Thursday, May 31, 2012

Official: the more scientifically illiterate you are, the more you believe in 'climate change' – Telegraph Blogs

 

A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens.

The results of the survey are especially remarkable as it was plainly not intended to show any such thing: Rather, the researchers and trick-cyclists who carried it out were doing so from the position that the "scientific consensus" (carbon-driven global warming is ongoing and extremely dangerous) is a settled fact, and the priority is now to find some way of getting US voters to believe in the need for urgent, immediate and massive action to reduce CO2 emissions.

Official: the more scientifically illiterate you are, the more you believe in 'climate change' – Telegraph Blogs

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pundit & Pundette: A reality check from Thomas Sowell

 

Sowell is worried that our entitlement culture nudges the young to choose idleness over menial work, that essential bottom rung on the ladder to better jobs. Read the rest.

Pundit & Pundette: A reality check from Thomas Sowell

Journalists don't have good grasp of religion | The Columbus Dispatch

 

Evidence of big media’s bias against religion that doesn’t advance the secular and liberal agenda of the Democratic Party is beyond dispute. Any faith attached to a conservative agenda is to be ridiculed, stereotyped and misrepresented. Islam is a notable exception. The media appear to bend over backward not to offend Muslims.

Journalists don't have good grasp of religion | The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, May 28, 2012

Global Green Agenda Continues To Fail | Via Meadia

 

Concern about the climate, we continue to believe at Via Meadia, is not misplaced, but the crazy set of unrealistic objectives, laughable foreign aid boondoggles, Malthusian panic mongering and cockamamie treaty plans made this UN process a clown circus that was doomed to fail — and the sooner, the better.  There was a time — as recently as early 2010 — when the Great and the Good, the Champions of the Conventional Wisdom and the Oracles of the Davoisie identified this forlorn negotiation as the wave of the future and the last best hope of man.

Let the futility and failure to which all this led be a reminder to us and to them: those who guide the world’s destiny aren’t nearly as discerning as they think they are. Between the American housing bubble, the European meltdown and the climate disaster, it almost begins to look as if the Establishment consists mostly of overpaid, egotistical blowhards.

Global Green Agenda Continues To Fail | Via Meadia

Sunday, May 27, 2012

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: U.S.A. 2012: Is This What We've Become?

 

This reliance on excuses, denial and expediency is the hallmark of adolescence; in adulthood, these are the hallmarks of failure and pathology.

Is this what we've become, brittle, simulacra "grown-ups" who are incapable of acknowledging the truth of our situation? If we cannot dare acknowledging reality, then how can we solve our problems? If we cannot bear an awareness of our systemic rot and unsustainability, then how can we move past denial and expediency?

If we have lost the ability to live within our means and to acknowledge difficult facts, then we have lost everything: our national integrity, our ability to problem-solve, our vigor and our future.

oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: U.S.A. 2012: Is This What We've Become?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Alt-fuel cars unsustainable without government assistance

 

According to the 2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index by Booz & Co., alternative vehicle powertrains may take up as much as 10 percent of the total market by 2020, but only if the federal government continues to support development.
Without a helping hand from Uncle Sam, only 30 percent of the researchers, executives and consumers who participated in the survey believe alternative-fuel machines will be able to carve out that small slice of the market. Specifically, federal tax incentives for potential buyers could help push the technology forward in the future.

Alt-fuel cars unsustainable without government assistance

CARPE DIEM: Environmentalism as Religious Doctrine

 

This suggests that environmentalists — at least the ones I have met — have no real interest in maintaining the tree population. If they did, they would seriously inquire into the long-term effects of recycling. I suspect that they don't want to do that because their real concern is with the ritual of recycling itself, not with its consequences. The underlying need to sacrifice, and to compel others to sacrifice, is a fundamentally religious impulse."

CARPE DIEM: Environmentalism as Relgious Doctrine

Let’s Be Honest About Our Future – It’s Not Promising - The Daily Rant: Black Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics

 

Looking forward based on the zeitgeist of today there is no small amount of oratorical and ecclesiastical commentary, but I will still offer my thoughts pursuant to same.

My first thought is that those blacks crying that “they can’t get a break because of the color of their skin, they ain’t got no job, and the white man’s holding blacks down,” should do the following: shut up, stop making excuses, remove the racial blinders, and take a good look around them. As long as Fox News sanctions the raw racism of the Marxist-negress Jehmu Greene and gives credibility to the Sharptons and Jacksons–black people have no leg to stand on when it comes to the oft-voiced mantra “white racism.”

My second thought is that no one population group enjoys a more transpicuous double standard of overt racism than is permitted blacks. Black racism is endorsed by ignoring and denying it; malevolent anti-social behavior is encouraged vis-a`-vis identifying same as the resultant latent effect of white oppression, and self-segregation is celebrated.

Specific to those points, the cultural divide could be transmogrified into a colorblind and inclusive America, but a rabid Marxist-negress like Jehmu Greene doesn’t want that. Emblematic of her kind (think the Obamas and the Alinskyites), they need victims in order for them to brand others as oppressors; which in turn allows them to foment cries of injustice which allows them to define and then proscribe the remedy to end said oppression. For those like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, it enables them to live lifestyles that 99 percent of blacks cannot begin to imagine. For Fox News, it allows them to subvert and destabilize any hopes of a quick ending of racial animus and disharmony any time soon.

For all of the tax dollars and foolish theorization of how to teach children, public schools are best described as early breeding grounds for future radicals, the home of teachers who will go on strike at a moment’s notice, but the majority cannot teach their way out of a one-student class. Based on the students graduating from most public schools today it will be a very long time before American students enjoy the lofty positions of academic excellence that those of my generation enjoyed. Unless, of course, one counts the growing intrusion of homosexuality, child predators, and teacher-student sex as academic achievement.

My thoughts per what the future holds economically are simple. America and, in truth, most of the world, is doomed. The future will not be as we imagine. That said, I would be inclined to say, “There is not much chance of a future at all.” Europe is toppling under the weight of increased spending and socialist policies. America has slowly, but just as assuredly, come to accept the failed Euro-socialist programs. Obama, as he promised a select few he met with days before he was elected, is committed to fundamentally changing America into a Marxist state. The only difference between Europe and here is they readily admit they are socialists. Many people in America suffer under the illusion that we are still a representative republic.

We are approaching $17 trillion in debt, and regardless of what we hear, and what politicians say, there is no way out of it. We will be well on the way to $30 trillion in debt in the early 2020′s because neither Obama nor Romney has any intentions of making the kinds of spending cuts necessary to make even a hint of difference. The economics chickens are going to come home to roost and there is no way of stopping them. We can only print so much colored paper with dead-presidents, faces on it to allow for the illusion of things being under control. The uber-wealthy may be able to colonize elsewhere, but that won’t help you and me.

Finally, I believe that it isn’t the debaucherous lifestyles and reprobate practices that America embraces that has stripped America of her morality. It is the debate and defense pursuant to the value and normality of said behaviors that has stripped America of her morality. It’s reducing the existence of the Triune God to an intellectual debate based on an a priori or an a posteriori Santa Claus.

So let me sum it up. We have news entities that are supposed to be fair, balanced, and truthful doing their best to foment and support racial strife. We have children graduating today who are less prepared to advance the nation in whatever field of endeavor they choose than at any time in our history. We are broke, and spending is out of control. We have massive debt and those who have been elected to represent us, have no clue (and no intentions if they did), of how to reduce it. We would be unwise to believe the nation’s debt won’t double in the lifetime of our children. And we have committed our way unto corrupt men because, after all, why should people believe in and place faith in Him they cannot see, Who has established absolutes, and Whom it is easier to accept as a big Burl Ives somewhere in the sky.

Specific to the opening question, when I survey the zeitgeist of today, I see nothing that persuades me we are not living in the last days.

Let’s Be Honest About Our Future – It’s Not Promising - The Daily Rant: Black Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics

Friday, May 25, 2012

Roger L. Simon » Is Liberalism Dead?

 

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to believe liberals believe in liberalism anymore.

With the obvious global meltdown of Keynesian economics, how could anyone remotely intelligent support the continued deficit spending that is driving the Western World into bankruptcy?

And yet a large proportion of our population still backs Barack Obama for a second term. Yes, some of this is due to the reactionary identity politics the Democratic Party has practiced for so many years and some to the large number of people working for the government and therefore voting their self-interest.  Even so, it’s difficult to avoid this conclusion:

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Liberalism as an ideology is in its death throes. Only the power trip remains.

Roger L. Simon » Is Liberalism Dead?

Ed Driscoll » Dennis Prager: ‘Leftism is a Religion’

 

You cannot understand the Left if you do not understand that leftism is a religion. It is not God-based (some left-wing Christians’ and Jews’ claims notwithstanding), but otherwise it has every characteristic of a religion. The most blatant of those characteristics is dogma. People who believe in leftism have as many dogmas as the most fundamentalist Christian.

Ed Driscoll » Dennis Prager: ‘Leftism is a Religion’

CARPE DIEM: Obama's Public Equity Record is the Real Scandal

 

From Marc Theissen writing in today's Washington Post:
"Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures:

CARPE DIEM: Obama's Public Equity Record is the Real Scandal

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Freedom's Lighthouse » Mitt Romney on Obama: “This is a President who Spends His Time Blaming other People for the Fact that He Has Been Unsuccessful” – Video 5/23/12

 

Freedom's Lighthouse » Mitt Romney on Obama: “This is a President who Spends His Time Blaming other People for the Fact that He Has Been Unsuccessful” – Video 5/23/12

(Black) Gold Rush America | Via Meadia

 

Via Meadia has been keeping track of the fracking revolution, which has turned America’s shale- and gas-rich regions into 21st-century gold rush territories. Brown energy is the gift that keeps on giving, and it is fast reversing the economic and demographic decline that had been strangling places like South Dakota and Kansas.

The jobs are pouring in not just for oil workers, but across all sectors of the local economy. Savvy entrepreneurs are buying up properties—homes, trailers, former banks—and leasing them to oil workers in need of housing. Harper County, Kansas, population 6,200, created 500 new jobs this past year and is witnessing its first population increase in a century. New shopping centers are being erected, motels are bursting at the seams, and old buildings are being renovated. And like the gold rushes and oil booms of past centuries, this economic revival is bringing with it a surge in bar fights, thefts, and traffic.

The average oil jobs salary $100,000 per year. High school graduates are making an average of $60,000. Sandridge Energy, the biggest driller in Kansas, is hitting oil in 100 percent of its test wells, and plans to drill 130 new wells before the end of the year. It estimates that there are 5 billion barrels of oil in the area. It plans to be drilling in Kansas for at least the next 15 years.

So far, brown jobs still rule. The same can’t be said for the adolescent green variety.

(Black) Gold Rush America | Via Meadia

Romney Will Keep Us Safer | Decide America

 

By Ambassador John R. Bolton

Barack Obama’s presidency has had profoundly negative consequences for our national security. From debilitating cuts in defense budgets, to gutting national missile defense efforts, to his unwillingness to acknowledge a continuing war against terrorism, to his inability to stem the nuclear proliferation threats posed by North Korea and Iran, to his echo of George McGovern’s 1972 refrain, “come home, America,” the picture is bleak.

Underlying these and many other foreign and defense policy mistakes is a common theme. Obama consistently rejects the ancient doctrine si vis pacem, para bellum: if you want peace, prepare for war. George Washington said almost exactly that in his first annual message to Congress in 1790: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

By contrast, Obama acts as though U.S. strength is provocative, and that our military forces, especially our nuclear “umbrella,” exceed our legitimate needs, and are therefore worthy of reduction. He bases this conclusion not on strategic analysis, but on ideology, the knee-jerk belief that America’s size and global influence somehow induce the misbehavior of others.

Romney Will Keep Us Safer | Decide America

CARPE DIEM: Quote of the Day: Bastiat on Legal Plunder

 

"Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole—with their common aim of legal plunder—constitute socialism.

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."

~Frederic Bastiat

CARPE DIEM: Quote of the Day: Bastiat on Legal Plunder

CARPE DIEM: Huge Subsidies ($6.5B) for Electric Vehicles Are Giving American Taxpayers High-Voltage Shocks

 

From my McClatchy editorial, out for national distribution this week, here is a link is to the version in today's Sacramento Bee

"Since 2008, taxpayers have spent or provided loan guarantees of $6.5 billion for electric vehicles. That includes $2.4 billion for battery and electric drive component manufacturing, $3.1 billion in loan guarantees for electric vehicle projects, and $1 billion in tax credits for the vehicles. The price that American taxpayers pay for commercializing electric vehicles is painfully evident in the billions spent on green projects that are driven by politics rather than performance.
Using taxpayer dollars to favor one automotive technology over another is contrary to the free-market principles that undergird our economy. Simply put, subsidizing electric vehicles doesn't make economic sense.
The surest way to guarantee a product's failure is to subsidize it. Over time, cars that succeeded in the marketplace have been those that were developed and commercialized without government involvement. If a technology isn't capable of succeeding on its own economic merits, there's no amount of taxpayer support that will ever make it a commercial success."

CARPE DIEM: Huge Subsidies ($6.5B) for Electric Vehicles Are Giving American Taxpayers High-Voltage Shocks

Waking The Sleeping Giant: Book Offers Solutions To Put Liberals On Defense In Politics and Culture

 

The late Andrew Breitbart knew that in order to defeat the left,  Americans had to first take back the cultural institutions used by the left to advance liberalism.

In their new book, Waking The Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals At Their Own Game, authors Timothy Daughtry and Gary Casselman offer everyday “mainstream” Americans a valuable and important playbook for taking back the broader culture.

“We cannot count on politicians to put America back on a sound course,” the authors write. “Unless mainstream citizens, the sleeping giant of American politics, wake up and take the helm of this country soon, the current generation will be the last to live in freedom.”

Although a plurality of mainstream Americans are conservative and “vastly outnumber the far left” the authors ask, “why do they allow themselves to be outflanked in the cultural institutions and even bullied by the left-wing fringe?”

Daughtry and Casselman write that a bully “cannot terrorize an entire playground, and 20 percent of the population cannot impose their views and policies on the rest of us—unless the majority allows them to do so.”

The book describes how shrewdly -- and viciously -- liberals have used the government, schools, universities, news media, entertainment, medicine and science to advance their agenda to the unsuspecting masses.

Waking The Sleeping Giant does a good job describing the “power players” who use liberal institutions for their ends.

The authors write that liberal power players “learn ways of manipulating others into those provider and comforter roles” and, “because of their dependency on others, Power Players tend to see others as objects to be manipulated rather than as fellow human beings with needs and rights of their own.”

Thus, when power players are threatened they “experience visceral fears of weakness, inadequacy, and being unimportant.”

“The air of moral and intellectual superiority of liberalism soothes the inner fears and frustrations of the Power Players,” they write. “And the denial of the Judeo-Christian worldview offers an even more tempting benefit in that it allows them to justify their behavior with an appeal to moral relativism. Power Players are desperately struggling to become the center of a universe that stubbornly refuses to revolve around them.”

And yet, the authors argue, mainstream Americans allow these liberal power players to manipulate them and fall into what they call the appeasement cycle.

In order to break the appeasement cycle, the authors argue that “mainstream America will have to confront our fear of conflict and disapproval.”

Two points Daughtry and Casselman make are particularly relevant for conservatives.

They urge Americans not to be on the defensive when there is nothing against which to defend. For example, when arguing for sensible immigration policies, do not start off by saying, “I don’t have anything against Mexicans.” By saying this, conservatives fall into the trap of playing into “conservatives are racist” stereotype the left uses to advance their agenda and discredit conservatives.

The authors also point out the difference between anger and righteous indignation.

“There is a difference between righteous indignation and anger as a manipulative tool,” they note. “When taxpayers are trying to address a $15 trillion debt and they hear liberals referring to the Tea Party as “terrorists,” those taxpayers feel righteous indignation. Leftists, on the other hand, use anger to manipulate their followers for the purpose of giving liberals the power that they so desperately crave.”

This is a message conservatives must heed.

Waking The Sleeping Giant also makes the important point that “much of the political narrative occurs in casual conversations in the office, at work, at church, around the dinner table, and at other informal gatherings” and “it will take much longer for our strategy to affect the formal cultural institutions such as schools and news media, but we can begin to change the direction and tone of the political narrative outside of those institutions.” The authors give good solutions for how to inoculate children from liberal indoctrination and build up local institutions and government.

This fight is worth it, the authors note, and they ask readers to imagine this scenario in the future:

Dream with us just a little longer. Imagine motion pictures in which the villains were multibillionaires pushing the global warm- ing scam as a cover for a worldwide power grab, and the hero was a maverick scientist who exposed them. Or the villain was a thuggish union organizer in a factory and the hero a woman who stood up to the union. Or the villain was a corrupt left-wing president and the heroes two mainstream reporters whose work forced that president to resign.

This is the culture for which the late Andrew Breitbart fought.

Waking The Sleeping Giant: Book Offers Solutions To Put Liberals On Defense In Politics and Culture

Obama’s Weak on the Real Civil Rights Issue « Commentary Magazine

 

President Obama may be planning to run for re-election in part by touting his schemes to create more “fairness” by raising the taxes of the wealthy, but his Republican opponent is wisely choosing to try to trump him by focusing on the most important factor behind inequality in America: education. Mitt Romney used his appearance yesterday before the Latino Coalition at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to not just pay lip service to the issue of education but to announce his support for a step that could actually be the beginning of a sea change in governmental thinking about funding. Romney stated that if elected he would ensure that federal education funds will follow the students rather than merely being poured into the public schools in the areas where they live. If he follows through on this promise he would take the United States a significant way down the road toward a genuine system of school choice that would enable all parents, and not just the wealthy, to choose the best schools for their children rather than being stuck in what Romney rightly called failing institutions.

Obama’s Weak on the Real Civil Rights Issue « Commentary Magazine

More Americans now have an unfavorable view of the Democrat VP by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

 

For the first time since then-Sen. Barack Obama begged then-Sen. Joe Biden to become his vice presidential running mate, Americans have developed a negative view of the %#&*(+$ guy.

More Americans now have an unfavorable view of the Democrat VP by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

COMMON CENTS: Bill Whittle: "Political Islam - Tolerance is a Code Word for Suicide"

 

COMMON CENTS: Bill Whittle: "Political Islam - Tolerance is a Code Word for Suicide"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Leftism is a Religion

Contentions - The Fraudulence of Obama

HT – Peter Wehner

Now hypocrisy is not an unknown quality in a politician. But what sets Obama apart from almost everyone else is the lengths Obama goes to in order to portray himself as morally superior to the rest of the political class even as he acts in ways that completely shatter his claims. He reminds me of the minister who cannot help from condemning the very sin to which he is beholden. And so as recently as last month Obama was saying, “A lot of folks see the amounts of money that are being spent and the special interests that dominate and the lobbyists that always have access, and they say to themselves, maybe I don’t count.”

What’s impossible to know is the degree to which Obama is alarmingly cynical or the degree to which he is alarmingly self-deluded. Whatever the case, he is a man whose words mean nothing. Nothing at all.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gingrich Gets it Right « Blogs For Victory

Gingrich Gets it Right « Blogs For Victory

Gingrich sees this – and sees more:  Obama must go, but the left as a whole must be crushed.  Our only task as conservatives, patriots and Americans from now until November 6th is to beat these people.  Because if we don’t, we’re going to pay too high a price for failure.

Works and Days » Winning Battles, Losing Wars

Works and Days » Winning Battles, Losing Wars

Can We Still Win Wars?

Given that the United States fields the costliest, most sophisticated, and most lethal military in the history of civilization that should be a silly question. We have enough conventional and nuclear power to crush any of our enemies many times over. Why then did we seem to bog down in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan? The question is important since recently we do not seem able to translate tactical victories into long-term strategic resolutions. Why is that? What follows are some possible answers.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Obama's Atrocities

Obama's Atrocities

So, to enrage the wacky Left even more, below is a list of atrocities President Obama has committed since he was inaugurated President of the United States:

1)      The National Debt 

Under President Obama’s failed leadership the national debt has gone up $5 trillion to an unprecedented $15.7 trillion – that is $50,000 per person.  President Obama’s spending spree on Big Government programs that are seeded by his far Left ideology have cost our children and our children’s children the American dream.  America needs a leader who will reverse government spending and put us on a path towards financial sanity.

2)      Obamacare

President Obama wasted a year of his presidency forcing through a law that may be deemed unconstitutional next month.  While the economy tanked, President Obama and his enablers in Congress wanted to transform healthcare so that people would be dependent on the government.  Americans dislike the law--among other reasons--because liberal Democrats forced the issue.  Remember the quote from then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  Well the American people found out, and they have thoroughly rejected it. 

3)      Failed Stimulus

President Obama promised that his $825 billion stimulus plan would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent.  Over three years later, the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, the lowest it’s been since the stimulus, and that is only because so many have given up on finding work.  At its highest point, the unemployment rate hit 10 percent under Obama.  President Obama gave false hope to the nation about his failed stimulus bill and now 23 million people are under or unemployed.  The stimulus bill added jet fuel to our burning, out of control national debt and future generations will have to pay for its failure.

4)      Promoting Abortion

We all know that as state senator for Illinois, Obama voted for infanticide by voting against the state’s Born Alive Infants Protection Act.  As president, Obama has continued his pro-abortion agenda.  During his very first week, Obama ended the Mexico City Policy which prevented NGOs that receive taxpayer funds from promoting or performing abortions.  Most recently, our fears that Obamacare would force taxpayer funding of insurance for abortions was confirmed.  He is an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood, the country’s biggest abortion business, and celebrates Roe v. Wade, which has led to the deaths of 50 million unborn children. 

5)      The Post Partisanship Lie

During the 2008 campaign, President Obama promised that he would transform Washington and make it work again by governing from the center.  Well, President Obama has indeed transformed Washington because he has governed so far to the Left.  President Obama is a hyper partisan who believes that his Big Government flawed ideas are what this country needs.  Furthermore, rather than unite, he has sought to cynically divide us on class, race, and gender lines. 

6)      Evolving on Same-Sex Marriage

You either stand for something or you stand for nothing.  In the 2008 presidential race candidate Obama said that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman.  Then, after he was sworn in, he said he was evolving on the issue and ordered the Justice Department not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.  Finally, President Obama announced that he supports same-sex marriage in a much hyped television interview after Vice President Joe Biden forced his hand.  President Obama’s change in positions was either politically motivated or he initially lied to the American people.  Which is worse?

I fear that my children will not have the same opportunities I had growing up because of President Obama’s failed policies.  The Left will cry foul at my calling these failures atrocities – I could have listed plenty more – but let them, because it is all they have.  President Obama was supposed to be their saving grace, but what he has done is shown that liberal policies just do not work in a free and democratic society.  The Left is just simply mad because their house of cards is crumbling. 

Our Age of Anxiety | The Weekly Standard

Our Age of Anxiety | The Weekly Standard

But neither of these stories speaks to what actually seems to have voters uneasy. The persistently weak economy is at the core of that uneasiness: Thirty-five months after the recession technically ended, economic growth remains anemic, and unemployment remains very high. But Americans are nervous not only because the economy has yet to bounce back, but also because we have a sense that the economic order we knew in the second half of the 20th century may not be coming back at all—that we have entered a new era for which we have not been well prepared. 

To say that we are not, in fact, on the verge of the triumph of welfare-state liberalism is of course a gross understatement. We are, rather, on the cusp of the fiscal and institutional collapse of our welfare state, which threatens not only the future of government finances but also the future of American capitalism. But at the same time, American capitalism is not exactly ready to bloom once the shadow of Obama is lifted at last. While our welfare state has grown bloated and bankrupt, our economy has grown increasingly sclerotic—weighed down by a grossly inefficient public sector, the rise of crony capitalism, demographic changes transforming the workforce, and a general loss of focus on productivity and innovation. The American economy still has great stores of strength, but it is not well prepared to make the most of those strengths or to address its deficiencies as a global competitor. 

This is not the fault of conservative plutocrats or of Barack Obama. It is not the fault of income inequality or of the Federal Reserve. It is the fault of our country’s failure to adequately modernize its governing institutions and its economy—its public sector and its private sector. This failure exposes us to a grave risk of stagnation, and, therefore, decline. And it is that risk, which we all have been sensing in our bones in recent years, that has Americans exceptionally anxious. 

Islam is Not ‘Part of the American Family’ nor of Western Civilization

Islam is Not ‘Part of the American Family’ nor of Western Civilization

No, Islam is no more a part of the authentic American vision and culture than any other ruthless authoritarian/totalitarian tyranny, for example, no more American than collectivism (Jacobinism, Marxism, communism, socialism, fascism, Naziism, communitarianism, transnational progressivism). Islam is not a part of the American family any more than the soft (or hard) governance of the United Nations and transnational NGO’s, nor slavery-based, feudalistic, or paternalistic, reverse-mercantilist, corporatocractic multinational companies – nor the central banking criminals who finance every one of the above tyrannies and who incessantly rape America through usury-financed and debauched currency and through hording (including gold and oil, increasingly, medical care, land, water, and food).

There is only one direction to go, from our popular sovereignty and its responsibility and freedom. There is only tyranny outside the guardianship of authentic America.

Brutally Honest: The gay marriage bottom line

Brutally Honest: The gay marriage bottom line

LetMeMarryWhoILoveIn the case of “gay marriage”, the big lie is that there is some desire on the part of conservatives and Christians in this country to actually deny some right, some liberty, some freedom to people who identify themselves and live as homosexuals. As abhorrent, disordered and immoral as I find the “gay lifestyle” to be, the truth is that – and here I speak for virtually every conservative Christian I know or have read – we really are not the least bit interested in micro-managing the sex-lives of our fellow citizens. We have absolutely no desire to have uniformed gendarmes kick in your bedroom doors to make sure no acts of sodomy are taking place in the middle of the night. The only thing more repugnant to me than such acts would be the prospect of becoming comfortable with the sort of routine invasions of personal privacy that would be required to ensure that no one was living out their life as a homosexual. 

To be even more specific, to the gay couple we say: we do not care if you visit one another in the hospital. We do not care if you grant one another medical power of attorney. We do not care if you jointly own property. We do not care if you leave property for each other inherit when one of you dies. We do not care if you own a home together and live in it. We do not care if you get dressed up, rent a local hall, stage whatever sort of ceremony you like, and even refer to yourselves as “married.”

We may object, on different grounds, some secular, some religious, to your adopting children. After all, there are now other human beings in the equation- and there seems to be at least some kind of moral consensus across political lines that the interests of children do sometimes take precedence over the rights and privileges of adults. In any case, its something we can safely set aside for the moment.

To reiterate, this time specifically to the radical homosexual: on all the  issues that concern the consenting adults only, we don’t care. Of course we care in the abstract that you are leading lives of grave sin in open defiance of God, but then so do millions of “heterosexuals” who fornicate, commit adultery, use artificial contraception, sterilize themselves, and so on. Not every sin can or should be a matter for the state to concern itself with, and we are content to let God judge in these matters; but no sin, and this brings us closer to the main point here, can ever be called a virtue, no evil can ever be called a good, by any Christian with a conscience, or by any citizen who cares about the integrity of society.

You can live as you want, engage in whatever sort of contracts you like, conduct any sort of ceremonies you please. But there is one thing you cannot have, and it is the one thing you seek through this radical political agenda, these hysterical protests and complaints about Christians: our approval. It cannot possibly be about anything else, because it is really the only thing you are missing. You want to live in a world in which everyone regards what you do and how you live not only as normal, but as a positive good. And your attempts to legalize “gay marriage” are about this and this alone. It is not about “equal rights” that you already possess, it is not about the freedom to openly identify as gay, which you already have. It is about using the power of the state to force society to recognize your living arrangements and lifestyle choices as legitimate. It is about policing the thoughts and opinions of the American people. It is about sharing prestige with properly and truly married couples. It is about envy and resentment, and a deep, abiding hatred of religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Let me be blunt: your disordered lifestyles are not equal to the traditional marriage or the traditional family, which have served as the foundation of civilization since its very beginnings. You do not deserve equal prestige, and nor, for that matter, do “straight” couples who actively choose not to procreate. And you have no right to such things. You have no right to have the state give you extra benefits, tax breaks, or anything of the sort – you have no right to have your romantic choices ratified by society. You don’t have the right to go through life without being heckled or bullied, as you heckle and bully the Christians you hate, as you mock with the most disgusting outrages imaginable all that we hold sacred.

In the face of your tyranny, your bullying, your mockery, your boundless hate, we will continue to persevere.

H/T Mark Shea who adds:

It’s ironic really.  The draconian demand for approval that cannot settle for mere tolerance shows that, at some level, that the gay “marriage” movement which holds Christians in such deep contempt hungers–with the hunger of a child eager to hear a word of praise from her Father–to hear praise from exactly the people that movement claims to despise.  And above all, it seems to me that this, in turn, demonstrates that such folk hunger to hear a word of love and welcome from God (as do we all).

We Christians, it seems to me, need to find a way to communicate that the homosexual is loved and welcomed by God–just not the sin of homosex.  But that requires that both we and they regard them as something more than their appetites and grasp that they are not identical to or co-terminous with those appetites.

From Democracy to Sharia | US Opinion and Editorial Right Side News

From Democracy to Sharia | US Opinion and Editorial Right Side News

The 'Arab Spring' shows that democratic process is useless without democratic culture.  

Unintended Consequences of Government Regulation

Unintended Consequences of Government Regulation

I can’t begin to count the times in recent years when it has been clear how true that statement is. Matt Ross, of Conservative Hideout, has brought it up, time after time. Often times, our government has passed a law or regulation, targeted at a specific problem, only to use that legislation for a purpose completely unrelated to its original purpose. That’s where the unintended consequences of government regulation come into play. What this happens, citizens of this country, who are otherwise completely innocent, are usually the targets. Many times, it is also a business that feels the flame of these unintended consequences. I can think of no better example than the music industry, in general, and Gibson Guitar, in particular.

The UN proposal for a global financial transaction tax is socialism writ large on a world scale – Telegraph Blogs

The UN proposal for a global financial transaction tax is socialism writ large on a world scale – Telegraph Blogs

The last thing the global economy needs right now is an oppressive international tax on financial transactions that would stifle the free market, help kill job creation and place an additional yoke around the necks of businesses and entrepreneurs. It is nothing more than socialism writ large on a worldwide scale, and UN officials are deluding themselves if they think it will actually be implemented across the globe.

IBD | Obama’s Wages An Unending War On American Capitalism | Conservatives4Palin

IBD | Obama’s Wages An Unending War On American Capitalism | Conservatives4Palin

During Obama’s 40 months in the White House, he has undermined capitalism and impugned business as a matter of routine.

The former community organizer had just entered office when, in the summer of 2009, the federal government gave General Motors $49.5 billion in aid, including a $6.7 billion loan, to finance its bankruptcy. The result: Washington, not private shareholders, took roughly 61% ownership of GM.

The bailout wasn’t to save capitalism; it was a payback to the United Auto Workers union that gave Obama and his party more than $4 million. The UAW’s pension fund was given 17.5% of the new GM, worth about $7 billion.

Obama wants to make it easier to cheat | PrairiePundit

Obama wants to make it easier to cheat | PrairiePundit

Here is what I think is going on.  Democrats have been cheating for years.  In heavily Democrat districts they have been registering phantom voters with a vacant lot for an address or a storefront.  If they had to present a valid ID the scam would be exposed.  All that hard work by ACORN and other liberal front groups would be wasted.

Ouch! Decade of Obamacare Will Cost $1,160 billion - Michael Barone - Townhall Conservative Columnists

Ouch! Decade of Obamacare Will Cost $1,160 billion - Michael Barone - Townhall Conservative Columnists - Page 1

How much will Obamacare -- call it the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if you like -- cost over the next 10 years?

More than you've been led to believe, reports Charles Blahous of George Mason University's Mercatus Center. To be specific, he projects it will add $1,160 billion to net federal spending over the next 10 years and at least $340 billion to federal budget deficits in that time.

GayPatriot » Tolerance to certain liberals

GayPatriot » Tolerance to certain liberals

They’ll tolerate you as long as you don’t deviate from their orthodoxy.

–James Taranto, Best of the Web, May 17, 2012

A Racial Revolution? - Opinion - PatriotPost.US

A Racial Revolution? - Opinion - PatriotPost.US

We are not at that terrible point yet. But that is the direction in which we are headed, under the spell of magic words like "multiculturalism" and "diversity," which have become substitutes for thoughts, even among those who pride themselves on being "thinking people."

Our whole educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities, is permeated with ideologies of group grievances and resentments, painting each group into the corner of its own separate subculture, instead of drawing them into the mainstream of the American culture that made this the greatest nation on earth.

Unless the fashionable Balkanization is stopped, demography can become destiny -- and a tragedy for all.

Articles: Progressing toward Moral Darkness

Articles: Progressing toward Moral Darkness

The left fail the ethical standards considered here.  The evidence suggests that where the progressives are headed, not everyone's life is valued, there is little liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be restrained for the "good" of others.  In the progressive Whereverville, theft is government-sanctioned, and lying is merely a strategy to some end.  These progressive "values" are fundamentally opposed to American values.  The progressives seem to believe the perfection of their imaginary destination justifies whatever means can be used to get there.

To continue progressing on the current path is to descend into moral darkness.  To paraphrase a line from the movie Cool Hand Luke:  "What we've got here is a failure of values."

Saturday, May 12, 2012

CARPE DIEM: 200 Year Supply of Oil in Green River Formation

CARPE DIEM: 200 Year Supply of Oil in Green River Formation

The Green River Formation, the world's largest oil shale deposit, is located in a largely vacant region of mostly federal land on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains that includes portions of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado (see map above).

Here's an excerpt from testimony about the Green River Formation that was provided on Thursday by Anu K. Mittal, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Director of Natural Resources and Environment, to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology titled "Unconventional Oil and Gas Production: Opportunities and Challenges of Oil Shale Development":

"The Green River Formation—an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale. USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil, and about half of this may be recoverable, depending on available technology and economic conditions. The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, estimates that 30 to 60 percent of the oil shale in the Green River Formation can be recovered. At the midpoint of this estimate, almost half of the 3 trillion barrels of oil would be recoverable. This is an amount about equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves."

MP: Surprisingly, this testimony got almost no press coverage, here's one exception from CNS News.  Shouldn't it be newsworthy that the U.S. has 1.5 trillion barrels of recoverable oil in  the Green River Formation, an amount even greater than this estimate of 1.392 trillion barrels of proven oil reserves in the entire world?  The GAO did issue a study in October 2010 that may have already identified the vast resources in the Green River area, so maybe this is old news and not worth reporting.    

But with current U.S. daily oil consumption running at about 19.5 million barrels, the staggering amount of Green River reserves would by itself supply domestic oil consumption for more than 200 years! The testimony also mentioned that industry experts estimate future development of Green River to be 15-20 years away, but it's not clear if that's due to federal regulatory issues or limitations of current drilling technology. 

Even if development is 15-20 years away, the vast untapped energy resources of Green River, the largest oil shale deposit in the world, provide additional support for the idea that "peak oil" is "peak idiocy" (Mike Munger explains here).    

A Western Heart: More British madness: Schools are deliberately failing to correct spelling mistakes to avoid 'damaging pupils' self esteem'

A Western Heart: More British madness: Schools are deliberately failing to correct spelling mistakes to avoid 'damaging pupils' self esteem'

Teachers are being told not to correct more than three spelling errors at a time to avoid damaging pupils’ self-confidence, an MP revealed yesterday. Andrew Selous highlighted the practice at a secondary school in his South West Bedfordshire constituency but fears it is widespread across the country.

The Tory MP condemned not correcting all errors in a piece of work as a ‘false kindness’ which denies pupils ‘fundamental’ skills needed in the job market. Mr Selous said he had been alerted by a worried mother but had decided not to name the school behind the policy.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

If You’re Too Incompetent or Lazy to Get ID, We’re Better Off If You Don’t Vote | Right Wing News

If You’re Too Incompetent or Lazy to Get ID, We’re Better Off If You Don’t Vote | Right Wing News

Liberals have dug up some 93-year-old codger in Pennsylvania who’s too lazy or incompetent to get ID so she can vote and they’re demanding we leave the election in that state wide open to fraud in order to cater to her.

Obama Gay Marriage a Desperate Move By a Cowardly Prez Craving Re-Election

Obama Gay Marriage a Desperate Move By a Cowardly Prez Craving Re-Election http://www.debbieschlussel.com/49458/obama-gay-marriage-a-desperate-move-by-a-cowardly-prez-craving-re-election/ By Debbie Schlussel Despite all the Obamessiah worship by the Ellen/Liberace/George Michaels crowd (though “Libby” had the class to keep his lifestyle private) and their allies in the liberal media, Barack Obama’s silly statement, yesterday, coming out in favor of gay marriage is a desperate move by a desperate President, who knows his days may [...]

Rational Nation USA: Individual Freedom and Liberty Will Survive Only If Sustained By a Proper Moral Code

Rational Nation USA: Individual Freedom and Liberty Will Survive Only If Sustained By a Proper Moral Code

It has always been clear, at least to this writer, for freedom and liberty to survive and flourish they must be based on ethical and moral principles that are understood and accepted by a vast majority of any given society.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of 'Earned Success' - WSJ.com

Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of 'Earned Success' - WSJ.com

The results from the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary are in, and unions were dealt a serious blow—their preferred candidate in the Democratic primary, Kathleen Falk, was soundly defeated by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who received 58 percent of the vote to Falk’s 35 percent. While Barrett has pledged to roll back many of Governor Walker’s policies, he has tangled with the unions before and is widely viewed as a less pro-union candidate than Falk, who received about $4 million in support from labor groups, Politico reports. These results are the clearest sign yet that even in the union strongholds of the Midwest, unions are losing their hold on the Democratic party.

Yet this isn’t even the worst sign for Wisconsin’s unions. Many papers have noted the decisive victory of Barrett over Falk, but fewer have noted the extraordinarily heavy turnout in the GOP primary. As Christian Schneider noted at National Review, Walker was essentially running unopposed, and yet managed to garner 15,000 more votes than both Democrats combined.

Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of 'Earned Success' - WSJ.com

Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of 'Earned Success' - WSJ.com

Earned success means defining your future as you see fit and achieving that success on the basis of merit and hard work. It allows you to measure your life's "profit" however you want, be it in money, making beautiful music, or helping people learn English. Earned success is at the root of American exceptionalism.

The link between earned success and life satisfaction is well established by researchers. The University of Chicago's General Social Survey, for example, reveals that people who say they feel "very successful" or "completely successful" in their work lives are twice as likely to say they are very happy than people who feel "somewhat successful." It doesn't matter if they earn more or less income; the differences persist.

The opposite of earned success is "learned helplessness," a term coined by Martin Seligman, the eminent psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. It refers to what happens if rewards and punishments are not tied to merit: People simply give up and stop trying to succeed.

The Muslim Brotherhood Sheds its Mask « Commentary Magazine

The Muslim Brotherhood Sheds its Mask « Commentary Magazine

While I am not sad to see Hosni Mubarak gone nor do I believe that the status quo ante was tenable, the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood has transformed itself into some sort of benevolent force is the type of nonsense that only Middle Eastern Studies academics can peddle. Academics and journalists who sat down with Muslim Brotherhood interlocutors and believed what the Brethren’s self-described moderates and technocrats told them were not path breaking; rather, they were useful idiots.

Roger L. Simon » Preaching to the Choir

Roger L. Simon » Preaching to the Choir

So we’re not changing anyone’s mind — or hardly anyone. At best we’re giving people arguments and nuggets of information with which to regale their liberal friends at the water cooler, ammunition for a possible conversion or two. We’re also deepening our readers’ understanding of the issues and, we hope, entertaining them a bit.

Nothing wrong with any of that but, alas, it doesn’t move the meter much. And in this election year — universally acknowledged the most important since the invention of the secret ballot or maybe since drawing straws — we’d like to do better than that.

The Morality of Capitalism | Values & Capitalism

The Morality of Capitalism | Values & Capitalism

I wish to contest the idea that capitalism is immoral and present evidence to the contrary. Not only do I believe capitalism passes the minimum test by failing to violate basic moral standards; I believe it actively promotes a robust sense of morality in a way far superior to any other system.

What Will America’s Oil Boom Bring? « Commentary Magazine

What Will America’s Oil Boom Bring? « Commentary Magazine

Every now and then, the Iranian regime threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz or some al-Qaeda activist comes close to bombing a major oil facility, and pundits spring up and point out the cost of American reliance on foreign oil, only to be forgotten when the news cycle moves on. The fact that American politicians focus so little on energy security is nothing short of policy malpractice. The Chinese have made energy security their primary strategic ambition and have reaped the benefits. The issue for the United States is not simply jobs—although creating productive, private sector jobs should be the goal of any government—but rather national and economic security.

Enter “Securing America’s Future Energy” (SAFE). Co-chaired by General P.X. Kelley, the former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx, the organization has assembled a marquee list of top military brass and CEOs, who together make the case that energy security is not only an economic issue, but a national security matter as well. Together, the business and military experts discuss energy issues with greater fluency and depth than politicians of both parties. This is reflected in SAFE’s new report, “The New American Oil Boom,” released yesterday. Because of government regulation, the oil boom may not be as pronounced as it might be but, even so, the United States last year became a net exporter of refined petroleum products for the first time since 1949.

The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed

The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed

This report reveals the Left’s vote fraud strategy for the 2012 elections. Like a KGB operation, it is thorough, multi-faceted and redundant. It has overt and covert, illegal and legal elements, the latter of which are designed, at least in part, to facilitate illegal activities later. It is a deliberate, premeditated, comprehensive plan to win the 2012 presidential election at all costs, and is in keeping with the organizational methods, associations and ethics of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saberpoint: Democracy Doesn't Work

Saberpoint: Democracy Doesn't Work

France and Greece, both insolvent or nearly so, have rejected austerity measures and candidates in their recent elections.  By "austerity measures," they mean living within your means, reducing "free" government services so prior services provided on credit can finally be paid for.

Alas, in a Democracy, the masses can vote themselves the keys to the Treasury.  Now there are only dead moths in the French and Greek treasuries, but that's okay, because the credit cards are still there.

Liberalism leads only to ruin.  It teaches the simple-minded masses that the world owes them a living, that government has endless free stuff to hand out, that there are no consequences to living like the proverbial drunken sailor.  Right now the French and Greek voters are like drug addicts; they don't care if stealing the rent money from mom's purse will result in homelessness, they must have that heroin hit RIGHT NOW.  Let tomorrow take care of itself.

Hmm, if the Left was to have a motto, that would be it.  Let tomorrow take care of itself.

I am almost at the point where I have concluded that democracy doesn't work, at least not in its present form.  Critics of democracy point out that it carries the seeds of its own destruction, and perhaps that is an accurate observation.  Democracy is the rule of the mob, and mobs are extremist and psychotic.  The French peasants who stormed the Bastille were such a mob.  Instead of celebrating July 14th as Bastille Day, it should be a day of national mourning in France.  It was a day when madness replaced civilization.

Perhaps democracy could work, if there were legally enforceable bars to leftism, liberalism and socialism.  Some examples might be (1) allowing only those who own property to vote (as in the early days of our founding); (2) allowing only those who are self supporting to vote; (3) assessing an equal tax on everyone, including the so-called poor, i.e. by a flat tax on gross income, so that those who vote for higher taxes will feel the effects of it in their own pocketbooks.  When people are spending their own money, rather than someone else's, they tend to be a lot more conservative.

In Western Civilization, our societies have devolved, thanks to "progressive" politics, to a self-consuming, self-destructing mob.  Ruin is inevitable.  This is not what the Founding Fathers intended.  They did not intend to establish a mobocracy, but a Constitutional Republic, wherein the rights and property of the individual were protected against the caprice of the mob, where even the majority is limited in what it can do.

The Crumbling Of Our Moral Infrastructure Can Be Deadly By THOMAS SOWELL - IBD

If 99% Of The People In The Country Were Like The Occupy Mobs, We Would Not Have A Country - Investors.com

The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens.

How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans and calling themselves representatives of the 99% against the 1%.

Anthony Sanders Discusses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Fox Business | Mercatus

Anthony Sanders Discusses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Fox Business | Mercatus

In an interview on the Fox Business Network, Anthony Sanders argues that government intervention has distorted and destroyed the housing market.

Works and Days » All Fall Down - In short, liberalism does not work

Works and Days » All Fall Down

In short, liberalism does not work, contrary as it is to human nature. I wish I could just say that about every thirty years or so, forgetful Americans take an allergy shot of it, suffer the reaction, and then get another three decades of Carter/Obama immunity. But instead statist redistribution and intrusion are an insidious process, no longer specific just to Democrats, but bound up in the growing affluence and leisure of the West—both serving its various needs of alleviating guilt to the masses, subsidizing half the nation, and providing much envied power and lucre to a highly educated and technocratic elite who have little talent for acquiring either in the private sector. That it is not sustainable does not mean that it will not cause havoc as it totters and collapses. Look at Russia and Eastern Europe circa 1989, or the present-day EU, or Greece proper, or California or Illinois today.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

For Green Energy, Bankruptcy Is the Best-Case Scenario | Power Line

For Green Energy, Bankruptcy Is the Best-Case Scenario | Power Line

In virtually every context, efficiency is assumed to be a good thing. Inefficiency wastes resources and makes us all poorer. There is one exception, however, to this blindingly obvious rule: energy. When it comes to energy, the Obama administration and other liberals deem inefficient “green” technologies superior to fossil fuels that produce vastly more energy at less cost. The result is a perverse set of government policies that drive up energy costs for everyone, thereby impoverishing all Americans.

Frank Gaffney: We’re ignoring the ‘civilization jihad’ being waged by the Muslim Brotherhood » The Right Scoop -

Frank Gaffney: We’re ignoring the ‘civilization jihad’ being waged by the Muslim Brotherhood » The Right Scoop -

Frank Gaffney says that we certainly aren’t safer than we were 10 years ago as we’ve only focused on a ‘subset’ of players in this war of Jihad on America. While he says it’s great that we have taken down Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, KSM, and others, there is a whole universe of people that are waging civilization jihad and Obama just gave them 1.5 billion dollars:

Moral Relativity is no Excuse for Unethical Bad Behavior « Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy

Moral Relativity is no Excuse for Unethical Bad Behavior « Intellectual Conservative Politics and Philosophy

It’s stupid to think that you have to accept another one’s stupid values. There is a right and wrong that we feel in our gut regardless of if we can explain its justification. There is an absolute center to rightness that doesn’t depend on cultural variances. It’s time we stopped being dictated to by shabbily dressed professors who earn their meager livings perverting the values of the young.

Four Years of Obama Undoes Eight Years of Reagan - Ricochet.com

Four Years of Obama Undoes Eight Years of Reagan - Ricochet.com

 
Labor Force Rate

Wow this graph really says it all.

The Labor Force Participation Rate shows what percentage of people are working, looking for a job and not looking for a job.  It is a better yardstick to measure the workforce in America than is the usually cited "unemployment rate" which doesn't count people  who are so frustrated they stopped looking for a job.

The graph shows a huge upswing in labor participation through the Reagan years.  George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush kept the numbers up in Reagan territory.   Since Obama has taken over, he has wiped out the entirety of the Reagan gains.

Hat tip to www.ZeroHedge.com for the graph.

They also have an excellent piece on why the unemployment rate right now is really 11.6%, not the 8.1% the administration is claiming.  Read it here.

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Rubio: “The president has become divisive, cynical, given to hyperbole on these issues, always looking to pit Americans against each other in some sort of political calculation”

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Rubio: “The president has become divisive, cynical, given to hyperbole on these issues, always looking to pit Americans against each other in some sort of political calculation”

Rubio’s far too nice. Obama has not “become” these things — they are in his DNA and have defined him from the beginning.

How Elites Milk Racial Preferences for Their Own Gain

How Elites Milk Racial Preferences for Their Own Gain

One of the pitfalls of race-based affirmative action is that many disadvantaged people are less able to take advantage of it than the legal and economic elite.
It’s just one more illustration of how this country is becoming an “America of Inequalities,” as I discussed earlier.

Opinion: President Obama Is Fooling No One - Barack Obama - Fox Nation

Opinion: President Obama Is Fooling No One - Barack Obama - Fox Nation

President Obama Is Fooling No One With Positive Spin On Limp Job Numbers

Unemployment edged down because 342,000 quit looking for work

For the second straight month, President Obama is spinning pathetically weak job data as “good news.” Who is he kidding?  The economy added a measly 115,000 jobs in April. At that poky rate, we wouldn’t fully bounce back from the Great Recession until the presidential election in 2016.

And the only reason unemployment inched down to 8.1% was that another 342,000 Americans gave up looking for jobs and dropped out of the workforce completely. Miserable.  Obama can’t sugarcoat an economy that has limped along badly on his watch, consigning 12.5 million Americans to unemployment.

It has become harder for Democrats to cheat | PrairiePundit

It has become harder for Democrats to cheat | PrairiePundit

Dems Have a Registration Problem
Hispanic registrations are down as much as 28 percent in some areas and black registrations are also in decline.  New regulations have made it harder for groups like ACORN to file bogus registration forms.  In the past Democrat precincts have had large registrations of people who have given vacant lots and store fronts as their address.  With new voter ID requirements it is harder for these bogus voters to get away with it, even though the Obama administration is still trying to protect these voter fraud efforts.  I suspect that many of the former Hispanic voters were here illegally and they may have self deported.

US Leads EU in CO2 Reductions | Via Meadia

US Leads EU in CO2 Reductions | Via Meadia

Maverick environmentalists Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus make that claim in a piece that appears at the invaluable NewGeography.com. They point out that CO2 emissions in the US have been in decline since 2005, and that while the recession has ‘helped’, emissions are now projected to decline through the rest of the decade.

That is without a carbon tax, without a cap and trade system, and without mandatory, Kyoto style limits and a global carbon treaty. In Europe, they note, emissions are not falling — and Germany is even moving back to coal.

What made the difference?

The revolution in natural gas. Natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel than, for example, coal and the natural gas bonanza in the US is making cleaner energy sources cheaper than their rivals.

That progress, the environmentalists remind us, came in part as the payoff for years of government supported research in oil and gas technology. They argue that the best way to move to cleaner energy is to support scientific research in promising fields. That works much better than artificially raising carbon prices or subsidizing inefficient green energy production.

They conclude with an observation that I wish more greens understood:

For one thing should now be clear: The key to decarbonizing our economy will be developing cheap alternatives that can cost-effectively replace fossil fuels. There simply is no substitute for making clean energy cheap.

While the purest of libertarians disagree, it seems to me that government support for basic research is a legitimate use of public funds. True, there will be a certain amount of inefficiency and friction that flow from the nature of the political process. But it is also true that governments, with a different time horizon and a different cost-benefit calculation, can usefully supplement the research that the private sector undertakes on its own.

Government funded research aiming to make energy cheap, clean and abundant is surely a better approach to our energy issues than government regulation aimed at making energy more expensive.

Doug Ross @ Journal: Obama and His Ilk Are Experts in Only One Area: Legalized Plunder

Doug Ross @ Journal: Obama and His Ilk Are Experts in Only One Area: Legalized Plunder

President Obama's erstwhile pal, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, "may well be the worst and most destructive American of his generation" according to Walter Russell Mead.
The Democrat Party, now dominated by the far-Left progressive movement, is a party with only one plank: Legalized Plunder.

In November, I urge you to vote against every single Democrat. Republicans aren't perfect, to be sure, but we have a chance of salvaging that party. The Democrat Party, subsumed by the radical, sixties-retread leftists, must be politically obliterated and reconstituted from scratch. It's the only way to be sure.

Mainstream Media’s Pose of Fairness is the Real Poison in American Journalism « Commentary Magazine

Mainstream Media’s Pose of Fairness is the Real Poison in American Journalism « Commentary Magazine

The New York Times’ former reputation as the nation’s objective newspaper of record was always a façade that covered up a persistent liberal bias that skewed its coverage of both politics and the world. But during the eight years that Bill Keller served as executive editor, the Times accelerated its descent into the partisan and hyper-liberal biased reporting and unbalanced opinion pages that we now take for granted as the paper’s calling card. Keller’s liberal prejudices were never a secret while he was the paper’s editor and in his current guise as a weekly opinion columnist, the last veil has dropped. But even now, he can’t seem to give up the pose of being the professional journalist who is too busy getting the story right to inject his politics into the copy.
No one should fault Keller for his liberalism. It is his pretense of fairness that is galling. His claims about Fox’s faults can be just as easily directed at the Times. The real poison at the heart of American journalism isn’t Fox, it’s the mainstream media’s false front of objectivity.

Did Obama Wait Nearly A Year To Take Out Bin Laden for Political Reasons? « Blogs For Victory

Did Obama Wait Nearly A Year To Take Out Bin Laden for Political Reasons? « Blogs For Victory

Talk about karma… Obama isn’t just experience backlash for politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden, but new details are emerging that contradict the White House version of the story. This week we learned of a memo indicating Obama has preemptively assigned blame to the military had the raid gone bad, and other details about how Leon Panetta had actually issued the order the take out bin Laden, and that Obama was essentially “overruled” in taking action.

Now retired Top General Jack Keane reveals that Obama knew of Osama bin Laden’s location for nearly a year before he was taken out.

Barnhardt.biz - Commodity Brokerage You know why this civilization is done?

Barnhardt.biz - Commodity Brokerage

You know why this civilization is done? Because people are so narcissistic, deluded and dim that they absolutely cannot process that anything bad could ever happen to them. That is why the Obama regime, an oligarchy of a few thousand people at the very most, is going to steamroll over this entire, godforsaken country. And the people will SIT AND WATCH, completely unable to engage reality in any adult manner.

New Arizona law bars public funds from Planned Parenthood | McClatchy

New Arizona law bars public funds from Planned Parenthood | McClatchy

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Instapundit » Blog Archive » RISK-BASED PRICING: Should student loans be priced differently according to major? “Without risk-b…

RISK-BASED PRICING: Should student loans be priced differently according to major? “Without risk-based pricing of student loans, there may be no reliable price signal about the long-term financial risks inherent in different courses of study. This lack of price signals undermines students’ ability to make informed decisions about the course of study that will best balance their innate abilities and individual preferences with postgraduate economic opportunities. Similarly, the lack of price signals may undermine post-secondary educational institutions’ ability to adjust their programs to improve their students’ postgraduate prospects. Misallocation of educational resources is not only harmful to individual students and their families — it could threaten to undermine the productivity and competitiveness of the U.S. labor force and the U.S.’s ability to continue to invest in education and research.”

If we’d priced student loans this way, we probably wouldn’t have had a higher education bubble.

How the Public School Creates Big Government Democrats | Conservatives4Palin

How the Public School Creates Big Government Democrats | Conservatives4Palin

The more we pamper, coddle, and enable our young people, the more we disable them. They settle in to become permanent squatters on the Democrat plantation, where the chief staples are need, resentment, and entitlement.

And then they vote.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rogue Democrats Loot Detroit As Nation Sleeps | Via Meadia

Rogue Democrats Loot Detroit As Nation Sleeps | Via Meadia

Few readers will be surprised to learn that decades of incompetence and entrenched corruption in Detroit’s government have not only helped wreck the city; firms linked to former Democratic mayor Kwame Kilpatrick also looted the pension fund.

There is something profoundly wrong with an American political culture that accepts chronic misgovernment in major cities as OK. It is not OK; the people who do these things may call themselves liberal Democrats and wear the mantle of defenders of the poor, but over and over their actions place them among the most cold blooded enemies and oppressors of the weak.

American cities have been festering pits of graft and bad governance since at least the early 19th century, but there is a difference between the “honest graft” of Tammany Hall and the nihilistic destruction practiced by some of today’s urban machines. Today’s situation, in which some city machines are so dysfunctional that the parasite is literally killing the host (and not just in Detroit), is new and, again, the most vulnerable in our society suffer the worst consequences. Minority children are the greatest ultimate victims of this loathsome corruption: they attend horrible schools and grow up in decaying, unsafe urban landscapes where there is no growth, no jobs and no opportunity for the young.

How is it anything but racist not to care about that — and not to burn with the desire to put the scabrous thugs who misgovern our cities and waste our social funds in prison where they belong?

Just making sure everyone understands the sickening farce that is the "unemployment figure"

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Once again, just making sure everyone understands the sickening farce that is the "unemployment figure." I said last year that the reported "unemployment number" would be UNDER EIGHT PERCENT no matter what in Q4 2012. Sure enough, it appears that I will be proven exactly right. Is this because unemployment is going down? HELLZ NO! Real unemployment is climbing consistently, and is probably north of 20%.

The entire Obama regime propaganda on unemployment is driven by the fact that they keep REDUCING THE SIZE OF THE WORKFORCE. People can only collect unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. As soon as a person goes beyond 99 weeks, the Obama regime declares that person as NO LONGER IN THE WORKFORCE. There are people who have been unemployed for over two years who would work if they could find anything, but the rat bastards in the Obama regime and their propaganda arm, the media, just evaporate these people from existence, and they additionally reduce the size of the labor force arbitrarily, just so they can hit whatever predetermined number Valerie Jarret, David Axelrod, Timmy Geithner and Ben Bernanke decide it is going to be. This is what they are doing on every single unemployment report. It is all as fake as a Thai Rolex. Eventually, the Obama regime will go full-Marxist stupid, drop the labor force to 52 million and declare that Great Leader Obama has delivered a FULL EMPLOYMENT ECONOMY. And anyone who dares disagree will be shot in the back of the head with one of those 450 million rounds of .40 cal that the Obama regime just ordered.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Economic Liberty: OUR ENEMY, THE STATE - BY ALBER.T JAY NOCK 1.1

Economic Liberty: OUR ENEMY, THE STATE - BY ALBER.T JAY NOCK 1.1

Thus the State "turns every contingency into a resource" for accumulating power in itself, always at the expense of social power; and with this it develops a habit of acquiescence in the people. New generations appear, each temperamentally adjusted — or as I believe our American glossary now has it, "conditioned" — to new increments of State power, and they tend to take the process of continuous accumulation as quite in order. All the State's institutional voices unite in confirming this tendency; they unite in exhibiting the progressive conversion of social power into State power as something not only quite in order, but even as wholesome and necessary for the public good.

The Great Green Swindle | TheBlaze.com

The Great Green Swindle | TheBlaze.com

The Obama administration has wasted billions of tax dollars on projects loved by the environmentalist, anti-capitalist Left and run by key supporters.

Being Cool Doesn't Make Obama Worthy - The Daily Rant: Black Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics

Being Cool Doesn't Make Obama Worthy - The Daily Rant: Black Conservative Mychal Massie's Hard Hitting Commentary on Race, Obama and Politics

I have been saying and writing for the last month or so that Obama needs blacks, Hispanics, and young people in order to get reelected. To that end he is pulling tricks out of the bag with one hand, hoping people aren’t watching or paying attention to what he’s doing with the other hand. But people need to be smarter than that.

I recently saw a poll from January that said 62 percent of the people surveyed said they like the president. Personally, I’d like to know who those people are, but I digress. Here’s my point: Obama is using that likability as a tool among the groups that I referenced to get reelected. Unfortunately, what these groups are missing is that him being likable is not synonymous with him being capable of running the country.

Egyptians wonder if a Muslim Brotherhood president would serve party or country | McClatchy

Egyptians wonder if a Muslim Brotherhood president would serve party or country | McClatchy

The Muslim Brotherhood, the most influential political bloc in Egypt, is confronting a new worry among some voters as the country’s presidential election nears: Would a president with Brotherhood roots be subservient to the group’s mourshid, or supreme leader, rather than to the interests of Egypt’s population of more than 80 million?

The concern has been voiced in opinion columns and coffeehouses, with some analysts arguing that a Brother-turned-president would, at best, rule with divided loyalties. Some even describe a scenario akin to Iran’s Islamic Republic, where the highest power isn’t the president but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Clarifying the supreme leader’s role is just one part of deeper voter scrutiny of the Brotherhood after a year of broken political promises, shrewd alliances and internal dissent.