Socialist dimbulbs continue to run around saying the capitalists didn't see the crash coming and that's proof capitalism is dead.
Truth is, there are very few capitalists left in our now fascist/socialist/mercantilist system. See "Hamilton's Curse" for the start of our current end.
The truth is that capitalism has been dead for a long time and that's exactly the problem. Here, Peter Schiff entertainingly explains our serial bubble mania to the Mortgage Banker's Association before the crash took on full force. And for extra laughs, towards the end he is debated by someone who now looks like an enormous buffoon.
It's over an hour but surprisingly entertaining and enormously educational. If you're behind the curve on your economic education, this is as good as any place to start. And even if you think you understand free market capitalism you'll find it worth your time just for the satisfaction of what an excellent job Peter does.
Oh -- and no teleprompters! Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Socialist dimbulbs continue to run around saying the capitalists didn't see the crash coming and that's proof capitalism is dead.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
But don't let it distract you from watching the video. You'll stand up and shout that you're not dead yet.
I had to pile on some offsetting humor. Because this is not humorous in the least.
But unfortunately it is entirely accurate.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.Wow.
Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published -- just as I had envisioned it in my articles on the authorship of Dreams. With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."
To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, "These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers." Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor, "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."
Andersen continues, "In the end, Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant--so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers's own writing."
More to come!
And this just as Jack was back on a roll.
Nice work Jack.
Cute as my title is, I do need to fess up and correct it now: The
UPDATE: Jeff G. writes to Jack -- good stuff.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Just watch them both.Note how at the 3:30 mark of the second clip Glenn brings out that people who have immigrated here from totalitarian societies keep pointing out to him something along the lines that this is all available to us and we refuse to see it while they had to read between the lines to decipher the totalitarian hellholes in which they were trapped.
EPIC. FAIL. AMERICA.
Huxley has your number.
And O Duce will soon be the Big Brother you have always loved.
Monday, September 21, 2009
That's OK -- I was so mesmerized myself that I almost forget to post it.
Anyway, above Sophia Elena provides a slightly less mesmerizing version in rebuttal to all the foul language that the moonbats threw her way.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Will somebody please explain to me how it is that placing a ballistic missile defense system in Poland has any hope of stopping a Russian ICBM attack against the continental U.S.? Putin is ROFL.
And how out of all of our options outside of Russia itself (let me hold my breath) an American President would consider placing a ballistic missile defense against Iran for the American homeland anywhere other than Poland or the Czech Republic?
We have such an epic educational fail in this country that people apparently can't even pick up a globe and trace
an ICBM trajectory a line on it.
The only good news is that we're soon going to be able to save money out of our precious family budgets by no longer funding marches on Washington. Because since stupidity is self correcting there won't be a Washington left to march on.
Unless the Green Revolution succeeds. Which seems closer to happening than I dared hope. It's very interesting about the timing of Iran acquiring nukes and the people throwing caution to the wind -- “Tanks, rape and torture have no effect anymore”. Moussavi certainly knows how close his fellow nut-jobs really are to the bomb. He started them down the path after all.
Pray for the success of the Green Revolution. (No, not the Van Jones one.)
And pray for America as well.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
For those of you who haven't taken the time to step back and look at the big picture of Barack OChavez, George Will has created a concise gem to marvel at:
On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.Just re-read this a few times and you'll be truly depressed about the comprehension and analytical skills of your fellow citizens.
He says America's health-care system is going to wrack and ruin and requires root-and-branch reform—but that if you like your health care (as a large majority of Americans do), nothing will change for you. His slippery new formulation is that nothing in his plan will "require" anyone to change coverage. He used to say, "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan, period." He had to stop saying that because various disinterested analysts agree that his plan will give many employers incentives to stop providing coverage for employees.
He deplores "scare tactics" but says that unless he gets his way, people will die. He praises temperate discourse but says many of his opponents are liars. He says Medicare is an exemplary program that validates government's prowess at running health systems. But he also says Medicare is unsustainable and going broke, and that he will pay for much of his reforms by eliminating the hundreds of billions of dollars of waste and fraud in this paragon of a program, and in Medicaid. He says Congress will cut Medicare (it will not) by $500 billion—without affecting benefits.
He says the nation's economic health depends on controlling health-care costs. Yet so important is the trial bar in financing the Democratic Party, he says not a syllable in significant and specific support of tort reforms that could save hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing "defensive medicine" intended to protect not patients from illnesses but doctors from lawyers. He has said he will not add a dime to the deficit when bringing 47 million people into government-guaranteed health care. But Wednesday night, 17 million went missing: "There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage." Almost 10 million of the uninsured are not citizens, and most of them are illegal immigrants. Presumably the other 7 million could get insurance but chose not to. Democrats propose fines to eliminate that choice. He suggests health-insurance companies are making excessive profits. But since 1996, profits of the six such companies in the S&P 500 have been below the 500's average. He says a "public option"—a government insurance program—would not be subsidized to enable it to compete unfairly with private insurers. (The post office and the government's transportation -"public option," Amtrak, devour subsidies.) He says the public option is vital for keeping health insurers "honest"—but that it is only a wee "sliver" of reform. About that, Nancy Pelosi -disagrees.
And look, there goes Britney Spears limousine! Let's go!
TURN. THE. JACK. ASS. T. V. OFF.
And trust him. Nobody was there. Heh.So maybe not quite all hope is lost yet.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Of course the so-called media not only won't tell you about how big yesterday's protest was but go on and on about how everyone was an "astroturf Nazi racist" of course. Those charges are not based on fact but on psychological projection of course.
Mark Hemingway has a good report:I asked one guy, who came up from South Carolina with 160 people on three buses, who put his trip together. He laughed and said, "My neighbor." Can we drive a stake through the astroturf claim now?Why the toilet paper in the title? That would be because of a little black (brown?) market problem that socialist Cuba is having right now. And I guess I must be a racist for using the commonly accepted terms to describe it, huh?
Another interesting detail about the march — it was filled with immigrants. I'm pretty sure every Cuban in a thousand mile radius was there, helpfully explaining to everyone who would listen that Cuba's vaunted free health care system involves shoddily trained doctors and bringing your own linen to the hospital. I also spoke to angry immigrants from England and Ireland, appalled the country was slouching toward socialized medicine.
But wait, didn't I just quote in support of Cuban immigrants? I love them dearly. Do you have any idea what hell many of them went through to escape the giant Alcatraz they came from to get here? And have you ever met my family? Never mind. The truth doesn't matter -- only Alinsky's rules rule.
Speaking of family, I recently ran across another Orwell quote that pretty well sums it up:A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describingAny more questions?
EnglandAmerica in a phrase.
Friday, September 11, 2009
QandO has a great post with the proper ending. RTWT:
I remember doing something I never do – sitting in front of that TV all day. It was like the earth stood still. I watched the towers burn. I watched the people flee. I watched in horror as others jumped. I watched the towers collapse one by one. I watched as fire and police rescue headed into the disaster area as civilians fled. I watched as ash, like a volcanic explosion might bring, cover that portion of the city. And I watched as New Yorkers fled the city on foot over clogged bridges.
It was a stunning day – an almost visceral feeling of anger finally descended on me as I began to understand the full implications of what happened.
9/11 is certainly a day that will live in infamy as we were the victim of a cowardly attack that cost the lives of 3,000 people. But, as is often the case with Americans, there were a lot of heroes that stepped up that day. And the basic decency of our fellow countrymen was also evident as businesses and individuals did what was necessary to help and comfort those who had been able to flee those towers.
9/11 is a day for remembrance. Not a day for “community service” or whatever it is that some are trying to turn it into. It should be a somber day in which we remember those who died, recognize that we have enemies in the world who will stop at nothing to strike us and redouble our commitment to protect our homeland from such attacks.
And to all those who lost their lives on that day, we should dedicate at least a portion of this one to their memory.
Monday, September 7, 2009
From an email my wife received:
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.Pretty much the story of the USSR in a nutshell. Any questions?
That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Mark Steyn is one of my favorite authors and I haven't been featuring his work nearly enough. In fact, it's inexcusable that I haven't quoted him at all on this blog.
So let me overcompensate by stealing in its entirety a concise home run on Van Jones he just posted:
Powerline notices the evolution of Van the Truther's views. On September 13th 2001, as the towers still burned and the lampposts of lower Manhattan were plastered with flyers for missing loved ones, Van Jones spoke at a rally "against racism and war":This is just a beautiful portrait of why lefty loons and Islamic nutjobs are soulmates, no? Their logical faculties are so deficient that they routinely believe entirely irreconcilable things simultaneously.A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or supported by the United States government on a daily basis. "The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City," said Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. "The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad."Gotcha. Blowback. America had it coming.
That was Van Jones in the fall of 2001. A couple of years later and suddenly it's the 9/11-was-an-inside-job routine.
Traveling through the Middle East about six months after 9/11, I was struck by the number of Arabs, from Egypt to the Gulf, who simultaneously believed (a) the Mossad were behind the attacks and (b) it was a great victory for the Muslim world. Van Jones would seem to be an American variant of the same phenomenon: a man who believes 9/11 was (a) blowback for the actions of the US government's war machine and (b) an inside job by the US government's war machine.
No wonder the left derides those boorish enough to bring this stuff up: Why, surely all sophisticated persons know these positions are little more than lifestyle accessories or fashion hemlines. One season, everyone on the catwalk is agreed 9/11 was blowback by Jihadists for Social Justice. The next, everyone is equally agreed that Bush called up the White House Steel Melting Czar and buried the whole thing under "miscellaneous" in the budget.
Good Marxists are the very embodiment of dialectical disaster.
And in general they are nuttier than A.D.D. riddled Cuckoo Clocks.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
And while we're on the subject of the badly behaved, there's the issue of what their Messiah behaves like. It won't seem like 10 minutes when you're done. It will seem like an eternity:It seems almost beyond belief that we could have elected a shameless bull artist like this doesn't it?
Who done it? Here are your fellow A.D.D. riddled geniuses that made it so:Actually, I don't mean to insult those with A.D.D. by association. Sorry about that...