Vera Brittain Quotations Compiled by GIGA (Page 1): "Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity. - Rebel Passion [Politics] "
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The Education of Henry Adams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds."Any questions?
Posted by Bob at 12:03 PM
Friday, December 30, 2011
The American Spectator : 2011: The Year the Wheels Fell Off: "MARCH: In January, Obama had proclaimed France our best and strongest ally. Because the French never forgive a favor, Sarkozy dragged Obama into his war for glory in Libya. Barry called it a "kinetic military action" and cute little Sarah called it a "squirmish." My blazingly brilliant pal, Andy McCarthy, said that henceforth we should call acts of terrorism "kinetic Islam." Barry told Congress to stuff its War Powers Resolution because bombing Libya wasn't a hostile act. Meanwhile, Hillary called Syria's Bashar Assad a "reformer."And wait for it...
Obama's hostility was reserved for Israel, and only increased when Israeli PM Netanyahu schooled him in front of the television cameras. Despite comments from both governments, it was clear that Obama's anger, in this instance, emanated only from the fact that Bibi pulled it off without a teleprompter."
Meanwhile, New York Cong. Anthony Weiner (D-of course. Why did you even ask?) became the first known "Twitticide" when he sent a picture of his aroused equipment out via the social networking site. As a NY Post headline said, "Erections have Consequences."And now you know you need to RTWT, don't you?
Posted by Bob at 10:04 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Repo Men - Kevin D. Williamson - National Review Online: "“At the risk of oversimplifying it,” one Wall Street insider explains, “imagine a bank went bankrupt. Then the regulators came in and cracked open all the customers’ safe-deposit boxes, even though they knew for certain that none of the contents belonged to the bank. Then they tossed those assets into the pile for the creditors to pick through and told the box holders to get in line as well. That’s what folks are saying is happening here. And in a situation like that, who wants a safe-deposit box?I have given you the grand finale but you need to click through all 6 web pages starting here. It includes some good stuff from "Throw Them All Out" as well ... which you also need to read if your blood pressure can take it.
So there you have it: hedge-fund titans, i-bankers, congressional nabobs, committee chairmen, senators, swindlers, run-of-the-mill politicos, and a few outright thieves (these categories are not necessarily exclusive) all feeding at the same trough, and most of them betting that Mitt Romney won’t do anything more to stop it than Barack Obama did. If anything, the fact that Romney is having the least luck with the firm that knows him best speaks better of him than does the enthusiasm he apparently inspires in Goldman Sachs et al.
Either way, the last thing Wall Street wants is for the Corzine scandal to launch a new round of frenzied outrage out there on the fruited plains where dwell people who don’t know an IPO from a CDS, and who might suspect that something here is not entirely on the up-and-up. They’re hoping that conservatives can be buffaloed with a bit of cheap free-market rhetoric into not noticing that something is excruciatingly amiss here. They are the repo men, headpiece filled with subprime-mortgage derivatives, and they are looking to repossess the Republican party they abandoned in 2008 (see “Losing Gordon Gekko,” National Review, March 9, 2009). Free-market, limited-government conservatives should be none too eager to welcome them back, nor should we let our natural sympathy with the profit motive blind us to the fact that a great many of them do not belong in the conservative movement, and that more than a few of them belong in prison."
Posted by Bob at 10:11 PM
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Midlife Crisis Economics - NYTimes.com: "Second, the governmental challenge is very different today than it was in the progressive era. Back then, government was small and there were few worker safety regulations. The problem was a lack of institutions. Today, government is large, and there is a thicket of regulations, torts and legal encumbrances. The problem is not a lack of institutions; it’s a lack of institutional effectiveness.And wait for it:
The United States spends far more on education than any other nation, with paltry results. It spends far more on health care, again, with paltry results. It spends so much on poverty programs that if we just took that money and handed poor people checks, we would virtually eliminate poverty overnight. In the progressive era, the task was to build programs; today the task is to reform existing ones.
Third, the moral culture of the nation is very different."
One hundred years ago, we had libertarian economics but conservative values. Today we have oligarchic economics and libertarian moral values — a bad combination.Well, they were relatively libertarian. But no kidding about the bad combination part.
Posted by Bob at 10:01 PM
Monday, December 26, 2011
Belmont Club » No Worse Friend, No Better Enemy: "And that is a shame. For there are many nonviolent and peaceful ways in which the evil which killed people across Nigeria on Christmas Day may be fought. One of them is using words to name it. The other is sending material relief to its victims. Still another is to open the doors to those it persecutes. None of these partake of war. None of these harm a hair on the head of al-Qaeda or Boko Haram.
How likely is it that any of these will be done by those who profess to be Christianity’s friends? Very little likelihood because in the end, the Left would finish up naming itself. But the remaining Christians probably would not mind an open declaration of hostility. If the Left is going to do the deed, they might have the decency to do it face to face rather than from behind."
Posted by Bob at 1:34 PM
Statement from fmr. Ron Paul staffer on Newsletters, Anti-Semitism | Right Wing News: "If you take anything from this lengthy statement, I would hope that it is this final story about the Afghanistan vote, that the liberal media chooses to completely ignore, because it doesn’t fit their template, is what you will report.It's a bit lengthy but I think it deserves the RTWT stamp...
If Ron Paul should be slammed for anything, it’s not some silly remarks he’s made in the past in his Newsletters. It’s over his simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States. His near No vote on Afghanistan. That is the big scandal. And that is what should be given 100 times more attention from the liberal media, than this Newsletter deal."
Posted by Bob at 11:26 AM
Sunday, December 25, 2011
The 50 Best Political Quotes For 2011 (Third Annual) | Right Wing News: "20) Within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible. — Sarah PalinHeh.
19) If the tea party is so racist, how come when they have straw polls the black guy keeps winning? — Herman Cain
18) My next door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready jobs than this administration. — Gary Johnson"
Elisabeth’s Barrenness and Ours - Mark Steyn - National Review Online: "Our lesson today comes from the Gospel according to Luke. No, no, not the manger, the shepherds, the wise men, any of that stuff, but the other birth: “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”Not very likely, is it? And then there's this for the whipped cream on top:
That bit of the Christmas story doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it’s in there — Luke 1:13, part of what he’d have called the backstory, if he’d been a Hollywood screenwriter rather than a physician. Of the four gospels, only two bother with the tale of Christ’s birth, and only Luke begins with the tale of two pregnancies. Zacharias is surprised by his impending paternity — “for I am an old man and my wife well stricken in years.” Nonetheless, an aged, barren woman conceives and, in the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy, the angel visits her cousin Mary and tells her that she, too, will conceive. If you read Luke, the virgin birth seems a logical extension of the earlier miracle — the pregnancy of an elderly lady. The physician-author had no difficulty accepting both. For Matthew, Jesus’s birth is the miracle; Luke leaves you with the impression that all birth — all life — is to a degree miraculous and God-given.
We now live in Elisabeth’s world — not just because technology has caught up with the Deity and enabled women in their 50s and 60s to become mothers, but in a more basic sense. The problem with the advanced West is not that it’s broke but that it’s old and barren. Which explains why it’s broke. Take Greece, which has now become the most convenient shorthand for sovereign insolvency — “America’s heading for the same fate as Greece if we don’t change course,” etc. So Greece has a spending problem, a revenue problem, something along those lines, right? At a superficial level, yes. But the underlying issue is more primal: It has one of the lowest fertility rates on the planet. In Greece, 100 grandparents have 42 grandchildren — i.e., the family tree is upside down. In a social-democratic state where workers in “hazardous” professions (such as, er, hairdressing) retire at 50, there aren’t enough young people around to pay for your three-decade retirement. And there are unlikely ever to be again.
Look at it another way: Banks are a mechanism by which old people with capital lend to young people with energy and ideas. The Western world has now inverted the concept. If 100 geezers run up a bazillion dollars’ worth of debt, is it likely that 42 youngsters will ever be able to pay it off?"
If the problem with socialism is, as Mrs. Thatcher says, that eventually you run out of other people’s money, much of the West has advanced to the next stage: It’s run out of other people, period.RTWT. But not to worry, our Democrat/Socialist/Communist "betters" aren't math challenged or anything. Or have any compunctions about cutting you up why you're still alive.
Did I forget to say Merry Christmas? You can perhaps see why now...
Posted by Bob at 11:57 AM
The Xinjiang Procedure: "Enver worked fast, not bothering with clamps, cutting with his right hand, moving muscle and soft tissue aside with his left, slowing down only to make sure he excised the kidneys and liver cleanly. Even as Enver stitched the man back up—not internally, there was no point to that anymore, just so the body might look presentable—he sensed the man was still alive. I am a killer, Enver screamed inwardly. He did not dare to look at the face again, just as he imagined a killer would avoid looking at his victim.I hope you're enjoying your Christmas. Christians and Muslims in China not so much.
The team drove back to Urumqi in silence.
On Thursday, the chief surgeon confronted Enver: “So. Yesterday. Did anything happen? Yesterday was a usual, normal day. Yes?”
Enver said yes, and it took years for him to understand that live organs had lower rejection rates in the new host, or that the bullet to the chest had—other than that first sickening lurch—acted like some sort of magical anaesthesia. He had done what he could; he had stitched the body back neatly for the family. And 15 years would elapse before Enver revealed what had happened that Wednesday."
Posted by Bob at 11:08 AM
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Instapundit » Blog Archive » MARK STEYN: Silent Night. “On this Christmas Eve, one of the great unreported stories throughout w…: "MARK STEYN: Silent Night. “On this Christmas Eve, one of the great unreported stories throughout what we used to call Christendom is the persecution of Christians around the world. In Egypt, the ‘Arab Spring’ is going so swimmingly that Copts are already fleeing Egypt and, for those Christians that remain, Midnight Mass has to be held in the daylight for security reasons. In Iraq, midnight services have been canceled entirely for fear of bloodshed, part of the remorseless de-Christianizing that has been going on, quite shamefully, under an American imperium. Not merely the media but Christian leaders in the west seem to be embarrassed by behavior that doesn’t conform to their dimwitted sappiness about ‘Facebook Revolutions’.”Oh, and Merry Christmas...
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:55 pm"
Posted by Bob at 11:28 PM
The Corruption of America: "America has many problems... but these neighborhoods represent more than a society in decline. Life in these places reflects a complete collapse of Western civilization. What's happening in these communities? A breakdown of the family and the resulting collapse of the school system. What you have left is crime – violent and political.To say this one is a RTWT is a vast understatement. As Benjamin Franklin told the inquiring lady, they gave us a republic if we can keep it.
In Detroit, only 27% of the black male students in the school system graduate from high school. This is not a racial problem: Only 19% of the white male students graduate from those same schools. What's causing this problem? A complete breakdown of society. When communities can no longer teach their children the most basic academic skills, such as reading, math, history, literature, and economics... what future can we expect? And what kind of society do you expect after several generations of total ignorance?"
We have lost it.
As my friend Doug Casey likes to say about the War on Poverty, "The poor lost."... at the hands of the Socialist Democrats that now also run our churches. There, I said it. How's that for speaking truth to power?
Merry Christmas Eve...
Posted by Bob at 10:17 AM
Friday, December 23, 2011
Hayward points out today that a normally lefty site has uncovered how the Democraps gamed the recent "nonpartisan" California re-districting process:
Why “Reform” Makes Problems Worse: A Case Study | Power Line: "The citizens’ commission had pledged to create districts based on testimony from the communities themselves, not from parties or statewide political players. To get around that, Democrats surreptitiously enlisted local voters, elected officials, labor unions and community groups to testify in support of configurations that coincided with the party’s interests.What a shocker, huh? After which Hayward comments:
When they appeared before the commission, those groups identified themselves as ordinary Californians and did not disclose their ties to the party. One woman who purported to represent the Asian community of the San Gabriel Valley was actually a lobbyist who grew up in rural Idaho, and lives in Sacramento.
In one instance, party operatives invented a local group to advocate for the Democrats’ map."
One of my favorite books that bears on this question is Alan Ehrenhalt’s The United States of Ambition, published more than 20 years ago. While the book is about political ambition generally, Ehrenhalt spends a lot of time exploring the question of why Democrats often dominate politics even in suburban districts and areas where Republicans ought to dominate it by virtue of their larger numbers or general culture. (The classic case of this was Irvine, California, in the early 1990s, where a deep red Republican town elected the socialist Larry Agran as its mayor.) He concludes simply that Democrats work harder at it, and goes part of the way to my explanation about the substantive differences between Democrats—the party of government—and Republicans—the party of the private sector.Of course, the Repubs are actually the stupid party, not the party of the private sector. And they feed at the trough more and more. But some semblance of the point remains...
This is one reason why I was never very enthusiastic about term limits, even though I usually voted for them simply for the splendid insult they deliver to the political class. Democrats have an endless bench of smart and ambitious people ready to move up the ranks. Republicans, not so much.
I don’t have a good solution for this, except for getting a bigger typeface on my bumper sticker that reads “SMASH THE STATE.”
Posted by Bob at 12:34 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Instapundit » Blog Archive » ACTUALLY, THE WORST THING ABOUT THE SHOCKING DOWNWARD REVISION IN HOUSING SALES isn’t this: “it may…: "When I read the post about how we can’t trust anyone’s numbers, I recalled this quote from Vaclav Havel, first seen at smalldeadanimals. He was writing about Communist regimes, but why do I feel he’s writing about us when I read it? (emphasis mine)That would be because he IS writing about us.
The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on. This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies: government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of the individual is presented as his ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; the use of power to manipulate is called the public control of power, and the arbitrary abuse of power is called observing the legal code; the repression of culture is called its development; the expansion of imperial influence is presented as support for the oppressed; the lack of free expression becomes the highest form of freedom; farcical elections become the highest form of democracy; banning independent thought becomes the most scientific of world views; military occupation becomes fraternal assistance. Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing."
Unless you would like to pretend otherwise.
Posted by Bob at 9:14 PM
Egypt’s Kristallnacht | Power Line: "The plight of Christians in Egypt and across the Muslim Middle East has become critical, but, for reasons I cannot understand, almost all American Christians seem indifferent to the fate of their fellow Christians overseas."I can understand. It's all about envy and nothing about toil and compassion.
The bulk of Christendom have been brainwashed into being parasite neo-Marxists.
Good luck with that.
I can never repeat enough that they live in a "bourgeois illusion bred of money and security".
Until Stein's law reasserts itself.
Posted by Bob at 8:46 PM
Monday, December 19, 2011
MF Global: How Could It Happen? | Power Line: "During the Age of Obama, the scandals come so thick and fast that you can hardly remember them all, let alone keep track of their details. One of the most recent is MF Global, which not only went under–with former Democratic Senator and Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine at the helm–but misplaced $1.2 billion in client funds along the way. How do you lose track of a billion dollars? Most of us panic if we lose twenty. Michael Ramirez has the definitive answer:"Perfect.
Posted by Bob at 8:58 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2011
CURL: One president, please, with a side of Rice - Washington Times: "Republican diners haven’t yet picked their entree, but they’ve narrowed it down to the steak or the fish. Still, just as interesting as their main course will be their side selection: Will they go for a drab salad, or something more exciting? Maybe a spicy Rice dish?Hmmm...
Yes, that Rice: Condi. She’s rested and ready - and buff.
America’s first black female secretary of state is quietly positioning herself to be the top choice of the eventual Republican presidential nominee, ready to deliver bona fide foreign-policy credentials lacking among the candidates. The 56-year-old has recently raised her profile, releasing her memoir in November and embarking on a monthlong book tour.
After 2 1/2 years as a professor at Stanford, Miss Rice is reportedly getting “antsy” to get back into the political game. “She’s ready to go,” said one top source."
Posted by Bob at 8:48 PM
Frank Lansner on Foster and Rahmstorf 2011 | Watts Up With That?: "davidmhoffer says:Perfect.
December 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Natural variation and climate cycles explained:
Alarmists: There’s an ice age coming!
Skeptic: Looks like natural variation, not a long term trend….
Alarmists: Blasphemer! Ice Age! We’re all going to die!
Alarmists: The world is heating up at an unprecedented rate!
Skeptic: But you just said….
Alarmists: CO2! CO2 is causing unprecedented warming!
Skeptic: OK, forget the ice age then, it STILL looks like natural variation, not a long term trend…
Alarmists: Blasphemer! Tipping point! We’re all going to die!
Skeptic: You know, looking at the last 10 to 15 years, it doesn’t seem like there’s been anymore warming….
Alarmists: Natural variation! Itz hiding the warming!
Skeptic: Hiding the warming? Where?
Alarmists: Blasphemer! The warming is hiding in the bottom of the ocean where we can’t measure it, and/or being masked by aerosols, and/or being hidden by natural variation! We’re all going to die!
Alarmist: There’s an ice age coming!
Skeptic: Looks like…never mind, I know where this is going. We’re all going to die. I for one, because a) I/m old and b) I’m sick to death of listening to alarmism."
Posted by Bob at 9:38 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Iraq political crisis erupts as last U.S. troops leave - The Washington Post: "Gen. Khaled al-Dulaimi, who helped U.S. forces establish the Anbar Police Academy in 2007, was stripped of his post last month as U.S. troops were pulling out of the western province. He predicted that many other officers will be sidelined now that U.S. troops have gone. The U.S. military built the Anbar security forces almost from scratch after the Sunni Awakening movement in 2007 succeeded in defeating the al-Qaeda in Iraq insurgency.... that Barry is indifferent to -- if not cheering for -- your death Khaled. I wish I could do more than apologize for what my country has become.
And those who collaborated with the Americans are also at risk of being targeted by the remnants of the Sunni al-Qaeda fighters, who have been systematically pursuing those who turned against them. Now that he has been stripped of the security that came with his position, Dulaimi said, “I might be assassinated by terrorists at any time.” He added, “Who is going to protect me?”"
Posted by Bob at 10:40 PM
Barack Obama, Poet - By John J. Miller - The Corner - National Review Online: "Behold: the poetry of Barack Obama, preserved on the interwebs by the Library of Congress.Apparently, he has told the truth before.
A sample:What to do with me, a green young man
Who fails to consider the
Flim and flam of the world, since
Things have been easy for me"
Friday, December 16, 2011
Bill Whittle's Voters Guide to Republicans [dri]: "Bill Whittle has a new video out that once again shows his mastery of distilling complex themes and arguments down to their brutal essence. His latest feature is a Voter's Guide to Republicans which explores some of the often repeated falsehoods that the Left attributes to the GOP. Apparently, the claims that Republicans are Fascist, racist, Nazis are untrue. H/T Prof. Reynolds"
Posted by Bob at 7:43 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Instapundit » Blog Archive » TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Mark Steyn on double standards: “These two stories usefully clarify …: "TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Mark Steyn on double standards: “These two stories usefully clarify the peculiar pathology of the antiwar left. On the one hand, we need international investigations if Americans are insufficiently decorous in their questioning. On the other, it’s perfectly justifiable for disaffected Muslims to target Western civilians purely on the basis of their ethnic identity.”Because he does.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 11:35 pm"
Posted by Bob at 10:20 PM
KUHNER: Obama's Watergate - Washington Times: "A year ago this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. He died protecting his country from brutal Mexican gangsters. Two AK-47 assault rifles were found at his death site. We now know the horrifying truth: Agent Terry was killed by weapons that were part of an illegal Obama administration operation to smuggle arms to the dangerous drug cartels. He was a victim of his own government. This is not only a major scandal; it is a high crime that potentially reaches all the way to the White House, implicating senior officials. It is President Obama’s Watergate.Gangsta Gubmint. What a disaster. Meanwhile the sheep all fall in line. Bad Tea Party. Bad, Bad Tea Party.
Operation Fast and Furious was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and overseen by the Justice Department. It started under the leadership of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Fast and Furious enabled straw gun purchases from licensed dealers in Arizona, in which more than 2,000 weapons were smuggled to Mexican drug kingpins. ATF claims it was seeking to track the weapons as part of a larger crackdown on the growing violence in the Southwest. Instead, ATF effectively has armed murderous gangs. About 300 Mexicans have been killed by Fast and Furious weapons. More than 1,400 guns remain lost. Agent Terry likely will not be the last U.S. casualty.
Mr. Holder insists he was unaware of what took place until after media reports of the scandal appeared in early 2011. This is false."
Read this from Palin so you can understand how far removed we are from a non-kleptocracy and what needs to be done. And finally will when people's children are starving in the dark like North Koreans ... but by then everyone will be too weak to do anything. Just like O'Duce wants.
Throw them all out:
Posted by Bob at 10:08 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tom Friedman Goes Mearsheimer and Walt | Power Line: "Friedman’s thinking on this entire subject is hopelessly confused, as shown by his casual smear of Newt Gingrich:But the world is flat you know ... or is that Friedman's brain that's flat? Good God.That thought came to mind last week when Newt Gingrich took the Republican competition to grovel for Jewish votes — by outloving Israel — to a new low by suggesting that the Palestinians are an “invented” people and not a real nation entitled to a state.Stop to consider that for a moment. Gingrich and other Republicans are “grovel[ing] for Jewish votes” by supporting Israel? How much does Friedman know about the demographics of America west of the Hudson? As of 2010, there were 6,190 Jews in Iowa out of a population of more than three million–0.2% of Iowa’s population. How many of those do you suppose are Republican caucus-goers? A few hundred?"
Posted by Bob at 9:28 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011
Kyoto – in the past for Canada | Watts Up With That?: "The cost of meeting Canada’s obligations under Kyoto would be $13.6 billion, Kent said.Numeracy. What a concept.
“That’s $1,600 from every Canadian family — that’s the Kyoto cost to Canadians, that was the legacy of an incompetent liberal government,” the Conservative minister said."
Posted by Bob at 7:27 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Instapundit » Blog Archive » #OCCUPYFAIL: Our movement became fascist, says an Occupier. Rand Simberg comments: “You don’t s…: "#OCCUPYFAIL: Our movement became fascist, says an Occupier. Rand Simberg comments: “You don’t say. Actually, if you understood fascism, you’d realize it started that way.”The title comes from Eric Blair. I'm betting you don't know who Eric Blair was.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 2:44 pm"
Posted by Bob at 4:34 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thumbs Up for the House Bill | Power Line: "But there is something more serious going on as well. If the payroll tax holiday extension passes–and both parties are now on record as favoring it–the dam will have been breached, and Social Security will be massively insolvent, not at some point in the future, but today. Many liberals have argued–I think correctly–that this is a decisive step that will probably doom the program in anything like its present form. Inevitably, with revenues grossly inadequate to pay benefits to all retirees, Social Security will be means tested. In other words, it will become a welfare program that provides a safety net to the indigent elderly. Will today’s young workers be willing to pay for forty years into a program from which they anticipate that they will get no benefit when they retire–unless, of course, they are planning on being indigent? No way. The consensus that has sustained Social Security will be broken, and the program will be just as popular as other welfare programs; which is to say, not very popular at all. It will be the beginning of the end of the welfare state as we now know it. (That trend, by the way, is prefigured in another feature of the House Republican bill, which would begin the means testing of Medicare.)I'm fascinated to see how O Duce will spin this one. Mostly just that the so-called journalists won't report what's actually in the bill. It will somehow be all about killing orphans or something completely ridiculous. And the sheep will believe it of course.
Is that prediction overstated? Perhaps. But no one doubts that the entitlement crisis is coming, and I don’t see how the contemplated holiday extension can do anything but accelerate the process. Moreover, it puts the federal government on a path toward accentuating insolvency, not–as in the past–mitigating it."
TURN. THE. IDIOT. BOX. OFF.
Posted by Bob at 9:40 PM
Satellite Images Suggest Something Happened At Iranian Nuclear Facility -- But Was It An Explosion? | Fox News: "“The pictures we have seen were dramatic insofar as the buildings were there for at least 15 years,” he said. “On Dec. 5, they were gone. Whether or not that is circumstantial is not clear, but it warrants further scrutiny.”
Brannan says much of Iran’s yellowcake has been converted to UF6, but the Iranians still have some stock. Beyond that, however, the nation’s ability to mine and mill yellowcake is limited.
“There is something strange going on,” he said. “It is not clear what it is. There was the recent blast at the missile facility with people killed. There was a report of a blast at Isfahan’s uranium conversion site. A U.S. drone has been downed.
“Something is going on. It’s not clear what it is.”"
Posted by Bob at 8:28 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011
Nikki Haley Intends to Govern | RedState: "It didn’t work out that way. Neither the Governor nor the agencies responsible for getting the good old boys’ their backs scratched actually did it. Georgia gets to dredge and South Carolina will get a port expansion in Charleston, but it will still take a while.Oh. I forgot. Not enough backscratchin' goin' on. You go girl...
The good old boys decided then to haul all of Governor Haley’s top aides into the legislature for examination. They couldn’t find that anyone did any wrong doing. And now Governor Haley has responded. She means to keep changing South Carolina, keep moving the state forward, and keep making it place where business is free to do business without scratching backs or letting government pick winners or losers."
Posted by Bob at 9:20 PM
The Demagoguery of Incompetence | Power Line: "One imagines that there are several causes of demagoguery, multiple circumstances under which it arises or becomes necessary. In Barack Obama’s case, we are seeing a demagoguery born of incompetence. As the failure of Obama’s policies has become ever more stark, as the clock ticks toward his rendezvous with the electorate in November, as the public’s disapproval of his performance hardens, he has reacted in the only way he knows, by becoming ever more shrill and ever more fanciful in his denunciations of those who dare to point out that his record is awful and his policies inept.
Michael Ramirez makes the point humorously:"
Posted by Bob at 4:17 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The Egyptian Elections: Analyzing the Runoff Results - By Samuel Tadros - The Corner - National Review Online: "As Jimmah gave us Islamist Iran, so Barry gives us Islamist Egypt. The two largest, most powerful muslim states - handed to (I would say deliberately delivered into the hands of) the Islamists by DEM Presidents.Not the stupidity, the plan...
A friend of Iranian descent sent me a YouTube about life in Iran 19040 - 1980. It was not surprising to me, but maybe some of NRO's younger readers should take a gander (search YouTube for Shah's Iran, etc. - there are many videos). The Shah had made Iran into a very Westernized, modern State. but his state police, the Savak, were not nice enough to the communists & islamists wishing to oust him. So in the name of "human rights" Carter threw our ally, the Shah, to the dogs. The result was not hard to imagine.
Heh! Arab Spring, my patootie! The only uprising that was not Islamist (and thereby worse than the status quo) was the Iranain "green revolution". And which uprising was the ONLY one the US sat on its hand for? The stupidity is mindboggling."
Posted by Bob at 9:50 PM
Showdown Coming Over Keystone XL? - By Andrew Stiles - The Corner - National Review Online: "To get a sense of how stunningly out of touch the president is when it comes to the Keystone pipeline, consider that he finds himself on the wrong side of an issue on which the AFL-CIO and Republicans both agree. Here’s Mark Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department at the AFL-CIO, writing in the Huffington Post:Half a million new jobs delivering energy would make it more difficult for him to collapse the economy and make our children starve in the dark. So naturally he's against them. Or any jobs for people that don't contribute to his perpetual campaign of graft and corruption for that matter ... as you may have noticed if you're ... sentient.For America’s skilled craft construction professionals, any discussion of the Keystone XL project begins and ends with one word: JOBS. Today, roughly 14% of the American construction workforce is unemployed — which is significantly higher than the overall national unemployment rate of 9%.
Throughout America’s Heartland, the Keystone Pipeline represents the prospect for 20,000 immediate jobs, and as many as 500,000 indirect jobs via a strong economic multiplier effect…"
Posted by Bob at 9:41 PM
I keep saying they're corrupt mental midgets and you won't believe me. Maybe you'll believe me when you're living in a yurt ... no, wait, they use wood too...Is Rain Water An Industrial Pollutant? | Power Line: "The new administrative burdens the 9th Circuit decision puts on landowners and federal and state government is staggering. The U.S. Forest Service reports there are about 378,000 road miles in our national forests and that it will need about 400,000 permits. By the most conservative estimate, adding in state and private forests nearly doubles that number. Other estimates place the total well into the millions. Simply obtaining the Forest Service’s permits will take 10 years.The economic consequences of devastating the logging industry, and other industries that depend on wood products, are incalculable. We are living in an extraordinary time, in which the nation’s political class frequently makes war on our economy. No wonder economic recovery is so difficult! The Supreme Court can solve this particular problem if it grants the motion for certiorari tomorrow and reverses the 9th Circuit’s ruling, but more broadly, we need to drastically reform, and limit the powers of, our political class."
Posted by Bob at 8:05 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Man-Caused Disaster - By Peter Kirsanow - The Corner - National Review Online: "Fox reports that during a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Susan Collins and other Republicans are blasting the administration for referring to the Ft. Hood massacre as an incident of ”workplace violence.”Who knows. Maybe even Ron Paul might join the objections next...
Yep. Must’ve been a disgruntled employee upset that he didn’t get a raise. Move along. Nothing else to see here."
Posted by Bob at 9:52 PM
The Strenuously Hushed-Up Fundamental Flaw In The Tax Code | ZeroHedge: "“Corporate Tax Dodging In The Fifty States,” a report that the CTJ released today, found that the largest corporations paid little or no state income taxes in any state for the years 2008-2010. In a prior report, the CTJ found that some of the most profitable US corporations paid no federal income taxes over the same period. Both reports are an indictment of one of the major problems dogging the US economy: our tax system—and its most fundamental flaw that not even tax reformers dare to mention.RTWT even if you're part of the 1% who do...
The Internal Revenue Code serves two functions: raise money for the government; and dole out benefits and subsidies to industries, companies, pet projects, individuals, shrimp fisheries, etc. in return for campaign contributions, votes, and fringe benefits such as free plane rides, bundles of cash, sweetheart mortgages, or well-paid jobs for staffers when they move on. It’s the congressional bread and butter. And the economy pays the price."
Posted by Bob at 9:42 PM
Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel: "Newsmax: Some object to your policy of cutting foreign aid to Israel.Hmmm. Well that's certainly not what I thought he'd say. Maybe he's listening to the base after all. I suppose he could be a liar on this but I'm inclined not to believe it. Hmmmm.
Ron Paul: I have objected to all foreign aid. I define foreign aid as taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries. We just can’t keep doing this. We don’t have the money anymore.
Stop and consider America’s policy: We give $3 billion a year to Israel in loans; and we give $12 billion or more in assistance to Israel’s self-declared enemies. Some of these are countries that say they will drive Israel into the sea.
Newsmax: What do you say to evangelical Christians who want that aid to continue?
Ron Paul: I say to them that our aid in the region is out of balance and it is wrong. Foreign aid does not help Israel. It is a net disadvantage. I say to them that “the borrower is servant to the lender” and America should never be the master of Israel and its fate. We should be her friend.
In October, 1981, most of the world and most of the Congress voiced outrage over Israel’s attack on Iraq and their nuclear development. I was one of the few who defended her right to make her own decisions on foreign policy and to act in her own self-interest.
Newsmax: What then, if anything, should we do for Israel?
Ron Paul: We should share intelligence for mutually agreed-upon goals. We should honor our pledge to refuse any arms sales that would undermine Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.
But we should stop interfering with them. We should not announce bargaining positions even before she begins her negotiations. We should not dictate what she can and cannot do. We should stop trying to buy her allegiance. And Israel should stop sacrificing their sovereignty as an independent state to us or anybody else, no matter how well-intentioned.
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Posted by Bob at 9:35 PM
Was Fast and Furious All About Gun Control? | Power Line: "The Democrats have longed to impose gun control, or confiscation, for decades, but after a series of electoral defeats they finally backed off. The issue has largely receded from view, although gun owners have remained vigilant. For some time, Second Amendment advocates have suspected that the Obama administration’s gun walking program (“Fast and Furious”) was intended to create a pretext for bringing back the gun control issue. There has been a little evidence of that, but not much. Today, however, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS, who has been all over the Fast and Furious scandal and would, in a sane world, get a Pulitzer Prize, broke another scoop:Shocking, isn't it?Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales."
Posted by Bob at 9:11 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
It All Begins With Football | Via Meadia: "Alumni watching their schools’ games on TV, or celebrating or mourning their schools’ results each week with friends, family and colleagues are renewing their ties with their alma maters affirming that being an “Aggie” or a “Tar Heel” is an identity, not a line on the resume.
This is why most of them give. It is irrational and tribal love. It is intense emotion, not a vague sense of obligation or philanthropy. They want to beat State.
If you want your students to become loyal, giving alumni, you must turn them into members of a tribe. You must make them fall in love with their school, and believe that they and all the other alums are united in a family. Your temple of reason cannot rise to the heavens unless it is grounded in irrational love."
Posted by Bob at 11:20 AM
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Democrats’ Fuzzy Math | Power Line: "According to the Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute/Brookings Institute, approximately 388,000 households have income above $1 million in any given year; the average income of such households is about $2.7 million. The surtax would be levied on the increment above $1 million. So the arithmetic is simple on a static analysis: 388,000 * $1.7 million * 3.25% = $21.437 billion.The dimwits are from Haaavaaad you know...
So the “millionaires and billionaires” surtax doesn’t come even remotely close to the reduction in payroll tax. It’s a complete fraud–gratuitous class warfare for revenues that, in the overall scheme of things, are trivial."
Posted by Bob at 7:40 PM
Instapundit » Blog Archive » HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Dwindling Power Of A College Degree. “Until the early 1970s, l…: "Of course, one reason why a bachelor’s degree on its own no longer conveys intelligence and capability is that a bachelor’s degree has gotten much easier to get, as part of a conscious strategy of giving everyone the markers of intelligence and capability. Remember Reynolds’ Law:I had missed or forgotten this one from Glenn but it's somewhere beyond a home run and nearly approaching orbital velocity as far as I can tell. Talk about a perfect encapsulation of our multiple crises...The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we’ll have more middle-class people. But homeownership and college aren’t causes of middle-class status, they’re markers for possessing the kinds of traits — self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. — that let you enter, and stay, in the middle class. Subsidizing the markers doesn’t produce the traits; if anything, it undermines them."
And not unrelated to the Tinfoil Apocalypse...
Posted by Bob at 4:59 PM