Wednesday, June 30, 2010

90 Days And The Obamacare Spill Is Worse Than Ever

My partner in crime (at least as far as this blog is concerned), recently posted a wonderful article from Cracked.com which you should definitely read Later. The article was about six laws that looked good on paper but were insane in reality. Cracked completely missed the boat, in my humble opinion, by not including an incredibly obvious seventh law.

Last Sunday not only marked the 48th anniversary of me first poking my head out and checking out this drafty, noisy, stinky (but oh so beautiful) world, it also marked the 90 day anniversary of the passing of Obamacare. Why is that significant? Well, for one, at 90 days out, exactly Zero feet of boom and not one drop of dispersant had been allocated to contain this monstrously bad piece of legislation. The more salient point would be that at 90 days, the high risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions were to be up and running.

As I glance around, I see no pools. There are no pools for the conditions that pre-exist. The chronically ill have no insurance pool to dive into. That is decidedly unrefreshing! No high risk pool for you, oh existent of the pre condition! When asked, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services was reported to have replied, "uhhhhhhhhhhhhh ". (You can quote me quoting her if you would like).
For an Obama appointee, I think her response ranks in the top three most coherent responses given by any member of Obama's troupe of minstrels and jesters.

Sebelius gave a similar response when confronted with the fact that, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacare's high risk pools are evidently going to cost $5 to $10 BILLION dollars more than originally anticipated. Oops. That means only a fraction of the twelve million uninsured with pre-existing conditions will actually receive the coverage they were promised. Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, (the guy Really good at counting stuff) says that with Obamacare's stated funding, the high risk pools would be broke within 24 months.

Recap! Pools were promised but never formed and even if they had been, they would only provide coverage to a small percentage of those they were promised to, for less than 24 months, then the pools that never existed to begin with will cease to exist. I think I actually kept up with myself there.

I can't wait to see what else this law contains now that it has passed. It is my most sincere hope that the rest of the provisions of Obamacare are implemented with the same impact as this "top priority" phase.

*crickets*

Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

Breaking news, folks. You are hearing it here first. Our undercover operatives have discovered a vast left wing conspiracy in which proponents of Obamacare are injected with a chemical that imbues the injectee with the ability to create drones known as Obamazombies, simply by breathing on a person.

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.

Stay tuned to the Doerbitter Dispatch for your latest updates on all things political. You just can't make this stuff up, folks.

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Current Administration

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction; therefore you need to be reminded, because you have my Country on the road to ruin....

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.

Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nancy, What Did You Do?


Can she really be that scared? Of course she knows it's coming and that she will be out of a job and reviled by the majority. She cannot help but see the writing on the wall. She's going down. But she is scared of more than that. She is afraid of going to jail. She is afraid of being publicly disgraced, tarred and feathered.

Nancy Pelosi wrote a fundraising letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that says if Republicans take back the House, they'll initiate "endless investigations against President Obama" and "bring back the days of Ken Starr and the politics of personal destruction."

"Remember a Republican-controlled Congress that devoted more time to subpoenas and investigations than to solving our country's problems?" Pelosi asks. "There is far too much at stake for our country now to allow it to happen again."

Uh, what are you scared of Nancy? It sounds to me like someone has some serious skeletons that aren't hidden in the closet very well. Yes, Republicans will seek out and prosecute violations of the law, including unlawful and/or unconstitutional use or abuse of power. Mrs Pelosi's letter is raising eyebrows all over Capitol Hill, including those of Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

Generally, flight is a very good indicator of guilt. Pelosi is conceding that Obama and she and others are caught even before we know what they have been caught doing, and is already gathering a legal defense fund. Save us all a lot of time, Nancy. What did you do?

Hat tip: The Hill.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This Storm is McChrystal Clear

The lightning is flashing and the thunder is making it's raucous noise outside. I love a stormy night. The stormier the better. I think the One, the almighty Obama might be hoping for a bit less of a storm over the next few months, I don't think he has the constitution to withstand the sort of battering he is currently enduring and will continue to receive through November.

Poor Obama waited until months after the oil spill to even really acknowledge it, meanwhile waving it off and waving off offers from all over the globe to help. Waving off help that certainly would have prevented the spill from causing the damage it is already causing. BOOM! The thunder is constant!

The poor wretched soul was already feeling the heat from having crammed this horribly written health care legislation down our throats. Every day we find out more and more of the ramifications of this abomination that will leave seniors with far fewer choices and far inferior care. That is already happening. Poor Obama. CLACK! CLACK! The hail is banging off the siding, pounding the roof.

And now his top General, Stanley McChrystal, in Afghanistan went public, basically saying that Obama is disconnected and has no clue what he is doing. What? How could the top army guy say that about the Commander In Chief? Well, I think maybe that's what the consensus was, he agreed, and he said it aloud. WHOOOoooo! Now the tornado sirens are sounding! Quick! Everyone to Obama's office for a real old fashioned butt-chewing!

Will the poor maligned Chosen One fire the insolent little general that commands and has the loyalty of all of his troops in Afghanistan? Or will he send him back and stomp his feet and say that he dealt with the insubordinate general harshly, and harrumph harrumph, put him in his place? I'd love to see transparency at That meeting. Somehow I doubt Obamalama will have the courage to invite C-Span to this particular meeting.

One of two things will transpire. McChrystal will be very strong and tell Obama that he is sorry if he hurt his feelings but that there are serious deficiencies in our strategy in Afghanistan and that he's going to return to Afghanistan and win this damn war his way, OR

Obama is going to lash into McChrystal for about 5 seconds until he makes eye contact with him, then he's going to pee his pants in fear, stumble and wish he had a teleprompter. Then he'll puff up and fire McChrystal because he is the Chosen One, by golly, and no one talks to me that way! Then someone less competent will be put in charge and Afghanistan will end up with us withdrawing and hundreds of thousands of it's citizens being slaughtered as soon as our last plane takes off.

Unfortunately, it has already been leaked from the White House that Obama's top aide has been instructed to have a spare pair of underwear on hand for the meeting. The storm will rage on folks, every tree will be uprooted, every shred of quality infrastructure will have been yanked out by it's roots. Obama will stumble through but come November, it will be up to all of us to elect those that will set things right. It will be up to us to replace these destructive Obamatrons with real patriots, men and women who recognize the damage being done and who have the focus to fix it. It will be up to us to set this soggy non-starter in a corner and fix what he has broken in just two years.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Victory

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 Churchill
Yesterday 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.

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
More later...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

If Any Oil Reaches Shore, Obama Has Failed

So we won't buy perfectly good boom material for the oil spill because BP's purchasing department feels it isn't of high enough quality. Right. And 16 oil sucking barges sit idle in Louisiana because the coast guard can't verify permits and the proper number of life jackets on board. Right. And three days into the disaster Obamalama turned down the Dutch offer to send us boom skimmer arms capable of sucking up 146,000 barrels of oil Per Day (more than is leaking) because they don't meet EPA standards because the water they pump back into the ocean still contains traces of oil. Right.

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.

Duh

If you didn't like Obama's oil speech, maybe you're just too stupid (I KNEW it had to be my fault!!!)...

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.


Full article here.

Hat tip: The Corner.

More later...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Obama Has No Clothes

It's hard to say what I despise the most about the Obama presidency. Right up near the top, though, has to be his conduct itself, his sense of history, his feel for the office of the presidency, and his sense of the importance of symbolism.

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?

More later...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bravo, Steve Jobs

Bravo, Steve Jobs. I have never been an Apple fan. I have never wanted an I-pad or an I-phone or an I-ball. I have silently mocked Apple users, except for those that edit movies because I have always perceived that that was the only advantage of a Mac. I have always had the perception that Steve Jobs was the Gates/Jobs teams less successful member.

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

Time to Man Up Mr Obama

Enough is enough, Mr President. I respect your office but you, sir, are a buffoon. Did you really say this morning that you haven't spoken with BP CEO Tony Hayward, "Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's gonna say all the right things to me. I'm not interested in words. I'm interested in actions."? You did, didn't you?

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.

THIS Makes Sense

There is an article in today's Wall St. Journal reporting a survey regarding the basic economic knowledge of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. The results of the study are enlightening. Basically, liberals are really stupid when it comes to economics. This explains SO MUCH, doesn't it???

Hat tip: The Corner

Monday, June 7, 2010

Israel

The Pixies are canceling their summer concert in Tel Aviv. Elvis Costello canceled his appearance in Israel, too, citing how mean the Israelis are to the poor, misunderstood Palestinians.

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.

More later...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Socialists Are Very Nice People

Socialists are very nice people. Really, they are. They are very Utopian in their ideology and they want everyone to have their porridge. This is admirable. This is deserving of our respect. Hug a socialist today. Then get back to the business of restoring our Republic because Socialism does not and cannot work long-term due to human nature and the financial laws of nature.

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

The Euro On Tape: "Kerplunk"

Nah, I haven't been Rumplestiltskinnin' it. Just been out on the scoot, getting grimy, riding into sunsets and pondering my navel late at night. Even scooped a run over friend off the asphalt when called on to do so. All of this is completely irrelevant but maybe it relieves your burning desire to know where I've been.

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?