Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
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.