegradable materials, such as disposable cups and utensils, are broken down in landfills by microorganisms that then produce methane,” said Morton Barlaz of North Carolina State University, and co-author of the study.

“Methane can be a valuable energy source when captured, but is a potent greenhouse gas when released into the atmosphere.” [link]
Here they haven't even been given the chance to resolve the "paper or plastic" question that plagues mankind and now they have to deal with this.

So, what, it's better for the environment to use (non-biodegradable) plastic garbage bags after all?

What next?  They'll be telling us that electric cars ravage the environment too?

Uh ... Uh oh.

So amusing.

In an annoying sort of way ...

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

It's Time For Sentence Deconstruction

Did eminent columnist Michael Barone mean to write what I think he wrote?

From "My take on the New Hampshire debate" in today's Washington Examiner:

"Ron Paul. He is Ron Paul and he did not fail to disappoint his enthusiasts."

Am I reading that wrong or did Barone write just the opposite of that which he meant to write?

Should that sentence read: "He is Ron Paul and he did not fail to rouse/bestir/motivate/inspire/energize/captivate/enthuse his enthusiasts"?

Or, more simply:  "He is Ron Paul and he did not fail to disappoint his enthusiasts."

Just wondering.

Quote of the Day

From Brendan O'Neill:
New York is currently governed by a gaggle of health-obsessed bigwigs who believe they have a duty to grab New Yorkers by the scruffs of their outsized necks and drag them towards lives of bicycle-riding, non-smoking, booze-avoiding, fruit-snacking conformity. City Hall, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is awash with that new breed of psycho-politician known as the ‘nudger’, who believes that he has the right to use psychological techniques and brute censorship to manipulate and ‘improve’ human behaviour.
"The Men Who Killed New York," The Spectator, June 4, 2011

The World Has Too Many Brown People?

I can't help but wonder if New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was even thinking about his own situation when he wrote (in "The Earth Is Full") that "the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less."

Owning less?  This from a rich dude who lives in an 11,000 square foot home in fashionable, upper-crust Bethesda, Maryland?

If he was thinking, what in God's name was he thinking?

Well, I think we all know.  He - like his compadre, Al Gore - is that typical liberal who doesn't consider those around him to be causing all the world's afflictions.  It's ... those other people.  The black ones.  And the brown ones.  And the yellow ones.  Those stinky, unkempt ... poor people who live somewhere - anywhere - everywhere - outside fashionable, upper-crust Bethesda, Maryland (or Manhattan).  The Great Unwashed.

William McGurn, writing in the Wall Street Journal, nails them:
The Return of the Population Bomb

When Marx wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, he had it half correct. In our day, it comes back as the 1970s.

All around us we see its manifestation in the revival of floppy hats, platform shoes and maxi dresses. We can, however, also detect this same retro fashion sense on the op-ed page of the New York Times. There last week Tom Friedman's column carried one of the sentiments most in vogue in the 1970s: "The Earth Is Full."

Mr. Friedman invokes the usual grim specters so beloved of a certain kind of intellectual: natural disasters (tornadoes, floods and droughts); rising prices (food and energy); the threat to stability; and of course the kicker—that there are just too many darn people around these days.

It's a familiar meme, and it comes bearing the familiar scientific credentials.

The one difference between the 1970s and today is this: Back then, the worry was that poor nations would never advance. Today we know they can and are developing.

That's precisely the fear: that as people are eating better and living longer and making their way up the ladder, they will want more of the things that we take for granted—cars, air conditioners, refrigerators and so on. Indeed, the really big dreamers might even hope one day to have for their families the kind of carbon-footprint-maximizing manse that Mr. Friedman has for his family in Maryland.

The 1970s has many ugly legacies. Surely, however, the cruelest was this leading Western export: the idea that the Earth has reached its limit with us, and that the solution is to persuade other folks who don't yet have what we do to lower both their populations and their expectations. [link]
I'm sure - though perplexed as to how it could be - that Thomas Friedman and his ilk never think of their own friends and associates when they come to the conclusion that we need fewer people on this planet.  (I'm just as sure that he, being a gun-controller, doesn't own a device with which to do his part in saving that planet by putting a bullet in his own brain pan, or that of his wife, but the means are available to him with little extra effort.)  It's always "those other people" who must go.

I'd even bet, when he gets around to making his list of executionees, that my neighbors here in Appalachia rank rather high.  We're kinda stupid and smelly too.

There are too many people on this planet who own too much.

This from a man who lives in the 99th percentile of humans based on their worldly wealth.

Is Thomas Friedman a hypocrite?  Or is he just dimwitted?

If it's the latter, he might want to start looking over his shoulder.  Some see that as a prerequisite for extermination.

We Shall Overcome

With opposition like this nitwit, how can we not?

Good grief.

Can it Get Any ... It Just Got Worse

I'm not feeling good about our national bank account these days.  And I ain't alone:
US Is in Even Worse Shape Financially Than Greece: Gross
By Jeff Cox, CNBC.com Staff Writer

When adding in all of the money owed to cover future liabilities in entitlement programs the US is actually in worse financial shape than Greece and other debt-laden European countries, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC Monday.

Much of the public focus is on the nation's public debt, which is $14.3 trillion. But that doesn't include money guaranteed for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which comes to close to $50 trillion, according to government figures.

The government also is on the hook for other debts such as the programs related to the bailout of the financial system following the crisis of 2008 and 2009, government figures show.

Taken together, Gross puts the total at "nearly $100 trillion," that while perhaps a bit on the high side, places the country in a highly unenviable fiscal position that he said won't find a solution overnight.

"To think that we can reduce that within the space of a year or two is not a realistic assumption," Gross said in a live interview. "That's much more than Greece, that's much more than almost any other developed country. We've got a problem and we have to get after it quickly." [link]
To make matters worse, nobody in Washington is doing anything about this.

To make matters worse, everyone in Washington is making this worse by the day.

Comes soon a reckoning.  You can count on that.

* As a bit of investment advice, if you're looking for some really smart guy to handle your portfolio, Bill Gross and his Pimco organization are as savvy as they get.  I currently hold three Pimco positions - PIMCO FDS COMMODITYREALRETURN STR FD ADV CL, PIMCO FDS SHORT TERM FD ADMINISTRATIVE CL, and PIMCO FUNDS TOTAL RETURN FUND ADMINISTRATIVE SHRS. All have, over time, done quite nicely for me compared to the S&P and Fortune 500. If you've got a few hundred thousand laying around, give him a call.