Friday, January 29, 2010
So, in the spirit of um, uh, Friday, that's it, Friday! this blog gives you a few things to liven up your weekend.
In the "You Don't Get Out Enough" department, Usama bin Laden goes green. Dude, srsly, you haven't heard about ClimateGate?
President Obama gave a speech the other night. Sarah Palin, along with most Americans, was not impressed.
Rush Limbaugh gives President Obama some fatherly advice. I hope he heeds it, but I won't hold my breath.
From Our Cousins Across the Pond comes this handy, dandy reference on how to report the news. Lesson 1. It isn't rocket surgery. 2. Maybe, just maybe, the news should have some bearing upon your life in order to qualify as news. Jus' sayin...
Also from Our Cousins Across the Pond, if you don't visit David Thompson's site every Friday, you really owe yourself a click. His Friday Ephemera always contains something amusing and interesting. Warning for dry British wit, extreme wordsmithing and references that Yanks won't get, but don't let that stop you.
As they used to say back home in Alabama, "Y'all have a good'un."
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The state of our union, for those of us outside the Beltway, isn't good. We've had two years of Democrat rule in Congress and a year of one party Democrat rule in Washington. We were promised change, and that we have received, good and hard.
Economically, change has been for the worse: double-digit unemployment numbers, government takeovers of banks and auto companies, a stimulus bill that has yet to deliver on the promise of truly stimulating our economy, a focus not on the creation of jobs, but on a massively expensive government takeover of the healthcare system that the people see as unnecessary.
Forign policy has been a similar failure. Instead of confronting a dangerous world with strength and power, Obama has offered up appeasement and weakness, emboldening our enemies. For example, his UN speech on nuclear arms sounded more like a middle-schoolers' naive opinion that we should rid the world of nuclear weapons. The middle east situation is still a quagmire, only now, Israel can no longer count on the US being a staunch ally. Palestinian schoolchildren are still being indoctrinated into a culture of death daily on televison while human rights groups silently approve.
On the domestic terror front, Obama's shift to a pre-9-11 approach to terrorism is being roundly rejected by the people who understand that treating an illegal foreign combatant like a citizen is a mistake and allows our enemies to use our court system against us. Attorney General Eric Holder's judgement is called into question on many prominent cases, as he seems much more interested in bestowing rights to our enemies instead of defeating them.
Perhaps, this is what he should've said. It would've been much more honest, and could have stopped the downward trend in his approval numbers.
And it would've shown the American people that he is capabable of change.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
2. Advancement of human society. the general advance of human society and industry over time toward a state of greater civilization.
3. A concept that the Obama administration cannot grasp.
If you wondered, even for a moment, that all of the wrong-headed decisions made in just one year by our rookie president were at all the result of inexperience, wonder no more. The Obama administration announced that it plans to drastically reduce the technological edge in space that America has worked so hard to achieve over the last half-century by killing the Constellation program, the Ares cargo rocket, and cancelling plans to return to the Moon.
Dr. Werner Von Braun once said that research and development was the steam that made our economic engine move. While that quote sounds quaint in today's world, his point remains a salient one. Presidents from Eisenhower forward have appreciated the unique role of America's space program in society. The innovation and scientific advancements fuel our free market system and generate new jobs. New products generate new sources of tax revenue, offsetting their initial cost to the taxpayers. Thus, NASA is one of the few, if not the only, government program that shows a return to the investor/taxpayer.
Space exploration has other intangible benefits in addition to an economic boost. Countless youngsters have been captivated by the idea of exploring the heavens. The unleashing of curiousity in a young mind has great potential for good. Who knows what great discoveries lie ahead for a child watching his or her first live Shuttle launch?
Obama has stripped young Americans of a very big dream. He’s done a disservice to every science teacher in the country. He’s robbed the Treasury of untold mountains of tax revenue. He is single-handedly responsible for the loss of thousands more jobs in the middle of the worst recession the country has seen in decades. In one fell swoop, Obama has proven that he’s of a small mind, void of vision. He is determined to bring America down as the worlds’ innovator, reducing our technological edge over other countries at a time when we need to be more competitive in the global marketplace.
Progress. I don't think the word means what you think it means, Mr. Obama.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Occasionally, political theatre becomes a farce. The upcoming Presidential State of the Union Address is a prime example. The buzz on Capitol Hill has President Obama proposing a spending freeze to combat his record federal deficit.
Obama used the financial crisis as the main excuse for a massive increase in spending, resulting in a correspondingly massive deficit. So, in theory, there should be a lot to cut. A lot. Lots and lots. Whole bunches of cuts. As-far-as-the-eye-can-see cuts. Right? RIGHT??
President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have increased the deficit from $161 billion to $1.75 trillion in two years! The "cut" is to $1.17 trillion in 2010. The panic of 2008-2009 required one-time expenditures to arrest the fear, but the Democrats used the crisis as an excuse to print billions and billions of dollars. And they refuse to stop.Hmmm, that's not much of a cut, is it? $1.75T down to a paltry $1.17T. Up from $161B. You'd have to add up George Bush's final-year deficit over ten times just to get to Obama's starting figure.
Does that sound like a sane fiscal policy to you? Would you suddenly start spending ten times what you make without a corresponding increase in income? Could you? Possibly, but not for very long.
If you think that massive federal spending has no effect on the economic climate of the country, you're pretty much alone in your delusion. Many people, some with access to calculators, don't think it's a good thing. Our own Congressional Budget Office predicts sluggish growth due to the imbalance between GDP and the debt.
The farcical aspect of this is that Obama thinks this is the way to operate a country and that everything is hunky-dory. He's also not alone. He's been aided by economic illiterates in Congress who have proposed their own little spending agendas over and above Obama's. It's like a play where the King of a once-prosperous country decides to take a vacation to a distant land for several months and allows the court jester to run it, just for giggles. A court jester with third-stage syphillis, where large parts of the brain just aren't there any more.
It would be a laugh riot on stage, where it belongs. In real life, not so much.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Never mind that Mr. Bush isn't running for office. Also never mind that our economy was humming right along even after the most devastating foreign attack on American soil and two simultaneous wars against radical Islam. Dems never let a little thing like reality get in the way of anything. Carville proves his allergic reaction to facts in his article:
It was Mr Bush’s economic team that worshipped at the Church of Deregulation and was asleep at the wheel as banks and insurance companies became too big to fail.Oh really, Jimmy? Gateway Pundit begs to differ:
Of course, it should be noted that President Bush publicly called for the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Democrats, on the other hand, blocked reform numerous times.But wait, there's more. Carville continues his fuzzy thinking and abstract logic:
While Republicans decided that obstructionism would be their winning tool of choice, Democrats were left trying to explain what happened to the thriving America they once knew. Democrats were blamed for the recession and 10 per cent unemployment, while Mr Bush raised millions for his presidential library in Texas.
Hmmmm. Let me see if I've got this straight. Dems took over Congress in January of 2007 and we've been in a recession ever since then. And the Dems manage to somehow, magically, get the blame? Somehow? And explain to the class just how this is related in any way to George Bush raising money for his library.
Jimmy, you're not taking your medications like you know you should, now are you? Your cognitive dissonance is showing again. Take this red pill and call us in the morning. And leave that poor chicken alone.
Friday, January 22, 2010
“Come in, have a seat, Barack.”
“Thank you, Principal Sam.” Barack struggled to climb into the chair, which seemed uncomfortably large for him.
“Barack, I want to talk to you about your grades.”
“Let me be clear, these grades don’t reflect…” Barack said quickly, but Uncle Sam waved him silent.
“Right now, you need to listen. I’ll come straight to the point. Your grades in your first year here are horrific, Barack. There’s no other way to put it. Social Studies, F. Science, F. Economics, F. Your economics teacher has complained that you insist upon a “grade multiplier”. You do know there’s no such thing here, don’t you?”
“But, but, other students have used it…” Barack responded meekly.
“…Geography, F. Son, how can you possibly think there are 57 states in America?”
Barack stammered, “I, ah, uh, was, um, tired, uh, sir.”
“Which brings me to your English grades. Your Engish teacher considers you functionally illiterate when you’re not in front of those television things you always lug around with you.”
“That’s my teleprompter sir.” Barack said meekly.
Sam continued, “Yes, I know. The other students are beginning to make fun of you for that, plus you clog up the hallways moving it between classes.”
“I always try to be considerate of my fellow classmates as I travel the hallowed halls of knowledge in this great institu, uh, hey, what, um, just, ah, happened?”
Uncle Sam returned to his chair after unplugging the teleprompter. “See what I mean, son? This thing controls you, you don’t control it.”
Barack stared at the floor, “I, I, I… “
Sam leaned forward, “Look, I’m here to help you. But you’ll only succeed if you want to succeed. You do want to get better grades, don’t you? And not just in gym class.”
“Yes, sir! You should see my outside shot…”
“Listen closely, son.” Principal Sam’s voice became serious. “This institution has been in place for well over two hundred years. Through floods, tornados, hurricanes, wars and depressions. But I’m beginning to wonder if it will survive you. Every other day I receive a memo from your teachers about something you haven’t done, assignments you haven’t turned in, classes you’ve missed. And yet, you still think you belong among the most famous names in history.
We have very high standards here, but your academic performance leaves much to be desired. You tried for years to gain admission, now it seems as though you don’t want to be here. Do you want to be here, Mr. Obama?”
Barack looked up with determination. “Yes sir.”
“Then I’m going to tell you how to succeed.” Uncle Sam opened a desk drawer and produced a large book which he placed on the desk with an authoritative thud. Barack looked at the title, “American History.”
“You’ll begin by studying this book. In it, you’ll find out how this country was founded. You’ll read the founders thoughts about freedom, liberty and the inherent goodness they found in humanity, a goodness that gives people the power to run their own lives responsibly, without the interference of government. You’ll also find the rules for governing those people and what they expect from you. Qualities you’re struggling with, judging by what I’ve seen. Things like honesty, integrity, sincerity, and the Golden Rule.”
You’ll also learn about the principles that your more successful fellow students took to heart: individual freedom and liberty, the rule of law, equality in the court system. There’s a lot in there, so you’d better get to work. By this time next year, I hope to be congratulating you on your progress."
Prinicapl Sam leaned forward, "Don’t disappoint me."
With that, Barack skulked out of Principal Sam's office, mumbling under his breath. Ms. Ross, the principal's secretary, tried to cheer him up by saying, "Don't feel bad. He really likes you, he just wants you to live up to your potential. Just consider his little talk"tough love."
"I'll try to do better. But it's so hard, having to follow that last class. They really messed things up for me, especially that guy Bush."
Ms. Ross looked at him. "Blaming others for your shortcomings is part of your problem, Barack." She scribbled something on a note and pressed it into Barack's hand. "Here's the number of a tutor who can help you. Her name is Mrs. Palin."
Thursday, January 21, 2010
After reading it, not so much. There are a few hits:
Obama made a serious misjudgement.Followed immediately by a miss:
...he saved the banks, rescued the automobile industry from collapse and passed a huge economic stimulus package.
What he did, instead of "rescuing the autombile industry", was to close many profitable dealerships (several of whom donated campaign money to his rival, John McCain) and pump huge amounts of taxpayer monies into a company that is essentially operated by the UAW. That hardly qualifies as "rescuing".
The next batter steps up to the plate:
For Obama, the election in Massachusetts means that he will have to re-evaluate his political style.Fast ball, right down the middle.
And now for the foul ball hit straight into the catchers' mitt:
Exactly what strategy of bipartisanship would we be referring to, pray tell. The one that closed Republicans out of every meeting to negotiate the Health Care Bill? Or maybe it's the strategy of telling opponents that the dabate is over, to sit down and shut up? That strategy?
...he could back away from his strategy of bipartisanship...
Here comes the clean-up man:
But he cannot ignore the fact that his health care reform package is not popular, the situation of the country's finances is seen as threatening and many voters blame the high unemployment rate on the party in power -- on the Democrats, led by Obama.It's going, going, gone. Outta the park.
Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts will reverberate in Washington for a long while. It is a deafening refutation of the Marxist policies of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi that are currently destroying the country. They have a choice: they can move to the middle or they can continue their assault on the country. One of these moves will benefit them, the other will result in the poisoning of the Democrat brand for at least a generation.
Overall, Germany doesn't seem to have a better handle on American politics than some in the American press, but it's still fun to read.
And even funnier to watch.
h/t The Jawa Report.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Happy anniversary, Mr. President.
Brown’s victory should be a wake-up call for everyone in Washington. The far-left agenda led by Obama and aided by Reid and Pelosi is on life-support. In a year, we’ve seen the epic failure of state control; high and rising unemployment numbers, decreased tax revenue resulting in larger-than-expected deficits, government takeover and the subsequent evisceration of GM and Chrysler, closing many profitable dealerships across the country for no reason, the devaluation of the dollar and the very real threat of inflation, the list goes on. Clearly, Marxism doesn't work, and America knows it.
The win sent a refreshing breath of clean air through D.C. Scott Brown showed the kind of strength and leadership sorely needed in Washington. When he pledged his opposition to ObamaCare, “I’ll stop it”, he simply and plainly laid out, in no uncertain terms, exactly what he’d do in Washington. No vacillation, no wishy-washy non-commitments. Just “Here’s what I intend to do. If you want me to do this, vote for me”, then let the chips fall where they may. This is the type of commitment needed by future candidates. Straight forward, lay it on the line, no bullshit politics, endorsing policies that benefit the majority of Americans. The right stand on the right issues will win, every time.
Naturally, conservative blogs are all atwitter (see what I did there?) at Brown's victory. Over at Pajamas Media, Richard Pollock wonders why it was so quiet at the White House last night. Our buddies at Founding Bloggers give us a poem. House Democrats have begun their retreat from ObamaCare. Ace brings teh funny, perhaps NSFW, IYKWIMAITYD, NTTAWWT.
Today is an historic day. The tide has begun to turn away from tyranny and towards freedom.
Be glad you're an American. You have much to be proud of.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The finest minds in academia coupled with the awe-inspiring power of many university supercomputers are currently working overtime on this mystery. These codes are so secret, no one has ever seen them before.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Obama's choice shows just how well he's able to manipulate his political opponents. Bush couldn't turn him down, to do so would have been political seppuku. Obama's choice fairly reeks of hypocrisy in one way. In another way, it shows how inexperienced he truly is. He must call upon someone who's better equipped to lead in times of emergency.
President Bush is in a position to prove that he's above the petty, partisan political bashing that has become Obama's stock-in-trade. This blog was disappointed that Bush would not respond to the many false accusations leveled at him during his term in office. Here's hoping that Bush will take this opportunity to show himself to be a much better man than the MSM made him out to be, and the rest of us know he is.
Friday, January 15, 2010
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Have a good weekend, everybody.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
They were under the heel of the French, uh, you know Napoleon the 3rd and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil.It's tough to find a place to begin addressing this idiocy. I could just let this quote float, buoyed by its own insensitivity, but I'm a little more inclined to request that Dr. Robertson please refrain from ever saying anything again. He just lost what little credibility he had as a spokesman.
I'm not alone in my criticism. Peter Wehner over at NRO's The Corner denounces his words, as does Founding Bloggers. Ace and my fellow morons chime in here.
The most disturbing aspect of this assault on Christianity is that he is considered by many on the left to be the voice of American Christians, mostly due to his presidential run. I can assure them, he does not speak for me, nor anyone else I know. His words will be repeated in order to further distort the image of Christians as knuckle-dragging, gun-toting inbreds. Thus, a false image will be reinforced, ironically, by a preacher.
Pat Robertson may have his own TV outlet, many followers and lots of money, but his unthinking criticism of innocent victims reveals that he's only interested in hearing his own words.
He is an embarassment to the Christian faith.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Um, pardon me sir, but shouldn't your efforts be concentrated on proven stimulus methods such as tax reduction and regulatory reform? Reducing federal interference in the free market? Reducing our debt?
Policies that actually, you know, work?
One year into the Reign of Obama, the national unemployment rate now stands at 10%. Other estimates (often used to downplay the historically low unemployment numbers of the Bush era) place the total percentage of unemployed or underemployed at a more realistic 20%. Judging by this blog's personal observations, the latter number is more accurate.
What is needed inside the Beltway is a firm grasp of basic capitalist economic theory. It’s not hard to understand. In fact, anyone who can balance their checkbook knows it. This current Krugman-Keynesian voodoo economic theory of “multipliers” doesn’t work. If it did, we’d see concrete proof in the traditional yardsticks. Instead, the classic units of measure all point in the same direction - down - and can only lead to one conclusion – this wrecking of our economy is being done on purpose. For a quick lesson in what passes for Progressive economic thought, read this.
The current hesitancy of businesses to expand centers around the uncertainty of what Washington will do next. This administration has already displayed open hostility to American businesses. Business owners now wait to see just how much further harm Obama and his Marxist minions can inflict upon an already ailing economy. Meanwhile, many formerly employed Obama supporters wonder if this is what they voted for. Is there any wonder that his approval numbers are sinking like a rock?
Make no mistake, Obama could enact sound, historically proven policies to stimulate the economy and put struggling Americans back to work. The fact that he refuses to do so tells you all you need to know about he feels about his fellow citizens and America.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
He's been on fire going into the final week of campaiging, raising over $1M in a single day.
His Democrat challenger, Martha Coakley, is mustering the support of every female in the state against him. Her latest attack ad notes that it's a product of the "Massachusettes Democratic Party".
If you live in that area and want to turn the tide of Marxism now running rampant in Washington, pleasepleaseplease go vote for Scott Brown this coming Tuesday.
UPDATE! Here's what the well-dressed Massachusette will be wearing to the polls next Tuesday.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here's the world's first sex robot.
Be sure to check the comments section. Warning for dry British wit and references that Yanks won't get.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
In the aftermath of the failed attempt to kill 300 innocent travelers on Christmas Day, one thing has become painfully apparent. This administration isn’t serious about winning the War on Terror
The Fruit-of-Kaboom Bomber (thanks Rush) never should’ve been allowed on an airplane. The fact that he was despite all the warning signs (even one from his father) shows an embarrassing ineptness on the part of those entrusted with the safety of the flying public
He has now been given a lawyer, had his Miranda rights read to him and is currently silent when he should be rigorously interrogated about similar Al Qaeda efforts currently planned. Not that it would do much good when we have liberal judges willing to throw out evidence in terrorist trials, essentially handing a victory to our enemies in the name of the law.
Logic seems absent from Eric Holder’s decision to try KSM in a New York court. Why spend 200 million tax dollars per year on him on a show trial? He’s not a citizen and deserves no rights in an American court of law. He was already willing to be executed, so what’s behind this decision? Does the Obama administration really think that their appeasement will placate our enemies? Has it prevented an attack yet?
There a few in Congress who want to stop this madness, although not enough. Showing weakness to our enemies only invites more aggression, as anyone who’s ever tried to talk a schoolyard bully out of a beating can testify.
President Obama told us in his book Dreams of My Father that he would “side with Islam”. This is now readily apparent to most Americans.
Instead of showing strength and determination against an enemy, he appeases them and gives in to them.
He is now playing by their rules.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Today I am a happy Boy.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
As a proud product of the State of Alabama, I'll be in front of the TV wearing all my regalia and cheering on my Tide like momma taught me. This will be Bama's first National Championship of this century, so don't miss it.
In my travels on this Interweb thingy today, I found some posts you might like to read.
A surprise link between Texas head coach Mack Brown and Bear Bryant. At least it was a surprise to me.
Don't hate Nick Saban because he's beautiful. Superman wears Nick Saban pajamas. And yes, they're "footies".
I'm off for beer and pizza. Roll Tide!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Geneva Conventions were designed to restrict the effects of war upon unarmed civilians by requiring that lawful combatants be identified, generally by wearing a uniform. In the War on Terror, our enemy does not recognize these rules. By their actions, terrorist organizations are explicitly rejecting the agreed-upon rules for civilized warfare. They disguise themselves as civilians, with no markings or uniforms to warn of their presence (which the Conventions give us the right to know) and, by inference, their intentions.
Common sense would dictate that if our enemy won’t abide by the rules that attempt to civilize the barbaric act of war, new rules to deal with them and reduce their effectiveness must be created. In rejecting the GC rules of engagement and identity, our enemy seeks to use our willingness to abide by the rules against us. If we continue to shackle ourselves with rules our enemy won’t follow, they have won. Our own civility will be used to defeat us just like our own airplanes were used as missiles on 9-11.
The shock of this rejection of civility has been quite effective in silencing human rights groups when confronted with the beheadings of captured civilians. Normally, these groups scream over the least of provocations, but are curiously silent when confronted with the type of barbarity shown in the beheading of Daniel Pearl.
The Obama administration has shown that they don’t know what to do to keep America safe from these animals that assume human form. In the most recent attempt on Christmas Day, the only thing we see from Washington is laughable attempts at spin control (Janet Napolitano’s quote that “the system worked” when it really didn't) and ineffective efforts to put on a show for the public, such as revoking the PantyBomber’s visa after the fact. President Obama himself cannot understand the reasons why our enemies despise us. He points to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as the primary reason for Al Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula operations. That may be true in that particular instance, but if it weren’t Gitmo, it would be some other excuse. The hatred that burns in the heart of our enemy will use any reason, and any fool will believe it.
Fortunately, not all politicians are clueless. Sarah Palin gets it. And so do the American people. We wonder when this administration will get serious and start executing these terrorists like the rabid animals they are. When this happens, and our enemies begin to genuinely fear us, when Gitmo becomes a place to be frightened of instead of closed, then the tide will begin to turn and terrorism will become a thing of the past.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The reality of 2009 is full of broken promises.
Perhaps you remember this campaign promise from a 2008 debate:
That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process.
Well, C-SPAN remembered and issued a letter to Congressional leadership asking to televise the proceedings as promised.
Will this promise be upheld? I wouldn't hold my breath...
With the most invasive legislation in history being "debated" behind closed doors, against the will of most Americans, is it any wonder that there are calls for a general strike?
Monday, January 4, 2010
This is especially so when when someone is in trouble. That's how a lot of lawyers get work.
But, if you happen to advise someone about something that could truly change their life for the better, that you have some experience with, and that something is Christianity, look out. You can suggest any other religion except Christianity, such as Bhuddism, Zoroastroism, Scientology, or Islam and no one will bat an eye in opposition. But, recommend that someone explore the teachings of Jesus, why, you're some sort of wild-eyed fundamentalist hypocrite.
How can you look at the travails of Tiger and not think that his belief system has failed him? His standing atop the sports world as the worlds' first billionaire athlete and role model for many children is in serious jeopardy. Something is wrong between his ears.
This is where having a foundation in something greater than yourself comes into play. Just think, if you could have a connection with something ethereal that shows you right from wrong, warns you when you're about to make a mistake and generally guides you in life, wouldn't you want to take advantage of it? Many of us would jump at the chance, yet this simple but powerful thing is roundly misunderstood and grossly mischaracterized, leading many folk away from the One Thing that could truly help them decode this often-confusing life. The parable of the blind men and the elephant describes this perfectly, where all are examining the same object, but different parts of it, leading to different conclusions.
Here's hoping, along with Brit, that Tiger can call upon God to help him get his life sorted out.
UPDATE! In her usual biting style, Ann Coulter weighs in on the Big Guy.