These questions and the concept of American Exceptionalism, as first described by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831, are the kinds of things Americans should be pondering in addition to watching fireworks and enjoying the company of friends and family this July 4th. This is a Republic we have been given, “if” as Franklin is reported to have said, “we can keep it.” Keeping it means knowing what it is to be fortunate enough to live in a republic such as that bequeathed to us by the founders, and how important that is to maintaining both our freedom from the oppressive government our founders feared and the liberty necessary to pursue our individual dreams.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
So the way I see it, is that this man is a menace to Israel, to Western Europe, and I might add that Western Europe is beginning to have sanctions against Iran that are far greater and more effective than anything Obama was willing to tolerate, and to the whole of the Western World. He aims for a radical transformation, he is the most radical president that America has ever had!"
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Liberalism has crushed the life out of California – and now budget cuts are necessary to crush the life out of California liberalism. Only then can California breath again, and start to recover.
Obama tells Kyl in private Oval Office meeting: I won’t secure border b/c then Republicans will have no reason to support “comprehensive immigration reform.” | RedState
Saturday, June 19, 2010
"We…are deeply disturbed about activities on campus that foment hatred against Jews and Israelis," the letter read, citing incidents over the past few years that included "the painting of swastikas in university buildings and the Star of David depicted as akin to a swastika."
Until this week, the general impression of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf has been that the explosion took everyone by surprise, and that neither BP nor a dysfunctional MMS had any idea that the well had reached a critical stage. Two days ago, however, Bloomberg reported that both BP and MMS were well aware of the high risk of a blowout at that particular well. BP and its subcontractor Transocean had in fact been fighting against a blowout for over two months, and MMS was well aware of the situation:
With pictures of oil drenched birds, blackened beaches and marshlands invaded with oil streaming across our televisions every day, it is easy to become angry and demand retribution from the cause of the disaster. Unfortunately it is also easy for unscrupulous politicians to take that anger and turn it to their political advantage. History is replete with incidents of real popular anger leading to monstrous outcomes of tyranny. On Thursday, June 17th the USA wrote a new anecdote in that awful book.
Friday, June 18, 2010
President Obama still has a couple of years to go in his term. Liberals may not be breaking up with him yet. They may require more epiphanies still. But once the spell cast by identity and charisma begins to fade, it's a sure bet that the gut-wrenching, self-examining morning after is well on its way.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Israel is being hanged on a public gallows erected on the grounds of the United Nations with yards of rope gleefully supplied by the Muslim world. But the hangmen are mostly Westerners who still think that the Muslim lynch mob at their doorstep can be pacified with the death of a single victim.
It looks like they are going to do it again. The GOP should make this an issue in the November election and make the Democrats take a position before the election. If this strategy is true, it appears the Democrats are writing off 2012 too.
With each passing day, we learn new information about what was inside of the ObamaCare legislation. Many of the concerns that Tea Partiers raised about the legislation, that were dismissed as myths by the Obama administration have proven to be facts. Most notable among these is the Obama denial that the new law would result in Health Care rationing.
In the end, Obey will move the Afghanistan war spending measure to passage, but do not forget the lesson from this exercise. Obey and his Democrat cohorts would rather put soldiers lives at risk on the battlefield than payoff public sector unions.
Since when is a President's wish our command? Under what legal authority did the "rule of law" President make the decision as to how much a private entity would pay and then "inform" the private party that it must obey or face the harsh retribution of the federal government?
Economist Ludwig von Mises wrote: "(O)nce the principle is admitted that it is the duty of the government to protect the individual against his own foolishness ... (w)hy not prevent him from reading bad books and bad plays ... ? The mischief done by bad ideologies is more pernicious ... than that done by narcotic drugs."
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
While I am not a favorite of the heckling and haranguing of public figures and believe that any discourse with them should be engaged in with civility and intelligence, when those attempts have been stonewalled, rebuffed, denied, or met with violence as with Congressman Etheridge, other means should be taken to make sure that the voices of constituents be heard.
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Most likely you will be appalled. As American families have to adjust their spending budgets due to the depressed economy, the federal government continues to plunge the nation into unprecedented debt levels. The only way out of this mess is for the government to start cutting non-essential programs.
There is something profoundly bass ackwards in the way Obama is reacting to the disaster in the Gulf.
There will be time to hold BP to account; what we have needed and still need is action, someone in charge who can do more than point fingers and wag his tongue.
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
For you liberals out there, I’ll explain: money has to be paid by government to the pension fund for the vastly over-compensated, Democrat-controlled, unionized government employees. The government doesn’t have the money to pay because its all been spent on lavish government salaries and wasteful government programs. Government solution: the government will borrow money from the pension in order to pay the pension.
What, indeed. Pretty much nothing – and if you could sift through the whole thing and find a few worthwhile things, they could better be handled as block grants to States or as part of some other department of government. We don’t need the Department, itself. At any event, the whole thing was just a Carter Administration boondoggle – a payoff to teachers union bosses.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
At some point, however, voters turn resentful as they sense that:
-- They are underwriting, through their taxes, a level of salary and benefits for government employment that is better than what they and their families have.
-- Government services, from schools to the Department of Motor Vehicles, are not good enough - not for the citizen individually nor the public generally - to justify the high and escalating cost.
The Saudi fatwa is a tough condemnation of terror and of the underground network that finances it. It has impressed senior U.S. military commanders and intelligence officers, who were surprised when it came out. One sent me a translation of the fatwa, and Saudi officials provided some helpful background.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Internal administration documents reveal that up to 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage because of ObamaCare.
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"Economics is not the central problem of this century. It is a relative problem that can be solved in relative ways. Faith is the central problem of this age."[iii] Chambers did not recognize the possibility of a compromise among competing political ideas but rather a choice "between irreconcilable opposites-God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism."[iv]
By the end of the meeting, it was clear what was really happening. This was a head-to-head confrontation between liberal and conservative values. In my newfound home in the conservative camp, I was not offended by the liberal arguments -- that felt a little too like something a liberal might feel. I was just disgusted.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The image has been false for about a decade now – and should have been abundantly clear when Turkey, our alleged NATO ally, refused permission for a US division to transit Turkey to Iraq in 2003. The plain fact of the matter is that Turkey is turning its face firmly from the West and increasingly embracing the worst aspects of Islamo-fascism. It is time to live in reality and understand that Turkey is no friend of the United States.
The 9/11 mosque however has far greater implications with regard to the fundamental principles of our nation. As reflected by the guffaws of many in the crowd when one of the speakers at the rally argued in favor of the mosque on Constitutional grounds regardless of the abhorrence of its location, many find it hard to reconcile that Islam is allowed to use our freedoms to subvert or mock our freedoms. The religious tolerance of our culture alone deems us largely unable to prevent against mosques in which Islamic supremacism is preached, creating fertile protected grounds for jihadists both peaceful and violent.
“If we continue to spend much more than we take in," he says. "We'll double our debt in five years and triple it in 10 years and essentially be where Greece is in about seven years,” Gregg told the Fox Business Network in May.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
In this case, the relied-upon study was completed by Dartmouth researchers, who were thrust into the national limelight by an administration searching to find an angle, any angle, to try to sell its unpopular overhaul. As the Times writes, “The debate about the Dartmouth work is important because a growing number of health policy researchers are finding that overhauling the nation’s health care system will be far harder and more painful than the Dartmouth work has long suggested. Cuts, if not made carefully, could cost lives.”
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
In other words, shut the hell up, he explained. While this only applies to the defendants, the lesson should be plain to doctors everywhere. Complain about government rates and the full force of US law will be brought against you to shut you up.
How are you doctors liking ObamaCare so far?
Governments do not generate wealth; they can merely distribute it. The challenge for both liberals and conservatives is simply to define how much distribution is "enough." What would an acceptable safety net look like? Who should be taken care of by taxpayers and for how long? Paul Ryan offered an answer to that question, and liberals scoffed because they reject the question. There's no such thing as enough. That's what the Greeks thought.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This is the central economic conflict of our time, between lavishly compensated and ever more gluttonous government employees, and wealth-creating private citizens who are increasingly unable to support their public-sector masters in the style to which they have become accustomed.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
One day Team Obama announces a plan for enhanced rescission authority to impound wasteful spending, and the next day the House surfaces a plan for $200 billion in “stimulus” spending on transfer payments for welfare, even more unemployment compensation, still more Medicaid, and a bunch of special-interest subsidies.
Friday, May 28, 2010
The green jobs, the gay parades, the jihadist welfare queens, the Greek public sector unions, all have to be paid for by a shrinking base of contributing workers whose children and grandchildren will lead poorer and meaner lives because of the fecklessness of government. The social compact of the postwar era cannot hold. Across the developed world, a beleaguered middle class is beginning to understand that it’s no longer that rich. At some point, it will look at the sheer waste of government spending, the other shoe will drop, and it will decide that it no longer wishes to be that stupid.
Monday, May 24, 2010
As We Suffer, Gov’t Salaries/Jobs/Union Payoffs Grow - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)
The City of Charlotte, North Carolina is still suffering an unemployment rate hovering around 12 percent. Jobs are hard to come by if you are a resident of the region, unless, of course, you work for the city government. Despite the hard times fatcats in government are still partying like it's 1999! In fact, city salaries are likely to grow finds the Charlotte Observer.
72% Are Not Confident Congress Knows What It’s Doing When It Comes to The Economy - Rasmussen Reports™
Even as Congress puts the finishing touches on legislation asserting more government control over the U.S. financial industry, most U.S. voters continue to believe the legislators have little idea what they're doing when it comes to the economy.
And it’s simple: with low birth rates, the young end up working to support the old, and then the state is likely to run out of money before their time comes to benefit.
Is this any way to run a country? Should the President of the United States be passing off responsibility to “independent” commissions? Should Congress be passing off responsibility for securing our nation’s borders to an unaccountable commission of experts? How is any of this consistent with our nation’s First Principles or the United States Constitution? It’s not.
I didn’t see a shared destiny during those moments in the People’s House Thursday. I saw Democrats cheering for Mexico’s attack on Arizona. It was a catastrophe.
Oklahoma, Which Passed Serious Immigration Reform in 2007, Continues to Economically Outperform | NewsBusters.org
Oklahoma did one thing in 2007 that broke with the rest of the nation. In May of that year, it passed a significant immigration law-enforcement measure that took effect six months later. House Bill 1804 was designed to do four things: deal with identity theft; terminate public assistance benefits to illegals; empower state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws; and punish employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
With poll after poll after poll showing overwhelming majorities of voters support Arizona’s new immigration law and expressing concern (Rasmussen, Gallup) about illegal immigration it’s no wonder that legislatures in other states, whose representatives are much more attuned to the will of the people than Democrats in Washington are moving to replicate the Arizona law.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
And yet Teddy understood that assimilation was necessary for the United States to remain a united country. We welcome immigrants, of course. After all, we’re a nation built by immigrants from the start. But we’re a melting pot and not a salad bowl. We must speak a common language and bear loyalty to a single flag. Immigrants are expected to assimilate to American values and culture, not the other way around.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
In other words, we libertarian Republicans are the real Republicans. We're what every Republican in their hearts aspires to be.
It is a sad day in America when advocates of criminality are treated with a respect not shown duly elected officials. It is giving power and respect to law-breakers. This is insane. We are a nation of laws, not men.
Even so, in order to win the 50, or 60 or 70 House seats that can be won, Republicans simply must nationalize the election by presenting a strong narrative this Fall. Today, 2/3rds of those turning towards Republicans say they are doing so mostly out of disappointment with Democrats, not because they are identifying with for Republicans. In order to change that around, and convince voters to vote for Republicans not just against Democrats, all Congressional Republican candidates simply must provide a convincing platform as to how and why they will reign in government. They must tell the Country where they are going if they want Americans to follow. 1994 proved it can be done. It is not a question of a way, it is a question of will.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The American public feels it is drowning in red ink. It is dismayed and even outraged at the burgeoning national deficits, unbalanced state and local budgets, and accounting that often masks the extent of indebtedness. There is a mounting sense that taxpayers are being taken for an expensive ride by public sector unions. The extraordinary benefits the unions have secured for their members are going to be harder and harder to pay.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The aim of its taxing plans is to raise "tens of billions" of dollars for WHO that would be used to radically reorganize the research, development, production and distribution of medicines around the world, with greater emphasis on drugs for communicable diseases in poor countries.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
But the European Union is neither a state nor sovereign enough to enforce its rules: No euro-zone nation is complying with the E.U. requirement that deficits not exceed 3 percent of gross domestic product.
The European Union has a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a president no one can name, a parliament (in Strasbourg) no one other than its members wants to have power (which must subtract from the powers of national legislatures), a capital (Brussels) of coagulated bureaucracy no one admires or controls, a currency that presupposes what neither does nor should nor soon will exist (a European central government), and rules of fiscal behavior that no member has been penalized for ignoring. The euro currency both presupposes and promotes a fiction -- that "Europe" has somehow become, against the wishes of most Europeans, a political rather than a merely geographic expression.
Here we go again. Liberals are not satisfied with passing healthcare legislation dictating what insurance providers must sell and citizens must buy. Now they want to dictate what citizens eat, how much they weigh and how active they are. And they tell you that is what you want.
Europe’s finance ministers are panicking: they’ve done everything in their power – or so they believe – to save the Euro, yet the currency is becoming worth less and less. They don’t understand what’s going on, they’ve pumped billions into the Euro and into Europe’s failing economies, yet the European stock markets continue their free fall.
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him. If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down. If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!) If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his. If a conservative reads this, he’ll reblog it so his friends can have a good laugh. A liberal will unfollow because he’s ”offended”. Well, I reblogged it.
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. (Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
If a conservative reads this, he’ll reblog it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will unfollow because he’s ”offended”.
Well, I reblogged it.
The AAP thinks you can hop on the Sharia express and only ride a couple of stops. In such ostensibly minor concessions, the “ritual nick” we’re performing is on ourselves. Further cuts will follow.
Arizona has become the center of a renewed national focus on border security and illegal immigration since Governor Brewer signed SB1070. For too long the calls to Washington have been unanswered and the border remains unsecured.
Much of the animosity we’ve witnessed directed at the Tea Party over the last year has come from political and cultural elites who find regular people disturbing, if not downright disgusting. The peasants, according to elites, are prone to temper tantrums and just don’t get how things work in the sophisticated political world. That same attitude was on display this weekend following the primary defeat of Sen. Bob Bennett.
You see, all you Salonistas, the Founders were profoundly educated people. They were passionate believers in the Enlightenment. They understood the role of free speech, free thought, free political debate, and free trade. They saw the benefits of freedom in their own lives.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Intercepts on enemy communications, and reviewing bank transactions sounds like just the kind of stuff the NY Times jumped on the Bush administration for doing.
The fact is you do have to be proactive. The Obama administration has placed us on the strategic defensive where we are left to react to attacks rather than stopping them. This administration has been lucky in the ineptitude of the enemy, but that is not a strategy they can always count on.
We do need to be intercepting enemy communications with their operatives in the US. We need to be capturing enemy leaders and finding out what their plans are who they have sent on mass murder operations against non combatants.
To the extent that Europe has relied on lawfare, it has not worked out that well for them either.
Two strong winds are blowing through the U.S. political world, as events of the past week have made quite clear. The first is an anti-Democratic-incumbent wind, which can be felt in this year's primaries and which claimed 14-term Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., on Tuesday; a ton of polling data reveals the power of this trend. The second is a strongly populist, anti-Washington, anti-Wall Street, and anti-incumbent wind. That's the force that produced three-term Sen. Robert Bennett's loss at the Republican state convention in Utah.
Meanwhile, one must ask, since government jobs are taxpayer funded, why do we even have public sector labor unions which can hold taxpayers hostage under thug collective bargaining rules, perpetually increasing the cost of government to the detriment of every taxpayer, until we hit the bottom of the resource well?
Many other US cities and states are in the same position as New York. Since we now think federal legal precedent is the new supreme law of our land, this judge single handedly established that no city or state has the right to self-govern, unless they clear it with labor union thugs first.
School systems across the country simply have to reboot, probably beginning with existing contracts and levels of employment. Like GM and Chrysler, and now Greece, unsustainable levels of spending are, well, unsustainable. States could and should reconfigure their spending priorities so that schools are right behind public safety, but state legislatures prefer to rush to D.C. to ask for bailouts.
There seems to be an attitude of it-can’t-possibly-happen-here among Americans watching Greece and its throes of fiscal collapse. Greece’s position is much worse than ours is, at least at the moment, as Paul Krugman argued earlier this week. However, on our current trajectory, it won’t take long for us to get to the position in which Greece now finds itself, with its debt at 113% of its GDP and no mandate for spending cuts. In fact, the mere agreement that Greek government spending had to be reduced created riots in the streets and a Communist demand that the “peoples of Europe” rise up and, apparently, feed themselves to the Kraken. Unfortunately, too many Americans want to feed the Kraken as well while pretending not to see it.
Postmodernism rests, essentially, on one basic “principle”: Everything is relative. Everything except, of course, the statement that everything is relative. Postmodernism undercuts itself right out of the gate. Right vs. wrong, good vs. evil are outdated paradigms that “we” have set up to further our power and oppression. That’s why the entire academic world (which is where Obama originated) convulsed when George W. Bush coined the “axis of evil” line.
Winning the long-term war for the soul of America and the stability of the world is no easy task when going up against a non-linear, illogical proposition like postmodernism. But if we put all of our eggs into the political basket and don’t seeking to redeem the culture, we might as well give up and enjoy our entitlement checks and free healthcare while we can.
How does a country that spends far more than an average of $9,000 per student, give rise to such a poor education system?
It is because the public school system in America is a monopoly. There is no competition and no incentive to better itself. Parents don’t often have a choice of which school their child attends unless they have an option of a charter school, can afford a private school or are able to enroll in a voucher program. And, depending on which state you live in, you may not have an option at all.
But that aside, watching Christie answer the reporter firmly and call him out on his ideological statement masquerading as objective concern does make one wish more religious leaders would speak like this. Not just speak firmly and well (humorously, for one thing) in defense of their positions, without conceding anything to the questioner’s implicit charge, but being willing to call out reporters on the ideological tricks they’re playing.
The legislation creates another federal bureaucracy — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that is nothing more than a systematic government invasion of your personal finances of every consumer creating a financial fingerprint for the government to watch over.
It has nothing to do with compassion, nothing to do with fairness or practicality or any of the other reasons offered by "reform" advocates. As is almost always the case where the American left is involved, what it has to do with is power.
To paraphrase columnist Frosty Wooldridge, the rate of immigration long ago exceeded the rate of assimilation.
In reality, the United Nations hampers the defense of liberty and helps tyrants to rivet even more chains on their people. As in all liberal activities, the UN works out doing the exact opposite of what was intended. It is not something we can fix – the UN, as the UN, will just get worse like this as time goes on.
Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections, putting the GOP in position for a strong comeback in November's mid-term campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Joking aside, this is a vital law – not a dime of American money should go to pay off the gamblers who bet on Greek or other European bonds. Let them crash – let the banksters who made these bets go broke…there is no “too big to fail”.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
If the news from Britain is a preview of the American future, it's time for an immediate U-turn. Before it's too late. For, despite the emphasis on political and economic issues in recent presidential campaigns ("It's the economy, stupid!"), it's the culture that counts.
A country can rebound from economic difficulties and even political demoralization -- see the New Deal, or the Reagan Years -- but how restore the social fabric, the very culture of a country, once it's been allowed to deteriorate? The collapse of educational standards may be only the most pervasive and influential symptom of what ails us.
How turn it all around? It can be done, but not easily. And the longer the challenge is ignored, the greater it grows. Until a tipping point is reached, and then it may be too late. Which is what's so worrisome about Great Britain, where more than the pound is being devalued. A whole, distinctive culture is being lost. And if England is lost, as every English speaker in the world must know in his heart, the world is.
It is such visions of the American future that may explain the rise of the latest political phenomenon on this side of the pond--the Tea Party, a variegated collection of Americans who have only this much in common: Like Howard Beale in Network, they're mad as hell and they're not going to take this anymore! They're opening the nearest window and shouting their rage. Yes, they're reactionaries -- but they have much to react against. What intelligent observer wouldn't?
No, the Tea Partiers may not know what to do about the problem, but at least they know we've got one. And they're not going to be all nice and quiet about it.
But is Arizona doing anything that much different from what most Americans do all the time -- namely, using all sorts of generalized criteria to make what they think are play-by-the-odds judgments that may or may not be proven wrong by exceptions? The president himself did just that when he said his own grandmother sometimes acted as a "typical white person." And he once stereotyped rural Pennsylvania voters as xenophobes clinging to their guns and religion.
Who the hell does Barack Obama, this morally preening, arrogant hypocrite, think he is? His vacuous, demagogic shtick about helping the "people" fight "the powerful" is getting so old from his lips, and already was so hackneyed even before he expropriated it, that it's a miracle that even he himself can say it anymore without getting nauseated by his own oleaginous triteness.
Will the Republicans get the message? That remains to be seen. It often appears that Republicans are not a message-getting species. 2006... 2008... ObamaCare... the dominos fall and make no impression in the elephantine mind. They still believe they can continue playing the numbers game, rewarding each other with earmarks, making deals across the aisle, and playing both ends against the middle. The voters will never notice.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Yet the political class, always absolving itself of all blame, would have you believe that capitalist greed caused the recession and that political regulators need more power. Not so. What we actually require are constraints on monetary growth, more competitive markets, balanced budgets and less output-restricting regulation. But first and foremost, before we spend and regulate further, we require an informed media and an enlightened public that can distinguish real capitalism from phony, crony capitalism.
Monday, May 10, 2010
They’ve recently gone so far as to condone genital mutilation. They have defended child rape in the case of Roman Polanski. They are silent on Iran gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. Why? Because it’s never actually about people to them. It’s all agenda-driven, always.
This is the real tragedy of the current situation. When a single corrupt leader imposes his will on a nation at least the threat is out there. But when the same thing happens in a democracy the threat is really self-deception. How do you convince your neighbors that nothing can insulate them from basic economics?
Obama’s viewpoint reflects secular materialism: the idea that there’s only so much wealth in the world, and if one person makes more it leaves less for everyone else. Fortunately, Americans have always been people of faith who understand the unlimited capacity of God and human beings for creativity.
Could the Democrats in Congress actually be considering confiscating all 401(k), SEP and IRA accounts in exchange for offering Americans a “guaranteed annuity”?
What we're seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn't Greece's problem alone, and that's why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven't fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.
As she notes, the Arizona law only allows enforcement of existing law- something the current federal government won’t do. Resistance to SB 1070 comes from the left and it stems from ignorance (the left and ignorance too often coincide). The law stipulates that there must be a legal contact for any questioning of a person regarding immigration status.
As the Supreme Court has explained, “there is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses protect.” But with the popular misunderstanding of the separation of church and state, it’s not surprising that private businesses would be confused on the issue.
The biblical and demographic ignorance to make such an argument is astounding.
At every inflection point of the financial crash, governments stepped in and announced that they had solved the problem. The crisis began in July 2007; central banks stepped into provide liquidity in August, and the Fed cut interest rates in mid-September . The consensus then held that the crisis was over and that bank stocks were cheap. Then came the Bear, Stearns failure in March 2008, in which the remnants of the firm were sold to J.P. Morgan. Financials briefly soared, and the analyst consensus was that bank stocks were cheap—just before Lehman Brothers' failure in August 2008. The Bush administration announced a $700 billion bank bailout in September 2008, and financials rallied, before crashing again in early 2009, amidst rumors of a general bank nationalization. More bailouts followed, and this time, an extended rally.
Each bailout requires more leverage, and puts at risk a larger and larger compass of the financial system. The central banks with their combined muscle crushed all the short positions in the market this morning. But time is against them; and now that the market has had a peek behind the curtain, things will never be the same.
In Barack Obama, we are witnessing the second coming, not of Christ, but of Neville Chamberlain himself, the embodiment of appeasement.
Liberalism isn't stupidity or evil. Liberalism is spiritual sickness. Liberalism is based on the notion of resentment
In what can only be construed as a complete loss of any semblance of goodness and morality in the name of multicultural poison, the most advanced civilization on the world is sanctioning…clitorectomies. They have issued a policy statement suggesting that doctors in the US perform a mild form of this sick barbarity on girls to keep their families from sending them overseas for it.
After decades of flourishing beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, the internet may soon be forced under a draconian regulatory regime created for monopoly telephone services in the 1930s. Last week, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to thumb his nose at virtually every precedent on the books and “reclassify” regulation of the internet under Title II of the Communications Act in order to pursue so-called “net neutrality” rules.
Why would Obama even have the words "begrudge success" right there in front of his mind, ready for a quick ad-lib, if the begrudging of achievement wasn't an integral part of his mindset, a key motivator in his desire to grab wallets and redistribute wealth and income.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Judeo-Christian religions, based on the core values of Judaism, have been downgraded in our lives. The precepts that other generations have lived by have been cast aside, or perhaps cast onto the junk heap. These values are what provided a foundation for the scientific method and of rationality. Now they are disparaged by many (church attendance is almost non-existent in England). When that foundation was removed, what moved into the moral vacuum? Feelings and ideology, with a big slug of irrationality.
It is now five minutes to midnight in the global jihad that endeavors to destroy us and establish a worldwide caliphate under Shari'ah law. Instead of standing our ground and asserting the supremacy of our values, our fear and submissiveness have taken root to hasten our defeat. Will we wake up and face the enemy head-on before it is too late and all is lost?
Oh we got it, this is another progressive attempt at silencing Corporations while allowing labor unions to do just about whatever they want.
America is a generous nation. We're a society of many cultures. We embrace all people, of all races, and offer freedom to all who come with honest intentions. But Americans cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the intentions of our "peaceful" invaders.Today, there are large numbers of individuals residing in the U.S. who neither consider themselves Americans nor want to become Americans. Some have organized into militant groups whose stated purpose is to overpopulate the southwestern United States and reclaim it for Mexico without firing a shot.
Does the President of the United States really believe that technologies that put more information in the hands of the public (and the voters) impede "empowerment" and "emancipation"? I hope not, but let's face it; Leftism has always relied on a certain ignorance. Certainly his speechwriter must have seen similarities between these statements and the most well-known work of political fiction of the twentieth century.
Labor unions have destroyed manufacturing in America. They made U.S. students the most under-educated lot on earth. Now they are driving the cost of government through the roof, just like in Greece and there is NO way for this to end well.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did their dirty work this week by announcing that he plans to reclassify broadband lines so his agency can regulate them under rules that were written for Ma Bell in the 1930s. This means subjecting the Internet to new political supervision—from the federal government and 50 state public utility commissions. The goal is to put one more industry under Washington's political thumb.
This unhealthy state of affairs is 100% the fault of liberal political correctness. Had we not spent the better part of the past 20 years marching down the road of race-baiting this would not be an issue. No one would care about Mexico’s flag because there would be no threat in it…but because we’re being told, endlessly, that Mexico has some sort of legitimate gripe against us and that “tolerance” means truckling to Mexico, that flag has become a threat to the American identity.
The Big Lie that the GOP is racist is being put to rest – we’ve all had it up to our necks with this slander, and if we can get West and more like him in power then we will be able to turn the tide. We’ll force Democrats to defend poverty-inducing welfare and having hucksters like Sharpton and Jackson while we Republicans have men of sterling quality like West.
Those in Arizona find it baffling that elitists on the east coast, west coast, and in other large cities like Chicago don't want us to protect ourselves. We're not racists. We're not bigots. We're hardworking Americans who don't like to live in fear. We don't like being robbed. We don't like having to clean up after others who don't care what they do to our state. We definitely dislike seeing our friends and neighbors murdered.This isn't about race. This is about crime. We will not be victims anymore.
Having no substance of its own, the left is inherently parasitic; like a cancer cell or virus, it survives by posing as a healthy member of the same host it then attacks and ultimately destroys. This pattern of "mimic-attack-conquer" has given us liberty-hating "liberals," leftist mainline churches that publicly embrace what their own teachings explicitly prohibit, and educators whose goal is to ensure that all children get left behind.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.
The heart of the Obama doctrine is the illusion that there is no war on terror. According to Mr. Obama and the liberal elite, Islamic fascism is a figment of George W. Bush's fevered imagination - a wild scheme concocted by militaristic neoconservatives to justify invading Iraq and imposing an American empire in the Middle East.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Conservatives can mistakenly assume that liberals think like they do, in a learned and rational way. This is an exercise in futility since liberalism is not based on logic.
Therefore, Fannie and Freddie are not at all attempting to return to profitability. They are merely a conduit for government to subsidize the housing market. Therefore, losses by the GSE’s since 2008 can most certainly be attributed to decisions made by the federal government under the Bush and Obama Administrations, and can be expected to continue so long as they are the primary source of housing finance.
Newt Gingrich: “This Is Really Dangerous For Our Survival to Have an Elite So Determined to Avoid Reality” (
“The desperation of the American elite to avoid the reality that we are at war that we are at war with a religiously inspired group of fanatics that are now connected by the internet and now communicate with eachother across national boundaries. This is really dangerous to our survival to have an elite that is so determined to avoid reality.”
"I'm being restricted from my religious rights, and from what I believe," Graham warned, as he complained of a growing “secularization” in the government.
As best as I can tell, the big objection to Arizona’s law is that, despite being facially neutral, it will primarily effect Hispanics. This isn’t because Arizona is targeting only Hispanics, it’s because Hispanics are the only targets. There aren’t a lot of blond Danes wandering around Southern Arizona’s border towns.
It occurred to me that this line of thinking means that we have to revisit a whole bunch of laws on our books — and then get rid of them whenever a disproportionate number of malefactors fall within a specific politically correct class. No matter the law’s facial neutrality, and no matter the benefit it confers on law abiding citizens of all colors, if it sweeps too many blacks or Hispanics or Asians or Martians into the net, it must be racist.
My brain hurts.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were part of the fundamental causes to the economic meltdown of 2008. It is irresponsible to the point of being criminal that the Democrats did not address these two entities in their Financial Regulation bill.
Karl Rove, Republican Party plot vast network to reclaim power - Mike Allen and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com
The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Resentments and hostility toward people with higher achievements are one of the most widespread of human failings. Resentments of achievements are more deadly than envy of wealth.
President Barack Obama doesn't deserve the reputation he's had for his style and temperament and for being gracious, civil, bipartisan and post-racial. He is often ungracious, uncivil, hyper-partisan, race-oriented and vindictive. He mocks and ridicules almost for sport. More than any president in my memory, he often does not comport himself presidentially.
Monday, May 3, 2010
In isolation, one night of barbed humor doesn’t amount to much. But when seen in conjunction with his general lack of respect for adversaries and his nonstop attacks on everyone from Sarah Palin to Fox News to his predecessor, one comes away with a picture of a thin-skinned and rather nasty character. It’s not an attractive personality in a president, and he may regret having failed to extend a measure of kindness and magnanimity that we have come to expect from presidents.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Once there was modern science, which was hard work; now we have postmodern science, where the quest for real, absolute truth is outdated, and "science" is a wax nose that can be twisted in any direction to underpin the latest lying narrative in the pursuit of power. Except they didn't call it ‘postmodern' science because then we might smell a rat. They called it PNS (post-normal science) and hoped we wouldn't notice.
Very little has been written about the Bakken Formation and the rich oil reservoir just beneath it in western North Dakota. This recently discovered oil depository potentially holds 1.9 billion barrels in the Three Forks-Sanish formation.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
When abortion is seen to be moral and just, understand plainly that the notion of morality and justice has been completely co-opted.
"Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?" - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine
That's the question Ed Morrissey asks at Hot Air. Commenting on an under-publicized portion of the House version of financial reg legislation that would, in the Wash Post's summary, "allow the FTC to issue rules on a fast track and permit the agency to impose civil penalties on companies that hurt consumers,"
We need a new economy – one geared towards producing things; the “make/mine/grow” stuff I’m always harping upon. It also needs to be primarily geared towards the needs of family – specifically those families in the process of raising children. In fact, in a certain sense, the only purpose of an economy is to provide the means of raising up children.
God have mercy on all of us. This has gone on long enough – human life is not to be discarded as trash.
Many have already called Arizona residents racists. They are concerned that police will profile Hispanics and disproportionally harass them. But we understand something others in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco don't seem to remember -- we border Mexico. The fact is that most illegal immigrants coming across the border here are, well, Mexicans. Those of us down here facing the danger every day really don't care what some Hollywood actor has to say about the issue. Nor do we care about what the Colombian government or the Latino music community thinks of it. We just want to stay safe.
Bureaucracies tend to place process above all else, leading to a checklist mentality where "the process" is sovereign. Loyalty to "the process" becomes a precondition to advancement in the bureaucratic realm. This has proven axiomatic across cultures and eras. It is to our enduring shame that each generation seems destined to relearn this harsh lesson through the needless deaths of the most vulnerable and innocent among us.
Americans are learning that ObamaCare will pile on insurmountable debt and cause government to encroach on every area of our lives. ObamaCare is, as Yuval Levin said, an "unmitigated disaster -- for our health care system, for our fiscal future, and for any notion of limited government." And the more we learn about the specific provisions, the more we discover that the bill does not reflect our values -- faith, family and freedom -- nor does it strengthen those principles that are the foundation of a great nation.
Noam Chomsky, a self-declared socialist, once said, "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the US [mainstream] media." Never would he have imagined that his critique would apply more than ever to the present-day relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama.
AL-QAEDA in Iraq is struggling to recruit volunteers for suicide bombings and other attacks, the US Army said yesterday, hours after the jihadist network confirmed the deaths of its top commanders.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The American people fear they are losing their place and authority in the daily, unwinding drama of American history. They feel increasingly alienated from their government. And alienation, again, is often followed by deep animosity, and animosity by the breaking up of things. If our leaders were farsighted not only for themselves but for the country, they would fix the border.
Faced with losing Congress, the Democrats want to make Puerto Rico a state whether the people want it or not. The Democrats would get two new senators, new congressmen and a campaign issue.
Murdock has more of Obama's promises that are at war with reality. The more we learn about this monstrosity, the more it will be seen for the big screw up that it is. At that point it will be ripe for repeal.
Showalter reports, almost unbelievably: "Whatever the excuse, 75% of the fresh water that has historically irrigated California is now being washed to the open sea. For farmers in the southwest part of the valley, last year's cutoff amounted to 90%."
Alluding to other elements of Obama's Quincy speech earlier this week, Michelle observes that we have a president who presumes to know when you have earned "enough," who believes that only those who provide what he deems "good" products and services should "keep on making it," and who has determined that the role of American entrepreneurs is not to pursue their own self-interest, but to fulfill their "core" responsibility as dutiful growers of the collective economy. Michelle concludes: "That famous mock-up poster of Obama as the creepy socialist Joker never seemed more apt."
Our nation is at a crossroads. Will we be a socialist nation that enslaves it’s citizens to oppressive, draconian laws, regulations and taxes? Or will we reach back to the days of our founding and a belief that all men should be free? Unlike the Civil War, we are battling with principles and ideas rather than guns and cannon fire. Let’s hope that the Civil War did indeed end slavery in this nation and that the Union as envisioned by our nation’s founders will survive.
When signing his health reform bill in March, President Obama promised it would “bring down health care costs for families and businesses and governments”. Now, rigorous analysis by top officials in his own administration exposes the president’s promise as a fraud.
Mr. Obama is fueling greater ideological, political and racial polarization. Not since the Civil War have Americans been so divided. He is laying the groundwork for a possible race war. Welcome to Mr. Obama's fascist America.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
A constitutional republic that had endured for centuries was now breaking down. The signs were everywhere.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Our president is a moral relativist. So we may expect that he doesn’t take very seriously the idea, as state in the Declaration of Independence, that there are absolutes. That we have God given rights that precede government and that the job of government is to secure them.
Surprising documents made available to this author reveal that Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi has a huge financial stake in companies likely to profit from the Obama administration’s “green” policies.
Just secure the border. Because we don’t trust the government, at all – so, any attempt to do anything along side or instead of border security will be viewed as a slap in the face as well as a dereliction of duty. The government is already overwhelmingly unpopular – something like this would be just what is needed to turn a big year of political change in to a revolutionary, political tsunami.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The economic report released last week by Health and Human Services, which indicated that President Barack Obama’s health care "reform" law would actually increase the cost of health care and impose higher costs on consumers, had been submitted to the office of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius more than a week before the Congressional votes on the bill, according to career HHS sources, who added that Sebelius’s staff refused to review the document before the vote was taken.
"The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote," says an HHS source. "Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think."
Public health groups want Uncle Sam to start separating us from salt for our own good -- along with saturated fat and sugar. Uncle Sam is listening -- and doing. Call it the blanding of America. Or call it another blow by the nanny state for freedom -- freedom from our undisciplined appetites. Freedom from personal responsibility. Freedom from choice. Why, even freedom from freedom.
It is not politically correct, but it has to be said. The impetus to furious objections to the new Arizona law that makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally is primarily an effort by the organized Latino community to expand its political base and thus power.
One of the most reflexive responses of the left to any social problem is to blame under-funded education. What the left means by this, of course, is not really education but indoctrination, which is the primary purpose of public education and college education in America today. The vast transfer of wealth from parents and taxpayers to the public schools and universities is one of the most regressive sorts of social tariff in our society.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Comeuppance: Obama’s Own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Releases Devastating Report on Obamacare | NewsReal Blog
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a report detailing dire outcomes for the healthcare reform bill, namely, that it will increase healthcare costs, cause seniors to lose Medicare coverage, and decrease the amount of healthcare providers willing to participate in the Medicare system.
The clinical treatment system run by the National Cancer Institute has become so burdened with bureaucracy and paperwork that even the Editors of The New York Times are complaining
It is time to move forward. Those who advocate for big government solutions for social issues need to understand that the nation, and their cause, will be better served by embracing true conservatism. As President Ronald Reagan famously said, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
In the growing gloom of world politics, it’s a bit of good news that Iran has dropped its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council
Conservatives love the wilderness and appreciate the importance of clean air, land, and water just as much as lefties do -- and even more so, if measured by the clean-up efforts of their respective protest movements. While it is laudable to ""protect the environment" of this great nation, the most effective means of doing it are misunderstood at best, and misrepresented at worst.
This could be an even larger threat to private property and federalism than the EPA’s decision to classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant. The original act specified “navigable” waters as the definition of the limitation for the Interstate Commerce Clause, a reasonable if somewhat still wide parameter. Eliminating that condition would put any body of water, no matter how small, under the authority of Washington — as well as the lands adjacent to it.