Sunday, October 31, 2010

Damn iPhones!

PALIN HAS HAD ENOUGH: Corrupt bastards.

Miller campaign claims KTVA reporters caught on tape discussing smear; Update: Palin calls Alaska media “corrupt bastards” - Hot Air: "Sarah Palin tweeted that the Alaska media are “corrupt bastards.” Well, she would know after the way they treated her during and after her VP run. The Daily Caller has more on the story. The Right Scoop has the video of Palin repeating it on Fox News:"

It seems that our "betters" can't figure out how to run an iPhone...

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The Once And Future Past

Moonbattery: "Long before Comrade Obama was put in a position to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy of collapsing capitalism through excessive public spending, people were well aware that our government's profligate ways could not be sustained. Check out this ad Ridley Scott made in the 1980s:"

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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Instapundit - Blog Archive - TWISTED, EXTREME, Halloween pumpkins. But here’s something that will scare a lot of people. …: "But here’s something that will scare a lot of people."

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The History Of "Objective Journalism"

You needed a good laugh about how ignorant libs are about history:

Ace of Spades HQ: "This, along with the notion that there was every really a period of pure objective journalism, is one of my personal pet peeves. When people (usually liberals) say stuff like this what they really mean is, 'it's so mean and unfair when you conservatives fight back. Why can't you be 'a good conservative'? You know, like Gerry Ford?'"

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Thursday, October 28, 2010



Obama: ObamaCare provides “structure” for further gov’t growth - Hot Air: "Oh, man, I’ve had it up to here with those lying wingnuts that claim ObamaCare is just a Trojan horse for expansion of government control over health care. This was just a one-time fix, not a structure for increasing regulation and top-down authoritarian control over one-sixth of the American economy. What conservative fearmonger is claiming that it’s all part of an expansionist plot now?

This one (via Verum Serum):"

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rubio 2016?

When does early voting start?

Video: Rubio airs first 2016 presidential campaign ad - Hot Air: "Those 2016 primary debates between Rubio and Chris Christie are going to be pretty sweet, huh?"

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The Full O Conan?

You don't want to miss Glenn when he's on a roll:

Instapundit - Blog Archive - ED DRISCOLL: They told me that if I voted John McCain, I’d be electing a president so polarizing,…: "ED DRISCOLL: They told me that if I voted John McCain, I’d be electing a president so polarizing, that he would tell half the country “they can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back” — and they were right!

Yeah, like I said before, his rhetoric is sounding pretty racially-charged these days for a “post-racial President.” What’s his 2012 slogan going to be? “Get Whitey — Vote Obama?” At this rate, yeah. . . .

UPDATE: Obama to Kids: Stop the Bullying; Obama to Latinos: Punish Your Enemies. “We could take this seriously if his thugs from the unions didn’t casually go around beating up people.” Well, we can take the “punish your enemies” seriously. He clearly means that.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

This kind of inflammatory rhetoric is dangerous. I don’t think we’ve ever seen its like from a sitting President.

And reader Jeff Johnson emails: “I’m surprised Obama hasn’t gone full Conan with respect to this election: (What is best in life?): ‘To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.’”"
Some of us are glad the Won doesn't know a gun from a hole in the wall...

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

They're Calling You Emmanuel Goldstein

And not just any two minute hate either:

They Hate Our Guts: "Democrats hate immigrants. Immigrants can’t stay illegal because illegality puts immigrants outside the legal monopoly on force. But immigrants can’t become legal either. They’d prosper and vote Republican.

Democrats hate America being a world power because world power gives power to the nation instead of to Democrats.

And Democrats hate the military, of course. Soldiers set a bad example. Here are men and women who possess what, if they chose, could be complete control over power. Yet they treat power with honor and respect. Members of the armed forces fight not to seize power for themselves but to ensure that power can bestow its favors upon all Americans.

This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order. Power has been trapped, abused and exploited by Democrats. Go to the ballot box and put an end to this abusive relationship. And let’s not hear any nonsense about letting the Democrats off if they promise to get counseling."

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How Can You Tell When A Politician Is Lying? (Kinsley Gaffe Edition)

Simple: Their lips are moving. Which is confirmed by Kinsley:

The Big Apple: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth” (Kinsley gaffe): "'A ‘gaffe’ is the opposite of a ‘lie’: It’s when a politician tells the truth,” wrote political pundit Michael Kinsley in 1984. It’s become known as Kinsley’s Law of Gaffes or a Kinsley Gaffe: “A gaffe is when a politician (accidentally) tells the truth.”"

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Drop Everything And Read This Before The Election

This is the best very short course on Stanley Kurtz' new book "Radical-in-Chief" that you're likely to read before the election. I'm far enough into reading Kurtz' book that I already can't recommend it highly enough.

I think the Strib is now regretting letting this particular piece of Samizdata through their firewall and will probably be taking it down soon. So I have reproduced it in its entirety here if you use the "Read more" link.

Katherine Kersten: Obama has been hiding his real agenda

It sounds far-fetched, but the president is the “Radical-in-Chief.”


Last update: October 23, 2010 - 4:51 PM

In the heady days of 2008, Americans warmed quickly to the prospect of Barack Obama as our 44th president. Obama promised to be just what our fractured nation needed — a non-ideological, post-partisan consensus builder, guided by mainstream pragmatic thinking.

When the story broke about Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright — his pastor for 20 years, a “black-power” radical and a fan of Fidel Castro — we raised our eyebrows. We did the same when we heard of Obama’s longtime connection to Bill Ayers, an unrepentant former Weather Underground terrorist. But Obama blew these relationships off as exaggerated or unimportant, and we trusted his assurances.

Now a new book by Stanley Kurtz — a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Harvard PhD — reveals why we should have probed the disconnect when we had a chance. Americans increasingly sense we were sold a bill of goods, and Kurtz explains why in “Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism.” Our president isn’t what he claims to be, says Kurtz. Obama’s plummeting approval ratings, and the electoral tsunami about to hit Democrats, reflect voters’ sense of betrayal.
In fact, Kurtz goes further, and makes an electrifying charge: Obama has purposely disguised what he believes, and is actively seeking to mislead the American people about his agenda. Obama, says Kurtz, is a socialist. He believes — not in state ownership — but in a savvier version of socialism that seeks to transform and undermine American capitalism through ever-expanding government control; irreversible entitlements; and a metastasizing public sector.

I know this sounds far-fetched. Even Kurtz says he didn’t expect it when he began his research. But the more we learn about “community organizing” — which Obama has called the “best education” he ever had — the more we see that Wright and Ayers were clues to a below-the-radar radical network that has shaped both the president’s worldview and the deceptive tactics he uses to disguise it.

Americans were lulled into ignoring Obama’s background because they think of “community organizers” as well-intentioned do-gooders. In fact, the father of community organizing was Saul Alinsky, a far-left icon and the author of the 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals.” Alinsky taught that community organizing is about accumulating the raw power necessary for the radical transformation of America’s economic and social structure.

Alinsky knew that the American people are not ready for socialism. To advance radical goals, he said, activists must pose as pragmatists and work within the system. While New Left radicals were rioting at the 1968 Democratic convention, Alinskyite community organizers were working behind the scenes, infiltrating Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and funneling money to their far-left organizations. In dealing with “enemies” Alinsky was ruthless. He advocated the “politics of personal destruction”: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Obama began his career as a community organizer in Chicago in 1985. His teachers were Alinsky disciples, and he immersed himself in their ideas and methods. For years, Obama ran workshops on Alinsky’s methodology, worked with Alinskyite organizations, and served on radical boards.

Obama got his start in politics in 1996, when Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer hand-picked him to succeed her. Kurtz describes Palmer as a “hard Marxist,” who had praised the Soviet Union in the communist People’s Daily World. Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn — another notorious Weather Underground alum — hosted an announcement party at their home. During his campaign, Obama promised to bring the spirit of community organizing to his new position.

In 2004, after Obama became a U.S. senator, Michelle Obama confirmed his Alinskyite intentions. “Barack is not a politician first and foremost,” she said. “He’s a community activist exploring the viability of politics to make change.”

Obama’s immersion in socialist organizing, and his mastery of the tactics of infiltration and disguise, explain both his agenda and modus operandi as president. He has relentlessly advanced the incremental strategy of his mentors — vastly expanding state control in the health care, energy, environmental and financial sectors. Cronies from his community organizing days have advised his campaign, crafted his grassroots strategy and lobbied for his programs, according to Kurtz. We see Alinsky’s ghost in Obama’s tactical ruthlessness, and his ferocious, unprecedented demonization of opponents.

Over the past two years, Americans have grown increasingly angry that Obama’s governance has differed so starkly from his campaign rhetoric. Kurtz reveals that Obama was intentionally deceiving us all along.

Katherine Kersten is a Twin Cities writer and speaker. Reach her at

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

O How He Doesn't Get It

Not even close:

Learn Your Lincoln, Mr. President :: Hands Off Texas!: "On Wednesday during a speech in Parma, Ohio, President Obama decided to quote a former President to help justify his policy initiatives:
“But in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves”.
I assume he was paraphrasing this actual quote from President Lincoln, but unfortunately he left out the most important part:
“The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
Obama doesn’t get it. And he clearly doesn’t get Abraham Lincoln."
Ah, you say, but look at more Lincoln and you'll see that O Duce is correct. Really?
“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.”

“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.”
Go RTWT including the Ten Cannots (sometimes falsely attributed to Lincoln) at the end.

Now that's not to say that Lincoln is perfect. Far from it. In fact you could argue that he was our final deliverance into "Hamilton's Curse". I cannot recommend this book too highly. And as for what O Duce really is and how he got there I strongly recommend D'Souza's "The Roots of Obama's Rage" and Kurtz' "Radical-in-Chief".

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Friday, October 22, 2010

What Should Be A Non-Political Post...

... about something that you already know will be blocked by O Duce's EPA or some equivalent lunatic Czar of his:

Thorium and Nuclear Power - Next Gen Nuclear Power - Popular Mechanics: "Thorium could recapture the lead if a Virginia-based company called Lightbridge (formerly Thorium Power) fulfills its promise. Lightbridge was founded on the vision that the existing fleet of nuclear reactors would continue to function for decades to come, so its proprietary nuclear fuel assembly—which features a small amount of uranium surrounded by a blanket of thorium—is designed to work in light water reactors, the most common variety in service worldwide. The company is also developing an all-metal fuel capable of incorporating thorium. 'This is like going from leaded to unleaded fuel for your car—the operation [of the reactors] is the same,' says Seth Grae, Lightbridge's CEO."

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Chinese Professor

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

All Things ...

... is not an option:

Instapundit - Blog Archive - VELVET UNDERGROUND DRUMMER MOE TUCKER ON why she is a Tea Partier: My family was damn poor when I…: "I think you should have pointed out the most important point she made.

“No country can provide all things for all citizens. There comes a point where it just isn’t possible, and it’s proven to be a failure everywhere it’s been tried.”

Those two sentences encapsulate why the Tea Party took off and the difference in thinking between the people in D.C. and us rubes in the rest of the country. It’s the difference between those supporting Christine O’Donnell and those supporting Chris Coons. Heck, it’s a concept that escaped George W. Bush and every president back to Calvin Coolidge.
Innumeracy is not an option either but it unfortunately afflicts most of the world today.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Off Track

Opinion: Just How Lousy Is the Economic Recovery?: "But the evidence from past recoveries shows that things could be -- and arguably should be -- much better than they are now. Which strongly suggests that, however bad the recession was, something the federal government is doing today is putting a drag on the normal recovery trajectory.

Only by admitting there's a problem will we ever have a chance of getting the current recovery back on track."

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

American Can-Do Takes A Democrat Holiday

What if the Chilean mine disaster had happened in America?

American Thinker Blog: If the Chilean Mine Had Been in Colorado: "Day 31: President Obama is asked at a back-yard press-conference if the federal government is doing all that it can to assist in the rescue of the miners. The President responds with an expression that conveys irritation that his near-omnipotence has been questioned. He replies that he cannot suck the miners out of the ground with a straw.

Day 38: Secretary of the Interior announces a moratorium on all underground mining in the Country.

Day 39: The governors of West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Nevada send a letter to President Obama, Secretary Salazar, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that the moratorium be lifted. The letter notes that tens of thousands of miners have been put out of work. Speaker Pelosi responds that the best way to get the miners back to work is to give them food stamps."

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My Own Private Idaho

... er, US Airways, er, Chile:

Instapundit - Blog Archive - TRAPPED MINERS, LIBERTARIANISM, AND a response to Sandy Levinson. Well, if you’re looking for cou…: "“Don’t forget US Airway Flt 1549, ditching into the Hudson. The 155 passengers and crew were rescued by commercial vessels, not the fire department, not the Coast Guard, not the NYPD.”"

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Idealistic Tyrants

Raymond On Lewis On 10:10:

Armed and Dangerous � Blog Archive - Indistinguishable from malice: "here’s a mind-boggling disconnect from the feelings of ordinary human beings implied here, a kind of moral and emotional incompetence. It’s as though the 10:10 campaigners were so anesthetized by the secretions of their own zealotry that they became incapable of understanding how anyone not living deep inside their reality-tunnel would react.

In its own way, I think this is actually a more frightening possibility than the obvious hypothesis that these people are conscious eco-Stalinists who let the mask slip. C.S. Lewis has an apposite thing to say about idealistic tyrants: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”"

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Tool

You're shocked I know:

Michelle Malkin - David Brooks: Obama told me “shovel-ready” was a crock…a year ago: "How much of a tool is New York Times columnist David Brooks?
This much: On the PBS NewsHour last night, Brooks admitted that President Obama told him a year ago that he knew that the “shovel-ready project” propaganda he employed to pass the massive porkulus bill was a steaming load of bullcrap.
Brooks’ New York Times colleague Peter Baker reported the newsworthy admission in an upcoming Sunday magazine piece. It’s an admission that received much deserved attention here in the blogosphere this week and that invited much deserved derision from Republican critics of the stimulus boondoggle.
Why didn’t Brooks report Obama’s damning admission sooner? In another serving of steaming bullcrap, he claims it’s because Baker was more skilled at getting Obama to talk on the record. Seems to me the real reason Brooks didn’t report it is because he had his nose so far up his bromance love object’s you-know-what that he didn’t see the scoop dropped right in his lap."
Of course, those of us living in the real world knew this long, long ago...

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bill Whittle Does Hayek



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ignore Us No More

UPDATE: I donated -- did you?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

QOTD: Blank Check

My wife ran across this today in someone's signature block:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'
The likely source is here.

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Moonbattery: Open Thread: "Via iOwnTheWorld, on a tip from TED."

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Missing Margaret - Blog Archive - iOTWer, Grandpa Cracker, wants to wish a Happy Birthday to Margaret Thatcher: "iOTWer, Grandpa Cracker, wants to wish a Happy Birthday to Margaret Thatcher."

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Government For The Person...

...and special interests of course...

Power Line - One is the loneliest number: "Minnesota Eighth District Rep. and porkmeister Jim Oberstar is an 18-term incumbent running against Republican Chip Cravaack for reelection. As we have noted previously, Cravaack is an outstanding candidate running a strong race in a heavily Democratic district. Support Cravaack here.

In his 18 terms in office, Oberstar has had lots of time to build up grassroots support that is as broad as it is deep. With Oberstar's third quarter FEC report now on file, Politico reports that Oberstar in fact has precisely one individual resident donor in the district: 'Jane Robbins of Pine City gave Oberstar $500 on Aug. 22.' Oh, sweet Jane!

The NRCC's Tom Erickson notes that Oberstar is actually a Maryland resident and comments: 'With Jim Oberstar making only infrequent visits to Minnesota, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that this career politician finds himself without much support back 'home.''"
You'll notice the tremendous restraint it took for me not to use (@#*&%! words... Oh... Sorry...

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We're #15!

Inaction has consequences:

24 Scary Facts About the U.S. Economy Crossing Wall Street: "Here are 24 scary facts about the U.S. economy:
#1 Ten years ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. In 2010, the United States has fallen to seventh.

#2 The United States once had the highest proportion of young adults with post-secondary degrees in the world. Today, the U.S. has fallen to 12th.

#3 In the 2009 “prosperity index” published by the Legatum Institute, the United States was ranked as just the ninth most prosperous country in the world. That was down five places from 2008.

#4 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.

#5 The economy of India is projected to become larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2050.

#6 One prominent economist now says that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040."
Three F's and we're out. (That would be Football, Facebook and Fraud.)

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The inmates continue in charge of the asylum:

For Orderly Dissolution Of The Fed, Before It Does Us Even More Harm - IBD - "Determined to make sure the economy had recovered from that, Greenspan made money available at bargain rates, providing powerful incentives for people to load up on debt, much of which was spent on housing. The Fed's inability to recognize the developing bubble offers a reminder that officials didn't have a crystal ball and were unable to anticipate consequences of their policies.

As late as May 17, 2007, Chairman Bernanke said: 'We believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will likely be limited, and we do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or to the financial system.'"
Peter Schiff was right.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Timeless Jefferson

Jefferson on Politics & Government: Public Works: "'Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.' --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVII, 1782. ME 2:222"
He wrote this in criticism of state religion and living under it as fostered by the British. He also predicted the future with sobering accuracy.

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Monday, October 11, 2010


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I'll take "corrupt" for $800, Alex:

Americans' Image of "Federal Government" Mostly Negative: "PRINCETON, NJ -- More than 7 in 10 Americans use a word or phrase that is clearly negative when providing a top-of-mind reaction to the federal government.

A Sept. 20-21 USA Today/Gallup poll asked respondents what they would say 'if someone asked you to describe the federal government in one word or phrase.' The accompanying chart shows the results in graphic form, with the words or phrases displayed according to how frequently they are mentioned.

Additionally, the complete list of verbatim responses to the question, along with basic demographic information on respondents, is available here."

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

How To Wake Up (Bumped)

Most of you will remain asleep financially until it's too late. For those of you who are finally getting the bad feeling in the pit of your stomach that you should have sensed many years ago, here is one last chance for you even if you consider yourself a financial dunce. If you listen to it a few times and start to get it then head over here and start to listen to the podcast archives starting with the most recent (the first interview segments here and here are particularly good next steps) until you really get it. Now you can't blame me for not doing my duty.

UPDATE: Jim Puplava also has an excellent context piece including a quote from Jens O. Parson's book, "Dying Of Money": "Ever since ancient Babylon enjoyed its first inflation and its first balance of payment deficit, governments had been discovering and rediscovering the wonders of monetary inflation, and every time they did the wonders were all new and breathtaking. Monetary inflation always works like a magic elixir at the first dose. Continuing the doses, or stopping them, is the problem. (p 85)". RTWT.

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More From Hal Lewis On The APS' Support For The Global Warming Scam

Follow the money:

Power Line - The Corruption at the Heart of the Global Warming Scam: "This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don't think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I'm not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation."
I previously blogged about it here. Be sure to check out the Michael Crichton video if you haven't seen it...

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The Voters Want Their Money Back

And their country back too...

The “As Seen On TV” President - Hot Air: "In 2008 we had a political season ignited by a candidate with a suberbly marketed infomercial campaign selling us something “As Seen On TV” which we were told over and over we must have if we want a good future. They suggested that if the American people bought into what candidate Obama was selling, we would be better off. They suggested that he would be different. They said that he would make all our lives better, easier, and more secure.

In 2010 we have a political season in which many American’s who bought what the Obama sold as a candidate, have realized that the product did not live up to their expectations. What President Obama does not seem to realize is that the people kept their receipt and they now want a refund.

The people want their change back, they want their money back, and they want their country back, too. That is the message voters are sending in November."
If you want to know what you got instead, check out D'Souza's "The Roots Of Obama's Rage". Don't be put off by the sensational title -- it's actually an eerily calm vivisection of Obama's anti-colonial roots and how amazingly well they explain his otherwise lunatic actions.

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How Lawyers Could Become Useful

Did I forget to mention that you need to read "The Black Swan"?:

Instapundit - Blog Archive - HEH: `Black Swan’ Author Says Investors Should Sue Nobel Economics Committee for Crisis. “Nassim N…: "HEH: `Black Swan’ Author Says Investors Should Sue Nobel Economics Committee for Crisis. “Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “The Black Swan,” said investors who lost money in the financial crisis should sue the Swedish Central Bank for awarding the Nobel Prize to economists whose theories he said brought down the global economy. . . . Taleb said that the Nobel Prize for Economics has conferred legitimacy on risk models that caused investors’ losses and taxpayer-funded bailouts. Sweden’s central bank will announce the winner of this year’s award on Oct. 11.”"
That and suing to shut down the Fed as an illegal -- not to mention unconstitutional -- monopoly.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Umm, Because He Was Never *In* Touch?

The whole thing about whether he was born on American soil actually misses the point. He doesn't live on American soil. If you went to Harvard for anything other than a technical degree, you could have just as well attended La Sorbonne for how much you'll learn about you and me:

Obama’s Rolling Stone Interview Proves He's Out of Touch - Mary Kate Cary ( "What is most startling is how the interview ends--the president, “repeatedly stabbing the air with his finger,” calls Democrats who sit out the midterms “inexcusable” and “irresponsible.” “People need to buck up” and “stop sitting on their hands,” he says to his supporters. Continuing on this theme later this week, he told a crowd at a Democratic campaign event to “stop sulking.” Gone are the days of “Yes We Can.” It’s become “You Better Not.” In other words, the beatings will continue until morale improves.

Meanwhile, the jobs numbers are out today showing unemployment stuck at 9.6 percent, and the Labor Department this week announced that middle class spending had its steepest one-year drop since records began. Taxes and healthcare costs are rising and incomes are not, so families are spending less on clothing and restaurant meals. Middle class Americans are cutting discretionary spending left and right, trying to make ends meet, while jobs keep disappearing--and our president continues his march to the left leading “the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.”

How could a man who was such a galvanizing figure for many Americans two years ago have become this out of touch?"

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Not A Science But A ...


Ace of Spades HQ: "A physicist resigns from the APS. And on his way out the door attacks them for perpetrating a scam and once again breaking their own rules to shut down debate.

And of being bad scientists, and corrupted by the 'trillions' of dollars at stake in Climate Alarmist Religion.
3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work."
Check out Michael Crichton:

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Bill Whittle On The Tea Party

If you haven't figured it out yet, you will after this:

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Free Tibet ... And China

Walter's ghost lives:

Instapundit - Blog Archive - REMEMBER, THEY’RE STILL COMMIES: Chinese Police Force Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Wife To Leave Home…: "Last year Thomas Friedman was writing that America needed to be more like China and adopt one-party democracy.

Two weeks ago he told us that America needs to be more like China and adopt green technologies.

Yes, this Thomas Friedman.

So now can we expect a Thomas Friedman column telling America to adopt the policy of harrassing the families of Nobel Prize winning dissidents? I guess not, we don’t have Nobel Prize winning dissidents here; political opposition is legal here. Still do you think that we might see a Friedman column soon condemning China? Or is China’s enlightened leadership above criticism in Tom’s benighted opinion?
They’re above criticism so long as he holds the Walter Duranty Chair at the NYT."

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Trillionaire's Children

Forget the "zero sum" cr*p:

Minerals on the Ocean floor could provide resources for over 60 centuries: "With the necessary precautions, extracting the underwater deposits may also be a more environmentally friendly process than mining on land, Cathles said.

And it could provide other benefits, both scientific and psychological. Undersea exploration around ocean ridges could open doors to new research on the fundamental processes behind the formation of Earth's crust, he noted; and a more positive outlook on the future could lead to fewer wars and more positive engagement.

'We are not resource limited on planet Earth. For a human on Earth to complain about resources is like a trillionaire's child complaining about his allowance or inheritance. It just doesn't have much credibility in my view,' he said."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

With Terror And Slaughter Return


Poems - 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings': "As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!"

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Kyle Bass On Why I Call Dear Leader "Ogabe"

Kyle Bass On Hyperinflation, And Other Less Relevant Things | zero hedge: "'The number one performing stock market in the last ten years has been Zimbabwe - in nominal terms' - that is the most memorable soundbite of Kyle Bass' presentation to David Faber at the Bearfoot Summit, because unfortunately, in real terms investors have lost all their money. In this series of key presentations in which Bass recaps not only all his previous positions on hyperinflation, but pretty much everything previously noted on the topic on Zero Hedge, Bass focuses on what is the most 'convex' product to imminent hyperinflation. Spoiler alert: it is not stocks. In fact, Bass says to shun stocks by and large, as in real terms (note not nominal), stocks will underperform a hyperinflationary system. This confirms what we have been observing for the past months ever since the latest FOMC regime, when gold has benefited far more from 'money deluge' expectations that risk assets. In other words, those who are betting on a rising tide emanating from the inkjets' liquidity spigot, will do far better to buy gold than stocks.

Must watch interview series with Kyle Bass"

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You Would Think They Would Be Saying Thank You

Video: “The Socialist” - Hot Air: "The last line is key: “You would think they’d be saying Thank You.” In President Obama’s mind, not only should we be saying “thank you”, but we should be adding in “Please, sir, may I have another” as we beg the Democrats to feed us crappy bowls of leftist policy porridge. I also love the video’s credits, which hopefully predict that President Obama and the current crop of Democrats are the ones who will be left without a chance for seconds, as the “beginning of the end” arrives in November"

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It's The Culture, Stupid

Hmmmm... A different kind of focus group.

Political Times - Voter Disgust Isn’t About the Issues - "The focus group that met here in New Jersey on Monday included a bartender, a lawyer and a school bus driver. The dominant theme of the discussion, in which jobs and taxes came up only in passing, seemed to be the larger breakdown of civil society — the disappearance of common courtesy, the relentless stream of data from digital devices, the proliferation of lawsuits and the insidious influence of media on their children.

One woman described a food fight at the middle school that left a mess school employees were obliged to clean up, presumably because the children couldn’t be subjected to physical labor."
Of course this is spun by NYeT to make it seem like the Tea Party wave washing ashore is just another fad. But you should still RTWT.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vote Dane Brandt for Colorado State House District 53 - Fort Collins

Click the link and donate. I just did...

Dane Brandt for Colorado State House District 53 - Fort Collins: "As a citizen concerned about his community, Dane is ready to work to bring back fiscally responsible, business-minded representation to Colorado's House District 53.

Dane is for:

Lower Taxes
Less Regulation
Personal Choice in Health Care
Economic Stabilization
Personal Responsibility
Helping businesses create jobs
Tort Reform
Colorado's 10th Amendment rights
Smaller government
I-25 Expansion"

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Time To Move To Germany Apparently

Of course, it does help that the Germans only have to spend less than 2 percent of their GDP on defense since you and I pay for most of it:

Germany's Growth: New Rules, Old Companies - BusinessWeek: "Labor reform played an important role. In the early 1990s multinationals such as Siemens (SI) and Volkswagen coped with a global slump by brokering deals with unions that allowed them to opt out of collective wage agreements. In 1994 companies got out from under rules that limited temp workers' tenure to just six months, after which they had to become permanent workers with full benefits. Such deals, combined with the introduction of the euro in 1999, produced short-term costs for Germany but long-term benefits, allowing companies more flexibility in hiring.

It was a start. Germany still had a long way to go. By 2003, Chancellor Schroeder—known as the 'Basta Chancellor' for his uncompromising ways—had had enough. The economy was in another recession, unemployment was high, and the social welfare system was underfunded and close to collapse. Schröder, leader of a left-leaning coalition of the Social Democrats and the Green Party, threatened the trade unions: If they didn't voluntarily agree to new wage and hiring rules, he would make them into laws. This allowed companies to break onerous wage agreements. For their part, German labor unions gave up wage increases in return for job security."
But it's pretty ugly when the American President would now consider Schroeder to be a knuckle-dragging conservative. That's all you need to know right there...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Bin Hoaxed?

Jerry Falwell on your side: Baaaad. Osama on your side: Just a coiiiincidence:

Moonbattery: Osama bin Laden Endorses Global Warming Hoax: "Bin Laden urged a big transformation in how relief work is executed, calling the number of victims of climate change much bigger than the victims of war.

After convincing yourself that a bloodthirsty pedophile warlord from the 6th century was a mouthpiece for God, swallowing the global warming hoax is a cinch.

If the climate change farce didn't jump the shark with the 10:10 Global video, it did with bin Laden's endorsement."

And all you need to know about what they'll be doing with us "deniers" is at the 2:00 mark in this repugnant piece of trash (WARNING: Kiddies need to leave the room):

There are some different opinions you might want to read today by a pretty highly placed "denier". You know, like moon-highly placed. RTWT.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

How To Become Poor

No cuts can be found?

Power Line - A Waste of Money? No Problem, It's Yours: "Despite a shortage of commercial flights out of STC, there's no shortage in requests for federal dollars. Senator Al Franken's website lists a $500,000 earmark request for improved runway lighting for the St. Cloud Regional Airport, while Senator Amy Klobuchar's website lists a $1,000,000 earmark request for the same project.
It is a common conceit among office-holders that finding money to cut from government budgets is difficult. My own view is that government wastes enormous amounts of money at every level. Many in public life--Franken and Klobuchar would appear to be examples--are so ignorant of economics that they do not understand that when money is spent and resources are consumed inefficiently, our country is made poorer."

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And if they're lucky they turned out 1/6th the numbers that Glenn did -- but probably less than 1/10th (see the last post). Wow. With that kind of ratio it may even prove difficult for them to steal this election. But I still half expect it to happen.

Power Line - Post Mortem: "Two comments on today's 'One Nation Working Together' event in Washington:

1) Four hundred organizations, including all the major labor unions, the NAACP, the Sierra Club, Code Pink, the Green Party, the Communist Party, Planned Parenthood and hundreds more were not able to turn out as many people as Glenn Beck.

2) One of the stated purposes of the gathering was to protest against lack of civility in public discourse. The program was opened by Ed Schultz.

The Left may be in even more disarray than we thought."

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

10/2/10 FAIL

Guess which was which. I'll spare you the revulsion of looking at how so few morons can leave so much trash...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

The Terran Empire

Pajamas Media � 2010: Dawn of the Terran Empire?: "Remember that episode of Star Trek (original series) where Captain Kirk, Scotty, Dr. McCoy, and Lt. Uhura accidentally transported into a parallel universe which was an eerie mirror image of the real world? The Federation was an evil “Terran Empire.” Star Fleet officers moved up not by merit, but by assassinating their superiors. And mirror-universe Spock wore a cool goatee.

Well, sometimes I feel like I’ve just woken up in a political parallel universe. Otherwise, how else can we explain a world where:
Fidel Castro has admitted that Communism has failed in Cuba? And Cuba is adopting capitalist reforms?

The Europeans are lecturing us about the need to reduce government spending?

France is chiding us for being too soft on Iran?

Sweden refused to bail out its leading car manufacturer Saab, whereas the U.S. bailed out General Motors?

Russia wants to return to the gold standard to help solve the world financial crisis?"


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