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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Hope & Change meets BDS..
While a few on the left are abandoning Obama over Libya like they did Bush on Iraq, like Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) claiming on MSNBC that we are fighting in Libya for oil, something he is right about, but should clarify we are doing for the Europeans, Kucinich is all aghast about the evil of war, and my personal favorite, the fat baseball cap wearing capitalist that has become stinking rich peddling collectivist bullshit damning Obama’s peace price - as Obama now has become the Nobel Peace Prize recipient to fire off the most cruise missiles and is trying to surpass Yasser Arafat as a recipient to be responsible for the most people killed, the bulk of them remain silent, or worse, defend him, now for doing what just a few years back made them insane. Heck, even Obama is turning on Obama. So, because I just love to rub this shit in the faces of the BDS infected morons that spent the better part of the Bush years telling us how evil BooshChimpyMcHitler was, I have to point out that that evil Bush had a bigger coalition for Iraq, including congress’ stamp of approval, than Obama does.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe Obama needed either UN or congressional approval to tell our military to just bomb the hell out Libya’s defense system – in fact I always feel that if we can get UN approval for any of these military engagements it means that it is bad policy for the US in their eyes, a waste of tax payer money with no discernable US interest being met, or both – but I do want to point out how stupid the left was during the Bush years.
Schadenfruede rocks, and I do not care to pretend I am not seriously enjoying watching so many of these morons contort themselves into pretzels to defend Obama for not only keeping and escalating Bush’s 2 wars, but possibly starting another one, or turning on him in order to remain consistent. I am even getting some serious satisfaction from the ones trying to look away and pretend this isn’t going on. I always told these idiots there would be consequences of their BDS induced antipathy someday, and I am enjoying the freak show now. It would be even sweeter if good people were not in harms way, under the command of these incompetents, but the real world is like that unfortunately. I wonder if the left will come out and profess their hope Obama fails at this latest exercise like they did to Bush. Harry Reid was not available for comment. That they are going to get used by the bad guys is a given though. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose! (The more things change, the more they stay the same.) Heh, how fitting.
Posted by AlexinCT on 03/22/11 at 06:23 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality The Press Machine Tooting My Own Horn War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A Quick Fix
I repeat what I said last night: I wish Woodrow Wilson had kept the SOTU as a written report. The State of The Union Show has so little substances these days, so many promises and so much self-congratulatory applause, it’s really just a campaign event. But I thought I’d respond to a few things the President said:
Update: For more reactions, try Friersdorf, Cato, de Rugy and Gillespie and Reason. de Rugy points out that Obama basically said the same things Bush always said. Cato’s live blog was simply outstanding, debunking much of what the President said in real time. Favorite quotes, both from Sallie James:
Gene Healy described the SOTO as “a giant Presidential pep rally”. That’s an excellent description. Healy’s book, The Cult of the Presidency, is an excellent read, incidentally.
I’ll punt the talk of the Tucson shooting. We talked about that last week and the President didn’t say anything new. I do like the idea of the parties sitting together, rather than apart. Not because I think it will make any difference but because it reminds the public that they are really all the same.
So let’s get right to jobs:
Keep in mind that none of this was run through PAYGO and it blew an $800 billion hole in the budget. I am dubious that most of his will contribute to economic growth. But at least it’s not more pork spending.
For once, Obama said something right. The US has not stopped “making things” despite what many pundits like to claim. What has happened is that our manufacturing base has become much more efficient.
As I noted the other day, China’s rapid progress is not because of smart management and certainly not because of government policy. It’s simply because their country was so rock poor thirty years ago that almost any progress is gigantic. China’s industrial policies, even if you give them credit for China’s growth, have also come with massive pollution, contaminated products and ubiquitous influence peddling. Is this the model we want to follow? When the free market model has worked for so long and so well?
The extent that China and India have progressed is equal to the extent that they’ve embraced free market ideas.
By eliminating subsidies for worthless industries, stream-lining the tax and regulatory system and allowing school choice. Yes? Yes? Uh, no.
This is true as far as it goes. Science within the federal government is run very differently from everything else. Funding requires a proof of concept. Failure results in funding being taken away. And the Feds can afford to piss away money on things that don’t work. Pharma research is a perfect example. Many of our most popular and profitable drugs have come out of federally-funded research. However, developing a workable product, testing its safety and marketing it is the province of private industry.
If basic research were all the government did, we’d be fine. Unfortunately, it’s not. Obama cites the moon shot as an example. But the moon shot spend scads of money for political purposes. I’m glad we had it and support NASA. But I won’t labor under the illusion that it’s a model for economic growth. It’s a model for accomplishing a difficult and unprofitable technological feat.
Obama cites various projects in green energy. But for these to flourish, the government needs to stay the fuck out. Obama talks about electric vehicles. But it’s not clear that electric vehicles are all that green. It is clear, however, that they are expensive and politicized. Read here about the Tesla Corporation, which has gotten $465 million in federal loans to develope ... a $100,000 sports car for rich people. This is not the future. This is yet more influence-peddling. And that’s just one of many many companies that the federal government has sunk millions into for no readily apparent reason.
If you want innovation, create the conditions for it—free markets, low taxes and streamlined regulation. You don’t create it with massive subsidies to politically-connected businesses. That’s how you create ... China.
I’m fine with this. But why don’t we put that money from yesterday’s energy into today’s deficit instead of fantasyland’s energy. That’s just turning the pork barrel over to eat from the other end, to quote PJ.
So much bullshit in that paragraph, it’s hard to breath. No business ever knows if there is market for what they will be selling. Every investment is a gamble and it should be. We need the creative destruction of the marketplace to guide us. And Congress can set all the goals it wants: the science is going to dictate whether we can get 80% clean energy in 2035 (by which point, incidentally, Obama will have been out of office for at least 20 years and most of Congress will be, technically speaking, dead). If a cheap clean energy technology is developed, we won’t need Congress to make us use it. We’ll be stampeding to it on our own.
Obama next talks about education. I’m not going to say much about this ... not when the comments come from the man who murdered the DC voucher program, the only program that had shown any success in educating kids. Not from the man whose “race to the top” was a transparent means of foisting federal standards on schools. Look to South Carolina, where Nikki Haley is trying to fix their schools. And look away from Ohio, where they want to put a mom in prison for five years because she lied to put her kids in a better school. And savor the absurdity of dictating what school a child can go to based on their geographical location.
He talks about the Bruce Randolph school, which is truly a remarkable story. You can read about it here. Money quote:
They axed 34 of their 40 teachers. The ones who remained worked overtime and weekends. Obama’s only policy proposal was to hire 100,000 more
Obama also calls for more funding for college tuition, despite growing evidence that the federal largess in higher education is driving skyrocketing tuition, creating legions of students who don’t learn anything and resulting in the hiring of legions of administrators instead of professors. We don’t need more of that, even if we could afford it.
Good idea? Let’s get the government out of it then. Obama talks about the transcontinental railroad. I’ve blogged on this subject before. The railroads did amazing work without government subsidies. Once it became an area of government intervention, it became a cesspool of corruption. (I can’t find the link a the moment; will put it in if I locate it.)
Infrastructure is beloved of politicians because it’s something government has a legitimate role in. But what he fuck has has happened to all the money we’ve already spent? Obama noted the bad shape of our roads (which is somewhat exaggerated). But what about the hundreds of billions we’ve already spent over the last decade? What about the stimulus of last year? And if infrastructure is so critical, why do we want to sink billions into poorly-planned, over-budget, behind-schedule hyper-expensive boondoggles that no one will use, like high-seed rail?
Obama talks of giving 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail in the next 25 years (again, making promises for future administrations to keep). This is insane. It’s well beyond even the most ardent imaginations of current planners. The current high-speed rail projects are fiscal, economic and ecological disasters. And that’s in places that could, theoretically, use them, like California. How the fuck is this going to work in Texas or Arizona or Utah? It won’t. It’s an empty promise. It’s an excuse to throw billions of dollars at special interests.
For once, this is a policy I agree with. He also talks about expanding free trade and reviewing regulations. I find this strange talk from the man who buried the Colombia FTA and massively increase our regulatory burden over the last two years. But if he can do this, great.
Next comes the defense of the healhcare bill. Here’s a good way to tell is someone is blowing bullshit. If he defends a policy with sob stories, which Obama does, it’s bad policy.
We’re most of the way through the speech now and Obama will finally address THE pressing issue: debt.
How is this going to happen with all the “new investment” in education, jobs, technology, high-speed rail, green technology? And you can put in as big a freeze as you want. Every year’s budget is set by itself. As we found out the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, promises from past Congresses are no constraint on present ones.
This is a lie. Oh, am I being uncivil now? The Fiscal Commission did not recommend cutting “excessive spending”. They recommended raising the retirement age, cutting Social Security and Medicare and cutting defense. Obama talks about malpractice reform (which is not a federal issue) but also repeats the lie that Obamacare cuts the deficit. Even a former head of the CBO is saying that’s bullshit, a result of gaming the system.
Again, I agree with this. The tax system is a multi-hundred-billion dollar anchor on our economy. If you simplified the tax system, you could actually raise taxes significantly and the economy would still be better off—as Reagan demonstrated in 1986.
Obama then talks about overhauling the government Administration to make it more efficient—a rehash of Clinton’s “reinventing government” initiative. I’m happy to see that go on, but am doubtful of its prospects.
Do it, then. Please. You haven’t yet.
Obama finally gets into foreign policy. I don’t want to wade too deeply into this. The Iraq War is “ending” in the sense that we’re turning it over to the Iraqis to fuck up on their own. No one has any idea of what to do about Afghanistan. He stands with Tunisia and South Korea. Frankly, I don’t feel like dissecting the usual tough talk. Obama has had some accomplishments here: tougher sanctions on Iran, START. He calls on colleges to stop banning ROTC and military recruiters and I agree with him. With DADT repealed, they no longer have an excuse for this.
Obama closes with the usual “inspiring rhetoric”. But I’ve had my fill of that.
To sum up: this was a nothing speech. Yeah America. Let’s invest. Boy, that debt is bad. Can we do anything about it? It’s a speech anyone could have delivered.
The crushing issue right now is debt. And Obama’s SOTU was an utter failure on that subject. Read Gregg Easterbrook’s response. Easterbrook is somewhat liberal but is infuriated not just by runaway deficit spending, but this Administration’s refusal to really come to grips with it.
Obama had a chance to do something last night. He could have come out and embraced the Simpson-Bowles plan as an outline. He could have said something like this: “We can’t afford all this. We should prioritize science and technology and anti-poverty measures. But everything needs to be on the table. Everything. That includes Medicare and Social Security. That includes raising the retirement age. That includes raising taxes. Nothing can be sacred. And if I get voted out in two years, so be it.”
He didn’t say that. Paul Ryan, to my disappointment, didn’t say it either. And, as a result, the debate continues to sit behind eight ball. And the debt continues to pile up.Close this post...
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/26/11 at 07:00 AM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hatin’ on the SOTU
The State of the Union is conflicting with Sal 11000 Beta bedtime, so I won’t be live-blogging it. But I have to say that this is one of those things I least look forward to. The build-up ("What should the President say? How can he re-connect with middle class voters?"), the aisle hogs, the endless applause, the shopping list of new spending, the promises that will never be kept. Jefferson was right. This should be a written report. Or, at the very least, much shorter.
I’ll post thoughts as events warrant.
Update: I did get to watch Ryan’s response. Meh. I like Ryan a lot but the response was full of rhetoric and little substance. I don’t expect much more of a response speech.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/25/11 at 08:04 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Vancouver--The Detroit of Canada!
Okay, I kid, it’s not THAT bad. But this story, via Mish, shows that getting the Olympics is no guarantee of long-term financial investment. I’ll get to that in a second.
If Obama ends up becoming a one-termer, or at least goes down as one of the most unpopular two-term Presidents in history (fingers crossed, eh, Dubya?) historians will likely look back and determine that this relatively innocuous event is when he really started losing his political mojo.
As you may remember, Obama, Oprah, and a bunch of Chicago boosters went to Copenhagen to lobby the Olympic Committee to award the city the 2016 Summer Games last October. Instead, Chicago was the first one eliminated, to the utter amazement of the CNN talking head in the clip above and just about everyone else. It was such a shock, one of the boosters let out this laugher after the vote was tallied:
If that quote doesn’t encapsulate the snobbish sense of entitlement of your typical Obama supporter, I don’t know what does. At the time, Obama and his party were in the midst of a nasty healthcare fight that saw several rollicking townhalls where Democratic congressmen were basically lucky that tar and feathers weren’t readily available, and this is probably what’s going to end up defining his presidency in the end. But up until that day, Obama had probably reached the apex of his political influence, with a fawning media that felt he could do no wrong, and the impression was that the IOC would roll over to his charm and give him what he wanted, just like everyone else in his life had up to that point. This was Obama’s first tangible stumble as President, and it showed his opponents that he wasn’t invincible.
It’s been all downhill ever since, aided by an economy that just won’t heal, and a lot of bad blood created over the healthcare fight that saw Obama completely compromise his public image just to get something, ANYTHING, signed.
Now, on one level, I can understand Obama trying to get the Olympics for his hometown. If conducted properly, they can be transformative events for the host city; having visited Salt Lake City before and after the 2002 Winter Games, I saw with my own eyes how much of an impact on the city’s infrastructure and demographics it had. Whether it will be best for the city in the long run remains to be seen (unlike most people, I’ve never found Utah’s predominantly Mormon culture threatening in the least, and actually thought it helped to keep a lot of mischief-making, community-degrading social engineers out), and there was enough controversy and corruption in how the Salt Lake Olympic lobbyists were awarded their bid that Mitt Romney had to come in and clean things up. Chicago, being Chicago, wasn’t any different in this regard.
But maybe he actually dodged a bullet, as Mish’s link to The Province reveals (emphasis mine):
He’s going to have to rely on a lot more than hope--just ask Obama and his supporters.
Posted by on 09/08/10 at 08:01 PM in Health Care Politics Cult of Personality Those Wacky Canadians • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, March 22, 2010
The Opportunity Cost
I will acknowledge one point of healthcare’s supporters. Getting this through Congress demonstrated tremendous political skill on Obama’s part. For all the Republican bleating about Cornhusker kickbacks and reconciliation, that has always been part of Washington. I can complain about the complicity of powerful interests like Big Pharama, but those powerful interests aren’t new. Clinton would have done all this and more in ‘93 but couldn’t even get a vote. Obama did.
We’ve seen this from Obama before—in the election. He was never supposed to beat Clinton, but he did. And then McCain won every news cycle that fall but Obama still won. Healthcare was declared dead a dozen times but Obama pushed it through. Obama is patient, persistent and plays hardball. In that sense, he is like Reagan, who also pushed through legislation in the face of fierce and determined opposition. This is why I get so impatient with people who dismiss Obama as a dim bulb “community organizer”. He is more than happy for people to underestimate him. They do so at their peril. And while they’re smugly yammering away on Fox News and getting seven figure book contracts, he is changing the nation. First with Porkulus, now with healthcare.
Unlike Obama’s fans, however, I do not see that skill as an end in and of itself. it doesn’t matter how well you move the football when you’re going in the wrong direction. I get depressed when I think about what all that skill could do if Obama turned it to something better, like fiscal discipline or education reform or tax reform. We are so desperately in need of real leadership in Washington. And it’s unfortunate that one of the few people to show it has his guns pointed the wrong way.
(Of course, Obama’s cheerleaders don’t really care about what was in the bill (and in most cases, don’t even know what was in it). All they care is that our guy won. Think of them as the answer to Karl Rove.)
I think the GOP is in great danger of becoming complacent between now and November. They are talking like all they have to is wait six months and they’ll get back Congress. But it ain’t necessarily so. In a few months, Obama will turn his attention to the elections and mitigating the damage HCR has done to Democrats’ prospect. The GOP needs to go on the attack and stay on the attack. Not through stupid talk of death panels and Medicare cuts, but with real argumenst about rising insurance premiums and deficits and the stagnant economy (a stagnation this bill is likely to exacerbate).
Don’t underestimate him again, guys. We can’t afford it anymore.
Update: I speculated below on the fiscal and economic ramifications of HCR. I’ll now speculate on the political ones.
My basic premise here is that the Republicans are morons. They really don’t know how to deal with Obama and have no idea how to take advantage of HCR, politically. During the debate, the focused on dog whistle trivia the public didn’t care about (parliamentary rules) and shibboleths (death panels) instead of the massive tax hike buried in the bill and the likelihood that this will blow out both healthcare spending and the deficit. They smugly predicted defeat while Obama beat them. I don’t see any reason to expect them to suddenly wise up.
In a few months, we will start to get glowing media stories about people with pre-existing conditions getting insurance. It will be some time before the cost of this—higher insurance premiums—kick in. But this will give Obama and the Democrats the ammunition they need to run on healthcare.
The Republicans will still gain seats if the economy remains stagnant. But I think they will fall short of majority. They simply aren’t clued in enough. It may take Obama wiping the floor with them a few more times before they get it.
They may follow the election with attempts to repeal healthcare (which will die in committee, in filibuster or with the veto pen). But I expect the narrative to change enough so that they will merely try to fix the system rather than overhaul it. And we can then welcome another decade of waiting for real healthcare reform.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/22/10 at 03:17 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, February 01, 2010
He’ll Tell You One and One Makes Three
Fouad Ajami published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that summed up why our President looks to have feet of clay so far:
Dennis the Peasant has noticed this too, and addressed the left’s complaints in the most caring, compassionate way possible--that is, he sarcastically and gleefully tap dances on their misery:
The phrase “In a democracy, we get the government we deserve” has never been so true as it has been the last 17 years or so. We’ve now had three Presidents from the Baby Boomer generation in charge of this country, and they all have come from broken homes and/or have Daddy Issues. Clinton was a moral reprobate that got lucky enough to preside during the dot.com bubble; Bush was a “compassionate conservative” whose party had to get its ass whomped in 2006 before he felt compelled to pull out the veto pen; and Obama is President Pretty, Pretty Princess who acts more like Veruca Salt than the leader of the most powerful country in the history of the planet.
And Dennis is right---it’s not Clinton’s fault or Bush’s fault or Obama’s fault that they were put in office and subsequently crapped all over the dignity that it’s supposed to hold. It’s ours--at least, it’s our society’s. In an age where two-to-two and a half generations of kids have now been raised largely in homes marked by divorce, single parenthood, and little fundamental stability in the family unit, we aren’t looking for someone to give it to us straight and be blunt with us about what our country requires to stay strong and stable. We want a national “mommy” to kiss our boo-boos, tell us everything is going to be okay, and give us ice cream afterwards. Obama is merely the latest step in this generational phenomenon, and barring some monumental event where Gen-X and the Echo Boomers are forced to make a fundamental, foundational change in the way they view the role of the President and society, it likely will not get better. We have mediocre leaders because we have a mediocre citizenry, plain and simple.
Walt Kelly’s “We have met the enemy, and he is us” was never so appropriate as it is right now.
Posted by on 02/01/10 at 09:48 PM in Decline of Western Civilization Life & Culture Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Bush’s Third Term
If you read any link today, read this one in which Ted DeHaven places quotes from last night’s speech side by side with quotes from Bush’s SOTU. We are seeing the exact same ridiculous promises and claims --- bipartisanship, helping small businesses, investment in alternative energy (a promise every President since Carter has made).
Read it. Forward it. It’s critical that our electorate realize just how much of Obama’s policies are a thin veneer over Bush’s failed policies. And Clinton’s, And Carter’s. And Nixon’s. And…
Update: And if you read two links today, read Gene Healy on the Cult of the Presidency and the awful pageantry that has becomes the SOTU.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/28/10 at 12:16 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Alito Is Right
Samuel Alito is being bashed for having “Joe Wilson Moment” when he mouthed “that’s not true” when Obama rebuked the Court for its recent decision. I don’t see the big deal. I can understand opposing heckling, but not wanting people to even mouth things? Come on.
Oh, and or the record? Alito was right.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/27/10 at 09:34 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, December 31, 2009
An open letter to those wishing death to Rush Limbaugh
1. If you think Rush is a bad person, what does wishing him dead make you? Even if you are right about him (meaning you are correct about whatever it is that makes you hate him enough to wish death upon him), how is it ever acceptable to act that way? How does that make you better than him on any conceivable level? Answer: it doesn’t. In fact it could be said that you are worse for that behavior, because you claim (or maybe believe) to “know better” or have a better sense of ethics and/or morality. Except that wishing him dead makes that belief a lie, and it makes you a hypocrite in the first degree.
2. Imagine Rush was your family member and divorce the politics for a second. Really think about this. Imagine the man you love the most. Now imagine some flippant jerk online wishing him dead because he went to the hospital and they don’t like his political views. Now realize that YOU are that flippant jerk. You’re not better than him. You’re not a good person for saying it. Rush Limbaugh is not a mass murderer or a serial killer or even a capitalist robber baron stealing from the downtrodden and piling wealth in his secret vault, into which he dives naked like a fat, sweaty Scrooge McDuck. He’s just a regular person with opinions, and the oratory skill to make a certain segment of the population listen to him spout those opinions on the radio for three hours a day.
3.I hate having to do this, because it seems like such a lame “establishing my maverick bona fides” statement to make, but I want to be understood and not have to explain this later: I’m no fan of Rush. Never have been. I have a long history of not liking the guy. I think he used to be a lot worse than he is now, because he was A) younger, B) doing the conservative version of Howard Stern before Glenn Beck ever picked up a mic, and C) hadn’t been somewhat humbled by his drug escapades going public. I hardly ever hear his show unless I happen to be showering between noon and three PM in my own house. (Explanation: I have a shower radio that pretty much ONLY receives the local AM talk station that is about a mile away from my house). So, now I have established for the record (again) that I am not a big Dittohead. I’ve just never been a big fan of any of those AM talk hosts. Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin...none of them appeal to me. And they don’t represent my personal political beliefs. I’m not a fan.
What I am a fan of is basic human decency and trying to live life with as little hypocrisy as I can manage. To me, in a situation like this, that means when I hear that someone with whom I disagree politically with great fervor - for example, Ted Kennedy - is sick or even dying, if I have nothing supportive to say about the man, I will either wish his family well in their ordeal or just - and this is an option that more people need to realize is available - I SHUT MY MOUTH AND SAY NOTHING.
Yeah, that was maybe the longest sentence I’ve ever written, but the meaning should be clear: If you want to live your life with any kind of honor at all, if you want to be - not just be seen as, but be - as decent a human being as you can be, part of that is not wishing death upon a sick person because you don’t like their politics.
4. On a personal level, If you know us and/or have any kind feelings for me or my wife, just remember that MY life was threatened and horrible things said to me and my wife because we dared disagree publicly with Michael Moore. So...if that means anything to you, maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to make jokes about Limbaugh’s death. Because it only makes you look like a bigger ass than you think he is.
5. Lastly, this Tweet from Lee Doren should be seen by all:
I’m not sure that is actually irony, at least not in the proper sense of the word, but then Alanis Morrissette has screwed up irony for an entire generation, so whatever. The sentiment is there and it’s true: You cannot expect me to trust you to determine the course of MY health care when you harbor so much hatred for the political opposition that you gleefully wish them dead and don’t care who knows it.
So...you know. Just my $0.02 and it’s worth what you paid for it, but I have lost some respect for a few people this morning. Not that my respect is worth jack to most folks, and most of the people who need to read this won’t see it, but I felt like it needed to be said. So I said it.
Get well, Rush.
Posted by JimK on 12/31/09 at 10:36 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, November 23, 2009
Who would have thunk so?
Looks like the terrorists that killed 3000 of us on 9/11/2009 are just as excited as the radical America hating left is about their opportunity to spout their views of the evils of our great nation.
Sure makes Holder’s choice of this venue very obvious now. It is a bone thrown out those that like them think it is America’s fault for being or doing whatever they don’t like. All the usual Bush and America hating turds can rejoice in the crap these idiots will spout and secretly, or not in many cases, nod in agreement. Of course, not even the Obama people are so stupid to believe that these people should be able to go free. That’s why Holder has promised they will be found guilty. BTW, if that claim by Holder is not a clear indication of a rigged trial and a huge problem with our justice system, I don’t know what is.
And also the losers that agree with them. That’s how this should read. But it won’t. We all know it, but we will not say it out loud. Need to give these shlobs something to feel good about considering they are front and center for the destruction their kind of thinking is wreaking on our country these days.
Doesn’t matter that Osama said he targeted new York for this very kind of stuff. Watch these idiots blame Bush for this too.
Posted by AlexinCT on 11/23/09 at 02:45 PM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality The Press Machine The Religion of Peace™ War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, October 30, 2009
Edmunds.com recently published an analysis of the Cash-for-Clunkers program, concluding that the economic impact was minimal. You know what comes next from the Least Confident Administration Ever.
They have a copy of the post, which reads like something I would write on a slow blog day. It’s snarky and sarcastic. Even worse, it’s snarky about something that ended months ago.
Why are these guy so thin
Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/30/09 at 04:28 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, October 23, 2009
Fox Under My Skin
Boy, the libs really melt down when it comes to Fox News, don’t they? After denouncing Fox as not being a news organization—while having secret meetings with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman—the White House tried to deny Fox access to the “pay czar”.
The other networks would not cooperate. This has nothing to do with principle and everything to do with self-preservation; the networks realize that the can not allow a precedent to be set where the White House denies access to networks they don’t like.
Say what you will about the Bush Administration, there were never this whiney about the media (although the McCain-Palin campaign got incredibly petulant during the campaign). Clinton whined about Rush Limbaugh, but you really have to go back to Nixon to find an Administration that was this obsessed with the media.
Now also consider that the Administration recently put a link on the HHS website so that people could voice their support of healthcare reform. The White House is claiming this doesn’t technically violate the law because it doesn’t identify a specific bill. But that’s using the letter of the law to violate the spirit of the law. Whatever the technical details, the idea of the Hatch Act is to keep the President from using the government to advance his agenda. The HHS link is clearly intended to do precisely that.
All in all, I have to agree with McArdle:
The pattern we’re seeing is of a party that has no confidence in their message.
Update: Media Myrmidons claims that Fox started it. Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick. Do you assholes not understand the difference between Fox’s news operations and their opinion operations? Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, et al. are not even part of Fox News (and appear on other networks as well). Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly have opinion shows, which are stated as opinion shows. They don’t pretend to be objective.
You guys just can’t stand the idea that there is a news organization out there that is not on board with your liberal views. I’ll agree Fox has a conservative slant. So what? The NYT, for years, has had an editorial page indistinguishable from the Democratic Party platform. NPR and PBS routinely parrot liberal lines—as “news”. MSNBC, as I noted above, had its chief pundits meet with Obama to figure out how better to advance his agenda. Where’s your concern on that, Media Matters?
Jesus. Your “waaa-waaaa” Fox News crying jag has got me defending a network I don’t even like. For fuck’s sake, liberals. Pull up your diapers, dry your eyes and start running the country. Are you going to spend all of the next eight years in a snit?
Update: More on the pay czar gambit here. I probably was too cynical in writing off the networks’ refusal to isolate Fox. Jack Tapper, in particular, has stood by his fellow news organization. Good for them. Nice to see them stand up to an Administration.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/23/09 at 01:51 PM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here comes the new spin…
Here comes the left’s new spin on why Iranian nukes are actually going to be a great thing. Suddenly the nutjobs are no longer demanding a nuke free world - with the US of course being the first to unilaterally disarm, as a token of good faith, and a fantasy that this will somehow make brutal and evil thugs follow along - but embracing the reality that in our world nukes now serve an indisputable function. In fact, now that Iran is heading that way and none of their jabber-jabber has made a difference, they are all for it:
Yeah, really. A nukless world is suddenly wishful thinking – and yet Obama is lining up and giving away the game to everyone in the hopes he can convince the Russians to lower their warhead count so we can do the same (and my bet is this idiot reduces our arsenal even if the Russians don’t because he is just that full of himself) – and these twerps sudden understand the role of nukes. Know what this talk reminds me off? The whole “détente” bullshit that these same leftists bring up when discussing SDI and our scrapped Missile Defense plans. Do they even realize how stupid this 180 looks like?
Anyway, get used to it. These collectivist apologists are laying the ground work for the Obama administration to drop the ball on Iran: letting them go nuclear. I wonder why the leftists that love to claim the North Koreans went nuclear with Bush at the helm, ignoring bill Clinton’s role in that affair, don’t give him the honor of the same defense. And credit the Bush administration with never trying to pull this ridiculous line that a nuclear armed North Korea – or Iran - was a good thing.
So, after the left has tried to talk strong while acting as weak as possible, showing strength only when they could help prevent any action against Iran that might have made a difference, they now drop even that pretense. Now a nuclear armed Iran will suddenly help bring stability to the world! I am sure that’s why the Saudis told MI-6 they would allow Israeli over flight to attack those facilities even if they later denied they said so. They still have to keep appearances for the locals I guess. But in the mean time the left is getting ready to make the Middle East become a much more dangerous place, and this article showing the left suddenly engaging the nuclear reality is nothing but the precursor to our capitulation. Talk failed.
Posted by AlexinCT on 10/12/09 at 01:22 PM in Decline of Western Civilization Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality The Press Machine War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Free Speech Is For The Dogs
Look. I’ll be the first to say that the anti-globalization protestors are nitwits. As far as I can tell, their agenda is that the people of poor countries are best off staying poor. And I have no problem with arresting those who resort to violence and mayhem. But there’s a balance to be struck between civil order and the freedom to protest. And, as Radley Balko notes at the Best Magazine on the Planet, we’re increasingly falling on the wrong side of it:
This sounds like something that would happen in Tiananmen Square, not Pittsburgh. But it’s hardly unprecedented. As Balko notes, the authorities in Minneapolis decide to pre-arrest potential protesters at the RNC last year. 442 of 672 arrestees were released without charges, including a former professor of mine who would be on the shortlist for the Most Harmless Man in America. That’s a dropped charge rate that makes Gitmo look like a model of efficiency (almost). Of course, it’s not like the noble Democrats are any better with their absurd “free speech zones”. Have you guys read the First Amendment? The whole fucking country is a free speech zone!
I don’t tolerate it when tea parties are demeaned and I sure as shit won’t tolerate it when protests are blocked, even ones I disagree with. While I was ashamed of the violence that accompanied earlier G-20 meetings in this country, I was proud to be part of a country that allowed such open, visible and stupid dissent. This is America, guys, not a product roll-out. It’s supposed to be raucous.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/07/09 at 06:06 AM in Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Is the IOC racist?
The left is already blaming the right for Chicago going down in flames and being eliminated first from the Olympics. They are foaming at the mouth and mad with rage that Obama didn’t bring it in - after all, he was the One, and he was supposed to fix our standing in the world! - and they want someone to blame. So how long before they either call the IOC part of the VRWC and racist? The lesson here for these collectivist morons is that despite all their fantasies about how the people of the world don’t like Americans, the problem is not the people - most of them like America and would give up anything to get here - but their governments and elites. In fact Obama was just snubbed by those same elites across the globe that told us we HAD to elect Obama to repair all that damage Bush did! Do I think they will learn that lesson? Not a chance…
They will not point out that the failure here was their ideology and Obama’s own ego, so get ready for the IOC to be labeled part of the VRWC and racist!
Posted by AlexinCT on 10/03/09 at 08:57 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Cult of Personality • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
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