Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sickening

Don't read Michelle Malkin today unless you have a strong stomach.

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.

Feline Larceny

Larceny of a feline, that is.

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

Obama Hates Your Car

Unless it is an electric-motor beer can. But where will the electricity come from to power the electric cars when the coal-fired power plants shut down because the coal mining industry has been bankrupted by new regulation compliance costs?

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!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Zombie Repellent

In addition to repellent properties, trappist ales also provide the imbiber with a immunity (most likely temporary) to the Zombie Blood Virus (ZBV). Too bad for you gluten-intolerant people. Your brains will be among the first consumed by the zombie hordes.

A case of trappist ale will be joining the machete and shotgun in my zombie emergency preparedness kit.

Thanks to Northern Brewer.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Shifting the Tax Burden

A recent discussion with a friend regarding President-elect Obama's proposed economic policy has left me scratching my head in disbelief.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Why I Don't Attend My High School Reunions

Because they would most likely be exactly like this (from The Onion):

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.


Heh.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Toy

Behold!



It is a Leland CO2 Picnic Tap. It injects CO2 into a beer keg as said beverage is being dispensed, eliminating the tedious pumping. The CO2 keeps the beer fresh, unlike the stale air that pumps introduce to the keg. (Remember your college days, when some drunk moron at the keg would pump the poor thing about a thousand times in a misguided attempt to make the tap run faster? All you could get was foam for the next three hours! No more.)

Retail: About $230. Like-new condition, second hand: $5.
It should come in handy the next time I brew beer (perhaps with Smallholder?) at Queen City Brewing Co. No more bottles! Well, perhaps a few...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Interviews with the Vampires

I feel my limited intelligence being sucked out of my brain by these people:


Monday, November 17, 2008

Offal Good

With the election finally over, I feel the need to begin posting about other things that draw my attention and fancy, such as the ever-informative site Offalgood. Not for the squeamish, mind you.

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

My Name is Bruce

I had pleasant (and estrogen - free) evening out last night to see My name is Bruce with Smallholder, the Maximum Leader, and Kevin. Dinner and manly conversation at the The Tombs in Georgetown followed.

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

But If Not...

A line from the Book of Daniel, sent by trapped British troops on the beach at Dunkirk in 1940. The Llamabutchers quote-the-quote from the article "The Demise of Literature" by George Will.
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

Secretary of Education?



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

An Open Message to Obama Voters (Updated)

No silly pictures, no snarky commentary.

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)

The Left's Worst Nightmare - Happy Halloween!

UNDEAD MCCAIN!
McCain was tricked into this pose, and the mouth photoshopped (obviously). Michelle Malkin has more tasty bits in what she calls "notorious Obamedia moments of 2008."

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

Note to a Senator


Here is the text of a note (regarding the so-called "bailout") I wrote to Senator Jim Webb of Virginia:


Honorable Sir:



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.


Respectfully,


[My Name]


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."

Ohio's 200,000



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

Gay Marriage is Wrong, Again

I love this topic because it gets so many people's pretty pink panties in a wad. You know who you are! From the editors at National Review, in the latest issue (quoted in full, as it is not available to non-subscribers):

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.

Worth Reading

Call me crazy (you will have company), but I believe this presidential election will be a referendum on leftism. Not since 1980 has there been such a clear difference in ideology between the two candidates. That is not to say that McCain is another Reagan. He is not. McCain has accepted conservative ideology because he must. Obama, on the other hand, is clearly hard-left, even radical, in his ideology and alliances. This is in spite of his protestations to the contrary. At least Walter Mondale was honest, admitting openly that he would raise taxes.

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

McCain Calls Chairman Maobama "Socialist"



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

Charman Maobama: Spreading the Graft Aound

UPDATE 25 September 2009: Welcome, Google searches for "Chairman Maobama." I should point out that Mike Church (Host of the Mike Church Show, Sirius Satellite Radio channel 144, 9am - 12pm Eastern; find a link to his web site on the sidebar) made the graphic below, which I have stolen for my own purposes. Click on the banner above to see what I am spewing today.



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

Chairman Maobama Youth




Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Chairman Maobama: The Company One Keeps



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

Chairman Maobama


In case you don't buy this comparison, consider that Joe Biden stated that an Obama/Biden administration will lower not only your interest rate, but your principal as well.

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.
Thanks to Mike Church for the graphic.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Keep Your Laws Off My Economy!


Washington Compost: Lawmakers Reach Accord on Huge Financial Rescue

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?


Can we first try eliminating capital gains and corporate income taxes?




Is this thing on?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Altbier

Thanks to the Maximum Leader for bringing this tidbit to the attention of my wee brain: Beer made from 25million year old yeast.

The beer is from a brewer in California named the Fossil Fuels Brewing Company.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Grease Your Own Damn Gears

I can not tolerate the economic stupidity any longer. Bailout after bloody bailout. Where does it all end? If dissent is the highest form of patriotism, as the lefties have reminded us for the past eight years, then I call myself a high patriot.

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

Battle of Lake Erie, 195 Years Ago Today

195 years ago today, the small U.S. fleet under Commodore O.H. Perry defeated the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry's flagship, the Lawrence, was so badly damaged during the battle that he transferred his command to the brig Niagra. Perry's fleet had powerful guns, but they had to tack under long-range (and highly accurate) British guns to get close enough to fire them. A live fire demonstration of a reconstructed gun deck section shows the hellish punishment Perry's men would have taken as the inched their way towards the British.

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

Gratuitous Motorycycle Racing Post


This video was shot by a friend of my brother (No. 28x)at Mid-Ohio earlier this year.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

der Changemaker at Harvard


I met a man yesterday who attended Harvard at the same time as Barry Obama. He was intelligent and well-spoken, so I will take him at his word.


Our conversation began when he noticed my anti-Obama t-shirt which states: "Chump change we can believe in." We spoke for about 20 minutes on conservative issues, the fallacy of leftist ideology, and Obama's presentation as a messianic figure (minus the substance, of course).


I mentioned to Michael (the man with whom I was speaking) that as the president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama should have had his pick of countless excellent opportunities for a newly minted J.D., including clerk for an U.S. Supreme Court justice. Obama chose instead to become a "community organizer" in Chicago. Michael asked, "Do you know how many articles Obama wrote for Law Review? Zero. Usually, the editor will write at least one, but Obama wrote none. Not one."


Michael's sons came over to where we were speaking, and chuckled at my shirt. Michael asked them, "What do we call Obama at our house?" They both laughed sheepishly and said, "The Antichrist." Of course they were joking, but if the shoe fits...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Preorder Frenzy!


Obama has a new book coming out in September: "Change We Can Believe In." It is a collection of campaign speeches that Obama has made. The only new material is the introduction which the cover claims Obama wrote himself. Wow. The dedication it must have taken to create what is sure to be a classic work on public policy.


If you scroll down in the above link at Amazon, you will see the "tags" associated with this title. There are the tags one might expect, such as "barack," "obama," "president," and "campaign." For whatever reason, there is also the tag "kickass." Not sure about that one.


I am looking forward to the amusing photoshop reworkings of the cover.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Constitutional Question, Part II: der Changemaker and William Ayers


In an earlier post, I speculated that Obama's holding of Federal office may be called into question under Amendment XIV, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution. His association with Reverend Jerimiah Wright remains a highly questionable one for a politician. But Wright did not participate in an overt rebellion.

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.

Not so fast. Jerome Corsi's new book, The Obama Nation, spells out the specifics (with footnotes) of Obama's close connection to Ayers:

"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."


http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/04/020358.php

http://www.dyn.politicco.com/printstory.cfm/?uuid=3FC289D8-3048-5C12-009AD5180C22FF0B

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/04/18/how_obama_and_the_radical_became_news/?page2

http://warrenpeacemuse.blogspot.com/2005/01/get-to-know-barack-obama-when-i-first.html


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.

http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=grantexplorer&npoId=486440

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

Pelosi Politburo


When you run out of the room, hitting the light switch as you exit, you know that your position is weak and wrong.

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

Testing

1,2,3

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

California Proposition 8

San Jose Mercury News reports that the language in proposition 8 has been changed to read as a constitutional elimination of so-called "same sex marriage." The article is short, so here it is in full:

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

Webb: Tyrant, Warner: Gutless

The Senate passed the silly and unconstitutional anti-free market foreclosure bill Saturday, and President Bush has his pen dripping in anticipation to sign it into law. Only 13 senators dared to oppose the economically ignorant juggernaut.

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

Gay Marriage is Wrong

I am tired of the Gay Marriage debate. Gays should not be allowed to marry each other. Many left leaning news outlets have taken to calling gay marriage "same-sex" marriage in an attempt to lessen the offense to regular (heterosexual) people.

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

VDOT Dummies


The road I live by is considered "rural."


When VDOT puts down a new road surface, why do they not fill in the holes before applying said surface? One month later, all the holes have shed the new tar-and-chip stuff, and have become relatively deeper than before.


When VDOT breaks out the bush hogs and sicklebars, why will they cut 20 feet from the side of the road (outside of the right-of-way) to get redbuds and blackberries, but a locust or poplar in the right-of-way or overhanging the road with less than 8' of clearance is completely overlooked?


Like most government operations, VDOT must be populated with workers whose intelligence is on level with a retarded monkey.
NOTE: The image above is (probably) not from my road.

Friday, July 18, 2008

What the Heller


Dick Heller, the man in Heller v. D.C., has been denied a permit for his pistol.

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.


The District, smacked in the face with the constitution, wants to use every regulatory loophole in its arsenal to create a de facto gun ban. Isn't this just sour grapes? Really, to classify an auto-loader as something akin to a M249 SAW is ridiculous. Heller's quasi-machine gun, interestingly, only holds 7 rounds in its "clip," 3 rounds less than what was permitted under the Clinton gun ban.


The closing of the above article at Hot Air hits squarely on the mark:

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

Tony Snow - R.I.P

More entertaining (and less annoying) than Chris Wallace as the host of Fox News Sunday, Tony Snow has died at 53. Prayers to his family and friends.

Paper and Ink: Donations Needed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Just another unintended consequence of the devaluation of our currency (if you can call it that - we may be burning greenbacks in the wood stove this winter, just like the Germans in 1923).

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

To See, or Not To See

My boys love the Pixar movies, Cars and The Incredibles being at the top of the list. I was excited to hear that a new movie was in production, but somewhat apprehensive when I heard the subject. The trailer showed an incinerated, garbage-strewn earth being cleaned up by robots. One of the voices inside my head said "leftist global-warming anti-capitalist propaganda."

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.

Chicken/Egg

Tofu "may raise risk of dementia."

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

der Changemaker and the Second Amendment


Senator Obama's position on the second amendment, like all of his other crucial policy positions, has been subject to change (there's that word again). But then he is a politician, so inconsistency and lack of core belief is to be expected.


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

Interesting Comparison

For Greenie Weenies: The Final Solution

If we are ever to save the planet, stop global warming, prevent soggy cornflakes, etc. etc., we must end our addiction to oil. Fine. Make it a law. Outlaw all oil-burning internal combustion engines, and require everyone to drive electric vehicles.

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."


Oh, yeah:




Careful what you wish for.

UPDATE: If electric cars become mandated, I want Barry Obama to buy me one of these.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Constitution Upheld, Individual Rights Protected


I had my doubts whether the Supremes would find in favor of the second amendment after the recent habeas rights for POWs and the no-execution-for child-rapists decisions. But they have, thankfully, done the right thing.

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.

Monday, June 23, 2008

der Changemaker Endorsed by Kim Jong (Mentally) Il


The Ultimate Endorsement via Michelle Malkin.

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?"

"Survey says.."

*DING!*

"Number one answer!"

George Carlin, R.I.P.

I remember listening to George Carlin's comedy albums in junior high and high school. He and Richard Pryor were always my favorites. My high school art teacher actually let me play George Carlin in class, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. We would often listen to music during art class, which always caused a disagreement about what should be played. There were some who preferred classical, and some who wanted to play the Grateful Dead. George Carlin was a great common denominator.

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?"

Oops.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Nullus Obduco

Barack Obama, known here as der Changemaker, has co-opted the Presidential Seal. No, not the cute one that keeps George Bush entertained by balancing a beach ball on its nose for the occasional herring. The Symbol:


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

Shudder to Think...

OSAMA BIN LADEN, et al., PETITIONERS

06-1225 v.

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

Government-Induced Pain at the Pump


I have to fill the Tahoe today.


I would like to thank (facetiously) all of the government officials, past and present, who have stood and still stand in the way of domestic petrol production.


I should also thank (facetiously) the members of the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and every other granola-crunching long haired maggot infested dope smoking frog licking hippie environmental wacko organization who have worked with tireless dedication to ruin our American way of life.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ultra Vires

For those of you who agree with the Supreme Court's usurpation of legislative and executive power, please read Justice Scalia's dissenting opinion. If you prefer the Cliffs Notes version, try NRO'sBench Memos.

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

Something to Think About This November

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

– C.S. Lewis

Habeas Rights?

The Supremes, in flagrante dilecto, have stretched our constitution beyond what was intended by the framers to confer habeas corpus rights to illegal foreign combatants being held in the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. SCOTUSblog calls Justice Kennedy's majority opinion a "rhapsodic review of the history of the Great Writ," specifically his treatment of the Suspension clause:
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

Windfall Profits Tax


Michelle Malkin has the goods on this failure (of votes and intelligence) in the senate, including the roll call. See if your senators voted with the tyrants Warner and Webb.

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.

Tomatoes

FDA Warns Consumers Nationwide Not to Eat Certain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes. Why is this not mentioned in the government warning? Stupid.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Poster for der Changemaker


Perhaps the Maximum Leader missed this one from Michelle Malikn? I would copy it here, but the little animated GIF thingy does not come through the copy process.


God forbid anyone assume I am an Obama worshipper. I mean supporter.

Friday, June 06, 2008

D-Day + 64 years


Today is the anniversary of one of the most pivotal days in the history of the world. Does anyone remember (or care) anymore?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Life Under der Changemaker: "Universal HealthCare"


An old woman has died after her cancer treatment was withdrawn. You see, she went outside the system, and paid for a drug to treat her cancer with her own money!

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.
Imposing liberal socialism, diminishing the power of the U.S., out-of-control social spending, "alternative" and "renewable" energy - Obama sounds more and moe like Jimmy Carter every day.

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...

Indoctrination Center Ahead


Michelle Malkin » A public school field trip…to the local illegal alien day labor center

One of the myriad reasons we have chosen to homeschool our sons. Too bad they can't participate in the Subway essay contest.
Be sure to scroll down in the last link to see an example of the ignorant attitude common in the non-homeschooling world.