Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fast and Furious

Two Obama administration casualties from the Fast and Furious operation...

Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been "reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department" and U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke was fired forced to resign.

Story

Attorney General Eric Holder needs to be fired or indicted also. This operation was intended to subvert the 2nd Amendment. They were hoping for a groundswell of emotion to ban guns. Sorry, Obama, try another angle.

Abortion

Beliefs that abortion is performed by an increasing number of doctors are actually false, a new study says. According to National Public Radio, only 14 percent of OB-GYNs perform abortions, despite the 97 percent that are approached by patients requesting one.

The study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, shows that access to abortion has actually become more limited over the past few decades. A 2008 study further shows that 87 percent of U.S. counties didn’t have any abortion providers at all. And this year, states have passed at least 80 new abortion restrictions—up from the last record of 34 in 2005.

Researchers found that women seeking an abortion are most likely to find a willing doctor in the Northeast or West, and in urban areas. Female doctors and young doctors aged 26 to 35 are also more likely to offer abortions.

Story

Hole in one

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

27% don't want Obama

A new poll by CNN and ORC International finds that 27 percent of Democrats would like to see their party nominate a candidate other than President Carter Obama for president in 2012. In response to the question, "Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama as the party's candidate for president in 2012, or do you think the Democratic party should nominate a different candidate for president in 2012?" -- 72 percent said they wanted to see Obama renominated. But 27 percent, slightly more than one in every four, said they wanted to see Democrats nominate a different candidate. One percent had no opinion. Story

Meanwhile, Obama supporter and billionaire Warren Buffett says folks like him should have to pay more taxes -- but it turns out his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, hasn't paid what it's already owed for years. That's right: As Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson notes, the company openly admits that it owes back taxes since as long ago as 2002. Story

In April 1983, Social Security reforms were passed. The reforms enabled our government to collect what accumulated to the $2.6 trillion in the Social Security Trust Fund. (The $2.6 trillion is a combination of taxes collected and accumulated interest.) Our government took that money from workers and spent it on whatever. It left us with a Social Security Trust Fund filled with IOUs from the U.S. Treasury. As I pointed out earlier this year, if we had invested that tax money for ourselves at 5 percent, it would have amounted to $18,000 for the average worker. Source

Elsewhere, evidence points to Colin Powell as being a first class weasel. No ands, ifs, or buts. Story

"The left spent years making excuses for Obama. Now all it has left are the excuses and the anger. The love is gone, now all that's left are the rationalizations for it. And the rationalizations are stronger than the love, because they are a psychological defense mechanism that prevent them from admitting how foolishly they behaved." Source

Anderson Cooper was ridiculed by appearing in "disaster casual" clothing during the over-hyped Hurricane Irene coverage on TV. It's nice to see some ridicule directed in his path. Wasn't he the one who first used the word, teabagger, which is a euphenism for a certain homosexual act that this family-oriented blog refuses to describe. (well, maybe in another post someday) Suck it up, Anderson.

Rick Perry has written in his book Fed Up that we should "allow Congress to override the Supreme Court with a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate, which risks increased politicization of judicial decisions, but also has the benefit of letting the people stop the Court from unilaterally deciding policy."

John Sharp, a former opponent of Rick Perry says in the magazine Texas Monthly, "Running against Perry is like running against God. Everything breaks his way. Either he's the luckiest guy in the world or the Lord is taking care of him."

Jon Huntsman is polling at about 1% and thinks he's still got a shot..."If this had been the reality last go-around in 2008, Fred Thompson would be president if you kind of read the polls then. Howard Dean would have been president in 2004. How many front-runners have we had in this race already in several months? Probably four or five."

Code words...When you see someone say "comprehensive immigration reform" it means they want amnesty for illegals. (you're welcome)

1200 pound alligator caught in Southeast Texas. Photo

The columnist George Will says that Obama is blaming the nation's economic problems on everyone but James Madison.

Phyllis Schlafly has spent a lifetime pointing out liberal hypocrisy. She is known for saying, "It's no wonder liberal women think men are pigs...their men are pigs."

Several leftist websites were blaming Hurricane Irene on Global Warming. What else could it be?

Hey, it's okay to bash Republicans but not Democrats at ESPN. Story

Joe the Plumber is said to be considering running for Congress. He'd get my vote if I lived in Ohio.

Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent. Story

Leftists like to introduce predator animals back into areas that once had large numbers. The safety of the local citizens is considered secondary to the animals themselves. But they wouldn't be so smug and caring if they introduced grizzlies and wolves into New York City's Central Park, would they? How about the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles? Golden Gate Park in San Francisco?

Voucher program

Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils.

It’s a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars. In at least one district, public school principals have pleaded with parents not to move their children.

Under a law signed in May by Gov. Mitch Daniels, more than 3,200 Indiana students are receiving vouchers to attend private schools. That number is expected to climb significantly in the next two years as awareness of the program increases and limits on the number of applicants are lifted.

Source

Monday, August 29, 2011

Steven Jobs

Steven Jobs is being hailed as a creative genius with the Midas touch.

But here are seven failed products that he initiated.

Story

Pay up, China

Many people assume China has the U.S. over a barrel. The country buys so much of our debt—around $800 billion—that we cannot "rock the boat" when it comes to U.S. and China relations. That has meant not pressing the PRC "too hard" when it comes to North Korea, or Iran.

Just recently, a top Obama administration delegation visited the People’s Republic of China. While there, the Chinese were told not to worry about the U.S. paying its debts to the country — their investments in the U.S. were safe. True enough.

But, I was struck with the fact that the PRC, however, does not pay its debts to the U.S. Now, that may strike most Americans as a "You must be kidding story". But in fact it is true.

Many decades ago, China sold sovereign bonds worldwide to investors in many nations. They sold tens of thousands of these bonds on U.S. soil to American citizens on the recommendation of our government, indicating it was a solid investment.

Over the last sixty years, China has refused to pay to these bondholders either the principal or interest on these full faith and credit sovereign bonds. (To say nothing of the hundreds of billions also owed to U.S. artists from unpaid royalties on the more recent sale of pirated CD’s and videos, but that's another story).

More here

Onyango Obama

...this little scene took place in Framingham, where another illegal alien was arrested for drunken driving Wednesday night. This invader was from, of all places, Kenya, and his name is Obama. I’m not making this up — Onyango Obama, age 67.

Obama almost sideswiped a Framingham PD car, and then he had the nerve to tell the cop that he had, in effect, acted stupidly. The cops took Obama back to the police station, where cops said he blew a .14 on the Breathalyzer.

President Obama could not be reached for comment, nor could Auntie Zeituni. But Onyango Obama was held without bail, so one thing we can be sure of: Like Barack and Auntie Zeituni, he, too, is sitting around doing nothing, getting his three squares a day, compliments of the U.S. taxpayer. Celebrate diversity.

Story here

Debt

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the east coast, MSNBC brings on ex-mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans to give the viewers some hurricane preparedness tips. I.Shit.You.Not.

And Michelle Obama is getting a lot of bad press over her love of expensive vacations. Some are calling her a "vacation junkie."

Meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer nails it..."John Huntsman is a liberal's idea of what a Republican ought to be." (and I would add John "Maverick" McCain and Mitt Romney also)

Headline..."Pataki out of presidential race." Jeez, I didn't even know he was running. Did anybody? Sounds like he's another one of those Republicans that Democrats would like to get the nomination so that Obama could waltz his away to reelection. Sorry, Democrats, but Rick Perry is going to inflict some serious damage on you. He's not George Bush. Bush went to Yale. Perry went to Texas A&M. Big, big difference.

Two months ago...Mitt Romney, speaking to an audience in New Hampshire, said, "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that." But since Rick Perry is kicking his ass in the polls, he now says, "I don't know if it's mostly caused by humans. What I'm not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don't know the answer to." One more flip-flop for the King of Flip-Floppers.

It's rather interesting that Rick Perry endorsed Giuliani for president in 2008. Rick Perry is pro-choice while Giuliani is pro-abortion. It shows that Perry isn't afraid to accept viewpoints that are counter to his own. Or it could be said he has no core values at all, and will do and say whatever is politically expedient. Your call.

Researchers have determined that Tea Partiers Are Xenophobic, Fear Change, And Cling Bitterly To Their Guns and Religion. Certainly sounds scientific and bias-free to me, doesn't it?

Elsewhere, rumor has it that Libyan rebels found Kadaffi's passport while rummaging around the former leader's compound and discovered the correct spelling of his name. Gathafi. His name has been spelled differently by almost everyone for forty years. But no one will miss the guy, no matter how he spells his name. Also found were photos of Condolezza Rice whom he admired. Such a lover boy. Who knew?

Ever notice how you don't hear the phrase "illegal war" too much nowadays? I think it fell out of favor sometime in January 2009 or so. And you don't see much of Code Pink either. I think it would be cool if they camped out outside of Obama's vacation house on Martha's Vineyard, don't you?

True or False?..."Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life." (quote by Obama at White House Iftar dinner)

Give peace a chance..."tens of rockets and mortars fired by Palestinian armed groups towards cities in southern Israel resulted in the death of one Israeli civilian and the injury of six, including a baby and a nine-year old child. One Palestinian child, 13-years-old, was also killed, and six others injured, when a GRAD rocket fired by Palestinian armed groups fell short." Source

Karma is definitely a bitch...Angry villagers stoned to death a local Taliban commander and his bodyguard in southern Afghanistan Sunday after the militants killed a 60-year-old man accused of aiding the government.

Who knew that American Indians once owned slaves?..."The nation's second-largest Indian tribe formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners." Source  (Oh, the horror! Turns out that the victims of evil white guys were victimizers too. Will history books be rewritten to document this?)

Surprising fact of the day...A 2006 survey of DNA labs nationwide by the Association of American Blood Banks found that 26 percent of men who got paternity tests learned they were not the father of the child in question.

Forecast for today in my neighborhood...107 degrees.

Pay up, Mexico

The man whose disdain for the federal government is a keystone of his presidential campaign billed Washington this month for nearly $350 million to cover the costs of detaining illegal immigrants.

In an Aug. 10 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Rick Perry blamed the federal government for failing to secure the border and burdening county jails and state prisons with the costs associated with housing illegal immigrants.

"Therefore, on behalf of all the taxpaying citizens of Texas, I am respectfully submitting a reimbursement request in the amount of $349,283,453 for state and local costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants who are in the United States as a result of the federal government's failure to properly secure our international borders," Perry wrote.

Perry, who contends that Texas border communities are under siege from spillover drug violence and illegal immigration, declared his presidential candidacy three days after he wrote the letter.

He included in the letter the formula his office used to determine the costs and included a memo from state Comptroller Susan Combs supporting his figures.

"Your staff has used conservative estimates in arriving at that amount; the actual costs are much higher," Combs wrote.

The total cost to Texas counties, Perry claims in the letter, was $94.4 million for fiscal years 2009-10. He also includes more than $254.8 million in costs to the state to incarcerate illegal immigrants in Texas prisons.

More here

Muslims killing muslims

Since 1948, almost 10 million Muslims have died at the hands of fellow Muslims

Where is the outrage over that? Double standards abound. As the Israeli envoy Dan Gillerman said in 2008: "When Christians kill Muslims, it's the Crusades. When Jews kill Muslims it's murder, and when Muslims kill Muslims, it's like talking about the weather. Nobody really cares about it."

And as the late Samuel P. Huntington observed: "Wherever one looks along the perimeter of Islam, Muslims have problems living peaceably with their neighbors. The question naturally rises as to whether this pattern of the late 20th century conflict between Muslim and non-Muslim groups is equally true of relations between groups from other civilizations. In fact, it is not. Muslims make up 1/5 of the world's population but in the 1990s they have been far more involved in intergroup violence than the people of any other civilization....Islam's borders are bloody, and so are its innards."

More here

Friday, August 26, 2011

Revising climate models

CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.

The first results from the lab's CLOUD ("Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets") experiment published in Nature today confirm that cosmic rays spur the formation of clouds through ion-induced nucleation. Current thinking posits that half of the Earth's clouds are formed through nucleation. The paper is entitled Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation.

This has significant implications for climate science because water vapour and clouds play a large role in determining global temperatures. Tiny changes in overall cloud cover can result in relatively large temperature changes.

Unsurprisingly, it's a politically sensitive topic, as it provides support for a "heliocentric" rather than "anthropogenic" approach to climate change: the sun plays a large role in modulating the quantity of cosmic rays reaching the upper atmosphere of the Earth.

More here

Coincidence?

Hmmmmm...

On June 26, 2011, the National Cathedral in Washington DC hosted a quran reading and prayer service by an Islamic cleric...

Today, the National Cathedral was the only building that suffered significant structural damage as a result of the earthquake. The tip of the cathedral’s spire crashed onto the steps on Pilgrim Road. Three of the four pinnacles of the central tower are down, as well. Maybe God is trying to send a message?

Story

Kinky Friedman for Perry

Once a sticky thorn in Texas Gov. Rick Perry's side, former Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman took to the pages of The Daily Beast Thursday to endorse his old nemesis.

In his own words:

"So, would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn't been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between 'anal' and 'retentive' Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work."

A self-described "Jewish Cowboy" known for his unapologetic country-bumpkin style, Friedman ran against Perry in 2006 as an independent, and nabbed more than half a million votes.

The feud between Perry and Friedman runs deep. At a candidate forum in 2010, Friedman said that he wants his ashes thrown "in Rick Perry's hair" when he dies.

"Rick Perry has never lost an election; I've never won one," Friedman wrote. "Maybe that's what's wrong with the world."

Despite the apparent change of heart, Perry shouldn't feel too special. The former lead singer of the band "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys" said that he would support just about anyone but Obama.

"Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay," he wrote. "I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama."

Source

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reader comments

I love reader comments on the internet, here's one from the Austin online newspaper...

"How do we know Obama is intelligent? Take away his teleprompter and he sounds like Biden. (Hint, that is not a big freaking complement). We have not seen any of Obama’s college or law school records or grades or papers. Did Barry Hussein Soetoro really get a foreign student scholarship at Occidental College? Too bad the liberal media won’t check, but they can find Perry and W.’s grades in days."

College rape accusations, male guilt

On April 4, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali, head of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), distributed a 19-page "Dear Colleague" letter to "provide recipients with information to assist them in meeting their obligations."

At the cost of losing federal funding—on which all major institutions of higher education have grown dependent—colleges and universities are obliged under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act (which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex) to thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus, including the felony of rape. They are also obliged, according to Ms. Ali, to curtail due process rights of the accused.

OCR's new interpretation of Title IX "strongly discourages" universities from permitting the accused "to question or cross-examine the accuser" during the hearing. In addition, if universities provide an appeals process, it must be available to both parties—which subjects the accused to double jeopardy.

Most egregiously, OCR requires universities to render judgment using "a preponderance of the evidence" standard. This means that in a rape case, a campus disciplinary board of faculty, administrators and perhaps students serves as both judge and jury. Few if any of these judges are likely to have professional competence in fact-gathering, evidence analysis or judicial procedure. Yet to deliver a verdict of guilty, they need only believe that the accused is more likely than not to have committed the crime.

More here

I am European

In an exclusive interview with Cecile de Corbiere and Claire Gatinois, George Soros admits — or he doesn't admit, he states proudly, he states defiantly — that although the Budapest-born Hungarian has lived for years, for decades, in the United States — he has been in America for over half a century (!) and is a naturalized citizen — his identity is fully and exclusively European.

Insofar that George Soros has any love for America, therefore, it seems like it is only, like Barack Obama's, to transform it "fundamentally" into a European-style welfare state.

Otherwise, the main focus of the interview is the weak state of the Euro, and the fact that this puts the EU in danger, along with George Soro's dissing of the Germans for their demanding balanced budgets from all member states of the EU and his dissing of the ("simple-solution"-demanding) American people for opposing more state "stimuli" and other types of intervention.

Source

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spending

not the One

Sorry, Democrats, but he is not the One...Obama has increased the national debt from $10 Trillion to $14 Trillion in 2-1/2 years and Leftists are blaming Bush. Obama should be renamed the Teflon president because nothing seems to stick to him. Obama's also blaming his low approval numbers on the public's unhappiness with Congress. Suck it up, Barry, you're a loser.

Latest Gallup poll...Romney is the only candidate leading Obama among registered voters, 48 percent to 46 percent, with 6 percent undecided. Perry and Obama are tied at 47 percent among registered voters, also with 6 percent undecided.

The Washington Times reports that..."Despite vowing to stay and fight, they decided to flee rather than face the unhappy crowds upset with their job performances. Moammar Ghadafi and Barack Obama escaped to Algeria and Martha's Vineyard, respectively."

Congresscritter Maxine Waters of California says the Tea Party can "go straight to hell" in her opinion. And she's not too happy with the Democrats either...At a job fair in Detroit last week, the 11-term congresswoman said that black members of Congress were growing "tired" of defending President Barack Obama in the face of high unemployment rates. "We're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired. We're getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is." (Obama doesn't know his strategy either)

Elsewhere...Britain is getting tough on rioters (well, almost)..."Foreigners who took part in last week's riots will be deported to send a tough message to troublemakers..."  But further into the story we learn that "Offenders can use the Human Rights Act to appeal against deportation on grounds that they are entitled to a family life or to avoid the risk of torture. Many of these appeals succeed." Story

Most Americans don't realize that European politics is almost all leftist. I saw this quote at the Gates of Vienna blog..."The difference between the 'Left' and the 'Right' in modern European parliamentary democracies is laughable. Should the VAT be raised to 20% or 21%? Should we import 100,000 or 120,000 Muslim immigrants per annum? Should we cut the military budget to 1% of GDP, or would 0.5% be more appropriate to our peace-loving democracies?"

Reason #234 to get out of Afghanistan now...After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both. Story

The California State Teachers' Retirement System reported in March that it had 71 percent of the assets needed to cover retirement costs for its 852,000 members and family members. The estimated shortfall is $56 billion. Wags are suggesting that California should build a wall around its borders to keep businesses and other productive people from leaving.

Quote of the Century..."Oil is that commodity which America is supposedly always going to war for, but which mysteriously winds up in the possession of someone else."

Those peace-loving, misunderstood muslims are at it again...Footage of Egyptians demonstrating near the Israeli embassy in Cairo showed a sign saying, "The gas chambers are ready."

The 12 biggest Personal Computer duds ever. Story

Many students believe that it is moral to confiscate money from hard-working Americans and entrepreneurs and give it to those who didn't earn it, yet don't support the same philosophy when it is applied to their GPA scores. Here

Who says there's no miracles? Story

Norm Franz, in Money and Wealth in the New Millenium, says..."Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants - but debt is the money of slaves."

Everyone in Texas is hoping that Hurricane Irene somehow manages to send some rain over towards our way. We are about 15 to 20 inches short of normal right now.

Military retirement

The Defense Business Board (motto: "Business Excellence in Defense of the Nation"), a panel of corporate types who advise the Pentagon's civilian leadership, has trained its sights on a problem that urgently needs fixing: the military retirement system.

Didn't know it was broken? Well, a recent board study concludes that military benefits are "more generous and expensive" than those available in the private sector, and have therefore become "unaffordable" and "unfair." Created back when military skills did not easily translate into civilian second careers, the system is also unnecessary, the study argues. And with retirees no longer dying as quickly as they once did, it's inconvenient to boot.

With the Pentagon facing growing pressure to tighten its belt, the board wants to lift a page out of the corporate playbook: "renegotiate" (a euphemism for "reduce") the benefits package to which the workforce has become accustomed. Of course, the workforce in this case has spent the past decade not pulling shifts on an assembly line nor toiling in badly lit cubicles, but rotating among various theaters of war. Remember the old saying, "What's good for General Motors is good for the country"? The updated version should go like this: "What's good enough for GM employees ought to be good enough for American soldiers."

What exactly has attracted the Defense Business Board's ire? Put simply, the retirement system promises military members half of their pay for life in exchange for 20 years of service, with the percentage of money increasing incrementally for those who serve more than 20 years. In its place, the board advocates a 401(k)-type arrangement, with service members and the government both kicking in contributions.

More here

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trial lawyers hate Rick Perry

America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.

And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him.

That’s a potential financial boon to a president who has unsettled trial lawyers with his own rhetorical gestures in the direction of tort reform. A general election pitting Barack Obama and Perry could turn otherwise apathetic trial lawyers into a phalanx of pro-Obama bundlers and super PAC donors.

"If this guy emerges, if he’s a serious candidate, if he doesn’t blow up in the next couple weeks, it’s going to motivate many in the plaintiffs’ bar to dig deeper to support President Obama," said Sean Coffey, a former securities litigator who ran for attorney general of New York last year. "That will end up driving a lot of money to the Democratic side."

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Wymyn

-Feminists are angry, bitter, jealous, narcissistic, prideful, self-absorbed women who hate men and deeply resent their own femininity.

-Many feminists are lesbians, and thus, by definition, are suffering from massive and acute psycho-sexual disorder rooted in self-loathing.

-In addition to being lesbians, many feminists are also de facto transvestites.

-Feminists hate both authentic masculinity and authentic femininity, and desire to establish themselves as a third gender which dominates and is superior to the other two.

And so, we have three basic groups of people inside the feminist milieu. We have the "third-gendered" quasi-females themselves, who are the core and driving force of the movement. We have women who have been indoctrinated and manipulated by the third-gendered types, and we have the men who have allowed themselves to be castrated by the third-gendered "wymyn" and the normal women and other gelded men who have fallen under their influence. In terms of numbers, which of these three groups is the largest? Without question, it is the men. The vast, vast majority of men in this culture have been psychologically gelded. They are powerless and impotent, unable to assert themselves or initiate any sort of meaningful action. They do not act – they watch. They do not speak – they pander. They do not defend – they capitulate. They do not assert – they grovel. They do not lead – they cower. And they do these things because they have been conditioned for their entire lives to believe that passive, cowering, groveling surrender is the standard of masculine morality. They have been taught that their masculinity is a disease that must be purged, or at least hidden and suppressed. They have been taught that masculinity itself is a sin. They have been taught this by the feminists, led by angry, bitter, jealous, physically grotesque (by their own choice) lesbians who have anointed themselves the pinnacle of humanity.

I’m sick of these nasty old hags, and I am sick of them daring to speak for me, or claiming to represent me. I am not a lesbian. I don’t hate men. I love them. A lot. (Calm yourselves, people. I am speaking corporately.) I appreciate masculine beauty – without having any desire whatsoever to be physically masculine myself. Why the hell do you think that I decided to wear pink peep-toe heels in that picture of me with my*pink* AR-15? Because I clearly see the intrinsic disorder and tension of a woman being forced to manifest masculine strength, and insist upon keeping myself tethered to the reality of my femaleness. In short, I know this is all messed up, but I’m not surrendering to the disorder. Yeah, I can throw down and kick @$$ if FORCED TO DO SO, but you lesbian feminist ogresses will take my femininity over my COLD DEAD BODY. In the words of Eowyn just before she slaughtered the Witch-king of Angmar on the Pelennor Fields....

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Milking the system

...Landis noted that disability claims are up, as are SSI public assistance claims. And to some, including John Laitner, the director of the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center, that spells trouble.

The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OASI) fund, from which retirement benefits are paid, continues to grow modestly, Laitner said. The OASI fund is expected to grow from $2.4 trillion in 2010 to an estimated $2.5 trillion in 2011. (See page 3 of Facts & Figures.) But the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund is shrinking, and has reached a very low level. The DI fund is expected to fall from $180 billion in 2010 to an estimated $154 billion in 2011.

What’s more, disability awards have grown faster since 1970 than those for retirees, Laitner said. The annual number of awards to disabled retired workers rose from 1.3 million in 1970 to 2.6 million in 2010, while for disabled workers it increased from 350,000 in 1970 to 1 million in 2010. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the average age of retired beneficiaries has risen slightly since 1960, but the average age of disabled beneficiaries has fallen.

According to Facts & Figures: "The average age of disabled-worker beneficiaries in current-payment status has declined substantially since 1960, when DI benefits first became available to persons younger than age 50. In that year, the average age of a disabled worker was 57.2 years. The rapid drop in average age in the following years reflects a growing number of awards to workers under 50. By 1995, the average age had fallen to a low of 49.8, and by 2010, it had risen to 52.8. By contrast, the average age of retired workers has changed little over time, rising from 72.4 in 1960 to 73.7 in 2010." (See page 17.)

Said Laitner: "In my opinion, long-run concerns about the financial solvency of both OASI and DI are warranted, but between the two, DI seems to raise the most immediate alarm."

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday wash

Looks like Gadhafi's rule in Libya is finally coming to an end. But is there another madman waiting in the wings to replace him? Be careful what you wish for.

President Carter Obama has promised to put forth his plan to get the economy moving just as soon as Congress returns in September. His resignation is probably the only thing right now that will get our economy moving again. We can only hope....

Now that Obama has indicated that he will no longer enforce our immigration laws. Daniel Horowitz, the famous California lawyer, asks..."If the president is above the law, then why should any of us be compelled to adhere to laws that we regard as undesirable or unfair?"

The mainstream media is going bonkers over Rick Perry. Soon we will know more about Perry than we've ever learned about President Obama. They'll roast Perry just like they did Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, and Michele Bachmann.

The Leftists make a big stink about the Koch brothers having donated a total of $9.6 million to Republican candidates during the last twenty years. Democrats go ballistic over this fact. But George Soros spent $27 million just in 2004 trying to defeat George W. Bush for reelection. Soros, over the years, has given about $8 billion to his Open Society Foundations which are all left leaning. Where's the stink?

Unhinged leftists are saying that presidential candidate Herman Cain is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. And that he's being financed for his presidential run by right wing extremists like the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist, and perhaps the evil Karl Rove. You remember Karl Rove, don't you? He's the guy who steered Hurricane Katrina into New Orleans because he hated blacks.

When Obama took office in 2009 gold was selling at $895 per ounce. Today it is around $1850.

Two U.S. citizens get 8 years each for straying into Iran while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. These guys should get this year's Darwin Award for their stupidity. Probably the last place I'd go hiking is somewhere in the middle east. Someone should tell them Yosemite or Yellowstone is nice this time of year. They might also do some research before their next hiking expedition.

According to the U.S. State Department, in its 2010 Report on Terrorism, there were 11,604 terrorist attacks last year in 72 countries. 13,186 deaths resulted and more than 50,000 injuries ensued.

Wags are saying that the economy is so bad that Motel 6 doesn't leave the light on any more.

The city of Ishinomaki, Japan was hit the hardest by the recent tsunami. 2933 are confirmed dead with 2770 still missing. 28,000 buildings were damaged in the city of 162,000 citizens. And you complain about your sufferings?

Bless you, President Reagan. He always had good jokes.

Stampeding out of NY

Mind the stampede on your way out — New York has lost 1.6 million residents to other states in the past decade, according to a new report from the Empire Center for State Policy.

That’s the rough equivalent of having the entire city of Philadelphia (population 1.5 million) simply disappear from the map.

In a way, this isn’t news: For two decades, New York has led the nation in domestic outmigration — the percentage of residents leaving for other climes.

But the numbers aren’t looking any better these days. A May survey found that 36% of New Yorkers under 30 plan to flee the state because of high taxes, the crippling cost of living and a basic lack of jobs.

Things have been bad enough to trigger a reverse of the Great Migration — "black flight" back to the South, where ex-New Yorkers make up a hefty piece of the population boom.

The effect is visible: New York’s congressional delegation will soon be pared down to a threadbare 27 members — the smallest pack in just under 200 years.

In absolute numbers, the city hasn’t been shrinking; it’s an immigration magnet. But many new arrivals soon look for greener pastures.

With good reason: New York has the highest local levies and second-highest state taxes in the US. And property taxes are a sick joke: The 15 US counties with the highest property-tax burdens, as a percentage of home value, are all in New York.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Five myths about Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is now the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Many people are aware of his focus on the Tenth Amendment, his state’s tremendous record of job creation (40% of all jobs created since the beginning of the recession have been in Texas), and his formidable campaigning abilities. But as with all other Republican candidates, there are rumors swirling about his positions and history that are worth examining. Let’s take them, point by point.

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Get a clue, Arne

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wasted no time after Rick Perry’s entry into the presidential race in blasting the Texas governor over his education record, as Tina Korbe noted earlier this week. That confused Time Magazine's Andrew Rotherham, the publication’s education columnist. Not only does Texas perform at the national average, it turns out that the students in Chicago — in the school system that Duncan ran before joining the Obama administration — perform worse than Texas. And when Rotherham questioned Duncan about the issue, it became clear that Duncan didn’t have a clue as to how his own students performed...

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Atheist's grandparent

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Reduction



Euphemisms are the refuge of moral cowardice, and no euphemism is so cowardly or so deadly as "reduction" — a word that sounds like math, but really means murder. The August 14, 2011 edition of The New York Times Magazine makes this fact clear in its cover story, "The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy."

Reporter Ruth Padawer first takes her readers into the examination room of an obstetrician who is about to abort one of two fetuses within the womb of a woman identified as "Jenny." Padawer writes:

As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want to see the two shadows floating inside her. Since making her decision, she had tried hard not to think about them, though she could often think of little else. She was 45 and pregnant after six years of fertility bills, ovulation injections, donor eggs and disappointment — and yet here she was, 14 weeks into her pregnancy, choosing to extinguish one of two healthy fetuses, almost as if having half an abortion. As the doctor inserted the needle into Jenny’s abdomen, aiming at one of the fetuses, Jenny tried not to flinch, caught between intense relief and intense guilt.

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Submarine warfare

Sometimes novels, films and, yes, history books throw up scenes that are simply impossible to forget, even though in themselves they are of relative unimportance. The episode quoted here comes from an account of the Battle for the Atlantic which was fought with a particularly savage intensity from 1940-1941. German U-boats were enjoying their ‘happy time’, making a mockery of British convoys, their corvettes and destroyers. And in that, for Britain, unhappy time, when well over 500 boats were sent to the bottom by submarines, horror story piled upon horror story.

The background to understanding the horror is not to be found in poor British armour or the (later) virtues of German torpedoes. Rather it is all a question of convoy discipline when there is a wolf pack around.

After all, if you are a boat travelling in a peace time squadron and one of your companion vessels keels over and starts to sink you stop to pull out every man, woman and child from the water. You do whatever it takes.

However, if you are in a Second World War convoy you leave charity at home with the wife and kids. Destroyers start throwing depth charges into the water – that will kill survivors who are close enough: memories of a dreadful scene in The Cruel Sea. Merchant vessel, meanwhile, scatter and get as far and as fast away as possible.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Forget global warming, now it's Aliens

The Guardian cites a study which argues that unless humanity repents and fixes Global Warming, advanced space aliens will invade the earth in order to end the Tea Party threat to the galaxy. "‘Green’ aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet."
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by scientists at Nasa and Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

With characteristic foresight the UN has already got the possibility covered. The International organization has appointed "Dr. Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian-born astrophysicist … the Head of the Office for Outer Space Affairs, an official ambassador to extraterrestrials". With this official greeter on hand to explain the transgressions of terrestrial conservatives it is possible that the death rays from outer space can be directed away from every innocent person and focused exclusively on the climate deniers in Texas.

However, the looming alien threat may have a silver lining. As the brilliant Paul Krugman explained to Fareed Zakaria, who asked him about a possible economic slowdown on his show, an alien invasion might actually be good for the economy. It would force Paul Ryan to withdraw any objections to a debt cap and open the door unlimited spending, thereby the ending the recession. Here is how he put it...

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Fast and Furious

My thoughts on Fast and Furious have been pretty consistent from the beginning, and the detail that you just mentioned I think confirms for me that I think this thing all started out as an effort by the regime to gin up anti-gun sentiment in America, and it went wrong. It went haywire. I think they tried to secretly get all of these assault weapons in the hands of Mexican drug lords. And then knowing full well what Mexican drug lords would do with them as they're gunning people down. Then the news would hit that Mexican drug lords were using American bought weapons. And how did they get 'em? Why, they just crossed the border and went to a gun show in Phoenix or they went to a gun shop in Phoenix. Look how easy it was and they're killing people.

But then something went wrong with the whole plan. It was learned that the government actually arranged for the guns to end up in the hands of the Mexican drug lords. So all you can do is speculate here, but with some of these people getting promotions, it's a way of keeping them quiet, or it's a way of saying job well done, what have you. It's also a way of making sure that there's always a cloud of doubt about was the government really involved in this? Was the regime really behind all this? But I'll just say, this is one of those stories, if this were a Republican president and something like this had happened, front page news, impeachment would be shouted on the front pages of newspapers, how dare this man imperil American lives? What a harebrained scheme. It barely gets any attention in the Drive-By Media. Did you know, by the way -- I'm gonna give you a little factoid here -- Fast and Furious only tracked one gun, and then for only half a day, then they lost track. Do you also realize that Fast and Furious, to a whole bunch of people in this country, is a bunch of automobile movies?

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Pedophiles

Good news for pedophiles...If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia. Story

True or False?...Modern Western culture is based on denying objective truth and creating a false reality in its place.

Meanwhile...Rush Limbaugh predicts that Obama's strategy in next year's election will be to claim "how good his record would have been if not for those obstructionist Republicans."

The black bus Obama's using for his "Lying-to-America tour" was bought in Canada for $1.1 million. It is rather ironic that he's out speaking for boosting American jobs and he's all tricked out in a Canadian bus.

As soon as he returns from his latest vacation, President Carter Obama is going to announce his plan for boosting jobs and cutting deficits. Jeez, you'd think he could get the plan out in the open and up-and-running before he left for vacation. This guy gets more vacation time than school teachers. Have fun, Barry, we'll try to survive until you get back with your plan to save the world.

Rick Perry mentioned in a Iowa speech that there was a "black cloud hanging over America." He was referring to our poor economy and our outrageous national debt. But to the Leftists at MSNBC, Perry was referring to Obama and thus was a racist remark. Keep it classy, guys.

Rick Perry also suggests using predator drones on the U.S. border with Mexico. Good idea. I wonder if he wants them armed or not?

Rick Perry's quote on secession..."We’ve got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that. Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot."

From a letter to the editor of the New York Times..."The Internal Revenue Service’s own statistics indicate that if the top 1 percent of all taxpayers (households with annual income of more than $380,000) were taxed at a rate of 100 percent, it would net $938 billion, which would barely make a dent in the nation’s multitrillion-dollar annual budget."

From across the Atlantic...While U.S. news feature information that Breivik (the Oslo shooter) purchased ammo from a U.S. supplier, Eastern European feeds are full of details of Breivik's multiple trips to Belarus, changes in his behavior and wealth, and the training he underwent in Belarusian militant camps. In fact, Belarus' tight government regime and active intelligence have served a great purpose this time around. Even though Breivik didn't do anything suspicious at the time, Belarusian KGB kept precise records on Breivik, who was called "Viking" in the intelligence reports. Source

It has been a mind numbing decline for the Louisiana Democratic Party over the past three decades. In 1978, 90 percent of registered voters in Louisiana were Democrats. Today, less than half of state voters are registered Democrats for the first time in the state’s history. Source

Tim Blair, the Australian blogger, posted this little tidbit... In 2008, Reuters published one of those stories predicting that green power would be cost-competitive with fossil fuels in five years. Headline: "As Energy Costs Soar, U.S. Looks to Solar." Among the prophets was Richard Feldt, then the CEO of Evergreen Solar, who said that "it’s not far away" and called for more subsidies. On Monday, Evergreen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

California is nearly bankrupt. You'd think giving raises to left wing college professors would be far down the list of things to do. But, hey, we're talking about California. Story

Rush Limbaugh says, "Bright people don't go into journalism. It's that simple."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wisconsin unions

For years, the Wisconsin Education Association Council maintained a virtual monopoly on Wisconsin’s education system, raking in $25 million in union dues from teachers in 2009. Moreover, it also controls an insurance trust called the WEA Trust, which gave the union the ability to "sell" (though negotiations) school districts health insurance for teachers–often at a premium price.

Of course, most Americans never heard about this fleecing of taxpayers during the union-Democratic temper tantrum in Madison earlier this year.

Well, as they say, elections have consequences. Or, in the case of Wisconsin, elections have benefits, especially when unions doubled-down and lost.

According to WHBL in Sheboygan, WEAC’s monopoly has suddenly shrunk, thanks to Scott Walker’s government-union reform law:

Wisconsin’s largest teachers’ union plans to lay off 40% of its staff members.

Director Dan Burkhalter of the Wisconsin Education Association Council said Monday that 42 people who work for the union had received layoff notices. And he blamed it on what he called Governor Scott Walker’s "union-busting" legislation.

The law allows teachers in districts without ongoing contracts to bargain only for salaries at-or-below inflation. Employees no longer have to pay union dues, and most public unions must hold certification votes each year to stay in existence.

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Romney vs Perry

No one doubts Romney’s intelligence or competence, but he has managed to run for president for almost five years without taking a single courageous or even remotely interesting position. The thinking person’s case for Romney, murmured by many of his backers, amounts to this: Vote for Mitt, you know he doesn’t believe a word he says.

But his phoniness would remain a weakness even if he won the presidency. He’s a born compromiser pretending to be a hard-liner, and the hard-liners know it — which means he would enter the Oval Office with conservative knives already sharpened and ready for his back.

Rick Perry has many of the qualities that Romney seems to lack: backbone, core convictions, a killer instinct and a primal understanding of the right-wing electorate. He also has the better story. Where Romney has to run away from his Massachusetts health care bill and downplay his years as a downsizing artist at Bain Capital, Perry can spend the campaign reminding voters that almost half of the new jobs in Obama’s presidency were created on his watch in Texas.

What Perry doesn’t have, though, is the kind of moderate facade that Americans look for in their presidents. He’s the conservative id made flesh, with none of the postpartisan/uniter-not-a-divider spirit that successful national politicians usually cultivate.

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(We should wonder if the "uniting spirit" is the very reason we're in such a fiscal mess. Both parties have gone along with deficit spending for too long.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Military retirements

The military retirement system has long been considered untouchable - along with Social Security and Medicare. But in these days of soaring deficits, it seems everything is a potential target for budget cutters. A Pentagon-sponsored study says military pensions are no longer untouchable - they're unaffordable.

CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports high-level, closely-held meetings are taking place at the Pentagon regarding a radical proposal to overhaul retirement for the nation's 1.4 million service members - a bedrock guarantee of military service.

The proposal comes from an influential panel of military advisors called the Defense Business Board. Their plan, laid out in a 24-page presentation "Modernizing the Military Retirement System," would eliminate the familiar system under which anyone who serves 20 years is eligible for retirement at half their salary. Instead, they'd get a 401k-style plan with government contributions.

They'd have to wait until normal retirement age. It would save $250 billion dollars over 20 years.

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Tent city

New Jersey's tent city. Is this our future?

Story and photos

Barack Obama's father

Bigamist, drunk and wife-beater

Shortly after being elected first black president of Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama signed a deal to write a memoir of his life. Remarkably literate, given it was written so young, the book revolves around his quest for identity as the child of a white teenage mother and an African father who walked out when he was just two.

Despite titling it Dreams From My Father, the absent parent was little more than a shadow. ‘After a week of my father in the flesh, I had decided that I preferred his more distant image,’ reflected Barack Obama on the short time they spent together in his boyhood.

‘If my father hadn’t exactly disappointed me, he remained something unknown, something volatile and vaguely threatening.’

Well, he is unknown no longer. He has been bought to life in a compelling biography by American journalist Sally H. Jacobs. And what a vile man he turns out to have been: a drunken, wife-beating, bribe-taking bigamist of extreme arrogance, who spent much of his life propping up bars while bemoaning his fate and running down rivals.

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British riots

British society finds it hard to acknowledge the scale of the social and moral disintegration of many of its communities.

Some people, especially those who live in the communities that were affected by rioting and looting, understandably want to forget about this frightening experience and move on. A friend who was on Wood Green High Street as shops were being looted tells me that what really frightened her was not the casual manner in which people trashed things, but the community’s pretence the next morning that things were back to normal. Her neighbours treated the event as a singular act of midsummer madness, a kind of a bad dream. It was as if many locals found it too difficult to think about the scale of the crisis confronting their neighbourhoods, because to do so would force them to face up to the precarious circumstances of their own existences.

The riots may have come as a surprise to the chattering classes, but, sadly, many people know only too well that their daily lives always contain a potential for violence that can explode at any time. They intuitively grasp that the menacing gestures made by groups of people living in their midst can swiftly mutate into acts of low-grade violence. These groups of mainly young individuals are not restrained by the usual social conventions, for the very simple reason that they have no stake in the society that produced them. Their elders lack any influence over their conduct and lack the confidence and authority necessary to restrain their behaviour.

Throughout England, a palpable sense of ambient fear pervades many urban neighbourhoods. Often, this fear has no distinct name yet it directly shapes the habits and behaviour of a significant section of England’s urban population. It fosters a diffuse climate of insecurity, which effectively forces the elderly off the streets. Others learn to accommodate to this reality by adopting a defensive approach whenever they leave their houses. They avoid making eye contact with local troublemakers and mind their own business. For many, putting up with incivility and allowing antisocial acts to go unchecked is the price they pay for avoiding trouble. Being careful, making the best of a difficult situation, makes sense for people who live in these kinds of communities. And individuals who feel that they have no choice but to put up with habitual antisocial behaviour are unlikely to be surprised when such acts take on a more destructive form.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Challenge

Rick Perry to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke...

"If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion."

Obama = Lincoln

President Carter Obama has compared himself to Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan in the past few months. Now he's comparing himself to Martin Luther King. He certainly thinks highly of himself, doesn't he?

And now the president is on a bus tour. Michelle Malkin critiques it...President Obama’s "absolutely positively not a campaign event" bus tour is under way. Obama’s trip on "Greyhound One" (slogan: "leave the blaming to us") prompted the Romney campaign to dub it the "Magical Misery Tour." Another wag calls it "Rolling Blunder."

A previous story on Michelle Malkin's website has this quote..."The Democratic leadership's top priority isn't to get America's fiscal house in order. It is, as one aide candidly told The Hill, to continue to raise resources to grow and preserve our majority."

Meanwhile, a federal appeals court ruled last Friday that a provision in President Obama's health care law requiring citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, but didn't strike down the rest of the law. The decision is a major setback for the White House, which had appealed a ruling by a federal district judge who struck down the entire law in January. But given that other judges have upheld the law, this case is clearly headed to the Supreme Court, which will have the final say. (Wags are suggesting that the entire matter should be sent directly to Justice Kennedy, who as the swing vote, will eventually decide once and for all)

Elsewhere, Mark Steyn sums up Britain..."Want has been all but abolished. Today, fewer and fewer Britons want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity." The United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, fellow toffs, upscale gays and Muslims. For Americans, the quickest way to understand modern Britain is to look at what LBJ’s Great Society did to the black family and imagine it applied to the general population."

Hmmm...Italy, Spain, France, and Belgium have banned "short selling" in an attempt to limit some of their stock market extreme upturns and downturns. Sounds like they are trying to hold investors hostage from making moves to protect their money.

From the other side of the world...We learn that Pakistan let the Chinese "take a peek" at the downed stealth helicopter after the Bin Laden raid. And they claim to be our ally.

Hmmm. China is experiencing inflation in food prices. There are many people who think China is just one huge bubble waiting to burst. Inflation could be the trigger that pops the bubble. And then there is some bad news for the vaunted Chinese high speed railway. Story

Speaking of another kind of inflation...Michele Bachmann says that before the stimulus package was passed, only one person in the U.S. Department of Transportation was paid more than $170,000. Today, there are now 1690 employees in that group.

Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, asked three US congressmen who are currently visiting Cuba, to support Barack Obama for a second term to allow him the "opportunity to make things better," according to a statement posted at her website.

In other news, insiders think that claimed future NASA goals are just fake Wild West storefronts. Story

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" seems to be a box office hit. As usual, I'll wait until it shows up on HBO. The story seems to be about the rising popularity of world socialism. No?

There are some conspiracy types who believe the so-called war on cancer is nothing but a multi-billion dollar industry whose greatest fear is an actual cure for cancer which would put an untold multitude of people out of work.

Most people lump Medicare and Medicaid into the same pile. But they are two different programs. Medicare is for those who have paid into Social Security all their working lives. They've paid into it and then receive benefits when reaching retirement age. Medicaid is a whole new species entirely. Recipients of Medicaid include health care for illegals and the permanently unemployed. These people have most likely never paid a dime for these benefits. Medicaid and Medicare combined for fiscal year 2010 cost $793 billion. In comparison, Defense spending for 2010 was $689 billion.

Down here in Texas you hear "Bless her heart" or "Bless his heart" quite a bit after an accident or a misfortune befalls someone. It's kind of hard to come up with a translation for those of you who live up north, but in essence they're saying "dumbass" in a polite way.

Green fail

Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt.

Evergreen, which closed its taxpayer-supported Devens factory in March and cut 800 jobs, has been trying to rework its debt for months. The cash-strapped company announced today has sought a reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware and reached a deal with certain note holders to restructure its debt and auction off assets.

The Massachusetts Republican Party called the Patrick administration’s $58 million financial aid package, which supported Evergreen’s $450 million factory, a "waste" of money.

"The bankruptcy of Evergreen Solar is another sad event for the Massachusetts company and highlights the folly of the Patrick-Murray Administration which has put government subsidies into their pet projects instead of offering broad based relief to all Bay State employers," said Jennifer Nassour, head of the state GOP.

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Jerks

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cloward Piven strategy

The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward (1926-2001) and Frances Fox Piven (b. 1932) that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of "a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty". Cloward and Piven were a married couple who were both professors at the Columbia University School of Social Work. The strategy was formulated in a May 1966 article in left-wing magazine The Nation entitled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty".

The two were critical of the public welfare system, and their strategy called for overloading that system to force a different set of policies to address poverty. They stated that many Americans who were eligible for welfare were not receiving benefits, and that a welfare enrollment drive would strain local budgets, precipitating a crisis at the state and local levels that would be a wake-up call for the federal government, particularly the Democratic Party, thus forcing it to implement a national solution to poverty. Cloward and Piven wrote that "the ultimate objective of this strategy [would be] to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income..." There would also be side consequences of this strategy, according to Cloward and Piven. These would include: easing the plight of the poor in the short-term (through their participation in the welfare system); shoring up support for the national Democratic Party then-splintered by pluralist interests (through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national solution to poverty); and relieving local governments of the financially and politically onerous burdens of public welfare (through a national solution to poverty).

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Crown prince

Let’s start in reverse order: I agree with Paul Rahe that Rick Perry looks preferable to the protean Romney, but surveying the wreckage of the GOP field this morning, it seems to me Romney has moved to within an ace of nailing the nomination. I wish it were not so, and I wish Perry well, but there are good reasons to believe he will fall short, though he may well become the front-runner for 2016 if Obama is re-elected next year (sigh).

The standard line on Republican presidential politics is that the party always nominates the crown prince, the next in line from the last time. (Or, as the saying sometimes goes, Democrats fall in love with out-of-nowhere candidates—McGovern, Carter, Obama—while Republicans fall in line.) There is a good lesson in the different characters of the two parties that can be gleaned from this contrast—a contrast that bears some relation to the substantive differences between the two parties. Democrats fall easier for demagoguery and flashy rhetoric, and seem to care less about electability, experience, or familiarity with the American people (hence, Obama). Yes, large portions of Republicans often swoon for the flashy person—hence Bachmann right now, Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes in past primary seasons—but notice that such folks never come close to the nomination. (The one exception would be Barry Goldwater, and he is the exception that proves the rule, it seems to me.)

Instead, most Republican nominees are people who have run seriously once before, gone through the ordeal, and—most importantly—made their mistakes and learned from them. Think Nixon in 1960 and 1968, for example. Reagan had run in 1976, of course, where he made several strategic and tactical mistakes that deprived him of winning. Bob Dole melted down in 1988, lashing out at George H.W. Bush after his loss in New Hampshire. George W. Bush is a partial exception here, but he’d been intimately involved in his father’s campaigns, and knew the drill cold. The point is, the Republican Party likes their nominees vetted by going through the ordeal once. Democrats, not so much.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Albert Einstein

You'd think the smartest guy on the planet could have found a prettier wife.

And you'd think he could have afforded to buy his wife a decent bra.

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Iftar dinner

Obama recently hosted an "Iftar" dinner for some of his muslim supporters.

According to Wikipedia, Iftar is "the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan" and "is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to be consumed when the fast is broken."

Obama made the following statement in his dinner speech..."Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past 10 years."

(By the way, when's he going to have an Easter celebration?)

Debate

The Republican debates were less than edifying. Ron Paul was hovering on hysteria, just as he normally does. Pawlenty acted as if he was running against Bachmann rather than Obama. Huntsman was bloviating about something or another. Romney looks and acts like a president should, but his policies are only a degree or two away from being a Democrat. Gingrich tried to project his gravitas but no one really cares about him. Rick Santorum was also present, I think. Herman Cain seems like a "can do" type of person and will eventually end up somewhere in President Perry's administration. Vice President Bachmann will flick boogers at Tim Pawlenty when they pass in the halls of Congress.

Race card

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Old joke

I met a fairy today that said she would grant me one wish.

"I want to live forever," I said.

"Sorry," said the fairy "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!

"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!"

"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.

National Sales Tax

Is it time for a national sales tax? We could eliminate the IRS and all income taxes. Institute a national sales tax of 5%, or 10%, or 15%, or whatever, on every item sold in the U.S.

No exemptions or loop holes.

Everyone at present who doesn't pay any income taxes (47% of our population) would be forced to pay their fair share. Rich and poor alike. The rich buy more and thus would pay more sales tax. Even the people who work for cash would pay taxes when they bought stuff. Drug dealers too. Ladies of the night too. Slackers too. It's time to end the gravy train and make everyone feed the kitty.

Fair and balanced, baby.

ACORN fined

A Nevada judge on Wednesday gave ACORN, the defunct grass-roots community organization, the maximum fine for its illegal voter-registration scheme in that state.

District Court Judge Donald Mosley was blunt and unsparing in his criticism of the discredited activist group. Citing the long history of voter registration fraud allegations that engulfed ACORN across the country, he slapped the group with a $5,000 fine for violating Nevada election law during the 2008 presidential election.

Mosley, reading the pre-sentence report, listed a series of voter registration fraud allegations against ACORN workers. He said that if the claims have been true, then "It is making a mockery of our election process. If I had an individual in this courtroom...who was responsible for this kind of thing, I would put that person in prison for 10 years, hard time, and not think twice about it," he said. "To me this is reprehensible. This is the kind of thing you see in some banana republic, Uruguay or someplace, not in the United States."

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Something wrong

President Carter Obama said on Thursday..."There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics." Apparently he doesn't understand that our country has a deficit of around $15 trillion and high unemployment. I guess he believes that those evil rich people will be able to pay that off if only he could convince Congress to raise taxes on them. But he's right that something's wrong with politics...specifically HIS politics. Democrats are serial spenders. They are the crackheads of political science. We need to put them all into rehab.

An anonymous comment I saw yesterday..."It's easy to forget how unexpected the housing crash was. Obama's plan for his presidency was basically to plunder the economy and give free stuff to the people who elected him. Unfortunately, I think this is still his plan."

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) called for Obama’s impeachment this week. Burgess said, "The longer we allow the damage to continue unchecked, the worse things are going to be for us." Story

Some wags are suggesting that there never was an "anti-war" movement here in the U.S. They were actually "pro-enemy" and used the war as a means to display their hatred for anything associated with America. Where, oh where, did the anti-war protestors disappear to? Code Pink seems to have faded away also. Maybe Obama convinced them that war is cool.

According to CNSNews, 80% of Muslim Americans approve of Obama's performance in a recent survey. 65% of Jewish Americans also approve of Obama. 60% of atheists and agnostics approve. 50% of Catholics approve. 37% of Protestants. 25% of Mormons.

According to a recent poll, 73% of Americans now believe we are on wrong track. Amen.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic...Baseball bats are a big seller in the UK lately. Guns are outlawed so people are buying the next best thing for defense. And they don't even play baseball over there.

Great Britain's Daily Mail has a great headline..."Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters" Source

"...long experience of impunity has taught the rioters that they have nothing to fear from the law, which in England has become almost comically lax—except, that is, for the victims of crime. For the rioters, crime has become the default setting of their behavior; the surprising thing about the riots is not that they have occurred, but that they did not occur sooner and did not become chronic." Source

London's riots haven't been blamed on conservatives yet. But they will be eventually...even though all major political parties in Britain are left of center. Less than 10% of the population could possibly be defined as conservative in the American sense. Over there the welfare state is so entrenched that conservative politics are considered racist and fascist (like in the U.S.). The rioters are agitating for more welfare benefits, not less.

Rick Perry is about to announce his run for the presidency. He should find it easy to beat his most fordmidable opponent, Mitt Romney. Elsewhere, Jon Huntsman (the RINO who the New York Times likes) has been endorsed by Jeb Bush (the brother of George). Yawn.

Senator John McClain (D-Lite, Arizona) refuses to apologize for calling Tea Party followers, "Hobbits." He's an embarrassment. Is it any wonder why he lost in 2008? Sarah Palin on his ticket kept him from being even bigger of a loser. McCain doesn't understand that people were voting for Palin, not McCain. Call it a day, John, and retire. Thank you for your service.

Headline of the day..."Democrats Fall Short in Wisconsin Recall Elections" despite up to $30 or $40 million dollars being spent (mostly by Democrats).

Flash mobs seem to be gaining favor in the big cities. No flash mobs in my neighborhood. Out here in the woods the people are armed to the teeth. And they get a lot practice with moving targets...like raccoons, possums, and the occasional coyote who wanders by. Some people swear that squirrel stew is better than sex. Ha.

British riots

Maybe there is a simple explanation for the riots. In Great-Britain crime is easy and almost risk-free.

In his startling book ‘A Land fit for Criminals’ insider David Fraser demonstrates it with figures and facts.

Detection rate of crimes is 5 per cent. Of these cases only 2 per cent are processed in court. Only a mere 0.3 per cent of all crimes result in prison sentence. Offenders deem themselves untouchable. Fines are seldom paid. In 2002 it was reported that tens of millions of pounds in unpaid fines were written off.

Even persistent offenders with a long record of previous convictions and a complete lack of motivation to reform are granted probation and put back in the community.

The evidence shows that for them this means business as usual. The reconviction rate for all male offenders in 61 per cent; for offenders given community service 67 per cent.

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He blames the criminal justice system for putting consideration for the criminal first and the safety of the public second: ‘The bizarre fact is that all governments since the sixties have gone out of their way to introduce policies that have encouraged criminals to become more criminal. Numerous obstacles have been placed in the way of finding, arresting and convincing them.’

Young offenders enjoy special protection. The use of imprisonment against them is severely limited. In 2000, males under 18 committed 80,600 offences. Eleven years later, one suspects that they have improved on this statistics.

Police doing their job are frequently faced with accusations of racism by their superiors. Prosecutors are motivated by budgetary considerations to discontinue more and more cases. Judges grant bail even when the accused has re-offended while on bail.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rick Hussein Perry?

Gov. Rick Perry’s friendly relationship with some Texas Muslims was touted in a recent story on Salon.com.

While some other presidential candidates bring up concerns about American Muslims’ loyalty and decry Islamic law in the U.S., here’s a Christian, Republican politician who initiated a teacher-training program on Islamic history and has been friends for years with the Aga Khan, head of an Islamic sect called Ismailis, Salon points out. Perry even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005.

According to Ismaili national spokesman Mahmoud Eboo, the premise of the Salon story is true, and despite criticism for his Christians-only prayer rally, Perry serves on behalf of all Texans "regardless of race, color or faith."

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Eisenhower

When Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president in 1952, he came to office convinced that among the obligations he assumed was that of calming the nation. His predecessors, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman, had governed through a series of crises and calamities World War II, the Berlin Crisis, the Soviet atomic bomb, the Korean War, the 1952 steel strike and Ike believed that Washington's fixation with crisis was unsettling to the American people and destabilizing to the economy.

With that in mind, he set out to project an aura of calm command, and consistently sought a place between the anti-communist Republicans who anchored the right wing of his party and the New Deal Democrats who pulled that party to its left. It was, Eisenhower liked to say, his "Middle Way," a "practical working basis between extremists" arrived at through patient and temperate negotiation.

Few lessons of Eisenhower's era have been more lost on the heirs to his political legacy. Recent events have included many political sins, but among the most striking is the rush of America's leaders to court crisis rather than exhibit sober, sound leadership. For weeks, Republican House members risked economic calamity by their refusal to raise the debt ceiling — an act that dozens of Congresses have routinely approved in the decades since Eisenhower's presidency. Some seemed to enjoy it. As Rep. Michele Bachmann said glibly: "Someone has to say no. I will." And House Speaker John Boehner fairly shouted when he proclaimed, "I stuck my neck out a mile."

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

20 years in the hole

The case brought by the Department of Justice against Dr. Rene de los Rios of Miami, Florida, succeeded not only in sending the physician to jail for 20 years for systematically defrauding Medicare, but also in exposing the dark underside of the entire Medicare system itself. The sentence meted out by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard was the second most severe sentence handed out to any doctor in South Florida, known as the "epicenter" of Medicare fraud. The dubious honor of the most severe sentence is held by Dr. Ana Alvarez-Jacinto, who was convicted of Medicare fraud in 2008 and is now serving 30 years behind bars.

Dr. de los Rios learned the Medicare scam from the owner of Metro Med, a medical clinic that specialized in HIV therapy. The owner, Damaris Oliva, who is serving his own seven-year sentence, learned the trade from three brothers — Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez — who owned 11 HIV clinics in the Miami-Dade area that specialized in HIV treatments and injections. The brothers billed Medicare $119 million and were reimbursed $84 million. To avoid prosecution, the brothers fled to the Dominican Republic and then to Cuba where, according to the FBI, they are in jail on immigration violations.

The scam was simple, and consisted of three coordinated strategies: phantom billing (billing for procedures that either never performed or were unnecessary), patient billing (a patient receives a kickback for allowing use of his Medicare card and then testifying that the procedure was performed), and upcoding (where bills are inflated by using a billing code that maximizes reimbursement from Medicare). The good doctor signed off on treatments that were never performed, ordered tests that were unnecessary, and ordered injections of expensive drugs — often costing in the hundreds of dollars for each injection — for which he was paid $3,000 a week by Oliva. De los Rios also worked for several other clinics, allowing ultimately 100s of bills to be submitted to Medicare for reimbursement that were fraudulent. The prosecution alleged that in two-and-a-half years de los Rios pocketed over $587,000 from the scam. His sentence included the demand for repayment, but prosecutors said, "We still haven’t found a dime of that money."

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Advisers

Muslimas

On April 14, two men entered Asma Firdous' home, cut off six of her fingers, slashed her arms and lips and then sliced off her nose. Before leaving the house, the men locked their 28-year-old victim inside.

Asma, from impoverished Kohaur Junobi village in Pakistan's south, was mutilated because her husband was involved in a dispute with his relatives and they wanted revenge.

Her fate is familiar in parts of Pakistan's remote and feudal agricultural belts, where women are often used as bargaining chips in family feuds and where the level of violence they face is increasing in frequency and brutality.

At the hospital in nearby Multan town, Asma's shocked parents sat quietly by her bedside and struggled to explain what the future holds for their now disfigured daughter.

"I don't know what will happen to her when she leaves here," Asma's father, Ghulam Mustafa, said, in a dilapidated ward heavy with the smell of antiseptic and blood, where other women, doused with acid or kerosene by relatives or fellow villagers, awaiting an equally uncertain future.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I'm LeBron, Baby

When it comes to piloting, Barack Obama seems to think he's the political equivalent of Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and—in a "Fly Me to the Moon" sort of way—Nat King Cole rolled into one. "I think I'm a better speech writer than my speech writers," he reportedly told an aide in 2008. "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm . . . a better political director than my political director." On another occasion—at the 2004 Democratic convention—Mr. Obama explained to a Chicago Tribune reporter that "I'm LeBron, baby. I can play at this level. I got game." Source

Tuesday saw another big drop in the stock market. About 5.5% loss in value. Democrats want to party like it's 1929. Ever wonder if Obama has read The Peter Principle?

So, Mr. President, how's that wealth redistribution going? Thousands of investors in the stock market are certainly seeing their wealth being redistributed. Those who once owned homes are seeing their wealth redistributed. And those who were once employed are seeing their wealth redistributed. Keep it up, Mr. President, even Cuba will look good.

Some wags are suggesting that our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., should secede from the Union. Ha.

Here's our future...business expanding overseas...less jobs here in the United States. Permanent unemployment. Story

Leftists never learn when to quit...Sarah Palin's vagina is being called a "retard launcher" by an up-and-coming stand-up comedian who I will not name.

Elsewhere, the spokesman for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which portrays itself as a moderate Islamic movement, has called for execution and hand amputations if the Mubaraks are found guilty of murder and corruption. "If a man has stolen millions of the state's money, the penalty is that I must cut off his hand," said Mahmoud Ghuzlan, a professor of biochemistry at Zagazig University. "There is no argument. These are God's words." Source

Parts of London are burning and the whole state of Texas is burning. In this corner of the world we have been right around 100 for at least a month. And there's no end in sight. All the forecasts predict more of the same.

Maybe Al Gore was right? Ha.

Obama's budget for Fiscal 2010

According to the fiscal 2010 budget proposal, released in February 2009 and modestly entitled "A New Era of Responsibility," prosperity was just around the corner. The projected gross domestic product for 2009 was almost zero, but in 2010 the Obama administration foresaw 3.43 percent growth, followed by 5.23 percent in 2011 and an astonishing 6.26 percent in 2012. By 2015, this would level out to a comparatively modest but objectively unrealistic 4.45 percent, which was the default assumption out to 2019. These growth dreams were laughable. Without credible rationale, the White House posited that the U.S. economy would grow at a record pace for almost 20 years. This red-hot growth projection was necessary, however, to justify and cover the record levels of government spending Mr. Obama was planning.

White House long-term deficit projections were wrongly rosy as well. According to Mr. Obama’s first budget, the projected $1.2 trillion deficit for 2010 would be sliced in half to $533 billion by 2013. This red ink would creep slowly up to $712 billion by the end of the decade but would still be around 3 percent of the mammoth projected GDP.

Two years later, the economy isn’t producing the benefits Mr. Obama promised. Growth has been anemic rather than robust, and deficits have skyrocketed rather than receded. Never mind, the fiscal 2012 budget proposal gives the impression that everything is going according to plan. The administration still projects almost 4 percent growth this year, when most economists who aren’t in Mr. Obama’s employ predict 1 percent to 2 percent growth. The Obama budget predicts the economy will surge in the out years, growing between 4.36 percent and 6.15 percent per year for the rest of the decade. And through some inexplicable numerical magic, the projected yearly deficits for the period after 2017 are even lower than the absurd numbers offered in the 2010 budget. These outlandish figures are an insult to the national intelligence.

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