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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An Honest War

It’s a good thing we have Barack Obama in the White House and not some evil Republican conducting a covert war and deceptively ... oh.

The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identity, goals and progress of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials.

Such information has become more crucial as the administration and its coalition partners move closer to providing direct military aid or guidance to the disorganized and beleaguered rebel army. Officials said that, though no decision has been made, President Obama, in a covert finding, has authorized preparations to launch such an effort.

So much for not having boots on the ground.  If the CIA is on the ground and aiding the rebels, we are not engaged in a humanitarian mission (assuming you believed that bullshit to begin with).  We have taken sides in a civil war—and a side we really don’t know too much about.  Bainbridge comments that Obama is making Bush 43 look like an honest man.  Give Al-Jazeera credit; they called this one.  And they were right.

It gets worse though.  Alex mentioned Obama’s lack of transparency below.  Turns out transparency laws aren’t the only ones they have contempt for. Speak up, Mrs. Clinton:

The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration’s response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.

The answer surprised many in the room because Clinton plainly admitted the administration would ignore any and all attempts by Congress to shackle President Obama’s power as commander in chief to make military and wartime decisions. In doing so, he would follow a long line of Presidents who have ignored the act since its passage, deeming it an unconstitutional encroachment on executive power.

The contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law and Congress is simply staggering.  It’s one thing to claim War Powers for a temporary action; it’s another to say you will openly defy the Congress if they act against you.  And that sound of crickets you hear are on the Left, who objected all over the place when Bush attempted similar things.

And I’m sorry, GOP.  You were fucking warned.  We tried to tell you that when you bought into this “unitary executive” bullshit it would come back to bite you in the ass.  Consider your ass bitten.  Consider all of our asses bitten.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/31/11 at 09:00 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

When you lose at the polls, have the judciary do the dirty work for you..

What am I talking about? Well, the questionable warning from Judge Sumi in Wisconsin whom is presiding over the recently passed law breaking the democrat & union stranglehold on the working people:

Madison—Before wrapping up a brief hearing Wednesday, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi offered a word of caution to attorneys involved in high-profile lawsuits over collective bargaining in Wisconsin.

Sumi said emotions are running high over two cases she is hearing regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate most collective bargaining for public workers. That “spirited debate” is important in a democracy, but attorneys must keep in mind their professional ethics, Sumi said.

“They all have a responsibility to promote and not denigrate the judicial branch and, more importantly, the rule of law,” she said.

She advised lawyers to review state Supreme Court rules that say: “A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge....”

She referred to public comments made by attorneys after a Tuesday hearing, but did not elaborate.

Understand this. The ONLY lawyers that she considers to be lying, and thus subject to this rule which can lead to disbarment, are those that are pointing out what the demcorats – and have no doubt she is one of them, totally beholden to the party – is wrong. That means she has just threatened the opposition with consequences for daring to stand against them. There has been no lying about how blatantly partisan and obviously political her moves are, and that she has intimated that is the case in and of itself should send chills down the spines of those that can clearly see that the agenda here is to basically overturn the will of the people of Wisconsin and the recent election where the left got drummed.

What the left and the unions are pissed off isn’t the fact Walker is making their members pay more, but the existential threat to their heavily lined pockets that the end of employers and the state collection of union dues will mean to their ability to buy political outcomes in the future. And have no doubt judge Sumi is one that will suffer when the left loses this big money machine. There is a clear reason that the lelft has relied heavily on the judiciary to do their dirty work for them, and we are seeing yet another case of that here.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/31/11 at 06:41 AM in Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Remember those promises of transparent government back during the election cycle?

Well, I think we can clearly state they were bullshitting us, and doing so hard. The stories, despite the MSM’s lack of interest, are numerous and paint a frightening picture of incompetence and plain old fashioned tyrannical abuse. We have the latest revelation about how Janet Napolitano’s DHS machine has completely politicized and corrupted the FOIA request process, turning it into a political exercise as to who gets access or not, with partisan political employees attempting to steal evidence - under ridiculous pretenses nevertheless - and even tampering with the process and witnesses in an attempt to conceal their clearly objectionable partisan behavior. DHS’s response?

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/31/11 at 06:29 AM in Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2008   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

School of Rockheads

What the?

Tatyana Gray bolted from her house and headed toward her elementary school. But when she reached the corner store where she usually gets her morning snack of chips or a sweet drink, she encountered a protective phalanx of parents with bright-colored safety vests and walkie-talkies.

The scourge the parents were combating was neither the drugs nor the violence that plagues this North Philadelphia neighborhood. It was bad eating habits.

“Candy!” said one of the parents, McKinley Harris, peering into a small bag one child carried out of the store. “That’s not food.”

Fucking candy?  That’s what these parents are doing?  Protecting children from getting a salted snack at the Quicky Mart?  I’ve avoided the term “food nazis” to describe the Nanny Staters, but Jesus Christ.  How much more fascist do you want to get than harassing kids in stores?  Why don’t they just go ahead and start beating the kids up and taking their candy money?

This is part of a larger effort by the Philly schools to improve kids’ nutrition and to combat the supposed epidemic of obesity, a crusade that has reached such bizarre extremes as ridiculing fat kids in front of their peers.  Some of the steps they are taking—changing school lunches—are sensible, although the article notes that in their zeal to rid the world of calories, they’re cutting out nutrients too.  But turning parents into food police?  Am I the only one who finds this bothersome?  If you want kids to be healthy, quit policing their diets and bullying stores into bankrupting themselves stocking “healthy” foods that kids won’t eat.  Get them out and exercising instead of spending their lives inside plastic bubbles and becoming helpless spoiled twerps.

Ultimately, I think the battle against obesity is misguided and frequently informed by pseudo-science (such as the useless stupid BMI).  Our bodies are programmed by a few hundred million years of evolution to seek out calories.  Trying to cut calories ultimately becomes a game of whack-a-mole: if you cut sugary drinks, kids will drink other stuff to make up the difference.  If you cut candy, they’ll eat bigger lunches.  It is possible to cut your caloric intake and lose weight; but it takes hard work and it’s difficult to maintain.

The food grabbers spout off slogans about how poor childhood eating habits propagate to adulthood without any real evidence to support it.  And ultimately, their goal is revealed in such anecdotes as the one I quote above.  Their ultimate goal is not health; it’s control.  What gets them tumescent is not flat tummies but obedience. They get off on bullying kids about what they’re eating and searching their lunch boxes.  We could have a nation full of fat kids, but as long as they are being bossed and bullied by the Nanny Staters, the latter will be happy as very fat pigs in very non-nutritious shit.

And, not to beat a dead horse, but it’s not like the Philadelphia schools are setting the world on fire with their academic performance.  Maybe our schools and our parents should spend a little less time slapping snickers bar out of kids’ hands and a little more time teaching them stuff.  Given the recent scandal in DC, where it appears that schools were predictably cheating on standardized testing and the lying shitbaggery of the Democrats on school choice issues, I would say we have bigger fish to ... well, frying’s bad right?  It makes people fat?  So I’ll say that when it comes to our schools, we have bigger fish to lightly broil in small portions and serve with a side of salad, some wheat bread and a glass of water.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/30/11 at 08:27 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Republican bad: Donkeys good.

That’s basically what all the hubbub from the usual MSM suspects and president Obama’s own speech tell us now. Iraq was wrong for all the right reasons. Now those reasons are right for Libya. Except we are doing it half assed, while denying to be doing it at all, and hoping it works out. And while Obama and his leftist apologists now are wasting millions on this adventure - that’s how the left referred to fighting anywhere by the US until recently - to get the Europeans their oil, of all things, we are blocked from getting our own here at home! At least Obama’s big bullshit speech didn’t piss off my wife which watches this nonsense.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/29/11 at 05:26 PM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The United States of America is Different

So I finally got around to reading the President’s speech last night on Libya.  He made about as good a case as I think one can make for the intervention.  That case is not to be found in his actual words, which tried to make Libya sound like a unique and unparalleled event—which it isn’t.  The case for Libya is that this is one horror we can do something about.  The case is that this particular horror could encourage dictators around the Middle East to hold on against the revolutionary wave.  I was not entirely convinced by either of those arguments.  But at least it’s a case.

I was also struck by this passage:

To summarize, then:  In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly zone with our allies and partners.  To lend some perspective on how rapidly this military and diplomatic response came together, when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.  It took us 31 days.

If you think the LIbya thing is worth doing, they’ve done about as good a job as they could.  The attempts by such as Newt Gingrich to explain away their self-contradiction on the subject is a bit silly.  This is not the sort of thing done on the spur of the moment.  No matter what John Bolton thinks, the engines of war take some time to ramp up.

But that’s about it as far as praise goes.  Obama kinda-sorta made the case for war and sorta-kinda showed that he has, so far, managed the situation reasonably well.  But there remain some big problems with his Libya policy that were not addressed.

First, as Friedman points out, there is one important body left off the list of those that Obama got on board with this—Congress.  Lives are being put on the line and treasure is being spent.  Congress should at least be consulted.  In a Constitutional world, their approval would be required.

Second, he still, to my mind, did not identify a critical US interest beyond the humanitarian one.  The closest he got was this:

The writ of the UN Security Council would have been shown to be little more than empty words, crippling its future credibility to uphold global peace and security.

The idea that the UN Security Council deals in anything other than empty words is laughable.  It becomes doubly laughable when you realize the man citing the UN writs as a compelling interest felt that many more UN writs on the subject of Iraq were not enough to justify action.

But what really bothered me about the speech was that it had the tone of a man who thinks the war is all but won.  He frequently talked about what to do once Qaddafi is out of power.  But reports today show that the regime is making progress against the rebels. It is entirely possible that our intervention in Libya will prevent an oppressive massacre by creating a longer and bloodier drawn-out civil war.  Is that better?  Does that reflect well on the US?  Or will we decide that our credibility is at stake and start sending in ground troops?

In short—Obama failed to answer the most critical question:  what happens if this doesn’t work?

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/29/11 at 05:02 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

FIGHT THE MAN!
by JimK

FIGHT HIM! No way should we let ReplubliCorporoTea scumbags ruin our country, man! We’re progressives! We’re for the little guy and nature and progressive stuff! So how can you join our fight? By using one of the other corporate tools of oppression that we just didn’t give your statistics on because they are the only ones that would let us re-brand their service with this utter nonsensical bullshit! So quick, get yourself one of our luxury, first-world devices and help the little guy and oppressed peoples all over the world, some of whom have never even seen a rotary version of these crazy fucking things that are made with all sorts of recycled precious metals, mined by desperate people in horrible conditions in places like South Africa and Uganda! Oh, and also made out of plastic, which requires oil, but we don’t ever want to talk about the fact that we depend almost entirely on plastics to exist in the modern age. Or that this computer we wrote this on is part of the problem, or that...oh hell we’re a fat bunch of hypocrites, aren’t we?

What the hell am I on about? Well, I got this really hilarious deadly serious letter in the mail. It’s brilliant.

This is the text of the letter. All emphasis is theirs.

Dear Fellow Progressive,

I’d like you to take a close look at your phone company, and ask yourself this: Did my phone company help send the Tea party to Washington?
If you’re with AT&T or VERIZON, you should know that AT&T contributed a whopping $386,000 while Verizon gave $35,500 to House Tea Party Caucus members in the 2010 election cycle. What’s more, both companies supported Tea Party-backed Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Pat Toomey.

At CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, we fight the right wing.

Through CREDO Action, our network of 1.5 million activists, we are countering the anti-immigrant, gun-obsessed, climate change deniers of the Tea party every day of the year. We also give a percentage of all charges – at no cost to you! – to progressive nonprofits each year. Since 1985, we’ve raised more than $65 million for groups such as the ACLU, Planned parenthood, Democracy Now!, and Doctors Without Borders.

So make the switch to CREDO today and get:

  • A contract buyout credit of up to $200 per line (up to 3 lines)*
  • 25% off your monthly service for a whole year
  • No contract for 30 days**
  • Free shipping of your phone(s)
  • Great coverage through the nationwide Sprint® network, reaching over 280 million Americans+

Ready to sign up? Act now because this offer expires on May 15, 2011. Simply call 800-605-7205 or visit credomobile.com/25off. I’ll make sure we take care of the rest.
And yes, you’ll know that your new phone is fighting the Tea Party’s agenda in Washington.

Sincerely,
Michael Kieschnick, President
CREDO Mobile

Love it. So basically, they take Sprint service, brand it as CREDO Mobile, tack on extra fees to pay salaries, for these mailers, Michael Kieschnick’s new car, whatever. Michael Kieschnick has been doing this with phone services for some time with a company called “Working Assets” and has amassed quite a lot of money doing it. Good for him. He saw a market where idiots will overpay for something and believe they are political activists for doing it.

You want Sprint services? Buy Sprint services. Don’t get a shitty, out-of-date cell phone from some political hacks and overpay for service. Just get a cell phone, then donate directly to Doctors Without Borders or the ACLU or whoever. Sprint gave somewhere near $100,000 to Republicans in Congress in the 2010 election cycle. How much of that went to Tea Party Caucus members? I don’t know, someone else s going to have to cross-reference the names. What I do know is that basic common sense tells me that some of the Sprint money goes precisely and exactly where this huckster Kieschnick is saying it won’t go. The rest is going to administration, salary, overhead and if there’s anything left after that, maybe Planned Parenthood gets a tenspot.

Cool? We all cool, slacktivists? Cool. Just as long as we have some outward symbol of the fact that we hate those teabaggers, like the kickass orange CREDO logo on the back of our shitty, outdated-technology cell phones, right! Power to the progressives! Damn the man! Now excuse me while I find the keys to my Benz. I might have left them in my other Italian suit.

Sucker born every minute, right?

What I really want to know is, how’d I get on a progressive mailing list as a potential customer? Sure, newsletters and shit, people sign me up for crap all the time, but CREDO bought my name as a possible lead. Two seconds on Google would’ve saved ‘em the bulk rate postage. :)

Posted by JimK on 03/29/11 at 09:44 AM in • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Ayers Again

Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ, not this again:

Last Thursday evening at Montclair State University, with a video camera rolling, Bill Ayers volunteered that yes indeed he had written the acclaimed Barack Obama memoir, Dreams from My Father.

You can see the clip at the link.  It’s pretty obvious that Ayers is joking.  He’s said similar things before.  This tweaks the conspiracy guys who think that Bill Ayers secretly wrote Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father.  Now that conspiracy is airing again, so I’ll smack it down since it’s been a while since I had such an easy target.

Here’s a guide to conspiracy theories.  If the conspiracy theory involves actual evidence—documents, videos, admissions by key personnel—there’s something to it.  If, however, the key evidence for the conspiracy involves mostly “suspicious similarities” and “unanswered questions”, it’s complete bullshit.  For example, the Street Car Conspiracy is supported by actual evidence.  9/11 conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are supported by indirect “unanswered questions” (which are actually answered pretty easily).

This is doubly so when you’re doing a textual comparison of two books, a discipline that is a pseudo-science right up there with hand-writing analysis and psychic detectives.  This is the same technique that people use to claim Nostradamus predicted everything up to the Red Sox winning the world series.  It’s parameters are so ill-defined, you can practically squeeze anything into them.  I’m pretty sure I could use textual analysis to prove that I secretly wrote Moby Dick.

As to this specific theory, it is spelled out here.  Dave Weigel crushed the idea here. This is the timeline, as I understand it:

1990-1994 - Barack Obama writes Dreams From My Father

1995 - Dreams is published.

1995 - Barack Obama meets Bill Ayers for the first time.

2001 - Bill Ayers writes Fugitive Days

2003 - Bill Ayers acquires a TARDIS and travels back in time to secretly write Dreams From My Father

The reason this conspiracy gets attention, of course, is because people get worked about Obama having “hung out with” (i.e, overlapped on some boards with) Bill Ayers.  That’s bothersome.  On the other hand, the current leadership of the GOP is spending a lot of time cozying up to the American Family Association and appearing on the radio show of their batshit crazy Director of Issues Analysis Brian Fischer.  Fischer has argued that Muslims should be deported from the US, that the First Amendment only applies to Christianity, that Hitler and his Nazis were homosexuals and that homosexuality created the Holocaust, that Native Americans deserved what they got because their “sexual immorality” and that the award of the Medal Of Honor to Salvatore Giunta represented a “feminization” of the military because he hadn’t killed enough people.

Bill Ayers is a former terrorist and a left-wing flake.  But his influence is non-existent.  The Republicans are cozying up to radical religious nutballs who spew their poisonous and non-christian theology to millions.  Which should we be more worried about?

And just like the birther bullshit, this is a massive distraction from the very real damage that Obama’s policies are actually doing to the country. Here’s the most recent update on Obamacare, which is currently holding HSA’s in limbo while the Obama people figure out how to kill them how they will fit into the new plan.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/29/11 at 07:32 AM in Right Wing Assholes  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Monday, March 28, 2011

Veena Malik Brings It

If you haven’t watched this, you really should.

It’s actress Veena Malik responding to accusations that her participation in India’s equivalent of “Big Brother” defames Pakistan.  They put her into a Crossfire-style debate with a cleric and she lets him have it.  As a reminder, these guys make death threats against people who defy them—especially women—and carry them out.  And she had, indeed, been targeted by the Taliban.

Not a lot of people could stand up to these guys.  This woman has bigger balls that some entire countries.

Update: Speaking of outspoken women, read more about the Libyan government’s ongoing efforts to get Eman al-Obeidy to shut up.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/28/11 at 06:59 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

What me worry?

Certainly not me, and certainly not because one of the world’s most prolific and pro-terrorist governments, one obsessed with getting nuclear weapons at the expense of their people’s future, puts out a video telling all the Madhi is almost here.

New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear. CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place—and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times. While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand.

‘The Coming is Near’

The propaganda footage has reportedly been approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

For those that don’t know, that Madhi fella is supposed to show up to warn us about Armageddon. The tools running Iran seem to feel when the Madhi shows up he will be on their side, and that Iran will be the new center of paradise on earth. Considering it might end up glowing in the dark for the travesty these evil people would inflict on mankind that’s funny to me. And I should also point out that these fanatics forget the people in Iran are just as pissed at them as these others they claim are agitating against their governments elsewhere are, leaving one to conclude that Iran ain’t going to fare any better than they all will.

The video claims that Iran is destined to rise as a great power in the last days to help defeat America and Israel and usher in the return of the Mahdi. And it makes clear the Iranians believe that time is fast approaching.

Considering the bible claims that the anti-Christ will fight against Israel and Christian forces, one has to wonder how to take this revelation by the Iranian government. I would love to get an explanation of what role they see for themselves and Islam after this pronouncement that Israel is the enemy the Madhi comes to fight, especially when Islam claims Jesus as a prophet and both the Torah and the Bible as holy.

Maybe I am not as familiar with the Quaran, but if it actually says the Madhi will come to stand against Israel, shouldn’t that raise a few eyebrows amongst everyone that understands what religions or nations the Iranian leadership claims Islam will face off against in the end of times? Whether you are religious and/or a believer in this stuff or not, this should make you wonder WTF is going on with the Iranian leadership and their boner for the “End of times” type conflicts. Methinks these tools should be taken seriously when they say crazy shit like this.

Update: I think we found the anti-Christ.

Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast implants and violent television programs.

Anyone that’s against breast implants and TV has got to be evil.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/28/11 at 11:00 AM in Deep Thoughts   Religion and Sky Pixies   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Obama’s Bracket

I threw up in my mouth a little bit when I read this about the President’s NCAA bracket:

Don’t know if you all have been keeping up, but Obama’s NCAA tourney bracket is in the top 0.3% of all 5 million ESPN bracket pickers. It’s a revealing bracket.

While going with the favorites in most cases, he picked a few underdogs in the first (now called “second") round - notably Gonzaga, Richmond and Florida State - who pulled upsets. I thought it encapsulated his overall personality well - clear-headed and realistic about the tendency of events to play out based on historical precedent (e.g. according to the seedings), but willing to buck conventional wisdom when his own judgement argues against it. At the risk of extending the metaphor too far, you get the sense that someone like John McCain’s bracket would be filled with all upsets, and that Mitch McConnell would choose all the higher seeds. Most people aren’t really able to switch back and forth between different mindsets as facilely as Obama. Either the underdog is always going to pull an upset, or the favorite is always going to come out on top.

This is such categorical bullshit that it’s making my keyboard stink.  Anyone remotely familiar with bracketology will recognize the President’s timid strategy as one that is engaged in by numerous newbies.  You pick a few low-level first round upsets to feel daring.  But when push comes to shove, you pick the high seeds to win out.  Obama’ bracket—which, incidentally, is now in ruins like everyone else’s—is a perfect example of the timid forecaster.  It has all four #1 seeds in the final.  It has no seed lower than 3 in the Elite Eight.  It has no seed lower than 5 in the Sweet Sixteen.  My wife picked a bolder bracket.  It was typical Obama—give a long song and dance to prove how smart you are, then do the utterly predictable thing.

I know it’s silly to mention this; that’s why this post is in the “fun and humor” category.  But it does show how far some people will contort themselves to hail the President as some kind of genius.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/27/11 at 04:47 PM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Some perspective on what’s going on

Well, now we know what kinds of wars demcorats approve off: undefined conflicts led by committee better known in military terms as Charley Foxtrot (cluster fuck) operations, that have no define purpose or end, and most important of all, that wastes ton of tax payer dollars with no discernable return. In short, the left hates any conflict that serves real American interests, don’t get approval from the liberal elite committee, but unlike when the left -their MSM mouth pieces - made a big deal out of a carrier carrying a banner declaring it’s mission completed when Bush went there, now we are getting smoke blown up our ass and the MSM goes along.

We are being assured there is also no plan to go into Syria, a conflict that looks to address more US strategic interests considering how deep Assad’s Iranian boyfriends have their thing planted up Syria’s crack, by them. Considering how fast they flip-flopped on not going into Libya, one should take this with a grain of salt. These leftists love stretching our military thin on meaningless adventures while doing their best to leave them both ill equipped and with as many restrictions as possible to make the job as hard as it can be. I would not be Obama starts another war considering people are saying he has acted like a doofus and they feel he lacks what it takes to lead. He has something to prove before the 2012 election. Maybe even have a war he can then claim he walked away from! In the mean time they continue to bleed America dry on all fronts. I seriously keep going back between they are just inept and fanatically stupid about their ideas, and hence unable to see the damage they cause, or that they are doing this all on purpose. Either way, they are destructive and we will pay the price for letting them have power.

In the mean time we see what the country would look like with Biden as president. Best guarantee that we will not have some lunatic ever try to kill Obama. Whomever picked Biden as VP was a genius.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/27/11 at 09:36 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   The Press Machine   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Constellation

This is the kind of thing that makes me want to beat people with a stick:

Congress has again failed to rid a temporary spending bill of language forcing NASA to waste $1.4 million a day on its defunct Constellation moon program.

Though Congress passed a new stopgap spending bill last week, the measure retained a leftover provision from the 2010 budget that bars the agency from shutting down Constellation, which Congress and the White House agreed to cancel last October.

This so-called “Shelby provision” — named for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, who inserted it into the 2010 budget — is expected to cost NASA roughly $29 million during the three-week budget extension through April 8. It has already cost the agency nearly $250 million since Oct. 1.

To give you a sense of scale—$250 million could pay for most of a small mission.  It’s close to what we’re spending on either NPR or Planned Parenthood.  It’s not nothing.  It’s one of the rare “low-hanging fruit” that Congress can cut since Constellation is a dead program.  But we can’t cut it because Senator Shelby is hoping to resurrect Constellation.  Or something.

Here’s how insane things have gotten.  The national GOP can’t bring themselves to cut funding for a dead program.  But Governor Brown is putting forward $11.2 billion in spending cuts in California—cuts, not slowing the rate of growth.  You read that right—Governor Moonbeam is in more of a program-killing mood than our conservative Congress.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/26/11 at 06:42 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, March 25, 2011

More economy crushing ideas from the left.

In this case the desperate bloated machine, frantically looking at increasing their revenue stream at a time when the productive in America are already feeling like they are being robbed at gunpoint, is considering the “brilliant” idea of taxing mileage:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short. The report discussed the proposal in great detail, including the development of technology that would allow total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to be tracked, reported and taxed, as well as the pros and cons of mandating the installation of this technology in all vehicles.

If you still doubt that these nannies want to control your behavior, especially limit your average American’s mobility, no matter what the economic consequences of adding another tax to transportation which is essential to practically every aspect of our economy, take a look at this idiotic idea. This would impact the trucking industry, forcing the cost to be passed on and thus resulting in rises in prices in practically everything that needs to be moved. Be prepared to pay more for food, for mail that doesn’t depend on government to be moved – I am sure the post office will be exempt – and for every other item you buy in a store that doesn’t get the item out of their backyard.

And what about people that drive to work? If you choose to live in suburbia to avoid the usual bullshit that comes along with urban life, you now are going to be penalized for doing so. It’s no secret that the left loves the big cities. This is where you find their biggest voter block resides, usually living off the fruits of other people’s had work, and they obviously would love more of that. I now think that I have some understanding where Obama’s fascination with high speed railways might be coming from. The left must already believe it is going to successfully tax all us peons into living in giant concrete cities with idiotic ideas like this. Get us all to depend on these idiotic mass transit systems to move around. Not to mention the powerful unions they could then get to help funnel them more campaign contributions.

What they should do is tax the global warmists that tell us we should all use Obama’s stupid rail system while themselves having the carbon footprints of one of the urban areas. You start slamming Al Gore and Pelosi with some decent taxes for their luxury travels, and you are going to get some big money. Leave us people alone. Oh yeah, and cut that bloated welfare state and the giant government machine that depends on it. You won’t need to tax another one of our freedoms into extinction then.

Posted by AlexinCT on 03/25/11 at 08:07 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Baldur Has Spoken

Here’s a question for the floor: should Iceland bail out British and Dutch governments?

During the boom, lots of Europeans opened online savings accounts with a big Icelandic bank called Landsbanki. When things fell apart in 2008, Landsbanki went bankrupt.

Officials in the Netherlands and the U.K. decided to reimburse their citizens who saw their Landsbanki savings accounts wiped out. In all, the governments paid back about $5 billion in deposits.

Now the U.K. and the Netherlands want their money back.

Some of the money will come from Landsbanki, which is in the process of selling off its assets. But that’s unlikely to cover the total — a report by an independent consultant estimated that the banks are likely to come up anywhere from $200 million to $2 billion short.

The governments of Iceland, the Netherlands and the U.K. worked out a deal for the Icelandic government to repay whatever Landsbanki’s assets don’t cover. And last month, Iceland’s legislature passed a bill to go ahead with it.

But, in a dramatic move, the Icelandic president refused to sign the bill into law. So now, under Icelandic law, it’s up to the voters to decide.

There are many issues wrapped around this.  The UK invoked anti-terrorism laws to seize some bank assets, which created a bad political climate. There are also currency issues, since Iceland is not on the Euro.

If I were Icelandic, I would probably vote “no”.  It seems to me—and I know our UK readers will probably disagree with me—that the governments of the UK and Netherlands made the key decision in bailing out their citizens and now are bullying Iceland into covering for their mistake.  I have no problem with going after Landsbanki.  But why should the citizens of Iceland be forced to cough up for this?  It’s not like they collected the big returns in the first place.

(There is a threat from Moody’s that they will downgrade Icelandic bonds if the referendum fails.  This threat—blackmail really—would be next to meaningless in a rational world. Moody’s spent the last decade giving AAA ratings to mortgage-backed securities that turned out to be big piles of shit.  Their chief economist—Mark Zandi—is a loon who thinks all government spending pays for itself five times over and predicted that we’d hit the bottom of the real estate market four years ago (note: the real estate market is still plunging; new home stars reached a three-decade low last month).  Investors would be stupid to pay attention to Moody’s attempt to blackmail Iceland.  Hell, if I had money, I’d buy Icelandic bonds just to give the finger to Moody’s. A no on the referendum affects Iceland’s ability to pay off private debts, not public ones.)

I can see the counter-argument.  Iceland’s economy boomed on the back of banking bullshit and a lot of people lost their shirts in banks that Iceland was supposed to be regulating.  I’ve tried to figure out what aide has been given to Iceland but the crossing of banking, government, EU, IMF and other things has singed my circuits a bit.  They have gotten a reasonable deal on terms and interest on the repayments—but that sort of hinges on thinking the repayments are justified.

I’m sure there are other aspects that our European friends would be happy to enlighten me about.  I’m happy to hear that I’m wrong on this.  But my gut reaction would be to oppose it.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/25/11 at 06:31 AM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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