Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Presidential Speech Predictions

Wanted to get this out before he talks, but I am going to go out on a limb and make the following predictions about his speech:

1.  "We have ended the war."  i,e, He is unable to say that we won.

2.  "I was right years ago when I said that the surge was necessary."

3.  There will be no mention of GW Bush. He, who shall not be named, except for campaigning in safely Democrat districts.

4.  The troops will be praised for their endurance as "victims."

5.  Now that the war is over, we can finally afford Obamacare.  (No we can't).

He will fall back to his mantra "Let me be perfectly clear"  or in the alternative, "As I have always said" at least four times..  And no, he won't be perfectly clear.

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's an American Thing

And Chris Matthews and oh so many others, just wouldn't understand.  If you believe that America is a fundamentally racist, homophobic, sexist country, you cannot understand the rest of us.

Especially those of us who have been outside of this great country, and know it is their own arrogance that allows other Americans to believe such nonsense.  But as someone else said, "at some point you've done enough damage to the country."  .

Update:  Here is more, even better said.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hobson's Choice

It has been an article of faith that the Bush tax cuts only went to the richest. Sure, the facts disprove that argument, but through their control of the media, the notion that only the rich received any benefit of the tax cuts has endured and prospered.

That is about to come to an end.

The Democrats are stuck.  They can allow the tax cuts to expire, and pretend to be fiscally responsible, even though the lowest tax rate is going to increase by fifty percent, child credits are going to be halved, and a whole raft of other middle class tax cuts are going to be removed.  And if they do, the economy is going to tank even worse.  If they don't, they are not supporting their prior complaint that tax cuts only went to the rich.

It sure is a problem when you get caught up in your own lies, isn't it?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Speaking Truth to Power

That phrase above has been used for as long as I can remember as a sort of badge of courage by the Left, in that they don't agree with the popular ideas, but instead want the true ones.  Skip forward to today, and the Left is now "The Man." 
Do they speak "Truth to Power?"  Absolutely not!  Instead, they shout down any who would disagree with them.  But the problem for the Left in shouting down "seditious ideas" is that they are not able to find the one figure to focus their minds on, or at.
For awhile, the leader of the opposition was supposed to be Rush Limbaugh.  Then, it was switched to Fox News, especially when the Tea Party took root.  Later, Sarah Palin was to be considered the leader, but she was inadequate for a bogey(wo)man, because she was operating out of Alaska with nothing more than a Twitter account.  Not to say that the Left was giving up on finding the object of their vilification.  When the lie spread that a black lawmaker had been spit on and called the "N" word, the Left harrumphed that the leaders of the Tea Party had to speak out against such vicious attacks.  But like the vapidity of their false claims, there is no one leader of the movement that is "an Army of Generals."  So, who is the Left left to attack?

America and Americans.

Yes, I am calling the members of the professional loony Left anti-American.  But it seems only fair.  And true.  After all, the Left which was so vigilant in finding any examples of McCarthyism, seems only to have learned how to apply that same tactic against their opponents.  And left to no other options, have decided that Glenn Beck is now the voice of their darkest fears (or is it dreams?).
In case you missed it, Glenn Beck is having a Restore Honor gathering at the Lincoln Memorial on the same date as that of Martin Luther King's I have a Dream Speech.  This act is sacriligious to many on the Left.  and left to their usual tactics, they attack the messenger rather than the message.   But not just attack, but to slander and defame. And finally, to bring out their version of the nuclear option, to declare him a "racist." 
The Ground Zero Mosque has allowed a further opportunity for the hypocrisy of the Left to be put on display.  Those who would swoon with vapors should a high school football team have a prayer, are now the most adamant defenders of the right to place a mosque near Ground Zero.  The tactic this time though, is to take what Obama does so well, and that is to set up an army of strawmen, and mow them down.  They say that opposition to the mosque is "anti-Islamic"  even though it's not Islam that is being objected to, but the sensitivity to the location.   The idea that the mosque is being built as a "bridge to understanding" is belied by the problems that surround the location and the refusal to move it.
Somehow, being lectured on religious rights by Mayor Bloomberg or Nancy Pelosi is not seen as the ludicrous assertion that it really is. But when Pelosi called for an investigation into who was funding opposition that was the chilling last straw for me.  Does she really believe that we cannot have an opinion without it being bought and paid for?  Screw her, and the constituents that keep electing her.
The underlying theme throughout this, is that the conservative will fight to the death for the right of the Left to say stupid nonsense.  The Left will fight to the death to stifle speech that they disagree with.
Now you know who really is holding the badge of courage.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why is This Man Smiling?

Because he doesn't have a clue?  From Karl Rove:
In what will rank as one of the all-time presidential PR disasters, we're now well over half way through what the White House called "the summer of recovery." And what a recovery it's been.
Earlier this month, first-time claims for unemployment hit a nine-month high. The unemployment rate remains at 9.5% and 18.4% of workers are out of a job, can only get part-time work, or have given up looking for a job altogether. Sales of existing homes dropped 27% from June to July, hitting the lowest point since data were first collected in 1999. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to 50.4 in July, continuing a slide that started in February. And the stock market is down 11% from its peak in April.

“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the healthcare bill,”

The problem I have with this, is that if Max isn't reading it, he sure as heck isn't writing it either.  Which may explain why student loans, and the requirement for 1099s for the sale of gold are in Obamacare.  And if he is farming out the writing, who exactly is doing it?  What are their motives, agendas, etc.?  Because if the health insurance lobby is writing this mess, what do you think the end result will be?? Good for their industry, not necessarily good for us.

Scary Thoughts

The Hill is saying that the latest awful news about home sales is more difficulty for the Democrats. Which reminded me of an interview with Rep. Debbie Wasseman-Schulz of Florida (Delusional) who was trying to put the best spin on the economy that she could.  She was asked if she thought the President's economic plan was working, since Florida has an unemployment rate of over 11%.  Ms. Debbie replied that she thought it was working wonderfully.
And then it hit me - What if she is right?  What if this is as good as it gets? 

Makes me long for the days of yore when the rich got all of the tax cuts and there were no regulations about anything,  Sure seems a lot more attractive than what we are experiencing now.  Of course, the Democrats like all people fascinated by command economies never had to live under one, until now. 
May just cure them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Liberally Racist

Joe Conason continues to make an ass of himself by finding Boogiemen where there are none.  His premise is that not all conservatives are racists but all racists are conservative.  This  is a wonderful argument because it is absolutely impossible to disprove.  If you lined up all of your conservative friends and could totally and completely prove that they are not racists, Conason and his kind would just declare that all of the other conservatives were racists instead.  This is the same argument as the question "Have you stopped beating your wife?"  Its premises are flat out false, but that doesn't matter to Joe.  The truth is a minor inconvenience to the greater glory of silencing dissent through false accusations of racism.

But wait, Joe has proof!  Such as the right wing smear of Shirley Sherrod.  Too bad he didn't stick around to get the whole picture.  As Breitbart had said, it wasn't about Sherrod, it was a room full of people who make up the NAACP applauding her set up of being racists before she realized the error.  But the truth doesn't matter to Joe.

Next, he relies on Kieth Olbermann for proof that Glen Beck altered the transcript of his show.  Now, I have no idea whether Beck did so or not, but relying on Olbermann?  That right there is prima facie evidence that the claim is false.
But I am not necessarily going to disagree with Conason that there is racism in America, just not where he finds it.  For instance, Victor Volsky has a piece discussing the idea that Obama isn't really as smart as everyone says he is.   By itself, it isn't that much, except for the absolute gushing of praise by the so called "elites" over how smart Obama is.  But there really is no evidence of that fact.  In reality, the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review is also the first not to publish.  His transcripts are probably locked up the same as John Kerry's for the same reason, they show he isn't as smart as the claims that are made on his behalf.
Let me offer a reason for all of this gushing in support of how wonderful Obama is:  The elites don't have any African Americans among them.  They look around at their lily white world and the only dark faces they see are their servants.  True, the Left wants to be properly respectful to the Hispanic maid and the African American cleaning lady, but they didn't go to the right schools, you know, like Princeton or Harvard.  While there were people of color introduced to them outside of the domestic service platoons they employ, they were a rarity and confusing to the Left.  Condoleeza Rice who speaks something like seven languages and is a classically trained pianist Phd, Chancellor at Stanford, is a very accomplished woman or person for that matter.  But, you just know Conason would probably say in an aside, "She's not one of us you know."   And don't get me started on Clarence Thomas.  He may have been poor when he was being raised, but his and Rice's politics are completely antithetical to the Left's point of view and therefore invalid.
It's amusing how such tolerant and open minded people can be so narrow and bigoted at the same time.  But at least now they have someone of color that they can actually have a conversation that extends beyond ordering which rooms to be cleaned or what meals to be served.  At least, they can have that conversation until his teleprompter falls over.
Those of us here in the real world on the other hand, the ones who serve in the military or run businesses and need customers and employees, realize that the color of the person's skin doesn't matter as much as the content of their character.  Gee, what an interesting thought, I am just surprised no one ever thought of it before.

UPDATE:  More evidence in support.

Danger! Danger!

What do former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Henry Cisneros and so many others have in common?  All have been convicted of the crime of Lying to the FBI, and nothing else!!!  No other convictions for theft, perjury, anything!  In other words, during the investigation of a non crime, a crime was committed that would never have existed if the first non crime hadn't been investigated.
I realize that the last sentence seems hard to wrap your head around, but it is an example of the problem.  This is not legal advice, and if you are approached by law enforcement, you should seriously consider getting an attorney before you answer any questions, but DON'T ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY!!!
The policy implications of the crime of lying to the FBI while they investigate a non crime are tremendous.  People normally want to have their side heard, and are sure that once it comes out, law enforcement will immediately recognize how reasonable they are and let them go.  Trouble is, the cops are probably lying to you throughout the investigation, and that is perfectly legal.  Just remember, anything you say, can and will be twisted and used against you later.
If people follow the recommendations of securing a lawyer before they answer any questions, the net result will be fewer convictions because the FBI won't be able to leverage statements made by the accused against them.  Their immediate greed will have long term ramifications that they won't want.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to Get Montana Out of the Recession and Rich at the Same Time

California is thinking about taxing Internet transactions by requiring vendors to collect and remit sales taxes for all transactions that involve their citizens.  A natural enough thing, since they spend most of their time trying to find new revenue streams, having exhausted all of the rest.  But I have a plan!
Montana needs to pass the following law:

1.  All commercial transactions conducted by anyone within the State of Montana are considered private and privileged.  Montanans have a heightened expectation of privacy, and information related to commercial transactions enjoys the same privacy rights as any other such right.
 2. It will be a crime to release details of any such transaction to any other person without a specific court order for each transaction.  Application for such information shall be made in person before a court which will examine if there are sufficient grounds to breach the right to privacy.

Then we invite Amazon and Overstocked.com to move their call centers here and take orders for California from here to be shipped there.  What Delaware is to the world of incorporation, Montana could be to internet sales.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Where Do You Go . . . .

to get your reputation back?  Tom Delay has all federal charges dismissed.  He still has pending state charges, but that prosecutor is a partisan hack, and the complaint should be dismissed.  From the article: 
DeLay had harsh words for Pelosi for urging ethics probes of him during his time in Congress and then using him as a campaign punching bag. Pelosi recently defended her party’s ethics record, referring to GOP reign over the House during the DeLay era as a “criminal syndicate.”
“Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to drain the swamp — well, she was the swamp,” DeLay remarked on Monday.
The one lasting legacy though, has to have been his booking photo:

Speaking of the Mosque . . .

 Greg Gutfield wants to put a gay bar next to the proposed mosque near Ground Zero for the purpose of fostering understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to break down barriers that prevent our understanding of each other.
Along those same lines, I think that we should also consider building a cathedral at Abu Ghraib.After all, the people who committed those crimes were not true representatives of the US military.  It's only through these kinds of gestures can the people of the Muslim world see how we regret the actions of those who violated our principles.

The Good Thing About The Mosque Debate

At last, the Democrats have discovered Freedom of Religion and Property Rights.  I just don't think that their new discovery will last longer than the controversy.

Friday, August 06, 2010

More Democrat Stupidity

President Obama, after careful poll testing, has decided that all of the world's problems are Bush's fault.  While it is true, that Bush drags down the polls, the general ideas of the Republican's are more popular than those of Obama.  Where the Democrats really run a risk, is that people will begin to remember how their life was better under Bush, than it is now with 9.5% unemployment, stagnant economy, Trillion dollar plus deficits, and losing this administration's "correct war."

Don't Call Obamacare Healthcare

The good citizens of Missouri have spoken loudly and clearly that they do not wish to be victims of participants in Obamacare.  The Democrats figure the problem is that people just don't understand what a wonderful thing they have been given.  That through further education, everyone will come to know and love it as much as they do.
But they have this teensy weensy problem:  The Democrats can't be trusted, and they know it.  Whether it's "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in it"  or Congressman Dingell poo-poohing the notion of actually, you know, reading the bill, Democrats have proven that they have no real idea what it is that they passed, except it's got the happy name related to healthcare.  In the meantime, people are realizing that everything that they have been told about Obamacare is false.  And why is the sale of gold coins having to be reported to the government now in Obamacare?
The whole damned thing was a charade to reward Democrat constituencies and is an affront to the term healthcare.  The Democrats had better figure out right now, that they do not want more people to find out how bad it really is.