Friday, February 28, 2014
Ed Driscoll » The Middle Class Abandons California: "As Fred Siegel wrote at the start of his new book, The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class, “The best short credo of liberalism came from the pen of the once canonical left-wing literary historian Vernon Parrington in the late 1920s. ‘Rid society of the dictatorship of the middle class,’” a motto that Sacramento has internalized to a man.I'm sure it's all Bush's fault. Any questions?
And speaking of Sacramento: “CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies,”"
MSNBC Keeps a Laser-Like Focus on Today's Big Story:
"2 Well, duh. Of course.
And you know who hates Chris Christie?
The Tea Party.
So, ipso facto, MSNBC's right-wing bias is because the Tea Party controls it.
Posted by: blaster at February 28, 2014 04:31 PM (4+AaH)"
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The IRS scandals: At the king’s behest | Power Line: "In 1170, King Henry II is said to have cried out, on hearing of the latest actions of the Archbishop of Canterbury, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” Four knights then murdered the archbishop. Many in the U.S. media still willfully refuse to see anything connecting the murder of the archbishop to any actions or abuse of power by the king.Leaving the analogy incomplete, Smith gives too much credit to the media adjunct of the Democratic Party. It needs to be said that Smith is drawing an analogy and in his analogy Barack Obama is the king. He is culpable for the multifarious criminal misbehavior of the IRS. Though Smith stays on the surface to point out events in plain view, there is a mountain of evidence hiding in the White House and elsewhere as well."
Biden ‘stumbles’ over education question – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs: "Explaining why schools in Iowa are performing better than those in Washington, D.C., Biden told the Post, "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with." "When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there's no books, where the mother from the time they're born doesn't talk to them - as opposed to the mother in Iowa who's sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom," the Delaware Democrat added. The paper reports Biden's campaign quickly sought to clarify the remarks, saying in a statement that the senator was not making a "race-based distinction" but rather a "socio-economic" one.... about the judgment of Barack Obama is that he chose this insufferable f'ing moron to be Vice President. And all you need to know about the impending implosion of America is that they voted for them. Well, except for all the Democratic voter fraud...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Moonbattery » Separated at Birth?: "The only way I can tell them apart is that the robber takes initiative and puts his life on the line to steal, so in a law of the jungle sense, he has some sort of claim on his plunder. The government, or rather, those who steal through it by voting to have it redistribute money on their behalf, whether they actually receive the money or receive gratification by knowing it is being given to people they want to have it, lack even a common thief’s redeeming characteristics."
If You Missed Marco Rubio’s Amazing Response to Dem Senator Who Praised Cuban Socialism, Fix That Right Now | Video | TheBlaze.com: "“What they are really good at is repression,” Rubio said of Cuba. “They have exported repression in real time, in our hemisphere, right now.”
Rubio also discussed the violence occurring in Venezuela. Watch his entire speech here:"
Monday, February 24, 2014
'I Am a Ukrainian' Protest Video Goes Viral: "BBC News: A YouTube video of a protester in Ukraine has been viewed 3.5 million times - are we seeing the rise of the viral video protest?
In the three months since the start of the Ukraine crisis, there have been countless videos uploaded to YouTube. But none has had anything like the impact of a video called "I am a Ukrainian". In it, a young protester stands on the street in Kiev on a cold dark night. She addresses the camera directly and simply. "We want to be free," she says - in English. The courts are corrupt, she says, and politicians are behaving like dictators. The video has had thousands of comments, with people writing from around the world to express solidarity - from Egypt to Kashmir to Turkey."
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Banks Are Obsolete: The Entire Parasitic Sector Can Be Eliminated | Zero Hedge: "Software and existing non-Wall Street/too-big-to-fail institutions could replace the entire Wall Street/banking sector and drop costs to .5% of GDP, saving us 8+% of our GDP ($1.25 trillion) that is currently siphoned off by parasitic middlemen. The banking sector is Exhibit A in the Middleman-Skimming Economy (February 11, 2014). The pull of habit and propaganda is so strong that most people haven't even recognized that software and the Web can replace the entire financial/banking sector for a fraction of the cost of the current parasitic system, a system that (as we all know) has captured the regulatory and governance machinery of the central state, making a mockery of democracy."
Smoking Cigars By A Mountain Of Napalm | Zero Hedge: "This gap between rich and poor has grown to its widest since the Great Depression… and I would argue in many ways since the feudal system.Yup. I pointed it out here among other places.
Obviously this isn’t a tirade against wealth, but rather the massively disproportionate benefits realized by a tiny elite at the expense of everyone else. And it exists because there is no separation between Bank and State. As Henry Ford said,
“It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
Well, it’s happening. People might not fully understand how central banking works. But they know there is something very rotten in the system.
And they’re starting to realize that it doesn’t have anything to do with a single party, or an individual. Even in the Land of the Free, more voters than ever are disgusted by both parties and identify with neither.
This is fundamentally what’s happening in Ukraine. People understand the system is rotten to its core– that a band of criminals has taken control, and that ‘elections’ will only serve to put a new band of criminals in control."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Colorado Daily Snow on February 22nd 2014 | OpenSnow: "Saturday afternoon update ... So, nothing is happening today. The models insisted there would be enough moisture and storm energy in northern Colorado to make a few inches of snow today. The reality is much different with just flurries over the higher peaks. The heavier snow is 100 miles further north in southern Wyoming. Since the models obviously have no clue what's going on, I will not trust their forecast for a few inches of snow on Saturday night, and I dropped the forecast to just a few flurries up to an inch late this afternoon and again tonight."...not.
Flashback, Lyndon Johnson Explains How War On Poverty Is A Slavemaster’s Fraud: ‘I’ll Have Those Niggers Voting Democratic For The Next 200 Years’ « Pat Dollard: "Johnson’s and Obama’s “wars on poverty” are frauds to keep people poor and dependent on the federal government. By keeping blacks dependent on them, the Democrats “own” blacks, and keep them doing their bidding, their work. This, my friends, is the modern face of slavery, slavery being something the Democrat party has always owned and has no intention of giving up."Just as they've always been. Well, except for being even more brazen liars than they were as open slaveholders...
A must read: Why Secretary of State John Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change | Watts Up With That?: "The climate-change-consensus community points to such indirect evidence of warming as glaciers melting, coral being bleached, more droughts and stronger storms. Yet observations show that the warming of the deep atmosphere (the fundamental sign of carbon-dioxide-caused climate change, which is supposedly behind these natural phenomena) is not occurring at an alarming rate: Instruments aboard NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association satellites put the Mid-Tropospheric warming rate since late 1978 at about 0.7 degrees Celsius, or 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit, per 100 years. For the same period, the models on average give 2.1 degrees Celsius, or 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit, per 100 years (see graph).
The models also fail to get details of the past climate right. For example, most of the observed warming over land in the past century occurred at night. The same models used to predict future warming models showed day and night warming over the last century at nearly the same rates."
Four Senators Push Back Against D’Souza Prosecution | Power Line: "Here is a prediction: the four senators will never get coherent answers to their questions. In particular, they will never get a truthful answer to question number four, “How and why was this particular review initiated?” I think the U.S. Attorney’s claim that D’Souza’s prosecution resulted from a “routine review” of FEC filings by FBI agents was a lie, for these reasons: 1) I don’t believe that the FBI carries out such “routine reviews.” 2) Routinely reviewing FEC filings would be a colossal waste of time for FBI agents. 3) A “routine review” of filings relating to the New York Senate race in question would not have generated any suspicion with regard to D’Souza. The violation with which he is charged would not have been revealed by a “routine review,” but would have required further digging to discover relationships between D’Souza and the friends for whom he allegedly reimbursed campaign donations."And of course:
4) Felony prosecutions for the sort of violation with which D’Souza is charged are unheard of. 5) If the FBI conducted a “routine review” of contributions to President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, particularly online donations, they would find many obvious violations, like my contribution in the name of “Illegal Contributor,” residence, Stillwater State Prison, Stillwater, Minnesota–a donation that was returned by the Obama campaign after I wrote about it here on Power Line. Mine was one of many contributions to the Obama campaign, the illegality of which would, in fact, be disclosed by a “routine review.” Yet there have been no prosecutions arising out of any such investigation, because there has been no such investigation.
Instapundit » Blog Archive » IN ROME, MARCHING IN SYMPATHY WITH VENEZUELANS: Reader Eric Cowperthwaite emails: “I’m in Rome rig…: "IN ROME, MARCHING IN SYMPATHY WITH VENEZUELANS: Reader Eric Cowperthwaite emails: “I’m in Rome right now. And I’m sitting at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, watching a huge protest of several hundred people for liberty and democracy in Venezuela. Too bad American people and media are ignoring Venezuela.”"You know America has gone full Delta when a handful of Italian's find themselves appointed to stand in our place for freedom.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Everything is Awesome…For Barack Obama | The Wilderness | Conservative Viral Politics Done Differently: "Barack Obama is the first President optimized for SEO and therein lies the problem. When #Venezuela and #Kiev are the top trends on Twitter for two days straight and not #HouseOfCards or #TrueDetective, the online persona machine that elected Barack Obama goes dark and resorts to a spam account selling us crappy insurance.And I'm sure he believes he can do a better set design than an actual set designer too...
At the height of violence that erupted with both protests this past weekend, where was he? Hosting a Hollywood premiere style party for #GeorgeClooney and cast of his film #TheMonumentsMen, in private at the White House, simply because he could. Right now in Kiev, historical statues and art are being burned in front of the world. He was content to remain silent and watch a movie about it happening instead. The real world does not interest this President. The set design does."
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Instapundit » Blog Archive » J.D. TUCCILLE ON Connecticut’s Outbreak of Civil Disobedience. “This successful example of mass def…: "J.D. TUCCILLE ON Connecticut’s Outbreak of Civil Disobedience. “This successful example of mass defiance horrifies the editorial board of the Hartford Courant, which shudders at the sight of the masses not obeying an order that, history, tells us, never had a shot at wide compliance. But compliance with gun registration would have been a historical aberration. Gun restrictions of all sorts breed defiance everywhere they’re introduced.” I love the people who say you could never deport all the illegals, but who think you could lock up all the gun owners.Perfect. And then there's this from the comments which produced my title:
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 6:40 pm"
If we can't have firearms because the police department will protect us, then .... we shouldn't have fire extinguishers because the fire department will protect us.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
You Wouldn't Believe What I Saw in the Dachau Gift Shop - Bloomberg: "I’ve tried to call the Dachau shop manager a number of times since leaving the site to better understand the rationale behind the store’s collection of biographies of putatively great Jews (that “putatively” is directed at Allen, not Roth or, God knows, Einstein), but I haven’t been able to reach her yet. I should have asked someone during our visit about the shop’s fascinating selection of merchandise, but my photography and bookrack hijinks caused the gift-shop manager on duty to become upset. Apparently, one thing you don’t want to do as a foreign visitor is upset the order of German concentration camp gift shops. It’s just one of those unspoken taboos, I guess. Kind of like making too big a deal of modern-day massacres while attending an international security conference in a city whose name provokes memories of both fascism and appeasement."
The Death of the Grown-Up | Diana West > Home - Will Lifting Sanctions on Iran Crash US Oil Boom?: "On November 25, 2013, Forbes noted:It's a three-fer for him at least: puts Americans out of work, funnels money to Islamists and removes the need to build the Keystone pipeline. Oh, and the forth reason would be that the Dims will be able to point to marginally lower energy prices during the next presidential campaign.
Over the long run the easing of sanctions against Iran spells trouble for the economics of the tight oil plays that have sprung up across the United States in recent years. The Eagle Ford and Permian Basin and Bakken need sustained high oil prices to make the economics of expensive drilling and steep decline rates pay off. It’s no coincidence that America’s great oil and gas renaissance has coincided with sanctions on Iran and unrest in Libya. The concern for U.S. drillers is that successful Middle Eastern diplomacy could end up being the worst thing for their business. If crude oil benchmarks were to fall to $75 a barrel and stay there for a couple months you’d see drilling rigs across Texas and North Dakota fall silent.I don't know about "ironic," but devastating for sure -- at least to Americans who yearn for energy independence."
The U.S. onshore oil industry has been perhaps the brightest spot in what passes for America’s economic recovery. How ironic that it could end up being a casualty of the Middle Eastern peace process.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Belmont Club » Postmortem: "Not only will they be allowed to stand but improved upon in every negative way, thus proving that union education is arguably more destructive than the Atomic Bomb, only less obviously so. The reason why collapse, especially that caused by socialism, is so utterly complete is that the damage remains hidden for so long. The design margin is used up; savings are depleted; the institutions are hollowed out; public morality becomes perverted and education becomes nothing but a credential — and it all happens out of the public eye. Only when everything is used up, as in Venezuela, when the whole edifice implodes, as if by magic, does the cumulative effect become manifest."RTWT. Right. Now.
U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings | Josh Stearns: "According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.
After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.
Reporters Without Borders writes that the U.S. faced "one of the most significant declines" in the world last year. Even the United Kingdom, whose sustained campaign to criminalize the Guardian's reporters and intimidate journalists has made headlines around the world, dropped only three spots, to number 33. The U.S. fell as many spots as Paraguay, where "the pressure on journalists to censor themselves keeps on mounting.""
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
HHS' Latest Tweak To Obamacare Requires That Employers Certify That They Are Not Making Economic Decisions Because Of Obama's Craptastic Healthcare Law:
"17 Hey, remember when that loony Ayn Rand predicted a law that would make it illegal to fire people?
Yeah, she was one crazy wingnut, all right.
Posted by: BlueStateRebel at February 11, 2014 01:27 PM (7ObY1) "
Adhocracy | National Review Online: "If this kind of selective enforcement of a public law is legitimate, then how exactly would the president describe the limits of his ability to engage in such selection? Is he bound in some definable way to the particulars of statutes as written and passed by Congress, or does he merely take them as suggestions for how he might proceed?Look on the bright side. No more need to go to the polling booth. It was already a sham anyway.
The employer mandate, like the law of which it forms a part, is a bad idea. I agree with the administration that the mandate should not take effect. But to achieve that, it would need to be repealed. There would most certainly be a majority in Congress in favor of repealing it — and of repealing the individual mandate while they’re at it. The House Republicans should obviously immediately pass a measure doing both, or separate bills for each of the mandates (as they did last year when the president first suspended the employer mandate). If the Senate passed the same, would the president veto it because he would rather ignore bad laws than repeal them? Does he deem Congress unnecessary? Do congressional Democrats agree with him?"
Monday, February 10, 2014
Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism: "Documents from an Ohio National Guard (ONG) training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.
The Ohio National Guard’s Civil Support Team practices in a May 2013 drill at Put-in-Bay The ONG 52nd Civil Support Team training scenario involved a plot from local school district employees to use biological weapons in order to advance their beliefs about “protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.”"
NSA spying undermines separation of powers: Column: "But if the federal government has broad domestic-spying powers, and if those are controlled by the executive branch without significant oversight, then the president has the power to snoop on political enemies, getting an advantage in countering their plans, and gathering material that can be used to blackmail or destroy them. With such power in the executive, the traditional role of the other branches as checks would be seriously undermined, and our system of government would veer toward what James Madison in The Federalist No. 47 called "the very definition of tyranny," that is, "the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands.""
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The PJ Tatler » Dems Trying to Blame IRS IG for Targeting Scandal: (Direct Comment Link: here) "geokstr "And how many liberal groups were “targeted” like Tea Party groups? There were 20 liberal groups who applied for tax exempt status during the period of time in question and only 6 were singled out for special treatment.Bingo. You might not be interested in nasty a**holes. But they are most certainly interested in you...
Meanwhile, all 292 conservative groups came in for special scrutiny."
There are so many holes in this logic:
1) Why did it take 6 weeks after the story broke to find a leftwing group that was "singled out" for scrutiny? If that was true, why didn't they come forward immediately? Was it because they had to figure out a way to twist and spin a minor delay because they didn't dot all the "i's" on their paperwork?
2) What exactly was the "extra scrutiny" the lefties were subjected to? The conservative groups spelled out exactly what they were asked for: donor lists, every facebook post and tweet from the leaders and family members, contents of prayers, all published materials ever, any connections to politicians, who spoke before their group, who did they intend to have speak to them, ad nauseum. However, I have yet to see any of these leftwing groups detail the onerous questions they had to answer, probably because they weren't held to anywhere near the same standards.
3) Of the 20 leftwing groups, how many were held up an average of 28 months, like the conservative applicants? From what I've seen, the lefties were asked a few perfunctory questions and then sailed right on through.
4) How many of the leftwing groups were not approved prior to the 2012 election? I suspect none. How many of the rightwing groups were? Ans: Every last one of them, and quite a few are still awaiting determinations up to 4 years later.
5) How did Obama's brother in Africa, with ties to terrorist groups, get approved retroactively after illegally taking donations for two years by none other than Lois the Fifth Lerner herself?
6) Why did it only take Organizing for America, the highly political arm of the President's own campaign, get approved in weeks during this same period?
7) I'd like to see a list of all 501c3, 501c4, 501c5 (unions) and 527 groups. I'd venture to say that for every rightwing group there are already 10 leftwing groups that have been operating, many for decades. The Tea Party is just a couple years old and have already had a devastating impact on the left. This harassment and the proposed rules are just a way to keep the right from narrowing the huge gap after Citizens United allowed them to speak too.
8)) The White House knew about this harassment of conservative groups long before the 2012 elections. Why did they delay admitting it until May of 2013. (That's rhetorical, we already know the answer.)
In fact, a recent study from Harvard researchers (so we know it must be good) found that it may have cost Romney 5-8.5 million votes in 2012. And only several hundred thousand votes, in swing states where many of the conservative applicants were from, and we're looking at President Romney right now.
9) In her pre-written response to a planted question, Lois Lerner, the highly partisan head of the IRS 501 approval process for the entire time of the targeting, admitted and apologized for harassing conservative groups. She didn't say anything about a general program that just happened to pick up mostly rightwing groups. Yet the entire leftwing apparatus is now claiming she must have been lying all along.
This was a despicable and successful vote-suppression program run by the very same lefties that are always accusing the right of it. Projection is the mother's milk of the left.
This is war, and we had better realize and act accordingly. (show less)
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And my last post points out the kind of people they are after. This is utterly despicable.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Moonbattery: "The forces of statist tyranny personified by Obama have coordinated the vast array of powerful federal agencies into a single tool for the purpose of destroying everything about America that makes it America. But they haven’t won so long as true Americans like King Street Patriots and True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht refuse to surrender, retreat, or cast themselves as victims:"
Friday, February 7, 2014
Sultan Knish: You Can't Save the World: "Every year, activists and politicians announce that for only twenty billion or two hundred billion we can end world hunger, educate every child or give every family their own cow. These proposals all apply the free enterprise logic of solving a problem by 'buying' a solution. But you can't buy solutions to human problems the way that you can solve engineering problems by building a house on the edge of a cliff. People have to become their own solutions. Buying a solution for them won't work.This is another RTWT from Daniel. But check out what I've highlighted.
And even if it could work, it wouldn't work on that scale. Helping people isn't like building cars and aid isn't mass production. Throwing more money and people at the problem only makes it that much harder to solve.
Buying a homeless man a sandwich for two dollars is a direct investment of resources. Appropriating twenty billion dollars to feed a sandwich to every homeless man in America will feed sandwiches to a small percentage of the homeless at a cost of four thousand dollars a sandwich."
Thursday, February 6, 2014
School Backs Down from Ban on American Celebration After Protests - Todd Starnes - Page 1: "The sun was just beginning to rise over the Rocky Mountains, but Sheriff Justin Smith was already awake. He was standing outside Fort Collins High School – shivering in the frigid cold.RTWT. This was the talk of the week at nearby Liberty Common charter High School -- where Sheriff Smith would never be needed to do something like this ... because it's run by Americans and not Communist "Universalists".
It was 12 degrees. Snow was falling. But Mr. Smith, wearing his dress blues, stood resolute, waving an American flag.
The sheriff of Larimer County, Colorado had come to school Tuesday to send a message to those responsible for educating the county’s children. The sheriff was not in a good mood.
He was standing in the winter snow to protest the school’s decision to ban a celebration of American patriotism.
The student council had wanted to designate a day during Spirit Week to celebrate the red, white & blue. The young people called it “’Merica Monday.” But the school turned down their request."
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Instapundit » Blog Archive » NEW WHITE HOUSE SPIN: YOU DON’T WANT TO BE WAGE SLAVES, DO YOU? AND WHAT MAKES WAGE SLAVES? WAGES…: "NEW WHITE HOUSE SPIN: YOU DON’T WANT TO BE WAGE SLAVES, DO YOU? AND WHAT MAKES WAGE SLAVES? WAGES! Byron York: Obamacare will reduce incomes of most Americans.
UPDATE: Thought I was joking about the White House spin? Think again! What was comedy in Groucho’s era is now progressive governance.
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:04 pm"
Monday, February 3, 2014
Moonbattery » Students Agree That Gun Owners Should Be Imprisoned if Not Executed: "This country has become a scary place — and it could get scarier. The nightmarish lessons of 20th century oligarchical collectivism are wasted on the morons Mark Dice finds on a college campus in San Diego:"
We are so screwed.