Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Do we even realize what we're seeing in front of us today?
Do we understand that putting hope and faith in big and still bigger government is a fool's errand?
Years ago I lived on an Indian reservation in Montana. I was teaching in an Indian school run by Franciscans, but I was the one who learned far more than my Cheyenne and Crow students. One lesson I learned there was not one I expected when I arrived. That lesson was that dependence on government breeds destruction, pathology, and failure.
These days it seems like the entire nation is traveling towards life on a reservation. Trust me, you do not want to live on "the rez", no matter what the Great White Father in Washington DC promises you in the way of free health care and swell guvmint schools.
When I lived in Montana, industry was still booming in Motown. Now the remaining citizens of Detroit appear to be even worse off than the poorest reservation dweller I ever met. It might look like the grimmest scene from a movie about Armageddon, but it is not too late.
Labash marks a portion of Psalms in a gift book that is the perfect helping hand. There is only one way out of the self-created mess. It will take strong hearts, self-reliant confidence, and faith. Tons of faith. There's land under your feet. It has a value despite nobody needing it for houses. Use it.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid? . . . Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, even then will I be confident."- Psalms
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here's their Top 10 companies who will fail in the upcoming year. Looks like a good list to me.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Meanwhile, thanks to the men and women who keep us safe every day. Merry Christmas to you all.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
--In November 2005 Solis addressed the DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) National Convention in Los Angeles.
--In June 2008 Solis sent Elana Henry, a caseworker from Solis's East Los Angeles office, to represent her at a forum on worker's rights organized by Socialists International. According to the group's website Socialists International bills itself as the worldwide organization of social democratic, socialist, and labor parties.
--Solis also reportedly sent a representative to a major event of the Communist Party USA. ---The Communist Party's newspaper documents that on June 20, 1996, Solis sent Antonio Aguilar on her behalf to present an honoree at the Party's Southern California Friends of the People's Weekly World tribute to two local labor leaders.
Monday, December 22, 2008
In a blunt, unapologetic interview on "FOX News Sunday," (Vice President Richard) Cheney fired back at (Vice President-elect Joe)Biden for declaring in October that "Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history."
"He also said that all the powers and responsibilities of the executive branch are laid out in Article I of the Constitution," Cheney said in a interview that was conducted on Friday. "Well, they're not. Article I of the Constitution is the one on the legislative branch. Joe's been chairman of the Judiciary Committee, a member of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate for 36 years, teaches constitutional law back in Delaware, and can't keep straight which article of the Constitution provides for the legislature and which provides for the executive. So I think I'd write that off as campaign rhetoric. I don't take it seriously."
Cheney, who is often called the most powerful vice president in history, also challenged Biden's claim that the Bush administration has amassed too much executive authority, a trend Biden reportedly plans to reverse. "If he wants to diminish the office of the vice president, that's obviously his call," Cheney shrugged. "President-elect Obama will decide what he wants in a vice president and apparently, from the way they're talking about it, he does not expect him to have as consequential a role as I have had during my time."
The debate over the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches will continue forever. But an elected Republican who isn't afraid to kick a liberal doofus squarely in the ass is, alas, an endangered species.
Congress' marginalization was brutally underscored when, after Congress did not authorize $14 billion for General Motors and Chrysler, the executive branch said, in effect: Congress' opinions are mildly interesting, so we will listen very nicely -- then go out and do precisely what we want.
Friday the president gave the two automakers access to money Congress explicitly did not authorize. More money -- up to $17.4 billion -- than had been debated, thereby calling to mind Winston Churchill on naval appropriations: "The Admiralty had demanded six ships: the economists offered four: and we finally compromised on eight." - George Will, The Final Blow Against Congress, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Looks like the famous Vegas Showgirls are being replaced with Snowgirls. (Sorry.)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I guess he isn't all hat, no cattle.
Toyota, Honda and other foreign automakers are not heading for Detroit, even though there are lots of experienced automobile workers there. They are avoiding the rust belts and the policies that have made those places rust belts."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is called restoring the Vice Presidency to its traditional role, otherwise known as sit down, shut up, and go to funerals of third tier foreign dignitaries. Way to go, Joe!
You didn't know about this? You thought that President Bush went to Iraq this weekend so a disgruntled Saddam Sympathizer ("journalist") could throw his wingtips at him? No. He was visiting the troops before Christmas. But you'd be hard-pressed to see much coverage of that.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
As Lord O assembles his radical leftist team at energy, the EPA, and elsewhere in his government a question comes to mind.
How many people who voted for him thought that he would try to tax cow farts?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"President-elect Barack Obama’s carefully parsed and vague statements regarding his own contact and that of his team with Governor Rod Blagojevich are unacceptable. Considering the severity of the allegations against Governor Blagojevich, the President-elect should immediately disclose any and all communications his transition team has had with the governor’s office along with any Service Employees International Union (SEIU) officials involved in the matter. Obama’s promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested."
Added Robert M. "Mike" Duncan, chairman of the Republican National Committee, "President-elect Barack Obama's comments on the matter are insufficient at best."
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
There were signs the continuing investigation could still involve (Obama).
His statement that he didn't have contact with Blagojevich about the Senate seat seems to conflict with that of top adviser David Axelrod, who told Fox News Chicago on Nov. 23: "I know he's (Obama) talked to the governor (Blagojevich), and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."
Obama transition officials say Axelrod misspoke. ("Sure. OK."- ed.)
It also appears that Obama friend Valerie Jarrett, an incoming senior White House adviser, is the person referred to repeatedly in court documents as "Candidate 1." That individual is described as a female who is "an adviser to the president-elect" and as the person Obama wanted appointed to the Senate seat. Court papers say that "Candidate 1" eventually removed "herself" from consideration for the Senate seat.
The machine giveth and the machine taketh away.
As the D Party sweeps into near absolute power in January we see San Fran Nan Pelosi slobbering over nationalizing American industries, The Little Messiah telling criminals "they're absolutely right", and the "watchdog media" is wagging its collective tail furiously before rolling over for a belly rub.
Do you think Lord Obama will stand up to Andy Stern and his minions after Big Labor gave over $450 Million to give D's their power? Do you really think he wants to stand up to him?
IBD, hittin' the long ball as usual.
Expect a handful of Senators on the R side of the aisle to block anything that isn't a Chapter 11 style re-org. My money is on DeMint, Coburn, Ensign, and maybe a few more to say, "No."
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
In 2005 we returned to the South after about 22 years in exile in places like Chicago, Northern California, and Southern California. In short order I fell back under the sway of college football. All I can say is, it's different here. I grew up in the heart of Michigan v. Ohio State territory. I lived in the midst of the Texas v. Oklahoma, Cal v. Stanford, and UCLA v. Southern California rivalries among others. None of it comes close to SEC football passion. (Y'all can throw in Clemson, VATech, and GA Tech from the ACC too. Their fans are more like SEC fans and not like UNC, UVA or Duke football fans.) As the man says, it's Southern Fried Football. Color and pageantry? You bet.
Today's WSJ has an interesting piece on the dominance of Southern college football. And by Southern they're really talking about the SEC. It seems appropriate when #1 'bama is facing #2 Florida in the SEC Championship game this weekend. The national chin-waggers can go on and on about the BCS and determining which team is #1. Who cares? The #1 team in the nation is facing the #2 team in the nation this weekend-- one week after the final regular season games. I would say the winner Saturday is #1... no matter what happens a month from now in some bowl game. Now is when everybody is amped up and playing hard-- by January it's more like a post-season exhibition game.
From the WSJ article comes this:
...among states that have more than 10 native sons playing in the National Football League, the top six producers by percentage of population are Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Meanwhile, traditional Northern football states like Pennsylvania, which has long sent young men to heralded northern programs like Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State and has stocked the NFL for decades, are falling behind. Today there are 45% more native Louisianans (64) than Pennsylvanians (44) in the NFL, even though Louisiana has only one-third of Pennsylvania's population.
Now, that's all very interesting but they never quite get to the reason the Deep South... the Southeast... the by-Gawd Dirty South is dominant. The article goes all around it, talking about "speed", the effect a famous loss to Southern Cal had on Alabama, and the fact that LA, MS, SC, AL, FL and GA are the top producers of football talent by population. But they never can quite just spit out why that is. Folks in the Deep South know why, even if a New York writer can't say it. Do they even play college football in the Northeast these days? I don't mean intramurals.
As for Saturday's game for the national championship--- Roll Tide, Roll.
And next season? Go 'Cocks!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Here's a short article that recognizes Governor Mark Sanford's moment.
Six minutes of your time watching the video at this site will give you an idea of why we Love Our Gov.
By the way, we have nothing to do with the Draft Sanford movement-- but the video of him testifying in front of the ethics challenged Rangel is too good not to share.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Well, today's WSJ has a story on just that issue. Blackwater USA would like to provide security for the ships at risk but there are some problems regarding whether the contractors are on their own ships or on the client's ship when returning fire. Interesting stuff to contemplate in that terror-filled region.
Pretending there is an "Office of the President Elect" is pathetic and, sadly, about what I would expect from a pompous, arrogant guy who has published two self-absorbed autobiographies before accomplishing jack squat in real life.
But, since you're going to act like POTUS-Elect is a real Constitutional office, tell us, Oh Lord O, watcha gonna do about Iran going nuclear in 2009? By the way, it doesn't matter in the least if you pronounce it like Johnson, Carter, or GWB. It didn't matter that JFK pronounced Cuba with an "R" on the end when he botched the Bay of Pigs fiasco. What matters is what the next non-pretend POTUS will do about a nuclear Iran. Any ideas? Or are you too busy playing dress-up President to concentrate on that one?
Monday, December 1, 2008
There isn't a lot of doubt about who that "you" is. Springsteen hasn't written a lot of love songs about Patti Scialfa, and now that they've been married for 17 years, they might be working on not finishing each other's sentences, they might be working on home maintenance and domestic staffing issues, but they're pretty far past working on a dream.
Then comes the really twisted part: "Tweet-tweet-tweet-tuh-tweet-tweet-tweet!" Bruce Springsteen whistles?
If Bruce is channeling the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show," there's no telling what might happen next. There could be an Iraq war movie in which George Clooney plays a US colonel who helps liberate a country from an evil dictator. Sean Penn could play a CIA agent who devises a way to save thousands of lives using domestic surveillance and rendition of suspects.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
But imagine if the shelf space devoted to this crap was taken up this year by books about... the dirty nuke detonation that eliminated the port of Long Beach and forced the evacuation of millions from the LA basin and the deaths of a quarter million US citizens or... the radioactive crater where O'Hare airport used to be and the deaths of 100,000 or... the evacuation of Houston due to that containerized freight ship that detonated in the port and made south Texas uninhabitable-- millions relocated and jobless or... the half dozen suicide bombers who walked into a crowded restaurant just off Capitol Hill in DC and killed six Senators, 11 members of the US House, three dozen Congressional aides, and seven national political reporters known to all Americans-- leading to the cordoning off of DC by the US military or... the simultaneous gunmen attacks on ten assisted-care and nursing home facilities in Florida thereby terrorizing thousands of family and friends of those vulnerable senior citizens or... just imagine...
So, let her write her idiotic thumb-sucker book in her warm, safe, comfortable study. But don't forget what it takes to make Americans so isolated from danger that they can write and read such infantile piffle.
Pictured- The interiors of Nariman House, Mumbai headquarters of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement, are seen after the commando operation in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. With corpses still being pulled from a once-besieged hotel, India's top security official offered his resignation Sunday as the government struggled under growing accusations of security failures following terror attacks that rocked the nation. (AP)
Friday, November 28, 2008
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Friday, November 21, 2008
She lost that one.
And... having her at Homeland might be better than having her as AG.
So now the San Francisco Bay Area, where we lived for about 8 years, is declaring that they will be the nation's electric car leader. One of the reasons we fled California is that the state is unable to provide reliable electric power for the needs of the citizenry. Gray Davis has the year of the "Gray-outs" to blame for the ruin of his brilliant political career. You haven't lived until you have your power bill go from $200/ month to $600/ month and the lights are dimming. Good fun in a state run by Democrats.
Petrophobes never seem to know where energy actually comes from, they just know they hate gasoline powered automobiles. But they are often the same people who block building nuclear power plants, damming rivers for hydro power, building coal-fired power plants, and pretty much everything short of a windmill. And they hate windmills too if they're visible from their home or along their daily commute in their Prius.
Good luck California. You'll need it. And you people that flee to the few remaining "Red States"... please don't vote for the same kind of nitwits that ruined the place you're leaving once you get here.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
However, you'll be pleased to hear that I have a 3 Point Plan (TM) that would make the world equity markets take off, straight up, like a rocket.
1. President-elect Obama pledges to not let any of the 2003 tax rate cuts expire. Not by extending them, but by making them "permanent." (There is no such thing as "permanent" in the tax code but that's the DC shorthand for it.)
2. Mark-to-market accounting rules are waived by the current administration.
3. President-elect Obama pledges to cut capital gains taxes from the current 15% to 10% rather than implementing any of his various promises to raise the rates by anywhere from 33% to 86%.
Will any of this happen? Maybe number 2... possibly. But the first President of the United States to come to power with ZERO executive experience in 40 years (Nixon-1968) won't do #'s 1 & 2.
Sorry. It would be rocket fueled.
Elections matter. Bad policy can be very expensive to the taxpayer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
He is a down-the-line leftist. Much is made of Obama's intent to include moderates and Republicans in his cabinet. I couldn't care less about much of that. Elections should have meaning. This one will. Obama won in a free election. He's a boilerplate Marxist tarted up in the shimmering robes of hopeful "change", whatever that means. He should do what he wants. But until they take away the 1st Amendment we'll feel free to comment on his far-left radical subordinates. Holder fits that description perfectly.
--Holder has stated that "justice" in America needs to be "established"-- it is the AG's job to enforce the law.
--Holder is a proponent of "hates crime" legislation.
--Holder supports affirmative action rather than following Dr. King's dream for judgement of others based on character not color.
--Holder is in favor of ending the detentions of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.
--Holder believes that crime can be fought with income redistribution-- that poverty causes crime. Note that. The incoming chief law enforcement officer in the USA believes that crime can be fought through taking money from some Americans and giving it to others through the power and force of the federal government. In other words, armed robbery by the IRS will forestall armed robbery on the streets. Great.
--Republicans might meekly point out during confirmation that Holder played a role in the final Clinton scandal: Pardongate. That won't go anywhere.
--Republicans probably won't even point out Holder's role in the 1999 commutation of the sentences of 16 FALN conspirators. Yes, he was involved in the pardoning of domestic terrorists.
--Holder was involved in the pardons of Susan Rosenberg and Linda Evans. Who are they? Surprise! They are Weather Underground terrorist pals of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Rosenberg and Evans were serving sentences for bombing American government facilities.
Maybe the Republican candidate for President could have seen that the Ayers/ Dohrn issue wasn't something distant from Obama but rather something at the core of who he really is. Governor Palin saw it but wasn't supposed to talk about it. Apparently it was a little too "icky" for McCain.
By the way, did you see that Lieberman got on his knees and begged the Dem power structure in the Senate for his committee chairs? They still might need him for 60 votes, of course, so they beat the poor dog and then told him he could stay.
Conservatives were treated to the sight, day after day, of seeing the Republican candidate campaigning with the liberal Lieberman standing behind him. By most poll accounts 25-30% of the Conservative base either voted for Obama or stayed home. So now, McCain has lost because he never could secure the base, and his liberal pol pal from CT crawls on his hands and knees before Harry Reid and repudiates his criticism of Lord Obama. Ever wonder why people have such a low regard for politicians?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"Return to normalcy" comes from the successful 1920 campaign for President of Warren G. Harding. He was tapping into the public's desire to get away from the interventionist policies of the past 20 years, primarily under Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and return to the attitudes of the McKinley era. "Return to Normalcy" had nothing to do with Herbert Hoover. It was about the voter's desire to stay out of Europe's multiple horrors-- like The Great War.
Hoover's transgressions against the world economy were many (and later dwarfed by those of FDR.) Chief among them were Hoover's support for the Smoot-Hawley protectionist tariff that crashed the markets. And then, with the economy faltering, higher taxes on wealth producers and job providers which turned the crash into a worldwide depression. A depression made worse year after year by FDR's interventions. A depression "cured" only by a worldwide war. Any of this sound familiar to the world of 2008?
Return to Normalcy? No wonder our DC leaders are leading us into another worldwide disaster. They don't even seem to know anything about the last one. Of course some think they do and believe fervently that FDR took America out of the Great Depression through federal policies. The exact opposite of what actually happened.
Meanwhile, in our fair state of South Carolina, we are blessed with a Governor who "gets it" completely. While the Granholm's and Ahnuld's rattle the tin cup for taxpayer money, our Governor says, "No. Thank you. No." Who bails-out the bail-outers? Indeed.
Imagine you are an American citizen working at one of the many plants building Hondas, Toyotas, BMW's, KIA's and more here in the USA. Or say you work for a supplier to those plants. Well, several hundreds of thousands (millions?) of Americans don't have to imagine. They work at places like BMW's expanding, successful plant in Greer, SC or one of the hundreds of smaller companies in the South Carolina Upstate supplying parts, materials, uniforms, and such to the plant and its workers.
Now imagine looking at the news every day and reading about how the grand new majority in Washington DC has promised to take your tax dollars and send them to your competitors in the legacy, union-crushed, moribund US auto industry.
It must feel like the way the people at, say, BB&T felt when they learned that what they got for avoiding sub-prime loans was....... a ringside seat for viewing their competitors receiving huge gifts from the taxpayer.
The auto industry bailout is actually a bailout of the United Auto Workers labor union. And you are paying for it.
When governments get this far into the picking of winners and losers and the rewarding of failure it's little wonder that the markets are plunging. Meanwhile the feds think the markets are in freefall because they need to do even more.
The truth? Do less. Tax less. Regulate less. Get out of the way.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Not so fast, sweetheart. The first two years of the Clinton administration were anything but vibrant for markets. It wasn't until, oh yeah, the Republicans swept to power in Bill's first midterm election, that markets perked up. The next four years were pretty solid until Bill got himself caught up in the scandal that would lead to his impeachment. During those four years he signed a lot of good Republican legislation into law including welfare reform and a cut in the cap gains tax. The elimination of the capital gains tax on the first half million dollars of profit from the sale of a couple's primary residence was jet fuel for the housing boom. Once Bill was in the impeachment wringer he sold his soul to the far left in the House of Representatives to keep his job. So, the last two years saw no good legislation signed by the President.
Now, which part of the eight years of Clinton does the landscape resemble as Obama takes the Presidency with solid Dem majorities in Congress? That's right, the moribund first two years-- with a dash of the far left influence of the Congressional Black Caucus for spice.
Lost in the Obamaites nostalgia for the Clinton years is another little thing: in the last year of Clinton's presidency the NASDAQ started a crash that would be the biggest since 1929. It eventually lost 89% of its value. That crash started the second week of March 2000. When did it end? When the Bush 2003 tax rate cuts were passed by congress. By the way, those start to expire in little more than a year. President-elect Obama has not signaled that he will extend any of them. That would constitute the biggest tax rate hike in US history. On top of his promised capital gains rate hikes and his "tax-the-rich" schemes.
Any wonder why the "Obama Rally" is a race to the bottom?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Please list and, if readily available, provide a copy of each book, article, column or publication (including but not limited to any posts or comments on blogs or other websites) you have authored, individually or with others. Please list all aliases or "handles" you have used to communicate on the Internet" (page 2, question 10).
"Have you ever had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used--even unfairly--to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service?" (page 7, question 61).
"Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun?" (page 7, question 59).
We wonder if Barack Obama would be able to answer question 61 to the satisfaction of his own vetters. Some questions are so open-ended that, if taken at face value, they strip the applicant of any privacy at all:
"If you have ever sent an electronic communication, including but not limited to an email, text message or instant message, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect if it were made public, please describe."
Read it all here.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
What will destroy our country and us is not the financial crisis but the fact that liberals think the free market is some kind of sect or cult, which conservatives have asked Americans to take on faith. That's not what the free market is. The free market is just a measurement, a device to tell us what people are willing to pay for any given thing at any given moment. The free market is a bathroom scale. You may hate what you see when you step on the scale. "Jeeze, 230 pounds!" But you can't pass a law making yourself weigh 185. Liberals think you can. And voters--all the voters, right up to the tippy-top corner office of Goldman Sachs--think so too.
We, the conservatives, who do understand the free market, had the responsibility to--as it were--foreclose upon this mess. The market is a measurement, but that measuring does not work to the advantage of a nation or its citizens unless the assessments of volume, circumference, and weight are conducted with transparency and under the rule of law. We've had the rule of law largely in our hands since 1980. Where is the transparency? It's one more job we botched. Although I must say we're doing good work on our final task--attaching the garden hose to our car's exhaust pipe and running it in through a vent window.
Barack and Michelle will be by in a moment with some subsidized ethanol to top up our gas tank. And then we can turn the key.
The article, "We Blew It" is here.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I have a suggestion though-- house them all in Hyde Park, IL. You know, just while they await trial.
Also, please tell our warriors about the need to now read Miranda rights on the battlefield. That should be an interesting conversation.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Read The Great Steyn's view on election 2008 here. Maybe by 2012 the Republican Party will find a Conservative to nominate for President. Or maybe that's too '80's, man.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Joe Biden greeted a crowd primed for the home stretch of this long campaign with as much energy as he's had in the last two months on the trail as well as some typical Bidenese.
Telling voters in this swing state that "change is on the way," the Democratic vice presidential candidate offered one of his now-expected random introductory tangents.
The latest was about his sister, Val, his wife Jill, and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who introduced the Bidens at the rally of 1,100 people in the gym at Longview Community College.
Biden called his sister a "girl-boy," meaning a tomboy, and then explained that girl-boys are softer than "girl-girls."
"You know why I think Jill likes Claire McCaskill so well, Senator McCaskill? Jill is one of five sisters, Claire is one of three sisters. And I tell you what, you women raised with sisters are different than women raised with brothers," Biden said as both women joined him on stage.
"My sister is smart, runs every one of my campaigns; is beautiful; graduated with honors from college; is homecoming queen. But she's a ... she is what I call a 'girl-boy' growing up, you know what I mean?"
"And I tell you what? Girl-girls are tougher than girl-boys," he said. "But there's one important thing I noticed.The great thing about marrying into a family with five sisters, there's always one that loves you. 'Cause you can count on splitting them a bit. You know what I mean?
"I shouldn't be going off like this, but -- hey, folks, 37 more hours, 37 more hours," he then said.