Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Obama administration will approve significant oil and gas exploration off America’s coasts, including a possible sale two years from now of leases off Virginia’s coast, administration officials said Wednesday.
Strange, especially coming on the heels of a three-year offshore drilling ban announced earlier this month. So what's Obama up to here?
-With the evidence overwhelmingly against him, he's making a tactic admission that Sarah Palin was right about energy policy all along. However, since he's a sore winner, he's continuing his ban on most new drilling/development in Alaska. Take that, bitch!
Hmmm...could be - he's shown this type of petulance before - but not quite sure this is it....
-He realizes this is the easiest way to fix the economy. Offshore drilling would bring revenue into both the state and federal coffers, provide tens of thousands of well-paying blue-collar jobs, and lower energy prices, thus leaving Americans with more disposable income to spend.
Hmmm...entirely logical and commonsensical. Exactly why this cannot be Obama's motivation. Plus, it would mean he would have to drop his ideological hatred of all things carbon-based. To date, he hasn't acted once outside of his ideological dogma. Why would he start here, with his second greatest foe (Israel being first)?
-A ploy to make cap and trade more palatable? Ah ha...try this scenario on for size:
President makes big speech about allowing exploration for gas and oil, talks about how it would create jobs and lower fuel prices. Then slams the nation with cap and trade bill, but claims any hikes in taxes or energy costs would be offset by increased domestic exploration. Points out any job losses in the coal business can be made up in the offshore drilling business. Repeats incessantly how angry environmentalists are with him for lifting drilling ban, in an effort to show cap and trade isn't just another left-wing scam. Gets one or two key Senatorial suckers and Congressman from key coal-producing states to go along with him, media calls all opponents of the bill racists, and cap and trade becomes the law of the land.
I'd bet my last drop of gasoline on motive #3. After all, it's pretty common knowledge that ObamaCare will fall under its own crushing weight. Selling "carbon credits" at $500 billion or so per year would certainly help keep some liberal social welfare programs afloat, right? Plus, cap and trade would essentially give Obama and the Democrats complete control over the productive capability of the economy. And seeing how they've already seized control of the the auto-making business, the banking industry, the entire medical establishment, as well as the disbursement of student loans, how can they avert their eyes from the largest apple on the tree?
Drill today, get "capped" tomorrow. Socialism writ large, from brainpans quite small....
President Barack Obama deserves credit for his political savvy: On the same day that he has the EPA initiate a regulatory chain reaction that will shackle the American economy, the President announces that the Department of the Interior will facilitate expanded offshore drilling. Talk about a slight of hand.
....almost 2/3 of Virginians — including Governor Bob McDonnell and virtually the entire Congressional delegation — support drilling offshore in the state’s waters. Obama’s plan would allow leasing off the Old Dominion, but that’s about all.
And while all the talking heads are chattering about Obama’s supposed pragmatism, the EPA will release today its final rule to allow California to regulate greenhouse gases from automobiles under the Clean Air Act. That’s the real story, because once a “pollutant” (remember, we are talking about carbon dioxide, the stuff we exhale) is regulated under the Clean Air Act, it becomes subject to further and further regulation. The President will have the power (the obligation, according to well funded environmental lawyers) to regulate anything larger than a mansion — your small business, your office complex, your apartment building.
Get ready for the green police.
This blog supported Halfacre, as did many of the grassroots Republicans voters in CD-12. He managed to lower taxes in his township in consecutive years, he held town hall meetings for the district simultaneously w/Holt's to talk about health care (and to accommodate the hundreds left out in the cold as Holt chose especially small venues), and he actually seemed to be interested in bettering the lives of New Jersey residents by trying to get Washington off our our backs and out of our pockets.
Sipprelle? A Wall Streeter who made a number of political donations in the past few years to Democrats, he first decided to run a mere three months ago. Insular and unknown, Sipprelle seems to get quite angry when asked about these questionable donations, and has out and out lied about it to potential constituents:
Back in January, just after Sipprelle got into the race for the GOP nomination to challenge Rush Holt, he told Tea Party activist John Mennella that he donated to Schumer because his boss at Morgan Stanley pressured him to. Sipprelle said he quit Morgan as a result. MoreMonmouthMusings discovered that was not possible, as Sipprelle left Morgan in 1998 but donated to Schumer in 2002.Why does Sipprelle have such a hard time explaining his relationship with Schumer? Why does he get testy when someone brings it up?
Maybe this is why:
Schumer sponsored a series of bills that made home mortgages easier to get. 1% down payments and loan guarantees. Preservation of defenses with respect to the sale or transfer of predatory loans. He also sponsored legislation making it easier for credit reporting agencies to disclose consumer credit scores. Was Sipprelle's hedge fund trading sub-prime mortgages?
Nevertheless, Sipprelle has one thing Halfacre didn't have. Cash. And a promise to spend $750K of his own money on the campaign. That was enough for him to buy off every Republican County convention in the district. Too bad this race is not going to be about money. There's very little advert sing a candidate can do in NJ-12; as part of the New York radio/TV market any ads on major TV stations would simply get lost in the shuffle and would be unlikely to reach much of its desired target. Instead, one must advertise strictly on cable and New Jersey radio stations; neither of which is an expensive proposition.
So we could have had a proven tax-cutting social conservative, a lifelong Republican with grassroots appeal to run against Holt. Instead, we get a johnny-come -lately opportunist, another rich guy who wants something to do, who will be eaten alive by Holt.
I can see the ads now: "Do we really need another representative of Wall Street in Congress?" and "Did Sipprelle contribute to candidates that helped him cause the mortgage mess that afflicts you today?" and "Why won't Sipprelle come clean about his questionable campaign donations?", complete with videos of his misleading and angry responses. Holt and the Democrats will have a blast, while the best Sipprelle can do is turn it into a mud-slinging match, which will neither help his image or stimulate turnout.
Great job, guys. You saved yourself the struggle of fundraising and in return nominated a flawed candidate, in the one year where we have an actual shot to knock off Rush Holt. a Congressman to the left of Nancy Pelosi. Thanks.
Nevertheless, I'll pull the lever for Sipprelle. What choice do I have? But I feel I will be joined by a lot less people than I would have expected...
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Repeating stuff this makes liberals feel better about themselves, but alas, it's simply not true. The Left says a lot of things to make themselves feel better that aren't true - like, "health care reform will cut the deficit!", and "abusing Israel will help foster peace in the Middle East!", and so on...
But to straighten out the record, without taxing Eugene's extremely lazy brain by asking him to use this newfangled thing called "Google", we'll put out a partial list of some the hatred and bile that has come from the Left in recent years:
"A spoiled child (Bush) is telling us our Social Security isn't safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here's your answer, you ungrateful whelp: [audio sound of 4 gunshots being fired.] Just try it, you little b*stard. [audio of gun being cocked]." -- A "humor bit" from the Randi Rhodes Show
"I want to go up to the closest white person and say: 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing' and then slap him, just for my mental health" -- New York city councilman Charles Barron
"..And then there's Rumsfeld who said of Iraq 'We have our good days and our bad days.' We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say 'This is one of our bad days' and pull the trigger." -- From a fundraising ad put out by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club
"...but the kind of people who would buy a car that increases the risk to other motorists in an accident can't be reasoned with. They're selfish and stupid. It's unfortunate that drivers must worry that their SUVs are being targeted by insulting stickers and Molotov cocktails, but one thing's for sure: It couldn't be happening to a more deserving group of people." -- Ted Rall winks at ecoterrorism
"F*** God D*mned Joe the God D*mned Motherf*cking plumber! I want Motherf*cking Joe the plumber dead." -- Liberal talk show host Charles Karel Bouley on the air.
"Republicans don't believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm." -- The Village Voice's Michael Feingold, in a theater review of all places
"I know how the 'tea party' people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their 'Obama Plan White Slavery' signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads." -- The Washington Post's Courtland Milloy
My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife..." "Remember Eric...our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy fucking pig, you're an abomination, you receive my bullets in...your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations." -- Obama campaign contributor Norman Laboom
Or how about this movie, getting 6.5/10 stars on the IMDB:
Death of a President (2006): Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.
The top link has more. Here's the point: The media is trying to silence dissent to ObamaCare and to the Democratic party. They can't call for an outright ban on political speech (yet), but they can try to redefine language which they use freely as "hate speech" when it is targeted against them, or politicians and agendas they support.
Don't let them. Speak up now, or forever lose your right to...
Silly? Yes, as silly as the adulation of Barack Obama has turned out to be. And yet...looking back now, with decades having past, one can look at their songs and lyrics and start to wonder if these guys were in fact prophets, just not prophets of the Sixties and Seventies, but prophets of the 21st century. For all of their misleading, confusing, songs with oblique lyrics, it is the songs the speak the clearest that most accurately portend the world, circa 2010.
I've already applied "Revolution". Now let's hop in the WABAC machine and head to 1966, when a young George Harrison wrote...Taxman.
Did he foresee Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress of 2010? Let's see:
Let me tell you how it will be;
There's one for you, nineteen for me.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.
Should 5 per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don't take it all.
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.
And isn't that the underlying threat of the Democrats in power today? "Give what I ask for, and say "thank you" when you are giving it, lest I demand, and take, even more"
Now, can we deconstruct this stanza? Yes we can!
If you drive a car, car, I'll tax the street;
If you try to sit, sit, I'll tax your seat;
If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat;
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.
A cold prophecy of cap and trade. The taxation on gasoline (and the soon-to-be imposed tax on mileage), and the taxation on energy usage, including heat, which Obama has been promising for years. Tax our feet? Hello, health care reform! Wait until you see what a podiatrist will cost you in 2012...
Finally, the Death Tax:
Now my advice for those who die, (taxman!)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman!)
'Cause I'm the taxman,
Yeah, I'm the taxman.
And you're working for no one but me.
Oh...my...God. It's like...they knew of the horrors that would befall us! Nostradamus, move over. I'm diggin' through my old Beatles collection, looking to hear what Obama and the Democrats are going to pull on us next. Thank you George, Paul, John, and Ringo!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Rep. Eric Cantor, of course, is a Republican Jew, which I suppose puts two targets on his back. From a video made by nutcake Norman Leboon, as reported by TPM:
My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife..." "Remember Eric...our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy fucking pig, you're an abomination, you receive my bullets in...your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."
Leboon also stated that Eric Cantor is "pure evil"; will be dead; and that Cantor's family is suffering because of his father's wrath.
Oh - did I mention the guy was a Obama campaign contributor?
TPM, being a lefty site, has lots of fun comments from the Kindergarten Klub:
Maybe he should have just posted pictures of Cantor with a gun site on him with the heading 'TARGET', pictures of guns pointing at him, use Cantor's picture as a target with bullet holes in it, hang the image of Cantor by a rope, since those acts are just considered 'free speech' and in no way imply that he wants to harm Cantor.
It seems that the fire the GOP stoked with psycho/extremists continues to burn them in the end.
...there's nobody happier about this than Cantor! Finally, he doesn't have to rely random bullet holes in an building he sometimes visits.
Strangely enough, the GOP "false flag" scenario was my first thought, as a way to draw attention from the real threats and vandalism to Dem elected officials last week. And who more high profile than Cantor? This whole thing smells like yesterday's diapers...
Remember how the Left was sure, sure, that stupid Americans would launch random attacks against American Muslims after 9/11, no matter how many times George Bush played the "Islam is a religion of peace" card/canard? Well, maybe they should take the same concern for American Jews, as our president targets Israel specifically as the "fall guy" for all the problems in the Middle East, and makes clear via his policies , prizes and personnel selections that he views the Jewish people with all the undisguised hostility of a Third-World despot.
Does Eric Cantor deserved to be targeted as a "Jew" by an Obama supporter because of the unbridled hatred the president has towards them? If not, well, stand up and tell Obama to moderate his words, review his ugly actions, and try to occasionally speak well of the Jews.
And if you don't feel that's necessary, well...doesn't that say a lot about what the intentions of the "progressive" movement actually are?
"As a society...we cannot tolerate this"
"It's going to cost us something...In order for all of us to get a little bit more...a whole bunch of us are going to have to give up a little something that we have"
(Well, many of us are giving up a lot, and getting nothing in return, unless "a little bit more" refers to the amount of taxes we will have to pay... )
"This is gonna cost us billions"
(Ah, trillions, but at least Michelle is honest about it costing something)
"What does it mean to live in a society...what does it mean to be an American? What kind of sacrifice do we all have to make? What are we willing to sacrifice, to make sure we have the resources to do it?
"As Barack says...We all have the work to do...it's about changing our mindset "
Again: Ugly, but honest. We are our brother's keeper, and if we work our whole lives, and he never lifts a finger, under the rule of Obama they are as much entitled to our riches as we are. We must change our mindsets and accept socialism, and be prepared to give up all that we have so that the moral goal of wealth redistribution is achieved.
Interesting - Michelle knows, but her husband will not admit, that we have to give up something in order to maintain socialized medicine, as the resources simply are not there. What's it going to be? Social Security? Medicare? Our world-class military? Somethings gotta give, but Barack can't admit it, and he's not telling us what he's gonna do...
Oh yeah. Note the one word played over and over: Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice. Remember what Ayn Rand said about sacrifice?
A sacrifice is the surrender of a value. Full sacrifice is full surrender of all values....
It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.
Wish we could have gotten this video out before health care was stolen from us...not that, in a non-representative government, it would have made much difference anyway...
Suckers. Let's look at Obama's numbers - the man who jammed this ill-fated reform down America's throat. Shocker: they blow:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends).
The President enjoyed a modest bounce in the polls following the passage of health care legislation last week. However, his Approval Index rating is now back to where it was last Sunday, just before the House voted in favor of his health care plan. All the bouncing of the past week has come among Democrats. There has been virtually no change in the opinions of Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
It's the unaffiliated who will make the difference in 2012, just like they did in 2008. And guess what? They're just as pissed about health care reform as the average Republican voter is. Great job, Baracky - you aligned two huge voting blocks against your party for the foreseeable future. Think your Congress is still going to be stumping on reform?
Oh - and by the way - keep on mocking those Tea Partiers. It seems to be working - -NOT!
While many if official Washington consider the Tea Party movement to be a fringe element of society, voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party than to Congress.
Maybe you should start hitting those swing states, Baracky, to try to convince these rubes that your poison pill is actually good medicine, that deficits are better than surpluses, and that those Tea Partiers are a bunch of gun-totin', bible-clutching....well, you know.
On the other hand - maybe that's not such a good idea:
Florida voters dislike the new healthcare law so much that President Barack Obama and the state's top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, are paying a hefty political price, according to a new survey and analysis by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.
Only 34 percent of Florida voters support the new law while 54 percent are against it, according to the poll. Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.
The poll, conducted last week, is the first to be taken in Florida since Obama signed the healthcare reform bill into law.
Yeah, didn't Florida help you over the top in 2008? Are they now idiots, racists, or just FOXZombies?
And yet, the fact that the nation is turning against Obaam and his subordinates in a near fury seems not to trouble him at all. Is it because he ventures out only for pre-scripted rallies, and reads only the most sycophantic MSM reports? Does he believe simply what he is told, that the tea parties are meaningless, and juts made up of racists and other assorted fringe haters?
Or is he aware, and does he just not care? Does he reckon himself a revolutionary - a Castro, a Chavez - one that must complete the vision of the radical vanguard and defend it against the bourgeois middle class, sadly still clamoring for their SUVs, three-bedroom homes, and those laughable things called "rights"?
Hard to say. But whatever world Obama does fancy himself a member of, it is not a representative democracy...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Q: The New Jersey Education Association is very good at whipping up support. Do you have indication their persuasion will not be as effective?
A: (Tuesday), when we passed the most significant pension and benefit reforms we've passed in this state in the last 20 years, with them crowding the hallways.
Listen, it's time to have this fight. They have bullied every political subdivision of this state for decades. No wonder they can. They have a budget of over $134 million a year, by the way, of public money. All the teachers are paid with taxpayer money, and we deduct for them, by virtue of the Legislature, their dues, which are $750 a year, for 185,000 full-time members. So no wonder they can bully everybody around.
I do think something has changed. They spent millions of dollars to try to defeat me in November. They didn't. They spent millions of dollars to try and defeat the pension and benefit reforms. I signed them (Tuesday). I think momentum is on our side.
Now, I'd like them to be cooperative. I don't want to fight. I don't need to fight, if they're willing to be cooperative. But if they're unwilling to be a participant to fixing this problem, then, you know, we'll bring the game to them.
Chris Christie ought to be the fat face of the Republican party right now - a center-right politician, focused on righting the economic ship of state, while not getting distracted by the social issues that fan the flames of the culture war. While Christie is both pro-life and anti-gay marriage, they are not the keys to his governing style or support base. Only sound economic policy is, and for that, he still has majority support in a state with a 600K+ Democratic registration advantage.
He says something further in this interview, one that rings true not just in Dirty Jersey, but across America:
I just think it's time for us to say there can't be two classes of people in New Jersey, public employees who receive rich benefits and members of the public who pay for them
That's the future of this nation under the Democratic party. Two Americas: a private sector, milked dry, to pay for every goodie bestowed upon government workers within the public sector. It's a cause of a lot of the resentment you see out there today (sorry boys, it's not racism, no matter how much you wish it to be) from the average citizen, who sees everything they ever worked for taken away, to be given to Democratic constituencies or federal employees.
The Republican party needs to take Christie's message nationwide. It's simple: The government's business model is unsustainable, it is bankrupting middle America, and we need to take it to those people - unions and politicians - who are digging our graves deeper and deeper. It's time to have this fight. And if they don't want to co-operate with us , we'll bring the game to them.
It's a winner. Just ask Christie, he'll tell you - or Scott Brown, or Bob McDonnell...
"Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin there in Searchlight, Nev., was the backyard of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but today it's the backdrop of this Tea Party Express - making a stop here," Whitfield said. "Hundreds of people, at least dozens of people - we haven't gotten a count of how many people turned out there.
Sheer idiocy? Or state-run media trying to protect the status quo? CNN's Fredericka Whitfield gives CNN's viewers everything she feels they need to know about this rally:
"Also trying to kind of explain or structure the language she has used about reloading America," Whitfield said. "Many people talked about some of the language that's been used by Republicans, including her as inciting violence as a result of the health care vote. She says she is not inciting violence.
The media is doing everything they can to de-legitimize opposition to the socialization of medicine in the United States. Crowds estimated to be in the tens of thousands are reduced to dozens, and focus is placed on conservatives forced to defend themselves against bogus charges - ginned up by the media - of racism.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
On top of AT&T's $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs, and there will be many more in the coming days and weeks....
So what are the Democrats going to do, now that their health care bill is being revealed as an economic nuke? Why, they're going to shut up the naysayers, of course:
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke took to the White House blog to write that while ObamaCare is great for business, "In the last few days, though, we have seen a couple of companies imply that reform will raise costs for them." In a Thursday interview on CNBC, Mr. Locke said "for them to come out, I think is premature and irresponsible."
Meanwhile, Henry Waxman and House Democrats announced yesterday that they will haul these companies in for an April 21 hearing because their judgment "appears to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs."
Theses guys can't handle the truth. To them, a balance sheet ("a what? They didn't teach us about those in Social Engineering 101!") is irresponsible propaganda. An announcement, required by law (whatever the Democrats decide the law is today, of course), that people's stock will lose value is a "conflict in judgement" with the administration, for which one must respond to Congress.
How much longer can the Democrats stick their fingers in the dikes of the truth? The MSM may not report the crushing blow that is coming to our economy, but by current law, publicly held companies must.
Unless Waxman & Co. can bully them into silence. It's better for average Americans to lose billions in investments than for Democrats to be revealed as frauds, I suppose. Unless Waxman feels he's got a no-lose situation here - he'll punish AT&T for talking, and when they don't talk, and their stock plummets, he's punish them for fleecing their shareholders. (UPDATE: Powerline has copies of documents sent to AT&T "requesting their personal testimony". There's a method to this madness, call it The Unforgiven Gambit)
It's called thug capitalism. See how well it works in Russia, or Venezuela. That's our future, if Waxman, Obama, Pelosi, and the mainstream media get their way. Let's hope the executives of the above companies have what it takes to stand up to these crooked bastards...
"Who is the public? What does it hold as its good? There was a time when men believed that 'the good' was a concept to be defined by a code of moral values and that no man had the right to seek his good through the violation of the rights of another. If it is now believed that my fellow men may sacrifice me in any manner they please for the sake of whatever they believe to be their own good, if they believe that they may seize my property simply because they need it - well, so does any burglar. There is only this difference: the burglar does not ask me to sanction his act."
"Madam, when we'll see men dying of starvation around us, your heart won't be of any earthly use to save them. And I'm heartless enough to say that when you'll scream, "But I didn't know it!" – you will not be forgiven."
"I refuse to apologize for my ability - I refuse to apologize for my success - I refuse to apologize for my money. If this is evil, make the most of it. If this is what the public finds harmful to its interests, let the public destroy me. This is my code - and I will accept no other."
So Colbert King tries to throw the leash around the Tea Party movement in today's Washington Post:
The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school's first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.
....Those were the faces I saw at a David Duke rally in Metairie, La., in 1991: sullen with resentment, wallowing in victimhood
...They were spotted last weekend on Capitol Hill under the Tea Party banner protesting the health-care-reform bill.
Tea Party members, as with their forerunners who showed up at the University of Alabama and Central High School, behave as they do because they have been culturally conditioned to believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, and to whomever they want, because they are the "real Americans," while all who don't think or look like them are not.
That is bulls*t, of course, but the truth isn't the point (it hasn't been in the media for a while now). King is trying to smear the Tea Party movement as racist, and to throw the rope around any who might rally to it's cause. Protest the government? Racist. Speak up against constitutional abuses? Racist, when a black man is president. Demand freedom? Racist. Colbert believes his rope will hold men back, and protect Obama and his twisted crusade.
The problem is, Colbert, that when men see all that they have being taken from them - their health care, their job security, more and more of their paycheck - they get angry. And trying to tie them down with the rope of guilt - "if you protest Obamacare, you are no better than folks who threw stones at black schoolgirls" - is a fool's task. You are asking Americans to give up all they have to Obama and the government, and in return you promise not to call them racist. Assuming they offer not a peep of protest.
That rope - of guilt, of fear -won't hold down the American people. It is a rope that is wearing thin, fast, and is seen as a measure of brute force and intimidation in place of a rational argument defending the bizarre machinations of the Obama administration.
The rope is fraying, and will be worn to tatters when November comes. The good people of this nation will take the torrent of abuse that is hurled at them by liberals, by the media, by folks like Colbert King, and will march proudly to the voting booth and fulfill their destiny, and this nation. Just like a young girl did in Alabama back in 1956!
And what will you be left holding, Mr. King? Ayn Rand also said "A leash is only a rope with a noose on both ends". Once the American people escape your noose, well...what will you do with your end? Will you slip it? Or proudly hang yourself with it, screeching racist! racist! racist! until you are heard of no more?
Friday, March 26, 2010
New Jersey' governor Chris Christie, as reported yesterday, has thrown down the gauntlet to the New Jersey Educator's Union: Accept a pay freeze and contribute 1.5% of your salary towards your benefits, and he'll rescind $800 million in cuts, saving hundreds of jobs and protecting educational standards for all of the state's kids. If you refuse, well....the hatchet is coming. And don't ever tell him again that it's all about the children...
It's a no-lose for Christie. And while the union balks at any type of giveback, all across the state the guns are turning on the 800-pound gorilla known as the NJEU, and their $130 million annual income, extorted from the teachers in the name of "dues":
New Jersey 101.5 FM’s David Matthau reports labor law experts say we may never really know how much money the NJEA has, because as a non-profit, like churches and charities, it does not pay taxes on the dues collected. NJEA is not required to open its books. The union does not have to spend all of the money it takes in, and no one is sure how they’re spending their money, or how much is squirreled away in surplus...
...The NJEA has bullied lawmakers and made so many enemies over the years even those who oppose Christie are enjoying seeing the NJEA get what they think it has coming. So why doesn’t someone examine and perhaps challenge the NJEA’s tax exempt status?
A commenter write about the union's status, and the law:
There are different types of non-profit corporations – 501C(3), 501C(4), etc. Some types of non-profits are permitted to participate in whatever type of political activity they wish, including campaign donations. Some types have separate funds for political purposes. None are permitted to use federal money for lobbying purposes.
The NJEA is probably free to make campaign contributions with membership dues, since those dues do are not directly or indirectly federal funds.
Non-profit status is a privilege, and that status can be challenged or revoked if the organization does not adhere to applicable financial regulations.
They are accountable to the IRS because they have been granted non-profit status. As a NJ corporation, they are also accountable to NJ.
If they receive any grants – federal or state – they must account for how those funds were used....
Christie has pushed the union's back to the wall. If they refuse to meet his requests, he can blame them for the ensuing layoffs/cutbacks. He can continue to question what they do with their $130 million/year, raising its profile to the point where every time a NJ resident sees a political ad from the union, they will be muttering, "So this is how they spend their money, and this is why my kid's programs were cut?"
Shame on the union. And if they do decide to hold their ground, and force the layoffs of teachers and administrators, then let's hope they squirreled away some of that $130M somewhere to help the unemployed educators. For if they are left high and dry by the union - along with all the state's kids - there will be hell to pay, not just from the voters, but from the rank-and-file...
Counter to the predictions put forward a year ago by the Administration, when it claimed that "more than 90 percent of the jobs created are likely to be in the private sector," U.S. companies employed 3.9 million fewer workers in January 2010 than they did one year earlier. Public employment bucked the trend, staying constant even as governments contended with sharply reduced tax revenues.
How off was our economically illiterate president?
....when touting the stimulus, President Obama and his team declared that "a package in the range that the President-Elect has discussed is expected to create between three and four million jobs by the end of 2010 . . . More than 90 percent of the jobs created are likely to be in the private sector."
90 percent of three million jobs would be 2.7 million jobs. Yet we're 3.9 million lower than when we started.
But they're celebrating Obamanomics, and Obamacare...in India. This is the stimulus they've been hoping for:
...President Obama signed into existence not just a historic healthcare reform law but also monumental piles of paperwork: New member registration forms. More claims. Ever-expanding databases. And on top of that, pressure to cut costs.
The bulge in administrative work may look like a nightmare to American insurance firms and government employees. But to outsourcing executives here in India, it’s heaven-sent. A number of Indian companies are already anticipating an increase in workload thanks to Obama's healthcare law.
The addition of 32 million insured Americans is “very significant” for Indian outsourcers, says Ananda Mukerji, chief executive officer of Firstsource Solutions in Mumbai.
Maybe Obama will write a new law saying insurance jobs must stay in the USA. Of course, they'll have to be unionized, of course, which will eventually raise rates. Obama will write a new law to forbid rate hikes, so the insurance companies will go bankrupt. Leaving Obama to either declare they are "too big to fail", and thus must be nationalized, or to junk the whole insurance industry and institute his beloved single-payer...
He believes he can bring Israel to her knees before him.
He tried, earlier this week:
The Israeli prime minister arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening brimming with confidence that the worst of the crisis in his country's relationship with the United States was over.
But Mr Obama was less inclined to be so conciliatory. He immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem.
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls."
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. "I'm still around," Mr Obama is quoted by Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. "Let me know if there is anything new."
For over an hour, Mr Netanyahu and his aides closeted themselves in the Roosevelt Room on the first floor of the White House to map out a response to the president's demands.
Although the two men then met again, at 8.20 pm, for a brief second meeting, it appeared that they failed to break the impasse.
"There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage," Israel's Maariv newspaper reported....
Which means that Netanyahu refused to bend to Obama's will. And we know what happens when people refuse to yield to The One. Threats, ugly public remarks, heated rhetoric, and overt hostility from our Petulant President.
Recent polling shows Israel has some of the highest support from Americans in recent history, with a 63+% approval rating. About the same amount of people who disapproved of ObamaCare. But if Obama's fixation of destroying Israel is as strong as his lust for socializing medicine in the United States, he won't give a sh*t what his fellow Americans think.
Because it is not about them. It is about him. Think of the power he can vest in himself if he can break the will of the Jews. He can stride across the Arab lands, as conqueror and king, their natural redeemer, the proof of his strength coming in the form of a surrender document from Israel. Truth, justice, and the safety of the world's most threatened democracy mean nothing to Barack Obama, when they stand in the way of his personal glory. And the presidency is only a stepping stone for him, one which gives him the power to empty our treasury, to abandon old friends, to forge alliances with criminals, all to serve one end. To magnify his glory. To make him the man who took Ugly America down a notch while aligning it with the hatemongers of the Middle East, by facilitating the destruction of the last safe haven of the Jews.
Just a thought, Baracky - maybe you should look at history, and look at the fate of nations that have tangled with the Jews. From the Romans to the Spanish Kings to Adolf Hitler, from Egypt to Syria to Jordon to Lebanon, the result has been the same: The would-be destroyers wind up humbled, debased, weakened, and destroyed, with their peoples suffering the same fate. The Jews, however, continue - unbowed.
Almost as if someone, or something, is looking after them...
More here and here
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Now we have the 41...the 41 Republicans who are fighting a losing battle against reconciliation in the Senate, knowing every amendment they offer will go down to defeat, hoping only to slow the advance, unveil their enemy's machinations, and find a chink in their armor.
Leonidas: No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan law. And by Spartan law, we will stand and fight... A new age has begun: an age of freedom! And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!
Well, a small victory has been won, at least:
Senate Republicans learned early Thursday that they will be able to kill language in a measure altering President Barack Obama's newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval...Democrats described the situation as a minor glitch, but did not rule out that Republicans might be able to remove additional sections of the bill.
Make them vote again, and again. Force every bit of chicanery out into the open. And when it is all over, and what few changes have been made, and the dust has settled and the remainder of the invading hordes bang their shields, the 41 will be held in high honor. Mocked by the Democrats, scorned by the media (Where is Scott Brown?, The Boston Herald sneers...he's fighting for your freedom, on the front lines...), scowled upon by the mighty King Obama, the 41 held strong, exposed the truth about their adversaries, and gave their all so that others may see the fight is not in vain.
Xerxes/Obama: Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand...I require only that you kneel.
The 41 will not kneel to Barack Obama and the Democrats. Nor will the rest of the American people. After all, we are all Spartans now...
A coffin was placed on a Missouri Democrat’s lawn, another in a string of incidents against lawmakers after their vote Sunday on a health care overhaul.
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) had a coffin placed “near his home,” a spokesman said Wednesday evening.
It symbolizes the death of the party, the death of the movement, not the man! Please..get a grip, and enjoy the zeitgeist :
This came after Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother’s gas lines were cut...
Hey, if we are priced out of the carbon market by cap and trade, we'll all be freezing to death together next winter!! Cutting his gas lines just symbolizes our empathy for what he's trying to accomplish....Jeez...if you don't see that, maybe you should just leave the gallery, OK?
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) received death threats and Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) received a message saying snipers were being deployed to kill children of those who voted for health care overhaul
Ah..well....that's a bit tougher. But since a majority of Americans now understand that Stupak just opened the way to government-assisted, citizen-funded abortions, and that Slaughter attempt to circumvent the entirety of the Constitution in order to facilitate the seizure of 1/6th of the nation's economy, well...one can understand just a wee bit of dissent. Roger Simon:
...in the grand tradition of totalitarian regimes everywhere, you employed “any means necessary” to make sure your ends were achieved, bribing and threatening your fellow Congressmen and women, etc. It is small wonder that our people are angry. It would be amazing if it were otherwise.
You have reaped a whirlwind by subverting a democracy. Now you must deal with it.
.... Violence is to be condemned, but so is the desecration of a great democracy.
Still. Expression of outrage are not the same as outrageous actions, but no one had better cross that line. We can wipe these guys off the face of the earth - this November, at the polls. Assuming no one tries to "deem and pass" an "Imperial Congress For Life"...
Of course, if we still had an independent press, we'd probably not even be here today. Which reminds me, look for the editorial pages of the Times or the WaPo to start calling for martial law to suppress the rage of the "teabaggers" before the Obama administration even does...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sorry. It is disturbing. But what Barack Obama and the Democrats are doing is nothing less than violating, forcefully, with disdain for the rule of law - all we Americans have held sacred for generations.
If we are real men - real Americans - we will fight to protect Miss Liberty from the next vicious assault, one that is no doubt being planned as we speak....
Morpheus: What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this.
Neo: No, I don't believe it. It's not possible.
Morpheus: I didn't say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth
The truth is never easy, gentle reader, even when it is delivered to us in a straightforward manner, as Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) does, when he speaks of the end goal of ObamaCare :
The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
We have been told. We may not listen (did Hitler did not plainly speak of his ambitions and Final Solutions?), but we have been warned. What happens next is as much our responsibility as it is the Democrats.
Cypher: If you'd told us the truth, we would've told you to shove that red pill right up your ass.
But Obama never told us the truth, nor did the media, who hope to somehow share power with the hard Left (power is fought over, never shared, silly journalists!). And so here we are, on the cusp of socialization, on the precipice of Control.
But we are going to fight back. The troops are gathering across the nation, the people are turning their backs on leadership, the legacy media finds itself drowned out by the fire erupting from the 'net. And we will stand as one, with our Gadsden flags unfurled, and remember the words of Neo:
NEO: I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world … without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you....
Indoor tanning salons will charge customers a 10 percent tax beginning today in just one of the changes Americans will see as a result of the U.S. health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama....
And who uses tanning salons? White people, by a huge margin. Post-racial president? Or Al Sharpton sans the gold chains?
Can you imagine if any previous administration had implemented a tax levied on service strictly used by black people? Oh, the left would be howling...but emptying whitey's pockets? Nothin' but crickets...
Actually, there is one other group of people - likely of all races - that uses tanning salons. Those are people afflicted with eczema, a common and painful skin condition
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed lesions.
The best treatment for eczema is small, consistent doses of ultraviolet radiation - ie a tanning bed. Most dermatologists will keep one in their office, and charge you a hefty fee for its use, which is covered by most insurance plans. However, the copay can range between $10-$25, depending on your plan. To compete with this, most tanning salons offer "eczema packages", which average out (in my area) in the $10-range per visit. So one can actually save serious money (since treatment may need to be consistent) avoiding insurance and working with the non-medical private sector.
But that will likely disappear, as tanning salons are taxed out of business, or are forced to raise their rates via the tax to equal or above rates charged by insurance companies. So this medical treatment will now cost even more money under Obamacare, limit patient's options, increase wait times for treatment, and force insurance rates higher as they now need to cover more people with this condition who would have ordinarily paid for it themselves.
But since the government now owns the health-care industry...maybe they know all this already?
Still, take note, Barack: Racism - like taxes - never pays...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Any Democrat could introduce a public option amendment in the Senate and it would need a bare majority to pass. Would it have 50 votes? It looks that way, but the one way to find out is to hold the vote without leadership urging members to vote it down....
...with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and his pro-life caucus squarely on board as the result of a deal with the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has the votes to pass a public option. There's an easy way to prove that assertion: She passed it in November 220-215 with a public option. Sunday night's version passed 220-211, meaning that four members could peel off and she would still have the needed support.
Alas, the HuffPost is right on this one. Changing the bill in this way would require another vote by the House, but hey - if you've jumped off the cliff once and survived, why not do it twice? And if the fact that 59% of the American people disagree with you didn't stop you on Sunday night, why would it stop you next week?
Tyranny does not need consent of its subjects. However, there is a critical mass that they need to be concerned about, where the tinder of discontent explodes into the flames of rebellion.
I was on the subway in New York yesterday, and overheard numerous conversations by folks of all shapes/sizes/colors, all about the reform bill. No one sounded happy. One person exclaimed, "Jesus f*ck, what are the going to do next?"
That's the sound of tinder about to hit it's combustion point. And this is in one of the Democratic party's fortresses, no less.
Are they so sure that, once the blaze is ignited, they can so easily put it out? The soothing words of Barack Obama are no longer effective as an extinguisher to put out this particular fire - in fact, they might fan the flames...
So...you still gonna try that public option?
Per MSNBC, Obama Will Not Take Any Photos with Bibi
Chuck Todd just said that Netanyahu is in the U.S. and will be at the White House, but Obama will not take any photos with him or let any press get any photos of them together.
It's not that he hates the Jews, or Israel, don't you know....but it would be so hard to explain to his Arab friends and allies that...well...you understand, don't you? The trouble it would cause if they were, you know...seen in public together?
UPDATE: Related...something Barack Obama and Gordon Brown can finally see eye-to-eye on...those pesky Jews!
A new low was reached Tuesday in the traditionally close but often rocky British-Israeli relationship when Britain announced that it was expelling an Israeli diplomat following the use of forged British passports in the Dubai assassination of a senior Hamas official in January.
...the [British] probe was unable to definitively confirm the involvement of Israeli intelligence...
Who cares? They're JEWS!
UPDATE II: Collecting pennies for UNICEF? Watch them melted into rhetorical bullets aimed at those damn Jews!
UNICEF has funded PYALARA, the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation, since 2000. An ad that bears the UNICEF logo promotes a PYALARA program on Palestinian Authority TV that is devoted to promoting a boycott of Israel. The ad depicts an axe smashing a Star of David, which has on its side not only additional Jewish stars but also the stars and stripes of the United States....
Well, maybe the stars and bars will disappear, now that Obama has committed the United States to the cause of the Palestinian jihad...
And she's starting off her tenure at ABC in classic elitist fashion: Vacationing in the south of France:
Newly hired Christiane Amanpour has irked her ABC News bosses by refusing to start until August -- because she wants to spend the summer in the south of France.
The respected CNN chief international correspondent, who will take over as anchor of ABC's Sunday morning show "This Week," told network honchos that she wouldn't start until after her regular summer vacation...A source told Page Six, "Christiane made it clear she would not start until August because she wants to spend time at her family house in France." Amanpour, daughter of an Iranian airline executive and his British wife, is married to former State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin, a Columbia University professor.
Despite her clear dedication to the job, she told a British newspaper last year, "I spend time in France each summer."
And speaking of Christiane's husband, he is an...
...informal foreign policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama [and] served in the State Department during the administration of President Bill Clinton...
Why not just hire Robert Gibbs and get it over with?
And what are they saying over at ABC?
"In general, people are too demoralized to care," says a veteran ABC correspondent...
Jake Tapper is apparently pissed, but is keeping his mouth shut. Because he's a professional journalist. Which also makes him eminently unqualified to have nay type of high-profile role in a media environment where the only contest is to see how far one can stick their tongues up the Obama administration's collective ass...