Perry's Love Affair With Guns
by Charlie Spiering - October 23rd, 2011 - The Washington Examiner
In Iowa, Rick Perry took the opportunity during his pheasant hunting trip with Congressman Steve King to wax poetically about firearms and hunting.
"As long as I've got memory, I've had something to hunt with," Perry said Saturday. "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns."
Having a background as a cotton farmer is another attribute that makes Rick Perry a good candidate for the coming campaign against Obama. Too many Democrats and Republicans are big city people who just don't get the pragmatic need in farming for a compromise on free enterprise principles to recognize the consequences of weather.
Rick Perry is not just American. He is country.
Cain Adds to ‘9-9-9’ Plan...
... Angering Unions
by James Rosen - October 20th, 2011 - Fox News
Taking aim at minimum wage laws, union protections, and even local building codes, Herman Cain has put the finishing touches on the last missing piece of his signature “9-9-9” plan – an elaborate proposal to create “opportunity zones” in inner-city America that the GOP presidential candidate will unveil during a major campaign appearance in Detroit on Friday morning.
The article implies that unions will be unhappy with the plan. My take is that only a Republican who is also an idiot will be happy with Cain's proposal (assuming he does not change it again). Read this sentence from the article and think for a moment.
"The document envisions Stakeholder Leadership Teams, comprised of entrepreneurs, trade groups, community leaders and church elders, forming in a “respectable number” of zones across America, each responsible for submitting detailed plans to “the highest levels” of the Commerce Department and the White House on how they would reduce “barriers” to economic growth."What free enterprise supporter would envision proposing special zones totally at the control of government bureaucrats who reward some groups and deny others equal treatment under the law? This is free enterprise? What happened to equality? Is Herman Cain as liberal as this big government empowerment plan implies?
He is as naive and gullible as his detractors have suggested if he thinks this is not abusive and un-American. Cain's plan is the proposal of someone who has never been elected to a single office - who does not understand that government is a compromise. As many have said: President is not an entry level job. Herman Cain is not ready for President. He is not ready to be Mayor of a major city.
EPA's CO2 Endangerment
Finding Is Endangered
by S. Fred Singer - October 15th, 2011 - The American Thinker
In a narrow 5-4 decision in 2007, the US Supreme Court authorized the EPA to consider the greenhouse gas CO2 as a 'pollutant' under the terms of the Clean Air Act -- provided EPA could demonstrate that CO2 posed a threat to human health and welfare. (CO2 is a colorless gas, non-toxic and non-irritating, and a natural constituent of the atmosphere. In the geological past, CO2 levels have undergone wide variations -- from as low as one half up to twenty times the present level.)
The EPA then issued an Endangerment Finding (EF) in 2009, which was promptly challenged in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is a rather buzzword filled and acronym dominated article that still makes a logical case the EPA has violated the law. The attempt to regulate CO2 was always an extremist political agenda. When our world has experience without serious ramifications periods with 20 times the current level of CO2, it is hard to argue that CO2 is a toxic substance. To destroy our economy based on such a ridiculous hypothesis would be insane.
Obama Energy Department
... The Law Prevents Us From Doing What We Want, Therefore the Law Doesn’t Apply
by Andrew C. McCarthy - October 14th, 2011 - National Review
How absurd is the Obama DOE’s explanation for violating the federal law against prioritizing private lenders ahead of taxpayers (i.e., sliding the president’s Solyndra cronies ahead of the public)? As Andrew’s post demonstrates, it is laugh out loud absurd — or at least it would be if the scheme were not so outrageous.
Let’s put aside for the moment that, by the administration’s “reasoning,” the public could be robbed on every loan by simply “renegotiating” it 10 seconds after it was finalized. What is truly priceless is the administration’s claim that the law had to be ignored because “investors are unlikely to make an equity investment in a distressed company on commercially acceptable terms” if they’re not given this protection...
The arguments that are being proposed by the Barack Obama administration would be ridiculed by any objective observer. Like the Obama administration refusal to enforce other laws they find inconvenient or which were passed against the wishes of the extreme left wing of the Democrat Party, the waste of taxpayer money to fund green energy is a political choice to practice executive branch tyranny. Obama does what he wants and is insolently contemptuous of the laws of our nation.
Superman Vs. Warm Body
by Thomas Sowell - October 14th, 2011 - TownHall.com
One of the problems in trying to select a leader for any large organization or institution is the tendency to start out looking for Superman, passing up many good people who fail to meet that standard, and eventually ending up settling for a warm body.
Some Republicans seem to be longing for another Ronald Reagan. Good luck on that one, unless you are prepared to wait for several generations. Moreover, even Ronald Reagan himself did not always act like Ronald Reagan.
The current outbreak of "gotcha" attacks on Texas Governor Rick Perry show one of the other pitfalls for those who are trying to pick a national leader. The three big sound-bite issues used against him during the TV "debates" have involved Social Security, immigration and a vaccine against cervical cancer.
Where these three issues have been discussed at length, whether in a few media accounts or in Governor Perry's own more extended discussions in an interview on Sean Hannity's program, his position was far more reasonable than it appeared to be in either his opponents' sound bites or even in his own abbreviated accounts during the limited time available in the TV "debate" format.
As usual Thomas Sowell has provided a rational assessment of the unfounded attacks on Rick Perry. Compared with both Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, Rick Perry is by far the most successful true conservative in the race. His amazing passage of limits on abusive malpractice lawsuits was courageous and required true genius in its strategy. However that is no longer accepted by the pack of Pavlovian bigots who base their beltway insanity on the superficial logic of sound bite smears. It is now assumed that the lawyer attacks on Perry are because he is not a good conservative. Not that the lawyers are furious at limits on their corruption.
However the basis for the belief about Perry is almost unassailable when it has become conventional wisdom. Idiots never seem to change their minds when to do so requires they admit they were conned by corrupt arguments.
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It is an ad, yet after reading the book I doubt the ad exaggerates. At the very least it explains why it is time that Republicans abandon their delusion that the Wall Street of today represents free enterprise.
Is The New World
by Patrick Buchanan - October 13, 2011 - World Net Daily
Through history there have been attempts to unite the world.
The Roman Empire. Catholicism. Islam. The West that ruled much of mankind from Columbus to the mid-20th century. Communism, which conquered half of Europe and Asia but arose and fell in a single century.
With the death of communism and the decline of the West – in relative population and power – Islam has become the largest religion, China the world's emerging superpower and Asia the continent of the future.
Could this still be the Second American Century?
Not the way we are going.
Because so many Americans get outraged when it is pointed out, one fact Buchanan leaves out of his article is that self loathing whites in America are not having children at a rate that will allow them to exist for very long either. Any population growth is among minorities. Neanderthals disappeared with a reproduction rate that was only 2% less than Homo Sapiens. History is a brutal lesson and those who will not learn it cease to exist.
White Americans have become so enamored of the belief that they have no rights, that they have already surrendered to the destruction of the white race. The "way we are going" - as Buchanan so delicately put it - is the path to extinction.
Wall Street Journal
Circulation Scam ...
... claims senior Murdoch executive
by Nick Davies - October 12th, 2011 - The Guardian (London)
Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures
One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries about a circulation scam at News Corporation's flagship newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
The Guardian found evidence that the Journal had been channelling money through European companies in order to secretly buy thousands of copies of its own paper at a knock-down rate, misleading readers and advertisers about the Journal's true circulation.
What the article also charges, an even more egregious violation as far as I am concerned, is the Wall Street Journal knowingly fired a whistle blower who reported to upper management about the scam. The individual had been with the Wall Street Journal for 9 years.
Such an action would appear to indicate that the corrupt crony capitalist culture that has engulfed Wall Street has now been adopted as operating practice at the publication most identified with the financial center which the term 'Wall Street' identifies. Wall Street itself has abandoned free enterprise in the last two generations. It now represents a corrupt culture based on mergers, acquisitions, cartels and defrauding the public through secret deals.
That is not capitalism. That is not free enterprise. That is not America. The term capitalism cannot be a phrase that ignores its defense as a superior system. Competition, fair and legal, is the epitome of free enterprise. It is what makes capitalism the best system for a nation. When capitalism has been corrupted to represent corporate socialism, it has become indefensible. That corruption is why Wall Street gives the overwhelming majority of its campaign contributions to Democrats and Progressives. Wall Street no longer represents free enterprise.
It appears the Wall Street Journal has secretly adopted this same deceit.
We Must Remove
Energy Production Obstacles
To Create Jobs
by Rick Perry - October 11th, 2011 - Union Leader (New Hampshire)
Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States are getting people back to work and becoming less dependent on foreign oil from hostile countries.
Unfortunately, the President’s rigid belief that stimulus spending could create private-sector jobs has failed and left us with higher unemployment and skyrocketing debt. His energy policies undermine America’s security by making it more difficult for entrepreneurs and private employers to produce domestic energy resources.
Instead of developing proven U.S. oil and gas resources, Washington has curtailed energy exploration. The Gulf of Mexico restrictions alone have cost up to 12,000 jobs and forced drilling platforms to relocate to other countries.
Like Sarah Palin before him, Rick Perry continues to talk about important issues while his opponents smear him with lies claiming he believes things he has spoken against. They killed Sarah Palin's canidacy. It looks like they have done the same to Rick Perry. Our nation has become a pack of gullible fools, on both the right and the left.
'Occupy Atlanta' Silences
Representative John Lewis
... Via Jazz Hands
[Watch the video if you are curious what that means!]
by Guy Benson - October 9th, 2011 - TownHall.com
Having watched this clip all the way through several times, I still can't stop chuckling. Here's a quick primer to prepare you for what you're about to see: The video -- taken yesterday afternoon -- begins as civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrives at OccupyAtlanta, hoping to express solidarity and articulate his support with some brief remarks.
What happens is so bizarre, I can only encourage you to watch the video so that you understand how this mob works to silence the Congressman. This contempt for a man who, no matter how you feel about his politics, has earned the right to speak, is amazing.
To put it in to perspective, you should read the chart provided by the organizers. It lists what they believe should be the government dictated salaries for everyone in America.
Top salary of $36,000 would go to teachers, academics, train engineers and something referred to as academics. Oh I missed the President of the United States. He would get $40,000.
Doctors would be limited to salaries of $28,000, however public servants would get $28,500. Would you really trust your life to someone paid less than a bureaucrat?
Bankers would receive the same as laborers, $20,000. Right. Would you trust your money to someone who is paid the same as someone who mows your lawn?
Soldiers would be banned and thus would not be paid anything, with the entire military shut down, to force peace on the world.
There would be no need for income taxes since the salaries would be dictated by government - so they say. The only tax permitted would be a 4% sales tax on everything. Obviously that would not provide for social security, medicare, medicaid or any welfare, so of course people currently receiving those would have to live off their excellent government pensions, hypothetically. If you wonder where the money for this Utopia would come from, they will get back to you. They are still working out the details.
Is Too Polite...
... to Say About Steve Jobs
by Ryan Tate - October 7th, 2011 - Gawker
In the days after Steve Jobs' death, friends and colleagues have, in customary fashion, been sharing their fondest memories of the Apple co-founder. He's been hailed as "a genius" and "the greatest CEO of his generation" by pundits and tech journalists. But a great man's reputation can withstand a full accounting. And, truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.
For those who are impressed with Steve Jobs, this article should open some eyes. I doubt it will. America seems inflicted with hero worship of what used to be called scum. We tolerate behavior today that America used to revile. For a summary of revolting behavior Steve Jobs practiced all his life, some in the article and some not, here is a list.
He held everyone in contempt and considered them his inferiors.
While filthy rich he allowed his illegitimate daughter to go hungry, denying he was her father in legal filings, refusing child support of any amount - even while he named a computer after her and bragged about how beautiful she was.
He refused all his life to give charitable donations, for any purpose at all. Worth billions, he was contemptuous of anything that did not honor him.
He knowingly allowed for horrible working conditions in the factories that built his products. His only concern was wringing every penny of profit he could obtain out of subcontractor prices.
He was paranoid about anyone stealing any idea he could obtain yet was repeatedly guilty of stealing ideas from others and claiming them as his own. Having stolen the idea of 'windows' and the 'computer mouse' from Xerox, he sued to stop Microsoft from using the concepts under the bizarre legal hypothesis that they were his because he stole them first.
His current operating system is in fact a stolen version of Unix-Linux that he simply renamed. Only technical insiders realize this and even some of them act like his stolen improvements are something they should laud him for accomplishing.
He was totally opposed to the very concept of freedom that he claims his products allow. He personally implemented draconian restrictions on everyone over whom he could claim any power.
Steven Jobs was one of the most contemptible people to ever live. He was never as creative as he claimed. My question is simple. With his track record of evil, why are so many willing to give him so much adoration?
Celebrating The Anniversary
Of Che Guevera’s Execution
by Humberto Fontova - October 7th, 2011 - Big Peace
If the Occupy Wall Street crowd thinks the NYPD is brutal, they’ve seen nothing. Che Guevara would clear the “occupation” in a New York nanosecond. His colleagues of the time recall him cheering the Soviet tanks slaughtering Hungarian freedom fighters on the streets of Budapest. The youths they machine-gunned and ground under their tank treads were all “Fascists and CIA agents,” he raved.
In a famous speech in 1961, Che denounced the very “spirit of rebellion” as “reprehensible.” “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates,” commanded Guevara. “Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service, should learn to think and act as a mass.”
What delicious irony that this tyrannical bloodthirsty lunatic is so revered by the anarchist inspired lovers of unfocused rebellion. The reality is that anyone who wears a Che Guevara T-shirt is actually promoting the idea of subservience, not freedom. They do not have a clue what he believed.
Even greater irony is the anniversary of his death occurring during these riots going on all over America. The instigators wearing his T-shirt are actually participating in an ignorance fueled mockery of what he believed. There is nothing so sweet as watching idiots brandish their idiocy in public.
What The Frack
Is Going On Here?
by Paul Driessen - October 1st, 2011 - TownHall.com
Hydraulic fracturing sends “huge volumes of toxic fluids” deep underground at high pressure, to fracture shale rock and release natural gas, Food & Water Watch claims. “Billions of gallons of toxic fluids” will “contaminate” groundwater and drinking water “for generations.” We need to “Ban Fracking Now.”
Environmentalists used to support “clean natural gas.” Whence the intolerant new attitude?
It never ceases to frustrate me that environmentalists simply will not look at the long term picture. Even if they were right that we will shortly run out of cheap energy (which is hardly credible given their track record) the reality is that we can convert to the expensive energies they so adore at some future time and be much better off. What logic is there in using the more expensive energies now? To save the cheap energy? What does that accomplish?
A more rational approach would be to use cheap energy while we have it to build a thriving economy so we can afford the more expensive energy when we have to go to it. This is especially true since it is probable that the cheap energy might last 1,000 years or more. Just how far into the future do they think it is rational to look?
Even worse though, solar and wind are part time energy and thus truly ignorant sources of energy whether that is today or 1,000 years from now. Nuclear and fuel cells are much better alternatives for the two dominant types of energy needs, fixed base and mobile vehicles. It is wishful thinking to believe that subsidizing stupid sources of energy from taxes on our citizens will somehow mean they are not really outrageously expensive.
It is time for stupid government bureaucrats, encouraged by ignorant environmentalists, to stop trying to pick winners in the future energy race. It is also time for them to stop banning intelligent cheap sources of energy to force their delusions on the rest of us right now.
The Admiral Retires
by George H. Wittman - September 30th, 2011 - The American Spectator
American and British intelligence has known for years that [Pakistan's] ISI not only made payments (often with funds gained from the CIA) to the Haqqani [militants in Afghanistan], but also shared information with their contacts in the insurgent leadership. Any covert operator worth his salt would also accept the fact that ISI undercover officers accompanied Haqqani clan members on some of their raids. Of course the admiral didn't know that. [That is what is known as sarcasm in certain circles!] Ranking staff officers are always protected from the more unseemly aspect of the intelligence operations from which they demand so much.
It is clear that the Admiral was at some point either gullible or professionally tolerant of the ongoing deceit practiced in this backward Islamist dominated area of the world. Both the Pakistani and Afghani are totally dedicated to the concept of Muslims lying to the infidels. It is the reason that the well intentioned but gullible neo-conservatives failed so spectacularly to accomplish their grand goals in Afghanistan.
It was delusional to attempt nation building in a part of the world where no one would stop lying to us. It is the reason so many of us who were once supporters have developed such contempt for George W. Bush and his neo-conservative corps of administrators. It is one thing to be so idealistic that you wish to confer civilization and democracy on a tribal dominated hell hole. However how much money and how many lives will it take before the neo-conservatives concede that they have failed? When will they stop their disastrous attempts to bribe people to want democracy? When will they reach a point where they wake up to the fact that enough American blood has been spilled in a useless cause? Are their egos so monumental that they will never abandon their doomed efforts? We won the war. We are losing the 'peace'.
At the least one supporter has decided that the American people, and our American leaders too, have got to start dealing with reality instead of illusion. Unlike the writer of this article, I do not find the Admiral's willingness to abandon pretense to be a bad thing. I think Admiral Mike Mullen is a hero and a patriot for ending the game being played. The soldiers who are dying deserve no less.
Awlaki, The Model Moderate Muslim
Editorial - September 30th, 2011 - The Washington Times
Al-Awlaki wasn't always an enemy of the state. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the New York Times said the New Mexico-born cleric was being "held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West." At the time, he was the Muslim chaplain at George Washington University and imam at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. The charismatic and media-savvy cleric was sought out for his views on terrorism. In The Washington Post in November 2001, he criticized the "one-sided" coverage of the war and said, "as an American, I do have the right to have a contrary opinion." He told National Geographic he worried that, "because of this conflict, the views of Osama bin Laden will become appealing to some of the population of the Muslim world." In 2002, he conducted a prayer service in the U.S. Capitol for the Congressional Muslim Staffer Association.
The premise of this editorial is non sense. It presumes that Awlaki was a moderate in the beginning and somehow he moved to become more extreme due to actions by our government. However the evidence was always there that he was only pretending to be moderate, and that nothing made him appear more radical as time went on except the value to his cause of stopping the pretense. The Times editorial staff also ignores the reality that any Muslim can lie to any infidel and it is totally okay. Both Allah and Mohammad think this is the right way to act, lie to your infidel face. How can anyone from the Times believe anything said by someone who embraces a religion that glorifies lying to those who do not share their belief?
Again and again those who oppose our nation taking any action that is in our own interests condemn us and insist that we caused our enemy's hatred by not subsuming our interests to their demands. Why does this not apply to them also? Why do we not demand that they stop opposing our national interests? I do not care whether it is foreigners who defend their interests and deny we have a right to defend ours, or whether it is self loathing Americans who always side with our enemies, I reject as intolerable the very idea that America cannot promote our own interests. Everyone else in the world does. Why does this universal right not apply to us?
Awlaki was never a moderate. The Times has deluded itself. Do not allow them to con you also.
Honesty Curve Downward
by Dr. Milton R. Wolf - Septermber 30th, 2011 - The Washington Times
OK, so health care costs are going up because of Obamacare, and more adults are uninsured since it began - mostly because of Obamanomics (that's another story) - but at least Mr. Obama promised it would reduce the deficit, right? Well, that was then, and this is now. Administration officials are quietly abandoning the so-called CLASS Act portion of Obamacare, supposedly meant to provide long-term elderly care. In reality, this was the mother of all accounting gimmicks, which counted 10 years of tax revenues but just five years of expenditures to give a false sense of fiscal sanity. Democratic senator and Obamacare supporter Kent Conrad of North Dakota called this "a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would have been proud of." Absent the accounting gimmicks, the Congressional Budget Office now acknowledges that Obamacare actually increases the national deficit by $540 billion over the next 10 years.
As much as this article destroys the insane myths on which this extreme left wing surge to tyranny is based, it does not begin to explain the ability of lies and liars to destroy our nation. Because of a complete acceptance of lies about his position on illegal immigration, Rick Perry's campaign for President has collapsed. It is looking highly likely that Mitt Romney, the only Republican candidate who has embraced the idiocy on which TyrannyCare is based, will be the Republican candidate. (I will not call it ObamaCare or RomneyCare or PelosiCare or DemocratCare or whatever, because the reality is that it is much more deceitful than that. It is an acceptance of the delusion that you can get a free lunch if you wish really really hard! The entire Democrat Party has bought this insanity. A large part of the Republican Party is equally guilty.)
Has the American populace gone stark raving bonkers?
It is looking more and more likely that none of the insane surge to the left under the Democrats since 2006 will be dealt with no matter who wins the Presidency in 2012. Unless the American populace starts to accept that entitlements are poison pills that kill a nation, nothing will be done to fix the problems. Not a single thing indicates the American populace has stopped looking for a miracle worker. A magic savior that will make everything miraculously better but who will not change anything. The economy will soar, the deficits will plunge and they will still get entitlements, no even better - entitlements will increase. The rich will pay for it all.
America is finished. A nuclear holocaust is coming and we are cutting defense spending. Our nuclear submarine fleet is collapsing and will soon cease to be a deterrent. Delusions and wishful thinking are dominating public thought. Any politician who talks reality is condemned and driven from public life.
No nation can stand when reality has been abandoned. Not even America.