Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I will never buy a "big 3" automobile again. I will buy a Kia, Honda, Toyota, or some other car made in America by Americans.
About a year ago, we adopted two "barn cats": Leza, an obese but effective mouser, and Night Time, a thin, shy, black cat. Leza is very friendly, and will occasionally leave her trophies in a conspicuous place to keep us appraised of her hunting prowess. Night Time, on the other hand, prefers privacy; the only evidence of her presence tends to be an empty food bowl. Our sons became the "owner" of one cat each.
Shortly after the adoption of these two cats, our neighbor began leaving the door to her screen porch propped open. Some time later, we would see Night Time going in and out of the door. Night Time would run and hide under the front porch whenever anyone - including our neighbor - would approach her.
Only recently were we able to approach and eventually pick up Night Time. My oldest son, Night Time's owner, was thrilled. He has a great affection for animals, and was so happy to finally be able to hold her. She began staying on our front porch in a "kitty kube" after the installation of a small pet door.
Our neighbor has since moved away, and the cat has disappeared. Night Time's food dish remains untouched even when filled with her favorite smelly canned cat food.
Our oldest son was terribly saddened over the disappearance of his cat. He confronted our neighbor at the end of her driveway. According to his account, she ignored him and said, "Bye." I confronted her (and her boyfriend, "Buzz Lightyear") today, as they were moving out the last of her things from her house. They pretended not to see me as I waved, but I persisted. Through the window of their truck, I recounted the above to her. She asked, could I "describe the cat?"
Me: "A medium size black cat with a small white mark on her neck and belly"
Buzz Lightyear: "We haven't seen a cat."
Neighbor: "Maybe we have been sharing the same cat."
BL: "We don't have a cat. Bye."
Me: "G. says he tried to ask you about it, and you ignored him."
BL: (Irritated) "No cat. Bye."
N: (Condescendingly) "Oh, that's not true."
Me: "I'm only repeating what he told me. He is sad his cat is gone."
BL: (Waves bye-bye)
N: "Well, I am sorry, but I have not seen a cat. I have had a black cat for about three years now. Okay. Yeah. Goodbye."
BL: "Bye." (Dumps clutch and nearly stalls truck trying to drive away)
Me: (To truck bumper) "Well, okay..."
I felt like adding, in my best Melvin voice: "I might have to come back later and blow this place up."
We have had previous problems with our neighbor, such as the location of the boundary between our lots, and the fence that is along the boundary. We have tried to mend the metaphysical fence between us, but could not get her to elaborate her complaint beyond a vague description of the "tension" she feels. She has, without our previous knowledge, brought our children into her house, to give them a "tour." They had been playing in our yard at the time. I called her when I noticed they were missing (for all of 5 minutes). She thought it was no big deal. She, childless herself, actually had the balls to tell me I should keep a closer eye on my children.
What kind of person steals a kid's cat, and then lies about it? Obviously, this nut job.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Dear Leader's answer is massive "investment" in mass transportation. More taxes, in other words. And more expensive gasoline and diesel.
Obama's transportation goals face several potential roadblocks.
The federal program that provides aid to states for highway construction and transit expenses expires on Sept. 30. The current program was funded at $286 billion over five years. Its cost is mainly underwritten by the federal 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax, but revenues have failed to keep up with obligations.
Last January, a blue-ribbon transportation commission recommended increasing the gas tax as much as 40 cents a gallon over five years. The additional money would help cover the federal share of an estimated $225 billion the commission says is needed each year to upgrade transportation systems.
Boosting the gas tax carries political risks. The last time it was raised, a backlash against Democrats in the 1994 elections helped Republicans capture control of the House and Senate. Obama has expressed concern about raising taxes in the current economic climate.
Even without an increase, Obama will have to deal with environmentalists who want to undo a bargain struck during the Reagan administration that funnels roughly 80 percent of gas tax revenue to highway projects and 15 percent to transit. They want to redirect money away from highways to alternatives such as transit and intercity passenger trains.
Leave it to a leftist to redirect the people's money away from its intended target. I would submit that the percentages above reflect the proportion of private to public transportation users. In other words, 15 per cent of people moving from point A to point B have their trip subsidized by the taxpayers.
Obama dreams of an inter-city high-speed rail system, the building of which would "create new jobs." The government cannot create new jobs, just new ways to burn up tax revenue.
In a similar vein, I would like to see at least one of the "Big 3" go bankrupt, and sell their manufacturing facilities to someone who, in addition to building big SUVs, will take passenger cars back to the glory days of the 50's and 60's. Not necessarily the style (think of the faggy looking new "Thunderbird") but the mind-set of large, heavy, and powerful. In addition, these cars would have an engine that could be maintained and repaired by the average owner with a little mechanical skill. But that would mean abandoning CAFE standards and all of the emissions equipment. Damn.
Curse you, catalytic converter!
Friday, December 05, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A case of trappist ale will be joining the machete and shotgun in my zombie emergency preparedness kit.
Friday, November 28, 2008
It is my contention that Mr. Obama's policy is socialist. Socialism is the vesting of ownership and control of capital (or property, means of production, etc.) in the community as a whole. Mr. Obama has stated, on more than one occasion, that he wants to spread the wealth around (and place a windfall profits tax on the oil companies, or any other business that makes too much money for his liking). He would do this by using the tax code to place an even higher burden on higher-income earners, while relieving more lower- and middle-income earners of any income tax liability. This is not news to anyone, it is Mr. Obama's campaign platform. Accusing someone of using circular reasoning regarding this issue (Obama is a socialist because he wants to redistribute wealth; Obama wants to redistribute wealth because he is a socialist) is misguided and intellectually dishonest.
To say that everyone who earns an income pays federal tax, at least in the form of Social Security and Medicaid, regardless of income level, is a fallacy. There are these funny little things called the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Child Care Credit. These two refundable "tax" credits actually pay lower-income earners above what is deducted from their income for all federal tax. That is what they were designed to do. At the Urban Institute:
These credits pay individuals with children (up to two) more than what a single person would receive. The children involved do not even have to be related to the individual in order to receive the credit. These credits are abused in low-income neighborhoods. I have known, first-hand, of people selling the SSNs of their third, or fourth, child to people without children so that the buyer can claim the EITC and CCC illegally.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest cash transfer program for low-income parents in the United States.1 The refundable tax credit supplements wages and offsets taxes paid by low-income workers.
The EITC program was implemented in 1975 to help offset the Social Security payroll taxes paid by low-income working parents and to encourage parents to work. Over the past 25 years, the EITC has grown dramatically through a large increase in benefits and expanded eligibility.
Obama will raise taxes on those who work hard, achieve more, and try to save some of their earnings. Obama will shift more of the tax burden to the high-income end, thereby relieving more on the low-income end of any tax liability whatsoever.
While we are on the subject of socialism, Mr. Obama sponsored S. 2433, known as the Global Poverty Act, in May 2008. It would require "the president to develop and implement a comprehensive policy to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015 through aid, trade debt relief, and coordination with the international community, businesses, and NGOs." This would cost the U.S. nearly $845 billion in addition to what we already spend on foreign aid.
These are things Mr. Obama said he will do as president. If his plans are not socialist, I do not know what is.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
NEW YORK—For the fifth straight year, Jordan McCabe will return home for the holidays and spend the night before Thanksgiving running into every smug and unlikable asshole he ever went to high school with, the 26-year-old reported Monday.
The trip back home, scheduled for later this week, will reportedly bring McCabe face-to-face with an endless string of pricks from his past, each of whom he will have to engage in awkward conversation, and generally pretend to be happy about seeing again.
At Marleybone, McCabe will be required to partake in a number of unpleasant activities, including making small talk with several assholes who used to openly mock him during high school, and reminiscing about the "good old days" of which he was never a part. While the consumption of alcohol will initially make the evening more tolerable, McCabe is ultimately expected to leave the bar after realizing he has just as little in common with all these assholes as he did when he was 15.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Chef Chris is a loud voice against waste, factory farming, and the industrialized nature of our food supply. His mission is to open eyes (and minds), and to help people understand where food comes from, and how it arrives on our plates. Please take the time to read his blog, especially the items regarding the slaughtering of animals and their transformation into dinner before a live audience.
Of special interest is a link to a post about Charcuterie at Star Chefs.
At the top of the blog at Offal Good is a story about Cod Sperm. Yes. Cod Sperm.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Anyone familiar with Bruce Campbell's oeuvre will find the film enjoyable, as there were many gags spoofing his long B-movie career.
My thanks to our most gracious host the Maximum Leader (and his family). Long may he reign.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.I, too, find the quote reassuring in the Age of Obama.
The Lord is my shield and my strength
Could a bio "reissue" and a book tour for terrorist William Ayers help to "soften" his image in the Age of Obama? Could he become Dear Leader Chairman Maobama's Secretary of Education? If Dear Leader is actually considering John F. Kerry (who served in the Viet Nam war, by the way) for any cabinet post (or waterboy, for that matter), it is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Get ready for a steady diet of turd sandwiches for the next four years.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When you put Obama into office, and he enacts his plans, economic and otherwise, who will be left to create the wealth to be spread around? Are you aware of what you are doing? When the "economically advantaged" have their wealth confiscated, the well will eventually run dry. Who has the right to demand a share of their neighbor's treasure?
Why do you believe an honorable man has ill intentions for our country? Why do you believe a man with a thin curriculum vitae and troubling personal and political allies would make a better president?
Why would an America-hating terrorist, a racist anti-semite preacher, a crooked real estate investor, and a pro-Palestinian thug want to be friends with someone running for president?
How can someone who has expressed his contempt for the Constitution swear to uphold the same?
Do you want to be responsible for yourself and your family? Or do you need a government nanny to old your hand and guide your every step?
Do you want higher prices, reduced economic opportunities, and a dependency on the benevolence of foreign nations? Do you want to keep your own retirement investments, or are you willing to hand it all over to the government to administer?
While I find his service and dedication to the United States unimpeachable, I am not happy with John McCain as the candidate on the republican ticket. I have serious issues with many of his positions, i.e. McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, etc. (has Senator Obama ever put his name on a significant piece of legislation?). The alternative, however, is unacceptable.
Think of your future. Think of your children's future. Look deep inside yourself and ask, do I want to condemn my family to oppression, tyranny, and darkness? You don't have to tell your friends you voted for McCain. No one will know. Just express your surprise at Obama's defeat.
It is time to do the right thing.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention National Defense. Could Senator Obama withstand an investigation for a Top Secret security clearance? It would not be conducted by the media. Senator Obama wants to pull all of our troops out of Iraq regardless of whether or not victory has been achieved. And let us not forget Senator Biden's comments that the world will "test" an Obama presidency - "Mark my words!"
An Obama presidency will mean a reduction in our military strength, both in numbers and dollars. What will happen when China invades Taiwan (or one of its neighboring "stans"), Russia (re)invades Georgia, or Iran launches an offensive against Israel? Iran, or anyone else with a rudimentary navy, could lob a few missiles our way from a ship. The North Koreans have been working for years on a long-range missile. It could be possible for them to reach our left coast without leaving home. Senator Obama says he will not "weaponize space." He means he is against missile defense.
Another economic point - when someone who has no income tax liability is handed a check from the government, it is called welfare. Calling it a "payroll tax rebate," or a rebate on medicare and social security, is intellectually dishonest. Tax liability should be fair. Why should just the lower income people receive a tax "rebate" at the expense of everyone else? And the idea of a "progressive" tax rate comes straight out of Marx. Higher income earners contribute the lion's share of tax revenue. Lower income earners contribute just a tiny percentage of taxes. This is not disputable. If you do not believe me, go look up the statistics for yourself.
Senator Obama has proposed over $1 TRILLION in new spending. When nearly half of all income earners have NO TAX LIABILITY, where will the money come from to pay their "rebate," let alone all of the new and existing government spending? Senator Obama answers with obfuscation and subterfuge.
Not convinced? Read Pete DuPont's "The Europeanization of America" at the Wall Street Journal. (Thanks to the Maximum Leader)
I hope all the leftists who think voting for Dear Leader will bring them salvation have a nightmare this Halloween. A nightmare of an undead McCain feasting on Chairman Maobama's brains. Of course, I bear no ill will towards anyone, even if they willingly submit to ignorance. McCain is not a warmonger, nor is he undead. But Obama is a Marxist. My Halloween nightmare will be America turned into a worker's paradise under Dear Leader.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Voting for an unconstitutional bill because it is "the only possible opportunity that will be offered in the Congress this year" is not only wrong, it is foolish and immoral.
"The bill we approved tonight bears no resemblance to the hastily-written and woefully inadequate bill that the Bush administration proposed to Congress less than two weeks ago." Correctly stated. It is now larded with pork.
"These provisions will help to restore taxpayer confidence in our financial system and ease the credit crunch that threatens economic growth." Government created this so-called credit crunch, as you are well aware. What we have is not a lack of confidence in the market, but in government.
Your lack of understanding, nay, blatant ignorance of enumerated powers (Article I, Section 8) is startling.
I received his reply 3 days ago. One might think such a note would generate a response, even if it was a form letter, addressing my specific concerns. However, Senator Webb sent only a generic form letter worded in a manner which could be used whether the corresponding individual agreed with Webb or not. Heaven forbid a constituent actually reads the Constitution and expects his representatives to uphold it.
He has earned the nickname "Melonhead."
I know it is a little late, but here is the link to the story about the fraudulent voter registrations in Ohio (NB to Smallholder: The registrations were already found to be potentially fraudulent because they did not match any records in the state's database). From the story at Fox News:
In an unsigned order, the high court ruled that it could not say whether Ohio was properly enforcing the Help America Vote Act. However, it said the Ohio GOP doesn't have the standing to file the suit.
"They didn't deal with the merits of the case," said Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Bennett. "What they dealt with was a technicality on whether we had standing or not to bring the action."
"We are very pleased that the court recognized that this was an illegal challenge on the part of the Republicans," [Ohio Secretary of State Brunner] said.
She said the office would have found a way to comply, but there were risks that qualified voters would have been disqualified.
"I think it's an unfair tactic to subject voters to this kind of uncertainty and anxiety this close to such an important election," she said.
Uncertainty and anxiety? If we still used typewriters, I would accuse the Ohio SecState of huffing white-out.
Which is better? eliminating a few legitimate registrations/votes, or allowing nearly a quarter of a million illegitimate registrations/votes? This is just ammunition for a court fight should the election come out against Dear Leader: "Hey, we found all these registrations, and these people were not permitted to vote! Disenfranchisement! Election-stealing! Recount! Recount!"
Currently, the Department of Justice is being asked to investigate in the wake of the Supreme Court's siding with the Ohio SecState.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The Courts vs. Marriage
In 2005, Connecticut enacted “civil unions,” designed to be marriage in everything but name for same-sex couples. We are not sure what good purpose is served by such laws. The reason governments recognize marriage in the first place is to promote the well-being of children in the setting most conducive to their flourishing. There may or may not be great value in other types of relationships: those between friends, or heterosexual lovers, or relatives who take care of each other. But why should the government grant recognition to one subset of those non-marital relationships — those between people of the same sex who are sexually involved? What goal does such recognition serve? Other, that is, than the legitimization of homosexual conduct?
But Connecticut, at least, decided the matter democratically. Those people who objected could try to persuade their fellow citizens to repeal the law.
Now Connecticut’s supreme court has decided that marriage in all but name is not good enough, and imposed same-sex marriage on the state. Like other courts, the Connecticut court treated the legislature’s attempt to meet gay activists halfway as a reason to throw out the compromise and hand the activists a victory. If the legislature was willing to recognize same-sex unions as though they were marriages, the court reasoned, why not call them marriages too? Opponents of same-sex “marriage” should be warned: Thanks to the courts, compromise is now folly.
The courts have so far imposed same-sex marriage on Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California. The next step will be to force other states to recognize same-sex unions solemnized in those jurisdictions. The Defense of Marriage Act protects states that wish to maintain their marriage laws as they are. Senator Obama wants to repeal that act, however, and the Democratic platform comes out for repeal — a position to the left of any previous Democratic presidential candidate. When Obama says that he opposes same-sex marriage, his words mean nothing.
A pity, then, that Senator McCain has not raised the issue. In the vice-presidential debate, Governor Palin even suggested that the tickets agree on same-sex marriage. We are on track to have same-sex marriage from sea to shining sea, without the people ever authorizing the idea. The public will be consulted as little as possible, and only after the fact.
That should make my pro-non-traditional-marriage friends happy. The tactics of the left: Using the courts to shove special-rights status of victim groups down the throats (I almost wrote "up the backsides") of Regular Americans.
Dear Leader gets so much covering fire from the mainstream media, such as the glossing over of his "spread the wealth around" comment. But even alleged democrats like Orson Scott Card are sickened by their lack of integrity and intellectual honesty. To wit: The coverage of the Fannie/Freddie nonsense, and the #2 money man, Dear Leader Chairman Maobama himself:
Now let's follow the money ... right to the presidential candidate who is the number two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.
And after Franklin Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.
If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.
But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an "adviser" to the Obama campaign "because that campaign had sought his advice" you actually let Obama's people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn't listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.
You would never tolerate such weasely nit-picking from a Republican.
Please read his article. It may change your mind if you honestly believe that both presidential candidates are getting even treatment.
Now that you understand mainstream media has abandoned all journalistic standards of truth and fair reporting, read Charles Krauthammer's article on why McCain needs your vote.
Are you a "moderate" who is still "undecided?" Do you believe in the theory "from each, according to his ability, to each according to his need"? Do you believe in equality? Do the rich need to pay?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, stay home and sort your socks on election day.
Equality is a bowl of rice and a sleeping mat.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It's about time.
There is, of course, some misleading information in the article:
Wurzelbacher became the focal point of the final presidential debate after he met Obama earlier in the week and said the Democrat's tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. However, reports of Wurzelbacher's annual earnings suggest he would receive a tax cut rather than an increase under Obama's plan.
If Joe the Plumber bought the business, his income (and taxes) would go up. This is a nice attempt at deflection, but how does Dear Leader respond to the issue at hand? By reiterating his tiresome talking points which hide the true agenda of the hard left:
Obama has said his tax policies would cut payments for 95 percent of working Americans, while increasing them only for families making more than $250,000 a year. McCain has argued that 40 percent of Americans don't pay income taxes, either because they are seniors or don't meet minimum earnings thresholds, so the only way to cut their taxes is to give them various credits.
"In other words, Barack Obama's tax plan would convert the IRS into a giant welfare agency, redistributing massive amounts of wealth at the direction of politicians in Washington," McCain said in the radio address.
An Obama spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Chairman Maobama has been caught on tape explaining to a plumber, concerned about tax policy, how his Bright New Future will benefit others by "spreading the wealth around."
I was hoping the man would pop Dear Leader square in his nose for saying something so completely ignorant of American tradition and philosophy.
Do you need some more reasons to vote against Dear Leader? Read Stanley Kurtz at NRO . Here is the opening paragraph:
It looks like Jeremiah Wright was just the tip of the iceberg. Not only did Barack Obama savor Wright’s sermons, Obama gave legitimacy — and a whole lot of money — to education programs built around the same extremist anti-American ideology preached by Reverend Wright. And guess what? Bill Ayers is still palling around with the same bitterly anti-American Afrocentric ideologues that he and Obama were promoting a decade ago. All this is revealed by a bit of digging, combined with a careful study of documents from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the education foundation Obama and Ayers jointly led in the late 1990s.
Chairman Maobama has got his grubby fingerprints all over everything that is going wrong right now. If any of it is pointed out, Dear Leader immediately denies association, denies knowledge, or simply plays the race card. His willing accomplices in the mainstream media (useful idiots) lay down covering fire for him by repeating the lies and excoriating whomever shines the light on the truth.
Since Chairman Maobama is using the far-left playbook Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, I would strongly urge Senator McCain to remember Machiavelli: "Men will forget more quickly the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony...he who begins to live by stealing always finds a reason for taking what belongs to others." And sometimes, it is necessary to do something which one finds uncomfortable or undesirable in order to achieve one's goals. Senator McCain does not like being confrontational. Apparently, he fears that the public will perceive him as being "mean-spirited." He must put this aside. He must pound Obama during the debate on Dear Leader's alliances, associations, and hard-left radical policies. He must continue to name names, and put Obama into "prevent defense." That is, of course, if he really wants to win not only the debate, but the election in November.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A friend recently stated what I took to be exasperation with his mother's politics when he stated "she will not vote for Obama because of William Ayers."
I asked if he knew the difference between William Ayers and Timothy McVeigh. I enlightened him with the following:
Ayers (he is a friend and associate of Obama, like it or not, as late as 2002) was not convicted of murder for his bombing of a federal facility due to a legal technicality. He has stated in the New York Times, on September 11, 2001, that he is not remorseful and wishes he had "done more" bombings.
Timothy McVeigh was tried, convicted, and executed for the same crime.
Here's another fun one: How are Obama and UBL alike? They both have friends who murder innocent Americans.
Add Rev. Wright, Fr. Phleger (sp?), Tony Rezko, etc, etc, to the most far-left politics of a presidential candidate evah, it is amazing that anyone gives this douche the time of day.
UPDATE: To get your very own Chairman Maobama t-shirt, click here. Thanks to Mike Church .
Friday, October 03, 2008
No one votes for a leader because of promises of censorship, oppression, and tyranny. A dictator comes to power because he promises to make the trains run on time.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Big Government is what caused the problem in the first place! Making signature-only, stated-income, no-document (hello, illegal aliens) GSE loans for 125% of appraised value obviously was a bad idea. This bill will most likely cost $1 trillion when it is all over. And congress wants to give some of it to ACORN and La Raza! Has anyone in the U.S. Congress ever heard of something called enumerated powers?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
My wife and I used to have an ARM. We refinanced before the ARM went up. We sold our old home, and bought a new one. We refinanced again to get a lower rate. No government assistance was needed. With this new policy, why should we work to pay for our mortgages? Why should we pay for anything? Let Uncle Sucker pay for it all.
I had a small business for about a year and a half. Due to several factors at that time, the business was not successful. I did not ask for a bailout. I shut down and moved on. I found a new job, and started making money again. No government assistance was needed.
GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE SOLUTION. IT IS THE PROBLEM.
Where is responsible (read: Conservative) fiscal and monetary policy to be found? Certainly not in President Bush's comments that these illegal and unconstitutional bailouts will provide "grease for the gears" of the economy. We are, once again, kicking the can down the road. I have likened the president's affection for spending to the habits of drunken sailors. I will no longer insult drunken sailors by making such comparisons.
Mr. President: The president is commander-in-chief of the military, not the economy. You had the right idea in reducing taxes, but throwing wads of cash around to companies (and individuals) who have lost all their capital by being stupid is not only stupid itself, but a dangerous Marxist redistribution of wealth
This is not grease. This is a monkey wrench chased down with a few shovelfuls of gravel.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Luck and perseverance won the day for the fledgling American Navy, and the United States maintained control of the Great Lakes shipping routes.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
William Ayers, of Weather Underground infamy, responsible for bombings of the Pentagon, did participate in overt armed rebellion against the United States. He is also closely tied to Obama. This has been reported before, and has been tossed off by the Obama campaign like every other bit of bad political news: Minimal connection. Only a passing acquaintance. Not the man I knew.
"Far from it being a casual relationship, Obama began his political career in the home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorn...
To get Obama's state senate race off to a good start, Palmer [who was vacating the seat to run for a U.S. House seat] arranged a function for a few influential liberals in the district, at the Hyde Park home of Weather Underground activists Ayers and Dorn...
...Obama and Ayers were "friends."
Obama served on the board of the Woods Fund, with Ayers as its director, from 1999 until 2002. The Woods Fund made a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network (a pro-Palestinian group) in 2001, and an additional $35,000 grant in 2002.
Here's some icing on the cake: A mash note to the unrepentant attempted murderer Ayers. The story ran in the New York Times on September 11, 2001.
The book has much, much more documented evidence harmful to Obama's campaign. The hard part will be getting people to pay attention between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's latest baby news, and travel advice from Matt Damon long enough to listen.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
This is a real example of how the Man (big government leftist Democrats) wants to keep us down. This is not about the Holy Environment. It is simply about power and control. The enemy (yes, I called them the enemy) wants to keep us ignorant and docile. We are easier to control that way. Energy policy clearly needs to be debated and resolved.
A commentor at Hot Air has referred to the House Republicans who are holding their own session during recess as "Spartans." I can only wish that more conservatives held to the Spartan code: "No retreat, no surrender, no prisoners, no mercy." When justice and righteousness are on the line, there is no other code to follow. I am reminded of the Spartan mother's admonition to her son, about to march to his first battle: "Return with your shield, or on it."
Here is cell-phone video about the Republican "special session":
I am calling out my representative, Congressman Virgil Goode, to get back to D.C. and stand with the rest of those who are not afraid to do what is right.
Should he choose to do so, the President has Constitutional authority under Article II, Section 3 to call the House back into session. It is high noon, Mr. President.
Friday, August 01, 2008
UPDATE: SiteMeter is causing a lot of error messages. Its code should be removed from your site/blog/thing if you expect people to actually see what you have posted.
Site Meter is banished from this blog until further notice...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
SACRAMENTO (AP) - When Californians get their ballot pamphlets in the mail, they'll see a new description of the proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Proposition 8 on the November ballot had been described as a measure to limit marriage between a man and a woman.
But the Secretary of State's office says that description was changed to reflect a May 15 California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
The ballot title and summary now describe the initiative as a constitutional change to eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry.
The revised language also says California could lose several tens of millions of dollars in sales taxes if same-sex marriage were banned.
Critics of the measure say the change accurately shows the initiative would take away a current right of Californians.
California is a beautiful state; southern California in particular. Were the government not so screwy, I would love to live there. Maybe passage of proposition 8 will be a step back towards governmental sanity.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Virginia's U.S. Senators have proven once again that they have their own self-interests at heart: Webb (D) voted in favor of the bill, and Warner (RINO) abstained.
Check the news on Yahoo to see how your senators voted.
Here is what the presumtive law would do (from The Hill):
The bill props up Fannie and Freddie, known as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), allows the refinancing of up to $300 billion in distressed mortgages, enacts a package of tax breaks to help the housing market and tightens federal oversight of Fannie and Freddie. The two mortgage giants saw their stock plunge this month as fears rose about their solvency.
Specifically, the bill would give Treasury officials temporary authority to offer the GSEs an unlimited line of credit and to invest in the companies. It would also allow the Federal Reserve Bank the power to consult with regulators on the companies' financial health. That authority would expire in December 2009.
For homeowners at risk of foreclosure, the bill offers a new program within the Federal Housing Administration that would allow them greater latitude to refinance their housing loans at a discount.
Where in Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution does it say that Congress has the authority to bail out stupid borrowers and negligent lenders at the expense of the taxpayers?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
My argument is not "Gay People are Icky." I know, and have known, many gay people. While I find their sexual behavior somewhat disturbing, it is none of my business. Gay people are no more (and sometimes less) offensive to me than straight people.
I, being a heterosexual man, have no more rights or privileges than a gay male. I can not marry another man. Gay marriage confers special rights on a group of people who claim victim-class status. It is the dream of modern liberalism to classify and label everyone into a group, and then decide which groups should get which rights. Like the pig said in George Orwell's Animal Farm, "some of us are more equal than others."
Traditional heterosexual marriage should be the only form of marriage approved and endorsed by the state because the stability of the state is dependent upon continuing the population of the state. Gays can have wedding ceremonies, commit their love for one another, and even have their union approved by a church. But their relationships should not be sanctioned by the state. Gays are not able to procreate, and therefore gay marriage is against the interests of the state.
What happens when gays want to get divorced? They throw the state into crisis. An example cited by the L.A. Times, about two women who married in Massachusetts, and who now seek a divorce in their home state of Rhode Island:
Then, after two years of marriage, the 10-year relationship soured, and Chambers filed for divorce. That put the couple into a legal limbo that is becoming increasingly common as same-sex couples married in one state try to divorce in another.
A judge in Family Court, where divorces are handled, asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court for a ruling on whether his court had jurisdiction, given that Rhode Island doesn't recognize gay marriage. The state Supreme Court decided that the women weren't legally married in the eyes of the state and therefore couldn't get divorced.
Chambers then tried filing for divorce in the state's Superior Court, but last month a judge there ruled that the court had no jurisdiction over marriage dissolutions. A Massachusetts divorce isn't an option because only residents who have lived in the state for a year can file there.
"They've given us no choice but to be married forever,"
Be careful what you wish for.
UPDATE: Maybe the women in the above mentioned article, who felt their union was important enough to travel to Massachusetts for legal sanction, should go live in said State for a year so that they are eligible for a "same-sex divorce," thereby keeping the rest of us out of their irrational legal problems.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Because his pistol is "bottom-loading," it is considered analogous to a machine gun. Last time I looked, virtually all semi-automatic pistols are "bottom-loaders." An auto-loader is nothing new, and is surely not a machine gun. Many people have auto-loaders for self defense in their homes. In Justice Scalia's words, these are "the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home." Would Heller's permit be issued if he had a wheel gun (that's a revolver) instead? One round from a .454 Cassul would definitely ruin anyone's day faster than 7 little 9mm paras. But then D.C. would probably classify it along with medium sized artillery pieces.
Exit question: How many millions of dollars in litigation expenses will it cost the District to fight, and lose, the next round of lawsuits instead of complying with the Court’s decision now in good faith?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are poised for a bailout. In the words of John Edwards: "Why?" Have we not bailed out enough corporations, financial or otherwise, to satisfy the teat-suckers? And when I say teat-suckers, I mean everyone who would enrich himself through government plunder of his neighbor. How long can this charade go on?
FDR made private ownership of gold illegal, and nullified all private contracts that called for payment in gold in 1933. Back then, you could redeem your paper money for gold at $20 an ounce. Look closely at the $5 bill below. It is a "demand" note.
"The United States of America Will Pay to the Bearer On Demand..." Our paper money does not say that anymore. It does not even say "United States Note." It says "Federal Reserve Note." What is being held in reserve is anyone's guess. It could be Skittles or M&Ms.
The rate for foreign banks to redeem U.S. gold was set at $35 per ounce (inflation already) until Nixon closed the doors to the vault at Fort Knox, stating that at $35 an ounce, we will soon have not an ounce of gold remaining. Inflation has done its dirty work since then, to the point that our currency is, quite literally, not worth the paper it is printed on.
Senator Daniel Webster, denouncing President Madison's administration and its funding of the the War of 1812 through paper money, said: "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been found more effectual than that which deludes them with paper money." Paper money, the Federal Reserve, government bailouts - the whole thing is not only wrong, but unconstitutional.
So when the government bails out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve will once again create magikal dollars out of thin air for the purpose, and through the roundabout transfer of wealth, the taxpayers will one again be left holding the empty bag.
We are just kicking the proverbial can down the road, postponing the day of reckoning when our bloated system fails. Michelle Malkin is calling this "the Mother of All Bailouts." She also cites that John McCain (who knows a little about money - Keating Five? - and should know better) is riding the fence on the issue:
This morning, McCain says “I don’t think that there is a requirement for a government bailout” while reiterating that Fannie/Freddie “must not fail.” Cognitive dissonance, desperate straddling, or totally out of touch with reality? Take your pick. Even the free-market WSJ supports a federal bailout. Agh.
I’ve long warned of the inexorable bailout frenzy in the wake of last year’s stimulus-palooza. The Fannie/Freddie rescue will make the Bear Stearns bailout look like chickenfeed
It would be less painful to allow failure now, rather than to keep bailing out every "important" corporation to the point where the whole thing comes crashing down. And crash it will.
Government should not be the arbiter of prosperity.
UPDATE: Lew Rockwell calls it fascism. Indeed it is.
UPDATE, Again: The $5 note above is not a "demand" note, but fiat currency exchangeable for other currency. Read more about U.S. paper money here. In 1929, there were six diferent kinds of paper currency: United States Notes, Gold Certificates, National Bank Notes, Silver Certificates, Federal Reserve Bank Notes, and Federal Reserve Notes. At the end of WW2, there were three, and in 1970, only Federal Reserve Notes remained.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
I do not know about the global warming part, but the ant-capitalist part was on the money. In WALL-E, humans have left the earth, and have been floating around in space aboard some kind of self-sustaining craft for 700 years, becoming a homogeneous drone society. Humans grow fat and, apparently, stupid. They have no incentive or initiative to do anything beyond their own existence on board their nanny spacecraft.
From the article WALL-E: Economic Ignorance and the War on Modernity at the Ludwig von Mises Institute:
The startling aspect of life aboard the Axiom [the spacecraft] is its total homogeneity. Everyone is morbidly obese; everyone drinks fatty meal-replacement shakes; everyone rides around in automated carts instead of walking; no one engages in direct personal communication; no one exercises; everyone follows the BNL [Buy'n Large, supposedly a Wal-Mart/Bush conglomeration] corporation's fashion advice (when the announcements tell the people that "blue is the new red," all Axiom inhabitants switch their suit color from red to blue at the press of a button). Not only does this homogeneity mark one instant in time; it has been present all throughout the Axiom's seven centuries of travel through space. During that time, there has been no technological progress, no cultural innovation, and no noncosmetic changes in the aesthetic, philosophical, and political arrangements aboard the ship. Imagine in 2008 if nothing had changed in human affairs since the year 1308.
The humans in WALL-E are not portrayed as evil; they are polite and well intentioned, but ignorant and torpid. Strangely enough, the ship has an extensive information database about life and conditions on Earth, and nobody bothered to examine this easily accessible information for seven centuries, until the Captain suddenly has a burst of interest. Are we to assume that curiosity and elementary initiative are such rarities that they are exercised only once in 700 years?
WALL-E is egregiously wrong in assuming that technological conveniences such as easily accessible food, transportation, entertainment, and communication render all people lazy, indulgent, and devoid of initiative.
The humans decide (!) to return to the now-sparkling-clean earth to begin again as an agrarian society. No, really!
The great thing about the Pixar catalog has been its careful presentation of traditional values, such as family and friendship, in an entertaining story. Unfortunately, WALL-E appears to miss that mark by a wide margin.
Are you crazy if you eat it, or does eating tofu make you crazy?
Maybe it is the formaldehyde:
A third theory is that damage is caused not by the tofu, but by formaldehyde, which is sometimes used in Indonesia [the location of the study sample] as a preservative.
Yummy. I love it when my food tastes like leftovers from the local mortuary.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
On 26 June, before the Heller ruling was released, Obama was asked to define his position on the second amendment. Specifically, whether or not he believed it to be an individual or a collective right. Obama deferred defining his position until after the ruling, but added the comment that he has always been in favor of what he termed "common sense gun laws" that keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. Well, everyone is in favor of "common sense." But he is forgetting that such "common sense" gun laws already exist. It is illegal for criminals to posses firearms. It is illegal, except under certain circumstances - i.e. hunting or at a firing range, and always with an adult - for children to "posses" firearms. Let us not forget that mere possession of an operable unloaded long gun has been illegal in D.C. for more than 30 years.
Why, then, is Washington, D.C. the murder capital of the United States? "Common sense gun laws" have obviously not prevented this fact. Only criminals have possessed guns in the District under "common sense gun laws." Even an otherwise law-abiding person (such as Heller) has been considered a criminal, subject to draconian persecution and prosecution, should he have the audacity to protect himself from the rampant crime in D.C.
I am amused by the statement of a leftist pundit concerning the Heller ruling: "Policy has been trumped by the constitution." Horrors! Why should we be bound by some faded old dusty piece of parchment signed into law by racist white slave-owning men!
The second amendment is correctly interpreted as an individual right. If we could speak with the founders about the Heller decision, the would unanimously exclaim: "It took a Supreme Court ruling to figure this out for you?"
Monday, June 30, 2008
Where are we going to get the electricity to charge enough electric car and truck batteries for 300 million people? And power their homes and offices? And everything else that electricity is used for? Solar and wind power will never account for all this new required energy. The new power source must be clean, cheap, and "green."
Careful what you wish for.
UPDATE: If electric cars become mandated, I want Barry Obama to buy me one of these.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have always believed the second amendment protects an individual right, rather than granting a collective one. Here is what I wrote about the subject a year ago.
UPDATE: I heard just recently on CNN an interview with a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings. She claims she would most likely be dead if she had a handgun with which to protect herself. Leave it to CNN to start the fearmongering literally within minutes of the release of the Heller ruling.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is like a game of Family Feud:
"100 people surveyed, Number 2, 3, and 4 answers are on the board - Hamas, Quaddafi, and Castro. Who is the biggest enemy of America to endorse Barack Obama for the Presidency of the United States?
"Uh...Kim Jong Il?"
"Number one answer!"
Until he said: "Have you ever noticed that most women who are against abortion are women you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place?"
Saturday, June 21, 2008
If you look closely, he has changed "e pluribus unum" to "vero possumus," which means "in truth we are able." I suppose that is the best latin translation he could find for "yes, we can."
Besides the wording and the booberry color, he has replaced the union shield with his own "Obama sunrise over amber waves of grain" symbol. (Note to Self: Referring to the color of a black man's fake presidential seal as "booberry" may lead to some accusations of racism.)
This reminds me of Hitler's ascendancy to power through the German National Socialist party. He started as a local rabble rouser, was taught how to present himself as a powerful figure, delivered charismatic speeches appealing to the "disenfranchised," preached "change" and national identity, and established his own new symbol for his rule. Hitler blamed the jews for Germany's problems, just as Obama says "white folks' greed runs a world in need." I do not suggest that Obama wants to throw greedy "white folks" into the ovens, but his association with those who preach black liberation theology does give me pause.
No, it is the socialism thing that bothers me the most. Obama is a socialist. He wants to change the United States into a socialist state. Look at his record, listen to is words, and read his statements. It is all there covered up in the flowery language of hope and change.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
BARACK H. OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, et al.
on writs of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit
[June 12, 2008]
Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court.
Petitioners are aliens designated as enemy combatants and detained at the United States Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There are others detained there, also aliens, who are not parties to this suit.
Petitioners present a question resolved by our earlier cases relating to the detention of aliens at Guantanamo: whether they have the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus, a privilege not to be withdrawn except in conformance with the Suspension Clause, Art. I, §9, cl. 2. We hold these petitioners do have the habeas corpus privilege. Congress has enacted a statute, the Bend Over Here It Comes Again Act of 2009 (BOHICA), 119 Stat. 2739, that provides immediate conference of constitutional rights on alien enemy combatants, including, but not limited to, IRS earned income credit and Veteran's Administration benefits. We hold that those procedures are not an adequate and effective substitute for citizenship. We do not address whether the President has authority to entertain these petitioners in the White House. Blah blah blah...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I know how important precedent is to leftists. It enables an activist court to chip away at the constitution a little at a time. Precedent be damned. Was Dred Scott a good decision? The Court could have found that since free states existed in the Union at the time of the constitution, Scott was therefore a free man. They did not. That case was the ruling precedent for years. How about Plessy? Another misstep by the Court; a precedent until 1955.
Precedent lovers, take heed. From Justice Scalia's dissent:
What drives today's decision is neither the meaning of the Suspension Clause, nor the principles of our precedents, but rather an inflated notion of judicial supremacy. The Court says that if the extraterritorial applicability of the Suspension Clause turned on formal notions of sovereignty, "it would be possible for the political branches to govern without legal constraint" in areas beyond the sovereign territory of the United States. That cannot be, the Court says, because it is the duty of this Court to say what the law is. It would be difficult to imagine a more question-begging analysis.… Our power "to say what the law is" is circumscribed by the limits of our statutorily and constitutionally conferred jurisdiction. And that is precisely the question in these cases: whether the Constitution confers habeas jurisdiction on federal courts to decide petitioners' claims. It is both irrational and arrogant to say that the answer must be yes, because otherwise we would not be supreme. [Emphasis mine]
A reasonably educated person will come to the conclusion that the Court has overstepped its authority in this matter.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
– C.S. Lewis
The Suspension Clause, he wrote, “protects the rights of the detained by a means consistent with the essential design of the Constitution. It ensures that except during periods of formal suspension, the writ, to maintain the ‘delicate balance of governance’ that is itself the surest safeguard of liberty.”
Liberty for whom? The murderous thugs at Guantanamo (I do not mean the U.S. military, in case there is some confusion) are not subject to our laws. Our Supreme court is conferring rights where there should not be any. Mark Levin writes at NRO:
It has been the objective of the left-wing bar to fight aspects of this war in our courtrooms, where it knew it would have a decent chance at victory. So complete is the Court's disregard for the Constitution and even its own precedent now that anything is possible. And what was once considered inconceivable is now compelled by the Constitution, or so five justices have ruled. I fear for my country. I really do. And AP, among others, reports this story as a defeat for "the Bush administration." Really? I see it as a defeat for the nation.
The constitution is for the protection of the rights of American citizens. The preamble begins with "We the People of the United States," not "Whomever fashion dictates." This is activist judicial tyranny. As Mark Levin says, Why do the leftists hate my country?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Do I have to mention, once again, corporations do not pay taxes. They merely add the taxes in to the cost of doing business. Only individuals pay taxes. Duh.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
God forbid anyone assume I am an Obama worshipper. I mean supporter.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Ask anyone who has served in the military what their experience with health care was like - I can guarantee that the nearly unanimous answer will be that it is woefully inadequate, antiquated, and inefficient. The military is essentialy a socialist system. That's socialized medicine, folks.
Change, hope, change, hope, universal sparkling water, change, hope, gerbil infestation relief, change, hope, rectum bleaching, change, hope, free intelligence quotient reduction, change, hope, SRO hotels for the homeless, change, hope, soul-fixing, change, hope, state controlled thermostats and electric meters, change, hope, a free bowl of rice in lieu of a steak dinner, change, hope, a beer can with roller skate wheels in lieu of your S.U.V., change, hope, trans-gender restroom mandates, change, hope. I could go on...
One of the myriad reasons we have chosen to homeschool our sons. Too bad they can't participate in the Subway essay contest.