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Thursday, June 16, 2011

God Help Us

Two headlines in today's on-line papers say it all:

This has got to be a bad dream ...

Let's Cut Obama Some Slack

Much is being made of Obama's comment the other day about ATM's and the sky-high unemployment rate that plagues his otherwise idyllic stint in the White House (as long as you shut out of your thoughts the many wars he's now involved us in, the rampaging debt problem that will soon engulf the U.S. in flames, and the destruction he's brought upon our once-great health care delivery system).

A good example of that commentary can be found here.

Me?  I tend to be less critical when I carefully read the words that Obama spoke.  (To wit: ""There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.")

I don't honestly think he's using that as an explanation for America's now-chronic unemployment problem (He's not, right? Please tell me he's not.) 

It seems to me that he's grappling with the issues that we all confronted when we took Economics 101. That being this: Innovation can throw people out of work. At the same time it opens whole new vistas of employment for others. (Obama hasn't gotten to the second half of that axiom yet.  Give him four more years ...)

He's learning, for the first time in his life, what real-world issues are out there in the marketplace.

It's unfortunate that he's learning them on our dime and on our time, and after he bamboozled millions of Democrats in November of 2008 with a withering array of economic pronouncements that all turned out to be nothing more than campaign hot air, made obvious by the fact that he's been totally unable to deal with the mess that he's up to his eyeballs in.

The invention of the telegraph made the pony express obsolete and threw stagecoach drivers out of work.  Gosh.

On to Economics 102, big guy!

The invention of the telegraph made the pony express obsolete and threw stagecoach drivers out of work. And brought about the invention of the telephone. And the internet. And the Blackberry. And iPod.  And ... What da ya know!

Give the dude four more years and he'll have all this figured out.

John Edwards Gets What He Deserves

I wrote the other day that I don't care anymore what happens to the former Democratic candidate for president from the state of North Carolina.  Since John Edwards is never to be a threat to my way of life again, nor another thieving Democrat who might take away my children's life savings, he is - figuratively but wholeheartedly - dead to me.

I did, however, get a certain sense of happiness - call it schadenfreude - from this Wall Street Journal headline and subheader:

He crafted the noose that is being used to hang him.

Maybe this will make other Democrats think before they ... oh, like that'll ever happen.

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On a more serious note, here's something from the article worth contemplating:
So it's a bit strange to hear these same critics now claiming that Mr. Edwards should have been able to accept nearly a million dollars to cover up an affair that clearly would have affected his presidential campaign. For example, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, a harsh critic of Citizens United, recently wrote that Mr. Edwards is a "jerk, not a felon," and that his prosecution is "criminalizing politics." But if Mr. Edwards is just a jerk, not a felon, why should rich donors who are not jerks be treated as felons if they want to contribute large sums to the campaigns of good candidates? General Motors heir Stewart Mott did this for Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968 with contributions that today would be valued at more than $1.2 million. Today, Mr. Mott's donations would land him in prison.
As with Edwards now claiming that the law he supported shouldn't apply because it affects his skinny ass, liberals now argue that campaign finance law shouldn't apply because ... well, it's John Edwards for God's sake.

Rich.  So very rich.

On CNN & The Morons It Employs

This exchange, admittedly taken out of context, is all you need to know about the level of intelligence that graces and broadcasts "the most trusted name in news."  It comes from an interview conducted by leftist talk show host Piers Morgan with New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie:
PIERS MORGAN: Well talking about being leader on the team, I loved this quote I found from Stephen Sweeney, the Democratic president of the state Senate here, who said about the difference between his style and yours:

"The difference is that I have an off switch and Chris doesn't. You know, if I knock you down, I'll pick you up, brush the dirt off your back, try and build the relationship, and go forward. Chris knocks you down – like with the teachers – and he'll stomp on you, kick on you until he can kill you."

New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE: (Laughing) Very dramatic, but not true, you know? Very dramatic but not true.

MORGAN: Not true?
Not true?!

Not true that you knock down people - like teachers - and stomp on them and kick them until they're dead?

For the love of God.  Is this the best CNN can do?

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Of course, it could be worse.  See "CNN Correspondent Joins Board of Trustees of Pro-Choice Organization."

Words Taken Right Out of My Mouth

Republican Senate candidate George Allen, writing in the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Over the past few years, I have travelled throughout Virginia listening to the concerns of working people and business owners. It's sadly apparent that many Virginians' sense of achieving the American Dream has been badly shaken by our struggling economy, falling home values and a government that borrows $40 for every $100 it spends. Draconian regulations, threatened tax increases, costly health-insurance mandates and counterproductive energy policies have paralyzed America's businesses — our economy's job creators — leaving them unable to invest, hire or expand.

We need to ensure that America is the best place in the world to invest and create jobs by taking control of our energy and economic destiny. By improving our tax policy with a competitive 20 percent tax rate on businesses and unleashing our American energy resources, we will once again start creating the jobs needed to get our country on the right path.

A growing and vibrant economy is the best graduation gift possible for the young Americans who are completing their college educations. Let's do everything we can to spark a real American comeback by creating the conditions and opportunities for more American jobs. [link]
We're with you, brutha.

Now, when you're elected, could you come down here and get Obama's foot off the throats of Southwest Virginia's 5,262 coal mining families?

They don't ask for much.  But if you could help 'em keep their jobs it would be appreciated.


Whither Abingdon?

Believe me, when I receive an email with the header reading "Where does Abingdon stand under the Constitution?" and my attention is grabbed.  The email has to do with a U.N./George Soros supported program entitled Agenda 21 that is intended to channel local government growth/town planning efforts into boundaries dictated by certain prescribed global hierarchies.  It also has to do with the town of Abingdon's toying with that agenda.

To me, Agenda 21 sure looks to be antithetical to everything a freedom-loving American believes in and supports.

But decide for yourself.  By going here and becoming educated.

A question as you go: What motivates local government officials to get involved in things like this?  Money?  Kinship?  Too much time on their hands?

Whatever it is, they really need to remember who it is they represent and what it is they're there to promote.

Headline of the Day

Say what?

I guess, if the media won't listen to us average Americans, maybe they'll take heed from porn stars, eh?

Paula Wants One Of These

At the height of World War II, the United States Army introduced an anti-tank weapon called the 75mm recoilless rifle.  The designer of that bad boy had the good sense to mount it atop a tripod.

I'd not heard of a 60 caliber handgun before I saw the following video clip.  But whoever invented it sure didn't have this enthusiast in mind:

A tripod might have saved his scalp.