Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
In economics, demand is the desire to own anything, the ability to pay for it, and the willingness to pay. The term demand signifies the ability or the willingness to buy a particular commodity at a given point of time [my emphasis].
The ability to pay is our current problem with demand. Prices generally are increasing due to inflation and increased energy prices, which are a de facto tax as a result of direct and indirect government intrusion in the market. We have a two-year extension of our current tax rates, which will be increased if the current administration has its way. We have an official unemployment rate which has been hovering just under ten percent for the past year and a half, despite the "best" efforts of the statists. Banks do not want to make loans. In other words, the financial future is clouded and uncertain in the best of best-case scenarios. What, then, happens to demand?
Negative expectations about future income may discourage present consumption.
Hurt will assume a seat on the Financial Services committee, where he:
"...look[s] forward to representing the interests of Central and Southside Virginians on the Committee. The Committee will be addressing issues that will impact tax payers, businesses, financial institutions, and job creation in the 5th District. I am committed to supporting policies that will increase access to capital for small business and individuals, reduce the regulatory burden on Main Street banks, protect taxpayers by reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and lead to aggressive oversight of the Regulatory Reform bill. "
Although Hurt calls for "limited" government, his policies do not advocate this view. I will note again that Hurt did not mention the Constitution ONE TIME during the campaign except to express his support of Amendment II in a "sportsman's right" fashion.
He will prove to be a poor choice.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
According to AP Radio News this morning, even lower-income Americans will see their taxes go up, including those who "don't owe any money to the federal government." Uh-huh.
Here is what the Wall Street Journal reports about the real-world implications of allowing the Bush Tax Cuts to expire:
'It is not a sensible way to run a country to have this magnitude of tax issues left to annual uncertainty," said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner earlier this month, and he's certainly right about that. But at the current moment the single biggest obstacle to more certainty is his boss, President Obama, who still refuses to compromise on the tax increase set to whack the economy in a mere 30 days.
Capital gains and dividend tax rates will climb to 20% and 39.6%, respectively, from 15%, and the top two income tax rates will climb to 38% and 41% (including deduction phaseouts), from 33% and 35%. The typical family with an income between $40,000 and $75,000 a year will pay as much as $2,000 more in 2011, as the 10% tax rate bracket and the $1,000 per child tax credit vanish.
This could have been resolved months ago, except that the White House and Congressional Democrats insist that some taxes must be raised. [my emphasis]
What happened to my taxes not going up a "single dime," as the President so famously stated, and those on the left so shamelessly (or perhaps ignorantly) defended? Taxes would only be increased on the rich, we were told. They can afford it because they have more. Sound familiar? Are you rich if you are a teacher and your spouse works part time? Are you rich if your spouse is a nurse, and you are a full time homemaker? Are you rich if you are a heavy equipment operator, and your spouse works for an auto insurance company? Are you rich if you are a retired widow living on your deceased husband's gutted pension? Are you rich if you are a retired small business owner living off of what you were able to save after your bookkeeper embezzled tens of thousands of dollars? Are you rich if you work third shift driving a forklift, and your spouse is a church secretary?
A flagging economy, massive unemployment, and now a tax increase. Remember: YOU VOTED FOR THIS. You knew what you were doing, how wrong it was, and what would be the result. You chose to ignore the evidence, and suspend the rational thinking of your own brain. In short,
Brother, you asked for it!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Virginia's two Senators, Mark "The Fraud" Warner and Jim "Melonhead" Webb both voted for statism. Staffers in their offices cite the inclusion of the "Tester Amendment" as a crucial factor in the decision to vote in favor of the bill. The amendment supposedly limits "harsh" regulation for smaller food producers, and limits the full regulatory force to larger firms as established in an anti-terrorism law from 2002.
However, thomas, gov track, and senate.gov do not have any reference to the "Tester Amendment." When I called back to clarify, Senator Webb's office told me to look under amendment 4697. Strange, but amendment 4697 is a Coburn amendment to prohibit earmarks and limited tax benefits.
Calling back again to Webb's office, I was told that the text of the amendment was not available, and someone would call me back.
To be continued...
Monday, November 29, 2010
Given all that, Meet the Depressed can have some fun moments. During the roundtable this past Sunday, the miserable E.J. Dionne pulled his chin out of his belt to call the extension of the Bush tax cuts "tax cut for the rich." I will not re-hash my usual Econ 101 diatribe, which anyone with two economic-oriented brain cells to rub together can comprehend, except to say: Have you ever been employed by a poor person?
During the next roundtable topic, Dionne pulled his chin out of his belt to lament the President's low poll numbers. He then asked rhetorically, how can the President resurrect his poll numbers, unemployment, and the economy at the same time? The answer, which fellow panelist Ed Gillespie should have been shoving up Dionne's ass, is: Duh. Tax cuts, stupid!
The last bit was the most amusing, and rather revealing of the desperation and ineptitude of the left. During the close, all of the panelists get to spout off on their own. Dionne chose to attack the Tea Party with his blunt little tool: Poor, poor establishment Republicans are being force-marched by the Tea Party and other "extremist" groups carrying BAYONETS. Yeah.
I could stand it no longer. I shouted at the TV (yes, I am stoopid too. The people on the Magic Box can't hear me!), "You people are so stupid! How did you get on television?"
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It's S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
I would like to know your opinion of the this bill, especially the parts which would regulate small family farms, farm stands, and farmer's markets. I know you opposed the national animal ID system, and have supported the local food movement. This bill would be destructive, in my opinion, to the new breed of small farmers. Not to mention the rest of it.
The bathroom, which used to be a slab patio on the side of the house, had a problem. The floor was getting squishy, making a sound like jelly squeezed through a plastic bag when it was walked on. Since I had replaced most of the old work in the bathroom, I was confident the presumed leak was coming from the supply line for the toilet. This was the only area I was not able to reach during the renovation. However, in addition to checking the toilet supply line, I checked the rest of what could be leaking in the bathroom. No leak.
The only other area in the house with water is the kitchen. I pulled up some of the flooring in the room between the kitchen and the bath. This is a frame floor over an inaccessible crawl space. Sticking my head down in the hole, I could see a distinct wet area by the wall next to the kitchen.
The kitchen drain has been giving me fits for years. It occasionally would stop up, usually before company would arrive either for dinner or a visit, and would require re-opening. I guess it had been re-opened one too many times, and had become weak just uphill of the area that would clog.
Digging down about 4 feet outside of the house where the kitchen drain passes through the wall, I found the steel pipe drain going to an elbow, then into another piece of steel pipe going at a 45-degree angle under the house. I intended to replace the old drain which passes under the house, and install a new drain which would go around the house. I decided to cut into the steel and temporarily install a new PVC cleanout. At least I would be able to get at the clogged area directly with an auger, slow the leak, and buy some time to dig out the path for the new drain.
Here is the creative part: The original drain was outside of the house at the time it was installed. A new addition was later built on the back of the house, directly on top of the drain. Not a good idea, but it might have held out if it was installed well in the first place. Which it was not. When I cut into the steel with the recip saw, the first cut went right through. On the second cut, the pipe going down into the ground under the house began to wobble. I reached down, and pulled out a 2-foot piece of rotten, rusted steel. Digging further, I found that the angled piece had been put into the open end of a 4" ceramic drain tile, which continued under the house.
So, a new drain, with plenty of cleanouts, is now nearing completion. This is just the latest example of the fun we have had with this house. As my late stepdad told me when we decided to move here, "You don't buy a property like this for the house." He was right. We have nearly 18 acres of mostly wooded, rough terrain. We have plenty of space for shooting guns and gardening. The house has been a work in progress since the day it was built.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Everyone who pays taxes received a tax reduction from the Bush tax cuts. It is worth remembering that only 53% of income earners actually pay taxes. The other 47% either have no tax liability, or are net tax recipients. Tax credits DO NOT equal tax cuts. Tax "credits" are conditional, and many of these are "refundable."
As I said in November 2008, then-President-elect Obama could turn around the then-"inherited" economy by eliminating corporate and capital gains taxes, because only individuals pay taxes in the first place. If that had been done, the effect of eliminating the Bush tax cuts would have been minimal at best. As it stands, the lowest income bracket will have a tax increase of 50%.
Increasing taxes, fewer jobs, inflation, increasing cost of goods and transportation , expensive energy, increasing bureaucracy, increasing welfare state, and less freedom. Not to mention the subversion and perversion of the Constitution. What's not to love?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Virginian believes congressional Republicans should push immediately to tell people that Republicans want to put people back to work by passing legislation to continue all of the Bush-era tax cuts, further reduce capital gains taxes, and push other specific plans to create jobs. Then, McDonnell believes, there would be a foundation for a longer-term reassessment of how the federal government burdens the states.
That's right. Governor McDonnell is a tenther. Does that make him a closet racist?
McDonnell believes that the depth and breadth of the state-level victories should bring another element to the national spending debate. "It really is time for an honest and robust discussion about federalism," he said. "What does the Tenth Amendment really mean? Part of the reason you've got this long-term deficit is you keep legislating in areas that you shouldn't be in."In other words, end the Ponzi schemes of Medicare and Medicaid. These mandated programs amount to 20% of the budgets of most states. End Social Security, and let individuals decide how to invest for their own retirement. End highway funds. End SCHIP. End Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. End financial aid for students. End the enslavement of unrestrained debt, deficit spending, and looming inflation. I could go on, but in other words, end everything not enumerated in Article I, Section 8. States don't need to ask permission, they have all the permission they need in the 10th Amendment.
McDonnell is a firm federalist: "Stick to what the federal government is supposed to do. Do that well -- fund it well -- but then stay out of areas that are traditionally reserved for the states. Let us manage those areas." He added, "That's the discussion we need to have over the next couple of years. Does the Tenth Amendment still mean anything? If so, govern within your bounds at the federal level."
To put it simply, I quote John Galt in Atlas Shrugged: "Get the hell out of my way!"
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Jim "Melonhead" Webb, the Phony Pragmatic Moderate Centrist (Who Needs a Dummy Cord for His Weapon At All Times)
Here is Mark Levin from his show last night, on the subject of Melonhead:
"I've been warning them," Webb says, sighing, resting his chin on his hand. "I've been having discussions with our leadership ever since I've been up here. I decided to run as a Democrat because I happen to strongly believe in Jacksonian democracy. There needs to be one party that very clearly represents the interests of working people ... I'm very concerned about the transactional nature of the Democratic Party. Its evolved too strongly into interest groups rather than representing working people, including small business people."
Monday, November 08, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Here is a comment I made to a friend about another friend's decision to support then-Senator Obama's presidential candidacy in 2008:
He maintains that Obama is a moderate, based on what is written in Obama's book. I have pointed out Obama's Marxist bent, to no avail. I personally think Obama is a dim bulb who has an extraordinary ability to deliver a prepared speech in a charismatic fashion. I despair for our children's future should he become president.
I urge everyone reading this to do the right thing today. Wake up and swallow the Founder's red pill. Your country needs you.
Monday, November 01, 2010
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Yesterday, I learned that the National Rifle Association gave an A-rating to, and endorsed, my congressman, Tom Perriello, D, VA-5. Mr. Perriello is a stooge of the radical left, but managed to fill in the appropriate parts of his NRA questionnaire correctly. He also managed to stay away from any gun control legislation in his short congressional career. So the NRA endorsed him over his more conservative opponents. According to the person answering the phones at the NRA yesterday, the NRA maintains an "incumbent-friendly policy, as long as the incumbent supports second-Amendment issues." However, the NRA will not endorse a higher-rated challenger if the incumbent is "somebody who has worked with us." To wit: Sharron Angle is A-rated, Harry Ried is B-rated (but is one of those "somebody" people), but the NRA withholds their endorsement.
Unfortunately for the NRA, they are a single-issue organization. They are concerned solely with the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But the second amendment is only a part of the Constitution, not holy writ unto itself. If the Constitution goes away, the second amendment goes with it. The Constitution cannot be a buffet where we only pick out the things we like to eat. There are sixty or so incumbent Democrat candidates for Congress that the NRA has endorsed. If all of these candidates are re-elected, Nancy Pelosi will remain as Speaker. Endorsing a candidate who in every other way opposes the Constitution is not conducive to preserving the second amendment. The NRA should realize this, and revise their endorsement policy accordingly. As it stands, they are only adding to the confusion.
Confusion is not helpful to the cause of liberty. Independent candidate Jeff Clark, who was at first backed by the Tea Party, has not dropped out of the race as yet. He promised to do so if his poll numbers werre low. It is hard to be much lower in the polls than single digits, and yet Mr. Clark remains in the race only to be used by Congressman Perriello and the Democrat machine. I have been receiving slick 8x10 2-side color glossies detailing why Jeff Clark may be "too conservative" for Virginia's 5th, mailed from both the Virginia Democrat Party and the DCCC. Clark never had such great promotion of his conservative platform! It is clear that Clark is their siphon, and he is being used to lure dissatisfied conservatives away from the douchey RINO Robert Hurt. This is happening elsewhere, as U.S. sNooze and Whirled Report reports:
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.—Kenny Golden has some years on his opponents in the Second District race, and he isn't shy about reminding people. "Glenn's a nice young man, and Scott's a nice young man," Golden said of Rep. Glenn Nye, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican Scott Rigell, at a League of Women Voters debate this month. "But I've got the experience." A tall, folksy, retired Navy captain with a deep voice, Golden spent years in local politics as the Virginia Beach GOP chairman. But today he is running as an independent, with Tea Party-friendly promises to investigate the elimination of the Federal Reserve, repeal the income tax, slice the Department of Education in half, and push for Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian, to be speaker of the House.
Golden is one of dozens of independent or third-party candidates across the country—many influenced by the Tea Party movement. Elsewhere in Virginia, Jeffrey Clark is taking on Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello. In Michigan, Glenn Wilson is campaigning for the House seat occupied by retiring Democrat Bart Stupak. In Colorado's Fourth District, an American Constitution Party candidate and an independent are targeting Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey's seat. And Constitution Party nominee David Ryon is running for Congress in the hotly contested Ohio 15th District.
Democrats embrace third-party participation in these races, seen as prime pickup opportunities for the Republicans, with hopes of siphoning votes from the GOP. "Third-party candidates in Ohio 15th have a history of drawing significant support," says Brad Bauman, spokesman for Ohio Democratic incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy. "We have every reasonable expectation to believe that this will happen this time."
I do not know how these other candidates are polling, but if their numbers (like Mr. Clark's) can be counted on two hands or less, they should do the voters a favor and drop out of the race. They will only harm the cause of liberty should they remain. Drop out now, and get going on the primary for 2012.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mr. Krugman says that there may be a time for austerity in Britain, but the time is not now. Not when there are so many social programs that need to be given a chance to work. Unemployment is high, you know.
The operative word here should, however, be “eventually.” Fiscal austerity will depress the economy further unless it can be offset by a fall in interest rates. Right now, interest rates in Britain, as in America, are already very low, with little room to fall further. The sensible thing, then, is to devise a plan for putting the nation’s fiscal house in order, while waiting until a solid economic recovery is under way before wielding the ax.
What is going to get an economic recovery underway? More spending? More debt? Expanding the welfare state? More taxes? More regulations? The answer is right in front of his face, in his own article, and he still fails to see it.
Britain came to rely too much on profits from wheeling and dealing to drive its economy — and on financial-industry tax payments to pay for government programs.
Over-reliance on the financial industry largely explains why Britain, which came into the crisis with relatively low public debt, has seen its budget deficit soar to 11 percent of G.D.P. — slightly worse than the U.S. deficit. And there’s no question that Britain will eventually need to balance its books with spending cuts and tax increases.
The British government (and the U.S. government as well) should try not only spending cuts, but regulation cuts. As far as tax increases are concerned, where do tax increases end? How much of the labor of individuals can the government claim to own?
All wealth is held by individuals. It can only be confiscated by the government. A corporation is made up of individuals: Its governing body, stockholders, and employees, serving one primary function, which is to make money. A business, if it expects to survive, sees taxes and regulation compliance as costs of conducting business. These costs are passed on to the end consumer, which is the individual. Therefore, all taxes whatsoever are borne by the individual who pays those "hidden" taxes and costs in the final price of the good or service. Why is this so hard for someone such as Mr. Krugman to understand?
Want to solve the unemployment problem and the revenue problem at the same time? Eliminate corporate and capital gains taxes. Duh.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I wanted to take a moment respond to a recent press release by Carole Thorpe of the Jefferson Area Tea Party. In the release, Mrs. Thorpe correctly characterizes conversations we had early on in my campaign. I did inform Mrs. Thorpe that it was not my intention to be only a spoiler and if that were the case I would drop out. However, that was before my participation was systematically limited by my Republican opponent.
Since our first conversation, many things have developed in our campaign. State Senator Hurt, in a blatant act of political snobbery and elitism, refused to participate in any debates or forums in which I was an invited participant. He held his breath and stomped his feet like a spoiled child until he got his way. Because of his actions, we have been excluded from the all-important televised debates coming up this month. Not only are Senator Hurt’s actions elitist, but also blatantly hypocritical. When challenged by his Republican Party primary opponent, Laurence Verga, to a one on one debate, Mr. Hurt refused releasing the following statement:
“Ignoring all the other candidates as Mr. Verga has done in this request is nothing more than a political stunt and is frankly insulting to the fine contributions each of the other candidates have brought to this campaign,”.
In 2006, the Republican Party encouraged and argued for an Independent candidate to be included in the debates and forums because that Independent had a “Green” designation beside his name and the Republican Party felt it would help their candidate.
Recently, we took our case of being excluded from the debates to the Rutherford Institute, a world renowned bipartisan civil liberties organization. The Rutherford institute listened to our plea and agreed this was an egregious manipulation of the 1st amendment. They see that this is not only happening here in the 5th district but across the country. This tactic is being used by both major political parties to systematically eliminate or limit Independent candidates from the American political process. The Supreme Court of the United States has made it clear:
“(C)andidate debates are of exceptional significance in the electoral process….Deliberation On the positions and qualifications of candidates is integral to our system of government, and the electoral speech may have its most profound and wide spread impact when it is disseminated through televised debates”
If I were to drop from the race now, it would end the case currently being handled by the Rutherford Institute and would without question allow this despicable practice to continue.
Understanding the importance and potential impact of the televised debates, I privately negotiated with intermediaries of the Hurt campaign to be included in one televised debate. I stated that if I were to be included in one televised debate – and if I did not poll at 25% or higher in any independent poll immediately following the debate – that I would drop out and put my support behind Hurt. I went so far as agreeing to set up a debate in mid to late September in an attempt to give his campaign plenty of time for one on one debates in October. Mrs Thorpe can confirm this because it was through the Jefferson Area Tea Party that we were trying to arrange the debate. I made this offer because I felt that if I were to be included in one televised debate that it would at least have given me the opportunity to compete and to speak to those undecided in the 5th district. I want to make this clear – setting a purposely high poll number, there is 99.9 % chance I would have been out of the race by October 1st and my name could have been removed from the ballot. It was because of Hurt’s refusal of my offer that I am still in the race and felt compelled to seek the help of the Rutherford Institute.
I respect the stance the Jefferson Area Tea Party has taken and how they, before anyone else, issued a statement saying all candidates should be included in the debates, while other Tea Party organizations in the area simple ignored or justified Hurt’s blatant manipulation or disregard for the 1st amendment. It is my sincere hope that Mrs. Thorpe understands based on the circumstances and events that have developed since or first conversation that I feel I cannot drop out of the race at this time. However, I will publicly extend the following offer to State Senator Hurt; if you allow me to participate in one televised debate and if I do not poll at 25% or higher immediately following that debate in an independent poll, I will drop out of the race and support you in your bid for Congress.
Jeffrey A. Clark
Virginia’s 5th District
I have mixed feelings about Clark's idea. He could take some of the heat away from Hurt in the debate. And God knows, Hurt needs the help. In the debate on October 13, Perriello and Hurt were debating the merits of the new ObamaCare law. Perriello dropped his sheild, leaving Hurt an incredible opening to cleave Perriello's skull. I paraphrase:
PERRIELLO: Have you read the bill [sic]?
HURT: I read the rep...
PERRIELLO: You've read the Republican Talking Points, was that what you were about to say?
HURT: The bill I have read is the Republican bill that would repeal the Health Care bill [sic].
PERRIELLO: So you have not read the bill [sic]. Senator Hurt, you need to read these bills before you oppose them.
HURT: Uh...[says something like: it costs too much, mentions Speaker Pelosi and President Obama] .
Hurt's performance in the debate was weak at best. I hope he improves in the upcoming debates, but missing a golden opportunity like the one above demonstrates not only a lack of skill, but a lack of conservative values. That is what worries me. Clark does not have enough momentum to win at this point. Clark's threshold of 25% is too low, which will make him a siphon on Hurt's votes. But he may be able to pull Hurt to starboard as his own ship sinks.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Last week, Mr. Clark informed me that he has yet to amass the financial and volunteer support he deems as necessary to win the election. I reminded him of his previous statement [to drop out of the race], and asked if he could foresee any substantial change in his circumstances within the short time remaining before the election. He stated that without the exposure and potential support he could gain from participating in the upcoming televised debates, he believes he has no chance of winning.
The Tea Party movement is supportive of the return of citizen legislators as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. It has been particularly gratifying for our organization to honor Mr. Clark's patriotism by extending him the same fair treatment and equal access to our events we give to major political party candidates.
But the JATP must also be even-handed in calling all candidates to account for what they say and do. As such, we are compelled to hold Mr. Clark accountable for the statement he made in June -- just as we held Congressman Perriello accountable for his voting record and issues surrounding the location of his local office, and State Senator Hurt for his refusal to participate in three-way candidate debates.
In the interest of accountability, we respectfully request that Mr. Clark issue a written statement confirming the facts as stated herein, and address his intentions should he fail in his bid for inclusion in the televised debates.
Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP),
Hurt, in my opinion, is an establishment douchebag. He is a lawyer and a career politician. As a Virginia Delegate, he voted for then-Governor Mark Warner's Massive tax increase at a time when Virginia had a billion-dollar surplus. Hurt mentions the Constitution only in passing reference to his support of the second Amendment and protecting "sportsmen's rights." While he is viewed as a "tax cutter" by some, he has voted to increase the role of government. Interestingly, Hurt supported the interests of the Virginia AFL-CIO 100% in 2002, his first year as a delegate. His public statements are weak. He will not debate unless Clark is absent. It is clear he sees his campaign on a glide-path to victory, given the anti-Democrat mood of many likely voters.
I do not want Robert Hurt to be my representative to Congeress. I cannot support a losing candidate in Clark. And I will not support a record of tyranny in Perriello. It's another round of hold-your-nose, vote-for-the-lesser-of-two-weevils, I'll-need-a-shower-later elections. Here's hoping Clark drops out in time, and does not spoil the election in Perriello's favor. And maybe a better candidate in a republican primary.
Hurt may surprise me, but I doubt it. Two more years...
Drop out now, Mr.Clark. Don't be a Perot.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Choosing a Board of Directors based on race and gender is a lousy way to run a company. Cypress will never do it. Furthermore, we will never be pressured into it, because bowing to well-meaning, special-interest groups is an immoral way to run a company, given all the people it would hurt. We simply cannot allow arbitrary rules to be forced on us by organizations that lack business expertise. I would rather be labeled as a person who is unkind to religious groups than as a coward who harms his employees and investors by mindlessly following high-sounding, but false, standards of right and wrong.
Cypress is run under a set of carefully considered moral principles, which rightly include making a profit as a primary objective. Second, there is a fundamental difference between your organization's right to vote its conscience and the use of coercion by the federal government to force arbitrary "corporate responsibilities" on America's businesses and shareholders.
Cypress stands for personal and economic freedom, for free minds and free markets, a position irrevocably in opposition to the immoral attempt by coercive utopians to mandate even more government control over America's economy. With regard to our shareholders who exercise their right to vote according to a social agenda, we suggest that they reconsider whether or not their strategy will do net good -- after all of the real costs are considered.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Tim Graham at NewsBusters points out that Cohen Cohen now blames the Tea Party movement for the shooting of "peace protesters" at Kent State University in 1970:
The governor of Ohio, James Rhodes, demonized the war protesters. They were "worse than the Brownshirts and the communist element....We will use whatever force necessary to drive them out of Kent."
That was the language of that time. And now it is the language of our time. It is the language of Glenn Beck, who fetishizes about liberals and calls Barack Obama a racist. It is the language of rage that fuels too much of the Tea Party and is the sum total of gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino's campaign message in New York. It is all this talk about "taking back America" (from whom?) and this inchoate fury at immigrants and, of course, this raw anger at Muslims, stoked by politicians such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Lazio, the latter having lost the GOP primary to Paladino for, among other things, not being sufficiently angry. "I'm going to take them out," Paladino vowed at a Tea Party rally in Ithaca, N.Y.
Back in the Vietnam War era, the left also used ugly language and resorted to violence. But the right, as is its wont, stripped the antiwar movement of its citizenship. It turned dissent into treason, which, in a way, was the worst treason of all. It made dissidents into the storied "other" who had nothing in common with the rest of us. They were not opponents; they were the enemy: Fire!
Here's part of what Graham writes in response:
Cohen makes no attempt to acknowledge that part of the "anti-war" movement that waved flags of the Viet Cong and openly wished for America to lose the war, and openly wished America would be the victim of a communist revolution. How is that not "the worst treason of all"?
Now try to place a violent leftist movement like the Weather Underground into this equation. Didn't their willingness to kill cops (and in acts of terror like bombing a bathroom) innocent Americans put them in a low place? But Cohen can only single out "the right" -- millions of nonviolent people who are horrified by the thought of violent revolution, as opposed to democratic change.
This was a column that someone at the Post editorial page should have walked over to Cohen and said, "This is too reckless." But apparently, no one did.
Cohen has such a firm grip on reality that it occasionally squirts out through his fingers like jelly.
A few asides:
We want to take the country back from socialist morons such as yourself, Mr. Cohen.
The Tea Party movement, and conservatives in general, are sickened by the Party establishment, both Republican and Democrat. We are tired of the establishment Republicans choosing our candidates. They have been sabotaging conservatives who challenge, and often defeat, establishment candidates in primaries. Democrats are just as guilty -just ask Carl McCall.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Peter Wilson at American Thinker writes today aboutcompact fluorescent light bulbs. My opinion? They suck beyond our capacity to measure sucking. Here is a list of complaints against the bulbs, which directly reflect my experiences with them:
•CFL manufacturers claim that a 13-watt CFL emits the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent, but it doesn't seem to work that way in the real world. I've been in CFL-lit hotel rooms where I need a flashlight to read my dog-eared copy of The Road to Serfdom.
•Warm-up time: it takes up to 5 minutes for a CFL to reach full strength, which may be related to the point above (why CFLs seem less bright). My friend has installed them in a hallway where illumination is needed only for the thirty seconds it takes to navigate the staircase. Not ideal when Grandma visits and can't see the skateboard on the stairs.
•Few CFLs last for their advertised lifetimes of five years or more. Many people report replacing them after one year, making those return on investment numbers a bit less rosy. Using them in ceiling fixtures, on dimmers or timers, and for less than fifteen minutes per use reduce their life.
•CFLs contain mercury and should be returned to a hazardous waste center for disposal. Studies assume a 25% recycling rate, with the rest going into landfills. (The Westinghouse website recommends recycling only when disposing of "a large quantity" of fluorescent tubes and doesn't mention how to dispose of their CFLs.) According to a 2008 Yale study, burning coal to supply electricity to incandescent bulbs emits more mercury per bulb than a CFL contains, but regions that rely on cleaner fuels like natural gas experience greater mercury contamination with the introduction of CFLs. Why would environmentalists advocate to bring a toxic product into every home?
•Cleaning up a broken CFL doesn't require a haz-mat team, but you have to take significant precautions to avoid mercury contamination of living areas.
•Manufacturing CFLs is labor-intensive. No CFLs are made with expensive U.S. labor; most are made in China, where hundreds of factory workers in CFL plants have been hospitalized for mercury poisoning. The last major light bulb factory in the U.S., a GE plant in Winchester, VA, closed earlier this month.
•CFLs require six times as much energy to manufacture as incandescent bulbs, not to mention -- if you're concerned about such things -- the carbon footprint of shipping them from China.
•CFLs appear to cause migraines and epileptic seizures in a small number of people. Other health risks are being studied.
•CFLs work poorly in cold temperatures -- as a wintertime front porch light, for example. In cold climates, the heat of incandescent bulbs is a useful -- if inefficient -- byproduct.
•CFLs degrade the quality of the electric current (so-called "dirty electricity" with uneven sine waves) on a circuit into which they are plugged, causing problems for other electronic devices and possible health hazards to humans.
Mr. Edison's invention is brilliant in its simplicity: It works well, it is easy to manufacture, and it is inexpensive. The light given by an incandescent bulb is pleasing and comfortable to the eye. What is needed is not a new kind of light bulb, but an inexpensive method to power it
"Who needs a job when the Government gives me free money?"
The United States economy has lost more jobs than it has added since the recovery began over a year ago. Yes, you read that correctly.
The downturn officially ended, and the recovery officially began, in June 2009, according to an announcement Monday by the official arbiter of economic turning points.
If the recession ended in June 2009, where are the jobs? Lagging indicator, no doubt.
Here is the salient point from the article:
The declaration of the recession’s end confirms what many suspected: The 2007-9 recession [when both houses of congress were controlled by Democrats, including then-Senator Obama] was not only the longest post-World War II recession, but also the deepest, in terms of both job losses and at least one measure of output declines.
The announcement also implies that any contraction that might lie ahead would be a separate and distinct recession, and one that the Obama administration could not claim to have inherited... [emphasis mine].
Our economy still has some life left, despite Dear Leader's efforts to crush it underfoot [NB to Larry Summers: Dont' let the door hit you in the ass]. His claim of inheriting a poor economy was BS, and it will be entertaining to watch Chairman Maobama's stammering and stuttering divestment of executive responsibility should the economy "double-dip."
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Why should Cisco and Westcon not try to protect themselves from the federal government? The plan sounds like it was a good one: Pay some bribes to win contracts, and then overcharge to recoup the cost of the bribes.
The so-called "whistleblowers," Norman Rile and Neil Roberts, could each get at least $10 million for blowing. The whistle, that is. Not Barney. The abomination that is the recently passed Dodd-Frank law is what makes it all possible.
This administration and this majority in Congress hate U.S. industry. They hate American exceptional ism. They do not believe in free market capitalism. And they think the answer to everything is more regulations, more taxes, and more government. The problems of large government control cannot be solved by more government control.
From Daily Finance:
Even without settlements, those two whistleblowers have triggered the recovery of almost $200 million. Now that whistleblowing is taking off in the wake of the Dodd-Frank law -- one attorney has gotten more calls in the past three weeks than in the past three years, and says the claims appear real -- perhaps taxpayers will see a meaningful amount of their money returned. That's a kind of spending cut everyone can agree on. [emphasis mine]
Uh, no. Promising payment from extorted funds to people who rat out others is not a spending cut. This will never keep up with the growth of Leviathan anyhow.
A State Department spokesman said the administration's decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.
"The transfer of such a large number of weapons -- 87,310 M1 Garands and 770,160 M1 Carbines -- could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes," the spokesman told FoxNews.com.
"Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety," said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Even though they are old, these guns could deliver a great amount of firepower. So I think the Obama administration's concerns are well-taken."
The M1 and the M1 carbine are both semi-auto. One pull, one round, just like any other firearm found in the U.S. (without FFL).
The M1 has a capacity of eight rounds, period. The M1 carbine uses a detachable mag, yes, but it is still semi-auto only.
Firearms used in the commission of crimes are almost exclusively handguns. It is somewhat inconvenient to carry a rifle in the waistband of one's baggy jeans.
The special status of the M1s from Korea would require the State department to supervise the sale, and all buyers would have to go through the NICS, at the very least. If they were sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, buyers would have to be members of local shooting organizations.
But the ObamAdministration is against the sale it previously authorized. And the gunphobics are cheering them on:
Asked whether melting the guns down would be a good option, Henigan said: "Why let them into the country in the first place? If there is a legally sufficient way to keep them out, we think it's perfectly reasonable to do so."
Here's the moment of Catch-22 Zen:
Asked why the M1s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department.
The White House referred questions on the issue to the Pentagon, which referred questions to the U.S. Embassy in South Korea, which deferred back to the State Department.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Louisianans’ severe disapproval of Obama overall, 35-61, mirrors their disdain for his efforts in the cleanup, 32-61. George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina, by contrast, is viewed barely negatively, 44-47; the response in June, 34-58, was more in line with Obama’s, 32-62. A full 54% now think Bush did a better job dealing with crisis than Obama, who gets the vote of only 33%. Considering the shift in the electorate, that is little if any change from the 50-35 divide in June. 24% of Democrats still prefer Bush’s response; the small set of independents go for him, 47-30, after favoring Obama, 41-37, two months ago.Oopsie.
In his exclusive "live" 2-minute interview tonight with Brian Williams, President Obama referred to himself at least 7 times, according to my semi-accurate count. He also told Mr. Williams, while reassuring people that he is a Christian, that "I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered to my forehead." When the President speaks in this fashion, off-prompter and off-point, he comes across as a douche.
I counted at least 29 self-references in the President's 20 minute speech this afternoon at Xavier University.
Perhaps his polling numbers would be better were he not such a narcissist.
NB: the crowd on the right side is just as large as the crowd on the left. The right side crowd was lucky enough to be in the shade of the many trees there.
Here is part of Nile Gardner's column in the UK Telegraph:
Boosted by the presence of charismatic former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the “Restoring Honor” event organised by talk show host Glenn Beck was a huge success, and a tremendous demonstration of the power of conservatism in America today. It was all the more remarkable for the fact that this was a distinctly non-party political rally which did not feature a single serving politician. The Republican Party itself had no involvement in the proceedings. It was an impressive display by a broader conservative movement that has gained tremendous momentum over the past 18 months. Although this was not a Tea Party rally, large numbers of Tea Party supporters took part, reflecting the rise of a rapidly growing movement spurred by widespread public disillusionment with the Big Government agenda of the Obama administration.
The large numbers who turned out defied an intensely hostile and negative media campaign that attacked the decision to hold the event on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” as a cynical political gimmick. They proved their critics spectacularly wrong. Significantly, Dr. King’s niece, Alveda King, spoke at the rally, which she described earlier as “a celebration of who we are as a nation and a chance to stop for a moment, reflect, reorganize, and re-energize. It’s a chance to think about character; both our character as a nation and our character as individuals.”
Yesterday’s Washington rally was in many ways an historic event, one that successfully honored the patriotism, sacrifice, and the principles that have made the United States the great nation it is. It was a symbol of the strength not only of conservatism but of democracy and freedom in America, and a powerful salute to the men and women of America’s military who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the wider war against al-Qaeda.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
1. Freeze all federal hiring, this includes funding requests from the executive branch to hire.
2. Repeal the Budget Act of 1974 and all it’s contingent COLA “mandates” no matter the agency or program they are applicable to.
3. Freeze under threat of rescinding funding any and all new regulations currently under review or consideration
4. Have an up or down vote on a Declaration of War with Iraq and with Afghanistan. if either fails then troop withdrawals must begin immediately.
5. Pass the Private Property Restoration Act which among other things shall forbid any federal magistrate from hearing any cases to restrict use of private property.
6. Repeal the AMT permanently by statute.
7. Repeal the capital gains tax.
8. Refuse to fund the Education Department and the Department of Energy, any programs, grants projects or construction begun under these agencies must cease. The EPA’s charter must be rewritten to make it clear that it only has jurisdiction over federal and or territorial waters and land. [The EPA can be eliminated by executive order, and should be.]
9. Repeal ObamaCare and all contingent legislation. Congress must then use legitimate Commerce Clause powers to “make commerce regular” and remove from the tax code all subsidies, all claims of tax credit, any and all restrictions federal law imposes on the sale or use of major medical health insurance. This must include federal recognition of PPO, HMO or other plans created to satisfy Congress.
10. Repeal the FICA and sunset the program by Jan 1, 2030. Establish a cutoff date for continued payment eligibility such as born on or before December 31, 1959.
11. Repeal the Patriot Act of 2001, 2005 and sunset the Department of Homeland Security on or before December 31, 2012.
12. Repeal all mandates, taxes and law pertaining to the SCHIP program.
13. Announce the return of U.S. Gold and Silver bullion coins as legal tender and order the treasury to begin the purchase of bullion with the intent of eliminating paper currency in favor of gold and silver coin and gold and silver coin backed notes.
14. Pass the Debt Consolidation and Repayment Act. This Act will require the sale of all lands currently “owned” by the U.S. government which do not house “needful buildings, docks, arsenals, forts and magazines”. This is not limited to “Parks” and “National forests”. All proceeds are to be solely applicable to the repayment of the U.S. Governments outstanding debts both domestic and foreign.
15. End the federal tax designations enacted and known as 501 (c), (g), 503, 527 e.g. “non-profits”.
16. Repeal the “Income tax withholding act” and enact an immediate and deduction free, flat income tax law, payable once per year by each citizen.
17. Repeal all corporate and business interest, income and profit taxation.
18. Heed the call of 38 states that shall call a convention to amend the Constitution under Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Mr. Church admits that this is not an exhaustive list. I would add (as part of an Article V convention or on its own) the repeal of Amendment XVII, the direct election of Senators by the people.
Wake up and swallow the founder's red pill. Your country needs you.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Of course, Barry would replace Washington on the single! Notice the fine outline of the ObamaLogo? Notice also the ObamaBlue color. Other note designs include an indian teepee ($5), the bill of rights ($10), and the hero of the left, FDR, on the C-note. The designer says the vertical format reflects the way we handle our money - our current horizontal design is seen sideways when one takes a fiat note out of one's wallet. With the new design, we can see Dear Leader's shining countenance in its proper orientation. Another ingenious feature of the new design is the size of each denomination. While the short side is the same as our present fiat money, each denomination has a different length. Like the old Disney World A-B-C-D-E tickets, the one is shortest, and the $100 the longest.
This design looks easy enough for anyone with a high quality color printer to counterfeit. Why should the Federal Reserve have all the fun?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I do not advocate the government intervening in this issue. Those who oppose the 9-11 Victory Mosque, I am certain, feel the way I do. This is not a property rights issue. But since the subject has been brought up...
What about the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11? It has not been rebuilt due to government red tape. And yet, this mosque has been fast-tracked for approval and construction. Maybe the Muslim population is under-served in New York City. Let's check Google Maps for "mosque new york city":
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Well, so much for Muslims being under served by mosques in NYC. I wonder how many churches and synagogues are in Riyadh...
The dummy Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that we should not question where the financing for this mosque comes from, and that they have the "right" to build on this property. This is the same mayor who wants to regulate salt, fat, and tobacco in NYC, not to mention terrorize gun shop owners in VA with his goons.
So let's talk about tolerance. Christians and Jews are tolerant of other religions. Americans are tolerant of foreigners. But try to read the Bible or Torah on the street in a Muslim nation, and you would be lucky to only have it taken away from you. If you are a woman, try driving a car, or even walking down the same street in your western clothing - you would be lucky to escape with some spit in your face. Perhaps it would be acid instead. They require 4 male eyewitnesses for a rape conviction. They cut off hands of thieves, bury homosexual people up to their necks to stone them to death, and all sorts of other "tolerant" things. And don't forget that Cat Stevens (whatever the hell his post-Muslim-conversion name is) called for the beheading of Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses. Don't forget Daniel Pearl.
Here's some video of tolerance on display by pro-Mosque protesters. Pay close attention to the 3:55 mark:
The "Israeli national" finally caught after multiple stabbing attacks against black men in 3 states? An Arab, and a Muslim.
The man who stabbed and slashed a Muslim cabbie? A leftist "visual arts" major college student involved in a pro-mosque group! What?
Here is a page of audio clips where Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the effort to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, reveals his radicalism. A highlight:
"We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations. And when Madeleine Albright, who has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, when she was Secretary of State and was asked whether this was worth it, said it was worth it."Islam is an exclusive religion. Other religions are not tolerated in Muslim controlled areas and nations, and Sharia law is required by the Koran to be THE law wherever Muslims are in the majority. To my mind, the only difference between the Islamic terrorists and run-of-the-mill fundamental Muslims is the method used to achieve Sharia law.
In the name of tolerance, perhaps I should restate my position in more tolerant terms. Go build it somewhere else - you may want to keep Hell on the short list. This is why I oppose the Mosque at the WTC site:
The World Trade Center should be rebuilt. It would be especially nice to rebuild the site as close as possible to the original plan, with two towers. We should not be stuck with a hole in the ground for going on ten years.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The landing gear from the plane "piloted" by Atta actually fell into this building.
If constructed, this mosque will be a symbol of Islamic conquest of the Great Satan.
Go build it in hell, you flea-bitten bastard sons of whores
Friday, August 13, 2010
1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people.
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership.
3. Obama fails to inspire.
4. The United States is drowning in debt.
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat.
6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake.
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive.
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration.
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security.
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness.
While #4 is not the exclusive domain of President Obama, a fact he and his surrogates like to point out ad nauseum, this administration has doubled-tripled-quadrupled-down on the debt with their massive spending and entitlement increases.
The most damning, and at the same time revealing, point is number 10. Here is the author's expansion in full, and the closing:
Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.
There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency and it’s not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made the United States the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth.
This, combined with weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world, has contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. America at its core remains a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. President Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America’s deep-seated love for freedom.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
“Elena Kagan is seen by many political figures on both sides of the aisle as a person of keen intellect and unvarnished integrity, who respects the law and precedent. By confirming her today, the U.S. Senate rejected the extremism of the National Rifle Association, which strongly opposed her. The NRA bosses not only argued against her confirmation, but also advertised against it, and indicated they would ‘score’ Senators on their votes.
“But even nine Senators rated 'A' by the NRA stood up to the gun lobby and voted to confirm her.
“With Ms. Kagan’s background as an advisor and legal counselor to former President Clinton, and her experience as the dean of Harvard Law School, the Supreme Court is welcoming a justice who will respect judicial precedent and one who recognizes that reasonable gun regulations can save lives.
“The Brady Campaign was proud to endorse Elena Kagan and support her confirmation against the determined opposition of the NRA. We look forward to her service on our nation's highest court.”
Here are some important corrections to this statement:
- Kagan's intellect and integrity are questionable at best. To wit: Citizens United, in which she demonstrated her ignorance of the Supreme Court's role, and the banning of military recruiters at Harvard, while at the same time establishing a Sharia Law studies center, during a time of war with islamo-fascist terrorists.
- "...who respects law and precedent." See Senator Coburn's questioning during confirmation hearing about fruits and vegetables. Kagan could not answer that Federal power is limited by the Constitution.
- The Senate did not reject extremism, they endorsed it. They know Kagan will be a reliable rubber stamp for the ObamAgenda.
- "...nine Senators rated "A" by the NRA...voted to confirm her." Like Jim "Melonhead" Webb, A-NRA, who has also voted for every other ObamAgenda item. Webb was recently heard asking if anyone had seen his pistol.
- Heller and McDonald are now precedent. Stare decisis, beotches!
- Reasonable gun regulations DO save lives. See Amendment II.
- Add the prefix "dis" in front of the word "service."
Friday, August 06, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Congratulations on your nomination by the Republican party to run against the Democrat incumbent congressman Tom Perriello. His record thus far has demonstrated his abandonment (or perhaps absence) of morality, reality, and constitutional restraint.
I have one question which will determine whether or not you deserve to occupy the seat you intend to fill: What assurance can you give the the persons of Virginia's 5th district that your election will mean a return to a small government limited in its scope and influence by the terms set forth in the Constitution? I refer here to the original meaning and intent of the Constitution as written, debated, and ratified; specifically Article 1, Section 8.
You have voted to increase funding for K-12 government education. You voted for Governor Warner's $1.4 billion tax increase, after spending a surplus of $900 million. In your latest public policy statement, you claim government spending is out of control, which is true. You claim that you will bring jobs and leadership to the district, and get debt and deficits under control. You claim that these policies will enable us to keep more of our hard-earned money in our pockets rather than send it to Washington. But if the size and scope of the federal government is not reduced, how will this be accomplished? Inflation? Surely, we will be keeping more of our money in our pockets, but those paper dollars will be worth less.
You fail to mention the Constitution anywhere on your campaign web site, yet you make the claim that "[c]onservative leaders are speaking out and endorsing Robert because they know that they can count on him to be a reliably conservative voice for the people of Virginia in Congress." Do you even know what the term "conservative" means?
You call for a line-item veto, but without a Constitutional Amendment, this would be in violation of the Constitution (I,7).
You want to end Virginia's estate tax. Good. If you attempt this at the federal level, we once again have a constitutional issue.
You want to create incentives for small businesses. Why not say you want to cut corporate and capital gains taxes?
You want to expand reciprocity for concealed carry. Again, something which cannot be done at the federal level, McDonald notwithstanding.
You have made the following statement: "As a member of the House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate, I have consistently opposed tax increases and spending proposals that did not put the people first." (emphasis mine) Who are "the people" and how are they "put first?" Would you vote for a tax increase on a small percentage of people earning higher incomes because the "rich" are not "the people," and they can afford it anyway? Would you vote for a spending increase in social welfare programs because it would "put the people first?"
To be perfectly candid, Mr. Hurt, you sound like just another big-government RINO. We do not need another Kirk, Castle, Snowe, Collins, Specter, Brown, or Goode. It will not be a hard-sell to defeat the inept Tom Perriello. But it will be a hollow victory for America and the persons of Virginia's 5th district if you cannot pledge to be bound by the Constitution, and to follow conservative principles.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Here she advises her audience to seek federal employment at the Department of Agriculture because, as she says, "You've heard of a lot of layoffs. Have you heard of anybody in the federal government losing their job? That's all I need to say.":
Candor is so refreshing.
UPDATE: Ms. Sherrod says she was told by the White House to "pull over to the side of the road" to tender her resignation. Could the White House mean this in the old Soviet way of "saving paperwork?"
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Nowhere in its extensive discussion does the FTC consider the possibility that old-line media are failing because they are simply out of touch with the American people. The mainstream television news outlets are clinging to a liberal ideology that is as irrelevant as Lyndon Baines Johnson, but they refuse to change. Who wants to hear Brian Williams's endless reports on "Making a Difference" when those reports routinely bash capitalism in favor of community organizing? Who wants to listen to more of the media's underhanded propaganda pieces carefully timed to support "progressive" legislation like Obamacare and cap and trade? Who wants to watch their biased exposés taking on religious leaders, big business, and the American military?
The FTC seems to believe that serious news reporting cannot exist without government subsidies. Why is it that Fox News and the Wall Street Journal have flourished while traditional networks and the New York Times have fallen off a cliff? Fox News and the Journal are doing just fine -- as are thousands of conservative websites and radio stations -- without government intervention. Government's contention that news reporting is in decline is simply preposterous: Americans are more engaged and better-informed than ever before. Perhaps that is what worries Obama's regulators.
Mr. Folks goes on to compare the attempt at state control of media to Hitler's rise to power. He carefully explains that while while the ObamAdministration, and Obama himself, are not being compared to the whole of Hitler's record, the control itself is Hitlerian.
A crucial aspect of Hitler's rise to power was control of the media. During the run-up to the March 5, 1933 elections -- the last truly legitimate elections to be held until after the war -- Goebbels employed every means of propaganda to ensure Hitler's success. Mass meetings, prominently reported in the print media and dramatically broadcast on radio, were planned for maximum impact. As Fest writes: "The country was inundated with appeals, slogans, parades, displays of banners" (Fest 409). Goebbels also employed his own party newspaper -- Der Angriff ["The Attack"] -- to full effect.
I am not suggesting that Barack Obama is Adolf Hitler. I am suggesting that like Hitler -- and like Castro, Chávez, and many other radicals with grandiose ambitions -- Obama intends to exert control over the media to secure his own political power. Obama is out of touch with the public, yet determined to impose his brand of socialism on the country. To succeed in this evil and undemocratic program, he must silence his opponents. And to silence his opponents, he must control the media. Thus the process now underway at the FTC and FCC.
Freedom's last stand is under full attack from this jackass, President Obama, and his evil cabal. Are you more concerned with your I-Phone, Twitter updates, the screen resolution of your new T.V.,People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, or are you going to wake up and do something about it?
In a related story, I would like to thank my Senators, Jim "Melonhead" Webb and Mark "Moron" Warner for voting in favor of the ObamAdministration's financial reform legislation. NB to Robert Hurt: Should you be elected Congressman for Virginia's 5th district, you should sponsor a bill to repeal all laws passed by the current congress.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
[c]ancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies, as well as obesity prevention services, immunizations, blood pressure screenings and tobacco cessation services are among those that will be available to consumers without a copayment or other direct costs for consumers on new health plans after Sept. 23.
NB - "Other direct costs" does not have the same definition as "free."
The article goes on to say that the list of "free" services will be debated by the industry over what is, and is not, included. The author neglects, however, to state (or perhaps even realize) that nothing is ever truly "free." This is an affliction which is most commonly found amongst liberals, democrats, progressives, socialists, communists, fascists, Marxists - otherwise known as "statists." Someone will have to pay for the "free" services, which will mean either higher taxes, increased borrowing, or inflation. Maybe even all three. We will, the author's statements suggest, argue about what we get on our "free" pizza. Unfortunately, at this point we can't afford even garlic bread.
"The biggest beneficiaries will be those who previously had sparse policies with high copays for such services. " Let me rephrase this statement: "The biggest beneficiaries will be those who will have zero tax liability. The rest of us will get soaked." If you don't believe me, ask Dear Leader's new minister-without-portfolio (or hearing) unconfirmed-and-recess-appointed head of CMS Dr. Donald Berwick. He says it's all about redistribution of wealth:
The welfare state will collapse under its own weight. And Adam Smith's Invisible Hand will bitch-slap the Democrats in November.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I find it hard to be excited about the ruling for no other reason but that many people will choose to own firearms regardless of what any court or law may decree. Of course, criminals will disregard laws simply because they are, by definition, criminals. No penalty will persuade these people from possessing firearms.
There is another, still larger, group of people who will choose to posses firearms, legally or illegally. These people are otherwise law-abiding citizens who, despite what their government orders, value life and its righteous defense. They are made into outlaws by their government because they refuse to submit their sovereignty of their own lives and the lives of their families. They do not, I say again do not, wish to initiate the use of force against anyone. They want to be left alone to live their lives. But when someone else initiates the use of force against them, it is their right and duty to respond in defense with like (and hopefully superior) force. The offender is given the only destruction he has a right to seek - his own.
Most Americans simply do not buy into the gun control argument any longer, regardless of laws. Firearms are used by citizens more than two million times per year to stop criminals. In the large majority of cases, just the presentation of the firearm is enough.
What if 12 to 20 million Americans refused to pay income taxes?
What if 12 to 20 million Americans sent a large portion of their income to a foreign country?
What if 12 to 20 million Americans had no identification, or worse, used stolen identification?
What if 12 to 20 million Americans did not pay their medical bills?
I could go on...
Monday, June 28, 2010
He will be missed by those who loved him most: His fraternity brothers at Kappa Kappa Kappa, rope manufacturers, textile mills which specialize in white sheets, kerosene distributors, and the idiots in the media who like to recall the story of his "dog-eared copy of the Constitution," which he kept in the breast pocket of his suit (right next to his black heart).
"He knew how to spread the graft around."