Bond Vigilantes Confront Obama
... as Housing Falters
by Liz Capo McCormick and Daniel Kruger - May 29th, 2009 - Bloomberg News
Bonds usually rally when the economy is in recession and inflation is subdued. Gross domestic product dropped at a 5.7 percent annual pace in the first quarter, after contracting at a 6.3 percent rate in the last three months of 2008, according to the Commerce Department.There are three major pieces to any economy. Industry, commerce and finance. Two have the goal of creating wealth. Those are Industry and commerce. Finance either serves these two or serves government... depending on actions of the nation's rulers. Barack Obama is such a naive and ignorant man that he does not have a clue how destructive of his own goals the finance piece can be. He charges forward taking actions that only such an inexperienced person would consider. Unfortunately, the American people are the ones that will be punished for his amateur mistakes.
This time it’s different because the Congressional Budget Office projects Obama’s spending plan will expand the deficit this year to about four times the previous record, and cause a $1.38 trillion shortfall in fiscal 2010. The U.S. will need to raise $3.25 trillion this year to finance its objectives, up from less than $1 trillion in 2008, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., one of 16 primary dealers of U.S. government securities that are obligated to bid at Treasury auctions.
Pay attention to the numbers above. During the worst deficit in history, 2008, we struggled to sell $1 trillion in debt. Even with the huge monetizing of the debt which Obama and Bernanke have announced, we still will have to sell $3.25 trillion in debt to cover Obama's massive spending in 2009. Both actions, monetizing the debt and incurring huge new obligations, will drive up inflation.
By the time inflation starts, it will explode exponentially. Obama's utopian dream will falter on the alter of inflation. You may as well get ready because it is clear nothing will dissuade Obama from causing this disaster. He seems oblivious.
Burke And Obama
by Thomas Sowell - May 29th, 2009 - Townhall.com
The other day I sought a respite from current events by re-reading some of the writings of 18th century British statesman Edmund Burke. But it was not nearly as big an escape as I had thought it would be.Brilliant article. It is one more example of why I have, for 40 years, considered Thomas Sowell the smartest man in America. If only we had more people who would read the practical and intelligent advise of Thomas Sowell, perhaps we would not have had 52% of our nation vote for the raving lunacy of the Magic Marxist Messiah.
When Burke wrote of his apprehension about "new power in new persons," I could not help think of the new powers that have been created by which a new President of the United States -- a man with zero experience in business -- can fire the head of General Motors and tell banks how to run their businesses.
Obama's Plan A Is Not Working
by Howard Richman, Raymond Richman, and Jesse Richman - May 29th, 2009 - American Thinker
Under the Clinton and Bush administrations, the United States and the WTO permitted the creation of massive imbalances in the global economy. A range of developing countries, not just China, lent tremendous amounts of money in exchange for IOUs from Americans. Instead of exchanging goods for goods in world markets, Americans exchanged debt for goods. When American consumers could no longer take on more debt, the global economy began collapsing. Obama's plan amounts to doubling down on U.S. indebtedness by dramatically expanding borrowing by the government.I despise George W. Bush's lack of understanding of business and his borderline communist expansion of government and its bureaucratic dominance of our people. Therefore I have a problem with the author blaming Obama alone for this problem. He backs the same stupid plan that Bush embraced (which got us here) but that does not make him solely responsible for our current economic troubles as the title implies.
Detroit is going bankrupt because American made products have been excluded from growing world markets. In 2008, China and India broke off the Doha Round of renegotiation of the WTO rules so that they could maintain their 25% tariffs on American vehicles on top of their hidden duties imposed by value-added taxes and currency manipulations. American companies have learned that investments in American production do not pay off.
It is true however that the Obama solution is even worse raving lunacy than Bush's plan.
America faces huge tariffs on anything manufactured here in our nation and Bush tolerated that. Yet so does Obama. Anyone who cannot figure out that our export of jobs is tied to that is an idiot. Smoot-Hawley precipitated retaliation from foreign governments and collapsed world trade during the depression. The only difference this time is that huge tariffs against American production have been allowed to stand with no retaliation. For that you can blame Clinton, Bush and Obama.
The Warren Buffett solution supported in this article only has one problem. It is not politically possible when large corporations are multinational and opposed to a fair trade policy. Corporate owners know that it would be unacceptable to the leaders of foreign nations who hate America. Nothing that does not contribute to the weakening of America will be politically acceptable. America as a scapegoat is far more important than economic growth to most of the world's leaders. That is the reality that causes Obama to look like a weak idiot in his dealings with the world leaders. His expectations of rational responses ignores this attitude.
Obama's Racist Agenda
Career lawyers overruled on voting case
Black Panthers had wielded weapons, blocked polls
by Jerry Seper - May 29th, 2009 - Washington Times
Justice Department political appointees [of Barack Obama] overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.Armed black men block access to a polling place to intimidate whites and keep them from voting... and Barack Obama's political appointees dismiss the charges. If you think this will not happen on a huge scale in the next election, you are naive.
The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.
Furor Grows Over
Partisan Car Dealer Closings
by Mark Tapscott - May 27th, 2009 - Washington Examiner
Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Repubicans. What started earlier this week as mainly a rumbling on the Right side of the Blogosphere has gathered some steam today with revelations that among the dealers being shut down are a GOP congressman and closing of competitors to a dealership chain partly owned by former Clinton White House chief of staff Mack McLarty.Another owner of the dealership getting this great deal is the founder of BET, Robert Johnson, a heavy contributor to Democrats and Democrat causes. Maureen White, the wife of Steven Rattner, the Obama car czar demanding these closings, is the former national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a major Democrat fundraiser. Isn't it typical of corrupt Chicago machine politics that this exercise in closing dealerships (a totally useless effort that will not sell a single additional car) is being used to pay back political enemies? Barack Obama is the most corrupt President in the history of our nation.
by Paul Greenberg - May 27th, 2009 - Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The words linger in my mind-Madness, Madness!-and recur every time various lawyers, including the current president of the United States and commander-in-chief of its armed forces, proceed to explain why we need to follow the rules of criminal procedure in this war rather than the laws of war.Great article by a great writer. Paul uses a reference from "Bridge on the River Kwai" to point out how easy it is to focus on the irrelevant.
I am reminded of a class I took in business school that used the same movie to make the point about the difference between management and leadership. After the class had watched the movie we were asked who was the better leader, the Japanese Commander or the British Commander. The overwhelming majority said that the British Commander was the better leader. Me included. The professor then pointed out how superficial that analysis was. The British Commander was poised, confident, efficient, methodical and decent to his men. The Japanese Commander was cruel, vindictive, emotional and indifferent to his men's suffering.
Yet it is easy to get confused about the difference between management process and leadership goals. No matter how humiliating it was to him, the Japanese Commander suppressed his instincts and made the decisions that got the bridge built. He understood that was his job. The British Commander used creativity and innovative engineering to build a bridge for the enemy to use simply because he was allowed to exercise his management perogatives. He had allowed himself to think he was leading his men, when what he actually was doing was managing their activities within a specific process, building bridges. When the bridge was built he was proud of it, without thinking at all about the use the enemy would make of it.
All my life I have remembered that lesson. Whenever there is a tough decision to make, I worry that I am not the British Commander but enough the Japanese Commander that I remember the goal. The only question is what is the right goal, not what is the process.
Right now we are watching a President that is the epitome of the British Commander.
Obama, Sotomayor, Ricci
And White Male Privilege
by David Paul Kuhn - May 28th, 2009 - Real Clear Politics
The ebb of white male privilege is seen in education where women make up the large majority of college students (even when limited to whites in the middle class) to boys, who are for example twice as likely to be identified as having a learning disability, like Ricci.The Democrat racists refuse to deal with this as it impacts individual white males, preferring to look at grand statistics. However the reality, as noted in that last statistic above, is that women, especially black women, have overwhelmingly benefited from affirmative action and individual white men have been legally screwed.
The ebb is seen in earnings. Working class women still make less than working class men. But between 1979 and 2003, those women's earnings advanced 12 percent while men's earnings declined 8 percent. White men's earnings have generally stagnated since the early 1970s. Amid this financial crisis, when adjusted for inflation, white men generally make less in 2009 than they did in 1969.
It's seen in the financial crisis. In the past year, according to Bureau of Labor statistics, white men's unemployment rate increased 96 percent. That's only a hair more than black men. But white men's unemployment rate increased about a third more than the rate of white women and about twice the rate of black women.
A perfect example is sports. White men are kept from playing sports they like, even when they are willing to play for free. The reason? There are not enough women who want to play sports and our affirmative action, equal results based society says that unless an equal number of women care enough about sports to play, white men are not permitted to care about sports. Certainly they will not be allowed to actually play a sport. That would be unfair to the women who don't care about sports.
White males are the target of jokes that are not even valid, yet only white men can be joked about today, usually in vile ad hominem attacks. Barack Obama is President but because he is black he is protected by the attitude that blacks cannot be made fun of. Therefore his constant gaffes and his narcissistic arrogance are not fair game. We hear constantly about how the playing field is not level for blacks yet Barack Obama got an ivy league education ONLY because he is black. Now we are told that is not good enough. All white males are punished under the assumption that every black failure and female failure is due to some insidious evil they caused.
There will never be a time when women and blacks will acknowledge they have a legal advantage. At least not until white males start to riot and kill like the black riots that still happen on occasion. Only terror seems to get anyone's attention today. It is time that white males started creating a little terror. Otherwise the racist and sexist legal privilege of blacks and females will continue.
Obama Attacks Business
With Total Corruption
Did Chrysler play politics with dealer closings?
The answer is yes.
by Rick Moran - May 26th, 2009 - American Thinker
Doug Ross has done a little digging and discovered a disturbing pattern in the choices Chrysler (and the Obama administration) made in closing dealerships. It appears there is a real possibility that if you contributed to Republican candidates or the RNC, your number came up and your dealership was yanked.If you think there is any way that this is statistically possible by accident, you are an idiot. How much longer are the business people who supported Obama going to be gulled into thinking that he is not the enemy of business? He is practicing the divide and conquer strategy so beloved of tyrants and will come after them soon. The real question is, "Does knowing this make them mad or afraid?"
To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates.
America is facing a gut check.
Here is a letter from a Dodge Dealer that everyone who loves America should read. What they are doing to this dealership should make you seethe. Even the close to socialist San Francisco Examiner is concerned about Obama's strategy. Their article can be read here. One of their columnists Michael Barone calls this "ganster government". That is what it is.
It is time for EVERYONE who loves America and our freedom to stand up. Like the Germans in the 30s who are the examples of Martin Neimoller's poem, "First they came for the jews", do not wait until it is from you that Barack Obama and his Democrat minions are taking freedom. Every Democrat must be defeated so that it is clear to all that no party can destroy our freedoms without consequences. There has never been a President or Party that is more corrupt than the majority party in America today.
North Korea Threatens Armed Strike
... End to Armistice
by Heejin Koo - May 27th, 2009 - Bloomberg News
North Korea threatened a military response to South Korean participation in a U.S.-led program to seize weapons of mass destruction, and said it will no longer abide by the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.Okay Barack. Let's hear you soothe these militant nut-jobs. I mean George W. Bush has been pushing them around and insulting them since the 40s, he caused the Korean War back when he was only a child, so it is all George's fault, right? Remind them again what a nice guy you are and how America is no longer their enemy now that you are our 'ruler'. Remind them again how you plan to surrender and appease them with all your heart.
“The Korean People’s Army will not be bound to the Armistice Agreement any longer,” the official Korean Central News Agency said in a statement today. Any attempt to inspect North Korean vessels will be countered with “prompt and strong military strikes.”
Why are they not responding? Do they not believe you? Or is the problem that George W. Bush was not the cause after all? Come on Barack. You are the Magic Marxist Messiah. Do your thing. Cool the waters. Calm the seas. Or at the very least calm these raving lunatics who want to start a nuclear war on your watch. Can you do anything? Or are you way too busy firing corporate CEOs and stealing dealerships from Republican owners who are not amenable to your Chicago style political corruption to spend any time defending America?
Take Down American Flag
... Supervisor Asks Woman... (Actually this is misleading. The supervisor took the flag down when the woman refused to take it down. That isn't "asking".)
by Carol Cavazos - May 26th, 2009 - CBS TV Channel 11 Dallas
Debbie McLucas is one of four hospital supervisors at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield. Last week, she hung a three-by-five foot American flag in the office she shares with the other supervisors.What do you want to bet this African immigrant who finds our flag so offensive is one of the many blacks who find life so much better here in America they immigrate to our shores, but still are so filled with hate against whites that they demand reparations and denigrate our freedoms. Does anyone else find this hypocritical and ignorant? If this black immigrant hates our flag and our nation so much, go home! I promise we will not miss you.
When McLucas came to work Friday, her boss told her another supervisor had found her flag offensive. "I was just totally speechless. I was like, 'You're kidding me,'" McLucas said.
McLucas' husband and sons are former military men. Her daughter is currently serving in Iraq as a combat medic.
Stifling a cry, McLucas said, "I just wonder if all those young men and women over there are really doing this for nothing."
McLucas said the supervisor who complained has been in the United States for 14 years and is formerly from Africa. McLucas said the supervisor took down Debbie's flag herself.
If this hospital stands behind the removal of the flag, we need to send them into bankruptcy. Avoid them and find some other hospital to go to.
He's The Crazed Tyrant
With The Nuclear Button
- and he's ready to unleash armageddon on his OWN people
by Mark Almond - May 26th, 2009 - Lodon Mail
Like his father before him, Kim [Jung Il] has ruled over a poverty-stricken and secretive state which has outlived many lesser tyrannies. (It is an odd fact that the nastier the regime, the longer its lifespan often turns out to be.) And Kim sees nuclear weapons as a way to guarantee his family's future. Other states acquire atomic bombs to protect their territory from invaders. The North Korean regime sees the bomb as the guarantor of its rule over a long- suffering people. He is so megalomaniacal that he would be prepared to destroy his own nation before he was overthrown. This is the kind of leader that Barack Obama promises to woo with fancy words? Obama has begged them to "unclench their fists." He has apologized to everyone who will listen for the tough talk of Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan and George Bush and all those former evil American war-mongers. He promises he is not like that. America has changed. Obama is going to talk nice to the "Dear Leader" and his kind words will be rewarded by... nuclear annihilation. Did the Magic Marxist Messiah really think that his delusions about the good intentions of dictators ever had a chance to change the outcome of any world crisis? Obama's first response to this crisis? "The United States and the international community must take action in response." Obama will not lead any action in response based on a rational strategy of strength. He wants someone else to lead. He wants all the good people of the world to get together and have a group hug and then ask our enemies to join us. Why we can even sing Kumbaya. Don't they know what a good man he is?
America is in the hands of a narcissistic dreamer. As numerous bloggers have noted, Obama is a wimp. Iran and North Korea are moving forward agressively to expand their power and challenge America. They are not afraid of this gutless wonder. This is the change we have been waiting for? Appeasement is not change. It has been around forever.
God save the U.S.A.
The Death Of Israel
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann - May 24th, 2009 - NewsMax
From Caroline Glick, deputy editor and op-ed writer for the Jerusalem Post, comes alarming news. An expert on Arab-Israeli relations with excellent sources deep inside Netanyahu's government, she reports that CIA chief Leon Panetta recently took time out from his day job (feuding with Nancy Pelosi) to travel to Israel to "read the riot act" to the government warning against an attack on Iran.Barack Obama lives in the delusional world of Democrat political correctness. Polls indicate that 73% of American Jews are counting on the Magic Marxist Messiah to save Israel. Yet nothing indicates that Obama has any plans to expend the political capital it would take for him to stop Iran from destroying Israel. Obama will stall, dawdle and delay.
Those sunshine Jewish patriots who voted for Obama must realize that we, as Jews, are witnessing the possible end of Israel. We are in the same moral position as our ancestors were as they watched Hitler’s rise but did nothing to pressure their favorite liberal Democratic president, FDR, to take any real action to save them or even to let Jewish refugees into the country. If we remain complacent, we will have the same anguish at watching the destruction of Israel that our forebears had in witnessing the Holocaust.
Sending CIA chief Leon Panetta to pressure Israel is the only sign needed to recognize how completely incompetent the amateur that 52% of Americans voted to put into the most powerful and pressure packed job in the world actually is. Barack Obama is a talker, not a leader. He has never indicated the kind of decisive leadership that would bring a positive outcome in this crisis. The survival of Israel is no longer something that America can affect. Israel is on their own.
And of course if Israel is destroyed, America will get to find out what Barack Obama does in the face of nuclear blackmail. Will he fight... or surrender?
by Andrew Foy and Brenton Stransky - May 25th, 2009 - American Thinker
To many who have watched the transition from socialism to fascism at close quarters the connection between the two systems has become increasingly obvious, but in the (Western) democracies the majority of people still believe that socialism and freedom can be combined. They do not realize that democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is not only unachievable, but that to strive for it produces something utterly different - the very destruction of freedom itself. As has been aptly said: ‘What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.' - F.A. Hayek, The Road to SerfdomDemocratic Socialism is the great Utopian dream of Barack Obama. As a cynic, I don't think he believes it will work, but he believes it will lead to power for him. My view of the Magic Marxist Messiah is that he hopes to move the process forward fast enough that he will be the first socialist dictator in America. This article is one of the best summations of Hayek's work I have read. It is a definite must read.
Justices To decide If Vets Can Be Honored
... with cross...
by Audrey Hudson - May 25th, 2009 - Washington Times
"For us to choose the principal symbol of one religion that says Jesus is the Son of God and He is divine and say that is an appropriate way to reflect the sacrifice of people who don't believe that ... is excluding by its very nature," Mr. Eliasberg said.The lie in this sentence is that government did not choose this symbol. The veterans chose the symbol as their way of honoring their friends and comrades who died. What the Anarchy and Criminal Liberties Union (there is nothing American or Civil about the scum who participate in this organization) is advocating is that no one can choose how to honor their friends unless it is an ACLU universal symbol that honors everyone who ever died.
The ACLU is the most excluding organization in our nation because it excludes anyone who does not agree with them, on everything. They spout their sanctimonious self righteous condemnation of America, insulting and excluding anyone who is of a different mind. Agree or be sued into poverty. They use our courts like a system of extortion and blackmail to get their way on every issue they choose.
The ACLU does not put up symbols of thanks for sacrifice by their friends in the defense of our nation, because they hate our nation and do not appreciate anyone who has defended it. They instead take any group in America that loves our nation and tries to destroy both their faith and their patriotism. Since many Christians love America, the ACLU hates Christians and does everything in its power to tear them down.
North Korea Conducts
Second Nuclear Test
Japan to request UNSC emergency meeting
by Staff - May 25th, 2009 - Asia-Pacific News
'If the nuclear test is confirmed, it is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolution and Japan will take decisive measures,' Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said at a press conference in response to Pyongyang's reported nuclear test early Monday.Barack Obama has not reacted yet. Based on past experience he is sure to threaten talks with North Korea without preconditions. If that doesn't work he will be really really peeved and chastise North Korea in a much more annoyed tone as a threat to peace. The next step will be to threaten the possibility of maybe someday stopping our aid and imposing ineffective sanctions. If he is still ignored he may threaten Japan with the need to have a peace conference with North Korea. After all they are a former ally and close to North Korea. That means they are as guilty as America of causing North Korea to act like this.
The Japanese government set up a crisis management office, with Prime Minister Taro Aso ordering ministers to gather information related to the nuclear test.
As they say on the Internet [Sarcasm Off].
What this move by North Korea does mean is that the time when the war we are currently in, World War IV, is moving more and more quickly to its nuclear phase. The nuclear phase of World War II was very short. Two bombs. World War III stayed a cold war, non nuclear, and what fighting went on was relatively minor because of the fear of a nuclear holocaust. The Islamo-fascists have rendered that fear ineffective, since they seem to welcome the idea of dying for their faith. North Korea has never hesitated to sell its technology to Iran, Pakistan, or any group that came up with the money. That means it is very likely that nuclear bombs will find their way into the hands of Al Qaeda or some other radical jihadist group among the Islamo-fascist movement at some point in the near future.
Who trusts that Barack Obama will deal with this crisis effectively?
Obama Blames 7 Straw Men
For Being 'Out Of Money'
by Lee Cary - May 23rd, 2009 - American Thinker
Unable to blame Bush directly for current and pending budget deficits, President Obama has taken to blaming Straw MenActually, this pattern has become so repetitive that everyone is starting to laugh at the stupidity of Obama's rhetorical trick. When your standard technique is to claim your opposition believes something that they do not believe, and to attack the exaggeration rather than reality, it becomes pretty obvious that you are not a serious debater. Even when you have this melodious voice that can hypnotize most people, the illusion of 'the one' on which his cult has become dependent starts to fall apart.
This deconstruction of Obama's straw men is not the last we will see. Actually, from now on, the first thing anyone is going to do when Obama speaks is look for the straw men. Along with his narcissistic determination to make everything about him, the subtle 'straw man' trick by which he constantly and viciously attacks others all while claiming to stay above such savagery has run its course. Obama is becoming a joke, a parody of himself.
Of Carbon Emissions
by Jack Dini - May 23rd, 2009 - American Thinker
China is adding 100 gigawatts of coal-fired electrical capacity a year. That's another whole United States' worth of coal consumption added every three years, with no stopping point in sight. Much of the rest of the developing world is on a similar path.It will not make any difference to the enviro-extremists here in America. Carbon dioxide is not a greenhouse gas, but they don't care. They want socialism and they choose to blame carbon dioxide to ram their socialist program forward. The planet may not be warming, but they don't care. They want socialism and they choose to blame warming to ram their socialist program forward. Nuclear power is the cleanest form of energy, and when not burdened with years and hundreds of billions of dollars of useless studies, the cheapest, but they don't care. They want socialism and they choose to blame nuclear danger to ram their socialist program forward.
As Fareed Zakaria notes,
"The combined carbon dioxide emissions from the 850 new coal-fired power plants that China and India are building between now and 2012 are five times the total savings of the Kyoto accords. So you can put in all those curly light bulbs and drive all the Priuses you want: India just ate that for breakfast and China will eat the next round of conservation for lunch."
Jane Orient adds this on the futility of reducing emissions; "In a symbolic gesture, the Forces of Darkness, which are trying to end an age of enlightenment and reason, urged people to turn off their lights for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 PM local time. Bjorn Lomborg calculated that if 1 billion turned off their lights for 1 hour, it would have been the equivalent of shutting of China's emissions for a full 6 seconds.
The agenda of the socialists is clear. They want to weaken America. When every single goal of their agenda harms America and every single goal is known to be a lie, the only rational conclusion is that the enviro-extremists really want to harm America. All the details are illusion and deceit. This is about destroying America. Nothing more.
I can't think of a better closing sentence than this article's quote from Peter Huber, "What we can do, if we're foolish enough, is let carbon worries send our jobs and industries to their shores, making them grow even faster, and their carbon emissions faster still."
Dick Cheney's Compelling Witness
Editorial - May 22nd, 2009 - Washington Times
Former Vice President Dick Cheney's speech at the American Enterprise Institute had been scheduled for weeks before President Obama quite obviously tried to drown out Mr. Cheney by speaking on the same topic beginning exactly two minutes before Mr. Cheney was scheduled to take the AEI podium. In his 50-minute jeremiad, Mr. Obama repeatedly took nasty shots at Mr. Cheney and the administration he served, questioning not just the preceding administration's judgment, but also its motives and integrity.Barack Obama never stops campaigning in a form that is contemptible. He has mastered the technique of claiming in a simple sentence his opponent believes something that it takes a complicated explanation to prove is a lie. He then knocks down this "straw man" with glib superficial personal attacks.
Against Mr. Obama's insults, rhetoric and studied poses at his teleprompter, the former vice president answered with forceful words married to an understated tone of utter seriousness, with no electronic aids.
To do this is hard if you are speaking extemporaneously, so Obama relies on a teleprompter to make sure he parses his words carefully enough that he does not mess up the attack. Maintaining a deceitful attack while appearing to be above that is a hard line to walk.
The MSM is gloating over how Obama won this debate with Cheney. The conservative press totally disagrees. The real question is whether the American people will watch and decide for themselves or whether they will listen to the media for their opinions. In the campaign, far too many simply took their orders from our left wing media and did no research on their own. If this continues Obama may win the argument, but America will surely lose.
Obama In Wonderland
by Kenneth R. Timmerman - May 20th, 2009 - Washington Times
"Now, understand that part of the reason that it's so important for us to take a diplomatic approach [toward Iran] is that the approach that we've been taking, which is no diplomacy, obviously has not worked. Nobody disagrees with that."Actually, almost anybody with a brain disagrees with that. The reason is simple. It is, as most of Obama's "straw men" turn out, totally false. Obama loves this deceitful trick. Saying something that is blatantly false but which sounds good... then attacking that straw man. Usually it is a claim that his opponents believe something that they do not believe. In this case it is a pretense that diplomacy has not been tried with Iran for the entire 8 years of recent history. This article documents the long list of diplomatic initiatives that have been tried and which failed. Pretending that you are going to do something not tried may lead you to the illusion that it has a chance to succeed, however anyone with a brain would wonder why you tried something that has already failed. That is exactly why Obama denies that diplomacy has been tried, by Europe, by Russia and by America.
If it has been tried and failed it would seem reasonable to ask what Obama thinks he can do differently. About the only thing that has not been tried is to diplomatically surrender. This is really the only thing new that Obama brings to the table. A willingness to sell out America's interests.
by Ronald Bailey - June 2009 Edition - Reason Magazine
In 1979, as lines at gas stations snaked for blocks, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 368 to 25, created the U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation, an “independent” federal entity charged with creating new fuel sources by spending $20 billion in seed money ($57 billion in 2009 dollars) during its first five years. Originally, the Synfuels Corporation was projected to spend $88 billion ($250 billion in today’s dollars) over 12 years to build the capacity to produce the equivalent of 1.5 million barrels of oil per day from coal.The "monster" is alive and well. That monster is cheap energy that continues to be found as natural resources on our planet. Cheap energy is something that liberals are pathologically unwilling to use. After billions of dollars have been spent in search of "green" energy, Democrats are so frustrated with the lack of success that they regularly insist, "It is time for America to start investing in 'green' energy." That statement is the statement of idiots or morons (Oops! I am sorry. I forgot that only liberals are allowed to insult people and only conservatives can be the target). It ignores the fact that hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on "green" energy over the last 50 years with constant failure to accomplish the goals the only common thread.
That was just one element of Carter’s ambitious energy plans. In July 1979 he announced, “I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation’s first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.” In 1980 Congress authorized the Department of Energy to spend $1.3 billion on ethanol research and loans to produce fuel for automobiles. In May of that year, Carter declared, “For the first time in our nation’s history, we will have a national energy program to put us on the road to energy security. It’s more ambitious than the space program, the Marshall plan, and the Interstate Highway System combined.”
Sound familiar? During the 2008 presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Barack Obama declared almost daily that developing new energy sources and breaking our addiction to foreign oil would “take nothing less than a complete transformation of our economy.” He explicitly compared his plan to putting a man on the moon and building the Interstate Highway System.
There is always some unintended consequence that liberals try to hide. The latest incompetent fiasco is ethanol. The "green" substitute for petroleum has now been found to create more "greenhouse gases" than petroleum and also includes the minor annoyance of DRIVING FOOD COSTS UP BY ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNTS.
Always these liberals ignore history, ignore science, ignore common sense... and LIE to get their way (Oops. There I go again. Only liberals are allowed to say that someone lies. I keep forgetting these rules to assure decorum can only be violated by those on the left). Liberals always start the argument with "It is time that we blah blah blah" always ignoring the fact that they have been "timing" us again and again. Do they think we are too stupid to remember all their previous efforts to abandon petroleum and convert to "green" fuels? Some of us do. Synfuels, solar, wind, fuel cells, electric, forced conservation, ocean tides, ethanol... every few years their is another liberal passion for the "new" green fuel that will finally break through and kill petroleum and coal. So they pour hundreds of billions of dollars into some program and it fails again. How many times can they play the same con game and get away with it?
Barack Obama's Biggest Critic:
by Ben Smith - May 20th, 2009 - Politico
The dinner guest that night at George Will’s house in Chevy Chase was intellectually nimble, personally formidable and completely baffling, recalled columnist Charles Krauthammer – who was getting his first up-close look at President-elect Barack Obama.Many people call Charles Krauthammer a neo-conservative. Perhaps so. I am no longer sure whether the popular view of that version of conservative is a coherent philosophy or whether it has become a label in search of a philosophy. I still support several themes that I see as key to the movement.
"We sat around and said, 'Does anybody really know who he is and what he wants to do, now that we've had this?'" Krauthammer recalled of Obama’s January sit-down with conservative columnists. "And the answer was no. We don't know."
"I didn't understand what he was up to until he just unveiled it openly, boldly, unapologetically and very clearly within two weeks of his inauguration," Krauthammer told POLITICO in an interview in his corner office off Dupont Circle. "That's what was so stunning."
1. We are at war with Islamo-fascists and a part of winning that war is that we must change the Middle East. Many deride the nation building aspect of Bush's tactics. I do not. I pray we are not pulling out of Iraq too soon. However the speed with which the American people abandoned that part of our war efforts still makes it clear how few understand this war. Most do not have a clue how long this war will go on and how complicated it will be to win.
2. Nuclear bombs will not go away. Attempts to weaken our defense by abandoning nuclear bombs, or any other form of pacifist weakening of our nation, only assure that at some point we will become the slaves of some other nation. It is amazing how few remember the speed with which Germany went from a defeated and impoverished nation to nearly conquering all of Europe. Whether it is Russia, China or even Iran, the world could be a place where America is powerless in a flash. I do not want foreign troops telling me how to live because we surrendered to nuclear blackmail.
3. Free enterprise is key to our economic success. A program of social democracy seems tantalizing and attractive to those who see only the (I believe minor) differences between our successful citizens and those who cannot keep up. However it misses the key points of both Frederick Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged". As great as our economic success is, it is not assured. Argentina proved how slim the margin between economic success and economic poverty can be. A European style economic system will destroy our wealth in very little time. Those who hate free enterprise (or capitalism) have no clue how little margin there is between being economically rich and economically poor.
Obama does not seem to understand or agree with any of these, though it is hard to find out. You cannot listen to him to find out. As Charles has noted, he talks and talks and nothing he says is clear. However you can watch his actions. Those are all devoted to implementing socialism. Anyone who still doubts this, or claims to doubt it, is either ignorant or duplicitous in their support of Obama's shell game.
The Peron Pattern
by Jeffrey Kuhner - February 15, 2009 - The Washington Times
The disastrous path on which America is currently embarked was tried in another country - in the Western Hemisphere: Juan Peron's Argentina. During the 1940s until a 1955 coup ousted him from power, Peron presided over a fascist state.This article points out one more example of the pattern of national destruction which America thought could never happen here. It is happening. The most horrible point about the Argentine example is the reality that once a nation's prosperity is destroyed, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get it back. What Obama is doing is irreversible. All over this nation there are intelligent people who are decrying what is happening based on the clear examples in history. Meanwhile the Obamanistas are outraged that anyone would doubt their Magic Marxist Messiah. Outraged that his shortcomings would dare be noticed.
What is not commonly known about Argentina is that prior to World War II, it was an economic powerhouse. Beginning in the 1880s and continuing through the 1920s and 1930s, it was regarded as one of the most prosperous and advanced nations in the world.
Argentina had a strong industrial base, thriving agricultural exports and a broad and expanding middle class. Like America, it served as a magnet for immigrants from all over the world, especially Italians. Within 15 years, however, Argentina went from being one of the richest to one of the poorest countries.
Just as the cult of Peron was impervious to logic, the cult of Obama is impervious to logic. He makes fancy speeches which everyone knows he has to read because he cannot invent the ideas himself. He makes gaffe after gaffe that would destroy anyone else and they are ignored as if they never happened. Obama is a culture hero and he recognizes... as a celebrity he can ignore his opponents. He is "the won" and his followers are slavish in their devotion.
Today there are still Argentinians who live in poverty as a result of Peron's rule who reject blame for his destructive legacy and look for another leader just like him. When America is destroyed, it will be true here as well. For many people their illusions are much more important than reality.
The Islamo-fascist enemies who tear at our nation from outside are not themselves capable of creating wealth, only at leaching off the talents of others. Obama is the same. Given a free ride in life, he is incapable of appreciating how those who produce wealth do it. All Obama can aspire to is the redistribution of their wealth. He cannot aspire to create wealth, nor will he tolerate others creating wealth either, since it so clearly proves how useless he is to the world. Obama is a parasite just like Peron. Obama is a creature of labor unions just like Peron. It is sad that a great nation would raise two generations that are incapable of appreciating what made America great. The Obamanistas of our two recent generations think, just as the Peronistas who destroyed their country thought, that the wealth will be there forever. This illusion is based on their total lack of understanding how wealth is created... and how easy it is destroy a nation when it is ruled by people who lack that understanding.
by Bruce Walker - May 19th, 2009 - American Thinker
Democrats hold the White House and comfortable majorities in both houses of Congress. Their new president comes from humble beginnings. He grew up without the moral influence of a father. Unlike Gore and Kerry, who were born with silver spoons in their mouths, or even Carter, Dukakis, Mondale, or Humphrey, who came from upper middle class homes, Barack Obama has little in common with presidential candidates of either political party, except for one: Bill Clinton. Both men transcended their humble roots by receiving elite education and succeeding in electoral politics.The American people of 40 years ago would not have voted for either of these two men, Clinton (Slick Willie) or Obama (Slick Barry). Coming off a war with Hitler and Mussolini, even those who were not experts in economics understood that socialism was a failed system. Even though we had aided Russia during the war, the history of Stalin's purges limited how many regular Americans were willing buy in to the communist propaganda that Russia was funding to subvert our free enterprise system.
However that was before the Baby Boomers were spoiled rotten. We now have two generations that think it is perfectly rational to vote themselves anything, just because they want it. As they took over American society they sabotaged our schools and turned them in to propaganda mills for socialism. We now have two generations of children who have no first hand experience with the evil that Frederick Hayek called "The Road to Serfdom" and that Ayn Rand defined so well in her book "Atlas Shrugged". The Baby Boomer professors have actually banned these two books from acceptable reading material so few of our young have ever read either.
As these self absorbed narcissists have take over society, actually doing anything successfully before running for public office has become unnecessary. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have excelled not because of any skill at leading, but due exclusively to the skill of talking. What kind of world they will leave is totally dependent on luck, and right now America's luck is running out.
There is a famous poem called "My creed" about being in the arena, but I don't think that Theodore Roosevelt was talking about the arena of politics. There is a serious problem when schmoozing is the only real skill that someone brings to the power of being an elected "leader". Jimmy Carter was a great schmoozer too and yet it took him less than 4 years to nearly destroy our nation because he was not a leader. He was nothing but a politically correct left wing hack. Bill Clinton had the incredible good luck that the greatest surge in productivity in history, the "world wide web", started just as he took office. Every screw up he made was covered up by the growth in economic wealth driven by this huge surge in economic productivity which led to a boom based on the illusion that it would go on forever. Even as the surge ended Clinton left office so he was able to duck accountability for the bust that followed.
I don't think that Barack Obama is going to be able to count on that kind of luck. The horrible aspect is that his failures will damage America too. We can't evade responsibility for that though, since it was in great part the unwillingness of conservatives and libertarians to fight the culture war when it mattered which led to his success. That the majority of our citizens think they can vote themselves "bread and circuses" is our fault too.
Americans need to realize that just as the greatness of Rome ended when the people failed to appreciate what they had and thought they could vote themselves ease forever, America can end in the same disaster. Barack Obama seems destined to lead that collapse.
Killing A Story:
How It's Done
by John Hinderaker - May 17th, 2009 - Powerline
In today's New York Times, Public Editor Clark Hoyt reveals the result of his investigation into the charge that the paper killed a story during the 2008 Presidential campaign in order to help Barack Obama. Hoyt concludes that the claim is "nonsense."So what? That Obama and his people committed wholesale election fraud in the last election is not going to change the outcome for our nation at this point. It is too late for that to matter. What does matter is that Obama managed to get included in the simulus bill and the current budget $8 billion dollars to fund ACORN. By the time the next election comes around, ACORN will be able to assure a permanent Democrat majority based on election fraud. Obama will win no matter what the American people want. I keep telling people, forget what Obama says. Watch what he does. Massive funding for a corrupt organization, now that is a "game-changer"!
On March 17, a Republican lawyer, quoting a confidential source for a Times reporter, testified to Congress that the newspaper killed a story last fall because it would have been "a game-changer" in the presidential election.
The charge, amplified by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News in April and reverberating around the conservative blogosphere, is about the most damning allegation that can be made against a news organization. If true, it would mean that Times editors, whose job is to report the facts without fear or favor, were so lacking in integrity that they withheld an important story in order to influence the election.
But the facts as related by Hoyt don't rebut the charge; they support it.
Intelligence Under Siege
Editorial - May 18th, 2009 - Washington Times
When the United States needs its intelligence arms the most - to combat terrorism, track Iran's nuclear-weapons program and fend off foreign espionage - they are under assault from many quarters.Yet that is what is happening.
The idea that foreign courts could render judgment on officially sanctioned actions taken by members of the U.S. intelligence community within U.S. territory is unconscionable. The notion that the Justice Department would be complicit in such proceedings is intolerable.
I keep telling people they cannot trust anything that comes out of the mouth of the Magic Marxist Messiah. He will say anything in the confident belief that he can talk around it and take both sides of an issue and confuse his opponents (and his friends) until after it is too late to matter.
And that is exactly what he is once again doing with the issue of enhanced interrogations. He believes they are torture. He believes the people in the Bush Administration who felt them necessary to protect us are wrong, and that they should be punished for being wrong. No matter what he says, it is his actions that you have to pay attention to. His action in this matter is to encourage the Muslim sympathetic government of Spain to prosecute these people in foreign courts. As noted in the article, that will encourage others to prosecute any American action (or American) they disagree with. Iran recently proved that America cannot protect even innocents by prosecuting a journalist for spying. The reality is that Obama will not defend our people except by talking. That is a joke.
Forget what he says. Watch what he does. Obama is a liar and he hates the America of our parents. He is changing America because of that hate and the most egregious change is that he is disarming America. Many Americans are going to die because of his hate.
Iran To Mass Produce
by Yaakov Katz - May 19th, 2009 - The Jerusalem Post
Iran is in the midst of a multi-year plan that it hopes will culminate in the production of several hundred missile launchers and over 1,000 long-range ballistic missiles within the next six years, according to estimates in the Israeli defense establishment.At the time this article is being posted, the Marxist Messiah is plotting to stop Israel from any attempts to interfere with Iran becoming a nuclear and missile power. Obama is certain that the militant and vitriolic hatred of Israel by the Mullahs of Iran can be defeated by his soft words and mellow personality.
The concern that Obama expresses about the impact on the other Arab countries indicates his usual superficial understanding of the situation. Most Arab nations in the area are more afraid of being blackmailed or destroyed by a powerful nuclear armed Iran than they are afraid of Israel, no matter how much they claim to distrust Israel. It is for that reason that Israel suffered no serious retaliation when it bombed the nuclear plant in Iraq. The Arab nations did not want to see a nuclear powered Iraq.
Iran could not have had better luck in their dream of becoming a world power by first getting America out of the middle east, and then conquering their neighbors. Obama is doing that for them, without firing a shot. With that victory, nothing will stop Iran from becoming a world nuclear power with both nuclear suicide bombers and ICBMS to threaten America. In a few short years America will be told to become Muslim or face destruction.
If the pacifist amateur who currently rules America is still President, that threat will be all it takes for our unilateral disarmament. He is already talking about it.
California Is Liberalism's
"Canary In The Coal Mine"
by Carol Platt Liebau - May 17th, 2009 - Townhall.com
Put simply, California is in desperate fiscal straits because it has become a place where government works for only two constituencies: Those who need public assistance, and unions. Sacramento is so busy responding to the needs of the one and the demands of the other that the legitimate expectations of regular, taxpaying citizens have been completely ignored.California used to be one of the greatest states in America. It was not called the Golden State for nothing. The Mediterranean climate means that a huge majority of the state's people spend little for either air conditioning or heating. The weather is fantastic, mild all year round. It is a great place for an outdoor lifestyle that includes athletics and boating. That magnificent weather has led to the cliche that California only has two seasons, spring and fall.
For union members, life is good. California teachers earn 25% more than the national average, even though some of the most incompetent, indifferent or downright dangerous of them cannot be fired because of concessions won by the teachers’ unions. The SEIU is so powerful that some of its members were able to listen in on a phone call between the Obama administration and the state – which resulted in the President’s threat to withhold stimulus money if the cash-strapped state made even modest cuts in the salaries of unionized home health care employees.
The low costs for climate control helped manufacturing and commerce too, as the plants and warehouses did not have to have air conditioning or heating and they still provided a comfortable place to work. So California became a major industrial power with lots of good jobs.
Then Democrats took over and decided its riches needed to be shared with the "needy". Of course it turns out that the "needy" are mostly illegal immigrants, those who refuse to work and government employees. The weather hasn't changed, but the states status as the Golden State has. It turns out that there are not enough "rich" to fund the easy life for all the "needy", so California started taxing small business and high wage employees, i.e. the productive workers that any economy needs to survive. Those people and the companies that employed them then started moving out of California to Arizona, Oregon, Texas, anywhere other than California. Today the California economy is on life support, the state is bankrupt, and the employee unions are making more outrageous demands every day. They are furious that the productive tax payers left in the state resent the high pay for no work jobs of the bureaucrats.
This article has a true premise. What is about to happen in America is what happened in California over the last 20 years. Barack Obama is the Gray Davis of America. However, as in California, America is about to find out that it is nearly impossible to undo the damage once they let it happen. We are running out of time to stop Obama. If it is not too late already. There is one frightening difference. You can leave California and stay in America. Where do Americans go when their nation has been destroyed?
Barack Obama Speaks...
... at Notre Dame, calls for 'fair-minded words'
by Carol E. Lee - May 17th, 2009 - Politico
“I do not suggest that the debate surrounding abortion can or should go away,” Obama said in a commencement address he delivered at the Catholic university, after receiving an honorary degree. “Because no matter how much we may want to fudge it — indeed, while we know that the views of most Americans on the subject are complex and even contradictory — the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.”This is a direct quote from the man who teaches his minions to smear and ridicule opponents. I cannot believe anyone can accept such sanctimonious bilge from the master of deceit, the Marxist Messiah. He ridicules Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, secured creditors of General Motors who will not abandon their superior claims... in fact anyone who he disagrees with. Ridicules them. He is a practitioner of the Alinsky mode of spreading socialism by duplicitous subversion of democracy and lies when it amuses him to do so.
Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction" Obama added, "but surely we we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature."
Just to remind people of his views on abortion, Obama believes that if a baby is born alive despite an attempted abortion, that it is moral to commit infanticide and kill the baby.
Somehow I am not sure how you can avoid caricature of such an extremist position. I am open to someone who thinks they can explain it giving it a try. I simply cannot fathom how to do that.
How America Lost Its Freedom
by J.B. Williams - May 17th, 2009 - Canada Free Press
The single largest and most powerful political lobby in Washington DC today is, ready… drum roll please… our nations lawyers... who lead the way with their cool $1,015,397,309 investment in political corruption over the last ten years, 73% of it invested in Democrats! Next time you are wondering how the judicial branch became a nine member oligarchy, look at this number again…This is one of the most amazing articles written recently. The statistical numbers provided are intriguing. Most I had never heard. How many people know that lawyers have given $730 million to Democrat campaigns and only $270 million to Republicans? How many people know that unions have given $430 million to Democrat campaigns and only $47 million to Republicans? Yet both these groups SCREAM about the problem of $150 million being split evenly between Democrats and Republicans by the pro business lobby.
For those who truly hate political corruption in DC, this would have to make trial lawyers public enemy #1 as no group on earth can even come close to competing with this group.
Public enemy #2 would have to be the labor unions, which combined, invested over $478,058,579 over the last ten years, and once again, giving 90% of that money and power to Democrats. Why is today’s Fed a believer in “collectivism” and “the greater communal good?” Hmmm... Imagine that! They think and act just like the labor unions! Are you familiar with the “ proletariat” movement? “(in Marxist theory) the class of workers, esp. industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive.”
Socio-economic ambulance chasers run Washington DC for the price of a cool billion in campaign contributions. If you don’t think corruption pays, count the number of lawyers at the head of every branch of the federal government today.
But the labor unions not only set a Marxist proletariat policy in DC, they reap the rewards from trillions in (union bid only) federal contracts, funded by the American taxpayer, 90% of whom are not union members and stand opposed to union thugery in the work place and in Washington DC.
Read this article. Click on the title above or here. It will frighten you and also explain why so many are ranting about socialism and fascism by the Obama led Democrat campaign to CHANGE America. The change that is planned is to abandon freedom and replace it with special interst corruption, just like Chicago has had for 60 years.
Thousands Attend Anti-tax Rally
by Aaron Claverie - May 17th, 2009 - The Californian
Bombastic radio talk show hosts "John and Ken" lit the fuse.Like George W. Bush before him, Arnold has abandoned his conservative base of support and become a full fledged liberal. Where is the man who became a Republican because he hated socialism? Arnold has been defeated by the socialists of the Democrat Party and has caved completely in order to be "popular".
And thousands of Southern California residents provided the "boom," turning the normally laid-back setting of Tom's Farms, a pastoral roadside attraction/farmers market on the outskirts of Corona, into a raucous staging ground for an anti-tax rally on Saturday afternoon.
The rally, a companion piece to the anti-tax KFI AM 640 hosts' live broadcast, featured hundreds of colorful signs, "Don't Tread on Me" flags and life-size effigies of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ripped to pieces by an industrial shredder.
Somehow I doubt that being figuratively shredded is the kind of popularity that Arnold was looking for. That act denotes a level of hatred that it is rather hard to recover from. I suspect that Arnold will find that his new friends on the left are never going to accept him, any more than they accepted George W. Bush. That leaves him with few who will care when his term limited period as Governor expires.
"Ahhll be baack!" is not likely to ever be true again.
US Releases Boumediene
by Nedra Pickler - May 15th, 2009 - Associated Press
The United States on Friday released the Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was at the center of a Supreme Court battle giving detainees the right to challenge their confinement, an Obama administration official said.It will be interesting to see how long it takes before this avowed enemy of our nation returns to the battlefield to kill Americans. Anthony Kennedy can be so proud of that. He has defined our Constitution as a suicide pact, something that earlier justices would not do. Of course Kennedy is just one of the arrogant self satisfied narcissists who populate our Supreme Court. The problem is that the battlefield to these Islamo-fascists is anywhere there is an American and the enemy is anyone who resents being made to swear allegiance to Allah. Can we assume that Kennedy will be swearing his allegiance soon? It is obvious he doesn't respect the rights of Americans. To Kennedy everyone in the world is American, even those who want to kill us.
Lakhdar Boumediene left the U.S. naval facility in Cuba Friday headed to relatives in France, said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because the release was not yet cleared for announcement.
Boumediene was arrested along with five other Algerians in 2001 in Bosnia, suspected in a bomb plot against the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. He arrived in Guantanamo in January 2002.
Growing Rage At Democrat Messiah
The author, Lou Pritchett is a well-known public speaker who retired after a successful 36-year career as VP World Sales for Proctor and Gamble.
AN OPEN LETTER TO OBAMA (not "my" president)
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support..
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Most Americans Are Pro-Life
by Kathryn Jean Lopez - May 15th, 2009 - National Review Online
A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves "pro-life" on the issue of abortion and 42% "pro-choice." This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.Per the article the extremists on abortion are the following percentages:
Illegal in all circumstances (23%)
Legal in all circumstances (22%)
55% support the right of a woman to choose what is called abortion in some circumstances.
Of course the pro-life extremists insist anyone who dares believe that a woman should be able to choose not to have the child of a rapist or after incest must be run out of the Republican Party as RINOs. Social conservatives tolerate no disagreement with their position. They don't care if God granted man free will. They don't.
Trade Wars Launched
... With Ruses, End Runs
Outrage in Canada as U.S. Firms Sever Ties To Obey Stimulus Rules
by Anthony Faiola and Lori Montgomery - May 15th, 2009 - Washington Post
Rather than merely raising taxes on imported goods -- acts that are subject to international treaties -- nations including the United States are finding creative ways to engage in protectionism through domestic policy decisions that are largely not governed by international law. Unlike a classic trade war, there is little chance of containment through, for example, arbitration at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Additionally, such moves are more likely to have unintended consequences or even backfire on the stated desire to create domestic jobs.Barack Obama is going to destroy America with his amateurish attempts to control global trade. The world wide economic boom that has occurred in the last 20 years has certain problems but overall it has been good for America and good for the world. The simplistic socialist solutions of Barack Obama have inherent in them the ability to destroy global wealth as well as free enterprise here in America.
The consequences are going to be catastrophic.
Get Stimulus Checks
by Staff - May 14th, 2009 - myfox.com
This week, thousands of people are getting stimulus checks in the mail. The problem is that a lot of them are dead. A Long Island woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury -- but it wasn't for her.This is one of those times when I wish we had some choice other than [scroll down] to create a delay, because the punch line on this story TRULY deserves the old comedic delay. The lady's father, Romolo Romonin, NEVER received social security.
Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago.
So how did this person, who was never a recipient of social security, get a check? This is not something that Obama can blame on Bush because it never happened on Bush's watch. Did his being a Democrat mean he was on some dead Democrat voter's list somewhere that somehow got confused with the social security list? I mean if he was voting for Obama maybe Obama felt he deserved a payoff like the UAW illegal payoff Obama rigged in the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies.
I should have posted this on the Chowan River Patriot under Inner Banks Humor!
Who would have expected that Obama's habit of taking both sides of every issue would have caused him to get confused about the difference between who is alive and who is dead.
$17 Billion Cuts in Context
by Marc Thiessen - May 7th, 2009 - National Review Online
Think Obama is concerned about fiscal sanity? Read this article that puts Obama's plan to cut $17 billion into perspective at the link here.
· The Federal government has already provided up to $173.4 billion in financial assistance to AIG, or ten times what the administration is proposing to cut from the budget.Obama thinks that everyone will believe anything he says. He says it with such a moderate demeanor and with such great sincerity. Yet he NEVER acts consistent with everything he says. Mostly his acts are the total opposite of what he has said. Why? Since he has taken both sides of almost every issue his actions are only consistent with half of his statements. He is the master con artist of all time. How does he keep getting away with this?
· The Federal government has already provided almost $36 billion in TARP aid to the auto industry, or twice what he administration is proposing to cut from the budget.
· Since President Obama has taken office, total U.S. debt has increased by over $600 billion. $17 billion is less than 3% of new debt created during this administration’s first 105 days.
Can Americans really believe the greatest spender of all times is concerned with fiscal discipline? Are Americans really this stupid?
The Coming Ice Age
by David Deming - May 13th, 2009 - American Thinker
Those who ignore the geologic perspective do so at great risk. In fall of 1985, geologists warned that a Columbian volcano, Nevado del Ruiz, was getting ready to erupt. But the volcano had been dormant for 150 years. So government officials and inhabitants of nearby towns did not take the warnings seriously. On the evening of November 13, Nevado del Ruiz erupted, triggering catastrophic mudslides. In the town of Armero, 23,000 people were buried alive in a matter of seconds.The coming ice age is the real threat to the globe. Of course idiot liberals are too politically correct to realize this. Like mindless lemmings they simply tout the conventional wisdom their rulers tell them to repeat. Their "dear leader" Obama tells them to chant "change we can believe in" and they chant away. Obama tells them to chant "global warming is a threat" and they chant away.
For ninety percent of the last million years, the normal state of the Earth's climate has been an ice age. Ice ages last about 100,000 years, and are punctuated by short periods of warm climate, or interglacials. The last ice age started about 114,000 years ago. It began instantaneously. For a hundred-thousand years, temperatures fell and sheets of ice a mile thick grew to envelop much of North America, Europe and Asia.
It is depressing in the extreme.
Obama Goes Dictator
by Elise Finch - May 13th, 2009 - CBS TV
FDA Blasts General Mills Over Cheerios ClaimThe FDA is NOT concerned with whether Cherrios are good for you. They are simply demanding the right to decide whether anyone can say anything without first getting permission of the Marxist Messiah. If there was any uncertainty about the totalitarian intent of the Obama regime, this one act should remove all doubt.
In a statement issued Tuesday, General Mills said this dispute is over language, not science. The company pointed out that the FDA'a complaint doesn't actually question whether Cheerios can help lower cholesterol levels -- it only talks about how the health benefits are advertised.
Obama Picks Electric
Stress Testing Biofuels: How the Game Was Rigged
by Michael Grunwald - May 12th, 2009 - Energy Tribune
Last week, while the financial world was obsessing over stress tests for fragile banks, the environmental and agricultural worlds were watching the results of the Obama Administration's stress tests for renewable fuels. An outgrowth of the 2007 energy bill, the tests were supposed to document whether corn ethanol and other biofuels designed to replace fossil fuels would accelerate or alleviate global warming overall. But like the much-criticized bank checkups, these stress tests don't seem particularly stressful.The reality is that Barack Obama and his radical extremist minions have already decided that the car you drive soon will be electric. That theme is dominating almost all discussions of cars. Most of the reason is that electic cars are not practical outside of cities and the radical liberals who support Obama don't want people living in the country. They see that as damaging nature. If you can't have a car most will have to move to the cities.
The draft conclusions announced by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson were that cellulosic ethanol and other next-generation renewables will dramatically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over their entire life cycle, but that in some scenarios, corn ethanol (as well as lesser-used soy biodiesel) can produce even more emissions than gasoline. Some environmentalists and journalists have portrayed this as a courageous rebuke to the powerful agro-fuels lobby, while some advocates for farmers have complained that the stress tests were too tough.
Fuel Cells based on hydrogen from water are the most promising of the next generation technologies that could replace petroleum as the basis for a free enterprise society. Obama's radicals just killed fuel cells. Like bureaucrats everywhere they want to pick winners. And they have picked a winner. It is electric cars. They wish to eliminate biofuels for that reason.
These moves to pick a clear energy winner for mobile devices have been made in less than 4 months by our Marxist Messiah. By the time 4 years have passed America will be unrecognizable. It will also no longer be free.
by Pamela Geller - May 11th, 2009 - American Thinker
Eight years after war was declared on the US and the most heinous attack on the USA was launched on American soil, the war has been won (according to President Obama). Done. Over. Does not exist.The attitude of Obama and his messianic minions is frightening. Just exactly why do we need the Department of Homeland Security to do if the war against Islamo-fascism or Radical Jihadism (or whatever you want to call it) has been WON? I don't know what else you can call it except frightening if Obama thinks that we need to keep it and focus its energies on destroying his political adversaries.
No need to call it the war on terror, so says Obama. Now it is merely an "overseas contingency operation". How wonderful.
Staunch allies in the war against the jihad are no longer relevant or necessary. They have become our adversaries -- Obama believes our security lies with Islamic allies.
Homeland security is refocusing its efforts on domestic threats. Proud Jews like me ("Jewish extremists"), veterans (the malleable variety), tea party activists and assorted Americans are to be feared, monitored, silenced. Normal is the new enemy. Reason and rational, the reviled.
The American Press On Suicide Watch
by Frank Rich - May 9th, 2009 - New York Times
If you wanted to pick the moment when the American news business went on suicide watch, it was almost exactly three years ago. That’s when Stephen Colbert, appearing at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, delivered a monologue accusing his hosts of being stenographers who had, in essence, let the Bush White House get away with murder (or at least the war in Iraq). To prove the point, the partying journalists in the Washington Hilton ballroom could be seen (courtesy of C-Span) fawning over government potentates — in some cases the very “sources” who had fed all those fictional sightings of Saddam Hussein’s W.M.D.The Main Stream Media continues to try and explain why they are still relevant and to warn the people what they are losing if they don't wake up and start paying them for their lies. Here one of the most egregiously out of touch liberals, Frank Rich, uses an even more liberal denunciation of the Press' failure to revile conservatives (by the anti-war brigade) as an example of how out of touch the press really is. His example actually proves more than how out of touch the liberal press is. It also proves they are too narcissistic to willingly accept any criticism. I do agree with Frank Rich that the demise is "suicide" based on a refusal to be honest about their own willingness to spread politically biased lies and Democrat propaganda.
Colbert’s routine did not kill. The Washington Post reported that it “fell flat.” The Times initially did not even mention it. But to the Beltway’s bafflement, Colbert’s riff went viral overnight, ultimately to have a marathon run as the most popular video on iTunes. The cultural disconnect between the journalism establishment and the public it aspires to serve could not have been more vividly dramatized.
The last couple of weeks I spent a great deal of time talking with newspapers around the Inner Banks about the idea of a Libertarian column. There was no interest. Liberal viewpoint? No problem. Conservative viewpoint? Well maybe as long as it was in line with the liberal dogma about conservative views and free to the paper. But libertarian? Not interested.
That is the real point. Newspapers will pay for liberal opinion. It will pay for liberal reporters. It will shun conservatives unless they work for free.
The ongoing collapse of our newspapers is not just caused by the indifference of liberals to anyone who does not share their liberal view. (And by the way the breakdown of the American populace is still 25% liberal, 30% conservative and 35% moderate. The press breakdown is 80% liberal, 10% moderate, 10% conservative. Which means even moderates are underrepresented!) It is also caused by the ability of the Internet to deliver focused advertising at a fraction of the newspaper costs for things like auto, job, real estate, furniture and clothing ads - as well as food coupons, all of it LOCAL in nature. Newspapers could reduce their rates to compete, but they won't. So their revenue sources are dropping. They are also losing subscribers.
What the newspapers are losing is the monopoly over the eyes of the reader. If you have bought a newspaper it is rare that you will read two. So the dominant paper in an area gets to bias everything in favor of the owner's or editor's opinions even when acting like a monopoly. But when advertising is decoupled from the news, as is happening on the Internet, monopolies collapse.
Right now the world of the Internet is a world of chaos and anarchy and still overwhelmingly free. That rarely lasts. As some structure (and revenue process) comes to the Internet, it will be fascinating to figure out what results we will see. The one bet I will make is that Frank Rich "ain't gonna like it"!
7 Emergency Calls
The title really should end, " ... Prove Fatal!"by Staff - May 8th, 2009 - Associated Press
Seven times, teenage hiker David Iredale used his cell phone to call Australia's equivalent of 911, pleading for rescue after he became lost in tough scrubland and ran out of water in 100-degree heat.Each time someone proposes a new law giving more power to bureacrats to "protect" us, they need to be reminded of the unintended consequences of putting your life in the hands of someone who cannot be fired!
Each time he got through, he was told he needed to give a street address before an ambulance could be sent. Shortly after the final call, Iredale collapsed and died of thirst.
... about interrogation briefing
by Thomas Lifson - May 7th, 2009 - American Thinker
If a CIA memorandum obtained by Jed Babbin of Human Events is genuine, then Nancy Pelosi shook her finger in the face of the nation and lied about not being told water boarding was used. A pdf version of the memo can be found here.You can be absolutely sure that no Republican is surprised. You can also be absolutely sure that every Democrat will deny the truth. Our nation is becoming more partisan and the anger is becoming more divisive every single day that Barack Obama rules. We are not idiots but Democrat leadership thinks they can say anything and it will be believed. The Saul Alinsky techniques may be successful in allowing liberals to win power, but they make partisanship much worse. Yet those on the left, Democrats and Socialists, cannot stop blaming their opponents for THEIR failure to unite with anyone who loves America. Amazing.
Should The GOP Forget Reagan?
by Daniel Henninger - May 7th, 2009 - Wall Street Journal
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made headlines last weekend suggesting it's time for the party to get over its glory days: "I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [GOP] messaging. I mean, it's great, but it doesn't draw people toward your cause." Joyful Democratic bloggers put this more clearly in five tight words: GOP Needs to Forget Reagan.I think it ironic that many Republicans forget our history. Ronald Reagan adopted Reaganomics from the supply side teachings of Jack Kemp. It was not that Reagan did not already agree with the philosophy. He simply recognized the genius of the way that Jack Kemp explained the philosophy that Reagan supported. Kemp understood freedom. He understood the greatness of a free nation. He understood that productive members of society did not exist on Wall Street. Wall Street is one way to fund free enterprise but not the only way. It is easy to abuse that role.
Is this true?
The answer to that historic question is an apt subject this week as the GOP, looking for a path from the wilderness, says farewell at National Cathedral tomorrow to Jack Kemp, who remained a Reaganite to the end.
Jack Kemp, anyone who spent time around him will tell you, stayed on message. That message, like Reagan's, had a number of parts, but it is not possible to even guess how many times Jack Kemp summarized his explanations of that message in three words: "Work, save and invest."
That is one my greatest frustrations. So many Republicans think that Wall Street is capitalism and that they should support Wall Street as a result. Kemp recognized early on that Wall Street is not capitalism. It is crony capitalism that actually harms our nation by extorting huge fees for mergers and acquistions to establish monoploies. In addition Wall Street uses derivatives, credit default swaps and collataralize mortgage obligations to deceive and defraud investors. Wall Street has little in common with the Republican Party. Why else do Republicans think that Wall Street gives the overwhelmingly largest part of its campaign contributions to Democrats? Wall Street is crony capitalism, not free enterprise.
Wall Street does not create jobs but sucks from the wealth producing system of our nation. During its early years our founding fathers understood the two legs of wealth were industry and commerce. Wall Street is neither. If Republicans get back to the basics of supporting industry and commerce and also support regulating Wall Street with the stringent limitations necessary to control their lust for monopolies and propensity to commit fraud, we will at that point get back to serving America. It will also be at that point the voters will return to our party.