Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Pictured at left is President Obama personally creating a new drone of the infamous Paul McCartney. McCartney was actually an early convert who was more than happy to breath deeply directly from Barry Obama's mouth. McCartney complained briefly of a terrible stench but then proceeded to lift his arms directly in front of himself as he shuffled off chanting Obama slogans in a low tone.
In addition to our recently confirmed reports of the creation of Obamazombies, we are also getting word of unauthorized paranormal legislative activity. We cannot verify these reports at this time but we will keep you informed.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Never spend your money before you have earned it. I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. The Republic will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also. The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. (Addresses your Socialist programs and ideas!)
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.
The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. If not…And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. --Winston ChurchillYesterday a Facebook friend of mine was off on a really good rant against the government. He lives near New Orleans, so perhaps he can be forgiven his comparisons of politicians to prostitutes: it's pretty frustrating to watch your governor, Bobby Jindal, try to protect your state from incoming oil only to be thwarted at just about every turn by the Obama Administration and their bouquet of red tape. He wasn't ranting against Democrats specifically, however. It was an all-purpose, they're-all-worthless-I-want-them-out-of-my-life rant.
I sure know what that feels like. I cannot think of a single government interaction in my life in which I do not come out of it in worse shape than I was before the whole thing started. And the government, like an insatiable beast, wants more and more of my life and will soon, if something isn't done to stop it, insinuate itself into the relationship I have with my doctor, right up to and including the way my life comes to an end. We are seeing right now the competence of the federal behemoth when it comes to "helping" a governor save his state and we want MORE government in our lives? Are we insane???
Well...some of us are, I guess. Obama's approval ratings have been falling but they are still more than respectable. That fact alone simply blows my mind. Try as I might, I cannot wrap my mind around the idea that anyone can approve of what this man is doing.
When I was young, my grandmother (who lived with us) would listen to talk radio all day long. I hated it because the callers were almost always achingly stupid. It troubled me to know that I lived in a world surrounded by such stupid people. I knew that everyone wasn't like that but that there were enough stupid folks to call into these talk shows all day long every day. I was only a child, but I knew stupid when I heard it. And it depressed and frightened me. The election of Alvin Greene as the Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina shows that stupid is alive and well in the American electorate.
When it comes to politics, many people tend to be sports fans. This is not a good thing.
I am a rabid baseball fan. A Yankee fan, more specifically. When a call goes against the team, when a player makes a boneheaded play, I rant. I want people incarcerated, I want bones broken, I want rules changed. But this is only in the heat of the moment. By the next day, I'm rational again. Too many people approach politics with an attitude of "it's how I feel so it must be right." Lives are changed--radically--by the way we vote and way too many people vote based on their hearts and not their heads.
A couple of days ago I was asking about the position of a candidate on same-sex marriage. One of the responses to my question was, "Marriage should be a church thing and have nothing to do with government. It's just how I feel." Think about this. An institution that has existed in one form and one form only for thousands of years should be changed because, "It's just how I feel."
It's enough to give a conservative facial tics. One of the smartest things I've ever read was by G. K. Chesterton. He wrote this:
"In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, 'I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away.' To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: 'If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.'"
Before we change an institution that is under assault but which has stood as the bedrock of civilization since the dawn of time, perhaps we should consider what unexpected consequences may result from that change.
But I'm getting off topic. My point, I guess, is that all of us get frustrated, some of us almost incapacitatingly so. I understand this because it happens to me, especially lately. I look at what Obama is doing, abetted by Pelosi and Reid, and I am horrified but see no way out. Where would I go? Moving to Australia seems the only even remotely possible alternative, but that's more than a little extreme. And so I rant and rave and fantasize about finding an island where I can hide and be safe from the Democrats who want to raise the cost of my health care, my gasoline, my electric bills, my taxes, everything. (Really everything, once cap-and-trade passes or the EPA gets down to business regulating CO2 emissions.)
Here's the thing, though. It's okay to rant and rave, but get up in the morning ready to fight. Learn things. You cannot be an expert on constitutional law AND foreign policy AND health care issues AND immigration policy AND nuclear policy AND energy policy AND all the rest, but you can learn a little bit about all of these things and more. And you can know where to go to find reliable information about each topic if you need it. And while you are at it, learn about God, too. Every day learn something. I tell my students to set weekly goals regarding learning and I am telling you to do that as well. Do it for your children and grandchildren, do it for yourself, do it as a way to honor God. Don't settle for being spoon fed. Don't settle for voting based on "how you feel." Using the intellect that God gave you is one way of honoring Him. Don't forget that.
And when you are very depressed do two things. Well, at least two things. First, read Psalm 73. In this psalm David is bemoaning the fact that the wicked are prospering--the bad guys are winning. He sees, though, that this--this temporal, broken world--is all that they have. His rewards are eternal. It helps to keep this perspective in mind when it seems like the wrong folks are in power in Washington.
And after you read Psalm 73, read Churchill, the greatest orator of the 20th century. For don't for a moment think that we are not at war, right now, and that this war is a civil war between those who want to change the very character of this country and those who understand American exceptionalism and want to keep this country great. We have no choice but to fight. We may want to recuse ourselves, we may come up with plausible sounding reasons for our ignorance, but do not be deluded: we are on one side or another and if you choose to sit out you are aiding those in power who seek every crisis as an opportunity to expand the role of government, to remove God from our national psyche, and to elevate alternative religions and lifestyles to the same position as those on which this country was founded. You can fight for what is right or you help the other side and if you don't like those alternatives I challenge you to tell me where I have erred.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many long months of toil and struggle.More later...
You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival. --Winston Churchill
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The boom material is manufactured by Packgen who has 80,000 feet of boom material ready to ship immediately. That is over fifteen miles of boom, which is in very short supply. The Coast Guard says that BP wouldn't buy it because it was substandard, without standard connectors on the ends. (The boom currently in the gulf does not have standard connectors).
Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal is furious that the Coast Guard idled sixteen oil sucking barges for over 24 hours. These barges are capable of sucking up thousands of gallons of oil per day but because there were not enough fire extinguishers and life vests aboard, they were ordered to cease and desist for over 24 hours.
And here's the kicker. Our fabulous leader, maker of promises of Hope and Change, was offered, just three days into the disaster in the Gulf, the use of four Dutch oil skimmers that could have reduced this disaster to one of very manageable proportions. Had Obama accepted the offer made 56 days ago, there would not be 50 plus miles of beaches covered in oil as of this writing.
Obama has failed. He failed when he crammed Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling America and he failed when faced with his first real crisis. Bullying BP and placing blame on prior administrations and on the companies subject to government oversight are not leadership. We don't need a leader to be a pointer. We have dogs that can handle that job. We do need a leader that can lead in times of crisis.
We need and want a leader that can implement a plan to mitigate, if not solve the problem at hand. The very first step is to implement a clear chain of command and allow those on the ground that are familiar with the situation to do their jobs without fear of reprisal by a band of politicians eager to elevate themselves by walking on the backs of the real workers.
The second step of a good leader would be for him to reassure us. To let us know that competent people are dealing with the problem and that everything will be OK. This BP bashing is not appropriate. BP goofed. They know it and we know it. BP is also probably the most qualified to fix the problem. It feels good to be a bully, to be a Chicago gangster, but it is not productive and it is not a display of good leadership to punch the kid in the mouth that spilled the milk.
President Obama, you have failed again. You receive an "F" in crisis management. What exactly Did you learn at Community Organizer school? President Obama, if you cannot lead, then step aside and let someone else more capable take over.
Spongebob, perhaps. At least he could soak up some of the oil.
Full article here.
At a micro level, the average word in the speech contained 4.5 letters, a bit longer than is typical for the former constitutional law professor, Payack said.
Obama's nearly 10th-grade-level rating was the highest of any of his major speeches and well above the Grade 7.4 of his 2008 "Yes, we can" victory speech, which many consider his best effort, Payack said.
"The scores indicate that this was not Obama at his best, especially when attempting to make an emotional connection to the American people," he added.
Hat tip: The Corner.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
He does not seem to realize that even the little things he says and does matter. He seems oblivious to matters of diplomacy. He seems to love this country just because of the opportunities it has afforded him (contrasted with John McCain who loves this country "just because," as Jim Geraghty puts it).
I will offer a few examples, but it seems like not a week passes when I am not saddened by something he says and does.
He ran on a platform of communication: opening lines of dialog with countries we had previously attempted to isolate, like Syria and Iran. When asked just this week by Matt Lauer if he had talked with the president of BP he said, no, because he figured he'd just be lied to. And yesterday, in the wake of the new UN sanctions against Iran, Ahmadinejad called those sanctions as "useless as used tissues"; "annoying flies" that they will ignore as they continue to process uranium and work on attaining a nuclear weapon.
His administration gleefully reports that they will keep a "boot on the neck of BP" in order to solve this oil catastrophe (like BP isn't already motivated), but they will not bring themselves to say anything about the religion of the people who are trying to kill us (hint: it rhymes with "Kislam").
When the Polish president was killed in a plane crash and Obama was unable to attend the funeral because of the plume of ash from the Icelandic volcano, he went to play golf. I don't care if he plays golf, believe me--but the headlines in Europe read "Obama Skips Kaczynski's Funeral to Play Golf." Appearances matter in diplomacy.
One of the first things he did after taking office was to return the bust of Winston Churchill that was loaned to President Bush after 9/11. British officials offered to let Obama keep the bust, but his response was, "Thanks, but no thanks."
How many times has he insulted Israel while he has upped the amount of aid sent to the Palestinian Authority (which includes Hamas-controlled Gaza) to $400 million? Since he took office there have been 370 missiles fired into Israel from Gaza; the President's response is to reward them to the tune of $1,080,000 per missile.
This post is rambling and disjointed, but I feel disorganized and out of sorts. His "I want to know whose ass to kick" comment is just so...typical. Can you even imagine him kicking anybody's ass? I sure can't. He is impotent, but even worse -- he is incompetent. When he was running for office some of us pointed out that he hadn't DONE anything yet. "I'm running a great campaign," was his response. Yeah, well, how's that working out for us?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sure, Bill and Melinda Gates have started a foundation that gives them huge tax write-offs, not to mention puts extra money into schools that proceed to have no increase in performance. A very noble endeavor, but get this...
The I-phone blocks porn. Not just some pornography, all porn. App makers have to keep this in mind as they develop their programs. Jobs did this deliberately. If you think porn on your phone is a right, then buy a different phone. I have no idea what Mr Jobs politics are or if he is walking with the Lord. What I do know is that he has a moral streak a mile wide and he will not allow his light to be hidden under a bushel. OK, so maybe he wants schools to start using I-pads too. But this is right! We don't have to tolerate asshats telling us that graphic pornography is speech and therefor protected under the First Amendment. It's his company and he'll make whatever the heck kind of smut that he wants to, off limits.
In today's world, it is extremely rare to have the moxy to hold a moral value and to risk your fortune standing up for that moral value. I'm not sure I will rush out to buy an I-phone tomorrow but if I hear someone discussing it, I will certainly fill them in on "the rest of the story". Bravo, Steve Jobs.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Mr Obama, it is time to pull on your big boy panties and pretend to be a man with some semblance of leadership ability. Leaders meet with leaders to accomplish big things. If you are afraid to talk to a CEO because you are afraid he is smarter than you, then take smart people with you! You do not avoid talking to high ranking people because they intimidate you!
If Mr Hayward gives you pretty answers, then write them down. Hold him accountable for what he says. If you know in advance that you are not smart enough to hold your own with him, then sit in the room and nod that you are pretending to understand while the smart people you bring with you hold an intelligent conversation. You are leading the United States of America, sir. It is your Duty to lead. At least give the Appearance of leadership.
Man up, Mr President.
Hat tip: The Corner
Monday, June 7, 2010
Honestly, if I hadn't stubbed my toe earlier I would think I was dreaming (or nightmaring) because the backlash against Israel is surreal.
For a long time, Christians have complained that the only religion that it is acceptable to bash is Christianity. That may be true, but it has long been acceptable to bash Israel, and anti-Semitism, while not the same thing, is generally found not far behind.
There's a big brouhaha right now about Israel because of two things, mostly: the "humanitarian aid" flotilla that turned out to be not all that peaceful and the Helen Thomas nonsense. The humanitarian aid flap has been an interesting story to follow, as has the trajectory of Helen's own special brand of nastiness. She has, of course, retired (she'll turn ninety this summer), after being excoriated by all the right people.
But back to Israel. The current administration has seemed to maintain a policy of neutrality regarding things in the Middle East. On the one hand, of course, you have an ally. A democracy. And on the other hand you have murderous thugs whose stated purpose is to wipe our ally off the face of the planet. Refusing to take sides (and insulting Israel on more than one occasion) is one of the worst sins of the current administration. It's becoming way too easy to whisper little anti-Semitic comments these days. Jay Nordlinger of National Review worries that soon it will be "cool" (apparently it already is in Europe).
I find this current state of affairs to be heartbreaking.
I remember when Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska and she had an Israeli flag in her office (along with a U.S. flag too, of course). That's the kind of support we should expect from our leaders. Israel makes mistakes -- she is a country run by human beings, after all -- but we must never let anyone in the region think we will not support her wholeheartedly. The indifference shown by the current administration has given hope to her enemies and for this we should be profoundly ashamed.
The election of 2012 cannot come fast enough -- not for us, not for Israel.
Friday, June 4, 2010
The socialists are wonderful warm fuzzy lovers of humanity. I get it! I love it! Now all you warm fuzzy people need to go to wimp.com and watch funny and interesting videos because the rest of this post will be about why your warm fuzziness is meaningless and irrelevant and I don't want to hurt your feelings.
Let's look at Europe for a moment, shall we? They held themselves up as the ideal United States of Europe, the model of socialist success. The member states, with their 2 hour lunches and six weeks of vacation every year, everyone with their quaint little car and their quaint little apartment, living in the lap of luxury. They were the epitome of equality and acceptance and diversity (except for those annoying enclaves of Muslims that became huge and demanded homage and obedience to their values).
Everyone across Europe smiled and boasted of their wealth and good fortune as we foolish Americans toiled and worked hard and only some of us made it to the American Dream. But wait. I forgot something. What about Germany and Austria? They are European too, right? Germans and Austrians work hard and toil and strive for the American Dream too. Isn't this interesting.
Let me recap what I have written so far so that I can better understand. (Scary, huh?) Socialist Europe lives a life of luxury and ease, with all their needs met, mother government taking care of everything. Since government produces nothing and has no money, this life of luxury and ease is coming about due to redistribution of money created (earned) by others, right? Right. In Europe's case, much of this surplus is siphoned off producing nations such as Germany and Austria. Hmm.
As long as things are going well, the fat and lazy nations can coast by, producing some but not all of the money required to maintain their cushy lifestyles. Who wouldn't want that? The problem reveals itself when things don't go so well, when the economy turns down for a while. As the tide goes out, it is revealed who is swimming naked. Those who have been grudgingly paying for the excesses of the undeserving are no longer willing to do so. Why should they cut their grocery budget in half in order that the immodest swimmers might once again be mercifully hidden by the waters of socialism? (Have you ever seen a fat, naked, wrinkly, old European? Blech!)
This grand experiment had a good run. Many people liked it a lot. Of course they did! Unfortunately, as any frustrated spouse of a reckless spender can attest to, you simply cannot spend more than you make on a consistent basis. Once in a while stuff happens. But as a rule, spending LESS than you make is the only fiscally responsible policy.
I didn't even get into the human nature side of things did I? It almost seems redundant because the fiscal side of things kills the model all by itself. Because only Most of us humans are sheep, the human nature side of things kills the model too. The wolves swarm to politics and the sheep don't have a chance. Do wolves swarm? Regardless, "Have another bottle of wine, another loaf of bread, comrade. Go to the beach and be happy. I will take good care of you. hahahaha."
OK. You can let the warm fuzzy people back in the room now.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
One of the things on my mind tonight is the pending collapse of the European Union. As Greece goes, so will Portugal and Spain, and if there is fairness left in the game, Italy. The only ones left strong in the game over there is Germany and I find it highly unlikely that the good people of Deutschland are going to be willing to pay the debts of all their irresponsible neighbors. Nicht nein porcupine. Ain't gonna happen.
My prediction is that the single currency Europe is a dream that will soon go into the history books as an experiment that didn't work out. So much for the one world government signalling the end of time, right? Well, not so fast. Maybe you have just been looking in the wrong direction. Islam anyone? Anyone?
Does this spell disaster for the U.S. economy? I don't think so. I think people will keep on buying deodorant and Budweiser and gasoline and Pampers and the purple pill. The companies that manufacture these goods will continue to profit and employ people and the companies that sell them will continue to profit and employ people. As Europeans suffer through this currency collapse, they might buy less for a bit, but the huge wave of baby boomers have a lot of money to spend which will help us through whatever economic blunders Europe has to suffer through as they learn the seemingly basic lesson, "Don't spend more than you make".
You listening, Barry?