Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity

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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Democratic Party Beginning to Oppose Democracy?

The Democratic Party has begun a new narrative in the past week.  They seem to be trying to post-pone, or even cancel the upcoming 2012 election.  It seems that two senior Democratic operatives have proposed the theory that we're "suffering from too much Democracy."
former White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, penned a piece this week in the New Republic arguing, as the title says, "Why we need less democracy." Orszag wrote that "the country's political polarization was growing worse -- harming Washington's ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing." His solution? "[W]e need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic."

Orszag's view is typical of Obama White House alumni. Last year, former auto czar Steve Rattner wrote in his book, "Overhaul," "Either Congress needs to get its act together or we should explore alternatives. ... If our country wants to do a better job of solving its problems, it needs to find a way to let talented government officials operate more like they do in the private sector." True to the founding ideals of the progressive movement, both men are suggesting that enlightened technocrats who know best should be allowed to operate the federal government independent of popular will.
Another, the Governor of North Carolina, who not only up for reelection next year, but also being invesitgated for criminal misuse of campaign funds...but her comments are being touted as "jokes".

Here's a link to video of Mrs. Perdue, but the money quote is:
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, N.C., according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.”
I recently posted this comment on an article in the Daily Caller: 
I live in BLUE/BLUE Metro-Baltimore-DC area, this is belief that Congress is "broken" is widespread. It's often bandied about that elections should be "suspended for the duration of the crisis." But then, that's what the National Socialists did in Germany...suspend elections for the duration.

If the Democrats want to suspend elections, I suspect that the Civil War they are trying to foment (just as Democratif president, James Buchanan did 160 years ago) will break out far faster than they believe.
Comments like the headliners ... are fueling this belief even more.  It appears that the Democratic Party is attempting to start a Nazi style coup against the US Constitution.  Remember, the Nazi's were  legally elected to a slim majority in the Reichstag...they eventually installed a single party dictatorship.  This sort of talk by the Democrats could very well be not just an attempt to divert another electoral thumping, but the intitution of a dictatorship by "progressive elements."

New Obama Bilboard in New Orleans

Via Drudge comes a video (can't post it for some reason!) of a new billboard in the New Orleans, LA area. It shows Barack Obama in a diaper with the caption, "Change ME, I Stink!".

Immigrants and Food Stamps

The other day, my wife went to the grocery store to pick up a few things before payday...so we'd have milk and bread. The family of a daughter and her mother ahead of her in the checkout line didn't speak English very well, which isn't unusual here in the People's Republic of Maryland; a state that has decided to be a "refuge" state from enforcing the laws governing immigration.

What really pisses me off about this is that these ladies, while ONLY speaking mostly Spanish, they were asked for ID as they had a state issued food stamps card. They produced Honduran passports, but not green cards...Honduran nationals evidently can get food stamps but not Americans citizens. (We had applied when both my wife and I were unemployed, but were told we "made too much" ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS!!!!).

The only way to get cities, counties and now states to enforce federal immigration statutes at this point will be to threaten (or better yet, follow through) and terminate any federal funds to a city, county or state that doesn't enforce those statutes. Additionally, we need to pull the business licenses of any company that hires illegal aliens. Those two "sticks" would be enough to eliminate the incentive to hire illegal aliens, much less provide them "sanctuaries".

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Jimmy's Bad Idea

Jimmy had what he thought was a great idea...get a tattoo of his girlfriend on his back...then Jimmy did something dumb...he robbed a store.  When he was sent to prison, he discovered that having Jenny's tattoo on his back was a bad idea...

Cartoon of the Day

Young Barack

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cartoon of the Day

By Michael Ramirez

Obama Flip-Flops Again

In the summer of 2009, Mr. Obama clearly states that you don't raise taxex in economic down-turn. 

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In 2011, with his new lazer-like focus on jobs, he's proposing $400 billion dollars in new taxes to off-set his $447 billion dollars spending spree which he wants to bolster SEIU membership by giving huge sums to state and local governments, and maybe do a little construction on the side...Reuters is reporting that,
President Barack Obama is proposing a series of tax increases, mainly on the wealthy, to help cover the cost of a $447 billion economic stimulus proposal, budget chief Jack Lew said on Monday.  Lew said Obama's plan would raise $400 billion over 10 years by placing new limits on itemized deductions for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and families earning more than $250,000.  The rest of the $467 billion in savings would come from raising a smattering of other taxes, including those on corporate jet owners and the oil and gas industry. [emphasis is mine, Ed.]
The definition of insanity is continuing to do an action while expecting the get a different reaction.  The "Stimulus Package" was basically configured much the say way as this "jobs plan" yet was a dismal failure, except to SEIU.  Yet, here Mr. Obama is proposing to do pretty much exactly the same thing.  Keynesian economics has failed in every instance it's been used to "jump start" an economy...why does he think it'll be different this time around?

HT:  GatewayPundit

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11: A Video Memorial

via Instapundit:

Questions On Saudi Government Involvement on 911

Investors Business Daily asks some VERY pertinent questions on the involvement of the Saudi Arabian government in the hijackings of 911.
  • Why was the section of Congress' Joint Inquiry into 9/11 dealing with "sources of foreign support for some of the Sept. 11 hijackers" kept secret from the public on the orders of President Bush?
  • Almost 27 full pages were blanked out — an amount equal to the entire U.S. Constitution. The section, which remains sealed, reportedly quotes from a CIA memo that concludes there's "incontrovertible evidence" that Saudi government officials supported the hijackers. Why the cover-up?
  • And why were the first two hijackers who entered the country received by a Saudi government agent who secured and paid for their housing and arranged flight lessons? Was he acting on his own, or on official orders? Was he, as some investigators suspect, part of an advance team sent by the Saudi consulate to meet the hijackers as they arrived in Los Angeles?
  • Was it coincidence or something more that the Saudi agent's salary was increased while settling the hijackers in San Diego? Or that he was able to tap into a $130,000 "welfare" account funded by the kingdom's ambassador to the U.S.? Was money funneled through official Saudi channels to the hijackers?
  • Was another Saudi agent from New Jersey, who handled the hijackers on the East Coast, also tasked by the Saudi government?
  • Who ordered the massive post-9/11 evacuation of Saudi VIPs — including two dozen bin Ladens, at least one of whom had an open terror file at the FBI — without proper investigations? Why was such a request granted, given the Saudi nationality of 15 hijackers?
  • Did Saudi envoy Prince Bandar make the request while he and Bush shared cigars on the Truman Balcony of the White House on Sept. 13, 2001? Did Bush's father or James Baker, who on Sept. 10 had attended a Carlyle Group conference in Washington with bin Laden's brother, intervene? What about Bandar's old racquetball partner Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose wife once received a Jaguar as a Bandar gift?
  • Similarly, why was the Saudi minister of mosques allowed to escape interrogation after feigning a heart attack when FBI agents learned he'd left his Washington hotel to check into the same budget hotel near Dulles airport as the hijackers the night before they attacked the Pentagon?
  • Why was an arrest warrant for the hijackers' confidante, Anwar Awlaki — who'd worked for the Saudi Embassy as a lecturer and hajj tour guide — suddenly pulled back the day before he re-entered the U.S. on a Saudi airliner? Why was this dangerous al-Qaida recruiter allowed to leave the country for good?
  • Why was the Pentagon attack staged out of a mosque built by the Saudi Embassy? The fax number to the D.C. mosque, where Awlaki preached and the hijackers worshiped, turned up in a key 9/11 planner's German flat.
 Why has the government kept this information secret?  These questions are very pertinent to the Long War, or Great War on Terror.  They are, at the very least troubling to those of us who have never seen them before.  I think we need to get some answers NOW. 
 
Just what connection does the Saudi government have here?  Mr. Obama, at the very least, you owe us answers.  Mr. Bush, if you have concealed the involvement of another government on acts of war against this country, you have questions to be answered as well.

 

 

10 Years Later

I started the best job I've ever had on September 10, 2001. I was working as an apprentice for a master furniture maker named Larry Crossan. He has a small cabinet shop, L W Crossan, Cabinetmaker in southeastern Pennsylvania outside of a town called Lyndell.  His shop is in an early 18th century barn on some property that Jim Croce used to own.  It's the only job I've ever looked forward to every single day...because I learned something new every day.

On Tuesday, listening to NPR, we heard that a plane had struck the WTC.  My first thought was what was the weather like in NYC?  During WW2, a B25 bomber hit the Empire State Building in a rainy, overcast day...and I figured that this was something like that.

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Obviously that wasn't the case. What enraged me though were videos like this one from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.


Then we have a hand-wringing appologist named David Cole, who wants the Obama administration to pursue war crimes charges against Bush administration officials.  Personally, my belief is that if you're caught outside of the US, waging a terrorist war against America, you can be held for the rest of your life.  You don't have priviledges of the protections of the US Constitution, nor do you have the protections of the Geneva Conventions.  But I digress.

This Long War we're involved in is a conflict between civilizations.  One, based upon a religion begun in the Dark Ages, that seeks to keep women and Kafirs in the chains of slavery, and the other that believes in openness and freedom.  It's a clash of cultures, that will take decades to defeat.  We CAN win, but only if we don't lose eithe interest, or courage.

USS New York (LPD 211) Sails Past 9-11 Memorial

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pass This Jobs BIll Now

Valerie Jarret said today on Rachel Madcow's show, "Pass this jobs bill now."...unfortunately, it's not been written yet.

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Now that worked out well, didn't it?

The 1st Stimulus failed to keep unemployment below 8%.  Now, Mr. Obama expects us to believe that his plan that's only half that amount will do any more?  Nope...just a drop in the bucket...good money after bad.  The true definition of insanity is to continue doing an action, and the same result time after time, all the while hoping it will change.

What part of "government doesn't create jobs" doesn't his economic advisors understand?  I guess the part where they have actually worked outside of academia and government and had to produce something other than words, or a teaching plan,  or as for a budget increase from gullible politicians, who understand economy theory even less than they do.

Wealth just doesn't grow on trees, unless you're a politician or academic who hasn't a clue about the real world.  Then it does grow on trees, or government printing presses.  They've run out of other peoples money, and those people are getting pissed.  That's called the Tea Party movement...but as the first genuine grass roots movement in over a century, the politicians have under estimated the anger voters feel.

I think that the election of 2012 will run about how the election in NY9 is going...and that will shock the powers that be to their core.

How Dumb Is America?

This dumb:


Thanks Linda

Friday, September 09, 2011

Unemployment Promises: Damning Graph

Via the blogfather, here's a graph that shows how much of a failure the 1st "Stimulus Package" was...


Now, Mr. Obama is proposing to borrow an additional $450 billion dollars to "stimulate" the economy again.  The general definition of insanity (or stupidity) is to repeat an action, all the while hoping for a different outcome...

The 1st "stimulus" (oops, Employment Act) failed dismally.  Mr. Obama's proposal is literally more of the same.  Giving money to state, county and municipalities in order to avoid their having to layoff more SEIU members...is very nearly a payoff.  Since, we all know now, "shovel ready" infrastructure projects only exist in the fevered minds of bureaucrats, just how does Mr. Obama propose that these projects be started immediately?

This proposed "stimulus" is merely a political ploy of this politician.  He means to use it as a method to beat the GOP candidates and Republican party in general "those mean people wouldn't give me what I wanted to save the country...they're 'unpatriotic'..."  You get the idea, or as James Pethokoukis points out. 
“There’s been much speculation that President Barack Obama will spend $1 billion to get reelected. Turns out those guesses were off by $446 billion. What Americans heard last night was a $447 billion political plan, not an economic one. It’s purpose was to a) fire up the demoralized Democratic base and b) show independents that Obama is trying to do something – anything – to reduce unemployment.”
Mr. Obama is running scared and is out of ideas.  He has no clue what to do, and neither do any of the academics with whom he has filled his "economic team."

Government Motors: Ford Advertisement

Here's pretty much what a lot of people think today.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Obama's Records

Mr. Obama has set a number of records in the 32 months since he was elected president. Here there are:


Unfortunately these aren't records to be proud of...as he attempts to turn America into a 2nd world country...we're very nearly there.  Tonight, he asked (demanded really) Congress to give him another "stimulus package"...which is an admission of sorts, that the 1st one failed miserably. 

The classic definition of insanity is torepeatedly continue doing an action expecting to get a different answer...but getting the same result as the 1st time around.  Borrowing $300 billion dollars to give to states and municipalities so they can avoid layoffs isn't creating jobs.  It's the opposite...government doesn't create jobs, business does...and government isn't either efficient or nimble enough to react well to adverse economic climates...such as today.  Government can only place a brake on business, through heavy handed regulations (such as the Obama administration has implemented.).  This has the effect of detering business from either hiring or spending on new equipment or construction...

Thanks Barack...now will you leave us alone?  Go home already.

Hat Tip for the Pic:  JammieWearingFool

GOP Debate: Newt's Finest Moment

Newt Gingrich on the MSM's attempts to shore up Barack Obama.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

4 Minute Economic History Lesson



HT: Newsalert

Democratic Congressman Admits Death Tax Designed To Take Wealth From Familes

Here is video of a Democratic Congressman admits that the very high estate tax rates are designed to keep families from keeping money that they earn.



HT:  Newsalert

Mexican Government Issues ID Cards At A US School

The following was sent to me by someone who was at the below protest.  She's an active member of the California Minute Men.

The Santa Ana , CA , Mexican Consulate set up a mobile Mexican Matricula Consular ID center on  Capistrano School District at the Adult English Language Development Center located at 31351 Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano , CA .

The fee is $27 per matricula consular application.

When the Minutemen arrived at the Capistrano School District Adult School
there was a hub of activity. A mobile Mexican Consulate center was in full swing.


Legal resident Mexicans have U.S. issued green cards, for identification.


Mexican Consulate Mobile Matricula Consular Center
Mexican Nationals in the U.S. ILLEGALLY do NOT have a green card and therefore need a Mexican matricula consular identification card - matricula means: of a like group and consular means: from a consulate.

Box of matricula consular application forms on US public school property

One Minuteman

After the Minutemen had been onsite for about an hour and a half, the Mobile center was shut down - above photo.

Once Minutemen began to observe and report, documenting and photographing, the Mexican  nationals no longer ventured forth to the center and many, who had been in attendance, left the mobile center.

MEXICAN DIPLOMAT TELLS MINUTEMEN - LEAVE!

The Mexican diplomat, above, would not give us her business card nor her name The Mexican diplomat, above, approached the Minutemen as the Minutemen were peacefully strolling about - on United States public school property - observing and taking photos of the event.


Minutewoman - peacefully assembling on public school property. The Mexican diplomat repeatedly said, "This is a private event for Mexicans only…You cannot be here…I am telling you nicely as I do not want to call the police. Please leave."

Minutemen assembled on U.S. school property
Minuteman Project National Rally Spokesman Raymond Herrera said to the Mexican diplomat, "No, we will not leave. We are guaranteed freedom of assembly under OUR Constitution."


I said to the diplomat, "The U.S. should adopt Mexico ’s immigration policy."
"Oh," she agreed. “ Mexico has a very good immigration policy."


Mexican diplomat south side of the mobile center
The Mexican diplomat was particularly vexed by our photographing of the event.  “DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS," she commanded repeatedly.  Minutemen stated that in the USA , we have the right to photograph in public. "No, you cannot take photos," she insisted. Herrera and the diplomat then entered into a lengthy discussion in Spanish.


GANG MEMBER with application in hand

The man, above photo, displayed gang hand signals and yelled out "THIS IS OUR TERRITORY!" The Mexican diplomat witnessed and seemingly approved of the gang member at the "Mexican Only” event.


He appeared to be filling out an application - in his left hand above.
Many have informally been told that in the Hispanic community only gang members wear black shoes. Note in the photo above, the only man in black shoes is the self-professed gang member.



DIPLOMAT ASSAULTS!

The Minutewoman, above, had been quietly photographing...


Mexican Diplomat has a matricula consular card in her hand

Suddenly the door above opened, and the Mexican diplomat, came out yelling. The photo above is just before she lashed out.  To our utter amazement, the diplomat started to strike out at the Minutewoman! We were in a state of shock.  As she yelled, she struck across the Minutewoman's lower right jaw and lip, several times.  The Minutewoman above, in her left hand, used her sign as a shield, while pulling her camera back from the assaulting Mexican diplomat Ten minutes after the assault the Minutewoman still had a "stinging" sensation on her lip and jaw area.

POLICE ARRIVE
Police arrived after the assault.  The police said they had been called by the consulate as they had reported that the Minutemen were inside the building yelling and pushing about. We never entered the building and had been quietly moving outside, on school property.


Herrera spoke with officers then requested they interview the diplomat. Per the officer's request, the diplomat came forward.


"They must leave," she said to the officer. But the officer replied, "No, this is a public school and they can be here."


The diplomat then said that we must stop photographing them.  "Ma'am,” the officer informed her, "You are in a public area and they can photograph."


The officer then asked her, “Do you have the paperwork to use this facility." "Yes," she replied.  "I would like to see it," the officer said,

"I don't have the paperwork with me," she said back to him.

OFFICER ON THE PHONE

"I would like to see your identification," the officer said. "No, you can't," she said to the officer. The officer at this point followed her inside of the building. "I have no identification with me. I did not drive, "she finally said as the officer pursued the issue. At this point, the door shut and the officer remained inside of the building.   After the officer spoke with the diplomat, he returned to his vehicle and spoke on his cell phone for about 15 to 20 minutes.

After he hung up, he met with us. He said the consulate did not have paperwork but that he had spoken to the individual who had granted the use of the school. He said that we could continue to assemble on the school property.  He appeared sympathetic about the Minutewoman assault, but said the Mexican Consulate staff had diplomatic immunity.

CONSULAR VEHICLE







Mexican consular vehicle

Americans must know what is happening behind our backs, in our own country!!  What is a Matricula Consular card?  Matricula Consular cards are identification cards issued by the Mexican government to mainly illegal immigrants living in the United States . Currently, more than 350 financial institutions accept Matricula Consular cards as proof of identification thereby allowing thousands of illegal immigrants to have access to mainstream U.S. financial services.
I'm curious to know just what would the Mexican government have done is this were occuring somewhere in Mexico.

Tea Party To Be Democrat's New Jews?

Yid with a Lid has a great post on his analysis of recent seemingly coordinated attacks on The Tea Party movement. 
This anti-Tea Party strategy was kicked off the weekend of August 20 and 21 when President Obama, political adviser David Axelrod and former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs all criticized that "stubborn group of grass roots Americans."

After the TV appearances the baton was picked up by the Congressional Black Caucus, their rhetoric was even worse. The Tea Party was no longer just stubborn; they were racist demons and the enemy. Maxine Waters told the Tea Party to go to hell, Frederica Wilson declared the Tea Party was the enemy, CBC Whip Andre' Carson's statement that the Tea Party programs are the efforts of Jim Crow who would like to see Black American's "hanging from a tree," and former Civil Rights Icon, Jesse Jackson's outrageous charge that the Tea Partiers were the ones opposing the civil rights movement led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. The Tea Party opposing Obama, Jackson said, should be called the "Fort Sumter Tea Party that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery."

No[w] follow that up with what we heard from Hoffa Jr, and the Vice President, the Democratic party attacks do not only seek to position the Tea Party as the reason the Obama Presidency has failed, no it is more nefarious than that. They are trying to dehumanize the Tea Party as Devils, who should be in Hell, Sons of Bitches that should be taken out, Barbarians, Jim Crow racists who want to lynch black people, and/or simply the enemy.
When you remember how John McCain was forced to appologize when the man giving his introductory speech prior to the 2008 election for using the full name of his opponent, Barack Hussein Obama, it's rather chilling the dichotomy here...Obama is silent.

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I think Yid is right.  The Democratic Party is "preparing the battle space" by attempting to demonize the Tea Party movement.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Cartoon of the Day

By Michael Ramirez

Hypocrisy Alert: Obama Supports "Violent Political Rhetoric of Hoffa"

Over the weekend, in a warm-up speech in Detroit, Jimmy Hoffa, repeatedly used violent rhetoric in reference to the Tea Party Movement.  Even Vice President Joe Biden has done so, calling Tea Party supporters "terrorists" for opposing the will of Mr. Obama.

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According to a FoxNews report, Mr. Hoffa said,
Cranking up the anti-Tea Party rhetoric, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa called on workers to “take these son-of-a-bitches out” as he warmed up a crowd Monday in Detroit ahead of President Obama’s Labor Day speech.
The rhetoric coming from speakers at the event was already heated before Hoffa took the stage. Hoffa then declared there’s a “war on workers” and vowed that organized labor would “remember in November” which lawmakers were opposing the president’s agenda.
Mr. Obama is reported to have said that,
We are proud of . . . Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa,” who along with Michigan liberal Congressmen, Senators, and union officials “who are working every single day with your state and local elected officials to create jobs and economic growth and prosperity here in Michigan and across the country.”
Which along with all sorts of  ducking an weaving by the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,

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...goes to show that all the denunciations of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, et al, that was said by liberals right after Congresswoman Giffords and 20 others were shot in Arizona in January was just outright bullshit and political manuvering. 

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UPDATE:  Jay Carney, Obama's press secretary, resfuse to condemn Mr. Hoffa's comments, saying,
“Those weren’t comments by the president … he didn’t hear it, I don’t have any comment beyond that,” Carney said in response to questions from ABC’s Jake Tapper. “Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself, he speaks for the labor movement,”
In January, following the attempted murder of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Obama called for greater civility. “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds,” Obama declared.

When Tapper asked if Obama believed those words, Carney responded, “Of course he did.”

Carney also declined to answer Tapper’s question about whether Carney’s refusal to comment on Hoffa’s statements “changes the standard” for judging the statements and actions of a politician’s supporters.
“The standard is that we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs, instead of focusing on [political] theater,” Carney replied.
 At least Jake Tapper knows a double standard when he sees one.

UPDATE 2:  Here's video of the leftwingnut Keith Olberman, castigating ...well...everyone who is tossing Democrat's hypocrisy in their faces:

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Sarah Palin @ Indianola

Here's the video of Mrs. Palin's speech at Indianola, Iowa.



Hat Tip:  Classical Values

Bach's Brandenberg Concerto Number 3...

Via Moe Lane, here's video of one of one of the greatest pieces of music in Western History...

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President Zero

Charles Krauthammer, whom I do admire, though I don't always agree with him, called Barack Obama,
“Obama Is President Zero – zero economic expansion, zero jobs, zero ideas on how to cure the economy.”
Krauthammer went on to say the president’s speech on Thursday is a campaign speech.
“He doesn’t understand that his administration has stopped the economy in its tracks.”



I expect his speech on Thursday night to call for...nothing specific...but to blame the GOP controlled House of Representatives for obstructing the "recovery" of the economy from the train wrech his party's policies have caused.


Hat Tip:  Gateway Pundit

Teachers To Make $150,000?

Mr. Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan would like to pay all teachers in this country $150k per year. Investor's Business Daily is reporting that, 

In a recent address titled "Working Toward 'Wow,'" delivered to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Arne Duncan declared that public school teachers "should be earning a lot more money — as much as $150,000 per year."

Duncan began with a fantasy from a newspaper cartoon in which superstar athletes are "standing around waiting to get an autograph from a short, balding guy. One player points to him and says, 'I wish I had that kind of money and respect.' Another athlete points to the man and says, 'Wow! A teacher!'"

As loaded as LeBron James and Peyton Manning may be, with their incomes in the tens of millions of dollars, they and their fellow sports stars can't boast receiving a $10 billion bailout from the taxpayers last year, as public school teachers can.

What's more, public school teachers are already paid tremendously well. Research projects by the Cato Institute's Neal McCluskey, Ohio University economist Richard Vedder, and the Manhattan Institute's Jay Greene and Marcus Winters all found teachers' hourly earnings exceed significantly those of architects, mechanical engineers, biological and life scientists, and other professionals.

Greene and Winters found that the average public school teacher earned $34.06 per-hour in 2005, some 11% more than the average professional specialty and technical worker.

If our education system was functioning properly, I'm not sure that I'd be as resistant to this as I am...but it's not working and hasn't been for more than 20 years. More money in the form of a huge pay raise isn't going to fix the problem...it's going to make it far far worse. We've been tossing piles of cash at our education system for 40 years, since Nixon founded the Dept of Education at the federal level.

Since federal intervention, schools have gone from mediocre, to poor, to...turning out kids who when they go to college aren't prepared to work at the college level. And Democrats want to throw even more money at a constiuency of theirs (National Association of Teacher, oddly enough a huge financial supporter of the Democratic Party)...

It's time to abolish the federal Dept of Education and return the responsibility for education back to the states and the counties where it has resided for the vast majority of our history. No more federal funds for education. It's ruined our schools and turned out 2 generations worth of illeducated and ill prepared adults.

Tax Credits For Illegal Aliens

Evidently, the Obama administration is giving tax credits to employers who hire illegal aliens
A blistering Treasury Department audit released Friday found that "individuals not authorized to work in the United States were paid $4.2 billion in refundable credits." Those credits are meant to zero out any taxes paid by the poor, and often amount to checks as high as $1,000, courtesy of other taxpayers.

In the last five years, some 2.3 million illegal immigrants decided they, too, were "entitled" to that money, and the IRS paid them. Word got out and the payouts to illegals grew fourfold over the last five years.

The Treasury report noted that paying these credits to illegals is explicitly prohibited by U.S. law, which holds that those unauthorized to work here cannot receive federal benefits.
You just have to love the hypocrisy of this administration...they want to create jobs, they just don't want Americans (or legal residents) to have them. The only way to end illegal immigration is to have a genuinely defensible-defined and patrolled border. The only way to curb illegal immigration is to harshly punish those who HIRE illegal immigrants.  If you fine and revoke the business licenses of companies who hire illegals, you remove the incentive to do so.  When you can't conduct business legally, because you've been fined, lost your liscense, or imprisoned for hiring illegals...then the problem will solve itself.

Additionally, the federal government, through the Democratic party has not helped the matter...if those counties and cities who have become "sanctuaries" were to lose ALL federal funding for ALL programs...they'd rapidly repeal their "sanctuary" status!  Any city or county that refuses to follow federal laws in this should lose any and ALL federal funding.  No ifs, ands or buts...

Obama 2012 Bumper Stickers: Continued

Americans Behind Unrest In Israel?

It appears as if the current political turmoil in Israel is being pushed by Democratic Operatives here in the US.   Aretz Shiva7 is reporting that their investigation into the current protest has been instigated by an
Stanley Greenberg. 
According to an investigative report by Maariv's Kalman Libeskind, the protests were engineered by a group of media strategists who are directed by prominent Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg, a former adviser to Bill Clinton, John Kerry and others. Greenberg directed the strategists to create a protest that was not led by one specific group, in order to create social ferment. An unnamed left-wing leader would eventually step into this ferment and take the reins, Greenberg predicted.

The Israeli strategists reportedly include Boaz Gaon, Moshe Gaon and Eldad Yaniv, who worked in Ehud Barak's successful race for Prime Minister in 1999, also in cooperation with Greenberg.
If this is true..it's yet another example of Democrats attempting to undermine the Israeli government. Over at Legalinsurrection, Professor Jacobson thinks that,
His mission: stoking economic discontent into a protest movement intended to again, replace Benjamin Netanyahu with a leader more willing to sell out to American leftists and make concessions the Palestinians.
That's mine as well.

Skid Marks!


Now THAT's gotta hurt!

Big Brass Balls....

I couldn't possibly do this...I'm just too damn chicken:

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Fannie Mae: 2001 Geo Bush Tried to Do Something...

Here's video showing that George Bush tried to do something as far back as 2001.

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Thanks Linda.

Move On.ORG Tries To Disrupt Town Hall Meeting

Here's video of MoveOn.ORG supporters trying to disrupt a town hall meeting in Colorado.  The man in question is evidently a professor of political science (hypocrisy alert) at a major university in Colorado.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Charting Depressions Since 1775

Via ZeroHedge.com here's a chart of all depressions since 1775-1944 from an old chart dating to the 1930 or so: